Monthly Archives: April 2014

Photographer uses drone to create military-style landscapes of America

Tomas van Houtryve is a photographer with an eye for reframing perspectives — particularly those we’re more used to seeing in modern conflict. The image above is taken from a 16-page photo essay featured in April’s Harper’s Magazine (incidentally,… Engadget … Read the rest of this entry

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Hulu will bring free TV shows to your phone, and it’s trying to reach your cable box

One advantage Hulu has always had over other streaming services is that it has newer TV shows, and you can watch them for free. What’s frustrated viewers however, is that it only applies if you’re watching on a computer, since … Read the rest of this entry

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Secret’s anonymous confession box comes to the UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ

Ever wanted to tell the world that you stuck your genitals into a bowl of jam (or vegemite) without compromising your reputation? Secret, the app that lets you anonymously bare your soul to the world has landed in the UK, … Read the rest of this entry

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​New York City is cleaning its ancient Egyptian monument with lasers

A 69-foot, 3,500-year old granite obelisk has stood in New York City’s Central Park for 130 years, and it’s never, ever, been cleaned. The ancient pillar is deceptively fragile, and conservationists have been hesitant simply to hose it down. The… … Read the rest of this entry

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Yahoo Mail for iOS overhaul simplifies correspondence, sprinkles in news

Folks who use Yahoo Mail on their iOS devices will soon notice a significant redesign. The outfit has retooled the offering “with a focus on simplicity” while serving up easy access to news and other info. Along the bottom, the … Read the rest of this entry

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Sprint’s giving out six-month Spotify trials for folks on Framily plans

Sprint’s holding a little shindig in New York, but it was a little lighter on the HD Voice detail than we expected. The carrier just announced an exclusive tie-up with Spotify that’ll give big swaths of subscribers the chance to … Read the rest of this entry

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Apple’s MacBook Air is now $100 cheaper and has a slightly faster processor

Been waiting for a MacBook Air refresh? Breathe easy, friend, because one has arrived — well, sort of. Cupertino has quietly updated its online store with a familiar looking ultraportable, matching last year’s model almost spec for spec: 4GB of … Read the rest of this entry

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Samsung blurs the line between phone and camera (again) with the Galaxy K zoom

Last year, Samsung tried something a little kooky: it made a mash-up of a middling smartphone and a solid point-and-shoot camera (you know, the kind smartphones have nearly driven to extinction). The resulting chimaera was called the Galaxy S4 Zoom,… … Read the rest of this entry

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This ad uses Oculus Rift to show how internet lag could ruin making brunch

We’ve seen some pretty nutty uses (and a very sentimental one) for the Oculus Rift so far, but a Swedish ISP’s might take the cake. For two days, Umea Energi had four people strap on one of the VR headsets … Read the rest of this entry

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Angry Birds’ falling profits show the perils of being a one-hit wonder

The bad news for Rovio, the company that makes Angry Birds, is that sales were down slightly over last year. The worse news? The private company now has 300 more employees, meaning it made less than half the money it … Read the rest of this entry

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