Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan

Former Digital Trends Contributor
A transplant from the west coast of Scotland to the west coast of America, Graeme is a freelance writer with a taste for pop culture and technological trends. In addition to Digital Trends, you can find his work on Time.com and Wired.com.

This wall-climbing Spider-Man robot has a serious case of sticky feet

Science may not have managed to create a real-life Spider-Man just yet, but it's working on the next best thing: A robot that can climb up walls simply by heating and cooling its meltible adhesive feet.

Cool Tech

Germany sentences Torrent.to owner to nearly four years in jail

A German court has sentenced the founder of a file-sharing torrent site to almost four years in prison for his involvement in illegal distribution and copyright infringement. Now all they have to do is physically catch him.

Web

This YouTube channel wants to reward you for overshared travel stories

We're all used to the stereotype of boring others with vacation stories, but what if there was an eager audience out there for that kind of thing? And better yet, what if you could win a trip around the world for sharing your tales?

Social Media

R.I.P. Hotmail: Outlook has officially taken over

Microsoft's Hotmail email service is no more (well, kind of; it's complicated) after sixteen years, with the company reporting that all of the former Hotmail accounts have been successfully upgraded to Outlook in just six weeks.

Computing

Proposed Dutch bill will allow cops to legally install spyware on private computers

New legislation being prepared for the Dutch government may give police the right to hack into computers, install spyware, and delete files without the owner's permission or awareness.

Computing

Which company has your back on the Internet? Fewer than you’d hope

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released the latest edition of its annual "Who Has Your Back" report, examining the privacy policies of the Internet's most successful companies.

Web

Facebook introduces Trusted Contacts: It’s like giving your neighbors a spare key

When you lose access to your Facebook, you don't have to wait for the company itself to make everything better. If you have five friends that you trust, they can help you take control of the restoration process yourself.

Social Media

DreamWorks Animation buys YouTube network for $33 million

DreamWorks Animation is more serious about the digital space by purchasing YouTube network AwesomenessTV for the grand total of $33 million, with another $100 million in the offing if things work out. That's pretty serious.

Web

New brain implant warns of epileptic seizures minutes before they happen

An experimental brain implant may act as an early-warning system to epileptics, warning them of seizures minutes before they happen and giving them time to prepare (and possibly medicate, heading off the seizure altogether).

Cool Tech

Twitter warns media companies: Watch out for hackers

After three high profile news organizations' Twitter accounts were hacked and used to send false information into the world, Twitter has released a memo to news orgs, warning of potential dangers and offering ways to avoid them.

Social Media

PayPal founder blames movies for slowing tech investment

What is the biggest factor in the lack of growth in the tech industry over the past few years? One of the co-founders of Paypal has an unexpected suggestion: Fearmongering on the part of the movie industry.

Cool Tech

AOL closes multiple entertainment sites, cites ‘underperformance’

In a quiet end-of-week move, AOL closed multiple entertainment blogs and news sites last week without notice, including AOL Music's Spinner, The Boot and Noisecreep, as well as the award-nominated comic book site Comics Alliance.

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Numbers don’t lie: The Facebook bubble may finally burst

Fewer people in the U.S. visited Facebook last month compared with the month before, and the amount of time visitors spend on the site also shrinking. Has Facebook finally hit its peak? And if it has, what happens next?

Social Media

Facebook troll threatens to shoot 200 kids at a U.S. high school

A British man disguised himself under a fake Facebook account to make mass death threats to U.S. high school students in the wake of last year's Sandy Hook school shooting. Did he really expect to not be taken seriously?

Social Media

Yahoo snags exclusive rights to ‘Saturday Night Live’ back catalog

The digital exclusive announcements continue. The 38-year back catalog of NBC's Saturday Night Live will have a new home very soon after Yahoo! buys up the exclusive rights for everything bar the current season.

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