Mario Kart in real life is the best use of AR so far

Anyone still wondering what the hype around augmented reality (AR) is all about need look no further than Hado Kart. This Mario Kart for AR is available at a Japanese arcade called 3rd Planet, a VR-focused playground. We’ve seen AR based on Super Mario Bros. before, and it was awesome. This time we get a […]

Snopes seeks crowdfunding in ownership battle

 How many times have you heard some urban legend, chain letter, or misleading bit of news repeated and immediately found a thorough, fact-based debunking on Snopes? Like every damn day for the last 20 years or so, right? Snopes was there for you when you were looking up fake news and cryptids — but it’s […]

Nvidia Shield TV gets updated YouTube app with 360 video

 Nvidia’s Shield TV is the best streaming box you can get right now, thanks to 4K support, a variety of surround sound audio formats and a great execution of Android TV, and it just got a little bit better: The latest update to the YouTube app brings 360-degree video support, as well as an improved […]

Google releases the final Android O developer preview

 Google today launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the latest version of its mobile operating system. As expected, there are no major changes in this release and, according to Google, the launch of Android O remains on track for later this summer. Given that Android Nougat was on a very similar […]

New Funny or Die series, The Real Stephen Blatt, streams exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

 Funny or Die is launching an all-new miniseries, The Real Stephen Blatt, which will be streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime video. Though some Funny or Die content is currently available on Amazon Prime, such as The Very Best of Will Ferrell, The Very Best of James Franco, Drunk History, and Between Two Ferns, The Real […]

Google’s Sundar Pichai to join Alphabet’s Board

 Google CEO Sundar Pichai is joining parent company Alphabet’s board, according to an announcement Monday from the company.  “Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board,” said Larry Page, […]

Google Classroom: Isolated adoptions for higher education institutions

At last month’s Future Trends Forum hosted by Bryan Alexander, I received several questions around the intersection of K-12 and higher education markets for learning platforms. A condensed version of my answer is that the mainline LMS vendors are seeing increased overlap (Canvas, D2L Brightspace, Blackboard, Moodle, and Schoology in particular), but that there was […]

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, a little over one week after seeding the third beta and over a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 […]

Apple Provides Fourth Beta of tvOS 11 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update designed for the fourth-generation TV, two weeks after seeding the third beta and more than a month after releasing the first beta during the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. Registered developers can download tvOS 11 by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with […]

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third beta and more than a month after introducing the new software at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The fourth beta of macOS High Sierra can be downloaded from the Apple Developer […]

Experience Tunisia’s rich culture with Street View Imagery

My Street View journey took me to Tunisia, home to beautiful sun soaked beaches, ancient Roman ruins, and Islamic monuments. And now you can explore Tunisia on Street view too. The first stop is the Amphitheatre of El Djem, the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa, located in the heart of Tunisia. This beautiful monument […]

Samsung S8 Active leaks, and it’s not as ugly this time

Samsung has another high-end device on the way this year, and it’s not the Note 8. A reddit user has leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, which continues Samsung’s tradition of building more durable offshoots of it mainstream phone series. If you’re not familiar, the Active series has been around since the S4, […]

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the third beta and more than a month after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Registered developers can download the new iOS 11 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration […]

The biggest data leak in Swedish history was also the most avoidable

It’s been described as “the biggest leak in Swedish history”, and it’s easy to see why. Looking to cut costs, in 2015, the Swedish Transport Agency (STA) outsourced the management of its database and IT infrastructure to two companies — IBM in the Czech Republic, and NCR in Serbia. Given the sensitivity of the data, […]

Spotify and Warner Music Close to Signing Deal That Would Restrict Some Releases to Premium Users

Music streaming service Spotify is close to signing a deal with Warner Music Group that would see artists under the label launch albums exclusively on Spotify’s $9.99/month paid subscription tier. Spotify has previously not restricted albums to its paid subscribers, but reports earlier this year said that the service would soon begin practicing in exclusives, […]

Google no longer shows ‘best torrent sites’ carousel in Search

Google is no longer making it easy for pirates to quickly find decent torrent sites. Following numerous reports that the company had begun displaying suggestions for popular torrent platforms straight at the top of Search, the internet giant has now amended its mistake and removed the results carousel in question. Previously, users searching for the keyphrase […]

This startup 3D prints glasses that will fit nobody but you

It’s a bit of a holy grail for the eyewear industry: Being able to sell glasses that never pinch, slide off, or seem off-center. But every face is different, noses come in various sizes, and ears aren’t always in the exact same position. So when it comes to spectacles, there’s no such thing as ‘one […]

Procrastination: Is It Good, Bad, or Both!

