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“Bing For Schools” Becomes “Bing In The Classroom” & Makes Program Available To All Schools

Originally launched in August of last year as Bing for Schools, the new Bing in the Classroom program has moved out of its pilot phase and is now available to all US schools, grades K through 12. For participating schools, the free program offers ad-free and safe searches, daily lesson plans, as…



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Google Makes Linking Adwords Accounts Easier With New Bulk Linking Feature

Today Google announced a new bulk linking feature that allows Google Adwords account users to link all of their accounts with a quick click of a button. Google said the new “linking wizard” will be available to anyone who has access to an Adwords MCC (client center) with multiple…



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Twitter Makes It Easy To Search For Tweets By A Specific Date

If you’ve ever wanted to go back and time and see what was being tweeted about on a […]

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Matt Southern is a marketing, communications and public relations professional. He provides strategic digital marketing services at an agency called Bureau in Ontario, Canada. He has a bachelors degree in communication and an unparalleled passion for helping businesses get their message out.

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Twitter Makes It Easy To Search For Tweets By A Specific Date by @mattsouthern

If you’ve ever wanted to go back and time and see what was being tweeted about on a specific date, Twitter has made it easier than ever for you to do that. Twitter has added the ability to search by date using their advanced search feature Maybe you’d like to go back and see what […]

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Matt Southern is a marketing, communications and public relations professional. He provides strategic digital marketing services at an agency called Bureau in Ontario, Canada. He has a bachelors degree in communication and an unparalleled passion for helping businesses get their message out.

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With Fancy Footwork, Microsoft Makes Windows Sort Of Free

Microsoft’s dilemma is clear: It makes billions of dollars off its storied Windows operating system, a legend in building a business on a computing platform.

Yet it is besieged everywhere by competitors who give away operating systems, like Google with Android, or package them into hardware, like Apple with its Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It also faces a host of new, cheap, Internet-connected devices are running on non-Windows operating systems, which are typically open source and hence free of charge.

On Wednesday morning, in San Francisco at its Build conference for developers, Microsoft unveiled its response: It’s making Windows free. Sort of.

A Very PC Tax

Not on PCs, its historic moneymaker. But Windows will be free for Internet-connected devices, a move that Microsoft accidentally telegraphed by unveiling a website for Windows On Devices on Tuesday.

Windows will also be free for smartphones and tablets with screen sizes smaller than 9 inches, a move that reserves larger tablets—which can substitute for desktop PCs or laptops—as devices Microsoft will still charge for.

So how will Microsoft make money? The company seems to be betting that it will make money by hosting data and code on its Azure cloud services, selling apps like its Office suite, and also offering its own hardware through its pending acquisition of Nokia.

The move seems to put longtime partners like Dell and HP, which must still pay a Windows tax on PC desktops and laptops, at a disadvantage. But it also seems inevitable.

Photo of Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore dancing on a Windows-powered piano by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite

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South Korean ‘Diva’ Makes $9000 a Month Eating on Camera – TIME

South Korean 'Diva' Makes $9000 a Month Eating on Camera
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On a Sunday evening last month, I watched her gobble up $300 worth of prime beef, alongside an armful of grilled zucchini, mushroom, pepper, eggplant and pumpkin. Her second course: six fresh, blue crabs piled on a mound of greens and bathed in a clear …

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Twitter Makes It Easy To Watch Videos In Tweets


Twitter is rolling out a new feature that makes it easier to view videos shared on the service, the New York Times reports. Like photos, in-line videos will begin to automatically preview in the timeline, and you can view them in fullscreen by clicking on the play button overlaid on the video.

Short videos shared using Twitter’s Vine service already had these features. Significantly, these new videos appear to be designed to run directly on Twitter; while there’s a link to the original video on the NBA website buried in the code of Twitter’s website, it appears to run in a wrapper designed to keep the user on Twitter rather than clicking through to play the video on NBA.com. Twitter had previously only hosted users’  photos on its site, relying on third-party services like YouTube or Vimeo for videos.

The National Basketball Association was one of the first to use the tool. During Wednesday’s evening games, the NBA posted videos taken directly from the live games and encouraged those who clicked on the video to “watch live now.” A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the company is starting this test with Twitter Amplify partners, including the NBA, and all users can see the new video previews on mobile apps and twitter.com.

The new feature could appeal to advertisers and TV partners Twitter has worked to bolster relationships with. The company is putting an increased focus on visual content, including adding inline image previews last fall. The goal appears to be to capitalize on the “second screen” experience, where people use Twitter on smartphones or tablets while watching television shows.

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Google Makes It Official: It’s New Search Results Look Live For All

A day after Google said the new look was still an experiment, it has decided that the experiment was good enough to make for an official change. Now everyone should be getting the new design. Jon Wiley, Google’s lead design for Google Search, said on Google+, “you may have noticed that…



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‘Soft Electronics’ Makes Wearable Computing Something You’d Actually Wear

During New York Social Media Week 2014, soft electronics rocked the spotlight. During Tech In Motion’s Wearable Technology Fashion Show, models showed off accessories and clothing that lit up, matched moods, and collected or displayed personal data.

