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Pamela Chen: seeing the world through photographs at National Geographic

The daughter of a college mathematics professor, Pamela Chen was a math major until a single photograph changed her life forever. That simple image, of two college classmates skateboarding on the quad, made Pamela realize that “photography was a way that you could see the world differently than...

MLB.TV is now streaming on Google's Chromecast

Starting today, you'll be able to watch America's pastime on Chromecast. MLB.TV now supports Google's $35 streaming stick, and fans can start casting games to the TV once the required updates for At Bat 2014 arrive on Android and iOS this afternoon. A premium subscription to MLB.TV is required if you want to stream with Chromecast. The cost of entry isn't cheap at $24.99 monthly or $129.99 for...

Americans love time travel and fear designer babies

American faith in technology is high, but our faith in weather control is low — and we're very worried about designer babies and Google Glass. The Pew Research Center, whose surveys we've frequently cited when talking about present-day cellphone and internet use, has produced one of its most forward-looking reports yet: an opinion poll of how Americans see the future. Common wisdom sometimes presents us as simultaneously addicted to our gadgets and deeply technophobic, fearing everything from vaccines to sexting. Our actual overall opinion of technology is optimistic, but once we look at individual technologies and demographics, the seams start to show.

The Pew Research Center gets our opinion on the future of technology

Watch this: 'Orange is the New Black' season 2 trailer

House of Cards may be the hottest Netflix exclusive, but at least during one point last summer, All Things D reported that Orange is the New Black was actually the most popular. Whether that's still the case or not, that means there's plenty of viewers out there eager for more, and Netflix has just debuted the trailer for the series' second season to start raising their excitement. The...

The new season debuts June 6th

RunKeeper's new Breeze app tracks every step you take

RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and today it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around too. The app works only on the iPhone 5S and is based around its M7 motion processor, which is always collecting your steps in the background. Using that, it's able to display exactly how far you've walked that day as soon as you...

The darknet just got its first black market search engine

The network of sites known as the darknet, only accessible through the anonymizing Tor browser, resembles the early internet in many ways — including being difficult to navigate. Most users get around by clicking from link to link, accessing pages like "The Hidden Wiki" that list popular site addresses, or typing long, complex URLs directly into the browser. Sites often change addresses as a cautionary measure, making them even more difficult to locate.

That makes it tough for customers attempting to shop for drugs, fake IDs, or other items on the darknet's black markets like Black Bank,...

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Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks are stand-ins for modules that might someday go into the Project Ara phone, which in theory will let users swap in different components on the fly instead of replacing the whole phone when it's time to upgrade.

The model is there because the people behind Project Ara are currently trying to think through potential retail experiences that would...

Sonos is fixing its most frustrating issue

Sonos is planning to eliminate the most annoying part of its popular "wireless" music setup. Currently, if you've got Sonos speakers throughout the house, at least one of them needs to be plugged into your home router to achieve wireless playback and keep everything in sync. Plugging in the company's Bridge (seen below) is another option, but that means you're spending $50 on top of speaker costs to stream your music in every room. Thankfully,...

Sonos removes the need for wires in its 'wireless' music system
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Google launches standalone Camera app in Play Store

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements...



Scientists discover the protein interaction that triggers conception

Scientists may have discovered the key to mammalian fertilization: the interaction between two proteins, Izumo and Juno, located on the surface of sperm and eggs, respectively. The finding, published in a mouse study today in the journal Nature, closes a gap in our understanding of how mammals conceive, and could help researchers develop novel fertilization techniques and contraceptives.




Sweden wants to promote democracy and creativity through video games

In an attempt to promote either democracy, creativity, personal expression, or some slightly convoluted combination of all three, Sweden has been operating a program called Democreativity that's meant to curate ideas for "the most unlikely [video] game ever." Democreativity has been crowdsourcing ideas for unlikely characters, environments, and goals, and allowing people to vote on what they like the most. It's since posted a brief breaking down the top ideas: people were largely in favor...


Samsung launches website highlighting 'meaningful' design

In the midst of a major "copycat" lawsuit, Samsung has launched a site that highlights original design from the company. Emblazoned with the tagline "make it meaningful," it's described as "a platform to present influential design stories and solutions to be shared around the world." It features explainers on what design is, and how it has the power to change our lives. It includes high-level explanations from Samsung designers and guest speakers like the Royal College of Art's Dr. Nick Leon,...


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