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  1. POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm MDT

    POPAPP POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for iOS or Android apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a new version that can be used to create apps for iPads, Android devices, and desktop as well. Read More


  2. Fewer than 10% of UK families opt into "parental" filters

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm MDT

    But they're going to be on-by-default, opt-out-only in the near future anyway, because the Great Firewall of Cameron is based on lazy populism, not evidence. Read the rest



  3. How does a brain-eating amoeba eat brains?

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 pm MDT

    Is "brain eating" a metaphor or exaggeration of how the amoeba works? No, actually. It really does literally eat brains. Here's how.



  4. Google Maps now gives you detailed ads for local stores

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm MDT

    Google Maps already shows a wealth of info about nearby stores when you're searching for them, but ads haven't received that first-class treatment. Like it or not, that's changing; Maps on mobile and the web now shows you a whole raft of details for...

  5. This is a 19th-century breastpump

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm MDT

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    From the Wellcome Image Collection, this is how you pumped your breasts 150 years ago. Via the fantastic Twitter feed of Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris.



  6. If correlation doesn't imply causation, what does?

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm MDT

    Open science advocate Michael Nielson writes about how scientists can infer causation in situations where it's not possible to a randomized controlled trial.



  7. The Apollo program was not always popular

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm MDT

    It holds a singular place in the American imagination today, but there was a lot of opposition to the Apollo program as it was happening.



  8. How sandstone arches form

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm MDT

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    It's not caused by erosion. Instead, the rock, itself, forms the arch and the erosion just washes away everything else around it.

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  9. Giving up on saving the world

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm MDT

    Grist has an interview with activist and writer Paul Kingsnorth, a former environmentalist who has decided that the right way to deal with the end of the world is to just accept its inevitability.

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  10. Google's new, image-rich Play Store for Android is rolling out now

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm MDT

    It looks like you won't have to wait long at all to check out Google's visually rich Play Store revamp -- it's rolling out now. The refresh doesn't appear any different on the surface, but a quick dive shows very different product pages that are...

  11. The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm MDT

    zendesk-new-office-1 Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things. San Francisco is now at record employment levels after adding 60,000 jobs over the last four years. Commercial rents are hovering… Read More


  12. This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm MDT

    tatoooooo I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More


  13. Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm MDT

    Amazon Fire Phone Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More


  14. Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm MDT

    After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market. But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon. With the Fire phone,...

  15. Edward Snowden's preferred OS has a major security flaw

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm MDT

    Think you're safe from spies because you're using Tails, the same Linux distribution that Edward Snowden uses to remain anonymous? Unfortunately, you'll still have to be on your guard. Security firm Exodus Intelligence has revealed that the latest...

  16. OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm MDT

    home Aimed at providing teachers with educational materials by making them open and competitive, OpenCurriculum, which launched in Pittsburgh, curates and organizes material from sites such as teacher blogs and lesson material publishers. Teachers can create lesson plans and more through OpenCurriculum.org. Read More


  17. PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 01.19.14 As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its first market for PayPal’s lending platform outside of the U.S., where it first launched the service in… Read More


  18. Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 4.15.52 PM Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company also just released its 2.0 version software today, complete with the… Read More


  19. Comcast says rep from hell was just doing “what we trained him to do”

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm MDT

    The internet provider's COO admits the rep's retention attempts were “painful to listen to,” but that he “did a lot of what we trained him...to do.” Read the rest

  20. Engadget Daily: NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, Atari's 'Pridefest' and more!

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm MDT

    Today, we take a look at NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet, investigate Atari's future with the LGBT community, ponder an Apple smartwatch patent and learn about a potential HIV breakthrough. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....

  21. The clearest image of our nearest planet: Mercury as you've never seen it

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm MDT

    This NASA image of Mercury has been making the internet rounds anew this week, but has been widely reposted with some not-entirely-accurate information.

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  22. ASUS has the world's fastest WiFi router... for now

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm MDT

    Hey look, a new router from ASUS and, apparently, it is super, super fast. According to the Taiwanese company, its RT-AC87 is "the world's first" with Wave 2 features, which bring better reliability, major speed boosts and overall performance...

  23. Don't touch the sand patties -- BP Deepwater spill dispersants still lurk on beaches

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm MDT

    A new study shows that dispersants expected to have degraded long ago remain persistent in the environment.

