12 Jul 2012

Previously we outlined the details of NASA's Curiosity rover mission to Mars.  We are now inching closer to the August 5th landing.  This landing will be the most intense planetary landing in the history of space travel.  It is also so unique and technically ambitious that even NASA engineers have called it crazy.  They say this mainly because its incredible.  The video below outlines why NASA engineers call the seven minutes to descend Mars in this landing as the "Seven Minutes of Terror."

12 Jul 2012

If you had previously performed an upgrade of Windows 8 with a different browser set as default, other than IE; Or if you ran a fresh install of Windows 8 and changed the default browser to something other than Internet Explorer then you have ran into the missing Metro IE version issue.  The solution is pretty simple and I actually covered it as part of my Windows 8 Upgrade article, but I am also including it here for ease of reading.

12 Jul 2012

We can now officially add Yahoo to the list of companies compromised due to hackers.  Yahoo has confirmed that the usernames and passwords of more than 400,000 Yahoo Voices accounts were stolen from their servers earlier this week and that data was posted online.  Indications were the information has since been removed, but a direct link to the original source seems to still exist and is accessible whenever the load is low enough.  The breach wasn't just credentials for Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, MSN, SBC Global, BellSouth, Verizon and Live.com as well.

12 Jul 2012


Star Wars: The Old Republic
the MMO from EA, which is set 3500 years before the Star Wars movies, is now free to play until your character is at level 15.  EA has offered previous trials, but they were time based or even reward based.  People who have done previous trials are eligible for this one as well.

10 Jul 2012

 

By now if you have used the Windows 8 Start Screen enough, you have probably discovered the "All Apps" view.  The "All Apps" view  shows you every shortcut that is installed on your machine but perhaps not pinned to the main Start Screen.  In particular if you have upgraded your Windows 7 machine to Windows 8, you may have noticed that your All Apps view shows the folder names that you may have had shortcuts placed in before upgrading.  Here I'll outline the basic steps to customize the "All Apps" view.

10 Jul 2012

One new company called Ouya (pronounced ooh-ya) proposes to take on big companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.  The Los Angeles start-up wants to develop a console that offers "free" games popular on smartphones and tablets and bring them to the big screen.

Ouya is trying to raise money through Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money on various projects.  Ouya needs to raise around $950,000 to get going.  Among the investors include Jay Adelson the founder of Digg, Hosain Rahman the founder of Jawbone and Joe Greenstein the founder of Flixster.

27 Jun 2012

There are now vidcast versions of the Tech-Stew Podcast on the web, which you can find below.  Including YouTube and UStream.  See below for the links and embedded Ustream player.

25 Jun 2012

With all the talk of flying cars in recent days and over the years, one possibility seems to have gotten left behind:  flying bicycles.  A few Czech engineers and hobbyists have proposed a flying bike that can float above the pavement thanks to four battery-powered propellers.

Design Your Dreams team has used only a few off-the-shelf components and turned an e-bike concept into what is basically a two-wheeled multicopter/quadcopter called the f-bike.  This device should be capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and up to five minutes of flight.

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