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Aerial shots of first stages of Apple’s spaceship campus

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, No Comments

Apple Spaceship Campus

Almost a year ago, we reported on Apple’s extensive plans for their new, spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California. And while we know that the project has been on track for quite some time, one YouTuber filmed some sneaky ‘spy shots’ of the campus from high up above.

The spaceship campus, which gets its name from it’s circular design looking very much like a mothership, started construction at the start of the year.

Now still in its first stage of construction, the campus looks set to be the biggest Apple campus as of yet. The building will sit on a mammoth 2.8 million square-feet and will house up to 14 000 employees.

It is four stories high, with a 4-story ‘ring of glass’ surrounding the entire building. It is designed to be a ‘green’ building with the roof made up entirely of solar panels.

Although it doesn’t look like it now, the building will be surrounded by acres of green space. For now, however, it wouldn’t be strange if you confused the construction sight for some weird, alien-like crop circle. (more…)

Students develop nail polish that detects date rape drugs

Published by on Aug 29th, 2014, 2 Comments

Undercover Color

Date rape – it’s an awful subject to think about and even more awful to imagine happening to you, your friends or family. But the reality is, date rape is rife and the truth is women (even men) need to be vigilant at all times.

In aid of the fight against rape and date rape in particular, a group of undergraduates from the North Carolina State University have developed a product that can give women the opportunity to protect themselves.

According to various surveys, one in every five average college women have experienced date rape or a date rape situation. This group – that consist entirely of men, by the way – is trying to help this terrible statistic.

The group developed a nail polish that can detect whether their is a date rape drug in your drink. To test if your drink has been drugged, you simply need to dip your polished finger into your drink, and if it changes colour, you know that your drink has been spiked.

The nail polish can detect any common date rape drug such as Rohypnol (roofies), Xanax and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).

The nail polish forms part of the students’ company, or initiative, called ‘Undercover Colors’. The men who developed the nail polish said that they were inspired to create a protective tool for women, after hearing horrifying stories from their female friends who have had date rape experiences. (more…)

GoPro launches Fetch – a special mount for your pet

Published by on Aug 28th, 2014, No Comments

Fetch

People love attaching GoPro’s to themselves and filming any activity they do. Whether it’s a base jumper jumping off a cliff or just an average Joe going about his daily business, the GoPro craze is a real thing. And now the company has launched a new product that will make it possible to see the world from another point of view – your dog’s.

Fetch is a mountable GoPro harness for your dog that allows you to mount your GoPro to your dog in order to see the world from your furry friend’s point of view.  (more…)

Instagram’s Hyperlapse app allows you to shoot time lapse videos

Published by on Aug 27th, 2014, 1 Comment

Hyperlapse by Instagram

If you are at all into videography or photography for that matter, then you will definitely be excited about Instagram’s latest app – and no, it’s got nothing to do with vintage filters.

Hyperlapse is one of Instagram’s first ever stand alone apps, meaning it functions outside of Instagram. However, that doesn’t make it any less cooler, in fact, Hyperlapse will almost certainly take off.

Hyperlapse is a video recording app that allows you to record time lapse videos. It essentially also allows you to stabilize and smooth out a video – a handy tool that any videographer will appreciate.

What is so cool about Hyperlapse, is that it makes taking time lapse videos and stabilizing videos easier and more accessible to everyone. Previously, this was only possible with expensive equipment and software.

Hyperlapse is also super easy to use. The entire app is very simple and straightforward and doesn’t fuss around with unnecessary functions. Some may complain that it doesn’t really offer you any video editing options, but personally I feel that is unnecessary anyway.

With the app, you simply record a video then choose what speed you want it to playback. You can choose to make the video up to 12 times faster than normal.

Should you choose to make your video just 1x faster, it will simply stabilize that video. However, choosing 12x faster will result in a more traditional looking time lapse video that you know.

To stabilize the videos, Hyprlapse makes use of Instagram’s own image stabilization algorithms – a very clever initiative if you keep in mind how expensive stabilization software and rigs are. (more…)

Impress Me – an app to help you land your dream job

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

impressme

We all know that finding a job – and a job that you actually want – in this day and age can almost be an impossible task. With so many people looking for the same job as you are, it is almost a certainty that your resumé will end up in a pile of other, equally impressive resumés.

That is why you need to stand out from the crowd – and that is exactly what the Impress Me app looks to do; helping you stand out from the crowd to land the job of your dreams.

Impress Me is a video-based app that allows you to visually impress your potential employer and address them ‘face-to-face’ without even being called in for an interview.

The premise is actually really simple. The app allows you to submit a unique video clip of yourself, telling recruiters or potential employers exactly why you are right for the job. Impress Me also has a search function, detailing various open positions in an array of different fields. You can, for instance, search for a job in the computing and IT field, find a job you would be interested in, and submit your video.  (more…)

China Telecom accidentally leaks iPhone 6 image on Weibo

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, 5 Comments

iPhone 6 leak Weibo

Well isn’t this a fortunate accident. According to various Chinese reports, China Telecom has accidentally leaked an official looking image of the iPhone 6 on Weibo – China’s version of Twitter.

The image is the first of the supposed official iPhone 6 images. And while there is (naturally) still speculation concerning the image, it is the most official looking picture we’ve ever seen.

Adding fuel to the flame that it is, in fact, an official image, is the fact the China Telecom subsequently deleted the post. Obviously, they realized their mistake, and tried to cover it up.

However, as we all know, once you put something up on the internet, someone will always find a way to save it.  (more…)

Beautiful bracelet doubles as charger for your devices

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

Q Bracelet

It finally seems as though we are taking a step in the right direction when it comes to wearables. Instead of bulky and quite frankly, ugly wearables, companies are beginning to release that in order for these wearable to sell, they need to look good, too.

And this is exactly what the Q Bracelet embodies – a beautiful, sleek design paired with a really useful piece of technology.

Besides looking good, the Q Bracelet is in actual fact, a wearable charger that will charge your Apple or Android devices.

The bracelet has a built-in lithium-ion battery that has the ability to recharge your smartphone up to around 60%. The battery on the bracelet itself has a standby life of about 30 days and will take 90 minutes to recharge.

A lightning adapter for Apple devices and a micro USB adapter for Android devices can be found inside the bracelet’s clasp. This eliminates the need for any extra cables, as you simply plug the bracelet straight into the phone.

There are also small LED’s above the connector that will indicate the charge level of the bracelet.  (more…)

Windows 9 reportedly making its debut September 30th

Published by on Aug 22nd, 2014, 6 Comments

Windows 9?

Good news, Windows users. Microsoft is reportedly unveiling Windows 9 at the end of September.

According to The Verge, the company has scheduled a press event for September 30th in which they will debut a preview version of the new OS. The Verge claim that ‘sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans’ informed them of the planned event.

The event will most likely detail all the changes made to the new version of Windows – which for now, is going under the codename ‘Threshold’.

The preview version of the Windows 8 successor will only be available for developers at first. No word yet on when we can expect the public beta version of Threshold or whether or not it will debut at the same time as the devs preview.  (more…)

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