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  • Lifehack App Helps You Learn To Do Anything in 100 Days

    When designer Karen X Cheng wanted to learn how to dance, she decided to record herself each step of the way so as to learn from her mistakes. Her 100 day learning experience went viral, giving her the idea to share her method through an app. “Give It 100″ challenges users to learn to do whatever they want in 100 days while recording 10-second videos of their progress along the way and sharing them with the world.

  • Get Your Favorite Memes Printed In 3D From Shapeways

    3D printing is all the rage for tech-savvy shoppers this holiday season and Shapeways has positioned themselves as one of the biggest in the industry. If you’re not familiar with Shapeways, the way they work is designers upload their creation, choose the material, and then Shapeways prints and ships the final product. Designers can then set up their own shops where regular Joes who don’t know OBJ from VRML2 (they’re a thing, I checked) can order Sad Keanus and Grumpy Cats and Doges. Here’s a sampling of some of the different meme characters available from Shapeways creators. Prices vary based on size and material, but much like the personalized figures from Shapify.me that we recently featured, they aren’t cheap. Check out the meme figures and all the other cool stuff people come up with at Shapeways.

  • Amazing HD Time-Lapse Video From International Space Station

    YouTube user David Peterson put together this incredible high-def time-lapse video using photos taken from the International Space Station made available by NASA. The result is one of the best and most high-quality videos of it’s kind that we’ve seen. For a shot-by-shot description of what you’re seeing, go to the YouTube page for the video.

  • Painting Morgan Freeman On An iPad Air [Video]

    Artist Kyle Lambert shows that you can use an iPad for much more than just playing Candy Crush on the subway and watching pornography in public with this video of his “finger painting” of Morgan Freeman. He spent over 200 hours on this photo-realistic work of art using only his iPad and Procreate, a $5.99 app that has nothing to do with making babies. This video will probably serve as the greatest advertisement for the app that the developers could wish for. Now excuse me while I go back to adding crude weiners on famous pictures using MS Paint. We’ve all got our niche.

  • Volcanic Eruptions as Seen from Space [16 Photos]

    When viewing conditions are favorable, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) can take unusual and striking images of the Earth. Just last month the ISS provided a view of an eruption plume emanating from Kliuchevskoi, one of the many active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The nadir views—looking straight down—acquired by most satellites tend to flatten the landscape and reduce our sense of three-dimensional topography. In contrast, this photo was taken from the ISS with an oblique viewing angle that gives a strong sense of three dimensions, which are also accentuated by the shadows cast by the volcanic peaks. The result is a view similar to what you might see from a low-altitude airplane. The image was taken when the ISS was located over a ground position more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) to the southwest. This stunning photo inspired us to find a few more like it.

  • Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Marshmallows With Boomf

    Have you ever taken such a great picture on Instagram, and after filtering the hell out of it thought “I wonder what that incredible pic would taste like?” No? Huh, that’s weird. Well if you did wonder, you’re in luck! UK based Boomf will take your favorite Instagram and turn it into a delicious marshmallow. All you do is connect your Instagram to Boomf at their website, choose 9 images, then they’ll be printed out and sent immediately. Unfortunately, the service is only available in the UK for now, but they plan on going worldwide next year. The price is £12, so expect to pay about $20 when Boomf becomes available in the US.

  • Get A 3D Print Of Yourself Without Leaving Your House

    Who hasn’t wanted a figurine of themselves to do all sorts of weird things with (hiding them in your friend’s underwear drawer, act out romantic fantasies with Troll dolls, etc.)? Thanks to the new service at Shapify.me, you can scan yourself in your living room and in a few days have your own 1/20th scale figurine for $59. All you need is a Kinect device for your X-Box or Windows PC and the app from Shapify.me. You can get a full color figure or, if you’re one of those RPG nerds, a white plastic one to paint yourself. It’s a cool start to the 3D printing revolution and it will be fun seeing the technology progress. Now I need to buy a Kinect for my PC and find my She-Ra action figure in my mom’s attic.

