At its core, the idea behind AR is to bring additional context to the "real" world. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, the potential for AR to add context in real-life tasks including finding your way around or fixing a car becomes an actual possibility.
Although AR gained more mainstream recognition over the last few years, most AR projects are confined to designated proof-of-concepts or specific experiences wrapped around a specific app. German company Metaio wants to change that, and its goal is to bring augmented reality everywhere Read more...More about Ar, Augmented Reality, Global Innovation Series, Tech, and Gadgets
Facebook has started to roll out photo comments, a new feature that allows you to comment on posts with images rather than words.
Originally built during a Facebook employee hackathon, photo comments are starting to roll out globally on the web as well as the Facebook mobile site. Users can't yet leave photo comments within Facebook's mobile apps, but they are viewable. The feature is expected to come to those apps in a future update.
Adding a photo comment involves clicking a camera icon beside the text box where you would typically write a message and then uploading an image from your computer. Read more...More about Facebook, Tech, and Apps Software
Ladies and gentlemen, if we could please have your attention, Cher has something important she'd like to share:
She's still got it.
HMMMM…. Seems There’s MORE BUZZ,about the way I Looked,Than the way I Performed !!
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSIVE STILL GOT IT !!!!!!
— Cher (@cher) June 19, 2013
The 67-year-old pop icon last night showed viewers and attendees of The Voice that age is but a number, flaunting her first appearance on the live stage in a decade. For the NBC show's season four finale, Cher and an ensemble of back-up dancers performed "Woman's World," the first single from the star's upcoming studio album, Closer to the Truth Read more...More about Music, Nbc, Singing, The Voice, and Entertainment
When I set out to find the most profound things Sally Ride said throughout her career, I realized we missed a huge opportunity as journalists. Mush together the thousands of words and hours of video footage, and you'll get one really long, repetitive interview. That's because we often asked her the same questions: What's it like to be the only woman in a boys club? What advice can you give women? How can we get more girls to love science?
Perhaps that's because we couldn't move past Sally the icon and get to know Sally the person. We fixated on the fact that a woman was going to space — a first for America, but old news to the Soviets. However, we couldn't see past our own noses and treated her as the first woman in space — period Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Women, Gender Issues, and Astronauts
When Firaxis Games announced in March that turn-based strategy giant XCOM: Enemy Unknown was coming to iPad, it was unclear how it would pack a huge, immersive console and PC title into an app
Thankfully, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which launches at midnight Thursday, doesn't skimp on what's necessary: great gameplay. (We rated it one of the best games of 2012.) While there might have been some visual compromises to scale the game down to just 3.2 gigs, which is still a lot on a tablet, the functionality hasn't been touched.
For the uninitiated, XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a reboot of the the popular X-COM strategy franchise from the 1990s. It was a risky gamble by 2K Games, Firaxis and Creative Director Jake Solomon, who said it was his dream since joining Firaxis to reboot the franchiseEnemy Unknown challenges players to lead a team of elite operatives to wipe out aliens invading Earth, while balancing resources and keeping individual countries, which are funding missions, from leaving the alliance. Read more...More about Gaming, Ipad, Ipad Games, Entertainment, and Xcom Enemy Unknown
Facebook Page owners, rejoice: Facebook Insights, the social network's analytics dashboard for public Pages, is getting a makeover. A small, random group of beta testers will get access to the new desktop design on Wednesday, with a broader rollout to follow at an unspecified date.
The new design is simpler, cleaner and more intelligible. Stats that were previously rolled in together (i.e., "People Talking About This") have been broken down into separate charts that allow Page owners to individually measure the reach and engagement (likes, comments, clicks and shares) of individual posts. Additional charts make it easier for users to see what kinds of posts — say, those with videos, or ones targeted to certain groups — have better reach or more positive engagement than others. Owners can also now break down demographic behavior on individual posts to see, for example, if Read more...More about Facebook, Facebook Insights, Business, Advertising, and Marketing
As a recent college graduate, I speak for 90% of teens and young adults when I say, "Thank goodness, it's summertime!"
The summer should be a time of celebration. Adults, you've survived the snowstorms, blizzards and treacherous commutes to work. College students and high schoolers, your final exams have ended and now you can enjoy the 80-degree-plus weather as the beach is calling your name.
