We took you behind the scenes of the Doctor Who Fall finale, shared some memorable Google Doodles, and dove into the depths of the ocean thanks to Google Maps. In gadget news, we also took a close look at the new high-def Nook tablets. Check out this and what else happened this week in Geek!
Do Netscape, Angelfire, Xanga, and disks of 1,000 hours of free high-speed Internet from AOL make you yearn for the '90s? What about dancing babies, animated GIFs, Comic Sans, and seizure-inducing bright text on patterned backgrounds? Yes, the Internet of yore was a fun place, indeed — and now you can bring it back with Buzzfeed's Geocities Yourself, a time-traveling portal that will take your Facebook profile back to 1999. You can revisit Tom and friends with Myspace Yourself, too, before the site gets its makeover.
And it doesn't have to stop there. Let your Internet nostalgia run wild with The Geocities-izer, which makes any site "look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996."
Extra, extra! Read all about it — right on your iPhone. The news cycle never stops, and we media junkies require a well-curated cocktail of mobile apps to keep on top of the latest breaking stories. Follow current events and developing stories with five of our must-have mobile apps for staying in the know.
- NPR News (free) — Catch the best of National Public Radio, like Planet Money, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and Fresh Air, on demand or on air. The app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad puts streams from local stations and top newscasts from across the network at your fingertips. You can even pick out individual stories by adding them to the in-app playlist.
- Readability (free) — Readability takes away flashing ads and excess images from online articles by reformatting webpages into a clean, distraction-free layout. First, read or save articles on the web with the free Readability browser add-on. Those articles are then automatically synced to the iPhone and iPad app so that you can read anytime, anywhere.
Keep reading for more ways to keep up on the news.
- Apple apologizes for Maps, recommends Google instead — Geekosystem
- Finally! Smart business cards that change on a whim — Tecca
- Facebook's latest money grab: ecommerce — Newser
- Is copying Pinterest the key to social media success? — ReadWriteWeb
- Kellogg's pop-up shop accepts tweets as currency — Gizmodiva
- The seven most overused words on the Internet — Cracked
- Make your own beer, White House style — Gear Patrol
Yesterday, Google celebrated its 14th birthday, and, in honor of the pioneering web company, we're celebrating the amazing technology that made Google possible — the Internet. The web has certainly changed the way we live, and TED, a conference on technology, entertainment, and design, is devoted to exploring exactly how and why the Internet has transformed us. We've compiled seven compelling TED talks from great thinkers and activists about what makes the World Wide Web so great.
It is hard to take our eyes off this amazing shot of the Manhattan skyline, which was submitted with out #CoolCapture hashtag on Instagram by user droiddude.
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!
Environmentally conscious shoppers, rejoice! You can now find products that fit your requirements on Vine.com, a new eco-friendly shopping site that has the moral backbone of Mother Nature and the shipping speed of Amazon, its parent company. The website only sells products that fit into one or more of the following categories: natural, organic, renewable-energy-powered, reusable, made with sustainable materials, toxin-removing, energy-efficient, or water-efficient. Of course, we're searching the site on the lookout for gadgets that comply with green standards; check out our eight sustainable tech picks.
Since the Google Maps app for iPhone is a far off dream and Apple Maps might not be able to catch up for another 400 years, iOS 6 users are on the hunt for alternatives — and Bing believes their iPhone app is a contender. The team at Microsoft's "decision engine" put up a rather sneaky blog post yesterday, aimed at new smartphone users looking for an app with the "mapping functionality you need" and chose, of all things, an aerial view of Apple's Cupertino campus as an example screenshot.
Bing may seem like a small fish in a big pond dominated by Google (which leads with a commanding 66.8 percent share of the US search engine market), but don't discount the second-most popular search engine just yet. We took Bing's app for a spin, and found a surprisingly functional and practical maps application — that wasn't without its quirks. Read on for the six features that make Bing standout in the maps race.