• 4K 360° Music Videos Have Arrived

    When it comes to music videos showcasing hot new technology, our American pride would lead us to believe that it would be a US pop star, like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, to take the lead. Boy were we wrong. The first 4K 360° music video is here and it stars Belgian pop star Noa Neal. Who? We have no idea. But the video for her track “Graffiti” was produced with help from Intel and features a large cast of musicians, dancers, and athletes in a single take that, when viewed in Chrome, cna be manipulated in 360°. The video has its fair share of problems. Despite being touted in 4k, its clearly not HD. And there are some instances of body parts and backgrounds disappearing as you move the camera around. But it’s an exciting first attempt at something that can be really great in time. The video can also be viewed on a smartphone-based head-mounted display or Oculus Rift here. We weren’t able to test that out, but if you can, let us know how it looks. Now we just need to wait and see how long it takes Pornhub to begin using this new technology.

  • Russia Is Hoping To Transform The ISS Into The Ultimate Tourist Destination

    Between 2001 and 2009, Russia sent seven paying guests to the International Space Station. But when NASA canceled the shuttle program in 2011, the American space agency began to rely on Russia’s Soyuz spacecrafts to transport astronauts to the ISS, putting an end to space tourism. Now NASA is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to take over astronaut transportation by 2018, which will leave Russia with a huge loss in revenue. To make up the difference, Russia will resume “short-term commercial expeditions to the Russian segment of the ISS.” In fact, British soprano Sarah Brightman will be traveling to the ISS later this year at a personal cost of about $50 million, which is about what the expected cost of a ticket will be come 2018. Time to start saving.

  • Is This A True Augmented Reality Demo Or Just A Gimmick? [Video]

    Last year Google invested $542 million in Magic Leap and at the time, nobody really knew what the company was up to. And now we’re still not entirely sure, but if this video is any indication, the company is onto something huge. The video begins with some standard augmented reality apps for checking email and the like, but when a game is launched, things get awesome. An office is transformed into a level from a first-person shooter in a totally immersive environment. Let’s just hope it’s the real deal and not a marketing gimmick.

  • The First Spacewalk Was 50 Years Ago Today…But It Almost Wasn’t A Success

    At 4:35 AM EDT on March 18, 1965, man walked in space for the first time. Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov left his comrade Pavel Belyayev and the comfy confines of their Voskhod 2 and made history. Leonov was only 30 years old at the time and his spacewalk lasted just a little over 12 minutes, but such a duration was probably for the best. 8 minutes into the historic feat, Leonov realized his fingertips weren’t touching his gloves and his feet were floating in his boots. His suit was inflating and he needed to get back to his airlock by somehow maneuvering his 18 feet of lifeline. Worst of all, he was approaching orbital sunset, which would leave him in pitch black. Leonov needed to act fast. “After calculating the amount of time in light and oxygen supply left, I decided to drop the pressure inside the suit … knowing all the while that I would reach the threshold of nitrogen boiling in my blood, but I had no choice.” With the pressure relieved, Leonov had to then quickly make his way to the airlock. He was ultimately successful, paving the way for Ed White to complete the first NASA extra-vehicular more »

  • Now You Can Send Money To Friends Via Facebook Messenger

    Last year Facebook forced us to download their separate Messenger app if we wanted to keep up messaging our friends on our smartphones. But that was just the beginning. Since then, the social media giant has realized how often friends message each other about sending money then go to another app, such as Venmo, to complete the transaction. Facebook didn’t want their customers to have to take their eyes of off a Facebook product, if even for just a minute. Yesterday a new feature showed up on Facebook Messenger. You can now connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and simply tap “$” to send money to your friends. It works on Android, iOS, and desktop versions of the client and, best of all, there are no fees. What’s interesting is that Facebook tackled all of this project by themselves rather than rely on partners such as PayPal. However, it’s now starting to make sense why former PayPal president David Marcus moved to Facebook’s Messaging Products division. Users in the US will notice the feature appearing in the coming months but no word on international accessibility yet. That will probably depend on how quick users take to the new service. more »

  • Must-See Skywatching Events Of 2015 [Infographic]

    2015 is shaping up to be a great year for skywatching…for some people at least. We hear the aurora borealis looked great from upstate New York. And the total eclipse on Friday should be awesome as long as you’re in Europe. So take a look at all the great stuff you might be lucky enough to see this year or at least be aware of all the great stuff you’re missing out on. For more info on each event, check out Space.com.

