Draymond Green apologizes for accidentally posting his junk on Snapchat

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“My Story” is not the place to post your NSFW Snapchats, guys.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors learned that lesson in a very public way Sunday, uploading a private image of himself to his public Snapchat story.

Green, who is getting ready to play in the 2016 Olympic Games, immediately went into damage control, claiming his account had been hacked.

Unfortunately for Green, Twitter wasn’t buying it.

After being dragged on Twitter for the classic “hacked” excuse, Green came clean and told reporters the upload was an accident. Read more…

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“My Story” is not the place to post your NSFW Snapchats, guys.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors learned that lesson in a very public way Sunday, uploading a private image of himself to his public Snapchat story.

Green, who is getting ready to play in the 2016 Olympic Games, immediately went into damage control, claiming his account had been hacked.

Unfortunately for Green, Twitter wasn’t buying it.

After being dragged on Twitter for the classic “hacked” excuse, Green came clean and told reporters the upload was an accident. Read more…

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Blackberry Muffins

Blackberry Muffins

Pssst… you know what the secret is to making the best blackberry muffins?

Muffins that are rich, tender, and loaded with blackberries?

No, it’s not the butter (though butter makes everything better IMHO).

If your guess is it has something to do with the type of berries, you’re close. Wild blackberries do make the best pies, muffins, and cakes. But you can only get those a couple months of the year.

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Blackberry Muffins

Pssst… you know what the secret is to making the best blackberry muffins?

Muffins that are rich, tender, and loaded with blackberries?

No, it’s not the butter (though butter makes everything better IMHO).

If your guess is it has something to do with the type of berries, you’re close. Wild blackberries do make the best pies, muffins, and cakes. But you can only get those a couple months of the year.

Continue reading “Blackberry Muffins” »

Calm, cruel and connected: July’s best and worst of IoT

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It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and… Read more »

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It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now.

Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:

Smart Handbags

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While I’m not really the target market that lusts after luxury bags, I do know that if I was to purchase one, I would want proof that I was buying the real deal and not a cheap knock-off.

Electronics and smart systems company Thinfilm recently announced a partnership with Maria&Donato, a craftsman leather-goods manufacturer and provider of premium handbags. The two companies are integrating Thinfilm’s NFC SpeedTaü tags into Maria&Donato’s exclusive handbag collections to battle counterfeiting and address growing concerns of fraud within the broader luxury goods market. The smartphone-readable NFC tags will also enable consumers to learn more about the brand and the product, and purchase limited-edition handbags online.

SpeedTap tags are thin, flexible labels that integrate with a product’s packaging or label and can be read with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. Each tag is uniquely identifiable and and is virtually impossible to clone. Once tapped, the tag wirelessly communicates with the cloud, instantly delivering authentication messaging, serial numbers, and other relevant content from the brand or manufacturer.  

 Verdict: Hit

KiBand

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Children running away from their parents is an everyday problem. When I lived in Australia it was not uncommon to see children on leashes to stop them running across the road. Now there’s a wearable wanting to address this problem in a more technical way.

The Kiband is a wearable device designed for situations when children wander off in public places like parks, malls, grocery stores and public events. It’s a wristband, or ankle band if you prefer, with a patent-pending internal locking mechanism. A corresponding app and the power of Bluetooth track a child’s distance from a parent parent  — up to about 200 feet — and emit a 95-decibel siren, the equivalent to a fire alarm, if they stray too far.

It also notifies the parents if the band is submerged in water for more than a few seconds. Surely the Kiband’s biggest failure, besides a sound fit to torture any human or animal in their vicinity, is that is does not utilize any tracking capabilities. The company admits that “Kiband’s goal is to prevent a lost child, not find a child after he or she is lost. GPS is not necessary in this application and ultimately lowers the cost of the product for you, the consumer.”

However it’s easy to imagine a willful child that would deliberately set off the alarm, making the much more peaceful child leash a far more appealing option. The product retails for $149 and is available on pre-order.  

Verdict: Miss

Elvie

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Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a range of health conditions that can affect up to 60% of women at a stage of life. Elvie is a wearable device that facilitates exercise therapy to successfully treat these conditions. It’s a connected pelvic floor exerciser worn internally short periods of time and gives the user real-time feedback as they undertake a series of pelvic floor exercises. This includes detecting if you are exercising incorrectly using motion sensors, while the force sensors measure the strength of your squeeze. Bluetooth connects to the app, allowing you to visualize each exercise.  Each device retails at $22o.

