Google has a lot of software to maintain, from apps and Chrome OS to mobile sites and Android, but Google Search is still at the heart of the company. Design changes to their main mobile site have been tweaked and tested for months, and they’re now rolling out to the masses. Changes are subtle, but […]
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Despite the Galaxy Note 7’s unexpected exit from the market, consumer enthusiasm for the Galaxy Note line doesn’t seem to have dipped at all. Samsung has announced that they’re experiencing better preorders for the Note 8 than any other device in the Galaxy Note family. At least, that’s what Samsung is claiming. According to their most […]
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FIFA's Interactive World Cup has been been growing in stature over the years, and its next eSports competition promises to be the most ambitious yet: the organization and EA have unveiled plans for the "largest ever" FIFA competition (using FIFA 18,…
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Friday Labs has finally begun shipping the smart locks it promised its Indiegogo backers way back in 2015. Long waiting periods like this are definitely one of the most important things to take into consideration when backing crowdfunding projects. B…
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Toyota unveiled a new robotic leg brace at its head office in Tokyo today. It’s called the Welwalk WW-1000 and it may help bring mobility back to partially paralyzed people, by assisting in their rehabilitation therapy.
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Two years after first teasing us with its line of connected clothing, Google and Levi’s have put us out of our misery. The first piece to come out of Project Jacquard is the Commuter Trucker jacket.
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AT&T is adding a pair of new plans to its prepaid lineup, offering more value for budget-conscious customers. Well, one plan is new, at least; the other is actually just an upgrade of one of their previous GoPhone data plans. If you don’t care about unlimited data, AT&T’s $ 40 smartphone plan now comes with 6GB […]
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Snapchat is adding a new feature to its website that could make the app very useful for businesses and website owners — custom Snapcodes that launch websites within the Snapchat app.
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In December 2007, Cara Brookins was a 36-year-old computer programmer working full- time and taking care of her four young kids (ages 2, 11, 15, 17). From the outside, she looked like any other mom but personally she had just closed the door on an unsafe marriage and was preparing to rebuild her life.
After buying an acre of land in Bryant, Ark. and taking out a $ 150k loan, Cara and her four kids did something amazing … they rolled up their sleeves and started building their own home with the help of YouTube videos. The videos they watched on YouTube equipped them with the information they needed to make their big dream a reality. They watched videos to learn everything from how to build a solid foundation and construct countertops to even how to do their own plumbing. By September 2008–after nine months of working 20-hour days–Cara and her kids had finished their dream home. We spoke with Cara about finding hope, the power of YouTube, and why she chose to share her story:
Q: Take us back to the moment you decided to build your own house … what sparked the idea initially?
Cara: I had left a domestic violence situation with my four kids and we were really emotionally destroyed. All the advice I found for improving my life talked about baby steps and small goals. I couldn’t see how just resolving to get dressed in the morning was going to get me anywhere. We needed a safe place to live, and I was determined to do something big. So building a house felt like the most natural solution in the world.
Q: Why did you turn to YouTube?
Cara: We had always had a DIY mindset and we’d used YouTube to make our own jewelry and art projects. So we instantly focused on YouTube as the place to also learn how to set a foundation block or how to frame a window. I also researched energy efficient building ideas on YouTube. YouTube was really our go-to destination for the information we needed throughout the process.
Q: How did your family react when you told them what you were planning to do?
Cara: My parents thought I was absolutely nuts. They tried to talk me out of it and that shocked me. It seemed like such an obvious and perfect solution. Of course once they saw I was going to build it anyhow—yes, they already knew I was a very stubborn girl—they supported me in every way, even showing up on the job site to work.
Q: How did you and your family use YouTube throughout the process?
Cara: We used multiple videos for each project to learn multiple ways to do each thing, like frame a window or run a sewer line. And we tried to understand why each thing was done a certain way rather than just how to do it. Because we were watching at home on a computer (no smartphones!) and would have to remember everything to make it work the next day on the job site.
Q: Was there ever a point where you looked at the construction around you and thought “what have I gotten myself into?!”
Cara: From the day we broke ground, I thought this every single day until we moved in! It was an overwhelming number of decisions and amount of work. But I was the only adult to pull all the kids together and I had to play it confident and cool the whole time. I had to make the decisions and plans and then be the cheerleader. It was emotionally exhausting, but of course incredibly rewarding too.
Q: For anyone out there who may want to learn how to do something but doesn’t know where to start or thinks they can’t do it, what would you tell them?
Cara: Never stop with the phrase, “I don’t know how to do that.” Always add, “YET!” There are no limits to what you can accomplish if you truly want it. And of course that’s because if you want it badly enough you’ll put in a solid effort and endless hours of hard work. Approach each project with steady determination. I was a small computer programmer and an author. If I can build a house with my kids, there is no limit to what other people might accomplish.
Q: Why did you decide to write a book about your journey and what do you hope people take from reading it?
Cara: I never intended to write a book about the house when we were building it. I was pretty ashamed that my decisions had put us in this place, where our sanest option was to build our own shelter. Fiction writing was my big focus at the time. But after we finished, I knew I had to tell our story, not because I wanted other people to look at what we’d done but because I wanted them to imagine the big things they could build with their life. It took me six years to figure out how to write the book in the right away. I had dozens of versions before “Rise” sold. Even then there was a big fear over how people would react and what they would focus on in the story. It’s such a vulnerable time of our lives to share. But we’ve had so much support from across the entire world, and best of all the message people are receiving is that they really can do anything they dream of if they put in enough hard work.
Q: How did this experience impact your kids and your family?
Cara: My kids were so weak and small when we started this project. All our energy went toward survival with no energy left for setting goals or dreaming of a big future. After we built the house we each came away with the sense that absolutely anything was possible. Our dreams are ridiculous, crazy things and we don’t doubt for one second that we’ll achieve them.
Lenovo was the first manufacturer to actually release a Tango smartphone to the public with their Phab2 Pro, but it was only a matter of time before we started to see other companies try to get in on the action. Huawei has announced that they’re stepping up to bat with their own augmented reality Tango […]
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Think your iPhone passcode is safe? It may not be … at least not from a legal standpoint. A number of recent courthouse decisions in Florida have stood in favor of police rights when it comes to searching your phone.
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Sprint is making it easier for customers to pay for Napster — now customers of both can pay for Napster through their Sprint bill. The change will be a much bigger deal for Napster than Spotify or Sprint.
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Someday, you might see products tagged in Facebook images and videos the same way people are today. Facebook has begun testing an experimental feature that allows businesses running Pages to tag their products, according to Business Insider. The publ…
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At Google’s 2016 I/O developer conference, Chinese company Xiaomi unveiled the 4K Mi Box, set-top hardware bound for U.S. shores later this year. It features support for 4K video and HDR.
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The Feinstein-Burr anti-encryption bill, also known as the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, has officially surfaced. Here’s everything you need to know about the bill, which is still a draft at the moment.
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Google+ has launched a new program called "Create" that puts makers, artists, influencers and experts in their field in front of a bigger audience. If you'll recall, Mountain View redesigned its social network last year to focus on Communities and Co…
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Lenovo recently announced that they’re planning on phasing out the Motorola brand after the company’s major acquisition two years ago, and needless to say, that stirred up plenty of emotions from people all over the web. Before things continue to escalate, Motorola has released a statement about how they’re going forward into 2016 and beyond, including the fate of the Motorola brand.
First and foremost, Motorola Mobility isn’t going anywhere. That portion of the company is still in charge of their own business just like they always have been, including engineering, design, and manufacturing. The only real change comes in the form of dropping “Motorola” from device branding, which is really something that Motorola has been pushing for recently anyway.
The company will instead focus on “Moto” as a brand, instead of worrying with the “Motorola” side of things. Motorola has been doing that since the inception of the Moto X, rebranding the M logo with new fonts and colors and designs. While their devices are technically the Motorola Moto X and Motorola Moto G, they’re almost universally referred to as just the Moto X or Moto G. All of the recognition has been shifted to the Moto part of the name, and that’s the biggest official change that’s happening with Lenovo’s decision.
From here on out, we’ll see more focus on the Moto and Vibe brands from Motorola and Lenovo, with less focus on the Motorola and Lenovo part of things. Both names are simpler and a more modern take on advertising, and long term, will probably be good for both companies.
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Toilet training cats has become a thing for people who don’t like litter boxes. But what about flushing? This couple figured out a way to automatically flush their toilet after the cat uses it.
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Sprint has announced a revamped LTE services to deploy to markets with a significantly improved wireless experience for customers. This new network is deploying to 77 markets today, and it offers some notable new technologies that should make a world of difference for Sprint customers.
LTE Plus utilizes all three of Sprint’s bands of spectrum, using the 2.5 GHz band for speed, the 1.9 GHz band for coverage, and the 800 MHz band for building penetration. Carrier aggregation allows LTE Plus to bond multiple spectrums together to beef up the bandwidth and speed available to users, and Sprint claims the new network doubles both of those. Pretty impressive, especially considering that claim means capable devices can reach theoretical speeds of up to 100Mbps on that network.
The biggest claim that LTE Plus can make? It’s faster than Verizon and AT&T’s LTE network. Third party testing in 44 of the biggest markets show that data is transferred faster on Sprint’s LTE Plus network than Verizon or AT&T’s LTE network, which should give Sprint’s marketing department some serious ammunition to work with.
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Today Facebook introduced an extension to the like button, giving users the ability to chose from six different emojis that portray their reaction to a post. The new feature is called ‘Reactions’ and will first launch in two test markets, Spain and Ireland, before Facebook decides to roll it out to the rest of the world.
“We’re excited to start this test, but understand that this is a big change, and one that we want to make sure to get right. So we’re starting by offering Reactions to Ireland and Spain, where people will be able to react to any post across Facebook – a post from a friend, advertiser, publisher or business.“
The Reactions emojis will be located alongside the original like button. Facebook will use Reactions to have a better understanding of what each individual user is interested in, with the goal of making news feed content more relevant to that interest. According to Facebook, it will allow businesses and publishers to better understand users’ content demand and see how people are responding to their content on Facebook. Page owners will be able to see all of the reactions to their post on Page Insights.
The new feature is still under testing, and Facebook will improve on it as users provide feedback.
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