  • Germ-Fighting Glass Is Coming To Smartphones

    Glassmaker Corning is already a juggernaut when it comes to consumer devices, with its Gorilla Glass used on more than three billion devices from 40 different brands, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6, but that doesn’t mean they are resting on their laurels. Last year Corning announced Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass and now the technology is beginning to appear in the wild. As technology progresses, we are finding more and more touchscreens at the ATM and point-of-sale systems. Unfortunately, there is not usually a sink located next to these devices so we can wash our hands before use. When we wipe our grimy paws on the glass screens, we are spreading germs and making the world a more disgusting place. That’s where Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass saves the day. The germ-fighting glass is just as tough as the Gorilla Glass we’ve come to love in our smartphones, but with an added ionic silver compound. This silver is effective in repelling bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew, and algae. And because the silver is actually inside of the glass, its efficacy won’t decrease over time. Diebold, the top ATM producer in North America, will be rolling out machines with the glass later this year more »

  • The Robots That Will Destroy Mankind Now Have A Rad 80s-Style Montage [Video]

    The undoubtedly evil Boston Dynamics has been scaring the pants off us recently with their Atlas and Petman robots that will surely usher in the end of mankind. But when life hands you destructive automatons, make a rocking 80s montage of destructive automatons! Sure, these robots will kill us all once Skynet becomes self-aware, but for now we can point and laugh as they stumble through various obstacles set to “Push It To the Limit” from Scarface. Let’s just hope that a mixture of hubris, paranoia, and cocaine addiction will also be the downfall of Atlas and Petman.

  • A Map Of The World’s Submerged Internet Cables

    At first glance, this map may appear to be little more than a dated artifact from a bygone era, but it’s actually an incredibly up-to-date look at the world’s submerged Internet cables. Submarine cables have been used to connect foreign lands for over 150 years, since the first underwater telegraph line was laid in 1850. Despite advances in satellite technology, the speed of these submarine cables can’t be beat and they are still responsible for most of the world’s Internet traffic. As great as this map is, we strongly urge you to check out the interactive version, complete with a detailed look at latency numbers and even some info on the retro style of the map, at TeleGeography.

  • Alert John Connor: Liquid Metal Robots Are Becoming A Reality [Video]

    We wish this was just some viral marketing stunt for Terminator Genisys, but it seems pretty legit. Scientists in Tsinghua University in Beijing, China who are obviously intent on ushering in the end of mankind have developed shape-shifting liquid metal. Using mostly gallium, a soft metal that melts at just 85 degrees fahrenheit, along with a touch of indium and tin, the scientists were able to propel the concoction by placing it in sodium hydroxide or even brine and using an aluminum flake for fuel. The liquid metal moves around for about an hour and is able to travel in a straight line or squeeze through a more complex path. The liquid metal seems to alter its shape as it sees fit to travel, just like T1000. The researchers hope this is the first step in creating liquid metal robots that can reshape on the fly. We hope this isn’t the beginning of the end.

  • The 50 Most Eye-Catching Apple Stores On Earth

    At today’s big Apple event in San Francisco, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple has sold 700 million iPhones to date, a staggering figure that’s perhaps better visualized through the sheer reach of the company’s brick-and-mortar stores. Today, Apple operates 453 stores in 16 countries, 188 of which are outside of the U.S. A quick sample of these locations reveal that the brand’s trademark (literally) glassy, minimalist store design finds a way to fit in—or otherwise impose itself—on very different “streetscapes.” In many cases, the Apple store is just a sleek shop in the mall, sandwiched between a Brookstone and Champs Sports. But in others, it’s outdoors, surrounded by palm trees; a beacon-like freestanding monument; or as seen in Hong Kong, an expansive building hovering over a multilane road. As Apple gets ready to launch its much-buzzed-about Apple Watch (which will mandate new “V.I.P.” sections in its retail locations), cruise through 50 of its most intriguing stores the world. These Apple outposts, culled from this running database of all Apple stores, are presented in order of when they were built, from the more recent to the very first one that opened in McLean, Virginia in May 2001. West Lake—Hangzhou, China — — Nave de more »

  • Geocitiesizer: Make Any Website Look Like It Was Made By A 90s Teen

    Way back in the 90s, we had so many choices of where to host our Erika Eleniak fan sites. There was Tripod, Angelfire, AOL, and, the Internet king of the late 90s, Geocities. With a few megs of free space and a copy of HTML For Dummies, teens all over the world were able to share their thoughts on yo-yos, X-Files, Josta, and whatever other stupid crap we were into back then. And we did it all with comic sans text, animated GIFs, and annoying MIDI versions of Ace of Base songs playing on an endless loop. Sure they were terrible, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss those sites just a little bit. Thanks to The Geocitiesizer we can relive those days by converting our favorite websites into hideous Geocities masterpieces. You know what? It turns out we don’t miss this at all.

