bugs

  • Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More

  • Bugsnag, The Error-Reporting Platform Used By LinkedIn And Others, Raises $1.4M Seed Round

    Bugsnag, The Error-Reporting Platform Used By LinkedIn And Others, Raises $1.4M Seed Round

    Crash detection and reporting are tough but important problems to solve, as companies look to increase the stability and reliability of their online and mobile applications. One newer startup taking on this challenge, Bugsnag, has already found traction in this space, having signed up a number of notable customers, including LinkedIn, Svbtle, and Kiipt, among others. Today, the company is… Read More

  • Crittercism Lands $12M From Google Ventures & More To Help Mobile Developers Monitor App, Network Performance

    Crittercism Lands $12M From Google Ventures & More To Help Mobile Developers Monitor App, Network Performance

    Crittercism, the San Francisco-based makers of a performance management and error monitoring system for app developers, announced today that it has raised $12 million in series B financing. The round was led by Google Ventures, with contributions from existing investors, Shasta Ventures and Opus Capital. As a result of the new financing, Google Ventures General Partner Wesley Chan will be… Read More

  • Pobody's Nerfect: Call Of Duty Developer Says It's Impossible To Ship Bug-Free Games

    What do fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Mass Effect 2 have in common? One group of fans spends its time playing a pop-a-mole shooter set in outer space, while the other group of fans spends its time playing a pop-a-mole shooter set on earth. Oh, and both groups of fans have been fighting game-breaking bugs for some time now. One such bug, gone unpatched for more than two weeks now… Read More

  • Today's lesson: Know your opponent

    I’m a big believer in open source development. The bazaar development model allows quality ideas to float to the top, albeit in sometimes contentious ways. The Linux kernel, the Apache httpd web server, and the PHP programming language are all developed in the open, and anyone is allowed to participate in their development. Filing bug reports is as important as writing the actual code. Read More

  • Smartphones are buggy – deal with it, says RIM CEO

    Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion, has admitted that they just barely got the Blackberry Storm out by Black Friday. The mad rush to release a product before a major shopping day cramps the normal development and testing cycles, which lead to more and more bugs being included in the shipped product. Balsillie says this is the “new reality”, basically telling consumers to… Read More

  • MobileMe syncing issues fixed, mail restored for the unlucky 1%

    If you’re been part of the 1% of MobileMe subscribers unable to actually use their MobileMe accounts, the MobileMe Status blog has good news for you. From a post made yesterday morning: “We have completed restoring Mail service, including historical messages, to all of the 1% of affected members.” If your MobileMe set-up is still all kinds of broken, they’ve set up… Read More

  • Quarter-century-old BSD bug identified, squashed


    So an OpenBSD developer got an email the other day saying SAMBA was having trouble talking to a DOS file system. The developer thought it was a problem with SAMBA until he found that there was a workaround in place to fix issues with some BSD code. He did a little digging and found that the code had been in place since 1983 — meaning that pretty much every BSD system out there… Read More

  • Leap Year Babies, we salute you

    After reading this article from The Register, it’s become blatantly apparent to me that leap year babies are A) mad as hell and B) not going to take it any more. I was born on the first day of February and would like to express my admiration for those of you out there who were born on a day in this great month so callously overlooked by many a web-based form. Case in point, the… Read More

  • Frequency from Nintendo Wii attracts cockroaches?

    This is a new one. Apparently the Nintendo Wii gives off a frequency that attracts cockroaches. This information comes from Japanese web site Barks and has been reported by The Register. Is it true? I don’t know. I can’t read Japanese and I know nothing about insects, including whether or not cockroaches are actually insects. Can any entomologists out there lend any credence to… Read More

  • 68 iPhone Bugs That You Can Try at Home

    Who wants fully reproducible (à la the scientific method) iPhone bugs? Who wants 68 of them? The bugs range from the serious to the “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” None of them are deal breakers by any means, but it’s good to see people sniffing around the infallible iPhone looking for trouble. Besides, if Apple isn’t aware of the bugs, how can it… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Bugz-B-Gone

    It’s that time of year again. You know, that magical few months when it’s hot as sin and a single step outside means exposing yourself to yellow fever. If there’s anything we pasty-faced nerds hate more than the sun, it’s bugs. Not only the ones in our software but the kind which fly around aimlessly and try to sting you in the most inconvenient places. Usually those… Read More

  • Apple Says Don't Buy From iTMS, World In Shock

    Call my title a tad-bit deceiving, but it is true. Apple is telling iPod owners not to buy audiobooks from the iTunes Music Store. The reason? A glitch in audiobooks being sold on iTMS is not letting files playback on an iPod. They work fine in iTunes, but throw them on your iPod and no dice. Apple is currently refunding anyone who purchased an audiobook and is telling customers to relax while… Read More

  • BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You'll See Today

    PT over at MAKE has a great post on BlinkyBugs. These electronic critters are made up of LEDs, a watch battery, and a little coper tubing. You can really get creative and add pipe cleaners for that “fuzzy insect” effect. Each BlinkyBug will light up when picked up or moved thanks to a little set of antenna that act as a circuit. The project requires a little bit of soldering… Read More

  • Ants Quite Literally In Your Pants

    Dear Mom and Dad, I’m 12 years old now, and since it’s been two years since Blacky got hit by a car (god rest his soul in doggy heaven) I thought now might be a good time to start anew with pets. I’m not looking to start with anything expensive or messy. I don’t want another dog or even a cat. Not even a parrot. Read More

  • Buy An Apple Display, Get Tiny Bugs Inside It

    Looks like for a limited time only you’ll be able to purchase an Apple-made LCD display with bugs in it. Or at least that was the case for one gentleman who discovered little, tiny critters inside the display he was using. See that little bugger in the video above? He’s the culprit. Of course this comes off of the Apple forums, so the responses to this conundrum are priceless… Read More

  • The Insect Lab

    If you really want some creepy, awesome shit lying around your apartment, you should check out Mike Libby’s Insect Lab. Based out of Maine, Mike takes insects and couples their bodies with mechanical watch parts and the such. A spider with some cogs and gears in its back is without a doubt the coolest/creepiest thing I’ve seen to date. He’s got everything from spiders to… Read More