Given tablets but no teachers, rural Ethiopian kids quickly teach themselves
In a pair of remote villages in Ethiopia, the One Laptop Per Child organization is conducting an experiment. They dropped off crates of Motorola Xoom tablets for the children, with no instruction and no one to teach them. These kids had never seen a printed page nor any sort of writing. Completely illiterate and having never seen electronics, yet they quickly learned how to use the devices and then learned how to read and write, and then learned how to hack the devices to get around restrictions OLPC had put on the tablets.
Duracell and Starbucks test wireless charging spots in Boston
Mobile devices and coffee shops go hand in hand, but what if you need a charge? Carry your cord around and then look for that one open outlet behind a couch somewhere? In the near future, you could charge your tablet or phone just by sitting it on a table or counter. Duracell and Starbucks have teamed up to bring this very technology to Boston Starbucks locations, and it could come nationwide at some point.
Somebody brought up Idris Elba's name as a possible James Bond, the internet goes crazy
Before you start spreading a rumor that Idris Elba will be the next James Bond, and the first black James Bond, keep in mind that this is something that was only mentioned in passing by actress Naomie Harris when asked who should play a black James Bond. But when that day comes, Elba would certainly be an awesome choice.
League of Legends championship was the most watched video game sports event of all time
In South Korea, e-sports, or competitive video game sports are pretty big, much bigger than in the US. And last month’s League of Legends championship, in which the best LoL teams battled it out, pulled in 8.2 million unique viewers, making it the most watched e-sports event of all time.
Steve Jobs' custom yacht is finished and christened "Venus"
A little a year after his death, the yacht “Venus”, designed by Steve Jobs himself has finally been completed. It does look very Apple-like, all shiny aluminum and minimal and square, with an interior very reminiscent of an Apple store.
Netherlands making highways smart with paint that alerts drivers of weather conditions
In mid 2013, highways in the Netherlands will be getting a sort of a smart makeover. By using high tech paint, the highways markers will be much more visible in the dark, and in case of ice or snow, the roads will alert drivers to these conditions, which is especially helpful for ice that may be hard to see otherwise.
Former FEMA head Michael "Heckuva job Brownie" Brown says Obama acted too quickly on Sandy
Like anyone should give a shit what he has to say, former FEMA director Michael Brown, they guy who was in the chair when New Orleans was crushed by Katrina, the guy whose response to the massive tragedy was painfully slow, said yesterday that Obama should have waited a bit before making any sort of response to Hurricane Sandy. Oh Brownie, just shut your fucking hole.
HOLY LIGHTSABERS. Disney is buying Lucasfilm for 4 billion, targeting a Star Wars VII release date for 2015. This is real.
In “this is absolutely real” news, Disney today announced they were buying Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 billion dollars, and already have a Lucasfilm project in the hopper— Star Wars VII, which will be followed by Star Wars VIII and then a two part nine. As long as Lucas stays the hell out of it, it might be pretty decent.
If you want to donate to the Red Cross, here's how
Even though flooding has started to subside along the east coast, Sandy is still churning its way towards the midwest, bringing strong winds, snow and even more flooding. This is one of those times where if you have anything to spare to help out, the Red Cross can always need your donations.