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30 Oct 2014 - United States
If you have dreams of recording your own aerial footage of a baseball game using a drone, you'll want to put them on ice. The FAA has issued a warning to all pilots that they'll be fined or imprisoned... if they fly remote-controlled aircraft too close...
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Antares Rocket Explosion:Astronauts on the International Space Station watched as a private rocket carrying supplies for the orbiting outpost exploded just after launch.
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MPAA Bans Google Glass And Under the new rules, theater owners will ask anyone with wearable recording devices to turn’em off and put them away. Fail to do that, and they’ll give you the boot. If they have any reason to... think you’re recording in the theater, meanwhile, they’ll call the cops.
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Through 3D-printed prosthetic,For most amputees, the road to a more fun recreactional prosthetic device is slow and costly. However, thanks to a student-led research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, that... might be changing, which is especially good news for those who are most in need, residents of the developing world.
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'Destiny' Halloween updateJust a visit to the Postmaster and you'll be in for a treat! Get into the groove of things and celebrate Halloween with 'Destiny.'
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Global smartphone marketIncreased focus on emerging markets has driven a 25 percent year-over-year increase in global shipments in the third quarter, according to IDC.
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Smart cocktail shaker teachesThe B4RM4N is a smart cocktail shaker and app combo that incorporates sensors so that you mix a perfect cocktail, every time.
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Flipboard may have been the original iPad magazine, but now it's making its app smarter for its growing smartphone audience. The post Flipboard Finally Ditches Its iPad Roots With a Smarter Phone App... appeared first on WIRED.
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BlackBerry 10 Launch

Forbes - 30 Oct 2014 05:50
BlackBerry 10 LaunchPhotos from the BlackBerry 10 launch event.
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Motorola teases Droid Turboit looks like Verizon won't be the only carrier to offer Motorola's new Droid Turbo, which features a Quad HD display and 48 hours of battery life. The company has sent out press invites for a Nov. 5... event where it will introduce a smartphone variant to run on other carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile.
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Samsung Vows Changes AfterSamsung admits smartphone error, vows reform as mobile profit plunges 74 percent
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Microsoft Unveils $199Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on... sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores. The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, which can identify stress. Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user's smartphone. Microsoft is also launching a cloud-based health service called...
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Samsung sales plunge despiteWith smartphone buyers increasingly choosing iPhones or lower-cost options over its devices, Samsung Electronics has been hammered this year.
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11 free tools to protect yourThe documentary Citizenfour, which debuted to a limited release on Friday, offers the closest look yet at Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the National Security Agency spying scandal. In... the film, Snowden and the journalists he works with go to great lengths to shield their correspondence from unwanted eyes. Though Laura Poitras' film explores a very extreme circumstance — a massive leak of top-secret information to the press — it's as good a reminder as any that we live in a time of widespread government surveillance, and you can't be sure who's intruding on or monitoring your Internet activity and communications.
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Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 03:34
Microsoft cut loose 3,000This summer Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella revealed a planned workforce reduction that would ultimately result in 18,000 or so employees being cut loose. The reason behind it was to "realign our... workforce" toward better fitting its current business goal, with the most notable cuts being among the workers it brought in with the Nokia acquisition. It was promised that by …
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See Google Doodles Through the Years

Time - 30 Oct 2014 03:22
See Google Doodles Through theMost logos rarely change, but Google's changes all the time thanks to their team of Google Doodlers
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Student science projectsStudents at the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, California, were among the teams who lost long-planned experiments -- in their case, testing red worms to turn garbage into compost in space.
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Verizon refutes editor'sCorporate blogs that tow=e the company line have become increasingly common in recent years, but a new site from Verizon has raised eyebrows for a policy that prohibits its writers from writing about... spying and net neutrality On Tuesday, Patrick Howell O'Neill, a writer for the Daily Dot, revealed the details of an email exchange with Cole Stryker, the editor of Verizon's new SugarString site, which is focused on technology news and culture. According to O'Neill, Stryker's recruiting email sent to writers (including O'Neill) specified that the topics of spying and net neutrality would be forbidden
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Tiny streaming sticks areStreaming sticks are so fully featured and capable now, it would be fair to wonder if there's any need for a set-top box at all. It turns out, set-top boxes still have their place, so we compiled this... list of pros and cons to help you figure out which is right for you. The post Tiny streaming sticks are striking it big, but should you really go small? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Wallet creator builds aA mobile payment terminal called Poynt is being launched by an executive who helped build Google Wallet. The payment terminal accepts chip cards, magnetic strip cards, NFC systems and QR systems,... among others.
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The outlook isn't looking so hot for CurrentC, the rival mobile payment system that major retailers like Walmart, Rite-Aid, and CVS have rallied around instead of Apple Pay. Earlier today (and only a... few hours after playing up CurrentC's security features in a blog post), CurrentC owner Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) informed its early users via e-mail that some of their e-mail addresses had been obtained by "unauthorized third parties." Fortunately, as MacRumors reports, the notice claims that "no other information" was obtained from the users affected. But of course the incident raises the question of whether it could be stolen. That's especially important for CurrentC, which uses customers' bank account numbers rather than credit cards as in the case of Apple Pay. In fact, that's the...
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Mini human stomachs developedMiniature human stomachs have been developed, for use as testbeds for new medicines. But, why were they needed?
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Got milk? Maybe you shouldn'tMilk consumption may lead to a greater incidence of fractured bones and deaths in women, but what is the cause behind this new finding?
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Apple's Retina 5K iMac seemsObviously not everyone can afford to spend $2,500 on a large monitor with a resolution of 4K or higher. But if you do feel like throwing that kind of cash around at a beautiful display, Apple’s new... iMac with a Retina 5K display really is a killer deal. We mention this because 9to5Mac on Wednesday flagged an impressive looking LG 4K monitor that measures in at 31 inches and costs the exact same price as the Retina 5K iMac… but it’s also just a monitor and not an all-in-one desktop computer. RELATED: Meet the Retina iMac, Apple's best desktop yet Granted, the new LG monitor is slightly bigger at 31 inches versus the 27 inches offered by the Retina 5K iMac.
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A Texas nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has agreed to self-quarantine at home for 21 days and undergo frequent monitoring from state health officials, Gov.... Rick Perry announced Wednesday. The unnamed nurse will remain in her Austin home despite not showing any signs of the deadly disease.
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The hunt for Amelia Earhart's long-lost plane took a new turn after searchers reportedly identified a piece of the missing aircraft near a toll in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
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Researchers on the trail of missing 1930s aviatrix Amelia Earhart say they are increasingly convinced that aluminum debris found on a South Pacific beach came from her lost airplane.
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The Soviet-era engines were already scheduled to be replaced in two years. Orbital Sciences' CEO also acknowledged a possible delay in the company's launch schedule next year.
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During a rather surreal press conference, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson said his retailer consortium was trying to promote competition and encourage third-party innovation by excluding both from its... stores.
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Google is in trouble over Street View again, after one of its cars took a photo of a woman on her stoop, and showed "part of her breast."
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'Terminator: Genisys' isLOS ANGELES — Terminator: Genisys is having another rough Judgment Day. For all we know, the reboot of the reboot will blow minds (and SkyNet servers) when it hits theaters July 1. But in this... rush-to-judgment climate, where movies are picked apart for months before anyone sees so much as a teaser trailer, the Internet more or less thinks Terminator: Genisys just plain blows. SEE ALSO: 'Terminator: Genisys' Is the New Movie Title You'll Have to Look Up Every Time Entertainment Weekly released the first official images from the film on Wednesday, and the onslaught began. Movie bloggers were particularly harsh on the two covers, one with Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke on a motorcycle, the other with Matt Smith and Jason Clark being approached by a classic T-800 that's ... grinning?
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Bits Blog: Unpacking the F.C.C.'s Online Video Proposal

The New York Times - 30 Oct 2014 00:17
Bits Blog: Unpacking theA blog post by the commission's chairman about expanding the definition of cable operator to include online video distributors seemed to raise as many questions as it answered.
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Apple actually lost U.S.A new report from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech reveals that huge iPhone 6 demand helped Apple last quarter, with the company seeing market share increases in various European markets. However, Apple’s... market share actually dropped in Apple's home country during the period, hitting 32.6% in the September quarter, a 3.3% drop compared to last year. FROM EARLIER: You might not be able to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stores this Christmas "Despite Apple's share declining 3 percentage points in the three months ending in September, compared with the same period last year, it is clear that demand for the iPhone 6 has been very healthy," Kantar wrote. Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 units during the
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If people weren't too happy with the first batch of sponsored posts by Instagram, those temper tantrums might reach a new level soon. According to Adweek, the Facebook-owned imaging service is now... rolling out video ads to users' feeds, having been...
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Gamergate is dead

The Verge - 30 Oct 2014 18:25
As an activist movement with the ability to inspire positive change, Gamergate is dead. Its constituents and its hashtag will remain -- and I suspect will be, for sometime, as fierce, aggressive, and... vocal -- but these remainders represent a hate group and its banner, associated with bigotry and cruelty. Gamergate died ironically from what it most wanted: mainstream exposure. The threats aimed at women made by many of its most radical members received attention through mainstream online news outlets, the front page of The New York Times, and yesterday evening, the satirical television program, The Colbert Report. Interviewing Anita Sarkeesian, who has received numerous death threats for her feminist critique of video games, the...
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Happy Arachtober: Spider Cthulhu

Wired - 30 Oct 2014 18:05
Hey, spiders are just trying to make a living. Sometimes in your house. The post Happy Arachtober: Spider Cthulhu appeared first on WIRED.
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Global smartphone shipmentsGlobal smartphone shipments topped 300 million units for the second quarter in a row, propelled by new phones and emerging markets.
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Microsoft, a software power, wants to have a greater say in how data center hardware is designed. And now it's even got some hardware partners in this effort.
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After last month's iPhone event, I was disappointed -- I realized the iPhone 6 and its "Plus" sibling were still catching up to Android in a lot of ways. Regardless, the devoted iPhone fan in me still... pre-ordered an iPhone 6 a few days later, in the...
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The UK government is trying a new approach to the orphan works problem that it says will make more than 91 million painting and books available to the public.
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Apple's Lead in Tablet MarketApple continues to rank among the world's top tablet manufacturers both in customer satisfaction and shipments, according to reports released today by J.D Power and IDC, although the company is... showing some signs of weakness as lower-cost competitors gain momentum and consumers look for more innovation in Apple's tablet lineup. Apple fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power's semiannual customer satisfaction survey, while the company's lead in worldwide tablet shipping volume continues to shrink. Worldwide tablet shipments in 3Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC) According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, Apple remains the global tablet market leader, despite a 12.8 percent decline in quarterly shipments year-over-year. Apple shipped 12.3 million units in Q3 2014, edging out...
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IBM Supercomputer Watson WillIt's part of a deal the two companies announced on Wednesday that's designed to let IBM's clients mine the 500 million daily Twitter messages.
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Pininfarina is best known as Ferrari's frequent collaborator, but the Italian design firm sketches a lot of other things, too -- take the Pininfarina Fuoriserie, for instance, a bicycle that's just a... little fancier than your average fixie. Much of the steel frame is concealed with a walnut wood coating, for instance; the handlebars and seat are covered with a woven leather pattern. It's beautiful, particularly with the combination of wood and bare metal on the frame that gives the Fuoriserie a...
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Skype for iPhone Updated WithClosely following its optimization for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this month, Skype has updated its Skype app for iOS with faster loading times for chat, new options for saving photos, and... general UI tweaks that allow users to easily browse their People lists. In the Skype 5.7 for iPhone update, we addressed some of the most common user suggestions. We can't wait for you to download the new version to take advantage of the new features inspired by your feedback: -Save and delete photo - If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat, simply press and hold the image and the options will appear. -Faster chat load time - Now when you receive a notification and tap it to open the app, the message will be there waiting for you without any...
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Google is determining what exactly it means to be a healthy human being, which could redefine health as a spectrum instead of black and white. It is developing a wristband and…
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One of the arguably best features of Android is getting friendly with third-party apps. Simply by adding a few lines of code, Android apps can take advantage of the "OK Google"…
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Itching to strap Samsung's 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch on your wrist? If you're in the US, you'll only have to wait one more week. The cellular-capable timepiece is now officially slated to reach... American stores on November 7th, including Best Buy,...
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Dropbox is making headway against Box

GigaOM - 30 Oct 2014 17:27
Dropbox continues to make waves in its efforts to compete with Box with Dropbox for Business. In a blog post yesterday, Dropbox VP of Enterprise Strategy Ross Piper threw out some…
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Samsung's cellular-equipped Gear S smartwatch, which comes with its own phone number, is headed to the United States. There are significant differences between the data plans that the big four... carriers…
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Google Play Books update toGoogle will release a new update to its Google Play Books app later today that will offer users some new ways to quickly skim and browse inside ebooks, especially those of the nonfiction variety.
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There's a more or less familiar pattern with releases from writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen: we get a critically acclaimed drama, and then the screwball comedy -- often critically acclaimed, too.... (See: Fargo and The Big Lebowski; No Country For Old Men and Burn After Reading.) Looks like we're now getting the followup to last year's mostly melancholy Inside Llewyn Davis: Universal says the Coens' Hail, Caesar! is coming February 5th, 2016. Along with the release, Universal has put together an official synopsis for the movie: Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit,Fargo) write and direct HAIL, CAESAR!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age....
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Redesigning the Social Network

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 17:07
Redesigning the Social NetworkThere's an artistic vision behind Ello, the latest Facebook competitor to trigger hype and backlash.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

USA Today - 30 Oct 2014 17:04
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proudHead of Apple publicly confirmed he is gay in opinion piece.          
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Microsoft creates system for consolidating fitness data, challenging Apple, Google efforts
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Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

ABC News - 30 Oct 2014 17:03
Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to BeCook said he never denied his sexuality, but he never publicly acknowledged it.
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Here's how to give (or at least try to give) your network a little holiday chill.
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It's not particularly convenient to read cookbooks, travel guides and other reference works as ebooks. Google is hoping to change that.
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Get Ready for Video Ads inStarting on Thursday, Instagram users will begin seeing advertisements from Activision, Lancome, Disney, the CW and Banana Republic
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Pawscout's connected pet ID tag and free app will help you track down your lost pet. The post This App Uses Your Neighbors’ Phones to Find Your Lost Pet appeared first on WIRED.
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Human Skin Cells Reprogrammed Into Brain Cells

Singularity Hub - 30 Oct 2014 17:00
Not long ago, we told you about a patient who received a stem cell treatment for degenerative eye disease. In that story, researchers took the patient's skin cells and turned...
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By now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the... pages, and maybe highlight a few favorite passages or look up some word definitions along the way. Google believes that's a fine formula for reading a novel, but sorely lacking when reading nonfiction books -- think cookbooks, textbooks, or any other book that you don't typically read straight through from cover to cover. If it's not something you read serially, Google's thinking goes, the ebook experience is still sub-optimal. The company is looking to improve that experience with a new version of its Google Play Books app for Android -- Google...
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Google's latest Play Books update for Android makes the app a lot easier to use for reading non-fiction e-books. See, Play Books is perfect if you're just reading something from cover to cover. But if... you're using it to read text or reference books...
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There's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning... your lists into collaborative projects. It's meant to unify your work and personal lists, while making it easier for other people to see and modify them -- the creators want you to be using it to organize your entire life (or, as CEO Omer Perchik puts it, your "portfolio of experiences and aspirations"), not just check off items. The more you're invested in it, the likelier you are to pay for the premium version, which costs $5 per month or $45 a year. Most prominently, the update turns tasks into hubs that you can share with multiple people,...
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Top Android device, accessory,Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to... make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom. Today Amazon's got a great deal on $115-worth of apps now available for free. Definitely check that out. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!
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Vodafone's spooky HalloweenVodafone is preparing to run a weekend deal to celebrate Halloween and both the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will see 40 percent slashed from their original listed prices. If you've been... holding off on making a purchase, now may be a good time to look at available options.
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Lenovo wraps up its deal to$2.9B deal brings Motorola Moto X, Droids and other phones to Lenovo.          
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Trailrunner7 writes The maintainers of the Drupal content management system are warning users that any site owners who haven't patched a critical vulnerability in Drupal Core disclosed earlier this... month should consider their sites to be compromised. The vulnerability, which became public on Oct. 15, is a SQL injection flaw in a Drupal module that's designed specifically to help prevent SQL injection attacks. Shortly after the disclosure of the vulnerability, attackers began exploiting it using automated attacks. One of the factors that makes this vulnerability so problematic is that it allows an attacker to compromise a target site without needing an account and there may be no trace of the attack afterward.
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It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars'... contracts to make sure that they'll all be onboard should it order a seventh. And at this point, it seems highly unlikely that it wouldn't -- the show has been an enormous hit, and a seventh season would make the series run at least as long as the books are supposed to. Game of Thrones' stars were only signed for six seasons, which made extending their contracts a must to keep the show going, according to the Reporter. Extending their contracts reportedly meant giving the biggest stars some big raises, but with the show's unrivaled success, it's...
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Kunimasa Suzuki to depart asSony will have a new leader of its mobile devices division on November 16, as the company announced today that Kunimasa Suzuki will leave that position for a new job as executive vice president of... Sony Entertainment. Its Senior Vice President Hiroki Totoki will take over Sony's mobile division duties.
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One of the best task management apps for individuals is now adding support for families and teams to work together. Any.do 2.0 adds a Premium subscription option with collaboration tools, themes…
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

ReadWrite - 30 Oct 2014 16:45
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm ProudTim Cook is gay and proud of it, the Apple CEO revealed in a personal essay published Thursday by Bloomburg Businessweek. While he'd been silent on the matter of his sexual orientation for years, the... CEO said he'd waited so long because he wanted to keep the focus on Apple's products, not himself. However, Cook said he decided to speak up in order to support other gays and lesbians with less visibility.  For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I've had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people's differences. Not everyone is so lucky. While I have...
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The doctor gives my scrotum a firm tug, stretching the skin flat. "This is where I would punch the hole," he explains. I wince, and he says, "I can assure you, it doesn't hurt at all." From there, he... explains, it's a simple process to extract and sever my vas deferens, the tiny tubes that carry my seed. Just to be safe, he'll cauterize the cut ends before tying them back together, burning my baby-making apparatus into oblivion. I'm in the office of Dr. Robert Nejat, getting a final...
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NASA just spotted a needle in a haystack: the remains of the lunar dust probe LADEE, which was deliberately crashed into the dark side of the moon last year. The satellite was launched from Wallops... Island a year ago to determine if lunar dust tends...
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Mixify's Clubcast Service To Mixify, the live streaming service connecting big-ticket DJs to clubs around the world, is seeing its Clubcast service take off with DJs like Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, and Q-Tip from Tribe Called... Quest joining the platform. It’s the low-end theory writ large, with the company’s Clubcast service now also breaking beats for dancers from Miami Beach to Mumbai with the launch of…
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The Samaritans Radar Twitter app, launched this week by the U.K.'s main suicide prevention charity, has good intentions. However, it's an ethical and legal minefield.
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Avengers: Age of UltronAvengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon discusses the global scope of the upcoming sequel to The Avengers and where it takes the superhero team. The post Avengers: Age of Ultron travels... from Italy to Korea to Africa to… Cleveland! appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected -- but amazing -- musical send-off: Metallica... says they'll play a song on the show every night for a week to commemorate Ferguson's time as host, Rolling Stone reports. The band will sit down for an interview with Ferguson on November 17th, a Monday, and play through that Friday. (Ferguson will leave at an unannounced date in December.) Metallica does have something to promote -- the 10th-anniversary re-release of the band's classic Some Kind of Monster documentary will be released on November 24th -- but drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone, "Nothing to sell, nothing to promote (except a...
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Vlad the Impaler: The RealA few facts help explain how the real Dracula earned such a nasty reputation.
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Here's the trailer for Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller about a young programmer selected to serve as the human component in a Turing Test on a robot. A really hot lady robot.
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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and... you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details; it's leaving that task to the carriers. Just don't expect the Gear S, with its built-in cellular radio and curved OLED screen, to come cheap. T-Mobile has announced that it'll retail for $349.92 at full cost. For reference, that's $100 more than a Moto 360. Sprint's charging even more, pricing the Tizen-based smartwatch at $384. Both...
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Google Wallet users can now set up recurring bank transfers to automate adding money to their Google Wallet accounts. The update also includes low balance alerts.
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Maine nurse goes for bikeSometimes you just gotta ride. A Maine nurse defied orders from the state that she remain in her home under quarantine over Ebola fears when she took a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday... morning. Kaci Hickox, 33, who recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in west Africa, has come under fire from the state of Maine after refusing to comply with a voluntary in-home quarantine. Hickox has repeatedly said she will not abide by the state's requests that she remain quarantined in her home for 21 days and made that intention quite clear by leaving her home on Thursday — on a bicycle.
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GoCardless Launches EnterpriseGoCardless is a Y-Combinator alum which created a simple way for online businesses to set up and accept direct debit payments. Why is this important, I hear you ask? Well, out there in the rest of the... world, recurring payments are almost always driven by direct debit transactions from bank accounts, a market which is not well developed in the US, but happens to be highly developed…
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Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering... wheels, which have sprouted enough knobs, buttons, lights, and displays that they look more like something out of a spacecraft than an earthbound machine. McLaren Mercedes -- the second-oldest active F1 team behind Ferrari -- just posted a look back through some of the most radical wheel designs that their team's drivers have used over the years with some insight into when, why, and how they changed. A buttonless wheel from McLaren's early years What's most stunning is that right up until the turn of the millennium, F1 drivers were still...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is proud toApple CEO Tim Cook has talked about being gay, saying although he is fortunate enough to work in a company which embraces people's differences, others aren't so lucky. If his openness can benefit... them, he says, it'll be worth the trade-off with his own privacy. The post Apple CEO Tim Cook is proud to be gay, hopes his openness can help others appeared first on Digital Trends.
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If you want to win enterprise workloads to your cloud, making it easy for in-house admins to manage their resources from a familiar screen is a good way to start.
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Productivity Startup Any.do Any.do, a productivity startup with apps for calendaring and task management which claims a reach of over 11 million users, is today expanding beyond its earlier consumer focus with a new set of... features – and pricing plans – aimed at businesses. In the Any.do 2.0 release out today, colleagues and teams can now use Any.do’s task list application to collaborate on tasks,…
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

Slashdot - 30 Oct 2014 16:09
SmartAboutThings writes If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now... complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company — which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker.
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Help Doug the Pug choose hisCuteness and candy overload are dangerous side effects of Halloween Doug the Pug has a serious dilemma on his paws: He doesn't know what to dress as for Halloween. See also: Doug the Pug Isn't Sure If... He's a Pup or Person To be fair, choosing the perfect Halloween costume is no easy task, especially for animals. So to find the best costume, Doug and his human counterpart, Leslie Mosier, purchased half of the costumes in the doggy Halloween store. And now they need help deciding which to choose Tell us your pick for Doug's costume in the comments below. No chocolate was consumed by Doug the Pug in the making of this article.
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Hurricane Gonzalo Stirs UpHurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda earlier this month, stirring up miles of calcium carbonate sediment that forms the foundation of the island.
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Tackling The Crowdfunding As crowdfunding has scaled up so too have some of the problems inherent with firing unconditional cash at people whose main selling point might just be their madcap idea. The big names of the... category, the Kickstarters and Indiegogos, would argue that’s the beauty of crowdfunding. People donating unconditional cash to someone else’s dream, however incredible (or otherwise) it may be.
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Now that's just showing off --LG showed off a new screen with an incredibly small bezel. The nearly bezel-free screen is 5.3 inches diagonally and comes in Full HD. LG says its screen has the smallest bezel the world has ever... seen. The post Now that’s just showing off — LG creates a nearly bezel-free screen appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ebola 'Patient Zero': HowWhen Ebola virus hit a small village in Guinea for the first time, the victim was just a toddler, who later became known to the world as Patient Zero.
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The Invention of the Equals Sign

Wired - 30 Oct 2014 16:00
The use of ‘=’ to mean ‘equals’ is one of those minor advances in mathematics that we take for granted. It’s so small that we don’t really think about it. But Joseph Mazur, the author of... Enlightening Symbols A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers, has thought about ‘=’ as well as […] The post The Invention of the Equals Sign appeared first on WIRED.
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50+ events for professionalsThe Mashable Events Board is a great place to find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week, we're highlighting five events that... we think can help move your career forward. If you don't find something that's right for you, check out dozens of event listings featured in our complete listing.
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[From GamerTell] This Halloween, you're getting Skyrim glitches.
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Study: Solar Energy Will Be asA new study on solar energy from Deutsche Bank bears very good news. Thanks to technology and innovation, solar energy will be just as cheap as energy from fossil fuels by 2016. That's basically... tomorrow, and it's awesome.
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BlackBerry Goes Back To TheTo salvage its business, BlackBerry's exciting new strategy is to deliver a modern smartphone ... circa 2006. It sounds like a joke, but the company's serious about its upcoming Blackberry Classic... Q20, heading to the market in December. CEO John Chen took to his company's blog on Wednesday hoping to appeal to the BlackBerry faithful. He wrote, "The things you remember about BlackBerry that made you better are better than ever with BlackBerry Classic." They really do need to be better. A lot is riding on this calculated blast from the past.  Next month will mark a year since Chen took the reins, and so far, BlackBerry's most notable efforts have been one weird smartphone, one luxury device and an expansion of the company's BBM messaging platform. Beyond that, BlackBerry stays busy...
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Are Brushless Cordless Tools Worth the Cost?

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 16:00
Are Brushless Cordless ToolsBrushless motor technology has been the rage in cordless power tools the last couple of years. Every major manufacturer now sells a brushless lineup of tools, but is it worth it for you?
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SnapJet is the World's FirstCompetition in the smartphone instant film printer industry is heating up. Companies like LifePrint and Fuji are tackling wireless mobile photo printers, and The Impossible Project has its analog... Instant Lab. Next month, a company called SnapJet is entering the ring. It’s the “world’s first slim, portable, open-source instant film printer” that helps you print […]
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You might talk about how much you hate large bezels, but LG is actually doing something about it. It just unveiled a 5.3-inch, 1080p LCD display with 0.7mm bezels, less than the width of a credit... card. The Korean company said they're the world's...
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Motorola Droid Turbo is available today on Verizon!