  • How Tinder Gets Away With Charging People Over 30 Twice as Much

    How Can Tinder Charge Thirtysomethings So Much? Bloomberg Has The Answers Tinder is asking its users for a more committed relationship, but age is a factor. The dating app began charging for premium features on Monday, and as thirtysomethings learned, they’ll have to pony up twice as much as their younger counterparts. Americans under 30 will be charged $9.99 a month to subscribe to Tinder Plus, the new, paid version of the app that offers unlimited “likes”—which once were free—as well as features that let users undo swipes and connect with people in different locations. Members aged 30 and older must pay $19.99 for the same features. In the U.K., the age-based price disparity is even wider. Those under 28 will pay £3.99 ($6) for the service, while anyone older will be charged £14.99 ($23), almost four times the price. Tinder says it spent several months researching different price points around the world before it introduced the service. “Lots of products offer differentiated price tiers by age, like Spotify does for students, for example,” Rosette Pambakian, a spokeswoman for Tinder, wrote in an e-mail. “Tinder is no different; during our testing we’ve learned, not surprisingly, that younger users are just more »

  • Here She Is, The Beautiful and Smart Samsung Galaxy S6

    At first glance it looks like an S5, at second glance a competitor, but one thing’s for sure. The Galaxy S6 is stunning. Samsung’s recent S6 and S6 Edge took a page out of their Galaxy Alpha phone when designing the 6th generation flagship phone, it’s design is clean and simple, feels great and looks even better. As speculated, the S6 Edge is the phone that really sticks out a curved glass screen makes gripping and thumb-navigation much easier on it’s 5.1’’ display similar to the Note Edge, the Quad HD(2560×1440) 577ppi resolution doesn’t hurt either. The S6 has always been known for a wonderful display and guts behind the glass, but for the first time Samsung’s hardware might feel just as valuable. Ditching plastic and faux leather for glass and metal give the phone the substance it’s been lagging. The new glass is called Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and will be available in an array of colors, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which supposedly change with natural light. While these features are a step in the right direction to acquire a new consumer base, Samsung’s longtime loyal customers might not see eye to eye more »

  • Ferrofluid Makes Lava Lamps Cool Again

    For a brief period in the 90s, easy access to designer drugs and the ubiquity of Spencer Gifts resulted in many of us purchasing lava lamps. After a few hours of watching melted balls of wax float around, the drugs wore off and we regretted ever buying the stupid things. But thanks to ferrofluid, the atomic age novelty may have a new lease on life. Inventor Kyle Haines believes that the strongly magnetized liquids known as ferrofluids can revive the lava lamp in the 21st century in a device he calls The Inspiration. Much like a traditional wax lava lamp, the blobs of ferrofluid in The Inspiration float up and down in response to heat from an incandescent light bulb. The difference comes in the magnetic properties of the ferrofluid. In the presence of neodymium magnets, the ferrofluid reacts and forms spiky shapes that zip around the lamp. Kyle is hoping to finance The Inspiration with a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of $149 gets you a 450mL lamp with 15mL of ferrofluid inside along with a couple magnets. At that rate, he should have no problem surpassing his $7000 goal. Let’s just hope he can get them into every remaining more »

  • 14 Astronauts Who Took ‘Out Of This World’ Space Selfies [Photos]

    It all started with the Gemini 12 mission in 1966 when Buzz Aldrin took the first ever space selfie – see it in his Tweet above. But that’s not all Buzz did. He was also on the selfie stick game decades before it became a thing. Buzz Aldrin using a selfie stick in space… in 1966.  Now, dozens of astronauts have followed Buzz Aldrin’s lead taking selfies to the next level.

