FiftyThree’s new Mix service invites Paper users to collaborate with each other

Some artists find inspiration in their peers’ artworks and even think it boring to draw alone. If you feel that way and you use FiftyThree’s Paper app (and maybe its Pencil stylus, as well) religiously, you can take advantage of the startup’s new service to collaborate with anyone you want. This new product is called Mix, and it’s an open platform where all users can share their work by uploading it straight from the Paper app. The latest version of Paper comes loaded with the Mix sharing option, as you can see in the video below — after you’ve uploaded your work, other members can finish it or put their own spin on it.

According to a FiftyThree rep, they’ve already seen a bunch of "incredible projects" during the beta testing phase, ranging from fun co-drawn pieces to collaborative inventions. If you want to start collaborating right now, you may want to launch Paper or to go to the Mix portal to sign up for an invitation ASAP — the startup’s sending out thousands of invites per week on a first-come-first-serve basis, letting people in by batches. By the end of October, though, the service will ultimately open its gates to the public, and everyone who signs up will instantly get an account.

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Verto Analytics Raises Another $2.4M, This Time From Open Ocean Capital

Verto Analytics, a digital media measurement company based in New York, has raised $2.4 million in additional funding from Open Ocean Capital, which was also an early investor in MySQL. Back in April this year Verto raised a $5.4 million Series A from Conor Venture Partners.
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Tweak Chrome for Android to Answer Questions in the Suggestions Box

Tweak Chrome for Android to Answer Questions in the Suggestions Box

Android: Google Chrome is a solid web browser for Android, even if it’s not the best one. OMG! Chrome discovered a neat hidden feature that makes Chrome give answers to questions in the dropdown suggestions box while searching.

Here’s what you need to do to enable it:

  • Go to chrome://flags in a new tab
  • Find the ‘Answers in Suggest’ flag
  • Tap on the dropdown box
  • Set it to ‘Enabled’
  • Relaunch the browser when prompted.

In Chrome’s omnibox URL bar, you can ask it questions like "Weather <city name>" or "When did <important event> happen" and it will give you answers in the drop-down suggestions box. It doesn’t work for everything, but when it does work, it’s pretty cool.

Chrome flags for Android also lets you speed up the browser with a simple tweak.

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Nvidia’s LTE-connected Shield gaming tablet starts shipping Sept. 30

At $399, the new version of the Shield gaming tablet is $100 more expensive than its Wi-Fi-only predecessor, but it will come with 32GBs of memory and 4G connectivity.

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The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The public restroom is not a place worth celebrating, generally speaking. It is a place of absolute necessity, awkward small talk, and worst case scenarios come true. Cintas, a company that specializes in—what else?—bathroom supplies, is dead set on changing that perception. Which is why it sponsors a contest to find the best restrooms in America.

This year marks the 13th edition of the contest, which is run in both the US and Canada, and seems like a genius way to market a company that would otherwise never come across the average consumer’s radar. Last year’s winner, as NPR reported, was a theater in Minneapolis. This year, ten other bathrooms are nominated for the award, which you can vote for here, if you’ve got a horse in this race. Everybody poops. But not everyone poops in style.


Trail Restroom in Austin, Texas

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America


Plums Café in Costa Mesa, California

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America


Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe Best-Designed Bathrooms in America


The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America


Bowl Plaza in Lucas, Kansa

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

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The Grove in Los Angeles, California

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

The Best-Designed Bathrooms in America

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10 Unique Ways To Use Microsoft OneNote

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OneNote is one of Microsoft’s most underrated apps. Not only can you jot down notes or keep to do lists, you can use a stylus to do it, convert handwritten notes to text or organise your recipe collection. OneNote is available on almost every platform, making this ridiculously useful app even more relevant. Although OneNote is available with good functionality on mobile devices, the tips below are mainly intended for running OneNote 2013 on Windows and Mac OS X. Managing Your Shopping List Ever arrived at the supermarket and found that you forgot what you went for? Even on a paper-based list, it’s easy…

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​NVIDIA’s LTE Shield tablet is finally available for pre-order

If we were to cherry-pick one major fault from our NVIDIA Shield tablet review, it would definitely be the slate’s storage space — 16GB just isn’t enough for a device built for gaming and media consumption. If you were holding off until the company put out a larger capacity version, your day has come: NVIDIA just announced that the 32GB LTE variant of the Shield is now available for pre-order. $399 buys the unlocked LTE tablet in its own right, but NVIDIA tells us that AT&T will be offering it for $299 on contract.

We dropped by NVIDIA’s Santa Clara offices for a quick demo earlier this week and found exactly what we expected: last month’s gaming tablet with lighting fast wireless connectivity. Naturally, like most LTE devices under ideal conditions, it performed admirably — successfully streaming games from NVIDIA’s GRID and a remote PC over the cellular network. The company is also announcing the availability of three new Tegra K1 optimized games: Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad and Broadsword: Age of Chivalry. Sounds good, but you’ll have to wait until next month to play if you’re ordering today — new tablets don’t start shipping out until the September 30th.

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How to start making contactless card and NFC payments on the Tube

Using contactless cards instead of an Oyster to pay your travel fare has been possible on London buses for almost two years. From today, contactless card and NFC payments will also work on the capital’s Tube, Overground, DLR and Tramlink networks, as well as on some rail services. For many commuters and regular visitors to The Smoke, using the iconic Oyster card has likely become a habit, and one you’re not too bothered about breaking. While the Oyster will continue to be an easy way to get around, there are now several other options to consider. Join us as we explore the new ways to pay — you never know, you might find one of them that little bit more convenient.

