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  • 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.

  • 30 Stunning Photos of Saturn Gathered By A School-Bus Sized Spacecraft Named “Cassini”

    No way these can be real, right? While we humans carry on with our daily lives down here on Earth, perhaps stuck in traffic or reading blogs, or just enjoying a summer time stroll, a school-bus-sized spacecraft called Cassini continues to gather data and images for us – 1.4 billion kilometers (870 million miles) away. Since arriving at Saturn in 2004 NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made several close flybys of Saturn’s moons, caught the Sun’s reflection glinting off a lake on Titan, and has brought us even more tantalizing images of ongoing cryovolcanism on Enceladus. Collected here are a handful of recent images from the Saturnian system.

  • Say Goodbye to Productivity with This App That Adds Futuristic Elements to Your Photos

    ‘Matter’ is a new phenomenal app that lets you add futuristic 3D elements to your landscape photos. The app has a wide variety of elements and shapes you can add into the sky, then play with shadows and sunlight to give it an authentic feel. Then, like magic, as if there was a little wizard with photoshop in your phone Matter cuts around buildings and objects, fusing the surreal with reality. You can also create looping videos—similar to a GIF—of these geometrical objects spinning around in your photo. A truly amazing app Salvatore Dali would have killed for. Matter App. Matter from Pixite Apps on Vimeo.

  • Scientists Program 1000 Robots To Work Together; Forgot To Watch “The Matrix”

    Some eggheads, including Michael Rubenstein, Alejandro Cornejo, and Professor Radhika Nagpal of Harvard’s Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, have released this video illustrating the capabilities of a swarm of Kilobots. The tiny robots, about the size of a penny, cost about $14 each. They are given commands to form two-dimensional shapes and are able to do so on their own, with no human interaction. After the command is given, four robots start off the process. Then the others follow, using infrared sensors to dictate their x- and y-coordinates in the shape. These 2D creations are fine and dandy and make for a decent parlor trick, but the hope is for the robots to next combine in three dimensions. What’s the deal, scientists? Are none of these nerds familiar with The Matrix or the Borg race from Star Trek? Robots coming together ever ends well for us humans. Thank God we have Neo on our side.

  • 45 Years Ago The Apollo 11 Astronauts Were Declared Free Of Moon Germs; Ticker-Tape Parade Held

    When you’re the first country to send men to the moon, there are certain precautions you must take. We’re talking, of course, about moon germs. How would you like to be the nation responsible for most epic accomplishment in human history only to have your astronauts return lousy with lunar bacilli that replicates exponentially in the rich Earth atmosphere and eradicates all of humanity? That would be a total bummer and a real bad PR move. NASA knew this and that’s why when the Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth they were placed in a Mobile Quarantine Facility just in case they had some alien disease. The MQF was a converted Airstream trailer that housed the 3 astronauts along with a doctor and assistant for cooking and cleaning. The trailer had a communications facility (read: telephone) which allowed the crew to meet with their families and President Richard Nixon. After almost 3 weeks in quarantine, it was decided that the astronauts were free of moon germs and they were freed on August 10. On August 13, the crew was officially welcomed home with a ticker-tape parade in New York city. Did NASA give up on quarantining their moonmen? Of course! But more »

  • The Insanely High Costs Of Being an Early Adopter

    We’re a competitive species and not just in displays of physical or mental ability. We even compete to have the latest and greatest of every product that hits the market. Thanks to quality of life increasing while production costs decrease, more people than ever are now able to take part in the fun competition of commercialism. But long before the days of every poor sap being able to line up and buy their annual iPhone, there was a time when the newest high-tech gadgets would make John Pierpont Morgan himself think twice before handing over a sack of cash. Were they worth it?

  • Get up Close And Personal With Celestial Hardbody Comet 67P [5 HQ Photos]

    Over 10 years ago, in March of 2004, the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta spacecraft. The robotic space probe was built with the intent of studying comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. On August 6, Rosetta entered into orbit around the comet, the first spacecraft ever to do so. For the next 17 months, Rosetta will orbit 67P while conducting the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. In November, the Philae robotic lander will land on the surface of 67P for further studies. Below are the first of the comet close-ups received from this incredible mission. Keep up with ESA Mission Rosetta on Twitter.

