1. The Little Red (Face)Book

    When I spoke at Facebook about In The Plex recently, rumors were swirling that the social networking giant was about to enter China, supposedly in a partnership with the search engine Baidu. So I made sure that my talk to a dining hall full of FB???ers included the [...]

    05.01.11 From Epicenter
  2. Google Faces $50 Million Lawsuit Over Android Location Tracking

    Google and Apple have both been in the news lately over details of how both companies’ mobile operating systems store and transmit geolocation data. Following a class-action suit brought by two Tampa men targeting Apple over alleged user tracking, Google is facing a similar class action lawsuit filed in Detroit on Wednesday. Last [...]

    05.01.11 From Epicenter
  3. A GeekDad’s Daughter Reinvents Chess, Part 2: How to Play Plastic Animal Chess (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

    In response to the groundswell of interest, admiration and inquiries about Mark Changizi’s daughter’s reinvention of chess, here are the full set of rules of Plastic Animal Chess: #ruleslist ul {margin-left: 2em;} #ruleslist li {margin-top: 0.5em;} The game proceeds like a normal game of chess. The board is nine squares wide rather than eight. Rather than white and black pieces [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  4. Top 10 Geeky Instruments (GeekDad Wayback Machine)

    “Music self-played is happiness self-made,” or so say They Might Be Giants. Not only can playing music make you happy, but, according to research, it can also make you smarter. And since your kids’ brains are primed for learning music at a young age, the lessons they get now will stay with them long after. But, [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  5. Space Shuttle Endeavour Will Launch With a Special Payload (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

    When Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off the pad in Florida ??? currently targeted for tomorrow (Monday) at 2:34pm EDT ??? it will be carrying a very special payload. Contrary to what you might think, it won’t be a communications satellite, ISS module or telescope parts. No, the Endeavour will be carrying thirteen Lego sets that [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  6. Cory Doctorow Predicts the Future in Makers

    Perry and Lester are two guys living in an abandoned mall outside of Miami. They’re the sort of guys who, to borrow a phrase from the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, can think up six impossible things before breakfast ??? and then build them in their workshop out of stuff they’ve found in the junkyard. In [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  7. Self-Powering, Wireless Energy Sensors Join the Internet

    Humans are inherently inefficient creatures. We leave lights on needlessly, keep the home thermostat cranked up with the windows open, forget to turn off our televisions when we leave the house. And despite the advances in computing power over the past few decades, our buildings aren’t doing anything to make up for our inefficiencies. “Most buildings [...]

    05.01.11 From Gadget Lab
  8. The GeekDads Episode #90: Was There Celery Involved? (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

    Ken, Matt, Natania, Michael, and Jonathan chat about the Apple tracking controversy, Sony’s PSN personal data breach, and the loss of Elisabeth Sladen. Enjoy! Special thanks to our sponsor Maphook, the location-based social network for geeks! GeekDad.com is the parenting blog at Wired.com, edited by Ken Denmead, Matt Blum, Jonathan Liu and Chris Anderson. It [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  9. Google Doodle Celebrates 160th Anniversary of the First World’s Fair

    Prince Albert was very proud of his Crystal Palace, built explicitly to house The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (or just The Great Exhibition for short) in 1851. Today, Google celebrates this anniversary with another beautiful interactive doodle. Use your mouse to zoom in on different parts of the doodle, [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  10. Sony Details PlayStation Network Revival, ‘Welcome Back’ Gift

    Sony will turn on most features of the PlayStation Network within a week and offer its customers a selection of free downloads, it said early Sunday morning. The PlayStation maker’s online service for its PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles will come back online this week following a massive security breach in which the personal information of [...]

    05.01.11 From GameLife
  1. A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Sunday, May 1st

    As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each [...]

    05.01.11 From GeekDad
  2. Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut ??? A Recap

    **** Warning this post contains spoilers about this weeks episode, and may contain references to previous seasons of Doctor Who. If you haven???t watch this week’s episode, or don???t want to be surprised, do not read further. ??**** The long awaited second season of Doctor Who has finally arrived with a BANG! Literally! Last Saturday was [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  3. Take the CDC Flu App Challenge! (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

    Take the CDC Flu App Challenge The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC to their close friends) is looking for a few good apps, and they want you to make them. The CDC Flu App Challenge is open to anyone who wants to find innovative ways to use technology to raise awareness [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  4. A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Clip Revisits ‘Ultraviolence’

    The meticulously framed images in this clip still radiate menace, four decades after the release of Stanley Kubrick's black-humored study of "ultraviolence."

