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Tesla Museum, Funded By The Internet, Buys Property

A few months ago, when internet cartoon The Oatmeal called upon its readers to donate money to build a museum for the work of eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, I didn't think it would happen. $850,000 is a lot of money, and the Internet often doesn't show much follow-through. But I was wrong. The IndieAGoGo campaign raised over $1.3 Million from the Internet, and the Tesla Museum is actually happening.

On Friday, a group called the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe bought 16 acres on Long Island to create a Tesla museum and science center, the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to strange and wonderful genius inventor Nikola Tesla.

Tesla inspired the name and work of 1980s heavy metal band Tesla, but is best known for establishing alternating current for the transmission of electricy and co-inventing radio. He also built an earthquake machine he said was capable of splitting the earth in half, a projector designed to project thoughts, a reciever that he believed received tranmissions from Mars, and a death-ray, the design of which he refused to write down, for fear that it would be used for world domination by an unscupulous group. 

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YouTube Original Programing Goes Global With 60 New Channels

YouTube has announced they are taking its original programming global with 60 new channels. The new channels will come from Britain, Germany, France and the US, will follow the current YouTube model of being celebrity driven or niche-oriented. Check out this link for a list of current and upcoming channels.

The new YouTube channels cover everything from local cuisine, health and wellness and parenting to sports, music, comedy, animation and news, and YouTube says they are "backed by some of the biggest producers, well-known celebrities and emerging media companies from Europe and the U.S."

What's your favorite YouTube channel?

Ferrari FF To Get Panoramic Clear Roof

Super expensive Italian sports car aficionados, listen up. Ferrari has announced a new feature for its FF series car. The Ferrari FF will now be available with a full-length, translucent panoramic roof. The see-through is made from one gigantic pane of glass. Sounds safe!

The glass roof "gives occupants a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation," according to Ferrari. To me this means the perks of a convertible, with none of the wind to mess up my hair! It doesn't sound like that roof is going anywhere, so the "open-air" feeling most likely comes from rolling down your windows.

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Duo Pinball

The device you see above is the The Duo Pinball iPad Controller, an iPad controller that converts your tablet into pinball machine, complete with an angled presentation, flipper buttons and spring-loaded plunger. There's even a bump mechanism that lets you nudge a ball where you want it to go, and, yes, the machine will TILT if you bump it too hard.

It works with Pinball HD and Pinball HD Collection apps, probably the most-popular silver-ball games in the app store, and is blue tooth compatible, so you could play it on your phone, too.

The Duo Pinball iPad controller is $59.99 and available now.

Remember when magazines used to pack CD-ROMs in with their publications? Advertisers to Entertainment Weekly have taken that idea to the present, and is including a working Android-powered advertising device in their latest issue. Not only that, it's essentially a working, full-sized 3G cellphone inside their publication.

The digital device is designed to show off clips from CW shows The Arrow and Emily Owens, M.D., and then revert to live tweets from the CW's twitter feed.

As you can see in the above video, when you tear the device out of the magazine and tear it down, the device reveals its true nature as a cell phone. It contains a lithium-ion battery, a SIM card, USB port, a full keyboard, an on-board camera, and a speaker. Essentially, the bones of a cheap smartphone, for free, in the middle of a magazine.

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Nissan's NSC-2015 self-driving car aims to change the way we think about self-driving cars. The car is part of the CEATEC 2012  Smart Mobility Zero exhibit and is on display as a concept car. Unlike some concepts cars with aesthetic additions that give the appearance of being "from the future," the NSC-2015 hopes to change the way we drive now, or as soon to now as we can get.

Visually, the Nissan NSC-2015 looks like a cousin of the Nissan Leaf, a popular electric car already in production. The Nissan NSC-2015 has some impressive tech under its hood, like the ability to drive itself and run on an electric motor. The only giveaway that this car is no ordinary vehicle are the bright red lights in the steering wheel. I've affectionately named those lights HAL-2.