  24. 'What is Fashion,' awesomely dorky 1984 high school student video project

    Boing Boing | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm MDT

    My friend Clayton Cubitt describes this wonderful documentary by a mid-1980s high school student as a "real life Breakfast Club."

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  25. Artist uses over-sized pixels to keep an eye on London's pedestrians

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm MDT

    Folks strolling past the Welcome Collection's venue in London may have an eery feeling that they're being watched. Well, that's because they are. And not just by a government's prying eyes, but with 650 over-sized pixels that render their own set of...

  26. You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a 'digital tattoo'

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm MDT

    Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin...

  27. Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm MDT

    Image (1) gavelshot.png for post 46226 While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news. The company is being sued in a class-action suit over a series of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including the “timely” granting of meal and rest breaks as well as final paychecks. The case potentially affects some 20,000 current and… Read More


  28. Inside Shutterstock’s Fourth Annual Hackathon

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm MDT

    shutterstock countdown Here’s a weird confession: Until last week, I’d never been to a company hackathon. Obviously, I’ve been to hackathons, including the ones TechCrunch hosts before our Disrupt conference. But I’ve never made it to one of those company-wide events that large organizations like Facebook hold as a way to develop new ideas and stay connected to their startup roots. Read More


  29. InMobi’s New Suite For Game Developers Sports Voxel’s Playable Ads

    TechCrunch | 22 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm MDT

    Voxel Disrupt Independent ad network InMobi is touting a new solution for developers to take advantage of gamers’ emotional states to producer high click-thru rates on advertisements in their games. Along with tools for including interstitials that look like part of the game experience and ads that give you gameplay bonuses for watching videos, the company’s SDK now includes playable ads powered… Read More


  30. Zepp takes a swing at baseball with its tiny data analyzer

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm MDT

    As someone who doesn't play baseball often, if ever, I need all the help I can get. But since America's Pastime isn't my first sport of choice to practice, I'm okay admitting how extremely terrible I am at it. For others, however, things might be a...

  31. Government turns to robots for security interviews

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm MDT

    National Center for Credibility Assessment is looking to bring the process of doling out national security clearances into the future. As it does more often than not, "the future" in this case means robots. Alright, well not robots exactly but a...

  32. 10 reasons why you should use public transport

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm MDT

    Public transportation, while maybe not as enjoyable as commuting in your own personal vehicle, does ease congestion, reduce emissions. Need more convincing? Here's more info about public transportation.

  33. The Model X electric SUV is coming! Tesla stopped Model S production to retool California factory

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm MDT

    The latest news are that there are at least 13,000 reservations, so if you want one, better get in line soon because the wait will only get longer.

  34. The tiny house movement goes underground in fallout shelters

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm MDT

    These days, it sometimes feels like a return to the cold war; perhaps underground tiny houses will be making a comeback.

  35. Photo: A tree swallow and a barn swallow, side by side

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm MDT

    It’s fun to see these two species perched right next to each other, offering us an opportunity for comparison.

  36. India to plant 2 BILLION trees along its highways, creating jobs for 300,000 youths

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm MDT

    India's Rural Development Ministry has decided to try to tackle two problems at the same time: Youth unemployment and bad air quality.

  37. Tallest mushroom tower in the world rises at NYC museum

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am MDT

    Hy-Fi at MOMA PS1 is the biggest structure to be built from mushroom-based materials.

  38. Phoenix is cooking the planet to refrigerate its buildings

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am MDT

    A new study shows that air conditioning really does heat up the outdoors.

  39. Living near a bike lane makes you fit

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am MDT

    A new study concludes that people living near a cycle path or bike lane get 45 minutes more exercise every week.

  40. 9 reasons to try canning this summer

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am MDT

    From reducing waste and saving money to preserving seasonal produce, there are many reasons why traditional canning is making a comeback.

  41. Prominent In Today’s News….

    Common Sense Junction | 25 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am MST

    Current news summaries and breaking stories about politics, business and technology. -- All the headlines fit to read.

