FIFA cracks down on Twitter users using its logos as avatars

FIFA is in charge of the biggest sporting event outside of the Olympics. But in addition to making sure the games start on time, it’s also making sure no one mistakes random Twitter accounts with its logo as part of the organization. Torrent Freak reports that FIFA has been issuing DMCA complaints to Twitter about the offending […]

On The Hunt For Better Margins, Fab Debuts Hem, A New Furnishings And Design Brand

Just two weeks after announced the acquisition of One Nordic – a Helsinki, Finland-based maker of furniture, lights and other home deco products — the online design store is moving swiftly to the next stage of its new strategy to focus more on original goods: it’s launching Hem, a new line of customizable, “affordable” furniture and products, designed in-house […]

An E-Commerce Site Where You Can Haggle Down The Price

What are American holidays without shopping deals, right? A new kind of site has launched out of Y Combinator just in time for the most American holiday of them all. Founders Andrew Kurland and Joe Marrapodi created their e-commerce negotiation site, Greentoe, out of frustration. The two were spending too much time trying to find […]

Everyone Has Seen Fireworks, No One Needs Your Photos

Here’s a novel idea for watching the fireworks: use your eyes. See, the Fourth Of July is when we celebrate the birth of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. But when the urge to pull out your camera phone strikes you, instead, leave it in your pocket, throw your arm around […]

Meet The Winner Of PragueCrunch III: Cloudfender

This man is very happy. He’s Jaroslav Snajdr, one of the contestants in last night’s PragueCrunch pitch-off and a proud drinker of fine Czech beer. He is just one of the cool people we met in Prague last night. The pitch-off, judged by Yao Huang of the Hatchery, our own Natasha Lomas, and Andrej Kiska […]

Huglight Flexible Hands Free Book Light

There have been a lot of reading and camping headlights featured on CoolTools over the years. But I’ve not found either to very practical, in so far a reading lights are often limited in their utility by the clip on the back — some are better than others — and their utilization of watch-type batteries; […]

Samsung ready to scrap plasma TVs

3 July 2014 Last updated at 12:07 Samsung will focus on producing curved and ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs Samsung is to stop producing plasma televisions (PDP TVs) by 30 November. It said falling demand meant it would instead focus on producing curved and ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs. “We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet […]

Factory workers given ‘super-thumbs’

4 July 2014 Last updated at 12:27 Workers at a BMW plant in Germany have been given 3D-printed “super-thumbs” to reduce stress on their joints when they are assembling car parts. Each bespoke thermoplastic polyurethane thumb protector is created individually by measuring the worker’s hand in a mobile scanner. It fits like a second skin […]

NSA ‘targets’ Tor dark web servers

4 July 2014 Last updated at 12:32 Scrutiny of the NSA’s surveillance was started by whistleblower Edward Snowden The NSA has been targeting the Tor anonymising system to spy on its users, suggests a report. German public broadcaster ARD said two Tor servers in Germany were actively being watched by the US spy agency. Citing […]

Complaint over Facebook emotion test

4 July 2014 Last updated at 11:55 Privacy campaigners want regulators to look into the Facebook experiment An official complaint has been filed to the US Federal Trade Commission about a Facebook experiment that manipulated the emotional state of users. The study was carried out for one week in 2012 and targeted almost 700,000 users […]

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