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 15:55
Motorola Droid Turbo isAs promised, the Motorola Droid Turbo is available today on Verizon. We've got the phone in-hand right now -- be sure to check out our hands-on from the launch event -- so expect more in due time. But... the broad strokes to be aware of are a 5.2-inch display, massive 3,900 mAh battery with Motorola's Turbo Charger and wireless Qi charging, and all the Motorola bells and whistles we've come to love in its recent phones. Plus it's done in a form factor that's not huge (that's not to say it's not big -- it is -- or a bit heavy), plus a 21-megapixel camera.
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Gawker The Best Restaurant in New York Is: The Empire State Building | io9 Drunk Museum Review: The Mütter Museum Will Give Me Nightmares Forever | Jalopnik Russia Just Threw 19 Planes At NATO And... Launched An ICBM In One Day | Kotaku Anita Sarkeesian Was Just On The Colbert Report
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Angry Birds Transformers rollsChildren of the 80s will be pretty pumped to hear that Angry Birds Transformers is now available on Android. Not only is Angry Birds putting aside their well-known physics puzzle gameplay for a more... action-packed side-scrolling shooter, they're also staying true to the retro charm of original cartoon series. What they aren't putting aside are the standard freemium mechanics, like timers and in-app currency.
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Mercury Pierces the ZodiacalPsst! Ever spy the planet Mercury? The most bashful of all the naked eye planets makes its best dawn appearance of 2014 this weekend for northern hemisphere observers. And not only will Mercury be... worth getting up for, but you'll also stand a chance at nabbing that most elusive of astronomical phenomena -- the zodiacal […]
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Ever thought that all those crash-test dummies getting slammed around in slow-motion were reflecting an unrealistic, hard-to-achieve body image? One company is acting to change that, with some... super-sized (or right-sized) dummies more in line with current American body shapes: Plymouth, Michigan-based company Humanetics said that it has been manufacturing overweight crash test dummies to reflect growing obesity trends in the U.S. Humanetics has been the pioneer in crash test dummies segment since the 1950s. But now, the company's crash test dummies are undergoing a makeover, which will represent thicker waistlines and large rear ends of Americans.
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Shares in Apple continue to reach new highs

AppleTell - 30 Oct 2014 15:53
Shares in Apple continue toNot too shabby for a company that's only still around because Microsoft "bought it" in 1997. The post Shares in Apple continue to reach new highs appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Apple earned the title of the most valuable company in history back in 2012, and for the third day in a row, Apple has broken its previous record.
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Samsung Gear S launching inSamsung's SIM-enabled Gear S will be launching in the US on November 7, with the smartwatch going on sale at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. The device will also be available at at Samsung... Experience stores located within Best Buy.
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iMac With Retina 5K DisplayResolution is often misunderstood. You instinctively know that you want more of it, even when its real utility doesn't live up to the marketing hype. And Apple's new $2500 iMac has a lot of hype to... live up to.
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iMac With Retina 5K DisplayResolution is often misunderstood. You instinctively know that you want more of it, even when its real utility doesn't live up to the marketing hype. And Apple's new $2500 iMac has a lot of hype to... live up to.
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In a new study, Rachael Shaw, of Victoria University of Wellington, and Nicola Clayton, of the University of Cambridge, tested whether Eurasian jays can recall and use both visual and auditory... information when stealing other birds' caches. The post Sneaky Jays Look and Listen to Steal From Others appeared first on WIRED.
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Why Flu Strikes in Winter

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 15:48
Why Flu Strikes in WinterWinter is almost here, and that means a likely increase in people falling ill from flu. But why is flu season in winter anyway?
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Protests in Burkina FasoProtests in Burkina Faso turned violent on Thursday as demonstrators stormed the country's parliament building ahead of a planned vote that would have paved the way for extending the president's... 27-year rule. The vote, which would have changed the West African country's constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to remain in office, was cancelled due to fierce opposition from the public. See also: What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Protesters in the capital city of Ouagadougou were seen dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main parliament chamber ablaze. They swarmed other areas around the country, setting fire to several buildings and ransacking the offices of the national television station which is now off air
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New map updates now available for Nokia HERE app

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 15:47
New map updates now availableNokia now has some new map updates available for its HERE app for Android, with the company saying, "There are additions and fixes in every continent, too many to practically list, so just download... with the assurance that your map is fuller and more accurate than ever."
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Nintendo Just Wants To Watch You Sleep

ReadWrite - 30 Oct 2014 15:46
Nintendo Just Wants To WatchGame company Nintendo has developed a fatigue and sleep deprivation sensor (via GameSpot) that functions without ever touching your body.  Instead, Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata says, the... sensor can be placed on a nightstand to monitor you while you sleep. Its hands-free approach to health tracking has the company calling the device the first of its kind. These are the first details we've heard about Nintendo's "quality of life" suite of products, due to be released in 2016. See also: Nintendo's Next Big Idea: A "Quality Of Life" Console "Inside the QOL Sensor is a non-contact radio frequency sensor, which measures such things as the movements of your body, breathing and heartbeat, all without physically touching your body," Iwata said, speaking to investors at the...
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Tim Cook has taken a major step toward breaking what many call "the glass closet," openly admitting in a new personal essay that he's "proud to be gay." The post Tim Cook Tells the World ‘I’m... Proud to Be Gay’ appeared first on WIRED.
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"Do you have any idea how much fun we can have with this thing? We can spy on EVERYONE," declared Cartman on last night's episode of South Park. This week's show took on the problems with drones. One... of which being they are so totally creepy.
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Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to Tablets — once thought of as the great disruptor to PC sales with their lighter form factor and cheaper price — continue to grow in sales, but at a far slower pace than in quarters past. IDC... today published its Q3 numbers for tablet sales, and its analysts estimate that globally there were just under 54 million tablets shipped — 53.8 million to be exact — working out…
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Orphan technologies: A phoenix rises

The Economist - 30 Oct 2014 15:39
Orphan technologies: A phoenixReady for take-off? SOME technologies look wonderful on paper but don't quite make it in the big, bad world. Airships. Autogyros. Hovercraft. They all work. They even have niche applications. But they... have never lived up to their promise and been widely adopted.So it is with ground-effect vehicles--aircraft-like machines which skim a few metres above the sea by acquiring part of their lift from aerodynamic interaction with the surface beneath. This means they use less fuel than a true aircraft while travelling faster than a ship.Many attempts have been made to build them. Boeing tried in the 1990s, with the Pelican Ultra Large Transport Aircraft. The Soviet Union tried with the Ekranoplan, whose prototypes now moulder in the naval base at Kaspiysk. Two German engineers even attempted to...
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Genes and behaviour: Next candidate

The Economist - 30 Oct 2014 15:39
ONE of the scientific subjects best guaranteed to get people hot under the collar is genetic determinism, especially if what is allegedly being determined is behavioural. Studies of adopted children... (and particularly of twins adopted at birth by different sets of parents) suggest some behavioural traits are indeed heritable. Geneticists, though, have had difficulty identifying specific genes whose variants, known as alleles, cause different predispositions in those possessing different versions. That is why a new piece of research on one of the few genes for which such evidence exists is likely to get considerable scrutiny and cause much controversy--not least because the work in question suggests that a second gene, hitherto fingered as a cause of behavioural variability, has no effect,...
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Stem-cell research: Having the stomach for it

The Economist - 30 Oct 2014 15:39
Stem-cell research: Having theJUST over a year ago, a group of researchers in Austria announced with much fanfare that they had pulled off a spectacular feat of stem-cell science. They had taken induced pluripotent stem cells... (which behave similarly to embryonic stem cells, but are made from skin cells and thus do not require the destruction of human embryos) and coaxed them into differentiating and growing into objects known as organoids. An organoid is not a proper organ, but it resembles one in scientifically useful ways, both in the mixture of cells it contains and in its anatomical features. In choosing which organ to mimic, Madeline Lancaster of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, in Vienna, who led this research, went for the big one--the brain.Dr Lancaster's organoid was not the first, however. That...
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Google's Cancer-DetectingGoogle is developing nanoparticles that the company hopes will catch early signs of disease, but are there potential drawbacks to the technology?
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Mo money, less problems:Facebook wants to put an end to online security vulnerabilities, offering a prize of $300,000 for anyone eager to lend a hand. The post Mo money, less problems: Facebook offers $300K bounty for making... the Web safer appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A New Paper and New Planet Discoveries

Planet Hunters - 30 Oct 2014 15:34
A New Paper and New PlanetToday we have a post from Joey Schmitt, a graduate student in the Astronomy department at Yale University, where he is working with the exoplanet group led by Debra Fischer, and in particular he has... been working on the follow-up of Planet Hunters planet candidates. We’re happy to announce the discovery of a new planet […]
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Motorola is now a LenovoLenovo's acquisition of Motorola from Google is now complete, and the two companies are looking ahead at a bright future. The good news is, Motorola doesn't intend to change much, and promises more of... the cool devices we've come to expect over the past few years. The post Motorola is now a Lenovo company, still committed to making cool Android hardware appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Formula could shed light onWright State University researchers have discovered a formula that accurately predicts the rate at which soil develops from the surface to the underlying rock, a breakthrough that could answer... questions about greenhouse gases and has potential applications in agriculture.
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Spend Rarely but Freely toUnless you were born with fashion sense, many people have a time in their life when they want to revamp their budget. To pull it off without breaking the bank, limit clothes shopping to once every... month or two, but spend generously on just a few items when you do.
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Reading on screens is different - does it matter?

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 15:30
We're beginning to understand how digital devices affect literacy - but don't assume that paper is always better than screens
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AlbanX writes The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years... so it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies. Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups. (The Sydney Morning Herald has some audio of discussion about the law.)
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'Microsoft Band' FitnessMicrosoft debuted a device that will allow users to monitor their fitness and health regimen, marking the software company's debut into wearable tech.
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Giant poster ads are bad enough. But they're even worse when they suddenly come to life and attack you. As far as terrifying pranks go, this one is pretty high up there. And it just keeps getting... better.
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Spotify brings iPad app inSpotify has belatedly brought its iPad app in line with the dark-themed iPhone and Mac apps, also adding in the Your Music feature which made it easier to organise your favourite content. The iPhone... and Mac apps got the same update way back in April, and it’s unclear why it’s taken the iPad app so […]
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Eco-Conscious Water Filter Since the close of its $3.7 million seed round last July, business has been flowing smoothly for the Warby Parker of water filtration, Soma. The company will be selling its sleek, environmentally... friendly water carafes and filters in Williams Sonoma, and has raised another $2.2 million in financing as it rolls out across the U.S. The round was led by Crosscut Ventures and included all of…
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China's Internet 'Tough Guy'Tycoons may dominate China's Internet industry but they pose no threat to the Communist party's ability to control cyberspace, an official said.
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Pirate Bay co-founder foundPirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking and serious vandalism in the Court of Fredriksberg in Denmark on Thursday. Warg was found guilty for hacking the mainframe of... IT service provider CSC in Denmark. A 21-year old Danish man was also found guilty, as he acted as Warg's accomplice, according to the ruling. To protect the man's privacy, Judge Kari Sørensen, who presided over the case, ordered news outlets not to publish his name. Svartholm Warg's sentence will be announced on Friday at 1 p.m. local time, said Sørensen. She declined to discuss further details of the case over the phone. The prosecutor in the case is requesting a prison sentence of five years for Svartholm Warg.
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NASA image: Sunrise from theNASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on Oct. 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, "Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a... tough one. #sunrise"
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Asteroid Apophis could(Phys.org) --A team of space scientists with members from the U.S., China and France has found via computer modeling that an asteroid due to pass close to Earth in 2029 is likely to experience minor... landslides. In their paper published in the journal Icarus, the researchers describe the data they input into their model and what the simulation showed.
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Green technology saves energySwitching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, it boosts productivity and increases profits, a new study shows.
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In order to keep police safe,The leading cause of police officer fatalities is vehicle accidents, and Ford wants to help fix that with a new monitoring system. Developed with Telelogis the "black box" will allow departments to... monitor how their officers drive in real time. The post In order to keep police safe, Ford develops a ‘black box’ for cop cars appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tim Cook says he's 'proud to be gay'

Engadget - 30 Oct 2014 15:14
Tim Cook says he's 'proud toTim Cook has long topped lists as the "most powerful" gay person in the world, and today he's publicly addressed his sexuality for the first time. "Throughout my professional life, I've tried to... maintain a basic level of privacy," the Apple CEO says...
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Nintendo--yes, THATNintendo has been stimulating people with video games for decades, but now it wants to help them sleep better. The Japanese gaming giant on Thursday gave a few details of its plan to enter the... healthcare business with a device that can sense how well users sleep. The Quality of Life (QOL) Sensor sits by a user's bedside and monitors body movements, heart rate and breathing via radio waves. The non-contact unit then sends the data it gathers to cloud-based servers for analysis. Users can then access results that show their sleep and fatigue levels. The system will also automatically make recommendations such as getting more exercise or changing one's diet. The information would be made available on "smart devices," Nintendo said, without elaborating whether that would include smartphones....
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The car that can rebuild itself

CNN - 30 Oct 2014 15:13
See how MIT's 4D printing programme could make autonomous robots that don't need people.
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No, it's not just you: Instagram is down across the board (and right during prime commuter Instagram hour, too!). Update: It's back!
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Microsoft Unveils HealthApple's got HealthKit. Google's got Google Fit. Now Microsoft is is entering the fitness technology ring with the just announced Microsoft Health. The company describes Microsoft Health as a platform... consisting of "a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data." Already, Microsoft Health is compatible with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper. See also: Apple's Health App Is An Embarrassment Perhaps the most interesting part of Microsoft's announcement is the unveiling of a new fitness wearable, the Microsoft Band, to compete with the likes of the Apple Watch. At $199, Microsoft Band went on sale Thursday at Microsoft's physical and online stores. Microsoft Band has 10 different sensors to track a wearer's heart rate, calorie...
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Planetary atmospheres a key toA planetary atmosphere is a delicate thing. On Earth, we are familiar with the ozone hole--a tear in our upper atmosphere caused by human-created chemicals that thin away the ozone. Threats to an... atmosphere, however, can also come from natural causes.
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Many Interacting WorldsGriffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes.
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[From GadgeTell] Verizon claims its new technology site won't censor topics about spying and net neutrality.
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[GadgeTell] Android L includes default encryption

Technology Tell - 30 Oct 2014 15:05
[From GadgeTell] The latest version of Android, Android L, includes encryption by default and is more secure overall.
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Giant robot combat sportsThese brilliant emotional 6 year olds raised nearly $20K on Kickstarter on the first day of their campaign to create a fleet of mega robot gladiators for your entertainment pleasure
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Game technology can makeA method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use - enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face.
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any.do 2.0: bigger, better, darker

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 15:02
any.do 2.0: bigger, better,any.do is a task-oriented note-taking and to-do list app with quite the following - over 11 million to date - and today, those users are being treated to the biggest update the service has ever rolled... out. This update is not just boosting productivity for you, but for your family and your co-workers, too. Most importantly, the service and its apps have been streamlined in order to help you spend less time making your to-do list and more time checking them off. So, let's make some lists, shall we?
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4 Ways Hurricane Sandy IsHurricane Sandy made landfall two years ago last night , sparking one of the largest natural disasters New York has ever seen. In the 24 months since, New York has changed in dozens of unexpected... ways--and it's just going to change more.
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Kamcord Users Have Shared 25 Kamcord, a startup that offers game developers an SDK that lets users record and share clips of their gameplay, has achieved a few milestones in the last few months that show the Y Combinator-alum... is gaining traction as the non-streaming equivalent of Twitch on mobile platforms.
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Crowdsourced Design Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as giving its artists a platform for creating new storefronts. To... realize that goal, the company has raised an additional $38 million in Series D funding led by Norwest Venture Partners.
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Any.do gets a massive update  Any.do, the popular to-do list management application for iOS, has received a huge update to version 2.0, which introduces a new focus on collaboration among teams and families. All of the app’s... previous functions still work the way they did in previous versions, so existing users won’t need to re-learn anything, but those who want […]
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[GamerTell] Fatal Frame 2 gave me a workout

Technology Tell - 30 Oct 2014 15:00
[From GamerTell] Here's your Halloween gaming anecdote for the day, starring Fatal Frame 2!
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The tech industry is turningWe’ve reached Peak Health. In the last few days, Google has released a fitness application that uses smartphone sensors to measure physical activity; Microsoft has announced its own health platform... and fitness tracker; even Nintendo has revealed a device that “reads a user’s movement, heart rate, respiration and fatigue, and sends that data to servers to be analyzed,” as Polygon reported Wednesday night. That’s not counting Apple’s HealthKit platform, Facebook’s
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The New GoPro Cameras:Three ways of looking at the newer GoPro action cameras.
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New Cloudyn Tool Wants To The promise of the cloud, whether private or public, has always been the potential to bill users or lines of business for specific usage, but it’s proven difficult to do in practice. Today,... Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360° that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. Cloudyn CEO Sharon…
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Nintendo Building Bedside Nintendo might be on the verge of reinventing itself once again: The Japanese company is currently best known as a gaming giant, but in its storied history (which dates back to 1889), it has run... taxis, sold instant rice and more. Now, Nintendo is aiming to build out its health division, adding more details to a plan announced back in January for a so-called “Quality of Life”…
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Kamcord first to bringKamcord, the SDK that lets mobile app developers offer gameplay recording and sharing functionality, today announced some pretty impressive milestones alongside new updates for its SDK and mobile app.... In addition to announcing 25 million videos shared (it uploads around 1hr of mobile gameplay video per minute), the company also told me it's now passed popular […]
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Sketchfab Becomes A 3D Sketchfab is launching a much needed feature — a download button. As a reminder, Sketchfab is a sort of YouTube for 3D models, where everyone can upload and browse 3D models directly from your... browser. But until now, there wasn’t a lot you could do except showcase your 3D models and embed them. Now, you can download the original 3D file if the license allows it. After that, you can…
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LED Startup Digital Lumens Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world’s biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung... and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications.…
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Why bird divorces are good news for the females

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 15:00
When bird pairs break up females often lay more eggs with a new partner, but the split can be disastrous for the male of the species
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With up to 70 percent cost savings at stake, small and medium businesses are taking a serious look at Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), an application-layer control protocol used for IP-based... audio/videoconferencing, interactive gaming, and call forwarding. By next year, Gartner predicts that 50 percent of U.S. business exchange lines will be SIP-based. That's a significant slice of the pie for a technology that was shrouded in uncertainty not that long ago. The upward trend isn't all that surprising, considering all the cost and feature benefits it can provide over Primary Rate Interfaces (PRIs), Basic Rate Interfaces (BRIs) and analog lines. Case in point: a Heavy Reading report estimates that an SMB that adopts SIP trunking can save between 50-70 percent per trunk over TDM-based...
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ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. It's no longer absent from the iOS world, and it launches with a barrel of useful features that give your... iPhone capabilities similar to a serious...
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Google Fit Has Its Own Ailments

ReadWrite - 30 Oct 2014 15:00
Google Fit Has Its OwnReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. Apple has some competition in the digital-fitness space, now that Google has launched Google Fit,... its Android answer to the iPhone's built-in Health app. The problem is that Apple and Google seem to be competing for who can come up with the buggiest fitness software. See also: Apple's Health App Is An Embarrassment This summer, both Apple and Google unveiled ways for developers to tap into sensors and connect fitness apps together to share data like steps walked, calories burned, and other measurements of activity and health. Apple's HealthKit, as it called its software tools for developers, had a messy launch in September. Apple abruptly yanked HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store,...
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Productivity-focused app Any.do, which is available on iOS, Android and the web, has gained popularity largely because, well, it helps people get things done. But, with households and businesses being... about more than just one particular user, the...
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iOS/Android/Web: Any.do is one of our favorite to-do apps , and Any.do 2.0 promises to make it even better. The new update includes tools to manage family and household to-dos, work and team projects,... voice notes and attachments, and a premium tier that adds much-desired features like customizable recurring tasks.
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Researchers control interplayResearchers led by Dr. Sebastian Slama of Tübingen University's Institute of Physics have succeeded in directing the fluorescence of ultracold atoms into surface plasmons - light waves oscillating... across a metal surface. Quantum physicists aim to create tiny systems in which things such as the interplay of light and matter may be observed at the level of individual photons. Such controlled systems hold the promise of applications such as transistors and switches depending on a single photon. The results have been published online in Nature Physics.
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Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers. Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells.... Now, a new study provides a quantitative description of the equilibria between lipid membranes and surrounding solution ions. Joanna Kotyńska and Zbigniew Figaszewski from the University of Bialystok, Poland, are the authors of a study describing these findings, just published in the European Physical Journal E. In addition to shedding some light on biological processes, these results could also have implications for, among other things, the future development of medical diagnostics.
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Let's imagine that you want to cut the cord, but still want to watch local OTA programming. If you want a DVR with online features, you've only really got the option of buying TiVo's Roamio OTA.... Unfortunately, that device comes with a $15 per month...
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Copernicus operations secured until 2021

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 14:56
Copernicus operations securedIn a landmark agreement for Europe's Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over €3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus 'space component'... between 2014 and 2021.
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NASA's Wallops flight facilityThe Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff... at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
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Researchers testing filters toIf released in significant quantities, radioactive materials pose a potential threat to people and the environment. Now, new research at Mississippi State University is helping the nuclear industry... ensure that radioactive materials continue to be safely contained and that standards of safety are continuously improved.
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Peshmerga troops enter KobaniSURUC, Turkey — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the... embattled Kobani, activists said. The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the border crossing point, the only gateway in and out of the strategic Kurdish town besieged by the militants. See also: On the run from ISIS: Stories from Iraq The footage below, from Dubai's Arabic Al Aan TV, shows the fighters driving into Kobani: Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bani said the 10 entered Kobani first and that the rest will follow gradually later in the day because the border crossing point has been targeted by Islamic State fighters. Bani...
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A tale of three companies

The Loop - 30 Oct 2014 14:53
The quarterly mobile sales numbers from IDC are out and here's what they say about the top three mobile phone companies.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Noriega's Call of Duty lawsuitA Los Angeles Superior Court Judge dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's defamation lawsuit against Activision for his appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The post Noriega’s... Call of Duty lawsuit dismissed, Black Ops II appearance deemed a ‘caricature’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Steering ESA satellites clearImproved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.
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Tim Cook, Apple's ChiefMr. Cook becomes the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.
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An anonymous reader writes Scientists of the Northeastern University, in collaboration with European scientists, developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the progression of the Ebola epidemic... in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. They also considered the impact of travel restrictions, and concluded that such restrictions may delay by only a few weeks the risk that the outbreak extends to new countries. Instead, travel bans could hamper the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of specialized personnel to manage the epidemic. In the group's page, there's also an updated assessment of the probability of Ebola virus disease case importation in countries across the world, which was also...
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What a difference a day makes! On Wednesday, developers grappled with a potentially major setback for iOS 8 widgets, while Microsoft launched its own multi-platform Health initiative. But the biggest... Thursday news comes courtesy of Bloomberg, as none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a candid essay on equality.
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Mobile imager of fast neutronsA nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn't safe... to search door-to-door. Can they identify the exact location of the device quickly without the culprits realizing a search is on?
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Download Over $100 In PremiumAmazon's Android Appstore is back with another terrific promotion for Halloween. From now until November 1, you can get 39 different paid Android apps absolutely free, with no strings attached.
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Download Over $100 In PremiumAmazon's Android Appstore is back with another terrific promotion for Halloween. From now until November 1, you can get 39 different paid Android apps absolutely free, with no strings attached.
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Heart ops shrink thanks to surgeon in your vein

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 14:42
A tiny tube with a blade at the end can enter your heart via your neck to fix defects without having to cut open your whole chest
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Get this textured SamsungMade from a smooth and durable polycarbonate, this Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snap On Case provides excellent drop protection thanks to the thick edging and impact resistant shell. The back features a... custom patterned texture that gives you an enhanced grip around your device with a built-in kickstand for convenient viewing.
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New world record for a neutronA unique magnet developed by the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) and Germany's Helmholtz Centre Berlin (HZB) has reached a new world record for... a neutron scattering magnet.
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Image: Hubble views theThis neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble... Space Telescope.
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New York City, the most populous city in the United States, is also home to a new species of leopard frog, whose existence was first claimed more than seven decades ago. The frog, which also exists in... wetlands stretching from Connecticut to North Carolina, has been named "Rana kauffeldi" after Carl Kauffeld, the ecologist who first discovered it.
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iPad Air 2 case spotlight:Slim, folio, all-terrain...Griffin's ready to go for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The post iPad Air 2 case spotlight: Griffin Technology appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] I've been using Griffin products since before there was even an iPod, so of course I had to turn to them for our iPad Air 2 case spotlight.
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Could burning the calories from your Halloween candy charge your smart phone? The post What Can You Do With All That Halloween Candy? appeared first on WIRED.
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Microsoft Band can be used toThe Microsoft Band activity tracker arrived with a bang last night, and in addition to its roster of features comes partnerships with several companies. Microsoft detailed these partnerships tonight,... most of which are right in line with what someone buying a fitness-centric device would expect. Gold's Gym is on board, for example, providing both guided workouts and a trial gym …
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Preparing for a zero-emissionIn order to create a competitive and sustainable transport system, the EU must look to alternative fuels to replace or complement petrol and diesel. Not only will this reduce transport emissions but... it will also improve air quality and noise levels in urban areas. With this in mind, the ZEEUS ('Zero Emission Urban Bus System') project is working to make electric buses a core part of the urban bus network.
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Virtual reality systemThey say space is the final frontier, but it's just another day at the office at Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center.
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The Lesser-Known Factors ThatIn most states, auto insurance companies can use your credit score to set your rate. That's not surprising. But there are a handful of lesser-known reports they use, too. It helps to know what these... are so you have a better idea of your monthly premium.
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Gro Book knows no bounds

TUAW - 30 Oct 2014 14:30
Educate children about the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle with Gro Book, a US$3.99 universal book app about making responsible choices. Imaginative stories are told, in 24 different ways, by... Sophie the Sweater, in this wonderfully illustrated...
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Sweden officially recognizesSweden's new government has recognized a Palestinian state. The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries — Malta and Cyprus — to do so. Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot... Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled. See also: The Challenge of Proving War Crimes in Gaza "There is a territory, a people and government," she told reporters in Stockholm. Wallstrom said she hopes Sweden's "excellent cooperation (with Israel) would continue" nevertheless and that the decision would be met in Jerusalem "in a constructive way".
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LG's New Smartphone DisplayThe best way to maximize the screen real estate on a smartphone without turning it into a massive phablet is to whittle away as much of the wasted space around the display as possible. And with its... new 5.3-inch full HD LCD panel, LG has managed to reduce the size of the display's bezel to just 0.7mm--which is thinner than a credit card.
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[From In-Car Tech] The Kia Sedona, Kia K900, and Kia Soul are among the models getting a "day at the races" makeover for SEMA 2014.
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Grab 40 free apps and games on Amazon's App Store

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 14:25
Grab 40 free apps and games onThe Amazon App Store has yet another deal under way before the new month kicks in. For the next day or so, you're able to download around 40 apps and games (depending on your location). Total savings... are over $140, making it well worth checking out if you own supported hardware.
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Watch Anita Sarkeesian SchoolShe even declares Colbert a feminist
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Ampy Is A Wearable Spare It was surely only a matter of time before someone thought to capitalize on the current trend for wearables with a battery designed to charge via kinetic energy. And so meet Ampy: a spare battery... pack, currently bidding for crowdfunds on Kickstarter, that straps to your person and, its makers claim, charges up from human movement, such as walking, running and cycling.
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Q3 earnings show that Apple isSamsung may ship more devices, but there’s no doubt that Apple is winning the war. That’s the takeaway from Samsung’s latest earnings report, which stated that the Korean smartphone maker’s Q3... operating profits were just $3.8 billion, a 60 percent…
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A low-density planet that(Phys.org) --For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem.
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Fox Sports Go comes to Windows Phone

Engadget - 30 Oct 2014 14:20
If there's one downside to being a sports fan, it's that you can't take your HDTV with you wherever you go. Like, for instance, you get a lot of weird looks if you try and watch a 40-inch plasma while... trying to buy groceries down at the local market....
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 14:18
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm ProudApple CEO Tim Cook said he was "proud to be gay" in a personal essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek, publicly acknowledging it for the first time.
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Xiaomi allegedly poachesAfter hiring Jai Mani from Google to lead its Indian product team, Xiaomi has reportedly poached Spotify's Donovan Sung to lead international product development.
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Tim Cook speaks up

The Loop - 30 Oct 2014 14:17
Tim Cook posted an essay in Bloomberg Businessweek this morning saying, in a nutshell, that he's proud to be gay and felt it was important to make this public statement.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Tim Cook: I'm Proud To Be Gay

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 14:17
Tim Cook: I'm Proud To Be GayTim Cook has written an editorial for Bloomberg Businessweek today which speaks frankly about his sexual orientation. "Let me be clear," he explains. "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay... among the greatest gifts God has given me."
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Ancient Stone Circles LeaveHuge stone circles called Big Circles that dot some parts of the Mideast have been imaged from above, revealing details of the long-mysterious structures. They are at least 2,000 years old, though... archaeologists don't know why they were built.
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YIKES: Samsung's nightmareHalloween has come a day early for Samsung as it released a truly scary earnings report that saw its operating profit tumble by 60% and its revenue fall by 20%. These top-line numbers don’t tell the... full story of what’s really happening with Samsung, however -- in reality, the company’s nightmare scenario is coming true at a truly stunning speed. RELATED: Samsung’s biggest fear illustrated in just one graph What is Samsung’s “nightmare scenario,” you ask? That it will become just another low-margin Android vendor. For years, Samsung has literally been the only Android smartphone vendor to consistently turn a profit. Indeed, Samsung and Apple for a long time have accounted for all of the smartphone industry’s profits as smaller
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The Wallops Island launchThe Wallops Island launch facility, viewed from the air the day after the Orbital Science Antares rocket exploded right after liftoff . The photo was taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team on... Wednesday October 29th. [NASA/Terry Zaperach]
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NIST launches new calibrationThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new calibration service for high-power lasers of the sort used by manufacturers for applications such as cutting and welding... metals, as well as by the military for more specialized applications like defusing unexploded land mines.
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Hawaii lava flow is slow,Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape th...
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Tim Cook, Apple's C.E.O., Says He Is Proud to Be Gay

The New York Times - 30 Oct 2014 14:12
Tim Cook, Apple's C.E.O., SaysThe public declaration by the chief of Apple, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Mr. Cook the highest-profile C.E.O. to come out.
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Tim Cook: Yep, I'm gay.

Cult of Mac - 30 Oct 2014 14:11
Tim Cook: Yep, I'm gay.In a beautifully written personal essay over at Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has just come out as gay, finally confirming rumors that have circulated since he took over at Steve Jobs’s... replacement in 2011. In the history-making essay (remember:…
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Soundlazer Snap speaker beamsA regular speaker is something that we can all understand, you connect it to a smartphone or stereo system, and you can hear the music all over a room or home. A parametric speaker is something... altogether different, it produces sound, but that sound is focused akin to a laser beam. That means the sound can only be heard by …
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Strategies for seekingResearch carried out by Lecturer in Information Interaction in City University London's Department of Computer Science, Dr Stephnn Makri suggests that serendipity is more than a 'happy accident.'... Though it cannot be directly controlled, it can indeed be influenced. He also maintains that creative people who follow a variety of strategies can make their own luck by 'seeking' serendipity.
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'People have no mercy': InsideAZAZ, Syria — Abu Ammar is a soft-spoken but charismatic man, who loves his five children and hates ISIS. See also: American Veteran Fighting ISIS in Syria: 'I'm Ready to Stay Until the End' Before... the war, he ran a moderately successful TV and computer repair shop. But after his showroom in Azaz, Syria, was destroyed by a tank shell, he decided he needed a change of career: he would go into the business of selling and repairing arms instead. “When I was a child I would go hunting with my father." Handling weapons, he says, "was a hobby." With fierce fighting raging in Syria and across the border in Iraq, what was once a hobby has now become a lucrative — if bloody — business for Abu Ammar who spoke on condition that only his nickname be used for security reasons.
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Lenovo wraps up purchase ofLenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.
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Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 14:07
Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to beApple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.
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MarkWhittington writes Professor Richard Binzel published a commentary in the journal Nature that called for two things. He proposed that NASA cancel the Asteroid Redirect Mission currently planned... for the early 2020s. Instead, he would like the asteroid survey mandated by the George E. Brown, Jr. Near-Earth Object Survey Act of 2005, part of the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, funded at $200 million a year. Currently NASA funds the survey at $20 million a year, considered inadequate to complete the identification of 90 percent of hazardous near-Earth objects 140 meters or greater by 2020 as mandated by the law.
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Exploring the value of 'Energy Star' homes

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 14:04
Exploring the value of 'EnergyThe numbers in neat columns tell--column by column, page by page--a story spread out across Carmen Carrión-Flores' desk at Binghamton University. It's a great story, she says; she just doesn't know... how it ends. Yet.
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'Third-generation' FlipboardThe popular Flipboard app has received a significant upgrade in version 3.0, in what the company is describing as “the most personal and most magazine-like experience we’ve ever built.” In... addition to a slicker interface, users are now presented with top-level topics that drill down into increasingly specific ones (for example, from Technology to iPhone). In […]
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Apple CEO Tim Cook PubliclyIn a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality. Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal... life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I'll admit that this wasn't an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it. I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve--and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a...
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The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place... photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries. Rogelio Moreno, a computer programmer and self-taught microscopist from Panama, managed to capture an image of a tiny creature known as a rotifer with its mouth open. The post Winning Microscope Photographs Are Beautiful, Intriguing, and Creepy appeared first on WIRED.
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[From In-Car Tech] At first glance, I thought this 2015 Chevy Impala hidden cubby setup was more of a one-time parlor trick. But no!
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5 Apps That Can Do YourThere's no doubt these academic aids can complete your homework, but whether or not that's cheating is up for debate
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(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc , the No. 2 U.S. cable TV operator, lost more video subscribers than analysts had expected in the third quarter as more customers opt for internet streaming services... offered by companies such as Netflix Inc .
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What's The Best Burr Coffee Grinder?

