Email Pioneer Ray Tomlinson, RIP

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Ray Tomlinson, who developed what we now know as email, has died at the age of 74. As well as the technology itself, he created the use of the @ sign in addresses. Tomlinson worked at tech firm Bolt, Beranek and Newman and developed some key technologies for ARPANET, the military network that lay the […]

Six Flags Adds Virtual Reality To Rides

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Six Flags plans to add a virtual reality option to its rollercoasters for people who don’t find the real thing terrifying enough. The idea is to use headsets to provide themed video to watch while riding two existing rides at nine parks. One is the Superman ride, with the video making it appear you are […]

Interview With America’s Time Lord

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Dr Judah Levine is one of the key figures in developing ways to reliably keep time with a computer rather than an atomic clock, including the system that keeps consistent time across the Internet. Here he talks about his work… and why he doesn’t wear a watch. [Via: Laughing Squid]

Free Ebooks: The 2016 Security Essentials – The Ultimate Defense Kit (a $39.99 value!)

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For today’s free ebook, get The 2016 Security Essentials – The Ultimate Defense Kit ,a $39.99 value, for free! Kit includes “Windows Malware Analysis Essentials” plus 3 other resources to help you understand network security. By delving into end to end analysis with real-world malware samples to solidify your understanding, you’ll sharpen your technique of […]

Electric Skateboard Approaches 60mph

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Daredevil Mischo Erban has set a new world record for using an electric skateboard, hitting 59.55 miles per hour over a 100 meter distance. The “electric longboard” uses two batteries and has individual motors for each wheel, with the motors based on those from an early 1990s hard drive. Terrifying as the ride must have been, […]

Real Dog Vs Robot Dog [Video]

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We’ve previously covered Boston Dynamic’s attempts to create robots which use the shape and structure of humans and animals. Tech investor Steve Jurvetson recently took the company’s robot dog ‘Spot’ for a walk and encountered a real-life canine who didn’t seem intimidated by his oversized counterpart.

Free eBook: Getting Started with the Web by O’Reilly Media

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Today’s free eBook is for all you geeks who want to learn more about the web, start a website, and more! Getting Started with the Web Want to build your own website—one that represents you, your cause, or your organization—without outside help? With this free guide, Shelley Powers quickly teaches you the basics: you’ll learn […]

Prisoner Keeps Cellphone Up Bottom For 12 Days

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An Australian prisoner who denied having a cellphone has produced evidence to the contrary — via his rectum. The Triple murderer is in a Supermax facility and has repeatedly breached bans on owning cellphones, including at one point updating his Facebook status. After the latest handset sighting, the man denied having a handset even after […]

Boston Dynamics’ Next Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot is INCREDIBLE! [Video]

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I, for one, welcome our new atlas robot overlords. Be sure to check out the sequence at around 1:21. Bullying that poor robot was just wrong. Robots have rights too, just like the synths in Fallout 4! :) #teamrailroad A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for […]

FCC Wants To End Cable Box Monopoly

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The Federal Communications Commission says cable TV companies should not force customers to rent a cable box but instead let them use third party equipment if they want. It’s an attempt to achieve a goal set down in law 20 years ago. Way back in 1996, the Telecommunications Act set down a requirement for the […]

10 Real-Life Technologies Inspired By Video Games

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Ever played video games and wished that the gadgets and gizmos could be available in the real world? Well some of them are! Alltime10s brings you a list of wacky and wonderful inventions inspired by the technologies of the gaming world, from power-ups to automatically-aiming weapons. [Alltime10s]

Small Glass Disc Could Store Massive Amount of Data “For Eternity”

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Researchers say they could put the text of every book every written onto a single glass disc that will outlive the human race. But hopefully they’ll find some more practical uses. The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre believe the disks could be a way of archiving large collections of data in a theoretically permanent […]