What to Expect at Google I/O

What to Expect at Google I/O

Google has a lot to do. Since its last developer conference, wearables have taken off, web-driven home automation became a real thing, in-car apps are taking shape, tablets have changed, and a full-on price war for cloud services has begun.

The company has certainly made some moves in these areas, but it’s saved plenty of big announcements for Google I/O, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday with the conference keynote in San Francisco. Mashable will be there, reporting from the conference live.


Sunday Big Read: “Cheap Words” explores why to love, hate Amazon

Editor’s note: For all of you who love to lounge in a chair and immerse themselves in an enlightening read, Sunday Big Read is a weekly feature sharing 3,000-plus word stories each Sunday.
Via The New Yorker
The New Yorker writer George Packer’s story on Amazon takes an far-encompassing look at company, whose CEO, Jeff Bezos  built the world’s largest online bookstore to capture an audience of consumers.

Read “Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” 


Indoor Clouds created by Berndnaut Smilde

Indoor Clouds created by Berndnaut Smilde

Whether you consider it sculpture, installation, performance or photography, if you see the art of Berndnaut Smilde in person, don’t blink – his artwork only exists for a moment.  In a relatively normal room or hallway a small cloud seems to materialize from nothing.  As quickly as it emerges, though, the cloud dissipates and is gone.


The New York Times: In Escape Rooms, Video Games Meet Real Life

The New York Times: In Escape Rooms, Video Games Meet Real Life

Everything is interactive these days, thanks to video games and the Internet, even Neil Patrick Harris’s forthcoming autobiography, which is being written in the style of a 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book.
One of the most interesting fusions of digital culture with an older form — in this case, theater — is the escape room, which locks people behind a closed door and asks them to find a way out.