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Improving The Design Of Everyday Things -- An IPhone Charger That's A Work Of Art

forbes.com — When was the last time you picked up a smartphone charger and wondered why it is shaped in a square and made of hard plastic? If you are like me, possibly never. There are certain everyday objects that almost everyone takes for granted, regardless of whether their design is related [...]

A Security Upgrade For Google Chrome

forbes.com — If you are the type of person who likes to keep things safely under lock and key, Google's move to add security keys to Google Chrome will give you additional peace of mind. The USB-based keys, announced today, work on the principal of two-factor authentication. In simple terms, two-factor authentication asks [...]

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Could Google Fiber Become Google WiFi? Google Seeks To Test Super Fast Wireless Service.

forbes.com — Four years ago, Google launched a project to bring ultrafast, gigabit-per-second Internet to homes across America. On the one hand, Google wanted to make the Web better for users. On the other, as a business that relied on the Internet for survival, Google needed to understand what obstacles existed to [...]

Global Maker Of Power Tools Adds Wireless Charging

forbes.com — Wireless charging has come to power tools. In October, Bosch began shipping wirelessly charging drills, batteries and chargers to Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon, Grainger, and other distributors. The new kits should be on store shelves by Nov. 1 in both the United States and Europe. Robert Bosch Tool Corp, the North [...]

Google Now Scores Higher Than Siri And Cortana On Massive Knowledge Quiz. An AI Breakthrough? Not So Fast.

forbes.com — Apple's famous artificial intelligence agent is eating some humble pie today. Ask Siri "Who is smarter, Siri or Google Now?" and Siri obligingly links to an article about a recent 3,086-question challenge that ranked Google Now as the top scorer. Unfortunately for Siri, the quiz had some built-in biases.

Twitter Sues U.S. Government For Right To Tell Users That Online Surveillance Isn't That Bad

forbes.com — Twitter filed a lawsuit today defending the principles of free speech. That's a laudatory act, but it's unlikely to win the Internet company much support among people who would like to see more transparency around-and more limits on-government surveillance. At issue is a Transparency Report that Twitter prepared earlier this year [...]

Why Facebook Needs Journalists, Why Journalists Need Facebook, And Why We All Need To Trust Each…

medium.com — Poynter.org, an esteemed journalist training organization, published a piece yesterday about an anxiety-provoking discussion that took place at the Online News Association in Chicago. In it, Alexis Madrigal, deputy editor of the Atlantic, tried, with little success, to get Liz Heron, head of new partnerships for Facebook, to talk openly about Facebook's newsfeed algorithm.

The Story Of The Schiller X1, The World's Most Radically Redesigned Bicycle

forbes.com — Over the last two years, Bill Norris has gotten used to one of the world's richest men conspicuously parking his yacht in front of Norris's home on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. It doesn't help matters that Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, now owns nearly everything on the island [...]

Research Reveals Danger Of Texting While Driving With Google Glass

forbes.com — Head-up displays like Google Glass were supposed to make it safer for drivers to multitask. Instead of reaching for a phone to send or receive a text, a driver would be able to read projected messages and dictate replies without taking their hands off the wheel. But groups like Consumers Union [...]
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Oct 24, 2014

Verizon Wireless is adding cookie-like tokens to track Web requests traveling over its network. buff.ly/1z4wmge

Oct 24, 2014

@markarms just wanted to say @longreads is awesome, I have been reading it all day :-)

Oct 24, 2014

Improving The Design Of Everyday Things -- An IPhone Charger That's A Work Of Art buff.ly/1zpf7aq

Oct 24, 2014

@kate_vinton hi kate, I sent you an email last night and left you a vm about a small technical difficulty I have been having

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ExtremeTech: Humanity sniffs its first comet: Sadly, it stinks of rotten eggs, cat pee, and stale beer extremetech.com/extreme/192840…

Oct 24, 2014

Bob Odenkirk: "a lot of cynics are idealists who had their feelings hurt" buff.ly/1zmQJGz

Oct 23, 2014

RT @RandySmithWhat: Just once I want to hop in a cab and see a flux capacitor.

Oct 23, 2014

Final nail in Aereo's coffins. buff.ly/1sV8JS5 Any other suicidal tech upstarts out there want to take on the broadcasters?

Oct 23, 2014

RT @KQEDscience: The solar eclipse is beginning. Peaks at 3:15 this afternoon. Here's how to watch: blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/1…

Oct 23, 2014

Autonomous Cars: the movable vice dens of the future? via Popular Science buff.ly/1oykBLC

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