While the national violent crime rate may have dropped 3.8 percent (even despite two more notorious shootings), violence in larger U.S. cities like Detroit and Chicago, is still on the rise.
But now that DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has created a body foam that is specifically designed to heal the wounds, chances of survival in those instances may have improved drastically. Continue reading “New Wound-Healing ‘Foam’ Could Cut Fatalities Drastically” »
Russia has finally jumped on the iTunes bandwagon — but not without a hitch.
This week, users of the music downloading program, perhaps hoping to get their hands on the latest DJ ЦветкоFF album, found an unusual surprise. Continue reading “Russia Launches iTunes — Only to find it Plagued With Porn” »
We have seen some interesting new innovations in robotics over the years but today we have brought you one of the most convincing and fluid transformer robots in a while.
In the video below you can see the robot in action, it is a car that transforms into a bi-pedal humanoid (via TechCrunch).
This has to be some of the smoothest and best implementation of a real life Transformer we have seen in a while, maybe ever. Check out the video and gallery below.
Looks like Tokyo denizen Kogo Kurata has created what may very well be the first mecha (that can fit a person inside), at least. Continue reading “Robotechnology is Here…Fully Operational Mecha Unveiled in Japan” »
Using methane collected from a raw sewage plant in a nearby creek, it will be powered (pretty much) completely by human waste. While this may sound unusual to some, Continue reading “Microsoft’s Latest Facility To Be Powered By Human Waste” »
The Curiosity rover has been sitting on Mars soil for the past month or so, looking, quite frankly, like it hasn’t been doing much of anything. According to The Register, however, NASA has admitted to hiding something ‘really good’ on Mars. Online science journals are speculating that the guys in NASA are waiting until they’ve made sure they know exactly what it is.
Still, the fact that Curiosity principal investigator John Grotzinger told NPR that “This data is gonna be one for the history books,” gives a hint of what may be coming. Continue reading “NASA Has Apparently Found Something ‘REALLY GOOD’ on Mars” »
Along with their brand new iPod-Mini and re-vamped MacBook, Apple aficionados can count a clock as amongst Apple’s most covered recent products.
Specifically, a clock app that Apple installed on their newest iOS-powered iPads (seen here on the right) — the design of which was allegedly taken without permission from the Swiss Federal Railway Company (seen on the left). Continue reading “Apple Accused of Paying $21 Million to Steal This Swiss Clock Design” »
If there’s two things I never would have assumed would go together, it’s ‘manga’ and ‘employment.’ (Yet I’m doing this write-up here, so it goes to show ya). Robert Walters didn’t let that hold him back: he’s regarded by companies of all kinds as a leader in the industry of employment recruitment consultancies.
Walters has wasted no time in proving he’s ahead of the game, helping design a new app called the Manga Interview App, which utilizes an anime-styled approach to helping aspiring job-seekers perfect the interview process. Continue reading “Daily Anime: New Manga iPhone App Could Land You a Job” »
Microsoft updated the Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit with a number of new features today. Microsoft has decided to branch Kinect out for motion recognition in non-gaming applications (via CNET). Microsoft also announced today that Kinect for Windows is now available in China.
This new update will allow developers to tap into the device much deeper than ever before. The SDK update will allow access to data from the sensor’s accelerometer as well as the use of an infrared stream among other things.
Although much of the improvements are seemingly for non-gaming applications it is possible that game developers will be able to make use of the deeper data set. Continue reading “Daily Tech: Microsoft Launches Improved Kinect for Windows SDK” »
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” »