As the Galaxy S5 enters officialdom, Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world -- presiding over an indomitable gadget kingdom. But how did a company best known for Blu-ray players and TVs become the all-eclipsing superpower it is today? In this special episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain the Galaxy strategy, and tell the story of how Samsung forged its Galactic gadget empire. Press play now.
HONOMU, Hawaii -- The volcanic hills and ridges above the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii are among the wettest places on the planet. Naturally, all that water forms plenty of spectacular waterfalls and streams, and naturally, you can find a variety of fish in these waters as they rush toward the Pacific. So, it's also only natural to assume that some of these fish can be found climbing the vertical cliffs behind the waterfalls to get closer to the source of all that water.
It sounds like a story from the mind of my 6-year-old daughter or a sci-fi author who conjures images of militarized robot fish on covert missions in the tropics, but it turns out to be science fact. … Read more
When I heard that Google's Eric Schmidt had sat down to chat with a curiously trendy-looking Glenn Beck, I was hoping for questions like: "C'mon, Eric. Are you a commie?"
Instead, what ensued was a conversation about man and machine achieving perfect harmony, something that Lenin spectacularly failed to master.
Some might suspect that, in Google's eyes, such harmony would involve Google being able to control your arm as it reaches to scratch your head.
Schmidt, though, was at pains to put that concept to rest.… Read more
Super Mario Kart's plumber-driven vehicle is driving into the lives of children as an actual rideable toy car. The brightly colored cart sports the Mario "M" on the front and the exaggerated design features of its video-game counterpart in Mario Kart 7.
The battery-powered vehicle has forward and reverse, functioning pedals, brakes, and a seat belt to keep your little Mario from flying out of the cart. It also makes sounds from the games. You will have to provide blue overalls and a red hat if you want to achieve the full Mario look.… Read more
When people lean their heads together to pose for a selfie, they're capturing a shining moment and preserving it in pixels for posterity. They might be capturing something else too: head lice.
At least that's the claim of Marcy McQuillan, a lice-treatment expert who runs two Nitless Noggins lice-treatment centers in California. She says she's seen a dramatic uptick in the incidence of lice among young people, and it's due, she maintains, to all that head bumping for selfie snaps.
"Head lice are spread through head-to-head contact. Lice don't jump or fly, so you actually have to touch heads," McQuillan said in a press release that went out on Monday and captured headlines as fast as, well, a bunch of little critters can leap around a scalp. "Every teen I've treated, I ask about selfies, and they admit that they are taking them every day." … Read more
In the short annals of Monday joys, this might have a permanent place.
For it seems that as Britain watched its BBC News today, some citizens could not believe their eyes.
I am grateful to YouTube poster Ben Bristow, who captured the event for, hopefully, an infinite posterity.
As a fine and wise lady presenter called Caroline talked about apologies and financial costs, the rug seemed to be pulled from beneath her.… Read more
Long before Sony and Microsoft became the chief combatants in the video game console wars, Sega and Nintendo were kings of the gaming roost. Blake Harris chronicles their rivalry in the upcoming business thriller "Console Wars," which traces scrappy Sega's rebel bombardment against the Nintendo juggernaut during the 1990s. The book is scheduled for release in May.
The prevalence of loud action movies shows just how much humans enjoy a good explosion. You won't find many bigger than what happened on the moon in September last year. Footage of an 880-pound asteroid smashing onto the lunar surface was just released, showing a bright flash at the impact site.
The evidence was captured by telescopes as part of a moon-impact monitoring project run by astronomers at the University of Huelva in Spain. A paper about the event was published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.… Read more
A tiny piece of crystal found on a sheep farm in Australia is giving researchers insight into the very early formation of the Earth and its crust. The microscopic zircon crystal under study is said to be made of the oldest known material formed on Earth, dating from soon after the molten rock that originally formed the planet had cooled.
The discovery helps to push the clock back on the formation of oceans and early life. "This confirms our view of how the Earth cooled and became habitable. This may also help us understand how other habitable planets would form," says lead researcher John Valley, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.… Read more
Get ready, "Star Wars" fans: The first trailer from the upcoming final season of "The Clone Wars" is here, and it's a lot of fun.
Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it will be making the 13 episodes of the final season of the animated "Star Wars" show available to subscribers starting March 7. Now, it has released the trailer for the season, and "Star Wars" fans have a lot to be excited about.