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Congratulations to Kenneth T. of Coldwater, Mich., for winning an amplified HDTV antenna from Winegard in last week's giveaway. This week's prize will have you going 'round in circles -- in a good way.
We're offering up a Philips Fidelio SoundRing DS3881W portable wireless AirPlay speaker, which, as the name suggests, features a circular design. And a striking one at that.
AirPlay, in case you need a refresher, is a wireless-streaming feature found on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any Mac or Windows PC running iTunes. The SoundRing offers what Philips calls a "360-degree surround-sound effect," and in his CNET review, David Carnoy reports that it exudes "superior sound." … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- We know that IBM's Watson computer is the world's best "Jeopardy" player. But does it have a clue about what tastes good?
On Thursday night, I was one of a small and very lucky group of people invited to an IBM event to find out.
Called "Cognitive cooking," the event was a demonstration of Watson's so-called "computational creativity." Essentially, the idea went, IBM set out to have its famous computer help design a gourmet meal, one filled with dishes made from recipes the world had never seen before. … Read more
Over the years, Facebook has been blamed for depression, isolation, jealousy, and various other types of emotional dissatisfaction. Now a researcher has delivered another possible reason to "dislike" using the social-media site: it might contribute to eating disorders.
Pamela K. Keel, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, made that determination after surveying 960 college-aged women. Keel divided the students into two groups: one group spent 20 minutes in their own Facebook universe, and the other read about the ocelot on Wikipedia, then watched a video clip about the adorable rainforest cat on YouTube. Both groups of students were instructed not to browse other Web sites.
"Women who spent 20 minutes on Facebook reported greater maintenance of weight and shape concerns and greater increases in anxiety compared to women in the control condition, which demonstrates that Facebook is influencing well-established eating disorder risk factors," Keel told Crave.… Read more
Gamorrean Guards serving school lunch? Students trying to master the Force? Alien poetry tests? Writer and artist Jeffrey Brown's New York Times best-seller "Jedi Academy" gets a sequel with "Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan" from Scholastic, due to hit stores on July 29.
When the book's main character, student Roan Novachez, returns to Jedi Academy for a second year, he thought it would be easier. But his problems are just starting. He's not the expert pilot he hoped he'd be. He's feeling more distant from his friends. And when bullies … Read more
Pinterest can be a great way to bookmark and organize all your favorite celebrity photos, recipes, DIY inspirations, home-decorating tips, and videos of famous Internet cats. But for those who want to save and organize more serious articles, Newspeg may be for you. Created by journalists, for journalists, Newspeg skips the fluff pieces and goes straight to hard-hitting headlines.
Formerly a journalist at major newspapers including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner, Newspeg CEO and founder Mark Potts has a long history with digital news and is currently very active in the business of digital media. His latest endeavor is designed to be a way of sharing and saving news in a way that's useful to readers as well as publishers and journalists.… Read more
Ubisoft's Ubi Art engine, which allows hand-painted art to be transferred directly into a game, has tremendous potential, and we've been waiting with bated breath for Child of Light, a single-player or cooperative two-player fantasy adventure about a fairy princess who wields a giant sword.
Ubisoft has announced that the game will be available as a digital download for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs starting April 30.
On the same day, a special deluxe edition will be available from retail outlets.… Read more
The projects people have created with the Raspberry Pi are truly incredible. The low-cost microcomputer has been used to power home automation projects, servers, media centers, and many other do-it-yourself projects. One of the coolest projects is called Retro Pie, which transforms the Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming console and gives you the ability to play classics like Super Mario Bros., Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many others.
The project is a little difficult and requires you to input various lines of code, but you should be fine if you follow these directions. If this is your first time with the Raspberry Pi, I suggest you check out my earlier article for more information about the device.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely the founder of Bitcoin.
- Up Coffee is Jawbone's solution for America's caffein addiction.
- This couple broadcasts all their fights on Twitter.
Growly-voiced musician Tom Waits has never been shy about name-checking places in his song lyrics. He left Waukegan at the slammin' of the door, walked from Natchez to Hushpukena, and got a telephone call from Istanbul. Now all those spots are gathered in one place online. Waits fan Jonas Nordström has created an interactive world map of locations mentioned in Waits' songs.
You can explore the Tom Waits Map via the map interface, through an alphabetical list of place names, or by an alphabetical list of songs. A top-level glance at the map shows how Waits is prone to writing about certain areas of the US and Europe, while South America and Africa are pretty much left out. Greenland is also devoid of mentions.… Read more