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Yes, Apple's smartwatch should run third-party apps

Engadget - Sun, 07/09/2014 - 04:17
Tipsters have been seemingly eager to shed light on every single facet of Apple's long-rumored smartwatch, but one obvious question hasn't really received a clear answer: will it run third-party apps? If you ask 9to5Mac, the answer is "yes." Its...

Boeing's drone-killing laser takes down targets with an Xbox controller

Engadget - Sun, 07/09/2014 - 03:40
Boeing has a pretty storied history with lasers and now its testing one that can take out UAVs and rockets regardless of where it's installed. A recent trial run of the tech was conducted in Florida under some pretty grueling conditions (heavy fog,...

Google Glass lands in the Play Store next to phones and smartwatches

Engadget - Sun, 07/09/2014 - 01:35
Itching to strap on a $1,500 face computer so you can follow directions floating in front of your head? Well, Google just made it a little easier to claim a head-mounted display of your own -- it quietly added Google Glass to the Play Store the other...

Feedback Loop: Online security, the Note Edge, fitness trackers and more!

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 23:36
Happy Saturday, and welcome to another edition of Feedback Loop! With all the talk of online data breaches this week, we're discussing ways to better protect your data stored in the cloud. After you're done auditing your passwords, let us know what...

Panasonic's smart mirror turned me into a 1970s space princess

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 21:00
It was going to be either me or my male colleague. That's a lie: It was absolutely going to be me. It was my last day at IFA, Europe's biggest technology show, and Brad Molen and I were sitting inside a sparsely decorated smart home that Panasonic...

Galaxy Note Edge, hands-on with the G Watch R and other stories you might've missed

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 19:30
This week, we went hands on with the G Watch R, took a closer look at the Galaxy Edge's bent display, gawked at Dyson's robotic vacuum cleaner, strapped on Samsung's Gear VR, and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last seven days....

Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Slashdot - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 17:46
New submitter Crizzam writes I have about 500 clients which have my servers installed in their data centers as a hosted solution for time & attendance (employee attendance / vacation / etc). I want to actively monitor all the client servers from my desktop, so know when a server failure has occurred. I am thinking I need to trap SNMP data and collect it in a dashboard. I'd also like to have each client connect to my server via HTTP tunnel using something like OpenVPN. In this way I maintain a site-site tunnel open so if I need to access my server remotely, I can. Any suggestions as to the technology stack I should put together to pull off this task? I was looking at Zabbix / Nagios for SNMP monitoring and OpenVPN for the other part. What else should I include? How does one put together a good remote monitoring / access solution that clients can live with and will still allow me to offer great proactive service to my servers located on-site?

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Working next-gen iPhone reportedly spotted with payment support built-in (update: video)

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 17:40
We've seen way, way too many leaks of the next iPhone's design, but none of them have shown a truly functional device -- until today, apparently. With the help of cnBeta, Chinese leaker zzray has posted photos and video that reportedly show off a...

Behind the watch: the Moto 360 story

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 16:58
"It's not a smartwatch," said Iqbal Arshad, Motorola's Senior VP of Global Product, to a roomful of journalists in Motorola's Chicago headquarters. Instead he, and by extension the rest of Motorola, prefer to think of the Moto 360 as a reinvention of...

Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

Slashdot - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 16:39
rfernand79 writes Infoworld has an interview with Martin Odersky, designer of Scala, in which they discuss the future of this popular language. Three versions are discussed as being part of the Scala roadmap: The first one (2.12) focuses on better integration with Java 8, and making use of the latest improvements in the JVM. The second one (Aida) focuses on cleaning up the Scala libraries. But the third one (Don Giovani) is about a fundamental rethink of Scala, with a strong focus on simplicity.

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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

Slashdot - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 15:41
Businessweek (in a story spotted via Tyler Cowen's Marginal Revolution) profiles ThinkTank Learning, a college-admission consultancy founded by Steven Ma, and largely catering to ambitious Asian immigrants like Ma, and their offspring — kids who'd like to go to elite schools, and can afford to have Ma's firm help them navigate the path to getting in. It's a statistics driven system, and backed by a money-back guarantee, so long as the applicant meets certain requirements: ThinkTank will refund their tens of thousands of dollars in fees if they don't make it into the sort of school that the the ThinkTank algorithms say they will. Basically, they've reverse engineered the admissions policies at schools, particularly elite schools like MIT, Stanford, and the Ivies, and done so well enough to know which factors in a student's portfolio can be tweaked to increase their odds of getting into the big-name schools. A slice: [Ma's] proprietary algorithm assigns varying weights to different parameters, derived from his analysis of the successes and failures of thousands of students he’s coached over the years. Ma’s algorithm, for example, predicts that a U.S.-born high school senior with a 3.8 GPA, an SAT score of 2,000 (out of 2,400), moderate leadership credentials, and 800 hours of extracurricular activities, has a 20.4 percent chance of admission to New York University and a 28.1 percent shot at the University of Southern California. Those odds determine the fee ThinkTank charges that student for its guaranteed consulting package: $25,931 to apply to NYU and $18,826 for USC.

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Here's how DARPA's high-tech tanks will dodge RPGs (video)

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 15:20
DARPA's new Ground X-Vehicle Technology project aims to design tanks with less armor, but are faster and more agile as a result. Now, in the movies, we always see these beefy military vehicles rolling along slowly to action, so faster,...

Recommended Reading: The legend of the TI-84 Plus

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 14:30
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. The Unstoppable TI-84...

MOTA's vibrating jewelry promises more subtle notifications

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 13:27
Do you remember Ringly? The idea behind it was that people would use a vibrating ring to alert you about incoming calls, emails or text messages. If you can imagine that same concept, albeit in a smaller and less gendered package, then you have the...

​Chubby Checker's 'Dig Dug' was unearthed by the son of an Atari VP

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 11:19
You've probably heard or Dig Dug, and if you were born before 1983, you might even remember seeing a bizarre, upbeat commercial for the game in movie theaters -- but did you know that the video game miner's theme song was almost sung by Chubby...

Not every house has rooms that turn 90 degrees, but this one does

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 08:48
It would seem that when Iran isn't busy putting the kibosh down on social media, its architects are designing some pretty crazy ways to beat the weather. Case in point: a seven-floor house in Tehran with three rectangular rooms that can rotate up to...

​FBI says it located the Silk Road by exploiting an error with the server's login page

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 04:52
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation may have seized the Silk Road and sold off its horde of ill-gotten Bitcoin, but the case isn't over yet -- the dark web site's creator still has to face trial. The defense of Ross Ulbricht, the man allegedly...

Firefox for Android beta updated with Chromecast, Roku streaming

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 03:34
It was only a few weeks ago that Chromecast support was spotted in Firefox for Android's nightly builds -- now it's one step closer to primetime: the feature is now a standard part of the browser's beta package. This means that Mozilla fans eager to...

Buy 'Destiny' on PS3 or Xbox 360 and upgrade to new-gen for free

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 02:47
The wait is almost over: Destiny, former Halo-developer Bungie's ambitious shooter, releases this coming Tuesday. If you're holding out on it because you don't have a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, though, there's no reason. Bungie has announced that...

Fossil teams up with Intel to produce its line of wearables

Engadget - Sat, 06/09/2014 - 01:57
We heard plenty about Intel's wearable aspirations for 2014 back at CES, and since then it has announced collaborations with the likes of SMS Audio and more. Fossil was named as having a plan for Android Wear, and as of today the two are officially...