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23 November

hack a day

  • 07:00
    Anyone reading this uses computers, and a few very cool people have built their own computer out of chips, [zaphod] is doing something even cooler over on hackaday.io: he’s building a computer from discrete transistors. Building a computer from individual components without chips isn’t something new - Minecraft players who aren’t into cheaty command blocks do it all the time, and there have been a few real-life builds that have rocked our socks. [zaphod] is nofollowing in this hallowed tradition by building a four-bit computer, complete with CPU, RAM, and ROM from transistors, diodes, (...) --

Mashable!

  • 09:34
    Since the 14th century, the festival of Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated across Spain. In Christianity, Holy Week is the one-week period preceding Easter, the day believers celebrate Jesus rising from the dead The week of observation in Seville is undoubtedly the most elaborate. Brotherhoods from Seville's many churches promenade through the streets to the cathedral. Some are dressed in the striking robes of medieval penitents, or nazarenos, wearing tunics, cloaks and conical hats, called capirotes. Built into the capirote is a cloth mask, which allows the sinner to repent while (...) -- Holidays, Features, Easter, History, Religion
  • 06:30
    Young Americans are a shockingly mobile workforce. A recent large-scale study revealed that 59% of Americans between 21 and 30 years of age are willing to work overseas — and while Americans' willingness to relocate still ranks low compared to the global workforce, U.S. millennials are significantly more adventurous than previous generations. So what's the appeal? In the U.S., many young people entered the workforce during the financial crisis, when jobs back home were scarce. Plus, most millennials value experience and fulfillment more than climbing the corporate ladder or forming (...) -- Job Search Series, Business, Jobs, Mashable Careers, International Work
  • 05:30
    In rural Haiti, gambling extends beyond slot machines and poker tables The Haitian tradition of fighting bulls is similar to a cock or dog fight, but on a larger scale, as the animals are bigger and the stakes higher. More than a century old, bull fighting is a casual pastime for some men, but for many it is a means to pay for a car, food, or their children's schooling. See also: How Social Media Is Empowering Women in Haiti Bull owners and townspeople place bets on the animals and, when the owners are satisfied with the wagers, the two bulls are released to charge into the ring. The (...) -- Pics, Animals, Haiti, Gambling, World
  • 04:42
    NEW YORK — Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sharpton and public officials demanded a full investigation Saturday into what law enforcement officials have termed an apparent accident. "We're not demonizing the police," Sharpton said, but "this young man should not be dead." Police said the fatal shooting Thursday night of Akai Gurley in Brooklyn's gritty East New York neighborhood appears accidental. But "how do we know until there is a thorough investigation of all that happened?" Sharpton (...) -- Us World, Us
  • 04:30
    With Uber enraging users and sparking a Senate investigation into its privacy polices, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out. See also: Use These 10 Apps During Downtime This week's list includes an expansion of Dropbox's photo-organization app, a running app to help you train smarter, and an app that helps you find new beer and wine to try. Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list. If you're looking for more, read last week's roundup of (...) -- Tech, Android Apps, Ios Apps, Apps Software, Weekly App Roundup
  • 04:06
    Grumpy Cat has finally hit the silver screen and she's none too happy about it! Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever premieres on Lifetime Nov. 29, and we're totally not excited about it. But we are teaming up with Lifetime to prepare for it with this week's photo challenge Image: Grumpy Cat In the movie Grumpy is irked driving, shopping and embracing the all around Christmas glee so we want you to send us your best Grumpy Cat face (or your mom's, your teacher's, or your dog's) and be sure to tag them with #LifetimeWorstChallengeEver so we catch all the despair Image: Grumpy Cat We'll (...) -- Social Media, Grumpy Cat, Supported, Community Challenge
  • 03:30
    Wearable technology took a hit this past week after many began proclaiming the apparent demise of Google Glass. Once the "hot new thing," Glass has had a tough time ever since Reuters reported many developers had stopped building software for the gadget. Even my colleague, Lance Ulanoff, decided it was time to break up with Glass. Google quickly tried to get in front of the hearse, insisting it hadn't abandoned Glass "Google remains committed to Glass and is energized by the opportunity that wearables, and Glass in particular, represent," spokesperson Anna Richardson White told (...) -- Google, Vuzix, Wearables, Tech, Gadgets
  • 02:31
    Aerial footage released Saturday by the Eerie County Sheriff's Office of a massive roof collapse underscores how badly the barrage of snow has impacted area towns The video, released on the sheriff's Facebook page, was shot on Friday, according to the footage's timestamp. It shows a large manufacturing area, according to sheriff's officials who appear to be surveying the damage from above as they remark on its severity. See also: You've Never Seen a Thunderstorm Move Like This "They weren't lying. Pretty significant," one official says as another responds with a "Wow." Post by Erie (...) -- Us, Watercooler, Videos, Climate, Buffalo Snow
  • 01:30
    The retail sales battle lines have been drawn: Black Friday is upon us. Some deals will be genuinely rare and valuable, while others will simply be normal discounts dressed up in Black Friday camouflage Distinguishing between the two will be fairly difficult, but you can cut through some of the false signals by properly establishing your targets early on. If you're thinking of snagging the latest and greatest tablet, we've devised a short list to make composing your battle plan a little easier See also: Walmart's 'new Black Friday' will be a 5-day event this year Read more... GOOD: (...) -- Samsung, Black Friday, Ipad, Tablets, Tech
  • 00:42
    Another day, another hidden camera experiment that seems to expose men leering at women...kind of CJ Koegel, a fitness trainer and former MTV personality, has produced a video that features a woman wearing tight-fitting yoga pants and a hidden camera, affixed to said pants, to catch men (and in some cases women and Elmo) in New York City staring at her behind See also: What do men think of catcalling? A men's rights activist and a feminist debate The hidden camera video originally seems to be trying to expose ogling passersby, but it surprisingly ends with a call to action for men to (...) -- Viral Videos, Feminism, Watercooler, Videos, Health Fitness
  • 06:41
    There are well-known animals at Disneyland—the goats in the petting zoo and the horses on Main Street—and then there are ones that fly under the radar: the feral cats that prey on rodents. Sorry Mickey Disney doesn't like to talk about them, but every now and then the mousers pop into the public consciousness, like that time Ryan Gosling brought it up on Conan O'Brian Then there's the Instagram account. See also: You've Never Seen a Thunderstorm Move Like This Disneylandcats curates photos of the felines taken by visitors of Disneyland and California Adventure. The account, as of this (...) -- Cats, Instagram, Watercooler, Pics, Disneyland

