The Weather Channel Ice Storm
Winter Storm Harper has already hit the Midwest and is fast approaching the East, which means The Weather Channel has created yet another amazing mixed-reality video showcasing just what may happen when it arrives. For this segment, they used meteorologist Jim Cantore and combined him with vivid, digital simulations to bring extreme weather events to life. “Just a tenth of an inch makes roads and sidewalks extremely slippery. A quarter of an inch can break branches, and once you’re over half an inch, serious problems ensue,” said Cantore. Read more for the video and additional information.

Samsung Qi Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand
Samsung’s (EP-NG930TBUGUS) Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand not only works with the company’s own smartphones, but compatible iPhones as well, and it’s being offered for just $23.99 shipped, today only, originally $69.99. You’ll still be able to use your device while its charging, and since it’s always accessible, answers calls without unplugging. Charge your Samsung Fast Charge compatible device with up to 9 watt wireless charging power, which is 1.8x more power output than a standard wireless charger. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.

Fortnite Ice Storm

Epic Games’ Fortnite Ice Storm event has kicked off, and it all began with a mysterious orb that recently appeared above Polar Peak. That orb has now opened, and the Ice King has emerged, blanketing the island with an Ice Storm, which has frozen it over. Strange zombie-like creatures called Ice Fiends have also appeared. This means new enemies and fresh challenges for players, with each offering 500 experience points for completion. If you complete six Ice Storm challenges, players receive a black and ice blue wrap. For those finish all 13 challenges, there’s a Winter’s Thorn Glider reward. Read more for a livestream of a professional gamer tackling this new event.

Chevrolet Silverado LEGO Trail Boss
To promote The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Chevrolet and LEGO decided to create a full-sized 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss using only the plastic bricks. This massive vehicle was built at a model shop in Connecticut by 18 LEGO Master Builders, and took over 2,000 hours to assemble all 334,544 pieces, which make up the body, lights, wheels and tires, complete with functional lights. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Lunar Eclipse 2019

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The first and only total lunar eclipse of 2019 is set to occur this weekend. It will be visible in North / South America as well as parts of western Europe and Africa. January’s full moon is also called a “wolf moon” in the folklore tradition because it happens at a time when hungry wolves howled outside villages. Since the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit around our planet this weekend, it’s known as a “supermoon,” thus some are calling it a “super blood wolf moon.” Read more for the supermoon livestream (starts 5:00 pm PST) and a video showing how to photograph the lunar eclipse.

Mini Hoonitruck
Photo credit: Cory Klagunde via BrokenLeg2013
Auto enthusiasts have probably seen Ken Block’s Ford F-150-based Hoonitruck, now feast your eyes on the miniature version. It’s built upon a Honda N600 chassis – a small front-engine, front-wheel drive, two-passenger two-box automobile released in 1973 – and powered by a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 superbike engine that is mounted in the bed, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission functioning similar to a motorcycle gearbox. Read more for a video and additional information.

Verizon Robocall Blocking

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Whether if you’re on a landline or purely wireless, Verizon will soon offer their third party rated number one spam and robocalling protection features to all customers for free – previously they charged $3/month for Call Filter service. “We are continuously updating our algorithm and to date have identified nearly 300 million numbers associated with spam and robocalling. In March, we will be rolling out our free spam alerting and call blocking tools to all of our wireless customers whose smartphones support these features, including iPhone and Android devices,” said the company in a press release. Read more for another video on stopping robocallers and additional information.

Forged Metal Puzzle Box
Photo credit: Seth Gould via Twisted Sifter
Coffer appears to be a normal chest at first, but this amazing project by metal-smith Seth Gould took 2 years to complete, and is actually a puzzle box made entirely from wrought iron, pure iron, steel and brass. What makes it even more amazing is that all the parts, screws and springs included, were handmade. The forging was done using a coal forge, hammer, anvil, and power hammer. Once the pieces are close to their finished shape, they were moved to the bench to refine the surface and then shaped with a file. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Xiaomi In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Xiaomi has unveiled a new in-display fingerprint sensor with a much larger active area, or at least compared to the one used on their Mi 8 flagship phone released last year. Weibo post by president and co-founder Lin Bin has just posted a video showcasing Xiaomi’s prototype phone with a new fingerprint sensor that covers an active area of 25 x 50mm. In other words, users can unlock it by even tapping in the middle of the display. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.

NASA Juno Great Red Spot Jupiter
NASA’s Juno space probe recently captured an incredible image of two powerful storms brewing near Jupiter’s iconic Red Spot during a recent flyby in late December. It was approximately 23,000 to 34,000 miles from the top of the planet’s clouds at the time. “Two massive storms in Jupiter’s turbulent southern hemisphere appear in this new image captured during my latest flyby of the planet. The storm reached its current size when three smaller spots collided and merged in the year 2000. The Great Red Spot, which is about twice as wide as Oval BA, may have formed from the same process centuries ago,” said NASA. Read more for a video and additional information.