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Moleskine Smart Writing Set bridges analog and digital notes

Moleskine Smart Writing Set bridges analog and digital notes

Even in this digital age, the pen is still mightier than the sword. Case in point are devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Microsoft Surface, and the Apple iPad Pro that offer styluses for both drawing and writing. For avid note takers and scribblers, however, that's still a compromise that doesn't offer the unique qualities and feeling of putting physical pen on physical paper. Moleskine, whose entire empire depends on such physical products, is presenting a compromise from the other side of the fence: a Smart Writing Set that duplicates handwritten or handdrawn work on screen.

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Florida set to get its first cupcake ATM

Florida set to get its first cupcake ATM

People that know me well know that there is only one thing I like in the world more than cake. And that's a cupcake. After all, you don't have to mess with knives, forks, or even a plate with a cupcake. You just peel that wrapper off and stuff it in your face. I suppose you could do the same with regular cake, but that's a far more messy affair. Well one company wants to make sure that you have easy access to this portable treat, without having to make them yourself, or finding an open bakery.

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Starbucks rewards program to change from visits to dollars

Starbucks rewards program to change from visits to dollars

If you frequent Starbucks for your morning (afternoon, and evening) cup of Joe, then you're no doubt familiar with the company's rewards program. It's pretty simple. Once you hit gold status, you'll get a free food or drink item after every 12 visits. For some, that can easily be one free item every week or two. But the program is changing, and that might upset some people.

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Google Translate covers 99% of online population with 13 new languages

Google Translate covers 99% of online population with 13 new languages

Google Translate has now expanded to cover 13 new languages. The expansion means that Translate now covers 99% of the online population. It's taken about a decade for Translate to cover such a high percentage of online users after opening in 2006 with translations between English, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. The 13 new languages include Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz, Hawaiian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto and Xhosa.

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Battling Postpartum Depression with an iPhone

Battling Postpartum Depression with an iPhone

This week begins Apple's latest "World Gallery of photography", an ad campaign that, amongst others, will spotlight entrepreneur and mother Erin Brooks' photographs on a public stage. Brooks' story is as much about battling one's way out of the difficulties of two pregnancies as it is about experiencing and capturing the world through high-quality photographs. As we've learned this week, Brooks' trials and tribulations, (along with a bit of help from her iPhone), have molded her into the skilled photographer she is today.

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Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Wearable camera company Narrative is throwing open its platform to developers, inviting more interesting uses for the tiny life-logging gadget. Dubbed the Narrative Open Platform, it clears the way for both hardware and software customization, as the crowdfunding success attempts to make its wearable a must-have accessory rather than a niche geek trinket.

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Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks is once again embracing the digital lifestyle, but this time it is dancing to a slightly different beat, almost literally. This time it won't be about ordering through mobile devices or wirelessly charging said devices. Together with Spotify, the companies will be letting customers discover and experience music in a different way, allowing them to save on Spotify the music that's currently playing in a Starbucks store or access a specially curated Starbucks playlist. Now you won't need to try to guess (or use Shazam) to find out what the catchy new tune's name is.

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We’re already cyborgs: how screens have stolen our eyes

We’re already cyborgs: how screens have stolen our eyes

Some coffee shops have stopped, or refused to even begin, offering Wi-Fi in their establishments. The goal is noble: to get people to either talk to each other or bury their heads in books or notebooks. It might be an effective strategy if not for the prevalence of 4G even 3G connections in those areas as well. But while almost comic in nature, anecdotes such as these do hint at an underlying truth: that people have become attached, even dependent, on their mobile devices to the point of almost becoming a part of their body, if not their person. They have, become, to some extent, present day cyborgs.

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Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Personal computing has definitely changed a lot these past years. First, what was once an activity tethered to a desk moved over to laps and sometimes even couches and beds. Today, you can take your computing almost anywhere. Even TVs, appliances associated more with entertainment, can now talk serious business too. That's thanks to gadgets like Azulle's Quantum Access PC HDMI stick, which now comes bundled with the new Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus, to turn TVs into devices for both productivity as well as family fun.

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The USPS will email you photos of your snail mail

The USPS will email you photos of your snail mail

The rise of email and digital communication has been good to me. It's allowed me to effectively disregard nearly every envelope that comes to my house. Sure, I'll get the occasional birthday card, but otherwise, I can't think of many things that I even care to open, as there is a digital counterpart in my inbox for everything important. Well, soon I might just have a digital copy of everything that comes through the USPS, whether it's important or not.

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Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Among some circles, particularly productivity and venture capitalist groups, there has been some talk about Evernote becoming a dead unicorn. Considering how the product has become ingrained in today's digital lifestyle, it's not surprising to see how polarizing the topic has become. It doesn't help that the company is indeed showing some signs of struggling, particularly with its workforce and management, though it is definitely not out of the running yet. This David turned Goliath, who has managed not only to displace but also shut down some of its rivals (Sprinpad) might be finding itself losing some steam, and here might be some of the reasons why.

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Tokyo airports is testing a Panasonic megaphone that translates into other languages

Tokyo airports is testing a Panasonic megaphone that translates into other languages

Tokyo airport is testing out an interesting new device that allows the user to talk to people in three different languages even if the user doesn't speak those other languages. The device is a megaphone from Panasonic called the Megaphoneyaku. The last syllable in the product name, Yaku, means translation.

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