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Jul

OnePlus 5 Battery Life Review


Every new smartphone brings with it the inevitable question: how good is the battery life? Smartphone technology has advanced rapidly over the past ten years, but while there have been some improvements in battery technology, it definitely hasn’t kept up the pace. Packed full of a plethora of features, battery life can be the make or break feature for a smartphone, so how does the OnePlus 5 battery stack up?

In the last month since its launch, we’ve been trying out OnePlus’ new flagship, in a bid to answer how good the battery life actually is. As part of our new reviews process, we’ve tested it in our lab using our custom battery app, as well as used it as a daily driver and below, we’re outlining the results, as well as showing how it compares to last year’s OnePlus 3T flagship, as well as three of its current flagship rivals: the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and Google Pixel XL.

Battery Capacity 3,300mAh 3,450mAh 3,300mAh 3,400mAh 3,000mAh
Fast Charging Dash Charge Yes Quick Charge 3.0 Dash Charge Yes
Wireless Charging No No US version only No Yes
Removable Battery? No No No No No

Based on the specs, you might think the largest capacity battery will have the best battery life, but there’s more to battery life than just capacity. Clean code, rogue apps, background processes and display resolution can all have large impacts on battery life, so how does the OnePlus 5 battery life compare to these other devices? Let’s find out:

Wi-Fi Browsing test (higher is better)

The first benchmark test we ran was Wi-Fi browsing. Our Wi-Fi test repeatedly loads a selection of webpages until the battery goes from 100% to zero. Device displays are set to 200 nits brightness and pages are loaded over Wi-Fi with airplane mode enabled. Auto-updates and any battery saver modes are also disabled during the test.

The OnePlus 5 battery won the battle here, with a benchmark rating of 11 hours and 7 minutes, while the Pixel XL (10 hours 38 minutes) narrowly beat the Galaxy S8 (10 hours 31 minutes) into third place. The LG G6 came in last place with a measly rating – by comparison, at least – of 8 hours and 31 minutes. The OnePlus 3T by comparison, ranked in at 9 hours and 47 minutes, which represents a ~13.6% increase in a year for OnePlus.

Gaming test (higher is better)

Our next benchmark tests for battery life while gaming, which is known to tax battery life more than browsing thank to the enhanced graphical demands. Our test runs Epic Citadel, a 3D gaming simulation with a fully charged battery until the battery is depleted, while the display is set to 200 nits. A key point to note is that this runs at the max resolution of the device, meaning the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T are running at Full HD, while the LG G6, Pixel XL and Galaxy S8 are all running at QHD, or equivalent.

3D gaming is amongst the most demanding tasks you can ask of your smartphone, but some phones are better equipped to handle those demands than others. In this test, the OnePlus 5 far exceeded the battery life of the competition, lasting 9 hours and 54 minutes compared to the OnePlus 3T, which came in second at 6 hours and 54 minutes. An improvement of ~43.5% year-on-year is testament to improvements made by OnePlus, but the OnePlus 5′ scores also serve as an indictment of the differences that display resolution can make on battery life.

Of the three other Android flagships, the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 both achieved the same rating of 5 hours and 21 minutes, while the Pixel XL came in last at 4 hours and 43 minutes. The differences between QHD and Full HD displays is quite stark, with Full HD smartphones rating an average battery life of 8 hours and 24 minutes, which is 64% higher than the QHD phones in our test, which scored an average of 5 hours and 8 minutes.

Video Playback test (higher is better)

Our last dedicated battery test is for video playback, perhaps the most common way to deplete your battery by doing just one thing. With YouTube taking up hours of many people’s day, video playback is likely to be a big drain on OnePlus 5 battery life for most users. As you have probably guessed, our test runs an endless loop of video to see how long each device lasts before the battery runs from full to empty. The Full HD video file at 23.9fps, was stored locally and Wi-Fi was turned off.

This test resulted in some interesting results, with the OnePlus 5 again out in front, albeit at a much smaller margin over its nearest competitor, with its rating of 13 hours and 6 minutes. The OnePlus 3T came in second at 11 hours and 57 minutes but the Galaxy S8 is arguably the most impressive of these, with a rating of 11 hours and 49 minutes, despite a larger, and more dense, display. The LG G6 comes in fourth at 8 hours and 56 minutes and the Pixel XL ranks in lowest at 7 hours and 1 minute, despite it having the largest capacity of all of these phones.

