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Spriggle Wants To Let Parents Shop For Science-Friendly Kids' Toys Through Tupperware-Type Parties

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Spriggle made its debut last week out of the NewMe Accelerator with the aim of building a new, super social way for parents to test out and shop for kids’ toys — by bringing the experience into in-home playdates that are already a way of life for so many families...
Spriggle Wants To Let Parents Shop For Science-Friendly Kids' Toys Through Tupperware-Type Parties

Meet Qriket, The iPhone App That Makes Scanning QR Codes Pay Off -- In Cash

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QR codes have had a lot of hype, and you see them around all over the place — from movie posters, to restaurant menus, to the roof of Facebook headquarters. But a common criticism of QR codes is that many people don’t see any real reason to scan them....
Meet Qriket, The iPhone App That Makes Scanning QR Codes Pay Off -- In Cash

UK battle for 'smart city' cash

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The UK's Technology Strategy Board will give £24m to a UK city with a clever idea about how it can be smarter....
UK battle for 'smart city' cash

Rocketfish's Sound Prism is triangu-lovely

www.engadget.com
Cunning design is a wonderful thing, and this triangular bundle of smarts is almost meta! Rocketfish's Sound Prism is exactly what it says it is, a three-sided speaker bar with a twist (metaphorically speaking.) Inventors, CRE8 Design studio, cooked up the clever idea of using the empty space created...
Rocketfish's Sound Prism is triangu-lovely

Sort of private

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The internet is constantly, relentlessly public. Post something and it's there, for everyone, all the time.Acar has come up with a clever idea, a small idea that makes things just a little protected. Trick.ly is a url shortener with a twist. You can share a URL but hide it behind...
Sort of private
Dropbox kills torrent startup Boxopus over piracy potential

Meet The Man Who Convinced Polaroid He Could Save It From Extinction

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Polaroid's clever idea to open a chain of retail stores didn't come from within the company.  Instead, it came from serial entrepreneur Warren Struhl. Struhl launched his first business in the 1980s called PaperDirect, which sold decorative printing paper. After finding great success with PaperDirect, he sold the company to Deluxe...
Meet The Man Who Convinced Polaroid He Could Save It From Extinction

New York Times Adapts Open Source Mini-Game For Some Meta-Journalism

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By now you've probably caught a link or two to the New York Times' layout-obliterating mini-game embedded in an article about so-called "stupid games". The article itself is an interesting (if slightly long-winded) history and mild (if slightly self-indulgent) condemnation of the "dark side" of hyperaddictive games from Tetris to...
New York Times Adapts Open Source Mini-Game For Some Meta-Journalism

Microsoft resurrects Courier through Project Austin app for Windows 8, sparks nostalgia (video)

www.engadget.com
Many who've been following Microsoft's tablet efforts for years will have a soft spot for the Courier, a creative-focused device axed because it didn't fit the Windows puzzle. However, it looks like you just can't keep a clever idea down. Developers at Microsoft have revived the dream through Project...
Microsoft resurrects Courier through Project Austin app for Windows 8, sparks nostalgia (video)

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wonderbag

www.pocket-lint.com
Boil in the bag for the 21st Century Much like yesterday’s Website of the Day, this is one of those brilliantly simple ideas, brilliantly executed. Meet the Wonderbag, an eco-cooking idea that is changing lives and could help to change the planet. It’s staggeringly simple, and based on a...
WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wonderbag
Microsoft targets Android users with Switch to Windows Phone app

A broadband levy to fund journalism? Now that's a very clever idea

www.guardian.co.uk
Has David Leigh cracked it? We have been puzzling for years about how to subsidise journalism once it makes the final transition from print to net (see here and here and here). One obvious model is the funding of the BBC through its licence fee.Objectors to such an idea -...
A broadband levy to fund journalism? Now that's a very clever idea

This Week In Bots: Robot Squirrels, Amoebas, Pilots, And... Guilt?

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Bot Vid: Robo SquirrelWorking with wild rattlesnakes is not exactly the safest or simplest job in the world. It's harder to study them in a realistic enviroment than friendlier, less fang-y animals...like squirrels. Oddly enough, Northern Pacific rattlesnakes actually do like squirrels (for lunch). That's why a research team recently...
This Week In Bots: Robot Squirrels, Amoebas, Pilots, And... Guilt?

Now Serving Ads Inside Google Maps

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Marrying location with marketing message has always been viewed as the holy grail of local advertising. Google has started taking strong steps towards this future, starting today in Australia. The company has started to put ads on Google Maps in Australia. You can see logos for local banks, ATM machines,...
Now Serving Ads Inside Google Maps

Will Election 2012 deliver a mobile ad breakthrough?

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The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will spend big dollars this summer to deliver ads to voters’ iPhones and iPads. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Romney team will deliver mobile ads in swing states that complement the ones that appear on TV. The report (sub.req’d)...
Will Election 2012 deliver a mobile ad breakthrough?

Are Books Printed With Disappearing Ink Really The Best Way To Make People Read Them?

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As Techdirt has noted, the main threat to artists is not piracy, but obscurity -- the fact that few know they are creating interesting stuff. As passive consumers increasingly become creators themselves, and the competition increases, that's even more of an issue. For writers, there's a double problem: not only...
Are Books Printed With Disappearing Ink Really The Best Way To Make People Read Them?

What's Wrong With This Picture?

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As you may have heard, there's been an election in Rome recently. These kind of events tend to bring out the crowds, and NBC had the clever idea of finding a couple of pictures showing roughly the same view, but eight years apart. They look very similar, except for...
What's Wrong With This Picture?
GE develops ultra-thin, almost-silent cooler for next-gen laptops and tablets

iPad drag-to-edit keyboard prototype shows Apple how easy it could be (video)

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Text editing on the iPad is a bit of a slog unless you have a dedicated keyboard. One Daniel Hooper, however, has a simple but clever idea to fix this: use the keyboard as a pseudo-trackpad. As he shows in the prototype video below, his idea has touchscreen typists...
iPad drag-to-edit keyboard prototype shows Apple how easy it could be (video)

"Droidfooding"

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"Droidfooding": Josh Constine for TechCrunch: It's called "Rage Shake" and the name is spot-on. Employees just violently shake their phone and it automatically logs its current state and sends in details to Facebook's mobile bug-squashers. By avoiding a more complicated manual reporting process, Facebook maximizes the number of bugs it...
"Droidfooding"
Apple Rumor Patrol: Here Come The iPad Minis And New iPhones--But There Goes NFC?

The $99 Roku 3

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The $99 Roku 3: CNET: The new Roku 3 has one more feature up its sleeve and it's a neat one: private listening mode. Plug in a pair of headphones to the remote's headphone jack and you can listen to whatever's playing on your Roku. Plugging in the headphones also...
The $99 Roku 3
'Mark as error' concept for Twitter lets you strikethrough tweets instead of deleting them
This Week In Bots: When Dying Alone, A Robot's Cold Comfort Can Be Oddly Comforting
Learning the hard way: music service Wahwah.fm killed by license costs
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