Verdict: Hit

Dubstein

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When people write articles about the utilization of “technology for technology’s sake,” I suspect this is the kind of devices they are thinking about. Dubstein is dubbed by company Dubgear as “the world’s first Bluetooth stereo speaker with beverage integration”. Basically it’s an insulated drink cozy that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to  Smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or computer. Dubstein assures us that “your tunes have never tasted so good” It could be a fun novelty product except for the C$129 price tag. Maybe if it actually made me coffee I’d be more interested.

Verdict: Miss

Tree Wi-Fi

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Air pollution is one of the problems of modern society where the Internet of Things can be part of the solution. Amsterdam based start-up TreeWiFi  are building birdhouses that measure air pollution and make the levels of pollution visible through an LED status light. Obviously visibility is only one part of the tools needed to fight pollution.

TreeWifi take this a step further. When the server detects an improvement in air quality, it allows the birdhouse to share it’s internet connection with everyone in the street. Users that connect to the network get tips & tricks on how to improve air quality locally before going online. It’s an innovative way to tackle a problem where residential engagement can be difficult.

Verdict: Hit 

Porkfolio

Moving to a country where cash is king and coins are still in existence has taken some getting used to. Getting rid of small change can be a challenge. But now there’s Porkfolio, a smart piggy bank that enables you to track your balance and set goals through a corresponding app. The nose lights up each time a coin is added and I can see why at a glance,  this would be a good introductory product to get children interested in saving money.

But I’m not convinced coins are the future. I’d be more impressed if the pig converted coins to bitcoins or at least notes or took my money to the bank for me.

Verdict: Miss

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‘Suicide Squad’ parody imagines a team filled with Tarantino’s deadliest characters

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If you haven’t heard, assembling large teams of depraved, violent maniacs is very in right now. 

This parody video by Loot Crate imagines what Suicide Squad would look like if the team were assembled by Quentin Tarantino. As you can see from the video, it’s pretty much just as violent as the DC version, which hits theaters on Aug. 5. 

So who can compete with the Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Boomerang and El Diablo? 

Tarantino’s Suicide Squad includes Django, as well as The Bride and GoGo from Kill Bill, Lt. Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction. Read more…

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If you haven’t heard, assembling large teams of depraved, violent maniacs is very in right now. 

This parody video by Loot Crate imagines what Suicide Squad would look like if the team were assembled by Quentin Tarantino. As you can see from the video, it’s pretty much just as violent as the DC version, which hits theaters on Aug. 5. 

So who can compete with the Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Boomerang and El Diablo? 

Tarantino’s Suicide Squad includes Django, as well as The Bride and GoGo from Kill Bill, Lt. Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction. Read more…

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Hacker puppets explain how they find your passwords in non-technical ways

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Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, “Last weekend was the Hackers On Planet Earth conference (where, ICYMI, Cory was the keynote address). I always come away from HOPE wishing there were easier ways to share what I learned there with friends and family. Fortunately, the Internet Society has been streaming and storing videos of HOPE talks for the past two conferences. (My own talk, on getting into the minds of everyday computer users, should be up there eventually.)” (more…)

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Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, “Last weekend was the Hackers On Planet Earth conference (where, ICYMI, Cory was the keynote address). I always come away from HOPE wishing there were easier ways to share what I learned there with friends and family. Fortunately, the Internet Society has been streaming and storing videos of HOPE talks for the past two conferences. (My own talk, on getting into the minds of everyday computer users, should be up there eventually.)” (more…)

Here’s what your boring app would look like as a conversation

speech bubble vector background In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software — particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use every day. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) work because of our familiarity with messaging. Even the most technically complex interactions can look as simple as getting an SMS text when presented as a conversation. Read More

speech bubble vector background In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software — particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use every day. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) work because of our familiarity with messaging. Even the most technically complex interactions can look as simple as getting an SMS text when presented as a conversation. Read More

Ghazala Khan, mother of fallen U.S. soldier: Trump ‘doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means’

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Ghazala Khan, mother of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, has something to say about Donald Trump. 

“He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.”

