Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Services And Virtual Machines Experience “Service Interruption”

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Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 12.57.15 PM Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service is experiencing uptime issues around the world. According to the Microsoft Azure status dashboard, ‘virtual machines,’ ‘backup,’ and ‘cloud services’ are the heaviest hit. Here’s the company’s current message: I’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment and context on the issue. I’ll… Read More

Booting A PDP-11

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14765600178_a060ca014c_o As we move swiftly into an era of ubiquitous computing, Internets of Things, and mind-machine connections via wetware, it’s important to step back and take a look at where we’ve been. That’s why this How-To by Trammell Hudson is so cool. It shows how to boot a PDP-11 so you can play Adventure on a monochrome screen and reminds us that old computer were as finicky as Model… Read More

From Westfield Labs Comes An App To Let Your Pre-Order Meals From The Food Court

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dine on time One of the most recent applications from Westfield Labs is Dine On Time, an app that lets busy shoppers skip the line at restaurants in its food court and pay for their meal via mobile app. Since many of the diners in its San Francisco location are actually workers who have offices nearby, time is of the essence, and being able to place an order without having to wait in line is huge. Read More

Now Coming With Your Laptop: Large Helpings Of Cloud Storage

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Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.45.12 AM Out this morning is a spec list for the forthcoming HP Stream laptop that will run Windows 8.1, and is expected cost $199. It’s a device that Microsoft hopes will compete with Chromebooks, Google’s laptop offerings that have consumed some PC market share, mostly among less expensive devices. To make machines running its operating system more competitive, Microsoft has reduced… Read More

Google Makes It Easier For Advertisers To Track Which Ads Generate Phone Calls

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4982722491_24b29a4516_o Over the course of the last year, Google’s AdWords advertising platform started launching a number of new products that allow advertisers to link ads and phone calls. Those include click-to-call ads, call metrics and calls as conversion in your AdWords stats, but today, it is taking this concept a bit further with the launch of Website Call Conversions. Read More

This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

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Screenshot 2014-08-18 12.53.08 CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face. At first, the model goes from very basic makeup to a more… Read More

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

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BvAkv7NCcAADqDM Tom Hanks’ name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot up to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking number one in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs… Read More

Craft Coffee’s Coffee DNA Project Is Designed To Find You The Perfect Cup Of Joe

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coffee beans It’s not easy finding the perfect cup of coffee. There are literally thousands of independent coffee roasters around the United States, and it’s nearly impossible to find one that you’ll love. Even if you do, not many are set up to take online orders. Y Combinator-backed startup Craft Coffee has come up with a way to connect its customers with roasters and beans that… Read More

Uber Back Online In Berlin And Hamburg After Court Suspends Earlier Ban

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derhimmelueberberlin Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg. The company just released a statement confirming the news after the presiding judge of the Berlin Administrative Court today suspended the regulator’s ban on Uber “until further notice”. The ruling said Uber can continue its business in… Read More

Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Explore Blockr.io

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blockr A small consolidation wave in the Bitcoin space continues as bigger, better-funded companies scoop up teams of talented designers and engineers. Coinbase, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bitcoin wallet and merchant processing company, completed another talent acquisition today with the purchase of Blockr.io. Blockr.io is a popular explorer for the Blockchain, or the distributed public ledger… Read More

Chris Burch’s Office Products E-Tailer Poppin Raises Another $17 Million

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538975_10151192950266648_1176648637_n Attractive, decked-out offices are a good way to attract new talent, which has led many tech companies (and others) to furnish their office spaces via Chris Burch’s workplace products company Poppin, which counts among its clients LinkedIn, Rent the Runway, Squarespace, Warby Parker, and the NFL Network. Today, the company is announcing an additional $17 million in Series C funding.… Read More

Purplebricks Gets Another £8M To Disrupt Real Estate Agencies In The UK

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estateagents Purplebricks, the UK-based property startup which hopes to disrupt the agency model by charging a low fixed fee for transactions which normally cost thousands, has secured a further £8 million investment – or a 30% stake – from Neil Woodford, one of Britain’s highest profile fund managers. Current investors have also invested over £1m alongside Woodford in this latest round. Read More

ChangeTip Wants To Kill Clickbait With Social Bitcoin Micropayments

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ChangeTip-Facebook-Cover-Ver01 ChangeTip is hoping to drive mass adoption of micropayments on the web by using Bitcoin plus existing social networks as the medium to deliver feeless micro donations to content creators. Which means part of its mission is “to spell the end of click bait”. And that’s something anyone who spends time online should really be rooting for. Read More

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