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 14:00
What's The Best Burr CoffeeThere are a lot of things that go into brewing a great cup of coffee, but one of the most important (and often underrated) is the quality and evenness of your grind. A good burr grinder is a must for... any coffee fan, but this week we want to know which ones are the best, and we need your help to find them.
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A forest of mysterious radiation arcs seen across our view of the universe might be down to a supernova-powered bubble expanding towards our sun
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Unmanned Balloon A Bust In Eric Frein Manhunt

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 13:58
Unmanned Balloon A Bust InCANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania State Police say an unmanned balloon brought in from Ohio has not been helpful in the search for a suspect in the killing of a state trooper. Trooper Tom Kelly, a... state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday. Kelly says dense brush and rugged terrain in the Pocono Mountains search area hampered use of the tethered device, which is akin to a weather balloon. The Ohio agency sent the balloon last week as troopers entered a sixth week of searching for 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen). Kelly says it was experimental and among several technologies being used. Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Trooper Bryon Dickson and seriously...
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Police battle cybercrime cartels

CNN - 30 Oct 2014 13:57
Cybercrime costs the global economy $400 billion a year, and as it grows more sophisticated, law enforcement is having to do the same.
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Germany backs plan to retainThe German government is calling for the EU-wide retention of personal flight data as an anti-terrorism measure, but is facing opponents who object to yet another database holding private information.... Jjihadists returning from battlegrounds in the Middle East threaten the security of the EU and urgent action is needed in the Federal Government's view, Germany said in a written response to questions asked by Andrej Hunko, a member of the Bundestag. One way to counter this threat is to detect suspicious travel movements via a database with personal flight data, the government said.
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Gold origami exerts strange power over light

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 13:55
Sheets of gold one nanoparticle thick have been folded into tiny origami. Dubbed plasmene, the material has some of the weirdest optical properties around
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Microsoft's new fitness bandTo prove it's just as concerned about your health as the competition, Microsoft has launched the Health app and platform, along with the Microsoft Band fitness wearable. Interestingly, the app and... band both operate with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. The post Microsoft’s new fitness band doesn’t care what phone you use, it just wants you healthy appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Lenovo Now Officially Owns Motorola

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 13:51
Lenovo Now Officially OwnsBack in January, Lenovo announced that it was going to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Now, the deal's signed and sealed.
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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2Panasonic has just announced the newest member of its line of rugged mobile devices, the Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Like many of its kin, this Android-powered tablet boasts of a number of features that... make it the ideal device to bring to the field or industrial settings. For this iteration, Panasonic has also focused on power, both within and without, by …
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[From AppleTell] Demand for the iPhone 6 continues to surpass what Apple is able to meet, and that may result in the phone outselling the Galaxy Note 4 by as much as 10-to-1.
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iPhone 6 could outsell GalaxyBuck up, Samsung. You still make really good TVs. The post iPhone 6 could outsell Galaxy Note 4 by a 10 to 1 margin appeared first on AppleTell.
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Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Businessweek with an essay he penned himself acknowledging that he is gay, saying that despite valuing personal privacy, he has decided to openly state his sexual... preference in order to hopefully help others who might be struggling with their own identity, or with discrimination based on their sexual orientation. I don’t consider myself an activist, but I…
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[From In-Car Tech] My wife's pretty interested in making a Jeep Renegade her next car. Good thing she's not interested in surfing or snowboarding, else she'd want one of these.
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Men Swipe Right on Tinder 3More "likes" than "nopes"
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It's official: Lenovo owns Motorola

Engadget - 30 Oct 2014 13:45
The cash has been handed over, the contracts are signed and the lawyers are sipping champagne, which can only mean that Lenovo's deal to buy Motorola has been completed. The purchase makes Lenovo the... world's third-largest smartphone maker, and the...
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Photos: Aerial Images RevealHuge stone circles discovered by air in the Middle East have been imaged with high resolution, revealing their age and other intriguing details. Here's a look at the "Big Circles," which have puzzled... scientists for decades.
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Scientists createStem cells can help create mini-stomachs. The study is important as it can help in the treatment of stomach cancers and ulcers and maybe even create replacement stomach in the future.
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This is the most important andApple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at... the workplace. "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. "For
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Tapkast Brings Ephemeral Tapkast’s iOS-only app lets you broadcast ephemeral status updates to your friends’ phones, with each status update replacing the previous one. You can also comment on status updates, until they... disappear that is. In some ways it harks back to the early premise of Twitter — if Twitter was built to be history-less.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Mashable - 30 Oct 2014 13:36
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proudApple CEO Tim Cook has, for the first time, written publicly about his sexual orientation in an essay published in Businessweek on Thursday "I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the... greatest gifts God has given me," Cook writes. See also: 10 LGBT-Rights Activists to Follow on Twitter In the essay, Cook says he has been open with many people about his sexual orientation for years, including Apple employees"Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me." He adds that while he never denied his sexuality, he had not publicly acknowledged it either. Writing about his motivation to do so, the Apple boss cites Dr. Martin Luther King:
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LG announces world's narrowestLG has announced a new 5.1-inch full-HD display panel today with a bezel width of just 0.7mm, which the vendor claims is the narrowest in the world. LG is no stranger to innovations in the display... segment, as the vendor announced the thinnest display in the world earlier this year, although today's announcement breaks LG's previous record of 2.2mm bezel size.
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EE's been conducting closed trials of LTE-Advanced technology since last year, so imagine the red faces when Vodafone reported earlier this month that its own faster 4G network was about to go live in... three cities. EE's now being forced to play...
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Man walking in NYC isYou've probably seen the recently published video of a woman who walked around the streets of New York for 10 hours and recorded several incidents in which she was harassed. But what happens when a... white man walking the streets of that same city? Turns out, he also gets called out a lot, but the "harassment" he receives is of a completely different sort See also: The disappointing aftermath of that viral street harassment PSA Funny or Die did a take on the original video, and while the idea is primarily to make you laugh, the video raises some important questions. The man in the video is pretty much treated like a king — he's showered with gifts and compliments and at one point, a girl offers him a job. And while that's far from reality, many men who don't receive verbal harassment on...
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Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'

Reuters - 30 Oct 2014 13:31
(Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek.
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Former HTC Exec Raises HugeHorace Luke and Matt Taylor, another former HTC and Microsoft exec, lead a well-funded effort working on something to make cities more efficient.
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Gogoro teases big batteryPower: it's something none of us can do without, both the enabling and limiting factor of everything from smartphones through to electric vehicles, and it's ripe for a revolution. Hoping to lead just... that is Gogoro, startup brainchild of former HTC innovation chief Horace Luke and Matt Taylor, and coming out from the shadows today to share a few early …
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Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 13:30
Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay InApple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a powerful essay for Bloomberg Businessweek. In the essay, published Thursday, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his... sexuality until now: "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." He described how his sexuality has given him an acute social perspective. Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It's made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It's been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and...
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Pictacular Is a PowerfulWeb: Instagram is loads of fun, but doesn't provide the best interface on the web. Pictacular fills this void with a powerful, Pinterest-like layout for your Instagram feed.
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Cities at Dawn Team up with Guardian Masterclasses

Photography Blog - 30 Oct 2014 13:30
Cities at Dawn Team up withCities at Dawn have teamed up with Guardian Masterclasses to expand their programme into cities such as Rome and Istanbul.
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Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proudIn a Bloomberg BusinessWeek essay published this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed that he is gay, something that had long been spoken of within the tech community (and sometimes accidentally in... the mainstream media). In his own words: While I...
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From the Moon to the Earth

Bad Astronomy - 30 Oct 2014 13:30
Every now and again, a picture is returned from space that is so stunning it becomes an instant icon, a touchstone that defines what space travel is about. The Chinese engineering lunar test mission... Chang'e 5-T1 has sent home precisely such an image. It is stunning almost beyond words. The Earth hangs like a white and blue bauble in the black of space, distant and heart-achingly beautiful. Much closer lies the Moon, gray and white and black, its more-unfamiliar far side facing the spacecraft as it rounds the world, preparing to head back to Earth. For just a fleeting moment I could have been convinced someone had added a photo of the planet Mercury here; the Moon's obverse half is so strikingly different than the near side. The lack of dark maria (except for Mare Moscoviense to the upper...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Is 'ProudThe tech executive's first public acknowledgement
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Samsung's Q3 profit nosedives,Investors sent Samsung shares soaring more than 4.5% on Thursday as the company reported dismal third-quarter earnings… that were thankfully less dismal than analysts were expecting. In a world... where the high end of the smartphone market is being squeezed by more capable mid-range and low-end phones, Samsung’s response has been to flood the market with cheaper low-margin phones. How did that work out? In the third quarter, Samsung’s operating profit plunged 60% on year to $3.9 billion and its revenue slid 20% to about $44.6 billion. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola's Droid Turbo One tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu says it all: Q3 (latest) Samsung’s Android device operating profit $18/unit. Estimated
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Spectator Videos Show AntaresWhen a private Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences exploded during launch on Oct. 28, spectators around the launch site, and even in the air, caught the sight on video. See their amazing, and... sometimes scary, views here.
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Apple Pay fans expressWhile the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service isn’t due to launch until next year, it has been carrying out limited trials, facilitated by placing the app in the iTunes store. iPhone... owners have been expressing their displeasure at the blocking of Apple Pay by MCX members by rating and reviewing the app. At the time […]
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The folks at Flipboard must have been crazy busy these past months: the company has just unleashed a huge update for its iOS and Android apps, a few weeks after it finally released an app for Windows... Phone. This update gives the digital...
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New EU Digital Chief Floats Tough Anti-Google Regulations

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 13:22
New EU Digital Chief FloatsIncoming European Commissioner for the Digital Economy, Germany's Günther Oettinger, seems to have little patience for Google.
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Xiaomi Poaches Spotify's Now that it’s apparently the third largest smartphone maker in the world, China’s Xiaomi needs experienced heads to help it build its business outside of Asia. And that’s exactly what it’s... getting. TechCrunch understands the company has hired Donovan Sung, who was Spotify’s first product manager in the US, to run its international product development team in a…
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European Data Relay System on track

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 13:20
European Data Relay System onThe first component of Europe's space data highway passed several critical tests this summer replicating the harsh launch and space conditions it will soon have to endure.
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The Existential Crisis of Public Life Online

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 13:20
The Existential Crisis ofWhat Gamergate means for Twitter--and networked life
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Apple trying to sell iPhone inAnd apparently, Apple's not the only company. The post Apple trying to sell iPhone in Iran, report claims appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Executives at Apple may be in talks to sell the iPhone in Iran, although current sanctions would have to lift further to make it possible.
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Flipboard 3.0, the sequel: iOSThere was a time when Flipboard was the cutting edge of content aggregation apps, but many have followed since and manufacturers have even baked similar experiences into their phones' user interfaces... (we're looking at you HTC). Flipboard, therefore, has...
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Though the number of startups in India is expected to grow from the current level of 3,100 to 11,500 by 2020, India still lags behind other countries' startup ecosystems.
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Tim Cook officially comes outIn an essay published on Bloomberg’s website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. Although his sexuality wasn’t really a secret, this is the first time he has officially confirmed his... sexual orientation. Cook says he has relaxed this aspect of privacy to help others as part of Apple’s efforts against discrimination. The essay can be read in full […]
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He isIn a first-person piece for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Cook discusses his sexuality for the first time.
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Nikon UK Launches New Battery Grip Promotion

Photography Blog - 30 Oct 2014 13:15
Nikon UK Launches New BatteryNikon UK today launched a new promotion offering customers a free battery grip with purchases of selected Nikon dSLR cameras.
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The first Zeiss lens and Hasselblad 500C camera to visit space will be going up for auction on November 13 via RR Auction in Boston. The unit is a piece of history, having joined Wally Schirra during... the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission and, later on, Gordon Cooper during the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. 
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Reminders of a Bygone Internet

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 13:15
Reminders of a Bygone InternetThe Windows 93 project and the revival of the early Internet experience do more than just shift web design.
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IBM today announced a new initiative to accelerate the adoption of genomic based medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic will use IBM Watson technology in the area of genomic... research to help oncologists deliver personalized medicine by uncovering new cancer treatment options for patients.
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China: Facebook not banned,China may be blocking access to Facebook, but that doesn't mean the social media network can't one day enter the country, as long as it follows the rules, a top government official said on Thursday.... Lu Wei, the director of China's State Internet Information Office, made the comment at a press conference after media outlets had previously reported him saying that Facebook would never be allowed in the country. "The media claimed that I said 'it would absolutely impossible.' Today, I can tell you that this news is fake," he said, according to a government transcript of his comments.
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EE turns on LTE-A service in central London

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 13:10
EE turns on LTE-A service inUK mobile carrier EE has announced that it has a new and faster mobile 4G service available for users in Central London. The service is LTE-A or LTE-Advanced and it promises data speeds up to 150Mbps.... for starters only Central London will get the new blazing fast mobile connectivity, but EE plans to role LTE-A out to greater London in …
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Doomed Antares Rocket PoweredAntares' first stage uses two AJ26 engines, which are refurbished variants of the NK-33 built by the Soviet Union for its ill-fated N-1 moon rocket during the height of the space race.
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Lenovo Has Completed The $2.91 Lenovo has completed the $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola from Google today. The deal, which was announced in January, comes just three years after Google itself shelled out $12.5 billion to... buy the phone-maker.
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Lenovo Motorola acquisitionLenovo has officially completed its $2.91 billion (£1.81 billion) acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The Chinese technology group has bought the mobile devices division of Motorola from Google, which... will be run as a wholly owned subsidiary and will...
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Google AI project apes memory,The mission of Google's DeepMind Technologies startup is to "solve intelligence." Now, researchers there have developed an artificial intelligence system that can mimic some of the brain's memory... skills and even program like a human. The researchers developed a kind of neural network that can use external memory, allowing it to learn and perform tasks based on stored data. Neural networks are interconnected computational "neurons." While conventional neural networks have lacked readable and writeable memory, they have been used in machine learning and pattern-recognition applications such as computer vision and speech recognition. The so-called Neural Turing Machine (NTM) that DeepMind researchers have been working on combines a neural network controller with a memory bank, giving it the...
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NASA Spacecraft's Grave on theNASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed a new lunar crater that researchers say is the grave of the space agency's LADEE probe, which ended its mission with an intentional crash onto the... moon's surface on April 18, 2014.
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A Secret Policy Lets the UKAs if having all that public data squirrelled away by the NSA wasn't bad enough, a new report by Liberty UK reveals that Britain's intelligence services can take any of it, whenever it wants, without... a warrant.
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Suspected drunk pilot escortedLONDON — A Flybe pilot was escorted from the cockpit of a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit on Wednesday. The plane, headed for London's Gatwick airport, was... moments from taking off from Newquay in South West England. See also: Hoax radio message sparks search for fake missing plane The pilot was removed from the aircraft so that he could undergo a breath test after a fellow crew member alerted the police, according to the BBC. Passengers were told the pilot was unwell. A police spokesman subsequently confirmed that a 48-year-old man from Crediton in neighbouring county Devon was arrested and taken to Newquay Police Station.
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Microsoft Band is a WindowsThe Microsoft Band packs in a range of features including a colour touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS.
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New system would allowAs transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption.
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Calculating encryptionMost modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous... computational resources.
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Microsoft's first fitnessMicrosoft's first fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, went on sale today across retail and online stores for $199. Featuring a total of ten sensors, the tracker also works with Android smartphones... via a free, downloadable app called Microsoft Health, which is now available in the Play Store.
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Researchers had tried for 23 years to connect this piece of metal to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They finally think they've proven it was part of her plane. The post Why It Took 23 Years to Link... Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal appeared first on WIRED.
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Use asteroids as steppingBy the end of this decade, NASA hopes to lasso a space rock: The space agency is actively pursuing proposals for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM)--a mission that aims to identify, capture, and... redirect an asteroid into lunar orbit. Astronauts might then visit the rock to collect and bring back samples--pieces that would presumably hold remnants of the early solar system. ARM has been touted as a steppingstone toward the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars: The mission would advance technologies and spaceflight experience needed for humans to colonize the Red Planet.
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This Is How To Turn Jack & Coke Into A Pie

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 13:00
This Is How To Turn Jack &Maybe it's an elementary drink; maybe it was the first cocktail your young self paid for at the bar. Despite, or perhaps because of its simplicity, Jack & Coke is a timeless, tasty beverage -- a... no-fail order that'll do the trick time and time again. Yes, it would be tough to mess up a Jack & Coke. Too strong in the spirit department? Add some Coke. Not enough buzz? Add some Jack. Easy as pie. Speaking of pie ... well let's just make a little transition to talk about the Jack & Coke pie, a near-inconceivable dessert concocted by blogger Oh Bite It. Oh Bite It This pie has a moist chocolate base accompanied by a fluffy whipped topping and, yes, a drizzle of Jack Daniel's caramel sauce. Holy hell -- it's a cuss-worthy recipe that takes away the pressure of deciding between an after-dinner...
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Google's Android VP on why aGoogle tells CNET about its choice to go with a more traditional distribution approach as it pushes its flagship smartphone to mainstream consumers.
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Launches in UK

Photography Blog - 30 Oct 2014 13:00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II LaunchesThe EOS 7D Mark II has received the highest number of pre-orders for a DSLR in Canon UK's history and you can get your hands on your model from Monday 3rd November 2014.
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Sony has introduced a new line of XQD format version 2 memory cards, the G Series. As with other XQD cards, the G Series promises fast read and write speeds that are able to match the demanding needs... of select cameras, such as the Nikon D4 and D4s. In turn, Nikon has announced that the D4s will support Sony's version 2 XQD cards, with improved write speeds and burst capacities. 
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10 reasons to ditch the GmailInbox will change your life, or at least the way you manage email. Here's what it does best and why you should switch over from the Gmail app.
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How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 13:00
How to Be Eco-Friendly WhenStandard burial and cremation take tons of energy and resources. So what's the most environmentally sound way to deal with a dead person?
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The Best Microsoft Apps For...Android?

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 13:00
The Best Microsoft AppsEcosystem lock in is a rampant problem in the mobile industry, with every manufacturer preferring its own platform at the expense of others. Every so often there are exceptions, though. Like this... collection of apps Microsoft made for Android, of all platforms.
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Researchers discover way to(Phys.org) --Robots have great value in a wide variety of areas, and while robots acting alone can be helpful in collecting data, ones that "talk" to each other can yield endless potential. That's... especially true when the robots are of different types.
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LG unwraps 31-inch 4K monitorLG Electronics unveils a new Digital Cinema 4K monitor of 31 inches with 4,096 x 2,160 px. The IPS monitor with model number 31MU97 is heading for a global rollout this week.
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Microsoft smartwatch isJust as previously rumored, Microsoft is also interested in the wearable space, and the company just launched a smart device for your wrist that's supposed to offer health-related features at an... affordable price. The Microsoft Band is not a smartwatch, but rather a fitness... well, band, that's supposed to let users track workout data. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox The Microsoft Band is powered by Microsoft's Health app, which lets users track heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Furthermore, the band offers notifications, such as incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar alerts, social updates and others, "right on your wrist," just like other similar devices. The device comes with "cutting-edge" technology, Microsoft
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Sony Xperia Z3 arrives at T-Mobile

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 12:50
Sony Xperia Z3 arrives atEarlier this month T-Mobile revealed that the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone would be arriving on its shelves October 29, and as promised the handset went live on the carrier's site yesterday. As with most... phones, subscribers have the option to buy it outright from the carrier or shell out in piecemeal fashion via monthly payments (for those who qualify). In …
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Autism screening, treatmentProgress has been made in the research for the identification of which genes cause autism. Better genetic screening leads to early intervention, which would produce more optimal outcomes.
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Google rolls out Google FitGoogle has launched the Google Fit app, which is the company's response to Apple's HealthKit.
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Lenovo completes $2.91 billionMotorola has today announced on its official blog that the company has become part of Lenovo's family of businesses, essentially finalizing everything we've reported on thus far regarding the $2.91... billion acquisition. It's said that both companies share similar missions, enabling Motorola to tap into Lenovo's global reach to better serve its customers with PCs, wearables and mobile hardware.
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Students in Turkey brawl over war in Syria

Mashable - 30 Oct 2014 12:44
Students in Turkey brawl overISTANBUL, Turkey—Istanbul University is more than 700 miles away from the Syrian front lines. But these days tensions from the bloody civil war can be felt on the leafy campus. See also: The Women... Fighters Taking on ISIS There, Islamists and leftwing students have battled across well-manicured gardens and commons, indicating how the war in Syria has reawakened deep grudges in Turkey After at least four clashes in as many weeks, riot police now stand guard outside the university gates and students travel in groups for safety Sena Ozcanli, a 22-year-old economics major who witnessed the Islamists' attack on fellow students and was detained for not cooperating with police. Image: Emily Feldman
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College students trustSnapchat may have security vulnerabilities but that's not deterring one of the app's biggest demographics: college students. A new study found that most students still trust the service and haven't... changed their use of the app since the hack, that resulted in nearly 100,000 private user photos and videos being published online. See also: Ghost in the Shell: The Snapchat Privacy Illusion The study was conducted by Sumpto, a marketing firm that helps connect brands with college students. The company polled more than 1,800 undergraduate students from around the country about their use of Snapchat following the hack of a third-party Snapchat apps that resulted in the thousands of leaked photos.
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Movie Theaters IntroduceThe Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) have announced a zero-tolerance policy for Google Glass and other wearable devices.
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We've caught glimpses of Google's new image-rich bookmarks system for Chrome a couple of times in the past, and now it's back with a new name, but not much in the way of new features. The extension... formerly known as Google Stars is now simply (and...
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Could Google pill detect cancer?

CNN - 30 Oct 2014 12:31
Google is developing a pill that would hunt for cancer cells in human bodies. CNN's Laurie Segall reports.
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Lenovo Completes $2.9 BillionThe newly merged entity will become the third largest smartphone maker in the world.
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Your kids may be content with a few fun-size Snickers and tiny boxes of Nerds, but if you're looking for quality candy and lots of it, you need a PhD-level strategy. So we talked to a bunch of... academics to create this greed-is-good guide to landing more loot. The post 6 Expert Tricks for Getting the Best Candy This Halloween appeared first on WIRED.
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Mishor 3D develops a technology that projects navigation routes and places of interest onto cars' windscreens so that the graphics seem to appear as if they're on the road itself.
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Classic British motorcycles from the collection of a Texas lawyer are going up for auction. The post We’d Sell a Kidney for One of These Vintage British Motorcycles appeared first on WIRED.
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The Searzall is a baffle that fits over the business end of a blowtorch to spread out the heat, turning your BernzOmatic torch into a handheld broiler. The post This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With... a Blast of Heat appeared first on WIRED.
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Touchscreen devices have a serious deficiency of tactility. These magnetic metal controls, created by Florian Born, sit on top of screens and replace virtual knobs and dials with real ones. The post... Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface appeared first on WIRED.
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Movie House

Wired - 30 Oct 2014 12:30
Kaleidescape's Cinema One movie server provides seamless access to your entire Blu-ray collection. Unfortunately, one major limitation means it's more of an expensive indulgence, not a must-have... device for videophiles. The post Movie House appeared first on WIRED.
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Thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron's teaser trailer and a certain Tuesday morning press conference—sorry, "special event"—you could be forgiven for thinking that this week has proven it's Marvel... Studios' world, and we're just living in it. That's not to say other studios haven't been doing their thing too. But really it has pretty much been Marvel's world recently. Just try not to piss off Thanos and you'll be fine. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero movie news. The post Cape Watch: Marvel Takes Over the World, Lets White Guys Take a Breather appeared first on WIRED.
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When Mike Doyle published the anthology volume Beautiful LEGO last year, he wrote that "this book is a small collection of some of the impressive models that I have come across in my time." From all... appearances, he's had a busy year since, because he's already back with a sequel that embraces the darker side of everyone's favorite brick-based artform. The post These Creepy Lego Creations Are Definitely Not Kid-Friendly appeared first on WIRED.
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Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook's News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some... stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook's algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewhere else, the future of Internet content may be a world in which no video, article, or cat GIF gallery lives outside of Facebook at all. The post How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and
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CAT brings super rugged B15Q,Remember CAT? No, not our feline overlords but the makers of rugged manufacturing equipment and machines. Unless you haven't been tracking our smartphone coverage, you will probably be aware that it... also makes equally rugged smartphones to match the extreme working environment they put their products through. Now the company is bringing its latest model, the 4-inch B15Q and the …
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Retail designers have resources to exhaustively plan, prototype, and field test every detail before opening day. We should apply the same thinking to voting places. The post America’s Polling Places... Desperately Need a Redesign appeared first on WIRED.
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A new way of looking at the mind's activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects. The post Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms... Rearrange Your Brain appeared first on WIRED.
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Three time management apps useTime management apps help you take care of the one thing you really can't make more of. These three apps do a great job of maximizing your time and making sure you get paid for it, plus they provide... helpful analysis and organization tools. Timeful Timeful offers suggestions on how to fit in those good habits we all need to make time for. I'm wary of technology products that claim to be able to make decisions for you. That's why I wasn't so sure about Timeful, an iOS app that strives to help you make the most of your time. It does that by combining your calendar, to-do list, and your "daily habits" in one central location, and offering suggestions on how you can best use your time. I'm still not sure I want to leave an app in charge of determining my schedule, but Timeful is winning me...
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London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed a 20-week study in a bid to more accurately predict whether specific gang members are likely to commit violence. The software, developed by... Accenture, pulls data together from systems already...
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Sony Earnings: What to Watch

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 12:26
Sony Earnings: What to WatchSony Corp. is scheduled to announce its second-quarter earnings after the Tokyo market closes Friday. Here's what you need to know.
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Watch: New Survey PredictsWidespread harm predicted as survey finds cyber-attacks likely to increase.
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Dr Karen Masters wins Women of the Future award

The Royal Astronomical Society - 30 Oct 2014 12:24
Dr Karen Masters, a senior lecturer in the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, has won the Women of the Future Science award. Karen, a Fellow of the RAS, was recognised... for her research into understanding how galaxies form and evolve over the history of the universe. Karen Masters (back row, 3rd from left) with the other Women of the Future award winners. Click for a full size image.                                         The Women of the Future Awards recognise the UK's most inspiring women. Their aim is to unearth and recognise the stars of tomorrow across diverse industries, acknowledging talented women early on in their careers and creating positive role models for school girls. Cherie Blair is patron of the awards. Karen said: "It's...
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BITalino's Next-Gen Sensors Developers wanting to build apps that monitor and respond to human bio-signals should point their eyes at this Kickstarter project. BITalino (r)evolution is the follow up to last year’s modular... kit of bio-signal sensors from the same Portuguese team — but with a lower price-tag, improved electronics, smaller sensor blocks and individual sensors broken out on their own so…
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Microsoft's new wearable isReports about a Microsoft wearable device have been circulating for a while, and now the good folks from Redmond, WA have finally made it official: a Microsoft fitness band is here, and it works on... both Android and iOS. Like…
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Nintendo Is Developing aWhile the world and his dog builds wearables of all kinds, Nintendo seems to be headed in a different direction. The ccompany's CEO, Satoru Iwata, tells Reuters that a newly created healthcare... division is building a sleep and fatigue tracker--that you won't wear.
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What is Microsoft Health?

