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Hands-on with the new Google Maps at I/O (video)

<i>We go hands-on with the completely reworked web version of the Google Maps, which is due to roll out in the following months.</i><p>At the I/O keynote yesterday, Google dedicated a lot of time to Maps, one of the core applications for both mobile and web users of Google products. While the Android app has …

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Experience A Google Maps Free Fall With Instrument’s Maps Dive At Google I/O

One of the most interesting product demos on display at Google I/O this year was a virtual sky diving simulation built using eight separate computers running Chrome, along with a Kinect-like motion sensor made by ASUS called the Xtion Pro. The Maps Dive experiment was created by Portland-based …

New Google Maps Looks Spectacular

Following weeks of rumors that a Google Maps redesign was imminent, the search engine giant announced a new look on Wednesday, and to sum it up: it's …

Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones

ATF says no law enforcement agency could unlock a defendant's iPhone, but Apple can "bypass the security software" if it chooses. Apple has created a police waiting list because of high demand.<p>Apple receives so many police demands to decrypt seized iPhones that it has created a "waiting list" to …

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose: The Science of What Motivates Us, Animated

The question of how to avoid meaningless labor and instead find fulfilling work brimming with a sense of purpose is an enduring but, for many, elusive cultural ideal. <b>Daniel Pink</b> tackles the conundrum in this wonderful animation by the RSA — who have previously sketch-noted such fascinating pieces …

Uncommon Grounds: How Coffee Changed the World

Coffee — from its artful preparation to its secret history — holds enormous cultural mesmerism as the world’s favorite psychoactive drug. It may have taken a Founding Father to teach Americans how to make it, it wasn’t until Mark Pendergrast’s 1999 book <b>Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and</b> …

How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

As far as vintage finds go, they hardly get more fortuitous than <b>You Can Master Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a marvelous 1934 compendium of sort-of-philosophical, sort-of-self-helpy, at times charmingly dated, other times refreshingly timeless advice on cultivating “the power to think, to create, to …

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