TechCrunch

Engadget

TechCrunch

  • 06:00
    If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s look at where the feasting is happening. Read More -- Column, TC, Marketplaces

Engadget

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 04:00
    [Pierce Brosnan]-era James Bond had a beautiful Omega wristwatch. Of course as with any Bond gadget, it couldn’t just tell time; it needed to do something else. This watch had a laser, and [Patrick] figured he could replicate this build. This is apretty normal 1.5W laser diode build, stuffed into a wrist-mountable device that will kill balloons. This is really a watch, though: press a button and this thing will tell time. In the video below, [Patrick] goes over what damage this watch can do. He manages to pop some black balloons, burn holes in a CD case, light a few matches, cut (...) --

Engadget

Lifehacker

TechCrunch

Om Malik

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

  • 01:00
    You know what's been missing in our lives? An Internet-connected, app-controlled coffeemaker. And that's why the good folks at Belkin and appliance manufacturer Jarden Corporation have teamed up to bring the world the Mr. Coffee 10-cup Smart Optimal...

MobileCrunch

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 01:00
    Years ago, [Greg] got a Wacom Artpad II graphics tablet through Freecycle. What’s the catch, you ask? The stylus was long gone. When he found out how expensive a direct replacement would be, the tablet was laid to rest in his spare parts box. Fast forward a few years to the era of the phone-tablet hybrid and [Greg]‘s subsequent realization that some of them use Wacom stylii. Eight bucks later, he’s in business, except that the tablet is serial. Wacom no longer supports serial tablets, so he had to convert it to USB. With the help of the WaxBee project and a Teensy 2.0, he would be able to (...) --

22 November

Mashable!

