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25 Oct 2014 - United States
Violent 3D games triggerA new study shows a combination of immersive gaming and violent video games can lead to more aggression than playing violent video games on flat 2D screens.
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iPad Air 2 battery is moreiFixit conducts a teardown study of the iPad Air 2 and finds a smaller battery compared to the battery found in the previous iPad Air.
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Yardarm Sensor bringsConnected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are... looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that can benefit from the technology, however, and among them is law enforcement and its related entities. One …
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operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it... contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported," through which an attacker could "gain complete control [of] the web server process." From the article: However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2). Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in...
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Elon Musk warns artificialElon Musk is all about keeping the human race alive, even if that means abandoning Earth at some point. He went into details about this not long ago when discussing Mars colonies and things of an... existential nature. Any number of technologies could prove a threat to that survival, with artificial intelligence being counted among them, necessitating plans to prevent …
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It appears that an ongoing volcanic crisis along the Colombia-Ecuador border is beginning to look more significant. A sharp increase in the number and size of earthquakes under Cerro Negro de... Mayasquer and Chiles has prompted the evacuation of over 12,000 people as both countries prepare for a potential eruption. What kind of eruption is difficult […] The post Over 12,000 People Evacuated Near Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles appeared first on WIRED.
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This is the future of iTunes

BGR - 25 Oct 2014 03:00
This is the future of iTunesIt’s been a few months since Apple acquired Beats Electronics, but the merging of products and services has only just begun. One of the first questions many of us asked when the acquisition was... announced was what would happen to the relatively new Beats Music streaming service. Apple hasn’t provided an answer yet, but The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to report that Beats Music will eventually merge with Apple’s own music service. “Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year as part of iTunes, according to a person familiar with the matter,” reports the Journal. This was the expected follow-up to a report from last month which claimed that Beats Music would be shutting
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A team of Belgian students have taken steps towards gaining their 'Ticket to Orbit!', not for themselves, but for the CubeSat they are developing....
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At first glance, New York City seems like the worst place for the Ebola virus to surface. The city is the most densely populated metropolitan area in the United States, around 5.5 million people ride... the New York City subway every weekday, and New Yorkers are constantly in contact with germs on public trains, at food carts and while simply walking down the street.
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Google Exec Breaks Space JumpAlan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, broke Felix Baumgartner's two-year-old world record for highest altitude free-fall jump on Friday morning when he parachuted from a balloon near the... top of the stratosphere, free-falling from a height of nearly 26 miles and breaking the sound barrier in the process. The New York Times reported that Eustace, 57, ascended to the edge of space in a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium from an airport in Roswell, New Mexico. He then cut loose using a small explosive device and plummeted towards Earth at speeds of up to 822 miles per hour. Fifteen minutes later, he landed safely on the ground.
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Embattled Whisper CEO suspendsseAs the Guardian newspaper continues its investigation into Whisper’s use of user data, CEO Michael Heyward has suspended members of his editorial team, pending completion of a full inquiry into... the allegations. The suspensions, which sources say include Editor in Chief Neetzan Zimmerman, come as Senator Jay Rockefeller has asked for Whisper executives to attend a meeting with his powerful Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and […]
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SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the... report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn't yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter,...
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Google's head of Android toBy promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.
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(Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader sent a letter to Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook urging the company to reduce its spending on share buybacks and use the money to raise wages, the... Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
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Scientists discover that cometThe spacecraft Rosetta keeps surprising everyone with amazing new photos taken in pursuit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken just 7.4 kilometers from its surface. These images reveal dunes just... like those you can find on Earth. Scientists have also found that it really stinks.
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What We Now Know About NewNew York City reported its first case of the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, when a health care worker who volunteered in Guinea fell ill upon returning home in the U.S. Dr. Craig Spencer, 32, is now... in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. See also: Ebola Arrives in New York. How Prepared Is the City to Handle It? Spencer had traveled to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, before returning to New York on Oct. 17. He went about his normal life in the city, even riding the subway, taking an Uber car and going bowling in the days before symptoms emerged On Friday, health officials in New York revealed additional details on Spencer's activities, including a detailed account of his movement around the city on Oct. 21 and 22
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Steampunk Friends for Life: AThis is a story about networking, giving back, friendship, trust, #sharingiscaring and steampunk. Before I moved to Cardiff, Wales, I decided that I wanted to do some “pro bono” projects since... I've noticed that they provide inspiration and sometimes good things you didn't even expect. With this in mind, I was browsing through different photographers’ […]
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Glenn Fleishman talks through the changes Yosemite brings to Wi-Fi.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks

Pocket-lint - 24 Oct 2014 15:20
Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angleThe camera market is changing and the Nikon D750 is the epitome of that. A full-frame DSLR with a tilt-angle screen? People wouldn't have even considered that not so many years ago because the... technology just wasn't nearly up to it. So why now? The proliferation...
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Huge Solar Flare Erupts fromThe sun unleashed a major solar flare from a colossal sunspot on Friday (Oct. 24), the fourth big flare from the star in less than a week. The sunspot is the largest active region on the sun in the... last 24 years, NASA scientists say.
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Ambition

Bad Astronomy - 25 Oct 2014 13:02
The European Space Agency partnered with Platige Image to create this video, and it's stunning. Stunning. Make it full screen, and watch. Well, well. Not what you expected, was it? That was... magnificent, and it shows in video form just what I feel every time we send a new probe into the black. We didn't make these worlds, but we will explore them.
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Vimeo tech chief takes onAndrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes.
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Netflix reveals 'F is forDid you expect anything less? Netflix has announced yet another upcoming show, this one being Bill Burr's animated series "F is for Family." The show is said to revolve around Burr's comedy, taking... place in the 70s when all sorts of things banned today were commonplace ("a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun …
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Useful Photography Tip #119:A large reflector helped us to diffuse a flash one day on a shoot. It gave the same effect as a softbox.
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Google nabs six officeGoogle has grabbed a bunch of new real estate in Redwood City, California, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to a couple of people "with knowledge of the matter". According to the two sources, the... Internet giant nabbed half a dozen office buildings for a total of $585 million, all of them located about 11 miles from the company's Mountain View …
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Gizmag recently took the opportunity to tour the Hangar-7 Museum in Red Bull's hometown of Salzburg, Austria. With an underlying theme of speed and adrenaline, the stylish, hangar-inspired gallery... serves up an ever-changing collection of air and land race hardware. Step inside for a virtual tour of intriguing architecture and high-performance machinery. ..
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Welcome to the weekly Tech.pinions podcast. This week Bob O'Donnell, Ben Bajarin, and Jan Dawson chat about the recent quarterly earnings announcements from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google.
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Amazon update lets youAmazon is now letting users browse and purchase digital content from its flagship Android app, which sees the addition of categories like "Apps & Games" within the list of departments.
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If the 19th and 20th centuries were the Transportation Age, then the 21st century is the Information Age. Like most other ages, it didn't suddenly leap into being with the arrival of the Web or the... smartphone - it has a history going back more than 200 years. The Science Museum in London is exploring this history in a new permanent exhibit called "Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World," which was recently opened by Queen Elizabeth II when she sent the first tweet by a British monarch...
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Vine Personality Curtis LeporeRainn Wilson's SoulPancake has severed ties with well-known Vine personality Curtis Lepore after backlash surrounding Leopre's casting in an upcoming TV project from the Office alum's production... company. Earlier this week, Wilson announced plans for the first scripted TV comedy featuring an ensemble cast of Vine stars. The half-hour show, titled Hollywood and Vine, was set to star Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso, and Lepore as social media stars who are struggling to break into mainstream Hollywood Lepore's casting, however, caused an uproar In January, Lepore pled not guilty to charges of rape after his ex girlfriend, fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles, brought accusations against him
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Fall TV's First Cancelled Show Is...

Mashable - 25 Oct 2014 09:24
Fall TV's First Cancelled ShowIt turns out love was not in the air between ABC and the fall TV season's first axed show, Manhattan Love Story The network's decision to ax the show, of course, comes as no surprise See also: Go... Behind the Set of CW's 'The Flash' In just four airings, Love Story, starring former America's Next Top Model contestant Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman, shed nearly half of its 4.7 million premiere audience, with the most recent episode pulling an anemic 2.7 million viewers. Combine that number with a general lack of buzz for the rom-com and a sad DVR ratings boost and you have a bonafide TV bust The show shouldn't sulk, though. Someone had to be first, and four weeks into the new fall TV season, everyone was wondering when the first freshman series would fall
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Is it OK to Give Your Baby that iPad? (Op-Ed)

Live Science - 25 Oct 2014 09:08
Is it OK to Give Your BabyA recent New York Times article points to a glaring inconsistency between the amount of "screen time" toddlers have using tablets, phones and computers - and the advice of many early years... specialists.
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Title: Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid DelayedCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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NYC Doctor Diagnosed With Ebola

MedicineNet - 25 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: NYC Doctor Diagnosed With EbolaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut TroublesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' CouplesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened BonesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer AdultsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight LaterCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts SayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween

MedicineNet - 25 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Watch the Road on HalloweenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the OtherCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in ChildrenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose WeightCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Klain a Good Pick for Ebola Czar, Experts Say

MedicineNet - 25 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Klain a Good Pick for Ebola Czar, Experts SayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: 'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief DisorderCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Weight-Loss Superfood: 6 Tips for a Healthy Gut

Live Science - 25 Oct 2014 08:53
Weight-Loss Superfood: 6 TipsFeed that microbiome right, and you'll see results in, and around, your gut.
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Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now... sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android... app, it got a new "Apps & Games" department that...
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Athletes, Sports and ViolenceWhile the association between violence against women and elite athletes is not uncommon, it is not sports per se that are the problem.
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Lasrick links to this interview with Peter Kuran, an animator of the original Star Wars and legendary visual effects artist, writing If you saw the recent remake of Godzilla, you saw stock footage... from Atom Central, known on YouTube as 'the atomic bomb channel.' Atom Central is the brainchild of Kuran, who among his many talents is an expert on archival films of the atmospheric testing era of 1945 to 1963. Combining his film restoration and photography expertise with his interest in nuclear history, he has also produced and directed five documentaries. He is currently working with Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories to preserve and catalog images from the bomb-testing era, and to produce a technical handbook that will help people understand these images and the...
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[From In-Car Tech] Paul Elio reportedly has been trying to sweet-talk the Department of Energy into giving his company an Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan.
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Drivebot

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
DrivebotDrivebot is a car analytic gadget. It helps car owner identity car problems without hassle. After each drive it can tell “how efficiently you drive”, “Money and time spent on that trip” and... “Traffic condition along the route”.
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Don't move

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
Don't moveYou can´t beat it. When somebody touches DON'T MOVE you'll be notified. It's a small, low-priced device that you can attach to your things and keep them safe from others. Place it on your food and... get alerted when your coworker tries to eat it. Or get notified when somebody touches your bike…. You just can’t find enough use cases. So be creative!
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Sonos Home Theater

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
Sonos Home TheaterConnecting with your TV using a single optical cable, the PLAYBAR can bring full theatre Hi-Fi sound for a more immersive entertainment experience at home. Being a Sonos product, it can stream any... sound from radio to Spotify to iTunes, whichever you prefer. The layout is minimal with an exterior matte color and aluminium finish that does not let the focus drive away from the TV. The nine Class-D digital amplifiers ensures to keep up the acoustic spirit of the...
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The Beer Hammer

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
The Beer HammerThe Beer Hammer is a bottle opener that is both unique and elegant. Every Beer Hammer is handmade and personalized with your name in the handle. It’s more than just a bottle opener- it’s a... reflection of your personality.
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Composure Dock by Rest

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
Composure Dock by RestManage your Apple Watch charger with the docking station designed specifically for Apple Watch. The Composure docking station holds the Apple Watch MagSafe charger firmly in place between a stunning... walnut top and a heavy steel bottom. Quality is our obsession: every piece is CNC machined in the USA for a precise, glove-like fit and flawless finish.
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Astro Pet Bed by Enchanted Home

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
Astro Pet Bed by EnchantedYour furry buddies won't ask for a space on your couch once you provide them with these chic and elegant Astro Pet Bed by Enchanted Home. Working as an ultra comfy elevated loft cushion, this pet can... have Fido lying on it for hours and feel lazy like always. There's a storage pocket on the backside to keep the chews and toys incase Fido likes to keep himself engaged time and again. The cover is both removable and washable so...
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iceScreen

