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George R.R. Martin's werewolf novella gets pilot script order from Cinemax

Another George R.R. Martin series could find its way to cable.<p>Cinemax has ordered a pilot script for the <i>Game of Thrones</i> author’s werewolf novella <i>The</i> …

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

Codacy: Automated Code-Checking for Coders

Codacy launched in private beta back in November, offering developers a code review tool that automatically monitors patterns to unearth potentially problematic code further down the line. And today, Codacy is shedding its beta tags and launching to the public.<p>Since launch, more than 1,300 …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their infrastructure (you could probably …

Cash Is Trash: The Future of Mobile Payment

President Obama recently said he supports efforts to abolish the American penny. But the penny is not alone in its uselessness. All physical coins and dollars will soon be rendered obsolete by the security and convenience of mobile phones and thumbprints.<p>Just as the magnetic strip revolutionized …

Here's Our Favorite Apple iWatch Concept Design So Far

Everyone's hearts go aflutter at iWatch rumors, the supposed wearable wrist computer that Apple could launch as early as this year.<p>A designer named Todd Hamilton took a stab not only at what the still-speculative watch might look like, but how it might actually work to make calls. Check it out.

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Google Launches AdSense Direct, A New Tool For Direct Ad Sales

Google today launched AdSense Direct, a new tool for publishers who – as the name implies – want to sell ads directly and aren’t large enough to make dealing with the complexities of DoubleClick for Publishers worth their while.<p>This puts it into direct competition with iSocket, BuySellAds and other …

Haier’s futuristic new AC unit is the first home appliance to be Apple-certified

Chinese consumer electronics giant Haier has pulled the curtain back on a new appliance called Tianzun – a standalone smart air conditioning system …

This group just created a address book for the internet of things

The internet of things is coming, but few normal people want to be the intermediary between dozens or the hundreds of connected devices they will …

What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality

The principle behind the phrase “net neutrality” is that internet service providers of all kinds should treat data flowing over the open internet …

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES 2014

The launch this week of our Big Bang Disruption book added significant urgency to our annual search for the biggest disruptors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>After all, the book’s principal argument is that continued exponential improvements in price and performance of …

At CES, The Internet Of Everything Will Speak AllJoyn

The standard language that will connect watches, air conditioners, and TVs is poised to make the Internet of Things useful at CES 2014.<p>Rob Chandhok, President of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms and Innovation Center, is in a unique position to understand the Internet of Everything. He’s a driving …

SmartThings Built the Ultimate Connected Home

At CES this year, connected home startup SmartThings outfitted a house with a full range of smart appliances to show off the full possibilities of its platform. SmartThings COO Andrew Brooks took us on a walkthrough to show us what it’s all about.<p>The company makes a hub that integrates with its own …

CES is Ground Zero for the Internet of Everything

As the ultimate marketplace for consumer technology, the International CES® brings together thousands of innovators each January in Las Vegas to present designs and ideas for the devices that connect, inform and entertain consumers. CES has always showcased the next frontier of our digital world, …

Hands-On With Coin, The Electronic Credit Card That Hopes To Declutter Your Wallet

There are a number of startups seeking to make our financial lives better, whether it be Simple helping users set budgets and goals or BillGuard to make them aware of fraudulent charges that show up on their credit cards. Then there’s Coin, which wants to create a sort of “one card to rule them …

This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner

When most people play with a Kinect, the best they can hope for is a high score in <i>Dance Central</i>. When Occipital CEO Jeff Powers saw Microsoft's …

“Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools

As coding courses and bootcamps flourish, some students get left behind–and that promise of a six-figure salary pops like a bubble.<p>After the design firm where he worked as a web developer went under, Ray S. turned the bad news into an opportunity to transition into iOS development. The Chicago-area …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

Best free sites for learning how to write code

Not so long ago, typing was for secretaries, journalists, and would-be authors. Now we're all tapping away at keyboards and screens from morning until night.<p>The number of people who spend their workday coding continues to soar. In the not-too-distant future, writing code may be as commonplace as …

The future is enchanted objects, not glass slabs

<i>This is a guest post by Brad Feld, a managing director at Foundry Group.</i><p>On Saturday, I read the final draft of a magnificent book by David Rose. The book is titled Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things.<p>I’ve known David for many years. I was a huge fan and an early …

11 Super Smart Gifts That Connect Your Home to the Internet of Things

Sure, we've been told that ubiquitous computing is <i>just</i> over the horizon for decades—at least since the days o<i>f The Jetsons</i>. But over the past 12 …

Over 60% of internet traffic doesn’t come from humans

It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.<p>This year, Incapsula says 61.5% of traffic on the web is non-human.<p>Now, you might think this portends the arrival of “The Internet of Things”—that ever-promised network that will …

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Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released <i>A New Kind of Science</i> and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge. Earlier this month, he teased something with the …

An Introduction To Full Stack JavaScript

16 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …