Category Archives: Tech

Your Facebook Like Is Worth $174.17

Are you generous with your Facebook Likes? Do you click that thumbs up button for anything that even just slightly amuses you? Maybe you should start charging for liking things. According to a study, your Likes of a brand on Facebook are worth about $174.17 to that brand. More »

    



The TSA Found Human Skull Fragments Inside a Clay Pot

This is unsettling. The TSA found something wonkier and more gruesome than your usual box cutter or vibrator or even loaded gun this week: they found an actual human skull. Yeah. At Fort Lauderdale Airport, TSA screeners discovered that the remains of a human skull and its teeth were hidden inside clay pots. The skull was mixed in with the dirt. More »

    



These Adorable Animal Wine Racks Will Make Getting Drunk Feel So Cute

These wine racks are incredibly simple but absolutely adorable in its design. Made out of wood, the wine racks have the shape of animals with a body of a wine bottle. You can see an elephant, a penguin, a reindeer and a dog. I want them all. They would be perfect in my non existent winter cabin. More »

    



Random bug cuts off iMessages sent with the iPhone

A peculiar bug has been discovered that apparently cuts off the last word of certain phrases sent through iMessages. The word appears invisible to both the sender and the recipient.

A MacRumors screenshot shows the words “Obama” and “surprise” left off of the two sent messages. In an effort to emulate the bug, our own Senior Apple Editor Jacqui Cheng sent out the same two messages, and both were mysteriously missing the same words, despite then being seen as the messages were being composed.

The bug screenshot from MacRumors.
The bug emulated on our iPhone 5.
Jacqui Cheng

Evidence of the bug is making the rounds on Twitter, though it seems to have been discovered back in December by Apple Support forum member “Mazzlefizz.” The original post inquired about iMessages occasionally sending out messages with missing words. “It’s repeatable,” the poster explained. “It can happen with both short and longer messages.” Mazzlefizz also posited that it could have “something to do with the length of the message or how it is being wrapped.”

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Samsung to launch a “lifeproof” version of the Galaxy S 4 this summer

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch a water- and dustproof version of its Galaxy S 4 smartphone this summer. The handset would be called the Galaxy S 4 Active, but its chassis would continue to resemble the handset as it appears now.

The handset maker is also reportedly planning to launch the rugged device alongside an 8-inch tablet with similar capabilities, which may arrive later this year to join the 7- and 10.1-inch devices that make up Samsung’s tablet family, as well as the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note variant. The move will apparently be in an effort to help boost the company’s appeal to corporate and government-centric clientele in all-terrain environments, like war zones.

It’s unclear whether either the phone or the tablet might launch alongside the compact version of the Galaxy S 4 in July. Rumors have begun cropping up about a Galaxy S 4 Mini that would apparently feature a smaller design like a 4.3-inch display with a 960×540 resolution. It is also thought to feature an 8 megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 with Touchwiz Nature UX (like on the Galaxy S 4), and a quad-core processor, though the manufacturer remains unknown (or rather, the manufacturer has not been the object of speculation).

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Google chairman admits Google Glass can be “weird,” “inappropriate”

These? Awkward?

Google has long seemed blissfully unaware that Google Glass doesn’t so much step on the toes of etiquette as it does mildly assault them. But speaking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on Thursday, Google executive chariman Eric Schmidt admitted to a little bit of awkwardness with speaking commands to Google Glass, stating that sometimes the glasses can be “inappropriate,” according to Reuters.

Schmidt has championed Google Glass since its unveiling last year. Sets of the glasses come with a small panel of controls mounted in the headset, including a touchpad, but the primary method of interaction is telling Glass aloud what to do (“OK, Glass, take a photo”).

But Schmidt stated in his talk that executing the voice commands is “the weirdest thing” and noted that society will, of course, need to develop new etiquette to make itself comfortable with these devices that enable surreptitious image, video, and audio capture. Schmidt appears to take the idea that society will accept them at all as a fait accompli.

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Hard to Believe This Super Sharp Footage Was Shot with a Palm-Sized Camera

The BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera is exactly what it sounds like. It was announced earlier this month and promised to deliver super-sharp image quality in a tiny $1000 device. By the looks of the first bits of footage to hit the web, it won’t underwhelm. More »

    



Court shreds power of Motorola’s standard-based patents

In October of 2010, the smartphone patent wars were heating up. That month, Microsoft filed a complaint against Motorola at the International Trade Commission saying various Motorola phones violated its patents. Motorola shot back with patent demands of its own, saying that Microsoft owed it a heap of cash for Motorola patents related to the H.264 digital video standard and the 802.11 wireless standards. In fact, Motorola wanted 2.25 percent royalties paid on an array of Microsoft’s most profitable products, including Windows and Xboxes.

The problem was, Motorola had agreed to license those patents at so-called “reasonable and non-discriminatory” or RAND rates. Microsoft accused Motorola of breach of contract, saying that Motorola’s 2.25 percent demand was anything but the “reasonable” rate Motorola had promised. Microsoft calculated that it would result in a $4 billion payment.

That led to a lengthy lawsuit and a trial in November 2012, meant to answer a simple question: just what exactly does a RAND promise entail? It’s a big issue, because as patent battles between competitors heat up, more patents tied to industry standards are being used as ammunition. Samsung used standards-essential patents (or SEPs) against Apple in its blockbuster trial, but to no avail. And Motorola has used them, against both Apple (in a case that was shut down just before trial) and Microsoft.

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Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's finest, retested!

Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's finest, retested!