Ear Canal Could Be Next Biometric Key


Forget the fingerprint: NEC believes the ear canal could be the secret to biometric identification. It says the system could improve security on confidential phone calls. The company isn’t the first to turn to the ear as a way of confirming identity. Last year Yahoo tested the idea of using phone touchscreens to capture an […]

Free Ebook: The Python Programming Cookbook


Here is our free ebook for today: The Python Programming Cookbook! Kick-start your Python projects with these hot recipes! Python is a widely used high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages […]

What Is Up With “Glimmers” on Titan’s Surface: A Theory


For those who don’t know, Titan is the 6th moon of Saturn, and we know VERY little about it, though our collective intelligent appetites are whet. What has us all even more enamored is the fact that recent photos from N.A.S.A have shown very distinct glimmers on the surface. What are they? The question of […]

‘None More Black’ Proves Incorrect: Vantablack is The New Darkest Material in the World


When Spinal Tap issue their next collectors edition of Smell The Glove, they should do so in a case made of Vantablack: the new darkest material in the world. Unfortunately that would pose a philosophical question. Vantablack is so dark because it absorbs 99.965 percent of the visible radiation spectrum. The name comes from Vertically Aligned NanoTube […]

Teens React to Windows 95 [Video]


Best line of the video (after the young lady sees Internet Explorer on the Windows 95 desktop): I can only assume that it’s even worse than we think it is right now. [Youtube]

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


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


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!)


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


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]


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


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 […]