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The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly dead. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true.

Enter the noPhone. READ MORE

Does Tech Improve Your Quality of Life?

Have you ever heard people say that technology is getting in the way of human interaction? Or that our high-tech, always-connected world is making us miserable?

I’ve seen those stories too. But what they don’t mention is that tech is actually contributing to our happiness.

This week’s Evidence of Abundance focuses on how technology is changing our quality of life.

The following graph comes from a 2012 report called “Happy Planet.” It shows the degree of happiness in various countries according to their use of technology. READ MORE

Disney Researchers Create Algorithm to Bring 3D Textures to Touchscreen

Researchers at Disney have developed a new algorithm, which is capable of simulating 3D geometric features on touch screen surfaces and allow people to ‘feel’ the texture of the objects viewed on a touchscreen.

According to researchers at Disney’s research lab in Pittsburgh, the latest technique involves transferring small vibrations via the display that offers users a feel of shallow bumps, ridges and edges of an object. READ MORE

Anything is Possible, Never Say Never: The 18 Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas That Eventually Became Successful

Even the most well-known venture capitalists have startups they regret passing on.  For John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, it was Twitter. For Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, it was Airbnb, the home-rental website that’s now worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

“We made the classic mistake that all investors make,” Wilson recalled in a blog post lamenting the blunder. “We focused too much on what they were doing at the time and not enough on what they could do, would do, and did do.”

It’s hard to blame him. After all, a lot of successful companies sounded stupid when they first launched — see: Rap Genius — and the vast majority of new businesses flop, sometimes leaving investors with heavy losses.

But before you write off a fledgling firm, always keep in mind that you never know. READ MORE

China Military Hacker – Not like the movie Hackers…at all!

What It’s Like to Be a Chinese Military Hacker

All-black stealth suits, fingers flying across keyboards, screams of unintelligible jargon at Matrix-style lines of code. These are the things that generally come to mind when you hear the phrase “foreign military hacking unit”—or at least the mind of anyone who’s seen a movie in the past 10 years. But as the Los Angeles Times discovered when they stumbled across the blog of...READ MORE

Preemptive Google Glass Ban (only in Seattle)

The Banning of Google Glass Begins (And They Aren’t Even Available Yet)

A Seattle bar has declared that ‘Google Glass’ (aka Google Glasses)–not yet available to the public–are banned “in advance” from the establishment.  Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe posted a message to their Facebook….http://tinyurl.com/bcjmmuj

How much Data does a Super Bowl eat… A LOT!

AT&T Data Use Explodes At The Super Bowl

We’ve all been there. You are at a crowded event, taking pictures with your smartphone and trying to share them on Facebook or Twitter but the damn photo just won’t upload. The data network you are using is clogged because too many people are trying to do the exact same thing you are: making phone calls, sending texts, uploading pictures and streaming video… http://ow.ly/hrCgn

 

Remember to communicate and don’t assume anything!

Communication is Key!

The scene: a woman goes to buy a cake for, oh, let’s say her cat Whiskers’s birthday. She decides to put a photo of Whiskers’s face on top of the cake…

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Sad and strange…but still this is amazing personal project management / outsourcing at its best.

How a ‘model’ employee got away with outsourcing his software job to China

Bob was his company’s best software developer, got glowing performance reviews and earned more than $250,000 a year.

Then one day last spring, Bob’s employer, an American infrastructure company, thought its computer network had been attacked by a virus… http://ow.ly/hdbZk