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Friday
Jul062018

The Rise of the Stressed-Out Urban Camper

[NyTimes] : "It was opening weekend for glamping on Governors Island, and things were a bit rocky. First, there were the rocks. Thanks to weeks of alternating torrential rain and baking sun, the grass hadn't come in, creating a lunar landscape around the tents. Then the liquor license hadn't come through, …"

Thursday
Jul052018

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight

[NyTimes] : "The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people's data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.<p>In recent years, data …"

Tuesday
Jul032018

Cruel pranksters made NYC internet kiosks play ice cream truck tunes

[Link] : New York City is in the midst of a heatwave, and some pranksters are taking advantage of technology to twist the knife a little more. LinkNYC has confirmed to <i>Motherboard</i> that someone is making its internet kiosks play ice cream truck music, taunting hapless New Yorkers looking for a cold treat on a …
Tuesday
Jul032018

The Balancing Act of Arches

[NyTimes] : "As always, I arrived too late. The time to be here, the real sweet spot? I missed it. Try a good half-century ago, I was told by locals, before the place was discovered by the outside world, back when it was still Arches National Monument and not yet a designated park, just a dusty backwater in …"

Monday
Jul022018

LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought

[Link] : LTE was supposed to fix security and privacy shortcomings—now it's broken, too.<p>The Long Term Evolution mobile device standard used by billions of …
Sunday
Jul012018

Cities Are Watching You—Urban Sciences Graduates Watch Back

[Link] : It is not so often that a major university like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovers a new kind of science. But in the fall, the …
Sunday
Jul012018

The AudioKit Synth One is a pro-level iPad synth that’s completely free

[Link] : No ads, no in-app payments<p>AudioKit Synth One, a free and open-source iPad synth, is now available for download in the Apple App Store, developer Matthew Fecher has announced. The Synth One, which Fecher describes as “the largest free and open-source iOS music project in history,” is a …
Sunday
Jul012018

The Millennial Socialists Are Coming

[NyTimes] : "In May, three young progressive women running for the state Legislature in Pennsylvania, each endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, won decisive primary victories over men heavily favored by the political establishment. Two of the women, Summer Lee, 30, and Sara Innamorato, 32, ousted …"

Sunday
Jul012018

Can Elon Musk and Tesla Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made?

[NyTimes] : "FREMONT, Calif. — Just outside the north wing of Tesla's sprawling electric-car plant here, an unusual structure has taken shape in the last few weeks: a tent, about 50 feet high and several hundred feet long, its taut gray canvas membrane supported by aluminum columns.<p>Its purpose is as notable as …"

Friday
Jun292018

This device will literally tell you how much you stink

[Link] : There's so much bad technology in the world that Japan even has a beautiful word for pointless gadgets: "chindogu." There's another splendid Japanese term, one that companies are apparently holding training sessions on how to combat: "sumeru harasumento," or in English, "smell harassment." To help …
Friday
Jun292018

Hands-On with Lightform Projection Mapping!

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Friday
Jun292018

A Peek Inside the Niantic Real World Platform - Niantic

[Link] : When we built Niantic, we structured the company’s mission around three core values: exploration, exercise, and real-world social interaction. But …
Friday
Jun292018

California Passes Sweeping Law to Protect Online Privacy

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — California has passed a digital privacy law granting consumers more control over and insight into the spread of their personal information online, creating one of the most significant regulations overseeing the data-collection practices of technology companies in the United …"

Wednesday
Jun272018

Facebook drops solar-powered Internet drone business, cans Aquila

[Link] : After two flights, massive "atmospheric satellite" effort ends.<p>It was supposed to be the future of digital communications, helping to connect the …
Wednesday
Jun272018

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.

[NyTimes] : "Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry — and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too. In the 11 years since the iPhone debuted, smartphones have subsumed just about every other gadget and altered every business, from news to retail to taxis to television, ultimately …"

Sunday
Jun242018

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.<p>One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front …"

Thursday
Jun212018

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

[Link] : Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …
Thursday
Jun212018

36 Hours in Napa Valley

[NyTimes] : "Napa Valley, a delightful landscape of wildflowers and grapevines spread across miles of rolling hills, has been immortalized in film, literature and European wine competitions. As the first and only Agricultural Preserve in the United States, and the first officially designated viticultural area, …"

Wednesday
Jun202018

Ford’s Detroit Investments Are Bigger Than a Train Station

[Link] : A 1.2 million square foot downtown campus expands the automaker’s physical stake in the transportation future.<p>In recent years, several of the largest automakers in the U.S. market have rebranded as “mobility” companies. To varying extents, General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Daimler, and BMW have …
Tuesday
Jun192018

Christo’s Latest Work Weighs 650 Tons. And It Floats.

[NyTimes] : "LONDON — Wearing a hard hat and a cargo jacket, the artist Christo stood on a platform looking over the Serpentine lake one April morning and watched his latest creation come to life. As ducks glided across the water, men in orange jumpsuits began assembling the installation, a crane hovering above …"

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