The Beauty Of The Everyday, In 9 Objects

What we consider beautiful, of course, depends on context. In juxtaposing high-end items by lauded designers and brands (including Philippe Starck, Alessi, Iittala, and Apple) against mass-produced objects (a plastic water bottle designed by budget supermarket chain Aldi), the curators posit that our perception of a product’s beauty depends as much on where it’s showcased and how it’s packaged as on its actual design. "Many of the objects are not that pretty by themselves, but when they are in a beautiful space and in a context with other things, they look and feel attractive," Sam Hecht , one-half of Industry Facility, writes in an email. Click the slideshow above to read more about the items in the show.

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Win an Apple Watch!

The Apple Watch is almost here! Beautifully designed, perfectly crafted out of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. and armed with a gorgeous interface that’s powerful yet easy to use, this is the smartwatch other wearables will emulate.

Watch Now: The DNA of Innovation

Traditionally, advertising agencies wanted to work with big companies because they brought big names and big budgets. But lately, agencies have discovered the great innovation potential of startups and started to chase them.

Microsoft will bundle its apps on Cyanogen’s Android OS

"People around the world use Cyanogen's operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices," said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. "This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world." Microsoft says it will "continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we're delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services."

Establishing Trust In The Bitcoin Ecosystem

On October 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto proposed “a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust.” Yet, it can be fairly argued that trust, or a lack thereof, has been at the heart of the troubles in the bitcoin ecosystem since that day. While the technology has been and continues to be robust, the failure of a few individuals to meet their fiduciary or legal obligations has maligned bitcoin’s image and damaged its relationships with consumers.

Astropad and FiftyThree Announce SDK Partnership

Indeed, the Pencil eraser, in combination with Astropad, works analogously to the eraser on a Wacom tablet — or a real-world eraser for that matter — just flip to its back end to automatically switch to eraser mode. “The ease with which you can switch between drawing and erasing is my favorite feature of Astropad and Pencil,” Ronge said.

Activists use human holograms to protest, and you can get involved (Tomorrow Daily 162) - CNET

On today's show, Ashley and Khail check out a Spanish hologram protest, a stop-motion animated short where every frame is 3D-printed and a new patent from Boeing that might help you sleep better on long flights.

91% off 2-year Subscription to Stuk.Io Ruby on Rails Courses

Want to try your hand at programming? Ruby on Rails is a great choice for first-timers: thanks to a simple code structure, it’s beginner-friendly, quick to build with and has a thriving community that actively contributes reusable code and encourages others to learn.

Why Micro Learning Is Educating The ADD Generation

As much as certain groups tout Adderall and Ritalin as silver bullets to those problems, I’m convinced that the solution, albeit a complex and costly one, lies in adapting material to shorter attention spans. Taking information and skillfully repackaging it in shorter formats, micro-courses, where each lesson takes no more than a few minutes, has proven to notably increase completion rates, something that is reported by a number of companies working in the field.

Wikipedia for iOS Gets a Snazzy Refresh to Match Android

Elsewhere, your recent search history is saved, and there’s a neat function that lets you share a picture with text summary overlay about any topic via the iOS Share Sheet. This makes more sense in some cases than others (the text doesn’t always neatly fit, although you can customize it by highlighting the words you want to include) but it’s a nice idea on balance.

Chess grandmaster caught cheating with smartphone chess app | Games |

Smartphones are an extremely useful tool to have in your pocket, not only for communication and entertainment, but also for learning, fact checking, and quickly finding answers to questions. And that’s why we don’t let kids take them into exams, or in this case, chess players use them during tournaments.

WikiLeaks lets you search Sony's hacked emails (Updated)

When a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony Pictures in late 2014, thousands of private emails and information about top executives, actors and Hollywood hotshots hit the 'net. The messages revealed pay discrepancies between male and female stars, and contained copies of films that hadn't yet seen release. Some of these emails contained racist and derogatory comments from Sony Pictures staff, including co-chair Amy Pascal, who consequently left the company in February. Now, all of these emails are available in searchable form on WikiLeaks . Anyone interested in digging through Sony Pictures' email archives can now search by specific term, sender, recipient, attached filename or email ID.

