Was that so hard?

If you’re looking to prove a point on the simplicity of finding simple answers for simple questions, this demo is just what you need: http://lmgtfy.com/

“Let me Google that for You”, or LMGTFY, allows you to type in a question, and send anyone a shortened link with a 101 demo on google search.

Here’s a quick example of the result: http://bit.ly/12CW7yx

Keep is simple.

LMGTFY

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But is it art?

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But is it art?

Modern Art, at least the way MoMa sees it, has finally decided videogames qualify as the new art.

Paula Antonelli, a curator for the museum, announced the acquisition of a few classics, such as Pong (1972) Space Invaders (1978) Asteroids (1979) Tempest (1981) Yar’s Revenge (1982), and Minecraft (2011).

But is it Art?
The title of Cynthia Freeland’s book – But it is art? – nicely portrays a common debate in this field. Controversy on the validity of videogames as an art form have arisen, arguing that video games are not a representation of one’s reaction to life, and therefore are not art. On the other hand, Gizmodo nicely raises the point that Minecraft (and all videogames, for that matter) are crafted by designers, who, in doing so, portray their own personal representation of life. More on the matter here: http://tinyurl.com/bt3z7wp

Online Pope

Religious members of Twitter will be happy to hear that as of yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI is an official member of the 140-character social network. Under the username @Pontifex, you can follow him to find out more about the word of God and share your views on religious matters.

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From: The Guardian

Floppy Coffee Table

This beautifully designed Floppy Disk table will be an absolute mystery to kids. Berlin artists Axel van Exel and Marian Neulant created the table that includes a stainless steel part, which ironically also serves as a storage device, being a drawer for remote controls and whatnot.

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From: Gizmodo

Facebook to Buy Whatsapp?

Mobile messaging is undoubtedly more and more the center of attention these days. About 1 billion people in the world own smartphones, and given Facebook’s attempts to extend its touchpoints with mobile consumers, one can see how this acquisition would seem appropriate. Details on price and how advanced the process is are not yet known.

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It’s important to remember Whatsapp’s global relevance, present in over 100 different countries, including a number of emerging markets, in which Facebook wants to make its mark. 750 mobile networks have people using Whatsapp, on iOS, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and Nokia S40.

From: Tech Crunch

Duck Duck Go

Classified as a hybrid search engine by TechCrunch, www.duckduckgo.com is a start-up that uses crowd-sourcing for its search results and does not store user data and information. Entrepreneur Gabriel Weinberg’s last start-up, The Names Database, was sold for $10 million, and this time he’s used the flaws of Google to develop a more private search engine that doesn’t generate results based on the user’s interests and past searches. Contrary to Google, the ads also don’t pollute the search page, being a lot cleaner and more discreet. In October of 2012, DuckDuckGo already had 45 million searches.

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A Place Geeks Can Call Home: Wired Store

The official Wired pop-up store is inventive, quirky and full of surprises. The preview was last night and was packed and the official opening was today and goes on until December 5th in London’s Quadrant Arcade, near Piccadilly Circus.

#wiredstoreuk on Twitter posts live news of the events taking place during December – Baring in mind that the space is small and adopts a first come, first serve policy for visitors.

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From: The Next Web