Tech manufacturers that boast how fast their devices can juice up might want to listen up: A California teen has developed a super-capacitor that could lead to a 20- to 30-second phone charge.
Super-capacitors are energy-storage devices that have a long cycle life, and have the potential to store a lot of energy per unit volume. Sounds dandy, right? Not quite. The devices have limited use because they store less energy than batteries. But Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, Calif. has made quite an advancement with this technology.
"The super-capacitor I have developed uses a special nanostructure, which allows for a lot greater energy per unit volume," Khare said in a video interview at last week's 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. The world's largest science fair brought together 1,600 high-school finalists from all over the world, who competed for more than $4 million in awards. Read more...More about Student, Chargers, Battery, Batteries, and Science Fair
The vast majority of those are trojan viruses, a type of virus that, as Mashable reported, is used in many instances (to target Tibetan activists, for example.) SMS trojans, which steal money by sending unauthorized texts to premium rate numbers, are the most common, with 63% of total infections. Read more...More about Android, Malware, Phishing, Kaspersky Lab, and Tech
Syncing audio to a Bluetooth speaker is a common practice these days, but sending it wirelessly to two old-school speakers at the same time is a thing of the future.
A new Kickstarter project for the Vertus, which has already reached its $40,000 funding goal on the site, allows you to share music via Bluetooth to more than just one speaker.
Here's how it works: If a friend comes over with, say, a Jawbone Jambox and starts playing music, you will be able to connect an older speaker so both devices play the same song. The speakers can be in the same room, right next to each other or other parts of the house. Read more...More about Speakers, Kickstarter, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile
Melnik explained that he's a nurse for a young man named Itzy Cagen. Cagen has been a quadriplegic since being struck by a hit-and-run driver as a toddler, but for the past couple years also been one of Watt's biggest fans
"During the season, every morning I would wake him up and he would announce 'J. J. SWATT!!!' Just thought you would like to know that he is out there and would love to meet you if at all possible," Melnik wrote. "We understand that you are busy, but who knows?"Nfl, Entertainment, and Sports
It's official: Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One, its newest gaming console and entertainment system. While many of the features were met with positive reviews on social media, those loyal to other video game consoles also took the liberty of sounding off with their own opinions.
With the PlayStation 4 expected to to hit stores this holiday season, Xbox One expected later this year and other consoles such as Wii U and OUYA on the market, we want to know: Where will you put your money?What video game console do you most want? Poll, Xbox, Nintendo Wii U, Wii U, and Playstation 4
Just when you thought display technology could hardly get any better, along come quantum dots, making screens more colorful while consuming less power
This is not just some pie-in-the-sky dream of scientists and geeks. Nanosys and 3M have put this Star Trek-like tech to work, and it's gone way beyond the experimental stage, to where it's now almost ready to be built into smartphones, tablets and TVs.
The two companies said in a press release they'll have samples available to manufacturers by the "late second quarter of this year," which means companies interested in using this technology in their screens might be getting their hands on it within five weeks or so. Read more...More about Smartphones, Lcd, Tablets, Hdtv, and Tech
Trunk is a charging cable equipped with a USB connector on one side and a Lightning connector on the other, and it's rigid enough to hold your iPhone 5 or iPod in whatever position you desire.
Made by a company called ILoveHandles, this $19.95 charging cable/holder can prove itself useful in a variety of circumstances
Sometimes you need your iPhone placed in a certain position — a task that can usually be accommodated with your hands. But not while you're driving, for example. Check out this picture that shows how your iPhone can be positioned right where you need it in the car, crucial when using your iPhone for GPS. Read more...More about Iphone 5
François Gissy is a French bicyclist, but he's about the furthest thing from your typical fixie-riding hipster. No, this is how Gissy rolls: attaching a rocket to his bike to reach a reported speed of 163 miles per hour
That's a world record, according to French news site DNA. (Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg has actually reached a few miles-per-hour faster, but did so while drafting behind a car.)
Technicalities aside, 163 mph on a bicycle is completely ridiculous, and the YouTube videos at the top and bottom of this post are downright jaw-dropping. The top clip shows Gissy briefly whizzing by the camera, while the bottom one shows him strapping in. Check them out for yourself then let us know what you think in the comments Read more...More about Entertainment, Videos, Sports, and Watercooler
Call of Duty: Ghosts represents a significant graphical upgrade from the previous titles in the series, according to publisher Activision.
To prove this, it showed a video during Tuesday's Xbox One unveiling that shows footage from the upcoming Ghosts compared to footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The video's narration, said developer Infinity Ward, is able to do in-depth scans of subjects, including a Navy Seal-trained dog, and then translate them into the game world. You can see fine details on the models, like the scars on the dog's nose or bruising on a human hand. The advancements are all thanks to Infinity Ward's new engine, built with next-generation consoles in mind. Read more...More about Gaming, Call Of Duty, Entertainment, Game Trailers, and Call Of Duty Ghosts
A bipartisan and independent commission studying corporate espionage's impact on the American economy recommended passing the controversial Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its report released Wednesday.
". . .Corporations need better information, and thus an open, two-way communications flow between companies and U.S. government agencies is more necessary than ever before," says The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property's report.
"Companies cannot be asked to share more information unless they have a reasonable expectation that they will receive useful information in return, and they need protections from lawsuits if they do provide information. The Cyber Information Security Protection Act is an example of a statutory effort to address this problem, and the Commission recommends its passage." Read more...More about China, Intellectual Property, Congress, Us World, and Politics
Though Facebook is still the most popular social network among teens, their enthusiasm for Mark Zuckerberg's network is decreasing, according to new findings from the Pew Research Center.
