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Apple announces 7.9-inch iPad mini with a 1,024 x 768 display, A5 CPU and optional LTE for $329

Well, hello there, the worst-kept secret in tech. Apple’s iPad mini is the company’s newest device, a 7.9-inch tablet that’s designed to go toe-to-toe with Google’s Nexus 7. For now, it’ll sit alongside the iPad 2and fourth-generation iPad, and as it packs the same 1,024 x 768 display as the second-generation slate, apps will carry across without any resizing. While Phil Schiller didn’t mention Google or the Nexus 7 by name, the rival slate (and Google’s app library) was compared to the newest iOS device. On stage, he claimed that the screen, which is .9-inch larger than the Nexus 7, gives the iPad mini 35 percent more display area than Google and ASUS’ collaboration.

On the hardware size, the 7.2mm thick, .68 pounds device has been manufactured with an “all new” process that gives it the same anodized edges as you’ll find on the iPhone 5. If you were hoping for equal specifications to the big-daddy iPad, you may be mildly disappointed. While it will pack a 5-megapixel camera and an LTE modem (if you opt to buy a cellular model), it’s running the last-generation A5 CPU. However, the slower internals and less potent display may account for how the company has been able to squeeze out a claimed 10 hours of use despite the constrained space for a battery. Pre-orders for the $329, 16GB WiFi-only model begin on Friday (October 26th) and will begin shipping on November 2nd. The cellular-equipped models will begin shipping a few weeks afterward on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, with the 16GB base model costing $459, running all the way to $659 for the 64GB unit.

‘Monster Roll’ Short Film: Sushi Chefs Square Off Against Giant Monsters

Here’s a fun short film that jumps off from a goofy, simple genre concept: what if a group of sushi chefs was all that stood between humanity and destruction at the hands (teeth? tentacles?) of giant monsters from the sea? Monster Roll is a great little sushi Kaiju blast that packs humor, action, some legendary backstory and just enough character into six minutes that I imagine many viewers might want to see a full-length version.

Proof-of-concept for a feature about sushi chefs fighting sea monsters. It’s a crazy idea, but one we just really wanted to see made. So, we made it.

When big studios are snapping up short film creators here and there based on their low-budget short work, I hope this generates some heat from Blank. He’s clearly got good ideas about how to put together a story and keep an audience cheering.

The Ultimate Badass POPEYE Art

We’ve featured several pieces of Popeye art over the years, but this is one of the coolest freakin’ character designs I think I’ve ever seen for him! There’s a CG animated film in the works over at Sony right now, and if it doesn’t look as badass as this then, I don’t care to see it. The art was wonderfully created by Lee Romao, and in my opinion he just set the standard for what the movie should be going for. Check out the photos and let us know what you think of this Popeye design.

The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

75. THE RED ZONE AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.

It’s hard to believe we’re already into the final quarter of 2012. With that, here are the Sifter’s Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ for this year. If any image really intrigues you, be sure to click the title link or picture itself. That will take you to the individual post page where you can find out more information.

*Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a ‘Picture of the Day’ this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking between the photos themselves :)

Enjoy! And stay Sifty my friends

74. ONE TRIPPY PROFILE PIC

73. LIONESSES AT THE WATERING HOLE

72. DEATH BEGETS LIFE

A Place Of Enchantment

71. MOUNT FUJI FROM ABOVE

70. SKYDIVING INTO BURNING MAN

69. THE ONLY AMERICAN NOT ON EARTH ON SEPT 11

68. THE VENEZUELAN POODLE MOTH

67. THE PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER

66. AN X-RAY OF A STINGRAY

65. THE POWER OF ONE SMALL STEP

64. MOTH TRAILS AT NIGHT

63. JUST A PINCH

62. EVOLUTION OF THE NEW YORK SKYLINE

61. AN ELEPHANT MEETS A SEA LION

60. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

59. AN OLYMPIC FULL MOON

58. BASE JUMPING IN RIO

felix baumgartner atop christ the redeemer statue in rio de janeiro brazil before be BASE jumps from the iconic statue

57. THE BOMBING OF DRESDEN

56. HOTTEST. KISS. EVER.

55. WHERE THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA MEETS THE SEA

end of the great wall of china in the east at shanhai pass in shanhaiguan china

54. THE CHICAGO SKYLINE FROM INDIANA

53. LIVING ON THE EDGE

alex honnold half dome yosemite free soloing no rope

52. THE MOLOKINI CRATER IN HAWAII

sail boats inside the crescent shaped crater of Molokini in Maui, Hawaii

51. IF JUPITER WAS THE SAME DISTANCE AS THE MOON

50. A SEAHORSE INSPECTS A DIVER’S WATCH

seahorse checks out divers watch and own reflection underwater

49. AN ILLUMINATED SNOW TUNNEL IN RUSSIA

picture at the start of a 1km long snow tunnel with person facing camera lighting up the tunnel with a fire torch

48. THE HONEYBEE’S FINAL STING

honey bee stinging human arm with stinger left in arm flying away with trail of abdominal tissue captured

47. EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIGHTING

thousands of kung fu fighters arranged in concentric circles for heritage day demonstration

46. STREET ARTIST SAINER GOES BIG IN POLAND

45. MOUNT RAINIER CASTING A SHADOW ON CLOUDS

44. FIRST CONTACT

First Contact

43. THE IRISH SKY GARDEN CRATER

42. MOON BRIDGE IN DAHU PARK, TAIPEI

???

