Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord Cutting Console

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IMG_0373 Microsoft announced support for over-the-air TV broadcasts, including HD content, early in April. I’ve been using the setup since, after enrolling in the Xbox One Preview program and receiving a Mohu Leaf indoor HDTV antenna and an Hauppauge 955Q USB TV tuner to take it for a test ride. The end result is that for me, at least, Xbox One is closer than ever to achieving its vision of being… Read More

Backyard Blacksmith Forges Viking Sword From Vehicle Parts

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IMG_5389Backyard blacksmith Phil Baumhardt discovered some vehicle trash and turned it into Viking treasure. While scavenging for materials, he discovered a pair of suspension leaf springs, likely thrown out during a trailer or vehicle repair. He recognized that they were made of high carbon steel, the same metal used in […]

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Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

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periscope-android Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all, with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select group of invitees, but it doesn’t appear to have that many… Read More

First Click: Elon Musk, rockstar savior

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The US has known its fair share of inventors who’ve helped reimagine the modern world. Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Edwin Land, Henry Ford, and Nikola Tesla are some of the biggies. Steve Jobs’ name appears on 460 Apple patents in the US Patent and Trademark database while Steve Wozniak lays claim to just 4, the same number attributed to Elon Musk of Tesla Motors.

With Jobs gone and Woz being Woz, it’s Musk who’s donned the crown of US technology laureate. He’s the one we now look to for a glimpse of the world our children will inhabit. Musk oozes PopSci futurism on stage, surrounded by fans more fanatical than any attending an Apple keynote. Like Jobs, Musk can put entire industries on notice with the mere mention of interest…

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This is the last image sent by NASA’s Messenger before it crashed into Mercury

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At approximately 3.26PM ET yesterday, NASA’s Messenger probe slammed into the planet Mercury at speeds of around 8,750mph or two and half miles per second. The picture above is the last image it beamed back to Earth before ending its 10-year mission, four years of which were spent orbiting Mercury, the solar system’s smallest planet.

Although the craft ran out of fuel weeks ago, NASA scientists made the final adjustments to its destructive flight path by venting the helium gas used to pressurize its fuel tanks. The three-meter-long Messenger became the first spacecraft to crash into Mercury — adding a crater estimated to be five times its size to the planet’s pockmarked surface. John Grunsfeld, the associate administrator of NASA’s…

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16 Metrics to Ensure Mobile App Success: Part 2 User and Engagement Metrics

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In my previous post, I discussed the value of monitoring performance metrics.
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In my previous post, I discussed the value of monitoring performance metrics. In this post we’ll dive into exactly how your users are using your app — where are they coming from, what device are they using, how often are they using your app, and more…

YouTube celebrates a decade of cats, unicorns, and double rainbows

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YouTube is celebrating its tenth birthday the only way it knows how: with lots of YouTube videos. The video-sharing site is selecting 26 of its best moments and spotlighting them throughout May — alphabetically, a letter per day — on the YouTube Trends blog. Think of it as an end-of-season clip show for the internet’s best-loved and longest-running sitcom. When you’re catching up with your friends online, you’re now more likely to say “Hey, did you see that crazy thing on YouTube?” than ask about what was on TV.

As YouTube puts it:

YouTube is a portrait of our global culture, seen through the lenses and perspectives of people around the world. It is a portrait built by a creative community of bold and fearless individuals. Built by c…

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After Exiting Markco Media, Mark Pearson Launches New London-Based VC Fund And Startup Studio

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Mark_logo1 And perhaps he has every reason to be. After selling Markco Media, the parent company of MyVoucherCodes, last year, the U.K entrepreneur and ‘secret millionaire” is poised to make his next bet in the form of a new startup studio and early-stage VC fund. “What excites me the most is I like to get quite hands-on and detailed and work with the companies I invest in,” he… Read More

Tesla’s huge new batteries will store power for Amazon, Target, and others

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Elon Musk only announced Tesla’s new Powerpack system tonight, but the company has already done deals with some of America’s biggest companies to supply them with the new technology. Both Amazon and Target are rolling out pilot programs that will use Tesla’s 100 kWh battery blocks, along with smaller companies such as Jackson Family Wines.

In Target’s case, the retail giant will use Tesla’s Powerpacks at certain stores, acting like more efficient generators to relieve stress on the electrical grid and draw power during shortfalls. Jackson Family Wines will use the Powerpacks in a similar way, storing electricity drawn from the grid or solar panels during quiet times and using it during periods of high energy consumption in the…

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HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

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hololens_front Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke. We’ve now tried the company’s latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience (mostly) delivers on the company’s promises. Read More

The Cloud Services Landscape

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This infographic comes to you from the DZone Guide to Cloud Development – 2015 Edition. For more information—including in-depth articles from industry experts, best solutions for PaaS, iPaaS, IaaS, and MBaaS, and more—click the link below to download your free copy of the guide.

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