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Everyone Is Going Crazy Over An App Called Yo ... Which Just Lets You Say 'Yo' To Your Friends

It's hard to take the app seriously. After all, it was created in eight hours. But Yo already has 50,000 users who have sent 4 million Yo's.<p>The team has also already raised $1 million in funding.<p>Yo is as simple as it seems. You just download the app, type in your mobile number, allow access to your …

Apps

How many lives can you live?

Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn't be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers …

7 Scientific Solutions for Annoying Little Problems

<i>Image via Wonderhowto.com</i><p><b>by Elizabeth Maine</b><p>Scientists are working to alleviate those maddening, irritating, altogether obnoxious things that can make …

Etymology

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

20 words that once meant something very different

Words change meaning all the time — and over time. Language historian Anne Curzan takes a closer look at this phenomenon, and shares some words that …

YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service

Starting internal tests of subscription service but faces accusation of 'catastrophic error of judgement'<p>• Will YouTube really block indie labels if they snub its new service?<p>Independent artists could disappear from YouTube "in a matter of days" after the Google video service confirmed it was …

Amazon Fire Phone: An All-Seeing 3D Prime Contender

We've been hearing the rumors for weeks (months? years?), and the day has finally come. Amazon's phone is here. It's called the Fire Phone, and it's …

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Ikea biffed by going after IkeaHackers, the fan site that shares all kinds of new uses and smart mods for the Swedish superstore's affordable …

African firm is selling pepper-spray bullet firing drones

<b>The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine.</b><p>South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show.<p>It is marketing the device as a "riot control …

Dress code debate over schoolgirls 'distracting' boys

Most students in the US do not have to wear school uniforms, but that doesn't mean there isn't a battle over what clothes are deemed appropriate to wear in the classroom<p>Dress codes in most schools prohibit revealing outfits for girls such as short skirts or backless tops.<p>But some girls complain …

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Education

Facebook's Slingshot Messaging App Takes on Snapchat, With a Twist

Facebook's rumored—and briefly released—ephemeral messaging app Slingshot finally debuted for real Tuesday. The app, which is now available in the …

Ecotherapy: how does the great outdoors improve mental health?

Green parks to wilderness, or appreciating day from night, what are the processes that can unlock a healthier mind?<p>Wildlife watching: 'The best form of meditation I can imagine'<p>At the age of 11 I was an angry boy who earned unpopularity through assiduous selfishness and hostility. At that time I …

Here’s How UK Spy Agencies Justify Snooping On Brits’ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Use

Some new details about UK government thinking regarding mass surveillance of domestic Internet users have emerged today, in a witness statement made by Charles Blandford Farr, Director General of the UK Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.<p>The statement was made in response to a legal …

Why Drawing On The iPad Just Got Way Better

Today, the iPad stylus takes another step away from stupid stick and closer to expressive artistic tool. FiftyThree’s Pencil–a wooden stylus made for the impressive iPad sketching app Paper–will soon allow you to vary the width of your line as naturally as drawing with a real pencil or marker.<p>As …

TaskRabbit is blowing up its business model and becoming the Uber for everything

Since it opened up five years ago, TaskRabbit has often been a godsend to people with more money than time. The company stocks its auction house of personal assistants with people ready to deliver cupcakes to your office, or assemble your Ikea furniture, or clean your home. But last summer, …

Comment on Blogging as a Curation Platform by Globally Connected: An Inquiry into Word Works – SPELTAC

[…] here. But wait, that’s the old way of looking at things, so I might now say I have curated the information I needed to start my inquiry. Through …

What’s Wrong With Higher Education? “Ivory Tower” Dissects The Answer

A new documentary from the producers of Waiting For Superman shows how badly colleges “have lost their way about who and what they are.”<p>The most compelling moments in <i>Ivory Tower</i>, a documentary that debuted in theaters on Thursday, all surround Cooper Union, a historically free college that will, …

Scientists Use a Shadow Network That's 1000x Faster Than Your Internet

When it comes to truly humongous amounts of data, it can be faster to just drop a hard drive in the mail—unless you have access to the Energy …

Nine things we learned about Apple from Jonathan Ive's latest interview

New materials, undramatic software changes, and why the 'quiet consideration' of Tim Cook is a big asset for Apple<p>Apple's design chief, Jonathan Ive, gave a small glimpse into the inner workings of the company recently in a rare interview with the New York Times.<p>Subjects covered included the …

The new emoji that will allow you to express yourself fully at last

From 'wind blowing face' to 'man in business suit levitating', a new batch of emojis shows we've moved way, way beyond just smileys and sad faces<p>• More than 250 new emojis announced by Unicode<p>Words are overrated – ask anyone on the internet – which is why millions outsource the act of expressing …

Are you ready for the next chapter of Wi-Fi? Meet 802.11ax

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sputanski<p>Now that the first wave of 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers and devices are making their way out the …

Wi-Fi

7 Siri Tricks You Might Not Know About

Apple's voice-activated assistant is now a well-known personality in his/her own right, but unless you've taken the time to dig into all the features …

Why the Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we're lost, …

NASA reveals why new World Cup 2014 ball is so much better than 2010's

Every four years there is a new World Cup ball and players have to adapt to its new behavior due to changes on its aerodynamic properties. Players …

Amazon Prime Music streaming service launches in the US with 1m songs

Digital service is free for Prime subscribers, but its catalogue size pales next to rivals like Spotify and Deezer<p>Amazon is the latest internet company to enter the streaming music market, debuting its Prime Music service in the US today.<p>It is being bundled into the existing Amazon Prime …

Here’s the iPad split-screen app mode Apple is working on in iOS 8 (video)

As we reported in May, Apple is working on a split-screen multitasking feature for iPad apps for a version of iOS 8. The feature, akin to the key productivity function on the Microsoft Surface, was not announced at WWDC last week, but code references to the feature have been found across the iOS 8 …