June 25, 2015

4D movie seats may be coming soon to a theater near you

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Koenig sat back in his seat for a recent screening of "Mad Max: Fury Road." But this was no ordinary theater chair.

As the theater darkened and death machines rumbled across the desert on screen, Koenig's chair rumbled with them. As bullets whizzed by Furiosa, the movie's heroine played by Charlize Theron, puffs of air shot out of Koenig's headrest. Wall-mounted fans in the theater gusted desert winds and fog machines pumped smoke from the mayhem.

Read more... http://www.abcactionnews.com/entertainment/4d-movie-seats-may-be-coming-soon-to-a-theater-near-you

Five awkward emails Google's 'Undo Send' will save you from

The wheel, the telegram and now, Google's "Undo Send" email feature. There's nothing like an invention that truly changes the fabric of life. Even better are those that save us: hydraulic braking, say, or rehab.

This is the news that the tech giant is rolling out a feature allowing users to pull back emails – up to 30 seconds after hitting send. The feature has been around for a while, but hidden in Google's labs section.

Read more... http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/24/five-awkward-emails-google-undo-send-will-save

June 21, 2015

Elon Musk's SpaceX is holding a competition to design Hyperloop Pods

Elon Musk's Hyperloop transportation concept seems like a bit of a pipe dream, but it could be inching closer to reality.

Musk's company SpaceX is holding a competition in June 2016 for university students and independent engineering teams to design Hyperloop Pods. SpaceX will construct a mile-long test track at its California facility and help the competitors with development of the pods, according to information obtained by Mashable.

Read more... http://mashable.com/2015/06/15/spacex-hyperloop-competition/?utm_cid=mash-com-pin-link

Tech-savvy cheats beware: Universities are banning smartwatches

In an attempt to stop students from dialling up test answers on their wrist, a number of Australian universities are taking steps to ban smartwatches from the exam room.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and La Trobe University are two local institutions that have recently restricted the devices during exam time, iTnews reports.

Read more... http://mashable.com/2015/06/16/universities-banning-smart-watches/?utm_cid=mash-com-pin-link

Is pricey Border Patrol drone program worth the cost?

SIERRA VISTA — The drone's radar spots the men first — four red dots moving on Ajo Mountain, a half mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The radar operator sits more than an hour's flight away, with the rest of the drone's flight crew, in a trailer at the edge of the Fort Huachuca military base in southern Arizona. He taps at his keyboard. A powerful video camera mounted on a ball beneath the Customs and Border Protection Predator B zooms in.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/investigations/2015/06/20/border-patrol-drone-program/28999735/

Opendoor launches home shopping experience to buy, sell and tour a home 24/7

When a buyer wants to tour a home, waiting on an agent's or homeowner's schedule can become yet another hassle in the home buying experience. Opendoor, a residential marketplace that allows homeowners to instantly sell their home online, aims to change that.

Today the company launched four new self-serve home buying features in Phoenix designed to reduce the hassle and headaches of the home shopping experience and put the power of convenience into the palms of their customer.

Read more... http://aztechbeat.com/2015/06/opendoor-home-shopping-buy-sell-and-tour-a-home-247/

June 14, 2015

Exploring the Amazon

NOT long after Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, said he would pay $250m of his own money for the chronically loss-making Washington Post, in August 2013, he sat next to the newspaper's editorial-page editor, Fred Hiatt, at a dinner. It was a perfect opportunity to influence the Post's line, but Mr Bezos reportedly preferred to talk about other things on his mind, such as exploring the dark side of the moon.

Technology, not journalism, is Mr Bezos's passion. So far he has been the sort of proprietor newshounds dream of, with a light touch on editorial matters and a willingness to finance experimentation and bear losses. After years of shrinking ambitions and cost-cutting under its old owners, the Graham family, Posties are experiencing a period of expansion and excitement under Mr Bezos. As other American papers have continued to cut staff, the Post has hired more than 100 newsroom employees since the takeover was announced.

Read more... http://www.economist.com/news/business/21652319-jeff-bezos-using-ideas-his-online-business-revitalise-venerable-paper-exploring

June 5, 2015

U.S. government hacked; feds think China is the culprit

Washington (CNN)Four million current and former federal employees, from nearly every government agency, might have had their personal information stolen by Chinese hackers, U.S. investigators said.

U.S. officials believe this could be the biggest breach ever of the government's computer networks. China called the allegation irresponsible.

The Office of Personnel Management, which is conducting background checks, warned it was urging potential victims to monitor their financial statements and get new credit reports.

Read more... http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/04/politics/federal-agency-hacked-personnel-management/

Facebook Now a Place for Prisoners, Too

One day at work, Larissa admitted to logging onto Facebook "to see my kids' Easter pictures."

She had been put on work furlough because the Alabama Department of Corrections deemed her a low security risk. She was allowed to leave prison to work shifts at a local Burger King.

Read more... http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/04/facebook-now-a-place-for-prisoners-too.html


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