This website lets you customize the Apple Watch of your dreams

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Curious about what sort of Apple Watch you’d like best? Worry not — MixYourWatch.com has got you covered. (That is, if you have the money and/or inclination to buy one.) This third-party website lets you play around with the different components Apple is releasing for its first smartwatch, mixing and matching colors and materials to see what looks best together. However, it doesn’t include any estimate of price — something that will be pretty important if you like the look of the gold option. We’re not sure what our favorite is so far, but the steel Milanese strap with a plain aluminum case is a pretty solid choice.

it’ll be less fun once we know the prices

All in all, Apple is offering quite a bit of variety with the Apple Watch….

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I, Casey Newton, interviewed a man named Casey Newton about his startup

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As PR pitches go, this one had a good hook. “Hi Casey,” it read. “I’d like to introduce you to the other Casey Newton.” For years I had been peripherally aware of the Other Casey Newton (O.C.N.). There are more than two of us in the world, of course, but to my knowledge there’s only one O.C.N. here in Silicon Valley. I discovered him when I clicked on a link to what I thought was my LinkedIn profile: another white guy like me, only instead of writing about startups, he actually helped run them. At the time he was working for dull-sounding enterprise software companies, so I kept my distance. But I always wondered what he was like.

If you’ve ever played Mortal Kombat, you know that at some point Sub-Zero has to face himself. This was…

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I just drank all of the new Red Bull flavors

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Let’s get this out of the way: I’m not a food and drink columnist. (I leave that to my esteemed colleagues at Eater.) That said, some new Red Bull flavors just showed up on my desk. While I don’t make a habit of immediately reviewing everything that shows up on my desk, I decided to make an exception for these slim, colorful cans of carbonated science, perhaps because it’s 10 in the morning as I’m writing this and I could use a little pick-me-up. I’d get coffee, but it looks gross outside. Where is spring?

Sorry, I’m getting off track. There are three new flavors here: The Cherry Edition Wild Cherry (Artificially Flavored) Total Zero, The Orange Edition Orange (Artificially Flavored) Total Zero, and The Yellow Edition Tropical…

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Gmail for iOS now lets you archive and reply to email from notifications

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Google’s just released version 4.0 of Gmail for iOS, and the update includes a few significant additions made possible by iOS 8. First, you can now archive or reply from incoming email right from the notification prompt at the top of your screen. You can take the same actions whenever Gmail notifications are displayed on your lock screen by swiping. That’s a feature other email clients quickly adopted after Apple rolled out the last big iOS release, so it’s good to see Gmail taking advantage.

Similarly, Gmail will now appear in the iOS system share sheet, so you can easily email photos and documents while inside other apps by tapping the share icon. And last, Google says it’s added a new attachment viewer, which lets you “open…

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This chemical could protect plants from radioactive fallout at Fukushima

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A synthetic chemical prevents a plant native to Japan from absorbing harmful radioactive elements, according to a study published today in Scientific Reports. The findings raise the possibility that it could be used to decontaminate farmland in Japan — a country still reeling from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

“Agricultural products from Fukushima used to be very popular for their quality and taste, and [they] were loved by consumers all over Japan,” Ryoung Shin, unit leader at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science and co-author of the study, said in an email. Although agricultural products are closely screened before entering the market, Shin says farming has yet to restart in areas with high concentrations of…

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Lastronaut Is A Totally Free, Totally Addictive Endless Running Game For iPhone

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lastronaut Endless runners are pretty much perfect for mobile devices, because they’re easy to get into and great for short play sessions. A new iPhone game in that genre from a Toronto-based developers Darrin Henein and Stephan Leroux called Lastronaut may be the best currently available endless runner for those looking for value: it’s totally free, with no ads or in-app purchases… Read More

With Men And Their Fashion Choices, École Wants To Wear The Pants In The Relationship

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Screenshot 2015-03-05 11.43.21 Men’s fashion is a growing industry, with traditional retailers and startups alike offering more diverse product and delivering that product in new ways. The latest startup to join the new herd of up-and-comers catering to men and their sartorial needs is École, which launches today out of New York.
First and foremost, École is a shopping experience that helps men make purchasing… Read More

