A partial “ring of fire” solar eclipse arced across the Australia, Indonesia and Hawaii Thursday, blotting out the sun and offering stunning views to skywatchers.
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It’s pretty, yes. But more importantly, it doesn’t force you to interact with it.
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Yahoo’s new weather app for iOS is great. Is it “innovative”? No. Well, actually it is. Its innovation is in being as non-“innovative” in its interaction design as possible. No fussy gestures, no neato animations, no infographics to “explore”. No “interactivity” at all, really. It’s more a piece of graphic design than interactive design–and my God, I wish more apps were just like it.
Hands On With The Toshiba Kirabook: Can Great Hardware Coupled With An Amazing Display Save Windows PCs?
With PC laptop shipments projected to decline by 7.3% this year, Windows 8 machines desperately need a shot multiple shots of adrenaline. The Toshiba Kirabook may be just that. The Kirabook is Toshiba’s first entrant in their newly fashioned “Kira” line of luxury ultrabooks. At first glance, you can see that the Kirabook is meticulously designed, and it radiates a Cupertino-esque level of fit and finish. We haven’t seen this kind of quality from Toshiba for a very long time (if ever). That doesn’t mean the Kirabook offers anything new in terms of design. There are still shades of the Macbook Air to be found here and there, as is the case with all top of the line Windows ultrabooks. The Kirabook has a smaller profile than the Macbook Air, but somehow manages to include a retina-quality 2560×1440 WQHD touchscreen display. Although I didn’t get an opportunity to compare it side by side with the retina Macbook Pro, or for that matter the Chromebook Pixel, but it’ll definitely be one of the best laptop displays out in the market once it’s released. The display is most certainly the Kirabook’s marquee feature and Toshiba’s primary justification for its slightly onerous pricing, which I’ll get to in just a moment. Inside the Kirabook, you’ll find an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The Kirabook is also bundled with full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, as well as a complimentary two year service and support package that Toshiba claims to be on par with Applecare. At least on a spec level, the Kirabook lives up to its “luxury” label. But that also means it’s saddled with a luxuriously high price. The non-touch Kirabook with Core i5 starts at $ 1,599. It gets a little crazy from there. The touchscreen Kirabook with Core i5 goes for $ 1,789, while the top of the line touchscreen Kirabook, with Core i7 and Windows Pro, goes for a whopping $ 1,999. That kind of pricing blows its PC and Apple counterparts out of the water. For comparison’s sake, the 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro starts at $ 1,499, albeit with a smaller 128GB SSD. The Lenovo Thinkpad x1 Carbon starts at $ 1,187, while the touchscreen equipped model starts at $ 1,319. The Asus Zenbook Prime, with a touchscreen and a nearly retina quality display, is currently retailing for $ 1,253 on Amazon. Toshiba representatives told
By analyzing a surprisingly simple set of facial tics, a depth camera can see right into your soul.
Being as chiseled as I am is tough. You have to eat right (brownies only every other day), exercise (take the stairs to the attic), and keep tabs on things like your heart rate and body temperature while playing Sim City. That’s why the Basis is one of the best “general purpose” body monitors I’ve seen. The band, which senses your blood flow, body temperature, and perspiration along with steps and motion, is a small, discreet watch-like system that works surprisingly well as a standard pedometer but offers a way to break bad habits and make new ones.
MojoKid writes “Let’s get one thing clear up front. Crysis 3′s graphics are absolutely stunning. Crytek’s latest game doesn’t raise the bar — it annihilates it. At the highest settings, Crysis blows Battlefield 3 out of the water, makes mincemeat of Max Payne, and makes the original Crysis — itself a graphics powerhouse — look more like the first Call of Duty. Crysis 3 really is that stunning, provided that you’ve got the graphics card to handle it. Like the first game, this title is capable of bringing even a high-end card to its knees. Everyone who worked in the artistic departments at Crytek, from character animations to texturing, deserves an award. The people who wrote the game’s plot, on the other hand, don’t. The game’s design and some poor pacing decisions completely undermine what should be its greatest selling point. Crysis 3 could’ve been a great game but it feels like a science experiment. How much poor gameplay will players suffer through in exchange for utterly amazing graphics?”
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Dazzling green, purple and turquoise auroras glimmer in the sky over Iceland while a man proposes to his girlfriend in a new time-lapse video.Neuroscientist Alex Rivest shot the amazing aurora time-lapse video, which featured his own proposal, over several days and nights in September 2012."On a trip to Iceland I asked my girlfriend to marry me under the aurora borealis," Rivest wrote in a video caption.