Average Battery Test (higher is better)

The last of these tests is our general battery test, which uses a combination of the above three dedicated tests to simulate “general” usage and extrapolate a battery life figure. Of course, your mileage will vary as your usage does, but because this test is identical on each device, it gives a good indication of how well each phone can handle a variety of everyday tasks. As our tests have shown, different phones excel in different ways, so which phone offers the best all round battery life?

In this test, the OnePlus 5 yet again proves to be the most durable competitor, with an average all-round battery life rating of 6 hours and 52 minutes, followed by the OnePlus 3T in second with a rating of 6 hours and 17 minutes. It is followed by the Galaxy S8 in third with 6 hours and 2 minutes, the Pixel XL in fourth at 5 hours and 52 minutes, and the LG G6 in fifth with 5 hours and 31 minutes. In the space of a year and one generation of phone, OnePlus has managed to increase its average battery life by just under 10 percent, or around 35 minutes.

Battery Charging Time (lower is better)

So how well does the OnePlus 5 battery handle when it comes to charging speed? Great question.

When it comes to charging times there are two main things to consider: the capacity of the battery and the charging tech involved. All things being equal, a smaller battery will charge faster than a larger battery (although all batteries charge faster at the beginning and slow down as they near a full charge). But each manufacturer also has their own custom fast charging tech, some of which is better than others. So, to keep things on an even keel, we’ve ranked our devices in two different ways:

The first is straight forward: which device charged the fastest, regardless of how large its battery cell is. This is our “real world” test and aims to show how long it will take to device your charge from completely flat. Our second test aims to reveal which device charges the fastest, pound-for-pound, and pits each manufacturer’s fast charging solution against each other.

In the first test, the OnePlus 3T charged the fastest, with its battery charging to full in 87 minutes, while the OnePlus 5 was slightly behind at 90 minutes and the Galaxy S8 came a very close third at 92 minutes. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge solution proved to be the slowest in this first test, with the LG G6 a little faster than the Pixel XL at a charging time of 104 and 111 minutes respectively.

mAh/min rating
OnePlus 3TDash Charge3,400 mAh87 minutes39.08 mAh/min
OnePlus 5Dash Charge3,300 mAh90 minutes36.67 mAh/min
Galaxy S8Adaptive Fast Charging3,000 mAh92 minutes32.61 mAh/min
LG G6Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.03,300 mAh104 minutes31.73 mAh/min
Google Pixel XLQualcomm Quick Charge 3.03,450 mAh111 minutes31.08 mAh/min

In our second test, it’s time to pit Qualcomm’s Quick Charge (on the LG G6 and Pixel XL) against Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging and OnePlus’ Dash Charge solution. Pound-for-pound, which smartphone charges the fastest per minute on average (remembering that this is averaged out as smartphones tend to charge slower as they approach full battery)?

The OnePlus 3T juices up at ~39 mAh per minute on average, while the OnePlus 5 came in a little slower at ~37 mAh per minute. Next up was the Galaxy S8 at ~33 mAh per minute, while the LG G6 (~32 mAh per minute) and the Google Pixel XL (~31 mAh per minute) topped out the list.

OnePlus 5 battery life vs competition – Wrap Up

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The OnePlus 5 battery may be smaller than its predecessor, but the Chinese company has managed to make improvements on the battery front, with its latest flagship lasting on average 21% longer than the OnePlus 3T. Compared to the competition, the OnePlus 5 lasts on average 45% longer than both the LG G6 and Pixel XL, and 22% longer than the Galaxy S8, although it’s worth noting that all of these three devices have a much higher density display (and in the case of the Galaxy S8, a ~9% smaller battery).

Looking past the data, it’s clear that a Full HD display definitely delivers better battery life than a QHD display – which is obvious when you think about it – but Samsung shows that a smaller battery and QHD display doesn’t have to mean a much poorer battery experience. We’re planning to follow this up with further testing on the Galaxy S8 with the display set to Full HD resolution, just to see how big a difference it actually makes.

It’s not quite the 2+ day battery life that we’ve all been yearning for, but the OnePlus 5 definitely comes close

In actual real world usage, the OnePlus 5 has proven to be a very stellar companion, lasting through every day and on most days, lasting until the end of the next day. This is with an average of 4.5 to 6 hours’ screen on time and although phone calls in particular do drain the battery somewhat, the OnePlus 5 battery certainly does a pretty good job at keeping the handset powered all day. It’s not quite the 2+ day battery life that we’ve all been yearning for, but the OnePlus 5 definitely comes close.

