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Global Technology News for 9 Dec 2016

China's futuristic train thatIt felt pretty awesome to witness the future of transportation unveiled this summer as China’s Transit Elevated Bus Train (TEB) took to the urban streets of Qinhuangdao for testing. One would think... that after such an accomplishment the vehicle would be put to use as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately, that is not what’s happening. A new report from Shanghaiist tells…
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Tsunami Warnings Are CancelledTsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were cancelled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon... Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat
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This is getting ridiculous.If you can't beat them, join them.  That seems to be Facebook's approach to winning over the youth of the world, who just can't get enough of its fast-growing competitor, Snapchat.  Facebook is... currently testing a navigation bar that looks remarkably similar to Snapchat Discover's original navigation. It's at the top of another new feature: A feed of Facebook Live videos straight from publishers. SEE ALSO: Sextacles: How Snapchat's new Spectacles are being used in the sack On Thursday, Mashable viewed the fresh feature. The brand spanking new Live feed was accessed by clicking a play button icon at the bottom of the app — just to the right of the news feed icon — to open up the new feed. 
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US mulls rules for airlinesThe U.S. Department of Transportation is considering making it mandatory for airlines to inform passengers before purchasing tickets if they will allow voice calls using mobile wireless devices on... board their aircraft, thus hoping to placate customers who could object to having co-passengers talking away on their phones in an enclosed space. An alternative measure would be to ban all voice calls on domestic and international flights to or from the U.S., the DOT said in a proposal for which it has asked for comments within 60 days of publication of the notice on the Federal Register. The Federal Communications Commission already bans the use of mobile devices on certain radio frequencies on board aircraft, including for voice calls, but it has not prohibited calls using the Wi-Fi network or...
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Ridiculously lucky scientistsScientists have known for a while now that many dinosaurs had feathers, and simply weren't the shiny, leathery reptilian beasts that movies are so fond of depicting, but finding intact feathers that... have survived untold eons is virtually impossible. That is, unless a dinosaur somehow found a way to accidentally let a portion of its body get smothered in tree sap and then conveniently died in a place where humans would eventually stumble upon it. It seems at least one such dinosaur did exactly that. In a new paper published in Current Biology, a group of scientists led by Lida Xing detail the discovery and inspection of a remarkably preserved tail from a member of the dinosaur subgroup Coelurosauria. The tail is partially covered in amber, allowing humanity a rare glimpse of its original...
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EU is suing member states overThe European Union isn't happy some of its member countries still haven't punished Volkswagen for cheating on emission tests. According to several sources, it has began taking legal action against... seven nations, starting with the UK, Germany, Luxembo...
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This startup lets you use yourOnline clothes shopping has surged in the past few years, as consumers become more confident buying before trying. However, everyone has had one bad experience with size, length or fit and had to... return or live with the mistake. Wiivv Wearables wants to make the fear of a wrong size a thing of the past,...
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Here's the 'ProblematicIn an effort to be more transparent, Uber publicly revealed what a customer would have to do to get banned from the service, posting a list of bannable offenses on its website.
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A 'cyber game' held in Canberra suggests that commercial and diplomatic solutions would be more effective long-term than chasing the hackers.
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Twitter accidentally killed @If you use the official Twitter iOS app, you may have noticed something missing today: @username handles in replies. I wasn't a fan of the reworked style when it popped up on my Android device... recently, and neither were many of the people affected by...
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Google Cast, rebranded asGoogle Cast has long been a popular way to bring content from your smartphone to every corner of your home. In keeping with that concept, Google is rebranding the Google Cast app as Google Home. The... post Google Cast, rebranded as Google Home, is now open to developers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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PewDiePie says he's going toHe's the most popular creator on YouTube in terms of subscriber numbers but PewDiePie says he's not happy with the streaming giant, and as a result intends to delete his channel on Friday. But will... he? The post PewDiePie says he’s going to ditch his 50 million YouTube subscribers on Friday appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft: Windows OS willAlso today: Bluetooth gets a big upgrade, Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors lean toward futuristic display tech. The post Microsoft: Windows OS will eventually run on mobile phones appeared first on Digital... Trends.
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Andreessen in hot water forFacebook’s board was sued earlier this year, with investors alleging that their interests were not adequately represented when Zuckerberg was permitted to sell most of his shares and still retain... voting control of the company. And now court filings uncovered by Bloomberg show that texts sent by board member Marc Andreessen are being used to suggest that he was protecting Zuckerberg…
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Parkour robots can do tricksFew people can say they can master parkour, the art of surpassing obstacles by jumping over or bouncing off of them. It looks all very exciting but it's very difficult. That's why it's exciting to see... researchers from UC Berkeley have taught a robot to perform similar jumping tricks which could be used one day to save lives. DON'T MISS: NASA's Saturn orbiter just sent back the most stunning photos yet Salto, short for Saltatorial Locomotion on Terrain Obstacles, is the name of the tiny robot shown in the following video, a machine that can jump better than any other similar machine. The robot can jump over obstacles as high as a meter (3.3 feet), and in the future it may be able to navigate complex obstacle courses that would help rescuer find survivors in rescue missions. What's...
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NSA, Wikimedia FoundationBacked by ACLU lawyers, the Wikimedia Foundation seeks to continue its constitutional challenge to an NSA surveillance program.
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Georgia says it's traced anGeorgia's secretary of state says the state was hit with an attempted hack of its voter registration database from an IP address linked to the federal Department of Homeland Security. The allegation... by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is one of the more bizarre charges to come up in the recent spate of alarms about voting-system hacks. He said in a Facebook post on Thursday that he had been made aware of the failed attempt to breach the firewall protecting Georgia's voter registration database. The attack was traced to an Internet Protocol address associated with DHS, he said.
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Nintendo will pay you up toSo you bought a Nintendo 3DS to play some Pokemon Sun… but now your Pokedex is complete and you’ve explored every inch of Alola. Now what? If you’ve got a technical background, you might... consider poking around the 3DS itself. There might just be a big ol’ stack of cash in it for you. Nintendo has just launched a bug bounty program by way of HackerOne. Find a bug that…
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TSMC wants to build a newSamsung may be the first to mass produce the industry's first 10nm SoC, but that doesn't mean TSMC can't prepare for what's to come in the future.
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Why your e-toll debt may be prescribing

Tech Central - 9 Dec 2016 12:15
Outstanding e-toll debt has begun to prescribe as three years have passed since the controversial system became operational, roads agency Sanral has confirmed. This means that unless road users were... summonsed or formally
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Sony's dev team has reportedly said that issuing Android 7.1.1 is its "number one priority" and that it intends to be the next manufacturer to release it.
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Tito Mboweni falls victim to ATM scam

Tech Central - 9 Dec 2016 12:06
Former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni lost R5 000 in an ATM scam at a petrol station in Midrand on Thursday afternoon. He recounted the incident on his Twitter account. "Just been
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Apple just made its firstMuch like other Silicon Valley giants, Apple is serious toward cutting its reliance on non-renewable energy sources — and this week, it took a major step on this front. The Cupertino company has... invested (PDF; non-English language) in four Chinese companies owned by Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment, a subsidiary of Goldwind. SEE ALSO: Tesla is powering an entire island with solar energy, NBD Goldwind is China’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, having supplied 12.5 percent of all wind turbine installations in the country last year. Much of Apple’s products are manufactured in China. In September, Apple had committed to use more renewable energy at its third-party suppliers. 
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Samsung working on twoSamsung is reportedly planning to release a dual-screened smartphone in early 2017 with two different truly foldable designs to arrive in its wake.
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If reports are to be believed, Apple has scaled back ambitions to build its own car, but it's still going strong with its more prosaic automobile offering: CarPlay. As spotted by 9to5Mac, the in-car... operating system (like a stripped back version of iOS) is now available in more than 200 different vehicles. The latest list features cars from Audi, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen, including vehicles that are already on the market, and some 2017 models. You can check the full list here. It's not clear in terms of precise numbers how this compares to Google's rival car OS, Android Auto, but both companies cover all the major manufacturers. As of this October, Android Auto was scheduled to be available on more than 40 2016 models,...
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Japan Doubles Cost EstimateA Japanese government panel says an estimate of the total costs to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning costs... expected to continue to rise
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Apple chief Tim Cook picked toThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its 2017 commencement address.
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Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.
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Facebook continues to flesh out its in-app camera features, releasing a new tool that lets members of the public create and submit their own custom photo frames for others to use. Like Snapchat's... geo-filters, the frames have to surround -- but not obscure -- the subject, and offer some connection to a local event or location. You could make one for your favorite bar, for a cause, or just because you feel like it. The social network has offered photo frames for your profile picture since 2015, but hasn't let anyone create their own before now. Facebook An example of custom photo frames for Facebook. Like Facebook's other photo experiments (including a version of the app that opens straight to the camera instead...
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Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital on Friday and appeared to be heading home, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole for medical reasons.
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Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.
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Buzz Aldrin Leaves New ZealandHe was evacuated from the South Pole for medical reasons.
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Super Mario Run gameplay videoNintendo has uploaded a new Super Mario Run gameplay video which provides a look at some of the content coming when it launches on Android in 2017.
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If you're in line for an AT&TThe FTC has begun refunding former and current AT&T customers a total of $88 million after it was found to have been charging for unauthorized third-party mobile services, a practice otherwise known... as "cramming." The post If you’re in line for an AT&T ‘cramming’ payout, it’s coming soon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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If you haven't heard of Magic Leap, you are clearly either not interested in the virtual/augmented reality space, or if you claim to be interested, then you have been living in a cave. So just in... case, it is a secretive Dania Beach, Florida, startup that has been the talk of the AR world since it released its first demo video in March 2015.
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Africa's tech hubs

