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John Paul Titlow
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Attended Temple University
Lives in Philadelphia, PA
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The new SoundCloud iPhone app sports an immersive, more minimal design that focuses on consuming audio rather than discovering or creating it. Quite a bit of fat has been cut here.
When faced with a bloated feature set, how do you pare things down without irking users? Here's how SoundCloud's designers cut the fat.
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How do you get a phone to publish images to Instagram without having an intern sit there all day tapping the screen? That's where the robot comes into play.

Using an off-the-shelf X-Y plotter, an Arduino, and some custom electronics, A&G's team built a crude robot dubbed Silent Bob that uses a modified stylus anonymously shame your Instagram friends for the sins. 
A Philadelphia agency built a smartphone-wielding robot that acts on anonymous haters' requests, eschewing Instagram's draconian API terms in the...
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The value of radical experimentation might not always be obvious up front, but tinkering that doesn't immediately move the needle on critical business metrics can still be valuable: from a healthier culture to big, lucrative new businesses.

Our 7-part story package on the value of radical experimentation in tech. 
A collection of stories about how companies big and small are using rogue R&D to tinker their way to the next big idea.
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 In an approach she describes as "participatory design," they actually handed users a pen and printout of a design mock-up and told them to mark it up like a grade school teacher.
Your friends' profiles now change their layout dynamically based on your relationship. Here's how Facebook conducted the UX research that drove the...
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The Cira Center is a pretty weird structure. With its reflective exterior and asymmetrical shape, the 437-foot-high building resembles a magic crystal jutting out into the sky. It happens to be very wide and adorned with LED lights, but beyond that, its design is not particularly forgiving to game designers.
A gaming professor hacked a skyscraper to make a 29-story version of Tetris. Here's how he pulled it off.
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Do people use Google+ yet? If so, check out this story I wrote about Neil Young's new digital music startup. 
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As anyone who's worked with large sets of raw data knows, they can be an epic bitch to wrangle. Data transformation is a huge time-suck, but that may be about to change.
As anyone that wrangles data knows, formatting is half the battle. This startup wants to ease the pain.
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The value of radical experimentation might not always be obvious up front, but tinkering that doesn't immediately move the needle on critical business metrics can still be valuable. 

This package of stories has to do with the state of experimentation in technology companies today, and where it's going next.
A collection of stories about how companies big and small are using rogue R&D to tinker their way to the next big idea.
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It feels like a cross between a video game and an acid trip. But as you walk through the neon, geometrically tripped-out cityscape, the music you hear is no hallucination.

Every measure of ambient electronic tones and textures is composed in real time by your own brain waves.
An experimental music app called Conductar uses a brain wave sensor to craft ambient soundscapes in 3-D space.
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For Sonos, the Google Play integration is just the beginning of a much bigger strategy: to become the means by which just about any sound on the Internet is heard out loud in high quality.

Although Cullen won't say which services they're looking at integrating with next, it's clear from talking to him that they're only getting started with this type of partnership.
Sonos continues to shift its attention to software.
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"People thought I was out of my mind to do something that was so retro and slow," Westergren says. "It was contrary to all the trends in technology. "
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Stepping inside DuckDuckGo's headquarters in Paoli, Pennsylvania, it's hard to imagine that its two modest, sparsely occupied floors could be used to launch an insurgency against one of the biggest tech companies on the planet. But they are. 

My behind-the-scenes look at what makes Google's tiniest competitor tick. 
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