Posts tagged Technology
These Retro Arcade Games Are Ready for You to Play Them

Like relics from any age, there's a lot of stuff happening on the internet that should probably be preserved. That's the rationale behind the Internet Archive, which has been preserving online curios since 1996. In the years since, it's grown into something far larger: a repository striving to provide "universal access to all knowledge". A repository, furthermore, that now has 900 classic arcade games available for you to play right in your browser.

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This Book Cuts Everyday Objects in Half So You Won't Have To

Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects is a new book that answers the question of what’s inside those things that make up your life. From the time of being a little boy even until becoming a grown-up, men have always taken things apart to see what’s inside or how things work. It’s an innate part of what makes a man a man. The danger, however, is once something is taken apart, how do you get it back together. With Cut in Half, you won’t have to worry or wonder any more.

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Apple's Newest Ad Series "Behind the Mac" Features Creatives Who Wouldn't Have Made It Otherwise

Apple has just released four new commercials, each featuring different creatives who demonstrate just how important their laptops are to their craft (and the continuance of them). The ads also star entrepreneur and app developer Peter Kariuki and iconic musician Grimes, who also used the ad to debut a new song called “That’s What the Drugs are For”. You can watch each of the commercials below.

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Microsoft's Next-Generation Whiteboard is Straight Out of an Ironman Film

Microsoft just debuted the Surface Hub 2, a super-futuristic "whiteboard" that's essentially a massive 50.5" 4K tablet powered by Windows 10 that runs apps like PowerPoint and Skype. It's designed to empower teams and drastically increase efficiently but, quite frankly, adds a massive cool factor to any workspace. It's equipped with a ton of bells and whistles (rotating 4K cameras, crystal-clear, far-field mics and even more) and also gives you the ability to "tile" Surface Hubs together for a stunning visual effect stretched across an entire wall. Corporate life doesn't look so bad with one (or 6) of these.

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Shinola Leather Tech Portfolio

We tend to compartmentalize our lives. Break things up into chunks and keep them separate. While conventional, such an organizational strategy lacks cohesion. It’s inefficient. Suddenly, you can’t remember if that parking validation stub went in your wallet or your backpack, or if your headphones are in your backpack or your gym bag. Bring some cohesion into your life with this leather tech portfolio from Shinola. Roomy and perfect for organizing all your gadgets, Shinola’s tech portfolio also offers a tactile experience that is unmatched in the realm of carrying cases. 

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Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera is Amazing

Though technology keeps getting smaller and less expensive, there are still some big leaps that need to be made before professional-grade equipment can be called “affordable” by average consumers. Enter Blackmagic’s new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This palm-sized digital camera packs a punch in a remarkably small format – offering the ability to capture unbelievably crisp and detailed images, and the whole thing is housed in an incredibly tough and lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate case.

 

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The First Helmet with an Integrated Crash Detection System

Quin Design will be the first brand to bring a motorcycle helmet to market with an integrated crash detection system. It uses built-in Bluetooth technology to sync with your phone through an app, where you can take calls, listen to music, navigation and use any other useful apps while riding. That’s nothing new — where the Quin helmets standout is if and when you do go down on a ride, the system automatically sends out a signal to your listed emergency contacts. And, in a less severe situation, say, running out of gas on the side of the road, you can hit the S.O.S beacon and call for help. Quin looks to be finally bringing something amazing for rider safety to market and all funded from a Kickstarter that met its 100% goal in 48 hours.

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Levi’s Is Pioneering Something Called ‘Laser Washing’

Denim will always be a staple in the fashion world and whilst the iconic name in Levi’s has grown slightly tired amongst today’s staunch competition, there’s no denying that the brand is ahead of the game when it comes to innovation.

The American company recently revealed a new digitising technique which employs lasers to achieve the perfect finish on denim in record time without the use of harmful chemicals or intensive manual labour.

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Aer Work Collection

Contemporary look. Clever design. Quality build. This is the stuff we have come to expect from Aer, a company focused on three things; simplicity, utility and durability. Aer is ready to do for work what it did for gym and for travel. The Work collection is designed for creators, makers, and doers. What does that mean? It means you can choose from a collection of packs crafted for the daily grind.

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Airbnb Just Got Even Better

Airbnb has changed the way we travel, allowing us to find affordable places to stay just about anywhere on the planet. Of course, how those places turn out is often somewhat of a gamble. That’s why, for its 10th anniversary, Airbnb has launched Airbnb Plus. Starting with 2,000 homes in 13 cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, Airbnb Plus properties are personally inspected and verified against a 100-point checklist that covers everything from interior design to cleanliness and comfort, as well as amenities offered and ensures that hosts have a solid rating (4.8 stars or higher). To qualify for the Plus tier homes must have fully equipped kitchens and full-featured bathrooms, among many other features – even the speed of the WiFi is personally tested. 

