- Watch This Kid Drive a Bulldozer Like a Pro
- Samsung Has Sold More Than 100 Million Galaxy S Devices
- GetGlue-Viggle Merger Canceled
- Listen to Coldplay if You Want to Stay Safe on the Road, Study Says
- Anonymous Hacks MIT, Leaves Farewell Message for Aaron Swartz
- Chevy Unveils 2014 Corvette at Detroit Auto Show
- 20 Tweets That Prove Skittles’ Social-Media Team Inhaled the Rainbow
- Justin Timberlake Returns With ‘Suit and Tie’ Single Featuring Jay-Z
- And the Golden Globe Goes to … GIFs!
- Golden Globes Recap: Best Moments and Winners
- Tommy Lee Jones Is Not Impressed by the Golden Globes
- Come for a Tour of China’s Unlicensed ‘World of Warcraft’ Theme Park
- Listen to Winners From the Golden Globes: Adele and ‘Life of Pi’
- Twitter, Hollywood Flip for Bill Clinton at Golden Globes
- 10 Epic Works of ASCII Art
- 10 Wicked Cool Snow Toys to Kick Winter’s Butt
- 10 Amusing Cubicle Makeovers [VIDEOS]
- MIT to Investigate its Role in Aaron Swartz Case
- Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week
- 8 Vintage Computer Books That Will Reboot Your Memories
- Megan Fox Goes Silent on Twitter, Asks ‘What Is the Point?’
- Brickstagram: A Man’s Journey Through Cancer With LEGO
- Creative Genius Makes Full-Length Live-Action ‘Toy Story’
- Top 5 Apps for Kids You Don’t Want to Miss
- 6 Ways to Enjoy the 70th Golden Globes Online
- 5 Kids Who Will Never Like Cats
- 7 Tech Essentials for Any Kind of Travel
- To Predict Crimes, ‘Minority Report’ Precog-Like Software Tested
- Sunday Comic: Mom, This’ll Teach You to Give Me an iPhone With Strings Attached
- Technology’s Greatest Minds Say Goodbye to Aaron Swartz
Posted: 14 Jan 2013 03:16 AM PST
YouTube user Su Jiang gifted the Internet with this video, showing a young child who can't be more than six years old at the helm of a full-size bulldozer. The little tyke commands the construction vehicle with ease, expertly navigating and making use of the blade to move dirt.
The video got viral traction after it was posted to Reddit over the weekend. Would you trust a small child behind the controls of a bulldozer? Share in the comments.
Image courtesy of Su Jiang
Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:21 AM PST
Samsung reached this milestone in 2 years and 7 months after the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy S back in May 2010.
A big chunk of this success Samsung owes to its Galaxy S III, whose average daily sales are currently 190,000 units. All in all, the company sold 40 million Galaxy S III devices in 7 months. It took 20 months for its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, to reach that same milestone.
For comparison, Apple sold more than 250 million iPhones to date, but it had a big head start, given the first iPhone was launched in June 2007.
Image credit: Samsung
Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:12 AM PST
"The two companies remain friendly and think highly of each other," GetGlue said, adding that it is "moving forward as an independent company."
In an unexpected move, Viggle acquired GetGlue for $73 million last November. The three-year-old startup, which describes itself as a "loyalty program for television," paid $25 million in cash and 48.3 million shares of stock for its competitor.
Commentators expressed surprise at the acquisition, as Viggle is a much newer and lesser-known brand. GetGlue, which launched in 2007, has 1.2 million registered users, while the latter boas…
Posted: 14 Jan 2013 12:24 AM PST
Want to stay safe on the road? Wear a seat belt, check your blindspots, avoid texting while driving and ... listen to Coldplay.
Strange as it may sound, the British band's soothing tunes could help you avoid accidents while driving. Coldplay's "The Scientist" landed on a list of "ultimate safe driving songs" compiled by Confused.com, the creator of driving app MotorMate.
From the data, London Metropolitan University professor Simon Moore concluded that the optimum music volume for driving is 55 to 65 decibels, while the ideal tempo should mimic the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute.
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 11:38 PM PST
The Anonymous hacktivist group appears to have hacked MIT's website, leaving a tribute for Aaron Swartz, the online activist who recently committed suicide.