  • 23:23
    He's history's murderous megalomaniac who just won't go away: The ghost of Adolf Hitler is back — this time with art in tow A watercolor painting titled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" ("Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich") was sold at auction in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday for 130,000 euros ($161,000) to an unnamed person from the Middle East. There were also inquiries from Asia and America. See also: Napoleon's famed 'bicorne' hat sells for $2.2 million The 100-year old painting was sold along with a signed letter from Hitler's adjutant Albert Bormann, the (...) -- Art, Germany, Hitler, Us World, World
  • 22:38
    Add singing to Jennifer Lawrence's extensive list of talents (see: shooting a bow and arrow, goofy red carpet faces, Oscar-worthy acting) The Hunger Games released audio of Lawrence singing "The Hanging Tree" from Mockingjay - Part 1, and it's shockingly good considering the actress previously described herself as a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse See also: 20 Unique 'The Hunger Games' Items on Etsy Arranged by composer James Newton and the Lumineers, with lyrics by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, the song is a melancholy tune, which features Lawrence singing a cappella until a haunting (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Film, Hunger Games, Videos
  • 22:30
    It is a well-known phenomenon that a cat falling upside down has the ability to turn its body mid-air so that it lands on its feet. Nobody had attempted to analyze the the "falling cat" movement mathematically until 1969, when T.R. Kane and M.P. Scher of Stanford, California created a model cat and conducted a study that was funded by NASA to help astronauts orient their bodies in zero gravity. Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Photography, Features, and (...) -- Space, Nasa, Photography, Features, History
  • 21:59
    Concerns that warming temperatures will melt snow in Buffalo have prompted residents to brace for potential flooding In a press conference Friday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state was stockpiling equipment to handle "potential flooding operations," including 425 pumps and generators, 55 boats, three helicopters, 29 high-axle vehicles (which can be used to conduct rescues in 4 to 5 feet of water) and 180,000 sandbags See also: Buffalo snow peaks at 7.3 feet during week of once-in-a-generation cold Cuomo also warned that more roofs and buildings could (...) -- New York, Snow, Us World, Us, Buffalo
  • 19:57
    Uber has been the king of the taxi-alternative market for awhile now, but after a series of controversial reports about the company's ethics, some are deleting the app and looking elsewhere. In what was probably Uber's worst week yet, news surfaced that top executive Emil Michael wanted to dig up dirt on journalists who were critical of the company. Uber has since apologized for Michael's comments, but didn't fire him. See also: Uber is its own worst enemy Later, Uber posted a privacy policy, saying it would only access user data for "legitimate business purposes." Things got even (...) -- Uber, Business, Apps Software, Sidecar, Lyft
  • 19:31
    It's Kim Kardashian's butt's world, and we're all just living in it Considering the fact that Kim K.'s Paper Magazine spread broke the Internet last week, students can no longer actively study for the SATs. But Catalyst Prep has prepared for such a post-apocalyptic world by turning Kardashian's rump into a series of very cheeky, multiple-choice geometry questions for students to fully engage their, um, math skills See also: Kim Kardashian's butt breaks the Internet with memes "As patriotic, pop-culturally-minded Americans, we couldn't help but see Kim Kardashian's recent photos as an (...) -- Kim Kardashian, Watercooler, Conversations
  • 19:30
    A successful selfie requires proper skill, execution and just the right amount of self-absorbedness. Unfortunately, any number of factors can turn the perfect selfie into a complete and total disaster The year 2014 had some pretty awesome selfies, but the good must come with the bad. This year was also littered with some terrible selfies and trends surrounding the self-shot obsession See also: 12 Selfie Tips You Can Learn From Animals We can only hope that James Franco will one day see his name on this list and stop taking selfies — or at least improve his game Read more... More about (...) -- Lists, Watercooler, Pics, Year End, Selfies
  • 19:16
    When two virtual assistants engage in a Mean Girls-style battle over features, it means we're officially living in the future Microsoft unleashed its latest promotional salvo against Apple on Friday with an ad highlighting the features of Cortana, the virtual assistant that comes with Windows Phone 8.1, versus Siri in iOS. The result? A humorous exchange between two virtual helpers that illustrates just how normal it has become to anthropomorphize our computers See also: Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Cortana Leads a Feature-Packed Update Pitting the iPhone 6 Plus against the Lumia 830, the (...) -- Mobile, Microsoft, Marketing, Apple, Virtual Assistant
  • 18:19
    Metro Trains is at it again with Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games, a sequel to the smartphone and tablet game based on the now viral Australian train safety PSA The game, which hit the iTunes store on Tuesday, will allow players to save a whole new cast of dumb characters from impending death, as they compete in 28 mini-games, such as the "Electric Fence Hurdle" and "Landmine Curling." See also: The 10 Best Mobile Games of 2013 Image: iTunes App Store Image: iTunes App Store The game is currently available for free in the iTunes Store. It will be released for Android before Christmas. (...) -- Viral Videos, Entertainment, Gaming, Business, Apps Software
  • 17:42
