This is a video (after the jump — that’s just an animated gif above for all you grandparents out there) of astronaut Chris Hadfield showing us earthlings what it looks like to cry in space. It’s weird. Besides, why would anybody cry in space anyways — YOU’RE IN F***ING SPACE. There’s absolutely no reason to cry if you’re in space. I don’t care if my spaceship is hurtling towards the sun and there’s no way to stop it — I’m gonna meet my maker with the biggest shit-eating grin on my face. *dies* Wait — why do you have horns?
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This is the Daewoo Matiz that retired mechanic Alan Bennet modded into a Batmobile from the original TV series for his six-year old grandson Alfie. Alan spent over £5,000 (~$ 7,700 — and I have no clue where all that money went) modding the car after it failed its inspection and the vehicle is not street legal. Which is a good because the last thing we need is a six-year old zooming around in it while sitting on a stack of phone books with toilet plungers taped to his legs because he can’t see over the steering wheel or reach the pedals. Did I ever tell you I tried to teach myself how to drive a car while sitting in the passenger seat? It ended poorly…in a neighbor’s yard. Sucks too because they were having a barbeque.
Hit the jump for several more shots including a few of the interior featuring a red Bat phone.Related Posts:
Seen here looking majestic (in my mind there were angels singing), this is the Hulk shaped cloud spotted by Redditor Bartonnen’s father. I’m not sure how long the green giant stood up there terrifying locals, but a skywriter missed a golden opportunity to add a ‘HULK SMASH’ above him (or just come flying through his chest like an alien baby). Could you defeat a cloud hulk? No. Could I? No. Could the two of us working together? Absolutely not, I hate teamwork. One time I was supposed to be the anchor during tug-o-war and I pushed everyone in front of me.
Thanks to my ex-friend Terry, who has a condition that only allows him to see pecker shaped clouds.Related Posts:
Apple is hoping to add Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to a list of product it claims infringe its patents in an existing court case in California, Bloomberg reports. The arguments supporting these additions were made in federal court in San Jose today, and follow Samsung’s expressed intent to add the iPhone 5 its own infringement claims in the same proceedings.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung’s latest self-branded tablet, though the manufacturer has been tapped to provide hardware for Google’s Nexus 10 slate as well. The Jelly Been update is the version of Google’s Android OS that powers the Note, thus its inclusion in this suit, which is slated currently for a 2014 trial date.
Obviously we’re not looking at a draw down situation here, as both sides in the case seem eager to make sure device lists are updated to include the latest from each side. Apple won a preliminary order in this case blocking the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S., and added the Galaxy S III to the list of products it says are infringing its IP in August. In October, Judge Lucy Koh rescinded a previous injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, an earlier 10-inch tablet from Samsung, in a separate proceeding in the same court.
For any action resulting from these proceedings to have teeth, they really need to apply to current products, and given that the trial date isn’t for over a year yet, expect to see more devices named by both parties in the interim as additional hardware is released.Related Posts:
In the cut-throat world of desk organization, style often trumps functionality. In the case of Twelve South’s HiRise, style meets functionality. See what I did there?
The HiRise is a little storage locker designed to sit under an iMac or Cinema Display. The front panel folds down, revealing an adjustable shelf and storage space large enough for even a Mac Mini. But that shelf — oh, Twelve South is so clever — allows the HiRise to display an iMac at the same height as a Cinema Display.
Clever or not, the HiRise is a bit pricey at $ 79.99. However, it fixes the common complaints about the iMac in that it sits too low and doesn’t naturally match the height of a Cinema Display. So rather than resorting to propping up an iMac with a phone book or reams of paper, iMac owners now have stylish and functional solution in the HiRise.
The HiRise is available now from TwelveSouth.com. It’s compatible with all Apple Displays and iMacs that use the L-shaped stand.Related Posts:
Apple’s new EarPods are available to order today in the Apple Store, but we were lucky enough to get a pair here at TechCrunch for some early testing. The new design is definitely eye-catching, but does performance live up to the looks? Read on to find out.The Good
These definitely sound better than those earbuds you got with your iPhone 4S and immediately put into a drawer, never to think about again. The sound is much richer and more like what you’d get from Apple’s In-Ear Headphones, though without the sound isolation since they don’t form a seal in your ear canal. That is actually better for general commuting use, however, since it means you can still hear traffic and other environmental sounds.
