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Mobile is burning, and free-to-play binds the hands of devs who want to help

Mobile is burning, and free-to-play binds the hands of devs who want to help | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Barry Meade: Mobile is truly a landscape dominated by free and casual games. Attend a mobile conference and you’ll feel like clearly the most interesting reason to make or play games is monetisation.

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Windows 10 lets you flip a middle finger with emoji

Windows 10 lets you flip a middle finger with emoji | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Microsoft is being ambitious with Windows 10. Continuum for phones, Windows Hello, HoloLens, and a plan for 1 billion devices running Windows 10 are all new and daring, but the bravest of all is a middle finger emoji.

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If you've used the How Old Am I app, you need to read this

If you've used the How Old Am I app, you need to read this | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Microsoft and its affiliates can ‘publicly display’ the pictures — and has the right to do so alongside your name.

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A pocket-sized synthesizer changed the way I think about music

A pocket-sized synthesizer changed the way I think about music | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Russell Brandom: The PO-14 showed me something new. It's light and tiny, maybe twice the thickness of a credit card, but what's really interesting is how efficient the little synth has to be. There’s no keyboard, just 23 buttons and two knobs, so they had to make a lot of hard choices about what was going to be easy to do and what was going to be hard.

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This is how Swiss watchmakers are fighting back against Apple Watch

This is how Swiss watchmakers are fighting back against Apple Watch | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Apple Watch hasn't killed the Swiss watch, it just inspired the industry to reinvent its approach to design swag.

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NSA is so overwhelmed with data, it's no longer effective, says whistleblower

NSA is so overwhelmed with data, it's no longer effective, says whistleblower | Technoculture | Scoop.it

One of the agency's first whistleblowers says the NSA is taking in too much data for it to handle, which can have disastrous -- if not deadly -- consequences.

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Google says throw out your mom jeans and keep your tulle skirt

Google says throw out your mom jeans and keep your tulle skirt | Technoculture | Scoop.it

You may have thought no one was watching when you stayed up late Googling 'ballet skirt sex and the city' that one night, but you were wrong. Google has released its first-ever fashion trend report — an in-depth analysis of six billion fashion-related searches carried out by Google users between 2012 and 2015, which forecasts the advent of the tulle skirt and jogging pant and the death of normcore and the string bikini.

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Pirate Party surges in polls to become biggest political party in Iceland

Pirate Party surges in polls to become biggest political party in Iceland | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Party, which has sprung up in over 60 countries, campaigns for internet and data freedom. It now has a 23.9 per cent share of the vote, up from 12.8 per cent in February.

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They've somehow made the selfie stick even sadder

They've somehow made the selfie stick even sadder | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The 'Selfie Arm' makes it look as if a dear friend is taking your picture.

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Technology doesn't replace workers; it displaces them

Technology doesn't replace workers; it displaces them | Technoculture | Scoop.it

While technology takes over some tasks, it also increases demand for goods and services and hence increases demand for workers performing the remaining tasks. Instead of just eliminating jobs, new jobs are also created, sometimes in different occupations.

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The age of drone vandalism begins with an epic NYC tag

The age of drone vandalism begins with an epic NYC tag | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the age of robotic graffiti was born.

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The era of Japan's all-powerful videogame designers is over

The era of Japan's all-powerful videogame designers is over | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Hideo Kojima's exit from Konami isn't just the end of Metal Gear as we know it. It's the end of the era of big-name directors running the show in Japan.

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WikiLeaks adds thousands of hacked Sony emails

WikiLeaks adds thousands of hacked Sony emails | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The move came two weeks after WikiLeaks disclosed that it had published 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails stemming from last winter’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in an April 16 statement that information was newsworthy, adding, 'It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there'.

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How photography was optimized for white skin color

How photography was optimized for white skin color | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The complicated history of photography and race reveals how sometimes the political biases inherent to a technology's design can go unnoticed for decades.

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Should you get a Tesla home battery? Let physics explain

Should you get a Tesla home battery? Let physics explain | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Tesla announced a battery for your house, the Powerwall. There are some interesting physics questions to consider for this new battery.

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A chilling short film, set entirely in an online conversation

A chilling short film, set entirely in an online conversation | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Directed by Los Angeles-based comedy writer and film-maker Alex J. Mann, this chilling five-and-a-half minute short film set entirely in a Google Chat (Gchat) conversation window will give you the creeps.

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40 busy years later, Paul Allen, a Microsoft founder, considers his creation

40 busy years later, Paul Allen, a Microsoft founder, considers his creation | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates 40 years ago, says the most daunting task the company faces is getting momentum in the mobile market.

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The anti-drone drone

The anti-drone drone | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It's a dog-eat-dog world—and now a drone-eat-drone one, too. At a February demonstration in La Queue-en-Brie, France, Malou Tech showed off the Interceptor MP200 and its 'antidrone strategy'—capturing smaller unmanned copters with a net.

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The hottest gadgets of 1985

The hottest gadgets of 1985 | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It seems like only yesterday for the Gen-X crowd, but it was 30 years ago that some of the most influential innovations in consumer technology were introduced.

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Microsoft's HoloLens is new, improved, and still has big problems

Microsoft's HoloLens is new, improved, and still has big problems | Technoculture | Scoop.it

HoloLens can deliver amazing illusions, but only on a small scale.

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Why Tesla's Powerwall is just another toy for rich green people

Why Tesla's Powerwall is just another toy for rich green people | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Unless your solar-powered home is entirely disconnected from the grid, an expensive battery backup system like Powerwall does not make economic sense.

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Twitter's multi-billion dollar mistake happened five years ago

Twitter's multi-billion dollar mistake happened five years ago | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Ironically, many of the things that currently hinder Twitter’s success arguably originated because of the company’s attempts to generate the kind of financial results that would meet Wall Street expectations.

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Music streaming website Grooveshark shuts down following copyright lawsuit

Music streaming website Grooveshark shuts down following copyright lawsuit | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The company was hit with £11 billion lawsuit back in 2011 for illegally uploading music.

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Can Instagram be used as a tool to track climate change?

Can Instagram be used as a tool to track climate change? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It’s social media’s ability to so easily capture and share these observations that inspired a new citizen science project, using tools like Instagram and Twitter to document evidence of climate change.

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