Thousands of Kickstarter backers still waiting on Coolest Cooler may have to wait another 3 years

The Coolest Cooler Kickstarter campaign originally raised $13 million. (Coolest Cooler Photo) The 20,000 Kickstarter backers who have been waiting two years for their high-tech Coolest Cooler to arrive learned they may have to wait another three after founder and CEO Ryan Grepper issued a long-awaited update on Friday. In a lengthy message to those who helped crowdfund the 2014 project, Grepper spelled out what’s been going on with delays and a Department of Justice investigation in Oregon. And he delivered the news that coolers likely won’t be showing up anytime soon as the Portland-based company needs to make money before it can make more products. Ryan Grepper, creator of… Read More

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Reverse engineering mysterious 500-million-year-old fossils that confound our tree of life

(Credit: Arizona State University) Paleontologists like us are used to working with fossils that would seem bizarre to many biologists accustomed to living creatures. And as we go farther back in Earth’s history, the fossils start to look even weirder. They lack tails, legs, skeletons, eyes . . . any characteristics that would help us understand where these organisms fit in the tree of life. Under these circumstances, the science of paleontology becomes significantly harder. Nowhere is this issue more apparent than in the Ediacaran period, which lasted from 635 million to 541 million years ago. A peculiar and entirely soft-bodied suite of fossils from this era are collectively referred… Read More

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Windows 10 Source Code Leaked

Microsoft has confirmed that a portion of the source code for Windows 10 has leaked online. The leak, containing software elements not normally visible to the public, may represent an opportunity for hackers to uncover and exploit security weaknesses. The leak was originally reported by U.K. tech site The Register, which described the leaked files as “a massive trove” including both code for USB and Wi-Fi modules, and full unreleased builds of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. The Register claimed the trove was stolen from Microsoft as recently as March. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. However, The Verge has contradicted part of that assessment, claiming that the leak… Read More

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Whale of a ride: Why this techie and his teen daughter are traversing the U.S. on a tandem bike

John Carpenter and his daughter Olivia begin their cross-country tandem bike ride on the Burke Gilman Trail at Golden Gardens in Seattle on Saturday morning. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) A Seattle girl with a love and concern for endangered orca whales hopped on a tandem bicycle with her tech-savvy father Saturday morning to start a cross-country ride to raise awareness and money to aid the species. Olivia Carpenter, a 14-year-old freshman at Roosevelt High School, is taking on the big trip this summer with her father John Carpenter, the longtime IT manager at Madrona Venture Group. John and Olivia Carpenter hope to be in Boston by Aug 25. (GeekWire… Read More

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The Sony A9 inches the mirrorless camera market forward

Having a variety of prime, telephoto, macro, sport and the like, all with distinctive shooting characteristics is what give lenses their charm. However, Sony just took Nikon’s spot as number two in the full-frame camera industry — Canon holds pole position. Currently, only 24 full-frame E-mount lenses exist compared to the dozens that Canon has in each category. Still,… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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