Category Archives: Science & Technology

Photojojo App Brings Back Disposable Experience

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If you miss the spontaneity and fun of disposable camera, the Photojojo app will bring it all back for you using your iPhone or iPad. The Photojojo Disposable Camera app takes away the urge to take a redo or edit the photo with filters on Instagram.

All you have to do is take 27 photos, similar to the actual disposable cameras we grew up with. After you run through 27, the app and company will mail you the prints directly. You get 4×6 prints that are automatically delivered within a promised 10 business days. You only have to pay for the prints once. Each virtual camera is available for $12.99.

Unfortunately, Photojojo is only available for iOS users in the United States.

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New Smart Boy Product Can Turn Your iPhone 6 Into a Game Boy

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It is not uncommon to have classic and iconic games on mobile platforms these days but soon you may be able to turn your iPhone 6 into a fully functional Gameboy thanks to a new company called Hyperkin. The invention would allow you to play those iconic games of the past with the controls they were meant to have.

The device from Hyperkin is called the Smart Boy was originally announced last week on Reddit. The post outlines how the device would look in a conceptual stage as they plan to develop it for users. However, users of the site were wary as the post came out on April 1, the Fool’s Day. Overall, however, response was positive towards the Smart Boy and it was apparent there is a market for it. (If you have ever tried to play an old-school RPG on a touchscreen mobile platform, you know it can be pretty difficult.)

Currently, the design for the Smart Boy is catered towards to iPhone 6 and resembles a case for phone that you just slide on to the bottom. Once inside, you can use the traditional directional pad as well as the A, B, select and start buttons.

The most interesting aspect of the Smart Boy is that the blueprints show that you can play traditional Game Boy games by sliding them in the back cover. The cartridges slide into the back of the device and can support both original Game Boy games as well as Game Boy Color titles. Chris Gallazi, the product developer for Hyperkin, said,

”We wanted to create a retro device that can be easily adapted into any modern gamer’s arsenal of devices.”

The company reports that the first release of the device will come in 80’s grey but more colors will come later. Additionally, the device will include its own battery to extend your playing time so you can go uninterrupted while playing your favorite titles.

Currently, Nintendo has not commented on device.

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This is CNN’s Apocalypse Video

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One day the world is going to end. Hopefully, humanity will be long gone when it happens, but in the off chance we aren’t and the world ends because of zombies, plague, or some kind of Snowpiercer situation, CNN is prepared. The network, in anticipation of such situations, has prepared a final video broadcast for the apocalypse.

We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event. We’ll play the National Anthem only one time, on the first of June [the day CNN launched], and when the end of the world comes, we’ll play ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ before we sign off.

According to a source who previously worked for the network, the last living CNN employee is required to play endearingly nicknamed Doomsday Tape for the last scraps of humanity clinging to their last breaths, limbs, organs, etc.

The former employee revealed that the Doomsday Tape is on CNN’s MIRA archive system, under the name TURNER DOOMSDAY VIDEO. No mistaking its intention with that name. The video is in standard definition, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, perfect for standard televisions of the 1980’s when it was created. The label for the tape, as you can see above this article, even states “hold for release till end of the world confirmed.” Grim stuff, CNN.

So when the end of the world does come, we will go into the dark listening and watching “Nearer My God To Thee” courtesy of the last surviving employee at a CNN studio in the world. You can watch the Doomsday Tape below:

Apple Patents an Analogue Stick Home Button

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Apple has officially filed a patent on turning their iconic home button into an analogue stick as well. Could this mean the mobile industry is making a push towards making gaming more acceptable (and more importantly easier on the platform?)

The design, as you can see above, integrates the analogue stick with the home button by popping the button out of the frame slightly. The design seems very similar to that used on the PSP and Nintendo 3DS. The small analogue stick gives you 360 degree movement allowing greater ease for gaming and probably other activities.

The patent was released by Forbes last week. However, there is no word on whether Apple is actually moving forward with this plan or if they have it on a back burner instead.

If you have ever tried to play a game on your iPhone that is any more difficult than “Tetris” or “Doodle God”         you understand how amazing it would be to have the analogue stick. RPGs would be actually fun to play rather than frustrating.

The Macintosh Neue is Cute, Slightly Retro and I Pretty Much Want It

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In the desire to make computer more sleek, this Macintosh Neue is kind of that while being adorably retro in style. I don’t know much about the computing power of this machine or what it could handle in terms of gaming, graphic design and such but I do know it would look great on my desk. And I would buy it in SO FAST.

