Cnet

Frigidaire's high-end fridge lands ...

Frigidaire's high-end fridge lands squarely in the middle

The Frigidaire Professional FPBC2277RF has a built-in look in exchange for less usable space. For $3,500, it doesn't offer enough features or performance.
Large, affordable and versatile

Large, affordable and versatile

The WD Elements is a high-capacity, low-cost portable drive, and it works everywhere. Here's CNET's full review.
Frigidaire's high-end fridge lands ...

Frigidaire's high-end fridge lands squarely in the middle

The Frigidaire Professional FPBC2277RF has a built-in look in exchange for less usable space. For $3,500, it doesn't offer enough features or performance.
Lexus' long-wheelbase flagship is b...

Lexus' long-wheelbase flagship is big on luxury and just plain big

The biggest, most luxurious Lexus sedan goes head-to-head with the German competition.
Large, affordable and versatile

Large, affordable and versatile

The WD Elements is a high-capacity, low-cost portable drive, and it works everywhere. Here's CNET's full review.
Frigidaire's high-end fridge lands ...

Frigidaire's high-end fridge lands squarely in the middle

The Frigidaire Professional FPBC2277RF has a built-in look in exchange for less usable space. For $3,500, it doesn't offer enough features or performance.

PCWorld

Disney's fabric-based 3D printer pu...

Disney's fabric-based 3D printer puts out squishable objects you'll want to hug

The typical, consumer-grade 3D printer creates objects made of thin layers of stiff, brittle plastic fused together. Of course, hard plastic isn?t ideal for all projects, so that?s why researchers from Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon Univeristy have developed a new 3D-printing technique that creates objects out of layers of felt.

Disney?s fabric 3D printing method starts by taking a 3D model of an object, and ?slicing? into printable layers?a typical part of the 3D printing process. Next, the printer laser-cuts shapes out of adhesive fabric that correspond to the sliced layers, then transfers that layer onto the printer?s build platform. It then applies heat to each layer to ?activate? the fabric?s adhesive. 

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How to make Linux's desktop look go...

How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays

Ultra-high-resolution displays with high pixel densities are all the rage now, and for good reason: They look amazing compared to conventional displays. The big problem for PC users is that a lot of software isn't designed with that level of pixel density in mind.

If you're running GNOME 3 in Linux, your first boot will have you looking for your reading glasses. (Windows suffers from similar issues with high-DPI displays.)

Luckily, you can save your eyes and enjoy that glorious screen you paid for with a few steps. This article will show you how to change the scaling settings for GNOME 3, Mozilla?s Firefox and Thunderbird, and Chromium.

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Shape-shifting robot reveals secret...

Shape-shifting robot reveals secrets of Fukushima reactor

Two robots that can change their shape on command have provided the most detailed look yet inside the heart of reactor number 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.

The reactor is one of three that suffered a core meltdown after the massive tsunami that knocked electrical systems offline at the plant in March 2011, prompting a nuclear emergency that will take decades to clean up.

One of the most difficult jobs for the plant?s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is how to safely decommission the reactors that melted down, which are much too dangerous for humans to enter.

The robots are inspecting the reactor?s primary containment vessel (PCV), a large concrete structure that sits around the reactor and most of its associated machinery and piping. Molten nuclear fuel melted through the bottom of the reactor following the tsunami and is thought to have fallen to the floor of the PCV.

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Google's Project Loon close to laun...

Google's Project Loon close to launching thousands of balloons

Google says its Project Loon is close to being able to produce and launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet access from the sky.

Such a number would be required to provide reliable Internet access to users in remote areas that are currently unserved by terrestrial networks, said Mike Cassidy, the Google engineer in charge of the project, in a video posted Friday.

The ambitious project has been underway for a couple of years and involves beaming down LTE cellular signals to handsets on the ground from balloons thousands of feet in the air, well above the altitude that passenger jets fly.

?At first it would take us 3 or 4 days to tape together a balloon,? Cassidy says in the video. ?Today, through our own manufacturing facility, the automated systems can get a balloon produced in just a few hours. We?re getting close to the point where we can roll out thousands of balloons.?

