Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

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project_look_launch Google’s Project Loon, the company’s effort to deliver Internet access from balloons that travel around the world in the stratosphere, continues to make strides toward a commercial launch. A few days ago we heard that Google will launch a test with Australia’s largest telco provider Telstra next month and today, Google released a bit more info about the state of the project.… Read More

Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

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ereer Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10, its next operating system, will contain a single app store that will work across device classes. Don’t make the Lord of the Rings joke. The company also previously promised that organizations will be able to curate their own app experience for their users. Today, it announced that a “Web-based” store will be an option for… Read More

Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller To Host The Crunchies

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Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.31.41 PM The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards is right around the corner, and we’re thrilled to announce that the hilarious T.J. Miller, better known as Silicon Valley’s egotistical entrepreneur and tech incubator Erlich Bachman, will be our host for the evening. Miller got his start touring with Second City in Chicago, and doing improv at places like The Annoyance Theater and iO Chicago. Since… Read More

Kaufmann Mercantile Luxury E-Commerce Platform Lands $3.2 Million In Funding

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Screenshot 2014-11-20 12.37.36 Today Kaufmann Mercantile has announced the close of a $3.2 million Series A funding round led by 14W, with participation by Dave Morin, Justin Shaffer, and Slow Ventures, among others.
Kaufmann Mercantile is an online retailer that focuses on the curation of luxury, high-quality products. You could think of it a bit like, but with a focus on luxury products as opposed to funky design. Read More

Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets

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Carousel_Global_Blog-copy_smaller-1 Last year Dropbox threw a glitzy launch event for its new photo storage and viewing app Carousel, and people went right on using the dozen other ways to keep and comb through memories. Despite Dropbox’s 300 million users, it saw less than a half million downloads on Android, and has hovered around #350 on the iOS photo app chart, falling out of the top 1500 apps overall less than two… Read More

What do your “keepsake passwords,” the ones drawn from life experience, say about you?

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PasswordsFew things are as universally despised as passwords. The strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives.
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‘Bourne’ director may make a new ‘1984’ movie

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George Orwell’s 1984 feels as — if not more — relevant than ever, and it looks like it may soon be adapted into a new movie. Deadline reports that there are early discussions at Sony Pictures to have Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass take on the adaption of Orwell’s dystopian novel. Greengrass is supposed to be working on another Bourne film with Matt Damon soon, however, so it’s not clear exactly when 1984 would start moving closer to the screen.

With revelations continuing to come out about government surveillance, George Orwell’s 1984 really does feel as apt as ever, which may speak to the new interest in it. Deadline reports that this would be the first remake of 1984 since the year 1984, and it…

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ trailer reminds world ‘Pitch Perfect’ is brilliant and should be seen by everyone

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Pitch Perfect 2‘s first trailer is available on YouTube, finally.

Now, let me explain that there are two types of people in this world:

People who love Pitch Perfect, the a cappella comedy starring Anna Kendrick and roughly two dozen other hilarious and vocally-talented women and men.

And there are people who pretend to not care, or outright hate Pitch Perfect. These people have not seen Pitch Perfect. Perhaps the film was sold out. Perhaps they though they didn’t need to see a movie about a college a cappella team. Perhaps they haven’t been subject to its thousands of plays on cable movie channels.

It’s never too late to become part of the ever growing Pitch Perfect fan collective. Here’s the HBO Go link. Find the internal peace…

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Microsoft’s Black Friday deals include $150 off the Surface Pro 3

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Are you ready for some more Black Friday deals? You better be. The Microsoft Store has announced its selection of offerings for the biggest shopping day of the year, and surprise, surprise, it includes lots of Xbox gear. There are a couple of Xbox One bundles including the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed: Unity packs, and a number of good games like Shadow of Mordor, Diablo III, Forza Horizon 2, and Tomb Raider are on sale as well.



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Moleskine Smart Notebook Turns Your Sketches Into Adobe-Friendly Vector Files

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Moleskine_CC_975x310_specialNews_1 Digital tools may one day replace traditional creative media altogether, but we’re definitely not there yet, and Moleskine is doing a good job of straddling the old and the new with its software tie-ins. A new partnership today brings its sketchbooks support for Adobe creative software, letting you turn your sketches into fully manipulable vectors via the Moleskine Smart Notebook app… Read More

Airbnb Rolls Out Million-Dollar Liability Insurance Program For Hosts

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airbnb-a8707ed9_original Airbnb today announced an additional liability insurance program that will provide U.S. hosts with up to $1 million worth of protection in the case a guest is accidentally injured anywhere in a host’s building or on their property during their stay. The Insurance extends to both hosts and landlords, where applicable, and represents the expansion of Airbnb’s protection programs… Read More

Talkin’ Tinkering with the Masters of Automata

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Keith Newstead's pieces "In the Garden with Charlie" and "Sing Cats Heads"The Exploratorium Tinkering Studio invites all of you to join a Hangout this Friday, November 21st from 9am to 10:30am (Pacific time) to talk about one of their true specialties—Automata!—with some of their favorite masters of this art/technology. Joining the Tinkering Studio team will be a star-studded group: artist Keith Newstead (whose […]

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Why Mozilla is scared of Google

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In tech, little things can have big consequences — in this case, a tiny search bar. Last night, Firefox made a surprising announcement: after 10 years with Google as its default search engine, it would be handing the tiny search bar over to Yahoo. On the face of it, it’s a strange move. If you’re looking for almost anything on the internet, Google is a much better way to find it than Yahoo is. But that small search bar isn’t just a feature, it’s a business. And it’s a business that reveals how Mozilla and Google could increasingly be at odds with each other.

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