The NSA / PRISM / MUSCULAR scandal sparked by Edward Snowden’s leaks stained many tech companies, and tonight Microsoft has laid out several plans it hopes will convince customers (particularly non-US businesses and foreign governments) they’re safe …
It’s been a tremendous two years for Olloclip. The company’s premier product, a three-in-one lens that packages macro, wide-angle and fisheye lenses in one nifty iPhone attachment, was our very first Insert Coin project in May of 2011. One successful …
As the most delicious craft of the holiday season, gingerbread housing holds a place close to the heart of bakers and Christmas enthusiasts alike. Few feelings are more satisfying than completing a non-destitute gingerbread abode.
After slaving over hot frosting and slabs of Christmas confections for hours, admire the work you’ve done — then realize you will never make a gingerbread house as awesome as these.
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Intricate frosting overlays, attention to detail or pure size make these sugary behemoths the pinnacle of Christmas craft technology. Feel free to try to top them. Read more…
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Never before in history have new innovations unfolded so quickly, and that pace will only keep accelerating
But we’re not just talking about long-lasting cellphone batteries and self-driving cars. Brilliant minds around the world are using today’s latest technologies to make the world a better place.
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These 10 innovations from 2013 were not only great technological feats, but they also have the potential to improve millions of lives
In the above gallery, you’ll find new solutions that are helping to meet the increasing global demand for food, make the lives of people suffering from diseases and disabilities easier, and protect animals and the environment Read more…
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If you walked into an Urban Outfitters this year, you already know — the ’90s returned in 2013 with full force.
While the Internet’s favorite decade has been slowly creeping back into pop culture for the last few years through nostalgic GIFs and crop tops, 2013 made its return to prominence official.
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This year saw the two quintessential ’90s boy bands reunite, an icon of ’90s TV return to prime time, and the news that the best sitcom of the ’90s will be repackaged for a new generation.
It looks like you were right to hold onto your pogs after all Read more…
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Are you looking for the perfect tech gift for your grandparents? While some grandpas and grandmas are consumer electronics ninjas, others may not be as immersed in digital culture as you are.
We found eight great gifts that will improve your grandparents’ tech lives in various ways, but are crucially easy to use with features to suit any lifestyle
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Whether your grandparents might enjoy a new camera, high-tech speakers or a digital weather station, you’ll find something worth giving from our selection in the gallery above.
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Selecting books for the people on your Christmas list can be tough. You’re never sure if your favorite will be something they can get into, who swore off sci-fi and who’s on a nonfiction kick.
To find the perfect title, look to your friend’s favorite website. Do 95 percent of your Facebook notifications come from them? Are they slightly addicted to Twitter? Their social media platform of choice can provide insight on what kind of prose they’d enjoy.
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Even if they’re too hooked to their favorite site to pick up a book, they’re bound to go through a wi-fi dead zone at some point Read more…
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Normally parents are the ones who provide coloring books for their kids, but artist Fred Giovannitti’s children are the ones providing something for him to color in.
Whenever Giovannitti makes a business trip, his kids — six-year-old Sofia and eight-year-old Freddi — provide him with going-away drawings. On one trip he realized he could color in the drawings to surprise his kids with when he returned.
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“When I came home, [Sofia] was delighted to see what I did with the artwork and we started a tradition of collaboration ever since with both of my children,” he explained Read more…
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YouTube will not launch a subscription music service this year as originally planned, All Things Digital reports citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Instead, the new service will debut in the first quarter of 2014
Although YouTube has licensing deals in place, ATD‘s sources claim the company needs more time to work on the actual product
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One of the problems YouTube needs to solve is finding the best way to integrate user-generated content (such as mashups) with profesional recordings
Google (who owns YouTube) has already launched one subscription music service this year — the Google Play Music All Access. The service offers music streaming for $9.99 a month Read more…
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While you’re still trying to work out why you need a curved phone, LG’s getting ready to sell you one anyway. That’s if you live in Hong Kong, Singapore or Thailand at least. The firm’s arched G Flex handset is just embarking on its worldwide …