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Researchers at Ohio State University want to harvest wind energy with “mechanical trees”

Researchers at Ohio State University want to harvest wind energy with “mechanical trees”

We’re already familiar with windmills when it comes to extracting energy from a comment element of Mother Nature, but it’s possible that we could see electromechanical trees accomplishing a similar task in the future. Researchers at Ohio State University have begun experimenting with...

02/13/2016 by eParisExtra
Facebook launches Live Video for iPhone users

Facebook launches Live Video for iPhone users

In December of last year, Facebook began testing a live video service to compete with the likes of Twitter’s Periscope. In this testing phase, the service was only accessible to celebrities and verified pages. Now Facebook has rolled out the service to the public, starting with iPhone users...

02/08/2016 by Alfredo Dizon
Microsoft’s Mimicker Alarm for Android analyzes your face and emotions to get you up in the morning

Microsoft’s Mimicker Alarm for Android analyzes your face and emotions to get you up in the morning

The Mimicker Alarm is the latest project from Microsoft Garage, a project lab at Microsoft where employees can work on side projects unrelated to their position or division in the company, leading to some innovative products like this slick alarm app for Android devices. Using your Android...

01/24/2016 by Alfredo Dizon
A Blast from the Past: Instant Photography and Polaroid Cameras in 2016

A Blast from the Past: Instant Photography and Polaroid Cameras in 2016

Over the last couple of years, there’s been a sort of retro revival with a new fascination in old technology. A friend of mine recently received a record player for Christmas, and since then we’ve spent our free time scouring used bookstores for second-hand records of musical...

01/20/2016 by eParisExtra
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset begins shipping in March for $599

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset begins shipping in March for $599

This week, Oculus VR, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook, announced that the consumer version of their highly anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now open to pre-orders at a price tag of $599. The Rift has come a long ways since its days as an ambitious Kickstarter...

01/13/2016 by eParisExtra
The Top 10 Video Games of 2015

The Top 10 Video Games of 2015

2014 was a middling year for video games, but 2015 was an entirely different story. No matter what kind of fan you were, no matter where your loyalties lie, there was something great to take from the ripe garden that was video games in 2015. If you were a Nintendo fan, you had the freshest...

01/02/2016 by eParisExtra
Nintendo patents a new touchscreen-based video game controller

Nintendo patents a new touchscreen-based video game controller

A recent patent application from Nintendo details a new video game controller that is almost entirely dominated by a touchscreen display. The application was filed by Nintendo employees in June 2015, but the filing has only recently been made available for public viewing. Unlike Nintendo’s...

12/20/2015 by eParisExtra
PlayStation Now is now the Netflix of games with a new 12-month subscription plan

PlayStation Now is now the Netflix of games with a new 12-month subscription plan

Sony is now offering a new 12-month subscription to PlayStation Now, their cloud gaming service that allows you to stream and play PlayStation 3 games on various Sony devices over the Internet. The new plan is being offer for a limited amount of time at $99.99 a year, working out to a little...

12/16/2015 by eParisExtra
Tech Tats: Electronic temporary tattoos that can monitor your health

Tech Tats: Electronic temporary tattoos that can monitor your health

“Wearables” have been a category of new tech for a while now. From the Fitbit to the Apple Watch, companies want to slap some electronics on your body to promote health, wellness, and, in some ways, fashion. There is one development firm that’s making a a type of wearable that’s a...

12/03/2015 by eParisExtra
Fairphone 2: a modular smartphone made for easy repairs

Fairphone 2: a modular smartphone made for easy repairs

These days, many manufacturers are doing what they can to keep people out of their phones, and by that, I mean gluing those things shut to prevent you messing with the internal components. Why would you want to take apart a phone anyway? That’s the kind of question you’d hear from someone...

