Google Street View is great for virtual tourists, but to see truly bizarre anomalies, you'd have to open up Google Earth. The glitch you see above occurs because of how Google Earth uses texture mapping to create images, which means it overlays a flat satellite image with a 3D terrain map. Sometimes, Google's algorithms has trouble stretching a 2D image over a 3D landscape, resulting in some crazy distortions. Continue reading to see more.
Vizzywig 4K app is made for those with more money than sense, as just tacking on a few hundred more dollars will get you a Panasonic Lumix GH4. This software claims that it's the "world's first mobile app that lets you capture, edit, and distribute 4K video." This is possible because instead of capturing video normally, it does so by shooting 4K-resolution photographs at a rate of 24 photos a second while recording synced audio on the side. iTunes Page. Continue reading for a actual 4K test footage shot with an iPhone and the app.
Tinder is the infamous dating app people all over the world have been using to find love, but Jarrod Allen, from Sydney, Australia became an internet sensation by finding potential matches on the dating app and then painstakingly recreates their weird and wonderful profile pictures. Jarrod says, "Everyone thinks they take ages to recreate, but it's actually really quick. I see a photo and if I think I can recreate it myself, I go ahead." Continue reading to see a few of his most popular photos.
The Microsoft Research team, lead by Johannes Kopf, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, has unveiled a new Windows app that will make shaky first-person videos a thing of the past. Technically speaking, here's how it works: "Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path." Continue reading for the technical video explaining just how the stabilization is accomplished.
Sam Smith isn't your typical 12-year-old, as he spends most of his day making mobile games. Spacepants is the first release from his Boxface Games home studio, and boasts tough endless runner-style gameplay set in a single room, "which sees you avoiding lasers, space caterpillars, and other nasties for as long as you can while constantly moving." He's been making games for about a year now, mainly using GameMaker: Studio software, which doesn't require any prior programming or design experience. Even though Spacepants has only been out since May, he's already earned enough money to buy his younger brother a PlayStation 4. Continue reading to read what he has planned for the future.
Sure, you could head down to a beach and find an artist to draw your face, but how much cooler (or creepier) would it be if random strangers could do the same right from their smartphone? There's an iOS-exclusive app called French Girls that allow people to do just that - snap a selfie and have random strangers draw them. Here are some examples that are definitely more appealing than the originals.
Here's a first look at what the Windows 9 start menu will look like, courtesy of My Digital Life. Microsoft reported that the update would allow Modern apps to run within individual windows, and from the image above, you can see users will have the option to "minimize" the whole Modern experience. Continue reading for more.
According to Snapchat in May 2014, the app's users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day. For those who don't know, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients, with a time limit for how long they can view their Snaps. Continue reading to see what happens when Snaps meets art history. Continue reading for more.
Snapchat turned down a $3-billion offer from Facebook earlier this year, so what did the social media giant do? Create their own of course. Introducing Slingshot. In addition to being a self destructing message service aimed at taking on Snapchat, users cannot see their friend's pictures until they send one back. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Apple officially unveiled iOS 8 today, and some of the new features include: interactive notifications, a keyboard that predicts what users will type, and a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video and audio messages. That's not all, they also added HomeKit, an intuitive system that allows users to control home appliances and turn their iPhone into a remote control. In other words, you can use it to open doors, control lights and even carry out commands like 'get ready for bed' which could dim lights and lock all doors. Continue reading for two videos and more information.