Pew reports that 77% of online teens (ages 12-17) surveyed use Facebook. But while Pew's findings show that teens view Facebook participation as important for socializing, they have "waning enthusiasm for Facebook," as explained in the video above. The report cites teens' dislike for over-sharing and stressful "drama" on the social network. Teens also don't like the fact that more and more adults are joining Facebook, although Pew found that 7 in 10 teens are Facebook friends with their parents. Read more...More about Facebook, Social Media, Surveys, Pew, and Pew Report
Hewlett-Packard posted mixed results in its second quarter, but beat analysts' profit estimates, helping to send the stock up more than 13% in after-hours trading
HP reported earnings per share of $0.87 on revenue of $27.6 billion, beating Wall Street's consensus estimate for earnings per share of $0.81, but coming in below the revenue estimate of $28.1 billion. The company's second-quarter revenue was down 10% year-over-year.
In a statement, HP's CEO Meg Whitman praised the results as showing signs of progress in the company's long-term comeback. "I am encouraged by our performance in the second quarter, and I feel good about the rest of the year," she said. "As I have said many times before, this is a multi-year journey. We have a long way to go, but we are on track to deliver on our fiscal 2013 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share outlook." Read more...More about Stocks, Hewlett Packard, and Business
Engineering students at Oklahoma State University (OSU) have designed three concept drones that could one day help storm trackers and researchers better understand tornadoes.
Led by professor Jamey Jacob, three teams of students outlined plans for Storm Penetrating Air Vehicles (SPAVs) that would penetrate thunderstorms, including the supercells that generate tornadoes, to collect vital meteorological data for better storm forecasting. The teams hope their SPAVs will collaborate with or ultimately replace storm chasers, who risk their lives driving after tornadoes in attempt to track down data. Read more...More about Weather, Tornado, Tornadoes, Tech, and Gadgets
ZZ Ward, who Fuse TV recently proclaimed as one of 30 must-see artists at South by Southwest, just launched a web app that plots when fans first discovered her. How?
The "365 Days of ZZ Ward" app uses Facebook's Open Graph to browse users' Facebook activity and plot their ZZ Ward-tagged status updates, photos and videos.
The moments will be displayed on an interactive timeline, and fans' social participation with the experience will unlock exclusive music content. At launch, people will be able to earn access to four videos and a free MP3 download of an unreleased song
"The app will actually get better over time as more fans connect to it and new ZZ content is added," Brian Ressler, director of digital marketing at Disney Music Group, told Mashable. The app will add new unlockable content every three weeks or so Read more...More about Facebook, Music, Entertainment, Web Apps, and Open Graph
It was only a matter of time.
Jif, the popular peanut butter company, has finally weighed in on the debate about how to pronounce GIF:May 22, 2013
The tweet links to, what else, a GIF:
Jif's tweet came less than a day after the creator of the Graphics Interchange Format (ie GIF) revealed that GIF is actually pronounced "Jif." This simple declaration set off countless tweets and much self-doubt among the GIF-faithful.
Whose side are you on? Share in the comments below.Twitter, Business, and Gifs
Here's a video of Tina, 14, covering Eddie Van Halen‘s “Eruption” guitar solo and absolutely shredding it
If the words “Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ guitar solo” have no meaning to you, we'll get to the meat of the story: This girl is some sort of guitar wizard.Music, Guitar, Rock, Watercooler, and Videos
Vancouver, Wash.-based company Investist has a new idea for rolling in style. It's called Hovertrax, and it's an auto-balancing, electronic transporter with two-wheeled gyro technology — or, more simply, a wiggle board with power.
The group is collecting funds for the gadget through Kickstarter, and, as of Wednesday afternoon, has already raised more than $50,000 — exceeding its original goal of $40,000, with 39 days remaining to donate
The concept behind Hovertrax is simple: Its two motors, one in each wheel, correspond with your movements. To move forward, lean in to your toes; to move backward, tilt your heels behind you. Spin the board in circles by placing one foot behind the other. The company assures there's no learning curve — just hop on and hit the road Read more...More about Gadgets, Videos, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and Small Business
Two years and millions of units later, Microsoft Kinect motion and voice capture and control system for the Xbox 360 is an unparalleled success. So it came as little surprise that the powerful controller is now an essential part of the Xbox One console that Microsoft will ship sometime later this year.
The new, somewhat larger — dare I say boxy -– Kinect is vastly more powerful than the one Microsoft had been selling for $99. During a post-Xbox One unveiling panel with Xbox’s Major Nelson (A.K.A. Larry Hryb), Todd Holmdahl, the corporate vice president of Xbox Hardware, outlined the sensor’s new capabilities: Read more...More about Microsoft, Kinect, Entertainment, Gaming, and Gadgets
Twitter has finally introduced two-factor authentication to more securely protect accounts, the company announced Wednesday.
Jim O'Leary from Twitter's product security team announced the new feature via a blog post, saying it is in response to accounts "occasionally" being compromised by phishing schemes or password breaches on other sites. The move will likely be of most interest to major brands with a presence on the site.
Twitter is calling the new feature "login verification." It works similarly to other two-factor authentication systems, especially Google's feature: After the account holder logs into an account, Twitter will send a special code to the user via SMS text message that the person must enter to gain access to the account. Read more...More about Twitter, Security, Social Media, Apps Software, and Two Factor Authentication
“As modern Latinos we do things differently, including how we shop for mobile devices,” said Lopez.
With that in mind, she's launching Viva Movil, a new wireless store and online presence designed specifically for the Latino community. Lopez will serve as the Chief Creative Officer for the company and is also the majority shareholder
Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider for Viva Movil, but it does not own a portion of the company.Verizon, Celebrities, Latino, Jennifer Lopez, and Music