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Google and Maker Faire’s annual summer camp returns to promote science and creativity to teens

It’s summertime and for millions of teenagers, it’s a time when school’s out and they can enjoy the next couple of months without (...)

2013-07-08
US ‘deeply concerned’ by Singapore Internet rules after Facebook, eBay, Google, Yahoo weigh in

The US has weighed in on Singapore’s recently-unveiled regulations to supervise websites that cover local news, with the State Department (...)

2013-07-08
Take a break from work: Pong.com emerges as a Pinterest for flash games

Pong.com is a new, brilliantly named and extremely sticky social network for lovers of flash games and haters of how staggeringly (...)

2013-07-08
Time To Get A New Clock? This One Slows Down And Messes With Your Head

For those who are always wanting more hours in the day, this wall clock may make you careful what you wish for. A long weekend (...)

2013-07-07
Finding Your Way Through The Maker-Movement-Fueled Consumer Electronics Boom

Because anyone can make a gadget in their garage, there are too many gadgets to keep track of these days. Grand Street hopes it (...)

2013-07-07
"Angry Trayvon" Game Removed From App Stores

As the Trayvon Martin trial plays out on cable networks, many online were outraged by this smartphone game. A smartphone game (...)

2013-07-08
This Digital Telescope Will Blow Your Mind

Standing on the south bank of the Thames right next to the London Bridge rail station is the Shard, the tallest building in the European (...)

2013-07-07
Yelp Word Maps Display Hipster Hot Zones

If you’re looking for--or to avoid--things like hipsters, bacon or romance, Yelp can help. Want to see the sketchiest (...)

2013-07-07
The Shameful Delays In Getting Help To Injured Veterans

Returning veterans are being forced to wait an incredibly long time to get benefits from the government. This graphic shows the (...)

2013-07-07
Only 13% Of Google.com Shows Actual Search Results

The scariest part? That figure is high compared with the search giant’s results in mobile. Google used to be simple. You (...)

2013-07-07
Welcome To The Platisphere: The New World Of Microbes Living On Ocean Plastic

Scientists have discovered that all the garbage in our ocean has created a new community of microbes that live on our waste. What (...)

2013-07-07
Your Feel-Good Yet Creepy Ikea Music Video Of The Day Is Here

The latest from Ikea is a music video featuring live action human beings with the faces and affects of children’s dolls. (...)

2013-07-07
Soundtrack Of Your Life: Get Into The Groove Of Tracking Your Every Move In Vinyl

Artist Brian House puts a new spin on record collecting by turning his own geo-data into music. The dance floor claim of "Last (...)

2013-07-07
More To Self-Love? This Camera Snaps Your Best Side (And Your Other Best Side) At Once

Chin-Wei Liao’s clever two-part prototype has synchronized triggers--ushering in an era of simultaneous selfies. There’s (...)

2013-07-07
The Future Museum Of Food And Drink Wants To Bring Puff Cereal Gun To The Masses

Did you know that Kix and Cheerios were made by this giant cereal-shooting gun? It’s just one of many exhibits that culinary (...)

2013-07-07
Nike’s New App Reveals The Sustainability Of Every Clothing Material You Can Think Of

Making helps people understand the tradeoffs between using down or hemp or cotton or anything else you might make a shirt or shoes (...)

2013-07-07
Get Depressed Or Move Forward: “Gasland 2” And The Creative Energy That Comes from Attacking An Obstacle

Activist Josh Fox on moving forward in the face of mounting opposition (even from the president) and how his documentary sequel, (...)

2013-07-07
Siri, Why Don’t You Have An API?

A funny thing happened in Japan last week: The most advanced robot ever made was bashed by the press after a presentation to reporters (...)

2013-07-07
iWork for iCloud Puts Google To Shame

I’ve always been prejudiced against Apple’s iWork suite. I think it stems from a time in the mid 2000s when iWork applications, (...)

2013-07-07
A New Zine Devoted To Graphite Makes A Big Point

Tiny Pencil makes art of pencil pushing, contains graphite content. The digital world is full of tools. The analog one, too, (...)

2013-07-07
Can Our Brains Tell Us How To Best Treat Us For Depression?

By looking at brain scans, doctors may be able to tell whether you’ll respond better to therapy or drugs. Fewer than 40% (...)

2013-07-07
Improve Your Web Design Projects with a Good Project Scope

A good project scope statement in your web design project agreements will lead to better outputs. Learn about project scope in this (...)

2013-07-07
UK watchdog ICO orders Google to amend its privacy policy by September 20

UK watchdog Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has given Google until September 20 to amend its privacy policy, deeming that (...)

2013-07-04
The BBC will take a three-year hiatus from creating new 3D programming at the end of 2013

The BBC is the latest television broadcaster to abandon 3D programming, after admitting that the technology and associated content (...)

