The Federal Communications Commission is considering green-lighting the use of cellphones and mobile broadband services on airplanes above 10,000 feet.
The agency, which has restricted the use of cellular devices for making phone calls or surfing the Web in-flight, is circulating a proposed rulemaking among its commissioners. The agency will introduce the item at its December open meeting, and will then allow for public comment on the proposal.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday that it's important for the FCC to keep up with changing technology.
"Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and … Read more
Working as a stand-up comedian isn't an easy gig. Night after night, you bare your soul in front of a microphone, hoping for nothing more than a room full of people laughing at your jokes. You refine your material, research the latest news headlines, and even make a few props to get applause and a paltry paycheck. And now, you have to compete with a robot.
Why wear a plain old dress when you can don one that flies? Or that same old, same old sweater that just sits there being a sweater when you can opt for one that turns you into a game controller or TV remote?
In part two of our series on multipurpose gadgets, we take a look at still more products that do double or even triple duty for the price of one. From a mouse that doubles as a portable speaker and triples as a speakerphone to false eyelashes that also control gadgets, these creations take versatility very, very seriously. … Read more
I don't know why robots do things. I don't even know if there is a why.
All I know is that other mechanical gadgets like my toaster, my car, and MacBook Air seem to have minds of their own. So why not a cleaning robot?
I digress to these difficult areas because an Austrian robot has been accused of committing suicide.
It does seem extreme, I agree. But the rumor is that this robot was so fed up of housecleaning that it switched itself on, slid along the kitchen counter, and immolated itself on the kitchen stove.… Read more
Ever notice how none of the modern tools we use these days has a dedicated purpose anymore? From cell phones to smartwatches, everything has a camera, apps, and a million other extra functions.
That multipurpose icon, the century-old Swiss Army Knife (now with USB drive), has had a profound impact on how we conceive of and use tools.
But there's often a tradeoff between function and quality. "You won't find professional photographers using Android phones to take wedding pictures," design consultant Dan Saffer noted in the Wall Street Journal. "The advanced features of a professional-grade camera outweigh the inconvenience of carrying it around."… Read more
1. There are rarely 10 reasons for anything. Sometimes, there are only two or three. These involve ego, need for love and conformism. But other times, there are very many. There might be 5 reasons why you should buy a Nexus 7. Or only one. Some might think there are 8 reasons why an Xbox One will get them through the holiday season. There are, though, 423 reasons why Microsoft Word will, in the end, drive you crazy.
2. When you start out knowing you have to find 10 reasons for something, how many of those are likely to be … Read more