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29 Jan 2015 - Global
NASA, Boeing and SpaceX toAfter a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will... end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).(...)Read the rest of […]
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When it was first suggested that IBM was considering mass layoffs, the company was quick to suggest that the allegations were without substance. In a follow-on post, it was suggested that the 100,000+... figure might not come purely from redundancies, but also from accelerated retirements, poor performance reviews and the like.
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Comcast Changed Customer'sWhen Ricardo Brown from Spokane, Washington got his most recent bill from Comcast, he had an extra special reason to be dismayed. It wasn't the pricey charges--we're all used to that by now. No, it... was that on this particular bill, Comcast appears to have misspelled his name. By replacing it entirely with the word "Asshole."
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Skull shows earliest HumansA 55,000-year-old skull has been discovered in a cave in western Galilee, one that's going by the name "Manot." According to a study published this week in Nature, this is the oldest representation of... human life in a place and time in which Neanderthals are known to have lived. This skull shows features found in both European Neaderthals and humans …
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The Silk Road Trial LawyersIs there a difference between "Yep" and "Yep :)" when you chat online? Seems like an odd quibble to focus on during the biggest drug trial of the decade, but it's not trivial. The meaning of... internet-speak cuts to the heart of the Silk Road trial.
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Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in... Q4, but for the year it was down 32 percent from 2...
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Samsung Electronics Co. reported that its fourth quarter earnings beat gloomy forecasts, but net income fell 36 percent on softer smartphone sales. The manufacturer announced Wednesday that its net... profit fell to $4.9 billion, or 5.3 trillion won during October to December, down from $6.6 billion, or 7.04 trillion won, from a year earlier.
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Facebook ended 2014 on a high note by doubling the revenue of its mobile advertising business in the fourth quarter, the company said Wednesday afternoon. The Menlo Park, California-based social... network giant reported earnings of 54 cents per share and $3.85 billion in total revenue, beating out analysts' expectations of 48 cents per share and $3.77 billion. Mobile advertising came in at $2.48 billion, up 100 percent compared to one year ago, while total revenue was $3.59 billion for the quarter, up 53 percent on the year.
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Apple and Samsung Tied asThe latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple... and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month period of October through December. Apple's number is an official figure from its financial results, while Samsung's number is an estimate since the company stopped reporting smartphone shipments a few years ago. The research firm adds that Apple and Samsung were last tied in smartphone market share in Q4 2011. Apple experienced a record-breaking first quarter of the fiscal year because of strong demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The larger screen sizes of the two new smartphones were a major selling point for many...
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For all the recent talk of moving to digital wallets, you can't really ditch the old-school kind yet -- you still need to carry physical copies of your driver's license and other forms of ID. If you... live in Delaware, though, you may eventually have o...
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Major technology and media companies are investing heavily in virtual reality, a signal that the experience may soon be ready for mass consumption.
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Chinese retiree builds robotic horse

CNET - 29 Jan 2015 03:33
Chinese retiree builds roboticSu Daocheng, who says he is "addicted" to inventing, spent two months on the development of the petrol-powered beast.
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Google Fiber May Be Zippy, ButGoogle's fiber is slowly, very slowly climbing over infrastructure in four more metro areas, all in the southern U.S. Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham are the latest metro areas... selected.
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Get a huge discount on theIn the market for a new Android phone in 2015? If you’re willing to wait a week, you’ll have the chance to pick up a Moto X, one of the best phones on the market, for $140 off. As with any good... deal, there are a few conditions, but this might be one of the best deals you’ll get on Motorola’s latest flagship in the early months of 2015. FROM EARLIER: The only smartphone that gets better-looking with age In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Motorola will be offering customers a promo code worth $140 off any purchase of $499.99 or more and $50 off any purchase of $249.99 or more on Motorola.com. Pick a Motorola device and an accessory, such as a Moto
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Space Station Gets a NewOn Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
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Zuckerberg to investors: IfMark Zuckerberg has a clear message to Facebook investors: If you don't like the idea of initiatives like Internet.org, then get out of the stock. That was the takeaway from an impassioned response... Mark Zuckerberg gave during Facebook's earnings call Wednesday after an analyst questioned why investors should care about Internet.org, Facebook's ongoing effort to make the Internet accessible in developing markets around the world. See also: Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my! "It matters to the kinds of investors we want to have," said Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, in a not-so-subtle dig at the question and any investors who may agree with its sentiment. "Part of the subtext of your question is that, yeah, if we are only focused on making money, we might...
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Tumblr updates make it more ofAfter teasing an update to users last night, Tumblr has made changes that could make the service much more than GIFs and fun pictures of weird stuff. Editing features for text are finally being added,... suggesting Yahoo is taking Tumblr seriously in the wake of their new Creatrs announcement. The new features will also bring in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window when …
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Facebook boasts nearly 1.4Love it or loathe it, Facebook is as integral to our day-to-day lives as checking email or texting that special someone. And in case there was any doubt, the social network unleashed new data on... Wednesday to prove it. Nearly 1.4 billion people around the world use Facebook every month. Some 890 million people visit it daily and now view more than 3 billion videos a day. Unsurprisingly, much of the growth is happening on the mobile side. Almost half of Facebook's 1.89 billion mobile users now check the social network exclusively on their phones and tablets. In other words? While most people continue to use their desktop computers to share, like and comment, mobile-only use is quickly catching up
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Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

TechCrunch - 29 Jan 2015 01:00
Up Close With Coinbase It’s been a few days since Coinbase launched its official Exchange, a dashboard for active bitcoin traders that lets you buy and sell based on real-time pricing. I thought I’d sit down and put... it through its paces and see just how usable this tool was for the average BTC fan, as well as folks who might want to add BTC to their trading regimen.
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Facebook Now Has Over 3B Video Views Per Day

TechCrunch - 29 Jan 2015 00:41
Facebook Now Has Over 3B Video If it’s starting to feel like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone. Facebook today reported in a strong set of Q4 earnings that there are 3 billion... videos viewed on its site each day. With the company also reporting daily active users of 890 million, this works out to more than 3 videos per day. Facebook more specifically later noted that…
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Nice little earner once he flogs it - before everyone gets real tired of gTLDs Bruce Marler could hardly believe his luck....
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Police officer who stole nakedIt might not come as much of a surprise, but another police officer has been convicted of wrongdoing. Ars Technica reports that Sean Harrington, a former California Highway Patrolman (who has since... resigned from the force), pleaded no contest after being charged with criminal felony charges for stealing and distributing naked photos from two arrested citizens’ phones. He will not serve any jail time. FROM EARLIER: Cops face murder charges after body cams record them killing a mentally ill homeless man The case came to light when one of the victims told her story to local authorities a few months after being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. One of the officers asked for her phone, which she provided, and Harrington then
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French Lick Resort announced on Tuesday that malware had infected its payment card system, and guests may have had their personal information compromised.
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Lethargic mice unexpectedly perk up when injected with immune cells from bullied mice, a discovery which could point to new depression treatments
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Eggs Shaped Like Golf BallsPlaying with your food is a real no-no when you're a kid. But once you're old enough to head off to college, it suddenly becomes OK--at least if Animal House taught us anything. And OK or not, it's... all but impossible to resist playing around with a boiled egg that's been molded into the shape of soccer, tennis, and golf balls.
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Drone maker to bar Washington flights

The Australian - 28 Jan 2015 22:14
Drone maker to bar WashingtonDRONE GPS technology that stops their use near airports will disable them flying in much of Washington.
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RingCentral Brings Its CloudMake calls from your office number right in Gmail.
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Net expansion driven by mobileA study of 30 major world economies reveals how worldwide internet use continues to expand to more than three billion users, but it also demonstrates also how this growth is being driven by mobile... phones and social media, particularly in the developing world.
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The App Install Ad Boom HelpsDevelopers are plowing money into ads that are supposed to get their apps on your phone. Tune helps them figure out which ads work.
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A robot to help improve wine production

Phys.org - 29 Jan 2015 14:50
A robot to help improve wineA European research consortium comprising Spanish, French, Italian and German universities and companies is working on the development of an unmanned robot, equipped with non-invasive advanced sensors... and artificial intelligence systems, which will help manage vineyards. This robot will provide reliable, fast and objective information on the state of the vineyards, such as vegetative development, water status, production and grape composition.
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New imaging technology toThe University of Southampton is helping to develop new imaging technology to be used in the design, manufacture and maintenance for current and future generations of carbon composite aircraft.
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Sky partners with O2 to enter the UK mobile market

Android Central - 29 Jan 2015 14:37
Sky partners with O2 to enterSky has today announced plans to launch a new mobile service in 2016, partnering up with O2 for the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture. The deal will enable Sky to offer 2G, 3G and 4G... services to its customer base, placing the company in a strengthened position against rivals.
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Nokia Notches Up Better-Than-Expected Profit

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 14:33
Nokia Notches UpFinland's Nokia Corp. reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter net profit and fattened its dividend but investors took fright at a fall in revenue from the licensing of its large catalog of... patents.
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EMC Reports Mixed Results,Changes are coming to the storage and IT giant.
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Just how big is the Apple PayApple Pay, as Tim Cook told us during Apple’s earning call on Tuesday, is already posting some pretty impressive usage numbers. Apple Pay makes up more than $2 out of $3 spent on purchases using... contactless payment across the three major U.S. card networks. Panera Bread tells us Apple Pay represents nearly 80% of their mobile payment transactions, and since the launch of Apple Pay, Whole Foods Market had seen mobile payments increased by more than 400% On the surface of things, these are astounding numbers. Apple’s mobile payment system, which enables both in-app and contactless point of sale payments, has only been around a few months. Has it succeeded where others, most notably Google Wallet failed?
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HD video at Mach 1+? No biggie, say cool-cat engineers Engineers from the Bloodhound supersonic car world record attempt have been testing their radio comms gear as plans to stream the 1,000mph... (1,610kmph) event live come together....
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Koru Raises $8M Series A RoundKoru is a Seattle-based talent marketplace that helps college grads find jobs at tech companies by putting them through an intensive business program. As the company today announced, it has raised an... $8 million Series A round led by Maveron, with participation from new investors City Light Capital and Trilogy Equity Partners, as well as existing investors Battery Ventures and First Round.
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Slyce Snatches Up Mobile Visual search provider Slyce is expanding its lineup of mobile applications taking advantage of its proprietary image recognition technology with the acquisition of popular mobile couponing app... SnipSnap for $6.5 million. The deal was a combination of cash and stock, and brings SnipSnap’s 4 million-plus consumers to Slyce, as well as its enterprise product line which Slyce now plans to…
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Researchers patent a naturalResearchers at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón have developed a modular ventilation system for pitched roofs that solves the problem of heat accumulation by solar radiation under the roofs... without the need for refrigeration. ‪The patented system by the UJI is a passive and energy efficient solution for thermal conditioning of buildings. The module can be applied to restoration and rehabilitation of roofs, especially to those of historical value, and to new premises.
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Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions -- that it's not squeezed in... one direction relative to another.
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Android Breaks 1B Mark For With the quarterly numbers now in from smartphone market leaders Samsung and Apple, the analysts at Strategy Analytics have published their latest figures on how the overall market performed for the... last quarter of the year and 2014 overall. In short, it has been a milestone year. Globally we have now passed the 1 billion mark for annual smartphone shipments, with 1.28 billion devices in…
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Comcast apologizes afterAfter his wife Lisa canceled the cable portion of their Comcast account, Ricardo Brown got an unpleasant surprise on the next bill from the company: His first name was changed to "A**hole* Discovered... by consumer advocate Christopher Elliott and first reported on by The Consumerist, the story is even more bizarre as even Comcast doesn't know how it happened. See also: Comcast CEO: We Don't Wake Up Trying to Be Hated According to Lisa, after she called Comcast to reduce the bill, the company rep handed the call over to another employee, who tried to persuade her to keep the service and sign a new two-year contract. She declined, but she claims she was "never rude."
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Intel wants to banish cables,Bring a laptop into the room, and it wirelessly links to your monitors, external hard drive and printer. That's Intel's vision of a wire-free world for PCs with its new Core chips based on the... Broadwell microarchitecture. Intel announced Thursday the availability of the new fifth-generation Core processors for PCs with support for technologies that could rid computers of a myriad of cables and connectors. The chips are targeted at business laptops, desktops and mini-PCs. Laptops with the Broadwell vPro chips will be a stepping stone to Intel's ultimate plan to remove cable clutter around laptops and desktops. Intel's wire-free plans call for users to stop carrying power bricks and to charge laptops wirelessly. In the same vein, users will be able to wirelessly connect to peripherals, which...
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Lofar's record-sharp imageAn international team of astronomers led from Chalmers University of Technology has used the giant radio telescope Lofar to create the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio... wavelengths. Made by observing simultaneously from four countries, including Sweden, the image shows the glowing centre of the galaxy Messier 82 - and many bright remnants of supernova explosions.
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Could a new proposed particleResearchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect 'Dark Matter', the elusive missing 85 per cent of the... Universe's mass.
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Laser Inventor Charles Townes Dies Aged 99

Sky News - 29 Jan 2015 14:05
Laser Inventor Charles TownesA eureka moment in a Washington Park led Charles Townes to begin work which led to the invention of the laser.
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Malaysia officially declaresMalaysia's Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. See... also: AirAsia 8501 and MH370: The differences Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8, 2014, on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, "remains a priority." Malaysia declares all 239 passengers and crew onboard MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives - DCA DG — Astro AWANI (@501Awani) January 29, 2015
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Foil identity thieves - put your data on a giant floating target IBM is marketing cloud-based technology to help consumers better protect their personal data online....
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Here's How to Pick the BestWhat to look for--and what to avoid
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'Fitbit For Dogs' Maker Wearables for pets used to be a punchline, but now it’s a legitimate business with multiple players active in the space. Said space did just get a bit smaller today, as Whistle, the startup which... launched its Fitbit for dogs back in 2013. Now, Whistle is expanding its position with the acquisition of a competitor in the pet wearable space, Tagg, and adding another $15 million to its…
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This Is the Best TV You CanThe Sony X900B series has the most lifelike picture of any TV on the market
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Android Influencer: AlexisIntek's director of open source software and marketing, Alexis Crowell, offers a bit of insight on how Intel sees itself as a player in the Android space.
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Your Coding Style Is Like aIf you think that good code is a plain, expressionless and elegant string of characters that is, at its best, utterly anonymous, think again. New research suggests that programmers have ways of... writing code, which can be used as a digital fingerprints.
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Apple now leads the luxuryApple is on rather a roll at the moment. A new world record for quarterly profits. Best-selling smartphone maker in China. Joint leader of the global smartphone market. Record-breaking app store... earnings. Now Reuters reports that it’s picked up a new accolade, leading the luxury goods market in China. Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting […]
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Yes, the iPhone 6 really hurtSamsung on Thursday reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014, and even though the company made a lot of money during the period, it still took a significant hit, especially... compared with Apple's performance for the same Christmas sales period and an absolute record. FROM EARLIER: Apple's killer quarter in charts The company announced revenue of 52.73 trillion won ($48.6 billion), of which 5.29 trillion won ($4.87 billion) was profit. The numbers are impressive, but they're significantly below last year's performance when Samsung reported 59.28 trillion won revenue and 8.31 trillion won profit. Samsung's mobile division took a very hard hit during the December quarter, posting a 64% drop in profits compared to the same period in
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Google Wallet Goes Google Wallet — the search giant’s payments business that competes against PayPal and Apple Pay, among others — is today taking its first step outside of the U.S., in the form of money... transfers. Users in the UK will now be able to send money to each other by way of an “attachment” in Gmail. Google tells us that the feature should be live today for 10-20% of…
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Building the next generationUConn researcher Bryan Huey has uncovered new information about the kinetic properties of multiferroic materials that could be a key breakthrough for scientists looking to create a new generation of... low-energy, highly efficient, instant-on computers.
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Samsung's Galaxy A3 and GalaxySamsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 - which will be launching in the UK on February 12 - are now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse. The Galaxy A3 is available on monthly plans starting at... £22.50 ($35) a month for 24 months, with the Galaxy A5 available from £26.50 ($40) a month.
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You can now send money throughGoogle has today announced a new feature in Gmail for UK users. It's now possible to transfer funds through the email service using Google Wallet. The new transfer feature in the desktop version of... Gmail is free to use and doesn't require the recipient to have a Gmail address - they'll be required to set up and configure a Google Wallet Balance to receive the transferred funds.
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LG Chem ups bending radius inSouth Korea-based LG Chem continues to work on the potential of OLED technology. Tom Dawson, editor in chief of AndroidHeadlines, said, "LG has quickly become a name when it comes to flexible OLED... displays and if there's one company that can find a solution to use this sort of technology in everyday life, then it's LG." He said, "LG Chem has taken flexible OLED to a whole new level with new displays that can still be lit and be flexed in ways we never thought possible." The company recently announced two milestones in their work on OLED lighting. First, they announced the completion of the R&D phase for a new plastic-based OLED light panel; second, they announced the start of manufacturing of a 320 x 320 mm OLED light panel. They said it is the world's largest available in the market.
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TomTom upgrades maps globally

Gadget - 29 Jan 2015 13:34
TomTom today announced map updates around the globe, increasing coverage and improving features for all business customers.
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Standard Bank makes innovation Play

Gadget - 29 Jan 2015 13:34
Standard Bank, South Africa's largest retail bank by customer numbers, has launched a dedicated innovation lab called the PlayRoom.
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Virtualisation biz axing workers, certain leases and products Hundreds of workers at Citrix Systems are to be shown the door to counter nose-diving profit and boost the R&D pot....
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OneDrive steps up its PhotosOne of the highlights of Windows 10 paraded last week was the focus on Photos, not only on desktops and tablets but also on phones as well. Part of that "unified experience" is in the consistency of... the apps. The other part of that is in the cloud. Microsoft's cloud, that is. The latter is now falling into place with …
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Android Users Love iPhone 6,Android users love the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple saw more switchers to these models in the last quarter when compared to previous iterations.
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Facebook Sets Up Small Team in Taiwan

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 13:23
Facebook Sets Up Small Team inWhile cracking the mainland Chinese market remains a daunting task for Facebook, the Menlo Park, Calif., company decided to first strengthen its foothold in a smaller part of the Chinese-speaking... world -- Taiwan.
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Walker Desk - A Simple Desk with a Cantilever Design

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 13:11
Walker Desk - A Simple DeskThanks to the clever use of engineering skills, the Walker Desk by Modloft represents the beauty of a cantilever design in a minimal form. The expansive backdrop of walnut acts as the support base for... a part of the wall-mounted white lacquered desk while the other half remains floating in the air. There are two drawers providing sufficient space for storing your stationeries and other office requirements. The design is by Guillermo Gonzalez which is extremely innovative and is available...
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Exploding Kittens is the mostExploding Kittens sounds excellent. Anything with kittens and explosions was going to do well on the interwebs, but this Kickstarter project is ridiculous as the most popular of all time in just a few... days. Within 20 minutes of appearing Exploding Kittens...
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Microsoft Office for AndroidMicrosoft has had its Office apps available for iOS users for a while now and the applications have proven to be very popular. Android users were left out in the cold until the preview started a few... months ago. Microsoft has now announced that Office is available for Android tablets. The Android apps are similar in design to Office for …
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That time artists camouflagedAirmen and seamen cheering King George V from the aircraft carrier 'Argus' on his visit to the Fleet at Rosyth, on the Firth of Forth. The carrier is painted in 'dazzle' camouflage Image: Topical... Press Agency/Getty Images During WWI, Allied warships, troop ships and merchant supply ships were all targeted by the German forces. The Allies had to find a way to limit these attacks, but camouflaging ships against the sea and sky proved impossible for all weather conditions. The artist Norman Wilkinson proposed the "exact opposite of camouflage" — a system of stripes and jagged lines, later called "Dazzle" camouflage. Wilkinson hired a camouflage unit to apply his designs, which were tested on small wooden models painted by by women from London's Royal Academy of Arts
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Activists to the left, big data the right +Comment Elliott Management, the activist investor with its hooks into EMC, appears to have settled on Informatica as its next likely target for shareholder... gains glory....
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In 5 Minutes: How Apple'sApple's latest quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of iPhones, a 70% rise in Chinese sales and the company's largest profit in corporate history -- revenue rose to... $74.6 billion from $57.6 billion a year earlier. Here's a look at the sales of the iPhone since the company launched it in 2007.
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How virtual reality stole thePARK CITY, Utah--Despite the attendance of Hollywood celebs like Kevin Bacon, Ryan Reynolds, Nicole Kidman, and Keanu Reeves, the hottest ticket at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was the virtual... reality flight simulator Birdly. The custom-made "ride" allows anyone to lie face-down, arms-out, and--through the magic of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD)--experience what it's like to be a bird soaring past San Francisco skyscrapers. Open to the public and part of the New Frontier program, which celebrates the intersection of art, filmmaking and multimedia technology, the two-minute-long Birdly demo had wait times of more than two hours.
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Mobile charger maker MophieExpect to see boldface names galore appearing in commercials during Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX, like James Bond, The Dude, Kim Kardashian, Pac-Man, Brett Farve, Adriana Lima and other lingerie-clad... supermodels. How does any advertiser, especially a newbie like portable smartphone charger brand Mophie, make a splash against star attractions like that? One word: God. It’s all in the reveal, with the 30-second ad building up to a final scene in which Mophie and its ad agency Deutsch L.A. hammer home a simple but instantly recognizable point: when your smartphone dies, the world goes to hell in a hand basket.
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Sky Go now available for PS3After launching a dedicated app for PS4 at the tail end of last year, Sky has launched a Sky Go application for PlayStation 3 too. Like the PS4 version, the app is called TV from Sky and is available... as a free download on the PlayStation Store. We couldn't...
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Apple and Samsung are tied as  Apple and Samsung were dead even when it came to worldwide smartphone sales in the last three months of 2014, with each company selling 74.5 million handsets around the globe to capture a shade... under 20 percent of the…
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Alphabet soup: Samsung unveilsIt seems like Samsung might really be switching to a new naming scheme. Whether it's more confusing or less, it's up to you to decide. Following the metal-clad Galaxy A series and the Tizen-powered Z1... in India, Samsung is revealing the Galaxy J1, an entry-level smartphone that is being marketed at the Malaysian market. Judging by that number, instead of …
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Snowfalls cause disruption inLONDON — Snow started falling across northern parts of the UK Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, closing hundreds of schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland and halting flights in and out of... Manchester Airport. See also: Red pandas playing in the snow is off-the-charts adorable The Met Office flagged the inclement weather conditions, issuing severe weather warnings for snow, rain, wind, fog and ice — a messy and disruptive collection! "Snow amounts will be very variable, but over 5 cm will accumulate at lower levels in places - with over 15 cm on high ground. Strong and gusty winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes," the Met Office said in a weather warning.
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Picasso CubeSat to investigateThe PICosatellite for Atmospheric and Space Science Observations (Picasso) CubeSat, designed to investigate the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere.
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This Flexible Skin Patch CouldThe idea of capturing some energy from you constant writhing and wriggling ins't new--but this small, flexible device certainly is. The postage stamp-sized circuitry, once attached to the skin, could... generate electricity to power the gadgets secreted about your person.
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Last year's contract win, that is. Profits are up, though Revenue at Canadian outsourcer CGI Group dipped by four per cent in the first quarter of 2015 to $2.5bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same... period in 2014....
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Restaurant Discovery App Zomato, the Restaurant discovery service which competes with Yelp, has acquired Turkey’s Mekanist. The price was not disclosed but it has been confirmed as an all-cash deal. The move will take... Zomato from covering 27,500 restaurants in Istanbul and Ankara to more than over 50,000 restaurants in Turkey. The move is a sign that Zomato is prepared to take Yelp on in significant…
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Linux distrib vendors makeQualys said on Tuesday that there was a serious weakness in the Linux glibc library. During a code audit, Qualys researchers discovered a buffer overflow in the __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function... of glibc. The weakness can allow attackers to remotely take control of the victim's system without any prior knowledge of system credentials. This has become known as the GHOST vulnerability, discovered by researchers at the security company Qualys, which worked closely with Linux distribution vendors.
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Want to buy Katy Perry'sCall it NFL meets QVC. Some 50 million people watching the Super Bowl this year will be able to buy items highlighted by Katy Perry during the halftime show, thanks to deals put together by Delivery... Agent. That figure includes all viewers with Samsung Smart TVs and some LG TVs and Roku devices as well as anyone watching the game with a mobile device connected to Twitter. Such users will be able to tap a "buy" button either with their remote controls or their mobile devices to purchase items marketed by Perry during the event. Mike Fitzsimmons, Delivery Agent CEO, says there will be four exclusive products available, but he wasn't sure exactly what they would be. "The reality of these things is you never know what's going to make it to the final performance," he says.
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Sony World Photography AwardsMajor camera makers like Canon have been feeling the sting of smartphone cameras for a while now, and the increasing quality of mobile phone cameras means that more people are electing to forgo buying... a traditional camera in favor of a higher end handset. Perhaps the best example of how far smartphone cameras have come is the World Photography Organisation's …
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Singapore Property Site 99.co 99.co, a property rental and sales site that launched in Singapore last November, has scored a deal of its own after closing $2 million in funding from Sequoia and Facebook co-founder Eduardo... Saverin. The round values the young startup at $10 million.
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'Dopesick' Heroin AddictsA dealer tells a court how desperate addicts begged for heroin - which he bought from street dealers and sold for twice the price.
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Office for Android now widelyMicrosoft has made its Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps for Google's Android OS generally available, and also released new Outlook apps for Android and Apple's iOS. All three Office apps are available... for download from Google's Play store. The launch is a part of Microsoft's strategy to become more cross-platform friendly across its entire portfolio of applications and services. That there is an interest was already proved when the company launched Office apps for Apple's iPads in March last year. Also, the preview versions for Android were downloaded 250,000 times, according to Microsoft. The Android versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint have inherited the touch-friendly look and feel of the iOS versions. Large touch points make it easy for even the fattest of fingers to navigate...
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Women's 'emotionalIT is not just about the bits and the bytes, says Jive president Elisa Steele
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AllSeen IoT group acts to headVendors that contribute software to the AllJoyn Internet of Things project will pledge not to sue companies that make use of that code in products. The pledges are prescribed in new language being... added to the policies of the AllSeen Alliance, which promotes AllJoyn, a software framework for building compatible connected products. The group, which includes Qualcomm, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and more than 100 other vendors, is adopting a patent policy for the first time. The language will be announced in a blog post Thursday and become effective 90 days later.
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One of the main advantages retailers like Argos have over Amazon is that they operate huge stores all over the country. It encourages passing trade and it often means that customers can leave with... their order just minutes after they arrive. The inter...
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When people talk about Apple and Samsung, the lazy narrative is to say that Apple makes the most money, but Samsung makes the most devices. According to Strategy Analytics, however, that story may no... longer actually be the case. In its latest look at...
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HTC Desire 526G+ launched at Rs 10,400

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 12:10
HTC continues to expand its Desire line of budget and mid-range smartphones. It has now launched Desire 526G+.
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Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

Slash Gear - 29 Jan 2015 12:10
Sony to axe PS Vita Maps,It seems like Sony is putting to rest a few of its services, probably much to the dismay and even worry of its customers. Hot on the heels of an announcement that will swap out its Music Unlimited... service for a Spotify-powered PlayStation Music, the tech giant is now announcing the impending shtudown of two PS Vita apps, Maps and …
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Indian startups with global ambitions are looking at emerging economies where they can tap into unsaturated markets.
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Cellist Zoë Keating strikes back with YouTube transcript Analysis It's not often a $450bn multinational is humbled by a single classical musician with a tape recorder. Yet that seems to be what... happened this weekend....
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The Upload: Your tech newsSamsung's profit slides as mobile power wanes Samsung Electronics' smartphone business saw a slide in operating profit of 64 percent in fourth quarter results reported Thursday, as competition from... Apple at the high end and Xiaomi and Lenovo at the low end cut into business. But its semiconductor business improved thanks to increased demand for its DRAM. Overall, net profit fell for the third quarter in a row, this time by 27 percent from a year earlier.
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Sharp New Image of Galaxy M 82This new image of galaxy Messier 82, acquired by astronomers from Chalmers University of Technology, is said to be "the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio wavelengths." In fact... it's clear enough to show tiny, bright dots that are thought to be supernova remnants.
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Google gets more appThanks to the plethora of low-cost devices in addition to some higher end smartphones, Android has long been beating Apple’s iOS when it comes to market share. But a new report from app analytics... firm App Annie shows just how…
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Neuroscience Study IndicatesSlow and steady wins the race. Researchers weigh in on how to quit smoking and their verdict is to be kind to your brain by doing it gradually.
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Skiing behind a car is one wayThe blizzard that hit the north-east parts of the U.S. brought a ton of snow and traffic problems, but one person saw it as an opportunity to have some fun on skis — while being towed by a car In a... video posted to YouTube Tuesday by Alex Paige, we see a skier performing tricks while being towed by an Audi car on a street somewhere in Maine Though the street in the video appears to be completely empty, it's probably not wise to attempt such a feat, even if you're a great skier, as it might be dangerous Check out the stunt from another perspective, below The blizzard hit New England hard on Tuesday, though it largely spared New York City, where city officials shut down schools, roads and public transportation in anticipation of far worse weather. Maine was not so lucky, with some towns in...
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Sony's PlayStation 3 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but if it's still your preferred device for streaming video, Sky is finally ready to lend its support. Following the Xbox 360 and PlayStation... 4, the broadcaster is launching a Sky Go app today ...
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Dropbox Transparency ReportDropbox is one of many companies that provides regular transparency reports, something it started doing a few years ago with a steadily increasing number of details. The cloud storage company has... released its report for the second half of 2014 (July to December), and with it likewise comes an increase in details, the most notable of which is the inclusion …
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LG sells 59.1 millionLG has plenty to be excited about, as the South Korean manufacturer's financial results for 2014 indicate that it sold 59.1 million smartphones in 2014, an increase of 24 percent from the previous... year. LG's net profit of $474.81 million marked an increase of 125 percent from 2013, with revenue itself increasing by 1 percent from 2013 to $55.91 billion.
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Office for Android nowMicrosoft Office has been available to Apple iPhone users since June last year, allowing you to create and edit documents and do more with a paid Office 365 subscription, and now Microsoft has finally... announced the same for Android tablet users. Office...
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Send Money in Gmail reaches UKWhen Google launched Send Money in Gmail in the US, UK dwellers could have been forgiven for feeling jealous. Now the easy way to pay is coming to the UK. Yay. Send Money in Gmail does what the name... suggests allowing people to sign into their Gmail account...
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Nintendo is today rolling out its "Creators Program," a system that ensures it gets paid when YouTubers share its content. The Creators Program is a response to the popular "Let's Play" YouTube clips... that feature long amounts of gameplay. Nintendo to...
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Microsoft releases Outlook Preview for Android

Android Central - 29 Jan 2015 11:39
Microsoft releases OutlookMicrosoft has released a preview of its Outlook app for Android, completing the full Office experience on Google's mobile OS. While this new app is in the testing stage, it's a fully featured email... client worth downloading if you use the desktop version and enjoy utilizing Microsoft Office products. It's a solid app that not only lets you tap into the world of Outlook and Office 365, but also connect to Gmail and other supported accounts.
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LG Display booked its highest quarterly profit in almost four years, buoyed by firm demand for liquid crystal displays (LCD) from television makers and client Apple.
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Update: Xbox users can now sign into Xbox Live. Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment on the outage. Original story: Xbox Live is down for most users, and Microsoft Corp. appears unsure... of what exactly is wrong with its gaming network. Owners of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles are have been unable to sign into Xbox Live since before 2 p.m. EST. on Wednesday.
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Indian online retailer Flipkart is planning to list itself in the U.S. in the next 18 months to raise about $5 billion, Times of India, a local newspaper, reported on Thursday, citing investment... bankers it didn't name, adding that a final figure for the actual share sale hasn't been arrived at yet.
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LIVE: Taxi drivers protest Uber

News24 - 29 Jan 2015 11:32
Taxi drivers have taken to the street in their hundreds to protest the newly launched app-based ride-hailing service Uber.
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Flexible Work Schedule,There is time for work and there is time for sleep. Working from home allows for flexible schedules that ensure there is time for everything, imparting health benefits in the process.
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Where are my generating wellies? Feature Despite regular headlines about self-powered gadgets and a deluge of stories claiming that any day now we should expect our smart phones to start gathering... power from the environment around us, the promise of harvested energy always seems just out of reach. Or is it?...
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LG's 2014 financial report:While Samsung is reporting some financial losses, it's biggest Korean rival definitely has a lot of reasons to be in an upbeat mood. LG has just released the figures of its 2014 full-year financial... reports and the numbers are definitely looking good. It says that has gained a 125 percent increase in net profits compared to 2013. And most of …
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Taking advantage of falling or rising fuel prices is now easier thanks to SA developed mobile application 'FillApp' which notifies drivers of the best time to fill up at the pump.
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Microsoft Office hits AndroidMicrosoft has announced the next distribution of its Office software on Android tablets as it upgrades from Preview of Office. Android now has Word for Android tablet, Excel for Android tablet and... PowerPoint for Android tablet available to download, for...
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Microsoft Office for Android tablets now available

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 11:15
By giving away its industry-standard Office apps on iOS and Android, Microsoft is looking to build up a base of users which it can later persuade to sign up for Office 365.
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How Will the Ebola Epidemic End?

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 11:15
How Will the Ebola EpidemicUpon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King's Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles considers the endgame of the Ebola epidemic.
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Is Alibaba Doing Enough to Fight Fakes?

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 11:12
Is Alibaba Doing Enough toAlibaba's high-profile dispute with the Chinese government is raising a thorny question: Is Alibaba putting enough effort into fighting counterfeits on its website or is it just trying to quell... complaints from customers and brands?
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Microsoft has long wanted you to use OneDrive to store your photos, but actually viewing those photos isn't ideal -- you're ultimately using a file browser that just happens to have some photo-related... features. That's going to change in the next coup...
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Japanese information technology firm NEC said Thursday it swung back to profit in the nine months to December, after exiting the smartphone market as part of a broader restructuring.
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Microsoft Launches Outlook forMicrosoft today launched its official Outlook app for iOS, which allows users to easily view and organize their email inbox, calendars, attachments, and more under one unified view. The app works with... Microsoft's own Outlook.com and Office 365 services, while iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail are also compatible. Outlook for iOS also features quick gestures, as users can simply swipe to delete, archive or schedule messages. Now, with Outlook, you really can manage your work and personal email on your phone and tablet - as efficiently as you do on your computer. And, because we know that everyone has their own, unique way to manage email, Outlook offers customizable swipes and actions, so you can tailor the experience just the way you like it. Beyond email, the new Outlook app offers integrated...
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If you're a fan of Microsoft services and you have an iOS or Android device, today's your lucky day. The company has taken the wraps off a bunch of updates and,…
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Really? Even 100-year-olds, claim clipboard wielders Online banking has seen a boom among the older generation, with nearly 2.3 million aged between 70 and over 100 years old now using internet... banking, according to figures compiled by the British Bankers' Association (BBA)....
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Office for Android tabletsMicrosoft launched Office for Android tablets in preview form earlier this month, and now the Redmond giant has launched the final version of these apps on the Play Store. Finished versions of Word,... Excel and PowerPoint are now available for download on your Android tablet.
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After selling its ailing handset unit, Nokia has turned a fourth-quarter net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) with sales increasing nearly 10 percent, partly buoyed by strong growth in North... America.
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The Trouble the Profit Causes Apple

TechPinions - 29 Jan 2015 11:02
Apple had a big issue with the the first quarter of its fiscal year. True, it’s a problem most companies would love to have, but it’s still a problem: Apple has piled up far more profit …
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Intel and Qualcomm's Challenges

TechPinions - 29 Jan 2015 11:01
It is interesting to see some of the challenges facing once dominant semiconductor companies as the evolution of computing continues. Intel is and has been challenged to maintain the relevance of... their architecture as personal …
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iPhone Next

TechPinions - 29 Jan 2015 11:00
Now that the excitement has died down regarding Apple's amazing financial results and the nearly 75 million iPhone shipments it achieved last quarter, it's time to start looking ahead. From where I... sit, I think …
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The iPhone Economy

TechPinions - 29 Jan 2015 11:00
The iPhone EconomyApple’s earnings this week were such that it’s almost impossible not to be distracted by the sheer scale. However, since that’s been well covered every where the last couple of days, I wanted to... focus …
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Unlike many American startups, Uber was not founded in someone's garage, but was conceived instead on a cold night in Paris, when two tech entrepreneurs could not find a taxi.
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Apple's Positive Analysts TakeThis note is a roundup of nine analysts who are positive on Apple's shares.
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Bose SoundLink on-earAlthough Bluetooth isn't a new technology, there has been a renewed interest in Bluetooth devices of late, with a push towards quality that's seeing some of the more established audio brands producing... a wider range of wireless audio devices than ever...
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In Digits This Week, Garmin'sIn this week's Digits, we review Garmin's versatile 920XT smartwatch, look at how technology can turn us into investment experts and show you how high-tech home gadgets can make life easier.
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Apple hits Samsung at home, where it hurts

PC World - 29 Jan 2015 10:55
Apple hits Samsung at home,Apple is getting closer to matching Samsung Electronics on its home turf, as it has done with other East Asian rivals. Apple had a record-high 20 percent of the South Korean smartphone market in the... last quarter of 2014, up from 11 percent a year earlier, according to Strategy Analytics. It's an embarrassing development for Samsung, which has seen its mobile fortunes wither since the release of the iPhone 6. "The South Korean market is seeing a changing of the guard," Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said via email. "Apple is outperforming in East Asian markets because of enhanced new smartphone models, deeper distribution channels and large subsidies from mobile operators."
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Renowned for a scarcity of taxis and grumpy drivers, Paris is fertile ground for new transport apps such as Uber, but traditional cabbies are not giving up without a fight.
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Samsung confirms Galaxy S6Generally financial reports from companies can be a pretty dull affair. Unless a manufacturer makes a significant loss or is stockpiling so much cash that it will effect the products somewhere down... the line, there's not much to be gleaned from a balance...
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LG Electronics Reports Unexpected Loss

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 10:43
LG Electronics ReportsLG attributes the weak performance to its TV business, which ended operations in November.
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Qantas is going to haveAustralia's national airline, Qantas, announced Thursday it will start using Samsung's virtual reality device, Gear VR, on some of its flights. The company said in a statement it is launching the... service for first-class customers on a three-month trial basis The VR devices will be available for passengers flying with Qantas in first class on selected A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles along with being available in the international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. The technology will be on offer in the lounges from mid-February and on flights from mid-March — if you can afford the first-class price tag.
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Samsung's phone business takes an even nastier dive Samsung's mobile phone businesses took a nasty tumble in 2014's fourth quarter, with profits at the company's electronics division falling by 27 per... cent to 5.35 trillion won ($4.9bn)....
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Until we find that perfect technology to power wearables with our own bodies, scientists all over the world are going to keep developing possible candidates. A team from the National University of... Singapore, for instance, has developed a flexible, po...
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Japan studying latest messageJapan has been studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to... try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group. See also: Jordan set to swap Iraqi death row militant for pilot captured by ISIS The message, read in English by a voice the Japanese government said was likely that of hostage Kenji Goto, was released online late Wednesday after Jordan offered to hand over the al-Qaida-linked would-be suicide bomber to the Islamic State group in exchange for Jordanian air force pilot Mu'as al-Kasaseabeh. The militants have purportedly threatened to kill him and Goto.
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Samsung profit takes big hit

News24 - 29 Jan 2015 10:33
Samsung Electronics has reported its first annual earnings decline in three years.
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The digital world runs on binary . But while numbers made up of ones and zeroes is easy enough to get your head round, what happens when you need to express a negative number in digital form?
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Nokia reports better-than-expected Q4 profits

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 10:29
Nokia has reported stronger-than-expected quarterly profits for its core network equipment business on the back of network roll-outs for faster 4G mobile services in North America.
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Line reports 2014 revenues ofLine Corp is announcing impressive growth for the year ending 2014, but could they be running out of juice?
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Conan O'Brien, by his own admission, isn't a regular player of video games. But with more than 100 million registered players, Mojang's Minecraft isn't an average game -- it's a cultural phenomenon.... The Lego-esque brick-placing simulator is so pervasive that Conan, a self-professed "clueless gamer," asked Minecraft makers Mojang if he could animate an entire show in the game's trademark blocky, pixelated style. The Swedish developers apparently said no to the idea, but that didn't stop Conan and co-conspirator Andy Richter from being transformed into cubist versions of themselves for a two-minute sketch. O'Brien and Richter start the segment brandishing axes and flailing wildly in a Minecraft version of the Conan studio, complete with an...
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Snapdeal to hire top-level execs

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 10:26
Snapdeal is looking to hire several key personnel across functions, as the company looks to beef up its second rung of leadership.
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Microsoft finally has anOutlook users: the wait for a proper email app is over. Microsoft rolled out new native Outlook apps for iOS and Android Thursday. The new apps are essentially repackaged versions of Acompli, the... email app Microsoft acquired last year See also: The 5 Best Email Apps for Power Users Acompli aimed to set itself apart from other email clients by focusing on multitasking. The app included a built-in calendar and features that made it easier to find attachments and contact information without digging through your inbox — all of which carry over to the new Outlook-branded apps The apps also maintain support non-Microsoft email accounts, so Gmail and Yahoo users can continue to use the Outlook app — as of Thursday Acompli's iOS and Android apps will redirect to Outlook.
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Malvertising hits xHamster thanks to recent Adobe 0-day A massive malvertising campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability has surfaced on popular* adult site xHamster, analysts... say....
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LG Electronics reports loss in 4Q on plasma TV business closure, operating income up
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Samsung posts first annualSamsung Electronics posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years on Thursday and saw resurgent arch-rival Apple barge in on its pole position as the world's top smartphone maker.
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Microsoft launches revampedMicrosoft announced plans today to launch a new app for its Outlook email service on iOS. The app is based on the Acompli software that the company purchased in December for $200 million. The app... includes “email triage” features found in the old app as well as new features to help appeal to a wider audience, […]
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When the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face on Sunday, it will also showcase new technology as the first Superbowl game played under LED lighting. According to the makers, the new... high-performance LED stadium lights built by Cree and Ephesus Lighting will provide better lighting for less energy...
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Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.
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World's biggest smartphone maker? It's a tie

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 10:16
Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.
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Qualcomm admits to losing key customer, stock drops

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 10:14
Qualcomm admits to lose a major customer in FY15Top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics decided not to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for its next flagship Galaxy S smartphone after... the chip overheated during testing.
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DA blasts gov't over New Age spending

Tech Central - 29 Jan 2015 10:14
The department of communications has spent "disproportionately" more than R10m on advertising in The New Age newspaper in the last financial year, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday. According
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LG Electronics Inc. said Thursday it has lost money in the fourth quarter as costs from the closure of its plasma TV operations offset a recovery in its mobile phone business.
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An anonymous reader writes A recent incident at the White House showed that small aerial vehicles (drones) present a specific security problem. Rahul Sasi, a security engineer at Citrix R&D, created... MalDrone, the first backdoor malware for the AR drone ARM Linux system to target Parrot AR Drones, but says it can be modified to target others as well. The malware can be silently installed on a drone, and be used to control the drone remotely and to conduct remote surveillance. Meanwhile, the Chinese company that created the drone that crashed on the White House grounds has announced a software update for its "Phantom" series that will prohibit flight within 25 kilometers of the capital.
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Amazon to offer businessUS online giant Amazon announced plans Wednesday to offer a cloud-based email and calendar service to directly compete with Microsoft Outlook and others.
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All because his wife asked to cancel their TV package A Washington woman in the US has revealed how Comcast made her husband the butt of a joke - by changing his name to "Asshole" on their account....
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A supercut of the mostPretty much every wildly-popular song of the last five years has utilized the tried and true lyrics, "Whoa-oo-oh." From Fun to Coldplay to Rihanna, the lengthy vowel sound is essentially a catchy... filler that's easy to sing along to. So Youtuber Cutting Room sliced together just about every "whoa-oo-oh" offender in a five-minute roundup. While it's pretty lazy writing, we can't lie and say we don't love it. You can't look away from this Ed Sheeran chin puppet named Ed Sheerchin NSFW 'Fifty Shades of Grey' music video stars Dakota Johnson tied up One-man version of 'Uptown Funk' is even better than the original Fall Out Boy covering 'Uptown Funk' will restore your faith in Fall Out Boy
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Nobel laureate Charles Townes,Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99.
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Battle of the big phones:Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.
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Microsoft's Office For Android Last November, Microsoft launched a beta of its free Office apps for Android tablets and announced that it would make them generally available for Android tablets in early 2015. It’s now early... 2015 and today Microsoft is living up to its promise by launching Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. The updated apps should arrive in the Google Play store over the course of the next…
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Hands-on with Office forOffice for Android is a key piece of Microsoft's conquer-the-cloud strategy. The promise is you can work on any device, yes even on Android, with the productivity suite you know and (maybe) love.... Preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been in the Play Store since November, and we were impressed in our initial hands-on. I got a chance to tinker with the final builds that are going live Thursday. While there were no sweeping changes, the apps are maturing into a compelling productivity suite that could challenge the dominance of Google's productivity apps (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) on Android.
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Microsoft Brings Outlook toThe new versions build on technology Redmond gained with last year's $200 million purchase.
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Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 “I was actually the first delivery driver, I still do deliveries for 4 hours a week,” Deliveroo CEO and co-founder William Shu tells me during a call. “I don’t do it on the scooter anymore,... I do it on the bicycle. It’s actually really good exercise so I don’t mind.”
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The final release has stipulations for x86 SoCs and screens larger than 10.1".
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Blackbeard's Booty: PirateArchaeologists are excavating the vessel that served as the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, and the medical equipment they have recovered from the shipwreck suggests the notorious buccaneer had to... toil to keep his crew healthy
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Looking to buy the Nexus 6?After offering a $36 discount on the Galaxy Note 4 earlier this month, T-Mobile is now slashing prices of the Nexus 6. Both 32 and 64GB versions of the Midnight Blue Nexus 6 are discounted by $48.
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets, based on the application it acquired when it bought Acompli last December. These new applications will go live in their... respective app stores over the course of the next few hours. These new applications will go live in their respective app stores over the course of the next few hours.
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Mobile e-mail app company was bought in December for $200 million.
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Microsoft's Android tablet versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are no longer in preview mode; you'll be able to download them today. As with the iOS apps launched last year, Office is essentially... free to use on Android for most consumers, though certain premium features and business functionality require an Office 365 subscription. The preview program covered more than 3,000 variants of 500 separate Android devices, and native support for Intel processors is coming later in the year. Microsoft says the iPhone and iPad versions of Office have been downloaded more than 80 million times worldwide. Although the free release on competing platforms represents a major change in strategy, it's all part of CEO Satya Nadella's plan to put the...
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Microsoft is bringing a fully featured version of Outlook to iOS and Android today. The launch comes less than two months after Microsoft acquired email app Acompli in early December, and the software... maker is turning Acompli into Outlook mobile. Available for free in the App Store or Google Play, the new Outlook apps are identical to Acompli. This is simply a rebrand for now, but that won't be the case for long. Microsoft is planning to update its new Outlook apps regularly. "We have been and we'll continue to update the app weekly," says Julia White, Microsoft's general manager of Office. "So in a very short period time you'll start to see variance from the Acompli app that will not be updated after that point." While some might have...
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Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, and they might just be light-years better than those web apps the company has unleashed in the past. See, these are the result of Redmond's... Accompli acquisition in December, and seeing as w...
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How to watch the Super BowlIf you're looking to watch Super Bowl XLIX online this Sunday, NBC has you covered. Just like other networks that have offered a free live stream of the Super Bowl in previous years, NBC will make the... 2015 game available through its NBC Sports website and mobile app. Still, getting the spectacle onto the device of your choosing could be tricky, so
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It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft released the preview versions of Office for Android, but the software giant is finally ready to bring the final version of those apps to Google Play.... Starting some time Thursday morning -- we're hearing from...
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Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate

New Scientist - 29 Jan 2015 10:00
If all goes to plan, the UK will launch a telescope to find out more about known exoplanets' atmospheres in four years
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Microsft Outlook for iOS andWell, that didn't take long. After Microsoft bought the hit email app Acompli (it was even one of our favorite apps of last year ) last month, they turned it around pretty quickly into an official... Outlook app for iOS and Android. Outlook joins Office as Microsoft continues its mobile software push beyond Windows Phone.
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Bit9 moves to spot lurkingUpgrade adds continuous recording powers
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Scientists have found that people who experience compulsive urges to use Facebook have some brain patterns similar to those found in drug addicts.
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Samsung ties with Apple forSamsung's decline of late has allowed Apple - which posted a stellar quarter in which it sold 74.5 million iPhones - to catch up to the South Korean manufacturer. According to data from market... research firm Strategy Analytics, both Samsung and Apple control a global market share of 19.6 percent and are now tied for the title of the world's largest smartphone vendor.
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Unilever is spending a fifth of its advertising budget on digital media and the share is growing as the company seeks to connect more effectively with the millennials.
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US targets mobile operator forTracFone Wireless, the largest prepaid mobile provider in the U.S., has agreed to refund US$40 million to customers to settle charges that it throttled bandwidth or cut off consumer data connections,... despite promising "unlimited" data service as a marketing tool. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that from 2009 TracFone, which sold unlimited prepaid monthly plans for about $45 per month, under the Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America brands, slowed or cut off mobile data after customers used more than certain fixed limits in a 30-day period. The data service was generally slowed down after a customer used 1GB to 3GB, and was suspended at 4 to 5GB, according to the FTC.
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Much of Netflix's potential impact on SA has already been made, says Arthur Goldstuck.
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Boot Chess needs just 512 bytes of memory, beating 1982's 1K ZX Chess Developer Olivier Poudade claims he's beaten a 33 year-old record for the smallest working Chess program....
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Sony plans to cut around 1 000 additional jobs in its struggling smartphone division as it tries to bring its electronics business back into the black, sources say.
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'Petrol engine's days numbered'

IOL - 29 Jan 2015 09:23
After moving wheels across the world for well over a century, the end is almost nigh for the internal combustion engine.
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Best TV Deals to Grab BeforeA number of TV deals are now available at various stores in anticipation of the much awaited Super Bowl event which is set to begin on Sunday.
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You'd be forgiven for not knowing what to expect from HTC's next flagship smartphone. The images that have emerged are frequently dodgy, and there are even claims that the company is seeding decoys to... throw people off the scent. However, you might fi...
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Video: Flyover drone footageThe BBC flew a drone over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today to show off what it looks like and it's absolutely haunting. Over a million people died in this concentration camp from 1940... to 1945. It's been 70 years since the Soviets liberated the camp and it's still so tragic to see.
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Apple Shipped As Many It looks like making larger screen smartphones was a good decision from Apple. Fresh off a monster earnings report — including the largest profit of any corporate company in history — Apple sold... as many phones as Samsung in the final quarter of 2014.
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Naver's Earnings Miss South Korean Internet giant Naver announced quarterly results that fell short of expectations because of weaker performance from the gaming unit of its messaging app Line. This echoes problems faced... by Tencent’s WeChat, one of Line’s main rivals, and shows that messaging apps need to find more sources of revenue beyond games.
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If it did - opportunity! Worstall on Weds (on Thurs) I've been watching with some amusement a little story about Pinterest noting that it's got a user base that leans heavily female. It's doing the... rounds as the company thinks, well, it would be nice to be stuffing men full of ads as well (when it actually starts slinging ads) so, umm, why don't we go out and try and find some male customers?...
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Dolfi - Next Gen Washing Device

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 09:01
Dolfi - Next Gen WashingA hand-size device that cleans your clothes with the power of ultrasonic technology. Remember those great delicate pieces of fashion hopelessly ruined by machine wash? Dolfi is the next generation... cleaning technology: it’s gentle on clothes, but tough on dirt. Your favorites will be thoroughly cleaned from inside out with the power of ultrasound without any damage. Staying fresh while traveling is challenging. You either risk going over baggage limits with excess clothing, pay heavily for laundry service, or waste...
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Cat Clouds Cat Shelves from The Refined Feline

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Cat Clouds Cat Shelves fromGive your kitties a super strong metal platform to rest in air with the help of these Cat Clouds Cat Shelves from The Refined Feline. They are equipped with soft comfortable pads which are covered in... faux sheepskin fabric which enables your kitty to relax cosily on them. Instead of your furniture, your cat will now prefer walking on the walls. The installation will not only save floor space but also give your cats an opportunity to climb and perch...
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Android Wear Circle Smart Watch by LG

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Android Wear Circle SmartBe productive and keep your health intact with a proper fitness schedule using the Android Wear Circle Smart Watch by LG. The watch features a heart rate monitor and also lets you stream music... wirelessly using Bluetooth. It’s compatible with most Android smartphones (4.3 or later) and can respond to the Ok Google Voice commands. The display is a 1.33″ full-circle P-OLED touch-screen with the casing being of stainless steel complemented with the bezel and leather watch band. It has...
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Measuring Paris Wall Sticker -Designed by Emiliana Design Studio for Domestic, the Measuring Paris Wall Sticker adds an interesting visual touch to your kid's height analyser. It displays one of the most famous monuments of the... world in your kid's room with height markers on the side. This will help your little one to track their growth rate whenever required but from a measuring scale that looks gorgeous and far from being ordinary. The sticker is gray in color and measures 200 x 50...
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Embrace Table by Offi

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Embrace Table by OffiYour modern media starting from books, magazines, CDs or DVDs can have an award winning form of storage once you bring home the Embrace Table by Offi. They are a set of two low modern tables which... have been embraced together so as to form a perfect magazine rack or storage unit. Even when you use them apart, they can serve as a handy laptop table, a bench or even as a desk for kids. Designer John Green ensured you...
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Hideaway Bin by Muuto - AnUse it as a trash can or a laundry basket, the Hideaway Bin by Muuto can work as a handy device for every home. The bin bears a simple exterior look with an ergonomically designed lid. When you close... the basket, the bag will be completely hidden inside with the lid covering the top in a smooth way. On the other hand, when you have the lid opened, it will hang on one side of the bin thus leaving it...
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Artemide Copernico Suspension Lamp

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Artemide Copernico SuspensionLight up your indoor living area with this extraordinary Artemide Copernico Suspension Lamp highlighting the futuristic vision of nine concentric mobile ellipses. It's a marvelous design by Carlotta... de Bevilacqua and Paolo Dell'Elce which has been created especially for Artemide. The ellipses were created from one single piece of aluminium with the nine shapes capable of rotating independently on two different axes. The light may be producing a dazzling shine all the time but it has been designed to achieve...
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Title: Female Hormone Disorder Linked to Numerous Health ConditionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

MedicineNet - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: Seniors May Keep Falls a SecretCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study WarnsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Combat a Pinworm Infection

MedicineNet - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Combat a Pinworm InfectionCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: 'Long Life' Gene Might Make Some Smarter, Too: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Good Sleep in Middle Age May Pay Benefits LaterCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Caring for a Cut or Scrape

MedicineNet - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Caring for a Cut or ScrapeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Student Loans Take Emotional Toll on Young AdultsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Concussions Linked to Memory Loss in Study of Retired NFL PlayersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older WomenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Ebola Threat Diminishing in West Africa, Officials SayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

MedicineNet - 29 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop SmokingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study SuggestsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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The UniGrip Pro ProfessionalThe First Professional Universal Smartphone Mounting Bracket that Fits All Smartphones including the Galaxy Note 3 With a Protective Case. Transform your phone into a professional camera rig with The... UniGrip Pro Professional Universal Mounting System. No other mount offers the durability versatility or security of the UniGrip Pro. When our competition says they are “Universal” they mean their mounts fit all phones. Not True! When we say “Universal” we mean UniGrip fits all phones with or without a protective...
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Salary hikes are tipped to go on an overdrive this increment season with top performers in various sectors set to earn increments in excess of 20%.
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Titanium Multi Tool

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 08:59
Titanium Multi ToolWhen designing and manufacturing the titanium multi tool I decided not to polish the raw plate surface after EDM wire cutting the plate, creating a work of art, if polish titanium it easily scratches.... The titanium alligator style multi tool is cut from GR 5 titanium 1/4" plate, known as Ti6Al4V that has the philips screwdriver machined with CNC, the dimensions are, 65mm long, 22mm wide and 6mm thick, the ratcheting wrench nut sizes are, 10mm 9mm 8mm 7mm 6mm...
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Messenger Bag

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 08:59
Messenger BagA generously proportioned messenger bag, hand crafted in England from seven ounce full grain Italian leather. Features secure internal divider to safely hold and protect your laptop from jostles and... jolts. Will fit a screen size of up to sixteen inches and also easily accommodate an A4 sized folder and more in the adjacent internal compartment. An external pocket makes it easy to grab your keys and phone with a magnetic closure to provide additional peace of mind. All fixings...
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Snapsme: The New Concept Of Random Pictures

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 08:59
Snapsme: The New Concept OfNever forget about anything you have enjoyed. With Snapsme, the days when you were stuck behind your camera are over! Make your smartphone a photographer and become an actor of your own memories. The... Snapsme concept was born. After discussing it some more, they finally decided to develop a smartphone app. Indeed, a smartphone is currently the most accessible device for anyone to take pictures. Snapsme simply allows its users to fully enjoy the moment without having to worry about...
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52|Planner

The Gadget Flow - 29 Jan 2015 08:59
52|PlannerA Planner, Notebook, Journal, Sketchbook and System to track all your goals and plans in one place and put you on the path to success. We are ambitious, we are young, we are driven, and we desire... more. We desire more from life, and demand even more of ourselves. Like you, we dream and want nothing more than to see those dreams come true. But we had no system for plotting our goals and meeting them. This inspired the birth...
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So much for A-G Brandis' 'this'll be easy for telcos to collect' argument Yet again, the coaching that spooks and bureaucrats have given Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis has proven to be at... odds with the realities of the telecommunications industry....
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Uber adopts a no-commissionThe taxi-hailing app switches gears to remain operational in India, despite a ban on their main business due to an ongoing legal battle.
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Watch These Amazing ReactionsLast year, Tesla Motors announced a dual-motor version of the Model S vehicle called the P85D. One of the biggest differences between the original Model S and the P85D is acceleration. The original... Model S goes from 0-60MPH in 5.9 seconds, but the Model S P85D can hit the same speed in 3.2 seconds when it is on "Insane Mode." The P85D is 691 horsepower and has 687 lb-ft of torque, which is comparable to cars like Lamborghinis Gallardos, Porsche 911 GT3s and McLaren F1s. To activate the top speed in the Model S P85D, you have to bring the car to a stop and then push the “Insane Mode” button. "In the options selection, you'll be able to choose three settings: Normal. Sport. And Insane,” said Tesla Motors chief executive officer Elon Musk when he announced the vehicle. "Yeah, it will...
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Redmond is building a stack of visualisation tools for the generation that grew up with clickable everything Until last week, Microsoft's $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang AB made no sense to me.... Undeniably popular in the current generation of kids, at some point, Mojang's Minecraft will fade, like every other fad before it. Mojang doesn't even have a follow-up to its breakthrough first title. Back in 2013, Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Perrson shelved 0x10C, a space game set in the distant future, leaving Mojang looking like a one hit-wonder....
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Alibaba takes on Chinese regulator on fake goods

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 08:30
Alibaba has hit back saying SAIC's research and conclusions were based on inadequate sampling, and inappropriate annlysis.
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[From In-Car Tech] We told you about the redesigned Nissan Titan and its Cummins V8 twin-turbo engine. Now see how those twin turbos work courtesy of this video from Nissan.
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iPhone 6 'shortage' in India, Apple diverts supply

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 08:24
Smartphone retailers in the country are once again unable to meet the demand for iPhone 6 as its supplies have fallen by 50% in the last three weeks.
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LG is still trailing Samsung and Apple in total smartphone sales (and profits from them), but the company just revealed its financial data for the last year and has plenty to be happy about. It sold... 59.1 million smartphones last year, up nearly a qua...
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Xiaomi Mi 4 vs OnePlus One: Which one to buy

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 08:14
Xiaomi has introduced its 2014 flagship smartphone, Mi 4, in the Indian market. The phone is priced around Rs 20,000, bringing high-end hardware specifications to the mid-range segment, similar to the... Mi 3 smartphone that it launched in July.
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As Australian lawmakers debate legislation forcing telcos to retain customers' metadata for a minimum of two years, NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas has claimed that he and others have been... the target of inappropriately warranted electronic surveillance by his own force.
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As part of a move to expand into supercomputing and deal with the excess heat that is a byproduct of bitcoin mining, BitFury Group, a bitcoin infrastructure provider and transaction processing... company, has purchased Allied Control, which makes cooling systems for supercomputing and data centers...
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New Dawn Ceres image outdoes Hubble

