A new survey by Vouchercloud.net reported that one in five people think that Blu-ray is some kind of sea creature, even after over seven years on the market. In addition to thinking that HTML, the scripting language of the World Wide Web, is a sexually transmitted disease, here are some additional gems.
3D printing is slowly moving out of the shadows of nerd experimentation to something that can go in the home of the average Joe. But right now, the filament that provides the plastic that’s melted and molded is very expensive, running about $60 a kilogram. Not very affordable or efficient unless you’re cranking out only small little parts like screws and washers.
Coffee, simple and cheap, is a worldwide staple whose caffeine jolt jumpstarts society every morning. About twenty years ago, it started becoming less cheap, as people stopped into their local Starbucks for that double-mint mocha. Finally, the expense of premium came home in the form of Keurig, Starbucks competitor Green Mountain Coffee’s single-serving pods that allege they’re saving you money by not brewing an entire pot.
When I was a kid, my grandparents had this giant coffee table that not only held the beverages of the neighborhood brain trust, but had an entire sound system built in. The radio and volume were accessible couch-side, and the lid lifted up on two sides, one exposing record storage and the other the player.
Netflix’s annual Hack Day happened last week–a day in which Netflix engineers stay up all night coming up with crazy ideas to foster internal innovation. From an interface that makes joystick-based text entry much easier to creating custom movie playlists for your kids or the holidays, the results are pretty wild.
The first thing you start worrying about when you go on a trip is the “did I” list. Did I…. turn off the stove? Feed the cat? Close the garage door? Well, now you can not only find out the status of your garage at any minute of the day from anywhere, but close it, open it, and know when someone else does the same.
It used to be that importing movies from other countries was incredibly difficult. You had to find an importer, who would usually charge you a gigantic markup, or somehow find an overseas source where the communication barrier wasn’t a deal-breaker. Then high exchange rates and month-long shipping times set in.
Berg believes that the cloud is the future of pretty much everything. Even though the Internet-connected fridge was the punchline of last year’s Internet of Things products, the company believes that their prototypes for cloud-connected washing machines are the wave of the future.
Cars, power generation, factories, and houses all in one way or another are responsible for carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. While some companies claim that they have systems like “carbon capture” and “clean coal” that essentially amount to collecting all the junk and burying it somewhere. But the problem doesn’t just go away.
Robin Speronis, who has been living with solar power and fulfilling her water needs with rain instead of the local system, has been ordered to either hook her house up to the utilities, or face potential condemnation. At issue is the fact that she was using the sewer system without paying the related support costs more »
Sleep is really important, and finding the right bed is often a lifelong quest of Goldilocks conundrums. Is it too firm or too soft? Too high or too low? Sure there all those Craftmatics, Sleep numbers, Tempur-Pedic, and the other brands that adjust to your body, but how many of them read your body temperature, and bathe you in the warm lights of your own heartbeat? Well, the Hammacher tranquility pod does.
On the way to the Supreme Court, Aereo–the startup service that rents a TV antenna and DVR space, and lets you stream local channels over the Internet–has had unusually good luck in the court system for a plaintiff of its kind. Well, that luck appears to have run out.
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