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Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:53
If you build it, they will come? Half a dozen or so applications have launched in recent months, hoping to dominate what they all hope will be one of the next big trends in mobile messaging: the “reaction” messenger. That is, these apps utilize a smartphone’s camera to either photograph or record a video of a message’s recipient to see how they react to your text, or other… Read More
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Hoop Tracker Basketball Smartwatch Provides Automatic, Real-Time Shot Tracking

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:26
Playing basketball is fun, but I am bad at it. I might be less bad if I used the Hoop Tracker smartwatch, which is designed very specifically for basketball, unlike most wearables that aim at a more general audience. The new Kickstarter project promises instant analysis and tracking of your shots, including three-point, free throw and field goal percentage, as well as more standard stuff like time… Read More
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Your Computer Knows Your Pain (Better Than Humans Do)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:19
In a fascinating project, researchers at University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto have found that computers are far better than humans at recognizing the difference between real and fake pain in the faces of test subjects. In fact, while humans could tell the difference 55 percent of the time, robots could tell it 85 percent of the time. Read More
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iBeacons Aren’t Just For Retail: Placed Lets You Use Them As iPhone Quick Launchers At Home

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 08:37
There has been a lot of talk about iBeacons since they launched with iOS 7 last fall, but much of the focus has been on how they benefit retailers and add to the in-store shopping experience. They have a much broader range of potential use, however, and part of that is consumer-focused, too. Placed is a new app that shows you how iBeacons might benefit anyone at home, by tying iBeacons to specific… Read More
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Weev Needs To Walk

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:12
Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer is a troll, but he's not a criminal. This is clear. In his recent appearance in federal appellate court in Philadelphia, the ignorance surrounding his actions and the lack of proof that they are a felony, even according to the wide-open standards of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, makes it clear that the defendant should walk. Read More
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Recipe-Finding App Gojee Quietly Gets Acquired by XO Group After Talks Stalled With Yahoo

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:37
Some consolidation afoot in the world of food and lifestyle properties. Gojee, a recipe aggregation site organised around big pictures, specific ingredients and themes, has quietly been acquired by XO Group, the umbrella group for women-focused sites like The Knot, The Bump, The Nest and Wedding Channel. The move comes after Gojee explored sales to several other companies, including Yahoo. There… Read More
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Microview Shrinks Arduino Into A Teeny, Weenie OLED Module

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:27
Do you desire a teeny, tiny, little Arduino board with OLED display? You bet you do! Microview is a new "chip-sized" Arduino on Kickstarter that costs $45. What can it do? All kinds of stuff! Read More
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Flazio, An Italian Web-Design Engine, Lets You Build A Site Through Your Facebook Page

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 06:03
Website creation software is a dime-a-dozen. You press a button, type in some jazz, and come up with a one page website for you and yours. But what if I said there was something that could make it even easier? Flazio, a service made by Sicilian brother and sister team Elisa and Flavio Fazio, can presumably do just that. Read More
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