02 Jul

Record purists -- those devotees of vintage sound recordings -- could possibly be horrified by the news: No, vinyl isn't dead. But it has been reincarnated. As frames for glasses.

Then again, re-purposing vinyl as something useful could keep some less valuable platters from ending up in a landfill. And the frames that are being made out of the records come with the additional benefit of being specially designed as art objects in and of themselves. Proving there is life after show biz after all.

A Hungarian company called Vinylize has been manufacturing the designer frames for about the last ten years. Several different styles are available for purchase on the company's web site. Prices are around €330, or roughly $450 USD.

01 Jul

For a while, Instagram seemed to be the darling of the social media world, with younger users flocking to the site to post pictures of their every waking move. Then came Vine.

Owned by Twitter, Vine is a video-sharing social media site that allows users to easily put together and upload six-minute video clips. Not to be undone, Facebook's Instagram, owned by Facebook, recently announced the addition of video clips to its photo-sharing service. But Instagram's new service lacks usability--one of the top tests for customer engagement.

29 Jun

At the rate that 3D printing technologies are progressing, the next new thing might just be home-generated atoms and molecules.

The latest? A group of scientists from the University of Illinois and Harvard have come up with a 3D printer than can churn out Li-ION microbatteries -- stacks of electrodes that are smaller in width than a human hair. And which, despite their size, can be used to power various microdevices. Like, say, medical gizmos implanted in a human body. Or insect-like robots.

The group has published an online article, 3D Printing of Interdigitated Li-Ion Microbattery Architectures, in Advanced Materials, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

28 Jun

Photos rumored to be of the hottest, not-yet-released Apple product surface so routinely that you have to wonder if it's all part of a larger marketing ploy.

The latest? Shots of the iPhone "5s", a prototype evidently similar enough to the iPhone 5 that Apple-watchers have already dubbed it "5s", as the iPhone 4's immediate successor was similarly titled.

27 Jun

Google's announcement that it was discontinuing its RSS Feed service, Google Reader, seems to have set off a flurry of activity among technology providers. AOL is just the latest company to announce it will be providing an RSS Feed, inviting users to its AOL Reader this week. The company described the page as putting "all your favorite websites, in one place."

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