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Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

Tech Crunch - 7 hours 43 min ago
 Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I'd feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertained while spying on them from afar. Read More
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Nine of the Coolest Prefab Houses in History

Gizmodo UK - 7 hours 56 min ago
Prefab is a buzzy topic in architecture and design circles right now, but it’s hardly a new concept. The idea of building houses in factories and shipping them to their destinations is at least a century old. Now, Taschen has published the history of these homes in a lovely coffee-table book. Prefab Housesisn’t just a [...]
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Apple Sells iPhones To Reanimate The Pixies

Tech Crunch - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:42
 One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More
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What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

Tech Crunch - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:33
 “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More
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Amateur Michelangelos Can Sculpt This Marble Vase Themselves

Gizmodo UK - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:30
It’s been said that sculpting a masterpiece from a chunk of marble is easy; all you have to do is remove the unnecessary bits. So even if they lack any talent, aspiring Rodins and Michelangelos can turn this Introverso2 vase into impressive piece of decorative furniture. All you need to know is how to swing [...]
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Smart Wind and Solar Power

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the grid.

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Agile Robots

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

Computer scientists have created machines that have the balance and agility to walk and run across rough and uneven terrain, making them far more useful in navigating human environments.

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Oculus Rift

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

Thirty years after virtual-reality goggles and immersive virtual worlds made their debut, the technology finally seems poised for widespread use.

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Mobile Collaboration

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

The smartphone era is finally getting the productivity software it needs.

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Microscale 3-D Printing

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

Inks made from different types of materials, precisely applied, are greatly expanding the kinds of things that can be printed.

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Genome Editing

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

The ability to create primates with intentional mutations could provide powerful new ways to study complex and genetically baffling brain disorders.

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Neuromorphic Chips

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.

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Brain Mapping

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before, providing neuroscientists with a guide to its immense complexity.

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Ultraprivate Smartphones

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

New models built with security and privacy in mind reflect the Zeitgeist of the Snowden era.

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Agricultural Drones

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage.

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Perspective on 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

in this issue of the magazine, Brian Bergstein, MIT Technology Review’s deputy editor, interviewed Sarah Lewis, a curator, about the “accomplishments that come from seemingly improbable circumstances and the connections between art and science” (see “Q&A: Sarah Lewis”). Asked about Samuel Morse, who invented the telegraph after years of struggling as a painter, Lewis says:

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The Myth of a Free Internet

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

A 2001 essay warned ­advocates of free expression not to delude themselves into thinking the Internet can never be controlled.

Excerpted from “Taming the Web,” by Charles C. Mann, first published in the September 2001 issue of Technology Review.

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Irrational Fears

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

We should think sensibly about nuclear energy’s risks.

climate scientists have consistently demonstrated how important it will be to drastically reduce human-­generated carbon emissions. Yet almost no progress has been made. Hydroelectric power is reliable and cheap, but there aren’t enough suitable sites to satisfy our energy demands. Wind and solar energy don’t provide consistent output, and battery technology would have to improve significantly to solve that problem. Today, renewables are just an expensive supplement to an electricity system based on coal and natural gas.

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Self-Defense

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

It is difficult to protect your privacy even if you know how.

I am a privacy researcher with a confession to make. I’m not any better at protecting my privacy than you are. For 17 years I’ve been interviewing people about their privacy concerns, studying how companies collect and use personal information, and researching the latest surveillance techniques. I attend privacy conferences, read privacy books, and have written a couple myself. But when friends ask me how to protect their privacy, I don’t have much to tell them. Like most people, I want more privacy but find it difficult to get: few products allow us such control (see “Ultraprivate Smartphones”).

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Mistaken Analysis

Technolgy Review - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:05

It’s too easy to be led astray by the lure of big data.

Google flu trends has long been the go-to example for anyone asserting the revolutionary potential of big data. Since 2008 the company has claimed it could use counts of flu-related Web searches to forecast flu outbreaks weeks ahead of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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