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
iceScreenClear your windshield of ice, snow or frost in seconds with the iceScreen™ magnetic ice shield! A clean window in the middle of winter no longer has to be considered a luxury, reserved only for... those with a garage - now anyone can drive away with a clean windshield in less time than it takes to locate your scraper. An easy to use snow removal product will completely change your outlook on having to park outside this winter.
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HFS Dial Wallet and Card Case

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
HFS Dial Wallet and Card CaseThere’s a lot of clutter in our lives. One obvious place to start paring things down is your wallet. We don’t need all the cards we carry around. But in an effort to dial things down, we don’t... want to compromise on style when it comes to our daily routines and adventures. We believe everyone should be entitled to the feeling of luxury in a slim profile wallet, something that offers just as much style as it does substance. We’ve...
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Egg Cup Soldier

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
Egg Cup SoldierHumpty Dumpty will now be your new best friend on the breakfast table as you bring in this Egg Cup Soldier. Themed as a soldier, this egg cup comes with a hat, spoon and toast cutter which does prove... to be handy during your everyday breakfasts. The beautiful presentation and design is what makes this egg cup pretty unconventional from others and that's why you'd want to have one guarding your breakfast table too. Simply place your boiled egg within...
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Elica Hanging Lamp

The Gadget Flow - 25 Oct 2014 08:00
Elica Hanging LampExperience the superior quality of maximum luminous output by setting up your dining room or conference table with this enchanting Elica Hanging Lamp. By using a high-powered linear lamp that pairs... electronic power with energy efficiency, this light fixture creates a dramatic illusion wherever its installed inside the house or at the workplace. Methacrylate and metal white color goes behind the construction of the ceiling fixture, the fasteners of which are made of white chromed brass. The adjustable cables are...
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Climate Fixes Need Realistic Compromises (Op-Ed)

Live Science - 25 Oct 2014 07:54
Climate Fixes Need RealisticWhile scientists gather the ground truth about climate, it's up to lawmakers to do something responsible with it.
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Fitbit still hasn't gotten around to officially announcing its new $250 Surge fitness watch, but the company's retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to... prematurely publish a pre-order page for the "super watch." A friendly tipster clued us in on the mistake. And the page (still live as of this writing) confirms everything we've already told you: Surge is a fitness watch -- not a smartwatch -- with built-in GPS and a variety of sensors that can record your workouts and overall activity regardless of whether it's linked up to a smartphone. Fitbit's going after runners in a big way with this device; they'll be able to look back at split times and route history thanks to the GPS, all without...
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Google Exec hands SiliconJust a little over two years since Felix Baumgartner broke USAF Colonel Joseph Kittinger’s stratospheric jump record, Alan Eustace from Google has independently smashed the high altitude skydiving... record again. This brings home to Silicon Valley a record that might stand for a while. Eustace took a minimalist approach to the jump. His setup involved […]
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[From In-Car Tech] Cabbies in NYC may now continue their challenge in court saying the city can't require all future taxis to be based on the Nissan NV200 "Taxi of Tomorrow."
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Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tabletMetroPCS users have gotten a new prepaid tablet option, with T-Mobile announcing that the budget-range Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 slate has arrived at its prepaid stores. This brings a prepaid option for... those who want a tablet with a data plan sans contract, and is a direct jab at competing services, with T-Mobile's John Legere saying, "We are blazing trails …
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I want to live in theNicolas Bouvier aka Sparth--whose latest work is being art director for Halo 5--is getting better all the time. His private work is so optimistic and far away from the usually gritty and dark vision... of other authors. And I love the fresh use of geometry in some of his most recent art.
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Can you detect the amazingCan you see it? Hiding in plain sight there are two of the most stealthy creatures in the animal kingdom, almost impossible to detect. Thanks to the wonders of natural selection, these and other... animals can avoid most predators and perpetuate their species. See if you can spot them all:
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National Institute of Standards & Technology issues 10 key recommendations for successful cloud initiatives.
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This 10 Week SolargraphPhotographer Oli Stevens created this solargraph using a beer can. It took 10 weeks.
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Sprint introduces cheap $20Sprint introduces a low-end family data plan that offers 1GB of data for a monthly charge of $20. The plan allows data sharing among 10 lines at the most.
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Xbox Music streaming serviceThe free streaming feature of Xbox Music will be discontinued starting Dec. 1. Users that wish to keep enjoying the service will have to sign up for a 30-day trial, and eventually a monthly... subscription for $9.99.
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Windows 10 incorporatesAfter the long wait, Microsoft has finally made the Windows Phone Action Center available in Windows 10 via Build 9860. We can say for a fact that it works but offers just basic stuff.
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iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 hitApple quietly launches its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in stores on Wednesday. The Wi-Fi-only versions of its new tablets are currently available in East Coast retail stores, while West Coast locations... should start selling the devices "in a day or two."
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Concerned there's not enough to watch on Netflix, or that the big studios and networks might hold stuff back for their own streaming services? Rest easy, the video streamer has plans for a slew of... exclusive content over the next few years, and this...
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B&O's BeoPlay A2 is maker'sBang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish,... relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which …
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Seattle School Shooting GunmanMARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several... others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school, 30 miles north of Seattle.
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Jack-o'-Lanterns: They're Just Like Us

Mashable - 25 Oct 2014 03:55
Jack-o'-Lanterns: They're JustNot even your average Halloween pumpkin can deny the allure of social media or online dating. It's hard out there for a gourd.
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Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and on The Wire,... he played conflicted politician Tommy Carcetti. So Polish digital effects company Platige Image and the European Space Agency probably figured he was uniquely suited for their new short film Ambition. The short, which debuted at the British Film Institute's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder celebration this week, features Gillen and Italian actress Aisling Franciosi as they look back on one of mankind's major missions into space, all while they create planetoids and comets with only their minds. The short actually celebrates the Rosetta...
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[AppleTell] iPad Air 2 bullet point impressions

Technology Tell - 25 Oct 2014 03:53
[From AppleTell] I've now had a day to play around with Apple's new iPad Air 2, and have put together some quick thoughts.
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iPad Air 2 bullet point impressions

AppleTell - 25 Oct 2014 03:53
iPad Air 2 bullet pointI've now had a day to play around with the iPad Air 2. Don't you want to know how it went? The post iPad Air 2 bullet point impressions appeared first on AppleTell.
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Guy using wheel barrow to doHere's the progression of my thoughts when I first saw this video of Hä Wie using a golden wheel barrow to do skateboard tricks on the street. I thought it was so dumb. So, so stupid. And then I... started giggling. And then I started laughing. And then I started wondering, wait, is this any less ridiculous than skateboarding?
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Oculus Rift's first featureHalloween is upon us, and so many people are pulling out their favorite scary movies for a night or two of frights. Those who own an Oculus Rift will be able to take this to a whole new level,... however, with the device's first feature length movie launching today -- and it's not for the faint of heart. The movie …
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When the Misfit Shine came on the scene in 2013, the sub-$100 wearable was the most elegant fitness tracker on the market. The tradeoff for the clean, minimalist look was relatively limited features,... and a device that was very reliant on its companion smartphone apps. This fall, Misfit introduced a second, cheaper version of the Shine, the sub-$50 Flash.
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'Disney Fantasia: MusicHarmonix, as they've done before with Dance Central, has harnessed the raw potential of Kinect and delivered a fun, compelling experience that marries just the right amount of music, motion, and... unique gameplay.
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Just an awesome two minuteOh, nothing to see here. Oh wait. Just kidding. There is everything to see here. This two minute clip of action scenes from MovieClips Trailers is so badass that I've watched it multiple times now. I... can't get enough. In fact, it has me hankering for an action movie so bad. Good thing John Wick is out in theaters, right?
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'Dark Souls II' grabs top gaming award

Tech Times - 25 Oct 2014 03:15
'Dark Souls II' grabs topWith a sip from the estus flask and a clamor of armor, 'Dark Souls II' is crowned as 2014's Game of the Year at the 32nd annual Golden Joystick Awards. 'Witcher III' is voted the most-wanted game of... the year.
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The 9 Most Absurd PoliticalWith midterm elections less than two weeks away, the number of campaign ads being played on national television is heating up Spending on advertising is set to surpass $1 billion for this election... cycle, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, with interest groups accounting for an all-time high of senate airings See also: The Midterm Elections Are Worth Your Attention. Here's Why As candidates enter crunch time for the races, let's take a look at some of the bizarre, controversial and ridiculous advertising that has popped up this election season 1. Bob Quast, Iowa An ad from Bob Quast, who is running as a third party candidate for one of Iowa's U.S. Senate seats, became an early contender for most bizarre when it ran in April
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Leeo Smart Alert NightlightIf you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends.... It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name suggests, the device is a mash-up of a couple different tools into one: …
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Bad Habits

