‘Twin Peaks’ returns in 2016 after 25 year hiatus
Oct06

‘Twin Peaks’ returns in 2016 after 25 year hiatus

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Ready for a slice of pie and a cup of damn fine coffee? Twin Peaks creators David Lynch and Mark Frost sure are, as they’re reviving the show for a third season that’s due to air on Showtime in 2016. The duo announced as much via Twitter with a characteristically-vague trailer (see it below). In it, Laura Palmer stands in the red room, stares into the camera, and snaps her fingers. Sure! At least someone isn’t speaking backwards, right? Variety says it isn’t a remake of the original series, but rather a modern day continuation of storylines from the second season. Lynch is signed on to direct the entire season, which is said to be nine episodes. And no, there’s no word yet if Detective Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) is returning, but when handed such pleasant news, it seems wrong to immediately demand more. As Coop put it, “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present.” We’ve already indulged. [Image credit: Showtime] Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch the US Navy’s swarm of robotic boats take to the sea
Oct06

Watch the US Navy’s swarm of robotic boats take to the sea

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Overwhelming numbers can help win a sea battle, but sailors are far too valuable to simply throw away – and the US Navy knows it. To that end, it recently tested a swarm of robotic gunboats that work in tandem to either protect a main warship or surround the enemy. As you can see in the video below, they’re very well coordinated. The vehicles’ Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS) lets them both operate independently while sharing their paths and radar data with each other, keeping them both out of each others’ way and aware of any potential threats. Any fully operational boats would primarily serve as shields, but they would have guns (thankfully, human-operated) to attack lighter targets that don’t give up quickly. The Navy doesn’t have a definite timeline for when you’d see these drones on the high seas, though. While they work well in a controlled environment like the one you see here, researchers want to improve the onboard sensors so that they can handle a wider range of unexpected situations. You don’t want unmanned seacraft running amok in the middle of a firefight, after all. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Stack’s smart light bulb responds to the world around you (video)
Sep23

Stack’s smart light bulb responds to the world around you (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Many smart light bulbs… well, aren’t. You can control them, but they’re often blissfully unaware of what’s going on in your home. Stack aims to change that with its recently unveiled Alba bulb. This sensor-packed illuminator changes brightness and color based on the time of day, location and who’s present in the room. It’ll start with cooler, more natural white hues when you’re just waking up, but will switch to relaxing warm colors when it’s late. It will also dim or shut off the lights when there’s a lot of ambient light, or if you’ve left for work; alternately, it will come to life when there’s a big commotion. There’s a mobile app if you need to tweak settings, but the goal is to avoid using it as much as possible. Much like a Nest thermostat, Alba will learn appropriate behavior and (hopefully) let you keep your phone in your pocket. You can pre-order the Alba system now ahead of its launch in early 2015. It’s relatively expensive at $150 for a starter kit with two bulbs and a hub ($60 for every additional bulb), but Stack believes this is a better value than higher-end options like Philips’ Hue — for similar pricing, you’re getting truly smart lighting that doesn’t require constant intervention. If you’ve ever grown tired of fiddling with switches and sliders throughout the day, this may be worth a closer look. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus
Sep15

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. We’ve seen MIT’s super-fast four legged Cheetah bot sprint on a treadmill many times, but it seems that the team at MIT is finally ready to let the thing outside. Now, quadrupedal bots traversing hill and dale are nothing new, but the Cheetah’s doing so using a new algorithm and without the benefit of an internal combustion engine or hydraulics. That algorithm determines the amount of force the bot’s custom high-torque electrical motors deliver, which in turn controls how fast the robot runs and how high it leaps. Using this force-based approach, the Cheetah is more stable and agile, according to the boffins at MIT, and it can maintain its balance as the speed of its gait increases. Not to mention that the electric motors are quiet, so instead of an exhaust note, you only hear the pitter patter of robot feet. This all adds up to a robot that can silently bound across uneven ground and even jump over obstacles. It’s not as fast as its furry namesake… yet, but you can hear from its creators and see its bounding baby steps in the video after the break. [Image Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT] Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch this: a full hour of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose
Sep14

Watch this: a full hour of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Between the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch — an entirely new product category for the company — this is one of the most interesting moments in Apple’s history, which makes it a great time to hear CEO Tim Cook speak at length about a wide range of topics. Only the first half of Cook’s fascinating sit-down with Charlie Rose has aired so far (the second half airs Monday). Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers (video)
Sep11

