Common Sense Junction

Common Sense Junction
Index, Summaries From Technology Sites
  1. You can now watch Blu-ray 3D movies on your PlayStation 4

    Engadget RSS Feed | 29 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am MDT

    Before the newest, shiniest consoles launched late last year, it was the Xbox One that was touted as the complete multimedia machine. It's slightly ironic, then, that Sony's beaten Microsoft to the punch in adding Blu-ray 3D support to the...

  2. Spotify's iOS app gets equalizer feature with custom settings and 22 presets

    Engadget RSS Feed | 29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am MDT

    Spotify's latest iOS app update rolls out today and adds a new equalizer to playback functionality. "A lot of our users have been asking for a built-in equalizer for a while now and it's currently one of our most requested features on iOS," says Sten...

  3. Apple Updates Retina MacBook Pros With Better Specs

    TechCrunch | 29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am MDT

    retina-mbp Apple has updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, with new Haswell processors that edge their predecessors (also Haswell) by small amounts (200MHz), and with new base RAM for the low-end 15-inch model that doubles the amount of memory it carries within from 8GB to 16GB. The Retina MacBook Pro update is similar to the MacBook Air update Apple issued earlier this year, in that it improves… Read More

  4. Apple gives Retina MacBook Pros a speed boost ahead of Yosemite rollout

    Engadget RSS Feed | 29 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am MDT

    After rumors surfaced yesterday about an incoming MacBook Pro refresh, Apple's store went down earlier today, and now, hey presto! New MacBook Pros. The updated models haven't changed significantly, but look to be better equipped to handle the next...

  5. Indian Inventor Makes A Decidedly Unsexy (But Cool) Open Source Glass Clone

    TechCrunch | 29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am MDT

    mesn Now don’t laugh. I see what you’re about to say: this project looks like a mess. But trust me when I tell you this thing could be slapped to your face sooner than later, provided you prefer not to trust Google with your location, photo, and activity data and provided you’re a lover of open source hardware. The guy in the picture, Arvin Sanjeev, is an inventor. He built an… Read More

  6. Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment

    TechCrunch | 29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am MDT

    Photo by Flicker user r. nial bradshaw Migraines aren’t just awful headaches. They are a neurological condition that often come with cluster of syndromes before and after pain starts. These are called prodromes, which can warn some sufferers when a headache is coming, and postdromes, or “migraine hangovers” that can leave patients feeling exhausted. Read More

  7. Opportunity rover breaks record for longest distance driven off-Earth

    Engadget RSS Feed | 29 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am MDT

    When the Opportunity rover landed on the red planet in 2004, NASA only intended to drive it for about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) within 90 Martian days. But the rover turned out to be a hardy Mars explorer, and on its 14th year on the planet, it has...

  8. Cortana now taps into Foursquare to give you recommendations for lunch

    Engadget RSS Feed | 29 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am MDT

    It turns out that Microsoft had bigger plans for Foursquare than just search and maps for Bing. The check-in service is now accessible by Redmond's digital assistant, Cortana, as spotted on Reddit by Neowin. The addition apparently makes for...

  9. The game controller that trains your pelvic floor muscles

    Engadget RSS Feed | 28 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm MDT

    The high-tech pelvic floor trainer space just became more competitive. Remember kGoal? Well, a Kickstarter campaign's looking to fund the production of a similar device called Skea (short for Smart Kegel Exercise Aid), which boasts something kGoal...

  10. Napster Owner Rhapsody Passes 2M Paying Users As It Extends unRadio To Europe

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm MDT

    napster grafitti In 2012, Rhapsody nabbed the European assets of streaming service Napster, covering the UK and Germany, to fill out its 2011 acquisition of Napster in the U.S., as part of its strategy to square up globally to Spotify and other online music rivals. Today, it’s putting that reach to use as Rhapsody is expanding its unRadio service for the first time outside of the U.S. The news comes… Read More

  11. Uber Gets Down To Business With New Travel Expense Tools And Concur Integration

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm MDT

    eyeem uber Uber has spent four years building a perfect transportation alternative to taxis and black car services in cities around the world. But until today it’s just been focused on consumer travel. Now the company is going after a huge new opportunity by changing the way business users can book and expense rides on its platform. Read More

  12. Rhapsody bets on carrier partnerships to grow its music service

    Engadget RSS Feed | 28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm MDT

    Rhapsody International, the parent company of music-streaming services Rhapsody and Napster, has just announced it is now home to two million paid subscribers. That sum may not seem like a lot at first glance, especially when compared to the 10...

  13. 'The Last of Us' looks better on PS4 but it's not perfect

    Engadget RSS Feed | 28 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm MDT

    Just over a year ago, Sony and developer Naughty Dog unleashed the emotionally wrenching The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3. And while the post-apocalyptic tale was heralded at the time for its affecting narrative, the game's technical prowess...

  14. LG's 105-inch 4K TV is here, if you can afford it

    Engadget RSS Feed | 28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm MDT

    Sure, Samsung just launched its 105-inch ultrawidescreen, Ultra HD TV, but if spending $120,000 on such a screen is probably out of reach there may be a solution. For the the budget minded-consumer, we'd recommend taking a look at LG's 105-inch 4K...

  15. Google's next Nexus device is reportedly a super-sized phablet

    Engadget RSS Feed | 28 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm MDT

    Don't get too excited, but rumors are starting to break regarding Google's sixth Nexus phone: an oversized handset codenamed "Shamu." According to Android Police, the device is rumored to be a 5.9-inch handset made by Motorola -- leveraging Google's...

