Apple Music And iOS 8.4 Now Available

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apple-music-big Apple has finally entered the streaming music game, with the launch today of Apple Music. The new service is available as a built-in part of its iOS 8.4 Music app for iPhone and iPad devices, and offers a huge catalog of on-demand tracks for streaming playback for just $9.99 per month, or $14.99 for a family plan that allows sharing with up to six users. The service is free for three months… Read More

A Maker’s Introduction to Ham Radio

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Jon Platt, WØZQ, shows off his microwave “handheld” station - a complete transmitter and receiver package with the horn antenna built right in. With this simple station, Jon has made contacts hundreds of kilometers away by bouncing signals off of rain showers and other weather-related structures, such as temperature inversion layers. (Photo by Bruce Richardson, W9FZ, and provided courtesy of the ARRL)You may have heard about amateur or “ham” radio from a friend or maybe one of the members in your Makerspace is a ham. What is ham radio and what does it offer you? First, you’re a Maker, so you already have a lot in common with the ham radio […]

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Pushbullet, the ultimate cross-platform app, is now a messenger as well

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The world doesn’t need yet another messaging app. You already have WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and a litany of others to choose from, so anyone else trying to get involved in this field must have something unique to offer. Pushbullet is one such unique proposition. This multi-platform app already has a loyal following of fans who use it to “push” files, links, photos, and notifications across their devices and among friends. Like Apple’s Continuity, Pushbullet allows you to send and receive SMS messages on your desktop computer without ever touching your phone.

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What you need to know about selfies — and why they matter

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The selfie gets a bad rap. Labeled shallow and narcissistic by its critics, self-portraiture has a rich history, dating back to humanity’s earliest works of art. What changed between artists painting themselves last century and people snapping photos of themselves today?

I invited The Wall Street Journal‘s Joanna Stern to explain the selfie. Stern and I bonded at CES over our mutual love of the selfie stick — something we discuss late in the episode. Sadly, right after recording the episode, Disney announced a blow to the future of the greatest photo-snapping accessory. This one’s for you, selfie stick. You will be missed.

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Miguel’s Wildheart is less heart, more horny

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Miguel has a rare and specific talent as a vocalist and presence: he has the ability, whether through dynamics or range or sheer intensity, to make whatever he’s singing about feel transgressive. He likes to sing about sex, drugs, sin, and the places where the three happen to meet, and he does so in a way that convinces you succumbing to vice is a mind-altering experience. It’s a technique he first showed off on 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream, one of the best albums of that year, and he doesn’t hesitate to return to the well on Wildheart, his new full-length. Listen to the climax of “FLESH,” as he whimpers and moans and begs, “Woman, put me right where I belong” before giving up and howling in falsetto like a wolf at the moon. This is the…

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Square Launches Payroll Product For Small Businesses, Pricing Starts At $25/Month

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Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 14.27.55 Mobile payment startup Square has been gradually building out the products it offers to small businesses to position itself as a one-stop shop for their various front-of-house and back-office needs. Today sees the latest development on that theme: the company has launched Square Payroll, software for businesses to pay and track taxes and other costs for both hourly and salaried employees.… Read More

Amazon Launches Full Retail Operations In Mexico

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amazon_topic - NOT FOR FEATURED IMAGE Amazon today formally announced its expansion into physical goods sales in Mexico. The company had previously only offered Kindle e-books on its online site which opened for Mexican customers in 2013. Today on Amazon.com.mx, Amazon will introduce a Spanish-language site featuring millions of items including consumer electronics, kitchen and home items, sports equipment, tools, baby, health… Read More

Uber France executives to go on trial over UberPop

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Uber France and two company executives will go on trial in September, French prosecutors announced today, on charges related to its UberPop service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s general manager for Western Europe, and Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal were taken into police custody yesterday in Paris, a few days after French taxi unions staged a nationwide strike in protest against UberPop. As AFP reports, the executives and Uber France have been charged with misleading business practices, complicity in operating an illegal taxi service, and illegal treatment of personal data. They will go before a correctional court on September 30th.

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Hipmunk Makes Trip Planning Easier

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2015-06-29_1201 When it comes to booking a business trip or vacation, the actual booking part is easy — what’s hard is finding the right combination of flights, hotels and car rentals. If you’re anything like me, that means repeatedly doing the same flight and hotel search and maybe screenshotting a few results to share with the people I’m traveling with. Hipmunk now wants to make… Read More

One Month, The Platform That Teaches You To Code (And More) In 30 Days, Picks Up $1.9M In Funding

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onemonth One Month, the learning platform that promises a solid, enterprise-based education in one month or less, has today announced the close of an additional $1.9 million in seed funding, co-led by existing investor Idea Bulb Ventures and new investor Arena Ventures. Cornerstone On-Demand also participated in the round as a strategic investor.
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