The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.9 million contract to researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by soldiers — and eventually civilians — to make them stronger and more resilient. The suit could even help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again. In that sense, the Soft Exosuit, as it’s known, is similar in its goals to other robotic exoskeletons we’ve seen and written about before. But unlike many of those suits — which tend to be bulky, heavy and somewhat cumbersome — the Soft Exosuit is specifically designed to be as light and flexible as possible. It fits mostly around a wearer’s waist and legs and is made up primarily of textiles woven into straps which contain microprocessors, sensors, and a power supply. The motors that provide additional force and mobility are also located in a strap that goes around the wearer’s waist. Researchers say that the arrangement of straps was chosen to mimic the muscles of the legs and feet and amplify them in intelligent ways. The project already been in the works for a number of years, and researchers already have several working prototypes, but today’s award should help move them even further along in their work. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Here’s how DARPA’s high-tech tanks will dodge RPGs (video)
Sep06

Here’s how DARPA’s high-tech tanks will dodge RPGs (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. DARPA’s new Ground X-Vehicle Technology project aims to design tanks with less armor, but are faster and more agile as a result. Now, in the movies, we always see these beefy military vehicles rolling along slowly to action, so faster, grenade-dodging tanks might be a bit hard to imagine. Thankfully, the agency released a concept video that shows how exactly its advanced tanks can avoid getting shot at. Apparently, they will have the capacity to duck (fold low into the ground) and swerve out of the way the moment they detect threat coming their way. DARPA will work on designing these vehicles for the next 24 months, so hit play on the video below, because it’ll take a long time before you see the real deal. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch a remote-controlled fighter jet evade a missile
Aug31

Watch a remote-controlled fighter jet evade a missile

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Existing drone aircraft are useful for many things, but they make for lousy target practice when you’re testing missiles; they’re rarely as maneuverable as modern fighter jets. Boeing and one of its customers have just shown that there’s a better way, however, by firing a surface-to-air missile at a remote-controlled QF-16. As you’ll see in the video below, the unmanned aircraft is much nimbler than either a purpose-built vehicle or an aging conversion like the QF-4, and gives weapons a real workout. It even managed to dodge the projectile, although you can’t really say that the shooters missed. The missile was tuned to avoid hitting its target – sensors on both the missile and QF-16 confirmed that the weapon was on track without having to blow up expensive equipment. It’ll be a while longer before the airplane is regularly serving as an aerial punching bag, but this test proves that it’s up to the job. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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See the special effects that bring ‘Game of Thrones’ to life
Aug30

See the special effects that bring ‘Game of Thrones’ to life

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Game of Thrones didn’t get much love from the Emmys last week — it only won just four technical awards out of 19 nominations — but there’s no denying what an impressive achievement the series is. Its creators have brought a massive, fantastic world to life on TV in a way that only film has in the past, and much of the credit goes to the special effects companies that make it all possible. Montreal-based visual effects studio Rodeo was among those honored on Monday, and now it’s released a video showing off its work for season four of the show. Its work includes bringing Meereen to life, as well as filling in crowds for some of the more stunning battle scenes in the show, but the way its work transforms serene locales into magnificent vistas of fantasy cities is perhaps the most impressive of all. Naturally, there are some spoilers in the video, and if you want more, be sure to check out similar clips from other special effects companies that worked on the latest season of the epic TV show. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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The Xbox One is ready to play your music, videos and even GIFs
Aug28

The Xbox One is ready to play your music, videos and even GIFs

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Well, that happened a bit sooner than we expected. The Xbox One update detailed earlier this month is rolling out to everyone over the next few days, according to Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb. The patch brings a revamped party app and multiple simultaneous deletes from the Game DVR in addition to the new GIF-capable (but not MKV-ready as of yet) media player app and bandwidth usage monitor. The latter of which will be very handy to those living with data caps and the multiple-gigabyte updates that have become de rigueur with this generation of gaming. There are a few more bits and bobs packed into the 258MB update, and if you’re feeling impatient you should be able to force the patch this very instant. Xbox One’s September update is now rolling out with a new media player, Party features & more http://t.co/rXEf2GV2tN http://t.co/ow9XIyCLKK – Larry Hryb (@majornelson) August 28, 2014 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Inside Goodwill’s game-filled tech thrift shop
Aug28