    We know — Middle Earth is safe, and that's all that matters. But the Fellowship from The Lord of the Rings clearly had some major communication issues. Surely, had Gandalf told everyone he was chill with the Eagles, someone would've suggested getting their help, right? And perhaps a prescreening for Fellowship members to ensure nobody would try to kill the ring-bearer? We're just spitballing, here. See also: Air New Zealand Takes Passengers to Middle-Earth With Hobbit Safety Video Extra Fabulous Comics explores some possible outcomes of these crippling communication issues in its latest (...) -- Comics, The Hobbit, Watercooler, Lord Of The Rings, Extrafabulouscomics
  • 17:30
    After carefully picking the perfect gift for your loved ones, watching them open your package last after all your hard work is a huge bummer. To avoid rejection, make sure you don't neglect the final step of holiday gift-giving and wrap up your offerings in an appealing and clever way. This isn't like regular wrapping paper, it's cool wrapping paper See also: 10 Pranks for Christmas Morning Your present will definitely stand out with these great buy or DIY papers. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Holidays, Gifts, Lists, Diy, and (...) -- Holidays, Gifts, Lists, Diy, Christmas
  • 17:16
    A man in San Francisco is lucky to be alive after plunging 11 stories, and landing on a moving car According to officials, he remains in critical conditions. The man's name has not been released, but authorities said he is a window washer who had been moving equipment on the roof of a building in downtown San Francisco. See also: Striking Time-Lapse Captures Progress of One World Trade Center Witnesses reported hearing the man's screams, and seeing his shadow as he fell. The man landed on the car of Mohammad Alcozai, who did not sustain any injuries despite the force of the fall caving (...) -- Wtc, Us World, Us, World Trade Center
  • 16:56
    Beyoncé, you've gotta stop doing this to our hearts Queen B shocked fans again by releasing a surprise music video for "7/11" late Friday. The video is a low-budget, no frills look at the super-silly side of the hottest woman in entertainment See also: Beyoncé earned more than any other woman in music this year In the video, Beyoncé and her girls have an epic hotel room dance party, sans pants, with plenty of red Solo cups in tow. Beyoncé, she's just like us (HA, no, definitely not, but she's closer now) She even wears a "kale" sweatshirt for goodness sakes — this woman is a blessing. The (...) -- Music Videos, Beyonce, Entertainment, Music, Videos
  • 16:30
    You could spend hours combing the Internet in search of gifts for every person in your life. Or, you could hit up the supermarket once and cook, bake, preserve and pickle your way into your friends' hearts Let your cooking skills be your gift guide this holiday season. Edible gifts are a personal and inexpensive way to treat your friends and family, and many recipes can be made in large batches See also: 15 simple DIY holiday gifts to make with your kids This season, give the gift of cheesy scones, pickled peppers and fresh baked cookies. Your bank account will thank you. Have (...) -- Holidays, Gifts, Lists, Recipes, Food And Drink
  • 16:29
    JERUSALEM – Just before dawn earlier this week, an explosion rocked the densely populated Silwan neighborhood that sits on a steep hillside in East Jerusalem, destroying the fourth-floor apartment of Abed Rahman Shalodi and his family. See also: Jerusalem on edge after deadly attacks and a summer of war Israeli authorities had blown up the Shalodi home after Shalodi ran his car into a crowd of people in Jerusalem last month, killing a woman and a three-month-old girl Police shot and killed Shalodi after the attack. But, nofollowing a controversial policy, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) (...) -- Israel, Jerusalem, Us World, World, Israel Gaza Conflict
  • 16:15
    Brian Baker is obsessed with string cheese. He talks about it poetically, rambling about the string factor, the machines that pump out individual-sized ropes, the flavor profile of the stick. But Brian's love for string cheese is almost forgivable: His grandfather Frank may have invented it. It makes sense that string cheese was most likely invented in Wisconsin, cheese capital of the United States. Brian (referred to by his first name here to avoid confusion between various members of the Baker family involved in this story), is the president of a family-owned and operated cheese brand (...) -- Cheese, Us World, Us, History
  • 16:03
    For the love of retail, stop the madness. Black Friday is the epitome of American capitalism: Overstuffed and overzealous people crowd into strip malls and big-box store parking lots, so they can bum-rush their way down the aisles to pick up a camera for 50% off It's gross, dangerous and frankly, we're still angry that one lady last year kicked us so hard that we never got the GoPro we wanted See also: 12 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday Because New Yorkers are the most cynical in all the land, Mashable took to the streets to get their extra-bitter thoughts on Black Friday, and (...) -- Black Friday, Us, Watercooler, Videos
  • 15:54
    Looking for marked-down electronics to stuff into stockings and under trees this year? Best Buy has posted its Black Friday preview, revealing plenty of televisions, game systems and computers for cheap. Customers can shop online and in-person, with doors opening next Thursday at 5 p.m. See also: Amazon's 9 best Black Friday deals To better equip you for the holiday rush, here are Best Buy's 10 best deals: Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Shopping, Christmas, Best Buy, Black Friday, and (...) -- Shopping, Christmas, Best Buy, Black Friday, Tech
  • 15:22
    Traveling to Venice next year? Leave your rolling suitcase at home. Venice's city council is considering a ban on rolling suitcases with hard wheels, according to Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino. The council said residents are frustrated with the noise pollution that suitcase wheels make on cobblestone streets. See also: Didn't Enjoy Your Hotel Stay? That'll Be $500, Please Transportation in Venice is limited, so wheeled suitcases are practically necessary for visitors to the city. Residents would be exempt from the ban, but tourists who roll through town could be fined up to 500 euros (...) -- Italy, World, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, Venice

