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5 March

TechCrunch

Cool Tools

  • 10:00
    The Blair Holcutter provides a way to make clean holes in sheet metal. The antenna Holcutter in particular is useful for drilling an antenna mount on a vehicle. The main advantage of this tool over a regular hole saw is that it creates a clean hole. Also, there is a shoulder on the Holcutter to prevent cutting too deep into the metal. It is carbide metal, and should last for a long time. Noah Chanin Blair Junior Antenna & Access Hole Cutter Kit $47 Available from (...) -- Uncategorized

Engadget

  • 10:17
    Buried in a lot of stuff we may not believe about a 12.9-inch iPad, the Wall Street Journal believes that a new MacBook Air is on the way. According to the paper's gang of people familiar with the matter, the company's suppliers are working on a 12-i...

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 09:24
    Manufacturers are gearing up to ship Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display in Q2, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Mass production has already started but it won’t be available to ship in "large quantities" until sometime between April and June. That means we’re unlikely to see it unveiled during Monday’s Apple’s Watch event as many had hoped. (The Verge)
  • 09:10
    Sherlock Holmes may be more than a hundred years old, but you don't have to look far in modern media to find the character. Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes as a young man, obsessive and severe, Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes in his middle years, relaxed and witty. Now, in Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellan is an ageing version of of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective. The latest trailer for the movie, in which McKellan's Holmes plans to retire to the country, shows he can't go without solving one last (...) (The Verge)
  • 09:00
    The Oculus Rift was first announced in 2012. Backed by a Kickstarter campaign, it also kickstarted a surge of excitement for a new wave of virtual reality devices. Developers have the tech, but have blamed our own frail physiology for delays — eye strain and motion sickness caused by devices such as the Oculus Rift have stymied progress. Speaking in an interview at GDC, Valve boss Gabe Newell said that until now VR headsets have been the "world's best motion sickness inducers," but that "zero percent of people get motion sick" when using his company's (...) (The Verge)
  • 05:00
    Imgur is ready to take mobile seriously. The popular image sharing site is launching a new iPhone app on Thursday that reimagines the experience of browsing through its massive collection of photos, GIFs, and other images. This isn't the first time that Imgur has tried to launch a mobile app, but Imgur thinks that this is the first time it got it right. "The app is beautiful," Alan Schaaf, Imgur founder and CEO, tells The Verge. (The Verge)
  • 10:09
    By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Self-driving cars could generate billions of dollars a year in revenue from mobile internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a fraction of their free time on the web, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company. In addition, the McKinsey study warns of several risks to established companies, including vehicle manufacturers, dealers and even insurance companies. McKinsey projects that future owners of self-driving cars could save up to 50 minutes a day, some of which is likely to be spent surfing the web. The revenue may be divided (...) (Reuters)

Engadget

  • 08:42
    Tech-savvy users may have already come across TouchPal when trying different keyboards on Android and iOS 8 (and maybe even Windows 8), but it looks like a whole lot more people will be introduced to it soon. According to the Shanghai-based keyboard ...
  • 07:55
    The developer of Monument Valley, Ustwo, isn't just content with designing beautiful puzzle games and tablet software -- it wants to rethink your car's dashboard, too. The company has partnered with Car Design Research to build a prototype for an ins...
  • 06:14
    Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a self-hosted email address has been at the center of controversy over the last few days, and now the former Secretary of State tweets that she wants those emails -- or at least the 55,000 pages she has shared with ...
  • 05:42
    Hey, Hyundai owners, it's finally here: the Blue Link companion app for smartwatches that the automaker promised back during CES this year. And yes, you can use it to remotely lock/unlock doors, start/stop the engine, flash lights or honk any Blue Li...

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Engadget

  • 04:55
    Etsy, yes that marketplace for handcrafted and bespoke goods, plans to raise money not by selling custom crocheted rabbit hats or bohemian jewelry, but by doing an initial public offering. The Brooklyn company has just filed an S-1 form at the US Sec...

Wired News: Top Stories

Mashable!

