Those with a penchant for puzzles will be pleased to know that there's a big crowdfunding campaign in the works. Quite literally, big
Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman, a friend of inventor Erno Rubik, has launched an Indiegogo project aimed at recreating the world's largest working Rubik's Cube, dubbed the "Groovik's Cube." Originally conceived of as a low-cost model for the 2009 Burning Man desert arts festival, Hoffman and some friends built an astounding 40-foot iteration.
Groovik's Cube was lit from within by LEDs, and could be seen from two miles away; it required three players to operate, with one person controlling each axis. (Yes, revelers solved it — in two hours.) Read more...More about Indiegogo, Art, Crowdfunding, Rubiks Cube, and Tech
Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei billed its new Ascend P6 model as the "world's slimmest smartphone," during an unveiling event in London on Tuesday.
The Huawei Ascend P6 is 6.18 mm in depth, which is thinner than competitors like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 (7.6 mm and 7.9 mm, respectively). This new model is now the flagship smartphone in Huawei's Ascend P series. Earlier this year, Huawei launched its Ascend P2 phone, which at the time the company called the "world's fastest smartphone."
The new Ascend P6 features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, according to Huawei. The phone also boasts "Magic Touch" technology that lets users use the touchscreen even with gloves on. Read more...More about Smartphone, Smartphones, Tech, Mobile, and Huawei
AT&T announced it will set up 25 solar-powered charging stations for mobile devices throughout New York City
For this project, dubbed Street Charge, AT&T partnered with solar power company Goal Zero and Brooklyn-based Pensa Design, which pioneered the concept a couple months back.
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The chargers will begin popping up on Tuesday at Fort Green Park in Brooklyn. A total of 25 will be installed in Union Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park and Hudson River Park
"Nearly half of all Americans own a smartphone, and the amount of time we spend on handheld devices has increased dramatically," said Joe Atkin, president and CEO of Goal Zero. "All too often, we hear the dreaded low-battery beep and it happens at the most inconvenient times. Street Charge will fix that." Read more...More about New York City, Solar Power, Tech, Mobile, and Solar Chargers
Microsoft is rolling out a series of social features to make creating on the web even easier, from a new meme generator tool to creating animated photographs you can share on social networks.
The updates are coming to the company's Socl online community, which was first designed as an experiment aimed at students. Developed by Microsoft Research FUSE Labs and launched in 2011, the community has since attracted more than 400,000 registered users across all demographics, especially those with a creative spirit. In that vein, the new features will allow users to create more digital content that is shareable with other social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Read more...More about Microsoft, Windows, Memes, Windows 8, and Tech
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.
Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Digg officially announced on its blog that Digg reader is coming your way, in what the company hopes will be a Google Reader replacement. Next up: The hotly anticipated Adobe Creative Cloud has arrived. And we've summarized everything you need to know so far about the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity — the “biggest celebration of creativity in communications" — which is trending on Twitter. Read more...More about Digg, Twitter, Adobe, Features, and First To Know Series
Vine is quickly becoming the go-to place for, well, everything. Users of Twitter's video-sharing service have uploaded six-second clips to scare you, impress you, and now, to help you become the next Iron Chef
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We've assembled our 15 favorite cooking Vine videos here. Check out the list and let us know which are your favorites.
Do you think six seconds is enough to learn a thing or two? Did you create your own cooking Vine? Share in the comments below.1. Omelettes 2. Spaghetti and Meatballs 3. Veggie Pizza 4. Tarragon Chicken with Spring Greens Video, Social Media, Features, Cooking, and Vine
Samsung's 8-inch tablet will arrive on June 21 for $399 on a two-year contract, but customers who also buy a smartphone will be able to get it for $199
The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 1280x800-pixel screen, a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel back camera (plus a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video calls), 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards.
The tablet runs Android 4.1.2, and also features Wi-Fi, assisted GPS and a 4,600mAh battery Read more...More about Samsung, Tech, Gadgets, Mobile, and Galaxy Note 8.0
CANNES, FRANCE — Bucking an industry trend, the price tag on Facebook's mobile ads are higher than those for its desktop ads, according to Carolyn Everson, Facebook's VP of global marketing solutions.
Everson says CMPs — the prices for ads to reach 1,000 customers — are higher on mobile than on desktop, though she declined to specify the difference. The higher costs for mobile may reflect the fact that right-hand column direct-response Marketplace ads that appear on Facebook desktop don't run on mobile. CPMs on mobile overall are $0.75 compared with $3.50 for desktop, according to a presentation from Wall Street analyst Mary Meeker in 2012. Read more...More about Mobile, Facebook, Advertising, and Business
Samsung claims it will soon launch the world's first smartphone with a network connection boasting ultra-fast LTE-Advanced speeds, and it's going to be a variant of the company's current flagship, the Galaxy S4, a new report says.
J.K. Shin, Samsung's head of mobile business, said Samsung would be the first manufacturer to launch a smartphone with "advanced 4G," Reuters reported. Shin did not specify a date, although he said it could be on sale as early as this month.
Samsung is hosting an event in London on June 20 to unveil new Galaxy devices.
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Even if Samsung launches an LTE-Advanced phone, very few customers will be able to actually use it. Almost no carriers have deployed LTE-Advanced — a wireless standard that promises speeds up to 20 times that of LTE — apart from one in Russia. Read more...More about Samsung, Lte, Tech, Mobile, and Samsung Galaxy S4
Rock star. Party ambassador. Motivational speaker. TV host. Nightclub owner. The well-rounded resume of musician Andrew W.K. might need to make room for one more accomplishment: elite marathon drummer.
MTV, VH1 and CMT have revealed what should be an epic treat for Wednesday’s O Music Awards: Andrew W.K. will attempt to set a world record by drumming for 24 consecutive hours in a retail store.