Pocket-lint - 30 Oct 2014 12:18
What is Microsoft Health?Microsoft has announced its own fitness tracking device, the Microsoft Band, and with it its own version of Apple HealthKit or Google Fit. Health and fitness in the technology field is big business at... the moment and seemingly a new battleground for the...
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4 questions to ask beforeThe decision to hire an employee is tough for many entrepreneurs, particularly freelancers and founders committed to bootstrapping their business to profitability. There’s no doubt that working as a... lone wolf has some advantages. You can set your own schedule, without worrying about how to keep someone else busy. But there’s only so far you can go as a one-man or one-woman show. If you've been contemplating hiring your first employee, can you be sure the time is right? Will your new employee help grow your business or become a drain on your time and budget? It’s difficult to know for certain how things will pan out, but asking yourself these four questions can help determine if you’re ready to go from solo entrepreneur to employer:
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Rape Is Not a Data Problem

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 12:15
Rape Is Not a Data ProblemThe tech sector has tackled sexual violence like it tackles laundry delivery, and entirely missed the point.
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New website Thursday MarketThursday Market is a new online, social referral network which connects you with local firms, when you need a specific job done. The crucial difference is, the results are based on recommendations... made by your friends and neighbors. The post New website Thursday Market tells you which local firms your friends use, and whether they’re any good appeared first on Digital Trends.
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AeroMobile 3.0 flying car prototype debuts

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 12:10
AeroMobile 3.0 flying carFlying cars are something that many have dreamed about for generations. A car that can drive on the road, park in the garage, yet take to the skies when the driver/pilot wants is something that is... undeniably appealing to many of us. A company called Aeromobile has unveiled the AeroMobile 3.0 prototype flying car in Vienna this week. The prototype …
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Brenton Little on Mastering iPhone Photography

The Phoblographer - 30 Oct 2014 12:06
Brenton Little on MasteringBrenton Little shares tricks behind creating great iPhoneography pictures.
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Steering ESA satellites clearImproved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.
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Moby: On growing up an artistRichard Melville Hall, more commonly known as Moby, has a lot of musical accomplishments under his belt. He's one of only a handful credited with popularizing electro in the 1990s, he's sung with... Bowie, he's made a James Bond theme song — the list goes on. Now, with more than 20 million albums sold worldwide (including a live release that dropped earlier this year), he's shifted to a different artistic medium: Photography. See also: St. Lucia: How One Man Went From Choirboy to Electropop Frontman The change, which may surprise fans, seems natural when you consider Moby's background: Born in Harlem, he grew up around visual art and artists. Although he relocated to Los Angeles in 2011, attributing his move to the changing face of the city he once knew, New York continues to be a strong...
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User Replay, A 'Black-Box User Replay, the ‘Customer Experience Management’ startup that offers software akin to a ‘black-box recorder’ to help e-commerce sites track user journeys and ultimately improve the bottom... line, has beefed up its own balance sheet with a new round of funding. It’s closed a $3.2 million Series A led by Episode 1, with participation from existing investors EC1…
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The Crazy Math BehindPlus, Uber's running PR battles and T-Pain's real voice.
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Homejoy Officially Moves In its first big move beyond home cleaning, Homejoy is adding carpet cleaning and general handyman services to its offerings in the Bay Area. Co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung (pictured above with her... brother and co-founder Aaron) has been hinting at this for the past year, including last week at Disrupt Europe. Over the summer, Homejoy invited customers to beta test a number of different…
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Red Team rocking: Build theThere's never been a better time to be a PC gamer, with an abundance of excellent hardware available. Intel recently refreshed its flagship and mainstream processor lines, and AMD and Nvidia both have... killer graphics cards on the market--some of which are going for ridiculously low prices. As part of a weeklong celebration of glorious PC excess, we've recently put together a pair of ultra-powerful Intel-based systems using that very hardware: An insane Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X build featuring Nvidia's powerful new GTX 980, and a drool-worthy Devil's Canyon Core i7-4970K PC paired with a monstrous AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card with not one, but two top-tier graphics processors. Two systems powered by Intel's top chips will get any DIYers juices flowing--but now it's time to give...
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A proposed quantum clock network would be so accurate it could detect continental shifts, potentially detecting an earthquake.
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Fujifilm X100T Review

Photography Blog - 30 Oct 2014 12:00
Fujifilm X100T ReviewThe new Fujifilm X100T is the third generation of Fujfilm's wildly popular 35mm f/2 fixed lens compact camera. Building on the success of last year's X100S, the new X100T focuses on making the... handling and operation even better than before. Have Fujifilm succeeded in the tricky task of making an already brilliant camera even better? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X100T review to find out... Read the review »
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Wearables, including GoogleBad news for those of you who’ve decided to sport your Google Glass everywhere you go. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners have updated their... anti-piracy policy. It reads, in part, “Other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time.” See also: Google Glass Now Available to All, No Invitation Needed In other words, it’s not enough to just power down your Google Glass, you’ve got to put it away too. That might be a little difficult for those Google Glass users who’ve attached their prescription lenses to the device, as they’ll need to bring backup frames.
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Microsoft Health works with Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices. Much of it is based on Microsoft's cloud-based "intelligence engine", and the company wants startups to build health-related... services around it.
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IDC smartphone shipment dataSome would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some... vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when …
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Did Drupal Drop The Ball?Hackers start pummelling Drupal sites with attacks within hours of a software update that would have stopped them exploiting a SQL injection flaw. Anyone who didn't update within a seven hour window... are told to assume they've been breached.
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Movie industry slaps ban onJust in case you were thinking of wearing Glass during showtime at your local movie theater (no, we know you weren't), you should be aware that the industry has just banned them. The post Movie... industry slaps ban on Glass (and similar wearables) at theaters appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In an interview with Geektime, CEO Micha Kaufmann urges us to stop worrying and embrace the sharing economy
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FAA: Fly a Drone Over BigIf you spend your weekends flying drones, be careful you don't stray too close to a ball game: the FAA has issued a warning which warms of large fines or imprisonments if your UAV strays too close to... large sports venues .
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FAA issues threat: fly dronesThe FAA has been battling various types of drone use both in and out of court, and though it has threatened large fines for certain violations, it has largely avoided tossing around criminal penalties... against pilots who violate regulations. That changed in a big way recently, with the Federal Aviation Administration threatening drone operators with up to a year in …
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Future air passengers may getA windowless airplane sounds like a claustrophobic nightmare. A windowless airplane with OLED displays, aura-enhanced with subtle cabin lighting from gently glowing walls could be quite something... else. Using OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology, thin, bendable, lightweight display screens would blend with the fuselage and surfaces, such as seatbacks. Use of this concept would optimize space and reduce the weight of the aircraft.
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Slashdot - 30 Oct 2014 11:26
Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. "In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that... records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, 'are temporary records and subject to destruction' after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB."
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One small cheque to a businessman, one giant leap for a meteorite: after journeys of millions of kilometres, rocks formed from the primordial soup of the solar system have landed on the walls of a... Chinese showroom.
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Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue in a laboratory -- creating an unprecedented tool for researching the development and diseases of... an organ central to several public health crises, ranging from cancer to diabetes.
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High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
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Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact

e! Science News - 30 Oct 2014 11:18
A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel consisting of short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to... form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA.
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Clean smell doesn't always mean clean air

e! Science News - 30 Oct 2014 11:17
Some of the same chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere as a result of smog and ozone are actually taking place in your house while you are cleaning. A researcher in Drexel's College of... Engineering is taking a closer look at these reactions, which involve an organic compound -called limonene- that provides the pleasant smell of cleaning products and air fresheners. His research will help to determine what byproducts these sweet-smelling compounds are adding to the air while we are using them to remove germs and odors.
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By remotely "combing" the atmosphere with a custom laser-based instrument, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with researchers from the... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have developed a new technique that can accurately measure -- over a sizeable distance -- amounts of several of the major "greenhouse" gases implicated in climate change.
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Supersonic laser-propelled rockets

e! Science News - 30 Oct 2014 11:17
Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such... laser-propulsion systems may bring them one step closer to practical use.
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Microsoft Band announced withMicrosoft has suddenly announced its first fitness tracker simply called Band. The wearable device is rather ingeniously launching with an open software platform meaning it will work with Microsoft,... Mac and Android devices. The Band itself tracks steps...
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With fears growing over chemical and biological weapons falling into the wrong hands, scientists are developing microrockets to fight back against these dangerous agents, should the need arise. In the... journal ACS Nano, they describe new spherical micromotors that rapidly neutralize chemical and biological agents and use water as fuel.
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An overwhelming number of chemicals from household and industrial products are in the environment -- and hundreds are in our bodies. But for most of them, scientists have yet to determine whether they... cause health problems. Now they've taken the first step toward doing that by estimating which substances people are exposed to the most. Their new method is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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BlackBerry's boss really wantsBlackBerry boss John Chen took to the company's official blog on Wednesday to tout the upcoming Classic handset, a device with traditional BlackBerry styling that he hopes will appeal to current and... former users of the once popular platform. The post BlackBerry’s boss really wants you to love its new Classic phone, hypes it in blog post appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gentle caffeine boost for premature babies

e! Science News - 30 Oct 2014 11:15
Empa researchers have developed a UV-activated membrane which releases a gentle dose of medication to the skin of a patient. In future those who fear injections will be able to sleep soundly, as will... premature babies too, since the new dosing technique will spare them additional stress. The development of minimally and even non-invasive technologies is increasing in the medical field. It is now possible, for instance, to carry out a range of operative procedures using keyhole surgery with minimal use of the scalpel, leaving only tiny scars as a result. Similar opportunities are now becoming available when providing doses of active agents to patients -- instead of using injections or probes to deliver drugs, it will in future be possible to supply them via a plaster which continuously,...
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Nestling birds struggle in noisy environments

e! Science News - 30 Oct 2014 11:15
Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and... when they should crouch in the nest to avoid a predator seeking an easy meal.
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Planck 2013 results

e! Science News - 30 Oct 2014 11:15
Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special feature of 31 articles describing the data gathered by Planck over 15 months of observations and released by ESA and the Planck Collaboration in March... 2013. This series of papers presents the initial scientific results extracted from this first Planck dataset.
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Baidu profit up 27 percent as mobile grows

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 11:14
Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.
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Moto 360 in gold, brownSmartwatches are the new smartphones, novel, trendy, and still in flux. Just as smartphones had, and still do, a gold craze, it seems only fitting that smartwatches should as well. None or very few... smartwatch makers have signed up for a golden version of their smart timepiece but it seems that Motorola will once again beat others to the punch. …
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5 DIY and safe hangover curesYou can run, but you can't hide from a hangover. Damn if we haven't tried Everyone has a remedy they swear works for them, from chewing garlic, to rubbing a lemon on your armpit, to drinking more... (a.k.a. the hair of the dog) Though there's no cure-all medicine yet for hangovers, there are plenty of ways you can assuage the booze-infused assault that comes after a night of heavy drinking. But first, you have to understand the nature of a hangover See also: 50% of Americans Have Gone to Work Hungover "The most significant thing that’s going on in your body is inflammation," says Dr. Jason Burke in an interview with Mashable
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Peak Negativity

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 11:01
After this year's U.S. Senate races are run and done, the notoriously nasty contests will likely limp into history with this distinction: Candidates, political groups, and nonprofits will have... combined to air more than 1 million television ads.
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IDC says that 60 percent of CIOs in global companies will be supplanted by the chief digital officer when it comes to implementing digital services. Will chief digital officers even exist in 2020 when... every business is digital?
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Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of... them. That, according to IDC's latest figures, is enough to place it in third spot behind established leaders Samsung and Apple, overshadowing global competitors like Lenovo and LG. Xiaomi's rise has been remarkable both for how quick it has been and for the fact that the company still operates primarily in its home market of China. It has recently broadened its reach to adjacent countries in Southeast Asia like India and Singapore, but its growth remains testament to the incredible explosion in smartphone demand that China is experiencing.
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Google Glass Is Now BannedGoogle Glass is often viewed with disdain in public spaces, and now that includes the cinema. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have decided to... ban the device and its ilk from movie theaters nationwide.
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Nintendo has its own sleepSleep and the modern world are constantly butting heads; even if you get to bed on time, there's a good chance your smartphone is right there next to you, beckoning with endless distractions that... deprive you of the sleep necessary for optimal health. Many of the fitness trackers on the market include a sleep mode that keeps tabs on how …
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What you need to know aboutSYDNEY — Since the terror alert was raised to high in September, the Australian Government has been very busy. Tony Abbott’s government has pushed through a number of changes that affect your... privacy and life online. First the government changed the law to allow Australian spies monitor the entire internet, they then introduced legislation which allows the government to easily cancel passports and restrict areas of travel for Australians. See also: 11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance On Thursday, the government hastily introduced the third in the set of anti-terror legislation, a data retention bill, which will ensure everyone's metadata is retained for two years by service providers.
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WHO says Ebola epidemic inThe rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over. The disease is... still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained, Dr. Bruce Aylward, an assistant director-general for WHO, warned. See also: The 5-step process for making an Ebola vaccine Several times during the outbreak officials have thought the disease's spread was slowing, only to surge again later. Officials have often blamed those false lulls on cases hidden because people were too afraid to seek treatment, wanted to bury their relatives themselves or simply weren't in contact with authorities.
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EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 10:44
EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites... across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device.
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The Middle East and North Africa had only 19 million total mobile connections in 2002, but over the past decade the market has grown dramatically. Here's a snapshot of where the market's at today.
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Flipboard for iOS Updated withFlipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over... 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines curated on Flipboard. The service is also launching an in-app section called The Daily Edition, which is delivered to users at 7 a.m. daily and features articles that are picked by Flipboard's staff. With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from "action hero" to "zoology" (and everything in-between), and you can find them via search or by tapping on the new topic tags on articles. Press "follow" every time you want to add something (or...
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Flipboard, the ThirdFlipboard has definitely grown a lot. What started out as a fancy way to read news and online content has developed into not just an app but a whole community of article collectors and curators that... Flipboard has lovingly dubbed as "MagMakers". But not everyone might have found a home yet in Flipboard, because of the broad strokes and topics …
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As predicted a couple weeks back, the British mobile operator EE has begun rolling out LTE-Advanced "4G+" across central London. The technology aggregates spectrum in EE's 1800MHz and 2.6GHz holdings... to…
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Good morning!

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 10:26
Good morning!Good morning! Sadly, you don't get to see the new day in in quite the same way as NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. He snapped this sunrise from the International Space Station just the other day. You're... allowed to be jealous. [NASA]
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Ad-free subscription-basedYouTube is mulling over ad-free subscriptions to make sure its biggest stars make money and choose to stay with the video sharing network.
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Samsung vows changes afterSamsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than... three years.
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The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. Their design for a modular device has users slotting components -- a camera, extra storage space, a Wi-Fi... connector -- into their phones, as and when they need them. It's an ambitious scheme, but engineers working at NK Labs in Boston have already produced a working prototype, which they showed off to modular smartphone evangelist Dave Hakkens during a recent visit. The early model, called Spiral 1, is creamy white and boxy, and a far shot from the beautiful modular models shown earlier this year. But unlike those mock-ups, it actually works, and it looks to be more stable than the prototype shown at Google I/O in June, loading its Android OS past...
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Hawaii Lava Flow Is Slow,Hawaii lava flow is slow, gentle yet unrelenting as it edges close to town's road, homes
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IBM and Twitter Sign Pact to"Businesses have only scratched the surface of what is possible"
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WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking... leader earlier this month.
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China's Baidu Calls Mobile TopRight now, say execs, investing is more important than margins.
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Eighteen groups of students have lost science projects that were onboard an unmanned rocket that exploded in Virginia after taking off for the International Space Station.
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German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, maker of Aspirin, said Thursday that it is raising its full-year profit targets after a strong third quarter.
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Tokyo Designers Week is one of the Japanese capital's biggest calendar events in art, culture, architecture, and design, and it gets bigger every year. From the colorful characters of Hiroshi Yoshii... (above) to a mind-bending Oculus Rift music video from a J-pop megastar, there was a lot to see in 2014. Scroll down for the best of it.
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Profitable Cores and Reinvention

TechPinions - 30 Oct 2014 10:00
Profitable Cores andIt’s earnings season and, as usual, I’m spending quite a bit of time poring over financial results from major tech companies (some of which I’ve written up on my personal blog here). However,... there’s a topic which I’ve been meaning ...
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Plans for giant Antarctic marine reserve falter for 4th time as consensus proves elusive
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There are some smartwatches out there like Will.i.am's Puls that can make voice calls without having to connect to a phone. But have you ever heard of an analog watch with the same capability? No?... Well, now you will: the GPS-equipped Limmex emergency...
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Flipboard undergoes majorNews magazine app Flipboard picked up a major update today, which brings forth a new design as well as the addition of over 30,000 topics. Also new is a curated daily news magazine called The Daily... Edition, which features a list of general news stories from a variety of categories.
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After Fukushima, Japan GetsFukushima sets off green boom and glut as utilities choke on cost, hope for return of nuclear
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1930s British portraiture byHailed by poet Sir John Betjeman as a "genius at photography" and by photographer Cecil Beaton as "an understanding and loving connoisseur of his subject," Edwin Smith (1912–1971) captured the... essence of the places, landscapes and buildings he photographed. But some of Smith's finest work is portraiture For a short period he worked as a Vogue fashion photographer, but went later focused his lens on British communities comprised of miners, dockers and circuses. Smith was sought after by publishers. In the 1950s he was commissioned by Thames & Hudson for a series of books, among them English Parish Churches (1952), English Cottages & Farmhouses (1954), Scotland (1955), England (1957) and The Living City: A New View of the City of London (1957)
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Channel your inner spook forIn the eerie spirit of Halloween, we brought on a true mastermind of spooky art, Jennifer Messmore, to guest-host our Vine challenge. We want to see moving candles, spine-chilling spirits, terrifying... tales and other unsettling scenarios in your videos. Act out classic horror films or animate something like the Ghoulies in stop-motion. Shoot in darkness and show us flashes of red and orange. The scarier, the better. Messmore, a Las Vegas native, is an artist of all trades. In her spare time she paints, draws, makes jewelry, refurbishes dolls and, of course, creates Vines. She owes her "Vine addiction" to her sister (Big Red on Vine), who has been active on the platform since its early days. "What interested me most about Vine initially was the six-second loop," Messmore said. "Eventually I...
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The Shrimp You Buy May Not Be What You Think It Is

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 09:05
The Shrimp You Buy May Not BeThe next time you sit down for some shrimp scampi, beware of a bait-and-switch. Much of the shrimp sold in grocery stores and restaurants across the U.S. isn't exactly what it says on the package or... the menu, a new survey claims. Using DNA testing, the marine conservation group Oceana sampled 143 shrimp products from U.S. stores and restaurants and found that as many as 30 percent misrepresented the crustaceans they contained. For example, the researchers found that some shrimp labeled as being caught from the Gulf of Mexico were actually whiteleg shrimp raised in farms. In other cases, one species was substituted for another. Samples sold as royal red shrimp or rock shrimp, two delicacies known for their lobster-like flavor, frequently turned out to be more common species. The researchers...
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bmahersciwriter writes Citation is the common way that scientists nod to the important and foundational work that preceded their own and the number of times a particular paper is cited is often used... as a rough measure of its impact. So what are the most highly cited papers in the past century plus of scientific research? Is it the determination of DNA's structure? The identification of rapid expansion in the Universe? No. The top 100 most cited papers are actually a motley crew of methods, data resources and software tools that through usability, practicality and a little bit of luck have propelled them to the top of an enormous corpus of scientific literature.
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Slim Card Holder KESWICK

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Slim Card Holder KESWICKPack & Smooch card holder KESWICK.100% Merino wool felt. Pure vegetable tanned leather. Two compartments for up to 8 credit cards. One compartement for paper money, business cards etc. Keswick is a... simple yet stylish wallet and card holder for your bankcards and some paper money. It holds up to 8 credit cards and some business cards. There also is a very useful inner pocket for your paper money. We have placed the seam in an asynchronous manner so you...
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MacBook 15″ Retina Case

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
MacBook 15″ Retina CaseThis laptop sleeve HAMPSHIRE of the Pack & Smooch collection is made from 100% natural materials. 100% Merino wool (Made in Germany) 100% vegetable tanned leather (most of the other leather is... chrome-tanned). Felt is water repellent, insulating and anti-static. While the material offers aesthetically strength it is also soft to the touch. At the bottom you will feel a fine leather pad made from 100% vegetable tanned leather which makes it comfortable to carry. The sleeve is designed to...
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The World's First BatteryLets be honest, you take your electronics everywhere. Even places they are not supposed to go: hiking, jogging, skiing, adventuring etc and staying connected is a necessity. PULSE by LIVE WORK PLAY,... combines the sustainability side of solar energy with the reliability of traditional power available whenever you need a charge. PULSE is engineered for two types of charging: conventional charging via an outlet similar to any other traditional portable battery; the other is charging through the solar panel. PULSE...
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Clamp Mini Task Lamp

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Clamp Mini Task LampThe warmth of wood combines beautifully with the smart beauty of LEDs on this Clamp Mini Task Lamp. Made ideally for your work desks, this lamp comes with a cantilevered arm that can be adjusted to... any level or height depending on what you prefer. You can get the lamp either in White Oak or Walnut Wood, whichever is your favorite. The LED array prevents the formation of shadows when you use this lamp to complete those late night tasks...
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Doyle Sofa

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Doyle SofaMeet an elegant combination of comfort and practicality from the world of modern furniture designs called the Doyle Sofa. It's one of those big, comfortable sofas you can accessorize with a lot of... cushions and enjoy your evenings with guests or those forlorn nights watching TV in a relaxing mood. The sofa has been upholstered in wool fabric and has a wooden frame, polyurethane and goose down padding on the seat as well as on the back. The design itself...
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Title: Women Less Likely to Get Kidney Dialysis Than Men, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young MotorcyclistsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the MarkCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Playing the Field May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Driving Safely at Night

MedicineNet - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Driving Safely at NightCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Vitamin D May Not Prevent Return of Women's Infection After AllCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers

MedicineNet - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk LingersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With DisorderCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood PressureCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Very Special Delivery: Unused U.S. Surgical SuppliesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Second Dallas Nurse With Ebola Released From HospitalCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food AllergensCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Is Milk Your Friend or Foe?

MedicineNet - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Is Milk Your Friend or Foe?Category: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Is Violent Crime in Some People's Genes?

MedicineNet - 30 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Is Violent Crime in Some People's Genes?Category: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital DevelopmentCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Did GTAT Just Have BadBoth GTAT and Apple are to blame for GTAT's downfall.
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Chat App Line's Revenue Days after Facebook revealed that WhatsApp, its $18 billion messaging app acquisition posted an overall loss this year, Line — a rival app with 500 million registered users — has announced that... its revenues doubled year-on-year during Q3 2014.
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AdPushup Raises $632,000 For New Delhi-based startup AdPushup, which provides A/B testing that integrates with ad networks, has raised $632,000 in its angel round of funding.
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Microsoft Wants Its WearableMicrosoft has had a pretty tough time getting very far with smartphones. Maybe it will have better luck in wearables.
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Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of feminist video game critique Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, appeared tonight on The Colbert Report to discuss the Gamergate movement. Ostensibly a "consumer revolt"... focused on ethics in video game journalism, Gamergate has been criticized for focusing much of its attention on harassing and threatening prominent women in the gaming industry, with Sarkeesian herself the focus of much of the vitriol. Targeted by bomb threats, driven from her home by warnings of coming violence, and forced to cancel a recent speech at a university for fear that a gunman would massacre students, Sarkeesian tonight spoke out about the movement disrupting the lives of a number of women in the games industry. She rejected the...
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Samsung Electronics Third-Quarter Profit Falls

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 08:33
Samsung ElectronicsSamsung Electronics' quarterly net profit nearly halved, as its mobile business continued to lose ground to low-cost Chinese smartphone makers--a rivalry that is expected to intensify.
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For the second consecutive quarter, global smartphone shipments have reached above 300 million units, driven by growing competition between Samsung and Apple, and the combined efforts of Xiaomi, LG,... and Lenovo.
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Alex Gordon's Not-So-Mad Dash

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 08:08
After 29 years without a playoff berth, the Kansas City Royals went on a dream run that took them from the Wild Card round to Game 7 of the World Series. And then Madison Bumgarner had to come along... and spoil everything. Pitching in relief after throwing 117 pitches in Game 5, the Giants lefty threw another five scoreless innings to deliver the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory, clinching their third World Series title in five years. Bumgarner, the series MVP, has now allowed 1 earned run in 36 career World Series innings for an absurd 0.25 ERA.
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Many individual American movie theaters are already hostile to guests who use wearables like Google Glass, and they've now made that opposition official on a national level. Both the Motion Picture... Association of America and the National Association...
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Wine Thermometer by L' Atelier du Vin

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 08:00
Wine Thermometer by L' AtelierTaste your wine at the best temperature and never lose out on the best quality by propping your wine bottle with the Wine Thermometer from L' Atelier du Vin. This is to ensure you serve your wine at a... temperature when it tastes the best. Simply insert the thermometer inside the wine bottle in a way such that the end of the stem is in the liquid. The temperature reading indicated by the pointer will let you know the optimum...
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That's Amore iPhone 5 Case by GUFO

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 08:00
That's Amore iPhone 5 Case byLet your iPhone 5 and 5S symbolize an Italian style with a wooden touch through these That’s Amore iPhone 5 Cases by GUFO. Portraying four Italian icons in 4 different cases, this is nothing less... than a souvenir you could get yourself without visiting Italy. The four icons are that of Spaghetti, Cannolo, Moka and Lapa Truck. They come on wooden bases which attach beautifully on the back cover of your iPhone 5 or 5S. There's also a black fiber...
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Cable Labels by The Mark Brothers

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 08:00
Cable Labels by The MarkNaming your messed up cables now draws its inspiration from acrobatics with these Cable Labels by The Mark Brothers. Each set has five little acrobatic figures which dangle from your cables and have a... small writing surface on the top so that you get to name them properly before hanging them from the cables. Identifying that wire which belongs to your TV or the one which belongs to your speaker becomes easy and much less time consuming as you get...
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Neon Vase

The Gadget Flow - 30 Oct 2014 08:00
Neon VaseReplace your vintage flower vase with this Neon Vase that stands out as a cool representation of modernistic style. They are simple, white, cylindrical shaped vases which have one thing in common –... the neon drip detailing. That's what makes these unique and different as compared to the vases you have around. The neon drips are available in various colors of pink or green or orange which could add a dramatic charm to that table where you place these on....
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'The Evil Within' is moreYour first brush with frustration in Shinji Mikami’s blood-drenched action horror saga The Evil Within comes only minutes after you’re first given control. Bound and hung from the ceiling via meat... hook with only corpses surrounding you, you’re forced to swing from side to side until you can free yourself and run to safety There's a hulking behemoth of what appears to be a deranged butcher in your way, however. He stands before a table, doing who-knows-what to the poor, unfortunate soul in front of him, before pausing and making an exit to the left. As you sidle up beside him, you're greeted with a prompt to educate you on the virtues of “sneak kills.” When you go in to try this new skill, it immediately becomes evident that the correct course of action here would have been to...
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[From In-Car Tech] It's still weird to hear the words "Mopar" and "Fiat" in the same breath, but with the custom Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 500L coming to SEMA, that may change.
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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the... wearable technology market.
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Former Google Exec LaunchesWhen it comes to the mobile payment industry, Osama Bedier is a seasoned veteran. Bedier worked on product development at PayPal for 8 years and mobile payments at Google for nearly 3 years. Bedier... is also a board member of payment companies like Coin, WePay, Payrange and Qiwi. Now Bedier has launched a smart payment terminal company called Poynt.
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Five Takeaways From Samsung's Earnings

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 07:37
Five Takeaways From Samsung'sSamsung Electronics said its third-quarter net profit nearly halved, as its mobile division continued to suffer from heightened global competition. Here's a look at five key takeaways from the... company's difficult quarter.
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Queen of Halloween Heidi KlumNot only is she one of world's most famous supermodels, Heidi Klum has another claim to fame: She's the queen of Halloween. Klum's costumes are famous for being fantastically over-the-top, and they... typically take months of planning to put together. In fact, she's even worked with Hollywood designers to help her assemble the perfect get up See also: 7 jack-o'-lanterns carved for Internet lovers But her advice to aspiring Halloween revelers is simple: "Go big, or stay home." "You really have to go for it," Klum told Mashable. While some people might be focused on looking good for Halloween, Klum is more about getting into character than glamour. She takes risks, even if that means dressing up as an older woman — wrinkles and gray hair included.
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How to Keep Race Horses Fracture Free

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 07:28
How to Keep Race HorsesIn elite racehorses, biology is pushed to the limit, it's not surprising then that injuries most commonly occur where the highest loads are generated.
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Microsoft Releases $199 Wearable Fitness Tracker

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 07:25
Microsoft Releases $199(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the... wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor pulse rate, measure calorie burn and track sleep quality, Microsoft said in a blog post. (://bit.ly/10AbJdJ) Microsoft said the device will be available in the United States in limited quantities from Thursday for $199. Apple Inc unveiled a smart watch on Sept. 9 that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications and will go on sale in early 2015, while Samsung Electronics Co unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013. The Apple Watch will be priced at $349. Microsoft also launched a health app...
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What's new for Android: ALollipop is a major update for Google's Android mobile operating system.          
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Fiverr Goes Global With New After raising $30 million in August , Fiverr, the low-cost online marketplace for services of any stripe, is making it rain. The company is spending money to roll out new international sites.... Starting with Spanish, French, Dutch, and Portuguese website versions, the US-based company wants to take its network of professional and creative service providers global — without them having…
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iPhone 6 Plus demand muchT-Mobile CEO John Legere says the demand for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's first phablet, has far exceeded the company's initial expectations. At one point, the Plus accounted for almost half of... purchases in the new phone line.
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32 GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Rumors swirled around the existence of a 32-GB version of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices as photos from China emerged, purportedly proving the device's existence in the region.
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Samsung eyes cheaperSamsung plans to focus on cheaper smartphones and flexible displays for high-end phones after its third-quarter profit plummeted by nearly 50 percent amid intense competition from Chinese rivals... making low-cost handsets. The low-end smartphone market is still growing rapidly, and the company aims to exploit the opportunity by improving cost competitiveness, said Kim Hyun-joon, the head of the company's mobile communications segment said during an earnings conference call on Thursday in Seoul. Samsung also aims to differentiate its high-end products with flexible displays and new materials such as metal frames. The world's largest smartphone maker saw its market share drop to 23.8 percent in the third quarter from 32.5 percent a year ago, while Xiaomi rose to the third place after...
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Microsoft enters smartwatchWednesday night Microsoft confirmed what we all expected--that it too, has a smartwatch that it wants you to wear 24/7, for work and for play, called the Microsoft Band. Looking as much like a... hospital bracelet as anything else, the $200 Microsoft Band features a rectangular, 320 x106 TFT display that hovers over your wrist. Sensors--a continuous optical heart monitor, GPS, UV sensor, and more--track your activity while on the move and at rest, and send the data to what Microsoft calls the Intelligence Engine, aka Cortana's little brother. The Band is then designed to work with third-party apps developers, including MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, and Starbucks--which has developed a "payment" app of sorts.
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Big Data is Transforming Sports

