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  • 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 »

  • Use This Map To See Where Google Fiber Is Going Next

    Google said Tuesday that it will bring its fast Fiber Internet service to four additional metropolitan areas, but not necessarily every neighborhood in those regions. The new areas are Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. The service offers speeds of one gigabit per second, about 100 times faster than the average broadband service in the U.S., in Kansas City, Austin, Tex. and Provo, Utah. Google had said it was considering expansion to nine new metro areas. The four new areas incorporate 18 cities. Google said it is still considering whether to bring Fiber to the other five metro areas: Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, Calif. Many investors and analysts consider Fiber an expensive experiment, or a ploy to encourage other broadband providers to upgrade their networks. However, Google executives say Fiber is a real business and the company is trying to build its service more efficiently. Read Google’s side of the story and see all the maps on WSJ >

  • This Device Transforms Your Phone Into An Instant Camera

    With the ubiquity of digital cameras, there has been a death of actual physical photos. Printing out photos at home never turns out all that great and finding a place to get your digital photos professionally printed isn’t always convenient. But now a San Francisco-based company has solved these issues by putting a new spin on the old technology of instant cameras. Prynt is an instant camera case with a modular design that fits a variety of phones. The case has its own battery, so it won’t drain your phone’s, and no ink is necessary for the prints. A 10-pack of photo paper will retail for $5. And most impressive of all, the Prynt software captures video while you are snapping your photo and after the print is completed, scanning it results in the captured video playing on any phone, not just the one that took the picture. The impressive tech recently hit Kickstarter with a modest $50,000 goal. With 34 days remaining, over $100,000 has already been pledged. Reserve yours now starting at just $99 with shipments expected to begin in August.

  • The Mouse-Box Is The Future Of Portable Computing

    For the last decade, computer manufacturers have offered flat-screen monitors with built-in computers that you just need to plug a mouse and keyboard in to. It’s a great way to save space, eliminating the need for a tower and clearing up precious desk and floor real estate, but for portability, it just doesn’t work. After all, how often are you going to tote around your monitor? But now a Polish inventor has managed to fit a computer into the smallest peripheral–the mouse. The Mouse-Box contains a 1.4GHz ARM processor, 128 GB of flash storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, two USB 3.0 ports, and a micro HDMI port encased in a mouse. Just connect a monitor and keyboard, and you’re good to go! And in a world where cloud computing is more and more commonplace, these specs are good enough for most day-to-day office work. The device is still in the prototype phase and a price has yet to be set, but the team behind the Mouse-Box insists it will be cheap and available globally. We can’t wait.

  • Explore The Andromeda Galaxy In 4K [Video]

    A couple weeks ago, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured the largest and sharpest picture of the Andromeda Galaxy. The full image, capturing 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters across 40,000 light-years, is 1.5 billion pixels and would require 600 HD screens to view the full image. We don’t know about you, but we don’t have that kind of set-up. This video allows you to explore the image on your small single screen. But pump the quality up to 4K and watch it fullscreen and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

  • The Original Apple Watch Resurfaces After 20 Years

    When you think of an Apple Watch today, your brain most likely jumps to the images you’ve seen for the coming smart watch, but that wasn’t exactly the companies first time piece. The Original watch was a promotion timekeeper given out in 1995 as an incentive for users to upgrade their Macintosh OS. The original design has been given a second production series and is now available for purchase online and you don’t even need to upgrade to grab one. 

  • 85 Iconic Photos Of Buzz Aldrin On His 85th Birthday

    Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was born on January 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Aldrin turned down a scholarship to MIT in order to attend West Point, where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1951. He served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War, flying 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres. Aldrin was selected as part of the third group of NASA astronauts in 1963. He was a pilot on Gemini 12, the final Gemini mission, in 1966. In 1969 he made history along with Apollo 11 crewmates Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, when they reached the moon. Aldrin retired from NASA in 1971 and retired from active duty in the Air Force in 1972. Since then, he has made a rap video with Snoop Dogg, voiced cartoon versions of himself on The Simpsons and Futurama, and explained the Apollo 11 mission to Optimus Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The photos in the gallery are from the Apollo 11 era. There are photos of training exercises before the mission, photos captured on the lunar surface during the mission, and celebrations after the crew’s safe return. For hundreds of more incredible photos, check out the Apollo more »

  • These Abominable F-Bom Goggles Defrost on Their Own

    Foggy goggles are the worst. The bane to every down hill daredevil’s existence. These new Abominable F-Bom Goggles aim to rid the world of fog forever. The trick; they use a Klair technology made of heat conductive transparent film and sandwich it between two-part Carl Zeiss lenses. They’ll run for up to 7 hours in active mode, or up to seven days in on-demand Boost mode, are available in a variety of colors and with a variety of lenses, and take only one hour to charge up over USB, get yourself an external USB charger, and your fog problems are over.$250 F-Bom Goggles

