Between newly-revealed smartphones and surprise virtual reality purchases by Facebook, this was a pretty wild week for tech news. That doesn't mean we didn't have plenty of other stuff to write about, though. Here's the best stuff we did this week.
It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you'll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it's true, and it's happening in places all over the world.
Of course, of course, Kanye West would use his iPad to take a photo of Kim taking a photo. His tablet pic faux pas is 100 percent believable. But this picture—from the couple's Vogue spread—is also a horrible photoshop job. Using image annotation*, help us point out everything that's wrong.
You've heard of rare records before, but what Wu-Tang Clan is planning for its stealthy double album, The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is unprecedented. The legendary rap group will sell only one copy, encased in an engraved silver and nickel box. It will be very, very expensive.
On Monday a Blue Line subway train at Chicago's O'Hare airport jumped the rails and then proceeded to plow its way up a set of stairs and escalators. And just a few days later security footage of the incident has finally been released. Not surprisingly, it looks like a real life action movie—minus the Hollywood-style explosions.
The news that Facebook will buy Oculus—the makers of the best virtual reality experience in existence—caused paroxysms of upsetment and surprise. That's fair! But once the smoke clears, this could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to the most promising technology we have.
On paper, Roku's new HDMI stick looked like the best bargain for all your streaming desires. But does it actually deliver on those promises in real life? You're damn right it does.
For three years, the fate of Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower has hung in the balance. Originally conceived in the heady days of the 2000s, the project has gone through multiple delays and redesigns since 2008. Now, its final iteration—at one kilometer tall—finally been given a start-date for construction.
Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A middle schooler in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million in ink.
Last year, the original HTC One won us over with its unprecedented Android design chops. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, it was beautiful and incredibly satisfying to hold. Not only that, it absolutely hauled ass. Needless to say, the new HTC One has big shoes to fill.
Sometime in early February, I loaded up Netflix on my PlayStation 3 to watch Captain America: The First Avenger. I planned to re-watch the flick to get ready for its amazing-looking sequel, which hits theaters soon. But as I cycled through titles on My List, I soon realized the action-packed Marvel film was no longer there.