Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? In the following video presentation, Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
I would use the phrase the BBC did, but I’m sick of hearing of ___ killers in general. ( I’ll believe it when I see it, y’know?) But regardless of terminology, BBC News had a very interesting little piece in their technology section this morning about OnLive, an internet-based gaming company that essentially kicks the […]
Google’s translation services are making the news this week with improvements to a smartphone app which now attempts to translate voices rather than text (hopefully more accurately than in our illustration.) The app, titled Google Translate (which is also the name of the firm’s website translation tool), is designed for users visiting a foreign country. […]
Now this is hard core geek awesome. As a long-time Mac user, myself, I was absolutely floored by this Instructables piece by gmjhowe. Here were his guidelines—the end result is nothing short of gorgeous: 1. Do not alter, cut, deform, change, or break the original Mac in anyway, I wanted to be able to return […]
Three-dimensional television is hitting BestBuy this week — and it’s coming in cheaper than expected. Sales and demos begin this Wednesday with Panasonic’s VT25 bundle. That includes a 50 inch plasma screen, a Blu-ray player, and a pair of active glasses. The system works by the glass lenses alternately dimming (hence “active”) in sync with […]
Hmmm, the only thing missing from that bot is a salt dispenser. Salt would probably help melt the last thin layer of snow remaining in the driveway while putting more weight on the robot’s blade, making it more effective at clearing snow off its path.
We use the Internet every day. Some of us work by virtue of the Internet—even our business lives are conducted online. And for many, especially the geeks among us who jumped on the bandwagon early, using the Internet is simply a part of life, something we might take for granted, just another utility like water […]
Two separate projects in the United Kingdom aim to use Linux to make computing simpler for older users who are skeptical about technology. But in both cases the benefits come at a price. The first machine, known as SimplicITy, comes with a welcome screen with just six buttons: Email, Web, Profile, Chat, Files, and Video […]
You try and come up with a better headline. My first thought is that this looks like something out of a Futurama episode. The only way it would be any cooler is if they had used the cast of Star Trek as heads. (via Neatorama)
A four hour cyber-war simulation suggests the United States response could be severely lacking if such an event became reality. The Cyber Shockwave event, organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center, says that new laws are needed to give the federal government greater controls over privately controlled computers in the event of an attack. It also […]
So you might have noticed that I’ve gone quiet the last couple of weeks. All signals have been cut, so to speak, since I’ve got the geeky equivalent of a mogul skier’s torn ACL: that is, carpal tunnel syndrome (or, perhaps, RSI). It blows. In every respect it sucks. It’s all-encompassing pain, and it’s a […]
In a demo that drew gasps at TED2010, Microsoft Live Labs architect Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos a new augmented-reality mapping technology that is being implemented within Bing Maps right now. Check it out: