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28 Feb 2015 - Global
What color is this dress: GoldThe world has suddenly been divided into two groups: the Blue and Blacks and the Gold and Whites The BBs and the GWs are screaming at each other in loungerooms, in offices, in different lighting... across the globe. The cause of the great debate? The color of a dress. On Thursday, a user going by the name of Swiked posted a photo of a striped dress to Tumblr. "Guys please help me — is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out." See also: How the Internet handled the Great Llama Escape of 2015 The Tumblr post that started everything. Image: Swiked / Tumblr
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These 3D-printed snacks grow3D-printed edible shells are embedded with seeds to grow their own fillings of tasty sprouts and mushrooms.
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Singapore CERT Warns OfThe Singaporean national computer response team, SingCERT, made it known yesterday that some of the home routers that had been provisioned by ISPs in the country could be easily compromised in many... cases.
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10 pathogens take beautifulAfter the ebola outbreak began last year, many people in affected countries were frightened of the virus, an unseen killer. However, when viewed under an electronic microscope, invisible pathogens... take a unique form, which scientists digitally color to assist them with their research. Take a look at these fascinating up-close images of several common pathogens that can cause human illnesses.
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You'd think that this game would involve skating around a discotheque throwing balls at other robots, and you'd be right. The post Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball Is as Amazing as You’d Expect... appeared first on WIRED.
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As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, researchers aren't sure what's causing the "bright spots" on its surface. The imaging orbiter snapped the above picture from... 29,000 miles (46,000 km) away just last week, but u...
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What your brain really seesIt's the question on everyone's lips - just what color is that dress? White and gold or blue and black? Well, we know what Kim Kardashian thinks. Now it's science's turn to enter the Internet battle... raging over the actual color of a 21-year old Scottish woman's dress.
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Sony ends maintenance for itsSony's robot dog, Aibo, is the seminal pet robot of the early 21st century. A new version hasn't been released in almost ten years, but that hasn't stopped collectors from clamoring for the Aibo.... Models sold for almost $2000 USD, so the robot dog wasn't really ever accessible by the everyday consumer. Despite its elite following, Sony has officially announced …
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Chatty Machines? FutureIn the future, you might be able to talk to computers and robots the same way you talk to your friends.
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Amazon patent outlines plansAmazon is very serious about getting the items that customers purchase on the website into their hands as fast as possible. The faster items get to the customers, the more people are likely to buy... from the online giant. In the past Amazon had big plans to deliver goods via drone aircraft to get items into buyer's hands in 30 …
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Well that was fast. Google only declared that it would begin cracking down on adult content posted to Blogger a few days ago, but it's already decided it was a bit hasty in its decision. After coming... under fire over the introduction of a retroactive ...
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Stars found forming at MilkyBrazilian astronomers said Friday they had found two star clusters forming in a remote part of our Milky Way galaxy where such a thing was previously thought impossible.
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wasn't convinced when Samsung explained that its smart TVs aren't actually eavesdropping on people. In fact, the privacy group has just asked the... Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the Sou...
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Not a 'meh' in sight Comment Look at this photo of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler holding hands and smiling with the two Democrat commissioners who backed his "open internet" regulations, the pair wearing... vivid blue outfits. It sums all that was both good and worrying about the decisions today to pass secretive net neutrality rules....
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Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet... into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media […] The post The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress appeared first on WIRED.
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(This February 25 report has been corrected to clarify that companies not included on procurement list can still bid for state public tenders)
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New leaked photos showJust days away from Mobile World Congress, and we may have gotten the clearest view yet of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone, Newly leaked photos, obtained by Android Central, show the front and... back sides of two versions of what's reportedly the upcoming Galaxy S6 See also: Samsung and HTC are poised to reclaim the biggest show in mobile The images show two handsets: one that looks similar to last year's Galaxy S5 and one with a curved edge, which would be in line with earlier rumors that suggested Samsung's next flagship would come in regular and "Edge" versions. Notably, the curved portion of the display on the "Edge" version doesn't have the special app menu like the Galaxy Note Edge does. Other rumors have suggested the S6 will have metal components in the body of the phone — a...
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Digital Perl Habor debunked by US director of national intelligence US director of National Intelligence James Clapper has accused Iran of orchestrating a 2014 hack of the Las Vegas Sands casino. The... attack crippled the magnificent cultural institution's IT infrastructure....
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A small Colorado-based company, Voormi, is touting a technology that produces a waterproof, breathable textile with only a single layer of material. The post New Fabric Tech Could Be Outerwear’s... Biggest Advance in 40 Years appeared first on WIRED.
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Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Slashdot - 27 Feb 2015 02:54
An anonymous reader writes I have an old Compaq Contura Aero laptop from the nineties (20 Mhz, 12 Mb RAM, Windows 3.11, 16-bit, PCMCIA, COM, LPT, floppy) with 160 Mb drive that I would want to copy in... full to a newer machine. The floppies are so unreliable — between Aero's PCMCIA floppy drive and USB floppy disk drive — that it is a total nightmare to try and do it; it just doesn't work. If that option is excluded, what else can I do? I have another old laptop with Windows XP (32-bit, PCMCIA, COM, LPT) that could be used; all other machines are too new and lack ports. Will be grateful for any ideas.
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Snapchat HR Director SaraThe former Facebook veteran is leaving for personal reasons.
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Under Armour Foresees Electronic Clothing

Wall Street Journal - 28 Feb 2015 02:24
Under Armour ForeseesAthletic-gear maker Under Armour has been investing in fitness apps, while looking ahead to a time when clothes themselves become a means to track movement and biorhythms.
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Do You Really Need a Wireless Phone Carrier?

Wall Street Journal - 28 Feb 2015 02:22
Do You Really Need a WirelessIs it possible to never pay for wireless-phone service again? For 30 days, WSJ reporter Ryan Knutson disconnected his iPhone from AT&T and lived entirely off the free Wi-Fi connections--and it worked.
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Mad Catz S.U.R.F.r, L.Y.N.X.3In mid-December 2014, Mad Catz introduced a couple of new gamepads for mobile devices, the C.T.L.R.i. If you found the devices to be a worthy addition to your gaming trove but the name to be entirely... insufferable, we've both good and bad news: Mad Catz is back with some new devices, and it has decided to retain that oddball naming …
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The 5 Best Sport Earbuds

Wall Street Journal - 28 Feb 2015 02:16
The 5 Best Sport EarbudsFrom wireless Bluetooth models to headphones that track your heart rate, these earbuds from Beats, Jaybird, Monster, Skullcandy and SMS will get you grooving whether you're running, biking or at the... gym.
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Obama Aides Go Tech After White House Service

Wall Street Journal - 28 Feb 2015 02:05
Obama Aides Go Tech AfterSome of President Barack Obama's most senior aides are finding their next jobs in the upper ranks of the technology industry, a departure from traditional post-government paths.
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A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.
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Watch it NOW: House of CardsNetflix’s critically acclaimed series House of Cards is significant for a number of reasons. The show itself is a fan favorite that has won awards and been touted as the first Netflix show to truly... rival productions from top networks like HBO. Beyond that, however, House of Cards was Netflix’s first big-budget self-produced show, and it let the world know that the company wasn’t just going to be a portal for dusty old movies and stale TV shows -- it was going to be a major digital network. And now, the hotly anticipated third season of House of Cards is finally here. DON’T MISS: Is the Galaxy S6 really an iPhone ripoff? Leaked comparison photo lets you be the judge Season
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There's so many types of beer out there that it can be tough to decide what you want to imbibe. This handy flow chart is here to help you with that.
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Twitter Head of Music BobMoczydlowsky handled Twitter's relationship with the music industry.
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Uber reveals driver data was hacked last May

Slash Gear - 28 Feb 2015 01:42
Uber reveals driver data wasAll has been quiet on the Uber front, at least as far as negative things go, and that lucky streak has come to an end as the company has announced that it was hacked and data belonging to about 50,000... drivers was compromised. The announcement came earlier today, but discovery of a possible breach was made back in September 2014. …
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Google Pays $25 Million to Add '.app' to '.soy' and '.how'

Wall Street Journal - 28 Feb 2015 01:37
Google Pays $25 Million to AddGoogle paid $25 million this week to control the ".app" top-level domain this week, adding to its growing collection.
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White House Urges DiscussionIt's hard to find anyone who's particularly jazzed about the latest draft of the bill.
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A group identifying itself as CyberBerkut claimed, in an email to SC Magazine, to have gained access to files on the mobile device of a Green Group official.
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Reader Challenge: Can You Go Wi-Fi Only?

Wall Street Journal - 28 Feb 2015 01:34
Reader Challenge: Can You GoFor 30 days, I disconnected my iPhone from AT&T Inc. and lived entirely off the free Wi-Fi connections that are available nearly everywhere.
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Uber Breach Exposes 50,000The names and drivers-license numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were taken in a computer-security breach last year, the company said Friday.
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Personal data on 50,000 UberThe names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday. Uber discovered a possible breach of its systems in... September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said. The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a "small percentage" of the total. About 21,000 of the affected drivers are in California. The company has several hundred thousand drivers altogether.
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Disney and Lego team up toThose of you who love both Star Wars and Lego are about to have your minds blown. All six Star Wars films are being remade as Lego films. Disney XD, which is an American cable and satellite channel... owned by the Disney Channels Worldwide unit of the Disney-ABC...
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Infamous 'revenge porn'It looks like one of the Internet’s biggest scumbags is trying to exercise his “right to be forgotten.” Ars Technica reports that Craig Brittain, the former proprietor of a “revenge porn”... website, has filed requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to have Google remove 23 links that contain accounts of his past actions, including a link to an FTC press release describing its settlement with him. Brittain says that the offending links contain “unauthorized use of photos of me and other related information.” DON’T MISS: Biggest leak yet: The Galaxy S6 Edge is going to look so much better than you thought This is ironic, of course, because Brittain tried to earn a living by posting unauthorized nude photos of women on
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The new U.S. law barring the Air Force from using Russian-made rocket engines starting in 2019 could force the Defense Department's primary launch services provider to battle for future military... business with its least competitive product. The post Timing of Russian Engine Ban Puts ULA, Air Force, in a Bind appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Air Force Space CommandGen. John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, talks about the task of tracking all the materials in orbit and keeping them from crashing into each other. Steve Mirsky and Larry... --
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Air Force Space CommandGen. John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, talks about the task of tracking all the materials in orbit and keeping them from crashing into each other. Steve Mirsky and Larry... --
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When you're trying to minimize the amount of clutter you have around the house, there are a lot of things that can hold you back . Don't let guilt be one of them.
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The Evil Within DLC pack drops in March

Slash Gear - 28 Feb 2015 00:59
The Evil Within DLC pack dropsBethesda's horror game The Evil Within will be receiving its first DLC next month, and it is dubbed "The Assignment". Bethesda Softworks released the DLC's trailer on Wednesday, and during it we get a... look at Juli Kidman, partner to Sebastian. Those who have played the game and found her mysteries to be enticing should be excited, then, because Bethesda …
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The humble limpet has been receiving a lot of press lately, as scientists recently determined that the material from which its teeth are made is officially the world's strongest natural material. Now,... an MIT/Harvard study suggests that a specific type of limpet's shell may hold the key to transparent displays that require no internal light source. ..
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Anthem breach investigators initially claimed that tools, linked exclusively to Chinese espionage attackers, were used against the health insurer.
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Leonard Nimoy's Passion for Photography

PetaPixel - 28 Feb 2015 00:57
Leonard Nimoy's Passion forActor Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. While famous for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek, what a lot of people may not know is that Nimoy was also a passionate... photographer. Nimoy picked up an interest in photography as a child, studied photography at UCLA, and even […]
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PS4 Spring Fever 2015: 8 newAt the dawn of a new console generation, there are inevitably going to be long stretches without many major game releases. Although The Order: 1886 just came out and Bloodborne and Battlefield... Hardline are coming soon, you probably won’t have to quit your job to stay caught up. At least, that was the case until Sony announced its Spring Fever 2015 sale for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. DON’T MISS: Watch this: YouTube's 10th anniversary video is amazing For the past few years, Sony has partnered with indie developers in order to bring brand new games to the PlayStation consoles week after week for an entire month during the spring. This year, the releases are going to keep dropping
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White House privacy proposalU.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill... of rights released Friday by President Barack Obama's administration. The proposal would also require companies and nonprofit groups to collect and retain only the personal data they need to operate. However, the proposal allows industry groups to submit their own codes of conduct to the Federal Trade Commission and shields companies that follow those codes from FTC enforcement actions.
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Game of Thrones Season 5Here be dragons, they said, there'll be dragons coming to the mainland soon, they kept saying. But there haven't been dragons where I've wanted them in Game of Thrones on TV yet. That's what I said. I... want to see dragons where it matters most, I said. Lo! And behold - the latest Game of Thrones TV show poster teases …
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Scientific American and NatureNimoy inspired many members of the Scientific American community, some of whom offer remembrances here --
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As tech and recordingGoogle's venture arm has invested in Kobalt, a music publishing firm that counts Beck, Paul McCartney and the Foo Fighters among its clients. The US$60 million venture round also includes funding from... the personal investment firm of Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell. Kobalt handles payment of royalties to singers and songwriters from streaming services like Spotify and video sharing sites like YouTube. Artists are concerned about how they're compensated when people consume music via streaming services, Google Ventures managing partner Bill Maris told the Guardian newspaper. Kobalt's technology can lessen musicians' concerns about how they'll get paid, he said.
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Google hits back at rivalsGoogle unveiled plans Friday for a new campus headquarters integrating wildlife and sweeping waterways, aiming to make a big statement in Silicon Valley--which is already seeing ambitious projects... from Apple and Facebook.
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Courts deem CallFire a commonCallFire scored a legal victory today that could have significant downstream implications for the broader technology and telecom industries. In the case Rinky Dink, Inc. vs. Electronic Merchant... Systems, heard in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, two plaintiffs claimed that CallFire had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Announcing Device (WADAD) statute, and Washington State law by facilitating unwanted prerecorded sales […]
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The Disease that KilledThe lung ailment is a leading killer in the U.S. --
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The Disease that KilledThe lung ailment is a leading killer in the U.S. --
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Lenovo Website Hacked: Here'sLenovo's website has been hacked, highlighting the lack of security the company has demonstrated over the past week with the Superfish scandal. Now that customers are aware of it's security woes,... there are a number of things that Lenovo needs to do to regain customer trust.
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(AP)--Uber says a database containing the names and drivers' license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.
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Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Slash Gear - 28 Feb 2015 00:31
Titans of Space: see our SolarGoogle Cardboard has a new app by the name of Titans of Space, an experience which pushes the user through our galaxy in Virtual Reality. This app is available for Oculus Rift, if you do so please,... but has become available for mobile devices for the first time this week. This app is free, but also has a Narration Add-On …
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Leonard Nimoy's Legacy: Obama,The death of "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy has prompted an outpouring of condolences and heartfelt reflection from astronauts, scientists, celebrities and even President Barack Obama.
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Sometimes we're more than willing to work on our weaknesses, but the problem is we haven't taken the time to identify them properly. This exercise has you identify your traits and place them into... three distinct categories.
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Who At Facebook Has Access ToFacebook has released details about the rules governing which employees have access to your account details and confirmed that transgressors are immediately fired.
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Astronauts, President RememberAstronauts, space scientists and fans remember Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on TV's 'Star Trek.'
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You can already pretend youThe Galaxy S6 leaks continue with just a couple of days left until Samsung's 2015 flagships get official, and this time around we're looking at something completely different from your average image... or hardware leak. The first pictures showing Samsung's redesigned TouchWiz interface for the phone have appeared, and the first Galaxy S6 apps are already available to download from xda-developers. DON'T MISS: Here's how you can watch Sunday's HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 events live As Phone Arena points out, there are several applications that can be downloaded, including the S6 Optical Reader, S6 GeoNews, S6 Gear Manager, and S6 Kids Mode. The Optical Reader app will use the camera to detect text, business cards or QR codes, GeoNews provides natural
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New Google campus to challengeGoogle has revealed an epic plan that involves redesigning much of its Mountain View campus to look like glass canopies. The New York Times first reported that Google was getting ready to submit a... proposal for a new campus in the city where it has offices,...
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Bing reveals map of biggestRows upon rows of majestic aircraft are lined up in the heat of Arizona's Tucson desert, left abandoned to the elements. Users can now search the site on Bing maps.
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Life 'not as we know it'A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.
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Even in the ideal setting, it's nearly impossible to get the perfect piece of footage that won't require edits. Those changes can be tough to tackle on mobile, but thanks to a YouTube update,... perfecting a short video just got easier. Inside the video...
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Madonna hacker indicted in Israeli court

SC Magazine - 28 Feb 2015 00:14
An Israeli man was charged on four counts in a magistrate's court for hacking Madonna, stealing her unreleased music and selling it.
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When local news media report about hometown companies, they use fewer negative words than when reporting about nonlocal companies, according to research by business experts at Rice University and the... University of Texas at Dallas.
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The decision by a county judge that nearly forced the suspension of Facebook Inc.'s Whatsapp throughout Brazil this week has added to legal concerns for Web firms in the fast-growing market.
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Download a Free Copy of theHeads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are... customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos. After giving […]
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Saturn's Titan ---"Life Not As We Know It"

The Daily Galaxy - 28 Feb 2015 00:12
A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. Taking a simultaneously... imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers...
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Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Universe Today - 28 Feb 2015 00:12
Leonard Nimoy played a half-alien-half-human character — Spock — on Star Trek who gave his life to save his crew but was resurrected, survived having his brain removed, and was transported through... time to seemingly live forever in the Star Trek universe. But the very human Nimoy died earlier today at age 83, leaving a […]
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Tinder Is Building Out Its Ad Product

Re/code - 28 Feb 2015 00:09
Tinder Is Building Out Its AdThe dating app might finally make some money.
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Bluebox Security analyzed the top nine Android tablets for children and found that the majority had multiple security issues that could put childrens' data at-risk.
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Spotify for desktop updateSpotify has announced an update for its desktop application, and with the update will come one big feature: lyrics. That's not the only benefit you'll get with updating, but it's definitely the most... notable of the bunch, and one those with a karaoke bend will be excited about. The lyrics are powered by Musixmatch, which is hailed as the largest …
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Twitter's LatestTwitter has taken some additional steps to help users deal with online harassment, it announced Thursday. Too bad they still fall well short of what's needed. Give Twitter credit for trying, though.... Its first change lets users report impersonation and disclosure of personal details--i.e., "doxing"--even if they aren't the ones directly targeted. That's important because bystanders may see improper posting of personal information before victims do, and because individuals subject to extensive harassment often find it easier to hand off the task of reporting abusers to a third party. Twitter already began allowing bystanders to report harassment in December--now it's added these new categories, along with reporting self-harm, to the mix. See also: Twitter CEO Admits The Company Sucks At...
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Why the 5:2 diet works: StudyScientists at the University of Florida conducted a study on 24 people that found starving the body allows it to respond better to stress that might otherwise damage it.
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Google's future campus looksGoogle has revealed eye-popping ideas for a redesign of its California headquarters that symbolize how far the company wants to move beyond its core search business. Plans submitted Friday to the... Mountain View City Council include lightweight block-like structures--not stationary concrete buildings--that can be moved around as the company invests in new product areas. These areas now include self-driving cars, solar-powered drones and robots. Google's self-driving car team, for instance, has different needs than search engineers, the company said in revealing its plans.
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'Long Before Being Nerdy WasThe "Star Trek" actor dies at 83.
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Shadow of Mordor, ArkhamEvery week, a landslide of video game trailers hit the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don't have release... dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we've decided to collect our favorites into a single post. LAST TIME: Bloodborne, Screamride and Terraria lead the week's best game trailers Batman: Arkham Knight A Batman game with a mature ESRB rating? Count me in. Arkham City didn’t blow me away like it did many others, but with the Batmobile in tow and the darker tone of Arkham Knight, I’m ready for it to be June already. Final Fantasy
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With creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it's more important than ever to have ideas constantly flowing. But are these creative careers only available to the gifted few? Not... at all. Most ideas about creativity being an elusive muse just aren't accurate.
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Tesla Motors Nearly Doubled Staff In 2014

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 23:56
Tesla Motors Nearly DoubledTesla Motors nearly doubled its staff in 2014 to 10,161 employees from 5,859 a year earlier as the electric car maker pursues dramatic global growth.
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Deadspin Oh My God Oh My God I Think Russell Westbrook Could Beat Up My Dad | io9 Leonard Nimoy Showed Us What It Truly Means To Be Human | Jezebel Scott Walker Wants Colleges to Stop Reporting Sexual... Assaults | Kotaku The Problem with a Nazi Superman | Kinja Popular Posts
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EMC to Hold On to VMware Stake

Re/code - 27 Feb 2015 23:56
EMC to Hold On to VMware StakeActivist investor Elliott Management had been pressing for a spin-off.
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Smokers Get Nicotine Fix From Multiple Places

Tech Times - 27 Feb 2015 23:47
Smokers Get Nicotine Fix FromNicotine users often get their drug from multiple sources, a new study found. Why are e-cigarettes so popular?
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See Taurus the Bull Chased byWhy is Taurus the Bull so mad? He's being chased by bees! The Pleiades, that is. Look for Taurus, the Pleiades and many other celestial sights in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months.
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Wedding Planner: The BiggestLet's discuss the reality of being a working wedding photographer. I'm not talking about being a 'rockstar' photographer who charges 25K and shoots a single-digit amount of weddings every season. I'm... writing from the perspective of a hustling wedding pro working day in and day out in the thick of it all to earn a […]
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Ractive aims to bring WebThe developers of a JavaScript library for building interactive user interfaces are hoping their work will make Web programming more accessible for part-time programmers. The library, Ractive.js,... provides a set of capabilities typically found in complex Web application frameworks, which require a fair amount of expertise to manage, said Rich Harris, one of the creators of Ractive and a digital journalist at the British newspaper The Guardian. Harris, who presented the technology at the Association for Computing Machinery's Applicative conference in New York, demonstrated the capabilities of Ractive and discussed the current state of tools for building Web sites, which he described as too abstract and complex for non-programmers wanting to create their own sites.
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A new redox flow battery developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) more than doubles the amount of energy that this type of cell can pack in a given volume, approaching the numbers... of lithium-ion batteries. If the device reaches mass production, it could find use in fast-charging transportation, portable electronics and grid storage...
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Meet FlexCharger, the onlySmartphone and tablet chargers are far from being exciting accessories, yet we have to constantly carry them with us on the off-chance that our beloved mobile device runs out of battery life when we... least expect it. FlexCharger, however, is a different kind of charger for mobile devices — in fact, it’s the only charger in recent memory that we might even call exciting. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device ever is coming soon The gadget, currently raising money over at Indiegogo includes the ability to simultaneously charge up to 5 devices, while also offering wireless charging support and even acting as a Wi-Fi repeater to improve the Wi-Fi experience in your home. Another useful feature is its retractable
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Google Pays Record $25M ForGoogle has paid $25 million for the rights to .app, the highest fee ever for a web domain. The purchase was made at an auction organized by ICANN, the organization which oversees the running of the... net.
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VLC is having a big day. The app, which is essentially the Swiss Army knife of video players, is returning to the iPhone and iPad following a long absence after the release of iOS 8. It's also... launching on a ton of other platforms: it's coming to Windows Phone, Windows RT (though its download isn't working at press time), and Android TV as a public beta for the first time today. The first non-beta version of VLC is also arriving on Android today, and there are even some updates for Windows and OS X. Basically, everyone can now share in the fun of playing back unusual, nerdy, and arcane video formats.
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Uber data breach may haveUber suffered a security breach last year that may have compromised the sensitive information of up to 50,000 drivers in the U.S In a statement to The Los Angeles Times, Uber confirmed that a database... containing the names and driver's license numbers of the drivers had a security vulnerability that could have been exploited by hackers. See also: Not a fan of Uber? Here's how other ride-sharing apps measure up Uber wouldn't say how it discovered the breach, but did admit that a third party gained unauthorized access once in May 2014. Uber discovered the breach in September that year The vulnerability has been patched, Uber says; the ride-sharing company began contacting affected drivers last Friday about the incident. As a consolation, Uber offered all drivers a free one-year membership to...
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What to Expect During Apple's March 9 Media Event

The Mac Observer - 27 Feb 2015 23:30
What to Expect During Apple'sTwo of the best minds that follow Apple got together and worked out what we can expect to see during Apple's March 9 media event. Jeff Gamet and Kelly Guimont (with some inspiration from Chris Breen),... take their best shot at predicting what else we might see besides a major Apple Watch palooza.
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iOS: We all know text expansion is great, but sometimes it's hard to remember the abbreviations you make. TypeSnippets solves this by making it a more visual experience.
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To celebrate Black History Month, Engadget is running a series of profiles honoring African-American pioneers in the world of science and technology. Today we take a look at the life and work of... Lonnie Johnson. Lonnie Johnson is not quite a househol...
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Kleiner Perkins Argues PaoKleiner Perkins sought to show Ellen Pao failed at the firm because of a prickly personality and not due to gender discrimination.
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Verizon Says Dish Bidding Distorted FCC Auction

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 23:26
Verizon said the bidding strategy employed by entities related to Dish Network distorted the government's $45 billion spectrum auction, joining its counterparts in complaining about the satellite-TV... provider's tactics.
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Bulk Reef Supply is notifying an undisclosed number of customers that their personal data could be at risk.
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PayPal has cut ties and ceased all payments to Mega, Kim Dotcom's encrypted storage startup. Mega announced the news in a blog post, blaming Visa and MasterCard for pressuring PayPal into dropping the... site. Mega was founded in the wake of MegaUpload's seizure by the US Department of Justice, and piracy rumors have followed the site since its inception.
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Antarctica's melting ice isNasa researchers say 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade - enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools.
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Why Julianne Moore and TaylorI don't think that the reason people see the dress differently from each other is an interesting brain process. Rather, it is a mundane differences in how people have viewed the image on their... --
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Dropbox Taps Vodafone for International Growth

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 23:16
Dropbox Taps Vodafone forDropbox is partnering with Vodafone to offer its file-storage service to more than 400 million wireless customers.
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The Obama administration is releasing a draft of legislation that would make it easier for consumers to see or remove the personal data that companies keep. Today, the White House announced that it... was releasing a draft based on the principles of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which was first released in 2012. Consumer privacy is one of several internet-related issues that Obama promised to address in his State of the Union address, and he previously released a fact sheet outlining both this and other proposed changes. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 would address the large amounts of data that companies can collect from customers -- whether it's used internally, analyzed by advertisers, or sold to a third-party...
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Photos: Google releasesGoogle wants to transform its Silicon Valley headquarters, replacing static, concrete structures with flexible blocks of metal and glass arranged within giant greenhouses.
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8 free talk/text apps perfectBecause sometimes it's nice to make conversation with friends and family across the world.          
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An Israeli man arrested last month for allegedly hacking Madonna’s private accounts and stealing demos of her unreleased album first began targeting the singer way back in 2012, according to... authorities. He apparently hacked not only cloud storage accounts to steal and sell her music but also breached more than a dozen email accounts associated […] The post Aspiring Israeli Singer Indicted for Hacking Madonna Since 2012 appeared first on WIRED.
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Apple Watch vs. Pebble Time:The Apple Watch is going to be available in stores soon, but Apple's smartwatch is not the only such product you can buy, as plenty of companies are also selling high-tech watches. Popular smartwatch... maker Pebble a few days ago launched a new Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Time device that will directly compete against the Apple Watch and other similar products. The project was an instant smash and has already topped $11 million in pledges, well over its initial $500,000 funding goal. FROM EARLIER: Pebble Time tops Pebble's original record-breaking Kickstarter campaign in just two days Designer Martin Hajek, who's constantly coming up with all sorts of amazing renders based on existing and future gadgets, has decided to compare Apples to Pebbles
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Mobile World Congress 2015:Mobile World Congress will start in only a few days, with many companies set to take the wraps off their biggest and best products for the year. Here are the top 5 products we expect from MWC 2015.
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Magna Steyr MILA Plus conceptThe 2015 Geneva Motor Show is quickly approaching, and joining the list of vehicles being shown off ahead of their official debut is the Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car. This yellow racer is... designed to show what the auto supplier -- Magna Steyr -- has to offer, and is one of several concept vehicles it has debuted in …
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Dirt-Watching NASA SatelliteA recently launched NASA satellite has just deployed its giant antenna in preparation to collect unprecedented data about soil moisture around the world.
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Gillmor Gang LIVE 02.27.15

TechCrunch - 27 Feb 2015 23:06
Gillmor Gang LIVE 02.27.15 Gillmor Gang – Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pmPT/4pmET. Live Friendfeed chat during show recording Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our... sister show – G3 – on Facebook Archives of sister show on Ustream
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The band Guster recently released this video version of their entire album Evermotion. Upon first glance, it may look like a 38-minute video with different album covers displayed statically while the... music plays — as is common for this type of video — but look a little closer or watch a little longer and you’ll […]
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Military Masters launches itsMilitary Masters is a new battle tactics game for Android devices that centers on tactical vehicular combat. You'll build a collection of land, sea, and air vehicles to help you take on your friends... in real-time PVP combat.
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Being a housemaster meansMentorship, camaraderie, and -- yes -- free snow removal are among many housemaster benefits.
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Smile for the camera -- and for the TV, and during the walk to the store, and while you're sitting in the living room, in the dark, all alone. Smile, because if you don't, they will come for you.... That's the story behind the first trailer for We Happy...
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This Week On The TC Gadgets It’s been a busy week. Apple sent out invitations to its Apple Watch event on March 9, and Pebble released its next-gen watch on Kickstarter and raised more than $6 million in half a day.... Meanwhile, Motorola released the Moto E smartphone, and photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly leaked this week.
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Uber security breach may haveThousands of Uber driver names and driver's license numbers may be in the hands of an unauthorized third party due to a data breach that occurred last year, the ride-hailing company announced today.
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It's incredibly hard to shift someone's perspective to your point of view, but it's certainly not impossible. Harvard Business Review suggests finding someone's "OK Zone," and working from there.
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[From GadgeTell] TechnologyTell Review: LuguLake 4200mAh Qi battery pack
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Chinese Android phone takesForget Comcast, ZTE takes the cake with the most blatant Apple-ripoff-of-the-month award. The Chinese company’s latest handset, the Blade S6, is clearly… inspired by the iPhone. While it doesn’t... have the identical chamfered edges of Samsung’s upcoming phone, it does…
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The Funniest Auotcorrect Fails February 2015 Had To Offer

