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27 June

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Boing Boing

  • 07:32
    Shot by New Horizons on its way out of town. [NASA, via] This picture provides a vivid illustration that Jupiter's atmosphere has more color contrast than any other atmosphere in the solar system, including Earth's. Data obtained from these and other New Horizons images taken during the encounter will provide valuable insight into the processes occurring on this gas giant. -- Post, Jupiter, NASA, new horizons, Space

Mashable!

  • 07:00
    I've seen pocket printers that print your smartphone photos out onto digital ink-less paper, but I had no idea there were ones that printed your digital photos onto instant film. Riding the wave of instant film's sudden popularity, Fujifilm is introducing the Instax Share SP-2, the second-generation of its pocket digital printer. SEE ALSO: Polaroid's $99 ink-free Snap instant camera is a joy of a toy to use Fujifilm's improved the printer in several key ways over the original Share SP-1. It's sharper looking, prints faster (10 seconds vs. 16 seconds for the old one) and is quieter when (...) -- Photography, Printers, Printing, Instant Film, Instax Share Sp 2
  • 06:07
    Now that's how you pay tribute to Prince.  After promising to outdo Madonna's tribute at the Billboard Music Awards — "Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We got you," a promo read after the May 22 show — Sunday night's BET Awards made good on that promise. Rather than having one tribute, the show opted for several, making it a night where Prince's presence was felt throughout.  Erykah Badu and the Roots kicked it off with a simple — and slightly disappointing — performance of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker." But Bilal stepped it up with a show-stopping cover of the "The Beautiful Ones," channeling (...) -- Prince, Bet Awards, Music, Entertainment
  • 06:02
    Just over a week ago, the Ford GT won its class at the 24 Hour of Le Mans race in France. This impressive achievement came 50 years after the Ford GT40 Mark II, the predecessor to the 2017 GT, took the same checkered flag in 1966. SEE ALSO: Dodge announces end of Viper production on model's 25th anniversary Commemorating both wins, Ford has created a special edition of its GT supercar called the '66 Heritage Edition. 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition Image: Ford If the 2017 GT weren't rare enough, limited to 250 cars per year, the '66 Heritage Edition will be even rarer still — and (...) -- Transportation, Ford, Cars, Tech
  • 06:01
    No amount of fan theories could have prepared us for Sunday's Game of Thrones Season 6 finale.  HBO used all 69 minutes to give us all heart palpitations and high blood pressure, but it perfectly sets up what may be the show's final season next year.  SEE ALSO: Well, Cersei certainly shut it down in the 'Game of Thrones' finale These are not only the most jaw-dropping moments, but also the ones that set up the growing war that will unfold in Season 7: Mad Queen Cersei Cersei is nothing if not predictable. If she feels like she's losing ground, she'll pick the nuclear option to get her (...) -- Tv Recaps, Hbo, Recaps, Entertainment, Television
  • 05:37
    Warning: Like winter, Game of Thrones spoilers are coming. House Stark officially slayed the Bolton House flay The opening credits to the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale unleashed one last, symbolic dog on Ramsay Bolton by replacing his family sigil with that of the Starks.  SEE ALSO: Where are all the Valyrian steel swords in 'Game of Thrones'? As you may fondly remember in episode nine, Jon Snow defeated Ramsay Bolton (née Snow) in the Battle of the Bastards to reclaim his rightful place as Lord of Winterfell.  The episode nine Winterfell credits: And the episode ten credits (...) -- Watercooler, Ramsay Bolton, Jon Snow, House Stark, Winterfell
  • 05:37
    A post has no name, but a post contains spoilers.  Well, there's one less name on Arya Stark's kill list. Even though we last saw Arya on Braavos two episodes ago, telling Jaqen H'ghar that she has a name, she wound up in Riverrun in the finale, giving further proof that distance means nothing in Game of Thrones. SEE ALSO: Bet you didn't notice this goofy error on the last 'Game of Thrones' episode There, she murders Walder Frey after brutally feeding him his sons. Everyone cheered. Despite the fact that Ayra's return was something of a surprise and Frey's death was a welcome one, the (...) -- Finale, Season 6, Walder Frey, Assassin, Arya Stark
  • 05:32
    The brands are invading Snapchat, and Qantas is the latest to sign up with the social media platform to connect with new (read younger) demographics. On Monday, the airline announced it would use Snapchat to take users behind the scenes, nofollowing in the footsteps of other Australian brands like the Commonwealth Bank, Oak and Westpac. SEE ALSO: Facebook Live unveils Snapchat-like filters at VidCon "What makes it really unique is that we're handing over the keys to the SnapChat account to our employees," Olivia Wirth, group executive of brand, marketing and corporate affairs at Qantas, (...) -- Snapchat, Qantas, Australia, Social Media
  • 05:10
    Although X-Men leader Cyclops doesn't get much screen time in the movies, he has one of the coolest mutant powers: force beams from his eyes, held in check by a special ruby visor One particularly adventurous YouTuber decided to attempt to replicate that super power by creating his own Cyclops-style visor that shoots flames instead of red force beams. The result? A very dangerous looking but nonetheless amazing display of mechanics-assisted mutant power The YouTuber, operating under the name Sufficiently Advanced, used a mix of acetone, methanol and strontium chloride, as well as red (...) -- Hacks, Mutants, X Men, Cyclops, Flamethrower
  • 04:57