Google just learned how to mix cocktails

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Google announced a new addition to its Knowledge Graph this morning, adding cards that walk through the recipes for various cocktails. The cards break down the “main alcohol” for each cocktail alongside standard garnishes and recommended glassware. Recipes for food (“how to make meatloaf”) have been part of the Knowledge Graph for some time, but engineers noticed a lot of requests for cocktails specifically, and Search data gave them a clear ranking of which cocktails users were most curious about. For 2015, the Moscow Mule topped the list of most-searched cocktails, followed by the Margarita and the Bloody Mary.

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AP will use ‘robot journalists’ to expand its college sports coverage

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The Associated Press plans to expand its collegiate sports coverage using automation technology instead of human reporters. The news organization’s team of robot journalists will compile text based on game statistics provided by the NCAA. The move will expand AP’s sports coverage to include Division I baseball, Division I women’s basketball, Division II and III football, and Division II and III men’s basketball.

“This will mean thousands of more stories on the AP wire, which will remain unmatched in the industry,” Barry Bedlan, AP’s deputy director of sports products said in a statement. “Every college sports town will have some level of coverage.”

“Every college sports town will have some level of coverage.”

AP already uses this…

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Yahoo Mail adds smart contact cards to your inbox

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Yahoo Mail is adding new contact cards that can display glanceable information about your contacts without having to leave your inbox. Hovering over an name in an email will activate the smart contact cards, which automatically pull in photos, phone numbers, job titles, and links to Facebook and Twitter profiles (to see information from Facebook, you’ll need to link your Facebook profile to your Yahoo Mail account). You can also search for emails from the person or company, or compose a new email directly from the contact card. The new contact cards are powered by technology from Xobni, which Yahoo acquired back in 2013. Yahoo says the contact cards will gradually roll out to desktop users in the US.

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Valve’s weird, old VR headsets are on display at GDC

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This week, Valve announced that it was partnering with HTC for the Vive headset, a virtual reality display that Valve co-founder Gabe Newell promised made “zero percent of people” motion sick. Very little was known about the Vive before release, but Valve’s virtual reality prototypes have been something of a legend in the VR community — especially the “VR room,” a room covered in barcodes that created a precise location-tracking system.

While it wasn’t as exciting as the actual Vive, Valve had a few pieces of its history on display at the 2015 Game Developers Conference. Turns out it took a lot of experimentation to get from barcodes to lasers.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will probably start at $699 off contract

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Samsung hasn’t officially shared full pricing details on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, but T-Mobile is giving us a pretty good indication of what you’ll pay out of pocket for the former. The Uncarrier is holding a Galaxy S6 giveaway for customers who pre-register for more details on Samsung’s new flagship. Four lucky people will get a Galaxy S6 at no cost, but in setting up its contest, T-Mobile has also revealed the phone’s unsubsidized price. The S6 is listed as having a prize value of $699.99, and it’s likely that T-Mobile is giving away the 32GB model.

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Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

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Image (2) cocktails-l1.jpg for post 107669 Wondering how to make a Moscow Mule or a Margarita? Google this morning is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you how to make any cocktail, offering step-by-step instructions, a list of ingredients, and even serving suggestions like type of garnish or drinkware. The addition is one of many ways that Google is trying to turn its search service into more of a virtual assistant for… Read More

YC-Backed Lumi Will Help You Customize Anything (Literally, Anything) On The Cheap

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home Customization pretty much comes standard in today’s online world. but when it comes to offline goods, we are still limited in many ways by the designs chosen by manufacturers. 3D printing has done its part in changing that, but a new YC-backed company, Lumi, is looking to offer a different set of customization tools. Lumi turns any graphic into a rubber stamp or silk screen, which sold as… Read More

Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

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mustbin2014 Mustbin, the mobile application that began as a secure organizer for personal documents and other information captured by your smartphone’s camera, is today making a larger move to compete in the private mobile messaging space with the launch of Mustbin 2.0. The new app is now offering a solid handful of features that differentiate it from many competitors, including the ability to… Read More

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