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Path Talk lets you text businesses instead of calling, and it actually works

"What if you could text message a store instead of calling them?"<p>This is the stuff of a Silicon Valley fairytale — the promise of an app that’s never actually going to work. But this one does. Path Talk, the first standalone app from Dave Morin’s Path social networking enterprise, now lets you …

Wireless charger uses ultrasound to power your phone from across the room

We first came across uBeam's unusual wireless charging technology three years ago, at the <i>All Things D</i> Science Fair, where the fledgling company was only just introducing its creation to the public. Today, the company's finally ready for a big move forward -- uBeam co-founder Meredith Perry just …

Cyborg conversion incomplete: my life with finger implants

If you open a beer next to me, I can levitate your bottle cap with the tip of my finger. I can’t carry hotel keycards in my right pocket, because I occasionally demagnetize them. You can find my website by rubbing your phone on the back of my hand. Depending on how you look at it, I have either …

Structure Sensor Is an iPad-Powered 3D Scanner With Great Potential

The device strapped onto my iPad drew more than a few stares. It hugged two opposing corners and added an oblong silver-and-glass mound to the back …

Facebook friendship bracelets put a name to Molly's face

Music festival wristband connects with Facebook to make friends with a tap<p>It's a scene that will be familiar to many: after hours of dancing, synchronized teeth grinding, and hugs, your new best friend disappears into the night, never to be seen again. At Belgium's Tomorrowland music festival, a …

Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Round-Grotesk, Axis, Watermelon

Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts …

Boston's solar-powered benches can charge your phone

Soofas are coming to parks next week<p>Visitors at select Boston-area parks will soon be able to sit, relax, and charge their mobile devices. Dubbed "Soofas," these solar-powered benches will also disseminate location-based information such as noise, temperature, and air pollution levels through a …

San Francisco is going after apps that let people sell their public parking spots

A lot of things are illegal in San Francisco — from businesses handing out plastic bags, to riding Segways on sidewalks — a list that might now include selling your city-owned parking spot to someone else. That hasn't stopped startups that like MonkeyParking from giving people a tool to do just …

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 6: Finishing the Prototype

<i>Do you have an idea for an app, but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each</i> …

iOS Programming

Kickstarter’s next campaign

When NBC Nightly News aired a segment last week about the revival of the public television show <i>Reading Rainbow</i>, the anchor didn’t pause to explain where the money came from. “Longtime host LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring it back,” correspondent Janet Shamlian gushed, as the …

Hug it out: can art and tech ever be friends?

Ten hours, two laptops, and a little Beach House help<p>Aza Raskin can't remember the name of one of the artists he wanted to talk about, so he's scrolling through his Twitter feed to find the name. "I definitely tweeted about it," he says. He's been in the windowless conference room tucked in the …

America's last commuter train for grown-ups just rode into the sunset

The last commuter train in the US with a built-in bar has just departed, one last time before it's being taken out of service, possibly forever. While plenty of other public transit options around the country — including long-haul trains and ferries — continue to offer bars, the four used on the …

Dropcam learns to track humans, but won't replace your security system yet

New hardware can also track movement on doors, windows, and pets<p>Dropcam is not a security company. It makes cameras that will watch your house when you're gone, but if someone breaks in, the most you get is an alert on your phone and a high-definition recording. In fact, all you can really do is …

Code.org turning the ashes of 'Flappy Bird' into a phoenix of coding education

The wildly simple yet infinitely frustrating game <i>Flappy Bird</i> is no more, though it continues to live on in countless clones. Now Code.org, the non-profit aimed at teaching people how to write code, has created a tool to make your own <i>Flappy Bird</i> game while learning some code at the same time.<p>The …

See how Google's new 'Project Tango' smartphones sense the world

We get a first look at Google's new computer vision-equipped smartphone<p>Google's surprise reveal of Project Tango, a smartphone equipped with a variety of cameras and vision sensors that provides a whole new perspective on the world around it, left us with quite a few questions about how this device …

Grand St. wants to do for gadgets what the App Store did for software

The indie hardware site launches a new marketplace for preorders and betas<p>Hardware is still hard, but it’s getting easier. After high-profile success stories like Pebble and the Oculus Rift, independent hardware is getting new attention from consumers and, more importantly, new ways to navigate the …

Surgeons make first FDA-approved 'bionic eye' transplants

Surgeons at the University of Michigan Health System have made the first officially FDA-approved "bionic eye" transplants, allowing patients with a degenerative eye disease to make out light and shapes. <i>The Michigan Daily</i> reports that on January 16th and 22nd, two surgeons successfully implanted the …

Cool Things: The Coburns iPad Stand on Kickstarter

I love a good iPad stand and it’s been a little while since on caught my eye. Now <b>the Coburns iPad Stands</b> Kickstarter project has changed that.<p>These are gorgeous and very impressive looking iPad stands, made from some beautiful hardwoods and handcrafted right here in the US. The Kickstarter project …

New e-waste map shows the global toll of electronics

All of our used electronics are here to stay — unfortunately, we haven't figured out what to do with them yet. A new interactive e-waste map, created by the UN partnership organization StEP Initiative, shows that the volume of our e-waste, or any disposed item with an electrical cord or battery, is …

Kinematics lets you make flexible, 3D-printed objects at home

Until now, 3D printing anything flexible like a blanket or a dress was left to the professionals. Fabric-like objects were technically possible, but they weren't things people could print using their own MakerBots. Nervous System, a generative design studio, is working to change that: its new, free …

The Verge 50

The Fifty<p>We don’t make a lot of lists at <i>The Verge</i>. We don’t make a habit of handing out awards, accolades, or unwarranted high fives. And we certainly don’t do it lightly, if we do it at all. If we’re going to tell you that you should care about something or someone, we try and make it count. We …

Medium redesigns as it seeks to become a next-generation magazine

Just over a year after it entered the world, publishing platform Medium has updated its design in a way that founder Ev Williams says will make stories published there have a greater impact. Medium 1.0 offers writers the chance to publish a full-bleed cover image, giving stories an appearance …

Polaris' latest ATV has airless tires that can withstand .50-caliber rounds

While the everyday driver relies on a set of pneumatic tires to get from A to B, tire companies like Michelin are doing valuable research and development into airless tires because they don't go flat. Now, Polaris Industries, a snowmobile and ATV manufacturer, has unveiled the craziest off-roading …

Inside Udacity's struggle to reinvent and democratize higher education

Sebastian Thrun left a high-powered Silicon Valley life — working in Google's secretive Google X lab, teaching about artificial intelligence and robots at Stanford — to pursue what he deemed a higher calling. Thrun started a company called Udacity, designed to "disrupt the university." His …

The dirty truth about America's push for green energy

Since 2007, the federal government has made an aggressive push into corn-based ethanol: oil companies are now required to add millions of gallons of ethanol to gasoline, and farmers are encouraged to plow more land in a bid to keep up with demand. But the stated goals of those efforts — produce …

LCD Soundsystem's front man dreams of musical subway stations

LCD Soundsystem might be no more, but the man behind the chart-topping band, James Murphy, wants to inject even more musical life into New York City’s subway system. Speaking to Sound Opinions, Murphy says he has been fighting for 14 years to make all the subway stations in New York City create …

Morph: a bold seating concept for flexible air travel

Air travel on a budget isn't often pleasant. Despite huge leaps forward in comfort for the upper classes (and the more recent "premium economy" class), the economy section of a cabin is more often than not cramped, packed, and charmless. British design firm Seymourpowell has a seating concept that …

Context is king: Cover for Android changes your lock screen as you move

Contextual features that use information such as time of day and your location are becoming increasingly important on smartphones today. Today’s smartphones know where you are, where you’re going, who you’re with, and what you like to do. After years and years of claims from smartphone companies …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

The PicoBrew Zymatic is the Nespresso of beer brewing

An 18-year Microsoft veteran has set out to reinvent homebrewing with the PicoBrew Zymatic, a table-top brewing machine that promises to simplify the process of making a batch of custom beer. Co-founder Bill Mitchell, who worked on PDAs, smartphones, automotive, and wearable computing" during his …