• How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded Crunch Network

    How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded

    Originally positioned as a medium for projects to garner modest seed funding from a diverse group of supporters, crowdfunding platforms have evolved. Yes, crowdfunding has produced some inspiring success stories. However, it also has facilitated the transfer of significant sums of money to teams that ultimately proved themselves to be incompetent, leaving backers with nothing. Read More

  • Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

    Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

    Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine. The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days ago. But it also has taken several steps to ensure that the content created in Vine would not be lost, by offering tools to export videos, both online and in its app. Today, in another move to… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy. When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation.” The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping, of course) and can be ordered as many times as you want. The program is called Prime… Read More

  • Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm

    Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm

    What started as a rough week for Qualcomm just got worse. Apple is piling onto the lawsuit train just ahead of the weekend, following in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s footsteps with a roughly billion-dollar suit against the San Diego-based mobile chipmaker. Apple was specifically named in the recent FTC filing, which accused Qualcomm of engaging in an anti-competitive “no… Read More

  • Weekly Roundup: Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court, Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

    Weekly Roundup: Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court, Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

    President Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States. Minutes after the inauguration, the White House’s LGBT rights page disappeared, as well as any mention of the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” The @POTUS Twitter account has been handed over to Trump and the first thing he tweeted was a Facebook link. Read More

  • Doug stays dry with an unloseable Bluetooth umbrella

    Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth likes his umbrellas like he likes his women. As such, the $60 Kisha Bluetooth Never Lost Umbrella caught his attention because it's sturdy and location-trackable via an inexpensive Bluetooth beacon. The Never Lost has bluetooth, not GPS, and can be tracked back to the last location it connected with your phone. So no chase around town to find that pesky umbrella thief, it's just generally helpful if you are forgetful.

  • Come on, let’s go to Pluto

    Come on, let’s go to Pluto

    Hey do you want to go far, far away from this place right now for some reason? Check out Pluto – it’s far. NASA created a video (via Gizmodo) made up of around 100 images snapped by the New Horizons probe, which launched in 2006 and which completed a flyby of the dwarf planet in 2015. The video includes photos shot by New Horizons, but scientists took the black and white originals… Read More

  • “Track Trump” will compare Trump’s promises to policy changes in the first 100 days

    “Track Trump” will compare Trump’s promises to policy changes in the first 100 days

    A new website called Track Trump has launched to monitor the progress President Trump makes on fulfilling his promises for his first 100 days in office. At the end of October, Trump released a plan called “Donald Trump’s Contract With The American Voter,” which focuses on cleaning up Washington, protecting American workers, and restoring the rule of law. The plan’s… Read More

  • FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

    FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

    Our microbiomes: who understands them? Scientists? The bacteria colonizing our guts? The guy who made the Mexican food we just ate? Wrong. It’s our computers. Researchers have tasked them to create a new way to analyze and understand our microbiomes electronically. The service is called “Functional Shifts’ Taxonomic Contributors” or, obviously, FishTaco. The system… Read More

  • Google wants to make YouTube a better place for advertisers

    Google wants to make YouTube a better place for advertisers

    Despite its massive success with viewers, Google always had a hard time convincing advertisers that its video platform was the best place for them to reach their target audiences. Now, Google promises to give advertisers and agencies better tools to measure their reach and target specific audiences — all with a focus on mobile. As Google notes in today’s announcement, 50 percent… Read More

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