What do you think of the OnePlus 5 battery life and would you buy one based on these tests? What do you think of our testing methods and how can we improve? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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22
Jul

Researchers are working to develop invisibility cloaking technology


Why it matters to you

Nanoparticle tech breakthrough could one day give us invisibility cloaks. For now, we’ll have to settle with more efficient LED lights

Researchers at the University of Michigan want to make your LED lights 50 percent more efficient — and develop Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks in the process.

In a new study described in the Journal of Applied Physics, the researchers describe the development of a new technique that involves “peppering” nanoparticles into semiconductors. This is reportedly a world-first when it comes to being able to cheaply grow metal nanoparticles on and below the surface of semiconductors: Something that means fewer semiconductors would have to be used in finished products. (For those keeping track at home, fewer semiconductors mean cheaper products!)

These metal nanoparticles can help increase LED efficiency by acting as miniature antennas, which redirect the electricity that runs through a semiconductor, resulting in more of it being turned into light. In addition, the metal nanoparticles help reflect light out of the device, rather than it being trapped inside and therefore wasted.

While adding nanoparticles to increase the efficiency of LEDs is not necessarily new, previous attempts to achieve this have not been practical for mass manufacturing. One reason is that they relied on expensive metals like silver, gold or platinum. In this project, the investigators were able to change by getting their nanoscale particles to perform the same role as gold and platinum flecks in previous work.

The really exciting potential development, however, is the possibility of invisibility cloaking devices. The theory behind this is a phenomenon called “reverse refraction,” which involves bending light backward in a way that does not happen in nature. The hypothesis of the researchers is that careful sizing and spacing of an array of its nanoparticles would be able to control specific wavelengths of light.

“For invisibility cloaking, we need to both transmit and manipulate light in very precise ways, and that’s very difficult today,” said Rachel Goldman, professor of materials science, engineering and physics. “We believe that this process could give us the level of control we need to make it work.”

We are still pretty far away from all being able to don our own invisibility capes and creep around Hogwarts, of course, but this work certainly takes us one step closer.

It’s worth noting that this far from the only attempt to develop invisibility capes we have reported on in recent years. But, hey, none of the others promise to give you longer-lasting LED lights while you’re waiting, do they?




22
Jul

EditorsKeys provides the custom Surface keyboard covers Microsoft forgot


Why it matters to you

If you’re a big Adobe user and a Microsoft Surface owner, then these keyboard covers are made just for you.

There was a time when Microsoft seemed destined to make custom covers for its Surface detachable tablets. The first hint was a limited edition Surface Music Cover that came and just as quickly left and hopes for application-specific covers died along with it. Now, however, keyboard overlay make EditorsKeys is stepping in with its new Adobe Surface keyboard cover options, OnMSFT reports.

Basically, the keyboard covers are overlays that provide shortcuts to some of the core features for a variety of Adobe products. Each cover costs $37, and they not only provide handy shortcuts but also help keep your Surface keyboard protected from dust and spills.

EditorsKeys makes covers for the Surface Pro and older Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, and the Surface Laptop. In the case of the newest Surface machines that feature Alcantara fabric, the covers provide at least a little extra protection of the somewhat controversial material.

Users can choose from of covers, including those for Adobe Audition, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premier. Each cover provides over 100 shortcuts for most of the applications, and EditorsKeys promises up to 40 percent speed improvements in Premiere.

The keys include the appropriate Adobe shortcut along with a text reference and standard typing letters. In addition, the shortcuts are grouped by color to make it easier to find similar tools and achieve a more efficient workflow. Examples include play functions being blue and timeline tools being yellow.

The specific cover selections include:

  • Adobe Audition: Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro, Surface Book
  • Adobe Lightroom: Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Laptop
  • Adobe Photoshop: Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Laptop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Laptop

The covers are made of an ultra-thin silicone material that is water-resistant and washable. They are also easy to put on and take off, letting users easily improve their creativity with the supported Adobe applications without hampering the rest of their work.

EditorsKeys also makes covers for the MacBook Pro line, along with a line of backlit keyboards that provide the same shortcut functionality for any PC or Mac. The covers are available to order from the EditorsKeys site for $37.