One thing everyone will probably appreciate is much better bass performance. It’s not overpowering, which you might get on a pair of Monster Beats, and that’s a good thing. You also get better stereo effects, all resulting in a much more immersive listening experience.
Comfort is pretty much a toss-up between these and the last. They do feel a little less likely to fall out of your ears or shift around while you’re walking and wearing, though it also takes a little bit longer to get them seated correctly in the first place.
Smaller openings that don’t use a huge grill alone should increase element resistance and make them more durable, and Apple claims overall they’re designed to better take a beating, and early impressions bear that out.The Bad
It would be hard for the new EarPods to be worse at anything than the earbuds they replace, if only because those were so bad in every regard. However, one thing I did notice was that the controls/mic pod felt a little bit flimsy and light, which could be a concern for long-term wear, but that could admittedly also just be a mistaken impression.Conclusions
The new EarPods are better than the old ones, and they come free with new iPhones and iPods, so you can’t really complain. Plus, at $ 29, while I’m not sure they rival some of my favorites like the Bowers & Wilkins C5 or Klipsch S4i, they sound pretty good. Definitely a better buy than the lackluster In-Ear Headphones with Mic for $ 79 as a standalone purchase.Related Posts:
Teasing your customers about forthcoming software updates isn’t very nice — unless you deliver on the very same day, of course. ASUS hinted, just this morning, that Jelly Bean might be on its way to some of its devices via the company’s Facebook page. Now, we’re getting reports from Transformer Pad TF300 owners that the update has landed. ASUS was even kind enough to beat its own estimate (for the TF300, at least) by a significant measure. Could this mean the TF700 update is on its way? Our advice? Keep mashing that “Check now” just to make sure.
[Thanks, James, Godwill]
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At this point, after strong hints and even patents, a Canon mirrorless camera is all but certain. The only question is what it’ll look like and how it’ll compete with Micro Four Thirds shooters like the Olympus E-M5 and Samsung’s APS-C NX range. The image above may at least help to answer the first part of that question, as it shows an unknown model called the EOS M which indeed looks every inch like a thin and lightweight mirrorless ILC. The image was reportedly leaked by retail sites and captured by Digicame-info, while MirrorlessRumors notes the presence of an entirely new mount: the EF-M — which may mean that Canon is moving away from the inbetween sensor size it used in the G1 X and possibly towards full APS-C. An official announcement is expected on July 23rd, so we’ll know plenty more then.
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As iPhone season amps up — and make no mistake, the rumor mill is already spinning at full speed — we’re bound to see “leak” after “leak.” The latest comes by way of a site called KitGuru.net, which claims to have a “test unit” of the device. That’s about where the post lost me, not to mention the fact that the image looks Photoshopped.
But let’s just set that aside for a moment. The images shown actually take into account most of what we’ve seen/heard before. The iPhone 5 is expected to have a larger screen with the same 640px width, and we also expect a new 19-pin mini connector instead of the usual 30-pin port.
So while 97 percent of me believes this isn’t the real deal (I’m not a total cynic), it’s still valuable to have a clearer look at what’s expected, even in blurry form. The real value is seeing the “iPhone 5 test unit” alongside an iPhone 4S. This should give fanbois a nice comparison look at what’s expected to be a 4.08-inch display.
Again, I would be heart-attack-style surprised to find out that KitGuru was playing around with an early iPhone 5 unit. That just doesn’t happen. But it’s somewhat strange that the site pulled the post. Trusted Reviews speculates that the pull-down has something to do with Apple’s involvement, whereas I’m thinking the site is trying to get a little extra credibility by acting like Apple requested the post removal.
In either case, the images are in line with the more dominant rumors out there so I suggest getting comfortable with the new size and ports. Whether this image is real or a hoax (and methinks it’s a hoax), those new features are likely to be true.Related Posts: