Common Sense Junction

Common Sense Junction
Index, Summaries From Technology Sites
  1. AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm MDT

    Angel AngelList AngelList is working on a new project called Maiden Lane. Behind this name is a new experiment in startup investment. Structured as a traditional small VC firm, Maiden Lane will only invest in AngelList syndicates or hand some money to active angels on the platform. While technically not part of AngelList, Maiden Lane currently has two general partners, AngelList’s chief operating officer… Read More

  2. Hyundai's bringing Apple's CarPlay to some new Sonata models

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm MDT

    It's becoming a trend to see more and more companies integrate their products with Apple's CarPlay, whether it be car manufacturers or makers of in-dash systems. The latest to join the movement is Hyundai, announcing that navigation-equipped 2015...

  3. Instagram Reassigned Inactive “Kathleen” Username To An Employee But Will Give It Back

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm MDT

    instagram-iphone Is Instagram going around stealing users' account and distributing them to employees? That's the far-out claim from designer Brian Hoff, who says his wife's Instagram account, with the likely much-desired username of "@kathleen" was taken from her control and is now being used by another Kathleen, who also happens to be a current Facebook/Instagram employee. Shock! Horror! Outrage! Read More

  4. Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm MDT

    2014-04-16_0915 Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that's significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human). Read More

  5. Wondering how to make your hair grow better? Do it naturally with these 8 tips.

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm MDT

    Hair is often a reflection of inner health, so treat your body right and your hair will thank you for it.

  6. Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm MDT

    png;base646e1719b5125131fd Google this morning launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet. The new app is an extension of Google’s previously launched Chrome Remote Desktop screen sharing service, which allows you to share your desktop’s screen… Read More

  7. The animated GIF as art: Google puts six loopy images on display

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm MDT

    It's easy to sneer at the idea of artists piggybacking on the GIF craze, but Google is taking the whole thing pretty seriously, especially now that Google+ supports the animated file format. The search giant is collaborating with the Saatchi Gallery...

  8. Center for Public Integrity smacks down ABC bid to tag along on their Pulitzer

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm MDT

    Remember in school, when you had to do group projects, and there was always that one kid who showed up late, only worked on part of the project, half-assed what they did do and then demanded full credit that other people earned?

  9. Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm MDT

    IMG_0105 Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More

  10. Check your neuroskepticism

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am MDT

    I have been increasingly skeptical of the value of brain imaging studies and the scope of what they can actually tell us.

  11. Google's new camera app brings Photo Sphere and Lens Blur to Android devices

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am MDT

    While Google has continued to toss new features into the camera app shipped on its Nexus devices, many Android phones replace it something else. But just as we revealed a few weeks ago, now it's available in the Play Store, ready to run on any phone...

  12. Turnkey Mobile Apps Startup AppsBuilder Raises New Cash From United Ventures

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am MDT

    bricks AppsBuilder, which has developed a platform to “easily” (they say) develop mobile apps has taken in a $1.5 million round of funding from United Ventures. The investment brings the company’s funding total to $3.5 million. Previous investors included Annapurna Ventures, Zernike Meta Ventures and Angels. The cash will be used to consolidate growth and build business in the UK and… Read More

  13. Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am MDT

    If you're interested in learning how to build your own renewable energy devices, this DIY vertical axis wind turbine is a great place to start.

  14. Shh, it's a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am MDT

    "I'm terrified I might not actually be all that smart." "Made a batch of Jello just to stick my dick in it. No regrets." "I like taking the ferry because I get to drink in public legally." This is just a small sampling of posts I've recently seen...

  15. Space cherries hit puberty early

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am MDT

    It normally takes 8-10 years for a cherry tree grown from a seed to blossom. But some seeds that went to space aboard the ISS are producing trees that flower far, far earlier.

  16. Talkwheel Raises $1.2M To Visualize Customer Conversations Across The Web

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am MDT

    talkwheel screenshot Talkwheel, a startup that aggregates the social media conversation around a company or topic in, yes, a wheel format, is announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in funding. The idea sounds a little odd at first, but founder and CEO Jeff Harris said it solves a major problem for brands. He argued that the traditional linear format for presenting comments and social media posts doesn't really… Read More

  17. Instagram Just Got A Whole Lot More Biden

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.27.36 AM What photo sharing network would be complete without U.S. Vice President Joe Biden? The answer is none, which makes Instagram the first network to qualify. The veep signed up and posted his first image today, though the first pic is actually from his office staff and not Biden himself, ol’ Joe will be posting his own shots too, and those will be signed by the man himself to distinguish them… Read More

  18. Millennia-old canoe discovered in museum hallway

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am MDT

    A canoe found by the shores of Lake Minnetonka in 1934 is not 264 years old, as previously thought, but closer to 1000.

  19. Jaguar Land Rover brings the boardroom to your dashboard with in-car infotainment system

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am MDT

    The boundary between your smartphone and your car is growing thinner by the day, and Jaguar Land Rover is the latest in a long line of car companies trying to work out the ideal balance between the two. The company's InControl Apps system has been in...

