Archive for December, 2014


 Apple has a new patent, awarded by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which details reverse AirPlay – beaming content from your Apple TV to your iOS device, instead of the other way around.

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This view from the Orion spacecraft’s re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere is pretty spectacular. What was the drunkest day of the year? It may surprise you. (I’m guessing there were lots…

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Those of us who are terrible at memorizing keyboard shortcuts dream of a day when we don’t have to keep a reference card handy for Photoshop or Office.

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If you need some on-the-go games to keep yourself occupied over Christmas, you’ve got no shortage of great options on sale right now (including Goat Simulator for iPhone and Android!).

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 As we approach Christmas it’s time for good start-up boys and girls to slack off and, most importantly, record bad lip dubs of Mariah Carey songs. Lip dubs, it seems, is the reason for the season.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a brilliant, modern-day Carl Sagan. He is also, if we are to judge solely by his Twitter account, a freshman philosophy major, tweeting from his dorm room and rolling blunts on top of his used copy of Plato’s Republic.

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Unmanned aircraft are becoming a popular Christmas gift. But if you’re bored with the basics, building an FPV (First Person View) racing quadcopter is a nice way to level up. And screw gifts: You can just build one for yourself any time of the year.

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Sensors are everywhere—in our phones, watches, and shoes. And now our earphones, too.

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As the New Year approaches, it’s important to reflect on how the trends we’ve seen in the past year will impact marketers in the year ahead.

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 If you’ve got more time than money and have a startup idea that you think you have the skills to build, a new partnership between Amazon Web Services and online education portal edX will hook you up with $1,000 in credit for completing one of two…

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Presidential libraries preserve archives and promote scholarship—but beyond that, they’re marble-clad information tombs, quiet and somber and only remarkable for the architectural value of their designs.

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 When done well, user onboarding – meaning the initial experience a customer has when adopting a new product or service for the first time – can increase the chances that a user sticks around to become a loyal, engaged customer for a company,…

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 Hearst recently announced the acquisition of 25 percent of DreamWorks Animation’s YouTube network AwesomenessTV for a cool $81.25 million.

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Traditional pasta extruders, as mesmerizing as they are , can only handle so much complex geometry. Barilla recently held a competition for 3D-printed pasta shapes, and the winners include unusual shapes like a blooming rose and cratered moon.

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It was “a week of tumult” and “invective” at the New York Times, the former Timeser felt, gazing over all the shattered dishware left in the wake of publisher Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger’s abrupt and controversial ouster of executive editor Jill…

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 Keurig is a company that makes a product that produces an insane amount of plastic waste and a little bit of coffee.
Now they’re also company that is recalling 7 million coffee makers. Read More

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Used to be that even the smallest tweaks to an upcoming automobile’s design could require weeks of fabrication to produce the modified clay, wood, and metal models.

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Yesterday, North Korea’s connection to the internet had a bad day . Then it kinda sorta came back ! But not before taking another vacation. It’s like in-flight Wi-Fi over there.
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 Emulators on iOS usually get shut down as soon as Apple’s App Store review team catches wind of their existence – usually thanks to news and blog coverage. (Sorry.) But guess who’s on holiday break right now?

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 But drive inland from the Pacific Coast and other valleys open up. Valleys steeped in history like the Salinas, the San Joaquin and Sacramento.

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Multiple theaters are now announcing that Sony Pictures has authorized screenings of The Interview on Christmas Day. There are also reports that the company will also announce corresponding video on demand release.

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We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time , but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades.

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Comcast’s customer service is notoriously terrible . It sucks so bad, Comcast lobbyists dangled access to non-terrible customer service as a deal-sweetener for Washington influencers.
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 This week the TCG team covers everything and nothing including Lego, beer, and Blackberry. Enjoy! Read More

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Manhattan has plenty of bridges—they’re its most recognizable landmarks, really—but exactly how many more would it need if every last person drove a car? Matt Taylor, a transit engineer, has seen this bizarro-Manhattan, and it’s not pretty.

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Every year, Apple freezes iTunes and the App Store at the end of December, so the best time to sneak an app running a forbidden feature is right before December 22.

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 Nearly three years ago at SXSW, Turner’s Media Camp accelerator launched with an ambitious plan to help startups focused on changing the media world.

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box deal is a $500 Pioneer receiver. Granted, that’s a pretty big investment, but it has a future-proof feature set that should last you for years. This price is only available today, or until sold out.