TechCrunch - 9 Dec 2016 10:30
Africa's tech hubsInnovation hubs have become a mainstay of Africa’s emerging technology ecosystem. Scratch the surface of the continent’s information and communication building blocks and you’ll likely find... connections to a tech space. Over 150 startups have launched out of Kenya’s iHub. MEST’s Incubator seed fund program formed out of Ghana’s Meltwater IT academy.
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Zuma defies calls to quit

Tech Central - 9 Dec 2016 10:12
President Jacob Zuma has warded off calls to resign over the scandals that have marred his administration and spread dissent in the ruling party largely thanks to a bloc of politicians known as the... "premier league" that has his back. With urban voters deserting
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John Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95; John Glenn once said he never thought of himself as a hero.
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Google released virtual versions of festive NYC holiday displays. The "window wonderland" gives people a glimpse into the festive displays through virtual reality and 360 degree photos. CNET editor... Brian Tong joins CBSN to discuss the online panoramas.
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Dementia sufferers in JapanA company in Iruma, north of Tokyo, has developed tiny nail stickers, each of which carries a unique identity number, to help concerned families find missing loved ones with dementia.
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Pioneering smartwatch maker Pebble is no longer manufacturing or selling any of its devices after the bulk of the company was bought by Fitbit
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True Key by Intel Security: $15.99

The Mac Observer - 9 Dec 2016 09:30
True Key by Intel Security:We have a deal for you today on True Key by Intel Security, This software is a password keeper that lets you use unique features, like your face, fingerprint, or devices you’ve approved to unlock... apps and websites. You can get one year of access to this software for $15.99 through us. There are also deals for three years and five years available.
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Magic Leap video may haveWhile the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and even Google Daydream are duking it out in the virtual reality space, the Microsoft HoloLens remains almost uncontested in the augmented reality... arena. Well, almost. There's also Magic Leap, which has was already making waves even before the HoloLens landed in the market. But apparently, that was all it was doing, …
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Watch how Parrot drones areWith California having lost more than 100 million trees to drought in recent years, ecologists have turned to drone technology to help gather data on trees' health. Drone company Parrot, for example,... has teamed up with ecologists to carry out the work. The post Watch how Parrot drones are helping California’s sequoia trees maintain good health appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Vodafone India offers doubleVodafone in India is now offering double the amount of data for its existing 4G pre-paid customer plans, with prices starting at Rs 255.
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AMD Crimson ReLive RadeonAMD's Radeon cards got significantly improved thanks to the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive update. The driver introduces new features and functions that can boost performance and efficiency
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BlackBerry bets the farm on security

Tech Central - 9 Dec 2016 08:34
BlackBerry has rebranded the software products it acquired over the last three years, tying them together into a single system it hopes will be the go-to platform companies and governments use to... protect their electronic devices
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Google Expands Daydream VRMore apps are headed for Google's virtual reality platform, Daydream VR. 'Gunjack 2: End of Shift,' 'Need for Speed,' and 'Wands' are just some of the mobile VR experiences added in Daydream's... expanding roster of applications.
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Samsung may be about toIf you decided to ignore the Galaxy Note 7 recall because you're not bothered about the possibility of it spontaneously combusting, then be warned - Samsung may be about to render it useless via a... software update. The post Samsung may be about to disable the Galaxy Note 7 for remaining U.S. users appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Muthambi 'usurped' SABC board's powers

Tech Central - 9 Dec 2016 08:26
Former SABC board member Vusi Mavuso has revealed that communications minister Faith Muthambi amended key legislation in the SABC's memorandum of incorporation that took powers away from the board.... Mavuso was testifying under
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Samsung's year-end annual reshuffle of executives is being delayed, raising speculation that the scale of reorganization this year may be its highest in years due to the Note 7 debacle, the Harman... deal, and the political fallout from the presidential scandal.
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AP WAS THERE: John GlennAP WAS THERE: John Glenn blasts off from Florida to become first American to orbit the Earth
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If the world wants a bonk-detecting WiFi mattresses, it must be a malware-free bonk-detecting WiFi mattress Washington DC think tank the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology is calling for... regulation on "negligence" in the design of internet-of-things (IoT) devices....
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Local Motors unveils 3DEngineers from Local Motors have recently found a way to utilize a self-driving car, a 3D printer and a drone, all together in one amazing machine. Working directly with Grant Imahara of Mythbusters,... the engineers have produced a 3D printed, autonomous vehicle that comes equipped with its own 3D printed drone. Mouser Electronics provided the...
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My John Glenn Story

SpaceRef - 9 Dec 2016 07:48
Although I met him more than once in my 30 years in Washington, my association with John Glenn was one of a degree of separation - I knew many people who knew him well....
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All-American John Glenn:Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio
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John Glenn, Astronaut and USJohn Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and a longtime U.S. senator, has died at 95. A national hero following his space flight, he was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7.
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Indonesia President VisitsIndonesia's president traveled to areas devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn apart communities would be rebuilt
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UK's Bristol wins laurels forThe future-friendly city of Bristol received a notable Internet of Things (IoT) award for its programmable city initiative. Globe Newswire said that the southwest U.K. city recently won the Smart City... Award at the World Communications Awards & Internet of Things Awards in London. The city was recognized for its Bristol is Open project, which is...
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Used staffer creds, work laptop, to snoop on execs Former Expedia worker Jonathan Ly has admitted to hacking his own chief financial officer and investor relations head to commit US$331,000 in insider... stock-trading....
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Are You Ready For A 14 TB Hard Drive?

