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On Sale at Last: Kano, the Charming Kit for Building Your Own Computer

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 4:30pm

For those of you unfamiliar with Kano, here’s a little refresher.

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Could Virtual Reality Revitalize the Economy?

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 3:45pm

In 1995 I tried to raise venture capital for the world’s first Internet advertising company, and couldn’t find a single investor. No one had ever heard of the World Wide Web, and nobody believed it would take off. Fast forward four years and venture investors were falling all over each other trying to fund anything […]

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You May Soon Be Grabbing Your UPS Packages From Lockers

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 12:00pm

On Wednesday, UPS responded to the imperative of ultra-convenience by launching a trial run of some Amazon-style delivery lockers that let buyers pick up packages whenever it's convenient for them.

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Out in the Open: The Code That Brings Siri-Like Voice Control to the Web

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

You can now control your smartphone with your voice. Thanks to tools like Apple Siri and Google Now, you can search the web, grab answers to simple questions, and update your online calendar, all without touching your screen. And at least some of the time, these tools actually work as advertised. But when you’re at […]

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What Tesla Needs to Fix Before It Gives Us a New Model S

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

Before the electric car maker starts messing with an excellent recipe, it should correct some basic mistakes.

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FBI Pays Visit to Researcher Who Revealed Yahoo Hack

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

Jonathan Hall was trying to help the internet. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old hacker and security consultant revealed that someone had broken into machines running inside several widely used internet services, including Yahoo, WinZip, and Lycos. But he may have gone too far. Hall—the president of a security firm called Future South Technologies—went out of […]

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6 Things to Do in Transylvania Other Than Becoming Undead

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

As the new flick Dracula Untold is here to untell you: Dracula was a real dude. Well, sorta. Scholars believe Bram Stoker based his iconic vampire on the 15th century voivode Vlad III Dracula/Vlad the Impaler, so named for his habit of leaving fields of enemies on stakes as deterrent for advancing Ottoman soldiers. Sound like the kind of guy whose former stomping grounds you want to visit? Good, because Romania would love to welcome you to its vast and beautiful lands. Here are a couple vampire-themed places you can go in Transylvania.

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Watch: Evan Roth Hacks Wikipedia GIFs, Turning Webpages Into Art Shows

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

Roth, whose touchscreen artwork we recently featured, is back with another project inspired by our digital lives.

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America Must End Its Paranoid War on Hackers

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

Lawyer Tor Ekeland, who represents some of the highest profile hackers in the US, says the US should follow the UK and Ireland’s approach in meting out punishment proportionate to the actual harm done.

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A Grassy Park Whose Clever Design Makes It Accessible to All

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

West 8, the firm behind the idea, have experience in turning former military sites into grassy leisure destinations.

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Haunting Photos of Parasites Up Close

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

As a kid, Marcus DeSieno possessed two conflicting qualities: He was a nerd drawn to the natural world, yet “anxious as hell.” In many ways, he found nature terrifying: After watching Alien at age five, he started obsessively washing his hands because he feared being infected by a parasite, and he avoided certain foods because […]

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You Can Now Use Siri to Identify and Rate Songs. Here’s How

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

Siri, Apple's voice-powered virtual assistant, is pretty musically inclined. She's been able to manipulate your music library for quite some time, but now with iOS 8, you can also use Siri for a few other music-focused tricks.

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24 Sleek Products That’ll Make Everyone Envy Your Office

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:30am

Sell your soul to the company but keep your sense of style. Here are 24 of the best-designed products in the world for your work space.

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Tonight: Watch Live as a Total Lunar Eclipse Turns the Moon Red

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 8:52pm

Early tomorrow morning, the moon will pass behind the center of Earth’s shadow and turn a rusty red color. Most people probably won’t be able to see this total lunar eclipse, because it will occur mainly over the Pacific Ocean. But don’t worry. You can watch a live broadcast by the Slooh Community Observatory from multiple locations in Australia and North America (above), or NASA’s broadcast of the event (below).

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Twitter Sues the Government for Violating Its First Amendment Rights

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 7:46pm

Twitter just sued the federal government over restrictions the government places on how much the company can disclose about surveillance requests it receives. For months, Twitter has tried to negotiate with the government to expand the kind of information that it and other companies are allowed to disclose. But it failed. Today, Twitter asserts in […]

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Facebook May Soon Launch an Anonymity App, But Is It Too Late?

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 7:19pm

Facebook is working on a standalone app that would allow users to communicate anonymously, similar to existing apps like Whisper and Secret, according to a new report. Such a product would be a drastic reversal in Facebook’s longstanding opposition to anonymity. But more than that, the app would also serve as yet another sign that […]

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Samsung’s Future Is Bleak Because Phones Themselves No Longer Matter

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 7:01pm

Samsung leads the world in smartphone market share, and at a time of ascendant mobile computing, that seems like a great place to be. So why does the future look so glum for the South Korean hardware giant?

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The New Squarespace Is a UX Dream That Eliminates the Backend Entirely

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 6:30pm

A revamped editing interface essentially deletes the backend and lets users edit in what would be preview.

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What’s Up With That: How Did the Nobel Prize Become the Biggest Award on the Planet?

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 5:14pm

The Nobel Prize is a big deal. Want to know how I know? Because the Nobels are constantly invoked to let me know the importance of other awards: The Turing Award is the "Nobel Prize of Computers," the Priztker Prize is the "Nobel Prize of Architecture," and geography's "Nobel" is named after the guy who named America after Amerigo Vespucci. In mathematics, the Abel Award and the Fields Medal compete over which is more worthy of a Nobel comparison. The Nobel Prize might as well be called the "Nobel Prize of Comparisons for Other Awards." But how did it get this status?

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In Crowdfunding, It’s the Fundamentals That Matter — Not Famous Faces

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 4:45pm

There have been some illustrious additions to the crowd in recent times. Nicola Horlick was one of the first high-profile figures to endorse crowdfunding, and Better Capital boss Jon Moulton and serial entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Iannou have both turned to crowdfunding to find seed finance for their respective new ventures. Those who follow crowdfunding will […]

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