Instagram’s photographic social feed isn’t as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you’re overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though regular email blasts, apparently. TechCrunch has confirmed that Instagram is now sending “Highlights,” email digests that showcase some of the better photos from those you follow. While this see-what-you’re-missing strategy isn’t new (Facebook and Twitter have done this for a while), it acknowledges that only some of Instagram’s 300 million users are active shutterbugs — this could help you remember the service and catch photos that would otherwise slip under the radar. Yes, the highlights are ultimately meant to get you viewing more ads, but they may be useful if you’d rather not spend every day wading through an image stream.
If you’re a movie buff who can’t get enough of Hollywood’s monsters, you might want to brace your wallet for impact. Famed special effects guru Rick Baker is auctioning over 400 items from his collection, including animatronics that were key to livening up aliens, apes and other creatures in big movies ranging from Gremlins 2 to the Men in Black series. The amount of technology involved might surprise you — in many cases, what you saw on screen was just a small part of what was going on. The bidding doesn’t start until the 29th, but we’ve rounded up some of the highlights in the gallery below if you can’t wait to see what’s up for grabs.
Source: Prop Store
Aria is a small add-on that clips underneath a smartwatch band and lets you control the device with finger gestures. It’s an accessory for an accessory, which sounds kind of ridiculous, but it’s not like you have a lot of choices when it comes to adding gesture control to your gadget anyway. The remote control-like clip-on can access any feature you’d usually access through the touch screen or the watch dial, completely freeing up your other hand for tasks like eating, drinking or talking on the phone. Possible gestures include tapping, flicking your fingers, and closing and opening your hand — you can configure it all through its companion app.
Aria connects to a smartwatch via Bluetooth Low Energy, and it doesn’t need a battery of its own. Its designers created two versions of the accessory for Pebble Time and Android Wear watches, and they plan to put a campaign up on Kickstarter within the next few weeks. The Android Wear version will cost you quite a bit at $169, since it was created specifically for developers. If you own a Pebble Time, though, you’ll only have to pledge at least $69. According to TechCrunch, the clip-on can also control iPhone and iPad apps, but It won’t work with any Apple Watch, even if it’s the fancy 18K gold kind.
Earlier today, BestBuy kicked off a brand new deal on all three colorways of the Moto 360. However, unlike any of its other previous promotions, the company has decided to host this one via eBay.
Buying a Moto 360 with this promo saves customers a whopping $100; meaning you can pick one up for $149.99. However, stock is extremely limited — so if you want to get your hands on one, better act fast.
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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
Everything about Tesla is groundbreaking, including its direct-sales model. Laws in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Michigan have sought to prevent the electric carmaker from bypassing third-party dealerships and selling cars directly to customers. Last week, Tesla scored a big win in Maryland, when the state’s governor signed a bill allowing the company to operate its own dealerships in the state. In other green transportation news, a 28-year-old woman is preparing to row all the way from Japan to San Francisco in a rowboat, with no support vessel. Airplane manufacturers have yet to unlock the potential of 3D-printing airplane parts, but the engineers at GE Aviation recently conducted a test, offering a possible glimpse of the future. The team created a mini jet engine that can roar up to 33,000 RPM, and it comes right out of a 3D printer.
3D printing can be used to create much more than just jet engines; the emerging technology is also being used to help injured animals. An injured sea turtle received a new, custom-made 3D-printed jaw, giving it a second chance at living a normal life. The French cosmetics company L’Oréal recently announced plans to begin 3D printing human skin. The company is partnering with the San Diego-based startup Organovo to ramp up the production of lab-grown skin. Humans have never been content with just letting the natural world do its thing. Scientists in Italy have been experimenting with spraying spiders with graphene, creating super spiders that can spin webs that are six times stronger than normal ones.
Sony has produced a new energy-efficient LED lightbulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. But if you’re thinking about buying one, you’ll have to dig deep: The LED bulbs retail for $200 apiece. In other green tech news, YiREGO announced pre-orders for Drumi, its $129 foot-powered clothes washer, and designer Matt Dalio has developed a new gadget that transforms your family TV into a computer. On the design front, this week Inhabitat reported live on the best new products from New York Design Week — including 28 inspiring lighting designs. We also featured eight transforming furnishings that do double duty, a new line of mind-bending 3D wallpaper and an amazing water-filled lamp that makes it rain inside your house.
