Drones and virtual reality headsets are a delicious combination
The best part of our demo session with the Bebop, however, was testing out an integration with headset technology that puts you inside the drone with a first-person perspective. We tried it out with a pair of ZEISS Cinemizer OLED glasses, and the experience was terrific. Even within the very limited confines of our indoor space, you could still get a rush from flying through a drone's-eye view. I imagine it would be far more exciting when zipping over cliffs and under bridges outside. It would also be best with head tracking, which is possible using the fisheye lens. Parrot has created an integration with the Oculus Rift that includes this capability, and we're looking forward to trying it out for ourselves very soon. The video below is already incredible and intense. Now imagine it from an immersive first-person perspective.
Wireless Data Could Travel Twice as Fast Using a New Circuit | MIT Technology Review
The new circuit, known as a circulator, can isolate signals coming into a device from those it is sending out, acting as a kind of selective filter in between a device’s antenna and its radio circuitry. Circulators are already a crucial part of radar systems, but until now they have always been built using strong magnets made from rare earth metals, making them bulky and unsuited to the circuit boards inside devices such as laptops and smartphones.
Amazon Adds 10,500 Post Office Parcel Pick-up Points in the UK
It’s probably no surprise that this move comes just ahead of Christmas, but Amazon has today announced an extension of its local ‘PickUp’ locations to thousands of Post Office branches dotted around the UK.
Alien: Isolation is the Bravest Game of 2014 - IGN
"For me Alien: Isolation is about the whole of the player’s journey from the explosive Alien and other enemy encounters to the quieter moments when the player is alone," says Hope. "We had to let the player have this range of experiences to provide contrast in pace and tone - the tension wouldn’t be effective if it was always set to 11. We also wanted the player to really feel inside the world of Sevastopol – trapped inside this incredibly beautiful, unique lo-fi sci-fi Seventies view of a used future: a truly immersive but dangerous ‘pressure cooker’ with no easy means of escape. For the atmosphere and environment to really get inside the player's head - to exist as much inside the player’s imagination as on the screen.
Meet The Thanksgiving Sandwich
There could be logical (if heartbreaking) reasons for the rise and then fall of the Thanksgiving Sandwich. It is labor intensive. While the ingredients can vary—extreme versions can include mashed potatoes, only heathens don’t include gravy—the staples are a lot of work. For your sandwich creation to be legitimately leftover, one must roast a turkey (vegetarian editions exist, but I will not legitimize them), bake cornbread and let it stale and before cooking into stuffing, and finally, choose a cranberry element (sauce, chutney, compote). And after all that work, it’s a heavy, nap-inducing, bread-on-bread sandwich, meaning that even connoisseurs are unlikely to order frequently.
Underwater robot reveals the mysteries of Antarctic ice - CNET
When it comes to inhospitable environments, the Antarctic is about as harsh as it gets. For that reason, it has been extremely difficult to survey. Thanks to an underwater robot, though, the British Antarctic Survey has for the first time obtained detailed, high-res 3D maps of the sea ice, including regions that had been previously too difficult to access.
Your New Steve Jobs Is... Michael Fassbender
Yes, I think Michael Fassbender is the right guy. This film is apparently going to be filled with heavy dialogue, and that's Michael's strength as an actor - the dialogue, the animation, the emotion. www.fassinatingfassbender.com
Did social media make the situation in Ferguson better or worse?
The main issue with social media reporting is that it is not held to an expectation insisting it be factual and fair. Social media is just that, social, it gives everyone a voice; and in turn an opinion. Anyone with a blog can add their spin to a story and call it news. Unfortunately, about 46% of Americans retrieve news information from online sources at least three times per week. Of that 46% of online readers 27.8% depend on social media for current information. It is an astonishing fact that 49.1% of news spread by social media is factually inaccurate or completely untrue. These statistics on the falsities of social media reporting are quite evident in the information shared within your article. Much of what social media spread about Ferguson was inflammatory and untrue. The issue with social media reporting is that it has the power to incite riots and ignite fear and hate based on “facts” that are not at all factual.
