Archive for March, 2013

Best Celeb Instagram Pics of the Week: Lauren Conrad Edition

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Lauren Conrad, she of Laguna Beach and The Hills fame, is in India. Lucky for us, she is documenting her entire trip with her eyes on the beauty surrounding her and her hands on one heck of a camera phone. For this reason, and for this reason only, we are dedicating this week's Best of Instagram article entirely to Ms. Conrad. But with only a few captions to explain her whereabouts and whatchamacallits, we're forced to make it up ourselves. Lauren Conrad's India Trip Fan Fiction commence! 

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On Sunday, LC decided she wanted to get away from it all, if only for a little while…

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…and when she landed, she noticed that India was full of beautiful flowers…

… but the dahlia fumes made her heady, and she ended up having her way with a bucket of colorful paint…

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…I mean she really rubbed it in there…

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… and then realized she couldn't wash it out!

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So she thought to herself, "The only thing that would match this silly pink hair is a beautiful henna tattoo."

Once the henna dried, she took a walking tour of the city…

…And left us itching for more!

Are you as invested in LC's trip as we are? Who are your favorite celebrities to follow on Instagram? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @OKMagazine.

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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: TORQ Roadster, quantum-dot solar cells and an invisibility cloak

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

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This week, Team Inhabitat traveled to Mountain View, Calif., to get a look at the 100 percent sun-powered Solar Impulse airplane before it embarks on its first flight across the United States. Inhabitat editors also braved the crowds at the 2013 New York International Auto Show to report on the hottest new hybrids and electric cars. Some of the green cars unveiled at this year’s show were the compact Mercedes-Benz 2014 B-Class Electric Drive and BMW’s sexy new Active Tourer plug-in hybrid. The Tesla Model S was named the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, beating out the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60. And speaking of new auto unveils, Epic EV unveiled its new all-electric TORQ Roadster, which looks like a roofless Batmobile and can go from 0-60 MPH in just four seconds.

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AT&T apparently has an ‘exclusive’ on 64GB HTC One

Sunday, March 31st, 2013


Still no word on pricing for AT&T's HTC One, though

Oh, how we loathe the word "exclusive." For those of us on the editorial side, it's become a bit of a joke. But when a U.S. carrier uses it, it means someone else is probably getting the short end of the stick. In this case, it's anyone not AT&T, which is boasting in a promo video that it's got the "exclusive" on a 64-gigabyte version of the HTC One. (For what it's worth: The storage sizes aren't what's new here — AT&T announced all that back in February. It's the "exclusive" part that's new.)

That means if you were hoping for the larger storage options on T-Mobile or Sprint, you might not get it, at least not at first. That said, the vast majority of "normal users" (chances are if you're reading this that isn't you) will never come close to hitting that 32GB limit. So, there's that. If you're holding out for a Verizon variant of the HTC One, we'd be willing to bet that 64GB might still be on the table, though. That's up to Big Red, though.

Meanwhile, we still don't have pricing or availability. So in the meantime, be sure to check out our full HTC One review, and swing by the ever-exciting HTC One forums!

And check out AT&T's promo video after the break if that's your thing.

Source: Youtube; via Droid-Life

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The Earth-Shattering DDoS That Wasn’t, Bill Gates’ Condom Challenge, Photoshop Jedi, And More

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Click here to read The Earth-Shattering DDoS That Wasn't, Bill Gates' Condom Challenge, Photoshop Jedi, And More

While there may not have actually been a Internet-threatening DDoS this week, there’s plenty more to catch up on. We’ve got soda-stealin’ tips, two flavors of photoshop magic, the reason you’ll wind up with a smart watch, Bill Gates’ condom plans, and all the people who suddenly owe Google $1,500. Check it all out below. More »

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Jennifer Garner Takes the Kids Out for a Morning Meal

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Heading out for a pre-holiday family breakfast, Jennifer Garner took all three of her little ones out for a bite to eat at Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday (March 30).

The busy Hollywood mom had her hands full as she toted Samuel on her hip while keeping her daughters Violet and Seraphina close by.

Though Jen and her hubby, Ben Affleck, lead busy lives of their own, the pair always makes family time a priority.

Just the day before, Garner was pictured picking up her daughters from karate class in Santa Monica, and last week the happy Tinseltown family cheered on Violet at her basketball game and even made a fun trip to the farmer’s market.

