Mar 3, 2013

Your 3D Printer Could Eat Empty Milk Jugs Instead of Expensive Plastic

Oh 3D printing. You're so glamorous. You're so cool. But, let's be honest, you're soooo expensive. Maybe instead of printing with $30 spools of plastic you could print with empty shampoo bottles and milk jugs. Oh, you can do that? See, this is why everyone loves you.

Researchers at Michigan Technological University have created a plastic extruder, called Filabot, that turns home recyclables into usable filament for 3D printing. Basically the machine takes 4-inch pieces of plastic and shreds them, before melting the plastic and extruding it through changeable nozzles, and shaping it for use in printers. Filabot works with thermoplastics like HDPE, LDPE, ABS, and NYLON, though PVC is out because of, you know, serious toxicity risks and stuff. The group calculated that Filabot uses a tenth of the energy needed to recycle empty bottles to produce its filament.

The first model, the Filabot Reclaimer, is in production now. The unassembled Filabot sold on Kickstarter for $350 so pricing will probably be in that range. This thing could really be worth it for avid 3D printers, and could drive down costs for hackerspaces and other groups. More here.

Mar 2, 2013

A Sailboat Napkin Holder Is the Most Clever Napkin Holder

Napkin holders! Oh sure grandma, I'd love to see your collection of antique napkin holders. Okay, yes boring topic, right? Nope, not when your napkin holder turns into a sailboat when you pop actually napkins in it like this one.

This ceramic vessel is all kinds of adorable. And it doesn't scream HEY THIS IS A NAUTICAL THEME. I love it. It's $31, and would probably make a good gift, not just for grandmas. More here.

An Umbrella Made of Cork to Plug Up the Rain

Totally sustainable, naturally impermeable, and protector of drinkables, cork is an incredible thing. But more than being functional, it's all the rage with the kids these days! And we can see why. This newly unveiled cork umbrella from Pelcor is lovely to look at but with the added, smug bonus of knowing your all-natural shield is renewable, too.

And for the burgeoning cork enthusiast, Pelcor has an entire collection of cork-based goods for your perusal. You can check them out right over here.

Mar 1, 2013

Reinforce Your Wardrobe With a Industrial-Strength Rebar Hanger

Is all your bad-ass clothing just too much for those flimsy, plastic, run-of-the-mill hangers. Do your pants or shirts, weighted as they are with pounds of pure awesomeness, need something more structurally sound to keep them in order? The "Man Hanger" suits your very strange needs.

Made from real, industrial-grade rebar, hand-bent into shape (somehow), and coated to prevent rust and corrosion, the Man Hanger is a marriage of strength and finesse fit to support those clothes that bring out both your softer side and your inner tough guy. That is, if you have any pants that fit that well.

Granted, "Man Hanger" is a god-awful name, and at $25 one Man Hanger is roughly twice as expensive as 40lbs of actual rebar (including shipping!), but unless you can bend steel, this is your only choice. Do you really need to drop that much on something that belongs in the closet and under clothes? Probably not. But damned if we don't want one. Or 12. More here.

Drink Like a Pixie WIth This Adorable Leaf-Shaped Cup

Unless you're completely snobbish about only consuming bottled water, this cute silicone cup—crafted in the shape of a leaf—will let you enjoy a drink without having to get your mouth anywhere near a tap, faucet, or bubbling spring. And it's just $12 and washable, so you'll never have to feel guilty about asking for a disposable cup again. More here.

Feb 28, 2013

$3,000 Gets You Literally the Aston Martin of Strollers

Sometime in the past few years mankind took a small step backwards in our development by allowing super-expensive luxury baby strollers to get popular. So popular, in fact, that now even Aston Martin is getting into the game by teaming up with Silver Cross on this over-the-top way to transport a baby.

Leather trim, aluminum-alloy wheels, air-ride suspension: these are usually features you only find on a luxury sedan, but have now made their way onto a vehicle designed to carry passengers who just randomly throw up all over the place. The Silver Cross Surf, Aston Marin Edition, is perfect for parents who want to ensure their kids grow up with an obnoxious sense of entitlement, and it's available exclusively from none other than Harrod's for just north of $3,000. More here.

