Awaiting you in this episode:
Self-driving cars are coming It won't happen in one step, but it will probably happen during the introduction and improvement of a dozen or so technologies that might be in your car already.
3D gesture technology We are on the cusp of moving from the 2D gestures of touch screens to 3D gestures that happen the way humans have always communicated.
What's next for mobile platforms? If you're waiting to see who will shape up to be the third major mobile platform, you might want to change your viewpoint to if there … Read more
The Mirror is a very straightforward app -- it's a camera with a mirror framing your face, a la Snow White. You can take photos in the mirror, take video (oddly without the mirror and limited to only 30 seconds), or you can save and share your photos and videos with other users through the app's menus. It's not particularly robust, but it does work quickly and effectively for what it offers.
The Mirror is an app that doesn't try to do too much and as such it succeeds in performing these few functions very well. … Read more
When one of the lead actors in your film is too muscly to fit into any car remotely fast or furious, you have to wonder whether the franchise may have strayed from what it originally stood for.
It was with some hesitation, although in retrospect not enough, that I sat down to watch "Fast and Furious 6," which is now available to Blu-ray and DVD. I was, and am, a fan of the first in the series: the story of an undercover cop embedded in the world of illegal street racing trying to get the bottom of a … Read more
Here's a list of crowd-sourced home lighting projects I'm really excited about. Some of these campaigns are fully funded, while others are still soliciting pledges. Have a favorite? Let me know in the comments section.
Alva LED lamps This Kickstarter campaign still has 10 days to go, and it has nearly doubled its original $12,000 funding goal. This design team crafts custom-blown glass LED lamps that look a lot like original Edison bulbs. They wanted to merge thoughtful design and modern lighting technology; I think the company achieved its goal. You can pledge a minimum of $1, … Read more
Ever been to a symphony and imagined standing in front of the orchestra waving your arms around in that mysterious way conductors do?
The Computer Orchestra lets you do that -- if you don't mind your musicians having a motherboard and a battery instead of a head and arms.
The crowdsourced project by three media and interaction design students from Ecal University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, lets users create and conduct their own orchestra by choosing an array of digital music samples and then assigning them to computers situated in a specific formation. … Read more
WikiLeaks has given a thumb's down to an upcoming film that tries to tell the tale of founder Julian Assange.
Headed to movie theaters next month, "The Fifth Estate" focuses on the formation and growth of WikiLeaks by Assange and former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The story also covers WikiLeaks' posting of classified US documents in 2010, an act that brought the site notoriety and provoked the wrath of the US government.
Pixar won't be putting out a movie in 2014, the first time since 2005 it will miss its annual production cycle.
Thanks to what the Wall Street Journal said are production problems on "The Good Dinosaur," which was supposed to come out next year, Pixar has decided to delay the film's release until 2015.
Though Disney wouldn't confirm the film's production problems, it did tell CNET that "The Good Dinosaur," which had an original opening date of May 2014, is now slated for a November 2015 release. That also means that Pixar'… Read more