Some of you might have noticed the hashtag #phonebloks flying around the social media world yesterday, and wondered where the hell it all came from so suddenly. The answer? It was a social media ‘thunderclap’ initiated by Phonebloks. Phonebloks started out as a simple idea just over a month ago. Dave Hakkens, the man behind the idea, basically wanted to create a phone that produced less waste – a phone we could keep.
It’s been a year since one of Apple’s chief techies – Scott Forstall – left Apple, and was replaced by Jony Ive and Craig Federighi, who were supposed to manage both iOS and OS X. This was meant to give Apple a chance to create a single, unified design across all operating systems. Apple followers will have expected OS X Mavericks to be quite similar to the new iOS – for the software to merge seamlessly between mobile and desktop device.
When it comes to breaking records, some choose the safer route: opting to put straws in their mouths. Some, on the other hand, enjoy being towed into 30-metre waves by a jetski. This was the gambit of one Carlos Burle, in an attempt to break the world record for biggest wave ever surfed, held by Garret McNamara, who successfully carved a 23-metre behemoth just two years ago.
Just take a guess where scientists have found a whole array of new animal species. You’d be thinking somewhere isolated, somewhere big, somewhere uncharted… Yup, it’s Australia. The continent down under is home to some of the world’s most fascinating animals, and just a few days ago a few more were were added to the list.
Well, we say ‘anybody’ – but by that we mean anybody who has R750,000 to spare on a trip to space. Yup, a small Arizona-based business, The Paragon Space Development Corporation, has used some existing technology to create a helium balloon that will take passengers to the edge of space.
iPhone camera lenses are not a new thing by any stretch of the imagination. They emerged a few years ago, to accommodate and enhance the steadily improving camera technology that was being developed. They started out small, with individual lenses being sold for about R200, and a set of all sorts of different lenses being sold for around R500. It was more of a start-up company kind of thing to do – but now the big dogs have latched onto to the market, and Sony is one of those who are looking to make a big impact.
Artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada unveiled his 11-acre land art portrait of a girl, who is apparently making a wish. Located in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Ireland, the artwork, titled “WISH,” took one month to construct and required 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tons of soil, and 2,000 tons of sand.
Many of us know Russell Brand as an outrageous comedian famed for his absurd brand of humour. Not many anticipated his rise from the stand-up comedy stage, through the world of film and finally into political writing. He’s become a bit of an enigma in his own right, blending ridiculously silly humour with an earnest sense of political awareness – which comes to the fore in an interview with one of Britains toughest journos.
If you recall, we did a story on the biggest mountain-bike backflip in history just a few days ago. That was pretty special, but we can’t recall seeing anything quite as visceral as this before.
The more time we spend on the internet, the more we realise that the whole point of the internet is to display cats and dogs at their funniest. No, seriously now, we all spend a large portion of our internet time on pets – admit it. With that being said, we found a gallery of high-speed photographs of dogs shaking water off their faces.
It’s Christmas time again for the Apple family. And despite the fact that Apple’s launch events are now missing the engaging marketing savvy that only Steve Jobs could bring, Steve Cook gave an impressive performance at Apple’s annual iPad Fall Event – where he casually unveiled a whole host of new Apple products and software. Obviously, the headliner of the show was the new iPad Air – Cook managed to cover a whole lot more in a presentation that lasted over an hour.
Did you know that Morocco is the world leader in Couscous? Or that Germany has everyone beat when it comes to almost winning the world cup? Our particular favourite is Russia: raspberries and nukes. This map is like a thousand Chappie wrappers combined into one.
Though the 5S, and it’s cheaper, plastic-shelled counterpart, the 5C, were released over a month ago, this is the first television ad to feature either one.
Every year at around this time, all the major action-sports brands head over to Utah for the Red Bull Rampage, an event that has been going on for years, hosting the worlds greatest x-athletes. Oakley sets up a ridiculously massive ramp called the “Oakley Sender”, and the worlds best bikers do some insane stunts on camera.
Remember Harry Wilson? Well his granddad was either a soothsayer, a genius, or a lucky old fool. Grandpa placed a £50 bet on Harry to play for the Welsh football team, when Harry was only 18 months old. Harry’s debut just nabbed his Granddad £125,000 (R1,970,000).
Talk about going beyond the call of duty. Corporal Josh Hargis was with his special operations unit in Panjwal, Afghanistan, when a woman detonated a suicide bomb vest nearby, triggering the explosion of 13 other bombs. Four of Hargis’ men were killed, and 12 other soldiers were badly wounded, including Hargis himself.
There’s no question that Eminem has had a rough ride throughout his life – always at odds with how he coped with the atrocities of his early life, and how he managed his new life in the spotlight. He took a four-year hiatus after releasing Encore in 2004, and his two most recent albums Relapse and Recovery, were a bit hit and miss, with many fans claiming to have lost the real slim shady.
You best believe that when Will Smith is filming out in far-flung locations, he ain’t going to the local motel to spend his nights. No sir. Being the only actor to have had 8 films gross over $100 million – he could afford to make sure that wherever he filmed, he knew he had a [...]
Next time you have a fried chicken craving and you find yourself at KFC, here’s what you can do to turn good old Colonel Sanders into the devil.
71-year-old Professor Stephen Hawking was at the Cambridge Film Festival to chat about the biopic detailing his life. While speaking about the film, Hawking spoke about the possibility of preserving brains on hard drives. He was asked if he thought a person’s consciousness could live on after death. His response:
If you weren’t scared of Mike Tyson before, you will be after watching this video. Tyson takes part in a pre-show segment called “Celebrities Throwing Sharp Objects Blindfolded,” on Fox Sports, and his impressive accuracy when it comes to throwing darts is shocking.
Check out this tiny home with a big surprise! From the back it looks like a drab cement garden shed, but once you take a look from the front the home is surprisingly wonderful! The house that can fit two people comfortably was designed with environmental balance and well-being in mind.
Here’s Glen James. He’s an american guy who lives in homeless shelters because a health condition prohibits him from working. Glen found a backpack with about $3,000 (R28,000) in cash, and $40,000 (R370,000) in traveller’s cheques outside a mall at the beginning of this week. He did the the natural thing, and handed the bag [...]
Check out these art installations by an Italian artist in New York City who is bringing Google Street View to life through his project called ‘Street Ghosts.’ He scours Google Street View until he finds an interesting looking person (Google blurs out the faces of people captured by their cameras) then he prints out a life sized photo and paints it on to the side of a building where that person was spotted.
Google Street View is making it harder and harder for us to find reasons to leave the house. This week marks the 178th anniversary of Darwin discovering the Galápagos Islands, and Google has launched an amazing 360 degree tour of one of the most biodiverse archipelagos on Earth.
This is filmmaker Anthony Cerniello’s latest short film, ‘Danielle’. The five minute clip – which takes its name from the model – showcases a woman’s face subtly ageing decades right before your eyes.
A 350 year old staircase is being repaired at the Cliveden estate – a stately home in the UK. And get this, builders have replaced it with a giant slide so visitors can get from the South terrace to the formal garden with ease.
Things are not always what they seem! Check out this video and put your brain to the test! These optical illusions are sure to play trickery on your brain and give your mind a well needed mid-week work out.
Check out this list of awesome historical sites and secretive spots that you can’t visit. From government bunkers, to underground cities, and exclusive clubs, even if you really want to visit these places, you just can’t.
Researchers from the University of Washington believe this is the first “noninvasive human to human brain interface.” Which is a fancy way of explaining that this guy is very definitely controlling this other guy’s body with his MIND.