Chhirp for iOS Lets You Post 12-second Voice Clips to Twitter

Released just a few days ago, the app allows you to record up to 12 seconds of audio and share it straight from your phone. People can then listen to the clip on Chhirp, Twitter or via the Web. Thankfully, there’s also support for Twitter Cards, so Chhirps can be played back in your timeline too.

The TIME 100 for 2015 is filled with TED connections

As we perused the  Time 100  today, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year, we couldn’t help but notice many familiar faces. Among those included for 2015: investment expert Mellody Hobson , public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson , novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie , political scientist  Samantha Power , economist Thomas Piketty and mental healthcare advocate Vikram Patel . Below, watch the TED Talks from these fascinating people.

Leaked memo: No Apple Watch in stores until June

In the memo, Ahrendts doesn't share any sales numbers, but does confirm that interest in the smartwatch is high — and even though the launch date is just about a week away (April 24), in-store availability will be much more far off.

How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problems in iOS 8 - iOS 8.3

If none of these tips fix your issues, the last resort is to restore your iPhone or iPad via iTunes, and set it up as a new device. This way, you start afresh, and get rid of possibly problematic customisations and settings on your device. Follow the instructions in the post linked below to do a clean restore to the latest version of iOS via iTunes.

JotterPad Is The Writing App For Creatives

Enter JotterPad . This super simple text editor for Android devices is designed to make the process of writing a little more focused. It’s been stripped of any bells and whistles leaving you with a clean, easy-on-the-eye look. But don’t be fooled. Under the hood there’s a whole host of features, but only if you need them.

5 Reasons To Reconsider Promoting Your Top Performers

In fact, there are many studies that highlight the differences between top performers and their level of engagement with the company they work for, and the results are not at all what most owners would expect. Due to this, your best bet is to look more closely for leadership potential in lower-tier employees and understand that there’s a big difference between true leaders and mere managers.

Jawbone's UP4 Fitness Tracker Supports Payments via Amex

The $200 wrist-worn device lets users with an eligible American Express Card connect their accounts with Jawbone’s app and tap the UP4 on a store terminal to pay for their purchases.

The Science Behind How PepsiCo Gives Customers Exactly The Flavors They Want

On this week's edition of Innovation Undercover, step into PepsiCo's savory Culinary Innovation Center in Valhalla, New York to discover the secrets behind potato chip flavors like Flaming Crispy Chicken and Cheeseburger. These flavors were not dreamed up by some slacker dude with the munchies—they are the result of years of research, development, and, in some cases, failure. Watch the video above to find out what super-calibrated tech is required in order to make 30 perfectly ridged potato slices every second —and much more.

Social Media Marketing: The Hashtag Test - When Is It Too Much?

Hashtags are wonderful social media marketing tools. They can highlight trends, tie campaigns to chosen keywords, and isolate conversations. The allure of the hashtag is strong, especially for brands that desire a customized platform for their content. Twitter (and, to a lesser extent, Facebook, Instagram and Google+) thrives on hashtags for everything from primetime TV shows to organic political movements.


The lure of data-led tactics for web re-targeting and advanced customer experience applications is intoxicating for marketers, particularly when customers demand relevance and reward personalization with increased frequency and volume of purchase. But while this age of data-led marketing has opened up a world of possibility for engagement, personalization and real-time, one-to-one experiences, it has also prompted customers to grab indelible paint to draw the “creepy line”—that point at which knowing the customer turns from creating a relevant experience to exhibiting stalker-like behavior. The magic for marketers is not just understanding their customers, but understanding where that line in experience has been drawn…and knowing that while there are universal truths to engagement, the repercussions of crossing the creepy line can be detrimental to a customer’s desire to engage with a brand. To address where and how marketers must engage and interact in a customer-defined scope of individualization and personalization, the CMO Council, in partnership with Teradata, will host a one-hour webcast to kick off the discussion around just how close we can and should get to the creepy line.

WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Orphan Black | WIRED

But getting into Orphan Black means something else, too. It means finally being able to understand why all those fans were up in arms when Maslany wasn’t nominated for an Emmy. What she offers is not a mere performance but an emotional and physical Venn diagram of performances, and the creation of an entire cast of characters who seem distinct down to their tiniest mannerisms. Not only does she pull off mind-boggling scenes where they interact physically, she often ends up playing them when they’re pretending to be each other. It’s not easy to convey the idea that you’re a British punk who’s pretending to be a Canadian cop who’s pretending to be a soccer mom, but she does. Without skipping a beat.