    04.30.11 From Underwire
  5. Geek Fantasy Novel: Almost Too Weird for Its Own Good

    E. Archer’s Geek Fantasy Novel showed up at my house one afternoon in an unexpected package from Scholastic Press. Fittingly, it turns out. Because while this strange story of a boy named Ralph has its share of strengths and weaknesses, the one thing it wasn’t was predictable. Plot-wise, Geek Fantasy Novel is about Ralph’s adventure through the [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  6. Two Days With Star Wars: The Old Republic

    It’s lunchtime during the first of two Star Wars: The Old Republic immersion days at the EA Redwood Shores campus, and the game designers leading the event are panicking: Everyone is talking about Portal 2. Instead of discussing the three exclusive hours of SWTOR we just played, most of the writers are chatting about the [...]

    04.30.11 From GameLife
  7. Follow Along as The Civil War Today Recaps the War in Real Time (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

    April 12th of this year marked 150 years since the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, starting the long conflict known as the American Civil War. This spring there have been special museum exhibits, battle reenactments, and plenty of news stories. Ken Burns’s Civil War series was rebroadcast. But these things were all pretty [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  8. PayPal Pokes Into POS ‘E-Wallet’ Market

    With the acquisition of Fig Card PayPal is laying down a marker that the pioneer in disruptive payment won’t be left behind in the coming e-wallet revolution. The still arguably pre-nascent business is attracting new big tech players, like Apple and Google, while the traditional credit card players move towards creating systems that would make your [...]

    04.30.11 From Epicenter
  9. Galileo’s Finger

    If you are a science geek the??Galileo Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy, is a treasure house of wonder ??? even though it’s almost everything a science museum should not be. The Bad The museum is baffling. There are many wonderful things available to see and they are labeled in English. But they don’t [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  10. Fuzzy Reboot: Reviewing a Science Fiction Classic Retold (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

    I read two books in order to write this one-book review. I didn???t have to, but you can count me among the science fiction readers who hadn???t heard of H. Beam Piper or his book Little Fuzzy before John Scalzi announced his reboot of the 1962 Hugo-nominated novel last year. Like its inspiration, Fuzzy Nation is the [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  1. Geekdad Challenge of the Week Solution: Physics Is Sexy

    Did you feel surprisingly stylish this week? Perhaps it’s because velcro shoes are back in style, or maybe your je ne sais quois was showing… or maybe, just maybe it’s your U=mgh that brought all the boys to the yard. When last we met, our Physics Is Sexy puzzle looked like this: Use common physics equations [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  2. A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Saturday, April 30th

    As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each [...]

    04.30.11 From GeekDad
  3. Wrongly Jailed Security Whistleblower Caught Up in PlayStation Hacker Hunt

    Armchair cybersleuths on the trail of the PlayStation Network hackers have been focusing attention on a chat log that shows several technically sophisticated PlayStation tinkerers discussing Sony’s security vulnerabilities in knowing detail just two months before the breach. “If Sony is watching this channel they should know that running an older version of Apache on a [...]

    04.29.11 From Threat Level
  4. Apple’s Slow and Careful Crisis Management Doesn’t Always Work

    Slow and meticulous is how Apple generally approaches product design, and it’s also how it handles crisis management. The company doesn’t rush, so that it can get things right the first time. But when it comes to responding to crises, being slow hasn’t always been the best idea for Apple. Macworld editorial director Jason Snell published a [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  5. Google Brings Video Chat to Android, But You Probably Can’t Get It Yet

    Google announced the debut of video and voice chat for the Android operating system Thursday afternoon. In other words, you’ll soon be able to make calls through Google Talk over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G data networks (if your carrier supports it) to connect with other Android users as well as people using Google Chat on [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  6. Gadget Lab Podcast: iPhone Tracking Controversy, Exercise Gear

    In this week's Gadget Lab podcast, the crew waxes geeky on phones, bikes and exercise gear.

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  7. Futuristic Pod Carriage Would Make a Royal Wedding Worth Checking Out

    There was a royal wedding today? You don’t say! I’m not too much for pomp, circumstance, or royalty, but if the princely couple came out in this carriage, I think I might actually care (a little). Reza Esmaeeli, a London-based designer and architect, sought to throw out the traditional, old-fashioned carriage the royal couple rode in and [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  8. Groupthink Not a Problem in Simulated Mars Mission

    Getting along with your fellow astronauts can be dangerous. Too much consensus — what some psychologists call “groupthink” — can keep crews from being creative in a crisis. But a new study found that six “cosmonauts” on a simulated Mars mission emerged from 105 days in a replica spacecraft with their quirks intact. The study was [...]