Slate - 25 Oct 2014 02:39
WINGATE, North Carolina--For a short time, there was a feeling, shared by Republicans and Democrats, that Medicare and Social Security were losing their power as third rails in American politics. In... the final weeks of the 2014 midterm campaigns, it seems like the electricity is once again flowing nicely. Candidates in opposing camps can agree on little, but they both know that telling horror stories about what your opponent might do to Social Security and Medicare is effective. 
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It's Friday, ya'll. But before you checkout for the weekend, check out all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including our hands-on with the Nexus 9, a new high-altitude jump record, the... best gaming mice you can buy right now, and more. ...
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Wi-Fi Passpoint standard nowA partnership that lets Wi-Fi users get on free public networks in San Francisco and San Jose, California, with a one-time joining process now also covers a hotspot along the River Thames in London.... The cities at either end of Silicon Valley used the Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint specification to set up Wi-Fi roaming between their city-owned networks earlier this year. The technology lets residents and visitors set up a secure connection with either network and then automatically get on the other city's system whenever they enter its coverage area. It's an arrangement that makes a lot of sense between the two cities: They're both home to major tech companies and are commuting distance apart. Adding in a river halfway around the world may seem like a stretch, but for travelers, the easy access...
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The infamous megalodon, the world's largest-ever shark, grew to 20 meters (60 feet) in length, weighed as much as three African elephants, had teeth measuring over 7 inches long and munched on whales... like they were goldfish crackers. And then it disappeared. Exactly when the prehistoric monster vanished has long eluded scientists, but new research sheds light on the shark's demise, including that the species died off around the same time that whales began growing to gigantic sizes.
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New York City residents are famously hard to faze. They endure terrorist attacks, hurricanes, bedbugs, overcrowded subways and tiny, overpriced apartments to live in one of the most famous cities in... the world. Ebola, the deadly disease that has ravaged West Africa and just recently arrived in the U.S., is just one more thing not to worry about, New Yorkers said Friday.
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PENTAX K-S1 Sweets CollectionThe Pentax K-S1 camera Ricoh introduced in late August will be arriving again in a new collection called the Sweets Collection. Under this, the camera will stay exactly the same in terms of hardware... and features, instead arriving with a colorful makeover in cheery, nearly pastel colors. There are a total of three new colors (in addition to the original …
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Well, iOS 8.1 seemed to have gotten off with a less glitchy start than a few other software launches lately, and Apple Pay seems to be making the news. Will you be using your iPhone 6 at the checkout... counter? Not if you go to one drug store. Meanwhile, it's beginning to look a lot like October out there, and at least ten apps want to get you ready for the season.  
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It's well known that Apple was a little late to the streaming music party, and thus its fantastically expensive acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics makes sense for a company looking to... get ahead in the business. It'll need it, too. The Wall Street Journal reported today that traditional digital music sales on iTunes have dropped by 13 percent so far this year. Thus continues the trend from last year, when Apple's digital sales started declining for the first time as the market moved away from purchased songs and albums and more toward on-demand subscription services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and, of course, Beats Music. The Journal repeated rumors that Apple plans to rebrand the service sometime in the near future. "The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why...
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9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inchBe sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: Apple 13.3-inch MacBook... Air 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $850 or $800 w/ .edu email (Reg. $999) Camera+ for iOS now available for free inside the Apple Store app ($2.99 value) VisionTek packs a high-performance Solid-State Drive into a […]
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Despite the controversy, one new study shows that, compared to the rest of the country, Silicon Valley is a pretty friendly place for women. The post Silicon Valley May Be Friendlier to Female Execs... Than It Seems, Study Says appeared first on WIRED.
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Digital Trends Podcast -Trends with Benefits covers a range of topics today including the Future of Netflix and original content on both TV and streaming sources. We ask the question, “have zombies jumped the shark”.... Also, Hoverboards are actually a thing… so what other tech dreams of the future can our panel think up? This episode of The Digital […] The post Digital Trends Podcast – Episode 3, October 24, 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Your Galaxy S5 may get AndroidGreat news, Galaxy S5 owners: You may not have to wait that much longer to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your favorite phone. SamMobile’s sources indicate that Lollipop will start rolling out to the... Galaxy S5 sometime in December, which hopefully means you should get it on your own device before the year is over. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details Android 5.0 Lollipop, which Google officially unveiled earlier this month, is notable primarily for the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons and its physics-based animations that will give both Android apps and the platform itself a smoother and more consistent user experience.
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The Natural History Museum has announced winners of its 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This year's winning photos document all manner of creatures, from a pride of lions in the... Serengeti, to a yellow scorpion in the northeast of Spain. The competition recognizes both adult and youth winners and awards the top photo with £10,000 and a trophy. See gallery
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Chitika: OS X YosemiteNew numbers released by analytics firm Chitika have revealed that public adoption of OS X Yosemite has been very similar to that of its predecessor, Mavericks. According to the stats, Mavericks... achieved an install base of 12.4% in North America in its first week. Yosemite is performing slightly better, coming in at 12.8% in the […]
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Benedict Cumberbatch Trying toPrepare to have your love for Benedict Cumberbatch grow ten folds Because what is a REAL man, if not one who attempts to walk like Beyoncé on a television show? See also: Benedict Cumberbatch as... 'Hamlet' Sells 100,000 Tickets in Mere Minutes Yes, that's exactly what happened on an episode of The Graham Norton Show after comedian Miranda Hart began giving the panelists — Cumberbatch included — a lesson in walking, from the awkward course correction to the pop star walk. While showing off the latter of those, Hart, our new hero, prompted Cumberbatch to join in This is what happened. The best.
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Some Like It Hot Just Might BeThere are tons of hilarious performances in the history of modern movies, but Jack Lemmon's turn in Some Like It Hot is absolutely, positively, one of the funniest--if not the funniest--of all time.
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The different ways animalsScience illustrator and animator Eleanor Lutz--the same who brought us this cool graphic of how animals fly --has created this cool animated illustration showing the differences between animal... breathing: Human vs birds vs insects. Even if you paid attention at biology class, it's interesting to watch.
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Sundar Pichai's Ascension At In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will... add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android.
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Google's adding another member to its household family that includes Nest and Dropcam, and this time its home automation outfit Revolv. The firm's website lists it as "a Nest company" now, and goes on... to to assure existing customers that they're...
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(Reuters) - U.S. TV startup Roku Inc is working on plans to confidentially file for an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Recently, Nest has been delving deeper into integrating its products with other smart devices.
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Clever cables for chargingBalking at the idea of paying Native Union Night Cable $40 to tie a knot in your smartphone charging cable? There are plenty of other charging cables available for less that you should also consider.
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First Week OS X YosemiteSix days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That's just a... slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its release in 2013. Ahead of its launch, Yosemite adoption by beta testers and developers was more than 33 times higher than the adoption of Mavericks, and as measured by Chitika, its one percent share of North American Mac OS X-based Web traffic on the first day after release was double the day one adoption rate of Mavericks and Mountain Lion. OS X Yosemite may be seeing slightly faster adoption rates as the operating system introduces a complete visual overhaul along with several features that allow it...
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30 Nokia phones over threeMicrosoft has announced it will ditch the Nokia brand name from new Lumia smartphones. It is, to say the least, an end of an era. Although Nokia's phone business was acquired by Microsoft less than a... year ago, it was part of a Finnish company with a long...
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Samsung taps JosephSamsung is looking to show off what its NX1 camera can do by tapping Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his production company HitRECord, which will use the new camera to film a short 4K film. The movie will be... called In a City, and it will be filmed entirely with the NX1 in Ultra HD resolution. Joining that version of the short …
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For consumers, at least, the news that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 would support a SIM card that could freely be switched out among AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and EE in the United Kingdom seemed... like a dream come true. Unfortunately, AT&T refuses to play along. Word surfaced at numerous sources today that anyone who connects their new iPad to an AT&T data plan will find their Apple SIM cards locked to the carrier. As Apple says on its site, "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only." That means that if you ever want to switch to another carrier, you'll need to buy another Apple SIM card from an Apple retail store or approved partner. On the bright side, they typically cost only $10 or so. It's a low blow, no doubt, but hardly...
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AT&T Risks Losing Prized Wireless Customers

Wall Street Journal - 25 Oct 2014 01:45
AT&T Risks Losing PrizedAT&T is enjoying its lowest-ever "churn" rate, but is also facing an uncomfortable situation: up to 10 million of its most lucrative wireless customers may be free to walk out the door.
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Pichai running Google soundsSundar Pichai was once tasked with a huge job: watch over Android, but also keep tabs on Chrome. Android One? That was his baby. Getting Android and Chrome working together in a more cohesive fashion?... Also his thing. Pichai has now been tasked with heading Google's entire product lineup, which encompasses just about everything you see, touch, and use via …
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Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek'​If you're a fan of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett or changing outfits every three minutes, 'Cheek to Cheek Live' will be televised on PBS tonight, and on Amazon Instant 4K later in the year.
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John Constantine's LinkedInLooking to hire a demonologist with a rock background? Look no further than John Constantine. The self-proclaimed "master of the dark arts" has taken a page from the post-college guide to employment... and set up a LinkedIn page, in which he touts his, ahem, points of expertise. This, of course, is a move by NBC to publicize the Friday premiere of Constantine, based off the Hellblazer comics. See also: CBS Harnesses Star Power for Instagram 'Takeover' Despite his obvious skills in fighting the underworld, however, Constantine could actually use a little help from a career counselor A screenshot of John Constantine's LinkedIn profile.
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Crave Ep. 180: Help battlingThe robot war might be televised (on the Web at least) and it's a fight to the finish. The RoboGames could become a Web series if a crowdfunding effort meets its goal.
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The startups CEO believes the world needs to start quantifying its health the same way humans already are with wearable devices.
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Uber for Kids: Shuddle WantsLittle Suzy has soccer practice. Timmy needs to get to his recital. You have an important meeting. Don't worry, Shuddle has you covered.
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The Note 4 is reportedly offThere weren’t many smartphones in 2014 that received as much attention as the Galaxy Note 4, but a staggered launch by Samsung might have kept the phablet from breaking any sales records. Korea’s... News 1 reports that after a month on the market, Samsung sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 units, 500,000 less than the Note 3 sold in its first month. PREVIOUSLY: Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon There is one major caveat to this report: the Note 4 was only available in Korea and China for a majority of that time. Now that the phone is beginning to roll out around the world, it has a chance to catch up with, and possibly
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Shot Face: Portraits of PeopleShots: they're a staple of college life, avoided like the plague in other stages of life, and have even been the subject of a song or two. And whether it's a warm rush of Fireball or the licorice... flavor of Jägermeister, shots inevitably leave their consumers with an interesting reaction. It's this reaction that gave […]
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Top-rated reviews of the weekThis week, CNET editors reviewed products from some of the big names in consumer electronics -- Apple, Amazon, Nintendo -- but Pioneer's flagship AVIC 8000NEX navigation and multimedia receiver was... the one that impressed us enough to earn a Spectacular rating as well as the coveted Editors' Choice Award.
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How to Get Free RepairsNothing sucks more than having a gadget break down and finding out it'll cost hundreds of dollars to fix. Don't have the cash to spend on a repair? Here are some tricks for fixing it even if your... warranty doesn't apply.
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A mad pirate atop a terrifying vulture has swooped in to and steal a map in The Adventures of SlingCat. An adventurous, yet adorable, blue cat named SlingCat is on a mission to rescue his rambunctious... sister and the other half of the aforementioned...
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Hoverboards Are Now a Reality

NBC News - 25 Oct 2014 01:27
A future in which we are all gliding around on hoverboards is now one step closer to reality as a California company has stumbled upon the formula for a viable prototype.
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What's the one thing missingDo you love racecar driving, but hate clutches? Lotus has heard your concerns, and the British brand has announced that the Exige S will now be offered with manual and six-speed automatic... transmissions. The post What’s the one thing missing from Lotus’ Exige S? If you said ‘an automatic,’ you’re in luck appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted,... the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A...
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Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the U.S. agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety... Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches.
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Google exec breaks FelixAfter riding a helium-filled balloon up into the Earth's stratosphere, Google exec Alan Eustace cut himself loose and plummeted more than 26 miles back to the ground -- breaking Felix Baumgartner's... record along the way. The post Google exec breaks Felix Baumgartner’s world record with a 26-mile skydive appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Googler Jumps FromGoogle executive Alan Eustace jumped from a helium balloon and fell to earth from over 135,000 feet on Friday, a record.
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Watch Out for Ebola-Themed Email Attacks

NBC News - 25 Oct 2014 01:18
Watch Out for Ebola-ThemedThe purveyors of email-based scams and malware have stooped to imitating the World Health Organization, hoping to take advantage of spooked readers.
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Google's Larry Page Hands More Power to Sundar Pichai

Wall Street Journal - 25 Oct 2014 01:18
Google's Larry Page Hands MoreGoogle Chief Executive Larry Page is handing off day-to-day responsibilities for the bulk of Google's product portfolio to fast-rising executive Sundar Pichai, according to a person familiar with the... change.
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Weekly poll results: Who isAndroid Central readers love their Chromecast Earlier in the week we asked everyone about their plans to upgrade to a Nexus Player from the Chromecast. Now it's time to look at the results. This was... actually closer than I thought it would be, with only 39.2-percent of responders saying they have no plans to replace their Chromecast with the new Nexus Player. I assumed that number would be a lot higher, because I know a whole lot of folks who love Google's little $35 streaming stick. A look at the final tally follows.
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Game|Life Podcast: Papers,WIRED's own Angry Nerd Chris Baker returns to the Game|Life podcast this week! The post Game|Life Podcast: Papers, Please Developer’s Stunning New Adventure appeared first on WIRED.
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Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

Phys.org - 25 Oct 2014 01:10
Out-of-patience investors sellAmazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos'... invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud--even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.
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High Times Rolls On

Slate - 25 Oct 2014 01:09
Listen to Episode 122 of Slate's The Gist:
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Got a new iPad and want toSo much for a universal Apple SIM. AT&T and T-Mobile both lock down iPad SIM cards in their stores. The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open.
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Vote for Bruce Something-or-Other

Slate - 25 Oct 2014 01:04
"I am beyond thrilled," Michelle Obama told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this month, "to be here today to support your next senator from Iowa, our friend Bruce Bailey." The problem: The man... she was stumping for is named Bruce Braley. The first lady made the same mistake six more times over the next 16 minutes. Finally, after she twice urged the audience to visit the nonexistent "vote dot brucebailey dot com," the crowd couldn't take it anymore. "Braley!" they shouted toward a stage that featured a giant purple sign prominently displaying the candidate's correct name. Obama's abashed response: "I've been traveling too much."
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Google makes a strategic move,We have a saying around the Greenbot newsroom that the most exciting tech-centric news usually hits on Friday afternoons. Google just dropped a Friday afternoon news bomb. Recode reports that Google... CEO Larry Page has transferred leadership of all core Google products over to Sundar Pichai, who was formerly head of Android and Chrome OS. He will serve as Senior Vice President of all Google products and will manage a number of divisions, including business and operations, access and energy, Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance, and business, which includes ad sales. YouTube is not included in the deal because CEO Susan Wojcicki will continue to run that division somewhat independently.
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Google's Nest Buys Smart Home Startup Revolv

Wall Street Journal - 25 Oct 2014 01:02
Google's Nest Labs unit has acquired startup Revolv, the latest move by the Internet giant to expand in the fast-moving market for smart home gadgets.
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Video: The Golden Ratio vs.There are a lot of debates in the world of photography: Nikon Vs. Canon, DSLR Vs. Mirrorless and Full-Frame Vs. Everything Else just to name a few. But one of the battles that doesn’t get as much... air time probably has more impact on your images than any of the previous three. We’re talking about […]
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Qello is quietly building aSo what will be the big buzzword of 2015? I’m placing my bets on “OTT.” OTT stands for “Over-the-top” and it refers to video and audio streaming services that don’t directly involve a... cable company. For example, when HBOGO announced its standalone service this week, the savvy set of observers called it “going OTT.” We know the big players like Netflix and Hulu. But there’s one company that’s quietly becoming a major force in […]
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Ebola.com domain sold for big payout

