Common Sense Junction

Common Sense Junction
Index, Summaries From Technology Sites
  1. Achieving Anonymity Online Remains Difficult Despite Evolving Privacy Tools

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm MDT

    shutterstock_193584020 Some things are best kept secret. But when it comes to your online activities, can you ever truly conceal your identity? A variety of tools and best practices can help you achieve some level of privacy when surfing the web, but it is nearly impossible to ensure that your online activities remain completely anonymous. Read More

  2. Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am MDT

    4609525884_ea59d254c6_o Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity reports. In comparison, Twitter’s tech employees are 10 percent female, and those numbers are only slightly better at Snapchat (about 15 percent), Facebook (15 percent) and Google (17 percent). Both Pinterest and eBay both reported… Read More

  3. 'Let Me Clear My Throat,' DJ Kool

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am MDT

    DJ Kool with Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie have nothing but fun. This live version is great too.

  4. Instagram Starts Offering Essential Ad Tools At Last

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am MDT

    instagram-iphone Facebook-owned Instagram is making itself more advertising-friendly today with the rollout of a suite of business tools aimed at brands which offer insights and analytics related to their use of the image-sharing network. Included in the suite are tools that show a business’s reach and impressions, as well as engagement, plus the performance of paid ad campaigns. Specifically,… Read More

  5. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 10.24.21 AM Today in a video and accompanying post, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asked Reddit users to help come up with new branding for net neutrality. The term ‘net neutrality,’ while useful, is being misused by some, according the Congresswoman. A new phrase — or word, perhaps — could clear the air, and help the average person grok just what it is we in tech are talking about.… Read More

  6. WATCH: Sneaky blackbird pecks people's heads

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am MDT

    He seems to enjoy doing it!

    (Via Arbroath)

  7. Making a better butter knife

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am MDT

    Three Australian designers have made a butter knife that works like a cheese grater. No more torn bread! The Stupendous Splendiferous Butterup has raised $186,212 on Kickstarter. Reserve one for US$16."

  8. Police in Ferguson ordered Amnesty International observers to kneel

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am MDT

    Amnesty International says its delegation will remain in Missouri "until we have a clear picture of what is taking place on the ground, and we are able to work effectively with local activists on how to defend human rights at home." Read the rest

  9. Bring a friend to T-Mobile and you'll both get unlimited data for a year

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am MDT

    T-Mobile's approach when it comes to luring new customers continues to nab loads of users. This time around, the so-called UnCarrier is offering a year of unlimited data on its LTE network for customers that convince friends to make the switch from...

  10. WATCH: Jim Henson's colorful papercut jazz animation

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am MDT

    Before he achieved fame with the Muppets, Jim Henson, a skilled animator as well as a puppeteer, was making all sorts of innovative work out of his home studio, in Bethesda, Md. Around 1961, he made the papercut animation above, which visualized jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's "Drums West."

    (Via Smithsonian)

  11. WATCH: 1955 US Navy guide to living off the land

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am MDT

    This video like a condensed version of a book I loved as a kid: The Survival Book, by Paul H. Nesbitt, Alonzo W. Pond and William H. Allen. Read the rest

  12. Camu Is A Beautiful, All-In-One Camera App, Photo Editor And Mobile Messenger

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am MDT

    swipe real-time filters A new mobile application called Camu, launching today, is designed to serve as a lightweight replacement to the iPhone’s default camera app while also offering the ability for users to edit and share photos more easily after the fact, without having to switch between other applications. The app somewhat competes with long-time popular camera apps like Camera+ or Camera Awesome, but with… Read More

  13. Swift Navigation Raises $2.6 Million For Its Ultra-Precise GPS System

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am MDT

    piksi front Swift Navigation has developed centimeter-accurate GPS technology that can be used for a much wider range of applications. The company has developed a GPS module that comes at a fraction of a cost of competing chips with the same accuracy, which it hopes will be used in all sorts of agriculture, drones, and construction applications. Read More

  14. Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am MDT

    ESTIMOTE Stickers - Nearables Press Kit3 The Internet of Things gets a lot of hype, but its rollout is slow and it will take a long time for consumers to upgrade existing, non-connected devices that still work fine into something that can communicate with computing gadgets like smartphones. Estimote has put a lot of time and work into expediting our connected future via its beacon hardware and developer platform, and now the startup… Read More

  15. Comcast launches internet-delivered cable TV at MIT and several other schools

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am MDT

    For several years now, Comcast has been testing cable TV that streams over the internet at several college campuses but this fall it's officially launching. Available at Bridgewater College, Drexel University, Emerson College, Lasell College and the...

  16. Charles Burns brings his haunting cartoon trilogy to a close with Sugar Skull

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am MDT

    Legendary cartoonist Charles Burns gives Patrick Lohier (and the rest of us) a glimpse into the dark, animated world of his haunting trilogy. Read the rest

  17. LTG Exam Prep Platform Raises $3M In Series A Round To Develop SAT, More Test Apps

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am MDT

    Screenshot 2014-08-21 11.28.46 Whether it’s the SAT or the GMAT, studying for standardized tests hasn’t changed a great deal. The test prep market, valued at $861 million, is led by companies like Kaplan Test Prep and The Princeton Review, who require students to cling to their heavy test prep textbooks. Read More

  18. The Big Picture: That's no moon, that's a movie theater

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am MDT

    What do you do after you've retired from running the Official Star Wars fan club and magazine? You recreate the iconic space opera in your own home, of course -- at least that's what Vic Wertz and Lisa Stevens did. Not only is the above home theater...