Feb 27, 2013

Charge This $20 Nokia 105 Phone Once Every 35 Days

The phone isn't intended to replace a smartphone. Quite the contrary—it's for emerging markets, aka countries where millions of people don't own phones at all, including China, Nigeria, India, and Indonesia. One charge has endurance for 12 and a half hours of talk time, but otherwise the Nokia 105 is very pared down. It basically just makes calls (over 2G), sends texts, and has a few games. Otherwise, it lacks a camera, has just a 1.4-inch display, and looks much like your very first Nokia brick phone from 10 years ago. But that's exactly what it's supposed to be, and that amount of talk time in a place where you probably don't have access to charge all the time is essential. And if we ever saw it in the US, it would be the ultimate burner phone. More here.

What’s the Best Remedy for the Hiccups?

Drink a glass of water upside down. Hold your breath until just before you pass out. Have someone scare the crap out of you. Everyone swears by a hiccup remedy. What's yours?

Obviously there's no wrong answer here. And it's not like there's any medication you can take when you get the hiccups. But what do you do to get rid of them?

You Can Download Adobe Photoshop Touch for Your iPhone or Android Phone Now

If you've been waiting the cold long year to get Photoshop on your iPhone or Android Phone, the wait is finally over. Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android is now available for $5.

The phone version of Photoshop Touch has pretty much the same features as the tablet version that launched last year—it's just been repackaged for the smaller screen. So that means along with core Photoshoppin' features like layers, advanced selection tools, adjustments, etc., you'll get the exclusive Photoshop Touch features like high-precision selections using a finger and Camera Fill for blending camera feed with layers too. It's only $5 and available at both the App Store and Google Play.

Feb 26, 2013

A Magnetized Bull Nose Keyring Keeps Your Wandering Keys Captive

You might feel like you're always losing your keys. This bull has a magnet in its nose to hold onto them for you.

It mounts directly to the wall and comes with a keychain that you'll want to put your keys on. It's $8, and it shouldn't surprise you that it comes from Gamago, purveyors of all-around creative gifts. More here.

You Can Make Gummy Bear Versions of Yourself

Somewhere in between the honor of getting a bronze statue of yourself and the shame of re-creating your sexual organs in plastic is this awesome gummy bear yourself service. You can basically create a gummy replica of yourself to eat. It looks absolutely delicious.

FabCafe in Japan is offering the service for approximately $65 (6,000 Yen), which sounds like a complete steal to me. It's apparently a 2-part process that requires a 3D body scanner and a lot of gummy colors. FabCafe, which made a chocolate replica for faces, is doing this for Japan's White Day (in Asian countries, White Day is like Valentine's Day but the girls give the gifts to the guys. Awesome). More here.
You Can Make Gummy Bear Versions of Yourself

Feb 25, 2013

Silicone Storage Bags Will Make You Wish Every Meal Was Leftovers

Storage containers for leftovers and other foods are usually designed to be cheap and disposable. But it turns out there's a better way. Silicone once again makes our lives easier with thesereusable, sealable storage bags that are safe to microwave, boil, or steam.

So instead of having to transfer last night's meatloaf into a microwave-safe container before reheating, you can simply store it in one of these silicone bags and then jam the entire thing in your magical hotbox for a piping hot lunch. They're also great for cooking, since the self-standing bags ensure liquids don't spill, but are still easy to pour once they're hot. At $20 per bag they're definitely more expensive than a box of Ziplocs, but with proper care they should easily last for thousands of meals. More here.

New YouTube App Code Shows Pay-To-View Is on the Way

According to Android Police, code in the recently updated YouTube app shows that Pay-To-View is in the works. It's just a matter of when.

The code pretty much speaks for itself:
< string name="paid_channel_subscribe_message">You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer.< /string>
< string name="paid_channel_unsubscribe_message">You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.< /string>
According to previous rumors, the subscriptions should be relatively cheap, $1 to $5 a month. Still, paying anything for something that was previously free can sting, but maybe the pay channels will really bring some high-quality content. We'll have to wait and see, and the wait may not be long. More here.

Feb 24, 2013

Mugtails Are an Adorably Anthropomorphic Way To Enjoy Your Coffee

Awww, now isn't this precious? You can throw out all those mugs your kids had made with their pictures on the side because these Mugtails take adorable to a whole new level. Available with a variety of different animals on the side with their tales forming the handle, these mugs are so sweet you'll never need sugar in your coffee again.

Available in a four pack for around $60, or individually for $16 each, the mugs seem pretty clever until you discover the deer, hedgehog, moose, and other animals whose tails are too small to actually be useful for holding a hot mug. Then you realize the dream is over, and it's back to your trusty "pobody's nerfect" mug. More here.