  • 07:23
    Diet? What diet? After last year's D-bat Dog, a monstrous 18-inch bacon and cheese stuffed corn dog, the Arizona Diamondbacks needed something to up the ante Enter, the Churro Dog. New to Chase Field this year: the Churro Dogpic.twitter.com/drUK3rITxX — Arizona Diamondbacks (ⓐDbacks) March 4, 2015 Yes. This delicious ice cream-topped churro monstrosity exists, complete with whipped cream and a chocolate caramel drizzle See also: You Do You, America By unleashing this caloric catastrophe on the unsuspecting ticket holders, the Diamondbacks are well on their way to having the nation's (...) -- Baseball, Watercooler, Conversations
  • 06:51
    A floating solar plant is set to be constructed on a wastewater treatment basin in South Australia, in an Australia-first initiative. The plant, which is expected to be up and running by April, will float on a water treatment facility in Jamestown, according to the ABC. It will be used to generate energy to power the plant and any leftover energy will be transferred to the town of Jamestown See also: China gripped by smog documentary 'Under the Dome' It looks very similar to a traditional land-based solar plant, besides the fact it is designed to float. The system uses high-density (...) -- Australia, Us World, Solar Panels, Climate, South Australia
  • 05:00
    Before leaving the office for the day, Jeremy Art has one more video he needs to share on his publication's Facebook and YouTube page. It's a 10-minute clip, quite long by web video standards, of President Barack Obama reacting to the Israeli Prime Minister's big speech to Congress a few hours earlier In the video, Obama is clearly dismissive of his counterpart's comments, further feeding into the narrative of a clash between the two leaders. One might assume that Art would promote the clip with eye-catching words like "criticizes" and "bad relationship," as other publications did. Or (...) -- Media, Business
  • 04:32
    Airlines continue to tinker with their frequent-flier programs, sometimes in ways that help business travelers but make it harder for occasional fliers to earn a free trip. Frequent-flier programs started out simple: After flying enough trips or miles you earned a free flight, maybe to some exotic place. They built loyalty. But in the last few years, many airlines have changed their programs to reward high-spending customers. See also: The safest — and least safe — airlines in the world "That's going to come out of the hides of those travelers who are flying less frequently and flying on (...) -- Airlines, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, Airline Miles
  • 04:12
    Romance is pretty ruff, even on a reality show. Scott Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood, stars in a Funny or Die spoof of The Bachelor, featuring a line up of adorable dogs. Scott must nofollow his heart if he's going to find his true "man's best friend." See also: 'Rich Dogs of Instagram': These pups haven't had a ruff day in their life Finding your perfect soulmate may just be a matter of swiping right, but finding the perfect pooch is serious business. The Bachelor With Dogs with Scott Eastwood from Funny Or Die BONUS: 16 animals that lasted longer at the gym than you Have (...) -- Viral Videos, Videos, Dogs, Cute Animals, Watercooler
  • 04:10
    Farfetch, a London-based high-end fashion retailer, has raised $86 million, launching the company's valuation to $1 billion, the company announced Wednesday. The seven-year-old startup is an online marketplace that peddles designer clothes and accessories from more than 300 independent boutiques across the world. With the latest round, the company has now raised a total of $195 million. See also: Now You Can Search The World's Fashion With a Photo The massive price tag makes the company the third high-profile London tech startup this year to ascend to the so-called "unicorn club" of (...) -- Business, Farfetch
  • 04:00
    LOS ANGELES — Disney's Beauty and the Beast is in talks to cast Dan Stevens as Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston, Mashable has confirmed, rounding out a group of formidable Hollywood up-and-comers for its next fantasy live-action feature. Rival trade publications The Hollywood Reporter and Variety respectively first reported the negotiations on Wednesday evening. SEE ALSO: Emma Watson to hold gender equality Q&A for International Women's Day They join Emma Watson, who will play Belle (first reported by another rival trade, TheWrap, back in January.) Evans (above, right), who played (...) -- Movies, Disney, Entertainment, Film, Emma Watson
  • 03:42
    Give this baby an egg. Give her all the eggs. Tony Quarella's 15-month-old daughter was playing around with cooking utensils to the delight of her parents when she suddenly discovered her calling: She can crack eggs like a world-class pastry chef. Just like her surprised and proud dad, we will also have some of those amazing cookies she's baking. A cappella 'Powerpuff Girls' song is sugar, spice and everything nice Australia has un-killable spiders and it's terrifying You'll want to move into this $30,000 Samsung dog kennel Cat. Turtle. An intense game of tag. Read more... More (...) -- Viral Videos, Videos, Babies, Funny, Cute Kids
  • 03:39
    Cristiano Ronaldo's talent on the pitch is matched in prodigiousness only by the popular perception of him as a vain, image-obsessed soccer diva The legend of Ronaldo's outsized ego has now grown again after an official from a Spanish wax museum shared a rather bizarre tidbit. See also: The beautiful moment: Ronaldo's young son starstruck by Messi at Ballon d'Or Speaking on a Spanish radio show, Gonzalo Presa, communications director of the Madrid Wax Museum, said that, like Ronaldo himself in the real world, the Real Madrid star's wax likeness at the museum enjoys a bit of (...) -- Soccer, Entertainment, Conversations, Sports
  • 02:42
    Boxer Floyd Mayweather has never been one to shy away from betting big. Now, ahead of a much-anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao on May 2, rapper 50 Cent says he plans to bet big on Mayweather. How big? Try $1.6 million See also: How Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber bonded over an app At least, that's what Fiddy claimed on "The Breakfast Club" morning show on Power 105.1 FM in New York. He went on to say that Mayweather will handle Pacquiao so easily in the fight boxing fans have salivated over for years that it'll leave viewers thinking the bout was hyped up for no reason That's (...) -- Entertainment, Sports, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather
  • 02:28
    A police employee has been fired and another two placed on administrative leave pending an investigation in response to the racist emails uncovered in a Department of Justice probe, Ferguson mayor James Knowles said Wednesday. Knowles read from a short prepared statement and took no questions during a press conference Wednesday evening in which the city responded to the DOJ findings for the first time. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was notably absent. See also: Ferguson police apparently thought these racist emails were funny The report, released earlier on Wednesday, found that (...) -- Us World, Ferguson
  • 02:22
    Just when you think Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup can't get any cooler, someone kicks their theme song into overdrive. Sketch comedy group The Warp Zone sings an a cappella version of The Powerpuff Girls theme song. Even Mojo Jojo would be impressed. Cat. Turtle. An intense game of tag. Aziz Ansari is a food-truck mad scientist in this wild 'Kroll Show' clip Australia has un-killable spiders and it's terrifying A dog dressed as a tiny chef makes grilled bruschetta Read more... More about Viral Videos, Videos, Nerdy, Watercooler, and A (...) -- Viral Videos, Videos, Nerdy, Watercooler, A Capella
  • 02:16
    BARCELONA — Just when we thought smartphones were losing creativity, a small circular device the size of a pocket watch has the potential to be one of the most innovative gadgets we've seen in quite awhile. The Runcible phone by San Francisco-based startup Monohm is on display at Mobile World Congress this week and generating significant buzz for its unique form factor. When it launches later this year, users will be able to pop out SIM cards from their existing smartphones and use the Runcible for a simpler experience during a night out or weekend stroll See also: The Heartbleed Hit (...) -- Mobile, Smartphone, Startups, Tech, Gadgets
  • 02:06
    If you've got a sweet tooth, you're not going to like this — even if you've already cut back significantly on your sugar intake. The World Health Organization, the United Nations agency that concerns itself with global public health, released new guidelines [PDF] on consumption of sugar Wednesday. Like a U.S. food panel last month, it recommends consuming no more than 10% of your calories from sugary substances — or roughly 50 grams of sugar for the average person See also: U.S. food panel: Go nuts on coffee, kill your sugar intake That much is no surprise; WHO expert panels have been (...) -- Lifestyle, Health Fitness, Food
  • 02:00
    Photographer Zhenia Bulawka and her boyfriend Christian decided to give their 11-year-old American Staffordshire terrier Mr. Dukes the vacation of his lifetime after learning that their time with their beloved dog was running out. Mr. Dukes was in the final stages of his two-year battle with Grade III mast cell cancer. He loved swimming in the family pool, but had never seen the ocean, so the family piled in the car and took a trip to Assateague, Maryland. See also: Abused pit bull finds healing with cute outfits Mr. Dukes was a rescue dog who, like his adopted sister Ruby, had his (...) -- Photography, Dog, Inspirational, Watercooler, Pics
  • 01:43
    Hillary Clinton used a personal email address exclusively for correspondence during her four years as Secretary of State, the New York Times reported Monday. The controversy deepened after The Associated Press added that Clinton maintained her own computer server to send and receive emails from the clintonemail.com domain registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, and Bloomberg reported that the focus of the system was on making emails easy to delete. Still, if Clinton were to break her silence on the subject, she could conceivably argue that her intent was not to hide (...) -- Security, E Mail, Hillary Clinton, Us World, Politics