Phys.org - 25 Oct 2014 01:00
Ebola.com domain sold for bigThe owners of the website Ebola.com have scored a big payday with the outbreak of the epidemic, selling the domain for more than $200,000 in cash and stock.
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No matter what you call them--myths, urban legends, old wives' tales, or misconceptions--this video tackles some of the more popular cooking and food related ones you've probably heard at some point.
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Nico: These Days

Gizmodo - 25 Oct 2014 01:00
Nico's version of "These Days" is the perfect fall song. It's the kind of music best listened to in solitude, sipping tea and contemplating failure and the nagging sense of unspecific loss that... accompanies the passage of time and the change to a chillier season.
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Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently... great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple,...
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Google Maps snags update,Google Maps for Android has just picked up an update. Head to the Google Play Store and you'll find the newest version of Google Maps with improved support for Android Wear notifications.
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Apple Loop: iPhone 6 PlusThis week's Apple Loop covers Forbes' long-term reviews and comparisons of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, how to choose the right iPad for you, Apple's Q3 2014 earnings calls, why the iPad is... financially slacking, trying to buy something with Apple Pay, moving every developer to 64 bits, and the 5K Retina display vs. the original Macintosh.
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Rosetta's Comet Scrambling Its Jets

PTTU - 25 Oct 2014 00:55
Rosetta's Comet Scrambling ItsNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: Rosetta's comet destination is beginning to show a clearly visible increase in activity.
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Well, we guess congratulations are in order. According to Re/code, Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president at Google who used to just be in charge of the Chrome, Android, and web apps teams now... basically has control of almost every other Google...
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Slashdot - 25 Oct 2014 00:47
As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple... with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the...
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T-Mobile complains aboutT-Mobile CEO John Legere talks a lot of smack. On stage, he's a cyclone of cursing and boasting, snide remarks about the competition, as well as a complainer and apologist for T-Mobile. The company he... leads seems to need all that help, too. As much as Legere brags up T-Mobile, signs of just how limited their service really is peek …
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Sprint wants to sentence youSprint has come up with a new program for smartphone buyers loyal to Apple who want to upgrade to a brand new iPhone every year, 9to5Mac reports. The carrier has a brand new 12-month lease plan for... the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting at $80 per month, which will let a subscriber grab one of Apple's latest iPhone models starting on November 14th and use it until the 2015 versions come along. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about The mobile operator will also offer an iPhone for Life plan to customers interested in using the iPhone 5s for 24 months, starting at $70 per month. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans are
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Drones Give Archaeologists aFrom drones that perform high-fidelity 3-D scans to apps that automatically scour satellite data for undiscovered sites, the past is looking futuristic.
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No Switching for You! AT&TIf you use your LTE iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with AT&T, you'd better be prepared to stay with the network. AT&T will lock the Apple SIM card in the device, even though the card is intended to allow... users to switch networks at will. See also: Don't Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home Users began reporting the SIM lockdown as the iPads went on sale Friday, MacRumors first reported. When a user first activates the iPad on AT&T, a message will appear warning them that once they connect to the network they won't be able to switch to another. To switch networks — even while traveling — a user will need to purchase a new Apple SIM.
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Android Circuit: Samsung'sThis week's Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the new Galaxy S5 Plus, the 'number one' Moto G, US Government approves Samsung's Knox, Microsoft's Android Launcher, Nokia's HERE... Maps in a wide-ranging beta release, the Nexus Player and Chromecast, Android Wear updates, and the Samrtisan T1's tribute to the iPhone 4.
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How Much Energy Does YourAre they vampires or sippers? Here's what's worth worrying about and what's not.
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Einstein's Gravity Waves CouldGravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say.
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Google exec makes recordA Google executive set a new record Friday by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere--some 135,000 feet, or 41,000 meters high, his project website said.
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Android Central 208: Zed Thrice Ved

Android Central - 25 Oct 2014 00:35
Android Central 208: ZedThis week: We've gone hands-on with the HTC Nexus 9, we've spent some quality time with the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview, we recap the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v and the latest Android Wear... update -- and of course we'll answer your questions live! Thing 1: Nexus 9 and more Lollipop Nexus 9 hands-on and first impressions Android 5.0 Lollipop: What to expect when... Android 5.0 Lollipop Material Design in pictures and video Lollipop brings proper multi-user accounts for your phone This is the new automatic setup assistant in Android 5.0 Lollipop Thing 2: A couple reviews Sony Xperia Z3v review LG G Watch R review Thing 3: Other things A few quick thoughts on Google Inbox Not so exclusive: Google sends out a truckload of Inbox invites Podcast podcast 208: Zed Thrice Ved
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Hinode satellite capturesThe moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the... North Pole.
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The developers at Harmonix Music Systems know a thing or two about music. And we'd hope so, it is in the company name, after all. The studio's latest Kinect game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, is quite a... bit different than anything they've done...
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NASA identifies ice cloudNASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.
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DWISS introduces first AppleWe may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The... line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond Apple’s selection of bands and […]
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What happens when you're immersed in a virtual world - such as a game - and you want to use your real-world fingers to control your virtual fingers in that world? Well, we've already seen a number of... sensor-equipped gloves, but China's Dexta Robotics is taking what it claims is a more cost-effective approach. Its Dexmo is an exoskeleton for your hand, which can even provide the user with a limited sense of touch. ..
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H-P Shops China Networking Unit

Wall Street Journal - 25 Oct 2014 00:24
H-P Shops China NetworkingH-P is seeking a buyer for its corporate-networking business in China, in a deal that could return the operation to local control, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Sidecar Tests A New 'Commute' Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar... Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride.
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The Courts' Baffling New Math

Slate - 25 Oct 2014 00:20
The Supreme Court of the John Roberts era gets one thing very right: It's one of the most free-speech-protective courts in modern history. There is no purveyor of semi-pornographic crush videos, no... maker of rape-aspiring violent video games, no homophobic funeral protester, no anti-abortion clinic counselor, and no filthy-rich campaign contribution-seeker whose rights and privileges will not be treated by the court with the utmost reverence and solicitude.
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Skydiver Goes Supersonic inIn a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
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Pichai has been seeing his star rise at Google steadily. CEO Larry Page is also reportedly taking a step back from day-to-day leadership to focus on new projects.
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Last chance to win an NVIDIAIn case you missed the announcement earlier this week, tomorrow we're playing Gameloft titles for 24 hours straight on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet to raise money for Extra Life. You can get the full... run-down here on what Extra Life is all about, but the short version is that they raise money for kids hospitals, and this year's run has so far managed to break the $3 million mark. As a part of our efforts, Gameloft has made a big donation and NVIDIA is putting up two prize packs that will be going out to some lucky motherhubbards who pitch in.
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Do You Have What It Takes to Go Into Space? (Probably)

Wall Street Journal - 25 Oct 2014 00:13
Do You Have What It Takes toWith pioneering companies like Space Adventures, Virgin Galactic and XCOR vying to launch average folks skyward, it seems like almost anyone can have the right stuff.
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Google VP Alan Eustace LeapsThat's one giant leap! Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, set a new world record today by completing the highest-altitude free fall yet--parachuting from 135,908 feet (or 25 miles) above... Earth. The record was previously held by daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who leaped from 24 miles above Earth in October 2012. To put that in perspective, scientists say you officially enter space at 73 miles above Earth's surface. That's pretty high up--and Eustace was about a third of the way there. (Story continues below) Eustace gets lifted to his peak altitude of 135,908 feet via a high-altitude ballooning system. Eustace reaches a peak speed of 822 miles per hour during his dive. Eustace lands after a 4 1/2-minute free fall, the AP reported. "It was amazing," Eustace told The New...
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The funniest thing you'll seeAfter news broke that actor Christian Bale would be playing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming film, Conan O’Brien previewed an “exclusive” clip of the film last Thursday night. MORE... CONAN: The most hilarious thing you'll see today: Conan invents amazing new emoji It’s obviously not from the real film since it has yet to begin filming, but it’s hilarious anyway. Watch the Conan clip below:
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Slashdot - 25 Oct 2014 00:08
An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, "attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters,... must largely be judged failures." They say a password must withstand 1,000,000 guesses to survive an online attack but 100,000,000,000,000 to have any hope against an offline one. "Not only is the difference between those two numbers mind-bogglingly large, there is no middle ground." "Passwords falling between the two thresholds offer no improvement in real-world security, they're just harder to remember." System administrators "should stop worrying about getting users to create strong passwords and should focus instead on properly securing password databases and detecting leaks when they...
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Shipping company pleads guilty in molasses spill that killed marine life in Honolulu Harbor
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Google's search czar just broke the record for highest sky dive ever. As reported in the New York Times, Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon that was 135,908 feet above the Earth. The post Google’s... Search Czar Just Smashed Felix Baumgartner’s Sky Dive Record appeared first on WIRED.
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In Photos: Creepy-CrawlyThe vision of jumping spiders is almost equal to the sight of humans. Researchers, however, didn't know how to study the arachnids' visual system for one simple reason: every time they tried to look... at the spiders' brains, the animals would explode.
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What Developers Should KnowIn our latest Ask a Dev video, iOS Architect Kevin Harwood explains how developers can start integrating Apple Pay into their apps. For now, he says, developers should focus on making use of In-App... Purchase. More information is available on Apple's guidelines See also: Why Apple Pay Is the Most Secure Payment Platform on the Planet Subscribe to our Ask a Dev YouTube channel to catch more videos like this. BONUS: Testing Out Apple Pay In The Big Apple Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Why I don't believe in "cinematic" VR

PandoDaily - 25 Oct 2014 00:00
Why I don't believe in[Editor's note: This is a guest post by Armando Kirwin, a former film maker now working on the future of entertainment. The post went through PandoDaily's usual editorial process. Mr. Kirwin was not... paid for this post.] I'm not an expert on cinema. I helped make about a dozen Hollywood films, worked with a VP at Paramount Pictures, and eventually joined Chad Hurley (founder of YouTube) at MixBit. Lately lots of people are talking about virtual reality being the future of cinema,...
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AT&T Plans to Lock Apple SIM Cards on New iPads

