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Apple releases Mail app update for OS X Yosemite Developer Preview & Public Beta

Apple today has released an update to OS X Yosemite’s official Mail application via Software Update in the Mac App Store. It’s available for both developers and customers on the public beta. Apple says that the update fixes an issue related to users being unable to compose messages. It’s interesting that Apple issued this update […]

Source: 9to5Mac

Migrating From Windows 7 To Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide


Despite what all the Linux haters say, choosing Ubuntu is logical and migrating from Windows 7 to Ubuntu is a breeze. This article summarizes the process and provides solutions to some of the most common beginner hiccups. The Windows Vs Mac Vs Linux debate has been going on for years and doesn’t look to be settled anytime soon. If you are a Windows 7 user and still haven’t made the switch to Windows 8, you may want to consider migrating to Ubuntu 14.04, the latest Linux distro from Ubuntu. In addition to strong support from developers and a massive software repository, it’s free,…

Read the full article: Migrating From Windows 7 To Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide

Source: MakeUseOf

Spots Is a Chrome New Tab Page and Android Launcher All In One

Android/Chrome: Spots for Chrome is a customizable new tab page, SMS synchronizer, and Android Launcher all in one.

There are a ton of tab page extensions for Chrome, but Spots takes it to a whole new level. It works best when you sync it with your Android device, and each end has its own set of features as well as synced features:

  • Android: Spots automatically sends your SMS messages to your browser, where you can respond to them without ever having to touch your phone. It’s not as great as our favorite desktop SMS solution, MightyText, but if you just want the basics it works well enough. The only downside to this is that you have to be on the Spots tab page to respond. Spots also works as a launcher with a slide out search bar. You can pull the bar to different lengths to activate contacts search, web search, or an app search.
  • Chrome Browser (Desktop): The new tab page has your customizable favorites and recommended bookmarks in place. You can categorize them however you please. In the top bar you can see the weather and time, search for contacts, apps, and google search as well. On the right side of the top bar you’ll see chat heads of your most recent SMS communications. You can open a conversation or start a completely new one, and there’s even a button to call a contact.

The integration of SMS, search features, and the bookmarks is what really makes Spots stand out. It’s definitely worth checking out, which you can do below at the link below.

Spots | Chrome Web Store via Make Tech Easier

Spots | Google Play Store

Source: Lifehacker

Goblin Sword Review

Fun visuals, good music, engaging level design, and lots of content make Goblin Sword an excellent little game.

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Rockefeller fund to move its fortune from oil to green tech


If you’re in any way familiar with the history of energy, then the name Rockefeller is synonymous with oil. That’s why it’s such a surprise to learn that the Rockefeller Brothers fund, worth $860 million, has pledged to dump its remaining investments in fossil fuel production over the next five years. The Rockefeller fund is the most notable name in a list of billionaires and funds that have pledged to shift anything up to $50 billion away from coal, oil and gas and into renewable energy as part of the divest-invest movement. It’s a timely announcement, too, designed to coincide with the Tuesday’s UN summit on climate change, designed to galvanize green activity in the face of the recent, damning, scientific evidence.

It’s hoped that others will lead by example, although according to the New York Times, several institutions are trying to avoid engaging with the issue. Harvard University, for instance, which benefits from a $32.7 billion endowment that has some fossil fuel investments, has said that it won’t be following the Rockefeller’s example. University president Drew Gilpin Faust told the paper that she believes that the money is not an "instrument to impel social or political change."

Still, it appears that Dr. Faust* might be behind the trend somewhat. Steven Rockefeller, believes that there’s a moral, but also an economic dimension to the decision. As the price of solar, thermal and wind energy falls and green initiatives may limit the future profitability of coal, oil and gas, it’s wise to get the money out while you’re still ahead. Still, if there’s a way for a cigar-chomping billionaire to keep raking it in that won’t cause us all to die in a weather-related cataclysm, then that’s gotta be something.

[Image Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images]

*Honestly, we did not make that name up.


Via: The Guardian

Source: The New York Times, UN Climate Change Summit

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Up Close With The Biggest Joystick In The World (That We Know Of)

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 1.37.36 PM The Italian creator of the Udoo Raspberry Pi board, Michelangelo Guarise, was at the Maker Faire in New York this weekend with a special treat: something that appears to be one of the biggest working joysticks in the world. Built by the Udoo team, the massive stick and two Frisbee buttons allowed children of all ages to play emulated games on a little LCD screen connected to Guarise’s… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Tim Cook says new Apple ‘Spaceship’ HQ will be the greenest building on the planet

As we shared this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook today participated in the Climate Week NYC environment-focused conference to speak on behalf of Apple and the company’s efforts on preserving the planet. During his interview, Cook stated that Apple’s new headquarters will be what he thinks is the greenest building on the planet: “We’re building […]

Source: 9to5Mac

New $15M Global XPrize Focuses On Bringing Basic Literacy to 250M Children Globally

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 1.20.42 PM XPRIZE, a long-running non-profit that runs competitions to stimulate technologists toward building products that improve humankind, is dipping its toes into basic education.
They’re launching a $15 million educational tech challenge that is looking for a free, open-source and scalable software solution that will enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Apple engineers apparently already testing the Apple Watch in the wild

The Apple Watch is only shipping early next year, after being announced earlier this month, and Apple engineers are reportedly already sporting the wearable in the wild. According to reports on Twitter, Apple engineers have been spotted with the sport model at their usual bus stops en route to work: Saw a few Apple employees wearing […]

Source: 9to5Mac