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 pique 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!