  19. Android Device Ecosystem: More Diverse Than Ever

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am MDT

    OpenSignal Android ecosystem report Growing Android fragmentation — or device diversity if you prefer — has been visualized in a new report by crowdsourced cell phone signal startup OpenSignal, which has surveyed 682,000 devices to build its annual peek at Google’s mobile OS ecosystem. Read More

  20. California requires manual controls before Google's car hits public roads

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am MDT

    One of the unique features inside Google's self-driving car is that it doesn't sport a steering wheel or a set of pedals. That won't fly on public roads in California though, so the folks in Mountain View are faced with adding them or sticking to...

  21. Game Developer Gumi, A Sega And Line Partner, Enters North America With Four New Studios

    TechCrunch | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am MDT

    gumi_Brave_Frontier_1 The North America digital game market is worth $11.8 billion, but it’s proven tough to navigate for high-profile companies like Candy Crush maker King and Zynga. But Japanese gaming company gumi is undeterred. It announced today that it will open four new game studios to make content specifically for the North American market. The gaming studio, which is headquartered in Tokyo, also says… Read More

  22. We took a nostalgic look around Seattle's Living Computer Museum

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am MDT

    If you're reading this site, chances are you've got a growing collection of obsolete, outdated tech in a closet somewhere, stuff you're certain will be "collector's items" some day. Seattle's Living Computer Museum, created by Microsoft co-founder...

  23. Hailo matches Uber by letting other apps use its cab-hailing features

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am MDT

    Uber and Hailo are forever playing catch-up with each other, and this week is no exception. Just hours after Uber announced it's now allowing developers to bake Uber features into their apps, Hailo's following suit by opening up its own platform....

  24. You'll soon be able to start a Tesla Model S just with an iPhone

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am MDT

    It appears that Tesla Model S owners get as excited by firmware updates as gadget nuts get when a new phone operating system gets released. Someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum has posted some plausible-looking screenshots from what purports to be...

  25. Google Chrome now freely available in Cuba

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am MDT

    If Chrome were human, he'd/she'd be puffing on authentic Cuban cigars right about now. The browser's finally made its way to the Caribbean country, where it was blocked, along with other Google services, for the longest time. While Mountain View...

  26. N3twork wants to be the Pandora of internet video

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am MDT

    The music industry is extremely well-blanketed on the web, what with services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes Music and many, many more. But one can easily argue that the same can't be said about online videos -- namely, those...

  27. World of consumer debt collection "dark, labyrinthine, and extremely lucrative"

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am MDT

    When a credit card bill goes unpaid for a few months, the bank sells the debt. To whom? These guys.

  28. Glitch Dungeon

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am MDT


    A free puzzle platform game where, in any given room, certain code might not work, leaving you able to fall without dying, float without falling, etc. Frustrating fun! [via] (more…)

  29. Nokia Lumia 930 review: like the Icon, but better

    Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am MDT

    Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia is now bearing fruit, but as often happens when big companies merge, there aren't enough jobs to go around. More than 10,000 former Nokia employees are due to be laid off by the end of the year, but their legacy will...

  30. Lego wishes it invented Minecraft

    Boing Boing | 21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am MDT

    "Minecraft is digital Lego," says Lego marketing director David Gram. "We only wish we had invented it." This is mentioned in about the same breath as the phrase "core brand beliefs," a concise reminder why they didn't.

  31. What if we could turn wastewater and algae into carbon-negative fuels and clean water?

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am MDT

    Is this company getting closer to the dream of making truly sustainable carbon-negative fuel?

  32. Portable tiny house built from recycled water tanks can be towed by a bicycle

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am MDT

    Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes, and are built from all sorts of materials, but this tiny house concept uses a novel approach to creating a lightweight portable dwelling that is also said to be able to float on water.

  33. Big Ass Fans connect to Nest Thermostat and interesting things happen

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am MDT

    The smart home may not be so dumb after all, if this is the kind of thing that it can do.

  34. Hit and Run: Google may have killed a dog

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am MDT

    New street view images suggest that one of the Google maps cars was in an accident

  35. Lose weight fast with the transit diet

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am MDT

    A new study finds that people who get out of their cars lose an average of seven pounds.

  36. Wine tasters have fruit flies to thank for their jobs

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am MDT

    Fruit flies play a role in all those fruity flavors we detect as we take whiff of wine fumes. Find out how.

  37. Reggie Watts and Greenpeace team up for a greener cloud

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am MDT

    Internet sensation Reggie Watts takes aim at Twitter and Amazon for Greenpeace's #ClickClean campaign, urging them to step up their clean energy game.

  38. Americans are fighting a battle for their local seafood

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    Paul Greenberg's newest book, 'American Catch,' takes readers on a fascinating journey through the past, present, and future of U.S. seafood production that will both enlighten and terrify you.

  39. Transforming, space-saving modular furniture grows along with the kids (Video)

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    Kids and teens get their own version of transformer furniture with this ingenious collection that morphs to the needs of the moment.

  40. Charming jewelry marries recycled broken wood with bio-resin

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    Using pieces of wood that are usually either trampled underfoot or thrown away, this collection of surprisingly beautiful jewelry combines nature with man-made bio-plastics.

  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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