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  • We Never Thought We’d Want A Word Processor…Then We Saw The Hemingwrite

    Once upon a time, when a new computer cost about as much as a decent used car, sensible folks would opt for a standalone word processor rather than a full-featured computer. These word processors were like typewriters on steroids, with tiny displays where you could see what you typed and edit it before printing it out. But by the mid-90s computers were dropping in prices and word processors disappeared. Until now. With the annoying popularity of typewriters, it only makes sense that someone would update the much more sensible word processor. The Hemingwrite does just that, with a mechanical keyboard, E-ink display with backlight, and Evernote cloud backup. The device has a retro design but contemporary features so that you won’t look like a total ass using one at a Starbucks. And the battery will last 6 weeks, so you can take it with you to Walden Pond while you find yourself. Unfortunately, the Hemingwrite is no yet for sale, but you can stay updated on their website. Until then, we’ll just have to keep typing on our laptops and try not to get distracted by—oh man, is that dog really waving at people on a motorcycle??

  • RSVLTS Cuts x Shortcut App

    Yesterday evening at RSVLTS HQ, we hosted our 5th edition of RSVLTS Cuts, this time sponsored by the new app/barber service Shortcut. In case you weren’t paying attention to the news this week, Shortcut just launched in NYC and is the first on-demand mobile service/app for dudes that brings a barber to your apartment, office or hotel room and in just a few simple taps of the app (a.k.a., convenience, perfected). Group orders are recommended too, because the more guys gathered, the cheaper each haircut becomes. One of their main barbers, the awesome Gil, was at the HQ to provide some fresh cuts and trims, while the crew also sipped on some delicious Ole Smoky Moonshine whiskey throughout the night. Shortcut is looking to expand into other areas/cities soon (ah-hem, Jersey City/Hoboken, hurry, ah-hem), but definitely give it a try the next time you need a great trim on-the-go in NYC. Mention “First Shortcut” and the dudes will give you 20% off your first cut as well. Get the app here

  • ESA’s Rosetta Mission As Sci-Fi Short [Video]

    Launched over 10 years, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe recently reached comet 67P/C-G and on November 12, will launch the Philae lander to explore the comet’s surface. To commemorate this incredible feat, the ESA produced a short film, “Ambition,” that presents the incredible mission as a work of Hollywood science fiction. The fact that a real space mission can make for such a great sci-fi story is testament to just how amazing the science of space exploration is. Hopefully this polished, effects-laden short is just what is needed to get people the world over excited in space programs again.

  • ‘Dating’ vs. ‘Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time [Link]

    For better or for worse, texting looks like its here to stay, keeping you and your significant other in constant contact with each other. Aside from a brief respite while on the subway or driving through a tunnel, you’ll always be able to tell each other how in love you are and how badly you miss each other. Until the novelty of new love wears off, anyway. And once you get married, the text messages are totally different.

  • What Today’s Most Popular Websites Looked Like When They Launched [Interactive Slide]

    Since the mid ’90s the internet has made huge leaps of progress toward a direction catered toward websites designed for a limitless array of resolution ratios and dimensions. Mobile, tablet and desktop are all equally a part of every day web browsing, which means the most popular sites on the internet have to be optimized just write. Simple and responsive is the way of the world today, but let’s not forget about ads. Oh so many ads. Take a look at this then and now interactive slideshow of the most popular websites then and now. Facebook Twitter Google Mashable AOL ESPN Yahoo! YouTube LinkedIn Yelp Huffington Post WhiteHouse.gov Tumblr BuzzFeed RSVLTS Weather.com

  • The World’s First REAL Hoverboard

    Well, here it is. The world’s first true hover board. We’ve been duped once this year with a fake hoverboard video featuring Tony Hawk and you know what they say, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, I’ll completely give up hope that this technology will ever actually exist. Hendo is introducing the world’s first real hoverboard and hover developer kit, they want to put the developer kit in your hands, because if you don’t have $10,000 to burn on a hover board that levitates an inch off the ground at least you can experience the actual technology. They basically give you the kit and challenge you to use their technology to build your own. Hendo has created an in-depth Kickstarter you can read for an hour. The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.

