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Aerial shots of first stages of Apple’s spaceship campus

Published by on Sep 9th, 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…)

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…)

More tech giants accept ice bucket challenge

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, No Comments

Gates Ice Bucket

Last week we reported on Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg who stepped up the ‘ice bucket challenge’ in support of ALS disease.

Both Nadella and Zuckerberg doused themselves with ice water in order to raise awareness and money for the destructive neurodegenerative disease.

As you probably know by now, the challenge works like any other social media challenge; once you have performed the challenge, you get to nominate other people to do the same within 24-hours.

Nadella nominated Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge and posted his video on YouTube.

Bezos proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of ice water on stage during a company, ‘all-hands’ meeting. He did think ahead though, as he stood in a ridiculous looking inflatable kiddies pool while dousing himself.

His nominations seemed to have a theme – Star Trek. Bezos nominated Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and  George Takei.  (more…)

Amazing: Drones fly around fireworks display

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

Drones in Fireworks

Drones, drones, drones. These high-flying, video filming copters are everywhere nowadays – from Amazon’s proposed delivery drones to our very own riot yielding drones – it’s fair to say they’re super popular.

However, this might be the most spectacular use of a drone we have ever seen. Not only is it (highly) dangerous, but it is breathtakingly amazing.

Here, on two different occasions, drones are used to fly straight into (yes, into) and around a spectacular fireworks display. And we’re not talking about a few flares; these firework displays are incredible.

The first is a video taken by Jos Stiglingh in West Palm Beach in Florida in May. Stiglingh used a DJI Phantom quad-copter – a popular commercial drone – mounted with a GoPro Hero 3 camera.

The video starts at take off and what ensues will literally take your breath away. The drone not only flies straight into the fireworks display, but dances around it like a firefly around a light.  (more…)

Microsoft’s 90′s ‘Smart Home’ concept (Video)

Published by on Jun 9th, 2014, 3 Comments

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We all know that nowadays, everything is ‘smart’. Smartphones, smart cars and lately, smart homes, are the order of the day. With devices like Nest, it is becoming more and more popular for homes to be integrated into a ‘smart’ network.

With Google acquiring Nest and Apple filing patents for smart home tech that connects everything in your home to your iPhone, the trend of making your home smart is clearly alive and well.

But where did this idea come from? Well, apparently from Microsoft – back in 1999.

15 years ago, Microsoft produced a segment for the ‘Retirement Living TV’ show that showcased their vision for a ‘smart home’. (more…)

Google’s self-driving car

Published by on May 28th, 2014, No Comments

Google self-driving car

While we know that Google has been experimenting with, and building, these self-driving cars for a few years now, it’s still somewhat of a mind-boggling project. However, seeing the prototype in action, gave us a bit more insight into the method behind the madness.

Yesterday, Google unveiled the first prototype of their fully autonomous, self-driving car. And we must admit, we are actually impressed.

With previous self-driving models, Google has always used existing cars as their base platform. However, this time around, the company has built an entirely independent car – basically from scratch.  (more…)

Watch Roger Federer play tennis with Google Glass

Published by on May 22nd, 2014, 1 Comment

Federer Glass

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a top ranked tennis player? Well, thanks to the technological wonder that is Google Glass, now you can.

In saying that, I don’t mean that Google Glass will turn you into a professional tennis player, that magical the device is not. It can, however, give you a first person view of what it’s like playing top level tennis.

Grand Slam tennis legend, Roger Federer, recently participated in what seems to be a marketing stunt for Google Glass (although it was uploaded to Roger Federer’s YouTube channel), by wearing the device while engaging in a friendly game of tennis with former champion Stefan Edberg.

The result is a video featuring footage from both cameramen on the sideline as well as footage from Federer’s Glass; hence giving us, the viewer, a chance to see what it’s like playing tennis from Federer’s point of view.  (more…)

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