• Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    If you’ve already come to terms with a future filled with robots that look like the hunks of steel they’ve always been depicted in the movies, you’ll probably be very upset when the future comes.  Why?  Because instead of shiny tempered steel shells, they’ll likely be decked in shells as soft as human skin.  And they’ll have soft, flexible body tissues, rather than the rigid mechanisms inside factory machines that allow them to move like real living creatures.  Yeah, the [...]

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  • Vurb Search Startup Wins The 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Vurb Search Startup Wins The 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Google revolutionized search when they first hit the scene over a decade ago. And while they’ve definitely made improvements to their results over the years, the standard search still functions the same way — you enter a query, it displays a list of pages that algorithmically match that query. Could it be time for a change? Vurb appears to think so. The winner of the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield, Vurb is a contextual search engine for both web and mobile. [...]

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  • Oyster App Is Like Netflix For Books And It’s Awesome

    Oyster App Is Like Netflix For Books And It’s Awesome

    All-you-can-consume models for media has been a hit for a reason: you get to devour a whole host of fare for a small fixed price every month.   It worked for movies, it worked for music, it worked for magazines.  And Oyster, a new unlimited service for reading books, could very well find the same results. Like Netflix and Spotify, the service gives you access to its library of books at a flat monthly rate.  You don’t own any of the [...]

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  • Valet Offers Steep Discounts, Curated Guides To Travelers

    Valet Offers Steep Discounts, Curated Guides To Travelers

    Some supervillains like to coop up in their holes, isolating themselves from the rest of the world.  Other supervillains like to travel the world, cutting deals and making moves that will put them on the top of the game.  The Valet is a new web and mobile service for that latter crew. Unlike most online services that pimp travel deals, the website is refreshingly clean and professional.  There’s no mess of a layout with an overload of information, no Flash [...]

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  • Dozuki Opens iFixit’s Documentation Tools To The Masses

    Dozuki Opens iFixit’s Documentation Tools To The Masses

    User manuals generally suck.  Which makes iFixit’s detailed step-by-step accounts of how to perform various technical tasks a really special resource.  To create their innovative manuals, the group relies on a proprietary software called Duzuki that they’re now making available to the public. Granted, you’ll still have to do the work of creating the documentation yourself.  But if you’ve been wondering what kind of software you can use to create the same easy-to-use and picture-heavy layouts  iFixit have been cranking [...]

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  • Google Music Beta Launches, Streams Your Music From The Cloud

    Google Music Beta Launches, Streams Your Music From The Cloud

    Music streaming from the cloud — that seems to be where the future of enjoying your record collection is headed.  And Google is getting in on the action now with their just announced Google Music Beta. No, it’s not like Spotify.  At least, not yet.  As it turns out, Google can’t iron out the licensing kinks for that with US labels either, so this one’s strictly limited as a place to dump your songs for cloud-based streaming access from any [...]

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  • Summify Filters The Web Into 5 Articles For Your Reading Pleasure

    Summify Filters The Web Into 5 Articles For Your Reading Pleasure

    Is your feed reader overrun with hundreds of updates you can’t even begin to dig through?  It’s a more common problem than you think and the guys behind Summify think they have a solution. What does it do?  At its core, the service goes through the mass of content available on the web on a daily basis, then finds five articles that it thinks are the most relevant to your interests.  It’s kind of like having your own content curator, [...]

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  • Inventables: A Veritable Candy Store For DIY Inventors And Creatives

    Inventables: A Veritable Candy Store For DIY Inventors And Creatives

    You’re inventing something.  Because you’re awesome like that.  Problem is, you don’t exactly know what material you’re supposed to use to get a particular result you’re going after, so you can’t just troll Amazon or eBay looking for it.  What to do?  Turn to Inventables, an online hardware store that specializes in materials that designers, artists and inventors will typically find useful. Geared towards those insane enough to try and create something truly novel, browsing the catalog is literally about [...]

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  • Sculpteo Turns Your Photos Into Customized 3D Minifig

    Sculpteo Turns Your Photos Into Customized 3D Minifig

    Ever wished you can have a miniature statuette of your boss that you can slap around every time you get frustrated at work?  Now you can with Sculpteo, a 3D printing service that will fashion vanity minifigs based on two pictures you send in. When you order, you need to upload two photographs, one face-on and one profile, along with some text specifying things you want to see in your plastic figurine (like if you want to be half-naked with [...]