Wall Street Journal - 25 Oct 2014 00:00
Apple's universal SIM card would allow customers to easily switch between competing wireless carriers. But AT&T said it will lock the SIM once someone chooses its network.
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Pixelmater for iPad Offers UpPixelmator has long been around on the desktop, finding its niche as a much more affordable (albeit less-polished) version of Adobe Photoshop. But starting this week, its life as a desktop-only app is... over. Now, Pixelmator has officially arrived on the iPad as well. The app, which features a non-destructive workflow, was first introduced last […]
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Here's a List of More Than 30Finding decent, non-stock-y images that are free to use can sometimes be a frustrating search. This collection of over 30 image web sites contains a mountain of photos that would look just as good in... your project as they would as your computer's wallpaper.
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Nest acquires Revolv andSo you bought a Revolv smart hub to manage your smart home. You obviously recognized a well-designed product. The only problem now is that Nest Labs saw the same potential. The folks who designed the... world's most famous thermostat, since gobbled up by Google, have swallowed Revolv--and immediately stopped sales. I was a bit gobsmacked when I saw the Revolv smart-home hub at CES last January. With this one device and a smartphone app, you could control just about any smart system in your home. The odd-looking device could control your home lighting, your door locks, and your programmable thermostat, but it could also speak to your Sonos mutli-room audio system.
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Apple and AT&T confirm: AT&TOne of the surprising new features Apple added to the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is a pre-installed Apple SIM which allows users to conveniently switch over to different cell providers as they... please. On its website, Apple describes the benefits...
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Google shuffle: CEO Larry PageSundar Pichai has been moving up in the world over the past several years. Word this afternoon is that Google CEO has done some reorganizing of staff duties, putting Pichai in charge of core Google... products. While he'd had responsibilities with Android, Chrome, and Google Apps before, Pichai will now take control of search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, research, …
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End-users will ultimately decide on the success of multi-factor authentication. Will the newest efforts toward that end help them make up their minds?
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Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees revealing... that Pichai will now lead nearly every major product division at the company. That includes search, maps, Google+, commerce, research, plus ads and infrastructure. The senior executives previously tasked with heading up those efforts at Google will now report to Pichai instead of Page. Since YouTube is in many ways a standalone operation at this point, Pichai won't be a middleman between CEO Susan Wojcicki and Page; she'll still report directly to Google's top boss. Page will continue to manage Google's business and operations, but these...
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Email scammers tap EbolaEmail scammers have begun using the Ebola crisis to tempt PC users into downloading malicious software that can track users' keystrokes and steal passwords and other information. The email features a... Trojan aimed at grabbing passwords and files.
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First Feature Film for OculusOculus Rift owners can now watch a feature-length horror film adapted for virtual reality — a first for the platform. Banshee Chapter, which originally debuted on VOD, was adapted to be compatible... with the head-mounted display. Produced by Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, the 2013 film was released for free on the platform Friday. See also: PlayStation TV: Tiny Package But Gaming Power Needs Some Tweaks Banshee Chapter follows a journalist investigating the disappearance of her college friend, as well as a mysterious experimental drug that ties the mystery together. Loosely based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, it stars Sleepy Hollow's Katia Winter, Silence of the Lambs' Ted Levine and True Blood's Michael McMillian.
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Verizon Motorola Droid TurboNew images of the Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo have leaked again, just days before its official unveiling. The smartphone has high-end and powerful specs and a gorgeous 5.2-inch Quad HD display.
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Nest acquires Revolv, adds aWith plans to expand its Works With Nest developer program even more, Nest has recently acquired the smart home startup Revolv -- and also announced a slew of new additions to its ecosystem The post... Nest acquires Revolv, adds a slew of new products to its smart home ecosystem appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sundar Pichai just became the second-most-powerful man within Google, and is now overseeing search, infrastructure, maps, commerce, ads and more as well as Chrome and Android.
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Chrome/Android chiefGoogle is apparently experiencing a pretty big shakeup today. Mountain View's CEO, Larry Paige, has reportedly appointed Sundar Pichai as leader of core Google products. This is a somewhat surprising... move, as it adds a lot to Pichai's already hefty plate.
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Mopar's mechanized battalionFIAT Chrysler and Mopar are looking to establish a huge presence at this year's SEMA event, with over a dozen custom and performance-tuned vehicles. Included in the scrap pack are the Dodge Viper ACR... Concept, the Chrysler 200S Mopar, and the Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion. The post Mopar's mechanized battalion invades SEMA with 17 vehicles appeared first on Digital Trends.
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DealBook: Roku, VideoFounded in 2002, Roku has become one of the most popular makers of set-top boxes that let consumers stream Internet video onto their TVs.
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(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co has begun sounding out private-equity firms in China to buy its corporate-networking business in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar... with the situation.
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Executives with five U.S. government-focused satellite operators reacted with a mixture of skepticism and hope to a recent Defense Department report that said commercial satellite bandwidth typically... costs military customers four times more than comparable bandwidth on the Air Force-owned Wideband Global Satcom system.
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The Opening Cinematic For 'TheI remember how the opening cinematic for The Witcher 2 was all about story: some gruff fellow killed a king, which, in the context of the absurdly complicated politics of this fictional world, we were... given to understand was a bad thing, and onward went the story: a semi-linear adventure about finding the man in question. CD Projekt Red just released the opening cinematic  of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and it appears to be setting us up for a different take on this universe, putting the focus squarely on the hunt (though not "The Wild Hunt," that's a different thing).
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Fallen Canadian Soldier's DogsTORONTO — The two dogs reportedly owned by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the Canadian soldier who was killed Wednesday at Ottawa's National War Memorial, will now be cared for by his mother. Kathy Cirillo... will look after the German Shepherd mixes, according to CBC News. Nathan's 6-year-old son Marcus, who just started senior kindergarten, will also be under Kathy's care See also: Canada Laments 'Loss of Innocence,' Even After a Decade of War A photo of the dogs poking their heads under a fence at Cirillo's family home in Hamilton, Ontario, went viral after it was published Thursday Cirillo's dogs. Such a sad sightpic.twitter.com/LTnPxOMlT6 — molly hayes (@MollyatTheSpec) October 23, 2014
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The jury's still out on Google's new mobile approach to email, but that hasn't stopped people from going a little batty over getting invited to use it (see also: Gmail, Google Wave). In case you were... feeling a little weird about begging Google for an...
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Nest buys home-automationNest has acquired Revolv, the Colarado-based startup which allowed users to control their smart home devices from a single interface using their smartphone. No price has yet been announced for the... purchase, which follows Nest’s $555 million Dropcam purchase back in…
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Read This Before You Buy aA recent report from the Airlines Reporting Corporation shows how the average price of tickets varies day by day throughout the week. According to the study, the average price of tickets sold is... lowest on Sunday, at $432, and highest on Monday, at $503. This has led more than one media outlet to report that Sunday is the best day for getting the lowest price on a flight. It's a tempting conclusion — but it's wrong. See also: Know Before You Go: All the Airline Fees by Carrier The report looks at tickets sold to travel agents, which are more often used by business travelers. It is also looking at sale prices, not available fares, meaning that the immediate need of a flight may have been more important to the purchaser than the best deal.
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Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" -- a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest -- into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been... deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn't involve a brain-dead donor who's heart was still beating.
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Meet Bluesmart, theFrequent fliers not happy with their current carry-on luggage solutions should check out Bluesmart, a new piece of connected luggage that's supposed to make traveling a lot easier. Bluesmart has... smashed through its original $50,000 goal on Indiegogo in just a few days, hitting nearly $400,000 with more than a month left in the campaign. In addition to having enough room for the various things you need to take with you on your next trip, the Bluesmart carry-on suitcase includes additional features such as a smartphone-controlled digital lock, a location-tracking app, a built-in battery compatible for charging smartphones and tablets, a built-in scale, proximity notification alerts to prevent you from forgetting it, and an easily accessible compartment for electronic devices that have
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F.C.C. Delays Auction of TV Airwaves for Mobile

The New York Times - 24 Oct 2014 23:33
A lawsuit challenging the sale said that the commission's initial rules would cause some stations to lose some of their coverage area and viewers.
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Orbital Sciences Corp. is accusing a contractor of holding "hostage" hardware needed to launch a NASA-chartered cargo delivery to the international space station next April and is suing to recover the... parts.
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Let's Talk About Whatever YouYou know what? It's Friday! Thank goodness! Let's all make like Diddy and Bjork and talk about anything and everything in this here Kinja, right here, right now.
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Gadget Kickstarters (and oneWe gathered the top 10 products that went from concept to reality with the help of millions raised via crowdfunding.
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Roku wants to go public and raise as much as $150 million, but the filing could be confidential.
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Find Battery Saving Tips forSmartphone battery life is getting better over time, but there's still plenty of things you can do to help keep your pocket-dwelling life assistant alive. This comprehensive index includes a wide... range of battery-saving tips for models from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, and even Amazon.
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Some of you are actually looking forward to the arrival of winter and all that snow. Those of you in this group are probably active winter sports enthusiasts. It won't be long now, in fact, at least... one Colorado ski resort has already opened one lift...
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Exclusive: Google CEO LarrySources said the company co-founder has told staff that he wants to focus on the "bigger picture" at the tech giant.
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Nike joins Apple in drivingWearable tech needs to be more stealthy, according to Nike's CEO. Nike and Apple will play to each other's strengths to make wearable tech more fashionable and effective, he says.
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BMW i8S and hotter i8 duoBMW's i8 hybrid sportscar is tipped to be in line for a power boost, with the Germany company said to have earmarked the eco-friendly coupe for an upgrade to both parts of its powertrain.... Distinctively designed both inside and out, the current BMW i8 musters 357 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque from its combination of a three-cylinder gas engine …
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into Traffic

Slashdot - 24 Oct 2014 23:26
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a... unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier is advertisement targeting, which is bad enough. But the design of the system also functions as a 'supercookie' for any website that a subscriber visits. "Any website can easily track a user, regardless of cookie blocking and other privacy protections. No relationship with Verizon is required. ...while Verizon offers privacy settings, they don’t prevent sending the X-UIDH header. All they do, seemingly, is prevent Verizon from selling information about a user." Just like they said they would.
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Rapping Family Returns WithAnother holiday, another treat from the Holderness family You may remember this peppy family from their now-famous video Christmas card that went viral last year, racking up more than 14 million views... since its debut in December. Since then, the family has been remaking other popular songs into cheesy yet adorable family-oriented videos This time, it's a parody to Snoop Dogg's 1994 hit "Gin and Juice," because nothing captures the essence of family fun trick-or-treating like a song about smoking weed, drinking gin and having sex with strangers Although a middle-aged family man rapping to Snoop Dogg may seem cringeworthy, "Kin and Moose" is kind of adorable.
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Telltale Signs of Life Could Be Deepest Yet

Live Science - 24 Oct 2014 23:24
Telltale Signs of Life CouldTelltale signs of life have been discovered in rocks that were once 12 miles (20 kilometers) below the surface -- some of the deepest chemical evidence for life ever found.
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The only thing better thanIf you are into cooking you probably know about silicone molds. If you are not, it doesn't matter. Just look at how they peel from the cake--and then how the cake gets build into various patisserie... wonders. It's such a satisfying process.
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Let a Tiny Trash Can DisposeDespite its diminutive stance, this miniature garbage can from Vipp is fully functional. Touch the tiny pedal where you'd usually stomp your foot and the lid temporarily pops open letting you dispose... of tiny bits of trash, or store pens, pencils, paper clips, and other bits of stuff floating around your desk.
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Breaking open iPads, Groupon'sThe iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free version of Xbox Music.
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Spooky: Each Of Us SpendsIf you’re like me, you’re shocked – scared, in fact – to hear that the average American will spend $77.52 on Halloween this year. But come November 1st, you may also be terrified to realize... how quickly you got there.
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Big Data Digest: Rise of the think-bots

PC World - 24 Oct 2014 23:15
Big Data Digest: Rise of theIt turns out that a vital missing ingredient in the long-sought after goal of getting machines to think like humans--artificial intelligence--has been lots and lots of data. Last week, at the O'Reilly... Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York, Salesforce.com's head of artificial intelligence, Beau Cronin, asserted that AI has gotten a shot in the arm from the big data movement. "Deep learning on its own, done in academia, doesn't have the [same] impact as when it is brought into Google, scaled and built into a new product," Cronin said.
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How to Get 'Handoff' WorkingApple is heavily pushing its new "Continuity" features in OS X Yosemite that improve cross-platform integration between iOS and the Mac. The most significant of the Continuity features is Handoff,... which allows OS X and iOS users to start a task on one device and swap to another one nearby to continue work. Handoff can be used for a number of different activities, including email, web browsing, messaging, and more. Users can begin composing an email on their iPhone and finish it on their Mac. Maps and websites work in a similar fashion, as users can load up content on one device and look at it on another. Currently, Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. A number of third-party apps including Pixelmator, Wunderlist ,...
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Rooms v. Room: Facebook accused of stealing

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 23:13
Rooms v. Room: FacebookHave you tried Facebook's latest app, 'Rooms'? There seems to be a bit of turmoil about it, as a competing app claims Facebook pinched quite a bit of what Rooms is from their app, the similarly named... Room. The team behind Room claims they weren't working with Facebook, either, suggesting Facebook possibly heard about Room via a third-party, like a …
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How to Overcome Your 6 Biggest Digital Banking Fears

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 23:12
How to Overcome Your 6 BiggestBy Christina Lavingia, Editor Cybersecurity -- or a lack thereof -- has consistently made headlines this year. The news that two-thirds of American households were compromised due to a breach at... JPMorgan Chase is just the latest in a long list of security scares, from Target's Black Friday hacking to Home Depot's issue with stolen credit card data. As security improves, so do the tactics of hackers, it seems. Risk is everywhere -- but if the last year has taught us anything, it's that staying offline won't necessarily keep you safe. Whether you're swiping your card at a retail store or entering your pin at an ATM, there's always the chance that somebody else could be accessing your personal information. Even so, security concerns make a significant number of consumers wary of an incredibly...
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The New York Police Department will give a smartphone to every single one of its officers in the field. Although Microsoft wasn't mentioned, it looks like many of the devices issued…
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Google VP Breaks Record for"It was a wild, wild ride"
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Skydiver Goes Supersonic inIn a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
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Methane Ice Clouds in Titan's Stratosphere

SpaceRef - 24 Oct 2014 23:09
NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles....
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These Dothraki Pickup LinesPickup lines can sometimes work, but when you combine them with Game of Thrones, you’re guaranteed to win over a khaleesi Itali-what? This is the true language of love See also: 15 'Game of Thrones'... Pickup Lines to Score a Date With a Westerosi Be sure to subscribe to Mashable's new channel, the Watercooler, for more funny videos about tech, web culture and everything in between. BONUS: 5 Emoji Meanings That Might Surprise You Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Downloading Music Is Quickly Going Out Of Fashion

