This Stop-Motion Video Was Made With Google Glass
This may be the most creative use of Google Glass we’ve ever seen.
CATCH: A Handimation through Glass is a short stop-motion film that follows a surreal happening on an otherwise lazy Sunday spent in a coffee shop. The clip consists of more than 1,000 photos and drawings, and was shot over four days using GlassYoutube, Gadgets, Tech, Viral Video, and Stop Motion Animation
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Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ App Offers New Freebies Every Day
Apple has launched its annual 12 Days of Gifts app, offering a new free song, app, book or movie every day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6
The app, which is available in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and other territories, is simple enough to use: Download it, choose your iTunes store location, and you’ll see a counter showing you how many days have to pass until your first gift arrives
If you choose so, the app will also ping you when gifts become available
As for what types of gifts you can expect, Apple has previously given away games such as Sonic Jump and Geomaster, apps like The Photo Cookbook and singles from bands like Maroon 5 and Kesha Read more…More about Apple, Tech, Apps Software, and 12 Days
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Cybersecurity Experts Will Face Off in Mock NetWars
Cybersecurity competitions are no longer limited to just high school and college students.
Hundreds of experienced cybersecurity professionals will gather in Washington Dec. 15-16 for the SANS Institute’s second annual NetWars Tournament of Champions, which will pit the best and brightest security professionals against each other to determine who has the greatest skills in tackling real world information security challenges. The tournament will coincide with the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative.
“A lot of organizations, especially government agencies, are saying they no longer need any more policy people, favoring instead hands-on technical skills,” Ed Skoudis, director of NetWars, told Wired Workplace. “Declining budgets are putting a strain on training, so we provide a different mode of learning by doing as opposed to getting lectured.” Read more…More about Internet, Internet Security, Cybersecurity, Tech, and Apps Software
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T-Mobile 2013: The Comeback Carrier
What a difference a few years make. Two years ago, T-Mobile was cast adrift in the wake of its botched merger with AT&T. At the time, the wireless carrier didn’t appear to have any kind of plan B when the deal fell through, which executives confirmed.
Things didn’t look good for T-Mobile in 2011: The company had a reputation for being a value-driven carrier fueled by the easy — but fleeting — money of prepaid customers, but it was hemorrhaging subscribers. Its contracts were relatively cheap, but T-Mobile’s network didn’t match the reliability of its competitors’ offerings (it didn’t even have LTE). It also wasn’t able to sell the most popular smartphone on the planet: the iPhone. Read more…More about T Mobile, Lte, Marketing, Tech, and Mobile
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Astronaut Will Take You to Edge of Space via Balloon
Former NASA shuttle commander Mark Kelly — also known as the other half of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — announced Sunday he was joining a space startup called World View as Director of Crew Operations. World View’s plan: to take customers 100,000 feet up in a capsule that dangles from a giant helium balloon
That height, roughly 19 miles above the surface of the earth, is considered the end of the atmosphere, though space itself doesn’t technically start until 62 miles up. But 19 miles is far enough up that you can see stars, and a globe-like look to the ground below. “I’m excited to give people the opportunity to do something only astronauts have done before,” Kelly told Mashable. “Until you’ve experienced that yourself, you really have no idea. Words and photographs never do it justice … The stars are bright and they don’t twinkle.” Read more…More about Space, Nasa, Astronaut, Tech, and Us
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This Is What the Next Generation of Engineers Looks Like
In college and during her career, Kimberly Bryant often found herself the only black female scientist in the room. The biotech engineer founded the Bay Area non-profit Black Girls CODE in 2011 so that today’s young girls will never find themselves in that position. Bryant realized that it wasn’t a lack of interest in science that led to a dearth of diversity in her field; it was a lack of access. Black Girls CODE’s goal is to drive access and exposure, closing the digital divide.
Black Girls CODE introduces young girls of color to computer programming, mobile app development, robotics and other STEM fields, so the girls can learn how to build the tools they want to see in the world. The non-profit is a global organization, with chapters in Oakland, Calif., Atlanta, New York and even South Africa, with expansion to eight more cities planned for next year. Every chapter targets girls of color between the ages of 7 and 17, formative years for capturing the girls’ interest in STEM and building their self-confidence. Read more…More about Social Entrepreneurship, Tech, Dev Design, Social Good, and Us
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Your TV May Soon Be Able to Mirror Your Android Screen
It’s easy to mirror an iOS device to Apple TV in just a few taps, and it looks like Google has taken notice
According to source code tucked away in its latest Android 4.4.1 update, first reported by ZDNet, Google may be looking to make your TV screen mirror your Android phone display. This would be an extension of its existing Chromecast device and ultimately make it easier for users to “streamcast” and control content on a larger screen
The Chromecast device plugs into any HDTV to stream online videos and music, controlled from apps on your tablet or smartphone. The $35 HDMI dongle, which debuted this summer, supports Vimeo, Redbox Instant, Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Pandora and Hulu Plus Read more…More about Google, Android, Mirror, Tech, and Chromecast
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Impress Your Muggle Friends With a Magic Wand TV Remote
Product Name: Magic Wand TV Remote
Who would like this?: Harry Potter enthusiasts, D&D superfans and other would-be wizards; television junkies; those afraid of buttons
Remote controls are for Muggles. If you’re still convinced that your Hogwarts acceptance letter got lost in the Owl Post, then you need this Magic Wand TV Remote from Kymera, as seen on ThinkGeek. Made of springy willow and containing the heartstring of one particularly saucy dragon, it’s the perfect addition to any living room. Instead of having to push tiresome buttons, you can swish and flick your way through hours of your favorite entertainment (we’re thinking Bewitched, Hocus Pocus, Lord of the Rings, and of course all eight Harry Potter Movies) Read more…More about Gifts, Magic, Gift Guide, Remote Control, and Magic Remote
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The Simplest Way to Secure Your Webcam Without Any Software
Let’s start with the bad news: Your webcam is vulnerable. It can be remotely activated and you won’t even know it’s on. A report this month in the Washington Post revealed that the FBI figured out how to do this years ago.
Now for the good news: You can protect your webcam privacy with a bit of MacGyver-esque ingenuity. All you need is a Post-it note.
See also: A Quick Guide to YouTube Privacy
Start with your standard 2x2-inch Post-it Note in the color of your choice (we don’t recommend the super-sticky variety). A piece of notepaper will work just as well. A piece of black tape would be a more permanent solution, but you will probably want to use that webcam someday. Tape, black or otherwise, could leave glue residue on the webcam lens or tiny illumination light, rendering it useless. Read more…More about Security, Privacy, Laptop, Webcams, and Tech
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Top 10 Tech This Week
Technology is used, in part, to better human life. Whether it focuses on helping the sick and injured or improving our daily routines, new gadgets are making our lives increasingly easier — including the innovative tech released within the past week
Wrestling with your keys while holding groceries, small children or any number of heavy items is both difficult and annoying. But with the new UniKey, you can open or lock your door with a simple tap of your touchscreen. UniKey connects with your iPhone, so you don’t even have to be next to your door to unlock it. While there are still some safety concerns, this high-tech lock can save you the time and money is costs to make copies of keys. Read more…More about Gadgets, Features, Tech, Dev Design, and Top Ten Tech
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