Please become a reality quickly.

You can watch the video about the product below:

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Could We Find Aliens By Looking For Their Pollution?

0721CD6E-1627-4C96-A674-42F994286E72_w748_r1_sAccording to some of the astrophysicists at Harvard, there could be a slightly easier way to find aliens out there in the black. We could simply look for pollution similar to our own.

Al Gore is constantly reminding us (for the better!) to watch humanity’s output of chlorofluorocarbons, aka CFCs, but it could be these CFC’s that show us a planet harboring complex alien life much like our own out in the universe.

CFC’s are ozone-depleteing pollutants that both stick around for tens of thousands of years and is almost entirely man-made. Therefore if there is life out there that is anything like us they would be likely be creating pollutants like us.

In a few years, NASA is launching the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This amazing new telescope will be able to capture starlight filtering through atmospheres of exoplanets. Using this ability, scientists can compare the spectrum of light from the planets before and after it goes through the atmosphere therefor detecting the type of gases being admitted and whether there is pollution like we have on earth.

Typically, scientists search for signs of oxygen when they are looking for planets with life, but by searching for CFC’s and signs of pollution they could find something closer to intelligent life and not just planets with planets and bacteria like organisms.

However, this is all based on assuming that aliens would be as destructive on their planet as we have been on ours.

Movie Theaters Ban Google Glass

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With the future just around the corner, laws and policies are a-changing. Movie theaters are proactively banning Google Glass and other wearable devices as they prepare for more people wearing them on a daily basis.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has officially announced their  “zero-tolerance” ban last month, according to the NATO blog. The rule is actually an addendum to the long-standing policy requiring audiences to silence their phones and putting away any recording devices during showings.

Google Glass wearers will have to put away the devices or they will be asked to leave.

“The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable ‘intelligent’ devices,” the two organizations said in a joint statement. “As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown.”

Fiber Optic Glowing Thread? Yes Please

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If you have ever wanted to like the future, the time has come. Corning, the company that has also created the Gorilla Glass that protects your phone, has created a glowing, fiber-optic thread-like material that is probably way cooler than Gorilla Glass.

Fibrance glows in any color and is flexible enough to be put into almost anything including electronic cords and jacket trim so you can look like Future Jack, “30 Rock” ref, blamo.

Even better, the pseudo-thread is so thin that when it is activated and glowing , it is is completely invisible effectively allowing you to “Tronify” your outfit as soon as those pesky work hours are over. Currently, you would have to carry around the battery pack as a power source. But worth it.

A Man 3D Printed His Own Castle Because Why Not?

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If you can’t build your own castle, we are now in the age where you can just 3D print one, apparently. An architect in Minnesota recently 3D printed his own castle in a process that took place in just under 3 months.

According to the website 3DPrint.com, the architect, Andy Rudenko, wanted to see if he could improve upon or at least go beyond the currently used process of laying block after block of concrete. He said,

“When I started out, people struggled to believe this project would progress any further.”

The structure is about 7 feet tall so not as tall as an actual castle but tall enough for the average person to walk around inside of which is still pretty amazing.

We don’t know just what kind of 3D printer he used but what we do know is that it was capable of extruding layer upon layer of smooth concrete.

Two Brains Have Been Successfully Linked Because Science

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Is a device capable of mind reading one step closer to a reality? Researcher recently were able to successfully send messages from one human brain to another without the use of an invasive device or surgery. Basically linking the two brains together.

International researcher Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone explained,

“We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person, and do so across great physical distances by leveraging existing communication pathways.

One such pathway is, of course, the internet, so our question became, ‘Could we develop an experiment that would bypass the talking or typing part of internet and establish direct brain-to-brain communication between subjects located far away from each other in India and France ?'”

The experiment was completed using two internet-connected devices and a set up that is similar to previous bran-computer interface studies. The devices were able to relay messages to the test subjects over 5,000 miles apart.

This breakthrough study is opening doors to a brand new way of communication according to the researchers.

“We anticipate that computers in the not-so-distant future will interact directly with the human brain in a fluent manner, supporting both computer- and brain-to-brain communication routinely,” they said. “We anticipate that computers in the not-so-distant future will interact directly with the human brain in a fluent manner, supporting both computer- and brain-to-brain communication routinely.”