Finally, an open-source smart toothbrush with a subscription plan

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If you ever thought to yourself, “Self, I need a crowdfunded toothbrush that tracks my oral activities,” you’re in luck. The folks at Goodwell estimate that we’ll each go through some 300 toothbrushes over the course of our lifetime. As such, it…

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22Oct

Apple Maps now lets small business owners add their own info

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When Tim Cook apologized for Apple Maps in 2012, he promised to do everything to make the app better. The company’s latest push to improve its navigation app involves putting all the small businesses it can on Apple Maps — that is, with a little…

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22Oct

Moto 360's latest update brings better battery life and mood lighting

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When the Moto 360 last got an update, the painfully handsome smartwatch seemed to get a noticeable boost in battery life. Now, with a new bit of software, Motorola’s itching to improve its battery life just a little more… as well as stamp out a few…

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22Oct

Watch baby geese gliding down a cliffside in the BBC's latest 4K documentary

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In the early days of HDTV, BBC’s nature docs were the go-to showpieces for your new home theater gear. Some time has passed since then, and Planet Earth on Blu-ray doesn’t look quite as good as it used to. With Life Story, however, the outfit’s…

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22Oct

Drop it like it's hot with Illumibowl's disco toilet light

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Does your lack of cat-like night vision mean you make messes when hitting the bathroom at 2 a.m.? Thanks to Kickstarter, that could become a thing of the past. The Illumibowl is an LED light that sticks onto the outside of your toilet and casts a…

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22Oct

Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring the moon home with virtual reality

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Google’s Lunar Xprize is still alive and well, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they have the $30 million answer to beaming video from the moon: a telepresence robot. Naturally. Instead of simply broadcasting footage of the moon’s…

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22Oct

Water 'Not a Political Game' Says California Governor

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“The hydrological cycle is not a political game,” California Gov. Jerry Brown stressed at a water policy conference Monday. Sheryl Sandberg also urged policy reform, saying Facebook’s efficiencies depend on reliable energy and water

“We understand how important water is to the underpinnings of the knowledge economy,” Sheryl Sandberg told the audience as she opened the New Directions for U.S. Water Policy conference. Tech companies require large amounts of water and power to run their servers, for example

See also: 7 Underwater Surprises Exposed in Dried Out California Lakes

“The technology that happens in Silicon Valley is a big part of the answer” to California’s water challenges, she said. “It’s important to recognize that with this comes really disruptive change” to education and jobs, she added. Sandberg called for a “seriousness of purpose” in reforming water policy Read more…

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21Oct

Unicef Ad About Violence Against Children Will Rip Out Your Heart

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Grim doesn’t begin to describe the horrific scenario outlined in this advocacy ad from Unicef UK

In the ad, a boy of about 4 or 5 sporting a bruise on his face walks into a pharmacy to get a prescription for gang violence. The pharmacist gives him an elixir and advises him to take a drop on a cube of sugar. “It’ll keep you safe, OK?”

See also: Budweiser’s Drinking and Driving PSA Hits Home Without Showing Any Alcohol

Sadly, the conversation is all a dream in the boy’s head, and the pharmacist is merely an action figure. A message at the end reminds us that every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence. “There’s no vaccine. There’s only you,” it continues. Read more…

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21Oct

Rosetta and the Comet: Close-Up Photos of a Giant Space Rock

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The European Space Agency released images taken by its unmanned space probe Rosetta, which is currently in orbit around a comet called 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and will soon initiate an attempt at the first-ever landing on a comet’s surface.

See also: Rosetta Spacecraft Now Has Landing Site on Comet

The four images fit together to create a larger montage that shows the neck of the comet — the area located between its two “lobes” — in more detail than previously released pictures. The pictures were taken over the course of 20 minutes at a distance of about 5 miles from the comet’s surface.

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21Oct

Jill Abramson's Post-NYT Plans? A Startup, of Course

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Jill Abramson said in an interview late Monday that she is in the planning stages of a new startup that will focus on one big story annually. It will be her first big move since she was fired as executive editor at The New York Times.

Speaking to NPR radio station WBUR, Abramson said she is working with entrepreneur and journalist Steve Brill and speaking to investors.

See also: New York Times Fires Top Editor Jill Abramson

The goal, she said, is to dive deep on one story per year.

Abramson says she’s working with Steve Brill on the startup. “He and I will be doing one big story a year.” #wburff

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21Oct

Turner Removes CNN, Cartoon Network From Dish

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Dish Network subscribers won’t see CNN or Cartoon Network when they turn on their televisions this morning

Turner Networks has pulled channels from Dish’s programming lineup as a deadline passed for renewing their distribution agreement. The company said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal.

See also: AT&T Targets Cord-Cutters With $39 Monthly HBO-Broadband Bundle

“Dish has had a productive relationship with Turner Networks for many years,” Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, said in a statement. “We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish’s programming lineup.” Read more…

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21Oct