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Ingress3,833,079*Schedule for May 30th* 9AM - 12:30 PM (EDT): Registration and packet pickup at Moynihan Plaza at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (1300 Penn Ave. NW) 12:50 PM: Group picture at Moynihan Plaza 1:00 PM: GORUCK meetup at The Ellipse 2PM: Measurement 1 3PM: Measurement 2 4PM: Measurement 3 5PM: Measurement 4 5:00 - 7:30 PM: Cross-Faction afterparty at Nationals Park Stadium Centerfield entrance (1500 S Capitol St SE) **If you did not pick up your packet during the registration time, there will be pick up options available at the Cross-Faction afterparty.  The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: 1. When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/u56G6w). 2. Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields. License Creative Commons BY Photo by Josh CarolinaXM Anomaly Primary: Washington DC2015-05-30 13:00:002430  
NASA2,408,076Operational Update: The parachute test is delayed one hour, 5 minutes. We will go live now at 11:30am ET. No problem with test, aircraft delay. --- Having trouble viewing? Try watching on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHugNihAwzo --- This test of the Orion parachute system will be a nail-biter for the engineers who have been working to design it. Join us live to watch a Google+ Hangout from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, June 25, from the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. We will push a test version of Orion out of an airplane 35,000 feet above the Arizona desert in its most complex parachute test ever. Watch the test live and hear from Orion engineers who have been testing and building the spacecraft about what they’ve learned so far and what they’re looking forward to seeing when Orion launches into space on its first test flight in December.  Exploration Flight Test-1, an uncrewed test of the spacecraft, will send Orion 3,600 miles away from Earth. Orion's parachutes are being tested to ensure they can slow the capsule for a safe landing in the Pacific Ocean as the spacecraft reenters Earth's atmosphere from deep space missions at speeds of up to 20,000 mph.   Ask questions now and during the event by posting comments here or on Twitter using the #OrionTest hashtag. For more information, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1pLa3WR Live: Most-Difficult Orion Parachute Test2014-06-25 17:30:00686  
Lifehacker651,100A few members of the Lifehacker staff (Whitson, Adam, Alan, Tessa, Melanie, Eric, and Andy) are in New York this week, and we want to get together with you guys and have some drinks. If you're in Manhattan (or nearby), come join us at Sweet & Vicious in the SoHo area on Thursday, December 12th. (Sorry, 21 and up only). We'll be around starting at 7:00 PM. No need to RSVP—just show up (but you can RSVP if you like). See you there! More details here: http://lifehacker.com/lifehacker-new-york-meetup-this-thursday-at-7-00-pm-1479765238Lifehacker New York City Meetup!2013-12-12 19:00:0016  
Tekzilla515,818Join Tekzilla in a LIVE Q&A! Ask the tech pros you know and trust anything you're curious about, whether it's a product you're itching to buy, what we think about the new Mac Pro, whether or not you should switch to Android, or whatever else happens to come up. Start leaving your questions right here on the event page, then get ready for Wednesday, June 26th to have your questions answered live!  Tell all your friends, and we'll see you then.Live Q&A with Revision3's Tekzilla!2013-06-27 01:00:00141  
The White House2,925,859Update: Watch the full Hangout here and stay tune for upcoming We the Geeks events: http://youtu.be/7MdtV2TRtC8 The White House is kicking off #WeTheGeeks , a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the U.S. Our first hangout includes an extraordinary panel of innovators from around the country who will discuss the elements of an "all hands on deck" effort to pursue Grand Challenges. Tune in today at 2pm ET: http://at.wh.gov/l4lUD #hangouts   #hangoutsonair  We the Geeks: Grand Challenges2013-05-16 20:00:00498  
NASA2,408,076Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008329  
The White House2,925,859In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his plan for a thriving middle class and a strong America. The President's plan focuses on making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equipping every American with the skills they need to do those jobs, and ensuring that hard work leads to a decent living. On Thursday, February 14th, President Obama will join the latest in a series of "Fireside Hangouts" – a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses – to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the +Google+ hangout, the President will answer questions from Americans across the country about the issues and policies laid out in the speech. Watch the hangout live on Thursday, February 14th at 4:50 p.m. ET on the +The White House Google+ page, at http://youtube.com/whitehouse, and at http://wh.gov Learn more about the State of the Union, then share your Citizen Response at http://wh.gov/SOTU #firesidehangout   #SOTU  State of the Union: Fireside Hangout with President Obama2013-02-14 22:50:0034101  
Lifehacker651,100Join the Lifehacker crew for Ask Lifehacker LIVE, where we'll be taking your questions and chatting with viewers, right here on Google+ in a live hangout!Ask Lifehacker LIVE on Google Hangouts!2012-12-20 20:00:0073  
The New York Public Library958,489The New York Public Library is hosting a Google+ hangout with the author, screenwriter, and director Stephen Chbosky, NYPL librarians John Leroy Calhoun and Billy Parrott, and aspiring writers and directors who'll discuss the critically acclaimed novel and just-released film adaptation. Leave a question for the author or the NYPL librarians below and tune in for the answer.  #perksofbeingawallflower"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" hangout with the author Stephen Chbosky2012-09-26 18:15:00174  
NASA2,408,076Fifty years ago, President John Kennedy challenged us to go to the moon within the decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.   As we remember Neil Armstrong this week – the man who, with a single step realized the hopes of a president, this nation and the world – we are recognizing the extraordinary achievements of the past five decades achieved by our nation's space agency and where the passion to explore will lead us in the future.   President Barack Obama has set NASA on course toward an asteroid and to send humans to Mars within the next two decades. This goal is not without notable challenges, but using the knowledge, expertise and American ingenuity that has been the trademark of NASA scientists and engineers for the last half-century, NASA continues to make possible that which is seemingly impossible.   At 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 12, NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will hold a Google+ Hangout to talk about NASA's rich history of innovation and ingenuity and talk about NASA's future goals for scientific discovery and human spaceflight. During the event, we'll be joined by: - Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. He is the former Director of Engineering at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Previously, he was the deputy director of safety and mission assurance at Marshall. - Ron Garan, astronaut who lived and worked aboard the International Space Station. He has been in space for 178 days and has conducted four spacewalks. - John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. He is an astronaut and researcher in high energy astrophysics, cosmic ray physics, and in the emerging field of exoplanet studies. He was also the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. - Michael Lopez-Alegria, the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He is a former Naval Aviator and test pilot (Capt., U.S. Navy, Ret.), NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander. To join the event, visit http://plus.google.com/+NASA at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.   Ask your questions of the group in the comments below or using hashtag #askNASA :50 Years Later: NASA Discusses Using Innovation and Ingenuity to do Big Things2012-09-12 21:00:00652  
NASA2,408,076The most advanced robot ever sent to another world is set to land on Aug. 5, 2012 (PDT). Will you be watching? Mars Science Laboratory will deliver the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT and 5:31 a.m. UTC on Aug. 6). Curiosity, carrying laboratory instruments to analyze samples of rocks, soil and atmosphere, will investigate whether Mars has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. NASA TV will broadcast live from mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., during Curiosity’s critical entry, descent and landing phase. Two live feeds of video during key landing activities from mission control rooms at JPL will be carried on NASA TV, NASA TV online http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html and Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/ between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to 2:00 a.m. Aug. 6 EDT), and between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. PDT on Aug. 6 (3:30 to 4:30 a.m. EDT). The NASA TV Public Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl will carry a feed including commentary and interviews. The NASA TV Media Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 will carry an uninterrupted, clean feed. Follow the mission on Facebook and on Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity.NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing2012-08-06 02:00:002196  

