Today Apple began rolling out its first update to iOS which ended weeks of speculation on when the update would drop. iOS 7.1 ushers in support for CarPlay Automobile Integration, something Apple announced earlier this month. CarPlay is centered around an in-dash system that allows users to control their phone, music, apps, messages and maps from their steering wheel or by voice.
Siri has also been improved in iOS 7 and now has a feature that allows you to press a button which lets Siri listen to your command and then stop listening when you let go of the button. Siri's voice has also been updated to sound more natural in Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese. Updates have also been applied to iTunes Radio, Calender, and Accessibility. Additionally very stubble changes have been made to the UI that most will not notice.
Sony and Panasonic have made a joint announcement about its new optical disc standard made specifically for long term storage, called as 'Archival Disc'. One of the features of this drive is that has the ability to storage large amount of data per disc.
A single archival disc can store up to 300GB of sata, but also mentioned that its future implementations should allow 500GB to up to 1TB storage per disc. These drives will also be dust and water resistant with durability that can withstand changes in heat and humidity.
This disc standard is made for professional use who need larger storage solutions than the currently available discs.
With celebrities like Dr. Dre making bank on streaming music ventures and audio hardware its no secret why Neal Young wants to get in on the action. Today Young unveiled his company's first music player, the Pono. The music player looks similar to the iPods of the 2000's until you step back and look at it from another angle, where you realize that it is actually triangular in form.
The player is designed to work exclusively with Young's high-end, high-quality streaming service PonoMusic, and features 128GB of internal flash storage that allows users to store up to 500 high bit-rate albums. The device appears quite simple to use with just 3 buttons, and a simple low-resolution LCD screen. Accompanying the high bit-rate audio is high-quality internal amplifier circuitry designed to deliver the cleanest audio possible.
This morning Afinia announced the launch of its next-generation 3D Printer that features several innovative new features included automatic bed leveling and nozzle height detection. The new Afinia H480 is the successor to the popular H479 which was the company's firs desktop 3D printer and quickly grew in popularity with makers everywhere.
The new Afinia H480 features a printing envelope of 5-inches cubed, a build envelope of 5-inches cubed, and features a heated build platform. The entire printer has a footprint of just 9.6-inches by 10.2-inches by 13.7 inches, allowing it to fit on any desktop surface. The inclusion of Automatic Leveling takes the H480 a step above the competition as it removes one of the tedious setup task that can consume valuable time. Automatic leveling works via a detachable Platform Calibration Probe which measures the build platform at nine different locations to ensure a perfectly level printing surface.
SXSW is in full swing in Austin, Texas and music fans from around the world are at the show and needing a way to get around. That means that cabs and public transport in Austin are very busy. Austin PD recently tweeted a warning to visitors at SXSW telling them to only use approved transport providers.
The core of the post is that most Uber services aren't approved and therefore SXSW attendees shouldn't use Uber even though there may be some drivers signed up in the Austin area. The Austin PD was later specifically asked if Uber rides were permitted, and responded, "No, they are not."
Uber has been on hand at SXSW the last few years and has skirted rules in Austin that prevent its service from operating normally. One way it has skirted the rules is by offering free rides. Austin PD says that any for hire service driver must have an operators permit, commercial insurance, and a chauffer's permit.
If you surf the web and read news on just about any topic, you are apt to run across little disclaimers saying that an image came from Getty Images or Shutterstock. Images from both these places cost money to license and use for commercial activities.
Not too long ago, Getty Images announced that it was allowing non-commercial use of some of its images at no charge. The catch to the free use of these images was that you can't use them for commercial purposes and Getty gets to serve ads over the top of the images.
The announcement from Getty sent stocks tumbling a bit for Shutterstock. Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer has come out and said that the free Getty Images aren't a concern for him. He says that his firm gets 99.9% of its business from the commercial sector and that it will keep working that sector.
This past Thursday one of the stranger Guinness World Records was broken in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Huffington post reported that 1,675 people showed up to LaughFest to wear their sunglasses at night, beating out the previous record of 1,642 - Corey Hart would have been proud.
