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A 24" touch-screen iPhone?

Article: A 24" touch-screen iPhone?

In honor of today’s launch of the iPhone 3G S… this video, which purports to show a demo of a hacked Mac running the iPhone operating system using a giant touch screen, is a hoax, but it’s still fun to watch: The Unofficial Apple Weblog writes, “How’d they do it? It’s most likely just a…

Green tech finds (6/12/09)

Article: Green tech finds (6/12/09)

It’s time for your weekly green technology fix…

Charge your car while you’re betting the farm? Las Vegas’ Rampart Casino now offers electric car charging… (via Gas 2.0)

Science and the city

Article: Science and the city

Brian Greene, festival co-founder and theoretical physics professor at Columbia University, with the respected Dr. Bunson Honeydew

From June 10-14, New York City will host the second annual World Science Festival, a series of programs and lectures that highlight the big questions in science and how they influenced the big questions in other fields, like philosophy, ethics, and the arts. The festival’s primary mission is “to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future,” a reminder that that science part of all of our lives, from the philosophical to the practical, and is worth knowing about.

Spielberg approves of pending robot apocalypse

Article: Spielberg approves of pending robot apocalypse

Why, Steven? WHY?

Remember our post about IBM’s latest supercomputer, Watson, who (or is it which?) will be competing on Jeopardy? Not to be out done, Microsoft announced at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo their latest achievement-to-be : Project Natal. Project Natal aims to be a “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience,” hopefully making the XBox 360 and gaming overall more approachable.

While the prospect of a more immersive entertainment experience is highly appealing to many, this new chapter in technology is opening new doors for human interaction with artificial intelligence that were only possible in science fiction films such as Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Developed for years at Lionhead Studios under the pseudonym The Dimitri Project, Milo is a new brand of AI that totally blew every attendee at E3 away.

Learn more about Milo and Spielberg’s thoughts on Project Natal and how it relates to technological advancement…

The amazing app wall at Apple's WWDC

Article: The amazing app wall at Apple's WWDC

At this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple announced the new iPhone models, among other things, a big array of monitors displayed an “app wall”–a giant matrix of iPhone app icons that pulse when they’re downloaded from the App Store. The effect is monumental and hypnotic. Visit AppleInsider for video of what the app wall…

Green tech finds (6/5/09)

Article: Green tech finds (6/5/09)

It’s Friday… time for your round-up of interesting and innovative green tech stories.

Sony Ericsson announces the release of two new “Greenheart” mobile phones. The company claims both models have a 15% lower carbon footprint than comparable models, and feature a minimum of 50% recycled plastic. (via eWeek)
Ever had your hat blown off in an urban “wind tunnel?” Ohio-based start-up Green Energy Technologies is trying to replicate the effect of wind tunnels, and harness the energy, with its WindCube wind speed amplifier. (via earth2tech)

Check out more green tech finds and see if you can greenify your life!

An inside look at an IMAX camera

Article: An inside look at an IMAX camera

Mark Wilson of Gizmodo was given a rare tour of the IMAX offices, and he’s posted an in-depth, image-filled post about IMAX cameras and how they work. There are only 26 IMAX cameras in the world. Here’s one of them: Much more here.

Green tech finds (5/28/09)

Article: Green tech finds (5/28/09)

Here’s your weekly run-down of breaking green tech stories…

Green tech finds (5/14/09)

Article: Green tech finds (5/14/09)

Just in time for the weekend — your round-up of cool green technology news and notes.

Not planning to download one of the coal industry’s new ringtones? How about one of these greener alternatives…
The fight against deforestation may one day have its own version of the daisy cutter: the Seedbomb (via Treehugger)

A peek inside nytimes.com's research and development lab

Article: A peek inside nytimes.com's research and development lab

A guy from Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab paid a visit recently to the R&D studio at The New York Times, where the paper’s “design integration editor,” Nick Bilton, gave a demonstration of all sorts of cool future-of-media technologies, including electronic ink, flexible screens, and highly customizable newspaper apps built on the Adobe Air platform. Nick…

Green tech finds (5/7/09)

Article: Green tech finds (5/7/09)

In the spirit of Em and Lo’s “Naked News,” here’s a run-down of some of the latest green technology stories to come across the wires… not as hot, but definitely safe for work!

Green on the go: 3rdWhale and Creative Citizen have developed a new iPhone app: the “Creative Solution” for sustainable living. Track your eco-friendly efforts, as well as the tangible benefits (savings of energy, water, and even money). Download the app for free. (via MNN)

David Hockney's iPhone paintings

Article: David Hockney's iPhone paintings

The Daily Mail tells of how the celebrated artist David Hockney has been creating mini-paintings on his iPhone and emailing them to friends.  Pretty tech-savvy for a 71-year-old: [via TUAW]

Siftables: artificially intelligent toys

Article: Siftables: artificially intelligent toys

In this excellent short TED talk, an MIT grad student named David Merrill demonstrates the capabilities of Siftables, biscuit-size toy blocks that interact with each other using complex sensors. Siftables can be used to solve math problems, generate electronic music, create art, and tell stories: The technology used in Siftables is interesting on its own…

New Frontiers: The Future of Filmmaking?

Article: New Frontiers: The Future of Filmmaking?

One of thousands of digital snapshots that make up “We Feel Fine,” an installation at New Frontiers’ headquarters With Sundance billing this year as its 25th anniversary, Robert Redford today was asked the expected questions about the festival’s past vs. present, but he resisted nostalgia and instead focused on the festival’s future. Sundance hasn’t changed…