  • 01:35
    Two weeks before the debut of his latest show, CSI: Cyber, executive producer Anthony Zuiker was taking a meeting at the White House with former Google executive and current Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith The discussion: how to bring engineering to entertainment See also: Amazon Prime's most-streamed shows aren't what you'd expect Hours before their meeting, Zuiker, MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff, Madam Secretary producer Lori McCreary and more were on hand for the official launch of the National Academy of Engineering's Next MacGyver contest, which asks writers to submit ideas for (...) -- Television, Csi, Entertainment, Tv
  • 01:33
    Australia has announced pop singer Guy Sebastian as its entrant for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, after being invited to join the competition. The nation was shocked when it became clear the bizarre singing contest didn't mistake Australia for Austria, and we were indeed welcome to take on Europe. See also: Australians throw 300,000 roma tomatoes at each other After the shock subsided, we were left to look around at our stable of five pop singers and decide who could change the world. Fans of former Neighbours star and international pop icon Kylie Minogue started a petition to see (...) -- Australia, Entertainment, Music, Eurovision, Guy Sebastian
  • 01:27
    One of the development engineers working on Microsoft's HoloLens died on Saturday after his car was rear-ended by a driver traveling at more than 100 miles per hour, according to reports. Mike Ey, 30, was "perfecting" the HoloLens, Microsoft's augmented reality headset that displays holograms, according to Seattle TV station Kiro TV. Ey grew up in New Jersey. See also: 11 on-point reactions to Microsoft HoloLens on Twitter Rest Peacefully Mike Ey. Our hearts ache for your family and friends. He set a vision for ⓐMicrosoft & the worldpic.twitter.com/SwhkGFNvYT — RoundsDownRange (...) -- Microsoft, Tech, Dev Design, Gadgets, Us
  • 01:15
    "IT'S A PASTRAMI SANDWICH, YOU IDIOT." Aziz Ansari isn't that far from the truth as a hyper-pretentious food truck chef in this clip from The Kroll Show, which airs next Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. SEE ALSO: New Comedy Central App Is a Bonanza of Full Episodes for Free It's the first time Ansari has appeared on Kroll, now in its third season. The sketch comedy series starring Nick Kroll parodies all manner of TV series, brands, companies — you name it — with an impressive guest-star list that's included Amy Poehler, Katy Perry, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis and (...) -- Tv, Comedy Central, Aziz Ansari, Entertainment, Kroll Show
  • 01:15
    It's the high-speed chase of the century. A turtle and a cat engage in a whiplash-inducing game of tag that rivals even the most thrilling chase that you would see on the evening news. The never ending battle between cat and turtle is not for the faint of heart. This 15-month-old baby girl is better at baking than you'll ever be A cappella 'Powerpuff Girls' song is sugar, spice and everything nice Australia has un-killable spiders and it's terrifying You'll want to move into this $30,000 Samsung dog kennel Read more... More about Viral Videos, Videos, Cats, Cute Animals, and (...) -- Viral Videos, Videos, Cats, Cute Animals, Funny
  • 00:33
    After landing in Denver, the cabin of American Airlines Flight 445 started to fill with smoke, prompting an emergency evacuation on the runway. A hundred and fifty eight passengers and six crew were evacuated, according to American Airlines. See also: "Let women fly!" Remembering history's first female aviators "There was smoke coming out of the wall," Captain Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, told the Denver Post. "What caused it was contained to that one area. They are still investigating the cause." While Pixley confirmed the smoke, he said there was no (...) -- Denver International Airport
  • 00:25
    Rome wasn't built in a day — but Empire basically was The soapy family drama on Fox aired Jan. 7 and has since dominated the TV landscape. The series nofollows a troubled music mogul, his squabbling sons and his scene-stealing ex-wife. The plot has completely shattered previous records set by other shows. On its first night, it became Fox's highest-rated series debut in three years, with 9.8 million viewers Since then, viewership has increased — a feat that almost never occurs in the TV world. A series usually cools off after a hot debut, but Empire is burning up. For the past seven weeks, (...) -- Music, Entertainment, Tv, Television, Features
  • 00:04
    It's official: Etsy is going public. Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday to raise as much as $100 million from an initial public offering. That fundraising figure may increase as we get closer to the IPO. See also: 7 tech companies that may go public in 2015 The company, which had previously been rumored to plan an IPO as soon as the first quarter of 2015, will trade on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol "ETSY." Etsy generated nearly $200 million in revenue throughout 2014, but posted a net loss of (...) -- Etsy, Business

