2017

Cyborg strums 'Star Wars' theme song with bionic hand

Jason Barnes has used robotic prosthetics before, but this is the first time he has been able to move each finger independently and even play the piano again.  Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology developed the unique robotic arm using ultrasound sensors that allow amputees to control each prosthetic finger using muscles in their residual limbs. Go to Source Author:Nikolay Nikolov Powered by WPeMatico

Edward Snowden's new app turns your old Android device into a stealthy security monitor

Image: Guardian project By Adam Rosenberg2017-12-25 22:29:45 UTC If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for that. Haven is an open-source project that Snowden developed in conjunction with Freedom of the Press Foundation and Guardian Project. You can find directions and links for downloading and installing it on the latter

'Die Hard' screenwriter confirms that it is, in fact, a Christmas movie, as if there was ever any doubt

Bruce Willis in ‘Die Hard’, 1988.Image: 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images By Miriam Kramer2017-12-25 22:26:05 UTC You can finally settle that never-ending debate around your Christmas dinner table, once and for all: Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie.  Or at least that’s what the classic action movie’s writer says.  When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked screenwriter Steven E. de Souza about it on Twitter, he confirmed that he sees Die Hard as

Bitcoin's wild 2017 ride continues with a Christmas Day rebound after a record slide

Image: Shutterstock / Sashkin By Adam Rosenberg2017-12-25 18:58:54 UTC Slow your roll, bitcoin. The finicky cryptocurrency has skyrocketed in overall value throughout 2017, but its bumpy December continued in the run-up to Christmas. After posting an all-time high of $19,796 per bitcoin on Dec. 17, the price fell to $11,590 on Dec. 22, according to Coinbase data). It was the steepest decline of the year for bitcoin, losing more than

Alamo Drafthouse wants you to rent VHS tapes like it's the 1990s

Alamo Drafthouse is resurrecting the fallen video store at a new theater.Image: alamo drafthouse By Sasha Lekach2017-12-19 00:45:37 UTC Alamo Drafthouse is about to put your ’90s nostalgia into overdrive. The movie theater chain is bringing back an authentic video store. Yes, we’re talking about VHS.  The store, Video Vortex, will be part of an 11-theater cineplex expected to open early next year in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’ll rent VHS

Alternative Christmas ornaments to discourage your cat from climbing the tree

By Shelby Slauer2017-12-18 23:53:10 UTC Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season, unless you have a cat.  Then, it can be a hazardous event putting all of your favorite ornaments when your cat may climb it and knock the whole thing down at any second. That’s why we’ve compiled some ideas for Christmas ornaments that should discourage your cat from climbing the

The 'Wrinkle in Time' cast is already restoring people's faith in humanity

By Proma Khosla2017-12-18 22:51:41 UTC [embedded content] Will 2018 save us all from doom? If not, it’s making a hell of a promise, with movie fare in store like Black Panther, Infinity War, and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time.  A Wrinkle in Time graced the cover of Time (haha, get it) in honor of its 2018 preview, and the dramatic portrait of Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and

85-year-old grandma is so happy to get a fidget spinner for her birthday

By Brian Koerber2017-12-18 22:51:03 UTC Looking back on the year 2017, it’s hard to not point to the fidget spinner as one notable thing that didn’t make us cry (most of the time). Here’s one more feel-good spinner story to close out the year. (Hopefully we’ll never have to hear about them again after this, but I can’t make any promises, folks.)  20-year-old Fiona Szilagy of Calgary, Canada, was visiting