Drone Survival Guide Helps You Identify Most Drones In The World Today

Dutch designer, Ruben Pater, has created a Drone Survival Guide which shows the different shapes and sizes of drones based on their silhouettes. With drones becoming more and more common everyday, it makes sense that someone would create a guide to identify the unmanned flying machines much like a bird watching chart. The guide created by Pater offers details of how the drones look and tips on how to hide from them. Most of the drones included in the chart are from countries that are members of NATO such as US, UK, France, Germany and Canada. This is mainly because … Continue reading Drone Survival Guide Helps You Identify Most Drones In The World Today

The new Mac Pro: First impressions

The new Mac Pro is here! Well, not everywhere, exactly—Apple’s shipping them out starting Dec. 19, but orders are already backlogged into February. We were fortunate to get our hands on an eight-core model (retail price of our configuration, complete with RAM, GPU, and SSD upgrades: a whopping $6799) today; it’s currently in the Macworld Lab undergoing as many tests as we can throw at it. In the meantime, here are our first impressions based on opening the box and seeing the thing in person for the first time since the few minutes we spent with it in June. Designed in California, built in … Continue reading The new Mac Pro: First impressions

Mandela tops Google Zeitgeist 2013

World peace icon Nelson Mandela leads Google’s Zeitgeist as the top trending search term of 2013. Mandela, the former South African President who died on December 5 aged 95, also tops Google’s list of the most searched people of the year. American actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident on November 30 aged 40, was the second top trending term as well as the second most searched person. Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban last year, came in at 3rd place on the searched people list, while American actor James Gandolfini, … Continue reading Mandela tops Google Zeitgeist 2013

US Navy’s New Railgun Can Eliminate A Target 100 Miles Away

Science and technology have helped warfare become more advanced and lethal. What was once settled with swords and spears requires the use of bombs now, all thanks to the technological advancement. Quite recently, the beneficiary of this advancement has been US Navy that will soon be de-commissioning the cannons or any explosive projectiles they currently have in operational use. Their latest invention; railgun, is capable of firing at a target 100 miles away with 33-Mega-joules. According to Rear Admiral Nevin P.Carr; ‘this really changes several games.’ US Navy sure does has railguns as of now, but these railguns are only … Continue reading US Navy’s New Railgun Can Eliminate A Target 100 Miles Away

Global E-Waste Will Jump 33 Percent in the Next Five Years

Photo: David G. Freund/iStockPhoto All of those cell phones, computers, tablets, toys, and toaster ovens really add up. Not only are consumers gathering more and more electrical and electronic equipment, but we are also tossing much of it in the trash. The piles of electronic waste, or e-waste, is rising rapidly across the globe, according to a new study by the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative. The United States and China were responsible for nearly half the world’s total in market volume of e-waste in 2012, which includes anything with a battery or electrical cord. The figures per capita, however, are … Continue reading Global E-Waste Will Jump 33 Percent in the Next Five Years

Tech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting business

Leaders of the nation’s biggest technology firms warned President Obama during a lengthy meeting at the White House on Tuesday that National Security Agency spying programs are damaging their reputations and could harm the broader economy. Cisco Systems has said it is seeing customers, especially overseas, back away from American-branded technology after documents revealed that the NSA enlisted tech firms and secretly tapped into their data hubs around the world as the agency pursued terrorism suspects. Companies such as IBM, AT&T and Verizon Communications are facing angry shareholders, some of whom have filed lawsuits demanding that the companies disclose their participation in NSA intelligence programs. The companies also … Continue reading Tech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting business

After initial iPhone rush, China Mobile may see usual Apple vs. Samsung battle

  For all the hype, Apple Inc’s long-awaited iPhone agreement with China Mobile Ltd may deliver little more than a fleeting revenue jolt for the U.S. giant. A deal with the world’s largest mobile carrier, expected as early as this week, nets Apple 759 million potential new customers that could generate $3 billion in 2014 revenue, or nearly one-quarter of Apple’s projected revenue growth in its current fiscal year. But after the initial haul, Apple will find itself in a familiar, expensive battle with its main smartphone rival, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, to win over customers, one wallet at a time. And China … Continue reading After initial iPhone rush, China Mobile may see usual Apple vs. Samsung battle

Microsoft: PS4 and Xbox One selling well is “great news” for the industry

Xbox chief of staff says sales performance for new consoles is a positive overall for the business. Strong early sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is “great news” for the gaming industry overall, according to Aaron Greenberg, the chief of staff for Microsoft’s Xbox division.   “I believe we both sold everything we made. Great news for the industry,” Greenberg said on Twitter last night after November NPD Group data was released. “Awesome to see consumers supporting big time. Took five months for 360 and PS3 to both sell 2 million,” he added. Data from the NPD Group released yesterday showed … Continue reading Microsoft: PS4 and Xbox One selling well is “great news” for the industry

Financial Exchanges Close Ranks to Fight Off Cybercrime

Photo: vladru/iStockPhoto Following a string of confidence-shaking cyberattacks on stock exchanges across the globe that affected their operations, 57 stock, futures, and optionsexchanges have come together to collaborate on cybersecurity best practices. I guess they’ve come to the same conclusion expressed in a coinage attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” A hair-raising example of how vulnerable the exchanges are came in August when NASDAQ’s systems were besieged by more than double the amount of data they could process. The data torrent, abetted by a software design flaw, caused a three-hour … Continue reading Financial Exchanges Close Ranks to Fight Off Cybercrime

Japan Spotlight: Hey Big Spender! Japan Outspends US, Continues Its Meteoric Growth

Japan has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest spender on mobile apps. Data from App Annie, a mobile analytics firm, shows that mobile app revenue surged over the last year as more people moved from feature phones to smartphones.  Japan outspent the second-largest spender, the U.S., by about 10 percent.   One of the biggest reasons for the increase in app spending isn’t just smartphone penetration — which increased from 28 percent last year to 42 percent in 2013 — but Japan’s appetite for mobile games.   And don’t expect mobile app spending to slow anytime soon. The … Continue reading Japan Spotlight: Hey Big Spender! Japan Outspends US, Continues Its Meteoric Growth

Facebook, Google lead tech industry group demanding government surveillance reform

A group of the world’s most powerful Internet companies have come together to form the Reform Government Surveillance group, an organization pushing for wide-scale changes to US government surveillance in light of NSA revelations revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, AOL, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo have formed the alliance to push their shared belief that “it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.” The organization is pledging its support to sweeping new reform proposed by Washington politicians, and its website includes five central principles for change: … Continue reading Facebook, Google lead tech industry group demanding government surveillance reform

2015 Ford Mustang is lower, wider, faster, meaner, better

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and Ford is celebrating with a rebirth of the model, unveiling the biggest step forward the iconic pony car has seen in decades. A turbocharged, 2.3 liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine joins the traditional V6 and V8 options, while the quarter-mile-friendly live rear axle is finally being deleted in favor of a proper, independent setup. The new car is lighter, lower, leaner and, we think, very nice to look at. The 2015 car’s roofline sits 32mm lower, while the rear track is pushed out 70mm, 15mm at the front. It’s an incredibly muscular posture … Continue reading 2015 Ford Mustang is lower, wider, faster, meaner, better