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Comcast to bring two-gigabit Intern...

Comcast to bring two-gigabit Internet service to Bay Area, boost existing tiers

Comcast said Friday that it will bring its 2-gigabit symmetrical Gigabit Pro service to San Francisco Bay Area consumers in May, sidestepping Google and its own fiber plans. The company also said it will boost the speeds of some of its more premium tiers and add a new Extreme 250 tier.

A Comcast spokesman said that prices for each of the services would be announced closer to the launch date. Comcast also said it would upgrade its Performance tier from 50 Mbps (megabits per second) to 75 Mbps, and its Blast tier from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, all for free.

Comcast previously announced plans to launch the Gigabit Pro service in Atlanta.

Why this matters: Cynics will see this as a way to appease Silicon Valley techies who may be lobbying the Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice to enforce net neutrality and block Comcast?s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. It?s certain that these new bandwidth tiers won?t come cheap. But to Silicon Valley techies with nothing to spend money on but rent, food, gadgets, and sweet, sweet Internet, how can you say no?

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Keep Windows 10 preview up to date ...

Keep Windows 10 preview up to date -- or face a dead PC

Testers running Windows 10?s preview must keep the OS relatively up to date or face a bricked PC that won?t boot.

The first three builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview?9841, 9860 and 9879, all released in 2014?will refuse to boot at the end of April, according to a message posted by a Microsoft support engineer on the company?s discussion forum.

Personal computers running the three 2014 builds have been displaying warnings of the impending expiration for the last two weeks. Starting Wednesday, the PCs have been rebooting every three hours, another hint from Microsoft to update.

?Approximately 2 weeks after the license expires, the build will no longer boot at all,? said a support engineer identified only as ?RajithR? in a message dated April 10. That step is to start April 30.

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ZDNet

Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chi...

Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chief on board

Vodafone has hired Phillipp Humm, who was until earlier this week the chief of T-Mobile USA, to head up its northern and...
Google targets iPhone and iPad user...

Google targets iPhone and iPad users with Chrome and Drive

Google has released an iOS version of its Chrome browser, after taking the Android version out of beta earlier this...
Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations...

Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations go live

Virgin Media has now turned on free Wi-Fi service at 38 Tube stations, as the London Underground gets ready for the...
How UK banks are flirting with IT d...

How UK banks are flirting with IT disaster

The continuing NatWest debacle has highlighted the IT systems risks faced by British banks, springing from a lack of investment in back-office staff and a reluctance to abandon legacy systems

(ZDNet UK - IT Strategy)

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hots...

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hotspot network

BT has renamed its BT Fon and BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspot network simply 'BT Wi-Fi' in an effort to make it less confusing...
Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet ser...

Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet that Google will sell directly to the public, starting at £159 for the quad-core device running the next version of Android, Jelly Bean

(ZDNet UK - Mobile Devices)

Wired

While You Were Offline: Star Wars? ...

While You Were Offline: Star Wars? New Droid BB-8 Wins the Internet

While You Were Offline: Star Wars’ New Droid BB-8 Wins the Internet

This week the Star Wars universe introduced us to a new droid and Hillary Clinton introduced her new logo. The Internet had opinions on both.

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Is There Any Escape From Game of Th...

Is There Any Escape From Game of Thrones Spoilers?

Is There Any Escape From Game of Thrones Spoilers?

HBO's Game of Thrones is on a course to outpace the books. Is there any way readers can avoid spoilers?

The post Is There Any Escape From Game of Thrones Spoilers? appeared first on WIRED.

An Ode to New Horizons

An Ode to New Horizons

An Ode to New Horizons

New Horizon's first color picture of Pluto and its moon was nothing more than a big dot and a little dot. So why does it resonate so deeply within us?

The post An Ode to New Horizons appeared first on WIRED.

Oh, Hey, There?s That Batman v Supe...

Oh, Hey, There?s That Batman v Superman Trailer We?ve Been Expecting

Oh, Hey, There’s That Batman v Superman Trailer We’ve Been Expecting

After a planned Monday trailer rollout was botched by a leak last night, director Zack Snyder went ahead and gave the world the goods.

