Engadget Eurocast 060 – 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Matt’s been steeped in old timey video over the past few days and it seems to have affected Dan’s state of mind and podcast introduction. Once the anachronistic antics subside, the lads dig into the plausibility and potential for Google’s Project…

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The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

April 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country’s calls, texts, and email in real time. That’s a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq.

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iMore show 377 live! 1pm PT, 4pm ET! Be here!

November 22, 2013 at 2:08 am • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

iMore show 377 live! 1pm PT, 4pm ET! Be here!

Join Peter, Richard, Ally, and me for all the week’s Apple news.

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Vimeo update adds AirDrop support, Incoming feed for your Facebook friend’s videos

November 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Vimeo update adds AirDrop support, Incoming feed for Facebook videos

Vimeo for iOS has been updated with support for AirDrop, a new feed, and other improvements. AirDrop lets you take the videos you sync for offline viewing and share them with friends. The new Incoming feed connects to Facebook, and videos shared by your friends will appear there over time.

There are other minor improvements as well. The stability of Watch it Later has been improved. You can now choose how you want to sync videos, either over Wi-Fi only, or over cellular as well. Just go to Settings and choose to have Sync Over Cellular turned on or off.

    



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Europe lets airlines operate 3G and LTE services during flights

November 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Having just digested the news that they’ll soon be able to use personal electronics during takeoff and landing, European fliers have another rule change to get excited about. The European Commission (EC) has approved the use of 3G and 4G networks on flights in European airspace, allowing airlines to decide whether they want to use these networks to boost internet access for passengers. The Commission had previously allowed airlines to offer 2G services during flights, but data services were unsurprisingly very slow. Although these changes could give you more freedom with your devices on European flights, bear in mind that the decision to let you connect your smartphone will depend solely on the friendliness of your airline.

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Next-generation semiconductors synthesis

November 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

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Aluminum nitride semiconductors synthesized at significantly reduced temperatures — Described in the journal ‘Applied Physics Letters’

WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 8, 2013 — Although silicon semiconductors are nearly universal in modern electronics, devices made from silicon have limitationsincluding that they cease to function properly at very high temperatures. One promising alternative are semiconductors made from combinations of aluminum, gallium, and indium with nitrogen to form aluminum nitride (AlN), gallium nitride (GaN), and indium nitride (InN), which are stronger and more stable than their silicon counterparts, function at high temperatures, are piezoelectric (that is, generate voltage under mechanical force), and are transparent to, and can emit, visible light.

Conventional processes for producing AIN layers run at temperatures as high as 1150 degrees Celsius, and offer limited control over the thickness of the layers. Now a new technique, described in the AIP Publishing journal Applied Physics Letters, offers a way to produce high-quality AlN layers with atomic-scale thickness and at half the temperature of other methods.

Neeraj Nepal and colleagues of the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. formed AIN layers using atomic layer epitaxy (ALE), in which materials are “grown,” layer-by-layer, by sequentially employing two self-limiting chemical reactions onto a surface.

“For instance to grow aluminum nitride, you would inject a pulse of an aluminum precursor into the growth zone where it would coat all surfaces,” explained Nepal. “After purging any excess aluminum precursor away, you would then ‘build’ the crystal by injecting a pulse of the nitrogen precursors into the growth zone, where it reacts with the aluminum precursor at the surface to form a layer of AlN. Then you’d purge any excess nitrogen and reaction products away and repeat the process.”

With this process, the researchers produced a material with qualities similar to those synthesized at much higher temperatures, but under conditions that allow it to be integrated in new ways for the fabrication of devices for technologies such as transistors and switches.

The work, Nepal says, expands the potential for new advanced specialty materials that could be used, for example, in next-generation high-frequency radiofrequency electronics, such as those used for high-speed data transfer and cell phone services.