  • This German Astronaut Is Capturing Incredible Photos Of The Earth [40 Photos]

    Dr. Alexander Gerst is a German geophysicist and was selected to be an astronaut by the European Space Agency in 2009. Ealirer this year, he launched from Kazakhstan to join the crew at the International Space Station. Currently a member of Expedition 41, Gerst has been capturing incredible photos of the Earth and, thanks to the miracle of social media, has been able to immediately share his work. Some of our favorites are in the gallery, but you can keep up with “Astro Alex” on Twitter and Flickr.

  • Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts [Link]

    Thanks to social media allowing for constant communication between astronauts and those of us too dumb and scared to ever go to space, we get to see just what life is like floating above the Earth. And it looks like great fun, complete with sing-alongs from everyone’s favorite Canadian, Chris Hadfield. But is it really as fun and carefree as it looks? Apparently not, with psychological anguish and hallucinations reported by spacemen for decades. And with plans for lengthy Mars missions in the works, these issues could prove to be a giant hurdle.

  • Cirque Du Soleil Choreographed A Dance For Drones [Video]

    Cirque du Soleil, which for years has been surprising men who are dragged to performances by their girlfriends only to admit “that was pretty cool,” has teamed up ETH Zurich and Verity Studios to produce this amazing short film. In the short, 10 lampshades, powered by quadcopters, come alive and perform an incredible dance routine. Now, anyone who has actually tried to pilot a quadcopter knows how difficult it can be and to coordinate something like this would be impossible. That’s where the technological know-how of ETH Zurich comes in, who developed precise computer controls for the quadcopters, opening the door to entirely new applications for the drones.

  • Hunt Ghosts With This Thermal Imaging Camera For Your Smartphone

    You may think the hardest part of becoming a ghost hunter is forcing yourself to ignore all logic and take up a profession that exists despite the fact that nobody has ever been successful at it. But you’d be wrong. The real obstacle is that all that fancy equipment costs a ton of money. If you wanted a thermal imaging camera to see those cold spots or hot spots or whatever ghosts put off, you’d need a few thousand dollars. Until now. Seek Thermal has developed a thermal imaging camera and app that work with both iOS and Android smartphones for just $199. Seek states that the camera is useful for finding blockages in pipes or leaks in doors and windows but we know what everyone really wants it for—ghost hunting! You can guarantee that the 2.75″ x .84″ camera will lead to thousands of amateur ghost hunting videos all over YouTube and with Halloween season just around the corner, we can’t wait. To see if your phone is compatible or to order your own camera for $199, check out Seek Thermal. Aw man, do you think we can catch people farting in public with this, too?

  • Here Are Our Favorite 2014 People’s Design Award Finalists

    Each year, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City highlights innovative new product designs that revolutionize daily life with the People’s Design Award. This year’s 20 finalists have now been selected and you can vote for your favorite at Smithsonian.com. Our top 5 choices are below, but luckily we have until October 6 to vote since we have yet to decide on just one. The winner will be announced on October 9 live at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City. With previous winners including Toms Shoes and the Pack H2O Water Backpack, this will be an award to keep your eye on.

  • 30 Photos of Ridiculous iPhone 6 Lines Proving The World Has Gone off the Deep End

    Well it’s official. The world has gone off the deep end. Apple opened up pre-orders for the new iPhones last Friday, notching a record 4 million in the first 24 hours and since then people have begun flocking to Apple stores for a chance to be one of the first owners to show off a the shiny new piece of hardware, that looks exactly like the old piece of hardware, that looks strikingly similar to the piece of hardware before that. Don’t get me wrong inside the iPhone 6 boasts a huge advance in software and accompanied by iOS 8, which makes for a mega improvement, but to wait in line for days for a product that’s rereleased every 6 months, simply to show it off just seems completely asinine. But what do I know.