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  • Baked By Melissa Lets You Design Your Own Mini-Cupcakes

    Baked By Melissa Lets You Design Your Own Mini-Cupcakes

    Got a neat idea for a mini-cupcake for your holiday party, but have absolutely non-existent baking skills? Not a problem with Baked by Melissa’s new Create Your Own Cupcake system, which lets you “design” your own flavorful pastry before putting in an order. Granted, you’ll be limited by the options available in-store.  But if you can let your imagination loose, you can come up with some colorfully scrumptious cupcake treats that are definitely more interesting than the typical fare you [...]

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  • Horrible Logos Will Design The Ugliest Logo For Your Brand

    Horrible Logos Will Design The Ugliest Logo For Your Brand

    Tired of slick logos that look professional and enthralling?  Me too.  It’s time somebody made crappy logos that we can make fun of, not leave us intimidated by their impressive ability to convey what the brand actually stands for.  Gah.  Well, turns out somebody did and those masterful designs can be found at Horrible Logos. Cranking out “hand-drawn logos with the worst possible style and quality,” the one-man outfit actually started as a spoof to make a point of how [...]

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  • Lose It Or Lose It Lets You Wager Money On Your Weight Loss Goals

    Lose It Or Lose It Lets You Wager Money On Your Weight Loss Goals

    Being a compulsive gambler is a bad enough character flaw.  Being 50 pounds overweight and not having the motivation to do anything about it just makes things so much worse.  Lucky for you, there’s someone out there looking to serve exactly your kind of people.  Presenting, Lose It or Lose It. A web-based service, it uses gambling as a motivation to lose weight.  Instead of wagering on horses or sporting events, though, you put money on your own weight loss [...]

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  • CarWoo Takes The Pressure Out Of Buying A Car

    CarWoo Takes The Pressure Out Of Buying A Car

    Buying a car is tricky business.  Any promise you got on email or on the phone just goes out the window as soon as you hit the lot.  CarWoo wants to change all that. Instead of having to haggle with slick suits in their turf, the service lets you come at a price you’re comfortable with right from the comforts of your computer.  None of your information ever gets out to the dealers fielding their offers throughout the process, either, [...]

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  • The Friend Poster Puts Your Facebook Friends On An Offline Display

    The Friend Poster Puts Your Facebook Friends On An Offline Display

    Thanks to Facebook, you now have thousands of internet friends.  Too bad you can’t brag about it to your friends who have sworn off social networking.  Oh wait, you actually can with the The Friend Poster, which puts the profile pictures of up to 2,000 of your Facebook friends on a photographic print poster you can stick up on your living room wall. Designed to hold anywhere from 200 to 2,000 profile photos, it lets you keep an offline memento [...]

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  • Bike By Me Lets You Custom Color Your Own Fixed Gear Ride

    Bike By Me Lets You Custom Color Your Own Fixed Gear Ride

    Bike By Me is a Swedish company that offers fixed gear bicycles in customizable colors that it will ship anywhere in the world.  Granted, that’s not really earth-shattering, since any decent-sized bike shop where you can assemble your own rig will probably allow you to do the same.  However, they do offer a web-based tool that lets you deck the bikes in a variety of fancy colors, making it quite the handy utility. What can you customize?  You can select [...]

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  • Chattanooga, Tennessee Gets 1Gbps Internet Service

    Chattanooga, Tennessee Gets 1Gbps Internet Service

    Looking to move someplace where you can stream 20 HD movies on 20 computers at the exact same time without buffering?  Pack your bags and get on a bus to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they just installed the United States’ first and only 1Gbps internet service. But what will you do with 1Gbps download speed?  I have no idea either.  I’m sure some enterprising individuals will come up with ways to make even that much broadband feel slow.  For average folks, [...]

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  • Textographer Turns Your Photos Into Posters Made From Words

    Textographer Turns Your Photos Into Posters Made From Words

    Want to turn an old family portrait into a unique poster print with a hidden message?  Try Textographer, which combines the photograph with words you select to create an entirely unique portrait. From afar, it looks like a beautifully elaborate poster print, with plenty of grainy details and shading.  Stick your nose closer, though, and you’ll notice that it’s actually drawn using the words of whatever text you chose, allowing you to hide a message within the image.  Sure, it [...]

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  • How To Find Top Five Books About A Subject

    How To Find Top Five Books About A Subject

    When a subject suddenly catches your fancy, it’s not uncommon to turn to the web for more information.  Problem is, it’s usually tough to figure out where the best resources are.  Five Books is a website that seeks to simplify the process, interviewing one renowned expert on each field about the five best books they will recommend to anyone who wants to catch up. Every day, a list of recommendations from one eminent personality in a specialized industry gets added [...]

