Bigger than LeBron: How SportVU Will Change Basketball

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Imagine if you could track everything—and I mean everything—that happens during the course of a basketball game. Well now SportVU and the NBA have brought that technology into the hands of every team in the league. What they do with it, and how basketball responds, could revolutionize the game.


Should You Buy The New iPhone?

On September 10, 2013, Apple Inc. announced two new iPhones: the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5s. The Airspace takes a deep dive to investigate whether or not the new devices are the right ones for you.


How Does Autopilot Work?

Otto the Autopilot

At any given moment there are more than 5,000 airplanes ushering passengers across the states to one of 19,000 airports in the country. Travelers can climb into a flying metal tube and make their way from Los Angeles to New York in five hours, watching Everybody Loves Raymond and sipping from miniaturized cups all the while. Tens of thousands of hours are spent in the sky on any given day, and assisting each flight across the clouds is the plane’s autopilot system.


Teen Talk: Teenagers Shape The Web To Change The World

Teenagers are the compulsive mojo that keeps tech companies relevant. They Snapchat, Facebook, Tweet, Tumbl, and Instagram like nothing else in the universe—If a social media company doesn’t have a cadre of teens using it constantly, it’s a bacterial infection not a viral hit. They are the first people to use new technology and if it pleases them, they have the power to pull networks, apps, and products from obscurity and throw them into mainstream parlance. Teens are the ultimate arbiters of success online. As judge and jury they are legion, and they are obsessive.

But they’re also teensy-weensy-funsy-folk who hate algebra, grumble at their parents, love their friends soooo much, and can’t wait for prom. They are completely aware of their influence. And their decision to damn a product to obscurity isn’t malicious; it’s more of a casual “whatever” before they move onto something else that doesn’t bore them. Millions of dollars of financial value for companies hinges on the capriciousness of teenagers, and this has some adults scared.


Upgrade Your iPhone and Your Life: How to Get Every Essential App for Less Than $10

This year alone, over 330,000 mobile applications were added to Apple’s App Store. With hundreds of thousands of applications available, it’s difficult to tell what’s worth downloading, what’s worth paying for, and what’s just crap. Many different people have put together guides that outline the best applications of the week or the month but the reality is that truly great applications don’t come along too often and most of the apps you download (and maybe even pay for) will never be used. To get down to the essential apps, I took my experience downloading and testing different apps so you don’t have to. The following list contains the applications that you will use the most often or will be the most useful when you use them. The great thing is that most of these applications are free. Combine that with some holiday sales going on right now, and you can supercharge your iPhone for less than $10.


Instagram, Sell My Photos—Please!

The formerly beloved photo-sharing service Instagram has updated its terms of service to reflect the interests of their overlords and owners: Facebook. To nobody’s surprise, the community of users has reacted by forming a mob and levying proclamations at the Facebookstagram monster. The new TOS is unsavory, so the mob is threatening to leave.

Since 2010 I have used the service to slightly alter photos of food and other things people don’t care about and posted them online through the Instagram app. I, like many others, have been there from beginning and in my tumultuous and zesty relationship with the service, I’ve developed quite a soft spot for it. In April, 2012, Facebook made an offer to buy Instagram for $1 billion and like any sane human being, the top brass at Instagram graciously accepted. Now a company doesn’t buy a tiny little mobile application for one-billion-fucking-dollars unless they have big plans for it. The updated terms of service has a couple conditions that show us what those plans are: advertising using your images.


Why We Shrug at The Greatest Telephone The World Has Ever Seen

Today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall et al. took the stage to announce three new product in the Apple, Inc lineup: the iPhone 5, a new iPod Touch, and a new iPod Nano. It is the iPhone 5 that has been on the tech world’s mind since the iPhone 4S was released last year. It’s been the iPhone 5 on the tech world since Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. Expectations for the device have been brewing and bubbling from a myriad of sources. Designs were leaked. Release dates were surmised. And Apple’s notoriously stringent security seemed to have been broken down. Going into today’s event, the tech media and those who follow it, had a pretty dead-on idea of what the iPhone 5 would look like. But even with all the leaks present people were doubtful. Prominent members of the tech reporting scene joked that maybe Apple was leaking a fake iPhone just to keep us waiting for the real surprise come September 12.

September 12 came. The event took place. And the phone we got was the one we anticipated.


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