22
Jul

Google Play Music tweak adds a sidebar full of shortcuts


As a music streaming service, Google Play Music works well enough but its user interface leaves an awful lot to be desired. Following the mobile app’s update that added persistent navigation buttons, as 9to5 Google spotted, Mountain View has added those to the web version as well. The dedicated icons for your music library, recent listening history and home tab reside on the left rail now, and hovering over the ellipses below those reveals top charts, new releases, radio stations and podcasts.

It’s a welcome addition to be sure, but still doesn’t address some of the app’s bigger design problems. Perhaps Google will kill off the Myspace Top Eight approach to displaying playlists, artists you might be interested in and new releases next. Or maybe that’s asking too much.

Via: 9to5 Google

Source: Google Play Music

22
Jul

‘The Defenders’ Comic-Con trailer features punching, heroes


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a threat facing New York, and a few of Marvel’s punch-happy heroes need to clean it up. Based on the new trailer shown tonight at Comic-Con — where, Deadline reports, Netflix screened the entire first episode — the plot of every Netflix Marvel series so far will remain consistent with this eight episode The Defenders mini-series that arrives August 18th.

Of course, fans have quickly devoured most episodes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist so far, so putting them all together should flow beautifully. Speaking of Iron Fist, Netflix also announced there will be a season two of the Finn Jones project, which will also feature Misty Knight from the first season of Luke Cage. This plan has been more than four years in the making, and similar to the movie MCU, a grand meetup should close a chapter in overall book — at least until The Punisher debuts.

Source: Netflix (YouTube)

22
Jul

Spider-Man and Frank West join latest ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ roster


Like comic books, fighting games are ripe for the crossover treatment. Nintendo has done it with good success in the Super Smash Bros. series, bringing characters from disparate franchises like Street Fighter and Fire Emblem together to brawl on the Wii U and 3DS. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe mixed up heroes from video games and comic books into its arenas, as well. Really, any announcement of new playable characters in upcoming fighting games are sure to please fans across the board.

Now we’re seeing a couple of big-name reveals at Comic-Con for two upcoming games, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Frank West of Dead Rising fame is headed to the former, along with Spider-Man, Mike Haggar (from Final Fight) and Nemesis (from Resident Evil). Dragon Ball Fighter Z fans will be able to play both Piccolo and Krillin, longstanding characters in the anime universe.

Capcom released a trailer showing off the latest additions to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, with cameos from the new folks as well as other characters, like Gamora, that were revealed at E3 this year. Frank West appears as his thirty-something photojournalist self from the earlier Dead Rising titles, while Haggar, Spider-Man and Nemesis each bring their familiar forms to a new arena, which appears to take place in giant-headed M.O.D.O.K.’s lair. The fighter is slated to appear on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this coming September 19th.

Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ has two new characters of its own. Both characters originally appeared in the anime as antagonists for series star, Goku, but each became a trusted ally. Each has his own fighting style, according to the company, with stylish and devastating moves to master. There should be more exciting reveals for the title in the near future, with the game set to launch in early 2018 on Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles as well as PC.

Via: Polygon

Source: Bandai Namco, Capcom/YouTube

22
Jul

Facebook could be next to try out modular devices, a patent suggests


Why it matters to you

If Facebook’s modular device patent comes to life, updating a device to the latest tech might not be so expensive.

Tired of replacing your gadgets every few years? Facebook patented a potential solution. In a patent approved on Thursday, Facebook describes a modular “electromagnetic device” that could extend the life cycle of the traditionally closed system gadgets. While it is unclear exactly what the device is or if the company is continuing to develop the idea, the Facebook modular smartphone (or multi-function device) is designed to help eliminate the waste and expense of updating electronics.

The patent doesn’t describe the device as a smartphone exactly, though the list of modules includes hardware to give the device the functionality of a phone, along with a speaker, microphone, touch display and GPS. Essentially, the device’s function depends on exactly what modules are used. Combining an internet module and a speaker module would turn the system into a radio for streaming music online, for example. The patent also suggests a few Alexa-like features and the group behind the development, Facebook’s Building 8, is believed to have a focus on camera and machine learning, according to Business Insider.

The patent is actually a result of the social media platform acquiring Nascent Objects in 2016, a startup that created modular gadgets — or at least the prototypes for one — using 3D printing. The patent names four Facebook employees that worked for Nascent Objects prior to the acquisition, now working inside Facebook’s Building 8 hardware development team.

