Posted on June 18, 2012
When you’re bored in class, eyelids are heavy, and the teacher’s drone is putting you to sleep faster than that mixed drink your friend gave you last weekend, here is something to keep you awake. Bright Futura Presents:
Bored In Class: Play Gameboy Online For Free
If you were born in the 88-90′s era like me and actually grew up with a childhood where the simple things mattered to you, can you tell me what this is?
That’s right, grandfather of the PSP, brother of the N64, and the Holy Grail of the handheld console, but enough blabber:
There’s a website where you can play this online like a
boss Pokemon Trainer.
The controls are simple, and the game options are plenty.
Shameless Self Promotion: How Not to Die in College: Not Falling Asleep in Class
If Gameboy is too intense for you then: Bored In Class: Nintendo 8-bit Edition
It has a crazy amount of games, from Super Mario Land, to Mega Man, Zelda to Pokemon Crystal to Tetris. Hope you enjoy it in class, and try to stay awake.
Leon Langford | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 15, 2012
There aren’t many things that make me shout, “WTF?!” but this is definitely one of them. Dave Hurban, a 21-year old Dynasty Tattoo artist from Newfield, N.J., made sure his iPod would be something he’d never lose.
After surfing the web and researching other outrageous piercings, Hurban decided his new lightweight iPod Nano 6 deserved a permanent place to live on his body; and he learned he’d be the first to do so.
Dave Hurban surgically attached his iPod Nano 6 to his arm in less than 30 minutes.
The whole procedure took Hurban less than 30 minutes; and he says the implant location of his arm, which he pierced on Apr. 19, healed enough in two weeks for him to be able to jog with it, move freely and bend his wrist completely.
“It feels like I’m wearing a watch,” Hurban said. “You get used to it. It’s like when you wear the same ring all the time. It can get knocked off if you bump it too hard.”
Hurban has worked in the piercing industry for more than three years and is certified throught the state of New Jersey. With the same technique he’d use to pierce his clients, he mapped out the placement on his arm and inserted four dermals into his arm to match the four corners of the iPod.
Once healed, his iPod just clicks in and out of its built-in holder.
If I think it’s awesome, then that’s it,” he said as he strolled through the aisles of booths at the Baltimore Tattoo Convention. “That’s all I really care about.”
Hurban says he’s received only positive feedback at the tattoo convention and that his little contraption has caught the eye of many stopping by his shop’s booth.
“More than 35 people have told me to my face they wanted the same thing,” Hurban said, even though he doesn’t yet know if he’ll market his idea or perform it on others.
Leon Langford| Bright Futura Columnist
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Posted on May 6, 2012
Oh fuck! The sound heard across campus when some innocent (most likely drunk) soul drops their iPhone. Did you get the insurance bro? NOPE. Because obviously you’re a genius! Hell you’re in college right!?
There there fella, I gotya. Don’t you worry. I mean sure you’re a broke student and you essentially just destroyed a $600 piece of equipment that you rely on for nearly every aspect of your life. And sure this all happened because you were trying to do a keg stand to impress that sorority girl, who end up hooking up with your roommate anyway. But there is still hope. Look on the bright side, while you probably wont get your full money back, you might be able to salvage enough money to buy yourself something nice.
There happen to be a couple sites that would love to buy your broken crap.
Find other places to sell broken smart phones and electronics here
Maximillian Garland: Bright Futura
Posted on April 26, 2012
Whether we are stalking people on facebook or building applications for iphones, we all have to admit we spend countless hours of our day in front of our computer screens. But our bodies weren’t made for such lack luster activity. While our minds explore the universe that is the internet, our bodies are stuck planted in our seats doing jack shit.
Thus, the pedal powered desk was born! The stationary bike/desk hybrid is nothing a new idea. But, I’ve never seen one that looked this swagged out. The great people at WeBike did a phenomenal job creating an amazing piece of function furniture that could work well in any college dorm. Well that is if WeBike wasn’t charging two years of tuition for one bike.
The current asking price of the WeBike creation is $13,000 (haha please).
I mean the concept and design is nice though. It even has an LED ring display in front of each seat that tells you how much power your generating. According to We-Watt, the system can generate around 230Vac/30Watts of output per seat.
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on April 24, 2012
After all the speculation, Google Drive is finally here! The cloud service allows users the ability to access vital information from a host of products from either home, your dorm, work or on the go — utilizing easy drag-and-drop technology that makes being unable to send large files via email a thing of the past.
Drive is offering consumers 5 GB of free storage — more than twice the 2 GB of free storage offered by Dropbox. And google’s service is available for Macintosh, Windows and Android devices. An iOS version is weeks away.
And while Dropbox charges $10 a month for 50 GB, Google intends to sell a whopping 100 GB for $4.99 a month.
So for those students with 2 million final page papers or students trying to transfer large art portfolios Google drive might very well be your best bang for your buck.
by Maxmillian Garland
Posted on April 22, 2012
We’ve all tried, time and time again, to get a study group or group project together. In my experience, it’s a lot email, phone, and Facebook exchanging that result often in one or two barely populated meetings.These meetings are usually comprised of a lot of waiting for people to arrive and excuses as to why people have to leave.
No more lonely group project meetings!
But don’t despair things are about to change. Groupme is a new free group Messaging phone app that works on every phone. Free + Useable on every phone means absolutely no excuses! And it doesn’t have to be limited to just studying. GroupMe has lots of applications and a very easy step.
