Torture has been a constant and horrific element of the human existence throughout history. We just can’t seem to get enough of doing awful things to each other in the name of war, information extraction and religion. Perhaps one of the worst elements to torture is just how ingenious some of the methods and devices that we have invented are. Here are some of the worst.
Mobile apps are great when you’re away from your desk, but there are times when you might just want a full keyboard, gigantic screen, and comfortable chair while you fiddle with your apps. If that’s the case, you might be surprised to learn that many of your favourite apps can run on a laptop or desktop with very little fuss. Here’s how you can get started.
Apple has never outright said it is working on an autonomous vehicle project, but that hasn’t stopped reported secrets leaking about what the company has planned. The latest “news”? Titan — that’s the code name for Apple’s self-driving car project — is undergoing a “reboot”, closing parts of the program working on a vehicle to instead focus on software.
The cause of the enormous blaze last week that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s $US95 ($124) million internet satellite remains unknown. And it could take SpaceX a long time to solve the mystery, judging from the way Elon Musk has been tweeting this morning.
Airlines and airports are beginning to crack down on explosiveSamsung Galaxy Note 7 phones. This morning, New York Timesreporter Mike Isaac tweeted that his airline verbally warned passengers to power off and stow the recalled device.
The onboard radar was added to all Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot hardware suite, but was only meant to be a supplementary sensor to the primary camera and image processing system. Tesla now believes it can be used as a primary control sensor — without needing the camera to recognise anything.
The United States government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission just released an official statement about the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices. The CPSC is urging all Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop using and powering on their devices.
When Christopher Eccleston stepped into the role of the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 series reboot, it promised a big and bright future for Doctor Who. Sadly, Eccleston regenerated into David Tennant after just one season. It looks like he didn’t fully want to, but felt he had to.
Secretly gloating over the misfortunes of others (schadenfreude) might not be the most noble of human traits, but it’s certainly universal — so much so, that it was memorably immortalised in the hit musical Avenue Q. Neuroscientists may have just identified the brain cells associated with that feeling.
Teenage Evan knew he was supposed to want sex. Sometimes when I’d watch soap operas with my mum and people would kiss onscreen, I’d feel… tingling. This was probably significant, I thought, and warranted further investigation. I couldn’t ask my mum or teachers at school. Thankfully, I had Star Trek. And it was First Officer Spock who hipped me to the first big clue: “It has to do with biology…”
General Motors is recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide after discovering a software defect that prevents air bags from deploying during a crash. The software bug may also prevent the seat belts from locking properly. The flaw has already been linked to one death and three injuries.
Wikileaks withheld a batch of emails showing a $US2.2 ($3) billion transaction between the Syrian regime and a Russian government-owned bank, according to a Daily Dot report. If true, the report will likely have a lasting negative impact on Wikileaks’ credibility. The report alleges that the transparency organisation betrayed its own core values of “pristine leaking” and did so in a way that protects Russia’s public image.
We can’t wait for Black Mirror to hit Netflix and everylittle detail we’ve had so far has had us itching to see more about this delightfully messed-up series. Now we finally know a little more about each episode and… can it just be October right now?
Most drones aren’t particularly scary. Aside from maybe gashing you open if they crash into you, there’s not much harm they can do. Until you add a pair of articulated arms with claws on the end, which turns drones into some kind of giant cyborg eagle ready to snatch babies and the elderly right off their feet.
It’s been a long time coming, but audiences are finally a few weeks out from seeing the pilot of HBO’s Westworld. Now actor James Marsden said part of the reason we all had to wait so long for Westworld was because the writers wanted to make sure before they moved forward, they had the story completely figured out — even through seasons five or more.
Video: With technologies’ trend toward sleek design and invisible components, it’s easy to forget that there are still a lot of little layers, pieces and ports on a modern flat screen. That is until you watch them up close and on fire.