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Sunday
Jul232017

Extreme Commuting

[NyTimes] : "In 1492, after an arduous voyage aboard Columbus's vessel the Santa María, Rodrigo de Triana, a lookout, bellowed, “Tierra!”<p>This is pretty much how Corey Ferrell, a commuter, sometimes feels upon docking at his Manhattan office following a heroic three-and-a-half-hour, one-way commute — by bicycle, …"

Sunday
Jul232017

$200 solar self-sufficiency — without your landlord noticing.

[Link] : $200 solar self-sufficiency — without your landlord noticing.<p><b>Building a solar micro-grid in my bedroom with parts from Amazon</b><p><b>The problem</b><p>Apartment …
Sunday
Jul232017

Someone turned a 1986 Radio Shack intercom into a retro Google Home

[Link] : For its first move into the world of AI smart speakers, Google did a commendable job with Google Home. The feature-set for Home was fairly packed at launch, and since then, helpful new features have either been added or been promised to debut at some point in the future. Google Home also looks …
Sunday
Jul232017

How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world

[Link] : The App Store's most popular free app isn't what you think it is.<p>It's called Sarahah, and in the past week, it's surged to the top of the App Store in regions like Australia, Ireland, the U.S, and the UK.<p>Created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app is essentially a social …
Saturday
Jul222017

Explore the International Space Station—with Google Street View

[Link] : You’re probably familiar with Google Maps Street View. It’s the feature that lets you look around you wherever you happen to be on the map, using …
Saturday
Jul222017

One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump

[NyTimes] : "CAMARILLO, Calif. — For generations, the Horowitz family has cheered on the revolution.<p>Phil and Blanche were New York schoolteachers who belonged to the Communist Party, and dreamed of a socialist heaven on earth. Their son, David, went on his first march in 1948, at age 9. As a young man in the …"

Saturday
Jul222017

Teenagers Recorded a Drowning and Laughed, but They Won’t Be Charged

[NyTimes] : "The video was shocking in Florida, where shocking videos seem like a genre. A group of teenagers laughed and watched as a man struggled in the water of a pond. The man drowned, and his body was not found for days.<p>The teenagers did nothing to help the man, not even call 911, but after an …"

Friday
Jul212017

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

[Link] : Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …
Friday
Jul212017

An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

[NyTimes] : "The equations that describe the universe at the smallest and largest scales — how the tiniest elementary particles dance, how the space-time of the cosmos bends — predicted a slight incongruity, a tiny unbalancing in the numbers of certain particles under certain circumstances.<p>But physicists have …"

Friday
Jul212017

Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is working on a new tool that could help drive subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on the online service, an effort to improve the fraught relationship between the social giant and media companies.<p>The tool would be added to Facebook's Instant …"

Friday
Jul212017

Thanks to Venmo, We Now All Know How Cheap Our Friends Are

[NyTimes] : "Margaret Pennoyer, an elementary school teacher in Manhattan, had just returned from a bachelorette party in Napa Valley when she received an email that had been sent to all the guests. The two organizers had itemized each woman's individual expenses, which they had covered, and requested …"

Tuesday
Jul182017

Frances Gabe, Inventor of the Self-Cleaning House, Dies at 101

[NyTimes] : "For decades, Frances Gabe did not clean her house, nor did anyone clean it for her. Yet for all that time, it was spotless.<p>Ms. Gabe, a once-celebrated inventor who died in obscurity late last year, was the creator, and long the sole inhabitant, of the world's only self-cleaning house.<p>In January, …"

Tuesday
Jul182017

Just add an iPhone to experience AR with Mira's $99 headset

[Link] : While mobile VR is a vibrant market these days, thanks to the Gear VR and Google's Daydream View, the same can't be said for AR. If you want to dabble in augmented reality, you'd better be prepared to shell out at least $950 on hardware like the Meta 2, and even more for a beefy PC to run it. …
Monday
Jul172017

My Favorite Interview Questions

[Link] : When I talk to my friends who run companies or are in hiring positions, I usually ask them for their favorite interview question. Here are some of …
Sunday
Jul162017

Amazon Prime and other Subscription Businesses: How do you Value a Subscriber?

[Link] : Businesses increasingly don’t just sell products and services in a single transaction. Subscription and other businesses that focus on recurring …
Sunday
Jul162017

Get Ready for the Internet of Louis Vuitton Things

[NyTimes] : "Yet another luxury brand has decided to tackle the knotty problem of wearables.<p>The latest gladiator to take on the challenge is Louis Vuitton, which on Tuesday introduced its first smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon, the newest addition to the Tambour watch family, the signature timepiece the company …"

Sunday
Jul162017

Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40

[NyTimes] : "Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was the only woman to ever win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died on Saturday. She was 40.<p>The cause was breast cancer, said Stanford University, where she was a professor. The university did not say where she died.<p>Her …"

Sunday
Jul162017

Letter of Recommendation: Detroit Techno

[NyTimes] : "In the early '80s, the Roland Corporation, a Japanese electronics company, developed two machines that would soon become obsolete and change the world, in that order. The TR-808 Rhythm Composer and the TB-303 Bass Line — synthesizers with built-in sequencers — were designed for musicians to …"

Sunday
Jul162017

Arks of the Apocalypse

[NyTimes] : "It was a freakishly warm evening last October when a maintenance worker first discovered the water — torrents of it, rushing into the entrance tunnel of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a storage facility dug some 400 feet into the side of a mountain on a Norwegian island near the North Pole. A …"

Sunday
Jul162017

Erika Nardini on the Value of Leading ‘10 Percent’ Players

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Erika Nardini</b>, chief executive of <b>Barstool Sports,</b> a website, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I spent most of my childhood in New Hampshire and Vermont. There was not much to do. You could basically read books, stack wood or play …"