  • Floating Cities, Elevators into Space, and Trains Crossing the Atlantic: What the Future of Travel Holds

    Back to the Future, The Jetsons, and Robocop incorrectly predicted the future. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series like the almanac said. We’re nowhere near robotic maids, although Siri’s close. And robocops aren’t yet patrolling the streets, but they will in Detroit soon enough, so maybe that one’s correct. Needless to say, it’s difficult to predict the future, and future travel technologies are no different. If you asked men in the ‘40s if we’d ever send a man to the moon, you’d probably hear a resounding groan. If you asked people in the early ‘90s if buying a plane ticket meant logging onto a single website, and, in the matter of four clicks, you could jet your way to Dublin, I doubt they’d believe you. So today, what innovation will blow our minds in ten, twenty, fifty years? Space travel… so very real: True, we’re nowhere near the lives The Jetsons predicted, and I’m not advocating for r-obsessed dogs named Astro to alleviate our own space-race, but, for a hefty fee of $20 million, the Russians will shoot any bidder into space—a second space race? Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hopes to launch commercial flights when 1,000 passengers shell out more »

  • In Honor of Apple’s iOS 8 Launch Here is a Visual history of iOS

    Today marks the launch of Apples 8th installment in the history of iOS. Since the inaugural iOS release in 2007 Apple has made it clear, they don’t like drastic change. This infographic created by 7dayshop, accounts every operating system on a chronological scale, showing changes on its home screen, icon design as well as some other interesting features along its journey.

  • This Augmented Reality App Will Remove Ads From Your Daily Commute [Video]

    Every time the NYC MTA raises its fares, which seems to happen more and more often, we are told how lucky we are to pay so little for their great system of slow, stinky trains and rat-infested, steamy underground stations. What we pay is just a fraction of the cost of getting us all from one place to another. Where does the rest of the money come from? Ads! While we’re waiting for our train or trying to avoid eye contact with fellow riders, we are forced to read ads for reality shows we’ll never watch or plastic surgeons we’ll never visit. For the most part, the ads are uninteresting and extremely repetitive. But now there’s an app to save us from the banality of Madison Avenue. NO AD, a collaboration between Re+Public and the Subway Art Blog, is a free app for iOS and Android that uses augmented reality to replace ads with artwork. You just hold your phone or tablet up at the station and dozens of common ads that are recognized by the software are replaced with ever-changing works of art. As time goes on, more and more ads will be added that the app will recognize more »

  • A GIF Keyboard is Coming to IOS

    Forget emoji’s. They’re a thing of the past. The new hottness in the digital keyboard realm are GIFs. Not just any olf GIFs, but a whole keyboard of reaction GIFS. App developer PopKey has created an interesting app that works exactly the same as your emoji platform, only with animated GIFs from your favorite movie, show or video. Just think, literally never having to say another word to anyone via text, ever again. Every question, every answer, ever feeling expressed through the power of the GIF.

  • Tweeting Toilet Tracks Water Usage

    Thomas Ruecker had recently lost his job at a tech company in Finland when a Twitter thread about smart toilets and sinks, capable of tracking liquid flow and flushes, got him thinking. Using parts from an old servo motor, a zip tie for an arm, and a styrofoam float, Ruecker’s device is able to accurately calculate the amount of water used with each flush. Each time the toilet is flushed, the amount of water used is tweeted out by Internet of Toilets (@IoToilets). Looking through the Twitter feed is an eye-opening experience at water usage we often take for granted. But aside from the ecological impact of the project, Ruecker’s tweeting toilet also illustrates his knowledge across technological fields more than any resume could. This method will undoubtedly bring more attention to his skills than spending all day applying wherever he can. For more info on the technical aspects of the project, check out the in-depth article at Computerworld.

  • 10 Reactions To The 2001 Announcement of iPod That Prove Apple Fans Never Change

    Remember the days of your no-skip CD player? Lugging around a wallet sized CD book and extra batteries so you could bump Country Grammar on repeat. Ahh those were the days. The idea of being able to carry around multiple days worth of music in your pocket, with a rechargable battery, seemed almost unfathomable but during a low-key event in October 2001 Steve Jobs changed everything and set Apple on it’s way to becoming the most valuable company in the world. The ramifications of this launch can be seen in this stock chart below: The iPod may have been expensive, especially in a time when the stock market was in the dumps and the U.S. was still reeling from 9/11, but it proved to be completely revolutionary. Storing days and days worth of music in your pocket and making it affordable enough so college students and housewives could afford the technology right alongside celebrities was genius. But not everyone was happy about the announcement. A macrumors.com thread from October 2001 shows that more than a few fans didn’t see Steve Jobs’ vision for the future so let’s take a look at some of the best reactions to the release of the iPod more »

