• 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 »

  • Your Snowboard Is About to Get Smart

    It was inevitable. Your snowboard is now a computer. Japan based tech company, Cerevo has released specs and information surrounding it’s sensor-enabled smart bindings. The bindings will attach to any board and track movements, foot and weight distribution as well as board flex. On top of all that nerdy info, pretty LED lights will ignite under your feet as you shift your weight from heel to toe, back to front. FUN! The XON Snow-1 app will also keep track of riding speed, GPS and video graphics to overlay your run. The configured data isn’t neccecerily meant to coach or guide you, but strictly informational so you can see what you specifically do as you ride. Pizza when you should be french frying. The XON Snow-1 will be available in the fall and will cost between $400 and $600 and come in small, medium and large sizes.  

  • The 1,234 Satellites Orbiting Earth [Infographic]

    If you’re wondering why no cool alien races have made their way to Earth, it’s probably because they don’t want to attempt to navigate through all the damn satellite traffic we’ve created. With the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957, humans have been sending these technological marvels into orbit for purposes of communication, research, and probably lots of spying. There are currently 1,234 operational satellites in orbit, with the oldest launched way back in 1974. And this infographic breaks them down by use and country. There’s a lot of info and if you’re having trouble reading, click on the image for the full-size version.

  • Infographic Showing Top Websites Since 1996 Proves How Quickly Things Change Online

    In the mid-1990’s sites like Webcrawler, Netscape, and Excite probably thought they would rule the internet forever. How quickly things change online. It may seem Google, Facebook and others are indestructible this fascinating graphic by Washington Post takes us from 1996, through the heart of the dot com boom and into the social media age, to prove that although you might be the top site of the moment that probably won’t last forever. Expand the image here

  • Leave It To An Astronaut To Make The Greatest Space Time-Lapse Video Of All Time

    European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist Alexander Gerst already put every other Twitter account to shame when he posted daily pictures of the Earth from the International Space Station @Astro_Alex. But that wasn’t enough for him. Although he returned to terra firma in November, he’s still dominating the Internet. Check out this time-lapse made by combining 12,500 images Gerst took during his six-month stay aboard the ISS. For best results, be sure to watch it fullscreen and in 4k.

  • Jaguar Showcases Augmented Reality Windshields [Video]

    Jaguar Land Rover, the UK-based auto manufacturer owned by India’s Tata Motors, has developed an incredible new kind of windscreen or, as we call it in the President’s English, windshield. First of all, the 360 degree windshield eliminates any blind spots. The roof pillars that usually obscure the driver’s view are fitted with screens that show just what it looks like outside, offering the driver an uninterrupted view of their surroundings. Another bit of awesomeness is the “Follow Me” Ghost Car Navigation that displays a simulated car ahead of you so you can safely navigate without having to look down at your GPS. Hopefully further down the line Jaguar will offer some DLC that transforms the other cars on the road into Mario Kart characters.

  • Amazing Time Lapse Of Northern Lights From Space [Video]

    In case you weren’t aware, NASA’s Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit keeps an incredible archive of time-lapse videos from space at The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. There’s a world map that you can click and find footage of it from the International Space Station. The only problem is that the videos aren’t streaming and can be fairly large downloads. Good thing Selmes Films produces excellent compilations of these NASA videos that we can watch on YouTube. Check out this video featuring the Northern Lights from space and then watch some other awesome videos of our planet form Selmes Films.

  • Jack White Transforms Your Android Into A View-Master

    Jack White is always looking for ways to innovate. Earlier this year, the “Ultra LP” of his Lazaretto vinyl featured tracks at three different speeds, dual-groove technology that played different versions of songs depending on where the needle drops, hidden tracks beneath the labels, and even a hand-etched hologram. So what could he do next? Yesterday White released his Third-D app for Android. Using the Google cardboard VR headset, viewers are immersed in 3D stereoscopic videos of “Freedom 21″ and “Ball and Biscuit” recorded at a recent performance at Fenway Park and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” recorded at a recent Red Rocks show. The Google Cardboard works like an old View-Master toy, where two images come together to form one three-dimensional image. And to add to add to the immersive experience, the music has been recorded in Dolby Atmos. Learn how to build your own headset for your 5″ or 6″ Android device at Google Cardboard then download the app from Google Play.

  • Apollo Astronauts Had Filthy Mouths [Video]

    We think of the Apollo astronauts as these clean-cut, all-American men who lived and breathed apple pies and bald eagles. And they were. But they were also humans who got frustrated and showed that frustration by uttering the occasional profanity. Popular Science’s always informative and entertaining Amy Shira Teitel explains how NASA cleaned up the salty language of the astronauts when it came to transcripts of the mission. And how the original audio has survived. Watch the video below and for more information, check out the article at Popular Science.

