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Brace Yourself: The Drones are Coming

By on June 21, 2016 at 12:54 PM.

Brace Yourself: The Drones are Coming

Once an activity that only serious hobbyists engaged in, flying drones today has become something of a mainstream activity for the dads (and major companies) of the world. One major hurdle for would-be droners, however, was outdated FAA legislation saying that to fly a drone for commercial activity of any sorts, you needed a pilot’s license and a metric ton of paperwork.

Earlier today, the FAA introduced new regulations designed to govern the appropriate use of drones that weigh less than 55 pounds. Specifically, using drones for certain types of commercial purposes will be allowed without a requisite FAA waiver, provided that certain requirements are met.

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Apple's Spaceship Campus

New video of Apple’s mammoth new spaceship campus is impressive

By on June 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM.

New video of Apple’s mammoth new spaceship campus is impressive

Set to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017, Apple’s new Spaceship campus will be a marvel to behold once construction winds down and Apple employees begin making the transition over from 1 Infinite Loop.

An ambitious project to say the least, it’s been estimated that Apple will have spent upwards of $5 billion on construction costs by the time the dust settles. Featuring a completely circular design — hence the unofficial title of Spaceship Campus — Apple’s new headquarters will feature more than 3,000 curved panels of glass on the perimeter. Additionally, the new building will include a mammoth theater capable of accommodating as many as 1,000 people. All told, the new building will house more than 13,000 employees once construction wraps up.

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Cheetah Runs

Watch: A zoo strapped a GoPro to a cheetah and the result is incredible

By on June 2, 2016 at 11:52 AM.

Watch: A zoo strapped a GoPro to a cheetah and the result is incredible

It’s no secret that the Cheetah is the fastest land animal on the planet, but it’s sometimes hard to put their tremendous speed into perspective. Consider this: you could be cruising along the highway doing 65 and it would be entirely possible to look out your window and see a cheetah actually pass you.

When it comes to actual metrics, the cheetah can run as fast as 70 mph during short bursts. On the acceleration front, the cheetah isn’t a slouch either as it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, about as quick as a tricked out Tesla Model S.

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Hot Mic Moments

The crazy things politicians and reporters have said when they thought the mic was off

By on May 13, 2016 at 11:22 AM.

The crazy things politicians and reporters have said when they thought the mic was off

In a world where most everything that comes out of the mouths of politicians, celebrities and athletes is either rehearsed or generic boilerplate, it’s always refreshing and downright entertaining when a hot mic catches someone famous joking around or talking off the cuff, completely oblivious to the fact that they’re still being recorded. In a world of prepared soundbites, it’s always preferable to learn what people really think about a given person or issue.

Just this week, for instance, we’ve seen an unusual number of hot mic stories make the news. Specifically, we heard Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera call Bernie Sanders “so annoying” and British Prime Minister David Cameron tell the Queen of England (on video!) that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” and “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”

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Earth Population

How many people can the Earth actually hold?

By on April 30, 2016 at 12:11 PM.

How many people can the Earth actually hold?

Earth may only be a tiny blip on the map relative to the entire universe, but for our purposes, it’s pretty darn big. Of course, the vast majority of earth – about 70% – is comprised of water. Taking that into account, the actual area of land on earth is estimated to be around 150 million square kilometers.

That being the case, Life Noggin recently set out to examine how many human beings the earth is capable of holding; not in a physical sense, but more in the sense of how many people can be sustained by the Earth’s finite resources. Today, the earth’s population checks in at about 7 billion, but that figure will only increase in the years ahead thanks to improvements in medicine and other health-positive factors. In fact, it’s estimated that the human population by the end of the century will be 10 billion strong.

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Angel Falls Video

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

By on April 28, 2016 at 11:02 PM.

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

We’ve seen drones capture all sorts of interesting footage over the past 12 months, including a peculiar and mildly disturbing video of a man sunbathing on top of a wind turbine, more than 200 feet up in the air.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we recently stumbled across drone footage of the Santo Angel waterfall in Venezuela, otherwise known as Angel Falls. Though Angel Falls may not be as widely known as Niagra Falls, at least in the United States, Angel Falls has the distinction of being the world’s highest waterfall on the planet. From top to bottom, water tumbles down more than 2,600 feet.

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iPhone Manufacturing

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

By on April 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM.