With 59 national parks spanning 52,000,000 acres of land across 27 states, the U.S. has one of the most vibrant park preservation programs in the world, overseeing 85,049 miles of perennial rivers and streams, 68,561 archeological sites and 2,461 national historic landmarks, and is home to 400 endangered animal species.
theodp writes “The press has been filled with wide-eyed articles about how Obama’s tech team pulled out the stops in their race against the Republicans. But as exciting as some of the new techniques dreamed up may be, Tom Steinberg points out it’s important to reflect on the difference between choosing to use tech skills to win a particular fight, versus trying to improve the workings of the democratic system, or helping people to self-organize and take some control of their own lives. ‘I am still filled with an excitement about the prospects for non-partisan technologies that I can’t muster for even the coolest uses of randomized control trial-driven political messaging,’ writes Steinberg. ‘The reason why all comes down to the fact that major partisan digital campaigns change the world, but they don’t do it in the way that services like eBay, TripAdvisor and Match.com do. What all these sites have in common – helping people sell stuff they own, find a hotel, or a life partner – is that they represent a positive change in the lives of millions of people that is not directly opposed by a counter-shift.’”
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Astronomers have catalogued 84 million stars at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy using an enormous cosmic photo snapped by a telescope in Chile.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has beamed home the first human voice ever sent from another planet, as well as some spectacular new images of its Martian environs.
Joking aside, this is remarkable. Apple’s market cap now stands at $ 623 billion. That’s a new all-time high for a publicly-traded stock in the U.S. The previous record was $ 618.9 billion, which Microsoft hit on December 30, 1999.
Yes, adjusted for inflation, Microsoft’s tally is far higher (about $ 850 billion), but you should also consider another inflation: that was the height of the tech bubble. The real one, not the fake one that people keep saying we’re in now.
It’s a plot worthy of a Hollywood action movie: 40 years ago, the U.S. Navy carried out a daring mission to retrieve a top-secret film capsule that had settled more than 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) underwater on the ocean floor. At the time, the expedition was the deepest undersea salvage operation ever attempted.
So-called “fire rainbows” are neither on fire nor are they rainbows, but they sure are stunning.
Did we really expect anything else? The next game from Angry Birds creator Rovio has managed to climb to the top of the mobile gaming charts after just one day. Already a global phenomenon, the 99-cent iPhone game is the best-selling iPhone app in no fewer than 35 countries. Meanwhile, the $ 2.99 high-def version is
Earlier this month we got the chance to shoot some questions at several of the stars and crew of The Amazing Spider-Man, one of these talks being with Emma Stone, who played comic legend Gwen Stacy in the film. She spoke about how she got to know the character Gwen only after having spoken about
Soldiers will soon be able to scale any vertical surface without slipping, just like Spider-Man — with help from cutting-edge technology rather than a spider bite.
A University of Colorado-Boulder team has uncovered extremophile microbes in the rocky, high-altitude Atacama desert on the Chile-Argentina border “which seem to have a different way of converting energy than their cousins elsewhere in the world.” According to the researchers, “[T]hese are very different than anything else that has been cultured. Genetically, they’re at least 5 percent different than anything else in the DNA database of 2.5 million sequences.” It’s an exciting frontier for biologists in part because of the recurring interest in the possibility that life has existed (or does exist) on Mars; the dry, volcanic Atacama is often compared to the Martian surface.
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Today we had a chance to take a look at an early screening of the upcoming blockbuster action film The Amazing Spider-Man, and what little we can tell you at the moment includes this: the visual effects here take the cake. While the refresh of the Spider-Man movie series has a story that is thrilling
This week the folks at Gameloft have revealed that they will be taking part in the run-up to the release of The Amazing Spider-Man movie premiering later this month. Gameloft will be releasing a video game for mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, Android devices of all kinds, and – believe it or not –
Given Instapaper creator Marco Arment’s less-than-enthusiastic stance on Android, it didn’t seem like an Android version of his popular story-saving app would ever see the light of day. A handful of people have tried to bring the immensely useful service to Android with varying degrees of success, but Arment and mobile developer Mobelux have surprised us all by offering up their own official solution.
Yes, that’s right. Instapaper for Android has finally been released into the Google Play Store, where it can be yours for $ 2.99. Now the question changes from “when will it be released?” to “how well does this thing actually work?”
Each June, many of the world’s leading tech companies gather in Taiwan’s capital city to showcase their latest wares. Like the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Computex Taipei features thousands of booths, keynotes from luminaries, and a slew of new gear.
The “ring of fire” solar eclipse may be history, but skywatchers have another stunning event to look forward to — June’s historic Venus transit of the sun.
It sounds like it’s not just us that spend half our sweet time with lint-free cloth in hand. Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of glass that “virtually eliminates” reflections, and is also water-repellent. By using techniques from the semiconductor industry, conical nano-textures etched into the layered surface that give the wonder-glass its fog, glare and self-cleaning properties. The hope is that the technology will find its way into our many daily screens and even windows. It’s not all about gadget vanity though; solar panels lose efficiency over time through residual surface build up, and using the new glass could go some way to eliminate that issue. If they can just remember where they put the ultra-clear test sample that is.
