Mittwoch, 22. April 2015

This guy wants to name your dog and buy Kickstarter so he can do it

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Aaron Schlechter loves dogs. Or, he loves naming them, anyway. It is a unique skill he has honed over time to honor a very special friend of his from childhood.

"When I was about four years old, our family got a dachshund...and my parents let me name her. After a great deal of thought, I chose the name 'Coco Cutie.'...The shame," Schlechter told Mashable. "That dog deserved better. I recognized I had a problem, and I've spent the last three decades trying to overcome it."

Schlechter has gotten better at naming dogs since he was a kid, and he wanted to share his gift with humanity by launching a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $3,700 Read more...

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This Beautiful Visualization Makes Music So Easy To Follow

This Beautiful Visualization Makes Music So Easy To Follow

If you’ve ever glanced at a conductor’s score for a symphony — or, let’s be honest, a 9th-grader’s piano book — you’ll have realised that musical notation is a pain to follow. So instead, this visualization boils down a Mozart clarinet concerto to its roots to help you follow along.

The video is the work of Stephen Malinowski, and his Music Animation Machine. MAM uses a different kind of notation to show music: rather than a conventional score, with different staffs for each instrument. MAM distils the lines of an entire orchestra down to a few different-colored instances, making it far easier to distinguish the clarinet line from the the cellos.

As well as being a good way to chill out to Mozart this evening (and a throwback to my days of Windows XP Media Player’s visualizer), it’s a good lesson in graphic design and data visualization. More isn’t always better. [YouTube]



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Feds ask airlines to look for theoretical WiFi hacks

The FBI and TSA have begun telling airlines to watch out for passengers attempting to access their planes' internal navigation networks, despite lacking evidence that anybody's ever actually tried to do so. The Feds are warning aircrews to look for p...

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Garmin's Vivofit 2: A modest update to an entry-level fitness tracker

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How committed is Garmin to the wearable space? The company is currently selling more than 24 different devices that run the trackable gamut from hiking to flying to golfing

For its part, the Vivofit 2 is that most populist of wearable technology, the activity tracker. More specifically, it’s a low-end activity tracker designed to compete with the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone.

Unveiled alongside a slew of other products at CES back in January, the device is far from the flashiest of the bunch, lacking a number of key amenities like a touchscreen and notifications that many have come to expect from the space Read more...

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This Box Turns Any 3-D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel

This Box Turns Any 3-D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel

3-D printers are great, as long as all you want to do is print Action Man out of one material, in one color. Multi-color machines exist, but they’re a far cry from the cheap, simple desktop manufacturing revolution we’ve been promised. I just got a peek at a nondescript box that could change all that.

3-D printing in color is a finicky business. The conventional solution is to use multiple extruder heads: one for each color of filament you want to print. While that works — kinda — it has drawbacks, including a decreased build volume (so you can only make smaller things), poor resolution, and unused heads drip-drip-dripping unwanted plastic over your finished build. Plus, it means buying a dedicated, standalone printer, something that costs thousands of dollars.

The approach of Mosaic Manufacuring is different. It uses a standalone box, called the Palette, which feeds a mulicolored filament to any single-color 3-D printer. Basically, you put the shoebox-sized Palette between almost any 3-D printer and four spools of filament. Then Palette chops and changes the color, so the printer has the right color material coming out of the printer head at any given moment.

This gets rid of most of the problems associated with regular 3-D printers. There’s no dripping, no decrease in build size — the only drawback is a slight over-usage of materials every time the printer needs to change colors.

This Box Turns Any 3-D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel

This Box Turns Any 3-D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel

Even better, the Palette can accomodate different types of material, not just different colors. If you want to reinforce part of your model with carbon fiber, or wood, or even a conductive material, you can. The team showed me a prototype quadrotor body, built on a 3-D printer, with the power connections built right in — no need for wires to carry power from the battery to the motors.

The multi-colored examples were just as impressive, ranging from the frivolous — a custom business-card-holder, anyone? — to a multi-colored child’s cast, designed to be more appealing to kids.

This Box Turns Any 3-D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel

The Palette is currently up for pre-order on Kickstarter, with the base model running $849 at the moment. As ever, there’s a level of caution to be taken with Kickstarter; but in this instance, the technology and manufacturing process are already perfected, so with any luck, scaling up production should be painless.

Although it might seem like a fairly niche product, the Palette represents a major leap forwards for cheap, consumer printing. There’s a limited number of things that people really want to print out of one single color of plastic, but as soon as you add multiple colors, and multiple materials into the mix, the possibilities explode.

This Box Turns Any 3-D Printer Into A Multi-Color, Multi-Material Marvel


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Vine makes it easier to share videos everywhere at once

So you've discovered a catch Vine video that you know your friends will instantly appreciate, but they're scattered across multiple social networks. Will you have to sit there diligently tapping the share button over and over again to make sure every...