11/21/2015 by eParisExtra
Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku to tour North America in 2016

Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku to tour North America in 2016

This week, Miku Expo announced that the digital pop sensation Hatsune Miku will be touring across the country starting in April of next year. She will be performing “live” concerts in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. For Hatsune Miku, “live” needs to be...

11/14/2015 by eParisExtra
Thousands of gamers can’t stop watching Twitch’s 9-day Bob Ross marathon

Thousands of gamers can’t stop watching Twitch’s 9-day Bob Ross marathon

Twitch, the premier video game streaming service, is no stranger to peculiar social experiments, but their latest stunt just shows how the Internet has warped the way we enjoy media. October 29 was the birthday of late legendary painter Bob Ross. To celebrate the pop culture icon this year and...

11/03/2015 by eParisExtra
Nike creates actual “Back to the Future” self-lacing shoes for charity auctions in 2016

Nike creates actual “Back to the Future” self-lacing shoes for charity auctions in 2016

More than two decades ago, Nike collaborated with Hollywood to create some fantastic fictional footwear to accent the technological future of the distant year of 2015 in Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future Part II. Well, now it’s 2015, and, while we don’t have flying cars, hover boards,...

10/22/2015 by eParisExtra
The Surface Book is Microsoft’s first laptop (sort of) and a Macbook Pro competitor

The Surface Book is Microsoft’s first laptop (sort of) and a Macbook Pro competitor

While there are plenty of laptops running Windows, those laptops usually come from third-party manufacturers like Toshiba and Lenovo. Unlike Apple, Microsoft historically has tended to focus on creating software rather than hardware (with the Xbox being a major exception). Microsoft has only...

10/13/2015 by eParisExtra
VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Undertale (PC/Mac)

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Undertale (PC/Mac)

This refreshingly merciful game fills you with determination. September had a handful of great games to its name this year. Metal Gear Solid V and Mario Maker will go down as some of the best titles every created, but there’s one game that almost slipped past my radar: a game so powerful, so...

10/06/2015 by eParisExtra
Researchers developing a way to form tactile buttons on touch screens

Researchers developing a way to form tactile buttons on touch screens

Every day I miss the presence of a physical keyboard on my mobile phone. With every typo, every missed input, every game that expects me to press a virtual button on screen, I’m tempted to use that onscreen keyboard to whine on Twitter about wanting more buttons on phones. It’s a sacrifice...

09/30/2015 by eParisExtra
VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Make Mario good. Make Mario bad. Nintendo is finally capitalizing on the idea of making your own Mario game, a concept that the Internet has fallen in love with ever since the crazy-hard Mario ROM hacks went viral many years ago. It’s about time and well worth the wait. In Super Mario Maker,...

09/19/2015 by Alfredo Dizon
Apple finally unveils the iPad Pro, new Apple TV, and iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Apple finally unveils the iPad Pro, new Apple TV, and iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

It’s that time of year again, the time for brand new Apple products. This year, the Cupertino company has a brand new version of the iPad, an entirely re-imagined Apple TV, and an incremental upgrade on last year’s iPhone. The iPad Pro After being rumored earlier this year, the 12-inch iPad...

09/12/2015 by eParisExtra
LG’s SmartThinQ sensors promises to make your “dumb” appliances smarter

LG’s SmartThinQ sensors promises to make your “dumb” appliances smarter

LG Electronics wants to smarten up parts of your household with their new SmartThinQ sensors. LG intends to make your appliances “smart-aware” by creating connectivity between your traditional appliances and your smartphone. The SmarThinQ sensor is a small disc outfitted with various...

09/02/2015 by eParisExtra
Samsung’s digital wallet service will work with existing credit card terminals

Samsung’s digital wallet service will work with existing credit card terminals

We live in a world where paying with your cell phone is a reality, but the opportunity to do so can be a rare, confusing experience. Vendor kiosks usually need to be specifically equipped to accept NFC payments from services like Apple and Android Pay. It’s unsurprising that many people would...

08/18/2015 by eParisExtra