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1 August

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:00
    The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. "We made this," says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, though, brands have evolved into something we want other people to see, not just us. "I bought this," says the person who wears or drinks or drives something with status. The essence of a brand with social juice, of one that matters as a label, isn't how big the logo is. No, what matters is that the buyer thinks the brand is important, and that the logo is a signifier that they're paying for. So no one complains that the logo (...)

Cool Tools

  • 11:00
    This is the least expensive kit for starting beekeeping. It has everything you need to raise some honey, except 3 things. You’ll need bees; order them by mail separately, or find a swarm. You’ll need to add at least one “upper” story of frames to store your share of the honey, and you’ll need access to an extractor – extracting honey by hand from this upper is possible but extremely messy. With care the equipment included should last many decades. You need only keep adding boxes of frames. Used bee equipment is not advisable these days because of rampant bee disease. A beginner should start with (...) -- Homestead

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 13:00
    Hallo iedereen! All the way from the Netherlands comes this fairly unique CNC milling machine built by a handful of Mechanical Engineering students over at the Delft University of Technology. These guys only had one week to build the mill in order to fulfill a requirement of their Mechtronics class. Unfortunately, directly after showing the machine worked, it had to be disassembled. If the frame looks a little toy-ish, it’s because it is. This particular system is called Fischertechnik and the main support beams are similar to that of aluminum extrusion (ex 80/20, Misumi) except that it is made (...) --
  • 10:00
    When it comes down to energy management, having real-time data is key. But rarely is up-to-the-minute kilowatt hour information given out freely by a Utility company, which makes it extremely hard to adjust spending habits during the billing cycle. So when we heard about [Jon]‘s project to translate light signals radiating out of his meter, we had to check it out. From the looks of it, his hardware configuration is relatively simple. All it uses is a TSL261 Light-to-Voltage sensor connected to an Arduino with an Ethernet shield attached. The sensor is then taped above the meter’s flashing (...) --

Mashable!

