When IBM released its first personal computer, the 5150, 30 years ago, it was deliberately drab–black, gray, and low-key. Thatâ€™s because IBM intended the 5150 to be a serious machine for people doing serious work. So how better to celebrate this important anniversary than by using the 5150 for what it was meant to do? Working on a 5150 seems to be a tall task in today’s vastly accelerated computing world, however. Could a PC thatâ€™s as old as I am manage to email, surf the Web, produce documents, edit photos, and even tweet?
Google is expanding its Street View service into some of the world’s most remote places. It will photograph the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of northwest Brazil in partnership with charity Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS).
While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees branch in a very specific way, Aidan Dwyer created a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels.
Inspired by a falling maple seed, the half-pound, single-blade Samarai unmanned aerial vehicle could one day go into battleâ€”taking off after being thrown into the air, flying to an area out of view to soldiers and beaming back video from its attached cameras.
If you haven’t heard by now, HP is significantly reducing the price of the WiFi TouchPad in order to clear all inventories of the tablet. The 16GB WiFi TouchPad will sell for $99, while the 32GB version will be reduced to $149.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have successfully crafted a chilling portrayal of what the future surely holds: a running, obstacle-scaling robot. This robot, which is called MABEL (not an acronym), is capable of running at speeds of up to 3.06 meters per second, or 6.8 mph. This might not sound very fast â€” humans jog at around 6 mph, and run at up to 25 mph â€” but just watch the video embedded below, and then try to tell me that youâ€™re not impressed.
With the Black Hat security conference out of the way, itâ€™s time for its unruly, wall-eyed brother â€” DEF CON â€” to take center stage. DEF CON is always a source of ingenious hacks and unconventional applications of technology, but Saturdayâ€™s presentation of Firefly, the grenade launcher-cum-digital-camera, will certainly rank high up the Sklyraov Meter.
China makes counterfeit everything, even fake brick and mortar stores.
A newly leaked letter kills AT&T main reason for acquiring T-Mobile in the US.
A real-life version of the famed robotic exoskeleton is a “mere” five years from production.
Lightning gun maker Applied Energetics recently lost a $3 million contract. The reason? The Marine Corps decided the companyâ€™s device, which is meant to zap improvised bombs, just isnâ€™t what they needed.