Designers recreate stone age tools with space age technology

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For more than a million years, the simple stone hand axe was one of our most important tools, but in the age of smartphones and virtual reality it can be hard to understand how revolutionary it really was. In their design series “Man Made,” Dov Ganchrow and Ami Drach use 3D printing to make the tool’s importance a little more clear.

With help from Dr. Leore Grosman from the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the design duo started out by collecting rocks of just…

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‘Open Informant’ turns your private messages into public protest

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Given the widespread surveillance of groups like the National Security Agency, it’s easy to feel like your private digital life isn’t all that private — and a new art project aims to make that feeling a bit more obvious by turning your body into “an instrument for protest.” Called “Open Informant,” the project is a simple badge with an e-ink display. The badge is coupled with an app on your smartphone, which searches your phone’s messages and communications for NSA trigger words like “assassination” or “bomb.” It then displays those words on the badge in bold for everyone to see.


“By openly displaying what is currently taken by forceful stealth,” the creators explain, “we question the intrusive forms of mass surveillance adopted by…

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California bill legalizes alternative currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin

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Almost exactly one year ago, the state of California told The Bitcoin Foundation to stop trading or face hefty fines.

Today, Reuters is reporting that California governor Jerry Brown has passed a bill that effectively reverses the state’s stance on alternative currencies. The bill, dubbed AB 129, nullifies an older bill that made other currencies besides the dollar illegal. Here’s the exact language:

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iPhone classic ‘Eliss Infinity’ finally comes to Android

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Earlier this year Eliss, one of the iPhone’s original indie hits, got a major upgrade with Eliss Infinity — and now the experience is finally available to Android users. This actually marks the very first time that the zen-like touchscreen experience has been available on Android, as the 2009 original was exclusive to iOS. The game has you moving, growing, and combining colorful planets with your fingertips, and it was one of the first mobile titles to show the power of multitouch for games.


Infinity adds in welcome new features like early-collision detection and a challenging new endless mode. “It’s the Eliss I wish I could have released on day one,” creator Steph Thirion said when it launched.

Along with finally coming to Android,…

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Google’s Dart Programming Language Is Coming To The Server

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6788829651_c7cf6ed5b1_o A few days ago at its I/O developer conference, Google quietly announced that it is working on bringing its Dart programming language to App Engine soon.
This implementation will use the company’s recently launched managed virtual machines and the service’s custom runtime support. Because custom runtime support is still in private beta, however, the Dart team isn’t able to… Read More

Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

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noticeofextortion-285x366 Extortionists are going completely anonymous thanks to social media and bitcoin. Brian Krebs just posted on a number of pizzerias that received anonymous letters asking for one bitcoin in order to keep the owners from receiving bad ratings on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau and the like as well as to keep the extortionists from “SWATing” – calling the police to report… Read More

Google’s Principal Designer For Search And Maps Explains Material Design

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materialdesign-goals-cutrectangles_large_xhdpi Google’s design work was center stage at I/O this year, from the keynote through sessions and things being demoed on the show floor. The changes run across Google’s range of devices and platforms, and embrace a new set of design principals grouped under the central concept of ‘Material Design.’ Design Evolved I spoke to Jon Wiley, Principal Designer of Search and Maps… Read More

Goat Simulator hops onto Mac, Linux, and store shelves

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Goat Simulator, the hit PC game that lets you play the part of a rampaging barnyard animal capable of donning jetpacks and riding skateboards (in addition to more conventional goat attributes), has been available for download on Steam since April. But as of this week, Mac and Linux owners can get their hooves on a full copy as well, now that the official port has exited beta. And for all those herders/hoarders of physical media out there, the game will be coming to US store shelves sometime in July for the same $9.99 price as the Steam download, with additional goats and vehicles from the 1.1 patch, according to distributor Deep Silver. All in all, it’s never been a better time to be a four-legged, bearded ball of bury.

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The Supreme Court And Your Software Patents

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patents-legal-ideas The Supreme Court recently issued its long-awaited opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, known more affectionately in many circles as the Supreme Court case deciding whether software is patentable. Although the Supreme Court did not tackle that broader question in its June 19 opinion, it did address whether CLS Corp. should be allowed to patent the concept of mitigating settlement… Read More

See all 43,634 foreclosed Detroit homes in one place

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It’s hard to grasp the full scope of Detroit’s foreclosure problem, but The New York Times is here to help. The paper has laid out all 43,634 of the city’s foreclosed homes in a single mosaic, representing more than $328 million in unpaid taxes on a single page. The mosaic breaks the amounts down by neighborhood, but the overall effect is still overwhelming, a tidal wave of thumbnails representing an entire city’s worth of foreclosed and often abandoned homes. As the city struggles to climb out of debt, these houses are one of the big challenges standing in its way.

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