An Orchestra of Drones Will Rule Mankind With Sweet Tunes

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Okay, yes, these drones look adorable zipping around and playing keyboards and drums like a swarm of musical bees. Don’t let them charm you. It’s all part of their plan. First you start to trust them, then they take over mankind. Stay strong. Stay…wait, are they playing bells? Aww, they’re so cute!

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Twitter’s Redesign Is Live. Here’s How to Make the Most of It

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Twitter just rolled out its latest profile redesign to the masses. It’s pretty simple to update. But just in case you need a little help, here’s how switch over to the new photo-centric look.






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Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

Every few years, there are calls to retire the American penny (as cumbersome and too expensive to produce), and rebuttals to preserve it (for posterity and price stability). I don’t know how or when this question will be answered. Personally, I would not miss the gobs of metal in my pockets, but I would miss the lettering. And the numbering.

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Why the HBO-Amazon Deal Is Good for Everyone (Except Netflix)

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Why the HBO-Amazon Deal Is Good for Everyone (Except Netflix)

HBO and Amazon just put a ring on it with a giant, multi-year deal that will put HBO originals on Amazon Prime exclusively. Woooooo! That means HBO subscription to watch old episodes of everything from the Wire to Eastbound & Down. In this game of everything-but-Game-of-Thrones, everyone wins; Amazon, HBO, and you, dear TV watcher. Everyone, that is, except maybe Netflix.

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Unravel the Mysteries Of the Arduino With This Crash Course Starter Kit

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Unravel the Mysteries Of the Arduino With This Crash Course Starter Kit

If there’s one common feature among all the cool hacks and DIY projects you’ll find online these days, it’s that they’re usually made with an Arduino microcontroller of some sort. But if you lack the programming and electronics know-how to use an Arduino to bring your own creations to life, this simple starter kit will walk you through the basics.

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The Design Secrets of Luxury First Class Airplane Seats

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

If you think being packed on an airplane with strangers sucks, then you’re probably a plebe like us who flies economy. But first class? It’s an entirely different alcohol-lubricated world up there—a world where a single seating unit can cost half a million dollars.

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HBO Is Bringing a Ton of Its Shows to Amazon Prime

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HBO Is Bringing a Ton of Its Shows to Amazon Prime

Amazon just announced an agreement that makes Prime Instant Video the only strictly-online place to get certain HBO shows on-demand. The list includes favorites like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, and more.

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Google’s Revamped Gmail Could Take Encryption Mainstream

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Encryption is the best way to protect your online communications from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency. So says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The rub is that email encryption systems like PGP — short for Pretty Good Privacy — are a real pain for people to use, especially if they’re not steeped in […]






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The Top Five Types of People We All Unfriend on Facebook

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

The Top Five Types of People We All Unfriend on Facebook

Ever wondered who’s most likely to get the chop on Facebook? Wonder no longer, because researchers from the University of Colorado Denver have been looking into the most common unfriendings on the social network.

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Watch Where 26 Asteroids Recently Slammed Into Earth

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Detection Network, that’s usually used to monitor for covert nuclear weapons testing, serves and alternative use in its spare time: it detects asteroid impacts. This video visualizes the data it’s managed to collect since 2000.

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