Feb 23, 2013

A Bottle Cap Pencil Sharpener Is Pure Genius

If you prefer the feel of writing or sketching with a freshly sharpened pencil and are fastidious about keeping hydrated, this clever piece of synergy is going to blow your mind. Designed for use on standard plastic water bottles, this pencil sharpening bottle cap is a brilliantly obvious way to deal with pencil shavings.

It all but guarantees the shavings are not going to spill as long as the sharpener is screwed on tight, and you probably don't have to empty the bottle for months on end—depending on your pencil usage. It just might be the best $3 you ever spend, unless you just opt for a cheap mechanical pencil that never needs sharpening. But where's the fun in that? More here.

Feb 22, 2013

Robot Bat Wings Give Us a Glimpse Of the Future Of Vampires

By all logic bats shouldn't be able to fly. They're basically rats with wings, yet somehow they manage to soar through the air, and researchers at Brown University have finally figured out how. But since they're not the easiest animals to work with, Kenneth Breuer and Sharon Swartzcreated this biologically accurate robotic bat wing that perfectly mimics the creature's motions.

As the robo-bat was being developed and refined, the researchers were able to learn how all of the muscles and ligaments in the wing work together to not only enable flight, but also keep the animal intact while it was vigorously flapping.

The practical benefits of this research include developing more energy-efficient light aircraft, and even general improvements for the aerodynamics of existing planes. And of course better equipment and more authentic costumes for masked vigilantes. More here.

Lay Waste To Wireless Networks With This Hacktastic Nexus 7

Tablets are great for slouching on the sofa and checking your Facebook, but they can also be super sleek hack-machines. Take the new Pwnie Express Pwn Pad as an example; it's a fully-loaded hacker suite designed to puncture any network.

Built from a Nexus 7, the Pwn Pad obviously makes use of Google Android OS, but also has Ubuntu 12.04 tucked away inside to handle some of the more complex software built in. And that's not the only addition to the tablet's arsenal either; it also comes with a TP-Link wireless adapter to support packet injection at a far higher range than the Nexus 7's meager little wireless chip could do on its own.

Positioned as a tool for a serious security professional—a tool that could go so far as to replace a laptop in the field—the Pwn Pad doesn't come cheap. You can expect to pay a cool $795 for one when they ship in early April. And, even with that price tag, Pwn Pads don't really offer any additional functionality or software than a standard penetration-testing laptop doesn't have, but damned if it isn't slick as hell. More here.

iOS 6.1.3 Beta Fixes iPhone Lock Screen Security Hole

Apple's been keeping busy rolling out small patches of iOS 6. The latest, iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 just hit developers. Importantly, 9To5Mac reports that the update fixes the gaping lock screen bug that allows access even with out a passcode. No word on whether it patches up the recent Evasi0n jailbreak. Unfortunately, it's only a developer beta, so you won't get the fix yet. More here

Feb 21, 2013

This Is Officially the Best Copyright-Free Way to Sing Happy Birthday

You might not know it, but the melody from Happy Birthday To You is actually copyrighted, owned by Time Warner, and won't enter the public domain until 2030 at the earliest. That's why the Free Music Archive set out to find an alternative—and this is officially the best choice.

Along with WFMU, the Free Music Archive launched a competition back in January to find a new copyright-free and free-to-use celebratory birthday song. The winner, It's your Birthday!by Monk Turner and Fascinoma, features in this video. It was chosen by a panel of judges including Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan.

Why bother? Well, the fact it's copyrighted strictly means that Time Warner can cream royalty fees off anyone who chooses to use it. Allegedly, the company makes a cool $2 million from licensing the tune out for use in films, TV shows and advertisements. If you don't like that fact, start using this song instead!

Feb 20, 2013

Magnet Boxes Are Puzzles You Can Actually Use

Jigsaw puzzles are fun, though they're a tedious undertaking. You can never figure out where that one corner piece goes. Plastica's MagContainers are an assortment of magnetic, puzzle-like wooden boxes, and there's no wrong way to put them together.

The geometric shapes have magnets embedded on all sides, so you can configure them any way you want. They come in square and triangle, with a small ($52) and a large ($69) version for each shape. You can store whatever you like in these neat, stackable boxes. More here.

A Magnetic Case Keeps Your Knives Safe and Sharp

Knifes: they will cut you. Not out of hostility or resentment, but because they're knives, dummy. Magmate's Magnetic Blade Guards will protect your precious fingers and keep your knives sharp at the same time.