However, according to dietitian Tessa Prior-Pullins, the summer is "a time where your immune system can be most vulnerable, if you aren't careful." To combat this, we recommend staying hydrated with plenty of fluids and avoiding the hottest times of the day. Because no one wants to be held hostage inside by the bug while the skies are blue! (Trust me, I know.) Read more...More about Lists, Summer, Watercooler, and Sickness
A touching, never-before-seen video of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has revealed his inner thoughts about what his legacy might be one day.
The video is a part of a 60-minute documentary called Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur, which is based around a 20-minute interview he conducted with the Silicon Valley Historical Association in 1994. In the clip posted to YouTube and first spotted by The Loop, Jobs seems to be answering a question based on whether he believes the tech industry is similar to the Renaissance period and if it will be admired for years to come.Mobile, Apple, Steve Jobs, Tech, and Dev Design
I recently had a chance to play around with Google Glass while I wasn't wearing my contact lenses. I squinted and tried my best to see the holographic screen that appears to float in front of the high-tech eyewear, but because of my nearsightedness, it was hard to make out what I was doing
I had used Google Glass a few times before, so I just left them on and went to the office kitchen, found some snacks, stopped by a co-worker's desk to discuss site coverage and finally sat back at my desk to check emails, browse Twitter and get to work.
It wasn't until later that I realized Google Glass was recording the whole thing. I must have activated the recording function by touching the camera button a little too long, and I didn't notice the timer pop up on the screen. (Note: If you're nearsighted, never wear Glass without contact lenses.) I handed it over to another colleague with better vision to see if this was the case. He hit the playback button and the last few minutes which were seen through my eyes now unfolded before his Read more...More about Google, Mobile, Tech, Project Glass, and Google Glass
After years away from music, Miley Cyrus has emerged from a creative cocoon of sorts to release an outlandish comeback music video for "We Can't Stop" — complete with enormous teddy bears, twerking and a general "I don't give a f-, y'all" attitude
The song itself was quick to stir up controversy with a reference to cocaine ("Trynna get a line in the bathroom") and an easily misheard non-reference to the drug Molly ("Dancing with Miley" versus "Dancing with Molly")
Now that the music video is here, we're pretty sure that "the haters" will have plenty of material to pick apart (good thing Miley don't care 'bout the haters). The video is kind of an extreme mashup between a Sky Ferreira video and Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" video infused with Miley's new image (twerking including) Read more...More about Music, Miley Cyrus, Music Video, Entertainment, and Gifs
The 2013 MacBook Air — available in 11-inch or 13-inch sizes — now comes equipped with Intel's newest Haswell chipset and promises better battery life with improved graphics performance.
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We tested the base model mid-2013 13-inch MacBook Air. It comes equipped with a 1.3GHz Intel i5 processor (2.6GHz turbo), 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. This model retails for $1,099, down $100 from the base 2012 13-inch MacBook Air
Customers can further customize the machine to include up to 8GB of RAM, a 256GB or 512GB SSD and bump of the processor from Core i5 to Core i7. As with previous generations, the MacBook Air is not upgradeable after purchase, so if you want to have more RAM or a bigger SSD, you need to make that decision when you buy. Read more...More about Apple, Reviews, Macbook Air, Ultrabook, and Tech
Demonstrators have been protesting Turkey's government for weeks in cities across the country, sparked by police brutality against citizens angry over plans to destroy an Istanbul park. Hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets in cities across Turkey as the demonstrations evolved into a larger anti-government movement.
The protests have been well-documented by photojournalists and videojournalists from the ground — but now we've got an amazing bird's eye view of the demonstrations.
