Plane Seat Designers Have Their Heads In The Clouds

You could enjoy your next flight atop the plane if a new product takes hold. It’s not for budget airlines to squeeze more people in but rather for premium passengers to get a unique experience. The SkyDeck, produced by Windspeed Tech, is a canopy dome that would sit on the top of the plane. It’s […]

Metal Gear Developer Quits; Strikes Sony Deal

Konami has confirmed that Hideo Kojima, the man behind the Metal Gear series, is to leave the company. He’ll be starting an independent studio and will work with Sony on a “new franchise.” It’s been an open secret that Kojima was on the way out since reports surfaced of a leaving party in October, but […]

Days Get Longer As Earth Warms, Researchers Claim

A rise in average global temperatures causes an increase in the time it takes the Earth to rotate according to a new paper. The finding could solve a 20-year-old mystery known as Munk’s Enigma. It’s already established that the length of a day increases over time because the moon is gradually getting further away. That […]

Tinder Shocker: Swipe Right And They’ll Take Your Kidney

Tinder is running a campaign to promote organ donation. And no, not that one you mucky pups. The campaign is being run with the National Health Service in the UK. It aims to tackle the problem that the number of people who say they’d be happy to donate organs after their death is much greater […]

Troll Insurance Pays Out For Cyberbullying

An insurer is offering its customers troll insurance. The “cyberbulling cover” will pay out only in specific circumstances. The cover is from the UK wing of the Chubb insurance group. It won’t be a standalone policy but instead will be available as part of personal (householder) insurance policies renewed after January 1st. To qualify for […]

1 in 5 People Online ‘Almost Constantly’ Is Survey’s Vague Claim

A survey showing 21 percent of Americans are online “almost constantly” is undermined by a lack of clear definition. Indeed, the more surprising stat may be the 13 percent who say they don’t use the Internet at all. The figures come from the Pew Research Center, which regularly runs surveys on tech and Internet use. […]

Study: Periods Make Text Messages Seem Insincere

Researchers claim that ending a text message with a period makes it come across as insincere. But the study behind the claim raises some questions itself. A team led by Celia Klin of Binghamton University asked 126 undergraduates to look through message exchanges displayed on phone screens and as handwritten notes on paper. They were […]

Schmidt: We Need A “Spellcheck” For Hate Speech

Google boss Eric Schmidt has called for “spell-checkers for hate” on social media accounts. The call has created some confusion over exactly what forms of censorship, and by whom, Schmidt supports. The comments come in an opinion piece in the New York Times in which Schmidt addresses the role of the Internet in general, and […]

Google Designs Bloodsucking Smartwatch

Google has applied for a patent on a way to draw blood without using a needle. It could be used in a smartwatch to make life easier for people with diabetes. The idea seems to be based around situations where only a small drop of blood needs to be extracted, meaning the traditional syringe needle […]

Astronaut To Run Marathon In Space

British astronaut Tim Peake is to take part in this year’s London Marathon — despite the fact he’ll be in orbit at the time. Peake won’t be an official competitor, but will be starting a 26.2 mile run at the same time as the more conventional runners on April 24. The big difference is that […]

British Officials Seize Over 15,000 Dangerous ‘Hoverboards’

15,000 potentially dangerous ‘hoverboards’ have been seized by officials in the UK. Then again, what do you expect from outdated technology? It seems the hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters, were set to be among the hot craze Christmas gifts for this year. That’s thought to be because of their hipster retro appeal: as the […]

Wikipedia Vetting AI Gets Smarter

Wikipedia is adopting a new artificial intelligence tool to weed out potentially low-quality edits. However, human users will retain the power to decide which edits remain active on the site. Previous attempts to automatically rank edits and highlight possible malicious activity haven’t worked well, according to the Wikimedia Foundation. It says such tools have placed […]