  • This MIT 3D Shape-Shifting Project Called inForm Will Blow Your Mind, Because Science

    This technology is so jaw dropping, ten years ago these MIT students would’ve been looked at as aliens, 20 years ago, burned at the steak. inFORM, a new project that can reproduce digital content physically in 3D, which allows a user to interact with an object without being in it’s presence. Essentially this is the first step toward the movie Avatar. Inform can also be used for 3D demonstrations rendering physical bar graphs, models and fluid tangible experiences. The inFORM was developed by MIT PhD students Sean Follmer, Daniel Leithinger, and Professor Hiroshi Ishii, from MIT’s Tangible Media Group. Revolutionary steps when thinking of physical form science and architecture, being able to shape and mold an object without even being in the room. “The traditional sort of interaction design and device design sort of assumes for a very static way of interacting and this [inFORM] device can change its physical form very quickly and that means that we need to come up with new ways that we interact with technology,” Follmer said. But All this didn’t come cheap the inFORM contains 900 small motors which control each pin on it. Every pin works to render objects in 3D, and each more »

  • Style Watch: Power On Powder, Tech Gear on the Mountain

    Technology has done wonders for mountain sports in the past few years, the introduction to goggle tech in particular. Cameras, GPS and built-in heads up display are a few of the features making your downhill runs that much more compelling as well as interactive, sharing videos, stats and locating friends are all features offered within a piece of protective eyewear. Audio is another branch of tech that’s advancing every year, with the addition of audio synced with Bluetooth riders are able to listen to their favorite tunes on a run, without the danger of complete noise cancellation. Here are this season’s best tech additions to the cold weather mountain gear category. Whether a gift or a treat yo’ self holiday purchase, keep these in mind when doing your shopping. 

  • What If The Planets Were The Same Distance As The Moon? [Video, GIFs]

    Ever get bored with staring at that same old dull moon day after day and wonder what it would be like if the planets were that close instead? Well check out this awesome video made by YouTube user yetipc1 where he does all the work for us. I’d be cool with most of the planets at such close proximity, but Saturn and Jupiter would both be a bit jarring. Of course, there probably wouldn’t be much sunlight to actually see them if they were that close, anyway.

  • Take Full Panoramic Photos With Panono [Video]

    Sometimes you’re someplace that’s so amazing that you just don’t know what to take a picture of. You’re so overwhelmed that only a 360-degree picture of everything around you will suffice. For those times and anytime when a full panoramic photo would be cool (always), there’s the Panono. It’s a panoramic ball camera that takes full 360-degree shots in extremely detailed 72 megapixels. To take a picture, simply toss the ball and an accelerometer inside the device calculates when it has reached maximum altitude and snaps a photo. The ball can also be mounted and controlled remotely to take pictures without tossing it around. You can pre-order yours right now with a pledge of $499 Indiegogo. And don’t worry about the goal not being met, they are already more than one-third there just a few days into the campaign. But get yours quick, the $499 early-bird special is almost sold out.

  • GOCE Satellite Provides Beautiful Images Of Earth From Space, Crashes Back To Earth Sunday Night [HQ Photos]

    The European Space Agency’s 1.2-ton GOCE gravity-mapping satellite plunged through the atmosphere on Sunday and broke up into bits over the South Atlantic Ocean. GOCE re-entered Earth’s atmosphere around 7:16 p.m. ET Sunday, hitting the atmosphere over a spot due south of the Falkland Islands, around the coordinates of 60 degrees west and 56 degrees south, ESA said. About 500 pounds (250 kilograms) worth of debris was expected to have survived the car-sized satellite’s re-entry, but no damage was immediately reported.

