Munich Planning Highway System For Cyclists

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An anonymous reader writes: The German city of Munich has been looking for solutions to its traffic problem. Rush hour traffic is a parking lot, and public transit is near capacity. They think their best bet is to encourage (and enable) more people to hop on their bikes. Munich is now planning a Radschnellverbindungen — a highway system just for cyclists. Long bike routes will connect the city with universities, employment centers, and other cities. The paths themselves would be as free from disruption as possible — avoiding intersections and traffic lights are key to a swift commute. They’ll doubtless take lessons from Copenhagen’s bike skyway: “Cykelslangen (pronounced soo-cool-klag-en) adds just 721 feet of length to the city’s 220 miles of bicycle paths, but it relieves congestion by taking riders over instead of through a waterfront shopping area.”

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Pinterest hires early Apple designer Susan Kare

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Pinterest has hired designer Susan Kare, the graphic artist famously behind many of Apple’s early fonts and icons, including those on the original Macintosh. At Pinterest, Kare will be serving as a product design lead, where the company says she’ll likely end up working on products like buyable pins, guided search, and app pins. Her first day was Monday, so Pinterest says there are “no specific projects to share yet.” But broadly speaking, she’ll be helping to refine Pinterest’s primary interfaces for discovering and saving content.

It’s a smart hire for Pinterest. For one, Kare has deep roots in Silicon Valley’s design world: she created icons, like the lasso and paint bucket, that are still around today, albeit in modern forms; her…

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It took 98 years to make the perfect Chuck Taylor

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The concept of the Chuck II seemed weird to me at first. Is the original design so outdated that we needed to rebuild it from the ground up? I know that after a while walking the streets of Portsmouth’s old town I can begin to feel every cobble with each step – would this upgraded design improve the walking experience?

Yes, it does. It really, really does.

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Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies

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ad40c46d5fcf42af89faa19aa9b05b70 Dropbox has quietly launched on the Roku, with an app that allows you to view the photos and videos you have stored in your account directly on your TV by way of Roku’s streaming media player. The new app itself is simple to use – you can browse through your folders, view thumbnails and slideshows, and even search for items by name. But wait, I know what you’re thinking… Read More

Twitter’s Homepage Over The Years

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Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 5.56.39 PM If you’re a heavy Twitter user, you probably don’t see the homepage much…no, not your timeline, the Twitter.com that shows up when you’re logged out. If other people didn’t talk about it, I probably wouldn’t notice a change. But there have been many over the years.
Its current iteration, making its worldwide debut this week, reminds me of YouTube’s… Read More

Kim Dotcom Is Not Involved With Mega Anymore, Plans To Build Yet Another Cloud Storage Service

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Kim Dotcom Mega Megaupload Kim Dotcom revealed in an interview on Slashdot that he is no longer involved with Mega — he isn’t working for the company anymore, but he also doesn’t own any share of Mega. Dotcom also said that you shouldn’t trust Mega to host sensitive files anymore, and that he is planning to build yet another file storage service in the coming months. Read More

YC Backs Cofactor Genomics To Pursue RNA Testing, Which Could Offer Better Diagnoses Than DNA

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cofactor As part of Y Combinator’s push into computational biology and bioinformatics, the early-stage firm is backing a team that used to work on the Human Genome Project and is now experimenting with RNA testing through a startup called Cofactor Genomics. They argue RNA, which is the intermediate step between a person’s DNA and the proteins their bodies make, is a much more accurate… Read More

Uber Reportedly Raises New Funding Round, Now Valued At Over $50 Billion

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uber-money Uber just closed a new round of funding that will value the company at more than $50 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper says that Uber has raised close to $1 billion in the round, which brings total equity financing to more than $5 billion. The WSJ reported that investors in this latest round include Microsoft and Indian media company Bennett, Coleman, and Company.… Read More

AMC’s sci-fi drama Humans is coming back for a second season

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AMC and Channel 4 are bringing Humans, their anxious, trans-Atlantic AI drama, back for a second season. The show takes place in a parallel version of suburban London, one where synths — skilled, precise androids almost indistinguishable from humans — have become omnipresent as servants and home assistants. It’s part of a wave of smart, stylish sci-fi that’s sweeping TV and film, from Channel 4 predecessors like Black Mirror and Utopia to movies like Ex Machina, and it’s one of the most accessible recent entries in the genre. There’s no word yet on when viewers can expect the second season to air.

Humans hasn’t been a huge hit for AMC, but the show was an instant sensation in the UK. It became Channel 4’s highest-rated debut drama in o…

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Sharp abandons the TV market in the Americas

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Starting next year, Sharp TVs sold in the Americas won’t actually be made by Sharp. Sharp announced this morning that it was getting out of the TV business in North and South America by selling its Mexican production factory and leasing rights to its brand name to Hisense, a Chinese manufacturer that’s been trying to build its name up in the region. Once Hisense picks up production, it’ll be the real name behind Sharp TVs, as well as the Aquos and Quattron branding.

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Comcast’s NBC refuses to air commercials for Sling TV

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NBC is unwilling to run commercials for Dish’s Sling TV streaming service on its own TV stations. Business Insider reports that Sling recently brought a new set of ads to all the major networks and their affiliates in eight cities. Everyone was happy to take them with the lone exception of Comcast-owned NBC, which rejected the commercials in key markets like New York and Los Angeles, where NBC itself owns and controls the local peacock station. The spots portray traditional cable operators as greedy and aggressive bullies, a sentiment that Comcast probably isn’t too fond of. NBC confirmed the decision to Business Insider but hasn’t detailed its reasoning.

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