  • Thanks To Google Street View You Can Travel To Egypt Without Putting On Pants

    Have you always wanted to see the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Sphinx in Egypt but you have enough trouble going out to get groceries let alone flying 5000 miles? Or maybe you were going to save for a Egypt excursion, but opted for a 3D TV instead? Well now, thanks to Google Street View, you’re laziness and inability to budget will no longer hold you back from seeing the sights in Egypt. In 2013, Google sent a team to walk around Egypt’s historic sites wearing a backpack with a camera affixed to the top. Sounds like a tough job, eh? The photos were then assembled into panoramic 360-degree images and added to Street View. What are you waiting for? Head on over to Street View and feel a little less bad about yourself for never seeing Egypt in person.

  • Amazon Brings Prime Instant Video To Android And It’s A Mess

    This morning started out great for Amazon Prime subscribers who use Android phones with the announcement that Prime Instant Video was finally available for all Android devices. Amazon Prime Instant Video, once home to second-rate horror movies and documentaries made by film students, has become a force to be reckoned with this past year. The addition of HBO’s library earlier this year finally made Amazon a worthy contender against Netflix. But Netflix has had an Android App for years. Upon hearing the news, I excitedly upgraded the Amazon App. A new addition to the dropdown menu appeared—Amazon Instant Video! Finally! I pressed down and was greeted by the same Instant Video screen I had seen so many times on my computer monitor. I decided to revisit HBO’s filthy western Deadwood and hit the big green “Watch” button. Was I whisked away to the dingy whorehouses of Deadwood, South Dakota? Not at all. Instead I was told to download the Amazon video app. And it was only available from Amazon, not the Google Play Store. That meant changing the phone’s security options to allow apps from “unknown sources.” There are plenty of phone users who wouldn’t want to do this and more »

  • The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About

    Today, our apps are basically self-contained castles. Walled off from every other app, you have to open Google Maps to find restaurants in your area, then you have to open up Yelp to search its reviews, and then you have to load Safari to search what Kow Soy is because everybody on Yelp says you just have to order it. But this method is inefficient. In response, Apple debuted a new feature that will appear in their new iPhone/iPad software, iOS 8. They’re called Extensions. And what they do is allow you to use apps within apps, without having to multitask your way back and forth. This might sound like a small detail–another feature that won’t really change anything. I disagree. I believe that because Apple is so influential in the app space–developers tend to make apps for iOS first and Android second–Extensions will shape the way we use our phones and developers create our apps into the future. Namely, most of us will begin using just a few apps on our phones.Alpha Apps, if you will. And these apps will be designed to contain other apps. Read “Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About” on Fast Co

  • Brain-to-brain verbal communication in humans achieved for the first time [Link]

    Want to communicate with someone on the other side of the world but are too lazt to type out a message on a computer? Well good news, lazybones, scientists are working on a solution! The first brain-to-brain communication has been achieved thanks to electrodes and robots that can magnetically stimulate your brain. Soon we can evolve into the race of technology-dependent slugs we’ve all dreamed of for so long!

  • Google Glass Can Now Read Your Emotions

    You know how before a date or big interview you anxiously read about body language and facial cues so you can figure out what the other person is really thinking about you? Uh…yeah…me neither. But if your limited social aptitude leaves you with a lack of ability to read emotions, you’re now in luck. Well, at least if you have Google Glass. Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition—SHORE for short—is a new app from a German software team (you know the Germans always make good stuff) that can analyze facial features by comparing your subject to a database of over 10,000. However, you may have to wait for their initial reaction of anger/surprise when they notice you staring at them wearing your Google Glass. On a more serious note, the app actually has some real applications outside of fooling around with friends to see if you can trick it. People with autism often struggle with reading emotions, which can lead to social isolation. With SHORE, they’ll be able to recognize how those around them feel and can react appropriately with confidence. For more info, check out SHORE at the Fraunhofer Institute.

  • Reddit Launches An Official App For AMAs

    Reddit was all over the news this weekend for being one of the ring leaders in the celebrity hacking that they are calling The Fappening. But there was also a significant new product release from the so-called “front page of the Internet” as they are planning to release a dedicated AMA app for iOS, with an Android version arriving later this week reports TechCrunch.

