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Couple’s Sign Language Car Dancing Will Brighten Your Day - “You’re the one That I Want” from the musical Grease in ASL

EVO Every couple of years, the Oregon Manifest launches a contest designed to surface new ideas in bike design from teams across the country. The project this year has tasked designers from five cities to build what they believe is the “ultimate urban utility bike.” San Francisco’s entry into the contest is EVO, a collaboration between HUGE Design, 4130 Cycle Works, and PCH… Read More

from: TechCrunch

Media Overload: The Problem With Infinite Choice | Mashable Explains

Focus On Creating an Importance Hierarchy When Presenting Information

Presenting information is an art unto itself. Whether it’s an email, PowerPoint, or a speech, there’s a tendency to pack as much information into as little space as possible. However, it may be more important to create a hierarchy of information first.

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from: Lifehacker Is Giving Developing Countries Free Data For Many Sites—the Zuckerberg-backed initiative to make the internet available the world over—has announced that its new app will provide free data access for services like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and more.

Initially available in Zambia, with plans to extend its reach over time, the following sites won’t accrue any data charges when accessed via

The data service is powered by Airtel in Zambia, and is no doubt pursuing other partners for the rest of the continent and byond. An app will be aviable for Android phones so that people can make use of the service, while feature phone users will simply have to navigate to, from where they’ll be able to access sites for free. It’s an amazing first try at truly democratizing internet access. []

from: Gizmodo

The Best Free Android Apps in Amazon's New Two-Day Giveaway

The Amazon Appstore already gives away one free app each day, but today it’s decided give away 30 apps, worth a combined total of $100, for free to anyone with an Android phone. Here are the pick of the bunch that you should download first.

The second of such app giveaways this summer, the deal is only on today and tomorrow, so you should grab them while you can. There are some great deals here: get Instapaper for free, or save a massive $30 on the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. You can check all the apps on offer out here, but we’ve listed the best ones below.

Head to the bottom of the page if you need to know how to get the Amazon Appstore on your phone (remember, this isn’t Fire specific—anyone using Android can take advantage).

If you don’t own a Kindle Fire, you’ll need to install the Amazon Appstore for Android on your phone before you can take advantage. Fortunately it’s pretty easy sailing. Go to Settings and navigate to Unknown sources option (which is under Applications or Security, depending on your device). If Unknown sources is unchecked, tap the checkbox and hit OK.

Then, head to this link to get the app. When the app’s downloaded, open your notifications and then tap the file called AmazonApps-release.apk. Tap install, then tap open and you’re done. Phew! Now go get some free stuff. [Amazon]

from: Gizmodo

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from: Dorkly: Homepage

This Single Sofa Becomes a Full Living Room Set In Seconds

When you live by yourself, a sofa and TV are pretty much all you need in your living room. Unless you intend to shun a hermit-like lifestyle and actually invite people over to visit. In that case you’ll need additional seating, and the Sofista fills both roles by transforming from a couch into a three-seat sofa, armchair, and chaise lounge.

This Single Sofa Becomes a Full Living Room Set In Seconds

And transforming the couch doesn’t require you to unfold any complex mechanisms, swap cushions, or anything of the like. The three pieces all slide together like a pro-Tetris maneuver. At just north of $1,600 it’s a reasonable investment given it’s actually three pieces of furniture in one; or four if you include the fact that it turns into a bed for those aforementioned guests who decide not to leave. [Formabilio via Notcot]

This Single Sofa Becomes a Full Living Room Set In Seconds

from: Gizmodo

USB Has a Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect

We all rely on USB to interconnect our digital lives—-but new research first reported by Wired reveals that there’s a fundamental security flaw in the very way that the humble Universal Serial Bus functions, and it could be exploited to wreak havoc on any computer.

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from: Lifehacker