Gizmag - 29 Jan 2015 08:07
The dwarf planet Ceres has come into sharper focus with NASA's Dawn spacecraft sending back the best images yet of the asteroid. Shot on January 25 from a distance of 147,000 mi (237,000 km) as the... unmanned probe closes in for its March rendezvous, the resolution was 30 percent better than the best images obtained by the Hubble space telescope. ..
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Charles Townes, the man responsible for inventing the laser, died this week aged 99. A Nobel prize winner and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Townes thought up the idea for the... maser, the predecessor to the laser, helping to alter the course of technology, society, and science fiction. Townes died in Oakland and spent much of his life at Berkeley, but it was on a park bench in Washington DC where he had a revelation that led to the development of the laser. The year was 1951, and the physicist was in the capital to meet with a Navy committee, set up to find ways to enhance communications technology using microwaves. Townes had been hitting his head against the problem without success, when, sat on the bench, a new...
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YouTube Now Makes Use of HTML5YouTube has dropped Adobe's Flash and will be using the HTML5 player instead. Users of Internet Explorer 11, Chrome, Safari 8, as well as beta versions of Firefox, will benefit from YouTube in HTML5... by default.
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[In-Car Tech] Chevrolet Spark EV comes to MD

Technology Tell - 29 Jan 2015 08:04
[From In-Car Tech] No longer just for the Left Coast, GM will sell the Chevrolet Spark EV in Maryland, where demand is partly drive by its powertrain that is built there.
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Shine on you crazy diamond Obituary Charles Hard Townes, one of the winners of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing the laser and a pivotal player in astronomy and reconciling science and... religion, has died at the age of 99 after a brief illness....
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Sony and Spotify Unveil NewBut Sony's Music Unlimited will shut down
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Samsung has posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years, days after arch-rival Apple reported the biggest corporate profit in history.
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Huawei to reveal new wearablesHuawei has announced its brand strategy for 2015 during a media trip to its head quarters in Shenzen, China and a presentation has revealed the company will be introducing new wearables and tablets at... Mobile World Congress in 2015. A focus will be put...
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Hon Hai Units' Merger Hurdle

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 07:46
Hon Hai Units' Merger HurdleHon Hai's effort to expand beyond contract manufacturing has hit a hurdle after Taiwan regulators asked that a merger proposal for its two telecom units be resubmitted.
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LG's Annual Profit Doubles To Samsung may be stumbling after posting its lowest annual profit for three years, but the same can’t be said for fellow Korean company LG, which just revealed that it shipped 59.1 million... smartphones last year, a 24 percent increase on its figure from 2013.
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Mashable announced late Wednesday night that it has closed a new round of financing worth $17 million, led by Time Warner Investments -- the venture-capital arm of the New York-based media…
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Brain Implants Get Brainier

Slashdot - 29 Jan 2015 07:31
the_newsbeagle writes "Did my head just beep?" wonders a woman who just received a brain implant to treat her intractable epilepsy. We're entering a cyborg age of medicine, with implanted stimulators... that send pulses of electricity into the brain or nervous system to prevent seizures or block pain. The first generation of devices sent out pulses in a constant and invariable rhythm, but device-makers are now inventing smart stimulators that monitor the body for signs of trouble and fire when necessary.
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Mysterious nebula revealed inA faint cometary globule nebula 1,300 light-years from Earth has been revealed in glorious detail through the Very Large Telescope.
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Worst outcome means 50 percent capacity hit Mozilla has given the Tor network a capacity kick with the launch of 14 relays that will help distribute user traffic....
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The Sharing Economy Is a Gateway Drug

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 07:27
The Sharing Economy Is aThe Sharing Economy is a gateway drug that threatens the infrastructure of our economy as we know it. This collaborative consumption (working together to provide the general public with affordable... access to all types of resources) has enabled individuals to cut out the middleman, replace big business and solve popular needs with personal services and solutions. It's igniting a series of change from the underbelly of our society that's creeping into the everyday lives of the masses. If there's one thing history has taught us, it's that falling in line and remaining cemented in our beliefs leads to a sustainable economy. Those who have challenged this in the past instigated social progress, political recourse and cultural revolutions -- all phenomenons rooted in change, outlined to disrupt...
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Amazon.com Inc accelerated its efforts to win over corporate clients on Wednesday by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google.
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Mashable, Business Insider Get New Funding

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 07:21
Mashable, Business Insider GetBoth Mashable and Business Insider are expected to announce significant venture capital investments Thursday, building on a recent trend of hefty cash infusions and valuations for the sector's biggest... players.
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New search engine SciNet claims to outsmart Google

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 07:20
Researchers claim to have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more efficiently.
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[In-Car Tech] GM OnStar RemoteLink gets all-new UX

Technology Tell - 29 Jan 2015 07:19
[From In-Car Tech] In developer-speak, UX means "User eXperience," and General Motors said its OnStar RemoteLink is getting all-new UX for its 1.3 million regular users.
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While VMware has fixed a security hole on its AirWatch cloud, on-premises users are recommended to update to the latest version of AirWatch.
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Key Takeaways From Samsung's Earnings Call

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 07:14
Key Takeaways From Samsung'sHere are five takeaways from Samsung's fourth-quarter earnings conference call.
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Apple pulls even with SamsungThe rivals tie for the top spot in the fourth quarter of 2014, with Apple's fortunes on the rise and Samsung's heading in the opposite direction, according to figures from researcher Strategy... Analytics.
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Advances in 3D motion capture technology have added an extra layer of realism to sports video games like FIFA and Madden. But software engineer-turned entrepreneur Mazen Elbawab reckons you shouldn't... need to enter a virtual world to move like your favorite athletes. His Heddoko line of sportswear comes equipped with sensors that capture the body's motion, to offer feedback on how you can perform more like the pros. ..
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Dog weddings are an engagingIf the sight of a bulldog in layers of white tulle brings tears to your eyes, you are not alone Dog weddings —also know as puptials— are an adorable, if slightly bizarre tradition. The idea of two... canines coming together in tiny veils and bow-ties to declare their everlasting love is too irresistible to let go See also: 15 Dogs With Jobs That Put Your Resume to Shame Cats get married too, but it's less frequent because it's more difficult to get felines to participate in a ceremony because they are their own masters. It's natural to question whether animals themselves ever get anything out of the experience. As Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor at Texas A&M, plainly told The Associated Press, "Pet marriage or...
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Adds network analytics, VMWare support Big Switch Networks is sticking to its start-up sprint, announcing the third iteration of its virtual networking environment since it initial release in July... 2014....
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Five Essential Focal LengthsWe run down a list of the five focal lengths that every photographer needs to try.
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Late last year I took the opportunity to sit down for a meal with Amit Agarwal and Alex Rosemblat, Chief Product Officer and Director of Marketing respectively for Datadog. Datadog is a young vendor... offering monitoring services for IT infrastructure, operations and development teams alike. The idea of Datadog is twofold – firstly to give customer visibility over the performance of their infrastructure, and secondly, to deliver actionable insights derived from that data. Datadog is one of a number of new startups that enable a more iterative and agile way of running enterprise IT generally and application development and operations teams specifically.
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GoDaddy yanks Super Bowl adPossibly a sad marketing stunt to attract pre-Super Bowl attention, GoDaddy has pulled a advertisement for the big game that gained negative attention for promoting the inhumane treatment of a puppy,... The post GoDaddy yanks Super Bowl ad after puppy mill criticism appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Investors Thow Datadog A $31M Bone

TechCrunch - 29 Jan 2015 07:00
Investors Thow Datadog A $31M Datadog, a cloud service that helps customers monitor infrastructure and software, whether all in the cloud or a hybrid on-premises-cloud environment, announced $31M in Series C funding today. The... round was led by Index Ventures with help from RTP Ventures, Openview Partners and what they referred to as “other equity holders.” Index helped fund the Series B round last February,…
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Datadog which promises to let companies see how well (or badly) their various cloud deployments are performing, now has $31 million in fresh Series C funding bringing its total to about $53…
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Intergenerational Health

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 07:00
It's a strange fact that the human body contains more bacterial cells than human ones.
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On the hunt

MIT - 29 Jan 2015 07:00
On the huntThe MIT Mystery Hunt has been a proud Institute tradition for more than three decades.
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Which health messages work?

EurekAlert! - 29 Jan 2015 07:00
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Is it better to be positive or negative? Many of the most vivid public health appeals have been negative -- 'Smoking Kills' or 'Drive, Drive, and Die' -- but do these... negative messages work when it comes to changing eating behavior?
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Xiaomi will start selling smartphones in India later this year through its own portal as it looks to beef up its presence in the country.
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Here's the surprisingly oldSuper Bowl Sunday is only a few days away and all anyone really wants to talk about is deflated footballs. We don't care about any of that. We just like to see how things get made. Here's a NY Times... video that shows you the inside of a Wilson Football Factory. They get sewed together, flipped inside out, stitched, shaped and pumped.
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While Dropbox was quick to embrace transparency reports, it's been pretty opaque about data requests from outside the US. How do you know which countries want your info? You don't have to wonder any... longer. The cloud storage outfit has published its ...
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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new procedure to increase the length of human telomeres. This increases the number of times cells are able to divide,... essentially making the cells many years younger. This not only has useful applications for laboratory work, but may point the way to treating various age-related disorders - or even muscular dystrophy. ..
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(Reuters) - U.S. business lobbies have called for "urgent discussions" with the Chinese government over new cybersecurity regulations that would force technology vendors to Chinese banks to hand over... secret source code and adopt Chinese encryption algorithms.
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TracFone Wireless to pay $40WASHINGTON — The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data... service. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds — a practice known as throttling — when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit. See also: FCC Challenges Verizon Wireless on Data Throttling
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Tony Abbott stars as aAustralia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been the butt of every joke to do with knightmares this week, after he decided it was a jolly good idea to give an Australian knighthood to the Queen's... husband, Prince Philip But far from a joke, many commentators are now predicting the issue has taken a serious turn with rumblings in Abbott's coalition government. See also: Australian PM offers knighthood to Prince Philip, annoys Twitter As Australia watches the goings-on from a distance, wondering if we will see a throw-back to the days of Labor's backstabbing massacre that saw two prime ministers ousted, one man is still seeing the funny side. YouTuber Huw Parkinson turned controversial Abbott into a movie star.
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'Rise of the Machines' is NotThe reports of a robot uprising have been greatly exaggerated.
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Devices and clouds in the spotlight, Servers nowhere to be seen for now Microsoft has just released the session catalog for its May Ignite event, the new gabfest that mashes TechEd and several other... product-specific enterprise software conferences into one. And at this stage it looks like Windows Server will hardly make the agenda....
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Facebook revenue rises on mobile growth

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 06:33
Facebook's revenue grew 49% in the fourth quarter due to mobile advertising growth.
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Bolt is a deadbolt you canIdeal for anyone that wants to ditch their keys for a smart entry system, Lockitron's Bolt is a complete deadbolt package for your front door that can be unlocked with the smartphone in your pocket.... The post Bolt is a deadbolt you can remotely unlock with your smartphone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Congo restores Internet toInternet service has been restored to government agencies and banks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but otherwise a government shutdown of email, social media and mobile phone services, ordered... on Jan. 19, remains in effect. The DRC government moved to block communications in an attempt to quell public protests and clashes that left more than 45 people dead and over 1,000 injured. As in other countries in Africa including Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the government claims the Internet and mobile phone communications are putting the security of the public at risk. The Web is increasingly becoming a conduit for expression of social unrest on the continent. In the DRC, people have been using text messages and social media networks to coordinate rallies to protest President Joseph...
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My Friend Doesn't Wear a Belt

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 06:22
Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. Questions may be edited.
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DDoS Attacks Bigger, MoreThe Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report reveals that attacks on websites have increased in number and intensity. The largest DDoS attack was recorded at 400Gbps in 2014.
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Microsoft is updating OneDrive, its cloud storage service that competes with rivals such as Dropbox and iCloud, in a bid to make it a better photo management tool. Over the next few weeks, the company... says it's introducing changes that will automatically import photos from external devices, allow users to categorize them in new albums with clear thumbmail images, and use an updated search function to find specific files and photos saved on the service.
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Cyber sleuths find 'smokingEver since the sophisticated and unprecedented cyberattack platform called "Regin" was uncovered in November, cyber sleuths have been working hard to put together all the pieces of this complicated... puzzle. Regin was like a dinosaur: many researchers found some of its bones throughout the years, but no one had the full skeleton, as a researcher put it at the time. Now, thanks to newly published Edward Snowden documents, some researchers might have found the smoking gun that conclusively connects the dinosaur to a specific spy agency, the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a close ally of the National Security Agency (NSA).
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Congressionalization

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 06:12
Listen to Episode 183 of Slate's The Gist:
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Can Apple Keep Up Growth Spurt?

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 06:05
Can Apple Keep Up GrowthRecord quarter may result from pent-up big-phone demand among Apple customers or the start of a new growth trajectory.
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Apple ties for title ofFollowing on the heels of a record-breaking quarter for Apple, Strategy Analytics has crunched the numbers and crowned Apple the king of the smartphone vendors for Q4 2014--or rather, one of the... kings. It seems the Cupertino company managed to tie rival Samsung for the title. Both companies shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter, […]
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HTC One M9 and One M9 Plus:New images of what are reportedly the HTC One M9 and HTC One M9 Plus phablet have leaked. The images show a new design with an edge-to-edge glass display and physical home button,
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Qualcomm confirms itsQualcomm Wednesday said that its Snapdragon 810 chip was dropped by a major phone manufacturer. The announcement came as the company released its first-quarter earnings report. The news, which forced... the company to cut its financial outlook for the current fiscal year, seems to align with reports from earlier this month that indicated Samsung would not use Qualcomm's chips for its upcoming Galaxy S6. See also: Report: Next-generation Samsung Galaxy will ditch Qualcomm chip Although Qualcomm wouldn't confirm what major manufacturer had declined to use its Snapdragon 810 processor, we know the LG G Flex 2 will be using the chipset, as will upcoming handsets from Xiaomi.
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Japan offers America a side of rice, but nasty copyright provisions remain The US Trade Representative Michael Froman has tried to reassure the country's lawmakers that the interminable negotiations... over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will conclude during 2015....
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U.S. Groups Ask China to Postpone New Cybersecurity Review

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 05:54
U.S. Groups Ask China toU.S. business groups are asking China to postpone a new cybersecurity review process that they say is too intrusive and involves disclosing sensitive material to the Chinese government.
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Scientists are one step closerAustralian researchers have had a breakthrough while researching the treatment of peanut allergies. Murdoch Children's Research Institute said in a statement scientists gave 60 children either a... particular strain of a probiotic or a placebo. The probiotic, lactobacillus rhamnosus, together with peanut protein was administered over a period of 18 months to see if the children could become tolerant to peanuts. See also: X-ray reveals SpongeBob SquarePants living in child's throat The scientists aim is to reprogram the immune response to peanut, and if successful the method is transferable to the treatment of other food allergies
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Boosted by iPhone 6 sales,The iPhone 6 has sold so well that Apple tied with Samsung for the top position in the smartphone market in the fourth quarter, closing the gap with its South Korean competitor. Both Apple and Samsung... shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the period, each claiming close to 20 percent share of the market, research firm Strategy Analytics said Wednesday. It's a big change from a year ago, when Apple's iPhone 5s only helped the company gain a 17.6 percent share of the market, as opposed to Samsung's near 30 percent share. The data from Strategy Analytics comes a few days after Apple reported huge profits of US$18 billion made in last year's fourth quarter, from record sales of its new smartphone.
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This Gleaming Monolith MayThis is the European Space Agency's test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100 minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana.
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Samsung smartphone businessSamsung Electronics' operating profit in its mobile business slid 64 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, the result largely of competition in the Chinese market where it struggles against rising... brands like Xiaomi. The South Korean company sold 95 million handsets and shipped 11 million tablets in the quarter, it said during its earnings conference. The company did not disclose the number of smartphones sold globally, but it is expected to be around 75 million, according to Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at IBK Securities in Seoul. The drop in profit is expected to have been the result of poor showing in high-end phones and a not so successful move to introduce smartphones targeted at mid-range and low-end markets, to fend off Chinese rivals including Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo. Samsung...
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Enterprises are shifting towards managed services because they are unable to fill the skills they need within their IT security team.
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Xbox Live is down for most users, and Microsoft Corp. appears unsure of what exactly is wrong with its gaming network. Owners of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles are have been unable to sign... into Xbox Live since before 2 p.m. EST. on Wednesday.
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s smartphone business continued to hurt, its latest earnings numbers showed, but better than expected profits, helped by its semiconductor chips unit, augur well for the... Korean company's efforts to fight back with new models across its portfolio.
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Samsung's Q4 earnings reportMany companies have dropped their latest earnings report today, and included among them is Samsung. The Korean company saw profits of 5.35 trillion won/$4.9 billion in its fourth quarter (ending... December 31), an unfortunate decrease from the previous year of 27-percent. The results aren't all that surprising given the company's struggles in the recent past, but there was a glimmer …
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There's talk of mutiny on TheThe Pirate Bay service will soon be resurrected, well over a month after falling prey to a police raid in Sweden. But while all the good signs are there -- that the torrent download service is coming... back online on February 1st -- a new report from Torrent Freak reveals some reasons to worry. Apparently, there's talk of mutiny in The Pirate Bay team. FROM EARLIER: Mark your calendars: The Pirate Bay returns on February 1st The publication has learned that some of the staff that supported the site, including admins and moderators, will not be kept on board once the new version of the site launches. Furthermore, "many key staffers" have apparently left The Pirate Bay to form their
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Red pandas playing in the snowThe Trevor Zoo's red pandas took full advantage of what the nor'easter had to offer Tuesday's blizzard may not have been the seaboard-crippling, mega-storm we were expecting, but that wasn't going to... stop these red pandas from enjoying the fresh powder. The pandas, who are native to China and the foothills of the Himalayas, more than welcomed the change in weather since they are naturally used to cooler climates. See also: Mystery shovelers clear snow from Boston Marathon finish line during blizzard The Trevor Zoo is located in Millbrook, New York, and is home to more than 80 species of exotic and indigenous animals.
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No matter how many cool movies, music videos, or lightsaber simulators we see, virtual reality is still going to be a hard sell for the mainstream -- not only do the headsets look weird, they require... you to actively block out the world and people around you. But Samsung might just have hit upon the perfect use case by hooking up with Australia's biggest airline; the Gear VR will be offered to first-class passengers on certain Qantas flights from mid-March, and in airport lounges a month earlier.
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Over the course of 2014, Samsung's mobile and IT division has seen its yearly profits fall by over 40 percent compared to 2013, dragging the rest of the company's yearly profit down by nearly one... third.
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Apple's Photos for OS X is delayed

Mashable - 29 Jan 2015 05:19
Apple's Photos for OS X isThe desktop version of Apple's new Photos app has apparently hit a roadblock The desktop app, originally slated to roll out around the beginning of 2015, is set to replace iPhoto and Aperture as the... new photo management software for Mac users. But Apple has mysteriously removed references to it from its website. See also: Apple to Retire Aperture Photo App This Fall The updated iOS version of the app rolled out with iOS 8 last year, but the promised Mac counterpart has yet to make an appearance Previously, Apple's website had preview pages for the software, which said the Photos app would be coming to OS X in early 2015. Those pages have since been removed from Apple's website. Meanwhile, 9to5Mac reports the app is still "on track" to be released by the end of April — the same month in...
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Criminals, Terrorists Find Uses for Drones

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 05:16
Criminals, Terrorists FindDrones are becoming a tool for criminals and terrorists, worrying authorities who say the small unmanned aircraft are difficult to detect and stop, a concern heightened by the crash of a drone at the... White House.
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Jim, Shawn and our Special Guest, Dave Mark, talk Apple earnings, Swift programming, NAMM and "digital music".∞ Read this on The Loop
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Qantas will soon offer GearGetting ahead of the game on innovative in-flight entertainment, Australian airline Qantas has announced it will equip two of its first class lounges and select flights with Samsung Gear VRs. The... small-scale three-month trial period will offer first class customers flying on Qantas the 360 degree virtual reality experiences in its Melbourne and Sydney lounges as well as A380 flights from Australia to Los Angeles.
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Is The Internet of Things IPv6 Ready?

Forbes - 29 Jan 2015 05:14
Is The Internet of Things IPv6When we read about the Internet of Things (IoT) we see where people are breathlessly expounding the virtues and perils of the latest marketing terminology. To be fair there are a lot of great... opportunities that present themselves as a result of all of the hyper-connectivity that comes with the Internet of Things. There is the ability to track power consumption in your house. Keep tabs on the diagnostics of your car. Even the ability to manage your health related data with wearable devices like the Fitbit.
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Why Have Some Modern IllnessesSickle cell anemia, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis may have each provided health benefits to our ancestors, a new study has found. How could this be the case?
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Apple and Samsung Are Now in ASamsung sold anywhere from 71 to 75 million smartphones in its December quarter, putting it roughly on par with Apple.
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Borg exorcised GHOST years ago when it sent IPv4 to the nether realms Cisco has put forward at least a partial response to 2015's first branded bug, GHOST, saying that in The Borg's world, the glibc... vulnerability is probably of relatively low severity....
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dcblogs writes Evans Data Corp., which provides research and intelligence for the software development industry, said that of the estimated 19 million developers worldwide, 19% are now doing... IoT-related work. A year ago, the first year IoT-specific data was collected, that figure was 17%. But when developers were asked whether they plan to work in IoT development over the next year, 44% of the respondents said they are planning to do so, said Michael Rasalan, director of research at Evans.
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Micromotor Drug DeliveryTiny motors smaller than a human hair swim through a mouse's stomach, powered by stomach acid. Technique could by used for targeted drug delivery or tumor diagnosis, researchers say.
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SpaceX concept video shows theWith a fresh round of funding from Google to the tune of $1 billion, Elon Musk's SpaceX is firmly in the lead position of the commercial space race But the company is still working to convince any... doubters out there that what it's doing with reusable rockets is truly revolutionary, and now a new concept video offers a better look at the company's vision for more sustainable space travel See also: Elon Musk on 'Simpsons' jab: Electric space rockets are no good The space travel company released video this week showing how its Falcon Heavy, which it calls the "world's most powerful rocket," is designed to make a controlled re-entry to Earth after traveling to space Set to a track that sounds suspiciously like Iron Man (Musk's unofficial nickname) movie music, the video shows the Falcon Heavy...
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Video: See how stunning videoWe’re constantly surprised by the incredible worlds that game developers are able to create, but we’re never satisfied with the visuals for very long. Where Half-Life 2 once shocked a generation... of gamers, it can’t even begin to stand up to many of the independent games being released in 2015. Even the latest AAA releases aren’t leaps and bounds over what we saw at the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 life cycles, but Unreal Engine 4 has the potential to change everything. DON’T MISS: Watch someone beat Super Mario World in less than 6 minutes using an insane glitch As pointed out by Eurogamer, level designer and 3D artist Benoît Dereau, best known for his work on Dishonored, recently published a video of a tech
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Chinese regulators: AlibabaBEIJING — There's a tiger fight going on in China. Regulators on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country's biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing to do... enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites Uncowed, Alibaba fired back with charges of bias and misconduct by a named Chinese official. The company is set to file a formal complaint against the director of the federal agency that criticized its business practices, according to Forbes. Such public defiance is almost unheard of in China. Even more dubious is the timing of the sternly worded report. The State Administration of Industry and Commerce wrote the report in July after meeting with Alibaba management, but postponed issuing it to avoid affecting the company's New York...
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Why AI?

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 04:43
Why AI?I have been perplexed lately by the media frenzy on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and all the inflammatory statements put forth about "deadly machines" and "robot uprisings." Of course,... this can partly be explained by the public's general taste for frivolous alarmism and the media's attempt to satisfy it. However, I feel that besides the question of: why this general reaction? there is another important question worth asking: why this particular topic? Why AI? Why is AI capturing so much of our attention and imagination? Why is it so hard to have a levelheaded discussion about it? Why is the middle ground so infertile for this topic? I have come to believe that the reason is that AI engages some of our deepest existential hopes and fears and forces us to look at ourselves in...
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QWERTY keylogger code alleged to name Defence Signals Directorate The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has refused to comment on allegations it had a hand in the creation of a keylogging module... used by global spookhauses and considered almost identical to parts of the complex Regin malware....
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Sony is getting a sorely needed music makeover, a drunken mistake leads to a firmware update for DJI drones and we get up close and personal with Dell's XPS 13 -- all this and more in your Daily... Roundup!...
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* This headline brought to you by the cable companies US internet tinkerer the FCC will likely vote tomorrow to change its definition of "broadband" connections from 4Mbps to 25Mbps - effectively... moving 13 per cent of the American population outside the envelope of "fast" internet access....
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Qantas trial virtual reality entertainment

The Australian - 29 Jan 2015 04:35
Qantas trial virtual realityQANTAS and Samsung have launched a trial entertainment service that uses virtual reality to give customers a 3D experience in the air.
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Charles Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, dies at age 99
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Fences, gates, dogs and locks - these have been the cornerstones of home security for centuries. But modern technology has given homeowners the ability to supplement such measures with camera-based... DIY systems that, in addition to acting as a deterrent, can help catch criminals either in the act or afterwards. One such system is the Oplink TripleShield system, which we recently had the opportunity to try out...
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Snapchat, online studios buddyThe latest Snapchat news is a bit weird, to understate things. The company is apparently on the prowl to attract entertainment entities, as it'll be shoving a new series of sorts into users' feeds... soon: SnapperHero. This series will be comprised of several short video episodes starring popular users from Vine and YouTube as superheroes; Snapchat won't actually be involved …
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Qualcomm admits 'largeThey're not naming names, but we can pretty much read between the lines. In its Q1 2015 fiscal report, chip maker Qualcomm is lowering its revenue outlook for the second half of this fiscal year due... to a number of huge factors. Aside from a shift in share among OEMs and higthened competition in China, where is actually facing some …
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Samsung's smartphone woesThe South Korean electronics giant has been struggling to compete with Apple, Xiaomi and others.
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Samsung UK offers up free,If you live in the UK and you've been holding out on picking up a Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is hoping to sway you by throwing in a fancy Mont Blanc pen when you purchase the device from its online store.
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Many consumers have grown resigned to the parade of privacy breaches that occur when apps or big tech companies like Facebook or Google misuse their personal data. These incidents typically result in... a slap on the…
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AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

TechCrunch - 29 Jan 2015 04:06
AnalyticsMD Applies AI To AnalyticsMD, which is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is a startup tackling a difficult but very worthwhile problem: how to boost the operational efficiency of hospitals and improve... patient care by helping staff make better choices about how resources are allocated. Its founders liken their product to an “air traffic controller for the hospital and healthcare…
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Vyatta now available on free trial license, routers get port crypto The burgeoning market for bare-metal Ethernet switches isn't bothering Brocade, according to A/NZ senior director Gary Denman....
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Sugary drinks set off earlyGirls who frequently consume sugary drinks tend to start their menstrual periods earlier, which can put them at an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life, a new study suggests.
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Sex offender claims TaylorAre “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and “Out of the Woods” written in a secret language that actually tells the life story of an imprisoned sex offender? That’s what 35-year-old Jose... Hilario is alleging in a handwritten lawsuit against Swift, as Philly.com informs us. RELATED: Video reveals Taylor Swift's secret tricks for getting 'Shake it Off' stuck in your head Hilario, who is serving a 10-year jail sentence for possessing child pornography, says that he first began corresponding with Swift in 2008, when she was just 18 years old. He claims that the two of them chatted online for months and that Swift pledged to write songs about his life story shortly before he got arrested for possessing child porn. Oh, and for good
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Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Samsung Electronics reported its lowest annual profit since 2011 during its earnings call today as its smartphone sales continue to suffer from increasing competition. In 2014, the company’s... profit was 25 trillion won, a 32 percent drop from a high of 36.8 trillion won in 2013.
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free Gentlemen...Ricochet! [...
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DealBook: After AlibabaBy spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.
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Tesla Model S 'Insane Mode'Electric cars come with a certain stigma that Tesla Motors is doing its best to squash. The auto maker's Model S has obliterated many of them, but still, electric vehicles aren't typically the first... thing to pop into consumers' minds when it comes to zipping around at fast speeds. That has likely changed now that its "Insane Mode" has gone …
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France Launches OnlineThree weeks after deadly attacks rocked the country, authorities began an Web campaign to dissuade would-be jihadists from joining terror groups.
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Gadgetwise: The New Pleasures of Photo Printing

The New York Times - 29 Jan 2015 03:39
Gadgetwise: The New PleasuresThe Canon Pixma Pro-100 sells for around half the price of a top-of-the-line model and still delivers luscious color photos.
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Sydney siege inquest: how the victims died

Mashable - 29 Jan 2015 03:36
Sydney siege inquest: how theThe gunman who held 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe for 16 hours in December shot the cafe manager in the back of the head as he knelt on the floor, an inquest into the deadly siege revealed... Thursday Two people, plus the gunman Man Haron Monis, were killed during the siege inside the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's busy central business district on Dec. 15, 2014. Until now, details regarding the events — which ended when police stormed the building in the early hours of Dec. 16 — have been sparse. See also: Sydney hostage drama: Scenes from the 16-hour standoff During the New South Wales Coronial inquest Thursday at Glebe Coroners Court, the final moments of the two victims — Tori Johnson, 34, and Katrina Dawson, 38, — have been detailed, according to The Australian
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Extreme Worlds May be Habitable

