Deepwater Horizon spill left an oil ring the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the sea, study says

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There’s an oil ring the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and researchers say it belongs to oil company BP. According to a study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, about 10 million gallons of coagulated oil now coats the sea floor, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that resulted in 172 million gallons of oil being spilled into the Gulf in 2010. The rest of the oil, however, is still largely unaccounted for.

10 million gallons of coagulated oil coats the sea floor

“Based on the evidence, our findings suggest that these deposits are from Macondo oil that was first suspended in the deep ocean, then settled to the sea floor without ever reaching the ocean surface,” David…

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Fleksy Raises $2M To Help It Keep Up With Growth From iOS 8 Launch

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Fleksy Software keyboard maker Fleksy raised a new $2 million round of venture funding from Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners and others to help it continue to power its growth, which got a big boost from the launch of iOS 8 earlier this year. The additional round will help the company fund development on both iOS and Android, however, and a new Android… Read More

BuzzFeed Acquires Startup Torando Labs To Create Its First Data Engineering Team

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8692674197_f63a745eac_o BuzzFeed is announcing its first acquisition since it raised a $50 million round from Andreessen Horowitz over the summer — it’s buying Torando Labs, and the Torando team will form the online publisher’s first data engineering unit. While best-known for its love of GIFs and quizzes, BuzzFeed is also a famously data-savvy company — see, for example, this profile of… Read More

Google’s Material Design Checklist For Android Shows What’s Coming In Lollipop Apps

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layering Google posted an update to its Android Developers Blog today which includes a complete checklist for the new Material Design aesthetic Google has adopted across the OS for its own apps and menu visuals. The Checklist is aimed at mobile software designers, but it’s a good read for anyone interested in getting a grasp on how their favourite software might be reimagined for… Read More

GOG Brings X-Wing, Tie Fighter And Other LucasArts Classics To Your Modern PC

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9f0e08c91ac1058101ee65521468f4af0552d7be Vintage gaming specialists GOG have outdone themselves this time, with the launch of LucasArts classics including the Star Wars X-Wing and Tie Fighter games. These dog-fighting ‘simulators’ (in so far as it’s actually possible to simulate an experience that can’t be had in real life) occupied so much of my youth that they probably legally qualify as my parents, or at… Read More

Walmart is now selling used games in its stores

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Earlier this year, Walmart started offering company gift cards in exchange for customers’ used games. This morning, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that it’s started making money off this investment, launching a pre-owned games section in 1,700 of its US stores — or about 40 percent of its estimated 4,300 total locations (there are around 650 Sam’s Club warehouse stores, but we don’t know if they’re part of the program.) According to Businessweek, the program launched today, ahead of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s release on November 3rd; a promotional offer will give traders more if they buy Advanced Warfare or a PlayStation 4. And each store will offer somewhere between 40 and 100 used titles.

Walmart looks to have been selling…

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YouTube Considering An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

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youtube Google’s YouTube online video service might soon provide a way to do away with those increasingly annoying pre-roll ads forever: The network is considering the adoption of a new version, says the Wall Street Journal, that would get rid of ads altogether, and introduce subscription-based billing for customers who want it instead. YouTube head Susan Wojcicki is spearheading the attempt… Read More

Career Planning: Where do old devs go to?

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We are pretty much always looking for new people, what is holding us back from expanding even more rapidly is the time that it takes to get to grips with our codebases and what we do here. But that also means that we usually have at least one outstanding job offer available, because it takes a long time to fill it. But that isn’t the topic for this post.
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Small Empires: Hunting for spare parts and seed funding with Partpic

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Let’s say you need to fix your vacuum cleaning robot, or even worse, the machine that makes your vacuum cleaning robot. You know which part is broken, but where do you go from there? Most of the time when the machine reaches the customer, it’s already assembled and the parts aren’t labeled at all. Without that crucial bit of info, it can be very difficult to explain to a sales rep exactly what you need, or find a replacement you can order on the web. Googling for “round, squiggly rubber thing with the metal edges” won’t help.

Partpic, a startup from Atlanta, Georgia, is hoping to solve that problem. Think of it as visual search for replacement parts. Snap some photos of the item with your phone and the app will try and match you to a…

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Surprise! We’ve Pushed Back The Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline

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robot-2015 TechCrunch is looking for the next hot hardware startup to launch on our stage in Las Vegas, but you have to apply first. The deadline is now November 15th, leaving you just over two weeks. For the second year in a row TechCrunch is holding Hardware Battlefield at CES where startups will compete for $50,000 and our newly-minted Metal Man trophy. Best yet, participating startups will get… Read More

3D printing helps the visually impaired restore faded memories

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Touchable Memories might ostensibly be an advertisement campaign for a 3D printer, but it’s also a poignant social experiment that delineates how technology can be used to better lives. Featuring five visually impaired people, the video series illustrates the connection between remembrance and tactile contact. It uses a 3D printer to turn photographs from the subjects’ lives into three-dimensional models that can then be caressed and handled. The results are heart-warming, and a vivid reminder that we sometimes take our blessings in life for granted. Make sure to check out all the interconnected videos in order to build a complete image of the experience.

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You can now search Bing using emoji

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Emoji might be primary used by teenagers or in Katy Perry videos, but Microsoft is now bringing the Japanese electronic smileys to its search engine. Bing is being updated to enable the use of emoji in search queries allowing you to search for “the best donut (using a donut emoji) in New York.” Bing will take the semantic meaning of the emoji and convert it into a text string to search the web. It’s purely a gimmick, but it does serve as a quick way to find out the meaning of some of the particularly puzzling emojis. You can even use it to look up the legendary Konami Code, although you should really know it off by heart by now. If you’re a fan of emoji then head over to an English version of Bing to try it in action.

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