    04.29.11 From Wired Science
  9. Top Gun Turns 25: Pop Culture’s Best Flyby Riffs

    A quarter century after the Tom Cruise blockbuster buzzed the box office, the fighter-pilot flick remains the target of wing-tipping tributes and genius parodies.

    04.29.11 From Underwire
  10. Appeals Court OKs Fed Funding of Embryonic-Stem-Cell Research

    By John Timmer, Ars Technica A three-judge panel of a US Appeals Court lifted an injunction Friday against the National Institutes of Health’s revised policy on the funding of stem cell research. The new policy, which would open up research funding to many more human embryonic-stem-cell linesm or hESCs, attracted a lawsuit from researchers who focus [...]

    04.29.11 From Wired Science
  1. Most Dangerous Week Ever

    Lesson of the week: Trust no one. Not the general-turned-king-of-spies; not the robotic crop duster spraying you with trackable goo; and definitely not the bikini-clad lady on Twiiter who claims she’s CIA. Don’t let your guard down when you head to Gitmo. The place is full of people play acting. Some of the doctors there will [...]

    04.29.11 From Danger Room
  2. Pro Football League Will Hold Player Draft on Twitter

    For those looking to be innovative and drum up some free publicity, social media offer an infinite number of possibilities, especially if you’re, say, a fledgling pro-football league looking to seize any spotlight away from the $9 billion National Football League. So while the NFL, embroiled in seemingly unending labor strife, began its annual player draft [...]

    04.29.11 From Playbook
  3. Groupon Distances Itself From Guns, Abortion And Trump (Sort Of)

    In a lighthearted statement which stresses it has never knowingly done any advertising with “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Groupon says it has nevertheless received enough backlash from customers who thought the site did business with Donald Trump that it is saying it will never to do so — just like they would avoid offering deals on [...]

    04.29.11 From Epicenter
  4. Prolific Comic Writer Bendis Tackles Marvel Universe MMO

    Comic scribe Brian Michael Bendis will head up writing duties on the upcoming massively multiplayer online PC game Marvel Universe, the comic book publisher said Thursday night at an event in San Francisco. Bendis is best known for his work on a variety of Marvel comics, including Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man. He also co-wrote the 2005 [...]

    04.29.11 From GameLife
  5. Appeals Court: No Hacking Required to Be Prosecuted as a Hacker

    Employees may be prosecuted under a federal antihacking statute for taking computer files that they were authorized to access and using them in a manner prohibited by the company, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case decided 2-1 Thursday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerned the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Congress [...]

    04.29.11 From Threat Level
  6. Decepticons Ravage Chicago in New Transformers: Dark of the Moon Trailer

    Chicago shoulders its way into a starring role during the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon clip, which demonstrates what happens when rage-filled alien robots trample a perfectly innocent Midwestern city.

    04.29.11 From Underwire
  7. Shed a Tear: The Age of Broadband Caps Begins Monday

    Come Monday, AT&T will begin restricting more than 16 million broadband users based on the amount of data they??use in a month. The No. 2 carrier’s entry into the broadband-cap club means that a majority of U.S. broadband users will now be subject to limits on how much they can do online or risk extra [...]

    04.29.11 From Epicenter
  8. THQ Delays Red Faction, Shows Off Tie-In Film

    THQ has pushed back the release date of sci-fi third-person shooter Red Faction: Armageddon, the publisher said Thursday. Originally slated for May, Armageddon will ship for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on June 7. Perhaps to make up for the delay, THQ also released a barrage of photos from Red Faction: Origins, an upcoming feature-length [...]

    04.29.11 From GameLife
  9. Gulf Oil Shouldn’t Spill Beneath the Radar

    A year after the Deepwater Horizon blowout sent 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, smaller leaks still bubble across the Gulf — but unlike big spills, they’re largely ignored. A nonprofit organization called SkyTruth, which uses public and commercial satellite imagery to assess environmental damage, recently added airplanes and [...]

    04.29.11 From Wired Science
  10. Army Wants Its Computers Acting Like Human Brains

    The brain is our body???s natural multi-system parallel processing organ. Its job, on a continuous basis, is to compute a huge onslaught of incoming data and spit out energy-intensive outputs??? keen color vision, a range of auditory faculties, creation and preservation of memories. The Army needs a low-power machine for pretty much those exact reasons. “Massive [...]

