The Big Picture: Say hello to NASA’s ‘nastiest’ star

NASA’s “Nasty 1″ isn’t like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it’s certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer hydrogen-rich sheath and exposed superheated helium core, […]

Help these 30-year-old Intellivision games live again on PC

One of the biggest problems facing video games as an artistic medium is one of preservation. Thanks to HD remasters, digital distribution and the Internet Archive that’s becoming less of an issue. But we still need to do more to keep a record and constant catalog of gaming’s past moments. That’s the idea behind the […]

Uber’s experimental cars are driving around Pittsburgh

It looks like Uber’s robotics lab is now up and running — the Pittsburgh Business Times has just spotted one of its test cars marked “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” driving around the city. If you recall, the ridesharing company teamed up with Carnegie Mellon scientists in 2014 reportedly to develop self-driving taxis, among other technologies, […]

Google makes a Hangouts Mac app you’ll want to use

Listen up, OSX users: with the new Hangouts update from Google you might actually want to use the official app rather than Adium. It consolidates your contacts on the left side of one window and puts your chats on the right as you’ll see below. It’s pretty simple and intuitive and is rocking Mountain View’s […]

Android M might have its own fingerprint login system

Android is getting a TouchID-style system of its own with Android M, according to Buzzfeed‘s sources. Apparently it’ll act a lot like the iOS tool too, bypassing passwords for associated apps in favor of reading your fingerprint. Given that I/O is practically right around the corner (next week!) it shouldn’t be long before this all […]

H-P Says Breakup Will Cost Billions

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s upcoming breakup into two separate companies will cost billions—but there will be $1 billion in cost savings too, the company said Thursday. The storied Silicon Valley institution will formally divide into two public companies by Nov. 1: HP Inc. will be the PC-and-printer company and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will sell business software, servers and […]

Uber in Talks for $1 Billion Credit Facility With Banks

Uber Technologies Inc. is seeking a $1 billion credit line from banks, people familiar with the matter said. The car-sharing company has recently contacted a number of large banks asking them how much they would be willing to commit, and at what terms, to the loan, the people said. About six to seven banks are […]

Google Touts Mobile-Ad Technology

Google Inc. says it is doing a better job linking the ads consumers see on their smartphones to what they buy in stores, prompting some advertisers to boost their spending on mobile ads. The Internet giant sends regular reports to hundreds of retailers in the U.S., Canada and Australia on the number of store visits […]

Translating Videogame ‘OddWings Escape’ Helps It Soar

“Oddwings Escape” es un nuevo juego de vuelo. On the day of its release, the flying puzzle game “Oddwings Escape” quickly ascended to the top of the charts in Spain. Finland’s Small Giant Games Oy, which initially developed the mobile game in English, traces the successful takeoff to a simple decision: From the get-go, it […]

Scott McNealy Is Back—as a Startup CEO

Scott McNealy, once one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent executives, has kept a low profile since Oracle Corp. bought Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2010. Now, he is ready to change that. The former Sun chairman recently took on the chief executive job at Wayin. The Denver-based startup helps companies turn posts on social networks like […]

Avoid Fighting Over Who Does the Dishes by Making It a Competition

Doing the dishes is a simple chore, but for some reason, nobody ever wants to do them. By making it a competition with something at stake, everyone in the household might want to make an effort. Whether you live with your significant other, your family, or just some roommates, there are ways to keep that […]

Reduce Your Email Workload with the "Three-Email Rule"

You can be a lot more productive when you have to spend less time explaining things over email. By setting a limit on how many times you’re willing to discuss something over email, you can reduce your workload and avoid any miscommunication. Cut Your Workload in Half at Work with Two Emails a Week Cut […]

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