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2 September

Engadget

MobileCrunch

  • 01:00
    Restaurants as we know them have remained the same for over two hundred years, and fables about amazing restaurant tech have inevitably leapt to futuristic ideas: robot waiters, food printers, talking refrigerators. Today’s reality is far more interesting and complex than those sweeping visions. A tsunami of technology, both from established industry providers such as POS and IT… Read More -- Column, Mobile, TC, Restaurants, tablets

Mashable!

  • 02:54
    Over the last five years, travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased to the point where travelers now bring in as much as $2-billion worth of products annually. But new restrictions enforced Monday — an attempt by the Cuban government to crack down on abuses, and likely to increase tax revenue and boost local business — could greatly affect what is brought into the country. See also: The Internet in Cuba: 5 Things You Need to Know Usually, passengers on flights arriving from Miami are carrying duffel bags crammed with goods, ranging from everyday items like soap (...) -- Cuba, Us, World, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure
  • 02:25
    Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers told Mashable in a statement that she is keeping her "fingers crossed" for the comedian's full recovery, as doctors begin to bring her back from a medically induced coma. Rivers remains in "serious" condition, and the family is considering legal action, Melissa said, according to New York Daily News. See also: Joan Rivers Is 'Resting Comfortably,' Placed in Medically Induced Coma The 81-year-old comedian went into cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure on her throat on Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was placed in a (...) -- Joan Rivers, Entertainment
  • 01:50
    Survivor and Cobra frontman Jimi Jamison died of a heart attack Sunday night in Los Angeles, according to a report published Monday. He was 63. The energetic Cobra singer who later joined Survivor in 1984 after the band's frontman Dave Bickler (who was the voice on "Eye of the Tiger") left because of vocal-health issues See also: 'Such a Brilliant Human Being': Jeff Bridges Mourns Robin Williams Mashable has reached out to Jamison's manager, promoter and booking agent for details about his death. We'll update this post when we receive a response The band's verified Facebook page (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Us, Deaths
  • 01:29
    SYDNEY — Two Australian football players are at the centre of a costume controversy after they dressed up as entertainer Rolf Harris, recently convicted for indecent assaults four young girls. Melbourne Demons player Dean Terlich wore an eccentric coat, grey facial hair and glasses to dress up as the disgraced Australian music icon, while his teammate Alex Georgiou wore a red dress with a wig with pigtails. The incident happened during Mad Monday celebrations, a party to celebrate the end of the football season that traditionally involves heavy drinking. See also: American Kids Eat (...) -- Australia, Us World, Sports, Mad Monday, Afl
  • 00:53
    When some Burning Man veterans heard that Washington, D.C.-based anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist was planning to attend their favorite desert festival for the first time this year, an eyebrow or two was raised Surely this conservative campaigner, creator of the tax-cutting pledge that still binds the hands of nearly every GOP lawmaker, would turn his nose up at something that outsiders often mistake for an ultra-liberal hippy holiday? See also: Burning Man Isn't What You Think, and Never Has Been Well, the verdict is in: Norquist had an awesome time. So much so, in fact, that he's (...) -- Burning Man, Us World, Politics, Us, Travel Leisure
  • 00:33
    The 29-year old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS research through the Ice Bucket Challenge now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood. Pete Frates and wife Julie Frates welcomed the birth of a 7 pound, 8 ounce baby girl named Lucy Fitzgerald Frates on Sunday morning, according to Boston television station WCVB. The new parents made the announcement on their Facebook page Read more... (function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = (...) -- Babies, Charities, Us World, Us, Family Parenting
  • 00:02
    If getting online while you're on the road is important to you, slow Wi-Fi at hotels can be a pain A browser extension launched Monday wants to help travelers avoid the hassle of bad Internet connections by adding information about hotel Wi-Fi speeds and quality, on top of what is already available on popular booking sites. See also: 14 Unique Hotels for an Extraordinary Vacation In July, Hotel Wi-Fi Test announced its rankings of hotels according to Wi-Fi speed and quality. Now, it's integrated that information into popular booking and travel sites through an extension that works on (...) -- Wi Fi, Hotels, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, Work Play

