Posts Categorized: Culture

Watch European and Russian Crafts Touch Down in Mars

October 19, 2016   |   filed under Culture, Uncategorized, Video

As part of a joint ExoMars mission, the European Space Agency and Russian Federal Space Agency will be landing two spacecrafts in Mars soon. A progressing journey since March, the crew less crafts will measure hydrogen levels underneath the surface of the Martian planet, helping target ice deposits.  These sources of water would be marked… Read more »

NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

September 21, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

Facebook is live streaming the presidential debates with help from ABC News, and Twitter this morning announced it will host its own live streams, courtesy of a Bloomberg partnership. NBC, however, in an effort out-tech them all, will instead stream the debates in virtual reality. Welcome to the future, where watching TV is that weird thing that only… Read more »

Amazon adds another Prime benefit: free podcasts from Audible Channels and free audiobooks

September 13, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

Amazon this morning rolled out another perk for subscribers to its Amazon Prime membership program: free access to Audible’s short-form digital programming called Audible Channels, as well as a selection of free audiobooks. Amazon says members will have access to a rotating selection of over 50 audiobooks from Audible’s catalog. That’s similar to how the Kindle Lending Library… Read more »

Twitter launches an Alexa app

September 12, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

Too lazy to read your tweets? Now, Amazon Alexa can just read them to you instead. Yes, that’s right: Twitter today has launched an app for Amazon’s voice platform Alexa, which means you can listen to the latest from Twitter right on your Echo speaker or other Alexa-powered device. The new app can give you general information on… Read more »

New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

August 31, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

In an effort to highlight its upcoming launch of more in-train Wi-Fi (not to be confused with in-train cricket attacks), the New York MTA, Transit Wireless, and publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House are getting together to release ebooks and articles timed to your commute. This project mirrors a product launched in London last year. As The Digital… Read more »

HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh

August 29, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

HBO has what looks like an expansive new epic TV series on the way, only this time it’s swapping fantasy, swords and castles for androids, AI and western duds. Westworld is a new sci-fi series coming to the cable network beginning in October, based on the Michael Crichton film from 1973. In the original, a… Read more »

Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

August 25, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Uncategorized, Video

Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has… Read more »

YouTube gets a new TV app

August 24, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Culture, Interaction, Social Media, Technology, Video

With more people than ever cutting the cord, watching via smart TVs, and turning to streaming media players like Roku and others, YouTube decided it was time to update is TV application to be easier to use on the big screen. A new version of the application rolling out now will feature a different look and improved organization of… Read more »

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

August 18, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Social Media, Technology

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months. With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with its autonomous cars, you’d be forgiven for thinking… Read more »

Instagram adds an Events channel to show you the best videos from concerts and sporting events

August 17, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media

Over the past year Instagram has been working to reinvigorate the Explore tab, which is the app’s place for showing content personalized for you. What started as a simple algorithm to determine photos you may enjoy seeing has evolved into a full-fledged discovery platform to show you photos and videos that will want to make you spend… Read more »