Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Google’s Project Loon turns two

Google’s Project Loon turns two

Google’s Project Loon has turned two, and it has achieved various milestones during its short life. The pilot test for the balloon-based Internet project took place in 2013, which the Project Loon team says successfully connected Charles Nimmo, a sheep farmer, to the Internet. The project came to fruition even earlier than that, though, with the first tests involving it having happened all the way back in 2011. Those very early tests involved using easily obtainable radio components and a weather balloon.

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Watch a dry ice bomb explode in slow motion

Watch a dry ice bomb explode in slow motion

Slow motion videos are always fun, and we've seen no shortage of them. This time around someone has decided to eschew the commonly used fire and bullets for a different sort of slow motion video: a dry ice bomb exploding underwater...with the camera, of course, also recording under water. The explosion is so powerful the video captures the pulsing energy in the water as it expands outward and then pulses back into places briefly before growing even larger.

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NASA will launch CubeSats as part of next year’s Mars mission

NASA will launch CubeSats as part of next year’s Mars mission

NASA has announced that when it launches a stationary lander next year as part of its Mars effort, it will include a pair of CubeSats. This will mark the first time CubeSats have been flown into deep space, says the space agency, and a success will demonstrate that the technology is able to rapidly transmit data about the status of the primary spacecraft destined for Mars. The CubeSats were both built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and will fly independent of the InSight lander, which will land on Mars next September.

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This is YouTube Gaming

This is YouTube Gaming

Earlier today a new YouTube account appeared on Twitter called 'YouTube Gaming', and it had a single mysterious tweet. No announcement came with it, no explanation, no hints about what to expect. After awhile another tweet appeared, and it revealed a little more: a picture of devices running a new yet-to-be-announced product. That led into a litany of tweets revealing bits and pieces -- a screenshot here, an explanation there. There are more than 30 tweets now, and YouTube has stopped playing, formerly announcing the service. This is YouTube Gaming.

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US officials reveal second massive hack: security clearance forms grabbed

US officials reveal second massive hack: security clearance forms grabbed

The recent hack of government data, at least according to those who know of the matter, is far worse than previously revealed. At least 4 million people were comprised, it was originally reported, but a recent letter to the OPM indicated that every single federal employee might have had some data stolen, including former federal workers. Now a second hack has been disclosed by sources, and it is said to have involved the theft of data related to intelligence employees and military personnel.

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Roku scores Nickelodeon Channel

Roku scores Nickelodeon Channel

Roku just became a bit more attractive for parents (and cartoon-loving adults, we don’t judge). The company recently announced the arrival of a new Nickelodeon Channel, which will let users stream episodes from the network’s various kids shows. The channel is free to download from the Roku Channel Store, and supports both the Roku TVs and the set-top boxes/streaming stick. The channel includes some of the network's more popular shows, including Spongebob Squarepants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

We all know the big names in fitness and sleep trackers. Just about everywhere you look you can find someone wearing a Jawbone wristband or a FitBit tracker. Those trackers are on the pricier side of things, however, and not everyone is willing to spend that much on tech that might -- like their last gym membership -- end up going unused. Enter the budget tracker market where Xiaomi's Mi Band largely goes unchallenged. Late last year a company called Pivotal Living based out of Seattle, Washington introduced an even more budget-friendly option, at least for the short term: its Pivotal Tracker 1 wearable, which is free if you sign up for a year's membership at $12.

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LEGO WALL-E set surfaces ahead of launch

LEGO WALL-E set surfaces ahead of launch

We've known for a while that LEGO would be bringing to fruition a WALL-E set, and now images that are (probably) of it have surfaced via a toy retailer's website. The set won't be available to purchase until this holiday season, and LEGO hasn't made an official unveiling on its Ideas blog yet. The retailer's website presents three images, however, two of them showing the set's box and one showing the blocky plastic WALL-E robot himself. It looks similar to the original Ideas project's WALL-E.

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Parrot’s new slew of MiniDrones can fly, jump and swim

Parrot’s new slew of MiniDrones can fly, jump and swim

Parrot has introduced a ton of new miniature drones, which it appropriately calls "MiniDrones". The drones serve different functions, and they come with smaller price points than you'd pay for their larger counterparts. Interestingly enough, Parrot introduced the drones on its French site exclusively, though it will be launching them officially in the United Kingdom early next month. There are 13 drones that are part of three new models in total, and several of them hit the sub-$200 price point. We've a trio of videos showing them off after the jump!

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Ford GT Race Car to compete at Le Mans in 2016

Ford GT Race Car to compete at Le Mans in 2016

Ford has introduced its new GT race car for Le Mans 2016, pointing toward its past victories and announcing that it will be competing in the LM GTE Pro class. Such is to commemorate its 1966 victory’s 50th anniversary, and to perhaps gain another bragging right. Says the auto maker, this new GT race car is based upon its new supercar that will be arriving in 2016 and that was introduced this past January. Video and full gallery after the jump.

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