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Thursday
Aug112016

I Just Drove 8 Hours on Tesla Autopilot and Lived to Tell The Tale

[Link] : I knew Tesla had a problem when everyone started telling me to “be safe.”<p>I was getting ready to embark on a 550-mile road trip in a $145,000 Tesla …
Thursday
Aug112016

Growing Comb Jellies in the Lab Like Sea-Monkeys

[NyTimes] : "Comb jellies, or ctenophores, are wildly different from humans and, in fact, most other animals. They're not even in the same group as common jellyfish. These gelatinous, hermaphroditic sea creatures come in various shapes — eggs, ribbons and bells — and can be as short as a grain of rice or as …"

Thursday
Aug112016

Arianna Huffington Steps Down as Huffington Post Editor in Chief

[NyTimes] : "Arianna Huffington, who helped found The Huffington Post in 2005, is stepping down as editor in chief of the publication.<p>In a note to employees on Thursday, Ms. Huffington said that she would be focusing on her new venture, a health-and-wellness start-up called Thrive Global.<p>“I fully expected to be …"

Thursday
Aug112016

London Bookstores Go Rogue as No Wi-Fi Zones

[NyTimes] : "What do literary tourists look for when they visit the British Isles? Often it's the quaint, old-fashioned bookshops that provide the perfect excuse to browse uninterrupted and to disconnect from the world. Until recently, the trend for barista-made coffee and high-speed Wi-Fi was considered by …"

Thursday
Aug112016

Why It’s Not Enough Just to Be Disruptive

[NyTimes] : "Walmart's $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com, an online retailer, and Unilever's $1 billion acquisition of Dollar Shave Club, a company that mostly sells razor blade subscriptions online, were home runs for brilliant entrepreneurs (and, of course, their backers).<p>The unanimous takeaway has been that …"

Wednesday
Aug102016

Flash and Chrome

[Link] : article<p>en_US<p>https://chrome.googleblog.com/2016/08/flash-and-chrome.html<p>Google Chrome Blog<p>https://chrome.googleblog.com/2016/08/flash-and-chrome.html
Wednesday
Aug102016

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans

[NyTimes] : "Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship.<p>On Tuesday, Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned this fall to introduce a free student-directed learning system …"

Tuesday
Aug092016

PDF Quads

[Link] : Home<p>Trail Maps<p>Trails Illustrated Maps<br>• Topographic Map Guides<p>Travel Maps<p>Adventure Maps<br>• Benchmark Maps<br>• City Destination Maps<br>• Destination Maps<br>• State Guide …
Tuesday
Aug092016

Vulnerability Exposes 900M Android Devices—and Fixing Them Won’t Be Easy

[Link] : The latest Android vulnerability to fret about isn’t limited to any particular device, or any specific firmware version. That’s because it doesn’t …
Tuesday
Aug092016

Researchers crack open unusually advanced malware that hid for 5 years

[Link] : Espionage platform with more than 50 modules was almost certainly state sponsored.<p>Security experts have discovered a malware platform that's so …
Tuesday
Aug092016

The Science of Humming to Draw Snails From Their Shells

[NyTimes] : "People who grew up in coastal New England know this trick: To coax a periwinkle snail out of its shell, hum to it.<p>I learned about humming to snails from my sister, who learned about it from a student she was teaching in Freeport, Me.<p>“If you are patient,” she said, “it works every time.”<p>The common …"

Saturday
Aug062016

First We Made Fire! But It May Have Come With Some Downsides

[NyTimes] : "When early humans discovered how to build fires, life became much easier in many regards. They huddled around fire for warmth, light and protection. They used it to cook, which afforded them more calories than eating raw foods that were hard to chew and digest. They could socialize into the night, …"

Saturday
Aug062016

Why Frank Ocean and Other Big Names Prefer the Sudden Digital Drop

[NyTimes] : "As the music world eagerly awaits the inscrutable R&B singer Frank Ocean's sophomore album, “Boys Don't Cry” — which could arrive digitally at any moment via Apple Music — it's worth considering how we got to this point of nail-chewing uncertainty about big records' release dates.<p>These days, …"

Saturday
Aug062016

Wasting Time on the Internet? Not Really

[NyTimes] : "Two years ago, Kenneth Goldsmith, the University of Pennsylvania poet and conceptual artist, taught a creative writing course he called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Students would do just that, probing the tedium of the internet. But thanks to in-class use of social media, the class also became …"

Saturday
Aug062016

When Every Company Is a Tech Company, Does the Label Matter?

[NyTimes] : "Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have created something of a watershed moment in the stock market.<p>They became the four most valuable companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index at the close of trading on Aug. 1, according to S.&P.'s official tally. That meant that tech companies, by one …"

Friday
Aug052016

This Pen Is Totally Over-Engineered. We Dig It Anyway.

[Link] : RIIND is a young design studio founded by two MIT engineering graduates, and its first product is a pen.<p>You might be thinking, <i>okay, two MIT engineers</i> …
Friday
Aug052016

Osmo’s New iPad Game Puts Your Drawings in a Monster’s Hands

[Link] : Ever wondered what <i>Harold and the Purple Crayon</i> would be like if it was emceed by Sully from <i>Monsters, Inc.</i>? Osmo Monster gives you a pretty good idea. …
Thursday
Aug042016

This is what Apple should tell you when you lose your iPhone!

[Link] : Two weeks ago, I was on holiday in Turin, Italy and made a boo boo. I forgot my phone in our rental car for a two hour visit to a local outdoors spa …
Thursday
Aug042016

California Company Gets Approval to Put Robotic Lander on Moon

[NyTimes] : "A small California start-up has received the green light from the federal government to do something that NASA has not done for more than four decades: land on the moon.<p>Moon Express, based in Mountain View, Calif., announced Wednesday that it had received approval from the Federal Aviation …"

Thursday
Aug042016

Smartphones Bring More Mobility to the Rental Car Business

[NyTimes] : "Owning a car in a congested city like New York or San Francisco can mean more hassle than happiness, what with traffic snarls, limited street parking and expensive garages.<p>But Curtis Rogers has figured out a way to turn those psychic costs into a source of profit. The less he drives, the more he …"