2013-07-04
Inside YouTube’s massive LA studio where it hopes to foster content that will rival television and cable

The Internet is certainly a magical place and has become the place to share information with everyone. YouTube has been one of the (...)

2013-07-03
Google Maps street view lets you explore Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley at the WB Studio Tour London

Google has taken its Maps street view team to London to capture a 360-degree view of the magical world of Harry Potter. Google Map (...)

2013-07-04
Google’s steady decline in China continues, now ranked fifth with just 2% of search traffic

Now that the first half of 2013 is over, here’s an update on the search-engine market in China: Google is now at fifth place and (...)

2013-07-04
Flipboard suffering second outage in two days following Google Reader’s shutdown

Social reader Flipboard is suffering its second outage following the closure of Google Reader this week — perhaps suggesting that (...)

2013-07-04
This iPhone App Reports The Weather As A Daily Infographic

Through a series of clever graphs, Weathertron tells the day’s forecast without dumbing it down. Weather apps tend to (...)

2013-07-02
The Latest Pathway to Creativity: Electroshock Your Brain

Running a small electric current through the old noodle can help people think outside the box. But don’t try it at home. (...)

2013-07-02
How Mid-Century Nuclear Testing Is Helping Scientists Track Ivory Poachers

As the world keeps trying to crack down on illegal ivory trafficking, scientists have found a way to use evidence left behind during (...)

2013-07-02
Meet “Alt-Labor”: The Non-Union Workers’ Movement

With unions in decline, new kinds of collectives of workers are springing up to fight for better pay and conditions. At this (...)

2013-07-02
Newcastle Brown Ale Launches Revolutionary Campaign To Celebrate The Day Before Independence

July 4th may be Independence Day but Newcastle wants you to celebrate Independence Eve--the day before the Declaration of Independence (...)

2013-07-02
How Your State Compares For Cheapness Of Solar Power

Some states give people who try to use solar power a lot of incentives. Some, less so. New rankings grade all 50 states--with sadly (...)

2013-07-02
Does A $347 3-D Printer Mean The Future Is Here? Or Just Paper-Thin Progress?

Now on Kickstarter, the Buccaneer is designed for easy at-home use, costs less than an iPhone--and just might make or break our (...)

2013-07-02
Should Venice Charge Tourists A Fee To Enter?

The flood-prone city needs to do something drastic to protect it from future disaster. What if they congestion-priced their status (...)

2013-07-02
See Your City’s Unique Visual Signature, Created By Its Instagram Photos

Research project Phototrails creates patterns from big social data--conjuring visual signatures from the Instagram photos generated (...)

2013-07-02
An App To Let You Take Control Of Your Health Care Data

Instead of waiting for doctor visits, Aetna’s new CarePass app will correlate all your health data to try to give you a picture (...)

2013-07-02
A Surprising New Angle On Le Corbusier

In the first major U.S. retrospective of the modernist architect’s work, the ruler of right angles goes rustic, comes with (...)

2013-07-02
The Biggest Bang: A Dazzling View On the World’s Largest Fireworks Festival

The pyrotechnic scene in Tultepec, Mexico, puts our Fourth of July to shame. As popular as Mexican bottles of Coke among certain (...)

2013-07-02
How McMansions Murdered Big Fireworks

Your average July 4th fireworks show fires a lot more shells into the air than it did 20 years ago. And it’s largely because (...)

2013-07-02
Watch Douglas Engelbart Give The Greatest Presentation In History

Douglas Engelbart, most famous for inventing the computer mouse, has died at 88. Here, we celebrate him giving the most incredible (...)

2013-07-02
Confusingly, Crops Engineered To Not Need Chemicals End Up Making Us Use More Chemicals

Contrary to industry claims, a new report links our dependence on GMO crops to the spread of superweeds. And more herbicides. (...)

2013-07-02
Major app vulnerability that could affect 99% of Android devices unearthed

A vulnerability that could affect 99 percent of the world’s Android-powered phones and tablets has been unearthed within the Google-owned (...)

2013-07-03
Pew: 6% of Online Adults Use Reddit

Social news site Reddit has come a long way since the days it played second fiddle to (now mostly abandoned) Digg. According to (...)

2013-07-03
Social Media Day 2013: A Global Celebration

Mashable community members gathered on June 30 to celebrate the fourth annual Social Media Day. Participants recognized the digital (...)

2013-07-02
Americans Spend 23 Hours Per Week Online, Texting

Staying up-to-date on emails, social media and other forms of online communication can take a lot of time — more time than (...)

2013-07-02
Facebook Stickers Now Available on the Web

Facebook stickers, the extra-large emoticons mobile users have been throwing into Facebook chats for a while now, are now also available (...)

2013-07-02

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