  42. ObamaCare EMS

    Common Sense Junction | 13 Jan 2014 | 7:46 am MST



  43. We Wish You A Very Happy New Year!

    Common Sense Junction | 28 Dec 2013 | 2:49 am MST



  44. A & E Lifts Duck Dynasty Ban

    Common Sense Junction | 28 Dec 2013 | 1:50 am MST

    Report: A & E will conduct a nationwide campaign to apologize for Phil Robertson’s Christianity. FNC and others are gushing with news that the A & E cable channel has ‘relented’ to public pressure and lifted the ‘ban’ of Phil Robertson from the super-hit Duck Dynasty show. That means Phil will be on the show […]

  45. The Curse of Amendment XXVI

    Common Sense Junction | 26 Dec 2013 | 7:13 am MST

    Can you believe this country has degraded to this state? During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer […]

  46. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

    Common Sense Junction | 23 Dec 2013 | 3:47 pm MST

    Anybody that objects to “Christmas” can go pound sand. I will return in 2014….

  47. The Genuine ‘Duck Dynasty’ Conflict

    Common Sense Junction | 23 Dec 2013 | 2:22 pm MST

    Larry Alex Taunton at The Atlantic: Robertson’s remarks were met with indignation. A&E swiftly suspended Robertson with the justification that “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.” This seems obvious given that the show is about Robertson’s family and […]

  48. Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Next Detroits

    Common Sense Junction | 23 Dec 2013 | 1:48 pm MST

    MyFoxNY: With the closure of the recent Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, rumors of the bankrupt Revel being sold to Hard Rock, more than half of the mortgages in Las Vegas under water, casinos opening up all around the country and online gambling legislation underway in various states, it seems as if the reasons for the […]

  49. WSJ: “Obama Repeals ObamaCare” – For Now

    Common Sense Junction | 21 Dec 2013 | 8:04 am MST

    WSJ: So merry Christmas. If ObamaCare’s benefit and income redistribution requirements made your old, cheaper, better health plan illegal, you now have the option of going without coverage without the government taking your money as punishment. You can also claim the tautological consolation of an ObamaCare hardship exemption due to ObamaCare itself. These exemptions were […]

  50. Robertson Family Refuses To Film Without Phil

    Common Sense Junction | 21 Dec 2013 | 7:47 am MST

    The Daily Mail: • MailOnline can reveal a show publicist did accompany Phil Robertson to interview – but was NOT there when made his damning homophobic comments to GQ magazine • However, sources say Phil made similar comments ‘throughout interview’ so A&E WOULD have been fully aware of the general tone of the interview • […]

  51. Wikipedia losing contributors, to streamline editing

    Webware.com | 4 Aug 2011 | 2:15 pm MDT

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says the user-generated encyclopedia is losing volunteer contributors, and must simplify its editing procedures.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  52. See what's new in Thunderbird

    Webware.com | 4 Aug 2011 | 1:07 pm MDT

    As Thunderbird joins Mozilla's rapid-release program, the e-mail client reorients itself for a new road map. But where's it going? See what the Outlook alternative offers in this new First Look video.

    Originally posted at The Download Blog



  53. Twitter revamping mobile site for iPad users

    Webware.com | 4 Aug 2011 | 7:48 am MDT

    The company is tweaking its mobile twitter.com site using HTML5 to make it more user-friendly for iPad users.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  54. How to tweet like a man

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 1:33 pm MDT

    Sociolinguistics gives us the keys to more masculine or feminine tweeting. Hint, guys: Google my jeep my ni$$@, http it up, bro. 4 sale. need $.

    Originally posted at Crave



  55. Gmail voice calling offering lower international rates

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 8:13 am MDT

    Accessible through Gmail, Google's phone call feature is being rolled out in 38 new languages with cheaper rates across more than 150 countries.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  56. Yahoo Mail suffers outage; users react

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 7:51 am MDT

    Mail service was down for many, and affected users took to Twitter to complain. Yahoo now says all's well again, after acknowledging problems for "some users in certain locations."

    Originally posted at The Digital Home



  57. Google+ speeds to 25 million users in first month

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 6:41 am MDT

    Growing at around 1 million members per day, Google+ captured 25 million visitors as of July 24, becoming the fastest site to reach that level, according to ComScore.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  58. Twitter ready to close the door on old site

    Webware.com | 2 Aug 2011 | 6:30 pm MDT

    Popular microblogging site says it will migrate users still on old home page interface to the redesigned home page this week.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  59. Start-up ZocDoc announces $50 million funding round

    Webware.com | 2 Aug 2011 | 6:02 pm MDT

    The medical appointment booking service plans to use the DST Global investment to expand its presence to more cities nationwide.


  60. The major players in mobile payments

    Webware.com | 2 Aug 2011 | 3:21 pm MDT

    A who's who of the most recent partnerships for the hot, and rapidly growing, mobile payments sector.




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