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Animal cognition. How I learned what I didn’t know I already knew about #Facebook from @HotLou by @LinkedInDiva. The question in the crowded room was “Why is Hot Lou called ‘Hot Lou’?” …until he opened his mouth and started describing how he (with a college degree in computer science and math) made thousands of Facebook pages incredibly successful through learning how to engage people and then scale. Yes, ‘Hot Lou’ is the mastermind behind the first ecommerce page on Facebook (1-800-Flowers); creator of the Ultimate Frizbee page with 150,000 fans (most in the US and the country of Columbia); and, manager of the immensely popular Twig the Fairy page with more than 271,000 likes. (Twig is actually a human dressed as a fairy who works regional Renaissance fairs around the country.

But now she’s got her own product line inspired by the popularity of her Facebook posts!) What I discovered what I already knew about Facebook, as Lou shared his insights and inspired us with stories of his success was simple: Authentic Engagement. Wow. Author: Lori Ruff (176 Posts) Save your Instagram photos to Dropbox by iphonemod. Popcorn Time Is Now On Android. Hollywood’s worst nightmare just went mobile. A popular fork of Popcorn Time just launched its Android app.

Time4Popcorn’s Popcorn Time app is now available for consumption on the developer’s website and brings all of the program’s pirating tools to the mobile ecosystem. The Android app looks and feels like the desktop program, and sports the same access to pirated TV shows and movies. And just like its desktop counterpart, the Android version streams torrents.

Your data plan is going to love it. I found the program to operate as advertised. The developers tell me that Google pulled the program from Google play, citing “intellectual property violation”. Like previous versions and forks of Popcorn Time, all the source files for this Android app are available on GitHub. This Android apps comes by way of the Time4Popcorn development group which also just released a version of the program featuring TV shows and a new user interface. Moju Is Instagram For Moments In Motion. As our phones become more camera than phone, it only makes sense that innovators would try to take on the very 20th-century concept of the “photograph.” We’ve thus far seen a slew of apps using tech unique to our mobile devices, utilizing video and sound recording, sensors, GPS and the phone’s accelerometer to transform how users create and share images.

Apps like Seene, Mindie, Frontback, Vine and even Instagram itself now compete to be your mobile go-to for what my co-editor Matthew Panzarino calls “vertical streams of cool, clever things.” Moju, an app that leverages the iPhone’s ability to capture a series of photos and user movements, is today adding its name to the game. It aspires to be a concise, hyperreal alternative to the pitfalls of video on mobile. Drawings of fire-breathing dragons roasting chickens with their breath and creative time-lapses of boiling rice are some of the most compelling Mojus drawing inspiration off the app’s constraints. Deborah Gordon: What ants teach us about the brain, cancer and the Internet. 1000 Life Hacks.

Marco Tempest: Maybe the best robot demo ever | Talk Video. This Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer. 22 Astonishing Places That Are Hard to Believe Really Exist. Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist! Some of the pictures in this collection will be of all natural sights you can find while traveling around the world, while the others have experienced human interference – but even in these cases, the result of such collaboration is spectacular.

The Japanese learned how to tame thousands of orchids and form a romantic tunnel out of them; another one was formed all the way in Ukraine by a passing train; and what eventually ends up as hot tea in our mugs, first grows in stunning tree fields in Asia. Feel free to add more places in the comments under the article. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine Image credits: MJiA. 3 Ways to Revive Stale Bread. Three simple and easy ways to save your stale bread. There are few things that are as delicious as a fresh baked loaf of bread hot out of the oven. It's also hard to eat an entire loaf of bread while it is at it's freshest.

Keeping bread fresh is a losing battle, from the moment it is done baking it begins to lose it's moisture through a process called starch retrogradation. In the original baking process, the starch began to gelatinize above 150F and absorb moisture. Once absorbed, the starches swell and create the spongy fresh solid texture we associate with bread. This Instructable will cover three different methods for remoistening your stale bread. Tips & Downloads to assist you at Work & Home | Lifehacker India. Patatap. How your face changes in different lighting. WTF? Skype Quietly Removes “Offensive” Emoticons. It’s a sad day. As is so often the case, my copy editor was about to flip me the virtual bird on Skype and she couldn’t. Why? Because Microsoft is a prude.

It turns out, Skype has removed its emoticons for showing people the middle finger, as well as its animations for (wtf), (fubar) and the slightly odd (hollest) emoticon, which displayed a set of women’s legs with high heels. This change apparently happened more than a month ago. Oddly enough, you can still happily moon your chat buddies( ), puke on them( ), have a smoke with them ( ) and pretend you are virtually drunk ( ). ). But don’t . . In addition, there is also now a (cat), a (dog) and something called (talktothehand). Chances are you are already annoying your friends with your new-found Skype superpowers, but it’s worth noting that Microsoft does sometimes have an aversion to things it deems offensive.

Image credit: Chris Messina under CC Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 license. The Screen That Doesn’t Scream. In a noisy room, trying to shout louder to make yourself heard just escalates the problem of being overwhelmed with sound. It’s a fitting analogy for mobile devices and content too. More, bigger, shinier, more colourful and capable screens filled with more and more apps, making incessant demands on our attention. It’s a whole cacophony of noise. In that context, less starts to feel like more. For that reason I love e-ink. It’s the screen that doesn’t scream. Yet it’s a technology that is underutilized and one that feels increasingly overlooked in the rush to cram over-saturated HD panes onto all the smart surfaces in our lives. Arguably e-ink’s underuse is just stored potential. Or even an idea as quasi-crazy as this entirely e-ink smartphone. Well, here’s another idea looking to make more of e-ink — specifically by using it to tone down the general noise: it’s a low-power Bluetooth-connected bedside clock with an e-ink screen. aclock is intentionally pared back.