  • 12:48
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect. Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra told The Associated Press that more than 100 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the Israeli shelling on Friday in and around the town of Rafah. See also: A Shattered Childhood: The War on Gaza's Kids The three-day cease-fire, announced by the U.S. and the U.N. hours earlier, took effect at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday after heavy fighting that killed (...) -- Israel, Gaza, Palestine, Us World, World
  • 12:41
    LOS ANGELES — Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus. Workers were reinforcing the excavated 56-by-41-foot crater and making the site safe for crews, said Mike Miller, district superintendent for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Meanwhile, workers off-site were fashioning new valves and a Y-joint connector to replace the burst section of the (...) -- Los Angeles, Us World, Us
  • 12:30
    Single life wouldn't be so bad if all the romantically attached people would shut up about it. "Why aren't you seeing anyone?" seems to be the number one question on everyone's mind. You've heard it from your best friend, your sister, even your beloved grandma. Those who are contentedly coupled can still recall the irritating pressure from loved ones to settle down. See also: The Single Person's Guide to Nicholas Sparks Movies Secret-sharing app Whisper shared confessions of the blissfully and tragically single. Take note, mom. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the (...) -- Pics, Lists, Ugc, Love, Romance
  • 12:15
    Everyone has that person in the office. You know, the one who always seems to get way more done than everybody else, but who never seems stressed or frantically trying to finish an assignment. How does he or she get it done? And can you steal those secrets to improve your own productivity? Yes. Yes you can. Using time-tracking and productivity app DeskTime, we've been able to study the habits of the most productive employees — and pinpoint the working flow that leads to that incredible ability to get things done. And the trick might surprise you. Turns out, what the most productive 10% (...) -- Productivity, Break, Time Tracking, Relax, Business
  • 11:13
    A Springfield, Virginia man is under investigation after telling a coworker he hacked into gift card databases to add credit without paying for it. Muneeb Akhter, 23, claims that he found holes in the software used to load prepaid gift cards and was able to add value illegally, NBC Washington reported. He is president of cyber security firm Warden Systems See also: How You Get Hacked at Starbucks However, Akhter said in a statement that he did it in the name of research and planned to use the data to counteract gift card theft "I'm a researcher," Akhter told NBC. "I've been (...) -- Gift Cards, Theft, Tech, Apps Software, Us
  • 10:30
    In recent weeks, news have come out of Libya that is all too familiar Guns rule the streets. 'Freedom fighters,' who once battled against oppression, now battle each other. There has been a bloody fight for the airport in Tripoli. The American Embassy has been evacuated, and the French and German governments have told its nationals to leave as has China. You know things are bad when even #China urges its nationals to leave #Libya, v ⓐXHNews http://t.co/5pKLlR89We — Borzou Daragahi (ⓐborzou) July 28, 2014 This week 75 bodies were found in Benghazi after days of fighting between the (...) -- Libya, Gaddafi, Us World, World, Benghazi
  • 08:42
    The Quest is a twisted fairytale mirror of a reality show, worth your attention for, if nothing else, the way it will make you feel about the way you already felt about both high-minded fantasy and lowbrow reality TV. Which ... is a bit silly. Extra silly if you like both. SEE ALSO: Inside Our New Nerdy Obsession 'The Quest' Not that this silliness is entirely bad: The Quest is the height of summer escapist reality TV. To think such a thing could be as worldly as, say, The Amazing Race, or as physically punishing as Survivor, or even 1/10th as emotionally punishing as Game of Thrones (...) -- Tv, Abc, Reality Tv, Entertainment, The Quest
  • 07:03
    Welcome to Throwback Tunesday, where Mashable amplifies the echoes of music past. With genre trends and throwbacks, we synthesize music and nostalgia. Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind & Fire says he feels blessed for the genre-blending band's longevity: its five decades, seven memorable top 10 albums and seven groovy top 10 singles But he's not so sure whether young artists nowadays will feel the same way about their careers when they reach his age — 63 — thanks to rapid changes in entertainment. See also: In an MMMBop, They're (Not) Gone: Hanson Brothers Talk Longevity Forty-three (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Throwback Tunesday
  • 05:57
    Top Democrats used an unusual social media strategy to convince Millennials to sign up for health insurance Thursday — one led by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden posted a nostalgic #tbt image of himself at 26 and shared his thoughts on button-down shirts: Short sleeve button-downs are coming back but health care has always been in style#Bornin88? Then #GetCovered#TBT pic.twitter.com/XeMmUPC2Go — Vice President Biden (ⓐVP) July 31, 2014 The message? Under the Affordable Care Act, young people stay on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of 26. So if you were born in 1988, (...) -- Joe Biden, Us World, Us, Obamacare
  • 05:07
    This really should be the last time you're introduced to Emily Ratajkowski in a story as the model who, in the white-hot video for last summer's hit "Blurred Lines," danced nearly naked around Robin Thicke like he was made of bacon. That's because Ratajkowski has booked a second legit feature film role, opposite Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends, for which MTV's Catfish co-creator and star Max Joseph will make his feature directorial debut Two acting jobs in a row? Call it a movie career. SEE ALSO: Twitch Testing Live Concert Broadcasts With Steve Aoki Performance Still, Ratajkowski will (...) -- Entertainment, Film, Music, Tv
  • 04:00
    You complained about the Swarm app. Now here's the apology you've been waiting for Unfortunately, it's not from Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley. (He's still busy apologizing for faking bibs at the Boston marathon.) So professional Internet troll Dartanion London will have to do See also: 6 Uses for Foursquare You Never Considered London's proposal seems pretty on-point: Let's split Foursquare into, like, a million more apps, just for the hell of it He credits the wild success of Windows 8, and that time Netflix almost launched Qwikster as his inspiration — and it's hard not to blame him (...) -- Viral Videos, Apps, Swarm, Humor, Foursquare
  • 03:27
    Always wanted to own a yacht with a helipad? The dream may be no closer, but a guided tour can let you feel the glamour for a fleeting moment. The Sydney Superyacht Show kicks off in Sydney this weekend, and if you have a cool couple of million stashed under your mattress, you can snap yourself up one of these beauties. Not achievable? Perhaps you can get a share in one of the hotel rooms of the ocean. That will only set you back $2.5 million — for 50%. From helipads to onboard spas, these yachts demand attention. Sit back and cry. Ophelia — $13,950,000 The owner will throw in the helipad (...) -- Australia, Us World, Travel Leisure, Superyacht, Sydney Superyacht Show
  • 02:46