While it is unclear if calling the device a “smartphone” is entirely accurate, the patent is not the first attempt at modular devices. Project Ara was a modular smartphone made by Google, but the development was eventually halted. Motorola’s Moto Z is modular, but unlike Ara and Facebook’s patent, the Moto Z looks like a typical smartphone, just with add-ons that go on the back. Cinema camera company Red also recently patented a modular smartphone system.

The main idea behind Facebook’s patent is to eliminate the waste and expense of replacing the device entirely, with the ability to replace individual components. “Typically, the hardware components included in the consumer electronics that are considered ‘outdated’ are still usable,” the patent says. “However, the hardware components can no longer be re-used since consumer electronics are designed as closed systems. From a consumer prospective, the life cycle of conventional consumer electronics is expensive and wasteful.”

Like all patents, the existence of the documentation does not mean that the tech will actually come to life, or even that Facebook is still continuing to develop the idea.




22
Jul

Harvard’s folding origami robot can move without requiring battery power


Why it matters to you

Inventors of battery-free origami robot have biomedical applications in mind.

Whether it’s NASA’s next-generation scout robot or this jigsaw puzzle-style modular bot project, origami robots are — to quote the 2001 movie Zoolander — so hot right now. Jumping on that folding bandwagon is an intriguing new project developed by researchers at Harvard University. What they have created are diminutive origami-inspired robots that move courtesy of a wireless electromagnetic field. For those keeping track at home, this means no bulky onboard batteries required!

“Origami-based robots are an attractive group of robots due to their simplicity,” lead researcher Mustafa Boyvat told Digital Trends. “We expect that a practical solution to their power and control issues at small scales is very helpful because batteries bring limitations at those scales.”

The robots the researchers have developed do not look like what you might immediately think of as a robot. They are flat, thin plastic tetrahedrons; consisting of three outside triangles which connect to a central triangle — sporting a circuit board — by way of a hinge. This hinge is attached to coils made of a metallic material called shape-memory alloy (SMA), that is able to contract like a muscle when a current passes through it.

As nifty as the individual robots are, however, it is when these individual “muscles” are combined to form larger limbs that the really interesting uses are achieved. For example, the Harvard team demonstrated its new origami robots by combining separate origami “joints” to form a small robotic arm — able to bend left and right, while also opening and closing a gripper. The arm’s movement could be controlled by changing the frequency of the external magnetic field.

Wyss Institute at Harvard University

While the project is still in the research stages, over the long term, the team hopes the robots can be used in the medical field. “It is expected that this technology can be used in biomedical applications in future by enabling small scale, wirelessly powered and controlled medical tools,” Boyvat said.

One possible uses would be as a swallowable micro-robot that might be used by surgeons as an alternative to an uncomfortable endoscope. One inside a person’s body, the robot could perform simple tasks such as filming, while being controlled from the outside.

This is not the first time that we have come across a similar idea for ingestible robots. This time last year, we covered a project coming out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the goal of creating ingestible origami robots capable of patching wounds, dislodging foreign objects, or even potentially carrying out micro surgery on soft tissue.

We think it is fair to say that when you have both Harvard and MIT working to develop the same technology, there is probably something pretty interesting about it!

A paper describing the Harvard work was recently published in the journal Science Robotics.




22
Jul

Sprint nails Verizon with ‘Twice the Price’ ad, sneaks in unlimited data plans


Why it matters to you

If you’re looking for a cheap unlimited data plan, Sprint is offering $22.50 per line until September 30 — half of what Verizon is charging.

In what might be an effort to distract people from Sprint’s lack of strong network coverage, the carrier decided to focus the attention on one of its competitors instead — Verizon. Accompanied by a press release, Sprint released a promo video for a fake pop-up shop called “Twice the Price” — a store that stocks food, household items, and more, for double the price.

The video takes on a retro, low-budget feel similar to those Uncle Majic commercials you see running at the earliest hours of the morning. But instead of promoting kid’s birthday parties, the store’s owner and vice president — who shockingly goes by the name of Uncle Danny — takes you through what looks like a dollar store as he shouts prices at customers. Twice the Price mocks Verizon right down to the branding, by poking fun a the carrier’s traditional look and sticking with a red and black color scheme on all the signage.

The store is also conveniently located right next to — you guessed it — a Verizon store in Flushing, New York, and open for one day only. “If you’re already here paying twice as much for their unlimited plan, why not hop on over and waste your money with us too,” Uncle Danny says to end the video on a hilarious note — that also gets you thinking. The last clip includes Sprint cleverly sneaking in their own rates for unlimited lines.

