When journalists take a vacation, do they actually take a break?

I found out about the guacamole and the pea incident four days after The New York Times tweeted about it. That’s not like me. I’m typically on top of the news cycle and keep tabs on the general zeitgeist of what’s important on the Internet. But last week, I went on vacation — for the first time in a long time. And ... Read More »

Buttons, sliders and knobs, oh, my! Startup evolves PC controls beyond the mouse

When it comes to controlling personal computers, keyboards and mice are the reigning champions. A startup called Palette, though, thinks photographers and other creative types will embrace hardware that offers even more direct control. Palette’s “tactile controller” products, available now for ordering and due to ship this November, let people magnetically snap together a cluster of buttons, knobs and sliders ... Read More »

BBC to give free micro:bit computer to every 11-12 year old in the UK

Projects like Arduino and the hugely popular Raspberry Pi have helped thousands take their first steps into programming and the subject continues to become more accessible. The BBC has unveiled the new BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer which will be given away for free to every child in year 7 across the UK. The tiny computer is designed to help ... Read More »

Charged waters

A 21-year-old man was out for an evening swim near a dock several weeks ago when he felt electricity in the water. He grabbed the dock ladder to get out of the water, was shocked and fell face-down back into the water. Marcus Colburn became a victim of electric shock drowning Sunday, June 21, in Missouri. ESD causes death and ... Read More »

Your idle computer could help scientists study the drought

Your idle computer could help scientists run a program that’ll shed light on the factors behind the drought. The project, backed by climate researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oxford, is hoping to tease out what role greenhouse gases and ocean temperatures play in creating dry spells like the one currently gripping California. Over the last two ... Read More »

Second Harvest feeds local families in need

There’s local help available for families in the area struggling to get enough to eat. Friendship Church in Prior Lake, 17741 Fairlawn Ave., partners with Second Harvest to provide a free surplus food and household products for households in need. The items are distributed starting at 5:30 p.m. at Friendship Church on the second Thursday of every month. Registration for ... Read More »

Scientists Build A Computer That Works More Like The Human Brain

It’s easy to draw parallels between computers and the human brain: they both use electrical signals, store large amounts of information and can perform incredibly complex tasks. There are, of course, some key differences between the two, but now, researchers have created a computer that is even more brain-like than the ones we already use. Their paper published in the ... Read More »

Computer system that detected massive government data breach could itself be at ‘high risk,’ audit finds

The computer upgrade that federal officials tout as having detected — although not prevented — a massive breach of information on federal employees is itself at high risk of failure, according to a new internal audit. The independent inspector general’s office within the Office of Personnel Management is conducting a thorough review of the upgrade but issued a “flash audit ... Read More »

YOSA And Friends Give Radiohead’s OK Computer The Classical Treatment

With help from a dozen of the Alamo City’s finest musical acts, the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio’s YOSA Philharmonic, made up of high school and college musicians, is giving the classical treatment to one of the best albums of the past 20 years. Aside from earning metal at the 1998 Grammys — winning the Best Alternative Rock Performance category ... Read More »

[Techie Tuesdays] What took Riyaz Ahemed Walikar to the hall of fame at Google, Facebook, Adobe, Mozilla and Twitter

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over and then deleted. Next, my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all the data on ... Read More »