Critics have questioned how long Apple could hold up WITHOUT the leader who crafted the company in his vision.
And now we know.
This week’s apology from Apple indicates more than a minor screw up or a chink in the armor for the near trillion dollar company, it’s representative of the huge paradigm shift that has taken place at Apple. Continue reading “Latest Apple Apology Shows Steve Jobs Vision is Officially Dead With Apple Soon To Follow” »
Virgin Galactic CEO and Space Flight Tycoon Richard Branson (not the other one whom we usually cover) really wants to get our asses to Mahs. While there’s obviously a few more pressing concerns our senators and politicians are haggling each other about, his intentions seem to have paid off — according to The Huffington Post, Branson believes that getting a population of humans Mars in his lifetime (he’s 62 now) is more than possible. “It will happen,” he says. Gotta admire that infallible confidence he at least seems to project.
Although Branson is only one of a small handful of burgeoning space tour entrepreneurs, his Virgin Galactic spaceline has acquired more publicity than all the other combined. It may also play a significant part in helping secure the future of humankind. Continue reading “Daily Rant: Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson Wants ALL OF US to Go to Mars. Is This Remotely Realistic?” »
Clearly some people just can’t stand buying online…
A surveillance video of several Los Angeles burglars breaking into an Apple Store has been released, proving some people’s fetish for the stark white electronics has almost no bounds.
The surveilance video is from a Temecula, CA Apple Store, and depicts a BMW X5, which may or may not have come with a GPS, ramming into an Apple store.
The burglars, who reportedly OWN the car, subsequently fly out to Continue reading “Apple Fanboys Ram BMW Into Apple Store, Get Stuck (Video)” »
Apple’s big iPhone 5 event in San Francisco just wrapped up and here is a break down of the major announcements.
As we expected, Apple revealed the iPhone 5 today with a larger 4-inch display, LTE capabilities, and a new A6 processor. Most of the specs for the new device, which starts at $199 (iPhone 4S is now $99 on contract), were revealed prior to the event, but below is the full run down. Unfortunately we didn’t get an Epic Infinity Blade demo on stage this time around, and instead were treated with a trailer for the upcoming Real Racing 3 title. Head below for the specifics:
DARPA, an agency of the United States Department of Defense has released a video on its Youtube channel of a robot called, ‘Cheetah’
The Cheetah, already the fastest legged robot in history, is now capable of running faster than the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt. Check out the video below.
The robot, developed and tested by DARPA at Boston Dynamics, recently clocked a land speed in at 28.3 mph. According to CBS (via IGN) DARPA says all this speed will be used “in emergency responses, humanitarian missions and other defense missions.”
Always wanted to tour a city, minus the formality of an actual tour? Minus the fanny pack-wearing, camera-toting yokels sitting next to you on the bus/shuffling around beside you on the street?
Are you also, by any chance, a fan of the classic anime Neon Genesis: Evangelion fan? Well, you’re in luck: there’s an ioS app, according to SFWeekly, officially branded as EvaNavi SF, “that incorporates aspects from the hit Evangelion 2.0 sci-fi anime property to guide users to 60 notable attractions around the city of San Francisco.” Continue reading “Daily Anime: New iOS App Creates a Virtual,’Evangelion’-style Guided Tour of City” »
There’s a brand-new rumor circulating this week that Bruce Willis is planning to sue Apple over who owns the rights to his reportedly huge music collection, after he passes away. It’s a morbid situation to ponder, but does he have a point?
As Geekosystem points out, pretty astutely, iTunes’ terms and conditions are more than just a wee bit convoluted:
This license does not allow you to use the Licensed Application on any Apple Device that you do not own or control, and except as provided in the Usage Rules, you may not distribute or make the Licensed Application available over a network where it could be used by multiple devices at the same time.
That’s what happeend to Laptop Magazine, who made three calls to Dell customer service reps, based in India. The phone ops warned them not to let their laptop battery fall below 40% but not to fret, they were now the winners of a daily drawing to purchase a 4 year warranty for $317.
The kicker…there is no “daily drawing.”
Wish you could go somewhere without really going somewhere?
Prefer not to walk when traveling?
Your dreams have been answered with the new “Double” from double robotics.
Double is the simplest Continue reading “Daily Tech: “Double” Takes You, and Your iPad, Anywhere In The World” »
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
It’s been a little over a week since space geeks enjoyed one of the most exciting and promising events since probably the WISE Explorer three years before it…
And it’s taken just as long for naysayers, skeptics, and all around cynical people to ask the proverbial question:
“Why are we paying 2.5 billion dollars for a robotic thing to send us back dirt stuff and take photos of a place that looks like Arizona…”
It’s a fair question, albeit a terribly unoriginal one that lacks Continue reading “Daily Rant: Mars Curiosity a $2.5 Billion Waste of Money? Compare It To This List And Decide Yourself” »
We’ll get straight to it, since this sounds pretty awesome right off the bat: SOEmote, a new device/webcam launched by the makers of EverQuestII, allows players to use their own facial expressions to add ‘emotion’ to their characters.
This new piece of technology debuted at E3 to some excitement, allowing for a bunch of attendees to test out the latest in motion/expression-capturing photography, which then maps it directly to the faces of their avatars.