Forbes - 9 Dec 2016 07:28
Are You Ready For A 14 TB HardThe new 12 and 14 TB drives announced by Western Digital will find ready application for bulk storage in private and public clouds, while the introduction of new 3D NAND products under the SanDisk... brand. The company appears to have a broad offering of storage technologies to fit many niches.
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The first trailer for Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, giving us a clear look at how well leading man Tom Holland can handle himself in the ol' red and blue pajamas. The... trailer follows Spider-Man as he interrupts a bank robbery, perches on tall buildings, and takes life advice from Tony Stark. We also get a glimpse of Jon Favreau as Tony Stark's body man Happy Hogan and of Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes / Vulture. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest restart for the character since Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man films, and is the second Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance for Peter Parker following last year's Captain America: Civil War. We thought he was great, even if we weren't entirely sure if he...
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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' isIt's our first good look at the upcoming Spider-Man movie from Marvel Studios and Sony, and boy is it looking good.
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Magic Leap Lags BehindMagic Leap is struggling to fulfill its original vision for an innovative augmented reality technology, as reported by The Information. Magic Leap has allegedly shifted to a new technology since its... patented fiber-optic technology is hitting a few snags.
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The year that was 2016: GirtGirt by CNET has you covered in our final, super-sized show for 2016 with all the garbage fires, gift ideas and guesses for the future that you'd expect from a tech podcast in late December.
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The Physics of Spider-Man'sIn the latest trailer from Spider-Man: Homecoming, we see that he now has wings on his suit. Here is a rough model of him falling with wings. The post The Physics of Spider-Man's New Web Wings... appeared first on WIRED.
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Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. Better ... stronger ... faster. And meshier, before long The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the standard's new... specification....
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The First Spider-Man:Parker your butt on a chair, and get ready to watch this thing over and over again. The post The First Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Is Gonna Eat the Web appeared first on WIRED.
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Review: Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Phoblographer - 9 Dec 2016 07:02
The Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR is a lens that's designed to go along with the company's weather sealed bodies. It lives alongside the 23mm f1.4 R and works in conjunction with the 35mm f2 R WR. It's also... at a shockingly lower price point than its larger aperture cousin despite having the ability to survive a rainstorm with ease. With nine aperture blades and some of the most pleasant aperture rings and focusing rings I've ever felt, it's bound to be a hit for many.
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The Spider-Man: HomecomingWell, guest-starring Tony Stark more than Iron Man, I guess, but Marvel Studios really doesn't want people to suddenly forget Spidey's part of their Cinematic Universe. Hmm. I love Tom Holland's Peter... Parker and Spidey wisecracks, but this whole thing feels young. Like, really young. Maybe too young?
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(American Chemical Society) Did you know you can 'taste' garlic with your feet? Or that chocolate can instantly dissolve that wad of gum in your mouth? Or that nose grease can get rid of the foam on a... badly poured beer in seconds? This week, Reactions explains these three offbeat food-chemistry tricks. In the name of science, we encourage you to play with your food with these do-it-yourself experiments. Check out the videos here:
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(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) UNIST Professor Joonbum Bae's tele-operation robot received a commendation from the Minister of Public Safety and Security (MPSS).
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Indonesia President VisitsIndonesia's president traveled to areas devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn apart communities would be rebuilt
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Nintendo legend Miyamoto:The game developer discusses the new Super Mario Run and the future of the Mario franchise at Apple's SoHo store.
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WASHINGTON ― Since Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein rapidly raised millions of dollars to launch election recounts in three tightly contested states, a number of political analysts, many... of them liberal, have wondered whether she is defrauding sentimental activists. There is no evidence that Stein is swindling donors. But she has continued to judge harshly the intentions of state governments and courts despite their plausible explanations. Stein has stuck by her own justifications for the ballooning recount estimates. And though she vehemently denies it, her campaign appears to have targeted Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for recounts to entice disaffected Democrats. The choice of those states, which collectively cost Democrat Hillary Clinton the presidential election,...
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Hillary Clinton warns of 'fakeLosing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the spread of "fake news" threatens the US.
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The multinationals collectively coughed up billions to the Australian Taxation Office for the 2014-15 financial year.
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DSSD President quits Dell EMC

The Register - 9 Dec 2016 06:08
Bill Moore is no more team as Emerging Technologies loses another top exec The Register's storage desk has learned that DSSD President Bill Moore has left Dell EMC....
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A lot of people were surprised when developer Naughty Dog officially announced "The Last of Us Part 2" last weekend. However, it was discovered recently that the developer actually hinted at the... sequel way back in September.
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If you were using Twitter this evening and noticed a distinct lack of @-symbols in your mentions, you weren't alone. Twitter has confirmed that it 'accidentally' pushed an 'experiment around replies'... to all iOS users, removing the conventional username signifier from the start of replies and making usernames no longer count toward character limit. The update has now been rolled back after what seemed to be a broadly negative reception. "Upside, we got helpful feedback," Twitter says. "We're listening!" But it may not be totally gone forever, as a similar feature was actually announced back in May -- for whatever reason, it's just taken this long to spread to a wider audience than Twitter's usual small test groups. "[Users] have to learn...
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Apple analyst Gene Munster toGene Munster, one of the most well known Apple analysts in the world, is leaving investment giant Piper Jaffray to start a venture capital firm specializing in AR/VR solutions, artificial intelligence... and other advanced technologies.
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HBO took down girl's paintingCommentary: A 13-year-old autistic girl paints a picture and uploads it to artwork site Redbubble. HBO, says her dad, issues a takedown notice.
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TSMC plans a new factory toNews leaked in late August that chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) and Apple were working shrinking the A11 processor set to go in next year's iPhone down to 10nm. But to ensure it... stays in business with the tech titan and other d...
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Facebook launching customNew Facebook features that borrow from Snapchat are a weekly occurrence. The company's latest attempt at imitating its rival comes in the form of custom "frames," which borrow the concept of... geofilters. The post Facebook launching custom “frames” that look a lot like Snapchat geofilters appeared first on Digital Trends.
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These water-powered 'StarThe undeniably cool speeder bikes featured prominently in the third Star Wars installment, Return of The Jedi, are one of those sci-fi staples that we never expected to see realized by modern... technology. Leave it to YouTube star Devin Super Tramp to throw that notion out the window and actually assemble a team that makes them a reality. Well, sort of. In a new mini fan film, those iconic levitating bikes break free from their fictional foundations thanks to some impressive handiwork and help from Jetovator. Jetovator is the company behind those water-powered jet bikes that you may have seen attracting onlookers at your local watering hole, and for the purposes of the geeky fan short, several Jetovators were heavily modified to look similar to speeder bikes from a galaxy far, far away. The...
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US telco settles cramming suit with $80m payout in bill credits AT&T will pay out $88m to settle an FTC complaint that it allowed excessive "cramming" charges on customer bills....
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Huawei 'Honor Magic' leakChinese OEMs like Vivo were some of the first to start the mad race towards ultra thin smartphones. And now it seems that Chinese brands will also be blazing the trail towards smartphones with barely... any bezels. Following Xiaomi's admittedly impressive nearly bezel-free Mi Mix, Huawei sub-brand honor might be on the verge of putting out its own spin. Nicknamed …
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Now Twitter Is Just Screwing With Us

Gizmodo - 9 Dec 2016 04:40
Now Twitter Is Just ScrewingIn the latest iOS update, Twitter killed the last feature that made the platform usable--the @-reply. Goodbye "don't @ me," hello "literally can't @ me." Your replies to someone's tweets no longer... factor into character count, which is good, but removing the @ all together makes your feed look confusing as hell.
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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7Microsoft has amazing news for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users...
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Apple Leaks Reveal New iPhoneApple's new iPhones will require a lot of saving...
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Samsung Spoils Galaxy S8 In AnSamsung may have ruined the Galaxy S8 even before launch...
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FTC to distribute $88M inThe U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced plans to mete out some $88 million to more than 2.7 million current and former AT&T customers who were affected by "mobile cramming," a scheme... that added unwanted third-party service charges to their monthly phone bills.
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Huawei Watch is gone from theArguably the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch, the Huawei Watch is officially gone from the Play Store, only to be replaced by a gaudy Michael Kors smartwatch.
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Shaq says gaming event headingBasketball great tweets that White House is hosting event to lure gamers to sign up for health care coverage.
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World of Warcraft's toughestRousey and Diesel met on the set of "Fast 7", she told Conan O'Brien, and soon bonded together in the world of Azeroth.
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John H. Glenn Jr., a decorated combat veteran and test pilot who gained worldwide fame as the first American to orbit the Earth, died at 95 years old
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Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a recently discovered galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction....
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LG V5 leak hints at an oddBoth the LG V20 and its predecessor, the V10, were known for quite a few things. They were premium handsets that focused on camera prowess and flaunted a small second screen strip. In typical LG... fashion, however, it seems that the company wants to capitalize on its newly successful V brand. Unsurprisingly, there are rumors of a certain LG V5 …
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'Voice Assistant' Siri-and-Cortana competitor now speaks Hindi Google this week added Hindi to the languages spoken by its Voice Assistant, the company's Siri-and-Cortana competitor....
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"There's a strong tendency to think that familiar species... must be OK because they are familiar and we see them in zoos. This is dangerous."
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John Glenn 1921-2016

CBSNews - 9 Dec 2016 03:59
John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, went on to serve in the U.S. Senate and returned to space later in life
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'Reality' of Magic Leap couldOver the last couple of years, we've repeatedly heard a lot about Magic Leap's supposedly advanced augmented reality tech, but have seen very little. In 2014, a half-billion dollar round of investment... that included Google ratcheted up the hype and it...
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5 secret texting codes used byCommentary: It seems that teens have even given POS a different meaning from the one you might know. How far can this new language go?
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Google invites third partiesThe tech giant opens up development tools for Google Assistant, the software that powers its Google Home smart speaker.
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Galaxy Note 7: Samsung CanadaSamsung Canada has announced that it would be removing carrier connectivity, as well as imposing certain other functional limitations on the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units. Network access for the... Galaxy Note 7 in Canada will be stopped on Dec. 15.
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AT&T beginning to pay $88M inThe Federal Trade Commission has today announced in a blog post that AT&T will soon start refunding more than $88 million to customers affected by unauthorized charges on their monthly bills. more…
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Samsung To Release Update ThatSamsung is planning to release an update that will prevent all Galaxy Note 7 units in the United States from charging. The company is looking to force owners still holding on to the recalled... smartphones to have the devices replaced.
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Pokémon Go code leak mayPeople who have looked into the code of the most recent version of Pokémon Go may have found what will be included in the next update due on Dec. 12.
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Apple has released the sixth beta build of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to users participating in the beta testing programs. Anyone running a prior beta build of MacOS 10.12.2 can find the latest beta... available now from the Software Update mechanism of the App Store. MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 is expected to include new Emoji icons, a ...
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Galaxy Note 7 update next weekDear stubborn Galaxy Note 7 owners: it’s officially time to replace your faulty phone. It’s something you should have done weeks ago, but if you’re one of the few holdouts refusing to turn in... your handset for something better (read: non-explosive), you may be completely hosed starting week…and least if you’re located in the U.S. A new screenshot that has …
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Last of the Mercury 7 crew passes on Obit John Glenn, America's first man into orbit and the oldest person ever to make it into space, has died at the age of 95 after a short illness....
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For the first time, the feathered tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found preserved in amber. That would be plenty exciting, but there's more: this dinosaur had feathers. The tiny... feathered dino was no bigger than a sparrow The 1.4-inch tail, described in a paper published today in the journal Current Biology, is part of a treasure trove of fossils that paleontologist Lida Xing from the China University of Geosciences discovered last year at an amber market in Myanmar, in Southeast Asia. The tail most likely belongs to a tiny feathered dino that was no bigger than a sparrow. The tail is so small that it suggests the dinosaur was a juvenile; the animal likely died in northwest Myanmar before tree resin encased its tail. T...
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Colin Furze Built a Giant StarYouTuber colinfurze did what any Star Wars fan would do: he built a 5.5 meter (18 feet) high AT-ACT in his back yard. I love all the projects this nut job builds--he’s awesome--and this one is truly... spectacular. It’s a scale model of a scale model on the outside, and on the inside it’s a Star Wars fan club house. In the video below he gives us a great tour, and he also has a behind-the-scenes video of how he built it.
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Uber quietly replaced the oldBecause 2016 needed yet another change, Uber up and switched its app icon for the second time in 10 months. The rideshare giant first overhauled the design in February. SEE ALSO: Uber's artificial... intelligence ambitions just got bigger Back then, some mocked it. Others turned the story into a longform investigation of corporate branding and identity.  Pacman eats an indigestible cube, discovers Tron, becomes Uber logo — Xavier Voigt-Hill (@Xavdog) February 2, 2016 But mostly, people just kept pressing on it to hail cars when they needed a ride.  The new icon strips away the color and guidelines that were introduced in February and leaves the barebones silver logo against a black backdrop.    
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US life expectancy justLife expectancy for people born in the United States has just dropped for the first time in over 20 years, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control, ending a streak of improvement... that began in 1994. According to the group, newborns in 2015 can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, which represents an overall 0.1 year dip from the year prior. The report breaks down the numbers for added clarity, showing that the life expectancy for men dropped from 76.5 years in 2014, to 76.3 years in 2015, while women show a drop from 81.3 years to 81.2 years over the same period. As of 2015, the leading causes of death among all persons in the United States are: As you can see, nearly every cause of death saw an increase in prevalence from 2014 to 2015, with the only exception...
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The Best Personal Finance Posts of 2016

Life Hacker - 9 Dec 2016 03:00
The Best Personal FinanceMoney management isn't easy, but we do our best to break it down for you. Here are some of our best personal finance guides, primers, and explainers of 2016.
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Feds Think Passengers ShouldFederal Communication Commission ban certain radio frequencies on airplanes, meaning traditional voice calls are prohibited, but Thursday, the Department of Transportation proposed the consumer should... decide whether it's OK to make wi-fi calls on planes.
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NASA shares load of space GIFsThanks to NASA, both Giphy and Pinterest are now both home to a big roster of space-related GIFs and images, giving the public yet another way to view and share the space agency's wares. NASA... announced new accounts on both services today, encouraging the public to follow both for access to the variety of GIFs and photos. The Giphy account …
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The Australian medical device company has launched its new 3D printing facility at CSIRO's Victorian site to combat sleep apnoea.
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Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS running watch review

