Roku Streaming Stick review: TV everywhere

It happens every time I travel. I come back to my hotel room, flop into a freshly made bed, pick up the (probably sticky) black remote, and turn on the TV. I’m given the option to mortgage my home to watch a just-out-of-theaters movie, aimlessly surf through a bunch of local and basic cable channels, or take my chances with whatever’s on HBO. I flip through the 28 or so channels for about a half hour, and settle on some offshoot of Storage Wars before I go to sleep. The Roku Streaming…

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High school seniors conquer watery ketchup with 3D-printed bottle cap

3D printers have produced some pretty amazing (and scary) stuff, and now a pair of high school seniors have successfully used the tech to ensure they’ll never have to eat a soggy hotdog again. Tired of the watery, separated ketchup you get from a…

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How science fiction influences thinking about the future

Eileen Gunn writes, “What’s science fiction good for? The May issue of Smithsonian magazine has an essay on the relationship between science, science fiction, and the future by Boing Boing buddy Eileen Gunn.

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Marvelous 18th century secretary cabinet

Please enjoy this video of my new writing desk with its hidden compartments, clockwork mechanisms, chimes, inkwell, and sand sifter. It was built in the workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen during the 18th century and previously owned by King Frederick William II.

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Google is testing ‘Stars,’ an attempt to make bookmarking actually useful

Bookmarking: every web browser has it, few human browsers actually use it. Google is testing a new Chrome feature that would allow users to save any piece of content — an email, a web page, an image — and review it later as part of a searchable, organizable library. Continue reading…

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How the Russian surveillance state works

In case you ( like Edward Snowden ) want to know about the full scope of Russia’s program of mass domestic and international surveillance, World Policy’s overview of the Russian surveillance state is brilliant and terrifying.

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Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlord

Some companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp — apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50…

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Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung’s continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple’s lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if…

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Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

How do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV’s best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish’s ad-skipping dispute also gave…

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Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 Tablet review, Amazon’s phone and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all…

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Rockabillly space-skeleton DJ backpack

This is a pretty perfect dads-and-grads season item: a backpack featuring: a) a skeleton with; b) sideburns and a quiff, wearing; c) a spacesuit, standing on d) the moon, while e) working a set of turntables.

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Sony’s found the perfect use for its $1,100 Digital Paper: HR forms

In case you were wondering who would splurge for Sony’s $1,100 Digital Paper, it looks like the company has found another suitor: movie and television studios’ HR departments. Sony has already targeted lawyers with the 13.3-inch E Ink Mobius-toting…

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Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play

With a $3.2 billion hole to fill, Google’s opened up yet another avenue for you to acquire Nest. The company’s smart thermostat can now be had via Google Play, available for the standard retail price of $249. The Protect smoke detector is currently…

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Withings Pulse O2 monitors blood oxygen levels for climbers, asthmatics

Withings released its Pulse tracker late last summer, and now the outfit has announced it’s successor: the Pulse O2. Just like that first fitness gadget, the new model keeps tabs on heart rate, sleep and activity (steps, distance, elevation and…

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Living in an 84-square foot house

Dee Williams was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was 41. Faced with her mortality, she radically changed her life.

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New book of contemporary psychedelic art

Our friends at Juxtapoz released a new survey of contemporary psychedelic art featuring the likes of Andy Gilmore, Jetter Green, Mark Whalen, Pearl C Hsiung, and Hannah Stouffer.

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AT&T wants to power the next big video streaming service

AT&T has a new way to take on TV-threatening internet video services like Netflix: it’s going to offer a few services of its own. The telecom is teaming up with the Chernin Group — previously a bidder in the Hulu sweepstakes — to start a venture…

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Dreamlike photos of miniature street scenes

Photographer Andy Rudak and model maker Luke san de Wiel created incredible (and unusual) street scenes in miniature that became the the subjects of gorgeous images.

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University wants you to capture the ‘soundscapes’ of Earth

Remember when Ridley Scott asked people to record videos to be compiled into the Life in a Day movie? Bryan Pijanowski, Purdue University’s Soundscape ecologist, wants to repeat the task today, but with audio rather than video. He’s developed the…

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Listen to ‘Space Project’ make music from Voyager spacecraft recordings

Portland-based Lefse Records has released Space Project , a compilation of songs that use recordings from the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes. The album, which entered stores on April 19th, features tracks from 14 different artists including Porcelain Raft, The Antlers, Youth Lagoon, Blues Control and British space rock band Spiritualized. The recordings from the space probes are actually of electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of various celestial bodies, according to Lefse Records. The astronomical objects featured in the album are differentiated by their elemental composition, mass and size, thereby producing the unique sounds used in the tracks. All seven pairs of songs, each tied to a different heavenly body,..

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Government approval of powdered alcohol labels was a mistake

“Palcohol,” a company that  made headlines recently for its plans to sell powdered alcohol in the US, has hit regulatory issues. After receiving label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the company has seen that endorsement revoked.  According to the Associated Press , citing a TTB representative, the approvals were issued in error. It’s not clear how or why the accidental approval occurred, but it was apparently revoked yesterday evening. The Palcohol company says it mutually agreed to surrender the approved labels to the TTB due to a discrepancy with the amount of powder contained within each bag or sachet. It also cautions that “this doesn’t mean that Palcohol isn’t approved.

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‘Sleep startup’ Casper dreams of overturning the mattress racket

“Buying a mattress is one of the worst consumer experiences in the world,” says Philip Krim. Yet, few startups have really tried to improve it — perhaps because the mattress business isn’t exactly the sexiest industry around. Buying a mattress will never be like buying an iPhone. The archetypal smarmy mattress store salesman is nothing like an Apple Store Genius

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​Apple extends free recycling to all used products – and you might get a gift card

Reiterating what the Apple CEO said at last month’s shareholder meeting, Tim Cook still wants to “leave the world better than we found it”, and nows he’s trying harder to deliver on that. Starting today, all of the company’s stores will accept any…

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Reddit’s tech community just got scolded, is no longer front page news

Thousands of self-managed forums make up Reddit’s sizable corner of the internet, but only a few dozen bear the coveted “default” status that places them on every new user’s list of subscribed communities. Now, there’s one fewer. A dramatic saga of…

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Scientists get much closer to cloning human embryos from adult stem cells

It’s relatively easy to clone embryos from the adult stem cells of simpler animals like sheep, but humans have proved challenging. Even an attempt last year only used baby cells. The process just took a gigantic step forward, though, as scientists…

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