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SDL SM2: Find Out What People Are Saying About Your Business On Social Media

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(This post is sponsored by SDL-SM2, a social-media analytical tool for small- and medium-sized businesses and small agencies.) Tracking and measuring social media is no longer just a nice-to-have for businesses - it's now a core essential of any modern marketing plan. And that's true for giant multinational corporations...
SDL SM2: Find Out What People Are Saying About Your Business On Social Media

Hands On With The Node, A Sensor-Packed Smartphone Dongle

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As a scientist practicing actual, bonafide science, I have often found myself in need of immediate g-force readings or barometric pressure analyses for my scientific problems. Whereas before I had to use my sextant and trident and thermowhozzit, I can instead use the Node. The Node, originally a Kickstarter project,...
Hands On With The Node, A Sensor-Packed Smartphone Dongle

Intel's Core i3 NUC mini-boards set to hit market in October, power up hobbyists and OEMs

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Intel has finalized the specs of its Next Unit of Computing (NUC) board, and announced it'll go on sale in October for less than $400 with a case and power supply. Carrying a 4 x 4-inch form factor between a Raspberry Pi and mini-ITX board, it'll be equipped with...
Intel's Core i3 NUC mini-boards set to hit market in October, power up hobbyists and OEMs

Sponsored post: Open source: how new models are challenging the nature of business

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While the historical role of hobbyists in the tech sphere can be traced back to the Homebrew Computer Club and beyond, in 2013 a series of trends are empowering the current breed with more disruptive potential than ever before. On one hand, the maker movement blends technological innovation with more-traditional...
Sponsored post: Open source: how new models are challenging the nature of business

Everyone Who Wants a Drone Will Have One Soon

www.theatlantic.com
Our Brian Fung brings word that Iran has a drone, and I think it's reasonable not to worry about it, per se.But let's talk about the (very) near future. Drones are not like the atomic bomb. There won't be a day when suddenly we realize that a horrible new weapon has...
Everyone Who Wants a Drone Will Have One Soon

The 20 Best Apps In The Mac App Store (AAPL)

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The Mac App Store doesn't get enough love. Sure, there are some forgettable games and utilities there (just like the iTunes App Store), but it's silly to ignore the great stuff that's readily available. From super-useful apps to premium games, here are 20 awesome programs that'll make sure you keep...
The 20 Best Apps In The Mac App Store (AAPL)

Raspberry Pi foundation demos 14MP camera module for $35 computer

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A prototype of the Raspberry Pi camera component Raspberry Pi Foundation A blog post published by the Raspberry Pi foundation offers the first look at an experimental camera module that is designed to plug into the organization’s popular $35 Linux computer. The camera component, which will likely be available...
Raspberry Pi foundation demos 14MP camera module for $35 computer

500px Makes First Acquisition, Recommendation Software Startup Algo Anywhere

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Photo-sharing site 500px today announced the acquisition of fellow Toronto-startup Algo Anywhere, in a stock and cash deal the specific terms of which were not disclosed. This marks the first acquisition for 500px, the company helmed by co-founders Oleg Gutsol and Evgenvy Tchebotarev. 500px is a fast-growing photo community...
500px Makes First Acquisition, Recommendation Software Startup Algo Anywhere

Switched On: The roads to home automation

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. At a dinner event several years ago, a former editor-in-chief of a major computing trade magazine told attendees that his first published article was about home automation. That article ran back in 1979 -- just two years...
Switched On: The roads to home automation
Geek of the Week: Peter Newland, indie board game maker

Wiki Weapon's plan to build printable 3D gun backfires

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3D printer firm Stratasys takes its equipment back from Defense Distributed after claiming the project violated firearms lawsA group trying to design the world's first fully printable plastic firearm has seen its plans backfire after its 3D printer was seized back by the manufacturer.A week after the Guardian published details...
Wiki Weapon's plan to build printable 3D gun backfires
Pin it, like it, buy it: Ubokia enables back-door e-commerce on Pinterest

Club Jameco borrows from Etsy and Kickstarter, lets DIYers design, sell and buy project kits

www.engadget.com
Though electronics hobbyists may not have the same resources that the Maker Sheds of the world have to design, package and sell do-it-yourself kits, electronics component distributor Jameco plans to change that. With Club Jameco, enthusiasts can pitch their kit ideas to the electronic component wizards in Belmont, CA...
Club Jameco borrows from Etsy and Kickstarter, lets DIYers design, sell and buy project kits

Microsoft Releases HomeOS, Hopes It Powers The Smarthome Of Your Dreams

www.fastcompany.com
News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Microsoft has long imagined much of the functionality of a smarthome, and has just released the computer code it hopes will stitch it all together: HomeOS. It's timely because with so many pertinent technologies evolving at the same time (powerful Wi-Fi, the...
Microsoft Releases HomeOS, Hopes It Powers The Smarthome Of Your Dreams

Robo-fish swim into the ocean's funk, so you don't have to

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Gene Roddenberry would have you believe that space is the final frontier. But really, the deep blue sea is more apt for that distinction. And without mega-rich hobbyists to fund exploratory plunges into those uncharted depths, science has had to seek out an alternative, more cost-effective means. Enter the...
Robo-fish swim into the ocean's funk, so you don't have to