The Daily Galaxy - 29 Jan 2015 03:34
Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets -- tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity -- might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars by... combining to transform uninhabitable "mini-Neptunes" -- big planets in...
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Social network Zucked up more cash than ever Facebook finished the best quarter and the best year of its history on December 31, with its latest earnings report showing record annual revenues of... $12.47bn for its fiscal 2014, up 58 per cent from 2013's haul....
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Following Apple's RecordOn the heels of an earnings call that saw Apple announcing record earnings, rival phone maker Samsung today announced its own results for the October to December period, reporting a 27 percent... quarterly decline in earnings. Samsung saw net profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.9 billion), compared to 7.3 trillion won last year, marking its first annual earnings decline in three years and its fifth consecutive quarter of decline. Apple, meanwhile, announced record earnings of $18 billion, largely due to the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Overall, Samsung's 2014 profit was at 25 trillion won, down from 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Samsung did not announce mobile sales numbers, but Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter. Market research has suggested that Apple's share...
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Feminist blogger posts 157Warning: Many will find the language in the screenshots below extremely offensive. Anita Sarkeesian, a blogger and critic, has faced a deluge of online hate on a daily basis ever since she began... pointing out sexism in the video game industry two and a half years ago. But it can be hard to convey exactly what all that hate looks like. That's why Sarkeesian, who runs the blog Feminist Frequency, laid out the 157 abusive tweets that she received in the last week alone in one post on Tuesday. See also: Why GamerGate Can't Continue All in all, the word "c*nt" appears 31 times and there are at least 24 explicit threats of rape or violence within the seven-day span of hateful messages. Other common attacks include users calling her a "femi-nazi" or a whore or a sexist and informing her that rape...
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Divide and Conquer

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 03:26
By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker's speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the... persona that brought him to the stage--the stern but affable accountant--and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor.
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Facebook deserves a lot of credit for figuring out new ways to make smartphones a true home for its ad products. But over the past three months especially, it's benefitted from a major assist. The... post Facebook Just Had Another Record Quarter, and It Has Apple to Thank appeared first on WIRED.
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Requiem for blogging: DailyLove it or hate it, it was hard to ignore the Daily Dish That was true throughout the 15-year old blog's life, through its various stints at The Atlantic, Time and the Daily Beast and finally as an... independent paywalled blog. And it was certainly true of Wednesday's announcement by Andrew Sullivan, the Dish's founder and primary author, that he was stepping away from blogging altogether See also: Blogger Makes $333,000 Online in One Day "There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen," Sullivan wrote. "I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again ... although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other,...
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Sony to end Music UnlimitedSony will shut down its Music Unlimited digital subscription service and debut a Spotify-powered music service to its 64 million PlayStation Network users, the company announced Wednesday.
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Spotify is coming to your PS4

BGR - 29 Jan 2015 03:15
Spotify is coming to your PS4Your PlayStation 4 gaming sessions are about to get a lot more musical. Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited service in March and replacing it with PlayStation... Music, featuring Spotify as an exclusive partner. FROM EARLIER: Discover history's darkest secrets in the latest trailer for 'The Order: 1886′ Later this spring, Sony will rollout the newly branded PlayStation Music streaming service on PlayStation Network to 41 markets. Everyone will be able to link their accounts to Spotify once the service goes live, which means you won’t have to create any new accounts to get Spotify up and running on your console. According to Sony, you’ll be able to use Spotify directly from the PlayStation Music app and within games. There are
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Pixelapse has announced the company is being acquired by Dropbox: Pixelapse + Dropbox We started Pixelapse with the mission of building the definitive version control and collaboration platform for... creatives. Since…
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The Samsung Gear VR is the best piece of virtual reality kit you can buy today, but it has one problem. The Note 4 that sits inside of it, acting as its brains, needs a fan blowing on it continuously... to avoid overheating. We have some ideas about how some recent reports might all tie into this...
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These amazing photos are notAll those fantastic special effects in Marvel's and other sci-fi movies are child play compared to something real like the Advanced Test Reactor core at the Idaho National Laboratory. The blue glow is... caused by something called the Vavilov-Cherenkov radiation:
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Spider Spins Electrically Charged Silk

Slashdot - 29 Jan 2015 03:13
sciencehabit writes In their quest to make ultrastrong yet ultrasmall fibers, the polymer industry may soon take a lesson from Uloborus spiders. Uloborids are cribellate spiders, meaning that instead... of spinning wet, sticky webs to catch their prey, they produce a fluffy, charged, wool-like silk. A paper published online today in Biology Letters details the process for the first time. It all starts with the silk-producing cribellar gland. In contrast with other spiders, whose silk comes out of the gland intact, scientists were surprised to discover that uloborids' silk is in a liquid state when it surfaces. As the spider yanks the silk from the duct, it solidifies into nanoscale filaments. This "violent hackling" has the effect of stretching and freezing the fibers into shape. It may even...
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Stem cell-grown hair couldFor the first time, researchers have been able to use pluripotent stem cells to generate cells that can grow new hair.
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Drones for Good: 19 waysWho knew drones could be useful for something other than having fun? You've seen drones for taking pictures. You've seen drones for getting access to hard-to-reach areas. You've seen drones for... delivering stuff. You've seen drones for monitoring....
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As a member of Slate Plus, you're reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
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Samsung Q4 Profit MeetsStrength in semiconductors couldn't offset continued weakness in smartphones.
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Facebook Video Is Booming. NowFacebook is still working out how to show ads to its video-hungry user base.
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​Chocolate was onceFeeling a bit under the weather? Have some chocolate: the best medical minds of the seventeenth century claim that it'll cure just about anything. Seriously.
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What Happened to Snapchat'sAt a time when we obsessed over perfecting our Instagram posts, Snapchat empowered us to let go. Amidst a plethora of social media platforms celebrating permanence, Snapchat was the refreshing... one-night stand that we all desperately needed. That was Snapchat's appeal, right? The durability of digital content, and the inherent risks associated with it, led users to seek more ephemeral means of self-expression. It was a liberating thing, knowing that your selfies would self-destruct. It meant that your triple chin wouldn't be on public display for all of eternity. You could care less and therefore, say more. It's no surprise that Snapchat soon became known as the dick-pic-app. With fewer strings attached, Snapchat users felt more comfortable sending each other raunchy photographs. Their...
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Build your own home mediaWant to build one PC to rule all your living room media needs? Meet Kodi! In part one of this series we show you how to set up the media player software formerly known as XBMC.
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Do Political Ideologies AffectPeople with a conservative or moderate ideology may be more likely to die earlier than people with a liberal ideology, a new study suggests
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The War Nerd: Boko Haram andSuddenly everyone's talking about Boko Haram and the massacres it's committing in Northern Nigeria. There are two reasons for this: First, Boko is making some genuinely scary gains, cleansing the... flatlands south of Lake Chad of any community it suspects of disloyalty, burning Churches and killing Christian villagers on the Cameroon border, and pushing against the provincial capital, Maiduguri--not with suicide bombings or quick raids, but a sustained […]
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In 1984, photographer Jacobus Rentmeester photographed a then college-enrolled Michael Jordan for Time Magazine. The image was later licensed and ultimately reshot by Nike, who eventually used the... reshot version as the basis for their Jordan 'Jumpman' logo. Rentmeester is now suing Nike for copyright infringement, but does he have a case?
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Given the spread of affordable high-quality video cameras in the modern world, there's probably never been a better time to be an amateur filmmaker. You don't even need more than a nice smartphone if... Tangerine is any indication. The Sundance Film Fes...
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The Binary Rain Desktop

Life Hacker - 29 Jan 2015 03:00
The Binary Rain DesktopReader Richard's desktop is playful and functional, but also has tools on the desktop to help him get right to work when he needs to. Here's how he set it all up.
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Formation 8 And PalantirJoe Lonsdale, the technology executive best known as the co-founder of Palantir and a partner of venture capital firm Formation 8, has been accused of gender violence, sexual assault, sexual... harassment, and other charges in a civil lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco. Formation 8 is also named as a defendant in the suit. Reached today for comment, Lonsdale categorically denied all of…
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Samsung profit slides as mobiles flag

The Australian - 29 Jan 2015 02:59
Samsung profit slides asSAMSUNG Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has posted a 27 per cent fall in net profit for the fourth quarter.
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When Sony unveiled its PlayStation Vue streaming service, it painted a rosy picture of what you'll get: tons of channels! You'll never look at TV the same way again! But what's it like to use in the... real world? You won't have to wait until the formal...
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Tomorrow Daily 120: An OculusOn today's show, we take a look at a new way to make water-resistant metal using lasers, discuss what Oculus VR's new movie studio means for the entertainment industry and check out a kit that takes... building with Lego to a whole new level.
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Don't harm the profit, I mean, prophet. No, wait, profit Earlier this month, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed that his social network, used by... millions, was a free-speech zone....
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St George and BCSG have launched MyBusinessConnect to help small businesses and startups with managing their finances, business protection, and growing online.
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Acemile Theatre Box wirelessSpeakers offering 360-degree sound are becoming increasingly popular, and standing newest among them is Acemile's new Theatre Box speaker. Unlike some competing 3D sound speakers, this one is... rectangular instead of round, featuring speakers on all the side edges so that music and other audio disperses in all directions. Beyond the 3D surround sound are some more typical features, including …
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The National Sheriffs' Association criticized Google's software as hampering the use of speed traps, which it said help reduce highways deaths.
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ACM 291: Apple's MassiveApple turned in some big numbers on Tuesday-really big. Jeff and Bryan talk about the Macs and the iPhones and the fact that we won't hear about iPods any more.They also delve into the billion iOS... devices Apple has sold and speculate on whether Tim Cook gave himself a prize for getting that billionth unit. One of the most interesting things from Apple's conference call, however, had to be when Mr. Cook revealed the Rosetta Stone for understanding Apple's timing.
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Telstra has said that setting up a centralised system within the company to store data it is forced to retain for the Australian government will create a lucrative target for hackers.
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Jawbone introduces marketplaceFitness gadget maker Jawbone announced today that it has launched a new “partner marketplace” for third-party apps and hardware that work together in an attempt to embrace the “Internet of... Things.” The new store features “smart home” products like the Nest Learning Thermostat and other automation tools, such as Automatic’s driving assistant. Software, like the Sleepio […]
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Smart Mattress Cover WarmsThe Internet of Things has made its way into a lot of homes already, but the Luna is one of the first devices to get all the way into the bed.
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Airline-Booking Firm Hits Turbulence

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 02:34
Airline-Booking Firm HitsSpain's EDreams Odigeo has grown to rival Expedia as a global leader in airline bookings, but it has also become a magnet for customer complaints about irregularities in booking practices, a Wall... Street Journal review found.
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Samsung Profit Falls 27%

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 02:33
Samsung Profit Falls 27%Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its fourth-quarter net profit fell 27% as profitability from its mobile division slipped amid intense competition.
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The supreme Super Bowl snackWings, pizza, cheese puffs, ranch dip — all the incredible junk we'll be stuffing down our throats on Super Bowl Sunday tastes better when picked from an enormous, DIY snack stadium For those who've... never built their own snack stadium, it's straight-forward enough to do half drunk in the hours before kickoff. See also: What your Super Bowl party will look like in 2025 In our handy DIY video, Mashable shares how to build the snack stadium of every football fan's dreams BONUS: Super Bowl Food Porn Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Facebook Earnings Rise on Mobile Growth

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 02:30
Facebook Earnings Rise onFacebook's earnings jumped 34% in the holiday quarter on gains in mobile advertising but its shares fell more than 2% in after-hours trading as expenses rose faster than revenue.
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Qualcomm expects to lose aThe world's largest mobile-chips company cut its guidance Wednesday, suggesting that Samsung won't use its latest processor for its next Galaxy S smartphone.
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Video shows how your iPhoneHave you noticed that your iPhones have been getting progressively louder every time you upgrade? There’s a very good reason for that: It turns out that the iPhone’s speakers have been... more-or-less getting louder with just about every new generation. RELATED: Video shows the iPhone 6's LTE speeds are insanely fast compared with the iPhone 5s iClarified has posted a new video showing decibel readings for every iPhone released so far and predictably the company’s two newest devices had the two loudest speakers — the iPhone 6’s speakers came in at 105.4 dB while the iPhone 6 Plus came in at 105 dB. What’s really interesting is that the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 3GS are actually tied for the title of
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Someone Built AdBlock For the Real World

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 02:30
AdBlock's been around the internet for ages, but it only extends to the edges of your browser window. What if a device existed that could block logos and brand names from the world around you?
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Of course our climate reporterMashable's science editor and resident climate nerd Andrew Freedman became a proud father this week in the only appropriate way for a climate reporter to become a father: during what was hailed as a... "potentially historic" blizzard. Avi Isaac Freedman was born during the peak of the storm in New York on Tuesday at 3:15 a.m. ET, weighing in at a healthy 6 pounds and 14 ounces at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Andrew, his wife Olga and baby Avi are resting well. See also: This was New York City in the blizzard of 2015 But without Andrew’s personalized storm forecasting, the family likely would have never made it out of their Brooklyn apartment in time.
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The FCC will soon pass new rules for how ISP's must handle broadband traffic and, while it's expected to impose a policy of net neutrality when it comes to consumers, it's been less clear how the…
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Qualcomm's presence inside many of the world's most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was... some bad news. In its Q4 earnings release, the compan...
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alphadogg writes Amazon Web Services today launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises that could wind up as a replacement... for Microsoft and Google messaging systems. The service is expected to cost $4 per user per month for a 50GB email inbox. It's integrated with many of AWS's other cloud services too, including its Zocalo file synchronization and sharing platform. The combination will allow IT shops to set up a hosted email platform and link it to a file sharing system.
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Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

TechCrunch - 29 Jan 2015 02:26
Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Y Combinator-backed Spoil is looking to take the pain out of gift-giving with the launch of its personalized gift concierge service.
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Startup Accelerator TechstarsTechstars, the well-known startup accelerator, has raised a new, $150 million investment fund intended for seed and Series A investments. Techstars founder David Cohen wrote in a blog post Wednesday... that the fund will aim to invest in startups from its own accelerator program, as well as startups and alumni from previous classes. This is […]
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Apple makes $18 billion quarterly profit

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 02:24
Apple's quarterly profit rocketed to $18 billion-the highest ever recorded by a corporate - at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.
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Samsung's profits continue to slip

The Verge - 29 Jan 2015 02:23
Samsung Electronics made an operating profit of 5.29 trillion won ($4.87 billion) off the back of 52.73 trillion won ($48.6 billion) in revenue last quarter. These are big numbers by almost anyone's... standards, but the problem is that they don't meet the company's own; last year operating profit was 8.31 trillion won from 59.28 trillion won revenue, meaning that these latest results reveal respective dips of 36 and 11 percent.
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Attorney general nomineePresident Barack Obama may not think weed is more dangerous than alcohol, but his possible new attorney general does “I certainly don’t hold that view," Loretta Lynch, the nominee to replace... Attorney General Eric Holder, said during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, moving away from the president's line of thought See also: Watch a senator grill the U.S. attorney general nominee on undocumented immigrant rights Her comment came after a question from Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who read a few of Obama's remarks on marijuana from a 2014 New Yorker interview with the president. During that interview, the president said marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer. It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my...
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How Facebook is usingScrolling slowly through News Feed, you'll see a slew of videos. Some are from your friends. Others are ads from brands you like. All of them play automatically. Facebook now sees 3 billion video... views a day, a fun fact that could have a huge effect on the network's bottom line. More than 50 percent of American Facebook users who visit the network daily watch one video per day, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in the company's fourth-quarter earnings call on Wednesday. (It counts as a view if you watch a clip for three seconds or more.) And as Facebook decreases the number of ads it shows, it has to make sure the ads you do see are high-quality, ones that you'll actually respond to. The network is now commanding 335 percent more money for fewer ads based on the power of its ad targeting...
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Six Takeaways From Facebook'sTalk about an understatement.
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The Fighting Hawkeyes

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 02:16
DES MOINES, Iowa--Covering the frantic Republican caucus in Iowa while simultaneously covering the drowsy Democratic contest is like stepping off of a moving walkway. You swing your arms and legs at... the same quick pace, but you're not moving fast anymore. The Republican candidates are scrambling for organizers, planning visits, and zooming around the country collecting money, while Hillary Clinton is the most dominant nonincumbent ever. Democrats like Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders are making moves, but few local activists even pretend that they are serious challengers to Clinton. Ready for Hillary is in the state and organizing all 99 counties, but all of that activity without any real competition is the difference between running in place and running for your life.
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If there's one thing we all really need, it's another enterprise mail service, right Exchange? Amazon Web Services wants to tout webmail to the business world....
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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has yet to grace a launch pad, but that isn't stopping the company from extolling the reusable rocket's virtues. Elon Musk and crew have posted an animation (below) demonstrating... how a typical mission with the heavy-duty reusabl...
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Comcast probably doesn’t relish being one of those companies that many Americans love to hate. But sometimes, the cable giant makes this way too easy. Consider the case of Ricardo Brown. After... Brown’s wife had a disagreement with the cable company recently, Comcast started sending him monthly statements under the name “Asshole Brown.” The disagreement […] The post Comcast Renames Man ‘Asshole Brown’ After He Tries to Cancel Cable appeared first on WIRED.
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New Chrome extension spotsA new Chrome extension highlights tools embedded in websites that could pose privacy risks by sending data unencrypted over the Internet. It's hard to find a major website that doesn't use a variety... of third-party tracking tools for online advertising, social media and analytics. But if the trackers send data unencrypted, it is possible for those who have network-level access--such as an ISP or government--to spy on the data and use it for their own tracking. It's partly the fault of websites that have not yet enabled S, which encrypts data sent between a computer and server, as well as companies that have not enabled it in their tracking tools.
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Stop wasting time arguingThe Internet rabble of journalists, academics, and other negligibly productive members of society with nothing better to do than read and argue on the Web (myself included) has been all hopped up over... the last 24 hours about “political correctness.” It began when New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait wrote that political correctness — and the self-censorship that occurs when people are scared of bringing the wrath of the social media outrage machine upon their heads […]
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For its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site’s heroin... dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of that drug empire suddenly […] The post A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online appeared first on WIRED.
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50,000 Super Bowl simulations,A sophisticated prediction software ran tens of thousands of scenarios and picked one team to win 60 percent of the time. Is it the team you're rooting for?
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While you weren't looking,While you were away, Facebook took over mobile. Without you scorning them at every turn (I'm guilty, too), Facebook quietly moved the pieces on the board, and the game now looks different. there was a... point in time when Facebook didn't "get" mobile, admitting as much ahead of cranking the wheel hard and forging a new path. Now, they run …
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iOS: Hopper is an awesome site that helps you plan ahead on airfaire deals , but the new iOS app takes it a step further, notifying you of price drops and letting you know when to buy.
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The future of humanity in one photo

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 01:57
The future of humanity in oneSomeone posted this photo on Reddit with this title: "So I got a glimpse of the future this morning..." And indeed, we are going to see this more and more in a near future. I am a big fan of virtual... reality that can really fool your brain. I want to live in other worlds, but the consequences are not going to be pretty.
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According to Standard and Poor's, Apple made history yesterday when it released its quarterly earnings report as all those iPhone sales resulted in the most profitable quarter in history. Elsewhere,... YouTube finally gives in and goes full HTML5, and Universal Pictures releases the final cast list for the Steve Jobs biopic. Apple Just Had the Most Profitable Quarter in History According to credit ratings leader Standard & Poor's, the big numbers cited in Apple's quarterly earnings report yesterday weren't just a big deal by Apple standards. By S&P's reckoning, Apple's net profit of $18 billion means it had the most profitable quarter in history, and by such a wide margin that the Cupertino company's record is well ahead of ExxonMobil's $15.9 billion reported in 2012. As 9to5Mac notes, people...
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Facebook Earnings and Costs Rise - Analyst Call Recap

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 01:54
Facebook Earnings and CostsFacebook said earnings in the fourth quarter jumped 34% as the social network continued to bring in more money from mobile advertising. We're live-blogging the earnings and conference call with... analysts.
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(Reuters) - China will force companies which sell computer equipment to banks to hand over secret source code, undergo sensitive audits and set up research and development centers in the country, the... New York Times reported on Thursday.
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With Geek Power Comes GreatHere is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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Why Keeping Drones Out ofOne drone maker is taking new steps after a White House incursion
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I-banks eye Flipkart's $5bn US listing

Times of India - 29 Jan 2015 01:47
Bulge bracket investment bankers are on frequent flights to Bangalore as e-commerce juggernaut Flipkart prepares to raise at least $5 billion through an initial public offering (IPO) on the US bourses... in the next 18 months.
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Tumblr has begun rolling out new features to make its editor more appealing to longform writers. Over the past two days, the company has announced a new lineup of tools meant to make its interface... both simpler to use and nicer to look at. Most notable among the updates is the inclusion of a new tool bar that pops up in the editing screen whenever a phrase is highlighted. See below: As TechCrunch points out, this formatting bar is similar to the one used on Medium, the publishing platform created by two of Twitter's co-founders. Tumblr's fluttering toolbar is more distracting than Medium's static ones, but it fits Tumblr's more informal aesthetic. Medium isn't quite Tumblr's competitor by the numbers: Medium reported 165 million...
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Attention commoners: TaylorBecause no one before or since our overlord Taylor Swift arrived on the music scene could possibly create sick beats, the phrase "this sick beat" has been trademarked by the Great Eminence, herself If... you would like to pretend that you could possibly compete with her Divinity in the realm of beats you may, but you are now restricted from proclaiming that fact on any kind of jewelry, home decor, musical instruments, glassware or wind chimes See also: Taylor Swift hacked on Twitter and Instagram Also trademarked is her commandment/aesthetic "party like it's 1989," but you may still party like it's 1988 or 1990, if you wish. "Nice to meet you. Where you been?," "Cause we never go out of style" and "Could show you incredible things" also fall under Swift's realm of power — your party pickup...
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Advocatus Diaboli writes Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find... extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed 'Levitation' are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and recently released to CBC News. Under Levitation, analysts with the electronic eavesdropping service can access information on about 10 to 15 million uploads and downloads of files from free websites each day, the document says.
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Charles Townes, co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at 99
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While lithium-ion batteries may outperform their older, lower-tech counterparts, they do have one drawback - occasionally, they catch fire. This can happen when fern-like metal structures known as... dendrites form between the battery's two electrodes, causing a short circuit. Now, however, researchers at the University of Michigan have used Kevlar nanofibers to create a barrier between the electrodes, which is impervious to those nasty dendrites. ..
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Snapchat As You Knew It Is Gone

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 01:41
Snapchat As You Knew It IsOne of the most popular messaging apps sure isn't what it used to be, oh, 48 hours ago. Snapchat on Tuesday announced a massive update called "Discover," which will feature content from media outlets... that the social network has partnered with. As of Wednesday, those outlets are CNN, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, ESPN, Food Network, National Geographic, People, Vice, Yahoo! News and Warner Music Group. And just a day after the update, AT&T announced that it would premiere on the platform a superhero series called "SnapperHero." In it, social media personalities will take suggestions from fans, influencing the show's 12-episode story. Keeping with the Snapchat tradition, episodes of the show will disappear 24 hours after they're first made available. Comedy Central's page on...
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The Super Bowl binge:This is according to studies by Atlanta-based Calorie Control Council and Cornell University in New York. Overall, it is estimated the US eats one billion chicken wings over Superbowl weekend,
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Qualcomm Shows Unexpected Growth but Still Cuts Outlook

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 01:41
Qualcomm Shows UnexpectedQualcomm showed surprising growth in its fiscal first quarter, but lowered its revenue targets for the year amid continued turmoil in China and stiffening competition for smartphone chips.
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It's about the team: WhyA day after Marshawn Lynch answered all questions at Tuesday's Super Bowl media day by repeating the phrase, "I'm just here so I won't get fined," the star Seahawks running back was at it again. At a... required media-availability session on Wednesday, Lynch answered virtually all questions by telling reporters, "You know why I'm here." It's all got many a casual NFL fan wondering: Why does Lynch hate talking to the media so much? He actually explained his thought process in a lengthy interview last year that has since gone largely overlooked. And it makes some good sense See also: The NFL just can't let go of Marshawn Lynch's crotch
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Silk Road dealer found aA former drug dealer has testified in court that he sold as much as US$70,000 worth of heroin each month through the Silk Road online market, which he saw as a safe, easy place to do business. The... testimony of the dealer, Michael Duch, should help federal prosecutors show that the Silk Road was a major hub for selling illegal drugs online. That's a key element in their case against Ross Ulbricht, who's on trial at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan for narcotics and criminal enterprise charges. According to prosecutors, Silk Road facilitated the exchange of $1.2 billion in illegal goods, mostly drugs, and generated $80 million in commissions between 2011 and October 2013, when it was closed by law enforcement agents. Like an eBay for unlawful goods, Silk Road matched sellers with buyers...
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Facebook soars as 'mobile first' company

USA Today - 29 Jan 2015 01:37
Facebook soars as 'mobileFacebook reported fourth-quarter revenue of $3.85 billion, an increase of 49%.          
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Sony, Spotify Duet WillSpotify is bringing more than 30 million songs and over 1.5 billion playlists to the PlayStation console. PlayStation Vue, a TV service, may be the most intriguing of upcoming PlayStation services.
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AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive AutoBot, a Beijing startup that makes diagnostic tools for cars (not the robots in disguise), has raised a $6 million Series A from Gobi Partners and ABC Capital. The company will use the funding... for marketing, hiring and product research and development. AutoBot’s main product is the AutoBot Mini OBD (on-board diagnostic) device, which users can plug into their car’s OBD-II outlet…
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Mars Moon Double-Take: WhatThe stars and constellations seen from Mars would be similar to those seen from Earth, but the Red Planet's two moons would be quite a sight for Martian explorers.
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In the world of smartphones, we typically shine our spotlight the brightest on the latest high-end flagships. But ZTE just announced an interesting mid-ranged device with some potentially standout... features. And it's hopefully going to be interesting for more than just its iPhone-inspired look and Samsung-inspired branding...
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FAA Declares Super Bowl XLIX AGoing to the Super Bowl? Enjoy the game! But leave your drone at home says the Federal Aviation Administration.
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(Reuters) - Cloud-computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc said it would cut about 700 full-time and 200 contractor jobs as part of a restructuring to improve operational efficiency.
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Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.apBe anything you want to be, rapper apl.de.ap asserts in his gaming-infused music video for "Be," a thumping inspirational solo track sans his Black Eye Peas pals The video, which he's exclusively... premiering on Mashable, subtly explores technology's impact on relationships. He and guest artists Honey Cocaine and Jessica Reynoso portray badass online gaming characters, who are controlled by their timid offline personas See also: NSFW 'Fifty Shades of Grey' music video stars Dakota Johnson tied up We chatted with apl.de.ap, who memorably performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2011 as part of the Peas, to find out the meaning of the video and all things tech
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In a new research paper, sociologist Zeynep Tufekci argues that while social media can empower dissidents and make it easier to organize, governments are getting smarter -- and the same things…
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Review: "Wait--$500 for just the Slaw Device BF 109?" Well, yes, but what pedals!
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon woesQualcomm has hyped up its 64-bit Snapdragon 810 as the most advanced mobile processor on the market, but its exclusion from an upcoming "flagship device" is causing it some financial grief. On... Wednesday, Qualcomm warned that its chip division will haul in less revenue than expected in the second half of the year, in part because the 810 "will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device," Qualcomm said. That customer could be Samsung, which reportedly dropped the 810 from its upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone because of overheating issues.
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Digital Realty's Damien Spillane believes the deployment of datacentres through third-party providers will continue to grow as more data is accumulated due to the growth of the Internet of Things.
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Set healthy goals with iHydrate

TUAW - 29 Jan 2015 01:30
Despite the numerous studies about how drinking more water keeps us focused and energized and does things like help us fight off colds and stave off migraines, most of us fail at drinking the... recommended eight glasses of water a day. iHydrate, US$1.9...
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I'm leaving the Sundance Film Festival feeling a little conflicted. The good news: I found a movie that felt close to being "mine", in that I felt that kind of heart-tugging urgency one feels after... encountering a work of art that finds some little click of affinity inside you. It's a wild, slightly manic, not unpleasant feeling: you find yourself wandering in a loopy, Family Circus-esque trajectory as you leave the venue; you nearly text several people about your excitement before thinking better of it; you feel the need both to talk to someone immediately and to greedily horde the experience for yourself; you feel an inexplicable longing to live inside the good thing you just saw, or better yet, to somehow become it. Philosophical...
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Handcuffed woman steals policeA Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges she stole a police cruiser and led officers on a chase of at least 80 miles per hour — while her hands were cuffed behind her. Center... Township police say 27-year-old Roxanne Rimer was arrested after stealing earrings from a Kohl's store Jan. 14. They say officers handcuffed Rimer and put her in the back seat of the cruiser. Police say they believe she then squeezed through an opening in the partition that wasn't latched and crawled into the front seat before zooming off. She led officers on a nearly 10-mile chase before she smashed into a hillside and jumped out of the car, still handcuffed.
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Sony Bails Out of Music Streaming

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 01:23
Sony Bails Out of MusicA shake-out in the crowded market for music-streaming services appears to be gathering steam. Sony said it is shutting down its $10-a-month Music Unlimited at the end of March, four years after... launching it in the U.S.
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Don't Even Think AboutThe Super Bowl is traditionally a time for multi-million dollar commercials and wardrobe malfunctions. Oh, and some football. One thing that's not welcome? Drones. That's the message behind a recent... Federal Aviation Administration ad warning fans not to bring drones to this Sunday's game. "Going to the big game?" says the ad, posted to YouTube Wednesday. "Have fun, cheer on your team and keep it a no-drone zone. Don't spoil the game; leave your drone at home." Sorry, drones. Looks like you're stuck tailgating the whole game. Save some Bud heavies for us. A post on the FAA's website elaborates that unauthorized aircraft are not allowed over any NFL games, regular and post-season. The rule also extends to NCAA college games in 30,000-seat stadiums or larger, Major League Baseball games and...
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SK Telecom has just incorporated a tongue-twister of a technology into its Nokia-built LTE network in Gwangju, South Korea. It's called Enchanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination, or eICIC for... short, and its…
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First Person View: Covering aPhotographer Nate Olsen is the Assistant Athletic Photographer for the University of Nebraska’s athletics department, so he covers all of the school’s sporting events. He recently decided to strap... a GoPro HERO4 to his head to show what it’s like to cover a Cornhuskers basketball game through his eyes and lens. The video above is […]
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Bill Gates promised to "substantially increase" his time at Microsoft last year, but his involvement at the company he founded in 1975 has been a mystery ever since. When he's not busy guest editing... The Verge, Gates revealed in a Reddit AMA today that he is currently working on a "Personal Agent" project at the software giant. "One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to," says Gates. "The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model - the agent will help solve this."
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Andrew Sullivan is not theWith Andrew Sullivan announcing the end of his 15-year blogging career--and with it, his "bold experiment" in transforming journalism into crowd-funded blogging-- I figure it's a good time to take one... last look at Sullivan's long, poisonous contribution to the decline of American journalism. The following is a slightly abridged version of an article I wrote almost exactly two years ago for NSFWCORP, on the occasion of Sullivan leaving the Daily Beast to launch his own reader-funded blog.
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5 Tips to Stay Safe on Facebook

