Nowadays, every major company seems to be involved with space and space exploration in some way or another. The out-of-the-universe field that was once only reserved for the likes of NASA, has now captured the imagination of (mostly tech) companies worldwide.
There is Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic and of course, the mighty Google.
As you may of heard, Google has recently launched the Google Lunar XPrize – a sort of post Cold War space race competition that challenges different teams from around the world to land a spacecraft on the moon.
18 private teams from all four corners of the Earth will go head-to-head in a bid to be the first to land a spacecraft on the moon. However, the objective is not to simply land the spacecraft on the moon, but to also let it roam for 500 meters as well as being able to send data and images back to Earth.
The winning team will then receive a grand prize of a whopping $20 million. (more…)
The YouTube Year in Rewind video has been a tradition since 2010. Since then, every year the company compiles a mash-up video of all the greatest, biggest and most viral internet moments of the year.
The videos tend to get better and better every year, as we spend more and more time (read: too much) on the interwebs.
From hit songs, to viral videos, memes and prominent internet bloggers and figures almost everything that captured our attention and imagination on the internet this year is briefly mentioned in this rewind video.
This year’s one, however, is pretty damn epic. (more…)
As a musician, solo artist or band, you essentially only have two ways of making money; album or single sales and of course, through ticket sales from live performances. Unless you’re a mega popstar or legendary rock band, these two ways of making money is your only bread and butter.
Indie or underground artists and bands that have not signed with a big label rely solely on gig money to survive. Sure, they can perhaps make money on album sales or downloads, but more often than not they choose to release these albums or singles for free in an effort to attract more people to their shows. Thus, you can imagine that these artists are constantly looking for other ways to showcase their music – and make money in the process.
And there might just be some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to a clever new startup with a clever new app. (more…)
What better way to showcase the beautiful, desolate Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi than by capturing it on the back of a camel.
Google has done just that, and has brought us stunning images form the most beautiful desert in United Arab Emirates in the most authentic way possible – on the back of a Arabian camel.
To bring us the most detailed Street View of the Liwa Desert, the team at Google strapped the Google Street View Trekker to the back of the camel while it walked across the desert, accompanied by its handler.
The Trekker is image capturing contraption, that is specially designed to capture images of places around the world that can not be accessed by Google’s Street View cars, trolleys or snowmobiles – you’ll be surprised at how many different vehicles Google has to capture street view images!
The Trekker is basically a backpack that is fitted with a special, intricate camera system on top. The camera is able to capture 360-degree images and is especially portable. (more…)
Just as you may have thought that Apple’s ‘Bendgate’ saga is finally dying down, it actually takes a turn for the worse. A very idiotic turn, that is.
‘Bendgate’ has been hanging over Apple’s head like a dark, dreary cloud this past week. With numerous reports by users claiming that their iPhone 6 Plus bends when in their pockets, the internet blew up with these latest claims.
While there may only be a handful of iPhone 6 Plus users whose phones actually bent, naturally, people will take matters into their own hands. And when it’s a ‘scandal’ that burdens one of the biggest companies in the world, people tend to take things a little too far.
Numerous videos have popped up online of people intentionally bending iPhones in an effort to establish whether or not it will bend if it is in your pocket. The problem is, that these tests are intentional. It’s not a true representative of everyday wear and tear.
Apple also took notice of the hundreds of videos aiming to prove that the iPhone 6 Plus is bendable. So much so that they let the media into their rigorous iPhone testing lab to see what the iPhone goes through, testing-wise, before it is shipped and sold.
But, as is the case with all things internet related (and especially those that go viral) there will be some idiot out there that pushes the envelope in the wrong direction. (more…)
We all have that fear of dropping our brand new phones when we get them. At first, we treat our new toys like a newborn baby; cautiously and gentle and heaven forbid we drop them!
However, dropping your phone is an inevitable scenario that will play out sooner or later.
With the spotlight firmly on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it is only natural that testers around the world couldn’t wait to get their hands on them – purely to see how much of a beating Apple’s new devices can take.
The first is a drop test video by Android Authority (yes, it is strange that an Android channel will do an iPhone drop test) that tests the strength and resistance of the two new iPhones.
It’s important to remember that while the new iPhones are larger – 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus – and they are much thinner, too. As for their weight, the iPhone 6 weighs in at 129 grams and the 6 Plus 172 grams. For comparison, the iPhone 5S weighs 112 grams.
The Android Authority video delivers some surprising results. While it is almost cringeworthy watching this young man dropping the phones (on purpose!), the results made us breathe a sigh of relief.
Surprisingly, both iPhones successfully pass the drop test with just a few minor scrapes and scuff marks. (more…)
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…)
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…)