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27 May 2015 - Global

Helping robots put it all together

MIT - 27 May 2015 06:00
Helping robots put it allNew algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly.
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Snapchat needs a liveSnapchat isn't developing a live video feature yet, but it should “We’re watching and learning," 24-year-old Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel acknowledged onstage Tuesday evening at the annual Code... conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. See also: Snapchat could be in for a big change My advice to Snapchat? Dive in, head-first. Live streaming, the kind popularized by apps like Meerkat and Periscope, isn't just booming right now, it's the future, one where everyone hops from stream to stream until they settle on one they like. This much we know, based on early adopters-turned evangelists: actors, musicians, politicians and many more folks who use the apps to broadcast raw video, capturing moments ranging from Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail to T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a 5-mile...
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Samsung Officially AnnouncesThe release of the special limited edition Iron Man Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has officially been announced by Samsung. The device should appeal to any Android fan who doubles as a fan of Marvel.
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Google, Yahoo Have Had Talks to Buy Flipboard

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 04:33
Google, Yahoo Have Had TalksSeveral Internet giants--such as Google, Yahoo and Twitter--have inquired about buying Flipboard, maker of a newsreader app.
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Vox Media to Acquire Tech Website Re/code

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 04:31
Vox Media to Acquire TechVox Media is acquiring Revere Digital, parent company of the technology news website and conference business Re/code.
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IRS hacked; data stolen fromHackers successfully accessed--stole--personal information, including tax return data, from over 100,000 U.S. taxpayers. In a series of attacks that took place from February to mid-May, the hackers... utilized the IRS's "Get Transcript" system to access all of the personal information that would be on a tax return, from birthdays and social security numbers to addresses. The motivation behind the attack …
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'We Need to IPO,' SaysAfter declining an acquisition offer from Facebook in 2013, the startup's founder says he has closed the door to all future offers
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Snapchat's Evan Spiegel TalksHe's sorry.
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Wind and solar-poweredLiving in a tiny wind and solar-powered pod that can be taken almost anywhere on the planet may sound more like something out of a science fiction movie than a reality, but a European company says it... has created just that The Ecocapsule is designed to offer the "convenience of household facilities in off-grid conditions," according to the Slovakia-based company Nice Architects. Each pod is fully self-sufficient, thanks to a a high capacity wind and solar-powered battery and water filtration system while its small size makes it extremely portable, the company says. "With its immense off-grid life span, worldwide portability and flexibility, it is suitable for a wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a...
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Don't Hold Your Breath For The After answering questions about media, messaging and what he thought about diversity in tech at the Code conference in Southern California today (spoiler alert: he didn’t reveal much), Snapchat*... CEO Evan Spiegel was asked whether, in all its efforts, Snapchat had plans for an upcoming Apple Watch app. He said no. “We ended up waiting to do Snapchat on the watch. Why would you look at…
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​Android Auto is finallySmartphones and cars can focus on what each one does best with the arrival of this new dashboard connection technology.
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PayPal For iOS Updated WithWhen purchasing goods online, there are many methods of making a payment although PayPal is one of the more popular choices due to its ubiquitous nature and its security. Now if you use the app often... on your phone and want to prevent others from snooping in on your activities or using it without your authorization, you will be pleased to learn that the iOS version has recently been updated. The latest update to the iOS version of PayPal will come with support for Touch ID. What this means is that users can now use Touch ID to log into their PayPal app, thus preventing unauthorized access. We suppose this has been a long time coming especially since PayPal did announce that they would be bringing Touch ID support, but better late than never, right? PayPal is also one of the many apps that...
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IKEA's Wireless ChargingAs you might have heard, IKEA is planning on integrating more wireless chargers into its furniture, and the good news is that if you were looking forward to getting your hands on IKEA's wireless... charging furniture is that it looks like the products have started to show up on IKEA's website. Previously IKEA had stated that the entire lineup will be available late Spring so we guess now's as good a time as any. It should be noted that while the products have popped up on IKEA's website, they aren't available for purchase online. Instead IKEA has suggested on its website that customers might want to check IKEA's physical stores for stock. It is possible that eventually IKEA will allow customers to make purchases via its website but for now it seems like visiting an IKEA store is your best...
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Supreme Court Rules Against Cisco in Patent Case

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 02:32
Supreme Court Rules AgainstThe Supreme Court ruled against Cisco in a patent case, striking down an argument the company used to counter allegations that it had violated another firm's intellectual property.
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How Google is Helping AmputeesThe tech giant has promised to donate in a big way to causes trying to help people with disabilities
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Facebook Tinkers With iPhone Resistance is futile when it comes to Facebook. If your feature benefits the social network’s 1.44 billion users, it doesn’t care if you built it for a smaller audience first. Whether it’s... Twitter’s Follow button and verified profiles, or Snapchat’s disappearing photos you can draw on, Facebook will quickly try to assimilate the competition.
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The supercomputer on yourCreated by Experts Exchange, the infographic also shows how the Apollo guidance computer that took astronauts to the moon had the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems.
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Watch: This Robot Cockroach IsIt runs extremely fast
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Siberian Husky Gets Pair OfI believe that for a number of us, a smartwatch is not quite the necessity that a smartphone is at the moment, although it might take some time before the smartwatch attains such a "status", so to... speak, among the tech loving community. The Apple Watch has definitely raised some eyebrows with its announcement, and here is an ostentatious display of wealth that you might cringe at, or commend, depending on which side of the fence you are on. Apparently, a wealthy man in China purchased not one, but two gold Apple Watch Editions – and to see him gift it to his dog is all the more bizarre! The person who did this was none other than Wang Sicong, the scion of mainland China’s richest man, and you can be sure that this display of his wealth resulted in a virtual riot on Tuesday, after such...
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Consider the beefsteak, a naturally bred giant among tomatoes. It grows as big as two pounds. Scientist have now identified a set of genes that gives beefsteaks their size, and it could lead the way... to supersizing more fruits.
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As convicted Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht awaits his sentencing hearing on Friday, relatives of people who allegedly died from drugs purchased on the site are trying to make it clear Ulbricht's... crimes were not victimless. The government submitted five letters from parents and siblings of three people who died after taking drugs allegedly purchased on Silk Road to the court. In the letters, the relatives of the alleged victims claim their children would still be alive today if it weren't for Silk Road. Several asked the judge to give Ulbricht the harshest sentence possible: life in prison. In one letter, the father of a victim identified as Bryan said he was so shocked by the heroin overdose death of his son, an athletic honors student, he hired a forensics team to investigate it. He...
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Long Sentence Sought for Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht

The New York Times - 27 May 2015 01:54
Prosecutors, asking for a sentence much longer than 20 years, blamed Mr. Ulbricht for overdoses and addiction resulting from an "online black market of unprecedented scope."
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A scientist's mission: LEDYou turn on the porch light to complement your relaxing evening outdoors, only to have the light serve as a beacon for every insect in the region. The same happens in the middle of the night when... you've one light on and the window screen fills with bugs hoping to get inside because of it. That can be bothersome, but …
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The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to launch military satellites, formally establishing a competitor to United Launch Alliance. The post SpaceX Falcon 9 Certified for Military... Launches appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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HiRise Apple Watch Stand is Beautiful, Well Engineered

The Mac Observer - 26 May 2015 21:40
HiRise Apple Watch Stand isThe HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model... Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.
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Hands-on: Garmin ForerunnerFinally Garmin has taken the plunge and released its first running watch with a built-in heart-rate sensor, the Forerunner 225. We got to handle one at CES Asia to see whether it's the one everyone's... been waiting for. The Forerunner 225 isn't the device...
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The secret to Snapchat'sBloomberg Business has published a fascinating feature about Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel’s efforts to turn the startup into a functioning company. The entire thing is worth a read, but I... want to call attention to one thread in the piece: Spiegel’s efforts to build something that isn’t controlled entirely by data. There’s a stark difference between analysis and intuition. The former tells you what people think they want; […]
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In an attempt to make its theme parks even more magical, Disney's Research division is working to develop bi-pedal robots and animatronic characters that walk and move like the lively cartoon... characters in its animated films and TV shows.
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US Air Force confirms Boeing'sThe joint U.S. Air Force and Boeing electromagnetic pulse weapon is capable of targeting and destroying electrical systems without the collateral damage often associated with traditional firepower.... The post US Air Force confirms Boeing’s electromagnetic pulse weapon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A solar eclipse sheds light on physics

Phys.org - 26 May 2015 15:30
A solar eclipse sheds light onOn 29 May 1919, a shadow dance took place over the Caribbean which was to make history: While the new moon covered the blazingly bright disk of the Sun, astronomers around Arthur Stanley Eddington... measured the shift of stars which showed up in the dark sky right next to the totally eclipsed Sun. The result actually did correspond very accurately with what Albert Einstein had predicted less than four years before in his General Theory of Relativity. "Revolution in Science" was the headline in the London Times of November 1919. What was the reason for this euphoria? How did the confirmation of a new scientific view of the world come about?
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Tiny VelociRoACH robot smashes speed record

Slash Gear - 26 May 2015 14:20
Tiny VelociRoACH robot smashesOdds are you had no idea that there was a speed record for tiny robots, but there is. A group of robotics researchers from UC Berkley recently smashed that speed record with their tiny robot dubbed... the X2-VelociRoACH. This little robot is so fast that if you aren't careful you will miss the little machine as it tears by you. …
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House Approves Commercial Space Bill

SPACE.com - 26 May 2015 13:46
House Approves CommercialThe House of Representatives passed a bill with a number of commercial space policy provisions May 21, despite objections from some Democratic members.
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Even when you're unable to maintain cellular and GPS connections underground, hackers may still be able to keep track of you. Researchers have discovered that they can trace the movements of subway... rider with 92 percent accuracy, using just the motion sensing aboard smartphones.
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Title: Health Tip: Reducing Your Risk of Motion SicknessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Be Safe Around Lawn Mowers

MedicineNet - 27 May 2015 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Be Safe Around Lawn MowersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Keep Your Child at a Healthy WeightCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Tips for Preventing Dog Bites

MedicineNet - 27 May 2015 09:00
Title: Tips for Preventing Dog BitesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Watch Portion Sizes While TravelingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/23/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Too Many Women Who Need Bone Screening Aren't Getting ItCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?Category: Health NewsCreated: 5/24/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

MedicineNet - 27 May 2015 09:00
Title: Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?Category: Health NewsCreated: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study

MedicineNet - 27 May 2015 09:00
Title: Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Evan Spiegel, founder and CEO of the messaging service Snapchat, said on Tuesday that the company's planning an initial public offering and ruled out the possibility of selling his company. Snapchat,... which is currently valued at over $15 billion, had turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook in 2013.
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While Western Australia looks to secure IT savings across government, it has kicked in AU$21.6 million of funding for the Pawsey supercomputer.
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Court hearing in NYC on whether 2 chimpanzees held at Stony Brook University have rights
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'Popping' HIV into Oblivion (Video)

Live Science - 27 May 2015 06:54
'Popping' HIV into OblivionBy tricking HIV into ejecting its genetic information far from any host cells, a new compound may one day help defeat the virus.
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Most and Least Obese States: Full Rankings

Live Science - 27 May 2015 06:42
Most and Least Obese States:A new poll from Gallup-Healthways ranks the most and least obese states in the U.S. 2014. Hawaii had the lowest obesity rate, at just 19 percent, while Mississippi had the highest, at 35.2 percent.
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Hawaii Named Skinniest State

Live Science - 27 May 2015 06:42
Hawaii Named Skinniest StateHawaii reclaimed the title of the nation's least obese state in 2014, while Mississippi remained the most obese state.
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How to Play a 29-Story Game of 'Pong' (Video)

Live Science - 27 May 2015 06:38
How to Play a 29-Story Game ofThe story behind largest video game display in the world.
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Lenovo reveals slew of newLenovo got a little too excited about the company's annual Tech World event in Beijing, and has spilled the beans early on a few of the new offerings that will be available soon. Among the offerings... are two new media workstations, the Z41 and Z51, and a new budget laptop, the IdeaPad 100. The post Lenovo reveals slew of new laptops ahead of Tech World appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Buzzfeed is launching an open-source research lab for building tools to bring the world better information. The post BuzzFeed Founder Launches New Lab for Open-Source Invention appeared first on... WIRED.
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Cox and TiVo have been making noise about joining forces and making the cable provider's extensive Video-On-Demand catalog available on retail TiVo set-tops for nearly five years now. Following a... recent post by ZatzNotFunny, however, Cox confirmed ea...
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(Reuters) - Biotech company 3SBIO, which delisted from the Nasdaq two years ago, on Wednesday launched an up to $712 million IPO in Hong Kong to fund acquisitions and recruit staff to help it grab a... bigger piece of the booming Chinese drug market.
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Leveraging its recent acquisition of IBM's system X business, Lenovo plans to upsell to existing customers and target large premium enterprises to move from third to first position in the global... server market over the next five years.
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Prosecutors are determined to make an example of Ross Ulbricht---to deter other Dark Web market administrators from following in his footsteps. The post Silk Road Prosecutors Ask Judge to ‘Send a... Message’ In Ulbricht Sentencing appeared first on WIRED.
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New iOS Bug Crashing iPhonesA new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or text message to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to fail to open. The bug,... which requires a specific string of characters, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then. Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot, and then it prevents the Messages app from being opened again. If you receive one of these messages, there's a quick way to fix it. The Messages app appears to be able to be opened to the last conversation where the offending message was sent from, so sending another message (or having a person send you a message) in...
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Senator Elizabeth Warren IsAmericans need to get involved and stop the influence of big money in politics, the senator said.
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IK Multimedia iKlip GripA great kit for those who use their iPhone or Android device for a lot of video and photography. The post IK Multimedia iKlip Grip camera stand review appeared first on AppleTell.
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The bank-robbing antagonists of the original Point Break were a gang of surfers -- sufficiently extreme for the '90s, perhaps, but obviously not wild enough for the upcoming remake. 2015's Point... Break's villains are surfers, sure, but as the first trailer shows, they're also dirtbikers, snowboarders, wingsuiters, BASE jumpers, and partiers. Just in case you weren't convinced of their extreme-itude, some of them have even have tattoos. On first glance, the remake appears to have lost something of the original's silliness, giving the death-defying proceedings a cold blue sheen that makes the movie look like a version of Twilight on motorbikes. But even from two-and-a-half-minutes of action, it's clear the script remains as ludicrous as...
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Synology slings patch at buggy NAS boxens

The Register - 27 May 2015 04:57
Free photo peep for hacker creeps Securify co-founder Cengiz Han Sahin says Synology has patched a remote vulnerability that allowed attackers to compromise its storage devices....
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Following the much-hyped iOS launch back in March, Twitter's live broadcasting app Periscope has now landed on Android. Unveiled on Tuesday, the app carries the same functionality as its iOS sibling,... but with a few minor differences unique to the Android platform. ..
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Verizon, AT&T And Sprint LGBest Buy has announced that it is now taking preorders for the LG G4. The retailer is offering a free $100 gift card with purchase in addition to LG's free microSD card, battery and charging cradle.
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After more than a decade, PlayStation users will finally be able to play "Resident Evil 0," as Capcom has announced that the game will be getting remastered and will come out sometime in 2016. Now... called "Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster," the title will be coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, just like the original "Resident Evil HD."
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Nintendo's been going through some serious growing pains on its path to the modern era of console gaming but with this latest step it's actually beating Microsoft and Sony to the punch for once. The... Japanese gaming company is running a Humble Bundle....
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Really bad things happen. Though everyone should know this, here's a lovely slow motion video reminder on what happens when you pour water onto an oil fire in an attempt to put it out: the fire gets... even crazier because the water vaporizes into steam which expands causing it to spit out the oil which makes the flames even bigger.
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Iron ore state splurges on Big Iron Scientific HPC fans in Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief that the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has secured state government funding through to... 2020-21....
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GoFar is the personal trainerOn our daily commute, many of us are wasting fuel with bad driving habits like heavy breaking and stop-start driving — with considerable impact on both our wallets and the environment. Sydney-based... startup GoFar aims to help drivers make those trips more efficient. Going beyond tracking behaviour, GoFar gives users real-time feedback to improve their driving habits. See also: This Sydney startup wants to reinvent your boring old Word docs Anywhere up to 25% of the fuel we buy is wasted through lack of awareness of how our driving affects fuel consumption, GoFar cofounder Danny Adams told Mashable Australia. Typically, inefficient acceleration and use of speed, as well as wasteful breaking, are big contributors, he said.
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Elizabeth Warren: No Need toSenator Warren isn't worried about the robot economy.
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Warren on beating Hillary:Sen. Elizabeth Warren still insists she's not running for president.          
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Tech Firms Seek Ways to Fend Off Activist Investors

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 04:21
Tech Firms Seek Ways to FendWhile some have just surrendered, others are fighting back with tactics like granting founders special stock that gives them control over key decisions.
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The company formerly known as NBN Co has said it is on target for AU$150 million in telco revenues and premises serviceable passing 1 million at the end of this financial year.
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Those wanting to take Lara Croft on another adventure, but are too impatient for the upcoming "Rise of the Tomb Raider" can now download "Lara Croft: Relic Run" for their mobile devices, as the game's... publisher, Square Enix have officially released the game worldwide. As the title suggests, "Relic Run" is an infinite runner, similar to the incredibly popular "Temple Run" games that have dominated the mobile spectrum for quite some time now.
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HP to buy ConteXtream for SDN/NFV top-up

The Register - 27 May 2015 04:07
OpenNFV partner becomes virty carrier biz unit HP is looking to beef up its service provider software-defined networking (SDN) footprint, with the acquisition of Comcast and Verizon-backed... ConteXtream....
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At These Firms, First Salary Offer Is Final

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 04:05
At These Firms, First SalaryTake-it-or-leave-it policies for starting salaries aim to foster transparency, fairness.
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Revenue and connection rates up, but we're yet to see any 'multi' in the technology mix Australia's national broadband network continues apace* with nbnTM announcing that it's adding more than 12,000... premises per week to its serviceable footprint....
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The 2018 Nissan GT-R will useDetails regarding the next generation Nissan GT-R have leaked. 2017's Godzilla sports car will reportedly use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and electric motor to make over 700 horsepower. The post... The 2018 Nissan GT-R will use a twin-turbo V6 and electric motor to make over 700 HP appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Snapchat could be in for a big change

Mashable - 27 May 2015 04:01
Snapchat could be in for a bigPALOS RANCHOS VERDES, California — Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel was pretty tight-lipped about future plans, but one of the social messaging platform's key features, the need to hold your... finger on the screen to see snaps, could be going away. Spiegel told Re/code's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher that he didn't want to give away any surprises, but also admitted that the app's signature feature could be holding the service back. In general, the 24-year-old CEO said his team has a "maniacal focus on making great products and deepening engagement with [the] service." He also made it clear Snapchat and its tools, even those designed for the newer Stories feature, are designed for users first. "It's really important that Snapchat is built for people not brands. We think brands and...
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I never thought the new MadI finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road last night, and all I could think about while leaving the theater was how the hell Avalanche Studios thinks it’s going to make a game out of that. Avalanche Studios,... the team behind the enormous open world sandbox that is the Just Cause series, is releasing a Mad Max game this September, and I couldn’t imagine it living up to the movie… …at least, until I saw the latest trailer.
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Mad Max Savage Road gameCars and monster trucks that tumble and go boom. People beating the hell out of other people. Malformed, and mostly bald, inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic world. A mysterious leading lady slash love... interest. And more cars that go boom. That is the gist of the new trailer for the game tie-in to the blockbuster hit Mad Max Fury Road. And …
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Virtual reality's notion of strapping a display to your head is already a bit weird by itself, but Adult Swim just took that strangeness to a new level. The network's Virtual Brainload app for Android... invites you to grab a Google Cardboard viewer and...
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Breach Exposes I.R.S. Tax Returns

The New York Times - 27 May 2015 03:57
Breach Exposes I.R.S. TaxCriminals gained access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people and used personal information to claim $50 million in fraudulent refunds, the agency said.
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Halo 3: ODST MCC Release DateFor fans of the Halo franchise, you guys must have been thrilled when last year, it was announced that a remastered version of Halo 3: ODST was in the works. Now the question stops being about "if"... the game will be made, but rather "when" it will be released. The good news is that it will be released in a couple of days. This is according to a recent listing on the official Xbox website (via IGN) in which the game was listed as having a release date for the 29th of May 2015. Whether or not the date was meant to be revealed or if it was simply used as a placeholder remains to be seen, but given that we're only a few day away, we won't have wait too long to find out. In case you forgot, Halo 3: ODST will also be given away as a freebie to gamers who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection...
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Epic action and a Keanu drawlThe new trailer for the Point Break reboot proves almost immediately why this film has been described as "inspired" by the original, offering the same characters and high-flying stunts, with a whole... new take on the storyline. The post Epic action and a Keanu drawl dominate this Point Break reboot trailer appeared first on Digital Trends.
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One Of Snapchat's Key FeaturesOne of the ways Snapchat has managed to prevent users from taking screenshots of snaps that have been sent is by implementing a hold-to-view feature. Basically what this means is that in order to view... the snap, users would have to press and hold the display in order to view the photo or video that was sent. However it looks that feature could soon be removed. This is according to Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel who spoke at the Code Conference in Los Angeles this evening. Spiegel was asked by the conference's hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg about the feature in which Spiegel said that the reason it was introduced was to circumvent the lack of a Screenshot API on the iPhone. Like we said, this was one of the security measures Snapchat took in order to prevent users from taking screenshots...
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Amazon Fire Phone Price Gets Cut Again

Ubergizmo - 27 May 2015 03:52
Amazon Fire Phone Price GetsThe Amazon Fire Phone was launched with a lot of hype and high expectations surrounding it. After all the company's Kindle Fire Android tablets proved to be rather successful, so it is assumed that... the same could carry on in the Fire Phone, but unfortunately that did not happen, thus leading to Amazon cutting its price. Well it looks like Amazon has decided to give the Fire Phone another price cut, this time dropping its price down to $179 fully unlocked, meaning that customers won't need to sign up with a carrier or to a contract in order to buy the phone at that price. Even better it looks like despite the price cut, Amazon is still including a Prime membership for a year worth $99. So if you're a frequent Amazon shopper looking for a new phone, this does seem like a win-win situation....
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Penn State Boots Frat For NudePenn State University on Tuesday booted the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity from campus for at least three years after an investigation into the distribution of nude photos of unconscious women, hazing and... harassment. School administrators overruled the student-led Interfraternity Council and imposed the suspension after finding evidence fraternity brothers used drugs, tolerated hazing of new members, posted humiliating photos of members and non-members, shared pornographic pictures of women, and used "demeaning language to describe females." "The investigative report makes clear that some members of the KDR chapter promoted a culture of harassing behavior and degradation of women," Damon Sims, vice president for student affairs, said in a statement. "These are not acceptable actions within a...
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Horse armor is on the house:As if players needed more to do in the monumentally massive The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developer CD Projekt Red has announced two free DLC morsels that are coming to all platforms this week. The post... Horse armor is on the house: The Witcher 3 gets more free DLC appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Set to Issue Yen-Denominated Bonds

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 03:38
Apple Set to IssueApple is likely to issue its first yen-denominated bonds in Japan in June, taking advantage of rock-bottom yields.
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Google has made its Roboto font open source

Digital Trends - 27 May 2015 03:34
Google has made its RobotoGoogle has made Roboto, the default font on Android and Chrome OS, open source, making available anything and everything necessary to modify the sans-serif font to your heart's content. The post... Google has made its Roboto font open source appeared first on Digital Trends.
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You know all those GoPro videos you see on the Internet? You know the ones. Where crazy people skydive off planes and fly in wingsuits and snowboard and ride motorcycles and jump off cliffs and live... Very Extreme Lives. All of that happens in the trailer for the remake of Point Break. Only they slapped a dark and gritty filter to make it "cinematic".
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Comedians in Cars GettingThe series' sixth season features Seinfeld chatting with popular comedians including former Seinfeld co-star Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. Watch a trailer previewing the antics... here. The post Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee trailer previews antics with Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Maher appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Making peace with US Air Force and dropping charges against the agency has paid off for SpaceX. Its Falcon 9 rocket has finally been certified, giving the company the right to compete for national... security launches. Elon Musk's space corp has passed ...
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Snapchat's Spiegel: 'I'm not aSnapchat CEO Evan Spiegel opens Code Conference.          
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Microsoft Office and Skype toMicrosoft's suite of apps, including Office and Skype, will come preinstalled on Android devices from Sony and LG thanks to a new agreement between the companies to bring Microsoft's services to more... users. The post Microsoft Office and Skype to be preinstalled on new Sony and LG Android tablets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Driving an electric car that gives off no emissions is one of the best ways to reduce your personal transport carbon footprint. But if an EV is out of reach, the next best thing could be a simple... retrofittable, scalable device called Air2Nitrous (A2N). Its creators claim it can reduce engine emissions by 90 percent, while cutting fuel consumption by 20 percent. ..
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PomPom Mirror reflects your furry side

Slash Gear - 27 May 2015 03:20
PomPom Mirror reflects yourSometimes it feels as if there is nothing new under the sun, and then something like the PomPom Mirror happens. This is a mirror made of cream-colored and black handfuls of fur, and it uses the... contrasting colors to reflect the people and objects that stand before it (in silhouette form, that is). It's perhaps the most bizarre mirror you'll …
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Snapchat CEO: The Tech Bubble"I think that people are making riskier investments and ... there will be a correction," he said.
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Snapchat CEO: We Have a Plan for an IPO

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 03:17
Snapchat CEO: We Have a PlanSnapchat now ranks among the most popular social-networking services in the world, approaching 100 million users logging on every day.
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Video gives us our first lookSuicide Squad is one of the more highly anticipated superhero movies that will release next summer and Mashable directs our attention to some videos that have been popping up on the web that show the... new version of the Batmobile in the film. Several different users on YouTube, Vine and Instagram all posted eye-witness videos of a car chase involving the Batmobile and the Joker inside a purplish car. RELATED: This is the first photo showing the entire 'Suicide Squad' in costume Although Ben Affleck, who will play the Caped Crusader in the film, wasn’t on the set, witnesses reported seeing the actors who play Joker and Harley Quinn driving in the car being chased by the Batmobile. Suicide Squad is being
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Enthusiasts of driving games should get ready: Two driving titles and a newly announced game from EA have recently received updates. This week, some new information surfaced regarding the newest... reboot from Electronic Arts. Additionally, the developers of DLC of "Driveclub" and the Wii U version of "Project CARS" have also released statements about the game and some teasers.
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Twitter, Flipboard deal couldTwitter is reportedly in talks to buy Flipboard. Here's why the acquisition makes sense for both companies. Video provided by Newsy          
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Sorry, Charlie: The CharlieWhat's really making objects move in that viral craze involving pencils and summoning ghosts? It's not the demon you think it is, freaked-out teens.
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Ouch! Watch Tesla's Model SA new video of a Tesla Model S P85D on a dyno has hit the Internet, and the car is so powerful, it actually snaps the dynamometer's belt. The all-electric Model S produces 691 horsepower and a... reported 864 pound-feet of torque. The post Ouch! Watch Tesla’s Model S P85D snap a dyno belt with its insane torque appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Un-Candidate: ElizabethElizabeth Warren talks about consumer protection, trade and more at the Code Conference.
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Hawaii Governor AnnouncesHawaii Gov. David Ige announced his support for building the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on Tuesday, saying the project has the right to proceed. "I do not doubt that they did more than any... previous telescope project to be a good neighbor," he said during a press conference at the Capitol. Protests against the planned observatory on Mauna Kea, which is considered a sacred mountain by many Native Hawaiians, forced construction to come to a standstill last month after dozens of people were arrested blocking construction vehicles. While he said the TMT has the right to proceed, Ige announced that he is asking the University of Hawaii to legally promise that this is the last area on Mauna Kea where a telescope could be built, as well as decommission at least one-fourth of the...
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Following a teaser trailer from way back last year and a gameplay trailer just last month, developer Avalanche Studios has released a new trailer for "Mad Max." This time, however, the aim is to delve... deeper in the story and the characters. Titled "Savage Road," the trailer tells of the story of Max and his quest toward creating the new war machine after his Interceptor was stolen by Wasteland bandits. According to a press release sent to International Business Times, Max's quest is to escape from the Wasteland with the help of his sidekick mechanic Chumbucket.
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As the sentencing hearing nears for Ross Ulbricht, the 31-year-old convicted of creating and running online black market Silk Road, the government has filed a summary of some of the worst items users... could buy on the site, asking the judge to give him a "lengthy sentence." In a letter filed on Tuesday, the government described how 1.5 million transactions with a total value of $214 million were carried out over Silk Road, including at least $8.9 million in sales of heroin, $17.3 million of cocaine, and $8.1 million of methamphetamine. The filings included screenshots of listings for drugs, which made up 95 percent of sales on the site, as well as other illicit items like fake IDs, computer hacking services, and money laundering manuals. The government also included evidence of firearms...
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Pretty in sudden exit from Hills

The Australian - 27 May 2015 03:00
Pretty in sudden exit fromHills CEO Ted Pretty will leave the technology group following a review of strategy at the firm he helped transform.
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Hot Topic is buying ThinkGeek

The Verge - 27 May 2015 02:59
Back in the '90s, retailer Hot Topic gained a level of notoriety by gobbling up punk / alternative culture and style and repackaging it for mall-going teens across the country. (I'm not judging, I may... have bought a few Tool t-shirts there in my day.) Now, the company is getting its hands into geek culture -- Hot Topic just bought Geeknet, owners of the goofy ThinkGeek.com online shop. ThinkGeek is pretty well-known for its wide variety of kitschy, pop-culture focused offerings -- the site's banner features huge properties like Marvel, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and more. But it also has historically offered a host of weird, offbeat products like USB-powered beverage coolers, laser-projected keyboards, and all manner of other oddities.
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Genderless underwear companyGenderless underwear company Play Out recently featured breast cancer survivors that have undergone double mastectomies without reconstruction as models in order to challenge the way we perceive... fashion, gender and bring awareness to breast cancer Abby Sugar, the owner of the Play Out told Mashable that the models featured in the campaign are her good friends. One of the models, Emily Jensen, has a support group called FlatTopper Pride that collaborated on the project. See also: Melissa McCarthy stays cool while confronting sexist movie reviewer Jodi Jaecks and Emily Jensen Image: Candace Doyal
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What's Hot in the Art World? Algorithms

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 02:55
What's Hot in the Art World?Dealers in digital art are amassing algorithms, the computerized formulas that automate processes from stock-market sales to social networks. But it's a very abstract art form.
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Rubrik adds $41m in funding,When a startup's $10 million in funding is followed two months later by a further $41 million, it's safe to say they're tapping into a trend. In the case of Rubrik, that trend is enterprise data... management. Promising an all-in-one approach to enterprise backup and recovery, Rubrik announced its Converged Data Management platform in late March along with its initial funding. Introduced at the time via an early-access program, Rubrik's technology aims to "eliminate backup software" by fusing enterprise data management with Web-scale IT. On Tuesday, Rubrik announced the $41 million Series B portion of its funding along with the general availability of its r300 Series hybrid cloud appliance. The Rubrik r300, a 2U unit containing up to four x86 nodes, comes pre-configured with the Rubrik...
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Mandriva goes into liquidation Mandriva, a French purveyor of desktop Linux, is being wound up, after becoming totally incapable of supporting usual performance (TITSUP), financially at least....
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Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster game confirmed

Slash Gear - 27 May 2015 02:51
Resident Evil Zero HD RemasterThere have been some rumbles in the past, and some hints here and there that got fans excited, but until this past Memorial Day weekend nothing was set in stone: there is going to be a Resident Evil... Zero HD Remaster video game launching early next year, and Capcom has confirmed it. Maybe the last time around you played the …
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Thumbs Up! Thumbs Off!Evan Spiegel wants people to watch more videos. So Snapchat is (probably) going to make it easier to watch videos.
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NTT DOCOMO Will Be The FirstEarly this year Qualcomm announced a new technology that they are working on dubbed Sense ID. It sounds a lot like Apple's Touch ID and rightfully so since Sense ID is also a fingerprint scanning... technology. However if it has one advantage over Touch ID, it is that it relies on ultrasound to scan the person's ID, versus the 2D method which is currently being used. Now the question is when can we start seeing OEMs incorporate Sense ID into their products? The good news is that we won't have to wait too long as Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO has recently announced that they will be deploying Qualcomm's Sense ID into phones that will be released on its network, which at the moment includes brands such as Sharp and Fujitsu. This rollout will begin 28th of May so new phones from Sharp and Fujitsu...
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Win a Double Pass to SwisseSwisse Wellness is excited to announce it will join Wanderlusters in Brisbane on Saturday, May 30 for the Wanderlust 108 'mindful triathlon' event, as part of a four-­‐year partnership with the... renowned international yoga and mindfulness program. Wanderlust 108 will take place at the Cultural Forecourt along Brisbane's Southbank, and will celebrate all things wellness, The post Win a Double Pass to Swisse Wanderlust 108 this weekend appeared first on GCMAG.
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If you're tired of your ugly mug staring back from across the bathroom sink every morning, just install this furry silhouetting mirror from New York-based artist Daniel Rozin. He built it for the... Descent With Modification exhibit at NYC's bitforms ga...
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Echolocation becomes your eyesIs a haunted house still scary if you can't see anything inside it? That's what The Deep End Games is going for in its debut effort, Perception. Just launched on Kickstarter, the upcoming game tells... a haunted house story from the perspective of Cassie, a blind woman who "sees" using echolocation. The Deep End is a new studio founded by ex-Irrational Games designer Bill Gardner. Irrational created the BioShock series under Ken Levine's direction, and Gardner honed his talents over the 12 years he spent there. See also: 9 Video Games You Can Beat in Under 10 Hours Perception follows Cassie whose dreams are haunted by an abandoned mansion. When she learns that the dream location is a real place in northern coastal Massachusetts, she sets out to uncover the mysteries hidden away there.
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Oregon lawmakers advance measure barring people from sneakily taking photos up women's skirts
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Snapchat CEO says that holdingSpeaking at the Code Conference south of Los Angeles this evening, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the key Snapchat feature of needing to hold down the display to view a photo or a video will... go away in the future. Asked by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg about needing to hold down on the […]
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Snapchat Considers Losing A Finger