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 22:57
The Funniest Auotcorrect FailsAnother month, another batch of autocorrect victims. We all make the occasional texting slip-up, but most of the time, these mistakes stay between the texter and the textee. Thankfully for us, Damn... You Autocorrect compiles the greatest fails of each month for our enjoyment. This month's victims learned NEVER to eat laxatives before going to McDonald's, "ho" makes some excellent soup, and birthday haikus are seriously underrated. Check them out, and remember, always think before you text! Warning, some NSFW language.
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We've seen a number of off-road skateboards hit the market over the past several years, although most of them have little or no suspension, and many do have electric motors - the latter is fine if you... want it, but just adds weight, expense and complexity if you don't. Industrial designer Chris Terpstra's new Gila Board doesn't have a motor, but instead sports a unique fully-adjustable independent suspension system. ..
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Following Softcard, Bank ofBanking on Windows Phone will get a little more painful this weekend, as Bank of America pulls its Windows Phone app on Sunday. On March 1, Bank of America will no longer support its Windows Phone... banking app--or its Windows 8.1 app, for that matter. "IMPORTANT: In early March 2015, we'll no longer support this app for this device. We're sorry for the inconvenience," a note on the Windows Phone app page reads. Bank of America did not respond to a request for comment. It issued an update to the BoA Android app just two days ago.
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Bruce Lee is widely considered to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived, and he is revered for his contributions to film and culture. However, much of who he was beyond his writing and... work onscreen is still a mystery to audiences. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee's daughter, today announced that she is developing a definitive biopic on the action icon with Hollywood help, aiming to capture the essence of her father in a way that previous films have failed to do. "There have been projects out there involving my father, but they've lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry," Lee told Deadline. "They haven't captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to...
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Who hasn't stumbled across an episode of This Old House or New Yankee Workshop on a lazy Saturday afternoon and dreamed of being as skilled a woodworker as Norm Abram?
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Virtual Reality: The VRAlthough it seems like just yesterday that virtual reality hysteria was reignited, it's actually been a few years now, which is plenty of time for more than a dozen companies to introduce their own VR... headsets at different price points. At the forefront...
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Debate over: The 'white andAs we reported earlier in the day, the collective web over the last few days has been engaged in a bitter and incessant debate regarding the color scheme of… a dress. Don’t miss: Brilliant... lifehack: Video shows how to shovel snow in seconds… without a shovel You see, some folks think the colors of the dress above are clearly white and gold. On the other side of the camp we have folks who adamantly swear that the dress is black and blue. Now sure, we could turn to science to try to figure out what color the dress is exactly, but people’s eyes might start to glaze over at the mere mention of RGB values. The solution? Let’s take a look at
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Leonard Nimoy's incredibleWhen Leonard Nimoy landed his iconic role as Spock on Star Trek in 1966, it came with a lot of opportunities for the actor He posed on red carpets, traveled the world meeting Trekkies, hung out with... William Shatner and rubbed elbows with real-life astronauts See also: Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 Nimoy also wrote a book called I Am Not Spock and another called I Am Spock, while pursuing his interests in music and poetry. He even traveled back to his hometown in 2012 to pick up an honorary doctorate degree from Boston University at the age of 81 Look back on the beloved actor's life by flipping through our gallery, below, which includes photographs from sets, award shows and beyond
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Pao trial: Little 'upwardTestimony: Most junior partners stay 3 to 4 years, then become CEOs or start own firms.          
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Bits Blog: F.C.C. Moves toThe F.C.C. passed an order to override state laws that hinder the expansion of community broadband networks, saying the laws limit competition. Legal challenges are expected.
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Twenty20 is the World'sTwenty20 is a new stock photography service that just launched to the public after months of beta testing. It claims to have the world’s largest crowdsourced commercial image catalog — one that... contains 45 million photos from 250,000 photographers based in 154 countries. Prior to this new focus, the startup was formerly named Instacanvas and […]
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Domestic felines found toResearchers at the University of Lincoln tested how cats search for food by placing them in a maze and presenting them with pictures or smells that would lead them to treats.
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How to get weather information'OK Google, what's the weather like?' Weather is important, but sometimes you don't need a full two week forecast with barometric pressure and the exact phase of the lunar cycle. Sometimes, you just... need to know if it's warm or chilly outside. Sometimes, you want to know the weather, but you just don't have your hands free. Sometimes, you just need Google.
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FCC Votes In Favor Of NetThe FCC has voted in favor of net neutrality, reclassifying the Internet as a public utility under Title II. The vote is a historic one for Internet users across the country, and the new rules will... prevent ISPs from creating Internet fast lanes.
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Want To Look Smarter? StopThink you're saving time and looking pretty smart dashing off endless emails to your boss? Do yourself a big favor, stop typing and talk to her instead. A new study from researchers at the University... of Chicago's Booth School of Business finds that when you speak out loud, you're viewed as more intelligent. That's compared with someone reading a message you've written. (So call me and I'll read this article out loud to you.) "If you want to be seen as thoughtful and intelligent and someone who has something going on between their ears, it's important quite literally to be heard," Booth professor Nick Epley told The Huffington Post. For this study, to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, Epley and PhD candidate Juliana Schroeder had participants write out...
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5 explanations for why weIt's dividing workplaces, friends and even couples. And society can't seem to decide why we're seeing that famous dress so differently. The debate started Thursday night and was still raging Friday... about the blue and black (or white and gold?) $77 dress from British clothing retailer Roman Originals. See also: A gold-white version of THAT dress could be on the way, sellers say As they got over the inanity of the questions, the experts started weighing in. I've been asked to give a comment on #TheDress. This may be the first time a physicist has been called upon for their views on fashion. — Dr Paul Coxon (@paulcoxon) February 27, 2015
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White House Drafts PrivacyWhite House drafts privacy bill, consumer advocates want stronger penalties for misusing info
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The Shifting Politics of NASA's Astronaut Program

Scientific American - 27 Feb 2015 22:33
The Shifting Politics ofEver since President George W. Bush's decision to retire the space shuttles in the aftermath 2003's Columbia disaster, NASA's human spaceflight program has been adrift. --
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[EntertainmentTell] Is the Pornhub Wankband real?

Technology Tell - 27 Feb 2015 22:31
[From EntertainmentTell] Pornhub has introduced the Wankband
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Ex-CIA director David PetraeusFormer CIA director David Petraeus was confronted by a member of the public in Dublin on Thursday, while visiting Trinity College to accept an award That person, Greg McInerney, asked if Petraeus had... anything to say about the "million of people" who have been killed in the Middle East. Before leading the CIA, Petraeus commanded United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan See also: Authorities weigh criminal charges for ex-CIA Director David Petraeus McInerney, who was detained for an hour and questioned by security, says he was released on the condition that he delete the video. Read his full account, below:
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Here are the latest rumors onGoogle will likely unveil new Nexus devices at some point in late 2015, but the rumor mill has already started churning out reports about them, with particular focus on the Nexus 6 successor. A source... in China, who revealed via Weibo that a local smartphone manufacturer might partner up with Google for the next Nexus smartphone, has shared more details on the matter and is saying that LG and a domestic brand are in the cards for upcoming Nexus gadgets. FROM EARLIER: Here's our first big rumor about Google's next-gen Nexus phone LG has already built for Google two impressive devices, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, so it’s not really surprising to see the South Korean company on a list of
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Auroracoin, the digital currency given as a free hand-out to every resident of Iceland, was supposed to be a a salvo for a country rankled by a broken financial system. It was heralded as the... beginning of hyper-localized cryptocurrencies; it became the second-largest cryptocurrency before it even launched, valued at half a billion dollars at its peak.
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The FCC's ruling on net neutrality yesterday was the agency's most significant action in decades -- but it didn't come easy. It's something that's been discussed ever since Columbia Law professor Tim... Wu coined the term net neutrality 2003, which, at ...
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MLB At Bat scores MaterialWe're inching ever-closer to the start of the 2015 baseball season, and the MLB At Bat app for Android has been updated accordingly with a some Material Design touches and Spanish language support.
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Nasdaq 5,000 then & now: CashMore cash, in a post-9/11 world, has changed the stakes for tech in a Nasdaq market about to top 5,000 for first time since 2000.          
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Lost in the Crowd: SurvivingCrowdfunding is everywhere. Movie stars and directors are doing it for their films. Tech wizards are using it to introduce new inventions. Even a portable cooler brought in more than $13 million in 30... days. In the past few months, I've contributed to campaigns for a chocolate-infused peanut butter, a photographer's journey to Antarctica and a graffiti bridge in Pensacola, Florida. Supporting a crowdfunding campaign is easy, and fun. Running one? Well, that's a different story. I'm halfway into my first Kickstarter campaign for my latest book, and it's kind of kicking my ass, but in that worthwhile, good-for-you-in-the-long-run, Mr. Miyagi-to-the-Karate Kid kind of way. I know many people who've run Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, and before I launched mine, I read a lot of articles...
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Leonard Nimoy's greatest hits:Little did Leonard Nimoy know that after he first said “Live long and prosper” in Star Trek: The Original Series, the phrase was to follow him for the rest of his life. Nimoy, known to generations... of Star Trek fans as Mr. Spock, died Friday morning at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. He was 83. Aside from his role as the iconic Spock, Nimoy also appeared in many other movies and TV shows, and was a prolific voice actor. Here are some of his most memorable roles. We're all crying over the Spock funeral scene in 'Khan' Prepare for 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 with Forte Tenors' opera tribute 'Mortal Kombat X' trailer shows the descendants of our favorite characters Indiana may install 'baby boxes' for abandoned infants
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The increase in medical identity theft is attributed to a variety of factors, including healthcare-related data breaches.
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Mobile World Congress 2015: What to Expect

ABC News - 27 Feb 2015 22:21
Mobile World Congress 2015:The Mobile World Congress gets underway in Barcelona next week where some of the biggest tech companies are expected to show off the next wave of innovative devices.
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China apparently wants to one-up the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to urging technology companies to install security backdoors and break their encrypted documents and user communications in the…
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Johnnie Walker Shows OffThe art of distilling whiskey is centuries old, but that doesn't mean 21st-century tech can't enter the equation somewhere.
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How To Outwit The Cunning Cyber Criminals

Sky News - 27 Feb 2015 22:17
How To Outwit The CunningIt costs victims £27bn every year, but you can avoid being the victim of cyber crime by following a few simple tips.
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Android games come to the TVMost Android mobile games don't translate well to a TV experience for one reason: They're designed to be played on a touchscreen. There are games that work with a gamepad, but they need to be... optimized for it, and not every game is. Using smartphones and tablets as controllers is also a no-no since you constantly have to look down at them to see where you're tapping or swiping. A new Kickstarter project called Zrro claims it can bring a touchscreen gaming experience that doesn't suck to the TV, with a controller that uses "hover" technology. See also: OUYA: Fun for Hackers, But Not Ready for Retail
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Spy shot offers up aAlthough its official unveiling is only days away, a shot of a partially uncovered Honda CIvic Type R is making its rounds on the internet. Preliminary info for the hot hatch states that it will have... a 167 mph top speed, as well as rumors of a 275 hp output. The post Spy shot offers up a snapchat-worthy upskirt photo of the new Civic Type R appeared first on Digital Trends.
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HBO reveals a few brief scenesHBO has sent its last "vision" to those participating in the network's Three Eyed Raven promotion for "Game of Thrones" Season 5, showing two new clips from the upcoming season.
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Google unveils plans forThe search giant joins several other Silicon Valley companies with audacious new digs in the works.
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If you can proofread, edit and fact-check, we want to hire you Job The Register is expanding in the States: we're seeking a full-time US Production Editor to work in our San Francisco bureau in... California....
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Google backtracks on BloggerEarlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon... fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the …
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Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in the "Star Trek" television series, passed away at 83 on Friday.
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Google's futuristic HQ plansIn their video announcing plans for their new campus, which you can see below, Google made an interesting point: Silicon Valley is pretty boring. For all the innovative, awesome stuff that comes from... one small area of California, the landscape looks exceedingly corporate and boring. After scaling so quickly, some large the companies are looking to expand. Apple has their …
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A new animated series for Disney XD will reimagine all six original Star Wars movies in Lego form. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales will hit the same plot points as the... Star Wars movies, but every episode will be told from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3PO. This time, it's in chronological order The five-episode series will begin at the final scene of Return of the Jedi, after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor, THR reports. The droids will re-tell the entire saga in the chronological order, starting with The Phantom Menace and looping back around to Return of the Jedi. We've gotten a glimpse of what Lego Star Wars might look like in a fan-made trailer for J.J. Abrams' upcoming movie The Force Awakens,...
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4 great products on AmazonThe smart home is the wave of the future, but sadly very few of our homes were built with automated solutions in mind. If you want a smart home in 2015, you’re going to have to fashion one yourself,... but we’ve taken the time to find a few essentials on Amazon that you’ll need in order to make that dream a reality. LAST TIME: Download 145 paid Android apps for free from Amazon for a limited time Nest Learning Thermostat Auto-Schedule – Remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself Auto-Away – Saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away Remote control – Connect the Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet Easy
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New trailer for PSN's PowersThe new trailer for the Powers series on PlayStation Network offers a rooftop view of a super-powered battle in the skies over Los Angeles. The post New trailer for PSN’s Powers series offers a... rooftop peek at a super-powered battle appeared first on Digital Trends.
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When Vic Gundotra left Google, I started to make predictions about the demise of Google+ (see Surprise resignation of VP Vic Gundotra raises questions about the future of Google+), and those only... continued…
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DT Daily: MWC preview,Today on DT Daily: a look ahead to the mobile tech show, a wearable from a most unlikely source, and Harrison Ford is back, as Blade Runner Rick Deckard. The post DT Daily: MWC preview, PornHub’s... wearable, Blade Runner sequel update appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Reddit will donate 10 percent of its 2014 gross ad revenue to 10 charities chosen by Reddit users.
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Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @MorganRehnberg ) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – February 27, 2015: In Memory of Leonard Nimoy (348 words) ©... Fraser for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | One comment | Post tags: ceres, Commercial Space, Curiosity, Europa, Falcon, Google Lunar XPRIZE, ISS, jwst, Mars, […]
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He Lived Long and Prospered:Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy has died at age 83, leaving behind a legacy of on-screen and off-screen roles, music, poetry, photography, and literature. The post He Lived Long and Prospered: Leonard... Nimoy dead at 83 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Leonard Nimoy theYou know Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, but what you may not know Leonard Nimoy the photographer.  Later in his life, Nimoy, who passed away on Feb. 27 at age 83, focused on his passion for photography.... He was interested in thematic projects that ranged from challenging perceptions of the female body image to capturing his Jewish experience as a child. In a 2014 interview with MIT, Nimoy said he had camera in his hand at age 10.  Though he shot hundreds of images, we selected a handful of his best from various collections.  Leonard Nimoy/R. Michelson Galleries Leonard Nimoy/R. Michelson Galleries
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If We Are What We Eat, Then We Are Becoming Coffee Cups

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 22:04
If We Are What We Eat, Then WeKFC After you've swilled down that last gulp of coffee, make sure you've saved room to start munching the cup. That's what KFC wants us to do, apparently having decided that they can increase their... profits along with our waistlines by inducing us to eat things we wouldn't normally ingest. As if we are not already devouring (way more than) enough calories, the marketing division at Yum! Brands -- the weirdly-named and-punctuated multinational conglomerate that owns KFC -- has decided that the world would be a better place if we ate our packaging after we're done with it. "The new cup addresses several of the trends bedeviling the food business today, including consumer concerns about the environmental impact of packaging, as well as their desire for simplicity," according to The New York...
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The poetics and pragmatics ofUrban planning, architecture, and art students and practitioners join in a conversation about participatory art led by visiting MIT fellow Mel Chin.
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Leonard Nimoy, Spock on 'Star Trek,' Dies at 83

Live Science - 27 Feb 2015 22:00
Leonard Nimoy, Spock on 'StarActor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the beloved Vulcan 'Spock' on the original "Star Trek" TV show, died today (Feb. 27) at 83 years old.
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How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

TechCrunch - 27 Feb 2015 22:00
How Cards Are Quietly Nearly three hours a day. That’s the average amount of time you and I spent on our phones every day in 2014. Our dependency on mobile devices for information has forced the design of the web to... change. Netizens have come to expect mobile content is optimized in a way that brings them exactly what they are looking for front and center.
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Net Neutrality Nonprofit Wins Reddit's Top Charity Vote

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 22:00
Net Neutrality Nonprofit WinsProponents of net neutrality are marking Thursday's historic ruling by doing what they do best -- further protecting the rights of Internet users. In layman's terms, the Federal Communications... Commission's (FCC) stunning decision means that broadband is considered a public utility (like electricity or telephone service) and Internet service providers can't charge content producers a premium to give users more reliable access to that content. (For example: a CNN video would stream at the same pace as a no-name blogger's eye-witness clip.) A number of advocacy groups played instrumental roles in thwarting major cable companies and Republicans on Capitol Hill, including community news and networking site Reddit. The same day as the victory, Reddit announced it would donate $82,765.95 to the...
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Alien Life Prefers Circles

Scientific American - 27 Feb 2015 22:00
Alien Life Prefers CirclesSolar systems with many planets are more likely to feature the circular orbits that could foster intelligent life --
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Unchanging scenery can make "dreadmill" runs the most boring kind. If you're training to cover distance--say there's a half-marathon on your calendar--here's a trick to keep your brain awake.
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Global intervention in tropical forests to combat climate change could sideline their most effective guardians, warns Fred Pearce
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This week we visualized our work with a new productivity method , rejoiced at the ability to download Windows ISOs , found the best home improvements , and learned some basic design . Here's a look... back.
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What is up with the fossils on Mars? Found – a dinosaur skull on Mars? Discovered – a rat, squirrel or gerbil on Mars? In background of images from Curiosity, vertebrae from some extinct Martian... species? And the human skull, half buried in photos from Opportunity Rover. All the images are made of stone from […]
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Supermassive Diet: Black HolesIt has long been assumed that the size of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy's core is intimately related to the number of stars that galaxy contains -- but it might not be that simple.
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Taco Bell's latest: Deep-friedGot a morning sweet teeth and a resistance to cavities? Taco Bell is testing stuffed doughnut holes made of Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal.
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Hey, Apple and NVIDIA: you aren't going to be the only Silicon Valley giants with outlandish office space. Google has revealed a proposed redesign of its Mountain View campuses (specifically, four... sites) that not only doesn't resemble a traditional w...
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This Belt Makes It Easy toYou will still need to plug your belt in before wearing to charge the battery
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[From EntertainmentTell] Following the passing of the beloved Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, many people on Twitter wished for a Genesis Planet
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College Snapchat Accounts Raise Legal Concerns

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 21:56
College Snapchat AccountsYou take a selfie of your night and send it to your best friends with the expectation that it will disappear in a matter of seconds. Since social-messaging platform Snapchat rolled out their Stories... feature, campus-specific conversations are going far beyond simple self portraits.
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Leonard Nimoy sent a telegramBefore Leonard Nimoy played the iconic role of Spock on Star Trek, he was already an advocate for the preservation of outer space, as well as life on Earth In July 1962, the United States was... preparing to test a hydrogen bomb by detonating it in outer space, 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean, as part of the Starfish Prime nuclear test. Nimoy, it seems, believed this was a bad idea, and that then-President John F. Kennedy should think twice about it See also: Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 Among the artifacts at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston is a small pink telegram with a simple message of peace from Nimoy and his wife Sandra to Kennedy, urging the president to cancel the bomb's detonation.
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Look at the list of Android Wear partners and you won't see Huawei there. Maybe the list needs an update. And while we're at it, the folks who manage signage at…
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See Google's AbsolutelyGoogle wants to build a new Mountain View campus with sweeping glass structures
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Actor Leonard Nimoy, 'Mr.The legendary actor who made being logical sound cool in his "Star Trek" role as Spock, beloved by generations of fans, died at his home in Los Angeles Friday.
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9 songs from Leonard Nimoy'sLeonard Nimoy was most famous for his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock, but his talent carried far beyond the screen Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, was also a singer "to the delight of his fans... and the bewilderment of critics," as The New York Times once charmingly put it. See also: 12 times Leonard Nimoy's voice prospered beyond Spock Well, call us fans then Nimoy had five albums that ranged from original material and songs about Star Trek to baritone covers of old classics. Here are nine of the very best Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Nimoy's Greatest Performance'Seaman' did not become a blockbuster, but a cult hit
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We're really beginning to like singing (or arguing with out favorite podcasts) in the shower, thanks to the Splash Tunes Pro waterproof shower speaker from FresheTech. This small, unassuming suction... cup-mounted Bluetooth speaker delivers a surprising amount of sound in a speaker that costs US$70...
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Ever since it was first given its name, in 1988, the condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome has been trivialized by doctors and laypeople alike, dismissed as mere malingering. So it felt... momentous, earlier this month, when the Institute of Medicine released an exhaustively documented report announcing that CFS--also called, in some circles, myalgic encephalomyelitis, because of its effects on the muscles and brain--is real. As the authors put it, "The primary message of this report is that ME/CFS is a serious, chronic, complex, multisystem disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients." They suggested that it be given a new name: systemic exertion intolerance disease. The report devotes hundreds of pages to assessing the medical literature on...
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Optical Illusions Cooler Than 'The Dress'

ABC News - 27 Feb 2015 21:48
Optical Illusions Cooler ThanA viral photo of a dress has inspired stirring arguments about optical illusions, including several via Twitter.
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donniebaseball23 writes: Thanks to a glut of titles, hardware and precious little innovation, the Guitar Hero and Rock Band craze all but died out by 2010. Now, however, strong rumors are swirling... that one if not both franchises will be making a return on the new consoles. But will players care? And will the market once again support these games? Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero, weighed in, outlining some of the challenges. "First, the music genre attracts a more casual and female audience versus other genres. But the casual gamer has moved from console to mobile," he warned. "Second, the high price point of a big peripheral bundle might be challenging. Casual gamers have a lot of free-to-play options." That said, there could be room for a much smaller guitar games market now,...
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Apple's going to reveal more about the Apple Watch on March 9, but CEO Tim Cook has already started dropping hints during a trip to Europe. The latest tidbit comes from The…
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(Reuters) - Apple Watch will replace your car keys and its battery will last the whole day, Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook told the Telegraph in an interview.
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Once thought of as a sample-caching mission, NASA now plans for Mars 2020 to extract several surface samples from each region it visits and leave them on the ground for a future rover to cache. The... post NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover To Dig-and-Ditch Its Samples appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

Scientific American - 27 Feb 2015 21:45
Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy DiesNimoy, the original Spock, got involved in real space science with NASA --
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Bigfoot meets big gun in FarFar Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis will take Ajay to a dangerous new corner of Kyrat on March 10, where he'll contend with a mysterious cult and the legendary Yeti. The post Bigfoot meets big gun in Far... Cry 4’s Valley of the Yetis DLC appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Don't count out HTC in smartphones just yet. The Taiwanese manufacturer is expected to announce its latest flagship, the HTC One (M9), this weekend ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The... device is expected to follow HTC's "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" philosophy.
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Chrysler expands recall to include 467k SUVs

Slash Gear - 27 Feb 2015 21:41
Chrysler expands recall toYesterday Chrysler revealed plans to recall about 26,000 Chrysler 200 sedans over a fairly serious problem with their transmissions, and now it has announced plans to expand a recall from last year,... adding about 467k SUVs to the number of potentially faulty vehicles. This follows a previous recall that took place in September for the same stalling problem (which has …
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The Parks and Recreation finale, the end of awards season, and Conan O'Brien's virgin voyage on Grindr—it's all here in this week's best TV roundup. The post This Week’s Best TV: Conan O’Brien... Goes Boyfriend Hunting appeared first on WIRED.
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Charging devices is, for many people, just a part of their daily routine. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, portable game consoles, and all kinds of other devices that need some juice. With that... in mind, there's no shortage of devices that aim to make charging easier and more efficient. A new player in the game is the FlexCharger, a versatile device that can charge five things at one time - and it does it in style...
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Connected door knobs are lying to us

GigaOM - 27 Feb 2015 21:40
This week's podcast was all about security and how we can design things to tell us more about how connectivity changes them from mere appliances into networked computers -- and all…
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Remember President Ronald Reagan's plan for space weapons in the 1980s? Today, it's little more than a punchline, but it used to be serious business. How serious? Video game serious. Yes, there really... was an SDI video game, and thanks to the Internet Archive you can even play it.
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14 Spock-inspired products toThe world mourns for our favorite space explorer, Mr. Spock. He lived, he prospered and he warmed our hearts with logical decisions that had tiny twinges of human reflex See also: We're all crying... over the Spock funeral scene in 'Khan' It has been nearly 50 years since Star Trek: The Original Series first aired on TV, but fans and crafters alike have yet to waver in affection. Leonard Nimoy is no longer with us, but we will never forget him — whether through Spock-inspired earrings or cutting boards, he will live in our hearts (and homes) forever.
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Big Beef

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 21:38
Last week the nation's top nutrition advisory panel unveiled 500-odd pages of advice for the federal agencies tasked with writing the nation's dietary guidelines. Tucked among the usual... recommendations--eat more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains; eat less fat, salt, and sugar--were a few small coffee- and egg-themed surprises and one giant green one. Americans, the panel said, should consider the environment when deciding what to eat and what not to.
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Spock And The Motorola StarTac

Gizmodo - 27 Feb 2015 21:38
My buddy Scott is this big time photographer who shoots all sorts of famous people. So, when news of Leonard Nimoy's death broke this morning, he had a fun little anecdote to tell me about the Star... Trek actor and his favorite cell phone.
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Lenovo said it was rethinking its approach to pre-loaded software on PCs in the wake of the Superfish security fiasco, and it's now clear that the computer maker wasn't kidding around. It's promising... that its home PC software bundles going forward wi...
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Get your amateur video bingeVimeo has added support for the Google Chromecast to its video service, allowing users to wirelessly cast content to the TV using Google's streaming stick. The post Get your amateur video binge on:... Vimeo adds Chromecast support for iOS appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Huawei Nexus 8 - is this Google's future?

