Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed's Clock… and Ourselves.
Ahmed Mohamed didn't invent his own alarm clock. He didn't even build a clock. Now, before I go on and get accused of attacking a 14 year old kid who's already been through enough, let me explain my purpose. I don't want to just dissect the clock. I ...
September 17, 2015
This simple-but-brilliant hardware innovation on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is ...
Mobile phones have largely replaced alarm clocks. But the Edge screen night clock feels a lot like those old digital radio-alarms that everyone used to have before 2007. There is something pleasingly vintage about it. And it works. I look at my old ...
September 1, 2015
The Really Big One
At approximately nine o' clock at night on January 26, 1700, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest, causing sudden land subsidence, drowning coastal forests, and, out in the ocean, lifting up a wave half the length of a continent ...
July 14, 2015
Boston's last tenement an island awash in modernity
It was standing there in 1910 when a census taker found that 54 of the 87 mothers on this side of the block had buried at least one child; was there in '28 when the old Boston Garden opened with rifle volleys and a boxing card; and still there in 2004 ...
August 16, 2015
Could new technology solve the Gardner heist?
The recent discovery of old surveillance footage that energized the investigation into the 1990 Gardner Museum heist has private investigators and analysts questioning how technological advancements can further be utilized to help solve Boston's last ...
August 15, 2015
9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 -- yet
In fact, two of Windows 10's big improvements over Windows 8 are the addition of a Windows 7-style Start menu and the ability to work entirely on the desktop and ignore the touch-focused Start screen. So if you currently Microsoft has a habit of ...
July 21, 2015
Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios Turns 45
The first song he remembers hearing is “Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” playing on an alarm clock in his parents' bedroom, when he was 4. Growing up he never considered a Soon an old Smithville friend, Tim Pack, intervened ...
August 12, 2015
The launch of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sucked the wind out of its sales, literally: People are switching from Android phones to iPhone in record numbers. In large part that is thanks to one hardware innovation that most people have written off as a gimmick: The edge of the Edge, that piece of curved screen that shows notifications. People laughed at Samsung when it first started to produce large-screen "Note" phones in 2011. No one had seen anything like them. Phones were small in those days because people wanted them to fit snugly into their hands. Here is Business Insider's infamous wrong call on that, from four years ago: "Would You Buy A 5-Inch Android Phone That Comes With A Stylus. 3-inch screen, the Galaxy Note blurs the line between tablet and smartphone. 5-inch screen like the one on the Samsung Infuse already pushes the limit. The Note also comes with a stylus so you can write on the phone's massive screen. Just over two years ago, when the iPhone 5S was being launched, it looked like Samsung was capitalizing on a huge mistake by Apple. People wanted phones with big screens, and Apple was still trying to sell everyone a small one. Samsung Galaxy line prospered, and sales went up. iPhone sales growth went into a weird.
Windows 10 is just about here -- and many users (especially those who have been wrestling with Windows 8) are probably eager to upgrade. In order to run Windows 10, you need a PC or tablet with a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit machines or 2GB for 64-bit machines, 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 20GB hard disk space for 64-bit machines, a DirectX 9 or... If your system doesn't qualify, then you're going to have to upgrade your hardware before you upgrade your operating system. You get a year for the free upgrade offer Windows 7 and Windows 8 users get a free upgrade to Windows 10. But you don't have to upgrade right away -- you have a full year. (The clock starts on July 29, 2015. ) So you can upgrade at your leisure and not waste a bright, summer day doing it. [ Further reading: Upgrading Windows Server 2003: The procrastinator's guide ] 3. You're using Windows 7 Windows 10 undoes the... In fact, two of Windows 10's big improvements over Windows 8 are the addition of a Windows 7-style Start menu and the ability to work entirely on the desktop and ignore the touch-focused Start screen.