Samsung has a new tablet, and the company is framing this as their new flagship slate line. The Galaxy Tab S was unveiled at an event last week, and brings an ultra-thin design and a super high-resolution display to Samsung’s Android-powered tablets. In both 8.4 and 10.5-inch flavors, these tablets promise dynamic screens that change their settings depending on content types. The Tab S… Read More
Google today launched Online Cloud Import, a tool that makes it easier for developers to transfer their data from AWS’s S3 storage service and other HTTP/HTTPS servers to its own Google Cloud Storage. The service is now in limited preview and developers can sign up for it here. The competition between Google, Microsoft, Amazon and everybody else in the cloud computing space has… Read More
If you want an overview of the maker movement, yesterday’s Maker Summit is a good place to start.
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Google is giving its apps and platforms, including Android, a big redesign, according to a recent report posted on Android Police which backs up some things we had been hearing as well, but hadn’t fleshed out until now.
According to the new report, Google is working on a new design language focused on giving all Google apps a more unified look-and-feel across the web, Android and… Read More
First Derm is an app let’s you snap a picture of whatever is going on with your skin and submit it to a doctor for anonymous diagnoses. First launched in Sweden as an STD triage app in 2009, it now works with a slew of dermatologists to allow people to upload any rash, bump, wart or weird looking mole. The First Derm team rebranded the app to detect more than STD’s when they… Read More
We took an initial look at Punch Through Design’s Light Blue Bean when they opened for pre-orders. Now we have our hands on the hardware it’s time to take a closer look.
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Have you ever had a dream that you knew was a dream? Were you able to control it? What did you do? In this week’s episode of Top Shelf, Katie Drummond dives into the world of lucid dreaming and the technology that’s helping people reach the holy grail of dreaming.
This summer, Top Shelf is back and better than ever. We’re taking deep looks at the technology we see and don’t see, the technology we watch and the technology that watches us. The way we eat and drink, the way we play, the way we work, the way we get around it’s different today than it was yesterday, and it’s probably going to change again tomorrow. We’ll be here, working through what it all means, and figuring out what’s next.
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Disney has a new mobile app that uses its recently-acquired Star Wars IP out today: Star Wars Scene Maker is now on the App Store, and it lets kids of all ages build their own Star Wars stories using 3D-rendered graphics and animations, along with the option to record your own voice over for dialog and built-in music for epic soundtracks. The app is the ultimate fanfiction tool, short of hiring… Read More
Ed tech startup MasteryConnect announced the acquisition of Socratic today for $5 million. Most of the Socratic team will now move into engineering roles at MasteryConnect. The Quora-like education company based in Cambridge, MA increases MasteryConnect’s footprint from 3 million to 21 million students now. This is also the first big expansion for MasteryConnect, which has been… Read More
Scientists say it would have been a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions. If the Glen Canyon Dam had failed, it would have changed the lives of millions of people and reshaped the history of the American West.
When Microsoft first announced the Surface, the tablet was unsuccessfully pitched as an iPad alternative. Now it’s being marketed to consumers as a replacement for both their iPads and MacBooks.
A startup called Zabosu is looking to kickstart a mobile marketplace for “remote-controlled humans.” If successfully funded, the service will allow people, or “directors,” to hire “actors” who will serve as their proxies in remote trade shows, distant building sites, and so forth anywhere a 4G signal can be found.
Apple had some new patent applications related to wearables published today (via AppleInsider) and they all deal with a system in which the iPhone acts as a hub that collects data from sensors in wristbands and other types of accessories to automatically track user activity level and set alarms, notifications, and other device settings based on what it sense about a device owner’s… Read More
Twitter announced today that it is acquiring SnappyTV, the service for clipping, editing and sharing clips from live broadcasts in near real-time. Already, Twitter says that it works with SnappyTV with a range of its broadcast and media partners, and this will help it continue to invest in those partnerships and support that important client group. SnappyTV has helped Twitter provide video of… Read More
Netflix has just announced an exclusive deal with the beautiful and brilliant Chelsea Handler for an upcoming series of talk show programming featuring the comedienne herself, of course. Both the network and Handler are keeping mum about how the show will be formatted, but they did explicitly state that it will “still encompass Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical… Read More
Before Hitler, who was the rhetorical human embodiment of evil? The Egyptian Pharaoh of Exodus. The Pharaoh has, of course, now been upgraded to embody the glowering rhetorical sexuality of Yul Brynner [via Kottke]
ZeroTurnaround developer tool for continuous testing of code changes
Muggles of every stripe will soon be able to visit Diagon Alley and partake in the wizarding world’s commercial wonders. The new expansion to Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter-themed area comes replete with iconic locations like Ollivander’s wand shop and The Leaky Cauldron. Frothing mugs of Butterbeer and plushies modelled after the franchise’s more recognizable creatures will of course be available for impulse buyers. And for those looking to add magic into their lives, “interactive wands”…
Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that describes something somewhat far-fetched sounding – an actuator for an iPhone camera lens (the part that controls autofocus) that uses artificial muscle material instead of traditional motors to change focus and aperture size. It’s not as sci-fi as it sounds: Artificial muscle material tech has recently become compatible with mass… Read More
Previewed last year, a new app hopes to entice people out of their homes to local stories in London, starting off with boutique fashion and gift stores. StreetHub’s iOS app lets shoppers either ‘click and collect’ directly from local stores, taking a rev-share on purchases or will delivery the item to their location inside 90 minutes.
If this was in the US their closest… Read More