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A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 5:02pm

The LEEO nightlight is just the first in what will be a series of connected devices designed for regular people.

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New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 4:00pm

The UNI tablet case uses gesture recognition technology to translate sign language into audible speech.

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Vine Makes It Easier to Discover Videos With New Channels Feature

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:30pm

Vine’s six-second looping videos can be endlessly entertaining, given the Vines in your feed are actually worth watching. In an effort to get its users spending more time in their home feed (and checking out interesting Vines they may not otherwise see), Twitter-owned Vine updated its app today so you can follow channels. Vine introduced […]

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Can Forces Be Transferred?

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:33pm

Suppose you toss a ball in the air. After leaving your hand, it rises and slows down as it rises. Why? Does it slow down because some force runs out as it rises? Is the force of the hand transferred to the ball? Are forces transferred at all? Students might have a discussion something like […]

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This Seat-Back Screen Lets Airlines Swap in the Latest Tablet Tech

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Lufthansa Systems is testing a plastic screen that goes in front of whatever the passenger's watching, allowing airlines to circumvent a cumbersome testing process.

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We’ve Got Retro Soul and Surprise Reunions in This Week’s Playlist

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Young Texas musicians like Leon Bridges are making pitch-perfect retro soul that sounds like Sam Cooke; Chance the Rapper continues to be one of rap's most unvarnished and experimental MCs; and 20 years after their last album, Sleater Kinney comes out of NOWHERE to announce a new album and drop its first single.

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Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar’s Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The film is set in San Fransokyo, a mashup of a Japanese megacity and an exaggerated-scale San Francisco. T: Sean Freeman John Lasseter is tearing up. His eyes are shining and his lashes are moist. He reaches out a warm hand to cover mine and looks deep into my eyes as he talks. He's feeling […]

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A Bold Vision for the Future of the Postage Stamp

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The beauty of the idea is how much it simply relies on infrastructure that already exists.

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Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Games aren’t very fun these days. As anyone paying even tangential attention to videogames likely knows, the medium is in the throes of a misogynist backlash so virulent it often could be described as terrorism. In the past nine weeks, three female games professionals—Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, and Zoe Quinn—have been driven from their homes […]

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This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore. Reviewing their past performance while coaches point out flaws and missteps is hardly the highlight of the week. While they may not be able to cut down on the coaches’ critiques, a Dutch company has made looking at game tape amazingly better, tapping into the […]

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Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

“I don’t want to fight old battles,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “I want to fight new ones.” It’s Sunday evening, and Nadella is sitting in a glass-enclosed room at the back of a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, eating sushi with a few reporters. As the meal began, one reporter promptly […]

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What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration […]

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Startup Makes Smart-Home Lighting as Easy as Screwing in a Lightbulb

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

Installing connected home lighting is often costly and complicated. A new startup called Avi-On is trying to change this, starting with the seemingly mundane light switch.

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A Full-Body Mouse: Click With Your Leg, Scroll With Your Hips

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

To combat sitting disease, why not amplify your computer interactions into something that engages the entire body?

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The Best Biology Photos of the Year

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The winners of the Society of Biology's third annual photography contest include amazing images of a haunting leopard, an otherworldly spider, and Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Intimate Images of US Marshals From an Embedded Photographer

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The FBI may get all the love (and movies), but the US Marshals Service is America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Brian Finke spent nearly four years embedded with the marshals, chronicling their daily lives with intimate, revealing images that peer into an often dangerous world. “I felt like it was my own version of the […]

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This Is the Internettiest Music Video That Ever Internetted

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:30am

The Bots' new video for "All I Really Want" imagines the song as a "BotsFeed" listicle, where Fresh Prince GIFs and cute pandas reign supreme.

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Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:00am

The Nielsen ratings have long held huge sway over the business of television, but television isn’t like it used to be. So, on Tuesday, Nielsen announced that it’s expanding its ratings system to all kinds of digital content to give both its creators and advertisers a more meaningful way to measure popularity in the online […]

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New Dr. Who Game Teaches Kids to Code

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:00am

The Doctor Who is facing a new challenge: teaching your nine-year-old how to code. No, it may not be as daunting as a Cybermen invasion. But for you kid, it could be as fun as it is educational. On Wednesday, the BBC will launch a game called “The Doctor and the Dalek.” Designed by Dr. […]

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As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:00am

More people are watching TV online than ever—a lot more. Viewers may not be cutting the cable cord altogether, but growth in the number who want to watch TV over a different set of pipes is surging, according to a new report from Adobe. If anyone was still wondering why HBO and CBS plan to […]

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