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 01:00
    After two years of dreaming, designing, and doing, [Andrey Rudenko] has finally finished 3D printing his concrete castle. We’re sure a few readers will race to the comments to criticize the use of “castle” as an acceptable descriptor, but they’d be missing the point. It’s been only three months since he was testing the thing out in his garage, and now there’s a beautiful, freestanding structure in his yard, custom-printed. There are no action shots of the printer setup as it lays down fat beads of concrete, only close-ups of the nozzle, but the castle was printed on-site outdoors. It wasn’t, (...) --

Boing Boing

Daring Fireball

  • 00:30
    Owen Williams, reporting for The Next Web: An alleged breach in Apple’s iCloud service may be to blame for countless leaks of private celebrity photos this week. On Monday, a Python script emerged on GitHub (which we’re not linking to as there is evidence a fix by Apple is not fully rolled out) that appears to have allowed malicious users to ‘brute force’ a target account’s password on Apple’s iCloud, thanks to a vulnerability in the Find My iPhone service. Brute-force attacks consist of using a malicious script to repeatedly guess passwords in an attempt to discover the correct one. (...)

TechCrunch

  • 01:00
    Restaurants as we know them have remained the same for over two hundred years, and fables about amazing restaurant tech have inevitably leapt to futuristic ideas: robot waiters, food printers, talking refrigerators. Today’s reality is far more interesting and complex than those sweeping visions. A tsunami of technology, both from established industry providers such as POS and IT… Read More -- Column, Mobile, TC, Restaurants, tablets
  • 00:39
    According to Net Applications, Windows XP’s global desktop market share fell from 24.82 percent in July, to 23.89 percent in August. That’s just under one percentage point in a full month. At that pace, it will take more than two years for Windows XP’s market share to fully dissipate. Read More -- Enterprise, TC, Windows XP, Microsoft

Om Malik

Lifehacker

1 September

Engadget

Mashable!