    04.29.11 From Danger Room
  1. Rumor: Ubisoft Accidentally Leaks Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

    Ubisoft might have accidentally spilled the beans on the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series, one in which you may jump back into the role of Alta??r. Take this all with a grain of salt for now, but a developing thread on the NeoGAF message board says that Ubisoft posted a Flash file containing the [...]

    04.29.11 From GameLife
  2. Balloons vs. Buffoon: Aerial Propaganda Hits Kim Jong Il

    The United States may be hooked on “internet freedom” as its method of choice for undermining dictatorships. But activists in South Korea are using a hybrid of old-school and new technologies to get the word out in North Korea against Kim Jong Il and his pals: balloons packed with paper and digital propaganda. They’re easy [...]

    04.29.11 From Danger Room
  3. Manning Ruled Competent to Stand for Court-Martial

    WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning has been deemed competent to face a court-martial, according to news reports. A panel of experts, convened for a so-called 706 board evaluation, determined that the former Army intelligence analyst was both physically and mentally fit to stand trial, Army officials disclosed Friday. The decision clears the way for an Article 32 [...]

    04.29.11 From Threat Level
  4. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame App Makes People Actually Buy Music

    In its first two weeks, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame app for iPhone and iPad has done something remarkable in an industry where most news about music buying is about how people don???t do it anymore: It convinced people to pay for music. The $2 app includes information about 600 ???songs that [...]

    04.29.11 From Epicenter
  5. An Interview by an Immortal, Plus a Contest

    I recently had the pleasure of finishing Immortal, written by Gene Doucette. What a wonderful book this turned out to be. The novel follows Adam the Immortal through various run-ins with magical entities, while he attempts to discover just who or what is killing his friends and leading a path straight to his doorstep. Of [...]

    04.29.11 From GeekDad
  6. Top 10 Things Sony Can Do to Make Up for PSN Hack

    Following a massive security breach of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services, Sony says it is crafting goodwill gestures to make up for any inconvenience suffered by customers whose personal information might have been compromised. “We are currently evaluating ways to show appreciation for your extraordinary patience as we work to get these services back [...]

    04.29.11 From GameLife
  7. Got Messy CSS? You’re not Alone

    Woolly, the CSS sheep. You just got a new web design gig. There’s a blank CSS file staring out from your favorite text editor. This time, you tell yourself, it’s going to be clean and simple CSS. No crazy descendant selector spaghetti code, no resorting to inline styles for quick changes, no !important. Clean, simple CSS [...]

    04.29.11 From Webmonkey
  8. Electric Fish’s Better Brain Linked to Biodiversity Boost

    Better brains make one fish, two fish, into lots and lots of fish. After upgrading their ability to communicate using electrical signals, a group of African fish exploded into dozens of species. This may be the first study to show a link between central brain evolution and increasing species diversity, researchers report [...]

    04.29.11 From Wired Science
  9. Spotify Deals Point to Worldwide Movie-Streaming Service

    Spotify is set to add movies to its on-demand music service, according to AOL’s TechCrunch. The Swedish company has completed “a number of deals with major movie studios” which will allow it to stream movies to any of its worldwide subscribers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has already denied the story, which came to TechCrunch via an [...]

    04.29.11 From Epicenter
  10. Celebrating National Poetry Month With the Geek Moms

    We thought it would be fun to wind up National Poetry Month with some of the Geek Moms??? favorite poets and poetry. My own memories of poetry are quite early. My mother lived in Los Angeles and my father lived in the mountains over six hours away. This was back in the ’70s, so [...]

    04.29.11 From GeekDad
  1. GeekDad Giveaway: Xbox Live Arcade Triple Pack

    For all you hard core Xbox gamers on GeekDad, do we have a giveaway for you! You have exactly one week to send in your entry for a chance of winning the grand prize, the Xbox Live Arcade Triple Pack! Xbox Live Arcade Triple Pack Three critically acclaimed downloadable games are now together on one disc! [...]

    04.29.11 From GeekDad
  2. Video Roulette Perceived as Riskier Than Real

    People may be less willing to take risks on activities depicted online through video feeds than they are in person, even when the activity is the same. In a study of people playing roulette, participants perceived more risk in games broadcast over video than played in person. The feeling that we don???t have as much influence over [...]