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 The ongoing struggle between Google and the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has new players this week, as a number of privacy groups waded into the mix, dinging the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for, in their words, a “coordinated…

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You’ve probably heard the story by now: On Christmas Eve 1955, a young boy in Colorado Springs dialed a Sears-sponsored hotline that let kids talk with Santa Claus.

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From trying to find the edge on a roll, to opening a tightly sealed box, packing tape simply isn’t designed to be used by those lacking long fingernails.

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 I suggest you just load up the YouTube app and stream this playlist of holiday rap inspired by Kanye West’s album Yeezus.

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4K is still in its infancy. Even if you’ve got the $7,000 burning a hole in your pocket for a top-tier 4K set, I’d recommend a gorgeous 1080p OLED panel instead . But if you simply must have a 4K television, you don’t necessarily need the very best.

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An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine – the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight – has been successfully tested in the UK, an important early step towards cleaner, more efficient air travel.

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 Tech giants are making early moves to partner as they see business opportunities emerge in the digital healthcare market. Earlier in December, we learned that Intel will replace Texas Instruments as the provider of chips for Google Glass.

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 After some katzenjammer about just how many comments were submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) dealing with net neutrality, the governmental agency confirmed today that nearly…

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Combine Lego and Frozen and you have a recipe for one of the most sought after toys this Christmas. The problem is that Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle (41062) isn’t slated for release by Lego until January 1st of 2015.

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What’s more impressive than this 26-foot long version of Taiwanese artist Hung-Chih Peng’s Noah’s Ark sculpture is the fact that it’s assembled from over 100,000 3D-printed pieces.

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 No single bad PR incident can impact Snapchat’s growth or popularity, it seems.

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There are myriad reasons why getting from Earth to Mars is hard, but chief among them are two 1) the massive amount of fuel needed and 2) a launch window that is limited to every 26 months, when the two planets are in optimal alignment.

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 According to an SEC filing, behavioral health analytics startup Ginger.io has added $20 million in Series B funding. This brings the total amount raised up to $28.2 million.

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It should be simple: Charge phone overnight, wake up with enough battery to last the day; repeat. Nope.

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 The FCC pressed pause on its review of the proposed Comcast-TWC merger after learning that thousands of documents it should have had access to were withheld.

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 It’s that time of the year again. Parents are buying presents for their children, mobile device fanatics are arguing over iOS and Android, and investors are clearing out their portfolios before the end of the year to make their tax rebate checks…

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 Consumer internet startups have experienced a long-running boom in funding and valuations, but a recent trend towards strategic investments and acquisitions by Internet giants is raising eyebrows.

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Hookai. So I just saw this video by our friend Nikola Slavkovic, and my mind exploded. Because what I thought I was seeing, I actually can’t see. I thought I could see the cutting edge of a knife but, in reality, it is invisible.

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 Microsoft picked up new momentum today in a domestic case regarding the disclosure of information stored on the company’s servers in Ireland.

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 2014 did not bring the immigration reforms the tech lobby pushed for.
Hopes of reform that would benefit high-skilled workers were initially dashed when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives blocked the Senate immigration bill.

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 It seems like everyone has AI on their wish lists this season.
For me, there was Xmas in July.

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A belt is so simple, it’s just fabric that ties together to hold up your pants. But in this video, you see how considered the process of making a leather belt is.

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I like this cute short film from animation studio Simpals called ‘Dji. Death fails’ because it shows how the Grim Reaper can be bad at his job too. Death, he’s just like us!

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This video is fascinating because it let’s us pretend to be a fly on the wall of a Porsche 911 engine assembly line.

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 Though many developers have begun to abandon Google Glass, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup called Brain Power believes that the hardware still has plenty of possibilities for children with autism.

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 Stories of thieves being caught by social networks like Facebook or Twitter are nothing new. But what about Tinder? Read More

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 Alibaba ramped up its efforts to remove counterfeit goods before its initial public offering in September, the company said during a press conference today.

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 Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is facing a possible fine or jail sentence in Korea after prosecutors charged the company and its founder with violating local transportation laws, according to Yonhap News.

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The violin is a cute little instrument but also, as I learned from watching this video of violin maker (or luthier) John Young, a really interesting instrument to make.

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 Curved TVs are silly – the result of an industry flailing for some new selling point, now that 1080p is pretty much a standard option and the market has proven that no one wants 3D TVs. Vizio wants none of it.

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Despite the fact that Sony has absolutely no plans to release The Interview in any way anytime soon , a new promo just popped up on YouTube. Somewhere out there, a PR intern is about to have a very, very bad day.

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 Google thinks that next year will be a big moment for surveillance reform.

