New Project: Sew a Durable Drawstring Bag

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Version 2This drawstring bag is the perfect way to carry around your stuff! You can throw it over your shoulder or wear it as a backpack. I loosely based this project on another drawstring bag I had; it broke because the stitching was weak, so I made this version more durable. Also, […]

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Skill Builder: Personal Eye Protection Basics

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safety glasses featured imageEye protection is, in many situations, the most important piece of safety gear (aka “PPE” for personal protective equipment) that you will use. In many industrial situations, safety glasses are the absolute minimum protection that you must wear at all times. Besides glasses, goggles or even a full face shield […]

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The original smartwatches: Casio’s history of wild wrist designs

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The Apple Watch has been out for over two months now, and other modern smartwatches well before that. It’s no longer the stuff of sci-fi to consider using your watch to play music, control your TV, or track your fitness. But these are all things that you’ve been able to do for a surprisingly long time — well, if you lived in Japan in the ‘90s and didn’t mind carrying around a bunch of Casio watches, that is.

At the former home (and, to be frank, dope mansion) of late company co-founder Toshio Kashio, Casio is showing off its rich history of unusual wristwatches, which range from the forward-thinking to the bizarre. It’s a pretty amazing collection, with features I never knew existed in digital timepieces. And while many of these can be…

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Apple Music launching at 11 AM ET tomorrow

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Apple Music will launch at 11 AM ET tomorrow with the release of iOS 8.4. The first Beats 1 radio broadcast will begin one hour later, at 12 PM ET. Apple had previously said the new services would launch on June 30th, but Ian Rogers, senior director of Apple Music, announced the exact time in a blog post published over the weekend. Rogers later removed the specific time from his post, but not before MacRumors reported it. Rogers later tweeted that Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show would begin at 12 PM ET.

Lowe, who left BBC Radio 1 this year to join Apple, announced last week that his first interview would be with Eminem. Other programs slated for the station’s first week will star Drake, Elton John, and Pharrell Williams, among other…

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The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

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zhuhai-ctc-electronic-to-unveil-affordable-sla-3d-printer-2 The eagle-eyed among you will notice something interesting about the Riverside Photocuring 3D Printer pictured above. Almost all of the design – from the removable build plate to the jolly front button – is a direct homage to the Formlabs Form 1. One could assume, therefore, that the Riverside should (and does) print 3D objects as well as the Form 1 and should be a comparable product. Read More

Facebook adds Snapchat-esque photo editing to its iOS app

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It was reported that Facebook tried — and failed — to buy Snapchat for $3 billion in 2013, but since then, the world’s biggest social network seems to have decided instead to simply adopt some of the app’s best features. First it released Facebook Slingshot, a messaging app that let you annotate Snapchat-a-like images with colorful drawings and text, before sending them to friends. Now it’s brought similar features to its iOS app, allowing users to add text, filters, and stickers to photos they upload to their Facebook profiles.

Facebook first combined stickers with photos in December 2014 with its dedicated Stickered app, before introducing them to its mobile apps’ upload service earlier this year. The new update increases the number…

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Where Are The Invisible Apps?

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invisiblerunner More than a year ago, Matthew Panzarino wrote an a?rticle on TechCrunch in which he described a new type of mobile app experience that he coined the Invisible App. He predicted that we would imminently see the rise of a huge number of apps that would live in the background, anticipating our needs based on sensor and contextual data, and do things for us before we even had to ask. What an… Read More

Uber Ruling Is A Harbinger Of The Need For Employment Law Change

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uber1099 The recent ruling by a hearing officer with the California Labor Commission in a case involving an Uber driver is bad public policy. The issue this ruling addresses — whether the driver should be classified as an “employee” or “contractor” — is of crucial importance to Uber and all the on-demand companies that use a similar business model. Read More

Onefinestay, A High-End Airbnb Rival, Confirms $40M Raise From Intel Capital, Hyatt And More

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onefinestay As Airbnb closes in on a major round of financing that will reportedly value it at $24 billion, smaller startups riffing on the same model of renting out private homes are also heating up. Onefinestay, a five year-old business out of London that focuses on renting out private luxury homes, has raised $40 million — a Series D round of funding that the company plans to use to keep… Read More

Apple plans to increase iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

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There are lots of cool new features in iOS 9 — including a bunch that Apple hasn’t even announced — and we’ve just found another to add to the list. iTunes Match subscribers will soon be able to store up to 100,000 songs in iCloud, up from the 25,000-song limit that’s been in place since the service first launched in 2011.

The news was revealed by Apple executive Eddy Cue on Twitter in response to a number of questions about how the company’s upcoming music streaming service, Apple Music, will integrate with iTunes Match. In addition to mentioning the new 100,000 song limit, which Apple plans to launch alongside iOS 9 later this year, Cue reiterated that all Apple Music subscriptions will essentially include iTunes Match.

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SpaceX’s Failed CRS-7 Mission Had Something To Do With An “Overpressure Event”

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14391672592_63a4983d72_k It’s not entirely clear what happened during the launch of SpaceX‘s Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission Sunday morning. A SpaceX cargo ship set out to deliver samples and supplies to the astronauts onboard the International Space Station for its seventh resupply mission this morning. Sadly, that rocket and all supplies exploded mid-air, shortly after blast-off at 10:22… Read More

Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

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Facebook Photo Stickers And Text Face it. Your photos aren’t all that interesting. But Facebook’s going to help you jazz them up with its shiny new photo uploader, which just began testing on iOS. It lets you add overlaid text in any color, instantly preview filters that you swipe across your photos, or paste Facebook’s stickers on top. Facebook offered more standard filters before and had tested photo… Read More

Uber will help you hail a boat in Istanbul

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Uber launched a new intercontinental service this week, but it’s not what you would expect. If you’re in Istanbul, you can now hail an UberBoat to take you across the Bosphorous, the strait that divides the European and Asian halves of the city.

According to a blog post, the company says you’ll see UberBoat service offered whenever you’re near the waterside. The speedboats — which hold six to eight passengers each — are owned and operated by a Turkish company, Navette. Depending on the destination, rides could cost anywhere from roughly $20 to $150. Of course, Uber does face some competition for transportation across the Bosphorous: in addition to the public ferry (which costs just about 81 cents according to Bloomberg Businessweek),…

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