    04.29.11 From Wired Science
  3. Amazon Autopsy Reveals Causes of Cloud Death

    Amazon has apologized to customers affected by last week’s EC2 outage and offered a detailed post mortem about exactly what went wrong. The short answer is that a network update shifted traffic to the wrong router, which then wrecked havoc on Amazon’s US East Region Availability Zone. In addition to apologizing, Amazon is giving affected customers [...]

    04.29.11 From Webmonkey
  4. 9 Articles for Action Comics #900 ??? Part 7: Favorite Friends, Family and Pets

    Superman is such a massive character that, at times, writers have complained that he’s a little too large to empathize with. Thankfully, he has always had a rich stable of friends and family to play off. Even with Superman removed from the spotlight, most of these characters can pull their own weight, story-wise. A few [...]

    04.29.11 From GeekDad
  5. TiGr Bike Lock: Thin, Strong, Stylish

    TiGr is a newly invented bike lock which uses a titanium band instead of a chain, shackle or cable. The lightweight “bow” is secured by a titanium-encased Abloy Protec steel lock, and is long enough to thread through both wheels and around a secure post. The TiGr comes from cyclist and lock-maniac John Loughlin, who is [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  6. Dork Tower Friday

    Read all the Dork Towers that have run on GeekDad. Find the Dork Tower webcomic archives, DT printed collections, more cool comics, awesome games and a whole lot more at the Dork Tower Website.

    04.29.11 From GeekDad
  7. Video: Transformers 3 Trailer Looks Awesome

    Paramount Pictures has just released the first full trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (or TF3 as it is being branded), and it is pretty damn awesome. Take a look: As far as I can tell, the US sent astronauts to the moon not just to play golf but to investigate some mysterious alien [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  8. The $150 Bottle Cage for Cycling Samurai

    This scrappy-looking bottle cage comes from Mr. Iribe, an apparently mythical Keirin track-frame builder in Japan. When he is not busy making bikes for the Samurai, “he makes a few bottle cages as well”, says the blurb on Compass Bicycles’ (Seattle) website. These hand-made cages are so good, it seems, that they are worth $150 [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  9. Study Takes Monkey Memory to New Level

    runMobileCompatibilityScript('myExperience922815038001', 'anId');brightcove.createExperiences(); The ability of rhesus macaques to draw shapes from memory suggests that monkeys may have as-yet-unexplored powers of recall, possibly similar in some ways to human recollection. In earlier studies, macaques have recognized previously-seen [...]

    04.29.11 From Wired Science
  10. The 7 Most Hackable Android Smartphones

    Two types of people want to buy an Android smartphone: those who simply don't want an Apple product, and those who want to trick out their phones fancier than a Honda Civic from the set of The Fast and the Furious. If you're in the latter crowd, you may be familiar with at least some aspects of the hardware-modding community. But what of the layman who wants to pimp his phone and hasn't a clue where to begin?

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  1. Pentagon Plots Comic Book Therapy for Troops

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- the military's fringe-science wing -- has launched an initiative meant to encourage U.S. troops returning from war to tell their own stories in comics form.

    04.29.11 From Danger Room
  2. FlavourCollider Visualizes Your Brain’s Reaction to Cocktails

    A synesthetic drinking installation aims to broaden minds after just one sip of a cocktail, as the experience of taste is translated into individual artworks through the brain. Marcos Lutyens is a multimedia artist interested in the neurological condition of synesthesia, which causes subjects to experience mixed sensory reactions to situations that would normally just stimulate [...]

    04.29.11 From Underwire
  3. April 29, 1964: Godzilla, Mothra Clash for First Time

    1964: Mothra vs. Godzilla makes its screen debut in Japan. Or was it Mothra Against Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Mothra or Godzilla vs. The Thing? By whatever name you choose — and it went by all of them at one time or another — for those of us who grew up watching these entertaining romps, this is [...]

    04.29.11 From This Day In Tech
  4. ‘Mudflap Girl’ Was This Guy’s Mom

    If you’ve driven anywhere in the past 30-odd years, chances are you’ve seen the chromed silhouette of a reclining woman affixed to the mudflaps of a big rig. She’s known far and wide as Mudflap Girl, but Ed Allen has another name for her: Mom. Allen, a fashion designer in Washington, D.C., claims the image was [...]

