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  • Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creator

    Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creator

    The world of mobile development is a hairy one. You can code things yourself and hurt your brain on React Native or you can use a drag-and-drop editor and get locked into one platform forever. But now app development house Kinetise is offering the best of both worlds. Kinetise, who I’ve talked about for years as an interesting alternative to coding your own Android and iOS apps, came… Read More

  • The mainstream media is not dead

    The mainstream media is not dead

    The next decade will be one of immense change. The future of humanity will be decided – do we go to space or stay put, do we survive the changes coming? Further, many establishments will die. The publishing industry, burdened and drowned by the long tail, will sink. Music and movies will take new shapes, shapes as revolutionary as the talkie was to the zoetrope. Basically… Read More

  • The Hardlight VR Suit will vibrate all of your bodily buttons

    Have you ever wanted to feel smack of the punches coming at you from sweaty aliens? The whang of bullet hitting your guts? The feeling of hitting the deck as pirates stream over the virtual bow? The subtle vibration of the VR sexual encounter with a many-tentacled sex robot? Well here we go. The Hardlight VR Suit is ready to please. This vest contains multiple vibrational elements and can add… Read More

  • DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder. The system, called DeepCoder, basically searches a corpus of code to build a project that works to spec. It’s been used… Read More

  • These 3D-printed sunglasses will fit your oddly-shaped head

    These 3D-printed sunglasses will fit your oddly-shaped head

    I’m not saying your head is oddly shaped, per se, but if you have trouble finding glasses that fit then a team from Cambridge, Massachusetts has a pair for you. Their Falcon I glasses are designed to fit you perfectly and won’t touch your cheeks, spread over your wider face, or frustrate you by slipping off. The $229 shades come in a sporty style and are aimed at bikers and runners. Read More

  • MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

    MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

    Researchers at MIT have created a power supply for small electronic devices that “sips” energy by turning devices on with packets of energy rather than a steady stream. Most power converters release a steady voltage. This means they’re generally inefficient for small devices like sensors and other devices that don’t need to be constantly on. The MIT’s… Read More

  • Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov talks about punch cards and the 3D future

    Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov talks about punch cards and the 3D future

    Kirill Tatarinov has seen computing from bottom to top. As a student in the USSR he wrote programs on punch cards to manage the cutting edge hardware clones that Russia was churning out and now, as CEO of Citrix, he’s working on the next generation of managed computing. His vision for the future is simple: he thinks 3D will be the next big UI shift and that we need to be ready. Tatarinov… Read More

  • What’s next for books?

    What’s next for books?

    I like Digital Reader editor Nate Hoffelder. He is one of the few bloggers about publishing who doesn’t suck up to the industry, nor does he particularly gild the lily. He basically believes that books are great, publishing is probably doomed and that writing is really important. That’s why I was happy that he surfaced and debunked the claims of Chip McGregor, an agent who… Read More

  • Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interaction

    Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interaction

    The IEEE unearthed a fascinating 2013 study that showed that a cute dog tail does more than just amuse — it can communicate. The study, created by Ashish Singh and James Young, posited that a Roomba with a tail attached could communicate quickly and easily with a human — a fast, excited wag means things are going OK, while a slow side to side motion shows disdain. “Any… Read More

  • Ford invests $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to build self-driving cars by 2021

    Ford invests $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to build self-driving cars by 2021

    Ford has invested $1 billion in a joint venture with Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based company with ties to Carnegie Mellon. The goal is to completely outfit Ford vehicles with self-driving technology. Interestingly, this isn’t a case of a large company simply hiring talent but the creation of an entirely separate company with an independent equity structure. Ford is the “majority… Read More

  • This must be the year of mobile security

    This must be the year of mobile security

    If I gave you my phone right you’d be able to figure out a lot of stuff about me. If I didn’t unlock it you’d see some of the news I read, the apps I use, and even some of the messages I’ve gotten from my friends. You’d be able to see that my friend Rick just wrote “If she gets desperate enough, let me know?” which, if taken out of context, is pretty… Read More

  • The Daily Show’s MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain is political commentary at its geekiest

    The Daily Show’s MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain is political commentary at its geekiest

    Whether you agree or disagree with his policies, one thing is certain: making someone’s Tweets look like they were written by a third-grader is really funny. The folks at the Daily Show proved this with their Chrome/Firefox plugin MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain. The extension is pretty simple: any Trump Tweet is automatically turned from a measured, well-crafted response to a pressing… Read More

  • My brick

    My brick

    There are a few beautiful lines in Wilson Rawls’ Where the Red Fern Grows that came to me when I saw that Nokia – or whatever shambling shell of Nokia remains – is re-releasing the 3110, that old warhorse of a phone that carried so many of us from the turn of the century into the modern age of endless information. “It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in… Read More

  • Wiivv steps on $4 million to bring your feet into the 21st century

    Wiivv steps on $4 million to bring your feet into the 21st century

    Hardware Battlefield favorite Wiivv has announced a $4 million Series A funding and an acquisition. Not too shabby for a footwear company. But remember: this isn’t just any shoe company. Founded by Shamil Hargovan and Louis-Victor Jadavji the team at Wiivv is making and selling 3D-printed insoles. The company has sold 10,000 insoles already and they’re going to start shipping… Read More

  • Researchers simulate a ransomware attack on industrial controls

    Researchers simulate a ransomware attack on industrial controls

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a form of ransomware that can hit us where it really counts: the water supply. Their program installed itself in a model water plant and allowed the researchers to change chlorine levels, shut down water valves, and send false readings to monitoring systems. “We are expecting ransomware to go one step farther, beyond the… Read More

  • What happens when you dump the App Store?

    What happens when you dump the App Store?

    In what amounts to one of the purest and most interesting experiments in assessing value of Mac OS’s App Store the founder of Rogue Amoeba posted a description of what happened when he pulled his app Piezo. The result? More revenue as a whole without much damage to sales. The impetus for the move came Apple pulled the Dash app off of the App Store. In the 100 day period since the move… Read More

  • Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    With the rise of algorithmic stock trading it’s gotten harder and harder for humans to actually trade strategically. However, now that Trump’s chaotic twitter feed can make or break a company with a single mention, you can easily trade against positive or negative sentiment and make a little money in the process! An app, called Trump2Cash, is partially tongue in cheek but quite… Read More

  • VAVA’s new dash cam lets you video while you voom

    VAVA’s new dash cam lets you video while you voom

    I usually don’t like to post Kickstarters unless I’ve seen the product firsthand but I also love dash cams. What was I to do? Luckily VAVA was able to supply a demo unit so I can report that this $99 dash cam is real, works, and could let you make some clever Russian-style road videos or record conditions before an accident. Most of the dash cams I’ve seen so far have been… Read More

  • Pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a camera

    Pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a camera

    As a father I try to remember two things: my biological mission is complete and I am essentially fodder for the grave and my kids will probably destroy my smartphone. That’s why Pixlplay is particularly interesting. The Pixlplay is a smartphone case that looks like a big, bulky camera. You stuff the phone inside – it works with iOS phones for now – and plug a cable into… Read More

  • Mott & Bow are looking into your jeans

    Mott & Bow are looking into your jeans

    Alejandro Chahin knows pants. His family runs Intermoda in the Honduras and he graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from NYU. Now he’s making jeans. Why? Because he wants to slap a pair of nicely priced dungarees on you via the Internet. Mott & Bow – which I’m sure you’ve seen on Facebook – basically sells high… Read More

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