  • Street Art Comes To Life Via Augmented Reality [11 GIFs]

    British street artist INSA is known for his huge, bright murals all around the world. You can find his work London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and everywhere in between. But where do you go from there? Once you’ve painted walls the world over, what’s next? For INSA, the logical progression was into the technological realm. He photos each layer of his murals then digitally manipulates them to create animated GIFs. These can be viewed on his Tumblr or through the app he developed, Gif-iti. The iPhone app let’s you view the animated murals while you’re standing in front of the actual paintings. It’s an awesome idea and it will be interesting to see if other street artist’s take to the new medium.

  • Moleskine Makes It Easier Than Ever To Digitize Your Drawings

    There are plenty of options for artists who wish to create digital drawings, such as Samsung Note devices and Wacom tablets. But for those who prefer to stick to old school methods with a pen or pencil and paper, there’s no easy way to digitize their art. However, Moleskine and Adobe are hoping to change that. The 5″ x 8.25″ Molsekine Smart Notebook is a typical high-quality notebook from the company, with 160 pages of 81 lb acid-free paper. What makes the Smart Notebook different is that each page contains numerous alignment indicators printed on the corners of the page that work with a free iPhone app to easily translate drawings into vector images. The resulting SVG or JPG file syncs with your Creative Cloud account and is immediately available to edit in Photoshop or Illustrator CC. And the best part? The notebook is just $33—much cheaper than a tablet and without the need for a computer or power source. Preorder now from Moleskine and get yours when they begin shipping at the end of the year.

  • This App Shows You What 200 Calories Looks Like. And It’s Depressing.

    If obesity statistics are to be believed, many of us are eating too much. And apparently, our gargantuan portions aren’t doing our bodies any favors. To visualize just how little we need to eat to get so many calories, take a look at a new iOS app called Calorific. Calorific is a collection of beautifully photographed plates of different foods with tranquil, pastel backgrounds. Each food is shown as a 200 calorie portion, and many of the photos are disheartening. To reach that 200 calorie mark, you wouldn’t even be able to eat an entire donut, bagel, muffin, or avocado. And it would be just a handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs. What kind of person has the willpower for that? The app also shows foods like lettuce or celery that you could eat a ton of, but what’s the fun in that? After all, in the words of Ron Swanson, “Salad isn’t food, it’s what food eats.”

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Is Now Selling ‘Sega Genesis’ with 80 Games

    Breaking News, Bed, Bath and Beyond is now selling Sega Genesis. In fact they have been for a while, how has this just blipped on our radar now? So for $40 you can get a condensed console, 2 controllers and 80 of your favorite 16 bit games that molded your childhood including the full Sonic-ography, both Streets of Rage (Even the breakdancing rollerblader) and even those Ecco the dolphin games (if you’re into playing a videogame as a dolphin). The console also takes original Genesis cartridges, so do those breathing exercises, because you’ll be huffing and puffing quite a bit this winter. So head to your nearest BB&B and pick them up, you know you have a stack of 20% off coupons sitting in your junk drawer.

  • Apollo 12 Survived Two Lightning Strikes To Capture These High Quality Lunar Photos

    On November 14, 1969, just four months after Apollo 11 made history and landed on the moon, Apollo 12 took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Just 36.5 seconds into the flight, lightning struck the Saturn V rocket, causing a false overload that took all three fuel cells offline. A second strike at 52 seconds took out the gyroscopes. The command module was transferred to battery backup, but the Saturn’s guidance system was still functional. Despite the rocky start, the Apollo 12 team reached the lunar surface on November 19. Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean became the second team to fly to the moon. When Pete Conrad, a relatively short man at 5’6″, first stepped on the moon he remarked, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” The following photos are just a few captured by the Apollo 12 astronauts. You can see many others at Project Apollo, but be careful: Once you start looking, it’s impossible to stop.

  • Forget Whale Songs, The ESA Has Discovered Comet Songs

    Remember that weird Aunt you had who wore purple muumuus and turquoise jewelry and would go on about chakras for hours at a time while drinking herbal teas that smelled like butt? Well send a postcard to her commune in Sedona, because those whale song cassette tapes she’s been listening to in her Hyundai Excel since 1987 just don’t cut it anymore. The European Space Agency, who will soon be landing on a comet, discovered that their target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is singing a song. The song is actually oscillations in the magnetic field at 40-50 millihertz, way below what humans can hear. The frequencies were increased to make them audible and the ESA released the track, sure to top the New Age charts very soon. What’s it sound like? Imagine a sped-up version of the pulsing sound you heard when you did Whip-Its when you were really into Aphex Twin. Or something.