  16. Book Club: A Storm of Swords Sansa V and Jaime VII

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm MDT

    With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show! Read the rest

  17. The first Science Hack Day in China

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm MDT

    An Oculus earthquake simulator, a 3D-printed miniature drone, a solar-powered umbrella, pH paintings, a weather-forecasting necklace. It's easy to be enamored of the whimsical prototypes created during China's first Science Hack Day in Shanghai.

    Read the rest

  18. Ebola is 'just a plane ride away' from the USA, as outbreak spreads in West Africa

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm MDT

    Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.

    Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.

    The West African nation of Liberia closed most border crossings and mandated strict health measures to try and stem the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February, and continues to spread.

    Read the rest

  19. Dive Into Fates Forever, Startup Battlefield’s First MOBA Game

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm MDT

    9729104214_5daa181505_o When Jason Citron launched Fates Forever in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield, it was impressive but many would say they weren’t surprised. Gamers have undoubtably heard of Jason’s previous success, OpenFeint, one of the first and most significant social platforms for mobile games on iOS and Android. Basically the Xbox live for the iPhone. Not bad for a 24-year-old. Read More

  20. Steve Ballmer can buy the LA Clippers, judge rules

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm MDT


    In Los Angeles Superior Court today, a judge gave Shelly Sterling "a sweeping victory," clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2-billion purchase of basketball team the LA Clippers. Read the rest

  21. With Apple’s Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm MDT

    Leonid_Pasternak_001 Apple’s acquisition of BookLamp, a Boise, Idaho-based startup billed as a “Pandora for Books,” is a key move in the battle over the future of our printed-and-bound friends. When we combine this information with the rumors swirling around a potential smartwatch product from Apple, we can start to gaze into the future of publishing. Read More

  22. Mac users: replace your dock with StatusDuck

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm MDT

    David makes fun of me for having so many Menu Bar items. Now that I am using StatusDuck ($15, free to try), he has even more fodder.

    Read the rest

  23. Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm MDT

    Messenger Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, its rolling out the plan to the everyone. Facebook tells… Read More

  24. TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon: Get Your Tickets!

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm MDT

    TCDisruptHackathonSanFransisco We’ve got details regarding the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon you’ll want to hear. You wouldn’t want to miss out on one of the greatest all-night hacking events on the planet, would you? The Disrupt Hackathon is the all-weekend event that kicks off TechCrunch Disrupt. Starting on Saturday, September 6th at 12:30pm, hackers will have 24-hours(ish) to build a… Read More

  25. Russian militant leader: evidence of MH17 shootdown shopped, he can tell by the pixels

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm MDT

    Alexander Borodai, and the GIF that keeps on giving. Read the rest

  26. NYPD gathering evidence in Brooklyn Bridge flag prank

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm MDT


    Police in New York City are said to be examining some 18,000 license plate numbers, looking through social media, poring over cell phone communications, and possibly collecting DNA in an investigation into who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge late at night to plant two bleached-white American flags. Read the rest

  27. Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    TechCrunch | 28 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm MDT

    moneybags In early 2014, a number of high-profile acquisitions were locked in at prices that many found confusing. The good times are probably coming back. Companies that compete across numerous technology strata like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are trading near record highs — or at least, the highest prices they’ve seen in a decade. Those same companies are all incredibly cash-rich. Read More

  28. Ex-CIA officials named in US torture report won't get to read it

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm MDT

    First they were told they'd be allowed to read the report, then the offer was withdrawn. Why was it made in the first place? Read the rest

  29. Human Rights Watch report: Surveillance is harming democracy

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm MDT

    Government surveillance and secrecy "are undermining press freedom, the public’s right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy," reports HRW and the ACLU. Read the rest

  30. Feds say court-ordered wiretaps are harder because more now use chat, IM

    Boing Boing | 28 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm MDT

    "A 'large percentage' of wiretap orders to pick up the communications of suspected spies and foreign agents are not being fulfilled, FBI officials said." Read the rest

  31. Wolfgang Feierbach's amazing psychedelic plastic house

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am MDT

    It is not only prefabricated fiberglass, but it has an interior to die for.

  32. 3D printing lets antique musical instruments be played again

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 28 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am MDT

    A doctor is using medical scanning technology and 3D printing to breathe life back into very old instruments.

  33. Why this mountain bike center is built of Brettstapel, and why North American builders should be using this stuff

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 28 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am MDT

    Architype Architects show how to use local wood in innovative ways.

  34. Meet Hank Shaw, the omnivore who has solved his dilemma

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    This modern hunter-gatherer feeds himself in intriguing and unusual ways.

  35. Is this the best super-commuter bike ever?

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 28 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am MDT

    Five teams in five cities (NYC, PDX, SEA, CHI, SFO) set out to design and build the perfect commuter bike for the Oregon Manifest challenge. Who succeeded? You decide.

  36. Recycled beer cans become butterflies in this art work

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am MDT

    What could be lovelier than a butterfly; even when it is made out of a can of beer.

  37. Whatever happened to: bamboo clothing?

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 27 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am MDT

    Ten years ago, TreeHugger was full of bamboo shirts, sheets and dresses.

  38. Photo: Summer hummingbird

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am MDT

    Hummingbirds are migratory, typically spending winters in the southern part of the continent and summering in the north.

  39. Top 10 posts of the week from cupboards to toilets

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 26 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am MDT

    With a visit to a festival and a brown lawn.

  40. Coastal wetlands could protect New York City from storms - and the Nature Conservancy is spreading the word

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 25 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm MDT

    The Nature Conservancy is teaching New Yorkers about the protective natural ecosystems in the city

  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 | 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 | 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 | 4 Aug 2011 | 7:48 am MDT

    The company is tweaking its mobile 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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