Show Notes November 10th, 2014


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Taking apart Google’s modular smartphone What do you want to know about Project Ara? Does a modular smartphone actually work? Yes. Is it very different from Android phones? In a basic how-a-phone-all-works, yes indeed. Paul Eremenko, Technical Project Lead on Google’s modular phone project…
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60 seconds with Hemingwrite, an E Ink typewriter Between social networks, video games and the endless void of procrastination we call “the internet,” computers can make pretty poor writing devices. Isn’t there something better? Insert Coin contenders Adam Leeb and Patrick Paul think so — they’ve…
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AT&T’s latest smartwatch for kids is both easier and tougher Your kids may be too young to put a Moto 360 or Pebble on their wrists, but that doesn’t mean they’ll have to go without a smartwatch. AT&T is now selling the FiLIP 2, an upgraded version of last year’s hybrid kid locator and wrist-worn phone. The…
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DARPA funds $11 million tool that will make coding a lot easier DARPA is funding a new project by Rice University called PLINY, and it’s neither a killer robot nor a high-tech weapon. PLINY, named after Pliny the Elder who wrote one of the earliest encyclopedias ever, will actually be a tool that can…
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SurgeProtector Finds Nearby Areas Unaffected by Uber Surge Pricing iOS: Despite Uber’s convenience, its surge pricing has left people with outrageous bills. SurgeProtector shows you the nearest areas unaffected by surge pricing and can order an Uber for you.SurgeProtector is a simple app, but it’s not perfect yet. Currently, it only searches for areas within a kilometer for you. Nonetheless, in cities with denser populations like San Francisco, you could walk jus
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Latest Firefox browser puts web privacy one button away You may be very privacy-conscious in this era of mass surveillance, but your web browser hasn’t done much to keep up — big updates like Do Not Track and private browsing windows arrived years ago. Mozilla isn’t satisfied with this state of affairs,…
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Industry Reacts to White House Net Neutrality Push Following the White House’s request to reclassify the internet as a utility, a number of industry organizations have fielded responses. First to respond was FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler “welcomed” Obama’s comments and said the agency would add them to the existing public discourse regarding the subject. He stopped well short of saying the agency would adopt such measures. “The
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Google now runs an airfield after signing a 60-year NASA lease It’s official: following months of negotiations, Google now
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Obama’s Plan to Save the Internet Good news, America. Our president, Barack Obama, is finally standing up for the internet, and asking the FCC to classify it as a public utility. In other words, he’s asking the agency not to allow destructive things like fast lanes (a.k.a. paid prioritization) or throttling. It’s a great day!At least, today’s news is a great step in the right direction. It’s unclear so far exactly how the FCC will
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Disney Movies Anywhere Puts Your Kids’ Favorite Movies in One Place Web/iOS/Android: For parents, having all your kids’ content in one easily manageable place is key. Disney Movies Anywhere puts your Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies in a digital library that syncs to all of your devices for streaming.The app is free, but you’ll need a Disney Account to use it. You’ll be prompted to connect to either your iTunes or Google Play account, where you can take your local
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TED: Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home – Dilip Ratha (2014) In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and
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‘Random’ News Reader App Ready to Burst Your Filter Bubble As Eli Parisier’s book The Filter Bubble sadly illustrates, content creators on the web benefit from picking up on topics that are already trending and directing you toward opinions you already agree with. Not only does it make for a less informed general public, but it also is a problem for content creators, creating a small cadre of “superstar” topics that are difficult to get past. Even if you
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How to avoid Uber’s surge pricing On Halloween night Gabrielle Wathen paid $362.57 for a 20-minute Uber ride, thanks to Uber’s “surge pricing.” You can avoid Wathen’s fate with SurgeProtector, a free app that finds locations nearby with cheaper Uber prices and sends a car to that spot. [via]
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Chinese hackers suspected in USPS breach, data on every employee compromised The FBI is investigating a data breach at the U.S. Postal Service in which employees’ personal data may have been compromised. Every person on staff with the Postal Service, from the Postmaster General down to letter carriers, was exposed according to a report from the Washington Post.
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CloudGazer will turn your Boredom into a Free Roundtrip Flight Lying on on your back on a freshly-cut front lawn, squinting as amorphous clouds roam the sky—the childhood memory of cloud-gazing still exists as our cherished antidote for summer boredom. A generations grow up to trade lackadaisical afternoons for overbooked schedules, working adults might wonder, what happened to being bored? Boredom still exists, though leisurely gazing now happens on device
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The Internet Arcade Has 900 Classic Arcade Games You Can Play for Free If you need to take a break and have some fun, the Internet Archive has gathered over 900 classic arcade games from the 1970s through the 1990s and made them all playable in your browser.Games included in the collection range from early black and white games all the way up to 90s staples like Street Fighter II. Other gems include Bionic Commando, Missile Command, Burger Time, Out Run, Dig Dug, Rob
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Elvie – pelvic floor kegel exercise tracker Elvie is a kegel exercise tracker for woman. The company is taking pre-orders for $95. The pelvic floor is a powerful little set of muscles that sits like a hammock between your tailbone and pubic bone. Read the rest
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The Best Hidden Features of VLC VLC is easily one of our favorite media players (and yours too). However, it’s not just a one-trick pony. Under the surface, there’s a wide range of features that you might not have known it could do.Download YouTube VideosWe’ve discussed plenty of ways to download YouTube videos before. However, you have one option already installed on your computer. VLC lets you play and download YouTube videos
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Use Your Phone or Tablet in Bed Without Wrecking Your Sleep You’ve probably heard before that the blue light from your digital devices can interrupt your sleep if you use them too close to bedtime, sapping your productivity the next day. Good news: Research shows a way you might be able to get away with using your phone or tablet in bed without affecting your sleep. The light from our devices can interfere with the production of melatonin, which controls t
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PrivacyGrade Shows You Which Apps Collect Your Data (or Don’t) You may be surprised to learn that your favorite mobile game collects your location and phone data to serve you advertisements. PrivacyGrade verifies which apps use your permissions for legitimate reasons and which only do to display ads.Android apps require permissions for varying reasons. Although some of them make sense (e.g., location data for Foursquare), other apps still collect data even if
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Performances from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are available online If you don’t have the cash or time to visit the recreated Globe Theatre and see Shakespeare’s plays performed in a near-original setting, you’ll at least have access to the next best thing. The playhouse has just launched Globe Player, a store that…
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Film company does the inevitable: shoots porn using a drone Here’s the deal: if a device has a camera, it will be used to shoot porn. No exceptions — not even if that device is a drone. Brooklyn film company Ghost+Cow shot a project called, erm, Drone Boning, using only unmanned aerial vehicles. Despite the…
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Are Hacked Email Account Checking Tools Genuine Or A Scam? Following the news of a vast breach of Google’s servers that resulted in an alleged 5 million email addresses being hacked, various websites were suggesting that readers should check whether they had been victims by entering their email addresses into “checking tools” – websites that can determine whether an email address is in a list of hacked credentials. The problem is, some of these checking t
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Tesla’s Model S aces European safety tests too Tesla’s electric vehicles might be known for their impressive range and executive looks, but founder Elon Musk is always keen to emphasize their impressive safety standards too. After picking up an unprecedented 5.4 stars on the US’ National Highway…
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11 Best Video Game Soundtracks For Studying Video games are awesome. Beyond their gripping stories, engaging gameplay, and social aspects, though, lies an oft-overlooked aspect: the music. A good video game original soundtrack (OST) is tough to get right; it needs to highlight whatever emotion the player should be experiencing at a point in time, as well as being submissive so as not to be distracting to the player. In the past, we’ve writt

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