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Chrome OS now supports supervised user access

If a Chrome OS device is one of your household’s main routes to the internet and you’re ready to extend this option to your children, you’ll now have some new tools at your disposal. Google recently added supervised user support to its growing platform, which lets Chromebook and Chromebox owners …

Logo Design: The Work of Mike 'Logomotive' Erickson

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you …

7 Web Design Disasters that Drive People Crazy

<i>Garrett Heath is a technology storyteller with Rackspace.</i><p>While working on an article about responsive design, I realized how frustrating it is when companies design for a desktop only experience. I use a laptop for much of my Web browsing, but when I’m on the go it drives me nuts when there is a …

Stamplay: An Easy, IFTTT-like Way to Create Web apps

Stamplay, which has just recently come out of closed beta, has a lot of plans for the near future like releasing new components in partnership with other services and improving the complexity of rules that can be defined. However even in the current stage the service can be used for things ranging …

GitLab is building a business with 0.1% of paying customers

Sijbrandij, who was involved in a startup building private submarines before turning to found GitLab, never was a professional developer but is an avid Ruby fan and enthusiast. Coincidentally, GitLab is written in Ruby, too.<p>“I looked into the product and saw that the code quality was extremely …

PlayCanvas Takes its WebGL Game Engine Open Source

Video game creators will be pleased to hear that the WebGL PlayCanvas Engine has been open-sourced. Mozilla announced the move today on its developer blog and you can access the entire engine sourcebase right now over on GitHub.<p>The engine includes a full Javascript library tailored for video game …

Father-son developers create service that offers different languages in a single video

There’s always been a certain <i>je ne sais quoi</i> about going to a foreign film. First, it absolutely confirms that you know how to read (kidding). But second, it implies that you can read between lines of dialog you don’t understand, and which are often minimally translated, to get the heart of a story.<p>…

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Amazon's opening a store for coin collectors

Amazon's well known as the one-stop online shop for practically <i>anything</i> you might want, but apparently it has, until now, regretfully underserved numismatists -- that's coin collectors to the uninitiated. According to the company, rare and collectible coinage is one of the most popular product …

Leap Motion's latest motion tracking tech can see your joints

The Leap Motion controller is a curious little motion sensor, but it isn't always easy to use. The hand-sensing tech has a tendency to lose sight of where your fingers are and almost every application that uses it has its own learning curve. Soon, that might change -- today Leap is launching the …

'Magneto' boots let X-Men wannabe walk on ceiling

YouTuber Colin Furze is at it again. First he made some pretty realistic Wolverine claws. This week, inspired by X-Men's Magneto, he's flipped things up a bit by creating magnetic shoes that let him walk on the roof of his workshop.<p>To create his shoes, Furze drilled holes in an old pair of Vans and …

An exclusive look at Alto’s Adventure, a beautiful endless runner for iOS

Countless “endless runner” games have made it big in the App Store—all the way back to <i>Canabalt</i> in 2009. Now we have more titles <i>like Tiny Wings</i> and <i>Badland</i> that pride themselves on not only fun, causal gameplay, but immersive design.<p>The next game in the endless runner camp to make it big could very …

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L'Oréal's New Makeup App Will Change Your Life

Photo: Courtesy of L'Oreal<p>Forget smudging a lipstick tester on the back of your hand or waiting to get home to test drive a new shadow or entire new beauty look. L'Oréal Paris is debuting a new virtual app, Makeup Genius, that works in real time and uses a super-advanced facial mapping algorithm …

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This marketing platform helped Samsung beat Apple … and predicts the future with 78% accuracy

Facebook wants to be the social layer for the web. Google wants to be the discovery layer, and PayPal wants to be the financial layer.<p>Networked Insights, however, wants to be the consumer intent layer.<p>In other words, a crystal ball — that works — for marketers.<p>Google knows a lot about the world, …

'Assassins Creed: Pirates' now available as a free-to-play browser game

Here's the thing about <i>Assassins Creed: Pirates</i> (you know, aside from the obvious swashbuckling theme): It was made specifically for phones and tablets. In fact, Ubisoft warned from the get-go that we probably wouldn't see a PC or console version. Starting today, though, you can play it on your …

