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Here's What You Can Do with Google Maps' New Data Layers

Google is adding new features to Data Layers in its JavaScript Maps API, which will allow developers to build a new breed of interactive apps that collect geographical data input from users.<p>With the revised API, you can now use interactive Data Layers to collect user reviews on the best places to …

Apps

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Wolfram Walter is a man obsessed with things electric.<p>He’s electrified his bicycle. He’s electrified his Porsche. When he introduces his dog, Paula, you almost expect him to tell you that he’s electrified her, too.<p>Not yet, but you never know. The engineer from a small town in southwestern Germany …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Portable Travel Drones: Forget The Selfie, Welcome To The Dronie

The luxury traveler is now adding a new toy to their luggage, the portable and packable personal drone. Gadget lovers and selfie fans are quickly making the Drone market explode and by the end of this year it will have replaced the prehistoric selfie stick with something breathtaking and …

Drones

100 Useful Unix Commands

<b>A Guide to 100 (ish) Useful Unix Commands</b> <i><br>by Oliver; 2014-05-28</i><p>Introduction<p>In the Introduction to Unix (which I'll borrow heavily from in this …

Linux

Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images.<p>The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful thing. By slipping in micro-reels from movies, far-off destinations, or from …

Disney Characters Shadow Unsuspecting Mall Shoppers

With New York in the grips of record low temperatures, it might seem like only a little Disney magic could thaw the place out. And that's just what some unsuspecting shoppers in a Long Island mall got when they found themselves being shadowed by Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and more during a …

Shyp for Android is now shypping

Shyp, an app that helps making shipping goods easier, is now available for Android. The app has been on iOS for the past eight months or so (though it was in beta for awhile before that), and is currently live in San Francisco, New York and Miami, with plans to expand to Los Angeles. The way the …

Browse Anonymously with a DIY Raspberry Pi VPN/TOR Router

Surf the Internet securely with your very own portable WiFi VPN/TOR router. You can configure a Raspberry Pi with Linux and some extra software to connect to a VPN server of your choice. The VPN connection encrypts your internet traffic so that hackers and spies can’t figure out what web sites you …

Typographer’s typefaces

The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.<p>In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is again. It’s also been translated into Japanese.<p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these …

Google has announced a major update concerning its official Translate app, designed for iOS and Android – tonight. The new update finally adds the company’s previously acquired real-time translation capabilities, purchased with the buyout of Word Lens – last year, meaning that translating that sign, poster or food menu in a foreign country is now […]

Google has announced a major update concerning its official Translate app, designed for <b>iOS</b> and <b>Android</b> – tonight.<p>The new update finally adds the …

Setting Up Google Analytics and Heatmap to Track Conversion

<i>Sean Kim is the creator of The Growth List, helping you create a business around your lifestyle. This post originally appeared on AccelBlog.</i><p>Many of you have probably heard of Google Analytics already. It tracks the basic website activities of your blog/website, such as unique traffic, traffic …

Analytics

How to Hack Wi-Fi: Cracking WPA2-PSK Passwords Using Aircrack-Ng

Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers.<p>When Wi-Fi was first developed in the late 1990s, Wired Equivalent Privacy was created to give wireless …

Automotive HUD Market Could Be $8.3b By 2020

In 1977 when Luke Skywalker first put away his targeting computer, few would have guessed just how lucrative heads-up displays (HUDs) would be.<p>Market research firms vary in their estimates for growth in the HUD automotive sector over the next few years but most would agree that 25% compound annual …

Google Just Gave Photographers A Big Reason To Choose Android Over The iPhone

This means users will be able to see what photos look like before the phone's camera processes it and translates it to a JPEG file.<p>The ability to shoot in raw is common on high-end DSLR cameras, but it hasn't really been available for mobile phones until recently.<p>Nokia's Lumia 1520 and 1020, which …

The Scary Truth About Online Ad 'Viewability'

Last week Google matter-of-factly reported that it has come to realize thanks to “the advancement of new technologies” that many display ads that are served are not actually seen by a user. In recent study of Active View data by Google, it said in a blog post, it found that 56.1% of all ads served …

CES Preview 2015: The 5 Gadgets I Want | Inc.com

December is the month when I get serious about CES, the annual consumer electronic show in Las Vegas that runs from January 6-9. I will be there, of course, and feel free to contact me about setting up a meeting. As I start planning my schedule, I also start envisioning what might be waiting in the …

Gear & Gadgets

Indian Entrepreneur Taps into a Global Offline Market

Some companies see value in spilling the beans. That is, sharing their secrets.<p>Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it would open up its blueprints, enabling innovators across the world to see the design behind their famous electric car.<p>Deepak Ravindran, a young entrepreneur, and founder of …

Tip of the Day: Reachability Lets You Use Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus One Handed

If you're having trouble accessing items at the top of the screen on your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, give your overstretched thumb a break and start using Apple's new Reachability feature to pull the top of the screen within reach.<p>Tapping twice (not clicking) on the Home button will cause the iPhone 6 …

iPhone

Clever new iPhone app lets you unlock your Mac with Touch ID

Do you ever wish you had a simple way to unlock your computer just as easily as you unlock your Touch ID-enabled iPhone? Well now there is one, at …

FingerKey app lets you unlock your Mac using iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint sensor

A new app called FingerKey allows Mac users to unlock their computer using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.<p>That means you’ll be able to login to your Mac using your iPhone’s fingerprint sensor rather than typing in a password each time. The app takes advantage of …

Wii U Was A Better Console For Third-Party Games

Last year I played Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on Wii U. I hadn’t liked any of the earlier games in the series but it was new, and in the world of videogames newness is easily confused for worth, creating its own micro-culture of consumer cartographers attempting to divine their way between …

Crimea events cause jitters in Poland

The events in Crimea are making some people in Poland anxious. Poland is sandwiched between the Ukraine to the southeast and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad to the north.<p>Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Warsaw.