As weird as this world record breaking event is, it pales in comparison to some of the stranger world records in existence today. In January of last year, students at a New Jersey high school set a world record for the most bubble wrap being popped at one time with 366 students reportedly popping 800 yards of bubble wrap; in November of last year, Kenichi Ito broke his own record for being the fastest man on four limbs by running 100 meters in 17.47 seconds; in November of 2012, 28 women stuffed themselves into a Mini Cooper in London to break the record for the most people in one mini car; and in April of 2012, a man in China broke the record for having the most bees on a human body with approximately 331,000 bees. Is Guinness just giving world records away to anyone who can come up with anything strange enough?
Over the years, Guinness has seen such outlandish entries that many strange world record categories have been removed. Many categories relating to the world's heaviest domestic animals have been removed due to ethical dilemmas, since pet owners were purposely overfeeding their animals in order to break records. Similarly, categories like sword swallowing, rally racing on public roads, and consuming massive quantities of alcohol have been removed from Guinness World Records due to human safety concerns. And, those bizarre large foods (like the 1,325 lb. Frito pie or the 2,014 bacon cheeseburger) have a strange (albeit necessary) rule all of their own, stating that they must be entirely edible and be distributed among the public to be considered applicable to the Guinness World Record books.
Last month an elderly man in Oregon called 911 for -of all reasons - a stuck zipper. The absurd call was made to 911 dispatchers in the middle of February after the man's wife became stuck in her jacket because the zipper simply would not budge. The caller had the following hilarious exchange with the 911 operator:
Operator: "911 - Police, Fire, and Medical"
Caller: "Yeah, we got a problem here. My wife is struggling in her jacket and can't get it off. She's struggling in her... In her jacket; I want 911 up here immediately."
Operator: "Okay, is she not breathing, or?"
Caller: "She's alright, she just can't get her ****** jacket off, and I am p***** about it."
Operator: "Ok, so you want the fire department to come?"
Caller: "Somebody to help her! Yeah, yeah."
Operator: "Ok, can you cut it off of her?"
Caller: "No, I don't want to cut it off, it's a nice jacket."
There are gadgets out there for just about any need you can think of. If you are a fan of wine, a new gadget has surfaced that claims to let you make water into wine in your home. The gadget uses technology to speed the wine making process.
The Miracle Machine has a bunch of sensors inside a carafe along with heaters, pumps, and transducers that can make wine quickly. The gadget also promises to be economical. The people behind The Miracle Machine say that you can make a bottle of wine each week in the machine for about $10 per month.
The Miracle Machine itself isn't exactly cheap at $499, but if you want to make your own wine that might not be such a bad price. The ultrasonic sensor in the device is able to speed the flavor development of the wine according to the designers.
Thanks to FOX's reboot of the 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" (now streamlined to "Cosmos"), fans of "Bob's Burgers" will have to adjust to a tuning-in to a new timeslot. The hilarious antics of the Belchers will now be featured in the less-than-glamorous Sunday at 7/6c timeslot on Fox in March, April, and May.
Aside from making their unfortunate timeslot shift known through the catchy sing-along commercial on FOX, two cast members from "Bob's Burgers" also took to Reddit.com to remind fans to tune-in tonight at the new time. Dan Mintz and John Roberts, the voices behind Tina and Linda Belcher, started a stream on Reddit.com to remind fans of the shift, and stayed on for a few hours to chat. The stream attracted a few thousand viewers within the first few hours, and not without good reason.
Mintz and Roberts were nothing short of hilarious in their banter with fans, with Roberts claiming to voice once fan's wife from underneath their bed, and Mintz offering to record the voicemail message of another fan. At some point in the conversation, the show's creator Loren Bouchard even joined in on the conversation, answering fans questions about character inspiration and touting a possible in-show "Archer" parody in response to the "Bob's Burgers" parody featured on "Archer". Although the conversation has run relatively dry, the post is still available to read here.