Get these super soft touchscreen gloves for less than $7 in the Boing Boing store

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Your messages don’t stop when it snows. That’s why you need these texting gloves to stay warm while you stay in touch. They’re comfortable and cozy and one size fits every hand. They’ll work with every kind of smartphone and tablet so you can use your devices on-the-go even when the weather gets chilly.

  • Works w/ most smartphones & tablets
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LG’s smart home hub looks like an Amazon Echo with a screen

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Amazon’s Echo was one of the stars of the retail giant’s record-breaking holiday period, and it was only a matter of time before competitors started making their own smart speakers. LG’s new SmartThinQ hub appears to be one such copycat. The hub, announced today ahead of a demonstration at CES next week, is visually similar to Amazon’s Echo, and like that device, features a large built-in speaker that can stream music. But where the Echo is only gradually moving from cool curio to useful gadget, LG is pitching the SmartThinQ as the “gateway” to your automated home, connecting to smart refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners, and displaying their information on a 3.5-inch color LCD display.

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Google Confirms Next Android Version Won’t Use Oracle’s Proprietary Java APIs

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An anonymous reader writes: Google is ditching the Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android and moving to only OpenJDK. The news first came by a “mysterious Android codebase commit” from last month submitted to Hacker News. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that Android N will rely solely on OpenJDK. “As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “In our upcoming release of Android, we plan to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based approach, creating a common code base for developers to build apps and services. Google has long worked with and contributed to the OpenJDK community, and we look forward to making even more contributions to the OpenJDK project in the future.”

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Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Is Working With Its Users To Design New Products

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massdrop headphones Massdrop‘s investors have argued that the group commerce site is more a community than a straightforward marketplace. Here’s one way that Massdrop is doing things differently — a new initiative called Massdrop Collabs.
The startup has built specialist communities for folks such as audiophiles and mechanical keyboard fans, and it offers group-buying opportunities to those… Read More

Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

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Clinkle Employees Quit Clinkle imploded after employees quit en masse in May, protesting how its young CEO Lucas Duplan was mismanaging the $30 million-funded payments startup. But Duplan won’t quit. TechCrunch has attained emails showing Duplan is pivoting Clinkle away from its former ultrasound payments and loyalty debit card products. Now Clinkle is an SDK called Treats that other apps can integrate to… Read More

The Hateful Eight is opening one day early in almost 2,000 theaters

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Quentin Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight is going to enjoy its digital wide release a day earlier than expected, a late Christmas present stemming from the popularity of the movie’s controversial 70mm roadshow extravaganza. The frosty, bloody western will play on almost 2,000 screens starting December 30th, with a few pre-shows taking place tonight. This is the second time the movie’s wide release date has been moved up from its initial position, one that was two weeks out from the movie’s official Christmas Day premiere. (It was initially bumped up a week to December 31st.)

To hear distributor The Weinstein Company tell it, demand was just too high to keep The Hateful Eight out of theaters for another day. Technical issues and…

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Sidecar Is Calling It Quits On Rides And Deliveries

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sidecar-selection Sidecar, the on-demand car service that was supposed to compete with Lyft and Uber, is shutting down at the end of this year, Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul wrote on Medium. In August, Sidecar basically threw in the towel on ride sharing and put a lot of effort into delivery services, with most of the company focusing on delivery-related services. But it looks like that didn’t work, either.… Read More

Facebook is testing multiple news feeds on mobile

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Facebook is testing multiple, topic-based feeds on its mobile app in place of one main News Feed. It’s the next step in a process started by the company in October when it began allowing some users to see specialized interest feeds on the web. The new feeds were spotted by Jason Stein on Twitter.

The new mobile design borrows heavily from the way Facebook’s Paper app works, with the app automatically sorting posts from the people and pages you follow into different sections (and, perhaps, customizable ones) or feeds. While the traditional “News Feed” remains, it is supplemented with secondary feeds — like “Style,” “Travel,” and “Headlines” — that are just a swipe away.

“People have told us they’d like new options to see and have…

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Google pushes new scheme for native-like Web apps

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Web apps are dead. Long live Web apps.

Dissatisfied with the quality of Web apps compared to their native cousins, Google is pursuing its Progressive Web Apps concept, which looks to combine the best of the Web and the best of apps. Intended for any form factor, Progressive apps load quickly even on questionable network connections, send push notifications, and have an icon on the home screen.

“The way that we think of Progressive Web Apps is they use modern Web capabilities, they deliver an app-like user experience,” said Alex Komoroske, Google group product manager for the Chrome platform, in an interview. “Also they evolve from just pages and browser tabs on mobile into top-level apps, all with the low friction of the Web.”

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10 amazing algorithms for the real world

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Cyber technology couldn’t get by without algorithms to encrypt, analyze metadata and find traffic anomalies, but they are used more and more widely in other fields. Here are 10 algorithms that perform functions as varied as scanning for disease genes, catching classroom cheats and figuring out murder mysteries as well as Agatha Christie’s heroine Miss Marple.

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