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Patrick Bonello from Genesis FX / WebsitesNOW is a regular contributor to the Momentum Energy Your Community show on Apple FM
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During his segment Patrick often refers to interesting facts and resources that can be found on this page which is updated prior to his regular segment on Apple FM.

December 8

Rogue One – a heartwarming Star Wars trailer with a difference


A creative partnership between Filipino telco Globe and Disney Southeast Asia has produced an amazing tear-jerking to warm even the coldest heart.

The ad features a shy girl who wears a Stormtrooper helmet to school, as a shield for a disability.

How cool is the RokBlok on Kickstarter

Talk about reinventing the wheel and coming up with something heaps better!

The RokBlok has just exceeded its funding goal on Kickstarter and the reinvention of the record player proves vinyl is with us for a long time to come.

Basically its a record player that propels itself along the groove like a little remote control car.

October 27


8 biggest announcements from today's Microsoft event

Microsoft's major announcement is their latest update to Windows 10 - the "Creators Update".

The video highlights are courtesy of The Verge.

July 21


A tool to instantly colorize your black-and-white photos

http://demos.algorithmia.com/colorize-photos/

Have you ever flicked through old family photos and thought how good it would be to turn them from black and white to colour?

A new service on Algorithmia uses a deep learning algorithm to accomplish a similar result.

May 26


Paul McCartney Docco gets up close and personal

The former Beatle has had an amazing solo career so you won't want to miss a six part documentary in VR.

Check out some snippets on the left to get a taste of music history.

First Aid for your dog

Came across a great video for dog lovers, showing you how to perform CPR on your pooch.

April 28


Opera House Street View

Google has opened up the Sydney Opera House with an amazing online exhibit. Launched this week by the Google Cultural Institute, it features more than 1,000 artifacts about the opera house. - Check out the 360 Street View (left).

April 14


Game of Throne title in 360

If you are a GOT fan and the upcoming season isn't enough to get you excited, then the main title in 360 surely will.

Checkout the amazing sequence on the left.. and don't be looking up when you pass through the legs of the giant statue at Braavos.

International Space Station 360

NASA is also going 360 with this video which allows you to explore the space station's second module and the first U.S. module, Unity.

Check out this amazing virtual experience on the left.

March 17


Back to the Future is here

Nike just announced a self-lacing shoe called the HyperAdapt 1.0, bringing to life the dream that sneaker fans have shared since Back to the Future II premiered almost 30 years ago.

Watch the exciting teaser... (on the left) 

Solar Eclipse

If you missed the solar eclipse on March 8 (or March 9 depending on your location), NASA has posted a brilliant video.

The best sightings were along a path across the Philippines and Borneo so no one in Australia could have seen it.

December 24


A year of searches

Google's list of lists is out.. the top searches for 2015 are part of a new microsite to show them off. 

Find out what the world has been searching for and also how different Aussies are from other Google users.

 

Using maths to wrap presents

Yes, it is that time of the year again and if you have left everything to the last minute you might like some help wrapping your presents.

This video from Mathematician Katie Steckles takes you through some mathematically satisfying ways to wrap presents using paper. 

Best drone photos of 2015

Drone photos at their very best

There is no question that drones are becoming more and more available. Nowhere have they had more impact than aerial photography.  

What was once reserved for big budget movies can now be achieved with just a small investment.

These are some of the best photos posted in 2015 on Dronestragram, a social network specifically for sharing drone photography.

December 10


Time to think Xmas gifts

With the nerdy person in mind we have come up with a list of groovy gadgets and some weird ones too for your xmas shopping list.

 

Click here to download the Pdf.

RANKED: The top 10 hottest YouTube videos of the year

Business Insider has published a list of the top 10 trending video clips on YouTube for 2015 - click here for the list

Love has No Labels

Number 4 in the top 10 You Tube videos for 2015.

Check it out on the left.

October 29


NASA Spacewalk video... awesome

NASA TV is now streaming live footage of a space walk...

Two NASA astronauts, Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have left the safety of their home in the International Space Station to service its laboratory.

Way better than a leaf blower

See guy use a drone to blast his patio clean of leaves.

Get out your drone and blast them away, as this man does in a new YouTube video.

Explore the moon like never before

A new pair of lunar maps lets you explore the moon without bothering to get off Earth first.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently posted online two moon maps -- a photo mosaic and a topographic map -- that were constructed using images and data captured by NASA's long-running Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

The new maps are an improvement over the old 1979 Lunar Chart, featuring high-resolution images that cover the entire surface of the moon, USGS officials said.

