Listen to Death Cab For Cutie’s new album Kintsugi for free at NPR

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It’s been nearly four years since Death Cab For Cutie released their last album, and a lot has changed for the band since — most notably the departure of guitarist, producer, and founding member Chris Walla last fall. While Walla played his last show with the band in September, his presence is felt one more time on Kintsugi, the band’s eighth album that they finished up prior to his departure. DCFC has been releasing a steady stream of tracks from the album over the last few months leading up to its March 31st release, but today the whole thing can be found streaming over at NPR

It’s been a turbulent four years for Death Cab

Even though the band’s long-standing lineup all participated in the creation and recoding of Kintsugi, it’s…

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Nintendo president says report of a Zelda TV series at Netflix is incorrect

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You may want to tone down your excitement for the Zelda TV series that Netflix was reported to be working on last month. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata tells Time that The Wall Street Journal‘s story that first reported the partnership was “not based on correct information.” On the surface, that makes it sound like Iwata is denying the report, but it’s also quite possible that he’s just being cagey. Iwata doesn’t actually say that Nintendo isn’t working with Netflix — just that some amount of information was incorrect. “As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films,” he says.

What does that mean for Zelda on Netflix? The show was described as being in its “early stages” in the…

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Charli XCX’s new music video is your phone-charging nightmare

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Charli XCX’s new video for “Famous,” off her sophomore album Sucker, starts out innocently enough: a teenage fan takes selfies, sends some texts, and dances around her room. And then — horror of all horrors — her phone battery dies. Then her tablet dies, and she’s pulled into some laminated purgatory where she must plug her charger into the belly button of a strange, sweaty, man-monster. Ultimately, her adventure ends up on YouTube, which is appropriately meta considering the video was premiered during the YouTube Music Video Awards this morning.

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Dell is the latest to bundle Office and Microsoft apps on Android devices

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Samsung has started shipping Android devices with Microsoft apps preinstalled, and now Dell is also planning to do the same. In an announcement today, Microsoft is revealing that Dell will preinstall Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on a range of Android-powered devices later this year. Other regional device makers like TrekStor, JP Sa Couto, Datamatic, DEXP, Hipstreet, Mobile, Tecno, Casper, and Pegratron will also bundle Microsoft’s range of Android apps on devices.

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Action movies need to stop spoiling their best moments

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We’ve entered an era of ludicrous movie marketing, one where marketing teams release teasers for teasers of movie posters. There’s so much disincentive to go to a movie theater — high prices, low comfort, terrible peers — that studios are trying insanely hard at every point during a film’s lifecycle to build maximum hype. And it’s completely ruining my ability to suspend disbelief.

The newest example is the trailer — excuse me, “teaser” — for the newest Mission Impossible movie, Rogue Nation, which was released yesterday (the full trailer was released today). It’s essentially just a minute’s worth of what will probably be some of the film’s best stunts. But I want to talk about one moment in particular that has set the internet ablaze:…

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Four Patents That Changed Enterprise Storage

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storageracks Sports fans get very excited about Final Fours — whether it’s the new four-team playoff in college football, the semi-finals competitors at Wimbledon or, most famously, the remaining competitors in NCAA basketball’s March Madness. As we are in the midst of this year’s tournament, I started pondering a Fab Four, if not the Final Four, of the world’s impactful… Read More

Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

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Microsoft Office 365 logo Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell. As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly cross-platform software strategy, one in which it is content to ensure that its applications are… Read More

This Amazingly Limber Bionic Arm Connects To Your Smartphone

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scaled.handii3-1 A Japanese company called Exiii has created a sub-$300 bionic arm that connects to your cellphone in order to perform some surprisingly limber maneuvers. The arm uses 3D printed parts to make it easy to build and assembled and it can be repaired or reprinted in multiple colors. Unlike the mechanical EnablingTheFuture arms we’ve seen, however, this model is full of electronics and… Read More

Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS

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Prime Music Amazon’s free music streaming service for Prime members, Prime Music, has been upgraded on mobile today with a new feature that will see the service better competing with similar offerings like Pandora or iTunes Radio, for example. The company has now introduced “Prime Stations” for users of its iOS application, which are are ad-free streaming music stations that offer… Read More

Robot Block Party Returns to Providence, RI

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On April 11, 2015, members of the Make: books team will be participating in the Rhode Island Robot Block Party in Providence, RI. We’ll be showing off projects from some of our recent and soon-to-be-published books. We’ll have hands-on interactive projects you can play with, including some things from our […]

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FTC opens new office to protect you from the Internet of Things

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The FTC says it’ll be broadening its scope with the launch of a new Office of Technology Research and Investigation, described by the agency as “the next generation in consumer protection.” The new division succeeds and replaces the FTC’s current Mobile Technology Unit, which focused on safeguarding children from deceptive mobile apps and overseeing other smartphone-centric topics.

But technology never sits still. In 2015, we’re faced with the growing Internet of Things, cars that get faster with software updates, and the expanding smart home. The FTC thinks now’s the time to widen its net so that it may protect consumer interest across every facet of technology. Specifically, the OTRI will keep an eye on “privacy, data security,…

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Twitter partners with Foursquare to add specific locations to your tweets

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You’ve long been able to include your location with every tweet, but now Twitter is working with Foursquare to make that location information a bit more useful. Twitter currently supports the tagging of general areas, like a city or neighborhood, but with this partnership, tweets will soon be able to include more specific locations, like businesses and landmarks — basically, anything that you can find on Foursquare. It’s not a big change, but it’ll make Twitter’s location feature a bit more interesting, especially if you’re looking for tweets sent from a specific location. Twitter says that the integration is “coming soon,” without listing a specific timeframe.

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The Post Modern Skateboard is all skate, no board

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The Post Modern Skateboard is the latest “thing I might give as a Christmas gift if I had unlimited money and pulled the name of a co-worker I didn’t really know from the office Secret Santa hat.” Sold by Hammacher Schlemmer — a store that specializes in this shopping niche — the skateboard is just two standalone wheels with foot holsters inside of them. So it’s a skateboard with no board.

CNET compares the experience to a caster board, which looks like two small skateboards connected by a rod. The Post Modern Skateboard also comes with a connecting rod to help newcomers learn its unusual method for propulsion.

I’ve included some GIFs pulled from the company’s explanatory sales video, so you can grok The Post Modern Skateboard’s…

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Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App

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Sample-1 Instagram today announced the debut of a new application called Layout, the company’s next standalone creation tool outside of its flagship photo-sharing application. With Layout, Instagram users will be able to quickly build collages using their mobile photos, which they can then choose to share to Instagram, Facebook, or elsewhere.
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Twitter Teaming With Foursquare For Location Tagging In Tweets

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Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 1.02.23 PM Twitter is bringing the ability to tag specific locations to Tweets via official apps and the web, through a partnership with Foursquare. The company tweeted about the upcoming feature today, showing a video of how it’ll work in iOS.
Coming soon! We’re working with @foursquare so you can tag specific locations in Tweets: https://t.co/MwlLz5Pfvq pic.twitter.com/jATzXvbuV6
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Pallet Hacks: Make a Vintage Fruit Crate with Wax Paper Transfers

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apieceofrainbow5-2wThere are a lot of re-purposed pallet projects popping up all over the internet. I can definitely see the appeal of using free wood, and to get that popular rustic wood look, using old pallets makes a perfect match. So today I wanted to show off this particular tutorial by Ananda […]

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