Slash Gear - 27 Feb 2015 21:35
Huawei Nexus 8 - is thisThe next Nexus device is being rumored this week to be taking on a decidedly more Chinese origin than hardware of the past. Suggestions from sources inside China say Huawei may be in a good spot to... take on the Google-centric Android line of devices that've been central to the software-makers plan for Android total world domination. This rumor suggests …
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Leonard Nimoy's 'Three Men andWhile many will remember Leonard Nimoy, who died at 83 on Friday, as the logical Vulcan known as Spock, I've personally always connected more with his 1987 directorial project, Three Men and a Baby.... Starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and a baby, the film is a nostalgic wonderland of '80s culture. See also: Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 My first viewing left me with a lot of questions: Why are these three wealthy, thirty-something men still living together? Why is Jack having large amounts of heroin delivered to his residence? And, again, why exactly are they living together? For whatever reason, Three Men and a Baby's ridiculous plot works. "Yes, this makes sense," you'll think, as the film about three men learning to care for a baby delves into the violent world of narcotics...
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A First Look at the HDR MergeEarlier this month, a leaked product page revealed a number of features that will be found in the upcoming Lightroom 6. One of them was an HDR merging tool that combines multiple exposures into a... single HDR image. Here’s a first glimpse at how the feature will work. This new “leak” is a short 18-second […]
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Just because a product seems perfect doesn't necessarily mean there isn't room to squeeze just a little more usefulness out of it. Take the humble binder, or bulldog clip, as it's often called. Its... simple design lets it keep giant stacks of paper in order, prevent loose cables from sliding off your desk--but with a tiny design tweak, it can also serve as a handy spot to hold a cup of coffee.
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Just because a product seems perfect doesn't necessarily mean there isn't room to squeeze just a little more usefulness out of it. Take the humble binder, or bulldog clip, as it's often called. Its... simple design lets it keep giant stacks of paper in order, prevent loose cables from sliding off your desk--but with a tiny design tweak, it can also serve as a handy spot to hold a cup of coffee.
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The newly merged company Orbital ATK is aiming to restart launches of their "upgraded Antares" rocket in March 2016 using completely new engines, following the catastrophic explosion on Oct. 28, 2014... that destroyed the rocket seconds after blastoff from a Virginia launch pad. Antares was carrying a Cygnus module loaded with supplies on a critical […]
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Behold #TheDress emoji becauseWelcome to A.T.D. — After The Dress See also: Lego settles #TheDress debate: Why not both? Now that a blue-and-black dress changed our view of the universe, we need a way to integrate it into every... aspect of our lives. And because we all live on our phones, the only way to achieve true #TheDress integration is by emoji. Behold, #TheDress emoji: Image: Mashable/Christopher Minses And here's a white-and-gold one because we know some of you are still holding on: Image: Mashable/Christopher Minses Tiny emoji elves: Make this happen, for humanity's (and the Internet's) sake Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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The Pointie is a marker that means serious business

Coolest Gadgets - 27 Feb 2015 21:30
The Pointie is a marker thatLet's be honest with ourselves for a moment. There are times when our inner pacifist, who wants love and peace for the world, goes flying out the window. This is normally when we're in a situation... that is fight or flight, where your life might actually be on the line based on how you react. This can be dealing with a wild animal while camping, someone trying to mug you, ...
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Case Logic is known its line of backpacks, cases, and other storage accessories, all of which are priced affordably, making it quite popular with people looking for inexpensive but quality solutions... for carrying around their devices. We met up with Case Logic at CES this year, where the company had a large booth showcasing all of its products, including the Ibira backpack, one of its newest offerings. We went hands-on with the Ibira backpack in our latest video review, so check it out to see what we thought. The Ibira is a lightweight, slim backpack but we were impressed with what it was able to hold. We fit in a MacBook, an iPad, an Apple keyboard, an iPhone, several chargers and accessories, a water bottle, and several notebooks. Build wise, the backpack is made of a high quality...
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This week in games: Kanye WestIt's the last week before GDC, which means all the serious news is being saved for next week. What we're left with? A collection of the silliest news ever rounded up in Missing Pieces. But like Vin... Diesel's Dungeons and Dragons campaign, we've been going strong for years and we ain't stopping anytime soon. Fast and the Furious, adult diapers, and Kanye West--this is your gaming news for the week of February 23. One quarter mile at a time There are so very, very few cases where I write about console games, but this is one of them: A free Fast and the Furious game is being released as a standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2. In other words, two of my favorite things on this earth slammed together into one giant ball of awesome. Hell, I already drive a 1970 Charger in Forza Horizon 2...
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Google's ITA Matrix is the power user's tool of choice to find flights, including cheap first-class fares and multi-city connections, but you can't book directly on the site. You can, however, use ITA... Matrix codes on Hipmunk, another one of our favorite travel booking sites .
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[From GadgeTell] The jig is up, Sony, and we know full well what's up your sleeve for next week's Mobile World Congress.
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Werner Herzog: The New VoiceWith the latest update to the Impossible Project App for iOS and Android, Impossible have revealed that the voice of the new in-app tutorial for its recently launched Instant Lab Universal is the... acclaimed film-maker, Werner Herzog.
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[From GadgeTell] Slowly but steadily, BlackBerry's US business is picking up, with sales of unlocked Passports and Classics reportedly breaking recent records, and carriers lined up to get a piece of... the on-contract action.
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Here's What It Was Like Inside Jabba The Hutt

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 21:25
Here's What It Was Like InsideJabba the Hutt fans, have we got a geekout for you. "Filmumentary" maker Jamie Benning interviewed Jabba puppeteer Toby Philpott over Skype about his work inside the gelatinous villain of "Return of... the Jedi." Then Benning combined Philpott's words with behind-the-scenes footage to make the mini-documentary "Slimy Piece Of Worm-Ridden Filth: Life Inside Jabba The Hutt." Getting the slug-like bad guy to move and express himself was no easy task in early 1980s animatronics, sometimes requiring multiple men inside the massive puppet, as the video recalls. But whenever Jabba filled the screen, the effort clearly was worth it.
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10 Spock Quotes That Took Us Where No One Has Gone Before

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 21:24
10 Spock Quotes That Took UsWithout Spock, there would be no "Star Trek." The Starship Enterprise's part-Vulcan officer always captivated audiences with his wit and logic while knowing exactly how to keep Captain Kirk in check.... On Friday, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made Spock famous, died at the age of 83. Now, looking back on his career, we fondly remember the times no one could have said it better than Spock. In honor of Nimoy, here are 10 of Spock's best quotes from "Star Trek": 10. On change. 9. On sacrifice. 8. On critical moments. 7. Spock just being Spock. 6. When even he doesn't understand. Image: Giphy 5. ... like when it comes to women. 4. On the difference between wanting and having. 3. On luck. 2. Fascinating! 1. And of course. Image: Tumblr
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Bits Blog: Google Unveils Plan for New Corporate Campus

The New York Times - 27 Feb 2015 21:24
Bits Blog: Google Unveils PlanGoogle unveiled a radical proposal for a new campus that would replace its current headquarters in Mountain View.
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Panasonic shared a few more details on its Firefox-OS powered TVs this week, announcing that Firefox OS will be used for six different models in its 2015 line of TV sets…
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Ask: Sharing Monitors between Computers

Mac Life - 27 Feb 2015 21:22
Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? Here's the answer. In this edition of Ask, we'll explain what to do when you're having trouble sharing monitors between your Mac and another computer. Question... I have two computers and two monitors: a Mac Pro (running Mavericks) with a 27-inch Dell monitor connected using DisplayPort, and a Windows 8 PC with another Dell monitor that's shared between the PC and the Mac Pro over DVI on the PC. Sometimes I want to use both monitors on the Mac, but if I unplug the monitor from the PC and connect it to the Mac Pro, the Mac recognises the new display, but the screen stays black. After a few seconds the monitor goes into standby. How do I fix this? Answer OS X sends a query to the monitor through the video cable when the Mac first boots or wakes from...
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Traveling Photographer_NYC has Posted

Strobist - 27 Feb 2015 21:22
Traveling Photographer_NYC hasFor those of you following along with The Traveling Photographer series, Lynda has just posted the New York City episode.This is a city I have visited many times, so we tried to distill this visit... down to a small collection of very cool photo experiences. I hope you like it.Lastly, NYC completes the series--for now, anyway. Whether or not it continues will be determined solely by how many views it gets. So thanks in advance for your support.-DH
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12 times Leonard Nimoy's voiceBehind an iconic haircut was a booming voice that truly was prosperous. But Leonard Nimoy was more than just Spock. Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, was a Star Trek mainstay and a legend in the... science-fiction world. He was also a musician, a poet and a prominent voice actor See also: Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is a beautiful way to remember the iconic actor With a booming voice that resonated in films, cartoons and video games, he was a perfectly logical fit for the roles of sinister villains and wise, old patriarchs. His repertoire ranged from starring in animated features to cameos in bizarre games.
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Your Data Is Doomed (Comic)

Re/code - 27 Feb 2015 21:17
Your Data Is Doomed (Comic)Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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MLB At Bat app redesigned,The MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad gets a big update today in time for Spring Training bringing Spanish language support, new features, and all the details on what content will be available.... Most of the app has also been redesigned including all new UI’s for team pages, scoreboards, and the newsreader. Also […]
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Not feeling acutely queasy at the relentless perversion of our great big world yet today? Here ya go: Instagram accounts devoted to showcasing photos of "sexy teens" are becoming commenting hotbeds... for swapping kiddie porn.
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Visa Announces Acquisition Of Visa announced today that it’s planning to acquire Mountain View-based TrialPay, an e-commerce payment platform which sits in between payments and advertising, providing consumers with an... alternative way to pay for items by agreeing to take advantage of another merchant’s offer. For example, in mobile applications, TrialPay allows gamers to unlock premium content by agreeing to…
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'Mortal Kombat X' trailerIn the moments between the extreme, bone-crunching fights and even nastier fatalities, Mortal Kombat X weaves a story that picks up 25 years after the last game — 2011's Mortal Kombat 9 — left... off. A new trailer for the X reveals a glimpse of many new and returning characters. Along with Cassie Cage — the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade — we're introduced to more kids following in their parents' footsteps, including Jacqueline Briggs, daughter of Jax, and Takashi Takeda, son of Kenshi and Kung Jin, the descendant of Kung Lao. This team must protect Earth from new threats emerging from the Outworld
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Mercedes-AMG's GT3 racecarMercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the AMG GT3, a track-only racecar based on the new AMG GT. The car forgoes the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 from the standard car in favor of the 6.3-liter V8 from the... SLS AMG GT3. The post Mercedes-AMG's GT3 racecar employs 6.3-liters of free-breathing V8 muscle appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Get the Led out: ZeppelinHaving only recently joined the Spotify fold with an exclusive deal in 2013, Led Zeppelin's entire discography is now available across a host of streaming services, including the lossless service,... Tidal. The post Get the Led out: Zeppelin escapes Spotify prison, lands on multiple streaming services appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Officials with NASA and its independent safety panel told a House committee Feb. 27 that the agency is now starting to share technical information about its commercial crew contracts after that panel... recently complained about a lack of access. The post NASA, Safety Panel Say Commercial Crew Information Now Flowing appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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The family of a 48-year-old man who died in November is suing the maker of a medical scope, following a superbug outbreak at a UCLA medical center late last year. The man, Antonio Terres Cerda, died... in November. But what seemed like an isolated incident is quickly turning into a much bigger scandal. The type of medical scope that spread the superbug in California has been implicated in a number of other deaths in others states, reports Bloomberg.
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Arctic research vessel arrives in Alaska home port, prepares for trials in Bering Sea ice
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10 Leonard Nimoy quotes thatGoodbye to Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83. You have been, and always shall be, our friend. The actor, photographer and author inspired millions — not only with his role as Mr. Spock in the... ultimate sci-fi series Star Trek, but also with his kind and motivating words throughout the years. See also: The Internet reacts to the death of Leonard Nimoy He and his signature character's wisdom are celebrated by both old and new Trekkies whenever they need a loyal, logical friend to inspire them. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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schwit1 writes: Research and actual experience have found that adjusting to the slightly longer Martian day is not as easy as you would think. "If you're on Mars, or at least work by a Mars clock, you... have to figure out how to put up with the exhausting challenge of those extra 40 minutes. To be exact, the Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long, a length of day that doesn't coincide with the human body's natural rhythms. Scientists, Mars rover drivers, and everyone else in the space community call the Martian day a "sol" to differentiate it from an Earth day. While it doesn't seem like a big difference, that extra time adds up pretty quickly. It's like heading west by two time zones every three days. Call it 'rocket lag.'"
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9 Funny Someecards To End Your Week On A High Note

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 21:05
9 Funny Someecards To End YourWhat do you mean February is over already? We blinked and POOF it was gone. We braved frigid temps and -- shudder -- Valentine's Day. Up next? We have "House of Cards" binge-watching sessions and... (fingers crossed) warmer temperatures. And on top of all that, we have this week's funniest Someecards. Things are looking up!
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MythBuster Adam Savage buildsThis model of the hedge maze from the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film has the level of detail you'd expect from an experienced movie model maker.
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VLC 2.2 for Windows: Hands-onProducts that try to be all things to all people are typically mediocre at everything. The free and open-source VLC--the VideLAN player--comes closer to pulling it off than any software on the market,... paid or free. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with this cross-platform video-playback software; mostly the former, and the latter only occasionally. I love the way it handles nearly every format, including HEVC; that it allows dragging and dropping subtitles; that it can capture from video cameras; and that it can play network streams (hence its name); and more. But I hate the way it misfires, depending on the version, on certain AVIs, FLVs, and MPEG files. Even more, I hate the way in which it misfires--requiring more than ordinary effort to close. I was hoping version 2.2 would...
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Can wearables go prime time in 2015?

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 21:01
Can wearables go prime time inTalkingTech panel tackles second try for Google Wallet, YouTube's money problem, gender equality in tech          
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Do dishwashers cause allergies in kids?

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 21:00
Do dishwashers cause allergiesNew Swedish study suggests that there may be such a thing as "too clean."          
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Apple is building a spaceship. Nvidia will work inside alien polygons . Amazon has its orbs . Soon, Google might have an crazy new headquarters of its own: A series of giant, transparent canopied... buildings filled with open spaces for Googlers to congregate.
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It's easy to hate on Nintendo. With the Wii U, the company played right into negative consumer expectations by releasing a product derided for its kid-friendly appeal, Fisher-Price toy-like looks,... less-than-bleeding-edge silicon, confusing branding a...
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Satellite images of the Amazon show that deforestation in Brazil has, at points, risen to levels 467 per cent of last year's
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NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station....
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Prepare for 'Game of Thrones'We have chills — and it's not because winter is coming Forte Tenors' operatic twist on the Game of Thrones theme song, which Mashable is premiering in this stunningly produced music video, will give... you the right amount of goosebumps before HBO debuts Season 5 on April 12. And, yup, that's High Valyrian you're hearing as Forte Tenors, a group made famous as finalists on America's Got Talent Season 8, are taking a brave stab at the fictional language on top of the composer Ramin Djawadi's music Members Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Hana Ryu are including the song on their album, The Future Classics, ​which PledgeMusic will sell online later this year​. For now, you can add this to your workout playlist by purchasing it on Loudr, iTunes or Amazon.
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How the 'memristor' couldA new type of electrical component called "memristor" could mean the end of electronics as we know it and the beginning of a new era called "ionics".
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AT&T Moto X scores the latestIt's better late than never in the world of Android updates. The Verizon and Pure Edition of the latest Moto X have already had their turn at Lollipop, but now it's finally here for AT&T devices. It's... one of several updates to catch our eye in this week's roundup of major software updates for the biggest devices, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, as well as unlocked phones and even wearables. Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, and squash those pesky bugs. AT&T Moto X (2nd generation): While other models have already scored Lollipop, Motorola says Android 5.0.2 is here now, with all the details in the latest changelog. Motorola sticks pretty close to stock Android, so...
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Crystal Baller: Rewind thisWe get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what's really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we're busting out our rumor debunker each week... to blow up…
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'Boldly go': Astronauts honorLeonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at 83, inspired generations of astronauts thanks to his portrayal of Mr. Spock in Star Trek on the U.S.S. Enterprise. And Nimoy was front-row-center when NASA rolled... out the real space shuttle Enterprise in 1976, joined by DeForest Kelley, the actor who played Dr. "Bones" McCoy on Star Trek, George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott), and a group of NASA administrators. Astronauts and space agencies on Twitter shared remembrances of the man who played Spock as word of his death broke on Friday afternoon See some of their tributes, below.
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Microsoft's Excel-friendlyTablets aren't typically great at data entry, as you have to hunt and peck for the numbers on the virtual keyboard. Microsoft is trying to ease the pain, releasing its own Keyboard for Excel to the... Play Store. It includes the traditional 10-digit keypad that still graces the right side of hardware keyboards, something number crunchers swear by for rapid data entry. Power through those cells with Microsoft's new keyboard.
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Huawei posts ads forAs journalists and industry members alike start hitting Barcelona Airport for MWC 2015, they'll be greeted by a large number of ad placements from Huawei for a watch that has yet to be announced. The... "Huawei Watch," as the ad calls it, is circular and shown off in three distinct styles on the billboard - silver with a silver mesh band, gold with a brown leather band, and black with a black sports band. The billboards read "Timeless design. Smart within.", with a sophisticated-looking model wearing a nice suit and the silver watch. The "timeless" portion of the pitch refers to the classic design - this is a round watch, of course - and "impeccable craftsmanship," while the "smart" portion lists state-of-the-art wearable technology and Android Wear as features.
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The idea of industry-specific Top Level Domains (TLDs) has always been a bit of a novelty. Purchasing the rights to your very own domain always seems like a great idea at the time - but experts reckon... it doesn't make a lick of sense from a branding or SEO point of view. Well, Google's latest […] The post Is Google's Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer? appeared first on WIRED.
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In 2015, one thing is clear, startups are continuing to dominate. Entrepreneurs are using their visions and abilities to overturn industries. But for all that makes entrepreneurs different, the... successful ones share one common practice: they are able to learn and adapt while making their vision a reality. Below, I list some of the lessons […] The post What I Wish I Knew in My 20s as an Entrepreneur appeared first on WIRED.
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Google just revealed a wild proposal for remaking its main office space in Mountain View, California -- rather than simply build more modern office buildings, Google is seeking to build some giant... glass "canopies" with insides that can be rebuilt and repurposed easily depending on what the company needs. It's incredibly ambitious, and the company already admitted that some of the technology it needs to pull this vision off doesn't exist yet. And even if this does come to pass the way Google wants, the first of these buildings won't exist for another five years. Nonetheless, Google's plans are impressive and beautiful enough to warrant a closer look. The following renders and accompanying descriptions come straight from Google's...
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Low Latency 121: Time after time

CNET - 27 Feb 2015 20:50
Low Latency 121: Time afterOver $11 million later, Pebble proves there are still innovative ways to debut a product.
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Barclays to allow payments byThe next chapter in banks moving into the digital age is a stretch beyond reminding customers over phone lines that they can also bank online. Barclays has launched Twitter payments through Pingit.
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Former travel agent ordered toA former travel agent must sell his house and car to compensate customers he scammed out of a Mediterranean cruise, a New Jersey judge said Thursday. Ellis Hester pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, 2011, and... at the time, Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. ordered him to pay $67,000 total in restitution to the 20 customers he had sold the cruise. The judge also placed him on probation for five years. See also: How a TV show from the '80s shaped today's leisure cruise industry "The customers, some of whom had used Hester’s Deva Travel agency in Monroe Township NJ for years, said they felt betrayed and embarrassed, since long-time customers persuaded trusting friends to take the cruise with them," the Gloucester County prosecutor wrote in 2011. "Some were retirees who took on extra work to...
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Geospatial imagery and services provide DigitalGlobe on Feb. 27 said its WorldView-3 satellite is the key to driving growth both with the company's dominant customer, the U.S. government, and in the... global commercial market. The post WorldView-3’s Imagery Sharpens DigitalGlobe's Competitive Edge appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Cook: Apple Watch 'designed'We know enough about the Apple Watch to keep us interested, but there's still a lot we don't know. Even when it comes to pricing, we're still in the dark a bit. Slowly, Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaking... details about the Apple Watch, though. We've heard the water resistance might be better than expected, and now Cook is hinting …
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Google Unveils Plans For Google just unveiled plans for a new headquarters in Mountain View that looks like a series of canopies or even almost geodesic-dome like formations. This is the first time the company has designed... and built offices from scratch, and it’s partnering with Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, which will lead to a better way of working. Instead of very…
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Cook says Apple Watch willApple Inc's latest product, the Apple Watch, might replace the need for car keys, chief executive Tim Cook told the Telegraph in an interview.
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Facebook now allows its users,Facebook might not allow drag queens or Native Americans to use their real names on its service, but it looks like the company isn’t totally insensitive to its users’ various cultures. The company... revealed yesterday that it will no longer define genders via the drop-down list that appeared whenever someone made or updated their Facebook profile information. Instead, the service will now allow users to input […]
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Sexy times are back on Blogger

PC World - 27 Feb 2015 20:46
Sexy times are back on BloggerGoogle will continue to permit sexually explicit content to be publicly shared on Blogger, reversing a policy change it announced earlier this week. Instead of making blogs with adult content private,... the search giant will "step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn," Google said Friday in a post on its product support page. On Tuesday, Google said it was adopting a more stringent stance in how adult content was shared on its blogging platform. According to the new policy, after March 23, blogs that displayed either sexually explicit images and videos or graphic nudity would be changed to private blogs. Access to these sites would be restricted to people who received an invitation from the owners. The content, however, would not be deleted. To keep their...
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(VIDEO) Google's AdX BiggerIt is often said that the "programmatic" shift from manual ad-buying to automated mechanisms will do for Madison Avenue what computer trading did to Wall Street. But, on one measure, it's already... bigger than that. "The number of transactions now on the DoubleClick Ad Exchange, if you add them together, is larger than every stock exchange in the world put together," Google media platform sales head for Americas, Jay Vanderzee, tells Beet.TV. "The entire world has voted. This type of transaction is now so large at this point, I find it hard to believe we're ever going to go backwards. We're just at the beginning of the data revolution." He was interviewed at Beet.TV's annual executive retreat by Nielsen digital MD Andrew Feigenson The Beet Retreat '15 was sponsored by AOL and Videology....
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Windows/Mac/Linux/Android/iOS: VLC is hands-down one of the best media players around and today it gets a little better by adding an in-app extensions store, playback resuming, and more. More... importantly, the iOS version of the app returns to the App Store.
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My dad was -- and is -- a huge Star Trek nerd, and when I was a kid he'd excitedly show me episodes of the original series in syndication. It was a show that he watched in college, he'd say,... explaining why Kirk was Kirk, Bones was Bones, and most importantly, why Leonard Nimoy's Spock was Spock. One of my earliest moments of geek fandom was when I tracked down the script for the original Star Trek pilot, "The Cage." I got it, read it, and excitedly took it to my dad. Kirk wasn't even in it, I explained to him. Spock had these crazy emotions! My dad knew, of course. He was a Star Trek geek after all.
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Jimmy Fallon's #EmailFailA recent Gmail glitch caused users to send emails to the wrong people, which potentially led to a lot of awkward situations. In honor of all the awkwardness, Jimmy Fallon made this week's hashtag... #EmailFail. And FYI, these are hilarious: @jimmyfallon a woman at my work thought FYI in an email stood for "f*** you idiot" #EmailFail -- Shelby Susnick (@Shelby_Delaine) February 25, 2015 My dad once typed out an entire email in the subject bar #EmailFail -- Amber Roepke (@LilAmberMay) February 25, 2015 My grandparents used to print off emails, hand write responses, and mail them. #EmailFail -- Lindsay Pearce (@lindsaypearce) February 26, 2015 While you're waiting for your grandparents to get the proper postage on that latest email, you should probably check out the rest of the tweets in the...
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Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPadAs we head into March, deals are beginning to pick up a little bit. The iPad Air 2 is still available at discounted prices from B&H Photo, and Best Buy is offering discounts on its stock of original... iPad Air tablets. There are also deals to be had on the iMac, the MacBook Air, and the Retina MacBook Pro, plus, as always, we have a nice selection of Apple accessories that have been discounted this week. iPad Air 2 B&H Photo is offering up to $60 off its entire stock of iPad Air 2 models, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to $459. Discounts vary based on model, but the lowest discount is $35 and the highest is $60 off the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2. iPad Air Best Buy is discounting its entire stock of original iPad Air tablets by $50 to $100, depending on the...
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The Do's and Don'ts ofOk, let’s just be honest for a second here: everyone and everything in the world looks drastically cooler with wings. Period. It’s just the way it is. In middle school when I was heavily into my... “drawing magical fantasy creatures” phase (it never ended by the way… just ask my sketchbook), I used to check […]
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Amazon Envisions DeliveryAmazon is obsessed with dreaming up ways to get goods to customers even faster in the future
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Our first look at Google's new headquarters. The post Your First Look at Google’s Reconfigurable, See-Through HQ appeared first on WIRED.
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Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor known to the world as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. Almost as soon as word of his passing hit the Internet, friends, former... co-stars, and fans began expressing grief over the actor's passing. The post Leonard Nimoy Has Died. Here’s How the Internet’s Remembering Him appeared first on WIRED.
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White House drafts privacy(AP)--The White House this week circulated legislation aimed at encouraging U.S. businesses to do more to protect consumer privacy. But privacy advocates were pushing back even before its release,... saying it does nothing to hold businesses accountable for misusing a consumer's personal information.
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Tim Cook believes the AppleWhy would anyone want to buy an smartwatch? This is a question that many of us have likely asked ourselves over the past several months as Android Wear devices begin to seep into the market and Apple... prepares its first wearable. It’s also a question that Tim Cook and the team at Apple had to ask themselves, but they appear to have come up with an answer.
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YouTube for Android will letThe Android YouTube app is being updated to make it easier for creators to edit their videos on the go. The update will give users fine control over where their videos begin and end
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A close friend of mine returned home from vacation to discover his house sitter -- his brother-in-law -- had downed an entire bottle Pappy Van Winkle 20 year bourbon. A tragedy, really. However, if an... alcohol tech duo in Europe has its way, keeping t...
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Tesla is moving incredibly fast on getting its massive battery factory built. According to the company's recent annual filing, Tesla plans to produce batteries in the factory as early as 2016…
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The Bead Bracelet LightningAs the years press on, it's becoming more and more apparent that we will eventually integrate fully with our technology. We can move faster, be stronger, see better, and a whole mess of other awesome... things when combined with gadgets and gizmos. While it will still be a little while before we have to bow down before robot overlords, we can embrace the cute and fashionable side of technology...for now. ...
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You might already have a bug out bag or emergency kit , but those aren't any good to you if you're not carrying them when an emergency happens. This DIY bracelet packs a ton of survival tools on your... wrist so you're prepared for just about any adventure.
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Last year, Korg set out to recreate the Arp Odyssey, a legendary synth that went out of production back in 1981. How does the result sound? Pretty darn good!
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Node.js And IO.js May BeAfter three months of internecine conflict, the popular open source JavaScript framework Node.js may be nearing a reconciliation with dissidents who created a rival version. Mikeal Rogers, a former... Node core contributor and current community lead of that rival, IO.js, posted a proposal for healing the breach late Thursday in the IO GitHub repository. "A lot of questions have been coming our way about what a merger of the node.js and io.js projects might look like," Rogers wrote. "People in both projects want to know their work won't be thrown away and that we can preserve the positive aspects of each project." There's also a copy of the proposal in Node's GitHub repository, so there's no doubt Joyent is aware of this new development. The debate is lively; the proposal has attracted...
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Leonard Nimoy's final tweet isLeonard Nimoy, in line with his futuristic role as Mr. Spock, was active on social media The actor used Twitter to share his poetry, recommend art exhibits, reminisce about his time shooting Star Trek... and even signed off every tweet with Spock's credo, "LLAP" or "Live long and prosper." See also: Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 Nimoy, who was hospitalized in mid-February, last tweeted on Feb. 23: A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 His touching final message is the perfect way to remember the iconic actor
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Splunk's Rare Valuation Looks Way Overdone

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 20:28
Splunk's Rare Valuation LooksSplunk's performance can't be argued with. Its valuation is another story.
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Google's proposed newGoogle unveiled its proposal for a new campus located at its Mountain View, California headquarters that looks like something from a science fiction movie. The proposal is being submitted to the... Mountain View City Council for their approval.
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My Q and A With FirasFiras Kittaneh wants to disrupt the mattress industry. And the success of his online mattress company Amerisleep is about more than people's increased willingness to buy a mattress online without... every trying it out in a showroom. It's about something much bigger: our changing attitude toward sleep. As Kittaneh points out, we spend a significant part of our home lives in bed. And more and more people around the world are seeing that a good night's sleep requires more than a subpar mattress in a distraction-filled bedroom. We are living through an incredible time, when the importance of sleep -- to our health, our creativity, our productivity, and indeed every aspect of our lives -- is finally getting its due. In answer to my questions, Kittaneh shared his insights on how we shop for...
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[From GadgeTell] I opened the mail package and, upon realizing what was enclosed, immediately took off around the office like a boomerang. I think my co-workers would describe me as a hybrid between a... cheetah and that four year old boy everyone comes across in Disneyland-- the one with volume control problems and discipline issues. That's me with this selfie stick. I have never been so excited in my life. Here's a small sample of the photos that resulted in the following hours days.
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Is this the first everArchaeologists excavating buildings in the ancient Mayan city of Xultan in the rain forests of Peten, north west Guatemala, discovered a building with murals covering three walls.
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All your questions aboutPebble made headlines this week when it raised more than $10 million in just 48 hours on Kickstarter for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time. There's no doubt the campaign has been a success, but it left... many wondering why Pebble would be turn to a crowdfunding site in the first place. See also: Pebble Time's record-breaking Kickstarter is great news for the Apple Watch In our live Hangout on Air at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, we discussed what makes a successful Kickstarter campaign and what happens when projects run into issues. You'll hear from Mashable's senior tech analyst Christina Warren, tech editor Pete Pachal, business editor Todd Wasserman and MNML's Scott Wilson
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With expansion into WestBy opening its first store in the Ivory Coast, VMK, based in the Republic of the Congo, is taking a big step in its expansion plans and potentially setting up a designed-in-Africa brand competition... with RLG. VMK has up to now offered products manufactured in China but has plans to start making phones in Africa. RLG, which has global headquarters in Dubai, runs its West African phone-assembling operation from Ghana. VMK's move into West Africa from its Central Africa base in Brazzaville coincided with the Ivory Coast's launch of a project aimed at equipping 500,000 families with a computer or a tablet, plus an Internet broadband connection.
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Suits and Hoodies: The TwoHow a tense exchange between the NSA director and a Yahoo! executive reveals the rift between D.C. and Silicon Valley
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An anonymous reader writes VideoLAN today launched what is arguably the biggest release of VLC to date: an update for the desktop coordinated with new versions across all major mobile platforms. The... world's most-used media player just got a massive cross-platform push. The company says the releases are the result of more than a year of volunteer work on the VLC engine and the libVLC library. As a result, VLC has gained numerous new features, has seen more than 1,000 bugs fixed, and has significantly increased its scope of supported formats.
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Google Joins Parade of Tech Companies Planning New Digs

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 20:21
Google Joins Parade of TechGoogle unveiled an audacious plan to redevelop its headquarters campus on Friday, proposing to convert a hodge-podge of non-descript office buildings into an enclave of signature tent-shaped... glass-and-metal structures.
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc's latest product, the Apple Watch, might replace the need for car keys, Chief Executive Tim Cook told the Telegraph in an interview.
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Great shots of volcanoes erupting somewhere on Earth in the last month. The post Eruption Update for February 27, 2015: Volcanoes Seen from Space appeared first on WIRED.
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None of the Republicans running for president has an agenda for fighting income inequality. But they do have a word for talking about it--opportunity. Jeb Bush says that "the opportunity gap is the... defining issue of our time," and that "more Americans are stuck at their income levels than ever before." "This should alarm you," he said at a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club earlier this month. "It has alarmed me."
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Net Neutrality: A Victory forIn a world without competition, one of the first things to die is innovation.
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The new 2017 Audi R8 hits theAudi has released a promo video showing off its new 2017 R0 V10 Plus in some on-the-go beauty shots. The 610 hp Halo car from Audi will be officially unveiled at Geneva and will go on sale next... summer. The post The new 2017 Audi R8 hits the track and revs the V10 in a new promo video appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How to Speak CPAC

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 20:15
It's 4 p.m., it's frigid outside, it's sunny in a way that feels obnoxious, and Carly Fiorina is descending into a beer-scented abyss. I mean, not really. But the potential 2016 contender--with a... résumé the size of a phone book and a spiritual gift for taking jabs at Hillary Clinton--might be the busiest person at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and part of her jammed schedule is navigating a questionable back stairway down into the basement of The Walrus Oyster & Ale House a few blocks from the convention center to give a quick talk to a boisterous group of about 200 boisterous College Republicans.
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[From GadgeTell] Ready to start the Galaxy S6 and One M9 countdowns?
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These are the apps that areSmartphone battery technology simply cannot keep up with the rate at which other smartphone tech is improving. Some new components are being designed to help extend handset battery life, but it’s... not easy to compensate for the newer high-resolution screens vendors are now using. To compound matters, some of the most popular apps in the world are terrible when it comes to power efficiency, and now they have been named and shamed in a new study from AVG. DON’T MISS: And now, it's Apple's turn to copy Samsung In a study titled “Android App Performance Report,” the software and security experts at AVG turned their attention to application performance in the fourth quarter of 2014. The result is a very thorough look
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Lenovo to allay securityChina's Lenovo Group Ltd on Friday said it will offer free subscriptions to Intel Corp security software to customers who bought laptops that were shipped with a program known as "Superfish," which... made PCs vulnerable to cyberattacks.
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The CEO of Reddit Is Also on"You don't get to become CEO by being a nice lady," wrote DamienJaxx.
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Despite ever increasing regulation in drug approval and the rising costs of research, drug research and development remains unexpectedly efficient, a new shows. To investigate the efficiency in the... development of new drugs, the researchers analyzed a data set consisting of new drugs approved by the FDA. They looked at efficiency indicators that could potentially positively influence the approval of new drugs.
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Listen to Elliot Ackerman discuss his new book, Green on Blue, and take questions from the audience. Recorded Feb. 16, 2015.
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Albuquerque uses 'elephantPetroglyphs are valuable relics of a past age - rock carvings that are produced by chiseling directly into a rock's surface. That being said, archaeologists and conservationists alike are dismayed... when these carvings are defaced by graffiti. What is the best way to clean up the mess? The answer surprisingly is a product named "elephant snot."
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How the Internet grieved theThe Internet grieved on Friday after hearing the news that Leonard Nimoy died at the age of 83 The actor, most famously known as Spock from Star Trek, was more than just an actor. He was a role model... for all things nerd culture, a director, a singer, a photographer and a voice actor See also: Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 Fans and celebrities alike took to social media to honor all of his accomplishments, and to remind all of us to live long and prosper.
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The 'Wankband' Will OfferAdult video website Pornhub has developed an environmentally friendly way to charge your phone and other mobile devices... while you masturbate. Dubbed the "Wankband," the new, wearable device... generates electricity via a valve that generates and stores energy with an up-and-down motion such as a back-and-forth motion of the wrist. The energy is stored with an internal kinetic charger. "At Pornhub, we realize that by offering our users millions of hours of adult content, we are part of the problem," a video on the site explains. "That's why we're going to show men that they can save the planet by doing what they do best." Although the Wankband is still currently in development, officials say the device will adapt "naturally to your routine, working during your most relaxed and...
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Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Google was set to submit a proposal for a new campus in Mountain View next week -- and now we're getting our first look at that proposal, thanks to... a report from Silicon Valley Business Journal. Unsurprisingly, Google isn't just settling for a more modern update to the vast, sprawling series of buildings that already make up its Mountain View offices. Instead, the company worked with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels from the Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio to build a series of city block-sized "canopies" -- glass greenhouse-style buildings. Heatherwick told the SVBJ that the canopies were akin to "a piece of glass fabric, and draping it across some tent...
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Enhancing studies on aNew technology could help advance blood biomarker capabilities for improved diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI). An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic... brain injury each year, and an estimated 5.3 million individuals -- approximately two percent of the U.S. population -- are living with disability as a result of TBI. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from even the slightest bump or blow to the head.
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A new study explores what multiple sclerosis patients know, or want to know, about their physician's financial relationship with the pharmaceutical company sponsoring clinical trials.
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How to disable encryption in Android Lollipop

Android Central - 27 Feb 2015 20:09
How to disable encryption inSo it turns out encryption wasn't exactly what you wanted. Encrypting your smartphone or tablet is a great way to add a passive layer of security to your device, something that doesn't require a lot... of work on your end and could actually protect your data if your device is stolen or you've somehow managed to become a target of some kind. It's far from an impenetrable shield in terms of security, but as long as its not getting in your way there's certainly no harm in having the protection, right? Truth is, sometimes Full Disk Encryption can get in the way. Performance hits, especially when combined with the workload some power users (you know who you are) put on their devices, can be too much to deal with. The good news is it's pretty easy to turn off encryption on most devices, even the...
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TMO Daily ObservationsNot everyone has the same expectations for Apple's March 9 media event. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to duke it out over what announcements we may get along with more Apple Watch... news on the 9th, including John's prediction for a gold Retina Display MacBook Air.
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Whaa? Now there's a secondThe latest images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveal a second mysterious bright spot on the surface of Ceres. Perhaps it's a giant Ceresian welcome sign?
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We're all crying over the"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most human." With those words, Admiral James T. Kirk said a tearful goodbye to Spock in the 1982 film The Wrath of Khan. The emotional... scene resurfaced Friday with news that Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock on Star Trek, died at age 83. Prepare for 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 with Forte Tenors' opera tribute Indiana may install 'baby boxes' for abandoned infants Baby bat eats banana, makes us forget about rabies Video captures woman yelling at flight attendant over candy bar
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Transplanting a human head onto a donor body may sound like the stuff of science fiction comics, but not to Italian doctor Sergio Canavero. He has not only published a paper describing the operation... in detail, but also believes that the surgery could be a reality as early as 2017. ..
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Net neutrality adrenaline rushTrading on Friday suggests investors have little faith in FCC net neutrality rules          
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Review: Sengled's Pulse systemSengled’s Pulse LED light system is definitely a product I never thought would be a thing. The Pulse series is a system of LED lights with built-in speakers. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s... something I never thought would need to exist. That being said, because it was so unique I figured it would be […]
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I'm trying not to cry as I write this. Actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83, leaving behind a legion of grieving fans who have loved him all their lives, and millions of honorary... "grandchildren" like me.
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Hogan, Cena, McMahon bringSAN FRANCISCO — To paraphrase pro-wrestling legend Hulk Hogan: Whatcha gonna do, brother, when your company must navigate a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem, and its biggest event of the year will... take place in the heart of Silicon Valley? If your company is the WWE, that signature event is WrestleMania 31 and it's happening at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California — you go on tour See also: How Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber bonded over an app So it was that the 61-year-old Hogan, current WWE star John Cena and chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon strolled into a ninth-floor conference room at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco late Thursday morning
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The "Bibi, Vidi, Vici" Edition

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 20:03
Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest!
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Marvel Comics Legend Stan LeeWhen he's not starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stan Lee is developing his own legacy in the form of a new video game called 'Stan Lee's Hero Command.'
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Even Vulcans shed a tear:Leonard Nimoy, whose portrayal of "Star Trek's" logic-driven, half-human science officer Spock made him an iconic figure to generations, died Friday. He was 83.
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Center for EnvironmentalPilot project proposals are invited for basic and translational environmental health sciences research.
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Lenovo Offers Free Antivirus Software in Wake of Superfish

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 20:02
Lenovo Offers Free AntivirusLenovo will offer customers free antivirus software and cut down on preloaded software on future personal computers in response to criticism for preloading its consumer laptops with adware called... Superfish.
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The Invisible Photograph: 5Over the past year, the Carnegie Museum of Art has been slowly releasing a 5-part documentary series titled The Invisible Photograph, which offers a look into the hidden side of photography — things... that are “guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.” The last installment was released today, completing a series of videos that […]
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RadioShack's Troubles Feed GameStop Growth Spurt

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 20:01
RadioShack's Troubles FeedGameStop is picking up about 163 RadioShack locations, boosting its Spring Mobile collection of AT&T cellphone sales outlets by about 50%.
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6 important tips forRoughly half of all new businesses close their doors within five years. It's therefore very important for entrepreneurs to learn from the experiences of their forbearers
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[From GamerTell] You can play through Hyrule Warriors' final DLC as Ganon himself.
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YouTube, the behemoth of online video, may have to become more like the medium it hopes to replace one day if it wants to attract an even broader audience. That's why Google's video unit has been... experimenting with a feature called What's Next, which offers users videos in a continuous, linear fashion -- just like TV.
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In Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, the city of Ombre resembles a fantastical, medieval Venice: elegant stone towers are lined with heavy wood furniture and the people dress in lush fabrics, wielding... swords and spears. But Ombre is not Venice; it's an ...
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Book Review: Rust: The Longest War

Scientific American - 27 Feb 2015 20:00
Book Review: Rust: The LongestBooks and recommendations from Scientific American --
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As eight die in shootings in Missouri, US organisations have banded together against a law compelling psychiatrists to report patients with mental illness
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Accumulating debt may seem like falling into a steep ravine and trying to climb out with nothing to hold on to. But there are some resources and methods you can arm yourself with to take control of... (and pay off) your debt. Here's how to get started.
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Seidio Spring Clip Holster forThere are belt clips and then there are belt clips. This is the latter, and that's a good thing. Not wanting a case on your Droid Turbo is one thing. Not wanting any protection at all on your shiny... new Android phone is another. With its slick woven Kevlar backing (or ballistic nylon if that's your thing) it sure looks like it could survive a drop or two on its own, but that doesn't mean you should test fate. Seidio's holster for the Droid Turbo offers a spring loaded clip that locks the phone in place when its not in use, providing just enough protection in the process to give you some extra peace of mind.
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Philips and Siemens made the top 3, though The European Patent Office (EPO) has released its latest annual figures showing that the number of patents filed reached an all-time high in 2014....
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Not sure which Apple Watch toWhen Apple unveiled its “one more thing” at the end of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus media event, the company repeatedly spoke of the numerous ways the device can be customized. Apple Watch... buyers will be able to choose a case type, size, strap model, digital watch face, apps and many other features In total, Apple said there will be millions of different combinations -- likely a valid claim when taking into account all the different things buyers can customize -- but Business Insider points out there are just 22 versions of the Apple Watch to choose from. FROM EARLIER: Apple holding March 9th special event for upcoming products Buyers will have to decide on one of the three price tiers: Apple Watch (316L stainless
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Amazon Web Services and Rackspace are warning their customers of upcoming reboots they're taking to address a new Xen hypervisor security issue. In a premium support bulletin issued Thursday night,... Amazon…
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Well, it's a good day if you're a fan of children's books, because in honor of the great Dr. Seuss, there is an abundance of apps on sale featuring his signature work. Or if you'd rather game or learn... or get productive, we've got that on for size for you too. So let's see what we can see, but unlike Dr. Seuss' character, let's not try to read with our eyes shut, shall we?
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Some Mac users have noted that MacBook Air and MacBook Pro battery life has took a downturn with their Macs running OS X Yosemite. While this doesn’t impact all users, and much of the perception of... diminished battery is likely due to usage and various features, there are some easy settings changes that users can ...
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Storify Founders Leave For Open Source, Baby

TechCrunch - 27 Feb 2015 19:52
Storify Founders Leave For They’ve got new tales to tell. After five years running Storify, which lets you collect social media updates into narrative timelines, co-founders Burt Herman and Xavier Damman are leaving the... startup which was acquired by Livefyre in 2013. They’re passing the reins to several original Storify members, who will keep the service running. Herman’s plan is to focus on raising…
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Leonard Nimoy, Spock on 'StarActor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the beloved Vulcan 'Spock' on the original "Star Trek" TV show, died today (Feb. 27) at 83 years old.
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After its security disaster, company promises "cleaner, safer PCs."
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After its security disaster, company promises "cleaner, safer PCs."
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Something Gold, Something Blue

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 19:50
We now know the Scottish origins of the dress photo--posted so a bride and groom could garner feedback on whether the mother of the bride intended to wear a blue and black or white and gold dress.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Leonard Nimoy, the legendary Mr. Spock, has died at 83
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China Draft Counterterror LawThe law would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors."
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Google backpedals on itsDays after announcing that it would begin cracking down on sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform, Google has reversed its decision The changes, which would have forbid public access to... sexually explicit blogs, were slated to go into effect next month. But the policy change generated substantial backlash. Major criticisms pointed out that some users had been posting non-commercial pornographic content for years; to many, the move seemed too sweeping and random See also: One woman is trying to pressure Google to bury revenge porn Google posted on its product forum on Friday: Hello everyone, This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+...
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NASA gives green light to 3rd ISS spacewalk

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 19:48
NASA gives green light to 3rdEngineers determined no danger posed by water astronaut reported on earlier outing.          
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Leonard Nimoy, 83, passes away at home

Slash Gear - 27 Feb 2015 19:48
Leonard Nimoy, 83, passes awayLeonard Nimoy is gone. The actor died this morning at his Bel Air home in Los Angeles. His passing has been confirmed by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, who says the cause of his death was late-stage... chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Leonard Nimoy said last year his disease was caused by years of smoking, though he had given up …
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 27 Feb 2015 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to do big science at home, programmable pop-up materials and the colour of that dress
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NASA approves Sunday spacewalk despite water leak in helmet, 3rd outing in 1?? weeks
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The 404 Show 1,603: That damnCNET's smiley How-To guy Dan Graziano joins the show this week to discuss his mostly awful taste in everything, not including Blade Runner 2. Other show topics include: Pebble Time, Batman: Arkham... Knight and a new wearable from PornHub.
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Switzerland becomes 1st country to formally submit pledge for UN climate pact
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More reports, more mystery leaks, more questions about the complexity of cleaning up a broken nuclear plant.
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Vesper note-taking app addsQ Branch is out with a big update to Vesper, the alternative note-taking app for iOS. Vesper 2.005 adds landscape support to the app for iPhone so you can now browse, manage, and create notes outside... of portrait orientation. The 2.005 update also includes Vesper for iPad, the first time the note-taking app has been available […]
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Leonard Nimoy, the originalLeonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series, has passed away at the age of 83. The New York Times notes that Nimoy announced he had been suffering... from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last year, and his wife confirmed that this was the cause of his death on Friday. Aside from being an actor, Nimoy was also a director, a writer and a photographer, among his countless other pursuits within the arts. He was an Emmy nominee as well, and a popular public figure for the entirety of his adult life. Nimoy reprised the role of Spock in recent years for the cinematic reboot of the Star Trek series. A life is like a garden. Perfect moments
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Google beats Amazon to .appGoogle's winning bid sets a hefty new record for domain name purchases
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Does Venmo have a security problem?

The Verge - 27 Feb 2015 19:37
It's a familiar sinking feeling. What if the easy app you use all the time is leaving you vulnerable to a digital attack? Even worse, what if the features that make it easy to use are the same ones... that make it vulnerable? That's the case made in a Slate piece by Alison Griswold yesterday, taking Venmo to task for lax security practices. Griswold followed a user whose account had been compromised and drained of close to $3000. The subject didn't find out until a full day later, thanks to disabled notifications. It's unclear how the attacker got in, but the company does not support the two-factor protections that might have kept him out. (Venmo's parent company PayPal offers both two-factor authentication and mandatory notifications for...
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The Best Free Apps for February 27, 2015

AppleTell - 27 Feb 2015 19:37
The Best Free Apps forYouTube Kids, wizards for hire, and a programmable, candy-like button. The post The Best Free Apps for February 27, 2015 appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] The Best Free Apps for February 27, 2015

Technology Tell - 27 Feb 2015 19:37
[From AppleTell] YouTube Kids, wizards for hire, and a programmable, candy-like button highlight this week's best free apps for iOS.
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The Star Trek and sci-fi world at large suffered a great loss today, as Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his role as human/alien Spock in the TV and movie series, he had... been hospitalized two days ago for chest pains. Hi...
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A team of Cornell University researchers focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead....
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New filter could advance terahertz data transmission

e! Science News - 27 Feb 2015 19:36
University of Utah engineers have discovered a new approach for designing filters capable of separating different frequencies in the terahertz spectrum, the next generation of communications bandwidth... that could allow cellphone users and Internet surfers to download data a thousand times faster than today. Once the filter is designed, it can be fabricated using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer.
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Lab-Made Geysers Reveal Hidden Workings | Video

Live Science - 27 Feb 2015 19:34
Lab-Made Geysers Reveal HiddenVolcanologist Michael Manga and student Esther Adelstein study geysers in Chile and Yellowstone National Park in order to better understand the system hidden deep below the surface.
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8 Spaniards arrested forKIEV, Ukraine — Let this be a lesson to anyone looking to join an insurgency abroad: Don't post photos of yourselves posing with military equipment on social media when you return home. That's how... police identified eight suspects who they say fought alongside Russia-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. See also: Ukraine's nameless dead 'would take forever to count' Police said the suspects belonged to communist organizations and had received support from an unofficial pro-Russian network in Europe. People from around the world have reportedly traveled to Ukraine to take part in the fighting on both sides of the conflict, raising the question of whether they would pose a threat to their home countries when they return.
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Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Slashdot - 27 Feb 2015 19:34
Esther Schindler writes: According to the NY Times, Leonard Nimoy died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83 years old. He was, and always shall be, our... friend. From the article: His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century:...
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Kim Dotcom's Mega is droppedMega, the end-to-end encrypted cloud storage platform founded by mercurial entrepreneur and occasional outlaw Kim Dotcom, is back in the news. This time, the company's primary adversary is PayPal,... which earlier this week cancelled its payments processing contract. In a blog post on the news, Mega writes: Eventually PayPal made a non-negotiable decision to immediately terminate services to MEGA. PayPal has apologised for this situation and confirmed that MEGA management […]
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Today's dialectic: Is thatCyberspace was being consumed by an acute philosophical debate on Friday over a picture of a dress many claim is obviously white and gold but others argue just as trenchantly is black and blue.
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Watch Out Apple, Samsung. ThePaying less and getting more in a smartphone is upending the global mobile industry.
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The Metro Areas Where Rent Is Rising Fastest

Life Hacker - 27 Feb 2015 19:30
Where you live makes a big difference in how much you pay for rent. The cost to rent is increasing in the U.S. overall, but some cities are seeing higher price hikes than others. Here are the metro... areas with the highest rent increases in the past year.
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VLC for iOS back on the AppVideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a... massive coordinated release and the re-release of the iOS app. The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features […]
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New York Times: Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the... television and movie juggernaut "Star Trek," died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was a wonderful actor in many roles but will obviously always be known for the iconic Spock. A very sad loss.∞ Read this on The Loop
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A new NASA study focusing on irregularities in Earth's upper atmosphere may help scientists overcome disruptions in GPS communication. The findings provide an insight into the causes of the disruptive... regions, and represent the first time that such observations have been made from space. ..
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iOS 8.2 Could See PublicApple may be planning to release iOS 8.2 to the public as early as next Monday, reports BGR. iOS 8.2 has been in testing since November and notably contains support for the Apple Watch. The March... release date has been rumored for several weeks now, but earlier information pointed towards a launch a bit later in the month, possibly during the second week of March. A Monday, March 2 release date for iOS 8.2 would mean the software would be released to consumers a full week ahead of Apple's scheduled March 9 "Spring Forward" media event, where the company is expected to divulge additional details on the Apple Watch. BGR is fairly accurate when it comes to iOS release date predictions. The site correctly determined several iOS 7 beta release dates, but it has been wrong on occasion. Because...
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Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

Slash Gear - 27 Feb 2015 19:22
Aereo assets sold for a measlyThe TV streaming company that's been battling their way to real release over the past several years is now dead. Aereo just went through an auction to sell off their assets, which they expected to be... sold for between $4 million and $31 million USD. Unfortunately for the company, they just can't catch a break - their entire portfolio of …
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Tim Cook making world tourHe has already traveled to Germany, Belgium, Israel, and London. The post Tim Cook making world tour ahead of Apple Watch appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Apple CEO Tim Cook has been busy touring the world ahead of the launch of the Apple Watch, which we are set to learn more about on March 9th.
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Google may liberate Photos andGoogle could take the "+" out of Google+ Photos and Hangouts, establishing them as separate products worthy of individual attention. "I think increasingly you'll see us focus on communications... [Hangouts], photos and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area," Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of products, told Forbes in an interview. Pichai explained that Google+ could be thought of as two concepts. One is the single sign-in platform that lets Google share your data across services like Gmail and Drive. The other is the Google+ "stream" and all the social features around it. When Google+ launched in 2011, Photos and Hangouts were pitched as key features of the social networking component.
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MWC through the years: BestMobile phones have certainly changed a lot in a short space of time, from dumb handsets to feature phones to the content-rich smartphones we have today. And there has been no better place to see that... growth over the years than the hallowed halls of the...
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I'm completely freaking out:I promise this is the last thing I’ll ever write about The Dress. Really, I swear. But I just looked at the exact same picture I’d used earlier this morning that I thought clearly showed a... light-blue-and-gold dress… and now it looks blue and black. FROM EARLIER: I thought the 'What color is this dress?' controversy was stupid... until I asked my wife to weigh in And it’s not even close, either — when I looked at the picture again, I had to ask my colleagues if they’d secretly switched it out with a different picture just to mess with me. Being a classic paranoid, I didn’t believe them when they told me they didn’t, so I went to look at
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Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Mashable - 27 Feb 2015 19:20
Leonard Nimoy dies at 83Find out what it is that touches you most deeply. Pursue it, learn about it, explore it, expand on it. Live with it and nurture it. Leonard Nimoy in a 2014 interview with MIT Leonard Nimoy, the man... who made Mr. Spock famous, died on Friday at age 83. Nimoy — an actor, singer, photographer, poet and voice artist who was so much more than just the character he played on Star Trek — was hospitalized in mid-February for severe chest pains. He had been suffering for years from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, frequently blaming a smoking habit that he gave up decades ago.
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Leaked mid-range LTEIn all the lead-up to MWC, we've come across something from BlackBerry! This alleged device is actually pretty snappy, too. A mid-range device, the handset has reportedly ditched its 'Rio' moniker for... the 'Leap' mid-range brand BlackBerry is believed to be launching. Sporting a composite shell, the handset doesn't offer up many details, and we even see an OS that …
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You've probably never heard of the Xiaomi Mi Note. You can't buy one in the US. You should read this story anyhow. It's about a smartphone--a really good smartphone--but it's also about the future of... personal electronics. You care about the future, no?
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Growth signal can influenceIn theory, a tumor is an army of clones, made up of many copies of the original cancerous cell. But tumor cells don't always act like duplicates, and their unpredictable behavior can create problems... for treatment. For while some cells within a tumor succumb to anti-cancer drugs, others may survive to bring the cancer back to life once therapy has ended.
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A surgical algorithm developed and implemented by ovarian cancer specialists dramatically increases the frequency of complete removal of all visible tumor - a milestone strongly tied to improved... survival. The algorithm is a framework for a personalized surgical approach that allows surgeons to be "much smarter about whom we operate on up front, providing a more individualized approach to surgery that's led to better results for our patients," said one clinician.
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Dead Trigger developerMadfinger, the development team behind the Dead Trigger mobile zombie-themed shooter game series, have announced plans to launch yet another zombie first person shooter. It's called Unkilled and it's... due for release in June.
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Apple hit by another lawsuitOn the hook for $533 million in damages from the first trial, Apple finds itself the target of a second and related lawsuit from the patent firm.
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Lenovo's credibility took a big hit this month, courtesy of the Superfish scandal: Pre-installed adware on Lenovo computers resulted in a risk to user privacy and security. The company has since... apologized…
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Rob Ford is auctioning off theIn case you were wondering, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's eBay store is pretty successful. Ford, who opened the store on Feb. 13, appears to be auctioning off the tie he wore while while he admitted... to having smoked crack in 2013. See also: A Look Back Through Rob Ford's Facebook Timeline Image: eBay At the time of writing, the current bid for the tie sits at $9,250, with five days left in the auction. Ford tweeted a link to the listing, but hasn't yet responded to questions as to whether it's the same tie he wore in the press conference in 2013. Ford has stated that 10% of the proceeds from his eBay auctions will go to liposarcoma research and care facilities. The former mayor, who was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in September 2014, has not stated where the remaining 90% of...
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Shift Messenger Makes It Easy Anyone who has worked a retail job knows what a pain it is to take time off. You usually have to find someone to cover your shift and, unless you’ve managed to arrange your schedule in advance,... that often entails panicked texts and phone calls to co-workers. A new startup called Shift Messenger wants to make the process less painful. Backed by Y Combinator, Shift Messenger was founded…
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The company behind the one-off Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina has unveiled its latest creation. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) has developed road and race versions of the new SCG003. SCG says it has... downforce and engine torque that are "unknown in the supercar world."..
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Magna Steyr MILA Plus hybridThe Magna Steyr MILA Plus is a hybrid sports car concept from an Austrian manufacturer that typically assembles other companies' cars. It will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next week. The post... Magna Steyr MILA Plus hybrid concept revealed ahead of 2015 Geneva Motor Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Forget Apple, the Noodoe WatchWhat does it take to stand out in the wearables market? The Noodoe Watch is being billed as a creative alternative to the Apple Watch. We talked to ex-HTC CMO and Noodoe founder, John Wang, to learn... more. The post Forget Apple, the Noodoe Watch really wants to be the next Swatch appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Last chance to Pay What YouCult of Mac Deals is proud to offer the Pay What You Want: Learn to Design Bundle, a package of elite level web design courses valued at $840, for one shockingly low price. Hurry though, this offer... expires tomorrow night! With…
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If you're planning an overseas trip anytime soon, today's Amazon Gold Box features Level 1 Rosetta Stone packs in over a dozen languages for $69 each. [Rosetta Stone Language Software, $69]
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If you're planning an overseas trip anytime soon, today's Amazon Gold Box features Level 1 Rosetta Stone packs in over a dozen languages for $69 each. [Rosetta Stone Language Software, $69]
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One of the Most Useful iOSVLC lets you play all sorts of different media
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CyClip is an Apple Watch bikeAn upcoming product called CyClip will act as a bicycle handlebar mount for the Apple Watch. Currently in development by a company called Var out of Michigan, the team plans to launch the product... shortly after Apple launches the Apple Watch in April. CyClip provides a simple and elegant solution to a simple problem. Just […]
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Priceline Names Unit's CEO

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 19:14
Priceline Group Inc. on Friday tapped company veteran Paul Hennessy to lead priceline.com as the division's next chief executive, effective April 1.
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Suomi NPP Looks at America From Orbit

SpaceRef - 27 Feb 2015 19:13
True color look at the contiguous US from Suomi NPP on 26 February 2015. Larger image...
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Hyperloop Closer to Becoming a Reality

ABC News - 27 Feb 2015 19:12
Hyperloop Closer to Becoming aThe first Hyperloop test track could be built as early as 2016 in California, moving Elon Musk's dream of a high-speed transportation system closer to reality.
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The popular open source video player app VLC got updated across all of its platforms Friday, including iOS, Android, Windows phone and RT as well as all desktop versions. VLC also…
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#TheDress Sparked A HugeWhat color is it? That question had just about everyone with a social media account scratching their heads on Thursday, when 21-year-old Scottish folk singer Caitlin McNeill posted a photo of a dress... on Tumblr. "Me and my friends can't agree and we are freaking the f*ck out," McNeil wrote in the photo's caption--and they weren't the only ones who couldn't. Some people saw the dress as white and gold, while others say it as blue and black. The dress really is blue and black, so why do some perfectly sane people see it as white and gold? Here comes the science. (Story continues below image.) In the middle, the original photo of the dress. The photo on the left has been color-corrected as if the dress were white. The photo on the right has been color-corrected to blue-black. "It's a...
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200 Light Orbs Captured inDid you know that there’s a Guinness World Record for the most light orbs painted into a single long-exposure photograph? The record was most recently broken by a group of 12 notable light painting... photographers who gathered together in the middle of last year to create a photo featuring 200 light orbs. The team was […]
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Sony-less Vaio is jumping intoThe crowded Android phone pool has yet another competitor jumping in, but the newcomer is one you've heard of before. Japanese Industrial Partners, the new owner of the once-iconic Vaio brand, is... releasing a smartphone March 12. The announcement doesn't give any details, but GSM Arena has some rumored specs: a 5-inch 720p display, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chip and a 13MP camera. It's not anything that will dissuade someone who is eyeing the new HTC One or Galaxy S6, but it's interesting to see what was once considered a luxury PC brand taking a stab at the Android smartphone market.
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UN says experts will decide in August whether to recommend mass Ebola vaccine program
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Pebble smartwatch nears Kickstarter record

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 19:05
Pebble smartwatch nearsThe latest version of the Pebble smartwatch neared a record funding amount on Kickstarter on Friday amid growing interest in wearable tech and ahead of the highly anticipated Apple Watch launch.
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Best BMI Calculator Apps

Live Science - 27 Feb 2015 19:03
Best BMI Calculator AppsApps that calculate your body mass index (BMI) can provide a window into your health. But which ones really work and are also easy to use? Live Science finds out.
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Swatch's first foray into the fitness-tracking business is the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen watch built with beach volleyball in mind. This is an upgrade to the barely readable Swatch Touch,... introducing features that track the ferocity of your spike...
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EXCLUSIVE: iOS 8.2 releaseApple has been hard at work on multiple upcoming iOS versions simultaneously, and we’ve been told that iOS 8.2 is finally moving to the release stage. Barring any last minute problems, I would... expect to see iOS 8.2 released this coming Monday, or the following week at the absolute latest. DON’T MISS: Is the Galaxy S6 really an iPhone ripoff? Leaked comparison photo lets you be the judge Additionally, we were told there might be as many as four iOS 8.3 beta versions. Apple released iOS 8.3 beta 2 earlier this week, so that leaves two more versions before the company makes it publicly available to customers. iOS 8.3 adds support for multiple new features and is filled with improvements in the operating system,
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Scott Walker: Islamic State IsWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) compared the Islamic State, the terrorist group sometimes referred to as ISIS or ISIL, to a computer virus in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday. "You... got to take them out entirely," Walker said of the Islamic State. "They are like a virus in your computer that takes out your whole computer. If you don't weed it out you're just gonna be back at it again more and more." While speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference earlier on Thursday, Walker said he is prepared to take on the threat of the Islamic State thanks to his experience undermining labor unions in Wisconsin. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world," Walker said. The governor later clarified his comments, telling the Wisconsin...
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Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special event on Monday March 9 at the... Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the…
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9to5Toys Lunch Break:Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.... Today’s can't miss deals: Monoprice MFi Lightning cables extra $5 off + free shipping: keychain, metal, micro-USB combo, more Beats Studio Wired Over-Ear Headphones (matte black, white, titanium) $230 […]
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[From GamerTell] Part of the fun of Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires is having fun with the custom officer scenarios.
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Google reverses ban onThe tech giant makes a hasty U-turn on its decision to ban sexually explicit content from Blogger blogs.
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How to Get Cheap (or Free) Mulch and Compost

Life Hacker - 27 Feb 2015 19:00
If you are short on time and space to manage your own compost pile , but need it for your thriving garden, there is a cheap--and sometimes free--way to get it.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Have you ever dreamed of creating your designs for the web or mobile devices? It's an art in its own right, creating interfaces and... designs that are equa parts visually appealing and functional. If you want to bring your design dreams to life, then you should grab the Learn to Design Bundle. You can pick the price in our Deals tab. What you'll find in the Learn to Design Bundle is the starter kit to your design career. It's packed with the know-how that you'll need asa you start on your journey to create your own web creations. You'll learn everything there is to know about design fundamentals, responsive design, designing for user experience, and using the powerful Adobe Creative Suite to make your work even better. With...
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A user's guide to touch

New Scientist - 27 Feb 2015 19:00
Ever wondered why being stroked produces wildly different sensations depending on where you're being touched? We have the answers (full text available to subscribers)
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The Mars "Methane Equals Life" Debate Rolls On...

