- Just what water on the moon means — Geekosystem
- The Internet's biggest troll is unmasked — Newser
- Will the US draft companies to fight cybercrime? — ReadWriteWeb
- How Xbox Music will make Spotify obsolete — FWD
- Amazing letters from Nobel Laureates — MentalFloss
- Sneak a peek at Google's iOS Maps app — SlashGear
- The 17 products Apple should make next — Cracked
Thousands of planes travel the world every day, and if you've ever wondered what it's like to watch those flights all at once, take a look at Plane Finder, an interactive website that shows you who's high in the sky and where they're headed. Plane Finder lets you see inside the world of air traffic control with live flight tracking, detailed aircraft information, and the altitude, speed, or airline of the jets.
If braving the seas is more your style, check out Plane Finder's nautical counterpart, Ship Finder and find out which flags the ships in your local harbor are flying.
It's amazing how the landscape changes when you're flying at 20,000 feet. Instagram user cyrenakh shared this amazing aerial view using our #CoolCapture hashtag on Instagram.
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 GeekSugar homepage!
When Apple introduced iOS 6 there was a lot to be excited about — but the iPhone's new Maps app wasn't one of them. Apple dumped Google Maps in favor of an entirely new navigation system that wasn't quite ready to, well, navigate.
So we embarked on a mission to find the best mobile map alternatives out there, and what we discovered was everything from apps that had features we didn't even know we needed to apps that went above and beyond the Google Maps for iPhone. Pick your favorite of these five map applications actually worthy of iOS 6.
This year has been a big one for space, and since we aren't about to hop aboard a mission to Mars anytime soon, we'll take our space fixes any way they come. This nebula pillow DIY by Rachel Hobson for the monthly DIY box, Whimseybox (and of her own blog, Average Jane Crafter) fits our galactic bill.
Rachel uses Ink Effects, a fabric transfer ink, to paint the nebula image on regular printer paper and then irons that onto the pillow fabric. Imagine: a piece of the solar system without even leaving your living room!
This week on Twitter, some of our favorite geeks were snapping photos of awesome finds at New York Comic Con, channeling their avatars, or sharing their sci-fi-inspired Halloween costumes. Our tweets of the week were penned by comedian Rainn Wilson, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel, actress Olivia Munn, Marvel Editorial Director Ryan Penagos, and more. Check out the top 10 pithy dispatches from geeks we love.
UPDATE: After high winds at the Roswell, NM jump site sidelined Felix Baumgartner's high-altitude jump from the edges of Earth, the jump is set again for Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5 a.m PDT/8 a.m. EDT.
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is about to make a record-breaking jump from the edge of . . . space. After taking a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet in the air, Felix is set to take the plunge this morning at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT and become the first man to break the speed of sound in free fall, reaching an estimated 690 miles per hour.
To put things into perspective, spy planes climb up to only 85,000 feet in the air, and Felix will travel far beyond that. He'll be in free fall for over five minutes (!) and test the limits of the human body breaking the speed of sound. Since he will be the first to do so, there's a lot on the line. But Felix is testing a new space suit designed to withstand extreme conditions and a new parachute to break his fall — not to mention gather valuable medical and scientific data along the way.
Track Felix's progress and watch his historic flight at the Red Bull Stratos live YouTube stream.
Whether you're headed out to a Halloween bash, or just chillin' on your block with some pals, it doesn't take a whole lot to get into the costume spirit of the holiday. Heck, even your favorite geeky TV shows can be used for inspiration. Check out a few noteworthy ones in this slideshow.
Since Apple Maps isn't the best navigation option currently, our next stop on our quest for the perfect iOS map is Nokia. Yes, the same company that made phones preloaded with our beloved Snake, which amazingly you can still web-based mobile map site (free) that may just be the best maps app we've ever tried.
Except — it isn't really an app: it's a site accessible through mobile Safari on your iPhone, which is probably the only problem we have with it. The native Nokia Maps app is only available on the Nokia Lumia, Belle, Asha, and N9. But for those of us without Nokia phones, here are nine reasons why Nokia Maps is the most underrated navigation application yet.