After Heartbleed, “Forward Secrecy” Is More Important Than Ever

Internet users have spent the last week changing their passwords and checking their online accounts for potential hacks resulting from Heartbleed, a bug in the open-source security software OpenSSL that left nearly two-thirds of the Web vulnerable to malicious attacks.  Heartbleed has caused security nightmares for dozens of websites, especially since companies initially thought it […]

Google Eyes A Creepier Glass—A Camera-Bearing Contact Lens

Imagine the Google Glass headgear, which currently makes some camera-shy onlookers nervous, shrinking down to near-invisibility—say, into a super-thin transparent layer that sits on the cornea. Google certainly has, as we now know from a recently published patent filing from October 2012. The notion of smart contact lenses itself isn’t particularly new. Earlier this year, […]

Microsoft’s Data Culture: It Just Might Work

No one would accuse me of being a Microsoft shill. Having grown up in Linux, I have a longstanding antipathy to Microsoft’s machinations against open source (which have been thawing of late, thankfully). But after more than 10 years of raging against the Redmond machine, I’ve also developed a profound appreciation for Microsoft’s ability to make […]

The Kill Switch Proposal: Why U.S. Carriers Win Either Way

Cellular carriers in the U.S. want you to think they have your best interests at heart. That, hey, if your smartphone gets lost or stolen, they will have your back. At least that’s what those carriers would have you believe with a new smartphone “kill switch” proposal from the CTIA, the largest U.S. trade organization that supports […]

How Survivorship Bias Skews Your Perceptions and Decisions

We all make decisions based on available information. It’s hard to blame us! That’s all we have. However, selective presentation of successes can make us believe that things like investments, business plans, or opportunities are better than they are. This is called survivorship bias. To take a personal example, the internet is littered with stories […]

The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing

S Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up your whole screen to feature-packed mainstays like Microsoft Word, we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the writing software that’s right for you. There was a time […]

Intel’s Awesome NUC PC Starter Kits Are On Sale Today

If you’re looking for a super-compact PC with an abundance of power, but don’t want to build it all from scratch, Intel’s Next Unit of Computing boxes might be just what you’re looking for. Today on Amazon, the Intel Core i3 and Core i5 models are marked down to some of their lowest prices ever. […]

Convert Coffee Grounds into Starter Pots for Spring Planting

Coffee grounds work great as fertilizer and insect repellant in the garden. You can combine all these uses into a biodegradable flower pot that can go from the windowsill to the ground without repotting. Sure, you can use old newspaper to create biodegradable pots, but they won’t have the additional benefits that coffee grounds have […]

The SurfShelf Turns Exercise Equipment Into a Walking Desk

We’ve talked about the dangers of sitting all day many times before. Standing desks and walking desks are good solutions, but if you want to use gadgets on your elliptical, bicycle, or other exercise equipment, the SurfShelf does it well. The SurfShelf is a polycarbonate tray that attaches to any piece of exercise equipment to […]

Airbnb Offers To Pay Hotel Taxes In NY, Hotel Lobby Says ‘No Thanks’

After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn’t compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn’t held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes. Airbnb has taken steps to ensure that it will be able to begin […]

Health Startup Healthberry Soft Launches Beta To Measure Patient Feedback

UK-based health startup HealthBerry has soft launched its beta. Pitched as a “better way to engage with patients” the startup uses social media as a way for national health services to measure patient feedback and thus inform improvements to services. It’s trailing with the UK’s National Health Service. The platform engages with patients, monitors programmes, […]

Data Analytics Startup Beckon Raises $8M As Marketers Look Beyond Generic Tools

Beckon, a California-based startup that helps marketers track their spend using data analytics, has raised $8 million in Series A funding from August Capital and Canaan Partners. The latest funding brings total capital raised by Beckon to $10 million to date (including $2 million seed round from August). As we wrote earlier this year, Beckon helps […]

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