Episode 49: Chris Wood Of Elevator Factory

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Taylor Swift could conquer mobile gaming just as she has the music business

Here we go again<p>A moment the world has waited for has finally arrived: Taylor Swift is getting into mobile game development. The pop star has partnered with music industry-friendly studio Glu Mobile to develop a smartphone title due out in late 2016, the game company announced today. For Swift, …

Taylor Swift

Sake-flavored Kit Kats just hit Japan

Looking forward to an early spring?<p>There's no better way to get in the spring mood than with seasonal snacks, and no one does spring snacks quite like Japan.<p>Sweet: Sake-flavored Kit Kat<p>On the sweet side of things, Nestlé Japan this week released a sake-flavored Kit Kat, exclusive to Japan, reports …

Japan

Doctors should be able to create babies with three genetic parents, US panel says

But only for male embryos<p>The US government should let scientists combine the DNA of three people to make an embryo, a panel organized by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said in a report today. The procedure, which was approved by the UK House of Commons last year, …

Genetics

Google begins rolling out free gigabit Fiber in public housing

Last July, Google announced that it would offer free gigabit Internet in all of the public housing units present in current Google Fiber markets. Today, the company has made good on that promise, announcing the roll-out of Fiber in the West Bluff neighborhood of Kansas City.<p>Developed in a …

Housing

Instagram ads just got longer again, with 60-second spots from T-Mobile and Warner Brothers

Today Instagram announced that it was rolling out its first 60 second video ads, starting with selections from Warner Brothers and T-Mobile.<p>Previously, the maximum length for video ads was 30 seconds, which Instagram had just changed in September from the then-maximum, 15 seconds.<p>One of the first …

Warner Bros

'Social thermometer' Flo is the first IoT health gadget you may actually want to use

While there are plenty of options for connected health gadgets, new Kickstarter project Flo may actually be the first you’ll want to use.<p>Aimed at parents, Flo is small Bluetooth enabled contactless thermometer that lets you track and manage health as if it were social media.<p>Here’s how it works: …

Internet of Things

Stop Undermining Your Professional Voice with a Gmail Plug-In

A simple way to assert yourself in office emails<p>Do you tend to write in an apologetic tone for things that don’t need justification? How many times …

Intel Isn't Diverse Enough. And It Knows

Intel is one of the oldest companies in Silicon Valley. It's also been among the most transparent about its shortcomings as it seeks to address one …

Muzik's Tweeting Headphones Is the Future of Audio

Can something be part of the “Internet of Things” without its own connection? Muzik’s convertible wireless headphones make a convincing argument that …

Clever New GitHub Tool Lets Coders Build Software Like Bridges

Jesse Toth says that upgrading an Internet service is like building a new bridge across San Francisco Bay.<p>In building the new eastern span of the Bay …

Someone (Mostly) 3-D Printed a Working Semi-Automatic Gun

For the last three years, the evolution of firearms has been playing out all over again in plastic form: Deadly, working guns that anyone can …

A New Light-Based Transistor Could Completely Change the Way Chips Work

Transistors are everywhere—in your computer, car, phone, and refrigerator—but they’re not shrinking fast enough to satisfy our hunger for ever-faster …

Engineering

Are These the Flying Cars We've Been Waiting For?

This innovative company received FAA permission to test flying cars<p>As humans, it seems we are never satisfied with our incredible inventions. No …

Microsoft confirms it has acquired SwiftKey, creators of the predictive mobile keyboard app

After a day of rumors, Microsoft has now confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey, the London-based company behind the popular predictive keyboard app of the same name.<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to a <i>Financial Times</i> report yesterday, Microsoft was looking to pay in the region …

Microsoft

How Microsoft imagines you'll watch football with HoloLens

Microsoft has promised to release developer kits for its mixed-reality HoloLens headset in the first quarter of this year at $3,000 a pop. For the rest of us, dramatic CGI video demos will have to suffice.<p>The company’s latest clip shows how HoloLens could transform your sports viewing experience, …

Augmented Reality