It seems that the professionals of the past have lied to us. If 1960's-1980's knowledge is anything to go by, we should be cruising around in flying cars, skating on our hover boards and letting robots serve us gourmet food produced within their metal bellies by now. The disappointment is so strong that popular Australian rapper Seth Sentry even dedicated a song to our apparent lack of Marty McFly technology.
However, how would you feel if a trip into space was a real thing and free? Monmouth University has just released some poll results, asking members of the public if they would be happy to take a trip up to the stars through a private company offering. This resulted in 69% of the people replying that they would pass up the opportunity.
This follows the results that only 17% of polled participants in 1966 would have liked to be the first to step foot on the moon - granted, it was extremely unproven technology in that day-and-age.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently outlined commercial drone flight rules, but it will take anywhere from 18 months to two years before the rules are official. However, farmers are excited about being able to legally use drones to help with day-to-day farming activities.
"The overall goal is to assist the crop scouts and to see where the [crop] stresses are that they might not even know existed," said Erik Johnson, from the Leading Edge Technologies, in a statement published by the Northfield News. The ability to analyze crop deficiencies and other aspects will greatly speed up the current process, Johnson notes.
Agricultural representatives will work with the FAA to discuss possible drone rule exceptions - as some farmers discussed the possibility of nighttime drone flight to help spur extra growth of crops, for example.
They've all got one main thing in common - they look amazing. Sure it's probably not the best case to stick in an office or take to LAN parties, but the unique design, sleek curves and metal styling makes for a brilliant moddable canvas.
This project is reportedly 95% finished, with cable management, RAM additions and a water pump reveal to be completed (blurred due to NDA's) - it still looks better than any PC I've ever owned.
Built by Mathieu Heredia aka Sassanou Watermod, this project once again shows off the futuristic-looking capabilities of this versatile case. Heredia has added two video cards into SLI and painted the whole project in this contrasting color scheme complete with red highlights.
Lenovo has released a new Superfish adware removal tool for customers, which will allow them to verify the software application and certificate are removed. The company recommends running the automatic removal tool executable so Superfish is completely removed - but also provided manual instructions to the public.
The tool is available here.
Just a few days ago, Lenovo confirmed it disabled the adware program after public complaints. "We apologize for causing these concerns among our users - we are learning from this experience and will use it to improve what we do and how we do it in the future," the company said in a public statement.
There were 1,500 global data breaches in 2014, with the number rising almost 50 percent year-over-year, according to the Gemalto Breach Level Index (BLI) report. Of the 1 billion total compromised records, almost 800 million of them belong to US companies - a frightening figure that cybersecurity experts believe will rise.
Companies remain unsure how to address these sometimes sophisticated cyberattacks, while consumers are frustrated that their personal information is seemingly up for grabs. Banks and credit card companies are becoming more proactive in identifying - and informing customers - of fraud, but it can still be a chaotic process.
"Not only are data breach numbers rising, but the breaches are becoming more severe," said Jason Hart, VP of cloud services, identity and data protection at Gemalto. "Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes. As data breaches become more personal, we're starting to see that the universe of risk exposure for the average person is expanding."
Millions of Anthem customers are at risk from the Anthem data breach, including tens of millions of children impacted from the data breach. Personal information ranging from names, date of brith, Social Security numbers and health care ID numbers were stolen, and some children could be at risk for decades, according to cybersecurity experts.
Information on children is tied to their parents, so attacks against adult account holders are expected to accelerate in the future as well. However, personal information of children is especially lucrative to criminals, as the data hasn't been tied to a credit file - so the government and credit reporting agencies aren't expecting fraud-related activities.
"Every terrible outcome that can occur as the result of an identity theft will happen to the children who were on that database," said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDentityTheft911, in a statement published by NBC News. "Criminals will use those stolen Social Security numbers to open accounts, get medical treatment, commit tax fraud, you name it."
Set to be stuffed full of high-tech components including GTX 970's in SLI and an Intel 3770K slotted into an ASUS Maximus V Gene - this work in progress build by Simplemodz sets out to be a little different from the rest.
This Fractal Design R2 Mini has been custom-painted and cut up, displaying the molecules proudly through a green and white color scheme.
There's also a few display windows cut on the reverse side in order to display the HDD and Corsair SSD alongside Bitspower liquid cooling products currently being installed to help keep the system at low temperatures.
Stay tuned for more updates as this build progresses.
Just in case you weren't sure if eSports and professional gaming is reaching the general public just yet, I want to remind you all about that one time this world-class CS:GO team got themselves their own chocolate bar.
Ninjas in Pajamas (NiP) previously played host to the best CS:GO team in the world - by far, still managing to place highly in events, they once won 10 tournaments in a row without losing a single series to any team. Later on they developed into a larger organization, seeing a foray into League of Legends and Dota 2 expand them further into the market.
On April 2, 2014, the news was broken on their website that NiP would be collaborating with Candy People in order to produce their own chocolate bar product. Originally released as an April Fools joke, it was re-released as fact the day after.
We're told by Gizmodo that this task isn't exactly easy for just anyone to complete, further adding to the complexity displayed within this exercise. Most robots are clunky and stiff in their movements, however through the use of human-like tendons, this simulation is able to make light work of this difficult and nimble task.
Created through an extensive process, first the researchers created a dummy hand, then tracked and measuring six separate hand poses in which were used to rotate the ball, finally designing this tendon system to control the fake hand.
"Miss On the Go lets you tone your pelvic muscles at all times. Fantasies come alive with our app!" is what the Kickstarter headline reads, instantly jumping out at you.
So what exactly does this product intend to do? The answer is "combine utility & pleasure with technology to rev up your day!" The 'Ladies, Miss On the Go' claims to tone your pelvic muscles while delivering a vibrant experience -all controlled by a mobile application. If you're still not sure exactly what's going on, you can dig deeper.
Setting Canadian's back $95 CAD and the rest of the world $105 CAD for the first batch, it will be priced at $169 CAD once it's available for retail.
This product is water resistant, will last 3 hours on one charge and is reportedly whisper quiet. We certainly haven't seen anything like it before on Kickstater before.