Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Nokia's banana phone, exploding stars, the world's oldest tattoos and more in our look around the web

1. Amateur Astronomer Photographs Exploding Star An Argentinian amateur astronomer was simply testing out his new 16-inch telescope by taking a bunch of short-exposure photographs when he managed to snap an image believed to be one in 10 million—or even one in 100 million. The photo is of an exploding star in a distant galaxy—a visual that professionals have been hoping to capture for a …

Nokia’s “Banana Phone” from The Matrix Returns

HMD, the producers of Nokia-branded phones these days, will revive the cinematic classic “banana phone,” better known as the Nokia 8110. The curved sliding cell phone featured in “The Matrix” and was used by Keanu Reeves’ character Neo. Now the retro device is returning in black (but with a banana yellow variation) as well. It’s quite basic, running on Smart Feature OS, but comes complete …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Cameras made from drinking straws, the possible return of a classic Nokia, the world's tallest atrium and more

1. Royal Egyptian Scribe’s 3,000-Year-Old Tomb Dating back to the Ramesside period, around 1200 BCE, a tomb has been unearthed on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. Japanese archaeologists, led by Waseda University Professor Jiro Kondo, made the discovery and researchers have already deduced that the tomb belonged to Khonsu, a royal scribe. Within, ornate hieroglyphics and ceiling drawings, many of which paid …

Nokia 3310 Might Return

Whether it’s social media fatigue or the brutality of brunch-planning group chats, many reasons present themselves to step back to a less computer-like mobile phone. One of the world’s former favorites—the Nokia 3310—might be making a comeback, according to Evan “Evleaks” Blass. Blass has reported that Nokia owner HMD Global plans to launch an updated version of the 3310. It would be the second “dumb …

Nokia Unveils Its Advanced Virtual Reality Camera Ozo

After first dominating—and then exiting—the mobile phone industry, Nokia is now ready to take on virtual reality (VR). The first step in the tech company’s VR quest comes in the form of Ozo, a just-released, spherical camera that specializes in capturing 360-degree audio and video with precision and speed. Weighing around six pounds, shaped slightly smaller than a human head and coming with a five-figure …