brainpickings

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An elegy for the triumph of commodity over creativity.

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Lifehacker

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We love the convenience and feature-rich nature of the apps and products big corporations can offer you, but we’re also proponents of personal autonomy and control over your online experience. However, it’s one thing to just turn your back on the big corporations; it’s another to do so mindfully and ethically.

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It's Nice That

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The city of Venice has been blessed with its first ever permanent art quarter, thanks in part to London-based female art group October! Collective.

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Even the most ardent and hardened of southerners has to admit that Manchester is one of the UK’s great cities. Blessed with an amazing cathedral, an abundance of brilliant pubs and an immense cultural history, we’re always looking for an excuse to hop on the Pendolino from Euston on a Friday evening. Now we have another one.

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“The contemplation of excellence produces excellence, if not similar, yet parallel.”

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Google’s cloud-based tools provide a lot of bang for the buck. Apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides are a collaborative dreamscape, the types of applications that allow kids to split into groups and iterate a project until completion. They also make a good instant messaging platform, according to some teens. “We don’t really pass physical …

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Gizmodo

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There’s just something about this phone. From the moment I laid eyes on this thing, it just kind of made me happy. It’s small and adorable like a newborn puppy, and despite how petite it appears it photos, it looks and feels even smaller in person. And I’m not the only one that had this reaction. When I brought it into the office, people crowded around marveled. One person cooed at it, another said, “it’s perfect,” while a third remarked that this is the exact sort of thing they’d wished someone would make for years.

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The Next Web

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The problem with healthcare is simple: there’s not enough of it. In a perfect world we’d all have our own personal physicians like the Queen. But in reality, the average doctor sees thousands of patients a year. Solving this problem could take decades. Unless, of course, someone were to “hack” the system itself using artificial intelligence.
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The ambition is to turn videos into a medium as easily searched as a text document. A team from India just took some important steps toward that end.

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Wired

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I spent the summer and beyond using Bing instead of Google for search. It's a whole new world, but not always for the better.

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Mashable Magazine

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TasteAtlas is an online compendium and search engine for good food, authentic recipes and quality restaurants.

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In 2013, a young computational biologist named Yaniv Erlich shocked the research world by showing it was possible to unmask the identities of people listed in anonymous genetic databases using only an Internet connection. Policymakers responded by restricting access to pools of anonymized biomedical genetic data. An NIH official said at the time, “The chances of this happening for most people are small, but they’re not zero.”
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They Dyson Airwrap applies the company's air-blasting motor tech to create a high-tech hair styler that can create curls without too much heat.

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