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2013-10-29 23:11:49 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Google+'s new custom URLs are definitely here, and definitely working! I'm now https://plus.google.com/+AlanHenry which is pretty rad. Anyone else get offered one?

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2013-09-18 00:41:18 (2 comments, 26 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

We meant to share this with you yesterday, but you'll probably want to take a look at it later: http://j.mp/1aJ7cVV

Most plusones: 70

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2014-08-03 03:16:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

So I'm traveling soon, and figured I'd pick up a new traveling companion. Think I'm in good hands, eh?

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2015-06-10 20:55:58 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

It's been a while since I shared directly here (too long!) but I couldn't help but share this, especially for my local friends who play.

After getting into the game, I can say +Ingress has had a huge impact on me, so I took a little time to write about it: 

It's been a while since I shared directly here (too long!) but I couldn't help but share this, especially for my local friends who play.

After getting into the game, I can say +Ingress has had a huge impact on me, so I took a little time to write about it: ___

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2015-01-28 22:20:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Standing desk aficionados rejoice! Our complete guide to standing desks - or desks that let you stand when you want and sit when you want too - is here:

Want to stand? Sit? Both? There are options here for everyone:___Standing desk aficionados rejoice! Our complete guide to standing desks - or desks that let you stand when you want and sit when you want too - is here:

2015-01-12 20:25:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In case you guys didn't see, we have our own app pack over at the Chrome Web Store! If you've ever wondered what we think some of the essential Chrome apps and extensions are, check them out:

Our friends at +Lifehacker have picked their favorite Chrome apps to help you stay productive in the New Year. Check out their Chrome Web Store collection at goo.gl/5uwHft.___In case you guys didn't see, we have our own app pack over at the Chrome Web Store! If you've ever wondered what we think some of the essential Chrome apps and extensions are, check them out:

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2014-12-24 17:59:58 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It's been too long, but I saw this and knew I had to share it with you all. A beautiful, HD video time-lapse from the International Space Station. Full-screen on the biggest display you have, click play, and have happy, safe holidays, all of you.

 (via io9: http://io9.com/spectacular-new-space-station-video-is-the-ultimate-hol-1674838511)

It's been too long, but I saw this and knew I had to share it with you all. A beautiful, HD video time-lapse from the International Space Station. Full-screen on the biggest display you have, click play, and have happy, safe holidays, all of you.

 (via io9: http://io9.com/spectacular-new-space-station-video-is-the-ultimate-hol-1674838511)___

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2014-10-01 20:18:21 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sat down with some forensics and security folks to suss this one out over at +Lifehacker today. Sure, we all know they're important, but how important are they to regular people? That was what we set out to answer.

We sat down with security and forensics experts to separate fact from fiction on Shellshock and Heartbleed:___Sat down with some forensics and security folks to suss this one out over at +Lifehacker today. Sure, we all know they're important, but how important are they to regular people? That was what we set out to answer.

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2014-09-03 22:33:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Hey guys! I'm on +Tekzilla  this week with +patrick norton  talking about ad blocking, laptop bags for back to school, knife throwing, getting booze into the airport, and more. Check it out! 

Hey guys! I'm on +Tekzilla  this week with +patrick norton  talking about ad blocking, laptop bags for back to school, knife throwing, getting booze into the airport, and more. Check it out! ___

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2014-08-03 03:16:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

So I'm traveling soon, and figured I'd pick up a new traveling companion. Think I'm in good hands, eh?

So I'm traveling soon, and figured I'd pick up a new traveling companion. Think I'm in good hands, eh?___

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2014-07-29 14:27:49 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

If you haven't heard the news, Opportunity, the Mars rover that could, just racked up over 25 miles of driving on Mars--the longest distance any rover has traveled on another planet! Kind of fitting this happens on +NASA's 56th birthday, and considering Oppy was only supposed to run for less than a year--and here it is 10 years later still motoring away, doing good science.

Check out it's jaunt in this photo. This page at NASA has a fun little graphic too: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/july/nasa-s-long-lived-mars-opportunity-rover-sets-off-world-driving-record/index.html#.U9eG34BdUp9

If you haven't heard the news, Opportunity, the Mars rover that could, just racked up over 25 miles of driving on Mars--the longest distance any rover has traveled on another planet! Kind of fitting this happens on +NASA's 56th birthday, and considering Oppy was only supposed to run for less than a year--and here it is 10 years later still motoring away, doing good science.

Check out it's jaunt in this photo. This page at NASA has a fun little graphic too: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/july/nasa-s-long-lived-mars-opportunity-rover-sets-off-world-driving-record/index.html#.U9eG34BdUp9___

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2014-06-19 23:49:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is one of the best things I've seen on the internet in a while - +NASA gets Peter Cullen, aka the ever-familiar voice of Optimus Prime, to tell us all about the James Webb Space Telescope - the next generation orbital telescope that scientists and space fans alike have been eager for for years: 

This is one of the best things I've seen on the internet in a while - +NASA gets Peter Cullen, aka the ever-familiar voice of Optimus Prime, to tell us all about the James Webb Space Telescope - the next generation orbital telescope that scientists and space fans alike have been eager for for years: ___

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2014-06-06 15:40:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'm a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki's work (and his Salt Flavored Ramen - seriously: http://youtu.be/0BPTNdmdJSc) so this piece really hit home for me. It's a good reminder for anyone struggling to find inspiration, or staring down something they've worked on wondering why it's not what they hoped it would be. 

Sage advice from an amazingly creative person:___I'm a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki's work (and his Salt Flavored Ramen - seriously: http://youtu.be/0BPTNdmdJSc) so this piece really hit home for me. It's a good reminder for anyone struggling to find inspiration, or staring down something they've worked on wondering why it's not what they hoped it would be. 

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2014-05-22 13:17:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In case you're not already subscribed, I had a blast on +Tekzilla this week talking to +patrick norton about how to turn your desktop into something more fun and functional with apps like Rainmeter (Windows), Geektool (Mac), and Conky (Linux).

Check out the show below, and seriously, subscribe if you like tech podcasts! 

In case you're not already subscribed, I had a blast on +Tekzilla this week talking to +patrick norton about how to turn your desktop into something more fun and functional with apps like Rainmeter (Windows), Geektool (Mac), and Conky (Linux).

Check out the show below, and seriously, subscribe if you like tech podcasts! ___

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2014-05-21 18:00:30 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I had a lot of fun writing this piece - and testing it - for +Lifehacker, mostly because I got to spend time forging message headers and emailing my coworkers pretending to be them. It's a relatively technical writeup, but hopefully a good one!

How spammers and phishers get into your inbox by spoofing real addresses, and what you can do to stop it:___I had a lot of fun writing this piece - and testing it - for +Lifehacker, mostly because I got to spend time forging message headers and emailing my coworkers pretending to be them. It's a relatively technical writeup, but hopefully a good one!

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2014-05-07 15:39:02 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

This is a topic that's bugged me for a long time, so I decided to bring the science to bear over at +Lifehacker and figure out why health, diet, and nutrition topics are so damned confusing--as in, so confusing that we spend billions a year on quick fixes and fad diets that don't work.

Turns out there's a lot to be gained from keeping us confused and predictable when it comes to food, and more than enough blame to go around.

This is a topic that's bugged me for a long time, so I decided to bring the science to bear over at +Lifehacker and figure out why health, diet, and nutrition topics are so damned confusing--as in, so confusing that we spend billions a year on quick fixes and fad diets that don't work.

Turns out there's a lot to be gained from keeping us confused and predictable when it comes to food, and more than enough blame to go around.___

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2014-05-01 00:10:04 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My first Wallpaper Wednesday for +Lifehacker, and of course it's about science. I could get used to this! 

http://lifehacker.com/bring-a-little-science-to-your-desktop-with-these-wallp-1569908380

My first Wallpaper Wednesday for +Lifehacker, and of course it's about science. I could get used to this! 

http://lifehacker.com/bring-a-little-science-to-your-desktop-with-these-wallp-1569908380___

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2014-04-03 14:26:29 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

I haven't stumbled on anything really super-science-y in a bit, so instead I'll just share this adorable short about a ghost girl who loves to dance. Seriously - it'll make you smile, and hopefully brighten your day. Many thanks to io9: http://io9.com/this-delightful-cartoon-about-a-dancing-ghost-girl-will-1557180778

I haven't stumbled on anything really super-science-y in a bit, so instead I'll just share this adorable short about a ghost girl who loves to dance. Seriously - it'll make you smile, and hopefully brighten your day. Many thanks to io9: http://io9.com/this-delightful-cartoon-about-a-dancing-ghost-girl-will-1557180778___

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2014-03-17 19:14:23 (3 comments, 12 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

So there's huge news in the scientific community today, namely that researchers have managed to discover gravitational "waves," something that has extremely far-reaching implications. Perhaps the biggest of which right now though is that gravitational wave theory has always been the lynchpin in explaining why the universe went through a extremely rapid period of inflation in the billionths-of-milliseconds after the Big Bang.