    Warning: This post contains spoilers that prove fan theories can sometimes turn out true. It's a weird world.  Where were you when a fan theory actually came true? R+L=J is something most Game of Thrones fans have heard about for years, but on Season 6's very bloody and eventful finale, the show finally confirmed the truth about Jon Snow's lineage.  Well, basically. SEE ALSO: Well, Cersei certainly shut it down in the 'Game of Thrones' finale If your GoT math is a little dusty, the R+L=J theory, lovingly explained here, basically posits that Jon Snow was not a bastard Ned Stark brought (...) -- Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Fan Theory, R L J
  • 04:57
    SINGAPORE — A Singapore Airlines plane bound for Milan caught fire on the runway on Monday morning, shortly after returning to Singapore to make an emergency landing. Flight SQ368 left at about 2.25 a.m. local time, but the pilot was forced to turn back due to an engine oil warning message. SEE ALSO: Delta engine cover fell off at 28,000 feet When the plane landed at about 6:50 a.m. its right engine caught fire, but Changi Airport says the blaze was put out within minutes. All 222 passengers and 19 crew members were evacuated safely with no injuries, said Singapore Airlines. Channel (...) -- Singapore Airlines, Singapore, Aviation, World
  • 04:20
    "Shame, shame, shame," taunts Cersei Lannister during Game of Thrones' Season 6 finale, nestling comfortably into the Queen of the Internet title for the night. It feels like a victory lap considering that, during last year's season finale, she was nude executing her own, excruciating Walk of Shame. But this time around, the Kris Jenner of Westeros is in charge.  SEE ALSO: Maisie Williams isn't sorry for spoiling 'Game of Thrones' Cersei is on fire, and the people have taken note. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... (...) -- Television, Watercooler, Game Of Thrones, Cersei, Tv
  • 03:48
    Going beyond recording the now-standard aspects of what we've come to expect from a smart scale — weight and body mass index — Withings's latest smart scale, the $179 Body Cardio, can record your heart rate, and something called pulse wave velocity.  According to Withings, these two data points can be a strong indicator of your overall health. Is there any truth to it? I decided to find out. SEE ALSO: Withings Activité Pop brings classic look to sporty fitness tracker market Besides sounding like an overly complicated medical term, just what is “pulse wave velocity?” In simpler terms, it's a (...) -- Internet Of Things, Scale, Health, Smart Scale, Body Cardio
  • 03:26
    An enterprising young man has filled an entire swimming pool with Coca-Cola so that people would like him on the Internet. Taras Maksimuk also added some Mentos and 200 pounds of ice to the 1,500-gallon pool to liven things up. He then convinced his compatriot, Ryan, to take a dip. "I feel like I'm in a pool of Coke, man" Ryan said, quite accurately, on this momentous occasion. Then, because the theme of Maksimuk's YouTube channel, TechRax, is "smashing technology since 2011," he flew a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter into the pool. Spoiler alert: It got wet and full of Coke and stopped (...) -- Drones, Mentos, Coke, Coca Cola, Youtube
  • 03:26
    In news surprising no one, Australians are really, really into streaming. By the end of June, Australia is expected to have 2.7 million active subscriptions to streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Presto. That's an increase of 46 percent from June 2015, according to a report from technology analyst firm, Telsyte. SEE ALSO: Netflix may soon let you download movies and shows for offline viewing International streaming giant Netflix leads the pack, with 1,878,000 subscriptions in Australia as of May, nofollowed by Stan with 332,000 subscriptions and Presto with 142,000 (...) -- Streaming, Foxtel, Presto, Stan, Netflix
  • 02:42
    The 2016 BET Awards got off to a fierce, soaking wet start Sunday night when Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar kicked things off with a surprise performance of their uplifting Lemonade anthem, "Freedom."  Beyoncé's dancers had already made a commanding statement on the red carpet, and they did it again as they entered the Staples Center, walking through the aisles as a portion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech played.  The stage was covered with water — just like it is when she performs the song on her Formation World Tour — and they all got soaked. Lamar clearly didn't mind getting (...) -- Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Music, Entertainment
  • 01:54
    Pope Francis says gay people — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology. SEE ALSO: 7 times Pope Francis' statements turned heads Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gay people for having marginalized them. Francis responded with a variation of his famous "Who am I to judge?" comment and a repetition of church teaching (...) -- Lgbt, Pope Francis, World
  • 00:57
    As Tim Cook and others from Apple prepared to join in Sunday's annual Pride parade in San Francisco, the company gave employees a special, limited-edition rainbow-colored watch band to commemorate the event.  SEE ALSO: Apple CEO opens up on why he decided to come out as gay As pointed out by 9to5Mac, a Reddit user posted an image of the watch band along with a letter from the company marking its 30th year in association with Pride and calling the watch band, "a symbol of our commitment to equality." Images of the watch band also started popping up on social media. Cook, who has been (...) -- Tim Cook, Pride, Apple Watch, Tech, Us
  • 00:18
    Much has been written about a petition calling for the UK to hold a second referendum on membership in the European Union in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the 28-member bloc. SEE ALSO: Acceptance, regret and cheers: World leaders conflicted over Brexit But the petition, which has amassed 3.5 million signatures, comes with a pretty big ironic twist: It was originally created a month ago by a pro-leave supporter who was anticipating the remain vote to win.  As CNN noted, the man behind the original petition is William Oliver Healey, a member of the pro-leave English Democrats. Healey (...) -- William Oliver Healey, Petition, Brexit, World, Politics

