Archive for June, 2013

Imgur unveils meme generator days after Reddit banned Quickmeme

Imgur unveils meme generator days after Reddit banned Quickmeme

The Redditors among us noticed something off a few days ago - the absence of Quickmeme images. This happened following a discovery that the company was using bots to manipulate upvotes and downvotes for self-serving purposes, provoking the banhammer. Soon after, users began requesting that Imgur - which also enjoys quite a presence on the website - launch its own meme generator.

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Tesla stands victor in North Carolina direct car sales battle

Tesla stands victor in North Carolina direct car sales battle

Last month, North Carolina state auto dealerships kicked up a fit over Tesla's direct car sales approach to getting its Model S into consumer hands, spurring a legislative proposal that would ban such a retail method. New York followed soon after, and in both instances Tesla pushed back, saying that selling the Model S in a dealership was like selling fine wine in a mall's cafeteria. While the legislation is still going through, the provisions that would halt Tesla's direct-sales have been removed.

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Google Android console, smartwatch and “Nexus Q 2″ tipped in works

Google Android console, smartwatch and “Nexus Q 2″ tipped in works

Google is working on an Android games console similar to OUYA, as well as a smartwatch, sources close to the plans claim, in addition to a media playing replacement to the ill-fated Nexus Q. The new hardware, currently in development the insiders tell the WSJ, will be internally designed and marketed it's said, with the first of the bunch set to hit the market as early as this fall.

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Google Street View Trekker wearable camera stars in loan program

Google Street View Trekker wearable camera stars in loan program

Google has launched a loan program for its back-mounted Google Maps Trekker camera, the 360-degree Street View mapping tool it has used to photograph the world's highest tower and the Galapagos Islands. The new Trekker program will see third-party organizations apply to take the Trekker out into the wild, gathering up panoramic photography of normally little-seen environments that can then be added into Google Maps.

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Steve Wozniak talks in-car tech, Google Glass, and the new Mac Pro

Steve Wozniak talks in-car tech, Google Glass, and the new Mac Pro

During Ford’s Trend Conference at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sat in during a panel about driving distractions in vehicles and what solutions we could see in the future to limit these distractions in the car. Are touchscreens in the dashboard really the way to go? Do wearables like Google Glass cut down on distraction? We ended up getting to speak with Wozniak personally about in-vehicle technology, Google Glass, and even the new Mac Pro.

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DuckDuckGo Search and Stories app arrives for Android and iOS

DuckDuckGo Search and Stories app arrives for Android and iOS

DuckDuckGo is known for being the search engine that will allow you to search anonymously. More specifically, DuckDuckGo does not track your searches and they offer search results in a clean and clutter free way. Not to mention, they offer quite a few other perks such as calculations and conversions. But for today it looks like there is now a new mobile app available for Android and iOS users.

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Facebook details Android app beta program

Facebook details Android app beta program

Google announced a new setup during I/O that would allow developers to launch a beta app testing program through the Play Store and it looks like Facebook has become the latest to get that up and running. Facebook has only recently announced the beta program, which is open to all who want to participate. Aside from the announcement of the beta program, Facebook has also shared some details on how they plan to update moving forward.

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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

As the next generation in computing springs forth, so too does the robots world - and with it, replacements for human beings in dangerous situations. What the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge this year is doing is filtering out challengers from across the globe - first from 100 entrants, then down to 26 entrants, then down to a select few or only one team that'll gain the highest prize.

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Colin McRae Rally heads to iOS 15 years after initial arrival

Colin McRae Rally heads to iOS 15 years after initial arrival

The classic rally racing game Colin McRae Rally hit iOS today, which marks the second mobile game released by Codemasters. The game features the original cars and tracks from the 1998 hit, and Codemasters says that the game has been "re-imagined" for mobile, hitting iOS as a full game that compliments the original title that came out over 15 years ago.

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