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  • Chocomize Lets You Cook Up Custom Chocolate Bars

    Chocomize Lets You Cook Up Custom Chocolate Bars

    Tired of the same old chocolate munchies you can buy off the shelf?  Check out Chocomize, a service for sweet tooths hankering for a custom chocolate bar experience. A milk bar with Cheerios and mini-marshmallows?  Check.  Dark chocolate with bacon?  Not a problem.  White chocolate topped with a heaping of beef jerky, diced ginger and curry powder?  Gross, but definitely approved.  Like your very own chocolate factory, the company lets you fashion treats that would have otherwise stayed in your [...]

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  • Oil Spill Destroys Websites Specially The Ones You Love

    Oil Spill Destroys Websites Specially The Ones You Love

    There is nothing cool about the BP oil spill. The effect of this nasty disaster is going to be felt by generations to come. Every time when I pick up some cool new gadget, I am amazed by how far mankind has come and amazing things that are being invented. But then we have an oil leak at the bottom of the ocean that is gushing millions of gallons of this nasty liquid into the ocean and no one seems [...]

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  • WordPress 3.0 Thelonious Is Calling You

    We are a big fans of WordPress here at CT and consider it to be a pretty cool CMS. WE have seen many great open source projects go downhill pretty fast usually because of founder egos clashing with user input. WordPress development on the other hand seems to be following an amazing life cycle of bug squashing and feature enrichment that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We have been waiting for wordPress 3.0 and its finally here. [...]

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  • Idle Keyboard Makes You Sound Busy

    Idle Keyboard Makes You Sound Busy

    Everybody knows that keyboards make sounds when you type. So when you’re spending the afternoon reading Perez Hilton instead of working on that report, it’s easy to notice the lack of keystroke activity. We slack at work too, so no judgment from me. If you’re hunched over your desk with no typing noises coming from your cubicle, however, it won’t take more than a few minutes to figure out that you’re just tending to your crops on Farmville again. Idle [...]

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  • PediaPress Lets You Compile Wikipedia Entries Into A Custom Book

    PediaPress Lets You Compile Wikipedia Entries Into A Custom Book

    Think Wikipedia is the shiznitz? Build yourself a study filled with the human-edited encyclopedia’s wisdom through PediaPress, a service that lets you pick out choice Wikipedia entries for publishing into a softcover book. Of course, someone already made a Wikipedia book before. But that was magnificently unusable. Operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, the new service lets you pick and sort your own content, essentially commissioning you as an editor for your own custom volume of niche knowledge. PediaPress offers both [...]

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  • Adverputt Manages To Keep Ads-Filled Flash Game Surprisingly Enjoyable

    Adverputt Manages To Keep Ads-Filled Flash Game Surprisingly Enjoyable

    We all know game advertising is only going to get blatantly more intrusive. But I kinda like what Adverputt did with their mini-golf Flash game, seamlessly integrating the adverts with the multi-level playing course. They do have annoying pop-overs, though, which disappear after a few seconds. The small window lists the full name of the sponsor for the hole, along with a clickable link to their website. Seriously, I hope that doesn’t catch on, or at least, put it where [...]

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  • Voxengo Lets You Cut A Record Without Your Own Drummer

    Voxengo Lets You Cut A Record Without Your Own Drummer

    Ready to record a demo on your one-computer home studio, but still can’t find a decent drummer?  Instead of settling for an awful-sounding drum machine sequence, you can get a real percussionist to lay down professional drum tracks with the Voxengo Custom Drum Track Service.  Yep, a working studio drummer for hire at the bargain-basement price of $69.95.  Win. If you’ve spent any time in a studio, you’ll know the difference between a hack drummer and a seasoned artist.  Back [...]

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  • Google Street View Snowmobile Braves The Slopes For Google Maps Fans

    Google Street View Snowmobile Braves The Slopes For Google Maps Fans

    Think you can hide from Google Street View by camping in icy mountains, Abominable Snowman?  You may have to rethink that strategy with the Google Street View Snowmobile, which plows through slush terrains hoping to catch a glimpse of your snowy white hide. Yep, that’s a snowmobile with a Street View rig duct taped to it, capturing the world of treacherous icy hills one unique snowflake at a time.  You can feel a little better, though, in knowing that they [...]

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  • Be A Certified Virgin And Make Your Parents Proud

    Be A Certified Virgin And Make Your Parents Proud

    Still a virgin and proud of it?  Don’t stop the announcement with wearing a purity ring.  Hang it on your wall with a Certified Virgin certificate, which proudly proclaims your sexless life to the world.  Yes, you’re so cool, just like a Jonas brother (oh wait, only two of them should be virgins now – one got married). Whether you’re a 40-year old social misanthrope, a dry-humping maestro or the biggest prude in the world, these “I’m a virgin” diplomas [...]

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