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Curious about the tech space in Japan? Check out this useful interactive map!

Those of us who blog about tech in Asia do our best to give adequate attention to all parts of the continent, but for various reasons, (...)

2013-06-17
China’s Qihoo launches wireless router as it forays into hardware, now accepting pre-orders online

Qihoo, the Chinese tech giant best known for its antivirus software, has launched its own mini wireless router, indicating an interest (...)

2013-06-17
Lone Ranger and Tonto Taunt Fans to Find Them in Nationwide Scavenger Hunt

In anticipation of The Lone Ranger, Disney is sending horseback statues of the film’s heroes on a cross-country path fans (...)

2013-06-16
What It Means When Every Digital Memory Has An Audience

People used to buy keepsake knickknacks to point to old memories. Now we create those artifacts digitally with certain viewers (...)

2013-06-16
The Data Transparency Of The G8 Governments

In anticipation of the G8 summit next week, the Open Knowledge foundation just released a report on how open government data really (...)

2013-06-16
A $34 Cap That Turns Any Water Bottle Into A Humidifier

The Amazing Humidifier lives up to its name. “College dorm room” is a design category in its own right. On the typological (...)

2013-06-16
The Terrifying Math Behind Climate Change, Visualized

The numbers behind climate change should get you motivated. This graphic, from Information Is Beautiful, shows the terrifying (...)

2013-06-16
Having A Charging Station In Front Of Your Store Is Good For Business

You know who brings in the bucks? People who drive electric cars waiting for their car to charge. Stick an electric vehicle (...)

2013-06-16
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye West Welcome You to Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street”

In the first trailer of Martin Scorsese’s new film: yachts, goldfish-swallowing, money taped to body parts, Kanye West’s (...)

2013-06-16
Will Starbucks Lose Its Coffee Smell To Fresh Croissants?

Starbucks is about to bake croissants inside 3,500 of their stores. The pastry selection will improve immeasurably, but will a (...)

2013-06-16
Fascinating Glitch Art, Made With A Human Canvas

Jamie Boulton discovers a unique backdrop for his Nintendo glitches: his own body. At this point, it’s not uncommon to (...)

2013-06-16
Turning Old Kmarts Into Data Centers And Disaster Recovery Spaces

What’s the best way to revitalize dying retail infrastructure? What happens when big box stores close down, leaving so (...)

2013-06-16
Google Is Trying To Give The Entire World Internet Access With High-Flying Balloons

Project Loon will use these solar-powered giant devices hovering 12 miles above the ground to beam down Internet to places where (...)

2013-06-16
New York’s Bike Share Is A Pain In The Ass That’s Worth It

Filmmaker Casey Nesitat takes to the streets of New York to compare the new Citibike bike share to other forms of transportation. (...)

2013-06-16
Ikea’s Lillön Grill Adds Midcentury Flare To Summer BBQs

If you’re a dude living in either 1965 or 2013, purchasing this grill is a forgone conclusion. “How would you classify (...)

2013-06-16
A Striking Sculpture Of Used Clothing Questions Our Consuming Ways

Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen makes a ship out of clothing worn by workers in a Max Mara textile factory. Kaarina Kaikkonen (...)

2013-06-17
Google’s stock split closer to a reality following board agreement with shareholder group

According to CNN, Google’s proposed stock split moved closer to execution this weekend as the company’s board approved a set of (...)

2013-06-16
Digg Reader will hit iPhone and Web on June 26th with easy importing, basic features, important stories filter

Digg has just announced that its answer to the now fallen Google Reader, named Digg Reader, is launching next week — with access (...)

2013-06-16
Google triples the number of stores selling Chromebooks to 6,600, adds Walmart, Staples, and more retailers

Google today announced an expansion of Chromebook availability worldwide, tripling the number of stores to 6,600. In addition to Best (...)

2013-06-16
The World’s Most Famous Logos, Organized By Visual Theme

Marks of Excellence, a freshly revised book from Phaidon, compiles today’s most identifiable logos according to their visual (...)

2013-06-16
The 5 Worst Charities In The United States

There are plenty of online resources to tell you the about the most trustworthy charities. But if you want to know which are the (...)

2013-06-16
Mapping All The Security Cameras That Are Watching You

You may not be able to control the privacy of your electronic data. But keeping yourself off security cameras? There’s an (...)

2013-06-16
Intimate Post-Op Portraits Of Plastic Surgery Patients (NSFW)

Photographer Ji Yeo captures a behind-the-scenes look at K-Pop culture’s influence on standards of beauty. The South Korean (...)

2013-06-16
Eerie Photos Show The Strange Emptiness Of Dubai

You can build a shiny modern metropolis out of nothing, but how do you create the bustle of a city? Recently released timelapses (...)