  • Face-Hacking is Real and it’s an Insane Sight to See

    PSFK recently published a video on a new type of facial recognition technology dubbed facehacking. Facehacking combines face movement with 3D projection mapping in real-time, basically a projector casts an image onto a real time face while a tracker keeps that image fixed on the owner even while in motion, the motion tracker follows the owner’s facial movements and can even blink on demand. “Facehacking works by coordinating the face tracker to specific points on the wearer’s face, which lets it track its lines, contours and position. Using those points as reference guides, it’s possible to project an image onto the face that both fits and follows with pinpoint accuracy. In this way, it’s similar to the motion capture outfits with the ping pong balls you readily see in “making of” documentaries.” Though Facehacking is still just a concept, it’s amazing to see where the world of CGI meets reality is going. Check out the full Vimeo video here or check out a quick sample below.

  • Meet The Boy Genius Whose Mind Controlled 3D Printed Robotic Arm Shook The Hand of President Obama

    Teenage pop singers and movie stars can go kick rocks because Easton LaChappelle is the most interesting teenager in America. That’s not even an exaggeration. There are things in this world that people take for granted. Tying your shoe. Driving. Walking on a slippery kitchen floor. For people with prosthetic limbs every day life is like a climb up Everest in the middle of January but if 19-year-old robotics engineer Easton LaChappelle (@eastonlachappel) has anything to do with it his 3D printed robotic limbs will change the world in the next decade. This is his amazing life story in 6 minutes (or less).

  • Shure Is Bringing Professional Recording To iPhones and iPads

    Smartphones and tablets are capable of so many things, but because so much is crammed into a small device, they don’t excel in any area. Recording is one such example. If you’re just making a quick voice memo, that’s one thing, but if you need to capture quality audio, the built-in mic just won’t cut it. Have no fear, the number one name in mics is here to help you out. Shure has announced MOTIV, its new line to enhance mobile recording. Featuring three different microphones, the devices are Shure’s first made for the Lightning connection on iOS devices. The $149 MV88 is a digital stereo condenser microphone that comes mounted on a 90-degree hinge. The $199 MV51 is a digital large-diaphragm condenser microphone with headphone output for monitoring and a kickstand. The $99 MV5 is a smaller digital condenser microphone also with headphone output. Also available for $99 will be the MVi digital audio interface which will allow you to connect XLR mics and 1/4-inch instrument cables from guitars or keyboards to your PC, MAC, or iOS device. The Shure MOTIV line will be available this summer along with ShurePlus Motiv Mobile Recording App, allowing for easy recording and more »

  • This Panasonic Smartphone Just Put Your Phone’s Camera On Notice

    As our smartphones grow larger and more powerful, many of us no longer feel the need to also carry around a digital camera. But the problem is that even the best smartphones have fairly mediocre cameras. They’re fine for Instagramming, but when you blow up your shots, the limitations of your phone’s camera are immediately apparent. Panasonic, however, is looking to change that. The Panasonic Lumix CM1 features a 1-inch sensor delivering 20-megapixel shots, a 28mm Leica lens, and full manual control of settings. Oh, and it’s also an Android smartphone with a 4.7 inch HD display, 2.3Ghz quadcore processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage with microSD slot with up to 128GB support . But Panasonic has put so much focus on the camera that they are calling the device a “communication camera” rather than a smartphone. How does it compare? Although many consumers simply pay attention to the amount of megapixels, and 20 is damn impressive for a phone, it’s the sensor that plays a major part in image quality. And the Lumix CM1’s 1-inch sensor dwarves the competition. The iPhone6, for example, only has a 1/3-inch sensor while even the camera on the highly-touted Nokia Lumia 1020 more »

  • Montblanc Just Reinvented the ‘Smart-watch’ Wheel for the Better

    At this year’s Geneva watch trade show, SIHH2015, Montblanc made a strange announcement. They’d be diving into the smartwatch market, sort of. The luxury good manufacturer would release a new kind of watch (band) called the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed collection, with an interesting option called the e-Strap, a piece of wearable smart tech which features a high-end leather and carbon fiber strap with an electronic module made from DLC (diamond like carbon) coated steel or in gray steel placed at it’s base where a watch buckle normally sits. The e-Strap is a no frills piece of wearable technology that notifies it’s wearer of basic calls, texts, e-mails, calendars, social media, and reminder notifications, while also serving as an activity monitor/tracker with a a pedometer and accelerometer to measure data that feeds into an included iPhone or Android phone app. Montblanc claims that the e-Strap will offer five days of continuous use between charges with the internal lithium ion battery. It has a micro-USB charging port right in it. Montblanc claims that the e-Strap is shock resistant and splash resistant and will be available with all 42mm or 43mm wide Timewalker watches. It will offer a 0.9 inch monochromatic OLED more »