Joel Valdovinos

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7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

5 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is …

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Tracking the incestuous genetics of the Greek gods

In population genetics, there is a method of measuring how inbred a certain individual is, known as the inbreeding coefficient. Previously, I used …

Does brain structure determine your political views?

<b>Politics is one of the most complex areas of human thought. So when I heard the claim that scanning people's brains could predict political choices, I was naturally sceptical.</b><p>Brain science is achieving extraordinary insights, but mapping what you can measure in a brain scanner on to human social …

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Soon you’ll be able to drive in and out of a paid parking garage without paying

In Barney Pell’s world, coming in and out of a parking garage is a completely seamless experience. Paying is done effortlessly on a mobile device, the garage magically identifies cars and bills their owners’ cards, and you barely have to spend time thinking about parking.<p>This magical world is …

Phone Thefts Soar as Kill-Switch Debate Heats Up

Smartphone thefts rarely make national news anymore—unless the victim was seriously hurt or killed during the robbery.<p>But the crime spree has not gone away. It seems to have gotten worse.<p>About 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, according to a just-released national survey by …

Steve Jobs evidence latest battleground in Silicon Valley's no-hire case

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is the subject of debate in a case involving major technology companies and their alleged efforts to not poach employees from each other.<p>Tech employees represented in a class-action lawsuit against Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe petitioned US District Court Judge …

Analysts predict decline in iPad sales

Here's something you don't hear often: Apple's year-over-year iPad sales may have dipped during the first three months of 2014, according to analysts.<p>A bevy of analysts chimed in on iPad sales expectations in the first quarter, and they collectively peg Apple's sales at 19.3 million units, …

Here's a picture of Rupert Murdoch trying Oculus Rift, he loved it

Business and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, tried out an Oculus Rift headset this week, according to the Murdoch Here Tumblr site.<p>According to Murdoch Here, where 21st Century Fox chief of staff Natalie Ravitz posts behind-the-scenes dispatches from Murdoch's …

The dream office of the future: No email!

April 17, 2014 | 11:11 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/04/17/tech/dream-office-future-no-email/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/04/17/tech/dream-office-future-no-email/popout" …

Wikipedia Use Could Give Insights To The Flu Season

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer<p>Published: 04/17/2014 05:50 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study.<p>Researchers created a new …

Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or …

Tresorit Launches Its End-to-End Encrypted File-Sharing Service

Tresorit today officially launched its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service after emerging from its stealth beta. The startup employs multiple layers of security that make its data extremely difficult to compromise.<p>One key advantage to Tresorit is that it doesn’t have a master key to your …

HTC taps ex-Samsung exec for marketing muscle

HTC is looking for a little of that Samsung Electronics marketing magic.<p>The Taiwanese smartphone maker has hired Paul Golden, the former head of marketing for Samsung's US mobile division, as an adviser to HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang, CNET confirmed. The hiring was first reported by Bloomberg.<p>HTC …

Tech Retrospect: Google drones and Amazon phones

If you're worried about all that information Google knows about you, the notion of Big G buying a company that builds automated, high-altitude drones might raise a few alarms. The company is called Titan Aerospace, and though we won't judge you if your mind wanders toward a creepy future of AdWords …

Facebook's Paper App Gets New Legs to Stand On Its Own

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Paper, Facebook's highly-lauded, but little-used "story" app, got a small update on Friday that …

Facebook to share ads based on location history with advertisers -- but won't say when

With its brand-new Nearby Friends feature, Facebook is collecting a log of your travels so that it can one day pass that data along to advertisers, CNET can confirm.<p>Facebook trotted out Nearby Friends on Thursday. The optional feature, currently rolling out to US users of the native Facebook …

Samsung running out of time against Apple in court

With a little more than a week to go in the month-long patent trial between Apple and Samsung, time is running out quickly. Both sides get 25 hours each to call up, and cross-examine one another's witnesses — and Samsung's running low. By the end of the day the company had a little under four hours …

Goccia Is the World's Smallest Activity Tracker

It’s time for us to face the facts. Bluetooth is holding wearables back. The new Bluetooth LE standard is certainly a step up from earlier power-hungry versions, but the need for a wireless radio just isn’t practical for many types of wearable categories.<p>G-Wearables’ Kickstarter campaign for the …

Hackers Use Heartbleed Bug to Attack 'Major Corporation'

Hackers took advantage of the Heartbleed vulnerability to break into a major corporation’s network, less than a day after the bug was brought to the public’s attention, security experts told The New York Times.<p>Officials with Mandiant, an Alexandria, Va.-based network security firm, said in a blog …

Beats Music updated with subscriptions via in-app purchase, Facebook friend search, and a lot more

Beats Music for iOS was updated today to version 1.0.7, but don’t let the minor version number bump fool you: this update has a lot of new stuff, including an entirely new subscription model, packed in.<p>The biggest news in this update is the option to purchase a subscription directly from the iTunes …

Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

This embed is invalid<p>Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, “the defining challenge of our time,” according to President Obama. Nowhere is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the …

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

Is Google working on a sub-$100 Nexus smartphone?

The rumor mill is piping up this afternoon with word of a possible sub-$100 Nexus device. There are no specifications to speak of just yet, but unnamed sources and rampant speculation lead to the idea of a low-mid range phone with a MediaTek chipset, 1GB of RAM and 2G/3G connectivity.<p>The rumored …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

Nike was said to be shutting down its FuelBand department on the heels of layoffs on Friday, signalling a significant exit of the wearable fitness device market by one of the more prominent companies involved in the space. That’s not quite true, however, according to information provided to Re/code …

The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Relan is serial entrepreneur-turned-founder of two incubators: YouWeb (focused on gaming), and Studio 9+ (focused on big data, IoT, wearables, and P2P marketplaces). His incubations include OpenFeint, Crowdstar, Hammer and Chisel, Spaceport, and Agawi. Prior to founding his</i> …

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored, …