The Nissan NSC-2015 operates thanks to a series of cameras, sensors and servos. With this tech, the car was able to drive around the show floor, following along with markings painted on the floor. According to Engadget, the Nissan NSC-2015 even made a full stop at a cross-walk, proving once and for all, robots are better than us.

Me: But I want to make a "California stop."
HAL-2: I'm sorry, Nikole. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Thanks to an integrated LTE connection, you'll be able to watch the status of the car remotely with your phone. If you want, you can get notifications on where you car is, get a 360-degree view of your car, and even set off the alarm to scare neighbors, or because something illegal is going down. Your call, really.

If you're thinking, "Big deal, it's not even legal to use a self-driving car," think again. Just last week the great state of California legalized self-driving cars. We could see self-driving cars driving down Highland in less than five years. California isn't the only state to support autonomous cars, Nevada was the first state to okay it, with Florida and Hawaii potentially joining the club soon. Nissan hopes to have the Nissan NSC-2015 in production by 2015.

Source: Engadget

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Hottug, Hot Tub/Tug Boat Hybrid, Will Change All Of Our Lives

Behold, the future of luxury! The image you see above is of the Hottug, a combination powerboat and hot tub. The little floating bathing chamber is made of wood and glass fiber reinforced polyester, and uses a stainless steel stove with a wall pipe to keep the water warm. The deluxe model even offers a wood-burning stove, for that rustic feel. It's powered by either an electric or standard outboard motor and can hold either 8 or 6 people, depending on the model you purchase. The cost: $14,800 at the low-end and $21,000 at the top.

Interestingly enough, this product from the Netherlands is not the only combination hot tub and boat on the market. Tugtub offers an inflatable variation on the idea. It's a bit cheaper, clocking in at $11,495 for the two-person model and $17,495 for the top-of-the-line.

I'm happy that there is healthy competition in the floating hot tub market, and can only assume that a vicious bidding war will break out to capture the important market segment of consumers who are interested in being in a hot tub while floating in a body of water.

TugTub is kind enough to provide a YouTube video of their craft in action, giving us a glimpse into the luxury life we can enjoy if we just believe hard enough. It's under the "Read More" tag.

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First Non-Game Apps Hit Steam

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Posted October 2, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson

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We knew back in August that download service Steam was expanding its offerings to bring consumers non-gaming apps, and today, the first of them are live.

The Software titles now available via Steam are:

  • ArtRage Studio Pro
  • CameraBag 2
  • GameMaker: Studio
  • 3D-Coat
  • 3DMark Vantage
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Vizio TV: Holiday Line-Up Features 60-inch LED TV for $999

Vizio today announced its holiday lineup of televisions, and if you're in the market for a new set, you might want to be aware. The company's top-of-the-line E-series features edge-lit LED TVs, built in Wi-Fi built in and Vizio Internet Apps (Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Amazon etc.) The 60-inch version is priced at $999, while the 70-inch goes for $1,999. They're on store shelves now, and I doubt you'll find too many TVs with these kinds of specs for that kind of money.

Vizio's "M-series" sets have been overhauled as well. The company is offering a 55-inch model for $949, and a 65-inch model that's $1,699 with 3D and $1,499 without. Vizio is also showing off a 58-inch CinemaWide "ultra widescreen" and more.

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  •  VIZIO 55" Class Razor LED™ Smart TV (M550VSE) – $949.99
  • VIZIO 60" Class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E601i-A3) – $999.99
  • VIZIO 65" Class Razor LED™ Smart TV (M650VSE) – $1,499.99
  • VIZIO 65" Class Razor LED™ Smart TV with Theater 3D (M3D651SV) – $1,699.99
  • VIZIO 70" Class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E701i-A3) – $1,999.99
  • VIZIO 58" 21:9 Cinemawide Class LED Smart TV with Theater 3 D (XVT3D580CM – $1,999)

Vizio seems to announce their lineup of lower-priced TVs earlier in the season than other manufacturers, so it will be interesting to compare how the "bigger" company's prices this year compare to Vizio's.