The Daily Galaxy - 27 Feb 2015 19:00
The Curiosity robot confirms methane in Mars' atmosphere which may hint that life may have existed. An article published in Science confirms the existence of methane fluctuations in the atmosphere of... Mars, as a result of the detailed analysis of...
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'This is an agile process, meaning... er, whatever we want it to mean' Bored with another grey Friday? Here is a game for two players. The exercise allows you to keep up to date with vital... subsidy-seeking buzzwords - while retaining the vital element of "fun"....
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[From GadgeTell] Just when Big Red customers thought the torment was over, and they'd be able to buy the biggest, fastest, coolest Nexus smartphone yet directly from their favorite carrier... nothing... happened.
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Why This Company Wants to StopA fight between heavyweights
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Aerial footage reveals a unique green overpass designed to reconnect habitats sliced in two by an Argentinean road
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David Cameron defends securityLONDON — Could the British security services have done more to prevent the radicalization of Mohammed Emwazi, who has been identified by British officials as ISIS figurehead "Jihadi John"? That's... the question some have been asking since the Kuwait-born Londoner was reported on Thursday to be the man behind the mask in several videos purportedly showing the killing of western hostages. See also: ISIS militant 'Jihadi John' believed to be a computer programmer from London British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the security services, saying they are doing an "incredibly impressive" job keeping the country safe.
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Lenovo vows to stop shippingIt only took an embarrassing adware scandal that put millions of PCs at risk, but Lenovo has had a revelation: People just want clean Windows. As such, Lenovo will significantly reduce the amount of... pre-loaded software on its PCs. The cutbacks on bloatware will begin immediately, and by the time Windows 10 arrives this fall, new PCs will only include the operating system, security tools, Lenovo's own apps, and any software necessary to make the hardware run properly. (An exception will be made in countries where certain applications are "customarily expected by users.") "This should eliminate what our industry calls 'adware' and 'bloatware,'" Lenovo said in a statement.
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Lenovo promises Windows 10Says Superfish clean up will be finished for new OS' launch
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Follow Android Central for allFor the full MWC 2015 experience, you'll want to follow the folks from Android Central on all of the social media channels. When it comes to trade shows, there's the show, and then there's the show.... The former will be found on the front page of this site called Android Central and at our MWC 2015 page, but the latter will only be found by following us on Google+, Twitter and Instagram. That's where the after-hours fun, off-the-wall random findings from the show, quick analysis and all-around cool Android stuff lives. While we all fly over to Spain and spend a week knee-deep in all things Android mobile, you can follow along with all of our accounts. We look forward to interacting with everyone as we go through the week!
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The Lollipop kernel source isHTC has released the Android 5.0 Lollipop kernel source for the HTC One M7 Developer Edition on its developer site. The download file size is 558 MB and should help app developers in their efforts to... find bugs on their Lollipop software.
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[From GadgeTell] Let's not act surprised. Year after year, it's the same scenario.
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Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast, the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which... plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or computer to your television’s big screen. The Vimeo integration…
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Family kicked off CathayA family was forced off of a Cathay Pacific flight in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, after their three-year-old son refused to put on his seatbelt. Flight CX654 was scheduled to depart for Hong Kong... at 3:15 p.m., local time. After the boy refused to wear his seatbelt, flight attendants intervened and the situation escalated, according to the South China Morning Post. See also: Yet another mid-air fight nearly causes plane to make emergency landing According to witnesses, other passengers became upset with the family. Hong Kong's Apple Daily posted a video of the incident, which includes footage taken by another passenger and an animated recreation of what happened:
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(Reuters) - China's Lenovo Group Ltd on Friday said it will offer free subscriptions to Intel Corp security software to customers who bought laptops that were shipped with a program known as... "Superfish," which made PCs vulnerable to cyberattacks.
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Harrison Ford will return for Blade Runner sequel

Digital Trends - 27 Feb 2015 18:48
Harrison Ford will return forBlade Runner star Harrison Ford is confirmed for the sci-fi classic's long-awaited sequel, with Prisoners filmmaker Denis Villeneuve attached to direct. The post Harrison Ford will return for Blade... Runner sequel appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mic: Some of the most mythic songs in history have never before been heard. Music has long played an integral role in literature and myth -- forms that imperfectly captured the sounds described. What... follows is a list of some of the most compelling songs that no living being has ever heard. These are songs that, without any music, testify to the true power of the art form When I first read the headline, I thought it was poorly written but upon reading the story I realized they were right - there are many famous "songs" we've never actually heard.∞ Read this on The Loop
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NASA satellites show rain likeFew things on our planet connect us like precipitation. The storm that drops snow in the mountains of Tennessee can one day bring rain to the plains of Spain a week later. Yet there hasn't been a way... to effectively monitor all the precipitation across the globe at once, let alone create a vertical profile from the clouds to the ground. All that changed last year, though, when NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the last piece of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a constellation of at least 12 satellites that give an unprecedented view of global precipitation available in near real time. And on Thursday, NASA released its first map produced by those satellites.
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The War Nerd: Why did MohammedEverybody knows by now that Jihadi John, that masked man with the bowie knife and the London accent, is actually Mohammed Emwazi, a rich boy from Maida Vale, one of the poshest neighborhoods in one of... the most expensive cities in the world. Why, oh why, would a rich boy from a nice home go on to make snuff movies? That's the whine you hear from the press. As always, […]
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Invented-Here Syndrome

Slashdot - 27 Feb 2015 18:45
edA-qa writes: Are you afraid to write code? Does the thought linger in your brain that somewhere out there somebody has already done this? Do you find yourself trapped in an analysis cycle where... nothing is getting done? Is your product mutating to accommodate third party components? If yes, then perhaps you are suffering from invented-here syndrome. Most of use are aware of not-invented-here syndrome, but the opposite problem is perhaps equally troublesome. We can get stuck in the mindset that there must be a product, library, or code sample, that already does what we want. Instead of just writing the code we need a lot of effort is spent testing out modules and trying to accommodate our own code. At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.
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Ant Keeps Worcester on the Boil

Comms Business - 27 Feb 2015 18:44
Bosch Group firm Worcester is benefitting from selecting Ant Telecom to install and maintain their Avaya Aura contact centre communications system. Worcester is the market leader in domestic heating... and hot water systems and part of the worldwide Bosch Group. The Worcester organisation was founded in 1962, employs more than 1,400 staff at its headquarters and
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Delivering the bandwidth that London deserves

Comms Business - 27 Feb 2015 18:43
According to Brady Rafuse, CEO at euNetworks, International business hubs such as London require good infrastructure to attract and retain the fast paced, high-tech businesses they need for economic... growth. A recent report by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that London would lose crucial jobs and growth if it fails to fix 'the enormous number of
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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge shownSamsung is set to show off its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on 1 March from MWC. Inevitably the handsets have been leaking all over the interwebs with the latest appearance comprising a gallery of... photos of the Galaxy S6 edge. The photos come from CNET...
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GCI Launches New UC solutions

Comms Business - 27 Feb 2015 18:43
Comms Business Magazine talks to John Whitty, Managing Director of GCI Channel Solutions, about a new range of converged communications services his company has launched to the channel. Comms Business... Magazine (CBM): GCI Channel Solutions, along with a reseller partner, has just won an 1800 seat hosted telephony contract with a large corporate client but this time
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On December 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey, researchers snapped a shot of comet Lovejoy....
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BIGGEST LEAK YET: The GalaxyIf you’re not excited for the Galaxy S6 Edge right now, we don’t blame you. After all, Samsung’s first attempt at making a smartphone with a wraparound display, the Galaxy Note Edge, was nothing... at all to write home about. However, it’s looking like the Note Edge was a precursor to much better things, as newly leaked pictures of the upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge show. FROM EARLIER: Major leak from Sprint gives us our clearest look yet at the Galaxy S6 Nowhereelse.fr draws our attention to some new leaked photos of the S6 Edge posted over at CNET Korea. As you can see below, the device doesn’t look nearly as awkward and unbalanced as the Note Edge did. It helps, of
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NewSat's Losses Deepen as Creditors Circle

Space News - 27 Feb 2015 18:40
NewSat reported a sharp drop in revenue and deepening losses for the six months ending Dec. 31 and gave investors little hope for relief in the near term. The post NewSat's Losses Deepen as Creditors... Circle appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Yesterday, the internet erupted into pandemonium after someone posted a poorly exposed photo of a dress that slowly drove people insane. It was hilarious. But now it's over . If you don't want to see... one more blog post, Facebook share, or glib tweet about the damn dress, you can block them from appearing in your feed.
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Google Buys .App Web DomainThe Internet's naming system is expanding beyond the traditional domains like .com and .org -- and this week Google paid $25 million for ".app" in an auction.
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Russian cyber menace threatensWorldwide Threat Assessment report outlines rising cyber threats to US and other nations
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Coming to a Console Near You: Free-to-Play Games

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 18:37
Coming to a Console Near You:"Freemium" games have conquered smartphones. Now they're invading videogame consoles.
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Net neutrality: What's nextIn approving strong net neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission fulfilled a decadelong desire by public interest advocates, technology firms and Democrats to tighten government... oversight of the Internet to prevent abuses by broadband service providers.
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Aereo was expecting to sell its assets for at least $4 million (and up to $31 million) at a bankruptcy auction, following its loss in a protracted legal battle against broadcasters. Sadly, luck wasn't... on its side yet again: the company has managed to...
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Mega is one of the only cloud storage services that offers end-to-end encryption, a great feature for people who value security. However, after political pressure from MPAA-affiliated goons, PayPal... recently decided to stop providing payment services to Mega. What gives?
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Google scraps plan to block porn on Blogger

Toronto Sun - 27 Feb 2015 18:34
Google scraps plan to blockGoogle Inc has abandoned its plan to ban adult content on its blogging site Blogger after receiving negative feedback from users.
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The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope....
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[EntertainmentTell] Blu-ray Review: Supernova

Technology Tell - 27 Feb 2015 18:34
[From EntertainmentTell] Scream Factory's "Supernova" offers a great updating of a good old science fiction film.
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Spark Electron brings cheapYou might be familiar with Spark, a company that's best known for its Spark Core, an open source Wi-Fi development kit for creating Internet-connected devices. It drew considerable interest on... Kickstarter as it blew past its funding goal a year ago before yielding to Photon, a spiritual successor with more bells and whistles. Now Spark is back on Kickstarter, though this time it wants to disrupt the cellular space with its Electron development board. The Electron is a tiny $39 circuit board that you can think of as a cellular-connected Arduino with a SIM card. It also has an ARM Cortex M3 processor, 128K RAM, 1MB of flash storage, and a USB port. Spark says the Electron plays nice with the rest of the Spark family, though the real appeal here is its cellular connectivity.
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Apple Watch will eventuallyDuring his whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been leaving little breadcrumbs of Apple Watch revelations. There was the confirmation that the Watch will be... showerproof in Germany, and now Cook has said it…
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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

The Register - 27 Feb 2015 18:30
Yes, 9%. AAAND the server just crashed... literally Episode 2 ...
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This mosaic of Caloris basin is an enhanced-color composite overlain on a monochrome mosaic....
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Most of us have a tendency to diminish our accomplishments. Someone congratulates us, and we tell them, "ah, it's no big deal." We don't want to seem boastful. But it's okay to address your wins, and... you can do it modestly by focusing on your hard work.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Ten years of YouTube, celebrated in a video
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Tim Cook Says Apple WatchHow long will the Apple Watch's battery last? An entire day, according to The Telegraph, who recently interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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MotionX is going to make dumbHere's the interesting thing about smartwatches: we want them to look like real watches, but also a touch smarter than a traditional timepiece. That's the goal, but it's not been an easy one to... achieve. Some watchmakers have gone so far as to block digital representations of their faces from being made available for download. Withings did a good job …
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Google Maps for iOS adds POIGoogle is packing even more useful information into the latest version of its Maps app for iOS. Google Maps 4.3.0 for iPhone and iPad adds several contextual data points to locations like nearby... businesses for address searches, quick facts for notable locations, and even event information for select venues.As you can see with the Empire State […]
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Boys who show aggressive tendencies develop greater physical strength as teenagers than boys who are not aggressive, according to new research. Research has suggested a link between male upper-body... strength and aggressive tendencies, but the mechanisms that account for the link are not well understood.
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Study challenges theory onA long-accepted scientific theory about the role the hippocampus plays in our unconscious memory is being challenged by new research. For decades, scientists have theorized that this part of the brain... is not involved in processing unconscious memory, the type that allows us to do things like button a shirt without having to think about it.
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A team researchers focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead.
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A major hurdle to curing people of HIV infection is the way the virus hides in a reservoir composed primarily of dormant immune cells. It is generally believed that HIV does not replicate in these... cells because the virus depends on active cellular machinery to do so. Now, two new papers propose that the virus itself -- not cells -- controls whether HIV is replicating, and that periods of latency paradoxically give the virus a survival advantage.
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Mothers with a high level of prenatal social stressors -- including possibly less control over their own housing situation or economic distress -- had 2.5 times higher odds to have only a partial or... no restriction on smoking in their home than those with no stressors, which increases secondhand smoke risk, a study has found.
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Breakthrough in understandingA protein commonly found in human cells could be an important switch that activates cancer cell metastasis, according to a new study. The finding focuses attention on a biological mechanism that until... now was largely overlooked. The discovery of the protein's effect significantly expands our understanding of epithelial cancers such as breast and lung cancer.
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A new tool allows researchers to explore how alterations in more than 2,000 proteins affect the diverse biological functions in which these molecules are involved. The tool may help gain a more global... view of the causes of tumor development.
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Untangling DNA with a dropletResearchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA to study its structure -- neatly unraveled and straightened out -- under a microscope. Now, researchers have devised a simple and... effective solution: they inject genetic material into a droplet of water and use a pipet tip to drag it over a glass plate covered with a sticky polymer.
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Scientists have developed a new test that can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer by analyzing images of 'hotspots' where there has been a fierce immune reaction to a tumor.... Researchers used statistical software previously used in criminology studies of crime hotspots to track the extent to which the immune system was homing in and attacking breast cancer cells.
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Spies in the Toy Box?New interactive toys interact with kids by recording and storing conversations. NBC's Mark Barger and NBC News senior tech writer Julianne Pepitone report.
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Watch Drones Peer Inside a Live Volcano

NBC News - 27 Feb 2015 18:25
Watch Drones Peer Inside aSam Cossman, an explorer and filmmaker, gave up his Silicon Valley job to go on an adventure that brought him to the lip of a live volcano.
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Feast-and-famine diet couldThink of it as interval training for the dinner table. Fasting has been shown in mice to extend lifespan and to improve age-related diseases. But fasting every day, which could entail skipping meals... or simply reducing overall caloric intake, can be hard to maintain. In a new study, researchers measured participants' changes in weight, blood pressure, heart rate, glucose levels, cholesterol, markers of inflammation and genes involved in protective cell responses over 10 weeks. They found that intermittent fasting caused a slight increase to SIRT 3, a well-known gene that promotes longevity and is involved in protective cell responses.
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Once HIV-1 has hijacked a host cell to make copies of its own RNA genome and viral proteins, it must assemble these components into new virus particles. The orchestration of this intricate assembly... process falls to a viral protein known as Gag. For one thing, Gag must be able to discern viral RNA from the host cell's and squirrel it away inside new viral particles -- no easy task considering only two to three percent of the RNA found in the cytoplasm is from HIV-1. Exactly how Gag selectively packages viral RNA has been widely speculated but never directly observed.
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[From EntertainmentTell] After a round of rumors about who will sit behind the lens, Warners has announced that 'Community''s Rob Schrab will direct 'The LEGO Movie Sequel'
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Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells

Science Daily - 27 Feb 2015 18:25
Neurons controlling appetiteResearchers have for the first time successfully converted adult human skin cells into neurons of the type that regulate appetite, providing a patient-specific model for studying the neurophysiology... of weight control and testing new therapies for obesity.
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Left or right? The brain knows before you move

Science Daily - 27 Feb 2015 18:24
Left or right? The brain knowsA neural circuit that connects motor planning to movement has been identified by researchers. The study, the researchers say, explains why injuries that disrupt the brain's ability to carry out... movement planning typically impair a person's ability to make movements on just one side of his or her body.
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Study: Your dog already forgotWhen it comes to short-term memory, animals have very short ones indeed.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "Modern Family" aired an episode episode set entirely on a computer screen
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Apple Inc. is taking a hard look at VR. Several job listings posted this week by the company reveal that it is seeking to advance its development of virtual reality hardware and software, a big area... of investment for Samsung, Google, Facebook and Sony.
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(Reuters) - Google Inc has abandoned its plan to ban adult content on its blogging site Blogger after receiving negative feedback from users.
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Swiss watchmakers gear up toSwiss watchmakers are gearing up to fight smartwtaches from Apple and Google's Android Wear partners with smarter watches that boast fitness and sleep tracking software. The new smarter watches will... arrive in June. The post Swiss watchmakers gear up to battle smartwatches with activity software appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Monohm's circular smartphoneSamsung’s three-sided display may make the Galaxy S6 Edge a little different, but it won’t be the most unique smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Monohm, a company based in... Berkeley, California, that makes “heirloom electronics,” will…
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EE was the first 4G network operator in the UK, and it's now hell-bent on staying the fastest. After launching its LTE-A network (aka 4G+) in central London last October, it's trialling new spectrum... configurations that could boost speeds even further...
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The Boy Genius Report Podcast:Yes, I’m actually doing this. There’s too much to say that can’t be written, and for the last couple years people have always emailed me to start this up again. This time around, I’m taking it... seriously. I’m doing it every week, and I’m looking for great guests or even cohosts -- let’s see where this goes together. In this first episode, I try to bring a sane perspective to the Apple Watch pricing frenzy, share my iPhone 6 Plus love (once again), talk about how I got into Apple products in the beginning, and break down what the Apple Car means for the company and how I think Apple could potentially make one. Please feel free to share feedback on the show using
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Oops! In a happy accident, Comet Lovejoy just happened to be in the field of view of the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, the world's most powerful digital camera. One member of the observing team... said it was a “shock” to see Comet Lovejoy pop up on the display in the control room. “It reminds us […]
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Twitter, as its CEO Dick Costolo has put it, sucks at dealing with harassment and trolls. It's been trying to get better -- although its changes have sometimes misfired badly in the past. Right now,... though, it's apparently apparently trying to gauge just how big of a problem Twitter abuse really is. Its mobile app is inviting some users (specifically, verified users, as far as we can tell) to take a short survey about their personal experiences and opinions on the platform. It doesn't seem to ask the same questions of everyone, but among other things, it asks how important it is to see interactions, how much they worry about harassment on Twitter, and the overall level of abuse users receive on other services, like YouTube. This is the...
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YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and... recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds…
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Everyone's favorite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is--in a... word--complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography.
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Ericsson Sues Apple afterEricsson has decided to give up on its efforts to renew patent licensing agreements over technology used in the iPhone and iPad and instead is taking its case to federal court. The two companies had... been negotiating terms to renew a 2008 licensing agreement that expired last month, but so far haven't been able to find terms agreeable to both. The Mac Observer Spin: Like I've said before, even when companies try to negotiate patent licensing terms they just can't seem to stay out of court.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "The Lazarus Effect" is yet another boring cautionary tale about dumb scientists trying to play God. Whoop-de-doo...
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The FCC's net neutralityAdvocates for open access to the Internet were popping champagne corks on Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of reclassifying broadband Internet as a public utility.... In addition to regulating fixed broadband lines that go into your home, the FCC vote also extended public utility rules to mobile broadband for the first time. The FCC vote means that Internet service providers (ISPs) will be required by law to respect the principles of net neutrality. But what exactly does that mean, and why are so many people celebrating the FCC's ruling while others are cursing it?
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Building An Earthquake Resistant Home

Physics Buzz - 27 Feb 2015 18:17
Earthquakes are unexpected, terrifying and can hit at any time, causing major destruction and even death.More than 1.3 million earthquakes of varying magnitudes rattle our world each year destroying... homes and changing the landscape of cities around the world."I saw my city destroyed because of this earthquake," said Eduardo Miranda, a structural engineer at Stanford University in California.Miranda was in Mexico City when a magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit."I've seen firsthand the impact big earthquakes could have," he said. "There were more than 10,000 people killed and hundreds of buildings collapsed." Miranda and engineer Gregory Deierlein, also at Stanford, have spent decades studying how to make buildings stronger and more resilient against earthquakes and other natural disasters."The...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Much of the Werner Herzog canon is coming to Shout Factory TV
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Lenovo makes promise for "Cleaner, Safer PC"

Slash Gear - 27 Feb 2015 18:16
Lenovo makes promise forThis week Lenovo has released commentary regarding their future in clean, safe PCs. They recently ran into some trouble with their pre-loaded software Superfish, a visual discovery system which aimed... to help users find helpful results in searches for items for purchase. Unfortunately for users and for Lenovo, that software wasn't entirely secure, and now Lenovo is working to remove …
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The transfer of funds will be necessary for French aerospace-engine builder Safran to maintain a 50 percent stake in the new company, which was created in January and is called Airbus Safran... Launchers. The post Safran To Pay Airbus $1 Billion for Equal Stake in Joint Rocket Venture appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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White & Gold or Blue & Black?The Internet went bonkers last night over a simple question: What color is this dress? Some people see it as white and gold, while others swear it's blue and black. What's going on?
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The FCC's net neutralityThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to pass new net neutrality rules and reclassify broadband as a regulated telecommunications service, but the text of the full order may not be... released for several weeks. Here's what we know so far: What's next? The new rules take effect 60 days after the full order is published in the Federal Register, the official journal of the U.S. government. The FCC has some procedural hoops to clear before publishing the text, including drafting responses to the dissents by the FCC's two Republican commissioners. So publication may not come for months.
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Overdressed

TechCrunch - 27 Feb 2015 18:14
Overdressed If you were offline between, say, 7pm and 10pm Eastern last night, boy, things must have seemed real weird when you logged back onto Twitter. Despite what you might have heard, BuzzFeed did not... invent the optical illusion. “The Dress,” as it immediately became known, is but one in a long line of images that trick the eye and the brain.
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By Windows 10 launch our systems will be PURE, honest Barely a week after the breaking of the Superfish scandal, Lenovo has done a complete reverse ferret on bloatware - promising that by the time... Windows 10 comes out its systems will be as pure as they can be....
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Ericsson sues Apple over patents

CNET - 27 Feb 2015 18:09
Ericsson sues Apple overApple just lost a $533 million patent case to Smartflash this week, and now Ericsson is likewise suing the company in a patent dispute.
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The dark and violent Power/Rangers short film watched by millions was pulled from YouTube yesterday in response to a copyright claim from a subsidiary of Saban, which owns the rights to Power Rangers.... The short film, which was distributed for free and made without permission of Saban, was previously pulled from Vimeo. "To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism," Power/Rangers producer Adi Shankar says in a statement responding to the latest takedown. Shankar notes that the video is still available to watch on Facebook. He personally thanks Mark Zuckerberg for that.
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An In-Depth Tutorial on theA white seamless background is a staple of photography and video studios. Photographer Zack Arias of DEDPXL has created a fantastic (and lengthy) two-part tutorial on the basics of the setup. Both... videos run about 25 minutes in length. Part I: Gear, Space, and Exposure In this first part, Arias walks through the gear and […]
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[From GadgeTell] If you thought yesterday's llama chase was laughable enough, I'm sure #TheDress controversy will just make you shudder. But the good news about bad news is that it leads to amazing... reactions on social media. That way, when you're freaking out wondering if the media has gone to the dogs, you can find solace in the fact that the rest of the world also sees the ridiculousness.
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Astronomers have discovered a distant, massive and ancient black hole that calls into question current models for the early expansion of the universe. A team of scientists from China and Arizona... spotted the brightest quasar from the early universe, named SDSS J0100+2802, centered on a black hole 12.8 billion light years away and as bright as 420 trillion suns...
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Reality internet comes of age

IOL - 27 Feb 2015 18:07
YouTube at 10: The online video site ate the pop culture machine, writes Caitlin Dewey
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HP unveils Internet of ThingsHP's IoT Platform provides device management and will support specific vertical market applications
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How To Quickly Delete All TheTaking screenshots on your iPhone (which happens when you hold down the power button and the home button at the same time) can be a handy way to save info and share or reference it later. But all... those images take up valuable space on your phone, and it's kind of a nightmare to sift through your Photos app to delete them. Android users have it easy; their phones have a dedicated folder just for screenshots, keeping them totally separate from other kinds of images and making deletion a snap. iPhone users, however, end up with a chronological stream of images, which jumbles together all the screenshots and camera photos. Ugh. Fortunately, we've found a new app that makes sorting and deleting screenshots a total breeze. It's called Screenshots, and it pulls out all the screenshots you've...
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Good morning, "Destiny" fans! It's Friday again, and Xur, Agent of the Nine, is back! The merchant is in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger's room. Xur appears in the early hours of every... Friday morning, and he'll be available until Sunday.
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sciencehabit writes: A drug the U.S. government once branded "extremely dangerous and not fit for human consumption" deserves a second chance, a study of rats suggests. Researchers report (abstract)... that a slow-release version of the compound reverses diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an untreatable condition that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
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Big Bang, Deflated? UniverseA new way to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity could imply that the age of the universe is infinite, and that there was no true Big Bang that started it all.
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Earth From Space: Brussels, Belgium

SpaceRef - 27 Feb 2015 18:01
This false-colour image from the Spot-5 satellite was acquired on 28 September 2011 over central Belgium, capturing the capital city of Brussels (left)....
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Amazing Tesla Model S easterA recently discovered easter egg in the Tesla Model S might very well be the coolest easter egg ever discovered. Though easter eggs (code for a hidden message or inside joke embedded in software) are... typically found in PC-based programs, that didn’t stop Tesla from joining in on the fun in an incredibly awesome way. Don’t miss: Tesla's hugely anticipated Model X gets caught on video If you go to the suspension control panel setting on the Model S dash, you’ll find that a photo of the Model S has been replaced by a Lotus Esprit submarine, the very same one that appeared in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. BusinessInsider has the full scoop: By first clicking on the
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[From GamerTell] Resident Evil Revelations 2 doesn't support local co-op on PC, despite advertisement saying it would.
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GoMetro, a digital start-up company endorsed by Metrorail, sends ‘late notes’ at the push of a button.
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What's the brightest star inWhat's the brightest star you can see in the sky tonight?
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How to Care for Your Aging Parents

Life Hacker - 27 Feb 2015 18:00
One day, our parents won't be able to drive, to climb stairs, or maybe even change their own clothes or feed themselves. As painful as thinking about this might be, we need to prepare to help them be... comfortable and safe in their last stages of their lives. Here are the things to consider.
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2014 has been a wonderful year for the ever-competitive Chinese smartphone market. We saw the birth of new brands, the record of world's thinnest phone broken three times, and a couple of companies... entering India with great reception (although not wi...
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Solidfire this week held its annual analyst day in Boulder (disclosure, Solidfire covered my travel and expenses to attend the event). The company gathered 50 analysts from around the world to hear... its vision for the future of storage. Solidfire is a pretty interesting company, having been started less than five years ago by the founder of JungleDisk, a file storage platform acquired by Rackspace. Since then Solidfire has gone on to gain $150 million in funding but, more importantly, carve itself a significant amount of market respect in what is a very busy space.
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NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is set to lift off at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 12 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch... Alliance Atlas V rocket. There is a 30-minute window for the launch.
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In China, Suspicions CloudWith both countries wary of the other's digital espionage, American tech companies are caught in the middle.
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BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

