- Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:30:54 +0000: 11 Times 'The Simpsons' Predicted the Future of Technology - Mashable
It's a safe bet that if there's a joke to be made about popular culture, The Simpsons has probably beaten you to it.
And with 25 seasons of comedy under its belt, America's favorite TV family has even managed to predict events that we laughed off until they came true in real life.
From heavy hinting at potential NSA snooping to goofier predictions of future video phones, we've rounded up 11 times that The Simpsons imagined the digital future with eerie accuracy.
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- Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:00:04 +0000: With BMW's First Electric Car, No More 'Text Me When You Get There' - Mashable
AUSTIN, Texas — I have news for you: Electric cars can do donuts. In a recent test drive inside BMW's new i3 electric car, we tested this theory in a small Austin parking lot. To be fair, we never truly "spun" around, but that's only because I was nervous about breaking a law and the driver cautiously held back
The electric car, a small four-door, five-seater that gets 80 miles to a charge, is finally coming to the United States early this year — and it already has at least one nifty digital integration that could help make this sporty car more attractive to families. It's designed to help you keep track of, find and communicate with family members wherever they are. Life360, the family locator app that set up our test drive, now has dashboard-level integration with the new BMW i3, along with iPhone and Android handsets. Read more...More about Cars, Sxsw, Life360, Bmw, and Tech
- Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:42:57 +0000: FAA Appeals Court Decision Allowing Commercial Drone Flight - Mashable
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pushing back at a major federal court decision from Thursday that ruled the agency did not have the right to fine a commercial photographer for flying a commercial drone
"The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the decision until the Board rules," the FAA said in a statement released one day after the ruling
News photographers, surveyors and nearly any company interested in using drones for commercial purposes rejoiced following the ruling that promised to unlock the skies to a myriad of new commercial ventures. Until Thursday, most would-be commercial drone users were expecting to wait until 2015 — when the FAA plans to release new guidelines for commercial drone use — for a legal framework allowing commercial drone flights Read more...More about Robots, Faa, Court Rulings, Tech, and Gadgets
- Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:30:03 +0000: 16 Celebrities Immortalized as Barbies - Mashable
Barbie's friends are more famous than yours
Mattel, the doll's creator, is known for its countless iterations of the doll — some stranger than others. One of the more popular versions of the doll is the celebrity doppelgänger. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe, to Elvis, to Beyoncé have been i-doll-ized, receiving a special 11.5-inch Barbie in their likeness, usually to commemorate a special event or achievement in pop culture
When blockbuster films like Twilight and The Hunger Games were released, Mattel celebrated by commissioning dolls of the movie's stars. When Jennifer Lopez announced a world tour, Barbie rolled out a mini-me of the singer's signature look. Read more...More about Lists, Celebrities, Features, Toys, and Barbie
- Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:18:25 +0000: Lomography's $35 DIY Camera: Fun to Build, a Pain to Use - Mashable
Building a camera is not easy. I know this because I spent nearly two hours during a recent weekend trying to put together the Lomography Konstruktor, a DIY 35mm film SLR (single-lens reflex) camera.
Lomography is widely known for its toy cameras. The Diana and Fisheye Baby are two popular toy cameras that come to mind. And while buying a film camera instead of a digital one today is akin to buying a bulky CRT television instead of a flatscreen high-definition TV, that hasn't stopped Lomography from releasing cameras that try to bring back the nostalgia of the bygone analog days. With a low $35 price, is the Konstruktor more toy than camera? Read more...More about Reviews, Diy, Cameras, Tech, and Gadgets