Inside Goodwill’s game-filled tech thrift shop

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Thrift stores: better known for dusty shirts, potential Halloween costumes and used Jenga sets. Well, Goodwill wants to change that a bit with its recent launch of The Grid, a dedicated electronics and video game specialty shop located in North Carolina. The outfit tells IGN that not only will it sell video game hardware itself, but it’s arranged a deal with vendors to supply each console (even retro units) with new power and A/V cables — stuff that can often be a bear to source. Oh, and there’s Raspberry Pi and a selection of flat-screens on offer too. But what if console gaming isn’t your bag? The Grid also sells laptops and gaming PCs, and, as the video below shows, even has an Oculus Rift demo station set up. As local outlet Lake Norman News notes, the store serves a few different purposes. For one, it helps reduce e-waste by offering a viable alternative to dumping old tech in a landfill. And given that GameStop isn’t really interested in selling anything that’s particularly “old,” having an option that’s better organized than some local thrift stores is good news for everyone involved. It’ll probably also give Mackelmore a new place to check out on his next tour, too. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch this: A robot traverses the English countryside on a hoverbike
Aug25

Watch this: A robot traverses the English countryside on a hoverbike

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Oh, that? It’s just a robot riding across the English countryside on a 1/3-scale model of a hoverbike. The folks at Malloy Aeronautics are hard at work on a similar full-sized vehicle for humans, but as part of its Kickstarter effort to raise funds for the project, a smaller version is offered to backers. What was originally a proof of concept piece is now a fully-operational aerial drone, and can be yours if you’re willing to part with around $1,000 (£595) in support of the endeavor. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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What if your Netflix queue was just a big, virtual room?
Aug20

What if your Netflix queue was just a big, virtual room?

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sure, we know Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack’s likes watching movies on the Rift headset from bed when he’s sick, but what if you’d rather catch up on Orange is the New Black instead? A recent hackathon at Netflix produced something that could make that possible. The custom UI, dubbed “Oculix,” shows off what it’d be like to navigate the interface in a virtual space replete with gesture control. It looks pretty neat if you ask us. What, with its floating tiles and text descriptions and all that. Sadly, unlike the home-brew Oculus apps we’re used to, whether or not the greater community will get to give this a shot is up in the air. As is typical with Netflix’s Hack Day projects, the outfit is making no promises of Oculix ever seeing the light of day. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Violinist fiddles with a smart bow to help his brain surgery
Aug18

Violinist fiddles with a smart bow to help his brain surgery

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s common for brain surgery patients to stay awake. That’s how surgeons know everything is going smoothly, after all. When concert violinist Roger Frisch started suffering from tremors that are only a problem when he’s playing, however, Mayo Clinic doctors had to resort to some rather unusual technology to find out if they were installing the necessary brain pacemaker correctly. The surgical crew gave Frisch a bow equipped with a motion-tracking sensor and asked him to fiddle during the operation; the team knew it had electrodes in the right spot when the musician’s performance was steady. As you can see in the video below, the procedure was a success. Frisch can now play smoothly simply by flicking on the pacemaker, and his musical career remains intact. A case like his is unlikely to come up often, but the invention hints that motion tracking could be handy for any surgery where motor skills are at stake – you might not have to worry about less-than-perfect implants and repeat hospital visits. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Michael J. Fox Foundation uses wearables for Parkinson’s research
Aug13

Michael J. Fox Foundation uses wearables for Parkinson’s research

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. In order to collect data from patients, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has teamed up with Intel to leverage the tech company’s tracking prowess. The effort employs Intel’s big data analytics platform to comb through stats collected by wearable devices that monitor symptoms. A “multiphase study” will gather data from patients in order to inform drug research and development. Rather than depending on written journals, wearable devices can gather info on slowness of movement, severity of tremors and sleep quality 24 hours a day. The duo also has a mobile app in the works that will add the ability for patients to input their medications and how they’re feeling as addition details for researchers. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung’s premium Galaxy Alpha packs a metal frame and octa-core chip
Aug13

Samsung’s premium Galaxy Alpha packs a metal frame and octa-core chip

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung’s finally launched the much-leaked Galaxy Alpha, a fancier-looking but stripped-down version of the Galaxy S5. As expected, it sports a substantially different, less rounded design than the GS5, with metal sides that gives it a glancing resemblance to an iPhone 5s. The phone is also much lighter and thinner than the flagship at a mere 7mm. However, Samsung has also slimmed the specs a notch: The screen is 720p compared to full HD (or quad HD), while the CPU is an octa core model (quad 1.8GHz + quad 1.3GHz), rather than the flagship’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 801. It also has a rather lackluster-sounding 1,860mAh battery, nearly 1,000mAh less than the GS5 – meaning you might really need the ultra-power saving mode. Other features include 4K video capture, S Health a fingerprint scanner, Gear wearable connectivity, and the usual array of Google apps. There’s no pricing yet, but it’ll arrive in September in black, white, gold, silver and blue colors, depending on the market. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The shark-tracking camera that kept rolling when a great white attacked
Aug08