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The article, “Epitaxial Growth of AlN Films via Plasma-assisted Atomic Layer Epitaxy” by N. Nepal, S. B. Qadri, J. K. Hite, N.A. Mahadik, M.A. Mastro, and C. R. Eddy, Jr. appears in the journal Applied Physics Letters. See: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4818792

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 8, 2013 — Although silicon semiconductors are nearly universal in modern electronics, devices made from silicon have limitationsincluding that they cease to function properly at very high temperatures. One promising alternative are semiconductors made from combinations of aluminum, gallium, and indium with nitrogen to form aluminum nitride (AlN), gallium nitride (GaN), and indium nitride (InN), which are stronger and more stable than their silicon counterparts, function at high temperatures, are piezoelectric (that is, generate voltage under mechanical force), and are transparent to, and can emit, visible light.

Conventional processes for producing AIN layers run at temperatures as high as 1150 degrees Celsius, and offer limited control over the thickness of the layers. Now a new technique, described in the AIP Publishing journal Applied Physics Letters, offers a way to produce high-quality AlN layers with atomic-scale thickness and at half the temperature of other methods.

Neeraj Nepal and colleagues of the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. formed AIN layers using atomic layer epitaxy (ALE), in which materials are “grown,” layer-by-layer, by sequentially employing two self-limiting chemical reactions onto a surface.

“For instance to grow aluminum nitride, you would inject a pulse of an aluminum precursor into the growth zone where it would coat all surfaces,” explained Nepal. “After purging any excess aluminum precursor away, you would then ‘build’ the crystal by injecting a pulse of the nitrogen precursors into the growth zone, where it reacts with the aluminum precursor at the surface to form a layer of AlN. Then you’d purge any excess nitrogen and reaction products away and repeat the process.”

With this process, the researchers produced a material with qualities similar to those synthesized at much higher temperatures, but under conditions that allow it to be integrated in new ways for the fabrication of devices for technologies such as transistors and switches.

The work, Nepal says, expands the potential for new advanced specialty materials that could be used, for example, in next-generation high-frequency radiofrequency electronics, such as those used for high-speed data transfer and cell phone services.

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The article, “Epitaxial Growth of AlN Films via Plasma-assisted Atomic Layer Epitaxy” by N. Nepal, S. B. Qadri, J. K. Hite, N.A. Mahadik, M.A. Mastro, and C. R. Eddy, Jr. appears in the journal Applied Physics Letters. See: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4818792

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Inside Jobs: How Pinterest’s Top Engineering Exec Really Works

November 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

We in the tech press are great at covering what it’s like to be a startup founder. But the world does not live by entrepreneurs alone.

One big reason that companies are so keen to tout venture capital fundraising is because the new money enables them to hire more staff — the people who build stuff, who really make the tech industry tick. Ideally, that flashy funding can help them attract some of the industry’s most kick-ass backend engineers, product managers, the UX designers. The top-tier tech people who are on the receiving end of the whole “hiring craze” everyone seems to be talking about.

What do those people actually do? Who are they? It’s something that TechCrunch doesn’t often talk about. But we should.

And that’s why I’m happy to introduce Inside Jobs, a new TechCrunch TV series that covers the work lives of the people who make this whole crazy world go ’round.

For our premeire episode of Inside Jobs, we’re so happy to have Jon Jenkins, who is the Director of Engineering at a little web property you might have heard of called Pinterest. Despite its massive reach (and massive funding), Pinterest is still in many ways a startup at heart, with an engineering team that clearly punches above its weight when compared to other big web names that have engineering teams many times its size.

Jenkins joining Pinterest was one of those hiring coups that was covered by many tech reporters — yours truly included — so it was a big pleasure to have him give us a glimpse into what exactly he does every day, and the challenges and perks that come with his gig.

Credits for Inside Jobs go to producer and production coordinator Felicia Williams, and producer, shooter and editor John Murillo.

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Sony tears down the PlayStation 4 in the hope you’ll line up to get one

November 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Sony may not ship the PlayStation 4 to North American stores for days, but we already know what it looks like on the inside thanks to one of Sony’s occasional in-house teardowns. In photos and a video for Wired, engineering lead Yashuhiro Ootori dissects a retail console down to its motherboard; he …

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2008: The man who first met Mr. Jones

November 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

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(As the UFC turns 20, we revisit each year from 2013 to 1993 with 20 articles in 20 days.)

