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Who are we to judge disaster selfies?

By on April 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

Who are we to judge disaster selfies?

When camera phones begun proliferating back in 2002, many predictions were made about how they might shape future. But nobody really saw funeral selfies or post-crash ER photos becoming a trend. The thing about the selfie phenomenon is that it took so many years to develop and shape people’s behavior that old people are now caught off guard. An entire new generation of people has grown up and gotten used to having a camera with them at all times. This generation is now inevitably behaving in ways that trigger outrage and even moral panic in the over-30 crowd. More →

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Lego Design Competition Deadline

You have 1 month to finish your LEGO design proposal before the May deadline

By on April 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

You have 1 month to finish your LEGO design proposal before the May deadline

LEGO has just announced six product proposals that passed its Winter 2014 Product Review. They include Legend of Zelda and UCS  DeLorean Time Machine designs. Three times a year, LEGO reviews crowd-sourced design proposals and the best become official, commercially available sets. In order to get reviewed by LEGO, a project requires 10,000 supporters. Many of the spring proposals are incredibly detailed and thoughtful — including a Goonies 30 Year Anniversary Pirate Ship, Realistic Trees (which are more awesome than you might think) and a seemingly functional Labyrinth Marble Maze. More →

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Houston Apartment Fire

Watch a man narrowly escape death in heart-pounding rescue video from Houston apartment fire

By on March 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Watch a man narrowly escape death in heart-pounding rescue video from Houston apartment fire

A massive new apartment complex still under construction in Houston, Texas caught fire on Tuesday. Footage all over every news channel showed the huge complex engulfed in flames, and we all looked on, thankful that the site was still under construction and not yet occupied by residents. There were still plenty of construction workers on the job when the raging inferno broke out, however, and one man narrowly escaped death in what may be one of the most intense rescue videos we have ever seen.

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World Trade Center Skydiving Video

Video: Here’s some amazing footage of a man B.A.S.E. jumping off One World Trade Center

By on March 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Video: Here’s some amazing footage of a man B.A.S.E. jumping off One World Trade Center

This year has brought us some amazing footage from cameras plummeting from terrifying heights, including a plane crashing into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii and and a camera being tossed out of a plane and somehow remaining intact after crashing into a muddy pig pen. And now we can add a new video uploaded onto YouTube this week that gives us a first-person look at what it’s like to dive off one of the tallest buildings in the world. The footage was shot by a man wearing a camera on his head and shows him B.A.S.E. jumping off the top of One World Trade Center in New York, more than 1,350 feet off the ground. Unsurprisingly, the authorities in New York haven’t taken too kindly to this unauthorized daredevilry and Newsday reports that four men have been arrested in connection with the stunt. The full video follows below.

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Samsung Commercial

Video: This heartwarming ad shows there’s more to Samsung than just Apple-bashing

By on March 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

Video: This heartwarming ad shows there’s more to Samsung than just Apple-bashing

Samsung’s latest big ad run on TV in the United States is yet another example in a long line of commercials that bash Apple, its devices and its users in an effort to position Samsung’s products as the next big thing. This line of ads has worked well — of that, there is no question. Samsung used people’s desire for an iPhone alternative to find tremendous success while keeping its impossible promise, and of course Apple is fair game. In fact, Apple did the same thing when it took on Microsoft in its famous “I’m a Mac” ads.

But truth be told, these Apple-bashing ads are getting a little boring. More →

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Worst Fanboys Of All Time

The 5 worst kinds of tech fanboys

By on March 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

The 5 worst kinds of tech fanboys

To steal from an old Chris Rock joke: “I love tech fans but I hate fanboys.” What I mean is that I think it’s great if you have a favorite brand or company that you’re enthusiastic about. However, it’s not-so-great if your love of that brand turns into an insane religious devotion that leads you to lash out angrily at even the slightest criticism of it. The absolute worst tech fanboys remind me a lot of the ridiculous Beliebers who posted hilarious messages defending Justin Bieber even after he was arrested for drag racing while intoxicated… except the difference is most of those people at least have the excuse of being 12-year-old girls and aren’t supposedly grown-up men. More →

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YotaPhone 2 Specs, Release Date

New dual-screen Android phone set to make a splash at MWC 2014

By on February 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

New dual-screen Android phone set to make a splash at MWC 2014

Following the original YotaPhone, which started selling in December 2013, a new-generation device may be unveiled at MWC 2014Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru reports that the new smartphone is expected to be better than its predecessor in every way. The YotaPhone 2 may be announced as soon as February 24th, although there aren’t many details about the smartphone yet. More →

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Kegbot Android Beer Keg Kickstarter Project

Video: Beer drinking has just gotten cooler… and geekier

By on February 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

Video: Beer drinking has just gotten cooler… and geekier

Beer aficionados who also share a passion for Android mobile devices may be interested in backing a Kickstarter project that aims to leverage the power of mobile devices to improve home cool beer drinking experiences. The Kegbot is a tablet-powered beer Kegerator that will keep track of how much beer is left in your keg to help you make sure that you’re never in danger of running out during a party. More →

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Eric Schmidt Hollywood Mansion

This is Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s new $22 million Hollywood mansion

By on February 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

This is Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s new $22 million Hollywood mansion

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has a whoooole lot of money. And when people with a whooooole lot of money get bored, they buy new houses. The latest addition to Schmidt’s growing collection is the $22 million beauty pictured above, and Forbes dug through the MLS website to pull out the few available photos of the Hollywood home. Schmidt’s new 1.3-acre property is conveniently located mere steps away from Hugh Hefner’s famed Playboy Mansion, and the Google chairman can also now count Interscope Records founder Jimmy Iovine and Petra Ecclestone, current owner of the Aaron Spelling Manor, as neighbors. Schmidt is currently No. 49 on the Forbes 400 with a net worth of approximately $8.3 billion. Photos of his new mansion follow below. More →

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How Many Selfies Were Taken In 2013?

Number of photos taken in 2014 will approach 1 trillion thanks to selfie explosion

By on December 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Number of photos taken in 2014 will approach 1 trillion thanks to selfie explosion

2013 was the year of the selfie, according to the Oxford English Dictionary — but self-snaps aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Everybody is taking selfies, from President Obama to astronaut Aki Hoshide. With the proliferation of smartphones with front-facing cameras, selfies have become mainstream. And with apps like Snapchat and Instagram that encourage people to take photos of themselves, the selfie will likely grow in popularity in 2014. More →

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Smartphones Public Use

Are smartphones making us awful people?

By on November 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

Are smartphones making us awful people?

If you don’t think smartphones have changed the world, you haven’t been paying attention… probably because you were too busy flipping between apps on your smartphone. People are more “connected” now than they have ever been before thanks to smartphones and the mobile Internet, but is all that connectivity causing us to lose our connection with the people around us? The Wall Street Journal contributor Christine Rosen explored that question in a recent essay, wondering aloud if smartphones are turning us into bad Samaritans. More →

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