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PSFK’s Top Tech Stories Of 2012

PSFK’s Top Tech Stories Of 2012
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A roundup of our 20 most popular technology articles from the past year.

Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby
  • 25 december 2012

As the year draws to a close, PSFK is rounding up the most interesting, compelling, and popular posts of the past year.

Check out our top 20 most popular tech posts of 2012 below:

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Facebook Launches ‘Couples’ Pages So Users Can Chart Their Relationship

You’re in love and you want the world to know, now Facebook has created an ‘us’ page that lets you chronicle your relationship. The page combines every post, picture, and event that you have shared with your partner.

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Charge Your iPhone With Your Own Breath

You’ve heard of wind-powered and solar-powered gadgets that can charge your phone, but what about breath-powered? This concept design was created by Joao Paulo Lammoglia that utilizes the power of your breath to convert into electricity via small wind turbines.

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3D Printing Booth Makes Tiny Replicas Instead Of Pictures

An exhibition set to open in Japan will demonstrate the detail, intricacy and range of scale that 3D printing offers, while also pointing to larger expectations around the simple exchange of information across mediums and what 3D-printing is poised to deliver generally.

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Artist Creates Real Clouds Indoors [Pics]

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has come up with a way to create clouds indoors by carefully regulating the space’s humidity, temperature, and light.

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Nigerian Teenagers Create Generator That Runs Off Urine

At Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, a group of teenage girls have created a generator that lets you put your waste to good use.

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Invisible Umbrella Repels Raindrops With Air

Designers Je Sung Park and Woo Jung Kwon, have developed a unique umbrella that only consists of the handle and nothing else.

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Piers Fawkes: Nike Thinks I’m The Athlete, I’m Not

I was lucky enough to be presented with a free Nike Fuel earlier this week. After a day wearing the device, however, I began to distrust the tracking accuracy and felt that the device lacked the complexity that we are beginning to expect when it comes to mobile technology and our health.

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Top Tech Gifts For 2012

It’s that time of year again! Make your list, check it twice, and dive into these cutting-edge gifts for the nice techies in your life.

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The Top 50 Android Phone Apps

The Guardian UK chooses the their list of great apps in the categories of social, entertainment, games, lifestyle, shopping and tools.

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App Lets Users Get Watched By A Cute Girl While They Work

Watching Cute Girl is a new iTunes app that features a young lady watching you. She’s supposed to keep you company if you are, for example, working, studying, eating by yourself, or when you are just plain lonely.

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Nokia Designs Tattoo That Vibrates When Someone Calls You

Nokia has filed for a patent of the world’s first vibrating tattoo. Taking haptic feedback — the technology behind vibrations when you touch your phone — to a new level, the company is embedding haptics into temporary and permanent tattoos.

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Coldplay Wristbands Turn Concert Audience Into Giant LED Display

Coldplay has been turning their audience into interactive participants at recent concerts by handing them Xylobands, LED-illuminated wristbands that can be activated all at once using a radio signal.

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Nike Opens Its Fuel Band API To Developers To Create A More Useful Product

Nike most recent bid to enter into the crowded field of wearable fitness technologies is its Nike FuelBand, a rubber wristband that tracks user movement and links that data back to an iPhone application for real-time performance readouts.

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Facial Recognition Billboard Only Lets Women See The Full Ad

A new kind of outdoor advertisement is being trialled on Oxford Street in London’s West End. The interactive advertisement uses a high-definition camera to scan pedestrians and identify their gender before showing a specific ad.

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Humans Achieve Immortality As Holographic Avatars

Think the sci-fi movie Avatar was a little too far-fetched? Turns out, the most ludicrous part of the entire movie may have been that we only watched it in 3D, rather than experienced it for ourselves.

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CNN Lights Up Empire State Building With Real-Time Election Results

In NYC and want to watch the election results? Instead of watching real-time results on your TV or computer screen, all you’ll have to do is look up at the New York skyline.

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Man Implants iPod Nano Into His Arm

Dave Hurban’s video on Youtube generated 900,000 views in two weeks, when he debuted his body piercing at a convention in Baltimore. The professional body piercer created a buzz with his strapless music player by implanting 4-magnetic studs (called microdermal anchors) under his skin.

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Apple’s iPad 3 Launch Targets The Television Revolution

The developments for Apple TV that debuted today seem to infer that the mega brand might be leaning toward launching a TV of their own.

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‘Smart’ Sex Toy Lets Long Distance Lovers Connect in Real-Time

We recently wrote about a kissing robot that let you smooch your love long distance, well LovePalz uses motion sensing technology to help long-distance couples stay connected on an even more intimate level.

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Mercedes-Benz Brings Siri To Their Cars

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans to integrate Apple’s Siri into its A-Class electronics system that would allow drivers access to their iPhone apps using voice commands.

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Banned Books Week Urges People To Seek Out Controversial Works

Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel called for 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity

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Outdoor Camp Presented In 360° VR By X Games Gold Medalist

The video features campers riding BMX trails, zip lining through the woods, and performing big-air jumps

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Boeing Wants Passengers To Control Their In-Flight Experience Through Their Phones

The airline manufacturer is embracing automation through a new generation of mobile travel apps

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VR Surgery Videos Offer Interactive Medical Education

Dutch startup MDLinking hopes to globalize communication between students and medical care professionals with virtual reality content

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Use Twitter To Learn A New Language

tDict is an app that uses the social media platform to help you search for words in local dialects

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This Startup Wants To Digitize The Loose Coins In Your Pocket

CoinOut is a new app that lets you save your extra change from cash transactions as electronic funds

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McDonald’s Is Accepting Trash As Currency In Exchange For Burgers

An initiative in Stockholm is trying to keep streets clean while satisfying hunger

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Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

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Google Is Using Virtual Paper Airplanes To Bring People Closer Together

The tech giant released an app that lets people throw their good wishes out into the world on the International Day of Peace

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Get Paid For Traveling In San Francisco After Rush Hour

BART Perks rewards commuters who take early or late trains by giving them extra points to trade for money

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Artist Designs Covers For Books That Don’t Exist

Published by the fictional 'Specious Books,' the subversive works facilitate a conversation regarding the artistic integrity of graphic designers

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Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

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Bringing Food Innovation To America’s Crowded Milk Market

a2 Milk's Blake Waltrip, Chief Executive of the USA region, discusses how the distributor plans on bringing the popular drink for the dairy-sensitive to the States

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Financial Services Yesterday

Device Makes Digital Currency Feel Tangible

The concept gadget wants you to experience the highs and lows of spending money

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NBC Is Planning To Stream The Presidential Debates In Virtual Reality

Partnering with AltspaceVR, the broadcaster offers another way for Americans to engage with the election season

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