Earlier this week Forecast.io was announced by the same team behind the iOS weather app Dark Sky. The app would provide alerts based on the immediate weather forecast, allowing you to get inside just moments before the weather would get nasty. With the launch of Forecast.io, the team is able to get the same type of forecasting into the hands of more users since it's a Web based app.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Jeff's review: Using Appetize at a concert.
- The end of "just browsing:" Australian store charges $5 browsing fee.
- How the P2P era of SEO-baiting, intentionally mislabeled MP3s changed our taste in music.
- Hollywood embraces the Tweaser on Vine.
I can't say I'm a fan of the "Star Trek" reboot, preferring the days when the franchise was so bad it was good, but I have to admire this marketing stunt for "Into Darkness."
We've seen LED quadrotor displays before, and there's no denying that lighting up the night sky with small flying machines has enormous potential.
Ars Electronica Futurelab, the same outfit that illuminated the skies over Linz, Austria, last year, launched 30 quadrotors near London's Tower Bridge and flew in a formation that any Trekkie would salute.… Read more
For most of us, Batman's cool toys are pretty much out of reach. We'll never drive a Batmobile. We won't slip on a Batsuit or fire a Bat grappling gun. The iconic "Batarang," Batman's bat-shaped cross between a throwing star and a boomerang, however, may be a little bit more in reach.
Prop maker and swordsmith Tony Swatton has created weapons for more than 200 films. He tackles a new item each week in his online show, "Man at Arms." Most recently, he went to town on building and demonstrating a Batarang. Swatton certainly has the cred for this project. He's worked on three Batman movies, including creating Bane's belt buckles for "The Dark Knight Rises."… Read more
Will it be Han Solo? Jabba the Hutt? Yoda? Chewbacca? Or possibly Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia?
Or will Darth Vader run away with the competition?
Today, Lucasfilm announced "This is Madness," its first-ever "Star Wars" NCAA basketball-style tournament, an effort to determine who is the world's favorite "Star Wars" character. Mashable was first to report the story.
There are four regions, two from the Light Side, and two from the Dark Side. StarWars.com plans on announcing the winner on April 9. There will be four rounds of voting before the winner … Read more
With the introduction of the Mac App store several years ago, games have become as available on computers as they are on other Apple devices. Dark Saga CE for Mac's well-designed environments may appeal to some gamers, but the simple gameplay may not entertain many.
Gothic Fiction Dark Saga CE is available as a free trial edition with a 60-minute time limit; the full version of the game is available for $19.99. The game also requires an additional download of a Mac game store in order to play. After we accepted a lengthy user agreement, the store opened … Read more
With many games available not only in the Mac App store but across the Internet, choosing one can be difficult. Dark Parables, while beautifully rendered, has dated gameplay and a huge file size for what it delivers.
Dark Parables is available as a free trial version with a one-hour time limit; the full game costs $19.99 to activate. The initial download is quick but simply installs a game store program where this and other programs are available to play and purchase. The store download requires the user to accept a lengthy and complicated user agreement. For a relatively simple … Read more
Sometimes it's easy to forget the incredible social power of the Internet, but this story about director J.J. Abrams granting a dying man's "Star Trek" wish serves as a great reminder.
Last week on popular link-sharing site Reddit, a user named ideeeyut described how his 41-year-old friend Daniel -- a Manhattan man who has been afflicted with leukemia, another unrelated cancer, and additional health problems -- wanted to see the latest "Star Trek Into Darkness" movie but may not have the chance.
To get a taste of the upcoming sci-fi epic before his … Read more
A federal judge has rejected the FBI's attempts to withhold information about its efforts to require Internet companies to build in backdoors for government surveillance.
CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled on Tuesday that the government did not adequately respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Seeborg, in San Francisco, ordered (PDF) a "further review of the materials previously withheld" in the lawsuit, which seeks details about what the FBI has dubbed "Going Dark" -- the bureau's ongoing effort to force companies including … Read more
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde thinks we drive on dumb roads. So he teamed with mega European construction company Heijmans Infrastructure to create a vision of a "smart highway" for the Netherlands -- and possibly the rest of the world.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of these future roads is the fact that two concepts of the bunch -- glow-in-the-dark roads and dynamic paint -- should arrive by mid-2013. The group plans to introduce the rest of the concepts before 2015, giving the world a glimpse at how technology could revolutionize the way we drive by making it a safer and more sustainable experience. … Read more