The Google I/O conference, as big as it was, was just one of the many major things that went down this week. We're talking a new smartphone, late-night comedy laughs, a cool photo app, and more. If you missed some of this week's best tech news, don't fret. We've got you covered with the major highlights in this week's recap.
It's Star Trek Into Darkness release day! In honor of director J.J. Abrams's latest installment of the Star Trek franchise, now in theaters, we thought we'd spice things up with a little Trek on Trek action.
You've devoted dozens of hours to Star Trek viewing marathons and stood in line at midnight for Chris Pine's take on Captain Kirk, but can you tell Picard from Riker? Kirk from Spock? Put your Star Trek: The Original Series and TNG knowledge to the test in our Who Said It? character quiz.
Happy Birthday, Craigy Ferg! Our favorite geeky Scotsman turns 50 today. Craig is a nerd-lover's dream; his love of science fiction and geekery come through on every episode and his Twitter account. Plus, he's got a TARDIS on his desk.
As host of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson has been keeping us in stitches since taking over late-night hosting duties in 2005. Here are seven reasons why we love the Ferg:
- Devoted Whovian — He dedicated an entire episode of his talk show to his love of Doctor Who. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith even made his first American talk-show appearance for the episode.
- Robot cohost — Craig is such a huge Mythbusters fan that show host Grant Imahara built him a robot sidekick name Geoff Peterson.
- Geek Peacemaker — When discussing the time old debate of Star Trek vs. Star Wars with guest Adam Savage, Craig explains you don't have to pick a side, each have their own special star themes.
- Shark Fan — As host of the Discovery Channel's 2010 Shark Week, Craig guided viewers through his "favorite holiday."
- Loves puppets — Regular viewers of the show are familiar with the frequent use of puppets in the opening monologue and skits. For the 1,000th episode Wavy the crocodile hilariously hosted the whole show and interviewed Jason Schwartzman.
- Good sport — Craig went along with the original captain William Shatner's request to show off his horsemanship skills by galloping around the stage with Shatner at the reigns.
- Keeps it real — When Britney Spears was going through tough times a few years ago, Craig refused to joke about her on the show. Proudly sober for nearly 20 years, he understands that such trying issues don't need to be prodded further.
If you need any more proof as to why you should be loving Craig Ferguson, watch the song and dance performed on the Doctor Who episode of the Late Late Show. It wasn't aired on the show due to rights problems with the theme song, but it was later, thankfully, leaked on the web.
You spend months planning your wedding, and then just like that, it's passed you by in a flash. Thankfully, great photos can capture every aspect of the big day — even the tiny details you may have forgotten to notice. Without a doubt, there are certain shots no wedding should go without (like a bridesmaid powwow before sending the bride off). Here, we've broken down those must-snap moments so that even years from now, you can take a look at the pictures and feel like it happened just yesterday.
- Opportunity breaks NASA's driving distance record — Geekosystem
- All-out war and other horrifying implications of the Star Trek universe — Cracked
- Smartphones are bridging the digital divide — ReadWrite
- A boy reunites with his family after 23 years thanks to Google Maps — Newser
- The greatest graphics in video game history — FWD
- A beautiful, visual graph of what Reddit looks like — HuffPost Tech
- An incredibly complex ball contraption made completely of Legos — Geek.com
Technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your wedding registry, but the gifting possibilities go beyond traditional fine china, fancy flatware, and bedding. If you depend on geeky gadgets on a day-to-day basis, feel free to add a few to your list. This isn't to say that you should go nuts at Best Buy scanning each and every dream gift, but it's important to include items that you genuinely want and need.
A good place to start: learn the proper registry protocol. Etiquette experts at Emily Post offer smart wedding registry rules to help you navigate the formalities. Anna Post confirms that it's perfectly OK to create a more unconventional registry with camping or tech items, but you should also provide guests with a more traditional list, too. Hoping to include some technology, but not sure where to start? Here are a few basic items to consider:
- DSLR camera, like the Nikon D800
- Flatscreen TV
- Record player, like this affordable Wood Turntable
- iPod speakers
- Blu-Ray player
- Gaming system
- Stereo system with surround sound
- The Nest Thermostat
- High-tech washer/dryer
Current and former brides-to-be: Did you include any technology on your registry? If so, which items? Share your suggestions in the comments below!
Give guys a reason to wear their geek on their sleeve when they walk down the aisle. For the groom or groomsmen or just everyday dapper dudes, we've rounded up cuff links that are not only geeky, but stylish, too. Shop on, and let your well-dressed geek rock his fun personalities loud and proud.
It's something you may see every day, but this photog managed to capture the fast pace of the subway perfectly. Instagram user zivanod used the #CoolCapture hashtag to submit this great shot.
Have you been testing out your photography skills and snapped a shot you want to share? Submit your pics to our Cool Capture group or to Instagram with the #coolcapture hashtag, and your pic might be featured on the POPSUGAR Tech homepage. And don't forget to follow @popsugartech on Instagram!
If you've watched a friend's Facebook relationship status go from "In a Relationship" to "Single" on your newsfeed, then you may have had one of two reactions: feeling sad or cringing. There's just something uncomfortable about seeing heartbreak unfold before your eyes. If you're the person who's vowed to not let that happen to you and you suddenly find yourself in a relationship status switch, then read on. We promise there's an easy way to avoid the awkwardness of going single online (unless, of course, you actually want all your Facebook friends to know).
All it takes are a few simple steps to hide the announcement. First go to the "About" section on your timeline and scroll down to the "Relationship" section. Hit "Edit" on the upper right corner and change your privacy settings to "Only Me." Then change your status to "Single" or "It's Complicated" or whatever you situation is, and hit save.
Don't want any relationship status whatsoever to appear on your profile? Then simply select the blank area right above where it says "Single" on the dropdown.
If, for some reason, the status change still appears on your timeline, don't fret. Just go to "Edit or Remove" on the upper right corner of that post, and hit "Hide From Timeline." Poof — it disappears from your page and your friends' feeds. There you have it: a foolproof way to sever the ties without blasting the update to the Facebook world.
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