Lab Impressions


Siri, is this the end of all-you-can-eat bandwidth?

The days of unlimited wireless Internet plans are rapidly drawing to a close, and all those great mobile apps are to blame.

The next big social media thing? Here are the likely winners.

Want to be in front of the pack when the next major trend in social media hits? Think moving pictures.

iPhone app programs your dreams

Sigmund, developed by a Harvard Ph.D. student, repeats selected words while you sleep.

Canada plans to replace cash with digital MintChips -- can this work?

The Canadian Mint is holding a contest to find a secure chip that can replace bills and coins, but can it be unhackable and untraceable?

Tablets with PC power: The Microsoft vs. Apple debate

Apple's CEO doesn't think people want powerful PC/tablet hybrids, but we think they do.

High-speed wireless via...laser pointers?

Researchers in Taiwan use tricked-out laser pointers to get 500 megabits/sec. data feeds in places where radio transmissions dare not go.

Why Google's SPDY is none too swift

Google wants to replace the venerable Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the more efficient SPDY standard, but corporate rivalries may slow things down.

Gmail adds own version of 'Star Trek' Universal Translator

You can now write to and receive e-mail from people speaking almost any language.

World War I Dazzle Painting

WWI 'dazzle paint' fools face recognition scanners

An artist finds that the same approach used in World War I to confound the rangefinders on attacking ships will prevent a facial scanner from recognizing you.

Gigabit WiFi speeds on the way, but beware the draft

The race to produce super-fast 802.11ac wireless routers ahead of IEEE's final approval could create some confusion.

Tweet, tweet. Is this thing on? GCN Lab launches a feed.

Follow the GCNLabGuys to keep up the the latest from the lab.

Liquid metal rock

Will the iPhone 5 be made of Terminator-like liquid metal?

The next iPhone reportedly will be made of Liquidmetal, a material that might not do everything the T-1000 could but is still like nothing you've ever seen.