The world of image editing has changed a lot in the past few years — you’re now about as likely to tweak a photo on your phone or tablet as you are on your PC. Adobe is clearly aware of this shift, as it just bought Aviary and its cloud-savvy image editing platform for an unspecified amount. The two firms will work together on bringing Adobe’s editing tools and Creative Cloud services to more mobile apps. That photography app you just downloaded on your phone could create Photoshop-friendly pictures, for example. There’s no set timetable for integrating Aviary into Adobe’s software platforms, but the quick turnaround from the Behance acquisition suggests that you’ll see more powerful mobile editing suites within a matter of months.
As we all get excited about the new second part of Fight Club coming out in 2015, let’s take a look back at some fun facts that you probably didn’t know about the movie. Like how Brad Pitt’s outfits were even crazier than you thought and how perfect the blood dripping needed to be.
Earlier this year, researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica were thought to have found evidence of gravitational waves produced during the first moments of the big bang. The discovery was heralded as one of the most important discoveries of our era — unfortunately, the results were contaminated. While going through peer-review, astronomers began to wonder if cosmic dust may have skewed the results. Now the verdict is in: it did, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the theory is false.
A report sourcing data from the European Space Agency’sPlanck satellite explains that there was too much dust in the original researcher’s view of the sky to guarantee that what they saw was really gravitational waves, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t measure any waves. The theory still makes sense in its own right, but now that researchers are aware of the effects of the cosmic dust on observing evince of it, it’s just harder to verify. Basically, more time and research is needed. That’s a little frustrating, sure, but hey — that’s science.
Lyft, the pink ‘stache-sporting ride-sharing service, announced today that it’s acquiring Hitch, a service that tries to get multiple users into one taxi. Lyft has said that the acquisition will bolster its Lyft Line service (and hopefully stem the onwards flooding of the Uber tide). [Lyft]
Though I think Tony Stark would try to invent some sort of laser if he made his own saber and that Iron Man doesn’t quite need a sword with all his weaponry, this beast of a sword made by Man At Arms: Reforged would still look pretty badass when used with Iron Man’s suit.
The arc reactor, the Stark Industries stamp, the hilt, this sword is definitely something Iron Man should consider using in his next movie.
Google’s Chrome Apps for Mobile project has been handy for developers who want to repackage their websites as native apps for your phone, but the resulting projects have been limited in what they can do — it’s pretty obvious that they’re recycled. As of now, though, they’ll behave much more like apps built from the ground up for your Android and iOS devices. A new version of the project lets you provide your identity to these apps by signing in, and they can send you rich notifications with content previews, much like what you’re used to on Android. There’s also much better support for messaging and other services that need to talk to servers. Developers will have to build these features into their software before you’ll notice the difference, but don’t be surprised if the lines between native and web apps suddenly get very blurry.
An anonymous reader writes: Microfluidic systems promise to bring the same level of precision and control seen in the electronics industry to chemistry and the life sciences. Typically, devices are fabricated at substantial cost and using borrowed techniques from the semiconductor industry. Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have invented a system of discrete microfluidic elements akin to those found in electronic board design. It was inspired by the ease with which LEGO bricks are assembled into a larger structure, and finally allows for the rapid prototyping of "Lab-on-Chip" devices. The original paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Ludovic Ismaël andNicolas Delille propose these playful series of portraits mixing photography and 3D. The goal is to guess the name of the famous rock&roll bands pictured in each of these portraits. I struggled to figure out two of them. How about you?