It almost seems like a petty fight, but hours after Vine arrived on Android – finally – we get to see how it really fares against existing social networks (it piggybacks Twitter, but is separate, know what I mean?) like the still new-ish Instagram. Sure, it feels like an apples to oranges comparison, but they’re also similar enough that we can draw severe comparisons and dismiss one entirely. Namely, Vine, because it’s silly.
It’s a major win for Kim Dotcom today as the New Zealand High Court ruled that items obtained during last year’s raid must be returned to him. The High Court deemed that the search warrants were illegal due to their generic nature and did not adequately describe the charges being brought against Dotcom. Read the rest of this article…
If you’ve never heard of Duolingo and you’ve been wanting to learn a new language, listen up. This entirely free service is now available on iOS and Android, making it even easier to learn a new language. I’ve been using Duolingo to learn German and I’m not that far – Ich einen Apfel, anyone? – but I do find the way Duolingo teaches easy to follow. Read the rest of this article…
I’ve still never seen a Tesla in real-world operation, but I’m a complete fanboy. The problem is that they’re trying to sell the car to Americans, who live in a large, unpopulated country that’s probably the least ideal for a purely electric car with limited battery range. Unless you’re one of those ‘Opening In LA And New York’ yuppies, you don’t even have access to their proprietary Supercharger network, which allows you to rejuice in an hour, compared to the traditional all-nighters of your 220V garage plug.
Well, that’s all changing real soon.
Asteroids are a prevalent threat. I don’t care how good your survival instinct is or how many cans of Spam you have stored in your concrete barrier 50 feet under the surface. (Also, can we be buddies? Just in case?) To that end, the Obama administration is allocating NASA funds to detecting and eliminating these rogue rocks. To that end, they’re enlisting Bill Nye and some past and present NASA staff to pop up on a Google Hangout this Friday to chat about asteroids.
About a year ago, I liked Alex Trebek. Not the person, as it turns out, but an imposting facsimile on Facebook. I didn’t know it was a fake until after some homework, but it made me wonder what life would be like if Facebook verified who ran different pages and whether I should bother tossing them a Like or a Friend request. Well, Facebook took a page from Twitter’s book by now adding Verified accounts.
Today the tech world collectively unveiled their verdict on Nokia’s Lumia 928, their exclusive Windows Phone flagship for Verizon, and it’s a “good, not great”. Like every big hard landing Nokia takes, the fanboys screamed out of the woodwork, crying foul to professional reviewers who found the phone interesting, but south of the company’s high-water mark.
Okay, I admit, the idea of LG making a flagship Nexus phone last year seemed like a really drab affair. When was the last time you intentionally bought an LG phone? Really. Well, now the Korean company is announced their Google-blessed smartphone will be available in white. Well, most of it will be white.
Even if you’re a struggling app developer on Android, you can thank your lucky stars you’re not one in Argentina. Google has just informed all developers there that they’re going to cease all customer payments to the store on June 27th. For those who think they can simply release a free app with IAPs (in-app purchases), think again because those are out the window, too. But you can still give away your app. That’s no big deal.
Skyscrapers. Impressive structures that technology and untold wealth have turned into icons of architecture. Whether One World Trade Center, Taipei 101 or Burj Khalifa, we just love the darn goofy things and the idea that we can build them higher and higher without much practical reasoning. China’s Broad Group wants to build the world’s tallest inhabited structure using little more than its pre-fabricated modules to pave the way, calling it Sky City. Does that sound scary to anyone else?