August 17, 2014
Being Suicidal: What It Feels Like to Want to Kill Yourself
By Jesse Bering | October 20, 2010 

“One of the more fascinating psychotic conditions in the medical literature is known as Cotard’s syndrome, a rare disorder, usually recoverable, in which the primary symptom is a “delusion of negation.” According to researchers David Cohen and Angèle Consoli of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, many patients with Cotard’s syndrome are absolutely convinced, without even the slimmest of doubts, that they are already dead…”

Being Suicidal: What It Feels Like to Want to Kill Yourself

August 17, 2014
How to delete and disable your Google location history

August 7, 2014
Route Planning For The Happiest Walk, Not The Quickest

"A new way to plan daily routes balances the desire to get places on time with actually experiencing the city in new and interesting ways…"

Route Planning For The Happiest Walk, Not The Quickest

"A new way to plan daily routes balances the desire to get places on time with actually experiencing the city in new and interesting ways…"

August 6, 2014

Kishi Bashi - Atticus, In The Desert

(Source: youtube.com)

August 5, 2014
realityshifting:

Take a walk in the shoes of the visually impaired…
Reality-Shifting Comments: By Rebecca Smith
Developed in India, the Lachal smartshoe has a built in Bluetooth device which works in combination with Google maps in order to help the visually impaired find their way around. The device works by vibrating to indicate which direction the user should turn. The device syncs with a Google Maps app in order to help individuals navigate their chosen route, but thats not all these shoes can do. According to an article entitled “Going the distance with a smart shoe made in India" by Sarah Buhr, the device also keeps track of the number of steps taken and the calories burned by the wearer.  
While this is not the first smart shoe ever to be developed, it is the first to work as a navigation system. As such, the device certainly has potential to help individuals with visual impairments navigate their way through the world. With the added bonus of a reasonable retail price, the smartshoes are not only functional, but affordable.  

realityshifting:

Take a walk in the shoes of the visually impaired…

Reality-Shifting Comments: By Rebecca Smith

Developed in India, the Lachal smartshoe has a built in Bluetooth device which works in combination with Google maps in order to help the visually impaired find their way around. The device works by vibrating to indicate which direction the user should turn. The device syncs with a Google Maps app in order to help individuals navigate their chosen route, but thats not all these shoes can do. According to an article entitled “Going the distance with a smart shoe made in India" by Sarah Buhr, the device also keeps track of the number of steps taken and the calories burned by the wearer.  

While this is not the first smart shoe ever to be developed, it is the first to work as a navigation system. As such, the device certainly has potential to help individuals with visual impairments navigate their way through the world. With the added bonus of a reasonable retail price, the smartshoes are not only functional, but affordable.  

August 3, 2014
Stop Sneaky Online Tracking with EFF’s Privacy Badger





Add-On for Firefox and Chrome Prevents Spying by Ads, Social Widgets, and Hidden Trackers






"San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that detects and blocks online advertising and other embedded content that tracks you without your permission.
Privacy Badger was launched in an alpha version less than three months ago, and already more than 150,000 users have installed the extension. Today’s beta release includes a feature that automatically limits the tracking function of social media widgets, like the Facebook “Like” button, replacing them with a stand-in version that allows you to “like” something but prevents the social media tool from tracking your reading habits…”

Stop Sneaky Online Tracking with EFF’s Privacy Badger

Add-On for Firefox and Chrome Prevents Spying by Ads, Social Widgets, and Hidden Trackers

"San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that detects and blocks online advertising and other embedded content that tracks you without your permission.

Privacy Badger was launched in an alpha version less than three months ago, and already more than 150,000 users have installed the extension. Today’s beta release includes a feature that automatically limits the tracking function of social media widgets, like the Facebook “Like” button, replacing them with a stand-in version that allows you to “like” something but prevents the social media tool from tracking your reading habits…”

August 1, 2014
future-drama:

"The new teacher has 137 microchips, an infrared sensor, and little rubber wheels"
General Dynamics, Dec 1989

future-drama:

"The new teacher has 137 microchips, an infrared sensor, and little rubber wheels"

General Dynamics, Dec 1989

July 27, 2014
How to Invent a Person Online
Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world?
CURTIS WALLENJUL 23 2014, 6:31 AM ET

“Is it even possible to hide from corporate and government feelers online? While my attempt to do so was an intensely interesting challenge, it ultimately left me a bit disappointed. It is essentially impossible to achieve anonymity online. It requires a complete operational posture that extends from the digital to the physical. Downloading a secure messaging app and using Tor won’t all of a sudden make you “NSA-proof.” And doing it right is really, really hard.

