Have your friends pay you back directly with PayPal.Me

Do you lend friends money, and they nev­er have cash to pay you back? Well PayP­al has cre­ated a tool that will help your friend pay you back through PayP­al; it’s called PayPal.Me

Basic­ally you get a cus­tom URL at PayP­al (Mine’s paypal.me/BradGrier if any­one feels like test­ing this) , that any­one with a PayP­al account can instantly use to trans­fer money to you. Simple idea, with lots of poten­tial.

Of course, since it’s cus­tom­ized, if you’ve got a brand or pop­u­lar name, you may want to grab yours quickly.

 

Post it. Text it. Tag it. Share it. Shout it. And let your friends pay you back in a tap or two. Grab your PayPal.Me link today.

Source: PayPal.Me

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lands ‘nicely vertical’ within 10 meters of target … in the ocean


And that’s how it’s done.

SpaceX’s Fal­con 9 came back to Earth after a suc­cess­ful launch today, land­ing in the ocean with­in 10 meters of its actu­al tar­get. And though it didn’t make the plat­form as ori­gin­ally inten­ded, the com­pany thinks that absent rough weath­er, the rock­et have worked as planned.

Rock­et soft-landed in the ocean with­in 10m of tar­get & nicely ver­tic­al,” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. “High prob­ab­il­ity of good drone­ship land­ing in non-stormy weath­er.”

… via Ven­ture Beat

Expected: Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired

I’m amazed that someone thought that apply­ing DRM to a cof­fee machine was a good idea. Using single-use dis­pos­able cof­fee pods is not great for the envir­on­ment — we use a refil­lable pod, which would be locked out under the Keur­ig 2.0 sys­tem.

Con­sumers hate DRM — in music, in movies, in any­thing — but apply­ing it to cof­fee feels espe­cially galling. It’s the most open caf­fein­ated bever­age there is; all you need is beans and hot water and, I guess, a ves­sel to brew it in. Lock­ing it up in plastic cups was already a little silly, though some­thing lots of people were happy to buy for the sake of con­veni­ence. Build­ing a com­plic­ated infrared scan­ning sys­tem so that you can only use Keur­ig-approved cups was a step too far.

Read more at  Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its cof­fee cups totally back­fired | The Verge.

Testing Duet — an OS X display extender app for iPad

You’ve prob­ably seen the online hype around Duet — an OS X dis­play extender app for iPad. Basic­ally it’s sup­posed to allow you to extend your cur­rent desktop screen to an iPad — just as if you had an extra mon­it­or. Oth­er apps already do this, but Duet’s claim to fame is it will extend your desktop in a way that’s lag free. So if you’re watch­ing movies or anim­a­tion and mov­ing ele­ments between mon­it­ors, you’ll not notice lag.

Duet’s unique fea­ture that allows this is that Duet con­nects to your Mac using the USB port and either 30 pin con­nect­or or Light­ning con­nect­or.

I’ve pre­vi­ously used sim­il­ar apps, Air Dis­play and Dis­playPad, though both have util­ized WiFi to link your dis­play to the com­puter. Also, both sup­port Win­dows or OS X. Cur­rently, Duet doesn’t sup­port Win­dows.

Duet also doesn’t sup­port the ori­gin­al iPad, where the two oth­er apps do — a con­sid­er­a­tion if you have an older ori­gin­al hanging around, as I do.

Duet has been get­ting mixed reviews on the iTunes App Store, but that may be related to the high CPU usage needed to render out a ret­ina dis­play to a ret­ina iPad — there’s a lot of work going on. If you’re using a new com­puter, or have a lower res­ol­u­tion iPad, then you may not encounter this issue.

Regard­less, I’ll take a look at the app and report back when I’ve been able to give it a workout.

 

Cool Thing: A browser based Theremin

Well, it’s not really a Theremin but more of a sound toy. Yes, it’s a great dis­trac­tion and some­thing to piqué the curi­os­ity of your cube­mates. HTML5 based, it’s a very cool imple­ment­a­tion. The author states he’s work­ing on an update that will allow you to play along with your own music.. cool! Check it out!