In the wake of Neal Stephenson’s failed Kickstarter game, terms get an update. http://ift.tt/eA8V8J
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This week we’re seeing a lot of updates of existing apps to new shiny iOS 8 alternatives, but the other platforms are getting a lot of love as well. Here’s some of the apps you might of missed during the iOS 8 rush.
My Maps isn’t exactly a new app. It was a much-loved web app (named Maps Engine Lite) that didn’t get enough TLC, but Google has given it an overhaul. Now users can add custom icons and more descriptions and images and with the new Android App and can access all these creations on the go. [Free]
Horizon finally comes to Android and aims to abolish one thing—those terrible moments when you find that perfect video online, only to have in playback in….portrait. Of course, the reason this is such a popular vice is because holding a phone in portrait is much more natural than landscape. With only a little sacrifice in quality (more image shake depending on the camera), you can shoot whichever way without worry. [
Stream takes the entire photographic world of Getty Images and makes it easily (and legally) shareable on any of your iDevices. Using Getty Images’ API, the app lets you stream and search images, play slideshows, and set up custom alerts when new images are added. Also, the app is built with iOS 8 and Yosemite in mind so it looks pretty snazzy. [Free]
If you don’t have OneNote for iOS yet—now’s the time. This week Microsoft updated its stellar note-taking app for Apple devices by adding share extension, hassle-free photo saving, and a bevy other other features. However, you only get all these software goodies if you’re completely up to date with iOS 8. [
Storage options seem to multiple everyday. Whether in the cloud or on your local device, Media Explorer tries to being a little order to the chaos by pulling all your file data into one location as well as allowing you to move content among different services. [
Unfortunately this app isn’t available—yet. This is just a reminder to make sure it’s on your radar. As we all probably expected, Xbox’s Phil Spencer promised that it would be bringing its newest acquisition, Minecraft, to Windows Phone. During the original announcement, there’s was no mention of Windows Phone being considered as a possible platform, but Spencer’s words say otherwise. With no firm release date yet, all we can say is it’s on its way.
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Hiding currency in the Dark Wallet
A story at the Los Angeles Times reports that researchers at the Max Planck Institute have found that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, various of which are widely used in anti-depressant medications, cause changes in healthy subjects’ brain architecture just hours after ingestion. As the article mentions, one reason that this rapid change is surprising is that patients taking SSRIs to treat depression typically take considerably longer (weeks) to perceive a change in mood. A slice from the story: When more serotonin was available, this resting state functional connectivity decreased on a broad scale, the study found. This finding was not particularly surprising — other studies have shown a similar effect in brain regions strongly associated with mood regulation. But there was a two-fold shock: Some areas of the brain appeared to buck the trend and become more interdependent. And all the changes were evident only three hours after the single dosage. … The rapid connectivity shifts noted by the study might therefore be precursors to longer-term changes, perhaps starting with remodeling of synapses, the microscopic gaps where chemical neurotransmitters such as serotonin flood across to an adjacent brain cell, the study suggests. But this type of brain scanning can’t pick up changes at such a scale, so the hypothesis will have to be tested other ways[.] … Study subjects did not have diagnoses of depression, so researchers will need to generate similar maps among those diagnosed with depression, and re-map them during and after depressive episodes, as well as after treatment, Sacher said. Comparisons might then show whether a certain initial architecture predicts treatment success.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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With the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme court case, an employer’s religious beliefs can determine job benefits. While an employer shouldn’t ask you about your religious beliefs, you’re allowed to ask them.
Over at Entrepreneur, they tackle how employers should handle questions about religion:
Honesty and transparency must be a top priority during the hiring process. If religion is a core value of the company’s ownership and this influences the culture, then hiring managers should express these values during the hiring process.
For example, if an owner’s religious values prompt the company to not include certain health care benefits that most people consider routine, candidates deserve to know the corporate stance so they can decide whether they want to work there.
Remember, you aren’t asking about your interviewer’s personal religious beliefs. You want to know if the company’s beliefs are going to affect you. If you’re concerned, the interview process is the time to speak up.
5 Tips for Addressing Religion During the Hiring Process | Entrepreneur.com
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If you often travel to the same hotel for work, don’t carry luggage with you. Keep a trunk or suitcase at your destination instead.
Blogger and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss shares an interesting tip for those that travel to the same place regularly:
Remember the first Jason Bourne movie, when various agents are "activated" to kill Jason? One of them lands in Rome, where he accesses a hidden locker that contains everything he needs: a few passports, a gun, ammo, cash in small denominations, etc. That is an example of a single "cache." (Yes, I’m somewhat obsessed with Jason Bourne)
Doomsday preppers (not derogatory) will often have multiple caches at various distances from a "bug out" departure point like a home or office. In the case of disaster — tornado, terrorism, zombies, Sharknado, etc. — they can set off walking empty-handed, if needed, and find everything they need waiting for them. Here’s a good intro to this controversial craft.
But how the hell do you apply this to regular travel? Ah, that’s where things get fun.
Let’s say that you’re flying to the same two cities 50-80% of the time, as I do. When I land in New York City, this is what I find already placed in my hotel room:
It is a trunk that contains almost everything I could need for a week. Believe it or not, it was provided and stenciled at no cost by the hotel. All I had to do was ask.
I called a few hotels and found that higher quality hotels will do this even if you aren’t a celebrity. Just call ahead and make sure the hotel supports this option. Nobody I talked to said they’d give you the trunk or stencil your name on it. That perk is reserved for the celebrities, but some companies will do it for you with a fee.
How to Never Check Luggage Again | Four Hour Work Week
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New smartphone app gives sight to the blind
MinutePhysics is a YouTube channel that aims to deliver complex science to your brain in short, easily digestible videos. The channel has hundreds of eye-opening bits of science you can click through, but the team’s latest video seemed ambitious—explaining the concepts of antimatter in only three minutes.
Antimatter is a pretty important part of physics as it stands as the opposite of (obviously) matter, you know, that stuff that makes everything. The video doesn’t shy away from some of the gritty details and describes some of the universe’s anti equivalents, including anti-neutrinos, anti-quarks, and anti-electrons, also known as positrons. It turns out that what I’ve been picturing when hearing the word "positron" all these years was completely wrong.
Knowing is half the battle: Positron is not a Decepticon
However, the MinutePhysics gang can’t give us a complete overview because Antimatter plays a role in a bigger cosmic mystery. As the video describes:
The fact there is so little antimatter around in the universe to discover is both an obvious thing (because if it were around it would have destroyed us) a good thing (because it can’t destroy us) and a puzzling thing. If matter and antimatter are basically identical mirror images of one another, why did the Big Bang produce so much more matter than antimatter? No one knows, but to physicists the answer matters.
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