Tinfoil Hats: The Next Generation

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As governments become ever-more cavalier about basic privacy rights, human ingenuity will continue to be applied to thwarting their ability to scan our digital tools. With luck, it won’t all look as ridiculous as this: The CHBL Jammer Coat is a piece of clothing that enables its user to disappear: Google cannot find you anymore. [Read More...]

Ambassador Sworn in on a Kindle

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Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in using  a Kindle displaying a page of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the vote). It’s jarring, of course, in that way new things are, and we have to wonder if a president’s iPad will one day have the same mystique as Lincoln’s Bible. H/T: [Read More...]

Google Reveals Its Prototype Self-Driving Electric Car

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Here it is: Ha! Just kidding, here it is: This is the first scratch-built, rather that retrofitted, Google car. It has no steering wheel or user-controlled brakes. So … good luck with that. Google engineer Chris Urmson explains why this is teh awesomes: But what happens if you’re riding in a self-driving car with no [Read More...]

Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Because What I Always Look For in a Quality Adult Beverage Is …

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… an interactive bottle. What is this I don’t even– (Emphasis added so you can really savor the marketingspeak.) The Heineken Ignite interactive bottle is born from Heineken’s ambition to develop an idea that would create a memorable Heineken experience unlocking the power and possibilities of mobile innovation and technology. To match our ambitions we [Read More...]

Kim Kardashian and The Pilgrim Soul

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If you think modern society is humming along just fine and we all need to hope aboard The Good Ship Future, then you probably haven’t seen this picture: “That’s horrible!” you may be thinking, if you’re still sane. “Clearly the woman has been in a terrible accident.” Nope: that’s a Kardashian, and she’s just had [Read More...]

Make Your Own Tricorder

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Another kid who was inspired by Star Trek grows up and makes a functional Tricorder, then places all the specifications, instructions, and schematics online for anyone to use or mod. Nerd win! Peter Jansen has made two versions so far in his attempt to get as many sensors as possible into a single handheld device. Thus [Read More...]


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