    Reddit user Unidan, known off of the Internet as biologist Ben Eisenkop, has been shadowbanned from the site due to vote manipulation. Reddit administrators discovered that Eisenkop maintained five side accounts, which he used to both upvote his own submissions and comments, and downvote opposing comments. See also: Reddit's Newsgathering Comes of Age After Growing Pains Shadowbanning is a form of banning in which all submissions and comments from a particular user are immediately flagged as spam — making it impossible for users other than the poster to see them Considering that before (...) -- Reddit, Social Media, How To, Apps Software, Watercooler
  • 02:05
    The National Football League is adding sensors to the shoulder pads of players during the upcoming football season. The aim: to track data such as position, speed and distance, and to provide real-time insights about what's happening on the field. The NFL is working with Zebra Technologies to embed quarter-sized sensors into player uniforms — and will be used as of the first Sunday of the season, September 7 See also: 7 Pieces of Connected Sports Gear to Give Your Game a Virtual Edge "The technology will gather additional statistics from what we've been able to capture in the past that (...) -- Tech, Nfl, Apps Software, Mobile, Sports
  • 02:00
    Most kids face some form of a "monster under the bed," but the best weapon is something every child comes by naturally: creative imagination. In the playful photo series "Terreurs," photographer Laure Fauvel features pajama-clad children challenging the monsters who live in their closets and under their beds to battle. See also: Photographer Captures the True Beauty of Adoption It seems like the kids are going to win this one. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Pics, Art, Photography, Watercooler, and Family (...) -- Pics, Art, Photography, Watercooler, Family Parenting
  • 01:45
    A capella singer Peter Hollens, who has premiered music videos on Mashable, has snagged a wicked record deal just days after unleashing a medley from the Wicked musical Sony Music announced Thursday that its classical and crossover label Sony Music Masterworks inked a deal with Hollens, who will release his debut album on Oct. 28 See also: Vine Star Shawn Mendes Reached No. 1 on iTunes in Just 37 Minutes "We've been in talks for a few months, but nothing was set in stone until just recently," Hollens, 32, told Mashable. "Honestly, with a 4-month-old, and a full-time job, I've had so (...) -- Youtube, Music, Entertainment, Music Videos, Video
  • 01:23
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have announced that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. The cease-fire is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. local time on Friday and continue through the weekend. Its goal is to allow Gazans a momentary reprieve to obtain urgently needed humanitarian relief, the parties said in a joint statement. This cease-fire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and (...) -- Gaza, Us World, World, Israel Gaza Conflict
  • 01:06
    Like any proud parent, comedian Jack Vale is instinctively inclined to photograph his daughter's every impressive moment. So in mid-July, the YouTube prankster whipped out his iPhone camera and captured 12-year old Madysyn Rose singing Naughty Boy and Sam Smith's hit song "La La La." Now the video has reached a massive 17.5 million Facebook News Feeds since July 18. See also: Vine Star Shawn Mendes Reached No. 1 on iTunes in Just 37 Minutes "It's very exciting, overwhelming and amazing," Madysyn told Mashable. "Singing is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and knowing that (...) -- Entertainment, Music
  • 00:19
    At least 15 people are dead and 228 injured nofollowing a series of gas explosions on the streets of a southern Taiwanese city late Thursday night. Locals had reported gas leaks in the city of Kaohsiung beginning around 9 p.m. local time, Focus Taiwan reported on its Facebook page, and explosions nofollowed three hours later. Some witnesses had reported seeing a "white fog" in the area, while another thought the mysterious substance was "poisonous gas." A driver's dashcam video apparently captured the sudden blasts, which caught nighttime commuters off guard as they were traveling the (...) -- Us World, World, Taiwan
  • 00:05
    San Francisco International Airport is rolling out a pilot program later this year that could help blind travelers navigate within a terminal with the guidance of beacon technology Tiny sensors called beacons will be tested in one of the airport's newest terminals (Terminal 2, home to American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airlines) and potentially expand to other terminals in the future. The initiative is expected to launch this fall See also: 12 Mysterious Google Maps Sightings Public areas are introducing beacons to buildings as a way to bring indoor mapping and real-time interactive (...) -- Travel, Airports, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile
  • 00:04
    Facebook's photo messaging app Slingshot was updated Thursday with new features for the first time since it launched last month Users can now react to reaction messages — somewhat of a departure from Slingshot's signature "shot-for-shot" dynamic. See also: Facebook's Slingshot: A Prettier, More Desperate Version of Snapchat Previously, a single reaction was the only way users could view a message without having to send one of their own first. While this still applies to regular messages (users are still required to "unlock" new slings with replies), users can now exchange an unlimited (...) -- Facebook, Social Media, Tech, Apps Software, Apps And Software
  • 00:01
    It used to be that "multi-channel marketing" meant ensuring that your print, TV and radio ads looked and sounded the same. Now, consumers have more channels than ever to interact with your brand, so creating an integrated marketing experience means getting everything right, from social to search, automation to analytics, and lead nurturing to LinkedIn See also: 10 Simple Google Calendar Tips and Tricks to Boost Your Productivity Simply put, you can no longer afford to focus on one element of your marketing and put the rest out to pasture. Your prospects, customers and leads expect a (...) -- Marketing, Business, Contributors, Swot Team
  • 00:00
    Love them or hate them, drones are here to stay — at least for the foreseeable future. A new report detailing the growth of the drone industry finds that over the next 10 years, the amount of money spent annually on drones and their accompanying technologies will likely double worldwide. An estimated $6.4 billion is currently being spent each year on developing drone technology around the world, according to a report published earlier this month by the Teal Group Corp., an aerospace and defense market research firm headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. That number is expected to nearly (...) -- Industry, Us World, Us, World, Drones
  • 00:00
    Anyone in the market for a Princess? Former Game of Thrones actress, Aimee Richardson, who played Myrcella Baratheon, has been replaced for season 5 of the hit HBO show by actress Nell Tiger Free But Richardson dealt with the blow the best way possible — using a little social media humor. See also: 'Game of Thrones' Controversy: Did HBO Cut a Fan Favorite From Season 5? (We would've set our dragons on HBO, but this works too.) Fans of the series will remember Myrcella as the second child of Cersei (and Jamie) Lannister, who was shipped off to Dorne to be betrothed to Trystane (...) -- Tv, Vine, Hbo, Game Of Thrones, Watercooler