TechCrunch - 27 May 2015 02:33
Snapchat Considers Losing A You might not have to hold your finger on the screen to view your snaps in the future, says CEO Evan Speigel. “It’s annoying to hold your finger there,” said Spiegel, talking about the... difficulty of longer video content on Snapchat. Because there’s a screenshot API now, Spiegel says that their initial ‘hack’ of having a user hold a finger on the screen…
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Amazon Prime an EcoCrime

The Loop - 27 May 2015 02:33
There was nothing unique about these items--they were puny in size and yet they arrived in a giant box bursting with air-filled packaging material. And I looked at that box with absolute and complete... disgust, wondering, Is Amazon Prime actually an EcoCrime? Others on Twitter agreed with that take, which only reaffirmed my guilt for using Prime--for being an unwitting enabler of waste. I'm not a member of Amazon Prime, but I know a lot of people, like Om, that are. I can't wait to hear the explanation for the oversized packaging from Amazon.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The latest Humble Bundle letsThe latest Humble Bundle launched earlier today, and for the first time in the history of the service, Nintendo is getting its own bundle. The Humble Nindie Bundle currently features eight Wii U and... 3DS games, with more to be added in the coming days. DON’T MISS: Need for Speed reboot trailer brings the series back underground In order to receive eShop codes for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Woah Dave! and Mighty Switch Force! (all of which inexplicably have exclamation marks in their names), you only have to contribute $1.00. You can add The Fall, OlliOlli and Moon Chronicles to your collection as well by beating the average, which is currently sitting at around $9.00. You’ll also get any other games
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At Google I/O, Android mayAndroid, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, could soon find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other "smart" appliances around the home. The OS will be... in the spotlight at Google's massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets. Google hasn't confirmed any of those plans yet, but as usual, the rumor mill has been in motion. Extending Android to even more devices could help Google draw more people to its online services, and by putting the software in home appliances, Google could gather further valuable insights into people's behavior.
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Teens are trying to summonThey're at it again — no, not lip plumping or Zayn mourning Teens don't always have comprehension of consequences, but you'd think that summoning demons on social media would throw up a red flag.... The hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge took over Twitter Memorial Day weekend. In the challenge, participants balance two pencils perpendicularly and ask a spirit named Charlie a question, who then supposedly moves the pencils to reveal an answer See also: Fake Psychic Horrifies Customers With Eye-Popping Ouija Board Prank Charlie challenge? #charliecharliechallenge A photo posted by Stephanie Vazquez
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The Australian Department of Parliamentary Services has said it needs to improve its disaster and data recovery capability after a power outage in its data centre last week.
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'IT' movie's future uncertainThe upcoming movie to be based on Stephen King's chilling and bizarre novel IT is now on shaky ground, with the flick's director Cary Fukunaga abandoning the project. Fukunaga has enjoyed success with... his work on True Detective, but his name won't be attached to New Line's rendition of King's book -- if the movie happens at all, at this …
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Files petition arguing opposite of last petition Lobbying group USTelecom - AT&T, Verizon etc - has filed a petition against itself in an effort to prevent new net neutrality rules from taking... effect....
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On this day of mergers and acquisitions , the site Recode--which was started by ex-WSJ tech writers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher--is being bought by Vox Media, which publishes The Verge, Vox.com,... Curbed, and various other sites. The New York Times has more details on the purchase. [TKTK ]
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Bill Nye teams up with AmyWarning: This post contains strong language that some may find offensive. Bill Nye the Science Guy, a.k.a the explainer of things for millennials, stopped by Inside Amy Schumer to explain just what... the universe is for During the skit, Nye reveals that the universe actually has the power to communicate directly to women in their 20s. Apparently putting your dream out into the universe and making connections to completely unrelated things is the key to it all. Who knew? A man tries his best to understand women's underwear Kids launching off a 'blob' will make you miss summer camp So maybe Tic-Tac-Toe is harder than it looks Make your Lego bricks gummy and never step on a plastic corner again
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Motorize your favoriteThe Mellow module includes dual in-wheel motors capable of zipping you around at 25 miles per hour, and a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that'll keep you going for about ten miles per charge. The... post Motorize your favorite scuffed-up skateboard with Mellow appeared first on Digital Trends.
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At the end of March this year, Microsoft made an announcement of their latest tablet, the Microsoft Surface 3, which is a device that Microsoft like to call “the full Windows experience”. I would... like to think that the Surface 3 is meant to take over from where Windows RT left off, and hopefully, this time around, the Surface 3 will end up as a popular consumer-friendly device that folks would not mind toting it. As we all jolly well know, the success of a particular device would also hinge largely on the marketing and promotional materials, which is why right after the jump, you will be able to check out a quartet of more short videos in addition to the one above that promotes the various aspects and qualities of the Microsoft Surface 3. These videos above will deal with various...
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Teacher promises to cancelSince the first final exam was administered, students have tried everything in their power to get out of the testing process. Turns out you just need Taylor Swift to pick up the phone Ike Stoner (real... name), a sophomore at Skyview High School in Billings, Montana, pitched the idea to his teacher, Colter Pierce, that if Taylor Swift calls him on the phone, the entire class will be exempt from their exam, KTVQ reports See also: Fan-made Lego portrait of Taylor Swift took 2 days and 35,840 bricks to make "It was just kind of a joke really," Stoner told KTVQ. I just wanted to see if I could get more followers on Twitter."
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Snapchat's Evan Spiegel TalksSnapchat's reticent CEO sits down with Re/code's Swisher and Mossberg.
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Tech news site Re/code acquired by Vox Media

L.A. Times - 27 May 2015 02:11
Tech news site Re/codeFast-growing digital media company Vox Media has acquired tech blog Re/code.
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Turning Snapchat into a business.
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What Does A Star TrekThere are many different kinds of questions that are sure to be asked in life, and this particular one certainly deserves its place. After all, if you have an insane amount of money, would you want to... refurbish your home to have it look like that of the U.S.S. Enterprise starship from the Star Trek series? A certain Tim Baker and his crew as featured on the "Super-Fan Builds" web series have come together to work out a “Star Trek” Enterprise home office for super-fan Jake Geiger, and this was made possible thanks to his girlfriend Christina Haberkern who nominated him. You can tell from a glance that Geiger is a super fan, since his office is packed to the brim with “Star Trek” collectibles, and his girlfriend (how sweet of her) guessed it would not be too far off the mark to ask...
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H1Z1 devs letting bannedOn today's show, Ashley and Khail think up ways for cheaters in video games to repent for their sins, watch the fast-moving VelociRoACH and learn more about a task-learning bot named BRETT.
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Alleged Lumia 940, 940 XL Specs Leaked

Ubergizmo - 27 May 2015 02:02
Alleged Lumia 940, 940 XLThe Lumia 940 is an upcoming handset from Microsoft that we have been hearing about for a while now. If the rumors are to be believed, the phone could very well be Microsoft's next-gen flagship that... would most probably be launched after the release of Windows 10 Mobile. That being said, updated specs have surfaced courtesy of WMPowerUser. Previously we had heard of the Lumia 940 but it seems that it could also get a larger cousin in the form of the Lumia 940 XL. For the most part both phones appear to be identical with some minor differences in its hardware. For starters the Lumia 940 is said to feature a 5.2-inch display and will come with a 3,000mAh battery. As for the Lumia 940 XL, as the XL suffix suggests, this will be a slightly larger phone and will feature a 5.7-inch display. Both...
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In today's Apple Daily, Apple design chief Jony Ive gets a spiffy new title and some new responsibilities. In other news, more rumors about what we'll see in iOS 9 are surfacing, and Microsoft's... "Cortana" service is said to be coming to iOS sometime later this year. Jony Ive Named 'Chief Design Officer' at Apple For years Jony Ive stuck to the shadows at Apple, to the point that most people outside the company only knew what he looked like from the same handful of publicity stills. Over the last couple of years, however, he's taken on a more visible role at the company, and he'll have a title that better suits that role than "Senior Vice President of Design" come July 1. As Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in an internal memo yesterday (via 9to5Mac), Ive is now Apple's "Chief Design Officer,"...
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The "Savage Road" story trailer suggests that there's a deeper tale behind all of the desert-drenched road rage and creative killing in the Mad Max video game. Apparently, that story is about a dude... looking for a car, finding a car, kissing a lady an...
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iOS 9's Transit Maps Will BeLast week we reported that one of the new features that Apple will be introducing in iOS 9 is Transit Maps. This will basically be an additional feature that can be found within the Apple Maps app and... if you are eager to try it out and see if Apple has done it justice, you might be disappointed to learn that its availability could be a bit limited at launch. This is according to the folks at 9to5Mac who claims that the feature will only be available in a handful of cities upon its release. So far they have heard that it will be available in the US, Canada, Europe, and China, but like we said even then it will only cover a few cities and not the entire region. These cities include San Francisco and New York for the US, Toronto for Canada, London, Paris, and Berlin for Europe. For the...
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Microsoft Expands App BundleA couple of months ago, Microsoft announced a deal with Samsung in which several of Microsoft's apps would be bundled together with Samsung's new phones. At that time it seemed like this was a deal... that Microsoft only made with Samsung, but as it turns out it was just a prelude of what's to come. The Redmond company has recently announced that their app bundle deal will now extend to more Android OEMs. This means that Microsoft will include apps such as their Office suite on Android devices, along with the company's other products such as OneDrive and Skype, presumably with the intention of spreading its ecosystem, even if it is on the platform of its rivals. The company has announced deals with several Android OEMs around the world, but some notable brands you might have heard of include...
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Magical Mekong: Soul-suckingThe wasp (pictured) was discovered in Thailand and named after the monster from the Harry Potter novels as it turns cockroaches into zombies before sucking their life out.
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A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat A presentation given at a conference on high-performance computing (HPC) in Poland earlier this month appears to have yielded new insight into Intel's Xeon... server chip roadmap....
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Microsoft partners with 20Microsoft apps will soon come pre-installed on more Android devices thanks to 20 new partnerships the company has forged with tablet makers around the world. The group of global and regional partners,... which includes LG, Sony, Haier and Wortmann, will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on devices in the near future. Beyond that, it's mostly unclear when the manufacturers will be launching tablets with Microsoft's apps pre-installed. Sony is slated to start with its Xperia Z4 in the next 90 days, but Microsoft hasn't provided a timetable for the other manufacturers. LG, for its part, will include the apps on a new tablet sometime later this year. Going forward, manufacturers will have the freedom to pick which apps (if any) show up on a given tablet.
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On HBO's 'Silicon Valley,'One of the major disadvantages of watching a show week-to-week as opposed to binging on Netflix is that a program may feel unfocused and adrift, even as its putting the pieces in place for a major and... satisfying story development. That’s certainly been the case for Silicon Valley over the past few weeks, as disparate plot points and characters, from the introduction of Hooli’s XYZ Moonshot department to the aborted livestream event for Homicide […]
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[From GamerTell] The latest Humble Indie Bundle is a Humble Nindie Bundle, offering up independent titles for Wii U and 3DS via the Nintendo eShop.
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The Battle Room Workspace

Life Hacker - 27 May 2015 02:00
Today's featured workspace comes to us from the battlestations subreddit, but this is no ordinary battlestation. It's more like a battle room or a shrine to all things gaming and geeky.
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This Creepy New Malware TracksEven if you don't have cell phone service underground
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Until Dawn Hits PS4 This August 25th

Ubergizmo - 27 May 2015 01:55
Until Dawn Hits PS4 ThisWell, well, what do we have here? Apparently, there is a brand new update on Until Dawn for the PS4 which is bound to be thrilling news for those who have a keen interest in the game. Basically, the... release date for Until Dawn has been announced, and that would mean you can start to circle August 25th on your calendar from now on in anticipation. Apart from the announcement of the release date for Until Dawn, there is also another bit of news that you might want to take note of – and that would be a new cast member, namely Peter Stormare of Prison Break, The Big Lebowski and (more recently) Arrow fame. Peter has provided the team with some incredibly powerful performances in the motion capture studio itself, and for those who will be playing the game, the development team is quite sure...
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Electronics giant Toshiba has announced higher capacity models of its high-speed Exceria Pro SD cards, increasing the maximum storage available to 128GB. The 16GB and 32GB Exceria Pro cards have... existed for some time in European markets. Toshiba claims they achieve read speeds of 260MB/s and write speeds of 240MB/s, and the new 64GB card is said to follow suit. The highest capacity 128GB card offers a read speed of 260MB/s but a write speed of 150MB/s.
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How the Rise of theWhat we experienced with the rise of the U.S. middle class in the 1950s has started to take place in broader international markets today.
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Largest photo ever is a 46TBThe world's largest photo keeps getting bigger, and at this point it's far too big to store on your laptop's hard drive. The latest image to earn the title is a massive shot of the Alps that took more... than two weeks to fully photograph and that takes up an astounding 46TB of space. With an image this big, you …
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Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Richard Deitsch, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:
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Good Riddance to Little League

Slate - 27 May 2015 01:48
Is Little League participation on the wane? And, if so, should we care? Those were two major questions raised by a Wall Street Journal piece from last week documenting the apparent decline of casual... sporting leagues in a nation of kids who have either been bewitched by video games or encouraged to specialize in one sport year-round--or both, if the sport in which they specialize is competitive Minecraft. Whether you find the WSJ report convincing and conclusive--and there are good reasons to be skeptical of it--it should raise in your mind an overwhelmingly important point: Little League and other youth sports leagues are terrible, and we should not be sad to see them go.
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Watch the official Galaxy S6If you’ve ever wanted a smartphone that looks like a Marvel superhero, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition, which... will go on sale on May 27th in Korea and will then launch in China and Hong Kong in June. The device will be much the same as the regular Galaxy S6 edge, only it will be colored red and gold and will feature an image of Iron Man on its rear panel. The device also comes with 64GB of storage, which makes it a step up from the basic 32GB tier of the original Galaxy S6 edge. FROM EARLIER: Linux creator says Windows, OS X, iOS and Android are
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It has been a month of supertall news to top them all, with the World Trade Center's record-breaking 1,776-foot height possibly getting scooped by a surprise spire in Midtown Manhattan. Now a new... rendering from Visualhouse posted at New York Yimby gives an idea of how dramatically the New York City skyline will change just 15 years from now.
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NASA to Move Space StationFlight controllers will robotically move the Permanent Multipurpose Module from the orbiting lab's Unity module over to the Tranquility module. You can watch live here at Space.com beginning at 8 a.m.... EDT Wednesday, courtesy of NASA TV.
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The tears are out there: NewDavid Duchovney and Gillian Anderson seem as psyched that X-Files is returning as the series' superfans. Actually, maybe they are the show's biggest superfans First the pair staged a very public kiss,... now David Duchovny has admitted that reading the new script made him very emotional See also: 6 modern 'X-Files' mysteries that will stress 2015 Scully and Mulder out “I got the first script this morning,” Duchovny told Entertainment Weekly. “I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page." Tears were an appropriate reaction, so this is just further evidence that the actor is a human and not an alien being
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Breach at IRS Exposes Tax Returns

Wall Street Journal - 27 May 2015 01:39
Breach at IRS Exposes TaxThe IRS said identity thieves used one of its online services to obtain prior-year tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. households.
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Following the newly released "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" update for the PC, developer CD Projekt Red has issued a new patch. The Patch 1.04 is still for the PC, but it has a number of changes. At the... official "The Witcher" website, the full patch notes have been released. A lot of the inputs are fixes to issues, like the looped dialogues, incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors, spontaneous combustion of gas clouds, boat stuttering and inability to save some usernames when importing from "The Witcher 2."
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Vox Media Acquires Re/code

TechCrunch - 27 May 2015 01:37
Vox Media Acquires Re/code Digital media conglomerate Vox Media has acquired Re/code, the technology industry news publication led by renowned tech journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. The news was first reported today... by the New York Times. Financial details of the size of the deal, which was reportedly all-stock, have not been disclosed. Re/code launched in January 2014 by Swisher and Mossberg and a number…
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Promoting WASH Through Traditional Leaders and Technology

The Huffington Post - 27 May 2015 01:34
Promoting WASH ThroughYou always bring a gift when meeting with the traditional leaders or "chiefs" in Zambia. Typically the chiefs request foodstuffs for their people, things like cooking oil or maize. Occasionally a... chief may request something different, such as a blanket. Chiefs in rural Zambia distribute these items among the poorer families in their tribes. There is a deep sense of responsibility among the chiefs for their people, and a strong sense of pride that chiefs feel as the quality of life of their people improves. When we first started working in the WASH sector in Zambia, we were using mobile phones and cloud-based data aggregation to engage government workers. We worked through community volunteers and district environmental health technicians. Toilets were built and hand-washing stations were...
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Think You Can't Be TrackedResearchers warn malware could track you through your smartphone, even underground where phones are cut off from connections. Simply capturing data from your phone's motion sensors is enough to... pointpoint your location and movements, they say.
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60 frames per second and zero lag. The post Duet Display app turns iPad into second display for Mac and PC appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Developed by ex-Apple engineers, Duet Display is secure, simple, and allows you to use your iOS and OS X devices in harmony with 60 frames per second and zero lag.
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More phones to get Windows app

The Australian - 27 May 2015 01:29
More phones to get Windows appMicrosoft’s quest to be a meaningful part of your mobile life continues with expanding plans for its smart personal assistant.
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Lenovo has outlined for fiscal year 2016 it plans to continue to grow its mobility market share between its two smartphone brands, Lenovo and Motorola, each targeting different segments of the market.
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Bored with bowling? Try this hack

Mashable - 27 May 2015 01:24
Bored with bowling? Try thisTake comedy duo Tripp and Tyler's advice and everyone around you will think you and your friends are the worst bowlers on earth — but they won't comprehend your genius. The Tripp and Tyler Show,... formerly known as “Don’t Be That Guy,” is filled with tips and tricks to make life easier and more fun. This week, the pair have a prescription to spice up your next visit to the lanes: reverse bowling. They explain the technique in the video above. See also: Take the stress out of packing for an overnight trip “The reason we created this show is because we want to make your life better,” Tyler said. “It's that simple.”
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Vox Media Buys Tech News Website Re/code

NBC News - 27 May 2015 01:24
Tech news website Re/code says it's been acquired by online publishing company Vox Media.
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This doesn't seem like the most efficient way to get a car onto a ship but who am I to judge? It's not like the planks were going to break or the wheels of the car were going to run off the edges or... that anything could possibly slip out of position or anything like that could happen, right?
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Sandisk says its next solidSanDisk has announced that it will soon introduce a line of solid state drives that offers respectable performance but is priced similarly to traditional hard disk drives. The post Sandisk says its... next solid state drives will have disk-like pricing appeared first on Digital Trends.
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We're one step closer to biodegradable gadgets. These computer chips are made almost entirely out of wood.
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After spinning off from Wall Street Journal, tech blog is acquired by Vox Media chain
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Online Publisher Vox AcquiresThe deal adds to Vox Media's growing news operations and gives it a powerful tech conference business
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2 of Letterman's final 'TopTake this as a reminder to always be nice to the intern, not only because they're people, but because they may be your boss one day. For David Letterman's final run on The Late Show, he invited a... star-studded cast to perform his popular "Top 10" skit. Celebs like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Carrey let him have it in the final list, sharing what they've always wanted to say to the late-night star. See also: CBS wasted no time destroying Letterman's set, and fans go dumpster diving But it turns out, a 21-year-old intern wrote two of the jokes that made it into the list, Bill Scheft, a long-time employee of the show revealed via a lengthy blog post.
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World's most spoiled dogThe son of China’s richest man has bought not one, but two gold Apple Watch Editions. For his dog. Wang Sicong’s father, real-estate magnate Wang Jianlin, is worth about $34 billion dollars, and... the 27-year-old son officially has too much…
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Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg's tech site, Re/code, will be joining Vox Media's portfolio of digital news sites. The post Vox Media Acquires Tech News Site Re/code appeared first on WIRED.
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Did LG Acquire Mobile VideoBy now we're sure many of you guys should be familiar with the Meerkat app, an app that made its debut at SXSW which basically allows users to use their mobile devices to create live streams that... people can tune into, kind of like Twitch for your phone. With it being a social app, it seemed ripe for companies like Facebook to acquire it, but as it turns out it could have been someone else. According to the folks at Phandroid, they have recently discovered a trademark filed by LG for the name "Meerkat". While it is entirely possible that this could be a name for an entirely different product, its description certainly sounds like the Meerkat video streaming app, leading us to believe that perhaps LG might have acquired the company. The description of the trademark reads, "IC 009. US 021 023...
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This 'Artist' Takes YourInstagram is filled with photos taken by everyone around the world. Some of these photos are taken by professionals who use Instagram as their portfolio, hoping that it would land them photography... gigs or maybe even requests for larger prints in exchange for money. Now it seems that a man by the name of Richard Prince is taking photos from Instagram and reselling them in real-life for money, without the permission of the photographer. What this means is that if you have a photo that looks like it could be print-worthy, it could be selling for thousands of dollars to someone without your knowledge. What Prince does is that he takes these photos, makes some edits, blows them up, and puts them up for sale. Recently he had an exhibit in New York City in which he sold several pieces for as much...
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Samsung Patent TransformsHaving a hybrid device in theory sounds like a good idea. After all it does seem to be very convenient to have a laptop with a detachable screen that doubles up as a tablet, that way users have more... freedom in their movements and they won't have to buy separate devices. Makes sense, doesn't it? Unfortunately it seems hybrid devices have yet to truly catch on, but in the meantime it has not stopped Samsung from toying around with ideas. According to a recently discovered patent by the folks at Patently Mobile, it seems to suggest that Samsung is interested in creating a laptop with a smartphone dock. What the dock does is that it allows the user to insert their smartphone into it, thus transforming their Android phone into a Windows laptop. Basically the smartphone would contain most of the...
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LG Watch Urbane trails Apple

The Australian - 27 May 2015 01:11
LG Watch Urbane trails AppleAndroid Wear watches are still frustrating wrist-top computers that happen to tell the time.
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Oculus acquires imageVirtual reality headset maker Oculus VR has acquired Surreal Vision, a company developing image recognition technology that can recreate scenes from real life inside simulated 3D environments. The... technology could help Oculus to create more varied and realistic virtual environments as the Facebook-owned company prepares to launch its flagship consumer device, the Oculus Rift, early next year. The technology will enable new forms of presence and telepresence, and let people feel like they're traveling the globe and interacting with real-world objects, Oculus said in its announcement on Tuesday.
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WTF! Merriam-Webster Adds AEmoji (noun): Merriam-Webster just added "emoji," "meme," "WTF" and "clickbait" to the dictionary among 1,700 new words, meaning that the Internet has succeeded in ruining the English language. JK LOL... In a blog post, Merriam-Webster noted that some of the new words are "kind of goofy" and some come from the "not-so-natural world," including "net neutrality," "dark money," "click fraud," "photobomb" and "NSFW." We'll take just a little credit: The entry for "jegging" includes a citation from a HuffPost article, and another citation for "clickbait" refers to "those seductive Huffington Post-esque headlines." The dictionary site reports that its editors identify new words by spending an hour or two each day reading newly published material, online and otherwise, and checking for new and...
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Re/code bought by Vox Media

USA Today - 27 May 2015 01:08
Re/code bought by Vox MediaThe announcement was made Tuesday at the company's Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.          
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Hoist Up the Liberland Flag

Slate - 27 May 2015 01:07
Listen to Episode 264 of Slate's The Gist:
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The US Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to launch military and spy satellites, according to Reuters. Currently, the control of those launches is dominated by the United Launch... Alliance, a Boeing and Lockheed Martin consortium. Elon Musk and SpaceX spent two years and more than $60 million to acquire the certification. The company will now compete for about one-third of these launches, as it will apparently won't be able to launch the largest satellites until its bigger rocket -- the Falcon Heavy -- is built, tested, and certified on its own. The heated battle between SpaceX and the ULA gets hotter The battle between SpaceX and the ULA was heated long before today's certification. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, c...
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Carly Fiorina Calls The Chinese Unimaginative Idea Thieves

The Huffington Post - 27 May 2015 01:06
Carly Fiorina Calls TheGOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina tells a reporter in a video that surfaced Tuesday that Americans shouldn't fear competition with China because its people lack creativity. Fiorina, while... speaking out against Common Core education standards with the Iowa politics blogger Caffeinated Thoughts in January, said the policy isn't the answer to concerns that American students are lagging behind China's. "I've been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can't do is innovate," said Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO. "They're not terribly imaginative. They're not entrepreneurial. They don't innovate. That's why they're stealing our intellectual property." The video was mostly unnoticed until Tuesday, when Buzzfeed...
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Sony has long been willing to discount certain PlayStation games if you're a Plus subscriber, but it hasn't offered the certainty of Xbox Live's Deals With Gold. You don't know that you're going to... get a steady stream of bargains, especially not for ...
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Smoked salmon gets new meaningAnother seemingly normal food has been infused with cannabis In celebration of the unofficial stoner holiday on April 20 last month, Rosenberg's Bagels owner Joshua Pollack and its general manager and... self-proclaimed "Salmon Messiah" Nicky "The Fish" created what is most likely the first smoked salmon that will also get you stoned See also: Marijuana K-Cups: Convenient coffee that picks you up and chills you out The bagel shop and delicatessen, located in Denver where the consumption of recreational cannabis is legal, decided to combine two of their favorite pastimes: marijuana and smoked salmon.
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Blocking Starlight Much CloserToday's blog is by guest blogger Dr. Jay Pasachoff. Jay is Chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Eclipses and is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College.... He has viewed 61 solar eclipses, and is an expert on both their use for scientific observations and their use for public education. Jay […]
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Leading U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and U.S. Cellular have announced plans for selling the LG G4. Best Buy too will be selling the LG G4, and it has already... started taking preorders. Best Buy is offering both contract and off-contract LG G4 through carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. As of this writing, it is not yet selling T-Mobile's LG G4 handset. The retailer also is offering a $100 gift card with purchase.
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This week's sidebar poll: whatIt's the most wonderful time of the year... It's the hap-happiest conference of all! Google I/O is just two short days away. Google I/O is a bit like Christmas. Everyone gets together to drink, talk... shop, and drink. Everyone waits in anticipation for Santa -- Sundar Pichai -- to come out and give us all our presents. Now, I/O makes a lot of parents -- developers and bloggers -- panic it's a chaotic time of travel and frantically trying to scoop together as much as possible to make sure the big day is perfect for their kids -- users. And no matter what is announced on that stage, the only thing every kid wants on Christmas is to play with it. Right. Now. And while we have a pretty good idea of what some of our material design-wrapped presents are going to be, it's always fun to dream about...
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A Chinese Scion Outfitted HisThey're the gold versions, too
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Left Field

Slate - 27 May 2015 01:02
Looking at the Democratic primary as a movie, a film critic might say that Sen. Bernie Sanders is a little "on-the-nose" as an antagonist to Hillary Clinton. He is her reverse. Where Hillary is... well-known (and to many women, an icon), he is obscure. Where she embodies the establishment, he is on its outskirts, a self-identified "socialist" from the liberal enclave of Burlington, Vermont. Where she gives six-figure speeches, he is among the "poorest" members of the Senate with a net worth of roughly $460,000. She plans to run a $2 billion campaign; he hopes to raise $50 million.
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[From GamerTell] NBA 2K16 players who pre-order can get their b-ball on four days before the game officially releases.
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WIOS-5.8 portable wirelessWhen it comes to portable or wireless speakers, there are dime a dozen models that are out there in the market. The thing is, with so many different models to choose from, which particular one would... be worth checking out, especially when one does not have the luxury of time to actually go through a slew of reviews and write-ups? Perhaps you might want to consider the WIOS-5.8, as this ...
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Our favorite AndroidQuietly unveiled at MWC in early March, the Huawei Watch might just be the best Android Wear watch made to date. We expected it to be rather pricey, but the gadget might actually be more affordable... than we thought, especially when compared with Apple's Watch price tiers. DON'T MISS: I broke the sapphire screen on my Apple Watch A Reddit user discovered three Huawei models already listed for sale on MobileFun.com, coming in silver, black and gold. The website does list prices for all these models even though it doesn’t list their official release dates. According to MobileFun, the silver and black versions of the Huawei Watch cost $386.99, while the gold model is slightly more expensive at $451.49. For
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Whether you're shooting for sweet or sour, a cocktail should taste delicious. Adding a tiny pinch of salt to your recipe will bring out the good flavors you want without overpowering your taste buds.
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"Nothing says 3-day-weekend has ended like HEARING SOMEONE CLIPPING THEIR DAMN NAILS FROM THE NEXT CUBE OVER," my friend wrote in a status update this morning. I don't think he knows how lucky he is... to have a cubicle.
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Snapchat Isn't Selling Out

Slate - 27 May 2015 00:56
On the surface, Facebook is about people and relationships. Peel back its skin, however, and you'll find layer upon layer of data. Your news feed is the product of a stunningly complex ranking system... that evaluates your friends' posts on features like timeliness, relevance, and virality. Those same rankings determine which of your friends will see your own Facebook posts, and how far down they'll have to scroll to find them. Your every move on Facebook--scroll, click, like, comment--is recorded, analyzed, and factored into the site's inner workings.
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Editors Keys offers cheaperAn English company is deep in development of a cheaper alternative to Microsoft's Type Cover for the Surface Pro, which will reportedly feature its own built-in battery and a much lower price tag. The... post Editors Keys offers cheaper Surface Pro keyboard with built-in battery appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Vox Media, home of websites SB Nation, The Verge, Eater and Vox.com, has been about size. Today it bought influence, adding Re/code, the tech news site founded by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, in an... all stock deal the terms of which were not disclosed.
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Tesla unlikely to be quaking in its boots Nearly a year after Google announced it was adapting Android to act as a car operating system, the first vehicle using the software has gone on sale from... South Korean carmaker Hyundai....
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The third model of the Freeride E family is KTM's first street-legal electric bike. After the Motocross and Enduro versions, the Supermoto is a battery-powered playbike that can also double as one of... the coolest commuters out there. ..
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On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers' files. The post Hackers Hit the IRS and Make Off With 100K Taxpayers’ Files appeared first on... WIRED.
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Sprint is offering a slew of freebies and various payment plans to prospective LG G4 buyers. The device, in metallic gray and genuine leather black, will be available through the Sprint website,... telesales by dialing 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Stores. Preorders began Friday and the device will be available June 5.
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An Honest Apple-Fanboy Review of the Apple Watch

The Huffington Post - 27 May 2015 00:41
An Honest Apple-Fanboy ReviewI'm a certified Apple Fanboy through and through, but at the same time I'm not afraid to be honest and frank when it comes to the Silicon Valley superpower. I recently received my Apple Watch, a... purchase I have been anxiously awaiting since fall, and it's great, but there's definitely room for improvement. Other than the fact it took so long to get here (I pre-ordered on the first day and received my watch last week), I have had plenty of time to get to know the watch, and it's time to set the record straight. The Facts It's important to point out what I'm working with. I ordered the 42 mm Apple Watch (Stainless Steel) with the Milanese Loop band. Also worth noting, this isn't my first smartwatch. I say that because many of the reviews I've seen for the Apple Watch seem to harp on...
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What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

KQED Quest - 27 May 2015 00:40
What Would You Explore with aFrom KQED Education Do Now: A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope--called a Foldscope--to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and... answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?
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The latest image to claim the title of the world's largest photograph was clearly a labor of love: It took 70,000 images, shot over 15 days, in temperatures that hovered around -14 degrees. All told,... the final panorama is 46 terabytes of icy blue beauty.
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If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, then you'll be familiar with the tank-tracked Peacemaker chase vehicle. In fact, the Peacemaker was actually a modified Ripsaw, an off-road vehicle manufactured by... Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies. Although the movie version had a car body on top, the consumer/military version is open-topped. Now, however, Howe & Howe has announced the new-and-enclosed Ripsaw EV2 (Extreme Vehicle 2) - it's described as a "high-end luxury super tank." ..
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Is tech industry makingWayne Sutton sees progress, but also a long road ahead.          
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From KQED Education Do Now: Read what students had to say about the ethics of allowing apps to collect personal data for research.
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IRS says thieves stole taxThieves used an IRS online service to gain access to more than 100,000 taxpayer accounts.          
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Microsoft announces nativeDolby has announced that in a new collaboration with Microsoft, the company will begin incorporating its audio technology into the Windows 10 platform to support Windows Store applications, as well as... the Edge web browser. The post Microsoft announces native Dolby Digital Plus support for Windows 10 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Website Bought

Gizmodo - 27 May 2015 00:36
Vox Media--publisher of The Verge, S.B. Nation, and the eponymous Vox.com--is acquiring the scoop-driven tech website Re/code. According to the Times, the deal consists entirely of stock in Vox Media.... Have any thoughts about this new development? Hop in below.
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iKlip Grip: iPhone Stand andIK Multimedia announced iKlip Grip Tuesday, a single product with that can function as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In other words, you can use it as a stand or a selfie... stick, and it comes with a Bluetooth shutter button for remotely activating your camera. Its holder is designed to accommodate smartphones of most sizes, as well as cameras. It ships later this month for US$59.99.
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Psychedelic drugs should be reclassified to encourage new research into their medical applications, a researcher argues in an opinion piece published in The British Medical Journal today. Before... substances such as LSD were stigmatized during the "war on drugs" in the 1970s, studies suggested they could be useful in dealing with psychiatric disorders, writes James Rucker, a psychiatrist at King's College London. But a number of restrictions -- some legal and some financial -- have made studying potentially-helpful drugs far too difficult. "Legal prohibition of some psychotropic substances continues to be a condition of UN membership," Rucker writes, "even though the original reasons for classifying them as such were largely fallacious." I...
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(Reuters) - Human resource software company Workday Inc forecast current-quarter billings below market expectations and reported a bigger quarterly net loss due to higher spending on marketing and... product development.
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This Maldives Resort Was JustTripAdvisor just published their 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards and Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives was named the #1 hotel in the world.
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Paying taxes is generally an unpleasant time. But the baseline misery of siphoning cash back to bureaucrats sounds downright delightful compared to getting straight up robbed, which is what happened... to a lot of people this year. The Internal Revenue Service shut down an online tax filing program today after announcing that thieves breached the system to steal personal information from more than 100,000 people.
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Thieves stole data on 100,000Criminals stole sensitive information about roughly 100,000 taxpayers through the Internal Revenue Service's "Get Transcript" application, a major data breach at the U.S.'s national tax agency. The... thieves first stole information including Social Security details, dates of birth and street addresses from an outside, non-IRS source, the government agency said Tuesday. They then used that information to clear a multistep authentication process and access the IRS site, along with all the personal tax details stored there. The matter is now under review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the IRS' Criminal Investigation unit. The Get Transcript application has also been temporarily shut down.
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Samsung's Tizen Z1 SmartphoneFrom smartwatches and smartphones to smart televisions, Samsung is putting its homegrown Tizen operating system into as many products as it can. While Tizen has yet to take off in the way the company... has hoped, a new report published by Counterpoint Research reveals that there's one place that Tizen mania has struck at least one place: Bangladesh.  The relatively small country is one of the most densely populated in the world, and its people are apparently crazy for Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1. The report says that, in Q1 2015, it was the top-selling smartphone in Bangladesh's nascent mobile market.  See also: Samsung Announces The First Tizen Smartphone, The Z1 This is a big win for Samsung, not just because rivals like Apple and others have been vying to own emerging markets, but...
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A new low for the Feds - or cyber-journalism? The latter The US Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday that info including tax returns and income forms for some 100,000 people were illegally... accessed this year....
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Back to the Future! Real-LifeA hoverboard rider recently soared into Guinness World Records after completing the furthest-ever flight on one of these futuristic, flying skateboards.
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The best time to drink coffeeLet the folks at AsapScience open your eyes to a new strategy for consuming your coffee at precisely the right time to boost the buzz.
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The mid-range Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus is making its debut in India, the apparent successor to the Grand Neo unveiled in January 2014. The Grand Neo Plus is tied to the model No. GT-I9060... launched in January.
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Khloé Kardashian upsetsAnother day, another Kardashian scandal. This time, Khloé Kardashian is coming under fire for wearing a niqab in a selfie posted to Instagram while vacationing in Dubai Khloé shared the image of her... dressed in the veil to her 22.9 million followers on Tuesday with the caption "Habibi Love." Habibi is a casual Arabic term of endearment, with a meaning similar to "beloved." Commenters almost immediately pounced on the image, calling Khloé out for cultural appropriation. See also: Met Gala 2015: There is no excuse for red carpet racism Habibi Love A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on May 26, 2015 at 6:11am PDT
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App claims to know your GPATechnically Incorrect: SmartGPA is a mobile app that uses your smartphone data to keep tabs on how hard you party, as opposed to study.
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IBM's Watson swallows 1,900Technically Incorrect: You have truly deep questions. Watson has the answers. He's like Yoda without the knowing smile.
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Only Voters Count?

Slate - 27 May 2015 00:21
For the second time in a year, the Supreme Court has agreed to wade into an election case at the urging of conservatives. In both cases it has done so despite the issue appearing to be settled by... long-standing precedent. In a case expected to be decided next month, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, conservatives asked the court to bar states from using independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional lines. In a case the court agreed to hear Tuesday, Evenwel v. Abbott, conservatives asked the court to require states to draw their legislative district lines in a particular way: Rather than considering the total population in each district, conservatives argue, the lines should instead divide districts according to the number of people...
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Why I'll Never Feel Ashamed to Be Indian-American

The Huffington Post - 27 May 2015 00:17
Why I'll Never Feel Ashamed to"Think of the starving children in India before you waste the food on your plate," my friends' mothers would say to them. This was in the 1960s in New York City, where I lived as a child. It was... really hurtful and made me feel inferior. So did the taunts by the bullies about my being a "Hindoo" and "cow worshiper." The only people who were treated worse than brown-skinned people were African Americans, who were called "Negros." The United States has changed a lot over the decades. And as I got older, I outgrew this inferiority complex. But I had to work harder than others and think smarter. I had to focus on my strengths and advantages -- which included the depth of my culture, strong family values, and understanding of the world. I knew I would not get the same opportunities as my friends...
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Not all Nexus devices are created equal as the upcoming Android M, code-named Macadamia Nut Cookie or MNC, will reportedly skip the older Nexus smartphones and tablets. Google's mobile operating... system upgrade this year, it appears, is exclusive to the 2014 Nexus builds while the Nexus 2015 will surely debut with Android M on release date.
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Microsoft Bringing Cortana ToMicrosoft has announced that it will be offering a Cortana app to iOS and Android devices later this year. The app will be released alongside Windows 10, and will bring many of the same features found... in Cortana on Windows Phone.
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Download 12 episodes of ComedyEvery day, we try to bring you the best selection of free apps we can find on the App Store, but today we have the unique pleasure of being able to alert you to some free TV shows as well. For a... limited time, Comedy Central is giving away an episode from 12 of its most popular shows as part of a huge sale on Google Play. DON’T MISS: Android M: Everything we expect to see this week in Google's new mobile OS As with anything on Google Play, the layout of the sale is a bit lacking, so we’ll save you the trouble of scanning the whole page and provide direct links to the free episodes right here: Adam Devine’s House Party Big
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Android Auto Debuts On The New Hyundai Sonata

Tech Times - 27 May 2015 00:14
Android Auto Debuts On The NewAndroid Auto allows you to run Google Maps and other apps through your car's built-in navigation system. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first car compatible with the system.
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Underdog may win rights to coveted internet extension In what could prove to be an extraordinary David versus Goliath story, an independent musician may walk away with the highly coveted .music... top-level domain, beating off competition from Google, Amazon, and the music industry itself....
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You might need to keep a closer eye than usual on your tax-related info. The Internal Revenue Service is warning that intruders stole tax data for 100,000 people between February and May by taking... advantage of a flaw in the agency's transcript websit...
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LG G Flex 2 Gets Android 5.1.1It looks like Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which happens to be the most recent mobile operating system version from Google at this point in time, has started to make its way over to the LG G Flex 2. Of... course, this is not shaping up to be a worldwide phenomenon, since it is happening only for the model that resides in LG's home country, that is, South Korea, while sporting the model number F510S. In other words, the LG G Flex 2 is finally well positioned among an elite group that numbers less than 1% of Android devices which will boot up with the latest operating system from Google. This particular Android 5.1.1 Lollipop build will sport the internal designation F510S15b, and it has been dated as May 12. While that is a couple of weeks before, better late than never applies here yet again. This...
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Does your grandma print outThe first thing many people do when they take photos is share them on social media. However, some users go an extra step and print them off of social media and get them processed the old-fashioned... way. The post Does your grandma print out Facebook photos? She’s not alone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A documentary funded byInvestigating "the impact of the global clothing industry on people and the planet" is the new documentary The True Cost, a project that has been heralded as "a sweeping, heartbreaking and damning... survey of the clothing economy." The post A documentary funded by Kickstarter unstitches the horrors of the clothing industry appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A New State of Mind in California

The Huffington Post - 27 May 2015 00:10
A New State of Mind inCalifornia's state of mind, as much as its magnificent landscape, has always loomed large in the global imagination. And just when many were beginning to believe that the future of the Golden State... had passed it by, California is breaking new ground again on many fronts. California has long moved on from its clichés. We've gone from the hula hoop to the Hyperloop; from Midwestern migrants looking for opportunity in the sun to Latinos reaching for the middle class; from the military-industrial complex to the planet's digital network platform. Gov. Jerry Brown, once maligned as Governor Moonbeam, is arguably the most grounded politician in America today, responsibly rising to meet the challenge of expectations diminished by natural and fiscal constraints. It is not so much each of these...
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NASA's Europa probe may findEuropa, NASA's coming for you. NASA hopes to launch a probe to Jupiter's icy moon Europa in the 2020s, and now, the space agency has chosen the scientific instruments that will fly to the world on the... spacecraft. The nine instruments include a camera, heat detector and a mapping system. The whole mission is designed to answer one fundamental question for NASA: Is Europa habitable? See also: Has Earth Splattered Life All Over the Solar System? "Europa is one of those critical areas where we believe that the environment is just perfect for potential development of life," Jim Green, NASA director of Planetary Science, said during a press conference Tuesday. "This mission will be that step that helps us understand that environment and hopefully give us an indication of how habitable the...
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Ayo smart glasses pipeThe market is full of so-called "artificial suns", which produce light meant to replicate what you get from the sun. Those who keep odd schedules or frequently travel use the lights to help battle... against tiredness or to reset a sleep schedule. A new pair of smart glasses aims to do the same thing, but with a twist: the light …
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NASA Brings Science of SpaceFrom mega space telescopes to space navigation, NASA is bringing a variety of interactive, hands-on activities and exhibits to the more than 100,000 visitors who will attend this year's World Science... Festival in New York Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, May 31.
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ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

The Mac Observer - 27 May 2015 00:09
ShowStoppers & MacTech Team UpShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size... (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.
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Vox snaps up influential tech blog Re/code

Mashable - 27 May 2015 00:07
Vox snaps up influential techVox Media has acquired the parent company of Re/code, the tech news website started by veteran journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg The site began around 18 months ago after Swisher and Mossberg... left the Wall Street Journal, at which they had built All Things D into a destination for tech news while also creating a successful event business Re/code had launched under a similar model, but chatter in the tech media world had said that the site — while publishing some of the most talented journalist in the business — had struggled to generate much web traffic. The site drew 1.5 million unique visitors in April 2015, according to comScore
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(Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher subscriptions.
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Who are the Apple designersApple promotes designer Jony Ive, and hands off responsibilities to two lieutenants.          
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Battle ropes are the new workout craze in US gyms

Times of India - 27 May 2015 00:07
Battle ropes are the newBattle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun.
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Apple Replaces ProblematicIn today's fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta, Apple made a significant behind-the-scenes change that could result in improved networking performance for some users -- the removal of the "discoveryd" process.... As noted by MacRumors forum members and 9to5Mac, in OS X 10.10.4 beta 4, the discoveryd process has been replaced by mDNSresponder. Since OS X Yosemite debuted in October, there have been ongoing complaints about discoveryd consuming CPU resources, draining battery life, and causing issues with Wi-Fi. These problems have lingered for several months, even after multiple bug fixes and performance improvements included in OS X 10.10.1, 10.10.2, and 10.10.3. Discoveryd was introduced with OS X Yosemite, replacing mDNSResponder for managing Mac networking tasks, but it's led to a host of problems...
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Here's the 'Nexus' Google'sGoogle puts their Nexus Player nearer its end-of-life with a change in presentation just days before Google I/O. This isn't a coincidence. The Nexus Player is about $20 cheaper than it debuted at, now... coming in at $79 through the Google Store. This and the oncoming rush of Android TV sets like NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV may have …
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The Verge and Recode are joining forces

The Verge - 27 May 2015 00:04
I'm excited to announce that The Verge's parent company Vox Media is acquiring Recode, the terrific tech business news site and conference business founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg just over... a year ago. This is going to be fun. If you've been following The Verge over the past year, you've noticed that we've aggressively expanded our coverage from tech to entertainment, science, and now transportation. That bet worked: The Verge is now bigger and more popular than ever. Over 24.5 million people visited the site in April, a 33 percent increase from last year, and we're delivering 40 million video streams a month. But along the way, we made a big decision: The Verge is not a business site.
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We may become cyborgs within 200 years: Expert

Times of India - 27 May 2015 00:01
Humans may "upgrade" themselves to become cyborgs within the next 200 years, merging man and machine to potentially live forever, according to a Hebrew University professor.
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The TechCrunch Meetup + TechCrunch is headed to Austin and Seattle on June 23 and June 25 respectively, and we’re stoked to see what some of our favorite cities have to show us. We’ll be holding the world famous... TechCrunch Pitch-Off, where about ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product live on stage. Alongside the input of the audience, local VCs and TechCrunch editors will hold…
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IRS hacked, 100,000 tax accounts breached

USA Today - 27 May 2015 00:00
IRS hacked, 100,000 taxThe information stolen included Social Security information, date of birth and street address.          
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The Bank Of Facebook

TechCrunch - 27 May 2015 00:00
The Bank Of Facebook Technology is changing one of the most fundamental mediums that touch every person on the planet: money. Bitcoin’s rise showed us how much demand there is for a globally accepted digital currency.... However, all the things holding bitcoin back  —  merchant acceptance, instant transactions (bitcoin takes about an hour), and security  — are actively being created by the…
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Pi-chan Talking Bird does aToys – these happen to be the coolest thing that you can give a child, although I am quite sure that this current generation of children would be more than happy to pick up a tablet or a smartphone,... too. It looks like a regular paper with some pen and pencils are not going to cut the mustard anymore in keeping the young ones occupied, but this does not mean ...
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[From GamerTell] A new Yu-Gi-Oh! game has cropped up, but where will it wind up?
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Teens have settled upon a New Dank Meme, and it's an alliterative, culturally inaccurate demon-summoning ritual. Over two million people used the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge on Twitter in the... past two days.
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Whether you're delegating tasks, asking for a favor, or telling your kids to do their chores, a sticky note can make all the difference in convincing them to follow through.
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Team presentsIt's only a centimeter long, it's placed under your skin, it's powered by a patch on the surface of your skin and it communicates with your mobile phone. The new biosensor chip developed at EPFL is... capable of simultaneously monitoring the concentration of a number of molecules, such as glucose and cholesterol, and certain drugs.
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A man tries his best toWhile many men spend a decent amount of time thinking about ladies' lingerie — they don't necessarily "get" it YouTube comedian Robbie Sherrard tries his best to explain the mechanics and... feasibility of a thong. However, the actual practicality of the lingerie completely eludes him But honestly, if you've ever worn a thong, you can't really blame him. Those things can be baffling. Bill Nye teams up with Amy Schumer to explain the universe Kids launching off a 'blob' will make you miss summer camp So maybe Tic-Tac-Toe is harder than it looks Make your Lego bricks gummy and never step on a plastic corner again
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The compact version of the LG G4, called the LG G4c, is now available in the U.K. Like its larger sibling, it sports a curvy design and impressive appearance. Preorders of the device have already... begun in the U.K.
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HBO Now wants to know if aHBO Now, the network's on-demand over-the-top streaming service, may offer deals to new subscribers for reduced subscription pricing. The suggestion of one-time only deals were spotted as part of a... HBO Now customer satisfaction survey. The post HBO Now wants to know if a lower price would keep users hooked appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Amtrak to install cameras toWASHINGTON — Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which... investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions before the crash. The Amtrak engineer, Brendan Bostian, suffered a head injury in the accident in Philadelphia and has told investigators he can't remember what happened. Northeast Regional train 188 accelerated to a speed of 106 miles per hour in the last minute before entering a curve where it derailed. The speed limit for the curve is 50 mph. The crash left eight people dead and about 200 injured. Bostian's lawyer has said voluntary testing has proved his client was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, though it's...
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A Note to Our Readers

Re/code - 26 May 2015 23:52
A Note to Our ReadersWe have a new home.
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Going back to the pre-Yosemite DNS service is one way to fix these problems.
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Oculus Picks Up Surreal Vision

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 23:50
Oculus Picks Up Surreal VisionIt looks like companies these days figure out that the most efficient way of expanding would be to acquire other companies that so happen to have the kind of technology which you covet. Having said... that, Oculus VR has just announced that they have picked up Surreal Vision today, which would mean that Oculus VR will be able to harness the company's expertise when it comes to recreating real-time 3D representations of the outside world, all within a virtualized environment, now how about that? In other words, virtual telepresence will soon be a possibility, allowing you to be in a far off place digitally without doing so physically. So far, whatever was garnered by Surreal Vision concerning this particular acquisition does sound as though it will be able to fuel Oculus' foray where mixed...
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What Charter-Time Warner CableAs the Internet has upended their business, cable companies have been racing to reinvent themselves as dominant broadband providers and distributors of online video.
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Robot Learns From Its Mistakes

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 23:49
Some of us happen to live in an environment where mistakes are not tolerated at all, and this is where most folks fail to grow or learn from the process. Mistakes are there for a reason – and a very... good one, to boot. After all, it helps us figure out what not to do in the future, and hence, to err is human. Well, how about building a robot that also walks in a similar manner, that is, to be able to learn new skills simply by being a human being? After all, one can say that a robot is as smart as its programming, and learning has always been a process of the living. A bunch of scientists at UC Berkeley has successfully programmed a robot to have it learn basic tasks through trial and error, in the same way as that of a human. The robot itself is nothing new, as we have seen how a Willow...
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Solar-powered spacecraft toNasa has revealed nine instruments will fly on a solar aircraft as part of the $30m mission, set to blast off in the 2020s. They will include an ice penetrating radar, cameras and spectrometers.
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WhatsApp explained: 8 tips andThere's always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to mastering new apps. WhatsApp is no different. Although it's wickedly popular and extremely easy to get started using right away, the messenger... does have a few quirks that aren't immediately obvious...
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Russian government threatens aRoskomnadzor, a Russian government agency that oversees communications and media, threatened late last week to block access to Google, Facebook and Twitter if the social media services don't hand over... data on certain Russian bloggers The government agency demanded Google, Facebook and Twitter hand over data about users, particularly Russian bloggers with 3,000 daily readers or more. Rozkomnadzor also asked the services to delete content that promotes protests and other unsanctioned public events, Reuters reported. See also: Turkey restores Twitter, now stripped of offending photos Late last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged he would not place the Internet under government control; Roskomnadzor's recent actions, however, indicate differently. A law passed in 2014 gives Russian...
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Vox Media Acquiring ReCode

The New York Times - 26 May 2015 23:47
The all-stock deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, would give ReCode access to a wider audience, something it has struggled to build.
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What I Learned After 30 Straight Days of Blogging

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 23:47
What I Learned After 30I once was lost but now... I'm still lost... And it feels great. Thirty days ago, I was creatively stuck. The combination of  --  a) growing bored of writing about my previous vocation and b)... being immersed in some deep philosophical and spiritual studies -- resulted in a creative upheaval followed by doldrums. I felt lost. Like I didn't have a "thing" to write about. For the longest time, I wrote mostly about copywriting and content marketing. And then, 30 days ago, I decided I frankly didn't want to write about that any longer. So, in taking the advice of creative coach Julia Cameron, I started writing morning pages --  a daily three-page stream of consciousness written upon waking. As I started writing, I had no idea what would come out. But when I was finished, something...
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Measuring hot electrons

MIT - 26 May 2015 23:46
Measuring hot electronsMIT graduate student Qiong Ma is uncovering electrical properties of graphene-based devices using laser-light stimulation.
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Apple Watch offers quick and seamless communication methods, and one of the most used features for many users is the ability to instantly reply to inbound messages with quick pre-canned replies,... emojis, or a dictated message. The quick replies in particular are very useful, and Apple Watch offers a variety of default replies for this ...
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According to G for Games, the forthcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are expected to go on sale in September, will feature a 12 MP camera. That would be an upgrade from the 8 MP camera present... on the current iPhones. Citing a Japanese source (feng.com), G for Games further claims that the camera sensor will be manufactured by Sony.
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This CEO Will Send Your KidsThe chief executive of online wholesaler Boxed is offering workers an extremely unusual benefit: full college tuition for their children. "If you are the child of someone who works at Boxed, it's not... the lack of money that is going to prevent you from going to college," CEO Chieh Huang told Forbes writer Miguel Helft. "We're building a long term business and if you are along for the ride, we are going to invest in you." Headquartered in New York, Boxed is an online wholesale shopping site -- basically the Web-only version of Costco. Right now the company has only about 100 employees. It is growing quickly, hiring 20 workers since January, spokesman David Taft told The Huffington Post. And these aren't just high-paid tech workers. Two-thirds of Boxed's employees work in warehouses in...
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Students: The One GroupThe one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group the proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974... (FERPA) or the proposed bills, including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, proposed by Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO), they are all about parental rights, but they only empower students once they turn 18. I was pleased to see Danah Boyd weigh in (all links below) on this subject, which I've been speaking about for several months but hadn't yet gotten around to writing about. Student intellectual property rights. As I said at a recent White House meeting with staff from the Office of Science and Technology Policy and at a recent Berkman Center...
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A retired Chicago physicist has put his 1988 Nobel Prize up for auction.
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Urban blight is nothing new. The signature image of plummeting real estate is block after block of properties vacated as businesses move out. Now the high price of real estate in American cities is... creating a new phenomenon: In otherwise healthy economic areas, the rents are climbing so high they're driving businesses away--and no other businesses can afford to move in.
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Android 5.1 rolling out toU.S. Cellular has begun rolling out Android 5.1 to the 2014 Moto X and the Moto E LTE. If you happen to be rocking a 2014 Moto X or Moto E LTE on U.S. Cellular, you might want to hit that system... update button, as the carrier has officially started rolling the Android 5.1 update out to both devices today.
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Straight outta East Berlin: DJGrowing up in East Germany gave DJ Paul van Dyk a unique perspective that helps fuel the throbbing electronic beats of The Politics of Dancing 3, his latest album. The post Straight outta East Berlin:... DJ Paul van Dyk remixes the politics of electronic music appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Jony Ive promoted to Apple'sJony Ive, credited with designing many of Apple's most successful products, has been promoted to chief design officer.
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OnePlus Set To Deliver AYou can more or less say that the OnePlus One has proven itself to be quite the smartphone with a relatively affordable price point. Well, nothing lasts forever, so it does make perfect sense for... there to be a new and improved sequel, so to speak, for this particular handset. While it looks as though OnePlus is ready and waiting to roll out its latest smartphone officially, chances are that will happen this coming June 1st since the company has announced that they are set to deliver a change. And I would like to think that this "change" comes in the form of the OnePlus 2, based on a tweet. After all, it has been said that a rumored OnePlus 2 has already been benchmarked, but until something official is revealed concerning the said handset that was benchmarked, everything should be taken...
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Amy Schumer pretended toIn a perfect world, Amy Schumer would be on call to critique all your suitors who think they're funny. She could save all of us from politely feigning laughter when dates tell bad jokes. The... Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe got some life-saving assistance from Schumer, who coached the show's contestants before they tried their hand at standup comedy to woo Bristowe with their wit. It's a particularly cruel idea for a date, even by The Bachelorette standards See also: 10 completely candid comedian quotes about sex Schumer was not impressed by the men's comic sensibilities, particularly JJ, the divorced former investment banker/dad who lives with his parents.
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You're used to seeing your friends' restaurant reviews on Facebook. Now, expert opinions are coming from publishers New York magazine, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Eater and the San Francisco... Chronicle, New York's GrubStreet writes.
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The HTC One M9 was unveiled with much fanfare during the Mobile World Congress tech event in March this year. And LG unveiled the G4 handset a month later and it is now available for preorder in the... U.S. If you're trying to decide which one to buy, here's a side-by-side comparison of specs and pricing: Design And Display
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IOActive, Kaspersky Lab, and the Cloud Security Alliance are among the security organizations supporting the effort.
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As the English language continues to evolve in response the internet's cultural onslaught, Merriam-Webster has announced that it's adding a host of new net-centric terms to its pages. In fact, the... dictionary company has recently added a total of 1,70...
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The new MacBook's keyboard hasOne of the biggest criticisms of Apple’s new 2015 MacBook has been its keyboard, which reviewers have said isn’t nearly as easy to use as keyboards from past MacBooks. However, it looks like Apple... has some ideas for improving all of its MacBook keyboards with some exciting new technology. DON'T MISS: Pirate's paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free A new patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, found by AppleInsider, details a “Fusion keyboard" which would have touch-related functions on top of its usual typing features. Unlike regular keyboards, the Fusion keyboard would have both capacitive touch sensors and depressible mechanical keys that would be able to register touches and key presses, respectively, thanks
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iKlip Grip smartphone standIK Multimedia is back with another device, this one targeting smartphone users. It's called the iKlip Grip, and it is essentially a multi-purpose stand/tripod for one's smartphone. Using it, the... smartphone owner can take selfies or images of other things, as well as prop it up and record video, get a better grip on the phone than otherwise possible, and …
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Most Popular 3D Printing Service: Shapeways

Life Hacker - 26 May 2015 23:30
Getting something 3D printed is easier now than it's ever been. Whether it's a prototype or a replacement part, there are tons of places to get it made. We asked you for your picks last week, then... rounded up the five best 3D printing services . Now we're back with your favorite.
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Charter Communications agreed to buy Time Warner Cable on Tuesday for $55.33 billion. Here's a look at some of the biggest cable and pay-TV deals, and deals that almost happened, in the last few... years.
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Invisible, Inc. is a game that is all about secrecy and hacking . Fitting, then, that one of its achievements can only be nabbed if players mess around with the game's files.
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Android M Will Set Update Life

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 23:29
Android M Will Set Update LifeIt looks like in this day and age, if a company were to unveil a brand new smartphone operating system version, it would seem as though it was a sporting event instead. After all, there will be plenty... of ears and eyes on the ground that are held in rapt attention, not to mention certain folks out there who are prone to start spinning the rumor mill, taking stabs at what the outcome will eventually be, and I am talking about this happening months before it even occurs. The Android M release is said to be imminent, and what are some thoughts that have been gathered so far? For starters, folks do think that battery life and RAM usage will be the main draw of this version's release, but here is news for you who think that you have discovered gold – this is not the first time such a theory...
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Galapagos Islands' WolfWolf Volcano erupts on one of the Galapagos Islands for the first time in 33 years, threatening very little life in the process. While you'll see quite a few headlines today suggesting that "Darwin's... Island animals are about to die," in fact this particular eruption on Isla Isabela is doing more good than harm. As with all eruptions in recent …
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Facebook starts integratingFacebook is introducing a new feature that many users are likely to give 5 stars Facebook is trying out a new feature that integrates critic review when you search for and visit pages of restaurants... on the social network. The publications that are part of the program include New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, the San Francisco Chronicle, Condé Nast Traveler and Eater. [seealso="://mashable.com/2012/02/20/facebook-marketing-small-business/"] It's not quite Instant Articles — Facebook's new program to lure publishers into putting content directly into the social network instead of linking out — but it represents another effort to get high-quality content to appear directly on Facebook rather than directing them elsewhere. Facebook has said that this kind of integration provides a better...
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Digital TV is in a consolidation phase

USA Today - 26 May 2015 23:24
Digital TV is in aThe proposed $55 billion takeover of No. 2 Time Warner Cable by No. 3 Charter Communications comes on the heels of AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV.          
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While there's a great deal of excitement surrounding the concept of autonomous delivery drones, the aircraft would likely all utilize GPS to navigate - and GPS satellites aren't always available.... That's why Prof. Martinez Carranza has developed a new drone navigation system, that's based purely on visual observations. ..
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Hackers dive into IRS websiteThieves hacked into an Internal Revenue Service online service and gained access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayer accounts, the agency said Tuesday. The criminals used personal data... obtained from other sources, including Social Security numbers, street addresses and dates of birth, to get into the IRS "Get Transcript" service. The service has been temporarily shut down. The thieves gained access to tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS' main computer system that handles tax filings wasn't compromised. The IRS said in a statement that the hack was extremely complex, requiring specific, personal knowledge of the taxpayers, including answering personal identification questions. It occurred from February through mid-May. The IRS first detected...
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T-Mobile Puts LG G4 Up For Order Tomorrow

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 23:23
T-Mobile Puts LG G4 Up ForIf you happen to be a T-Mobile subscriber and simply cannot wait long enough to get your hands on the new LG G4 smartphone, then cheer up! After all, it is now official – T-Mobile is yet another US... carrier to have made an announcement concerning the availability of the LG G4, which would make them follow in the footsteps of Sprint and US Cellular. For those who happen to love everything about the Un-carrier, mark May 27th on your calendars, since that is when you can begin to place your order for the LG G4 online. The flagship handset from the South Korean company is set to hit stores this coming June 3rd, although online orders will already have begun to ship prior. In what seems to be the standard operating procedure for T-Mobile these days, those who are interested in picking up the...
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Sony launches Z3+ with 20MP camera

DP Review - 26 May 2015 23:22
When Sony launched its new Xperia Z4 flagship a few weeks back it was a Japan-only release. Today the Japanese manufacturer has announced the Xperia Z3+, which is essentially identical to the Z4 but... will be available globally. It includes a 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor coupled with an F2.0 lens offering an equivalent focal length of 25mm.
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NASA's Europa mission beginsNASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.
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These Photos Were Taken By A Dog

Gizmodo - 26 May 2015 23:20
Ever wonder what would happen if you gave a dog a camera? You don't have to anymore: Nikon did it, and the results are endearingly fun.
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NASA Selects 9 Instruments for Europa Mission

Space News - 26 May 2015 23:19
NASA Selects 9 Instruments forNASA announced the selection of nine instruments it plans to fly on a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa May 26, but agency officials were vague about whether the instruments, or the overall mission,... could meet an aggressive schedule sought by some in Congress. The post NASA Selects 9 Instruments for Europa Mission appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S.
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Attackers gained access to an Internal Revenue Service system called "Get Transcript" in order to obtain information on more than 100,000 taxpayers.
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iPhone 6S Could Get Force Touch

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 23:17
iPhone 6S Could Get ForceI would like to think that ever since word of the iPhone 6S leaked out, or at least got around, which might not even be official in the first place but a well placed rumor, it has gotten the Internet... abuzz. After all, word on the street has it that the iPhone 6S would be making its way to the market this August, which frankly speaking, is not too far off away in the big scheme of things. Apart from that, it seems that the rumored handset too, would be on the receiving end of Force Touch technology, now how about that? Throw in the upcoming version of iOS, which is known as iOS 9, and you would more or less have a winner here. After all, we have yet to see an iPhone that fails, and neither have we seen any signs of iPhone fatigue setting in, as the handset does not seem to be a victim of...
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Using Cyanogen OS AudioFX, andOne of the many software partnerships baked into Cyanogen OS is Audio FX, which is designed to help you get the best sound possible when listening through your phone. It's up to you to decide if it's... worth the work though. Generally speaking, audio enhancement apps and services for Android phones and tablets have a complicated relationship with their users. Someone with a reasonable understanding of how audio works can use an audio enhancement service to great effect, but these services need to cater to everyone else as well. The end result typically is a series of presets that are almost good and a series of toggles so you can turn the feature on and off depending on what you're listening to, but if you get one on your device that works well it can be a big deal. Cyanogen OS includes one...
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A fire at a huge plant owned by tech giant Apple Inc. in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa caused a section of the roof to collapse, but no one was hurt.
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NASA Mission to Europa WillThe Europa probe will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will help researchers gauge the Jupiter moon's ability to support life as we... know it.
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While the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the USA Freedom Act, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to pass the new legislation.
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NIST develops first 'roadmap'The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the first "roadmap" for the next 20 years of research needed to establish seamless, broadband public... safety communications networks across the United States. The new roadmap, the first of a planned series on relevant technologies, focuses on location-based services to improve situational awareness for police, firefighters, emergency medical services and other first responders.
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Samsung Galaxy J1 Pop RumoredIt looks like Samsung's smartphone division continues to work hard – almost non-stop, it seems, as whispers of yet another upcoming model has hit the grapevine. I do miss the days when there was... just one or two phone releases from a company each year, as it makes things a whole lot easier to choose from when decision making time comes, not to mention there was not much to compare back then. Today, we have a slew of new smartphones rolling out left and right nearly each week, and the latest device to make its way to the rumor mill would be the Samsung Galaxy J1 Pop. One ought to take into consideration how the Samsung Galaxy J1 (SM-J100) happens to be just a few months old at this moment, but a new rumor claims that a brand new version is in the pipeline, carrying the model number SM-J110...
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Why AOL's CEO Is Getting a $59His new long-term contract with Verizon includes a 'Founders' Incentive Award'
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Adding to an already massive field of upcoming cinematic retellings, Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is working on a live-action version of the classic 1960s series Jonny Quest, and Sin City... director Robert Rodriguez is at the helm. He and Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Terry Rossio will both write the screenplay. The Jonny Quest franchise happens to be one of Hanna-Barbera most beloved properties. The original 1960s show, which was heavily influenced by pulpy classics like John Carter of Mars, followed the sci-fi adventures of a young teenager and his family as they traveled across the globe. The show would spawn a number of later series, and a live-action film has been promised since 1995. At one point, Zac Efron was...
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Power problems disruptRampant power outages are hitting Africa's telecom sector hard, and are likely to cause aftershocks in related industries. Southern African Development Community (SADC) and West African countries... including Zambia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Malawi face an increasing number of power shortages, affecting the ability of businesses to run base stations, data centers, computers and other IT equipment. Fuel shortages in Nigeria Monday, for example, curtailed MTN and Etisalat services. The shortages also disrupted services in the banking and travel industries. Persistent power shortages have added to the high cost of doing business in Africa, as most mobile phone service providers and business process outsourcing facilities are forced to use generators to power installations. This has led...
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The Cell Picture Show has collected ten images of sexually significant science from labs around the world: the resulting slideshow (summarized in their image above) takes you on a walk through sex... systems across many types of living things.
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Xiaomi Remains Committed To Tablets

