21 Jul What’s Hot on the Tech Blogs
Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market
If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. And even though some messengers are more dominant in specific geographies (e.g. Kakao in South Korea), I don’t think messaging is necessarily a winner-take-all market. Read more…
The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity
There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own — rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection..
The additive manufacturing technology also extrudes a bridge linking creativity and utility. You can turn a sketch on paper into a 3D object that can be held, turned, admired. You can clone a cherished object you already own to create a spare. Or print a spare part to fix something that’s broken. Read more…
#Love: I’m Single, Therefore I Tinder
In the game of Tinder, you win or you get bored and give up. That is pretty much standard operating procedure for anyone with a smartphone and a libido.
But what if you’re bad at Tinder?
The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?
I’m flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly. At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don’t need to exert much energy to achieve lift. In the distance, I see an island under an azure sky. This is my home. Off to my west, the sun is setting and the sky glows with warm, orange light.
Spotting movement in the ocean below, I bend my body slightly to the left and begin a gentle dive. As I approach the shore, I spot my prey splashing in the shallows. I lean back, keeping my wings fully extended so I can glide just above the water. I’m right over the fish. I pull in my wings, bend forward sharply and dive into the water. I emerge with a fish in my mouth. Success. Better yet, I did all this without ever leaving the ground or getting wet. Read more…
The Videophone Turns 50: The Historic Failure That Everybody Wanted
Every day, around 50 million people a day stare at and speak to each other on computer or mobile device screens across the great expanse of the Internet via Skype, Apple’s FaceTime/a>, Google Hangouts or some other video conferencing software.
This voluminous amount of video phoning would have made 19th and 20th century futurists smile and shake their heads, marveling at both how remarkably right and horribly wrong their visual telephone predictions would turn out.Read more…
Drone Shoots Epic Footage of SpaceX Rocket Launch and Controlled Landing
Elon Musk’s space-faring company SpaceX has released the first test footage of its Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking off, and making a controlled landing at the company’s rocket-development facility in Texas.
The epic video gives us a 360-degree aerial view of the feat, thanks to the unique perspective of a camera-equipped drone. Read more…
Here Comes Facebook’s Ad Network: Mobile Ads Launching This Month
Lots of people have wanted Facebook to build an ad network for a long time.
Here it comes. Facebook will take the wraps off its plans for a mobile ad network at its“F8″ developer conference in San Francisco at the end of the month, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.Read more…
Facebook’s friend problem
When I arrived at the University of Michigan in fall 2007, everybody said “Facebook me.”
In the following days, even a passing meeting guaranteed that a friend request would pop up the next time I logged on to Facebook. I felt popular and informed, at all times abreast of what my hallmates, friends, and peers were up to each day. Writing status updates, browsing photos from the previous night’s parties, and searching for girls who were also into Kurt Vonnegut became a daily pastime. The News Feed was the most addictive webpage I’d ever used, letting me people-watch with X-ray vision.Read more…
The plot to kill the password
Last Friday, Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 arrived with an unexpected and underhyped feature. Like the iPhone 5S, it came with a fingerprint reader, but this reader plugs directly into PayPal, which in turn connects you to dozens of different payment systems. It’s a clever trick: instead of a password, all you need is a fingerprint, carrying you through the entire web. If it catches on, soon you won’t need a password at all. Read more…
General Mills Comes to its Senses, Reverses Legal Policy on “Likes”
General Mills has come to its senses, reversing its very recent and instantly unpopular attempt to punish customers who have liked it on Facebook or downloaded and used digital coupons. The original idea had been to force customers who have benefited from the cereal giant’s online generosity to give up their legal right to sue GM for any reason, funneling those customers instead into arbitration. In a blog post explaining the news earlier today, General Mills claims it “never imagined this reaction.” Perhaps they need a better PR team. Read more…
A Brief History of Easter Eggs in Tech
The Easter egg—as in a hidden surprise or in-joke, not the chocolate treat—can be dated back to the last Russian imperial family who gifted people with jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs containing additional surprises tucked away inside.
But in modern times the secret Easter egg has become more associated with technology, and can be found in everything from software—especially video games—to hardware where designers will include graphics and messages on circuit boards. So if you’re not already in a pleasant chocolate bunny-induced sugar coma, we’ve put together a brief look at the history of the Easter egg in our favorite tech. Read more...
Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback to Track Your Favorite Websites
The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It’s the emotion-tracking Google Glass you always wanted! Read more…