T-Mobile Rethinks The Phone Number

T-Mobile users will soon be able to have a single number that covers multiple devices, as well as having the same phone cover two or more lines. The Digits feature is being extended to all customers next week after several months of testing. In effect, Digits is an extension of the Google Voice idea that […]

The Thrifty Geek: Five Steps To That Next Gadget Buy

Let’s face it: we’re in a difficult economy, we geeks. We covet the expensive, the shiny, the technologically advanced, all in spite of our financial situation. Sure, some geeks are lucky. They’re good with numbers and programming and, in spite of economic woes, can manage to get by and drive new cars and snatch up […]

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 […]

5D, Holograms, & DNA: The Amazing Hard Drives of the Future

Today’s data storage solutions have an expiration date. What’s on the horizon to replace them? The folks from SciShow take a look at some of the possible and amazing hard drive technologies of the future, including five-dimensional glass memory that can store up to 360TB per disc, holographic data storage, and DNA data storage. [SciShow]

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 […]

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 […]

Having A Landline No Longer The Norm In US

Most American homes don’t have a landline telephone according to newly published figures. Young adults and renters are the most likely to be cell-phone only. The figures come from the National Center for Health Statistics. Twice a year it carries out a wide-ranging survey of around 20,000 households on health issues and asks for a […]

NASA Wants Help With Aircraft Code

NASA is offering a prize to coders who can help speed up the supercomputer software used to improve aircraft performance. You’ll need to be a US citizen and able to work with Modern Fortran. While many people think of NASA as being a space organization, it also works on aeronautics closer to home. This includes […]