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 23:07
Xiaomi Remains Committed ToXiaomi of China, having made a name for itself in the world of smartphones in recent times, coming up with some more-than-decent devices that deserve much more limelight than what they are getting at... the moment, has reiterated its commitment when it comes to rolling out tablets. However, the company has declined to make any comment concerning a potential tablet that would be known as the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. According to the CEO at Xiaomi, Lei Jun, he recently mentioned on the company’s Weibo account that Xiaomi remains committed to churning out tablets. Now why would the CEO actually make the effort to share about this particular issue? Apparently, there were rumors making their rounds in the Chinese media that laid claim to how Xiaomi will eventually dissolve its tablet division. Xiaomi's...
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Apple drops discoveryd inAfter many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite, the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 has dropped discoveryd in favor of the old process used by previous... versions of the Mac operating system. This should address many of the network stability issues introduced with Yosemite and its new networking stack. The discoveryd process […]
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'Live From Snack Time!'Parents aren't the only ones who get to hear the hilarious, creative and oddly wise things their children say on a daily basis. Their kids' teachers also get quite an earful. A New York City... elementary school teacher is sharing some of her students' best quotes on an Instagram account called "Live from Snack Time!" She also invites other teachers and parents to submit standout sayings from their own students and children. Good to know for parent/teacher conferences (submitted by @ariellem6) A photo posted by Live from Snack Time! (@livefromsnacktime) on May 18, 2015 at 4:26pm PDT Though the teacher behind the account -- who prefers to remain anonymous out of respect for her students -- currently teaches second graders, she was inspired to launch "Live from Snack Time" on Twitter a year ago...
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The Force (Touch) May Be Strong With iOS 9

ReadWrite - 26 May 2015 23:05
The Force (Touch) May BeForce Touch, one of Apple's newest and most unique features, may end up in the next version of its iPhone and iPad, according to a recent report on 9to5Mac.  The feature, which can trigger actions... based on the amount of force users apply in tapping a display or touchpad, first showed up in the Macbook and the Apple Watch, and it could become an important part of the upcoming Apple TV remote. We suspected that the iPhone might be next in line, and now the site's unnamed sources claim that Apple will imbue iOS 9, the next major update to its mobile software, with Force Touch support.  See also: How The New Apple MacBook Retired Steve Jobs's Vision Of Computing If true, the move, which would require Force Touch-capable displays going into the new Apple smartphone and tablet, could wind...
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[From GamerTell] Until Dawn is coming to PS4 this summer.
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Best dating apps for peopleJust because Tinder or Grinder aren't your thing doesn't mean there aren't great dating apps for you to use! TC Newman (@PurpleTCNewman) has dating apps to find your summer romance!          
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Listen to this episode of The Moment with guests P.J. Vogt and Alex Goldman:
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Automakers are trying to figure out how to monetize the "connected car", and General Motors has an idea: sell your radio presets to the highest bidder.
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2,000-year-old water supplyPart of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities... Authority. A section of the so-called Lower Aqueduct was discovered in the modern-day neighborhood of Umm Tuba, in East Jerusalem, during efforts to construct a new sewer line. The Lower Aqueduct was originally built more than 2,000 years ago by kings in the Hasmonean dynasty, who ruled Judea and its surrounding regions from about 140 B.C. to 37 B.C., and preceded King Herod the Great. The sprawling, 13-mile-long (21 kilometers) aqueduct carried water to the capital, and "operated intermittently until about 100 years ago," Ya'akov Billig, director of the aqueduct excavation with the Israel...
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Tempered Glass CORE for Galaxy S6

The Gadget Flow - 26 May 2015 23:00
Tempered Glass CORE for GalaxyKeep your Galaxy S6 safeguarded from scratches and unwanted screen damage with the Tempered Glass CORE for Galaxy S6. The glass screen protector comes with features such as anti-shatter and has a 9H... surface hardness. You'll only enrich your smartphone's protection by using one of these. It won't hamper your phone usage by any way but will always ensure to keep your Galaxy S6 screen protected from screen damage that might come your way in the long run.
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It's puzzling that two and a half years after its launch, Apple Maps still doesn't support public transit directions, making it more or less useless during the more than 10 billion times each year... that Americans ride the bus, take the train, or use some other form of alternative transportation. It was looking like Apple would finally remedy that in iOS 9 with the addition of public transit directions, but a new report from 9to5Mac says that the support will be pretty half-hearted. Apparently, public transit directions may only launch in six cities: New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Paris, and Berlin. There may also be some support in China.
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A robotic butt exists, and hisThe day has finally come when a robotic butt can tell us what we're all doing wrong — well, what medical students are doing wrong, at least Researchers at University of Florida, Drexel University... and the University of Wisconsin worked together to create "Patrick," a robotic butt who assists medical students in practicing for proctology examinations See also: This robot learns new skills just like a human Patrick is quite the brainy bottom. He has four sensors, which allow the program to alert his examiner as to whether he or she is applying the right amount of pressure, and if they're fully covering the prostate area
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Thousand: Finally, A BikeThousand is a design-driven lifestyle brand with one mission: to reinvent the bike helmet. Helmets are an age-old industry with limited experts and planet-friendly options--and we want to change that.... We’ve used environmentally-friendly alternatives, tracked the origin of our materials and found manufacturers with integrity. We didn't wear helmets, but after the loss of a friend, we wondered why. Especially after researching the statistics. In the US, there are roughly 1,000 bicycle-related fatalities in a year. That's why we created...
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Ad-Lib Folio / Field By Hard Graft

The Gadget Flow - 26 May 2015 23:00
Ad-Lib Folio / Field By HardOur MacBooks are the hardest working devices so we created an equally hard working laptop folio. The beautifully put together leather case is a roomy and relaxed home for your laptop, charger, iPhone,... documents and pens. With its washed leather that tells a million stories, the beautiful green canvas lining and tan leather detailling you will feel like you rule the world. Effortlessly. Washed Ash: Semi-vegetable Tuscan leather with a clear rugged skin structure, it's soft and casual. Throughout the...
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In a major move forward on a long dreamed of mission to investigate the habitability of the subsurface ocean of Jupiter's mysterious moon Europa, top NASA officials announced today, Tuesday, May 26,... the selection of nine science instruments that will fly on the agency's long awaited planetary science mission to an intriguing world that many […]
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Cloud Sticky Notes

The Gadget Flow - 26 May 2015 23:00
Cloud Sticky NotesUnlike the dreamy nature of clouds which tend to drive you away from focusing at work, these Cloud Notes will make sure you don't forget your important tasks in hand. These are a set of cute cloud... shaped sticky notes that adds a dreamy touch to your reminders and memos thus making your notes look like a pretty batch of clouds on the softboard. The view is extremely pleasing and will definitely help in creating a fun cloudy atmosphere around...
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iPad Air 2 gets its very own LifeProof NUUD case

Coolest Gadgets - 26 May 2015 23:00
iPad Air 2 gets its very ownHow was your Memorial Day weekend? Was it as blissful as expected, and I would like to think that this is the ideal time off to take when it comes to sweating it out in the great outdoors. After all,... we have more or less spent enough time at the office, don't you think so, that breathing in some much needed fresh air would be rather nice. Well, if you ...
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You occasionally hear about major security vulnerabilities being discovered before they're exploited, like the notorious Heartbleed bug last year. Security researchers work hard to weed out those... dangerous flaws before they're found by hackers of more malicious intent. This breed of preemptive hacking is sometimes referred to as white hat, or simply "ethical hacking."
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This week's future is a social experiment. What if Earth had a robotic overlord who decided to ban all weapons? All fights would have to be hand to hand. Would there be less death that way? Less... casualties? What counts as a weapon anyway? Listen to the episode to find out!
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Virtual reality company Oculus has acquired Surreal Vision, a UK company whose software can map and recreate the real world in a virtual one. Surreal Vision grew out of its three co-founders' Ph.D.... research at Imperial College London; the team will now move to Oculus' lab in Redmond, Washington. This is the latest of several acquisitions by Oculus, which was itself purchased by Facebook in March of 2014. After the Facebook buyout, it brought on the design team that helped create the Xbox 360 controller and Kinect, followed by motion-tracking company Nimble VR. In a blog post today, Surreal Vision gave us an idea of what it will be doing (emphasis added.)
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Tap that and ride the ripples The latest crop of iPhones will reportedly come equipped with touch-sensing haptic displays that push back on your fingertips....
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Pizza Hut turns pizza boxesThe Blockbuster Box was created for Pizza Hut Hong Kong by ad agency Ogilvy and Mather. Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) has more.          
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Fire breaks out at site ofFirefighters responded late Tuesday morning to a large industrial fire near Phoenix, Ariz. at a site that formerly housed a supplier for Apple.          
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Google 'Doodle' celebratesGoogle has paid tribute to America's first woman in space with a series of five animated "Doodles" appearing on its website today, May 26.
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The Beautiful Things Music Does To Your Brain

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 22:54
The Beautiful Things MusicFew things are better than listening to your favorite songs--no debate there. But what actually happens inside your brain when you tune in to music? Zoe Cormier, the author of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N'... Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science, explained to HuffPost Live why music makes you feel so damn good. "Every part of your brain gets involved in this neural-symphony," Cormier said. Watch her explanation of your brain on music in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about the science of summer songs. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before! -- This feed and its contents are the...
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Reminder: The Witcher 3's freeI don't think anybody on the face of the planet would say, "The Witcher 3 just isn't big enough or long enough." And yet here's your reminder that CD Projekt is adding even more content to the... game--not just in the form of two paid expansions, but sixteen smaller pieces of free downloadable content. Yes, free. Like, the price of air. Or that lunch that wasn't really free, except this is actually free.
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NASA Television to Air U.S.NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30. The ceremony will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center... Visitor Complex Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction in Florida.
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Over 1,000 iMac aquariumsYou can buy your own iMac aquarium (or lamp or eMac clock) online from Jake Harms, who turned a DIY hobby into a business.
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Alcohol Consumption Linked toAmong older adults, greater consumption of alcohol is linked with more damage to the heart, researchers say.
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Hyundai First Off The BlocksIt was last year when we first delivered news of Android Auto that is set to arrive in vehicles some time down the road, without any specific dates mentioned. It looks as though all of the patient... waiting has paid off, where from today onward, anyone who owns an Android device (one of the more up to date models, of course, and I am not referring to legacy devices that still run on Android 2.3 or the likes) and drive a 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be able to download the Android Auto system for free – just ask your car dealer nicely and it should be done. Your 2015 Hyundai Sonata will first require to feature navigation, of course, which happens to be part of an optional technology package. As for the rest of the other Hyundai models, fret not – Android Auto is said to be making its way to...
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TiVo Revenue Up as Subscriptions Grow

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 22:51
TiVo Revenue Up asContinued expansion of TiVo's customer base resulted in revenue growth that topped projections, even as higher costs lowered the company's profit.
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The ransomware locks up the screen with an FBI warning and initially requires a payment of $500 in order to unlock the device.
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Opinion: Richard Prince is a Jerk

PetaPixel - 26 May 2015 22:50
Opinion: Richard Prince is aThere are many people who have studied and understand the art world better than me. But there is one thing that I'm sure of: Richard Prince is a jerk. I say this for two reasons. First, I haven't read... anything that suggests he has the self-awareness and intellectual rigor that is bestowed upon him by […]
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iOS 9's Upcoming TransitApple has been working on adding mass transit routing information to its Maps application for several years, and while the feature appears to be ready to debut as part of iOS 9, it could be limited in... scope at launch. The transit service may initially be available only in a small number of cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and China when iOS 9 is released to the public, according to sources that spoke to 9to5Mac. San Francisco and New York are said to be two of the locations in the United States where transit directions will be available. Both major cities are known for their public transportation options. In Canada, Toronto will likely gain transit routing options in the Maps app, as will London, Paris, and Berlin in Europe. Cities in China will also be included in the...
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The GOP's 10-Ring Circus

Slate - 26 May 2015 22:48
Listen to Episode 2 of Podcast for America!
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Canadian guy opened a tiny barJunco's Pub in St. John's, Newfoundland, is catering to the town's underserved avian population as the first bar in the area specifically designed for birds. Elling Lien, who built the teeny bar in... his backyard, created a space that features all the trappings of a standard bar, from miniature bar stools to a tiny Coca-Cola machine. Birds can come and go as they please, eating, drinking and violently knocking over bar stools in the process. See also: Man lives real-life Hitchcock film when dozens of birds swarm his house Lien takes the bird bar business seriously, obsessively documenting the romances and rivalries that spring up during day-to-day business
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Thieves hack IRS, steal taxGulp. This isn’t good. The Associated Press reports that the Internal Revenue Service admitted on Tuesday that thieves had hacked into one of its systems and had managed to swipe tax information... from more than 100,000 American taxpayers. According to the AP, the IRS says that the thieves “used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.” FROM EARLIER: Meet the man who steals your Instagram photos and sells them for $90,000 The good news here is that the IRS says that in order to gain access to this information, the thieves already needed to know a lot of specific information about their targets, including their Social Security numbers, their street addresses and their
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Chateu de Cartes? NetflixNetflix is rumored to be in talks with Gerard Depardieu to star in a French-language series, similar to House of Cards, called Marseille. The series follows a long-time mayor pitted against his young... protege for the next election. The post Chateu de Cartes? Netflix looks at Gerard Depardieu for French House of Cards appeared first on Digital Trends.
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AOL Discloses It Had 3 Suitors Besides Verizon

The New York Times - 26 May 2015 22:42
It's unclear who the mystery bidders were before the Internet company decided to sell itself to Verizon for $4.4 billion?
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Phone companion app will help load Microsoft's apps on non-Microsoft phones.
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Phone companion app will help load Microsoft's apps on non-Microsoft phones.
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Periscope Introduces Android App

Ubergizmo - 26 May 2015 22:42
Periscope Introduces AndroidIt has been a couple of months after Periscope debuted on the iOS platform, which is a mobile operating system from Apple. Just what is Periscope all about, anyway? It happens to be Twitter's... live-streaming app, and we are glad to bring you word that this particular app is no longer exclusive to the iOS platform, since it has made its way to Google as well – and not only that, it will bring with it a slew of new features to boot. After all, having the same old is not going to entice anyone now, would it? Android users who will be getting hold of Periscope today will see a slew of new features that are related to Periscope's notification settings, while Android users can opt in to be informed whenever a personality or organization that they follow on Twitter performs a maiden broadcast on...
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Tales from Online Reputation Management (ORM)

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 22:41
Tales from Online ReputationThe phone rings. The number is unavailable. It is 6am so it must be someone in a different time zone. It gets answered. Uh, yeah, so I decided to Google myself yesterday. And uh, how do I say this?... You know... some things... from a few years ago... well, uh, I don't want to bore you, but someone told me to call." How this phone call gets answered is going to determine whether the person gets help... or gets none... or worse yet, gets put in worse shape. Does the caller get their online reputation problem fixed? Ignored? Or driven into a price/buying cycle designed to scare yet does little to help? There are many minefields when it comes to online reputation management. The choices made by persons, brands or organizations in this area reveal everything from amazing results and real change...
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New Journal Tackles theScience experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
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Taco Bell throws outTaco Bell, the chain behind such oddball junk food mash-ups as the Quesarito and the Dorito-shelled taco, is now on the world's unlikeliest health kick. The Mexican-style fast food joint announced... Tuesday that it will swear off of artificial colors, chemical ingredients and added trans-fats across most of its menu, making it the latest chain to jump on a growing bandwagon of fast food giants trading chemical-loaded foods for fresher fare in a bid to lure a more health-conscious crowd. See also: The McDonald's makeover: New kale, new Hamburglar, same old problems For Taco Bell, that means that its nacho cheese, avocado ranch dip and red tortilla chips will lose the dyes that brighten their colors. Real black pepper will replace "black pepper flavor" in the seasoned ground beef, and high...
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Verizon tweaks Edge toIf you want a smartphone nowadays but you don't want to pay the full amount for it, you've got an extra option on top of the traditional contracts (though in some places those contracts are becoming... harder to get). They involves making monthly payments for the smartphone over a specific timeframe, such as 24 months, allowing the subscriber to pay …
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How NASA's Going to Look For Life on Europa

Motherboard - 26 May 2015 22:40
Composite image of Europa's surface from NASA's Galileo mission. Jupiter's moon Europa is often on the top of lists of "places beyond Earth to look for life," and NASA is planning how to find out... what, if anything, is living there. At a briefing at NASA's Washington headquarters today, space agency researchers announced what instruments they want to send to the ice-covered moon to learn more about its surface and what might lurk in the oceans beneath. The mission is still in the formulation phase, but we have some details on what NASA wants to do: By the 2020s, the agency wants to send a spacecraft on a three year mission to do 45 flybys over Europa, ranging from 16 miles to 1,700 miles above the moon's surface. At the briefing, researchers laid out nine instruments that they want to have...
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Now You Can Test Drive Android Auto

Gizmodo - 26 May 2015 22:40
Starting today, you'll be able to test the first wave of truly connected cars. Android Auto is now available on its first integrated vehicle, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. As you head to your local... dealership to test drive it, you can practice talking to your car on the way: "Ok, Google..."
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Since Marvel opened up its API to developers, creative types are able to leverage the company's massive comic library for apps and the like. One dev, Filix Mogilevsky, took it upon himself to create a... search engine for the collection of characters an...
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Ceres' bright spots stillThe mysterious spots on Ceres shine brightly in NASA's latest images of the dwarf planet.
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JPL: NASA's Europa MissionNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features:
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Facebook challenges Yelp andFacebook's adding critics' reviews to select restaurant pages. Much like Yelp or FourSquare, Facebook will show you the restaurant's ratings. It's the latest editorial addition to its farm of content... -- a play ultimately aimed at retaining eyeballs. The post Facebook challenges Yelp and Foursquare with its very own restaurant reviews appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Oculus Rift VR headset lets you see into another world--but not your own. It's not like Microsoft's HoloLens, where you interact with 3D objects in your world. At least, not yet. Oculus just... bought Surreal Vision, a startup dedicated to pulling the real world into VR.
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In Saudi Arabia, Embracing NewOver the weekend, The New York Times published an article suggesting young people in Saudi Arabia are finding "freedom" on their smartphones. "Young Saudis are increasingly relying on social media to... express and entertain themselves, earn money and meet friends and potential mates," Ben Hubbard reported. To his credit, Hubbard added a crucial caveat about what this newfound "freedom" means in a theocratic monarchy. "The power of social media to effect change remains limited in a society lacking political rights," he wrote. "A few officials have been fired after being caught on video behaving badly, but the country is still ruled by an absolute monarch, the 79-year-old King Salman. And powerful clerics run the justice system and oppose social change." According to Human Rights Watch and...
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TC Cribs: Lumosity's Brilliant SOMA Office

TechCrunch - 26 May 2015 22:33
TC Cribs: Lumosity's Brilliant Today’s episode of Cribs takes us to the San Francisco headquarters of Lumosity, the company that makes online games aimed at keeping your brain alert and healthy.
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Carly Fiorina Says the ChineseThe presidential hopeful explained 'that is why they are stealing our intellectual property'.
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Amazon hiring 6,000 full-time workers for distribution centers in 12 states
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Move over, Siri. Cortana isMicrosoft's smart assistant Cortana is expanding beyond Windows, Twitter's Periscope is rising on Android, and Amazon is getting crafty with competition for Etsy.
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Facebook adds restaurantIn this post-Yelp era, everyone's become a food critic. But now Facebook is looking to showcase reviews from people who actually get paid to eat for a living, above the crowdsourced noise. On Tuesday,... The Verge first reported that thousands of restaurants will start integrating reviews from actual food critics on their mobile Facebook Pages. Facebook has partnered with five established publications to source these professional reviews, including Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Eater, New York magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The "Critic Reviews" section is now right above user reviews and includes images and a short blurbs pulled right from media outlet. Clicking on the critic the module takes you to the full review on the publisher's website.
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I saw two movies this past weekend. One was about a terrifying futuristic dystopia filled with endless betrayal and a complete lack of hope. The other one was Mad Max: Fury Road.
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America woke up to some frustrating news today. Charter, the fourth-largest cable company in America, wants to buy Time Warner Cable, the second-largest, as well as Bright House, the tenth-largest. If... the deal goes through it's going to affect come 23 million internet customers directly. Not in a good way.
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Renting a place through services like Airbnb can actually save you a lot of money in the long run, especially if you cook your meals there instead of eating out. Before you head to the store, however,... make sure you know what you have in the kitchen.
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Want To Predict What Your GPAThe SmartGPA app uses smartphone data on student user's study and party habits to come up with a projected GPA, researchers explain. Predictions proved accurate to within hundredths of a grade point,... they say.
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Digital assistant to pal around with Redmond rivals Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software... giant announced on Tuesday, confirming rumors that have been swirling around since March....
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Private, insulting tweet getsA right-wing senator stands to make legal history in Italy when he becomes the first person to be prosecuted for insulting another person on Twitter. Maurizio Gasparri, a senator with Silvio... Berlusconi's conservative Forza Italia party, is well known for his polemical verve and has earned the title of "cyber-bully" for his vigorous use of social media. In August 2013 he was drawn into a Twitter debate about the political and economic record of former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and saw red after one of the other participants recalled a gaffe in which Gasparri allegedly revealed his ignorance of the banking sector. Gasparri responded with a private tweet that could be translated as: "Arrogant ignoramus you make me vomit."
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Microsoft's Cortana To ArriveIt looks like Microsoft is moving slowly but surely in the right direction where the mobile world is concerned – as the company has just announced that Cortana will be making its way over to the... Android platform before June s over, while folks who are rocking to iPhones from Apple will be able to enjoy the wonders of Cortana later this year – with no specified date just yet. Just in case you were wondering, Cortana happens to be Microsoft's smart personal assistant for Windows 10 PCs as well as Windows phones (not to mention making accurate predictions), and this would be a more ambitious cross-platform mobile strategy that is centered around the recently announced Phone Companion app for iOS and Android. The latter is said to assist users when it comes to configuring their handsets...
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Big Bets on Proton Therapy Face Uncertain Future

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 22:24
Big Bets on Proton TherapySix new proton-beam centers are set to start delivering state-of-the-art radiation to U.S. cancer patients in coming months. The projects--many costing between $25 million and $30 million--will enter... an uncertain market.
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Samsung patent reveals a waySamsung has filed for an Android station that turns smartphones into Windows laptops The tech company wants to trademark a docking apparatus that allows an Android-based smartphone or tablet to switch... over to Windows when popped into the holder. The station, which was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and first spotted by PatentlyMobile, is equipped with a keyboard and display. See also: Spotify Running timed my jog to Jennifer Lopez, and I didn't hate it Image: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office In order for it to work, the smartphone would need to run both Android and Windows. After placing the device (presumably some kind of future Galaxy phone) into the station, the systems would connect and then automatically switch on a Windows mode, allowing users to control and view...
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Workday Falls 5% Despite Following the bell, Workday reported the results of the first quarter of its fiscal 2016. The company lost $0.02 per share during the period, using adjusted metrics, on revenue of $251.0 million.... Investors had expected the company to lose an adjusted $0.08 per share on revenue of $245.0 million. In its sequentially preceding quarter, Workday had top line of $226.3 million. The company, up…
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Blood Pressure Vaccine Moves One Step Closer

Live Science - 26 May 2015 22:23
Blood Pressure Vaccine MovesAn experimental vaccine aims at keeping blood pressure low for several months, research say.
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IRS: Thieves Stole Tax InfoThe IRS says thieves used an online service provided by the agency to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.
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Fire at giant Apple Inc. plant in Arizona controlled in 30 minutes, but part of roof collapsed
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Apple's secret weapon:Not too long ago, Brian X. Chen of The New York Times wrote a piece arguing that traditional product reviews are broken insofar as they don’t often consider the varying levels of customer service... different companies provide. “The product evaluations neglect to mention the quality of a company’s customer service,” Chen writes, “which becomes the most important fact of of all when problems or questions related to the product come up.” This is an astute point, and especially apt in regards to tech products. Not only are tech products pricey, but addressing tech oriented problems is usually beyond the expertise of most owners. As a result, if there’s any one industry where customer service should be afforded more weight when putting together a product review or stacking
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EMC to Buy Virtustream forEMC said Virtustream would operate as its new managed cloud services business after the transaction closes.
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An enduring legacy ofThe Khorana Program at MIT enables young Indian scientists to thrive.
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Fan-made Lego portrait ofOn Red's opening track, "State of Grace," Taylor Swift sang, "We learn to live with the pain, mosaic broken hearts." And now there is a 8'4" x 12'7" mosaic of her face made out of Lego bricks at... Legoland Windsor in the UK. Maybe there weren't enough bricks to recreate Swift's troubled heart. See also: Who has more friends: Marnie the Dog or Taylor Swift? Legoland polled visitors on which celebrity they would most want as a best friend in order to determine the subject of the portrait, and Swift won by a landslide. Swift's real-life friend Ed Sheeran did not make the cut. Image: Mikael Buck/Associated Press
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NASA is convinced that Jupiter's moon Europa is worth visiting, and for good reason: its icy surface could be hiding a giant ocean friendly to life. The agency is going to need the right equipment if... it's going to verify its theories, however, which ...
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SmartChutes is a SafetyAerial photography drones are highly useful pieces of technology that help us to broaden our visual horizons. However, popular consumer drones, from companies such as DJI, can cost well over a... thousand dollars – something you certainly want to be careful with while flying. A new product on Kickstarter, SmartChutes, believes that they can help […]
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[From EntertainmentTell] Michelle Pfeiffer is ubiquitous, Chuck Johnson suddenly less so and KFC goes on the offensive
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This Car Safety Demo WentThe car may have lacked the auto-stopping feature
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Why LG's Latest Android Watch Trails Apple's

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 22:13
Why LG's Latest Android WatchTech Review: Clunky interface and design, plus too many alerts, plague the Watch Urbane, Geoffrey A. Fowler reports.
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Public comments on revised IANA transition plan The plan to move control of the top-level of the internet from the US government to California non-profit ICANN has received broad approval following a... month-long public comment period....
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Opinion: Here's how Apple canIf you’re reading this article, you already know Apple’s pre-order drill for major new releases: Apple announces a new product, says advance online orders will start at 12:01am on a specific day,... and then -- when most of its customers are either exhausted or groggy -- re-opens its online store to a pent-up frenzy of reservations. Virtually every time, Apple’s most dedicated customers deal with delays […]
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Belgian Court Summons Skype Over Refusal to Allow Wiretaps

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 22:10
Microsoft Corp.'s Skype subsidiary has been summoned to appear before a Belgian court for refusing to allow wiretaps of two suspects.
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Fat-shaming cartoons at LillyA couple of doodles hanging on the wall have just gotten Lilly Pulitzer into some hot water on social media In a recent article for The Cut exploring inside the Lilly Pulitzer headquarters in King of... Prussia, Pennsylvania, a bright photo gallery reflected the designer's concepts, with vibrant colors and patterns covering many surfaces. See also: Lilly Pulitzer for Target items are sold out everywhere and people are pissed But one photo particularly caught readers' attention. Several cartoons posted in one cubicle, illustrated by a Lilly Pulitzer employee, depicted "fat, white and hideous" women
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This is the Dinosaur That"Astoundingly huge" dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani is rewriting the book on the physical limits of life.
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Fire breaks out at Apple'sA fire of unknown origin broke out today in Apple’s command center in Mesa, Arizona. Local firefighters responded at around 11:30 Tuesday morning to the structure, which formerly held sapphire glass... supplier GT Advanced Technologies. A Mesa fire spokesperson said…
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Charter's $55.33B offer for Time Warner Cable is the latest in years of cable deal making
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Supreme Court Rules AgainstThere is now likely to be a new trial over the accusations by Commil USA.
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Video Explains the Best Time(s) to Drink Coffee

Twisted Sifter - 26 May 2015 22:05
Video Explains the BestCoffee, caffeine and circadian rhythms; oh my!
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Scientists have already devised systems that allow electronic devices to scavenge power from ambient electromagnetic energy sources such as radio waves. While the technology has generally been limited... to small devices such as wireless sensors, a research team has recently created a scavenging system that charges a smartphone's battery, letting it last up to 30 percent longer per charge - and the system does so using radio signals emanating from the phone itself. ..
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I'm serious. Mad Max: Fury Road should not exist. It should never have gotten made. It certainly shouldn't be as awesome as it is. And yet somehow, against all odds, this impossible cinematic... masterpiece is in theaters right now, in defiance of reality itself.
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Oculus VR acquires SurrealVirtual Reality company Oculus acquires Surreal Vision, a company that focuses on real-time 3D scene reconstruction for Augmented Reality. This acquisition puts Oculus in a good position to take on... companies that've risen up to create their own VR and AR headsets in the time since Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift VR headset was first revealed. With the software …
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Google Doodle Honors FirstGoogle paid tribute to America's first woman in space with a series of five animated "Doodles" appearing on its website.
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"The universe and the observer exist as a pair. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of the universe that ignores consciousness." Andrei Linde, Russian-American theoretical physicist and the Harald... Trap Friis Professor of Physics at Stanford University. Linde is one...
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[GamerTell] Pokemon fashion coming to LA this June