Well, one physicist, Dr. Andrei Linde, postulated these waves existed a long long time ago. You can read the story at the link below, but watch the video when another professor surprises him with the news - it's a beautiful, beautiful moment of discovery and gratification.

Here's the full story: http://www.universetoday.com/110403/that-moment-when-the-father-of-inflation-learns-of-the-detection-of-gravitational-waves/

So there's huge news in the scientific community today, namely that researchers have managed to discover gravitational "waves," something that has extremely far-reaching implications. Perhaps the biggest of which right now though is that gravitational wave theory has always been the lynchpin in explaining why the universe went through a extremely rapid period of inflation in the billionths-of-milliseconds after the Big Bang.

Well, one physicist, Dr. Andrei Linde, postulated these waves existed a long long time ago. You can read the story at the link below, but watch the video when another professor surprises him with the news - it's a beautiful, beautiful moment of discovery and gratification.

Here's the full story: http://www.universetoday.com/110403/that-moment-when-the-father-of-inflation-learns-of-the-detection-of-gravitational-waves/___

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2014-03-14 20:10:57 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

I love stuff like this, mostly because it showcases how really cool technology like unmanned aircraft can be for good, scientific, research purposes. Video's below, but here's the story that shows you what kind of drone was used, where the volcano is, and some more details:

Drone Flies Into an Active Volcano: http://www.dronehire.org/blog/drone-flies-into-an-active-volcano

I love stuff like this, mostly because it showcases how really cool technology like unmanned aircraft can be for good, scientific, research purposes. Video's below, but here's the story that shows you what kind of drone was used, where the volcano is, and some more details:

Drone Flies Into an Active Volcano: http://www.dronehire.org/blog/drone-flies-into-an-active-volcano___

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2014-03-04 12:52:28 (11 comments, 20 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

I love wine, and I love pizza, and I know that finding a good "pizza wine" can be tricky among those of us who really love both, so this infographic may help.

Chalk it up to "Stuff I would post to Lifehacker but for one reason or another I can't." Originally from here: http://indianwinelist.com/wines-with-your-pizza-pie/

I love wine, and I love pizza, and I know that finding a good "pizza wine" can be tricky among those of us who really love both, so this infographic may help.

Chalk it up to "Stuff I would post to Lifehacker but for one reason or another I can't." Originally from here: http://indianwinelist.com/wines-with-your-pizza-pie/___

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2014-02-27 13:27:59 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

I figured that both my science friends here and my gaming friends here will appreciate this - GLaDOS explains the difference between nuclear fusion and fission for a couple of NASA "engineers" - it's a lot of fun.

Thanks to io9: http://io9.com/glados-explains-the-difference-between-fusion-and-fissi-1532018341

I figured that both my science friends here and my gaming friends here will appreciate this - GLaDOS explains the difference between nuclear fusion and fission for a couple of NASA "engineers" - it's a lot of fun.

Thanks to io9: http://io9.com/glados-explains-the-difference-between-fusion-and-fissi-1532018341___

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2014-02-10 20:56:31 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Well, it's that time of year again! If you're wondering how I get things done or the gear I use every day, here's your chance to find out! If you have any questions, ask away!  http://lifehac.kr/LJZmoEu

Well, it's that time of year again! If you're wondering how I get things done or the gear I use every day, here's your chance to find out! If you have any questions, ask away!  http://lifehac.kr/LJZmoEu___

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2014-01-23 22:59:31 (1 comments, 20 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This is a pretty amazing graphic, courtesy of +Slate and the +worldsciencefestival  - All of earth's active space missions, in one informative visual!

Slate has the story here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/01/23/infographic_earth_s_25_active_space_missions.html

This is a pretty amazing graphic, courtesy of +Slate and the +worldsciencefestival  - All of earth's active space missions, in one informative visual!

Slate has the story here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/01/23/infographic_earth_s_25_active_space_missions.html___

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2014-01-17 00:31:31 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

A little super-science for your afternoon: Google is working on smart contact lenses that will, initially, help diabetes patients manage glucose levels. They're already talking to the FDA, but in the long run, this could mean wearing something like Glass will be old school--your personal HUD can go right onto your eyeballs. I'm game, what do you think?

A little super-science for your afternoon: Google is working on smart contact lenses that will, initially, help diabetes patients manage glucose levels. They're already talking to the FDA, but in the long run, this could mean wearing something like Glass will be old school--your personal HUD can go right onto your eyeballs. I'm game, what do you think?___

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2014-01-14 20:54:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

In case anyone missed it this morning, I had the opportunity to try out some awesome 27" and 30" displays from the folks at +Monoprice, and like so many of their products, they offer incredible bang for the buck. My impressions (along with my thoughts on some of the Korean import panels I've tried in the past) are up at +Lifehacker below. Save some money!

