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March 27, 2015

YouTube Is Testing 60fps Ultra-HD 4K Video Streaming

Last October, YouTube added support for 60 frames per second (fps) video playback. Now, the company is experimenting with high frame rate 4K-resolution video, TechCrunch reports.

It’s little more than an experiment right now, limited to a small group of clips—which is okay, because very few people have equipment capable of shooting 4K video.

The result is awesome, though. Check out the videos below to get an idea of what 4K video at 60fps looks like. (You’ll have to click the gear icon and choose the 4K quality option.)

It helps to have a powerful machine with a 3840×2160 (4K) display, of course. That’s why it’s a limited [...]

 
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March 26, 2015

The Rapid Rise Of The 3D Printing Industry [Infographic]

This great infographic, courtesy of Needa.ie, quickly runs through everything you need to know about the growing 3D printing industry. From the technology’s inception to today’s consumer applications, it’s all here.

Some key takeaways:

3D printing was invented by Chuck Hull, an American with a degree in Engineering Physics, in 1984. The 3D printing industry passed the $1 billon mark in 2012 and continues to rise at an annual growth rate of 22.4%. 2.3 million 3D printers will be shipped in 2018, compared to the 130,000 shipped in 2014.

 
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March 23, 2015

Square Now Offers Square Cash For Businesses

In 2013, Square introduced Square Cash as an easy payment system for sending money to friends and family. Today, Square made Cash available for businesses in the U.S.

Like the consumer version of Square Cash, payments are deposited directly into bank accounts with an intermediary holding account. The processing fee is just 1.5 percent — a little over half of the 2.75 percent fee it charges for transactions made with Square card readers.

Square has also introduced ‘$Cashtags,’ which let people quickly pay businesses online. These unique identifiers are used in Cash.me URLs—like Cash.me/$Wikipedia—which, when visited, show information about a business or user [...]

 
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March 10, 2015

Wikimedia Foundation Sues NSA And DOJ Over Mass Surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation today announced that it is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States in an effort to bring an end to mass surveillance in the U.S.

It is joined by eight other organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA, to challenge the government’s unconstitutional surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will represent them.

“We’re filing suit today on behalf of our readers and editors everywhere,” said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. “Surveillance erodes the original promise of the Internet: an open space for [...]

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