- How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa - The Globe and Mail:
The system is impressively simple and secure. Subscribers give an occasional lump-sum payment to Telesom and then use this balance to pay merchants digitally. To make a purchase, they dial a three-digit number, enter a four-digit PIN and then enter the merchant's Zaad number and the amount of the payment. Every merchant - even street vendors - keeps their Zaad numbers prominently displayed. Within moments, the customer and the merchant both receive text messages to confirm the payment and the transaction is done.I've heard about Zaad and M-Pesa before, but never known the specifics of the interaction. It's amazing really - quick, easy, with confirmation for both sides of the transaction.
- The Offline Glass on Vimeo - beer glasses that only stand when placed on your mobile phone.
- Rick Rubin on Crashing Kanye's Album in 15 Days - Newsweek and The Daily Beast:
Rick Rubin got Black Sabbath to return to its roots. He crashed Kanye's new album in 15 days. From Def Jam to Adele, the hit-maker gets intimate about his last 30 years%u2014and how he's about to make history.
- Obvious Winner - Magical American Soldiers Playing Quidditch in the Deserts of Afghanistan:
Bonus points for dropping the snitch with an AR-15.
- Architizer Blog » Artist Captures The Ruins Of Stars Wars
- This Guy Reinvented the Wheel ... by Turning It Into a Cube - Megan Garber - The Atlantic
And lastly... I feel the world is a better place because someone made this happen:
I just like to think of the night he turned around to his girlfriend or flatmates or whoever and said "hey I've got an idea..."