Withings New Smartwatch Looks Good Playing Dumb

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1.Withings_Activité_flagship_close-up Here’s a curveball for you: Withings, which is an excellent fitness-based electronics company with all kinds of fun products like trackers and smart scales, has just bested all the smartwatch makers out there with the new Activité watch. At first glance, it looks like any other old analog watch. It has a clean white face, a leather band, and all the class and glamour of a night at… Read More

Shredder appears in new trailer for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

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The latest trailer for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is here, and it effectively raises the bar on the action seen in the last spot. Here, the turtles show off their best moves — and we all get to take a good look at Shredder. Buzz is already ramping up surrounding the movie, though fans may worry about the quality of the final product. For one, an early photo of Shredder made him look a bit more like a Transformer than TMNT fans may remember, though that’s hardly a reason to believe that there won’t be plenty of ninja action to love.

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Autopilot problems blamed in deadly Asiana Airlines crash

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The Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport last year was the result of its crew’s over reliance on automated systems within the plane, among other possible factors such as crew fatigue, the National Transportation Safety Board said today. The NTSB had speculated last year that misuse of the aircraft’s “auto-throttle” feature, which allows the plane to maintain speed, led to the crash, and it’s now confirming that the crew’s inaccurate expectations of how auto-throttle and auto-pilot worked were among the major issues at fault.

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Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made Skynet?

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We’re on the eve of Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. That means there’s going to be a lot to chew on over the next few days in terms of software, APIs, and anything that runs under the hood in Google’s increasingly diverse portfolio of products and services. One of the most striking developments since last year’s conference, however, has very little to do with software: it’s Google’s devotion to exotic companies and hardware initiatives, which are usually connected to…

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YC-Backed ClearTax Tackles India’s Fast Growing Online Tax Filing Market

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Rupees by Flickr user Gopal Vijayaraghavan ClearTax is not the typical Y Combinator launch. Founded in 2011 and based in Delhi, the startup already has a strong presence in India, where it automates the income tax filing process for workers. Last year, over 300,000 people used ClearTax to file their taxes. Furthermore, the company is also the first one focused specifically on the Indian market to join Y Combinator (though the program… Read More

Twitter Is Experimenting With A New Way To Retweet

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twitter-app-sm The best thing about Twitter is that it forces users to embrace brevity thanks to its 140-character updates. It’s also the worst thing about Twitter, turning loquacious tweeters into Twitter stream hogs – as with the disaster that is the multi-part running commentary known as the Tweetstorm. But now Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “retweet with… Read More

SoundHawk Unveils Wearable For Your Listening Pleasure, Partners With FoxConn

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jYgxKcS19eK6Ficp3YKeHLt2IpKpCn-Cee-2WC-RSSc Somewhere in the midst of too many rock concerts, loud dance clubs and blasting Spotify right into our eardrums, some of us have lost a bit of our hearing – and we’re never gonna get it back. But we’re not deaf, we just can’t pick out certain sounds as articulately as we once could. Soundhawk, a new company backed by True Ventures, has created a wearable device for those… Read More

Regard Is An Analytics Startup That Says Asking Users For Data Is Better Than Taking Everything

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Regard The dream of big data has led to the nightmare of mass surveillance. But perhaps there’s a better way to gather intelligence from user data: namely with consent. The four-man Cambridge, UK-based team behind a new product called Regard, certainly believe so. They’ve set out to build a new kind of analytics platform which puts openness and transparency at its core. Read More

FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

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Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.37.23 AM The FAA made it plain this week that Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, won’t be able to deliver packages using a drone in the near future. In a document soliciting feedback regarding drone policy — a “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment ” — the FAA calls “delivering packages to people for a fee” a non-hobby or recreation-based… Read More

This machine creates flexible 3D structures out of wool and paper

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As 3D printing inches its way ever closer to the mainstream, industrial designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya has come up with a unique alternative: a machine that can weave fabric into three dimensional shapes. A graduate student from the Royal College of Art, Sosanya’s concept weaves together layers of material at different heights, to create 3D shapes, like a honeycomb pattern. Once the design is woven it can then be dipped in silicone to make it stronger.

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Can the US avoid another devastating war in Iraq?

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by Amar Toor and Carl Franzen

Less than four years after the withdrawal of American troops, Iraq is once again descending into chaos and violence. Islamist insurgents from an al-Qaeda breakaway group have seized large swaths of northern Iraq, and are marching toward Baghdad. The unrest has inflamed deep-seated sectarian divides between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq, resulting in widespread deaths. According to estimates from the United Nations, more than 1,075 people have been killed in…

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Prince exploits meme with announcement of new solo album

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Prince is apparently getting his musical inspiration from Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit. Speaking to The Minnesota Star Tribune, Prince said that “This Could Be Us,” a track from a newly announced solo album, was named in reference to the #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin meme. Prince explained that he was inspired by a widely retweeted image taken from his 1984 film Purple Rain, showing him and co-star Apollonia Kotero on a motorcycle, with the words “This could be us… but you playin” emblazoned above and below their faces.

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Starz takes ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ to TV

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Starz has ordered a 13-episode television series inspired by The Girlfriend Experience, a 2009 drama pivoting around a high-priced escort who provides companionship along with coital favors. Variety writes that the upcoming anthology will consist of half-hour installments, and will be written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. There are presently no plans to incorporate retired pornographic actress Sasha Grey, who starred in the original movie. The lead role will be cast after more writing has been completed, and shooting is set to begin sometime next March.

Like the movie, the series will chronicle the experiences of a call girl specializing in the eponymous services. “This show is about looking at the nature of…

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We rode Harley-Davidson’s incredible electric motorcycle

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Outside of Harley-Davidson’s Lower Manhattan store on Monday, a group of Harley enthusiasts leaned against the railing of a construction canopy, smoking cigarettes and chatting about work while they waited in line to be one of the very first people in the world to take a ride on Harley’s newest motorcycle. The bike they were waiting for wasn’t the latest loud, hulking monument to two-wheeled American chrome though: this was something altogether different.

Harley was introducing Project…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review: Beautiful Screens Make These Tablets Magic For Movies

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IMG_9883 Samsung has never made a tablet that truly got my blood pumping, but that might’ve just changed. I bought an original Galaxy Tab when it was first released, only to find the experience frustrating and return it a few days later because of a dropped Wi-Fi issue. Now, Samsung has a new line of tablets called the Galaxy Tab S, and though there have been many different Samsung slates… Read More

Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

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Screenshot 2014-06-24 08.50.14 Based on the actions of Google alone (not to mention other big players in the tech world), it’s incredibly clear that the home is likely one of the next platforms to likely be dominated by tech. That said, R/GA is announcing their second iteration of the R/GA accelerator powered by TechStars, focused exclusively on connected devices and hardware. Last year, Techstars and R/GA partnered… Read More

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