The Register - 27 Feb 2015 17:59
Sources say suppliers to be squeezed to help save biz $300m BP has confirmed it is looking to squeeze costs from its annual ICT budget on the back of crashing oil prices, and well-placed sources tell... us the business wants to identify $300m in savings....
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Global warming's effects onImages have shown how many glaciers in southern Alaska have retreated since the late 18th Century (pictured). Some are seen retreating by several miles in just over 100 years.
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Swiss Watchmakers ShowcaseFollowing Apple's unveiling of a March 9 media event that will most likely focus on the pricing and launch date for the Apple Watch, Swiss watchmakers Swatch, Frédérique Constant and Alpina have... recently released more details regarding products that will be residing in the same smart wearable space as the Apple Watch (via Watch Insider). Swatch yesterday announced the Swatch Touch Zero One, a new smartwatch with a dedicated touch screen and a focus on durability and outdoor activity. The sports-heavy focus comes thanks to the company's partnership with the Beach Major Company, which specializes in organizing and putting on Beach Volleyball competitions. Besides volleyball specific functions like counting "power hits" and "power claps", the Touch Zero One will apparently compete most...
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Mortal Kombat X trailer: here's the story

Slash Gear - 27 Feb 2015 17:54
Mortal Kombat X trailer:It's time for Sub-Zero to tell you what's going on in the Mortal Kombat X universe. Weeks from release, Mortal Kombat X has nearly revealed "all" of its secrets. Of course there'll be no spilling of... the guts of this entire game until its released - and all of its updates are released as well. For now you'll get a …
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Venmo, a mobile payment app popular among college students and recent grads, has security holes "you could drive a truck through," according to an article posted on Slate this week. The report…
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The most succesful gaming franchise of all time has also made a positive impact on the world, says David Crookes.
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One of the biggest mysteries in galaxy evolution is the fate of the compact massive galaxies that roamed the early Universe. "When our Universe was young, there were lots of compact, elliptical-shaped... galaxies containing trillions of stars," says Alister Graham...
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(AP)--Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak.
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Maybe you've heard of Tasker. If so, welcome nerd. If not, it's a robust but complex Android app that lets power-geeks (like me) program their rooted phones to do just about anything. Now, thanks to a... Tasker plug-in called AutoWear, you can extend that sort of ludicrous control to an Android Wear smartwatch.
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 26 February 2015

SpaceRef - 27 Feb 2015 17:46
Today: Post Extravehicular Activity (EVA) 30 Activities: All 3 USOS crew members participated in an EVA debrief to discuss yesterday's EVA. Wilmore and Virts completed routine post EVA medical... exams....
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VLC hits iOS, Android --VLC, the media player that doesn't discriminate, is back in a big way. While we expected it to come back for iOS (it was in a kind of regional beta rollout), we weren't sure when it might return in an... official capacity. It's now out and ready for download, streaming fans. The app, which plays locally stored content, is back …
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'Warhammer 40,000: Dark NexusThe Warhammer 40,000 universe expand into the multiplayer online battle arena genre. Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena will see four-player teams of Warhammer 40,000 factions battle it out to feed... souls to the Dark Eldars.
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Why the #whatcoloristhisdressTwitter got into a pretty lively argument Thursday about whether the color of a particular dress was black and blue or white and gold. How do people see things so differently? AsapScience explains.
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PolarPro Redesigns Filter forPolarPro today announced a new filter bundle which has been specially designed for those shooting video with drone and quadcopter-mounted GoPro cameras.
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If you live in a cold climate, some days any exposed skin is at risk of frostbite. But if we had antifreeze coursing through our veins, we'd be resistant to winter's bite. And that's not as crazy as... it sounds. Scientists have recently demonstrated that mice, genetically engineered to produce an antifreeze protein, are better able to fight off frostbite. Although other animals have this survival skill, it's the first time it's been replicated in a mammal. Biological Thermostats In the an
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Facebook now lets you describeThe latest move is a step away from the previous process that required you to choose from a list of predefined genders.
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Of memes and misattribution

IOL - 27 Feb 2015 17:43
Credit someone with something often enough, and they’ll actually believe they deserve it.
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'House of Cards' returns asNetflix users can tune into all 13 episodes of the political series, which may portray a growing rift between President Underwood and his wife.
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Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall....
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This week's LAST LIST: 8This has been another great week packed full of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free. A few from Thursday’s post are still free downloads if you hurry, and now we have a fresh new... list for you to enjoy on Friday. Today we have eight nifty paid iOS apps for you, and each and every one of them is on sale for free right now. As always though, these sales could be over before you know it. DON’T MISS: And now, it's Apple's turn to copy Samsung These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long
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Peter Thiel and Instapray: IsAn app devoted to prayer and positivity touts his involvement. What does it all mean?
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The Curiosity robot confirmsThe tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars'... atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.
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AMD's CTO says ChromebooksBefore speculation can even spark up, an AMD executive has adamantly denied its company is interested in diving into the Chromebook sea. The post AMD’s CTO says Chromebooks aren’t a good fit for... its chips appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bits Blog: Ericsson Again SuesThe Swedish telecom manufacturer filed suit against the American company for reportedly infringing on 41 of its patents that are used in iPhones and iPads.
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Acer was one of the first companies out the gate to announce a 1080p Chromebook with Intel's fifth-generation chip early last month. Maybe that was a bit too quick: Availability of…
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Lessons From the Dress

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 17:38
If you are just encountering The Dress for the first time, you might first want to
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Google backflips on BloggerDays after announcing a ban on sexually explicit content or "graphic nudity" on its Blogger platform, Google has reversed course.
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Here's what everyone is sayingThe FCC issued its landmark ruling to reclassify broadband as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, among other things. As you can imagine, quite a few companies had things to say, so we... compiled their reactions with GIF equivalents. The post Here’s what everyone is saying about the FCC’s historic Net neutrality ruling (in GIF form) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 17:34
Public Shaming: We've Gone TooEvery day we hear more stories about bullying, cyberbullying, racism and hatred. This public shaming and hurt has gone way too far. Last week Iggy Azalea was shamed by Internet Trolls about her body.... A few days ago E! network's "Fashion Police" cohost Giuliana Rancic made racial stereotype comments about actress Zendaya's hairstyle at the Oscars on Monday's show. Among the numerous stars who came Zendaya's defense: Selma director Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz and Kelly Osbourne who is rumored to be thinking of leaving "Fashion Police" because of this. Rancic made two on-air apologies to Zendaya and anyone else who was offended by her comments. Zendaya graciously accepted Rancic's apologies, but the bigger question is: why did Rancic make a racial stereotype comment at...
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House of Cards Season 3Today the 3rd season of House of Cards is out on Netflix - and we won't be liveblogging it because that'd be a complete waste of resources on our part. We'll spare you. This season of the presidential... Netflix-only show was released a bit earlier - by a couple of weeks - and was quickly returned to the archive. This …
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China Censorship Sweep DeletesThe move anticipated new regulations centralizing government control over online content that go into effect March 1.
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How to stop Ubuntu fromWhen you install Ubuntu the Unity desktop will send your searches over the web by default, showing you products you can purchase from Amazon and other retailers, including eBay. Oh, you searched for... Firefox? Did you mean you wanted to purchase a Mountain Equipment Men's Firefox Jacket from Amazon? No thanks, Ubuntu--I just wanted to launch Firefox. This is an obnoxious and privacy-concerning feature, and Canonical has been raked over the coals for it by the EFF. They'll finally be dropping it in the next version of Unity, Unity 8. But Unity 8 needs a lot of work and won't arrive on desktops until Ubuntu 16.04 in April 2016--Canonical is more focused on Ubuntu for smartphones in the short term.
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Google believes you'd want to see more mobile-friendly websites when you do searches on a phone or tablet. That's why on April 21st, it'll start giving online destinations with mobile versions higher... placements on the results page, assuming you're al...
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Samsung Galaxy S6: What toMobile World Congress is almost upon us and that means we'll soon get to see a stack of new flagship smartphones instead of just reading gossip and speculation about them. However, that doesn't mean... there's not a little more time to get up to speed...
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New process recycles valuableScientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective.
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There are so many great productivity strategies out there, sometimes it's tempting to try many of them at once. But for more effective results, try one tip at a time.
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Canon at The Photography Show 2015

Photography Blog - 27 Feb 2015 17:30
Canon at The Photography ShowCanon will be at The Photography Show 2015 offering what they call “the most immersive imaging experience.”
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DigitalRev Reviews a Barbie Doll That Takes Pictures

The Phoblographer - 27 Feb 2015 17:29
DigitalRev Reviews a BarbieKai at DigitalRev does a hilarious review of a camera in disguise of a Barbie Doll.
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Why Every Watch Will Soon Be Smart

ReadWrite - 27 Feb 2015 17:29
Why Every Watch Will Soon BeTime and activity tracking on one face. The biggest gadget makers are getting into watches, and now watch makers are starting to respond. Mondaine is the first of the major Swiss manufacturers to... release a watch with extra smarts--primarily activity tracking--and the company will be showing it off at the Baselworld trade show in March in a few weeks' time. The Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart can track number of steps taken, distance travelled, and sleep quality. It features a second activity dial much like the Withings Activité. Notably, the watch includes the same MotionX and Sleeptracker sensors found in wearables from Jawbone and Nike--these off-the-shelf electronic components offer anyone a way in to smartwatches. With the necessary sensors now available and inexpensive enough to...
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While we wait for Swatch to show off its upcoming smartwatch this spring, the company has decided to update its current touchscreen offering, the Swatch Touch. The Swatch Touch Zero One is a fitness... watch geared toward volleyball players. It can track calories burned and steps taken, but it's mainly designed to track and focus on volleyball-specific maneuvers like low hits, high hits, power hits, and high-fives. The Touch Zero One will send that information to Swatch's app, where your skills as a volleyball player will be ranked from zero to 100. The Touch Zero One won't win any design awards with its yellow, clunky watch face and multi-colored band, but it's designed for function, not fashion. The Swatch Touch Zero One will retail for...
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Soon You Might See Ads On Google Play Store

Tech Times - 27 Feb 2015 17:24
Soon You Might See Ads OnWith mobile web browsing rates down, it is no surprise that Google is turning to apps to jack up its advertising revenue.
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Swiss luxury watchmakersThe Apple Watch may emerge in a cloud of narcotic pixie dust on March 9, but the Swiss watch industry has some fancy new tricks of its own. At a chi-chi Thursday launch event, a trio of unbearably... urbane manufacturers revealed MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies), a platform that will power what the Swiss call "horological smartwatches"--beautiful, analog-display timepieces loaded with the same activity-tracking features offered by the Jawbone UP.
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Swiss watchmakers debut firstApple Watch is launching in April, and Apple just scheduled a March 9th press event where it is expected to give it a proper introduction, but between those two dates Swiss watchmakers will finally... unveil their own smartwatches that will likely compete with Apple's high-end Apple Watch collection. The first two watches announced come from Swiss […]
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Prepare your mustache: JensenJensen Motors may be dead, but the marque will be making a comeback next year with the Jensen Group's GT sports car. Also planned is the Interceptor 2, which will take design cues from the original.... The post Prepare your mustache: Jensen marque returning with new GT, Interceptor 2 in 2016 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Watch Edition againApple is set to give the Apple Watch one more big event on March 9th before its debut in April, but the fashion world’s go to magazine Vogue is continuing to prominently feature the Watch before it... goes on sale to the public. French site Mac4ever first shared photos from the Paris edition of Vogue magazine featuring two […]
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A White and Gold Dress Overloads the Internet

The New York Times - 27 Feb 2015 17:21
A White and Gold DressWhite and gold, or blue and black? The debate over the colors of a dress set off a social-media conflagration that few were able to resist.
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As NASA continues to encourage the commercial use of the International Space Station, some potential customers, and the companies supporting them, are running into problems making full use of it. The... post Space Station's Commercial Users Hitting Bottlenecks appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Athletes were among the first to adopt and wear fitness trackers, which is why they're all styled to look like an athletic accessory. But since everyone can benefit from a little motivation to stay... active, especially those stuck behind a desk, we're starting to see fitness trackers that look more like classically-styled watches.
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Zothecula writes: Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created... the world's first 3D-printed jet engine. While they were at it, they created the world's second one, too. One of them is currently on display at the International Air Show in Avalon, Australia, while the other can be seen at the headquarters of French aerospace company Microturbo, in Toulouse.
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At least 8 dead after shootingA shooting spree gripped the small Missouri town of Tyrone Thursday night, leaving at least eight people dead, including the gunman, local authorities said. A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer... confirmed to the Houston Herald that the alleged shooter is a 36-year-old man who has yet to be named. Police found a ninth body of an elderly woman who appears to have died from natural causes during their investigation, according to CBS. The victims were killed in multiple locations, and police confirmed at least four crime scenes in Texas County, which has a population of roughly 26,000. The killer was found dead in a vehicle in nearby Shannon County from what may be a self-inflicted wound, according to KY3
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Information and communications technology consumes a full 10 percent of the world's electricity, meaning that whenever a new data center is designed, its efficiency is of paramount concern. A new... project, known as EcoDataCenter, will be the world's first-climate positive data center, utilizing various techniques and technologies to ensure a positive impact on the wider world. ..
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NASA Satellite CapturesMesmerizing and swirling animations of rain and snow dance across a map of the Earth, shown in a video released yesterday (Feb. 26) by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.
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Zack Arias Teaches You AboutPhotographer Zack Arias put together two videos on the ins and outs of using a white seamless background.
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Tim Cook in London to TalkApple CEO Tim Cook on Friday made an unannounced visit to the iconic Apple Store in Covent Garden, a popular shopping and tourist location in London, according to The Telegraph. The chief executive... also sat down for an interview with the British publication to discuss the Apple Watch, providing a few more interesting details about the device ahead of Apple's highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event on March 9. Cook claimed that the Apple Watch will have several features that go beyond timekeeping and health and fitness, such as the ability to replace large car key fobs that come with most current vehicles. "This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason, perhaps for browsing, but then found out that they loved it for all sorts of other...
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Gawker What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?

Gizmodo - 27 Feb 2015 17:16
Gawker What Color Is This Goddamn Dress? | io9 The "What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?" Debate Explained By Science | Jezebel You Know What Color This Dress Is? 'FUCKING UGLY' | Kotaku The Best Stupid... Jokes About That Stupid Dress |
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Gawker What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?

Life Hacker - 27 Feb 2015 17:15
Gawker What Color Is This Goddamn Dress? | io9 The "What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?" Debate Explained By Science | Jezebel You Know What Color This Dress Is? 'FUCKING UGLY' | Kotaku The Best Stupid... Jokes About That Stupid Dress |
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'Big brain' gene found inA single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region
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Tim Cook: Apple Watch willIn an interview with the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, Tim Cook said that while people might see limited reasons to want an Apple Watch today, they will soon find lots of other uses for it. The... interview took place during a London stop in Cook’s international tour. This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted […]
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Lego settles #TheDress debate:Lego is building a case for dress unity. On Friday morning, as the blue (or white) dust settled on #TheDress debate, Lego hopped in on the conversation with some wise words. See also: 'This dress is... why I have trust issues' and 10 other hilarious Amazon reviews of #thedress White and gold... black and blue? We found a way around science - you can have both! #TheDress #whiteandgold #blackandblue #dressgate A photo posted by LEGO (@lego) on Feb 27, 2015 at 5:46am PST May we not let #TheDress divide us. (Even though we all know it was blue and black.) Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Sci-fi! Action! Comedy! Biopic! Frozen! This week's new trailers include basically everything you could ask for. Nine of the best are below. All of them are for films coming out in the next few... months, so get ready.
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Sony A7 II Sample Images

Photography Blog - 27 Feb 2015 17:15
Sony A7 II Sample ImagesAhead of our full review, here are 57 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony A7 II compact system camera, including the full ISO range. Read the preview »
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A Crazy Photo Sequence from aThis past weekend, I covered the Alert Today Florida 300 Xfinity NASCAR race in Daytona. Following the Kurt Busch NASCAR appeal across the street from the track, I had to hustle to get to the roof for... the race — it sure didn't disappoint. Halfway through the race, Daniel Suarez got turned sideway and hit […]
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PSA: House of Cards season 3 is here

PC World - 27 Feb 2015 17:14
PSA: House of Cards season 3Netflix's flagship original series House of Cards is back for a third season, dropping into an escalating war over original content. As with previous seasons, all 13 episodes of House of Cards season... 3 are available for streaming immediately. The show centers politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) as he tries to scheme his way from Congress to the presidency. At 39 episodes total, the political thriller currently stands as Netflix's largest original series. It's also arguably the most successful, having won four Emmy awards and two Golden Globes over its first two years. Netflix doesn't reveal viewership numbers for its original series, but metrics firm Procera estimated that two to three million people watched at least one episode during season 2's debut weekend last year.
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Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: The iPhone 6 charging cases are arriving, and Boostcase has returned with its modular design, offering additional battery life when you want it, and a slim protective shell when you don’t. It’s... a clever take on the usual static bulky mass, and it does what it promises to, extending your device’s battery life by a non-trivial amount for those times when you need your smartphone…
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Mobile Nations Community Update, February 2015

Android Central - 27 Feb 2015 17:12
Mobile Nations CommunityIt's that time again. Time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in our Community Update.
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Abominable Snowman Coming ToThe Valley of the Yetis DLC pits Far Cry 4's hero against a cult and abominable snowmen. The latest leg of the adventure takes Ajay Ghale deep inside of caves and across a frozen landscape high atop... the Himalayan Mountains.
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A Simple Question About a Dress, and the World Weighs In

The New York Times - 27 Feb 2015 17:11
A Simple Question About aWhite and gold, or blue and black? The debate over the colors of a dress set off a social-media conflagration that few were able to resist.
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Teens Who Skip BreakfastBreakfast skippers who start to eat breakfast should increase their protein intake to improve glycemic control, which could affect a person's risks for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular... complications.
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Computer-assisted authoringVisitors to interactive virtual worlds want the ability to significantly affect the outcome of a story, but authoring these digital experiences is extremely complex. A new platform developed by Disney... Research will help fulfill the medium's promise by automating some aspects of the authoring process.
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Could the Milky Way become a quasar?

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 17:10
Could the Milky Way become aA quasar is what you get when a supermassive black hole is actively feeding on material at the core of a galaxy. The region around the black hole gets really hot and blasts out radiation that we can... see billions of light-years away.
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New filter could advanceUniversity of Utah engineers have discovered a new approach for designing filters capable of separating different frequencies in the terahertz spectrum, the next generation of communications bandwidth... that could allow cellphone users and Internet surfers to download data a thousand times faster than today. Once the filter is designed, it can be fabricated using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer.
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Welcome to Price Check, our weekly post dedicated to sorting through all the new products and deals that we find. We also get a ton of gadgets sent to our office, so consider this the best place for... us to tell you about them and where you can find them -- sometimes even for cheap.
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Great white sharks attack prey under cover of sun

New Scientist - 27 Feb 2015 17:08
It seems great white sharks exploit the glare of the sun to catch their prey unawares
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Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1

Photography Blog - 27 Feb 2015 17:05
Nissin Di700A with CommanderKenro has announced a new version of the Nissin Di700 flash, which features a built-in radio receiver allowing it to be wirelessly triggered via the also-new Nissin Commander Air1 TTL command unit.
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While Einstein's theories predict the existence of gravitational waves, they have not been directly detected. But the ability to "see" gravitational waves would open up a new window to view and study... the universe. New research by an astrophysicist at...
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Chinese Web Firms Delete Accounts

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 17:04
Chinese Web Firms DeleteChinese Internet companies have deleted tens of thousands of user accounts as the country prepares to enforce new registration rules that will further cement government control over online discourse.
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Twitter keeps Dick Costolo'sDick Costolo wasn’t kidding when he said Twitter would better handle abuse in the future. The company has introduced new features — one which allows its users to report when others are posting... their personal information and another which requires trolls to verify their phone numbers or email addresses with the service — to address its harassment problem. The first feature might have the most immediate […]
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Sony strategy centres onSony CEO Kazuo Hirai says that various divisions will be split into independently managed entities under his restructuring plan for the troubled electronics and entertainment giant.
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Our most wanted Apple carThis week: Apple might be eyeing 2020 for their first car, but you can catch our most wanted features and price expectations right now. Plus: Cupertino pay massive bonuses to poach top talent; the... insane acceleration of Tesla's new electric…
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US needs a Mars colony, BuzzThe United States must do more than just plant a flag on Mars if it wants to continue as a leader in the field of space exploration, Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin told senators this week.
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Viber to Appeal SK Telecom Lawsuit

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 17:01
Viber, one of the world's most widely-used mobile messaging services, will appeal a patent infringement suit brought against it by South Korea's SK Telecom Co., according to a person familiar with the... matter.
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First it was Andy Warhol's obsolete digital archives and then the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Now, the Hillman Photography Initiative's documentary team has set its sights on the CERN... physics laboratory in its newest film, Subatomic. Famous...
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Analyst: Apple Watch Edition to Cost $950

The Mac Observer - 27 Feb 2015 17:01
Analyst: Apple Watch EditionCitigroup analyst Jim Suva weighed in with his expectations for Apple Watch pricing following the news that Apple is hosting a media event on March 9. Apple already announced pricing will start at... US$349-presumably for the Apple Watch Sport-and he thinks Apple Watch will cost $550 while the Apple Watch Edition will be priced at $950. He's also pegging April 16 as the smartwatch's official release date. The Mac Observer Spin: Mr. Suva's $950 price point for the gold Apple Watch Edition is surprisingly low compared to the general consensus that it won't start below $5,000 and could cost more than $10,000. We'll have to wait until Apple's March 9 media event where Apple Watch pricing is expected to be announced to see how close he really is.
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[From GamerTell] There are 32 indie game bundles to choose from in this week's update.
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Kicker Tabor BluetoothWhich do you think is easier – to live out a paperless lifestyle, or to take the wireless route? I would say that the latter is a whole lot more doable, so to speak, as there are just some things in... life that will still require paper and the relevant amount of documentation in order to "work". Well, having said that, if you have long lusted after a pair of ...
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Chromecast support (finally)Consuming video on your mobile device is awesome, but sometimes you want more. Some videos just need to be seen on the bigger screen. If you happen to be on the couch, the TV might appear to be... mocking you with it's big display, which is just meant for video. Today, Vimeo is announcing they're about to bridge that gap …
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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the strategy that a few Swiss watch makers are adopting with a new module that adds activity tracking and alerts to traditional-looking timepieces…
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Better late than never: Vimeo added Chromecast support to its iOS app Friday, allowing users to cast videos straight from an iPad or iPhone to Google's streaming stick or any Android…
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The super-resolution revolution

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 17:00
The super-resolutionCambridge scientists are part of a resolution revolution. Building powerful instruments that shatter the physical limits of optical microscopy, they are beginning to watch molecular processes as they... happen, and in three dimensions.
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Bill Gates was the The Verge's first-ever guest editor this past month, narrating episodes of The Big Future that illustrate the bets he and his wife Melinda are making with their foundation over the... next 15 years. It has been an intense and rewarding collaboration: we've produced four independent features examining those bets, and now five episodes of the show. Above, we have Melinda Gates discussing how life for the poor will change in the next 15 years. As the month comes to a close, it's time to let Bill himself onto our pages for a farewell. -- Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief Dear Verge readers -- Every year, Melinda and I write an Annual Letter in hopes of helping spark a broader a conversation with the global community about how...
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Let's all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America's history is a step in the right direction . But that didn't stop an army of... naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their profits. Some chose half-intelligent ways to make those arguments. Others did some pretty dumb stuff.
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How to enable Chrome'sOther browsers have had it for years, but Chrome is finally adding a "Reader mode" that strips down an online article to its most essential parts--images and text--to make it easier to read. The new... feature, dubbed Distill, is currently a work in progress but is still worth trying out for full-time Chrome users. Here's how I enabled the Distill feature in Windows 8.1. First, you'll need to have Chrome pinned to your taskbar--a desktop shortcut would also work. If you haven't pinned Chrome to your taskbar open Chrome, right-click the program's icon and select "Pin this program to the taskbar." Now shut down Chrome completely by opening up your system tray (the upward facing arrow on the far right of the taskbar), right-clicking the Chrome icon, and selecting Exit.
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Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Images

Photography Blog - 27 Feb 2015 17:00
Fujifilm X-A2 Sample ImagesAhead of our full review, here are 55 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera, including the full ISO range. Read the preview »
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No matter how secure you feel your job and industry are, there is always a chance things could go south. Take the time now to create multiple sources of income in case your main one is cut off in the... future.
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Google Reverses Ban on Explicit Material on Blogger

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 16:58
Google Reverses Ban onJust days after taking a tougher stance against sexually explicit material on its blogging platform, Google now says it won't ban bloggers over sexually explicit material in most cases.
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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

The Register - 27 Feb 2015 16:58
DWP chucks more money at car crash of a programme Reseller and IT services outfit SCC has won a two-year hosting deal for the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) troubled universal credit... programme for a sum worth "over six figures"....
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AR game Ingress comes to smallIngress players -- they're a dedicated bunch. It takes heart to traipse around town and hack imaginary portals only you can see, conversing with people that (probably) aren't there, and being part of... a collective full of folks you'll probably never lay eyes on. Still, the augmented reality game gone physical is something special, and it just got a lot …
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Indiana may install 'babyA 2-foot-long metal box is Indiana's attempt to save newborn infants from dangerous abandonment and possible death The proposed baby box is an answer to the state's problem of unwanted infants who are... abandoned in the woods, creeks and dumpsters. Local officials want to put these boxes in local hospitals, fire stations, churches and nonprofits for parents to use as a safe, anonymous last resort. Some information in this report was provided by The Associated Press. Baby bat eats banana, makes us forget about rabies Video captures woman yelling at flight attendant over candy bar GoPro captures gnarly bro shredding on guitar while wakesurfing America can't handle the cuteness of a 2-year-old singing National Anthem
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Top 5 Takeaways for the Connected Car

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 16:56
Top 5 Takeaways for theIt's happened -- the connected car has been discovered. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month journalists, policymakers, and industry members alike buzzed over... the advanced automotive technologies that connect drivers to the road by more than just their hands to the steering wheel. Newspaper headlines told the story: "Cars Drive to the Fore at Annual CES Confab," USA Today said. "CES is All about the Car of the Future," Business Insider wrote. "Cars are Stars at Electronics Fest," an article by Bloomberg read. As one U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner told a panel audience, "It's hard not to be blown away by the vehicle technology here." Everything from cars that drive themselves out of a garage when summoned with a smartwatch, camera systems that know...
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Google Backtracks on AdultAfter hearing feedback from Blogger users, Google today is reversing course on a plan to ban X-rated content.
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House of Cards season 3 nowNetflix's House of Cards has returned for its third season. All thirteen episodes of the season went live at 12:01 a.m. PST, and are available to subscribers through Netflix's site, as well as its... mobile apps.
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#V3Mobility: Top 10 mobilityWe round up some of the most interesting insights from the V3 Enterprise Mobility Summit
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This impressive Marine Corps light show is almost as good as any frame from the movie Tron. What you see is actually an AV-8B Harrier preparing to take off aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) Wasp-class... amphibious assault ship during training off the coast of San Diego, on February 24.
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Google Backs Down OverGoogle's backtracked on its plans to ban sexually explicit material from Blogger, following an outcry from users - and the beginning of an exodus to Tumblr.
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Can We Please Stop FightingJames Long, a developer at Mozilla (and proponent of the web), insists that the mobile Web will never compete with native app development. Ever. While Long is intentionally provocative with his... prophecies, he may also be correct. At the same time, it's increasingly clear that this debate does not matter. At all. Forrester insists that we'll go back to the future; that "[n]ative apps [dominated] client server days, but Web apps took over" and "History will repeat itself in mobile." Maybe.  But if Facebook's ReactJS is any indication, the future of "native" and "web" is really all about "hybrid." In fact, this future is already here. The Web Is "Too Slow" The problem with web apps, as Long describes it, is that the DOM (the document object model, the API that describes how to...
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Uber has been causing controversy in Seoul, South Korea, since it launched in October of last year. The local government is claiming that UberX vehicles are not legally authorized taxis, even inciting... locals to tattle on Uber drivers who could then be fined 1 million KRW (about $900). In response, Uber now allows free travel on up to 30 UberX journeys, costing 30,000KRW (about $27) or less. No end date for the free promotion has been announced. The local government claims that Uber drivers are breaking the law by operating as an illegal taxi service. Uber representative In-Ang Park, tells The Verge that the company wants to work with the local government to find an amicable solution. "Uber launched UberX with the expectation that Seoul...
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Key Smart brings Swiss ArmyAt our current place on the evolutionary chart, we are a species that carries more things in the pockets of tighter pants. Michael Tunney understood this every time he went to a bar and saw patrons... pull out their cell…
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Spies in the Toy Box?

