Twitter transparency report shows growing government demand for data

Twitter said that the U.S. government continues to make the most requests for information about the social network’s subscribers in a growing pursuit of data that has sparked protest by Internet firms. In the first six months of the year, Twitter said federal authorities made 902 requests for ...

Got an account on a site like Github? Hackers may know your e-mail address

If you have an account on Github, StackExchange, or any one of countless other sites, there's a good chance hackers can identify the e-mail address you used to register it. That's because Gravatar, a behind-the-scenes service that says it works with millions of sites, broadcasts the information using ...

Absolutely mindblowing video shot from the Space Shuttle during launch

Drop whatever you're doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you've never seen one prepared as masterfully as this. For one thing, the footage was shot in high definition, so the image is exceptionally clear.

Revealed: NSA program collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore,

Billion Pixel Imager

Engineers at Caltech have hacked an inexpensive microscope, turning it into a billion-pixel imager that makes even the best standard microscopes pale in comparison.One of the most fundamental truths in microscopy is that you can have either high resolution images of a small area or low resolution views ...

Study Finds 3D Printing Could Save The Average Home Up To $2,000 A Year

While I don’t have to remind you about the value of studies – many company-funded studies are best dropped directly in the trash after publication – this one about 3D printing does have some merit. Produced by the authors at Michigan Institute of Technology, it posits that at ...

HyQ Quadruped Robot Learns to Avoid Stumbles, Visits London

Last year, we wrote about HyQ, a quadruped robot designed for rough terrain missions. Created by a team at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), HyQ was learning to walk and trot, and was also able to jump and even kick things. The robot uses hydraulic actuators, which ...

3D printing an Aston Martin

For many the dream of owning an Aston Martin remains just that, the current Aston Martin Vanquish will set you back in excess of £250,000 ($380,000, €280,000), and if you’re after a vintage DB4 well you’re talking millions. For this Auckland man 3D printing is helping him build ...

The story of Yugoslavia's DIY computer revolution

In Yugoslavia in the 1980s, computers were a rare luxury. A ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 could easily cost a month\\'s salary, and that's if you could even get through the tough importation laws. Then in 1983, while on holiday in Risan, Voja Antonić dreamt up plans for ...

Fuel3D: A handheld 3D scanner for less than $1000

The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000. Fire up your creativity! 3D is booming… whether in the worlds of gaming, making, or art, the demand for 3D is ever-increasing. But generating high quality 3D images for use in 3D printing or gaming is ...

If You Think 3D Printing Is Disruptive, Wait for 4D

Every now and then you come across a technology, or a mooted technology, that sounds so far-fetched, so outlandish that it belongs with proper flying cars and the paperless office. Things that will never happen.The idea of “printing” objects, so-called 3D printing once seemed pretty outlandish but it ...

German hackers' drink of choice

It's the beverage of choice for Germany's hacker community thanks to its caffeine buzz that assists with prolonged subversive work online, and now the drink is helping bring together hacktivists around the globe. Club Mate - a fixture among German hackers whose natural caffeine provides a ...

Christie and NVIDIA team up for an interactive car-buying experience powered by augmented reality (hands-on video)

If committing the requisite funds for an Audi R8 coupe seems like a stressful ordeal, NVIDIA and Christie have created an augmented reality purchase experience to lend a hand with the selection process. Under the hood, the whole lot is powered by NVIDIA GPUs, Christie projectors and RTT ...

How to grow your Hardware Startup

Lately, many entrepreneurs are switching their attention from the traditional software and web market towards the very promising hardware market. A growing access and a growing ecosystem of startups and bigger companies are, in fact, starting to reach that tipping point in which you have products and services growing ...

First Open Source Airplane Could Cost Just $15,000

There’s an open source airplane being developed in Canada, and now its designers are looking to double down on the digital trends, turning to crowdsourced funding to finish the project. The goal of Maker Plane is to develop a small, two-seat airplane that qualifies as a light sport ...

Recipe: Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is my dirty little morning secret: It’s easy, it’s strong, it’s versatile, and it’s a whole lot smoother and less acidic than hot brewing methods. In short, served hot or cold, it makes a damn fine cup of joe with no fancy equipment needed. (Plus,

Self-contained time-lapse rig braves elements from thirty feet

Perspective is a bit hard to grasp in this image, but all of this hardware is mounted thirty feet above the ground. This time-lapse photography box makes use of the sun and a Raspberry Pi to document the goings on. The rig is one of three that were ...

Android Tops 2Q Sales In Smartphones, Tablets

Android vendors are probably having a good day today, as two separate research reports indicate dominance in both the smartphone and tablet sectors for the second quarter of 2013. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech gave its read on the U.S. smartphone marketplace, indicating that Android held 51.5% of smartphone sales from ...

Researchers develop 3D-printed flying drones capable of self-assembly

A research team in Zurich has created a flock of helicopter robots that can detect each others' positions and join together to create a larger flying machine. The Distributed Flight Array (DFA) has been developed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control ...

MTU Study: 3D printers may soon be in every home

3D printers are fast becoming one of the hottest new technologies. While the technology is still in the very early stages, Michigan Tech researcher Joshua Pearce is predicting that personal manufacturing, like personal computing before it, is about to enter the mainstream in a big way."For the average ...