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So… the next #Android is L

Seriously guys, #Android L?
No Lollipop
No Lemon Drop
Not even a Licorice?
Just… “L”
Someone’s been falling asleep at the wheel.

sesamestreet:

Question: Do you think kids today would realize that the brown thing in the background is a radio?
Answer: NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

sesamestreet:

Question: Do you think kids today would realize that the brown thing in the background is a radio?

Answer: NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]



But… but… but… jobs. Oil. pollution!

sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

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But… but… but… jobs. Oil. pollution!

The Biggest Problem With The Windows Store: Scams Everywhere
by Whitson Gordon on LifeHacker.com

Windows 8′s “Windows Store” is a great idea, but it’s a disaster. It’s full of scams, designed to trick you into buying apps you don’t need.
Our friends over at the How-To Geek recently wrote a great piece about the biggest problem with the Windows Store, and how Microsoft has apparently done nothing to address it (despite claiming they would over a year ago). For example, here’s what happens if you search for VLC, a popular free video player:

From the screenshot above, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are a lot of official VLC apps. There aren’t — many apps are just copying VLC’s trademark icon to make themselves look legitimate.
Luckily, VLC actually offers an official app for Windows 8, so “VLC for Windows 8″ is the first app in the list. In addition to various apps pretending to be VLC itself, there are paid apps offering a “VLC download.” These apps exist to trick you into buying them — after you do, they give you a link to download the free VLC application. Hopefully they will link you to the real one and not one filled with malware!
Included in the list is “VLC Player Download” for $US4.99. Its description says “this app helps the users to know how to download install and why it is.” If that’s too expensive for you, you can also get “Download Vlc Player” for $US1.99 or “download vlc media player” for $US1.29.
We aren’t digging deep into the Store looking for this stuff. It’s what pops up on the first page when we search for a popular app.

Of course, some of you more tech-savvy folks may be able to see through this charade, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying — and it’s a serious problem for those that may not be so savvy.
So what’s the solution? Unfortunately, there isn’t a great workaround here. But, here are a few things we recommend:
If you’re downloading a desktop app, you’re probably better off getting it from the developer’s web site than searching in the Windows Store.
If you’re downloading a “Modern UI” app, try checking the developer’s web site for a link — or even trusted software sites like Lifehacker, How-To Geek, and others. You can trust they will link you to the correct app in the store, no searching necessary.
If you must search the Windows Store, check the publisher of the app and make sure it matches the publisher of the app you want to download.
None of these are foolproof, and it’s absurd that Microsoft hasn’t fixed this problem — particularly when Apple and Google have shown that it’s easily doable. Hit the link below to read more.
The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scams — Why Doesn’t Microsoft Care? [How-To Geek]
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As a new Windows 8 owner, I can tell you that the Windows Store is crap!

The Biggest Problem With The Windows Store: Scams Everywhere

by

Windows 8′s “Windows Store” is a great idea, but it’s a disaster. It’s full of scams, designed to trick you into buying apps you don’t need.

Our friends over at the How-To Geek recently wrote a great piece about the biggest problem with the Windows Store, and how Microsoft has apparently done nothing to address it (despite claiming they would over a year ago). For example, here’s what happens if you search for VLC, a popular free video player:

From the screenshot above, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are a lot of official VLC apps. There aren’t — many apps are just copying VLC’s trademark icon to make themselves look legitimate.

Luckily, VLC actually offers an official app for Windows 8, so “VLC for Windows 8″ is the first app in the list. In addition to various apps pretending to be VLC itself, there are paid apps offering a “VLC download.” These apps exist to trick you into buying them — after you do, they give you a link to download the free VLC application. Hopefully they will link you to the real one and not one filled with malware!

Included in the list is “VLC Player Download” for $US4.99. Its description says “this app helps the users to know how to download install and why it is.” If that’s too expensive for you, you can also get “Download Vlc Player” for $US1.99 or “download vlc media player” for $US1.29.

We aren’t digging deep into the Store looking for this stuff. It’s what pops up on the first page when we search for a popular app.

Of course, some of you more tech-savvy folks may be able to see through this charade, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying — and it’s a serious problem for those that may not be so savvy.

So what’s the solution? Unfortunately, there isn’t a great workaround here. But, here are a few things we recommend:

  • If you’re downloading a desktop app, you’re probably better off getting it from the developer’s web site than searching in the Windows Store.
  • If you’re downloading a “Modern UI” app, try checking the developer’s web site for a link — or even trusted software sites like Lifehacker, How-To Geek, and others. You can trust they will link you to the correct app in the store, no searching necessary.
  • If you must search the Windows Store, check the publisher of the app and make sure it matches the publisher of the app you want to download.

None of these are foolproof, and it’s absurd that Microsoft hasn’t fixed this problem — particularly when Apple and Google have shown that it’s easily doable. Hit the link below to read more.

The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scams — Why Doesn’t Microsoft Care? [How-To Geek]

    ➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿➿

As a new Windows 8 owner, I can tell you that the Windows Store is crap!

gaywrites:

"I Hit Send, or Modern Meltdown." Gorgeous (slightly NSFW) spoken word piece by gay college student Steven Boyle about his first crush post-coming-out. Swoon. (via the Huffington Post Gay Voices)  

Everyday Technology You’re Using Wrong

via BuzzFeedVideo

Am I the only idiot who didn’t know about the YouTube trick? :\

sci-universe:

That was the Sun today morning (June 11) – a powerful solar flare bursted off the left limb of the star after producing a pair of major solar storms on Tuesday. Today’s one caused a brief radio blackout on Earth.Read more here»Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger

Actually, today’s flares won’t reach us until Friday. According to the national waether service http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ (which is linked to from the NASA web page listed above) “A glancing blow to Earth from this event is expected on June 13.”

sci-universe:

That was the Sun today morning (June 11) – a powerful solar flare bursted off the left limb of the star after producing a pair of major solar storms on Tuesday. Today’s one caused a brief radio blackout on Earth.
Read more here»
Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger

Actually, today’s flares won’t reach us until Friday.
According to the national waether service http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ (which is linked to from the NASA web page listed above) “A glancing blow to Earth from this event is expected on June 13.”