A new ruling recently passed by the Library of Congress now covers technologies and electronics of many, MANY types, ranging from consumer electronics to farming equipment and online education platforms and 3D printings. This new ruling essentially provides exemptions to the — dismal and frustrating, if you’re a techie — Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was INTENDED to prevent copyright policy, but was too broad and overreached too a point where it allowed questionable restrictions on repairing/updating/modding your own electronics to online content takedowns.
Today in New York, Google is expected to announce its next generation of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM EST (10:00 AM CST) and is invite-online, and fortunately that’s only if you PHYSICALLY want to be there. However, for the rest of us peasants, Google will be streaming the entire show online via its YouTube channel so we can can follow along (and the show will be archived for watching later on your own schedule). Continue reading “Watch Google’s Reveal of the Google Pixel 3 (and LIKELY More Devices) RIGHT HERE!”
TIME FOR A PRIMER! The Turing Test is a a test created and devised by pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing back in 1950. The purpose of the test is to assess a machine’s ability to showcase intelligent behavior equal to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human being. Now put that in perceptive with the technology we have available today: smartphones and tablets, smart speakers and TVs, internet-of-things devices, chatbots and personal digital smart assistants; it’s fair to say that the idea of a machine that thinks isn’t quite as crazy as it sounded nearly 70 years ago. This brings us to the “Minimal Turing Test”, which asks humans to prove they’re human with only a single word. Continue reading “The New ‘Minimal Turing Test’ Can Test Our Humanity with Only ONE WORD?!?!”
Typhoon. Noun. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a typhoon is “a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea”. One might want to add — that based on current events — that typhoons hold grudges against the House of Mario and Donkey Kong. And Metroid and Zelda and Pikmin and Kirby and Animal Crossing and Pokemon and Star Tropics and Kid Icarus and Star Fox and….. Continue reading “So A Typhoon Renamed ‘Nintendo’ to ‘intendo’, So Sayeth Mother Nature…”
Now, back in the days of my youth, when it came to personal computer technology, Windows 95 was the end-all, be-all. At the age of 9, I was dumbfounded that the smoothness, organized, and crisp structure of the operating system. It was everything different from the Windows 3.1 I was used to using at school and BOY OH BOY was it great for gaming (back in my early days of PC gaming). Well now, for all of those who’ve missed out on experiencing this legendary operating system, you can try out this close approximation of Windows 95 as an app on Apple’s MacOS, Microsoft’s Windows 10, and Linux. Continue reading “You Can Now Enjoy The Wonders of ‘Windows 95’ as an App on Your Modern Computer!”
BRUH! WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID! I had to use my hands like it was a baby’s toy! Anyway, this was done for a pretty good cause, though. A group of hackers at Hackerloop wanted to level the Nerf-fighting playing field for Nicholas Huchet, an individual who didn’t have a full arm, by building him a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic with the ability to automatically fire a projectile by simply contracting his forearm muscles. According to the Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo chronicled the build in great detail, which included the use of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-based electronics, some electromyography sensors that could detect muscle movements, and — of course — a couple of hard-to-find Nerf Swarmfire blasters (hint: the blasters’ round design was VERY optimal for the build). Continue reading “Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!”
Since its debut onto the tabletop gaming scene in 2008, Pandemic has been one of the biggest board games in the world, which is fitting when it’s about saving the world from aggressive worldwide diseases. Now that the game is about to celebrate the big 1-0, it’s getting a special edition re-release in a big-ol’ metal box chock-filled with brand new cards and miniature figures. This special … Continue reading It Looks Like ‘Pandemic’ is Getting a Pretty Awesome 10th Anniversary Edition…
French start-up company FasTeesH has developed and launched a new product that they claim can clean your teeth in 10 seconds. Aimed at the general public, the Y-Brush is designed to be able to able to brush and clean all of your teeth simultaneously and efficiently in only 10 seconds, down from the dentist-recommended 2-3 minute-long Bass Method with a regular toothbrush.