ABC News - 29 Jan 2015 01:19
5 Tips to Stay Safe onIt's "Data Privacy Day" and Facebook is celebrating by reminding its 1.35 billion monthly active users how to take control of their presence on the social network.
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While Facebook made waves last year with its investment in Oculus and WhatsApp, it continues to make most of its money from just plain ol' Facebook. And, in particular, from mobile. In the last... quarter of 2014, the social networking giant made $3.85 ...
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The Most Subscribed-To YouTube Channels

Forbes - 29 Jan 2015 01:18
The Most Subscribed-To YouTubeThe ten YouTube channels that have attracted the most subscribers.
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Systems Science Meets Planet Earth

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 01:16
Systems Science Meets PlanetI am at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, speaking mainly about the societal impact robot technologies are likely to have in our near future, and I am happy to report there is intense... interest in these topics. Will robotics empower human communities, or will our machines become the masters of our fate? Business interests, science fiction, singularity and human rights all pervade every tech conversation I have witnessed here -- it is a welcome change to see this bubble to the surface. But I'm writing this blog about an even more pressing topic -- planetary change. The Stockholm Resilience Centre has an outstanding demonstration, through interactive graphics, of how we can categorize the health of our planet along nine axes, from atmospheric loading and ocean change through...
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Facebook mobile users hit newThe social-networking giant reported continued growth in its daily and monthly active users, fueling advertising revenue.
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Noted: 'This.' Has People Clamoring for an Invite

The New York Times - 29 Jan 2015 01:13
Noted: 'This.' Has PeopleAn invitation-only social network whose exclusivity has media insiders jockeying to be invited to participate has generated hunger for its streamlined platform.
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What's the Most EmbarrassingThe internet is full of lies, hoaxes, and misinformation. And we, we are only human. Whether it's with some dumb fake news site or a viral photo that won't die or an mis
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Facebook Users AreFacebook says more than eight of every 10 people who use its service now do so on a mobile device.
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Samsung's Galaxy S6 Gamble IsChip manufacturer Qualcomm has cut its fiscal outlook for 2015 due to a "large customer" not using its latest SnapDragon 810 chipset in a flagship device (reports Reuters and others). That manufacture... is generally accepted as being Samsung, and the flagship device would be the new Galaxy S6 handset.
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Bits Blog: Amazon's Got Mail

The New York Times - 29 Jan 2015 01:05
Amazon's latest foray: back-end email systems.
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Bill Gates: I feel stupid forTechnically Incorrect: The Microsoft co-founder admires Mark Zuckerberg's grasp of Chinese and laments his own linguistic inabilities.
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VexBox disciplines teens with slow internet

Slash Gear - 29 Jan 2015 01:03
VexBox disciplines teens withThe device we're looking at today is a box that hooks up to your home internet network to slow it down. Madness, you say? This device is made for parents of teenagers. Parents who, apparently, do not... allow their children to own smartphones. This box controls the internet speed of your router, slowing it down to the same speed you'd …
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There aren't many work collaboration tools that you'd describe as being a joy to use, but Slack, the latest startup from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, actually manages to come close. Now in... addition to slick text and document collaboration (...
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Ex-Opera CEO Makes Browser ForA new web browser wants users to throw as many tabs at it as they want. Vivaldi, Opera's spiritual successor, looks to leverage the niche market of power users.
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NASA's Aerospace SafetyNASA Breaking News: The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2014 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the... past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials.
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[From GamerTell] This Is the Police is about crooked cops, but utilizes a unique combination of video game genres.
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Find out who wins Super BowlThere are still a few days left until the Super Bowl, but it looks like a winner has already been decided. Continuing a proud tradition that has been giving football fans anxiety attacks for years, EA... Sports has simulated the Super Bowl matchup of 2015 with Madden 15 in order to predict a winner.
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BarbaraHudson writes Researchers figured out how to label and keep track of new pieces of DNA, and learned to follow the enzyme responsible for copying those pieces. Their research focused on enzymes... called polymerases. These enzymes create small regions in DNA that act as scaffolds for the copied DNA. Scientists assumed that the body deletes the scaffolds containing errors, or mutations, and the standard computer models supported this theory. However, the actual research showed that about 1.5 percent of those erroneous scaffolds are left over, trapped within the DNA. After running models, scientists now believe they can track how DNA replicates and find the most likely areas where these scaffolds with errors turn up. The erroneous scaffolds usually appear close to genetic switches, those...
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Take on the Tasks You DreadRewards are a great way to get yourself to do the things you don't want to do. Some tasks are just too dreadful or boring, though, and you need something to make even starting them worthwhile.... Concurrent rewards can help.
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Now that YouTube has jumped toToday, YouTube announced it will now default to HTML5 when a video is loaded rather than using Flash. For years, Apple has been criticized for not allowing Flash on its iOS devices, leading Steve Jobs... in April 2010 to release an open letter explainin...
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What Makes Bill Gates Feel Stupid

Live Science - 29 Jan 2015 00:58
What Makes Bill Gates FeelThere's still one thing that makes the Microsoft co-founder feel dumb: not being able to speak a foreign language.
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McDonald's CEO resigns, stockMcDonald's CEO has resigned after almost 25 years at the fast-food chain and will be replaced by its chief brand officer Don Thompson will step down from his position at the top of the iconic... restaurant business effective March 1, according to a press release from the company. He will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, who will also serve as president of McDonald's and sit on the company's board of directors. "It's tough to say goodbye to the McFamily, but there is a time and season for everything. I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Steve, that he will continue to move our business and brand forward," Thompson said in the press release.
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Emma Watson Tells Young Fan ToJust when you thought Emma Watson couldn't possibly be more inspiring, she goes and inspires some more. While at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, Watson took to Twitter to answer some... questions about the HeForShe campaign's Impact 10x10x10 initiative, which aims to involve governments, corporations and universities in taking action towards gender equality. Along with discussing the campaign, she offered advice to someone whose issue hit particularly close to home. The young fan said she wants to become an engineer one day, but tweeted that her father told her it's a male profession. She asked Watson how to change that -- and the actress' response was on-point. @lordvoldemot @HeforShe Become an engineer. -- Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 Female engineers then began...
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Monkey Latch: One-ClickWilson Tse and Craig Hansen of British Columbia want to make it easier for photographers to switch their cameras between accessories such as straps and tripods. The duo has created a new universal... camera mount system called the Monkey Latch that aims to tackle this issue. It’s a quick release system that lets you move […]
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While China woes rumble on: Watchdog on one hand, deadbeat partners on the other Qualcomm reported record revenues for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 on Wednesday, but the mobile chipmaker... warned investors that it's still struggling to make headway in the all-important China market....
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VexBox throttles teens'A Kickstarter project designed to encourage teens to do their chores works by slowing their Internet connection down to a painful crawl.
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One of Sundance's hottestTangerine has been a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The indie flick is drawing crowds thanks to a plot that features transgender prostitutes, Hollywood, meth addicts, pimps, and... beat cops. But the craziest thing about director Sean…
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Maybe we should've seen this coming when the commercials started. Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has started selling its Gear VR headset at Best Buy. The Galaxy Note 4-powered virtual reality... headset can be purchased for $199.99 and Best Buy's website suggests that stores could eventually be stocking it as well. Should that pan out, odds are you'll find the Gear VR at Samsung's store-within-a-store specialty shops next to the company's smartphones and wearables. Will people actually be willing to strap this thing on and give it a try in front of other shoppers? Well, probably.
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New 'SlatePro TechDesk SE'Back in March of 2014, iSkelter launched the SlatePro TechDesk on Kickstarter, which was designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. The... desk was highly successful, leading the company to create a range of furniture products aimed at MacBook and iPhone users, including the new SlatePro TechDesk Special Edition. The SlatePro TechDesk Special Edition is a new version of the original SlatePro desk, introducing an entirely revamped design and several additional features like felt pockets and a dry erase board. Like the original SlatePro TechDesk, the new edition's main attraction is its built-in air vents for keeping laptops or desktop computers cool and its cutouts that are able to house an iPhone and an iPad. Design wise, the...
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After record quarter, what'sApple expected to continue sales streak in 2015, with iPhone, Apple Watch sales.          
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It sounds like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 won't use a Snapdragon processor in the US, as previous Galaxy devices have all done. Dominant mobile chipmaker Qualcomm revealed today that its new... flagship Snapdragon 810 processor "will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device" and it therefore cut revenue expectations for the second half of the year in its most recent financial report. Qualcomm did not say which of its partners was electing to drop the processor, but earlier reports have said that Samsung was not planning to use the 810 in its upcoming Galaxy S6 due to thermal issues, and there just aren't that many phone makers large enough to require a company like Qualcomm to change its revenue...
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Why Is My Digital Assistant So Creepy?

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 00:45
Why Is My Digital Assistant SoSiri, Cortana and Alexa are robotic personal assistants, but they are also women. They live in your pockets, their skinny smart phone bodies executing your every command. They are intimate with you.... But they are also, as Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore said at the Windows 10 keynote last week, "a member of your family."
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House panel says tech firmsTech firms need to provide more help stopping spread of terror on social media          
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Throw the Book at Them

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 00:43
This past Saturday, 53 inmates at Eastern Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, were awarded college diplomas as part of the Bard Prison Initiative, a program that... enables convicted felons to take courses and earn degrees while incarcerated. Among the graduates were newly minted experts in advanced math, literature, and social studies who had written senior papers with titles like "The Artistic Excursions of Thomas Hardy" and "Combinatorial Game Symmetry: Encountering the Odd Multiple of K." As they walked across the stage in the prison auditorium, their olive-green uniforms concealed under flowing robes, family members and friends cheered from their seats. Guards assigned to monitor the event stood by chewing gum and listening to their burbling...
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App Revenues Are Booming--ButFormer Facebook executive Jeff Hammerbacher once lamented that "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads." I wonder if it would make him feel any better to know... that a big chunk of those ads are, in turn, simple facades to drive app installs. You know, the same apps (up to 95% of them) that languish in a lonely app graveyard. Hope springs eternal in Appland, however. With iOS app revenues topping Hollywood's box office receipts in 2014, app developers are spending big to drive app installs, as a new report from Business Insider highlights--and as Facebook's big mobile-ad earnings Wednesday--attest. Is this a permanent shift in ad spending, or merely a bookmark until mobile search improves? The App Install Economy Most apps are lonely. By one...
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This app tells you whichApps and wearables make it easy to track everything about your life — steps walked, hours slept, your heart rate. But a new app called pplkpr aims to quantify your relationships, collecting data... about your social interactions and stripping it down to determine how you really feel when you talk to certain people. Developers Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald launched the app (pronounced "people keeper") to allow users to look at spikes in stress or excitement levels when interacting with others It might be obvious that a phone call with mom might kick your heart rate up a few notches, but biometric data could reveal a few unexpected findings, too. For example, working with one colleague could bring on more anxiety than working with another, or Friend A could leave you feeling way more...
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Qualcomm all but confirms thatDon't expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip, or at least that's what you get after reading between the lines of Qualcomm's Q1 2015 earnings results. Buried in the... quarterly statement is a comment that sales of the company's...
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Rumour confirmed? Did QualcommDon't expect the Samsung Galaxy 6 to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip, or at least that's what you get after reading between the lines of Qualcomm's Q1 2015 earnings results. Buried in the... quarterly statement is a comment that sales of the company's...
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Did HDDs Just Break The 1Breaking the 1 Tbps HDD areal density is a major achievement for HDDS and if implemented more broadly, could allow over 2 TB storage capacity in notebook computers and capacities beyond 10 TB in... 3.5-inch HDDs.
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It won't specify which OEM, but Samsung is a leading candidate.
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DEAL ALERT: Get 60 days ofSpotify is a fantastic service, easily among the best streaming music offerings in the world. It has really become an all-in-one service compared to rivals, allowing users to stream any song in its... catalog on demand, or to listen to custom radio stations based on a genre, song or artist. Not everyone has tried the service though, since there are plenty of other options out there that are almost as good in some ways, and even better in others. If you’re among the people who have never given Spotify a shot though, now is the time to finally try the service out. DON’T MISS: Confessions of a music thief As noted by Android Authority, Spotify has quietly began offering a
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Snapchat's already working on a library of original content, and thanks to AT&T, there will soon be shows for viewing inside the app as well. Re/code reports that a "scripted series" with 12 episodes... will feature YouTube personalities like Freddie Wo...
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Users who require higher than usual security measures often set a firmware password on a Mac, which requires that a password be entered before the typical OS X boot sequence begins. While these low... level passwords are quite secure, but that higher security also means a forgotten firmware password can be a significant problem. Nonetheless, ...
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Mental health monitoringResearchers at the University of Rochester have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device.
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Customers Rate Service On Behaviour, Timing
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One Way Apple Could Help Us Find Apple Pay Locations

The Mac Observer - 29 Jan 2015 00:30
One Way Apple Could Help UsApple Pay is, by all accounts, a success. Adoption has been rapid by both payers and payees, and Tim Cook has declared 2015 the year of Apple Pay. Our own Adam Christianson has an idea about how to... make it even easier to find.
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Turn a Mechanical Pencil IntoSoldering is an easy skill to learn , but it can also be easy to mess up when you're working on really small items. To give yourself a little more control, you can turn a mechanical pencil into a... simple precision dispenser.
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Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 00:29
Every Time Travel Movie Ever,With the release of yet another time travel movie this week (Project Almanac), it's time for us to look back at the great time travel movies of our past. Here are all the major time travel movies... ever, ranked.
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More Than Half A Billion It seems that with every earnings report, we hit another milestone in Facebook’s shift to mobile. Here’s the latest one: 526 million of its monthly active users access Facebook solely from their... mobile devices. That’s up from 456 million in the previous quarter, and it’s an increase of around 78 percent from the 296 million mobile-only users that Facebook saw during…
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Exploding Kittens Game Has Most Kickstarter Backers Ever

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 00:25
Exploding Kittens Game HasKickstarter is famous for launching tech projects such as gaming consoles and nano drones. But the project that has recently broken the Kickstarter record for the most backers? A card game featuring... exploding kittens, thousand-year-old back hair and portable cheetah butts.
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Deadspin How To Hit On Girls In The Club (Or Not) | Gizmodo We're in a Technological Arms Race with Bears for Our Food | io9 The Difference Between A Great Twist And A Mediocre Twist | Jalopnik This... Is Exactly How Insane The Collector Car Market Is Right Now | Kinja Popular Posts
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Of Puppies and Clydesdales

Twisted Sifter - 29 Jan 2015 00:23
Of Puppies and Clydesdales  Budweiser’s 2015 Super Bowl commercial proves you can’t go wrong with puppies and Clydesdales. The song is “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” performed by Sleeping At Last.    
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Amazon to take on Google andFrom setting up one of the world's largest ecommerce stores to entering the world of film and television, Amazon now plans to dive into the world of corporate email The company will launch a product... called WorkMail, a $4-per-month, per-user secure-email solution for business users, according to The Wall Street Journal See also: Amazon's Cloud: A Supercomputer Anyone Can Rent Although Amazon's decision to take on the likes of Google (with corporate email at $5 per user, per month) and Microsoft (also $5 per user, per month for Office 365 business email) may come as a surprise to some, it actually makes perfect sense
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Bill Gates is worried aboutMicrosoft's co-founder and former CEO is the latest luminary from the world of technology and science to warn against the threat of smart machines.
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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 00:21
Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions... succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
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Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in Q4

Toronto Sun - 29 Jan 2015 00:19
Facebook tops Wall StreetFacebook Inc's revenue grew 49% in the fourth quarter, as strength in mobile advertising helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's target.
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GoDaddy fucks up again

The Loop - 29 Jan 2015 00:19
In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy. So now puppy mills are okay with GoDaddy. What's wrong with this company?∞ Read... this on The Loop
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Rep. Jim Bridenstine took advantage of one of the committee's first hearings of the year to ping Pentagon acquisition czar Frank Kendall -- and the three-star U.S. Air Force general testifying... alongside him -- about the Pentagon's use of commercial communications satellites. The post DoD ‘Wedded’ to Commercial Satellites, Lawmaker Assured appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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The European Union's Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles De Kerchove called on member states today to help flag extremist content on YouTube, AP reports. In a Parliament meeting of the liberal ALDE party,... De Kerchove urged governments to create trained units to weed terror-related videos from the Google-owned website. Sweeping YouTube of terrorist content is a monumental task. Google's public policy manager Verity Harding said flagging after the fact is the only way to police content. Nearly 300 minutes of video is uploaded to the site every minute, she said. "To pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phone call before it's made." "Like screening a phone call before it's made" De Kerchove said states are...
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MojoKid writes Adobe issued a patch for bug CVE-2015-0311, one that exposes a user's browser to become vulnerable to code injection, and the now infamous Angler EK (Exploit Kit). To fall victim to... this kind of attack, all someone needs to do is visit a website with compromised Flash files, at which point the attacker can inject code and utilize Angler EK, which has proven to be an extremely popular tool over the past year. This particular version of Angler EK is different, however. For starters, it makes use of obfuscated JavaScript and attempts to detect virtual machines and anti-virus products. Its target audience is also rather specific: porn watchers. According to FireEye, which has researched the CVE-2015-0311 vulnerability extensively, this exploit has reached people via banner ads...
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One family's exceptionallyThe Andrews family classic car collection, filled with over 100 different vehicles, is going to auction. The collection is widely diverse, filled with a variety of cars from across the world and... representing many different eras. The post One family’s exceptionally diverse car collection is going to auction appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Most Popular OnlineBuilding a great presentation doesn't mean downloading a huge office suite. You have tons of options that are always-online, let you collaborate with others, and even break the slide deck mold. Last... week we asked for your faves , then looked at the five best online presentation creation tools . Now we're back to highlight your favorite.
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Testimony in House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing aimed at shaping national data breach notification law.
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Deal alert: Refurbished iPhoneFor a limited time only (or so we presume), Walmart is selling a few "like-new" iPhones online. The post Deal alert: Refurbished iPhone 6 for $498, 6 Plus at $598 via Walmart appeared first on... AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] For a limited time only (or so we presume), Walmart is selling a few "like-new" iPhones online. Namely, the Sprint and AT&T-locked 16 GB iPhone 6 flavors, and a 16 GB 6 Plus.
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17 Ways to Make Your Resume Fit On One Page

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 00:13
17 Ways to Make Your ResumeThis post was originally published on FindSpark. By Christina Madsen You may look at your resume and think that everything on it is too important to be left off. But let's get real. You're looking for... an internship or entry-level job, which means you have just a few years experience. While we're all about making your experience relevant, there isn't a single recruiter out there who thinks it's ok to have a resume longer than one page for an internship or entry-level job. You may have plenty of experience for your level, but you don't have that much experience. Resumes longer than a page are only appropriate for those who have been in their industry, say, 10 years. Photo courtesy of Christian Schnettelker So how do you cut down your resume to something readable, while still getting across...
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Half a Billion Facebook UsersAnd Facebook's mobile ad revenue is skyrocketing
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The first Tetris Grand MasterKevin Birrell, who showed his Tetris skills at the AGDQ 2015 charity stream, has become the first person outside Japan to earn the rank of Grand Master in Tetris: The Grandmaster 3. The post The first... Tetris Grand Master outside of Japan claims his title appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook's status update:Facebook has revealed it now has 1.39 billion users, with 890 million people using the site every day as it announced for the seventh quarter in a row it beat profit and revenue forecasts.
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If you were seduced by offers of "unlimited" phone data on prepaid carriers like Straight Talk or Simple Mobile only to find your service unbearably slow after a certain point, the Federal Trade... Commission has your back. The carriers' owner, TracFone...
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Oracle Service Cloud gets more social

PC World - 29 Jan 2015 00:10
Oracle Service Cloud gets moreOracle has released an update to its Oracle Service Cloud that adds new tools to give companies more insight about their customers. Customer service staff who get the update will now see an online... visitors' browser history, for instance, so when a visitor asks for help, chat agents can see what led to the need for help in the first place. Reduced handling time is one potential benefit, according to Oracle. The update, released Wednesday, also includes integration with Oracle Social Cloud to improve interaction with customers on social networks. Social posts can be automatically escalated to the Service Cloud, for instance, which could help companies identify issues early and respond more quickly.
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Sony may have just shuttered its music service, but it's getting ready to launch another media venture: PlayStation Vue, the company's upcoming live TV service, is supposed to launch before the…
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Remember When Fax MachinesWhen was the last time you sent a fax? 2000? 1995? Never and you hardly even know what a fax is because you're just too young? Fair enough. But the fax machine was the high-tech device of its day. And... even in the world of Back to the Future Part II, it plays an important role. Which is probably why it looks so silly to us here in the year 2015.
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GoPro has a huge lead over its competition these days -- we found out just how big when we pitted the best action cameras against each other last fall. Now, a new firmware update is about to widen the... gap even further. Set to release in February, the update will add the ability to record 720p footage at 240 frames per second -- 10 times slower than the standard framerate -- to the Hero 4 Black, GoPro's 4K action camera. Gizmodo got an early version of the update and shot some footage with it at and around the X-Games last weekend. The results are a mixed bag. Basically any action looks awesome slowed down this much, but the wide field of view that GoPros are known for gets narrowed to just 65 degrees and the quality isn't as clear at the...
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This Group Photo Was CapturedThis past week, 300 employees at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) posed for an unusual group picture to mark Israeli Space Week. They arranged themselves in the shape of giant letters to spell out... “IAI” and posed as a satellite camera snapped the shot (shown above). The “space selfie” — we’re not sure why it was […]
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Jade wins 29 terminal deals in 2014

ZDNet - 29 Jan 2015 00:08
Year ends with a seven-port deal for Jade's Master Terminal software with the Abu Dhabi Ports Company.
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Researchers produce twoA common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels.
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Facebook bet on mobile adsFacebook's bet on mobile advertising seems to be paying off handsomely.
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Amazing Impact Crater Where aAt first glance, you many not guess that this feature on Mars is an impact crater. The reason it looks so unusual is that it likely is a triple impact crater, formed when three asteroids struck all at... once in the Elysium Planitia region. Why do planetary scientists think the three craters did not form […]
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Facebook's Powerful Ad Tools Facebook’s been a quest to improve its ad measurement, and it’s definitely paying off. In Q4 2014, Facebook’s user count in the US & Canada only grew by a tiny 0.97% from 204 million to 206... million, but the average ad revenue it earns from each of those users grew 24% from $6.64 to $8.26. That’s insane. Jawdropping. If you’re an ad geek you’re…
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After a Decade of Failure,Better really, really late ...
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Libyan Archaeology ThreatenedArchaeological work has come to a halt in Libya, and researchers are worried about the country's ancient sites, from Roman ruins that have suffered rocket attacks to prehistoric rock paintings that... have been vandalized.
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Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets -- tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity -- might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars,... University of Washington astronomers have found.
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Amazon launches WorkMail, anAmazon Inc. plans to sell email technology to businesses beginning later this year as it tries to keep pace with competitors in the cloud computing industry.
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Das Keyboard 4C Review

Slash Gear - 29 Jan 2015 00:01
Das Keyboard 4C ReviewThis is the newest in a line of high-end mechanical keyboard from Das Keyboard, the Das Keyboard 4C. This unit works with a tenkeyless design - which basically means that it drops the number pad found... on many keyboards in favor of a slightly more sleek piece of equipment. In this keyboard we have what might be the best multi-purpose …
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Chinese company limits USA Chinese drone maker which created the small quadcopter that recently crashed on White House grounds said Wednesday it is updating its drones to prohibit flight over the US capital.
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Facebook's status update:For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable... devices.
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First major update since October of 2013 adds Yosemite support and more.
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Is This WebRTC's Year?

TechCrunch - 29 Jan 2015 00:00
Is This WebRTC's Year? WebRTC is an open-source standard (spearheaded by Google in 2012 through the World Wide Web Consortium) enabling browsers to make voice or video calls without needing any plug-ins. Using WebRTC, a... user can establish a voice or video call by clicking on a button in a browser representing the other endpoint.
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Cyberthreat sharing mustU.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said. Members... of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Wednesday they plan to work on a cyberthreat information-sharing bill in the coming months. But representatives from Microsoft and the Center for Democracy and Technology told lawmakers they can avoid the controversies of other recent bills by requiring companies and government agencies to strip out personally identifiable information before sending cyberthreat information to other organizations.
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[From GamerTell] Sony is banking on the PlayStation name to sell its entertainment services under the PlayStation Network.
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After launching on iOS to much acclaim in 2013, the dark and wonderful Badland has since made its way to all the major mobile platforms -- you can even pick it up for your BlackBerry. Two years later,... the game is expanding to even more devices, and soon you'll be able to play it on your big screen as Badland makes its way to just about every console out there. "We always wanted to bring Badland on to the consoles, but that required more resources," says Frogmind COO Teemu Mäki-Patola. "Thanks to its success on tablets we can finally make that dream a reality." No specific release date has been announced -- you can expect to see the game on consoles this spring -- but it's coming to a huge range of platforms. That includes the PS3, PS4,...
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An Ebola vaccine produced using a chimpanzee common cold virus appears to be safe to use on humans, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Three different doses... of vaccine were tested on healthy humans in the UK, and it was well-tolerated; it triggered high levels of antibody formation without also triggering serious side effects. But until the vaccine is tested in an area where an Ebola risk actually exists, it's efficacy against the disease will remain a mystery.
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Behind the App: The Story of HabitRPG

Life Hacker - 29 Jan 2015 00:00
Behind the App: The Story ofWhat if you approached your life like a video game, treating your tasks as monsters to be battled and your daily goals as quests? That's the idea behind HabitRPG, a site and community designed to be a... role playing game for your to-do list.
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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5 things we learned from UK'sLONDON — A public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Russian spy who died in 2006 after being poisoned, opened in London Tuesday Litvinenko became violently sick in November... 2006, after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He spent three weeks in the hospital before he died. On his deathbed, Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his assassination. See also: 'A nation of optimists': Russians are excited about 2015 despite it all Here are some of the key things we've learned so far about the ex-spy's death:
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Tumblr Takes On Medium With Starting today, Tumblr is rolling out a series of updates to its online blogging platform designed to make the service more attractive and useful for content creators, and specifically for those... writing long-form content. The move comes at a time when publishing platform Medium, co-founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, is growing in popularity thanks to its simple and clean user…
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The next Air Force One will beThe next U.S. presidential aircraft will be a Boeing 747-8, the Pentagon announced Wednesday Air Force One, as the plane that carries the president is known, started as a Boeing aircraft when... Eisenhower brought presidential travel into the jet age. See also: Finally, airline food delivered to your doorstep The current presidential fleet consists of two customized Boeing VC-25s, which are expected to be retired in 2017. Whichever plane carries the president is known as Air Force One at that time, and that is sometimes a plane other than those two craft. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said Wednesday. “The Boeing 747-8 is the...
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'The Erasure Was Happening inThe film is actress Gillian Jacobs's directorial debut.
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Leatherman Just Unveiled a  Leatherman recently unveiled a 25-piece multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. Engineered from 17-4 stainless steel, Leatherman Tread makes tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box... wrenches available at a moment's notice. Adjustable to ¼" to accommodate any wrist size and fully customizable with the links you need most, the Leatherman Tread…
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Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have brought up the potential dangers of super intelligent AI several times over the past few years (Musk even donated $10 million toward cautious AI research), but now... Bill Gates is also getting into the mix. In his Red...
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There's a mission statement-y kind of thing and an FAQ but that's it for now Malcolm Turnbull's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), launched last week with a goal of reinventing government... service delivery but lacking any new money with which to make the attempt, also has no plan for its efforts....
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The Next Air Force One Will BeWhen you're the leader of the free world, you can't just zip around in some crappy Cessna you bought for the price of a Mustang GT . You gotta fly in something nice, something that makes it look like... our country still has its shit together. For this reason, the Air Force has chosen the new Boeing 747-8 to be the next Air Force One.
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Comcast is sorry it calledAnyone who has worked in customer service knows that it can be a miserable job that involves dealing with rude, angry people. That said, the generally accepted way to deal with rude customers is to... keep any such negative feelings about them to yourself, or at the very most only share them with your friends and colleagues. This unwritten rule doesn’t seem to have stopped one Comcast customer service representative from changing a customer’s first name to “A**hole” in the company’s database and keeping it there until the customer received their monthly bill with the expletive written at the top of the page. FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK: Just when you thought Comcast couldn't get any worse... Consumerist brings us the story of
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A new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides data security steps for businesses and promotes data minimization.
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Why You Should Talk to Your Partner About Technology

The Huffington Post - 28 Jan 2015 23:41
Why You Should Talk to YourAs I'm wiping down the table from dinner, I casually listen in on the lively game of superheroes being played out in the next room. My husband promised the older two he'd play with them before bed,... and now it's a mighty showdown: My Little Pony versus toy soldiers versus The Riddler. It's a fantastical scene that could only be concocted in the minds of seven and five year olds. I hear Dylan excitedly play out one of the scenes: "And then, Daddy, The Penguin is going to use his rays to stop the soldiers and then he'll take over the Bat Cave!" I wait and listen for my husband's response. It sounds like this: "umm hmmm..." Every part of my body tenses up. Without moving, without looking, I know exactly what is happening right now. His phone went off -- more work emails. He responded to the...
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Humans And Neanderthals Were Neighbours

Forbes - 28 Jan 2015 23:41
Humans And Neanderthals WereDirect evidence that modern humans and their Neanderthal cousins lived side-by-side − and possibly closer − has at last been unearthed in Galilee.
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Astronomers Discover AncientNASA: Kepler News and Features: Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered a system of five small planets dating back to when the Milky Way Galaxy was a youthful two billion... years old.
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Big party or small, root forThe Hamilton Beach 33642 Programmable Right Size Multi-Quart Slow Cooker features the ability to accommodate gatherings large and small. Graduated markings inside the crock designate serving size.
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Recently we heard various reports of Qualcomm's latest mobile chip overheating, which led to the expectation that Samsung was planning to use its own processor in the upcoming Galaxy S6. Qualcomm has... refuted the…
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Mobile ads help drive Facebook earnings