Boing Boing

Mashable!

  • 06:21
    It was quite a fall for Lionel Messi on Sunday night, as the Argentina star went from GOAT to goat after his first-ever penalty shootout miss, paving the way for Chile to win the Copa America championship.  And, in the emotional aftermath of a heartbreaking loss, the world's greatest soccer player joined the growing list of crying athlete memes. SEE ALSO: The original photographer of the Crying Jordan meme thinks it's great After the two South American rivals played a scoreless 90 minutes, they finished two 15-minute periods without a goal, pushing the championship match to a penalty (...) -- Copa America, Crying Lebron, Crying Jordan Meme, Lionel Messi, Entertainment

Engadget

Read/WriteWeb

  • 00:00
    After abandoning its own GPU for supercomputers, machine learning, and video games in 2009, Intel has returned to the market with a new 72-core Xeon Phi, to compete with NVIDIA’s growing portfolio of GPUs. The Xeon Phi ‘Knights Landing’ chip, announced at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany last week, is Intel’s most powerful and expensive chip to date and is aimed at machine learning and supercomputers, two areas where Nvidia’s GPUs have flourished. See also: IoT revenues up 15%; cloud computing a big driver  Inside the chip there is 72-cores running at 1.5GHz, (...) -- Intel readies chip to rival NVIDIA for machine learning, ReadWrite

