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Netflix mocks Amazon Prime Air with hilarious 'Drone 2 Home' video

Netflix's not-Qwikster DVD-by-mail business doesn't get the same amount of attention as the company's streaming arm, but as this video (embedded after the break) shows, it still has some imagination. Dug up by <i>Hacking Netflix</i>, the Drone 2 Home demo video imagines Netflix's famous red envelopes being …

Blackphone aims to protect your privacy in a world where your data is for sale

Information is a currency. For every company selling your details for profit, there's another selling you the promise of more security. Recognizing that consumers are running a gauntlet every time they pick up their smartphone, a group of companies has partnered up to offer something different. …

This Video Perfectly (And Hilariously) Captures Our Social Media Addiction (WATCH)

Last year, New Yorker cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh depicted a man in a bar wearing a dog cone around his neck, explaining to a woman staring at him, “It keeps me from looking at my phone every two seconds.” And now Coca-Cola is using the same idea to mock our society’s addiction to the Internet, …

Infographic: The Most Popular Words In Music Of The Past 50 Years

We’re still pretty much singing the same old love songs.<p>The music industry loves love. The latest project from Nickolay Lamm–a Pittsburgh-based digital artist whose previous work has included visualizing Wi-Fi, the body of the average American and the future face of humanity–tracked the popularity …

Love Songs

14 Supurrrb Illustrations Of Cats As Celebrities And Superheroes

What if cats actually did something besides barf up gooey hairballs on the linoleum for you to trod upon barefoot in the middle of the night, or sharpen their claws on your vintage Breuer chair? What if they actually gave something back?<p>This seems to be the central question asked by Chinese …

Celebrity Gossip

Ex-Lifehacker Editor Unveils An App For Turning Selfies Into GIFs

A GIF that’s also a selfie. What’s not to like?<p>Adam Pash, who used to run the DIY-and-tech emporium that is Lifehacker, just posted a new web app called And Then I Was Like, which uses your computer’s webcam to help you create a GIF of your face, or whatever else it’s pointed at. It’s great; super …

Apps

New App Shows Cellphone Carriers That Don’t Suck

As with so much of life, when picking a cellphone carrier, there’s conventional wisdom, and then there’s data. The conventional wisdom says Verizon, the nation’s biggest carrier, has the best overall coverage. AT&T, the second biggest, has faster peak speeds but unreliable coverage. Sprint and …

San Francisco

The Office Of The 21st Century Will Be Your Self-Driving Car

The future of self-driving cars means working in gridlock. Joy?<p>In the age of self-driving cars, you’ll have no excuse for slacking off during your commute. That’s because the office of the future might very well be your car.<p>Rinspeed, a Swiss automobile manufacturer that has specialized in designing …

Autos

This App Transforms “Obsolete” Smartphones Into Baby Monitors

Think that smartphone is outdated? Think again. A new Android app called Dormi brings new life to old devices.<p>Baby monitors–you know, those specialized walkie-talkies that give parents a sense of security when they seek a momentary respite from their mewling offspring–are surprisingly expensive. On …

Gear & Gadgets

The Best And Worst Design From The 2014 Olympics

From the minimal logo to the super-sized halfpipe, here’s a roundup of the best and worst design at the Olympics this year.<p>1. BEST: Photographs Of Life In Sochi Before The Olympics Swept In<p>Before the 2014 Olympic Games came along, Sochi was a humble little seaside city. Residents there hardly knew …

Posters

7 Of The Best Error Messages On The Internet

Microsoft has long had trouble with the hardware of its otherwise (extremely) successful Xbox gaming consoles, from hard drive failures in the original Xbox to the now-infamous “Red Ring of Death” in its sophomore Xbox 360 to an easily broken disk drive in the new Xbox. But an easy and, dare we …

Windows Phone

A Terraced Tower Will Display Mexico City’s Best Design

A new home for Archivo, a Latin American design collection, will open up into the trees around it.<p>Like the branches of the trees around it, the floors of a new cultural space for Mexico City’s premier archive for contemporary design, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, will extend far beyond its central …

Mexico City

“Anchorman 2” Advertising Returns With Trailer For “Anchorman 2” Re-Release, With 763 More Jokes

The <i>Anchorman</i> overload of last fall–which saw Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy as the pitchman for Dodge, host various news programs in character, interview celebrities as the fictitious legendary broadcast anchor, and much, much more–may not have had an exactly proportional result on the film’s …

Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional …

Classic Movies Interpreted as 16th Century Illustrations

<b>Alien</b><p>Turkish artist Murat Palta's <i>Classic Movies in Miniature Style</i> are hilarious illustrations that interpret contemporary movies in the style of Ottoman miniatures. The young artist began this clever project as a graduation thesis and, after a lot of positive feedback, he began to develop the …

Kill Bill

30-Foot Hand-Stitched Tapestry Tells the Story of Star Wars

Just when we thought everything possible had been turned into a tribute to <i>Star Wars</i>, London-based designer and illustrator Aled Lewis revealed this amazing piece, entitled <i>The Coruscant Tapestry</i>. Created in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, the massive piece was hand-stitched by the artist, along …

Los Angeles

Mesmerizing GIFs of a Mechanical Model of the Solar System

Designer Ken Condal built a mesmerizing orrery (mechanical model of the solar system) with multiple handcrafted gears, wooden and acrylic spheres, and the mechanical engineering help of David Clark. Like a tiny kinetic sculpture, the structure takes motion through a carefully constructed system of …

GIF Animations

Colorful Watercolor Paintings of Radiant Trees in Nature

Ukraine-based artist Anna Armona creates colorful water paintings of various natural landscapes throughout the seasons. Her collection of diverse, one-of-a-kind paintings capture both the beauty and magic of earthy settings. Whether she is depicting the barren trees in the depths of a forest or …

Painting

Storytelling Technology Image is World Press Photo of the Year

American photographer John Stanmyer was just announced as the winner of the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year 2013 award for a stunning image that shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city (in the Horn of Africa or 13 miles northwest of the Somalia border), holding cellphones in …

Photography

Hypnotizing Geometric Paintings Inspired by Sacred Mandalas

These kaleidoscopic arrangements explore ideas of visual pleasure through a hypnotizing array of colors and textures that spiral towards a central point. Created by New York-based artist Amy Cheng, the complex oil (and sometimes wax) on paper compositions are loosely based off of the concept of the …

Art

Young People Swap Clothes with Their Older Relatives

<b>Chinese mother and daughter</b><p>Photographer Qozop photographs pairs of relatives in a series titled <i>Spring-Autumn</i> that juxtaposes an image of a youth and his/her family member from an older generation in their normal attire with a portrait of the two after they've swapped clothes. The series reveals a …

Clothing

Funny Cardboard Signs Express the Thoughts of Lost Objects

Most pedestrians simply walk past the used, abandoned, and broken things found along the streets of New York City. But, not graphic designer Yoonjin Lee! As she navigates through the city, the senior at the School of Visual Arts finds clever ways to give personality to a variety of small, inanimate …

New York City

Michelangelo Masterpiece Recreated Using Half a Billion Sprinkles

Talk about a “sweet” piece of art! Award-winning food artist Michelle Wibowo of Michelle Sugar Art recently recreated one of Michelangelo's finest masterpieces, <i>The Creation of Adam</i>, out of cake decorations, or more specifically 10,000 marshmallows and around half a billion cake sprinkles! The …

Art

Man Spends $35,000 to Transform Home into Cat Playground

With the help of construction company Trillium Enterprises, one Californian man upgraded his home into an oasis for his eighteen cats. Located in Goleta, California, the $35,000 renovation transformed the ordinary abode by adding colorful, complementing ledges (or “catwalks”) all around the house. …

Cats

Adventures of a LEGO Photographer Taken with an iPhone

Just about everybody loves LEGOS. The building blocks are great inspiration for a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter replica; they inspire hilarious poster illustrations; and, recently, they have been fun to watch in animation at the movie theater.<p>Photographer Andrew Whyte has found a new way …

Lego

Heartmelting Photos of a Protective Bulldog with His Foster Kittens

About a week ago Michelle Parden (or Redditor RorschachBulldogs) showed some incredibly sweet photos of her bulldog Hammie being incredibly protective to a group of foster kittens. Born from a local stray cat, the kittens all ended up being adopted to loving homes, but for the limited time when …

Omaha

Fantastical Wooden Sculptures Act as Symbols of Compassion

In his personal sculpture garden, Australian artist Bruno Torfs crafts wooden figures that live in the forest. Embracing fantasy, his life-sized works feature delightfully unusual characters. We see things like a bearded wizard carrying an armful of tiny creatures and a young princess riding a …

Art

Photographer Reveals Beautiful Landscapes and Rich Cultures

After getting a glimpse of medical professional-turned-photographer Weerapong Chaipuck‘s stunning series of travel and landscape photography, we knew we had to share a little bit more from his growing collection–ones that have more of a personal touch, featuring the wonderful people he's met along …

Photography