The Australian - 28 Jan 2015 23:38
Mobile ads help drive FacebookSOCIAL media giant Facebook said earnings in the December quarter jumped 34 per cent as the network continues to get more money from mobile ads.
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Je suis Charlie? Je suis imbécile Microsoft moneybags Bill Gates feels stupid that he doesn't know any foreign languages - and wishes he had the time to learn French because he thinks it is the... easiest to pick up....
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Facebook Is Now Bigger Than The Largest Country On Earth

The Huffington Post - 28 Jan 2015 23:37
Facebook Is Now Bigger ThanIf Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous nation on earth. The huge social network said Wednesday that 1.39 billion people log in to Facebook each month to scroll their News Feeds,... communicate with friends and look at photos. That's more than the entire population of China, the world's most populous country, which the CIA last estimated to have 1.36 billion people. The comparison to China is somewhat ironic, since Facebook is largely blocked there. But that didn't stop Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from visiting last fall, where he met with Chinese business executives and conducted an interview in Mandarin. Although Facebook's user base is still expanding, growth has slowed in recent quarters because there simply aren't as many people left to join the site. Data...
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Clear Out Your OverwhelmedDesperate times call for desperate measures. If you've tried a bunch of different strategies to get your inbox under control with no success, it might be better to start with a clean slate.
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20 per cent of the world'sAlmost 1.4 billion people are now on Facebook, the social network has confirmed. To put that into perspective: 20 per cent of the world's population is now updating status' and liking listicles' about... ways to save you time. As for the more business-focused...
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NASA astronauts could travel to the International Space Station in American-made "space taxis" no later than 2017, Boeing and SpaceX said Tuesday. Both companies have said that they're on pace to meet... NASA's projections and reduce U.S. dependence on Russian spacecraft.
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IBM is having a Kodak moment. The erstwhile photo-industry leader was done in by digital's transformation of the imaging business. Now it's Big Blue, another New York-based giant of industry that grew... rich and fat in corporate America's post-war heyday, that has to adapt to a paradigm shift. Businesses are ditching their multi-million dollar mainframes in favor of low-cost, highly efficient cloud systems developed by disrupters like Amazon and Google. IBM's biggest move of late?
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HoloLens, Microsoft's latest augmented reality device that will be released this year, will step into a realm that already includes heavyweights like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus. However, the... company's CEO Satya Nadella isn't backing down from competitors, and says the gaming opportunities for the device will be "mind-blowing."
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Apple's massive revenue growth in China was not just the result of larger screen sizes or other advanced features that adorn the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Rather, it was driven in large part by the... company's ability to tap into an aspirational purchasing drive that is as strong in the People's Republic's growing middle class as it is amongst tech-savvy consumers in U.S. urban enclaves.
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It's about to get a little more expensive to be a Verizon Communications subscriber. The nation's largest mobile network, which is already known for pricey service contracts for smartphones, plans to... raise its activation and upgrade fees next Thursday, Phone Scoop reported.
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HTC One (M8) users in Europe can expect a sweet treat on their handsets Wednesday, as the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now hitting the device, HTC Corp. executive Jeff Gordon announced via Twitter... Wednesday. Users on Twitter and Reddit also report that the Android 5.0 is hitting HTC One (M8) handsets in areas including Germany, France and the Nordic region as well as in the Middle East. However, many users in the U.K.
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At long last, there may be a thin silver lining to high drug costs. A new study shows that a handful of patients who received fake treatments for Parkinson's disease experienced improved symptoms.... This placebo effect was stronger for one of two "drugs" that patients were told was more expensive--though only when the expensive drug was administered first. Dr. Alberto Espay, the head researcher and a neuroscientist at the University of Cincinnati, says physicians may be able to leverage the power of a placebo to help patients, without writing more prescriptions.
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Amazon is moving further into the corporate technology market with a new email and eletronic calendar service that will take on Microsoft Outlook and Google Gmail. The service, to be called WorkMail,... will be announced Wednesday, according to a report.
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"Hyrule Warriors," Nintendo's hack-and-slash spin-off of "The Legend of Zelda" shipped a million units worldwide since its launch for the Wii U in September 2014, and developer Koei Tecmo is... celebrating by publishing a set of new wallpapers based on the game. The company also plans to launch its third DLC pack on Feb. 5.
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Alibaba vows to fight fakes -Alibaba's Ma promises to establish 300-person "fake-fighting special operations battalion."          
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Molly McHugh writes Scientists and physicians at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered a way to use MakerBot's 3D-printing technologies to create cartilage and repair tissue... damage in the trachea. From the article: "Researchers found that it’s possible to use the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to print what’s called 'scaffolding,' made up of PLA, a bioplastic commonly used in in surgical implant devices. The team customized the printer so that living cells could be printed onto the scaffolding. The 3D-printed mixture of healthy cells found in cartilage, and collagen, eventually grew into the shape of a trachea that could be implanted into a patient."
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Microsoft's top researcherMicrosoft’s research chief has entered the battle between those who believe artificial intelligence could be the end of the human race and those who think that’s malarkey. That argument was... kickstarted in October when Elon Musk warned that AI poses a genuine threat to humanity. He followed that warning with a $10 million investment in the Future of Life Institute to ensure AI will remain “beneficial to humanity.” Stephen Hawking later offered […]
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Why women are smearing theirIt isn't a fashion faux pas in your Instagram feed — celebrities and women around the world are smearing their lipstick for a good cause. The new #SmearforSmear social media campaign and hashtag,... spearheaded by UK-based organization Jo's Cancer Trust, aims to raise awareness during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month this January. Participants post selfies with smeared lipstick, encouraging women to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. Then, similar to the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, they nominate friends and family to do the same. See also: 3 young girls are the newest faces of health and empowerment
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What's the story, Wishbone?Got a finicky baby? The Wishbone smart thermometer lets you take the child's temperature without touching. It only takes two seconds and works on other objects, so you can make sure the bathwater... isn't too hot. The post What's the story, Wishbone? This smart thermometer takes temperatures touchlessly appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Michelle Obama gets some unlikely new fans, rampant joke-stealing on Twitter and Viking vs. Viking at Wrestlemania
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'Juno' Blizzard Seen FromSpace Station crew member Terry Virts (NASA) snapped imagery of the storm that slammed the Northeast United States during a night pass on Jan. 28th, 2015. The ISS was orbiting at an attitude of 260... miles during the fly-over.
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The US Military Had One HellNATO formally ended combat operations at the end of 2014, but the U.S. military couldn't just...leave. No, pulling out of Afghanistan was a massive operation in itself, one that took three years of... planning and cost an estimated $28 billion--just to get out.
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Facebook Earnings BeatBut the quarterly report showed expenses beginning to rise sharply, and the stock was down in after-hours trading.
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Spend the night dangling atAnyone scared of heights will not be excited about Airbnb's new contest for a night in a cable car suspended 9,000 feet above the French Alps. Everyone else? Get those applications in! The post Spend... the night dangling at 9,000 feet in this gondola turned Airbnb chalet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Associated Press: A law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday... when a sheriffs' organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers' lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets. So it's OK for government officials and corporations to track us but not OK for us to track them?∞ Read this on The Loop
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Facebook Q4 2014 earnings giveFacebook once again outpaces analyst expectations with their earnings. In Q4 2014, the social giant had revenue of $3.55 billion, ahead of the 43.77 billion Wall Street estimated. Their earnings per... share were $0.54, outpacing the estimated $0.48/share. On the year, Facebook earned $12.5 billion, making 2014 their first $10 billion year. In 2013, Facebook brought in $7.9 billion. their …
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Glow headphones will beamHeadphones are always getting smarter, and now they're getting brighter, too. A new set of earbuds called Glow ($127) lets you sync with your smartphone and track your heart rate, with one... illuminating differentiator: wires that glow with the light from a laser. The headphones pulse to the beat of your heart and music. See also: 14 health and fitness wearables and gadgets worth giving Glow, which is already picking up major traction on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter, shines for over eight hours on a charge and comes in red, green or blue. The project has already reached its $100,000 goal, meaning early backers will receive their illuminating earpieces as early as July, if the company is able to manufacture them in time. The team says it needs to hit higher goals on Kickstarter to ensure...
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Facebook is far and away the largest social network in the world and increasingly dominates the time we spend in mobile apps. It's running neck and neck with YouTube when it comes to data consumption... on our smartphones and tablets. All the time people spend in the company's Newsfeed is growing into a huge advertising business for Facebook, especially now that it's got more lucrative formats like video auto-playing. Its fourth quarter earnings grew 45 percent over last year, to $3.85 billion, with a profit of $701 million. For the full year, the company generated $12.46 billion in revenue, a 58 percent increase over 2013.
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Supreme Court blocks 3WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug. The court's order... Wednesday came as little surprise after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary halt. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. See also: Oklahoma kills first death row inmate since botched execution
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Reports of big layoffs to come this week at IBM were correct, at least with regard to timing. Starting Wednesday, the message board at Alliance@IBM, a site manned by former IBM employees, was full…
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Bill Gates is another smartWhile it might sound like a fantasy to have robots folding your laundry and driving you to work in the future, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Wednesday that he's afraid of artificial... intelligence, and doesn't understand why more people aren't concerned about how it could impact the future. Gates said during his third Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session that he agrees with tech entrepreneur Elon Musk — who has been vocal on the subject of artificial intelligence — and is worried about how this type of innovation could be used in the years ahead See also: How to Host a Successful Reddit AMA
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Facebook's earnings are out, and the company beat Wall Street estimates for the tenth quarter in a row. Its growth continues unabated and it surpassed its number of monthly active users from…
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[From GadgeTell] Retired mobile leak guru @evleaks seems to have just temporarily paused his seclusion, turning back to his true love and passion with a bang.
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Vox: There are huge benefits to salting the roads. One 1992 study found that spreading salt can reduce accidents by 87 percent during and after a snowstorm.But road salt also comes with major... downsides: Salt is corrosive, chewing through cars, trucks, concrete, and steel bridges. Worse still, when all that salt dissolves and washes away, it steadily accumulates in rivers and streams. Other times, moose and elk get attracted to the salt and wander onto roads, raising the risk of crashes. We have similar issues here in Canada with road salt and its affect on cars and the environment. That last sentence came to light for me while riding my motorcycle in the Banff National Park. I came around a corner and there was a herd of massive elk in the middle of the road, licking the salt off the...
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Prynt, the iPhone 6 case thatIn mid-November, a French startup called Prynt demoed a special smartphone case that contains a printer and houses enough special sheets of papers to let smartphone users quickly print out some of... their photos and selfies in on-the-go Polaroid fashion. At the time, the company said the device would be available on Kickstarter at some point after CES 2015, and it looks like that time has come. FROM EARLIER: Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for For $99, users can preorder this bulky case that'll help them print some of their pictures immediately after taking them. The gadget should be shipped at some point in August, according to the company. The Prynt case is compatible with
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Qualcomm Cuts Outlook, WarningThe chipmaker also said it continues to have concerns about its China business despite having resolved one customer dispute.
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Raging fire ends mock Mars mission in Utah

Daily Mail - 28 Jan 2015 23:18
Raging fire ends mock MarsThe devastating fire was caused by an unusual power surge in the Mars Research Society habitat, which is four miles the small town of Hanksville in Utah.
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Facebook finishes 2014 with stronger-than-expected earnings and revenue
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Did a 2015 Corvette Z06 joinClaims report that a corvette Z06 has set a 6:59.13 lap time at the Nurburgring track. If true, the 650 hp American sports car is put in prestigious company, including the Porsche 918 supercar. The... post Did a 2015 Corvette Z06 join Nurburgring's sub-7-minute club? Probably not appeared first on Digital Trends.
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GitHub repository forWhen Apple released WatchKit in November giving developers time to prepare apps for the upcoming Apple Watch, it included the custom San Francisco font displayed on the Watch. Shortly after,... instructions appeared on GitHub showing how to install the San Francisco font from the Apple Watch onto a Mac with OS X Yosemite since Apple […]
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Nike's endorsement of Tiger Woods, the most prominent face in golf, dates back to when he first began his professional career in 1996. Since then, shoe technology has evolved tremendously, thanks to... the development of new design materials that have m...
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An Optimist's Guide to Political Correctness

The Atlantic - 28 Jan 2015 23:13
An Optimist's Guide to"P.C. culture" doesn't impede progress; it's a natural--if totally awkward--response to it.
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Facebook Doubles Mobile AdFacebook is really just a mobile ad company.
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New coffee up design letsSix 3D-printed cups are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in February after Portland researchers perfected the design.
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Facebook's annual revenueFacebook just had its first $10 billion year. The social network posted earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $3.85 billion for the December quarter, coming in well ahead of Wall Street estimates... for earnings of $0.48 per share on revenue of $3.77 billion See also: Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my! That holiday performance brings Facebook's total revenue for 2014 to nearly $12.5 billion, compared to just under $7.9 billion in 2013, and it's more than double the annual revenue it reported for 2012 "We got a lot done in 2014. Our community continues to grow and we're making progress towards connecting the world," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, in a statement
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All-female Ghostbusters castDirector Paul Feig has cast four women to fight off something strange in his upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and... Leslie Jones will all star in the film, though casting negotiations...
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Here comes Ginni Rometty to chop off your head Word has it that IBM's latest big staff purge is now underway, with former Big Blue workers reporting that they have been handed pink slips along with... kits describing their severance packages....
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IBM's SoftLayer chief departsThe head of IBM's SoftLayer cloud services business has left the company, hard on the heels of IBM naming another executive to lead a new cloud division. "We wish Lance Crosby the best as he takes a... well-deserved break before pursuing new endeavors," IBM said in a statement Wednesday, confirming his departure. IBM acquired SoftLayer in 2013 for $2 billion. Its technology has become a key part of IBM's cloud offerings, for which revenue amounted to $7 billion in 2014, the company reported last week. "Now that the business is successfully integrated into IBM, I am ready to take some time off before I pursue my next challenge," Crosby said in a separate statement. No replacement for him has yet been named.
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Sheriffs expand concerns aboutA law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday when a sheriffs'... organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers' lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets.
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Moving big data faster, byIn today's high-productivity computing environments that process dizzying amounts of data each millisecond, a research project named for "a trillion events per day" may seem relatively ordinary.
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The Internet of Things and the Race to Singularity

The Huffington Post - 28 Jan 2015 23:07
The Internet of Things and theThe term "Internet of Things" (IoT) has become the catch-all for every device on the planet that can interact, react, or contribute to the greater network. From fitness wearables to smart... refrigerators, we are gradually integrating our entire lives onto the web and the massive grid of interconnected devices. Today's apps are tracking our heart health, caloric intake, daily activities, sleep quality, and perhaps even shaming us into losing weight by tracking our expanding waistline (Yes, that's what the smart belt by Emiota, a crowd-gatherer at this year's Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, is claiming). To give you an idea of where technology is headed, a new tech start-up hopes to create a 3D "digital alter ego" of people who will talk to their family and friends after they've died....
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The Verge: Plenty of amateur films have been shot using iPhones, but by all reports, this is the first movie at the Sundance Film Festival to be shot almost entirely on an Apple device. It was a... decision that indie writer and director Sean Baker made to accommodate the film's small budget. But you'd never guess the camera, to look at it: Tangerine was shot in a widescreen, 2:35:1 aspect ratio, and its camera zooms through the streets of LA with a fluidity you'd never expect from a handheld device. And yet despite his camera of choice, Baker says the iPhone made for a good partner. "It was surprisingly easy," Baker says. "We never lost any footage." Another interesting story about the functionality and versatility of the iPhone.∞ Read this on The Loop
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VineRobot will keep tabs on the grapes

Gizmag - 28 Jan 2015 23:04
While many of us may fantasize about running a vineyard someplace like the south of France, doing so wouldn't actually be all ... well, wine and roses. For one thing, you'd need to regularly walk up... and down all those rows of vines, continuously stopping to check on the plants themselves and their grapes. It's the sort of thing that it would be nice if a robot could do. A robot like the VineRobot. ..
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Everyone can struggle with English grammar's complexities; these apps can improve your knowledge whatever your level of proficiency.
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Facebook Beats Estimates In Q4 Facebook beat the street’s estimates for the 10th straight quarter in Q4 2014. It now has 1.393 billion users, up 3.18% quarter over quarter, which was a little faster than Q3’s 2.2% but slower... than Q2’s 3.125%. The company brought in $0.54 EPS on $3.85 billion in revenue. Mobile made up 69% of ad revenue compared to 66% last quarter, showing its business is now firmly…
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Is data privacy just a dream?

CNET - 28 Jan 2015 23:03
Is data privacy just a dream?Data Privacy Day brings reflection on our security sins, but it's hard to find a perfect protector of data. Even Blackphone's extra-encrypted Slient Text app was found with a security flaw.
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Waze branded a policing hazard

The Australian - 28 Jan 2015 23:03
Waze branded a policing hazardPOLICE want Google to modify its Waze car navigation app which drivers use to locate speed traps.
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Earth's magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet's surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth's core. Iron... is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons that makes up an electric current. New findings from a team including Carnegie's Ronald Cohen and Peng Zhang shows that a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated was needed to complete the puzzle that explains this field-generating process. Their work is published in Nature.
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5 Parts of New York That AreNew York was pretty much a cesspool in the 19th century. "We were a laughingstock," as anthropologist and trash historian Robin Nagle once put it. But in an odd way, New York owes its current success... to its refuse--after all, it's built on the stuff.
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[From GamerTell] It's been almost a year, but the Starbound Upbeat Giraffe stable update is finally here.
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Meta, an early startup in the augmented reality industry, has raised a $23 million Series A round led by Horizons Ventures, Tim Draper, BOE Optoelectronics and Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Y…
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Apple has released a new update for Remote Desktop which will come as a godsend for administrators and users who found the app no longer working after updating to OS X Yosemite. The update fixes that... issue, along with enhancing sending files and full...
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Set Dock Magnification to aMagnifying the icons in your Dock on mouseover is great, but you might not want to have the feature on all the time. How-To Geek points out that you can set it up so you only trigger the magnification... with a keystroke.
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An alien world in yourArtist Pyanek has captured the delicate details in everyday items such as cornflakes (pictured). Pyanek, who has chosen not to reveal his identity or location, used a Canon T3i to take the images.
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ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid For SkyMall

TechCrunch - 28 Jan 2015 22:56
ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid It’s back! Venerable SkyMall, that inflight catalog full of stepping stools for dogs and hearing gadgets, may have a second life thanks to the larger-than-life CEO of ScottEVest, Scott Jordan.... Jordan, who we interviewed at CES this year, is putting in a bid for the company and hopes to turn it around by bringing it into the 21st century.
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Here are the free games you'llAlthough there are a few highly anticipated games on the way over the next 30 days, it’s still winter, which means the game release schedule is about as slow as it’s going to be all year. That’s... a tough pill to swallow for many of us, but Microsoft is making it a little easier with a fresh batch a free games in February. LAST TIME: All the PlayStation and Xbox games you'll get for free in January Xbox One owners with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to download #IDARB free of charge beginning on February 1st. If you’ve never heard of #IDARB before, let me give you a quick primer: it’s basically the most frantic, fun and silly couch
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Weather phenomenon turns GrandThe Grand Canyon was looking a bit under the weather, literally, after a temperature inversion caused clouds to settle inside the canyon's rim on Wednesday. A layer of low-lying clouds produced the... spectacular sight, and turned the canyon into a sea of clouds. Thirty minutes of cloud movement is sped up in this time-lapse footage, above, recorded at Hopi Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon The weather phenomenon is spotted at the Grand Canyon every few months, but the last time it occurred was just six weeks ago on Dec. 11. A temperature inversion involves cold air filling the canyon, while warm air lies above it, trapping the fog in place, as the denser cold air hugs the ground.
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(Reuters) - Fuelcell maker Plug Power Inc tempered its sales forecast for 2015, saying it had decided to issue numbers "people could rely" on after receiving "a lot of criticism for under-delivering."
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Silk Road paid thousands inWhen operating outside of the law, you can't exactly rely on the police to protect your illegal enterprise from other criminals. The Silk Road marketplace founders likely learned this lesson in 2012... and 2013, after paying thousands of dollars to cyber extortionists who threatened to expose serious site vulnerabilities or hit it with denial of service attacks, according to evidence presented in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday. The extortion information emerged during testimony from U.S. Internal Revenue Service special agent Gary Alford, who had subpoenaed the emails of defendant Ross Ulbricht as part of his investigation. Ulbricht is on trial at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for narcotics and criminal enterprise charges in relation to Silk Road.
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The CellScope will cut down on time at the doctor's

Coolest Gadgets - 28 Jan 2015 22:55
The CellScope will cut down onIf you’ve ever been around children, you know that ear aches are a common theme. Kids don’t really understand why they’re hurting, only that they are and you as their parent are supposed to make... it stop. While you want to immediately head to the doctor’s whenever this strikes, wouldn’t it be nice if you could peep in their ears at home and be able to figure out what’s going ...
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How to Fight for the "Fight for Space" Documentary

Universe Today - 28 Jan 2015 22:53
Can documentary films actually change the way people think about a topic? Films like "The Thin Blue Line," "The Triumph of Will," and "Harlan County USA" are definitely documentaries that swayed both... local public opinion and world views on specific topics. Film producer Paul Hildebrandt is hoping his upcoming documentary film "Fight for Space" will […]
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Huge YouTube bulk makes itInternet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist... propaganda and hostage footage.
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Apparently some people haven't heard that Tesla's dual-motor, all-wheel-drive P85D upgrade to its Model S turns the car into a performance monster. An aptly named "Insane Mode" turns up the power so... owners can experience the promised 0 - 60mph in 3.2...
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Some potentially habitableTwo phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets--tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity--might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars,... University of Washington astronomers have found.
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[From GadgeTell] Samsung has also rolled out the latest update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 in some regions, and it seems the update for the Galaxy Note 3 has started as well. However, it's not too... widespread, reports suggest it's currently rolling out in Russia at the moment, and updates the build to N900XXUEBOA6.
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itwbennett writes Researchers from Drexel University, the University of Maryland, the University of Goettingen, and Princeton have developed a "code stylometry" that uses natural language processing... and machine learning to determine the authors of source code based on coding style. To test how well their code stylometry works, the researchers gathered publicly available data from Google's Code Jam, an annual programming competition that attracts a wide range of programmers, from students to professionals to hobbyists. Looking at data from 250 coders over multiple years, averaging 630 lines of code per author their code stylometry achieved 95% accuracy in identifying the author of anonymous code. Using a dataset with fewer programmers (30) but more lines of code per person (1,900), the...
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Bill Gates tells Reddit aboutWhat is Microsoft's "personal agent," and what is Bill Gates doing working on it? Gates took to the virtual pages of Reddit for his third "Ask Me Anything" session, answering the usual mix of serious... and semi-serious questions. But in the middle of the session he seemingly dropped a bombshell. "One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to," Gates wrote. "The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model--the agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices."
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Qualys has identified a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Linux GNU C Library that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take complete control of a victim's system.
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Galaxy S6 case sparksAt MWC this year, we're likely going to get our hands on the Galaxy S6 from Samsung. While rumors have been circulating about the new flagship from Samsung, we've not seen much that gives us a hint at... anything official. A case has been spotted on amazon, which points to some aesthetic changes Samsung could be making. Most notably, the …
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Space probe launched to studyNASA and Utah State University successfully launched a probe into the northern lights early on Wednesday.
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Brands spend a lot of time desperately grasping for our attention, but sometimes they leave us with burning questions without even trying. "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a... Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?" "Are there really 1,000 chips in every bag?" Now, an answer is finally being posited for one of the biggest unsolved mysteries: could the Kool-Aid Man actually break through a brick wall? Jake Roper, a contributor to the YouTube channel VSauce, says that, oh yeah -- he can. Roper estimates that if the Kool-Aid Man were brought up to the scale represented in the iconic ads, he would measure about 6 feet tall, have a dry weight of almost 6,000 pounds (11,000 pounds when filled with Kool-Aid), and his glass frame would...
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NASA engineer advances newScientists who use high-altitude scientific balloons have high hopes for their instruments in the future. Although the floating behemoths that carry their instruments far into the stratosphere can... stay aloft for days on end, data collection typically happens during the night when starlight can be detected. The instruments that operate during the day are limited in their field of view due to overbearing sunlight.
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Aaron Sorkin's Steve JobsAaron Sorkin's adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography is officially a thing, with a star and everything. Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that principle photography has begun in San... Francisco, with Michael Fassbender (Macbeth, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Light Between Oceans) playing the title role.
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The Federal Trade Commission is putting mobile carriers on notice that if they advertise an unlimited plan they can't monkey around with speeds -- or at least must clearly disclose their…
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Who you gonna call in 2016?The director of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig, announced on Twitter that the film will arrive in theaters July 22, 2016. The post Who you gonna call in 2016? Ghostbusters summer release... date revealed appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Fantastic Four TradesIn the original 1961 comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the team acquires their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a mission in space. In this reboot (in theaters July 2015) they enter... pods, which appear to take them to a menacing new wo
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The dream of beer made fromBeer made from sewer water is not a Portlandia sketch, it's a real thing. Last year, Hillsboro Clean Water Services in Oregon held a competition for home brewers to create beer using 30% sewer water.... Now they want to take it to the next level by teaming up with the Oregon Brew Crew to craft beer using only purified sewer water See also: 10 Unusual Uses for Your Flat Beer Mark Jockers of the Clean Water Services told KGW News that the purified sewer water is actually cleaner than the average glass of drinking water, "The water that comes from the high purity water system is the cleanest water on the planet."
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In 2002, fishermen off the Oregon coast pulled up their traps to find them full of dead crabs. Baby octopuses were climbing up their lines, seemingly struggling to get out of the deep. "In 30 years of... crabbing, I'd never seen anything like it before," a fisherman told the Los Angeles Times. "It's spooky, this dead-zone thing."
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Scalextric is fun, but itIt sounds like something from the pages of books from the 1960s looking to the future: electric cars powered by current drawn from electrified rails beneath the road. However possible such ideas... seemed to be 50 years ago, they seem fairly fantastical now - and yet it's exactly this that's being trialed by Britain's Highways Agency.
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Crashing Electrons CouldNew research claims to have solved a messy paradox that has plagued geoscientists who study Earth's core and its life-protecting magnetic field.
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TracFone busted on dataThe FTC arrived at a $40 million settlement with TracFone Wireless, which was accused of making false unlimited data claims for customers. That money will go to customers who were either throttled or... had their data service cut off. The post TracFone busted on data throttling charges, must pay $40 million fine appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Kia Sorento (2015) first drive: Savvy 7-seater

Pocket-lint - 28 Jan 2015 22:40
Kia Sorento (2015) firstCan a SUV ever be a truly exciting drive? Now in its third generation, the Kia Sorento has had more than just a facelift to bring it up to date, and while its new body and wheelbase is never going to... feel like a Ferrari on the road, for carting around...
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Bill Gates: Digital CurrencyBill Gates has high hopes for digital currency as an important banking tool for the poor. But Bitcoin isn't one of those currencies, he said in a Reddit AMA today. At least not in its current form.
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Sentient-toast simulator I AmYeah, you read that right – this is a video game where you play as a piece of b
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Perhaps ZTE is hoping to replicate Apple's iPhone sales success. Could you blame it when Apple just announced a record quarter with sales of 74.5 million iPhones? Maybe that's why the…
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'Frank's final wish':A few days before the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18, a Long Island man named John Borzumato picked up the phone and called a couple close friends in Bellingham, Massachusetts. He wanted to check... in, see how things were going, learn about the updates in his friends' lives since they'd talked last. Perhaps there'd be a bit of pre-game banter, too Borzumato is a die-hard Colts fan. But Frank and Leigh Clark, you see, are Patriots fans. Frank, a 48-year-old Massachusetts native, said he was "born into it." It was their two respective teams set to face off in the AFC title game, with a trip to Super Bowl XLIX on the line. What better time for a call?
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Sony said to be slashing 1,000The cuts would reportedly be in addition to 1,000 jobs Sony already said it would eliminate in smartphone and tablet unit.
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What would happen to Earth ifA video from AsapScience explores what would happen if humans suddenly disappeared from the face of the Earth (though we obviously wouldn't be around to worry about it).
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Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and it is estimated that more than 159,000 people in the United States died from the disease last year. Most of these deaths were because the cancer had... spread to other organ sites. Following their recent discovery of a protein pathway, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers are one step closer to understanding how lung cancer cells metastasize.
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Recording: Former federal scientist offers to build Venezuela a bomb targeting New York City
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Amazon launches 'workmail'

The Australian - 28 Jan 2015 22:35
Amazon launches 'workmail'AMAZON is starting its own email service for business.
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Google: Huge YouTube volumes makes it tough to catch all terror-related videos
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Sony announced that Spotify will effectively replace Music Unlimited this spring in 41 countries.
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Pen, Brush and Camera: A 1998Above is a full 50-minute documentary from 1998 about the life and work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the legendary photographer who’s considered to be the father of photojournalism. It’s titled... “Pen, Brush and Camera.” The film was directed by Patricia Wheatley, who interviewed the 90-year-old Cartier-Bresson to learn more about his lifetime of creating art. The […]
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[From GadgeTell] Hefty discounts on Android classics like LG's G2, G3, HTC's One M7 or Samsung's Galaxy S5 are nice and all, and they can surely bring smiles to a number of budget buyers' faces.
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ZTE Blade S6 deliversThis new handset is aimed at a younger demographic.
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Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze traffic app, complain it interferes with speeding tickets
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[From GadgeTell] Theatre Box wireless 3D speaker now available for purchase
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After launching a pair of photography-improving lenses for smartphones last year, Moment is back on Kickstarter with a new case which aims to turn the iPhone 6 into an even better camera. The Moment... Case features a multi-state shutter button enabling more traditional DSLR-like shooting, and a built-in mount which allows users to easily attach the firm's interchangeable lens. ..
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Smartphone photography getsIn recognition of smartphone cameras as legitimate photography tools, the Sony World Photography Awards has added a smartphone category, and is now accepting entries. The post Smartphone photography... gets legit with new World Photo Organisation award appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Two hot Android smartphonesA few months old, Android 5.0 Lollipop has yet to become available to most Android smartphone and tablet users, but some European Android fans will surely be thrilled to find out that Lollipop... upgrades for certain top handsets will finally be available for download. FROM EARLIER: LG: Android 5.0 Lollipop update is 'coming soon' to the G3 Last year's HTC One (M8) and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 are the two handsets that should be updated to Lollipop in the region. HTC's Jeff Gordon confirmed on Twitter that European HTC One (M8) owners will get Android 5.0 soon. "HTC One M8 owners in Europe, have a sweet tooth this morning? Check your software updates!" he said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, SamMobile notes that Samsung
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An initiative in New York is using machine learning to figure out who's most likely to donate blood - and what's best to say to encourage them
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The baddest action camera on the block is about to get even better. We just got an exclusive look at the first GoPro camera to capture silky smooth 240fps slow motion in glorious high definition.... We've got the very first footage from a GoPro Hero4 equipped with a hot new firmware update that will bring that and much more. And I scored that footage at the Winter X Games this weekend while strapped to a snowboard.
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Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft

Scientific American - 28 Jan 2015 22:30
Strange Comet DiscoveriesThe European mission is helping scientists learn more about how comets evolved through time --
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Use a Raspberry Pi as aWe've shown you how to use a Raspberry Pi as both a Tor proxy and a personal VPN , but Make shows off how to do both in one unit for truly anonymous browsing everywhere.
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Seven things we learned fromCEO Tim Cook highlights the strength of iPhone and China, why he still has high hopes for the iPad and when Apple Watch will ship.
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Tesla's 'insane mode' stuns woman

CNN - 28 Jan 2015 22:29
Tesla's 'insane mode' stunsThe YouTube channel DragTimes published a clip of passengers reacting to Tesla's "insane mode" which can accelerate a car from 0 to 70 mph in a few seconds.
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Boeing will build a fleet of three aircraft based on the 747-8 to serve as the next Air Force One, Bloomberg reports. The 747-8 is the latest version of the iconic jumbo jet -- a design that dates... back to the 1960s -- with new wings, new engines, and an extended fuselage. The -8 variant has been around since 2005, but has seen limited traction with airlines thanks to rising fuel prices over the last several years, limited interest in ultra-high-capacity long-haul routes, and competition from Airbus' A380.
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Falcon heavy rocket launch andSpaceX released a cool new animation today, Jan. 27, showing an updated look at their Falcon Heavy rocket and plans for booster recovery. See below.
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The Female Touch Charges Tech at CES 2015

The Huffington Post - 28 Jan 2015 22:27
The Female Touch Charges TechAt International CES, a conference lined with prestigious keynote speakers, The Ipsos Girls' Lounge was honored to partner with AOL's MAKERS and have the woman leading technological advancement in the... White House bring candor, insight and inspiration to our intimate space. Megan Smith, the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, who is an infectious whirlwind, shared so much inspiration that I literally sat speechless (a rarity), absorbing every word. In a room filled with over 150 women, Smith drew us in, sharing stories from her childhood in Buffalo, NY in the '70s, Silicon Valley in the '90's and her early days at Google -- all which led her to the White House in 2014. As acting CTO in the Office of Science and Technology, her colleagues include scientists, brain and space...
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Image: Sounding rockets launchThe interaction of solar winds and Earth's atmosphere produces northern lights, or auroras, that dance across the night sky and mesmerize the casual observer. However, to scientists this interaction... is more than a light display. It produces many questions about the role it plays in Earth's meteorological processes and the impact on the planet's atmosphere.
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Glow Headphones turn you into a walking rave

Coolest Gadgets - 28 Jan 2015 22:25
Glow Headphones turn you intoIf you’ve ever been to a dance party of any sort, then you know how amazing it is for lights and sound to work as one. You experience the music in a whole new way as you’re taking in the beats... through both visual and auditory senses. It makes you want to come back time and time again for that same experience. While you can’t put that kind of thing ...
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What Makes Bill Gates Feel 'Stupid'

The Huffington Post - 28 Jan 2015 22:25
What Makes Bill Gates FeelBill Gates' big regret in life isn't Clippy. Or Microsoft's failed MP3 player, the Zune. Or Comic Sans. It's that he speaks only English. During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Wednesday, the... Microsoft founder said he wants to learn another language. "I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages," Gates, who runs the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote in the third such Q&A he has done on Reddit. "I took Latin and Greek in high school and got A's and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese." He said he was impressed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who conducted a Q&A with students in China last October completely in Mandarin, a language he began studying in recent years. Gates called the move "incredible." "I...
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Obama's 'Precision Medicine'Precision medicine could bring about a new generation of medical treatments. What needs to happen to develop these new drugs?
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Hands-On First Impressions ofFollowing the release of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari, we have been testing out the new software to see how well it keeps notifications, links, photos and other files in sync between devices.... Pushbullet is the marriage of AirDrop, Notifyr and other OS X Yosemite features in one package, but is it a worthwhile alternative? Find out our first impressions in our hands-on video ahead. The process of setting up Pushbullet takes just a few minutes. Depending on which platforms or web browsers you want to send and receive links and files between, download the Pushbullet apps or extensions that you need and make sure that iOS to Mac notifications and universal copy and paste are enabled in each app's preferences. iOS and Mac apps are available alongside Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera...
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Watch the snow pile up inThis week's northeast blizzard may have shut down roads and businesses, but it was also beautiful. And serene. And the source of some awesome video. Here's a 40-hour time lapse video of the snow... falling and piling up on the roof deck of IDG's headquarters in downtown Boston, 16 stories up, shot and edited by IDG News Service video reporter Nick Barber. Don't worry, Nick didn't stand on the roof the entire time. He had a GoPro camera set up inside, programmed to take one picture every 30 seconds between Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Roughly 4,800 images were captured. In the resulting video, the snow comes to life, taking on a wave effect as it creeps up the glass windows of a nearby conference room, rising as the sky changes colors. Coupled with the ambient music, the video plays...
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TracFone has to give peeps what it advertised - whoa The FTC has reached a settlement with TracFone in what could be the first of many refunds for screwed-over customers with so-called unlimited data... plans....
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Yahoo's new path murky after Alibaba split

Phys.org - 28 Jan 2015 22:23
Yahoo's new path murky afterIt's do-or-die time for Yahoo and Marissa Mayer.
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The iPad at 5: Was everyone wrong?

Mashable - 28 Jan 2015 22:22
The iPad at 5: Was everyoneOn Jan. 27, 2010, Steve Jobs stood before throngs of reporters and unveiled the iPad, Apple's much-anticipated tablet. The presentation, which you can watch in iTunes or in the YouTube video below,... came three years after Apple introduced the iPhone. See also: The best iPad apps of 2014 The iPhone's presentation is easily one of the greatest technology launches of all time. If you want to see Steve Jobs at his very best, that event from 2007 is it The iPad event, by contrast, was well-received, but it was no iPhone. And five years later, that's kind of the same story as the device itself. The iPad has been a huge success, far exceeding the expectations of both Apple and the market as a whole, but it's no iPhone.
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Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes:Pay what you like for this album made by Jeff Bridges - yes, that Jeff Bridges: the actor - and discover what it means to be famous. Discover what it is to be a person like Jeff Bridges, complete with... Spoken Word interludes between songs played on wind instruments as well as the guitar. If you do pay, you'll find …
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This Spider Catches Prey WithNot all spider silk is created equal. Some spiders spin webs of wet, sticky silk. Others like the Uloborus spider have fluffy webs made of nanoscale filaments. But those fluffy webs are just as good... at catching prey, likely thanks to their electrostatic charge.
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Astronaut Sees Huge WinterNASA astronaut Terry Virts, a member of the current Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, captured several dramatic photos of the monster winter storm Tuesday night, as it wheeled... and churned over New England.
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What Makes Us Thirsty?Thirst is controlled by regions in the brain that can be turned on using a laser, but how do they work?
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On Wednesday, Amazon announced an email and digital calendar service called WorkMail, which is what it sounds like: a corporate email and calendar product. The post Amazon Challenges Google and... Microsoft With Its Own Email Service appeared first on WIRED.
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Saluting 'Marvel's AgentStoic but dashing Agent Peggy Carter meets post-WWII America on the show that Crave's Kelsey Adams says is even better than expected. We rifle Peggy's briefcase for spy gadgets and a shot of history.
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Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air powertrain nixed

Digital Trends - 28 Jan 2015 22:15
Peugeot Citroen Hybrid AirThe PSA Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air powertrain won't be used in production cars as planned. It couldn't find a partner to help should the costs of putting this novel system into production. The post... Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air powertrain nixed appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Honda officially announces itsAfter a year of anticipation and the reveal of a concept, the 2015 Honda Civic Type R will finally debut in its production form at this year's Geneva Auto Show. The sporty hatchback will be powered... with a brand new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo four-cylinder, said to produce over 270 hp. The post Honda officially announces its 2015 Civic Type R production model will premiere at Geneva appeared first on Digital Trends.
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YouTube's video pick spellsBy using HTML5 by default to deliver YouTube video, Google helps the Web root out Adobe's Flash. The next challenge for the Web: competing with mobile apps.
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Amazon to Launch WorkMail, aAmazon Web Services is taking another step in the process of creating cloud-based services aimed at day-to-day business users. The company, according to several reports, is close to announcing... WorkMail, an office email and calendar service that will compete with the work versions of Google’s Gmail and Calendar and Microsoft’s Exchange. WorkMail comes on the […]
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Pirate Bay Return: Feb. 1If The Pirate Bay makes its anticipated comeback on Feb.1, it won't be with many of the staffers who have run the site for years. The fired staffers instead plan to launch their own competing torrent... site.
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Snapchat's New 'Discover'Snapchat has launched a new content service called “Discover.” Snapchat Discover enables media companies to engage with users by posting summarizations of their content. Swiping your finger left... or right changes the story and sliding your finger up shows the full video or news article posted by the brands. The content is refreshed every 24 hours and older content is not accessible, which is consistent with Snapchat’s ephemeral nature. According to BI Intelligence, Snapchat’s user base is mostly female between the ages of 13 and 25. Snapchat Discover gives brands a way to connect with a younger audience. Snapchat Discover's launch partners include CNN, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, ESPN, Food Network, National Geographic, People, Vice, Yahoo! News and Warner Music...
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Leveraging Behavioral Intelligence

The Huffington Post - 28 Jan 2015 22:11
Leveraging BehavioralThe Economist's January 10, 2015 issue has an article available online: "Meet the market shapers: A new breed of high-tech economist is helping firms crack new markets". This is a fascinating read... because it describes how real-time behavioral analysis of who you are as you shop can make your experience on a website so very different from those of your friends. Perhaps you linger, click slowly, scroll a bit. Automatic algorithms will use your lurk behavior, even your mouse click speeds, to estimate ever more accurately whether you're a serious shopper or just a window viewer. Then, depending on how you are categorized, you may get very efficient information to help you complete a purchase quickly, without risk of being distracted or annoyed by ads. Or if you are browsing aimlessly, you may...
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Gully patterns documentGeologists from Brown University have found new evidence that glacier-like ice deposits advanced and retreated multiple times in the midlatitude regions of Mars in the relatively recent past.
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Research Shows LocationThere are apps to help us with everything from dating to scheduling to networking. But is the technology more trouble than it's worth? While your app's location tracking services can point you to the... best latte within a one-mile radius or give you directions to your friend's apartment, this useful feature may be a double-edged sword. According to research from cyber security firm Synack, poorly-coded apps that use location services can easily reveal a user's daily movements to unintended audiences. Grindr, which came under fire last year for failing to fix a bug that allegedly helped Egyptian authorities enforce anti-gay laws, was a notable offender, according to security research engineer Colby Moore. "Our case study we did was in San Francisco. We were able to see the locations of around...
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A proper choice of business model plays a critical role in electric vehicle industry where many consumers are subject to range and resale anxieties. In particular, a combination of owning or leasing... electric batteries and improving charging technology can reassure such skeptics and help increase the electric vehicle adoption, according to a new study in the Articles in Advance section of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (M&SOM), a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
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Kids App Maker Fingerprint Kids’ app maker Fingerprint, which was backed by Dreamworks last summer with a $10.9 million round of funding, has put some portion of that cash to use with the acquisition of two children’s... mobile education companies, Cognitive Kid and Scribble Press, the company announced this morning. With the new additions, Fingerprint’s library of kids’ apps is now at 800 – or…
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Researchers have harnessed nature's most enduring survivor, the cockroach. By outfitting the insects with remote controls and audio sensors, scientists can use the bugs to explore disaster sites and... find survivors.
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Tongue-Tied Maid of Honor

Slate - 28 Jan 2015 22:07
In this week's video, Prudie counsels a woman whose fear of public speaking has her hesitant to give a toast at her sister's wedding.
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Qualcomm cuts back onQualcomm's facing a rough ride for 2015. In its latest quarterly earnings call, the company announced that it doesn't expect to perform as well financially this year as it previously thought it would.... The adjusted outlook wasn't too severe, however. Qualcomm only expects to make somewhere between $26 billion to $28 billion, down from the $26.8 billion to $28.8 billion the company expected before. Qualcomm cited increased concerns over its Chinese business plans, as well as the fact that one of its major customers recently dropped the Snapdragon 810 chip from an upcoming flagship device. Qualcomm won't outright name the phone maker that turned down the Snapdragon 810, but rumors point to Samsung as the culprit.
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benrothke writes Many organizations are overwhelmed by the onslaught of security data from disparate systems, platforms and applications. They have numerous point solutions (anti-virus, firewalls,... IDS/IPS, ERP, access control, IdM, single sign-on, etc.) that can create millions of daily log messages. In addition to directed attacks becoming more frequent and sophisticated, there are regulatory compliance issues that place increasing burden on security, systems and network administrators. This creates a large amount of information and log data without a formal mechanism to deal with it. This has led to many organizations creating a security operations center (SOC). A SOC in its most basic form is the centralized team that deals with information security incidents and related issues. In...
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Microsoft OneDrive addsMicrosoft just made it easier to upload more photos and files to its OneDrive cloud service. But, perhaps more importantly, it's also now easier to find these uploads again. Specifically, OneDrive now... intelligently "reads" your documents and photos--and even parses photos of text you've snapped--allowing you to search for text strings hidden inside both Word files and images. It's just one of several new tools, along with a new Albums feature, that Microsoft added to its OneDrive Web app and iPad apps on Wednesday morning. In a blog post, Douglas Pierce, the group program manager of Microsoft's OneDrive, explained that Microsoft is now applying techniques used within Microsoft Research and Bing to examine, analyze and tag your photos.
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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stole moreThe iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are tremendous successes for Apple and have driven iPhone sales to new records -- the company sold 74.5 million iPhone units during the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal... year, with the bulk of them being 2014 iPhones. Tim Cook praised the devices during Tuesday's earnings conference call, MacRumors reports, revealing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus managed to bring more users to iOS from Android than any other iPhone before. FROM EARLIER: Samsung's iPhone 6 nightmare is unfolding before its eyes Apple's CEO said that only a "small fraction" of the installed iPhone base has upgraded to a new iPhone, and that the majority of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are new to
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We're in a Technological ArmsIt's almost impossible to secure yourself against a food raid from bears. That's because these giant mammals are clever tool users, and they share their tech knowledge with other bears nearby. As a... result, bear-proofing technology rarely works for more than a couple of decades before every bear knows how to crack it.
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What Makes Bill Gates Feel 'Stupid'

ABC News - 28 Jan 2015 22:04
What Makes Bill Gates FeelBill Gates is part of the world's elite brain trust but there's still one thing that makes the Microsoft founder feel "stupid."
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TechCrunch Is Bringing The Meetups are coming to Boston and Atlanta, and they’ll be here before you know it. Be a planner. Get out ahead of it and follow through on your New Year’s resolutions! Buy tickets here. We’re... headed to Atlanta on February 24 and Boston on February 26 to hit our favorite cities with the world famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off. About 10 companies will have the chance to pitch their…
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Watch Super Bowl XLIX liveSuper Bowl XLIX with the Seahawks vs. the Patriots kicks off this weekend on February 1st and we're already getting prepared with a handy list of links for watching on all your Apple devices. Head... below for details on how to watch the game from iPhone, iPad, or Mac. iPhone: NFL Mobile app Verizon will […]
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Spotify to replace SonySwedish music streamer Spotify will provide the soundtrack for Sony devices, the companies said Wednesday, spelling the end to the streaming music service from the Japanese tech giant that invented... the Walkman.
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Europe to resume satnavEurope in March will resume satellite launches for its troubled Galileo navigation system, hoping to boost by at least six the number of orbiters this year, Arianespace and the European Commission... said Wednesday.
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Unreal Engine 4 Paris virtualA virtual Parisian apartment has been rendered in video form for your enjoyment this week. Not by an architecture firm, nor a home furnishings group, but by a video game developer by the name of... Dereau Benoît. This short journey through a virtual space was made real with Unreal Engine 4, the latest from Epic Games in graphics engine delivery. …
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[From EntertainmentTell] Already a documentary, Oscar winner Julia Roberts is set to star in and produce a full length feature based on the story of Miles Scott, 'Batkid Begins'
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[GamerTell] The Zen of Cat Goes Fishing

Technology Tell - 28 Jan 2015 22:00
[From GamerTell] Cat Goes Fishing is a delightfully relaxing game.
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[From EntertainmentTell] WWE Network has hit 1 million subscribers, the number that will enable it to stop losing millions of dollars.
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Don't worry about malware,This post is brought to you by Bitdefender. Macs are not immune to cyberattack and viruses. Though the threats are real, leading antivirus maker Bitdefender doesn’t use scare tactics to warn people... about malware targeting Macs. Instead, Bitdefender is running…
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U.S. Air Force Will PickWASHINGTON, Jan 28
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Bone Broth Won't Boost YourBoil meat bones for hours and you'll get a delicious clear-brown liquid that you could use to make soup or, if you believe the hype, drink for its health benefits. But will it really make your hair... shiny, fight inflammation, and infuse more collagen into your ailing body parts? Not really.
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Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when... others arrive. When you start you can integrate the a...
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The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy - but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene (full text available to subscribers)
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Pre-paid mobile provider TracFone settles with government for $40M over unlimited data plans
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Yahoo really wants to replaceThanks to contractual obligations that are purportedly ending this year, Google’s days as Safari’s search provider could be numbered. And Yahoo wants to take its spot. During Yahoo’s quarterly... earnings call yesterday, Marissa Mayer reiterated her interest in being Safari’s main…
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Continuing its focus on enterprise, AWS announced a new managed email and calendaring service called Amazon WorkMail. It replaces traditional on-premises corporate email servers powered by Microsoft... Exchange and IBM Notes…
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Thanks to iPhone 6, AppleThe frenzy for Apple products was apparent when I was traveling in China two months ago.
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ShuttleCloud Launches API To You’ve probably heard of the social graph and the interest graph. Now a startup called ShuttleCloud says it’s trying to help developers with “unlocking the email graph.” By email graph,... ShuttleCloud means “the contacts and the relationships buried within your email,” according to Bob Greenlees, the company’s director of operations and business development.
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iPhone Astrophotography: HowGot a smartphone and a telescope? It's a sight now common at many star parties. Frequently, you see folks roaming through the darkness, illuminated smartphone aimed skyward. Certainly, the wealth of... free planetarium apps has done lots to kindle a renewed interest in the night sky.(...)Read the rest of iPhone Astrophotography: How to Take Amazing […]
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Watch a senator grill the U.S.United States attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch didn't face many tough questions during the early portion of her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but that started to change when Republican Sen.... Jeff Sessions of Alabama got a turn at the microphone Sessions wanted to know how Lynch viewed the rights of undocumented immigrants, and how they compared to the rights of U.S. citizens. "Do you believe that a person who enters the country unlawfully ... has a civil right to citizenship?" he asked See also: Holder's haters: outgoing attorney general has had many detractors Sessions poses his question several times to get Lynch to answer directly. Watch how the exchange went down in the video, above
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Mysteries Under the Mundane Help Save Species

Live Science - 28 Jan 2015 21:53
Mysteries Under the MundaneStudying seasonality and the ebb and flow of resources helps this researcher predict animal population growth and decline.
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Human Nature May Seal theWe can reverse the planet's warming, but not with a "wait and see" approach.
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The Super Bowl, the enormous advertising event that has some American Football between the commercial breaks, takes place this Sunday. If you're not a fan, then you may have wanted to find some... respite inside your Facebook feed but, unfortunately, th...
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Gobs of new open source projects are released every year. Software company Black Duck tries to figure out which ones are actually catching on. The post These Are the Hottest New Open Source Projects... Right Now appeared first on WIRED.
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Missing link in metal physicsCarnegie Institution for Science: Washington, D.C.-- Earth's magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet's surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by... turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth's core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons that makes up an electric current. New findings from a team including Carnegie's Ronald Cohen and Peng Zhang shows that a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated was needed to complete the puzzle that explains this field-generating process. Their work is published in Nature. The center of the Earth is very hot, and the flow of heat from the planet's center towards the surface is thought to drive most of the...
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Amazon said to launchAmazon will launch an enterprise email and calendar service that competes against products from Microsoft and Google, according to the Wall Street Journal. Called WorkMail, the product will focus on... security and ease of use, because Amazon claims many companies view enterprise email applications as expensive and difficult to use. "Customers are not happy with their current email solution," Adam Selipsky, an Amazon Web Services official, told the Journal. "A lot of customers feel those solutions are expensive and complex." Details were scant on the technology behind WorkMail and Amazon didn't immediately reply to a request for comment. WorkMail will work with existing email client applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, and provide the back end email and calendaring functionality,...
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USA Today: On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to... raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show's winners -- including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons -- participated. This was a pretty big deal at the time. Part of the magic is that they managed to keep the whole production a complete secret until the song was released.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Amzer SlimGrip Hybrid Case for Nexus 6

Android Central - 28 Jan 2015 21:48
Amzer SlimGrip Hybrid Case forSlim case that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Nexus 6 The Nexus 6, with its enormous 6-inch display, is a handful to comfortably hold for most people. Since one of the main fears about owning... and handling a phone this large is that you might drop it, many choose to protect it with a case. If you are like me, you love the way Motorola designed the back of phone and like to display the Nexus branding while using the device. With the Amzer SlimGrip Hybrid Case you get complete protection of your Nexus 6 while also having the ability to see the beautiful Nexus logo.
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There are at least still six analysts who have Neutral or Sell ratings on the shares. This note summarizes their stock valuations and thoughts.
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We're jammin' and I hope this jam is gonna last ... NOPE! US watchdog the FCC has ruled that no one - not even hotels and other commercial outfits - can block or ban personal Wi-Fi hotspots....
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Samsung Gear VR hits Best BuySamsung is ready to sell you the Gear VR headset, as long as you're OK with a long list of really bad things it could do to you. The Gear VR is listed for $200 on Best Buy's site, and it includes a... prominent link to a full page of health warnings. The disclaimer suggests you always remain seated while using the Gear VR and take breaks every 30 minutes or so, "even if you do not think you need it."
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Trivia Crack: The app withAddictive game is teaching its players as well as entertaining them.          
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Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb: $34.99

The Mac Observer - 28 Jan 2015 21:45
Revogi Smart Color BluetoothCheck out the Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb. You can control it from your iPhone, iPad, and some Android devices. It offers 16 million colors, variable brightness, timers, preset scenes, and... through our deal you can get them for US$34.99.
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(Reuters) - Financial software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc is in talks to buy accounting software maker Advent Software Inc for about $2.3 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with... knowledge of the matter.
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In North America, the Canadians have long had to play country mouse to the flashier city mouse of the U.S. It's the latter that gets all the attention, while the former sits quietly in a corner. But... recent stories have shown just how big a player the Canadians are becoming---at least in the surveillance realm. The post Canada Joins World Powers in Spying on Smartphone and Download Data appeared first on WIRED.
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BioShock's creator plays withBioShock creator Ken Levine let loose on Twitter about a new project in the works, a first-person sci-fi game with an emphasis on genuine player choice and narrative replayability. The post... BioShock’s creator plays with metaphorical Legos in his first-person sci-fi game appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook's 'Paper' App for iOSFacebook today updated its Paper app to version 1.2.5, adding several improvements to the app's photo management capabilities. It's now possible for users to access their "Favorited" photos album on... iOS for faster sharing of preferred photos, and the Camera Roll in the app organizes photos by date. The "Favorites" album was introduced with the iOS 8 Photos app revamp and houses all of the images that a user favorites via tapping the heart icon on individual pictures within the app. Today's Paper update also includes performance enhancements that are designed to make various features within the app run faster, including photo uploads. We've been working to perfect your experience with Paper. In this release, we've focused on making it even faster and easier for you to share photos, in...
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Watch people lose it overTesla's souped-up electric car takes acceleration to the next level, eliciting priceless reactions from surprised passengers.
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FTC settles with TracFone overPrepaid mobile provider will pay $40 million over misleading unlimited data plans.          
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Super Bowl 2015: FacebookWith Super Bowl 2015 mere days away, Facebook decided it was time to uncloak a dedicated hub just for the big game. "This year, we're introducing a new Super Bowl experience to give fans one place to... connect in real time as they watch the Seattle Seahawks...
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Instagram Web interface provider INK361 has introduced a new service for Instagram photographers that allows them to create temporary tattoos from their pictures. Once logged in to Instagram via the... Picattoo website, users can select up to 12 of their own images to have made into 3x3cm square format prints on sheets of transfer material. 
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In an attempt to put the issue to rest, the agency warned businesses against blocking guests' personal hotspots.
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There were some chuckles when New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick showed up at his press conference this past weekend to discuss Deflategate, aka Ballghazi, wearing a button-down collared... shirt instead of his usual hoodie--a veritably preppy look for the surly football gnome. But really, no one should have been surprised, because Belichick in fact has deep preppy roots. How deep? He was at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, at the same time as John Ellis Bush, scion of America's preppiest leading family.
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Deepak Chopra Has the WorstDeepak Chopra, online werewolf and mortal nemesis of Gizmodo's Matt Novak, wants you to know the possiblities are infinite. A message he decided to share with the world using the only medium that... matters anymore--his Twitter avatar. The possibilities are so infinite, in fact, that he has freed himself from the shackles of spelling. B freee!
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Review: RHA's T10i in-earIf you’ve been looking for high quality in-ear headphones, RHA has a very special treat for you. The T10i headphones pack unique characteristics when compared to others. The presentation is... excellent and it won’t be easy to find similar in-ear headphones in this price range… Whenever I’m looking into a new product, presentation is everything. It’s […]
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Amazon takes on Microsoft,The e-commerce company continues to move into enterprise by taking advantage of its successful cloud-based computing service, Amazon Web Services.
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OK, now I want to test drive a Tesla.
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Rolling Stone is opening up its archives, making select stories from its nearly 50 years of publication free for anyone to read. The stories will all be available through Google Play Newsstand, making... this a big grab for Google that should help to promote the app's sales of digital magazines and use as a news reader. Fast Company reports that three to four big stories from each issue will show up in the open archives, which Rolling Stone reportedly plans to augment with sound and video content next year. Every issue will have a presence in the archives, and all cover stories will be available.
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What to Do If You're Missing a 1099 Tax Form

Life Hacker - 28 Jan 2015 21:30
What to Do If You're Missing aEvery year at about this time, freelancers are inundated with Form 1099 so they can report their income to the IRS. But what if one you were expecting never arrives? Forbes' advice: Don't ask for one....
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Nvidia plans GeForce GTX 970There's trouble a-swirling in graphics land. To make a long story short, Nvidia was recently forced to admit that the way the GeForce GTX 970 handles its 4GB memory allocation is... unorthodox, to say... the least. The GPU actually taps into two separate memory pools: A primary, full-speed segment of 3.5GB, and a secondary, far slower 512MB segment. In cases where games need more than 3.5GB of RAM, some users saw stuttering and frame rate wonkiness as the GPU accessed the 512MB segment. The vast majority of users are unlikely ever to bump into the issue, as it should be a problem limited largely to situations where you're gaming at extremely high resolutions and/or with anti-aliasing settings cranked. But an Nvidia representative says the company is working to minimize the issue regardless.
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Months before the UN climate summit in Paris, India has set ambitious new targets for renewable energy, and will now have access to US know-how
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Startups See Your Face, Unmask Your Emotions

Wall Street Journal - 28 Jan 2015 21:29
Startups See Your Face, UnmaskStartups with names like Emotient and Affectiva are combining psychology and algorithms to analyze people's faces and potentially discover their deepest feelings. Collectively, they are amassing an... enormous visual database and breeding privacy concerns.
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The FAA has produced a YouTube video encouraging attendees of the Super Bowl to "leave your drone at home." The video, titled "No Drone Zone," resembles other public service announcements, using stock... photos like many anti-smoking ads and a diabolical head rhyme like "Don't Copy That Floppy." I've heard of end zones, but drone zones? What a country! While it's encouraging to see the FAA being proactive about drones, which can fall out of the sky anywhere -- from your backyard to the White House -- a better method for protecting citizens from the misuse of drones would be proper policy. Until then, we're left with these short videos that, five years ago, would have scanned as fake PSAs from alternate reality sci-fi films. When people ask...
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Amazon is once again adding to its business-suite arsenal, this time with the announcement of WorkMail, the company's new email and calendar service, according to a report by the Wall Street…
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Latest draft of The Last Of UsThe latest draft of The Last Of Us movie script is done and there's been a table read with actors, says game director and screenwriter Neil Druckmann. The post Latest draft of The Last Of Us movie... script is done and had a table read with actors appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New service pits Amazon head-to-head with Google, Microsoft on cloud services.
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Amazon Starts Email Service for Companies

