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As the deadline for Windows XP’s ‘End of Life’ continues to grow closer, Microsoft has taken another step forward in cutting out support for the aging operating system. Starting April 8, the Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials will also be discontinued in tandem with support for XP.
You have most likely heard the expression that “no two snowflakes are alike”, but is that actually true? Do you know who the first person to take a picture of a snowflake was? Or when? Learn the answers to these questions and more in today’s fun and fascinating video from PBS Digital Studios.
Nature wallpapers make great backdrops for any electronic device, providing a refreshing and calming view for our eyes and thoughts. Add a bountiful harvest of beautiful greenery to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of ‘Fields of Grass’ Wallpaper collections.
Whether it is spelling versus pronunciation of words, incorrect scientific knowledge from years gone by, production errors in popular music, and more, our history is full of interesting mistakes, formerly lost knowledge, and mind boggling coincidences that some would classify as missed opportunities.
Nearly everyone who has ever lived in a colder climate region has been told that being outside in the cold without the proper amount of clothing will make you sick. But is that actually true or just a myth? YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE discusses the topic and separates fact from fiction in today’s video.
Most of us have probably never given much thought to all the work that goes into the ‘time and time zone’ part of programming, but it can turn out to be a real nightmare. YouTube channel Computerphile discusses this ‘painful’ topic with examples of how ‘messy’ it can get in today’s video.
Were you upset when all access to the classic Downloads Manager Window was stripped out of the latest stable build of Firefox? Then you are definitely going to be pleased to learn about the new ‘Downloads Window’ extension. With this new extension, you can once again have access to, and enjoy that classic Downloads Manager Window goodness!
Have you ever wondered why the moon has such a distinctive pattern of light and dark areas all across its surface? Then sit back and enjoy learning the answer as YouTube channel SpaceRip takes you on a trip through time, from the Moon’s formation, through significant impacts that it has endured, and more in today’s video.
Have you found it difficult to wrap your mind around the concept of time dilation? Then today’s video should help make it much easier to understand! Professor Mike Merrifield is back with a terrific explanation of the mathematics behind the slowing of time when observing an object moving close to the speed of light.
Have you thought about acquiring your own Arduino set up, but wanted to know more about it before making a final decision? Then you will definitely enjoy this video from YouTube channel Computerphile, which not only introduces you to Arduino, but also talks about the awesome projects it can be used for.
The big night is almost here, so why not help your little ones have fun and keep track of Santa’s progress while waiting to go to sleep? Passing those last hours before bedtime can be filled with fun, games, holiday music, and more thanks to the two awesome Santa tracker websites set up by NORAD (with Microsoft) and Google!
This has definitely been an eventful year with regard to the ongoing controversy surrounding the NSA’s widespread information gathering activities. But how did they manage to ‘access’ the information swept up by their monitoring? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the arithmetic behind the NSA’s encryption hacking and more in today’s double video feature!
Walking through woods during each of the seasons can make the experience fresh and new, with each season adding its own mood and magic. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the woods across the year with the first in our series of Through the Woods Wallpaper collections.
The upcoming weekend is a perfect time to tackle a new DIY project, so why not focus that DIY power on a new computer accessory? Today’s step-by-step instructional video shows you how to take a wireless mouse and turn it into an awesome power glove gaming accessory!
Experiencing motion sickness is an unpleasant thing, and something that all of us could easily do without. But is there a way for motion sickness sufferers to avoid experiencing it, or better methods for dealing with it if it occurs? With a busy holiday travel season coming up, YouTube channel SciShow explains what causes motion sickness, and offers helpful solutions for those of us who suffer from it.
Did you know that the gravitational force of a galaxy is powerful enough to distort the fabric of the space around it? Would you be surprised to learn that this gravitational effect is very useful for viewing galaxies that are further away, and behind, the ones that are easily viewable with Hubble? Learn more about gravitational lensing and how it works in today’s video from YouTube channel SpaceRip!