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Turn the Family Car Into a Connected Fleet Vehicle



Drivers often approach the idea of connected cars along the lines of a one-to-one ratio: one driver to one car linked by a data-gathering and reporting interface that opens up new aspects of the operator-vehicle relationship both during and after a drive

But in the rapidly evolving world of connected driving, new approaches to that scenario are also emerging. For instance, what if connected cars allowed an owner to track information generated by multiple vehicles and multiple operators — as in a fleet or a family — in real time and from outside the car?

It’s certainly something that large-operation telematics have provided to businesses for years, but what if this were available at the scale of small fleets, or even that of the residential two-car garage for parents and newly driving teens? Read more…

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Google App Engine Gets GitHub Push-To-Deploy Support

Last summer, Google started allowing developers to use git to get their code onto App Engine to deploy their applications instead of using Google’s usual SDK. Starting today, developers who use the popular GitHub service to manage their code repositories will be able to do the same. Read More

Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

beats-music Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes “Joel Werner writes in Slate that when Citicorp Center was built in 1977 it was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world but no one figured out until after it was built that although the chief structural engineer, William LeMessurier, had properly accounted for perpendicular winds, the building was particularly vulnerable to quartering winds — in part due to cost-saving changes made to the original plan by the contractor. “According to LeMessurier, in 1978 an undergraduate architecture student contacted him with a bold claim about LeMessurier’s building: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind,” writes Werner. “LeMessurier realized that a major storm could cause a blackout and render the tuned mass damper inoperable. Without the tuned mass damper, LeMessurier calculated that a storm powerful enough to take out the building hit New York every 16 years.” In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse.” (Read on for more.)

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9 Helpful Storage Solutions for Small Spaces



Life in a small apartment can be overwhelmingly frustrating When you’re living in close quarters, you have to make the most of the space you have. But even if you live in a studio, that doesn’t have to mean your bed is a dining room table or your bathroom is a home office.

Instead, take full advantage of the space you do have by carefully selecting the items you bring into your home — the more multi-functional, the better. From bedroom furniture to baskets, there are plenty of ways to buy or DIY your way to a neater home.

Check out these useful ways to gain a huge return out of your small space Read more…

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South Korean Ferry Captain Says Frigid Waters Delayed Evacuation



The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank Wednesday, leaving 300 people missing or dead, said Saturday that he had feared passengers would be swept away in frigid seawater if he had issued an evacuation order too quickly.

Speaking to reporters on live television after his arrest for negligence of duty and other charges, the captain, Lee Joon-seok, apologized to the South Korean public for “causing a disturbance.”

“I bow my head in apology to the families of the victims,” Lee said, according to a translation by the BBC.

Survivors have said they were repeatedly told to stay in place over the course of 50 minutes, as the ship listed and began to submerge. Many of those who made it off the ferry said they disobeyed those orders, and moved to higher decks or jumped into the water. Read more…

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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Lasrick (2629253) writes “Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson update their story on the NUMEC affair to take into account the recent release of hundreds of classified documents that shed additional light on the story. In the 1960s, the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) was found to be missing about a 100 pounds of bomb-grade uranium. Based on available evidence, Gilinsky and Mattson are convinced that the material ended up in Israel nuclear bombs. The newly release documents add more to the story, and Gilinsky and Mattson are calling on President Obama to declassify the remainder of the file.”

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Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Clever Artwork With an iPhone



Artist Brock Davis doesn’t just rely on pen and paper to manifest his wit. From fruits and veggies to googly eyes, the mediums that make up his extensive portfolio are endless

One of his ongoing projects turns everyday objects into mini scenes and concepts. The photos are captured simply with his iPhone

“Most of my friends were sharing photos of their kids and pets, which is cool, but almost immediately I was curious if it would be possible to take conceptual photos with my iPhone while staying true to the immediacy and spontaneity that is inherent with mobile photography,” Davis told Mashable. Read more…

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Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

Broad_chain_closeup ”Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet,” says Naval Ravikant. “Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle,” concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don’t believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I’ll grant there’s plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking:… Read More

For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

An anonymous reader writes “Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn’t mean they can’t experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you’ll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset.” This project screams for a ready-made commercial version; does anyone know of existing purpose-built headgear? As one of the comments on the linked tutorial says, Poppy seems close, but lacks an LED for tracking.

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