Watch IBM's Jeopardy-Playing Computer Obliterate Humanity's Champions

You may have heard about IBM's Jeopardy-playing Watson supercomputer. You may have also heard about its practice match against human Jeopardy superstar Ken Jennings. But it's not until you watch the bloodbath that you finally get it. We're doomed. » 1/13/11 4:20pm 1/13/11 4:20pm

Verizon's BlackBerry Storm Private Pre-Sale Has No Storms

Oops. You know that pre-sale flyer » 11/18/08 7:26am 11/18/08 7:26am that was doing the rounds to Verizon "VIPs", the one with the BlackBerry Storm on the left hand side? Turns out that if you, a VIP, turn up at a store with that very flyer you'll not be able to buy a Storm ahead of its launch. You won't, in fact, be able to touch one to see what it's…

Microsoft Says Vista More Secure Than XP, OSX and Linux

Click to viewUh oh. You've done it this time, Jeff Jones. As the security strategy director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, you've just made the bold claim that Vista, from a first year on the market comparison, has been more secure than Windows XP, Red Hat rhel4ws, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.4. » 1/24/08 9:46am 1/24/08 9:46am

Running Any Third Party iPhone Apps? Bye-Bye Warranty!

Click to viewYou heard that the new firmware bricks unlocked iphones? Get this: Apple just confirmed to me that running any third-party app at all voids the warranty, and you won't be covered if your iPhone bricks for whatever reason. The reasoning is that Apple cannot distinguish between other third party apps and… » 9/24/07 6:57pm 9/24/07 6:57pm

Pirate Fighting Rumor: Apple Locking Hacked Apple TVs?

I was about to write a post—a non CTIA, non-cellphone post—about Apple TV hack tutorials over at Tutorial Ninjas. They've got Joost running on an Apple TV, along with a nice collection of useful hacks. Then I noticed they'd put up a post claiming that Apple used the Apple TV's live Internet connection to detect mods… » 3/29/07 1:50am 3/29/07 1:50am

Uh-Oh: Satellite Launch Ends in Tremendous Explosion


Let's start your day off with a bang: This is what happens when an unmanned launch vehicle with nearly a million pounds of fuel on board explodes. As the 209-foot Zenit-3SL rocket slumped to its Sea Launch platform, an enormous conflagration consumed its payload, a 96-transponder communications satellite belonging… » 2/02/07 7:30am 2/02/07 7:30am