Here’s What the Higgs Boson Sounds Like When Scientist-Musicians Play It

Data can translate to music, too. So for CERN's 60th birthday, a group of physicists got together to play music based on sonification data taken from the Swiss lab's for detectors. And it's beautiful! Read More >>

The Taliban Mistakenly Outed Every Single Person on Its Mailing List

If you didn't already know that the Taliban had a mailing list, your mind is already blown. But here's a solid one-upper: the taliban spokesperson accidentally CC'd everyone on that list in an otherwise pedestrian email, outing some people who likely didn't want the world to know they were subscribers. Read More >>

Yes, Microsoft Paid to Make This Terrible Xbox Live Ad 10 Years Ago

Once upon a time, online console gaming was a novel thing. And a singular, cohesive, online community built around a console was downright mindblowing. Enter Xbox Live, which turns 10 this week. Read More >>

Lytro Images Will Soon Have 3D Perspective Shift and Live Filters

Lytro's founder Ren Ng has always maintained that there was potential in light field photography far beyond the main refocusing trick that the Lytro Camera launched with. And when the latest Lytro desktop software update hits on December 4th, we'll get to see a couple more of those tricks: perspective shift and living filters. Read More >>

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Iran’s “New” Hovercraft May or May Not Have Been Built in the 1970s

Coinciding with the start of its massive Velayat 4 air-defence manoeuvres and amid rising tensions over its nuclear program, Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi unveiled Iran's newest weapon on Monday — a recon drone-launching, missile-firing, all-terrain-travelling hovercraft. One that looks suspiciously just like the ones they bought from the UK decades ago. Read More >>

Spotify Is Testing a Web Player That We’ll Probably See Next Year

If you've been looking for a way to stream Spotify tracks without having to use the standalone app, that day may come sooner than later: Spotify has confirmed with us that they have begun testing the feature with a small audience. Read More >>

Scosche Now Has Lightning Accessories for Damn Near Any Situation

Think about anything you need to do regarding your gadget charging needs. Need to power an iPhone 5? What about a fourth-gen iPad? An Android phone? Some weird gadget with a strange USB port? Need to charge at home? In the car? Hate tangled cables? Scosche has addressed all of these scenarios with its latest line of charging accessories. Read More >>

5 Things To Love About Nokia’s New Maps

Nokia's rebranded mapping service will soon arrive on iPhones and and Android devices, under the moniker of Here. For Android users this isn't a huge deal, but for iPhone owners living in the age of iOS 6, it could change a lot. Nokia's maps, on other platforms, have been fantastic. Read More >>

Coming Soon to Vimeo: Paywalls

Early next year, Vimeo will introduce a new feature to its PRO account holders. In short, those users will be able to charge for their videos on a per view (or per whatever) basis. It's a move that could either attract a whole different class of known independent filmmakers or amass a sizable mountain of videos that are fine as free (or ad-supported) content, but maybe not worth a premium price tag. Read More >>

Tech’s New Most Meaningless Spec: PPI

HTC's new Droid DNA smartphone has plenty of qualities that make it intriguing. It has a quad-core Snapdragon chipset. It crams a 5-inch display in a body nearly the size of a One X or Galaxy S III. Its Super LCD 3 technology trumps the Super LCD 2 that made the HTC 8x display so lovely. By all accounts it's a wonderful device. Read More >>

Web-Based Instagram Profiles Are Here and They’re VERY Facebook-esque

Up until now, Instagram profiles have only been viewable from the app (or through some sort of a third-party site/client). But AllThingsD reports that you'll now be able to fire up any web browser and have access to any public Instagram account, making it approximately 1000000 per cent easier to stalk people using the service. Oh, and did I mention it basically looks like the design of its Facebook overlord? Read More >>

ShadowMe Lets You View Anyone’s Twitter Feed From Your iPhone

Stop pretending like you’re not a social media stalker. That person you have a crush on. That head honcho you interviewed with. That celebrity you’re utterly obsessed with. Thanks to ShadowMe, you can now use your iPhone to see what they see on Twitter. It’s similar to what Tweetdeck already does, but, you know, shrunken down. We’ll be adding this one to our arsenal. [iTunes via Cnet] Read More >>

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Welcome to the Bizarro NMA World In Which Star Wars and Disney Fight to the Death

Any NMA take on Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm is bound to be very strange, but the finished product is even stranger than you could imagine. Backroom deals made in a strip club. Yoda strong arming George Lucas. Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Avengers brawling with Yoda, Darth Vader and Han Solo. And Ronald McDonald? Just watch it. [NMA] Read More >>

Paper for iPad Now Lets You Sketch With a Pressure Sensitive Bluetooth Stylus

Paper is one of the iPad’s best proof of concepts when it comes to apps taking advantage of what the hardware can do. Now, it just got a little better. Not only does the app have a new colour mixer tool, allowing you to create custom colours to your heart’s content, but it also works with Pogo’s new Connect Bluetooth stylus, which means that you gain the power of pressure sensitive control. The update is available now in the iTunes App Store for free, as always. [iTunes via The Verge] Read More >>

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64-Bit Smartphone CPUs Are Coming in 2014

The Cortex A53 and A57 are ARM’s latest and greatest mobile chipset designs, another important leap in its quest to get its mobile chipsets closer in performance to desktop CPU. Read More >>