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Tech

MakerBot’s technology of the future grapples with its rocky past

 Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he’s got the company’s new line down, pat. His voice rarely raises above a whisper during our conversation, but he speaks thoughtfully and pragmatically. He speaks of a company that’s humbled.… Read More

Architecture

Concrete thinking’s in fashion at Brussels’ brutalist Jam Hotel

Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capital

Brussels is a city of grand townhouses and art nouveau. Yet plonked in the middle of the Belgian capital, on a nondescript street corner, has appeared a hotel that looks like downtown LA had it been swallowed by lava. An old 1970s art college has been redesigned and rebuilt, by people who usually make film sets, to become the oddest, most fashionable, most affordable stopover in Europe.

The reception desk is held up by a pair of motorcycles dipped in concrete – above it rest maquettes, Paolozzi-like little bricks of angles and texture. Three guests under 10 years old leap joyfully between leather sofas and concrete benches while they wait for their parents to check into one of the Supra rooms which sleep five, one up by the ceiling, in what they call a “cabine bed”.

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Business

3 Tips on How to Choose Which Petrol Stations to Use

Petrol prices have been surging in Singapore as of late. According to Global Petrol Prices, a liter of petrol averaged S$2.01 in Singapore during the last week of February, 2017. This is up from S$1.96 in January 2017 and S$1.91 during November 2016. While this level of petrol prices is low relative to 2015 or 2013, it still represents a 5% increase in petrol prices in just 3-4 months, a meaningful spike in cost of living for Singaporeans. As such, consumers must be careful when they are trying to decide where to fill up their cars. But does it really matter which petrol station you should visit? Below, we analyze different aspects of the 4 main petrol companies in Singapore, and help you narrow down your decision making process. With this, you can be confident that you are not losing out on additional savings by driving the extra few blocks to a different petrol stations. Petrol Prices As of 21 Feb 2017, prices for 92 and 95 octane petrol were similar across the 4 companies, though Shell does not provide a 92 octane product. These prices below represent the “gross” price that you see being advertised at the pumps, and […]

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Business

Marc Gasol hits game-winner as Grizzlies overcome Kawhi Leonard’s ‘offensive manifesto’ to improbably tie series

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The Memphis Grizzlies pulled off a thrilling 110-108 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in what may have been the best game of the NBA playoffs to tie the series 2-2.

Marc Gasol played hero for the Grizzlies, hitting a running jumper with .7 seconds left to play to put the Grizzlies up for good.

In the process, the Grizzlies seemingly stole a game from the Spurs as Kawhi Leonard put on an offensive clinic, scoring 43 points on 14-30 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three assists, and six steals.

Leonard scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined, single-handedly keeping the Spurs in the game with what ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco referred to on air as an “offensive manifesto.” In the fourth quarter, Leonard hit two go-ahead shots in the final minute (the Grizzlies evened it up both times) and hit back-to-back threes in the final 23 seconds, bringing the Spurs back to tie the game, setting up Gasol’s final shot.

Ultimately, however, it was Gasol’s big shot that tied the series.

Days ago, it appeared as if Memphis may not make a Game 5 trip back to San Antonio. The Spurs soundly beat the Grizzlies in Game 1 and 2, with referees drawing the ire of Grizzlies coach David Fizdale after Game 2 when he blasted the the officiating as being one-sided.

The move seems to have inspired the Grizzlies, who offered to pay Fizdale’s $30,000 fine. Memphis has rebounded with big performances from Gasol and Mike Conley, playing their trademark “grit-and-grind” style of offense and defense, taking the Spurs out of their comfort zone.

As improbable as a tied series seemed after Game 2, the Grizzlies ensured they will be playing at least one more game at home when they’ll go back to Memphis for Game 6. 

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Entertainment

How Is Sex Portrayed by Love Songs?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. The other day I heard my teenage daughter belting out the lyrics to a startling, but familiar, song, owning the music, so to speak, with her own mesmerizing torch-ballad twist […]

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Architecture

Man returns home to overjoyed mom after biking around the world for 7 years

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Englishman Leigh Timmis set off on a wild adventure seven years ago.

And by wild we mean he was determined to ride his bike for two years around the world. That ambitious timeline quickly fell to the wayside as he realized how daunting the challenge would be to actually traverse the globe.

Timmis’ journey came to an emotional end Saturday when he arrived home in Derby, England, hopped off his bike, and jumped into a sweet embrace with his mom, who he hadn’t seen since 2014. 

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis' adventure finally ends.

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis’ adventure finally ends.

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Entertainment

YouTube fix brings 12 million videos back to Restricted Mode

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Following the outcry back in March over YouTube’s Restricted Mode, a feature that screens for “mature content,” and how it filtered out some LGBTQ videos on the site, the company first attempted to explain the issue before they ultimately apologized.

YouTube’s words were nice, but the YouTube community wanted action. Now YouTube says it has fixed the Restricted Mode issue that hid certain LGBTQ-related videos while in Restricted Mode. 

“After a thorough investigation, we started making several improvements to Restricted Mode,” reads a message from posted by Johanna Wright, YouTube’s vice president of product management, on the company’s blog on Friday.  Read more…

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Business

How to pick the right camera for 360 video

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Yes, those 360-degree videos you see sometimes on YouTube and Facebook are purty, not just because they’re new and shiny, but because they’re more immersive than even the most stunning two-dimensional Instagram images. But how do those video wizards create them, you may ask?

Although some of those videos were definitely created using very expensive and sophisticated cameras, it’s absolutely possible to create your own 360 videos easily — and cheaply. 

But before we get into specifics, it’s important to understand what 360 video is and isn’t. First: It’s not “virtual reality.” An experience isn’t truly VR unless it has an interactive element. Ideally, that interactivity will come with an interface or controls that allow you to truly engage the environment and control your position and perspective in it, rather than simply allowing you to passively look around at panoramic video imagery.  Read more…

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