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FBI porn scam takes your photo and locks your mobile phone

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The FBI is watching you users of porn app. Porn Droid. If you’re looking at smut on your Android phone, the FBI will lock it, display a message that you are on the official porn-watchers register, take your photo … READ ON

Posted: 11th, September 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Video: human wasp makes drone helicopter in his garden

 

Drones are invasive. And now YouTuber user Gasturbine101 has managed to make them still more annoying by creating one that can fly him over your heads.

Called Swarm –  aka The Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone – the … READ ON

Posted: 9th, September 2015 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gif reveals how fast New Horizons is flying

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How fast is New Horizon’s moving as it flew by Pluto? We know the numbers: the pod that’s taken nine year to reach Pluto is moving at 36,000 mph.

Clay Bavor has created a Gif to help us understand … READ ON

Posted: 7th, September 2015 | In: Gifs, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: man refuses to stop shagging in VR sex simulation demo

Give a man a VR headset and a plastic doll and he’s good to go.

And go…

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Posted: 28th, August 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch the making of Moray McLaren’s gorgeous video for We Got Time

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The video to Moray McLaren’s We Got Time features lovely animations. What you see is not reliant on modern cameras and computers. What you see is what was filmed.

 

 

Londoner David Wilson tells us how it was … READ ON

Posted: 25th, August 2015 | In: Music, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drudges are dead: minimum wages creates robot waiters

 

Waiter, waiter, there’s a robot in my soup:

Many chains are already at work looking for ingenious ways to take humans out of the picture, threatening workers in an industry that employs 2.4 million wait staffers, nearly 3

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Posted: 18th, August 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Video: how to make a frisbee into a lethal weapon

 

Now to get a Hard Ticket to Hawaii – scroll down for the killer frisbee.

Spotter: b3taREAD ON

Posted: 18th, August 2015 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: this magical hypnotising model train spiral

James Risner made this model train track. The train goes on. The train never stops.

Spotter: GizmodoREAD ON

Posted: 17th, August 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police hunt man who cyber-flashed London woman a photo of his penis

 

You can send anyone a photo of your penis via a feature “buried in Apple’s iPhone”, says the Indy. No need to download Snapchat or send an email. One iPhone user found the feature and sent a … READ ON

Posted: 13th, August 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch this video of Neodymium Magnets crushing things in slow-motion

 

The neodymium magnet is “the most widely used type of rare-earth magnet, is a permanent magnet made from an alloy of neodymium, iron and boron to form the Nd2Fe14B tetragonal crystalline structure.” But you already knew that.

Spotter: Wikipedia

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Posted: 8th, August 2015 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man creates great cat feeding machine that means feline must hunt for dinner (Video)

 

Ben Millam, a self-styled “aspiring geek”, has created a cat feeding machine. If Ben’s pet feline Monkey wants to eat he must hunt for RFID-tagged white plastic balls placed strategically around the home.

When Monkey finds a ball, … READ ON

Posted: 7th, August 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Future Shock: in 1972 Alvin Toffler’s film excited our human response to over-stimulation

 

Those good people at Disinfo point us towards Future Shock, the film based on Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book. Released in 1972, Orson Welles narrates.

Alvin Toffler notes:

“We may define future shock as the distress, both physical and psychological,

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Posted: 11th, June 2015 | In: Film, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch a man play the guitar as surgeons operate on his brain

 

To Brazil, where Anthony Kulkamp Dias is playing the guitar as surgeons operate on his brain. Doctors wanted to monitor Mr Dias’ cognitive functions during the surgery. Playing a guitar was his idea.

The 20-year-old strummed Yesterday by The … READ ON

Posted: 5th, June 2015 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Der Boxroboter: In 1983 East Germany’s robot boxer was going to rule the world

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In 1987,  Der Boxroboter was introduced to the world via Sports Illustrated:

The German Democratic Republic is very advanced in the use of scientific training methods for its athletes. Now the East Germans have beaten the world to

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Posted: 1st, June 2015 | In: Sports, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Painted bronze sculpture of Sir Tim Berners-Lee unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled Sean Henry’s painted bronze sculpture of Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

His lap-top’s in the leather bag slung over his shoulder.… READ ON

Posted: 28th, May 2015 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robo-ass: Patrick gets his prostate examined hundreds of times a year

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Meet Patrick, the “simulated patient that talks to medical students while offering real-time feedback about the virtual prostate exam he’s receiving.” Patrick is the voice of a robotic backside:

Medical Daily reports:

Patrick serves a dual purpose: personal

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Posted: 22nd, May 2015 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reader photocopies his Kindle to make a more expensive physical backup

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Artist Jesse England’s “E-Book Backup” project sees him photocopy his Kindle version of George Orwell’s 1984. He photocopied every page, one by one. He then uploaded the scanned copy to his Kindle.… READ ON

Posted: 12th, May 2015 | In: Books, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Amazon shoot a massive penis into space

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This is the unmanned Blue Origin suborbital spacecraft, New Shepard, which has soared 307,000 feet into the skies. Blue Origin is part-owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who, to the best of our knowledge, never has been pictured … READ ON

Posted: 1st, May 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google maps feature the Android robot urinating on the Apple logo

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On Google Maps, a look around the Pakistani city of Rawlpindi coughs up the image of the Android robot urinating on the Apple logo.

It’s not really there – although given that the world’s most wanted man Osama bin … READ ON

Posted: 24th, April 2015 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wootton Bassett man accidentally sent girlfriend video of him having sex with their dog

David Buchanan, 34, of Royal Wootton Bassett, England, was watching porn at home. His mind wondered: what would it be like to have sex with a dog? So. He tried it out with the nearest dog he could get, a … READ ON

Posted: 17th, April 2015 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


7 creepy robots used by police (video)

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Robots are just great. The can help defuse bombs, find people trapped under rubble and provide defence when hazard chamicals have been spilled. They can also watch you and control you.

In the Congo, solar-powered aluminium robots are huge … READ ON

Posted: 7th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Women in science: everything ‘manned’ is now robotic on the feminist internet

Rose Evelth has news for woman in science:

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A man’s crew member’s work is never done:

 

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Or ‘guide’ as the Chrome auto-demanner says…… READ ON

Posted: 27th, February 2015 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Remote control: Samsung TVs are spying on you

Shouting at the telly might be a good thing. Samsung says its smart televisions with a ‘voice” function are listening.

Samsung warns:

 “If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data

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Posted: 9th, February 2015 | In: Technology, TV & Radio | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Free Speech: comfortable students want Universities to censor free expression on Yik Yak

In the US of A, universities are clamping down on uncensorsed chatter.

Chapel Hill, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is considering banning a smartphone app that some say encourages hate speech, but other schools say

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Posted: 9th, February 2015 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0