Click here to view the maps - be aware the pdf files are very large and can take a long time to download.

U.K. Railroad Asks People to Stop Taking Selfies on the Tracks


A camera caught 8 incidents of people on the tracks in one day.

The British train operator Network Rail has asked people to stop standing on the tracks to take selfies.

October 15


Retro meet Modern

What happens if you take a retro 1980's computer show and fast forward to the present day - it's a wacky comedy YouTube series called 'Computer Show'. 

The series takes place in 1983 but features guests from the present-day wowing awkward hosts with incredible technology we take for granted.

It’s hilarious, if only because it masters the early-’80s public access TV graphics and production quality so flawlessly. On the first episode, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian attempts to explain his popular news site.

Technology Vs Price

It won’t come as a bit surprise, but as technology gets more advanced, prices drop and products get better… except one product which seems to defy the trend.


The U.S. Bureau of Labour statistics tracks prices for broad categories of goods over time. As this chart of prices for the last 18 years shows, prices have dropped dramatically in almost every single tech sector. The drop in computer hardware is particularly steep.

Check out the graph on the left produced by Business Insider.

NASA goes 4K

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station are currently testing a 4K camera to film science experiments.

This will scientists back on the ground a lot more to check out with the many recordings. It also means some very fun and interesting videos.

Check the most recent of these videos by astronaut Scott Kelly on ISS.

Watch Teddy Roosevelt's First Aeroplane Flight, 105 Years Ago

Not a fortnight goes past without some amazing footage making its way onto YouTube. On October 11, 1910 Teddy Roosevelt became the first president to fly in an airplane.

He was an ex-president at the time, but still very much a public figure.

Check out the video on YouTube.

October 1


 

Take that jelly

We often chat about viral videos on the show and two of the Internet’s most popular guys with nothing better to do are the The Slow Mo Guys.

Their new video is a must see - it features jelly being swatted by a tennis racquet in slow motion at 2,500 frames per second.

Back to the Future - almost here

We're only 20 days away from a future many of us grew up with if you watched the Back to the Future films..


October 21, 2015 is the date that a young Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited in the 1989 classic "Back to the Future: Part II," . Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film is celebrating with a 30th anniversary box set that includes a new short - "Doc Brown Saves the World."

Here is a YouTube teaser.

Life after Gravity

A new SciFi series has been created and it is shot entirely using drone cameras… Drones have been getting a bad wrap in the media so drone maker 3D Robotics (3DR) wants to focus on the positive aspects of quad-copters.

It has created a brand-new sci-fi series that will be filmed entirely using its Solo drone armed with GoPro cameras.

Check out the video.

Take a 360-degree look at the planet Jakku from 'The Force Awakens'

Check out the Star Wars page on Facebook for an amazing 360 degree video of the planet Jakku from 'The Force Awakens'

Click here to go to the official Star Wars facebook page.

September 17


Star Wars Dreamliner

The world is going Star Wars mad in the lead up to the new film – and that includes Boeing.


The aircraft maker has just unveiled a star Wars plane modelled on R2-D2 - the blue and white robot’s next flight will be on Earth thanks to the newly themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner made to look like the lovable Star Wars character.

GoPro fall from a Drone at a concert

A video going viral on YouTube at the moment is a go pro camera taking a tumble from a drone.

It may be a fake but it is worth a look...

Camera Traps

Camera traps are small cameras hidden inside sturdy boxes that a researcher or photographer attaches to a tree or stake or rock in order to spy on wild animals. The images are incredibly valuable for studying animal science, and now, next-level DSLR cameras are capturing photos that are visually stunning, too.

The video on the left documents an amazing setup and photo shoot using a camera trap in the Amazon.

August 20


Earth Porn

It is not often on the show that I recommend porn.. in fact I have never recommended porn, until now!

Earth Porn (www.earthporn.org) is a website that encourages users to post the most breathtaking photos of the natural world you will ever see – sunsets, the sky at night, nature and wildlife at it’s most absolutely amazing.

Evening Run

Some of us think staying up after midnight to watch a movie is a bit adventurous.. others go for a bigger adrenaline rush. 

A bloke by the name of - Sebastien Montaz-Rosset - runs and leaps and jumps all across the edge of the mountain like it’s not a big deal at all.

See the full video on the Gismodo website: click here 

Pluto Flyby

Space fans got the thrill of the year by following NASA's extensive coverage of the New Horizons mission flyby of dwarf-planet Pluto, an epic journey over nine years in the making that saw the spacecraft's closest approach on July 14.

