Advanced warning: this isn’t a tech reporter’s bag. I don’t carry multiple cell phones, nor do I typically have an e-reader, camera, or even a laptop on my person. My friends have long given me a hard time about my stubborn refusal to adapt to new technology, but as I see it, that refusal leaves more room in my bag for day-to-day necessities. Like hair elastics.
Geoengineering could be the silver bullet in fighting climate change — or the start of something even worse
Sending large pieces of high-density glass into space is an expensive and tedious endeavor, which is why a new project from the US Defense Department has turned to plastic instead. The US Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced a new plastics-based orbital telescope that can fold out and create considerably larger, lighter and cheaper lenses than traditional glass-based optics.
First it was missiles, and now the US Navy can add unmanned drones to the list of things that can be launched from a submerged submarine. The Navy today announced that it did just that in a recent demonstration that took some six years to develop. The drone, called an XFC UAS-eXperimental, was launched in a standard torpedo tube from the Navy’s USS Providence using a similar technique to how the Navy deploys Tomahawk cruise missiles.
I bought a pink laptop. It’s part computer, part decoration. Part the future?
Foursquare is receiving a big design overhaul today on the iPhone. In Foursquare 7.0, the app dives much deeper into iOS 7 style, taking advantage of thin fonts and broad swaths of solid colors.
Peter Parker is returning to the big screen in May, and we’re finally getting a real taste of what that’ll look like. The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has just been released, and it reveals a movie that’s packed with villains, super-sized action, and plenty of computer-generated effects.
Only a few years ago, Dave Burke remembers, cellphone users were just happy to have a camera at all. But expectations have changed. “If you have a smartphone, people want it to take pictures like a DSLR. Even in one year the quality bar and expectation bar has gone up higher and higher. Internally, ours have too. I think we can do better, and we are.” As he says this, Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, is walking through all the changes Google has made to the Nexus 5’s camera in the five weeks since the phone hit the market. The fruits of the Android team’s efforts is Android 4.4.1, the update rolling out over the next few days that is designed to fix the buggy, inconsistent camera on what is otherwise one of the best Android phones on the market.
The daily print edition of The New York Times now has a home of its own on digital devices. A new web app called Today’s Paper, released today for tablets and computers, offers solely the articles and sections that go to print every day in an attractive layout similar to the paper’s full iPad app in Newsstand.
Bushmills Whiskey has partnered with Grado to produce a limited edition set of headphones partially made from whiskey barrels. But the collaboration that resulted in the “Bushmills x Grado” headphones was even larger than that. Actor Elijah Wood and Mark Cowie — who perform together as DJ Wooden Wisdom — personally designed the headphones over a period of five months.
The people behind Jabber and Grand Central want to reinvent how we chat