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Chicago Coffee Roasters Jam (blind cupping)

Trip Report: Sip Café (Financial District, Boston, MA) | Espresso News and Reviews

Owner Jared Mancini learned his original trade managing a Torrefazione Italia (or “T.I.”, as some old-timers in the region like to call it), later at …

Trip Report: Pavement Coffeehouse (Boylston St., Boston, MA) | Espresso News and Reviews

This coffeehouse is highly decorated by the locals. <i>Boston</i> Magazine named it Boston’s Best Coffee Shop 2012. It has even achieved national …

Foodie Tuesday: Ask The Cheesemonger

We’ve talked cheese apps before – remember my review of Fromage? This week I’ve got another recommendation, Ask The Cheesemonger. While Fromage is …

App Store

Coming soon: A Breathalyzer for pot and cocaine?

Some people drive high.<p>They shouldn't, but they're high, so they don't really know what's good for them and what isn't.<p>Should they get stopped by police, the long nose of the law can sometimes sniff the presence of marijuana in their car.<p>Should they happen to have nosed their way into some cocaine, …

Cannabis

Undercover cops' devious new method to stop iPhone theft

If a man in a bar offers you a laptop for $70, you know it's probably stolen.<p>Yes, he might be wearing glasses and look a little like Bill Gates, but, please think, it's probably stolen.<p>Similarly, if someone tries to sell you an iPhone for a radically reduced amount, suspicion should surely be your …

San Francisco

Broadcast Your Drunken Data To The World With A Smartphone Breathalyzer

Because what the world really needed was another way to post pictures of your inebriated tomfoolery.<p>Whether you're in a contest with your buddies over who's the drunkest, or legitimately trying to determine whether your blood alcohol content is low enough to drive home (just take a cab, dude), …

Budweiser's intimate, dangerous way to make Facebook friends

So you've had a couple of beers.<p>You meet a nice person of your target sex. Well, they seem nice, given that you've had a couple of beers.<p>At some point, one of you raises your beer cup to clink cups with the other.<p>The minute the cups clink, you are indelibly linked. At least you are if you're using …

Internet

Fake Twitter Followers: A Dirty Marketing Secret

A few weeks ago, I alerted readers to the growing problem of Twitter spam and now news comes that this is not the domain of underground players but one where large brands and stars may also be playing, purchasing fake followers to puff up their social media presence.<p>To understand how one identifies …

UPDATED - Developers Race To Buy First Firefox OS Phones

<b>UPDATE:</b> Geeksphone sold approximately 1,000 developer-targeted smartphones running Firefox OS, and said it had shipped all of them as of 3pm Pacific time on Tuesday. It will make more available on its online shop on Wednesday morning Madrid time. More numbers and details now up in a separate post …

In Japan, You Can Buy Your Kid A Giant Robot For $20,000

Japanese manufacturer Sakakibara Kikai has introduced a new product that would instantly make any 12 year old the coolest kid on the block, no matter what the kids thought of him the day before – a giant robot that they can ride in.<p>Standing over 6 feet tall, the robot, which has been dubbed …

Can J.C. Penney Turn Back Time?

It’s been barely a month since J.C. Penney kicked out its controversial CEO Ron Johnson and began the process of unraveling his efforts to rebrand the storied retailer. New/old CEO Myron Ullman plans to return the retailer to its former self, but can J.C. Penney turn back time? Should it?<p>If you’re …