- Meet Deadpool, the Mad Max of Marvel Comics — MTV Geek
- If the Hobbit was 10 times shorter and 100 times more honest — Cracked
- 23 famous movies and songs told through emojis — BuzzFeed
- 5 women changing the way we use tech — HuffPost Tech
- Vine ups minimum use age after porn controversy — Newser
- And now J.J. Abrams takes on Portal — SlashFilm
- Meet the Thump Trunk, your new suitcase boombox — Brit + Co.
In a world of incessant text, email, and IM pings, Lettrs, which launched last month, is a website that aims to slow down communication and bring it back to the good ol' days. The service acts as a digital desk, where writers draft longform letters on a variety of themed stationary (virtual, of course) and send their notes via "digital delivery" (Facebook, Twitter, or email).
With the US Postal Service's announcement today that it will cut Saturday service, Lettrs couldn't have come at a better time. The company, which is a platform to write, save, or share letters, hopes users will sit down, take the time to write, and "increase the meaning of their communication." Perhaps the low-tech/vintage desk lookalike user interface will inspire writers in a way that the Gmail inbox can't.
Lettrs is also a social network of sorts. Writers can post an open letter to the Internet, tag notes with keywords, and add location data. Public letters are searchable and can serve as inspiration or a way to share/read compelling short stories.
Will Lettrs revive letter-writing in a digital age? Let us know if you think tech-savvy communicators will take to longform writing or if letters are a thing of the past.
The iPod Nano got a newer, longer form factor this year, but our favorite is still Apple's square-shaped sixth-generation music player whose super-compact size is perfect for working out, riding the bus — and telling time.
Even though Apple no longer carries the sixth-gen Nano (there are, however, plenty of refurbished devices for $99), tech accessory makers are still releasing super-chic watchbands that essentially transform the iPod Nano into a multifunctional smart watch, a gadget category increasingly popular these days.
As we know, the iPod Nano already comes preloaded with plenty of watch faces — the only issue is finding the right band to suit your style. We've handpicked nine sophisticated options for the very wearable sixth-generation iPod Nano.
Take a moment to armchair/laptop travel via this picture from Instagram user minamisaka, submitted using the #CoolCapture hashtag.
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Just like any other holiday, Valentine's Day requires some thoughtful planning. From playlists to flowers to reservations to date ideas, the list feels endless. Thankfully, mobile apps are to the rescue (as usual) by covering our bases down to the detail. Whether you'll be dancing the night away or cooking at home, these apps will help make sure the date's a memorable one. Now all you have to do is show up — phew!
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Turn the car around; no need to go out to the nearest Redbox anymore, as the company's Redbox Instant arm is coming to Xbox 360 in the "very near future." Current participants in the Redbox Instant beta will receive an email invite to the Xbox Live app within weeks.
Redbox Instant monthly subscriptions are $8 per month for DVD rentals plus unlimited streaming or $9 per month for Blu-ray rentals plus unlimited streaming. In the Xbox Live app, users can also opt to purchase and rent new releases without signing up for the monthly service.
Between Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go, we've found plenty of ways to get your movie on through the Xbox console. Which service do you prefer?
For a seventh-grade science project, 12-year-old Lauren Rojas reached for the stars — literally. Lauren sent a silver rocket bearing Hello Kitty and a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon high up into the Earth's atmosphere. After the mission's successful completion, she analyzed the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature and will present her findings on Feb. 12 at her school's science fair.
In honor of Lauren's space-faring Hello Kitty, we found the most spectacular homemade stratosphere flights captured on film, featuring more toys that want to have high-altitude fun and stunning views of Earth from near space.
Want to send your own weather balloon into the atmosphere? See how these science-loving experimenters did it, put together your own high-altitude flight, and send us your videos.
- 5 astronauts more badass than any action movie star — Cracked
- Why Windows Phone will beat BlackBerry — ReadWrite
- Pixar animator recaps the NFL season in amazing illustrations — BuzzFeed
- Anonymous takes blame for latest hacking — Newser
- How the Internet looked in 1999 — HuffPost Tech
- President Obama sings the Pokémon theme song — Geekosystem
- Hooray! Disney confirms standalone Star Wars films — SlashFilm
- An asteroid's near brush with Earth — Mental Floss
We plunged into all things Apple at Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco last week. The expo featured a talk from a certain celebrity starring in a certain Steve Jobs biopic, panels that offered useful tricks from people who know tech's best, and tons of gadget add-ons for your Mac gear on the showroom floor.
Relive the Apple mania with this look back at the hot new accessories, tech tips from the pros, and our favorite behind-the-scenes snaps on Instagram.