The PVC sheaths won't save you from cuts you might sustain during some clumsy chopping, but you sure won't reach into the drawer and get a hand full of blade. The guards come in two sizes, a smaller one for $20 and a larger for $25. They're brightly colored and happy, and when you're done with your mincing, you snap them securely over your knives. More here.

Animal Snout Cups Let You Pick Your Nose

These animal shnaz cups are a great idea for your next party. They're also the only acceptable way to pick your nose.

They come from Fred & Friends, makers of all-around fun things. Eight, nine-ounce cups come in each $8 pack. You get a toucan, a zebra, a shark, and an iguana for your one creepy friend, among other exotic beasts. Surprise your guests who were probably expecting boring Solo cups. More here.

Feb 18, 2013

Does Anyone Actually Want a Transparent Phone?

There are a couple of rumored features that "phones of the future!" always seem to have, and up there with flexibility is transparency. See-through phones have been a futuristic what-if for ages now, but now a company called Polytron is promising that the future is here! Or at least close. Within the year, perhaps.

Sure, it'd be impressive, but it just raises the question: why? Is there any really good application for a transparent phone? Even if there is, would it ever be useful for the average Joe, expect maybe if he wants to keep tabs on the palm of his dominant hand?

This Is Where Apple Sources All Its Components

This map, put together by China File, plots all of the publicly available suppliers who fuel Apple's production lines. While the majority are found in Asia, it's interesting to see that the rest of world represents, too.

Each point on the interactive map represents an individual supplier, provided with complete context—from Analog Devices in Limerick, Ireland, to Arvato Digital in Smithfield, Australia. Explore the zoomable, clickable version of the map here.

There are, as you can see, plenty of suppliers based in the US, the most important—or at least, prolific—of which produce glass and processors for iOS devices. More here.

Feb 17, 2013

Google Will Open Retail Stores

Google is expanding out of its Mountain View haven and into the hangouts of America. According to an “extremely reliable source,” the search giant will roll out a retail initiative by opening up multiple flagship Google Stores in time for the holidays. Instead of relying on Google Play to get your Nexus 4, all you’ll need to do is drive on down to your favorite Google hangout.

“The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective constumers,” 9to5Google said. The source added that Google has plenty of potential customers on the market, but they don’t have the opportunity to try the company’s stuff out—a try-before-you-buy situation. Stores will be Google’s solution, and potentially lead to increased sales.

Google currently offers smaller store-within-a-store options inside Best Buy locations in the U.S., but those only focus on Chromebooks. The source claims an actual Google retail store would have a much broader approach since the company pretty much offers an entire lineup of products now. We have to agree.

“The decision to open stores, I’m told, came when drawing up plans to take the google Glass to the public,” 9to5Google said. The only way consumers would be comfortable with purchasing such a (potentially) futuristic tech is if they could try it out first. The store idea was born around that, and it only makes sense to sell everything Google offers.

Apple has absolutely perfected the retail experience, and it’s a huge part of the company’s success. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently admitted that Apple Stores are much more than just a place to hock gadgets, but a wonderful advantage in community mind share.

Google wants a piece of that. More here.

Feb 16, 2013

The Multitasking Toss-And-Chop Is Your Salad Making Secret Weapon

This little scissor cyborg tool is a multitasker. Throw all the ingredients from your leafy green mix in the bowl—lettuce, tomatoes, carrots—go nuts. Everything will get sliced and mixed together without having to make a stop at a cutting board first. Sure, it's basically just a knife and scissors and tongs all in one, for $25. More here.

What’s the Difference Between an Asteroid and a Meteor?

The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped passed Earth today and a meteor exploded over Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently!

An asteroid is a rocky object in space that's not as big as a planet and isn't a moon. There are millions of them, think the asteroid belt in space. A meteor is an asteroid that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, think shooting stars. A meteorite is a meteor that actually lands on the surface of Earth, think about Russia today.

As for a meteoroid? No one really knows. They're just kind of like smaller asteroids. More here.

Feb 15, 2013

Video of Asteroid as It Approaches Earth at Five Miles Per Second

Here it is: video of asteroid 2012 DA14 as seen at 12:59UTC from Samford Valley Observatory, Brisbane, Australia. It is moving towards us at "a closing speed of five miles per second."

You can watch live video here.

Lego iPhone Cases Re-Define Brick Phone

The best part is they're buildable. That definitely gives a new meaning to the concept of a brick phone. Lego iPhones are way cooler than a Zack Morris monstrosity. You'll start to see these awesome cases this spring. Belkin and Lego have a multi-year deal, which will give us more Lego gadgets in the future. More here.