Sleek Cut Paper Illustrations Will Bring Out The Minimalist In You

Whether your artistic inclinations lead toward fine arts or arts and crafts, we expect you'll get quite a thrill from artist Eiko Ojala's cut paper illustrations.<p>The Estonian illustrator, graphic designer and art director has established a unique artistic method unlike any other, fusing digital …

A Fighter Jet for the Road: 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4

Say hello to the most practical, ridiculous Lambo a whole heap of money can buy.<p><b>On-Sale Date:</b> Now<p><b>Base Price (est.):</b> $245,000<p><b>Competitors:</b> Audi R8, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo S<p><b>Powertrains:</b> 5.2-liter V-10, 602 hp, 413 lb-ft; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, AWD<p><b>EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy, mfr.</b> …

OTTO Is A Raspberry Pi-Based GIF Camera That Says We’ve Reached Peak Hipster

Most cameras take either photo, video or both – but the OTTO, a new Kickstarter project, is a piece of dedicated hardware that actually captures animated GIFs. It uses a hand-crank to do it, and comes in a brightly colored, vaguely retro design, and is basically the most hipster creation of all …

Table Tennis Touch captures all of the fun of ping-pong with none of the humiliation

I suck at table tennis. Like, it’s embarrassing.<p>I’m alright at serving, and I can usually return, but if anyone smashes at all or puts any spin on the ball, I fold faster than a laundry robot. I still like the idea of table tennis, though, which is why I’m glad we have video-game versions.<p>And <i>Table</i> …

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If You Really Must Snap iPad Photos, Try the Olloclip Lens

Hands on with Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens<p>Olloclip at Work<p>Olloclip in the Box<p>Olloclip Gear<p>Olloclip on iPad Air Sideview<p>Olloclip on the …

HTC gives One M7 models a sixth Sense

The latest version of HTC's custom Sense UI is now available for select versions of the HTC One M7. More specifically, the HTC One (M7) Developer Edition and the unlocked models are now able to install Sense 6.<p>It's worth pointing out that this isn't exactly the full version of Sense 6 that …

Xiaomi's first tablet offers powerful gaming on the cheap (video)

Just over two years ago, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun told this author that he wasn't sure about making a tablet, but today he confessed that he's been quietly developing one this whole time. What we have here is the conveniently named Mi Pad, which was just unveiled in Beijing with super attractive price …

Fon’s Gramofon music router ends successful Kickstarter campaign with $315,000

Crowdsourced Wi-Fi network operator Fon successfully completed the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming Gramofon social music router Thursday. Fon …

After 500K iOS Downloads, ‘iPad Game’ Monument Valley Arrives On Android

Monument Valley, an iOS game made by London-based app design studio ustwo, has launched on Android — after racking up an impressive 500,000 downloads on the App Store in just over a month.<p>The Android version of Monument Valley is priced the same as the iOS game — with ustwo continuing to take a …

Gesture Alarm Clock does f***ing everything

With Gesture Alarm Clock, you set wakeup alerts by drawing numbers on the screen. It has a sleep timer that plays a variety of soothing music and sounds to lull you off. Plus, it has three different vibration strengths, several gesture-based snoozes, and if you think you’d wake up easier if your …

Research Project Cider Brings iOS Apps to Android Devices

Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science have developed Cider, an OS compatibility architecture capable of running iOS apps on Android. Rather than using a strict virtual machine, they achieved the feat by running domestic and foreign binaries on the same device.<p>They …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

Could A $150 Robot Teach Braille Across India’s Slums?

To combat illiteracy among india’s visually impaired, two students create the world’s cheapest Braille display.<p>At $4,000 each, Braille displays are much too expensive to be of any use to the nearly 8 million visually impaired people living in India.<p>But thanks to a group of clever computer science …

Betty translates plain english into command line code

The old-fashioned computer command line isn't going anywhere.<p>But it may soon learn to speak our language.<p>For all the advances in the way we interact …