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 23:07
Downloading Music Is QuicklyFirst records died, then cassette tapes, then CDs and now, downloads. That's right, we're all but officially in the age of streaming services. Apple might operate the largest online music store in the... world, but the Apple Store's iTunes digital music sales have fallen about 13 percent this year, a source familiar with the matter tells the Wall Street Journal. The writing is on the wall. Meanwhile, Spotify is surging ahead. The music streaming service hit 10 million global paid subscribers in May, up from 6 million paid subscribers in March 2013. Throw in people who use the service but don't pay, and Spotify's now lays claim to 40 million active users, up from 24 million in March 2013. Then there's Pandora, the Internet radio service with 80 million users, which dominates the streaming...
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New Uses For Old Power Macs

The Mac Observer - 24 Oct 2014 23:07
Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way... to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.
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Separating Fact From Fiction in the Digital World

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 23:06
Separating Fact From FictionWe are a society of devices. A world of social networking and social media galore. People are sharing and over-sharing captions of their lives in the virtual world that years ago we would never have... been invited to see. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking sites can bring personalities to a whole new level. People of all ages can take on personas that they only dreamed about. Why? Simply because they can. We click before we think and post before we consider the lasting consequences, which is how today's fast-paced social media society works. Who are they, really? How much do you really know about the people you meet? You'd probably be surprised by what your unassuming waitress or grocery store clerk or even your next-door neighbor writes about on their social media...
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Roku Working on Plans to File IPO

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 23:05
Roku Working on Plans to FileRoku Inc., maker of streaming media players, TVs, and software, is working on plans to file confidentially for an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean on its next mission.
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Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

The Mac Observer - 24 Oct 2014 23:02
Apple Pay is Soaring WhileLarge companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element,... an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.
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33 Musical Earworms You Can't Escape

Mashable - 24 Oct 2014 23:01
33 Musical Earworms You Can'tYou know the routine: Select a song, finish listening to that song, immediately replay that song. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the day. We've all experienced earworms — you know, those... infectious jams that you just can't get out of your head. But there is more to earworms than just their repeatability. Composer and producer Joel Beckerman claims that the purpose of an earworm is to liven up your day. See also: 36 Songs Full of 'La La's, 'Na Na's, and Other Nonsense Syllables "Earworms are your brain's way of putting an enjoyable score behind mundane daily tasks," Beckerman writes in his new book THE SONIC BOOM: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.
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Don't expect game-changingT-Mobile has done a lot to improve its network over the past couple of years, but even the scrappy “Un-carrier” has admitted that it would not be able to match the network quality of AT&T and... Verizon unless it gets access to more low-frequency spectrum, which propagates better than high-frequency spectrum and more easily penetrates buildings. Because of this, both T-Mobile and Sprint must be disheartened to learn that the Federal Communications Commission has delayed a key spectrum auction that could have given both carriers a major shot in the arm. RELATED: T-Mobile’s coverage would be great if it weren’t for those pesky walls As Bloomberg reports, the FCC is delaying the 600MHz spectrum auction until 2016 after broadcasters filed
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[From EntertainmentTell] Fox took us to Gotham this season, and now has plans to join America's favorite teenagers in Riverdale.
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Rare Portraits of the NigerianNoted Nigerian photographer Chief S.O. Alonge was the very first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin in Nigeria, and for some five decades, he captured thousands of Kodak glass-plate... negatives of the ritual, pageantry and regalia of the Nigerian obas (kings), their wives and retainers. Now, these rarely seen images and the fascinating […]
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iTunes sees 13% drop in musicWith free music more accessible than ever before, music downloads are on the decline. Specifically, The Wall Street Journal reports that music downloads on iTunes are down by 13-14% since the... beginning of the year. Digital music sales at Apple...
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What Is The Real Price Of Technology?

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 23:00
What Is The Real Price OfI will never forget it. The story that my friend told me about her daughter who came to her crying, disappointed after she found out that Santa Claus is not real. She Googled it, she said. It's... inevitable, you might say. They'll find out eventually. That is true. But how about other feelings we, both children and adults, experience because of our introduction to the Internet a bit early, or because of our addiction to it? Anxiety, anger, depression... We all, men, women and children, spend huge amounts of time online every day. And if that's not enough, according to a 2014 study by HR firm Randstad US, 42 percent of adults admit to checking their work emails while on holiday, a time that they should be spending disconnecting and relaxing. Why is it so hard to switch off? Is it because it's...
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Apple plans to relaunch BeatsYou might be using iTunes next year to stream your favourite tracks instead of buying them, thanks to Beats Music, it's claimed. In a report largely about how iTunes' digital music sales have slumped... roughly 14 per cent worldwide since last year, The...
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Five Therapy Tips to HelpNot everyone has access to professional therapists or psychologists, but we all face life's difficulties and need to find ways to deal with them. With some simple therapeutic tactics and methods, you... might be able to help yourself overcome your more manageable problems.
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T-Mobile wants better coverageT-Mobile wants to arm itself with low-band spectrum in order to provide better coverage in homes. To do so, however, T-Mobile wants the FCC to make changes to its spectrum auction requirements. The... post T-Mobile wants better coverage in your home, and it’s begging the FCC to make it happen appeared first on Digital Trends.
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10 gadgets that grabbed theFrom crazy coolers to virtual-reality headsets, we gather up 10 tech gadgets that were launched with the help of millions pledged by crowdfunders.
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Buy new underwear, becauseThe solid survival horror Outlast has a sequel in development, developer Red Barrels' Philippe Morin told Bloody Disgusting in a recent interview. The post Buy new underwear, because Outlast 2 is... coming to terrify you appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Record-Breaking SupersonicOn Oct. 24, 2014, skydiver Alan Eustace set a new record for the highest near-space jump from the stratosphere as part of a feat performed with the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team and the... Paragon Space Development Corporation. See photos and video.
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The 404 Show 1,570: SuperheroWe're finishing up the week with the question: is Hollywood's superhero factory comic book overkill? Plus we'll talk about Christian Bale's confirmed role as Steve Jobs in a new biopic, Uber flu shot... delivery and confirmation that Google Glass people still freak us out.
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Apple mum as Mac owners tussleThe cries for help from frazzled Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are being met by Apple with stone-faced silence. Affected users have been filing a... steady stream of complaints about the problem in discussion forums, blogs, and social media sites since Apple released the latest version of the operating system a week ago. Attempts by users to isolate the cause of the issue have been fruitless so far. The problem affects a variety of Macs with dissimilar configurations and linked to many different routers. What's clear is that the problem hit these users after installing Yosemite. In most cases, Wi-Fi becomes unstable, with connections dropping every few minutes, irritatingly slow or simply unusable.
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The 10 Countries Most Affected by Hunger

Mashable - 24 Oct 2014 22:51
The 10 Countries Most AffectedTime is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating... extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released last week, hunger in developing countries has decreased by 39% since 1990. However, the global state of hunger remains in the "serious" category — the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 805 million people continue to go hungry around the world.
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Google Exec’s Stratospheric Plunge Breaks World Record

Scientific American - 24 Oct 2014 22:49
Google Exec’sThis morning in Roswell, New Mexico, a spacesuit-clad 57-year-old Google executive, Alan Eustace, strapped into a harness beneath a giant helium balloon and lifted off to new heights in the upper...... --
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Google Exec’s Stratospheric Plunge Breaks World Record

Scientific American - 24 Oct 2014 22:49
Google Exec’sThis morning in Roswell, New Mexico, a spacesuit-clad 57-year-old Google executive, Alan Eustace, strapped into a harness beneath a giant helium balloon and lifted off to new heights in the upper...... --
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Queen Elizabeth sends herQueen Elizabeth publicly tweeted her first-ever message on the social media site to the delight of a cheering crowd. Buckingham Palace is coyly avoiding questions after online sleuthing showed that... the tweet might not have come from her device.
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With the exception of maybe old Andy Taylor, most police officers in the United States carry a firearm as part of their standard equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to know when those sidearms are drawn,... and why? A Silicon Valley startup called Yardarm...
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Apple to fold Beats Music into iTunes next year

Digital Trends - 24 Oct 2014 22:47
Apple to fold Beats Music intoThe latest rumor for Beats Music comes from the Wall Street Journal, which is reporting that the service will indeed be folded into iTunes next year thanks to another terrible quarter for digital... downloads. The post Apple to fold Beats Music into iTunes next year appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Coconut Water Is Great, Shut Up

Gizmodo - 24 Oct 2014 22:47
Coconut Water Is Great, ShutCoconut water is a delicious and healthy beverage, and it is good for you. If you drink it after going to yoga class or before a jog, you will be hydrated and receive nutritional benefits.
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This is why we can't have nice things. The Apple SIM that comes with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 was supposed to let customers switch between service…
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Teenage Girl Boycotts ForeverA 17-year-old girl recently penned an open letter to fashion chain Forever 21, expressing her disapproval at the "misogynistic" and "woman-shaming, woman-blaming" lyrics in the rap songs playing in a... Singapore outlet of Forever 21 she visited.
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alphadogg writes: The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts... the political process. News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of "astroturfing" — quietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning. An IDG News Service investigation found that major groups opposing U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassification and regulation of broadband as a public utility tend to be less transparent...
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In Search Of A GoodFrom net neutrality, to the right to be forgotten, to the multi-stakeholder or multilateral approach to Internet Governance, several bodies and institutions are busy at forging the future of what is... probably the greatest human invention of recent times. The story so far, and where we should be heading.
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Huffington Post: Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it's as if the terms emote more meaning than just color.... We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when its name is so tantalizing. The uniqueness of the names undoubtedly prompts those amongst us, who obsess over the various pink, purples and blues, to wonder where the terms come from. We learn the origin stories of famous paintings in art history course after art history course, but it's rare to read about the birth of Madder red or mauve. How did the colors in Vincent van Gogh's...
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Buyer's Guide: Discounts onNow that Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available, retailers have been offering discounts on the original iPad Air and the iPad mini 2. There are quite a few deals on previous-generation... higher capacity cellular and Wi-Fi iPads, and this week also sees some discounts on remaining 2013 Retina MacBook Pro inventory and deals on some Apple accessories. iPad Air The Wi-Fi only 64GB iPad Air in Space Gray can be purchased for $499 from Best Buy, as can the 64GB Silver Wi-Fi model. The Wi-Fi only 128GB iPad Air in Silver can be purchased from B&H Photo for $599, or from Best Buy for $699. Best Buy also has the 128GB iPad Air in Space Gray for $699. Several sites are also offering deals on the higher-capacity Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air models. The 64GB Cellular iPad Air in Silver from AT&T...
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Apple design guru's latestItalian firearm maker Beretta has enlisted Apple’s new design guru, Marc Newson, to create a hunting double-barreled shotgun. Newson has created a custom version of the classic double-barrelled 486... Parallelo shotgun for Beretta, which will be officially unveiled at an…
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You'll soon be able to buy theAfter two unsuccessful Kickstarter campaigns, the folks behind NoPhone launched a third and successful campaign. The device that isn't really a device at all is scheduled to ship this December. The... post You’ll soon be able to buy the NoPhone, a phone that isn’t a phone at all appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Conan O'Brien got into aFormer Secretary Of State, Madeleine Albright may be 77 years old, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t pack a punch. On Thursday, Conan O’Brien tweeted a Halloween joke about the first female... Secretary Of State, but her response to that tweet won the Internet. Here’s Conan’s initial tweet: I picked out my Halloween costume. I'm going as "Slutty Madeleine Albright." -- Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014 And here’s where Albright destroys him: .@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. -- Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 It was all in good fun. They later made amends and it proved that you never want to have war of words with a
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AT&T confirms it locks iPad'sAT&T has confirmed in a statement that the new universal Apple SIM card in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 becomes locked to the carrier after being activated on its network. It appears AT&T might be the... only carrier locking the SIM card after activation, as Apple confirms in a support document that “AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to […]
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Every Time You Walk Your DogYou give your dog a treat every time the two of you go on a walk. Why not give the local animal shelter a treat, too? That's the premise of Walk for a Dog, a smartphone app that donates money to an... animal shelter of your choosing every time you walk your dog. According to Walk for a Dog's parent organization, WoofTrax, donations are funded via sponsorship deals and advertising, and generally vary from 11 to 25 cents per mile, depending on the number of people who have signed up to walk in benefit of a particular animal organization. In an email to HuffPost, WoofTrax CEO Doug Hexter emphasized the number of people walking in support of an organization, and the number of walks they take, factors more into the donation amount than the distance they might walk. "The miles are factored in, but...
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Steam is down, and it's a little funky