Feb 14, 2013

Get Pregnant Today, Get a Free Ikea Crib in 9 Months

Cheap people of Australia: run! Don't walk! To the nearest location where you can get pregnant. Ikea is doling out free cribs to babies born nine months from today.

The baby must come into the world on November 14, 2013. If that's your due date or if you get knocked up today or sometime in the next month, hold onto this coupon! Or convince your doctor to induce you on the 14th of November. Or eat a lot of spicy food that day. Whatever it takes. Unfortunately for Americans who are planning on a baby, this deal is only good in Australia. And unfortunately for any parent, Ikea cribs are only as secure as your assembling skills allow, which is to say they could be pretty hazardous. But hey, free crib! More here.

Feb 13, 2013

This Mug Would Let Tea Drinkers Say Goodbye to Spoons For Good

Spoons? You don't need no spoons. Or at least, you wouldn't if the SlingsHOT mug became a reality, because the shape of its handle is designed especially to let you deal with teabags using just your bare hands.

There's a groove running up and around the handle of the SlingsHOT mug, which both keeps the bag from falling into the cup, and also allows the user to pull the string back, slingshot-style, to squeeze water from the bag. That means no more squeezing with spoons or scalded fingers. Simple, but terribly effective.

Sadly, the cup is currently just a design concept by Samir Sufi—but it may yet make it into production. More here.

Feb 12, 2013

A Bean Bag Chair Fit For an Evil Dorm Room Dictator

Designed for impoverished students and those who couldn't care less about posture, the bean bag chair is rarely regarded as a stylish addition to a well-appointed room. That is, until designer Antoinette Bader managed to turn the lowly specimen into a throne fit for a criminal mastermind, an evil dictator, or your average CEO.

The Marie bean bag chair has been completely classed-up thanks to a top section of triangular padded segments that can be reconfigured into a variety of different sitting options. But it's still a bean bag chair at heart, and is filled with a sea of polystyrene beads so if you really just want to slump down it will happily accomodate your sloth. More here.

How To Get 50GB of Free Cloud Storage Right Now

Need a place to squirrel away your digital stash? Box is giving 50GB of online storage free to new users.

Box will let you sync across both Mac and PC, and it has apps for Android, iOS, Outlook, BlackBerry PlayBook, and a bunch of other platforms listed here. To get yours, just head over to Box here, sign up for an account, and enjoy.

This is basically free space for any system you could conceivably use. The only disadvantage is Box has an upload size limit of 250MB. But 50GB is a ton of space for zero money, and most competitors like Dropbox, for example, only gives you 2GB gratis. And who doesn't like free stuff? More here.

A Jailbreak for iOS 6.1.1 Is Already Here

iOS 6.1.1 was released yesterday, and there's already a jailbreak available for it. The Evasi0n jailbreak tool which hit the internet last week has been updated to v1.3, and it will now liberate everything.

As Redmond Pie notes, the 6.1.1 update wasn't really about patching up the new iPhone 5 jailbreak—it was about fixing cellular issues experienced by iPhone 4S users of iOS 6.1. The Evasi0n tool update fixes several bugs present in the last version, and will work for folks on 6.1.1. More here.

Feb 11, 2013

The Nexus 4’s Charging Orb Is Now On Sale in Google Play

The Nexus 4 has been around for a few months now, but the Android phone's pretty wireless orb charger is just now available in the Google Play store.

The accessory costs $60 and is supposed to ship in less than a week. And while $60 seems like a lot to spend on a charger, the unexpected monster demand for the Nexus 4 probably means it'll sell out soon. So if you want one, don't dawdle. More here.

This Foldable Scooter Could Almost Be Your Carry On

Most folding scooters are missing something. You know, like a seat or actual portability. But the MOVEO from Turkish nonprofit Antro has a true mounted seat and folds to the size of a wheely suitcase. Intriguing.

The MOVEO has a carbon-composite body and weighs about 55 pounds, heavy as luggage goes, but pretty light for a scooter. It tops out at 28 miles per hour. The battery is only good for about 22 miles, though, and takes an hour to charge from empty.

The MOVEO has been in development for five years, and Antro has only recently been able to produce a prototype. Actual production is supposed to start in early 2014 with a run of either 4,000 or 15,000 units depending on funding. A MOVEO is projected to cost between $3,100 and $4,600 depending on how things play out, but at this rate it may be awhile. More here.

