A questionable currency exchange may be tearing Dogecoin apart

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The digital currency Dogecoin and the Reddit community surrounding it are famous for their generosity and lighthearted naturebut The Daily Dot reports that the two may be turning into something quite different. In a long report on the progress of Dogecoin, the Dot notes that trading and value are on the decline. And beyond that, it finds that there appears to be a questionable currency exchange at the center of a growing distrust among the Dogecoin community. Head over to the article for details on how the exchange Moolah has managed to both bring new attention to Dogecoin and contribute to its community’s decline.

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LokLok’s New Messaging App Lets You Draw On Your Friend’s Lock Screen

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loklok1 Another experimentation in mobile messaging arrives today, this time from a company innovating on the Android platform first. Yes, Android. LokLok, as this latest app is called, replaces the Android phone’s lock screen with a “synchronized whiteboard” that allows you to leave notes and drawings directly on your friends’ lock screens. That means, unlike traditional… Read More

Google Maps tests your geography knowledge with ‘Smarty Pins’ game

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Google’s engineers want to help you brush up on your geography knowledge. The company has taken its vast Google Maps database and used it to create a new game called Smarty Pins. The concept is extremely simple: Google asks you a random trivia question about a specific city or country, and you’re tasked with dropping a pin on the right spot. Players can pick between six categories that influence the line of questions they’re given. These range from arts and culture to entertainment fodder, and it didn’t take very long before we ran into a stumper.

Each player starts out with 1,000 “miles” which basically serve as your points. Drop the pin down on a right answer quickly and you’ll get bonus miles. But if you’re wrong, Google will look at…

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Sigma’s 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Review: A Lens For The Love Of Photography

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DSCF8039 It can be hard for third-party high-end camera accessory makers to distinguish themselves and attract consumer attention – Canon and Nikon make lenses for their own camera systems that tend to work better than most, in part because they’re making them in-house, with all the inside advantage that entails. But companies like Sigma have been providing alternatives, often with a… Read More

Washington’s weed shops are open for business

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The state of Washington this week handed out its first licenses to approved marijuana vendors, nearly two years after voters decriminalized the drug for recreational use. As the Associated Press reports, the state sent emails to the first wave of applicants early Monday morning, telling them they can open for business as early as Tuesday, though the rollout will be limited. A spokesman for Washington’s regulatory agency told the New York Times that only about 20 licenses will be issued during the first phase, including just one store in Seattle, Washington’s largest city.

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New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

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Kinect for Windows Microsoft previewed availability of its new Kinect for Windows version 2 back in June, but now the hardware is ready for anyone to pre-order for $199 through its website, with a ship date of July 15. The new version of the motion tracking, video- and microphone-equipped interface device is based on its Xbox One counterpart, and aims to give developers ways to build more innovative… Read More

Virtual Reality Gets A Real Content Studio With Launch Of Alchemy VR

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fb-vr In the wake of the Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR, and the launch of Sony’s Project Morpheus a week earlier, virtual reality has quickly moved beyond its gaming roots and has seized the imagination of a generation of designers, entrepreneurs, and technologists. Now you can add award-winning storytellers to the list, with the launch of a new entertainment studio from London called… Read More

Network cost and complexity: As simple as changing the y-intercept?

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In a previous post, I wrote about the incremental nature of innovation, particularly in the networking space. My point was that innovation (both from a product and a deployment perspective) occurs from a frame of reference. Understanding that foundation is critical to determining strategies, especially around go-to-market and adoption.
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Video: Quick Tip for Debugging AngularJS Applications

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Many online demos show small AngularJS apps that are easy to
troubleshoot because you can practically memorize the code when the
examples are so small. In the real world you may face complex
applications that contain literally dozens of controllers, services, and
other components. Tracing a problem to the appropriate source code can
become more challenging. In this video I’ll show you how to…

Why Section 702 Reform Matters

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Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 3.49.14 PM A recent report in the Washington Post delved into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Section 702 surveillance activities, and although it found that the program returns useful information to the agency, it also revealed broad use of the legal authority to collect data and communications from non-target parties. It also indicated that “unmasked identities remain in the… Read More

Interviews at Maker Faire Hannover

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Maker Faire Hannover expanded to two days this year, returning to the Congress Centrum for a second year. I did five short interviews with makers at the event. Christoph Emonds (@cemonds) from Aachen created the smartphone-controlled High Striker with the Makey Robot on top. Fabian Grupp is a product manager […]

TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports

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International travelers will have to make sure they charge all their devices before boarding their flights. In an announcement made Sunday, the TSA now plans on blocking flyers with uncharged phones and electronic devices at certain undisclosed airports in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to other forms of screening, passengers will need to prove their devices can actually turn on before flying.

According to NBC News, the new security measures are being made in an effort to stop an al Qaeda terror plot aimed at blowing up an airliner. Officials are reportedly concerned that a laptop, smartphone, or tablet might be used as a bomb. Passengers’ shoes will also be scrutinized at checkpoints. It’s assumed that the new…

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ on schedule after Harrison Ford injury, two cast members added

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Good news for Star Wars fans: the seventh film in the series is confirmed to be on track despite a leg injury sustained by Harrison Ford on set last month. On the film’s official blog, creators say that production will take a two week hiatus in August while the shooting schedule is adjusted to accommodate Ford’s injury. According to reports, Ford, 71, broke his leg last month on the door of the Millennium Falcon. In the blog post, producers say that “Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon.”

In the meantime, principal photography is underway at Pinewood Studios in London after shooting wrapped up on location in Abu Dhabi this past May. Even with the two-week break, the film is still on track for its…

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