    04.29.11 From Autopia
  5. Thicknessgate: White iPhone 0.2 mm Fatter than Black iPhone

    We may have discovered the secret behind the new white iPhone, and why now, 10 months late, Apple finally thinks it will stay white instead of fading to a dirty, stained yellow. Extra paint, and lots of it. The internet is abuzz today with comparison photos showing that the white iPhone is noticeably thicker than its [...]

    04.29.11 From Gadget Lab
  6. Lasers May Replace Spark Plugs

    By Mike Spinelli, Jalopnik Much like Jello molds and AC/DC, spark plugs haven’t changed much since their invention 150 years ago. But researchers say lasers can ignite an internal combustion engine’s fuel-air mixture far more efficiently than spark plugs. The researchers, based in Romania and Japan, say their system uses small lasers that focus beams into the [...]

    04.29.11 From Autopia
  7. Is Netflix Reducing Illicit File Sharing? Depends on Which Stats You Believe

    Netflix, the DVD-by-mail company that turned into a streaming-movie giant, now has nearly as many subscribers as Comcast. In the evenings, Netflix accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. bandwidth usage, by some measurements. Those astounding numbers are leading some to wonder whether Netflix is reducing the amount of peer-to-peer file sharing, once the easiest [...]

    04.28.11 From Epicenter
  8. Role Reversal: Apple’s Profits Are Bigger than Microsoft’s

    Talk about a sign of the times. Apple is now more profitable than Microsoft. The Borg earned $5.23 billion in the last three months, nearly $800 million less than Apple’s quarterly haul of $6 billion, the Redmond, Washington software giant announced Thursday. Microsoft reported a solid quarter, with a 31 percent increase in profit. But in an over-bought [...]

    04.28.11 From Epicenter
  9. The Islamists Have Brainwashed General Petraeus!

    You only think he’s fought religious fanatics in two wars. What are David Petraeus’ real sympathies, anyway? Only Frank Gaffney, who fears for your liberty every time a Muslim prays, has the courage to ask that question. In a recent talk, Gaffney, a Pentagon official in the Reagan era, said that Petraeus’ recent umbrage at the [...]

    04.28.11 From Danger Room
  10. See More Asgardian Action in Japanese Thor Trailer

    A new Japanese trailer for Thor shows off even more of the superheroes, villains and unearthly battlegrounds of the upcoming movie from Marvel Studios.

    04.28.11 From Underwire
  1. Sony Says PlayStation Credit Cards Were Encrypted

    Reeling from a hack attack that exposed information on 77 million PlayStation Network users, Sony now says that the credit card numbers potentially stolen in the breach were encrypted. “All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network,” Sony wrote in a blog post. “The [...]

    04.28.11 From Threat Level
  2. Hands-On: Hulu Plus for Xbox 360 Is Just as Unfinished as Netflix Offering

    Microsoft will add Hulu Plus service to Xbox 360 on Friday, locking the premium on-demand video service behind its Xbox Live Gold paywall and shipping it in half-finished form.

    04.28.11 From GameLife
  3. Glimpse Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

    We all knew this would come one day. The final Harry Potter film is almost here. However, if this new trailer is any indication, while the end of the beloved franchise is disappointing, the film itself won't be.

    04.28.11 From Underwire
  4. Science Scripts on Monster Squid, Marie Curie Get Funding Boost

    It sounds like a Roger Corman B movie but in fact, El Diablo Rojo takes its science seriously. A fact-based chronicle about marine biologists in search of a giant squid in the Sea of Cortez, Rojo is one of six science-themed movies-in-progress that picked up a total of $140,000 in grant money Thursday at [...]

    04.28.11 From Underwire
  5. LimeWire Facing Billion-Dollar Damages Trial

    The Recording Industry Association of America’s trial against LimeWire starts next Tuesday. It’s the nation’s first copyright-infringement lawsuit against a file sharing software maker since the Supreme Court’s 2005 Grokster decision. A New York federal jury will decide how much LimeWire and its owner should pay the record labels for wanton infringement committed on LimeWire’s [...]

    04.28.11 From Threat Level
  6. Madden NFL 12 Poised for Unprecedented Realism

    With more than 90 million copies sold to date, EA Sports' Madden NFL series has garnered a legion of loyal gamers around the world since its 1989 debut. Always looking for authentic gameplay and attention to detail, these fans will get to experience an added dose of reality when Madden NFL 12 hits store shelves on August 30.

    04.28.11 From Playbook
  7. Unfollowed: How a (Possible) Social Network Spy Came Undone

    A screengrab shows @PrimorisEra’s now-deleted Twitter account. It started out with a leggy, bikini-clad avatar. She said she was a missile expert — the “1st Lady of Missiles,” in fact — but sometimes suggested she worked with the CIA. With multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, she earned a following of social media-crazed security wonks. Then came [...]

