See what ‘Futurama’ would look like in glorious 3D

See the original posting on The Verge

None of us will live to see the year 3000, but Alexy Zakharov’s 30-second video provides a glimpse of what we’ll be missing. Using a full suite of computer graphics software, the artist has created a gorgeously detailed rendition of Futurama’s New New York, which looks far more impressive in 3D than it does in its two-dimensional form. The details are amazing. We’re especially impressed with the holographic MomCorp ad and the Planet Express delivery spaceship’s battered hull. Be sure to check out Zakharov’s Behance page for more Futurama related media.

Continue reading…

UK police start using face recognition software to catch criminals

See the original posting on The Verge

British police officers have this week started using facial recognition software designed to automatically identify criminals from digital images. Police in Leicestershire become the first in the UK to test NEC’s NeoFace software, which the force says is capable of comparing any digital image of a suspect with photos held on its database, by comparing “dozens of measurements” against key facial features.

The force says the new software, which it has been evaluating for several months, cuts down on the amount of time officers need to spend sifting its database of more than 90,000 photos for possible matches. The method will soon be copied across the Atlantic ocean — the FBI is set to deploy its own facial recognition system, called Next…

Continue reading…

Beat by LG: new mid-range smartphone drops the G3’s size and specs

See the original posting on The Verge

LG has announced the G3 Beat, its mid-tier alternative to the power-packed LG G3. “Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” says LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park in a statement. The new smartphone features a 5-inch HD IPS display, with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent but a significantly lower resolution of 1,280 x 720. Similarly, its rear camera resolution has been reduced from 13 megapixels to eight megapixels, although it retains the G3’s unique laser focusing mechanism.

Nonetheless, the LG G3 Beat’s comparatively modest specifications are not necessarily synonymous…

Continue reading…

Marvel is replacing Steve Rogers with the first black Captain America

See the original posting on The Verge

Marvel is making big changes this year. In a special announcement made on the Colbert Report this evening, the comics giant is preparing to have Steve Rogers pass his star-spangled shield on to Sam Wilson, making Wilson (otherwise known as the Falcon) the first black Captain America. This shift comes only a day after Marvel revealed plans to change yet another founding Avenger, Thor, into a woman this fall, and follows with Marvel’s overall push for more diversity in its biggest titles.

That Colbert got to announce the change is altogether fitting; Cap’s shield has been on display on the show since early 2007, ever since Marvel “bequeathed” the shield to the host after Steve Rogers’ assumed death in the aftermath of the Civil War event…

Continue reading…

3D-printed armor turns Barbie into a medieval badass

See the original posting on The Verge

When Barbie appeared in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue earlier this year, it ignited newfound controversy over Mattel’s 50-year-plus tradition of using the doll to prop up absurd body image standards. Lost in the debate was the indisputable fact that her typical outfits are entirely inappropriate for storming a castle — but thanks to 3D designer Jim Rodda, that’s been resolved. Rodda has created the “Faire Play Battle Set,” comprising three full sets of 3D-printed battle armor for the iconic figurine. The designer has previously designed a number of 3D-printable items of a medieval persuasion, including functional miniature ballistae and catapults for tabletop gaming.

Continue reading…

DirecTV’s new Sunday Ticket streaming service isn’t ‘football for all’ but it’s close

See the original posting on The Verge

Getting your football fix will be slightly easier in 2014, so long as you’re willing to pay for it. For the upcoming NFL season, DirecTV is introducing NFL Sunday Ticket TV, a streaming service that will let certain fans — even those without a satellite cable package — watch every out-of-market game each week. But where you can watch depends on how much money you’re willing to give DirecTV, and anyone hesitant about forking over at least $300 faces a tough decision.


