Making snowboards by hand is a beautiful process

Making snowboards by hand is a beautiful process

Here’s a video that shows the full custom build process for Kindred Snowboards. They plan the design, get the wood, glue parts together, shave it down, add materials, press it together, clean up the edges and do so many things to one board that it may sound boring when you read it but is actually incredibly riveting to watch.

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Cool Websites & Tools – Blog Resources, Earthquake Monitoring, & Sort Out Your Photo Mess


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Rightscorp cuts-and-runs as soon as it is challenged in court

Rightscorp — a firm that asks ISPs to disconnect you from the Internet unless you pay it money for alleged, unproven copyright infringements — was finally challenged in court by an ISP, Texas’s Grande Communications; as soon as it looked like it would have the legal basis for its business-model examined by a judge, the company cut and ran, withdrawing its threats.
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Roku has sold over 10 million players, but is that enough?

Tonight Roku is announcing that over 10 million of its tiny media streamers have sold, dating back to when they were first introduced in 2008. That’s good news, and shows sales are continuing to pick up after it crossed 5 million just last spring. Just as ever, the company has a solid product that we like at a reasonable price, and a library of smart TV apps that’s second to none. The only bad news? The competition is getting stronger too. Sales of the Apple TV have exploded along with the iPad and it was up to 20 million at last count, while Google is readying another Android TV attack and Amazon is pushing its own Fire TV media box. In response, Roku is expanding by putting its software directly into Smart TVs and using its partnership with Sky TV in the UK to get cheaper hardware on the shelves. Roku’s infographic (here) cites stats suggesting customers like it better, and use it more, than the competition, and claims it has more than 1,000 more channels than options like the Chromecast.

According to CEO Anthony Wood, NPD data shows the Roku accounts for some 37 million streaming hours per week, followed by the Apple TV at 15 million, Chromecast at 12 million and Fire TV at six million. Roku’s difference is that it’s a company that only sells streaming media players and isn’t trying to fit it into an entire ecosystem like the rest. The danger is that this approach could cut it off from apps as developers and services choose sides. While it’s true, the Roku doesn’t have all of the AirPlay/Cast features others like Apple, Google and Amazon have been able to tie together, that hasn’t hurt it yet in picking up new services, and what looks like a weakness could actually be a strength — as long as these sales numbers keep rising. If you somehow don’t have one yet, the company is running a giveaway over the next ten days to celebrate.

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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

An anonymous reader writes: Multiplayer modes used to be an extra part of most games — an optional addition that the developers could build (or not) as they saw fit. These days, it’s different: many games are marketed under the illusion of being single-player, when their focus has shifted to an almost mandatory multiplayer mode. (Think always-online DRM, and games as services.) It’s not that this is necessarily bad for gameplay — it’s that design patterns are shifting, and if you don’t like multiplayer, you’re going to have a harder time finding games you do like. The article’s author uses a couple recent major titles as backdrop for the discussion: "With both Diablo III and Destiny, I’m not sure where and how to attribute my enjoyment. Yes, the mechanics of both are sound, but given the resounding emptiness felt when played solo, perhaps the co-op element is compensating. I’d go so far as to argue games can be less mechanically compelling, so long as the multiplayer element is engaging. The thrill of barking orders at friends can, in a way, cover design flaws. I hem and haw on the quality of each game’s mechanics because the co-op aspect literally distracted me from engaging with them to some degree."

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Roku reveals it has sold 10 million streaming devices in the US

Roku has gone public with a few new metrics about its business, most notably it is revealing that it has now sold 10 million video streaming devices in the US. The company introduced its first product in May 2008, and it says that its customers have streamed 5 billion hours of content since then. Things are moving fast, and Roku expects that this year alone, its users will stream 3 billion hours of content — showing that the US appetite for web-content in the living room is really taking off. Roku is not providing details of its overseas customers for now, but…

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Money should be safer than selfies, says PayPal in new ad swiping at Apple Pay security

Money should be safer than selfies, says PayPal in new ad swiping at Apple Pay security

We the people want our money safer than our selfies," PayPal’s new ad reads.

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Roku sells 10 million players in the U.S.

Roku has sold 10 million streaming players since launching in 2008, the company is set to announce Tuesday. Roku owners stream a total of 37 million hours of video and audio content every week, according to a study commissioned by the company. Roku said at the […]

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If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber in the U.S, you can now access Spotify on your Amazon Fire TV

If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber in the U.S, you can now access Spotify on your Amazon Fire TV. You can control you music using the Spotify app on a mobile phone or a tablet, so music streams can switch from mobile to the TV seamlessly and leave your phone free for other things without interrupting your music. [CNET]

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Smart driving assistant Automatic partnering with Ford Motors through its in-car Sync platform

Automatic Labs and Ford Motors are announcing today a new partnership to bring the Automatic Link accessory to more people and add more functionality to the platform. Ford Motors and Automatic Labs will work together to develop features to both the Automatic platform and Ford Sync, the automaker’s in-car infotainment system. By integrating with Ford’s […]

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