  • Our Universe: The 100 Greatest Hubble Space Telescope Images Ever Taken

    Orbiting 353 miles above the Earth’s surface is the Hubble Space Telescope which, for nearly two and a half decades, has allowing us to look deeper into space with more clarity than ever before. Here are some of the finest photos in Hubble’s history as we approach the 25th anniversary of it’s launch. Editors note: The photos you see below are limited to 1000 pixels wide so the page loads quickly. If you would like to see the larger images that will allow you to zoom up on detail check out this imgur gallery we uploaded.

  • Wikiwand Gives Us The Wikipedia Redesign Jimmy Wales Won’t

    We’ve seen our share of concepts for imbuing Wikipedia with a more modern and responsive design. But it’s not likely that Jimmy Wales and Co. will adopt any of them—or any radical redesign, for that matter. The reason why is relatively straightforward. Wikipedia wants its site to work just as well on 10-year-old computers with low-resolution monitors and slow dial-up connections as it does on more modern devices. So Wikipedia plays things conservatively. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a better-looking Wikipedia. Wikiwand is a tool that showcases Wikipedia articles with better typography, navigation, and layout on both widescreen and mobile devices. Using Wikiwand is easy. Instead of going to Wikipedia’s website, just search for your articles through Wikiwand.com, which will then dynamically translate your articles into a more responsive layout with big, beautiful header images, easier-to-read typography, a universal navigation panel, and more. If you’re a Google Chrome user, you can even install an extension that will automatically translate Wikipedia links into the Wikiwand format. Because the extension intelligent pre-fetches assets, the Chrome extension actually allows you to load Wikipedia pages faster than on Wikipedia proper. Wikiwand’s not going to be for everyone—the abundance of italics in the more »

  • Hollywood Can’t Compete With This Supercut Of NASA Footage In HD

    Using 80GB worth of photos captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014, timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin created this awe-inspiring video of the Earth entitled “Astronaut.” And thanks to the incredible cameras aboard the ISS, this footage rivals the best visual effects that Hollywood has to offer. Do yourself a favor and turn down the lights and watch the video fullscreen to get the full effect. And be sure to check out Juin’s other great timelapse videos.

  • Amazon Just Surprised Us All With Echo

    Visitors to Amazon today may have been surprised to see the announcement of the Amazon Echo. A voice-controlled speaker that can play music, answer questions, provide news and weather, and so much more, the Echo seems to have come out of nowhere. Right now Echo is available from Amazon on a invite-only basis with a regular price of $199 and Prime member price of $99. The device can be set-up via an app for Android and Fire phones with an iOS app currently in the works. You can check out all the features in the video above, which makes the Echo look like a Super Siri that actually works! After the failure of the Fire phone, this is just what Amazon needs this holiday season. And we need it, too. Hopefully that invitation will turn up soon…

  • Fascinating Look At Elevators Speeds At The World’d Greatest Skyscrapers

    They cost billions of dollars, symbolize economic power and are photographed by millions, but the world’s tallest buildings also compete on a lesser known measure that pushes the limits of modern engineering: elevator speed. These ultra-fast lifts can reach speeds of 20 metres per second (45 mph) and feature technologies that use heat resistant brakes, mitigate excess vibration and adjust for air pressure to prevent ear blockages. Our graphic shows the top speeds of elevators in eight of the world’s tallest and most famous buildings, and how far they have traveled since this web page loaded.

  • RSVLTS GIVEAWAY: Xbox One Limited Edition “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Bundle

    If the most recent Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare commercial, staring none other than Tim Riggins, (Yes, the fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers) hasn’t already gotten you fired up to play, than maybe this Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle will.  Discover new movements, capabilities and weaponry along the way in this heart-racing journey set in 2059 Lagos. “Rising from the chaos is Atlas, a Private Military Corporation led by the cunning Jonathan Irons. With the most powerful military force in the world, Atlas has effectively become a superpower for hire. Playing as Jack Mitchell, suit up in an advanced exoskeleton and join a highly-trained unit committed to restoring order.” The bundle, supplied by Microsoft/Xbox, comes fully equipped with a Custom Xbox One console with 1 terabyte hard drive (2x as big as typical Xbox One) and in-game sound effects (makes the sound of a helicopter crashing when it turns on, rather than the typical Xbox orb sound) Other Bundle accessories include: Custom Wireless Controller Digital full-game download of the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Day Zero Edition, featuring early access and double XP on November 3, plus two in-game custom weapons: the AK-12 G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2 Early access more »

 

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