- The most bizarre objects to ever fall from the sky — Cracked
- How to hack online dating and find true love — ReadWrite
- Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is certainly a morning person — BuzzFeed
- Netflix's next original show will be for kids — Newser
- Why Apple products are so expensive — HuffPost Tech
- A Firefly board game coming soon to your Friday nights — Geekosystem
- Bringing science fiction to Mardi Gras — Mental Floss
Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates tops the Forbes list of richest people in America year after year, but it's his current venture as cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that he would rather discuss. Which is why the billionaire turned to Reddit this week to participate in an Ask Me Anything Q & A. Reddit users submitted questions on everything from the theatrical portrayal of his early career in the film Pirates of Silicon Valley to his relationship with Steve Jobs to how much cash is in his wallet. Take a look and discover tidbits from the Reddit session and other previous interviews that you may not have known about Bill Gates.
In his new series Air Drive, photographer Renaud Marion reimagines the future of flying cars. We stumbled upon the futuristic images on Renaud's Tumblr and were immediately taken with the gauzy, retro-modern photos.
We asked what inspired the Paris-based artist to produce the ongoing series, and he cited sci-fi film, as well as French comic artist Jean Giraud (aka Moebius), who was known for his surreal, fantastical drawings. "I wished to create the flying cars which I imagined when I was a child," said Renaud.
Our flying-car fantasies are certainly fulfilled. Hovercraft technology isn't too far off these days, and here's hoping that future automakers look to Renaud's images for inspiration.
Today at 9 p.m. EST, the always high-tech White House will be broadcasting an "enhanced live-stream" of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address online and on the official White House mobile app for iOS and Android.
Alongside live footage of the president's address, the stream will feature graphics, data, and statistics relevant to the president's talking points. We'll be paying close attention to the numbers — as well as the first lady's box, where Apple will be represented again this year, but this time by CEO Tim Cook. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of iconic Apple founder Steve Jobs, sat by the first lady during last year's State of the Union address.
Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth — but it may also be the sunniest! Instagram user lunalestrange worked some Toaster magic on this cheerful snap of Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland and submitted the picture using the #CoolCapture hashtag.
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 us on Instagram!
Photojojo University has just opened its virtual doors to students interested in having fun with the fundamentals of mobile photography. The pros at Photojojo are offering a four-week course ($5 to enroll) on the principles of photography, sent right to your inbox.
Each "bite-size lesson" is taught in a magazine-like format optimized for mobile device, and the course starts on the first of each month. There's no homework (lucky you) but there is a challenge at the end of each lesson, prompting you to use the skills you just learned.
Master camera basics, composition, lighting, editing, and more, and earn a $5 Photojojo gift card when you finish. Ready to get schooled? Head over to Photojojo University's website to enroll in its first undergraduate course.
Tech can certainly be fashionable, but how about when that tech gets right into the fibers of fashion? At New York Fashion Week, designer Vivienne Tam debuted a dress emblazoned loud and proud with a QR code. The dress is part of the designer's Fall 2013 collection, which combines a pop art influence with the aesthetic of a Mao Zedong-style military jacket.
With its bold color scheme and graphic print of a joyous President Obama, the dress is certainly a refreshing look from the runway. After seeing more tech meets fashion in the world — Carrie Underwood's light show Grammy dress was one for the geek fashion books — we have to know, would you add a QR-code dress to your wardrobe?
Twitter can haz a new language option, and it's available right meow. On Fridai — er, Friday — the Twitterz announced (via tweet, of course) that users now have the option to view their Twitter feeds in the language of LOLcat.
The new "languuj" is available through Twitter settings > Account. Select "LOLCATZ (beta)" as the language, and hit save changes. Only you will be able to see your Twitter page's lolspeak — the setting does not automatically translate your tweets.
After changing your language settings, Twitter will be referred to as "TWITTR," location will become "LOCASHUN," and "KTHXBYE!" will be appended to links randomly throughout the site.
To the disappointment of grammar and spelling traditionalists around the world, the LOLcats meme quickly spread through the website I Can Has Cheezburger in the late-2000s and established felines as the rulers of the Internet animal kingdom.
Switch up your language settings, and let us know how long you can go in the new capitalized, misspelled cat version of Twitter — KTHXBYE!
- Scientific advances predicted by Futurama and The Simpsons — Cracked
- Humans on Mars in T minus five years — ReadWrite
- The best hidden features of the new Xbox app — BuzzFeed
- FarmVille coming to a TV near you — Newser
- Is the iWatch Apple's next toy? — HuffPost Tech
- Snap, William Shatner calls out Reddit — Geekosystem
- A new Monsters University trailer! — SlashFilm
- 10 inventive new Kickstarters to back — Brit + Co.
- When library rules get painfully specific — Mental Floss
We have lift off: NASA's newest Earth-imaging satellite, Landsat 8, launched today at 10:02 a.m. PST. The Landsat mission, which began in 1970, has captured some of the most unique images of the Earth from outer space. Watch a live stream below, or on the NASA website, of the satellite's ascent to space, replays of the launch, and commentary from mission control.
Landsat 8, also known as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), will be sent to space aboard the Atlas-V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The spacecraft was codeveloped by NASA and the US Geological Survey to continue collecting data and monitoring the Earth's landscapes from space.
The Landsat mission's historic 40-year run has provided the longest continuous global data collection of the Earth's surface to date. Follow status updates for the Atlas V rocket, the LDCM satellite, and the operations on the ground with @NASA_LSP on Twitter, run by the NASA Launch Services Program from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.