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HTC Droid DNA retired?

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Droid DNA

Has the HTC Droid DNA been given its gold watch and sent packing? Verizon CS says yes, and it's no longer listed for sale

A reader sent in a pretty interesting screenshot, accompanied by some equally interesting information about the HTC Droid DNA. According to Verizon customer service, the DNA is now officially retired. The screenshot of chat with a CS (you can find it after the break) actually uses the word retired, and subsequent inquiries led to a statement from Verizon saying "HTC halted production in efforts to push out an upcoming project on the horizon".

Now normally, we would place little to no faith in the words of an online chat with customer care from any provider. We're not judging, they have a difficult job and get way more harassment than anyone deserves. But after hearing about this, we went looking on Verizon's website, and found that the DNA is nowhere to be seen. You can't buy one from Big Red. Verizon loves to take our money, so there must be a reason they don't want to sell us a Droid DNA.

Now consider the on and off rumors about the HTC One coming to Verizon. We're pretty sure that you'll never be able to buy an "HTC One" for use on Verizon. But ask us if you'll be able to buy a premium HTC device with Sense 5, the new camera, Boomsound, a kick-ass display, and all the other goodies that come with the HTC One and our answer would be different. Don't let semantics like official names fool you. We're pretty confident that something very close to the HTC One is "on the horizon" for Verizon Wireless.

We never pretend that we know what goes on inside the minds of carrier corporate executives. We certainly question many of their decisions, but we're not at the meetings and don't have access to the data they use when they decide things like which phones to sell, and when to stop selling them. And of course, all this could be wrong and the DNA is simply out of stock for a while. We're just going to keep watching this, and when it all works out, we'll let you know.

Thanks, Robert!

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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Introduces A Whole New Joe

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Sequel to 2009′s ‘Rise Of Cobra’ does a tonal turnaround, giving fans a more faithful adaptation of the real American heroes.
By Brett White

Dwayne Johnson in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”
Photo: Paramount

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In conversation with Epic Games’ Mark Rein: Unreal Engine 4 support for Oculus Rift (and everything else), and thoughts on next-gen

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

In conversation with Epic Games' Mark Rein Unreal Engine 4 support for Oculus Rift and everything else, and thoughts on nextgen

Epic Games isn’t just offering up its ubiquitous current-gen game creation tool Unreal Engine 3 to Oculus Rift developers, but also its next-gen tool, Unreal Engine 4. Epic Games VP Mark Rein told Engadget as much during an interview at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, repeatedly stating he’s “super bullish” on the Rift, all the while rocking an Oculus pin on his exhibitor lanyard. “Oh, for sure,” he said when we asked about UE4 support for the Rift. “We’re working on that now.” The Rift dev kit was demoed at CES 2013 running Unreal Engine 3′s “Epic Citadel” demo, and Epic’s offered support to the Oculus folks since early on, making the UE4 news not a huge surprise, but welcome nonetheless.

The next-gen game engine was being shown off at GDC 2013 with a flashy new demo (seen below the break), as well as a version of its “Elemental” demo running on a PlayStation 4 dev kit (shrouded behind a curtain, of course). Rein was visibly excited about that as well, unable to contain random vocal outbursts during the presentation. “It’s a war out there, and we sell bullets and bandaids,” he jokingly told us in an interview the following day. The quote comes from coworker and Epic VP of business development Jay Wilbur, and it’s fitting — Epic only makes a handful of games, and the company’s real money comes from game engine licensees. In so many words, the more platforms that Unreal Engine variants can go, the better for Epic (as well as for engine licensees, of course). “It’s a good place to be — we try to support everything we can. We have to place some timed bets on things that we feel are gonna be the most important to licensees, and also to us where we’re taking games. But because the engine is portable — it’s written in C++ — a licensee can take and do whatever they want,” he said.

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If cable companies said true things

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

The saddest part of this video by Extremely Decent Films [NSFW-L] isn’t that it’s true, or that it’s supported by our governments, or that it’s merely representative of many anti-consumer media and technology infrastructure oligopolies, but that we tolerate it to exist.

Does this sound like your cable company? Your cell carrier? When did that become okay?

Source: Extremely Decent Films via The Loop, thanks Anthony!

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Special Report Panel on Culture and Same-Sex Marriage

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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