The shark-tracking camera that kept rolling when a great white attacked

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The footage is peaceful at first. An autonomous vehicle shaped a bit like a torpedo, striped with yellow, green, and black, floats harmlessly through the gorgeous blue waters off Guadalupe Island. It hums quietly in the water, six cameras capturing the beautiful nothingness around it. Then, from nowhere, a white shark rises up into the frame. You see only its eyes at first, then the full effect of its massive body, tail switching back and forth. The shark pauses, eyes the vehicle, turns to its left, and dives back down. It’s only gone a moment, though, before it comes speeding back up from the darkness, mouth wide open, and bites. A few hundred feet up, on the boat, Amy Kukulya and her team are blown away. This is far beyond what anyone from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute had been hoping for. The organization is primarily dedicated to developing tools for and with other scientists, and Kukulya is a senior engineering technician, interested in underwater systems and especially in autonomous vehicles. But it’s November, 2013, and the institute is working with the Discovery Channel ahead of Shark Week — and Kukulya has just gotten footage unlike anything that’s come before. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan want to save the future of movies on film
Jul31

Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan want to save the future of movies on film

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The movie industry has seen its share of struggles as we transition into a digital future, and likely no one has felt the pinch more than film company Kodak. The struggling outfit is getting a life-raft, though, in the form of several studios committing to buy a set amount of celluloid per year regardless of if any of their movies are even made using film. As The Wall Street Journal tells it, directors J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino — all who’ve professed their love for celluloid quite publicly — were part of the lobbying council for the business deal. Why? Because they adore the look and feel of working with the physical format. Nolan’s Interstellar and Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars are both being shot on film, but for better or worse, though, these filmmakers are a dying breed. Kodak’s film sales have fallen a massive 96 percent since 2006, from 12.4 billion feet down to a paltry 449 million feet this year, largely because adding special effects and post-processing is faster when the source is a digital file to start. Ironically enough though, film is the only constant storage medium with digital movies even being scanned to it for archival purposes.   [Image credit: Getty] Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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It’s time to crowdfund the first step towards giant car-juggling robots
Jul30

It’s time to crowdfund the first step towards giant car-juggling robots

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. A robot that can juggle cars. And without any involvement from Michael Bay. That’s the dream. Well, maybe it’s just our dream, but a new Kickstarter project is trying to make it happen. It’s (giant robot-sized) baby-steps to start with with: the initial prototype, costing $50,000, will only be juggling weights up to a 235lb (107kg) cannonball. This early model will use the same controls and hydraulic components as the car-juggling final model, just scaled down. The robot’s interface is a wearable sleeve and glove, which will control the robot through user movement and provide haptic feedback, offering a “proportional force” when the robot catches heavy weights. If you want an idea of what Dan Granett’s BugJuggler will eventually look like, there’s a car-hurling render video right after the Kickstarter video below. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Bike of the future removes the need to shift gears, pedal up hills or pack a lock
Jul29

Bike of the future removes the need to shift gears, pedal up hills or pack a lock

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Biking in Seattle can be less than mellow with all the hills, traffic and especially that rain. But those things are exactly what inspired the Teague team of bicycle designers to build the Denny bike for the Oregon Manifest bike design project. Teague’s model (built by fabricator Tom Sizemore) sports a minimalist frame, which belies all the tech packed inside. First off, you’ve got an electric motor on the front hub (with a removable battery) to boost your pedaling, along with an automatic shifter. To combat the constant showers, the Denny has a simple device with rubber bristles that breaks up the water, rather than a clunky fender. Since city driving is fraught with danger, the Denny also has safety features like daytime running lights, brake lights and turn signals activated by bumping the brake handles. And to keep that minimalist form, the handlebars function as either a nifty quick locking system, or fully detach to secure the frame and back wheel. For now, the bike remains experimental as part of the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project. However, whichever bike wins the contest will actually go into production, and previous champs like the Faraday Porteur have lived on as crowdfunded production models. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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George R.R. Martin says he is ‘not obsessed with weenies’
Jul29

George R.R. Martin says he is ‘not obsessed with weenies’