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 22:34
Steam is down, and it's aOver the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were)... while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server down results in someone realizing it and flipping …
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On Thursday, the group launched its Cybersecurity Career Lifecycle (CSCL) program.
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Twitter has open sourced a tool that it uses to detect spikes in time-series data, in order to make sure it's able to react to issues with its servers, applications or other systems…
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On Friday, alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht’s defense attorney Joshua Dratel condemned threats against Judge Katherine Forrest that appeared on the Dark Web earlier this week. The threats... came in response to two recent rulings dismissing motions by the defense to drop charges and suppress evidence in the Silk Road trial.
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Quantum Mechanics from a Classical Multiverse

Physics Buzz - 24 Oct 2014 22:31
Quantum mechanics can be hard to grasp, even for the physicists who use it every day. As a result, people have argued from the very birth of the field about what's really going on in quantum... mechanical systems. To some extent, it doesn't really matter how you interpret things, provided everyone gets the same answers when they solve a physics problem The plot of the movie Hot Tub Time Machine relied on the Many Worlds physics view of time travel. A new quantum mechanical approach may let us check to see if we really are surrounded by infinitely many universes. In a paper published in Physical Review X, physicists  Michael Hall, Dirk-André Deckert, and Howard M. Wiseman have proposed a new view of quantum mechanics that may be testable in a way that could prove that it alone is the correct...
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Roku Plans to Go Public, Report Says

Mashable - 24 Oct 2014 22:30
Roku Plans to Go Public,Roku is planning to go public, and raise as much as $150 million, according to a report. The TV streaming service has been in talks with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup about the move,... according to Marketwatch. The report didn't outline what sort of valuation Roku would have, or when the IPO would take place See also: HBO, ESPN and CBS: Why the Sudden Influx of Online Subscription Services? Founded in 2008, Roku reported last month that it sold 10 million of its set-top boxes to date. In comparison, Apple has sold at least 20 million Apple TVs So far, Roku has secured $140 million in funding
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A: A whole subreddit filledIt's Friday, which means we've all made it through another long week. Celebrate in the best way possible by checking out this subreddit dedicated to GIFs of baby elephants.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Taylor Swift has not been accused of murder- yet- neither has anyone on "Modern Family," and get ready for "King David" on the big screen
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This Cat's Chin Fur Makes Him  Meet Banye, an 11-year-old British Shorthair whose chin fur makes him look like he’s in a constant state of surprise. The adorable feline lives in Shanghai, China with his owner Winnie, who has... uploaded photos of the perpetually surprised cat to a site called duitang. What a priceless expression! [via My Modern Met]  …
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Humans' Inherent CuriosityCuriosity is one of our most basic traits and we have a lot to thank for it. Without the primal urge to always want to see what lies over the next hill, or the other the ocean, or beyond the confines... of our atmosphere, humans would still be living--quite literally--in the stone age. In Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, author Ian Leslie (@mrianleslie) explains how and why our need to discover really is second nature. The following is an excerpt from the book.
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Get the Scientific 7-MinuteWhen you're strapped for time, getting your sweat on is sometimes a luxury that goes by the wayside. That's where the Scientific 7-Minute Workout comes in . This newly launched web app can easily... guide you through the research-based workout via a browser web app on PC, smartphone, or tablet.
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Amazon's Dispute With HachetteThe book industry nurtured Amazon's growth. Now the online retailer's war against publishers is a thorn in its side
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The company noted in a whitepaper released on Tuesday that Domain Name Server amplification attacks have increased 183 percent between January and August.
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You Can Now Build Oculus Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon... work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done.
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Stephen Hawking is exploring yet another bizarre and fascinating part of our universe that stretches the very idea of reality: Facebook. The post Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Urges Fans to ‘Be... Curious’ appeared first on WIRED.
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Should Every Doctor ReturningAs word spread Thursday night that a New York doctor who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa was now infected with the disease, many began to wonder why he hadn't been quarantined... immediately upon his return to a densely populated city of 8 million people. Those concerns only grew as it was revealed that the doctor, 32-year-old Craig Spencer, rode the subway, visited a public park, ate at a restaurant and went bowling in New York over the two days before he began showing symptoms. See also: Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation' Many others had the same thought.
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A Huge Sunspot Launching SolarThe largest sunspot in the past twenty-four years is currently aimed at Earth, and it has the potential to shoot aurora-generating and technology-disrupting solar flares in our direction at any... moment.
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FCC pushes TV spectrum auctionThe auction intended to turn many U.S. TV channels into spectrum for mobile services won't start until early 2016, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission says. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had earlier... forecast that the auction would begin in the middle of next year. But in August, the National Association of Broadcasters challenged some aspects of the agency's plan in court. Due to the schedule for briefings and hearings in that case, plus the complexity of putting together the auction, the agency has pushed back its calendar. It now expects to start accepting applications in fall 2015 and to launch the auction early the following year, according to an FCC blog post on Friday.
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Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook, promising to share his work toward discovering "what makes the universe exist" with his followers of his new account. "Time and space may forever be a mystery, but... that has not stopped my pursuit," Hawking writes. "Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I'm eager to share this journey with you." His page has also posted a video of Hawking accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge, with his three children taking the plunge on his behalf. "It would not be wise for me to have a bucket of cold water poured over me," Hawking says. The video is perhaps a fitting start given that Hawking has dealt with motor neuron disease for most of his life. While Hawking joining...
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It's one of those "givens" of raising a child - as they get older, you have to get them bigger and more advanced bicycles. That can get a bit costly, so Irish entrepreneur Simon Evans designed an... alternative. His LittleBig Bike can be converted from a small balance bike to a larger one, and then to a pedal bike. ..
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Hinode Satellite CapturesHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best... vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole.
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Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet:Apple has launched Apple Pay, but the company is not the only one to offer a mobile payment system. Google released Google Wallet way back in 2011 and while well ahead of Apple it's been met with... little success.
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This 1 Extension Makes GoogleOne small tweak to Google Maps, one giant time-suck for mankind
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In pictures: Google execGoogle exec breaks skydiving altitude record, in secret Image by Paragon Space Development Corp. Alan Eustace, the senior vice president of knowledge at Google, apparently has an odd hobby: he likes... to break skydiving altitude records. For the past few years, he has been working with Paragon Space Development Corp. to develop a spacesuit and delivery vehicle to take him nearly into space--farther up, in fact, then the over 36,000 meters that Felix Baumgartner jumped as part of the 2012 Red Bull Stratos venture. How high? 135,890 feet, or 41,419 meters. That's 25.73 miles, if you're counting.
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The scariest games to playJeff Bakalar picks the scariest video games to play this Halloween. Player beware!
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Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

Live Science - 24 Oct 2014 22:15
Famed Physicist StephenStephen Hawking, the world-renowned astrophysicist and author of "A Brief History of Time," has recently joined Facebook.
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John Wick review

Digital Trends - 24 Oct 2014 22:15
John Wick reviewKeanu Reeves kills it as a legendary assassin forced out of retirement, in what's easily one of the coolest and most original action movies of the year. The post John Wick review appeared first on... Digital Trends.
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Apple just got another hugeApple Pay rolled out on Monday to a great deal of fanfare, but launching the service was only half the battle. Now Apple is faced with the enormous challenge of gradually adding support for every... credit, debit and gift card in the United States in the coming months. It appears that Apple isn’t wasting any time either as reports began to sp
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The 360fly: A Waterproof,This little device is the 360fly: a waterproof WiFi and Bluetooth-equipped action camera with an optical claim to fame. You see, its 360º horizontal and 240 degree vertical fisheye lens is, according... to creators EyeSee360, the widest on the market. The camera is waterproof up to approximately 16 feet, comes with 16GB of internal memory, […]
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You Can Buy an Ejector SeatIf you're an aviation enthusiast, there's a lot of fun stuff to be found in Boeing's online store. But none are as unique--and some would say even historic--as this authentic de-commissioned ejector... seat from an McDonnell F-4 Phantom II fighter jet, one of the U.S. military's workhorses of the Vietnam War.
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Creepy: Peering into Spiders'Researchers have developed a new technique that helps them peer into the brain of a jumping spider, an arachnid famed for its excellent vision, and record how the brain cells in its visual system... process images.
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First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

TechCrunch - 24 Oct 2014 22:12
First Look At 3D Camera App What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches... next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D…
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Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and with the hashtag... #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org. Sign up here to get this digest delivered to your inbox weekly. 
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B&O's lavish Beoplay A2Fresh off Bowers and Wilkins' first dip into Bluetooth speakers, B&O makes its own first charge into the competitive genre with the new Beoplay A2. The premium speaker offers 180 watts of peak power,... and will cost $400 once it hits the open market. The post B&O’s lavish Beoplay A2 speaker will cost as much as a new TV, but sound way better appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

TechCrunch - 24 Oct 2014 22:09
Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14 Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast... Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook
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Nest has purchased the smart home hub maker Revolv in a deal that's more about getting talent than an endorsement of the hub model.
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Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks... (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM...
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Eight-Eyed Horror: PeeringIt's difficult to study the jumping spider's brain, but researchers have found a new technique that lets them analyze the spider's neural activity.
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Apple Pay hurdles first bigApple Pay has been criticized due to an issue involving some users being double-billed. Despite this, it seems as though the new payment system continues to grow, with Amazon suggesting it will be... adding Apple Pay support in the near future.
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It's Friday, so allow us to get a little weird. Back in 2011, Balena Productions created Sonic in JAWS. It's exactly what it sounds like, which is to say it's a remake of the Steven Spielberg classic... starring the fastest hedgehog alive. Why write about this now? No reason other than it's inexplicably good, featuring some pretty decent voice acting (better than the official Sonic series often has anyway), that iconic Jaws shot, and a supporting cast that includes Conker from Conker's Bad Fur Day. It's only 37 minutes long, so you definitely want to watch this if you haven't already. Honestly, it has exploding sharks. What more do you need?
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[From AppleTell] Bikers can take advantage of GPS, HealthKit, or a cycling app to track their rides, and the ArmorGuard Bike Kit will protect it in the most rigorous of rides.
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Review: ArmorGuard Bike KitFor those who do more with their phone than post pictures of their lunch. The post Review: ArmorGuard Bike Kit for iPhone 5/5s/5c appeared first on AppleTell.
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Dragon Age gets sexy,At this point I'm convinced the games industry is doing silly things just to provide material for this column. John Cena reads poetry, Dragon Age has some disturbing "sexy" dialogue, and we get... glimpses of both The Witcher 3 and the deceased Star Wars Battlefront III--this is gaming news you need to know for the week of October 20. Connect your Kinect If you bought an Xbox One before they stopped forcing you to buy a Kinect, you can now hook it up to your PC directly--provided you buy a $50 adapter. No, I don't know what the adapter does except make the price for an Xbox One Kinect match the price for a standalone PC Kinect.
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Sawaiz Syed's LinkedIn page says he's a "Hardware Developer at GSU [Georgia State University], Department of Physics." That's a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors... that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a nuclear accident (or a nuclear attack; or a nuclear terrorist act) and read remotely by a flying drone or a robot ground vehicle. This isn't Sawaiz's only project; it's just the one Timothy asked him about most at the recent Maker Faire Atlanta. (Alternate Video Link)
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FCC delays auction for 600MHz spectrum

The Verge - 24 Oct 2014 22:00
The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the spectrum auction planned for mid-2015 will now take place in early 2016. In a blog post, Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC's Incentive... Auction Task Force, says that lawsuits from television broadcasters attempting to prvent the spectrum auction have delayed the proceedings. The airwaves that will eventually hit the auction block are low frequency (600MHz) and therefore attractive to wireless carriers that want to build next generation networks on. Lower frequency waves penetrate buildings and cover wide areas better than high-frequency bandwidth. The 600MHz block was previously reserved for television broadcast signals.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Supposedly a prequel to the previous two installments, the trailer for 'Insidious Chapter 3' is scary enough, but its connection to the other films is MIA.
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[GamerTell] Sackboy is in Costume Quest 2