The Tool That Helps You Search Every Page You've Ever Visited | WIRED
Built for desktop and laptop machines, the app is called Fetching.io . It caches every single webpage you visit, creating your own personal search engine where you can search solely what you’ve seen in the past. Brown came up with the idea after trying—and failing—to find something else that did this. “I got sick and tired of losing websites I’d seen before—or spending a frustratingly long time re-finding them,” he says.
How Technology Is Changing Media
Every BuzzFeed post and video is designed for sharing, which explains why BuzzFeed’s traffic is at the forefront of the shift to social.
Facebook’s New Approach to Networking
Facebook, faced with skyrocketing traffic among machines in its data centers, has come up with a new approach to networking called data center fabric that is has installed in its new data center in Altoona, Iowa.
Update - First Look Media
Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him. After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.
The amount paid for the iPhone will be based on the condition and model of the device traded in; BlackBerry says it is willing to buy the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 6. The prepaid card will be sent by mail following the receipt of a qualifying iPhone as well as proof of purchase of a BlackBerry Passport, which must be bought from ShopBlackBerry.com or Amazon.com.
Sony to give customers refunds following misleading PS Vita ads
Sony has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after being charged with making misleading claims about the capabilities of the PS Vita. Those claims — which Sony described as "game changing" features in ads around the time of the Vita's launch — pertain primarily to how the handheld would be able to interact with the PlayStation 3.
BBC uses “collateral freedom” system to bypass Chinese censorship
Authorities in China have been blocking Chinese-language BBC content since last month, after the British state broadcaster carried footage of Hong Kong police beating a protestor. However, on Monday the anti-censorship campaign group Greatfire.org said it was working with the BBC to make its content available to Chinese web users again.
7 apps for hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and for many of us, that means entertaining family and cooking up a storm. This can be a recipe for stress, which is the last thing you need leading up to a long holiday weekend. Luckily, a little planning can make Turkey Day much more manageable—all you need is your iPhone or iPad and a few strategically downloaded apps. From party planning and invites to recipes and wine pairings, we’ve got you covered.
Apple Partners with (RED) to Fight AIDS with Special App and Retail Promos
To show its support for the fight against the disease on World AIDS Day, Apple is teaming up with non-profit organization (RED) to raise funds for programs in Africa, with special promotions running for the next two weeks on apps and products.
Salem - Season 2 Teaser - IGN Video
Mary (Janet Montgomery) declares war in this first glimpse at Salem's second season.
This iOS Keyboard Finally Lets You Draw Your Own Texts
For .99 cents, DrawType gives you access to a very simple color and pen palette right in your messages. You access it just like you would your Emoji or any other keyboard, except instead of a grid of options, you get a blank canvas. Once you've drawn a response, it copies the image to your clipboard and lets you paste it into the response box. It's stupid-simple functionality—after all, you could doodle and copy/paste with any other drawing app—but the integration with Messages is priceless.
Have room to spare and save with The 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable [Deals] | Cult of Mac
With the holidays coming up quickly, The 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable would make a perfect gift for the iOS fan in your life. Plus, this cable is available to international customers as well as US residents, so everyone can get in on the action and, at 50% off, you’d be crazy not to.
Sony to cut TV, smartphone lineup; sees growth in PlayStation, image sensors
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years.
The Best Travel Gear Of 2014
Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small—they’ll ease your neck cramps from sitting in too-small airplane seats; they’ll help you locate that Chapstick in the dark caverns of your bag; they’ll help you track down missing luggage. They're perfect gifts for the season of going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer to debut Friday in theaters
The theatrical premiere is an interesting choice for Disney and Lucasfilm, but it'll get Star Wars straight onto the big screen and during one of the biggest moviegoing days of the year. Regal Cinemas says these showings will constitute the trailer's "world premiere," so it really does seem as though you'll need to head out to a movie theater if you want to catch it first. One would imagine that the trailer will be published online eventually, but Disney seems to be interested in kicking things off with a more cinematic experience. (Plus, there's likely a profit motive involved for both it and supporting theaters during this initial weekend.)