Technology Tell - 26 May 2015 22:00
[From GamerTell] Between June 6th and July 5th 2015, the Japan LA Pop Culture Shop will be hosting a Pokemon Boutique pop-up shop, with plenty of Pokemon-inspired fashions!
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Mac: Dropbox's revision history is a great way to pull up older versions of files, but it's not exactly easy to use in the web app. Revisions for Dropbox is a Mac app that lives in your menu bar and... makes browsing file versions a breeze.
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Just before midnight, UPS's Worldport in Louisville, Kentucky begins to come alive. Boeing 757s start roaring overhead. Packages whoosh by on miles of conveyer belts. Before the sun is up, 1.6 million... packages will be unloaded and loaded again, sent along toward their final destinations.
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Baxter with Ridgeback, Image courtesy of Clearpath. Baxter, the computer-screened face of the robots-are-taking-your-jobocalypse, has gone mobile. Ontario-based Clearpath Robotics has announced the... Ridgeback, a "heavy development platform for mobile manipulation." Basically, it's a set of $35,000 smart wheels for Baxter. The internet's favorite job-stealing robot just became even more versatile, and thus, job-stealier. Rethink Robotics' Baxter, you'll recall, is the workplace bot that's touted as a safe, efficient co-worker; he's human-friendly. Baxter can perform repetitive tasks in the same space as humans, and is lauded for apparently being able to avoid whacking them. In a sage move, the company also gave Baxter a cheerily sympathetic animated demeanor, perhaps so that its co-workers,...
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A Look at Benrido, One of theCollotype is a photo printing process that was invented by French photographer Alphonse Louis Poitevin back in 1856. Due to its ability to preserve fine detail in prints, the process was used to... create fine art photo prints for many years before other processes arrived on the scene. Photographer Fritz Schumann writes that the collotype […]
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You can now buy the private data of almost 4 million users of the hacked hook up website AdultFriendFinder for a little less than $17,000--in Bitcoin, naturally. AdultFriendFinder, a dating site for... online and real life hookups, admitted that it had been breached last week. The attack was allegedly carried out earlier this year by a hacker that goes by the name of ROR[RG], according to security researcher Bev Robb, who first wrote about the breach. Now, given the widespread publicity and attention received by the hack, which exposed millions of people who were looking for cyber or real life intimacy, including of some who were married, ROR[RG] apparently wants to cash in. "I have had so many people ask me to buy the db today," the hacker wrote in an underground dark web forum on Saturday....
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Charter Executives PositioningAs top executives at Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable laid out their vision for the cable companies' planned $55 billion merger, their pitch seemed aimed as much at Washington as at Wall... Street.
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It just makes the chiptunesIf you tried to come up with a gaming product that would cater primarily to hipsters, you would be hard-pressed to beat this: The London-based Data Discs is releasing vinyl soundtracks for Shenmue and... Streets of Rage. The post It just makes the chiptunes sound warmer: Streets of Rage and Shenmue soundtracks coming to vinyl appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Subway riders' smartphonesMillions of city dwellers with smartphones in hand, pocket or bag, use trains to get around night and day, seven days a week. The incoming message from three researchers in China is that an attacker... could track them based on information from a phone's accelerometer. The three, from Nanjing University, have completed a study which went up on the arXiv server earlier this month. "We Can Track You If You Take the Metro: Tracking Metro Riders Using Accelerometers on Smartphones" describes the attack.
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Oculus Acquires Surreal Vision Oculus VR announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision today, bringing the company’s expertise on recreating real-time 3D representations of the outside world into virtualized environments. This... means making things like virtual telepresence possible, letting you “be there” without actually being there. Based on info shared by Surreal Vision regarding the acquisition, it…
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Sony and LG will begin preinstalling some of Microsoft's biggest apps on their Android tablets, making them available to new buyers straight out of the box. Those apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint,... Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive. That gives Skype, Office, and Microsoft's cloud services an important position, putting them right at the fingertips of new Android tablet owners who more than likely will be interested in finding apps to help them get work done. Microsoft is well aware of this, which is why it's been making these app distribution deals to try to gain a hold on mobile. It's also a bit of a bet that Android tablets will eventually take off. In addition to Sony and LG, Microsoft is also announcing 18 other partners today,...
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If you thought Microsoft's app deal with Samsung was surprising... well, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The Windows maker has reached agreements to bundle its apps and services on Android tablets... from 20 companies. Most of these firms are small ...
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Today Oculus VR announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision, a company that specializes in the real-time recreation of real environments inside virtual and augmented worlds. This could point to some... exciting long-term possibilities. ..
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iOS 9 Transit Maps to launchWhile Apple plans to debut its own mass transit directions service for Maps in iOS 9 as soon as June, the rollout will not be as ambitious as some users may have hoped. In its first iteration,... Apple’s Transit service will only support approximately a half-dozen cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in […]
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Samsung has some strange andSamsung is the company that brought phablets into the mainstream and its Galaxy Note phablets are routinely among the best smartphones released every year. The South Korean giant is getting ready to... unveil its Galaxy Note 5 this year, but the future of the Note family might be a lot more exciting than curved displays and high-resolution displays, a new Samsung invention seems to indicate. DON'T MISS: Let's just hope the iPhone never gets this good According to a patent found by Patently Mobile, Samsung might in the future make the Galaxy Note a more powerful device than we ever imagined. Rather than being just big-screen smartphones, future Galaxy Note versions might have a special dock accessory that would turn
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Microsoft doubles down onLG and Sony, plus more than a dozen regional device makers sign deals with Microsoft to bundle Office apps and services -- such as Word, OneNote and Skype -- on their Android devices.
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Massive heat wave in IndiaIndia has been hit by a massive, widespread heatwave that has left nearly 800 people dead. Odisha and the coastal regions of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have experienced the brunt of the hot weather,... with temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). The heatwave has also engulfed the north — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi. The India Meteorology Department (MET) has forecast the heat to continue for at least the next 48 hours, with conditions possibly getting worse in the coming days See also: Fueled by warming oceans, Earth is on course for another record warm year
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Conference to highlightJoint Conference and Exhibition on Fostering Science and Innovation will showcase activities and outcomes of international partnerships with Portugal.
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Smart Kegel trainer pairs withIf an exercise plan is needed to get your pelvic muscles into shape, there's a smart gadget for that.
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These nanosuction pads willSelfie-sticks are awkward tools that are banned in a long list of museums and public attractions, recently including Disney World. Not that you ever really want to have to use one anyway. Thankfully,... the Aruchuletas aka Eoseek LLC made StuckOnz. The post These nanosuction pads will stick your phone to just about anything, so you don’t need a selfie stick appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple is bringing Force TouchThe next version of iOS may borrow a popular feature from Apple's new line of Macbooks: Force Touch. The upcoming iPhone's display will be pressure sensitive to accommodate Apple's pressure-sensitive... feature, according to a 9to5Mac report by the ever-reliable Mark Gurman The feature is said to debut on the next iPhone, likely called the iPhone 6S, along with iOS 9. This would be in line with earlier reports that suggest Apple plans to add the feature to its next iPhone. First introduced with the new Macbook, Force Touch lets the laptop's trackpad detect subtle differences in how much pressure is applied by the finger — so a hard press and a light press will trigger different actions.
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Lamborghini approves itsLamborghini has reportedly greenlit its first ever SUV for production. The Urus will use carbon fiber and a powerful V10 engine to attract buyers in the market for expensive performance SUVs. The post... Lamborghini approves its first-ever SUV for production; Urus may share V10 with Audi RSQ7 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Supernovas help 'clean' galaxies

Phys.org - 26 May 2015 21:45
Supernovas help 'clean'Supernovas just might be the maid service of the universe.
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An international team of researchers has discovered a star teetering near the maximum allowable mass for a star of its type, giving astronomers the unprecedented opportunity to observe a dwarf star... near the end of its lifecycle. Their results show that the massive star is sucking up nearby matter so quickly it will soon exceed this threshold--and at that point will either collapse on itself or explode violently outward. Astronomers have no idea which. The star, called RX J0045.4, is a white dwarf star in a binary (two-star) system in the nearby Andromeda Galaxy. White dwarfs are the ancient stellar remnants of more active stars like our own sun--small but incredibly dense. Most white dwarfs slowly cool into dead stars called black dwarfs, but if they're heavier than about 1.4 solar masses,...
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Facebook starts addingFacebook is constantly tweaking things, and if you thought the changes to your newsfeed would die down for a while, think again. The social network is back with yet another tweak, this time testing... critics' reviews of restaurants that the Facebook user may be interested in. It works a little like this: visit the page of a particular restaurant, and …
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MaterialsLab improves how weWhen companies try to "build a better mousetrap," the process can involve lots of internal studies and tests on the kinds of materials to use and effective designs. It can be a time-consuming but... necessary operation, which means less time for people to use the device to solve a particular problem.
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What you need to know about space travel

The Verge - 26 May 2015 21:42
I want to visit space before I die. I have no practical reason to do so. I just want to. Surely I'm not alone. There's something about the concept of space exploration that I pine to achieve. Which is... a little silly, considering I haven't seen most of the planet I live on. And that I am not a scientist and I wouldn't really be achieving much on my trip. Still, I look up at night, and there waits space. I invited The Verge's Science Editor and space expert Elizabeth Lopatto to provide odds on my tentative trip to space. Liz has an astonishing grasp on the history and science of space travel. Her recounting of humanity's efforts to see what is beyond this planet is inspiring. This was one of my favorite episodes to record, and I hope it's...
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Why Your Next Tablet MightIt's Microsoft's latest move in mobile
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Comcast praises Time Warner"We're a different company than Comcast." Those were the words of Charter CEO Tom Rutledge when asked how he expected to get his company's $79-billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) past U.S.... regulators It's a timely question, and one crucial to the deal. Rutledge and Charter have $2 billion riding on it — the break fee they'll be required to pay TWC if the deal is stopped See also: Netflix's 'main goal' was to kill the Comcast merger. Mission accomplished. That's a healthy confidence just more than a month after Comcast withdrew from a similarly large deal to buy TWC due to regulator scrutiny. Comcast's deal would have combined the two largest pay TV companies and also created a company with more than half of the U.S. high-speed broadband connections
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Until Dawn screams its way toThe PlayStation 4- exclusive, teen-murdering, scream-causing Until Dawn arrives this August, and developer Supermassive Games has released a new trailer, showing off the game's scares and a new cast... member. The post Until Dawn screams its way to the PlayStation 4 this August appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A merged Time Warner and Charter wouldn't top Comcast. But their combined heft could set up a showdown. The post Charter’s Time Warner Bid Could Create a True Comcast Rival appeared first on WIRED.
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Even 'Mad Men' Can't BringBack in the day, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble used to relax with a smoke, but times have changed.
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Foul play? Two of B.B. King'sLess than two weeks after B.B. King's death, two of the legendary musician's daughters are claiming foul play was involved. The daughters allege King was poisoned by his business partners after being... sequestered in the week leading up to his death. The post Foul play? Two of B.B. King’s daughters allege legendary musician was murdered appeared first on Digital Trends.
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One billion people worldwide live with a physical or developmental disability. And for those in developing nations, many of these disabilities dictate a life of social and economic marginalization.... But Google's doing something about it. The company a...
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Meet CHIMP, the chainsawCarnegie Mellon's robot is a human sized machine that can walk, climb walls and even turn into a tank to move across tough terrain.
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How Lil B and the 'Based God'sForget the game's biggest stars, the wily veterans, the explosive off-the-bench-scorers. Not one of the so-called experts predicted this, but the NBA Playoffs' biggest X-factor has been none of the... above. It's been a Berkeley, California, rapper called Lil B the Based God This rare story is one that involves an Internet-famous rapper, the NBA's MVP runner-up, accusations of plagiarism, threats of retaliation, prophecies of failure and, finally, a hex — all while precariously toeing the line between satire and real-life We know you've wondered over the past few days what this "Based God's Curse" is that's burning up the airwaves, racking up the page-views and causing giggle fits across all forms of media; so wonder no more
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LG's impressive new 27-inchA product listing LG's Australian website has revealed a 27-inch monitor known as the 27MU67, which seems to be targeted towards gamers. It offers 4K resolution, AMD FreeSync support, and a broad... color gamut. The post LG’s impressive new 27-inch FreeSync monitor leaked by company’s Australian website appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Star Wars fans in China getFor the first time ever, the original Star Wars trilogy is being brought to Chinese theaters. Organizers for the Shanghai International Film Festival and Walt Disney Pictures announced that the... complete six-movie saga will be screened at the festival. The post Star Wars fans in China get historic viewing opportunity leading up to The Force Awakens appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How Oculus and Facebook CouldResearchers have proposed sci-fi tech that would let users of the social network interact through virtual reality
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OrangeCon to kick off OrangeOrangeCon will take place on June 11 in New York, the day before the official premiere of Season Three of Orange is the New Black. Invited fans can attend a panel discussion, get autographs, and see a... screening of the first episode. The post OrangeCon to kick off Orange is the New Black premiere in NYC appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Star Treatment

Slate - 26 May 2015 21:34
Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read... Prudie's Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)
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Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tinder

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 21:31
Rhode Island Blames STD SpikeSexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps like Tinder as one of the driving forces behind... new outbreaks. The rise has been precipitous: Syphilis cases in Rhode Island increased by 79 percent between 2013 and 2014 while gonorrhea cases increased by 30 percent. Newly identified HIV cases increased by almost 33 percent, according to a new state report. The rates didn't affect all groups equally. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were more likely than any other group to be infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea. Men who have sex with other men made up 75 percent of primary and secondary syphilis cases, the two most infectious stages. While the Rhode Island Department of Health...
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Meet the man who steals yourIt’s well established that anything one posts online these days remains permanently etched on the Internet. The moment a tweet or a photo goes up, it’s practically impossible to scrub it from its... new-found digital existence. For most people, this is no big deal as the benefits to be gleaned from sharing items like photos with friends far outweigh any concerns about privacy. But once someone starts profiting from your personal photos, the dynamics of the equation completely change. Meet Richard Prince, an “artist” whose skill set consists of photographing other people’s photographs, adjusting them slightly, and then selling them for enormous profit. It admittedly sounds bizarre, but Prince has been making a living doing just that for decades now. DON’T
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The Mopet Microfiber VacuumIf you like a clean house but don’t like doing the work yourself, then it would seem obvious to get a device that will do the cleaning for you. There are a myriad of things that will vacuum, wash... windows and more, but how well they do their job varies greatly from product to product. The Roomba is well-known at this point, but not everyone wants to shell out for ...
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"I guess I was a pioneer," Dona Bailey says while shrugging. Although her name might not immediately ring a bell, her impact on video game culture will. A former programmer for Atari, Bailey, along... with Ed Logg, created the addictive arcade game Centipede. The California native was an outlier, as she was one of the few female programmers in the gaming industry. She says she wasn't "nearly as technically experienced" as the men, but she knew she one one of only a "handful of women" in the country with programming experience. "That made me one of the most qualified women in America to be hired by Atari to make a game," she says. Bailey is part of a small, yet largely ignored group of women who played pivotal roles in early years of the notoriously dude-ruled games industry. But there's no...
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Giving birth is never an easy feat, but it's an especially tricky process for the critically endangered spider tortoise. That's why herpetologists at Smithsonian's National Zoo were so excited when a... tiny spider tortoise hatched from its shell earlier this month. Last January, a wild-caught breeding pair of spider tortoises were brought to the zoo under the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan. The goal was to breed the pair, which had been in captivity for more than 10 years, to diversify the gene pool of captive spider tortoises. But it's not a simple task, according to Lauren Augustine, a reptile keeper at the zoo. Augustine told me spider tortoises only lay one egg at a time, up to three times a season. Those eggs are in a state of diapause: a...
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Another month, another major telecom merger: This time, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable are seeking to combine forces. Telecom's biggest companies are reshuffling the deck in an attempt... to maintain the dominance they've built over the last decade. Roughly a month after Comcast's much-hyped deal with Time Warner Cable fell apart, TWC has found another suitor: Charter Communications, the country's fourth-largest cable operator, will buy Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest cable operator, for $55 billion. Together, they will form, well, a bigger version of the country's second-largest cable operator (Comcast will still boast the most cable subscribers). Both Charter and Time Warner Cable are profitable companies, but overall profits have started to fall as the US...
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Easily Add a Shutdown Switch to a Raspberry Pi

Life Hacker - 26 May 2015 21:30
The Raspberry Pi doesn't have a power switch, which means you have to remember to actually properly shut it down every time you want to turn it off. If you don't feel like running those extra... commands, Instructables user AndrewH7 shows you how to easily add a shutdown switch.
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Salesforce Isn't Going Anywhere

TechCrunch - 26 May 2015 21:29
Salesforce Isn't Going For the past several weeks we’ve been hearing persistent rumors that somebody is going to buy Salesforce.com. The company delivered its quarterly report last week, performing decently, seeing its... share price and market capitalization grow as a result. Yet in spite of ongoing industry gossip, it remains unlikely anyone will buy the crown jewel of SaaS.
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Minecraft Pocket Edition forMojang today announced a huge update to its popular Minecraft Pocket Edition app for iPhone and iPad. The big focus of the update is access to new free and paid skins for characters (as pictured... above): Skins are the way you change the appearance of your Minecraft character. Instead of looking like Alex or Steve, you […]
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Hyundai Is First To Offer Android Auto System

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 21:26
Hyundai Is First To OfferDETROIT (AP) -- Hyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system. Starting Tuesday, Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata can ask dealers to download the system for free.... Drivers must have a Sonata with navigation, which is part of an optional technology package. Android Auto will soon be available on other Hyundai models. Android Auto connects to drivers' smartphones and lets them access certain apps, like Google Maps or Spotify, by voice, steering wheel controls or touchscreen graphics on the dashboard. It locks their phones while in use to help keep drivers' eyes on the road. Google says Android Auto is expected to be offered on 28 different brands by the 2016 model year. Hyundai says it expects to offer Apple's version of the system, CarPlay, sometime soon. --...
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Kids launching off a 'blob'Memorial Day weekend has officially passed, which for many people, marks the unofficial start to summer festivities. To celebreate the changing of the season, GoPro released a slow-motion video of one... of the most dangerous, yet fun summer activities: the blob The blob is a partially inflated airbag that one person sits at one end while another jumps on the other end, launching the sitting person high into the air and hopefully safely into the water. Check out these kids' reactions as they're launched into the air Just a casual day for BASE jumpers: Break into building, jump off the roof 'Indiana Jones' recreated with human hamster wheels Skydivers make grand entrance by landing on a Slip 'N Slide Take a downhill mountain bike ride through the streets of Chile
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The case has resulted in the first federal conviction of a website operator for such crimes.
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iOS 9 News: The new iOS willApple's next major iOS release packs a bevy of improvements. It'll notably introduce Maps improvements, Apple Music, Force Touch, support for larger iPads and better optimization than previous iOS... releases. The post iOS 9 News: The new iOS will bring Force Touch, split-screen apps, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Billions of Blue JellyfishBillions of by-the-wind sailors, also called Velella velella, could wash ashore in coming months because of favorable water temperatures and onshore winds.
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Is Apple chief designer JonyNormally a promotion is something to celebrate. With Apple's design guru Jonathan Ive, however, it's proving to be more bittersweet Ive, the celebrated designer behind Apple's most successful hardware... products and the overhauled operating system for the iPhone and iPad, has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Design Officer, making him just the third C-level executive at the world's most valuable company. Ive's announcement came out Monday in what was, oddly, an interview with the actor and playwright Stephen Fry "Whether Ive intends it or not — and I think he likely does, for what it’s worth — this is the beginning of the end of his time at Apple," Ben Thompson, an analyst, writes on Stratechery
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The Most Powerful Women InPower can come from all kinds of industries and sectors, from politics and investing to media and even fashion. But one thing all the women on FORBES' 12th list of 100 Most Powerful Women have in... common is brainpower. Seven of those brainy women have roots in science and health, although they work in a number of areas, ranging from physics research to medical devices.
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[From GadgeTell] While T-Mobile and Verizon are both expected to foreshadow LG G4's Now Network launch, Sprint has already begun taking pre-orders for the 5.5-inch powerhouse in metallic gray and... genuine leather black.
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NASA has announced the instruments for its next mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, one of the solar system's best candidates for hosting life
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If your Taco Bell order tastes a little funky next year, it might not be from the questionable quality of the meat. Today, everyone's favorite provider of FourthMeal announced that it will remove... artificial colors and flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and added trans fats from its menu by the end of 2015. If you need some inspiration to save your struggling startup you might want to take another look at your favorite late-night snack, because Taco Bell is a fast food chain that has mastered the art of the pivot. In the last few years it's put Doritos dust on its hard shells, it launched a breakfast menu with tiny waffle tacos, and it's working on filling Cap'n Crunch-covered donuts with something called "milk icing." Taco Bell is the...
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Researchers claim to boostCell phones are constantly transmitting radio signals, whose energy can also be used to boost the battery life of mobile devices. Researchers at Ohio State University have developed circuitry that... converts radio signals from a handset into energy, which is then fed back to the device's battery. The researchers say the technology can increase the battery life of mobile devices by up to 30 percent. The OSU researchers are working with startup Nikola Labs to commercialize the technology, which they say can be easily implemented in cell-phone cases, and in June will launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund its continued development.
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How to shoot stunning 60 fpsClear, high definition video is all about a frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps). Luckily, your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can shoot in this high-speed format that will smooth out your videos as... well as make…
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This is about as IKEA as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that's made out of paper. That's right: paper. Not cardboard. This... durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be molded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great.
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Leaked Site Reveals More Info A leaked internal link on Walmart.com accidentally unveiled more details regarding the retailer’s forthcoming three-day shipping service which aims to challenge Amazon Prime. For starters, we now... have a name: it’s called ShippingPass. During the brief time the link was live, shoppers were able to sign up and even place orders using ShippingPass, and were able to see which types…
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CVC leads race for $400m Serco arm

Times of India - 26 May 2015 21:13
CVC Capital Partners, a global private equity house managing $71 billion in funds, has emerged the preferred bidder to acquire the Indian unit of business process outsourcing (BPO) major Serco Plc,... valued at about $400 million, or Rs 2,500 crore, multiple people familiar with the matter said.
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Oculus Rift Founder PalmerOculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey has been accused of stealing confidential information for use in the Oculus Rift headset. Hawaii-based Total Recall technologies says that it hired Luckey under... contract in 2011 to build a prototype VR headset, and that Luckey  violated a confidentiality agreement by using information and feedback e received while working at the company in his Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift, which sold to Facebook for $2bn. We've reached out to Oculus and will update if they respond.
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Don't expect much change inWhat will the smartphone pie look like for Google's Android and Apple's iOS in 2019? Pretty much the same as today, says research firm IDC.
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Apple Facility in Mesa,Local news affiliate ABC 15 Arizona is reporting that Apple's facility in Mesa, Arizona, which it acquired through its ill-fated partnership with GT Advanced last year, caught fire this afternoon.... While the second-alarm fire has since been extinguished on the rooftop, which is equipped with multiple solar panels, local firefighters and emergency crews remain on the scene and authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze. Apple confirmed in February that it plans to repurpose the GT Advanced facility as a $2 billion data center. The data center will reportedly act as a "global command center" for Apple's global data network. Mesa fire crews confirmed that the fire was located near Elliot and Signal Butte Roads in east Mesa, coinciding with where the GT Advanced facility is situated....
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Bits Blog: SecurityCities around the world are spending billions to automate and computerize everything from traffic control to the power grid. But fears are growing that these networks are easy targets for attacks.
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Microsoft Doubles Down On Call it the robot bear hug. Microsoft announced today that its Android hardware manufacturer (OEM) program that sees Office apps pre-installed on new hardware has been expanded to 20 new companies.... According to the software company, there are now 31 “partners” in the program.
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Outside Amy Schumer 

Slate - 26 May 2015 21:06
In the new season of her show, Amy Schumer's feminism has gotten blunter. While Season 1 tended to come at feminist issues from askew, with weird, surprising sketches like "clown panties"--in which... her boyfriend has an affair with a clown--recent episodes feature clunkier riffs on Hollywood's gender norms and female empowerment. But as Inside Amy Schumer has evolved, one thing has remained as sharp and subtle as ever: her satire of female fashion. Schumer has always been perceptive about the ways women clothe themselves in various situations, whether as public theater or on their own couch, and about the world's relentless focus on said clothing. From the "basic" fedora she wears in her sketch about women who can't accept compliments to the sad little satin cupcake dress in her Toddlers in...
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No touching! Aria lets youThe Aria gesture controller allows you to control your smartwatch without touching it; the idea being that when your other hand is free, you can still utilize your device. The device is compatible... with the Pebble Time and Android Wear. The post No touching! Aria lets you control your smartwatch without touching the screen appeared first on Digital Trends.
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This robot learns new skillsA robot is only as smart as its programming. Learning on the go has been the sole purview of living things That was, until a team of scientists at UC Berkeley programmed a robot to learn simple tasks... through trial and error, just like humans do. The robot itself, a Willow Garage PR-2, is not new. But researchers applied a relatively new form of artificial intelligence, known as Deep Learning, to give it a kind of primitive learning ability With it, the robot or BRETT, (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) can use visual and sensory information about itself, its environment and the objects before it. It uses them like LEGO, building little neural networks of information, basically figuring out how to do something (how to put two real-life blocks together, say, or put a ring...
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People are flipping theirThe market for buying and flipping Apple Watches at a profit established itself in less time than it took Apple to deliver the first round of watches to pre-order customers. Taking entrepreneurialism... way up to the next level, some ambitious Apple Watch owners are now taking to eBay to sell their Apple Watch boxes for a profit. Not […]
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A Mesa, Arizona building owned by Apple, Inc. Caught fire today. The fire is reportedly out, according to multiple source, but you can still see the smoldering building and firefighters working the... scene in images from the likes of NBC 12.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Jude Law will tackle the role of a conflicted pope in an upcoming HBO miniseries.
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While Neil deGrasse Tyson is surely somewhere in space right now, exploring the vast wonders of the universe, friend and fellow scientist Bill Nye took off into the void recently to prove that the... cosmos, in all its untold glory, really does care about you and your insufferable friends at SoulCycle. It's either that or we should just stop pretending it does. In a new skit on Inside Amy Schumer, Nye appears on his own Spaceship of the Imagination to show that the universe, which we once believed was a chaotic collection of matter whose size can scarcely be comprehended, really exists to send cosmic guidance to yogurt-loving white women in their 20s. Can you imagine? It's as crazy and inspirational as to make, in Nye's words, "no fucking...
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How to make your own LegoThese Lego gummy candies that you can easily make yourself remind us how fun it is to play with our food.
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Dozens of awesome smartphoneIf you’re in the market for a new smartphone case and you don’t want to spend money, then you owe it to yourself to check out a huge sale going on at Amazon right now. Case maker Rearth is selling... several of its Ringke smartphone cases for up to 68% off if you buy them through Amazon and enter in its special coupon codes. Among other devices, Rearth is selling smartphone cases for the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Note 4, the LG G4 and the Nexus 5. UPDATE: We’re getting word that many of these coupon codes are no longer working, which means the sale may have ended or that supplies have run out. DON’T MISS: T-Mobile has a killer
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Uber's run rate in India touches Rs 400 crore

Times of India - 26 May 2015 21:03
Taxi hailing app Uber's run rate of gross transactions in India is close to Rs 400 crore now, and estimates made on the basis of figures sourced from Paytm--Uber's sole payment channel in the country... -- indicate that this run rate will cross Rs 1,000 crore by the end of this year.
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This is the tech NASA willNASA has announced the tech toys its Europa mission will be equipped with, a battery of gadgets to do scientific study with around Jupiter's moon. Nine instruments have been selected after NASA threw... open its inbox to suggestions from the research community, in preparation for the $30m study that will hopefully see a solar-powered craft orbit Europa's icy surface for …
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[From GadgeTell] As difficult as it may seem at a first glance to distinguish between the half a dozen or so LG G Pad variants currently available stateside, the newest affordable family member... actually succeeds in standing out without much effort.
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Over the past two decades, few voices have shouted louder from the rooftops about global cybersecurity and digital privacy concerns than Bruce Schneier. He’s the CTO of Resilient Systems, a board... member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and has authored 14 books--his latest, Data and Goliath, was published in March. As Facebook and Google have infiltrated our every […] The post Bruce Schneier on Privacy and the Data Free-for-All appeared first on WIRED.
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So Jony Ive has a new title . So what? This banal little reshuffling could have a much bigger impact on Apple than you'd think. As Ive steps back from running day-to-day operations, it will make room... for new designers--and a new design language--to emerge from the studio he managed for 20 years. And it's about time.
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Sick of driving? Audi'sAudi's Japanese division has introduced a limited-edition version of the A8 L called Chauffeur Edition. Limited to five examples, the A8 L features an in-car minibar and a cabinet designed to store... glasses, among other niceties. The post Sick of driving? Audi’s Japanese division launches A8 L Chauffeur Edition appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] All of the amiibo (well, almost) will work with Yoshi's Woolly World, allowing people to change the dinosaur's look.
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Listen to Rolling Stones'An unreleased version of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers," which Mashable is exclusively premiering on Tuesday, gives us a look into the dark song's early days before it was even released on the... English rock band's classic Sticky Fingers album in 1971 This rendition, recorded in 1970, de-emphasizes Ian Stewart's piano and the rhythm section that producers turned up for the final country-fied version. The early take features finger-picked electric guitar and altered vocals from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. See also: Rare Bob Marley performance footage from 1978 puts you in front row The song will be released June 9 on the Sticky Fingers anniversary reissued formats, more than four decades after the band recorded the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Jagger's Stargroves country home in...
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Watch Phil live tonight onComing up live tonight starting at 5 p.m. PDT -- that's 8 p.m. on the east coast -- our own Phil Nickinson is back in California ahead of this year's Google I/O developer conference but first is... making a stop at the TWiT studios for All About Android! Expect a whole bunch of Google I/O previewing as everyone gets set for the annual conference Plus, the latest in other Android news, and plenty of other hijinks! You can watch the show live at this link. And be sure to heckle in the chat!
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Taxi-Hailing App Flywheel Adds Flywheel has been gradually expanding its availability in new markets, and also offering new ways for customers to pay. To do so, the company has extended its Series C financing to make room for a... group of investors with experience building huge businesses and ties to its new CEO.
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What's on tap for Google at I/O 2015

Engadget - 26 May 2015 21:00
We're coming down to the wire now: Google I/O 2015 is just a few days away, and we'll be liveblogging and reporting from the ground as soon as the festivities begin. Don't let its reputation as a... developer bonanza fool you, though. There's going to b...
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You probably ran more than five kilometers in your last 5K, and so did most of the runners who were out on the course with you. There's a trick to running the shortest possible path in a race, and... it's not cheating.
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An experimental Parkinson's treatment abandoned in the 1990s has been revived – and could restore a person's control of their movement within five years
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30 perfectly good cases toNeed a case? Still don't know which to get? Here is a heaping of choices to get you started on your case-shopping journey.
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Gravitational Waves--SoonerCalifornia Institute of Technology:
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'Comedians in Cars' trailerThere's no limit to the comedians who Jerry Seinfeld could pick up for a java date these days, but if this new Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee trailer is any indication, Season 6 is going to be... especially timely — and relevant to its new late-night slot on streaming TV network Crackle. Soon-to-be Late Show host Stephen Colbert (with the full Colbeard), soon-to-be Daily Show host Trevor Noah and Veep star (and former Seinfeld co-star) Julia Louis-Dreyfus all go for a spin and a cuppa in the spot, debuting right here on Mashable. SEE ALSO: David Letterman's final broadcast was as subversive, as punk rock, as ever
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Microsoft scores bundling dealMicrosoft has been working to expand its reach, and as part of that effort has made a new announcement: the company has struck a bundling deal with 20 (more) Android device partners, and under this... some of its offerings will be pre-installed on Android tablets from the companies. This brings the total number of partners operating under this agreement to …
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Firefighters Take on Blaze atFirefighters are working to contain a fire at the Mesa, Arizona building where GT Advanced Technologies had been making synthetic sapphire glass for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The blaze currently... seems to be on the roof of the building, and may not have spread to the building's interior. The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has the worst luck with that building. It's like it was built on cursed ground.
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Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti ESET researchers Olivier Bilodeau and Thomas Dupuy have found malware capable of compromising routers and embedded devices, seizing control of social... networking accounts, and booting out competitors....
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Hyundai is first to offerHyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system.
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Want your drink hot, iced, orWhirlpool teamed up with Anheuser-Bush InBev to sell a new appliance for beverage creation, known as B.blend. The $1,150 product makes hot, iced, and carbonated drinks from capsules. The post Want... your drink hot, iced, or fizzy? This machine makes them all appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Leaky Pipeline: Why WeA number by itself can't express more than its numeric value, however, when numbers are compared to one another, they can tell a story. In a post "Lean In" age, measurement is the empirical tool that... guarantees a path toward workplace diversity. Why? An industry can't know where it's going if it doesn't know where it started. Measurement holds companies and leaders accountable, and the data serves to teach us how to reframe problems and solve these complex, cultural issues. Data demystifies assumptions around what we think we know regarding women technologists and their status in the industry. With data from the 2015 ABI Top Companies Initiative, we can see where the industry is making progress and where the problems continue to persist. While many industry executives continue to point at...
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EE lights up 4G LTE roaming in China

Android Central - 26 May 2015 20:55
EE lights up 4G LTE roaming inUK mobile operator EE has become the first British network to offer 4G LTE roaming coverage in mainland China. The carrier's list of 4G roaming countries has not yet been updated to reflect the... change, however we've been seeing solid LTE coverage through China Unicom on our EE SIMs in the Beijing area in recent days. Unicom operates FDD-LTE -- the flavor of 4G used by most Western networks -- on Band 3, which also happens EE's main LTE band at home. Its main rivals, China Mobile and China Telecom, only use TDD-LTE frequencies, which are incompatible with most 4G phones sold in Europe. So naturally, the Unicom pair-up makes most sense for a Euro network like EE.
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An Apple building in Arizona is on fire, and a live stream from local news station ABC 15 shows crews on site, as well as a burning roof full of scorched solar panels. Based on the location, it... appears to be the facility Apple purchased from sapphire...
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Everything we know aboutThis is Richard Howarth, Apple's newly appointed vice president of industrial design, and the man who has to fill Jony Ive’s (calf-leather) shoes. Ive has been promoted to chief design officer to do... more “blue sky thinking,” leaving Howarth to…
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Large fire breaks out atUpdate: It appears that the fire has been put out. NO injuries. Reports are that the fire was isolated to the Solar panels on the roof. Local Media reports indicate that Apple’s Mesa Arizona... facility is on fire. Mesa fire said the fire is located near Elliot and Signal Butte Roads in east Mesa. The fire appears to […]
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This 'Star Trek' EnterpriseBoldly go where no man has worked before with this impressive "Star Trek" Enterprise computer table and office chair presented in the latest episode of "Super-Fan Builds."
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#sayhername campaignThree black women started the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, yet the American conversation about police brutality against black people has mostly been a conversation about police brutality against black... men. And while the most high-profile police brutality cases recently — Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice — involved black men, many black women have died at the hands of police, too See also: The chase to count the killings that the feds don't "There are so many names that we don’t hear, and a lot of those names tend to be women and girls," Treva Lindsey, an Ohio State University professor who specializes in black feminist theory, told Mashable.
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Apple iOS 9 Leak ConfirmsiOS 9 just gave up the iPhone 6S's biggest change from the iPhone 6...
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A fresh look at the mobile universe and rapidly evolving app economy, Appnext founder Elad Natanson highlights five key areas/sectors of the app economy that are important to understand in 2015.
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The "Necks for Sex" Hypothesis

Gizmodo - 26 May 2015 20:49
Sexual selection doesn't necessarily just shape sexual anatomy - it can have as profound an effect on the rest of an animal's body as natural selection does. In both cases, the end result is more... babies for animals that look or act a particular way.
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Is $70 Billion Too Much To PayA couple of thoughts about the reported pas de deux between Salesforce.com and Microsoft.
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On-demand X-rays at synchrotron light sources

Science Daily - 26 May 2015 20:48
Researchers have developed an 'X-rays on demand' technique in which ALS users can have access to the X-ray beams they want without affecting beams for other users.
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Maxing out the inherently stressed nature of treatment-resistant breast cancer cells thwarts their adaptive ability to evolve genetic workarounds to treatment, according to a study. Looking at tumor... progression as essentially an evolutionary process, researchers highlight the feasibility of maximizing cell stress by inhibiting adaptive pathways to cause cell death.
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New foam technology to leadA unique, high performance foam has been developed that can be used to make safer athletic gear and medical equipment, among other things. The developers anticipate an immediate benefit to the medical... device and protective equipment industries while the collaborative project for the development of the new prosthetic sock is underway.
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Got a wearable? Almost anybodyYour smartwatch can be tracked. Wearable products need to transmit data to function. Many don’t work without a connection to a smartphone. And because it would be silly to walk around with a cord... between the devices, that connection is made via Bluetooth Low Energy. Context Information Security has found that these connections can be used to identify smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other products that rely on BLE. And […]
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Legendary Photographer MaryThere’s some very sad news in the world of photography today: renowned American photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away yesterday in New York City at the age of 75. The Philadelphia Inquirer... reports that representative of the artist confirmed the death this morning. A portrait of Mark was also posted to the front page of […]
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Periscope streaming appTwitter launched its Periscope application on Android-powered devices on Tuesday as the battle for live-streaming video spread to the world's leading smartphone platform.
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Flow charts: Can you ditch cable?