Wall Street Journal - 28 Jan 2015 21:27
Amazon Starts Email ServiceAmazon is announcing Wednesday an email and electronic calendar service called WorkMail that is aimed at grabbing a slice of the corporate-email market largely controlled by Microsoft, and to a lesser... extent Google.
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Lemeowski writes Technology business analyst Horace Deidu found an interesting nugget while closely examining an Apple press release from earlier this year: "The iOS App Store distributed $10 billion... to developers in 2014, which, Deidu points out, is just about as much as Hollywood earned off U.S. box office revenues the same year." That means the American app industry is poised to eclipse the American film industry. Additionally, Apple says its App Store has created 627,000 jobs, which Deidu contrasts with the 374,000 jobs Hollywood creates
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Facebook reports strong Q4 asFacebook continues to reap big rewards from ads placed on people's smartphones, which now generate more than two-thirds of its revenue. Roughly 69 percent of Facebook's revenue for the quarter ended... Dec. 31 came from mobile advertising, the company said Wednesday. Total revenue for the quarter was $3.85 billion. That was up 49 percent from a year earlier and beat the consensus estimate of $3.77 billion from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. A year ago, mobile ads accounted for just over a half of Facebook's revenue. But as more people access the service on mobile devices, ads there have proliferated.
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FTC issues $40 million fine toTracFone has been issued a $40 million fine today by the FTC, who have ruled on a complaint regarding 'unlimited' data. The carrier was selling 'unlimited' data plans to customers, but heavy... throttling made those plans unusable at a certain point. Though this ruling is limited to TracFone, it sets a precedent moving forward. According to the FTC, TracFone broke a …
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CJ Phillips And CharlieJeb Bush is about to be in for a big surprise! CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, a self-described "tech bear" couple based out of Oregon, made a decision back in 2008 to purchase the domain... .JebBushForPresident.com. Now, with Bush expected to make a run for president in 2016, the former Florida governor is going to be hard-pressed to secure this domain name. In fact, Phillips and Rainwater have other plans for the JebBushForPresident.com URL. The two plan to utilize this platform to educate individuals about the impact of politics on LGBT families. In order to better understand their vision for JebBushForPresident.com, The Huffington Post chatted with Phillips and Rainwater this week. The Huffington Post: What gave the two of you the foresight to purchase this domain back in 2008? We were...
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Pacemakers with InternetThe healthcare sector is not escaping from the revolution in information and communications technologies. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not... difficult to imagine a future with medical sensors connected to the Internet. Thanks to the Ladon security protocol developed by the UPV/EHU researcher Jasone Astorga in the 12T research group, a little more progress has been made in the area of the remote monitoring of patients by means of implanted sensors.
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Why upper motor neurons degenerate in ALS

Science Daily - 28 Jan 2015 21:19
Scientists have revealed a mechanism underlying the cellular degeneration of the upper motor neurons that die in ALS, and developed a model system that will allow further research on the degeneration.
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Meet the official cast of the Steve Jobs movie

Cult of Mac - 28 Jan 2015 21:18
Meet the official cast of theAaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie has been down a hard road on its way to production. Disasters like fickle actors and directors have plagued the project, but filming is finally underway in San... Francisco as we speak, and for the…
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Political blogger Andrew Sullivan, who successfully crowdfunded his own independent site at The Daily Dish, says he is going to stop blogging after 15 years because he is worn out by…
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The Super Bowl is coming in just a few days, and Facebook wants to command more of your attention during America's mammoth television event---in more ways than one. The post Facebook Tries to Outdo... Twitter at the Super Bowl With a Real-Time Hub appeared first on WIRED.
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Molecular alterations in headA new study shows genomic differences in head and neck cancers caused by infection with the human papillomavirus. In addition, researchers have uncovered new smoking-related cancer subtypes and... potential new drug targets, and found numerous genomic similarities with other cancer types. Together, this study's findings may provide detailed explanations of how HPV infection and smoking play roles in head and neck cancer risk and disease development, and offer potential diagnostic and treatment directions.
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If Super Bowl parties aren't your thing, Facebook has a new hub for the big game that aims to be the second screen spot for all your social media commentary. The folks in Menlo Park built a "Super... Bowl experience" page that collects posts from your p...
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Snapchat Lets You Add People Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed Snapchat quietly acquired a QR code startup called Scan.me late last year, and now we know why. Yesterday alongside Discover, Snapchat launched a new... feature called Snaptags that creates a unique QR code for every Snapchat user. When someone points their Snapchat camera at a Snaptag, the app adds the corresponding person as a friend. While unnamed in…
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How chats and other messages and their symbols should be presented in court has become a running subplot in the trial of a California man charged with running the site.
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Spartan browser may beExtension support is now a guarantee for a "future update" of Project Spartan, Microsoft's primary Windows 10 browser. Never fear, ad-block users and bookmark extenders, you'll not be left in the... cold. The post Spartan browser may be minimalist, but you’ll still be able to use extensions appeared first on Digital Trends.
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No sports car yet, but checkThe latest Vision Gran Turismo concept comes from a carmaker that isn't even selling real cars right now. Alpine will launch its new sports car next year, but for now enjoy this sleek virtual racer.... The post No sports car yet, but check out Alpine’s Vision Gran Turismo concept appeared first on Digital Trends.
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3 Obstacles PreventingEver since President Obama launched the Open Government Initiative in January 2009, government agencies have been in a mad dash to publish more and more data. The vision is to bring accountability to... the government, foster collaboration across agencies, and encourage participation of the public by sharing data openly. In the past six years, we have come a long way. However, we are still far from the goal. Through our work at LiveStories, helping government agencies become more data-driven, we see three major obstacles that prevent our public institutions from being more transparent and efficient: 1 - Available Does Not Equal Accessible Government agencies are focused on making data available as quickly as possible. The Open Information Directive was ambitious in its deadlines, but speed...
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Damaged DNA may stallSites where DNA is damaged may cause a molecule that slides along the DNA strand to scan for damage to slow on its patrol, delaying it long enough to recognize and initiate repair. These finding... suggest that the delay itself may be the key that allows the protein molecule to find its target, according to researchers.
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Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and it is estimated that more than 159,000 people in the United States died from the disease last year. Most of these deaths were because the cancer had... spread to other organ sites. Following their recent discovery of a protein pathway, researchers are one step closer to understanding how lung cancer cells metastasize.
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Earlier menopause linked toWomen whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with... lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new study.
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Holder's haters: outgoingUnited States Attorney General Eric Holder will soon be on to his next job — presuming his potential replacement, Loretta Lynch, survives confirmation hearings before Congress this week Those... hearings are expected to force Lynch to differentiate herself from Holder, who has acquired plenty of detractors since he landed the nation's top law enforcement job nearly six years ago See also: Obama in India: The top moments from the extravagant parade Many of those detractors will have a say in how the Lynch hearings are carried out. We've listed some of the biggest Holder haters below:
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DJI Mandatory Firmware UpdateYesterday we reported that a DJI Phantom quadcopter operator had accidentally crashed his camera drone onto the lawn of the White House at 3 in the morning, causing a security panic among those tasked... with ensuring the President’s safety (later reports suggest the man was drunk). DJI wants to make sure this type of incident […]
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New National Text-to-ParentsThis piece is jointly written by Ann O'Leary and Patti Miller, co-directors for Too Small to Fail Studies have found that by age 4, children in lower income families have heard 30 million fewer words... than their more affluent peers. This disparity in hearing words directly translates into a disparity in learning words. With a new study finding that more than half of American schoolchildren are now living in low-income households, we must do more to ensure that parents have the information and tools they need to give their children the strongest start in school and in life. In our newest effort to help close this word gap and ensure all children are on the path to success, Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, has again...
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Alienware Alpha price cutAlienware's Alpha quietly received a price cut this morning. which could portend either good news or bad news for the Steam-Machine-turned-console-competitor. The base-model Alpha was introduced in... November at $550, including a wireless Xbox 360 game controller, dual-core Core i3 and GeForce GTX 860m graphics. That same Alpha is now being offered for $500 with a "limited time pricing" tag. Alienware didn't comment on the price change, but the possible reasons for the change range from good to bad. The most obvious is the Alpha just isn't selling, despite fairly positive reviews. It is, after all, the company's Steam Machine, which was repurposed for Windows after Valve's gaming OS failed to materialize last year.
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[From GadgeTell] The days of Polaroid are far enough behind us so I'm officially declaring the 2010s the age of grunge nostalgia. The 80s and 90s were objectively balls-to-the-wall average,... essentially the quiet desk-jokey of the decades, but that didn't stop Kate Moss and Angelina Jolie from making it look awesome. Thanks to them and, in many parts, to Taylor Swift, I have a new respect for this era that doesn't merely revolve around the stellar economy.
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Uber Denied New Delhi Taxi License

Wall Street Journal - 28 Jan 2015 21:09
Uber Denied New Delhi TaxiUber's application to be recognized as a radio-dispatched taxi company in Delhi has been rejected in the latest roadblock for the car-hailing company.
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Budweiser's 'Lost Dog' SuperKeeping up with its recent tradition of Super Bowl ads that tug at your heartstrings, Budweiser's "Lost Dog" spot follows one lost puppy's long journey home.
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X-ray reveals SpongeBobWe all know SpongeBob Squarepants lives in a pineapple down under the sea, but he's also been spotted in a 16-month-old's throat? Dr. Ghofran Ageely, a radiology resident at King Abdulaziz University... Hospital, was shocked to find the cartoon character lodged in a young patient's chest. Looking at the X-ray, Ageely told Live Science that he "was amazed by the visible details. You can see his freckles, shoes and fingers." See also: 11 Disturbing Spongebob Images That Will Haunt Your Childhood Side view x-ray of the child. The small toy was safely removed from the child's oesophagus without any complications. Hopefully now the child has learned that SpongeBob is his friend, not food.
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Booking app HotelTonight addsLast-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight was an early leader in offering mobile-only deals on same-day reservations, but that space has recently gotten more crowded. So this week, the app announced... the addition of two new discount features: "Bonus Rate" and "Rate Drop." See also: Hotels are making record profits from extra fees on stuff you don't use Bonus Rate gives hotels the ability to target customers by geography, so that, for example, a hotel in Los Angeles looking to attract customers in San Francisco can offer them an additional discount for bookings over the next seven days. In the app, those hotels will only appear at the extra discounted rate to users who are currently in San Francisco.
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Nintendo Profit Jumps

Wall Street Journal - 28 Jan 2015 21:07
Nintendo Profit JumpsA weaker yen helped Nintendo record a stronger profit in the fourth quarter but the Japanese video game maker faces high hurdles ahead as it seeks to create sustainable growth in the smartphone age.
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Google Pledges $3 Million toGoogle, a long-time supporter of Singularity University (SU), has agreed to a two-year, $3 million contribution to SU's flagship Graduate Studies Program (GSP). Google will become the program's title... sponsor and ensure...
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[From EntertainmentTell] A goodbye to the blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan- on Twitter
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A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations.
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Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, following a recent... study, University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue. This new technology was able to preserve tissue quality at the required level in all of the donated tissues studied, the researchers found.
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Fun street rides Wi-Fi bandwagon

Times of India - 28 Jan 2015 21:03
From students to professionals, restaurateurs to smartphone sellers, Mamata Banerjee's Wi-Fi plan has touched every Kolkatan
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Review: Where To? 7.0

Mac Life - 28 Jan 2015 21:00
Seven years after the original iPhone, mobile search remains a must-have feature. Although there are an expansive number of options available, one of the original third-party apps, first launched in... 2008, continues to be at the top of its game with this latest version. Where To? 7.0 is more than a glossy upgrade with iOS 7 good looks. Although previous users will need to repurchase (the last paid update was five releases ago), the sheer number of new and improved features make it well worth buying again. The changes range from the modest (separating Reviews and Photos details onto their own tabs) to the long overdue (sharing options like emailing places as vCards). But our definite favorite is the addition of a free Pebble companion app. Tap an icon, and directions appear on your wrist,...
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[GamerTell] It's hard to top Resident Evil 3

Technology Tell - 28 Jan 2015 21:00
[From GamerTell] I always liked Resident Evil 3 best.
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Mobile analytics firm App Annie released figures today that show that even though the Google Play Store leads the iOS App Store in mobile application downloads by a whopping 60 percent margin, Apple's... digital storefront is still where the money is. ...
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Brazil hit hard by worst drought since 1930

New Scientist - 28 Jan 2015 21:00
Four million people in Brazil's south-east powerhouse have been hit by water rationing and blackouts in the country's worst drought on record
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MIT researchers designGlue can be modified for optimal performance in different types of diseased tissue.
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Where Do You Work Most Productively?

Life Hacker - 28 Jan 2015 21:00
Where Do You Work MostDo you get more done working at the office, at home, or on the road/at the coffee shop?
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Want to show respect for theThis could soon become a thing: using a web domain to show your respect for the dead. According to Domain Name Wire, a news source for the domain name industry, a bunch of new domains are releasing,... and among them is one that could allow people to honour...
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Amazon WorkMail Takes On Amazon has a new product called WorkMail debuting today (via Forbes), which is an email and calendaring service that aims to provide those tools for corporate customers. The tech is based on Amazon... Web Services, and aims to best the reigning champs (which include Microsoft, and to a lesser extent, Google) in terms of ease of use and security. The WorkMail product is compatible with…
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Scientist-Artist Ed BelbrunoSkilled mathematician and passionate painter Ed Belbruno - whose worldview and life experiences differ from what is typically expected of a scientist - is profiled in the new documentary, "Painting... the Way to the Moon."
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Check out the first teaser forWho will return to reprise their roles in cult classic Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix? A new teaser trailer reveals the cast list. The post Check out the first teaser for Netflix’ Wet Hot... American Summer prequel appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Apologizes AfterOfficials for Google have apologized after the translation services offered on the search engine giant reportedly suggested a series of anti-gay slurs in response to a searches on "gay" and... "homosexual." Screenshots of attempts to translate terms for "gay" from Spanish, French and Portuguese into English have appeared on a number of media outlets, including the Daily Mail, Pink News and Queerty. The more eyebrow-raising suggestions for "el homosexual" include "poof," "faggot" and "fagot." Check out a screenshot of the translation, courtesy of AllOut: Meanwhile, a representative for Google apologized, noting "As soon as we were informed that some of our translations for certain terms were serving inappropriate results, we immediately began working to fix the issue." The spokesperson added,...
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Finally, Transition LensBlessed are those with perfect vision, but the rest of us poor, nearly blind souls know the torture that is looking for sunglasses when we already have to wear glasses. The options are Fitovers that... jut out like VR goggles or flimsy clip-ons or prescription sunglasses ($$$) or god forbid transition lens. (Please don't get me started on contacts.) But what if transition lens didn't look totally silly? It's possible! Thanks to chemistry.
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Bluewire is a Bluetooth 4.0 headset designed to let the user record up to 1,000 hours worth of calls. The device will record both sides of a user's conversation, is wireless charging-enabled and... offers extra functionality including a built in flashlight and "find my phone" feature. ..
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​Briefcase of doom: The​"Marvel's Agent Carter" keeps up the comic book tradition of fun futuristic science, '40s-style. If you're Peggy Carter, you're going to need the following...
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An anonymous reader writes Charles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser and... subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died early Tuesday in Oakland. He was 99. "Charlie was a cornerstone of the Space Sciences Laboratory for almost 50 years,” said Stuart Bale, director of the lab and a UC Berkeley professor of physics. “He trained a great number of excellent students in experimental astrophysics and pioneered a program to develop interferometry at short wavelengths. He was a truly inspiring man and a nice guy. We’ll miss him.”
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Dramatic video shows lightningUsing the Nightpod camera stand aboard the International Space Station, an astronaut captures a series of dramatic lightning strikes as seen from above our clouds.
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Roadie, the crowdsourcedGetting yourself from one place to another is tough enough at times. Getting items moved around can be even more headache-inducing. Your mom wants you to take her favorite chair to get upholstered,... but you're at work and can't get to her place and -- it's all just a mess. It would be nice if you had a friend who …
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55,000-Year-Old Skull FragmentDiscovery of partial skull in Israel may provide insights on humans' migration out of Africa and when they first interbred with Neanderthals.
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Astronomers See a MassiveA telescope peers into the blackness of deep space. Suddenly – a brilliant flash of light appears that wasn’t there before. What could it be? A supernova? Two massively dense stars fusing... together? Perhaps a gamma ray burst? Five years ago, researchers using the ROTSE IIIb telescope at McDonald Observatory noticed just such an event. But far from […]
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Tiger Woods gets a new smileTiger Woods got more than just a tooth replacement this week, announcing a new partnership with Sol Republic that will bring new Woods-inspired audio gear to the market soon. The post Tiger Woods gets... a new smile and a new headphone deal with Sol Republic appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Weatherman keeps his cool as Arizona fries

Mashable - 28 Jan 2015 20:48
Weatherman keeps his cool asUsually when temperatures reach upwards of 2,000 degrees, it's cause for panic. But Fox 10 Phoenix's weatherman Cory McCloskey kept his composure while half of the Phoenix area burst into flames.... Pointing to Cape Creek, which had a temperature hot enough to melt steel, McCloskey simply remarked that it "doesn't look good," and advised viewers to evacuate the area. New Hampshire town turns blizzard into a giant snowball fight Rainn Wilson hates foodies, loves octopus pastrami Farmer herds his happy cows into smiley-face formation TV news anchor says heartbreaking goodbye after ALS diagnosis
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The FCC is on the cusp of proposing new rules for the internet, and it may have a chance to kill two birds with one stone: along with preserving so-called "net neutrality," the…
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Coming up next: We take a lookWe're knee deep in Nest this week as we've begun taking more focused looks at specific topics. And we're not slowing down. Coming up next we're going to dive into a subject that, to be perfectly... honest, we've tried to avoid over the years. That would be Android and viruses. Or, rather, Android and antivirus apps. This is a real gray area. Viruses are real on Android. Make no mistake about that. These are full-fledged computers in our pockets and on our wrists. They're powerful, and very much within a user's control to do some hackery, both for good and for evil. And so we've generally taken a "Yes, but ..." approach when it comes to the scary stories of the latest Android malware that's wreaking havoc across a number of devices in a faraway land.
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Cassini Catches Titan Naked inNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when... exposed to the raw power of the solar wind.
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The Digital Divide Is Not Binary

Wired - 28 Jan 2015 20:45
Economic growth and social inclusion, critical issues for many countries, will be promoted by bringing the four-plus billion non-Internet users around the world online. The common view of this digital... divide is that it separates the Internet “haves” from the “have-nots”; dividing those who are online from those who would like to get online, but […] The post The Digital Divide Is Not Binary appeared first on WIRED.
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Since last year’s CES, the connected car has been a hot topic for the automotive industry and consumers alike. The rise of innovative technology along with better connectivity capabilities have set... the stage for an in-car experience that will rival the one you can have in the comfort of your living room. Car manufacturers and […] The post Consumers Are in the Connected Car’s Driver Seat in 2015 appeared first on WIRED.
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Terrorize your exes onLove is patient, love is kind. And when love is jilted, it adopts cockroaches The San Francisco Zoo is offering quite the steal for scorned Valentine's Day lovers. For a small price, anyone can adopt... a hissing cockroach or scorpion in the name of a current or future ex. (This is a completely appropriate way to break up with someone.) See also: This app will be your boyfriend for $24.99 a month — calls included "Fallen prey to love's cruel sting? Consider adopting the giant hairy scorpion, the largest in North America, for an unsuspecting victim," the scorpion's adoption page states. "Much like your low-life ex, they are usually found in and around low-elevation valleys, where they dig elaborate burrows or 'caves.'"
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Bill Gates Worries AboutGates also reveals that he has two dogs, likes sauce on his BBQ and his big regret is not learning a foreign language.
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Bill Gates Says He WorriesGates also reveals he has two dogs, likes sauce on his BBQ and his big regret is not learning a foreign language.
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IBM Cloud-Computing Executive Leaves

Wall Street Journal - 28 Jan 2015 20:43
Lance Crosby, an executive at International Business Machines Corp.'s cloud-computing unit, has left the company amid the computing giant's push to become a top player in the fast-growing area.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Andrew Sullivan has announced plans to stop blogging
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It's not just American and British spies who want to know what you're downloading. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that Canada's digital surveillance agency, the Communication Security... Establishment, has been monitoring the file transfer ac...
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HP still leads notebook pack,HP snagged 20.1 percent of the notebook market worldwide in 2014, according to research firm TrendForce, but Lenovo is catching up fast.
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Video: Yitang Zhang's Discovery

The New Yorker - 28 Jan 2015 20:40
In 2013, Yitang Zhang, a little-known mathematician who was living in New Hampshire, solved a century-old problem. As Alec Wilkinson reports in this week's issue of the magazine, Zhang’s landmark... proof is "a back-door attack on the twin-prime conjecture," which states that there are an infinite number of prime-number pairs separated by two.
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[From GadgeTell] Until very recently, Meizu has been one of the most neglected Chinese smartphone brands on the Western hemisphere.
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FTC rules that throttledIn a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in... question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States.
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The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is an almost unthinkably small Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16MP sensor, 3" 921k-dot touch screen, 1080/60p HD video and built-in Wi-Fi. It follows in the already tiny... footsteps of the GM1, adding a built-in EVF and more external controls to that camera's point-and-shoot approach. Does it stand tall in a competitive enthusiast mirrorless class? 
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Nimble HR Picks Up A Quarter Nimble HR, a company that provides subscription software to help firms recruit new talent, has raised a $250,000 round of capital that it would likely call pre-seed. The company told TechCrunch that... it is likely going to raise a full seed round, or even a Series A traunch, this summer. It’s taking less capital on now in expectation of raising at a higher valuation — or, implicitly,…
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FTC Levies $40M Fine AgainstIn recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who... throttle their unlimited customers. As reported by Re/code, the FTC has ordered prepaid wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million to consumers who paid for unlimited service and were then throttled after reaching certain data limits. TracFone advertised "unlimited text, talk, and data" for $45 a month under the brands Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America, and until September 2013, did not clearly disclose its throttling policies that saw customers experiencing data speeds that were cut by up to 90 percent, thereby violating the FTC Act. While this ruling only affects...
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Laser-filled earbuds flash toYou'll definitely look like a future-forward partier with these glowing green, red or blue earbud cords draped around you. But is the price worth it?
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Q&A: Avoiding Botnets With a Mac

The New York Times - 28 Jan 2015 20:34
Windows PCs are often the main targets of malicious software that loops infected computers into remote-controlled networks called botnets, but Macs are not immune.
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The 2 faces of Mars

e! Science News - 28 Jan 2015 20:34
The two hemispheres of Mars are more different from any other planet in our solar system. Non-volcanic, flat lowlands characterise the northern hemisphere, while highlands punctuated by countless... volcanoes extend across the southern hemisphere. Although theories and assumptions about the origin of this so-called and often-discussed Mars dichotomy abound, there are very few definitive answers. ETH Zurich geophysicists under Giovanni Leone are now providing a new explanation. Leone is the lead author of a paper recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
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Photo awards get mobile category

Gadget - 28 Jan 2015 20:34
The World Photography Organisation has launched a new award dedicated to mobile photography at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
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vCloud Air targets disasters

Gadget - 28 Jan 2015 20:34
VMware has announced enhanced disaster recovery and advanced networking services for VMware vCloud Air.
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R400m for local data centre

Gadget - 28 Jan 2015 20:34
Teraco Data Environments, a vendor neutral colocation data centre operator and Internet exchange point (IXP) has announced that it has increased the size of its medium term funding facility to R400m,... secured from Barclays Africa.
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MTN offers Amazon Web Services

Gadget - 28 Jan 2015 20:34
MTN Group has announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent.
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SpaceX's Reusable Mega-RocketAn amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket.
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Listen again to this week's PandoLIVE

PandoDaily - 28 Jan 2015 20:33
Listen again to this week'sIn this week’s PandoLIVE, Sarah and I were joined by David Holmes to compare our highlights from Pando’s 24-hour Don’t Be Awful event. We also talked about how David was preparing for New... York’s “snowpocalypse” and made some jokes about Disney villains. Listen again below… ... SPONSOR MESSAGE: Free Hosting! Visit .rackspacestartups.com to see if your startup qualifies for free hosting from Rackspace. Paul Carr
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Ebola nurse on her experienceMore than 8,500 people have died since the Ebola outbreak began last year. While the pandemic has slowed, it has left lasting scars on many countries, especially in West Africa, and those affected by... the disease Rebecca Johnson worked as a nurse treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone before contracting the virus herself. She teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to hold a Q&A session about her experience on Twitter. See also: Ebola patient zero may have been infected by a bat Johnson went into heart-wrenching detail about the toll the disease took on her body and mind. She also offered insight into underreported aspects of Ebola, such as its effects on mental health, recounting how close friends and even some family members turned their backs on her after her diagnosis.
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EU air passenger databaseThe European Commission is reportedly revving up the engines on a controversial plan to retain passenger flight data across the EU, although a prior attempt got its wings clipped due to privacy... concerns. The new plan calls for a database with personal flight data such as travel dates, itineraries, ticket information and baggage information, according to a document published by Statewatch on Wednesday and described as a leaked and legitimate EC document. The plan is being fast-tracked by the Commission in the wake of the shootings at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month.
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(Mock) Mars Mission Comes toThe brave men and women living in a (mock) Martian base (in Utah), have met a (mock) brutal and fiery end. After an (actual) greenhouse fire sent flames soaring up 10 feet into the air, our (mock)... astronauts have been laid to rest (in their respective homes as they see fit). Goodbye and godspeed, you magnificent pioneers.
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Improve a Boring Online BioWhether it's on your blog or on your social media profile, the "about me" section can change how others perceive you. One way t0 make your bio more interesting: use "sticky" words that appeal to the... senses.
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Leaked: HTC One M9 could haveLeaked photos of HTC's One M9 show a phone pushing to be, if not first, then not late, with the coolest features. Did we say phone? Make that two phones--one a larger, phablet-sized model. And what's... that on the front? It looks like a home button, although online scuttlebutt seems to favor a fingerprint reader. These new features are starting to make the One M9 sound like a reprise of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, but HTC's not entirely a copycat. HTC already has a phone pair (see the One and One Max). However, it would definitely be the first home button or fingerprint reader on any HTC phone.
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Archer Diaries is on target

TUAW - 28 Jan 2015 20:30
Travel to exciting replications of real-world locations in an attempt to master the art of archery in Archer Diaries. At the start of each level, players are tasked with obtaining a certain score by... hitting targets and other objects before the time r...
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It's OK to soak up the sun, just don't get burned

New Scientist - 28 Jan 2015 20:30
Sunshine police take note, the latest guidelines from the UK's health advisory body NICE suggest we should actively seek out some rays
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The Largest Airplane Ever Built

Twisted Sifter - 28 Jan 2015 20:29
The Largest Airplane Ever  The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest... airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft…
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Announcing the 'Weekly PhotoThis was a throwback week, of sorts, as we were looking for your best "vintage" photos in order to take home prizes in the latest photo contest. Four full pages in the forums filled up with entries... showing all sorts of cool old items, from trains to coffee pots and everything in between. In the end we narrowed it down, and two folks will be getting a prize this week for their entries. Read along and see the winners for yourself.
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FAA: Super Bowl is 'No Drone Zone'

NBC News - 28 Jan 2015 20:26
FAA: Super Bowl is 'No DroneHoping to buzz Tom Brady with a drone during the Super Bowl? Too bad.
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The Oatmeal's 'ExplodingLeave it to the Oatmeal, king of the Internet. When the ever-popular cartoonist took to Kickstarter to fund an upcoming card game called "Exploding Kittens," he was able to raise his modest $10,000... goal in a mere 20 minutes. It by no means stopped there. The game, co-developed with Elan Lee and Shane Small, is all the way up to about $4.3 million with 22 days to go. It's already set a record with 109,000 discrete backers, and funding trend-tracking website kicktraq suggests that it could earn nearly $15 million, beating out The Ouya, The Oculus Rift and The Pebble Watch.
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Deflategate: NFL consults withTechnically Incorrect: It seems one can never know enough about how temperature affects the air pressure in a football. As part of its investigation, the NFL team reportedly is researching gas... physics. Really.
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The FAA really doesn't wantThe Federal Aviation Administration took the unusual step of releasing a PSA in video form on Wednesday — asking football fans not to bring a drone to the Super Bowl on Sunday. See also:... Meth-smuggling drone crashes in Mexico supermarket parking lot "Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a no drone zone, don't spoil the game," the video says. It ends on a tagline, "Leave Your Drone at Home," and a hashtag, #nodronezone. The FAA has already updated its regulations for flying robots, prohibiting their use near any stadium. The penalty for ignoring this ban: an unspecified fine and imprisonment for up to a year
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Bloomberg Unveils NewDespite a number of delays and setbacks over the past several months, on Tuesday night Bloomberg L.P. successfully launched its highly anticipated "flagship digital destination," Bloomberg Business.... The site is intended to serve as a central hub for all of Bloomberg's media outlets, allowing visitors to access content from Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg TV, as well as a number of new channels. With the goal of streamlining the company's services, the new portal has done away with Bloomberg.com and Businessweek.com, bringing both entities together under one roof. "Bloomberg Business will be the flagship for all of our consumer media activities on the Web and beyond," Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media, said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "We have so many...
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Hykes trio in expanded roles The Docker project has been re-organised following last year's rapid success, with the names of folk filling the positions of chief architect, chief maintainer and chief... operator being announced on Wednesday....
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My Love/Hate Relationship withDr. Mac has a love/hate relationship with Continuity and Handoff. He loves the idea that his Apple devices can be interchangeable for most tasks. So that's the love part. Now, hereâs what he hates...
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FCC says blocking wirelessThe agency issues official statement that blocking an individual's personal hotspot, as hotels and convention centers have done, is against the law and subject to fines.
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In pictures: 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show

Gizmag - 28 Jan 2015 20:19
It may be bitingly chilly and damp in Northern Germany right now, but that didn't stop the region's attention from turning to blue skies and bluer seas. Gizmag caught the tail end of this year's Boot... Düsseldorf boat show and found a host of impressive new boats, personal watercraft and ocean toys. We bring you inside the show in our photo gallery tour. ..
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Snapchat launchesSnapchat’s new Discover feature is set to allow users to see content posted by brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music, moving the disposable image sharing platform in a new advertising-focused... direction. According to a recent blog post on […]
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Living on Other Planets: WhatHave you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds... in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
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Ancient partial skull from Israeli cave linked to migration of humans from Africa to Europe
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Real-life gadgets for the ladyFor as long as there have been conflicts, women have been assisting with espionage. Here are some real-life gadgets women have used.
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For Sony, it's out with the old, and in with the new. The post Sony Partners With Spotify to Launch a PlayStation Streaming Service appeared first on WIRED.
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Meet the largest plus-sizeModel Tess Holliday landed a major contract with MiLK Model Management in the UK on Thursday. The agreement makes Holliday (formerly known as Tess Munster) the first and largest plus-size model signed... to a major modeling agency. At 5'5" and a size 22, the 29-year-old Los Angeles resident is far from your too-typical towering, slender fashion or beauty model. But her looks, perspective and charisma make her nothing short of electric in the industry See also: 15 Types of Sexts That Charge Up Your Love Life MiLK discovered Holliday through Instagram, where she posted fashion shoots and body-positive messages, according to the Daily News. Thousands of people followed Holliday there; her account has more than 385,000 followers at the time of writing. Her Facebook page has 650,000 likes