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Maria writes, “Could ‘unschooling’ be the best route to an entrepreneurial STEAM career? Two new studies of grown unschoolers show that a disproportionately high percentage have gone into science, technology and creative arts careers. They are also much more likely to be self-employed.”
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The Apple Watch, which is to go on sale early next year with more than 20 different looks and a minimum price of $349, has its share of innovations: A screen made out of sapphire glass on some versions to increase its scratch-resistance. A “digital touch” feature that allows people to give…
If you see the spinning wheel of death on some of your favorite sites Wednesday, dont worry — your Internet connection probably isnt any slower.
A 13-year-old Dutch boy wasn’t prepared to say goodbye to his dead pet rat so he transformed it into dead pet rat that flies.
According to BBC, Dutch inventors Arjen Beltman and Bart Jansen helped Pepeijn Bruins bring energy back to his rodent friend, which had been euthanized after falling ill to cancer. The inventors’ previous creations include “the world’s first stuffed, radio-controlled flying cat” and a flying dead ostrich.
Footage of their work will air in the UK on the Channel 4 program, All Creatures Great and Stuffed on Sept. 10. In the meantime, you can watch a dead rat fly in BBC‘s video and in these handy GIFs.
Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 billion. Silicon Valley investors have been circling the fast-growing, two-year old company for… Read More
This morning at Disrupt SF, Coursera’s president Daphne Koller pushed back against the notion that her company is a for-profit education company: In her view, Coursera is instead a for-profit technology company. TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois pressed Koller on the completion rates the average class on her platform sees — only 5 percent of people that enroll in a future… Read More
Beautifully shot and edited, a rarely seen vista on one of the most amazing places in the world.
For example, util the real Kramer consented to the use of his name on TV, Kramer was briefly named Kessler and Jerry called him that in the pilot that aired. (via Laughing Squid)
The astonishingly prolific author/scientist Clifford Pickover (see the review of his Book of Black for a list of some of his other books) is a math enthusiast with a talent for ferreting out fascinating anecdotes about math, and writing them in a way that inspires wonder.
NASA will soon turn a laser-based device toward Earth in an effort to map its forest in 3D. This endeavor, which will originate the International Space Station and goes by the name GEDI, is all part of the agency’s plan to determine the amount of carbon our planet’s forests contain.
Microsoft is planning to stop using the Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season in its marketing materials. GeeksOnGadgets has obtained an internal Microsoft document that details the company’s guidelines for its own brands, and The Verge can confirm the material is authentic and accurate. “As part of our phased transition, we will drop the manufacturer name [Nokia] from product references during the Holiday campaign,” reads one of the slides. Microsoft is also planning not to use the Windows Phone logo in promotions and commercials, instead it will be replaced with just Windows.
Windows will take the place of Windows Phone, with Lumia for phone models
Although the death of the Nokia brand is understandable given that…
If the history of smartphones has taught us anything, it’s that screens will always get bigger. Stephen Colbert knows it too, and while talking about the Apple Watch on his show last night, he showed off an early depiction of what might come next: the Wrist Pad. We may not have something quite so monstrous just yet, but for now the Apple Watch already accomplishes plenty. As Colbert puts it: “It’s finally cool to wear a calculator watch.”
Looks like we made it. Look how far we’ve come, baby.
Disrupt Day 3 is here, which means that the fun comes to a close at the end of the day. Which gives you all the more reason to sit back, relax, and enjoy our live coverage of one of the biggest and most influential technology conferences in the world. Read More
After much speculation, German super-incubator and clone factory Rocket Internet has confirmed that it plans to launch an initial public offering later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet intends to raise up to $970 million in the IPO and plans to use the proceeds to “finance its future growth through the launch of new businesses and [provide] further equity capital… Read More
Do you have the courage to break rules in the name of innovation? Drastically rupture the status quo? Do you want to see tech done better? Are you really, really good at taking selfies? We want to see what “disrupt” really means to our readers. That’s why we’ve created a three-part social media contest for you to show us just how creative you can get. Today, Day 3… Read More
Seagate’s premium storage brand, LaCie, has been introducing a wide variety of Thunderbolt 2 products since late last year. Today, we are seeing the launch of a hybrid direct-attached storage (DAS) unit with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 connections in the d2 Thunderbolt 2. The differentiating aspect is the availability of a full-speed PCIe SSD add-on which adds another storage module at the expense of the USB 3.0 port. We took the unit for a spin using our Windows-based Thunderbolt 2 setup. Read on to see how the unit performs.
Jeff Goldlblum continues to charm the millienials who will forever remember him as Dr. Ian Malcolm. On last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, he sang the non-canonical lyrical version of the Jurassic Park theme. If you wish to sing along, the lyrics are as follows: “In Jurassic Park scary in the dark I’m so scared that I’ll be eaten.”
Goldblum, who has a lovely voice, no question, does commendable work with the tune. But if I were to nominate one or two ditties for best rendition of the Jurassic Park theme, I’d select the following YouTube videos. Warning, the second video has some language NSFW.
Are you planning on watching some movies tonight on Netflix? Or posting a photo to Tumblr? Or backing a crowdfunded project? You’re going to see a lot of spinning wheels. As fall elections heat up and the FCC prepares to close the public comment period on its Open Internet proposal, a cluster of major sites and a number of more minor ones are urging visitors to contact Congress and the FCC and express support for reclassifying broadband internet under the “common carrier” rules that govern…
With Stash, Atlassian has been offering a Git-based code-management solution for quite a while now. Up until now the company was mostly going after relatively small teams with this service, but today it is launching Stash Data Center, its Git solution for large enterprises. Unlike the regular Stash service, Stash Data Center can run on a cluster instead of a single server. Thanks to this,… Read More