NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

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NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio, scientists with NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratories in Houston, Texas, presented a paper indicating they had achieved a small amount of thrust from a container that had no traditional fuels, only microwaves, bouncing around inside it. If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that’s a big “if,” since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months,…

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Pilot Varsity – low cost, smooth writing fountain pen

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pilot-pensMy sister is in town and she brought with her a 7-pack of Pilot Varsity fountain pens. Each one is a different color. I tried them out and love them. The ink flows smoothly and looks great in my notebook and even on cheap printer paper. Amazon sells the seven pack for $14, and you can buy 3-packs and single pens there, too.

Pilot Varsity fountain pens, 7-Pack

Take a first look at Josh Brolin as Thanos in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Marvel gave Comic-Con attendees an early look at a number of its upcoming movies last week, and one of the biggest surprises it showed is now online for the rest of the world to see. At the very end of a sizzle reel highlighting all of its superhero films to date, Marvel gave a sneak peek at Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos, as he appears in Guardians of the Galaxy. Given that the movie is now out, Marvel fans will soon get to see a lot more of Thanos than just this tiny glimpse — and there’s no doubt that he’ll appear quite a bit more in the future. For now, if you can’t wait, watch until the very end of the video for brief glimpse.

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Facebook Is Down For Many

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Zuckerberg Arrington Facebook appears to be down right now for many. If you load the website, you will get an error like the one you can see below. The website has been down for around 10 minutes now.
Similarly, you get a network error in the mobile apps and your content won’t refresh. Some TechCrunch writers could load the website, but when they clicked on something, they got the error message. So if… Read More

Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

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Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 12.23.01 PM A new mobile application called Phantom is offering a way to post personal photos and videos to blogs and social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, which “self-destruct” like they do in Snapchat, while also offering controls that limit the number of people who can view the content, and more. The idea to allow for ephemeral sharing on Facebook and other sites is interesting,… Read More

Post-apocalyptic photography with ‘The Last of Us’ on PS4

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If all Naughty Dog did in bringing The Last of Us Remastered to the PlayStation 4 was upgrade the post-apocalyptic PS3 hit’s graphics and boost the frame rate, a lot of people would have been satisfied enough. But there’s another way that the game looks better than ever: its photo mode, which lets you freeze the action at any time to compose and share beautiful still pictures. The mode is the work of Jason Gregory and Artem Kovalovs, who were tasked by the studio’s co-presidents with building…

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GiveMeSport Might Be The HuffPo For Sport

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Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 16.36.00 It’s a weird move for a online content startup to launch a print magazine. Can you imagine Buzzfeed or the Huffington Post doing that? But that’s what GiveMeSport did this week, showcasing it’s new high-end quarterly title at a celeb-packed launch in London. Outside of the usual bluster, what co-founder and CEO Nick Thain appears to be doing is creating a sports destination… Read More

What next for Samsung?

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For the past few years, Samsung has been on top of the smartphone world, outselling Apple’s iPhone and besting everyone else by creating powerful phones with big screens and small prices. But now the Korean company is getting a taste of its own medicine as a variety of small Chinese manufacturers are starting to deliver even cheaper phones with no less impressive capabilities. The smartphone market can’t stop growing, but Samsung smartphone sales are actually falling — and while undercutting the competition on price is still a viable strategy, others are now doing it better.

The world’s biggest smartphone maker didn’t get there by accident. Having spent years toiling in the shadow of feature-phone leaders like Nokia and Sony Ericsson,…

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Beats is now officially part of Apple

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Beats Electronics is now part of Apple’s family. Both companies today published statements on their respective websites essentially confirming that the $3 billion acquisition announced in May is already complete. “Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do,” Apple said. “Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music.” CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter with his own messaging welcoming Dre, Iovine, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and other Beats employees to Apple.

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Google Barge Sold For Scrap

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477983_61903-googlebarge-e1406854745937 Portland’s Google barge is no more, it seems. Remember the Google mystery barges? Toward the end of last year, the tech world was abuzz with curiosity about why Google had anchored barges in Portland, Maine and San Francisco. Floating data centers? Secret projects? The search giant finally clued us in: the company was planning to use the barges as interactive spaces to teach people… Read More

What I learned shooting with the Lytro Illum

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I’ve been fascinated with Lytro since the company published its first “living” photos in 2011. Having gotten into semi-pro photography well after the shift to digital, it was exciting to get swept up in the idea that we might be quickly approaching another big revolution. So you could say I was thrilled when we finally got our hands on the Lytro Illum, a newer, better version that actually looked like a camera and not a tube of lipstick.

I instantly loved the Illum. At the outset there were…

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Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

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notes As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is one interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school. That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most interesting finding was that 91 percent of college students prefer to take notes by hand. Almost all… Read More

Apple Officially Welcomes Beats As It Completes $404M Purchase Of Vivendi/Universal Shares

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Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 9.37.01 AM Apple has a new splash page welcoming Beats to its family, with a declaration expressing excitement that both Beats Music and Beats Electronics have joined the Cupertino-based company. The page includes a brief one-paragraph explainer about why the company was a good fit, and expressing optimism for what the companies can do together in the future. A link on the page, which features a… Read More

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