USA Today - 26 May 2015 20:46
Flow charts: Can you ditchHow to cut the cord for news junkies, entertainment lovers and sports addicts.          
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On-demand X-rays atConsumers are now in the era of "on-demand" entertainment, in which they have access to the books, music and movies they want thanks to the internet. Likewise, scientists who use synchrotron light... sources are welcoming an era of "on-demand" X-rays, in which they have access to the light beams they want thanks to a technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
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[From GadgeTell] Party all the time? This portable speaker boasts 50 hours on a single charge
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Hot Topic Buys ThinkGeek

Gizmodo - 26 May 2015 20:45
Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey isn't sad. Not one bit. He's just trying to fit in with his new friends! They've got, shall we say, a darker taste in fashion. They shared his love of Star Wars, Doctor Who,... and Minecraft, so why not reciprocate? Oh, and $122 million in cash didn't hurt either.
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Camouflaged Mercedes-BenzFootage taken outside of Mercedes-Benz's Sindelfingen, Germany, factory gives us a very good look at the upcoming S-Class Cabriolet. The ragtop will be nearly identical to the S-Class Coupe, but it... will feature a power-folding soft top. The post Camouflaged Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet mule caught on camera in Germany appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft Office apps to beIf you buy a new Android tablet, the chances are getting better that it might have Office apps from Microsoft pre-installed out of the box. After announcing that Samsung, Dell and 10 more OEMs would... pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets earlier this year, Microsoft is announcing similar agreements with 20 more Android tablet makers, including LG and Sony.
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Twitter movie tool comes to the majority of world's smartphones Popular live video-broadcasting app Periscope has been released as an Android app via the Google Play store....
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Microsoft finally gets it

BGR - 26 May 2015 20:41
Microsoft finally gets itFor a few years now, Microsoft has been an easy target for jokes and jabs. For starters, Steve Ballmer, likeable as he may be, was always adept at providing us with an endless stream of fascinating... video clips. Second, because it took Microsoft far too long to realize that their Windows desktop monopoly had been surpassed in relevance by a burgeoning mobile market, we bore witness to the company making all sorts of strategic mistakes in an effort to play catch-up. DON’T MISS: Netflix may soon have to stop people from sharing their logins With Satya Nadella now steering the ship, and Steve Ballmer now up to his same old shenanigans as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, it really seems
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So maybe Tic-Tac-Toe is harderTic-Tac-Toe is a game of intense strategy and skill. These fans had neither. Two Houston Rockets fans got a chance to play a basketball version of Tic-Tac-Toe during halftime of the NBA Western... Conference Finals on Monday. Even with the advice of the announcers, the pair managed to fail at one of the easiest games ever invented. We'd suggest a simpler game like Rock, Paper, Scissors but we have a feeling they'd find a way to screw that up too. Make your Lego bricks gummy and never step on a plastic corner again Ditch your boring niece and nephew for a kickass owl ring bearer One-man baby band is the cutest thing in rock music Watch this man set a hoverboard Guinness World Record
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Lip plumper Kylie Jenner isKylie Jenner spent her Memorial Day sitting on countertops wearing one shoe and sharing conspiracy theories on social media. The celebriteen tweeted an image posing questions common amongst chemtrails... conspiracy theorists, who believe that condensation trails planes leave in the sky — contrails — are actually infused with chemical or biological agents for sinister purposes See also: 20 ways to keep up with the Kardashians on Etsy pic.twitter.com/wea59X0CTk — Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 26, 2015 It's unlikely the picture was posted by a hacker, considering the tweet has not been deleted and Jenner has tweeted since it posted on Monday
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What Jony Ive's Fancy NewApple's move to bring its product designer extraordinaire, Jony Ive, into its "C suite" should surprise no one, given how large he looms over the company's products. At the same time, the news of... Ive's new position as Chief Design Officer--which broke on Memorial Day--seems to have come out of left field. Three years ago, CEO Tim Cook gave Ive dominion over Apple's mobile software interfaces and hardware design. The new responsibilities gave him control over the way the company's devices looked and behaved, from the inside out. Now, according to The Telegraph, he will head back to his native England (to raise his family), leaving his old responsibilities split between two Apple middle men. Reportedly, Ive's new assignment will have him working with London's Foster and Partners to design...
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Twitter reportedly wanted toTwitter has expressed interest in buying Flipboard, the digital magazine app with more than 100 million registered accounts, in an all-stock deal valuing the company at $1 billion, according to a... report in Re/code on Monday. The social network has apparently been in talks with Flipboard about a potential acquisition since January, though those talks are currently on hold. See also: Twitter cracks down on infamous conservative troll Chuck Johnson Flipboard was founded by former Netscape executive and serial entrepreneur Mike McCue in 2010, who built the Palo Alto, California-based startup as a tablet app that pulls content from publishers including the New York Times and Vanity Fair and presents it in a magazine-style layout. The company, which has raised nearly $160 million from backers...
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SpinSat and things thatThe International Space Station had worms. Roundworms to be exact, but those and several other samples, hardware and data are now returning aboard the completed sixth SpaceX contracted resupply... mission. The Dragon spacecraft originally delivered research equipment for physical science, biology, biotechnology, human research and a myriad of technology demonstrations to the station on April 14.
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Science historian tells aTwo of the 20th century's greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. Their dispute, before a learned audience, was about the nature of... time - mostly in connection with Einstein's most famous work, the theory of relativity, which marks its centennial this year.
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Being the devil's plaything leaves little time for levity, so when Vanessa Ives got to have this laugh it was hard not to call it the episode's highlight. The post Penny Dreadful GIF and a Graf:... Underwear Shopping Is Awkward appeared first on WIRED.
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Meet the man charged withThe man charged with keeping Apple user interfaces looking and working beautifully made his bones by suggesting hand-painted boxes for the original iPhone. That’s just one shimmery detail from the... resume of Alan Dye, Apple’s new vice president of user…
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CIIMS lab develops better meningitis test

Times of India - 26 May 2015 20:36
Meningitis is a serious infection that can also kill. It is caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses.
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YotaPhone 2: A new way to run all day

USA Today - 26 May 2015 20:36
YotaPhone 2: A new way to runYotaPhone 2, a new smartphone, tackles battery life in a novel way: by moving activity off the power-hungry screen and onto a low-power e-reader display on the flip side.          
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Fill 'er up: This gas-poweredInstead of relying solely on batteries and electric motors, the recently-unveiled Yeair! drone uses a mixture of battery power and good old-fashioned combustion engines. The post Fill ‘er up: This... gas-powered drone flies for an hour straight, hits 60 mph appeared first on Digital Trends.
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It's that time again: Google I/O 2015 is upon us, and as usual, there's a lot to cover. Let's dig in. The post From Moonshots to Android M: What to Expect From Google I/O appeared first on WIRED.
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The Internet Security Alliance called for data driven analysis to determine incentives, prioritization and cost-effectiveness to encourage voluntary use of NIST Framework.
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Nexus Player price cut to $79 on the Google Store

Android Central - 26 May 2015 20:31
Nexus Player price cut to $79Google has cut the price of the Nexus Player on the Google Store to $79. If you're still looking to get your hands on Google's first Android TV box, the company has cut the price of the Nexus Player... by $20, bringing it down to $79 from its previous $99 price tag.
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The Mewgaroo hoodie is for crazy cat people

Coolest Gadgets - 26 May 2015 20:30
The Mewgaroo hoodie is forFriends and family can be fun to be around on occasion, but there are times where you want to be alone. Of course, you don’t want to be fully alone, you just want things to be in a quiet, controlled... situation. Many people enjoy spending time with a pet, as there is no emotional complication or going out to deal with. Of course, if you have a cat, you know ...
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A man covered himself with 1.1A Chinese man set the Guinness World Record for most bees on a human body on May 25, standing up while covered in 1.1 million bees, a weight of approximately 240 pounds. Consider it a challenge,... CrossFitters. See also: Topless Woman Covers Herself With 12,000 Bees Fellow beekeepers began by placing several queen bees on 55-year-old Gao Bingguo's body, in order to attract worker bees. After getting as many bees on Bingguo as they could through this method, they seemingly ditched all forms of strategy and just dumped boxes of bees on his head and back. Also, we feel that it's important to let you know that Bingguo was in literally just his underwear under all those bees.
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I couldn't resist Nintendo's Splatoon when I saw it for the first time at E3 2014. Squids with squirt guns locked in a summery battle to cover skate parks in neon ink? With a premise so weird and... wonderful all on its own, I probably would have loved ...
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Sometimes, you come across an episode of a podcast you want to hear, but you might not want to subscribe to the series as a whole. Latr.fm lets you add individual podcasts episodes to a single feed so... you can remember to listen without subscribing. Essentially, it's like Pocket for podcasts.
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How To Kick A Bad Habit

Gizmodo - 26 May 2015 20:30
After our call to stop drinking bottled water , we asked for reader advice for how to kick a bad habit. You responded with with hard-earned wisdom and tips for how to cut back or cut out everything... from sugar to smoking. Here's how to break free.
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A recent eye infection suffered by 18-year-old Nottingham University student Jess Greaney is the kind of story that fills us with horror. Greaney had keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea, caused... by Acanthamoeba castellanii, a parasite that was living and feasting on her eye. A. castellanii is a ubiquitous organism, found in many ecosystems worldwide. It is able to survive in harsh environmental circumstances - even in some contact lens solutions - and this is not the first occurrence
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NASA Sets New Launch Window for Supersonic Vehicle Test

NASA Breaking news - 26 May 2015 20:29
NASA Sets New Launch WindowThe second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) now will launch no earlier than 12:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. HST) Tuesday, June 2, from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range... Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1 p.m. EDT (7 a.m. HST).
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Watching worms will helpThe plot of many a science fiction TV series or movie revolves around the premise that people traveling long distances in space age more slowly than their counterparts on Earth. Now, tiny worms who... spent time aboard the International Space Station could help humans understand more about the effects of aging in space for real.
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Alcatel-Lucent Executives Defend Nokia Merger Plan

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 20:28
Alcatel-Lucent executives defended their plan to sell their company to Finland's Nokia Corp., telling skeptical shareholders that it is the only option for a firm that lacks "critical mass" against... giants like Ericsson and Huawei Technologies.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Google Fiber has found a new, revolutionary way to charge people for piracy
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Italy Orders Halt to Uberpop Service

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 20:27
Italy Orders Halt to UberpopUber Technologies' legal woes in Europe continued as a Milan court ordered that the car-hailing company's low-cost Uberpop service be discontinued in all of Italy.
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Make your Lego bricks gummyIf we've learned anything in the last 66 years of Lego production, it's that you can do almost anything with the tiny bricks, from building the world's biggest Millennium Falcon to creating an... Oscar-nominated animated film Now Grant Thompson, the self-proclaimed "King of Random," has introduced us to yet another way to play with Legos: make your own, and make them edible Using a few simple ingredients, like corn syrup and Jell-O, Thompson mixed together quick gummy candy and poured it into tough silicone molds to create colorful, edible Lego bricks and minifigures. Ditch your boring niece and nephew for a kickass owl ring bearer One-man baby band is the cutest thing in rock music Watch this man set a hoverboard Guinness World Record Rihanna in the full Dior short film is living in an eerie...
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Stunning Projections Turn Theby Karissa Rosenfield Universal Everything has transformed the Sydney Opera House into a "Living Mural," as part of Vivid Sydney, held in Australia from May 22 to June 8, 2015. Drawing inspiration... from the early pioneers of animation -- Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney -- the global animation studio first began to design their mesmerizing light show with a simple drawing. Video: Universal Everything Turns Sydney Opera House into "Living Mural" originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 25 Jun 2014. send to Twitter | Share on Facebook | What do you think about this? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Medtronic Hunts for Deals in China

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 20:25
Medtronic Hunts for Deals inMedtronic is broadening the number of low-cost medical devices it sells in China and is looking for deals there, the company's chief executive said.
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(Reuters) - U.S. online car shopping service TrueCar Inc said it expected site traffic to reach record high levels in May, helped by a spike in visitors during the Memorial Day weekend.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The British sitcom Catastrophe, starring Rob Delaney, will arrive on Amazon next month
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Download Android 5.1.1 factoryThe factory image which includes Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile has now been made available from Google for the Nexus 6. Android 5.1.1 build LYZ28E has just been made available from Google for Nexus 6... owners who have T-Mobile to download and install. This release brings both the factory image and OTA update files, allowing users to update their devices without having to wait.
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Charter, TWC execs: This isn'tCharter Communications' deal to merge with Time Warner Cable comes after Comcast's bid crumbled under regulatory scrutiny. But Charter and TWC say that won't happen twice.
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Is it the future of news?

CNN - 26 May 2015 20:23
Is it the future of news?One million users joined Periscope in its first 10 days on the iPhone app store. Today, the Twitter-owned platform is two months old and has just launched a version for Android. And, like any new... social media platform, it's at the center of multiple legal and ethical controversies.
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Watch Bilbo the owl deliverA wedding ceremony in the UK gets a visit from a most unlikely ring bearer.
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Is this the 'beginning of theJony Ive’s big promotion to chief design officer at Apple this week has set off some mild alarm bells from some Apple observers that Apple’s longtime design guru might actually be on the way out.... Stratechery’s Ben Thompson, for one, parses some of the language used in Stephen Fry’s piece on Ive over the weekend to speculate that Ive already has one foot out the door. BACKGROUND: Jony Ive promoted to Apple's Chief Design Officer “In my estimation, whether Ive intends it or not… this is the beginning of the end of his time at Apple,” writes Thompson. “To give up ‘management’ in exchange for ‘thinking freely’ is, when it comes to business, akin to shifting from product-focused R&D to exploratory R&D… The
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The app that can predict yourResearchers say the SmartGPA app can use your phone's sensor to work out exactly when you're sleeping, studying and partying - and found students party most on a Wednesday (pictured)
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Technology will make humans rise

CNN - 26 May 2015 20:19
Technology will make humansWe shouldn't be scared of new technology taking over our lives -- we should be embracing it, argues David Coplin.
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPadKeep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.... Today’s can't miss deals: iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver for $370 shipped (Orig. $829) iPad mini 3 for the same price as the second gen model: […]
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5 best LG G4 cases and coversWant to protect your LG G4 from scratches, bumps, and tumbles? Looking for a new style? You need to get a decent case on there. Step inside for a look at the best LG G4 cases and covers on the market.... The post 5 best LG G4 cases and covers to protect your new phone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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DT Daily: Boeing unveilsToday on DT Daily: Charter snaps up Time Warner cable, Apple's Jony Ive gets a promotion and Boeing brings the sci-fi with a new energy weapon. The post DT Daily: Boeing unveils active EMP... anti-electronics weapon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung Heir Apparent Consolidates Power

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 20:16
Samsung Heir ApparentSamsung Group moved closer to new leadership, with a merger of two major firms creating a company with revenue of $31 billion.
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Blizzard explains why itBlizzard explains where Tychus Findlay cigar went.
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The Third Rail of Journalism

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 20:16
The Third Rail of JournalismIn politics, "The Third Rail" is a metaphor which the late House Speaker, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, referred to when speaking about the perils of any attempt to alter the Social Security System. In... actuality, the "third rail" refers to the extremely high voltage rail that powers trains and subways which is instantly fatal if touched. President George W. Bush once said of it, "...you grab ahold of that thing and you get electrified." In journalism, to extend the metaphor, one could apply the same comparison to the First Amendment of our Constitution which has been the lasting gold standard for protecting freedom of speech. Since the advent of the Internet Age in which we now live and, more specifically, the creation of the immensely powerful search engine, Google in 1997, times have changed....
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Witcher 3 dev not planning toStudio plans to keep the focus on The Witcher 3 for a few years.
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Hyundai is first to offer Google's Android Auto dashboard system; available in 2015 Sonata
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New Bloodborne patch out now,Balancing and bug fixes.
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Brilliant Chrome extensionIf you're a millennial in 2015, then the Internet is not your friend Media (present company included) cannot resist publishing trend piece after think piece about the generation of smartphone... obsessed, selfie-taking idiots who can't deal with debt See also: Let's Get Weird: 9 Wacky Chrome Extensions You Need to Try But thanks to a brilliant new Google chrome extension that replaces the word "millennial" with "snake people," you'll never have to read about how millennials are responsible for the end of the world/can't stop living with their parents Instead, blame the snake people Before: After:
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Google Helps Fund Tech forGoogle will award up to $20 million in grants to support emerging technologies that help people with disabilities.
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Mophie Watch Dock for Apple Watch Review

Slash Gear - 26 May 2015 20:15
Mophie Watch Dock for AppleSplash out $10k+ on an Apple Watch Edition and the gold-plated wearable's box doubles as a charging dock; the rest of us have to look elsewhere. Mophie waded in with its Watch Dock back in April, a... $60 stand promising to elevate your wrist jewelry with the same sort of style that Apple might reserve for its own hardware. Having …
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In Mad Max, car combat reignsThe melee fighting may feel familiar, but forcing your opponents into vehicular submission feels joyous in Avalanche Studio's upcoming Mad Max game.
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D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is a wonderfully strange detective game with a twist: There's a bullet lodged in your skull that allows you to touch certain objects and travel back in their timelines, to... places and events pivotal to their existence. As a h...
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Cleveland, Justice DepartmentThe City of Cleveland and the Justice Department announced plans for the overhaul of the city's police department during a press briefing Tuesday. The 105-page agreement, know as a consent degree,... still needs approval by a federal judge. Steven Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio hope it will serve as a "roadmap for reform in Cleveland" and become a national model for improving community policing. See also: Cleveland Cavaliers foul out with ad that parodies domestic violence “The challenges that this agreement addressed, they didn’t arise in a day and we are not going to get rid of them overnight,” said Dettelbach. "Compliance with this agreement, which means taking on truly systemic change ... is going to be hard work."
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What's the Best Dehumidifier?

Life Hacker - 26 May 2015 20:12
It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Depending on your circumstances, it's very possible no combination of fans and air conditioners will be able to save you from feeling like you're drowning in your... own home. You need a dehumidifier, but which one? Tell us in the comments.
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What's the Best Dehumidifier?

Gizmodo - 26 May 2015 20:12
It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Depending on your circumstances, it's very possible no combination of fans and air conditioners will be able to save you from feeling like you're drowning in your... own home. You need a dehumidifier, but which one? Tell us in the comments.
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Innovation Shows Signs of Slowing

Wall Street Journal - 26 May 2015 20:11
Innovation Shows Signs ofThe pace of innovation showed signs of slowing in 2014, as the growth rate of patents awarded dipped to its lowest level since the recession, a new report says.
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'Abused Emojis' Could HelpEmojis -- those smiling yellow blobs and adorably rendered foodstuffs -- are meant to convey feelings that are difficult to put into words. But they're usually pretty silly, even the "anguished" face:... What if emojis could relay serious, even scary situations and allow someone to get the help they need? The answer to that question may lie in Abused Emojis, a new app for iOS that allows users to send graphic representations of situations that fall well beyond the purview of Unicode's standard emoji sets. According to BRIS, the Swedish nonprofit that created the app, the Abused Emojis are meant to help young people seek out support by giving them the tools to communicate difficult, painful or dangerous situations. The app includes images of people with black eyes, a hand striking a small...
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Lab-Grown Burgers Could Get"I do think that in 20, 30 years from now we will have a viable industry producing alternative beef."
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Film vs. Digital: A ComparisonIn a world in which photographs are primarily taken with digital image sensors, there are a growing number of photographers who are newly interested in film formats of the past. But why would anyone... in our age of technological convenience still choose to shoot with analog film? To understand the advantages and disadvantages of each […]
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Italian court bans UberPop, threatens fine

PC World - 26 May 2015 20:10
Italian court bans UberPop,A judge in Milan banned UberPop in Italy on Tuesday, ruling that the car-hailing service constitutes unfair competition for taxi drivers. Judge Claudio Marangoni said a complaint lodged by taxi... drivers' associations and trade unions was well-founded and the UberPop smartphone app linking private drivers with passengers is provoking a rapid growth in illegal taxi services. Marangoni gave San Francisco-based Uber, which controls a global business estimated to be worth around US$40 billion, 15 weeks to comply with his order or face a fine of €20,000 (US$22,000) per day. Uber had indicated it would appeal a negative ruling and seek to change Italian and European regulations that affect its operations.
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This Tech CEO Wants to SendBoxed CEO Chieh Huang plans to pay for college tuition for his employees' children
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New, more affordable NUCIntel has leaked a new spec sheet containing details on its refreshed line of low-power NUCs, featuring the company's Braswell CPU. The tiny systems will be sold at far lower prices than their... quicker, Core-powered cousins. The post New, more affordable NUC systems to arrive this June appeared first on Digital Trends.
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While not entirely a surprise, it has officially been confirmed that "Mortal Kombat 4" veteran Tanya will be coming to the critically acclaimed "Mortal Kombat X" as part of a downloadable content... package. Of course, the character can also be purchased separately if anyone wants to get her without any of the other DLC packages; she might even end up as a "Challenge Tower" opponent if players are lucky.
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New chip makes testing forWe live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don't respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. Now, researchers have designed a diagnostic... chip to reduce testing time of antibiotics from days to one hour, allowing doctors to pick the right antibiotic the first time.
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Report: Internet to Have 3.2At the end of 2015, there will be 3.2 billion people using the Internet, according to a new report.
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Pizza Hut is involved in aMeat pie meets pizza pie in the newest heart-attack-inducing indulgence from Pizza Hut Australia The pizza company has recently partnered with Four'N Twenty, the beloved Australian meat pie, to create... the Four'N Twenty Stuffed Crust Pizza. Instead of the usual stuffed crust, the pizza is bordered by tiny Four'N Twenty pies. Because if you've ever eaten a stuffed crust pizza, you've probably thought to yourself "Gee, I wish I had a meat pie to go with this." See also: How some ladies are using Tinder to get free pizza The launch of the new pie was announced on Tuesday. Pizza Hut's Fatima Syed said in a statement that "Aussies love pizza and we love pies, so in a world first we've brought these two legendary foods together in the crust, the perfect combination for the heart of the footy...
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One of the US Air Force's most high-tech weapons is a tool that can't hurt people -- but it kills electronic devices.
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Apple Watch Course: Go fromWe have a deal on an Apple Watch developer course designed to take you from "newbie to pro." Over the course of 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content, you'll build 14 different Apple Watch apps using... Swift and WatchKit. It's a self-paced course that allows for new coders, while experienced developers can skip ahead as needed. This course retails for $199, but through our deal you can get it for $25.
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[From GamerTell] Hideo Kojima have the world its first look at the Metal Gear Solid 2 Raiden Nendoroid.
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The Richest Reef: Deep Diving into the Twilight Zone

Scientific American - 26 May 2015 20:00
The Richest Reef: Deep DivingA team of deep divers plunges into the “twilight zone,” a little-explored region of depth between 200 and 500 feet below the surface, with two goals: "catch fish" and "stay... --
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More than 60% of Americans still wash their laundry in warm water. It's a practice that's as costly as it is environmentally unfriendly. What's more, it doesn't make our clothes appreciably cleaner.... Here's why you should make the switch to cold water.
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Have a bunch of frequent flyer miles accumulated but not sure where to go? Or want to make the most of those miles based on a trip you're planning? Head over to Milez to see how far your miles can go....
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More than 60% of Americans still wash their laundry in warm water. It's a practice that's as costly as it is environmentally unfriendly. What's more, it doesn't make our clothes appreciably cleaner.... Here's why you should make the switch to cold water.
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The Richest Reef: Deep Diving into the Twilight Zone

Scientific American - 26 May 2015 20:00
The Richest Reef: Deep DivingA team of deep divers plunges into the “twilight zone,” a little-explored region of depth between 200 and 500 feet below the surface, with two goals: "catch fish" and "stay... --
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T-Mobile has a killer deal onT-Mobile on Tuesday announced that it'll start taking LG G4 preorders on May 27th and revealed that early buyers will not only have their G4 shipped to their doors before the device's June 3rd launch,... but they'll also get a special gift. DON'T MISS: Pirate's paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free The carrier is selling the LG G4 for $0 down followed by 24 monthly installments of $24.99 each (or a total of $599.76). What's more interesting about T-Mobile's deal is that lucky early buyers will get a free 128GB microSD card… but only if they hurry. The company says that it "has partnered with LG to give customers a 128GB SD memory card for
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AOL Was Approached by ThreeThey didn't even made a bid, leaving Verizon to deal against itself.
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Microsoft's Cortana is ComingCortana, the digital assistant found on Windows Phone devices, will soon be available on Android and iPhone.
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Report: Google targetingGoogle may be tackling a couple of the longstanding annoyances of smartphones in Android M. According to Android Police, Google wants to make major headway with better battery life and RAM usage. All... signs point to a developer preview of Android M being announced at Google I/O and made available shortly after (as was the case with Lollipop last year), so we could find out more about this soon. While the Android M preview will be a rough build, we should get an idea of the key features and other optimizations that Google is working on.
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Charter to Buy Time WarnerThe FCC promises a close review of the deal.
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When Facebook Friends Die

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 19:56
When Facebook Friends DieFarewell Tim In the space of five months I had to receive news about three friends' deaths via Facebook. For one friend, his father let us know by writing a shattering post. "I am devastated to inform... Tim's friends that he has tragically passed away. I was the first person to ever hold him. He was my beautiful baby boy and I cannot believe I will never hold him again." I had no idea Tim had been ill, but he had been sending several of his friends rambling messages, sharing poetry he had written when he was an exchange student in Japan in the early 1990s and posting photographs of the Fijian woman he fell in love with when he was nineteen -- an unrequited love that forever haunted him. It would not have been surprising if the last word to reach his lips had been "Melaia." Goodbye Virginia...
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Microsoft Smooths Path toA new Phone Companion app will help bridge the gap between operating systems, while Cortana is also coming to iOS and Android.
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RØDE iXY Lightning Review

Mac Life - 26 May 2015 19:55
The iPhone's microphone lacks high-quality audio for podcasts, reporting, or video projects. What you need is a stereo microphone, such as the iXY Lightning from RØDE, which connects to your phone... through the Lightning connector (a 30-pin version is available too) -- the improvement in recording quality is huge. The iXY's satin gray metal frame fits firmly to your phone, and is then detected by your iPhone as the primary mic. The 1/2-inch cardioid condenser mics are fixed 90-degrees apart to dampen background noise, and the metal casing fends off interference, reducing hum. Together with RØDE's digital technology for adjusting unwanted low frequency noise, you capture a balanced degree of sound around you.  The iXY can record at sampling rates up to studio-quality 24-bit/96kHz, and the...
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Three Things You Didn't Know TextEdit Could Do For You

The Mac Observer - 26 May 2015 19:55
Three Things You Didn't KnowThere's a really nifty little app on your computer called TextEdit. It's fast and powerful and can save you from having to use larger more complex apps. Kelly has three tips (or reminders) on how to... level up at using TextEdit.
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Moving Day at theNASA robotics flight controllers are preparing for moving day at the International Space Station.
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Apple Promotes Tech Guru JonyApple innovator Jonathan Ive says he's been promoted to the company's chief design officer.
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More than 30 apps in the Google Play store were found to be scareware posing as Minecraft cheats.
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NASA's Europa Mission BeginsNASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.
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Periscope arrives on Android:Twitter-owned Periscope has launched for Android devices. The fresh live-streaming app brings many of the same features from the popular iOS counterpart, but it also contains new features, including... the ability to return to a broadcast after being interrupted...
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Female Founders On An Upward Anyone working in the startup world knows intuitively that women are not well represented in technical or founder roles — and that quantifying the issue is difficult because data is so scarce. In... 2013, Pinterest technologist Tracy Chou famously highlighted the issue in her post, “Where are the numbers?, which exposed the lack of published data from startups and mainstream tech…
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This time, things will be different -- or will they? Executives at Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. bent over backwards Tuesday hoping to convince analysts and shareholders that... a proposed merger between the two cable companies will not face the same regulatory hurdles as Comcast Corp.'s ill-fated attempt to take over Time Warner Cable.
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Jony Ive and the Future of Apple

TechPinions - 26 May 2015 19:48
There is something related to the future of Apple I’ve been thinking about for some time. Perhaps the recent Jony Ive promotion is a good opportunity to talk about it. I’m firm in my conviction...
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Modern Human Leg MummifiedThe ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient... preservation techniques.
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11 chameleon species newly split from one

Slash Gear - 26 May 2015 19:46
11 chameleon species newlyFooled in the past by color variations, scientists discover the truth about this one panther chameleon: it's actually 11 different species. Using high-resolution color photographs and blood samples... from a cool 324 Furcifer pardalis (panther chameleon) individuals along Madagascar's Northern coast, a team of scientists lead by Djordje Grbic from the Laboratory of Artificial and Natural Evolution in the Department …
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Amazon ran a deal last week offering a new charger, the Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 18W USB turbo charger, for only $11. The device can charge mobile devices like smartphones and tablets 75 percent faster... than traditional mobile chargers. BGR reports that the product is back on Amazon once again for the same price. Interested buyers should act fast as supplies are expected to run out soon.
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We're SeriouslyI can say this with confidence: The future of VR goes far beyond fun and games.
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Gallery: What Mummifying a Human Body Looks Like

Live Science - 26 May 2015 19:43
Gallery: What Mummifying aIn order to learn about ancient Egyptian techniques, a team of scientists mummified the limb of a human body that had been donated to science.
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Google's self-driving prototypes are hitting California roads this summer, and they might be trying out a new way of slowing down that sounds familiar to to skiers. When you're on the slopes, whether... you're slowing down or speeding up depends on which way your skis point. If you point your skis in towards each other, you slow down. But if they're pointing straight forward, you speed up.
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The 19 best cosplay outfits atLONDON — Comic Con took over London's Excel centre over the bank holiday weekend, with 122,000 visitors descending on the convention over three days, most of which were in a variety of weird and... wonderful outfits. See also: 59 Most Impressive Cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2014 The DLR was overrun by characters from League of Legends, cafes crowded with fighters from Mortal Kombat, the odd Groot wandered about and that pyramid-head thing from Silent Hill freaked out more than a few people. These were some of the most impressive cosplay outfits from across the weekend. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Japan has a bike storage system that people in Brooklyn can only dream about. Introducing the Eco Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground Bicycle Park, an intricate automated system that stores bikes... underground. As the video above shows, the bike enters a street-level elevator where it is then transported into the depths of the Earth and stored. "The environmentally-friendly design allows for fairly easy deinstallation, should public demand for safe, subterranean bike parking wane," writes Open Culture. The blog adds that it's protected against earthquakes too. (We should note that the system, and mind-boggling videos of it, have been around since 2008.) We just hope there's a backup power generator in case of an emergency.
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Android Auto puts Google MapsIn-car navigation has a checkered history. Unquestionably useful, dashboard GPS systems usually have notoriously clunky interfaces. Settings and destinations can't be accessed outside of the... dashboard. And since the software is rarely updated, the maps are often out of date, which can lead to botched directions and situations like this. For many, the solution is simple: Just use your phone. That way you have access to the best mapping apps, which are constantly updated and show real-time traffic. The problem is, then you're relying on a device that isn't meant to be used while driving: The screen is small, it needs an accessory to stay in place and navigation drains a smartphone battery quickly.
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OnePlus teases 'time toIn typical OnePlus fashion, the company has sent out a very vague tweet which hints towards a new announcement on June 1. OnePlus has not hid the fact that they are working on a successor to their... OnePlus One, and the company is now preparing an announcement for June 1. The tweet gives very little information, besides that the company is looking to 'shake up the tech industry', and that they feel it is 'time for change'.
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Ever had a Facebook friend rave about a restaurant, only to find out that it leaves your own tastebuds underwhelmed? Facebook might just come to your rescue. It's experimenting with a feature that... adds critic reviews to certain restaurant pages in Ne...
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Maybe you're familiar with the asshole behavior of cowbirds. Known as "brood parasites," cowbirds lay eggs in another bird's nest and trick the host bird into raising cowbird offspring at the expense... of her own. Like I said, assholes. But birds can learn to recognize imposter eggs. That's where 3D printing comes in.
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Stop Feeding the Patent Trolls