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 Whether you are looking for your girlfriend, your gal pal or that special lady in your life, or a gift for yourself, these items promise to charge, inform and add some chic style for the new year.

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Behold the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020! I don’t know if the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020 is the best. I don’t know how much the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020 costs. Hell, I don’t know anything about the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020.

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In case you needed a material transaction to illustrate just how much money Markus Persson, aka Notch, has having sold Mojang (and Minecraft) to Microsoft, take a look at this: the dude just paid $70 million (and maybe beat out Beyonce & Jay-Z) to…

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Facebook is conducting an interesting test, acknowledging that many people use groups to sell and trade items locally. Some Facebook users reported seeing an option in the status update box for groups, prompting them to Sell Something.

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 Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models’ inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are…

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Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold.

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 The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to $18K to provide supportive housing to a previously homeless person.

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 U.K.startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition …

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 Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game.

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People who toss around dumb conspiracy theories and rabble rouse with large gaps in their brain are impossible to be sane and sensible with. Conspiracy theories are silly and fun to joke around with but to take them serious is just insane.

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Did you listen to the Serial finale yet? Good for you, now please don’t tell me what happens. Instead, you should listen to this Notorious B.I.G. remix featuring the Serial theme .

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 Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site’s professional artists as well as images licensed for commercial use through Creative Commons.

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Skip the terrible movie that was Transformers 4 and let’s just enjoy the awesomeness of this visual effects reel from ILM for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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One of my favorite things: seeing the process of how things are made from things I’ve never ever wondered how they get made. Take for instance this awesome hand made candy cane.

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The system of democracy is built on the rather more humble system of voting. And voting is built on the two fundamentals of anonymity and trust. This video explains why, right now, digital voting doesn’t provide over of those two things well enough.

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An undercover investigation by the BBC’s Panorama team has found that Apple is still failing to protect those that work at the factories of its parts manufacturers.
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Around Christmast, a lot of food comes laced with alcohol.

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These distinctive underwater features of the Great Bahamas Bank are made of limestone, largely from the skeletal fragments of marine organisms, which has been accumulating for over 100 million years and is shaped by underwater currents.

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Aaron Draplin is the guy who told the internet how profesional designers create their logos with a passion that made me want to spend an entire day with him.

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Need a password for a new device or service? Try the genetic code.
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 Eva is a device that attaches to your shower, adding a proximity sensor, temperature sensor and a water flow valve so it can intelligently throttle back the water flow when the ideal water temperature is reached or when the occupant has stepped…

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Check out the gorgeous images that photographer Steve Scalone took of my latest object of desire, a 99-cheese pizza created by pizza world champion Johnny di Francesco, of Melbourne’s famed 400 Gradi.

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It may sounder counter-intuitive, but adding drops of humble old water into solid materials can actually increase their strength and changes their other properties in interesting and useful ways.
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Some video games were great this year. Some were not so great. These, as compiled by our bleep bloop buddies at Kotaku, are the latter.
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 Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.

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Once you accept the harsh truth that adding Hot Toys’ upcoming Iron Man Hulkbuster to your collection probably means there won’t be any money for your kids to go to college, it becomes easier to get excited about owning what is probably the most…

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From the minute we started sending humans into space, authorized and unauthorized paraphernalia have gone with them. Even unmanned spacecraft hauled oddities to the far reaches of our solar system.

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The Past – SEO Tactics
As we all know, the fundamental objective of SEO in the past was to trick the search engines into giving a website better rankings. This was usually done for a very narrow set of high search volume keywords.

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by allegations made by BBC’s Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers. Read a larger summary
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Google still hasn’t opened its new Inbox mail service for everyone, and it’s not doing another invite free-for-all, but it is gifting all existing users 10 addition invites over the holidays. Time to start hitting up your friends.

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The Kindle Fire HD 6 is the first $100 tablet that you’d actually want to buy . So at $79, you really ought to give it a shot.
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 Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades.

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 Off the back of a $8.5 million in new funding, Belgium and San Francisco-based startup Showpad, which provides mobile-first software to help support sales teams, has acquired some of the assets of New York-based Storydesk.

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 A growing suite of digital tools is emerging to better manage the world’s natural resources. Development Alert! maps where new infrastructure projects overlap with environmentally sensitive areas in Jamaica.

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With all the gear that passes through our grubby little hands, the number of gadgets we covet knows no bounds. And since we have to return most the objects our desire, there’s always a few that stick with us just a little too hard.

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 It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by…

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 Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that’s really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners.

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 As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community.

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