Opening up links on your phone typically means switching back and forth between apps and screens—Flynx makes the process less painful by queueing up articles in the background until you’re ready to read them. It works like Instapaper for Android, and lets you continue perusing Facebook, Twitter, or whatever else…
Featuring stunning proof that life sometimes imitates Far Side cartoons, this short piece on unusual giraffe deaths takes us through all the ways a creature with a long neck and no hands can perish, and there are some doozies.
For most of us, a hyperlink 404ing is a problem fixable with a quick visit to the Wayback Machine (or maybe just taking a walk away from the computer and reflecting on the importance of cat GIFs). But for academics, broken links present a more serious issue.
This week's Carnival of Space celebrates Cassini's birthday, bringing citizen science to a Maker Fair, getting up close and personal with the new Orbital Carbon Observatory, and more. Read on for stories on new technology, citizen science, and astronomical prettiness.
As always, a lot of things happened in astronomy and planetary sciences this week. Here's your weekly round-up of stories from my subsite, and anywhere else that was downright interesting.
Google Docs (and Slides) just got an awesome, but subtle new trick. Now, every time you go to hyperlink a word, Google search results will automatically appear below your link box. Never open another tab to search for a Wikipedia page again.
Your friends send you a whole bunch of Dropbox links? Good news, from here on out they'll get saved in a tab for you.
Half of the fun of using the Internet is finding weird and stupid things to share with your friends, but there are a whole bunch of ways to go about it. It gets even weirder when you're in the same room with them and have to start passing around devices or start Facebooking each other from three feet away.
Google just released a report today showing just how many links the search giant rips down from its searches a month because of copyright complaints and it's a doozy: 1.2 million a month. That comes from over a 1,000 copyright owners who've targeted 25,000 web sites.
You might have some hilarious friends who still think rickrolling someone is funny or know people who toss around NSFW links while you're at work. You can't help yourself, you click, you shriek, you close immediately. You fall for it. Every. Single Time. Here's a tip on how to prevent yourself from falling for…
You're about to send someone a link. Good! You put a lot of thought into it, and you're genuinely excited to share it and see the reaction. Let's just hope your friend doesn't do the most annoying possible internet thing.
Using the internet is only worthwhile if you can show off the perverse and wonderful things you've found on it. So, now that we're always online and always in touch, we're constantly sharing links. But what if you've seen it already? Lie.
Twitter could soon flag tweets containing links to inappropriate content with a NSFW designation.
The NY Times has a great investigative report on how J.C. Penney became the number one search result for countless search terms on Google. Dresses, bedding, area rugs, skinny jeans, tablecloths and even grommet top curtains and more words popped J.C. Penney up as number one. Not Amazon, not Macy's, not any of the…
Maria Fischer, a German designer, created this book, "Thoughts on Dreams". She sewed "hyperlinks" onto the book with thread so readers could follow a specific link, er, word or phrase. It was part of an art project to highlight key words amongst a bigger story and somehow visualize "the confusion and fragileness of…
The Daily! Its claim to fame is that it's only available on the iPad, right? Not anymore! Andy Baio has created a website indexing each issue of The Daily and linking every article for your reading pleasure. To be honest, it might be the easiest way to read The Daily. Not sure how long Baio can keep this up but in the…
Meg Whitman is running for governor of California. Last night, her spokesperson tweeted what was intended as a standard-issue endorsement announcement. But when you leave off a letter from a bit.ly address, strange things happen. Like, really, horribly, hilariously strange.
OK, so-called web surfers, listen up. You might be able to ride from page to page with your speedy search engines, sure, but could you make it from Amazon to the Pirate Bay only clicking links?
Unless you use Google Toolbar or FeedBurner, Goo.gl won't be of much use to you for now.