  • Combine All Your Credit And Debit Cards Into One With Coin

    With all the credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, and gift cards we carry around these days, it can be a pain to keep track of them all and have them handy when we need them. San Francisco-based Coin is aiming to solve the problem by allowing all the cards to be combined into one programmable card. Using their iOS or Android app, you take a picture of your card and swipe it using their headphone jack dongle and it is saved onto your Coin. A small screen on the Coin allows you to choose the correct card before you swipe at the point of sale. If you forget your Coin somewhere, it will alert your phone and then deactivate after a time period you set in the app. With that in mind, your Coin will also deactivate if your phone just happens to die or is in airplane mode so some issues may arise. Early adopters can get the Coin for $50, but the price will rise to $100. Pre-order yours today directly from Coin.

  • Style Watch: Cold Train Gear

      Under Armour Basemap 2.5 baselayer $85 Ideal for cold weather training, the patented negative grid traps ridiculous warmth without adding excess weight, while giving you warmth where you need it./ The Northface Impulse Active Zip $70 Pullover this lightweight, technical layer that’s updated with body-mapped construction and FlashDry fibers for optimal coverage during cool-weather runs./ Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie AW77 3.0 The newest line of premiere goods from Nike, the Tech Fleece Windrunner combines the feel of lightweight fleece with iconic Windrunner style./ Jordan Advance Compression Shorts/pants $30 A high-performance fit not just for basketball, but for training. The Advance Compression shorts support while they move in a body-hugging stretch fit. A competition layer with fabric that pulls sweat from the skin./ Oakley Electroreception Shorts $60 With Oakley’s performance based strategy now breaking into training gear their technology has been put to the test. The stretchy comfort defines the Electroreception Shorts, a durable design that reflects the multi–sport lifestyle of the versatile athlete./ New Balance MT 110 Trail Runner Built in close collaboration with leaders in the sport, this men’s trail runner is built to deliver the optimal race day experience in cold weather./ New Balance Runners Pack $20 Power stretch mesh gusseted pocket holds items securely and expands to hold any size more »

  • Why Is This Rock Worth $400,000?

    In 2007 Robert Ward found this 32-pound meteorite in new Mexico. The pallasite, studded with olivine crystals, formed 4.5 billion years ago during a deep-space collision.

  • Movember App

    Get you Mo on the go with the Gen Mo mobile app for iOS and Android. The 2013 Movember Mobile app has been redesigned and improved to keep your Movember journey headed in the right direction. 

  • Incredible Programmable Automaton From 1770s [Video]

    10 Print “Joe Is Cool” 20 Goto 10 With those fine BASIC programming skills, I thought I was some sort of tech genius. Constant struggles operating television remotes that are not my own in the years since have shown me how wrong I was. And after watching this video of a programmable automaton boy, built 240 years ago, whose 6,000 moving parts can be made to write whatever you desire (“Joe is cool” being the obvious choice), I’m aware of how truly simple I am. Protip: If watching this video with headphones on, make sure they’re plugged into the headphone jack and not the mic jack. That problem only took me 3 minutes to solve! Tech genius reconfirmed.

  • What The Next Billion Internet Users Will Look Like [Infographic]

    With 2.7 billion people now on the internet, the perception of a web user being a stereotypical neck bearded, bespectacled nerd in his parents’ basement with a pile of empty Mountain Dew bottles and fingers coated in cheese puff dust is nowhere near accurate. Even handsomely bearded gentlemen, surrounded by empty cans of PBR and fingers coated in pomade, make up a significant portion of users! And as more and more developing nations get connected and add new users, our world grows smaller and smaller. 

  • Get Your Ass To Mars In This Flyover Video Of The Red Planet

    Instead of waiting another 70 years for Rekall to start offering Mars vacations, why not just watch this video? Using information gathered over the last decade from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express, this model of a Mars flyover is probably the closest we’re going to get for a while. It looks like it would be neat to visit, but it’s not the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it’s cold as hell.

