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  • Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear duct-less eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try… Read More

  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More

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    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    If there’s one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it’s Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block probably knows exactly why he wants to cancel his Comcast service and, presumably, he’s not going to tell you or a Comcast service rep who refuses to take “No” for an answer. Read More

  • Bitcoin Mining Company Buys Critical Site To Improve Search Results

    Bitcoin Mining Company Buys Critical Site To Improve Search Results

    You’ll be excused for not being aware of Buttcoin.org, a bitcoin site that has been critical of both the endlessly optimistic spirit of the bitcoin community and, more important, of the broken hardware users have received from so-called bitcoin mining providers. One company, Butterfly Labs, decided to turn that double frown upside-down, so to speak, and purchased the site outright in… Read More

  • Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Are we in a bubble? We’re in a bubble. CYNK Technology, a ‘company’ with a grand total of $39 in assets, has seen its share price rise dramatically, spiking to a valuation of more than $6 billion in a matter of days. The company’s 52-week low valued the firm at less than $18 million. Read More

  • Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a liquid. Read More

  • Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

    Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

    Extortionists are going completely anonymous thanks to social media and bitcoin. Brian Krebs just posted on a number of pizzerias that received anonymous letters asking for one bitcoin in order to keep the owners from receiving bad ratings on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau and the like as well as to keep the extortionists from “SWATing” – calling the police to report… Read More

  • Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Oh, social media strategists, will you never learn? Even after the great Samsung Debacle of a few months ago, a “strategist” working on behalf of Microsoft (and I don’t believe this is Microsoft’s fault, honestly, because even Microsoft wouldn’t be this stupid) sent our own former EIC and anti-payola-crudsader Michael Arrington a nice note: Read More

  • This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    Look: you and I both know what’s going on here. This is either a viral ad for Milka or a riff on Üter Zörker at the Springfield Chocolate Factory but let’s retract our marketing antennae for a moment and just revel in the idea: this is video of a quadcopter made of chocolate. The body is made of chocolate. The motors, obviously, are metal and the propellers plastic, but the rest… Read More

  • Comcast Is Turning The US Into Its Own Private Hotspot

    Comcast Is Turning The US Into Its Own Private Hotspot

    On paper it looks like a win-win: in the next few days, Comcast is quietly turning on public hotspots in its customers’ routers, essentially turning private homes into public hotspots. Comcast customers get free Wi-Fi wherever there is a Comcast box and the company gets to build out a private network to compete with telecoms. Win-win. Read More

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    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, Andreessen Horowitz isn’t buying Y Combinator for $266 billion. In fact the post, which looks an awful lot like a real TechCrunch post, is actually a hoax and never appeared on the TechCrunch site at all. How was a forgery accomplished so easily and how did it spread so virally that it garnered over 25,000 views in 12 hours? Read More

  • The Bill Gates-Inspired Galactic Cap Will Protect Your Wang-Dang-Doodle

    The Bill Gates-Inspired Galactic Cap Will Protect Your Wang-Dang-Doodle

    As TechCrunch’s resident sex weirdo, I figured I might as well cover the Galactic Cap, a mini-condom that adheres the tip of the Fair Pink Vicar and allows you to visit Ye Olde Shoppe Of Curiosities without fear of issue. The project went live today on Indiegogo. Read More

  • Western Digital Has Lost Its Mind

    Western Digital Has Lost Its Mind

    Western Digital has a new $100 media streamer it would like you to buy. At first glance the new WD TV a standard affair with the usual A/V jacks, Miracast support and a focus on local media streaming with MKV and FLAC support. But it lacks Netflix. Seriously. The ubiquitous app is not available on this player making it — and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here — the… Read More

  • Google Maps Has Forsaken Us

    Google Maps Has Forsaken Us

    Once upon a time, in the days of yore — meaning, in hyper-fast-forward Silicon Valley, five years ago — there were things you could count on, evident truths on which you could rely, cornerstones on which you could construct your mental model of the world; and high on any such list would have been “Google will provide you with relevant search results.” Yeah, well, that… Read More

  • A Word With The Creator Of The Autoblow 2

    A Word With The Creator Of The Autoblow 2

    In another crowdfunding first, a former lawyer has decided to go the Adam & Eve route and create what one would euphemistically call an onahole. The product, called the Autoblow 2, is designed to allow the ingress of the male member and, with the help of a judicious drubbing, bring the male to issue. The team is crowdfunding and has been making sex toys in China for many years. Read More

  • We’ve Got To Embrace It, Man

    We’ve Got To Embrace It, Man

    First, understand that as an employee of AOL, I’m slightly embarrassed but far more amused by our “digital prophet,” David Shing AKA Shingy AKA Miley Scissorhands. His efforts on our behalf to make AOL look cool have, at best, made us look like absolute idiots. Remember, we’re not all him, but sadly he represents us. Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Of An Algae-Eating Autonomous Robot Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Of An Algae-Eating Autonomous Robot Today, Make It This One

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the nasty, stinky water, the Symbiotic Machine comes along and blows your mind. This little robot, built by designer Ivan Henriques, sucks in dirty water, breaks down the walls of algae cells, and then uses the resulting juice in the same way you use lemon juice to create a simple battery with a copper plate and photocell. Read More

  • Check Out, And Support, This Wild Multi-Pedal Bike, The Boneshakered Bigwheel

    Check Out, And Support, This Wild Multi-Pedal Bike, The Boneshakered Bigwheel

    If you’re into big bicycles with weird, multi-tipped legs, have I got a project for you. Called the Boneshakered Bigwheel (sic), this one-off project by creator Ronald L. Schroer is an unusual trike with legs instead of back wheels. It’s made almost entirely of wood and he’s added an internal “hypno-wheel” to make the experience more pleasant. Read More

  • Get Your Halfbike Runnin’ Head Out On The Highway

    Get Your Halfbike Runnin’ Head Out On The Highway

    Why settle for a whole bike when a half will do? This decidedly odd Kickstarted bicycle, called the Halfbike, promises a lightweight, speedy ride across town while bringing you the best of running and biking in one weird package. Created by architects Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov, the bike is at $50,000 of an $80,000 goal and has ten days left. Read More

  • Whaling Is The New Harlem Shake

    Whaling Is The New Harlem Shake

    Have you whaled yet today? It’s the new thing. Whale at the club. Whale at school. Whale in your cubical. Just don’t whale at a funeral. That would be doing it wrong. As the Vines below show, the premise is to act like a whale breaching the water behind an unsuspecting observer. Bonus Internet points are awarded for twisting in the air. Read More