As we begin to experience the post-Breaking Bad era, there are a few other options to check out on TV this week, including the start of Major League Baseball playoff games. That said, the series finale was good enough that we wouldn’t argue if you just kept replaying it every night this week. It’s fall premiere season, so new shows continue to arrive including CBS’ We Are Men and The Millers as well as NBC’s Ironside, Welcome to the Family and Sean Saves the World. Low Winter Sun wraps up its premiere season, along with finales for Hell on Wheels and The Bridge. Blu-ray and videogame highlights include NBA 2K14 for current-gen systems, The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition and This Is the End. The biggest name that’s not on our list? GTA V‘s online features, which will debut tomorrow. Look after the break for our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and gaming.
A Thai soymilk company has figured out what to do with your old, dead batteries.
Vitamilk has teamed up with BBDO Proximity Thailand, an organization that focuses on brand and consumer relationships, to create “Dead Batteries for Dead Batteries.”
Using the leftover power of 1,500 used batteries donated by the public, the team created a wall of batteries with the ability to charge 140 smartphones. A video shows the batteries being placed in a large wall in sections of threes, before users approach the structure and plug in their phones.
Chalk one up for atomic force microscopy. As detailed in a paper published recently in the journal Science, researchers in China have used the imaging technique (as opposed to scanning tunnelling microscopy) to capture an image of a hydrogen bond for the very first time. As io9 explains, hydrogen bonding is common in nature — responsible for the properties of water and the link between the two strands of DNA’s double helix — and it’s something that chemists have long been able to visualize, albeit only on a theoretical level. According to Chemistry World, while there remains much to learn about the nature of hydrogen bonds, the researchers hope that this latest development will help lead to atomic force microscopy (or AFM) being used as a routine tool to examine molecules and offer a clearer picture of them.
Given Jack Dorsey’s Vine activity this morning, it’s safe to say the Square CEO is excited about his company’s new office space
Holding true to his roots as Twitter’s co-founder, Dorsey to took Vine this morning to post a handful of videos commemorating his new commute, the company’s rooftop patio, and the all-staff photo celebrating the new space. (Twitter acquired the 6-second video service in January of 2013.)
Monday was Square’s first day in its new San Francisco headquarters, an office nearly three times larger than the company’s old space less than one mile up the road. The new digs span four floors and take up approximately 150,000 square feet, according to a spokesperson Read more…
Irrational Games’ blockbuster BioShock Infinite and EA DICE’s Mirror’s Edge weren’t built with the Oculus Rift in mind, but both are part of a huge list of games supported by a new piece of software available today: VorpX. The still-in-beta, $40 application promises to convert a variety of games from monitor-exclusive experiences to Oculus Rift-ready VR games, including the aforementioned two and a lengthy list of others.
As none of the supported games are meant to work with the Rift, a variety of workarounds are implemented by VorpX. Clicking in and holding down your mouse wheel, for instance, allows you to “edge peek,” which allows users to look freely at the edges of their field-of-view instead of it moving with the headset’s movement. Additionally, since rendering two distinct views of high-def, modern games is taxing, VorpX uses a workaround called “Z-buffer,” which is apparently “the highest performing” of the two available options, but not as pretty. You can also choose “Geometry 3D,” which does render two distinct feeds and, well, we’re jealous of whatever system you’ve got that’s running that smoothly. Not every game supports both modes, but a fair number do (there’s a list right here comparing both). Head below for a handful of video demonstrations of VorpX in action, as well as the full list of supported games.
In an epic video uploaded to YouTube, Shifrin busts a move to Kanye West’s “Gone” while alone in her office at 4:30 a.m in the morning. As she does this, her reasons for resigning appear across the bottom of the video
Prior to quitting, Shifrin worked at Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese company that produces news videos
“I have put my entire life into this job, but my boss only cares about quantity, how fast we write and how many views each video gets,” she wrote in the video description. “I believe it’s more important to focus on the quality of the content. When you learn to improve this, the views will come.” Read more…
He may have retired and sold his Star Wars franchise nearly a year ago, but George Lucas isn’t done building his legacy yet. In fact, the most lasting part may be yet to come
Lucas has been planning for years to build a Cultural Arts Museum, celebrating CGI and other digital arts alongside the storytelling paintings he’s collected over his career (Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, et al.). He says the museum was part of the deal when he moved Lucasfilm into the Presidio, San Francisco’s national park, in 2005
But the Presidio Trust remembered differently, instituting a contest for museum proposals earlier this year — and now Lucas finds himself in competition with two other bidders, including the organization that runs the Presidio park itself. So the billionaire came out swinging in a New York Times article two weeks ago Read more…
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