Why the EU will find Google's Android isn't like Microsoft and Windows - CNET

The search giant's mobile operating system is in the crosshairs of regulators in Europe. But there are differences between this probe and the last high-profile technology antitrust case, when Europe took on Microsoft.

Google Opens Cloud Dataflow To All Developers, Launches European Zone For BigQuery

As Google’s director of product management Tom Kershaw tells me, Google’s philosophy with regard to big data is to take away as much complexity as possible. What the industry has suffered from in the past is that big data is very difficult to work with,” he noted. Businesses are starting to understand that there is a lot of value in all the data they produce, but Kershaw argues that developers are still having a hard time using the tools they need to work with all of this information. “This has to be democratized,” he said. “We’ve taken our big data portfolio and made it much easier to use.”

Any.Do gets Grid View, Refreshed Design and Improved Sorting

Among the headline changes are quicker ways to jump between your different lists, for example, by providing a new way to filter them by Date view, List view or Priority view. There’s also the ability to zoom in and out of your lists in a grid view, to help you go from looking at an overview of detail to drilling down into a specific item.

15M Americans say they'll buy an Apple Watch, Reuters poll finds

Popularity of apple watch will keep increasing as people finds more usage with new apps. This is just a beginning of a long road to apple watch success. When more apps turn up to make it real health companion and personal communication assistance than the sky is the limit.

Snapchat Sneakily Uses Its Own App To Poach Uber Engineers

A source who works in Uber’s headquarter buildings in San Francisco noticed a new geolocation filter when using Snapchat on Wednesday, which showed an attempt by Snapchat to recruit Uber employees. “This place driving you mad?” read the filter, which can be applied to Snapchat photos before a user sends a disappearing message to friends. The photo filter, which can only be found if a user is in the vicinity of Uber headquarters, also shows a web address to Snapchat’s jobs page and drawings of Snapchat’s trademark ghost driving a cab while making frustrated and sad faces.

Samsung adding NVMe PCIe technology to M.2 SSDs | ZDNet

The performance jump Samsung claims for the SM951-NVMe over SATA-based M.2 SSDs is remarkable. While SATA drives offer sequential read speeds of 540MB/s and sequential writes of 500MB/s, the new SM951 is expected to deliver read speeds of 2,260MB/s and write speeds of 1,600MB/s. Like the earlier SM951 iteration, the NVMe version supports the L1.2 low-power standby mode, which allows the drive to consume virtually no power while the host computer is in sleep mode.

To Promote Diversity, Apple Increases The Number Of WWDC Scholarships

With the new scholarships and partner STEM organizations involved, Apple is taking broad steps to make access to its event – and therefore its larger developer community and the potential for future success in the industry – something that reaches a more diverse crowd of young developers, including not only women, but also black and Latino groups as well. At this year’s WWDC, Apple will offer over 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers, who explain how best to use the company’s developer tools. These sessions and the hands-on labs are a big draw for attendees, but also important is the opportunity to network with fellow developers and establish industry contacts that can help developers further their careers.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld given custom all-gold Apple Watch band

Having held a senior marketing role at an apparel brand. The answer to your question "Why" is easy. Give Lagerfeld a $30k watch and see coverage all over the word that would cost 100's times more. Like him or not Lagerfeld is an icon in the fashion community and people all over the world, will be thinking, if it's OK for karl, then it's OK for me. This strategy of seeding the top of the pyramid is standard practice. i'd have been surprised if Apple had not given them away to opinion leaders. Rob

Reddit's newsletter promises to curate virality

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Merge Labs promises $129 virtual reality goggles and motion controller for this fall

“We want to give people the opportunity to experience things they never thought possible, whether it’s flying through space, exploring a fantasy world, watching favorite musicians perform live in their own living room, or connecting with a loved one in a new way,” said Franklin Lyons, the founder and CEO of Merge Labs, in a statement. “All of this is possible with virtual reality. The technology is here. We’ve put the pieces together so it’s easy for everyone to use.”

