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Flappy Bird Creator’s Latest Game Was More Intriguing Before He Updated It

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
Swing Copters is not the mobile game we wanted, but it is the mobile game we deserve.






Categories: Open Source, Technology

We Must Secure America’s Cell Networks—From Criminals and Cops

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
The FCC’s new task force against illegal use of phone-spying "Stingrays" is a positive first step, but it doesn't address the underlying problem.






Categories: Open Source, Technology

This Illustrator Makes $100K Selling Virtual Paintbrushes

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
Illustrator Kyle Webster’s client list includes The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, but last year more than half his income came through the sale of virtual paintbrushes. These digital tools allow artists to recreate the look of scratchy technical pens, flowing watercolor paints, and dusty pastels all within the pristine confines […]






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Fantastically Wrong: The Legend of the Homicidal Fire-Proof Salamander

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder threw a salamander into a fire. He wanted to see if it could indeed not only survive the flames, but extinguish them, as Aristotle had claimed such creatures could. But the salamander didn’t … uh … make it. [HTML1] Yet that didn’t stop the legend […]






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New ‘Biochips’ That Mimic Our Bodies Could Speed Development of Drugs

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
Imagine if scientists could recreate you—or at least part of you—on a chip. That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and the hefty costs that burden our healthcare system. Right now, inside a lab at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers are working to […]






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This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
Can’t get enough of that animated GIF where Oprah unleashes a swarm of bees on her studio audience? Or the one where some guy gets hit in the face by a trashcan? You’re in luck. Soon, a new startup called Gifbook will sell you some flip books that recreate your favorite animated GIFs, so that […]






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Capture Your Canine’s Exploits With the New GoPro Dog Mount

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:40am
GoPro has a new harness designed specifically for dogs weighing between 15 and 120 pounds.






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Twitter Unveils A New Time-Waster: Tracking Your Popularity

ReadWriteWeb - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:45am

You can now go back through your entire Twitter history to see how many people actually see your tweets, thanks to Twitter’s now publicly available Twitter analytics dashboard. (Check it out here.)

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Originally reserved for advertisers and verified users, Twitter is making the dashboard available to everyone who uses the service.

The dashboard lets you see how many people saw your tweet; how many interacted with it by favoriting, replying, clicking on a link or retweeting; and the “engagement rate,” or the percentage of people who saw the tweet and actually interacted with it.

One downside, however, is that you can't sort tweets by impressions or engagements—you'll have to manually scroll through your entire history. (Another is that you can spend a lot of time obsessing over this stuff, at least if you're a regular Twitter user.)

It’s a handy dashboard for figuring out which tweets are the most popular. By browsing through your past history, you may get a sense of how well future tweets may do. 

Lead illustration by Nigel Sussman for ReadWrite

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