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 07:06
Big Data is TransformingThe field of "big data" analytics has come to sport and athletics, with massive implications for sport as we know it.
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China's Xiaomi surges toPhones from Xiaomi still haven't arrived in the U.S., but the company's booming sales in China have been enough to make it the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. Xiaomi reached the ranking,... behind Apple and Samsung, in the third quarter, said research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics on Thursday. The Chinese vendor only began selling phones three years ago but it has quickly risen to become a leading vendor in its home market, by offering feature-packed Android phones at affordable prices. In the third quarter, Xiaomi had a 5.3 percent share of the smartphone market, still far behind second place Apple, which had a 12 percent share, according to IDC. But unlike its rivals, Xiaomi posted triple-digit year-over-year growth in smartphone shipments, of 211 percent, making it the...
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[From In-Car Tech] We're now seeing the first photos of machined Elio engine parts as they prepare for assembly and testing.
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Google wants even third-party Android apps to be able to do searches using "Ok, Google" voice commands, so it's now making it easier for developers to integrate the feature. Now, all devs have to do... is add a few lines of code to their...
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Focused kitty is staring intoWhat could possibly be so interesting? Nothing. Nothing at all. Despite its owner's gentle pokes, this focused cat will not break its ninja stare. At least it's still blinking. Hey, kitty. Are you... seeing ghosts or something? Tony Hawk is still the king of the halfpipe at 46 Jenny Slate has big plans for the tiny Marcel the Shell What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Doug the Pug terrorizes children with cuteness for Halloween
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Android Wear Devices won't beGoogle invited us to check out their new line of Nexus products running Lollipop earlier today. The Motorola Nexus 6 is about the size of the iPhone 6 Plus with a slightly bigger screen and... thicker/heavier profile. On the other hand, the HTC Nexus 9 is smaller than the iPad Air with a 9-inch […]
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Baidu Profit up 27 Percent as Mobile Grows

ABC News - 30 Oct 2014 06:54
Chinese search engine Baidu says quarterly profit up 27 percent as mobile business grows
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Microsoft watch beats Apple to market

USA Today - 30 Oct 2014 06:52
Microsoft watch beats Apple toInvestors will watch the clock Thursday as Microsoft announces its $199 smartwatch          
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A new program launched by the Victorian government is aiming to assist in generating a potential AU$3.5 billion productivity boost by improving the information and communications technology skills... among small and medium-sized business owners.
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6 bromantic moments fromDiscovery's show Rival Survival, which aired Wednesday night, is about as contrived as TV can come, with a concept that is unarguably completely ridiculous Two rival senators from opposite sides of... the political coin get plopped on a deserted island together with only the clothes on their back, three items of their choosing (they chose a slingshot, a machete, and two pairs of goggles) and their wits. After six days and six nights there, they pick these two knuckleheads up and return them to Capitol Hill whether they want them back or not. See also: 12 Things Cory and Shawn Taught Us About True Love
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Australia's two largest telecommunications companies have welcomed the Australian government's approach to legislation forcing them to retain customer data for two years.
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25 stunning photos of the great outdoors

Mashable - 30 Oct 2014 06:35
25 stunning photos of theFrom snowcapped mountains to sleepy city streets at dawn, the world is filled with awe-inspiring landscapes just waiting to be discovered. We partnered with Olympus for this week's Mashable Photo... Challenge, and asked you to send your most breathtaking photos of the great outdoors. Your submissions were outstanding, and included everything from surfboards and sunsets to beaches and bears. See also: 5 Apps for Adventurous Nature Nerds Congratulations to Jamie Williams, who was chosen by Olympus and Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure to win an Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1 Camera and Olympus M.Zuicko Digital ED 12 – 40mm f.2.8 PRO Lens.
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hazeii writes Though legal proceedings following the Snowden revelations, Liberty UK have succeeded in forcing GCHQ to reveal secret internal policies allowing Britain's intelligence services to... receive unlimited bulk intelligence from the NSA and other foreign agencies and to keep this data on a massive searchable databases, all without a warrant. Apparently, British intelligence agencies can "trawl through foreign intelligence material without meaningful restrictions", and can keep copies of both content and metadata for up to two years. There is also mention of data obtained "through US corporate partnerships". According to Liberty, this raises serious doubts about oversight of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee and their reassurances that in every case where GCHQ sought...
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Leveling Up at Electronic Arts

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 06:27
Leveling Up at Electronic ArtsSteady growth in digital games has helped EA steady its results. But big hits still are needed to justify its stock price.
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Legal issues to understand ifFor a business owner, it's complicated enough to stay on top of employment laws when your staff is in one place. However, legal regulations from the federal, state and municipal levels can often... differ from one another, causing issues for multi-state employers. Discrepancies include wages, benefits, discrimination, background checks, medical leave, paid sick leave –- the list goes on. If your headquarters are in one state with satellite offices in another — or if you have employees that work remotely in other states — how can you address compliance for these contradictory laws? See also: The Most Common Employee Lawsuits — and How to Avoid Them
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Flipboard launches 3.0 withFlipboard's new version optimized for phones          
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With cloud technology now ubiquitous, affordable, and easily accessible, can organizations extract even greater efficiency out of their IT processes and maintain competitive advantages over their... rivals?
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Facebook app strategy revealsOf the more than 34,000 Facebook apps on the market, eight tell the tale of Facebook's agenda. The social networking site wants to dominate the world of mobile apps, an expanse that's rich with... opportunities that are sure to reward data-mining prospectors.
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Xiaomi is now the thirdXiaomi has had a great year, both in its home market and in India, where the vendor debuted earlier this year. According to Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi's strong showing in these markets has resulted in... the vendor claiming third spot in the global smartphone manufacturers list, up from number five from just a few months ago.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Michael Bay is planning a movie about Benghazi. God help us all
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Six Great Cameras That Won't Get Checked at a Concert

The Phoblographer - 30 Oct 2014 06:04
Six Great Cameras That Won'tThere are some truly kick ass cameras that won't get checked at concerts. Here are a couple.
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DreamWorks Profit Rises on 'Dragon 2'

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 06:02
DreamWorks Profit Rises onDreamWorks Animation posted higher profit and revenue, driven by "How to Train Your Dragon 2." But CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg wouldn't be drawn into discussing earlier "rumors" of talks with Softbank.
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Gadgetwise: The LatestThe latest version of the Flipboard tablet magazine offers a staff-selected "front page" of stories and a wide range of extremely specialized topics.
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Flipboard's New App Gets Flipboard has been working hard over the last few years to build an app that makes reading stories on mobile and tablet devices as engaging as flipping through a magazine. With the latest version of... its app, users will be able to find and discover content that is relevant to their interests, through the introduction of topics they can follow.
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Flipboard has launched a major redesign of its social-magazine app, adding smarter curation tools using technology from Zite, which it acquired in March, as well as a daily newspaper-style magazine... that…
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Designed to let you "leave your phone in your pocket and miss nothing."
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Raising cryptography's standards

MIT - 30 Oct 2014 06:00
Raising cryptography'sCalculating encryption schemes' theoretical security guarantees eases comparison, improvement.
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Finding the right news to read is hard. That's why hundreds of companies have jumped into the game offering different takes on what you might want to read, and why you might want to read it. Some apps... offer expert-level curation, like Yahoo News Digest, which bundles ten stories into a simple package that comes every morning and evening. Other services like Circa hope to actually rewrite the news into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Then, there's Flipboard, the comparatively ancient older brother that does a great job aggregating news your friends post across all of your social networks. The app boasts 250,000 downloads per day, consistently tops App Store charts, comes pre-installed on a variety of Samsung and Microsoft Surface devices, and...
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Harnessing error-prone chips

MIT - 30 Oct 2014 06:00
Harnessing error-prone chipsNew system would allow programmers to easily trade computational accuracy for energy savings.
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(BioMed Central) Research suggesting air pollutants released by unconventional oil and gas production are well over recommended levels in the US is published today in the open access journal... Environmental Health. High levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde were found. The study is the first to be based on community sampling by people who live near production sites and could be used to supplement official air-quality monitoring programs.
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(Wiley) Regardless of age, frailty is a strong risk factor for dying prematurely after a kidney transplant. The finding, which comes from a new study published in the American Journal of... Transplantation, suggests that patients should be screened for frailty prior to kidney transplantation, and that those who are identified as frail should be closely monitored after the procedure.
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Microsoft Band wearable isMicrosoft's hotly anticipated wearable had a rocky unveiling today, popping up first via its mobile apps rather than in anything official. The company has wasted little time, however, and has... officially taken the wraps off its fitness wearable: the Microsoft Band. Named such for its wristband design, no doubt, the Band is a fitness tracker with an edge, able to …
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BlackBerry Hasn't Learned, CEOBlackBerry's CEO John Chen talks about a traditional approach with the BlackBerry Classic handset. But the smartphone world has moved on and BlackBerry cannot rely on past glories to sell a BB10... powered handset with a new coat of paint.
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Xiaomi Now The World's Third Xiaomi is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker, due in large part to the success of its high-end Mi4, says new research by IDC. This is also the first time that Xiaomi has broken into... the research firm’s list of the top 5 smartphone makers in the world. Samsung remains at the lead despite declining shipment volume, followed by Apple, Xiaomi, and Lenovo and LG, which tied…
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Microsoft outs Band fitnessThe new device's sensors will track heart rate, steps taken, calories burned and sleep, according to a Microsoft privacy statement.
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Although Nintendo reported encouraging Q2 earnings yesterday, the company has been clear about its need to expand into new areas of business. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru... Iwata announced that Nintendo is working on a sleep-tracking device that uses radio waves to monitor users' nighttime activity. The news represents the first solid details we've heard about Nintendo's "Quality of Life (QOL) platform, which Iwata first mentioned back in January with talk of mysterious "non-wearable" technology. Iwata expanded on the concept of "non-wearable" today, saying the sleep-tracking device won't require wearing, contact, operation, waiting time, or installation effort on the part of the user; from a simple...
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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra: iPhone 6Xiaomi's Hugo Barra reveals he is a "huge Apple fan." However, Barra alleges that the iPhone 6 has copied HTC's design sensibilities.
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Google Wallet gets recurringUseful for anyone that's a frequent Google Wallet user, two new features for the payment application are specifically designed to help you keep the Google Wallet account completely funded. The post... Google Wallet gets recurring bank transfers, low balance alerts appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sneaky Verizon is trackingSecurity researchers discover Verizon has been tacking on identifying headers to track customers' web browsing activities, and it has gone undetected for two years.
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Samaritan Twitter app may helpWorried about a friend who's been down and out lately? A new Twitter app warns users if their friends show tendencies of committing suicide. The app monitors people's tweets and uses a special... keyword-searching algorithm.
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Line Revenue More Than Doubles

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 05:34
Line Revenue More Than DoublesLine Corp. of Japan, a developer of a smartphone messaging application, said that revenue from the app more than doubled in the July to September quarter.
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At a briefing earlier today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata explained that the company was now developing a device to monitor sleep and levels of fatigue. However, it didn't sound like it would be a... wearable device -- even though it's the done thing....
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Microsoft officially announcesMicrosoft announced its first wearable Wednesday in a blog post after releasing companion apps for their product, called the Microsoft Band, in the Mac App and Google Play stores earlier in the day.... Rumors about the wearable have been swirling for some time and Forbes reported earlier this month that the band may be released "within weeks." A picture of the Microsoft Band displayed on a Microsoft support page. Image: Microsoft See also: Fitbit CEO: Smartwatches 'lack a purpose' right now With the band, Microsoft will be joining a saturated market filled with businesses competing for the rising number of consumers interested in the quantified self. Lenovo quietly added a wristband tracker to its website this month and then there's the multiple Fitbit options.
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[GamerTell] PC owners can enter the Dragon Age Keep

Technology Tell - 30 Oct 2014 05:27
[From GamerTell] If you're planning to get Dragon Age: Inquisition for your PC, you can now use the Dragon Age Keep to customize your world.
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Giants win World Series behindThe San Francisco Giants won the World Series in an exhilarating Game 7 to close out an exciting, back-and-forth series As has been the case this entire World Series — nay, this entire postseason... — Madison Bumgarner was the hero See also: E-40 and Marlins Man are together at the World Series The Giants scored two runs in the second inning for an early Game 7 lead, but the Royals stormed back in their half of the inning to tie the game and force Giants manager Bruce Bochy to pull 39-year-old starter Tim Hudson — the oldest pitcher to ever start a World Series Game 7 — early In the fourth, the Giants went ahead 3-2 after Michael Morse drove in Pablo Sandoval. That came an inning after Giants rookie Joe Panik made this gem of infield save, which replay review determined ended in a...
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Samsung Q3 net profit tumbles by 49%

ZDNet - 30 Oct 2014 05:21
The release of the Galaxy Note 4 did not save Samsung from a 49 percent tumble in net profit for the third quarter of 2014, with the tech giant pointing to increased smartphone competition and reduced... sale prices for older phones.
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Looking for radio signals (at least those used for communication) makes about as much sense as looking for evidence of telegraph poles on other planets. Considering many star systems out there may be... millions (billions?) of years older than our...
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Samsung's third quarterA regularly filing earlier this month revealed that Samsung's 2014 third quarter profits would show a big stumble over past quarters, with it being expected that the company would be showing... three-year lows. The official quarterly results report is in, and in it we see the same story: in the quarter ending on September 30, Samsung's revenue and operating profit …
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Baidu traffic from mobileIn a sign that more Chinese are relying on their smartphones to go online, local search giant Baidu said its mobile Internet traffic had surpassed traffic from PCs during the third quarter. Baidu,... China's largest search engine, noted the shift in an earnings call Thursday, when the company's CEO Robin Li said its traffic from mobile devices represented over half of the total user traffic. The company's mobile traffic has been steadily growing over the last quarters, at a time when China has become the world's largest market for smartphones. In addition, tablet use may have also contributed to the shift. On Thursday, Baidu said it began bundling in the third quarter user traffic from tablet devices with its overall mobile traffic figures. Tablets had previously been included with the...
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China's Xiaomi Becomes ThirdThe Chinese phone maker leapfrogged LG and Lenovo and now trails only Apple and Samsung in market share.
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Verizon-exclusive Droid TurboVerizon, in partnership with Motorola, unveils the Droid Turbo, a powerful new smartphone that can stand on its own against the best flagships out there.
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Xiaomi, the smartphone of choice in China, just had a really good few months selling phones. According to Strategy Analytics, it reckon the new phone maker is now the third largest smartphone maker in... the world, trailing only Samsung and Apple. Its...
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Microsoft Band fitnessPerhaps ideal for anyone that's interested in tracking fitness goals, the Microsoft Band is a new fitness tracker from the Redmond-based company that looks somewhat similar to Samsung's Gear Fit. The... post Microsoft Band fitness wearable leaks on Mac App Store appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Around A Star System | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 30 Oct 2014 04:48
Around A Star System | SpaceThis space wallpaper shows the sky around the young multiple star system GG Tauri, which appears very close to the centre of this picture.
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[From AppleTell] It's been a little over two weeks since Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel was released, and I'm proud(ish) to say I've played my way through it all...the first time.
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Review from the other side ofHilarious, genre-bending, and imminently playable. The post Review from the other side of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! appeared first on AppleTell.
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Execs From Apple PayThis thing doesn't end
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It's totally okay to eat petsTuesday night's Colbert Report dove into the contentious world of state politics. Specifically, Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, where whether or not it's legal to eat pets is a hot topic.... Recently, a bill to outlaw the consumption of household pets was proposed in Pennsylvania after complaints surfaced that butcher shops were selling dog and cat meat. See also: 11 Times We've Seen the Real Stephen Colbert Of course, people have very different ideas of what classifies as a pet — a point of contention for the National Rifle Association. Adamant that people maintain their right to shoot captive pigeons, the NRA opposed the bill. The vote never ended up happening, so the NRA gets its way, for now
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Never Mind, The Microsoft BandYes, we just got done telling you all about some Microsoft Band rumors, but don't bother with those: The Microsoft Band is officially official. The 10-sensor device, which should last two days on a... charge, will go on sale tomorrow for $199 according to Re/code.
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These pygmy seahorses are soPygmy seahorses are super tiny creatures that have the awesome ability to camouflage. They attach themselves to colorful corals and blend in so seamlessly that I have a hard time picking them out.... What's cool is that even if the pygmy seahorses are descendants of orange seahorses, they can adapt and become purple if that's the only coral nearby.
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Microsoft Takes Another StabThe fitness band will go on sale Thursday and works with iOS, Android devices and Windows Phone, while the cloud service is designed to crunch data from all manner of devices.
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Microsoft Band wearableFor reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called "Band" that is, presumably, the device... expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing …
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Microsoft's fitness tracking ambitions are not small. Yusuf Mehdi is sitting at a conference table at the company's campus in Redmond, WA, crossed legs revealing the sneakers he's wearing, talking to... me on Skype as he swipes through a presentation on his Surface. Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Devices and Services is explaining Microsoft Health, the company's sprawling new project: a multi-platform system for compiling and analyzing all the world's health data. Throughout our...
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Microsoft Jumps Into theMicrosoft is joining the companies who see wearables as a way into the wellness business without all the red tape that comes from being a true medical company.
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Futuristic necklace turnsA new kind of jewellery uses a pico projector to create an interactive play of light across the wearer's neck.
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Metadata of Australians may beThe metadata of Australians is proposed to be stored by telecommunication companies and internet service providers for two years, under new legislation introduced to Parliament by the Australian... government. On Thursday morning, mandatory data-retention legislation, outlined in the Telecommunications Amendment Bill, was introduced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the House of Representatives. See also: Drone used to capture whale's blow off the coast of Australia "Modern communications technologies have revolutionised the ability of people to communicate, collaborate and express themselves," Turnbull told Parliament. "Sadly, however, these same technologies are routinely misused and exploited by serious criminals and people engaged in activities prejudicial to security as a...
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Wallops Launch Site Spared Major Damage

Space News - 30 Oct 2014 04:09
The Antares launch site on Wallops Island suffered some damage from the Oct. 28 Antares launch failure, but escaped major damage.
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What are the effects ofChronic fatigue syndrome is a condition where a person experiences unrelenting fatigue for an extended period. The syndrome has been poorly understood, but a new research study identified three... significant differences between the brains of people with CFS and healthy patients.
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Spartan Apus Launcher conquersChinese company Apus has released its pared-down Android launcher to massive international success. But it's doing it without focusing on the Chinese market. We sat down with founder Li Tao to find... out why.
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'Microsoft Health' App forAs Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an... upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative. In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral, appears to allow users to sync the data on their device to the app for tracking. Another app called Microsoft Health has also been revealed for iOS and appears to include many of the same options as...
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Super-rugged 7-inch ToughpadPanasonic is following up the launch earlier this year of its durable 5-inch Toughpad phablets with a 7-inch version. The new super-rugged tablet, which is aimed primarily at workers in harsh... environments, will land in February with a $1299 price tag. The post Super-rugged 7-inch Toughpad tablet announced by Panasonic appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sick of constant mediaIt’s hard being Verizon sometimes. The poor little wireless carrier and Internet service provider often gets a bum rap in the tech press for its controversial actions on net neutrality and on... enabling the American government’s surveillance programs. To combat these nattering negative ninnies in the media, Verizon has decided to take action and bankroll its own news site where none of those nasty sorts of stories will ever pop up. RELATED: Verizon thinks you’re stupid and Verizon still thinks you’re stupid The Daily Dot reports that the Verizon-bankrolled tech news site SugarString.com is reaching out to hire full-time editors whose job will be to grow the site into a tech news behemoth. There are a couple of catches, however: The Dot’s sources say
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free DropTask - Visual To-Do...
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jyosim writes On Tuesday, Internet2 announced that it will let researchers create and connect to their own private data clouds on the high-speed network (mainly used by colleges), within which they... will be able to conduct research across disciplines and experiment on the nature of the Internet. The private cloud is thanks to a $10-million grant from the NSF. "They will have complete visibility into [the clouds] so they can really treat this as a scientific instrument and not a black box," the project's lead investigator told The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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E-40 and Marlins Man areTalk about #TrueDetectiveSeason2! Talk about a match made in bizarro heaven! Talk about a World Series subplot! For the second straight night, Bay Area rapper E-40 and notorious... rich-guy/jet-setter/baseball fan Marlins Man are seated but feet apart behind home plate at the World Series in Kansas City. It is magical and it is intriguing and it raises so many questions amid the more baseball-related matters of Game 7. See also: Who Is Marlins Man? All About the Mysterious World Series Troll E-40, for the uninitiated, is a legendary Bay Area rapper. He's been in the game since the early 90s, but perhaps had his biggest bout of national fame with the song "Tell Me When To Go" in 2006, when the region's so-called hyphy movement had its 15 minutes of fame. He's also famous for his bizarre, Bay...
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FDA approves new meningitis vaccine by Pfizer

Tech Times - 30 Oct 2014 03:56
FDA approves new meningitisMeningitis B can now be prevented in many case with a vaccine, Trumenba, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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How to Read the Waves

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 03:48
Will this be a wave election? In these uncertain times, when we use a weather metaphor it should be clear. You're either wet or you're not. But it's not clear, because we're using the wrong metaphor.... The Republican tide is coming in this election--the GOP will pick up seats in the House and Senate--but the question remains: How big will the wave be? Will it be a gentle lapping that excites the ankles or will it knock you back and part your hair?
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Looks Like Microsoft Just Whoops! Before Microsoft even got a chance to announce that they’re making a fitness tracking band (a la Jawbone Up, Fitbit Force, etc.), the device’s companion syncing app has found its way... onto the Mac App Store.
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You'll Never Not Know What ToFor everyone out there who's spent a feature-length-film amount of time trying to find something good to watch: What Is On Netflix is about to seriously streamline your selection process. The site... lists streamables, ranked in descending order based on their respective Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB scores. Yay!
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National Australia Bank has seen a decline in its cash earnings for the 2014 full year to September 30, 2014, but the bank remains confident that its technology strategy will help drive success.
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Apple Pay competitor confirms email breach

USA Today - 30 Oct 2014 03:37
Apple Pay competitor confirmsConsortium says addresses connected to pilot program.          
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MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

The Mac Observer - 30 Oct 2014 03:37
MCX Holds Press Conference,MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at... addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead. The Mac Observer Spin: #lolcurrentc
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Visualizations may shapeThere's more to making cities smart than the Internet of Things and the collection of big data. The move to address urban problems like pollution and traffic congestion has shone a spotlight on... instrumenting things like roads, light poles and mobile devices, and seizing insights from the information they generate. But how that data is presented can affect the impact it has and the types of questions that get asked, panelists at the GreenBiz Verge conference said Tuesday. Just as smaller sensors have expanded data collection and big-data tools have made it possible to better analyze information, visualization software is also evolving. That could help to give ordinary citizens a say in how cities are built and run.
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Apps for OS X, smartphones, reveal the device's existence.
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Computer Spies Target GE, Siemens Systems

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 03:30
Computer Spies Target GE,Computer spies targeted control systems made by General Electric and Siemens for water and energy companies since at least 2011, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.
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Downtown Manhattan Lures Creative Firms

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 03:27
Downtown Manhattan LuresLower Manhattan appears to be New York City's next tech and creative hub, with data showing the number of employees in the coveted fields increased 71% in the past five years.
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The Australian Federal Police has admitted that legislation for new mandatory data retention obligations on Australian telecommunications companies could be used to fight online copyright... infringement.
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Sleep apnea affects memory:Sleep apnea can diminish spatial memory formation by disruption REM sleep, researchers find. Study uses video game performance to gauge memory problems.
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Walgreens will happily takeAlthough CVS and Rite Aid both shut off the NFC payment receptors over the weekend, you can still use services such as Apple Pay at Walgreens, which just happens to be one of those two pharmacies’... main competitors. And don’t think that Walgreens doesn’t know this -- its official Twitter account on Tuesday sent out a message letting everyone know that all iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can “use Apple Pay today at any one of our stores.” The company also helpfully posted a link showing you how to find all the Walgreens stores located nearest you, although that link also happened to be for Apple Maps, so you may want to double check with another service before making your drive.
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Who needs a PC? Lenovo's newLenovo added a slew of new Yoga Tablets and here comes one more. Lenovo announces the new Windows 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with an Intel Atom processor and Quad HD screen. The post Who needs a PC?... Lenovo’s new 13-inch Windows Yoga Tablet 2 can do it all appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook gives away homebrewedFacebook has released an open-source tool for monitoring operating system state changes across very large infrastructures, which could help engineers quickly diagnose performance and security issues.... The tool, called Osquery, allows administrators to run SQL-based queries on operating system characteristics stored in a high-performance database, collecting data such as running processes, loaded kernel modules and open networking connections, wrote Mike Arpaia, a Facebook software engineer.
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Microsoft Health available forWe just saw the official Microsoft Band sync app for Mac, which gave us our first look at Microsoft's fitness tracker. Now we're seeing a new Microsoft Health app on Windows Phone, Android and iOS.... These apps allow you to personalize your Microsoft Band and offer fitness tracking thanks to the wearable.
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You can hang Lenovo's newMere weeks after announcing a new roster of Yoga devices earlier in October, Lenovo's at it again with a new 13.3-inch Windows tablet that--like the other tablets--comes with its own keyboard cover.... This tablet hides a potentially neat new trick, however. As you'd expect from Lenovo's Yoga lineup, the new tablet can be used in four modes: the now-usual hold, stand, and tilt form factors, as well as a brand new hang mode. For the latest Yoga maneuver, Lenovo put a hole in the kickstand, allowing you to hang your tablet on a wall for presentations or video viewing.
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Samsung's Q3 earnings draggedGiven intense competition in the global smartphone race, Samsung Electronics reported its third quarter profits, showing a steep decline of almost 60 percent compared to a year ago. Global profits... earned during the quarter is at $3.9 billion, which is in line with the guidance Samsung had issued. Earnings fell by about 20 percent to $45 billion when compared to the same quarter last year.
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Here's Our First Glimpse ofWe'd heard that Microsoft would have a new wearable device soon, and now we may have our first look at the goods. Microsoft already has a companion app on the Mac App Store, which shows what the new... Microsoft Band will probably look like.
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Packs on more RAM and storage than its Android sibling, but lacks the projector.
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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 withEarlier this month we went hands-on with Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows (and Android), which was revealed in both 8-inch and 10-inch iterations. The maker has expanded upon this, introducing... another slate into the lineup: the Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows 13-inch model (not to be confused with the Yoga 2 13). As you'd expect, the big change …
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How to figure out if a dataThe notoriety that comes with taking credit for a data breach is alluring. Declaring a successful data breach can suddenly bring a lot of attention, which is why posting bogus data is attractive. For... companies and organizations, it's a real headache, since an allegation of a breach can immediately pose public relations challenges. "The speed of the news cycle is a lot faster than the speed of the incident response process," said Allison Nixon, a threat researcher with consultancy Deloitte. Nixon wrote a paper describing some non-intrusive techniques for figuring out if a data breach is legitimate. The paper, she said in a phone interview on Wednesday, is intended to allow third parties to get a sense whether a leak is real.
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Lenovo seems to be coming full circle. After knocking our socks off with the original Yoga, a 13-inch Ultrabook whose screen could fold all the way back, the company followed up with a spinoff product... called the Yoga Tablet. Today, the lineup...
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Hot on the heels of the launch of Android and Windows Yoga Tablets, Lenovo unveils a 13-inch model running Windows.
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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Contemplating Taylor Swift's Navel

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 02:58
As to the Lord above with his eye on the sparrow, to a celebrity fashion blogger no detail is too minute to notice. Thus this summer the Cut, as well as Perez Hilton, took note that "There's No Proof... Taylor Swift Has a Belly Button." Notwithstanding the crop tops, slit skirts, and cleavage the 24-year-old singer has been rocking as she molts from vanilla-malted country star to demi-caliente adult pop supernova, they observed, none of her outfits ever discloses the physical evidence that the Snow Queen of Pop was once of woman born. (Specifically of Andrea Gardner Swift, née Finlay.)
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An anonymous reader writes Google today announced it will be hosting the second iteration of its Project Ara Module Developers Conference for its modular device project early next year. The first... event will be in Mountain View on January 14, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. The same agenda will be repeated in Singapore on January 21, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. The company also released a video showing off the first prototype from Project Ara. Until now, all we've seen so far are industrial design models. This one actually boots up.
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Samsung's steep Q3 profitThe Korean electronics giant posts a 74 percent drop in its mobile business operating profits during the September period.
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Telstra has signed a deal with Motorola Solutions that is expected to further the development of the emergency services' LANES capability, which will be trialled during the G20 Leaders Summit in... Brisbane next month.
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It looks like the curtains have been raised early on Microsoft's attempt to join the wearable game. Windows Central points out that sync apps have appeared in the Mac and Android app stores (update:... and Microsoft's), set to personalize and track data...
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The Longest Journey arrivesThe hit point-and-click classic has been soft-launched in Australia and New Zealand, and is coming soon to the rest of the world.
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Alibaba's Underwriters Are Bullish on the Stock

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 02:46
Alibaba's Underwriters AreAnalysts at the investment banks that helped Alibaba Group Holding sell shares in its initial public offering are out with their first recommendations on the stock, and for the most part, they say... "buy."
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Microsoft is expected to unveil its fitness band very soon and the company appears to have leaked its new wearable a little early. A Microsoft Band Sync app has appeared in the Mac App Store today,... indicating that the company's new wearable will simply be named Microsoft Band when it debuts. The application reveals what the Microsoft Band looks like and it's pretty similar to Samsung's Gear Fit with a horizontal display. There's little other information included in the Microsoft Band Sync app listing, but the app does indicate that the band will sync its data to the cloud. Microsoft's fitness band will have some smartwatch features, but it will be primarily focused on fitness activities. We're told the fitness band will track steps,...
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U.K. Investor Mike Lynch Wins Honors at Home, Foes in U.S.

