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    Nintendo’s original Game Boy is now 25 years old
Nick Summers, thenextweb.com
On April 21, 1989, Nin­ten­do released the orig­i­nal Game Boy in Japan. It was built like a brick and ren­dered a mix­ture of black and gray pix­els on a muddy green back­ground. The con­sole wasn’t light, slen­der or pow­er­ful, but it was the…

    Nintendo’s original Game Boy is now 25 years old
    Nick Summers, thenextweb.com

    On April 21, 1989, Nin­ten­do released the orig­i­nal Game Boy in Japan. It was built like a brick and ren­dered a mix­ture of black and gray pix­els on a muddy green back­ground. The con­sole wasn’t light, slen­der or pow­er­ful, but it was the…

    — 2 days ago

    'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home
By Alan Boyle, nbcnews.com
An artist’s con­cept depicts Kepler-186f, the first val­i­dat­ed Earth-size plan­et to orbit a dis­tant star in the hab­it­able zone. The hab­it­able zone defines a range of dis­tances from a star where liq­uid water could exist on a plan­et’s…

    'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home
    By Alan Boyle, nbcnews.com

    An artist’s con­cept depicts Kepler-186f, the first val­i­dat­ed Earth-size plan­et to orbit a dis­tant star in the hab­it­able zone. The hab­it­able zone defines a range of dis­tances from a star where liq­uid water could exist on a plan­et’s…

    — 4 days ago

    RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year
Erika Trautman, thenextweb.com
Cas­sette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these medi­ums need a play­er to work, and all three medi­ums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more effi­cient means of play­ing music, and dig­i­tal files replaced CDs …

    RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year
    Erika Trautman, thenextweb.com

    Cas­sette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these medi­ums need a play­er to work, and all three medi­ums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more effi­cient means of play­ing music, and dig­i­tal files replaced CDs …

    — 4 days ago

    Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead
Janko Roettgers, gigaom.com
John Meyer may be mak­ing real­ly expen­sive loud­speak­ers, but when it comes to high-end audio, the audio engi­neer­ing pio­neer prefers free. FLAC, the open source audio for­mat devel­oped by Grate­ful Dead fans to trade boot­leg record­ings, i…

    Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead
    Janko Roettgers, gigaom.com

    John Meyer may be mak­ing real­ly expen­sive loud­speak­ers, but when it comes to high-end audio, the audio engi­neer­ing pio­neer prefers free. FLAC, the open source audio for­mat devel­oped by Grate­ful Dead fans to trade boot­leg record­ings, i…

    — 5 days ago

    Meet Goccia, a penny-sized activity tracker that ditches Bluetooth for LED syncing
Josh Ong, thenextweb.com
It’s time for us to face the facts. Blue­tooth is hold­ing wear­ables back. The new Blue­tooth LE stan­dard is cer­tain­ly a step up from ear­li­er power-hungry ver­sions, but the need for a wire­less radio just isn’t prac­ti­cal for many types of…

    Meet Goccia, a penny-sized activity tracker that ditches Bluetooth for LED syncing
    Josh Ong, thenextweb.com

    It’s time for us to face the facts. Blue­tooth is hold­ing wear­ables back. The new Blue­tooth LE stan­dard is cer­tain­ly a step up from ear­li­er power-hungry ver­sions, but the need for a wire­less radio just isn’t prac­ti­cal for many types of…

    — 5 days ago

    Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses
Darrell Etherington, techcrunch.com
Tac­tus makes key­boards that appear out of seem­ing­ly flat glass touch­screen sur­faces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to elec­tri­cal sig­nals to cre­ate rises and bumps that serve as keys and but­tons. It’s a mag­i­cal tech­nol­o­gy, …

    Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses
    Darrell Etherington, techcrunch.com

    Tac­tus makes key­boards that appear out of seem­ing­ly flat glass touch­screen sur­faces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to elec­tri­cal sig­nals to cre­ate rises and bumps that serve as keys and but­tons. It’s a mag­i­cal tech­nol­o­gy, …

    — 6 days ago

    iOS 8 Will Let Users Ask Siri, ‘What Song Is Playing?’ [Rumor]
Luke Dormehl, cultofmac.com
Want to ask Siri what song is play­ing and get a defin­i­tive answer? In iOS 8 you might be able to, accord­ing to a new report.Apple will report­ed­ly part­ner with Shaz­am for a song-recognition fea­ture in the next ver­sion of its mobile…

    iOS 8 Will Let Users Ask Siri, ‘What Song Is Playing?’ [Rumor]
    Luke Dormehl, cultofmac.com

    Want to ask Siri what song is play­ing and get a defin­i­tive answer? In iOS 8 you might be able to, accord­ing to a new report.