A spectacular new video combines NASA images of the Saturn and Jupiter systems into an eye-popping montage of moons, rings and swirling otherworldly storms.
95 million miles from the Earth, the sun erupts in spectacular solar flares — and here on Earth, we are dazzled by auroras that dance and twist across the face of the planet.
Traditional whiteboards are great for nearly everything but portability. Scribbling down physics problems? Sure. Impromptu game of tic-tac-toe? Of course. Folding up and putting it in your pocket? Not really possible with a normal whiteboard. But the Noteboard isn’t a normal whiteboard. It’s a dual-side, foldable whiteboard that might just change the world (but probably not).
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured an extraordinary photo of an unmanned European cargo ship as it docked to the orbiting outpost last week.
Nokia no doubt won over a few undecided minds last month when it ran a promotion gifting new members to the Lumia 710 owners club with a colorful cover of their choice. We assume it was successful, because it’s back. Yes, for the month of April, US-based adopters — both new and old — of the mid-level Nokia phone can claim a free chromatic cover. All you have to do is visit the source link below and punch in a few details, Nokia will then ship it out free of charge. We’re not trying to influence you, of course, but the Engadget blue one looks pretty good.
Steve Mahan, head of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, Mahan piloted a Toyota Prius around the small California town of Morgan Hill in late January, a routine trip to pick up the dry cleaning and drop by the Taco Bell drive-in for a snack. He also happens to be 95 percent blind.
If you ever thought remembering HTC’s titanic product line was like trying to recall the Greek alphabet, then it seems you’re not alone. Phil Roberson, head of the firm’s UK operations apparently thinks the display cabinet is getting a little crowded, too, telling Mobile Magazine “We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware.” No surprises that there’s been a tightening of focus after filing disappointing results just earlier this month. There’s already been the odd whisper of new directions for HTC, and this year’s phone roll-out is already under way, but with Roberson suggesting tablets aren’t high on its list of priorities this year, we’re banking on further details of 2012′s product plans at next month’s MWC.
British photographer Nick Veasey creates “X-rays” of everything from toys to gadgets to Boeing 777 jumbo jets. The process involves far more than simply pushing a button.
Either TI has the hots for Arduino in a big way, or its latest wireless charging kit isn’t quite ready for mass production. When it does arrive, however, it promises to do away with those cumbersome specialized sleeves and back covers that are currently needed for inductive charging. Instead, it’ll deliver efficient in a package that’s small enough to be installed as part of a device’s internal circuitry. In addition to the Qi-standard 5W version we glimpsed a while back, the company is also working on a 10W variant for the iPad 2 and other tablets, which could wipe the smile off LaunchPort’s face and perhaps make MicroUSB 3.0 superfluous before it even gets here.
TheNextCorner writes “NASA is getting set to launch its next Mars rover this week. The car-size Curiosity rover is the centerpiece of NASA’s $ 2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, slated to blast off Saturday (Nov. 26) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will employ 10 different science instruments to help it answer questions once it touches down on the Red Planet in August 2012.”
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FoxNews.com can exclusively reveal never-before-seen military tech from Saab, which can create an incredibly detailed and accurate 3D map of a battlefield and shows in real time the movements of troops, platoons, tanks and more rolling over hill and dales.
We’ve shown you robots completing various tasks in the past, but this new model, a small hobby humanoid, can ride a bicycle like a human being. It’s not the first of its kind (Murata’s robot and Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot come to mind), but the model that’s pictured on the left costs just US$ 2,220 in its standard configuration.
Dr. Guero [JP] from Japan modified KHR3HV, a bipedal robot made by Japanese maker KONDO that have been available in many robot stores for years. The humanoid can even stop for a moment and continue riding the bike on his own, which is pretty cool.
Among several new features, the iPhone 4S packs a much improved 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that’s been getting lots of praise. According to a recent IHS teardown, the iPhone 4S uses a 5-lens camera module, a first for smartphones. But there’s no better way to judge camera quality than with some sample stills and footage. Film [...]
So Facebook’s new Menlo Park office space is pretty snazzy, sure. But check out what Zynga’s done with its newly leased 270,000 square feet at San Francisco’s Townsend and Eighth, because sheesh… (We were there because a bunch of announcements were going down earlier today.)
The space was decorated by Zynga’s “Minister of Cool” Eric McDougal, who lead internal Zynga teams focused on integrating unique lighting, interior design and functionality. “We did a lot of things to make it feel like home,” Zynga’s Dani Dudeck told me.
The deer don’t stand a chance. These latest advancements in hunting technology will help you find your way to the perfect deep cover spot, record motion-capture snapshots, and even stay hidden in the brush. Fair? Not really — this tech just makes hunting more productive. By John Brandon.