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The United States Postal Service will now email you your mail

The US Postal Service is testing a “notification” service that emails customers images of the envelopes of their letter-size mail.<p>The service, called Informed Delivery, will send out an email to customers each morning with that day’s mailbox contents. The images are only of the exterior front side, …

New York City

iPad math app comes with real human tutor

The fifth-grader who just last year was at least one grade behind in math is now a year ahead and helping his classmates. Sebastian Johnson’s grasp and meteoric understanding of math did not happen because of the tutor he met with twice each week.<p>It was, his father Fred said, because of an iPad app …

Mathematics

Immediate.ly Maps Real-Time Restaurant Availability

Are you ever hungry and wonder which nearby restaurants have available tables right now? Immediate.ly, conceived at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London Hackathon, aims to fix that problem.<p>London-based developer Dan Cohen and Oxford student Chaiyakorn Srisakvarakul put together a tool, using the Esri API, …

Mummo Dumps Your Parents’ Tech Problems In Someone Else’s Lap

How many times has your mom or dad called with an obvious-to-you question about their phone, or printer, or in the case of my mother, the Apple TV?<p>Of course, you want to be a good son or daughter and help, but sometimes it’s a bad time or it’s hard to understand the problem without being there with …

Slack is now the fastest-growing workplace software ever

And it has $120 million in new funding to push it forward<p>Slack has become a big enough deal that it almost makes you care about enterprise software. The company, which integrates a kind of sophisticated group chat with dozens of other software services that your company may already use, has spread …