Jon Fitch was already well on his way to becoming a verb when he fought Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87 in Minneapolis. To get “fitched” meant to spend three rounds on your back staring up at the ring lights in a state of helplessness, using peripheral vision to try and avoid incoming elbows and icepicks. He was the quintessential grinder, always gritting his teeth and snarling.

St-Pierre, though, would not get fitched, not that night nor ever. He would be the dictator of wills, and win a hard fought decision that left both men bruised and in tatters. The hype around UFC 87: Seek and Destroy not only belonged to GSP in that defense against Fitch, but also to the hometown colossus Brock Lesnar, who fought in the co-main event against Heath Herring. Lesnar brought the blitzkrieg to Herring that August night back in 2008.

It was a night of moving fortunes.

In hindsight, who’d have known at the time that A) this would be Herring’s last fight in the UFC (or anywhere) or B) that this was the high-water mark for Fitch. He would live perennially in the No. 2 space behind St-Pierre after the loss until Johny Hendricks crashed a left hand through him at UFC 141. It was a mercy measure. By batting Fitch back, Hendricks allowed UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to loosen his tie.

That same night, there was an alternate on the undercard who’d been booked only after a series of injuries to more familiar names. That was Jon Jones, a generic sounding warm body who had alliteration working for him but little else. He came in ultimately as a replacement for Tomasz Drwal to face Andre Gusmao, who was also making his promotional debut, having just knocked out Mike Ciesnolevicz in the IFL. Not too many people paid attention.

Particularly Gusmao, an unsuspecting Brazilian fighter who trained under Renzo Gracie in Manhattan. Gusmao didn’t know it then, but he was the proverbial steak being slid under the door for the 21-year old former junior college wrestling champion from Endicott, New York. He made history that night by going first on the trail of “Bones.”

“I literally knew nothing about him,” Gusmao, now 36, says today. “I just didn’t know. I was supposed to fight one guy and he got hurt, so they put in another guy, I think it was Alessio Sakara, and he got hurt. I think Jones was like the fourth option of guys down the line. They said, your guy got hurt, so we’ve got this guy, he’s a wrestler, you should fight him. I was like sure, I don’t care, I’ll fight him no problem. I literally knew nothing about him, other than he had a couple of fights.”

Jones was 6-0 at the time. He was a one-two-and-shoot fighter, just raw rudiments and length. At least, that’s what he’d shown on the local circuit. But in the UFC, he began freelancing with his striking right off the bat. There were some spinning elbows and flying knees that started trickling in as the fight progressed. Even still, it felt like Jones was leaping into the deep end of things in the fabled light heavyweight division with so few fights under his belt. The following card, UFC 88 in Atlanta, featured a bout between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans. Those were the great heights. That’s why Joe Rogan said on the telecast of Jones, “this is a shark tank division to jump into after only nine months in the game.”

Turns out Jones was the shark, and everyone else a school of remoras. Including poor Gusmao, who knew he was in trouble the moment he laid eyes on Jones.

“I’d never seen the guy before, so when I saw him at weigh-ins I was like, man this guy is huge,” Gusmao said. “The first time I saw him was pretty much when we faced off. I hadn’t seen him before. Didn’t know about his height or his reach, nothing. So I was like, s—, because I’m 6-foot-2 and I looked at this guy and thought, wow, this guy’s big — I’m in for a long night.”

Jones used his wrestling, and some crude ground-and-pound. He also cracked Gusmao with spinning elbows and flying knees, which sort of blossomed over the course of the three rounds into something like “we might want to keep an eye on this guy.”

“When the fight was over I was very pissed off,” Gusmao says. “This guy just kept kneeing me, gave me a hard fight. I didn’t do well. One of my cornermen said, you know, this guy’s going to be a champ. I said, no man, I just fought badly. He said, no, this guy’s going to be a champ some day. And then as time went by, and now when I look at it, I’m like Jon Jones is freaking great. Even Renzo Gracie and some of my fans, they’re like, you gave this guy the hardest fight and you didn’t even know who he was.

“At the time I was very pissed off, but these days, I’m like, okay.”

Less than a month later, on Sept. 6, Rashad Evans knocked out “The Iceman” to essentially bring to a close the Liddell era — an era that carried the UFC through the mid-aughts. In the span of four weeks, between UFC 87 and UFC 88, Jones came into existence while Liddell receded into a bygone day. The future barely made a splash, while the past sent shockwaves through the fight world.

