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Sesame Go: A New Video On-Demand Service to Access Your Furry Friends in Full-Length Episodes, Anytime

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Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, today announced Sesame Go, a new subscription video on demand service which provides the latest and greatest collection of full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street on the internet. Sesame Go is powered by the Kaltura MediaGo OTT Solution.

Sesame Go provides a safe, ad-free environment to watch your favorite Sesame Street content while using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Available as a web service through any internet browser, and optimized not only for Mac and PC computers but also for tablets and mobile devices, Sesame Go provides families with a child-friendly platform to instantly watch the latest full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street, plus hundreds of episodes from prior seasons and Sesame Classics Volume 1 and 2. The service also includes episodes from seasons one and two of Pinky Dinky Doo, the animated series for children ages 4-6 produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza, which uses storytelling and games to guide the characters through lessons in vocabulary and problem solving. Subscribe to Sesame Go at www.sesamego.com for $3.99/month or $29.99/year.

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Time-Lapse Video of The New Bigger, Faster Goodyear Blimp Being Built

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has released a time-lapse video detailing the building of the latest version of its iconic airship. The new Goodyear Blimp, which took its maiden voyage last month in the skies above Akron, Ohio, is bigger, faster and more maneuverable than its predecessors, hitting 80 miles an hour in that first flight, with the help of some tail wind.

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Created in collaboration with the Zeppelin company, the lighter-than-air-craft features a semi-rigid structure highlighting in the video, making the airship technically not a blimp.

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Beats Music, A New Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service

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Beats Music is a new subscription-based streaming music service with a focus on curation. The service, which launched today, was created by Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as well as chief creative officer Trent Reznor. Beats Music is currently available on the web, iOS, and Android, and a Windows Phone app will launch on Friday.

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OneWheel Electric Skateboard

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The Onewheel is a self-balancing, single-wheeled electric skateboard that “gives you the feeling of flying”. The deck can go as fast as 12 MPH.

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Thanks to its 48V lithium battery you should be able to keep going for between four and six miles depending on the terrain. The Onewheel has already hit its Kickstarter target and sold out at the early $1,200 price.

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Chang-rae Lee’s “On Such a Full Sea” Features The First-Ever 3D-Printed Book Cover

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Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is available today (January 7, 2014) in a special limited edition with what the publisher, Riverhead Books, is calling the first-ever 3D-printed slipcover.

The result is a collaboration with the 3D-printing company Makerbot. The white slipcover, into which the book fits neatly, features the letters of the title rising off the surface at an angle, and the idea all along was to do something unlike anything ever seen in the world of publishing.

Designed by Riverhead’s art director, Helen Yentus, each individual slip cover took 15 hours to print and only 200 signed copies are for sale.

Lee will be reading from “On Such a Full Sea” on January 16th at 7pm at the MakerBot Store, in New York. Space is limited, so please register in advance HERE.

You can also order a copy of the limited edition for $150 by clicking HERE.

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Amazon Prime Air: Your Amazon Packages Could Soon Arrive By Flying Drones

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed tonight on 60 Minutes the company’s future delivery method: drones. You can watch the segment below (The drone portion kicks in at the 11:15 mark):

The goal of this new delivery system called Prime Air is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. The airborne robots will be capable of delivering packages up to five pounds (86 percent of orders are apparently less than that) with a range of 10 miles.


As Amazon puts it, “Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations” and Bezos himself added in the TV segment that it won’t be before 2015 at the very earliest.

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Things You No Longer Need Because of Smartphones

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BuzzFeed takes a look several things that you no longer need now that you have a smartphone.

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World View Aims To Take Tourists To The Edge of Space

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Tucson, Arizona-based start-up World View wants to fly tourists to the edge of space — 19 miles or 100,000 feet up — in a pressurized capsule suspended from a helium balloon.

The balloon would take one and a half hours to ascend, and passengers would spend two hours admiring the view.

“The sky’s going to be completely black. You’ll be able to see the curvature of the Earth,” said company CEO Jane Poynter.

Test flights are scheduled for this year, and commercial flights are expected to cost $75,000 per ticket and begin in 2016.


 

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MIT Researchers Create M-Blocks, Modular, Self-Assembling Robots

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created M-Blocks, a set of modular, self-assembling robots.

Each M-Block contains a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute that, when braked, provides momentum for the cube to move, flip, or even jump. Each cube face contains four pairs of magnets that help the M-Blocks line up with one another and connect, and each edge has a pair of rolling-pin-like magnets that come closer and act as anchors when the robots pivot.

Next, the researchers hope to build an army of 100 cubes that can be programmed to work together using algorithms rather than manual controls. “We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand,” researcher John Romanishin told MIT news.

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Introducing PayPal Beacon: Shopping Made Seamless

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Merchants now have the ability to plug in PayPal Beacon to provide their customers with a completely new shopping experience. The first device of its kind, PayPal Beacon allows merchants to connect directly to their customers PayPal app for automatic check-in.

Faster than swiping a credit card or tapping a mobile phone at the point of sale, PayPal Beacon will make the payment experience get out of the way. It will leverage Bluetooth Low Energy; a breakthrough technology that enables connected devices to communicate with each other seamlessly, while keeping the energy consumption at a very low level. By using BLE, transactions can take place without having to open up an app, without GPS being turned on, and even without a phone signal. When its time to pay, customers don’t have to lift a finger to take advantage of offers or complete the payment — its all done securely with no cash, no card and no signature required.

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Consumers will have full control of stores they will want to check in to, those they will want to get prompted to confirm payment for, and stores they will want to enable a complete hands-free experience for. We value our customers’ privacy, so PayPal Beacon won’t constantly track a user’s location. If a consumer enters a store and declines to check in, or just ignores the prompt entirely, no information is transmitted to PayPal or the merchant.

PayPal Beacon devices will be available for merchants to purchase early next year. At that time, consumers will be able to download or update a new version of the PayPal app to take advantage of Beacon-enabled shopping experiences.

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