Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen When building your own electronic devices, whether for a personal project or a product prototype, the size of your screen usually dictates how big the device ends up being.  And when it comes to building wearables, small displays are key.  That’s exactly what TinyScreen brings to your electronic toolset. Designed for electronics makers and tinkerers, it’s a thumb-sized screen that measures a hair just under one inch diagonally.  The small size makes it ideal for integrating into lightweight wearable gadgets, including smartwatches, smart glasses, and other screen-toting accessories. TinyScreen is a full-color OLED display, sporting a 96 x 64 resolution and 16-bit color depth, with its brightness controllable directly from a software interface.  While you can use TinyScreen itself with other electronic parts lying around at home, its creator, TinyCircuits, also sells miniature boards they call “Shields” that you can pair it […]

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Beautiful But Deadly Undersea Raver That Digests Its Victims Alive Up here on terra firma, we’re treated to all kinds of wildly colorful wildlife: polychromatic parrots, iridescent green beetles, unicorns galloping on rainbows that one time I ate too many pot brownies. But in the depths of our oceans things are decidedly more drab—gaudy colors ain’t going to do you no good nohow in the darkness. You’ll find a creature here, though, that has evolved what is surely the most over-the-top Pink Floyd-esque laser show in the sea: the comb jelly. Read More

US Spy Programs May Break the Internet if Not Reformed, Google Leader Says PALO ALTO — You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that. This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance. Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs. This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create. “If you’re a consumer or a company, you own your email, your text messages, your photos and all the content that you create,” he said. “Even when you put your content in our data centers or on devices that we […]

7 Alternatives to Google AdWords for Small Businesses If you’ve been searching for ways to boost your online presence and search engine rankings through PPC advertising, you’ve probably considered Google AdWords. Known as the industry standard, businesses and marketers assume that by using AdWords, they’re doing the right thing. For small businesses, this might be a fatal marketing mistake. Keep reading to learn more about why Google AdWords might not be the best option for your small business, and check out the seven alternatives outlined below. Why Google AdWords Might Not Be Your Best Bet Even if you’re an expert in search engine and keyword optimization, AdWords may present challenges that will not become apparent until you’ve invested time and dollars into the platform. Other challenges for small businesses attempting to utilize Google AdWords include: * Competition. Because most companies – including large corporations – use Google AdWords to boost […]

“Stacked – Hong Kong” Is A Vertical Photo Series Chronicling The Mesmerizing Geometric Beauty Of Hong Kong’s Public Housing Sometimes, you just need to look at your surroundings from a different angle to turn them into a breathtaking sight.  That’s exactly what happens in “Stacked – Hong Kong,” a beautiful look at the expanse of Hong Kong’s high-rise public housing systems and its overwhelming symmetry. A series of images from Australian photographer Peter Stewart, it uses vertical angles to capture the erstwhile common sights of densely-populated buildings as objects of hypnotizing geometry.  Seriously, these photographs are a sight to behold, taking me back to memories of being a child and seeing a skyscraper for the first time.  Instead of shiny skyscrapers in the business district, though, you’re looking at high-rise living spaces, many of which have probably seen much better days. For “Stacked – Hong Kong,” Peter shot the scenes […]

Mandatory Google+ Accounts Dropped: Beginning of the End? Just a few years ago, when Google first launched its fledgling social network, Google+, hard sells abounded. Most notably, since January of 2012, any new Google account automatically had to create a profile on Google+. Whether you signed up for Gmail, Calendar, Google Analytics, or any other related tool, a Google+ account was mandatory. This strong arm tactic didn’t bode well for much of the community. Yet Google didn’t much care. They continued to give high value to active Google+ businesses in search rankings, and it looked like the world was forced to embrace the social network, or risk damaged search rankings or no access to Google’s other tools. Quietly, and rather mysteriously, Google has lifted this requirement. Now, when new users sign up for any Google service, they have a (gasp) choice regarding whether or not a Google+ profile is generated. […]