  • Net Neutrality Becomes Law Of The Land [Link]

    Today the Federal Communications Commission approved Net Neutrality rules. John Oliver tells us that’s a good thing, but what exactly does it mean for us? ZDNet breaks down the new rules and, no surprise here, it looks like John Oliver was right all along.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Teases Profile View of Curved Screen

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been surrounded with rumors and leaked photos as of late, but a recently tweeted out photo of the S6 courtesy of T-Mobile CEO John Legere, reveals the company will carry the Galaxy S6, but also hints at it’s beveled curved screen adding another dimension to the phone. Though the official unveiling will be on March 1st, it’s highly speculated the phone will look and function very similar to the Galaxy Note Edge. Was there even a question? Of course @TMobile will carry The Next Big Thing! http://t.co/st6K7weXXz — John Legere (@JohnLegere) February 23, 2015

  • Stunning Photo From Space Shows America Encased In Ice [Photos]

    Americans living in the eastern U.S. have certainly been feeling the cold this past week, but now they can see it. This weekend, NASA released a satellite photo which shows the Midwest and East Coast turned white with snow and ice thanks to a recent blast of Siberian and Arctic air. However, the blast has contributed to 21 weather-related fatalities in Tennessee since Monday, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. They include 11 people who died of hypothermia and five victims of motor-vehicle accidents. ‘Looks like the states have been sitting in a freezer,’ the space agency said in a statement. The picture was taken by NASA’s Terra satellite 200 miles up from Earth on Friday when record low temperatures were set across the nation including in Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia.

  • Don’t Believe The Hype About Android Malware

    Currently trending on social media and shared by frightened old people is a story about Internet security specialists AVG discovering malware on Android phones that mimics the shutdown process then makes calls and takes photos while the phone appears to be off. AVG details how it works and it’s an interesting read, but many websites ran wild with the report and now naive Android users are worried about something that’s a non-story for anyone who’s not a mobile software developer. So why shouldn’t we burn our Android devices and all go out and buy iPhones or Windows Phones? The first clue is that the third paragraph of the AVG report states that 10,000 phones in China have been affected by the malware, spread through Chinese app stores. Later in the report, we learn the malware requires root access. So how could regular Android users outside of China end up with the malware? David B.’s sensible comment on Mashable’s article breaks it down: You REALLY have to go out of your way to get this malware on your phone. For anyone outside of China, this means you have to do the following: 1. Enable Unknown Sources. 2. Install third party Chinese more »

  • Uber Is Launching A Food Delivery Service

    Uber is always looking for ways to use technology to get people connected to their world as quickly and as efficiently as possible and today the taxi company announced they are launching UberEATS, an on-demand food-delivery service that gets you the best meals from the best local restaurants in under 10 minutes. The delivery market may seem saturated but Uber just may be on to something with it’s ability to track the delivery in real time and pay without cash. To order, just open your Uber app and tap the UberEATS icon, enter your delivery location and then select your meal on the daily menu. Uber will send your request to a driver who will deliver your meal from a local restaurant. You can watch your meal arrive in real-time, so you’ll know exactly when to meet the driver for delivery. Payment is easy, as all orders are charged to your registered card so it’s a completely cashless service. A similar system, UBERfresh, is currently running in Los Angeles, and this new product will debut in Barcelona today.

  • Tilt-Shift Photos Of Space Really Put Things In Perspective

    Tilt-shift photography purists will tell you the only real way to accomplish the illusion is through technical mastery of the camera, but sometimes it’s not always possible to capture a tilt-shift photo. Let’s say, oh, I don’t know, we want a tilt-shift photo of space. Well, NASA isn’t going to let you fiddle around with the lens on the Hubble Space Telescope, are they? Of course not! But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy mind-blowing tilt-shift photos of far-off nebulas and galaxies. That’s where digital manipulation via Photoshop comes in and saves the day. Is it true tilt-shift? Photography purists will tell you it isn’t. Then they’ll hand you your coffee.

  • You’ve Been Missing Out On These NASA Mission Posters Spoofing Pop Culture

    It turns out those eggheads at NASA actually have some fun once in a while. It turns out that for years, when NASA, ESA, and RSA spacemen (and spaceladies) prepare for an ISS mission, they take a goofy group photo. Some of the photos are generic low-budget sci-fi, looking like those shows Fox pushed on us in the 90s in hopes that we would tune in before The X-Files (I’m looking at you, Sliders) while others are direct spoofs of movies like The Matrix, Transformers, and even Reservoir Dogs. We’ve shared some of our favorites, but you can check them all out in hi-res at NASA.

