The Uber Supper

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uber-ultima-cena2 As we in the US sit down to holiday dinner tonight, we are reminded that we have oodles to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful that the news cycle is now slow enough that I can post Bryce Durbin’s stunning image of the infamous Uber “influentials” dinner, depicted as Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” In addition to Emil Michael, Ben Smith, Michael… Read More

Ebay’s new ‘smart stores’ feel like the future of shopping

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Over the last year eBay’s brand has struggled a bit. It was hit with a massive security breach and announced that it was spinning out Paypal, a divorce precipitated by the overwhelming investor sentiment that eBay was holding PayPal back. Still, the company has show steady growth and profit, giving it the breathing room it needs to try and reinvent itself. It’s newest adventure takes eBay into the world of offline retail: a partnership with the designer Rebecca Minkoff for a new “smart stores” in New York and San Francisco.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive Capsule Review

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The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the appearance of small and affordable direct attached storage units with very high performance for day-to-day data transfer applications. We have already looked at some SSDs with a USB 3.0 – SATA bridge over the last couple of months. Today, we will be looking at what SanDisk brings to the market with the Extreme and Extreme PRO lineups.

These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For

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doorman blade As we approach the holiday season, San Francisco startup Doorman has been getting a lot of attention from the press — after all, by delivering packages when you’re actually home, rather than when it’s convenient for the delivery service, Doorman should reduce the risk that your gifts will get stolen while they’re sitting on your doorstep. I was actually quoted in an… Read More

Watch the magic of sound and science in ‘Cymatics’

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Tallying up nearly two million views across Vimeo and YouTube in two weeks, my favorite thing on the internet today is still “Cymatics,” a music video from Nigel Stanford from his new album Solar Echoes. Stanford put together a series of science experiments that demonstrate how sound can move matter around and combined them into a pretty solid music track and a very awesome video. As explained in the making-of post, Stanford and director Shahir Daud filmed the demonstrations first and then took the sound that made them and created the track with it second — but don’t let that take away from the magic here. The magic is science, and also the magic is a dude wearing full-body chain mail Faraday suit getting zapped with a Tesla coil while…

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Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

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screen-shot-2014-11-11-at-12-52-51-pm Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controls 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will decline as more carriers update phones that were initially sold with an earlier version of the Windows Phone platform. Here’s the chart… Read More

Liam Payne’s selfie angst deserves your sympathy

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Selfies are the new celebrity signatures, this is known. Liam Payne is a member of One Direction and therefore in very high demand for selfies with fans. This is also known. What’s less known, perhaps, is how he feels about the confluence of these facts. Let the following Vine of Payne taking a series of selfies at the Aria awards change that:

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Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets

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tweet-analytics Want to know just how many people actually care about what you’re tweeting? A new Twitter experiment spotted by ex-Twitter platform head Ryan Sarver will show many you how users are clicking on the links in the updates you post, with a handy link directly in the expanded Tweet view in the iOS application. As usual with Twitter’s features, this is limited to a small sample pool of… Read More

Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 consumer features at January event

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Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at an event in January. While Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft will hold a separate press event in late January to unveil the consumer preview of Windows 10. Microsoft previously promised “early 2015” for a discussion on consumer features, and it appears the company is on track.

Microsoft’s first unveiling of Windows 10 was a small low-key event in San Francisco that lasted around an hour, but we’re told the company’s consumer feature unveiling will be more significant. Microsoft has a large number of features to discuss, including a new touch interface…

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We’ll Get Our First Look At Windows 10 Consumer Features In January

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windows10 Windows 10 is already a known quantity to some degree thanks to the developer preview, but Microsoft is holding an event late in January to present its consumer features properly, according to a new report from The Verge. The January event will include discussion of new features for end-users, including an all-new touch input interface called “Continuum.” Also on the agenda for… Read More

The Black Friday Survival Guide

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black-friday-survival It wasn’t easy accumulating the research data displayed in the following guide. I saw horrific sights working retail for seven long years in both a big box electronic store and a major shopping center. I saw things that will haunt me the rest of my days. I watched two kids get trampled by what I call Double-Wides because Circuit City clearanced-out Dreamcasts for $80 on Black Friday.… Read More

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