Watch This Sonic Levitation Machine Float Small Items Using Focused Sound Waves As it turns out, it’s possible to levitate objects using sound. And someone made a new toy that you can put on a desk to levitate small objects using just that principle.  Called the Sonic Levitation Machine, it will magically suspend objects using nothing but sound waves.  Really. The bad news?  It needs to produce sounds that are way louder than a jet engine to create the anti-gravity effect.  The good news?  The bulk of the sound pressure will only travel around 18 inches from the source, so if you stand far enough, any noise you pick up should be tolerable.  Plus, you can always wear earplugs. Do note, this will probably drive dogs crazy (they got super-hearing or something like that), so you might want to keep any pets out of the vicinity. The Sonic Levitation Machine […]

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Web Had Some Serious ’90s Nostalgia This Week The spirit of the ’90s is alive on the web. A prerelease build of Windows 10 debuted Tuesday and was very well received, and now everyone’s excited to see where Microsoft is headed next. Social networking was big news this week too, partially because of Facebook’s “real name” policy, but also because of the sudden blossoming interest around Ello. The invite-only social network has captured the interest of the digerati fed up with Facebook and Twitter and the corporate takeover of the open internet. Speaking of the open internet, the web’s old school is riding a wave of nostalgia for Unix servers with flat HTML files—they’re flocking to Paul Ford’s latest project tilde.club, a web ring for throwback-style personal web pages. All this, and a few dirty jokes. Be sure to enjoy this one with your kids. Listen […]

Can Concert Promoters Become The New Record Labels? A little over a year ago, the recording industry was surprised to learn that Madonna wasn’t signing a new record label contract, but instead was signing a deal with Live Nation, a big concert promoter, to handle pretty much everything having to do with her business, including releasing new CDs. The WSJ Magazine is running a long feature story about Live Nation, its founder and its ongoing strategy, wondering if it’s the new business model for the recording industry. Basically, the guy behind Live Nation knows that there’s good money in concert promoting, but that the margins are low. So, he’s betting on a few of these “360 deals” where he gets a much larger margin on all other aspects of the business. It’s an interesting strategy that appears to be a step in the right direction, but it’s unclear if it […]

Barry Coffing Founder/CEO Music Supervisor Inc Major Labels Just Want A Spotify IPO When I found out Universal made around $500 million on the beats deal I realized that they are playing a different game. By they I mean big multi national corporations. Be it strip mining for coal or stripping rights and mining the music of artists. Greed is good and just move on to another mountain or video games as the case may be. Yes major labels are pushing Spotify towards an IPO and a big payday that will NOT include the artists and creators of music. Here is what I believe 1) Indie music still accounts for 20%-25% of the official revenue from recorded music but if you could track every local band with a CD it would be much greater. Given a fair fight of talent against talent I will bet on the people with passion […]

Arizona Man Trades $160K Diamond for $20 Weed, Cops Say Walter Earl Morrison, 20, is shown in this photo. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office  An Arizona man could have gotten himself one of the fanciest cars on the road and had money left over with what a diamond he allegedly stole was worth, but instead police say he traded the $160,000 gem for $20 worth of marijuana. Walter Earl Morrison, 20, of Phoenix, Az., was charged with felony theft after he allegedly stole a package containing the diamond while unloading a UPS cargo plane, authorities told ABC’s Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV. The diamond was valued at $160,000, according to KNXV-TV. That’s enough money to buy a Maserati sports car and still have enough left over to make a down payment on a house. But Morrison had different plans. He traded in the $160,000 diamond for $20 worth of weed, which according to […]

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can’t buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk! Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/#ixzz3CZ615AYv Your future windshield will look more like a see-through TV than a window Jaguar has promised its forthcoming mid-size XE sports sedan will offer a laser-based augmented reality head up display (HUD). So we decided to delve a bit more deeply into the system, how it works, and what kind of roles it could play in the future of… Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/#ixzz3CZ82Moka Awesome tech you can’t buy yet Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can’t buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk! Cool Tech Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/#ixzz3CZ9nUdBh

Part of the Cloud computing glossary: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet. A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network. So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred […]