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Synology DS213

by dave

How do you backup and manage all of your valuable data?
When it comes to backing up my data, I consider myself to be pretty savvy. I have a CrashPlan subscription to store data in the cloud, there's a number of portable USB drives that I use to keep duplicates of important data. We even have a Synology NAS unit that I've offloaded a lot of data to that provides additional storage, duplication of important data, and remote access as well.
That's why I was really surprised when my entire data management strategy came... Read more →

by kris

The little technologies that have changed your life
A few months ago, the MTA here in New York finally rolled out "Bus Time" city-wide. Bus Time is a program wherein every single MTA bus has a GPS transmitter, and all of that data is collected and made available on a mobile website so you can find out where all the buses are. Just plug in a bus route on the website, and it will give you a list of stops on that line and where all its buses are in relation to those stops. Plug in a stop... Read more →

by dave

Favorite podcasts: August 2014 edition
It's been awhile since we've done this sort of thing, but I wanted to see what podcasts everyone is currently listening to (are you still listening to podcasts, even) and where you're listening to them.
Here are some of my favorite podcasts at the moment:
  • 1914: Day by Day: World War 1 started 100 years ago this summer. The BBC is doing a day by day podcast that explains what was happening in Europe 100 years ago to the day. It's awesome! They're about 5 - 8 minutes in...
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by johncolucci

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If you use Facebook on a regular basis, you've likely come across a comment on someone's post that looked suspicious. Assuming you're not gullible, you probably didn't click on that link. But what if you are gullible and clicked on it?
Last week I noticed some comments like the above, littered over every single post on Engadget's Facebook page. The goal was to seduce users into thinking they could... Read more →

by dave

What's a good homepage for your browser?
When Google killed off "iGoogle" a few years ago, I was pretty disappointed. It was the default homepage that loaded up every time I opened my browser. The fact that you could customize it with all sorts of information that was relevant to you was probably my favorite thing about it: Gmail, calendar, important news, weather, etc. The overall looks were a bit spartan, but you could choose from various themes as well.
I thought it was a great alternative to the web... Read more →

by johncolucci

Today is the 4th Anniversary of the 1st Instagram
On July 16, 2010, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom took a picture of a golden retriever at a Baja, CA taco stand, with a guest appearance by his girlfriend's foot. This was the very first "Instagram" ever taken. Today, Instagram users have shared over 20,000,000,000 photos to date and each day, 60,000,000 more are added.
Our first "real" Instagram (we're @Engadget on there, by the way) ... Read more →

by dave

Is the password *really* dying? And is it really an inconvenience?
Christopher Mims of the Wall Street Journal believes that the password is dying. Thanks to things like two-factor authentication, he's so confident in how irrelevant passwords have become, that he's sharing the password to his Twitter account:
The password to my Twitter account, which has been mine since 2007 and through which I have published more than 51,000 tweets, is "christophermims." Knowing that won't help you hack it, however. In fact, I'm publishing my... Read more →

by johncolucci

The perils of crowdfunding
Contributor JC Fletcher breaks down the world of crowdfunding in "What you need to know about Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the concept of crowdfunding." (http://aol.it/1jjLpMF)
We planned to run this article this week anyway, but coincidentally, you might've heard about one man's desire to make potato salad (http://aol.it/1qrUEZW). Zack Danger Brown has become a bit of a celebrity, turning what was a small goal to make the famous side dish into a... Read more →

by dave

Comcast's Xfinity routers create a public WiFi network using your own WiFi
Comcast has done either an ingenious or scummy thing, depending on how your view it. They've enabled a feature on their wireless routers that turn your network into a public wifi hotspot.
They claim that these hotspots are walled off from your personal network, nor do they affect your allocated bandwidth.
I've actually seen a number of these hotspots around our neighborhood in Oakland. From neighbor's houses, to a cafe (that doesn't have a publicly open WiFi network),... Read more →

by agastya71

Recommended sites / resources for teaching elementary kids coding?

I am trying to find some good sites/services that would be recommended to teaching Elementary school kids (3rd grade +) programming/coding it could deb concepts of programming or actual programming itself.

I have come across MIT's Scratch. Are there other such sites/services that are recommended?