A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley

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518473767_c_400_225 Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that’s where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception. Everyone had some amazing hardware that worked in amazing ways and I was able to visit nearly all of the companies on… Read More

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

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How will the future change the human brain? This week’s Big Future takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain’s electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the same technology be used to correct more fundamental mental properties like attention span? We’re still early in the research, but there are already plenty of projects aiming to give human beings greater control over the inner workings of the brain.

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Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ starring Kyle Chandler will premiere in March

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Netflix has announced that its original series Bloodline will premiere in March. And as you’d expect, all episodes from season one — there are 13 of them — will be available for streaming immediately. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame along with Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), and Sissy Spacek, among others. Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler — the trio behind FX’s Damages — Bloodline “centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”

It doesn’t reveal much, but you can catch a teaser trailer for…

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Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

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Luxe The situation was already bad when I first moved to San Francisco with my Jeep Cherokee three years ago. The hills were enough with the clutch, but one too many times spent looking for parking for more than an hour in my own neighborhood and my once useful Utah snow vehicle was sold to a nice old man in the East Bay. Circling round and round the block actually accounts for up to 30% of… Read More

AWS Expands Its European Footprint With Frankfurt Data Center

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aws-robot Amazon today announced that it has opened the second data center for its AWS cloud computing service in Europe. The new Frankfurt region follows in the footsteps of the company’s operations in Ireland, which launched back in 2007. The Frankfurt region sports two availability zones (compared to the three zones in Ireland) and offers access to almost all of Amazon’s cloud… Read More

Etsy Moves Further Into The Offline World With Launch Of Card Reader For In-Person Payments

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etsy_in-person_payments Crafts marketplace Etsy this morning announced a further expansion into the offline world with the launch of an Etsy card reader product designed for sellers who want to take credit and debit card payments in person. The move is centered around Etsy’s larger goal to become a one-stop shop for creative business owners who are often marketing their goods in the real world, at craft… Read More

Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

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Ello Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either. The company filed in Delaware as a Public Benefit Corp., which Ello says makes it legally impossible under US law for… Read More

Tumblr is making videos a lot more like GIFs

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Tumblr may be known for moving images, but by and large that’s been the GIF — not videos. Tumblr is today trying to address that, changing what it’s like to watch videos in its mobile apps and on the desktop. On mobile, Tumblr is actually making videos seem a lot like GIFs: they’ll automatically start playing when you’re on Wi-Fi, they’ll be muted by default, and they’ll loop endlessly. Tumblr also says that videos are converted to smaller sizes so that they’ll start playing quickly, adding in to the impression that it shouldn’t matter what format you’re actually seeing.

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Sony Xperia Z3v review

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Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US. While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales, Sony’s presence in the US has been crippled by delayed launches and carrier exclusives. If you’ve wanted to purchase a flagship Sony smartphone, such as the Z1 or Z2, you were forced to either be a T-Mobile customer, or pay full retail price for an unlocked device six months after it was readily available in other markets. (And if you…

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Christian Bale’s Batman is the Steve Jobs performance we’ve been waiting for

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For all his brilliance, Steve Jobs was a notoriously intense man — some would say even a huge jerk. He reportedly bullied and belittled others when they failed to meet his high standards. He went beyond the reach of the law in order to achieve his own goals, believing, according to one person, that “normal rules didn’t apply to him.” He created a ubiquitous system capable of tracking people across an entire city. After temporarily ceding control of the company synonymous with his name, he siphoned its resources towards a campaign of terror and vigilante justice, frequently impeding actual police operations. In one of his final projects at that company, he inadvertently created technology that would allow his home city to be taken hostage…

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Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

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inbox-feature On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google’s new Inbox app? Would you pay for it? eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50. Google’s Inbox is a newly announced mobile app that is meant to totally replace the way you used to deal with your email. It was released as a… Read More

GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple

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sapphire GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple had entered into a deal with worth $578 million last year for the advance purchase of sapphire components, has reached an agreement with the iPhone maker to settle its outstanding debt. As part of the deal, GT Advanced Technologies will exit the sapphire business altogether, and shut down its Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts factories, according… Read More

Uber Partners With Vaccine Finder To Bring A Free Flu Shot To You

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uberrush2 The flu is more deadly than ebola and yet a simple vaccine could save your life. In that breath, Uber has partnered with Vaccine Finder to deliver a registered nurse and a vaccine kit for up to 10 people — of course on demand. Best of all the service is free, but the service is limited to just Boston, New York and DC from 10 am until 3 pm EST today, October 23, 2014. This is part of… Read More

Investigating NVIDIA’s BatteryBoost with MSI GT72

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BatteryBoost initially launched with the GTX 800M series earlier this year, and our first look at the technology came with the MSI GT70 with GTX 880M. That may not have been the best starting point, and unfortunately most of the gaming notebooks we’ve looked at since then haven’t been much better. Armed with the latest MSI GT72 sporting a Maxwell 2.0 GTX 980M, NVIDIA claims that BatteryBoost is finally going to hit the 2+ hours mark for gaming. Read on for our in-depth testing of BatteryBoost.

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