If I were to describe my level of being a procrastinator, I would probably say mild to moderate. Over the years, I’ve used procrastination as a way to motivate myself to complete a task. This is particularly the case with tasks that I don’t like doing or tasks that appear difficult at first glance. Sometimes […]

How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim

Loneliness doesn’t always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us — and it’s often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share […]

Get Started With Serverless Computing On Kubernetes With Minikube And Kubeless

Bitnami, Jul 24, 2017 This is the sort of thing that could eat the rest of my vacation (or a lot longer, if you don’t have a developer background). Kubeless allows you to manage a “serverless” architecture (it’s not really ‘serverless’, it’s just that all of your applications and functions run on other people’s servers), […]

Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger

Episode 111 – The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year. We’re starting Season 2 with a bang and a big book Giveaway, Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray! Enjoy! Podcast Sponsor This episode […]

The past, present and future of meeting people with meetup founder Scott Heiferman

There’s a high chance that if you have attended an event in a city in recent years, it was arranged through The site now has over 32 million members, over a quarter of a million groups and over half a million meetups happening in 182 countries every month. Aside from being a keen and […]

Albert Camus on the Three Antidotes to the Absurdity of Life

“In a world whose absurdity appears to be so impenetrable, we simply must reach a greater degree of understanding among men, a greater sincerity.” What an astrophysicist might have the perspective to eulogize as “the incredibly improbable trip that we’re on” the rest of us might, and often do, experience as simply and maddeningly absurd […]

KKR said to be in talks to buy WebMD

 Private equity giant KKR is said to be in acquisition talks with medical site WebMD, according to a report from Reuters on Sunday. Shares of WebMD ticked up slightly in after-hours trading after the report. The price of the potential offer could not be learned, but the public market cap last valued the company at […]

How to improve your work-life balance

It can be easy to put your work as the most important component of your life and forego all other responsibilities. Entrepreneurs are notorious for caring about nothing besides their ventures, but this level of dedication is not the best route to achieve success. Not only is it important to balance work with other hobbies […]

New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri

 How do you teach people how to use an interface that’s invisible? That’s been the marketing communications problem for Apple since the day Siri became the first big mass-market voice assistant. They’ve taken stab after stab at it. The splash page that offers Siri suggestions if you activate it and don’t say anything. TV spots; […]

The Rock teams up with Apple’s Siri for his next movie

In case you manage to drag yourself out of the ongoing Game of Thrones craze today, you might be in for a treat: superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson just tweeted that he’s joined forces with Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, for his next film, which airs on the company’s YouTube channel July 24 (that’s today!). It’s […]

Grab gets $2B from Didi and SoftBank to fuel bid to defeat Uber in Southeast Asia

 Grab, the ride-hailing company competing with Uber in Southeast Asia, has pulled in $2 billion of new financing from existing investors Didi Chuxing, the company that defeated Uber in China, and SoftBank. Didi said the round could expand by $500 million more with input from other existing backers and new investors, too. A Grab representative […]

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is coming to a new continent: Announcing Australia!

 TechCrunch is headed to Australia to find the most disruptive early stage startups poised to compete on a global stage. How? We are bringing TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield to Australia this year in partnership with ELEVACAO. Many are familiar with the many adventurous innovations — zorbing, bungee jumping, and jet boating to name a few — […]

I went to Pokémon Go Fest to (try to) play the game with thousands of others. Here’s what it was like

 “Do people still play Pokémon go?” It’s a question that pops up pretty much any time the game gets mentioned. The answer: yep! It’s rarely the sidewalk-filling, flash mob-inducing hype monster that it was for a few weeks after launch — and that’s probably better for everyone. But lots and lots of people do still […]

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