Related: How to Deal With Stress in College
I use Groupme for:
- Family communication
- Staff Meetings at work
- Group projects
- In class chatting with friends
- Party planning
Group Me Review – Tweetheart TV
What do you use Groupme for? Do you know of any other apps that help with studying? Leave your amazing comments below
Posted on December 26, 2011
Despite its modest name, GoodReader is a stunning execution of a simple idea — one program that can import and view any media in any format, from basic .txt files to entire books and even movies. But this robust and versatile app lets you do more than just read. GoodReader’s elegant file management system makes the iPhone/iPad nonsystem seem worse than ever.
Let’s say someone posts a huge report on Google Docs for you to review. Import it, then use GoodReader’s sterling annotation function to mark it up with all kinds of notes and comments.
When you’re done, save it, mark it as read, and send it right back to Google Docs, Dropbox, or an FTP server, or via pretty much any file-sharing method. An autosync function lets you standardize the document in both locations so no one gets confused about which version to use.
Full-screen viewing on the iPad means no more squinting or zooming, and even spread layouts are easily navigated with an intuitive horizontal swipe. (If you want to zoom, though, you certainly can.) A tabbed view, with functions on the right-hand side, provides about the simplest navigation we’ve seen.
GoodReader isn’t free, but its incredible compatibility and flexibility means it can replace many other apps in your toolkit. It’s quite simply one of the most useful services out there.
Posted on December 20, 2011
There are a number of great iphone apps for students out there, but as a student that is always studying you may find that sometimes a study break is necessary.
So luck for you, we have put together a list of apps that will do a great job of keeping your mind off of studying, so can get back to the books refreshed and ready to learn.
There is nothing more suitable for a study break than a flying hamster and a cow with milk shooting udders. Yeah that’s right! You get a cute flying hamster armed with various weapons, that has only one goal and it’s to save your girl! Nothing can top that. (not available for android)
2. Death Worm
Death Worm is goal-based. To gain levels, you have to do things like get 60 kills, or get 30 kills without taking damage. This becomes tricky once trigger happy cops and military dudes start peppering you with bullets the moment your head pops out of the ground, but it adds a thin layer of originality to the proceedings. The graphics are also great, particularly if you have a Retina display device. They’re blindingly detailed, with silky smooth animation. (for Android) Continue Reading
Posted on December 3, 2011
What is Prezi? Prezi is a web-based presentation tool. I couldn’t help but compare it to the well-known Microsoft Powerpoint. I can say Prezi does have many aspects that surpass Powerpoint. But is that enough to take home the championship belt?
Round 1: Text or Graphics?
Prezi is eye candy. Prezi focuses a lot on visual graphics and leaves a lasting impression on the audience. Compared to Powerpoint, it is more flashy. The titles are swirlier and the transitions are smoother compared to Powerpoint’s animations. But after using it a few times will the novelty wear off? If your presentation needs to be catchy and is judged more so on appearance than content, Prezi is sure to catch your audience’s eye. It is helpful in creating non-linear presenting approaches with fancy lettering and graphics as I mentioned before. But that is not always the point of a presentation.
I must mention that Powerpoint is more linear in its functions which is also an advantage. You are more than welcome to spend hours spicing up a Powerpoint presentation. If your presentation will be traditional, written and content-focused, I would stick to Powerpoint. Although Prezi and Microsoft Powerpoint are often compared, the key thing to remember is that Prezi and Powerpoint are different tools with both their strengths and weaknesses.
Round 2: Access.
After presenting with Prezi, your audience can go online to look at the information they missed during your presentation. They can look through and add notes where they find most useful.
You can also give the audience a pre-made Prezi which is accessible online. They can then open it up in front of them and follow along. You can sign up for free and log in from anywhere. Powerpoint does not allow for this. Womp, womp, womp.
Round 3: Functionality.
Prezi does not require you to carry around a USB stick. What happens when you need to present the morning you decided to sleep in and run to class in nothing but your pajamas? Your USB is still tucked away in the bottom of your drawer. Prezi requires minimal knowledge and less time to showcase a presentation that looks distinctive.
Video of Prezi
Prezi’s collaboration feature makes it easy to edit presentations with other users in real-time.
Presentations made with the startup’s free service will also be available on Prezi’s website for anyone to reuse. To make presentations private, users must purchase the “Enjoy” package for $59 a year, or the “Pro” package for $159 a year. The Pro package also lets them edit Prezis offline.
Prezi was launched in 2009 and now has more than 10 million users. The company has raised $15.5 million in funding, with investments from TED Conferences and Sunstone Capital.
Sabrina Ahmed | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on December 1, 2011
Your Future Children Will Thank You
If you dream of spawning a mini me or three one of these days, you might consider keeping that laptop off your lap and curbing your cell phone use just a touch.
Don’t panic. No one has proven for sure that technology damages male fertility.
But increasing evidence links the heat and/or electromagnetic frequencies coming from cellphones and laptops with less-than-optimal sperm.
A report out today says electromagnetic wavelengths from your laptop’s Wi-Fi can fry your sperm—that is if you’ve ejaculated and your swimmers are hanging out in a cup below your computer. Not exactly a real-world scenario (one hopes!), as Dr. Robert Oates, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology points out in this Reuters article. Still: fried sperm. Continue Reading