Swartz was a the co-founder of Demand Progress and founder of Infogami, a service later merged with Reddit. He committed suicide in New York City on Jan. 11.
MIT's website was defaced with a message claiming the prosecution of Swartz, who was arrested in 2011 for allegedly harvesting academic papers from the JSTOR online journal archive, was a "a grotesque miscarriage of justice".
"The situation Aaron found himself in highlights the injustice of U.S. computer crime laws, particularly their punishment regimes, and the highly-qu…
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Whether social-media gurus of the web world label the effort brilliant or bizarre, it's hard to deny that the candy company keeps 140 characters (or less) quite entertaining.
Skittles' Twitter feed includes a lot of references to animals -- both real and mythical -- as well as musings that might sound familiar to anyone who has spent a lot time with -- cough, cough -- Puff the Magic Dragon.
What do you think of Skittles' social-media strategy? Finish noshing on the rainbow, then share in the comments.
1. Platypuses: t…
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There's a lot to be impressed by at the Golden Globes. The lights, the cameras, the action, the starlets in low cut sparkly dresses and -- ahem -- George Clooney. Amirite, ladies?
But if you're Tommy Lee Jones, it's just another damn day at work. And he's not impressed.
When Will Ferrell and Kristen Wig had the rest of the Hollywood big-wigs giggling with their antics while presenting an award, Jones was doing his best McKayla Maroney impression. And thus was born the Tommy Lee Jones is Not Impressed meme. Good job, Internet.
Image courtesy of TwitPic, @MikeFuller947
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 07:56 PM PST
World of Warcraft Theme Park
Image credit Francesca Timbers
The park opened in the summer of last year. It reportedly cost $48 million to build and is "pretty huge," according to Reddit user Francesca Timbers who originally posted these pictures republished here with permission.
"I thought it was great," posted Timbers. "A lot of the rides used 4-D and special effects, which I hand't experienced much of before. There was a good roller coaster with loops, where you are lying horizontally, face forward, like you are flying. That was my favourite ride. The water log ride (…
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Bill Clinton continued his "Remember How Awesome I Am" tour, this time stopping by the Golden Globes to introduce Best Motion Picture nominee, Lincoln.
Fresh off of his CES appearance, the husband of Hillary Clinton -- as host Amy Poehler so delightfully referred to him -- brought the room of Hollywood elite to its feet, and Twitter users to their keyboards.
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 06:31 PM PST
1. "The Scream"
Image courtesy of Flickr, Thunderhammer3000
ASCII art is an early graphic-design technique, dating back to the 1890s when typewriters became more than just a new tool for writing. Public speed-typing competitions and typewriter drawings were a popular form of entertainment and artwork. The earliest preserved example of typewriter art was made in 1898 by a woman named Flora Stacey.
As computers advance, so does the ability to create unique artwork. ASCII art is an outdated practice, but people are still blowing minds by incorporating typography and shading techniques.
SEE ALSO: 10 Kinetic Typography Music Videos
Some of these pieces of ASCII art have seen slight Photoshop alterations, while others stick to the more traditional…
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 05:55 PM PST
Boasting that it will "bring snowball battles into the 21st century," this slingshot will make you king of the block. Cost: $39.95 Image courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer
From contraptions that will help you win snowball fights to different ways to hurl yourself down snowy slopes, you'll find something in our superb selection.
Take a look through our ice-cool selection of snow-themed toys and gadgets in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below how you celebrate the snow.
Image courtesy of Sharper Image
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 05:31 PM PST
1. Jordan's Lawn Cubicle
Yes, that is actual live grass.
While there are many cool and creative office pranks you can play on your co-workers, a true classic that never goes out of style is the "cubicle makeover."
We have found 10 amusing YouTube clips showing various offices, desks and cubicles given a new look while their unsuspecting owners spend time away from the workplace.
SEE ALSO: 8 Easy PC Pranks to Trick Your Friends
Hide in your cubicle and take a look through our video slideshow. Share in the comments below any workplace remodelling you've been party to in the past.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Christine Krizsa
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:57 PM PST
Leo Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced in a statement Sunday that the school will be conducting an investigation of its involvement in the case of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old programmer and digital rights activist who committed suicide in his New York City apartment Friday.
"Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT," Reif wrote. "I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT's involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the dec…
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:32 PM PST
If the winter blues are getting you down, take a gander at this week's viral video recap.
Our most recent edition features curious creatures, including: a cat's single-minded obsession with bubbles, a puppy's fixation on half an orange and a baby panda's first steps in public at the San Diego Zoo.
Finally, to cap off your viral-video viewing, take a look at these epic slam dunks from Hungary's acrobatic sports team.
Which viral video do you like the most? Tell us in the comments below.
Image via YouTube screenshot
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST
Did thoughts of floppy disks, DOS and "portable" computers that weigh more than an anvil just flood your mind? It's cool, computer geeks, we all keep it stored somewhere in the personal hard drive known as the brain.
Recall a few of those old-school memories by taking a click through eight awesomely vintage computer books pictured in the gallery below.
(Side note: R2-D2 and C-3PO could have totally been the Mac and PC guys of the Star Wars universe, right?)
Top image courtesy of Etsy, Lived In Vintage
Thumbnail image courtesy of Etsy, SFMissionFinds
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Toy Story, released in 1995, became an instant classic: Telling the story of a child's toys come to life, it was the first feature-length animated film. It set the bar extraordinarily high for producer Pixar, which has mostly been delivering blockbusters ever since. Toy Story pulled in nearly $362 million at the box office and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
But what if Toy Story wasn't animated, but instead shot in live-action with real toys and people? That's exactly what YouTube user "jonasonsMovies" did.
His project, Live-Action Toy Story, combines his own footage with the film's original audio, clocking in at one hour and 20 minutes. It has more than 83,000 views and…
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 01:56 PM PST
Ages 8-up Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars Why we like it: You can turn your iPhone or iPad into a planetarium -- how cool is that? Point your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone at the sky (or ceiling) to harness the power of an augmented reality system paired with a database of the stars. The program uses your camera, compass, current location and accelerometers so you can turn your screen, like a periscope, to line up a celestial object. Need to know: There's not much to not like about this app. This is one of the best science apps you can buy. It's especially great for clear winter nights. Ease of use: 9/10 Educational: 10/10 Entertaining: 10/10 $2.99
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Bad experiences with Fido or Fluffy may cement a pet bias for life. Just ask the five kids GIFed below.
Worry not, cat lovers, it's not all flying kitties. Scroll past all the eeks moments for a gallery of six children who will likely always have a soft spot for the Internet's favorite animal.
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Annnd, finally, one cat that will never like kids.
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Posted: 13 Jan 2013 12:05 PM PST
I'm what you would call an International CES veteran. I've been covering the trade show long enough to know what kind of items I need to have on hand to get me through the long days and nights -- and I'm not just talking comfy shoes.
Reporters walk a lot during the course of the day, and we carry plenty of gear. We depend on our laptops and cellphones to communicate with the rest of our team, as well as to file stories. Wi-Fi and cellular signals are also essential, but don't always work the way they're supposed to when there's a lot of network traffic, so bringing backup is key.
Here are the essentials I take with me when packing for any kind of travel:
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 11:20 AM PST
More and more lately, we're witnessing technologies from our favorite sci-fi films and television shows getting closer to reality. The latest is like something from Minority Report -- it's a new kind of software meant to predict the actions of criminals.
Police in Baltimore and Philadelphia are already using the software to prevent murders, and Washington D.C. is next on the list. Don't worry, no one is keeping psychics in a pool. Well, not that we're aware of ....
The technology was developed by Richard Berk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The hope is to decrease murders and other crimes.
But how does it work? The software isn't used to predict what you or I migh…
Posted: 13 Jan 2013 10:42 AM PST
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The technology community's brightest minds are memorializing Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old programmer and digital rights activist who committed suicide Friday months before his trial over computer fraud was set to begin.
A Prodigal Mind
Swartz was nothing short of a prodigy: at the age of 14, he helped develop the Real Simple Syndication (RSS) standard, paving the way to services such as Google Reader. He worked on the Open Library, which has a goal of putting one page online for every book ever published. He founded Infogami, which was eventually incorporated into Reddit before the sale to Conde Nast, a move that gave him the means to detach and take up various causes at his pleasure.…
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