Concrete is one of the strongest and most resilient building materials in the world, but there’s always room for improvement. A team of Dutch researchers has been working on creating a new type of concrete that uses bacteria to repair its own cracks. In other architecture and design news, Airbnb celebrated a new law allowing Londoners to rent out their homes by floating a two-story house down the River Thames. If you prefer a more out-of-this-world lodging experience, there’s a hotel in Slovenia that features levitation suits that suspend guests from the ceiling, making them feel like they’re in a zero-gravity environment. But if staying in hotels isn’t your thing, you might try Travelbox, which allows you to carry around your own pop-up hotel room in a box. The box weighs in at just 132 pounds, and it unfolds into a bed, chair, table and even a bike. Or check out the Ecocapsule — a tiny, solar-powered pod house that lets you live off-grid anywhere in the world. As the world’s population continues to grow, food shortage is a very real issue. To deal with the problem, Spanish design firm Forward Thinking Architecture proposes to build floating farms to promote long-term food security and resilience.
Apple Watch includes 6.2 GB of storage space for adding content like apps, photos, and music, with up to 2GB of that space dedicated to storing songs. When you add a playlist, you can listen to music on it, even when your iPhone is not in range. While the process is fairly self-explanatory, there are a few steps you don’t want to forget in order to play music from Apple Watch to your Bluetooth connected headphones
Adding Music to Apple Watch
In order to listen to music on Apple Watch without an iPhone in range, you must sync a playlist to it first.
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
- Select Music from the list.
- Tap “Synced Playlist” to access your iPhone’s playlist.
- Select a playlist from the list (if there is no playlist visible in this list, you will need to create one on your iPhone).
- Place your Apple Watch on its charger to initiate the sync. This step is important. Apple Watch will not sync a playlist if it has not been connected to the charger.
You can customize your playlist limit here. Switch between the amount of storage or number of songs to change the view. Select 100 MB, 500 MB, 1.0 GB, or 2.0 GB of storage (or 15, 50, 125 or 250 songs). When you reach your maximum playlist limit, you won’t be able to add more music.
To remove all playlists from Apple Watch, select “None” at the bottom of the Playlist screen.
Pairing Bluetooth Headphones
You may be able to listen to music directly from Apple Watch, but only through Bluetooth headphones. Without them, music will only play through the iPhone.
- Put your headphones in Discovery mode.
- Open the Settings app on Apple Watch.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Select the headphones you wish to pair.
Listening to Music on Apple Watch
There’s one more important first step to listening to music directly on Apple Watch using Bluetooth headphones, and that involves changing the source for the music.
- Open the Music app on Apple Watch.
- Force press the display screen.
- Select “Source” from the options that appear.
- Choose Apple Watch as the music source to play from.
- Select a playlist and tap the Play button to begin listening to music.
You can also see how many songs are stored on your Apple Watch under the About section of the Settings app on the device.
By following the steps above, you will be able to store as much as 2 GB of music on Apple Watch and listen to playlists, even when your iPhone is not in range.
Android fans, Google I/O is coming next week and we’re just excited as you are for all the Googley goodies coming our way! The past week brought us some glimpses of what’s coming, including details about Google’s new Android-based Internet of Things operating system codenamed Brillo; in other news, Asus introduced the affordable Zenfone 2 in the US; LG launched the G4 Stylus and G4c; we heard about Google’s plans to build fingerprint sensor support into Android M; Oppo launched the sleek R7 and R7 Plus; we heard rumors about HTC’s low-cost tablet; and got our first glimpse of the Iron Man edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
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Please join the AA team in welcoming Phil Vierno onboard! A mechanical engineer IRL, Phil is passionate about New York City, coffee, and fitness. But what’s he’s truly crazy about is creating awesome videos about mobile tech. Phil’s first video on AA is a review of the Oppo R1x, and many more will hopefully follow.
Next week is all about Google I/O. In the past, the annual festival of all things Google has brought us new devices, major upgrades to Google apps, and most recently, a preview edition of Android Lollipop. With Android M (Marshmallow? Muffin?) all but confirmed, we can’t wait for the obligatory surprise. As usual, AA will be on the ground at Moscone Center in San Francisco. More later this week!
