How To Become Famous On YouTube

How did this smug, 20-something Swedish hipster become YouTube’s biggest star?

By on May 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

How did this smug, 20-something Swedish hipster become YouTube’s biggest star?

Game of Thrones recently made a splash by hitting 7 million viewers for a recent episode. This was an epic number for HBO, the biggest since the halcyon days of The Sopranos. It’s a number that most primetime broadcast shows would kill for. In the meanwhile, the biggest YouTube channel is now closing in on 27 million subscribers. More →

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iPhone 6 iPad Sales

The iPhone 6 may deliver a devastating blow to iPad sales

By on May 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

The iPhone 6 may deliver a devastating blow to iPad sales

We’ve known for a while that tablet market growth has not been what people expected. Apple’s double digit sales decline of iPad units in the March quarter was one ill omen. Nevertheless, the new Morgan Stanley report is grim reading: Widely followed analyst Katy Huberty is slashing her 2014 tablet growth projection, all the way from 26% to 12%. More →

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Apple Beats Acqusition

Apple suddenly looks a lot like Nokia

By on May 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM.

Apple suddenly looks a lot like Nokia

A mobile phone company became the leading brand in the world with shocking speed, electrified by the leadership of a charismatic, ruthless CEO. After that CEO stepped down, the company still continued going strong, dominating smartphone sales and refining its products. But the new CEO lacked true vision and revenue growth started showing worrisome signs of stalling. Pressured by Wall Street, the gray and cautious new CEO suddenly made the dramatic decision of spending billions of dollars to acquire a hot new company, breaking the giant’s tradition of avoiding major acquisitions. This new acquisition happened after a long rise on the Nasdaq, and the company ended up paying a stiff premium.

That mobile phone company was Nokia, of course. More →

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Nanogold Paint

Incredible nanogold paint changes color as it responds to touch

By on May 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Incredible nanogold paint changes color as it responds to touch

Scientists at the University of California have come up with a nifty new way to utilize nanoparticles of gold. A solution of gold particles embedded in a polymer film creates a bright blue color, which turns red after pressure is applied on the film. The color shift correlates with the amount of pressure used — blue turns purple after moderate impact and red with a hard hit. This nuanced response yields information about different pressure levels the gold film encounters. The possibilities seem limitless, from sports to scientific studies to fashion. More →

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Apple iWatch Best Features

Why Apple’s iWatch might be much more ambitious than you think

By on May 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM.

Why Apple’s iWatch might be much more ambitious than you think

As ZDNet reports, some recent LinkedIn profile updates indicate that Apple has hired biomedical engineers from companies including Vital Connect, Sano Intelligence, O2 Medtech and Masimo. These companies manufacture devices that monitor respiratory functions, heart rate and body temperature. What might the biomedical monitoring functions of iWatch mean for the regular consumer? Many of the companies Apple seems to be hiring from have far broader and deeper goals than telling people what their heart rate is. More →

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Cool 3D Printing Projects

Future travel: Don’t pack, just email what you need to a 3D printer

By on May 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Future travel: Don’t pack, just email what you need to a 3D printer

An Amsterdam art gallery called Galerie VIVID is having an exhibition that amounts to a meditation of how 3D printing could reshape travel. The artist Janne Kyttanen has designed a collection of objects that a woman flying for a beach vacation could conceivably print out at a resort instead of packing them with her in her suitcase, including a handbag, a multi-purpose dress, sunglasses, shoes, etc.  More →

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LIX 3D Printing Pen Kickstarter

Amazing 3D printing pen raises $500,000 in a day

By on May 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM.

Amazing 3D printing pen raises $500,000 in a day

Kickstarter continues its hot streak in funding 3D printer projects. The $300 Micro has blown past $3 million, weeks after the Robo3DPrinter raised nearly $650,000 in February. Now a plucky British company is making waves with the LIX 3D Pen, an experimental new 3D printer that enables people to literally doodle in the air. More →

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micro-3d-printer

Cheap 3D printers are poised to wreck companies’ powers to enforce their IP

By on April 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

Cheap 3D printers are poised to wreck companies’ powers to enforce their IP

Ten days ago a 3D printer called The Micro started a Kickstarter campaign with the modest goal of raising $50,000 in a month. With 18 days to go, the project has already raised nearly $3 million. The Micro has gained more than 10,000 followers and all of the early production runs of the $199 and $299 versions of the device have sold out. New supporters will have to pick a February 2015 shipment date of pay at least $600 for very early test production runs. Obviously, the frenzy of excitement around The Micro seems to indicate that there is real fascination about the idea of owning a 3D printer priced at the level of a video game console. More →

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Tablets Vs. Laptops Consoles

Tablets are killing consoles in the video streaming market

By on April 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Tablets are killing consoles in the video streaming market

There’s a major fight brewing in the rapidly growing video streaming market over which device consumers use the most to watch their favorite online content. Game consoles, PC’s and connected devices linked to television sets have all proven somewhat popular… and yet it seems that nothing can stop the tablet juggernaut.  More →

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Selfie Tumblr Instagram

Who are we to judge disaster selfies?

By on April 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

Who are we to judge disaster selfies?

When camera phones begun proliferating back in 2002, many predictions were made about how they might shape future. But nobody really saw funeral selfies or post-crash ER photos becoming a trend. The thing about the selfie phenomenon is that it took so many years to develop and shape people’s behavior that old people are now caught off guard. An entire new generation of people has grown up and gotten used to having a camera with them at all times. This generation is now inevitably behaving in ways that trigger outrage and even moral panic in the over-30 crowd. More →

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Staples 3D Printer Sales

Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

By on April 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

We’re about to learn whether 3D printing will ever have mainstream appeal because Staples is now offering both an in-store printing service as well as actual 3D printers. The cheapest printer costs $1,300, which is fairly steep, but shipping is free. Shoppers can now also walk into stores and ask for the employees to help them to design and print objects on the spot. More →

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Oscars Selfie

Is Samsung’s Oscars selfie worth $1 billion?

By on April 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Is Samsung’s Oscars selfie worth $1 billion?

Hollywood Reporter quotes a stunning claim made by the CEO of Publicis, which handles the international marketing for Samsung. According to Maurice Levy, the famous Oscar selfie snapped by Ellen DeGeneres is worth somewhere between $800 million and $1 billion.

Mr. Levy is riding high right now, with the back-to-back, high-impact selfie stories: “This is something we did for Samsung. It’s us. The two selfies that are so famous — the one with all the actors at the Oscars and the second with President Obama — the two were done by our team.” More →

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Top 3 Worst Cell Phone Names

The three worst phone names the world has ever seen

By on April 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

The three worst phone names the world has ever seen

We live in an age of miracles for true connoisseurs of awful phone names. We have always been able to enjoy spectacularly dumb handset branding, but right now the industry is entering a new era with particularly impressive creativity and vigor. Here are the three worst phone names of all time: More →

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