Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

Self-control enhanced by tiny electrical charge to the brain: study

Self-control enhanced by tiny electrical charge to the brain: study

A small study has shown with some certainty that self-control can be enhanced by applying electrical stimulation to the brain. Scientists applied electrodes to the prefrontal cortex of each participant via invasive surgery. The participants performed tasks that involved ceasing what they were doing or switching to a new task. When certain areas of the prefrontal cortex were given an imperceptible electric shock at that point, the participants performed better.

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iPhone “Air” concept is thin as two credit cards, light as a feather

iPhone “Air” concept is thin as two credit cards, light as a feather

A new iPhone concept has surfaced from Italian ad agency SET Solution, and they're calling it the iPhone Air. We would love to see Apple produce something like this, assuming it's even possible. It's as thin as a couple of stacked credit cards, the display reaches all the way to the edges with nary a bevel in sight, and TouchID is integrated despite the size limitations. An agency can dream, can't it?

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Battlefield 4 gets sorely needed patch for Xbox One

Battlefield 4 gets sorely needed patch for Xbox One

Battlefield 4, the pride of EA Games and DICE, has received a long-awaited patch for the Xbox One. The next-gen game has undergone a series of unfortunate events in the form of connectivity problems, server issues, and in-game bugs and glitches. The problems were so bad and so widespread that they dealt EA's stock a blow in the stockmarket. Hopefully the patch will get things back to a more-or-less copacetic state of being.

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Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter has been field-testing a new native app feature that shows a map of tweets occurring near the user in real time. The feature appears as a separate column in the app and shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship between the users. It's called "Nearby", and it could be Twitter's next granular advertising targeting gambit.

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Xbox original programming to debut as early as Q1 2014

Xbox original programming to debut as early as Q1 2014

Microsoft Xbox Live subscribers could see original Xbox programming as early as the first quarter of 2014. The news came yesterday by way of a Variety Dealmakers Breakfast appearance by Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital Nancy Tellem. She delivered a few details and a progress report for the company's original programming initiative first announced in February of this year.

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China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover land on moon

China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover land on moon

China's "Long March to the Moon" has placed a lander and a rover on the moon. The Chang'e-3 lander and her accompanying Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover arrived inside the right eye of the "Man in the Moon" this evening at 9:00PM Beijing time. This marks the first time in more than 40 years anyone has performed a soft lunar landing. All sources point to a successful deployment for the robot visitors.

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Snowden sitting on 1.5 million more documents, NSA estimates

Snowden sitting on 1.5 million more documents, NSA estimates

And now for your weekend Snowden update. Edward Snowden, as you may know if you haven't been living in Plato's cave, is the 30-year-old former NSA employee who stole and leaked "thousands" of documents revealing some of the incredible extent to which the NSA and other international spy agencies go to spy on Americans, Chinese, Germans, and the rest of the world. Last month the NSA said Snowden had leaked 200,000 documents to journalists. Now we're hearing estimates from the NSA itself that Snowden is sitting on 1.5 million additional documents -- but the agency admits even that figure is more-or-less a shot-in-the-dark.

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Pension fund sues IBM for torpedoing China sales with NSA spy program

Pension fund sues IBM for torpedoing China sales with NSA spy program

A pension fund has sued IBM for $12.9 billion in revenue losses caused by the recent revelation of its partnership with the US Congress and the NSA to spy on Chinese customers. Many of China's companies pulled out of business arrangements with IBM after it became known that IBM was using its technology to collect customer information for the NSA. The suit cites IBM's open lobbying effort to persuade Congress to pass the bill allowing the spying program known as Prism.

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Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

The Boston Police Department has suspended their use of license plate scanners for now. It seems the optical character recognition technology was working just fine, but the department wasn't following up on all of the hot crime fighting leads the technology was generating. The scanners collected about four million plate IDs a year, prompting onlookers to ask whether the inherent privacy issues were outweighed by the law enforcement benefits.

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