Microsoft To Shut Down Sunrise; The Best Calendar App

It’s not every day when your calendar app breaks up with you. And it doesn’t get any easier even if you’ve gone through this before… 😔

The popular calendar app, which Microsoft bought in 2015 for a reported $100 million, is shutting down and will be removed from the app stores in the next few days. On August 31st, they’ll officially shut down the app and it will stop working all together; the company announced on its blog Wednesday. Microsoft revealed last year that it was planning to merge its Outlook and Sunrise apps into a single app. (Outlook is not that bad!)

Don’t PANIC! Let’s explore some excellent alternatives:

  • Google Calendar (my fav.) is pretty fantastic these days (see Goals update)
  • Fantastical won Apple’s Design Award in 2015 (paid app)
  • Plan is sort of a list + calendar hybrid (that looks pretty tempting to try)
  • Rolo Calendar is a calendar for people who don’t use calendars 🙃

So, there you have it!

Visualizing Music

If You Could See It, This Is What Music Would Look Like

What happens when an oscilloscope measures a funky techno beat?

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Why It’s Illegal To Know This Long Number

85650789657397829 + 1402 more digits is an illegal number. To understand why this is, we need to learn a little bit of cryptology, a little bit of math, and a little bit of programming.

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Curved/Labs’ Concept Restores Apple’s Egg-Shaped iMac

With Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) slated for June 13, 2016, Curved/labs asked themselves: What if Apple focused on the educational market with a desktop computer?

The following video introduce Apple concepts created by the team at Curved/labs:

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The History Of Zero

What is Zero? Getting Something from Nothing

Is zero really a number? How did it come about? Hannah Fry tells the story of how zero went from nothing to something. Even though we can’t divide by it, zero is probably the single most important number in the history of math.

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How a car engine works

Learn more about your car engine from this graphic animation. Car engines are astoundingly awesome mechanical wonders. It’s time you learned more about the magic under the hood!

Also, check how a jet engine works and how speakers make sound.

The World’s First Ever Wireless Hack Was Over Radio

But it was not called “hacking” back then: it was called “scientific hooliganism”.

It is 1903 and it’s all about Marconi, Nevil Maskelyne, and a demonstration that didn’t go as planned.

Marconi’s invention posed a threat to the wired-telegraph industry. In response, the Eastern Telegraph Co. hired John Nevil Maskelyne, a British magician and inventor who had experimented with wireless technologies, to monitor Marconi’s work. According to an article in New Scientist, Maskelyne was able to build broadband receivers capable of intercepting Marconi’s so-called secure transmissions without knowing their frequencies.

In June 1903 Marconi held a public demonstration in London to show how his device could receive a message from a station nearly 500 kilometers away. But before he could receive the message, an intruder delivered this to Marconi’s receiver:

Rats rats rats rats.

There was a young fellow of Italy,

who diddled the public quite prettily.

The message went on to further mock and insult Marconi.

Source: A History of Hacking

Wearable Music

A new glove will turn even the most deficient in musical talent into rockstars.

A new glove will turn even the most deficient in musical talent into rockstars.

Remidi’s T8 gloves essentially turn your hands into a musical instrument, and your every movement into a musical note. The end result looks a little dorky, but it sounds awesome.

You can currently pre-order it on their website.

Strandbeests: Incredible Kinetic Sculptures Powered by the Wind

Most probably, you haven’t seen anything like this before

Dutch artist and inventor Theo Jansen has created something truly incredible. His kinetic sculptures, called “Strandbeests,” or beach beasts, are huge skeletal constructs that are designed to move powered solely by the energy of the sea breeze.

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The Strandbeests are made from ordinary plastic tubes and move without the use of electronics. The artist has also equipped his beasts with recycled plastic bottles, valves and pumps.

Via: The Mind Unleashed

Warka Water tower that pulls drinking water from thin air

A brilliant design wins World Design Impact Prize

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Warka Water

Designed by Arturo Vittori and his Italian studio Architecture and Vision, Warka Water is a water-catchment system that produces potable water by harvesting rain, fog, and dew. The team took design cues from naturally found forms, like termite hives and cactus spines, and combined them with low-cost, locally found materials to create the sculptural and biomimetic tower. A Warka Water structure comprises a bamboo frame, recyclable mesh, rope, canopy, and a water tank, and can be assembled easily and inexpensively by six people in about four days.

Via: Inhabitat

How YouTube’s ‘SciShow’ launched a real scientific investigation

Back in 2013, YouTube channel SciShow lesson brought viewers to Lake Hillier, an unusually salty lake with a bubblegum-pink hue located in Western Australia.

Three years later, the episode spawned a research project on its own. Researchers with the eXtreme Microbiome Project (XMP), launched a real scientific investigation and profiled the microbial life in Lake Hillier.

They found the algae in question that produces the red hues, but that the color of the lake primarily came from halobacteria and other extremophilic (extreme habitat-loving) microbes that are pinkish in color. The researchers also found a bacteria called Dechloromonas aromatica, which breaks down compounds in chemical solvents. The researchers believe this may be evidence of the lake’s history as a leather tanning station in the early 1900s.

Via: DailyDot