Fox loses his head in Super Smash Bros. glitch video
Something strange is going on in the world of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U ...in this one bugged copy of the game, anyway. Player Terrence Boykin has taken to Miiverse to post screenshots of misshapen Marios , Yoshis , and Zero Suit Samuses , but the newly-released video above is the real kicker. What's with King Dedede's face? And where did Fox's head go? What's happening here, and why? WHY!?
[Video: Nintendo / Terrence Boykin]
Fuel cells in the data center
But mission critical infrastructure like data centers could prove to be a promising market for fuel cells due to a confluence of factors and market timing. As data center operators hone in on power options that increase reliability and provide power cost predictability over decades-long time scales, fuel cells have advantages that will allow them to compete. To be sure, the current market remains small for fuel cells in the data center. But the technology’s advantages, combined with price declines in fuel cells and slowly rising retail utility prices for power, make the next few years a potential point of inflection for fuel cells.
Let’s Pivot Again — Handmake Me Is An Ethical Marketplace For Handmade Gifts
Next up, Hobzy took the e-commerce tech it had built and created a “reverse marketplace for handmade gifts” called Handmake Me — letting anybody who wanted to buy an authentic handmade gift to request what they wanted and how much they would pay, after which the site’s community of craft-makers would then bid for the job.
MIT Researchers Create Water-Based Robotic Fabrication Method for Natural Biodegradable 3D Printing
The Water-Based Robotic Fabrication process relies on biodegradable hydrogel composites which are mixed together prior to extrusion and are capable of constructing large-scale 3D objects. The natural composite materials are able to be manually mixed prior to their entrance into the volume-driven extruder, or mixed as needed within the machine via the nozzle. An example of a mixture would be chitosan and sodium alginate at various concentrates. Since the control of the extrusion process is in the hands of the researchers, they were able to create a variety of composites without relying on the special formulations which are required with other traditional 3D printing technologies such as SLS, SLA, or FDM. Various natural polysaccharides are extruded into a single nozzle, mixing the materials as they are placed onto the build platform.
Oxygen Accelerator Teams Up With Fiedler Capital To Bring CEE Startups To U.K.
It comes down to opportunity cost. It is cheaper for startups to stay in Eastern Europe, but they don’t have access to the same resources – the same market, mentor network, tech startup ecosystem or investor base. They can go to London, but at a pre-seed or seed stage the expenses might not be worth the relocation. Birmingham offers a perfect middle ground for Eastern European startups. It places them in a location with a thriving tech ecosystem and vast amount of resources at their disposal (including London that is close and cheap to get to) while still allowing them and their investors to be able to physically keep the startup in the U.K. and invest in a U.K. Ltd. company.
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Apple's Market Cap Hits $700 Billion
Apple's stock has been on a steady rise all year, and it's only been fueled by the wildly successful iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch.
Carriers Issue Billions in Debt As Spectrum Auction Bids Top $36 Billion
As bids in an unexpectedly hot auction for U.S. wireless spectrum topped $36 billion Monday, carriers went about issuing billions of dollars in debt for when the time comes to pay for it.
Cognitive computing leads to the next level of big data queries
In some cases, an element of data might have 10,000 different attributes that could be triggered by associations that will begin to build connections between these attributes and data elements in certain usage contexts. In this sense, the process is much like how the human brain processes associational aspects of information and then cross connects them into learning matrices that enable the brain to respond to certain situational contexts.
Mobile-Focused Ad Platform PocketMath Raises $10 Million From Rakuten Ventures
Unlike other ad platforms, PocketMath doesn’t have a minimum spend or commit and it is self-service. That, Grooms said, means it used by all sorts of customers — right from individual, to large corporates and even ad networks themselves. Grooms said that generally 20 percent of its 1,000 paying customers account for 80 percent of the revenue, but the company is focused on raising visibility of its name and reputation worldwide having done no formal marketing up until this point.
REPORT: Body Of Black Man Found With Gunshot Wounds In Ferguson
The man's body was found in a white Pontiac that was parked in a driveway, KTVI reported. The driver’s side window of the car had reportedly been shot out. The station also reported that the car appeared to have Illinois license plates.
