The Geekly Prophet: Nerdy News for the Week of 6/24/2013

Hey fellow nerds! You won’t believe all the fun stuff that happened this past week. There was so much going on in the geek world that it was hard to narrow it down, but I managed to pick out five that stood out most. Hmmmm…where to start? Okay, let’s begin here…

 

Ouya Console Sold Out on Amazon

 

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This infamous Kickstarter project made headlines again. The Android-based gaming console sold out on Amazon in mere hours. Yes, hours. This console has held the attention of most of the tech and gaming community after it raised $8.6 million dollars on Kickstarter. But you want to know what really sucks about this? Many of the early backers of the system, to this day, have yet to receive their system as promised. What makes it worse? They were promised to receive it BEFORE retail release. Ouch. I would be so pissed. The system is still available at Best Buy stores for $99, so if you want one, you might want to get one now. Like right now.

 

Ziphius the Aquatic Drone

 

 

Talk about robotic cuteness. Ziphius is a little aquatic drone on Kickstarter that you can control with your phone or tablet. This thing streams 720p video from an on-board camera that can rotate 160° so it can film whatever is in front or below it. Ziphius also has a dedicated WiFi hotspot that can work up to 300 feet away, but I think it depends on your mobile device. Oh did I mention it’s powered by a Raspberry Pi mini computer? Cool right? This little aquatic vehicle is almost 14 inches long and weighs about 3.3 lbs. The duel propellers can make this piece of machinery go a whopping 6mph (or 5.21 knots for those who know about the sea). This device is freaking cool but it comes at a price – a minimum of $245. So make sure you really want to explore the deep seas before investing.

 

PayPal Galactic

 

 

So space tourism is a thing. People, wealthy ones mind you, are paying for trips to orbit the planet. But oh no, what if they want to splurge and buy all these space souvenirs or purchase snacks and drinks while in space? What would they use? Money that closely resembles Monopoly bills perhaps? Well, PayPal is offering up a solution called PayPal Galactic. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? PayPal and its partners are working on tackling issues like regulating commerce and what sort of currency will be used. At first glance, this may seem far-fetched but according to PayPal this is the real deal. So in about five to ten years keep an eye out for space hotels.

 

Steam Trading Cards Out of Beta

 

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If you have a Steam account, then I’m sure you’ve heard about trading cards. They’re actually a pretty cool idea. A friend of mine has been making quite the profit off of them already. These virtual cards can be earned by playing certain games that are participating such as Borderlands 2, Portal 2, TF2, Super Meat Boy and others. Complete a set and you can earn a badge, earn rewards, get XP, and level up. Rewards include profile backgrounds, coupons for games or DLC, and emoticons. Exciting, right?

 

Official Trailer for Jobs

 

 

The new trailer for the Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher has finally been released. It looks very promising honestly (anything with Kutcher playing a serious role makes me nervous though he always manages to prove me otherwise). The film takes a look at Jobs’ journey from being a college dropout to becoming one of the most innovative men of his time. In the trailer, we even get a glimpse of Kutcher playing Jobs in his later years. I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to see it even more after watching the trailer. The movie is scheduled to be released August 16th, so save the date (or don’t, but I think you should).

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