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The holy trail: using Trekker, Google's edge in the next mapping war

A year after it was introduced, Google's nerdy mapping-backpack is pushing into new territory<p>Christopher Fiock came to a rest. For more than four hours he and a team had mapped the Presidio of San Francisco, the former army post that is now a national park. With every step they took, the team …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

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What's Mine Is Yours (For A Price) In The Sharing Economy

<i>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</i> exploring the sharing economy<i>. You'll find the stories on this blog and</i> aggregated at this link, <i>and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just</i> email, <i>leave a comment or</i> tweet.<p>Not long ago if you wanted to rent a room for the weekend your …

Disconnect Search, Built By Ex-Google And Ex-NSA Engineers, Lets You Use Google, Bing And Yahoo Without Tracking

Started as a side project by then-Googler Brian Kennish back in 2010 to cut out ad tracking during a person’s Facebook browsing session, Disconnect has gone on to raise funding (twice), to work on multiple browsers and sites, and create apps for specific users (e.g., kids), and take on more …

A Maker Of Anonymous Comfort For The Tumblr Generation Wants David Karp's Ear

Last April, I interviewed a young Israeli developer named Amitay Tweeto about his viral project The Quiet Place Project — which serves as an escape, and perhaps much needed perspective, from the Internet … on the Internet.<p>Recently I heard from Tweeto again, who wanted to know if I knew David Karp, …

After 30 years, lost 'Steve Jobs Time Capsule' finally recovered

We can assume that Steve Jobs' 30-year-old mouse is in good condition. But what about the six pack of beer?<p>In 1983, at the close of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., organizers buried a time capsule, known officially as the Aspen Time Tube. Many attendees contributed various …

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Newly-Minted Billionaire Is Spinning eBay Scraps Into Gold

Michael Rubin is lucky. And he’s also damned good. Lucky, because eBay approached him last year with a $2.4 billion offer to buy his moneylosing GSI Commerce–which provides Web design, customer service and shipping to big-brand retailers–a 51% premium over the share price. Damned, because Rubin has …

Smarter than you think: the internet isn't dumbing us down after all

Clive Thompson argues technology is helping us learn faster<p>A writer for publications including <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>Wired</i>, Clive Thompson is used to defending the latest trends in digital technology from naysayers and skeptics. In 2008, he was one of the first to describe how sites like Twitter …

Visualizing The Big Data Industrial Complex [Infographic]

Behold the ever expanding rings of big data, tech’s most overhyped sector. I say overhyped, yet demand is fierce for software, hardware and consulting services that help companies process and store giant streams of varied and frequently changing information. According to research collective …

Mobify – Digital Experience Platform

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Baffled By Bitcoin? This Beginner's Guide Will Help

Bitcoin is the virtual currency that everyone seems to be talking about. It’s compelling and growing in popularity, but also highly controversial; Bitcoin has been ruled illegal in Thailand and the US government plans to launch a formal investigation into the cryptocurrency.<p>Bitcoin is also …

Microsoft's 'Project Spark' beta launches in October, lets anyone create a game

Microsoft first unveiled its <i>Project Spark</i> game maker project back at E3 with a promise of a launch later this year. Today at Gamescom, Microsoft is revealing it will launch <i>Project Spark</i> beta for Windows 8 in October. <i>Project Spark</i> is essentially a game maker within a game, letting players build …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Credit: Google's new deep learning architectures<p>Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open …

Fall asleep to the sound of Wikipedia

When one thinks of edits to Wikipedia, back and forth bickering and arguments over minutia generally come to mind. A project called Listen to Wikipedia offers a very different vibe, however, as it translates Wikipedia edits into soothing sounds and pleasant animations. Using the data provided by …

Vodafone Tugs At Your Heart Thingies With A Look At Everlasting Love

Romantic aging montages are guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings. Vodafone’s new commercial, “The Kiss,” for its limitless talk and text plan, follows a couple kissing passionately–and continuously–throughout their lifetime. In the spot, from agency Grey London and director Frederic Planchon, we …

Protag Elite Is A Rechargeable Bluetooth Card That Keeps Tabs On Your Valuables

After Tile raised $2.6 million in its crowdfunding campaign for a Bluetooth Low Energy-powered tagging tech for tracking valuable items, it was only a matter of time before others jumped aboard the bandwagon. Now to be fair to Innova Technology, they were in this game already — with their first-gen …

Experience design is now part of business logic, and it’s the theme of RoadMap 2013

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Smart Destinations, Creative Commons<p>In 2008, when we launched our Structure conference, we believed that the cloud and …

How Facebook went from sucking at mobile to killing at mobile in 12 short months

A little over a year ago, Facebook was so bad at monetizing mobile that the company tried to hide that fact in its legally required pre-IPO documentation, adding it only days before the company went public. The whole mess contributed to what ended up almost being the worst IPO in a decade and a …

The Choosatron Is a Hackable Choose Your Own Adventure Story Printer

Choose Your Own Adventure books are a pretty novel and interactive form of storytelling, provided the reader doesn’t change their decision every few pages or write reference notes in the margins.<p>Software developer Jerry Belich is hoping to re-energize the genre with a Kickstarter campaign for the …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

Estimote Creator Talks About Building An “OS For The Physical World”

Estimote’s first prototype looked like a parrot. They designed it to sit in stores and count the humans entering and leaving the location and could register their paths through the aisles and even added analytics based on sex and purchasing patterns. In all, if you were a store owner, that weird …

How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters

PM would like to offer the following advice when taking down massive reptiles that have bad intentions.<p><i>This post was originally published in July 2013. We find that its suggestions are still valid for</i> Pacific Rim<i>'s latest installment,</i> Pacific Rim Uprising<i>.</i><p>First, don't go toe-to-toe with them on the …

Sorry, but the Internet doesn’t change who you really are — it reveals who you really are

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>The more connected we get, the more we seem to hunger for disconnection. The more devices and services we use, the more we …

FitStar Raises $4M Round Led By Trinity To Make The Best iPad-Led Home Workouts

FitStar, the San Francisco-based startup that just launched a workout app with Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, just raised $4 million in a round led by Trinity Ventures to expand its line-up of fitness apps. Earlier investors like Google Ventures also participated.<p>The round was put …

How Google Sets Goals

Goal setting within a startup or company is essential to success. But there are a number of different approaches to attaining these goals both within teams and individually. And what better framework to follow than Google’s strategy around establishing goals.<p>This gem is part of the Google Ventures …

Play this: 'Save the Date,' a dating sim like no other

Paper Dino Software's <i>Save the Date</i> is a rather unique game. You play as an unnamed character who is tasked with arranging a date with the object of your affections, Felicia. It plays out as series of multiple-choice questions, but after spending some time with the game, you'll discover that the …