Contactless cards

No doubt you’ve used your credit or debit card to pay for the odd small transaction without entering a PIN code. That’s thanks to the RFID chip hidden inside, and just like tapping on the petrol station card reader, you can now do exactly the same at station barriers. It’s as simple as that: the gate reads the card just like it would an Oyster. The same daily fare caps are in place (this varies on the number of zones you’ve passed through) and for the new methods of contactless payment, there’s also a weekly cap that calculates the best fare based on your activity from Monday to Sunday. People have been eager to give it a go, as Transport for London (TfL) reported more than 1,605 contactless cards were used at barriers before 8am on launch day.

One of the best things about using a bank card is that you never have to top up, but as MayorWatch explains, there are other benefits to using this method. Oyster charges are calculated at the gate level, and if you forget to tap in and out of a station (particularly where there are no obvious barriers), you can be billed for a maximum fare of up to £8.60 that doesn’t factor into the daily cap. Contactless cards are treated a little differently, however, as they’re charged only once at the end of the day, and the best fare is calculated by a back-end system, not by the barriers. If you haven’t tapped in and out correctly, then TfL will attempt to fill in the gaps using your previous travel history and a bit of a guesswork based on where you could’ve gone wrong. Hopefully this’ll mean less maximum fares for you and less refund processing for TfL.

While you can now keep track of how much travel is costing you from your bank statements, you can also register your card to a TfL account, or add one to an account you already use to manage your Oyster. It’ll keep a record of your journeys from the past 12 months, and let you request a refund directly if you think you’ve been wrongly overcharged.

"Card clash" may well be the reason for a higher-than-expected fare, and TfL has been careful to highlight the danger. If you have a wallet full of debit and credit cards (and possibly even an Oyster), then it’s best not to try and tap in with it. Not only does this avoid the potential embarrassment of walking straight into the barriers because the gate doesn’t know which card to charge, but the worst-case scenario is that it picks up different cards each time. If you’d rather not pay a maximum fare on three different cards during the day, then be sure to always use the same card and not gamble with a wallet full of them.

NFC Payments

Alongside contactless cards, NFC payments are also now supported on the Tube et al after its recent introduction on London buses. Right now, though, there’s only one mobile wallet in the UK that currently works with the NFC chip inside phones. That’s EE’s Cash on Tap app, but you have to be one of the network’s customers use of it, and have a compatible handset, of which there are only a handful currently. Cash on Tap is more of an Oyster replacement, as you still need to top-up your account when you’ve depleted the available funds. Still, you won’t need to queue up at a station as that’s done from within the app, and you can also set it to add money from saved cards automatically when your virtual wallet’s running low.

NFC payments are also covered by the new weekly fare cap, not that many of you will be using the smartphone option right away, given it’s only available to EE customers with a supported device. We expect that others might be able to get in on the action eventually, but that requires the launch of more mobile wallet options. There’s a chance other networks could follow suit, though carrier-agnostic solutions like Google Wallet would be preferable (not that we’re sure the search specialist will ever release its app in the UK). Apple Pay has the potential to the resolve the issue for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, but we’ve no idea when that will be available over here. Any mobile wallet is also at the whim of companies drafted in to process the transactions, so it’s not as simple as just building an app.

There are a couple of other ways to pay for travel by NFC sans smartphone, however, as Barclays has been enthusiastic about the technology for some time. The bank’s PayTag NFC sticker, which you can attach to your phone (or anywhere else that takes your fancy), behaves much like a contactless card. It’s only available to Barclaycard customers, mind, as it’s tied directly to their account. That means you don’t have top it up like you do with Cash on Tap, making it a pretty convenient option if you’re still rocking old cards with no contactless support.

Barclays has also announced it’s releasing a fresh batch of bPay bands that can get you through Tube barriers or onto the top deck of the bus. The wrist-worn wearable includes an NFC chip, and works like a mobile wallet, in that you replenish funds using an online account. Any Visa or Mastercard can be used to top it up, too, so it’s not exclusive to Barclays customers. It’s been trialled at numerous events and festivals before now, and the bank is giving away another 10,000 on a first-come, first-served basis to celebrate its compatibility with much of London’s transport network. You can register your interest here, and if successful, you’ll receive a free bPay band sometime during September. Barclays told us the plan is for a wider launch of the wearable early next year, but there’s no word on how much it might cost those who didn’t get in on the promotional roll-out.

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Boogey Boy Review

It looks delightful but lack of Game Center support and more variety really affects the fun that Boogey Boy offers.

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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

jralls (537436) writes The New York Times broke a story [Monday] (paywalled if you look at more than 10 stories a month) about ToDo, "an open group of companies who run open source programs" who are seeking to "committed to working together in order to overcome" the challenges of using FOSS, "including ensuring high-quality and frequent releases, engaging with developer communities, and using and contributing back to other projects effectively." The more militant among us will read that as "It’s not enough getting a free ride off of developers building great software, we want to shove our roadmap down their throats and get them to work harder for us — without having to pay for it, of course." That might be a bit harsh, but none of the companies on the page are exactly well known for cooperating with the projects they use, with Google being one of the worst offenders by forking both Linux and WebKit.

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