City of Drones isn’t just a first-person drone simulator. Its an engine to create empathy toward our all-seeing flying robots.
Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad
Microsoft is focusing on Apple’s Siri digital assistant in one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 commercials. It’s another return to the Mac vs. PC war, as Microsoft chooses to mock Siri in an effort to showcase Cortana for the first time. The new commercial sees an iPhone 5S pitted against a low-end Lumia 635, with Cortana handling people- and location-based reminders, along with traffic alerts for meetings. Siri is unable to complete similar tasks.
You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a ‘digital tattoo
Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone (currently limited to the Moto X) with a quick tap. The tattoo can stay on your body for up to five days, and it should survive abuses like showers and sweat-laden runs. It’s a clever approach that might be appealing if you’re fed up with PIN codes and patterns, although the back-of-a-napkin math suggests that you’re paying a lot just to save a couple of seconds when checking your email.
It’s a long time coming. “I think the wrist is interesting,” Tim Cook said at the D Conference in 2011. “I’m wearing [a Nike Fuelband] on my wrist. It’s somewhat natural. But as I said before, I think for something to work here, you first have to convince people it’s so incredible that they want to wear it.”
Forget your smartphone, you can now take selfies with drones
Squishing yourself into a cameraphone frame with your bestie is so early 2014. Why rely on your outstretched arm when you can include a sweeping vista and aerial approach to your selfie? Camera drones are gaining popularity for educational and business uses such as beefing up real estate listings with high-flying photos. But if you trust your remote drone-steering skills enough not to take your own head off, they can also offer flexibility and artistic options for creative selfies. A group of NYU students recently set up a “dronie booth” at the ITP Spring Show, and Vimeo has launched a channel dedicated to dronies.
Assassin’s Creed has always made it easy to pull off incredible acrobatic moves with little more than a tap of a button, but those video game leaps are nothing compared to seeing real parkour practitioners weave their way through the urban jungle. Just in time for Comic Con, developer Ubisoft has sponsored a new parkour video to promote its upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which takes the series to the French Revolution.
"Nobody has to buy a Vertu phone. You don’t need a Vertu phone, but if you like it — if you appreciate quality craftsmanship and design, and also services and technology — then you buy a Vertu phone. Like [how] you buy a Bentley car or a luxury watch. You don’t need a Bentley car to go from A to B, but it’s much better to do it in a Bentley car than in another car."
“When applied externally to your device, Impervious protects against spill damage and screen scratching,” says Impervious on its website. “When fully applied to the outer & inner components of your device, Impervious is classified as IPX 7. We currently only offer full waterproofing kits for the iPhone 5, 5s, and 6. When applied, your device can be submerged in (1) meter or (3) feet of water for up to 30 minutes (We do NOT recommend).”
Why Tesla’s Model 3 Could Be the Most Important Electric Car Ever
To understand why that price tag is such a game-changer, you don’t need to look much further than Tesla’s current lineup: a two-seat convertible for $100,000, and a luxury sedan for $70,000. These are niche vehicles with limited markets, and while Tesla has exceeded its own sales targets for the less pricey Model S, that still only amounts to a paltry 23,000 cars sold in 2013. Toyota, by contrast, sold that many Camrys in the US in the first 20 days of last year.
But a $35,000 Tesla? That’s Toyota Avalon or Chevy Impala money. A sub-40k car isn’t a plaything for George Clooney; it’s a daily driver your kid’s basketball coach could buy. And it knocks down the last, most difficult hurdle that’s prevented electric cars from truly hitting the mainstream.