Digital Trends - 9 Dec 2016 02:45
Garmin Forerunner 35 GPSThe Garmin Forerunner 35 is a sassy little Chiclet of a watch that is the most attractive, affordable heart rate monitoring GPS running watch Garmin has ever made. The post Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS... running watch review appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nvidia is now clear to testThe California Department of Motor Vehicles posts a list of all the companies and entities cleared to test self-driving vehicles on public roads in the state, and that list has a new member: Nvidia.... The graphics card-maker also builds processing units for use in autonomous driving systems, including those capable of deep learning. Nvidia is working with a number of companies on the list as…
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Dino tail found preserved inThe small chunk of amber contains the first dinosaur remains found preserved in amber, and is the first clear association between dinosaurs and well-preserved feathers.
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Mummified child could changeDNA from a mummy buried under a church indicates the contagious and sometimes fatal disease may have struck much later than previously thought.
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This tiny device helps bringThe Inti C14 solar charging controller from Thornwave Labs is a tiny device that delivers plenty of power. The gadget is capable of putting out 400w of energy, which is enough to power an LCD... television or mini-fridge at your campsite. The post This tiny device helps bring power to your campsite appeared first on Digital Trends.
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PewDiePie Says He's DeletingFelix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg said he was going to delete his YouTube channel once he reached 50 million subscribers, and now he's done so. He says he'll be deleting the channel at 5 p.m. GMT tomorrow.
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This nostalgic toy magnifiesRemember that cardboard smartphone projector that was all the rage a few Christmases ago? We've found something similar, only it's super nostalgic.On Firebox right now you can buy a toy that blows up... your smartphone videos on a TV-like display. That...
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Apple's Campus 2 buildingThe photos were shared by French blog macgeneration, and show numerous interior views of the nearly-completed project, including a space that's set to be the company's cafeteria.
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Spotify said to drop bid toMarriage of the music streaming services is reportedly called off over Spotify's IPO concerns.
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Secret's anonymous sharing appRemember Secret? The standard bearer for the anonymous social app movement shuttered in 2015 before co-creator David Byttow teased a possible Version 2 in the wake of Donald Trump's election. While... the old app-based Secret won't be coming back, Bytto...
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Shigeru Miyamoto reveals whyWhen you think about it, Super Mario Run is the perfect entry point for Nintendo's leap into mobile gaming. Without the Mario games there would be no endless runners, the genre first popularized on... Apple's earliest iPhonesRun spices things up with distinctly Mario flavors — collectible coins of various colors, mushrooms, Goombas, Koopa Troopers, boss battles — but embraces the one-handed play of a mobile game. SEE ALSO: Obviously, the 'Super Mario' theme song played by its creator and The Roots is perfect Series creator and Super Mario Run producer Shigeru Miyamoto sat down for a chat with Mashable ahead of the game's Dec. 15 release. The brief but informative chat covered a range of topics, including the game's always-online requirement, Nintendo's approach to formulating a mobile...
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Fake Fisher-Price pub playsetNo, the toy company didn't make a watering hole for kids, but it's a pretty well-done hoax photo.
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Microsoft adds an awful newApparently, we're now in the era of voice computing. But there's some things that are probably best handled by a keyboard and mouse in the interests of security: your bank details, internet browsing... history, and the ability to turn your PC on and off. Microsoft doesn't seem to have got the memo on that last part, as one of Cortana's "handy new tricks" is voice-activated shut down and restarts. I see no way in which this will ever be abused. DON'T MISS: NES Classic Edition will be back in stock at Best Buy stores on December 20th As part of a raft of new features added to the beta Windows Insider build of Windows 10, Microsoft has updated Cortana. There's new things that should be genuinely useful, like voice-activated volume controls, music playback from within a (very limited) range of...
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Magic Leap's allegedly revolutionary augmented reality technology may in fact be years away from completion and, as it stands now, is noticeably inferior to Microsoft's HoloLens headset, according to... a report from The Information. The report, which incorporates an interview with Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz, reveals that the company posted a misleading product demo last year showcasing its technology. The company has also had trouble miniaturizing its AR technology from a bulky helmet-sized device into a pair of everyday glasses, as Abovitz has repeatedly claimed the finished product will accomplish. Magic Leap lied about a video demonstration of its tech The revelations undermine one of the most secretive startups in the technology...
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Apple Chief Tim Cook Picked toThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its June 2017 commencement address
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Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service cloud will now be supported on the Google Cloud Platform
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Microsoft plans to integrateMicrosoft has announced its immediate plans to integrate LinkedIn with its Office and Outlook software. In a LinkedIn post, CEO Satya Nadella claimed the merger will transform the way people work,... connect, and seek career opportunities. The post Microsoft plans to integrate your LinkedIn identity with Office, Outlook appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook custom picture framesFacebook has rolled out the ability to create custom picture frames for videos and photos posted on the social network. Unlike pre-made frames that are used by everyone, this new feature enables users... to create their own unique frame for their own videos and artwork. The move follows the trend set by a certain other app, enabling users to better …
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Gov't Proposal Envisions PhoneAirlines passengers would be allowed to make phone calls during flights using Wi-Fi with the permission of the air carrier under regulations the Department of Transportation proposed Thursday
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Apple IS developing a carApple has been awarded a patent that describes a technique for self-driving cars (pictured is a concept drawing) to safely navigate through unfamiliar areas by calculating distances and objects in its... area.
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Thaddeus Arroyo, head of AT&T Mexico, will move into de la Vega's spot as the head of international and business operations.
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Grooming Your Pubic Hair MayIf you do any "manscaping" or tending of your "lady garden," you might want to consider cutting back. A recent study suggests a correlation between pubic grooming and contracting STIs.
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The Libreboot C201 fromOpen source laptops — ones not running any commercial software whatsoever — have been the holy grail for free software fans for years. Now, with the introduction of libreboot, a truly open source... boot firmware, the dream is close to fruition. The $730 laptop is a bog standard piece of hardware but it contains only open source software. The OS, Debian, is completely open source;…
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might beOn December 15, Samsung may release an update to Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US that would stop the phones' batteries from charging.
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'Wind Trees' are turbines thatFrench startup Newwind has a different take on generating wind energy. Instead of huge wind farms, Newwind creates wind turbine '"trees" for urban use. The Wind Trees use small leaf turbines that can... generate energy from wind speed as low as 4.5 mph. The post ‘Wind Trees’ are turbines that look like modern art, fit in urban spaces appeared first on Digital Trends.
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ESO Survey Shows Dark MatterA new study produced by an international team of researchers shows that Dark Matter may be more smoothly distributed than previously thought The post ESO Survey Shows Dark Matter to be Pretty... “Smooth” appeared first on Universe Today.
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Mind-bending test that revealsResearchers have found that some of what we see in the periphery - the areas just outside our eye's direct focus - could be a visual illusion, as our brain 'fills in' part of the scene.
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Robot Writes Bad ChristmasMusic is about feeling and robots cannot feel. Nevertheless, scientists at the University of Toronto programmed an AI to write a Christmas song, and while Boing Boing deems this "not bad" and "a... triumph," it comes off as hauntingly stoic and vaguely threatening.
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Children's hilarious reactionsChildren at a primary school in England were shown a range of phones, dating from the earliest landlines to the classics of the mid-2000s, and their hilarious reactions show how far tech has come.
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Rockstar just rereleased oneRockstar Games, best known for the Grand Theft Auto series, was one of the first big-name game publishers to fully embrace iOS and Android as platforms for re-releases of its most popular titles. Now,... the company is bringing one of its most beloved cult favorites to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and it's glorious. Bully, an open world adventure where you attempt to adjust to life at a boarding school where virtually everyone has a problem with you, originallydebuted for the PlayStation 2 way back in 2006. It received an updated release later for the Xbox 360 and eventually PC. That gamewas called Bully: Scholarship Edition, and that's what the iOS and Android version, called Bully: Anniversary Edition, is based on. This re-release includes every bit of Bully-related content that...
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Self-described Snapchat power user Michael Platco received a neon sign bearing his name from social media rival Instagram. And a different video app emails him every week, hoping he tries their... services and brings along his 500,000 Snapchat contacts.
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Comment: As Microsoft andQualcomm today announced that it is working with Microsoft to bring support for Windows 10 its Snapdragon line of processors. The Snapdragon chips have primarily been used in mobile devices and the... support for Windows 10 is a first for ARM-based processors. This brings the question, why isn’t Apple working to bring macOS support to its Ax line of processors? Or is it working on it as we speak? more…
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AT&T Customers to Receive MoreThe United States Federal Trade Commission today announced that it is giving more than $88 million in refunds to 2.7 million AT&T customers who had unauthorized third-party charges added to their... service bills, something better known as "mobile cramming." The refunds come from a $105 million settlement AT&T paid the FTC back in October of 2014, after the carrier was accused of allowing third-party companies to bill customers for things like ringtone subscriptions without their consent. Money was also collected from Tatto and Acquinity, two companies involved in the cramming scheme. Nearly 2.5 million AT&T customers can expect to receive a credit on their bill within the next 75 days, and over 300,000 former customers will be given refund checks. The FTC says the average refund amount...
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Samsung may finally beSay goodnight, Gracie. Apparently, the Verge received an image from a Galaxy Note 7 user on US Cellular today about the fate of the now-deceased Note 7 line. In the photo, a message saying it was from... US Cellular states: AS OF DEC. 15, SAMSUNG WILL MODIFY THE SOFTWARE TO PREVENT THE GALAXY NOTE7 FROM CHARGING. THE PHONE WILL NO LONGER WORK." The message, in all caps so you know they meant business, spells out what many have said would happen -- the end of the Note 7. Having Note 7 phones still in the wild is a liability issue for Samsung and carriers in the US. While there is no way to determine the validity of the information provided to the Verge, it wouldn't be surprising to see Samsung take more drastic measures to get the last remaining phones out of the hands of the knuckleheads...
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Viral Video Stars Rhett andWIRED asked Rhett and Link to show us what was on their devices. The results were kinda strange. The post Viral Video Stars Rhett and Link Risk Showing Us the Last Thing on Their Phones appeared first... on WIRED.
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Apple patents reveal flexibleApple has been granted another patent for a folding phone, fueling rumours it could be preparing a radical new type of device.
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As yet another potential example on the long list of conflicts of interest facing Donald Trump, Variety reports that the President-elect will keep his executive producer credit for the upcoming season... of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, complete with payment. The news serves as one more reminder that the soon-to-be-commander-in-chief is a reality TV star first and political figure second, and will profit accordingly. The New Celebrity Apprentice will debut on January 2nd -- 18 days before Inauguration Day -- and run for an eight-episode season. Trump's name will appear in the credits with Apprentice creator Mark Burnett and new host and EP Arnold Schwarzenegger. MGM, the production company distributing the show, will handle payment to the...
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The market for electronic-sniffing dogs is small, and clients are widespread. Todd Jordan, owner of Jordan Detection K9 talks about building his business' online presence to reach potential customers.
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After deriding Apple as tooAmbitious Chinese tech firm LeEco halted stock trading after plummeting share prices reportedly triggered margin calls for its cash-strapped billionaire founder Jia Yueting. LeEco had been hailed as... an Apple threat, with tech journalists giddy in reporting Jia's contempt for Apple--a company Jia derided as "extremely slow" and compared to the Nazis.
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Berkeley project testsDroughts, climate change and deforestation are putting forests at risk worldwide, so studying these ecosystems closely is more important than ever — but it’s a hell of a lot of work to climb every... tree in the Sierra Nevada. Drones and advanced imaging, however, present an increasingly practical alternative to that, as a UC Berkeley project shows.
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The US beverage chain has become the first retail brand to use the digital gift-sharing service by Tencent's WeChat.
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Hulu now lets you createTaking a page from Netflix's playbook, Hulu is finally letting its users create multiple profiles.Each Hulu account can maintain up to six individual profiles that will serve up tailored... recommendations and remember viewing history. Every profile also...
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Remains of the Day: Hulu AddsHulu will now let you make up to six user profiles on an account so that your friends and family don't mess with your queue. It's no secret that everyone shares subscriptions, even if it's just with... your immediate family, so Hulu is making the personalization experience a little easier. That and more in today's news.
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A day at Porsche ExperienceIf California was a country, it would make up the fifth largest market in the world for Porsche. What better place, then, for the US’ second Porsche Experience Center (PEC). The first opened roughly... a year ago in Atlanta, and also serves as the home base for Porsche North America. The new $60 million, 53-acre facility in Carson, California is …
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I said, honey, it's a perfect place to stash data from the N-S-A If you're looking for somewhere to run your computing instances outside the Land of the FreeTM, then Amazon Web Services has an option... for the Americas with its first Canada cloud computing region....
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German Intel chief: Russia isAmerica's recent elections weren't the only event that Russia has been accused of meddling in. On Thursday, President Dr Hans-Georg Maaßen of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), Germany's... internal intelligence service, issued a brut...
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Facebook copies Snapchat AGAINFacebook is testing custom location-based camera filters that overlay pictures and videos- similar to Snapchat's geo-filters. The new feature is only being tested in certain parts of the world.
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'Godspeed, John Glenn': PublicTributes are flowing in for the late John Glenn, a hero of space and politics
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The iPhone 8's speedyApple might be designing the A10 Fusion chip that goes into the iPhone 7, but it's TSMC that manufactures it for the company, and the Taiwanese giant is rumored to be the only supplier of iPhone 8... chips next year. TSMC is fighting for the lucrative Apple deal with Samsung -- the two shared A9 chip production for the iPhone 6s last year -- and seems committed to keeping Apple as a client. To do so, TSMC is ready to invest almost $16 billion in new facilities that will build the chips of the future, and which should help Apple make the iPhone even better. Next year, Apple is rumored to have a TSMC-produced A11 processor inside the iPhone 8, built on 10nm process technology. TSMC's competitors including Samsung will also manufacture 10nm chips that will go into iPhone 8 rivals next year,...
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Witness the return of AlpineThe all-new Alpine sports car is slated to launch in 2017, and we're geeking out.
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The NSA eavesdrops onIf you’ve been taking your sensitive phone calls at 30,000 feet, well, it’s time to stop. Apparently, the NSA knows about your extremely elaborate privacy workaround — putting your iPhone in the... freezer is so 2013 — and can hear your calls at cruising altitude just the same. According to a new joint report from Le Monde and The Intercept on previously unreported…
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This tiny robot can jump better than you

Mashable - 9 Dec 2016 01:17
This tiny robot can jumpResearchers have created a small jumping robot nicknamed "Salto" that's inspired by the bush baby’s jumping abilities.
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Drone blood deliveries deemedResearchers with Johns Hopkins University have determined that blood bag transport via drone is safe, according to a new university release. The team looked at both the cellular integrity and the... temperature of the blood throughout the transportation process, finding that both were positive and the transported blood was safe to use. Such findings help pave the way for emergency …
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Zoo Opens Investigation AfterJamie Dorgan, the Director of Animal Care, said Thursday the Calgary Zoo is launching an investigation after seven Humboldt penguins drowned in a holding area, calling the deaths "devastating news."
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New data says the tech giant complied with over three-quarters of all US requests.
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Why Does Siberia Get All the Cool Meteors?

Universe Today - 9 Dec 2016 01:16
Why Does Siberia Get All theChildren ice skating in Khakassia, Russia react to the fall of a bright fireball two nights ago on Dec.6 In 1908 it was Tunguska event, a meteorite exploded in mid-air, flattening 770 square miles of... forest. 39 years later in 1947, 70 tons of iron meteorites pummeled the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, leaving more than 30 craters. […] The post Why Does Siberia Get All the Cool Meteors? appeared first on Universe Today.
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Neural networks? MachineDon't know your machine learning from your evolutionary algorithms? Worried every time you sit on a bus in case Google's Larry Page sits down next to you with a pop quiz? Our handy AI buzzword guide... is here to help. The post Neural networks? Machine learning? Here’s your secret decoder for AI buzzwords appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Chimps remember rumps the same as faces

CBSNews - 9 Dec 2016 01:15
Scientists have found evidence that chimpanzees can recognize one another from behind
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AT&T will finally refund $88Thanks to some shady business dealings between AT&T and a pair of companies known for bloating customers' cell phone bills, roughly 2.7 million current and former AT&T mobile subscribers are getting... more than $88 million dollars in refunds fr...
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Taxi app maker's stiff no-sex policy grows, thrusts rules in our faces amid Xmas party season Flirting with an Uber driver could be enough to get you banned from the ride sharing service, according to... revised Community Guidelines for US passengers and drivers, published by the company on Thursday....
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Fading anonymous socialYik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, first noted by... The Verge. The company is said to be retaining mostly engineers as it notified its team of about 50 employees earlier this morning. In a statement to TechCrunch, Tyler Droll, CEO of Yik…
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Russian spacebot put throughA series of new images reveals the most detailed glimpse yet at Fyodor, the Russian spacebot bound for the International Space Station. The humanoid robot lift weights, and can drive a car.
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Lightroom for iPhones takesIn ability, the mobile app for editing and cataloging photos steadily approaches the PC version. Also, there's a helpful new comparison mode for Windows and Mac.
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Google, Oculus, Sony launchThe new organization will serve as a clearinghouse for developers, companies, and policymakers. And here's the rest of the VR giants that joined
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Someone Made a Video of GuyThis right here is quality Internet
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AMD packs more horsepower intoAMD has called its latest Crimson edition the GPU software update of the year and rightfully so. Called Crimson ReLive, it squeezes more horsepower out of the latest Polaris and older Fury GPUs and... makes gaming and VR experiences more compelling. The Crimson ReLive edition is a must-have for AMD GPU owners. Prominent games like Batman Arkham Knight and Deus Ex: Mankind will look and perform better, and VR images will look much sharper on headsets. There are many new features in Crimson ReLive. An interesting feature is Radeon Chill, which keeps the GPU cool by cutting down on the excessive frame rate in games. Essentially, it analyzes the performance of games and adjusts the frame rate without affecting a game's visuals and performance.
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Apple touts the new iPhone 7 as being water-resistant enough to take into the shower. There's really no good reason to bathe with your smartphone, but the point is that iPhone 7 owners don't need to... worry about a little rain or spilled tea. Naturally, some people waltzed into their shower stalls with their expensive new phones in […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
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Super Mario Run hands-on: TheCould Super Mario Run be the Pokemon Go of the holiday season? Based on an early taste of Nintendo’s first ever game for Apple devices, ahead of its full release in a week’s time, I predict... it’ll be even bigger. Not only can it count on one of the most iconic characters in gaming history, its combination of super-easy controls …
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In 2009, Britain's GCHQ spying agency was actively targeting the CEO of one of Europe's largest cloud hosting. A new report published by Le Monde (in partnership with The Intercept) found OVH CEO... Octave Klaba's name on a list of "interesting names" used as part of a metadata test by GCHQ in 2009, alongside ambassadors and politicians. It's unclear how thoroughly Klaba was surveilled beyond that test, but the list is strong evidence that he was considered a target by intelligence agencies at the time. Klaba has not been publicly accused of espionage or any other crime, and it's unclear why he was included on the list. Still, it's not the first time surveillance agencies have attacked technology providers as a way of reaching their...
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See you tomorrow in Wroclaw

TechCrunch - 9 Dec 2016 01:02
See you tomorrow in WroclawOne more meetup in Poland! I’ll see you all tomorrow in Wroclaw and it’s going to be a hoot! Tomorrow’s meetup is after the IN-FERENCE conference on Friday, December 9 and it’s part of the... IN-FERENCE conference. We’ll be talking medtech, biotech and anything non-fintech related. You can submit an application to pitch here. Please note that unless you hear from…
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These new photos show just howWe've seen plenty of birds-eye views of the humongous new Apple Campus 2 as it nears completion near its current headquarters in Cupertino, California. SEE ALSO: Apple's 'spaceship' campus looks like... a futuristic, solar-powered fortress in new drone video In March, Mashable brought you some great photos of the interior building as it was starting to come together. Now, website MacGeneration (via MacRumors) has gotten their hands on some updated shots of the interior as the campus nears completion. At 2.8 million square feet, the solar-powered campus will house 13,000 employees and includes a 120,000-square-foot subterranean auditorium that can seat 1,000. In addition, it'll also boast a 60,000-square-foot restaurant and a massive 20,000-car parking lot.
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Six Etiquette Essentials YouBig corporate events or holiday parties have tons of finger food and free drinks--two things that can easily make you look like a fool if you're not careful. These tips will help you keep it classy... and stay composed.
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Did the Cloverfield sequelParamount Pictures has shuffled its release calendar a bit and removed the presumed Cloverfield sequel God Particle while also adding a new October 2017 release date for a mysterious Cloverfield... movie. The post Did the Cloverfield sequel 'God Particle' just get a new release date? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Rémi Gaillard LocksThe fundraising effort was done in memory of his own dog who recently passed
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The White House plans to useThe White House teamed up with Twitch to throw an upcoming four-hour party on Monday to raise awareness about the importance of health insurance. The event will feature popular streamers, Rocket... League, Street Fighter V, and more. The post The White House plans to use Twitch for raising health care awareness next week appeared first on Digital Trends.
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AT&T customers will get anHell doesn't appear to be freezing over and it's definitely not April 1st, so I guess this story is actually true. More than 2.7 million AT&T customers will be getting refunds on their bill credits in... the next two months, as the Federal Trade Commission settles an issue over AT&T billing for "premium text message services" without the consent of customers. According to the FTC, AT&T added a $9.99-a-month charge to the bills of many consumers, purportedly for "premium text messaging services," including ringtones, wallpaper, and text messages providing horoscopes, flirting tips, celebrity gossip, and other similar information. The practices continued until January 2014, when the FTC managed to get AT&T to stop the practice. But today, the Commission announced that it's been able to go even...
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Review: Is LG V20 the next bigWhat goes into choosing a new smartphone?
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President-elect considering friend of Thiel as FDA head Having chosen a climate-change denier to head the US government's environment agency, an opponent of minimum wage for the Labor Department, a... creationist for Education Secretary, a mine-owner for Commerce, and a wrestling exec to oversee small businesses - president-elect Donald Trump is now considering putting a man with very strange ideas about medicine as head of Uncle Sam's Food and Drug Administration....
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Hillary Clinton has called for Congress and Silicon Valley to counter an "epidemic" of fake online news, after a conspiracy theorist fired a gun inside a Washington, DC pizza parlor he believed was... part of a child sex trafficking ring linked to Clinton. Clinton raised the subject of "malicious fake news and false propaganda" more generally, saying it had "flooded social media over the past year." But "it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences," she said. "This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities." Clinton remained vague in her condemnation. But the statement is seemingly a...
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Astronaut John Glenn, firstToday on the news that American hero John Glenn had died we gathered together a series of inspiring words from and about him. Perhaps the most famous of these is “Godspeed, John Glenn,” spoken by... mission controller Scott Carpenter as Glenn neared launch onboard Friendship 7 in February of 1962. That flight was part of NASA’s Project Mercury and carried …
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Bethesda Pinball launches withZen Studios has launched Bethesda Pinball, featuring tables based on the Doom, Fallout and Skyrim game franchises from Bethesda Softworks.
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Hands-on with Spigen's CarSpigen’s Car Mount Holder is a well designed product that anyone in the market for an iPhone car mount should lend a serious look. It features a typical suction apparatus to make the mount stick... your your car’s dash, but has several other notable features that make iPhone car mounting easy. more…
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​Zuckerberg andFacebook shareholders file a lawsuit alleging a conflict of interest between the social network's CEO and a board member.
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Pokemon Go: Now you can getFrom now on, when you're on the way to work in the morning and make a Starbucks stop to get a cup of joe, make sure to have your phone in hand, because you may have the chance to catch eggs or even... battle.Confused? Allow us to explain.Niantic labs, the...
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Why NASA Sent John Glen BackWith his passing earlier today, John Glenn is being remembered as not only the first American to orbit the Earth, but also the oldest. Here's why NASA sent a 77-year-old man into space, and how his... historic trip set space science forward.
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Quick heads-up on a great deal: Midwest Photo is giving away a free 7-DVD set of Lighting in Layers (more info on the DVDs, here) with every single Jumpstarter kit purchased, while supplies last.The... Jumpstarter kits are already a great value. The no-flash kit actually costs less than the DVDs themselves, at $142.99. But no matter which kit you might be considering--the no light, single-light, add-a-light, or two-light version--the DVD set addition makes it an even better value.Two things to know: 1. You have to enter the code HOBBYSHIP at checkout. 2. The deal also includes free UPS ground shipping within continential US. You have to calculate shipping before you enter the code. But it should take it off after the code is entered, if you choose Ground UPS and live in the lower 48.You can...
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Facebook now lets you createFor better or worse, Facebook is trying really hard to copy Snapchat. In the past few months the giant social network has added different features that, if you ask us, are seemingly inspired by the... app with the ghost mascot. And its latest feature fo...
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Samsung patents drone designedA new patent from Samsung has surfaced in which we see a drone designed to look somewhat like a Frisbee. The drone, at least per the patent's illustrations, feature a circular design with a couple... feet on the underside and an open grille on the top, a rotor presumably hidden within. Unlike most other drones, this one resembles a small …
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2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCsFor those wanting to step up from entry-level to midrange ILCs, there are many things to consider, including the choice between a DSLR or mirrorless camera, what sensor size suits you best, how... important video is to you, and of course the lens system. While full-frame cameras typically offer superior low light image quality and more control over depth-of-field, crop-sensor cameras are extremely capable in their own right - and (usually) more compact and less costly. We've split the $1200-2000 ILC marketplace into two segments -full-frame sensor cameras (discussedin this roundup) and crop-sensor (APS-C/Four Thirds) covered here. This group of full-frame cameras is split right down the middle, withthree DSLRs and three mirrorless models. Sony is, by far, the major player in the full-frame...
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John Glenn: Godspeed and Rest in Peace

Universe Today - 9 Dec 2016 00:31
John Glenn: Godspeed and RestJohn Glenn always had the right stuff. Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and a legendary figure around the world, has died. Glenn, 95, was the last remaining Mercury astronaut,... the first group of US astronauts. He flew on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, and later flew on the space shuttle […] The post John Glenn: Godspeed and Rest in Peace appeared first on Universe Today.
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Weather forecasters predictSpace-weather forecasters have issued a G1 Watch through Friday - the lowest classification on the geomagnetic storm scale. For people in high latitudes, this could be a chance to spot auroras.
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Sean Rad steps away from CEOToday, Tinder is launching a new M&A branch of the company called Swipe Ventures, which will be led by Sean Rad. As part of the launch, Rad will step down as Tinder CEO and become chairman of both... Tinder and Swipe Ventures, with Match CEO and Chairman Greg Blatt swapping out as Tinder chairman to become Tinder CEO. He will remain chairman and CEO of Tinder parent company Match.
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How John Glenn Became aTo younger viewers who had missed out on the space race, Ed Harris' performance cemented Glenn's out-of-this-world greatness. The post How John Glenn Became a Big-Screen Hero in The Right Stuff... appeared first on WIRED.
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John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history.
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Match Group CEO Greg Blatt is taking over as CEO of Tinder. Tinder CEO Sean Rad is switching jobs again. Rad, the Tinder co-founder who was pushed out as CEO in early 2015 before returning to the job... six months later, is leaving the CEO role once again. Rad will take over as Tinder's chairman, with current the chairman, Greg Blatt, taking over as Tinder CEO, Rad told Recode Thursday. Andrew Burton / Getty (Blatt is also the CEO and chairman of Tinder's parent company, Match Group, which is owned by Barry Diller's IAC. He will keep both jobs.) As part of the switch, Rad will run a new investment vehicle inside the Match Group called Swipe Ventures. The fund's goal, according to the release, is to "expand Tinder's footprint through acquisitions, development of new businesses and investments...
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Dropbox Now Lets You UseDropbox will soon let users download entire folders on smartphones for offline access, instead of individually marking files for download. The feature rolls out to Android in the next few days while... iOS users will get it in early 2017.
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The Types of Memory ProblemsEverybody forgets things--we forget where we put our keys, we forget people's names, and we forget to grab milk at the store. But some types of memory loss are signs that something is wrong. Here's... what to look out for.
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​John Glenn, firstThe celebrated astronaut was known for flying at supersonic speeds and his historic orbit around the planet in 1962.
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NBC to shutter 'Breaking News' service

Phys.org - 9 Dec 2016 00:27
NBC News said Thursday it was shutting down its popular Breaking News services for alerts on developing stories at the end of December, citing a lack of revenue.
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Moore's Law lives on withHow do mobile devices keep get faster, thinner, and more power efficient? It's thanks to the quick advances in chip manufacturing, which help churn out smaller chips packed with new features. The next... round of premium smartphones early next year could feature chips like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, made using the latest, 10-nanometer process. Continuing with the famous Moore's Law observation, it's likely that two years after that, smartphones will get even faster and smaller chips will be made using a 7-nanometer process. On Monday, ARM, with its chip designs in most smartphones, said it is working with prominent chip manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) to make 7-nm chips. ARM shared intellectual property for its 7-nm designs, allowing chips to be designed for...
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New Tesla Model 3 photo stillEarlier today, Electrek stumbled across a new Model 3 photo (via Imgur) which provides us with an updated look at the car's interior. While we've seen official press shots of the Model 3 interior from... Tesla before (not to mention unofficial shots as well), the latest photo gives us a cleaner look at what Tesla has in store for its highly anticipated mass-market EV. Of course, the feature that jumps out the most is the car's rectangular touchscreen. Notably, it's a tad smaller and is oriented differently than the 17-inch touchscreen that currently comes standard on the Model S and the Model X. While it's certainly nice to see an updated shot of the Model 3, the photo above still leaves the most important question surrounding the car unanswered. If you look closely, you'll notice that the...
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Are You Giving Hackers a Present This Holiday?