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 19:39
Stop Feeding the Patent TrollsAt AngelList, we've spent the last several years creating a platform for startups and founders to connect with their peers, secure seed investments and recruit employees. We're passionate about what... we do, which is why it's all the more upsetting to see fledgling businesses continue to take unnecessary and costly hits from greedy patent trolls. For years, patent litigation has drained small businesses of resources that would otherwise be used for research, investment and job creation. Specifically, flaws and loopholes in the current law allow patent assertion entities (PAEs), also known as patent trolls, to exploit the system and claim rights to patents without ever having made a product or provided a service to any customers. Congress' inaction has led to billions of dollars spent on...
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Munchery raises $85 million inIf meal preparation and delivery service Munchery gets its way, it will be the new default dinner option for Americans alongside home cooking and take-out.
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Microsoft's Cortana to appearApp will require users to upgrade to Windows 10.          
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Uncovering diversity in anNew research indicates marine plankton are not only more diverse than previously thought, but also profoundly affected by their environment.
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Value-Added SubscriberBy Ken Mark
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Deal of the day: StreamingStreaming videos, apps, and games from your phone to your Mac or PC doesn't have to be a pain. Get the AirServer app for $9.99 at the BGR Store and take your favorite media to the big screen.... AirServer turns your computer into a receiver for AirPlay, wirelessly mirroring videos, presentations, photos, music, games, and even social media activity from your phone or tablet to a computer, projector, or television. You can even connect multiple devices at the same time for easy collaboration--or password-protect your content for extra privacy. Recording your mirroring session is easy, too, whether you’re creating a tutorial for work or doing a game walk-through for fun. Get the AirServer app for $9.99 at the BGR Store.
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Looking like a miniature Slinky, a new lens can manipulate and resolve light in ways impossible for traditional lenses. Researchers say this "hyperlens" may help detect early-stage cancer and identify... single molecule sequences.  This "Slinky" hyperlens measures a few micrometers across. The light-colored, grainy layers are made of gold and the darker, smoother layers are made of a transparent thermoplastic, PMMA. The two slits in the gold at the bottom of the arch create a 250-nanometer-wide object to image. Credit: Sun et al. 2015. Resolving two points near the diffraction limit as the spacing between them decreases.Eventually the two points merge in a blur.Credit: Public domain Traditional lenses can only resolve so much detail. A fundamental "diffraction limit" prevents microscopes...
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The watch that helps you findAn inventor from Sweden, who was inspired by the film Sliding Doors, came up with the Serendip watch (shown) that looks like a conventional timepiece but 'buzzes' when a love match is nearby.
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Leaked Google Photos appThe new Google Photos app will make it easier to help you find those vacation pictures you took in Paris. A leaked build from Android Police reveals an app that uses Google's image recognition... capabilities to help you quickly search for pictures. It can automatically recognize and group images by person, or recognize "landscapes" or "pets", for instance. There are also more editing capabilities, a revamped interface, and more privacy features. Android Police Google Photos also adds some spiffy animation to selecting images.
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Microsoft has started a new rewards program called Earn by Microsoft. It is currently in its beta phase and available in only three U.S. states: Arizona, Massachusetts and Washington. Residents of... these states can register for the service.
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Dual-controller hybrid array tech set to extend and expand +Comment Hybrid and all-flash array startup Tegile has got itself an interesting roadmap to extend its hybrid array tech and expand sideways... into adjacent storage markets....
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Malware can infect IoT devices--including medical devices--with weak authentication.
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Golden retriever adopts babySometimes, the most unlikely relationships end up being the strongest. Stormy the lamb was born during a thunderstorm on a small farm just outside of Winnepeg, Canada, earlier this month. Though she... is just a few weeks old, she has already led an extraordinary life. See also: A pet rat and a therapy dog have the cutest Instagram you've ever seen Cathy Fleury, Stormy's owner, told CTV News that after Stormy's birth, she heard a commotion. "The poor lamb was flipping all over," she recalled. "The mother...was beating her." Fleury immediately rescued the lamb. But she was unsure what to do until her golden retriever, Tammy, started following the baby lamb everywhere. The two bonded and now Stormy plays around the farm all day under the watchful eye of Tammy, her new dog mother.
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When it comes to gardening, not all insects are bad. For a natural pest control solution, consider welcoming beneficial insects or one of the other DIY pest control options in this infographic.
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Fujifilm Summer Cashback

Photography Blog - 26 May 2015 19:30
Fujifilm Summer CashbackFujifilm have announced a range of cashback offers.
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CarPlay support added to MLBThere’s one more app joining Apple’s small list of road-ready apps for the car today as MLB At Bat for iPhone has been updated with CarPlay support. MLB At Bat version 8.2 adds its own CarPlay... interface for iPhone users with supported in-dash receivers in the car. The app’s game audio streaming is expected to be the […]
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Apple reportedly consideringApple financial engineering is nothing to sniff at: with nearly $200 billion in cash, they have a lot of flexibility to initiate capital trades. Following a major seven-part domestic bond sale in the... US, Nikkei reports it is now looking to do something similar in Japan. Apple is interested in Japan due to comparatively lower interest rates than the US so […]
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Apple Considering $1.6 BillionApple is considering issuing about 200 billion yen ($1.62 billion) in bonds as early as June in Japan, in what would be the company's first fundraising activity in the country, according to Nikkei.... The report claims that Apple plans to take advantage of low interest rates in Japan to procure the funds, which could be used to boost shareholder rewards and expand Japanese operations. "Early this month, Apple started gauging potential demand for the yen-denominated bonds among regional banks, life insurers and other institutional investors," claims the Nikkei Asian Review. "The bonds will target Japanese investors but will likely be sold to overseas investors as well." Apple has issued 2.8 billion euros ($3 billion) and 1.25 billion Swiss francs ($1.31 billion) in bonds since last year, and...
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The Obama administration has spent billions on getting doctors and hospitals to computerize patient records, but not everyone is playing along.
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After the latest episode, fans are back in the forums sharing their speculation. Over at Halo Waypoint, the official Halo website and forums board, the biggest discussion is on how the revolution may... have started after fictional investigative journalist Benjamin Giraud dropped the metaphorical bomb.
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TMO Daily ObservationsApple's Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, and that has some people worried about his future with the company. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or... not his new job is a sign that he's planning on retiring soon, plus they dive into what Microsoft's plan to bring Cortana voice commands to the iPhone means for Apple.
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When Is Java Faster Than C++?

Forbes - 26 May 2015 19:26
In what cases is Java faster, if at all, than C++? This question was originally answered on Quora by Cameron Purdy.
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Marriott app adds hotelBack in March, Marriott Hotels announced that it plans to accept Apple Pay as a payment form at many of its properties this summer, and today the hotel chain has updated its Marriott International app... for iPhone to include Apple Watch support. Marriott’s Apple Watch app lets your check-in at the front desk with your reservation conveniently located on […]
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This Is What Google CouldGoogle's I/O Conference agenda hints at a major update to Android and a push toward wearables, virtual reality and the internet of things
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A randomized control trial demonstrates an intervention that successfully reduces the stress of caregivers in the context of cancer patients treated with stem cell transplantation. The study enrolled... 148 caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (Allo-HSCT) patients.
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Promising results from a trial of a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare and debilitating skin condition suggest that the therapy, involving infusions of stem cells, provide pain relief and to... reduce the severity of this skin condition for which no cure currently exists.
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A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial... in the development of pain hypersensitivity after injury, but also for one of the paradoxical effects morphine and other opioids sometimes produce, called hyperalgesia, which is an increase in pain sensitivity.
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A push to open doors to care for the homebound

Science Daily - 26 May 2015 19:22
A new study examines a nearly invisible population of shut-ins for ways to treat the infirm, assist the rest. Researchers looked at the community-dwelling Medicare population, which they estimate to... be about 2 million people in the United States. They explain that most older adults want to age at home, but with the ability to come and go as they wish. Being homebound means being trapped, unable to leave without considerable help.
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The iPhone Is About to ChangeApple's new "Force Touch" technology could introduce a whole new range of gestures for the smartphone
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Android Auto: How does it workGoogle isn't going to let Apple steal your attention, not even for one second, so it outlined a new plan of attack last summer that aims to keep you tied to Android...even from behind the wheel. Jump... forward to today, and the company has just started...
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OS X 10.10.4 Beta 4 Released for Testing

OS X Daily - 26 May 2015 19:20
Apple has released a new version of OS X 10.10.4 beta for those participating in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program, and for registered Mac Developers. The new build arrives as 14E26a and aims to... “improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac”. Mac users who are eligible and opted-in to receive the ...
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There were great bits on last night's Veep. But since Amy has been consistently killing it this season, she won. The post Veep GIF and a Graf: Amy’s Got Herself a ‘Daddy’ Issue appeared first on... WIRED.
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iPhone rumor roundup: AsianA trio of new rumors from a handful of Asian sources have popped up over the holiday and today, each predicting a different facet of the upcoming ‘iPhone 6S‘. While these are still just very... unverified whispers at the moment, odds are that at least one of these will end up coming at least partially […]
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A slowdown in smartphone sales in China is cooling the global market for the devices, research firm IDC said Tuesday.
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Why You Should Care AboutNew product announcements incoming
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Road rage begins to make sense when you look at it through the lens of behavioral science. The post Big Question: Why Am I a Horrible Person When I Drive? appeared first on WIRED.
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Today, American astronaut Sally Ride would have have been 64 years old. She died in 2012, but her work lives on as an inspiration to young women who want to touch the stars. Ride was indefatigable in... promoting education, in promoting the need to explore space, and working to get girls more involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As the first American woman in space her place in history was secure, but she knew what this implied for her as a role model, and maximized that leverage. Google has helped promote her message today in a series of lovely Doodles, animated images that come up when you open the home page of the search engine. This one is my favorite. Rather self-explanatory, isn't it? There are five in total; refresh the Google home page to see them all. Dr....
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EMC is a funny sort of an organization, often held up as one of the legacy companies that isn't able to respond to the move to the cloud. The truth of the matter is that they have some pretty... interesting things going on. EMC is, of course, the company that co-founded Pivotal. Pivotal is a fascinating company that delivers a bunch of big data and platform tools suited to the modern requirements of enterprises.
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Is tech industry makingWayne Sutton sees progress, but also a long road ahead.          
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Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives to help with crash investigations
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Two Entrepreneurs TackleTwo entrepreneurs are tackling Kenya’s biggest road problems: crime and deadly accidents. Carjacking is the most common crime in Kenya, with reports of up to ten carjackings a day. Meanwhile, a... report released late last year, cites traffic accidents as the third leading cause of death in the country. The US Department of State advises crime and road safety represent the most serious security risks in Kenya. So, its no wonder local entrepreneurs are scrambling to come up with ways to combat, or at least reduce, crime and car crashes.
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Is Zenefits really worth $4.5B? This question was originally answered on Quora by Paul Bohm.
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Android M: Everything weGoogle will very likely unveil Android M at Google I/O 2015 later this week, which is why we thought it would be a good idea to go over all the rumors we’ve heard and round up which ones we think... are most likely to come true at this year’s big Google developers’ conference. RELATED: Android M: Release timing revealed, along with several key details When will Android M release? The latest rumors claim that Google is trying to have a final version of the software out by the end of August, which sounds hugely ambitious given that in the past new versions of Android unveiled at I/O haven’t released until October or November. Releasing Android M in August might indeed be
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[From GadgeTell] Blasphemy? Perhaps, but we'll bet a few of you Big Red G Pad 8.3 users feel genuinely blessed to be able to live through two drastic software makeovers already.
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As TV watchers go online, cable providers bulk up. Latest: Charter and Time Warner Cable
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Duke and MicrosoftThe tool, known as Kahawai, uses "collaborative rendering" to reduce data usage. Rather than having computations performed only on a remote server, some of the computational work is completed on the... device itself. The post Duke and Microsoft successfully reduce online gaming bandwidth by 83 percent appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What Jony Ive's AppleJony Ive, the most prominent design visionary at Apple, is being promoted to chief design officer.
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Ahead of a possibly history ruling tomorrow, a lawyer, a philosopher and a research scientist passionately explain why animals deserve the right to bodily freedom. The post Are Only Humans Rightly... Free? The Case for Animal Rights appeared first on WIRED.
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Researchers have used data collected by the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) to uncover chemical variation in plant life across the lowland Peruvian Amazon. Quite apart from giving rise to some of... the most stunning scientific imagery we've seen of the region, the study provides key information for understanding the rainforest, and assessing our future impact on it. ..
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A Look at How PhotographerMossless photo magazine founder and freelance photo editor Romke Hoogwaerts has launched a new video series titled in situ, which offers a casual, behind-the-scenes look at how photographers work and... interact. The first video, shown above, features photographer Jody Rogac at work in her Gowanus, Brooklyn-based studio. Rogac shows us a little of how she […]
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A hydrogen fuel cell car built by students from TU Delft university is claimed to have become the fastest of its kind to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Forze VI car was unveiled in 2013 by the... Forze student racing team. It is said to have lapped the circuit in under 11 minutes on May 7. ..
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With the Google I/O 2015 conference taking place Thursday and Friday in San Francisco there has been speculation about "Android M," also known as Android 6.0. A report states that, the letter "M" in... the upcoming OS name reportedly refers to "Macadamia Nut Cookie" or "MNC." However, the same report also explains how that name could mean nothing.
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Over 4 billion people stillThe number of people using the Internet is growing at a steady rate, but 4.2 billion out of 7.4 billion will still be offline by the end of the year. Overall, 35.3 percent of people in developing... countries will use the Internet, compared to 82.2 percent in developed countries, according to data from the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). People who live in the so-called least developed countries will the worst off by far: In those nations only 9.5 percent will be connected by the end of December. This digital divide has resulted in projects such as the Facebook-led Internet.org. Earlier this month, Facebook sought to address some of the criticism directed at the project, including charges that it is a so-called walled garden, putting a limit on the types of services that are...
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Instagram Feed Recreates The Experience Of Reading A Novel

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 19:02
Instagram Feed Recreates TheA great book will immerse you in its world -- you'll feel like the characters are your dear friends, like the setting is a place you know. Finishing it will feel like a sad goodbye; starting a new... book is a rehoming of sorts. Ideally, the words of a novel are enough to accomplish this, but a new Instagram feed hopes to take the world-building of fiction a step further. The account is dedicated to Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, a book that came out earlier this year, following the lives of four friends. Jude -- the group's glue -- has endured unspeakable traumas, and has spent his adult life trying to move past them. Yanagihara brings their relationships to life with heartbreaking lucidity. By photographing literal manifestations of scenes and metaphors, alittlelifebook makes reading a...
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Apple releases new OS XApple has just released a new beta seed of the upcoming OS X 10.10.4 update. Users who are part of the company’s AppleSeed beta program and registered Mac developers can download the operating... system from the Updates tab of the App Store or the Mac Developer Center. This is the fourth developer seed that has […]
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Malicious macro writers are beginning to track their malware through images to determine how well their malware is proliferating.
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Total Apple iPhone shipments will likely reach 230 million units by the end of 2015, reportedly led by the upcoming iPhone 6S and its phablet twin -- the iPhone 6S Plus. That figure is expected to be... met in the quarter immediately following the next-generation iPhone release date.
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Fueled by the adult industry,The 50-person company has become the fourth biggest ad network in the world - this is how
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Google VR will give youGoogle I/O 2015 tipped to be another send-off point for Google Cardboard, the company's virtual reality pre-brand. The stars are aligned. It's time for Google to treat Cardboard - and the virtual... reality community in general - like the sleeping tiger it really is. This week at Google I/O 2015, Google is likely to reveal far more than they did …
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[GamerTell] 3 amiibo for $30 at Best Buy today

Technology Tell - 26 May 2015 19:00
[From GamerTell] Best Buy is offering a deal on select amiibo. Buy three common NFC figures for $30.
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EU plunges ahead with AmazonAmazon has changed its tax-payment practices in Europe, but that is not going to halt the European Commission's investigation into what it considers to be a likely illegal tax deal with Luxembourg.... Amazon's EU tax practices have been under investigation since October last year when the Commission said it was very likely that the company received illegal state aid in the form of a preferential tax deal with Luxembourg. The deal allowed Amazon to funnel a large part of its European profits to one of its companies in Luxembourg. The company did not have to pay income tax, and thereby avoided paying taxes in the EU, the Commission said in preliminary findings.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] We've become so used to the screens on our phones, which can get us through the day, sometimes we forget about the truly impressive... displays that we have in our homes. If you want to see your favorite apps, games, and content blown up to a size that you can enjoy, you need the AirServer Mirroring Receiver. It's on sale now in our Deals tab. The iPhone display is great for on the go entertainment, but at home you can go bigger with the AirServer Mirroring Receiver. Instead of looking at the small screen, you can blow up everything to a more viewable size when you're at home. Everything from apps and games to streaming movies and your photos can go from iPhone to Mac display the same way you can broadcast over AirPlay to an...
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The Best "Second Screen" App for iPad

Life Hacker - 26 May 2015 19:00
Using your iPad as a "second screen" is a great way to boost your productivity by adding in a little extra screen real estate. Our favorite way to do this on iOS is Duet Display because it's lag-free,... easy to set up, and has a good set of customization options.
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An earth-shattering 9.8 earthquake is coming this week! At least according to your weird uncle's Facebook page. The Big One is supposed to hit this Thursday, May 28th, thanks to a planetary alignment... predicted by Nostradamus and some random guy in the Netherlands. Except that it's all bullshit.
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Takeway Clampod T1

Photography Blog - 26 May 2015 19:00
Takeway Clampod T1A versatile new device has been introduced into the UK and Ireland by Kenro which allows you to securely fix a camera, phone, flash or tablet to a variety of objects.
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The US Air Force has an interesting dilemma: how do you convey the thrill of flying a fighter jet to potential recruits without taking them on a very expensive trip? Virtual reality, apparently. The... military branch is teaming up with Reel FX on Air F...
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Google rumored to launch twoBut a new Nexus tablet is apparently off the table, an unnamed source tells blog site Android Police.
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Apple Seeds Fourth OS XApple today seeded the fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the third OS X 10.10.4 beta and a month after releasing the first OS X 10.10.4 beta. OS X 10.10.4... has been in testing since mid April, following the early April release of OS X 10.10.3 with the new Photos for OS X app. The new beta, build 14E26a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. OS X 10.10.3 brought several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and diversified emoji, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes. Thus far, OS X 10.10.4 betas have not included outward facing design changes or feature...
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Image: Archive.org The Internet Archive just debuted a collection of vintage games made popular on Apple II computers, including Frogger and Spy Hunter. The games are not only bizarre (apparently... Curious George Goes Shopping existed?), but how the Internet Archive obtained these games using a method called "cracking." To ensure that the games weren't copied to other floppy discs, Apple placed copy protection on the discs. That presented a challenge to programmers, so they scoured the code and figured out a way to make the games easy to copy. Jason Scott (remember him?) of the Internet Archive explained that programmers would essentially tag the games with their names. "Along the way, pride would ensue, with 'crack screens' consisting of who cracked the program added to the front," he...
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Comply with us voluntarily, citizen - or we'll force you Skype has been called to appear before a court in Belgium after refusing to hand over customer data following a request for assistance in a... criminal investigation....
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Apple's envisioned multitouchDescribed in a newly-published Apple patent filing, the so-called Fusion keyboard could pick up multitouch gestures from your keystrokes, potentially eliminating the need for a trackpack.
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Why add a grappling hook to GTA V? Just 'cause!

Digital Trends - 26 May 2015 18:56
Why add a grappling hook toA modder has replicated Just Cause 2's beloved grappling hook in Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC, letting players wreak havoc like tethering pedestrians to police helicopters, or all sorts of other... physics-driven shenanigans. The post Why add a grappling hook to GTA V? Just ’cause! appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Two weeks after starting to host news articles on its servers, Facebook said today it would add a new kind of editorial content: critics' reviews of restaurants, which are rolling out today to... "select" restaurant pages in the United States. When you browse Facebook looking for restaurants, critics' reviews will now show up alongside reviews left by friends or other people who are not paid to eat all day and then complain that the lobster bisque was under-seasoned. It may help to goose interest in Facebook's local-search product, which hasn't yet done much to peel away eyeballs from similar products from Yelp and Google.
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When Justice Jaffe issues her ruling tomorrow, we know the full significance of the order she has issued. But one day, surely, we will recognize that there is no good reason to keep apes in prison,... nor to deny them basic rights. The post Peter Singer: There Is No Good Reason to Keep Apes in Prison appeared first on WIRED.
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Aukey's Dual-USB Turbo CarAccelerating the charging experience on the go is Aukey's Dual-USB Turbo Car Charger -- a pocket-sized companion you'll want for every commute. Whether you're playing taxi, carpooling, or riding solo,... having enough chargers in the car makes everyone's life much simpler. For the sake of getting the fastest charge possible, you'll want something that puts out more juice than your run-of-the-mill charger. Aukey has packed this little bugger with Quick Charge 2.0 along with a spare USB port for second device -- leaving plenty of room for other things besides your charger.
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Intel's Braswell NUC PC kitAs the cost of Intel's NUC kits keeps inching lower, putting a custom mini-PC in the living room is looking a lot more tempting. The latest NUC kits (short for Next Unit of Computing) pack low-power... Braswell processors, the successor to Intel's Bay Trail chips built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process. While performance will certainly be entry-level, the price should be right at $140 to $180 in U.S. dollars, according to a couple of Canadian online retail listings. That's at least $120 cheaper than Intel's more powerful Broadwell-based NUCs.
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On a recent trip to San Francisco, I crossed the bridge connecting SFO's terminals to board the light rail, commuting a couple stops down the line to the rental car garage. I walked past what seemed... like 20 aisles of 100 cars each in the Avis section, eventually arriving at my ride for the week, a newer-model Mazda3. I just wanted to get going: I was exhausted, in the way a transcontinental flight exhausts you without even moving a muscle, and I was a little exasperated that my car was about as far from the garage's entrance as it could possibly be. (The perils of not being a Platinum member, or a Diamond member, or whatever it is they call you if you're a preferred rental-car client.) But it's not that simple, of course. You can't...
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The world of activity trackers has been rapidly expanding beyond just wrist and armbands that monitor a few key vital signs and movements. We're now seeing the energence of very specific tools like... ResisTrack, which claims to "monitor and track the exact force" that muscles generate. ..
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New urine test could reduceIf you've been to the doctor, you probably know what to do when you're handed a plastic cup and shown to the bathroom. Most patients hand over the sample and give little thought to what happens when... it's shipped to the lab for analysis. Researchers have developed a new testing method that they believe will reduce costs, get faster results and lower the volume of urine needed for a sample.
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Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a health care worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation. A good working... relationship with police is therefore essential for the smooth operation of a busy Emergency Department, experts say.
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The emergence of a novel strain of Typhoid fever in Malawi, Africa has been revealed by scientists. Research suggests that the H58-strain, which is likely to have emerged in Asia approximately thirty... years ago, is now rapidly spreading across Africa, where it has been introduced on several separate occasions. A key feature of this strain appears to be its ability to acquire resistance to commonly available antibiotics.
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Strapped into a motion-enabled simulator and wearing 3-D glasses, 36 adolescent volunteers recently experienced what it was like to 'travel' through a field of virtual stars. The experiments provided... new and convention-busting data about how sensory stimuli are processed by the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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Periscope arrives on Android

USA Today - 26 May 2015 18:48
Periscope arrives on AndroidNo more wondering when Periscope for Android is coming. The Twitter-owned live streaming app released an Android version on Tuesday, exactly two months after it launched on iOS.          
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Despite previous findings suggesting a link between soy intake and decreased asthma severity, a new placebo-controlled study shows soy supplements do not improve lung function for patients with... asthma. The paper highlights the importance of focusing on overall health -- not just one food -- to manage disease and the importance of performing well-designed studies.
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More iOS 9 details spill outGreat news for everyone who loves the Apple Watch: One of its key features is apparently coming to the iPhone 6s. Apple’s new Force Touch touchscreen and trackpad technology is already available on... the Apple Watch and select Macs, and a new report on Tuesday shed more light on how we can expect Apple to integrate this new technology into iOS 9. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 is already leading to intense competition in the industry According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will indeed have special displays containing the special components required for Force Touch haptic feedback support, while iOS 9 will also have native Force Touch compatibility. Just like on the MacBook trackpad, the iPhone 6s will offer users real-time
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The importance of the umbilical cord for both the fetus and for newborn infants was demonstrated by researchers several years ago, in a study that received great international acclaim. In a follow-up... study, the researchers have now been able to show an association between delayed cord clamping (DCC) and children's fine motor skills at the age of four years, especially in boys.
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New technique speeds nanoMRI imaging

Science Daily - 26 May 2015 18:47
New technique speeds nanoMRINanoMRI is a scanning technique that produces nondestructive, high-resolution 3-D images of nanoscale objects, and it promises to become a powerful tool for researchers and companies exploring the... shape and function of biological materials such as viruses and cells in much the same way as clinical MRI today enables investigation of whole tissues in the human body.
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Because animals do not have a voice with which to express their rights and confront those who would deny them, then research must elucidate their needs and speak on their behalf. The post All Animals... Have Rights: A Researcher's Perspective appeared first on WIRED.
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The 'Mad Max' Video Game WillThe 'Mad Max' video game doesn't relegate Max to side-character status.
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Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared to surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, a new report... concludes.
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Worldwide Smartphone Growth To The writing has been on the wall for some time, but analysts at IDC are again confirming today that the worldwide smartphone market will continue to see its overall growth slow in 2015. The firm... says that global smartphone shipments will grow just 11.3 percent this year, down from 27.6 percent the year prior. The changes are attributed, in part, to the Chinese smartphone market reaching…
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What's Next After Online Learning?

Forbes - 26 May 2015 18:44
On-line learning today provides a quality alternative to on-the-ground courses. It offers students greater flexibility as to time and place as most courses are offered asynchronously, meaning... students can take them at any time of the day or night. Most chief academic officers at colleges and universities were very skeptical of online learning when it was in its infancy, today, according to a recent survey, more than 70% of them now believe it is critical to their long-term strategy. The Chief Academic Officers find that the outcomes from distance education courses are equal to or better than those of traditional, on the ground, courses.
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How Contextual Mobile MomentsBy Mike Morris and Ben Kerschberg
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If Comcast had any bitter feelings about the collapse of its Time Warner Cable merger, following today's announcement of a $55 billion Charter/Time Warner deal, it's not making them public. "This deal... makes all the sense in the world," Comcast CEO Br...
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A fresh study examining data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft has led to to the discovery of the brightest galaxy in the universe. The galaxy, dubbed WISE... J224607.57-052635.0, is believed to contain in excess of 300 trillion stars, and has given rise to a new group of astronomical objects - Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxies, or ELIRGs. ..
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The chairman of small-satellite pioneer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) on May 26 said market enthusiasm for small satellites may have gone too far, with satellite development accelerating... beyond sustainable business models. The post Small Satellite Pioneer Warns of Cubesat Bubble appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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It's Official: Microsoft'sThe rumors were true: Microsoft has confirmed that Cortana is coming to iOS and Android later this year. Most of the voice assistant's functionality will be available on Apple and Google's platforms,... though users won't be able to launch apps or toggle settings as they can on Windows Phone. For anyone with more than a passing interest in Microsoft's journey under CEO Satya Nadella, the move won't be a surprise. The Redmond firm has been busy focusing on getting its mobile apps available on all platforms (such as its flagship Office suite), and making Windows 10 work better across computers, smartphones, tablets and even game consoles.  See also: Google Now's Open API Plans Could Spell Trouble for Siri And Cortana The new Cortana releases tie into a newly unveiled Phone Assistant app for...
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Microsoft is apparently gearing up to release new Lumia handsets for 2015. Reportedly, two new Lumia handsets have been spotted on the popular Zauba database. The Zauba DB belongs to India and it... keeps track of the details pertaining to the country's imports and exports.
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NASA has partnered with DARPA to develop technology that allows for the indexing of Deep Web content. The agency plans to turn the tool towards the wealth of data collected by its numerous spacecraft,... as well as its huge archive of published scientific data, allowing researchers to better analyze findings while making it easier to confirm they're breaking new ground. ..
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3 Things Shoppers Want From Retailers

Forbes - 26 May 2015 18:39
3 Things Shoppers Want FromRetailers are experiencing a “big bang” moment. The reality they knew is gone.
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Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon based in New York, is a man haunted by personal events - a man with a mission. "My mother died from a brain tumor when I was five years old. It was very sudden and... unexpected," he says. "And I learned from that experience that the brain - nerves - are responsible for health." This background made him a neurosurgeon who thinks a lot about inflammation. He believes it was this perspective that enabled him to interpret the results of an accidental experiment in a
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In a small study in Chile that included patients with gallbladder cancer, exposure to aflatoxin (a toxin produced by mold) was associated with an increased risk of gallbladder cancer. In Chile,... gallbladder cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women. Exposure to aflatoxin, a liver carcinogen, is associated with gallbladder cancer in primates.
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Individually rare but collectively common intermediate-size copy number variations may be negatively associated with educational attainment, according to a study. Copy number variations (CNVs) are... regions of the genome that differ in the number of segments of DNA.
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In an analysis that included more than 70,000 participants from 13 studies, subclinical hyperthyroidism was associated with an increased risk for hip and other fractures including spine. Subclinical... hyperthyroidism is a low serum thyroid-stimulating hormone concentration in a person without clinical symptoms and normal thyroid hormone concentrations on blood tests.
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Tiny heart, big promise:Studying zebrafish, investigators have discovered a new source for cells that can develop into coronary vessels and have identified the signaling protein, a chemokine called CXCL12, which guides this... process.
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Samsung has been thinking up new ways to transform smartphones into laptops. In a patent application filed last week, first spotted by Patently Mobile, Samsung describes a mobile device that runs... Android and is able to switch over to Windows when inserted into a dock. Individually, these ideas aren't new -- dual-OS devices and docking smartphones have been tried a number of times over the past several years -- but they haven't been put together in a particularly straightforward way. Of course, this is only a patent application, so there's no guarantee that Samsung will actually make it.
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Fotodiox EveVenger EyecupFotodiox has announced a new product called the EyeVenger Eyecup Kit that gives photographers a custom viewfinder eyepiece for left and right eyes that blocks out unwanted light. DSLR eyepieces that... ship with cameras are generally designed to be universal, providing the same functionality for left- and right-eyed photographers, but the flexibility comes at a […]
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Chimpanzees, like humans, are autonomous, self-aware, self-directed, conscious animals who lead emotionally, socially, and intellectually rich lives. Yet, like all nonhuman animals, they are... classified legally as "things." They have no legal rights that are recognized or protected by a court of law, which means that their interests cannot truly be vindicated save for weak […] The post The Case for Giving Apes The Right to Bodily Freedom appeared first on WIRED.
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Even if you don't care about the privacy implications of tracking cookies and other technologies sites use to identify us online, you might want to turn on Tracking Protection in Firefox anyway for a... potential big speed boost.
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The Internet Now Has 3.2 Billion Users

Motherboard - 26 May 2015 18:30
Over the last 15 years, global internet usage has increased almost seven-fold, bumping the figures up to 3.2 billion worldwide users. That's the finding of a new report released today by the... International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations agency responsible for issues concerning information and communication technologies. In 2000, 6.5 percent of people across the world were connected; in 2015, 43 percent of people are. The new figures released by the ITU reveal how information technology has progressed, and mark out the gaps in connectivity since 2000, when global leaders drew up the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Within this, the ITU contributes to "Goal 8: develop a global partnership for development", which means increasing internet users worldwide. This...
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And uses data harvesting to shoot itself in the, er, foot A company selling floor tiles which extract tiny, pointless amounts of energy from crowds walking across them is seeking fresh investment... through the medium of crowdfunding....
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Google AI could be my newCommentary: A Google AI expert says computers capable of having relationships aren't far off, but the idea of machines with common sense has CNET's Eric Mack feeling disposable.
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When you sell your phone or pass it down to someone else, one of the very first things that you do is reset it to its factory settings. In doing so, the idea is that every single bit of data that... you've ever put into the device will be deleted The post Android Factory Reset Flaw Leaves Sensitive Data on Devices appeared first on TechieIO.com.
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About.me goes after LinkedInNew extension of site is aimed at college students.          
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Nathaniel Popper's Digital The world of bitcoin is like the Lord Of The Rings without the Hobbits. You’ve got Sauron (Satoshi Nakamoto, who essentially wants freedom from law), Saruman (Ross Ulbricht, the technologist who... wants to unleash the currency no matter the cost). They are battled by folks like Boromir (the hapless Mark Karpeles), Aragon (Wences Casares, the hidden knight) and the elves (Cameron and…
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Research could lead toPortable electronics - typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials - are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.
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[From AppleTell] To try your hand at navigating Quetzalcoatl's brilliant and effective head-scratchers is to dance with well designed danger at your own risk.
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Hands-on with Quetzalcoatl for iPhone, iPad