    Apple will report­ed­ly part­ner with Shaz­am for a song-recognition fea­ture in the next ver­sion of its mobile…

    — 6 days ago

    Twelve South’s BookArc Möd Is A Gorgeous Mid-Century MacBook Stand [Review]
John Brownlee, cultofmac.com
Some mate­ri­als have integri­ty. Con­sid­er alu­minum, Jony Ive’s mate­r­i­al of choice, and then com­pare it to plas­tic. Under the skin, plas­tic feels whol­ly arti­fi­cial, a lump of con­gealed and pol­ished chem­i­cals; in feel and smell,…

    Twelve South’s BookArc Möd Is A Gorgeous Mid-Century MacBook Stand [Review]
    John Brownlee, cultofmac.com

    Some mate­ri­als have integri­ty. Con­sid­er alu­minum, Jony Ive’s mate­r­i­al of choice, and then com­pare it to plas­tic. Under the skin, plas­tic feels whol­ly arti­fi­cial, a lump of con­gealed and pol­ished chem­i­cals; in feel and smell,…

    — 1 week ago

    The future of robotics is squishy
By Adrianne Jeffries, theverge.com
Robots still aren’t ready to work beside humans, but perhaps a soft touch is the answerAndy March­ese has a lot of fish tanks but no fish food — his fish pre­fer bat­ter­ies and com­pressed air. On a recent Mon­day, March­ese con­duct­ed an…

    The future of robotics is squishy
    By Adrianne Jeffries, theverge.com

    Robots still aren’t ready to work beside humans, but perhaps a soft touch is the answer

    Andy March­ese has a lot of fish tanks but no fish food — his fish pre­fer bat­ter­ies and com­pressed air. On a recent Mon­day, March­ese con­duct­ed an…

    — 1 week ago

    Watch Matias Duarte talk flat design, his Android Wear watch, and the “death of mobile”
Bogdan Petrovan, androidauthority.com
Matias Duarte is one of the most influ­en­tial guid­ing fig­ures of Android. Respon­si­ble for the cre­ation of the pol­ished, mature user expe­ri­ence we know and love in mod­ern Android, Duarte is also deeply involved in guid­ing Android’s…

    Watch Matias Duarte talk flat design, his Android Wear watch, and the “death of mobile”
    Bogdan Petrovan, androidauthority.com

    Matias Duarte is one of the most influ­en­tial guid­ing fig­ures of Android. Respon­si­ble for the cre­ation of the pol­ished, mature user expe­ri­ence we know and love in mod­ern Android, Duarte is also deeply involved in guid­ing Android’s…

    — 1 week ago

    Quantenna promises to make Wi-Fi almost six times faster with new wireless chips
Dean Takahashi, venturebeat.com
Quan­ten­na Com­mu­ni­ca­tions said it will be able to make Wi-Fi net­works run almost six times faster with its lat­est gen­er­a­tion of wire­less chips. For con­sumers, that means you’ll be able to get into the Inter­net fast lane much more…

    Quantenna promises to make Wi-Fi almost six times faster with new wireless chips
    Dean Takahashi, venturebeat.com

    Quan­ten­na Com­mu­ni­ca­tions said it will be able to make Wi-Fi net­works run almost six times faster with its lat­est gen­er­a­tion of wire­less chips. For con­sumers, that means you’ll be able to get into the Inter­net fast lane much more…

    — 1 week ago

    Why Facebook is making it harder to chat with friends
by Ryan Tate, wired.co.uk
Face­book, the com­pa­ny that makes bil­lions from con­nect­ing peo­ple to each other, is about to make it hard­er to have a con­ver­sa­tion. In the com­ing weeks, Face­book’s mobile app will be los­ing its chat fea­ture, a move that will no doubt…

    Why Facebook is making it harder to chat with friends
    by Ryan Tate, wired.co.uk

    Face­book, the com­pa­ny that makes bil­lions from con­nect­ing peo­ple to each other, is about to make it hard­er to have a con­ver­sa­tion. In the com­ing weeks, Face­book’s mobile app will be los­ing its chat fea­ture, a move that will no doubt…

    — 1 week ago

    Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing?
Alasdair Allan, makezine.com
People have been predicting wearables would be the next big thing for about as long as I’ve been involved in technology, but this time they might be right.Read more on MAKE

    Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing?
    Alasdair Allan, makezine.com

    People have been predicting wearables would be the next big thing for about as long as I’ve been involved in technology, but this time they might be right.Read more on MAKE

    — 1 week ago