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Microsoft’s Xbox Facebook page has turned into an epic ASCII art flame war

Microsoft’s efforts to promote the Xbox One on Facebook have devolved into an old-fashioned ASCII art flame war. Xbox One and PlayStation (...)

2013-06-18
Facebook for iOS update brings status action icons and easier privacy control

Facebook for iOS has gotten a small update today that adds a couple of nice changes. Foremost is the ability to very quickly edit (...)

2013-06-18
A Look At The Street Art That Spurred A Revolution

Walls of Freedom is a comprehensive look at the provocative visuals that helped overthrow a regime during the Arab Spring. Walls (...)

2013-06-18
Economist Steven Levitt On Why Data Needs Stories

Economist and Freakonomics author Steven Levitt talks about finding the story in data, the importance of authenticity, and his (...)

2013-06-18
The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity (...)

2013-06-18
Meet The Data Scientist: How Hilary Mason Turns Research Into Business Solutions

Hilary Mason, chief scientist at Bitly, makes meaning out of massive data sets. Or, as she describes it, she "pushes potential (...)

2013-06-18
A Tornado-Stricken City Is Teaching The World How To Build A Disaster-Proof Hospital

Moore, Oklahoma, was hit by a devastating tornado that destroyed many things, including the local hospital. Now the town is taking (...)

2013-06-18
Solar-Powered Public Charging Stations Will Keep New Yorker’s Phones Running

The ATT-powered devices will make their debut in the city’s parks today, ensuring no calls or texts get missed. A year (...)

2013-06-18
With $15 Million In Funding, What’s Next For The Team Behind Paper?

FiftyThree, the studio that created one of the iPad’s best apps, just landed $15 million in funding. We talked to the team (...)

2013-06-18
A Prayer For Hadoop

Like many others, I continue to be impressed by the open-source Apache Hadoop software framework. With aplomb, it manages Big Data, (...)

2013-06-18
If You See A Splash Screen, The Developer Failed

I own a health tech startup that is currently in the process of prototyping our first piece of hardware and a companion app before (...)

2013-06-18
Inside 3-D Printing’s Weird, Illicit, and Dangerous Fringe

Cue The Battle To (Somehow) Regulate 3-D-Printed Guns Well, this should make for a debate that’s as contentious as possible. (...)

2013-06-18
Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds. Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows (...)

2013-06-18
Digital Natives, Katniss Everdeen, and Exit Strategies: MTV’s Data-Driven Look At Young Millennials

MTV Insight’s just published study, which shines a light on younger millennials ages 14-17, aims to make musicians, marketers, (...)

2013-06-18
The Link Between Air Pollution And Autism

New evidence suggests that the quality of air mothers breathe while pregnant could affect their kids. Nobody knows what exactly (...)

2013-06-18
Kickstarting: An Elaborate Bank Heist In The Heart Of L.A.

Ilona Gaynor is planning a slew of robberies and calling it art. There’s an ineffable beauty in a well-planned heist. (...)

2013-06-18
Task management service Asana integrates with Google Drive to bring data to your communication

Task management service Asana released an update to its application today that is meant to help teams better share information and (...)

2013-06-18
Microsoft’s social network So.Cl gets a new user interface with imaging app and meme creator

First created purely as a research project, Microsoft’s social network site So.cl has now launched with a new user interface (...)

2013-06-18
Google Hangouts competitor Rounds now lets users browse websites together while they chat

Google Hangouts competitor Rounds has just announced the launch of a new “co-browsing” feature which lets friends browse a limited (...)

2013-06-18
Google teams with Starbucks to offer unlimited music through its Google Play Music service [Updated]

UPDATE: Google has informed us that there is inaccuracy in what we have reported below so read on with caution. We will update this (...)

2013-06-18
Voice recognition tool Dragon updates Android app with hands-free driver mode and voice notifications

Nuance Communications today released an update to its Dragon Mobile Assistant app for Android. Users with supported devices will find (...)

2013-06-18
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, (...)

2013-06-18
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 (...)

2013-06-18
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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. (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-18
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
#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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-17
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 (...)

2013-06-16

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