Weighing these trade-offs in my day-to-day life led to a few behavioral changes, but I have a mostly normal relationship with the Internet—I deleted my Facebook account, I encrypt my emails whenever I can, and I use a handful of privacy minded browser extensions. But even those are steps many people are unwilling, or unable, to take. And therein lies the major disappointment for me: privacy shouldn’t require elaborate precautions.
No one likes being subliminally influenced, discriminated against, or taken advantage of, yet these are all legitimate concerns that come with surveillance. These concerns are heightened as we increasingly live online. Digital surveillance is pervasive and relatively cheap. It is fundamentally different than anything we’ve faced before, and we’re still figuring out what what the boundaries should be…”

How to Invent a Person Online

Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world?

July 27, 2014
The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor
Ninety-nine percent of us live on the wrong side of a one-way mirror
Jan 15, 2013 |By Michael Fertik


“
Imagine an Internet where unseen hands curate your entire experience. Where third parties predetermine the news, products and prices you see—even the people you meet. A world where you think you are making choices, but in reality, your options are narrowed and refined until you are left with merely the illusion of control.
This is not far from what is happening today. Thanks to technology that enables Google, Facebook and others to gather information about us and use it to tailor the user experience to our own personal tastes, habits and income, the Internet has become a different place for the rich and for the poor. Most of us have become unwitting actors in an unfolding drama about the tale of two Internets. There is yours and mine, theirs and ours…”

The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor

Ninety-nine percent of us live on the wrong side of a one-way mirror

Imagine an Internet where unseen hands curate your entire experience. Where third parties predetermine the news, products and prices you see—even the people you meet. A world where you think you are making choices, but in reality, your options are narrowed and refined until you are left with merely the illusion of control.

This is not far from what is happening today. Thanks to technology that enables Google, Facebook and others to gather information about us and use it to tailor the user experience to our own personal tastes, habits and income, the Internet has become a different place for the rich and for the poor. Most of us have become unwitting actors in an unfolding drama about the tale of two Internets. There is yours and mine, theirs and ours…”

July 10, 2014
designersofthings:

Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset
Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.
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designersofthings:

Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset

Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.

Read More

July 10, 2014
newyorker:

A cartoon by Farley Katz. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1qcNPgA

newyorker:

A cartoon by Farley Katz. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1qcNPgA

(Source: newyorker.com, via npr)

July 4, 2014
thecaptainsaid:

nevver:

Seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887

an important reminder as ‘4th of July’ rolls around

thecaptainsaid:

nevver:

Seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887

an important reminder as ‘4th of July’ rolls around

(via loveyourchaos)

June 29, 2014

really-shit:

The Cloud by Richard Clarkson is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

June 27, 2014
How the Supreme Court’s Cellphone Decision Affects You
By Jill ScharrJUNE 25, 2014 3:44 PM 

“What doesn’t your cellphone know about you? Chances are the mobile phone in your pocket carries a staggering amount of personal information — so much so that, should you ever be arrested, the police will need a search warrant to look at the data stored within.
That’s the gist of the landmark ruling the Supreme Court handed down today (June 25) in the case of Riley v. California, combined with the separate case of U.S. v. Wurie. This means the police’s right to search a suspect under arrest does not extend to the data on mobile phones.
In identifying cellphones as fundamentally different from other common possessions, the Supreme Court’s decision may affect other digital devices such as tablets, laptops and wearable devices such as Fitbits or Google Glass. It cloud also be used more broadly to argue that the law should treat digital devices differently from analogue ones…”

How the Supreme Court’s Cellphone Decision Affects You

By JUNE 25, 2014 3:44 PM 
What doesn’t your cellphone know about you? Chances are the mobile phone in your pocket carries a staggering amount of personal information — so much so that, should you ever be arrested, the police will need a search warrant to look at the data stored within.

That’s the gist of the landmark ruling the Supreme Court handed down today (June 25) in the case of Riley v. California, combined with the separate case of U.S. v. Wurie. This means the police’s right to search a suspect under arrest does not extend to the data on mobile phones.

In identifying cellphones as fundamentally different from other common possessions, the Supreme Court’s decision may affect other digital devices such as tablets, laptops and wearable devices such as Fitbits or Google Glass. It cloud also be used more broadly to argue that the law should treat digital devices differently from analogue ones…”

June 25, 2014
Your Personality Type, Defined by the Internet

By QUENTIN HARDYJUNE 11, 2014 7:00 AM
“In some ways, the Internet has become a game of “type and be typed.” Now you can play it at home, too.
Companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter look at the queries, observations, updates and enthusiasms we write on their services, then they try to figure out what ads might have the most persuasive effect on us.
On Tuesday, a Berkeley, Calif., start-up called Five posted a tool that gives a sense of what the big web companies might see when they look at us…”

Your Personality Type, Defined by the Internet

By QUENTIN HARDYJUNE 11, 2014 7:00 AM

In some ways, the Internet has become a game of “type and be typed.” Now you can play it at home, too.

Companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter look at the queries, observations, updates and enthusiasms we write on their services, then they try to figure out what ads might have the most persuasive effect on us.

On Tuesday, a Berkeley, Calif., start-up called Five posted a tool that gives a sense of what the big web companies might see when they look at us…”