So, Who Technically Owns The Moon (As Explained By Vsauce)?

NASA-Apollo8-Dec24-EarthriseSince the 1967 Outer Space Treaty says that everything in space is the “common heritage of mankind,” it makes it kind of difficult to define to whom the moon belongs, but as things change, so do the rules.

In the video, Vsauce explains the numerous scenarios, treaties, and technical information regarding ownership of the moon, and if it really belongs to anyone in particular.

It’s also a pretty cool subject to bring up with friends, if the ownership of celestial bodies is your cup of tea. Watch it after the break.
Via: Vsauce

Google Glass Will Now Bypass Smartphone Tethering Plans

glass-teardown-exploded-top-thumbThanks to some clever engineering by the Google Glass teams, the companion app on Android will now sport a way of bypassing the additional monthly fees that would be incurred if one was to tether Glass to their smartphone, due to wireless hotspots plans set up by American carriers. With XE9 loaded onto headsets, the companion Android app pipes data to and from the hardware, bypassing both the smartphone’s Bluetooth tethering settings and extra plan previously needed from some carriers — all of which can be seen on-screen.

ViaNick Starr (Google+)

Twitter Will Allow Verified Users To Filter Tweets Now


As a response to the 50,000+ Verified Twitter users that consist of celebrities, journalists, and the general interesting people of the world, Twitter has put together a feature that allows them to filter out mentions from unverified users and spam bots.

Thus, a response sent to someone may be sent, but never actually seen; keep that in mind.

Twitter defines this as three categories in the “Connect” hub: “All” displays the same interactions and mentions that everyone sees, “Filtered” weeds out anything that Twitter’s algorithm thinks is spam, while “Verified” also displays other verified users.

Seems like an excellent management system, actually.

Via: Twitter

Photos Of The Finished Nexus 5 At The FCC Are Here

lg-nexus-5-fccIt doesn’t look too bad, actually. Taking a few notes from the ASUS Nexus 7 series of tablets, LG has created the next flagship Nexus device for Google, with characteristics of the G2 and the aforementioned. The actual “Nexus” branding is omitted from the device sent to the Federal Communications Commission, but that’s entirely normal.

Also, it’s worth mentioning in accordance with LG G2 and previously leaked specs is that the Nexus 5 could have a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, LTE bands used by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint and a 4.96-inch screen with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 2,300mAh battery.

Via: GigaOm, FCC

Steam Announces Family Sharing Of Digital Downloaded Games, Via A Beta

Valve In The Living RoomIn the same way that digital book lending has become a feature among various different services, Steam will soon allow you to share your games library with your family.

From a simple game to a first-rate franchise title, Valve would allow you to share the game to up to 10 different devices, with just one true limitation: only a single user can use the library. Also, games with 3rd-party keys and monthly subscriptions won’t be possible.

So if you’re in the middle of that Rome II campaign and someone wants to try Arma III, they’ll have just a few moments. It will be available in limited beta next week.

Via: Steam

The iPhone 5C Is Basically A Colorful iPhone 5 For $100

iphone-5cTaking the iPhone 5, stripping away its metal chassis and applying a colorful plastic one, and calling it the iPhone 5C is actually a marvelous idea. Aimed towards the budget market, the $100 on contract iPhone 5C will come in yellow, blue, green, red, and white, with special perforated cases made by Apple that would allow the user to feature more than one color. LTE, iOS 7, and the iSight camera all remain as novel features of the iPhone 5C.

Of course, it’s not entirely like the iPhone 5 internally, either. The polycarbonate construction features steel reinforcement that also acts as an antenna with a somewhat-faster A6 chip and an improved front-facing camera.

Pre-orders begin on September 13th with Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Via: Apple

Apple Makes The iPhone 5S Official, Starting At $200

iphone-5sIt has iOS 7, which was a given, but the iPhone 5S features new additions that may be even better: the iSight camera has a 15 percent larger sensor, a larger f2.2 aperture, an improved flash, image stabilization, slow motion capture, and a burst mode perfect for taking action shots.

Apple has fitted the iPhone 5S with a new processor: the first 64-bit processor on a smartphone, called the A7, that features twice the number of transistors as its predecessor (more than 1 billion) according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. The CPU and GPU have received double the speed with OpenGL ES 3.0 on board, but can still remain compatible with the 32-bit apps of that all iOS devices have had, thus far.

The new security enhancement comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor built into the home button, called Touch ID, giving you one-touch access to the iPhone 5 and is a password replacement to your Apple ID. It’ll be available for pre-order later this month on September 20th at T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in traditional 16GB or 32GB.

Also, a new color option alongside the usual black and white: gold.

Via: Apple