  • Facebook Now Has Account Settings For When You Die

    At some point, we’re all going to die, and although we hope that’s a long way off, we can all rest a little easier knowing that we can now take steps to ensure out Facebook profiles don’t fall into the wrong hands when we pass. When a Facebook user dies, their families can reach out to the social media giant and, upon proving the death with an obituary, have the deceased’s page “memorialized.” Although these “memorialized” pages are left up, they are also locked out, even to family members. But what if you want a trusted to individual to be able to update your profile picture with a fun casket photo? Now you have the option! Go to your account’s Security Settings and scroll down to the “Legacy Contact” section. Here you will be able to set a Legacy Contact, who must be a Facebook friend, who will be allowed to change your profile pic and respond to friend requests from undoubtedly disturbed people long after you’re worm food. Or if you want to be forgotten after you die, you can instead set your profile to delete once you kick the bucket. Such exciting times we live in!

  • The 10 Coolest Google Maps Hacks You Should Be Using

    Google Maps officially turned 10-years old yesterday, so you can thank a 10-year old for holding your hand as you stroll through the streets helplessly lost without it. Though you, like everyone except my map & compass wielding grandfather, are probably completely dependent on Google Maps to get you to even the simplest of destinations, there are some helpful tips and tricks you probably don’t even know about. Here they are. Bonus! Save addresses for quicker directions Save your address for “work” and “home” to quickly get directions to your most traveled destinations. Open the Google Maps app, tap the side menu, then “Your places” and enter your address for home and work. (iOS and Android) And a few more tips: Traffic and incident reports: Google Maps shows you what’s ahead. When you search for driving directions, you’ll see congestion along the route and real time traffic incidents on the map, including data reported by Waze (which shows user-submitted traffic reports to make sure you’re offered the quickest route for the current road conditions). (iOS and Android) Avoid highways and tolls: When you search for driving directions select “Route options” and check off the categories (highways, tolls, ferries) you wish to avoid. more »

  • A Close-Up Hubble Photo of the Rare Triple Transit of Jupiter’s Moons

    On January 23rd, 2015, there was a rare triple transit of Jupiter’s moons, during which observers here on Earth were treated with the sight of three moons crossing the face of the planet at the same time. This event happens only once or twice every ten years. The Hubble Space Telescope was pointed at Jupiter during the triple transit and captured the beautiful photo above. It shows, from left to right, Europa, Callisto, and Io. Here’s a time-lapse video that was created using image shot during the 40-minute event: — Source: PetaPixel

  • See The World For Free With These Panoramic Virtual Tours

    Traveling the world should be a priority for all, but the reality is that not everyone can afford to do so. Thankfully, there are intrepid globetrotters using the latest technology to capture their experiences and sharing them for free via AirPano. AirPano is a not-for-profit project made up of high-definition bird’s-eye-view 360° aerial panoramic shots of locations all over the world. Nearly 2000 panoramic tours are available of over 200 locations from the skyscrapers of Chicago to the pyramids of Egypt to the Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand. The project has won numerous awards for excellence in photography and was awarded a grant from the Russian Geographic Society in 2013. And Photos from the project have appeared in The Daily Mail, National Geographic, and Der Spiegel. Check out your dream locale at AirPano and see how this incredible team is bringing the world together.

  • Imgur’s new GIF tool is the Future of the Internet

    Imgur’s latest installment in it’s attempt to recreate the GIF is finally upon us. Their new video to GIF tool is actually quite simple, quickly select a clip from a streaming video like YouTube, then turn it into a GIF. Imgur’s new format of GIF is called “.gifv,” which is essentially the same thing with some key differences, like it’s playback and save feature. This makes for a very high quality looping video, that’s a relatively small file, but if you’re looking to embed the video onto a site or email, makes it difficult. For page embedding, it’s no different than embedding a streaming video, but email is much more tedious and probably not worth the effort. Here’s an example of the quality preserved when using the format. The steps are as easy as uploading a link to the streaming video – chopping the video to your liking – waiting a few minutes for conversion – then copying an embed link. Unfortunately, you can’t remove soul patches. There are definitely some hiccups with the tool, that will no doubt be worked out in the near future. The text overlay feature has some bugs and it’s always unclear whether you’re going more »

 

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