  • 23:22
    The Bardabunga volcano in Iceland continues to put on quite a show, with lava pouring out of a gash, or fissure, in the ground The latest fissure eruption, which began on Sunday, could go on for weeks, if not longer. It may also lead to a greater hazard — an explosive eruption that sends large clouds of ash into the air and melts glacial ice, causing flooding. See also: Incredible Photos Show Papua New Guinea Volcano Spewing Ash, Lava Such ash clouds are hazardous to modern jet aircraft, and an explosive eruption in Iceland could snarl trans-Atlantic air traffic again — as when the (...) -- Iceland, Volcano, Iceland Volcano, Us World, World
  • 21:56
    Apple has for the first time acknowledged reports of an untold number of nude or compromising photos allegedly stolen from celebrities' Apple iCloud accounts. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Apple representatives told Mashable. While that doesn't admit any kind of culpability in the attack, which was first reported Sunday, security experts are already pointing the finger at not one but two flaws in iCloud security. See also: The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013 According to a report in TheNextWeb, a hack called iBrute was posted Saturday on (...) -- Hacking, Security, Iphone, Apple, Celebrity Pictures
  • 21:36
    PHILADELPHIA — Through rain and shine, the east coast segment of the bi-coastal Made in America music festival delivered many memorable moments over Labor Day weekend Some moments left attendees spellbound in dance fervor, inspired by monologues from artists and surprisingly silent during poignant artistry that broached hot topics such as Ferguson, celebrity culture and female empowerment. See also: For Early Made in America Acts, Cover Songs Get the Rowdiest Responses In chronological order of the major nighttime acts, here are our seven standouts: Read more... 1. J. Cole opens with (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Kanye West, Jay Z, Made In America
  • 21:03
    The five heroic sex geckos sent into space on July 19 to study sexual reproduction in zero gravity died before returning to Earth on Monday, Russian officials said It is unclear what they died of, or whether the intrepid geckos ever mated in space. Their tiny, partially mummified bodies were found within their enclosure aboard the small Foton-M4 spacecraft at the conclusion of their mission "All geckos, unfortunately, died," the Russian Space Agency said in a statement. "The date and conditions of their deaths will be determined by specialists." See also: 8 Facts About Space That Will (...) -- Space, Sex, Russia, Us World, World
  • 20:47
    The person or group who allegedly stole nude photos from celebrity iCloud accounts and began to post them online on Sunday has yet to be identified, let alone charged. But the brief history of celebrity hacks suggests that jail time is in this hacker's future. Alleged nude images of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and others began showing up online on Sunday—some confirmed as authentic, others not See also: After Celebrity Photo Hack, How Safe Is the Cloud? In a statement provided to Mashable, Lawrence's representatives said they have contacted (...) -- Celebrity, Hackers, Entertainment, Film, Music
  • 19:56
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It's the most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling: the $2.4-billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel Monday. The casino itself will shut early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after it opened, aiming to revitalize Atlantic City's struggling gambling market But mired in its second bankruptcy in two years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino. It has never turned a profit. See also: Mid-Century Postcards Reveal the Summers of (...) -- Gambling, Business, Us, Travel Leisure, Atlantic City
  • 19:34
    Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande are among the high-profile celebrities who apparently fell victim to a massive alleged iCloud hack late Sunday night, when someone exposed collections of nude photos that they had purportedly saved on their Apple devices. What iPhone owners might not realize is that they may have already told Apple to back up all of your photos on its iCloud servers. It's easy enough to enable the "My Photo Stream" feature — then forget that it's running in the background, uploading every picture you take. If hackers gain access to your iCloud account, they (...) -- Security, Iphone, Apple, Tech, Mobile
  • 19:01
    The annual West Indian Day Parade kicked off Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The parade is the culmination of the West Indian American carnival, a multi-day event that celebrates Caribbean and South American heritage representing several countries including Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Belize. The carnival has a long history in New York City, dating back to celebrations in Harlem in the 1920s. See also: 25 Most Popular Travel Destinations for Labor Day Weekend New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined festivities Monday, kicking off the parade (...) -- New York City, Brooklyn, Us World, Us, World
  • 18:30
    Tattoos usually hold a deep meaning to those who decide to permanently plaster them on their skin. Unsurprisingly, people find music as a source of inspiration for their body art. From instruments, meaningful song lyrics, gear and portraits of their artists, music tattoos have occupied some serious real estate on people that are tatted up. See also: 10 Emoji Tattoos That Will Leave You Speechless But there are no treble clef or f-hole tattoos here. These original creations show people's true love for music and ink. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read (...) -- Music, Lists, Art, Tattoo, Watercooler
  • 18:07
    The British government on Monday said it "deplores" a decision by Israel to claim a large swath of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem. Israel's decision to expropriate almost 1,000 acres in the West Bank, first announced on Sunday, is the biggest such claim in 30 years, according to Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors settlements See also: Political Debate in Israel Turns Ugly "This is a particularly ill-judged decision that comes at a time when the priority must be to build on the ceasefire in Gaza. It will do serious damage to Israel's standing in the international (...) -- Israel, Us World, World, Israel Gaza Conflict, West Bank
  • 17:45
    Climate change can seem like a distant problem, with little relevancy to our daily lives. But an unconventional public awareness campaign aims to change that — by imagining what a typical weather forecast might look like in the year 2050 as the effects of global warming become more pronounced See also: Before and After: The West Has Lost 63 Trillion Gallons of Water During Drought Ahead of the high-level UN Climate Summit in New York on September 23, the World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations agency, is releasing one hypothetical weathercast per day on its YouTube channel (...) -- Global Warming, United Nations, Us World, Us, World
  • 17:30
