Chicago And Big Data

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shutterstock_216526753 (1) As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More

I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriter

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The Hemingwrite — described as an “over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century” — should bother me. It’s not just the pretentious yet bland reference to the Young Male Writer‘s favorite inspiration right in the name. It’s not just the exhortation to use its long battery life and “pull a Thoreau,” the time-honored practice of self-righteously rejecting civilization by making other people interact with it on your behalf. It’s not just the shots fired at “tiresome and outdated” typewriters. It’s the entire gestalt of nostalgia, self-help, and conspicuous, generic literary fandom that it evokes. It makes me want to be elitist and anti-intellectual at the same time.

Except that as an idea, I love it.

As its website readily admits,…

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Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

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Tim Armstrong Aol-1-2 Tim Armstrong may have shown other CEOs how to speak with respect and admiration about women in the workplace during his comments onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. In the past few weeks and months, conversations have run the gamut from companies such as Google and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children to Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep… Read More

SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

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IndieBio-log-final-with-subtitle International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

Some early Apple Pay users hit with duplicate charges

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Large-scale consumer launches are rarely perfect, and Apple Pay isn’t proving to be an exception. Plenty of people using Apple’s mobile payments feature over the last few days have reported successful results. We tried it ourselves around New York City and found that it largely works just as Apple claims. But not everyone’s been so lucky; per Bloomberg, “hundreds” of Bank of America customers were reportedly double-charged for a single purchase in the immediate hours following Apple Pay’s rollout. Apparently it’s not Apple that’s to blame, though who knows if consumers are making that distinction.

Bloomberg reports that “a processing glitch that occurred between the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank and at least one payments network”…

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The ‘Red Velvet’ Oreo is a fake, and here’s why

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Earlier this week, a tweet sent the Twitter cookie community into an uproar. This tweet from @chevroletgirl, posted on October 18th, showed a picture of an alleged new limited edition flavor of Oreo, Red Velvet, complete with cream cheese flavored creme. That tweet was then followed up by another image of the same package of alleged Red Velvet Oreos from @luvvie on October 20th, supposedly cementing the reality of this new flavor.

But while Nabisco has released 35 different variations of Oreo flavors since 2012, fakes aren’t uncommon. Both Butterbeer and Fried Chicken flavored Oreos have appeared in the past, and both have been proven to be fakes. The Red Velvet Oreo is also a fake, and here’s why.

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Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

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sell online Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new… Read More

Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store

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Print Boostable doesn’t have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they’re incentivized to route traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable’s easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for marketplace sellers do. So the marketplaces do the legwork of recommending… Read More

Hands On With Google Inbox: Useful Email Triage Tools For A Mobile Workflow

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inbox-feature Google’s Inbox email app is now available, and we have access to the limited release, which is being distributed via Google’s tried-and-true invite system. While many will have to wait to check it out for themselves, our first impressions might help you decided whether you want to even try chasing down an invite. First, this is a good-looking app that benefits from Google’s… Read More

Apple Pay’s First TV Ad Is A World Series Spot From MasterCard And MLB

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MasterCard Introduces ApplePay at Kauffman Stadium Apple’s new payment system is live, and Apple Pay has already garnered more attention than most mobile payment efforts to date. It also has a new ad, which aired yesterday during the opening game of the 2014 World Series, from payment partner MasterCard. MasterCard’s ad accompanies its new rollout of contactless payments at food and beverage purchase points in MLB ballparks across… Read More

‘IMDb for cars’ exists, and it’s an incredible time-waster

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Which episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. featured a Peterbilt 359?

Just this morning, I would’ve assumed that there was absolutely no way of answering that without watching all of Doogie Howser, M.D. (complication: it’s not on Netflix, and the last thing you have time for is another series binge, anyway). You’d also need complete confidence in your ability to identify a Peterbilt 359 through the fuzzy standard definition and big hair of an early-’90s television program.

Thankfully, former Verge editor and all-around great guy Paul Miller brought my attention to IMCDb, which is literally IMDb for cars. You can search both ways, either retrieving a list of all cars found in a particular movie or TV show, or by choosing a model and getting a…

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The PlayStation TV is a waste of money for Vita fans

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People love to say that the PlayStation Vita has no games. I’m the guy who tells them they’re wrong. Though Sony’s handheld hasn’t been a huge success, it’s one of my personal favorite devices. I love the form factor and the diverse line-up of games, from the charming Tearaway to music games like Sound Shapes and Hohokum. It’s amazing that I can take classics like Vib-Ribbon or Final Fantasy VII with me wherever I go.

In theory, my love of the platform makes me the target market for PlayStation TV, Sony’s tiny new box that lets you play Vita games on your television. (You can also use it to stream PS4 games to a second television set.) But after playing around with the PS TV for the past week, I’m not sure why I’d ever really use it. It…

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