Category Archives: Technology

304- The Number of the Beast

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UK company Hybrid Air Vehicles, an aeronautics company with current notable investors such as Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson,  unveiled it’s new aircraft the HAV 304 dubbed the “Airlander” on Friday in Cardington,  England.

The blimp-like hybrid craft is as long as a football field, and relies on helium,  rotors,  and aerodynamic design to stay aloft. This model is designed to haul 11 tons, stay in the air for up to 3 weeks at a time without refueling, and to be able to land on virtually any flat surface, including water, ice, and sand.

The company is also developing a larger version for transporting passengers and up to 50 tons of cargo, due out in 2016.

The initial 500 million dollar devlopement funds came from a US army contract that has since been canceled due to budget cuts. (Does this mean Americans get breaks on the ticket costs? Of course not, tax dollars are lost for less noble causes though, I suppose….)

The company has hopes of using their craft for humanitarian aid purposes,  but as history shows, I’m sure that these will find their way back to their originally intended destiny,  as intelligence headquarters.

Personally, I think as long as they don’t find some way to pull a Hindenburg, this company could have a chance in the market of short range travel.

Nintendo Content With Mediocrity

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In the 1980’s Nintendo was on top of the game. In 2014 however, the former front runner is greatly overshadowed by it’s competition.

In what should be good news, Nintendo is reportedly planning it’s foray into mobile apps. My mind, and I’m sure a lot of y’all had similar thoughts, imagined myself lying in my bunk on our tour bus, squashing goombas and turtles, throwing bananas behind go karts, or, if I felt ambitious, saving Hyrule.

But no, the creator of so many of my childhood gaming memories doesn’t seem to share my hopes and dreams. Maybe it’s a cultural difference, I’m not sure.

Nintendo’s possible plan, as discussed on BGR , is far less satisfying.

Instead of treating the mobile app platform as it’s own market, it seems like Nintendo wants to use it as a way to push people to purchase it’s struggling console systems. The way it’s looking, is that they will release exclusive mini games on the mobile devices, with the hope that you will be hooked enough to go pony up the 50 bucks to get the full version.

If the company is hurting so much financially, why wouldn’t they capitalize on rereleasing existing content on already existing platforms?

I hope these reports are only half truths. My fingers are still crossed.

101 Uses For Your Dead Cat

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Photo: Cris Toala Olivares/REUTERS

Animal lovers, you might want to skip this one. This type of art isn’t for you.

Those dark humored souls still left reading this will probably laugh as hard as I did, which if you believe in a torturous afterlife, doesn’t bode well for either of us.

Dutch artist Bart Jansen has a problem letting go. When his cat Orville’s life was tragically ended by an automobile, he did what some people do when they can’t let go of their beloved pet, he took him to the taxidermist to be preserved. But, as I’m sure you gathered from the picture, that’s not where the story ends.

Jansen hired remote-controlled helicopter expert Arjen Beltman to devise a way to integrate a system of motors and propellers in to the stuffed innards of Orville, and the results are both morbid and hilarious. The resulting ‘work of art’ dubbed the Orvillecoptor, was debuted at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam. Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one laughing at this twisted story. Video below!

Literature Catches Up To The Digital Age

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The Netflix online video streaming model revolutionized the way we watch movies, Spotify the way we listen to music, and now Oyster is set to do the same with the world of books.

Nyc based Oyster is a subscription e-library that lets you, for $10 bucks a month, download to your device unlimited books to their app, akin to the way Spotify lets you save offline playlists.

Currently with a catalog of over 100,000 titles from many major publishing companies, Oyster is constantly in the process of securing deals that will expand their library.

As an advid reader and fan of the unlimited access for a small fee business model, (since I got Spotify 2 years ago I haven’t pirated a single album…. Wait, what’s the statue of limitations on piracy??) I think these guys have a good shot at success.

Cure For My Addiction?

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It no secret that my phone is hardly ever more than a few feet away from me. I argue very strongly that tech addiction is not only a real thing, but also that I am a dependent myself.
But, a new company, Smarty Ring, may offer a sort of methadone clinic that will allow phones to be managed without taking them out of your pocket.

Set for release in April of 2014, (and just in time for someone to buy me a belated birthday present), the ring is a bluetooth device that can control your phones calls, music, alerts, trigger your camera, and act as a watch, among many other features. It also has a sensor that alerts you when you are more than 30′ from your phone, can ping your phone if lost, and is waterproof.

In 2014 I find it amazing how often we all have our phones in our hands. This, much like the other wearables on the market and set to debut, may offer a way to curb a bit of the wasted time that we accrue daily, because admit it, you KNOW you can’t just check your mail once your phone touches your hand…..