Episode 38: Jewel of Partpic

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Circuit City is coming back

Watch out, Best Buy. Circuit City is coming back this year, but it may look a little different.<p>RadioShack's recent demise isn't keeping Circuit City from getting back into the retail business. According to <i>Twice,</i> a publication that covers tech industry news, Circuit City is preparing to return soon. …

Tech Industry

Partpic

SNAP<p>Users can simply use Partpic’s patent pending technology to snap a picture and receive the name of the part they are looking for in …

Swipe Your Jacket For Contactless Payment

Lyle & Scott partners with Barclaycard to make seamless digital payments through the right sleeve of The Contactless Jacket<p>Didn’t bring cash or a …

Fender Goes Digital So You Don’t Quit Guitar

Ninety percent of people trying to learn guitar quit in the first year. That’s a big problem for the musical instrument industry, but also a big opportunity for one of the top guitar makers — Fender. If Fender can use digital tools like a new tuner app it’s building to keep musicians engaged, it …

NASA Created A Material That Can Heal Itself In Less Than A Second From Hurtling Space Debris

Scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Center are studying new materials that can self-heal in seconds under extreme temperatures and from flying space junk.<p>The research is a combination of work from a student on fellowship at NASA from the University of Michigan and nearly a decade-and-a-half of …

Ubers Are About To Start Carrying Their Own In-Car Magazine

Starting this week in NYC, you can grab a copy of Uber’s new in-car magazine, called “Arriving Now,” from the seat-back pockets.<p>A new print publication isn’t exactly a revolutionary move (airlines have been rocking inflight magazines for a while), but Uber has an interesting opportunity here to …

Live Coding now lets you hire a developer and watch them work in real-time

Live Coding, which is like Twitch for developers, has added a service that allows viewers to actually hire someone they’ve been watching.<p>The aptly named “Hire a streamer” service works exactly as it sounds. Via the profile of a developer you’ve seen coding on the site, a ‘hire me’ button lets you …

Employment

Google Fiber targets three more cities: Irvine, Louisville, and San Diego

Google today announced Google Fiber could be coming to three new U.S. cities: Irvine, California; Louisville, Kentucky; and San Diego, California. The company is looking to build a joint planning process with each city’s leaders to roll out the $70 per month service.<p>More specifically, the Google …

Smell WhatsApp Messages with a Lab Kit

Osmothèque is Jade de Robles Rossdale's procedural kit that enables users to create scents based on a textual message<p>What does the phrase “I love …

Cruising the Carpool: Are Lyft Line and UberPool the New Tinder?

People are finding unexpected -- or premeditated -- romance in rideshare carpooling.<p>Mitchell, 26, uses the carpool versions of Uber and Lyft — called UberPool and Lyft Line — to meet women.<p>Here’s his routine: Check the app to see who he’s matched with (Lyft Line will show the person’s Facebook …

Laser Breakthrough Could Speed the Rise of Self-Driving Cars

The eyes of a self-driving car are called LIDAR sensors.<p>LIDAR is a portmanteau of "light" and "radar." In essence, these sensors monitor their …

ESPN job posting seeks someone to oversee esports coverage

ESPN sees the value of esports coverage, even if the wide world of sports-lovers has yet to fully embrace the genre.<p>A new job posting seeks an editor …

Your phone knows if you're bored by how much you use it

Researchers at Barcelona's Telefonica Research lab have developed a smartphone-based algorithm that determines a user's level of boredom based on how much they're using the device. The algorithm also takes a number of factors such as time of day and how long it's been since receiving a call or text …

P-phubbing Is Ruining Your Relationships

Have you ever p-phubbed? You know, snubbed your partner by checking your phone during your date? Or leaving your iPhone out within reach while you’re …

Mobile Devices

Here's why farm kids have fewer allergies and less asthma

Farm dust acts on cells in the lungs<p>Kids who grow up on farms are far less likely to develop asthma or allergies compared with the average child — and now scientists think they know why.<p>A study published in <i>Science</i> today shows that bacteria found in farm dust trigger an immune system response in the …

INNOVATE2016: The Next Generation Of Politicians Must Understand Innovation

What’s the one certainty about the 2016 election? According to Averell “Ace” Smith, one of California’s major Democratic party operatives, it’s that the Democrats will win the election. Ha!<p>But for all Smith’s partisan bias, he’s got a very interesting take on the upcoming election. It’s like the …