Jess Patton

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Cardboard Furniture for the Dorm Room and Beyond

Furniture made from corrugated cardboard has many advantages. It's easy to move; it's not too expensive; it's recyclable. We've written about the …

Furniture

Tolyer Font Family by Typesketchbook

Tolyer, an all caps display font family by Typesketchbook.<p>The complete <b>Tolyer</b> font family comprises 50 styles in total including different weights, …

Typography

Wakie Wakes You With Phone Calls From Strangers

There’s alarm clock apps that force you to spin around, and ones that require you to move closer to your router. Then there’s Wakie, an app that encourages random strangers around the world to wake you up with a phone call.<p>Wakie has actually existed before, as it’s the international version of the …

Would-be game makers can sell each other new levels, art in Unreal Engine 4

Let's say you've been fiddling with Unreal Engine 4 for months and want the world to see the lovingly detailed recreation of your first college apartment -- right down to the hemp wall tapestries and the weird stains on the living room rug. Well, with the newly launched Unreal Engine Marketplace …

Become an EDM Master with Super Looper

If you want to make sure your productivity comes to a full and complete stop, you should check out Super-Looper, an interactive music site that lets you compose your own loops.<p>The site lets you create loops with four drum tracks and single rhythm, chord, bass and lead tracks. The result is a fun …

So You've Validated Your Startup Idea. What Next?

<i>Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at</i> <i>Xprt</i><i>, a new startup looking to provide instant technical support and shopping advice from reliable and vetted experts.</i><p>Working on startups for the last 10 years, I had some successes and some failures. Six months ago, I pulled the curtains on a startup I had …

What does it really cost to open an indie studio? All your money, most of your life

It is common to hear about game companies having crushing financial woes in the games press.<p>It can be observed in companies of all sizes, from THQ going under to 38 Studios defaulting on millions of debts to the recent <i>Yogsventure</i> project fiasco.<p>I've seen the people behind these projects judged very …

LightFreq's Crazy Light Bulb Combined with a Speaker Lands on Kickstarter

We get a lot of crowdfunding pitches, but it’s not that often we get ones that promise to combine a fully smartphone-controllable light bulb with an HD audio speaker. The LightFreq promises exactly that, provided it reaches its $50,000 crowdfunding goal.<p>Although it sounds a bit odd at first, there …

Touch+ turns any surface into a gesture controller for your PC

Haptix (now Ractiv) promised a cheap sensor that would turn any surface into a multi-touch PC controller, and it's making good on its word today by shipping the device worldwide. The $75 add-on has received a new Touch+ name and a sleek redesign, but it otherwise uses the same basic concepts we saw …

Rebel without a Wi-Fi connection: China’s war against “Internet addiction”

An amazing documentary goes inside a Chinese boot camp for “Internet addicts,” only to find it’s been Oprah-tized<p>It’s time for lights out at the reeducation camp on the outskirts of Beijing. Some of the teenage boys stacked on the bunk beds around the dormitory are reading books by flashlight, …

At the Emperor's behest: New Warhammer 40K Armageddon screenshots -- and beta testing is open

And in the Sunday night game this week, the Indianapolis Colts take on the Orks.<p>There's still no publicly announced arrival date for Slitherine's …

Beta Testing

Kickstarter's infamous Potato Salad will be funded to the tune of $55,000

Zack Danger Brown of Ohio took to Kickstarter a month ago with a humble goal in mind: he wanted $10 so he could make potato salad. He hadn't yet decided the specific ingredients beyond the potatoes, and he might never have, but his overt trolling of the most popular crowdfunding platform was picked …

The Computer Virus Catalog Is A Bizarre Illustrated Guide To The Deadliest Viruses In History

And sometimes you can tell you have a virus just by looking. A weird image appears on the screen. Or music starts playing for no reason.<p>The Computer Virus Catalog is a compilation of some of the deadliest computer viruses in history.<p>The catalog is the brainchild of curator Bas van de Poel, a Dutch …

Animation

Security researchers say USB security ‘broken,’ can take over Macs or PCs

The USB standard has a fundamental security flaw that allows an attacker to take over any device it is connected to, whether PC or Mac, say security researchers in a frightening piece by <i>Wired</i>.<p>Describing the proof-of-concept Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell plan to present at the Black Hat conference …

Stunning Video Shot with GoPro Camera on Car Tire

GoPro cameras are small, tough and fairly inconspicuous. Filmmakers and action sports enthusiasts regularly strap them to drones, helmets and surfboards, but car tires? That’s new to us.<p>Ryan Fox, a Vimeo user from Milwaukee, Wisconsin attached his GoPro with duct tape before cruising around the …

Virgin Mobile lets you customize your family's prepaid phone plan

In the US, prepaid cellphone service tends to be a like-it-or-leave-it proposition that rarely fits perfectly, especially for families. Virgin Mobile may have a smarter approach in store; it's launching Custom, a prepaid family plan that lets you tailor usage to your liking. You can put as many as …

15 Real Tech Company Interview Questions You Will Probably Be Asked (And How To Answer Them)

The question was: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?<p>Answer: Lots of variants but one is that you jump …

Employment

The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more human-like, we relate to them better—but only to a point. The ”uncanny valley” is this point.<p>The issue is that, as robots start to approach true human …

Startup crowdfunds $416,000 to take on NSA spying

A new email service pledges to keep the NSA out of your inbox. It's called ProtonMail, an email provider that protects your communications from inbox to outbox.<p>With its servers in Switzerland, ProtonMail uses end-to-end encryption software that protects users’ email communications. "If they do …

Organic Pacemaker Could Save Your Life

Scientists have reprogrammed heart cells, turning them into biological pacemakers, in a breakthrough development for cardiac treatment.<p>The technique, which has only been tested in pigs so far, initially holds out hope for infants born with heart block, a condition in which the organ’s natural …

Valve's International Dota 2 Championships will be on ESPN

Valve today announced a big milestone in the gaming world: The International Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast on ESPN. An exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 while the tournament will be available live on ESPN3. The content will also be accessible online at …