Tech Today w/ Ken May

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With consistent savings and (hopefully) a decent interest rate on those savings, you might be able to become a millionaire. When and what will it take? This interactive calculator will show you. Read more…

Nottingham’s probably best known for its infamous sheriff, but next year it’ll have another claim to fame when a museum dedicated to gaming opens in the city. The National Videogame Arcade, said to be “the world’s first cultural centre for gaming, ” will become the new permanent home to over 12, 000 pieces from the National Videogame Archive — a collection of hardware, software and all manner of other gaming paraphernalia established by the Science Museum and Nottingham Trent University in 2007. Spread over five floors, the museum is being set up to “promote the cultural, economic, educational and social benefits of gaming” by GameCity, an organisation that runs an annual festival and other events that celebrate video games. And when it opens in March 2015, it won’t simply be another glass-walled storeroom . Temporary exhibitions will complement permanent galleries, and one floor will be devoted to an interactive space that teaches visitors about the game creation process. Best of all, you’ll actually be able to play some of the greatest games ever made, instead of just reading about their history and impact. It is an “arcade, ” after all. Filed under: Gaming Comments Source: GameCity

Sitpack and Relax on This Pocketable, Pop-Out Chair-in-a-Tube

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

Hot on the heel-plate-attachment-points of Noonee’s “Chairless Chair, ” the team at Mono+Mono has launched the ” Sitpack ” on Kickstarter. The Copenhagen-based design consultancy has developed what they’re calling “the world’s most compact, foldable resting device, ” and they’re looking to bring the pocketable monopod to market via a crowdfunding campaign. Designed in keeping with the seven universal design principles, the form factor looks like something made by, say, Beats, but the device itself is actually entirely mechanical: The canister splits laterally into wings (which serve as the seat), revealing a telescoping leg that extends to up to 85cm (33in). We know it’s that time of year, but don’t try this with your kid’s lightsaber toy: Originally known as “Rest”—hence the references in the video—the “Sitpack” is essentially a further reduced version of portable camp stools or those canes with a built-in tripod-stool (both of which I came across in the USPTO archive, after a commenter tipped me off about the original ‘wearable chair’ ), as they indicate in a tabulated side-by-side comparison on their Kickstarter page. They’re available for the discounted price of kr175 DKK (about $30 USD); retail will be in the kr270 DKK ($46 USD) range—not bad, considering that they’re looking to manufacture it in Denmark; see more here . Process sketches & renders The Team (more…)

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it would disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA obscenely invasive surveillance tactics . The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal. This is a big deal. Read more…

The Worst Bugs in OS X Yosemite and How to Fix Them

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

There’s a lot to like about OS X Yosemite , Apple’s brand-new, super-powerful operating system of the future, but a quick glance around the software’s official support forums shows that not all users are having a trouble-free experience. If you’re struggling with strange bugs and quirks in Yosemite then these are the fixes you can try. Read more…

Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

daten writes A coalition of security companies has hit a sophisticated hacking group in China with a heavy blow. The effort is detailed in a report released today by Novetta. The coalition, which calls itself Operation SMN, detected and cleaned up malicious code on 43, 000 computers worldwide that were targeted by Axiom, an incredibly sophisticated organization that has been stealing intellectual property for more than six years. The group united as part of Microsoft’s Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) campaign against Hikit (a.k.a. Hikiti), the custom malware often used by Axiom to burrow into organizations, exfiltrate data, and evade detection, sometimes for years. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

"Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

schwit1 writes with news about a flying defibrillator designed by a Dutch student. A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone”, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). “Around 800, 000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive, the main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes, ” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. “In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, ‘are temporary records and subject to destruction’ after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can’t be an issue for the government’s $80 billion IT budget: A full year’s worth of LCA data is less than 1GB.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

EE flips the switch on its faster 4G network in London

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

EE’s been conducting closed trials of LTE-Advanced technology since last year , so imagine the red faces when Vodafone reported earlier this month that its own faster 4G network was about to go live in three cities. EE’s now being forced to play catch-up, but it’s well on its way today after flipping its LTE-A network live in parts of central London, including Kensington, Old Street, Shoreditch, Soho, Southbank and Westminster. This 4G+ network, as EE brands it, should cover the whole of Greater London by the middle of next year, before rolling out to other big cities like Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester later. While standard LTE can deliver a theoretical maximum download speed of 150 Mbps, LTE-A doubles that to a maximum speed of 300 Mbps (though real-world speeds tend to be around half the max). In EE’s case, this is achieved by combining spectrum from the 2.6GHz band with its existing 1800MHz network (a process known as carrier aggregation). While everyone should see speed improvements due to increased network capacity, only smartphones with a Cat 6 LTE radio capable of tuning into the 2.6GHz band will be able to enjoy the top speeds. Currently, the only Cat 6 devices EE have to offer are the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 , though there are compatible handsets available to buy elsewhere. Filed under: Wireless , Mobile Comments Source: EE

It’s official: Lenovo owns Motorola

Posted by kenmay on October - 30 - 2014

The cash has been handed over, the contracts are signed and the lawyers are sipping champagne, which can only mean that Lenovo’s deal to buy Motorola has been completed. The purchase makes Lenovo the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, and the Chinese company has been quick to promise not to meddle. The outfit has pledged to keep Motorola based in Chicago, and CEO Rick Osterloh will keep his job at the head of the table. What will change, is that Motorola will now be able to sell its devices in Lenovo’s Asian and European strongholds, which should help the pair meet its pledge to sell 100 million smartphones and tablets this year. The pair have also pledged to return Motorola to profitability by mid-2016, which seems a lot more plausible with a stable of devices that include the Nexus 6 , Droid Turbo and Moto 360 . Filed under: Cellphones , Tablets , Google , Lenovo Comments Via: Re/code Source: Lenovo