Super HD, Netflix's higher-quality version of the 1080p HD format, was rolled out earlier this year to customers whose Internet service provider was part of Netflix's Open Connect content delivery network, which lets ISPs peer directly with Netflix or cache content locally so it has less distance to travel to reach your home.
The system, Netflix said, would save it money rather than having to rely on third-party content distribution networks (CDNs) like Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3 … Read more
When it comes to decorating rooms for young girls, most people think of pink and princesses. The only princess on Redditor carpenter75's mind was Princess Peach. Carpenter75 invested 60 hours of painting time and a whole lot of ingenuity into creating a Mario-themed room for a daughter who requested it.
The room's blue walls are covered in bricks, Mario and Bowser vinyl decals, Mario throw pillows, and 3D question-mark boxes. The high score on the wall is the 13-year-old's birthday.… Read more
Magnepan makes flat speakers, and has been perfecting the technology for more than 40 years. How flat is flat? The Super MMG three-piece system I'm looking at today is a mere 1.25 inches thick! The Super MMG floor-standing speaker is 48 inches high and 14 inches wide; the DWM Bass Panel is 19.25 inches high, 22.5 wide, and, like the speaker, just 1.25 inches thick. The Super MMG and DWM can be that thin because they don't use traditional box cabinets, cone woofers, or dome tweeters; they have "planar" flat drivers, designed … Read more
Super Balloon Rush is a fun game most of the time, but suffers from a few hiccups when it attempts to ramp up difficulty. This can be frustrating if you are not willing to double back and try things more than once. While difficulty in games is not a reason to avoid them, Super Balloon Rush suffers from a certain disparity between the initial ease of the game and later difficulty.
When you turn on Super Balloon Rush, you'll be dropped in as a boy flying through a store shooting balloons with a ray gun. When balloons pop, you … Read more
Here's a question you probably don't hear often: Did you ever try the music mode in Mario Paint for Super Nintendo? If you're not aware, Mario Paint had an awesome 8-bit music composer and a genius has manipulated it to play a funky version of Daft Punk's summer hit "Get Lucky." It's funky fresh.
Using the standalone PC game Mario Paint Composer by Unfun Games, YouTube user jeonghoon95 re-created "Get Lucky" with amusing beeps, boops, and other effects that derive from video game sounds. It's not a simple composition, either, as the layered production uses several harmonies to create a rich chiptune re-creation of the catchy song.… Read more
If you're a parent of a young child, you're no doubt constantly looking for ways to empower your children and broaden their horizons. We all want our kids to feel like they can do anything and choose to use their powers for good. In short, we're all trying to raise little superheroes.
According to the SuperME Web site, "super moms" Daphne and Rena got together to drive the point home with a line of super-sweet backpacks that come with a built-in cape or hoodie and matching mask to protect your youngster's secret identity.… Read more
The smartphone industry tosses around a whole bucket of names and numbers to describe the viewing experience on your smartphone screen: ClearBlack, 1080p, Retina, AMOLED, supersensitive. And the list goes on.
Some designations are marketing monikers cooked up to give one company an edge; others are more scientific. That isn't to say that flashy names like Apple's Retina Display are worthless and empty. Sometimes the trademarked name masks a unique process too technical to quickly explain.
To make things simpler, here are some common terms you might see attached to smartphone screens, and some factors that actually go … Read more
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When mankind is no more, we can leave behind proof of our existence with the Superman Memory Crystal. Yay us! An artist and a beekeeper employ 80,000 bees to make sculptures out of honeycomb, and the Drone It Yourself kit lets you make anything fly. All that and more on this week's Crave. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Oh you like money? Win our Comic-con 2013 SuperWeakness Contest and win $404!
- Samsung and Jay-Z gave a master's class on how not to publish an app.
- Contrary to their lyrics, most rappers lie about their financial earnings.
- China develops an app that lets you see how you'd look with plastic surgery.… Read more