Apple Wins Patent on Transparent Cube Store Design
Those dreams of massive cities full of beautiful Apple store-style glass cube buildings? They’ve been officially been smashed
Apple has won a patent on its glass cube building design, effectively guaranteeing that the only see-through cube buildings you’ll see in U.S. cities — at least the ones that look like Apple stores — will be property of Apple
Discovered by Apple Insider, the patent document reveals that the design patent, filed in October 2012, was officially granted on Aug. 26 of this year. It lists late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as one of the design’s inventors. Read more…More about Apple, Design, Patents, Architecture, and Tech
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5 Can’t-Miss Apps: ‘Cookie Monster’s Challenge’ and More
Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won’t miss out.
This week’s list includes the latest app out of the Sesame Street Workshop, an updated NFL mobile and a new maddeningly difficult game from the creator of Flappy Bird.Tech, Android Apps, Ios Apps, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
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Apple iWatch Coming in September, But You’ll Have to Wait to Buy It, Report Says
Put that hammer away! Don’t smash your poor, inadequate watches just yet
As it turns out, an earlier report that said Apple’s iWatch will arrive in September has been updated with a very important caveat: You’ll have to wait to buy it
Re/Code, the same website that revealed Apple’s wearable device will debut at the company’s now confirmed September event, reported on Friday that the so-called iWatch will only be “announced,” and not offered for sale at the event.
Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation, Re/Code said the iWatch is “not shipping anytime soon,” with actual retail availability not coming until sometime after the holidays, possibly early 2015. Read more…More about Gadgets, Apple, Wearables, Iwatch, and Wearable Tech
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A musician’s guide to using Twitter effectively
Even if people aren’t paying for music, they still like to talk about it. Music is one of the most popular topics of conversation on Twitter, which is why every musician and band should be tapping into it if they haven’t already. In fact, 50 percent of people on the social service follows at least one artist. The most common, and obvious, use for Twitter is for bands to keep their fans updated on what’s going on. Switchfoot, for example, uses it to let fans know if there’ll be an acoustic set after the show offsite. “We’re always looking for ways to…
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9 Nearly Worthless Gadgets You’re Hanging Onto for Dear Life
You can’t put a price on childhood memories, which explains why most of your favorite toys and gadgets from childhood aren’t worth squat.
Now, you can still make a nice profit off unopened, exceedingly well-maintained or rare items from your younger days, but the majority of your prized possessions are too new to be artifacts and too old to be useful.
Before you try to sell your childhood dreams away, check out the nine items that have much more sentimental value than market value. And if you decide to junk them, think about donating or recycling. Read more…More about Gadgets, Features, Money, Tech, and 90s
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Snapchat Expands ‘Our Story’ to All Users
After being “blown away” at the response from Snapchatters at Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and other music festivals to the “Our Story” feature, which pools photos and videos from live events into one feed, the photo messaging application announced Friday that it has expanded the product
Now all Snapchatters, not just attendees at pre-determined events, can use Our Story.
See also: 9 Things We’d Change About Snapchat
"You’ll notice today that there’s a new ‘Live’ section beneath your Recent Updates," according to the Snapchat blog. “That’s where you’ll be able to experience Stories contributed by the Snapchat community at all sorts of events. It’s a great way to check out what’s happening around the world.” Read more…More about Tech and Apps Software
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Emoji-only App Debuts, Nixes Words for Tiny Pictures
Does the burden of human communication weigh heavily on your thumbs?
Emoji-only messaging app Emojli is here to save you from the tedium of expressing your thoughts with actual words
See also: The Emoji Doctor Will See You Now
Emojli, which debuted for iPhone and iPad on the App Store Friday, forces users to construct their conversations and usernames exclusively from emoji
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RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft Kills Old-School Chat App
In news that is sure to make you feel old, Microsoft is officially killing its 15-year-old instant messaging program.
Windows Live Messenger— formerly MSN Messenger— will soon go the way of Friendster, Google Reader and Facebook Poke.
Microsoft first announced it would be closing Windows Live and pushing users over to Skype in 2012, but the service had stuck around in China — until now.
Microsoft began alerting Chinese users of Windows Live’s imminent shutdown Thursday, and told users they would need to switch to Skype by October 31. The tech giant also promised free Skype credit to those who did, according to the BBC Read more…More about Microsoft, Skype, Tech, and Apps Software
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Project Wing vs. Prime Air: Google’s Drones Soar Above Amazon’s
Move over, AmazonGoogle has just entered the commercial drone arms race with Project Wing, an until-now secret program to develop “self-flying vehicles” to deliver small packages, similar to Amazon’s Prime Air.
Both programs are still years away from coming to fruition, with prototype drones — or, more accurately, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — completing only the most basic of test flights. However, the drones have been in development for a while, with notably different approaches to drone design. Google has been working on drones for two years; Amazon announced its program in December of last year. Read more…More about Google, Tech, Dev Design, Google X, and Drones
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A Chrome Extension Replaces All Web Text With ‘Hodor’
Simplicity is coming — to your web browser
But hey, if one word is good enough for Game of Thrones' loyal half-giant, it should be good enough for you (as long as you don't have anything really important to say).Tv, Tech, Game Of Thrones, Conversations, and Watercooler
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