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. George R.R. Martin strongly prefers boobies to weenies, according to his brief chat with Clevver News at Comic-Con, an event he has been attending since 1987. Last year, South Park had portrayed the celebrated author as obsessed with the male genitalia, possibly due to certain explicit descriptions found in the Song of Ice and Fire books. When asked, Martin enthusiastically refuted the accuracy of the claim, stating it was a “scurrilous rumor” before cheerily explaining, “I have nothing against weenies. Weenies are fine, but I am not obsessed with weenies.” The bluntness is certainly characteristic of 65-year-old Martin, who only recently offered a hearty “fuck you” to those speculating about his inevitable demise. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Daniel Radcliffe turns devilish in new trailer for paranormal murder mystery ‘Horns’
Jul29

Daniel Radcliffe turns devilish in new trailer for paranormal murder mystery ‘Horns’

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Harry Potter might be a movie murderer. Daniel Radcliffe, who played the teen wizard in the eight-film series, has moved on to very different roles since his time at Hogwarts ended. His upcoming film, Horns, sees him adopting an American accent and being accused of killing his girlfriend. The movie’s latest trailer aired first at Comic-Con, and opens with Radcliffe in happier times, before shifting to show him trying to cope as bony appendages grow out of his head and his life falls apart. Horns is based on a book by author Joe Hill, and opens in the US on Halloween after premiering last year at the Toronto film festival. The movie adaptation was directed by Alexandre Aja, who also directed 2003’s blood-soaked Switchblade Romance and wrote the unsettling Maniac, a horror movie shot from the first-person perspective of a killer Elijah Wood. From its trailers, Horns appears slightly less brutal in tone than those movies, but it keeps some of their violence — at the end of the new trailer, a horned Radcliffe incites reporters to beat each other up in a bid to win an exclusive interview with him. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Self-driving mini truck put to the test by US Marines
Jul28

Self-driving mini truck put to the test by US Marines

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Automakers aren’t the only ones working to implement self-driving technology. The US Marine Corps has teamed up with TORC Robotics’ (among others) to work on a Jeep-esque option outfitted with the company’s Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate system – or GUSS to save the mouthful. Here, GUSS is used to power a self-driving version of the Marine two-seater truck dubbed the Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV). As the name suggests, the compact option can be carried on a helicopter or plane for deployment, and its beacon can either send it to a specific location or maneuver it via remote control. As you may recall, TORC’s GUSS system was installed on a Polaris 6×6 ATV a few years back, so the tech has been through its share of tests. The goal is for the vehicle to be used to deliver supplies (up to 1,600 pounds or evacuate wounded soldiers by determining its own route or being controlled from afar at a speed of 8 MPH. An unmanned ITV reamains in the testing phase, but the team sees similar options in the field in the next five years. [Photo credit: TORC Robotics] Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The amazing trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ shows a Middle-earth ready for war
Jul28

The amazing trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ shows a Middle-earth ready for war

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The first teaser trailer for the newly-titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now online for all to view, and it shows a Middle-earth embroiled in massive conflict, with dwarves, elves, wizards, humans, a hobbit, and, of course, a massive, fire-breathing dragon all ready for war. The preview also notably repurposes music from The Return of the King — specifically, the song Billy Boyd as the hobbit Pippin sings as the forces of Minas Tirith are decimated in an epic battle. To go along with the new trailer, the team behind the movie also released a dramatic new poster of Bilbo Baggins kneeling in reflection with his sword Sting. This first look at the movie is coming a little bit later than fans had anticipated — in early July, Jackson said on his Facebook page that the first “full” trailer for the film wouldn’t arrive until October, as there were still lots of VFX shots to be completed. However, this teaser still gives a good idea of what the emotional tone of the final film will be without spoiling much the titular battle. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is scheduled to premiere on December 17th. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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David Attenborough’s next 3D nature doc and new VR experiences are coming soon
Jul26

David Attenborough’s next 3D nature doc and new VR experiences are coming soon

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The 3D hype may have died down from its peak a few years ago, but Sir David Attenborough is continuing to make use of the technology (check after the break for a video explaining some of the infatuation with it) for his critically acclaimed nature documentaries. The latest one is Conquest of the Skies 3D, and Sky has announced that the three 60-minute episodes will air around Christmas in the UK. In order to “tell the evolutionary story of flight” Attenborough and crew are using new 3D macroscopic and high-speed filming techniques, as well as 3D octocopters. What it won’t have is the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus-compatible virtual reality version that was bandied about earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean the tech is on the shelf. Newly-expanding Sky has teamed up with Atlantic Productions, and Atlantic’s new division Alchemy is planning to have VR experiences (that combine live action 3D footage, 360 degree video and CGI) available this fall.   Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s horror film ‘Tusk’ is here and it’s bizarre
Jul25