  20. Scientists begin investigating possible health impacts of e-cigarettes

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am MDT

    A study released in January found that e-cigarette vapor can promote the development of cancer in certain types of human cells — at least, when those cells are in a petri dish.

  21. List of people who have mysteriously disappeared

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am MDT

    My new Wikipedia list obsession: List of people who have mysteriously disappeared. Some of the "mysteries" are not as mysterious as you might hope (some Romans and ancient Gauls who disappeared in the midst of war, for instance) but the list goes back to 71 BC and there's enough interesting entries to warrant some high-quality time suck.

  22. Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am MDT

    Glass Design For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it's Google's rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it's "doing a really big push around design" at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More

  23. Urban Storage Startup Boxbee Raises $2.3 Million From Floodgate, Google Ventures, And Others

    TechCrunch | 16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am MDT

    Boxbee image for TC_small About a year ago, Boxbee launched to create a new paradigm for how people use storage in urban settings. Today, it's announcing that it's raised $2.3 million from investors that include Floodgate Capital, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Techstars, Jason Calacanis, and Ludlow Ventures, to make its storage service available to more users. Read More

  24. HTC allows devs to tap into the power of the One's Duo Camera

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am MDT

    The HTC One (M8) brought with it a load of new camera features, including its unique Duo Camera setup on its back side. Now, the handset maker is opening up the code that powers the pair in a SDK preview for third-party devs. This means that apps can...

  25. Ford put a Mustang on top of the Empire State Building, piece by piece

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am MDT

    Ford is marking the launch of the 2015 Mustang in the same way it did for the original 50 years ago -- by putting one at the top of the Empire State Building. The company has partnered with auto supplier DST to cut its latest sports car into pieces...

  26. Paul Pope's Escapo reissue event to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am MDT

    Cartoonist Paul Pope's 1999 graphic novel Escapo, is being re-issued as a special edition loaded with extras. To kick it off, the publisher is holding a live concert in New York on Saturdau April 19th with The Jim Jones Revue, with some proceeds going to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

  27. Download: HoverChat offers SMS multitasking with Facebook-like 'HoverHeads'

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am MDT

    Since Google decided to scrap the SMS app in Android 4.4, developers have scrambled to fill the gap. Apps including Textra, HelloSMS and EvolveSMS have helped raise the bar for SMS apps on the platform, along with HoverChat, an app you might...

  28. Massive haul of Daniel Pinkwater's brilliant, hilarious, life-changing books as $3 ebooks

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am MDT

    Children's author, essayist and hero of literature Daniel Pinkwater has revived his classic backlist as a line of DRM-free ebooks! Each one is only $3, and there are some astoundingly good titles in there.

  29. Google buys Titan Aerospace, maker of solar planes that can stay in the sky for years

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am MDT

    It appears that this is part of their plan to bring internet to the world.

  30. Anki Drive levels up with new robotic cars, tracks and a race mode

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am MDT

    Arguably the coolest part about Anki Drive's robotic toy cars is that you could upgrade them over time with weapons and points as if they were character vehicles in a video game. Unlike a video game however, Anki's original system only had a single...

  31. Let the audience decide your fate in new Twitch-backed game

    Engadget RSS Feed | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am MDT

    When some 1.1 million people played Pokémon together via Twitch's game-broadcasting service, developer Studio Bean must've gotten inspired. Choice Chamber takes the idea of the audience deciding what happens onscreen to a new level and injects...

  32. TOM THE DANCING BUG: No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Comic Strip

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am MDT

    Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythes of Chagrin Falls make sure that no animals were harmed just for the sake of their entertainment.

  33. Zombie Dice: eat brains, avoid shotguns

    Boing Boing | 16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am MDT

    Zombies aren't known for their critical thinking skills, but in Zombie Dice, a fast-paced, risk-vs-reward dice-rolling game designed by Steve Jackson, you play a zombie who must balance its desire for human brains with its fear of getting blasted to necrotic bits by a shotgun.

  34. Compost for all! Choices for the city or suburbs

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am MDT

    You'd think backyard composting would be easy, but our NYC writer might have an even more convenient option.

  35. Hardcore downhill biking + helmet camera = whoa!

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am MDT

    This is more thrilling than any motor sport!

  36. We're in the Great Dithering

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am MDT

    Gabriel Metcalf asks "The waters are rising, and cities can’t move out of the way. Can we act decisively enough to avert catastrophic climate change?"

  37. Scott & Scott Architects live above the shop, and what a shop it is

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am MDT

    Stunning space is lined in wood rubbed in beeswax and Canadian whiskey. Drink up a gorgeous slideshow.

  38. How a chicken coop became a cozy family home

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am MDT

    Use what you have may be the first tenet of DIY green living. This family took that notion and ran with it.

  39. Indoor air quality sensors could be coming to your smartphone

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    New nanotechnology could enable indoor air quality monitoring wherever we go.

  40. American penitentiaries emphasize the need for sustainability

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 16 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am MDT

    American penitentiaries are like small, resource-devouring cities. With over 2 million prisoners behind bars every year, just how sustainable can our correctional facilities be?

  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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