Want some extra screen real-estate, but don't want to spend a ton of money to get it? We have options for you:___In case anyone missed it this morning, I had the opportunity to try out some awesome 27" and 30" displays from the folks at +Monoprice, and like so many of their products, they offer incredible bang for the buck. My impressions (along with my thoughts on some of the Korean import panels I've tried in the past) are up at +Lifehacker below. Save some money!

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2013-12-24 13:00:38 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

For my followers who are as big fans of manned spaceflight as I am, a look back over the Apollo missions in brilliant, beautiful photos:

For my followers who are as big fans of manned spaceflight as I am, a look back over the Apollo missions in brilliant, beautiful photos:___

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2013-12-18 17:29:54 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This went up at +Lifehacker a little while ago, but in case any of you are looking for last minute stocking stuffers (or want to get something for yourselves because you've been especially good this year), my roundup of awesome $20 headphones is worth a look. Check it out: http://lifehacker.com/the-best-headphones-you-can-buy-under-20-1480550409

This went up at +Lifehacker a little while ago, but in case any of you are looking for last minute stocking stuffers (or want to get something for yourselves because you've been especially good this year), my roundup of awesome $20 headphones is worth a look. Check it out: http://lifehacker.com/the-best-headphones-you-can-buy-under-20-1480550409___

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2013-10-29 23:11:49 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Google+'s new custom URLs are definitely here, and definitely working! I'm now https://plus.google.com/+AlanHenry which is pretty rad. Anyone else get offered one?

Google+'s new custom URLs are definitely here, and definitely working! I'm now https://plus.google.com/+AlanHenry which is pretty rad. Anyone else get offered one?___

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2013-10-23 21:27:30 (4 comments, 15 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

I try not to pimp my own posts too much, since I assume that most of you are following +Lifehacker anyway, but this one, learning to cook with the power of math, was so much fun to write that I can't help it: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-free-yourself-from-recipes-with-a-few-golden-coo-1450617561

A few simple ratios and you'll never need a recipe to make basic things--you'll always be able to, and you'll always have a jumping off point to get creative. Just as a bonus, here's one of the tables I included in the article. It's pretty useful! 

I try not to pimp my own posts too much, since I assume that most of you are following +Lifehacker anyway, but this one, learning to cook with the power of math, was so much fun to write that I can't help it: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-free-yourself-from-recipes-with-a-few-golden-coo-1450617561

A few simple ratios and you'll never need a recipe to make basic things--you'll always be able to, and you'll always have a jumping off point to get creative. Just as a bonus, here's one of the tables I included in the article. It's pretty useful! ___

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2013-10-17 22:14:46 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Okay guys, time for a science journalism rant! This time we're talking about why the "Oreos are just as addictive as cocaine" study that's all over the web right now is the absolute worst kind of science journalism. Ready? Let's go!

I don't totally blame journalists for this, although I do blame them for not looking at the study in question more critically before parroting the very bait-worthy headline that Oreos = Cocaine. Here's the actual press release from Connecticut College, which did the experiments:
http://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-archive/2013/student-faculty-research-shows-oreos-are-just-as-addictive-as-drugs-in-lab-rats-.htm#.UmBeoCSim-I

Note I said experiments, not study. That's right, this was essentially a fun experiment between undergrads and a few professors. This isn't the result of a peer reviewed paper,... more »

Okay guys, time for a science journalism rant! This time we're talking about why the "Oreos are just as addictive as cocaine" study that's all over the web right now is the absolute worst kind of science journalism. Ready? Let's go!

I don't totally blame journalists for this, although I do blame them for not looking at the study in question more critically before parroting the very bait-worthy headline that Oreos = Cocaine. Here's the actual press release from Connecticut College, which did the experiments:
http://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-archive/2013/student-faculty-research-shows-oreos-are-just-as-addictive-as-drugs-in-lab-rats-.htm#.UmBeoCSim-I

Note I said experiments, not study. That's right, this was essentially a fun experiment between undergrads and a few professors. This isn't the result of a peer reviewed paper, this will not lead to continued Oreo/cocaine research. Why? It was largely to make a completely different point than the one everyone got.

Here's how the experiment went down. The students put a bunch of rats in a maze with Oreos on one end and rice cakes on the other. Yup - they made a beeline for the Oreos. Then they put a different group of rats in a maze with cocaine on one end and something equally unappetizing (I think it was saline) in the other. Guess where they went? They repeated it with morphine and something unappetizing (again saline, if I have my info correct), and yup - beeline for the morphine.

So essentially, what have we learned? That's right: Delicious things that make us feel good in chemical ways are more attractive than things that absolutely do not! Stop the presses guys, Oreos are the same as cocaine and morphine!

But that's not all! They studied the neurological reaction in the brains of the rats in each case, and they found rats that ate the Oreos had more activated neurons than the rats on cocaine or morphine! That must mean Oreos are even worse than cocaine or morphine, right?

Well....no. What it means is that Oreos, and the process of eating delicious, fatty, sugary foods has a remarkable impact on our brains. It also means that--and this is what the researchers were trying to point out--our brains respond in similar ways to fatty, sugary, energy packed foods as they do to stimulants and other chemicals that achieve similar highs.

That alone would be newsworthy! Not because Oreos are like cocaine, but because it hammers home the point that food is like a drug for most organisms. We derive joy from it, experience highs, and that's a reason why it's so damned difficult to put the Oreos down, give up cocaine, or struggle with any addiction or thing that makes us feel good, especially when we come to rely on it against other, less interesting options.

