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Bill Nye's solar particle-powered spacecraft, LightSail, has lost communication with Earth. The spacecraft launched a week ago, but a software glitch has removed the craft's ability to send data back to Earth. "There’s nobody in outer space to push that reset button," Bill Nye told The Planetary Society, the non-profit behind the LightSail project.
Google is expanding its Spotlight Stories program in a big way at I/O this year, taking the short films beyond Motorola phones and toward the Android ecosystem at large — and during today's ATAP presentation Google confirmed they would be coming to YouTube as well. The news came during a presentation about the way Spotlight Stories have expanded from the earlier animated shorts, put together by classic animators like Glen Keane, and into the world of live-action — most specifically with Help, a short from Fast & Furious director Justin Lin about an alien invasion descending upon Los Angeles. Variety broke the YouTube news earlier this week. Rather than going for the full field-of-view immersion that something like Oculus (or Google Cardboard) strives for, Spotlight Stories use the screen of your smartphone as a virtual viewfinder, allowing the user to spin around and look wherever they like in a full 360-degree environment.
During the ATAP keynote at Google I/O, Google engineer Rafa Camargo demoed a functioning Project Ara smartphone. Project Ara, which was announced last year, is a modular smartphone system that lets you swap out components such as a processor, camera, battery, and more without having to purchase an entirely new phone. Camargo built a phone by sliding modules into a frame, turned it on, then added a camera module and took a picture of the audience.
There's one very simple rule in virtual reality development: don't make people sick. It's a problem that Google Cardboard designers Jon Wiley and Alex Faaborg are all too conscious of. Since unveiling the cheap Cardboard headset a year ago, Google estimates that over a million of them have made it into the hands of VR enthusiasts.
This summer movie season has been full of action-packed blockbusters, from the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron to the surprisingly awesome Mad Max: Fury Road, but the best movie of the season isn’t in theaters. Nope, the only way to watch the best movie of the summer is to find it on YouTube. That movie is Kung Fury. READ MORE: These movies and shows are being removed from Netflix in June – watch them while you can! Ok, so a few things worth clarifying. First, Kung Fury is technically a short — it’s only 30 minutes from start to finish, but any longer and it might have overstayed its welcome. Second, Kung Fury is a Kickstarter project that originated after a team of filmmakers
Mysterious vans owned by Apple have been popping up in cities across the US, and now we may finally know why. 9to5Mac reports that Apple is using the vans to collect mapping data for a much-needed overhaul to Apple Maps. The project is apparently meant to give Apple three things: high-quality mapping data, photos of storefronts, and 3D imagery for its own take on Street View. There appears to be no connection between this project and Apple's supposed self-driving car initiative.
Remember back in 2012 when a local Fox affiliate thought some crazy iPhone 5 concept with a built-in laser keyboard and hologram projector was real? The video featuring that iPhone concept phone has since amassed more than 69 million views on YouTube, and it looks like at least a few of those views were Lenovo employees. That’s right, Lenovo plans to make that crazy concept a reality. DON’T MISS: Here it comes: Get ready for the death of unlimited mobile data plans Lenovo on Thursday showed off a concept video detailing what it’s calling “Smart Cast.” The technology imagined in the video is identical to the “iPhone 5″ we saw years ago in that infamous video — a built-in projector casts a keyboard or
The incredibly cool touch-sensitive fabric that Google's ATAP unit is demonstrating here at I/O 2015 won't be limited to Mountain View's labs. Levi's just announced that it's partnering with Google to turn Project Jacquard into proper fashion. "We’ve got the genius pirates at ATAP who can help us develop and deliver this platform," said Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss, pointing to Levi's own expertise in fabric development and supply chain as the other ingredients that can put Google's technology inside a future pair of jeans.
Google debuted Android Pay during yesterday's opening keynote at its I/O developer conference. Customers can walk into a store, say, "I would like to pay with Google" and walk out without having touched their wallet or phone. At yesterday's Google event it was announced Hands Free would be starting in beta at Papa John's and McDonald's, so if it work they will soon have a broad base of stores at which to deploy.
For a while now I’ve been very wary of AT&T’s “sponsored data” program that allows companies to pay AT&T money in exchange for their services being exempt from the carrier’s data caps. This has the potential to seriously distort the market for online services by giving AT&T outsize power to pick winners and losers — after all, what chance would an upstart video streaming company have against an established company if its users are constantly worrying about being hit with overage fees for using it? DON’T MISS: The ultimate humiliation: Jay Z’s Tidal could lose Beyoncé if it doesn’t pay Sony big bucks Several tech companies, including Netflix, Cogent and Dish, have argued that such “sponsored data” arrangements set a dangerous precedent for