  • Calorie Counting Device Will Make You Feel Bad About Everything You Eat

    GE Global Research is working on a device that will be able to tell you how many calories are in everything you eat with the touch of a button. The team has already developed a prototype that estimates the caloric content of foods based on water and fat content. Because fat and water interact differently with microwaves, the device can read the microwave signature bounced off of the food and calculate the caloric content within 5-10% accuracy. Eventually the team hopes to build a cover that can be placed over a plate of food and display a calorie count with the press of a button. The device will then be paired with wireless diet apps to track caloric intake. Now the question is do you really want to know just how unhealthy your diet is?

  • A Super 8 Camera For The Digital Age

    Digital video is a fantastic medium, allowing for simple transfer of high definition footage to editing software without having to mess with tapes or film. But sometimes filmmakers want the grain and warmth of those old home movies recorded on Super 8. There are software plug-ins that can emulate the look, but nothing compares to using a real Super 8 camera. The only problem is that no new cameras have hit the market in the last 30 years. Until now. The Logmar S-8 is a new camera combining classic analog and cutting edge digital technology. Using Super 8 film, which is still available from Kodak, you can record old-fashioned video with the aid of a contemporary swivel LCD display. Syncing sound was always an issue with those old cameras, but not anymore. All you need is an SD card for real-time digital sound recording. The first 20 cameras will ship in December and will sell for $3500. After that batch sells out, the price will jump to $5000. For more info, visit Logmar Camera Solutions.

  • How To Turn Off Candy Crush Notifications In 5 Seconds (Or Less)

    The Candy Crush notification plague is singlehandedly turning me off Facebook. The invites are constant and from acquaintances (if that)I haven’t heard from in years. I know they aren’t the ones consciously sending me invites to play, it’s the brilliant development behind the candy curtain that allows it to spread like a plague, but this madness needs to end. To solve the problem I started unfriending anyone who sends the invites, but even that doesn’t seem to work. It seems as though the Candy Crush Commander is always one step ahead of me. It stops now. If you’re not the only one who is pissed off, we’ve unlocked the secret to stopping Candy Crush notifications.

  • Walter White Goes To Space

    Last month, tvtag set their sights on the stars. After thousands of votes from Earth-folk like you, Walter White was nominated to be tvtag’s first space ambassador. Over the course of his journey to space, Walt braved speeds of 95 mph (153km/h), temperatures as low as -65F (-54C), and a maximum altitude of 85,000 feet (25,908m). He soared to new heights, carrying along with him the hopes and dreams of TV watchers everywhere. Long live Heisenberg. Long live TV.

  • Vines From Space Are Better Than Anything You Post

    Former Naval aviator and test pilot Reid Wiseman was selected to join NASA back in 2009. On May 28 of this year, the 38-year-old began his first mission in space at the International Space Station as part of Expedition 40/41. Besides being an astronaut, Wiseman also happens to be keen on social media, posting regularly on Twitter and Vine. 18 months after launching, many people are still not quite sure what Vine’s six-second video clips are best suited for. Well it looks like we have an answer—space videos. What, you’re not an astronaut? Good thing Wiseman’s mission last until November. After that it’s back to being bemused with the service.

  • This Portable Video Game Console Is A Work Of Art

    Thanks to PC-powered emulators such as the ever-popular MAME, revisiting classic games form your childhood is easier than ever. However, if you wanted to play these games without feeling like you were sitting in front of your computer, your choice was pretty much limited to building a big, bulky, arcade-style cabinet—not a viable option if you want to keep your girlfriend. But now you can play classics like Metal Slug on the go with the R-KAID-R. Available in 5 different finishes, including walnut, black ash, and emerald green maple, the R-KAID-R is a portable gaming console encased in solid wood. An 8-inch LCD screen, 8-way joystick, and 9 buttons allow you to play your favorite classic games that are easily imported via USB or SD card. The battery offers 8 hours of gaming on a full charge. The console will be available in September for €2,499 ($3400), but don’t dawdle—only 50 of each color will be available. Pre-order yours today at R-KAID-R.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.

  • Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Finalists Announced [8 HQ Photos]

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the finalists for its sixth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award. The competition ends September 17 and on the following day, an exhibition of the winning images opens at the Royal Observatory. The overall winner will be awarded £1500 ($2500), while winners of each of the different categories will receive £500 ($850). For more info on the contest and exhibition, visit Royal Museums Greenwich. More of the submitted photos can be viewed at the contest’s official Flickr album.

  • Photo of the Day: Hurricane Arthur As Seen From Space

    Beach-goers along the East Coast are going to have a soggy 4th of July…unless Tim Howard saves us all. The first tropical system of the Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed off southern Florida on July 1, 2014, and is moving north along the coast. NASA snapped the following image from their Terra satellite on July 2 at 11:35 a.m. when Arthur was 105 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • Visit Space In A Luxury Balloon

    Everyone is aware of Virgin Galactic’s space voyages that are set to begin commercial service soon and it would be awesome if we could all go, however not everyone who’s not a celebrity or billionaire adventurer can afford the $250,000 ticket. What many people don’t know is that another company, World View, will be offering tours into space via a luxury balloon for the low, low price of just $75,000. Relatively speaking, that’s not too bad! A joint venture from Arizona’s Paragon Space Development Corporation and British studio Priestmangoode, who designed cabins for Virgin Airlines, World View will take passengers 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. The capsule is carried up via large balloon, reaching the 100,000 feet mark in about 90 minutes. The capsule will then float around for a few hours before returning to terra firma. Inside the luxury capsule will be a bar, snack area, and a bathroom and plenty of viewing areas. Reserve your seat with a $5,000 deposit at World View.

  • Japan Unveils First Android Newscaster, Rest Of World Is Creeped Out [Video]

    In an effort to remind the world that they are the weirdest nation on Earth, Japanese scientists unveiled the world’s first android newscaster. For now, the android will be working at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Sciene and Innovation conversing with visitors and gathering information on human/android interactions. Designed by leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, the hope is that the android will learn to better communicate with real people so that human will be more open to an ever-increasing android presence. Hopefully it won’t turn out like an anime version of the classic “They took our jobs!” South Park episode.

  • Google Launches World Cup Trends Landing Page

    For the next few weeks the globe will be engulfed in a sea of soccer, while the World Cup commences during an information age like no other. With digital trends spiking and falling as the games are previewed, played and reviewed the World Cup has snowballed into a massive scaled internet phenomena. Google has created a landing page for all searches and timely trends for teams and match ups. On the trends site, if you click “Upcoming Matches” and chose a country you’ll find: sentiment (“Brazil is feeling hopeful”), top questions, people of interest, people on the rise, global interest, and more!

  • What If Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?

    Visualization by Ron Miller @ Black Cat Studios Our moon is a pretty big object. If it was orbiting the sun and not Earth it’s big enough to be a respectable planet in its own right. The Moon is a quarter the diameter of the Earth. Only Pluto has a satellite that is larger, in proportion to the size of the planet it orbits. What if a celestial body like Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, was as close to the Earth as our moon? Would it fill the night sky? Illustrator and author Ron Miller sought to answer the question using the reference photograph above.

  • Google Street Art Project Lets Temporary Works Live Forever

    Thanks to international celebrities like Banksy, street art is an increasing popular art form. However, despite its popularity, the products of the art form tend to be temporary, painted over by other artists or scrubbed away by property owners at any moment. Google is now using its Cultural Institute along with its highly addictive Street View to grant immortality to former street art meccas such as New York’s 5 Pointz and Tower 13 in Paris. So far, over 5000 images can be found in 100 exhibitions as part of the Google Street Art Project. There are works from all over the world and the collection will continue to grow. Begin your trek down the rabbit hole at the Google Cultural Institute.

 
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