  • Why You Should “Trust” No One On Venmo

    There is an insane loophole in Venmo that could cost you hundreds, maybe even thousands, without even knowing it. Anyone we’ve ever met who uses Venmo loves it. Just do a search for “Venmo” and “Love” on Twitter and you see a stream of rave reviews but this quick and easy way of sending money to friends has a major flaw. When you fire up the Venmo app it encourages you to “Trust” friends who you often do transactions with. But what does that actually mean. You might assume this is like their version of Friending someone of Facebook   or Following on Twitter but that is not that case. Let’s look into what is means to “Trust” someone in Venmo and then we’ll tell you how this can go horribly wrong for you and your bank account. From their T.o.S.: Trust is a setting that allows your friends to pull funds from your Venmo account without your approval. When you trust someone on Venmo, you no longer have to confirm charges requested from that friend. If your friend charges you, the money will be automatically deducted from your primary funding source or your Venmo balance if there is enough to more »

  • 10 Illuminating Photos Of The Milky Way

    Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne specializes in landscape photography and as a native of Colorado, he knows all the best spots to capture amazing vistas. But his talent isn’t just limited to the terrestrial world. Matt also captures incredible photos of the Milky Way from the mountains and lakes of the western states. As city-dwellers who are lucky to see any stars in the night sky, it’s hard to believe that such scenes exist anywhere on Earth. It really makes you look up at the blinding advertisements in the night sky of Times Square and wonder what else you’re missing out on. Check out more of Matt’s landscapes, including equally impressive photos shot during the day, at Matt Payne Photography.

  • We May Not Have Hoverboards, But Hoverbikes Are On The Way

    2015 is almost here and the hoverboards Mattel promised us in Back to the Future II are still nowhere to be found. But while we just sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, a group of innovative Englishmen are working on something even better—a hoverbike. Malloy Aeronautics is currently raising money for their work on the Hoverbike helicopter, the world’s first flying motorcycle. Using four rotors placed in a unique overlapping manner, the Hoverbike offers a smooth ride in a compact package. It will also be able to be controlled remotely, like a traditional drone. And as much as it looks like a fun toy for millionaires, it actually has real applications. MA is hoping that their Hoverbike will replace the Robinson R22 helicopter for everyday one-man operational areas like rounding up cattle and land survey. So far they have a 1/3 scale version completed and you can check out the flight test below. The test flights of the full scale model are coming, but until then you can keep up with the progress and donate a few bucks at Malloy Aeronautics.

  • 25 Years Ago Mankind Visited Neptune For The First Time [14 Photos]

    With the speed at which technology progresses these days, it’s sometime hard to imagine how far we’ve come in so short a time. Take for instance our knowledge of the planet Neptune. It wasn’t until August of 1989, just 25 years ago, that mankind saw up-close photos of the farthest planet from the sun (since 2006 when those nasty eggheadsof the International Astronomical Union demoted poor Pluto to “dwarf planet” status). Neptune was first seen by telescope in 1846  by Johann Galle using calculations supplied by Urbain Le Verrier. Its largest moon, Triton, was discovered shortly after but it wouldn’t be until the 20th century before the other 13 moons would be seen telescopically. In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 space probe in an effort to explore the outer Solar System and interstellar space. Voyager 2 began exploring Neptune in June, 1989 and on August 25 it made its closest approach to the planet. It then passed close to Triton later that same day. Voyager 2 captured these iconic photos of Neptune and Triton and for the first time we could see the distinguishable weather patterns and Great Dark Spot on the planet. Voyager 2 is still flying through space and more »

  • The Madden 15 Xbox One Bundle You Deserve

    Get ‘em while they’re hot. Xbox One and Madden 15 have just announced a bundle package for $399 that includes a copy of Madden 15. With all of the new features Madden brings to the table year after year, the game is getting eerily close to reality. New defense feature make it more fun to rush the backfield as well as a new feature that let’s you make aggressive or conservative tackles. The more aggressive the more pounding hits, more fumbles, more glory, but the more chances you’ll miss your target. Other new features include Run The Gauntlet, a practice simulation that not only teaches you the specifics of gameplay, but how to read offensive and defensive plays and Crowd-sourced Play Call a playbook option that utilizes data from millions of online games to surface the best selection of plays possible for the match-up and situation.

 
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