hack a day

  • 04:00
    If you need to generate a radio frequency electrical signal, you will make some form of electronic oscillator. We’ll probably all be used to oscillators using transistors, tubes, logic gates or a host of other electronic technologies. Similarly if you need to generate radio frequencies at high powers, you’ll couple your oscillator to an amplifier, a relatively simple task with today’s electronic parts bin. If you needed to do the same thing with a high power radio signal in the early years of the 20th century, none of these options were open to you. There were no transistors or integrated (...) --
  • 01:00
    Solar Freaking Roadways. What is it? It’s technology that replaces all roadways with a smooth sheet of glass and solar panels. You know how asphalt is soooo easy to repair and soooooo cheap? Yes, this is the exact opposite of that. They’re coming to freaking Missouri. A parking lot for the Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway, MO will be paved with the solar freaking roadways that netted $2 Million in an Indiegogo campaign two years ago. There is a National Potato Expo. As far as I can tell, this is a trade show for potatoes and potato-related paraphernalia. As with all trade shows you need a great (...) --

NYT > Circuits

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Techmeme

TechCrunch

Lifehacker

Daring Fireball

  • 00:56
    Marco Arment returns to the show. Topics include WWDC 2016, Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi’s appearance on the live episode of this show during WWDC, the purported removal of the standard headphone jack from the upcoming new iPhones, and more. Sponsored by: Wealthfront: An automated investment service with over $3 billion in client assets under management. Ministry of Supply: Dress smarter. Work smarter. Audible.com: With Audible, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Get a free 30-day trial. (...)

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  • 00:00
    After abandoning its own GPU for supercomputers, machine learning, and video games in 2009, Intel has returned to the market with a new 72-core Xeon Phi, to compete with NVIDIA’s growing portfolio of GPUs. The Xeon Phi ‘Knights Landing’ chip, announced at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany last week, is Intel’s most powerful and expensive chip to date and is aimed at machine learning and supercomputers, two areas where Nvidia’s GPUs have flourished. See also: IoT revenues up 15%; cloud computing a big driver  Inside the chip there is 72-cores running at 1.5GHz, (...) -- Intel readies chip to rival NVIDIA for machine learning, ReadWrite

TechCrunch

26 June

TechCrunch

Mashable!

