‘The Apple Watch Is Time, Saved’

People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck. One user told me that they nearly “stopped” using their phone during the day; they used to have it out and now they don’t, period. That’s insane when you think about how much the blue glow of smartphone screens has dominated our social interactions over the past decade.

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University installs prototype ‘pee power’ toilet

A prototype toilet has been launched on a UK university campus to prove that urine can generate electricity, and show its potential for helping to light cubicles in international refugee camps. Students and staff at the Bristol-based University of the West of England are being asked to use the working urinal to feed microbial fuel cell (MFC) stacks that generate electricity to power indoor lighting.

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Douglas Adams made me a writer: Neil Gaiman salutes his friend and inspiration

“We were talking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was something which resembled an iPad, long before it appeared. And I said when something like that happens, it’s going to be the death of the book. Douglas said no. Books are sharks,” Gaiman told a packed audience at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

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Re/actions: Sony’s $840 Smart Glasses Are Too Dorky to Be Believed | Re/code

Hard as it might be to swallow, this is a real promotional video for a real product made by a real company with a $30 billion market cap. It’s the developer edition of Sony’s smart glasses, which are called SmartEyeglass (great name!) and will be available to the eager buying public in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan on March 10. They cost $840.

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Silicon valley is more Flintstones than Jetsons when it comes to women

Silicon Valley elites like to think they’re miles ahead of the rest of the world. But when it comes to openness toward women, they are as behind as everyone else. “We are going backwards in a field that is meant to be all about moving forward”, Hillary Clinton told Silicon Valley in a speech this week. I almost jumped out my chair with joy. They needed to be given that message loud and clear.

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The future of design: texting cows and life-saving toilets

This cow could be texting you soon. Using emooticons, no doubt…

Immense pleasure might be derived from Moocall, a device that allows cows to send text messages to farmers. Not of the “Set me free” or “Stop squeezing so hard” kind, but an auto-alert along the lines of “COME QUICK, I’M HAVING BABIES!” Moocall simply slips on to a cow’s tail and, using gesture- recognition technology, summons the farmer when calving is imminent, saving valuable hours of hanging around waiting for the drama to start.

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