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If Cycling’s the New Golf, Here’s Your Bag

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Startup folks aren’t wild about golf. Play nine holes for fun now and again, sure, but as a networking activity? That’s for the Fortune 500 set. Entrepreneurs tend to favor the more group-oriented cycling because everyone can play, it’s cheap (you know, after you buy the fanciest bike there is) and just like golf there’s beer afterward.

Thanks to WIRED’s Summer Gadget Lab series you’re going to discover a bevy of new gear to help you maximize every outdoor excursion—and cycling’s no exception. Along with this curated list of cycling gear from the Lab, we’ve got one late addition for you. With all that spandex there’s not a lot of room left for your stuff. Enter the Rapha Seat Pack, which can carry everything from smartphones to tire patches in its burrito-like, weatherproof form factor. It fits neatly under the seat of your bike, leaving your shirt pouches free to hold all that water you’re going to need.

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|  July 21st, 2014

Last Chance to Save your CardMunch Data. Now What?

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If you’re a user of LinkedIn’s popular CardMunch business card scanning app, you’ve hopefully caught wind that as of today CardMunch is toast. I repeat, today is the final day that you’ll be able to access the data from business cards you’ve scanned using CardMunch. So before you start looking for a CardMunch replacement, be sure to transfer your data to Evernote (which you’ll be able to access free for 2 years) or just download it for safekeeping.

Now then, because business cards are still a thing you’ll need a replacement for CardMunch. If you’re already down with Evernote, then their Hello 2.0 app has got you covered. If not, there alternate options. CamCard is cheap, accurate, and available for virtually every mobile OS there is. But it doesn’t sync with LinkedIn. The FullContact app is free and will sync your scanned info with virtually any application you like. But it’s $10/month if you want to scan more than 10 cards.

Now if LinkedIn would just buy Evernote…

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|  July 14th, 2014

Bcc, easy as 123

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Apple WWDC and Google I/O are both done. Game of Thrones and the rest of television is on hiatus. Which makes July the perfect month for WIRED to step in with an issue dedicated to refreshing your knowledge of internet ethics.

While WIRED and Jerry Seinfeld take you through LinkedIn and emoji’s, Smarter Upstarter would like to take this opportunity to remind you how to politely respond to an email intro using the “Bcc” field.

1)    Larry David sends an email to both you and Jerry Seinfeld, intro-ing the two of you since you both like cars and coffee.

2)    You hit reply-all to say hello to Jerry, and to thank Larry for the intro. But before pressing send, you drag-and-drop Larry’s name to the “Bcc” field, and note in the body of the mail that you’re moving Larry to Bcc. You hit send.

3)    Now, when Jerry “replies-all” back to the group, Larry will automatically be left off Jerry’s email, thus removing Larry from unnecessary emails and completing the intro transaction.

Master of your (email) domain…

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|  July 14th, 2014

NOBEL Case by Kletterwerks

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You may have to wait ’til later this year before treating yourself to the latest iPad, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hook yourself up with a snazzy new carrying case in the meantime! The Nobel Case by Kletterwerks is kind of a special find, because it’s recommended by a former President of the United States. Kind of. I can explain.

A couple months back, former President William Clinton visited Shinola, the Detroit-based boutique manufacturer known most for its watches. President Clinton walked away with over $7K in watches, which of course made the news. That got me curious, and I discovered the Nobel Case amongst their fine offerings.

I like this model because it’s versatile. It’ll hold onto your tablet, while leaving room for sunglasses and a magazine or two. Plus its Montana heritage gives it a sturdy feel and the ability to take extra wear and tear.

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|  July 7th, 2014

Googlepalooza 2014: The Swag Report

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In what’s becoming an annual tradition dating back to 2011, your Insider pal Smarter Upstarter is back once again with the news you need from this year’s Google I/O conference: the Swag Report.

First up, wearables. Along with the new Android Wear OS, Google announced availability of the LG “G Watch”, the Samsung Galaxy Live, and the Moto 360. Naturally, attendees gifted either the LG or the Samsung, and were also promised the Moto 360 when it comes out.

Up next, a cardboard box. You heard me—the other parting gift was a piece of cardboard you fold around your Android device to turn it into a VR headset. Make all the Oculus jokes you want, but it’s actually kind of cool. You can even make your own!