  • 23:57
    ANAHEIM, California — Hank Green couldn't even get through one sentence before breaking down into tears. "This month, our community experienced ..." Hank said, before turning away from an audience of thousands at VidCon. "Hank's not even going to make it through that," brother and VidCon co-founder John Green said, before finishing Hank's words with "[experienced] a terrible tragedy." It was Thursday — day one of the three-day conference — and the Hank Brothers already looked weary. They had just given their annual keynote to the crowd of industry attendees upstairs. Now, they had to face (...) -- Hank Green, John Green, Pulse Shooting, Youtube, Christina Grimmie
  • 23:23
    In cities around the world, members of the LGBTQ community gathered for annual Pride marches to celebrate progress and demand further action in pursuit of equality. The marches on June 25 and 26 capped off the final weekend of Pride Month.  SEE ALSO: 6 ways to be a better straight ally at Pride events June has been a particularly difficult time for the LGBTQ community— on June 12, a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead. Many marched on Saturday and Sunday in solidarity with the survivors and victims of the shooting.  See how marchers around the world came out (...) -- Lgbtq, Pride, Pics, Watercooler
  • 23:03
    At least 24 people are dead after heavy rains caused some of the worst flooding in West Virginia's history.  The bad weather started on Thursday night and continued through the weekend, finally letting up on Sunday. President Barack Obama declared a disaster in the state, committing federal funds to state and local recovery efforts.  SEE ALSO: Deadly floods are crippling West Virginia West Virginia residents shared their experiences on social media.  Many residents were forced to evacuate their homes and around 17,300 people are still without power, according to CNN. West Virginia Gov. (...) -- Weather, Floods, Flood, West Virginia, Us World
  • 23:02
    UPDATED (8:30 p.m PT): Updated number of injured to 10, per authorities. Ten people were hurt, several with stab wounds, when counter-protesters clashed with members of The Traditionalist Worker Party at a rally in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon.  SEE ALSO: The most outrageous things Trump's White Nationalist delegate has said California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada said about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party were gathering for a rally around noon Sunday at the California state capitol when they were met by about 400 counter-protesters and a fight broke out. (...) -- Protest, Stabbing, Traditionalist Worker Party, Sacramento, World
  • 21:39
    Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson was arrested on Saturday night for his use of profanity during a performance at the St. Kitts Music Festival. Also arrested was Bajar Walter, a bodyguard and member of 50's entourage, for his own use of indecent language and obstruction. Both men were granted bail of $5,000.00EC (roughly $1,850 U.S.) and will appear in court on Monday, June 27. SEE ALSO: 50 Cent bullies teen with disabilities claiming he was on drugs The particulars of the two arrests are laid out in a public Facebook post from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. Cursing in (...) -- Arrest, Entertainment, Music, 50 Cent
  • 21:07
    As LGBTQ Pride marches took place across the nation on Sunday, a message of support appeared on President Barack Obama's Twitter account. SEE ALSO: 6 ways to be a better straight ally at Pride events In June of 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that all 50 states must allow same-sex marriage, a high point of Obama's presidential tenure.  This year's round of Pride events come during a difficult time for members of the LGBTQ community. Earlier this month, 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Obama condemned the shooting — the most deadly in recent (...) -- Watercooler, Pride, Lgbt, Barack Obama, Twitter
  • 19:41
    Game of Thrones fans, your watch has nearly ended. We're moving into the final episode of the (possibly?) penultimate season. For a show that already has set a precedent for keeping fans on edge, we can only expect this finale to keep our jaws clenched.  Now that's confirmed to be 69 minutes — the longest episode in Thrones history — we can expect the show to lay the surprises on thick. SEE ALSO: Ask Siri about 'Game of Thrones' right now Keep in mind, we're trying to wrap this thing up soon. The shows main players aren't even in the same place. Daenerys is still across the sea with Tyrion. (...) -- Hbo, Game Of Thrones, Television, Entertainment, Tv
  • 19:16
    Overwatch hero Torbjörnwill be a little less deadly next month when his turrets get a 30% reduction in damage.  Confirmation of a "mid to late July" deployment for the patch comes from the game's director, Jeff Kaplan, in a Reddit comment. He was responding to a post with the title, "Torbjörn is utterly ruining this game on PS4." Feedback doesn't get much more blunt than that.   SEE ALSO: 4 'Overwatch' hero strategies for beginners to master Spend five minutes browsing Blizzard's forums or the Overwatch subreddit and you'll see a recurring sentiment: Torbjörn is overpowered. The Swedish dwarf (...) -- Entertainment, Gaming, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch
  • 19:00
    Rosie diving joyfully into a field of tall grass may be the most delightful thing you'll see all weekend.  According to her owner — English comedian and podcaster Adam Buxton —  Rosie is a poodle-whippet mix who likes to bounce, an activity she clearly takes very seriously. Watching paint cans explode in slow motion is oddly magnificent Film captures life of NYC's hardest-working fashion photog, Bill Cunningham Watch a brave soul test out the glass slide suspended 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles After a great deal of practice, baby goats successfully jump on couch Read more... More (...) -- Dogs, Cute Animals, Viral Videos, Videos, Watercooler
  • 18:34
    It might be a little early in the summer to point to a "worst" box office performance, but Independence Day: Resurgence is definitely looking like a bust. The Roland Emmerich-directed sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day drew in an estimated $41.6 million in its opening weekend. That's good enough for second place, but not a positive sign for the weeks ahead. SEE ALSO: Save yourself from watching the dreadful 'Independence Day: Resurgence' The numbers look worse outside of the United States.  Independence Day opened in multiple overseas markets — including China, which is (...) -- Fox, Independence Day Resurgence, Box Office, Film, Entertainment
  • 17:53
    The judges have spoken: Sweepee Rambo, a Chinese crested chihuahua, is the world's ugliest dog.  In this case, that's a compliment. The hairless pooch took home the top prize at the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog Competition, held on Saturday in Petaluma, California.  Wurtz kisses his prize-winning pooch. Image: josh edelson In her competition bio, Sweepee's owner, Jason Wurtz, writes that she's accompanied him to work each morning for the last 15 years. She placed second in last year's competition. Seventeen dogs came to Petaluma to try their paws at the top spot. Though the Chinese crested (...) -- Dogs, Cute Animals, Pics, Watercooler

hack a day

  • 13:00
    The heroes of action films always make it look so easy. Need to climb a tall building? Simply fire a grapnel hook from a handy harpoon gun, it’ll always land exactly where you want it and gain a perfect purchase so you can shin up the rope and arrive at the top barely having raised a sweat. If Hackaday ran Q Branch, we can tell you, we’d make ’em work a bit harder. If only because nobody likes a smartass. If you’ve ever had to get a real line over something tall, you’ll know it’s a lot more difficult than that. You can only make it work with the lightest of lines that you can then use to pull (...) --

