At least once in your life, you must have lain down on a wall or a lawn or in a prison exercise yard, looked up, and wondered where an overhead plane was going.
Is it off to Japan? Might it be wafting to Zambia? Could it even be Larry Page, floating off somewhere for an important meeting with aliens?
British Airways understands these feelings of fascination. So it's created quite remarkable digital billboards that help you learn about the planes you see in the sky.
As a plane flies over, a child points to it and reveals its precise … Read more
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and boy do we have a lot of tech awesomeness to be thankful for this week. Hot on the heels of the PS4 release, Microsoft has just launched the Xbox One. It might have the higher price tag, but does it matter? We get our mitts on the shiny new gaming console and offer up some of our highs and lows. We also checked out the world's first (deeply) curved display smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Round. Crazy, gimmicky, or brilliant? We'll let you decide for yourselves.
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Last week it was PS4, and this week Microsoft joins in the fun. The Xbox One has officially launched, and you can read our full review here. As I write this I imagine there are eager gamers all over North America running to the window every time they hear a delivery truck. But, an evening Azure outage saw Microsoft engineers running to the server closet the night before. The issues threatened to derail launch proceedings somewhat by knocking Xbox.com offline. The prospect of a non-functioning Xbox Live on release day was extra daunting given the necessity of updating the … Read more
A couple of days ago, I received two letters from my health insurance company.
One welcomed me to its autopay system -- which was a touch odd, given that I had been in its autopay system for many years.
The second told me that I was about to have my health insurance cut off, as I hadn't paid my monthly bill.
Please forgive me, then, if I'm not bathed in admiration for the way health insurance companies do business. There is one, however, that wants me (and you) to believe it's the apogee of efficiency.
Wellmark Blue … Read more
In 2010, the Looxcie wearable camera was ahead of its time (though not necessarily in a good way).
The $199 first version was a large Bluetooth headset with a built-in camera that recorded HVGA-resolution video (480x320 pixels) at 15 frames per second. The Bluetooth could be used to directly connect to an Android or iOS device, giving you a live view of what the camera saw as well as a way to transfer clips for mobile uploading. Unfortunately, the concept and the available technology to handle it weren't in the same place at that time.
With the Looxcie 3, … Read more
Every year the Black Friday online circulars hit the Web and lots of sites round up every tech deal under the sun. That's great, but it's always hard to tell the real deals from all the crap that's being advertised to lure you into the stores. The truth is, a lot of the so-called superbargains are already available online from stores like Amazon and others.
However, a few items do stand out. Alas, many of these are "doorbusters" available in very limited quantities, and only the people who arrive long before the doors open will … Read more
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Gamers rejoice: the new consoles are finally here! Well, one of them is, anyway. You're going to have to wait a week for the other one. After coming to the party about a year after Microsoft in the last generation, Sony is first out of the gate with the PlayStation 4. Reviews dropped earlier this week, including our own, and for once there seems to be a general consensus among them: great hardware, but don't bother rushing out to buy one just yet. Sony has lined up a decent selection of launch titles, but unless you're a … Read more