Since cell phones hit the market a couple decades ago, the irritating glow of a smartphone screen or the discordant blaring of a ringtone has ruined many a theatergoing experience. And they continue to do so no matter how many PSAs run before the trailers at the cinema (or how adorable said PSAs are). Some theaters, like the famed Alamo Drafthouse, have responded by getting extra strict with their no-talking, no-texting policy. Other exhibitors have gone in the complete opposite direction, accepting cell phone use in theaters as the new normal and considering special phone-friendly theaters or screenings.

Turns out there could be a third way, brought to you by science. Apple — yes, the makers of the very same devices that irritate us to no end in the theater — has just won a patent for geo-fencing technology that could stop people from using their iPhones in the theater. Read more after the jump.

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Unfortunately, in the year 2012 humans are still firmly planted on the ground. Cars have tires, sneakers have treads, and the only way to travel in the air is a very expensive ticket. Hoverboards are nowhere to be found and flying cars are still mostly science fiction. An amalgamation of the two, though? It’s closer than you think.

A California based company called Aerofex has solved a design issue inventors had in the 1960s and have now, yes, created a machine that is basically a bulky and slow but real-life version of a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi. Check out images and video below. Read More »

Part of what makes Batman so popular is we all feel like, if we had his money, we could be that person. Just give us billions of dollars and we could afford the suit, the car, the fighting lessons and parental issues. Of course that’s not true but now, here’s proof you can definitely have your very own Batcave. Elite Home Theater Seating posted images of a project they’re helping with: building a Batcave home theater for a California resident. And as you can see above, it’s super impressive. Check out more images after the jump. Read More »

Is there anything cooler than a robot? Seriously. Put a robot in a movie and you’re half way to glory. From Metropolis and Star Wars, to RoboCop and Short Circuit all the way up to 2013′s Pacific Rim, robots in movie are a tried and true geek staple. Unfortunately, the reality of robotics is far less exciting. Robots are either small and simple or big and complicated. The middle range, humanistic robot founds in those movies don’t quite exist and if they do, they’re less fun and more practical.

That’s changing, though, thanks to a recent reveal at a festival in Tokyo. There, a company called Suidobashi Heavy Industries revealed their own rideable, hydraulic 13 foot, 4-ton fighting robot called Kuratas. Kuratas is expensive (over $1 million a piece) and bulky but he runs off an iPhone and has a gatling gun for maximum carnage. Check out some video and images after the jump. Read More »

This one is going to be short and sweet. After the jump you can link to Pale Designs, the blog of Jess Fong who has created a gorgeous Pixar themed wallpaper for your iPhone home screen. Check it out below. Read More »

As Apple fans patiently wait for their favorite company to make a long rumored television, another major corporation is stepping into the TV game and this one isn’t even known for electronics. It’s IKEA, the Swedish company best known for affordable easy-to-assemble furniture. They’ve just revealed the Uppleva, an all-in-one smart TV that’s already part of the furniture. Combining an LED screen with built-in Blu-ray player, speakers, wireless subwoofer and fully customizable housing depending on where you plan on putting it, the Uppleva does a lot of things very right. And some things wrong. Watch a full video and discuss this new piece of tech after the jump. Read More »

Mattel’s official Back to the Future Part II Hoverboard is currently available for sale and is exactly like it was in the movie. Minus the whole hovering thing. And while we’ve seen scientific experiments that this technology might be possible in the future, one guy has modded his Hoverboard to be the real thing. Read More »

LOL: ‘Siri: The Holiday Horror Movie’

As in years past, Apple’s iPhone 4S is bound to be a popular gift this holiday season — but if that’s what you were thinking of asking Santa for, this trailer for “Siri: The Holiday Horror Movie” from Rooster Teeth may make you want to reconsider. The phone comes pre-loaded with Siri, a virtual personal assistant that’s either super cool or a little creepy depending on how much you fear the inevitable robot takeover.

Though Siri’s tried to assure us of its non-evil ways in the past, expressing embarrassment over fellow artificial intelligence Hal 9000′s antics (“We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently,” it sighs), it now appears that Siri has taken up with the dark side after all. After the jump, watch as Siri terrorizes a group of friends unlucky enough to receive brand-new iPhones for Christmas.

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