NYT > Circuits

Om Malik

Boing Boing

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:00
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, (...)

TechCrunch

Lifehacker

TechCrunch

Scripting News

  • 23:07
    The transition of Little Pork Chop to a whitelist-based app has been a great success. Basically people are using it for short-form blogging via Twitter. I get to learn from watching how they use it. I'm already getting ideas. Everyone wins.

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report

Techmeme

Boing Boing

hack a day

  • 22:00
    [psgarcha] took a year-old Arduino Uno on an international trip and upon returning found something was wrong. Every time he would try to upload, he would get the dreaded avrdude error, ‘stk500_getsync(): not in sync resp=0×00′. The Rx light would blink a few times during the attempted upload, but the tx light did not. Somehow, something was terribly wrong with the ‘duino, and [psgarcha] dug deep to figure out why. To test the quality of the Arduino’s serial connection, [psgarcha] performed a loopback test; basically a wire plugged into the Tx and Rx pins of the Arduino. Sending a short (...) --

Engadget

TechCrunch

  • 23:00
    Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Read More -- Column, TC, Colombia, Medellin
  • 20:00
    Over the last few months enterprise giants Oracle and Salesforce have put on shows featuring the likes of Hillary Clinton and Bruno Mars reminding all of us in the enterprise world that marketing matters. While most enterprise startups will never reach these levels of budget and glamour, this time of the year does serve as a reminder that enterprise marketing matters. Read More -- Column, Enterprise, TC, Marketing

Lifehacker

Om Malik

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Yahoo! News: Technology News









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