The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

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The Hug_office Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle… Read More

People’s Uber is your ticket to a non-profit cab ride in Beijing

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Uber’s UberX service lets pretty much anyone with a car make money as an amateur cab driver, but what if they don’t actually want to get paid? Uber is now launching a ridesharing service in Beijing that allows drivers to offer rides without charging for any more than they’re spending on gas or other fees and maintenance. The service is called People’s Uber, and it works just like the traditional Uber service: riders use the app to request a ride, and drivers use the app to find passengers.

While drivers may be interested in People’s Uber as a way to help improve local transit in their own small way, Uber’s motivation for it is a bit less clear. The new service won’t be bringing in any profit for Uber, but presumably any use of the Uber…

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Famed stem cell researcher commits suicide in wake of scandal

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One of the researchers involved in the highly disputed stem cell papers that were retracted from the journal Nature in July died yesterday, reports to the The Wall Street Journal. According to the police, Yoshiki Sasai, a famed biologist and deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Japan, hanged himself.

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Jack White has the best-selling vinyl record in 20 years

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With his latest album, Lazaretto, Jack White wanted to prove there was still life in vinyl records. And it turns out he was right: the album is the best-selling vinyl in two decades. According to Billboard, the album has sold 60,000 units to date on vinyl, the biggest single-year vinyl sales since Pearl Jam released Vitalogy in 1994. The number also represents a quarter of all Lazaretto sales, with the album selling a total of 238,000 units across all platforms.

Of course, Lazaretto is far from a standard vinyl release, as White and Third Man Records have produced an album with an assortment of unique features for music nerds. Dubbed an Ultra LP, the album features tracks hidden under the center label, a locked outer grove so that one…

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Samsung enforces only 30 percent of its ‘zero tolerance’ policy on child labor

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Earlier this summer, Samsung reacted swiftly to the discovery of unlawful hiring of child workers at one of its Chinese factories by suspending business with the offending supplier, Dongguan Shinyang Electronics. Following further investigation by local authorities, reports Reuters, the Korean company now says that the illegal underage workers were employed by a subcontractor to the Dongguan supplier rather than the factory operator itself. Technically, therefore, the fault is thought to reside in the third-party firm and Samsung is resuming production at the Dongguan factory from today.

As a measure of its disapproval for the lapse in oversight, Samsung is reducing its orders to Dongguan by 30 percent. Though that’s touted as upholding…

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Nvidia Jetson TK1 Reviewed

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Ready to move up from BeagleBoards and Raspberry Pi? Nvidia’s Tegra-based Jetson board provides a Cortex A15 CPU, a 192-core Nvidia GPU, scads or RAM, plenty of ports and lots of compute power. A few omissions and a couple of early-release glitches mar an otherwise very attractive board.

Unlocking Petition Makes Legislative History

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cellphone unlocking The Internet has helped bring down regimes, elect politicians, and stop lawmaking in its tracks, but until 2014 it has never directly led to legislation. On Friday, in the midst of the least productive Congress in history, that changed when legislators passed the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” as the direct result of an online petition. Read More

SpaceX chooses the poorest US city for its launchpad

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Texas is set to house SpaceX’s commercial rocket launch facility in the greater Brownsville area, reportedly the most impoverished in America. According to a press release from Governor Rick Perry’s office, the state is funnelling approximately $15.3 million into the project, $13 million of which will be used to develop the necessary infrastructure.

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How Google scans your Gmail for child porn

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John Henry Skillern was arrested last Thursday for the possession of child pornography. The 41-year-old restaurant worker was allegedly sending indecent images of children to a friend, but while it was Houston police that obtained a search warrant for Skillern’s tablet and computer and placed him in custody, it was Google that tipped them off to his illegal activities. Skillern was using Gmail to send images of child sexual abuse, each of which had been given a unique digital fingerprint. When those images were sent via Google’s email service, they were identified by the company’s automated systems, allowing it to pass Skillern’s details on to the police via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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With Its Eye On The Global Market, Mobile Ad Company Smaato Raises $25M More

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smaato Smaato, a company offering advertising tools for mobile publishers and developers, is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series E funding. Founded back in 2005, Smaato’s offerings include a supply-side platform that publishers can use to manage their inventory, as well as an ad exchange for dealing with multiple ad networks. The company has now raised a total of $47 million, and… Read More

Using Templates in Django: Part 3

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In a previous part of this tutorial series, we showed how you can create a simple web application using Django: How to develop a basic and very first website using Django.

In this post we are going to see how we can use Templates in Django to render HTML code on a web page. Initially we hard-coded the HTML part in views (views.py).
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