TechCrunch

  • 10:53
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron played host to the first ever tech startup pitch event at his residence yesterday, entertaining 10 high-growth tech companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and invited guests on a hot Summer’s day in London. This was the equivalent of holding a pitch event at The White House. Despite its name, the “Pitch 10” event at No.10 Downing… Read More -- Europe, TC
  • 07:56
    In a market filled with many, many, many sex toys, Crave stands out by making vibrators that are not only elegant and discreet, but also multifunctional. For example, Duet, the first vibe it produced, charges through USB and can also be used as a thumb drive. Now Crave, which raised a $2.4 million Series A last year, has released its newest product, Vesper, a small vibrator that also doubles as… Read More -- Gadgets, Startups, TC, crave, sex toys, vibrator, Sex
  • 07:24
    Ezeecube wants to be the all-in-one media hub for your home. You can use it to wirelessly back up photos and other files from all your mobile devices and cameras, while removing duplicates and organizing with its photo management software. It also functions as a home media cloud so you can access your files anywhere, while streaming photos and videos to iOS and Android devices, or Windows and… Read More -- Asia, Gadgets, Startups, TC, Ezeecube, media center, file storage

Om Malik

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Engadget

  • 08:56
    Online auction service eBay has nofollowed in the footsteps of other tech companies and published a diversity report of its own -- one that indicates that it's winning at gender diversity in the workplace. According to the report, 42 percent of its...
  • 07:25
    You can count on Japan to perpetually push the idea of robot pets -- and some of us are okay with that. Poochi is the latest effort from Sega Toys, and it can interact with with a downloadable app / mini-game on Nintendo's 3DS. This particular robot...
  • 05:55
    It turns out that the stalwart USB thumbstick, or any universal serial bus device, isn't as trustworthy as once thought. A pair of security researchers has found we need to worry about more than just malware-infected files that are stored portable...

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 07:00
    Milling and routing flat surfaces is pretty much the point of a CNC router, but how about curved surfaces? Auto leveling of hobby CNC machines and 3D printers is becoming commonplace, but Scorch Works is doing just the opposite: using a probe touch probe on a CNC machine to transform a G-Code file into something that can be milled on a curved surface. The technique is pretty much the complete opposite of Autoleveller, the tool of choice for milling and routing objects that aren’t completely flat or perpendicular to the bed with a MACH3 or LinuxCNC machine. In this case, a touch probe (...) --
  • 04:01
    [Paulo] just tipped us about an Excel based high frequency transistor amplifier calculator he made. We’re guessing that some of our readers already are familiar with these class A amplifiers, commonly used to amplify small audio signals. Skipping over the fact that their efficiency is quite low — they are cheap to make, don’t require many components and usually are a great way to introduce transistors to new electronics enthusiasts. All you usually need to do is a few calculations to properly set your output signals and you’re good to go. Things are however more complex when you are amplifying (...) --

Boing Boing

Daring Fireball

TechCrunch

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

NYT > Circuits

Lifehacker

  • 02:00
    Ami Banerji's Linux desktop is clean, simple, and pretty open. What it gives up in widgets it gets back in simplicity, and what's a good thing. Here's how to get the same look for your computer. Read more... -- , ,
  • 01:00
    A recent test done by the independent antivirus research group AV-TEST—whose tests we've mentioned in the past —took a look at the performance of today's most popular malware removal applications. Most of the applications showed excellent performance, but only Malwarebytes—a free download—managed a perfect score. Read more... -- , ,
  • 00:30
    Whether it's cookies or cake you're baking, adding a touch of flair with your icing is tough without some tools. If you need some help prettying up your sweets, a plastic oral syringe will do the trick. Read more... -- , ,

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