  • Antigua’s New Website Will Offer The World America’s Copyrighted Content For Free

    In true David and Goliath fashion, the small Caribbean island of Antigua won the right to suspend US copyright agreement on all forms of media. Will the Pirate Bay set sail to Antigua for totally legitimate and legal hosting? Will an Antiguatown spring up in New York City offering plenty of counterfeit goods? Will any of this make up for the billions they lost since America blocked their gambling sites? Eh, probably not.

  • Goodbye Cruel World: Sun Will End Earthly Life in 2.8 Billion Years

    Well, it was fun while it lasted, but now those buzzkill eggheads at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have gone and figured out that life on Earth will end in 2.8 billion years. It’s probably for the best, considering that the sun will engulf us as a giant red star in just 5 billion years anyway. I guess I won’t be opening that retirement account now. It just all seems so pointless.

  • Never Get Caught Taking Inappropriate Pictures Thanks To The Neurocam [Video]

    Just think of all the photo opportunities you miss out on everyday because you cannot get your phone out in time. Or maybe it’s because you don’t want to look like a creep taking pictures of that bartender who makes sure to casually mention her boyfriend every time you see her but she didn’t charge you for a beer that one time so maybe she is interested after all. Or something. Anyway, with the Neurocam a brain sensor knows when you want to take a picture and activates the camera on your iPhone. Unfortunately, everything is strapped to your head. If these catch on, I imagine seeing a lot more people wearing hoodies around the city.

  • HTC One Max Could Give The Samsung Galaxy S4 A Run For It’s Money

    HTC is going after the Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, with an updated version of their successful  device the HTC One. The latest model being dubbed “HTC One Max” features an aluminum body, stereo speakers and a huge 5.9-inch 1080p screen, which is even bigger than the Galaxy S4 (5-inches) and even the new Galaxy Note 3 (5.7-inches). The HTC One Max also beat the Galaxy to the punch with fingerprint technology. The new device features a fingerprint sensor at the back for locking or unlocking the screen and launching up to three designated apps (by assigning a different finger to each). HTC One max has 32GB of onboard storage and you can also expand the memory via microSD card slot that’s hidden behind the removable back cover. One glaring downside to the HTC One Max is the inability to remove the battery. The Galaxy S 4’s removable battery has been a huge marketing play for Samsung at various events like Austin City Limits and Comic Con where the brand has set up booths to allow Galaxy owners to swap out their dead battery for a fully charged one. This is a huge issue at big events where the network is more »

  • Samsung Gear Commercial Evokes It’s Inspiration

    Samsung is the first of the big tech powerhouses to hit the market with a real life smart-watch. Ever since the days of yonder a wearable smart-watch was something only seen on sci-fi and spy shows. Samsung’s newest spot pays homage to those wrist pieces that were the obvious inspiration for the watch. The spot features devices from The Jetsons, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Knight Rider, Predator and Star Trek followed by a 360-degree look at the Gear with a tagline that reads “it’s finally real.”

  • The Oakley Airwave 1.5 Combines GPS, Bluetooth and Speed Analytics

    The Oakley Airwave revolutionized the performance goggle game last year, with technologies like a heads up display that integrates GPS, Bluetooth, speed, jump analytics and a bevy more of tech forward gadgets and gizmos. This year, they’ve upped the ante with a more fluid interface, WiFi and better connectivity to bluetooth, basically polishing up the original Airwave in the spots Oakley noticed issues.   On top of  the tech improvements Oakley created a more comfortable form fitting goggle. The chassis is made of durable O Matter and Oakley’s O-Flow Arch technology to reduce nasal pressure, so if you’re on the slopes from day break to dusk, your face wont feel like it. The 1.5 also come with Switchlock, a hinge that allows you to change lenses quick and hassle-free to adjust your tints with the elements, which has been Oakley’s forte from the beginning.   ·         Heads-Up Display: Airwave delivers crisp, widescreen graphics. Due to the innovative prism technology, the displayed information will appear as though you’re looking at a 14-inch display from a distance of five feet, so refocusing your eye is not necessary.  The heads-up display is designed for an unobtrusive view, and semi-flush lens geometry ensures wide peripheral more »

  • Professor Says Social Media Makes Us More Socially Awkward In Real Life

    Having a presence on every social media site must mean that you’re incredibly well-adjusted socially, right? A professor at MIT would disagree. She believes communicating mostly through technology has caused us to lose conversational skills. We’ve become simpletons who prefer to carefully construct a reply to a text rather than adapt to the fluidity of a face to face conversation.

  • Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Will Work, Says High-end Aviation software

    Elon Musk, the brilliant billionaire wonder boy, has created a transportation concept called the Hyperloop that we’re sure you’ve heard of already. Naysayers came out of the woodwork to scoff at the beautiful sketches that had no “substance”. The physical prototype is still years away, but Musk might be on to something. Ansys (ANSS), a maker of very  used to design planes, trains, automobiles and all manner of other things, has fed the Hyperloop specifications into a computer and come away impressed. “I don’t immediately see any red flags,” says Sandeep Sovani, the director of land transporation strategy at Ansys. “I think it is quite viable.” The Loop will shoot pods through a tunnel via air pressure at 800 MPH, bolting the pods from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Tweaks, however, must be made in the design and bearings throughout the tube, but in an overall simulation the design and concept works. Advantage Musk.  

  • Real Life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, Channels Iron Man with 3-D Gesture Technology

    If you’re not familiar with Elon Musk yet, he’s a South African born version of Tony Stark, the fictional billionaire, genius, superhero playboy. Though he might not be the playboy socialite Tony is, it’s probably because he’s too busy, building space travel rockets or a Hyper loop train that can take you from San Fransisco to LA in 30 minutes or being the CEO of Tesla Motors. I’m not exactly sure if Musk created what you are about to see as an ironic gag (because of the constant Tony Stark comparisons) or has been working on it for years, but he basically took the hand gesture technology from the Iron Man movies and built a Leap Motion controller to manipulate 3D designs, Musk even notes the film in his dialogue. “If you can just go in there and do what you need to do — just understanding the fundamentals of the thing should work, as opposed to figure out how to make the computer make it work, then you can achieve a lot more in a lot shorter period of time.” Says Musk Musk uses three different type of gesture based design, from a simple desktop to an immersive virtual reality more »

  • Photo of the Day: LADEE Spacecraft Lifts Off Over New York City

    A night launch of NASA’s newest spacecraft to the moon – the LADEE spacecraft – on the U.S. East Coast on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:27p ET prompted many fine photos. The launch took place at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, 200 miles south of New York CIty, but despite this and tons of light pollution former NASA photographer Ben Cooper took an amazing photo from the Top of the Rock.

  • 12 Minute Athlete

    So you don’t have a gym membership, equipment and time to get a total body workout? 12 Minute Athlete is a high intensity interval training program of incredibly effective workouts that you can do in around just 12 minutes a day with minimal equipment and no gym membership.

  • Elon Musk and the Magnificent Hyperloop. Reality or Sci-Fi?

    Elon Musk is the real life Tony Stark, in fact he was the inspiration for the characters demeanor in the Iron Man films. A brilliant man, from South Africa, Musk has managed to hit home runs with some of his larger endeavors including PayPal and more recently co-founded Tesla Motors. Now, the plan is to take the technology of Tesla for a solar-powered, city-to-city elevated transit system that could take passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. There are nay sayers coming out of the woodwork, projecting how the project can and will never be built, but Musk thinks ideas already in motion, such as California’s $70 billion high-speed train, is  too expensive, slow, and impractical. The Hyperloop offers a counter offer, estimating costs could be built for $6 billion with people-only pods, or $10 billion with pods capable of holding people and cars and would be four times as fast as the competing train, at one-10th the price.

 
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