Author: Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

Facebook gets literal

Word on the tubes is that Facebook is about to drop live, in-browser video chat next week. According to Zuck, Facebook will be unveiling an as-of-yet-secret, “awesome” product to the press at the Seattle office on July 6th. And according to those in the know, it’s more than likely Skype-powered in-browser video chat. So now not only can you be bugged in text format at random by friends acquaintances you don’t actually want to speak to, but now you get to look at them, too. Great. In all seriousness, though, this can only be a good thing for both…

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GPS tech turns on a light for the blind

The visually impaired don’t get a lot of help when it comes to next-gen tech to help them better live autonomous lives. For generations, the most cutting-edge apparatus has been an extendable stick. Whee. But designer Xun Ye is turning all that negligence on its ear with the Origin GPS, the first truly next-gen device for the blind. Okay, so it’s still just an extendable stick, but it is to extendable sticks what Snoop Dogg’s favourite low rider is to a rickshaw. Fitted with a GPS unit that tracks the cane-bearer’s whereabouts, the Origin’s…

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Valve + Nintendo = Gaming heaven?

Valve and Nintendo have sort of been gaming chalk and cheese in the past – but that may not be so forever! Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has whispered what is perhaps the sweetest nothing into Joystiq’s ear regarding a possible harmonious future on Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U. “We’ve always loved Nintendo,” asserts Gabe. “Wii U seems to be a lot more powerful than the previous generation. It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into…

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Foursquare hits the big one-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Your service is probably pretty fly if you’ve hit ten million users, and Foursquare as of Monday has become such a service. Foursquare, in case you’re dead, is the darling of the location-based social networking party, and has hither and yon become a great service for both consumers and businesses alike. Now, of course, how many of those ten million are actually using their Foursquare accounts – mine, for instance, exists as little more than an verification email – but any way you slice it, it’s still reason to tip your proverbial hat. Foursquare…

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Maybe Jobs was right when he used the term 'magic' after all...

Magician Marco Tempest has coined possibly the coolest term you’re gonna hear all week: technoillusionist. What is a technoillusionist? Why, a magician aided by technology, of course – in this case, a whole stack of iPods. You may argue that ‘magic’ performed via ipods is not really magic at all, but Marco makes the case for it in this video, which can only be described as impressive as all hell. Hey, if you think you could do better, you have only to download Marco’s app and try your own iSleight-of-hand. …

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Kinect

The designers at Loft117 and programmer Jason Belmonti have teamed up to tap the Kinect for something that has been suspiciously absent from its ever-growing palette of applications: advertising. Behold the slick, stylish, and interactive ad potential exhibited in this installation, and marvel at what the future might bring. Would you stop and spend more time in front of an ad if you could control the action? Would a slammin’ soundtrack and kaleidoscopic visuals help? I think we can agree that the answer to both questions is a crystal-clear,…

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Where 'toy' ends, and 'badass' begins

Add to your personal list of things that don’t need to exist (everyone keeps one of those, right?) this remote-controlled car, which has the singular distinction of being the world’s fastest. Nic Case designed the Schumacher Mi3 with one purpose in mind: to break the world record for fastest toy car – and boy howdy, has he done exactly that. This $4000 pocket rocket is made of carbon fibre, powered by an 11HP motor connected to a 12-cell battery pack, and travels at a cool 161.76 mph. In the event you’re unaware, that’s really damn fast – perhaps…

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