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RIP Blockbuster (Or: Why Can't I Watch Indiana Jones?)

It's a near-guarantee that you haven't been to a Blockbuster this year, or possibly this decade. And after today's announcement that the company is …

Indiana Jones

Amazon launches Kindle Matchbook: discounted e-books for those who own the hard copy

When Amazon launched AutoRip, we looked at our bookshelves and wished that us readers would get something similar. Fortunately, the company had the same idea, and is now announcing Kindle Matchbook. In short, if you've bought one of 10,000 selected titles from Amazon, you'll be entitled to snag a …

Your next phone could have a solar panel for a screen

The news a few weeks back that TCL communication, the world’s seventh largest phone manufacturer, paid €2.1 million ($2.78 million) to test a new technology (link in French) in their devices from an unknown startup, SunPartner, didn’t turn many heads. But if integrating SunPartner’s technology …

Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food

6,144 people are willing to live without food.<p>The crowdfunding campaign for Soylent raked in $754,498, greatly exceeding its $100,000 goal and bringing humanity one step closer to an existence that doesn’t require actual food for survival.<p>Soylent is a controversial food replacement product that …

Samsung's Ativ Q is a Windows laptop and an Android tablet in one insanely high-res package

Samsung's famous for launching every type of device under the sun, but this time it's crammed them all into a single package. The company's just announced the Ativ Q, a dual-booting device that runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 inside a 13.3-inch convertible laptop package. The most impressive …

Microscopic batteries created through 3D printing

<i>(Credit: Harvard)</i><p><b>Researchers at Harvard have created a 3D-printing nozzle smaller than the width of a human hair, to make microscopic lithium-ion</b> …

Nanotech

Mind-Blowing Supercell Thunderstorm Filmed Near Booker, Texas

It took Mike Olbinski 4 years of failed attempts before he actually got his dream: on June 3rd he and Andy Hoeland managed to capture an unworldly …

One-of-a-kind 3D-printed prosthetics bring beauty to amputees

<i>(Credit: Bespoke Innovations)</i><p><b>A San Francisco company is creating stylish, 3D-printed covers to jazz up prosthetic limbs.</b><p>As we have seen before with …

Clint Eastwood: What I've Learned

Actor, 78<p><i>Born in San Francisco and raised throughout northern California, Eastwood attended Los Angeles City College under the G. I. Bill and served as mayor of Carmel, California from 1986 to 1988.</i><p><b>In the first place,</b> I was taller than most kids in my classes. In the second, we were always moving. …

The Xbox One Might Let Sony's PS4 Win By Default

Last night, Microsoft dumped a pile of information into our laps about some of the more controversial specifics of the Xbox One. We heard confirmation about its practices for always on, used game resale, and game ownership in general. Some of the highlights:<p>- Your Xbox must check in via the …

Thalmic Labs nabs $14.5M for wearable device that unleashes your inner Jedi

Thalmic Labs has built technology that gives regular people super powers– or at least makes them feel that way.<p>The startup has secured $14.5 million of venture capital to accelerate development of MYO– an armband that wirelessly controls your computer, phone, and other digital devices. The wearable …

Israel may be the first country to hit peak Wi-Fi

Israel is considering banning mobile operators from offering internet access through Wi-Fi hotspots, reports Globes (link in Hebrew), a business newspaper. According to the paper, spectrum is in such short supply that the use by large telecoms operators of unlicensed radio frequency set aside for …

Tim Duncan Cut His Salary In Half To Keep The Spurs Together

But rather than demanding one last massive payday, Duncan cut his salary in half by signing a three-year, $30 million deal. One year after being the third highest paid player, Duncan knocked himself down to 61st, meaning he made less this year than Richard Hamilton or Hedo Turkoglu.<p>Duncan's pay cut …

June 2013

The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little

Marlin<p>Little thinks this is probably his favorite shot of all time. “I remember taking it. I saw it for a split second and I’m like gosh, this is unbelievable,” he says. “It’s just this frozen water that looks like a glass blown image. It’s just this crazy shot that I’ve never been able to get …

A Powerful Display of Rare White Tigers at Feeding Time

I would NOT want to be in the way of these Bengal white tigers when they are hungry! Australia-based photographer Birte Person wasn't quite as afraid. With the safety of distance, she was brave enough to capture these stunning shots of the rare animals during feeding time at the Singapore Zoo.<p>The …

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

LG to demo bendable, unbreakable smartphone screen

One of the products taking the stage at Display Week 2013 will be a flexible, 5-inch OLED smartphone screen.<p>LG Display is preparing to demonstrate a new, flexible smartphone panel that promises to be unbreakable.<p>The new screen is set to pop up at the Society for Information Display's annual …

The first GIFs? Prehistoric rock carvings become 'animated' under sunlight

Prehistoric human artwork is simple but breathtaking, as anyone who has seen some up close or in movies such as Werner Herzog's 2011 documentary <i>Cave of Forgotten Dreams</i> can attest. But now archaeologists say that there is more to it than meets the eye: a group of rock carvings in the Italian Alps …

HTC One makes video call from summit of Everest

Thanks to a British explorer, the high-end Android phone is the first to make a video call from the highest point on Earth.<p>This might not be what the Taiwanese company had in mind when it wanted its HTC One to be on top of the world, but thanks to British mountaineer Daniel Hughes, the high-end …

Bear Grylls-types rejoice: “Rugged” Galaxy S 4 images leak

Apparent spy shots show a red chassis and hardware buttons for "lifeproof" phone.<p>Late last month, we heard rumblings that Samsung planned to launch a …

Nintendo kicks “Let’s Play” videos off YouTube then slaps ads on them

Homemade videos are the best gaming ads out there, yet they're taken down.<p>Once it became simple to record, upload, and share digital video over the …

20 Dreamy Trailers for Summer Getaways

Dreaming of summer vacations and getaways in the great outdoors? Us too! And we’ve got our sights set on all sorts of innovative, beautifully designed, and vintage trailers that are just ready to whisk us away. Whether you love car camping every weekend in Northern Cali or are planning a …

RVs

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Namshi, An Online Fashion Store For The Middle east, Lands $13M

Namshi, an popular online fashion store in the Middle East that was started by the Samwer brothers’ Rocket Internet accelerator, has raised $13 million in funding from growth equity firm Summit Partners.<p>The private investment firm regularly backs Rocket Internet ventures, particularly in emerging …

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

6 Sweet and Satisfying Sugarless Desserts

Treats that put maple syrup, honey, agave nectar and chocolate front and center—without a grain of white sugar in sight.<p>On the Joys of …

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

No parachute required: Google develops skydiving simulator 'Map Diving'

Last year at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco, founder Sergey Brin gave what's been called the "mother of all demos," a keynote speech that involved a team of skydivers wearing Google Glass landing on the roof of the conference center as he spoke. For this year's I/O taking place …

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