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BBC Celebrates 90 Years Of Innovation By Asking 'Where Next?'

The BBC has become iconic in British culture and worldwide media.  To celebrate over 90 years of innovation, they have launched a new campaign telling the story of broadcasting, engineering and technological progress since 1922.

The 60-second launch film shows a timeline throughout the Beeb's broadcasting history, using archive footage of highlight significant milestones and moments in television.  Combine this with a mixture of animation techniques and an original musical composition formed from non-instrumental sounds, including finger-tapping, footsteps, heavy-breathing & singing, and you have something that sums up the corporation rather nicely.

"The BBC is innovating for everyone and we hope this powerful untold story will capture the imagination of audiences and make them wonder…'where next?'"  Philip Almond, Director of Marketing and Audiences said.

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#NRMPresents 'SIMPLcase.' A Minimalist iPhone Case For Travelers

Anybody who regularly travels will know the pain of international data costs, or keeping track of international SIM cards to dodge these charges.  Luckily, 'SIMPLcase' is an iPhone 4/4S/5 case with a solution that is, as the name suggests, simple.  

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Microsoft Research Brings Mid-Air Multitouch To Kinect. Control Your Computer Like 'Minority Report'

Microsoft Research recently showed off a Kinect project that allows fine-tuned gesture control.  This motion sensing device is now able to read whether your hand is open or closed, bringing mid-air multitouch like what you see in 'Minority Report,' all thanks to a new development of the software.

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Infographic: A Break Down Of The Internet In A Day

The internet is vast.  It is a constantly changing landscape of GIFs and cats, which will make our future generations severely question our levels of productivity (blame Reddit).  But what exactly happens in a single day on the web?  How much content is created and shared in this enormous virtual space?  The team at internetserviceproviders.org investigated and produced this rather nifty infographic about it.

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Terrifying 'BigDog' Robot Sports Herculean Throwing Arm To Doom Us All

 

Meet BigDog, a horrific robotic crab-like abomination with wires and cables protruding from its metal skeleton like something straight out of your most eldritch nightmares. This rough-terran "mule" robot is terrifying enough to look at, but now, with the addition of a front-mounted arm, it can throw a cinder block at your face the way us weak, fleshy humans would fling a tennis ball.

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'CodeOrg.' Will.i.am, Mark Zuckerberg, And Bill Gates Show Support For Coding Lessons In Schools

Non-profit 'CodeOrg' has released a video in which a huge amount of celebrities have voiced their support for growing education of computer programming in schools.  The likely stars such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates make an appearance, alongside those you wouldn't necessarily assume has coding skills, like NBA All-star Chris Bosh. The basic premise is placing emphasis on coding being a simple set of skills to pick up, leading to huge career opportunities.

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'Tinder.' New App Streamlines The Dating Process To 'Hot Or Not' Basics

We're all used to the notion of online and mobile dating by now; OKcupid, Match.com, eHarmony, the list continues to grow. To some extent, it makes sense -- modern life is becoming more and more hectic with most people working longer hours, and many no longer have the time to have relationships grow organically. But Tinder, a new dating app for your phone, has refined the art down to a basic "hot or not" principle.

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'Responsive Typography.' Web Design Experiment Uses Face Detection To Adjust Font Size

Responsive web design is one thing; but a font that changes size according to your distance away from the screen?  An experiment by web designer Marko Dugonjić takes the concept of responsive typography to a new level, using face detection to adjust font size by your proximity to the display.

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Google's 'Porn Equations.' Search Bug Returns Results For "Contradictory Queries"

A user on Quora has uncovered a Google search bug, which shows porn results without actually searching for them.  Entering a certain equation exposes this glitch, which is a result of your query being misinterpreted and some sketchy search engine optimisation (SEO) practice.

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UK Scientists Will Launch A Smartphone Satellite Into Space

A team of scientists from the University of Surrey are preparing to send the world's first smartphone satellite into orbit.

Called STRaND-1 (the Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator), this 30cm CubeSat weighing 4.3kg is powered by the Google Nexus One smartphone, and will launch into a 785km sun-synchronous orbit.

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