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Famatic: An Intentionally Low-Tech Picture Frame For Grandparents

5 hours 8 min ago

A new Kickstarter looks to close the generation divide, bringing you closer to your technology-averse loved ones.

"It started with my mother-in-law," said Thijs Suijten, a developer from the Netherlands. "She's sick, and unable to get out of bed."

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Have We Reached Peak Pharrell With This Bizarre Bic Sponsorship?

6 hours 27 min ago

Where did this bear come from? Why didn't Pharrell keep an extra copy of his "book" on his computer? Why is he selling Wite-Out?

It's a bit of an understatement to say that Pharrell is having a moment. He put out an Oscar-nominated radio hit ("Happy"); he cried on Oprah; and of course, he graced the cover of Fast Company, along with his productivity tips. He has even proven that he can pull off goofy headwear. By all measures he is killing it.

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PayPal Is Piloting A Wireless Smartwatch Payment System

7 hours 35 min ago

The beacon-enabled system, being tested at PayPal's on-campus cafe, lets users buy their lattes simply by walking into the store with a Samsung Galaxy wearable.

From parking apps to Square, one of the key elements in the growth of the mobile industry is finding ways to make it easier for people to part with their money. Now PayPal is piloting a new program to enable wireless payments with smartwatches.

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Watch A Murderer Use Snapchat To Commit The Perfect Crime In This 6-Minute Film

7 hours 51 min ago

In Murder On Snapchat, the message-deleting app, along with other social media, becomes the platform of your worst nightmares.

It's normal to be anxious about the digital permanence of your activity on social media, but according to this film, we might have a lot more to fear from Snapchat messages that disappear forever.

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Taco Bell's Fancy Upscale Offshoot Will Soon Serve You Philly Cheesesteak Tacos

7 hours 59 min ago

It is called U.S. Taco Co., and it will open for business in Orange County later this year.

Taco Bell is taking its hybrid Frankenfood mission to the next level. Thursday, the chain announced a new "fast-casual" concept restaurant for the perpetually boardshorted dude-bros of Huntington Beach, Calif. According to Ad Age, the new spin-off restaurant is called U.S. Taco Co., and it will serve slightly upscale fare but with a Taco Bell twist.

Think: A taco that tastes like a Philly cheesesteak. Or, if you prefer, Southern fried chicken stuffed into a tortilla. And as it goes in Southern California, all of those toppings can be ordered on top of french fries as well. It won't serve booze, but there is this in the works:

A second location in the Los Angeles area is in the works and will offer beer, wine and even boozy milkshakes like the Mexican Car Bomb, which includes vanilla ice cream, tequila caramel sauce, chocolate flakes and Guinness stout.

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This App Is Like A Remote Control For Your Credit Cards

10 hours 3 min ago

With CardControl, consumers can activate and deactivate cards as well as set shopping rules for location, transaction types, merchant categories, and spending limits.

When parents hand over a credit card to their kids, they can only hope it's used as intended--say, paying for gas as opposed to booze. But OnDot, a startup emerging out of stealth mode Thursday, aims to give cardholders greater control over their payments, allowing them to activate and deactivate cards as well as set rules for location, transaction types, merchant categories, and spending limits with an app called CardControl.

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Facebook Courts Journalists With Its "FB Newswire"

10 hours 33 min ago

The social network partners with Storyful in an effort to become a news resource for journalists.

On Thursday, Facebook announced FB Newswire, a tool aimed at helping journalists "find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce."

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After Much Anticipation, IFTTT Launches App For Android

11 hours 3 min ago

The company still has plenty on its to-do list: a monetization strategy, a channel platform for third-party developers, recommendation tools, and apps for even smaller screens.

Android fans of automation service IFTTT have had to wait patiently. When the company--short for "If This, Then That"--debuted an iPhone app last summer, it said an Android version was on the way. "The second we launched iOS, users of IFTTT haven't let us forget about Android," cofounder and CEO Linden Tibbets told Fast Company.

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Google, Amazon, And Facebook Join Initiative To Prevent The Next Heartbleed

11 hours 22 min ago

The Core Infrastructure Initiative's goal is to make the web's open source tools more secure.

If the Heartbleed scare taught us anything, it's that everyone is vulnerable, and there are more cracks out there waiting to be discovered. Facebook, Google, and the Internet's other Goliaths aren't immune to something as seemingly benign as a sloppy string of code.

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This Fast-Growing Company Is Giving Former Addicts And Alcoholics A Second Chance

11 hours 45 min ago

MHD Enterprises CEO Michael Dadashi knows firsthand that the road to recovery is paved with second, third, and sometimes fourth chances.