    04.28.11 From Danger Room
  8. Still Searching: SETI Pioneer Jill Tarter Talks Shutdown, Aliens

    For many alien enthusiasts, Jill Tarter is synonymous with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. As the SETI Institute’s research director — and the inspiration for Jodie Foster’s character in Contact — she’s done more than anyone to raise the search for cosmic company from a fringe effort to serious science. After receiving a TED prize in [...]

    04.28.11 From Wired Science
  9. Bike Built Entirely of Wood Could Set Speed Record

    By Duncan Geere, Wired UK A bicycle made entirely of wood, created by a pair of British designers, is aiming for a 31-mph speed record. SplinterBike doesn’t have a single piece of metal, rubber or plastic. The axles are made of ekki. The frame, wheels and cogs are birch, and the bearings are ironwood. The pedals and [...]

    04.28.11 From Autopia
  10. Alt Text: Sneaky Smartphones Track Stupid Users

    Some reporter or another discovered last week that consumer-device manufacturer Movabla’s immensely popular and seductively curved moPhone collects user-location data in an unencrypted text file titled “not_user_data_ignore_this.txt.” The file contains a complete log of the user’s location, velocity and distance from the nearest Movabla Store. Users of the moPhone were outraged nearly to the point of [...]

    04.28.11 From Underwire
  1. The Uncanny Valley of Advertising

    From an economic point of view, improvements in ad-targeting technology seem as though they???re pretty obviously Pareto-optimal: Everybody benefits. Advertisers get to waste fewer of their ad dollars putting messages in front of people they don???t want to reach, publishers get to charge more money, and consumers get to see only things [...]

    04.28.11 From Epicenter
  2. AwesomeBar HD Packs More Awesomeness into Firefox

    Firefox’s “Awesome bar” turned the humble URL bar into something more. One part web address, one part bookmark, history and open tab search tool, Mozilla keeps looking for ways to add more features to the Awesome bar. The latest experiment from Mozilla developer Edward Lee is the AwesomeBar HD add-on which combines ideas [...]

    04.28.11 From Webmonkey
  3. Ancient Teeth Show Neanderthals Were Righties

    Right-handedness reaches back a half million years in the human evolutionary family, at least if scratched-up fossil teeth have anything to say about it. Stone-tool scratches on the front teeth of Neanderthals and their presumed European ancestors occur at angles denoting right-handedness in most of these Stone Age hominids, just as in human populations today, say [...]

    04.28.11 From Wired Science
  4. Drones Spray, Track the Unwilling in Air Force Plan

    Here’s how the U.S. Air Force wants to hunt the next generation of its enemies: A tiny drone sneaks up to a suspect, paints him with an unnoticed powder or goo that allows American forces to follow him everywhere he goes — until they train a missile on him. On Tuesday, the Air Force issued a [...]

    04.28.11 From Danger Room
  5. What Driving Games Can Teach You About Racing

    By Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica As a hardcore racing fan, the first racing game I really got into was a Super Nintendo F1 game. But it wasn’t until the release of Gran Turismo on the PSone that the game console could finally provide a virtual outlet for those with the desire, if not the cash, [...]

    04.28.11 From Autopia
  6. Army Wants to Stage Plays at Guantanamo Bay

    Get ready for live theater at the world’s most notorious detention facility. No, not for live readings of the Gitmo Files. The Army wants to stage readings from Sophocles’ classic plays Ajax and Philoctetes for the beleaguered troops at Guantanamo Bay. It’s hardly just entertainment. The readings are part of a theater program “aimed at helping [...]

    04.28.11 From Danger Room
  7. April 28, 1940: BMW Sweeps Mille Miglia

    BMW has long hailed itself as building "the ultimate driving machine," and never was that more true than when the company thoroughly dominated the 1940 Mille Miglia.

    04.28.11 From This Day In Tech
  8. Star Trek’s Original Brainiacs Induce You to Buy New Mondo Posters

    Will three bulging-brained telepaths induce you to buy the latest limited-edition Star Trek posters from Mondo? Yes. Yes, they will, you simple human. The new posters, based on episodes from the sci-fi series’ first two seasons, go on sale sometime Thursday on the website of the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique. The first poster, titled The Menagerie, [...]

