Behind-the-Scenes at TED2014: A photo gallery of days 2 and 3

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A bird's-eye view of the lobby at the Vancouver Convention Centre, complete with spinning globe and "The Next Chapter" stairway. Photo: Bret Hartman A bird’s-eye view of the Vancouver Convention Centre, complete with spinning globe and “The Next Chapter” stairway. Photo: Bret Hartman

The second and third days of TED2014 have been tremendous—a mind-bending exercise in crackling new ideas and rethinking old ones. Here, a visual spin through the conference so far.

TED Fellow Uldus Bakhtiozina shares her beautiful, surreal photography. Photo: Ryan Lash TED Fellow Uldus Bakhtiozina shares her beautiful, surreal photography. Photo: Ryan Lash

Chris Hadfield, whose talk was posted on TED.com today, signs books in the TED Bookstore. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Chris Hadfield, whose TED Talk was posted today, signs books. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, she danced for the first time since thanks to an ultra high-tech prosthetic created by Hugh Herr's lab at MIT. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, she danced for the first time since, thanks to a high-tech prosthetic created by Hugh Herr’s lab at MIT. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Edward Snowden walks through TED2014, interacting with attendees. Photo: Bret Hartman Edward Snowden walks through TED2014, interacting with attendees. Photo: Bret Hartman

TED's own Tom Reilly is gifted with a puppet of himself during the TED Fellows sessions. Last summer, he presented a similar puppet to Fellow Asha de Vos. Photo: Ryan Lash TED’s own Tom Reilly is presented with a puppet of himself during the TED Fellows sessions. Photo: Ryan Lash

Citi for Cities is helping major metropolises solve problems. At their kiosk at TED, attendees created digital art by riding a stationary Citi Bike. The harder they pedaled, the more the color and pattern changed. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Citi for Cities is helping metropolises solve problems…

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SmartMio Offers Athletes Wearable Muscle Stimulation Controlled By Your Smartphone

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Athletic wearable devices are not anything new, but a new product launching today on Indiegogo has a different take from the myriad activity trackers out there: The SmartMio connected sports muscle stimulator is designed to bring so-called electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to enthusiast and professional athletes in a small, convenient and smartphone powered package.

The SmartMio consists of two electrodes which you can stick to your skin above the muscle group you want to work out, and a pod that houses the Bluetooth and electronic brains for the system. It’s built by Smartmissimo, a startup based out of Singapore that is focused on building wearable health and medical devices, founded by Alex Pisarev and Filip Almakov. Using a database of workout data, the SmartMio can be used to enhance workouts by delivering small doses of electrical stimulation to the muscle groups being targeted, in addition to the exercise a user…

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Samsung Gear 2 Will Cost $295, Gear Fit Will Be $197 When They Go On Sale In April

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Samsung has released some pricing information on its Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatch devices, and the news should be welcome considering they’re both priced cheaper than the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch: The Gear 2 will be $295, and the Gear Fit will be $197 when they go on sale in April, Samsung revealed at an official announcement in Taiwan.

The announcement, reported by Sammobile and other outlets, is in keeping with rumored pricing for the devices, and puts them in the same ballpark as other similar devices like the Pebble smartwatch and Sony Smartwatch 2. The Fit’s lower pricing is likely due to the smaller screen, more limited functionality and lack of an onboard camera, and the camera-less Gear 2 Neo is likely going to fall somewhere between the two in terms of pricing accordingly.

Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear is currently being sold off at bargain basement prices…

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AT&T, U.S. Cellular set 16 GB Galaxy S5 pre-order price at $199.99

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AT&T(s t) and U.S. Cellular(s usm) are the first U.S. carriers to announce pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone. Pre-orders will begin on Friday, March 21 and the 16GB phone is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract. The phone will start shipping in April, and U.S. Cellular has announced it will be available in stores starting April 11.

The carriers will be offering pre-orders for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit wearables as well. AT&T has set pricing for the Gear 2 at $299, while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit cost $199, right in line with earlier prices Samsung announced in Taiwan on Thursday. U.S. Cellular hasn’t announced pricing, but I’d expect it to be the same. In fact, I’d expect pricing and availability dates for all of Samsung’s new devices to be similar across the board as more carriers make announcements.

Samsung Group_Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo

Though a…

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AirSnap Helps You Take Beautiful Group Selfies By Pairing Two iOS Devices

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How many times have you stepped out of the group to click pictures, feeling left out as others posed? Or have there been instances when you’re jostling to get back for a group picture after setting the timer of a camera shutter? While there is Samsung NX Mini, which comes with an LCD screen that flips 180 degrees for taking selfies, it still requires users to make adjustments in the frame. Ditto for camera-fitted mobile phones that need a lot of work in getting that perfect selfie.

Group selfies are mainstream now, and that’s despite all the theories linking selfies with head lice. As TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook wrote last month, selfies aren’t a passing trend.

GlobalDelight, an iOS app developer based in the Indian coastal town of Udupi, is today going live with an upgrade of its Camera Plus app, loaded with a new feature called 

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