Today, Michael Dadashi is the CEO of MHD Enterprises, a multi-million dollar e-waste recycling company based in Austin. But five years ago he was a heroin addict who couldn't keep a job and nearly lost his life to an overdose--and that was his turning point. "I've been given a second chance over a hundred times," Dadashi says. "People have really believed in me. I've let them down. They believed in me again, and I let them down--but it paid off because in 2009 I finally got sober."

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One Woman's Plan To Make Hitchhiking Safe Again

12 hours 1 min ago

In rural areas, services like Uber and Lyft aren't practical. But good old fashioned hitchiking could be an efficient way to reduce overall driving--all that's needed is a little trust.

Four years ago, Jenny O'Brien moved to northeast Kansas with her husband. The couple wanted space to grow vegetables, keep animals, and live the good life. But O'Brien soon saw a drawback: All the driving she had to do. Every time she had to get to work or go to the store, she needed a car.

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The World's Fastest Bike Looks Like A 90-MPH Space Dildo

12 hours 3 min ago

A team of engineering students has designed the world's weirdest-looking bike to try and break the human-powered land speed record.

Every year in Battle Mountain, Nevada, some of the world's top engineering minds meet to race exotic bicycles across the windswept desert in an attempt to set the world land speed record for human-powered vehicles. Currently, that record is 83.1 miles an hour as held by the Dutch-made XeloX3, but now there's a new challenger from the U.K.: the Arion 1.

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Infographic: How To Avoid Accidentally Making Rude Hand Gestures Abroad

12 hours 19 min ago

British travel agency Just the Flight has creatively illustrated a thorough guide to ensure you don't accidentally tell Thai people to sit on your thumb.

You can use Rosetta Stone or a language app to get by with a new language. (Hell, one of those famously helped this farm boy hook up with a supermodel.) The only true way to learn a language, however, is to immerse oneself in the culture. Part of the reason why most language-learning tools will leave you hanging is because of the little details, the unforeseen stuff. You know, like not accidentally telling Chileans that they have small penises by miming getting ketchup out of a bottle.

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Can This T-Shirt Make The Fashion Industry More Ethical?

12 hours 29 min ago

Right now, FairWear is a simple gray T-shirt produced in Bangladesh. But it stands for a much larger struggle: good clothes, for good pay, in fair conditions.

If you traced your T-shirt drawer back to its supply chain, odds are you'd feel very uncomfortable with what you'd find: Thousands of women (and sometimes children) working from dawn to well into the night, sewing garments in creaky factories for $68 a month, and often less. Last year, those very circumstances culminated in one of the worst industrial disasters of the century. The Rana Plaza collapse killed more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers producing clothes for brands like Walmart and Children's Place.

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These Simple Devices Turn Every Sign Post Into A Bike Rack

12 hours 43 min ago

The Cyclepark turns the multitude of sign posts found in cities into a network of bike parking spots, without the cost or space of installing free-standing racks.

One of the challenges of urban cycling is finding a place to park your bike. A simple design from U.K.-based Smartstreets might help: The Cyclepark, made of two metal loops, hooks around existing lampposts and street signs to provide extra bike parking on every block.

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FCC Refutes The Claim That Net Neutrality Is Dead

12 hours 44 min ago

"There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong."

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will roll out new rules that opponents are calling the death knell of net neutrality, which is the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated the same, regardless of the kind of content delivered.

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You're A Developer. Do Your Kids Have Any Idea What You Actually Do?

12 hours 53 min ago

We talked to children from ages 3 to 11 years old to find out what, exactly, they think goes on when mom or dad does "programming."

This story contains material from interviews with the children of tech employees from various companies and levels of seniority: Arje Cahn (CTO), Aimee Jarboe (front-end developer), Greg Reed (technical director), James Snook (iOS developer), Winton Davies (software developer), Heath Borders (mobile developer), and David Woodhouse (senior developer).

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Wikipedia App Inspired By 109-Year-Old Encyclopedia

13 hours 3 min ago

A Wikipedia redesign riffs on a century-old style.

What should Wikipedia look like in the modern age? It's a question that Wikipedia is wrestling with internally, that designers are playing with via sleek concepts, and that one app developer is exploring through a very old world lens.

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"Great Ideas" Are Everywhere, But That Doesn't Mean They Should Be Cheap

13 hours 3 min ago

Ever had someone tell you ideas are inherently worthless? A company called WayFounder thinks there's a long tail of "worthless" ideas waiting to be turned into cash.

This story contains an interview with Wayfounder CEO and founder Damon D'Amore.

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Janet Mock's Online Activism Is Changing Perceptions About The Trans Community

13 hours 27 min ago

Transgender activist and author Janet Mock wants others to be as comfortable in their skin as she is in hers.

Janet Mock gets a lot of notes online from fans. But it's not the typical "I love your work" fare.

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