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Science TV shows are enjoying a small renaissance, it seems. Virtually in sync with the first episode of the Cosmos reboot, Facebook page and stand-alone website I F-ing Love Science (yes, we know how that's really written) has announced that it's getting a TV show on the Science Channel around the third quarter of the year. Late night talk show host Craig Ferguson will present the series, while page founder Elise Andrew (shown at center) will contribute behind the scenes.
We’re hoping to spend much more time in 2014 than we have in years past showcasing beautifully designed software, and we have a few early efforts under our belt already. Most recently, we highlighted five gorgeous iPhone apps and we also ran a pair of posts covering awesome Android apps that do things the iPhone cannot. As we come across great deals on well-designed apps, however, we’ll also bring them to your attention individually — and such is the case with Andrew J Clark’s “Numerical.” Numerical is exactly what a simple iOS app should be: well thought out, well-designed and easy to use. In a nutshell, Numerical is a simple calculator app that improves upon Apple’s stock app in a number
But a number of nagging issues kept it from being the phablet to buy, and it was easily overshadowed by Samsung’s more popular Galaxy Note devices. It also suffers from holding the shutter open too long — a common problem with phones with optical stabilization — which made it difficult for me to get a sharp picture of my fast-moving toddler or a restless pet.
I learned about day trading but I also learned a lot about myself and what I was good at, what I was horrible at, and what I was psychotic at. Things that had nothing to do with day trading. Day trading is the best job in the world on the days you make money. All of these lessons I will certainly use today, many years after I stopped day trading.
Inspired by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Virgin founder Richard Branson has taken to his blog to say that businesses should begin standing up against climate change deniers. "While Tim told sustainability skeptics to 'get out of our stock,'" Branson writes, "I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way." Cook's statements came at a recent shareholders meeting, where he soundly shot down a proposal rooted in climate change denial that would have had Apple putting its bottom line above its interests in sustainability. ...
If you yearn for bizarre flavor combinations and unexpected ethnic fusions, IBM's Cognitive Cooking program could give you your next great meal. Tom's Guide had a chance to go hands-on (and teeth-on) with Cognitive Cooking firsthand at SxSW 2014. IBM set up a food truck near the Austin Convention Center and allowed users to vote for a dish on Twitter.
The title is a side-scrolling action/platformer that owes a lot to the Nintendo classic "Contra." Players traverse levels, jumping from platform to platform, blasting terrorists and dodging environmental hazards like land mines. During our brief playthrough, we encountered Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Wesley Snipes, Will Smith, Mr. T, Arnold Schwarzenegger (from both "Predator" and "The Terminator") and Sylvester Stallone (from both "Rambo" and "Judge Dredd").
Digital comic giant ComiXology announced its "ComiXology Submit" self-publishing initiative at SXSW 2013, and the company's commitment to the little guys is as strong as ever at this year's show. To keep the spotlight on creators of indie comics, ComiXology is allowing users to nab the "Submit Starter Pack," which gives them 100 digital comic books for $10 from now through Mar. 10. Since the launch of ComiXology Submit at last year's SXSW, a total of 1,007 independent comics have been released through the app.
Gaming loves weird mash-ups, from Disney and Square Enix colliding in "Kingdom Hearts" to Sonic and Mario competing together at the Sochi Olympics. Combining frenetic first-person shooter "Borderlands" with the measured, thoughtful storytelling of Telltale Games is a bizarre idea, for sure, but "Tales from the Borderlands" is happening, and the developers have revealed some tantalizing secrets about it.
With Faceshift, facial motion capture technology is coming to the masses. This multi-national software maker recently launched markerless face animation software, which allows you to easily create a 3D model based on a human face. We went face-on with the latest version of the app at SXSW 2014, digitally immortalizing our mug in a number of humorous ways.
It's not hard to find a high-quality 3D printer, but finding one that won't break the bank is another story. Tinkerine, a 3D printing company from Vancouver, will soon launch its Ditto Pro printer. Tom's Guide took a look at the Ditto Pro firsthand at SxSW 2014.
Unlike film, gaming does not have one definitive awards show. This year, SXSW decided to try its hand at hosting one, and the results were encouraging. The Inaugural SXSW Gaming Awards celebrated a variety of games from a wide range of developers, complete with good humor and a pleasant mix of high- and lowbrow comedy.
Whatever your reason is, PPLConnect is providing a solution by sending your smartphone to the cloud. Currently in beta on Google Play, PPLConnect syncs with your phone number to allow you to make calls and texts from any external device running the app. We went hands-on with the upcoming program at SxSW 2014, where we were able to use PPLConnect to communicate across several platforms using the same phone number.
Making its debut in 2013, Zya is a free iOS music app that lets players remix today's top tracks with a few taps of the screen. Developer Music Mastermind brought the latest build of the digital DJ game to SXSW 2014, showing some new features while revealing special plans to let one lucky player win a record deal and $10,000 cash.
Motion controls never really took off among hardcore gamers, partially because waving a remote to mimic swinging a sword is not much more immersive than hitting a button. The Virtuix Omni takes the experience one step further by hooking players into a harness and letting them walk or run to control their in-game movements.
Partaking in the New York City theater scene isn't always cheap or accessible, especially if you're a tourist. Stage17, a new social network geared primarily toward women of a theatrical bent, aims to make the world of NYC theater accessible to everyone, with eclectic programming and a nonexistent price tag.
Epson first unveiled its Moverio BT-200 smart glasses at CES 2014, and the wearable accessory has gained some healthy app support in just a few months. A variety of Moverio app developers flocked to SXSW 2014, showing off the various business and entertainment benefits of Epson's futuristic goggles.
That's where Wello comes in. This innovative smartphone case has built-in sensors for measuring vitals like your blood pressure, blood oxygen and heart rate via the Wello app, allowing you to get a quick glance at your personal health without using any fancy fitness tech.We went hands-on with Wello at SxSW 2014, sampling the $199 health-conscious case before its slated summer release. The Wello case itself is pretty no-frills, sporting an all-black plastic design that snapped onto the iPhone 5s on display.
We've already had our noses on the buttery "Poptopia" iPhone game, and this time we followed the scent of "Olfacio," a free iPad app based on floral fragrances. "Olfacio," which is Latin for "smell," is an app based on creating your own flower inspired by the work of Belgian artist Peter De Cupere. To get started, you pick one of 10 scratch and sniff cards (available in a pack for 15 euros), including the mint-scented "Laurus Flores" and the more fruity "Rubus Idaeus." You then place your two flowers of choice inside Olfacio's on-screen "odor incubator," which will display an image of each plant after you've placed its respective card on your iPad's display.