The Adam Carolla Podcast

Mashable!

  • 07:17
    Angered by significant evidence of racism unearthed by a Department of Justice inquiry into the Ferguson Police Department, a small but vocal group of protesters returned to police headquarters Wednesday night The protesters shouted at officers as some activists were reportedly arrested See also: 5 startling revelations from the Ferguson police racism report Tensions between the public and police in Ferguson has been high since the August death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. Police headquarters has been the site of (...) -- Us World, Us, Ferguson
  • 05:56
    You may have thought Hillary Clinton used a personal email address for government business and maintained her own computer server to send and receive emails because she didn't want the public to peek at her correspondence. But Clinton, who is expected to run in the 2016 presidential election, wants to make one thing clear: She wants the public to see her email See also: What we know about Hillary Clinton's personal email system On the heels of controversy, the former secretary of state tweeted Wednesday night that she has asked the State Department to release her emails I want the (...) -- Hillary Clinton, Us World, Politics, Us
  • 00:33
    U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was attacked by a man wielding a knife with a roughly 10-inch blade while giving a lecture in downtown Seoul Thursday morning local time, according to South Korean media Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring at his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut on the right side of his face, his pink tie splattered with blood. Lippert was taken to a hospital to treat his non-life threatening wounds after the attack, which happened at a performing arts center as the ambassador was preparing for a lecture about prospects for (...) -- South Korea, Us World
  • 00:31
    The Department of Justice found significant evidence of racism among Ferguson police and within the city's court system after a months-long inquiry that began after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, in August. “The city relies on the police to serve essentially as a collection agency," United States Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press conference about the report. “These policing practices disproportionately harm African-American residents." Since Brown's death, Ferguson has become the center of an increased national focus on (...) -- Report, Racism, White, Department Of Justice, Us World

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 07:00
    [Dave Jones] got his hands on a really wide, 2-row Vacuum Fluorescent Display. We’ve come across these units in old equipment before and you can get them from the usual sources, both new and used, but you need to know how to drive them. This recent installment of the EEVblog reverse engineers this VFD. The function of these displays is pretty easy to understand, and [Dave] covers that early in the video after the break. There is a cathode wire and phosphorescent coated anodes. When current is applied the anodes glow. To add control of which anodes are glowing a mesh grid is placed between (...) --
  • 04:01
    If you happen to have access to a laser cutter, you’re bound to try cutting or engraving something it wasn’t designed for. We know we have. [Bonnie] and her friend [Brenda] decided to try something new — caramelizing sugar with a laser. At their local hackerspace, NYC Resistor, they brought in some chocolate squares and colored sugar and started tinkering with the laser. It’s a 60W CO2 laser by Epilog. After testing a few different options they ended up with the nofollowing setting for optimum sugar caramelizing with only one pass: Speed 100 Power 30 DPI 300 By spreading a thin layer of sugar (...) --

Daring Fireball

  • 05:05
    New episode of my podcast, The Talk Show, with special guest Paul Kafasis. Topics include the new Pebble Time watch, the imminent arrival of Apple Watch, Paul’s clever new doorbell (and unfortunate refrigerator situation), a little bit of baseball, and why I can’t attend next week’s Apple event in San Francisco. Brought to you by these great sponsors: Warby Parker: Boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point. Casper: Great mattresses at low prices. Use code “thetalkshow” and save $50. Fracture: Your pictures, printed directly on glass. Use code (...)
  • 02:47
    Eric Jackson, examining a question I raised on The Talk Show a few weeks ago: Normally, all companies have to report the pay for the CEO, CFO, and three next most important “Named Officers.” Most would assume Ive would be among the next 3. Yet, Apple reports them as Ahrendts, Cue, and Williams. Why? I agree with Gruber that it’s likely because they just don’t want to report Ive if it’s high for fear of it becoming an issue when they don’t think a public discussion is warranted. Update: Here are the relevant SEC rules (emphasis mine): In the annual proxy statement, a company must disclose (...)

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