The feat of endurance will take place in Oakley’s flagship Times Square location during the OMAs, which honor the innovators, celebrities and fans at the intersection of music, culture and technology. As part of Live Music Day, Andrew W.K.'s antics will be streamed from the store. The event will feature a swath of guest performers, including Questlove, who is scheduled to kick off the event at 7 p.m. ET. Read more...More about Music, O Music Awards, Entertainment, Tv, and Twitter
Using high-tech dashboards, drivers can reference navigation systems and voice control in the comfort of a quiet car, but motorcyclists still don't have an effective, high-tech solution. Referencing maps requires a roadside stop, and GPS systems can be distracting.
The motorycle helmet, which is currently listed on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, comes with technology and features so powerful only fighter pilots currently have access. The project already has the financial backing and support from the Moscow Department of Science and several other Russian organizations, but LiveMap is looking for additional funding to get it up and running. Read more...More about Mobile, Gadgets, Tech, Apps Software, and Heads Up Display
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.
Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. On Monday, Apple joined the likes of Facebook and Microsoft by revealing details about the number of data requests it received from the U.S. governmentGoogle announced its new system for eradicating child pornography from the Internet. Finally, Samsung users got a special surprise during Sunday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Check out the video above for more on these stories.Google, Apple, Samsung, Features, and First To Know Series
Motivation plays an essential role in exercising. Without it, working out just becomes...working.
If you don't have a partner to push you through your lifting routines — "One more set, bro, you got this!" — consider these eight social networks instead. They're designed to keep track of your workouts, count your calories and, above all, push you to go above and beyond your wellness goals. Happiness guaranteed.
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Are there any good ones that we forgot to include? Tell us which websites help you stay in shape Read more...More about Social Networks, Lists, Photos, Features, and Mobile Apps
E3 made headlines this year for its console gaming news, but a number of mobile apps created a stir after launching at the gaming conference, as well
King brought Facebook-favorite Pet Rescue Saga to iOS and Android, Marvel's Avengers Alliance also made its way to the iPhone, and Zynga launched Solstice Arena, a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game to which users are bound to get addicted.
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What's more, Dreamworks launched Turbo, a new racing game starring a snail from the upcoming film of the same name, while PopCap updated Simpsons Tapped Out with more characters and buildings, as well as a new waterfront to put them all in Read more...More about Iphone, Android, App, King, and Simpsons
Rapper Jay-Z surprised fans Sunday night in a Samsung commercial that aired during game five of the NBA Finals by announcing a new album called Magna Carta Holy Grail. He then surprised Samsung device users
One million owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II will get exclusive access to the album first on July 4. What's more, it'll be free, as long as they upload an app associated with the album on June 24Music, Entertainment, Samsung, Nba, and Nba Finals
Buckle up, because you're about to experience the Audi S6, one of the fastest sedans in the world. Besides its muscular performance, it's bristling with the latest car tech, so advanced that it gives you a hint of what's to come in the future of self-driving cars
Audi lent us this car for a week, giving us a close-up look at the most advanced technology available in cars, circa mid-2013. The option-packed Audi S6 we tested ($87,720) is not the most expensive car from this upscale German automaker, but it's high enough on Audi's hierarchy to show off the tremendous power and astonishing technology of today's best cars. Read more...More about Reviews, Tech, Dev Design, Gadgets, and Mobile
Tech giants aside, smaller companies are also entering the wearable tech space, including Embrace+, which alerts wearers to smartphone notifications "through a combination of visual and tactile cues." What's more, this happens all while the mobile device remains inside a purse or pocket.
"Through a simple set-up of some basic parameters on the smartphone you already have, the Embrace+ will show you what you want, and when you want to know it," according to the company's Kickstarter page. "What it shows, how it displays your information and how frequently you see the information is completely up to you." Read more...More about Kickstarter, Wearable Tech, Tech, Apps Software, and Gadgets
A man walks into a bar; he stares at his phone all night
It's the punchline of modern society — people visit a public establishment to grab a drink with their friends, only to ignore them for an electronic device
One bar aims to discourage such antisocial behavior by introducing a beer mug that can only stand upright when placed on a cellphoneSalve Jorge Bar in São Paulo, Brazil, unveiled the Offline Glass to help drinkers focus on their friends, as opposed to their screens, according to The Telegraph.
Typically, patrons would put down their mugs to pick up their phones, but doing so with the Offline Glass would result in spillage. Check out the video, above, for more. Read more...More about Mobile Phones, Beer, Bar, Gadgets, and Mobile
This week was filled with unpredictable weather, feverishly anticipated conferences and big announcements. It was almost too much to keep up with, but fear not. Top 10 Tech is here to catch you up on all the latest, hottest techno-news of the week.
The biggest announcements of the week came from Apple’s WWDC conference on Monday. With the launch of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple aficionados will be seeing a lot of changes in their objects of desire
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This week's major news can be summed up with a clean "#iOS7."
Facebook (finally) rolled out hashtag support, and Apple debuted the next "biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone" since the last "biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone": the bright new iOS 7. And of course our readers had much to say about it.
Announced at WWDC, iOS 7 drew a lot of criticism for its lighter color scheme, even inspiring a Tumblr account, "Jony Ive Redesigns Things," which mostly paints Apple's vice president of industrial design to be a Lisa Frank for 2013
Some commenters said iOS 7's shiny design — which moves away from much of the skeuomorphic look that Steve Jobs prided himself on for setting Apple apart from other mobile operating systems — is an insult to Jobs' vision and suggested that since Jobs' passing, Apple's been losing its lead in innovation against Microsoft, Android and other companies. (New features and designs in iOS 7 noticeably similar to existing apps and mobile systems.) Read more...More about Facebook, Apple, Wwdc, Hashtags, and Ios