Microsoft Ignite: A Brief Look at a Big Conference

Microsoft Ignite: A Brief Look at a Big Conference

In terms of tech parties, it doesn’t really get much bigger than Microsoft Ignite.  Sure, there’s Oracle’s OpenWorld, which just drew some 60,000 attendees to San Francisco. And Salesforce’s Dreamforce, which attracted more than 150,000 to San Francisco last year, is on the way.

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These ear-free headphones look like a torture device from the future



We live in an age where people are constantly plugged in at the cost of tuning everything and everyone else out.

A new pair of ear-free headphones, BATBAND, wants to combat that. It’s a product that “makes your social lifescape compatible with your private soundscapes,” the company said in its Kickstarter video. Sounds fancy. But does it look fancy? Not exactly. In fact, I heard one person ask, “Are we absolutely sure these aren’t alien mind-control units?”

It’s basically a horseshoe-shaped band of spring steel that wraps the back of your head and has an inner lining padded for comfort and minimum sound leakage. Pair it to your mobile device via bluetooth, and voila, you can listen to music and the sound of cars, trains, people, birds, planes, what have you, at the same time. Read more…

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The Booming Business of Making Fake Apple Stores Look Real 

The iPhone 6S arrives tomorrow morning, and Reuters says the fever-pitch demand for the latest iPhone in China is spurring a boom in phony stores that look a lot like official Apple stores–right down to the bags.

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