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Carriers need to innovate their way to bigger profits, so AT&T has been opening up foundries — startup incubators that try and recreate the spirit of Bell Labs. While the company already has a software-focused facility in Plano, ‘Ma Bell has now rented the office space directly above it for the follow-up. The second Dallas facility will concentrate on hardware for the “Internet of Everything,” packing gear like a faraday cage, fast prototyping equipment and 3D printers. Aspiring inventors should just bear in mind that whatever you go there to build will probably need to sell a wireless plan alongside — after all, AT&T is paying the bills.
IMAP support has finally come to Outlook.com. More than a year after overhauling its mail service, Microsoft today announced the immediately addition of IMAP to Outlook.com users during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. It has since publicized the update further via a blog posting. “As an older protocol, IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac,” writes Steve Kafka. “We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important.” The introduction of IMAP support paired with OAuth gives third party developers new avenues for developing apps and services that tap into your inbox. To illustrate that point, companies including TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley*bunch, Unroll.me, OtherInbox, and…
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AT&T opens latest Foundry facility in Atlanta, focusing on the connected car, home automation and emerging devices
If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s the skinny: US carriers are doing everything they can to expand their horizons, and in the case of Verizon and AT&T, this sense of urgency has led to the creation of numerous innovation labs. In a nutshell, these facilities serve as incubation centers for startups and well-positioned outfits alike that are looking to add cellular connectivity to whatever it is they’re hawking.
AT&T’s latest facility — its fourth in total — will open its doors later today, with the Atlanta-based Foundry focusing on innovation in the connected car and emerging devices sectors. Moreover, it’ll be used to further AT&T’s own U-verse and Digital Life platforms, though specifics of what exactly engineers will be toiling on remain under wraps. For an idea of what all goes down at places like this, have a look at a tour we took through one of Verizon’s Innovation Centers right here; we’re hoping to get a similar look at AT&T’s lairs when time allows.
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Here’s one to get the maker community’s mouths watering. SparqEE CELLv1.0 is a compact certified cellular board that plugs directly into Arduino and the Raspberry Pi shields, letting you piggyback on networks all over the world. The company, naturally, is offering up plenty of potential applications for the technology: remote home automation, pet tracking, RC copter flying. You know, the usual. As ever, though, the fun of these sorts of things is in the execution the manufacturers never dreamed of. Of course, $ 70,000 is a fairly lofty goal for the component’s Kickstarter campaign, so SparqEE needs all the help it can get. Watch the company’s Kickstarter plea after the break.
Previous project update: Choose Your Own Adventure is chugging along. The page-turner of a campaign is currently at $ 30,878 of its $ 100,000 goal. Thankfully, it’s still got nearly a month to get there.
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YouTube is opening up its live streaming service to anyone with 100 or more subscribers, putting smaller, independent creators on the same footing as larger productions. The announcement comes less than three months after YouTube lowered the bar on live streaming to channels with 1,000 or more subscribers. The company says that access to the feature is being handed out gradually, so if you don’t see the “Enable” button for YouTube Live on your account features page, it suggests you keep checking back.
In other YouTube news, smaller creators are also getting the ability to add custom thumbnail images to videos, link out to online stores or other sites in their videos’ annotations, and place viewers inside video playlists — all…
The second largest clothing retailer in the world has just launched its US online store today. H&M has offered online shopping in a handful of European countries, but until today the only way to purchase the brand’s ever-popular affordable clothing in the US was from one of the company’s nearly 300 physical stores. The company has twice previously committed to opening up its online shop, first in 2011, but both times management decided to pull the plug after citing logistical and security issues.
Those two failed attempts and today’s ultimate launch serves as a reminder of just how difficult it can be to set up a profitable online shop in the US. Retailers like Amazon have made online shopping for all sorts of goods seem commonplace,…
This is a video of an Ammonium dichromate volcano erupting with a couple mercury thiocyanate tablets hidden inside. Mercury thiocyanate is commonly sold as those “Pharoah’s snake” fireworks. So between the volcano erupting and those tentacles spilling out it looks like the Kraken from hell has been awakened. As a matter of fact, if there were no sense of scale in the video I would have though this was the opening to a Sy-Fy original movie. ‘Krakano’ or something. I don’t know, I’m just spitballing here.
Hit the jump AND STARE INTO THE DEPTHS OF HELL.
Nikola Tesla was born in the Austrian Empire, but the brilliant inventor has a connection to New York, having lived his final years in a midtown hotel that now bears a plaque in his honor. Starting today, the city’s New York Hall of Science (at the World’s Fair site in Queens) is offering up a new exhibition about his life, in honor of Nikola Tesla Day — also, coincidentally, the man’s birthday. Created in collaboration with Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Museum, the exhibit features working models of his inventions, photos and models of his labs. Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity runs through October 20th and is free with admission to the museum.
Source: New York Hall of Science
Microsoft is opening up a public beta for its next Xbox 360 dashboard update. Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) posted details of the beta on Friday, noting that the update will include performance updates and the ability to use currency instead of Microsoft Points. Testers will be able to sign up to the program from the home hub of the existing Xbox dashboard.
Like previous betas, Microsoft is requesting that testers sign a non-disclosure agreement to prevent leaks and details of the dashboard testing. The Verge previously learned that Microsoft is planning to refresh its Xbox interface with smaller Live Tiles in preparation for the Xbox One console alongside support for gift cards and currency. The final update is expected to arrive in…
Looks like gamers with Amazon Kindle tablets will no longer be competing amongst themselves… because starting today, Amazon’s proprietary GameCircle platform is now open to all Android devices. The backend cloud service has offered up leader boards, achievements and progress saves to Kindle users for a year now, and as of today, it also supports conflict resolution between mobile devices. The reveal comes at an interesting time, which parallels the recent launch of Google Play game services. Naturally, it’s reasonable to speculate that Amazon’s move could be an attempt to keep its service relevant. More than 500 games currently support GameCircle, but for all Android users to benefit, developers must first integrate the latest API into their games. At least they now have a bit of motivation to do just that.