On September 10th, a Japanese rocket carrying cargo bound for the International Space Station (ISS) was unable to launch after a fire broke out on the launch pad. No-one was hurt, but the whole thing was a little unusual.
In the past few decades, technology has allowed us to live a reality that seemed like magic not so long ago. Talking to people on the other side of the planet? Easy. Flying in the air? Done. Man on the moon? Pfft. We did that in the sixties. Since science is getting more confident, and maybe a little egotistical, scientists have thought up a new scheme that sounds quite fantastical to us (although I guess that's what people thought before the internet existed). Scientists want to build an elevator that goes to the moon. Who knows, at the rate of technological advancement today, maybe it isn't so crazy. Lets wait a few years and see what happens.
For the first time in history, a surgeon performed heart surgery without actually being in the room. Or building. Or town. The surgeon was 20 miles away from their patient, and the surgery was done with the assistance of a robot. Yes, we are officially living in the future.
Colonization of the moon isn't too far off: plans for permanent lunar bases are already in motion, and the equipment for cheaply transporting people to the moon is in it's first stages of conception. But once we get there, humans will have to live inside buildings (or whatever the moon-equivalent will be called). So, in consideration of this, astronomers on the ISS mixed cement to see what zero-gravity cement would turn out like.
The world's largest computer chip is called the Wafer Scale Engine, and it's slightly bigger than an iPad. This isn't huge - unless you compare it to the current size of computer chips, which are around the size of a finger nail or postage stamp. Now that's a big difference. And even more impressive is what the world's biggest computer chip will be able to do.
Robots are no longer a fantasy of the future. For centuries, humans have been hypothesizing about robots. Now, technology is advancing at such a fast rate that our fantasies (or nightmares) are becoming true. Robots are, whether or not we like it, going to continue to be more involved in our lives. So we might as well welcome our robotic overlords. Here are twelve GIFs of some very cool robots that exist today.
Tinder, the hugely successfully dating app, will soon be a party game for the whole family.
Just in time for the holidays, Tinder comes to Apple TV, which the company is hoping will make for a new Christmas tradition: Helping your sad child with their sad dating life.
In a press release, Tinder announced their excitement for making Tinder a part of family bonding time. For some reason Tinder is really invested in the idea of the family gathering around the TV and deciding who you hook up with next. In a press release, they pitch a scenario:
“No phones at the dinner table? No problem. Now you can spot Swipe Right potential from across the room. Need a second opinion before you Super Like? Good news: the cousins from Omaha just rolled in. Plus, why swipe alone when you can let Aunt Donna have a say? She’s known you since you were two; she’s watched you grow. If she says you should Swipe Right on that nice girl in the penguin costume, you Swipe Right on that nice girl in the penguin costume. Seriously man, show Aunt Donna some respect.”
They are really concerned with Aunt Donna, considering “she’s known you since you were two; she’s watched you grow.” This is very gross.
The instructions stay on brand:
Yeah, let your sister have a turn. Enjoy Tinder with your sister, Aunt Donna, and the rest of your family because that’s not weird at all.
Anyway, Tinder is coming to Apple TV with a new remote so you can blankly swipe left or right and hope that someone writes you back. Only now, your family can help you choose who you hook up with. How did we ever get by without having Tinder to gross us out?
They have a whole host of videos of the family enjoying Tinder together — again, this is such a strange ad campaign. You can check them out here, if you want to get lost in the saga that is this family using Tinder together.
While everyone was yelling at Apple about their wireless headphones, hackers were busy figuring out how to hack the ones in your ears.
Wired magazine is reporting about a group of researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University who were able to turn a pair of earbuds into a couple of microphones that could be used to spy on you. They are calling the project “Speake(a)r.” Now that’s some clever marketing.
This wasn’t designed to do anything malicious, but rather to alert us to how hackers could find a way “to hijack a computer to record audio even when the device’s microphones have been entirely removed or disabled.”
While it’s long been known that you can turn a pair of headphones into a mic, the researches were able to display a real vulnerability. This piece of malware can record audio even when the headphones remain connected into an input-only jack and don’t even have a microphone channel on their plug.” What’s more, it works on Windows, MacOS, and most laptops. So if this piece of malware ends up on your computer, consider your line bugged.
Cool. I guess that that piece of tape over your laptop camera isn’t enough. Time to snip those earbuds as well.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be in a secret underground bunker surrounded by cans of Heinz baked beans and three feet of concrete.
Ew, you're still using an iPhone 7? How quaint.
Despite being just eight weeks old, the iPhone 7 is already old hat, as rumors of the iPhone 8 have already begun to surface. A report from the Nikkei Asian Review says that tests at Foxconn, the infamous iPhone production plant, have started. After all, the iPhone 7 is really old and can barely even function anymore.
Let's breeze past the obvious new features of the iPhone 8. It will likely be the thinnest, lightest, and fastest iPhone ever, with the best camera ever put in an iPhone. Cool. Where's the good stuff?
"Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, is making wireless charging modules," says Nikkei. Finally, wireless charging, and to think, the iPhone 7 (remember that thing?) still uses a wire.
The addition of wireless charging should please iPhone 7 users. If you can recall about 60 days ago, Apple took a “courageous” step and removed headphone jacks from their phones, leaving just one port to charge the battery and listen to music. But who can even remember such things? It was so long ago.
One thing's for sure, these are all unconfirmed rumors, and we have no idea when the next iPhone will actually be released. In the meantime, you'll just have to stick it out with your decrepit iPhone 7. Who knows? Maybe 2017 will be the year we finally get the Transformer iPhone.
Parrot's new Disco drone is now for sale!
The drone has impressive new specs for the market:
-Removable wings that resemble a hawk in flight:
-Ultralight, 725 g (1.6 lb)
-Made from expanded polypropylene
-Extended 45-minute flight time (compared to the 20 to 25 minutes most drones run)
-Speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h), killing average 37 mph (60 km/h) drone speeds
-First-person view (FPV) capability, where a nose-camera live streams the drone's view back to a set of virtual reality goggles
Grab it here for just under $1,300, just don't fall down a mountain in those goggles.