Google Nest Dropcam Purchase

Google and Nest apparently want to watch you sleep next

By on May 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Google and Nest apparently want to watch you sleep next

Google and Nest are reportedly interested in providing some sort of home surveillance equipment and support in the future, The Information has learned, as the Search giant may make another purchase to help with such plans. Google is apparently looking into buying camera startup Dropcam, although it’s not clear whether the two parties will go ahead with these moves. More →

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Kickstarter Marbel Electrical Skateboard

Meet the Tesla of electric skateboards

By on May 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Meet the Tesla of electric skateboards

Skateboarders looking for an awesome new board should check out Marbel, an electric skateboard currently raising money on Kickstarter that looks very much like an ordinary board. The company says its skateboard is the “most advanced” ever built though, featuring battery technology similar to what you would find in a Tesla Model S. More →

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Kickstarter Light Sentry Smart Home Lighting

This smart home lighting setup could help you save money on your electricity bills

By on May 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM.

This smart home lighting setup could help you save money on your electricity bills

Sonne Industries on Wednesday launched its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the Light Sentry, a smart home lighting system that could help users save money on their indoor and outdoor lighting setups. The Light Sentry system will use a Natural Light Sensor to automatically power lights to desired intensity levels, adjusting them to environmental conditions, seasonal changes and even time. More →

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Airplane Fire Video

Passenger captures video as airplane’s engine bursts into flames

By on May 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

Passenger captures video as airplane’s engine bursts into flames

Air travel is stressful enough when everything goes according to plan — now imagine being on a plane and having one of the aircraft’s engines burst into flames shortly after takeoff. That’s exactly what happened to an airliner full of passengers in Perth, Australia headed for Barrow Island earlier this week. More →

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PicoBrew Zymatic Home Brewing Machine

Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer

By on April 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer

Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers.

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Banksy Mobile Lovers

Banksy’s latest work ‘Mobile Lovers’ has been torn down – but for a good cause

By on April 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

Banksy’s latest work ‘Mobile Lovers’ has been torn down – but for a good cause

One of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s most recent works is a commentary on how distracted we all are by constant connectivity. Dubbed “Mobile Lovers,” the piece shows a man and a woman looking past each other’s shoulders at their smartphones while embracing. It’s a terrific work of art, as all of Banksy’s pieces are, but it was recently torn down by a local man, as BBC reported. More →

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Selfie Tumblr Instagram

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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