Just because a product gets the job done doesn't mean it's a one-trick pony.In a recent AskReddit thread, people shared their favorite products that also pull double-duty as solutions to other problems (One caveat: we haven't actually tried these, so experiment at your own risk).How many of these products have you found alternative uses for?Newspapers rival any rag for streak-free cleaning.Nail polish remover on a cotton ball easily removes hair dye from surfaces.Binder clips make better chip clips than the actual chip clips.
Google Wave Long before Slack, Facebook at Work and its own Google Drive tried to get us to work on the same wavelength. Google Glass 2012 Sergey Brin goes out on stage with some of the ugliest spectacle the world has ever known. The highlight - that moment when ashamed cushion needed hugging hardest - was when skydivers equipped with Google Glass jumped on the roof of the Moscone Center, and then ran and cycled! The ball was worked as a streaming hub for Android devices, but missing most of arch-enemy functions. In addition, cost Nexus Q, the entire $ 300 - three times as much as the then-generation Apple TV. 2012 JRC abolished everywhere except on Blogger, who stubbornly fought on the outdated system until January this year.
The idea for this tennis robot was born after years of table tennis matches against each other and when they began studying in different parts built one brother a prototype robot to practice in secret. A dozen prototypes later, has now launched Trainerbot on Kickstarter. The project is seeking 80,000 dollars and if you want one you have to donate at least $ 329 excluding shipping. With Trainerbot can, via an associated mobile app, create your own workouts so you can get better at the different tennis teams. You can set each on the table the ball will land, how fast it will go and whether there should be any spin on the ball. Bonus Cut below where people from Ars Technica and The Verge takes a closer look at this device.
Donald Trump revealed Wednesday he would consider nominating Texas judge Don Willett to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.He was nominated to the Texas Supreme Court by Rick Perry in 2005, and has been re-elected twice.But Willett is also the self-proclaimed Tweeter Laureate of Texas, and has spent the last year mocking Trump on Twitter.For instance, when Public Policy Polling found that 9 percent of North Carolina voters would choose Deez Nuts over Hillary Clinton or Trump, Willett responded on Twitter with this gem:In March, Trump tweeted that he would spill the beans on Sen. Ted Cruz s wife, Heidi, and Willett responded with a tweet that was much more favorable toward her:Twitchy noted in April that after South African pro golfer Louis Oosthuizen got a hole-in-one after ricocheting off another golfer s ball, Willett had this to say:I hit within inches of the hole & then Lyin Louis gets a hole-in-one by banking off my ball?!pic.twitter.com/a1mGbY8a9p— Justice Don Willett @JusticeWillett March 9, 2016— Justice Don Willett @JusticeWillett November 9, 2015Willett has not yet commented on Trump including him in the handful of jurists he d consider to appoint to the Supreme Court.Neither flash nor html5 is supported!
I m not saying kids these days aren t enjoying themselves, lost in their photorealistic first-person battle zones, but where s the fun in playing alongside some random via headset?Rare is the game that offers what s now laughably referred to as local multiplayer – and when one comes along, even if it s filled with minor flaws, it s still cause for celebration.That s the case with Push Me Pull You, a mostly cutesy, slightly horrific indie game available for the PC, Mac, Linux and PS4.Designed in a simple, streamlined cartoonish style, gamers control a literal human centipede – a Chinese finger trap-like anthropoid creature as you push and pull balls around a basic court.Your shrinking-growing tube-like freak isn t just a gimmick, and it takes great skill to know when to go compact to steal a ball, or to super-size yourself before scoring.And best of all is what we call the buddy quotient – the local multiplayer, where the game goes from entertaining to an absolutely addictive fast-paced thrill ride.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. AP — Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people's daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate reality, as the Internet company responds to competitive threats posed by Facebook, Amazon and Apple.Only the parts you need are sent to your phone on an as-needed basis."The technology looks good in principle, but there's a significant risk that Google is coming into some of these markets too late to make a difference," said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson.Although it is meant to be more personal than the automated voice that Google currently uses to respond to spoken requests on smartphones and computers, the company is simply calling it "Assistant."It is going to be tethered to the "N'' version of Android that Google plans to release later this year and requires more processing power and sensors unavailable in any phone already out.The new headset marks a major upgrade from Google's initial foray into VR in 2014, a cheap model made out of cardboard that sells for as little as $15 and is even given away in sales promotions by some companies.
