Chromecast Unboxing

Chromecast My Chromecast arrived yesterday! I was lucky enough to order it via Amazon Prime before they sold out, so I didn’t end up with a weeks-long wait. For those unfamiliar, Chromecast is a new device for televisions to stream content directly from the cloud, controlled by your phone, tablet or computer. It’s about the size of a USB thumb drive and plugs right into an HDMI port, allowing you to stream just about any content on the Internet, straight from the source. Continue reading »

What I'm Reading

Random island The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements [The Atlantic] When Prisoners Protest [New York Times] Everything You Need to Know About PRISM [The Verge] Why I Hate Read Receipts [Ars Technica] Raising the Wrong Profile [New York Times] Existential Depression in Gifted Children [The Unbounded Spirit] What I Learned About Digital Addiction by Going Swimming with My Cellphone [GigaOm]

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Alfa Romeo The Family That Tweets Together Stays Together [NPR: Shots] Silicon Valley’s All Twttr [GigaOM] The terrorist as rock star [Dave Fargo] The Problem With Medium [Medium] Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism [The Atlantic]

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Ego Alley in Annapolis Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters I’ve known plenty of girls who use the same drinking language as guys, but apparently different language indicates different attitudes about alcohol. The Pixar Theory All Pixar movies exist on a timeline in the same universe. Mind-blowing. Why Citizen Developers Are The Future Of Programming Degrees aren’t as important to programming as many people think.

Ultimate First World Problems

My phone with a cracked screen Last night I had a first-time experience: dropping my phone and the screen cracking. I was a bit in shock, and a bit pissed off. All I could think was how much it was going to cost to rectify the problem. The crack doesn’t cover the whole screen, but it’s enough to be really annoying. That’s immaterial though, as nobody wants their phone screen to crack…or so I thought. I went on Twitter to gripe about having broken it. Continue reading »

Review: Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble smartwatch Wearable tech certainly seems to be the next hot space for hardware. Google Glass, the myriad activity trackers like Fitbit and Nike FuelBand, the list goes on. The Pebble Smartwatch is an interesting entrant into this space not only because of its features, but because it came to life through the largest Kickstarter campaign to date. It started the now-growing trend of consumer electronics launching with funding from the consumers. Continue reading »

Heml.is Has a Shot at Succeeding Where Other Encrypted Messaging Systems Have Failed

Heml.is logo Heml.is (pronounced without the dot) was announced yesterday as a new messaging platform built from the ground up to be secure and private. Their goal is to develop an app for iOS and Android that uses proven open standards and high-grade private key encryption to keep your conversations totally encrypted and away from prying eyes, while being user-friendly and attractive. They’re obviously striking a nerve with users, because in less than 36 hours they’ve managed to raise nearly 90% their $100,000 funding goal. Continue reading »

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Sunset over the ocean Summer May Be Best Time to Make Babies Not quite what you think it is. But also, exactly what you think it is. From Subject Line To Signature: How To Do Work E-Mail Right Most work emails suck. Do your part to make them suck less. Opinion: Military Pay and Benefits Unsustainable We need to start having serious conversation, unfettered by hyperbole, about the massive and growing costs of servicemember pay & retirement benefits. Continue reading »

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Sunset over a river 9 ways a billion dollar new mobile company might be created In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. Android distribution numbers updated for July, Jelly Bean now the most used version

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Field The BMW M3 Coupe Is Officially Dead If PRISM Is Good Policy, Why Stop With Terrorism? What Snowden Needs Now Is a Good Lawyer ‘I filmed the first fight and arrest through Google Glass’ How Clothes Should Fit
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