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  • HarperCollins inexplicably turns to Bookshout to offer ebook downloads Crunch Network

    HarperCollins inexplicably turns to Bookshout to offer ebook downloads

    If there’s one thing readers love it’s extra reading apps on their iOS and Android devices. A few years ago there were about a dozen – apps for long-form writing, apps for books, apps that let publishers monetize (not really) by offering their own downloads. Now there’s Kindle. And, we learn today in a press release from HarperCollins, Bookshout. HarperCollins… Read More

  • Craig Wright will publish “extraordinary proof” that he is Satoshi Crunch Network

    Craig Wright will publish “extraordinary proof” that he is Satoshi

    Another day, another confirmation that the shadowy figure called Satoshi Nakamoto is indeed Craig “Verbal” Wright. This time Wright himself claims that he will offer “extraordinary proof” that he is Satoshi. This means, we can assume, he will sign messages using Satoshi’s private key. Read More

  • When innovating stops making sense Crunch Network

    When innovating stops making sense

    If you listened carefully to business news last week you could hear the sound of a giant tree falling in a quiet forest. It happened when Rovi bought TiVo for $1.1 billion. It was a merger of convenience, a way for TiVo to get out of its slump and die gracefully without much shareholder pain. The buyer, Rovi, is a meta-data provider to set-top boxes while TiVo was the original set-top box… Read More

  • Torturing the ghost Crunch Network

    Torturing the ghost

    So we probably have our Satoshi. The Economist, GQ, and the BBC have all posted semi-breathless stories on their personal interactions with Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and inventor. Dr. Wright was unmasked last year by Wired and Gizmodo who pointed to leaked emails and keys. Read More

  • The creator of That Dragon, Cancer talks about loss, love, and indie art

    The creator of That Dragon, Cancer talks about loss, love, and indie art

    When is a game not a game? When it becomes art, a collection of found objects, and a memorial. That’s what Ryan and Amy Green created when they made That Dragon, Cancer, a luminous game inspired by the life of their son Joel. Doctors diagnosed Joel with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor, a cancer that could not be vanquished through conventional means and that recurred every time… Read More

  • The Panoporter gives you a 360-degree view of your world

    The Panoporter gives you a 360-degree view of your world

    As we approach the inevitable rise of VR we’re going to need some better cameras. The $109 Panoporter might be just the thing. This 1080p device features a single camera and a clever lens system that takes a 360-degree view without multiple cameras. It includes videoconferencing and chat features and can also act as a 360-degree security camera so you can see an entire room, not just… Read More

  • Watch Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

    Watch Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

    Called the X-Prize for music the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition pits multiple musicians and makers against each other at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts. A group of judges including Jazz great Pat Metheny will pick their favorites and you, the viewer, can jam along on your desk. The entrants include a unique home-brew system that lets pianists play the rhythm guitar, a… Read More

  • Herschel goes high tech with its new magic fabric

    Herschel goes high tech with its new magic fabric

    Everyone’s favorite retro backpack maker is heading into the 21st century. The Vancouver-based company has released something called the Sealtech Collection, a grand departure from their olde-timey design and materials. The collection uses a rip-stop material called Sealtech which can reseal itself after a small rip or puncture. The material consists of a grid of nylon threads that is… Read More

  • Researchers Create Matrix-Like Instant Learning Through Brain Stimulation

    Researchers Create Matrix-Like Instant Learning Through Brain Stimulation

    You know Kung Fu. Researchers at HRL Laboratories have discovered that when you use transcranial direct current stimulation to send the brain activity of commercial and military pilots into the heads of novice pilots, subjects can essentially learn to fly in a realistic flight simulator. The researchers discovered that “subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head… Read More

  • Spark, The Mailbox Alternative, Lands On The iPad

    Spark, The Mailbox Alternative, Lands On The iPad

    Spark, the email program that is set to replace the ever-popular but defunct Mailbox, has landed on the iPad and iPad Pro, a move that should please email power users. The app sports a number of popular features, including read later and mailbox organization. However, the system also creates read receipts and allows you to send emoticon replies to messages. The app has been updated to support… Read More

