1 Feb 2012
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#design Surely by now we've all seen the latest addition to Instagram, the long awaited website. What did you think of the turn out? Was it what you expected? To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what to expect. My hope was that they would create some sort of a nice grid layout. To my surprise, they did not. As a long time interface designer, I wanted to test my skills and design the Instagram I wanted for myself. More » Read similar
#mega In addition to protecting itself from your pirated content with its see-no-evil encryption, Kim Dotcom's Mega service aims to stay on the law's good side by playing nicely with copyright takedown requests and keeping that super important DMCA safe harbor status. So far so good, too; it's responded to an early batch of requests with all due speed and efficiency. More » Read similar
#gizexplains The cops pull over a car doing 75 in a school zone. The driver is behaving errratically, so they pull him out of the car for a search and bingo: a small bag of white dust in the perp's pocket. But what is it—baking soda, cocaine, arsenic? To find out, they rely on this series of chemical tests. More » Read similar
#videogames Playing the video game Minecraft is a joke that writes itself. Ooh, look at nerds building the world they want to live in! But it's actually engaging, like playing with a digital Lego. Could it also be the ultimate educational tool? PBS' Idea Channel examines Minecraft's case for wrinkling our brain. More » Read similar
#appoftheday Are you color blind? Maybe you are, maybe you aren't—but have you ever put that question to an actual test? You can, and it's very simple. More » Read similar
#att Deciphering wireless bills requires a degree of patience only slightly lower than interpreting the Constitution, so we're very happy to see AT&T making theirs a lot more human-friendly. Starting today, AT&T is explaining your monthly costs with a simple video. More » Read similar
#dealzmodo Mensa—the club for people who know they're smarter than you—is offering its home test for free during the month of January. It's an IQ test that takes 32 minutes to complete and at the end it'll tell you whether you're Mensa material. Although acing this test won't get you admitted to Mensa—that test has to be taken in a controlled environment—it's a really good approximation, and a good score would certainly be good enough to declare yourself a genius, at least to your dumb friends. More » Read similar
#design The late Alvar Artek is a very awesome Finish designer whose portfolio includes housewares, textiles, buildings, and furniture. One of his most famous designs is the three-legged Stool 60. Created in 1933, it's turning 80 this year, and to celebrate, Artek is reissuing the a remixed version of classic Finish piece, featuring bright accent colors from a famous Artek building. More » Read similar
#wishyouwerehere Looking for that perfect home accent to hang over your fireplace? Instead of grabbin' yer guns and heading out into the woods to bag a trophy buck, you might want to consider trying to coerce artist Chen Bikovski to start selling her brilliant deer lamps that recreate a set of antlers using shafts of light. More » Read similar
#amazon Amazon has ponied up a cool $26 million for a company that builds a voice recognition app called Evi—yes, essentially a Siri clone—prompting speculation about a forthcoming phone from Bezos and co. More » Read similar
#apps Twitter and Instagram want you to decide between the two of them. They used to be very different, but as of today, you can use them both to apply faux-vintage filters to your pictures. But only one can be the best. More » Read similar
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