Star Wars Celebrates 40th Anniversary Today!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars (or as it was later renamed, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.) To put things into context, Star Wars is as old today as Disney’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs was in 1977. While it seems laughable today, the initial […]

Media Player Subtitles ‘A Security Risk’

Researchers say popular media players could pose a security risk through their subtitles feature. Several firms have issued or will soon issue a security update. The issue is with media players that search online for repositories of subtitle files and select the highest rated ones, the idea being to pick the ones with the best […]

Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirmed As Delayed

Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t be showing up until next spring. Makers Take Two say they need more time to make the game as good as possible. As is often the case with Take Two games, the hype starts way in advance of the game’s release. The first trailer mentionned the game would be released […]

The MP3 Is Not Dead

Reports that the MP3 format is dead have proven extremely premature. It’s about as dead as the GIF. Despite some confused reports, there’s no reason whatsoever to think the format isn’t going to disappear or that existing files will stop being useful. All that’s happened is that the organization that held some of the key […]

Net Neutrality Looks Doomed In US

The Federal Communications Commission has formally voted for another step towards killing net neutrality. It has officially proposed reclassifying both broadband and mobile data in ways that reduce the ability of the agency to regulate it. As would be expected, the measure passed by two votes to one among the three current commissioners; two seats […]

Google Getting Smarter About Visual Search

The days of typing in the lengthy default password from the bottom of your mom’s router could be over. Google has unveiled a way to get round this, along with dedicated virtual reality headsets and a hyperlocal take on GPS among a host of small but useful improvements to machine learning and artificial intelligence. Possibly […]

Google Balloons Restore Internet To Flooded Regions

Google says it’s used balloons to help “tens of thousands” of people get online in Peru after flooding hit connections in rural areas. It was an unplanned expansion of an ongoing experimental project. Project Loon (which is technically run by Google parent company Alphabet) uses 49-feet wide helium balloons flying 12 miles above earth to […]

Thumb-Sized Satellite Weighs 64 Grams

An Indian teen has designed a satellite weighing just 64 grams. It will spend 12 minutes in micro-gravity next month to test how well the design works. Rifath Sharook’s ‘Kalamsat’, named after former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, was the winner of Cubes In Space, a joint competition run by NASA and education company I […]

Five-Minute Phone Recharge ‘Coming Next Year’

Smartphones with batteries that recharge inside five minutes could be on sale next year according to a company that’s been working on the technology for several years. But ongoing mysteries about how exactly it works means there’s still scepticism. We covered the claims by StoreDot back in 2014, noting that it had explained that: The […]

Amazon Adds Video With New Echo Show Virtual Assistant

The latest version of Amazon’s Echo will have a seven inch touchscreen that can double up as a videophone. The addition of a screen on the $230 device fulfils three main roles. The first is to give a visual element to the Alexa assistant while retaining the hands-free convenience. For example, as well as getting […]

Nuggets Beat Ellen As Retweet Record Falls

A man seeking free chicken nuggets has set a new record for the most retweeted post on Twitter. Carter Wilkinson’s tweet has passed the 3,430,249 retweets of Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie — and his poultry plea has paid off. Wilkinson acted after cheekily asking Wendy’s last month how many retweets he would have to get […]

Spray Paint Turns ANYTHING Into a Touchpad

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they can turn virtually anything into a computer touchpad by using a conductive spray paint. The technology is simply a more ambitious implementation of how touchscreens already work. While older ‘resistive’ screens worked by the user physically pressing down a screen until it contacted a second layer beneath, modern capacitive […]