NBC News - 27 Feb 2015 16:46
New interactive toys remember past conversations and can interact with children by recording conversations and collecting data while being played with. NBC's Mark Barger reports.
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Snow Storms Monitored By GPMData from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory was converted into 3D imagery of 2 storms over the United States on Feb. 17th and 21st, 2015.
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Apple's Going To Talk MoreApple has just set a date and time to reveal more about the Apple Watch. The company Thursday sent out invitations to an event on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San... Francisco. The invitations simply say "Spring Forward," which many are interpreting as a pun on traditional watch technology (or, alternatively, daylight savings time). Apple first announced the smart watch during a September press conference, then informed attendees it wouldn't be available until spring. In January, CEO Tim Cook gave an update to say development was progressing "right on schedule." See also: What You Can Do With The Apple Watch As a result, we've got only a general idea of what the watch is supposed to do. Cook said the watch will "redefine what people expect from its category,"...
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[From GadgeTell] Acknowledging it doesn't stand a chance against the likes of Apple and Samsung in a fair tablet fight for the time being, LG has pulled all the stops recently to make its G Pads too... cheap to turn down.
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When crypto researchers set out to discover the best way to undermine encryption software, they did so believing it would help them eradicate backdoors in the future. Here's what they found. The post... How To Sabotage Encryption Software (And Not Get Caught) appeared first on WIRED.
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SOLS, A Maker Of 3D-Printed SOLS, a 3D-printing company which, to date, has focused on printing custom shoe insoles prescribed by doctors for foot pain and other ailments, has now raised an additional $11.1 million in funding... to help bring the product directly to consumers. The move will make it one of the first companies to use 3D printing technologies to market custom-manufactured wearables. The round, which arrives…
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[From GadgeTell] It should probably come as no shock Samsung has its sights set on a few mid-range Galaxies in addition to flagship smartphones for Lollipop bumps over the next months.
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Sprint Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6Promo Material of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge leaked unofficially ahead of their announcement at the 2015 Mobile World Congress. A Reddit user known only as iamdenden was said to... have been responsible for the leak.
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China censorship sweep deletesSome of China's largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said.
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Get a Microsoft Surface Pro 2It's ridiculous to buy a Surface without a keyboard. Fortunately, with this bundle, you don't have to.
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Is this dress white and goldThe dress that broke the Internet is white and gold. Or maybe it's blue and black. The thing is, it's one or the other to different sets of people, and there are several very scientific reasons why.... Here's what's going on. The post Is this dress white and gold or black and blue? The experts have an answer appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ericsson sues Apple over patent violations

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 16:43
Ericsson sues Apple overSwedish telecoms group Ericsson announced Friday a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the US tech giant continued to use its technology in iPhones and other wireless devices after refusing to renew a... licencing agreement.
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Google Performs U-Turn On BlogA decision to ban explicit images from public blogs on the Google-owned Blogger service is changed after just 48 hours.
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Quiz: Test your Nasdaq knowledge

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 16:41
Quiz: Test your NasdaqHow much do you know about the tech-laden exchange as it approaches its peak?          
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'House of Cards' review: AWarning: This post discusses in detail the first episode of House of Cards Season 3. Read with caution. Welcome back, House of Cards. It's been a while. Luckily, it seems, nothing has changed about... you during the year between Seasons 2 and 3 See also: 'House of Cards' campaign posters inspired by famous presidential slogans You still look expensive, carry yourself with dignity, and embrace the leisurely pace your digital existence affords you. And we'd ask for nothing else, as there's comfort to be found in anticipating the return of a show that's been off the air for a year and being greeted with the familiar
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Putting net neutrality in context

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 16:40
Putting net neutrality inAfter much litigation, public demonstration and deliberation, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3 to 2 to adopt open internet rules. While the substantive details of the decision... are not yet known, the rules, as expected, reclassified "retail" internet service to subscribers as common carriage - meaning providing non-discriminatory service to customers. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may not block, impair or favor particular traffic, users or content. The Commission also extended its jurisdiction to cover the exchange of data traffic via network interconnection between edge providers like Netflix and ISPs like Comcast, employing a general conduct rule reinforced by use of a case by case process. Proponents of net neutrality are lauding the FCC's move.
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QR codes engineered intoQR, or Quick Response, codes - those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something - have been used to convey information about everything from... cereals to cars and new homes.
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Tim Cook's latest stop inTim Cook’s international tour continues. After visiting BILD, Chancellor Angela Merkel and an Apple Store in Germany, and President Reuven Rivlin in Israel, he was photographed today in the Apple... Store in London’s Covent Garden. Business Insider pulled together a few tweets in which Cook gave Apple Watch demos to surprised customers, and posed for selfies with store employees … The […]
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An anonymous reader sends news that Harrison Ford is now confirmed to be returning as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner. Ridley Scott is now officially an executive producer for the... film as well, and Denis Villeneuve will direct. It's set to begin production in the summer of 2016.
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Cyber Attack Bigger ThreatThe Sunni Muslim extremist group may be a threat, but cyberattacks are even more dangerous, according to the top intelligence official in the country.
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Some of China's largest internet companies have deleted more than 60 000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations.
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Uh-oh: EFF researchersResearchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday said that they had found evidence that implies attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of... other programs. Superfish, a company that markets a visual search product, made the news last week when Lenovo was found to have pre-loaded the program on its consumer-grade PCs during a four-month span late last year. Lenovo has acknowledged that Superfish poses a security threat to customers, and has released a tool to eradicate the software.
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Q&A: Seth Mnookin on"It's far easier to scare people than it is to reassure them," MIT researcher and author says.
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Who says there's no 4KOwn a 4K television and are struggling to find content other than season three of House of Cards to watch? Well that's strange because new figures show that in 2014 over 150 million devices were sold... that have the ability of recording 4K footage. And...
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Weight Loss Surgery DecreasesWomen who had bariatric surgery prior to getting pregnant have reduced odds of developing gestational diabetes but the weight loss surgery is also tied with unwanted effects on the baby.
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Picture of the Day: Rice Terraces from Above

Twisted Sifter - 27 Feb 2015 16:31
Picture of the Day: RicePhotograph by Jialiang Gao | .peace-on-earth.org   In this breathtaking aerial photograph by Jialiang Gao, we see the amazing terraced rice terraces of Yunnan, China. Yunnan’s Yuanyang County is a... popular destination with photographers due to the vast areas of nearby mountains which have been cultivated into terraced rice paddies for at least the past…
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Apple sued again by firm thatJust days ago, Apple found itself on the losing end of a lawsuit. The $529 million judgement came to the chagrin of many, but not because Apple had done anything overtly wrong.The ruling was in favor... of Smartflash LLC, often described as a patent troll. The lawsuit was in regard to that slippery slope of intellectual property, where Smartflash claims …
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Google just bought the entireFancy a .app web address? You’re going to be buying it from Google. The search giant has splashed out just over $25 million on the entire .app web domain, which is around $19 million more than any... other company has paid…
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Who needs an OtterBox when youThe Tough Jacket Maxx Case provides 4 layers of solid drop protection, including a durable rotating holster. Nothing gets past this case when you drop it like it's hot! Featuring ultra-thick corners,... silicone port plugs, rigid screen protector and a strong plastic shell, this Nexus 6 case gives the OtterBox Defender a run for its money. On sale today for only $24.95!
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Blade Runner sequel: Ford isIt seems like there might be a trend of old sci-fi hits getting new sequels soon. Just recently Neill Blomkamp has revealed some details about a new Aliens sequel that he will be directing, including... where in the fiction's timeline it will take place. Now it seems that another sci-fi favorite will be returning to the big screen. The pieces …
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Tworlds offers shades of Snapchat, and even Chatroulette. The post A Picture-Sharing App That Lets You Experience the Life of a Total Stranger appeared first on WIRED.
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What Happened at Slate This Week?

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 16:30
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Anker makes some of the highest-rated gadget charging gear on the market, their products are among the most popular we've ever posted , and today, they're having a nice little sale on Amazon. The four... included items are listed below; just be sure to note the promo codes.
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Anker makes some of the highest-rated gadget charging gear on the market, their products are among the most popular we've ever posted , and today, they're having a nice little sale on Amazon. The four... included items are listed below; just be sure to note the promo codes.
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When you splurge on a cheese that's $20 per pound, you're going to want to keep it fresh for as long as you possibly can. But that doesn't mean you have to spend another $9 for a box of cheese papers.... In fact, you can preserve cheese well with products you probably already have at home.
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Ebola Fatality Rate In WestEbola death rate is declining in West Africa reveals Doctors Without Border. People are believed to take more care while caring for Ebola patients.
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Iñigo de la Parra Laita, an industrial engineer of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has focused his PhD thesis on the grid integration of large photovoltaic power stations. Among the... contributions of his research, he has developed a model that has been patented and which is capable of simulating fluctuations in photovoltaic power. As he explains, "just by knowing the irradiance recorded in one spot, the number of grouped power stations and the average surface area they occupy, we can simulate what fluctuations may take place in photovoltaic power".
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Swiss watch companies are finally waking up to the potential of smartwatches, with the launch of models from three different companies. Mondaine, Alpina and Frederique Constant have revealed their... take on the smartwatch today, and they're all very si...
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British telecom TalkTalk is warning customers about a deep security breach that's resulted in hackers calling them at home and impersonating company representatives. This comes after December rumors... suggesting customer information like names, addresses, phone numbers and account details had been compromised, though the company is only admitting the breach now.
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What Color is This Dress? IsWhat colors do you see in this dress? Is it an underexposed photo of a white and gold dress, or is it an overexposed photo of a black and blue dress? It seems everyone has a different opinion on these... questions, and this photo has seemingly become the most talked about thing on social media […]
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Want not-spots washed out? Well, we have to put 'em somewhere, NIMBYs The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced a consultation (PDF) on reforming the Electronic Communications code.... This is crucial ingredient to the "landmark" not-spots deal announced at the back end of last year....
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Infineon Technologies AG has launched an ultra-high ±5cm resolution, miniature MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) pressure sensor for use in mobile and wearable gadgets and IoT (Internet of... Things) devices. The DPS310 is a low-power digital barometric pressure sensor that enables the development of new and enhanced navigation, location, well-being, gesture recognition and weather monitoring applications.
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Twitter just unveiled new measures that will make it easier for the company to identify and stop users who frequently harass others. The new safety reporting system also simplifies the process by... which Twitter users can report "impersonation, self-harm and the sharing of private and confidential information."
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Mobile Printing App 'PrinterMobile printing app Printer Pro, by developer Readdle, has been named by Apple as this week's App of the Week. Known for their knack at developing productivity-based apps, Readdle says Printer Pro... will allow users to "print just about anything" from an iPhone or iPad. Normally priced at $6.99, the app gives users the ability to print a wide array of documents - from pictures in the Photos app to documents found in iCloud or Mail - to any Wi-Fi or USB-enabled printer. Readdle also provides a free-to-download desktop utility for the service that helps users with USB printers through an initial set-up and allows everyone using it to "print more document types and with better quality." The company notes that to print a Safari page, users can change "" to "p" in the address bar and hit go,...
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Galactic dinosaurs not extinct

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 16:20
Galactic dinosaurs not extinctOne of the biggest mysteries in galaxy evolution is the fate of the compact massive galaxies that roamed the early Universe.
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HTC One M9 vs Samsung GalaxyThe HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are the two most talked about smartphones right now ahead of their expected unveilings from Mobile World Congress on 1 March. Both HTC and Samsung have been... teasing photos and videos about their devices to build up...
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Rumors of Swatch making a smartwatch of its own were recently confirmed to Gizmodo by the company, we just don't have any idea of when it will happen. So if you're tired of waiting to strap a genuine... smart Swiss watch to your wrist, Swatch has just upgraded its touchscreen Swatch Touch with the slightly smarter Swatch Touch Zero One that just might tide you over for now.
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Uni hosts cyber-securityAbertay University in Dundee is hosting Scotland's largest cyber-security conference, with support from government agency GCHQ.
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Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 16:19
Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 StudiesDon't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are... still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future: Younger people are more likely to believe that there's useful information that's only available offline. While 62 percent of citizens under 30 subscribe to this belief, only 53 percent of those 30 and older agree. These findings are from a promising study released last year by Pew Research, which also found that millennials are more likely to visit...
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I watched this all-Apple episode of Modern Family with low expectations. I loved it. So very well done.∞ Read this on The Loop
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This Blessed Music Video TurnsIt's a beautiful thing when two entirely different art forms fit so well together that the boundaries between vision and sound, hand and ear, line and note, begin to blur. We're feeling that... particular kind of synesthesia after watching "Anthropomorph," a new music video by guitar goddess Kaki King in collaboration with visual artist and doodle expert Shantell Martin. The video, which premiered on The Creator's Project, feels like a full-body experience, an improvisational swim through an endless stream of senses. Martin, who is known for her ability to turn black and white lines into wild and otherworldly jungles, allows her various contours and shapes to guide the way, illuminating an infinite profusion of faces, creatures and images that defy categorization. Martin started off by...
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Why Video-Games Shouldn'tWhile console platform holders move on to second screen and virtual reality experiences indie game JS Joust proves that local motion multi-player is going strong. I spoke to JS Joust creator Douglas... Wilson to find out more.
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That's a Mini?! DesignDesign sketches of a Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo have been published online. The renderings could preview a version of the car in the Gran Turismo 6 video game and will likely be offered as a... free update. The post That’s a Mini?! Design sketches preview the Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo concept appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Galaxy S6, S6 Edge revealed inAn image posted by a purported Sprint employee touts two versions of Samsung's next flagship phone.
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Benchmark Leads $7.4 Million160 games using PlayFab's tech are currently in development.
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Darksiders creator returns toDarksiders creator Joe Madureira has announced a new game with his studio, Airship Syndicate, based on his Battle Chasers comics from the late 90s. The post Darksiders creator returns to his Battle... Chasers comics for a new game appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What Happens When You Strap aUsing a camera strapped to the creature, scientists reveal for the first time the intricacies of how the sea giant hunts.
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Microsoft touts benefits ofCloud-powered technology can enable workers to be more flexible, creative and mobile
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Big Doctor Is Watching

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 16:12
At the Senate hearing on the Internet of Things earlier this month, innovation wasn't just a hand-me-down buzzword from the Valley. It was an ideology. Sen. Cory Booker spoke of the nascent industry... of connected devices as an evangelical preaches miracles. Concerns over destructive malware, colossal data breaches, and the brazen unraveling of privacy were given voice, but they were drowned out by the gospel of market efficiency. The path to riches may be paved by ubiquitous data capture, but policymakers are failing to see its ultimate costs.
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Largest Health InsuranceUnitedHealth announces new coverage rules for hysterectomies. The new rules do not apply to vaginal hysterectomies that are done on an outpatient basis.
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Lost Sonic X-Treme game isNothing goes better with 1990's video game nostalgia than Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog. Some die-hard fans have found a Sonic game that has been lost to the world for the past twenty years. They found a... way to play Sonic X-Treme, a game abandoned by Sega that was never released on any platform to the videogame market. Sonic X-Treme has …
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Sorry, but net neutrality isWASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday was the proudest day in his public-policy career It certainly received the most attention. In a packed room of media, corporate representatives,... Internet policy advocates and even Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, the FCC on Thursday passed new rules meant to ensure net neutrality principles would be the law of the land See also: Net neutrality vote: Your guide to the FCC's big decision As Wheeler struck his gavel on the 3-2 vote, the room burst into applause. But as much as Wheeler would love to ride off into the sunset, an industry veteran like him knows that this is just another battle in a war that will continue to be fought. Here are a few reasons why you'll be hearing about net neutrality for years to come.
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Apple Insider: In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth... quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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Yahoo can opt out of its search deal with Microsoft in the next 30 days. If they do, it would be Marissa Mayer's riskiest bet yet.
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ABC News now available onABC News, which was added to Apple TV in the U.S. last year as a dedicated channel, has now made it across the Atlantic to Europe and Scandinavia, reports iFun. The channel offers both live and... recorded shows, including local news broadcasts from a number of US cities, handy for expat residents and anyone interested […]
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Every year, tens of thousands of reporters, analysts, and suited-up businesspeople descend upon Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show. Mobile World Congress, or MWC if you're in the know,... is the largest trade show for mobile technology: phones, networks, hotspots, infrastructure, and more phones. In recent years, MWC has been fairly sleepy, shifting from a consumer-centric show with big product launches to a more business-focused one that catered to infrastructure announcements. But this year it appears the show will swing back in the other direction: there are lots of companies that will be at MWC this year, and some major product announcements are expected to drop. The fun starts on Sunday, and we'll be there covering it...
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Read the announcement but, more importantly, be sure to watch the video showing the invitation process. It is well worth it.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Karbonn launches Titanium Dazzle at Rs 5,490

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 16:03
Karbonn launches TitaniumIndian handset brand Karbonn has launched a new budget smartphone, Titanium Dazzle. Priced at Rs 5,490, the dual-sim phone is available in two colour variants -- Black and White.
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Turn it down: Millions of young risk hearing loss from loud music, UN health agency warns
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Scientists Create Music For Cats, And Fur A Good Reason

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 16:02
Scientists Create Music For"Cats are not humans and humans are not cats and it is important that we humans, as the servants of cats, be aware of this difference." That's Dr. Charles Snowdon, a psychologist at the University of... Wisconsin-Madison. He's been on a quirky mission to--yes, you're reading this right--create music for cats. You can listen to some of his "meow-sic" here. "We were motivated to make music for cats for two reasons," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "First, many pet owners told us that they play radio music for their pets while they are at work and we wondered if this had any value. Second, we have developed a theory that suggests that species other than humans can enjoy music but that the music has to be in the frequency range that the species uses to communicate and with tempos that...
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Gawker Media's Nick DentonHow do you build a Web business without raising big venture rounds or tethering yourself to Facebook?
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Soccer and Tear Gas

Slate - 27 Feb 2015 16:01
Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online... magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter.
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Worried About Superfish? WorryEven as people worry about Superfish, a bigger threat looms in the form of the Komodia SSL hole. The root CA certificate from Komodia is not secured properly and could enable hackers to wage MITM... attacks.
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How to Get Smartphone ServiceTraveling abroad is totally amazing! Until your get your cellphone bill. Read this guide before you go anywhere.
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Rolling Vertical GardenIf there is one thing that is a mainstay in cities, it would be this – since the population in the area continues to expand, and the amount of land gets more and more scarce, there is only one... direction in which buildings are able to be built – upwards. I suppose those of us who grew up in a vast expanse of land, would have missed having a garden ...
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3D printer makes pancakes thatKinneir Dufort are using their 3D printer to make the ultimate personalized breakfast -- a pancake with the diner's face on it.
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Knowing the different ways in which an OpenStack cloud can be deployed will ensure a successful and sustainable solution to local business requirements.
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VLC returns to iOS, now spansThe "plays everything" media player is back on the Apple App Store, and this latest release adds new features such as better support for Ultra HD content.
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[From GamerTell] Master the art of snowman making and create some friends with A Good Snowman is Hard to Build.
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Study of atmospheric 'froth'When you don't know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance. You may not realize that,... especially at high latitudes on our planet, signals traveling between GPS satellites and your device can get distorted in Earth's upper atmosphere.
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Sharing Is Everything But One of the hot topics so far this year is what will become of P2P services and the sharing economy. Last year Airbnb became the largest hotel chain in the world, Uber expanded abroad with large... protests from incumbents in the taxi industry and P2P-lender Lending Club got listed on Wall Street.
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SF's real income inequalityAs the tech boom continues to bring more and more attention to San Francisco’s socioeconomic issues, a well-trod narrative has emerged: Tech companies have brought more and more upper-middle class... workers to the Bay Area where housing — affordable or otherwise — has been limited by geographic and legislative pressures. Inevitably, already-high housing prices go up, while landlords adopt creative ways to push long-time residents out of their homes to make way […]
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Augmented-reality game IngressThe multiplayer game that uses real-world environments as its playground is now even more accessible -- as an app on our wrists.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 WirelessAhead of the expected launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung S6 Edge on Sunday, third-party accessory makers are getting their stories lined up and are jostling for recognition in the hectic... run-up. It also means that the peripheral announcements can tell us more about Samsung's hardware, such as confirming wireless charging.
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How Much Energy Does YourAre they vampires or sippers? Here's what's worth worrying about and what's not.
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VLC update adds in-appEverybody's favorite open source video player just got even better. The VideoLAN Organization is releasing the stable version of VLC 2.2.0 on Friday, packed with a few goodies ahead of the VLC 3.0.0... release scheduled for later this year. The new VLC for Windows, Mac, and Linux rocks a Firefox-style in-app extensions "store," resume playback, in-app subtitle downloads, and early support for interactive Blu-ray menus. Friday's VLC release isn't just for the desktop either. For the first time, VideoLAN released major upgrades to all its platforms at once, and even added a few new ones including Android TV, Windows Phone, and Windows RT. VideoLan hopes to coordinate future release major releases across all its platforms, but organization president Jean-Baptiste Kempf says he isn't promising...
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Porn is back on Blogger, Ericsson wants to stop all U.S. iPhone sales, and the Pebble Time crushes its own Kickstarter record. All this and more in today's BitStream.
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Hello! Welcome to the Friday open thread, where it's so cold that snowmen are dying of hypothermia and robotic quadrupeds are trying to evict you from your home base. Thanks, Organa.
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Remember Ingress, the Google-developed project that entices you to get outside with the promise of some light gaming? On top of iOS and Android, it'll soon work on Android Wear, meaning you can join... in the fun with your smartwatch rather than just yo...
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We often predicate weight loss success with things such as motivation, determination, and self-control. While these factors undoubtedly play a role, lesser known characteristics like curiosity and... self-compassion are equally as important. I explain the key characteristics behind weight loss success in this TED talk.
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Facebook Lets You Write InThursday, Facebook announced the addition of a free-form field to the Gender options area in Facebook profiles. The new "custom" option space allows users to write in any description they... want--whether "dog-loving master of bro-associated domains" or "cheese-eating king."  Facebook explains the change in a post on the Facebook Diversity Page, noting that if you don't identify with available gender identities offered, you can add your own. People "can add up to ten gender terms and also have the ability to control the audience with whom you would like to share you custom gender," the company wrote.  See also: Facebook Provides 56 New Gender Identity Options The post suggests the custom field joins the drop-down list of 56 different gender options Facebook introduced last year. But when...
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'The Jinx' Is 'Serial' ForAn heir to his family's billion-dollar New York real-estate fortune, Robert Durst almost witnessed his mother's suicide as a child, emerged as the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance years... later, became estranged from his family after his brother secured the chief position in their business, was accused of dismembering his neighbor's body, began cross-dressing to disguise himself and urinated on a cash register at a Texas CVS. Enticed? You should be watching "The Jinx." HBO's miniseries, currently halfway through its six-episode run, is more gripping than whatever else you're watching on television right now. The genre-bending show is catnip for anyone who spent the final months of 2014 obsessing over the podcast "Serial." Replace Adnan Syed with 71-year-old Durst, and give host...
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Qualcomm Stretches LTE ToQualcomm hybridizes 4G LTE and Wi-Fi to create what it calls LTE unlicensed. The LTE extension will use compact towers, about the size of a router, to enhance cellular service deep in the hearts of... concrete jungles.
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The Federal Communications Commission voted on Feb. 26 to approve net neutrality rules for the distribution of internet traffic. The long fight is over. Hah! This decision will complete a level of... debate and now move to another …
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#TheDress and the Rise of Attention-Policing

The Atlantic - 27 Feb 2015 15:55
#TheDress and the Rise ofAn optical illusion may lead us to question the nature of reality, but it shouldn't make us question each other.
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QuickTime & Yosemite:Did you know that you can use your Mac to record a video of your iOS device's screen, making it easy to show an inexperienced user how to access an app or change a setting? That's the subject of... today's Quick Tip, and we think it's a pretty darned cool feature of Yosemite. We're happy to do anything we can to make you seem more like a wizard to your friends and family!
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Twitter Updates SafetyTwitter has further updated its user safety features to prevent trolling and other rule-breaking actions. Included in the update is the addition of impersonation and the propagation of private... information as possible abuse cases that can be reported.
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Tesla put James Bond LotusOf all the James Bond movies that have been made, my favorite has always been the Roger Moore flick where his Lotus Esprit turns into a submarine. Apparently, Tesla's Elon musk liked that flick too.... Back in 2013, he purchased the prop submarine used in the film and at the time word was that he planned to update the sub …
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Researchers find 3-D printedThe 3-D printing scene, a growing favorite of do-it-yourselfers, has spread to the study of plasma physics. With a series of experiments, researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)... have found that 3-D printers can be an important tool in laboratory environments.
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Improved vision for James WebbKey science elements of the James Webb Space Telescope have been upgraded ahead of the observatory's launch in 2018.
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Firehouse is at 800 locations and growing rapidly. A nice win for Apple Pay.∞ Read this on The Loop
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A simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients, researchers believe. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers... early via urine tests, and expediting aggressive therapeutic strategies, may significantly improve outcomes, they say.
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Global health experts believe the current data on cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa -- which determines how billions of pounds of international development money is... spent -- are weak and could mean vital funds are being deflected from other priorities. These include diarrheal and waterborne diseases, malnutrition, sanitation and the need to strengthen health systems.
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New ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies

Science Daily - 27 Feb 2015 15:47
New ultrasensitive test forChemists have developed a new test for peanut allergies that can not only tell whether someone is allergic, it can also determine how intense their allergic reaction will be.
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Survey reveals sorry state ofThe European Commission's annual Eurobarometer Cyber Security Survey, the third edition of which was recently released, is a substantial survey of more than 27,000 respondents from 28 countries. It... contains interesting and, more often than not, disappointing revelations about the state of Europe's security.
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Suicide rates rising for older US adults

Science Daily - 27 Feb 2015 15:47
Suicide rates for adults 40-64 years of age in the US have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007. One possible explanation could be the detrimental effects of the economic... downturn of 2007-2009, leading to disproportionate effects on house values, household finances, and retirement savings for that age group. Researchers found that external economic factors were present in 37.5 percent of all completed suicides in 2010, rising from 32.9 percent in 2005.
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randomErr writes: Microsoft is closing two factories in China by the end of March. About 9,000 people worked in these factories, and those jobs were cut a while back as part of the company's major... restructuring after its Nokia purchase. Much of the equipment located in these factories from Beijing and the southeastern city of Dongguan is being shipped to Vietnam.
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Findings of a new reveal striking variations between countries and regions in the use of this lifesaving stem cell transplantation, and high unmet need due to a chronic shortage of resources and... donors that is putting lives at risk, experts report.
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Popular iOS and Mac app iAiOS developers are constantly spitting on Android. But that’s not necessarily the way it should be. The developers behind iA Writer, one of the most beautiful distraction-free writing apps for iOS... and Mac, have just ported their app to Android.…
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Tech Five: Ericsson sues Apple over patents

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 15:45
Tech Five: Ericsson sues AppleCompany wants to block of Apple products in the U.S.          
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Astronaut finds water inNASA astronaut Terry Virts found a small amount of water in his helmet after a spacewalk this week, but it did not put him in any danger or interfere with his duties.
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DNA evidence shows surpriseDNA evidence shows surprise cultural connections between Britain and Europe 8,000 years ago. Researchers found evidence for a variety of wheat at a submerged archaeological site off the south coast of... England, 2,000 years before the introduction of farming in the UK.
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Quality control for adult stem cell treatment

Science Daily - 27 Feb 2015 15:45
A strategy to ensure that adult epidermal stem cells are safe before they are used as treatments for patients has been devised by scientists. The approach involves a clonal strategy where stem cells... are collected and cultivated, genetically modified and single cells isolated before being rigorously tested to make sure they meet the highest possible safety criteria. The strategy is inspired by the approaches the biotechnology industry and regulatory affairs authorities have adopted for medicinal proteins produced from genetically engineered mammalian cells.
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Antibiotic-resistant strains of the food-poisoning microbe Listeria monocytogenes in unprocessed salad products is not quite as widespread as scientists originally suspected. A new study reveals that... strains of the microbe falling into six distinct groups can all be found on such products, but 82 percent of those strains succumb to at least one of sixteen common antibiotics used in veterinary and human listeriosis treatment.
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SOLS Raises $11.1 Million toInvestors include Carmelo Anthony and the CEO of the Dallas Mavericks.
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Nimble revenue diet gets fibre supplement

The Register - 27 Feb 2015 15:45
Losses are lessening, but can it get the result it wants IPOed hybrid array market star Nimble Storage beat the street with fourth-quarter revenues of $68.3m, and lost less money than last quarter as... Fibre Channel sales kicked in. Can it keep on like this?...
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The Phottix Indra360 TTL IsThe Phottix Indra360 TTL offers 360 watt seconds of power with either TTL or manual light control for Canon or Nikon DSLRs.
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Exclusive interview: 'I'm a llama'

Mashable - 27 Feb 2015 15:44
Exclusive interview: 'I'm aAfter two llamas on the run captured the nation's collective consciousness for a few brief hours on Thursday (only to be superseded by a damn dress), we sought out a llama for an exclusive interview... with Mashable See also: 13 llamas llobbying for freedom Rojo the Llama is a 12-year-old Bolivian long-wooled llama with a very unique personality. His owner, Lori Gregory, says he thrives on human love and companionship and that Rojo, and his other camelid companions at Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas, get dressed up and travel off the farm almost every day of the week to visit hospitals, senior homes, rehabilitation communities, special-needs groups and schools. These llamas are the "special guests" at weddings, birthday parties, BBQ's and all kinds of other events throughout the Portland...
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∞ The lawsuits keep on coming

The Loop - 27 Feb 2015 15:44
SmartFlash LLC follows their recent court victory with a follow-on lawsuit to include more recent devices. And Ericsson AB announced their own lawsuit against Apple, a bit of hardball following a... failed licensing deal.
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The Basset Hound Clown Car

Twisted Sifter - 27 Feb 2015 15:44
The Basset Hound Clown Car  Okay the basset hounds are adorable, but did she just step backwards through a window?    
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Not content with $500MAfter Smartflash successfully convinced a court that Apple devices infringed three of its patents relating to downloading and storing content, winning a $532.9M award for its trouble, the company is... coming back for more-despite the fact that Apple is appealing the original award. Smartflash filed its original case before the iPhone 6/Plus and iPad Air 2 were launched, so the […]
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Scientists have a developed a new method to monitor the effect of anti-cancer drugs on very rare leukemia stem cells. The approach potentially allows doctors to screen patients and personalize their... treatment.
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Researchers have developed a single-step fermentative method for the production of leading cholesterol-lowering drug, pravastatin, which will facilitate industrial-scale statin drug production.
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Clips of protesters dying in consequence of current conflicts appear more and more frequently on YouTube. What do they trigger? How do they change the media and the way we perceive things? These are... the questions investigated by a media scientist using the example of the conflicts in Iran and Syria. She has realized that images of dying people, even those shot from the dying person's perspective, are nothing new. What has changed is the quality of the images; the encounter with death is more intense, more intimate. What does that do to the viewer? What impact do such videos have on people affected by conflicts?
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The muscular dystrophies are known to target various muscle groups differentially. In addition to making limb muscles weak, muscular dystrophy (MD) can also lead to decreased function of specific... muscles involved in respiration causing breathing difficulties as well as leading to cardiac problems. Using mouse models, researchers found that abdominal muscles may be severely involved in the muscular dystrophy process.
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Chinese internet firms shut down 60,000 accounts