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 02:45
U.K. Investor Mike Lynch WinsH-P has accused Mike Lynch of fraud in connection with its $11 billion purchase of his former company, Autonomy. But in England, Mr. Lynch has reinvented himself, forming a venture-capital firm with... $1 billion to spend.
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Microsoft outs upcomingUpdate: Microsoft has now announced the Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band that does everything described below. It goes on sale Thursday. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its wearable device,... but it seems the company has accidentally published its desktop syncing client to the Mac App Store early. Whoops. The device is called the Microsoft Band […]
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Antares Commercial RocketNASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – Barely a day ago I witnessed the sudden and utter destruction of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket being consumed in a totally unexpected devastating fireball... moments after blastoff from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia at 6:22 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 28. See above […]
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First detailed picture ofNew insight into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast-cancer protein has been released by researchers. The study produced the first detailed working image of an enzyme in a group that... is associated with many types of cancer. The researchers obtained the first crystal structure of a gene-regulation enzyme working on a nucleosome. The image reveals previously unknown information about how the enzyme attaches to its nucleosome target.
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Pebble's Android beta updatedPebble has finally launched its beta app for Android smartphones. The new app is said to be entirely redone from the ground up to be more stable and deliver a better experience to users. Additionally,... there are some new features like a new notifications menu and the ability to end a call straight from your watch without having to pull the phone from your pocket. The app requires Android 4.3 or later to work.
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Is it possible that hearing loss in one infant from a pair of twins can affect the mother's speech to both infants? A new acoustics study zeroes in on this question and suggests that not only is this... alteration of speech entirely possible, but that mothers speak to both infants as if they are hearing impaired.
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Goodbye West Virginia

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 02:38
West Virginia is a red state, and you can blame George W. Bush.
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Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research suggests. The study demonstrates through the playing of a specific video... game that disruption of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory in humans even when other sleep stages are intact.
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Diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as the ketogenic or modified Atkins diet, may reduce seizures in adults with tough-to-treat epilepsy, according to a review of research.
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Talking Taylor Swift With Three Girls Who Code

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 02:32
Talking Taylor Swift WithMarshall Heyman talks with three 17-year-olds from the organization Girls Who Code who interned at the celebrity website Cambio over the summer to assist with its relaunch.
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Confirming its own estimates from earlier this month, Samsung announced tonight that it accumulated an operating profit of $3.9 billion in Q3. That's not a bad haul for most companies in the July to... September period, but last year Samsung proudly...
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Destiny's first expansionOn Wednesday, Activision and Bungie finally announced an official release date for Destiny’s first major expansion, The Dark Below. The paid DLC will be available on December 9th, bringing new... weapons, gear, missions, multiplayer maps and a higher level cap to the immensely popular first-person shooter. DON’T MISS: Destiny review: Lonely planets "Destiny was created as a living universe, which has allowed us to improve the experience post launch in real-time," says Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. "It also gives us insight into the things players are looking for in new content. We've seen from feedback that people want new activities, gear and weapons, and of course the immensely popular Raid. The community helps shape our development decisions and that's
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The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is... today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened. Granted, it is a Samsung site, and since the company has no qualms keeping athletes from using their iPhones (and iPods, for that matter) at events like the Olympics, it stands to reason that they won't trumpet Apple products on their own blog. But this is the history of portable music devices, after all,...
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America's First Website Returns to Life

NBC News - 30 Oct 2014 02:26
America's First WebsiteAmerica's first website has been resurrected by an archival team at Stanford University with a new archival tool.
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HughPickens.com writes "The NYT reports that Naomi Oreskes, a historian of science at Harvard University, is attracting wide notice these days for a work of science fiction called "The Collapse of... Western Civilization: A View From the Future," that takes the point of view of a historian in 2393 explaining how "the Great Collapse of 2093" occurred. "Without spoiling the story," Oreskes said in an interview, "I can tell you that a lot of what happens — floods, droughts, mass migrations, the end of humanity in Africa and Australia — is the result of inaction to very clear warnings" about climate change caused by humans." Dramatizing the science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, the book reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests...
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Skype updated to version 7.1Skype has been updated to support the newly released OS X Yosemite and fix several issues. It is now easier to copy a link in a group chat, or leave the conversation. A few crashes related to video... calls and searching have been addressed as well. You can grab the update from the Skype website. […]
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SNL star Michael Che doesn'tIn the wake of a viral public service announcement video on street harassment released yesterday, Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor and former Daily Show correspondent Michael Che posted a... sarcastic apology for his own catcalling behavior to Facebook then quickly apologized for the post — also sarcastically. See also: The disappointing aftermath of that viral street harassment PSA Che's original post downplays street harassment by referring to it as "statements like 'hi' or 'have a nice day' or 'you're beautiful'" and then compares it to his own struggles as a celebrity fending off adoring fans. About an hour later, Che posted another fake apology to Facebook and Instagram, in which he says that he's "used to taking risks and finding humor in places of discomfort but that's all...
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Why isn't Taylor Swift's"Friday" singer Rebecca Black knows her days of the week, but she's very confused about one major thing: "WHY ISNT 1989 ON SPOTIFY????????" she tweeted Well, we've solved the mystery about Taylor... Swift's missing pop album, which is available to download in digital stores like iTunes and Amazon for less than $13 yet isn't available to stream on popular platforms like Spotify and Pandora. Here's why See also: You can download Taylor Swift's '1989' album for just $0.99 "Due to a decision by the artist, Taylor Swift's new album 1989 is not available on Spotify or any other streaming music service," a Spotify spokesperson told Mashable on Wednesday. "There are over 40 million music fans on Spotify and Taylor Swift has nearly 2 million active followers on [Spotify] who will be disappointed by...
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Samsung Reports Steep Drop in Q3 Results

Re/code - 30 Oct 2014 02:20
Samsung Reports Steep Drop inSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung reported a nearly 50 percent drop in third-quarter profit, as its smartphone business lost ground in an intensely competitive global market. The company reported... a net profit of $4 billion for the quarter ending in September. Revenue fell to $45 billion, off 20 percent from the same time a year ago. The […]
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A group of retailers known as the Merchant Customer Exchange said that it could yet decide to use the technology that Apple Pay relies on to process transactions.
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Movie theaters ban GoogleIt was understood, but it had to be said. Google Glass and other wearable tech capable of capturing video must be stowed when owners of the devices visit movie theaters.
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Listen again to this week'sNot to be confused with St Louis, Missouri restaurant, PanD’Olive, PandoLIVE is our weekly call-in show, hosted by Sarah Lacy and me. In this week’s episode, embedded to listen again below, we go... back to the 90s to talk about Monica Lewinsky and Jerry Yang. We also talk about sexy ebola which, frankly, is the main reason to listen. So, here’s the show… Paul Carr
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10 Taylor Swift song lyricsTaylor Swift can write a catchy breakup song, but you can't exactly call her an expert on other topics. If her latest single, "Welcome to New York," is any indication, Taylor definitely sees the world... through rose-colored glasses. Her brightly colored, sing-songy universe might work for her, but the rest of us have to operate in the real world. See also: New York City, as Defined by Taylor Swift Go ahead and call us haters. At least we know how Romeo and Juliet ends. BONUS: 5 Taylor Swift Songs About Sandwiches Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Verizon Ventures Seeks To Verizon Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Internet, phone, and wireless networking services company, will look to double its portfolio and the capital it invests in startup companies,... TechCrunch has learned. Speaking ahead of his participation in the Made In NY Media Center Demo Day, Verizon Ventures associate director of corporate strategy and development, Tom Constabile, said that…
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Itching to know more about the large-screened Nexus 6? We have you covered. What about HP's new Sprout all-in-one and "Multi Fusion Jet" 3D printer? You bet!
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Unmanned Air Force rocketNext-generation GPS satellite launched, joins orbiting network. Improvements will mean more precise results for GPS users around the world.
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Reddit dabbles in crowdfundingReddit has jumped aboard the crowdfunding train, doing so with the launch of a new website called Redditmade. Like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Redditmade lets users set up funding campaigns for... projects ("You can create almost anything you want ," says Reddit), which users can then fund if they're so inclined. Campaigns that reach their goal in 30 days will survive, …
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Colon Cleansing: 7 Myths Busted

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 02:04
Colon Cleansing: 7 MythsAlthough colon cleanses are touted for removing "toxins" from the body, strengthening immunity and promoting weight loss, there isn't much science to back up these claims.
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Google Project Ara conferenceGoogle's Project Ara is a little more real and tangible today, thanks to a demo video and news of a developers conference. The ATAP group behind Project Ara has announced that the second Project ARA... Module Developers Conference will take place in Mountain...
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EE launches 4G+ service inMobile operator EE has announced that 4G+ has been switched on in London. Described as the next step in 4G technology, or LTE-Advanced, 4G+ supposedly delivers mobile data speeds of 150Mbps to... smartphones. The technology uses EE's 2.6GHz high capacity...
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The Pretty Map Workspace

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 02:00
The Pretty Map WorkspaceMaps aren't just functional objects, they're things of beauty and inspiration. Today's featured workspace highlights maps.
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This week, an actor named Taylor Kitsch announced he's part of the cast for True Detective's second season. For many people, the announcement didn't register; Kitsch is not a household name,... especially compared to Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell, who will play the leads in the HBO anthology's next season.
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A CIO's guide to the future of work

ZDNet - 30 Oct 2014 01:54
Today's digital workplace is constantly inundated with new applications and devices, as tech investment also decentralizes. Top technology leaders are seeking an orderly path to improvement, yet the... the way forward remains more turbulent than ever. Fortunately, there are perspectives that can help.
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What's In A Name: PandoLIVE isFor the past month or so, Pando’s “What’s In A Name?” series has been examining the importance of choosing the right name for your startup or product. You might think, then, that we’d have... taken some of our own advice. For example, before deciding to name our new call-in show PandoLIVE you might think we’d check that there wasn’t already something using that same name. Certainly we […]
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WhatsApp founders received 116 million Facebook shares currently worth nearly $9 billion
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How to clean the leather backThis is a story all about how My Moto X got dirty, but it's clean now And I'd like to take a minute Just sit right there I'll tell you how I cleaned my phone 'cause I likes to share In West Virginia,... born and raised Drinking coffee is how I spend most of my days A couple of speed bumps were up to no good And spilled my java all over the phone and my food ...
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Ready for a new OfficeMicrosoft's next version of Office, likely dubbed Microsoft Office 2016, could debut in the second half of 2015 with a few updates and aesthetic tweaks. Learn more here. The post Ready for a new... Office experience? Microsoft is, with a tentative release set for late 2015 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gunning for Office

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 01:44
The favorite prop in this year's political campaigns isn't an iPhone, a motorcycle, or even a flag. It's a gun. Despite mass shootings in every part of the country--Tucson, Aurora, Fort Hood, Virginia... Tech, Sandy Hook--firearms seem more popular than ever. The contest among candidates to prove which of them is more gun-friendly has literally become an arms race. Here's how they're using their weapons.
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Tomorrow Daily 077: TheOn today's show, we talk about the Antares rocket disaster, how scientists might use hydrogel to create artificial facial muscles in robots, and a ferrofluid art exhibit desperate for your attention.
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rHBa writes According to the BBC scientists at the European nuclear research center CERN have uncovered an archive of images from its first 50 years and are asking for help in deciphering what is... going on in them. Dr Sue Black, who was a key figure in the campaign to save Bletchley Park, said "we believe that much of this information could be crowd-sourced from the CERN community."
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Video: Oysters are fantasticOysters are fun to eat because they're delicious and celebratory and remind you of the ocean. Turns out that last part is especially true because those suckers are just fantastic at filtering out... dirty water. Watch these oysters slurp up the dirty water in the tank in this time lapse and make it all clean.
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YouTube promised that you'd see many videos playing at a brisk 60 frames per second this year, and it looks like the streaming site has made good on its word. While there were a few 60FPS test clips... in the spring, you can now see regular uploads with...
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Extreme Weight Loss, Photoshop Edition

PetaPixel - 30 Oct 2014 01:35
How much weight loss can Photoshop do? As you’ll see in the video above, the answer is “a whole lot”. It’s from one of the stranger Photoshop retouching channels you’ll find on YouTube,... called Real Retouch. The “Photoshop diet” walkthrough starts with a portrait of Japanese TV personality Matsuko Deluxe and proceeds to show how […]
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YouTube now shows newer HD videos at 60fps

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 01:35
Spoiler alert: I'm about to ruin YouTube for you. There's a video below, and once you see it, things might not be the same for you. YouTube is now displaying HD video at a full 60 frames-per-second.... The previous 30 frames-per-second rate is still around for most video, but this is the start of something pretty eyeball boggling. Google has …
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Twitter is reorganizing once again, and with that shift, Twitter's lead of Analytics, Adam Kinney, and VP of Engineering, Jeremy Gordon, are moving on. No word yet on where they're heading, but…
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Hands on with Google's NexusYou can taste the iPad influence in Google’s Nexus 9 tablet. Laying eyes on it for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking Apple made it. The slim bezel and the 4:3 aspect ratio screen are... very iPad, but the display is slightly smaller — 8.9 inches to Apple’s 9.7. At 15 ounces (425 grams), the Nexus 9 just as light as the iPad Air 2. The metallic rim adds the iPad feel, but I noted one important difference: It's easier to hold the Nexus 9 in one hand. I was able to grasp it more or less comfortably with my fingertips on one side and my thumb on the other, but I'm 6'4" (with what I suspect are normal-sized hands for that height) so your mileage may vary here.
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The massive molten lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has threatened homes and businesses on Hawaii's Big Island and is now complicating tourism in the area. With no end to the flow in sight,... authorities, volcano tour companies and locals said they aren't sure how bad it will get.
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Apple Pay rival hacked. HasApple Pay rival CurrentC has been hacked and a number of emails stolen during a testing phase of the new mobile payment service. The news comes as a blow to the MCX, the group behind CurrentC, which... is attempting to build consumer trust before the official launch of the app.
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$1,000 iPhone 5S App for '4KJust over a month ago we shared with you Vizzywig 4K, an app that gives your iPhone 5S 4K video recording abilities... at a price. A price of $1000 to be exact. However, it looks as though i4software,... the company behind Vizzywig has had a change of heart: you can now pick up the app […]
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HelloTel is a brand new social networking app. This app allows users to "check-in" to a hotel much like a user would check-in on location based apps like Foursquare. The user is then also able to see... nearby users who have checked into their hotel as...
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ACM 278: Apple is the NewApple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not... competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.
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Creator of board gameA sad bit of news that’ll have you feeling all kinds of nostalgic: The inventor of the classic board game Operation needs an operation. John Spinello invented a bare-bones version of what would one... day become Operation in 1964. He sold his prototype to a toy invention company for $500. Milton Bradley licensed the idea, and the game of Operation was born. See also: Want to Learn to Code? There's a Board Game for That. Fast-forward to now — some 50 years later — and 77-year-old John Spinello is in a difficult financial situation. Game inventors Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown say Spinello is in need of a medical procedure, so they’ve started a Crowdrise campaign to raise money for his operation
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Google updates more AndroidAs you may know, Hump Day (Wednesday) is Google's grand ol' Android app update day. This week, Google Play Games and Google Wallet both received Material Design makeovers, while Google Docs, Sheets,... and Slides got cleaned up, and Google Camera received a minor little tweak. Play Games goes all Material Design Google Play Games received its big Material Design makeover. It's sporting darker greens than before, and new Game Profile levels and titles that more prominently show off your skills. You can also check out what your friends have been up to by just tapping their faces, and more easily check out saved games.
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Beats by Dre Debuts SpecialApple's Beats by Dre headphones brand is teaming up with Sanrio to offer two special edition Hello Kitty-themed products to commemorate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary (via CNET). Beats has designed... new Solo2 over-the-ear headphones that feature an all-over Hello Kitty print in a signature red, white, and blue color scheme, plus new urBeats in-ear earphones that feature the same colors along with a bow decoration and a matching bow-shaped collector's pouch. The new Hello Kitty x Beats Solo2 headphones will retail for $249.95, while the urBeats will sell for $149.95, a $50 premium over standard Solo2 and urBeat pricing. While both products are listed on the Beats website, they won't be available to purchase until after they debut at the upcoming Hello Kitty Con 2014 on October 30 in Los...
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(Reuters) - Excelitas Technologies Corp, a provider of lighting and sensor components to the health and defense sectors, is exploring a sale it hopes will value it at at least $2 billion, including... debt, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can't Win

TechCrunch - 30 Oct 2014 01:22
Even With The Novel Sprout, HP By all accounts HP announced something truly innovative today. The Sprout by HP is a mind-blowing mash-up of desktop computer, 3D scanner and touchscreen. It effectively pushes the desktop medium... forward more so than anything produced in recent memory. But the Sprout is from HP. Imagine if Apple had announced the Sprout. The media would be going bonkers. Word about it would be on every…
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HBO Explores the 'How' of Streaming Option

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 01:22
HBO Explores the 'How' ofHBO is exploring various routes to offer consumers a stand-alone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through technology partners such as Apple or Microsoft.
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Turning 40

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 01:20
Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. (Questions may be edited or produced by the Gentleman Scholar's subconscious mind.)
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US theaters advised to banA pair of influential US film industry organizations on Wednesday put out word that movie theaters should ban smart watches or eyewear that could be used to record movies.
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IBM dips into Twitter streamTwitter on Wednesday announced a partnership to let computing powerhouse IBM dip into the public stream of tweets to provide businesses with insights for making decisions.
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Road Rave: Why touchscreensAudi is ditching command wheels in favor of touchscreen interfaces for its infotainment, and that got us thinking. Despite seeming newer and more high tech, are touchscreens actually better? As it... happens they actually might not be. The post Road Rave: Why touchscreens are killing the center console command wheel appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Made In NY Media Center Members Demo New Tech

TechCrunch - 30 Oct 2014 01:14
Made In NY Media Center With $3 million in support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the New York Economic Development Corp., and the Independent Filmmaker Project, and private partners like Verizon,... Hearst Corp., and Illy caffe, the Made In NY Media Center has put together a second cohort of companies for its latest Demo Day.
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Twitter Loses a Top Engineer and an Analytics Manager

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 01:13
Twitter Loses a Top EngineerOne of Twitter's key engineers has flown the coop.
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Touchscreen interfaces may make our lives easier, but the things do tend to get smeared with finger oil and whatnot, plus they're notorious for spreading germs. That's why a team of researchers at the... University of Tokyo, led by assistant professor Yasuaki Monnai, have developed the HaptoMime. It's an ATM-like interface that lets the user feel like they're touching a glass screen, when in fact they're touching nothing at all. ..
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Alibaba stock bulls, bearsAlibaba shares could be set up for a huge price swing next week.          
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Murdoch on HBO's Streaming Plan: 'They'll Do Fine'

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 01:07
Murdoch on HBO's StreamingRupert Murdoch joined the chorus of media executives weighing in on HBO, saying it will be challenged to generate significant revenue from its streaming plan but ultimately will "do fine."
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Microsoft Fires Another Set Of Microsoft took an axe to another slice of its employees today, cutting around 3,000 jobs according to Mary Jo Foley. TechCrunch heard through a separate source that the layoffs were imminent, but... was not able to confirm their size. The company released a short statement indicating that it has nearly wrapped “all [of] the 18,000 reductions announced [it] in July.” Today’s…
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The Antares rocket's RussianTwo years before the Antares rocket exploded on its way to space, Elon Musk called its outdated Russian engines "the punchline to a joke." While most didn't blame Kuznetsov, the Russian company that... made the engines for the Antares, for the explosion, the manufacturer felt it necessary to wag its finger at the United States. The Antares, a private, unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences, exploded shortly after taking off at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday night. It was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies intended for astronauts at the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts and crew provisions
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What's the point of Google's Nexus Player?

Mashable - 30 Oct 2014 01:01
What's the point of Google'sWhy does Google’s Nexus Player exist? When the company unveiled its the hockey-puck-shaped device — the first piece of hardware to run Android TV — there was some confusion. Google had tried,... several times, to introduce a way to get its software into the living roomGoogle TV. The Nexus Q. And the latest, best streaming-to-your-TV product, Chromecast. See also: 10 Free Android Apps You'll Use Every Day Chromecast was brilliant: it shrunk the streaming box down to the size of a dongle, it used your phone as the remote control, and it was cheap The Google Nexus Player ($99) comes with a remote control that supports voice, and there's a $39.99 optional game controller. Image: Mashable, Elizabeth Pierson
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HD Pentax-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR

Photography Blog - 30 Oct 2014 01:01
HD Pentax-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6EDRicoh has announced the launch of the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens for Pentax K-mount digital SLR cameras.
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The music industry isBetween 1999 and 2009, US music industry revenues were cut in half, thanks to the demise of overpriced CDs, the advent of cheap, song-by-song downloads, and piracy. Since that time, the bleeding has... stopped, but the industry has yet to bounce back to its heady late-90s heights. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t legally listening to music. According to a new report from App Annie, music listening apps like Pandora […]
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MCX--the coalition of retailers at the heart of recent decisions to block Apple Pay--says it could eventually embrace that technology that drives Apple's brand new payments service. But it seems that... coalition will continue to freeze out Apple Pay--and all other payments services that compete with its own app, known as CurrentC. The post Why So Many American Retailers Are Fighting to Freeze Out Apple Pay appeared first on WIRED.
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You have only two days left toWhen Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh away: 30 of movies and 6 television shows are being removed from Netflix starting November 1st. RELATED: Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 26th... - November 1st Netflix is removing Joss Whedon’s (Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers) brilliant space-western and directorial debut Serenity (2005), based on the too-soon cancelled Fox series Firefly. Other removed movies include The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966), Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980). As for TV, Netflix is removing all Barney, Bob The Builder, Thomas & Friends, and all four seasons of The Magic School Bus in November. Here’s the full list of movie titles expiring on Netflix beginning
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Video: How to Use Lightroom toAutumn is well underway here in the United States, so what better way to honor the colorful season than to share with you a post-production walkthrough by Serge Ramelli that will show you how to make... your seasonal snapshots 'pop' with color. The key to making the most of your autumn photos, says Remelli, is […]
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Three Dos and Don'ts After YouPerformance reviews are already stressful, but when you get sat down and told that you're not doing so hot, it's even worse. Here are three things you should do after your assessment and three things... you shouldn't.
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GOG (formerly known as Good Old Games) have signed a deal with LucasArts to re-release some of our favorite video games of the 1990s. Sam & Max Hit the Road is on the short list with others of that... genre and period presumable slated for future release -- like Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle. The background music of these games were in a way the soundtrack of my childhood . And I can't get enough. No matter how cheesy it might be out of context.
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The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. It's... made by UK-based developer GForce...
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Apple plans to drill for iPhone sales in Iran

Cult of Mac - 30 Oct 2014 00:58
Apple plans to drill forWith China, India and Korea all representing growing markets, Apple’s expanding into more countries than ever here in 2014. One place you’d be forgiven for not expecting Tim Cook and co. to show... up in, however, is Iran. It seems…
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Tony Hawk is still the king ofTony Hawk is a freak of nature. The Patron Saint of Skateboarding may have turned 46 in May but that clearly isn't slowing him down. Hawk recently uploaded a video of himself hitting the halfpipe, and... needless to say it’s pretty sick. Fun Fact: Tony Hawk retired from skateboarding competitions 15 years ago. Yup, 15 — we’re all old. Jenny Slate has big plans for the tiny Marcel the Shell What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Doug the Pug terrorizes children with cuteness for Halloween A few things to consider before dressing up your dog on Halloween
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Questions, Answers About Hawaii Lava Flow

ABC News - 30 Oct 2014 00:58
Questions, Answers AboutQ&A: What can be done about sometimes unpredictable lava creeping through Hawaii town?
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The swipe left or right method of match making has helped Tinder rise in popularity since its debut two years ago. In a report from The New York Times, we get a glimpse at just how folks are using the... app. In the aforementioned time frame, the mobile...
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schwit1 writes with news about a flying defibrillator designed by a Dutch student. A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an "ambulance drone", a flying defibrillator able to reach... heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). "Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive, the main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes,"
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Buyer's Guide: 20% Off iTunesIn celebration of Halloween, which takes place on Friday, retailers are offering some significant discounts on their products. Mophie, for example, is offering 20 percent off all of its products with... the promo code LIVINGDEAD, with the discount valid until 11/2. Speck is offering a similar deal, providing customers with 20 percent off all products aside from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases with the promo code TRICKORTREAT. Speck's deal will last until 10/31. Griffin is offering 20 percent off all products sidewide using the promo code SPOOKY20. The sale will last through the end of the week. Along with those three deals, PayPal Digital Gifts is offering 20% off iTunes cards from eBay, dropping the price of a $25 card to $20, a $50 code to $40, and a $100 code to $80. The codes are delivered...
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Mexico Archaeologists ExploreMexico archaeologists reach end of Teotihuacan tunnel, find offering and 3 chambers beyond
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Apple tells developer to killApple might have a new groove, but that doesn't mean the company doesn't still make head-scratching policy decisions regarding what functions and features iOS apps are allowed to have. Developer James... Thomson shared on Twitter that his award winning, best-in-class calculator app for iOS, PCalc, will have to remove its new iOS 8 widget functionality in order to remain in the App Store. See also: 10 Apps That Make the Best Use of iOS 8 PCalc is a robust scientific calculator app with tons of features. With iOS 8, the app adds a new Notification Center widget that allows the user to access a basic calculator without launching the app.
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MCX says CurrentC is lessThe company behind CurrentC, an in-store mobile payment system backed by some of the biggest retailers in the U.S., attempted on Wednesday to play down a growing controversy over whether its backers... could accept Apple Pay. Dekkers Davidson, CEO of Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), said its members, which include retailers such as Walmart, Shell, 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, Sears, Old Navy, Best Buy, Exxon Mobil and Gap, are free to make their own decisions on payment systems. The comments, which came in a conference call, represented the first time MCX had addressed a sudden flood of online criticism about its technology. Formed in 2012, MCX had existed largely unnoticed until last week when two of its members--drug store chains Rite Aid and CVS--abruptly stopped accepting Apple Pay and...
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Machine Learning: BluetoothAn update made in 2010, also called Bluetooth 4.0, uses less power and has better pairing capability.
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Twitch: Put some clothes on,With a ban already in place forbidding crazy liquor and cheeseburger parties while streaming, Twitch calls for an end to the shirtless circuses that distract viewers from video games. If it's... unbearably hot in your home, crop your webcam to your face, says Twitch.
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First Look: HP pushes into 3-DNew immersive Sprout computing system merges physical and digital worlds.          
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Bits Blog: IBM Teams Up WithThe partnership seeks to harness Twitter messages as a way for businesses to make decisions based on real-time trends among the social network's users.
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Not a scratch! Take a lookA lucky customer in San Diego, California recently had a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse delivered to him. Luckily, a photographer named Spencer Berke was there to document to unwrapping process.... The post Not a scratch! Take a look inside Bugatti’s Grand Sport Vitesse delivery process appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Glass, wearablesIn an update to their joint policy on piracy, the MPAA and NATO have agreed that any and all recording devices must now be stowed away during a movie. That's not new, but this is the first time their... policy specifically addresses wearable tech. On a "mainstream" level, those Google Glass owners will have to take their headwear off -- …
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Movie industry yells 'Cut!' onThe dictum, "Please turn off all cell phones" at your local movie theater may soon be expanded to include Google Glass, smartwatches, GoPros, life-logging cameras, and a cast of thousands of other... wearables. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners, which represents 32,000 screens across the U.S., have issued a zero tolerance policy on wearable devices capable of recording video, due to concerns over piracy. Both groups already had a policy that all phones must be silenced and put away at show time. But all other recording devices, which would include wearables, must also be turned off and put away, the groups said Wednesday in an update to their policy.
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Room for Debate: Hacking Sexism in Tech

The New York Times - 30 Oct 2014 00:44
Room for Debate: HackingWhat can be done to eliminate both subtle and blatant discrimination against women in the tech industry?
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Earhart Search: UnderwaterThe hunt for Amelia Earhart's lost plane will continue next summer. A team will investigate an underwater "anomaly" detected off the coast of the tiny Pacific atoll Nikumaroro. The group thinks it... could be the wreckage of Earhart's aircraft.
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Apple: Widgets Can'tApple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget. The Mac Observer Spin: This is a... disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.
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Steve Ballmer on His New LifeNine months after Steve Ballmer retired as Microsoft's CEO, two things are clear: He retains his intense enthusiasm for the software giant and he's applied a whopping dose of it to his new passion,... the Los Angeles Clippers.
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NBA Stars Aren't Superheroes