Feb 10, 2013

Microsoft Sells out of 128GB Surface Pro Models Online and in Some Stores

If you were wondering how well the public would take to a Microsoft-made tablet costing $899 or more... quite well, at least from initial impressions. The 128GB Surface Pro has sold out at Microsoft's US online store, and checks suggest a lack of stock at both the company's retail stores as well as Best Buy and Staples. Canada is facing similar shortages at Best Buy and Future Shop. 

Not surprisingly, storage worries (since partly alleviated) have left the 64GB tablet as the only one in consistent supply, and we suspect that the 128GB model in Microsoft's Canadian store won't last for much longer. There's no word on how many units each store had, and Microsoft has refrained from reporting Surface sale numbers to date. Still, the early uptake is good news for Microsoft's first foray into designing an x86 PC, and it shows that many early adopters aren't hung up on the price. More here.

Feb 9, 2013

How Many Heartbeats Does Each Species Get in a Lifetime?

Have you ever wondered how many heartbeats an average person has in their lifetime? What about for cats or dogs or other animals? Turns out because of metabolic rates and size of different species, each animal gets around a billion beats.

Around being the operative word, of course. Humans and chickens are outliers in that we get 2.21 billion and chicken gets 2.17 billiion beats. But a lot of other animals teeter the 1 billion line: horses, pigs, rabbits, elephants, cats, whales, etc. Animals big or small, fat or strong, fast or slow—it seems like there is a magic number for us all. Other than small dogs. They got the short end of the stick. More here.

Feb 8, 2013

This Single Molecule Drives Cancer Cells to Suicide

A team of researchers has identified a single molecule, called TIC10, that kick-starts the body's tumor-destroying systems—causing a chain reaction that can kill cancer dead.

In a series of experiments in mice the researchers, from Pennsylvania State University, found that TIC10 activities the gene for a protein called TRAIL—that's short for tumour-necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand—which causes cancerous cells to commit suicide. Wafik El-Deiry, one of the researchers explains:
"TRAIL is a part of our immune system: all of us with functional immune systems use this molecule to keep tumours from forming or spreading, so boosting this will not be as toxic as chemotherapy."
A series of experiments provided evidence that TIC10 works on a wide range of tumors, including breast, lymphatic, colon and lung cancer. While the TRAIL protein has been targeted in the past, it's never been exploited as successfully—something the researchers put down to the small size of the molecule TIC10. There's a hidden benefit, too, because TIC10 seems to cause healthy cells to join in the fight, too. Nature explains:
[I]t seems that TIC10 activates the TRAIL gene not only in cancerous cells, but also in healthy ones. This gives it enormous potential to create a 'bystander effect', in which apoptosis - or cell death - is induced in cancer cells immediately next to healthy ones. Healthy cells are also stimulated to increase the amount of TRAIL receptors on their cell surface. These receptors can then bind to the adjacent cancerous cells, triggering their demise. "It's almost like TRAIL-plus - it does so much more," says El-Deiry.
Of course, this initial testing has all been done in mice—and it remains to be seen if it will work as well as in other creature. That's why the next step is to test the molecule in humans. Keep those fingers crossed. More here.

New Ancient Evidence Confirms That An Asteroid Killed All the Dinosaurs

For most of us laypeople, it's an accepted truth the dinosaurs were wiped out by a big ol' asteroid that smashed into the Earth, easy as that. For scientists, however, there's always been some question as to whether or not that was actually the case. But some new revelations have proven that we dummies were right in our gross over-simplification all along.

It's been known for a while that there was a catastrophic asteroid collision millions of years ago while dinosaurs roamed the Earth. It was definitely about 9-miles wide, and definitely hurtled into Chicxulub, Mexico, leaving a 110-mile crater. Likewise, it definitely caused an explosion two million times bigger than the biggest thermonuclear device ever, launching an epic dust cloud that blocked out the sun. But—but but but—according to previous evidence, all that could have happened as early as 300,000 years before the actual extinction of dinosaurs, meaning there might have been different/additional cause.

Turns out probably not. Go figure, but that catastrophic impact was enough to do the trick, according to a new paper published in Science. Scientists from Europe and the US have been able to look at the crater's dust and narrow the impact down to a mere 11,000 year window, which is incredibly small in geological terms. As it happens, the impact was practically simultaneous with the mass extinction. Sure, Earth hadn't been at its strongest immediately before impact, but it was definitely the asteroid that kicked off all the dying.

So that's that. Mystery (re)solved, and lucky for us, the story hasn't changed. Good thing too; it's such a good one. More here.