But nope, instead, we get headlines like "Oreos are worse than cocaine and morphine." Seriously, Google it and you'll see how many really solid, legitimate, otherwise fantastic journalists and papers jumped at it. Seriously guys? We can do better than this. Science, journalism, and our respective audiences deserve better.___

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2013-10-15 16:13:15 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

A PSA, since it appears to be badly needed recently.

A PSA, since it appears to be badly needed recently.___

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2013-10-04 19:47:49 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

If you're looking for a little science to close your week with, this amazing read about how the "fingerprint" of multiple universes is likely already in the sky we can see is beautifully written (and not too technical!) -  http://nautil.us/issue/6/secret-codes/beyond-the-horizon-of-the-universe

It waxes rhapsodic more than a few times, but it's that kind of loving wonder for the universe around us that made me get into astrophysics in the first place. Seasoned science fans may find some of her language a little eye-rolly, but the takeaway will make you smile.

If you're looking for a little science to close your week with, this amazing read about how the "fingerprint" of multiple universes is likely already in the sky we can see is beautifully written (and not too technical!) -  http://nautil.us/issue/6/secret-codes/beyond-the-horizon-of-the-universe

It waxes rhapsodic more than a few times, but it's that kind of loving wonder for the universe around us that made me get into astrophysics in the first place. Seasoned science fans may find some of her language a little eye-rolly, but the takeaway will make you smile.___

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2013-09-21 00:37:40 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Well, this is about the most fantastic thing I've seen in a long time. An understanding of quantum mechanics and string theory aren't required to enjoy it, but...they help!

Well, this is about the most fantastic thing I've seen in a long time. An understanding of quantum mechanics and string theory aren't required to enjoy it, but...they help!___

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2013-09-18 00:41:18 (2 comments, 26 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Seems legit.

We meant to share this with you yesterday, but you'll probably want to take a look at it later: http://j.mp/1aJ7cVV___Seems legit.

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2013-09-17 18:12:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A great post from our friends over at io9: "The Bizarre Evolution of the Word 'Cyber'"  Very good read! #science  

A great post from our friends over at io9: "The Bizarre Evolution of the Word 'Cyber'"  Very good read! #science  ___

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2013-09-17 13:54:35 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I was actually watching the live stream of this for a good long while (nothing like working in the morning to the sounds of the ocean), but turned it off long before the big lift. Now you can watch the whole 19-hour operation to raise the Costa Concordia in a one-minute time lapse: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/09/costa-concordia-upright-again/69482/

I was actually watching the live stream of this for a good long while (nothing like working in the morning to the sounds of the ocean), but turned it off long before the big lift. Now you can watch the whole 19-hour operation to raise the Costa Concordia in a one-minute time lapse: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/09/costa-concordia-upright-again/69482/___

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2013-09-13 11:55:22 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Well, it's official this time! (If you've been following me a while, you'll know I've posted two or three times about this topic over the past year or so) Voyager 1 has finally left the solar system, and is now in interstellar space! No more wondering about whether they're still in the heliopause or in the middle of some new undiscovered band of solar radiation - they're actually out there now. Godspeed little messenger!

Want to ask our scientists questions about NASA's Voyager 1's historical milestone today? We're doing a Reddit AMA where you can Ask Us Anything at 6pm ET/2200 UTC: http://go.nasa.gov/1g6O6tv___Well, it's official this time! (If you've been following me a while, you'll know I've posted two or three times about this topic over the past year or so) Voyager 1 has finally left the solar system, and is now in interstellar space! No more wondering about whether they're still in the heliopause or in the middle of some new undiscovered band of solar radiation - they're actually out there now. Godspeed little messenger!

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2013-09-12 14:09:24 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I love stories like this, and I love it even more when physicists say things like "Sure, time travel is possible..." and then let people read on to understand the caveat with that statement. I'll do the same here, the article is well worth a quick read!

I love stories like this, and I love it even more when physicists say things like "Sure, time travel is possible..." and then let people read on to understand the caveat with that statement. I'll do the same here, the article is well worth a quick read!___

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2013-08-28 17:33:00 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Another fall, another semester of Lifehacker U! I stumbled on some great classes this time, way more than I could reasonably include, but these were some of my favorites. Any catch your eye?

Class is in session! Lifehacker U rounds up the best of what's available online for the fall semester from some of the best schools on the planet. (Even if you're not planning to "matriculate", share with a friend you think might benefit from some free classes!)___Another fall, another semester of Lifehacker U! I stumbled on some great classes this time, way more than I could reasonably include, but these were some of my favorites. Any catch your eye?

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2013-08-26 15:57:28 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I love this story so much I just had to share it everywhere. A little ethno-astronomy (yes, that's a real thing, some of my favorite seminars were on the topic) to kick off your day:

I love this story so much I just had to share it everywhere. A little ethno-astronomy (yes, that's a real thing, some of my favorite seminars were on the topic) to kick off your day:___

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2013-08-22 19:40:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Often we think about the vacuum of space being the most frightening thing, and it certainly is, but ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano recently faced an even bigger threat: Water. Or more specifically, water in microgravity, and why surface tension is a nightmare:

Often we think about the vacuum of space being the most frightening thing, and it certainly is, but ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano recently faced an even bigger threat: Water. Or more specifically, water in microgravity, and why surface tension is a nightmare:___

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2013-08-16 21:04:50 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A little weekend science reading for you guys: The Science of Being Hangry (as in, hungry + angry):

A little weekend science reading for you guys: The Science of Being Hangry (as in, hungry + angry):___

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2013-08-13 13:49:18 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Yesterday was Erwin Schrödinger's birthday, but I just stumbled on this great NatGeo explanation of the physics behind the famous Schrödinger's Cat Paradox.

