When Microsoft first announced the Surface, the tablet was unsuccessfully pitched as an iPad alternative. Now it’s being marketed to consumers as a replacement for both their iPads and MacBooks.
A startup called Zabosu is looking to kickstart a mobile marketplace for “remote-controlled humans.” If successfully funded, the service will allow people, or “directors,” to hire “actors” who will serve as their proxies in remote trade shows, distant building sites, and so forth anywhere a 4G signal can be found.
Apple had some new patent applications related to wearables published today (via AppleInsider) and they all deal with a system in which the iPhone acts as a hub that collects data from sensors in wristbands and other types of accessories to automatically track user activity level and set alarms, notifications, and other device settings based on what it sense about a device owner’s… Read More
Twitter announced today that it is acquiring SnappyTV, the service for clipping, editing and sharing clips from live broadcasts in near real-time. Already, Twitter says that it works with SnappyTV with a range of its broadcast and media partners, and this will help it continue to invest in those partnerships and support that important client group. SnappyTV has helped Twitter provide video of… Read More
Netflix has just announced an exclusive deal with the beautiful and brilliant Chelsea Handler for an upcoming series of talk show programming featuring the comedienne herself, of course. Both the network and Handler are keeping mum about how the show will be formatted, but they did explicitly state that it will “still encompass Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical… Read More
Before Hitler, who was the rhetorical human embodiment of evil? The Egyptian Pharaoh of Exodus. The Pharaoh has, of course, now been upgraded to embody the glowering rhetorical sexuality of Yul Brynner [via Kottke]
Muggles of every stripe will soon be able to visit Diagon Alley and partake in the wizarding world’s commercial wonders. The new expansion to Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter-themed area comes replete with iconic locations like Ollivander’s wand shop and The Leaky Cauldron. Frothing mugs of Butterbeer and plushies modelled after the franchise’s more recognizable creatures will of course be available for impulse buyers. And for those looking to add magic into their lives, “interactive wands”…
Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that describes something somewhat far-fetched sounding – an actuator for an iPhone camera lens (the part that controls autofocus) that uses artificial muscle material instead of traditional motors to change focus and aperture size. It’s not as sci-fi as it sounds: Artificial muscle material tech has recently become compatible with mass… Read More
Previewed last year, a new app hopes to entice people out of their homes to local stories in London, starting off with boutique fashion and gift stores. StreetHub’s iOS app lets shoppers either ‘click and collect’ directly from local stores, taking a rev-share on purchases or will delivery the item to their location inside 90 minutes.
If this was in the US their closest… Read More
LinkedIn says that today 40% of its 300 million users access the site on mobile devices, so its bid to tap into the wave of users accessing the site via smartphones and tablets continues apace: today the company is launching LinkedIn Job Search, an iOS app that will let people search and apply for jobs on the social network. This is LinkedIn’s first standalone app dedicated to… Read More
A typical makerspace is outfitted with many of the tools needed to fabricate an object: laser cutters, 3D printers, drills, mills, welders, soldering irons, and sewing machines. Tools like these are great for putting materials together, but creators also need tools to observe how these objects behave. This is especially […]
Puppet Labs, whose IT automation software is used by the likes of Google, Twitter, Salesforce and AT&T among 18,000 others, is today announcing another $40 million in venture backing, money that it will be investing in “engineering, product and international expansion,” CEO and founder Luke Kanies tells TechCrunch.
The funding, which comes from Puppet Labs’ existing… Read More
While Motorola prepares for the release of its Moto 360 smartwatch this summer, hundreds of designers have been battling it out in a contest to win one of the Android Wear-powered devices. A total of 1300 entries have been submitted to a panel of judges in the competition, providing some stunning examples of watch face design for this very modern smartwatch. With a judging panel full of Motorolas UX and UI designers for Moto 360, and even its design chief Jim Wicks, its not an easy…
Question: How to build a low-cost logic open source logic analyzer for less than $15?
Answer: combine the Freedom KL25Z board with OLS!
Question: How to build a low-cost logic open source logic analyzer for less than $15? Answer: combine the Freedom KL25Z board with OLS!
When people talk about pricing and switch sizes today, answers are usually framed up in some derivative of the per-port discussion. If you ask a vendor how much a switch costs, they will typically report back some price-per-port number. The term has become the de facto standard on how we talk about switches.
When people talk…
I am pretty sure you have heard about Node.js. Basically EVERYONE is talking about it right now; everyone wants to learn it, web development trends seem to be moving towards it and even huge sites like LinkedIn, eBay and PayPal have their entire infrastructure based on it.
Basically EVERYONE is talking about it right now….
GoGoVan, an app that connects van drivers and users, wants to make last-mile deliveries easier for users throughout Asia. The Hong Kong based startup was founded in summer 2013 and now claims over 50% of the van driver market there, with over 18,000 van drivers using its service. It recently launched in Singapore, where GoGoVan signed up more than 200 drivers in the first week. Read More
Charles Platt shows you how to build a noise-detecting siren that stuns rude shouters into silence. Read the rest