Minecraft, the sandbox game that’s been compared to playing digital legos, has been used to build a series of obsessively constructed virtual wonders, including replicas of the Legend of Zelda games, the Star Wars movies, and even a full-scale reproduction of Game of Thrones’ Westeros. But none of those building projects holds a candle Read More
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By Jack Smith IV 10/16 4:44pm
Apple commanded the rapt attention of the Internet this morning for their live rollout of new products. They’re upgrading the macs, updating the iOS 8 and giving out OS X Yosemite for free.
The one thing that we all needed just in time for the holiday shopping blood-frenzy was the rollout of two new iPads: the iPad Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/16 11:08am
When you run the world’s largest online marketplace with millions upon millions of items, tasteless, even brashly offensive merchandise is bound to make its way onto the site. For Amazon, this means an endless game of whack-a-mole.
The latest series of problematic apparel is a collection of leggings and hot pants covered with depictions of Hindu deities sold through a third party dealer called Yizzam. Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, lodged a complaint with Amazon that 11 pairs of Yizzam’s leggings with images of Hindu gods like Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu and Muruga were blatantly disrespectful of Hindu practices. Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/16 9:32am
Hiring developers can be a nightmare. Besides a general scarcity of talent, most of the traditional indicators of skill have become virtually meaningless — simply having a B.S. in Computer Science doesn’t tell a CTO whether someone can actually code worth a damn.
General Assembly (GA), the leading code academy based in New York, is establishing a credential program from scratch that CEO Jake Schwartz hopes will set a new standard for hiring coders. In order to bring more legitimacy to the new credentials than your standard technical school faire, GA established a “consortium” of partner companies from all corners of tech, including heavyweights like GE, Paypal, Coinbase, Newscred, Medium, Glassbreakers and Relate IQ. Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/15 12:37pm
The marriage of technology and food has spawned a number of twisted bodyhacking experiments, like the meal replacement drink Soylent or disconcertingly delicious cricket bars. But one thing we’ve never had to eat in the name of tech was something that was growing right up until the moment we ate it.
Edible Growths are little Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/15 11:00am
When Gett Taxi, the dark horse competition in New York for Uber and Lyft, started offering a flat rate of $10 for rides anywhere in Manhattan, it put them on the map in NYC overnight. But when everyone rushed in to start booking cheap rides, they found it nearly impossible to actually book Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/14 4:04pm
We all have that relative who loves a good edible craft project. Perhaps it’s your granddad who loves handmade chocolate, or your girlfriend who loves baking cookies — so that means the season is coming for molds and melted morsels, right?
Pssh, not this year. Now, you can get all of that done with the Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/14 12:59pm
Startup Land is sold as a paradise. On the corporate campuses of companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, programmers and developers have access to bike repair shops, vending machines with free gadgets, ping pong tables, beer on tap — they can even stay up all night and
work until their fingers bleed have as Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/13 5:11pm
Ever gone looking for a certain pair of shoes — just once even — and had some banner ad follow you to every site you visit for a month trying to sell you those loafers? Or maybe you’ve accidentally stumbled into someone’s Pinterest board for five seconds and been pushed for a week to shop for chapel-length wedding veils and event florists? That’s because advertisers are using everything they can learn about you to sell to who they think you are based on your browsing habits.
A new browser extension called Floodwatch scrubs up all of those ads that you’re shown throughout the day and builds a profile of how you’re being advertised to. The project is a collaboration between a data firm called The Office for Creative Research (OCR) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani. Read More
By Jack Smith IV 10/13 10:43am
The startup world routinely fetishizes failure: “Fail fast, fail often,” as it were. Considering a good majority of all startups will eventually fail, it’s understandable for the world of early stage tech to spin a disaster into a learning opportunity.