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset offers gamers a way to experience their entertainment in ways that have never been possible before. In the video below, Nate Mitchell, the Vice President of Product at Oculus, discusses the three key components that makes the technology stand out: a wider field of view, ultra low latency head tracking, and its price. Mitchell also goes in to the success of the Oculus Rift kickstarter campaign, and why developers are already chomping at the bit to get their hands on the device.

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The Android-powered Wikipad gaming tablet combines an amazing tablet with gaming controllers to bring you the best of both tech-worlds. In the video below, Fraser Townley, President of Sales for the Wikipad, gives you a preview of the world's first gaming and enterprise tablet.

"This will replicate Xbox. This will replicate Playstation," Townley says.

It will be available on October 31 for $499.

Wikipad Gaming Tablet Tech Preview »


 

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Apple Introduces The iPhone 5

iPhone 5 users are reporting a particularly nasty bug. The glitch can cause Verizon iPhones to consume cellular data while the phones are connected to Wi-Fi, eating into those precious minutes.

Don't panic,though; the glitch doesn't affect all devices, and Apple has already released some steps explaining how to fix it. To squash this bug, all you have to do is install an update. To get there, go to Settings > General > About. From here a prompt will pop up stating, "Carrier Settings Updated." Your only choice is "Okay;" click it.

To make sure the update goes into effect you have to restart your phone. (Hold the sleep button, Mom.) To make sure the update was installed you can head back to Settings > General > About to see Carrier: Verizon 13.1 

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Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

How many times have you crawled into bed or snuggled up on the couch only to realize that you didn’t turn the light off? I know that happens to me all the time. That’s why LIFX is just what I needed, it takes the hassle out of having to get up time and time again. LIFX are Wifi enabled light bulbs that are controllable via a simple iPhone app.

This doesn’t require a rewiring of your home either, as the light bulbs themselves are Wifi enabled, so they operate independently of your normal switch. You can change the color of the bulb, as they use LEDs that allow for thousands of color combinations and won’t burn out. You can even use a strobe effect, or set them to start in the morning when you have your alarm set for. Since it works over Wifi, you can even set them to turn on automatically when you arrive home.

Reward: $69 gets you one LIFX smart bulb.

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Sony Giving Away 3D-Enabled PS3 Games With Bravia 3D TV Purchases 

Sony has been lauding 3D as the future of entertainment for the last few years, building it into TVs and games, and otherwise championing the technology, but recent comments from Fergal Gara, the managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment UK, suggest the company may be re-thinking its commitment to the technology.

It's hard to look at 3D in gaming and technology without concluding that consumers are less than enthusiastic about it, a conclusion Gara acknowledges. When asked by Eurogamer about the lack of PlayStation 3 3D support at recent Sony events, Gara said:

"Consumers decide how relevant it is. It's fair to say consumers have decided it's not hugely important at this time. It's a capability we've got. It may have a bigger life a little further down the line. It's great we can do it. It doesn't seem to be the most powerful USP at the moment, so you've seen us shift our effort onto fresh new exciting IP. I'm certainly really pleased to see the strength of that as we look into next year. We've seen a resurgence really with the strength of the output from the studio network."

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zeebox Launches In U.S.; Teams With Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, HBO And Cinemax

TV viewing companion zeebox has launched in the U.S. and also announced a partnership with some of the most influential networks on television. Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal (of which G4 is a part), HBO and Cinemax are all teaming with zeebox to provide content for the cross-channel TV viewing companion app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and the Web.

zeebox works like this: The cloud-based app recognizes the context of what its users are watching and aims to enhance the viewing experience with relevant content and experiences from across the Web, TV programmers, social networks and advertisers. The idea is to let viewers engage with their favorite television personalities directly through zeebox on their mobile device, and even buy the products they see on TV.  It's like a second screen that makes television even bigger.

The zeebox app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or at the iTunes Store. The Web version and more information is available at the official zeebox site.

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