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Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Real, And It Looks Like A Tiny Bubble-Car

We’ve known Google has been working on self-driving cars for awhile now, but all of a sudden, the project is real: last night, Google revealed a working prototype of its self-driving car. It’s a two-seater that looks something like a mashup of a Fiat 500Steve Urkel’s car, and a cartoon smiley face.

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Uber’s new competition.

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App Turns NYC Subway Maps Into Interactive Data Visualizations

If you’re a New Yorker who likes to nerd out about maps, urbanism, and data visualization, a new app called Tunnel Vision will be like poetry to your eyes. But even if you’re not into any of those things, it might make dismal waits on subway platforms a little more fun.

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Gravity Sketch Tablet Lets You Draw In Mid-Air

We’re stuck in an awkward spot. We can manufacture nearly any 3-D product we’d like. But these objects are trapped behind the 2-D computer screen we design them in.

One solution is to 3-D print a plastic mock up. A more efficient solution is a new working concept called Gravity Sketch. It’s essentially a 3-D notebook. You put on a pair of video glasses, grab the stylus, and hold a tablet in your hand. Then you draw your creation in 3-D space using augmented reality—the glasses, pen, and tablet work in concert to create a digital illusion that your drawing is floating right there in front of you. But you’re literally drawing on a 2-D surface.

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Now that Google is allowing anyone with a cool $1,500 lying around to score themselves a pair of Glass, you’ll probably start seeing a lot more tech geeks wearing headsets in public talking to themselves. Our hands-free, hyper-tethered future is well on its way! So if voice command interfacing is the wave of the future, what good is something seemingly as reductive as an input keyboard?

That was my question—and guessing I wasn’t alone—until I saw Minuum.

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Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social media site, your identity and feed can only fit into one strict template. You are but a series of unique photos trapped in an otherwise universal layout.
Tumblr wants to change that with their updated iOS and Android app, launched today. The new app will, for the first time, enable users to edit their Tumblrs on mobile devices.
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Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social media site, your identity and feed can only fit into one strict template. You are but a series of unique photos trapped in an otherwise universal layout.

Tumblr wants to change that with their updated iOS and Android app, launched today. The new app will, for the first time, enable users to edit their Tumblrs on mobile devices.

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