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  • Opinion: 8 Google culture clichés reinforced by 'The Internship'

    No one will deny the facts: Google's campus is beautiful. Its products shape the way we live. And the company offers fantastic employee perks. But "The Internship," a bro-comedy about two grown men (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who start on Google's bottom floor, looks more like a Google recruiting video than a real movie with a real plot.

  • Opinion: Apple's big-screen TV was a no-show at WWDC, but analysts say it's coming soon

    Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference has never been a venue for truly big hardware surprises. In recent years, it has become the launch pad for iOS updates and Mac computer refreshes, and not much else. But given Tim Cook's late May musings about Apple's stake in TV-related technology--he told a D11 Conference audience there's "an intense interest" in this area--one could have easily harbored hopes that Apple would stun Monday's WWDC audience with a big-screen Apple TV.

  • Opinion: You know you want this Lego binary clock for your desk

    When you need a new alarm, don't settle for the standard clock. Instead, try making one out of Lego--one that happens to tell the time in binary.

  • Opinion: Edible Ewoks guaranteed to make your stomach go 'yub nub'

    Gah. Just, gah. If someone served me a platter of Star Wars-themed sushi, I'd be mortified. How could anyone even think about eating these little Sushiwoks?! PETA should be alerted.

  • Opinion: Total sharpness: Hyperfocal photography

    Conventional wisdom has it that you should keep the background in your photos out of focus to draw attention to the subject in the foreground. Generally that's good advice, but sometimes you might want everything to be in sharp focus, from the foreground elements all the way to the distant background. If you have a camera that lets you adjust the focus manually (think DSLRs and advanced compacts), you can accomplish this effect using a technique called hyperfocal photography.

  • Opinion: Lego Segway is the nerdiest way to roll around

    Yes. And it's as awesome as you thought it be. Simon Burfield, the maker of the Lego wheelchair, has forged the nerdiest mode of transportation ever--a Lego Segway. This particular rideable plastic contraption rolls around on two Lego Hailfire wheels. The build is powered by eight motors controlled by four Mindstorms NXT kits and Hitechnic accelerometers. It even has a movable steering handle, just like the real thing.

  • Opinion: DigiX is an inexpensive, powerful Arduino-compatible board with onboard Wi-Fi

    Last August, a hardware engineer launched a Kickstarter campaign for a tiny Arduino-compatible chip called the DigiSpark. It's about the size of a quarter, and it's super inexpensive. Erik Kettenburg, the creator of the DigiSpark, is back on Kickstarter, and he's looking to fund his next Arduino-compatible development board, the DigiX.

  • Opinion: Release your inner child by 3D-printing objects with Play-Doh

    Here's something that will please even the most stern-faced of readers: a 3D printer that uses Play-Doh instead of plastic to replicate objects.

  • Opinion: Superhero-themed wedding has Xena, Wonder Woman, Superman, awesomeness

    It's beginning to look like the season for offbeat, cool-as-all-heck weddings. Heather and Kim recently threw a wedding that many of us would be envious to have. On top of all the standard loveliness, it featured an artfully designed Xena and Wonder Woman cake, a sword for a cake cutter, vintage-comic- book-style postcards, and more than a few "undercover" superheroes.

  • Opinion: Wearable computing pioneer Steve Mann: Who watches the watchmen?

    We're locked out. The room in which Steve Mann, the father of wearable computing, insists we do his interview is closed for the day, and Mann won't answer any questions until we get the door open. It's Tuesday afternoon, and I've come to the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California to speak to the University of Toronto professor about wearable technology and the ubiquity of surveillance. But now, instead of searching for answers, I'm searching for a key.

  • Opinion: How to produce better sounding podcasts

    Reader Fran Drakes is about to embark on a new audio adventure and seeks advice. She writes:

  • Opinion: Slide down sidewalks with bizarre grace on a Hovertrax

    I'm not convinced that personal sidewalk traversal is ripe for a renovation. Plenty have met success by marketing their new wheeled contraptions as toys or exercise equipment. Yet Inventist is billing its new product almost as a replacement for walking, almost entirely forgoing an appeal to one's sense of fun. The two-wheeled transportation platform, or Hovertrax (funding through June 30), is aimed at carrying the future of small-scale transportation into view.

  • Opinion: Getting the best bokeh in your background

    Blurry photos are generally a bad thing. But although it's true that--with rare exception--no one likes camera shake in their photos, sometimes blur is intentional, such as when you shoot a photo with shallow depth of field so that the subject is sharp and the background is out of focus.

  • Opinion: Domino's pizza-delivering DomiCopter may be the best thing you read about today

    While it still seems unlikely that Domino's DomiCopter will ever replace your average, adolescent pizza guy, it's still fun to contemplate the possibility. A remote-controlled delight, the DomiCopter is set to traverse the skies in an attempt to bring you whatever artery-clogging morsel you've ordered from Domino's. Domino's hasn't said anything as of yet in regards to coverage areas or when we can expect aerial pizza delivery, but, hey, at least there's a video to drool at as you ponder a future filled with airborne fast food.

  • Opinion: Graphene-based camera sensors could take pictures in virtual darkness

    A team of researchers at Nanyang Technological University is developing a graphene-based camera sensor that's 1000 times more sensitive to light than most commercial CMOS or CCD sensors. The NTU researchers say the new graphene-derived sensor can detect a broad spectrum of light--from the visible to mid-infrared--which could allow it to take photos in nearly-complete darkness.

  • Opinion: Shapeways launches a new soft, squishy 3D printing material

    If you've ever felt a 3D-printed object? They're typically made of hard, brittle plastic, and tend to be delecate. Now Shapeways is introducing a new, squishy 3D printing material called Elasto Plastic that's more like a soft, pliable piece of rubber than stiff ABS plastic.

  • Opinion: Keyboard Cat Animatronic Plush toy will play you off whenever you want

    Attention, meme lovers: You can now get your very own Keyboard Cat. Sort of. ThinkGeek now sells an animatronic, plush-toy version of the musical cat meme for your enjoyment. This battery-powered gadget not only moves around, but also plays the Keyboard Cat music. It stands 8 inches tall and runs off of three AA batteries, and it can be yours for $35.

  • Opinion: 3200 LEDs make the Sydney Harbor Bridge a giant lightshow that you can control

    The Color the Bridge project, part of the annual Vivid Sydney light festival, lights up the Sydney Harbor Bridge with 3200 programmed LED lights and fiber optics, giving the otherwise gray concrete-and-steel structure a totally different appearance.

  • Opinion: Take to the skies with the Da Vinci Classic Ornithopter

    The University of Maryland's Morpheus Laboratory has been tinkering with flapping wing flight for almost a decade. Now Da Vinci Classic Ornithopters (DCO) has partnered up with Morpheus Lab to offer a device that bears the fruits this research and design, a remote controlled small unmanned air vehicle (SUAV) that'd make its namesake proud. The Da Vinci Classic Ornithopter (funding through June 17th) is bringing affordable robotic birds to the hobbyist crowd.

  • Opinion: The Buccaneer is an inexpensive, attractive 3D printer designed for anybody

    If you want to get into 3D printing, there are tons of options out there for you to choose from. Unfortunately, most of the inexpensive 3D printers require you to assemble them yourself, a tedious and often frustrating task. Fully assembled printers are becoming more and more prevalent, but often cost a few hundred dollars more. Pirate3D wants to change this trend with its upcoming low-cost and fully assembled printer known as The Buccaneer.

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