Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Climate change could cause 16% of species to become extinct

Climate change could cause 16% of species to become extinct

Humans have had a big effect on the climate, and all species on Earth will suffer because of it. In a new paper published in Science recently, Mark Urban, an ecologist with the University of Connecticut, has said that climate change could cause 16-percent of all known species on our planet to become extinct…if we don’t do something about it now, that is. Such extinctions would then also have a serious effect on the planet and all that remain in it, though some regions would be hit harder than others.

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Zoolander 2: Justin Bieber revealed as cast member

Zoolander 2: Justin Bieber revealed as cast member

In early March, Paramount revealed that there would be a Zoolander 2 movie in a wonderful way — by having Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller take to the floor at the Paris Fashion Week show in full character garb. The movie won’t be arriving until February 12 of next year, but we’ve been slowly hearing bits and pieces about what we can expect. This week the newest bit of information surfaced this week in the form of a picture fired off on Instagram: Justin Bieber has joined the cast.

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Bing Maps updated with expanded transit coverage

Bing Maps updated with expanded transit coverage

Bing Maps has received another update, this one proving useful for commuters all over the world. Earlier this week, Microsoft added transit coverage from more than 3,000 transit agencies in several countries. With this, commuters are able to better plan out their transportation for the day, or for a special event like when on vacation or traveling for work. This includes expanded transit coverage in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and more (there's a total of 30 countries).

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Lowe’s adds in-store and online 3D printing service

Lowe’s adds in-store and online 3D printing service

Lowes is a hardware store known for being relatively welcoming to new technology, something it recently showcased with the addition of a robot worker. Now the company is again expanding its customers' access to new technology by adding in-store and online 3D printing and scanning for 3D printing, making it a whole lot easier to get a replacement part of a hard to find bolt or curtain end piece, for example. Unfortunately, though not coming as much of a surprise, the in-store 3D printing options are limited right now.

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Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica has announced a new camera, the Leica M Monochrom camera for taking black-and-white photos. This is the followup to the first-ever digital camera specializing in black-and-white photography, and it includes the expected improvements over the last model. The camera won’t be available until May 7, but we’ve got all the details ahead of time, counted among them being the inclusion of a 24-megapixel sensor and three new color filters. To properly show it off, Leica has already revealed a gallery of sample photos.

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Sony is making a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover movie

Sony is making a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover movie

This past December, the Sony hack led to emails being revealed that spoke of a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover movie. The company, obviously, didn’t confirm the information, but fast-forward a few months and we have now got word that, yes, the movie previously leaked will indeed be happening. It is an unusual enough movie that it provoked surprise when word of its first arose, and now doubly so now that we know it’s a real project.

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Older folks react to Mortal Kombat X fatalities

Older folks react to Mortal Kombat X fatalities

Reaction videos are all the rage anymore: we've seen videos of kids reacting to old cameras and gaming systems, older folks reacting to Google Glass, and a bunch between. The newest reaction video again goes with the older folks among us, and eschews hardware for a dose of video game fun. Mortal Kombat X, that is. These perhaps unsuspecting gents and ladies are shown the latest installment's various fatalities, and we all get to enjoy their reactions.

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‘Night Terrors’ turns your home into a horror AR game

‘Night Terrors’ turns your home into a horror AR game

Horror games are fun and all, but when it gets too scary you get to turn the game off and return to your regular non-scary home. The horror survival game “Night Terrors” is different, in that your safe and comfy home becomes the base of the augmented reality game, and you're likely to hesitate turning corners long after calling it quits. As with other augmented reality offerings, the game overlays elements into your actual surroundings, and the end result — in this case — is being able to walk about your own home where various spooks and monsters will appear from around corners and in doorways.

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Internet Archive: you can now play MS-DOS games in tweets

Internet Archive: you can now play MS-DOS games in tweets

What a time to be alive. Those classic MS-DOS games you used to love to play have been available online as playable games through the Internet Archive for a little while now. We saw 900 of them become available this past November, for example, and by January that number spiked to include more than 2,000 titles, and it is still growing. Those games are still available, but the ability to play them and share them, however, just got a little bit more awesome.

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Microsoft’s ‘How Old’ age estimator reaps Internet mockery

Microsoft’s ‘How Old’ age estimator reaps Internet mockery

Microsoft has a facial recognition tool called 'How Old' that aims to guess your age based on a picture of your face. It's a fun little novelty...or it would be if it were accurate. Rather, many users find the guesses to be inaccurate, sometimes very much so, and as a result the Internet has done what the Internet often does: taken to mockery. A bunch of screenshots have appeared on Twitter (and elsewhere) showing faces and the ages estimated, and in some cases faces that aren't even human.

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