6 Mysterious Airplane Disappearances in Aviation History

Malaysia Airlines MH370 is only the latest in a long line of planes that flew off the radar The shocking disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has captured the attention of millions around the world as the search for the airplane and its passengers and crew continues. What happened to the flight’s 239 passengers and crew after the plane left Kuala Lumpur on Saturday? It is becoming an increasingly desperate question as the days pass. But it’s hardly the first mystery of its kind. While it’s extremely rare that a flight simply vanishes with barely a trace, aviation history has seen its fair … Continue reading 6 Mysterious Airplane Disappearances in Aviation History

Facebook Makes $54 Trillion Bid For The Internet

IN A bold move for online domination, social networking site Facebook told the world today it will bid $54 trillion for the world wide web, making it their biggest purchase to date. The proposed deal sent shares in Mark Zucherber’gs company up as much as 76% per cent in trading after the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. The Internet, which is currently owned by a hand full of global investors, is expected to accept the offer next week. “We have had our eye on the Internet for quite some time,” Mr. Zucherberg told WWN today. “This will … Continue reading Facebook Makes $54 Trillion Bid For The Internet

Snapchat Wins ‘Best Mobile Application’ At The 2013

This year’s best mobile app is Snapchat, at least according to the 2013 Crunchies Awards. The ephemeral photo and video messaging app beat out a tough crowd this year, including Mailbox, Tinder, VSCO Cam and WhatsApp. This is Snapchat’s second Crunchie, since it won fastest rising startup last year for its speedy early user growth. Snapchat began in 2011 at Stanford, and the service took off, finding purchase not just among the usual early adopter crowd, but also with mainstream users. Snapchat was reportedly sending 400 million messages per day as of November, which is 8 times the volume of snaps that … Continue reading Snapchat Wins ‘Best Mobile Application’ At The 2013

Facebook Announces Paper, A Curated Visual News Reader Launching Feb 3rd On iOS

You miss great content because you aren’t subscribed to the right sources. So Facebook wants to bring you content serendipity with Paper, a standalone iOS news reader app it revealed today that delivers human and algorithm-curated full-screen articles and photos in categories you select like Tech, LOL, and Pop Culture. Paper launches to everyone in the US on February 3rd, the day before Facebook’s 10th birthday. Paper is the first app out of Facebook Creative Labs, an initiative to let small teams within Facebook build standalone mobile experiences as if they were nimble startups. Facebook Creative Labs will carry out the strategy Mark … Continue reading Facebook Announces Paper, A Curated Visual News Reader Launching Feb 3rd On iOS

We push six 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB adapters to the limit

So you just bought a new 802.11ac router (after reading our grueling roundup, of course). Great! What kind of wireless adapter are you using to connect your client PC to that router? If the client doesn’t incorporate an 802.11ac adapter—relatively few machines do—you won’t get the maximum benefit from that new router. I just finished benchmarking six of the newest 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB adapters and found striking differences in performance. As you know, the 802.11ac draft standard can deliver a physical link rate up to 1300 megabits per second (with a router that supports three spatial streams for sending and three … Continue reading We push six 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB adapters to the limit

Mobilink Becomes the World’s Fastest Growing Brand on Facebook

Mobilink has been certified as the World’s Fastest Growing Brand on Social Media by Social Bakers, global provider of network statistics and analysis for the most commonly used social networks. This is the first time a Pakistani Brand has led the global charts of any social media ranking. Social Bakers has also marked Mobilink as the most socially devoted Pakistani for a second consecutive month on all social fronts. The achievement followed Mobilink’s fan base crossing the milestone of over 2.1 million Facebook fans and twitter followers growing to more than 89,000. This marks Mobilink as the leading telecom brand … Continue reading Mobilink Becomes the World’s Fastest Growing Brand on Facebook

Nighttime Smartphone Browsing Is Bad For Your Job

We all already know it, but now it’s confirmed: nighttime smartphone use will ruin you the next day, reducing your productivity and focus after you wake up.Michigan State University business researcher Russell Johnson and his team produced a survey of American workers, asking how often they checked their phones after 9pm and how they felt at work. In short, they found correlation between late night smartphone use and performance. The survey assessed “mental depletion/fatigue using a validated survey that participants completed the following morning” and noted focus and attention span. “Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep,” said Johnson. “Because … Continue reading Nighttime Smartphone Browsing Is Bad For Your Job

How To Get Apple’s Custom Font Celebrating 30 Years Of Mac

Apple left an easter egg (intentional or otherwise) in its new 30 years of Mac tribute website today: A custom font that depicts each Mac model from the past three decades of its history as a maker of personal computers. IOS developer and hacker Greg Barbosa discovered the icon set, and tweeted a link so that others could find and download it, too (via Seth Weintraub). The font uses special private characters so once installed, you won’t be able to just type to use it as you would a normal font, but you can copy and paste the different models from the OS … Continue reading How To Get Apple’s Custom Font Celebrating 30 Years Of Mac

Fuhu, Intel Team Up on First Intel-based Android Tablet Just for Kids

Fuhu Inc., known for creating tablets and applications for children, recently announced the new DreamTab tablet. Designed to deliver grown-up technology but built just for kids, the tablet is the result of collaboration between Fuhu, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and Intel Corporation and is designed to deliver fun educational and entertainment experiences that transform the way kids learn, play and grow through technology. The new tablets will be available starting in June 2014. “We are dedicated to providing kids new and engaging experiences in learning and entertainment integrating the most up-to-date and powerful technology in the market,” said Jim Mitchell, … Continue reading Fuhu, Intel Team Up on First Intel-based Android Tablet Just for Kids

Nokia’s Weak Lumia Sales Stall Windows Phone’s Momentum

Nokia confirmed today that it sold 8.2 million Lumia Windows Phone devices in the fourth quarter of 2013. That figure represents a decline of 600,000 from the third quarter in which Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia handsets. The fall comes on the cusp of the sale of the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets to Microsoft, meaning that the slip is more Microsoft’s problem than Nokia’s. But it is a weak indicator for the larger Windows Phone platform that was showing signs of gathering momentum. Last year was an excellent one for Windows Phone. Nokia sold 4.4 million devices in the … Continue reading Nokia’s Weak Lumia Sales Stall Windows Phone’s Momentum

A Sugar-Powered Smartphone? Sweet!

A more efficient, sugar-powered battery developed by a team at Virginia Tech could help move the technology out of the lab and into your favorite gadget. Your phone might have to start counting calories. A Virginia Tech research team unveiled a new sugar-powered battery Tuesday that could replace conventional batteries in cell phones and tablets in as little as three years. The battery uses chemical reactions to generate electricity from molecules found in sugar. While not the first sugar-powered battery developed, this early prototype reportedly has a higher energy density and needs refueling far less often than other models. “Sugar is a perfect energy … Continue reading A Sugar-Powered Smartphone? Sweet!