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Best of the Week: Technology, Photography, Design and Happy New Year!

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Christmas Trees

Designing for exponential trends of 2014

Rather than predict anything that will suddenly appear at the end of 2014, this post offers some trends that are likely to double by some measure …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk

Consumer Technology news, analysis, how-to, opinion and video.

Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

This app shows Google Glass' potential

When Google Glass first came out, people didn't get the point. There didn't seem to be much you could do with it. Shoot videos and pictures from your …

Mapping Happiness In American Cities, Using Twitter

Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and about a zillion tweets, these maps correlate happiness and location.<p>Back in 2009, a group of University of Vermont researchers published a surprising paper in the <i>Journal of Happiness Studies</i>. In it, they outlined the process of determining the saddest day in …

Happiness

Online services experiencing outages across multiple consoles (updated)

Online services for multiple consoles are undergoing outages and other difficulties due to holiday traffic, according to their respective service status pages.<p>According to Nintendo's support page, Wii U services are completely inoperable at the time of this post. Service for the Nintendo DS, 3DS …

Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the …