We've seen all kinds of goofy torture tests for the Galaxy S6 this year but this one takes the cake for pure ambition. The team at accessories manufacturer Slickwraps, Inc. mounted the Galaxy S6 onto a box that was attached to a high-altitude balloon and launched it into the stratosphere. While up there, Slickwraps estimates that it faced "temperatures as low as -65°F (-54°C), and a maximum altitude of 122,264 feet."
The ARPANET didn’t make its first host-to-host connection until 1969. But long before anyone was online, communications companies were trying to figure out how to make interactive home shopping a reality. This short 1961 film from Bell Systems (now AT&T) showcases the futuristic tech that they were imagining—including a way to shop for clothes by videophone.
Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo
According to The New York Times, Apple has decided to pull its planned WWDC new Apple TV hardware announcement. Apple planned to debut the new box at the June 8th kickoff keynote before making the decision to scrap the hardware and SDK introduction in mid-May, according to the report:
The company planned as recently as mid-May to use the event to spotlight new Apple TV hardware, along with an improved remote control and a tool kit for developers to make apps for the entertainment device. But those plans were postponed partly because the product was not ready for prime time, according to two people briefed on the product.
We’ve reported that Apple has been planning a redesigned Apple TV box with app functionality, Siri voice search, and a new remote control for sometime, but it appears those won’t be showcased until later. Nor will Apple debut the SDK at this event. Perhaps the new hardware will be ready for display by the fall, when the TV subscription service is expected to be unveiled…
Earlier this week, reports surfaced claiming that Apple would also not introduce its subscription-based TV service at WWDC due to stalled talks with content providers. Besides the new Apple TV news, the NYT reiterates our reports that iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will focus on quality and stability improvements, while also reiterating that the new Apple Music service will be showcased at the event.
Gardening can be a relaxing and rewarding hobby. But sometimes, depending on your choice of crops, you need to keep that hobby under wraps. And that’s where The Server Farm comes in. It looks like a vanilla desktop PC, but instead of electronics, inside you’ll find grow lights, reflection panels, and a compact watering system.
The biggest battle in the tech world for the past several years has been the battle for supremacy in the mobile platform world. iOS and Android have been the two main fighters and in a sense they've both won: Android has gotten the most total market share while iOS has taken in most of the actual profits. With iOS and Android firmly established as the two main players in the mobile world, Apple and Google have moved on to fight on new battlegrounds, as a new post by Neil Cybart smartly explains.
Over at Bloomberg, an inside source reports that the FCC has just voted to allow cable companies to override local caps on cable pricing, effectively allowing cable companies to charge whatever they like for all broadcast TV — including when it comes from local channels.
Twitter today updated the iPad version of its app to match the iPhone app’s messaging functionality. The update brings the ability for iPad users to natively participate in group direct messaging sessions (for better or for worse), see more messaging history, and privately share links via Direct Messages with a quick share control.
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There are times when a new product comes to market and you are flat-out amazed by how much better it is than the competition. That appears to be the case with Hound, a new voice assistant app produced by the makers of the music discovery app SoundHound. Re/code reports that Hound has been in development for a whopping nine years now and it really shows. Simply put, we've never seen a voice assistant app come even close to having the capabilities that Hound does.
The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in California, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation.