Jim Bull

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The Best Science Fiction Books, According To Real-Life Scientists

We've all seen lists of the worst science fiction books and movies, according to scientists — but what are the best? HuffPost Science reached out to …

Bitcoin’s Biggest Impact Could Be Changing How Others Build Products, Say Digital Money Firms

What do digital payments companies make of Bitcoin? Here at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, a digital money panel featuring PayPal, Stripe and Gumroad gave its thoughts on the currency that has VCs emptying their bank accounts to invest afresh.<p>Stripe’s John Collison said what stands out most to him about …

Twenty years on, the Web faces new openness challenges

Two decades ago today, the European particle accelerator called CERN gave birth to what's known as the open Web -- a technology that anyone can build without paying licensing or royalty fees.<p>But as the Web has grown ever more popular and sophisticated, proprietary technology poses a challenge to …

Won't You Be in My Nextdoor Network?

If you’re like a lot of people, you use Facebook to keep in touch with friends who live hundreds of miles away. The neighbors you can wave to from …

Between a Rockman and a Hard Place: The Fan-made Mega Man

Hell hath no fury like a fanboy scorned.<p>Using message boards, angry comments and vitriolic editorials as their weapons, disappointed gamers can (and do) wage wars to avenge their hurt. But for one small team of Canadian game developers, the answer to post-fandom depression was going to be very …

A dubious diagnosis: will New Yorkers really be able to see their health history online?

The state's 'patient portal' promises to make e-health as easy as online banking — a mission that might be easier said than done<p>The 19.5 million residents of New York State will soon have access to heaps of their own health data — the results of every blood test, the details on every prescription — …

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I was wrong.<p>One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."<p>It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've …

How To Download The Entire Google Fonts Catalog

Google’s massive collection of free and open-source fonts, Google Fonts, has grown in popularity since launching over two years ago. The quality of the typefaces available may vary greatly, but if you’re in search of new fonts, Google Fonts is still an excellent place to look.<p>Google has made the …

What Apple's Flat iOS 7 Design Will Look Like — When It Gets Here

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The latest design for Apple's mobile operating system might not be ready in time for the World Wide …

Five reasons why this is the worst earnings report Facebook has ever issued

<b>1. Facebook may have just set a record for becoming a bloated corporate behemoth in the shortest amount of time.</b><p>Facebook’s revenue is up 38% from a year ago, to $1.46 billion. But that hardly matters because the company still doesn’t appear to know how to really boost its profits—net income is more …

Google, Nike, Jawbone and the fight to win wearable computing

When wireless headset company Jawbone announced plans Tuesday to buy wearable sensor maker BodyMedia for what a source said was more than $100 million, it may well have marked a turning point for wearable computing.<p>The technology, which includes everything from Google Glass eyewear to heart-rate …

Faraway: The Making of a Universe

A video game about space has haunted me since 2011. I was a first-time judge for the Independent Games Festival, deliriously scanning a then-record five hundred sixty-seven entries, when this page (and this teaser video) stopped me surgically cold. “You,” promised Faraway, “are a shooting star that …

Did the Internet Save Marriage?

A new study finds broadband access leads to higher marriage rates. But whether the Web is making our marriages better, we can't say.<p>Twitter is making us weird, and gaming is making us anti-social, and Facebook is making us lonely, so it couldn't possibly be the case this ineffable and unwieldy …

Is Internet Killing the Video Star?

iPad image copyright Skylines<p>My career in digital media started at a pivotal moment. The year was 2001, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth …

Television Industry

The IT department is flattening office hierarchy, one device at a time

Everyone is fretting over “bring your own device” policies and the headaches they mean for the information-technology department. But the silver lining is that they also help make workplaces, across titles and time zones, much more equitable places.<p>Corporate access to devices is being driven by the …

Operating Systems

Tears in rain: how Snapchat showed me the glory of data death

A case for fading data in the age of media immortality<p><i>"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."</i><p>Anyone who's …

Let's Cut Through the Bitcoin Hype: A Hacker-Entrepreneur's Take

Bitcoin. Everybody’s talking about it. What’s true, and what’s hype? Perhaps the only thing that’s clear about Bitcoin is that it’s not going away …

Behind the curtain of Y Combinator, the 'sleep-away camp for startups'

Since its founding in 2005, Y Combinator has become one of the most prominent seed accelerators in Silicon Valley, haven given rise to companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. Every year, the organization and its founder, Paul Graham, hold two three-month "terms" for hand-picked entrepreneurs — …

In 2013, the keys to Android are still held by the carriers

This year's flagships, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, are locked down<p>Just under two years ago, HTC's CEO responded to public pressure by making an equally public promise: "We will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices." Today, that promise is only half-kept by HTC, while other …

Photos: Hong Kong’s counterfeit mobile hub loses ground to cheap phones on the mainland

Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions is a jarringly down-market building on some of the world’s most expensive real estate. The 17-story building, in the ritzy Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood, is home to some of the city’s best South Asian restaurants, several $20-a-night guesthouses, and a mall that at one …

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Grow First, Ads Later: Facebook’s Strategy For Desktop, Mobile, And Now Instagram

When you’re spreading like wildfire, why douse the flames to make a few bucks? Facebook’s willingness to wait on advertising helped its site and mobile apps grow massive, and now it’s applying the same strategy to Instagram. Wall Street is clamoring for Facebook to earn back the $700+ million it …

Senate Approves Online Sales Tax Bill

<b>Update at 7:00 p.m.:</b><p>The Senate has passed the Marketplace Fairness Act by a vote of 69 to 27, The Associated Press reports.<p><b>Here's our original post:</b><p>The Senate is expected to approve a measure on Monday that would end tax-free shopping for online purchases, a move that concerns many e-retailers but …

On the Red Couch with Remodelista's Julie Carlson

On the Red Couch with Remodelista’s Julie Carlson<p>Inside Flipboard / May 3, 2013<p><i>Julie Carlson is the doyenne of closets, cabinet poles and</i> …

The Week in Review: When We Made Beautiful Music

Inside Flipboard / May 3, 2013<p>Something about the time of year—the crispness of the air, perhaps, or maybe the stirring sight of the world …

The Cities That Live Behind Walls

For thousands of years, humans have been defending their cities by building huge walls around them. Over time, the cities often spill over the walls …

Photos of the Food and Drink Requested by Famous Musicians Backstage

When musicians sign contracts to perform in major concerts, their documents often contain <i>riders</i> (more commonly known as addendums). These are a …

Meet The Guy Who Helped Google Beat Apple's Siri

For all the attention lavished on Siri, the often-clever voice-driven virtual assistant on Apple’s iPhone, Google’s mobile search app lately has impressed a lot more people. That’s partly thanks to Google Now, its own virtual assistant that’s part of that app, which some observers think is more …