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.

Transcontinental train ride about the future of food

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This summer, my pal Sarah Smith at Institute for the Future took a ten-day transcontinental train trip to explore the future of food systems and wrote about it at National Geographic. In this piece, she profiles how the train’s chefs, who considered the experience a “renegade culinary adventure,” experimented with waste management, local sourcing, daily food practices, and decadence. Read the rest

This insane, gruesome sculpture brings ‘Doom’ to life

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Jason Hite has been in love with Doom since 1993. And in 2004 he decided to create a tribute in the best way he knows how: a wonderfully dark and disturbing sculpture.

It all started when Hite received a miniature figure of the iconic cyberdemon enemy from the game. After he finished painting it, he couldn’t quite stop himself from making something bigger. “I wanted to build an environment for the little evil cyborg,” he says. Since 2004 he’s been collecting circuit boards and Doom figures…

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Civilization: Beyond Earth Review – Much More Than Just Civilization In Space

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CivBE_Screenshot_Harmony_MindflowerEndgame The Civilization series has repeatedly roped me in for disappearances that span hours and even days, and the newest instalment, Civilization: Beyond Earth continues that storied tradition. The civilization building and management simulation keeps a lot of what has worked about the series, and adds substantial new gameplay elements – this is no warmed-over expansion with some sci-fi… Read More

Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store

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photomath Have you tried Photomath yet? It’s brilliant. It’s a camera app that solves math equations. Just point and solve. The company launched the app earlier this week at Disrupt London, and yesterday, unseated Facebook Message to become the top free on the App Store. The app works in real time and displays the answer to an equation in an augmented reality layer. Click a button to have… Read More

Jostle Raises $2M For Its Intranet Platform

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google-apps-devices If you have ever worked for a large corporation, then you have probably seen how outdated some of the intranet platforms on the market today are. the Vancouver-based startup Jostle wants to put a fresh face on intranet software. The service aims to make it easier for companies to publish news stories and announcements, host online discussions and share other… Read More

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