Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Modern manners: what's the protocol for dining alone with your device?
- New type of hacking combines blackmail for digital extortion.
- Neiman Marcus offers $1.5 million outdoor entertainment system.
- Sono concept device attaches to your window; offers peace, quiet.
Rometty took over as IBM's CEO in January of 2012 after running Big Blue's sales operations. A longtime IBMer, Rometty made Fortune's list even before becoming CEO. The publication noted Thursday that Rometty is devoting resources to commercializing Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, as well as pushing into developing markets such as Africa.
Another familiar face on the list is Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at No. 5. … Read more
When you mail a package, where does it go? Who handles it? How many steps are there in the process of it leaving point A and arriving at point B? Anyone who has mailed a package may have at some point at least idly wondered what happens to it after the post office takes responsibility, but not many have done something about it.
Dutch industrial and interaction designer Ruben van der Vleuten has. When his curiosity was piqued, he decided to mail himself a hidden camera to find out.
For a project titled From A to B, he packed a small camera into a box with a battery pack and an Arduino-controlled timer circuit and motion sensor. The camera peeked out of a small, 2-millimetre hole concealed in large black letters van der Vleuten had written on one side of the box. … Read more
Chances are good you'll never be able to own an original Van Gogh, but thanks to a new technique developed by Fujifilm Belgium, a faithful reproduction could be in the cards.
Called Reliefography, the technique uses a combination of scanning and printing technologies to re-create a work of art, faithfully replicating the size, color, brightness, and texture of the original work. It goes beyond the front of the canvas, though -- the detailing extends to the back, where all labels and stamps have been re-created in detail.
The five reproductions in a collection called "Relievo," created in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, are "Almond Blossom" (1890), "Sunflowers" (1889), "The Harvest" (1888), "Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds" (1890), and "Boulevard de Clichy" (1887). … Read more
If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you have a "Drone it Yourself" kit, everything looks like a drone. Jasper van Loenen created the "Drone it Yourself" kit as a portable way to turn regular items into flying machines.
The kit components fit snugly into a large silver briefcase, the kind you would expect a secret agent to have handcuffed to his wrist. It contains everything you need to get an object to fly, so long as that object is light enough to get up in the air and has enough attachment points for all the gear.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The Worst Room makes everyone in New York feel terrible.
- San Francisco hotels pricey? Van on Airbnb is only $92 a night.
- A bold new font lets dyslexia sufferers read.
- Bang With Friends goes mobile, because some people want to get it on the run.
- A Wi-Fi enabled Microsoft ad printed in Forbes magazine offers free Internet to readers.… Read more
You can rent a castle on Airbnb and a treehouse. Boats are popular, and there are plenty of farmhouses. So why not a van?
As reported on the SF.StreetsBlog, an enterprising Airbnb user in San Francisco has started advertising a 1990 Chevy Conversion van, offering the vehicle (with just 45,000 miles!) for only $92 a night.
One might think the nightly rate (which is more if you consider the service charge) is a bit much to pay to sleep in a cramped space probably better suited for a Scooby Doo video. But, as everyone knows, real estate is … Read more
Before too long, techy women may just print out that little black dress instead of buying it at a store.
Don't believe me? Take a look at some of the 3D-printed gems strolling down the catwalk at the Paris Fashion Show this week. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen's haute couture show Voltage tapped the prowess of 3D-printing companies Stratasys and Materialise to create two pieces that look out of this world.… Read more
Here's a generational test. Look at this table. What do you see? If you see a weird-looking coffee table, then you're young enough to have no idea what a VHS tape or landline telephone is. If you see a floppy disk, then you should probably spend the $930 it takes to get a Floppytable for your living room.
The Floppytable is anything but floppy. It's made from hot-rolled steel and stainless steel, making it much stronger than the plastic originals. The table is nearly 28 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 26 inches tall, so you won't be able to cram it into the floppy slot on your ancient PC.… Read more