The Viking Facebook

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An unusual article recently appeared in the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association.

It featured web-like diagrams of lines connecting nodes, a hallmark of research that analyzes networks. But each node, rather than being a plain dot, was the head of a burly, red-bearded Viking sporting a horned hat, his tresses blowing in the wind.

This whimsical-seeming piece of scholarship went on to describe the social network of more than 1,500 characters in the…

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Old Compose Brings Back Gmail’s Old Editor

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hantgatgmy92ztyj2zvp About a year ago, Google switched all of its Gmail users over to the new compose window it had announced in 2012. Instead of getting what was essentially a full-screen text editor for your emails, Gmail now opened a smaller window in the bottom-left corner of the screen and hid all of its advanced editing features. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Google is never going to bring… Read More

Mozilla Launches Improved JPEG Encoder

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mozilla_wordmark_300dpi (1) Mozilla today announced the launch of the latest version of its mozjpeg image encoder for JPEG files. The new version is already being tested on facebook.com, and Facebook donated $60,000 to Mozilla to continue its work on this project. When it comes to image formats on the web, PNG and JPEG are pretty much the only game in town. Over the years, firms like Microsoft and Google have… Read More

Airfy’s Beacon Wants To Make The Smarthome Actually Smart

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56031e2ab76bacceee1a911261e59ed3_large Berlin-based Airfy, maker of the Airfy WiFi router that our very own John Biggs called one of the sexiest Wi-Fi routers he’d ever seen (and the man has doubtless seen a lot of WiFi routers), is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new product today. Rather than tackling the ugliness and (often) stupidity of WiFi routers, the Airfy Beacon is an attempt at making the smarthome, well… Read More

You can shop for your next yacht on the Craigslist for rich people

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The Bloomberg terminal’s fast-paced delivery of news and financial data makes it an invaluable tool to many in the finance fields. But there’s a curious thing about the terminals’ general user: because of their business, they often enough have a lot of disposable income to spare. As BuzzFeed noticed, the Bloomberg terminal actually has a built in classifieds section — or what it’s calling a Craigslist just for the rich — to help them take advantage of that. (Somehow, the service is even called POSH.) Looking through the listings, BuzzFeed found boats, planes, lightly used sports cars, Rolex watches, diamond rings, and even a castle going for €20 million ($27.2 million). Head over to BuzzFeed to see more of the strange and opulent…

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Tok Tok Tok Hires Former Carrefour CFO Eric Reiss To Head The European Delivery Startup

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Tok Tok Tok Conventional wisdom has it that Tok Tok Tok is an idea that can’t work. In a few taps, you can order anything you want in Paris, but it will cost you between €5 or €10 depending on where you are. So why would you order a fine burger from Big Fernand if there is a 30 percent premium on the final price? Some users already order dozens of times per month, but the startup has bigger… Read More

Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility

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Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.20.02 AM Snapchat has added a new feature to its app starting today that will offer special image filters depending on your location. All you need to do to activate them is swipe right from the preview screen after you take a photo, and you’ll receive a text or graphic sticker overlaid on your pic. The location-based filters were drawn up specifically for locations in LA and NYC to begin with,… Read More

Minuum Demos Non-Annoying Text Entry On An Android Wear Watch

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Minuum-Android-Wear The Android Wear devices currently available let you respond to texts as well as read them – but they employ either voice-based input or canned responses to do so, and neither is entirely ideal. A whole host of alternative keyboard makers will likely try to deliver alternate solutions, but Minuum is among the first to offer a working solution. In the video above, you can see how it… Read More

Fly from Tokyo to San Francisco in 83 seconds with this gorgeous timelapse

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Over 5,100 miles of ocean separate Tokyo from San Francisco, a journey that ordinarily takes air travelers over 9 and a half hours to complete. But imagine if the trip could be done in a little over a minute: that’s the effect created in a new timelapse video from YouTube user psp747. Said to be compiled from over 3,400 still images taken during the course of a flight, the video shows clouds whipping underneath at an incredible rate and the sun setting and rising over the horizon. The backing track, “A Courageous Light Instrumental,” comes by way of musician Adam Michaels. It’s certainly not the first aerial timelapse, but it is almost enough to make you forget the headaches associated with most commercial flights these days (delays,…

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IT Automation Service Chef Acquires Tower3 To Power New Analytics Platform

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CHEF_09380.NEF Chef isn’t just a feel-good summer move for foodies, but also one of the fastest-growing IT automation services out there. Indeed, the company today announced that its incremental recurring revenue grew 182 percent year-over year in the last quarter. There is clearly a huge demand for this kind of service. That’s driving by the quickly changing landscape of enterprise IT and the… Read More

Google Enlists Novartis To Ship Glucose-Sensing And Autofocus Smart Contact Lenses In As Little As 5 Years

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Hand holding - zoomed in Google has announced a new licensing deal with big pharmacy corporation Novartis to bring its “smart” contact lenses, with the power to help diabetics track their blood glucose level, to patients. The commercial launch of the lenses will take place through Novartis’ Alcon eyecare division and Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez told the Financial Times that a timeline for… Read More

ThinkGeek Sets Phasers To “Gesture-Based Remote Control”

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Phaser 2 Peddler of nerdy wares ThinkGeek has a new product launching just in time for San Diego Comic Con, and it should give Trekkers more control over when and how they watch their favorite show. The gadget is a hyper-authentic replication of the Phaser from the original Star Trek series, complete with flashing lights, sounds, tactile force feedback and gesture-based remote control of gadgets… Read More

HTC upheaval continues with two more senior resignations

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This time last summer, Fred Liu and Ben Ho were still stepping up to higher ranks within HTC to fill the void left by departing top-level executives. Now, according to a Bloomberg report, they’re emulating their predecessors by also resigning from their roles. Liu had been HTC’s President of Engineering and Operations since replacing Matthew Costello in June 2013 whereas Ben Ho managed the company’s marketing efforts since late 2012. Ho, in particular, has been prominent in communicating HTC’s long-term plans to worried investors and analysts, and his job hasn’t been made easy by a continuous exodus of high-ranking HTC officials.

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