That’s quite a bit to throw out there right off the bat, so I’ll let EQII Director of Development Dave Georgeson elaborate (or see the video below): “SOEmote gives EverQuest II players direct access to the kind of facial animation technology which has been perfected for Hollywood, and we cannot wait to see what our community will create with it. Continue reading “DAILY TECH: ‘SOEmote’ Allows Everquest II Players to Add Realistic Faces/Voices to Their Characters” »
We have to say that making The Jace Hall Show in 3D, one of the first online series we know of to do so, has been quite a ride. Sure the process has a few tricks for the producers to learn, but ultimately 3D boils down to the consumer experience.
For the consumer, 3D can be expensive, inconsistent and often require more accessories than you’d like (which is why we offer both 2D and 3D experiences)
But there’s a company trying to change all of that, creating “3-D Vision” — an instant converter that transforms any TV into a 3D-enabled device, and any content into 3-D.
At the surface it sounds too good to be true, which usually means only one thing.
If there’s someone I least expected to come out hating on Windows so adamantly, it’s Valve‘s software chief.
I dunno why — it has nothing to do with him pocketing about $13 million working for them, which in turn enabled him to start up Valve. But man, he really blasted them on the whole Windows 8.
Yet that’s exactly what Gabe Newell has already labeled the new Windows: “(It’s) a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” to be exact.
A new mobile gaming device out of China has surfaced today and is causing quite a controversy over its name and hardware design.
The DROID X360 (video below) has a hardware design that looks nearly identical to the PS Vita and with a name like that its sure to stir up some issues with a host of major players like: Microsoft, Motorola, George Lucas and Verizon.
Apparently that’s the case, as a group of researchers at both the Online Privacy Foundation and Florida Atlantic University have teamed up with a data competition website called Kaggle, using a mathematic system to make such determinations.
Via Geekosystem, some of the determining factors sound pretty random: usage of periods, curse and filler words (which, according to an online dictionary, are are empty, unneeded words that restrict conversations and are often used to fill in gaps and pauses in conversations — ‘uh’, ‘umm’, ‘well’, etc.).
Still others seem pretty obvious: amount of times the person uses the word ‘hate’ and words like ‘we’ (perhaps indicating multiple personality disorder?). Continue reading “DAILY TECH: Can Twitter Identify Psychopaths?” »
While Dr. Steve Mann ‘s wearing what looks like the newest and most revolutionary in virtual gaming technology, they’re actually designed that way just so he can see. Known as a Prosthetic Augmediated Reality Device, what’s he’s wearing assists vision as a form of what he calls ‘wearable computing.’
The device is something he himself invented, and even carries documentation for, in case some people need an explanation (which the manager at this McDonald’s did). And yet even after showing them, he was harassed and physically attacked by 3 Mickey D’s staff members. Continue reading “DAILY TECH: Man Assaulted in McDonald’s For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses” »
Between the sketchy election of late and accompanying protest riots, not to mention the ongoing possibility of inflation (and that whole revolution thing) ‘luck’ and ‘Russia’ have never exactly been synonymous with each other. Still, this guy must have figured himself a fortunate son of a bitch when he barely escaped being crushed by a dump truck (and its possibly inebriated) driver.
The man is already known in Russia as — wait for it — “The Luckiest Man in Russia.”
Courtesy of the Milford Daily News and Buzz64, the video really has to be seen in full speed to be appreciated, though it helps that there was a sort of POV angle to it all.
What you’re watching here is the driver of a bus — carrying several people — driving down Continue reading “DAILY VIRAL VIDEO: Man Barely Escapes Being Crushed by A Dump Truck (Complete with POV Camera)” »
As we reported a couple days ago, Ouya recently claimed the #1 spot for most amount of money ever collected by a Kickstarter project, with totals now running close to $4 million.
With a ton of hype surrounding the upcoming open-source Android-powered Ouya, should everyone who thought it up try to concoct a way to both meet the goal and maybe deliver a bit more? Seems like there’s a whole lot of pressure on everyone involved to make it work…. Continue reading “Could Ouya Be a Problem for Investors?” »
Bet you didn’t know that there are more active cell phones on the face of the planet than their are people — thanks to paranoid businessman and their spoiled children (and drug dealers who may or may technically be one and the same).
Of note, 55% of people have felt uncomfortable overhearing a cell phone conversation, which leaves a rather uncomfortable 45% to be comfortable overhearing sprinklings of someone else’s private life. Continue reading “63% Of People Have Answered A Phone Call While On The Toilet (And Other Facts You Didn’t Want To Know About Cell Phones)” »
A recent study done by Gazelle, an electronics trade-in site, showed that nearly 15% of iPhone users would rather give up sex altogether rather than give up their iPhone for even a weekend.
4% even admitted to using their iPhone during sex, which sounds pretty bad — until you consider some of the iPhone apps that are out there –“Male Size iPhone app‘, the ‘ijiggly’ and the chance for a ménage à Trois (abeit virtual) with the ‘Pocket Mistress’ iPhone app — you get the idea. Continue reading “Shocker: Poll Shows Many People Prefer Their iPhone to Sex” »