The post Oh, Hey, There’s That Batman v Superman Trailer We’ve Been Expecting appeared first on WIRED.

An Imperial Officer From Star Wars ...

An Imperial Officer From Star Wars Faces the Press

An Imperial Officer From Star Wars Faces the Press

Imagine if Grand Moff Tarkin had a publicist.

The post An Imperial Officer From Star Wars Faces the Press appeared first on WIRED.

Unfriended and Horror?s Long Tradit...

Unfriended and Horror?s Long Tradition of Fearing New Tech

Unfriended and Horror’s Long Tradition of Fearing New Tech

Unfriended is just the latest in a long line of internet cautionary horror tales. Here's how the genre went from killers in the woods to killers on the web.

The post Unfriended and Horror’s Long Tradition of Fearing New Tech appeared first on WIRED.

Digit Mag

El mercado español de las TIC super...

El mercado español de las TIC superará a Europa en 2006

Observatorio Europeo de Tecnologías de la Información destaca que el mercado español de las TIC crecerá un 4% en 2006, muy por encima de la media europea del 3,2% y casi 4 veces más que el conjunto ...
Google Video incluirá vídeos de You...

Google Video incluirá vídeos de YouTube en los resultados de búsqueda

A partir de hoy, Google Video incluirá videos alojados en YouTube en los resultados de búsqueda. Se trata del primer paso de una estrategia que convertirá Google Video en un portal de referencia de ...
Orange denuncia a Euskaltel por com...

Orange denuncia a Euskaltel por competencia desleal

Orange ha presentado una demanda de competencia desleal ante el Juzgado Mercantil de Bilbao, por la que pide que se declare que Euskaltel ha realizado manifestaciones falsas y gravemente ...
Apple presenta oficialmente iPhone ...

Apple presenta oficialmente iPhone 5

Como se esperaba, Apple ha hecho oficial esta tarde el anuncio del iPhone 5, que como características principales cuenta con todos los elementos que se habían especulado en las últimas ...
Intel lanzará su primer procesador ...

Intel lanzará su primer procesador de 45 nanómetros antes de que acabe el año

El pasado diez de enero ya les avanzábamos en la Web de PC World que Intel había conseguido ya producir ...
Mañana se decide el futuro del cano...

Mañana se decide el futuro del canon digital

Mañana jueves se votará en el congreso la Ley de la sociedad de la Información, lo que podría llevar al final del canon digital. En los últimos días el Partido Popular ha manifestado que se ...

CNN

This antenna could finally give goo...

This antenna could finally give good plane Wi-Fi

The price of public shaming in the ...

The price of public shaming in the Internet age

Shaming has become rampant on social media, sometimes haunting subjects well after they apologized.
Meet the man who builds houses with...

Meet the man who builds houses with water

Solar-powered plane on round-the-wo...

Solar-powered plane on round-the-world flight gets stuck in China

The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, has been grounded by the weather in China.
Why quantum dots are taking over yo...

Why quantum dots are taking over your TV

This antenna could finally give goo...

This antenna could finally give good plane Wi-Fi

BBC

White goods dominate e-waste items

White goods dominate e-waste items

Old kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment made up 60% of the 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste thrown away in 2014, suggests a report.
Zuckerberg defends Internet.org

Zuckerberg defends Internet.org

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends the aims of his free Internet.org service after several Indian firms pull out of the project.
'Eternal' camera takes endless snap...

'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps

A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.
US schools seek Apple iPad refunds

US schools seek Apple iPad refunds

Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.
VIDEO: US navy shows off 'swarming'...

VIDEO: US navy shows off 'swarming' drones

The US navy develops cannon-launched drones that can "swarm" and carry out co-ordinated attacks.
Doctor Who movie mooted in Sony lea...

Doctor Who movie mooted in Sony leak

Plans for a Doctor Who movie and George Clooney's email address are among the details posted on WikiLeaks, following last year's cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

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