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The stuff you shouldn’t miss
- Feature: What makes a perfect smartphone? AA readers’ answers here!
- Feature: Simon ponders on the features that could (or should) be part of Android M
- Feature: In his posh British accent, Gary explains VR and the role that Android plays in its growth
- Opinion: Andrew muses on the merits of Motorola’s smartphone design philosophy
- For developers: Obaro has a primer on what Google I/O bring for Android app developers
- Review: Phil looks at the mid-range Oppo R1x and comes out moderately impressed
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
Zenfone 2 lands stateside
- Asus ZenFone 2 hits U.S. retailers tomorrow, starting at $199
- Ahead of tomorrow’s U.S. launch, Amazon is now selling the ZenFone 2 starting at $199
LG G4 Stylus and G4c are
Google IO/Android M rumors
- Google will reportedly launch its photo sharing service sometime soon
- Android M may feature native fingerprint authentication
- Report: Google will show off new Internet of Things platform at I/O, code-named Brillo
Meet the Oppo R7/R7 Plus
- Oppo R7 and R7 Plus launch: specs, features, and availability
- Oppo R7 hands-on and first impressions
- Oppo R7 Plus hands-on and first look
Google apps updates
- Google Maps is getting new traffic alerts just in time for Memorial Day
- Hangouts for Chrome updated with much more refined UI
- Google brings 60fps live streams to YouTube
HTC tablet rumors
An Iron Man-worthy Galaxy S6 Edge
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Outside of one or two exceptions, most Firefox OS devices have been aimed squarely at the budget crowd — at folks who would otherwise have to entirely forego smartphoness or tablets. However, Mozilla is ready to switch things up. The organization has unveiled a new strategy, Ignite, that should lead to Firefox OS gadgets you want to buy “because of the experience” rather than the price tag, according to CEO Chris Beard. Just what that entails isn’t clear, but there’s little doubt that this means a shift toward higher-end (though not necessarily flagship-class) hardware.
Mozilla may even take a page from the likes of BlackBerry and Jolla by running apps from a more popular operating system. Beard vows that his outfit will “explore implementing” compatibility with Android apps in a way that keeps the company’s emphasis on the web. He isn’t explaining how this would work or when he’d like to see Android support, but that lack of concrete details suggests that you’ll be waiting a long while before you can use Instagram on your ZTE Open C.
The move is a gamble for Mozilla, although it might be a necessary one. While Firefox OS was practically tailor-made for low cost devices, Android is catching up — when you can get cheap phones on both platforms, why buy the ones limited to web apps? Moving to more advanced, distinctive phones might give Firefox OS a chance at standing out, and help Mozilla fight the locked down ecosystems of its rivals.
Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 trillion suns. That’s how intense “the most luminous galaxy found to date” is, so much so that NASA has created a new classification for it and the 19 other similar galaxies it has discovered: extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs. Scientists have recently spotted the ELIRGs in infrared images of the sky taken by the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope in 2010. This particular one is located 12.5 billion light years away, which means it started forming soon after the universe was born 13.8 billion years ago. As for why it’s so incredibly brilliant, NASA JPL scientist Chao-Wei Tsai says it “may be from the main growth spurt of the galaxy’s black hole.”
See, some galaxies have supermassive black holes in the center that actively absorb gas, dust and other matter that form a disc around them. These discs radiate a ton of energy and make the black holes look brighter than stars. Some black holes are a lot more ravenous than others, though, attracting more matter than their less voracious counterparts and, as such, are several degrees more luminous and massive. To wit: the bigger the black hole, the larger the disc and the brighter the whole galaxy.
There are several possible reasons why the black hole in this record breaker is so huge. According to the scientists’ paper, it could have just been born big, so it’s only natural for it to consume more food than usual. We might also just be seeing a period in its life — remember, the light WISE spotted was from 12.5 billion light years ago! — when it was bending the limit of black hole feeding. Finally, it might not be spinning as fast as other black holes, which allows it to go on a sustained binge eating, so to speak. One of the paper’s co-authors, Andrew Blain, describes it as “winning a hot-dog-eating contest lasting hundreds of millions of years.” You’d have a tough time eating hot dogs while whirling very, very fast, after all.
[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]
Filed under: Science
Via: NASA (Twitter)
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