Finnish mobile maker Jolla has opened up additional pre-orders for its forthcoming Sailfish tablet. It said today that a “limited” batch of additional slates is now available to pre-order via its online shop — costing €267 for the 32GB version, or €299 for the 64GB model. (Prices vary by country, depending on VAT.) Read More
GiphyCam gives anyone with an iPhone the ability to both make and star in their own GIFs.
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1. OMG, I have an Apple Watch!
2. Ahh, it’s so preeeetty.
3. Okay, stop staring at it. What do I do with this thing?
4. What is this bull’s-eye-looking thing? Oh—I guess they’re Apple’s “activity goals:” “move,” “exercise,” and “stand.”
5. My rings are looking pretty weak right now. Hmm…let’s start with “stand.”
6. Oh my gosh, am I supposed to stand for 12 hours a day? Ohhh, I see. Just one minute per hour, for 12 hours throughout the day.
7. Should I adjust my “move” goal? It says 550 calories right now. I can totally do better than that. Let’s do 850! I got this.
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8. Wait, I’m going to barre tonight. Eight hundred fifty calories is a little aggressive. Let’s do 550. No, wait, 650. No, 550. K, 600.
9. Done. Now let’s see how this “exercise” thing works. Hmm…let’s try jumping jacks!
10. Hell yes! Fifteen calories burned, two minutes of exercise down. Sa-weeet.
11. Crap, I’m going to have to do a lot more than that if I want to hit my goal…let’s speed walk to Starbucks.
12. How does it know when I’m looking at it? The screen just pops on. I wish my lamp would do that at home. And my hot shower water. And…okay, enough.
13. Why, yes, attractive man in line next to me. This is an Apple Watch, and yes, I am loving it. Especially right now.
14. What does it do besides track stuff, you ask, hot guy? Note to self: Must watch tutorial.
15. Oh, you want me to show you? Okay, here’s where you can send animated emoji. Here’s where you can see my activity…
16. Shit, he’s judging me because I’m not very close to my goals right now. That’s it, I’m officially becoming a morning exerciser to get a jumpstart on these.
17. Time to pay for my iced tea…I think I’ll use Apple Pay and just touch my watch to the screen. BECAUSE I CAN.
18. I think I’ll take the stairs in my building. Four minutes closer to completing the “exercise” ring…
19. Am I too obsessed with these rings? Does everyone look at them five times an hour?
20. What’s that buzzing? Oh! My sister is calling.
21. Whoa, I’m talking into my wrist while walking down the office hallway. I feel like a Power Ranger! So badass.
22. Okay, I actually feel like a Power Ranger. Maybe I should save this for more private moments.
23. Maybe I’ll walk to the barre studio tonight. How’s my “move” ring coming along?
24. Definitely walking to the barre studio.
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25. I’m a little early to class; that’s unusual. I’ll send a fist bump emoji to my friend while I pee. Wait, seriously, Apple Watch? My phone is too far away to process the message? That’s stupid. I’m about to start class, and I need to fist bump!
26. My watch is flicking on my wrist right as I’m pulsing my right ankle behind my left knee. Must be a text message. Guess my fist bump finally went through. Resist the urge to look at it. Resist the urge!
27. Another flick. I can’t not look!
28. Oh, It’s just my dad. I’ll call him after. K, no more looking.
29. Wait, another flick. An Instagram Like. How do I shut this thing up? I can’t focus on tucking my pelvis.
30. Okay, just ignore it. I can do that. Will power. Tuck, tuck, squeeze glutes, ignore wrist, tuck, tuck.
31. It’s a notification, not a text. “You reached your ‘exercise’ goal, Marissa. Nicely done!” And I won an “award” for completing my first workout with the watch: a gold star that now shows up on my phone under “achievements.” I love gold stars!
32. Class is finally over. Now, where’s a tech-loving hottie when you need one? I have so much to show him!
33. Oh, hey, girl by locker 23. You have an Apple Watch, too?! Instant besties.
34. WTF. I Still haven’t met my “move” goal. That’s it—I’m running home!
35. YES. All three rings complete—and then some.
36. I think I’ll get up early tomorrow and go for a three-miler. Great day together, Apple Watch. Let’s tuck you in next to iPhone and charge you up for tomorrow.
AptAmigo, the first free apartment search tool that uses real, comprehensive resident reviews to help potential renters choose their ideal apartment, launched today in Chicago. The website offers detailed descriptions of Chicago neighborhoods and already contains thousands of reviews written by current and former residents.
Each building has an overall rating based on a five-star system, as well as individual ratings for for the community, in-unit experience, building amenities, security, and management. You can also find detailed feedback on things like nearby restaurants and stores, building safety, Internet quality, and shower pressure.
“It can be overwhelming to move in a city as large as Chicago with dozens of neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own charm and personality,” said Dan Willenborg, co-founder and CEO. “We help people find apartments they love by providing comprehensive neighborhood guides and building reviews that disclose important details that can make or break a living experience. Noise pollution, cell service, and elevator wait times aren’t always apparent after touring a unit or surrounding neighborhood, but can have a huge impact on renter satisfaction. Our users know what it’s like to live in a building before they move in.”