Feb 7, 2013

Buy This Glowing Antler Lamp Instead Of Shooting Bambi’s Mom

Looking for that perfect home accent to hang over your fireplace? Instead of grabbin' yer guns and heading out into the woods to bag a trophy buck, you might want to consider trying to coerce artist Chen Bikovski to start selling her brilliant deer lamps that recreate a set of antlers using shafts of light.

Inspired by the origami used in children's pop-up books, the lamp features a large pull tab on the bottom that causes the deer's ears to extend and its internal lighting to turn on. It's light enough to hang on any wall, and more importantly, there's no taxidermy fees involved and you don't have to spend a week cleaning blood off the roof of your car. More here.

Feb 6, 2013

Secretly We All Want This Toilet-Paper-Holding iPad Stand

We all use our smartphones and tablets in the bathroom, but there's an unwritten rule that you do it discreetly, and don't really brag about touching your device while touching your... well, you get the idea. So while on one hand it's easy to be disgusted by CTA Digital's toilet paper/iPad stand, on the other we're probably all quietly reaching for our credit cards.

Even at $45 the iPad Pedestal Stand is a steal since it keeps the two most important things we've come to rely on in the bathroom in easy reach. And a gooseneck mount means it's easy to position your tablet at the optimal viewing angle. The only thing missing is a much needed splashguard, and a bottle of touchscreen-friendly disinfectant. More here.

Why Bother Boiling When You Can Toast Your Eggs Instead?

For all the Wi-Fi enhanced, Facebook-integrated appliances that are slowly invading our kitchens, most people still employ the same method of cooking their eggs that their heathen ancestors in the 1920's did: a pot of roiling water. But filling a pan, bringing it to boil, and setting the timer are all hassles we'll never again have to face once the Eggxactly hits market later this year.

The Eggxactly is a single-serving cooker that boils eggs in their shells, without water or open flame. According to the product website, you simply load an egg into the device, set the dial for your desired level of firmness, and tap the top to start. It reportedly uses just one percent of the energy used by conventional boiling and prevents yolk browning due to overcooking.

The Eggxactly is currently undergoing CE testing and should start shipping by the second half of 2013. There is no firm ship date or price set (its estimated to be about £25 plus shipping and handling) but you can pre-order one off the Eggxactly website here.

Feb 5, 2013

Ionizing Blaster Stops Dust From Sticking To Your Camera’s Sensor

If you're tired of 'dust-busting' every single photo you take in Photoshop, you can solve the problem at its source with this ionizing FireFly air blaster that promises to neutralize the static charge on dust particles so they easily fall off your camera's sensor.

FireFly's $130 DSC-2000 comes with a Giottos Rocket Blower so it packs plenty of oomph, but the secret sauce here is a 9-volt battery-powered box that produces negative and positively charged ions. So it neutralizes the dust particles' staying power while blasting them away. It isn't the perfect solution, though; the dust is still inside your camera and has the potential of sticking to the sensor again. But the blower includes a 20 micron filter so you aren't blasting in more dust during the process, and the touch-free approach certainly reduces the potential of damaging your camera's most crucial component. More here.

Will Nokia’s Next Lumia Get a 41-Megapixel PureView Image Sensor?

Released last year, the PureView 808 was essentially a prototype phone. It ran Nokia's dying—and now officially dead—Symbian operating system but its 41-megapixel, one-inch image sensor was a beast. Now, The Guardian reports what people have been speculating and rumoring since Nokia dropped the PureView 808 nearly a year ago: The 41-Megapixel sensor is destined for a Nokia Windows Phone.

According to the Guardian, a new Windows Phone 8 handset with the large image sensor is on the way. It will be called EOS, and it will arrive at the end of the month at the MWC trade show in Barcelona. Now the first part of that rumor is pretty ridiculous and hard to swallow. Canon has been using the EOS name for 25 years for its system of interchangeable lens cameras. It would be foolish—and possibly illegal—for Nokia to use the same name for an imaging-heavy phone. More here.

Feb 4, 2013

Evasi0n iOS 6.1 Jailbreak Tutorial

evasi0n 1.0 is an untethered jailbreak for all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 6.0 through 6.1


- MacOSX 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8
- Windows (XP minimum)
- Linux x86/x86_64 (Kernel >= 2.6.24, libgtk+-2.0 >= 2.24.13)


- iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, and 6.1


- Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you'll always be able to recover your data.
- Those who use backup passwords in iTunes must disable them for now.  After doing so, iTunes makes a brand new backup.  Please wait for that backup to complete before proceeding!  Feel free to re-enable your backup password after jailbreaking.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Launch evasi0n, plug in your device, and click "Jailbreak". Just sit back and observe its progress.  Watch for any steps you may be asked to perform.
- Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
- If the process gets stuck somewhere, it's safe to restart the program, reboot the device (if necessary by holding down Power and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process.