How-To: Make the key glowstick chemical yourself

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I have lots of hare-brained projects involving chemiluminescence that are currently back-burnered because the chemical that causes the bright chemiluminescence of commercial glowsticks, i.e. trichlorophenyl oxalate (TCPO, shown below), is relatively hard for hobbyists to acquire. I've even gone to the trouble of setting up a business account with...
How-To: Make the key glowstick chemical yourself

Microsoft revives free Windows desktop development tools, didn't mean to make you cry

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Microsoft has resuscitated Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop, a few weeks after deciding to bump it off. The company had wanted to push developers onto the $400 professional edition of the software, but a volley of complaints forced the climbdown. When it arrives in the fall, it'll let...
Microsoft revives free Windows desktop development tools, didn't mean to make you cry

HAXLR8R Demo Day: Lessons from China

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Today the accelerator HAXLR8R held its second-ever demo day in San Francisco. Two things separate it from the usual incubator event. First, it focuses solely on hardware products. Second, HAXLR8R is based in Shenzhen, China, bringing founders and mentors to the city for about three months to learn how...
HAXLR8R Demo Day: Lessons from China

To Angel or LP: Investing Guide for New Tech Millionaires

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Facebook's S-1 caps an amazing last few quarters of tech wealth creation with LinkedIn, Zynga, Groupon and Pandora going public and small/medium acquisitions continuing to occur at a healthy pace. Many of these new millionaire employees will likely become angel investor hobbyists, using their wealth to kickstart the next generation...
To Angel or LP: Investing Guide for New Tech Millionaires

How 3D Printing Will Transform Medicine And Manufacturing [INTERVIEW]

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[Sponsor Post] As of right now, 3D printing remains a bit of a novelty. Sure, you can design your own shoes, pretend you're on "Star Trek," or dream up a three-wheel hybrid car, but 3D printing's practical implications for business have yet to capture the public imagination.When will 3D...
How 3D Printing Will Transform Medicine And Manufacturing [INTERVIEW]
LEGO unleashes new generation of smart toys with Mindstorms EV3 robots

OTA Update Center encourages PC-free upgrades for custom Android ROMs

www.engadget.com
Over-the-air firmware updates are mainstays for most smartphone platforms, but custom ROM builders have rarely had such a luxury, even with Android. The OTA Update Center wants to shoulder that noble burden. Along with simply hosting the updates to prevent outrageous bandwidth bills, the Center enables everything an Android...
OTA Update Center encourages PC-free upgrades for custom Android ROMs

4 Reasons the iPhone Is a (Video)Game Changer

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When it comes to innovation and accessibility, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are collectively the most exciting gaming platform since the early 90s. Who would have thought a cell phone would become the most diverse and innovative video game console?For this, credit can only partially be given to...
4 Reasons the iPhone Is a (Video)Game Changer

The Apple Maps Fiasco Wasn't An Isolated 'Mistake'--It Was Apple Being Apple

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Apple swapping out Google Maps for its own inferior product makes it irresistible for me to present an arcane bit of Silicon Valley history that I often recall with a certain relish when enjoying a glass of wine with my young colleagues. In the early 1980s, I had the privilege...
The Apple Maps Fiasco Wasn't An Isolated 'Mistake'--It Was Apple Being Apple

Bitcoin developer talks regulation, open source and the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto

www.pcworld.com
With Bitcoin all the rage and startups popping up left and right, it's hard to know who's an expert in the virtual currency and who just has an opinion. Most people would put Jeff Garzik in the former camp.A Bitcoin core developer for three years, he left his job...
Bitcoin developer talks regulation, open source and the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto

Action.IO Becomes Nitrous.IO, Raises $1M For Its Development Tools

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Action.IO, a startup promising to make it easier to create, configure, and share development environments, just announced a new name — Nitrous.IO — and $1 million in seed funding. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from Draper Associates, CrunchFund, 500 Startups, TIBCO Software, Facebook co-founder Eduardo...
Action.IO Becomes Nitrous.IO, Raises $1M For Its Development Tools

ARM Cortex-M0+ is a low-power, low cost 32-bit processor for the 'internet of things'

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The "internet of things" is quite the buzzed about phenomena these days and everyone wants in on the action. But, much of the hype so far has been associated with that DIY staple, the Arduino, and its admittedly under-powered 8-bit MCU. ARM is looking to put more power at...
ARM Cortex-M0+ is a low-power, low cost 32-bit processor for the 'internet of things'

Tracking: Drones At Home

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Drones are coming to American airspace. Whether used in agribusiness to monitor farms, by landscape architects to design properties, by law enforcement, or by hobbyists, UAVs are everywhere. Here, a look at the latest developments in this growing industry. 12:40 p.m., 05/24/2013 Parrot Shows Off Drone Videography Parrot, whose...
Tracking: Drones At Home

Padcaster turns iPad into mini DSLR rig

www.electronista.com
Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter has been showing off the Padcaster, an iPad attachment allowing users to turn their iPads into a near pro-level video recording setup. The $199 device was only announced this week, and is attracting interest from video professionals and hobbyists.......
Padcaster turns iPad into mini DSLR rig
Microchips: Linux Does Beer: Raspberry Pi Moonlights as Dutch Brewmeister
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