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How to build a Harley cafe racer

A few weeks ago our article How To Build a Cafe Racer struck a chord with many readers. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it sounds like many of you are now using the article as a guide when modifying your own bikes.<p>However, that guide was good as design <i>theory</i>, and it’s now time for a …

The ‘Second Screen’: Is This App Really Necessary?

Because I write about movies and television professionally, I’ll admit there are some aspects of the whole Internet experience that are probably …

Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You

Viewership is declining. Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans. The presidency isn't the bully pulpit it used to be.<p>In an age of social media and divided audiences, the annual, constitutionally mandated State of the Union speech is beginning to …

Amp up TV time with these second-screen Android, iOS apps

Let's face it, you're not watching television commercials. In fact, you're probably not paying attention all that closely to your favorite TV shows, either.<p>The sad truth is that many of us can't go longer than an hour without whipping out the phone or tablet. We can't be bothered to give the …

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Ad crowd-sourcing start-up Tongal will now do music videos

Tongal, a Southern California start-up that has crowd-sourced video ads for big brands such as Pringles and McDonald's, is expanding into music.<p>The Santa Monica-based firm has made a name for itself linking writers, directors and actors with brands to create video ads in exchange for cash prizes. …

Tile: Track and find lost items via crowd-sourced iPhone app

I lose things all the time. My keys, wallet, and even my bike somehow find a way to escape my possession at least once or twice a week. Worse, there’s never a great solution to help me find the things I’m looking for. There’s no ‘Find My iPhone’ for a wallet, so whenever it goes missing, I’ll have …

Apple details Waze-like crowd-sourced route ratings and incident reporting for real-time traffic alerts in Maps

According to a new Apple patent application published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider), Apple is looking into new mapping features that would integrate real-time, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation data through ratings and user reporting.<p>At first glance the …

Latest Items on Harley-Davidson's Crowd-Sourcing List: the Actual Bikes

Harley-Davidson is continuing to use its "crowd-sourcing" strategy, this time for consumer input on the actual bikes that are getting the largest new …

Health data ‘hacktivist’ turns to the crowd to build an open-source database for food

If you’re looking for recipes, calorie counts and basic nutrition information about food, there are oodles of websites and apps to help you out. But …

New Army Website Looks To The Crowd For Innovative Ideas

When it comes to solving technical and logistical problems, the military isn’t known for rapid innovation. In the Army, the research, development and acquisition phase can take up to two years for a new piece of equipment. There are strengths to this methodical and exhaustive process, but it often …

How Autodesk Helped Create An Incredible New Technique For 3-D Printing Metal In Midair

Autodesk and designer Joris Laarman are introducing the next wave in manufacturing: large-scale, affordable, digitally fabricated metal structures.<p>We can 3-D print myriad plastic goods, fabric for apparel, burritos, candy, and perhaps in the not-so-distant future, human organs. Metal–the material …

Autodesk

America’s fastest mobile networks are left in the dust by Brazil, Russia, and Mexico

Mobile broadband speeds in the United States can’t keep pace with networks in other countries. In a study of 16 countries, the average US download speed in 2013, at 6.5 Mbps (Megabits per second), was faster only than the Philippines, and then just barely. Despite broad coverage and plenty of …

Telecoms

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

<b>Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings.</b><p>Sensors allow it to make more than 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real time.<p>Google said potential applications may include …

The State of 3D Printing and Scanning After CES 2014: The Push For Mainstreaming Begins

Is 3D printing ready to be adopted by mainstream consumers? The short answer is “we don’t know.” However, Judging by scale of the desktop 3D presence on floor of International CES 2014, huge marketing dollars are now being spent to push desktop additive manufacturing mainstream.<p>With industry giants …

How to Improve a RC Quadcopter Design

File this one under the “What would you 3D print?” category. 3D printing really is all about you: your interests, your dreams, and your vision. The tools to design and make anything are closer than ever.<p>To show you what one person can do, this month I’m turning the keys to the blog over to Nick …

Has The Time For Open Source DIY EVs Come?

<b>Published on</b> January 11th, 2014 | <i>by Derek Markham</i><p>8<p>January 11th, 2014 by <b>Derek Markham</b><p>Image: ZWheelz.com<p>To usher in the era of the electric car, it …

eBay Takes Its First Steps Toward Virtual Currency

One small step for Bitcoin, one medium-sized leap for eBay.<p>Starting on Feb. 10, the UK section of the online marketplace will open a "virtual …

Hyundai, Kia to Offer In-Car Wireless Service

Hyundai and Kia models will begin sporting 3G wireless service this year as part of a deal with Verizon, according to a report.<p>The 2015 Hyundai …

Nymi wristband turns your heartbeat into an electronic key that unlocks your devices - ExtremeTech

By on September 3, 2013 at 11:23 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Just about every device we use …

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real, and it's not a phone

Samsung is widely expected to reveal a smartwatch coined Galaxy Gear in the coming months, possibly as soon as Germany's IFA trade show in early September. A Bloomberg report last week ambiguously identified the Gear as being able to "make phone calls," but <i>The Verge</i> has learned today that the …

The Biggest Crowdfunding Campaign Ever Is Probably Going to Fail

For the Ubuntu Edge, it’s $10 million down, $20 million to go. That’s because the proposed smartphone that would transform into a PC is aiming to …

PayPal 'check in' app lets you pay with your face on the UK high street

UK consumers can now leave their wallets at home and pay using nothing more than their phones and faces thanks to PayPal's "check in" app -- at …

Musk says he ‘shot himself in the foot’ revealing Hyperloop

Anyone smart enough to build a tube that transports people 600 miles per hour to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes should step up because creator Elon Musk says he’s too busy to actually build it.<p>“I think I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop. I’m too …

New MIT software makes it easier to design complex 3D printed objects

Most consumer 3D printers print in hard plastic. That’s suitable for creating cups and little figurines, but many objects can’t be printed because …

EA Must Pay Original Madden Programmer $11M In Damages

You may not have heard of Robin Antonick, but he’s the man who spawned one of the most prolific video game series in history. And he wants to be paid for it.<p>Antonick programmed the original Madden football for MS-DOS, Apple and Commodore 64 way back in 1988. Back then, he signed a contract with EA …