The Huffington Post - 9 Dec 2016 00:25
In October 2016, there was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused serious traffic issues at major internet destinations like Amazon, PayPal and a host of other heavily trafficked... sites. You may be giving a gift this holiday season that could make a similar attack possible. Spot check: Does the gift you plan to give connect to the internet? If you answered "Yes," keep reading. A DDoS attack makes an online site or service unavailable by swamping it with enough fake requests to crash the targeted system. The DDoS attacks that happened in October were made possible by devices (largely webcams) that are equipped to connect to the internet -- and the available fix is a lot simpler than the looming problem. If you read "webcams," and decided to stop reading, I encourage you to...
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Facebook's year in review:2016's top trending topics on Facebook could also be labeled as "reasons to drink."
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Your business is alreadyChances are, your business is IoT-ready. Whether you are an information-based business, provide services, or sell products, you can improve your business by using the IoT even now. Much of what we can... do with the IoT is business analytics. This sounds fancy, but it doesn't have to be. It can be as simple as...
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Under construction: DistantAstronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a recently-discovered galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction. The galaxy is 12.7... billion light years from Earth, seen at a critical stage in the evolution of galaxies about a billion years after the Big Bang.
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Astronaut, US Senator, andGlenn was surrounded by his loved ones, including Annie Glenn, his wife of 73 years.
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HyperDrive USB-C Hub forThere’s a project on Kickstarter called HyperDrive that raised more than $341,000 in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. It’s a USB-C hub from Sanho for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s similar to... the 5-in-1 HyperDrive from the same company we had a deal on a few days ago, but this new one in development has even more ports. All told, it has HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3, and USB-C. It’s designed to plug into both your MacBook Pro USB-C ports and take the place of any dongles you might need. As of this writing, there are still a few pledge slots for $69 that will net you one, but those are going fast. Sanho has blown by its funding goal of $100,000 by 3X, and there’s still 39 days to go on the campaign. Clearly, there’s a demand for this product in the Mac community....
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'Blair Witch' director isA man who claims he had an alien encounter decades ago is looking to reunite with the "Skyman" he met and we'll get to see a version of it. Blair Witch Project director Dan Myrick has launched a... crowdfunder to make the docudrama film. The post ‘Blair Witch’ director is crowdfunding a docudrama about an alien encounter appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung appears to be planning to permanently disable Galaxy Note 7 units in the US with an update that would prevent the recalled phone from charging. According to an image obtained by The Verge, an... alert went out to at least one Note 7 owner on US Cellular today stating that, "As of December 15th, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work." Samsung declined to comment, and US Cellular did not respond to a request for comment. It's not clear whether Note 7s will be disabled across the major US carriers as well, but it seems likely that'll be the case. In the past, updates disabling Note 7 features have rolled out across Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers...
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YouTube's most popular channel, PewDiePie, hit a new milestone today, crossing 50 million subscribers. Earlier this week, in a rant about how changes to the service were costing him views, PewDiePie... promised to delete his channel when he hit this milestone. In a tweet today, he said the end will arrive at noon (5PM GMT) tomorrow. Promising to delete your channel, like announcing that you've decided to quit YouTube, or cancel your vlog, is not something most creators follow through on, at least not for good. But as PewDiePie put it, "complaining about YouTube gets you views." It's a populist punching bag that creators are only to happy to take advantage of when they are looking for a headline that will cut through the clickbait. P...
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Heroin Now Kills More PeopleFor the first time ever, deaths in America due to heroin overdose outnumber gun homicides. And before you ask, no, the number of gun homicides hasn't been dropping. Good lord.
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Trump, Thiel, and Bezos walkWhat does President-Elect Donald Trump want from the tech community and what does that community want from him? We’re about to get some answers to those two very pressing questions. On December 14,... somewhere inside New York City's gold-laden Trump Tower, Trump adviser, venture capitalist and Gawker vanquisher Peter Thiel will meet with a half-dozen or more tech industry leaders. Trump’s transition team isn’t talking about who will be in the meeting, though most reports put top executives from Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Oracle on the guest list. Twitter and Microsoft might be there, too. It is easily one of the most important sit-downs of the whole transition process.
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Quotes From John Glenn:A sampling of quotes from John Glenn, including his quote while in orbit: 'Zero-G and I feel fine.'
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Binding a Book Seems Like aFine. Book binding would only be a great stress reliever if you were as good at book binding as Armando Costa and Florindo Simões are but then if you were, you'd be a professional book binder and it... would be your job and might even be the cause of your stress.
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Scientists are closer than ever to unraveling a process called magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Solar flares, northern lights and geomagnetic storms... that can disrupt cell phone service and black out power grids are all set off by magnetic field lines that converge, break apart and violently reconnect in ways that are not fully understood.
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Memories Of The Future

Forbes - 9 Dec 2016 00:12
Memories Of The FutureThe various materials and complex structures in modern electronic devices offer ripe opportunities for new discoveries. Based upon the presentations and discussions at the 2016 IEEE IEDM conference,... we should have many more years of amazing technology development ahead of us.
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Of Course UPS Picked PortlandUPS announced yesterday that it has further succeeded in turning Portland, Oregon into a parody of itself by choosing it as the pilot city for its new "electrically-assisted tricycle" delivery system....
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Cancerous tumor found in theThe ferocious giant beast that roamed Earth 255 million years ago would have had terrible toothache - thank to a cancerous tumour in its jaws, according to new research.
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These 450 NASA GIFs will keepWhen NASA isn't sending spacecraft into the great unknown or snapping jaw-dropping photos of Saturn, apparently the agency spends its free time making GIFs. At least that's what we have to imagine,... now that NASA has debuted its very own Giphy page complete with over 450 highly entertaining GIFs. The images the agency has chosen to upload showcase everything from equipment testing and rocket launches to facepalms and, well, whatever the hell this thing is: What makes the collection particularly interesting is that, because of how Giphy's individual GIF pages work, there's really no description of exactly what we're seeing in any given image. Sure, there are tags, so you might be able to decipher the identity of a planet, but many of them are still pretty mysterious. For example, what...
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John Glenn passes away at 95

Space News - 9 Dec 2016 00:01
John Glenn passes away at 95John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth who, decades later, got to fly into space again on the shuttle as a senator, passed away Dec. 8 at the age of 95. SpaceNews.com
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John Glenn, first U.S.John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth has passed away at the age of 95. Glenn was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, the group chosen by NASA in 1959 as its... first crew to travel into space. The post John Glenn, first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, longtime senator, dies at 95 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Japan's HTV cargo ship, loaded with nearly 4 tons of equipment and supplies, is scheduled for launch Friday to the International Space Station
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The office too cold? Too hot? Forgot your office ID badge?
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Three Job Application MistakesIn some ways, clicking the "submit" button and applying for a job is cathartic. You've put in a lot of hard work to spruce up your resume and cover letter, and frankly, you're kind of over the whole... thing. The problem is that for many people, only a few minutes go by before they start thinking about all the things...
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The Wirecutter's best deals:This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate... commissions that support their work. Read their c...
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Pewdiepie Hits 50 MillionLast week, YouTube's biggest star swore that once he hit 50 million subscribers, he was going to delete his popular comedy channel. Today, Felix Kjellberg hit that fated number...and the channel is... still up.
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