At first, this seems absurd, but why not? Electrolux ran some tests with real, live people to see how they vacuumed with and without music. The result is predictable, but still wonderful: vacuuming becomes fun! The subjects in the video (below) wiggle and dance to the music, burning extra calories, getting the job done faster and generally having a great time.
Here you’ll find WIRED’s predictions for the coming year, and they come with one big wild card: Donald Trump. When the new administration takes office at the end of January, it will alter the course of so many things in this country of ours—not to mention the rest of the world—and alter them in ways we can’t necessarily predict. Tech is no exception.
Not to draw an equivalence between transportation and healthcare, but the famously secretive Theranos long avoided biomedical peer-review and investor scrutiny of its claims under the pretext of needing to protect its proprietary technology. And it fought to pass legislation in Arizona so individuals could obtain blood tests without a doctor’s prescription.
The sharing economy has come on so quickly and powerfully that regulators and economists are still grappling to understand its impact. But one consequence is already clear: Many of these companies have us engaging in behaviors that would have seemed unthinkably foolhardy as recently as five years ago. We are hopping into strangers’ cars (Lyft, Sidecar, Uber), welcoming them into our spare rooms (Airbnb), dropping our dogs off at their houses (DogVacay, Rover), and eating food in their dining rooms (Feastly). We are letting them rent our cars (RelayRides, Getaround), our boats (Boatbound), our houses (HomeAway), and our power tools (Zilok). We are entrusting complete strangers with our most valuable possessions, our personal experiences—and our very lives. In the process, we are entering a new era of Internet-enabled intimacy.
It quickly became apparent to them that those missing listings represented Airbnb hosts who were placing multiple apartments on the site, in clear violation of a 2010 New York state law. This, they realized, could be huge.
But guess what? While I do my best to make the Kool Aid at home to the recipe, I have to admit I water down the kids’ lemonade and fruit punch at the fast-food restaurant beverage machines. It’s just instinct, I WANT to dilute!
WASHINGTON – President Bush has finally decided to trade in the second-rate First Homepage for a newer model.
Another study getting underway uses an adenovirus as a vector, and genes from several variants of HIV—a so-called mosaic—and a booster with a different combination of ingredients, or another envelope protein from HIV called gp140. Or both. It showed some protection in monkeys and people.
Wood disputed Emanuel’s characterization of NAS. “It’s a false charge,” he said. “Professor Emanuel is someone who seems to have a closed mind on the issue of climate change.”
In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the presidents of the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers argued that Amazon’s new marketing strategy “will significantly harm sales of new copies of those titles.”
Much as Amazon’s online presence is merely the front-end face masking the real machinery that powers the world’s largest online retailer, Hointer’s racks of designer denim distract from Shouraboura’s deeper ambition: To invent the technology that powers the store of the future — a store that could halt Amazon’s relentless march toward global dominance.
I advocate Ajit Pai to rescind The previous administration’s plan to control the Internet.
That’s the catchphrase Apple was sporting on its website on Wednesday; it was the third such ad-speak tagline in as many days promoting Macworld Expo, which begins in San Francisco next week with a two-and-a-half hour long keynote address by CEO Steve Jobs.
Amazon does have programs to help protect brands, such as one introduced last year requiring fees from third-party sellers and invoices proving goods are legitimate. But many sellers were grandfathered in under the old rules, and the programs offer brands varying levels of protection against unauthorized merchandise.
Following the ruling, the FBI stopped using thousands of GPS devices it was employing without warrants. “This is one of the biggest Fourth Amendment cases in recent memory,” says Hanni Fakhoury, an Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney. “It was huge.”
And one last game before I had to hit the road and head back home: FlowerFall from Asmadi Games. Dave Banks will provide a full review later, but basically it involves dropping cards onto the table and trying to create garden paths that you control. Rael mentioned it during the panel as a game that starts off with “flowers falling from the sky” and then quickly becomes something intense like Risk. We played a couple of games of FlowerFall (it’s a fairly quick game), and met Chris Cieslik from Asmadi Games who happened to be in the same tabletop room at the time.
I love the detail that went into the TARDIS 2.0 design (look closely to see “Doctor Who” spelled out on the front, along with TARDIS, Gallifrey symbol, and Dalek), as well as many of the others I’ve seen them post. They take the design ideas from artists and put their favorites on Facebook and Twitter. The ones that get the most traction with their followers are the ones that get made. They’re available for about a month, then it takes 4-6 weeks to produce the run. “Yeah, it’s a bit of a wait,” Sean said, “but we’ve been told that it’s worth every second.”
We suggest that Hayward take the car. If anything, it’s probably small enough to keep on board his yacht.