Stories by Nick Mediati

  • Robots attach together to fly as one, show that teamwork isn't just for humans

    By Nick Mediati | 05 August, 2013 19:47

    Here's the latest anxiety-inducing development for those who fear the coming robot insurrection: Researchers at ETH in Zurich developed a fleet of flying robots that can attach to one another and fly in almost any formation imaginable. The individual robots fly using a single propeller, and according to ETH researchers, one of these robots by itself "is erratic and uncontrolled" in the air. But combine the robots and attach them to one another, and they work in concert in order to achieve more stable flight.

  • You too can make this 3D-printed film camera at home

    By Nick Mediati | 09 July, 2013 13:28

    Film cameras may be obsolete as far as mainstream use goes, but that didn't stop Instructables user Bozardeux from designing and building an SLR camera. Oh, did we mention that it's 3D-printed?

  • Hands-on: Flickr gets a stunning new look, but still feels incomplete

    By Nick Mediati | 21 May, 2013 12:54

    After years of languishing mostly unchanged, Flickr--the one-time leader in photo-sharing sites--finally got a major overhaul on Monday. With the update, everyone now gets 1TB of storage (for photos up to 200MB and videos up to 1GB or three minutes each), and the site itself got a massive facelift. I took some time to play with the new-look Flickr, and while the updated photo sharing service is a solid upgrade overall, it feels unfinished to a degree.

  • Web browser showdown: Which Windows app is really the best?

    By Nick Mediati | 20 September, 2012 14:05

    Your Web browser is probably the most-used application on your PC. You check your email in it, you write in it, you collaborate with coworkers in it, you use it to watch cat videos. With so much at stake, you need a browser that works well for you.

  • Windows 8 vs. Mountain Lion: Which OS succeeds at bringing mobile to the desktop?

    By Nick Mediati | 27 March, 2012 00:27

    With Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Microsoft and Apple are both trying to bring features and concepts from their mobile operating systems to their desktop OSs.

  • Six security trends to watch for

    By Nick Mediati | 03 March, 2012 12:12

    For security researchers, there's never a dull moment; online criminals constantly find new security holes to exploit, and new ways to get at your personal data. At this year's RSA security conference in San Francisco, I got to speak with representatives from several companies about what to expect in the coming months. Here are some of the dangerous new malware trends to watch for in 2012.

  • Best security suites: PC bodyguards

    By Nick Mediati | 01 February, 2012 01:55

    Have security suites reached the point where they all work?

  • In pictures: Steve Jobs and Apple - The successes and flops

    By Nick Mediati | 06 October, 2011 11:17

    From the Lisa to the App Store, here are 11 products from Steve Jobs's tenure as Apple's CEO that made an impact - whether they succeeded or not

  • New Mac Trojan pretends to be flash

    By Nick Mediati | 27 September, 2011 04:52

    Mac malware is still quite rare, but there is one new threat floating around that you should be aware of. A new Trojan for Mac OS X disguises itself as an installer for the Adobe Flash Player browser plug-in, according to security software company Intego. The good news (if you want to call it that)? This new malware doesn't appear to have spread very far as of yet.

  • Microsoft introduces Windows 8

    By Nick Mediati | 02 June, 2011 10:39

    Windows 8 is on its way, and it'll be a departure from the Windows we know and love today. That was the message Microsoft sent Wednesday afternoon at the annual D: All Things Digital Conference, taking place near Los Angeles.

  • The tablet is here to stay

    By Nick Mediati | 25 March, 2011 06:23

    Tablets are hot. At the CTIA tradeshow in Orlando, FL, it seems like everyone and their mother is announcing a tablet.

  • Hands on with Firefox 4

    By Nick Mediati | 23 March, 2011 09:24

    A lot has changed in the browser universe since Firefox 3.0 launched in June 2008. Google Chrome burst onto the scene, and has undergone frequent updates since then. Microsoft released IE 8 and IE 9. Safari advanced from version 3 then to version 5 now.

  • Compared: IE9 and Firefox 4 release candidate

    By Nick Mediati | 17 March, 2011 01:17

    This is turning out to be a big week in browser-land, with both the official release of IE9 and the Firefox 4 release candidate (RC) now available for your downloading satisfaction. Both include big changes to the user interface, as well as the underlying technology. Come along as we compare these two new browsers in a few of key areas.

  • Study: Apple's mobile browser is fastest

    By Nick Mediati | 28 February, 2011 02:26

    Sick of waiting for pages to load on your mobile device? Get an iPad or iPhone. That's the upshot of a mobile browser speed study done by a company called Gomez. They found that Apple's mobile version of Safari was fastest and BlackBerry's browser the slowest.

  • Your smartphone: The next big security headache

    By Nick Mediati | 22 February, 2011 05:31

    2011 is the year that mobile security is going mainstream. Here at 2011 RSA Conference in San Francisco many of the security software companies I've spoken to have either released--or are planning to release a mobile security app of some sort.

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