Apartment hunters can filter listings by preferences including neighborhood, price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and amenities. Search results can then be sorted by ratings or price. Each apartment building on AptAmigo has a profile, which provides the number of available units, photos, and floor plans. Users can also connect directly with a leasing agent or broker through the site.
The goal of AptAmigo is to streamline the process of finding the perfect apartment, putting more than 80 percent of Chicago’s high rises at your fingertips.
Check it out here.
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It seems like everyone’s working on a new project these days. Whether you hear your friend is starting a new business, or you’re burning the midnight oil to make your passion project come to life after working the dayshift at your job, we live in a world fascinated by success. For many of us, starting […]
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Algorithms are used “everywhere”, but because they’re unseen and working in the background, have you ever considered just how they come into and out of your life? So, how exactly are algorithms influencing your day-to-day decisions? Let’s start with some background. Simply put, an algorithm is a set of rules or instructions that a computer […]
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Unfaithful partner? Give that S.O.B. the flick and move on with the help of a new dating site: Fidelity Dating. As the name suggests, Fidelity Dating is for people who’ve suffered from a relationship with a cheating partner. Because you might feel a little nervous about dating again, this dating site actually makes its users […]
What an epic question this is: to learn to code vs learning a foreign language. Most people are likely to have an immediate opinion one way or the other, but can usually point out the advantages of both. However the steps and advantages to learning how to code and learning a foreign language are more […]
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Never worry about oversleeping ever again, because now you’ll be too busy worrying about something else completely. YouTube Colin Furze has invented a kooky bed that wakes you up by throwing you out. Called the ‘High Voltage Ejector Bed’, the invention uses an air compressor that powers two pistons, which send the bed launching up. […]
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Regardless of whether or not you consider yourself a digital native, learning about tech is important. But learning some basic tech skills doesn’t have to mean selling your soul, or changing your lifestyle. To some, learning about tech isn’t an appealing proposition. People boycott new releases or cling to their brick phones in a statement […]
Bangkok-based designer Pierre Cerveau brings back childhood memories after he released a glorious concept: the Smart Boy, a Nintendo Game Boy-inspired smartphone. What sets it apart from smartphones currently out on the market is that it integrates modern-day technology with nostalgia. For instance, it features a power-saving 8-bit mode; an attachable ‘Game Bat’ controller, which […]
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In the age of social media, link shortening services have become ubiquitous. But many brands have grown tired of sharing the same old Bit.ly and TinyURL links, instead opting to use their own branded shortlinks.
Branded shortlinks not only take up less space—they also look neater and more professional.
Bit.ly and other platforms offer this as a service, but they typically charge a pretty penny to do so. In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can start operating your own branded URL shortener absolutely free.
Ready? Let’s dive in.
Get A Short Domain
The first step to setting up a custom URL shortener, of course, is to get your hands on a short domain name.
Remember: it needs to be short, or it defeats the purpose—but it should also reflect your brand. Check out these examples:
VentureBreak uses vbreak.co
The New York Times uses nyti.ms
TechCrunch uses tcrn.ch
The Next Web uses tnw.to
If you get stuck, I highly recommend using Domainr to help you find the perfect domain hack.
Install Your Own URL Shortener (YOURLS)
Once you’ve got yourself a nice, short domain name, you’ll want to install YOURLS (Your Own URL Shortener). It’s a nifty set of PHP scripts that do everything you want your URL shortener to do. Just follow these steps:
Download and unzip the YOURLS installation package here.
Copy user/config-sample.php to user/config.php.
Open user/config.php in a text editor and fill in the required information.
Upload the files to the root folder of your new domain.
Create a new database, making sure to match the credentials you added to user/config.php.
At this point, you should be able to see the admin panel at yourdomain.com/admin.
Note: some web hosts offer a one-click install option for YOURLS, so you may want to use that method instead.
Congrats! You’ve installed YOURLS on your server, and your URL shortener is ready to go.
Using Your URL Shortener
So, you’ve got your shiny new URL shortener up and running—but what can you do with it?
Of course you can generate short links manually at yourdomain.com/admin at any time, but YOURLS can do a lot more.
Using The API
If you’re savvy and so-inclined, you can utilize the YOURLS API to automate some off-site tasks. Check out the documentation here, and grab your unique token from yourdomain.com/admin/tools.php.
If you’re publishing with WordPress, you may want to give the Better YOURLS plugin a try. It automatically generates a shortlink for each new published post, and it replaces the default wp_shortlink shortlinks with YOURLS links, making it easy to use them on your site.
A number of social sharing plugins also offer built-in support for YOURLS. If you’re using a plugin that supports wp_shortlink but not YOURLS, you can solve that problem with the Better YOURLS plugin as well.
YOURLS offers some handy bookmarklets that make it easy to generate shortlinks and share them. Head over to yourdomain.com/admin/tools.php and drag them to your toolbar—then just click them when you need them.
If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below!
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eBay today confirmed that it has agreed to sell its Enterprise unit to a consortium led by private-equity firm Permira for $925 million.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the company has been looking to sell the Enterprise division since the beginning of the year.
eBay Enterprise took a blow last week when Toys ‘R’ Us announced that it plans to take its business elsewhere within a year.
This news comes just one day before eBay will officially split PayPal into a separate publicly-traded company. With eBay Enterprise and PayPal out of the way, eBay will soon be free to start fresh as a standalone company.
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