41. FLIGHT OF THE DEVIL RAYS

40. GÁSADALUR VILLAGE IN THE FAROE ISLANDS

Gásadalur

39. WORLD’S EDGE

38. THE CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN VANCOUVER

37. FRACTAL PATTERNS IN DRIED OUT DESERT RIVERS

36. MEDITATING MONKS AT PONGOUR FALLS

35. HANGING OUT ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, 1914

34. A SUNSET ECLIPSE

33. BORA BORA FROM SPACE

32. THE LARGEST RAFT OF CANOES AND KAYAKS IN THE WORLD

31. ADAPTIVE ROOTS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE

Pavement - Form Follows Groove

30. THE HAMILTON POOL NATURE PRESERVE

29. ABOVE THE CANOPY

28. COLLIDING RIVERS IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

27. THE STUNNING GREEN VINE SNAKE

26. AURORA AUSTRALIS (SOUTHERN LIGHTS) FROM SPACE

25. MOUNT KILIMANJARO FROM ABOVE

24. THE AMAZING STRENGTH OF AN ANT

23. YARN BOMBING A BUS IN MEXICO CITY

22. FELIX BAUMGARTNER JUMPS FROM 71,580 FEET

21. THE MOST INCREDIBLE AURORA OF 2012

20. THE WATERFALL ISLAND AT IGUAZU FALLS

19. OVERGROWN RAILROAD TRACKS IN THE FOREST

The wish for a clear day

18. A POD OF SLEEPING SPERM WHALES

17. 7 HOURS IN ONE IMAGE

16. PIXEL PEOPLE PERFECTION

15. GALACTIC MONSOON

14. STRIKING ARTISTRY OF MULTIPLE TAKEOFFS AT HANNOVER AIRPORT

13. SAILING LIKE A BOSS

12. A SEA OF PURPLE IN THE BADLANDS OF UTAH

11. PUTTING THE SIZE OF A WHALE IN PERSPECTIVE

10. MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND

9. ONE BOAT AND 145 WATER-SKIERS

8. SALAR DE UYUNI AFTER SOME RAIN

7. OUTDOOR JACUZZI ON THE MATTERHORN

6. THE PRECIOUS BLUE MARBLE

5. MAELSTROM AT KAUAI, HAWAII

4. CAPSIZED CRUISE SHIP COSTA CONCORDIA FROM SPACE

3. Serenity Now

2. BEAUTIFUL BERN FROM ABOVE

1. FIRST RISING SUN OF 2012

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011

Numptia Super Yacht

Those in the market for a megayacht are already familiar with the 70-meter (229-foot) Numptia. There isn’t a luxury yachting magazine on the planet that hasn’t noticed it. Some at the upper end allocated as much as 25 pages of opulence-oozing imagery and painstaking scrutiny of every minute fact to this steel-hulled, aluminum-structured floating residence.

8-Bit Illustrations From the Land of Strange

If mysterious illustrator Uno Moralez had created video games a few decades back, they would have simply blown our minds. The bizarre creations have a look unlike anything else, often mixing themes from film noir to gothic, anime to Indian religious iconography – all made with a distinctly pixilated 8-bit style. Not only are these intricate scenes highly entertaining… they’re often seriously creepy too.

Uno Moralez (if that even is someones name), often creates equally mysterious stories, stacking images to form comic like progressions in plot. In one example, two girls go wandering in the night, find a frightening creature in the woods and slay it with a sword. Out of the creatures belly crawls a nude boy who they take home and fall asleep with. It is the kind of story reserved for the pages historic mythology or even our more mind-bending dreams.

Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection, 20 Years of Quentin Tarantino Films

The Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection is a 10-disc Blu-ray box set being released by Lionsgate and Miramax that will feature 8 movies chosen by director Quentin Tarantino to best show off his first 20 years of filmmaking. Everything fromReservoir Dogs to the most recent film Inglourious Basterds will be featured, plus five hours of new never-before-seen special features on the two extra discs. The Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection will be available in stores on November 20, 2012 but is now available to pre-order on Amazon. You can check out the trailer below to learn more.

Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir DogsTrue RomancePulp Fiction,Jackie BrownKill Bill Vol. 1Kill Bill Vol. 2Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema.

Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection

Unmistakeable Art From The Streets Of Hawaii

He’s the wizard responsible for this intricate and detailed design of Gandhi, Buddha & even the elephant-headed deity Ganesha. He’s clearly influenced by and has a keen interest in eastern philosophy – so much so that he’s released a book featuring his personal tributes to the cultural characters & their stories.

What’s equally impressive is his desire to have his work seen not by the rich and affluent who frequent major art galleries, but made accessible to everyone. That goes a long way into explaining why many of his works are featured and posted in some of the most wayward & neglected areas on the island.

It’s all summed up rather nicely in his bio which simply states

“My purpose is to facilitate the development of a deeper, more meaningful philosophy of life. To challenge people to think of other possibilities and to see a different reality; one that encompasses many ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems in order to help us better understand our place in the universe. “

We reckon he’s onto a great start – don’t you?

Hawaian Street Artist Cryptik

Hawaian Street Artist Cryptik

Hawaian Street Artist Cryptik

Hawaian Street Artist Cryptik

Picture of the Day: What a Space Shuttle Cockpit Looks Like

In this incredible photo by Ben Cooper, we see the highly sophisticated flight deck (cockpit) of the NASA space shuttle,Endeavour. This is just one of the amazing photos from Ben’s photo tour of the now decommissioned shuttle. Be sure to check out the rest of the series at Launch Photography where you can also see the thousands of signatures in the white room entrance of the Orbiter Processing Facility.

Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, constructed as a replacement for Challenger, which was destroyed 73 seconds after its launch on January 28, 1986. Endeavour first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011.

Endeavour completed 25 total missions by 154 different crew members. It spent 296 days in space and made 4,671 orbits. It deployed 3 satellites and docked on Mir stations once and the ISS 12 times. It travelled a total distance of 122,883,141 miles (197,761,262 km). [Source: Wikipedia]

The orbiter is named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship which took Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery (1768–1771).