Apple makes 'last-minute decision' to use TSMC for 30% of 'A9' chip orders for next iPhone

Facing poor yield rates from chipmaker GlobalFoundries, Apple has apparently made an eleventh-hour call as it solidifies its supply chain for the next-generation iPhone, opting to award nearly a third of "A9" chip orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Man ruptures thumb tendon playing Candy Crush one-handed - CNET

Live Science tells me the 29-year-old man is from California, but this is surely no excuse. He apparently felt pain in his left thumb. He realized that he played Candy Crush all day for 6 to 8 weeks and that the left hand that was experiencing pain was the very left hand with which he played.


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What You Need to Know If You're Going to Record the Cops

There are some very disturbing videos circulating the Internet right now, depicting the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of trained, armed men. Many of these videos even show individuals being shot in the back, or as they try to flee.

'Louie' Season 5, episode 2 recap: Pamela's back

While last season's unrealistic, happily ever after-style finale ended with the pair in a serious relationship, anyone who is familiar with Louis C.K.'s comedy would be misguided to assume that would be that. In episode 2, we learn Pamela and Louie want different things from their togetherness, and have regressed as a couple. She prefers to be "a la carte," as the episode is titled, and tries to warm Louie to the idea of non-monogamy. (In the show's first surreal scene of Season 5, a waitress casually grates cheese onto the heaving cleavage of a woman, whom Pamela encourages Louie to admire from a nearby table.)

Email means everything — and nothing — to your business

What does email really mean for your business? Everything….and nothing. If an email doesn’t reach your intended recipient at the most opportune time, or isn’t relevant to their needs, it will amount to absolutely nothing. That “nothing” will result in no improvement to your bottom line, your brand awareness will contract ever so slightly, and you will have squandered an opportunity to deliver on whatever promises you made, implicit or explicit, when that recipient opted in to receive your email.

Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo Pin Hopes for Stability on an Unusual Source of Natural Gas | MIT Technology Review

Across the border in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire), the power crisis is even more acute. The DRC, a country of 77 million people in a territory roughly the size of Western Europe, contains extensive hydroelectric resources. If fully tapped, the Congo River’s Inga Falls could yield an estimated 40,000 megawatts, nearly twice the capacity of the world’s largest power station, the Three Gorges Dam in China. Today, however, the DRC’s aging grid has an installed capacity of just 2,400 megawatts, roughly half of which is routinely unavailable because the transmission infrastructure is in such poor shape. In the war-torn east, power is particularly limited. Goma, the largest city on Lake Kivu, has an available capacity of less than five megawatts—a meager amount for a town of a million residents and a situation, some argue, that helps promote conflict. If boosting eastern Congo’s grid can spur the development of industries, says Bantu Lukambo, an environmental activist based in Goma, that would reduce the appeal of the region’s dozens of armed groups, which are magnets for youth with no other employment prospects.

Netflix adds nearly 5 million subscribers in quarter

Netflix adds nearly 5 million subscribers in quarter Netflix, the online video streaming service, is expected to report $1.57 billion in revenue in the first quarter, on earnings of 69 cents per share. That's the consensus from analysts who cover Netflix, Check out this story on

IBM's X-Force Exchange to make decades worth of cyber-threat data public | ZDNet

Summary: IBM's X-Force Exchange aims to be one of the largest and most thorough catalogs of vulnerabilities in the world, helping companies to defend against cyber-crimes in real-time.

Google Antitrust Case Spotlights Decline of Shopping Sites

The biggest antitrust battle in a decade centers on comparison-shopping websites like Nextag, BizRate and LeGuide, which have been crushed by the rise of new ways of finding goods and services online.

The British Couple Who Began Google’s Antitrust Battle

A husband-and-wife team based in a small English village is the unlikely instigator of Google’s antitrust woes. Shivaun and Adam Raff set up their company, comparison-shopping website Foundem, in Berkshire, England, in 2005. Four years later, Foundem became the first company to file an antitrust complaint against Google in Brussels after a 3½-year battle to get the California-based company to lift penalties that the Raffs say...

Person of Interest: "Terra Incognita" Review - IGN

What a joy it way to see Henson back on the show. And not just for a moment or two. Not for a tease. This was Carter and Reese's episode. They started out separated by flashbacks, but as the chapter went along their moments were practically on top of one another. Until they finally combined and Reese began to see her in the present. And then, when he finally realized that he'd never shared himself with Carter, the scene switched back and forth in the car, from the past to the present. This was a triumph.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

Get your first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser #2! Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Official Site: Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube for more videos: Like Star Wars on Facebook: Follow @StarWars on Twitter: Follow @StarWars on Instagram: Follow Star Wars on Tumblr: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Google Will Still Support Chrome On Windows XP Until The End Of The Year

If you are using Chrome on Windows XP — and for the love of God, I hope you don’t — you’ll still get updated versions of Chrome until the end of the year.

