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Magic to Do - Stage Directions

Illusionist Paul Kieve is reinventing magic as we’ve seen it on Broadway in both <i>Pippin</i> and <i>Matilda</i> <i>the</i> <i>Musical</i>!<p>From a heart-stopping knife-throwing …

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Best New Apps: IFTTT

A Lego set made out of web companies<p>Since it launched in 2010, IFTTT (if this, then that) has been building a Lego set made out of web companies. The free service, which until now has existed only on the web, automates tasks using public APIs from companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, …

The Backstage Badger

Artist visualizes the effects of invisible magnetic fields

Short of putting a magnet in your finger, humans aren't able to directly sense magnetic fields — but we can see some of the effects that they have on the world around us. Artist Carsten Nicolai has built an installation with an effect that anyone who's owned a CRT display may be familiar with: as a …

20 iPhone and iPad Accessories Under $20

You already paid big bucks for your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. You shouldn't have to max out your credit on cases and add-ons for it, too. …

Apps

What to Look For When Buying a Fixer-Upper House?

<i>Buying a new home is one of the most rewarding things you can do. And then comes the work — more than you think if you've bought a "fixer-upper."</i> …

Home Improvement

ETC Eos Titanium Ti Lighting Console

Rosco myColor Web Tool - Stage Directions

Rosco’s myColor web tool offers a searchable index of all the gel filters Rosco sells, including Roscolux, Supergel, Cinegel, E-Colour+, and …

Foursquare revamps business pages to take on Yelp as web visitors hit 50 million per month

As Foursquare has evolved from friend-finder to expansive recommendations engine, Yelp has emerged as the company’s most formidable enemy. Foursquare’s mobile apps have for some time stood head and shoulders above Yelp’s, but there was always one area where Foursquare lagged: the web. Today, a big …

Apple and Volkswagen team up on iBeetle, but it's no iCar

Steve Jobs never got around to building the iCar, but Apple has worked with Volkswagen on its new iBeetle. The German carmaker teamed up with Apple to design what it calls a "genuine integrative interface" for the smartphone, pairing them using the peculiarly named smartphone app <i>Volkswagen Car Net</i> …

Vine creator Dom Hofmann on the evolution of six-second storytelling

Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann says the app's appeal lies in its immediacy: "A post on Vine takes you there," he tells <i>The New Yorker</i>, in his first interview since the Twitter-owned app launched in January. "You feel like you were there. Whatever somebody’s trying to say with their post on Vine — the …

Netflix will offer $11.99 family plan with up to four simultaneous streams

Netflix currently permits subscribers to stream two movies or TV shows simultaneously from different devices, but according to the company's top executives, that limit is about to grow. "A few members with large families run into our 2-simultaneous-stream limit," reads Netflix's quarterly letter to …

Kickstarter is not a store, except when it is

Ouya, Pebble, and the curse of the pre-order<p>Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky.<p>Ouya, the highly-anticipated video game system funded on Kickstarter, has been shipped to the backers who made its existence possible. It's a huge milestone for Kickstarter to see its second highest-grossing project ever reach …

Intel doubles the speed of next-generation Thunderbolt interface

Intel today announced that the next version of its Thunderbolt interface will support 20Gbps transfers, twice the speed of the current 10Gbps interface. The extra bandwidth allows for the simultaneous displaying of 4K video and sending of 4K video files at the interface's full speed, and its …

HopStop Live brings real-time crowdsourced transit information to the iPhone

Popular transit app HopStop today announced the launch of HopStop Live, a crowdsourced platform for reporting and seeing when trains, subways, and buses are delayed. While a couple of apps like NextTrain have tried crowdsourced transit delays before, none have the scale of HopStop: over two million …

Google Drive inches closer to iCloud with new developer features

Google is announcing some new additions to its Drive SDK that borrow a page out of the iCloud playbook, helping developers use Drive as a dependable place to store application data by locking the user out. The first addition, called app data folders, can be used to store files that you would want …

Chrome will officially leave WebKit for Blink in 10 weeks

Google has given the first indication as to when it will release its first Blink-enabled builds of its Chrome browser, confirming that it will enable its new rendering engine in Chrome 28. Answering questions submitted by the Chrome developer community in a Q&A video panel, Chrome developer …

Jimmy Fallon to become host of 'The Tonight Show' in 2014

Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of <i>The Tonight Show</i> in spring 2014. NBC confirmed the move today after weeks of rampant speculation, with plans also calling for <i>Tonight</i> to make a historic return to New York City — far from its longtime home of Los Angeles.<p>Fallon is expected to assume the …

The Facebook phone is coming, and it's already in your pocket

Think Facebook Home is about taking on Apple and Samsung? Think again<p>After a years-long lead up of false starts, half-measures, and rumors, Facebook's phone plans will finally be revealed tomorrow. The event, in which Facebook promises to show off its "new home on Android," is likely to involve two …

Tracking the rumor that just won't die: The Facebook phone

This urban legend is alive and well, despite regular denials. Here, we've rounded up the rumors from the past two-and-a-half years.<p>Facebook executives love to do verbal tap dances around the idea of a phone. It's been going on for years: reports, denials, reports, denials. And now, just two months …

Social Media

When will Apple kill the iPod?

Apple wants to move all of your "content" to the iCloud, so the Touch is probably safe, but the rumors about the Classic's demise have been churning for years.<p>Physical music formats were so 20th century, so we put our music on computers. But even that was too much of a burden, so music is going up, …

iOS

Facebook is testing out a new button

It seems like Facebook is just testing out a whole bunch of new features, and it doesn’t look like it has any intention of stopping anytime soon. …

Drones Will Not Deliver Your Newspaper, At Least Not For Now*

But unfortunately, it ended up being an April Fools' Day joke.<p>The "news" was that drone-maker Parrot and local postal service La Poste Group would team up to deliver mail via quadricopter drones as early as May of this year.<p>Still, drones are becoming more commonplace these days, with thousands of …

Airspace

The Tomorrow Show

Assessing the state of late night after a turbulent week<p>As regularly as David Walton is signed to do another sitcom, the talk-show genre emits a burp …

Neil Freeman’s Alternative Geography

Two Sundays ago, the artist and urban planner Neil Freeman stood in front of a vacant lot in Bushwick, Brooklyn, beneath the elevated J train and across the street from an apartment blasting Colombian <i>cumbia</i> music. “This is the geographic center of New York,” he said to me and five others shivering …