Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Aug 30

Dmitry Itskov, a Russian billionaire and media mogul, is betting that money can buy eternal life. Itskov’s 2045 Initiative, which is trying to make immortality a reality, launched its own political party in Russia last week: Evolution 2045. Though Evolution 2045 is based in Russia, it aims to create “a new stage of human civilization” throughout the world…

Could 3-D Printing Be the Biggest Invention Since the Internet?

Could 3-D Printing Be the Biggest Invention Since the Internet?

Aug 30

“Personally, I believe it’s the next big thing, says Abe Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems, one of biggest companies that make 3D printing machines. “I think it could be as big as the steam engine was in its day, as big as the computer was in its day, as big as the Internet was in its day. And I believe this is the next disruptive technology that’s going to change everything. It’s going to change how we learn, it’s going to change how we create, and it’s going to change how we manufacture,” he says…

Outlook.com: Microsoft’s New Web-Based Email

Outlook.com: Microsoft’s New Web-Based Email

Aug 08

David Pogue writes: “Gmail fans, and everyone else, should have a look. Outlook.com is a product of the New Microsoft — the company that doesn’t get enough credit for the clean, crisp, original software design of its latest software for phones and PCs. An Outlook.com account makes a fantastic second e-mail account; it’s far superior to Hotmail, Yahoo and, in some ways, Gmail; and it’s free…”

The Epic Hacking of Mat Honan (& How To Protect Yourself)

The Epic Hacking of Mat Honan (& How To Protect Yourself)

Aug 07

Mat Honan writes: “In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook…”

Short Film: ‘Sight’

Short Film: ‘Sight’

Aug 02

A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo…

Musician Zoe Keating

Musician Zoe Keating

Jul 17

The music of Zoe Keating…

Is The Internet Driving Us Mad?

Is The Internet Driving Us Mad?

Jul 13

The current incarnation of the Internet — portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive — may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways…

How Apple & Google Are Like Sparta & Athens

How Apple & Google Are Like Sparta & Athens

Jun 13

The reason is that Google and Apple are the Athens and Sparta of the tech industry. It’s in the DNA of both companies to rule the tech world. They will battle each other for supremacy and, in the process, greatly diminish each other’s power and reach. United, they could accomplish anything. But they will not be united. They will become increasingly divided. It’s a Greek tragedy unfolding before our very eyes…

GPS For The Soul: A Killer App For Better Living

GPS For The Soul: A Killer App For Better Living

Apr 16

Arianna Huffington writes: “I’m delighted to announce that HuffPost, along with a great team of partners, is at work on an app we call “GPS for the Soul,” projected to launch in June. The philosophy behind it is based on two truths about human beings. First, that we all have within us a centered place of wisdom, harmony, and balance. This truth is embraced by a vast range of the world’s religions (“The Kingdom of Heaven is within”) and philosophies. And whether or not we believe in the existence of the soul, we’ve all experienced times in which we’re fully connected with ourselves. “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world,” said the Greek mathematician Archimedes. It’s a great way of saying that when we come from that centered place within ourselves, nothing is impossible. The second truth is that we’re all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. That’s the nature of life. In fact, we may be off-course more often than we are on-course. So what we need is a great course-correcting mechanism — a GPS for the Soul — because otherwise the consequences can be serious, in terms of our health, our relationships, our jobs, and even our country…”

Stuxnet Virus Could Be Used To Attack U.S. Infrastructure (Updated)

Stuxnet Virus Could Be Used To Attack U.S. Infrastructure (Updated)

Mar 05

Could the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program be used against the U.S. infrastructure or other high profile targets? Sean McGurk, who once led the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure U.S. systems from cyberattack says “You can download the actual source code of Stuxnet now and you can repackage it…point it back to wherever it came from.” McGurk worries terrorists or a rogue country could refashion it to attack U.S. infrastructure like the power grid or water treatment facilities, even nuclear power plants. He tells Kroft he would never have advised anyone to unleash such a weapon. “They opened the box. They demonstrated the capability…it’s not something that can put back.”

Corning: ‘A Day Made Of Glass’ – 1 & 2

Corning: ‘A Day Made Of Glass’ – 1 & 2

Feb 04

A look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. This post includes Corning’s first viral video, which has been viewed by over 17 million people, and the followup video which was posted yesterday…

Report Minimizes Online Piracy Impact

Report Minimizes Online Piracy Impact

Jan 31

Overall industry revenue and household spending on entertainment have grown steadily in recent years in spite of the entrainment industry’s claims that online piracy is sapping its profits, according to a new report commissioned by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). “The numbers paint a quite a contrast from the vision of doom and gloom the entertainment industry has pointed to lately,” said CCIA President & CEO Ed Black…

Apple’s iPad To Kill The Textbook

Apple’s iPad To Kill The Textbook

Jan 19

Apple announced it would update its iBooks platform to include textbook capabilities. It also added a new platform called iBooks Author, which lets anyone easily create and publish their own e-books. Apple’s late co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had hoped to bring relief to the higher education masses in the late 80s and early 90s, but 20 years later, Jobs’s legacy lives on in Apple, which hopes to make yet another dent in the education industry…

The Dark Side Of iPhones & iPads

The Dark Side Of iPhones & iPads

Jan 17

Almost all of the major electronics manufacturers make their stuff in China. One difference with Apple, though, is the magnitude of the company’s profit margin and profits. Apple could afford to pay its manufacturers more or hold them to higher standards and still be extremely competitive and profitable…

Samsung Smart Window

Samsung Smart Window

Jan 13

Soon, we shall be living in the world of Minority Report, and this “Smart Window” technology Samsung has at CES 2012 is going to help us get there. Ashley Esqueda checks out what’s happening over at the Samsung booth and gives a little demo of the window…

Daria Musk: Google+’s Secret Weapon Against Twitter & Facebook (Updated)

Daria Musk: Google+’s Secret Weapon Against Twitter & Facebook (Updated)

Jan 12

This summer I was lugging my guitar amp through the rain, getting ready to play a dive bar in upstate NY, and my phone started buzzing… It was my big brother who lives out in California, he said, “Hey, do you need an invitation to Google+? Maybe you could be one of the first musicians on there.” I was like, “What’s Google+!? I gotta make sound-check!” Click. The next day I signed up to Google+ and I saw this feature called the Hangout — A video-chat where you can see and interact with up to 10 people at once. And I thought, maybe I could use this to play a concert without having to lug my amps through the rain! 3 days later, on July 16th, I stood in my little make-shift studio in the woods of Connecticut and clicked start a Hangout at 8pm. And at 8:01pm there was no one there. But just then a face popped in, and another and another and they were from England and Sweden and India and Texas and The Dominican Republic and Portugal… And they said, “So are you going to play?” That night I saw the sunrise in Norway through a guy named Martin’s screen. I saw little girls in Australia dancing to my songs with the Sunday morning light streaming into my studio when it was still Saturday night here. I got to tour the world in a night, and my heart, life and career were changed forever, in an instant…

A Chat With Apple’s Siri

A Chat With Apple’s Siri

Dec 21

It isn’t easy to have a lengthy conversation with Siri that is entirely unproductive, but we rose to the occasion. Although still in beta, Siri has already proven to be a very able assistant. She’s so capable, in fact, that it’s common for those who try her to quickly turn from obvious commands to pointless questions in an effort to stump her, only to find that she has a lot more to say than many would have guessed (as evidenced by the current crop of blogs that catalogue Siri’s most comical comebacks). To get a good sense of the “personal” side of this personal assistant, Mac|Life editor-in-chief Chris Slate sat down with Siri for an enlightening one-on-one interview. Every question and answer that follows is written exactly as it was spoken, without so much as an “um” having been altered…

Synchronicity Google Style: Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu Hangout On Google+

Synchronicity Google Style: Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu Hangout On Google+

Dec 12

Small is truly beautiful. A single email winged its way from the Dalai Lama’s office to my Google colleague Shailesh in India and then on to Vic in the U.S. and Marvin in Korea before landing finally in my inbox. It expressed an interest that the Office of the Dalai Lama had in the product I am working on — Google+ — and it started me noodling some ideas on a piece of paper. One of them was to put together The Dalai Lama with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Google+ Hangout and allow thousands of people to view it live on the Internet. I told a few colleagues about this random and crazy idea… and the rest is history…

Great Google+ Resources

Great Google+ Resources

Dec 12

Here are a few Google+ resources that I’ve found especially helpful…

Car Of The Future: Toyota Fun Vii

Car Of The Future: Toyota Fun Vii

Dec 03

Is this a car? Is it a smartphone? Is it a gaming machine? Yes to all three. The Toyota Fun Vii is a spectacular design concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week…

WiFi-Enabled Laptops May Be Nuking Sperm

WiFi-Enabled Laptops May Be Nuking Sperm

Nov 28

In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download. Four hours later, the semen was, eh, well-done…

Google X: Google’s Top Secret Lab

Google X: Google’s Top Secret Lab

Nov 15

In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined. It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space…

Pete Cashmore: The Future Of Social Media

Pete Cashmore: The Future Of Social Media

Nov 10

At the Mashable Media Summit last Friday, Pete Cashmore provided a broad overview of media’s trajectory. He covered the rapidly advancing mobile industry, the relationship between tablet technology and the current media climate, and social interaction around TV and music…

Steve Jobs (The Book) (Updated)

Steve Jobs (The Book) (Updated)

Nov 07

Although the broad outlines of Steve Jobs’s struggle with pancreatic cancer are known, a new biography by Walter Isaacson offers new insight and details. Friends, family members and physicians spoke to Mr. Isaacson openly about Mr. Jobs’s illness and his shifting strategy for managing it. According to Mr. Isaacson, Mr. Jobs was one of 20 people in the world to have all the genes of his cancer tumor and his normal DNA sequenced. The price tag at the time: $100,000. But the 630-page biography spans Mr. Jobs’s entire life, and also includes previously unknown details about his romantic life, his marriage, his relationship with his sister and his business dealings. Mr. Isaacson conducted more than 40 interviews over two years with Mr. Jobs, who died on Oct. 5…