Aereo says it’s not dead yet, despite Supreme Court ruling otherwise

See the original posting on The Verge

It may not be curtains for internet television broadcasting company Aereo, which shut down last month following a ruling by the US Supreme Court that it violated the Copyright Act. In a new court filing today, the company says it believes it can operate once again, and within the confines of the Supreme Court decision by existing legally as a cable system instead of an equipment provider. Under current law, that would protect any transmissions it’s picking up from being prohibited, the company wrote in a joint letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan.

Continue reading…

Twitterball

See the original posting on TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 5.21.29 PM In the old days of Twitter — at least ‘old’ by Silicon Valley 2.0 standards, which is anything over five years — you could count on a couple of things. First, Twitter would go down almost every time people started really seriously using it. There’s a reason ‘fail whale’ is still part of our vocabulary.
The second is that every time that there was a… Read More

MOBA Games Come Of Age On The iPad With Hammer & Chisel’s Fates Forever

See the original posting on TechCrunch

fates-forever It seems obvious. Tablets should hold the future of immersive, dedicated gaming.
But it’s taken several years for both the caliber of mobile gaming startups and tablet penetration to hit that inflection point.
2014 may be the year.
There are a few notable contenders vying to make the tablet’s definitive MOBA, or multiplayer online battle arena game. You know, like those… Read More

Forget “OK Glass”, MindRDR Is A New Google Glass App That You Control With Your Thoughts

See the original posting on TechCrunch

InUse2 Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team based out of an interactive studio called This Place, in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart of an even more seamless way of interacting with the device: with the power of your mind.
MindRDR, as the app is… Read More

Google Maps can now tell you the exact distance between two points

See the original posting on The Verge

Google Maps is making it a whole lot easier to find out exactly how far apart any two (or more) points are on a map. As of yesterday, you can now right click anywhere on Google Maps on the web and choose “measure distance” to bring up a digital ruler that’ll tell you just how far away its final point is. You aren’t confined to the streets either: Maps can measure from any one point to another, be it in the ocean, on a building, or on the other side of the globe. Multiple points can be dropped down too, allowing the ruler to change directions.

Though Google Maps has always given distance measurements when routing directions, those have been confined to whatever paths are along the route. If you wanted to simply measure between two points…

Continue reading…

The Oculus Rift meat puppets are here

See the original posting on The Verge

Body swapping is a dream of both science fiction and present-day virtual reality. What would it be like to spend a day as a model, or a rock star, or a child? Designer Yifei Chai wants his Pretender Project to answer that very question. But in the process, he’s learning how hard it can be to condense a collective cultural dream into a real project.

Visit the Royal College of Art to see Chai’s project, and you might be asked to don a pair of Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles and stand in front of a Kinect. Suddenly, you’ll be seeing out of someone else’s eyes — the eyes of your “avatar,” probably Chai. Put your hand up, and an electric current will lift his too. Bend your elbow, and his will follow, clumsily. It’s not just imitation….

Continue reading…

Bitcoin Foundation Hires Lobbying Group To Take The Cryptocurrency To Washington

See the original posting on TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 1.39.34 PM Today the Bitcoin Foundation announced that it has retained a lobbying group to press its interests in the nations capital.  The selected firm, Thorsen French Advocacy, will “introduce Bitcoin and the foundation to Capitol Hill offices” according to the Foundation. Consider it a sign of the times. Lobbying and political activity has risen among technology companies, as their… Read More

These two guys think cutting things with spoons will be their next viral hit

See the original posting on The Verge

Spoons are meant for soup, yogurt, and other foods that, looked at another way, could be considered drinks. But did you know that the spoon can also be used to cut things? In fact, any relatively strong piece of material with a flat side can be used to cut things, and that discovery seems to be the inspiration for Cut Dat Commentary, a four-month-old YouTube channel starring a man in an apron who uses a spoon to cut various foods, such as a cucumber, ghost pepper, or American cheese, on a wooden cutting board.

We never see the man’s face, only his anonymous arms attacking the food. He approaches first with faux precision, then usually just starts hacking. Most of the short videos end with a mangled piece of fruit or vegetable (see the M…

Continue reading…

1 5,156 5,157 5,158 5,159 5,160 5,202