    04.28.11 From Underwire
  9. Sony Says It May Resurrect PlayStation Network on Tuesday

    Sony says it has set a tentative date of May 3 for restoration of some PlayStation Network services. “Our employees have been working day and night to restore operations as quickly as possible, and we expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday,” said Sony Computer Entertainment America corporate communications director [...]

    04.27.11 From GameLife
  10. First Glorious Immortals Trailer Shows Us Our Next Superman

    Every great sword-and-sandals flick needs a great rallying cry. Tarsem Singh's impressive-looking Immortals is no different.

    04.27.11 From Underwire
  1. PlayStation Network Hack: Who Did It?

    It’s one of the biggest data breaches in history. Now that Sony has come clean — sort of — on a computer intrusion this month??that exposed personal information on 77 million PlayStation Network users, one obvious question remains: Who pulled off the hack? In the old days, the answer would be simple: some kid did it. [...]

    04.27.11 From Threat Level
  2. Laser Hole Punch Turns Hair Into Forensic Time Machine

    An ultraviolet laser carves a 50-micron-wide hole in a strand of hair without burning it. The new technology could be incredibly accurate sampling tool for forensic investigations.

    04.27.11 From Wired Science
  3. Reader Photo: Stunning Interactive Sky Image

    This stunning 360 degree panorama of the night sky was stitched together from 37,000 images by a first-time astrophotographer. Nick Risinger, a 28-year-old native of Seattle, trekked more than 60,000 miles around the western United States and South Africa to create the largest-ever true-color image of the stellar sphere. The final result is an interactive, zoomable [...]

    04.27.11 From Wired Science
  4. Review: Leaping Through Outland’s Pretty Bullet Hell

    I am trapped. An endless, patterned array of red and blue instant-death bullets cascades from the heavens, filling the air around me. There’s no place to go but up. I desperately try to maneuver around them, but I am not fast enough. I am fried by the chaos. Outland, a downloadable title for Xbox 360 released [...]

    04.27.11 From GameLife
  5. Fan’s Batman Complex Trailer Unmasks Insane Dark Knight

    Sad as it is to admit, Batman is just the figment of a lot of people’s imaginations, from Bob Kane to Christopher Nolan. But what if the Dark Knight was just a paranoid schizophrenic who fantasized about being a superhero? That would be kind of cool, actually. Hence this awesome fan-made trailer, The Batman Complex. Stitching together [...]

    04.27.11 From Underwire
  6. NATO Sending Mixed Messages about Afghan Militias

    Staff Sgt. Richard Rodriguez was on a mission. On March 27, the stocky military policeman from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division led a group of American and Afghan security forces on a foot patrol through the town of Baraki Barak, 50 miles south of Kabul. (See video above.) Among Rodriguez’s goals: to identify young, male [...]

    04.27.11 From Danger Room
  7. Superman Defies God, USA in Action Comics’ Landmark 900th Issue

    Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship in Action Comics‘ record-breaking 900th issue. But that’s not all the benevolent alien refugee does in the sprawling special issue, which hits stores Wednesday. The Man of Steel throws down in outer space against a continually misguided Lex Luthor, who’s finally rewarded for his boundless ambition by becoming a petulant god. [...]

    04.27.11 From Underwire
  8. ICE Uses Seized Domains for Best Anti-Piracy Video Ever

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau is hoping to lay a little guilt on??movie??downloaders by??dramatizing??the ??stark human toll BitTorrent inflicts on Hollywood boom mic operators … or something. ICE released??the above 76-second public service announcement to YouTube late Tuesday, and began??promoting it on 65 of the 120 domains the agency seized in its anti-piracy program [...]

    04.27.11 From Threat Level
  9. Star-Studded Cast Graces Call of Duty Zombie Expansion

    runMobileCompatibilityScript('myExperience921146882001', 'anId'); brightcove.createExperiences(); The upcoming “Escalation” map pack for Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops will feature a zombie level and a star-studded cast of supernatural film veterans, the publisher said Tuesday. Call of the Dead, inspired by and featuring Night of the Living Dead director George Romero, will star Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Robert [...]

    04.27.11 From GameLife
  10. iPhone App Turns Supermarket Barcodes Into Melodies

    Developer Leo van der Veen has created an iPhone app that lets you scan any barcode and convert it into a melody. The app, called Barcodas, works on any EAN or UPC barcode. Once you have scanned the barcode, the app will interpret the lines of the barcode as different notes depending on the number they [...]

    04.27.11 From Underwire
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