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 15:41
Some of China's largest internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations.
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Buyout puts supersecureThe security-obsessed company called Silent Circle is now solely in control of its phone for encrypted communications. It has also raised $50 million and will announce new devices next week.
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Here is a record breaking standing long jump by Byron Jones. What physics can we see in a standing long jump? The post The Physics of a Record Breaking Long Jump appeared first on WIRED.
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Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 15:40
Thinking of God makes peopleReminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to a new research.
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Women veterans face a different home front battle with heart disease. Younger and more depressed when getting attention for chest pain -- heart tests often show a surprising result.
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SMAP satellite extends 5-meterLike a cowboy at a rodeo, NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), has triumphantly raised its "arm" and unfurled a huge golden "lasso" (antenna) that it will... soon spin up to rope the best soil moisture maps ever obtained from space.
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Drinking Coffee Regularly MayCoffee addicts have one more reason why a daily cup of joe is good for the health: it offers protection against risks of multiple sclerosis.
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Ericsson Sues Apple Over Ericsson, the pioneering wireless technology company that holds many patents related to cellular network connectivity, has filed suit against Apple both with the International Trade Commission (ITC)... and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming violation of 41 patents that apply to both the iPhone and iPad. These include essential patents related to 2G and LTE tech,…
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We've captured lightning in a bottle this week. We somehow managed to record The Vergecast in the brief moments between the Arizonan llamas and the white-gold-blue-black dress debate. It was a moment... of clarity, a calm we didn't know we should have savored. Journey back with us to that simpler time, and hear Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, and Sam Sheffer weigh in on the FCC's net neutrality ruling, the price of an Apple Watch, the upcoming Galaxy S 6, and the classic 1992 romantic thriller, The Bodyguard.
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China is weighing a far-reaching counter-terrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors"
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Swine Flu Death Toll In IndiaSwine flu cases and deaths continue to rise in India. Public gatherings are banned in some regions such as Ahmedabad, the capital of Indian state Gujarat.
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Bolivian grandmas handball soTeam handball is a competitive Olympic sport in which two teams pass a ball using their hands and try to throw it into the other's goal In Bolivia, however, this sport is not reserved only for... athletes. Grandmothers — known in the indigenous Aymara language as "Awichas" — hit the court once a week to compete with their peers. Before each match, the grandmothers warm up while singing songs from their childhood and the match itself incorporates native Andean music. The women, some of them great-grandmothers, arrive with their tennis shoes to participate in a Bolivian program sponsored by the city of El Alto. The team handball league hopes to encourage seniors to stay healthy and remain active, which eases some of the aches and pains of aging.
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VAIO surprisingly entering theIt has been little over a year since Sony sold off its VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners in an attempt to gird up its loins and focus on its core products (though it may repeat that... process again soon). VAIO has recently been doing what we expect it to do: put out and sell laptops and tablets. So …
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BASE Jumping Into the Abyss

Twisted Sifter - 27 Feb 2015 15:30
BASE Jumping Into the Abyss  GoPro athlete Marshall Miller BASE jumps into the foggy unknown in Lauterbrennen, Switzerland. The first-person POV gave me chills!    
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We've all heard of the 80/20 rule (or Pareto Principle ) that says 80% of your success will come from 20% of your effort. The inverse, however, is often true as well: 80% of your problems will come... from 20% of your circumstances.
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A five-month-long campaign against organizations in India shows the group is active and evolving, SophosLab reports.
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Consumers search for different qualities in different consoles, a recent Nielsen Co. survey found. For Sony PlayStation 4 owners, it's all about the resolution, graphics and Blu-ray player.
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S6 appeal and Ripley's returnWe look ahead to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 in our preview of MWC 2015, plus find out how Neill Blomkamp's new "Alien" movie will rewrite the series.
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Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its new GT3 racer. It is an altogether more hedonistic and angry-looking version of its GT sibling, which looks positively sedentary in comparison. The GT3 will race in the... FIA GT3 Championship...
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One Reason For Netflix'sIf you're one of the many Americans toiling away at a huge corporation, here are some things you're probably familiar with: tracking vacation days, getting expenses approved and sitting through yearly... performance reviews. These are things salaried employees at Netflix don't have to worry about. They get unlimited vacation. They can expense without getting approval from their managers, as long as they're acting in Netflix's best interest. They don't have traditional yearly performance reviews. Oh, and they're also paid really, really well. Netflix is fond of saying it hires only "fully formed adults," and the company treats them as such -- bestowing on them great amounts of freedom so they can take risks and innovate without being bogged down by process. The flip side of all this power is...
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An American astronaut found water pooling inside his helmet after he finished a six-plus hour spacewalk on Wednesday, raising new concerns about the safety of Nasa's spacesuits.
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Precision gas sensor could fit on a chip

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 15:23
Using their expertise in silicon optics, Cornell engineers have miniaturized a light source in the elusive mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectrum, effectively squeezing the capabilities of a large, tabletop... laser onto a 1-millimeter silicon chip.
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The Shirk Report - Volume 306

Twisted Sifter - 27 Feb 2015 15:21
The Shirk Report - Volume 306Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 25 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Twitter,... RSS and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com   25 IMAGES – Friday! – Instant…
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Ericsson is trying to get theEricsson, a major player in the telecoms industry, has requested the ITC place a ban on the sale of the iPhone in the U.S., after a patent battle between it and Apple took a nasty turn this week. The... post Ericsson is trying to get the iPhone banned from sale in the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New versions of Tweetbot forMany of us have been eagerly awaiting a new version of Tweetbot for iPad for quite a while now, as well as an updated version of Tweetbot for Mac. The wait seems like it’s drawing to a close though.... Today,…
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As internet penetration in India is on the rise, the e-commerce sector in the country is likely to witness a growth of over 50% in the next 5 years.
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The Dress meme: 25 millionIf you've not heard of The Dress meme yet you'll likely start seeing it in one of your social feeds soon. The Dress is proving to be one of the most popular memes yet after the item was posted on a... Tumblr feed. It's already hitting over 25 million visitors...
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Envisioning the moon as aFor years, Arlin Crotts has been an iconoclast among his peers in the world of lunar science. His beliefs that the moon must have water and could possibly supply all the elements necessary to sustain... life were considered unconventional to say the least.
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Android Central 224: TheAndroid Auto and Apple's CarPlay are going to be game-changers for many of us. But that doesn't mean we don't still have questions. So we brought in analyst (and engineer and former PR rep for a major... manufacturer) Sam Abuelsamid for a fascinating discussion about what's going to change for us in the cockpit. Of our 2005 Honda Civic. And in the second part of this two-parter, Phil has some hard questions for iMore.com's Rene Ritchie as the Apple Watch gets closer to its debut, and epsecially as we've started to get more and better looking options from Android Wear. You can find more on the auto industry from Sam at Navigant Research, on Google+ and at his personal blog. Note: No video for the show this week. Podcast podcast 224: The Android Auto, CarPlay and smartwatch special!
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Samsung and HTC have a lot toSamsung Electronics and HTC are going head to head on Sunday with almost simultaneous launches of new flagship smartphones. Both companies have a lot to prove, but for different reasons. "Samsung is... fighting for its credibility and HTC for its survival," said Neil Mawston , executive director at market research company Strategy Analytics, speaking of the duelling events ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mawston thinks Samsung's critics have been a bit too harsh on the company. Despite the shortcomings of the Galaxy S5, it was the second-best-selling phone last year, beaten only by the iPhone 5S. However, the S5 wasn't able to live up to expectations, and Samsung is now under pressure to launch something special.
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Ron Johnson wants to sprinkleFormer Apple retail boss Ron Johnson is taking on a new mission: helping online retailer Nasty Gal move into the brick-and-mortar retail space. According to Re/code, Johnson is leading a $16 million... investment in the ultra-chic brand, which started out in…
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ARM aims at networkARM details its vision for next-generation network infrastructure based on ARM chips and open-source software
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Samsung Electronics has announced that it has begun mass production of a new flash memory chip for smartphones.
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Hands On With The PanasonicIntroducing the (slightly) more affordable face of 4K HDR television
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Samsung live streaming GalaxySamsung is the latest company to announce their live stream at the Mobile World Conference 2015. Anyone around the world can tune in to see what Samsung has in store for their latest Galaxy... collection. We're just as eager as you are to see what they have to announce. Up until now we've only been given glimpses and teasers of …
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ANOTHER shake-up at HP Enterprise Services

The Register - 27 Feb 2015 15:06
Big Cheeses moved around A mini shake-up of the Enterprise Services (ES) division at HP has seen the role of UK public sector veep Stuart Bladen carved up and shared out among several others....
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Swiss Watch Makers Announce An If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added... electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is…
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TalkTalk confirms data breachThird-party hack causes customer data to fall into hands of criminals
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HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Michelle Star writes at C/net that Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, believes he has developed a technique to... remove the head from a non-functioning body and transplant it onto the healthy body. According to Canavero's paper published in Surgical Neurology International, first, both the transplant head and the donor body need to be cooled in order to slow cell death. Then, the neck of both would be cut and the major blood vessels linked with tubes. Finally, the spinal cords would be severed, with as clean a cut as possible. Joining the spinal cords, with the tightly packed nerves inside, is key. The plan involves flushing the area with polyethylene glycol, followed by several hours of injections of the...
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Harrison Ford to reprise roleThe original Rick Deckard returns in a sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. Scott will executive produce while "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve has been tapped to helm the new film.
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Apple faces iPhone patent lawsuit

BBC - 27 Feb 2015 15:03
Apple faces iPhone patentApple is being sued by a company two days after it was told to pay the same firm $533m (£344m) for infringing patents.
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Because we do spreadsheets on the move. Because we simply need numpad. Because we didn't buy a Surface. Microsoft has launched a new keyboard on Android, expressly made for Excel, with the main... keyboard being truncated to make space for an unassuming...
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The future of weight loss could look like this. Inject your muscles with a compound that helps them burn more calories than usual and then do your daily chores to shed those extra pounds. That's the... vision of a team of scientists who are working on a muscle-targeted injection therapy to help overweight people lose weight easily, even with low to moderate exercise...
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ICYMI: Happy 60th birthday, Steve Jobs

Cult of Mac - 27 Feb 2015 15:00
ICYMI: Happy 60th birthday,Steve Jobs would have been 60 years old this week, a sad fact we didn’t want to let pass unnoticed. Luke takes a look at this milestone year for the late Apple co-founder and ultimate savior. Buster... tours the 300…
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LG's OLED and LED 4K ULTRA HD TVs hit the US

Coolest Gadgets - 27 Feb 2015 15:00
LG's OLED and LED 4K ULTRA HDThey say that good things come to those who wait – well, I am quite sure that many of us living in the US would have been floored by what LG has offered in the past edition of CES, and finally,... after close to a couple of months of waiting, both pricing as well as availability for the first of its 2015 4K ULTRA HD (UHD) TV models have been ...
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Robot dogs are for life ... and death

The Australian - 27 Feb 2015 15:00
Robot dogs are for life ...INCENSE smoke wafts through the cold air of the Buddhist temple as a priest prays for the dearly departed ... a robot dog.
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After analyzing 80,000 health-related websites, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral researcher found that 90 percent shared user data with third-party advertisers and data brokers.
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LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?

Pocket-lint - 27 Feb 2015 15:00
LG G Flex 2 review: Is curvedThe G Flex is back and better than before as LG has another crack at the curved smartphone format. That's perhaps no surprise, as the company is pushing the curved message in television too. The... justification remains more or less the same: that viewing...
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Labor to support data laws

The Australian - 27 Feb 2015 15:00
Labor to support data lawsLABOR has given Tony Abbott the green light to introduce new national security laws on data retention.
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When you're young, you spend most of your time getting an education to help prepare you for being an adult. And yet, some things slip through the cracks. What weren't you taught that you think you... should have?
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Brikk Outs $75,000Yes, $75K for Apple's first wearable watch with a diamond touch. It's not for the average wearable smart watch user in any shape or form.
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Rare 'Missing Link' Black HoleA newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. NGC-2276-3c, which lies about 100 million light-years from Earth, appears to be an... intermediate-mass black hole.
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Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), an association of content providers, has been mandated to prepare a list of objectionable sites.
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NASA Probe Bound for PlutoInside New Horizons is a small piece of SpaceShipOne, the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to reach space twice within a period of 14 days. The feat, which SpaceShipOne accomplished in... 2004, won the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
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Phoney tech support Fraudsters are using TalkTalk's stolen client database to convince customers into handing over online banking credentials.
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[From In-Car Tech] Ford's new SYNC 3 system seems to be the best infotainment of the bunch. I was able to try it out today in an actual Ford Mustang. Are you ready for this?
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Apple Faces Ericsson LawsuitApple faces further legal action from Ericsson this week after refusing to accept a licensing deal for its patented LTE technologies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Swedish networking... company on Friday said it is suing Apple for infringing 41 wireless-related patents that it believes are critical to the functionality of products such as the iPhone and iPad. "By refusing Ericsson's fair and reasonable licensing offer for patented technology used in Apple smartphones and tablets, Apple harms the entire market and reduces the incentive to share innovation," the company said in a statement. Ericsson has filed two complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an effort to secure an exclusion order against Apple, which could block the iPhone, iPad and other products...
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Qualcomm moves from LTE-A toOur Internet connections are getting crowded. With more and more people using the Internet, some on more than just one or two devices, networks are getting overloaded and over burdened. That problem... is a bigger one for mobile carriers because their bandwidths are limited to a certain spectrum that they pay for. Qualcomm is trying to alleviate that problem just …
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Kanye West bursts into tearsLONDON —Kanye West is known for many things, most notably of late his erratic oscillations between outburst and apology. However, he showed a new side of himself this week when he burst into tears... during an interview on the BBC's Radio 1. See also: Wait, what? Kanye West publicly apologizes to Beck ... and Bruno Mars He was discussing his career and attempts to break into the fashion industry with presenter Zane Lowe, and began by talking about the barriers he's faced. "I'm trying to express that I can create outside this music box... and I'm giving examples of work that I did that are completely successful but I'm just getting shot down," he began.
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Atheist U.S. blogger hacked toAn American blogger of Bangladeshi origin who was an outspoken critic of religious extremism was hacked to death in an attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh Avijit Roy was walking with his wife, Rafida Ahmed,... in the streets of Bangladesh's capital Thursday night when several attackers struck him with machetes, the Times of India reported. They had been returning from a book fair at Dhaka University, which they had been in Bangladesh to attend. Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo quoted police saying Ansar Bangla-7, a local Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack on the 44 year old. Police said an investigation is underway, but no one has yet been arrested.
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Curiosity Rover Drills intoCuriosity drilled into a rock called Telegraph Peak on Tuesday (Feb. 24), collecting sample powder for analysis by its onboard instruments. The rover has now drilled into three different rocks at the... base of the towering Mount Sharp.
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Apple rakes in 89% of Q4 smartphone profits

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 14:47
Apple enjoyed 89% of all smartphone profits in Q4 last year.
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Dr Vishal Rao, Consultant, Head and Neck surgery, HCG Cancer Care clarified that there is no single medicine available anywhere in the world, which can be prescribe for all types of cancers.
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Samsung is ripping off Apple'sWhen Apple’s Greg Joswiak first introduced the EarPods on stage at the iPhone 5 event in 2012, he said they “look unlike any headphone you’ve ever seen before.” Samsung won’t be able to say... the same for its new earphones,…
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Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt

The Register - 27 Feb 2015 14:44
Every little helps in protecting Macca's froggy royalties Google Ventures has pumped $60m (£39m) into London-based music tech company Kobalt Music, which helps publishers keep tabs on streaming... services such as Spotify....
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[From AppleTell] For users willing to sacrifice the iPhone's slim profile, the newly-released ExoLens Exo 6 photography kit is a useful tool for the photography enthusiast.
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Review: ExoLens Exo 6 cameraThe iPhone 6 has an amazing camera. The ExoLens Exo 6 makes it better. The post Review: ExoLens Exo 6 camera lenses for iPhone 6 appeared first on AppleTell.
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Researchers break internet speed record, hit 1Tbps

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 14:37
UK researchers have achieved record-breaking speeds of one terabit per second during tests of 5G data connections.
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The Upload: Your tech newsFCC votes in new U.S. net neutrality rules As widely expected, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to approve new net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a... regulated public utility, to the cheers of many tech companies and consumers and the jeers of large broadband providers. The rules will prohibit broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web traffic and from offering paid traffic prioritization services, but they will almost certainly face a court challenge from the likes of Verizon Communications, AT&T and Comcast. The decision "preserves the ethos of permissionless innovation that's always been at the heart of the Internet," Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said in a video shown at the commission meeting.
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Ericsson seeks to block salesSome Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits. The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor filed nine lawsuits against... Apple on Thursday, seven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and two in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of a total of 41 of its patents, it said Friday. Apple is no stranger to the courts when it comes to patent disputes. Previous cases have often focused on the "look and feel" of its products, turning on the curvature of a phone's corners, or how it indicates that it can't perform an action when someone swipes the screen. Many of the patents Ericsson says Apple is infringing, though, cut right to the heart of smartphone and tablet...
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U.S. says absurd Chinese rulesThe U.S. government has accused China of violating trade agreements by imposing “intrusive” and “protectionist” rules that would prevent companies like Apple selling technology to Chinese... banks. The regulations, announced by China last month, would have required Western companies to turn over source code for products sold to banks, supposedly to permit security checks to be […]
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The distinctively-styled Chopper, epitomized by Easy Rider's Captain America, is the culmination of decades of motorcycle culture. The post 12 Motorcycles That Trace the Evolution of the All-American... Chopper appeared first on WIRED.
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12 brickin' deliciousThe highest honor one can bestow upon the world's greatest snacks is recreating them in Lego form Toy startup Pley is way ahead of us with colorful food-themed Lego sets that are custom-built based on... designs submitted to PleyWorld, the company's design submission platform See also: 15-Year-Old Lego Genius Animates Movie Scenes in Brick Form Users can upload designs of their own and vote on others. Once a design reaches 5,000 votes, Pley creates the set and offers its users the chance to rent it for a monthly subscription fee Check out a few of the food-inspired designs cooked up by PleyWorld's users.
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Kochava Acquires InferSystems Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing that it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems, and it’s using InferSystems technology to build a product called the Kochava... Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using…
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U.K. Mobile Operator TalkTalk Suffers Data Breach

Wall Street Journal - 27 Feb 2015 14:30
TalkTalk, the fourth largest internet-service provider in the U.K., said customer information was accessed after a breach at a third-party company. A small but significant number of customers were... affected, a spokesman said.
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Smart Motorcycle Helmet Maker Not long after closing on one of the most successful campaigns in the history of Indiegogo and landing another $1.5 million in seed capital, SKULLY, the motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display,... has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Walden Riverwood Ventures and Intel Capital led the round, along with participation from Formation 8, Techstars, and Western Technology Investments. Part…
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Android: With Tasker, you can create a custom Google Now command for just about anything. Android Wear allows you to trigger regular Google Now commands from your wrist, and now Auto Wear allows you... to do the same with those custom voice commands.
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The baize rubs against your wrist. A small bead of sweat rolls down your forehead. You ease the corner of your two cards from the table to glimpse at what you've been dealt. "How much chance do I have... of winning with this," you think. Well, if you had this neat visualization, you'd be all set.
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Psychedelic Crab

Bad Astronomy - 27 Feb 2015 14:30
The benefits of cleaning out your inbox: I somehow completely missed this spectacular image when it came out a while back, but now that I've found it I can share it! Ye. Gads. That's the Crab Nebula,... one of the most well-studied and famous objects in all the sky. It's the expanding gas cloud left over from a titanic supernova explosion, in this case the death of a very massive star. The light from this explosion reached Earth in 1054, and in the subsequent millennium the debris has reached a size of well over 10 light-years. That's 100 trillion kilometers, just so's you know. This image combines observations from Hubble taken in visible light with far-infrared observations using the Herschel Observatory. Supernovae explosions combine huge temperatures with unbelievable pressures, enough...
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Nvidia Releases Shield TabletNvidia's version 2.2 upgrade for the Shield tablet brought a bug that led to color desaturation. However, Nvidia has pushed out a Hotfix 2.2.1 to fix the issue.
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Facebook warned over data protection

News24 - 27 Feb 2015 14:28
German consumer groups say they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service.
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Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement.
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Watch: Apple Announces 'SpringThe March 9 press event comes ahead of Apple Watch launch.
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Stratolaunch Video Snagged by Local News Team

Space News - 27 Feb 2015 14:26
Local news team KGET snagged some of the first images of the Stratolaunch carrier aircraft, the enormous satellite-launching airplane Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites is building for Paul... Allen's Stratolaunch Systems The post Stratolaunch Video Snagged by Local News Team appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Sales soar globally, but forex, retail PC price erosion weigh Weaker margins in Europe due to forex losses and cut-throat retail pricing was the only major blip in an otherwise decent end to the... calendar 2014 for Ingram Micro. It was not a vintage year though....
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World's first 'non-intrusive' smartphone unveiled

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 14:25
Tired of smartphone's intrusion in your personal space? A new device may be your new hope to stay connected without much hassle.
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A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations... ketamine is known primarily as a party drug, in lower income countries it's one of the most widely used anesthetics available, and is particularly notable for its use during caesarean sections. ketamine is easy to administer for non-skilled health workers Because ketamine is injectable, it's far easier to administer and transport than gas anesthetics, making it indispensable for doctors carrying out life-threatening surgeries in rural areas. It's also safer than other anesthetics as it induces a dissociative state but allows patients to retain...
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It's a question that appears to reflect the height of Internet absurdity: what color is this dress? Is it white and gold? Blue and gold? Blue and black? It's a question that has millions chiming in... with their opinions and explanations, but WIRED magazine may have the answer to the question that has the cyber world obsessed.
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Ultra-low power radioAt Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, taking place March 2nd-5th, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) will demonstrate Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology in a truly wireless earbud... including wireless audio streaming from ear to ear, using its new NxH2280 NFMI based radio transceiver.
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Image: Dark Energy SurveyOn December 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey, researchers snapped the above shot of comet Lovejoy. The image above was captured using the 570-megapixel Dark... Energy Camera, the world's most powerful digital camera. Each of the rectangular shapes above represents one of the 62 individual fields of the camera.
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There's a deeper insight behind the clean lines. The post A Respirator Device That Looks Like Cool, Retro Kitchen Gear appeared first on WIRED.
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Talking drone offers aviation safety boost

Phys.org - 27 Feb 2015 14:19
Talking drone offers aviationIn a world first, RMIT University researchers have developed a talking drone that can converse with air traffic controllers just like a normal pilot.
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What I Don't Want To See On Facebook -- Ever

The Huffington Post - 27 Feb 2015 14:19
What I Don't Want To See OnEveryone knows someone who shares way too much on Facebook. Too much information about the awards your children have won or too many pictures of the food you're about to eat. So I offer this advice:... there are the 10 things that you should avoid posting on Facebook unless you want your friends to unfriend you. I have violated almost every one of these rules, to be honest. But I am trying. Really. Food Photos Is that plate of spaghetti and meatballs really an image worthy of photographing and posting on your Facebook wall? This applies to any meal you are about to eat, unless you made this meal yourself and you are very proud of how it looks. So unless it looks really amazing, please don't post your runny chicken pot pie meal on Facebook. No more food porn. It's not the Last Supper. Posts...
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Europe could get Apple Pay in mid-April

AppleTell - 27 Feb 2015 14:18
Europe could get Apple Pay inVisa Europe is setting up payment terminals that will support tokenization. The post Europe could get Apple Pay in mid-April appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] Europe could get Apple Pay in mid-April

Technology Tell - 27 Feb 2015 14:18
[From AppleTell] Visa Europe has just revealed it is going to have contactless payment terminals in place throughout Europe by mid-April, which Apple Pay needs to run.
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Where were you the day the internet was freed from ISP tyranny? Apparently, you were either watching two llamas on the lam or tweeting that a clearly black and blue dress was actually gold and white.... When two escaped camelids sent a Phoenix sheriff's...
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A new X-ray microscope forDelivering the capability to image nanostructures and chemical reactions down to nanometer resolution requires a new class of x-ray microscope that can perform precision microscopy experiments using... ultra-bright x-rays from the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This groundbreaking instrument, designed to deliver a suite of unprecedented x-ray imaging capabilities for the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe (HXN) beamline, brings researchers one step closer to the ultimate goal of nanometer resolution at NSLS-II, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility.
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Gigabyte P37X 17.3-inch laptopIt's been barely two months since Gigabyte launched its 15.6-inch P35X gaming laptop, and yet here it is again announcing a successor. The Gigabyte P37X, however, might not be too big of a jump to... deter you from grabbing the smaller notebook. It is, naturally, bigger than the P35X, but, aside from some few highlights, the two share a lot …
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The Three Most Amazing PCs OfEvery month, I take a look at some of the most amazing PCs that have been created from around the world. You probably know it's possible to build your own PC, however, hardcore enthusiasts are taking... things one step further and customising their PCs too. They'll kit them our with water cooling similar to that in a car, cases will be professionally sprayed and modified and some of these PC modders will even build their own cases from scratch.
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2G spectrum auction gets SC's go-ahead

Times of India - 27 Feb 2015 14:07
The SC has said that even as it has found inconsistencies in the stand taken by the government, it is allowing the auction of 2G telecom spectrum.
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Ericsson asks ITC to blockEricsson, an early pioneer in cellphone technology, has upped the ante in a patent dispute with Apple by asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the import of iPhones into the country.... Ericsson owns patents to a number of fundamental technologies used in all cellphones, including LTE, and Apple had been paying royalties for these up […]
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HTC One M9: What to expectThe HTC One M8 has been a popular device but with 2014 behind us, anticipation is rising about what will come next for HTC's flagship. It should come as no surprise if it's known as the HTC One M9,... following the model numbering of previous years. The...
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The Canvas Selfie will be available at Rs 15,999 and is expected to go on sale in the coming days.
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Q&A: Tame out-of-control photo collection

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 14:04
Q&A: Tame out-of-control photoTips on managing a huge collection of pictures.          
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3 places to buy and sell used items

USA Today - 27 Feb 2015 14:04
3 places to buy and sell usedDon't like Craigslist? Here are some great alternatives.          
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Asus VivoMini UN62 Review: AThe digital lounge is a strange place these days. All-manner of devices compete for your attention, as well as your wallet with plenty of must-have online services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime... Instant Video too. How you connect everything together and access your digital photos, movies and files can be tricky, as few devices can do everything.
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PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge... success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design…
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PaymyPCN database of names, pics was open, says report Thousands of UK drivers have been caught up in a data breach at a UK parking firm....
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With a 20 percent share of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2014, Apple took nearly all the industry's profits. It's a situation that could could spell trouble for Google.
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The latest Blumhouse Productions offering The Lazarus Effect is the latest in a long line of reanimation horror films. Here are its antecedents. The post The ‘Reanimation Horror’ Influences of the... New Movie The Lazarus Effect appeared first on WIRED.
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On February 28, 1998, the eminent medical journal The Lancet published an observational study of 12 children: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development... disorder in children. It might not sound sexy, but once the media read beyond the title, into the study’s descriptions of how those nasty-sounding symptoms appeared just after the kids got vaccinated, the impact was clear: The measles-mumps-rubella […] The post Scientists Are Wrong All the Time, and That’s Fantastic appeared first on WIRED.
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Monohm delivers first anti-smartphone in the world

Coolest Gadgets - 27 Feb 2015 14:00
Monohm delivers firstSmartphones are pretty much the staple device for many of us – so much so, in fact, that some of us would even carry a couple of smartphones around simply because we are so busy with our work lives.... Having said that, what if you would want to take a break from it all, at least for a while so that you can recalibrate your life and celebrate what is ...
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Nickelodeon's new iOS app is aLast year around 1.4 Million U.S. households reportedly threw in the towel on Pay TV and embraced the cord-cutting revolution. And it seems that the idea of consuming media in non-traditional ways... starts young, with Nickelodeon this week announcing its…
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App rewards students forPocket Points rewards those students who resist checking their iPhone during class with discounts and deals from local businesses.
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These Are the Best WeatherThese apps will help you know when to grab your umbrella
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10 situations where you shouldYou're basically glued to your smartphone 24/7. I get it. I mean, it's pretty critical that you never miss a call, text, or retweet notification, right? But there are some times when you should... probably just put your phone down, no matter how many Instagram likes you'll miss. Here are 10 times we use our smartphones when we really shouldn't, because it's inappropriate, rude, and possibly dangerous. When you're walking on a public street Or, you know, walking anywhere.
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Perhaps the most contentious title out there is "World's Greatest Mom." My mother probably thinks she is, but so too does her mother, and I think they could both make pretty strong cases. But the... sacrifices that human moms make pale in comparison to what's going on in nature. There's a bug, for instance, whose […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Legless Amphibian That Eats Its Mother’s Skin appeared first on WIRED.
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Nobody is perfect when it comes to humor. Some people just manage to recognize a bad joke early on and shut up, or kill their clumsier jokes gracefully. Here are some common mistakes you might make... when it comes to being funny, and how you can identify them and avoid them.
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Feedback: Ferrari jumps the units shark

New Scientist - 27 Feb 2015 14:00
Oceans and oceans of units, how large are your chips?, slither of a name challenge and more (full text available to subscribers)
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U.S. Blogger Hacked to DeathAvijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, and his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Ahmed, were attacked on Thursday.
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Elusive 'Dark Photons' StillNew experimental results from a giant atom-smashing experiment suggest that dark photons are not the culprit for mysterious experimental results that challenge the reigning physics model.
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Concrete is an amazing building material: cheap to create, strong when used correctly, and hard-wearing, too. But turning it into exotic and shapely forms can be prohibitively complex and expensive.... Now, a 3D printer capable of producing one-off moulds as large as a phone booth could help turn architectural dreamw into affordable reality.
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