January 30, 2016

Physicist risks gunshot underwater for the sake of science

Daredevil Physicist Andreas Wahl in his video has proved how the velocity of a bullet slows down when it's fired underwater unlike in movies and video games where it is shown that the bullets travel in a straight line. Wahl decided to test it by putting his life on the line in the name of science in a lovely visual experiment.

Read more... http://www.techworm.net/2016/01/physicist-risks-gunshot-underwater-sake-science.html

January 27, 2016

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button

The most drastic change to Facebook in years was born a year ago during an off-site at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, a 10-minute drive from headquarters. Chris Cox, the social network's chief product officer, led the discussion, asking each of the six executives around the conference room to list the top three projects they were most eager to tackle in 2015. When it was Cox's turn, he dropped a bomb: They needed to do something about the "like" button.

Read more... http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-facebook-reactions-chris-cox/

January 24, 2016

Millennials spurn driver's licenses, study finds

Young adults are ditching driver's licenses at a quickening pace, according to a new study, raising a red flag for automakers as they grapple with the emergence of ride-sharing services and an indifferent attitude about cars.

Read more... http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2016/01/19/drivers-licenses-uber-lyft/78994526/

Android Pay and Apple Pay announce big new initiatives

Both Android Pay and Apple Pay announced new initiatives and partnerships in the past several days:

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/android-pay-and-apple-pay-announce-big-new-initiatives-2016-1

Living Off Hackathons: The Possible Rise Of The Pro-Hacker

Hackathon prize money keeps rising each year as organizations learn to take advantage of their value. Runner-up cash prizes are now in the thousands, and grand-prize payouts are as high as $1 million.

There is now a compelling argument for ambitious programmers to live off hackathons: They can forget the long-term slog of building a startup and instead focus on the fun part — the first few days of innovation.

Read more... http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/24/living-off-hackathons-the-possible-rise-of-the-pro-hacker/

Facebook Is Bringing 3D Touch To Your Timeline

Facebook is bringing 3D Touch to its Timeline, the company says – meaning that users of Apple's latest devices, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, will soon be able to press on links, profiles and more, in order to preview content without having to navigate away from their current spot. This previewing feature, dubbed "peek and pop," was introduced last fall on Apple's new smartphones, where it was touted as a way to add another dimension to the iPhone's multi-touch interface.

Read more... http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/22/facebook-is-bringing-3d-touch-to-your-timeline/

January 17, 2016

The best tech cars of CES 2016

This is the tipping point year the Consumer Electronics Show became the Car Electronics Show as well. In a decade, CES automotive went from the focus on car stereo add-on subwoofers and booth models to sophisticated car electronics, car CEO keynotes, and this year actual new car introductions that previously would have come a week later at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The CES introductions were for EVs, plug-in hybrids, and nearly self-driving concept vehicles.

Read more... http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/220646-the-best-tech-cars-of-ces-2016

January 13, 2016

Google's Self-Driving Cars Aren't as Good as Humans—Yet

GOOGLE'S SELF-DRIVING CARS drive themselves. Except when they don't, something that's happened hundreds of times. But don't worry. Only a handful of those instances might have ended badly had the human not taken over.

Read more... http://www.wired.com/2016/01/google-autonomous-vehicles-human-intervention/

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