Last month, the company announced one year of free unlimited data if you switched over from your current carrier. Currently, Sprint is offering $22.50 per line until September 30 with the fifth line free. Once the promotion ends, the price will increase to $60 a month for the first line, $40 per month for the second, and $30 per month for any additional lines. On the other hand, Verizon’s unlimited plan is four lines at $45 per line — which as you can see is literally twice the price — touché, Sprint.

While Uncle Danny makes the case that it is “better because it costs more,” Sprint cannot hide from concrete facts — the carrier took last place in every category ranging from speed to latency in the 2016 OpenSignal report. Verizon managed to place first for 4G network coverage along with second place for both 4G speed and latency — but this clearly still does not hold Sprint back from using cheaper prices to its advantage.




22
Jul

10 crazy Street View images that will make you question reality


Google launched the Street View program in select cities around the United States in 2007. The initiative has since gone global to help us swiftly navigate our highways and byways, and even map pollution. Needless to say, with a fleet of camera-equipped vehicles patrolling and photographing our streets, someone or something is quite literally always watching. From angry villagers chasing one of the cars out of their hamlet to a regular phantasmagoria of human photobombings, there have been plenty of notable interactions between humans and the conspicuous camera-equipped vehicles. Fortunately, these gems are peppered throughout Google’s panoramic mapping platform. Over the past decade, the program has snapped some rather perplexing images around the globe and here are 10 of the most bizarre photos from Google Street View.

If you enjoy this list you might also like our rundown of the best Pinterest fails and worst car modifications.

Baby’s day out

Although there are myriad approaches to parenting, keeping the baby in your general vicinity is normally a solid rule of thumb. Perhaps the baby had already gained the trust of his tribe and had merely opted to follow through on that impulse Gucci baby stretch denim purchase. Who’s to say? You do you, baby. Stay flossy.

Not a good day for this man

To paraphrase Heraclitus of Ephesus: The only constant in the universe is change. Thankfully, with a roving fleet of vehicles trekking this space rock, there are plenty of opportunities for this change to be documented and uploaded to the interweb — even if the change happens to be your VW bus being engulfed in flames and slowly reduced to carbon. You certainly have to appreciate the stoicism of the shirtless man stage left.

Masked muchachos

This image was captured deep in Sonora, a state of northwest Mexico. Little did we know that, in the land of the ruthless Los Zetas, roamed a lesser-known, motley crew of masked muchachos featuring the Scream mask and a werewolf with a penchant for patterns.

Someone has some explaining to do

Nothing to see here, folks. Just a naked middle-aged man beginning to enter or exit the trunk of a convertible seemingly out of his own volition. Based on the pure apathy of the pup, it has most certainly seen this sort of behavior before.

A dead dude?

This image caused quite the stir when it went live a few years ago. A pair of locals staged this crime scene when they caught wind of the Google cars driving through their town of Edinburgh. It was all fun and games until the police came across the photo and questioned the individuals involved. The gentlemen later apologized for their hijinks.

The struggle is real

Dust yourself off, young blood.

Snoozing superheros

Some would argue that the short-lived Big Bad Beetleborgs television series was simply ahead of its time. Needless to say, when Fox decided to finally pull the plug on the show after a prosaic sophomore effort, a regular panoply of masked vigilantes were left high and dry. Depicted above, we witness an outwardly despondent Red Striker catching a few winks between jaunts on the Thunder Dolphin.

Oh yes, this is real

Although the penny-farthing may have fallen out of fashion over the last century and a half, some anachronistically minded individuals still prefer the outmoded means of transportation. Thankfully, watching people fall off tall bikes never gets dull, unlike the people who choose to ride them.

Meanwhile… in Russia

There’s nothing to see here, folks. Google captured this true gem of a man casually strolling down the boulevard touting a rifle while presumably reaching for another handgun behind his lapel. There’s a proverb here somewhere.

Norway

Little known fact: Urban scuba diving is the unofficial sport in the Land of the Midnight Sun. These industrious souls had seemingly been camping out in lawn chairs with a parasol waiting for the right moment to pounce on this golden opportunity. We are all now forever indebted to the duo for their indefatigable doggedness.

Humans have a rather love-hate relationship with technology to say the least. For further proof, you can check out our full list of best literal Man vs Machine moments.




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