More subway stations in New York City will get Wi-Fi and mobile service this year.
Wireless hardware provider Transit Wireless has unveiled the start of Phase Two of its wireless rollout project with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The new phase will start by setting up wireless service for 11 stations in midtown Manhattan, including Grand Central Terminal, 34th St. Herald Square, and Bryant Park.
From there, service will expand to Queens as construction of a Secure Base Station Hotel begins in March. That base station will provide a home for the necessary equipment from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, … Read more
What does your ringtone say about you?
If your phone or tablet alerts you with "Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing you Goodbye," would anyone who heard it think you have green beans for brains?
If it emits "I Wish You Were a Beer" from touchingly tight girl metal band Cycle Sluts From Hell, might someone think you were an alcoholic -- or had a questionable relationship history?
And where do you stand on "Fat Bottomed Girls"?
This Queen classic -- of a sort -- suddenly emerged during a live … Read more
Shopping for gifts can be difficult. It's sometimes impossible to find the right present for certain people -- there are those people who have everything and those who don't want anything. To tackle this conundrum, Pinterest is trying out ways to help gift givers this year.
"In the spirit of the season of Pinspiration, we're unveiling our first-ever Holiday Giving Guide," Pinterest's head … Read more
"Sometimes I think you need to forcefully close one door, in order for the other one to open a little easier."
These are the words of Ludwig Wittgenstein, in a speech to a philosophical symposium in 1932.
I dare you to listen to "Bohemian Gravity," a rewritten version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without throwing in a little head-banging action. While you're rocking out, you just might learn a little something about string theory.
"Bohemian Gravity" is an a capella take on Queen's famous song redone with physics lyrics. It's all by one man: Tim Blais, a physics graduate student at McGill University in Canada. One of his hobbies is recording science-y cover versions of popular songs.… Read more
Louis C.K. doesn't need to start worrying just yet. A new video of RoboThespian trying stand-up comedy suggests the humanoid bot's not quite ready for the Comedy Cellar.
"Hello, weak-skinned pathetic perishable humans; sorry, I mean ladies and gentlemen," the robot begins in a robotic male voice. (A few paltry laughs.)
"I once dated a MacBook. It didn't work because she was all 'i' this, and 'i' that."
"You know what really pushes my buttons? That guy that's in control of me."
OK, those went over a bit better at a performance at London's Barbican Centre last week.
Still, RoboThespian -- who can be controlled live or act out programmed skits from "Star Wars," Shakespeare, or just about anything else -- probably won't be gunning for a show on Comedy Central anytime soon. … Read more
Sweden has the Nobel Prize, Japan the Kyoto Prize, and the United States the Pulitzers. Now the royalty of the United Kingdom has its own contribution, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and those who made the Internet possible are sharing the award for 1 million pounds.
The queen will present trophies to Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Kahn, Marc Andreessen, Vint Cerf, and Louis Pouzin on Wednesday, the foundation behind the prize said.
Kahn, Pouzin, and Cerf made contributions to the packet-switching design of the Internet, in which information is broken into small chunks of data that individually are routed across … Read more
The MorePhone is a very acrobatic smartphone. It's made with a flexible display and shape memory alloy wires. When a call comes in, it activates the wires and causes the whole phone to curl up. It's an unmistakeable visual cue that you've got someone on the line.
The curling smartphone was developed by researchers at Queen's University Human Media Lab in Canada. The thin electrophoretic display that makes the movement possible was manufactured by Plastic Logic, a company specializing in plastic electronics. The alloy wires can trigger the phone to curl up at all corners, or to curl back individual corners to indicate different events, like an incoming text message or e-mail.… Read more
Ace Queen HD is a simple game wrapped in an elaborate package. At first glance it's not immediately clear what type of game it is, but after spending a few minutes in just the first level, you will see that it is nothing more than a hidden object game. While there is nothing wrong with hidden object games, the execution is lacking in many ways, the story is non-existent, and the price point is unrealistically high.
The goal of the game is to compare two images of the same scene and find hidden objects on the right side that … Read more