2013-06-16
#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should Too

My official biography, such as it is, reads as follows: “Baratunde Thurston is the author of the New York Times best seller (...)

2013-06-16
Police are now using driver’s license photos in the US to identify suspects in criminal cases

The expose and subsequent reaction to PRISM, a program setup by the National Security Agency (NSA) to access and leverage data from (...)

2013-06-16
The Rise of EdTech

The one-size-fits-all approach to education has never been more outdated or irrelevant. Now thanks to the transformative effects of (...)

2013-06-15
What Happens When Robots Eliminate All Our Jobs?

In his weekly column for the New York Times, Paul Krugman talks about a problem that is likely (or at least should be) on the minds (...)

2013-06-13
Microsoft joins Facebook in partial FISA disclosure: 6-7,000 requests implicated 31-32,000 accounts

Today Microsoft joined Facebook in releasing partially obfuscated data that helped paint a picture of the company’s requests from (...)

2013-06-14
Design Icon: Revisiting The Sticky Lamp, A Light That Sticks To Anything

Designer Chris Kabel’s Sticky Lamp can be stuck to any wall, ceiling, or just about any other convenient surface. Sometimes (...)

2013-06-13
Nuclear Power Is So 20th Century

Nuclear power seems cheap, but if you count the embedded costs of dealing with the fuel, does it make sense as an option for a (...)

2013-06-13
Facebook to release FISA request orders in transparency report, says up to 19k accounts looked at

Facebook announced today that it will be releasing all national security orders it receives from the US government, including those (...)

2013-06-14
Woz talks iOS 7 and PRISM in an off the cuff airport interview

Steve Wozniak, a technology icon for his work at Apple, is an elder statesman in the industry; he’s a person whose opinion carries (...)

2013-06-14
BlackBerry updates BBM Channels beta with search, channel content reposting, animated GIFs, and more

BlackBerry rolled out a new beta version of BBM Channels, its upcoming social platform aimed at high-profile brands and celebrities, (...)

2013-06-13
Can Airbnb, Taskrabbit, And All The Other Sharing Economy Companies Save The Day In A Disaster?

San Francisco (where else?) has launched a new plan to deal with disasters using collaborative consumption. Will they actually (...)

2013-06-13
Calculate The Pathetic Amount Your Personal Data Is Worth

The NSA might be able to tap into your electronic data just like every other company, but it turns out that your personal information (...)

2013-06-13
80,000 Bees “3-D Print” A Dewar’s Bottle Out of Honeycomb

Dewar’s experiment in "3-B printing" We’ve seen some fascinating experiments in bio-design--like this MIT project (...)

2013-06-13
See How a Few Artfully Placed Rubber Bands Can Turn You Into A Monster

The artist who brought us last year’s scotch tape facial makeovers is back with a similar project involving rubber bands. (...)

2013-06-13
55-Million-Year-Old Fossils Shed New Light On How Humans Came To Be

Meet the mysterious ounce-sized primate whose bones are 8 million years older than any bones previously found in such good condition. (...)

2013-06-13
Inventor Of Oculus Rift: The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Social Networking

The inexpensive virtual reality headset Oculus Rift is poised to change video games forever. Co.Labs spoke with inventor Palmer (...)

2013-06-13
Ethical Consumers Fight The Mafia In Italy

To end a protection racket in Sicily, a group of businesses banded together to tell customers that they didn’t pay organized (...)

2013-06-13
Renzo Piano’s Latest: An Off-The-Grid, One-Person Mobile Home

For over 50 years, the architect dreamed of building a one-room structure for minimal living. Now it exists, on Vitra’s campus (...)

2013-06-13
Spoiler Alert: Find Out If the Film You’re About to Watch Has Any Caninicides

A new website has compiled data from over 600 pet-threatening movies, reporting on whether or not there are any casualties in them. (...)

2013-06-13
Would You Save A Child’s Life Today, If You Could?

Philosopher Peter Singer wants you to confront the fact that you can, and don’t. Imagine you’re on your way to work, (...)

2013-06-13
When You’re Not The Star: What You Can Learn From The Backup Singers

A new documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, tracks the singers who, despite huge talent, didn’t take center stage but filled (...)

2013-06-13
Is Costco Secretly A Social Enterprise?

In the labor-pinching world of retail, it just might be. “I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits,” (...)

2013-06-13
The Best Part Of Lomo’s Latest Camera: Building It Yourself

Why do you have to build the Lomo Konstruktor? Why do you add an egg to Betty Crocker cake mix? If you’re an engineer, (...)

2013-06-13
Watch: Molo Makes Ingenious Furniture From Pleated Paper

The Vancouver-based design firm turns the modest material into something super strong and durable, no hardware or tools required. (...)

2013-06-13

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