Barista's edition for Sat 30 November 2013
Bitcoin payments with a simple tap? Multi-purpose nio Card gets added functionality
Bitcoin may be riding high, but spending it is still hardly an intuitive process. A new device called the nio Card, currently in Kickstarter mode, may provide an answer by allowing contactless Bitcoin payments - and because it has built-in NFC, it will work with the iPhone.
A Company Without APIs Is Like A Computer Without Internet
If I told you that I had a computer with the fastest processor and best display ever, but that it would never connect to the internet, you would likely consider it obsolete. That same label will soon be applied to companies without APIs that connect them with the rest of the digital world.
full article at Readwrite →
List of Free Programming Books
This list initially was a clone of stackoverflow - List of freely available programming books by George Stocker.
full article at Resrc →
Street-legal Batmobile up for auction, flame thrower included
Tribute to the vehicle from the 1989 Batman film comes complete with a suite of functioning crime-fighting gadgets. (Credit: Historics) Batkid has recently shown us that it's possible to transform into a superhero, if only for a day, and the smart superfan plans ahead for the day she/he might also be given an opportunity to fight crime before lunch and dispense justice for dessert.
full article at Cnet →
Give Thanks for Cassini, One of the Greatest Space Missions Ever
A mosaic of 36 Cassini images, captured on Oct. 10, 2013, and assembled into this incredible portrait by Gordan Ugarkovic. Among other details, you can see the hexagon at Saturn's north pole and the remnants of a giant storm that wrapped itself around the planet two years ago.
full article at Wired →
For 20 Years the Nuclear Launch Code at US Minuteman Silos Was 00000000
Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.
full article at Gizmodo →
Turn a regular paper plane into a smartphone controlled drone
Do you ever worry that your paper planes just aren't high tech enough? PowerUp is here to help. The device - known in full as the PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module - is an insert that slips into a regular paper airplane, letting you control it remotely using your phone.
full article at Theverge →