Ghazala stood on stage with her husband, Khizr Khan, at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, as he gave an impassioned speech decrying Trump’s comments about Muslims and praising the heroism of their son, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq by a suicide bomber. 

Later, the Republican presidential nominee drew criticism after an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. In response to Khizr Khan’s accusation that Trump had “sacrificed nothing” for the United States, the billionaire politician claimed that he had made “a lot of sacrifices” by creating “thousands and thousands of jobs” and building “great structures.” Read more…

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Ghazala Khan, mother of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, has something to say about Donald Trump. 

“He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.”

Ghazala stood on stage with her husband, Khizr Khan, at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, as he gave an impassioned speech decrying Trump’s comments about Muslims and praising the heroism of their son, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq by a suicide bomber. 

Later, the Republican presidential nominee drew criticism after an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. In response to Khizr Khan’s accusation that Trump had “sacrificed nothing” for the United States, the billionaire politician claimed that he had made “a lot of sacrifices” by creating “thousands and thousands of jobs” and building “great structures.” Read more…

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Gillmor Gang: Not Insane

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 29, 2016. In 1972, the Firesign Theatre documented the National Surrealist Light Peoples Party convention for president. George Papoon’s campaign rallying cry, Not Insane, has never been more appropriate. Plus, G3 w/ Kristie Wells, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway,… Read More

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 29, 2016. In 1972, the Firesign Theatre documented the National Surrealist Light Peoples Party convention for president. George Papoon’s campaign rallying cry, Not Insane, has never been more appropriate. Plus, G3 w/ Kristie Wells, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway,… Read More

‘The Simpsons’ takes a hard stance against Donald Trump

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The Simpsons are going after Donald Trump.  

No stranger to political satire, the FOX show has taken stances on issues including gay marriage, immigration and gun control, among many others, in the past. 

Now, The Simpsons is taking a bold stance against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In a new clip posted by the show’s showrunner, Al Jean, Marge and Homer Simpson think over who to vote for while watching a TV ad comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The video shows Trump tweeting in bed while getting spray-tanned. By his side is a book called Great Speeches by Adolf Hitler. Read more…

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The Simpsons are going after Donald Trump.  

No stranger to political satire, the FOX show has taken stances on issues including gay marriage, immigration and gun control, among many others, in the past. 

Now, The Simpsons is taking a bold stance against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In a new clip posted by the show’s showrunner, Al Jean, Marge and Homer Simpson think over who to vote for while watching a TV ad comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The video shows Trump tweeting in bed while getting spray-tanned. By his side is a book called Great Speeches by Adolf Hitler. Read more…

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Make some serious noise no matter where you are

If you’ve ever wished there was a soundtrack to your life, we have a suggestion for you. Personally, we love the Samsung Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, which lets us easily play our music anywhere–indoors, outdoors, everywhere in between.

Why we love it: this compact, high tech speaker looks great. And it sounds even better (we swear it’s like having a full-sized speaker in our bags, but without all that annoying bulk and weight).

And with A2DP wireless streaming technology and built-in Samsung SoundAlive, we never find ourselves missing a beat of any of our favorite songs. Nor will any bystanders around us…which can be good or bad depending upon what song we’re blasting at the moment.

It’s easy to set up too, meaning we have no trouble getting the party started: just pair it with your NFC or Bluetooth device, and you’re good to go.

See for yourself: take your love of music to the next level, and grab one of these bad boys today (just $49.99, or 50% off MSRP).

If you’ve ever wished there was a soundtrack to your life, we have a suggestion for you. Personally, we love the Samsung Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, which lets us easily play our music anywhere–indoors, outdoors, everywhere in between.

Why we love it: this compact, high tech speaker looks great. And it sounds even better (we swear it’s like having a full-sized speaker in our bags, but without all that annoying bulk and weight).

And with A2DP wireless streaming technology and built-in Samsung SoundAlive, we never find ourselves missing a beat of any of our favorite songs. Nor will any bystanders around us…which can be good or bad depending upon what song we’re blasting at the moment.

It’s easy to set up too, meaning we have no trouble getting the party started: just pair it with your NFC or Bluetooth device, and you’re good to go.

See for yourself: take your love of music to the next level, and grab one of these bad boys today (just $49.99, or 50% off MSRP).