    Not all school supplies are created equally. You just can't compare that rad, new Trapper Keeper with last year's three-ring binder and not know who's coming out on top. Even when comparing solid-colored folders to ones with your favorite cartoon characters, there's a pecking order that has to be acknowledged. If you want to rule your school, you have to deck yourself out with the best gear. See also: 15 DIY Supplies That Will Actually Make You Excited for School This year, you're not going to get stuck with lame school supplies. Always know the coolest choices before you dive into the (...) -- Lists, School, Back To School, Watercooler, Home
  • 17:07
    The effects of the Ebola outbreak have reached into the world of sports. Nine athletes will not be able to attend the upcoming world wrestling championships because of travel restrictions intended to control the spread of the virus. The annual World Wrestling Championships are scheduled for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. FILA, the governing body of wrestling, said the Uzbekistan health ministry has recommended wrestlers from affected West African countries not be invited. See also: Ebola Virus Likely Entered Sierra Leone After Funeral in Guinea, Study Finds The (...) -- Us World, World, Sports, Travel Leisure, Ebola
  • 16:30
    There's fiction and non-fiction, and then there are the endless book genres between. One of these hybrid genres is autobiographical fiction, when an author chooses to tell a real experience, or the full story of their life, as a fictional account. It is usually written like a memoir, featuring first-person narration from the protagonist that is meant to be the author. See also: 14 Satisfying Quick Reads for Short Attention Spans An author might choose autobiographical fiction to distance themselves from the events they're writing about, to make major changes for the sake of the story, (...) -- Books, Lists, Reading, Lifestyle, Work Play
  • 16:28
    According to new reports from Bloomberg and other outlets, Apple has partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to create a mobile payment platform, allowing users to pay with their iPhones in brick and mortar stores Last week Wired reported that the next iPhone will likely include a near field communication chip (NFC), which would make these types of mobile payments possible. See also: It's Time to Ditch Your Wallet for Mobile Payments With an NFC chip, a small amount of data can be transferred between devices held near each other. Google Wallet is an NFC-enabled mobile (...) -- Apple, Visa, Mobile Payments, American Express, Mastercard
  • 15:00
    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works (...) -- North Korea, Us World, World, Detainees, Matthew Miller
  • 13:15
    The use of mobile technology has likely helped to improve your business in many ways, but are you saving room in your budget for it? Probably not, according to a new study from accounting solutions provider Sage North America. Businesses in the construction, food and beverage; and manufacturing and distribution industries overwhelmingly agreed that mobile technology has positively impacted their businesses, the study reported. However, the vast majority of those businesses are simply purchasing mobile solutions when they need them, without setting an annual budget for them. In the (...) -- Entrepreneurship, Business, Small Business, Mobile
  • 12:15
    Scientists have proposed a way to monitor glaucoma using a tiny device implanted in the eye. Readings from the device could be monitored by a smartphone. The technology could help prevent some people from going blind. Glaucoma describes a group of eye diseases in which there is progressive damage to the optic nerve. This nerve connects the retina to the brain, and damage to it causes a person to lose peripheral vision. What makes glaucoma a dangerous disease, however, is that this sort of vision loss is asymptomatic. So people often do not know they are suffering from loss of peripheral (...) -- Gadgets, Us World, Social Good, World, Health Fitness
  • 11:41
    UPDATED, 9:30 a.m. ET MOSCOW — Ukrainian forces were given orders to retreat from the airport in Luhansk, the second-largest rebel-held city, in the face of an intensifying assault, Ukrainian National Security Council spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko said on Monday, blaming the assault on "professional artillery gunmen of the Russian armed forces." See also: Ukraine and Russia Are Closer Than Ever to All-Out War Russia consistently denies allegations that it has sent troops or equipment into Ukraine. But Lysenko said Monday that "not less than four battalions and tactical groups of the (...) -- Russia, Us World, World, Ukraine
  • 11:15
    Ancient human DNA is shedding light on the peopling of the Arctic region of the Americas, revealing that the first people there did not leave any genetic descendants in the New World, unlike previously thought. The study's researchers suggest the first group of people in the New World Arctic may have lived in near-isolation for more than 4,000 years because of a mindset that eschewed adopting new ideas. It remains a mystery why they ultimately died off, they added. The first people in the Arctic of the Americas may have arrived about 6,000 years ago, crossing the Bering Strait from (...) -- Genetics, Us World, World, Inuit, Eskimo
  • 10:59
    SYDNEY — The Australia Prime Minister has ordered a fleet of bombproof BMWs to protect leaders during the G20 summit this year. The $6.2 million fleet can withstand AK47 fire, attacks with explosive devices or armour-piercing weapons. See also: The 12 Most Expensive Cars at the New York Auto Show "The optimised-armour plates are made from an incredibly strong special steel, and fit the bodywork of the car like a second skin," car manufacturer BMW said on their website. "And reducing the number of components also increases the level of protection for the occupants, as there are far fewer (...) -- Australia, Bmw, Us World, Tony Abbott
  • 10:05
    Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has apologized on his Twitter account and removed the nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Justice from his website, perezhilton.com. The private photos of these and many more celebrities have been leaked on the internet after an alleged iCloud hack Hilton first replaced the uncensored nude photos on his site with censored versions, but then changed his mind and removed the photos altogether See also: Social Media Goes Wild Over Massive Celebrity Nude Photo Leak "No, I haven't been forced to do so or been contacted by their reps, but I am (...) -- Perez Hilton, Entertainment, Film, Jennifer Lawrence
  • 08:00
    For photographer Emily Blincoe, there's beauty in precise organization. Blincoe's love of simplicity is evident in her series "Arrangements," an ode to color, shape and impeccable prop styling. Blincoe has an eye for beautiful groupings, whether she's photographing a crate full of heirloom tomatoes or the cracked shells of farm-fresh eggs. See also: Food Art Photography Illustrates the Delicious Side of European Capitals Image: Emily Blincoe Over the course of her career, the young photographer has arranged candies, knickknacks, leaves, flowers and more. "[It's] fun to take an idea (...) -- Pics, Art, Photography, Watercooler, Home