DocubyteSending a text on an iPhone is an intuitive experience — so intuitive that users take the ease of communication it allows for granted.The action has become so ingrained in our daily habits that 8.3 trillion texts were sent in 2015 alone.But long before the iPhone, and before Steve Jobs founded Apple, rising to success with his rounded, sleek personal technologies, computers weren t so easy to interact with, let alone carry around.Paying homage to the computers of yore, photographer James Ball aka Docubyte teamed up with production company INK to take stylized portraits of machines throughout history, granting the clunky computers a poppy, consumerist sheen, as though they were the subjects of glossy ads.You chose bright, glossy compositions for these photos — why did you choose to juxtapose the composition with the outdated designs?I wanted to restore them to their former glory and recreate a timeless aesthetic akin to the advertising from the past while keeping the images clean, modern and supposedly, studio-based.
If money is tight and you can t afford your student loan payment, there are relief options available.It can be confusing to navigate them all, but this interactive tool gives you an idea of the options you likely qualify for, then helps you get started with them.We ve written about Student Loan Hero SLH before, as they have a lot of useful calculators to help navigate the student loan process.You ll get a description of each one, along with pros and cons and calculators for figuring out what your own numbers will look like.Once you pick an option, the tool will also give you the resources you need to get started.You do have to sign up via email to see your results, which creates an SLH account, but SLH helps you organize and keep track of your loans.
GIFThe next time you re wandering through a Costco, don t roll your eyes at the giant barrels of glowing orange cheese balls, wondering why anyone would buy such a thing.Because this is why you d buy it: to build yourself a cheese ball-blasting machine gun that will revolutionize snacking as we know it.This wonderful creation is the work of YouTube s NightHawkInLight who built it using a giant tub of cheese balls, some run-of-the-mill plastic PVC piping, and a leaf blower providing the power.YouTubeIt can hurl those lightweight cheese balls at an impressive speed, and similar to a paint ball, the cannon s ammo will leave bright orange powder stains on whatever it hits—minus the painful bruising.
Text message?Luckily, the newest version of Cortana for Android can push notifications to the latest build of Windows 10.Winbeta via The Verge Leaked screenshots seem to confirm that Siri is coming to desktops.Of course screenshots can be easily faked but it s long been rumored that the virtual assistant will make it s way to OS X—and given Microsoft and Google s push for intelligent voice interaction, it s no surprise that Apple intends to toss a spinning beach ball into the ring.Or at least, it feels like the newest iteration of Chatroulette or Justin.tv which certainly makes you wonder how they ll moderate all those streams .But at least that means you ll be seeing more of us.
The BACtrack Skyn wearable alcohol biosensor is expected to be a valuable resource for the alcohol research community.BACtrack, a privately held medical device maker, took the $200,000 top prize in the National Institutes of Health Wearable Biosensor Challenge with its wristband monitor – dubbed BACtrack Skyn – which measures blood alcohol levels via sweat on the skin.It can help doctors accurately measure a patient s drinking history, and not just depend on the most recent tests, Koob said.The blood alcohol monitoring devices used in legal and medical circles are big and bulky, like a ball and chain for the ones using it, said Keith Nothacker, president of BACtrack.Nothacker said it takes about 45 minutes for ethanol to be transmitted through the skin, and that the device is designed to provide a recent history of alcohol use.BACtrack has been experimenting with consumer-centric alcohol testing for several years.
Dr. George Koob, head of the NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said he expected the device to be a valuable resource for alcohol research community.It can help doctors accurately measure a patient s drinking history, and not just depend on the most recent tests," Koob said.The blood alcohol monitoring devices used in legal and medical circles are big and bulky, like a ball and chain for the ones using it, said Keith Nothacker, president of BACtrack.Nothacker said it takes about 45 minutes for ethanol to show up in the blood, and that the device is designed to provide a recent history of alcohol use.BACtrack has been experimenting with consumer-centric alcohol testing for several years.Reporting by Mir Ubaid; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Cynthia Osterman
They are just some of the inventions showed to Swipe at the Royal Academy of Engineering's annual showcase.Marty the robot, with... Marty and MartyHe can be programmed to carry out actions including dancing, walking and kicking a ball.It could help people who cannot move because of disabilities or injuries to communicate.It can be used for basic genetic experiments to examine a wide variety of subjects including human saliva, meat and beer."Each three or four bits of kit would be separate … and they can really vary in size," said Bethan Wolfenden from Bento Bioworks.:: Watch Swipe this weekend on Sky News on Friday at 9.30pm; Saturday at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm; and Sunday at 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale.So, in partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, which I founded, has come up with a new model.It goes like this:• Far fewer people 800-1,000 with the majority of people hand-picked to attend• Key Founders and investors speaking; many more invited to simply hang out• Robust, expert discussions and Q directly from the main stage• Intimate breakout sessions with key players on vertical topics• The opportunity to meet almost everyone in those small groups, super-charging your networking• No VIP rooms, which means you get to interact with the Speakers• No live stream — you re either mindfully there or you re not• Major journalists from major tech titles, newspapers and business broadcasters• A parallel Founders-only track PathFounders geared towards fund-raising and hyper-networking• A stunning awards dinner and party which honors both the hottest startups and the leading lights in the European startup sceneThat s what The Europas hopes to achieve.Founder-turned-VC Andy McLoughlin Huddle will be grilling startups in our Live Office Hours session with Local Global s Saul Klein, Sonali de Rycker of Accel Partners, and Connect Ventures Sitar Teli and Nic Brisbourne of Forward PartnersWe ll be investigating and asking where the innovation is in Fintech with Passion Capital s Eileen Burbidge, Mark Tluszcz of Mangrove Capital Partners, Taavet Hinrikus of Transferwise, and Tina Baker of Jag Shaw Baker.We ask Qualcomm Ventures Jason Ball, and Balderton Capital s Suranga Chandratillake will it all go Pete Tong for the European unicorn.Confirmed Media so far include Liam Boogar RudeBaguuette , Robin Wauters Tech.EU , Madhumita Murgia The Daily Telegraph and James Cook Business Insider .
In essence, Pal is a third-party strap for the Pebble that has two distinct but connected features: a GPS module and an extended battery.That battery is a 250 mAh pack that can extend the Pebble Time's life up to 7 days, the original lengthy operating time of the original Pebble.Despite its looks, the Pal strap isn't actually built for rugged use, thought it might survive some rough handling and a few splashes of water.Powerstrap hopes that other app developers will utilize its GPS-based API to create more interesting uses for the strap, like geocaching and maybe even games.PlayReplay with soundPlay withsound00:0000:00Kickstarteralert icon arrow-down icon arrow-left icon arrow-right icon arrow-thin-left icon arrow-thin-right icon arrow-up icon backer-badge icon bar-chart icon bell icon book icon brand-assets icon calendar icon cart icon chat icon check icon clipboard icon clock icon close icon closed-caption icon compose icon conversion icon direct-left icon direct-right icon direct-up icon download icon drop-down icon embed icon expand icon facebook-box icon facebook icon flag icon globe icon grid icon heart icon help icon image icon info icon instagram icon kickstarter-circle icon kickstarter icon leaf icon link icon location-pin icon lock icon mail icon menu icon move icon music icon pause icon pin icon pinterest icon play icon plus-circle icon plus icon report icon ribbon icon search icon share icon star icon stop icon tag icon thumbs-up icon tools icon trash icon tumblr icon twitter icon unlink icon user icon video icon view-all icon vine icon volume-up icon volume icon write icon youtube iconSold on the idea?Backers will be able to choose from six color options of Graphite Grey, Sky Blue, Emerald Green, Maple Red, Sunburst Yellow and Snowcap White.
Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance.These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only.This game combines dodge ball, billiards, golf, checkers, arcade games, and strategy all into one.Available on:Don t be fooled by the cute name — you ll need a lot of strategy to get the hang of this game.Your goal is to push scattered boxes to their pre-marked spots.Available on:Perfect for the traveler who loves an itinerary, BonGEO lets you customize your travel plan in 60 seconds.
That makes the action a little less satisfying and precise, but it results in a game that works pretty well on a touchscreen.From there, you can trade comments, search for contents, and get alerts when there s fresh activity.One Tap TennisWatching a video ad lets you skip having to replay all the tournament s earlier matches if you fail later on.As the ball approaches, you ll need to tap while the moving line is in the yellow or orange areas to return the shot and continue the volley.The streaming music pioneer might have been left in the dust by Spotify s surge, but the brand is making a comeback and has a few million paying subscribers.If you re already familiar with Glu s Kim Kardashian: Hollywood or Katy Perry Pop, then you know what to expect here: light interactions with cartoonish humans, tapping through loads of dialogue boxes and menus, and a slow-paced climb to stardom punctuated by timers and in-app purchase opportunities.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f93902%2fscreen shot 2016-05-20 at 11.46.52 amOf course, the "future" in the title refers to a possible future; we don't have a magical crystal ball yet.But even though we can't know what the future holds, if the current trends are any indication, Keiichi Matsuda's video might be a very good showcase of what lies ahead, and it's not pleasant.Titled Hyper-Reality, the six-minute video unearthed by The Verge plunges the viewer into a world where virtual reality covers nearly all facets of actual reality.Unnerving from the get go, the video gets even scarier as the protagonist Juliana, whose life we get to experience in first person view, suffers some sort of hacking attack, threatening to steal her identity.Matsuda, a London-based designer and film-maker, also has several older videos that dwell on the ugly aspects of augmented reality.Amazingly, this one, posted six years ago, is just as prophetic and technically accomplished as the new one.
George Koob, head of the NIH s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said he expected the device to be a valuable resource for alcohol research community.It can help doctors accurately measure a patient s drinking history, and not just depend on the most recent tests, Koob said.The blood alcohol monitoring devices used in legal and medical circles are big and bulky, like a ball and chain for the ones using it, said Keith Nothacker, president of BACtrack.The device in its current form will not, however, be a substitute for breathalyzers or blood tests used by law enforcement, because the device does not provide real-time blood-alcohol levels.Nothacker said it takes about 45 minutes for ethanol to be transmitted through the skin, and that the device is designed to provide a recent history of alcohol use.BACtrack has been experimenting with consumer-centric alcohol testing for several years.Corrects third paragraph to show that the product has not been submitted to regulators for approval, not that it is awaiting approval and is expected to be on the market by year-end.And corrects ninth paragraph to say it takes about 45 minutes for ethanol to be transmitted through the skin, not for it to show up in the blood Reporting by Mir Ubaid; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Cynthia Osterman
Facebook might be hosting upwards of 8 billion views per day on its platform, but a wide majority of that viewership is happening in silence.
As much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers. Take, for instance, feel-good site LittleThings, which is averaging 150 million monthly views on Facebook so far this year. Eighty-five percent of its viewership is occurring without users turning the sound on. Similarly, millennial news site Mic, which is also averaging 150 million monthly Facebook views, said 85 percent of its 30-second views are without sound. PopSugar said its silent video views range between 50 and 80 percent.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Facebook has built a video ecosystem that does not require users to turn the volume up — and publishers have been more than happy to play ball. Most users’ news feeds are now inundated with short videos that feature text or captions narrating what’s being shown on screen. While most of these videos feature narration or some form of background music, the intent is to make it easy for people to consume the information presented in the videos without needing to turn the sound on.
“From day one, there pretty much has been the psychology that you have to catch their attention immediately,” said Gretchen Tibbits, chief operating officer for LittleThings. Facebook counts a view at three seconds, which means publishers have to find ways to convince users to stick around in order to capture that view. “But while the first three seconds are critical, the video also has to be designed to capture attention without needing sound,” said Tibbits.
Tailoring content to the whims of the Facebook news feed has helped publishers scale on the platform. It’s also turned news feeds stale as publishers put up countless videos that have the same look and feel. Take, for instance, this NowThis video about a Tylenol ingredient that makes people less empathetic and this Tech Insider video about a futuristic bike. While they focus on completely different topics, the key ingredients are the same: a striking visual or message up front followed by a text-heavy explanation of the content.
But it works, which means publishers will continue to do this type of content.
When it comes to distributing branded content, advertisers for the most part have also come to terms with these quasi-silent videos as the de facto standard — non-live edition — for Facebook. And in these instances, the format works.
According to MEC North America, branded videos from its clients average 85-90 percent silent video views. But that doesn’t mean consumers are less engaged. Internal studies conducted by the agency showed that KPIs like brand lift and intent to purchase were not affected by whether the viewer watched the video with the sound on or off, said Noah Mallin, head of social for the agency.
“Sound is still an option [on Facebook], but it’s not required,” said Rye Clifton, director of experience at GSD&M. “If you can make something compelling without needing people to turn the audio on, you’re ahead of people who are not thinking that way.”
But that’s only if the content is completely made for Facebook. It’s different when it’s a paid media buy for a video ad that wasn’t intended solely for Facebook. When measuring the performance of campaigns on a cost-per-view basis, nine times out of 10, YouTube will come in at a lower price than Facebook, according to Nick Pappas, CEO of SwellShark. (A hurdle here is that Facebook only charges advertisers for three-second or 10-second views, whereas on YouTube, advertisers can pay based on completed views.)
“As a paid advertising channel, [Facebook] works sometimes, but it’s so important to have creative that meets the criteria of the platform — otherwise it can be a waste of money,” he said.