Google Earth in its current form went live in June 2005. In addition to allowing users to fly to their childhood homes, zoom in on potential vacation spots, and explore under the sea and atop the world's highest peaks, the virtual mapping software has proven instrumental in a number of scientific discoveries -- several in 2009 alone. Here's a look back at some of the highlights.
Any guesses on future Google Earth discoveries? Will Google Earth be an ever-more-important scientific tool in the future? Post in the comments.
If your mother yelled at you about ruining your eyes by sitting too close to the TV, she is going to go nuts if you come home wearing a pair of these. The German research society Fraunhofer has developed a pair of glasses with lenses that project a heads up display right onto the user's retina.
E-ink displays are already common in devices like the Kindle, but HP has taken the tech a step further with thin, printable color displays called eSkins. Printed in massive rolls, eSkins can then be cut and used as a thin coating on, say, your laptop's lid, turning the surface into an active, color display.
What's almost certain is that we will soon see a refreshed iPhone 3G, likely announced at Apple's annual WWDC conference keynote on June 8. What's up in the air is what said iPhone refresh will look like--but a series of leaked photos seem to suggest it will look something like this.
Ever suspect that someone is poking into your stuff when you're not at home? Or that instead of taking care of the kids the babysitter is doing you-know-what? Or that Spot only pretends she can't stand on her hind legs and talk when you're around? Then you might want invest in one of the new spybots on the market. (That, or get your head checked.)
A lure that uses a surgical trick to prevent getting torn from hooks, and doesn’t contaminate the water
By Christopher SteinerPosted 05.22.2009 at 12:50 pm 2 Comments
For all you holiday anglers, today's featured Invention Award winner is something to aspire to: a fishing lure that doesn't pollute once it ends up on the bottom of the lake.
Ben Hobbins didn't set out to clean up his local lakes, but his IronClads baits do exactly that. The Wisconsin inventor's idea — fishing lures that are extra-strong, eco-friendly and nontoxic — solves a serious, if little-known environmental problem.
We've been waiting almost five months for the Palm Pre smartphone to hit stores. Now Sprint has finally announced the details: In two and a half weeks, you'll be able to get the Pre for $200 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) in stores around the country. If you don't have a Sprint retail outlet in your town, not to worry. Best Buy, RadioShack, Sprint's online store, and even some Wal-Marts will carry the phone, too.
I don't like Bluetooth earpieces, and I don't like the people who wear them. Sounds kind of like a deranged T-shirt slogan, doesn't it? There's something about the tiny little headsets that's always bothered me. A few years ago, I noticed a strange phenomenon sweeping New York City: suddenly it wasn't just the crazies who were chattering to themselves on the street anymore -- business people were doing it too! And now, with the technology far less exotic and more affordable than it used to be, it seems like almost everyone is walking around talking to the little voices inside of their heads.
Since 2001, the European Union's (EU) anti-trust regulators have investigated complaints that chip maker Intel engaged in anti-competitive practices. They accused Intel of of paying retailers not to sell computers with AMD chips, and for using its position as the number-one chip manufacturer to muscle around competition. Today, the EU handed down the decision in the form of a $1.4 billion fine, the largest in European history.
The big shiny hand of the gadget giant moves unpredictably
By Adam HadhazyPosted 05.12.2009 at 3:20 pm 0 Comments
This week, Apple pulled another holier-than-thou maneuver by rejecting a Jesus-themed iPhone application submitted for sale at its App Store. Called "Me So Holy," the excommunicated app would have let iPhoners paste in a mug shot of themselves, friends, or whomever on a robed body of Jesus or other religious characters. Apple cited app developer agreement language that says "applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive, or defamatory content" as the reason for not accepting the program. "This was not meant as a joke on Jesus or Christianity or other religions," affirms Benjamin Kahle, the designer of Me So Holy and the Animalizer app. "It was meant to be fun."