The Unicorn Frappuccino

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The Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème is made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle. It is finished with vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping.

Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform… More at Starbucks.

Somewhere at the bottom of this awful creation may be some coffee. Starbucks coffee which isn’t really proper coffee anyway.

Short Film: Find my Phone

I’m not totally convinced by a situation that is set up in this way, but there is some good information included.

Neil made some good points on Twitter about it as well-

Yes, the guy stole a phone. But should that mean the original owner can intercept calls, take remote photos, download contacts etc.?

I don’t know the tool used, but it appears to be easily available, very capable, hard to remove, and at least reasonably covert.

Does a thief, or a purchase of a stolen phone (knowingly or not) have a legitimate expectation of privacy? Or were the actions acceptable?

All the more interesting in this case that the phone was configured with the sole intention of having it stolen, to track: a “set up” job.

All this happened in Europe (Netherlands). Is this domestic purposes? Or some other excepted basis? Seems a stretch.

But still interesting!

It then got more worrying when Neil asked the following over iMessage-

Also makes me think about eBay / PSCForum etc – how do you know the second hand phone you buy doesn’t have this pre-installed? Scary.

That is a very good point.

Knops – The volume button for your ears

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What if you could adjust the volume of life itself? No more flights filled with crying babies. No more risk of your ears falling off at that concert. No more loud neighbors Only the sounds you like to hear, when you want to hear them. Sounds good? Well, hear us out. Double pun. Super intended.

You’ve got our attention. But no more puns, please. Agreed. We are talking about Knops; the volume button for your ears. This acoustic hearing solution will give you full control over the surrounding sounds you hear. All day every day… More at kickstarter.

I like the idea, but they would be way better if they were largely invisible to other people.

The Dino Sphere

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I need a Dino Sphere. I need one.

You’ve probably seen nature shows covering animals with bioluminescent properties, emitting radiant light just by, well, living. Dinoflagellates fall into that category, and the Dino Sphere is the auditorium through which you can bring this natural phenomenon into your home. These microscopic organisms grow and thrive simply through exposure to sunlight and nutrient-rich seawater (included). With a simple swirl of the sphere, the dinoflagellates put on a captivating light show that you can enjoy night after night.

So when he was finally exonerated, why did he ask for his conviction back?

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Cook, who has a big, square face, smiled too. He had fought for almost four decades to get to this moment. In 1978 a jury found him guilty of the murder of Linda Jo Edwards, a 22-year-old Tyler secretary whose body was discovered in her apartment bludgeoned and mutilated. The case confounded the city’s investigators and prosecutors with its gruesomeness, and Cook became known as a monster and a deviant, the most notorious killer in Smith County. Over the years, the county’s prosecutors had sought—four different times—to send Cook to death row… More at Texas Monthly.

Fascinating article.