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DxO One Review: Souping Up Your iPhone's Camera Comes at a Cost

How do you combine the ease and connectivity of a smartphone with the quality and control of a camera? It’s basically one of the greatest conundrums of our time. Does DxO have the answer? It wants to transform your iPhone 6 into a full-fledged camera thingy with this quirky attachment. » 9/01/15 9:03am 20 minutes ago

Amazon's Deeply Discounting a Ton of Computing and Gaming Gear, Today Only

Today only, Amazon’s promoting a Gold Box deal featuring an eclectic mix of computing and gaming accessories marked down to new low prices. The full list is below, but the Logitech G13 gameboard, the wireless Xbox 360 controller, and the tenkeyless Das mechanical keyboard are my picks. Let us know what you got in the… » 9/01/15 8:55am 28 minutes ago

XKCD Cracks The Formula to Successful Car Model Names

XKCD is one of those things you can always count on to be out there, doing the hard research we all demand. And this time it’s especially useful, since XKCD seems to have used math and statistics and other black, black magic to determine what car names would be most successful. And boy, are they good. » 9/01/15 3:00am Today 3:00am

A Clever Google Algorithm Could Make 4K Video Half the Size

Viewers of Silicon Valley will appreciate the earth-shattering importance of compression algorithms. To most everyone else, it’s a geeky bit of math that’s of no particular interest. But when Google promises an algorithm that can cut the bandwidth needed to stream a video in half, things get a little more interesting. » 8/31/15 11:55pm Yesterday 11:55pm

In Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-18M Spacecraft Awaits Its Journey to the Stars

Here’s a low-angle look at the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft, vertical on the launch pad in the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket will blast off on Wednesday carrying astronauts from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Denmark to the International Space Station. » 8/31/15 11:09pm Yesterday 11:09pm

Once Again, Anonymous Sources Claim Apple Will Produce Its Own Movies

According to a report on Variety, citing the usual collection of anonymous sources, Apple is considering a move into producing its own TV and movies. This rumor is as new as the rumors about Apple producing a TV, or a touchscreen iMac, or (insert consumer tech product here). But could this year be THE YEAR? This is… » 8/31/15 9:46pm Yesterday 9:46pm

Back to the Future summarized in 1.21 minutes is still gigawatts of fun

Back to the Future is the best movie series ever. That’s obvious. And this 1.21 minute summary of the trilogy by Burger Fiction is the best movie summary ever done in 1.21 minutes too. Just watch it. It’ll make you want to pop on the movie and see Marty and Doc galavant in different points in history all over again. » 8/31/15 8:56pm Yesterday 8:56pm

Cute animation video explains how smart dolphins actually are

We always hear that dolphins are smart but how smart are they actually? Lori Marino explains for Ted-Ed in this cute animation and it’s almost stunning how intelligent they are. Their encephalization quotient (brain size to body size) is second only to us dumb humans and goes into detail how they can pass down… » 8/31/15 8:20pm Yesterday 8:20pm

Daredevil kid rides a train while on top of the roof of the train

Taking the train is my favorite form of transportation because unlike a car, I don’t have to drive or get stuck in traffic and unlike an airplane, I don’t have to go through security and be crammed in impossibly tiny spaces. But I only like it when I’m inside the train. This kid, who’s completely nuts and probably has… » 8/31/15 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

What It's Like To Fly America's Biggest Jet, The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

One of Foxtrot Alpha’s readers, Ben Brown, flies the Pentagon’s biggest jet, the mighty Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. He has taken the time to give us a detailed view of not only what it takes to become a C-5 pilot, but what it is like being part of the complex logistical ballet that allows the C-5 to move massive cargo all… » 8/31/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died yesterday at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favorite books… » 8/31/15 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

One Chart That Shows How Much Money Ashley Madison Made Using Bots

Earlier today, I reported that Ashley Madison’s source code reveals a concerted effort to create an army of thousands of female bots called “engagers” to coax men into paying more for the site’s services. Now we have a chart from the company’s leaked emails that shows how much money they made from the bots. » 8/31/15 6:26pm Yesterday 6:26pm