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In this episode, John Biggs, Matt Burns and Darrell Etherington discuss Microsoft’s just-announced Xbox One, complete with voice commands, a brand new Kinect, a slew of new entertainment/social features, and the best specs yet.
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With much of its information obscured it’s hard to say what Google has planned for this new device revealed by its FCC filing, but the model number at least indicates someone has a sense of humor. Called an “H840 device” and rocking the model number H2G2-42 (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – 42, the ultimate answer to the question of life, the universe and everything) it has WiFi of the 802.11 b/g/n varieties, but that’s all we know for sure. The natural question is whether this is a proper revamp of / follow up to the failed Nexus Q project, particularly with its appearance coming so closely after the unveiling of its Google Play Music All Access subscription. Of course, Google has no shortage of mysterious device projects in store, we’re hopeful this one will reveal all of its secrets soon.
Xoom introduces the game changing POWR – Pay Only When Received. When you send money to the Philippines with your bank account, Xoom won’t withdraw a dime un…
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There Can Be Only One: Leonard Nimoy And Zachary Quinto Battle It Out For Spock #1 In Audi Commercial
This is a long-form Audi commercial featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto in a race of the Spocks to see who can get to the country club initially. Actually– racing to the nation club? Anybody caught RACING to the country club, SPECIFICALLY anybody under the age of 65, has to reevaluate their priorities. You two call me when you’re racing to the Vulcan titty bar and then we’ll talk because I’m already in the parking area awaiting them to open because they have actually got this $ 8 all-you-can-eat-Tribble buffet from 4-6PM. Also, the video is 2:45 long which was difficult for me to endure but I did like the part when Nimoy was driving and reciting ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’ to himself, likewise making him the funner of the two motorists to ride with.
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A group of IBM researchers took a break from studying atomic data storage to work on something a bit more lighthearted: a stop motion movie made entirely out of atoms. The film, aptly named A Boy and His Atom, was created by arranging atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope and then capturing the arrangement as an image, magnified to over 100 million times its actual size. The final result is a brief 242 frames that show a charming story of a boy dancing and playing with an atom. Before its debut today, IBM even had the Guinness World Records verify the short as the “world’s smallest movie.”
IBM is accompanying the film with a series of short videos explaining the technology that was involved in creating it. In the videos, the team…
For all the hullabaloo about Skype coming to BlackBerry 10, there wasn’t much to show at the Z10′s launch beyond a logo. We’ve got more to work with today — sort of. A preview version of Skype has indeed popped up in BlackBerry World with voice, video and instant messaging like we’ve seen on other platforms. However, no one in the general public can actually use it yet: the app requires BlackBerry 10.1, which won’t reach the market until the Q10 ships to Brits and Canucks. That leaves Americans and Z10 owners in the lurch for a few weeks, although they can at least see the light at the end of the VoIP tunnel.
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Online relief efforts such as #BostonHelps are inspiring, but haphazard and confusing. How San Francisco is building a social network — for disasters.
When a disaster strikes, the first thing people want to know is what happened. The second? How can I help?
Efforts to offer help online are often scattered and confusing. Within minutes after news of the explosions in Boston spread, people began tweeting offers of help with the hashtag #BostonHelp. Not long after, Google created a people finder doc. The Boston Globe created another Google doc where people could offer up housing to those in need. Both circulated the internet, largely through Twitter. Lots of people signed up to help, but few were connected with people in need.
“I got at least 20 emails, DMs, [and] calls, but in the end no one needed our extra beds,” says Benjamin Maron, who repeatedly tweeted about his home and other services available. However well-intentioned, it was an admittedly odd fit — a Sandy-style relief effort for a human act of violence.
What’s become clear over the last year is that there's is a need for disaster and crisis coordination online, beyond hashtags. And San Francisco, the earthquake capital of the country, might have the solution.
In collaboration with the design firm IDEO, the city is creating a social networking website and app to connect people who want to help with those who need it. Through the SF72 platform, you will be able to preregister your home, supplies you have — say, an emergency generator — and relevant skills, such as emergency first aid. Instead of scanning hashtags, people will be able to simply log in to a preexisting community, knowing there will be specific offers for help organized by neighborhood.
“We looked at everything from CB radio protocols to earthquake apps, as well as emerging and established social platforms,” says Kate Lydon, who led the project for IDEO. “The central insight that SF72 is built upon is this: in the event of an emergency, human relationships and a community network are more important than a backpack filled with supplies— that people might not know how to use and are often out of date.”
Most government emergency response departments, including FEMA, use social media to communicate with the public. But they aren’t enabling conversations between other people looking to coordinate. As we saw during hurricane Katrina (and to a lesser extent Sandy), FEMA's immediately ability to help can pale in comparison to what regular people offer each other on the ground, almost immediately. Coordinating that help is essential.
“We want to make it simple and take fear out of it,” says Francis Zamora, spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM). “It appeals to people's values. We live here for a reason and this is our home and we want to be a part of it and make simple connections with our neighbors.”
The city did a soft launch in January, collecting user feedback, but the service is still in beta. “We are dreaming big right now,” says Zamora. “As we go into the second phase of the build out, we want to see what will work for people. SF72 can be anything.” The next build-out phase occurs in mid-May.
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There Can Be Only One: Teensy R/C Helicopter Takes Off R/C Plane’s Wing, Crash And Burn Follows (Okay, No Burn)
This is a video of some guy flying a giant R/C plane when it clips a little helicopter, loses a wing, and crashes into a hundred billion pieces (approximately). I was really hoping the plane operator was going to pick a fist fight with the copter pilot afterwards, but no such luck. Who knows, maybe he’s one of those ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ kind of guys and plans on flying an R/C plane full of dynamite down the other dude’s chimney one night. Solid plan, Wile E. Coyote.
Hit the jump for the video, which includes a slow-motion version of the crash after the regular speed one so you can fully appreciate the carnage.
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