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Draymond Green's mom is the NBA Playoffs' real MVP

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Golden State's Draymond Green scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists while playing incredible defense against New Orleans star Anthony Davis during the Warriors' win over the Pelicans to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA Playoffs series on Monday night

The Golden State forward earned well-deserved accolades from across the basketball universe for his sterling performance. But it was Green's mom who actually stole the show on Monday — and she did it on Twitter, no less

The hippest Warriors fans have been aware of the glory of Mary Babers-Green's Twitter account for about a year now. But after Monday night's playoff game on national TV — with Green excelling on the court and Mary in rare form on the Internet — the world at large is now appreciating her brilliance Read more...

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Watching this stunning kinetic chandelier move is like seeing magic

Watching this stunning kinetic chandelier move is like seeing magic


This is so cool. The Lenningrad Center in St. Petersburg has this awesome kinetic chandelier hanging from its ceiling that can move and change the color of its 1089 lights to basically bend the concept of reality. It’s so fun to watch the lights work in concert to create mesmerizing patterns.

Just check out some of these patterns:

Watching this stunning kinetic chandelier move is like seeing magic

Watching this stunning kinetic chandelier move is like seeing magic

And check out the full video of it in action:


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Aereo to pay broadcasters $950,000 for copyright claims

As if the situation couldn't get worse for Aereo, the defunct TV streaming service is now set to make a payment to the broadcasters responsible for its downfall. And, all things considered, it's getting off quite easy. According to Bloomberg Business...

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Notifications Are The Next Platform

fbnotify As the world moves from web to mobile, we’ve been thinking deeply about how people will discover mobile products and services and how we will find and access all the things we need in our digital lives. Search (largely Google) has long been the access and discovery point for web services. This model was pull-driven (i.e. we proactively find information on websites as we need), and… Read More


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Darth Vader's breathing soothes crying baby to sleep

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Parents will try anything to get their kid to stop crying and go to bed — even the Dark Side

After 1-week-old Madison would not stop crying, her father Buddy Crotty discovered that the soothing sound of Darth Vader's breathing was just the thing to soothe her to sleep.

Hey, Sith Lords need parenting tips too.

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Gannett's new TEGNA joins a long list of ridiculous corporate names

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Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, will spin off its digital media businesses into a new company called TEGNA, the unlikely name of which was created by rearranging some of the letters in "Gannett."

Gannett CEO Garcia Mortore said in a statement that the name is a "nod to the more than 100 year-old history of Gannett." TEGNA will oversee 46 TV stations and websites including Cars.com and CareerBuilder.com, which had been the most profitable pieces of the parent company.

The invented name, only a few hours old, quickly came in for its share of ridicule from wags on Twitter:

Gannett will become Tegna, in a rebranding that appears to have involved Scrabble tiles and a Yahtzee cup http://t.co/YAAzT0ElSp

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WSJ: Google will roll out its wireless service tomorrow

The Wall Street Journal has just reported that Google plans to launch its very own phone service starting tomorrow. The plan was first announced over a month ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the WSJ has since unearthed more details abou...

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U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

nsa-red In a speech at cybersecurity conference RSA, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies, and what impact the shift might have on national security. While tech firms like Apple are advancing encryption to an increasingly broad set of consumer activities, the government is… Read More


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Kraft Mac & Cheese to ditch synthetic dyes after Change.org petition

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NEW YORK — This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

Starting in January 2016, Kraft says its macaroni and cheese will be colored using paprika, annatto and turmeric, instead of yellow dyes numbers 5 and 6.

There has been a huge shift away from processed foods in the U.S. and larger food producers are trying to follow their customers in that direction.

A Change.org petition begun in March 2013 by food activist Vani Hari, who blogs as the "Food Babe," asked Kraft to remove dyes from its macaroni and cheese. The petition garnered more than 365,000 signatures. Read more...



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The Bright White Swedish Workspace

The Bright White Swedish Workspace

Today’s featured workspace looks immaculate, with its pristine white walls, simple white desk, and wood accents. Those skylights help too.

The workspace appears to be in the corner of a bedroom in a duplex in Sweden. The rest of the apartment, which is currently for sale, is just as clean and tastefully arranged as this space—so it’s worth a look over at 55 Kvadrat linked below, even if you’re not in the market for new digs. We’ve seen several white workspaces before, and this one’s further proof that you don’t need a lot of color to have an attractive home office.

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, share them with us by adding it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool. Make sure any photos you include are at least 640x360. Keeping them to 16:9 helps, too! Include a little text about the stuff you used, how you came up with the design, and any other relevant details. If your clever organization and good design sense catches our eye, you might be the next featured workspace.

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Peaceful shot of a MV-22 Osprey overlooking the Sun on top a mountain

Peaceful shot of a MV-22 Osprey overlooking the Sun on top a mountain

The US Marines says this photo shows a MV-22B Osprey preparing to take off on top of a mountain in New Mexico. I think the picture is fantastic, the rear shot makes it look like the Osprey is being contemplative and its rotors are splitting the Sun at the perfect angle. Everything almost looks peaceful.

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An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22, prepares to take off while on top of a mountain during a flight aboard Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 2, 2015. During the flight the Marines conducted low visibility landing, flew through mountainous terrain and at low altitudes.


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