AOL Tech


Jul 29th, 2010


HAL 9000 Gets Its Own Screensaver, Russian Hardware Prints You

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Give your computer (Macs only) that Kubrick touch with the HAL 9000... Read more »

Twitter Users Aren't Interested in Supporting Your Brand

Bad news, Evil Corporations: Twitter tweeps aren't your shills! A study by digital marketing agency 360i reveals that only a sliver of consumer tweets forward branding messages. It notes that "more than 90-percent of tweets originate from consumers -- and only 8-percent are authored by marketers."... Read more »

Implantable Glucose Sensor Successful in Pigs, Diabetic Humans Next

Thanks to new research, diabetics could one day have a long-term solution to glucose monitoring. According to Technology Review, researchers implanted glucose sensors in pigs, and have concluded that they worked successfully for two years. Now, David Gough, the bioengineer who founded the company... Read more »

New ATM Hack Turns Cash Machines Into Jackpots

The ubiquitous ATM has quickly become a favorite, and often easy, target for hackers looking to make a quick buck. At the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Barnaby Jack recently demonstrated a pair of hacks that allowed him to force an ATM to literally spit cash at him like he'd... Read more »

Games On the Go: Flash Titles for the Musically Inclined (or Inspired)

Music is all around us. It drifts in and out of our lives, piped into elevators, blasted through the stereo systems of passing cars, and idly played on our MP3 players as we go about our day. But how engaged are we with it? For something as remarkable as music, it can easily become another part of... Read more »

Online Gambling Ban Gets Reconsidered by Congress

In the midst of our cash-strapped economy, the federal government is now looking into legalizing online gambling. The New York Times reports that the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would allow "online poker and other nonsports betting, overturning a 2006 federal ban," which... Read more »

Abstinence Avatar Game Teaches Kids How to Avoid Sex, 'Winning' Is Really Losing

Now, this is exactly what we've been yearning for: a video game that teaches us how to be abstinent. With avatars. Because real gamers usually have dates galore, right? Researchers at the University of Central Florida have created just such a game, in the hopes of encouraging kids to avoid... Read more »

Nerdy Do-Gooder Brings R2-D2 to Hospitals, Much Better Than Animatronic Seals

Usually when hospitals want to cheer up patients who are suffering from terminal diseases and spending large amounts of time within the confines of a medical institution, they turn to man's best friend. Bringing dogs to hospitals is old news, though. If you don't want to deal with the... Read more »

Goldman Sachs Bans Swearing in E-Mails. WTF.

Well, it looks like Wall Street's finally cleaning up its game. Don't misunderstand; investment bankers will still find new and unctuous ways to make money in a thin economy. But, from now on, employees at one gilded corporation will be forced to use slightly less colorful language when sending... Read more »

Time's iPad Headache, Online Games Spark Real Violence in Vietnam

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Time, Inc. launched its 'Sports Illustrated' iPad app just last month, but Apple's stringent regulatory policies -- specifically the confusing subscription plans and recurring payments -- are already a source of much consternation... Read more »

Michael Jackson Forces 'Plants Vs. Zombies' to Change Dancing Zombie Character

Michael Jackson is dead. And his family, apparently, wants to keep it that way -- even in the world of iPhone games. According to MTV, Jackson estate lawyers recently forced gaming company PopCap to change a character in one of its iPhone apps, 'Plants vs. Zombies,' because said character bore a... Read more »

Ivy Bean, Twitter's Oldest User, Dies at 104

Ivy Bean, from Bradford, England, definitely wasn't your average Twitterer. She had a staggering 57,000 people following her IvyBean104 handle, and, thanks to her viral popularity, managed to work her way into meetings with British politicians and celebrities, alike. Oh, and at 104-years young,... Read more »

Mobile Apps Could Be Exposing Your Personal Data

Lookout, a mobile security company, embarked on an absolutely massive study that examined the code of some 300,000 Android and iPhone apps. Dubbed the App Genome Project, it looked at a large cross-section of mobile apps and found that an unsettling number of them were accessing your personal... Read more »

V-Swing Camcorder Records and Analyzes Your Golf Swing

Share Golfers are notorious for dropping thousands of dollars on swing coaches to lower their scores, but a new camcorder claims to render those costly lessons unnecessary by making you the coach. According to DVICE, the V-Swing is a hands-free camcorder that attaches to a golf bag and records... Read more »

Titanic to Be Mapped in 3-D

James Cameron might not have had the chance to film his famed blockbuster 'Titanic' in three dimensions, but a research team is set to do the next best thing: create a 3-D map of the wreck. On August 18th, an assemblage of scientists, including archaeologists and oceanographers, will embark on... Read more »

Nazi Hackers Target Concentration Camp Sites

Share Hackers recently defaced the digital "Book of the Dead" and other portions of a website dedicated to the Buchenwald concentration camp, and completely erased all traces of a second site dedicated to the Mittelbau Dora camp. The attacks, targeting these grim reminders of Nazi horrors, were... Read more »