Vote for Microsoft's trio of HoloLens app finalists - Engadget RSS Feed

After some 5,000 entries, Microsoft has narrowed down the field by picking the finalists for its HoloLens app pitch-off. Voting opens at noon Pacific today and your choices include the follow...

Facebook optimizes 360-degree videos for VR - Engadget RSS Feed

Facebook's preparing for a time when virtual reality headsets are more common, especially since the Oculus Rift will soon be released to the public. In an effort to make VR experiences p...

Teenage Engineering's new pocket synths mine the sounds of the '80s - Engadget RSS Feed

Until last year, buying a Teenage Engineering synthesizer meant spending hundreds of dollars. But the Pocket Operator series that debuted at NAMM in 2015 changed that equation by putting the ...

Princeton researchers find security flaws in IoT devices - Engadget RSS Feed

One of the main concerns about the so-called Internet of Things is security, and the recent findings of researchers at Princeton won't help ease the anxiety. Researchers at the universit...

Traveling through time with 'Braid' creator Jonathan Blow - Engadget RSS Feed

In the world of independent games, there is "before Braid" and "after Braid." Before this game hit Xbox Live Arcade in 2008, "indies" were barely a blip on the i...

Dropbox just released a native Windows 10 app for tablets - Engadget RSS Feed

Dropbox teamed up with Microsoft back in 2014, and since then many of the new features the company has introduced have focused around that partnership. You can now access files stored in Drop...

Fender now offers musicians guitar gear and headphones - Engadget RSS Feed

If you're looking for some affordable in-ear monitors and a new guitar, Fender's got you covered. The company joined fellow guitar maker Gibson in a product category we all should&#...

16 states unveil privacy protection measures - Engadget RSS Feed

While US lawmakers and Congress beg tech companies to give them encrypted user data access, many states are going in a different direction. With help from the American Civil Liberties Union (...

Researcher warns of backdoor in GCHQ-developed encryption - Engadget RSS Feed

The UK government's spy agency stands accused of developing and promoting an encryption standard for voice calls which includes a backdoor, allowing it to conduct "undetectable mass...

'Prison Architect' is coming to consoles this spring - Engadget RSS Feed

Incarceration simulator Prison Architect is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The game, developed by Introversion Software, was independently crowdfunded a few years back and ha...

Truth and Power: New TV series on ordinary people exposing corruption from Brian Knappenberger ('Internet's Own Boy') - Boing Boing

Today on KCRW's Press Play, a daily news program to which I'm a contributor, host Madeleine Brand spoke to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger about his new documentary TV series Truth and Power. Audio ...

UK's GCHQ spy agency pushes VOIP crypto protocol that 'facilitates mass surveillance,' says researcher - Boing Boing

A VOIP encryption protocol the UK spy agency GCHQ is pushing for mandatory adoption comes with a hidden surprise: a built-in backdoor that lets anyone who has a master key decrypt the call. That's ac...

1950s live television: tricks of carnival game swindlers - Boing Boing

This is a fascinating seven-minute segment from a 1950s television show called You Asked for It, which exposes the tricks of crooked carnival concession games. Robert Haskell, the vice president of...

Cop who asked woman to wear lingerie when he responded to a hotel fire alarm gets his job back - Boing Boing

"Tony's very glad to be going back to work," said Steven D. Cahn, attorney for Anthony Sarni. "He's a police officer. That's what he's dedicated to doing — serving the town." In September 2012 Offi...

Live Beatles recording from 1958 "In Spite of All The Danger" - Boing Boing

The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen in 1958. Here's George, John, and Paul (no Ringo), performing "In Spite of All The Danger" on acoustic instruments. Wikipedia has a good article about the s...

Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) sings The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" - Boing Boing

From George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison that took place in L.A. in 2014. Also making the scene were Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Dhani Harrison (George's son...

Violinist imitates car alarm sounds - Boing Boing

https://youtu.be/hNcoGGzNrhc Gbritaney says: "This is me imitating a car alarm on my violin. I learned how to do this when I was in the 5th grade..out of pure boredom due to it being the summer. I wo...

The RAVPower 16750 mAh portable charger - Boing Boing

I've gone through a lot of portable USB charging batteries. My current favorite is this model by RAVPower. I love these batteries for keeping my iPhone going in both music, and GPS mode, over long m...

Trumpscript: a programming language based on the rhetorical tactics of Donald Trump - Boing Boing

Trumpscript -- a python variant -- only allows numbers over 1,000,000; has no import statements (all declarations must be homegrown); only has integers because floating-point numbers are un-American ...

That time the DoD paid Duke U $335K to investigate ESP in dogs. Yes, dogs. - Boing Boing

Michael from Muckrock writes, "Government research often pushes the boundaries between science and science fiction. Today, the proud bearer of that mantle is often DARPA, experimenting with robots, c...

Listen to David Bowie impersonate Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and others - Boing Boing

A tape has emerged of David Bowie doing impressions of other singers, apparently on-demand. Slate made a playlist. Here’s the order of the impressions, as best as we can tell: 0:00 Bruce Spri...

A peek into Disneyland's Dead Man’s Grotto - Boing Boing

Among the attractions that will vanish for at least 18 months during the construction of the new land devoted to Star Wars, there’s a good chance that at least one, located on Tom Sawyer Island, mig...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: "Are we ready for 'Bigfoot" or the Loch Ness Monster?" - Boing Boing

In 1977, the US Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service published a fascinating document asking what the government would do if Bigfoot or something like the Loch Ness Monster were to be fo...

Kathryn Cramer remembers her late husband, David Hartwell, a giant of science fiction - Boing Boing

Kathryn Cramer was married to David Hartwell for decades, and though they'd been in the midst of "a collaborative divorce" for four years, they were still close friends and still married. (more&hell...

Man makes money suctioning beer cans to his head - Boing Boing

Jamie Keeton of Evergreen Park, Illinois says he makes $1,000 a day suctioning cans and other objects to his head. He recently took his show to China and says he will soon land a Guinness World Reco...

What the Democratic Party did to alienate poor white Americans - Boing Boing

Robert Reich (previously), Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, asks "Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats?" and answers himself: it's partly about race, but it's mostly about finance....

14 "lost" films still to be found - Boing Boing

The discovery of a 16mm print of Pages of Death means that Gambit Magazine's 15 lost films is now merely 14 lost films. But that leaves plenty of missing classics left to discover, including Batman fi...

Watch Pages of Death, the long-lost anti-porn public information film - Boing Boing

Oregon Historical Society has posted Pages of Death, a "long-lost" anti-pornography movie in similar vein to the legendary Reefer Madness: "These kids can pick up girly magazines and sex-violence s...

Terrifying, realistic "slow zombie" mugs. - Boing Boing

They're sold out, but sculptor Turkey Merck is planning another limited run in February. They're $220 each, one of a kind, made to order, and not dishwasher or microwave safe. (via Crazy Abalone)

Anthony Geary of General Hospital touts the virtues of Members Only jackets (1982) - Boing Boing

"When I put one on, something happens." (Thanks, UPSO!)

Bernie Sanders/Johnny Cash tee - Boing Boing

A heck of an accessory for your punk Bernie tee: the $25 Bernie Cash tee, with $5 to the Bernie 2016 campaign.

The Force is with this beautiful short Star Wars fan movie - Boing Boing

Kara, protected by her father, stumbles through the sands of Jakku as a dogfight erupts overhead. Where is she headed? Joe Sill's fan movie is trim, affecting and very well-made. The performances a...

Pay what you want for the complete 2016 coder bundle - Boing Boing

Coding is more in demand than ever, and now you don’t have to go back to college to get your skills up to snuff. This complete coding course pack will teach you everything you need to know - and thi...

INNOVATE2016: Rising Republican Policy Star Says Silicon Valley Should Give The Party Another Look - TechCrunch

 Lanhee Chen, one of the Republican Party’s rising policy stars, reminds us that the brains can be found on the right as well as the left of American politics. Read More

With Lo And Behold, Werner Herzog Offers Up A Humanist History Of The Internet - TechCrunch

 What does a humanist history of the Internet look like? Though it isn’t a documentary in the journalistic sense, Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World paints...

Jeff Schumacher Of BCG Digital Ventures On The Merits of Corporate VC - TechCrunch

 Jeff Schumacher is the CEO of BCG Digital Ventures, a low-flying, two-year-old corporate venture group created by Boston Consulting Group and staffed, interestingly, with some former execs of...

Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions - TechCrunch

 Canvs is a startup measuring emotion on social media, but CEO Jared Feldman insisted that we shouldn’t think of it as a social sentiment company. He said that’s because existing tool...

The World Economic Forum On The Future Of Jobs - TechCrunch

 The World Economic Forum (WEF) published an analysis today on the technological and sociological drivers of employment. The report, titled The Future of Jobs, validates the accelerating impact o...

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies COO Explains The State Of Hyperloop Development - TechCrunch

 In this interview with HTT chief operating officer (and former MTV-VJ) Bibop Gresta, here what’s happening with the hyperloop company and how HTT is revolutionizing more than just transpor...

From Barter To Bitcoin - TechCrunch

 The only security in this world is a reserve of knowledge, not money – so said the industrialist Henry Ford. Whether it’s the dollar, pound, rouble, rupee, euro or yuan, physical or ...

Ice.com’s New Owners Raise $2 Million To Bring Fair Pricing To The Jewelry Industry - TechCrunch

 The jewelry industry is notorious for its insane markups on products and confusing array of terminology related to the metals used or gemstone grades – as with the “four C’s&#...

BitFury CEO Valery Vavilov On Increasing The Size Of Bitcoin “Blocks” - TechCrunch

 Earlier today in Davos, where afternoon temperatures reached a balmy 20 degrees (and evening temps have dropped to limb-numbing f-f-five degrees Fahrenheit), CEO Valery Vavilov of the bitcoin i...

Dr. Peter Vogel Makes The Case For Startups In Switzerland - TechCrunch

 There’s more to Switzerland than skiing, chocolate and endless beauty. Dr. Peter Vogel spoke to TechCrunch at Davos 2016 and argued that Switzerland is a great place to startup a company. ...

Google’s WiFi for Indian Train Stations Launches At Mumbai Central Railway Station Tomorrow - TechCrunch

 Google’s long-anticipated Wi-Fi for railway stations in India is slowly going operational starting tomorrow. As was announced late last September, Mumbai Central railway station will be t...

MassChallenge’s John Harthorne Explains How Startups Can Fix The World - TechCrunch

 John Harthorne sat down today with TechCrunch at Davos 2016. And boy is he enthusiastic about startups. Harthorne is the CEO of MassChallenge, a large startup accelerator based in Boston and qui...

Microsoft Adds Apple Pencil Support To Office - TechCrunch

 The Apple Pencil was billed as a tool that could assist both creatives and professionals. Microsoft, a company known fairly well for assisting professionals with pretty much every important doc...

If You Hate Mornings, You’ll Really Hate Microsoft’s New Android Alarm Clock App - TechCrunch

Microsoft Garage today launched what must be the most annoying alarm clock for Android yet — especially if you hate mornings as much as I do. The Mimicker Alarm app only lets you dismiss the al...

The Pine A64 Is A $15 PC With Endless Possibilities - TechCrunch

 PINE64 has so far raised over $1.4 million in its Kickstarter campaign for their tiny, yet versatile, $15 computer. The Pine A64 costs less than three bottles of asparagus water from Whole Foods...

Walkie-Talkie Voice Messaging App Roger Lands $1M Led by Social Capital - TechCrunch

 Roger, a walkie talkie-style voice messaging app that launched in late 2015, has landed a $1 million seed round led by Social Capital. Read More

Facebook’s Engineering Wizardry Makes Even VR Videos Load Fast - TechCrunch

 How did Facebook go from 1 billion to 8 billion videos views per day in 18 months without the whole server farm catching fire? It’s called SVE, short for streaming video engine. SVE lets F...




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