Flickr’s iPad app is exactly what you’d expect – and that’s a good thing

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Flickr finally has an iPad app — just four and a half years after Apple’s tablet first hit store shelves. Fortunately, Flickr fans should be happy with the results. The new app takes cues from Yahoo’s revamped Weather, Finance, and Mail apps, which means lots of big, pretty photos, transparent menus, and skinny, sans serif fonts. That means it’s an attractive app, and it turns out it’s good at doing its job, too.

High-resolution photos are front and center, and they sure look good on those Retina display iPads. If you’re a Flickr user, everything you’d expect is here. You can comment, fave, and share photos. In addition, you can view the detailed information pages for photos to geek out on the camera settings used to take that killer…

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Bag Week: Daame Bags

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IMG_4809-2 While I can’t say that Daame Bags are the best daame bags we’ve tested (see what I did there?), I can say that they are definitely an interesting rethinking of the women’s laptop bag. We tested two types – a wide leather laptop tote and other 13-inch model. I showed both of these to a human woman, my wife, who said that she liked the elegant and spare design but noted… Read More

Handbook For A New Era Of Crowdfunding

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handbook Ever been to Indiegogo? Kickstarter? Spend any cash? What’d you leave with? Why does anyone buy a product that doesn’t exist yet…and may never exist? On the surface, crowdfunding seems to defy logic. Economists find the phenomenon of crowdfunding startling. If you think like an economist, crowdfunding shouldn’t work. But it does. And those who understand why it works… Read More

The “weirdest lock on earth” has a key like a tiny mechanical snake

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That’s how this remarkable design is described by lockpicker John Coulter, whose efforts have been stymied by its peculiar design: instead of being a straight, flat piece of metal, the key is a flexible chain similar to a watch strap, housed in a hard slip-casing that allows it to be inserted into the snaking design of the lock itseld.

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Steam is letting you play ten games for free this weekend

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Are you looking to get your game on this weekend? Is your collection looking a bit stale? If so, you might want to boot up Steam, as the online store is throwing one of its largest free weekend promotions ever. Ten, count them, ten entire games are free to download and play until tomorrow afternoon at 4PM ET. The list includes some excellent titles, such as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Payday 2, and Don’t Starve. And if you can’t manage to hammer through these games over the weekend, you’ll be glad to hear that all of the titles are on deep discount — most are 75 percent off. You can find the full list of games included in the promo below.

  • Awesomenauts
  • Blade Symphony
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Don’t Starve
  • Grid 2
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • K…

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The Weekender: on comets, cancer, and ‘Castlevania’

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Good morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 42nd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you’ll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please…

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Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

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highways To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

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hurt-locker Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud platform would be best for it? You too may suffer from Developaralysis. Be afraid. There… Read More

Foo Fighters’ American music history lesson ‘Sonic Highways’ premieres tonight

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The new HBO documentary series Sonic Highways — directed by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl — debuts tonight, and if it’s anything like the extremely well-received documentary Sound City he directed in 2013, it might just be worth canceling your Friday night plans for.

The eight-part series is going to follow Grohl as he visits touchstone American recording studios in different cities that are steeped in musical lore, and will feature conversations with the important musicians who have called these places home. The power combination of (soon-to-be-unbundled) HBO and Grohl meant that the series was able to compile an impressive list of interviewees, as the trailer alone teases talks with everyone from 20th-century icons like Dolly Parton…

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One Year In, Keepy Reaches 500K Users And Introduces Video To Its Family Timelines

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One year since launch, Keepy is announcing that more than 500,000 users are sharing content with their families on its service. In a phone call with TechCrunch, Keepy CEO Offir Gutelzon said that the company hit the 500,000 figure within the last few weeks. He also gave numbers on how the company is doing at bringing in international users and getting its families to convert to its premium… Read More

Watch ‘The Hobbit,’ as told in 72 seconds of Lego stop-motion animation

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Even if, like me, you have a love for all things Middle-earth, it’s easy to say that Peter Jackson has probably gone overboard with his trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. (My point of view? Two films would have been plenty, and they don’t need to be as long as they are, but I’m still happy to overindulge and spend more time in his gorgeous version of Middle-earth).

However, if you just don’t have the attention span for more than eight hours of Hobbit movies, the YouTube stop-motion artists Brotherhood Workshop have condensed the story of The Hobbit down into 72 tight seconds (it is a kid’s book, after all) and animated it using Lego’s Hobbit-themed minifigs and sets. The results are simultaneously hilarious but also quite fun for…

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The insanely elaborate quest to recover the oldest satellite photos of Arctic ice

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If you are a climate scientist trying to study the amount of sea ice on Earth poles over time, it make senses to look at as many satellite images of Antarctica and the Arctic as you can get your hands on. But the satellite record of sea ice only extended as far back as 1979 — at least until recently. As Barents Observer reports, a climate scientist named David Gallaher at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado recently managed to painstakingly recover old satellite data from the early 1960s captured by vintage NASA Nimbus satellites. The process was an elaborate one: Gallaher and his colleagues had to sift 25 boxes full of 200-foot-long (60-meter) reels of 35-millimeter film, digitize them using a vintage film…

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Make it Last

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The Make It Last Build Series, Sponsored by Microchip and Energizer Welcome to Make It Last, a project build series and contest, sponsored by Microchip and Energizer. Over the course of this contest, we’re going to cover a series of three project builds, demonstrating some of the finer points of […]

Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

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IMG_9852 The new Herschel fall lineup includes the Heritage we reviewed earlier in bag week, but there are also new looks for the Little America. The smaller mid-volume version of this bag, in a Select color and material finish combination, might be more the speed of those with smaller backs, or who just don’t need a massive amount of storage space, and the signature Little America… Read More

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