And Gusmao? He now runs a gym in Manhattan. In the fight game as in trivia, he’ll always be the guy who found out first about Jon Jones.

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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

October 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Hurricane season is under way and winter is coming up in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s a good chance the lights will go out sooner or later — at least for a short time. How to prepare? Well, besides the standard staples such as food and water, you’ll probably wish for some lighting and a way to charge your smartphone. Here’s how to gear up on the “e” side of things.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and local governments can all provide copious documentation on ways to prepare for weather and other disasters, but it’s often geared towards perishable food and single-family homeowners in the ‘burbs — not information-hungry urban dwellers.

Typically omitted are some very simple tricks that you can put into play now, in advance of the incident, to make sure you remain powered, lit and connected should the power go out.

Hurricane season is under way and winter is coming up in the Northern Hemisphere. At the bare minimum, you need a light source; lighter; a propane or butane camping stove to use with the window open; cans of food; water; and a power source for a smartphone.

Here’s how to prepare on the “e” side of things.

Step 1: Understand your power requirements.

Smartphones, mobile hotspots and any other device that’s powered using a USB cable requires a 5 volt power source, not a 110 volt household outlet.

The only reason we use wall plugs to charge phones is because the power is conveniently there — it’s available. However, when the wall plug becomes a useless hole in the wall, for all intents and purposes, move on to other sources.

Step 2: Prepare existing sources of power.

Your laptop contains a battery that, if charged, can be used to power your smartphone.

Switch off and unplug your laptop in advance of an incident. Then test each laptop USB port for power. Separate the phone’s USB cable from the wall charger and discard the charger. Insert the cable into phone and port. One or more ports may be powered.

Keep the laptop usually charged. Then during an incident, turn off the laptop, because it uses more power than the smartphone; switch off the smartphone and plug it into the known powered-USB port overnight; and allow the phone to trickle charge.

You could get a couple of days smartphone use out of one charged laptop battery.

Tip: If you are unable to find an existing, powered USB port on the laptop, open the laptop’s BIOS settings on boot and look for USB power settings there to enable USB power for when the laptop is switched off.

Again, do this before any incident so you don’t use all the laptop’s power fiddling with settings.

Step 3: Prepare lighting.

You will need some form of backup lighting if the incident extends into the evening. Twenty-two-foot solar-powered waterproof ropes of 50 LED lights, of the kind used to light walkways and awnings, are ideal because they’ll last indefinitely — day after day.

I recommend the US$10 Harbor Freight Tools product, which I’ve successfully used camping.

Ensure the palm-sized panel is off and then hang the solar collector out of the window and let the included battery charge for a full day.

Tip: Try to get the panel pointing towards the sun, if there is any.

Then, wrap the long rope around objects inside, like existing lamps.

In the evening, switch the panel to the Continuous mode and the low-power LEDs will illuminate at dusk with enough light to stop you tripping over things.

Your eyes will adjust to the limited light, but add more ropes for more light. The lights automatically turn off in the morning and start charging again.

Step 4: Prepare additional sources of power.

Stick with 5 volt sources of power because that’s what will natively charge your phone — and you’re using solar for light. It’s likely Internet-based social networks are where you are going to find out what’s going on — assuming there’s phone service.

Look for universal 5 volt lithium technology USB backup charger batteries on auction sites like eBay. These devices act as power banks and include a USB port.

Tip: Capacity is measured in mAh. That’s a measurement of amps per hour. Your existing smartphone battery could be somewhere in the region of 1,800 mAh — it’ll be labeled. So a 20,000 mAh power-bank battery should theoretically give you about 10 charges.

It won’t, though because of technological inefficiencies and exaggerated claims, but that should give you an idea of how to compare what you’re buying.

You can read about more elaborate solar backup power and communications systems here.

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Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School and wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism. His introduction to technology was as a nomadic talent scout in the eighties, where regular scrabbling around under hotel room beds was necessary to connect modems with alligator clips to hotel telephone wiring to get a fax out. He tasted down and dirty technology, and never looked back.

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