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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Technology

Hitachi is building the world's faster elevator: 95 floors in 43 seconds

48 minutes ago - Engadget
In 2016, Hitachi will take over Toshiba's title as the maker of the fastest elevator in the world. The Japanese company's slated to install two lifts that move at a swift 45mph inside China's Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, currently under by Mariella Moon

Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

50 minutes ago - Techcrunch
 Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I'd feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertain... by Catherine Shu

Apple Sells iPhones To Reanimate The Pixies

1 hour 22 minutes ago - Techcrunch
 One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More by Matthew Panzarino

Intel's next Thunderbolt port can handle two 4K displays at once

1 hour 32 minutes ago - Engadget
There's a good reason why the Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports: current Thunderbolt tech isn't powerful enough to drive more than one 4K display per port. Future computers shouldn't face that limitation, though. VR-Zone has leaked a presentation by Jon Fingas

What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

1 hour 30 minutes ago - Techcrunch
 “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is... by Alexia Tsotsis

Pure Storage puts away $225M to deliver data super-fast

1 hour 55 minutes ago - Venture Beat
Above: Pure Storage's flash storage hardware.Image Credit: Pure StorageThe flash-storage mob has returned. Investors have dropped $225 million into Pure Storage, a company that sells fast-acting flash-storage boxes for data centers. And now Pure carries a pre-money valuation in excess of $3 billion, the company said in a release it issued tonight... by Jordan Novet

2k Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdown

2 hours 31 minutes ago - Engadget
Gamespy's impending server shut-down might be cutting off Wii and DS multiplayer at the head, but not all games have to suffer this fate: PC publishers are starting to migrate their multiplayer servers to new platforms. Three of EA's Battlefield by Sean Buckley

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

3 hours 23 minutes ago - Engadget
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 by Mariella Moon

Y Combinator’s ‘New Deal’ for startups: More money, same 7% equity

4 hours 4 minutes ago - Venture Beat
After so many changes in the last few weeks, Y Combinator has announced yet another one. This time, it’s shaking up the investments its startups receive. The accelerator just announced that starting with the next batch of startups, it will be investing a total of $120,000 into each startup for 7 percent in equity. It was previously investing an a... by Kia Kokalitcheva

Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

4 hours 1 minute ago - Engadget
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 by Mat Smith

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