Now, space fan and graphics whiz Björn Jónsson has taken NASA's collection of flyby photos and strung them together into a video animation that gives a thrilling spacecraft's-eye view of the approach and pass of Pluto.

Luggage a crazy journey

Ever wondered what happens to your luggage after it gets tagged and disappears on the conveyor belt?

Watch the YouTube video and be amazed!

August 6


Free prosthetic hands to kids who need them

I’m not often moved to tears when talking technology, but today I was blown away by a company that is giving out free prosthetic hands to kids who need them - and they look like something out of 'Iron Man'.

The story from Routers was published on Business Insider Australia.

Most Popular Instagram Photos - U.S. National Parks

Instagram at its best

The United States is filled to the brim with stunning national parks. and the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the country’s federal land and resources, has a pretty stunning Instagram page.

The profile, “usinterior,” shares a gorgeous mixture of work from park visitors and government photographers. It’s become a must-follow on Instagram, racking up some 385,000 followers who come for the alpine mountain ranges and stay for the feasting brown bears.

The gallery on the left is a sample of the Interior Department’s most popular Instagram photos of 2014.

Google and MIT can take reflection-free photos through windows

Researchers at MIT and Google have developed an algorithm that eliminates unwanted visuals by using frames from a short video to separate the foreground from the background. Unlike an earlier MIT-only technique, this works with nearly any kind of obstruction. It'll remove rain drops and chain link fences, for instance.

And in an odd twist, it can also capture an uncannily clear image of any reflections -- you know, in case you want to remember what shirt you were wearing when you took that shot.

July 23


Shop Safe Online

Shopping online can be cheaper and more convenient for you and for businesses. However, make sure you understand your rights and the risks before you shop online or bid in an online auction.

The clip on the left explains published by the QLD Goverment explains what to look out for when you shop online.

YouTube flooded with historic videos

See the amazing Dog Walking Machine from 1937...

This is an example of more than half-a-million historic video clips recently uploaded to YouTube by Associated Press and British Movietone.

You can see the newly available archive material on two channels – 

AP Archive and British Movietone.

July 9


Selfie Danger - comrade!

It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed.

That’s the message that Russia has for its citizens in regards to selfies, which have apparently put enough people in danger to warrant an official government warning.

Click here to download the pdf


 June 25

Streetview El Capitan

Google ascends Yosemite’s El Capitan for the first vertical Street View images.
Google has added Yosemite’s 3,000-foot rock wall, El Capitan, to its Street View list.
The search giant teamed up with well-known, experienced climbers Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Lynn Hill for the project to capture images of the rock face.
The images captured allow you to explore El Capitan through 360-degree panoramas or even virtually climb the rock wall through vertical Street View.

Click here for more

Startup frustration

Did you know that when you turn on your Windows PC a lot of programmes automatically get started in the background. Some of these are important, like anti-virus software, but some are just a pain and they can slow down the startup and overall speed of your computer.

Here is a handy video I found with instructions on how to disable auto-startup software. 


Netflix kills the opposition

Tech website Gismodo is reporting that according to the latest Roy Morgan research, Netflix has ten times more Aussie subscribers than Foxtel, Stan or Quickflix.

In just a few months, the popular streaming service has rocketed to 1,039,000 subscribers in 408,000 households. 

The graph on the left shows the damage being done by the US TV & Movie streaming service.


June 11

Street View just got wet in a big way

Google wants to get everywhere with Street View and it’s now taken its cameras into the deep. From today, you can see imagery captured in oceans across the world.

The announcement is timed to trail World Oceans Day on June 8. It represents the first fruits of a four year collaboration between Google and the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Chagos Conservation Trust.

Click here to see more


 

I want one for my dog

The dachshund in the video is called Lolli. She’s the official model for Disco Dog, an LED vest for your pooch that can be controlled using your smartphone.

Party New York, the creative agency behind Disco Dog, just closed a successful $22,527 Kickstarter campaign to create 45 vests for a select band of backers. Bad news though! It has no plans to make more.


 

Worlds BIGGEST photo

This is a photo of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the European Union. But it's not just any photo: it's actually just a small part of a panorama comprised of 70,000 pictures and 365 gigapixels

Click here to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Click here to see see the Victorian laws governing the use of Mobile phones in cars.


Find my phone links

If you happen to lose your phone or tablet, there is still hope, use on e of the links below to find your device:

Android phones     click here

Windows Mobile    click here

iPhone/iPad            click here