Even if you couldn’t get inside I/O, there was entertainment outside in the form of the creative protests and free cupcakes from none other than Yahoo!

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|  June 30th, 2014

The Word of the Week Is…”Yo”

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Simplify, simplify. Was that what Or Arbel had in mind when he launched the suddenly popular Yo App? Or was the fact that it went live April 1st meant to be a clue that it was all just a ruse? I suppose it doesn’t much matter now, because Yo is officially a thing.

Quick background: Yo is an app that let’s you send the word “Yo” to your friends. They in turn can send the word “Yo” back to you. And that is it. I promise you I’m not simplifying it for the sake of brevity. That is all it does. But like a pet rock, your friends have it and so you must have it. Marc Andreessen got deep when discussing it on Twitter. It made Colbert. And yes it’s already been hacked.

Yo says sending a “yo” is all about context. Try it this weekend and see if you agree.

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|  June 30th, 2014

WIRED Video: Teen Technorati

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When billionaire investor Peter Thiel first announced that he’d like to give college students 100,000 reasons to stop being college students and instead pursue startup ideas, a lot of people balked. Could he really do that? Is dropping out of college really a good idea? To his credit, Mr. Thiel forged right along with The Thiel Fellowship anyway, and is annually awarding 20 teenager $100K each to pursue their dreams.

What sort of kids and ideas qualify to be Thiel Fellows? Where do they come from? Now WIRED Video takes you through the entire process with a novel series called Teen Technorati, which introduces you to the program’s finalists and reveals how the winners are chosen. Each episode is 5 minutes or less, so you can binge watch the entire selection process in half the time it takes to drive from San Francisco to Palo Alto. Plus, you’re just in time for Season 2, where we follow the winners as they begin to build their companies.

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|  June 23rd, 2014

YouTube’s Elite “Creator Partner” Program Explained

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If you’ve spent any time in New York City this year, you’ve probably seen one of the ubiquitous YouTube billboards promoting some of the site’s most popular “creators”. People like Bethany Mota, whose main YouTube channel boasts over 6 million subscribers—compared to 269,000 for broadcaster NBC—and brings in a reported $500K per year in ad revenue.

Bethany is a YouTube “Creator Partner”, and she’s one of a small handful of regular users who’ve got access to special services from the video giant. And I mean special: YouTube will help train you to create professional-looking content, develop your user base, even give you access to state-of-the-art YouTube Space studios around the world. What’s the ticket to this elite club? Simple: just accrue over 75,000 cumulative watch hours over a 90 day period and you’re a Partner. That’s a lot of makeup tips.

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|  June 23rd, 2014

Spoiler Alert: These Twitter Feeds Cut to the Chase

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First thing’s first: there are no spoilers here! This blog post has nothing to do with Game of Thrones or Mad Men or Breaking Bad, though if you haven’t already watched the Breaking Bad finale we don’t know what to tell you.

No this kind of spoiler is the latest Twitter trend of spoiling those Upworthy-style curiosity gaps by tweeting the article’s payoff. Case in point.

Get the gist? Along with Saved You A Click, here are some of the other players in the latest Twitter feed craze:

Huffington Post:  @HuffPoSpoilers

Upworthy: @UpworthySpoiler

Rolling Stone: @RStoneSpoilers

WIRED: @wiredspoilers ….(hey, wait!)

(via @digiday)

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|  June 16th, 2014

The World Cup of Tweets

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It’s easy to forget, but this time four years ago — when we were last all focused on World Cup soccer — Twitter wasn’t really that big of a thing yet. Brazil’s got over 1.6 million followers. Four years ago? Less than one-tenth of that. 2014 is Twitter’s first World Cup as a mature social network, and they’re asking the question, “What if your team had to get the most mentions to win the World Cup?” Well for one thing, the U.S. might actually have a chance. What? Ok that was a cheap shot, yellow card on me. But the hypothetical results are interesting.

Check out the live interactive board of which teams are getting the most mentions on Twitter. Not only are there some surprising insights (who knew the Algerians were so hip to the Tweet) but also direct links to each country’s feed. Also, try tweeting out your favorite nation’s hashtag to get a look at Twitter’s special “hashflags” that they’ve rolled out for WC ’14.

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|  June 16th, 2014