NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon pranks a poor, unsuspecting car salesman
It was just a nice, winter’s day over at Concord, NC. This poor salesman, Steve, from Troutman Motors didn’t think much of it. Perhaps he’d make a few sales today, and then maybe he’d clock out around 5 and head home to his family. But no, Pepsi MAX and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon had a different plan in mind for the guy. Pepsi MAX disguised Jeff Gordon up to look like just an innocent customer looking to find his next set of wheels, but in reality, he was going to instill ...
CamBoard Pico brings gesture control to the PC in a small package
You can already hook a Kinect up to a PC, and the Leap Motion will be available from Best Buy starting on May 19. There’s also the MYO, an armband that attempts to give you gesture controls on your PC. Gesture control is the new thing, whether we like Minority Report or not. Now, enter the [...]
Rapyuta Is A Hive Mind For Robots In The Cloud
Just as we share all sorts of tidbits about our lives over the web, The scientists over at RoboEarth have created an open source network that robots can use to share and reuse knowledge amongst themselves. Called Rapyuta, think of it as an Facebook for robots. Smarter robots with higher computational abilities require more memory and hardware. That’s just Robotics 101. RoboEarth offers to take all of that heavy-duty computation and upload it into the cloud, where any robot might be able to inte...
Apple adds and expands Maps flyover in 30 cities
While it may not seem noticeable at first, Apple is continuing to update its Maps app with the addition and expansion of features. Case in point, within the past couple of months, Apple has added and expanded its flyover feature in 30 cities around the world, including locations like Indianapolis, Indiana and Glasgow in Scotland. Most of the new locations that have received the flyover feature for the first time are mostly US cities, including locations such as the Hoover Dam, but Glasgow and ...
Breathometer is a mini breathalyzer for your smartphone
When you’re out with your friends late at night, it’s easy to lose sight on how much alcohol you consumed, and sometimes your blood alcohol level can be over the legal limit even if you don’t feel drunk and think you can drive, which can be a regretful mistake that you’ll think long and hard about when you’re in handcuffs. However, a new accessory called the Breathometer aims to help folks figure out their blood alcohol level before they decide to get behind the whe...
Netflix introduces Netflix Social to share favorite movies and shows with friends
I bet you wish you could share all the fascinating things you’re watching on Netflix with friends, and thanks to a new feature that Netflix announced today, you finally can. Netflix Social is the company’s first attempt at getting in on the social networking buzz, and it allows you to see what’s popular among your friends. Netflix uses Facebook to connect you with all of your friends that use Netflix, so once you connect your Netflix account to Facebook and agree to share the...
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 With 3G Hits The FCC
Though we still haven’t gotten a peek of the LTE-capable Galaxy Note 8.0, it would appear that the 3G version is currently making its way through the Federal Communications Commission for final approval before retail availability. The Galaxy Note 8.0 was announced back at MWC, and Samsung mentioned that the tablet would be available in the second quarter of this year. The WiFi-enabled version already passed through the FCC a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, we still don’t have wo...
Xi3 clears the air on Valve and the Xi3 Piston
It’s understandable how some confusion about Xi3 and the company’s small Piston gaming computer came to be. Xi3 at announced that during CES that Valve had invested in the company. According to Jason A Sullivan, founder, president, and CEO of Xi3, the company had written permission from Valve to disclose that the game developer had invested in the company. However, Sullivan says that during a meeting with Valve during CES Gabe Newell “personally asked me” not disclose a...
Apple Jumps To Second In Revenue In India's Smartphone Market Says IDC, Thanks To Shifts In Distribution Model
Apple has indeed managed a significant turnaround in India’s smartphone market, according to new figures out from IDC today (via CNN). The Apple smartphone grabbed 15.6 percent of India’s smartphone market by revenue  in Q4 2012, according to new data from the research firm, just behind market leading Samsung with its 38.8 percent, a significant change from the third quarter of last year, when IDC showed that Samsung had 46 percent share and Apple didn’t even crack the top five...
Roush announces 2014 Mustang lineup
The Ford Mustang is one of the more popular muscle cars on the market today. The Mustang is offered in versions using a V-6 or V-8 from the factory. Roush has been taking Mustangs of all sorts and making them look better and giving them more performance for years. The company has now announced its 2014 line of upgraded Ford Mustangs. For 2014 Roush is using its talents to upgrade both the standard V-6 Mustang and the top-of-the-line V-8 Ford Mustang as well. On the V-6 version of the Mustang, ...