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 22:00
    Despite a seeming lack of transportation projects for The Hackaday Prize, there are a few that made it through the great culling and into the semifinalist round. [Nick], [XenonJohn], and [DaveW]‘s project is the Medicycle. It’s a vehicle that will turn heads for sure, but the guys have better things in mind than looking cool on the road. He thinks this two-tire unicycle will be useful in dispatching EMTs and other first responders, weaving in and out of traffic to get where they’re needed quickly. First things first. The one-wheeled motorcycle actually works. It’s basically the same as a (...) --

Read/WriteWeb

  • 12:06
    The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9. So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by mikecogh: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/5863997874/)What Apple Must Bite Into The technology is one thing. Apple has any number of means of transmitting (...) -- MTE5NDg0MDYyNjk2NzAzNTAz.jpg, Mobile
  • 10:40
    Everyone wants to hire more engineers, including you, driving software salaries through the roof. Unfortunately, it's very likely that you don't have the slightest clue how to recruit well. Take heart. While your ability to spot real talent in an interview may be weak, open source makes it relatively easy to see who can actually code, and who simply knows how to answer useless, abstruse questions. Engineering Success Finding great technical talent is important. In fact, in a world increasingly run by developers, I'd argue that it's the most important thing any company does, whether it's a (...) -- MTE5NDg0MDYyMzQ4MzE0MTI3.jpg, Hack

