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Smartphones have somethin' a brewin'

The key to perfecting a good home brew is monitoring and recording the temperature of the beer brewing process, according to 20-year beer-brewing veteran, Leo Estevez. But taking down and monitoring all the data is time consuming and requires you to keep a constant watch over the brewing equipment. So Estevez created Bieree, a programmable smartphone-controlled beer-brewing gadget, to do the job for him.

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The Made-Up Words We Love to Use Too Often

Verbs become nouns, nouns become verbs, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
At least once today you probably encountered a trendy trend where the use of words is concerned: Nouning and Verbing.

Dumb Starbucks? 

Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, “Dumb Starbucks.”
The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers for sale and trendy CDs, including “Dumb Jazz Standards,” displayed on the counter.

Dumb Starbucks?

Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, “Dumb Starbucks.”

The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers for sale and trendy CDs, including “Dumb Jazz Standards,” displayed on the counter.