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Tech for the Holidays

Confuse Your Grandma This Christmas By Giving Her One of These Internet Meme Gifts

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Back Friday, Cyber Monday and the entire month of December are right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to exhaust both your energy and your expendable income buying gifts.

Rather than choosing generic holiday presents like scarves, bathrobes and chocolate this holiday season, consider something a little more viral — we’re talking about memes. Read More

Betabeat Approves A Thing

‘Pantelligent’: This Smart Frying Pan Cooks a Mean Steak, Salmon Fillet

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I grew up in what some might call a meat-and-potatoes home. This in no way resembles my current diet, but during my childhood, steak made its way onto the dinner table once or twice a week. With this being said, I have never actually prepared a steak myself and couldn’t even begin to tell you how to reach a pink, juicy center. So when I heard about a frying pan that makes cooking the perfect steak effortless, I had to give it a try.   Read More

The Future Will See You Now

Have This Artificially Intelligent Travel Agent Book Your Next Vacation

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Just when we were all convinced that travel agents had become obsolete did we find out they’ve actually just gotten a hi-tech revamp for the next century.

A link on Reddit tipped us off this morning to Dobby, a service claiming to be an artificially intelligent travel agent that will take care of all of your flight accommodations for you. Simply send Dobby an email telling him where and when you want to go, and he’ll reply with three itineraries in five minutes or less. All that’s left for you to do is choose. Read More

Tech and the City

NYC to Host World Cup for Problem-Solving Startups This Month

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From standing out on Kicktarter to vying for VC, startups have to work so hard to get noticed that you could call the whole tech industry a competition.

On November 20, NYC will host a literal startup competition — Challenge Cup 2015, wherein startups focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in education, energy and health care will compete for prizes and meet with mentors, partners and investors. Read More

The Future Will See You Now

It’s Now Possible for One Person’s Brain to Control Another Person’s Movements

What else can be done with brain-to-brain communication? (Flickr)

Here’s today’s fill of futurology.

Researches achieved brain-to-brain communication where one person was able to control the movements of another person’s hand by simply thinking about it.

The study — published yesterday by The University of Washington — involved three pairs of participants working together to play a computer game. Each duo was comprised of a “sender” and a corresponding “receiver,” who sat in a room a half mile away. Read More