New 'Super Smash Bros.' is the fastest selling Wii U game ever
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Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now
Those improvements happened outside of the context of virtual reality, but Oculus has packaged them in a way that has legitimized the field in the eyes of many investors and early adopters. There’s a new ecosystem emerging around building the interfaces and accessories that will make virtual reality truly mainstream, and it’s not just happening within Oculus HQ — or, as in previous decades, the confines of university research labs.
BuzzFeed says social rules and it is bigger than most TV networks
One of the core principles behind BuzzFeed is that social sharing is more important than search, so it’s no surprise that the main driver of traffic (which is estimated to be about 150 million unique visitors per month) is social — in fact, the company says that its social traffic is five times larger than its search traffic.
Post Rakuten Acquisition, Slice Buys Unroll․Me To Add Email List Control To Its Shopping App
It marks the third U.S.-based acquisition for Rakuten this year, after buying Slice in August and Ebates a month later for $1 billion. Put together, you can see that Rakuten is amassing an interesting group of e-commerce companies that are focused less on the direct purchasing and selling of goods, but services that improve the shopping experience both on Rakuten’s own properties and elsewhere. This gives the company potentially a strong grip on customer data, which could prove to be valuable in its own right in a market where this has become an increasing focus.
What not to buy this Black Friday
You will see some very affordable 32-inch 720p HDTVs this week. Change the channel to a 42-inch 1080p unit. I know, you can’t fit it. But if you have a chance, take a tape measure to your local consumer electronics store. You’ll find that a 42-inch display isn’t as big as you thought. Because of its 16:9 aspect ratio, a 42-inch HDTV is usually 42 x 25 x 2 inches thick (or less) — and it can be easily attached to a wall, which means you don’t need space for a TV cabinet.
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Hackers shut down Sony Pictures' computers and are blackmailing the studio
Today, employees across the Sony Pictures offices were greeted with a strange picture as they tried to login to their computers. Since this afternoon , computers at the company have been completely unresponsive, showing a glowering CGI skeleton, a series of URL addresses, and a threatening message from a hacker group that identifies itself as #GOP. Dozens of Sony Twitter accounts were also commandeered to tweet out similar messages, although Sony seems to have regained control of those accounts. Early reports from Sony employees suggest the studio has yet to regain computer access.
The Most Glorious Moustaches in Video Games - IGN
And there you have it! A comprehensive list of all of the most memorable and most iconic mustachioed men in video games. We've plumbed the depths of video game history, and we're confident we didn't leave anyone off. There were a few more moustache ideas coming down the pipe, but we've officially hit a brick wall.
Sweet Peach won't make vaginas smell like fruit or taste of Diet Coke
The supplement will actually be personalised according to individuals. A sample of the “vaginal biocrome” (the makeup and ecology of microorganisms in the vagina) will be sent for analysis. Sweet Peach will then supply a course of supplements designed to balance the pH levels of the vagina, allowing “good” microbes to thrive, therefore reducing the risk of yeast infections and UTIs with the aim of optimal vaginal health.
Amazon to deliver via post offices
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The Sun Says It Now Has 225k Subscribers Paying To Access Its Digital Content
That figure may seem low considering many major news sites are now attracting tens of millions of online users each month (even those with some sort of paywall, like the Wall Street Journal), and, indeed, it is down on the 30 million unique visitors The Sun's website was reporting in August 2013, before the publisher News UK took the decision to erect its paywall later that month. However, it is up on the 117,000 subscribers
Game Your Face Off Like It's 1985 With This High Quality, Reprogrammable Bluetooth Game Pad
“When you consider the relatively low cost of the NES30 pad and take into account its superb construction and excellent physical interface, it’s easy to recommend this controller to seasoned emulation experts or people looking for an alternative way of controlling their smartphone titles.” – NintendoLife.com
Roomer Lands $5M In Series A To Be The Airbnb For Unwanted Hotel Rooms
Roomer is doing for hotel rooms what Airbnb did for your very own home. According to the startup, which has just raised $5 million in Series A led by Disruptive, there are 81 million hotel room cancellations in the United States every year. Roomer tries to solve that problem by letting users sell their unwanted hotel room, which would otherwise cost a cancellation fee, at a discounted price.