The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s horror film ‘Tusk’ is here and it’s bizarre

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Kevin Smith promised to unveil the first trailer for his latest horror film Tusk at San Diego Comic-Con, and he delivered this evening. And it’s much weirder than even we expected. Starring Justin Long as a podcaster visiting Canada for a new story, Long’s journey takes a turn when he meets an old man who… winds up surgically turning him into a walrus. It’s as bizarre as all that sounds, and Smith looks like he’s blending body horror with a really strange sense of humor in this movie. We’ll just have to see what comes of it when it hits theaters on September 19th. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Samsung mocks the iPhone 6 before it’s even announced
Jul22

Samsung mocks the iPhone 6 before it’s even announced

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.  No one knows for sure if Apple really is announcing a bigger iPhone, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from taking yet another jab at its rival. The company’s derisive new commercial shows a man excitedly commenting on rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6’s screen size. His enthusiasm is crushed when his friend, who is glued to a Galaxy S5, asks, “This hasn’t happened yet?” The 30-second video then continues with the narrator slyly alluding to the fact that bigger smartphones are available right now — if iPhone proponents are willing to defect, that is. Historically speaking, Samsung has never been shy about deriding Apple products. Just earlier this month, the company had released another commercial, except this one focused on mocking the iPhone’s questionable battery life instead of the display size of an unreleased smartphone. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: The Verge - Read the original article...

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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden was ‘the one person in the f***ing NSA’ that did the right thing
Jul21

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden was ‘the one person in the f***ing NSA’ that did the right thing

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.  Over the weekend, two of the most famous whistleblowers in U.S. history, Edward Snowden and Pentagon papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, sat down at the HopeX hacker conference in New York to discuss how technology can empower dissent and protect your privacy. What began as a calm panel on the state of whistleblowing quickly evolved into a heated discussion on whether Snowden is a traitor and why, in Ellsberg’s words, “Snowden was the one person in the f***ing NSA that did what he absolutely should have done.” Watch the hour-and-a-half long talk below, or skip to the 53-minute mark for Ellsberg’s most intense moment. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Venturebeat - Read the original article...

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Whirlpool’s new machine freshens your clothes in 10 minutes flat (video)
Jul20

Whirlpool’s new machine freshens your clothes in 10 minutes flat (video)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Odds are that you’re used to ironing some of your clothes to keep them wrinkle-free, or taking them to the dry cleaners when you can’t (or just won’t) put them through a washing machine. No great shakes, right? Well, Procter & Gamble and Whirlpool apparently believe that these are terrible burdens — the two have unveiled Swash, an appliance that freshens your clothing one piece at a time. The device uses the combination of heat and a special solution (held in “Swash pods”) to eliminate wrinkles and smells in your apparel without either damaging it or requiring time-consuming care; your duds should be (almost) as good as new in roughly 10 minutes. It doesn’t require water, and it can handle delicate materials like cashmere and lace. At first blush, it looks like a good way to save a favorite coat or sweater from the ravages of time. However, this is most definitely an extravagance. While Reviewed.com found that Swash worked as advertised, you’ll really have to despise dry cleaning to justify the running costs — the device by itself is $499, and each 12-pack of pods is $7. That could quickly add up if you’re using the machine multiple times a week. It’s also not going to remove stains, so you’ll still be in dire straits if you spill a drink on your shirt right before a big date. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Chocolate? Pfft, MIT students are 3D printing with ice cream
Jul16

Chocolate? Pfft, MIT students are 3D printing with ice cream

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sorry, that’s not a 3D-printed ice cream cone, Mr. President. Sure, those 3D printers that can output confectionery creations in sugar, chocolate and other edible substances are great, but a trio of MIT students have upped the awesome. Using a household Cuisinart ice cream maker and a Solidoodle printer, the crew hacked together a device that prints soft serve for an additive manufacturing course. The modified 3D printer is housed inside of a small freezer and a line of liquid nitrogen blasts the dairy dessert as it’s placed, keeping the object solid during the 15-minute process. That time limit was imposed by group, so that when Dairy Queen and the like want to offer custom creations, the wait time won’t seem like an eternity. For now though, there’s a brief glimpse of the action after the break. [Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images] Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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