Read/WriteWeb

  • 21:00
    We’ve all met someone at a party or meetup and forgotten their name just minutes after shaking their hand and making an introduction. It’s difficult to remember the names and faces of everyone you meet, but what if the wearable technology you have on you can help you out with that? With the growing trend of wearables and IoT technologies, one thing is for certain, the ability for these devices to detect and communicate with one-another is remarkable. Now, imagine that technology that already tracks our steps, heartbeat, and location and use it to remember the names of people you meet (...) -- Could wearables make you a master schmoozer?, ReadWrite

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 22:53
    From the little city of White Settlement, Texas, home to 16,000 people and one aggrieved kitty, comes my favorite story of the year: a snack-sized tale of petty revenge in local government. Originally reported by Bud Kennedy at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the White Settlement city council voted 2-1 on June 14th to fire the public library's Chief Library Cat, Browser. The vote was marked on the council's agenda only as "discuss and consider relocation of Library Facility cat 'Browser'" — a bureaucratic euphemism for the heartless abandonment of a former shelter cat (...) (The Verge)

hack a day

  • 22:00
    [Nick Sayer] can reflow, and he can prove it. He designed a simple blinking-LED circuit that uses SMD parts to, well, blink LEDs. That’s not the point, though. It’s designed to be a test platform for reflow soldering, and to use a minimum number of valuable parts. Plus, it says “I can reflow!” in exposed copper. What else do you want? OK, as far as “proving it” goes, the badge isn’t 100% reliable — we hand-solder 0805 components all day long. But still, if you want to try your hand at reflowing a circuit board, and you don’t want to ruin a lot of expensive parts if you fail, something like this (...) --
  • 19:00
    [Harris Shallcross] decided to build a pair of smart glasses and recently completed a first prototype of his project ‘Ochi’ – an STM32 based, BLE-connected, OLED eyeglass display. There are of course several homebrew smart glasses projects out there; many are more polished-looking and nearly all of them also display information from a smartphone over Bluetooth. This one is interesting partly because it highlights many of the design challenges that smart glasses and other near-eye displays face. It also demonstrates the iterative development process: begin by getting something working to learn what does (...) --
  • 17:30
    It always surprises us that magnetic levitation seems to have two main purposes: trains and toys. It is reasonably inexpensive to get floating Bluetooth speakers, globes, or just floating platforms for display. The idea is reasonably simple, especially if you only care about levitation in two dimensions. You let an electromagnet pull the levitating object (which is, of course, ferrous). A sensor detects when the object is at a certain height and shuts off the magnet. The object falls, which turns the magnet back on, repeating the process. If you do it right, the object will reach (...) --
  • 16:00
    The Xerox Alto was a minicomputer that had a lot of firsts to its name: first GUI, first Ethernet connection, and first computer to use a laser printer. This is the computer that inspired Steve Jobs to build the Lisa. And this was built all back in 1973! So when [Ken Shirriff] and a team of other old-computer aficionados got their hands on one, you know they’d get to work. [Ken]’s blog describes the start of what’s sure to be a long journey. It mostly describes the Alto system and locates its place in computer history, but there are some interesting sidelines as well — like how [Alan Kay] (...) --

NYT > Circuits

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Lifehacker

Techmeme

ReadWriteWeb France

  • 21:00
    We’ve all met someone at a party or meetup and forgotten their name just minutes after shaking their hand and making an introduction. It’s difficult to remember the names and faces of everyone you meet, but what if the wearable technology you have on you can help you out with that? With the growing trend of wearables and IoT technologies, one thing is for certain, the ability for these devices to detect and communicate with one-another is remarkable. Now, imagine that technology that already tracks our steps, heartbeat, and location and use it to remember the names of people you meet (...) -- Could wearables make you a master schmoozer?, ReadWrite








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