Google’s epic space documentary hits YouTube

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The future of Neil deGrasse Tyson's television science series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey may be up in the air, but in the meantime, Google is providing its own special effects-laden documentary to tide you over Titled ‪ Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race , the mini-documentary is meant to give additional background on the company's Lunar XPrize contest , which is designed to inspire competing teams to land a spacecraft on the moon. See also: Google Lunar XPrize ramps up private moon race with $5 million in awards Narrated by film and television star Tim Allen, the 24-minute film was adapted for YouTube from the immersive planetarium show that toured the U.S. last year. The film takes viewers through the entire history of lunar exploration, using 3D imagery, colorful infographics and well-designed animations that put you right in the middle of the action Read more... More about Google , Video , Space , Film , and Youtube Read more »

The Pirx One Printer Mixes High Design And 3D Tech

 Poland is a hotbed (get it?) for 3D printing and now up-and-comer Pirx is entering the fray. Their printer, the Pirx One, is a $1,199 PLA printer with some seriously classy looks and optional heated bed for ABS support. The printer is a standard FDM device that prints layers of plastic into a cohesive whole. The team has added a few extras including a heavy steel frame and acceptable build… Read More Read more »

Klay Thompson’s record night: So wild people thought their apps were glitching

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Perhaps lost for some snow-frightened East Coasters was a stunning bit of history that went down out in Oakland, California, late on Friday night: Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors caught fire and set an NBA record by scoring 37 points (yes, you read that correctly) in the third quarter of his team's game agains the Sacramento Kings Now, a few days later, we have a funny little anecdote that's emerged since: Thompson racked up so many points in so little time — going 13-13 from the field and 9-9 from three-point range in a span of 9 minutes and 44 seconds — that friends of Warriors coach Steve Kerr thought their game-tracking apps had glitches Read more... More about Nba , Entertainment , and Sports Read more »

The Reason To Be Cheerful About HoloLens

 With the release of the HoloLens, Microsoft put something out there that has a chance of being transformative. Not in the high concept way, but in a general way especially for gaming. But is Microsoft able to bring it home, or will it get lost in its own ambitions as it has so often before. Read More Read more »

Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

 Virtual reality is as different from movies as movies are from novels. It’s hard to port one into another without losing a lot. New storytelling mediums need new creation tools, and Visionary VR is making them. But this isn’t some Final Cut clone. Visionary’s editing suite lives entirely in VR. Directors use their hands to manipulate a 3D timeline, and select camera angles… Read More Read more »

Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

 Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels. So why is Mozilla working on virtual reality when its mission is to “promote openness, innovation and… Read More Read more »

This Industry Is Still Completely Ridiculous

 Things are getting pretty strange out there. Roughly a year ago I wrote a post entitled “This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous.” Since then, as you probably already know, our world has gotten even more surreal. If anything the ridiculousness is accelerating. It’s like the tech industry is subject to a Moore’s Law of weird. Read More Read more »

Millennials’ Favorite Trivia Game Dominates App Store Charts

 Trivia Crack, a game show style quiz app that launched in Argentina, is swiftly taking over schools and college campuses around the world. For months Trivia Crack has been one of the most popular apps in the American app store, currently topping both the free and paid app charts. Now boasting 85 million users and 800,000 daily downloads, the app yesterday expanded with a UK version. Read More Read more »

As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

 Box’s IPO was never a normal deal. When Wall Street cooled to tech IPOs last year, especially involving firms that are subscription-based with high customer acquisition costs, the Box offering became the canary in the Wall Street coal mine. The general consensus was that if Box succeeded, other firms could follow, allowing Silicon Valley and its attached investor class to breathe… Read More Read more »