- The secret perks of being an astronaut — Cracked
- The biggest ever panoramic image is a technical masterpiece — FWD
- Identity theft hits a three-year high — Newser
- Does drinking kill brain cells? — MentalFloss
- Maybe Marissa Mayer's work-from-home ban makes sense — HuffPost Tech
- Digital holograph lets firefighters see through smoke and fire — Geekosystem
- Never miss an important film scene with the bathroom break app — Brit + Co.
They may act tough when it's on the pages of the latest comic book or when you're rewatching a favorite sci-fi film for the 73 time, but superheroes and geek legends have feelings too! The Super Emo Friends prints from J Salvador look back at all the times when even a geek icon just can't look on the bright side of things. Take a look at our favorite tongue-in-cheek emo prints, and let us know which superhero you'd like to see show their vulnerable side in one of these pieces of art.
While powerful Winter blizzards hit the Midwest, we're reminded of better days, courtesy of this sunrise snap of Phuket, Thailand, submitted with the #CoolCapture hashtag by Instagram user euroexplorer.
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Most parents would agree that finding a healthy balance between “mother knows best” and “kids just wanna have fun” can be challenging (not to mention, frustrating) for everyone involved. But while parenting experts agree that certain golden rules should remain nonnegotiable, it’s not a bad idea to try and find a middle ground from time to time — even if that means stepping back and acknowledging your own bad habits for a little added perspective.
Check out this video to watch therapist and blogger Katie Hurley share her expert advice with two moms dealing with problems every parent can relate to: picky eating and overuse of electronics. And for more truly good snack ideas, kids’ activities, exciting promotions, and more, visit the TruMoms Headquarters and subscribe to its blog at trumoo.com. With no compromise on taste or nutrition, TruMoo Chocolate Milk is a win-win for the whole family.
Clear room in your digital life for the latest tablet, the 10.1-inch HD Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Released today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company says this tablet is the thinnest of all other 10-inch tablets currently on the market at 6.9mm.
Sony hopes the Xperia, operating on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, will become the center of your living room, controlling TV watching with the Side View app, which functions as an interactive programming guide while also controlling something as simple as changing the channels of a Sony or most other manufacturers' television displays. The slim tablet's features also include:
- Front-facing 2MP camera and rear 8MP HD camera.
- NFC technology.
- Water resistance in up to three feet of water.
- Two-speaker surround sound.
The Xperia Tablet Z will come in a 16GB model ($499, black) or 32GB model ($599, black and white) and be available to consumers sometime in Spring 2013.
Today, Sony unveiled two additions to its Alpha camera line with the NEX-3N and A58. First up is the NEX-3N, which Sony says will actually be the smallest interchangeable camera with a CMOS sensor when it hits stores. It has a 16.1MP APS CMOS sensor, which is similar to those found in higher-end DSLR cameras, and up to 16000 ISO. In addition to a LCD screen that flips up 180 degrees for self-portraits, the Auto Object Framing technology, similar to the F3's Portrait Framing feature, will identify the main object(s) of a photo and crop the image accordingly for better composition.
The A58 camera is the entry-level DSLR with 20.1MP, CMOS sensor, HD 60i video power, and an OLED electronic viewfinder. Portrait Framing is also included in the A58, as well as 15 photo effects like Toy Camera.
Both cameras will be available in April. The NEX-3N kit with 16-50mm zoom lens has an expected price of $500, while the A58 kit with 18-55mm zoom lens will be about $600. Read on for an up close look at both of the new Alpha cameras.
Mozilla, maker of the nonprofit Firefox web browser, is taking on iOS and Android with its own mobile operating system, Firefox OS. The company showed off the first commercial build of the Firefox OS at 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and announced that the new "open web" OS will make phones for low-income markets more accessible than ever.
Mozilla's operating system is built on a brand new concept — the Firefox OS is based entirely on Open Web standards, and apps for the operating system are developed as an HTML5 application. Unlike iOS and Android development, mobile software engineers won't need to learn a new coding system for Firefox OS. They will be able to write apps in HTML5, opening up the system to more developers.
Think of Firefox OS apps as mobile-optimized websites that you would bookmark on the home screen of your iPhone. Instead of "native apps," like the kind you download from Google Play or the Apple App Store, Firefox OS apps are based on the web.
This affords developers the ultimate flexibility to design an interface uniquely suited for their customer base. Firefox OS phones will initially roll out to markets in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela. Phone makers LG, Huawei, Alcatel One Touch, and ZTE are already planning on releasing devices with the new Firefox OS ecosystem.
Mozilla's new mobile ecosystem, which is positioned to make smartphones more accessible and affordable, may be a game changer for international markets. How do you think the nonprofit company will affect the mobile phone market?
Nokia's family of Lumia devices keeps on growing. The Finnish phone maker introduced a new penny-saving, entry-level Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 520 (pictured on the left), and a new midrange model, the Nokia Lumia 720 (on the right), at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The two new additions make the prized features of Nokia's highest-end phone, the Lumia 920, more affordable. A "supersensitive" touch screen that recognizes input even when wearing gloves, the Cinemagraph GIF maker, and Nokia's specialized digital lenses will be available in the Lumia 520 for about $180 (the cheapest Nokia Lumia phone yet) and in the Lumia 720 for about $330.
Our sights are set on the 720, which the company claims has "the best camera experience" of any midrange smartphone with f/1.9 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics. While Nokia has announced that the Lumia 520 will ship with T-Mobile in the US as soon as Q2, the Lumia 720 is only set (for now) to ship in Asia, Europe, Africa, and India.
We'll keep you posted on the phone's US release, but until then, click on to see all the standout features of Nokia's latest phones.
Pixar's first feature film with a female lead, Brave, took top honors at last night's Oscars, snagging the award for Best Animated Feature. While the story itself of a Scottish princess defying tradition of picking a suitor, searching instead for her destiny was award-worthy in itself, the artistic and technical feats — remember Merida's perfectly created curls and the Scottish countryside? — were captivating.
We spoke with one of the behind-the-scenes wizards on the film, Shading Art Director Tia Kratter, on how the crew and artists at Pixar turned the story of a girl in ancient Scotland into a technically and artistically jaw-dropping legend.
GeekSugar: What are your duties as shading director?
Tia Kratter: My job is to figure out the colors and the textures of everything that is modeled in the film so that when it's modeled in the computer, it has beautiful shape and detail. I figure out how to color it or texture it to make it look believable. If it's a leaf, say, I have to figure out if it's a fresh leaf, one that's dried out in the Fall, or if it's just the vein work [of the leaf]. The same goes with characters — what are they wearing, what's the fabric like, what's Merida's hair like? What color is it? How does it behave?
GS: What sort of research is needed to make the clothing and all visual details of a mythical ancient Scotland accurate?
TK: I went back to London, to the Victoria and Albert Museum where they have old tapestries and a great library of information. We usually start out by doing that, trying to find out what happened in reality [in ancient Scotland], and once we feel comfortable in that world, we feel OK to leave it and add the fantasy back.
Keep reading for Tia's take on the technical feats mastered during Brave's production and her previous work on Monsters, Inc.
- Flies in shades and 19 bizarre images that aren't Photoshopped — Cracked
- We're just weeks away from the Samsung Galaxy S4 — ReadWrite
- Add Microsoft to the list of hacked tech companies — Newser
- What emojis look like in real life — BuzzFeed
- Hackers take weekends off too — HuffPost Tech
- Every "one more thing" from Steve Jobs — Mental Floss
- Behold Spider-Man's new suit — /Film