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This NOMAD Hammock Converts Into a Backpack

Inspired by the art of origami, the team at NOMAD Hammock spent three years designing and developing a unique hammock that converts into a backpack for everyday use. Using a combination of Cordura, body adaptive mesh and nylon materials, NOMAD is a 20L pack with enough room an entire weekend’s worth of essentials. But the coolest feature? It quickly and easily converts into a hammock. At first, the idea might seem crazy because camping hammocks don’t generally take up that much space, and they’re not exactly products you’re going to be using without some planning. But when you really think about, it’s genius because your backpack isn’t doing anything when you’re not using it to carry stuff. The NOMAD Hammock is currently raising money on Kickstarter with an expected delivery date of June if they meet their funding goal.

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Arara Bike Lights Are Magic

Not only do Arara lights never need to be charged, they make your bike look pretty awesome while upping your visibility on dark roads. A magnet mounts to your frame, the lights mount to your spokes. When you pedal, the lights move towards (and away from) the magnet, which charges the capacitor and through some miracle of physics and magic (it’s actually just physics) the lights light up. The lights spinning on your wheels make it look like you’ve got technicolor rims, and you’ll get your choice of red, orange, yellow, green, blue or white.

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Awayco Makes Surf Travel Easier Than Ever

Let's be real: traveling with surfboards sucks. Between worrying about careless baggage handlers busting your boards, absurd baggage fees and the hassle of carrying a board bag through a crowded airport, the entire process is seemingly designed to maximize stress.

Enter Awayco.

Awayco is a membership-based platform for high-performance surfboard rentals. They are now based in Australia, the United States and Indonesia. Their goal is to save you the hassle of traveling with surfboards and bring you the bottomless quiver bag that you’ve always wanted. 

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Skydio R1 Autonomous Flying Camera

Designed specifically for autonomous operation, the Skydio R1 Autonomous Flying Camera relieves you from the burdens of manual control. It's powered by a Nvidia Jetson AI chip, which uses its 12 navigation cameras and a main 4K shooter to see and understand the world around it. This allows it to track your motion, create compelling footage, and avoid obstacles. Built in California from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, its slim design fits in your backpack for easy transport.

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Nomad Wireless Charging Hub

Apple excited a lot of folks in the middle of last year when they announced Qi charging compatibility with their new iPhone 8 and X. Not only did this mean a more seamless charging experience for users – but it also meant fresh new gadgets would be rolling out from second party suppliers. Out of all the interesting and well designed chargers that we’ve seen so far, the Nomad Wireless Charging Hub stands out the most. This hockey-puck like device is designed to sit unassumingly on a desk or nightstand and juice up your phone with its wireless top output of 7.5 watts.

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Best Apple Watch Apps

The idea of the smartwatch has been floating around our collective culture ever since the introduction of comic book hero Dick Tracy’s wrist communicator way back in 1946. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that the concept really came to fruition. Even still, the ones on the market were clunky and unreliable. Then, Apple changed everything with their first iteration of the Apple Watch. Here is a roundup of some great apps.

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Apartmento's App Is Your New Daily Commute Read

Since 2008, Apartamento has been one of the most honest and influential independent magazines, publishing designer profiles and behind-the-scenes looks into the lives (and homes) of creative thinkers. Its app, which quietly launched late last year, has been making those stories available to non-subscribers for free — but with a catch.

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The Best Cameras to Get You Back Into Film

Film is making a comeback, and in a very big way. You watched it happen with vinyl, and now you’re slowly watching it happen with film. But is it really that shocking? Just as people learned that analog sounds better with music, it also often looks better with photography. Your interest is piqued and you want to see what all the fuss is about, but you have no clue what you’re doing. You don’t know an SLR from a rangefinder, or 35mm from medium format. Worry not, friend, here are 7 of the best film cameras of all time:

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Best Compact Cameras for 2017

A new wave of compact digital cameras has been hitting the market steadily over the past few years, with each new release getting closer to pro-level DSLR’s in terms of optics quality and resolution. Pocket sized and powerful, these compact cameras are changing the way that consumer and prosumer photographers capture moments while on the road. Before you head out on your next adventure, consider leaving the DSLR behind and opting for one of the more sensible options below.

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