Boing Boing

Daring Fireball

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

TechCrunch

  • 23:38
    Whether you’ve ever built an iOS app or not, you’ve probably heard tales of how frustrating it can be to get Apple’s stamp of approval. But why does Apple reject apps? What are the big mistakes that most developers make? Read More -- TC, Apple
  • 23:00
    Where your cloud data is stored is, increasingly, critical to determining who controls it. Though many around the globe have become concerned about data storage in the United States, there are worse alternatives. Imagine, for example, if your personal data were stored on a cloud server in China, a nation-state actor well known for conducting cyber espionage against U.S. businesses and… Read More -- Column, Crunch-gov, Storage, TC, cloud storage, privacy, NSA
  • 23:00
    Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com. In August a new, homegrown entry raced onto Brazil’s top 10 most downloaded apps. It’s a list usually cluttered by American-made social media, music and gaming apps; but GuiaBolso, a Mint-style personal finance app joined the App Store on July 2 when Brazil was mid-way through… Read More -- TC
  • 22:20
    Do you heel strike or are you a forefoot runner? If you have no idea what that question means this wearable probably isn’t for you. RunScribe is aiming for serious running geeks who want to nerd out over exactly how, where and when their feet connect with the ground — and use that data to improve their running technique and (hopefully) avoid injury. Read More -- Apps, Gadgets, TC, Wearables, runScribe, wearables, running
  • 22:00
    A standing desk is a resource for the home office that’s increasingly common, but they’re still not affordable or convenient in most cases. The Press Fit standing desk began life as a Kickstarter project designed to fix both those problems, with an innovative standing desk design that’s easy to assemble/break down and reassemble, and that won’t break the budget. Read More -- Gadgets, Reviews, Startups, TC, Press Fit, standing desk, Desk, furniture
  • 21:31
    Apple, the reports say, will add NFC technology to the iPhone 6, and it will debut a mobile wallet-style service that could include integrations with American Express, Visa and MasterCard and possibly PayPal to enable physical, in-store payments using the smartphone. Read More -- TC, Apple, iPhone 6
  • 21:24
    Twitter has changed significantly over the past 8 years. With every new product manager and leadership cadre there have been attempts to make it more accessible to new users and more sticky for existing ones. But the biggest changes may yet be ahead as Twitter considers altering the core of its product: the timeline. If you’ve been watching the company for a while — or have been… Read More -- TC, Twitter
  • 20:00
    If you know about Vandrico, it’s probably because of the company’s cool wearables database we featured earlier this year. That was just a byproduct of Vandrico’s research, however. What the company is really about is bringing wearables into the workplace. Read More -- Enterprise, TC, Wearables, smartwatch, wearables platform
  • 19:03
    Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in upheaval, you hunt for answers, sometimes in the pages of periodicals that offer wine aerators and coffee subscriptions as potential sources of… Read More -- Gadgets, TC, back to school
  • 16:47
    As you will by now have probably read, around 100 women celebrities (including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton) have had naked and explicit pictures seemingly hacked from their iCloud accounts and published online, first on 4Chan and now all over the place. As a reminder, iCloud automatically stores photos, email, contacts and other information online,… Read More -- TC

Om Malik

Wired News: Top Stories

  • 20:06
    The thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is also known as the thorny dragon or the mountain devil. It’s a small (up to 8 inches in length), spiky lizard native to Australia. They live in the arid scrubland and desert of the interior of the continent. Thorny devils are the only species in the genus Moloch, and […] -- , ,
  • 08:35
    In the 1966-1967 period, NASA began serious planning for its post-Apollo future. Alas, Apollo was widely seen as a means of demonstrating U.S. technological might on the world stage, not as a first small step beyond Earth. Our society’s rapid abandonment of the moon causes me to question whether we have every truly qualified as […] -- , ,

NYT > Circuits

kottke.org

  • 17:55
    World War II began 75 years ago today with Germany's invasion of Poland. A few years back, Alan Taylor did a 20-part photographic retrospective of the war for In Focus, which is well worth the time to scroll through. These images still give us glimpses into the experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today. Life has a collection of color photos of the invasion of Poland. Time has a map dated Aug 28, 1939 that shows how Europe was preparing for war, including "Americans scuttle home". Tags: Alan Taylor World War II (...)

Lifehacker

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 23:38
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. (Associated Press)
  • 23:30
    Beats headphones aren’t exactly beloved in the audiophile community and yet Dr. Dre’s company still gets away with charging an obscene $300 per pair for its Beats Studio Headphones. Why? A new MKBHD video that went viral over the weekend does a nice job of breaking things down: Basically, Beats can get away with charging so much more for its headphones thanks to the magic of branding. MKBHD sharply observes that Beats was the first headphones company to really take branding and packaging seriously, which is appropriate enough seeing as how the company that just bought Beats for $3 billion (...) (BGR News)








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