If you have any questions regarding the jailbreak process or jailbreaking in general 
please go to the Jailbreak QA dedicated website:
or see their help page for evasi0n:
or try /r/jailbreak on Reddit:


evasi0n is a production of @evad3rs.

iOS 6.1 Jailbreak for iPhone 5, iPad 4/Mini and All Other Devices

The new evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool takes just 5 minutes to liberate your iOS device and allowing you to install the third party applications, themes, cydia tweaks and more. All you need is a computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.5 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64), an iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 6.0 through 6.1 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version) and a USB cable to connect the device to the computer. Download link here.
Supported Devices:
  1. iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS on iOS 6.0 and above.
  2. iPad 4, iPad 3 (The New iPad), iPad 2 and iPad 1G on iOS 6.0 and above (All WiFi/GSM/CDMA models).
  3. iPod touch 5G, iPod touch 4G on iOS 6.0 stock IPSW and above.

Evasi0n - iOS 6.x Jailbreak Noon EST

We probably have the release time for the evasi0n jailbreak. The progress bar on the evasi0n website is now showing the status as 98% complete.

An eagle-eyed reddit user has noticed that the progress bar is increasing ~0.0091/min. This means that at that pace, the progress bar will hit 100% at February 4th, 2013 at 17:00 UTC (or February 4th, 12:00 pm EST, which could be the possible release time for the evasi0n jailbreak.

Please note that this is just a speculation, there has been no confirmations from the evad3rs dev team.

If the release time is indeed 12:00 noon EST, then check out the table below to find out when evasi0n jailbreak will be released in your time zone:

More here and here.

Feb 3, 2013

Is the PlayStation 4 Arriving on February 20th?

Well here's something we weren't expecting. Sony just teased us with a super secret, super mysterious, super probably a new PlayStation (because, what else?) event next month. Let's start speculating and freaking out about a new console war.

Feb 2, 2013

Scientists Have Created Crystals That Are Almost Alive

Man-made life is a thing of fiction, relegated to things like Frankenstein. But scientists are coming close to something almost like it. New light-affected crystals developed by scientists at New York University are very close to being alive, so close it makes you question what "being alive" really means.

The crystals are microscopic cubes of hematite that can conduct electricity under certain wavelengths of blue light. As a result, when they're in a hydrogen peroxide soup, the right light can make them swim around, merging into larger crystals, breaking apart, and doing it all again. And then, when the light goes out, they stop.

Paul Chaikin, one of the authors of the paper recently published in Science, notes that this gives the little things metabolism and mobility, two of the criteria required to be considered "alive." They just happen to lack the ability to reproduce, for now. Another of the authors, Jérémie Palacci, put it this way to Wired:
[We] show that with a simple, synthetic active system, we can reproduce some features of living systems. I do not think this makes our systems alive, but it stresses the fact that the limit between the two is somewhat arbitrary.
There's nothing really to suggest that these crystals might suddenly learn to replicate, but they do provide something of a window back in time, when the building blocks of life may have been quite similar to this, before they began to multiply and become actual life. In the meantime, Chaikin and Palacci are working on a different particle that has metabolism and can replicate, but not move. If these two projects manage to learn from each other, we could be in for something really wild. More here.

Feb 1, 2013

Kim Dotcom’s Offering a Cash Reward If You Can Smash Mega’s Encryption

A few weeks into its existence, Mega is holding up pretty well. It's fended off its first round of takedown requests and is still crouched safely behind its wall of protective encryption. In fact, Dotcom is so confident in that encryption, he's offering free money to anyone who can break it.

The €10,000 ($13,850) reward was announced by way of a tweet, with a blog post on the subject promised later today. From the get-go, Mega has been taking a lot of tips from the cryptography community, which has been picking apart the service's security and providing what amounts to a pro bono encryption spell-check. This challenge should serve as an effective solicitation for a little more.

Google, Dropbox, Firefox and others also offer money for bugs, but Kim Dotcom is being pretty singularly antagonistic in his approach; this is a challenge. And if a hacker could find his or her way through Mega's encryption, it would be well worth the 13 grand, considering that's really the linchpin of this whole service. But the real question is: does that also apply to the US government? More here.