It's actually a beautifully fun topic of conversation, one I love bringing up whenever I have a chance to talk about physics, just to get people thinking about the differences between what you can observe and what you can't, and what it means to try and determine things you don't directly observe. Good read, if you've ever been curious!

Yesterday was Erwin Schrödinger's birthday, but I just stumbled on this great NatGeo explanation of the physics behind the famous Schrödinger's Cat Paradox.

It's actually a beautifully fun topic of conversation, one I love bringing up whenever I have a chance to talk about physics, just to get people thinking about the differences between what you can observe and what you can't, and what it means to try and determine things you don't directly observe. Good read, if you've ever been curious!___

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2013-08-10 20:23:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I love the fact that the Hubble is now 23 years old, and still demystifying the universe for us in new and interesting ways.

When I was an undergrad, the going theory was that the Magellanic Stream was the result of tidal forces on the tiny dwarf galaxies because of their proximity to the Milky Way. Looks like we can finally say that's true - and it's still happening, which is really really cool.

I love the fact that the Hubble is now 23 years old, and still demystifying the universe for us in new and interesting ways.

When I was an undergrad, the going theory was that the Magellanic Stream was the result of tidal forces on the tiny dwarf galaxies because of their proximity to the Milky Way. Looks like we can finally say that's true - and it's still happening, which is really really cool.___

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2013-08-02 13:50:15 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

+Robert Scoble   sums up my feelings on the Moto X beautifully in this piece at The Next Web this morning.

Personally, I'm super excited about the phone, and strongly debating getting one, even over the HTC One when it eventually lands at Verizon Wireless, specifically because of these always-aware features. It makes me wonder though, whether we as Android users have lost sight of functionality so badly that we're obsessed with checkbox features and the extra 100Mhz between a 1.2 and a 1.3Ghz Snapdragon.

If we judge every phone by a spec sheet as opposed to what it can actually do or bring to our lives, I feel like we're missing the real beauty of Android as an ecosystem.

+Robert Scoble   sums up my feelings on the Moto X beautifully in this piece at The Next Web this morning.

Personally, I'm super excited about the phone, and strongly debating getting one, even over the HTC One when it eventually lands at Verizon Wireless, specifically because of these always-aware features. It makes me wonder though, whether we as Android users have lost sight of functionality so badly that we're obsessed with checkbox features and the extra 100Mhz between a 1.2 and a 1.3Ghz Snapdragon.

If we judge every phone by a spec sheet as opposed to what it can actually do or bring to our lives, I feel like we're missing the real beauty of Android as an ecosystem.___

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2013-07-26 22:20:54 (7 comments, 13 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

I will make this, make no mistake. Mostly because I love cucumbers almost as much as I love gin.

And if you're not following +Alton Brown yet, circle him up!

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch!

Or the CLGP, as I like to call it. My favorite #summer cocktail. On a warm day out on the porch I just can’t imagine anything better. And because the cucumber lemonade is assembled before adding the gin, the base can be served without the booze for anyone not imbibing. The cucumbers become a sort of fresh pickle in the lemonade and should be devoured, not discarded.

Software:
4 whole lemons, halved
1/2 cup sugar
1 quart water
1 large (9-10 ounces) cucumber, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds on a mandoline
24 ounces gin
ice cubes

Procedure:
-Juice the lemons into a large pot and throw the bodies in there too. Add the sugar to the pot and muddle (or mash with a masher, rolling pin) with the lemon bodies and juice for 2 to 3 minutes.
-Add the water and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
-Strain into a 3-quart pitcher and add the cucumber. Steep for 1 hour.
-For punch: Add 24 ounces of gin and stir to combine. Serve over ice.
-For a single cocktail: Place 4 to 5 ice cubes in a rocks glass. Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin and 2 1/2 ounces of lemonade. Stir to combine.
-Serve immediately!

It should go without saying that this delicious punch should be enjoyed responsibly.
___I will make this, make no mistake. Mostly because I love cucumbers almost as much as I love gin.

And if you're not following +Alton Brown yet, circle him up!

2013-07-26 12:27:01 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

It's been a little while since I shared some interesting science. Let's fix that with this story:

Researchers manage to implant "false memories" into the brains of mice, causing them to have a fear response to a part of a maze that researchers made them remember as dangerous, when in reality they had never actually been there before.

Next up? Ghost Hacking.

It's been a little while since I shared some interesting science. Let's fix that with this story:

Researchers manage to implant "false memories" into the brains of mice, causing them to have a fear response to a part of a maze that researchers made them remember as dangerous, when in reality they had never actually been there before.

Next up? Ghost Hacking.___

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2013-07-03 15:38:16 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Always happy to bring the science at +Lifehacker, and this was a good topic to approach. I've been lucky enough to know lots of people who encouraged me to do strange, crazy, and interesting things, sometimes just for the sake of doing them - how do you get out of your comfort zone?

Breaking out of our comfort zones is hard work! Thankfully, science can help - here's how to make it a little easier so we can do awesome things:___Always happy to bring the science at +Lifehacker, and this was a good topic to approach. I've been lucky enough to know lots of people who encouraged me to do strange, crazy, and interesting things, sometimes just for the sake of doing them - how do you get out of your comfort zone?