Sphero. James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands. 10 Best House Plants That Purify Indoor Air. Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets. Scientists ‘freeze’ light for an entire minute. In what could prove to be a major breakthrough in quantum memory storage and information processing, German researchers have frozen the fastest thing in the universe: light. And they did so for a record-breaking one minute. It sounds weird and it is. The reason for wanting to hold light in its place (aside from the sheer awesomeness of it) is to ensure that it retains its quantum coherence properties (i.e. its information state), thus making it possible to build light-based quantum memory. And the longer that light can be held, the better as far as computation is concerned. Accordingly, it could allow for more secure quantum communications over longer distances.

Needless to say, halting light is not easy — you can’t just put in the freezer. But light can be slowed down and even halted altogether. For this particular experiment, researcher Georg Heinze and his team converted light coherence into atomic coherences. Image: Heinze et al. References: New Scientist, American Physical Society. This Car Runs For 100 Years Without Refuelling – The Thorium Car. If your car was powered by thorium, you would never need to refuel it.

The vehicle would burn out long before the chemical did. The thorium would last so long, in fact, it would probably outlive you. That’s why a company called Laser Power Systems has created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine. The element is radioactive, and the team uses bits of it to build a laserbeam that heats water, produces steam, and powers an energy-producing turbine. Thorium is one of the most dense materials on the planet. The thing is, Dr. “Cars are not our primary interest,” Stevens said. ”The automakers don’t want to buy them.” He said too much of the automobile industry is focused on making money off of gas engines, and it will take at least a couple decades for thorium technology to be used enough in other industries that vehicle manufacturers will begin to consider revamping the way they think about engines. “We’re building this to power the rest of the world,” Stevens said. Credits: Mashable. This New Finding Explains Why Bees Are Disappearing.

The secret is out – bees have been disappearing for almost a decade now, and scientists are scrambling to understand why. Some sources relay that the colonies all across the world are vanishing due to pesticides, electromagnetic frequencies, mites, and even GMO crops, but what researches have recently found to be the cause of the bee catastrophe will shock you. According to a recent report in Quartz, a first-of-its-kind study determined that large numbers of bees are dying due to cross-contamination of pollen and various pesticides. “Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. […] Scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives.

What does this study conclude? The authors summarized in their study: Charles Bukowski’s Top 10 Tips For Living A Kick-Ass Life. Looking for some pointers on how to live an awesome life? Take it from Charles Bukowski, an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist who shared his unfiltered views and opinions with the world on everything from art to death. He was a renowned and prolific writer, often depicting the experiences of the downtrodden and depraved people of American urban life, and he provided plenty of great tips on how to spend your days.

But don’t just take my word for it, soak up the wisdom with this valuable advice from some his most well-known quotes. 1. Don’t settle. “I wanted the whole world or nothing.” You shouldn’t settle for anything less than what you absolutely deserve or desire. 2. “I never met another man I’d rather be.

No one’s perfect, that’s for sure, but there’s also no point in beating yourself up about it. 3. “What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.” “Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.” Apple Takes A Swing At Samsung In Full-Page Print Earth Day Ad. Apple has a new full-page ad appearing in some print newspapers today (via 9to5Mac), and it celebrates the company’s environmental record while simultaneously digging slyly at Samsung, its longtime rival and current opponent in court.

The ad features the phrase “There are some ideas we want every company to copy,” and has been spotted in The Metro and The Guardian to name just a few sources. Apple’s ad also includes copy that makes it clear Apple is talking about efforts like using 100% renewable energy sources to power its massive data centers, and its use of materials made without ingredients that include harmful toxins in building its devices. The ad is overlayed on top of an image of the solar farm that Appel built to power its data center in Maiden, North Carolina. How To Build A $50 Greenhouse In Your Yard – Free Plans! It is time that we all became a little more self reliant? I think so. When we look at the fact that the mainstream idea of food production is becoming more and more out of touch with nature, it becomes clear that we need to begin thinking about growing our own food. While we can take the organic route at the supermarket, sometimes the costs can be high and in the end we still don’t quite know where our food is coming from.

Not only that, many times even organic food you are buying has traveled many miles before it gets to your table -this means that there are less nutrients in the food. Also, this method of traveling food around simply isn’t sustainable nor a good practice that we put the environment through. So what can we do to grow our own food? 214 Technologies Is Crowdfunding A Smart Doorbell Called Chui. “What the heck is a smart doorbell?” That’s what my friends asked me any time I mentioned that I’d be meeting with Nezare Chafni and Shaun Moore, co-founders of 214 Technologies.

They’ve developed a product called Chui, which they describe as “the world’s most intelligent doorbell.” Chafni and Moore brought a Chui prototype by the TechCrunch office in New York, and you can see it in action in the video above. Basically, it scans visitors’ faces, tells you who’s at your door, and can deliver a personalized, prerecorded message.

You can also set up a “do not disturb” list of people you don’t want to see at all. Obviously, there’s a bit of acting in the video, but the core demonstration, where the camera correctly identified each visitor, was real. Chui might eventually be connected to other smart home devices, for example automatically letting people in if they’re on your friend list, or turning on your TV as soon as you arrive home. FIO Is A Simple, Attractive Time Zone Tracker. Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins. Should we deliberately put our careers in danger? Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids The World’s Oceans Of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy. Keen On… Nanotechnology: How It Changes Everything. The Experiment On Five Monkeys That Nobody With Power Ever Wants You To Share.

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