Sharethrough launches programmatic native ads — monitored by a quality score

But native ads that are custom-written for a given publication — for instance, a Time-only ad by Sony about how to pick a new HDTV — will not be so rated, since they wouldn’t be offered to multiple publishers through the Sharethrough platform.

2015 MacBook earns lowest score for repairability - CNET

"Ugh! Even the center cell of the battery is glued down, and we had hoped the sticky cells we found in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro wouldn't be a trend," iFixit said. "To complicate the procedure, the battery sits down in a well; the only safe place to pry is over this aluminum wall."

'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' trailer leaks online

Days ahead of its scheduled premiere in theaters on April 20, the 'Batman v. Superman' trailer has leaked online — apparently filmed by a sneaky theatergoer with a phone or camera.

51 Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China
52 Imagination Technologies aims to power communications for the Internet of Things
53 Secrets To Instantly Get Your Confidence Back
54 The Drought Isn't California's Only Water Problem | WIRED
55 Five security questions you should be asking about the Apple Watch
56 WIRED's Guide to Produce That Won't Make the Drought Worse | WIRED
57 The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand
58 Apple details Watch accessibility features in website update
59 Netflix says it 'should have avoided' unmetered deals with Australian ISPs - CNET
60 Target announces $19 million data breach settlement with MasterCard
61 Samsung dedicates 200 employees to display team focused solely on Apple products
62 The 10 Most Walkable Cities in America | WIRED
63 The Kinky, Controversial History Of Calvin Klein In 3 Minutes
64 Wikileaks has published the complete Sony leaks in a searchable database
65 Jawbone to Launch Payments Wearable With Amex, as It Closes a $300M Investment Round
66 5 Great Cityscape iPhone Wallpapers
67 Moore’s Law turns 50: What’s next for this tale of incredible shrinking chips
68 Ted Ullyot Joins Andreessen Horowitz To Build First Policy Group At A VC Firm
69 Verizon and AT&T Won’t Pre-Install Three Microsoft Apps on Samsung S6
70 Jobs at Chariot
71 Verizon signs college sports deals for its upcoming internet TV service
72 SanDisk forecasts first full-year revenue decline in three years
73 AppleInsider's iOS app gets support for native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen resolutions, Apple Watch companion app in update
74 Scientists Scan 100,000 Galaxies But Find No Evidence Of Alien Life
75 The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand
76 Star Wars: Is Finn a Jedi? - IGN
77 Twitter Now Lets Developers Embed Entire Tweet Timelines
78 ComScore: Bing passes 20% search share in the U.S. for the first time
79 Most Government Whistleblower Hotlines Don't Even Use HTTPS
80 AMD Exits Dense Microserver Business, Ends SeaMicro Brand
81 Here are the first official photos of Star Wars' new lead characters
82 Finance world in the dark as Bloomberg terminals go offline
83 Anna Kendrick vs. John Krasinski: Sizing up 'Lip Sync Battle'
84 IGN on Twitter
85 6 emoji extensions Apple should bless us with next
86 Ashley Madison IPO proves Adultery is big business
87 Wikileaks publishes hacked Sony emails and documents
88 Developers are pretty excited about Apple Watch
89 Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment
90 These are the Star Wars Twitter emojis you’re looking for
91 Where are the drones?
92 Stripped down and reimagined in brass, Porcupine Tree takes on a whole new life
93 Verizon's New Pay TV Pitch Isn't A La Carte TV. But It's Getting Closer.
94 Why CIOs can’t sell enterprise collaboration tools
95 12 Star Wars tech facts you almost certainly should know
96 14 ways to use Force Click on your MacBook, MacBook Pro - CNET
97 Awful Pokémon tattoo instantly becomes a meme
98 Microsoft launches Office 365 Video for secure enterprise sharing and streaming, debuts new iPhone app
99 Digital music revenue overtakes CD sales for the first time globally
100 Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight