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Instead Of Giving Google Your Data For Free, Now You Can Donate It For Good

The GoodData is a co-op that aims to allow people to take control of their data and harness what it’s worth–for a good cause.<p>The Internet knows everything about you: where you shop, what you like, your age, race, the sex stuff. The Internet also knows how to make money from what it knows. Every …

Why You Should Work A Tough Job, Even When You’re Old

Can your job condition your brain to stay active into old age? A new study from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor suggests that it might.<p>The study took place over a long period of time, from 1992 to 2010, and involved 4,182 subjects. Those subjects worked in all kinds of jobs, from all kinds …

Ann Arbor

Why The Pull-To-Refresh Gesture Must Die

Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom says that he doesn’t “believe there should be refresh” interactions any more. Even the guy who invented “pull-to-refresh” thinks it needs to die. Do you agree?<p>Last week, at a company event in New York City, Instagram unveiled Direct, a private-messaging feature for …

Apps

BlackBerry announces partnership with Foxconn, remains committed to device market

BlackBerry’s(s bbry) Q3 earnings are in, and the numbers are pretty dismal. The company took a $4.4 billion write-down on unsold devices, and only …

These Self-Assembling Blocks Will Make Real-Life Transformers Possible

Imagine 3-D printing, without a 3-D printer. MIT’s robotic M-Blocks could change the landscape of design forever. Here’s how.<p>The M-Blocks, created by John Romanishin at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, are self-assembling robots that move themselves around like magnetic …

Robotics