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Posted: 11 Dec 2012 04:34 AM PST
Black Marble - United States
The satellite that took these images flies over any given point on Earth's surface twice each day at roughly 1:30 a.m. and p.m. Hovering 512 miles above the surface, the satellite sends its data once per orbit to a ground station in Norway.
Remember that stunning "Black Marble" image of the Earth in darkness NASA has released last week? Well, thanks to a collaboration between NASA and Google Maps, it has gone from a still image to an interactive experience.
The new map is a composite assembled from data coming from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012.
The satellite captured the nighttime views with a special onboard technology called the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). According to Google, it took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of Earth's entire surface.
The new map doesn't seem to be an official feature of Googl…
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 03:31 AM PST
Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight released an update Tuesday, that expands the service into more countries, and allows users to give hotel stays as gifts.
HotelTonight works with hotels in more than 70 different locations around the globe, offering last-minute deals on hotel rooms. In every applicable city, the app offers three different hotel deals each night, categorizing each by the type of experience –- such as luxe, basic or trendy -- you might have in a specific hotel. Unlike other discount hotel services, rooms can be booked until 2 a.m.
Much like buying a gift card for a loved one, HotelTonight credits can be purchased from its app or website starting Tuesday, and g…
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 02:39 AM PST
After users type in a search term on the virtual typewriter, they are prompted to select one of three "modes" -- text search, image search or "get the latest news" -- which are respectively ordered from one to three. Users must then select a number on the "control input" keypad. Clicking "1" prompts the machine to slowly list its search results (the same ones you'd get in a regular Go…
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 01:57 AM PST
According to the Australian, Apple Maps now shows the correct location of Mildura for travelers coming from South Australia, but not Melbourne.
"If you're coming from Melbourne it still puts Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park," said Mildura police inspector Simon Clemence.
Apple's quick reaction shows that it is taking the matter seriously, but a partial fix is far from ideal. The Mildura police remains concerned about travelers ending up in Murray Sunset National Park i…
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 01:12 AM PST
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The fancy filter is made from Malaysian coconut shells, vegan silk and food-based PLA plastic, according to Soma's Kickstarter page.
Soma claims to dwarf other standard filters in the taste department. "Soma's proprietary formula produces the best tasting water. You'll notice a crisp, pure taste you won't find anywhere else."
Unlike the plastic of most standard filters, it also comes with a glass carafe that holds five 8-ounce glasses of water. Check out the video, above, for more.
So far, the company's campaign has raised more than $82,000 of its $100,000 goal…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 10:58 PM PST
Fueled by the combined forces of manpower and the sun, a new hybrid electric vehicle gets you from point A to B in an innovative new way.
Called "ELF," the vehicle is the meeting point between a bicycle and a car, according its Kickstarter page. Using a combination of pedaling and solar power, creator Organic Transit says the ELF is ideal for commuting, deliveries and other local transportation needs.
Slim enough to navigate bike trails, but sturdy enough to withstand regular traffic, the vehicle can carry the rider plus additional cargo, the company says. It's equipped with lights, signals and mirrors, as well as an electric motor that can work full throttle for a commute to work, or…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 09:54 PM PST
No telescope or binoculars are required to see the show — just use your bare eyes. The moon will set before the meteors come out to play around 10 p.m. local time, meaning the sky should be nice and dark for optimal viewing. There could be as many as 100 to 150 meteors an hour to gape at, for those patient enough to spend a few hours in a dark area and let their eyes adapt to starlight.
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 08:57 PM PST
This update should make plenty of designers and photo editors very happy. Since the release of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina in June, software developers have scrambled to support the high-resolution screen and pixel density.
The higher resolution of the screen means that all bitmapped application elements, including toolbars, buttons and application chrome need to be redrawn and recompiled for Retina displays. Retina support for Photoshop required the replacement of more than 2,500 icons and cursors. What's more, supporting HiDPI screens presents its own set of challenges for applications that suppor…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 08:15 PM PST
Abby Cadabby, a fuzzy, pink, fairy-in-training on Sesame Street, explains divorce by talking about her parents' separate houses in a 13-minute segment that can only be accessed online.
The children's show attempted to talk about divorce in 1992 with Snuffy telling Big Bird his dad was moving, but in small test groups, kids did not like it and the episode never aired. Now, for Abby, the divorce has happened in the past, so "it is not a new, raw emotion," says Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro in the Tumblr Storyboard video above.
Not every child watching Sesame St…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 07:32 PM PST
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The new camera interface is larger and easier to view. The camera button is now larger and the user can choose to turn on a grid to better align a photo. It's also super easy to see your last photo right on the camera. The filter view has also been updated post shot.
There is a lot of drama right now in the photo sharing space -- especially now that Twitter is offering its own photo filters -- so we wanted to spend a few minutes with the new Instagram features and see how the changes stack up.
I can't help but wonder if the new features were part of a peace offering to users. Last week, Instagram stopped supporting Twitter Cards, meaning that inline embeds on Twitter.com and in Twitter's official mobile apps no longer work.
The most fundamental change is to the camera and edit pages. The interface has been complete…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 05:30 PM PST
I'm one of those annoying Instagram users who takes too many photos of sunsets and landmarks, all in the never-ending-hope that one of my images will hit the perfect emotional note and make it a must share for everyone.
There's no denying it, I love Instagram -- or at least what it does for me. And yet, if Twitter manages to beat its rival to a "Toaster"-filtered pulp, I probably won't care.
Why? Because Instagram isn't magic. It's pre-made filters, a basic social network that hooks in to your other, larger, favorite social networks.
It's gotten this far -- millions of users, public adoration – thanks to starting out on the right platform (the iP…
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At the core of our talk, in advance of the release of his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, is the idea that first and foremost Big Boi loves music. But he also treats it like a business. At this point in his career, he doesn't need to make albums if people aren't buying them. Just don't come complaining to him when there's no more good music.
"If you don't buy records, then you're gonna be stuck with bullshit records, 'cause I ain't gonna keep giving you goddamn free-ass music," he says about piracy concerns.
It sounds like tough love, but you can tell he's (mostly…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 03:39 PM PST
The long-rumored feature of adding filters to Twitter photos arrives today on Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android.
The timing of Twitter's new photo filters release is auspicious. Last week, Instagram pulled Twitter Cards support from its app, meaning that users who share their images to Twitter are relegated to simple links.
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 03:23 PM PST
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UPDATE 7:55pm EST: A Facebook spokesperson sent the following statement. "Earlier today we made a change to our DNS infrastructure and that change resulted in some people being temporarily unable to reach the site. We detected and resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We apologize for any inconvenience."
The Facebook outage started attracting attention around 5:45pm EST Monday. The nature of the outage, and its effects, appear to be sporadic. Here at Mashable, three editors rep…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 03:07 PM PST
Curiosity's fast-spinning percussive drill should make it through the originally planned two-year prime mission, team members say. But at some point a bond in the drilling mechanism will fail, causing an electrical short that could threaten to knock out the entire rover.
"Unless you do something about it, all hell breaks loose electronically, because it takes our power bus and rattles it around," Curiosity chief engineer Rob Manning, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., told SPACE…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:51 PM PST
The creators of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the strategy game in which players lead troops to defend Earth from invading extraterrestrials, have invited players to remember the soldiers they've "lost," via Facebook.
Players of XCOM: Enemy Unknown are assigned a squadron of troops from all over the world, all with different names, appearances and countries of origin. If your soldier survives enough missions on Earth destroying aliens, he even gets a nickname, whether randomly generated or selected by the player.
After a sev…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:37 PM PST
You can mouse over the stops to see the name of the location and the date they played there. Brief information about the tour is also included. For example, the 1967 European tour was the last to include Brian Jones, who initially formed and named the band.
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:36 PM PST
Exactly 197 years ago today, a woman named Ada Lovelace was born. The daughter of legendary romantic poet Lord Byron, Lovelace also enjoys an impressive reputation of her own. Rather than follow her father's literary pursuits, Lovelace opted for mathematical discovery. She is considered to be the first computer programmer, and the creator of the first algorithm constructed to be processed by a machine. Today's Google Doodle paid tribute to Lovelace, and we're doing the same with Music Monday.
Innovations in computer science touch every aspect of human life. The way we listen to music is changing -- yet again -- thanks to the rising popularity of services like Spotify and the release of n…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:20 PM PST
Nike is looking for some entrepreneurs to make the most of its fitness-tracking technology, the Nike+ FuelBand.
On Monday it was announced that Nike+ Accelerator, powered by TechStars, will invite "10 companies for a three-month, immersive, mentor-driven startup accelerator."
This incubator will let developers work on fitness related products or services that will work on Nike's platform. This could result in some new and useful fitness-tracking apps and gadgets that could be available for purchase in the future. Have you ever wished your Nike+ FuelBand could do something else, or perhaps you've dreamt of an entirely new fitness-tracking app or device? Programs such as this one give de…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:20 PM PST
The Internet can't resist a cute animal lost amongst Borgsjös and Flärdfulls. The Ikea Monkey -- a tiny Rhesus Macaque sporting a fashionable coat and found wandering a Toronto location of the retailer -- had meme makers delighting like a primate throwing feces.
According to the Toronto Star, the monkey will have a new home at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. Good thing IKEA delivers.
Image courtesy of @GraphicMatt
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Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:04 PM PST
Here's a surefire way to get tech-obsessed middle school students interested in learning again. Bring an over-sized iPad into the classroom, and fill it with games and apps based on the school's curriculum. Then, let them loose.
The over-sized iPad is actually a table called an Activ Table made by education company Promethean. It uses Microsoft Surface technology which lets kids interact with touch, gestures and movement. It also allows collaboration so up to six kids can work together at one time.
Students have grown-up using the power of touch and gesture control, and bringing that understanding into the classroom is what many teachers are hopi…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:04 PM PST
Online retailers anticipate a record $43.4 billion payday from the holiday sales season. But a new study indicates that they may be leaving plenty of consumer cash on the table. The Grinch in this tale are dead ends in the purchasing process that litter the online aisles with abandoned shopping carts.
Online sales would be significantly greater if online shoppers had easier access to customer service assistance when they need it, according to a national consumer panel survey sponsored by VHT, which develops online customer service solutions.
More than three-quarters of shoppers attempting to make an online purchase said they had been frustrated trying to obtain help when experiencing d…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 01:49 PM PST
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Red Bull Stratos
Advertiser: Red Bull Ad Agency: N/A Why It Works: Red Bull went to the edge of space to get our attention. Felix Baumgartner's breaking of the sound barrier in a 23-mile freefall to Earth was riveting wherever you saw it. Red Bull has rewritten event marketing forever, leaving us with transcendent images of a man who could have exploded in space. Felix's final words before his jump: "Sometimes you have to get up really high to understand how small you are." Indeed.
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