25 May

If the push to stuff infotainment options into new cars keeps going at its recent pace, there may never be any reason to leave your car, other than for the barest of life's necessities.

The Nissan Friend-ME, a concept car reportedly aimed at young males in China, allows smartphone users to share content via strategically placed display screens. Mockups show a long, central screen -- known as the "oracle stone" -- that begins in the middle of the front dashboard and extends rearward toward a console that divides the back seat.

24 May

It sounds like a headline that The Onion itself might publish as satire.

In this case, however, the headline proved all too true.

According to the Onion Inc.'s Tech Blog, a pro-Assad hacktivist group known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) began sending phishing emails to a few Onion employees around the beginning of May. At least one of the emails contained a link that seemed to go to a Washington Post story. The URL ended in "the onion". However, the link didn't go to the Post, but eventually redirected the user to a site that resembled that of Google Apps. That site asked for login credentials and then redirected to a Gmail inbox.

22 May

Staples recently announced that it would offer 3D printers for sale at its retail stores. For a mere $1,299, buyers can gain access to technology that would permit them to churn out plastic replicas of various objects. (Color cartridges run an extra $50 or so each.)

Around the time of the announcement, it came to light that a Texas man had figured out how to make an operable -- and, by metal detectors, undetectable -- plastic pistol by using 3D printing technology.

20 May

By the year 2013, we were all supposed to be flying to work in our sporty-looking cars. Hybrids and electric cars certainly have that 1900s-era futuristic sci-fi feel to them, but commuters are still battling their way through morning traffic on crowded roads. Flying cars could ease congestion, saving money on road maintenance and possibly allowing for more direct routes for travelers.

18 May

Green developments have been all the rage in the scientific community in recent years, but scientists have come up with an alternative to streetlights that takes "green" to an all new level. San Francisco-based researchers have been able to illuminate plants by combining luminescent marine bacteria and re-engineered plant DNA. Using this technology, the researchers believe a plant of any size could be engineered to glow without the use of electricity.

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