At the Ford Futures event in Belgium, the Blue Oval unveiled a pair of prototypes that could make cars of the not-too-distant future a fair bit more self-sufficient than they are today. First up is a system called the Fully Assisted Parking Aid. At first blush it seems a little more advanced than the self-parking systems currently available on modern cars, which scan the road for suitably large openings and slot themselves in. Ford's new system takes that idea a step further by letting the driver step out and walk away before the car parks itself. This certainly has … Read more
Few can argue that Yosemite is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is perhaps America's most famous, and glorious, national park, with stunning attractions like Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and much more bringing in millions of visitors a year.
Tuesday is Yosemite's 123rd anniversary as a national park. To celebrate, Google created a lovely doodle commemorating the anniversary.
Tuesday is also the first day of the federal government shutdown, and thanks to Congress' inability to fund many of the government's operations, non-essential institutions like national parks are being shut down until Congress … Read more
I bought a Linn LP-12 way back in 1978, and used Linn turntables until five years ago, when I bought a VPI Classic. Turntables last practically forever, which is one of my favorite things about high-end audio gear: the best products have incredibly long lives. As I recall, the LP-12's initial claim to fame was conceptual; Linn promoted the idea that the "front-end," aka the source -- a turntable, CD player, or cassette deck -- would make or break the overall sound of a music system. If the source's sound quality was poor to start with, … Read more
Today's Skype guest is the great Jim O'Heir, one of the stars of NBC's "Parks & Recreation." Jeff talks to Jim about the general horror that is the Internet including everything from unwarranted Twitter threats to developing a new and younger audience on Netflix.
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Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- SlyPhone is a tiny mirror for your iPhone that lets you take creepshots.
- MTA confirms plans to bring cell service and Wi-Fi to subway cars.
This week's episode marks our first cross-brand promotion! I talked about our high-tech parking story on the Marketplace Tech Report from American Public Media, which aired the same day as this new episode.
I was quite proud of that bit of synergy, and of course it means the story is just that cool. Between apps that let you pay for parking and re-up when you run out to sensors embedded in the ground that collect data about parking patterns in an entire city, parking is about to undergo a welcome revolution. I, for one, think marriages could be saved … Read more
"Jurassic Park" captured the imagination of countless dinosaur fans around the world, and now artist Sami Mustonen aspires to bring that movie magic to brick lovers.
Mustonen launched a "Jurassic Park" Lego set, a project 65 million years in the making, on Lego's Kickstarter-esque Web site Cuusoo. At the time of this writing, Mustonen has more than 3,700 votes out of the 10,000 needed -- a figure that Lego requires before officially considering the project.… Read more
The combination of challenging levels, great controls, and colorful graphics makes Parking Frenzy Tablet a great game for a mobile device. The player's main focus is on parking a vehicle into a difficult spot. While this may not seem like a lot of fun to those who are accustomed to high-speed racing games, the game still is very entertaining.
Since it's over 30MB, Parking Frenzy Tablet should be downloaded on a Wi-Fi network for those who are conscious of their data usage. Once the game starts, it's quite straightforward. The only task the player needs to complete … Read more
Linkin Park embraced the digital age early on. Even prior to changing the spelling of their name (because LincolnPark.com was already taken), founding members promoted their music in online chat rooms when most bands were still relying on street teams.
The eventually Grammy-winning, chart-topping alternative band, best known for such hits as "In the End," "Numb," "Breaking the Habit," "What I've Done," and "New Divide," has used MySpace to promote the "A Thousand Suns" album and has topped 1 billion views on YouTube. Linkin Park remains … Read more
Google is bestowing San Francisco the gift of free Wi-Fi in 31 public parks, plazas, and recreation centers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The gift will come in the form of $600,000 from Google, which will pay for equipment costs, installation, and maintenance for two years.
The company is "proud to provide free Wi-Fi in San Francisco, a city where thousands of its employees work and live," Google senior manager for public policy and government relations Veronica Bell told the Chronicle. "We hope that free Wi-Fi will be a resource that the city and other … Read more