Microsoft Hotmail and Outlook.com outage continues
If you’re a user of Hotmail or Outlook.com who is waiting for an important e-mail message, we have some bad news for you. Microsoft currently lists both Hotmail and Outlook.com as being down. That means that users of both of those services won’t be able to log into accounts. Microsoft so far has detailed the Hotmail problem stating that “we are having a problem accessing e-mail.” Microsoft says that you may not be able to see all of your e-mail messages and that it̵...
ARGTV platform will let you touch and inspect objects from your favorite TV shows
Augmented reality isn’t anything new. There’ve been a number of augmented reality applications available for smartphones and other devices for a long time. Typically, these augmented reality applications are things that overlay some sort of gaming content over the real-world environment around you. A company called ReinCloud has recently shown off a very interesting augmented reality TV platform called ARGTV. The application won first-place overall in the TV Hackfest competition re...
17-year-old wins first place in Intel Science Talent Search
The winner of the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search was announced today. Sara Volz is a 17-year-old high schooler whose project involved growing algae under her bed, something that earned her the $100,000 prize as well as #1. What makes the algae special? It contains high oil content for cheap biofuel. Volz is from Colorado Spring, Colorado, and was praised heavily for her work, which is said to be the result of years of effort and of a special passion for the topic that extends beyond mere rot...
Facebook reveals how the updated News Feed was developed
We’ve seen the new Facebook News Feed quite a few times lately, with all its redesigned goodness. While the features, changes, and other particulars have been detailed over the past weeks, Facebook has given us an alternative look into what went into the redesign – namely, a huge floor-to-ceiling paper storyboard and a stack of cards. The stack of cards wasn’t the only element, of course, but it does provide an interesting visual for what was a fairly elaborate brainstorming ...
Canon rolls out two imageCLASS printers, offers Google Cloud Print support
Canon has introduced two new laser multi-fuction printers (MFPs), the imageCLASS MF8280Cw and the MF8580Cdw. Both color printers follow on the heels of successful predecessors, building on the previous models’ specs and offering a few modern-day features sure to appeal to a tech-savvy crowd. Both models will be available in April starting at $499 and $599, respectively. The imageCLASS MF8280Cw offers a printing speed of 14-pages per minute for both color and black-and-white prints. The ...
Hitachi introduces Ropits, a robotic single passenger car
Hitachi has unveiled its Ropits single passenger robot car, which looks like a Fisher Price Cozy Coupe for adults and does the driving all on its own. The name and style prompt one to think of a science fiction contraption, but it’s the vehicle’s autonomic functionality that truly brings the idea of “futuristic” to the forefront. Ropits stands for Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System, and was designed to aid those who find walking difficult. The idea is that Ropits vehic...
USPTO grants Google facial recognition unlock technology patent
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Google a patent for its facial recognition unlock technology, which consumers have seen used as a security option to Android users. Those running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and/or a Nexus will likely be familiar with the feature, for which Google can now boast a full patent and hang it framed on the office wall. This information comes from the folks over at PatentBolt, which pointed out that the USPTO has published the patent and it...
Hyundai shows off 2014 Equus design in two videos
Hyundai is set to debut its 2014 Equus (also known as the Centennial) at the upcoming New York Auto Show. In preparation, the manufacturer has released two videos giving us a pretty solid glimpse of the car, the first one showing off its driving dynamics, and the second offering a look at its concept and design. We have both the videos after the jump. The driving dynamics video is interesting enough, mostly providing a complete look at the Equus’s body, but also offering a few glimpses a...
Ukrainian killer dolphins are on the loose
So apparently the Ukrainian Navy trains killer dolphins. That’s not the most shocking news you’ll hear all day. Apparently 3 out of the 5 killer dolphins that they have trained have run away from base, presumably to look for a mate to hook up with (at least that’s what experts believe). The dolphins took off during a training exercise held at Sevastopol Aquarium around February 24th. They’re equipped with pistols and knives, and yes, they know how to use them. They are ...
HTC One USA carrier pricing and release date predictions: very unofficial
As the HTC One nears release here in the United States and is delayed – just a bit – in the UK, we thought it time to do some educated breaking down of what the handset will cost in the states up against its upcoming rival: the Samsung Galaxy S4. With the Samsung Galaxy Note II costing right around 430 pounds in England right this minute and the HTC One costing essentially that same amount at 425, we can safely assume that the HTC One’s pricing in the United States will be esse...