Sunday Ticket TV isn’t quite the streaming football service fans have been dreaming of. Nor is it really targeted at cord cutters. But it does provide some new, cheaper ways to watch. First, there’s a $199.99 “Digital” tier that offers access to live games on your…

Continue reading…

Chicago is installing a superconducting cable that can stop power outages in a disaster

See the original posting on The Verge

It’s the nightmare scenario: a terrorist attack, or a huge storm, or any one of countless other disasters, hits a major city. Millions are left without power. It happened during Hurricane Sandy, and many times before then, and it’s bound to happen again. Chicago’s new program wants to prepare for when it does. Commonwealth Edison will soon begin work on a new system that would keep the city’s business center, the Loop, protected during a catastrophe, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Continue reading…

Federal court rules California’s death penalty unconstitutional

See the original posting on The Verge

A federal judge in Orange County, California today struck down the state’s death penalty, arguing that the system is so fractured, it violates the state’s constitution.

Filed today by US District Judge Cormac J. Carney in the Central District of California, today’s opinion — posted here by KWMU — explains that more than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978, but only 13 have been executed.

The ruling ruled not based on the idea that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional, but rather that the delays and uncertainty constitute cruel and unusual punishment. For the hundreds of prisoners on death row, the opinion reads, “the dysfunctional administration of California’s death penalty system has resulted, and…

Continue reading…

Watch the first trailer for ’12 Monkeys’ on Syfy

See the original posting on The Verge

Syfy is reimagining Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys as television show, and it’s just released the first trailer for it. The series appears to retain the film’s twisting time-travel arcs that find its characters journeying back to the past to prevent the planet from reaching a devastated future. This trailer doesn’t make the show appear quite as promising as you might hope, but things are still early: the series isn’t going to premiere until January 2015. Starring in the show is Aaron Stanford (X2), Amanda Schull (Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Damages), and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), and the first season is planned to include 13 episodes.

Continue reading…

The best set-top box you can buy

See the original posting on The Verge

The numbers don’t lie. When Netflix accounts for more than a third of US internet bandwidth, when streaming services are racking up Emmys by the truckload, when cable subscriber numbers dwindle while Amazon Prime Video sign-ups soar, it’s hard to avoid the fact that the age of streaming video is upon us.

That’s not to say we’ve all canceled cable; far from it. But we’ve found other services to supplement ESPN and HBO, better ways to fill time than aimlessly surfing 900 channels to find…

Continue reading…

Here’s why your Comcast rep is yelling at you

See the original posting on The Verge

In 2006, a man named Vincent Ferrari called AOL and tried to cancel his internet service. It took him 21 minutes as an increasingly desperate customer service rep named John tried to talk him out of it. “You used this quite a lot,” John says, in a recording Ferrari made of part of the call. “Last month was 545 hours of usage.”

“I don’t know how to make this any clearer, so I’m just going to say it one last time,” Ferrari says. “Cancel. The. Account.”

It goes on.

Last week, AOL vice president Ryan Block had a similar experience with a Comcast rep. Block and his wife spent around 18 minutes on the phone as an aggressive call-center employee asks questions like, “Why is it that you’re not wanting to have the No. 1 rated internet, No. 1…

Continue reading…

Ron Howard is directing a concert documentary on The Beatles

See the original posting on The Verge

The Beatles will be back on the big screen next year in a new documentary from Ron Howard, the director behind movies such as A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci CodeAccording to Variety, Howard’s documentary will focus on The Beatles’ on-tour performances, from their 1960s’ beginnings in Liverpool to their final show in San Francisco during 1966. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated,” Howard says. Howard plans to have the documentary in theaters next year.

Continue reading…

Scientists are one step closer to replacing mechanical pacemakers with biological ones

See the original posting on The Verge

Cardiologists in Los Angeles have developed a gene-therapy technique that allows them to transform working heart-muscle cells into cells that regulate a pigs’ heartbeat. This procedure, described today in the Science Translational Medicine, restored normal heart rates for two weeks in pigs that usually rely on mechanical pacemakers. The experiment, researchers say, could lead to lifesaving therapies for people who suffer infections following the implantation of a mechanical pacemaker.

