An implication of Facebook’s most recent update (which has been there for a few months now) is that you know when your friends read your message. How annoying is that?
Personally, that should be none of their business. Let’s say you read it and intend to reply to it later for whatever reason, some people probably feel they are being ignored. There are obviously a thousand reasons you can think of why it shouldn’t be there. No matter what, it shouldn’t be there to begin with. It probably causes more problems than it fixes.
There are a few ways to circumvent this.
Method 1 - Extensions :
There’s an extension in Chrome that allows you to stop them from seeing when you’ve read the message.
So if it works for you, enjoy! If not, read further.
Method 2 - Hovering over your message:
For Safari users, you can hover over the message without clicking on it to bring up the full message. So you can read it without having to click on it. It won’t notify the recipient that you’ve read it.
The European Union just invested $1.35 Billion to research graphene’s use. This isn’t a regular fund, this is insane.
So what is it? It’s the ‘world’s strongest material’ that is also exceptionally thin, and an unbelievable conductor of heat and electricity.
So what, right? Wrong.
"Like iron or plastic or silicon, a lot of materials scientists think graphene is going to be one of those things that quite literally launches an era, like the Industrial Revolution or the Digital Age."
It will be in everything from light and strong cameras, computers, cars, and so much more.
"Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, first made graphene in 2004 at the University of Manchester, later winning them the Nobel Prize in Physics."
This will be coming down the pipeline in 10 years. It’s going to happen.
Read more about it here: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-01/eu-invests-135-billion-developing-practical-applications-graphene
When you look at our infrastructure, you see miles and miles of road. It’s such a massive undertaking to be able to modify all of it. With brilliant minds, comes change.
Later this year, the Netherlands will be home to a Smart Highway that will feature luminous road markings that glow at night and temperature sensitive markings that become visible when the road surface is near freezing. In the coming years the Smart Highway will debut several other innovations including induction lanes for charging electric cars and wind-powered lights that are activated by the draft from passing cars. Smart Highway is a collaboration between Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure.
Way back in 1975 — when Kodachrome color slides and Kodak Instamatics were all the rage — Kodak researcher Steve Sasson built the first digicam, cobbled together from spare parts and bleeding edge digital technology.
The lens was from a used parts bin on Kodak’s Super 8 camera assembly line, it used a futuristic CCD image sensor (now commonplace) and took 23 seconds to record a crude 100 line black and white image onto cassette tape.
Sasson explains, "On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder. Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like."
The device was semi-portable, and a massive VCR-sized microcomputer was used to display the images on a TV screen using a primitive frame store, but I doubt that the Kodak executives saw digital technology as a credible threat to their existing product line.
With Shark Week kicking off, here’s a cool car from Volkswagon that is basically a shark cage on wheels that can drive around the ocean floor. Now you can drive around with sharks. Just don’t stick your hand out of the car while going at any speed.
Sight - The Future Of Augmented Reality (Short Story)
With Google’s glasses coming out soon, it will be a start to a world where we will begin overlapping the virtual world. It will be interesting to see. Based on that concept, this short story goes into a bit of detail.
Be sure to watch it till the end, you won’t regret it.
The decision to invest in an electric vehicle would be much easier to justify if the car in question offered unlimited range. That appears to be the concept behind a Toyohashi University research group’s wireless power prototype, which can successfully transmit electricity through a 10 centimeter-thick concrete block.
During a demonstration in Yokohama, Japan, the team sent between 50 and 60 watts of power through a pair of concrete blocks to two tires, which then juiced up a light bulb (you can see the rig just above). The project is called EVER (Electric Vehicle on Electrified Roadway), and could someday be used to keep cars moving along a highway without any need to pull over for a recharge, thanks to a constant stream of electricity coming from below the road. There are some serious obstacles to overcome before EVER can get some wheels turning — namely, a need to pump nearly 100 times the current maximum load through concrete that’s twice as thick as what they’ve managed today, not to mention improving undisclosed efficiency levels — but the group reportedly said that it’s up to the task, making us fairly optimistic that such a solution could one day get us from A to B without petrol. Until then, you’ll probably want to plan out a pit stop or two before you leave the garage. - Endgadget
Magic Cube Laser Projects A Keyboard On Any Flat Surface
If you like touch surfaces, this is for you. Either way, it’s almost a keyboard on the go when you can’t carry one with you. It also doubles as a mouse and had gestures. It connects with your computer (mac/pc) and android devices.
Magic Cube by Celluon is a revolutionary and patented mobile input device. It’s a virtual laser keyboard that doubles as a multi-touch mouse in one easy-to-use product. It works with Apple iOS 4 and Mac OS X, Android, all Windows platform via USB/Bluetooth (HID). This bad boy will turn heads everywhere you go - simply pair Magic Cube to any mobile device using Bluetooth (HID) and you’re good to go! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or contact your local retailer. Happy typing!
This stove seems to be both good news and bad news.
Siemens’ subsidiary, Thermador, revealed its Freedom Induction Cooktop at CES 2012 earlier this year. Now, Siemens will design its own full-surface induction cooktop as part of its home appliances range. The unique stove will have 48 conductors to allow pots and pans to be placed anywhere on the flat ceramic surface. There would also be a touch screen that can detect and display the size, shape, and location of each cookware.
The kitchen unit will also be more energy efficient than traditional fixed stoves as it enables a continuous and even heat distribution. Siemens showcased a demo of the cooktop at Eurocucina 2012, a kitchen design exhibit in Milan, Italy
What may be very recognizable from the Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol film, here’s the updated convertible variant of the BMW i8, appropriately titled the ‘spyder concept’.
In the video, you can hear the hum of it that matches the sleek body.
It’s a beautiful thing when art carries into everything.
BMW recently unveiled images of their latest BMW i8 Spyder concept car, which is the convertible version of the car Tom Cruise drove in Mission impossible 4 late last year. Unlike the coupe, the Spyder has a two-section folding roof and upward-opening doors. The interior features an 8.8-inch (22.4 cm) screen display, which BMW claims, shows “all the relevant driving information in three-dimensional, high-resolution quality.”
Inside the hood, the hybrid has both a 131 hp electric motor to drive the front wheels and a 223 hp turbocharged gas three-cylinder powering the rear wheels, which allows for front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive. The i8 Spyder tops out at 155 mph, goes from 0-62mph in five seconds, and most impressively, does so while maintaining an impressive 78 miles per gallon!