Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Courtesy of TiVo
TiVo has launched a new way for TV viewers to skip through entire commercial breaks on the top 20 cable and broadcast networks with the push of one button. But you’ll have to pay for the privilege.
The company’s Bolt DVR family, launched Wednesday, includes a “SkipMode” feature for instantly fast-forwarding past ad pods in certain programs. Initially, TiVo’s SkipMode-enabled shows are limited to the 20 most-watched channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, seven days a week between the hours of 4 pm and midnight (12:30 am for late-night talk shows airing on ABC, NBC and CBS). SkipMode isn’t available on local news or sports, according to TiVo.
“The TiVo Bolt arrives at a time of piqued interest in both connected devices and commercial avoidance,” president and CEO Tom Rogers said in announcing the feature. “The clear demand of consumers is for a TV experience that quickly delivers them exactly what they want the instant they turn on the screen.”
But to get the ad-skipping and the rest of Bolt’s features, TiVo will charge an annual service fee of $149.99, plus any applicable taxes. The price of the DVRs include one year of free service, after which customers must start paying.
TiVo positions its devices as providing more advanced features than those from pay-TV providers. To that end, the new Bolt DVRs are the first to support 4K Ultra HD video content — although it’s obviously just for bragging rights, given that no U.S. TV channels currently broadcast in UHD format today.
Bolt also includes a unique feature called QuickMode, a way to watch recorded programs 30% faster while maintaining pitch-corrected audio. That’s designed for “slow-moving programs like news, sports and overly long award shows,” TiVo says.
The TiVo Bolt with 500 gigabytes of storage is available for $299.99, the 1-terabyte model lists at $399.99. Both are available via TiVo.com, BestBuy.com and Amazon.com, and in stores at participating retailers starting Oct. 4.
Tattoo artist Tony Booth of DABS Tattoo in Southport, UK created an intensely intricate arm tattoo that takes on an almost 3D quality as the hexagons break away to reveal even more geometric details underneath.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Haramein devised a dynamic geometrical model of the Universe where the central singularity at any given point is simultaneously radiating and contracting. Two polarized four-frequency isotropic vector matrix “marry”, forming vector equilibrium. If you surround each matrix with a toroidal field, the resulting marriage of the two combined with the coriolis affects of spin create a dual torus configuration, with the cuboctahedron, or vector equilibrium, at its center.
Nassim Haramein (b. 1962) is a Swiss amateur physicist. Haramein claims to have developed, in collaboration with physicist Elizabeth Rauscher, a Unified Field Theory that he calls the Haramein-Rauscher Metric. According to Haramein, this "metric" is a new solution to Einstein's Field Equations that incorporates torque and Coriolis effects.
Fraud or sage? ...his theory has flaws but the animation is cool.
Animation source and math info via tomasorbanhttp://tomasorban.tumblr.com/post/128768565960
Monday, September 28, 2015
Scientists have released a new version of the tree of life, showing everything we know about how the living things of Earth are related to one another. With 2.3 million species and counting, it's the most complete model of its kind — but there's a lot more work to do.
Like evolution itself, this diagram will continue to evolve as scientists fill in gaps and uncover more detailed information on the genetic relationships of Earth’s various species.Article:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/09/21/this-new-complete-tree-of-life-shows-how-2-3-million-species-are-related/
This circular family tree of Earth's lifeforms is considered a first draft of the 3.5-billion-year history of how life evolved and diverged.