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2013-06-28 00:13:17 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Just in case this doesn't land in your stream today, it's been incredibly useful for me. Here's hoping it works for your Android phone, too! (Take Two!)

If searches using the Google Search or Google Now apps on your Android phone are painfully slow, this tweak will give you a serious speed boost:___Just in case this doesn't land in your stream today, it's been incredibly useful for me. Here's hoping it works for your Android phone, too! (Take Two!)

2013-06-27 19:21:21 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Is anyone else running into fewer posts than usual today here at G+? For example, we've been posting to the +Lifehacker page all day, but those posts aren't appearing in the news stream, and I see the same thing is happening to a number of other pages.

Anyone hear if something may be busted behind the scenes? (Assuming of course, anyone sees this post!)

Is anyone else running into fewer posts than usual today here at G+? For example, we've been posting to the +Lifehacker page all day, but those posts aren't appearing in the news stream, and I see the same thing is happening to a number of other pages.

Anyone hear if something may be busted behind the scenes? (Assuming of course, anyone sees this post!)___

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2013-06-19 15:16:30 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

It's always a good day when I can break out the science and post a few first-party studies and academic papers over at Lifehacker. Even better when it's about one of our core topics: productivity!

We're back to debunk more productivity myths you may have heard before, and we've got the science to back us up:___It's always a good day when I can break out the science and post a few first-party studies and academic papers over at Lifehacker. Even better when it's about one of our core topics: productivity!

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2013-06-10 23:33:53 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

WWDC Thoughts, Engage!

Now that I've had a few hours to digest the WWDC Keynote events, I find myself disappointed for a couple of reasons. Now let's be clear: I'm normally the first person to give Apple a chance to prove itself, because I think brand loyalty-to anyone-makes you a sucker, and everyone should get a shot to make their case. That said, I find myself more underwhelmed than I thought I should be.

First, Haswell in the Macbook Air, but not the Macbook Pro. The Air gets the new hardware first, which I understand is because the Air is Apple's big notebook and it sells more than the Pro at this point, but if you had the engineering ability to put it in the Air, it can certainly go into the Pro as well.

Second, 802.11ac in the Air, but not the Pro. When Apple latches onto a wireless standard, it's not long before the rest of... more »

WWDC Thoughts, Engage!

Now that I've had a few hours to digest the WWDC Keynote events, I find myself disappointed for a couple of reasons. Now let's be clear: I'm normally the first person to give Apple a chance to prove itself, because I think brand loyalty-to anyone-makes you a sucker, and everyone should get a shot to make their case. That said, I find myself more underwhelmed than I thought I should be.

First, Haswell in the Macbook Air, but not the Macbook Pro. The Air gets the new hardware first, which I understand is because the Air is Apple's big notebook and it sells more than the Pro at this point, but if you had the engineering ability to put it in the Air, it can certainly go into the Pro as well.

Second, 802.11ac in the Air, but not the Pro. When Apple latches onto a wireless standard, it's not long before the rest of the industry follows. This was the case with 802.11g, and then again with 802.11n - so now that AC is in the Air, why keep it out of your other models? (PS, if you're not familiar with 802.11ac, I happen to have a post on it: http://lifehacker.com/5988340/what-is-80211ac-and-will-it-make-my-wi+fi-faster ) Come on Apple, hurry it up so everyone will move to AC like they should.

Third, The Mac Pro is a nightmare. I have been clawing, craving for a new Mac Pro for ages. I felt the pain of the people who really wanted them for professional reasons, and the fact that Apple's "power user desktop" had gone unupgraded for so long was a travesty. Now, what we get instead is a capsule-shaped supercomputer that has impressive specs and subwoofer size. Great, right? Sure- spec-wise, but it's going to be a disaster.

First of all, not that this has been a core value of Apple's at all, but their Professional machines (the Macbook Pro and the Mac Pro) have always been built for the power user. The user who wants to upgrade their own RAM, swap out or upgrade their own GPU, add more storage when they need it, and so on. I remember my days in support tinkering with Mac Pros, and before those, G5s and G4s, just by popping the door off the side. I guarantee you the Mac Pro will be unupgradable, unservicable, and packed with glue and tiny screws. Custom shaped hardware usually is, and I doubt (although we can hope) Apple will let you just slap more RAM in there or add another hard drive or slap in a new GPU when you want some more graphics power.

You want to know what Woz was thinking, when he was scratching his beard and not applauding when Schiller was on stage saying "Can't innovate anymore, my ass?" He was worried he was seeing the death of the last enthusiast hardware Apple made.

So what does it all mean? I'm not totally sure. iOS7 was surely the star of the show, but it makes me wonder whether flatter icons and moving from bold fonts to thin fonts is all it takes to excite us anymore. I said the same thing at Google I/O a few years back when Android shifted to Roboto--if fonts are what constititutes a design shift, we're in trouble. OS X "Mavericks" is a laundry list of great--yet totally overdue features that OS X users have been wanting for a while...even if I hate the name and feel silly typing it, much less saying it.

I'm worried. Worried that Apple is turning its back on the enthusiasts and professionals who supported the company when the consumers didn't, and I'm worried they're setting the example for the rest of the industry to follow--and we're already seeing Microsoft, Google, and Samsung take similar market approaches. The worst part? It works like a charm, and brings in the cash.

Maybe I'm being too down on the event. What do you guys think?

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