  • Hastings & Co Gets The Mechanical Kickstarter Watch Right

    Hastings & Co Gets The Mechanical Kickstarter Watch Right

    Every few weeks I dig through the deepest recesses of Kickstarter and Indiegogo to find a few good watches. This time I’ve hit pay dirt. The $227 Hastings & Co Heritage Edition is a mechanical watch with enough class and high design to make it an heir to watches like the Tissot Le Locle and some classic Longines pieces at a price that resembles the good old Seiko Orange Monster. But… Read More

  • New Levitating 3D Printing Technology Prints In Mid-Air

    New Levitating 3D Printing Technology Prints In Mid-Air

    Imagine printing something with multiple print heads while the object in question was floating in space. Please. Imagine it because I have no idea what is going on here. A new “levitating” 3D printing technology pioneered by Boeing uses a central nugget of magnetic material. Read More

  • Victorinox Announces The INOX Cybertool, A Clip-On Smartwatch

    Victorinox Announces The INOX Cybertool, A Clip-On Smartwatch

    If you need to turn your dumb watch into a smartwatch and don’t mind a parasitic ring of plastic attached to your analog timepiece, then Victorinox and Acer have you covered. The Cybertool offers multiple timezone displays, activity monitoring, and call and message notifications that appear on the ring around the watch. A Help function transmits your current GPS coordinates to a… Read More

  • 3D Printing Company Scrapes Thingiverse And Begins Selling “Free” Designs

    3D Printing Company Scrapes Thingiverse And Begins Selling “Free” Designs

    A small 3D printing company called Just3DPrint has scraped a large portion of Thingiverse, Makerbot’s Creative Commons-based database of 3D models. The company then posted these models for sale on eBay in direct violation of many of the terms the creators offered online. The resulting brouhaha has shaken the 3D maker community and made many rethink the definition of Creative… Read More

  • Robotic Parasite Helps Drummers Keep The Beat

    Robotic Parasite Helps Drummers Keep The Beat

    When we last left Georgia Tech Professor Gil Weinberg he was building robotic friends who could bop and sing along to your favorite tunes. Now he has created a wearable robotic arm that adds a third hand to a drummer’s arsenal. “It responds to human gestures and the music it hears. When the drummer moves to play the high hat cymbal, for example, the robotic arm maneuvers to play… Read More

  • U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

    U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has deemed hoverboards “unsafe” and, in a letter released by the organization, all hoverboard manufacturers to gain UL certification before selling more boards. #hoverboards Makers, importers and retailers put on notice https://t.co/UEvHCBxSf5 pic.twitter.com/jfG9kIiovC — U.S. CPSC (@USCPSC) February 19, 2016 “Consumers… Read More

  • Smartwatch Shipments Have Overtaken Swiss Watches For The First Time

    Smartwatch Shipments Have Overtaken Swiss Watches For The First Time

    So it begins: “worldwide smartwatch shipments” have hit 8.1 million units in Q4 2015 compared to 7.9 million for Swiss watch shipments. Strategy Analytics, a research firm, has found that smartwatch shipments “rose a healthy 316 percent from 1.9 million in Q4 2014.” Apple has an estimated 63 percent of the global market followed by Samsung’s 16… Read More

  • Scientists Can Now 3D Print Otzi The Mummified Ice Man

    Scientists Can Now 3D Print Otzi The Mummified Ice Man

    Otzi, for those not up on their 5,300-year-old mummified men, died and was frozen in the Alps near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. His body is one of the best preserved human mummies in Europe and now he’s getting a 3D-printed makeover. Researchers and engineers have worked together with 3D-printing firm Materialise to perfectly scan Otzi. This allows researchers to… Read More

  • Join Us For A Micro-Meetup In New York Tonight

    Join Us For A Micro-Meetup In New York Tonight

    The inimitable Jon Shieber will be interviewing Pär-Jörgen Pärson of Northzone VC at a mini-meetup to be held in New York tonight and you’re invited. You can RSVP here. The event will be held at 116 Houston Street, Manhattan, NY and start at about 7pm. Shieber will talk to PJ for a bit and then there will be some good old networking, wine drinking, and the occasional heated argument… Read More

  • LA Hospital Servers Shut Down By Ransomware

    LA Hospital Servers Shut Down By Ransomware

    In what should be the best recommendation for backups ever in the history of computing a Los Angeles hospital has been struck by ransomware and cannot access patient records, x-rays, and other important data. Hackers are using the ransomware, which encrypts all the files on a network, to hold all of the hospital data hostage and they are asking for about $3.6 million in bitcoin to release… Read More

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