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 00:34
When the Cleveland Cavaliers open their season at home on Thursday night, fans will once again gaze upon a 10-story-tall, Nike-sponsored banner of Akron's favorite son, LeBron James. The new... LeBronvertisement will hang in the same spot that James' iconic "We Are All Witnesses" billboard fluttered until a certain ill-fated television special in 2010, and its presence will suggest a righted universe. Basketball's greatest living practitioner is back where he belongs, looming godlike over his adoring city. It will be a welcome sight for both Cleveland and the NBA itself, a league whose players have recently been dropping like--well, if not flies, at least mortal beings.
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RIP, Drain Brain: ExperimentsWhen a private rocket exploded just after launch Tuesday (Oct. 28), science experiments developed by students, professional researchers and private companies went up in smoke.
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The Privacy Lowdown On VerizonThis week, researchers discovered that smartphone carriers have started inserting a unique code into their customers' network activity so that their customers can be tracked as they browse the Web and... use smartphone apps; Verizon uses a customer's unique tag to deliver personalized ads to users, and AT&T plans to do the same. But the telecom giants are doing the tracking in a "boneheaded" way, said privacy scholar Jonathan Mayer: the code is publicly broadcast, meaning it's not just the wireless carrier who can use the code for tracking purposes but anyone who intercepts the information sent, including the website the person is visiting, any third parties on that site, or perhaps an all-seeing entity like the NSA, which famously used unique cookies placed by Google to target people for...
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CurrentC, Retailers' Trial Payment System, Is Hacked

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 00:31
CurrentC, a payments system backed by retailers that rivals Apple's new offering, said hackers stole the email addresses of some people participating in the consortium's pilot project.
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Asteroid-Mining Tech AmongPlanetary Resources' Arkyd 3 technology demonstator was aboard the Cygnus cargo craft destroyed by Tuesday's rocket explosion.
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Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge is another entry in the Tilt to Live game series. This time, the arrow travels through a side-scrolling obstacle course picking up pointonium as it goes along. The... three main courses are filled with spiked walls, fire...
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Everyone likely has a few photos sitting on their iPhone they’d rather nobody else see, whether it’s embarrassing selfies, poorly filtered or edited pics, a picture of a receipt or personal... paperwork, or anything else in the realm of private photos. Those pictures can make showing someone another picture on your iPhone (or iPad) an ...
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Unlucky Kids Lost Their SchoolWatching the unmanned Antares rocket explode after lift-off last night was devastating, but the loss was especially tough for a handful of school-kids across the US and Canada. In addition to the... thousands of pounds of supplies onboard were projects they designed for the space journey.
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Jenny Slate has big plans forJenny Slate, the brains (and squeaks) behind the YouTube sensation Marcel the Shell, visited Ellen Tuesday to share some big developments for the tiny shell Couple Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp... published the third video installment to the series on Oct. 20, and then unveiled a new book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been. Slate topped off her interview with some quality storytelling involving a seaman showing up at her home and her dad letting out a squeak kind of like, well, Marcel. Gather 'round the campfire, Internet. Tony Hawk is still the king of the halfpipe at 46 What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Doug the Pug terrorizes children with cuteness for Halloween A few things to consider before dressing up your dog on Halloween
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Hands-on with the best (andQuicksilver is extremely easy to use for its basic app launching function, but it can do so much more. The post Hands-on with the best (and free) Mac app launcher hardly anybody uses appeared first on... AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] The Quicksilver Mac app launcher allows you to do all sorts of things with files: move, copy, rename, delete, and navigate your entire file system.
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Young Fathers win the 2014LONDON — Young Fathers have won the 2014 Mercury Music Prize at a ceremony at the Roundhouse in London with their album Dead. They beat off competition from 11 other shortlisted acts to scoop the... £20,000 (about $32,000) prize. See also: 33 Musical Earworms You Can't Escape This year's shortlist was a typically mixed bunch, covering a range of genres. Guitar bands were present in the form of Bombay Bicycle Club and Royal Blood, FKA Twigs represented R&B pop, and GoGo Penguin covered off the token jazz slot. Damon Albarn, Anna Calvi, East India Youth, Polar Bear, Nick Mulvey, Jungle and Kate Tempest completed the line-up.
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That neck beard freaks me out

The Loop - 30 Oct 2014 00:22
Much respect to all the participants of the 2014 World Beard and Mustache Championships. But holy shit, that neck beard is scary as shit.∞ Read this on The Loop
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If Washington Hips to Indie Rock

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 00:21
Listen to Episode 125 of Slate's The Gist:
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Chris Christie delivers a veryNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has further solidified his place as the king of the political heckler takedown. When a man held up a sign denouncing New Jersey's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts during a... commemoration event in Belmar on Wednesday, Christie had some choice words See also: Chris Christie Shows Jimmy Fallon Every Embarrassing Dad Dance Move On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Christie was busy touring the parts of the state most affected by the 2012 storm. During a stop in Belmar, a beachside town that experienced extensive damage during Sandy, Christie defended his handling of the recovery efforts.
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Hands on: HP's Sprout wants toHP's Sprout is an ambitious desktop PC with a built-in 3D scanner and touch mat, which make it more intuitive to create and design on your desktop. The post Hands on: HP’s Sprout wants to be your 3D... creation station appeared first on Digital Trends.
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It was just over a year ago that infamous UK street artist Banksy began a self-described "residency" in New York City, creating a series of whimsical and increasingly bizarre public artworks... throughout the five boroughs. Now that epic stunt, which went on for a month, is getting its own HBO documentary. Banksy Does New York will premiere on HBO on November 17th, but will be available on HBO Go early, beginning this Friday, October 31st (Halloween). The documentary is made up entirely of clips of user-generated footage of Banksy's artworks assembled by director Chris Moukarbel, a New York native. The fact that a documentary on public art featuring publicly-posted footage is only going to be available to subscribers of a paid cable network...
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These Printable Camera DesignsDigital download store Caravan Shoppe has a new product called the Click Click Camera Pack. It’s a set of printable camera designs that are designed for kids crafts and decor. The pack includes over... 30 different camera options with 4 basic camera designs, including black and white versions that kids can color themselves before assembling. […]
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Your Least Favorite Airline: Spirit Airlines

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 00:15
Your Least Favorite Airline:When it comes to flying the unfriendly skies, there are tons of airlines you're better off avoiding, but some stand out more than others. Last week we asked for your least favorites , and then put the... five worst airlines to a vote. Now, close to 14,000 votes later, we're back to highlight the one you disliked the most.
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Pope Francis Speaks Out onDespite making headlines, Pope Francis's statements in support of evolution and the Big Bang are really nothing new, Catholic theologians and scientists say.
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Dear Bride-to-Be: Tips from aHaving worked on many bridal shoots as a model and involved in several real weddings before, I've picked up some things that I hope might help a few others. If you're part of the wedding industry then... please feel free to share this tongue in cheek guide with your clients, whilst understanding that although it's […]
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It's fascinating to see that people in different parts of the world get things so wrong about their own country.∞ Read this on The Loop
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North Korean officialsIf you thought his recent health issues had mellowed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, think again The regime has reportedly executed 10 party officials for watching South Korean soap operas, according... to South Korea's Yonhap News, a publicly funded company. These executions are just the latest in a long string of purges ordered by Kim to get rid of political opponents See also: Australian Documents Life 'Inside the Strangest Nation on Earth' Two South Korean lawmakers, Lee Cheol-woo of the ruling Saenuri Party and Shin Kyong-min of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, revealed the executions to Yonhap News, but did not specify who the victims were or when they were killed. They also said that Kim disappeared last month because of an operation on his right ankle to...
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As a member of Slate Plus, you're reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
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Stopping Ebola: How SmallSmall changes in the way Ebola interventions are carried out may make a big difference in curbing the growth of the epidemic in West Africa, experts said this week.
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daten writes A coalition of security companies has hit a sophisticated hacking group in China with a heavy blow. The effort is detailed in a report released today by Novetta. The coalition, which... calls itself Operation SMN, detected and cleaned up malicious code on 43,000 computers worldwide that were targeted by Axiom, an incredibly sophisticated organization that has been stealing intellectual property for more than six years. The group united as part of Microsoft's Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) campaign against Hikit (a.k.a. Hikiti), the custom malware often used by Axiom to burrow into organizations, exfiltrate data, and evade detection, sometimes for years.
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Concrete Sustainability HubEngineer studies materials' role in manufacturing and infrastructure.
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Basepro review: 4TB storage built into a dock

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 00:10
Basepro review: 4TB storageDocks and stands for your computer are easy to come by, and each offer a different take on the same thing. Get your computer off the ground, possibly displaying the screen, maybe even giving you a... better ergonomically sound angle to type at. Basepro, currently being funded on IndieGoGo, is in that category, but packs a little something extra under …
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HP sprouts an all-in-one PCHP has unveiled an all-in-one computer that adds both a projector and a 3D scanner. The Sprout is aimed at developers who could find interesting ways to use the new technology.
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Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning introduced legislation that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years.
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The U.S. Air Force successfully launched another Boeing-built positioning, navigation and timing satellite Oct. 29, just days after saying first of its next-generation GPS satellites, developed by... Lockheed Martin, is now expected to launch in December 2016.
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Google Drive gets Material Design with latest update

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 00:09
Google Drive gets MaterialIt looks like the Material Design makeover is continuing in full force. Google Drive received an update today, bringing with it some subtle design tweaks as well as new animations.
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SmartThings adds Windows PhoneJoining the existing iOS and Android apps, SmartThings' new Windows Phone application opens up the platform to an even wider population of smart-home enthusiasts. The post SmartThings adds Windows... Phone support to its home automation hub appeared first on Digital Trends.
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If your 4K project will be beamed onto millions of TVs or movie screens, "close enough" color accuracy won't cut it. LG wants to help with the 31MU97 Display Cinema 4K monitor, a 31-inch, 4,096 x... 2,160, 19 x 10 ratio display with 10-bit color that...
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Soon, you'll be able toRather than having to search through apps like Yelp, soon you'll be able to simply wake up your phone with the "OK, Google" command that's baked into Google Search and use your voice to search useful... information. Once developers update their apps with just a few short lines of code that Google is allowing, you'll be able to perform voice searches like "Ok, Google. Find me the nearest pizza place on Yelp" all without having to touch your screen.
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Android Lollipop and theIf you'd not heard already, Google is bringing on Android 5.0 Lollipop sooner than later. Maybe not to your smartphone if it's not new enough, but for those of you that just purchased a Nexus 6... earlier today - you're in luck. Sort of. Today's revelation is that with this update, carriers will be able to have Google Play install …
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[From GamerTell] What were those Skyrim dwarves thinking?
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Go "Leaf Peeping" with These Autumn Wallpapers

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 00:00
Go 'Leaf Peeping' with TheseThe weather may be getting colder, but it's totally worth it for the view. Keep autumn alive on your desktop with these wallpapers.
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Ricoh has announced the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR standard zoom. Covering an equivalent range of 24.5mm to 130mm, this lens uses Pentax's HD coating to cut down on flare and ghosting and... offers a weather-resistant construction. It will be available in November for $749.95/£599.99. 
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The best way to stay on a budget is to keep a running log of your expenses; that (and taxation entities like the IRS) is why so many companies require their employees to keep detailed records of... exactly what they spend. But many of the expense...
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Picture of the Day: Square Roots

Twisted Sifter - 29 Oct 2014 23:58
Picture of the Day: SquarePhotograph by question_ev3rything on reddit   Spotted in Guangzhou, China is this resilient tree, whose roots have grown in and around the surrounding sidewalk blocks. The photo was taken by reddit... user question_ev3rything who posted the image to the mildlyinteresting subreddit.   via question_ev3rything on reddit      
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Farewell plasma TV: TheLG has announced it will no longer make plasma displays, essentially marking the end of an era. With no more major manufacturers outputting plasma displays, many reports and analysts have claimed the... technology is now dead. After four decades of ups and...
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George R.R. Martin doesn'tClearly, George R.R. Martin does not know his Game of Thrones characters. The author stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday to talk about the upcoming season of the show and was quizzed on... A Song of Ice and Fire trivia by Meyers and Amy Poehler See also: Mind-Blowing 'Game of Thrones' Theory Shakes Up Westeros As it turns out, Ygritte didn't say, "You know nothing, Jon Snow." That was the Winterfell math tutor, Mrs. Puddlefinch. Read the books, people. Martin also offered a few of thoughts on how he would improve the design of HBO's Iron Throne. As Meyers notes in the interview, Martin's is "a lot more kickass."
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Free food, beer, video gamesThese days if you don't have a sleep pod and free breakfast, you are working for the wrong employer. With companies offering a range of goodies to entice the best employees, slogging it out in a... cubicle in a grey-walled office is no longer an option. Mashable chatted with the tech companies making waves in the benefit-stakes in Australia. You'll never fight over the post-it notes again. If you've been thinking of moving into the tech field, the promise of free food and day spas should give you the final push. Hello, geek life. Google Australia Google Sydney reception. Image: Google A list like this wouldn't be complete without including the mothership of employee happiness. Google is known for their innovative workplace culture and the office Down Under is pulling all the moves.
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The world is now safer andThese series of statistical graphics show that, while there's still plenty of war, hunger, sickness, and poverty in the world, things are much better than what they were only a few decades ago--not to... talk about centuries ago. We are still far from utopia, but the data is stubborn: We are getting there. Fast.
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Twitter Sees Two More Exec Two more executives have left Twitter: Jeremy Gordon, the vice president of engineering, and Adam Kinney, a senior manager who led the company’s analytics team. The news was first reported in... CNBC. That report also cited an unnamed source who claimed that some of the company’s engineers are concerned about a lack of clarity in the Twitter’s product vision. (The…
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Critic's Notebook: The TerrorIt's good to be scared: Simple, pleasing terror returns in Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within and P. T.
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The internet has disrupted media in much the same way it has manufacturing of smartphones or the IT business, says Ben Thompson -- value has moved to the edges, to specialized…
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BlackBerry hoping classicAs BlackBerry prepares to launch the Classic (Q20), the company's CEO pens an open letter to customers new and old. BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants consumers to step away from trends and fall in love... with a smartphone that pays homage to the handset maker's golden era.
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'Star Wars' characters invadeEwoks at the zoo? Photographer Thomas Dagg superimposes symbols from "Star Wars" onto real-life situations, with compelling results.
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British company Tiger Log Cabins has stepped up just in time for Halloween to offer a fortified cabin that sports everything required to fight the undead, including off-grid technology, entertainment... facilities, and even some heavy weaponry. ..
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Russian rocket enginesCrews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to... send supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.
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jfruh writes The Xerox Alto is a computer legend: it was never sold to the public, but its window-based OS was the inspiration for both the original Mac operating system and Windows. Now you can check... out its source code, along with code for CP/M, a similarly old school (though not graphical) operating system.
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You'd be forgiven for being skeptical of Google's Project Ara -- for all the prototypes and partnerships, actually spotting a working unit has been a gigantic challenge. You won't have to jump through... hoops to see one after today, thankfully. The...
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Basically no one had heard of CurrentC last week. But as of Saturday, that all changed: everyone now knows it as the reason that big retail stores like Walmart and Best Buy aren't letting you use... Apple Pay. CurrentC is those stores' own mobile payments app, and it was created specifically for them and many other retailers by the company MCX, which was formed just for that purpose. MCX is now under some criticism because its partners are blocking Apple's new payments system, even though they have the technology to support it. It's also in damage control mode after announcing earlier today that some of its users' email addresses had been stolen in a hack.
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This is the vault where KFCIn a random hallway inside the KFC headquarters, inside their legal department, across from a copy machine, next to a shelf that stores three stacks of paper and possibly the saddest Keurig machine in... existence is... a broom closet. Or well, that's what it looks like. It's actually the vault that hides KFC's biggest secret: the Colonel's Original Recipe.
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Alibaba's Jack Ma Romances Hollywood

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:47
Alibaba's Jack Ma RomancesJack Ma's tour of Hollywood this week is taking him to studio lots and an NBA game, but he isn't just sight-seeing.
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Apple Pay rival CurrentC hitDoubts linger on the security of the controversial CurrentC payment app. Meanwhile, HP's Sprout targets creative minds and the Bitmoji app turns you into emoji.
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You've never watched YouTube quite like this: today the company began rolling out support for higher video frame rates like 60fps. We've seen movie trailers and other special clips appear with higher... fps counts before, but now it works for regular user uploads, too. To see the smoother motion, you'll need to be watching in either 720p or 1080p HD. Both Chrome and Safari 8 worked fine in our tests, but we're seeing mixed results with mobile browsers. Once you hit play, the difference is immediate and hugely noticeable -- especially when you're watching video game footage. There are plenty of situations where faster frame rates can make a huge difference, but it's easy to spot the upgrade with gaming content. For years, YouTube uploads...
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White House down: UnidentifiedUnidentified hackers have breached the the White House computer network. Russians are suspected. The post White House down: Unidentified hackers breach US government computer security appeared first... on Digital Trends.
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YouTube Can Now Play Videos At After years of capping video playback at 30 frames per second, it looks like YouTube is finally upping the bar. Back in June, YouTube announced that 60 FPS video playback was on the way in “the... coming months”. Alas, the only examples of this to pop up since were a handful of EA game trailers that YouTube handpicked to showcase the new, ultra-slick framerate. Sometime in the past…
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Fatter crash-test dummies areCrash-test dummies may have it tough, but they'll at least get to ignore their diet for a while, with fatter Americans leading safety kit specialists to boost the size of the fake drivers and... passengers used for collision testing. Dummy maker Humanetics is adding more than 100 pounds to its adult model, taking it to 270 pounds in total and …
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You can play games on Twitch. You can watch people play games on Twitch. You can watch fish play games on Twitch. You can watch people write news reports on Twitch. And now, there's a section where... you can watch people make games on Twitch. A new "Game Development" category features people who are building or modding games, whether that's doing coding or drawing concept art. The options for picking what to stream on Twitch are already pretty open, but a dedicated way to find developers raises the visibility of anyone who wants to do it. Polygon reports that this went live on October 16th, after the idea was suggested at PAX Prime at the end of August. Right now, the overall category has 17 channels with a total of about 700 viewers,...
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9to5Toys Last Call: theBe sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: The thinnest iPhone... 6/Plus cases we've found so far and some that are just thick enough to prevent 'camera wobble' Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic for Mac/PC/iPad (w/ adapter) $40 shipped (orig. $100) 1080p LED […]
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Apple shares hit new all-timeBuoyed by expectation-defying earnings, Apple Pay, and an apparently insatiable demand for the iPhone 6, AAPL stock closed Wednesday at a new all-time split-adjusted high of $107.3. Apple was trading... at $92 at the time of the 7-to-1 split, which means…
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How a Simple Messaging AppWith mid-term elections in our own country less than a week away, the recent protests in Hong Kong over proposed changes to Hong Kong's political system are a jarring reminder of the paramount... importance of freedom of speech in any democratic process, abroad or at home. And while recent events may have brought both parties back to the bargaining table, it wasn't the renewed friction between the members of the "umbrella revolution" and police that ultimately doused the government's efforts to contain the demonstrators... It was a smartphone app. A hybrid of the popular messaging apps Snapchat and Whisper, what distinguishes FireChat from its 'chatty' competitors isn't how it conceals your activity on the Internet; it's that FireChat does away with the Internet completely. Built by the San...
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Driven by GTA Online'sAhead of the re-release of Grand Theft Auto V for newer consoles, the game maker's fiscal second-quarter earnings shed light on its growing online business.
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Dubai's Newest Twin TowersEconomic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won't give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are... already being touted as the world's tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because Dubai sounds like doobie? Sigh.
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Major cyber attack ahead,As the White House reports it was recently targeted by cyber criminals, a new report asserts a large-scale attack will rock the U.S. before 2025. Some of the study's respondents indicated such a cyber... attack has already occurred.
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A 'smart' deodorantTwo actual rocket scientists have designed the next-generation deodorant application system, and it's not as ridiculous as it sounds.
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Watch: Investigation intoOfficials look to figure out what caused the launch of a cargo rocket to fail six seconds after liftoff.
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Anthony Davis' NBA-openerImagine a basketball-playing pterodactyl with the agility of Scottie Pippen, high-post skill of Kevin Garnett and lankiness of one of those giant blow-up men that flop around in the breeze outside of... used-car dealerships That's Anthony Davis. He's an athletic freak of nature and the next NBA superstar Davis has been hyped as a-superstar-in-waiting for some time, and in his first game of the new NBA season on Tuesday's opening night he delivered big-time. Just how majorly did he deliver? Try 26 points, 17 rebounds, nine blocks, two assists, three steals and zero turnovers on for size — as captured in the video above. And all this from a 6-foot-10 young man who just turned 21 years old in March
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'Richie Rich' live-actionClassic cartoon character Richie Rich is coming to Netflix — in live-action form AwesomenessTV's half-hour comedy series Richie Rich has been picked up by the streaming network. The children-geared... comedy, starring Jake Brennan in the titular role, will be available in early 2015 See also: 'Magic School Bus' Rides to Netflix for a Reboot The show's premise on some level follows exactly what we've come to know about the character, portrayed first as a 1950s comic book, later as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon and then on film by Macaulay Culkin in 1994: a rich kid gets to do rich kid things. But on the new TV series, Richie is a self-made trillionaire who enjoys the spoils of success after inventing and selling a new green technology. The 21-episode series follows his adventures
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Check out this trailer forOn Tuesday, Netflix released the trailer for its ambitious and very expensive new original series Marco Polo. With a massive budget, Netflix is hoping this series -- based on the famous 13th century... explorer -- will have subscribers follow along on his journey. MORE NETFLIX: Netflix has announced 3 new shows that cord cutters will love - here are the details According to The New York Times, it cost an estimated $90 million dollars to produce the 10-episode series, which would make the average episode cost a staggering $9 million dollars. Netflix wants to take advantage of the popularity of HBO’s Game of Thrones by mixing healthy amounts of sex and violence alongside Marco Polo’s historic travels. Just judging from the trailer, the look and
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A massive success: 10 years ofCan a game really have something for everybody? As the latest expansion prepares for launch, we speak to Ion Hazzikostas about the history and future of the game that has ruled the MMO roost for an... entire decade.
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What is Orbital Sciences?

Phys.org - 29 Oct 2014 23:30
What is Orbital Sciences?NASA pays it billions. Its rockets sport mythical names like Minotaur and Pegasus. And its $2 billion deal to resupply the International Space Station had gone well--until this week.
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Lucas123 writes HP today announced an 3D industrial printer that it said will be half the cost of current additive manufacturing systems while also 10 times faster, enabling production parts to be... built. The company also announced Sprout, a new immersive computing platform that combines a 23-in touch screen monitor and horizontal capacitive touch mat with a scanner, depth sensor, hi-res camera, and projector in a single desktop device. HP's Multi Jet Fusion printer will be offered to beta customers early next year and is expected to be generally available in 2016. The machine uses a print bar with 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million drops a second of thermoplastic or other materials onto a print platform. The Multi Jet Fusion printer uses fused deposition modeling, an additive...
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Google Gives Bookmarks anChrome: What was formerly known as Google Stars--before it was pulled from the Chrome Web Store --is now the Bookmark Manager extension, which makes bookmarks more powerful with improved search,... bookmarks by topic, and the ability to share them anywhere.
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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Slate - 29 Oct 2014 23:29
Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions... succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
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Stick a fork in CurrentC. It's done.

Mashable - 29 Oct 2014 23:29
Stick a fork in CurrentC. It'sWalmart, Rite Aid, CVS and other major retailers had an almost passable argument for blocking their customers from using Apple Pay, Apple’s nascent but uber-hot mobile wallet solution. After all,... the retailers — more than 50 in all — are part of a group called the Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX), which is working on its own competing mobile payment system CurrentC. That seemed reasonable. At least until today. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the CurrentC pilot program — the thing hasn't even officially launched yet — had suffered a bit a of a breach, and now email addresses belonging to early-adopter customers had possibly fallen into the hands of bad guys.
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Twitter's executive shakeupIn yet another high level shakeup at Twitter, two more executives are reportedly leaving the company. Jeremy Gordon, Twitter's VP of engineering and Adam Kinney, who heads up analytics, are stepping... down from Twitter's engineering team, the two announced Wednesday. See also: It's More Than Just Ali Rowghani: A Look at Who's Left Twitter Gordon, who came to Twitter in 2012 after the company acquired his startup, was promoted to VP of engineering earlier this year. He announced his resignation on Twitter, thanking CEO Dick Costolo, but did not provide a reason for his departure. It's been an amazing two years @twitter. Thank you so much to @dickc and @aroetter for believing in me but it's time for the next adventure! — Jeremy Gordon (@JeremySF) October 29, 2014
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Russian Rocket EnginesRussian engines suspected in commercial rocket explosion; 'In no way are we discouraged'
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Microsoft announced a trio of new cloud data services on Wednesday aimed at stream processing and data pipelines. They're not revolutionary, but they appear to have their own advantages, and they…
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Baidu Posts Higher Revenue on Mobile Strength

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:25
Baidu Inc. posted a 52% revenue increase for the third quarter on Wednesday, with a smaller increase in profit as its expenses were higher.
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President Of Taxi Association Compares UberX To ISIS

The Huffington Post - 29 Oct 2014 23:24
President Of Taxi AssociationHot tip: When in doubt, don't compare something that is not a terrorist organization to a terrorist organization. The President of the Pennsylvania Taxi Association, speaking at a Philadelphia Parking... Authority board meeting on Tuesday, compared one arm of the car service Uber to the terrorist group ISIS. "I try to equate this illegal operation of UberX as a terroristic act like ISIS invading the Middle East," Alex Friedman said. "It is exactly the same menace." You read that right: Friedman said an app-based car service is exactly the same as a terrorist organization that murders innocent people. UberX is the least-expensive branch of Uber, which the company claims is cheaper than taking a taxi in NYC. Friedman is the general manager of All City and Checker Cab companies in Philadelphia....
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Apple Pay rival defendsA mobile payment service backed by Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other leading retailers is defending its practice of prohibiting its members from accepting alternatives such as Apple Pay.
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Watch: Students Watch ScienceDuchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart students science projects were part of the cargo destroyed in rocket explosion.
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Baidu Posts Mixed Q3 Earnings, Today Baidu reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $2.203 billion and GAAP earnings per share of $1.79. The market had expected the Chinese company to earn $1.69 per... share on revenue of $2.22 billion. Excluding the costs of share-based compensation, Baidu earned $1.90 per share (non-GAAP). The company, which fell nearly 2 percent in regular trading, is off…
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Google sends more InboxGoogle is giving out more invites to join its new Inbox party. The app, based off of Google's Gmail service, allows user to better manage and deal with emails in a new layout. So far, the service has... been by invitation only, and fortunately Google is sending out more invites now. Additionally, the Internet giant announced that current Inbox users will have more invitation themselves to send to friends starting Thursday.
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Why flight attendants areI'd just gotten off a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago, and only had a moment to grab something to eat before my next flight to New York. I made a beeline for Tortas Frontera and ordered the usual.... I was starving. It had been a long day. I got on board the empty plane for my next flight, and stowed my rolling bag in the last overhead bin in coach — the official crew bag location. In 10 minutes I’d start breaking the ice, meaning setting up the galley. In 15 minutes we’d start boarding. See also: 35,000 Feet: Where Sexual Harassment Can Still Get a Pass I was just about to plop down in an empty seat to take a couple of quick bites of dinner when I noticed ... something.
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What Is Orbital Sciences?

