IBM Creates Stop-Motion Film Made Entirely Of Atoms

IBM Boy & His AtomThis is crazy. IBM hasn’t been exactly playful in the past, but researchers at IBM have had an exception, creating the world’s smallest film. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, a tool that operates at minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 268 degrees Celsius) and magnifies the surface more than 100 million times (tool was invented and built at IBM more than 30 years ago), allows each individual dot to be the imprinted surface area of an actual atom.

The result?  242 frames that show the story of a boy dancing and playing with an atom. It’s excellent.

Google Releases New Glass Video, Or Rather, How It Currently Works

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This is actually monumental, in a way. For months, we’ve heard about Glass, seen it (either on blogs or in-person), but haven’t used it, and most assuredly not seen the software interface through a how-to video, like the one Google has published today.

Of course, the Explorer Program that developers and friends of Google have access to will further refine the software for consumer use, when Glass comes out next year, in 2014. What this means is that everything in the video is subject to change, but it’s safe to say it won’t be drastically different than current Google Glass models.

Check the video out, after the break.

Twenty Years Ago Today, The World Wide Web Went Online

www-cern-nex-browserThat makes complete sense. Maybe you weren’t alive when the web went live, or maybe you do, but it’s the 20th anniversary of the web, thanks to CERN publishing a website on their new Internet network. As a result of this amazing feat from 20 years ago, in 1993, CERN used Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the internet —the same guys behind all those experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, obviously— to publish the very first website at its original URL.

ViaCERN,  The WWW Project

Skype Is Now Available From Your Browser

skype-outlookThere’s a catch, actually. In order to use Skype online, you’ll have to make the jump to Outlook.com. A lot fo users seem to love the service, but as a Gmail diehard, I’ll be staying put. It’s also important to know that it still is in beta, a plug-in is needed to bridge Skype and Outlook.com together, and the service rolls out in the UK today, with the US and Germany following in the “coming weeks”. Browser compatibility is the base standard, of course: the most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.

ViaSkype Blog

NASA Captures Saturn’s Australia-Sized Hurricane On Video

saturn-hurricaneNASA’s Cassini spacecraft took some stellar photos of Saturn’s 1,250 mile-wide polar hurricane. The result were black and white photos when normally developed, however with some post-production, NASA has been able to refine the photos. The Cassini spacecraft uses spectral filters that can detect the subtleties of wavelengths of near-infrared light. All NASA had to do then was false-color the vortex based on those tiny changes, invisible to the human eye. The end product? Deep reds represent lower clouds, and the greens are ones that sit a bit higher than that.

ViaNASA

Google Now Has Arrived On iOS

GOOGLENOWIOSOne of the slickest apps of them all, Google Now, has jumped ship from being an Android 4.1+ exclusive and is now available for iPhone and iPad, from the App Store. Despite the transition, Google Now still retains most of its native features, except newer ones, like boarding passes, events, Fandango, concerts, research topics, nearby events, and a few more. It sounds like a lot is missing, but once it’s linked to your Google account, that’s where the magic begins.

Via: Google

LG Has A 55-Inch Curved OLED TV Launching In Korea For $13,500

LG 55EA9800 Color us enamored. The LG OLED TV, model number 55EA9800 is set to launch next month, with shipments starting in June. As for specs, they are completely mind-boggling: a 4.3mm depth resulted in a weight of just 17kg, due to a carbon-fiber reinforced frame, all for 5 million Korean won, or about $13,515 USD. The main selling post of this 55-inch OLED TV is that like an IMAX theater display, it has a curvature that makes the image more immersive (and all that jazz).

Via: LG (Korea), Eng

It’s Time To Say Goodbye To The Galaxy S3

Galaxy S IIIs In A RowIt’s been nice knowing you. Having reviewed the GS3 on T-Mobile, and AT&T, there was no doubt it was the Android device that changed the marketplace, outselling the iPhone in certain markets. Since the Galaxy S3 mini was a cost-effective way of getting smartphone technology to the masses, it also made sense to make the Galaxy S3 even more readily available, which is what Samsung did. A great deal of marketing and effort was put into the Galaxy S3, and while it is currently being toned-down by the Galaxy S4, it’s important to remember that Samsung’s success story owes itself to the S3, not the S2 or original S smartphone. Also, the Galaxy S3’s design is what inspired the current S4’s aesthetics, which actually improved upon what the Galaxy S3 had done. However, there is some general disappointment due to the lack of an octa-core processor setup in the United States, instead opting for a quad-core.

Now, with Samsung’s big follow-up, the Galaxy S 4, shining reviews (for the most part) and plenty of pre-orders hint towards the S4 taking over the reigns as the dominating Android smartphone. In the coming days it will become more apparent as to what Samsung’s plan with the S4 is, like the release on Verizon, sales numbers, software updates, and eventual competition with the next iPhone, all of which will happen this year. It’s unusual to think of the Galaxy S4 in such a way where all the responsibility of Samsung is placed on it, but it makes sense to — it’s the best Samsung’s got.