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Tindog: Tinder for Dogs

Tindog: Tinder for Dogs
Dogs get lonely too. What about your dog? He or she could probably benefit from some casual encounters with dogs nearby. Maybe you are lonely too. You could both get lucky if you find the right dog owner.

Microsoft SemanticPaint Creates Labeled 3D Models of Real Objects Splatoon-style

Microsoft SemanticPaint Creates Labeled 3D Models of Real Objects Splatoon-style
Microsoft Research’s Shahram Izadi and Philip Torr of the University of Oxford have come up with an intuitive way of teaching computers the names of objects while simultaneously creating 3D models of said objects. Their SemanticPaint system learns the names of objects by simple voice commands and can then automatically identify similar objects.
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Screentendo Turns Your Screen into a Playable Super Mario Level

Screentendo Turns Your Screen into a Playable Super Mario Level
Here’s a great time waster that will have you playing around for hours when you should be working. Screentendo is a desktop app that lets you to turn any part of your computer screen into a playable Super Mario Bros.

Computational Hydrographics Applies Patterns Precisely: Copy Paste Connoisseur

Computational Hydrographics Applies Patterns Precisely: Copy Paste Connoisseur
Hydrographics or water transfer printing lets you apply graphics to objects in one pass. It gives a uniform finish and can be used even with large objects. And watching it is a great timewaster. But it’s not ideal for items with complex shapes, and it can be used to apply only graphics with repeating patterns, because it’s hard to align the film that holds the pattern with the substrate object.

Pinshape Lets 3D Designers Sell Designs without Giving Away their 3D Model: Stream Machine

Pinshape Lets 3D Designers Sell Designs without Giving Away their 3D Model: Stream Machine
Earlier this year we checked out a pair of 3D printers modified to scan, replicate and then destroy an object. The idea is to preserve a product’s rarity – and thus its value – in the age of 3D printing.

Vaptur iOS App Records Moments That Already Happened: A Clip to the Past

Vaptur iOS App Records Moments That Already Happened: A Clip to the Past
iOS devices have good cameras but limited storage, so recording videos on them can be a hassle especially if you’re only waiting for a particular moment to happen. That’s what the new app Vaptur is trying to solve.

BitTorrent Project Maelstrom Browser: Peer-to-Peer Web Hosting

BitTorrent Project Maelstrom Browser: Peer-to-Peer Web Hosting
As part of its efforts to leverage its peer-to-peer protocol in more legitimate and profitable ways, BitTorrent is developing a web browser that will be more secure, stable and open. Currently under the name Project Maelstrom, the web browser works like a torrent client, turning web surfers into web servers.

Fixed YouTube Flaw Let Coder Delete Any YouTube Video: Exploit Nearly Killed the Video Star

Fixed YouTube Flaw Let Coder Delete Any YouTube Video: Exploit Nearly Killed the Video Star
Software developer Kamil Hismatullin does software security as a hobby. Recently the search giant invited him to be part of its new Vulnerability Research Grants program, and boy is Google glad it did that. Because Kamil discovered a bug that let him delete any YouTube video with just a few lines of code.

Super Mario 64 Bob-Omb Battlefield HD Fan Remake: We Give It 7 Out of 120 Stars

Super Mario 64 Bob-Omb Battlefield HD Fan Remake: We Give It 7 Out of 120 Stars
Last year we heard of a Super Mario 64 fan who’s trying to remake the game in full HD. Programmer and 3D animator Erik Ross never set out to accomplish such a gargantuan task, but he managed to recreate Super Mario 64‘s first level in 1080p on his own using the Unity Engine.

Autodesk 123D Tinkerplay User-friendly 3D Action Figure Creator: A Real Amateur Hero

Autodesk 123D Tinkerplay User-friendly 3D Action Figure Creator: A Real Amateur Hero
A couple of years ago, Autodesk 123D released Creature, an iPad app that makes it easy to create single piece 3D characters. This month the company released Tinkerplay, a mobile app that lets you design poseable characters and prepare them for 3D printing.

Star Wars Card Trader App: Your Lack of Gum Is Disturbing

Star Wars Card Trader App: Your Lack of Gum Is Disturbing
For anyone who grew up with the original Star Wars trading cards, this new app available on Apple’s App Store right now, will be a blast from the past. Topps has just released the Star Wars: Card Trader app which chronicles the classic Star Wars card archives from all the way back to 1977.

Super Hexagon Bot: Bot Plays Twitch

Super Hexagon Bot: Bot Plays Twitch
I spent less than a minute on Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon before acknowledging defeat. Now I can take my revenge, albeit vicariously. Georgia Tech ECE postgrad student Valentin Trimaille made a program that can beat the upbeat torture game on all of its difficulty levels.

Interactive 3D Installation Lets You Paint on the Artists: You Are the Canvas

Interactive 3D Installation Lets You Paint on the Artists: You Are the Canvas
New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) students Rosalie Yu and Alon Chitayat came up with Skin Deep, an art installation that’s best described as a virtual form of body painting. They made 3D models of themselves then created a program that allowed people to draw on those models in real time.

25 Years of Adobe Photoshop

25 Years of Adobe Photoshop
If you can believe it, today marks the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop. This photo retouching and enhancement application has been part of my daily routine for at least 20 of those years, so it’s definitely had its impact on my work and creative life.

Pocket Points iOS App Rewards You for Not Looking at Your Phone: Fight Fire with Fire

Pocket Points iOS App Rewards You for Not Looking at Your Phone: Fight Fire with Fire
Computer Science student Rob Richardson thinks he’s found a solution to get students to stop looking at their phones: their phones. The California State University at Chico junior created Pocket Points, a location-based app that rewards students based on the length of time their iPhone is locked.

LEGO X Converts Creations into 3D Models in Real Time: Body and Soul

LEGO X Converts Creations into 3D Models in Real Time: Body and Soul
Last year, LEGO launched Fusion, which are LEGO sets that you build and then import virtually into simple games on your mobile device. LEGO X is the adult version of Fusion. Created by Gravity Research Club – the same group behind the 3D sketching project – LEGO X creates a 3D model of whatever you’re building while you’re building it.
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