In one sign of apparent maturity, most of the major players in mobile payments are forming an alliance to solve the problems that arise when trying to transistion from novelty to norm.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a lot of information, acquired from telescopes, satellites, rovers, spacecraft, and pretty much anything you can point at space. They have so much, it’s almost unmanageable. So the lab collaborated with CalTech to start JPL Infographics, a crowd-sourced data-visualization challenge. They’ll supply the info, you create the graphic.
John Kricfalusi is resurrecting the tight-fisted patriot — a character based on his own father — in a new cartoon short called Cans Without Labels.
Some people who are very good with computers like to keep that information on the down-low.
You know what we’re talking about. If word gets out that you can configure a network card, you can suddenly become your friendly neighborhood source for free tech support. If that’s you, maybe you can breathe a little easier now. …
The Gray Eagle is supposed to be the Army’s own version of the Air Force’s famous Predator drone. The Army wants its own version of the Predator so much, it’s spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and buy 164 of the things through the year 2022. Problem is, the Army is having trouble getting the drone to, y’know, work.
Russia’s fleet of aging strategic bombers has seen better days. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’s serious about developing a new stealthy bomber — and $ 13 billion worth of drones.
Samsung announces TecTiles, NFC stickers that can be programmed to automatically launch apps, send messages or change an NFC-equipped phone’s settings.
In Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel series Discworld, imps are small, demonical creatures that power the world’s gadgets. But in our world, Imps will connect all of our electronic devices to the internet.
The Air Force is seeking to build an ultrasonic missile — again. But instead of mach-speed weapons that can strike anywhere on Planet Earth, which are indistinguishable on radars from (gulp) nukes, this one’s for the Air Force’s fleet of stealth fighter jets. Only one problem: The U.S.’s experience with hypersonic weapons is hit and miss.
U.S. Special Operations and Command (SOCOM) is looking to make a few upgrades. Among them: new weapons with adjustable intensity levels — from non-lethal to lethal — that are capable of doing everything from thwarting enemy ships to paralyzing, disorienting or barricading individuals.