Continue reading…

Samsung moves into Beats territory with US launch of $350 headphones

See the original posting on The Verge

Apple and Samsung are already bitter enemies in the smartphone world, and headphones may be their next battleground. Samsung has just launched its “Level” family of high-end audio products in the United States. Each will be available to purchase from Gilt beginning tomorrow.

The lineup, first introduced in April, is led by Level Over, a $349.99 pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation, NFC pairing, and what Samsung claims is “powerful, clear, sharp sound.” They can also be plugged in thanks to a detachable audio cable (with microphone and remote controls for your smartphone). And if you don’t like the way Level Over headphones sound out of the box, Samsung also offers an Android app that allows for EQ…

Continue reading…

The scuba diver social network that could save your life

See the original posting on The Verge

For divers swimming hundreds of feet beneath the ocean’s surface, communication is a notorious challenge. Crews have developed an extensive language of hand signals to express their needs, but they’re hampered by one obvious caveat: the signals rely on people looking at each other. A flat hand making a cutting motion at a throat to indicate “I’m running out of air” is no good if your dive partner is distracted by a shoal of fish. Such challenges help explain why suffocation is the leading cause of diving fatalities, alongside being trapped in underwater caves or wrecks and equipment defects.

Continue reading…

Weird Al rants about the Illuminati in parody of Lorde’s ‘Royals’

See the original posting on The Verge

Weird Al is getting a bit weirder for day three in the eight days of music video releases to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun. This third parody is of Lorde’s breakout single “Royals,” which Al twists into a strange infomercial for aluminum foil. The song, called “Foil,” translates surprisingly well, but it’s partway through that things start to get really odd. “Oh by the way I’ve cracked the code,” Al sings. “I figured out these shadow organizations / and the Illuminati know / that they’re finally primed for world domination.” Patton Oswalt costars in the video, and Reno 911! stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant cameo as secret agents to wrap things up.

Al is now through several of the biggest parodies on his new album….

Continue reading…

California will fine you $500 per day for using too much water

See the original posting on The Verge

California is in a serious drought, one that’s cost thousands of farming jobs and billions of dollars to fight, and will likely continue through 2015, even if El Niño brings some relief. In a move to curb unnecessary use, the state approved major regulations Tuesday that will let law enforcement and government water agencies hand out $500-a-day fines for offenses that waste water, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Continue reading…

IBM is Apple’s simplest solution to selling more iPads

See the original posting on The Verge

Apple and IBM are now partners. Having once defined the opposing sides of the personal-computer coin, the two American giants are now uniting in a wide-ranging partnership to transform the business world. Playing to their strengths, one will provide iPhones, iPads, and excellent customer support, while the other will help craft “made-for-business” apps and add device management, security, and analytics for enterprise clients. It’s an overt assault on BlackBerry’s last bastion of strength, the phone in every suit pocket, and should strike fear into the hearts of other mobile contenders like Samsung, Google, and Microsoft. The scariest thing about this deal, though, is how simple and obvious it is. Enterprise is notoriously complicated,…

Continue reading…

Largest four-winged dinosaur discovered in China

See the original posting on The Verge

At some point in the age of the dinosaurs, evolution diverged, and we were left with the infamous velociraptor and the not-so-intimidating microraptor, a close descendent of modern birds. The latest addition to that group is Changyuraptor yangi (C. yangi for short), a newly discovered four-winged animal that weighed about nine pounds and measured 51 inches from snout to tail.

Continue reading…

Netflix says ‘no rules’ would be better than FCC’s net neutrality proposal

See the original posting on The Verge

Netflix filed a comment with the FCC yesterday strongly condemning the commission’s new net neutrality proposal, which would allow internet service providers to offer so-called “fast lanes” to companies that can afford them. “No rules would be better than rules legalizing discrimination on the internet,” Netflix writes in a lengthy reply to the FCC. Netflix argues that the new rules will turn the goal of an open internet “on its head,” making the internet look more like the convoluted and stagnating cable TV landscape than the innovative and quickly developing platform that we’ve come to see the internet as.

Continue reading…

1 1,845 1,846 1,847 1,848 1,849 1,858