The softer side of wearable technology hides LED lights, battery packs, electronic devices, and even actual computers like the Raspberry Pi, in the folds of clothing fabric. Designers stitch up their concepts—part computer, part craft—with conductive thread. This isn’t just wearable tech—it’s sewable tech.

In a world where Google Glass and Pebble rule the day, it’s easy to overlook their softer cousins just over the horizon. It’s not their heyday yet, but they’re clearly on the way.

The Soft Spot Of Soft Wearables

Sensoree's GER Mood Sweater.

Sensoree's GER Mood Sweater.

Look no further than Fashion Week. London-based CuteCircuit debuted its line of glowing iPhone-controlled dresses and suits. CuteCircuit, which has already made waves by designing high-tech gowns for celebrities, is the first wearable electronics company to present a line at Fashion Week.

The fashion industry is clearly warming to wearable tech. Recent examples include Intel’s partnership with fashion house Opening Ceremony to create a “smart bracelet” and Fitbit’s collaboration with Tory Burch to make chic versions of its fitness tracker. 

So far, though, much of that activity involves “hard” accessories like bracelets. Actual clothing items, like Sporty Supahero, a light-up cycling jacket, or body metric tracker Hexoskin, are still highly expensive prototypes. What gives?

“It’s hard to make wearable tech washable,” said Kristin Neidlinger of Sensoree. “So far, electronics in fabric are tricky and delicate.”

Don’t Wash Me

Neidlinger designed a series of Mood Sweaters for the Wearable Technology Fashion Show, which are designed to help people with sensory processing disorders wear their feelings on the outside; the sweater is designed to change color to reflect the wearer’s mood. But since they’re netted with LED lights and conductive thread, they are currently dry-clean only. 

There’s also the issue of battery packs, which can be large and unwieldy, sometimes creating an unsightly lump.

“It’d be great to take a CuteCircuits outfit apart to see where they hide the battery pack,” said Leslie Birch of Geisha Teku. Birch’s fashion show creation, the Florabrella, is a Blade Runner inspired umbrella with LED lights that change color to match the user’s outfit. 

One of Birch’s solutions? To hide the battery holder inside a T-shirt tag. The LED Sequin that Birch uses in this project is hand-washable. But there’s still no way to toss conductive clothing in the wash. 

Soft electronics are lighting up the runway, but it’ll be a while until they’re in our closets. Designers know what the problems are, but they don’t have solutions yet. 

A Thriving DIY Community

If you can’t wait for soft wearables to get here, you’re not alone. Thousands of do-it-yourself minded makers have taken the craft into their own hands. 

“I think a lot of it has to do with customization,” said Birch. “If people want their electronic clothing to look cookie cutter, they’d go to Old Navy and buy the hoodie with the built in earbuds. I can make something that nobody else has.”

One of the largest communities is at Adafruit, a DIY electronics hobby company. The company’s director of wearable electronics, Becky Stern, comes up with products, tutorials, and contests each #WearableWednesday on the community blog. 

Stern got started in soft electronics in college, when she took a class on making wireless toys. In part thanks to things like the Adafruit Beginner LED Sewing Kit, it’s easier than ever for people of all ages to get started making wearable technology, no prior engineering knowledge required. 

“Building electronics with your hands is certainly a fun brain exercise, but adding crafting into the mix really stretches your creativity,” said Stern. “Sewing is fun and relaxing, and adorning a plush toy, prom dress, or hat with a circuit of tiny parts can make you feel like you’re some kind of futuristic fashion designer.”

Just like Internet of Things tinkerers have the Raspberry Pi and Arduino Uno as tools of choice, the soft electronics community also has adapted devices specifically for this hobby.

The Lilypad Arduino is a set of sewable electronic pieces developed by MIT Media Lab professor Leah Buechley. It’s smaller and flatter than an Arduino Uno, and is especially designed to be stitched to fabric with conductive thread. Buechley herself showed off its abilities with a biking jacket capable of LED turn signals just over your shoulder blades. 

Adafruit's FLORA.

Adafruit's FLORA.

A similar platform is Adafruit’s FLORA, which the company released just last year. FLORA can be daisy chained with various sensors for GPS, motion, and light. On release, its touchstone project was a sparkle skirt that lights up when you move

There aren’t any hard numbers on the DIY wearables community, but it’s clear from browsing members’ projects on Instructables that this group is far broader than your typical collection of electrical engineers. Stern also noted that there are 10,000 copies of FLORA in the wild, and the company ships them worldwide.

According to Stern, it’s simple. Make electronics touchable, and watch them take off.

“Playing with sensors and conductive textiles breaks electronics out of their hard shells and makes them more relatable,” she said. 

Lilypad Arduino embroidery photo by Becky Stern; inline photos courtesy of Adafruit, Sensoree

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New Google Search Layout Has No Underlines, Makes Titles Bigger

Many Google users in Europe are seeing a new variety of search results. The redesign makes it harder to distinguish paid from organic results, increases the font size for titles, removes underlines from links, and uses a hard to read gray text.

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