Vimeo user Jenk K, who identifies himself on Twitter as a "Sky Pilot," has been posting some truly incredible aerial footage of Turkey's protests from a radio-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft. Jenk said one of his aircrafts was shot down by rubber bullets from police almost a week ago, but he's still uploading new footage Read more...More about Journalism, Turkey, Us World, World, and Drones
Nathan Sawaya is living the dream of every kid — and kid at heart. The former corporate lawyer builds original, large-scale sculptures using LEGOs, and they're absolutely breathtaking
Sawaya's meticulously crafted sculptures are featured in The Art of the Brick exhibit at Discovery Times Square in New York City
“The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts. Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home," Sawaya said. His goal is to "elevate a simple plaything to a place it has never been before." Read more...More about Gallery, Pics, Art, Legos, and Watercooler
Jimmy Flebotte was in San Francisco the night he hit rock bottom, hammered on the booze that had come to run his life. Alcohol addiction had already left him homeless. It had already drowned his career as a cook
Now, as Flebotte staggered through the the city's darkened streets, a friend named Ed kept his zig-zagging path pointed toward the shelter where a temporary bed awaited. Ed helped Flebotte avoid the walls that come out of nowhere when you're blackout drunk, made sure he didn't fall into cars or pass out in some gutter
Ed eventually got Jimmy Flebotte back to the shelter, his guide and guardian angel for a night. But when Flebotte woke up, he came to a startling realization Read more...More about Soccer, Social Good, Entertainment, and Sports
People often say they know within the first minute of meeting someone whether they feel a spark or potential love connection. But with online dating, it can take days or weeks of courting and chatting before finally getting face-to-face time. And even then, there's no guarantee of feeling any chemistry.
To bypass this issue, Chris Harrison — the host of ABC's popular dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — and series creator Mike Fleiss launched a new dating app called At First Sight, which centers around video profiles. They're aiming to give users a deeper look at members, beyond just pictures. Read more...More about Dating, Apps, Reality Tv, Dating App, and Tv
Netflix continues to target new international markets, announcing Wednesday that it will be launching its on-demand streaming video service in the Netherlands later this year.
The six-year-old company promises to make an assortment of local and international TV series and films — including its own — available for an as-yet-unspecified monthly subscription fee. Like those in other markets, subscribers in the Netherlands can expect to access the service on their desktop computers as well as on their tablets, smartphones, game consoles and Internet-connected TVs.Netflix, Tv, Smartphones, Business, and Media
Verizon and PRISM and drones — oh my.
Federal Bureau of Investigations Director Robert Mueller confirmed on Wednesday his agency owns and operates a handful of drone aircrafts for domestic surveillance missions
Mueller added in his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony that the FBI's use of those drones is "very seldom," while saying it has not yet codified specific rules governing their operation.
Mueller's comments, which come in the midst of an ongoing debate over the government's digital surveillance apparatus, are the FBI's first public admission that it has a drone fleet in operation Read more...More about Prism, Fbi, Us World, Us, and Drones
The partnership will launch with the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. During that show, MTV will serve up real-time, sponsor-supported highlights of notable moments from the show via Twitter. That show is set to air Aug. 25.
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Viacom is the latest media company to join the Twitter Amplify program, which the company announced in May. Amplify lets media brands and their advertising partners promote television clips on Twitter — think a 5 or 10-second replay from a basketball game accompanied by a short commercial from Ford, or a weather forecast from The Weather Channel followed by an ad for a restaurant chain. Read more...More about Advertising, Twitter, Viacom, and Business
Jimmy Fallon is taking the phrase "shout it from the rooftops" quite literally.
In a clip that aired during Tuesday night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the NBC host climbs to the top of a New York City crest to let off some steam. Naturally, yodeling ensues.
To his surprise, Fallon hears another yodel from across the city. It's not an echo — it's a fellow crooner on a nearby perch, none other than Brad Pitt. Fallon engages in a brief yodel conversation (subtitled, for our convenience) with the World War Z star, and the two agree to try something that's "never been done before" — a double yodel. Read more...More about Tv, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Watercooler
As previously reported, HBO Go is indeed coming to Apple TV, effective Wednesday. Apple announced that WatchESPN and content from an assortment of other streaming providers are now available on the device as well.
Apple TV owners — at least, those with subscriptions to HBO and ESPN — have been able to stream content from those networks using iPhone or iPad devices (and AirPlay) for some time. The new integration simply saves them the need to pull out a secondary device.
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For Apple, the deals offer the company a slight advantage over its competitors, including Roku, which doesn't have access to ESPN, as well as Playstation 3, which doesn't have access to HBO Go. However, ESPN and HBO Go are already available on the Xbox. Read more...More about Apple, Roku, Espn, Apple Tv, and Hbo
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