AppleTell - 26 May 2015 18:23
Hands-on with Quetzalcoatl forQuetzalcoatl is Snake, if Snake was an aptitude test. The post Hands-on with Quetzalcoatl for iPhone, iPad appeared first on AppleTell.
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How Maps And Mountain FossilsIt took centuries for the modern theory of plate tectonics to become fully developed.
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Moto 360 gets $100 price cutMotorola has lowered the cost of the Moto 360 on their own site by $100, with configurations now starting at just $149. The Moto 360 has seen a number of sales and price reductions in recent times, as... the device nears the one year mark in its life cycle. There have already been rumors of a second generation Moto 360, and it wouldn't be overly surprising to see Motorola announce something sooner than later.
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French bill seeks to boostFrance's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.
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Bernie Sanders Campaign Site'sThe 404 page on Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign website is just about the most Bernie Sanders thing ever. When users enter an incorrect web address, the Vermont senator pops up in a video to... tell them they've lost their way. "The good news is you're on the right website, and it's a really good website," Sanders says in the video. "The bad news is, you're on the wrong page." Sanders then tells users to "just scoot down" to the bottom of the page, where a menu of pages on the website can be found. Another incredibly Bernie Sanders thing can be found at the bottom of the page: a note that says the website is "paid for by Bernie 2016 (not the billionaires)." Watch Sanders' 404 video above. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our...
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We've finished putting the Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i (760D and 750D) through our battery of image quality tests, and have updated our First Impressions Review with these results, along with... explanations of what you might expect out of Canon's latest 24.2MP APS-C sensors. Curious about their dynamic range? Read our updated First Impressions to learn more
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Save 85% on the ArduinoThere's no easier way to build your own interactive projects--from robots to self-playing instruments--than with the Arduino micro-controller. And we've made it even easier, with 85% off a bundle... containing the ARDX Arduino Starter Kit and three courses perfect for…
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Squeezed quantum cats

Phys.org - 26 May 2015 18:15
Squeezed quantum catsETH professor Jonathan Home and his colleagues reach deep into their bag of tricks to create so-called 'squeezed Schrödinger cats.' These quantum systems could be extremely useful for future... technologies.
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Did stowaway gas foulNASA's Curiosity rover has sparked an unexpected argument over methane on Mars, as operators attempt to figure out whether the gas is local or imported. The existence of methane on the red planet... could be a strong indicator either of biological life or even just lingering geological activity, hence scientists' collective interest in whether it's present or not. However, while …
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What a person does on their phone call tell you a lot about them -- including their GPA. Researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an app that tracks... smartphone activity to compute a grade point average t...
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Toshiba Updates Exceria Pro SD Card Range

Photography Blog - 26 May 2015 18:15
Toshiba Updates Exceria Pro SDToshiba Europe has refreshed its Exceria Pro range of high-end SD memory cards.
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Get 9 adventures games for $8

CNET - 26 May 2015 18:13
Get 9 adventures games for $8From older gems like Syberia to newer titles like The Novelist, this bundle of top-rated adventures is a steal at this price.
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BA Video: Close-Up on a Comet

Bad Astronomy - 26 May 2015 18:13
In the 1980s, humanity got its first face-to-face view of a comet when a fleet of spacecraft was sent to visit Comet Halley, which was making its first pass into the inner solar system since 1910. We... got never-before-seen close-up glimpses of the nucleus of a comet, the inner solid part that creates the gigantic gas cloud and long, beautiful tail. Over the years more probes were sent to comets like Tempel 1, Hartley 2, and Wild 2. Each is an individual, and each is weird. But all of those missions were flybys--important but brief. But now we have the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting the comet 67P/Chuyurmov-Gerasimenko, studying it in detail and over a great length of time. We've learned so much about it, but also opened up a Pandora's box of even deeper mysteries about comets in general, and...
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U.S. authorities are investigating claims by British Uber customers that they were charged for phantom rides in the U.S.
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IDC: Smartphone growth toSlowdown in China could impact Android devices.          
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Dubai's 'Floating Seahorse'Dubai is known for its extravagant development projects, like the indoor ski resorts, rotating skyscrapers and "miracle gardens," to name just a few. But the newest project, "The Floating Seahorse,"... is exceptionally lavish: it's a floating home with underwater rooms. Dubai developer Kleindienst Group revealed the visually stunning renderings for "The Floating Seahorse" at the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2015. They say they'll build 42 of the structures, which are essentially boats without the propulsion, and plan to have them completed by the end of 2016. The floating properties were designed and engineered to be part of "The World," Dubai's large artificial island project. The buoyant structures will have three levels: an upper deck, a main floor at sea level, and an underwater...
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Roughly 90,000 patients are being notified that a former Jacobi Medical Center employee improperly emailed their personal information.
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[From GadgeTell] If we didn't know any better, we'd suspect G4's manufacturers are so desperate to get the leather-clad flagship out the door, they'll soon start giving away brand-new units.
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Like Unforgiven forArnold Schwarzenegger's return to the character that launched his career in The Legend of Conan will be a sequel to the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian, featuring the return of several characters. The... post Like Unforgiven for barbarians, the Conan sequel catches up 30 years later appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Twitter reportedly wants toThe all-stock deal is valued at $1 billion, says Recode. But why would Twitter want to acquire Flipboard?
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Obama Urges Senate To ReachWASHINGTON, May 26
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Look How Far the InternetThe push to get the world online has never been greater, with some of technology's biggest companies leading the charge to find innovative ways to connect people.
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Caution: reading beyond this graf will may spoil a key part of DC's upcoming Suicide Squad -- at least until the trailer spoils it months from now. It's nothing too surprising, to be honest, but we... don't want you to come into this unprepared. Cool? Cool.
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Automated Insights' WordSmithTech company Automated Insights has developed a program called WordSmith that is capable of writing basic news stories at breakneck speeds. Last week, National Public Radio put this new technology to... the test. The post Automated Insights’ WordSmith challenges NPR’s finest to a writing race appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Periscope Is Now Available On Android

Tech Times - 26 May 2015 18:05
Periscope Is Now Available OnPeriscope, the live video streaming app owned by Twitter, is now available for Android users. The app lets you broadcast live video to the world through Periscope or through Twitter.
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Researchers developWhat if handheld tools know what needs to be done and were even able to guide and help inexperienced users to complete jobs that require skill? Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed... and started studying a novel concept in robotics - intelligent handheld robots.
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You don't got it, dude: OlsenMary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who together played youngest child Michelle Tanner on '80s and '90s sitcom Full House, will not appear on the reboot show, Fuller House, which will air on Netflix in 2016.... The post You don't got it, dude: Olsen twins say they won't participate in Full House reunion show appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sebastião Salgado: "I had travelled to the dawn of time."

British Journal of Photography - 26 May 2015 18:02
Sebastião Salgado has created some of the twentieth century's most iconic photography. From war zones to famine, genocide to exodus, Salgado has documented many of the world's major events of the... last 40 years in crisp black-and-white pictures. He's also won countless prizes, including being named last week as a Master of Photography at Photo London this weekend. Now, in homage to the great photographer, the German filmmaker Wim Wenders and Salgado's Paris-based son Juliano Salgado have collaborated on a documentary about the photographer's life and work. The film, The Salt of the Earth, has already won a host of accolades, including an Oscar nomination, and will be released this July. In the film, Sebastião discusses some of his most famous photographs. When talking of the captivating...
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Is Google Killing Wonder?

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 18:02
Is Google Killing Wonder?"I wonder." How often you have made this simple statement? I'm going to guess quite frequently. How often have you heard it from others? I'll bet even more often. Anytime an interesting question is... asked, "I wonder" seems to naturally appear in our psyches. It's only two words, yet those two words are far more powerful than you may realize. What makes wonder such a powerful force? It is the wellspring from which engaged and expansive thinking emerges. Curiosity, an essential source of intellectual inquiry, is piqued. Your mental gears start turning and your synapses begin firing. You feel excitement and an urge to know more. Curiosity propels you to seek out an answer. You examine different facets of the question and explore its depths. If you're with others, you may argue, disagree, and...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Our main 'Matrix' man is a suburban dad terrorized by two comely female crazies in 'Knock, Knock,' the latest film from former fright master Eli Roth
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[From EntertainmentTell] A documentary will look at George Miller's aborted "Justice League" movie
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Google Chrome gains MIDI support

Ars Technica - 26 May 2015 18:01
Over 30 years after its creation, MIDI gets a modern makeover.
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Google Chrome gains MIDI support

Ars Technica - 26 May 2015 18:01
Over 30 years after its creation, MIDI gets a modern makeover.
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Notion Pulls In $2M For Its Home sensor startup Notion, which last fall Kickstarted its first batch of sensors for in-home monitoring, has pulled in a $2 million seed investments from Draper Nexus Ventures, Gabriel... Investments, Galvanize Ventures, Foundry Group Angels and TechStars.
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[From GamerTell] 2K Games is teasing a new project that we only know by "Advent" at the moment. Could it be a new Bioshock? Or a brand new IP?
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Former Yahoo Executive AnandChandrasekaran isn't coming back to Silicon Valley, though. He plans to do something entrepreneurial in India.
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Postman, An API Development The most impactful companies are founded on solving problems. These are typically problems that affected a founder personally. In that respect, Postman, a company offering a platform for teams... developing APIs, is off to a good start. Added to that, the India-based startup has also bagged a $1 million seed round from Nexus Venture Partners.
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No one understands the value of a properly wound cable more than concert roadies and TV crew professionals, who wrap and unwrap hundreds of feet of cord on a daily basis. Here's the method they use to... keep their shows running on time.
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Increasing reliance on electronic payment creates dangers for consumer protection, privacy, political interference and competition, says Jem Bendell
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Here are the best of today's deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on... Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.
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The 'Gefällt mir' button -- nein danke Five German companies have removed Facebook's "like" button from their websites following pressure from the niftily-named Consumer Advice Center of North... Rhine-Westphalia (Verbraucherzentrale NRW)....
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DIY: Make a Sealed 50mmFreelensing is the use of a lens decoupled from your camera, manual orienting the lens on various angles to tilt and shift the lens to alter the focal plane. Freelensing is a great method of isolating... your subject or creating interest in an otherwise flat or busy scene. This technique has been around for ages […]
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Cowen Increased Apple'sCowen believes Apple could sell 50 million iPhones in both the June and September quarters.
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Avoiding Temptation Or WhyAvoiding temptation may be more situational than dependent on personality, according to a new study. So, what makes good people do bad things?
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iOS 9 to Feature Force TouchFollowing a recent report suggesting that iOS 9 could feature "Rootless" security, "Trusted Wi-Fi" and support for legacy A5-based devices, today 9to5Mac followed up on a few smaller-scale... improvements to Apple's next major software version that could have a big impact on the overall experience for iPhone and iPad users. The next-generation iPhone will feature some form of Force Touch as one of the biggest new additions to the hardware, a rumor that has been circulating since the beginning of the year and only gaining forward momentum. The report today, however, specifically mentions that Apple has designed iOS 9 "to be Force Touch-ready" and is already hard at work with developers to integrate the technology into various apps. Since Apple's work on Force Touch runs the gamut of iOS...
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A study on the suitability of PET bottles in the pharmaceutical industry is expected to start soon. The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is going to carry out the study in order to end the debate... on whether or not the bottles are safe for storing medicines.
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HBO NOW Survey Hints Network At $15 per month, is HBO NOW too expensive when competing against lower-cost services like Netflix and Amazon Prime? That’s what the network wants to know, and it’s currently asking customers... who have recently completed their trial of the new, over-the-top streaming service if they would be interested in subscribing at lower price points. The company even specifically suggests a…
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Apple appears to be bringing one of the most important -- and divisive -- features of the Apple Watch to the next iPhone. According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone 6S will include Force Touch and haptic... feedback, allowing the phone to perform additional functions when pressure is applied to the screen. While Force Touch allows for some smart new interactions -- for instance, pressing harder on a fast-forward button to move ahead faster -- it's also led to some confusion: you don't always know where Force Touch works or what it's going to do. That may be why, as 9to5Mac reports, the initial uses of Force Touch on the iPhone are said to be designed for "power users," meaning you won't have to use Force Touch in order to properly use an iPhone.
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EMC scoops up Virtustream forEMC is purchasing the privately held Virtustream software provider for approximately US$1.2 billion to expand its portfolio of cloud management tools. Storage systems provider EMC will use Virtustream... technology to aid customers moving to cloud-based services as an alternative to running data centers in-house. Virtustream's software can be used to manage complex enterprise applications, such as SAP's S/4HANA, so they can be run effectively on hosted infrastructure services. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Virtustream will be the basis of a new business unit at EMC. Rodney Rogers, the CEO of Virtustream, will lead the new business cloud services unit and report to EMC CEO Joe Tucci.
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Skype to face Belgium criminalSkype will have to appear in a Belgian criminal court after ignoring a judge's order to give law enforcement officials access to data from calls between suspected criminals. The criminal court in... Mechelen, Belgium, will determine whether Voice over IP (VoIP) service Skype is a telecom operator, said court spokesman Theo Byl on Tuesday. The company was ordered to appear in court on June 10. The case started about three years ago when an examining magistrate in Mechelen ordered Skype to give law enforcement officials access to data from Skype-to-Skype calls between two suspected Armenian criminals. Both of them were in Belgium when making the calls.
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Lassa Fever Death in NewA 55-year-old man in New Jersey who recently visited West Africa has died from a virus known as Lassa fever, which can produce symptoms similar to Ebola but is less contagious, health officials said.
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Experts insist that what the FBI claims hacker Chris Roberts did on a flight is not possible. We examine why, and what is still unknown. The post Is It Possible for Passengers to Hack Commercial... Aircraft? appeared first on WIRED.
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Pitch Your Startup Live In The Today is Tuesday, which means that we’ll be making our usual trek up to the Sirius XM studios to go live with TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM Insight 121. That also means that the weekly TC Radio... Pitch-Off is going down tonight at 630pm, with five companies taking 60 seconds each to pitch their product to a panel of judges, including myself, Anthony Ha, and a special guest VC judge. But…
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OfficeNow is Cortana for work,New images and assets from a Microsoft preview of OfficeNow suggest the program will work off the Cortana platform to help organize your schedule and communications into a daily feed. The post... OfficeNow is Cortana for work, will automatically organize your office life appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Live broadcasting PeriscopeMeerkat rival is now available on Android as well as iOS devices.          
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Mysterious New Type of StarAstronomers studying the globular star clusters orbiting the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have stumbled upon a fascinating discovery -- the clusters are too massive.
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We've been hearing for months that Apple's upcoming iPhone models will be force-sensitive, just like the Apple Watch and its newer MacBook trackpads. Now we have an idea of how the company's "Force... Touch" technology -- which enables pressure sensitiv...
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The season to celebrate college graduations is once again here. While many graduates will receive tablets, cash, or starters kits for their new apartments, the most valuable gift is discussed in the... video above--how to land your first job. In under four minutes, learn how to search smarter, interview better, and put your network to work.
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Everything you need to knowDon't get scammed by overpriced cables.          
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What if computers could take the words we type on the internet and convert them into a language that describes what they actually mean? Analyzing data pulled from social media would reveal insights... into the deeper questions about our real motives and feelings, instead of mere statistics. Pierre Lévy, a French philosopher who's been writing about cyberspace since the 1990s and who is the Canada research chair in collective intelligence at the University of Ottawa, is working on software that can do just this. He's done the math and annotated the entire French dictionary with a language--or, as he calls it, a hyper-language, since it describes words that already form a language of their own--that he calls IEML, or the Information Economy MetaLanguage. All that's left is to do the actual...
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Microsoft unveils Cortana appApp will be tied to iPhone and Android users with a Windows 10 PC.
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Force Touch tipped for iOS 9 and iPhone 6S

Slash Gear - 26 May 2015 17:35
Force Touch tipped for iOS 9Apple's iPhone 6s is tipped to be coming with Force Touch capabilities delivered with the platform's newest operating system, iOS 9. This software/hardware combo was first revealed with the Apple... Watch, a device that uses "tiny electrodes around [its] flexible Retina display" to give your finger two options - light tap or deep press. This software/hardware enhancement with Force Touch …
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Rand Paul: Obama Started NSASen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama was being "disingenuous" about his ability to override the National Security Agency and end its bulk collection of data, arguing that... in fact Obama could act on his own to end the program. Paul said that because the NSA has sweeping authority under an executive order, Obama could act alone to curb the agency's power. "Here's the thing about the president. He's disingenuous about this. The president started this program through executive order. He could end it any time," said Paul during an appearance on "CBS This Morning." "The Second Court of Appeals, the court that is right below the Supreme Court, has said that it's illegal. Why doesn't he stop it? What's he waiting for? He started it on his own, he should stop it. And...
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US Cellular begins LG G4The LG G4 will become available to US Cellular customers on May 29 as they open up presales of the device for $199 on contract. US Cellular will offer the LG G4 in gold, genuine black leather and... metallic gray when they open up presales on May 29. Customers will be able to purchase the device for $199 on a new two-year agreement, as well as through their installment plans.
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2015 rumored to see two NexusWith Google's I/O developers conference only two days away, Android enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting news and details on the next version of the operating system, codenamed Android M. But while the... event may primarily focus on software development, it can also be a starting point for speculation about what hardware will be released under Google's Nexus brand later in the …
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Microsoft's Skype called toBrussels bristles over firm's service provider status and adherence to Belgian law
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Unbe-LAVA-ble dest-ROCK-tion Erupting for the first time in 33 years, the Volcán Wolf is hurling fire, lava and ash over the Galápagos Islands, which provided Charles Darwin with the inspiration for... his theory of evolution through natural selection....
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Logitech adds connected-homeHub compatible remotes can now control Nest and Honeywell thermostats, Lutron and Philips lighting, and much more.
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Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Lego toysThe "Ant-Man" Lego miniature fiigures might reveal plot points in the upcoming Marvel movie. So don't look too carefully at the new "Final Battle" set if you want to be surprised at what's to come.
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2,000-year-old water supplyPart of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities... Authority
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Asus ZenPad 8 photo leaks,The latest Asus ZenPad appears to have leaked in official press renders, ahead of its expected official reveal at Computex next week. The Asus ZenPad 8, as it's thought to be, appears to feature a 4:3... aspect ratio screen like that found on Apple's iPads...
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ISS Module Move Makes Way ForThe Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) will be moved to a nearby port to create a spare docking port for United States commercial crew transport by SpaceX, Boeing and possibly others in the future.
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Someone Made an Avocado Plush Toy and It's Adorable

Twisted Sifter - 26 May 2015 17:26
Someone Made an Avocado PlushUkrainian artist Hanna Dovhan makes adorable toys and animals out of wool. Her most popular item is this handmade wool plush toy called "Avocado Love"
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[From GadgeTell] Wi-Fi-enabled following a radical Android Wear modernization effort, longer-lasting than when it first started selling, as stylish and "universally" compatible as always, you could... say Motorola's Moto 360 is a more tempting proposal than ever before.
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Twitter takes Periscope's liveIt took a couple months longer than the iPhone version, but Twitter's Periscope's live video streaming app is now available for Android. The free app lets people record video from phones or tablets,... and stream it live to their followers or to the public. Viewers can then comment or "heart" the broadcast in real-time. The app also lets users save their broadcasts for up to 24 hours, so anyone who just missed the live stream can still catch a replay. Periscope's Android app is similar to the iPhone version, which arrived in late March, but with one big difference: As Engadget notes, users have more granular control over notifications, so they can opt out of alerts for friends' broadcasts, shared broadcasts, and new followers.
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Twitter Is Stupid

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 17:24
Twitter Is StupidYou read it right. Twitter is stupid. I'm not talking about the product. I think the product is brilliant. The idea of being able to follow interesting people and interact with people who find you... interesting is powerful. I'm inspired and educated daily by people like Nanogirl (@medickinson), Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson), Sam Harris (@samharrisorg) and even God (@thetweetofgod) none of whom I would've had access to before Twitter. Twitter even manages to make people clever by forcing them to keep their communication down to 140 characters or less. Insights are crafted into witty little works of literary art and even when they aren't insightful, well, at least they are short. It mostly avoids being a shrine to ego like Facebook where the narcissistic gush boring details of their least...
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Android Auto hits HyundaiGoogle's Android Auto push to take over the dashboard has begun in earnest, with Hyundai the first car company to offer the smartphone-tethered system on a production car. As of today, Hyundai's 2015... Sonata with Navigation will come with Android Auto support off the forecourt, and the car maker is offering upgrades for existing owners. Once installed, hooking up an …
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Here's How Many Internet UsersMobile is fueling global connectivity
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'Resident Evil 0' HD RemasterBuoyed by the success of its Resident Evil (HD Remastered), Capcom has revealed that it will be releasing a remastered version of Resident Evil Zero for Windows PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One by... early 2016 in Japan.
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Why 3D Printing a Jet EngineThe 3D printing (digital manufacturing) market has had a lot of hype over the past few years. Most recently, it seems this technology arena has entered the "trough of disillusionment,"...
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'Mad Max' game trailer wheelsYou can don the road warrior's leathers in the new post-apocalyptic game, but there's no sign of fan favourite Furiosa.
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How did we get to the age ofTelevision viewership has been an exalted rite for the western world over the past 60 years — a nightly ritual that brings the average family together in entertainment and a cultural glue that binds... us all together regardless of geographical barriers. Television designs, and our viewing habits, have come a long way since the boxy vintage contraptions of yesteryear, though. The television has become, for the vast majority, something that collects dust in the living room while our laptops overheat on our stomachs. We’re now in the age of binge-watching, and the Surface 3 is the best device to facilitate this. But things weren't always this way. We'll track the evolution of TV viewing habits, from archaic days of black and white to the modern era.
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Sports Shorts for May 25,Virdi captures national NCAA pole vault title; Honors roll in for spring sports.
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If you were disappointed that your only choice for a new, official Google phone last year was the gargantuan Nexus 6, you'll be glad to hear that 2015 could be very different. Android Police sources... have elaborated on previous rumors with word that b...
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French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use, promote environmental measures
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On 24 April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal - a nation woefully unprepared to respond to such an event. Dozens of aftershocks have rattled the country daily for the past month....
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Microsoft developing CortanaMicrosoft is bringing Cortana to iOS and Android smartphones, extending the voice-controlled personal assistant to platforms beyond Windows 10 and Windows Phone. Using the Cortana iOS and Android apps... people will be able to dictate emails, set appointments and conduct Web searches by speaking commands, among other features. The app will also let people arrange to receive notifications like sports scores and flight information. Windows 10 will include a program called Phone Companion to help people set up on Cortana and sync their PCs with their smartphone, whether it runs iOS, Android or Windows Phone. The Phone Companion program will also let users sync OneNote, Music, Office and OneDrive between their Windows 10 PC and their Android, iOS or Windows Phone smartphone.
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Electrophotography: CreatingMost photocopiers (AKA Xerox machines) these days use a technology called xerography, which is also known as electrophotography. While it’s almost always used as a means to create copies of... documents, electrophotography can also be used as a photo process for making prints. Photographer Tom Carpenter is one of the few artists on Earth who […]
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The World Health Organization (WHO) is marshaling resources to fight the growing threat of antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance. Earlier this week, member states of the United Nations gave... unanimous support to a plan to fight what the WHO calls a "serious threat to global public health." The plan's objectives include better control over the use of existing antibiotics, tracking how resistance is developing and supporting investment into new drugs. Countries are expected to have national action plans addressing these points in place by 2017. "We may be a bit late," Sally Davies, the UK's chief medical officer and the leader of the WHO's discussion of the plan, told The New York Times. "If you look at the trajectories of rising...
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Force Touch And Haptics Said A new report from 9to5Mac claims iOS 9 will have support for Force Touch features, as well as haptic feedback, and that both of those will be included in the iPhone 6 hardware successor coming this... fall. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the iPhone 6s (or whatever it ends up being called officially by Apple) getting Force Touch, the feature introduced with the Apple…
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Ditch your boring niece andThe stress of including the right family members and friends in your wedding without hurting anyone's feelings can weigh heavily on couples about to tie the knot For a simple fix, we suggest doing... what this couple did: eliminate all of your family members from the equation and just have owls do their roles instead. YouTuber Shaun Palmer uploaded a video of his wedding, in which an owl named Bilbo performed the duties of ring bearer — a surprise to his wife. Everyone seemed very pleased with the owl's performance, proving once again that surprises are best when they come in the form of owls.
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Prescribed Fires in NationalNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:
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Rubrik Goes GA And Raises $41M Series B

Forbes - 26 May 2015 17:08
As more and more organizations look towards using the hybrid cloud to help them make the gradual move from a completely on-premises world to a cloud one, vendors delivering upon the hybrid needs are... increasingly important. Cloud purists might pour scorn on the notion of hybrid cloud, likening it to some kind of worst-of-both-worlds mongrel approach, but pragmatists think otherwise.
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The Witcher 3 gets another PCCD Projekt Red has been hard at work keeping up with the post-release of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. While the latest patch for the game fixes a number of issues, it's also creating new issues for... some players. The post The Witcher 3 gets another PC patch, but some players aren’t happy appeared first on Digital Trends.
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That's All She Wrote

Slate - 26 May 2015 17:07
Earlier this year, when controversy erupted after Jezebel rooted through leaked Sony emails and reported back on the color of the pubic hair dye Amy Pascal orders on Amazon, my editor, Allison... Benedikt, pinged me to say: "Aren't you happy you don't have to respond to that Jezebel piece?"
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Synology patches seriousNetwork-attached storage (NAS) manufacturer Synology fixed several vulnerabilities in its devices' software, one of which could allow attackers to compromise the data stored on them. The most serious... vulnerability is located in the Synology Photo Station, a feature of DiskStation Manager (DSM), the Linux-based operating system that runs on the company's NAS devices. Synology Photo Station allows users to create online photo albums and blogs that can be accessed remotely using the NAS device's public IP (Internet Protocol) address. Researchers from Dutch firm Securify found that Photo Station did not properly sanitize user input, allowing potential attackers to inject system commands that would be executed with the privileges of the Web server.
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A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results could be... used to deliver nano-scale drugs that can distinguish and fight tumor cells in the brain without resorting to surgery, the authors say.
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How DNA is organized in our cells

Science Daily - 26 May 2015 17:06
A critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure has been uncovered by researchers. Their breakthrough helps explain how DNA is organized in our cells. This discovery could lead to a better... understanding of what causes certain types of cancer, such as lymphoma.
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Steven Spielberg talks up"To see Jurassic World come to life is like seeing Jurassic Park come true," says Steven Spielberg in a new Jurassic World preview that's filled with fresh footage from the upcoming film. The post... Steven Spielberg talks up Jurassic World in new trailer filled with fresh footage appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A cluster of defined, non-coding RNAs are mechanistically involved in endocrine therapy resistance in human breast cancer cells, new research has revealed. Furthermore, resveratrol, a kind of... polyphenol, was found to repress these RNAs and inhibit the proliferative activity of breast cancer cells which had acquired resistance.
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Nearly indestructible virusBy unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists have found a blueprint for battling human disease using DNA clad in near-indestructible armor.
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A big glossy profile of Snapchat was published in Bloomberg this morning, and from the start, it sets out to elucidate that this is a company that, despite its youth and rambunctious attitude, is... ready to become a serious business. There isn't a ton of new information on exactly how big Snapchat is -- it's still referred vaguely as having more than 100 million active users -- but the pitch to advertisers will be the details of that audience: more than 60 percent of Americans age 13-34 are claimed as active users.
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Pryynt Gets $2M To Stick A U.K.-based startup Pryynt is hoping to wrong foot print-on-demand services by getting app developers to integrate an SDK that puts a print button directly into their apps, and an on-demand print... service at the fingertips of their users.
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We Know How To ProperlyThe problem with evaluating teaching performance isn't that it's impossible. We know how to do teaching evaluation, but it's too expensive for too little gain.
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Question: Do You Prefer Prime or Zoom Lenses?

The Phoblographer - 26 May 2015 17:02
Question: Do You Prefer PrimeWhich do you prefer? Prime or Zoom Lenses? Let us know!
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[From GamerTell] With so much focus on former aces publishing on Kickstarter, it only seems fair to shine a spotlight on some smaller projects on the crowdfunding platform.
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EMC continues to push beyondEMC is one of the more divisive companies in the Boston tech scene. Depending on who you talk to, you are likely to get a different opinion on the multinational data storage giant. The company is one... of the largest employers in the state of Massachusetts, so it has a supportive block of employees. However, EMC is also considered the key antagonist in the battle to eliminate non-compete laws enforcement in Mass. […]
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In Minneapolis, policeMatter has partnered with the Minneapolis police department and others to help distribute healthy food boxes to hungry citizens.
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Multiplexing technique forNanoMRI is a scanning technique that produces nondestructive, high-resolution 3-D images of nanoscale objects, and it promises to become a powerful tool for researchers and companies exploring the... shape and function of biological materials such as viruses and cells in much the same way as clinical MRI today enables investigation of whole tissues in the human body.
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How to Craft a Better Online Dating Profile

Life Hacker - 26 May 2015 17:00
The most daunting part about online dating (aside from, you know, talking to new people) is putting together a profile--yet it's the one of the most important. This awkward personal resume is the... first thing people see, and can mean the difference between a date and an unreturned message. Here's how to craft a profile that will help you stand out without feeling awkward.
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Schools at Mars

ESA - 26 May 2015 17:00
Schools at MarsHuman spaceflight and operations image of the week: The first images acquired by Mars Express based on imaging proposals from schools in 12 countries
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Hillary Clinton is selling aNo one rocks a pantsuit like Hillary Clinton, and she knows that. So instead of trying to outdo the self-declared pantsuit aficionado (per her Twitter bio), she wants you to purchase a T-shirt that... looks like a pantsuit for a casual weekend look. Finally, you can wear a pantsuit to the gym without going broke from dry cleaning bills The Everyday Pantsuit Tee comes in a bold red and features a 2D statement necklace and, of course, a pin fastened to the lapel bearing Hillary's campaign logo. The tee will set you back $30, but that's actually a steal for a pantsuit See also: On Wednesdays, we wear pantsuits: Hillary Clinton as Regina George
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How Tim Pearse won the graduate single image award

British Journal of Photography - 26 May 2015 16:56
This image may look simple, but a lot of time and craftsmanship has gone in its creation. It is a lith print, made by Tim Pearse, a former BA photography student at Plymouth College of Art. And it is... with this image that Pearse won the singles prize in the recent graduate category of the BJP Breakthrough Awards, which was judged by BJP editor Simon Bainbridge, photography curator Leo Scott, and photographer Laura Pannack. Working exclusively with analogue and alternative photographic processes, Pearse crafted the image as part of a longer untitled series of lith prints. "I wanted to create a discourse on constructed memory through the perception of ambiguous form," says Pearse. "I wanted to illicit the asking of questions of self... we can look at any object or place and it generate...
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Ofcom considers future 4G2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands to be issued in the future to meet mobile data demands
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Virtusteam veritable IaaS gold mine for backers EMC is buying Virtustream in a seemingly billion-dollar-level transaction, as part of an effort to build a managed cloud services business....
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Two Nexus phones coming inYou can never have too much of a good thing, and for Google, the Nexus lineup is very much a good thing. The latest scuttlebutt about Google's plans say there will be two new Nexus smartphones... released 2015: a normal-sized phone from LG, and a phablet by Huawei. The LG version will be a 5.2-inch handset currently codenamed Angler, while Huawei's is a 5.7-inch slab dubbed Bullhead, according to Android Police, which has a terrific track record when it comes to leaks. Both devices are expected to show up in October.
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Apple is boosting the profile of two designers, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, under longtime design head Jony Ive, who gains the new title of chief design officer.
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What Would Happen If My 5-Year-Old Joined Twitter?

The Huffington Post - 26 May 2015 16:52
What Would Happen If MyEvery year, my wife, Shannon Berkowsky, and I have created a video in honor of each of our daughters' birthdays. We brainstorm and co-write and re-write each of these works, and then my wife, who is... an amazing video editor, edits everything until it's just right. As my older daughter approached her 5th birthday recently, my wife and I wondered what it might be like if she were on Twitter. We imagined her tweets would be snarky and sharp, would range from the personal to the political, and that she would call us out on our parenting. Here, then, are the results of our vision: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Destiny's latest weekly resetTuesday means only one thing if you're a Destiny fan: Reset day. It's that wonderful time when Bungie's rotating selection of high-reward activities are rebooted (along with any raid progress made... in the previous week), giving everyone a fresh chance at scoring some of the game's sweetest and rarest loot. See also: How to survive in Destiny's tough new 'Pr