ABC News - 29 Oct 2014 23:19
What Is Orbital Sciences?Orbital: maker of rockets and satellites suffers setback with launch pad explosion
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Apple in talks to sell iPhoneApple is in preliminary talks to sell the iPhone in Iran, if sanctions are eased on the Middle East nation, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
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Rocket Blast Teaches TeensThe explosion of an unmanned Antares rocket bound for the space station taught a hard lesson to students whose experiments were on board.
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What it looks like whenSwarms of protesters took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday night, waving their smartphones in the air to demonstrate against a planned tax on Internet use. The protest, which was the... second in about a week, was largely organized through a Facebook page. Estimations put the number of demonstrators against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s policy at close to 100,000 The proposed monthly tax was 700 forints, or $2.89, on each Internet user. After an initial protest on Sunday, the Hungarian government changed the proposal to cap the tax, but the movement has only grown in size. This breathtaking time-lapse shows hoards of protesters crossing the Erzsebet Bridge in Budapest.
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Alpine premiers iLX-007 AppleAlpine has released its first CarPlay receiver, the iLX-007. Retailing for $800, the iLX-007 is available in North American Markets, features a 7-inch touchscreen, and is compatible with the iPhone 5... and newer. The post Alpine premiers iLX-007 Apple CarPlay receiver, costs $800 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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13 Things You Can Do That WillActress Shoshana B. Roberts walked around New York City for 10 hours to film an anti-street harassment PSA. Since the video went viral, she has been barraged with rape threats. The short film's male... creator? Not so much. "I'm getting some blowback, but not nearly as bad as Shoshana," Rob Bliss, the man behind the video's concept, told the Washington Post. "Right now she's getting a lot of threats and things like that and it's just so sad. It's like the video is now being echoed in real life." The fact that Roberts is receiving rape threats is disgusting and upsetting -- but, unfortunately, not at all surprising. There are news stories of harassment and violence against women pretty much every day, motivated by little more than age-old misogyny. Here are 13 things that will most likely earn...
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A Review of the PanasonicOne of the most exciting things about capturing high resolution video with the Panasonic LX100 is the ability to extract high resolution still photos from it. Video grabbing is not a new thing, but in... standard definition you were looking at stills measuring a third of a Megapixel, and even in Full HD you’d only […]
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We've recently been hearing a lot about systems that record 360-degree video, although they mostly appear to be either professional setups or offerings from relatively small startup companies. That... changed yesterday, however, when JK Imaging announced the new Kodak PixPro SP360 actioncam. ..
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Apple Looks to Sell iPhone in Iran

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:14
Apple Looks to Sell iPhone inApple is in preliminary contact with Iranian distributors about possibly selling the iPhone in the country. Iran has 77 million people, but the market is fraught with obstacles.
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ended the WSJD Live conference with a burst of energy in a talk with Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley about his post-Microsoft life. He was boisterous and... enthusiastic during the entire interview,...
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The Best of Android Lollipop in 8 GIFs

Gizmodo - 29 Oct 2014 23:12
The Best of Android LollipopAndroid Lollipop has been around as a developer preview for months, but the real version--complete with all its new Material Design tricks--is due to hit with the Nexus 9 on November 3rd. We're... getting our first extended looks at the final version on our Nexus 6 and 9 review units, so here's a few GIFs to hold you over until it shows up on your phone.
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This is the latest prototypeThere are few projects in the smartphone industry with as much potential as Google’s modular smartphone, Project Ara. Just last week, Google announced a dedicated store for the phone where... developers will be able to sell their modules directly to consumers without having to go through any third-party retailers. It’ll be at least a few months before you can start hot-swapping the modules yourself, but the folks at Phonebloks got a chance to check out the latest prototype at NK Labs, and there’s video evidence to prove it. NK Labs is just one of dozens of partners Google is working with in order to make Project Ara a reality. The NK Labs team, made up of just seven people, was incredibly impressed with the industrial design models that Google
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How Tech Can Protect You From Big Data

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:11
How Tech Can Protect You FromAs our digital trails explode, privacy is being eroded. Two heavyweights in predictive analytics debated whether it's possible to use data-mining technologies and protect privacy at the same time.
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Wal-Mart's Apple PayIt's perfectly tuned for low-budget shoppers with phones that aren't always cutting edge
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Piracy concerns spur GoogleWhen it comes time to date night on Friday and you're ready for that dinner and a movie, be sure not to don Google's wearable Glass to the theaters, no matter how cool and fashionable you think the... eyeglasses may be. Inconsistent rules and a new wave of piracy concern is now spurring a hard ban on Google Glass and other wearable devices in movie theaters. The ban is created by the National Association of Theatre Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America.
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Weekly Photo Contest: Evening

Android Central - 29 Oct 2014 23:08
Weekly Photo Contest: EveningWe always have our phones on us, and that means we take a good number of evening photos. Whether it's while enjoying dinner, waiting for a train home from work or sitting on the couch at home, these... are the times we take the quick evening shots with mobile devices. As such, we want to see your best "evening" photos this week. Two entries will be worthy of winning this week, and each one will take home an LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Headset! Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (November 4) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest. Enter this week's photo contest
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Apple Pay Competitor Defends"This is not a breach"
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(Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow.
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James Cameron Imagines FutureJames Cameron said the three coming "Avatar" movies will be influenced by virtual reality, but he doesn't expect them to be viewed on virtual-reality headsets.
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Two More Twitter Execs Leave the Company

Re/code - 29 Oct 2014 23:06
Two More Twitter Execs LeaveTwitter's executive shuffle continues.
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Retail group MCX says it's notThe Walmart-led group prepping a rival mobile-payments system finally speaks out after coming under fire for merchant actions. Plus: It warns of a hack.
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Take-Two Raises Outlook

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:04
Take-Two Raises OutlookTake-Two raised its outlook for the year based on strong early sales figures for several videogame titles released this month.
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Gawker If One Mystery Could Be Solved In Your Lifetime, What Would It Be? | io9 11 Intriguing Ways World War I Could Have Turned Out Differently | Jalopnik The Charger Hellcat Is The Most... American/Insane Car You Can Buy | Lifehacker The Age Kids Have to Be Before You Can Legally Leave Them Home Alone | Kinja Popular Posts
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Huawei's Chen: Advanced Tech Can Help Us Enter U.S. Market

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:03
Huawei's Chen: Advanced TechHuawei senior executive Chen Lifang said the Chinese company hopes that investments in advanced technology will help it eventually break into the U.S. market, where it is effectively shut out.
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LG's newest 31-inch 4K monitorLG's latest 31-inch 4K monitor is impressive from a specification standpoint, but also fairly expensive. Find out how impressive and pricey here. The post LG’s newest 31-inch 4K monitor promises to... fulfill the fantasies of any graphic artist appeared first on Digital Trends.
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10 things we learned about AmyWith a memoir hitting shelves and the final season of the brilliant Parks and Recreation on its way, Amy Poehler probably barely even has time to sit down for dinner. But the actress took the time to... answer Reddit's questions on Wednesday, speaking at length about her Parks and Rec costars, her online advice community called Smart Girls and her career. Below, take a look at some of our favorite moments. See also: 9 Amy Poehler Quotes to Remind You What's Important On her favorite superhero Who can we talk to about getting Poehler in the Justice League? Um... you know, I like Superman because I always bought that he always wanted Lois Lane, I liked the chemistry between them. I just thought he seemed like, very, I like that Superman spent a LOT of time being into Lois Lane.
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Thomas Lamadieu Takes Photos  In his ongoing series entitled Sky Art, Thomas Lamadieu aka Roots Art (featured previously), takes skyward photos of buildings wherever he travels. Most of his images point directly upwards using a... fisheye lens. He then uses the sky in each photo as his canvas, filling it in with illustrations and playing with perspective. To…
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Elon Musk may be terrified of self-controlling robots, but the retail industry is clearly hoping they'll save cash in the long term. Nestle, for instance, has purchased 20 copies of Softbank's Pepper... robot as the new spokes-droid for its food...
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One Job That's Safe From the Robots: Medical Caregiver

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 23:00
One Job That's Safe From theComputers and big data are enabling new technologies - such as driverless cars - to replace tasks once reserved for human beings. In the world of medicine, however, new tech can help doctors do their... jobs but it will not replace the need for caregivers.
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What to Do When You HaveSometimes your travel plans just don't work out and you're stuck in a city with no place to stay. Maybe the hotel was overbooked or your friends are unexpectedly out of town, and you need to find a... last minute place to sleep. Here are a few options you can try when you need to take a rest.
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A Reversible Hoodie Hides aFor those times when it's a little chilly to step outside without an outer layer, but not quite cold enough for a jacket, Nike's Tech Fleece Aeroloft Windrunner serves as an extra-insulated hoodie... thanks to a warm built-in vest filled with 800-fill down. And for those times when the puffy vest look isn't quite working for you, the hoodie can be reversed to create a subtler fleece look, without sacrificing warmth.
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The iPod Classic, the standard for portable music for over a decade, has been discontinued due to a lack of availability of the parts needed to make it. While current generations exist, each with... their own features that make them unique in their own...
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[From GamerTell] Mike Tyson is invincible in Punch-Out, even if the real Mike Tyson is playing.
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DogVacay offers network of sitters for dogs

USA Today - 29 Oct 2014 22:58
DogVacay offers network ofDog sitting can become a lucrative small business.          
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Cash, card, or phone?Poynt aims to be the payment terminal for the future. It supports all kinds of payments from EMV cards, regular credit cards, NFC, QR codes, Bitcoin, and more. Poynt is available for preorder for $300... and should ship in 2015. The post Cash, card, or phone? Whatever, Poynt payment terminal lets you pay any way you want appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Deadspin Oh Man, The Lakers Are In Big, Big Trouble | Gizmodo Screen Size Is Not Phone Size | Jezebel New Zealand Teen Rape Club Is The Worst Thing You'll Read About Today | Kotaku Best Not To Think... About Where Some Pokémon Items Come From | Kinja Popular Posts
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Dallas Zoo welcomes baby giraffe

Fox News - 29 Oct 2014 22:58
Dallas Zoo welcomes babyThe latest addition to the Dallas Zoo is a 6-foot tall baby giraffe. The as-yet unnamed 120-pound male calf was born Sunday to first-time mother Chrystal.
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(Reuters) - Wall Street's industry funded watchdog plans to intensify its scrutiny of cyber security practices at brokerage firms in 2015 and is hiring technology savvy examiners to help boost its... efforts, an official said on Wednesday.
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Apple Pay Rival Defends Service

ABC News - 29 Oct 2014 22:57
Apple Pay rival defends service, says it won't fine members who leave
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Kilauea Lava Flow ConsumesWeeks of grim waiting ended yesterday (Oct. 28) for two homeowners in Hawaii's Pahoa village, as they became the first to lose their yards and fences to the relentless river of lava from Kilauea... volcano.
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Instagram is more popular than ever with the Fortune 500 companies who use it to build their brands.
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Google Wallet update bringsToday is Wednesday, and aside from some hit-and-miss Nexus 6 orders, Google is updating their apps and services. This time they're paying strict attention to Google Wallet, and giving it a facelift.... As you might have guessed, it's getting Material Design. Lots of it. The entire app has been rebooted to reflect Google's pretty new design elements, as well as …
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A University of Florida researcher's desire to provide citizens with disabilities the same opportunity to vote as everyone else could serve as the catalyst for revolutionizing voter access nationwide.
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Android Lollipop's newOver the years, Android has been labeled by many as the most vulnerable of the mobile operating systems. Google has worked hard to remove this unfortunate stigma with every new version of Android, but... it's with Android Lollipop (5.0) that the company is attempting to showcase its improved security features with great fanfare, beginning with a blogpost published Tuesday by one of Android's lead security engineers. The post got us wondering: how safe is the new version of Android and will the new security features really make a difference in the way users perceive it? We talked to Paul Roberts, editor of The Security Ledger about what Android's real threats are and whether Lollipop's new security features will actually help squash the operating system's unsavory reputation.
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Steve Ballmer's Fergalicious Clippers Future

TechCrunch - 29 Oct 2014 22:52
Steve Ballmer's Fergalicious Steve Ballmer showed up in all his glory for the close of the Wall Street Journal Digital conference today. It all started out kinda just like the GIF you see above. And then before things really... got going, the newly christened owner of the Los Angeles Clippers delightfully announced that Fergie had recorded a song just for the team. Naturally, Ballmer then belted out the lyrics to the song.
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Trulia Falls 6% After Trulia’s shares are down in after-hours trading following the company’s third quarter earnings report that included in-line losses, and a revenue disappointment. The company lost $0.08 per share... on a non-GAAP basis in the period from revenue of $67.1 million. Investors had expected the $0.08 per-share loss, which works out to a deficit of $2.8 million but had expected revenue…
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How To Disable Google Now onGoogle Now is a glimpse of the future, a digital assistant that knows a surprising amount about you. It's not for everyone though, and you might not want the app keeping tabs on everything you're... doing (and making suggestions accordingly). Here's how to disable some or all of the Google Now service on your Android phone.
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Verizon Is Launching A TechVerizon is getting into the news business. What could go wrong? The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com.... The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game. There's just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.
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HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

Slash Gear - 29 Oct 2014 22:48
HTC Desire 820 Camera TestingWe've had our first afternoon's outing with the HTC Desire 820 and we've come away impressed. While we did have some hands-on time earlier this year with this mid-range hero, we've been itching to get... some camera time. That time is now, and the selfies are here. This is the device you'll remember as the first to roll out with …
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The disappointing aftermath ofIn 24 hours, more than 6 million people have watched a woman get harassed on the streets of New York City You probably know the video we're talking about. It's this one, in which a woman is filmed for... 10 hours walking around New York City and experiences more than 100 instances of catcalling, unsolicited compliments, whistles, leers and general harassment. See also: When Your Job Is to Moderate the Internet's Nastiest Trolls A viral video goes viral for a reason — it captures a harsh reality in a sharp, cutting way. And often, it takes a great deal of planning and expertise to execute. In this PSA, created by marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative for the nonprofit Hollaback, a young woman named Shoshana B. Roberts walks around different neighborhoods of the city, silently looking straight...
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These 10 inventions from theSometimes we have random thoughts throughout the day that are pointless: What would it be like if a modern-day army went up against Alexander The Great in a ground war? What if I brought my laptop... back to the 50’s and randomly opened it up in a pub? A question was posed to the people of Reddit that asked, “What invention of the last 50 years would least impress the people of the 1700s?” The response was overwhelming. Let’s take a look at some of the best responses. One Redditor responded with, “Tanning beds or spray tanners.” Considering that the 1700’s weren’t particularly known for people laying on the beach getting a tan, we suspect that they indeed wouldn’t be impressed.
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

Slashdot - 29 Oct 2014 22:48
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes Slashdot member and open source developer Ben Kallos @KallosEsq — who is now a NYC Councilman — is pushing to make it a precondition to Comcast's merging with Time... Warner that it agree to provide free broadband to all public housing residents in the City (and by free I mean free as in beer). Kallos, along with NY's Public Advocate, Letitia James, is leading a group of state and local politicians calling on Comcast to help bridge the digital divide in NY.
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JDS Uniphase Swings to Loss

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 22:47
JDS Uniphase Swings to LossJDS Uniphase swung to a loss for its September quarter as higher expenses offset a slight increase in revenue
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5 devices for creating theSmart devices are all the rage, but with so many options on the market it can be impossible to know where to start. Here are five tech devices for creating your own smart home.
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MobileIron Spikes 5% After MobileIron is having a strong after-hours session, after it reported its fiscal third quarter financial performance, including non-GAAP revenue of $33.7 million, GAAP losses per share of $0.20, and... non-GAAP losses per share of a more modest $0.15. The market had expected the mobile device management company to lose $0.25 per share. The company’s results were a beat on that metric. Why…
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Some people choose to honor the memory of a lost loved one by doing something creative with their ashes. What's more creative than taking their remains to the very top of the Earth's atmosphere and... releasing them? That's what Mesoloft is offering to those who want to say goodbye in a way that no one will ever forget...
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Earlier this year, YouTube announced plans to support videos running at 60 frames-per-second --plans that would make a huge difference for footage of video games. Today, the video network has finally... started rolling out the new service, and you can already tell that this is going to be wonderful.
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These 5 FinTech Companies Are Changing the Way We Invest

The Huffington Post - 29 Oct 2014 22:44
These 5 FinTech Companies AreIn the past five years, there's been an explosive growth in startup tech companies trying to disrupt one of the largest markets: the financial market. According to VentureBeat, private FinTech... companies have raised nearly $3 billion in the past year, triple of what was raised in 2008 ($930M). FinTech is a broad term that relates to anything and everything that has to do with money. From online personal lenders, payment processors, credit monitoring, and personal finance management tools, every company is looking to take a piece of a trillion dollar industry. Open source software and cloud technology have lowered the barriers to entry for emerging startups in the past five years. One sector in particular that's seeing a huge growth is in the investment sector. Investment startups are...
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Last night, an unmanned Antares rocket carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station exploded in a huge fireball seconds after liftoff. No one was hurt, but in addition... to damage to the launch pad, NASA lost tons of supplies, including equipment and food for astronauts. Science also took a big hit in the explosion. The post What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion appeared first on WIRED.
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Share your technology horror stories in our annual rite of IT fright.
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James Cameron on Oculus Rift:Based on his years spent working on movies with characters that slip on virtual reality goggles (think Avatar and Strange Days), you might expect director James Cameron to be excited about a... real-world technology that resembles something from his movies. But Oculus Rift, the VR headset platform that Facebook bought for $2 billion in March, doesn't thrill Cameron See also: James Cameron Shows What Really Happened to the Titanic [VIDEO] "It seems there’s a lot of excitement around something that to me is just a yawn," Cameron said at the WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach on Wednesday Call him the virtual reality hipster: He was into it before you. He's seen it all before
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Microsoft 'almost' wraps upMicrosoft has handed out pink slips in a third round of job cuts that "almost" concludes its plan to eliminate 18,000 positions. The company announced in July that it would let go about 14 percent of... its workforce, the largest set of job cuts in its history, but instead of axing them with one swing, Microsoft said it would carry out the job cuts over the course of its fiscal year, which ends in June of next year. Some critics termed this approach unwise, saying it would prolong uncertainty among employees, drag down staff morale, reignite concern among enterprise customers, give talking points to rivals and generate bad press for the company multiple times.
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MCX Says Merchants DoingFollowing the publication of a blog post earlier today outlining some details of its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution and disclosure of a hack resulting in unauthorized access to users'... email addresses, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call with members of the press to further address questions and concerns. During the call, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson and COO Scott Rankin clarified that MCX merchants who choose to accept Apple Pay are not subject to fines. As stated in the blog post earlier today, merchants are also free to leave the consortium entirely at any time without penalty beyond forfeiting the time and money already invested in the effort. As a result, MCX certainly appears to be placing the blame for its member retailers' refusal to accept Apple Pay on...
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Don't worry, Kim Kardashian,BlackBerry boss John Chen has promised an old-school handset for QWERTY lovers, penning an open-letter to fans of the form-factor in which he expresses his hopes that the BlackBerry Classic will fit... the bill. The letter, published on the official BlackBerry blog, addresses stalwart users by conceding that "if it ain't broke don't fix it," just as many BlackBerry Bold …
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FDA Approves Meningitis B Vaccine

Live Science - 29 Oct 2014 22:38
FDA Approves Meningitis BThe first vaccine designed to prevent a common type of bacterial meningitis has been approved for use in the United States.
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That Time the Internet TeamedGhost towns are known to pop up on Craigslist and eBay every once in awhile, but are often snapped up just as fast by eager developers or industrious preppers. Not so for the 62-acre town of... Johnsonville, Connecticut which is currently up for auction after remaining abandoned for more than 20 years. Now, a group of people are trying to buy it. With the help of a Google Doc.
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U.S. Chamber Opposes Mandatory Cyberattack Disclosures

Wall Street Journal - 29 Oct 2014 22:36
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to head off efforts to force publicly traded firms to share more information about cyberattacks, warning policy makers that such disclosures could unduly harm... corporate profits.
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This Lego silver back gorillaBuilt by the ultra-talented Kosmas Santosa, this Lego Mech, titled Der Silberrȕcken 8, is a complex and an incredible build. Everything in the workshop from the tanks of nameless gasses to that vice... on the tool bench is extremely well done. The hanger where the figs are working on the Mech is also stunning, down to the last detail.
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This space-age wirelessThis futuristic sonic rocket offers a host of features to fill your room with sound, including high-res audio compatibility, multi-zone capabilities, and an app that uses your phone's microphone to... adjust the audio to suit speaker's environment. The post This space-age wireless speaker aims to blast your room with 360 degrees of audio awesome appeared first on Digital Trends.
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MCX: Merchants accepting bothEarlier this week, retailers CVS and Rite Aid blocked NFC payments at their stores following the launch of Apple Pay because of their existing commitment to MCX’s CurrentC platform. Nevertheless,... MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson assures that merchants accepting both CurrentC and Apple Pay “could be entirely possible” in the future. The blockade has ignited somewhat of a controversy […]
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Joker Lets You Instantly Let’s say there’s a torrent online you would like to view. After all, torrents themselves are perfectly legal. Instead of downloading the torrent, paste the link to the torrent in Joker.org and... watch the content instantly. Watch out, Popcorn Time. The Joker is here. Using Joker.org to watch a torrent is stupid easy. Grab a Torrent magnet link — the more seeds the better…
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An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise -- except, perhaps, PayPal founder Elon Musk. Musk, today the... the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, trash-talked Orbital Sciences for...
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Fewer Grizzly Bears Dying inScientists say fewer grizzly bears dying in Yellowstone area as feds weigh ending protections
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Google Wallet adds recurringGoogle today announced it's adding new ways to add money to its Google Wallet service in addition to some new features that will make keeping an eye on your balance easier. First up, you will now be... able to setup automatic bank transfers that will ensure there is always money to spend in your Google Wallet account. […]
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The 404 Show 1,572: MarvelToday Jeff and Iyaz discuss Marvel's phase 3 movie ambitions, the legalities of Spider-man, cancellation bear and the Google VP that now holds the skydiving world record.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The best Satans ever, a joke Chris Rock should make and Tommy Lee Jones will not sanction your buffoonery
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Oppo Slaps a Motorized SelfieOppo, the Chinese company behind some of the most unusual smartphones we’ve ever reported on, is back at it again with the N3. The successor to the N1 smartphone they released last September, the... new N3 takes the lineup's instantly recognizable swivel camera to the next level by giving it a motor. Through a swipe […]
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How to Use AirDrop to ShareApple's AirDrop file-sharing feature debuted with the release of OS X Lion and allowed users to transfer files from one Mac to another without using email or an external storage device. The feature... made its way to iOS devices with the release of iOS 7, and offered a simple way for users to share files like photos between iOS devices. Now, with the release OS X Yosemite, users can use AirDrop to transfer files between the Mac and an iOS device for the first time. This video shows you how it works: Prior to the release of OS X Yosemite, users looking to transfer files between a Mac and iOS device usually had to resort to a third-party service like Dropbox or use an iCloud-connected app like Messages. AirDrop on OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 provides an easy-to-use solution for transferring files,...
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Well before drones were a hobby, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the FAA created a rule designating stadiums as "national defense airspace." Between an hour before and an hour after an... event, the agency said, aircraft were not allowed less than 3,000 feet above and within three miles of games. If anyone was wondering what "aircraft" entailed, the FAA has clarified: yes, that means drones.
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Clean Your Hardwood Floors andBlack tea is a tasty, uplifting beverage, but it also has other uses around the house . If you've got hardwood flooring, you can put together a large batch of black tea to use for cleaning and... disguising scratches.
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This free universal app is not intended for those of us who work out occasionally but are not really all that serious about getting in top shape. Custom Fit and Custom Fit Pro, a US$1.99 upgrade are... aimed at the people who are dedicated to working...
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One of the many reasons you don't see widespread support for mobile payment tech like Apple Pay or Google Wallet is the hardware investment needed to make it all work. Why should a store spend... thousands of dollars on machines that miss out on some...
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Microsoft lays off 3,000,Close to 70% of the positions were former Nokia staffers.          
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MCX says its Apple Pay rivalYou may think that Merchant Customer Exchange members are being heavy handed in blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet from their stores because they want to promote MCX’s own CurrentC mobile payment... platform. But according to MCX, that’s not the case -- instead, these merchants are trying to shake up the mobile payments industry. FROM EARLIER: This might be the reason MCX retailers won't let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In a conference call with the media on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davison said that the reason CurrentC has come under fire from media critics and from rival mobile payment services is because it’s making a bold move to challenge established players such as Apple and Google in
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iPhone 6 predicted to outsellThe iPhone 6 is obliterating Samsung’s Note 4 in sales, and could even outsell it 10x according to a Korean analyst. In a note to clients, Shinhan Investment’s Kim Young-chan wrote that the iPhone... “will outsell the Galaxy Note 4…
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'Lords Of The Fallen' Review

Forbes - 29 Oct 2014 22:26
'Lords Of The Fallen' Review'Lords of the Fallen' draws a lot of inspiration from 'Dark Souls' and inevitably finds itself in that game's long shadow.
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Steve Ballmer binge-watched all 100 episodes of The Good Wife after stepping down from his CEO post at Microsoft. Then he made a list on what to do next.
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Engility Corp. will acquire rival systems engineering company TASC in a $1.1 billion all-stock deal.
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Engility Corp. will acquire systems engineering company TASC in a $1.1 billion all-stock deal.
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IBM Working To Be Hip With Twitter

Forbes - 29 Oct 2014 22:25
IBM Working To Be Hip WithTwitter and IBM are partnering. This should help Twitter much more than IBM.
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Personal communications are becoming more user friendly every day. However workplace communications seem to be getting more complex. Every time employees log-in, there are more applications that they... are required to use and more streams to keep up with. Despite communications advances, the inevitable truth is that employees spend too much time messaging and not […] The post Personal: Check. Next Up: The Workplace — Contextual Communications Change the Game appeared first on WIRED.
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Reddit dips its toe intoReddit has entered the crowdfunding space with Redditmade. While specifically geared towards subreddits that want to make official merchandise, anyone with a Reddit account can launch their own... campaign. The post Reddit dips its toe into crowdfunding with Redditmade appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The monthly science magazine served up malicious code to readers earlier this week and has remedied the issue.
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'I'm Tired of Looking Back':From Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma's candid remarks on the Hong Kong protests to French digital minister Axelle Lemaire's likening of data centers to factories of the past, here are quotes and quips... overheard at the conference.
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After companies shut down and collectors lose interest, the Library of Congress is supposed to keep our cultural history intact. But digital media has turned our understanding of preservation on its... head. It's no longer enough to just get "a copy" of something: an ebook can be set to self-destruct, an MMO can be nothing without the people who play it, and a streaming video can have a million digital copies and no physical ones. When Buzzfeed journalist Joseph Bernstein profiled the Library of Congress' video game collection, he included a tantalizing reference to how new media and traditional archival can collide: The Library's processes are, by the standards of 21st century media consumption, antiquated. Netflix has to print special...
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FTC commissioner says the emotional toll of identity theft can't be overlooked
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Even a record iPhone 6 launchThe launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were both smashing successes for Apple… but that doesn’t mean it did anything to hurt Android in the United States. Consumer Intelligence Research... Partners passes along some new data showing that Android actually grew its share of new device activations to 67% of all mobile phones between the months of July and September this year. In the previous quarter, Android only accounted for 56% of mobile phone activations, CIRP said. Of course, CIRP’s data ends on September 30th, which was less than two weeks after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially launched. That said, there should be little doubt that even though the iPhone is massively popular, Android
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Watch Mike Tyson try to punchJimmy Fallon convinces Mike Tyson to pick up an NES controller and try to knock out Mike Tyson in the legendary video game "Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!"
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Report: The FBI ProposesThe Guardian reports that the FBI has proposed a rule change that would greatly broaden its powers to hack into computers. Bad.
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GT COO details "oppressive" Apple deal

Slash Gear - 29 Oct 2014 22:08
GT COO details 'oppressive'Now that GT Advanced is in bankruptcy proceedings, and free of their contract with Apple, they can start fresh. Though they still must pay Apple back about $430 million from the loans they received in... advance of the Sapphire facility opening, GT can move on. Or, they can openly discuss just how "oppressive" their deal with Apple was. Their COO …
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Orbital officials sought to reassure investors that the Oct. 28 failure of the company's Antares rocket just 15 seconds after ignition will have minimal impact on Orbital's financial performance and... operations.
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Wall Street was expecting earnings of 57 cents per share with revenue of $491.01 million.
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Here's What Google's It’s been a few weeks since we’ve heard much about Project Ara, Google’s efforts to build a phone out of components that can be swapped out, piece-by-piece. Google showed off the device a bit... back at I/O — alas, things got a bit… crashy during the presentation. In a new video released today, the Phonebloks team shows the Ara prototype in its most recent form…
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Antares Rocket Explosion: FullWhat caused Orbital Sciences' private Antares rocket to explode on Oct. 28, 2014? Here's our complete coverage of NASA's investigation and findings.
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Ex-Wife Photo Purge

Slate - 29 Oct 2014 22:06
In this week's video, Prudie counsels a man whose wife wants him to erase all photographic evidence of his romantic life before her.
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What's Darth Vader doingPhotographer Thomas Dagg superimposes characters and symbols from the "Star Wars" universe onto everyday images from life here on Earth. The results will whisk you to a galaxy not so far, far away.
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Wind shear has kicked in and has been pushing clouds and showers away from Tropical Cyclone Nilofar's center....
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Second time could be the charmAfter a somewhat-botched first attempt, OnePlus will launch its pre-order system for a second time on November 17. No word on how much time people will have to place a pre-order for the OnePlus One.... The post Second time could be the charm for OnePlus One pre-orders on November 17 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Add some material-handling devices and you'd have software-controlled Waldos, first described by Robert A. Heinlein in the 1942 short story titled Waldo. So while the idea of a pair of artificial eyes... you control by moving your head (while looking at the area around the artificial eyes, even if it's in orbit), sounds like futuristic fun, especially if you use an Oculus Virtual Reality device instead of an LED screen, it not only hasn't caught up with science fiction, but is a fair ways behind science fact. Still, the idea of being able to control a vision system deep under the sea or in orbit around Saturn is certainly interesting in and of itself. (Alternate Video Link)
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Experts: Major cyberattack61% of expert said an attack that caused "widespread harm to a nation's security" would be launched within the next 11 years.          
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HP Unveils Faster, Cheaper 3-D Printers

Re/code - 29 Oct 2014 22:03
HP Unveils Faster, Cheaper 3-DLike we said last week.
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November brings midterm elections in the US, and Twitter is looking to lend a hand when it comes to keeping you informed on all the latest heading into next week. To do so, the social network... developed the #Election2014 dashboard. As you might...
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Even if you've procrastinated on your Halloween plans, you can still whip up festive, interactive costumes and decor. Here are seven tips and ideas for a WIRED All Hallows Eve. The post Last-Minute... Tech Tips for Making Your Halloween Nice and Creepy appeared first on WIRED.
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"Almost half the Sun-like stars were born in binary systems," says Emmanuel Di Folco with the Observatoire de Paris. "This means that we have found a mechanism to sustain planet formation that applies... to a significant number of stars in...
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[From GamerTell] The Destiny The Dark Below expansion is going to have story, cooperative, and competitive elements to it.
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Schedule Quiet Times on YourMac: Do Not Disturb is great on a Mac, but it doesn't really quiet down everything. If you want to set Do Not Disturb to run on a schedule alongside disabling your volume, WonderHowTo shows you how... with an Automator app.
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Goodbye, paper: What we miss when we

New Scientist - 29 Oct 2014 22:00
Digital technology is transforming the way we read and write. Is it changing our minds too - and if so, for better or worse? (full text available to subscribers)
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Mac Pro owners now have another choice at how to position their beautiful cylindrical powerhouse on a desktop. Twelve South today announced the BookArc Stand for Mac Pro (US$59.99), a shiny little... chrome-plated rack onto which you gently place your...
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The 3 Unexpected ConsequencesApple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the... customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.
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How Sending Humans to anNASA's plan is to bring a distant asteroid nearer to Earth, but a competing idea would send humans to one or more asteroids in their native orbits.
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Apple Pay competitor CurrentCApple Pay competitor CurrentC, which is backed by the MCX merchants coalition, has already been hacked. The email addresses of early testers were stolen. The app also has terrible reviews on the app... stores, thanks to angry NFC fans. The post Apple Pay competitor CurrentC just got hacked — How do you like them Apples? appeared f