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

Some companies are more than happy to announce their product roadmaps months, if not years, in advance. Apple is not one of those companies. On the contrary, Apple takes elaborate and arguably excessive measures to ensure that its upcoming products remain completely hidden from the public up until the moment Tim Cook trots out on stage and officially introduces it.

Apple’s penchant for and obsession with product secrecy is well-known at this point; which is why the company’s recent decision to grant Bloomberg access to a top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled caught many off-guard.

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BGR is hiring a news editor

By on April 19, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

BGR is hiring a news editor

BGR began as a small one-man operation 10 years ago this fall, and it has since grown to become one of the world’s leading sources of news, reviews, commentary and more. Despite a small editorial staff, we’ve amassed a direct monthly unique audience in the double-digit millions and a total monthly unique audience in the triple-digit millions through syndication deals with leading media partners. Pound for pound, BGR is without question one of the largest and most influential sites in the world.

But we’re just getting started, and we’re looking for new team members to help us grow even faster. More →

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Tony Fadell Nest

Tony Fadell went to a Google meeting to assure them Nest isn’t a sinking ship

By on April 13, 2016 at 6:20 PM.

Tony Fadell went to a Google meeting to assure them Nest isn’t a sinking ship

Over the past few weeks, a number of varied reports have painted an unflattering portrait of life at Nest. In addition to a challenging and perhaps impossibly demanding and harsh working environment, we’ve also seen indications that Google has been none too pleased with the level of revenue Nest has been bringing in.

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Samsung Smart Windshield

Samsung’s Smart Windshield is a clever way to keep motorcycle riders safe

By on March 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Samsung’s Smart Windshield is a clever way to keep motorcycle riders safe

You might know Samsung as a company that releases advanced smartphones and pretty snazzy HDTVs, but the Korean-based tech conglomerate has its hand in a bit of everything. From security cameras and lightbulbs to dishwashers and touchscreen refrigerators, Samsung has an incredibly extensive, varied and impressive product line.

That said, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Samsung has an absolutely astronomical R&D budget. In 2014, for instance, the company spent $13.8 billion on R&D, a figure that far eclipsed every other company on the planet, save for Volkswagen.

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Drone Sightings

Number of dangerous drone sightings on the rise, FAA says

By on March 27, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Number of dangerous drone sightings on the rise, FAA says

Flying drones, once an activity that was solely within the purview of serious hobbyists, is now more accessible and affordable than ever. While you’ll still have to shell out some serious cash for a premium drone, you can just as well get a moderately priced and capable drone from Best Buy or even Toys”R”Us for less than $200.

With drones becoming more commonplace, the risk of an errant drone causing serious damage or prompting a serious accident in the sky has become a legitimate and growing concern. Consequently, the FAA this past December instituted a rule requiring all individuals who own drones weighing more than .55 pounds to register them with the FAA. Especially as we approach a future where the sky might very well be filled with drones, the FAA’s registration policy is intended to “build a culture of accountability and responsibility.”

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Stanford Mini Robots

Watch six mini-robots that weigh less than 100 grams pull a 3,900 pound car

By on March 14, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Watch six mini-robots that weigh less than 100 grams pull a 3,900 pound car

Looking to the insect world for inspiration, researchers at Stanford’s Biomimetic Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory over the past few months have made a number of strides in developing miniaturized robots designed to mimic strength of ants. Ants of course may not look terribly strong, but they’re capable of lifting and carrying objects that weigh more than 100 times their body weight.

Recently, Stanford researchers unveiled a new video showcasing the capabilities of a mini-robot dubbed the μTug. Weighing in at less than 20 milligrams (~17 grams to be exact), each microbot is able to carry objects that weigh more than 2000 times its own weight. And when you put a team of these microbots together, they can accomplish the seemingly impossible, such as being able to pull a car, albeit slowly.

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Jony Ive Apple Design

Jony Ive talks design, meeting Steve Jobs for the first time and more in fascinating interview

By on March 14, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

Jony Ive talks design, meeting Steve Jobs for the first time and more in fascinating interview

Charlie Rose recently released a 35 minute video clip featuring all-new footage from a fascinating sit-down interview he conducted with Apple design guru Jony Ive. While the broad theme of the interview centers what “makes Apple Apple”, the interview naturally veers off into any number of interesting directions.

From the design and business principles that comprise Apple’s DNA to Ive recounting how Steve Jobs reshaped Apple upon his return in 1997, the entire interview is provides a compelling, informative, and at times entertaining peek into a company that doesn’t often have its executives sit down for full-length interviews.

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