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Amazon’s cloud infrastructure said to power 1% of the Internet

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Amazon’s cloud computing infrastructure has seen tremendous growth and is silently becoming a core element of the Internet. According to research from DeepField Networks, one-third of the millions of users covered by the study visited a website that uses Amazon’s infrastructure each day, WIRED reported on Wednesday. While most people still think of Amazon mainly as an Internet retailer, the company is quietly becoming “a massive utility” that is responsible for 1% of all Internet traffic in North America, according to Craig Labovitz, the co-founder of DeepField Networks. “My mother, for example, has heard of Facebook. She’s heard of Google. She buys stuff from Amazon. But I don’t think most people realize just how pervasive Amazon is becoming,” he said. “The number of websites that would now break if Amazon were to go down, and the growing pervasiveness of Amazon behind the scenes, is really quite impressive.” The company stored 762 billion objects in its S3 storage cloud last year, three times the number of objects stored 2010, and it operates several data centers on the West Coast, across Europe, and in Virginia, Singapore and Tokyo.

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Watch a Man Cheat Death as His Truck Plummets Off a Cliff [Video]

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Jumping out of a moving vehicle just before it plummets off a cliff is standard stuff for action movies and James Dean impressionists, but actually seeing it happen in real life is breathtaking. A tow-truck driver in Norway did just that, though, when the heavy truck he was towing slipped off the icy road. More »


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Here Is OK Go’s New Video—and It’s a Joy to Watch [Video]

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
This is OK Go’s latest video, Skyscrapers. It’s not as crazy as their previous stuff, but it is beautiful anyway. I like to watch this couple dance through all the colors of the rainbow—I wish I could dance like that in a never ending night. More »


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Business Card Animation Is the Stuff of American Psycho’s Dreams [Video]

Sunday, March 25th, 2012
This rad little stop-motion video made by Australian design firm Messy Design is an awesome, creative use of everyday things. But really, you’re a design firm and you left the tripod legs and extension cord in the shot? Tsk tsk. Maybe they’re called Messy Design for a reason. [Laughing Squid] More »


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Pioneer launches its 2012 VSX AV receivers lineup, available now starting at $249

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Pioneer launches its 2012 VSX AV receivers lineup, available now starting at $249
We’ve seen Pioneer stuff its VSX line with 3D and Bluetooth goodness in the past; now, the Japanese outfit is unveiling its 2012 AV receivers portfolio in an attempt to widen its offerings. Starting with the lower-end models, the VSX-522 and VSX-822 are both packing 5.1 surround audio, while the main difference between the two is the lack of AirPlay and Bluetooth on the former. If you are, however, looking to go the premium route, you can snag the VSX-1022 or the top of the line Pioneer VSX-1122 , which will get you 7.1 sound, DLNA, as well as 1080p upscaling. All good for your ears? Ready up your wallet, as you’ll have to drop anywhere from $249 to $599 if you want to add one of these to your setup.

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Pioneer launches its 2012 VSX AV receivers lineup, available now starting at $249 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How Facebook is Shaking the Hardware World With Its Own Storage Gear [Facebook]

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Get Your Life In Order, Become a Bug, and Solve Puzzles with Your Own Creations [App Deals Of The Day]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Harvard-designed ‘soft robot’ shows you how low it can go (video)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

It’s the stuff of slow-moving robopocalyptic nightmares: a ‘soft robot’ designed by a team of Harvard scientists that draws inspiration from invertebrates like worms and starfish. The wired ‘bot is made from a flexible elastomer material that allows it to squeeze into spaces that are inaccessible for more traditional robots. Inside are chambers that inflate and deflate, allowing the thing to undulate forward. Definitely check out the robot in action after the break.

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Harvard-designed ‘soft robot’ shows you how low it can go (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WIREDoo search engine gets running man stamp of approval (video)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

MC Hammer already proved that you only need one hit record. But can you get by with just one search engine? Not if you believe his pitch to the Web 2.0 Summit this week, which promoted a “deep search” technology called WIREDoo. The rapper-approved tool emphasizes relationships rather than keywords, which yields very different results to Google’s. Type in 90210, for instance, and instead of pages of links about the TV show, the pre-beta WIREDoo brings up stuff about the neighborhood — schools, homes, the crime rate and other supposedly useful information. You’ll find the full presentation after the break, but don’t expect any nostalgic dance moves — Hammer is serious about this, just like he was about those revolutionary tablets.

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WIREDoo search engine gets running man stamp of approval (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 23 Oct 2011 23:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The WISPR Vaporizer Looks Like a Retro Transistor Radio [Smoking]

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

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