Technology Tell - 24 Oct 2014 22:00
[From GamerTell] The PS3 and PS4 versions of Costume Quest 2 are looking like the ones to get.
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The War Nerd: How do you dealKUWAIT CITY--It's been a busy week for Canada's home-grown jihadis. Monday, October 20: Martin Rouleau, a French-Canadian convert to Islam, ran down two Canadian soldiers with his Nissan Altima, then... led the RCMP on a chase that ended when he rolled the Nissan, came up out of the wreck waving a kitchen knife, and got himself shot to death "like he wanted to." Wednesday, October 22: Michael Zehaf-Babeau, also […]
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Pandora just posted recordFor years, Pandora has been lumped with Spotify when talking about the profitability struggles of streaming music services. But while it still hasn’t been able to turn profits quarter-in and... quarter-out, yesterday’s earnings statement may mean the service has finally turned a corner. In its third financial quarter, Pandora’s adjusted profits doubled to 9 cents a share on its largest revenues yet. While the company still posted an operating loss of $2 million, […]
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Sometimes the capabilities in our iPhones amazes me. Looksery takes real-time video from your iPhone camera and detects your face's geometry. It then overlays a number of effects, some creepy, so you... can send spooky pics or wacky videos to your...
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Give Yosemite a Classic,If you find yourself yearning for the old days of OS 9, WonderHowTo shows you how to give Yosemite a classic black and white look by tweaking just a handful of settings.
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How Much a Bottle of WhiskeyIt is Friday, which means it is an excellent day for a whiskey drink. Inspired by The Awl's quest to catalog the cost of cigarettes in every state, we decided to hunt down the price of a bottle of... liquor in every state so you can know exactly how much more or less that stiff pour is costing you than neighboring imbibers.
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Leaked Rite Aid docs say AppleEarlier today, we told you about Rite Aid disallowing Apple Pay from their point of sale terminals. At the time, it seemed to be an NFC issue, wherein Rite Aid was simply not prepared to accept any... form of NFC payment (news of Google Wallet not working at Rite Aid bolstered that suspicion). Via leaked documents, we learn that Rite …
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AT&T locks Apple SIM in newThe Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is based on an awesome idea--who doesn’t want to switch carriers with a tap of the screen? But the actual utility of the Apple SIM is pretty muddled,... as evidenced…
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Street-Style CaricaturesYou know those caricatures you can have street artists draw for you for a small fee? The kind where your facial features are exaggerated to strange proportions? Well, photographer Bert McLendon... creates that kind of thing for people, except he uses photos and Photoshop instead of paper and drawing utensils. The Austin, Texas-based photographer specializes […]
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With the right cable you can connect and Android device to an HDTV. Add in Cast Receiver software and your Android can act like a Chromecast for many different apps and…
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'Ambition': Rosetta InspiredTake a look at how the stunning comet mission inspired and futuristic world-building film got off the ground. The Game of Thrones' Aiden Gillen stars in the short film.
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Women must be fully informed about reproductive medicine before setting their hopes on it. Facebook and Apple and all companies would do well by their employees to hold fertility vendors to the... highest possible standards and not inadvertently put worker's physical and mental health in jeopardy. The post The Sobering Facts About Egg Freezing That Nobody’s Talking About appeared first on WIRED.
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The Future of Information Is Here: The Internet of Things

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 21:54
The Future of Information IsIn early September at the Supermobility/CTIA conferences, I moderated a discussion about the future for the Internet of Things (IoT). The women in technology panel focused on multiple layers of the... IOT world. With the world being constantly plugged into different devices, we're becoming super connected to everything, changing the consumer and business landscape. Our discussions covered what some top companies are developing as best practices in IOT -- from infrastructure and R&D to market strategy and successes or failures within each structure. We had a very thought-provoking conversation about connected devices, crunching Big Data, and even creating innovative hypotheses to drive businesses. IoT means a paradigm shift in how we perceive technology. So, how do you analyze and segment data...
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Android Central Podcast - Live!

Android Central - 24 Oct 2014 21:54
Android Central Podcast -Live at 4 p.m. EDT Oct. 24 The Android Central Podcast is recorded live in front of a live studio audience, so you can catch us in the act. To take part in the live Q&A, hit this link. Or watch us... live from your phone with the all-new Android Central app!
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College students more prone toA new survey -- conducted for a firm that recently brought its private social-networking app to the US -- also shows that teens are tired of the lack of reality on sites like Facebook.
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54 awesome iPhone games you need to play

Digital Trends - 24 Oct 2014 21:52
54 awesome iPhone games youThe iPhone has the best games of any mobile phone. Here are our favorite games in every genre, from sports to puzzles to strategy games, all fresh for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The post 54 awesome... iPhone games you need to play appeared first on Digital Trends.
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One big reason not to use yourAre you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad... Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this
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Inbox invites hit user inboxes

Android Central - 24 Oct 2014 21:49
Inbox invites hit user inboxesFolks who are using Inbox -- Google's new take on email management -- just received a new item in their inbox -- three invites to pass out to friends and family. Finding them is easy enough -- just... tap the icon to compose a message and you should see a golden ticket in the recents list. Tappa-tappa and you can enter an email address of the person you would like to invite. We have no idea if those three people will immediately receive invites to share, or when the next round comes out. But for now, Inbox just grew by about 300-percent.
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Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Gizmag - 24 Oct 2014 21:48
The Motorola/Google Nexus 6 is just one of several huge phones that could be worth a look this holiday season. Let's line it up next to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, to see how their features and specs... compare...
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US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

Android Central - 24 Oct 2014 21:48
US Prepaid Carriers Buyer'sSponsored by MetroPCS With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your... wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data. There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.
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Watch a Symphony ofOh this is wonderful. A symphony of WiFi-enabled, independent subway buskers were united by a composer named Ljova, who streamed their performances from different stations onto individual laptops set... up in the middle of New York City's Bryant Park. The result? "Signal Strength," a very awesome collaboration.
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Record-Breaking Near-SpaceAlan Eustace dove from a high-altitude balloon soaring at approximately 135,000 feet. Felix Baumgartner held the record at 128,000 feet.
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[From EntertainmentTell] After reports surface of Mama June dating a convicted child molester, TLC has canceled the unbelievably popular (and stupid) 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'
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Female director sought for Wonder Woman solo movie

Digital Trends - 24 Oct 2014 21:39
Female director sought forWarner Bros. is reportedly seeking a female director to helm the upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie that will star Gal Gadot as the iconic super-heroine. The post Female director sought for Wonder Woman... solo movie appeared first on Digital Trends.
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PSA: Don't Open Random Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your... entire system running just about any version of Windows. You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know: This bug is being…
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USPS Wins Approval to Continue Grocery-Delivery Test

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 21:37
The U.S. Postal Service this week won approval for a two-year grocery delivery test, giving letter carriers permission to continue to deliver totes containing food in the San Francisco area.
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Creators of 'Room' sayFacebook’s new ‘Rooms’ app Room Inc’s ‘Room’ app Following the launch of Facebook's new "Rooms" app for iPhone, the company behind a similar piece of software called "Room" is claiming the... social media outlet copied its intellectual property. The Room application, which like […]
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Apple Submits Revised PlansApple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as... soon as first phase construction has been completed. In a massive 72 page PDF, Apple outlines revised plans for a set of research and development buildings located to the east and west of North Tantau Avenue, adjacent to the main circular campus building. While Apple has already received approval for the second phase of construction, the updated documents address specific changes the company is hoping to make to the area. Constructed in a 600,000 square foot space, the Tantau Development will house 2,200 employees and will include parking facilities with 1,740 parking spots. The main Tantau...
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8 Apps to Help You Get MoreWe've all heard of the illusory work/life balance that books, blogs and the busiest of professionals tell us is attainable — but actually achieving it doesn't feel so simple. It all seems like a... classic catch-22: In order to achieve a manageable work/life balance, you have to find time in your already packed schedule to read up on how to achieve it — but you probably don't have the time to dedicate to researching in the first place, because you're too slammed with workLe sigh. See also: 7 Daily Tasks You Can Put on Autopilot Fret no longer — we've done the research for you; we've rounded up eight apps that will help with anything from managing administrative tasks, making shipping a non-pain and even streamlining your social media reporting. So take a deep breath and know you're one...
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Paris and New York are notI love New York despite/because New Yorkers and I love Paris despite/because Parisians. This time-lapse compares their striking similarities--from the right angles. I only wish Paris shared New York's... 24-hour life and New York shared Paris' joy de vivre.*
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These Android phones have beenOne of the frustrating things for Android users is not knowing when their phones will get the latest Android software pushed out to them… if at all. CNET has put together a handy guide of major... Android phones that have been confirmed to get Android 5.0 Lollipop and while a lot of devices have been confirmed as getting the upgrade, some big names are still missing. RELATED: Motorola commits to 'fast' Lollipop updates for all 2013 and 2014 phones The biggest name that hasn’t yet confirmed its Android 5.0 upgrade plans is Samsung. Even though the company will obviously upgrade its latest phones such as the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5, there’s reason to wonder if an older
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The Future Of Chat-BasedTelephone content in all of its forms is the epitome of Heraclitus’ maxim that everything is flux, and there is nothing more fluid than humans using channels and platforms to communicate with each... other. Since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, our relations with each other have been transformed to such a point that the land-based telephone has ceased to be a form of communication, more like a hub for internet connectivity and one that is not used for calls.
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Apple shortens iBooks reviewApple today emailed out registered authors for iBooks to announce some interesting changes and enhancements to the program. Some notable enhancements, via Apple’s email: To help you get your book to... readers quickly, we review 95 percent of all book submissions within one business day. Note that you do not need an ISBN to deliver […]
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Nest purchases home automation company Revolv

Android Central - 24 Oct 2014 21:32
Nest purchases home automationNest has announced that they have acquired home automation company Revolv. The deal was apparently finalized this morning for unknown terms. This seems to have been an acquisition of developer... platform, and it's talent, rather than hardware.
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A new Hitman Go update addsHitman GO has received a new mission box inspired by the "St. Petersburg Stakeout" from Hitman 2: Silent Assassin along with cloud saving, Square Enix announced on the Hitman blog. The post A new... Hitman Go update adds missions based on one of the series’ greatest ‘hits’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Devil Behind the Dumpster

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 21:31
This article originally appeared in Vulture.
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If you want to build an economy around bitcoin, you can't leave out educating the professionals, argued David Berger of the Digital Currency Council.
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The SEYVR Wallet is hiding aWhen we’re running out the door in the morning, the last thing we want to forget is our backup battery. Our phones don’t have the best battery life, and we’re always afraid that today will be... the day our phone will die when we get a bunch of important calls, emails, and messages. There are so many things to keep track of in the morning when your brain isn’t running ...
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Google Rolls Out An Invite Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by... Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive 3 invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button emoji is a golden ticket. If you aren’t seeing…
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Here's a Weird Song About ShiaIn real life, Shia LaBeouf is not a cannibal. However, in Rob Cantor's song entitled "Shia LaBeouf," he is. The song, performed by Cantor himself, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the West Los... Angeles Children’s Choir and the Argus Quartet, puts the listener in a horrific scenario in which they are being pursued by a murderous, human-eating LaBeouf. It's something we didn't know we were afraid of until we saw it. See also: 5 Taylor Swift Songs That Are Actually About Sandwiches Between an extremely talented chorus of singers, interpretive dancers wearing 3D Shia heads and lyrics like "He's following you about 30 feet back, he gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint," the piece is bizarrely well-executed. In an email, Cantor told Mashable that the inspiration for the song...
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The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer; it was designed to inspire Google's Android partners to create one instead. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise: It was announced one day... before the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, comes with a...
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Earth View from Google MapsChrome: Do you enjoy maps and satellite photos of Earth? Then this Chrome extension from Google Maps is for you. It simply delivers a unique satellite photo every time you open a new tab page.
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Why Isaacson's Rewrite of Tech History Is So Timely

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 21:29
Why Isaacson's Rewrite of TechBy Alison van Diggelen, Host of Fresh Dialogues Last Tuesday was the kind of evening when you just want to snuggle up with a good book and a warm mug of Earl Grey. But I rallied and zipped up my... winter boots to go to Silicon Valley's geek mecca, The Computer History Museum. The guest of honor was Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs' biography and the bible for entrepreneurs around the world. Isaacson's latest book is The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. I knew that learning more about Silicon Valley's history would be good for me, but after reading the humdrum Financial Times review, my expectations were low. But my fears were unfounded. In the parlance of modern movies, Isaacson had me at "Ada Lovelace." She's the woman who...
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Move over Felix Baumgartner -- just two years after the daredevil's record setting 128,000 foot Red Bull Stratos space jump, Google VP Alan Eustace has topped it. The New York Times reports Eustace... rode a balloon 135,908 feet above New Mexico and...
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OS X Yosemite adoption weekIt's been one week since Apple's desktop software OS X Yosemite has been released to the public, and adoption is taking place quick. Word comes from the folks at Chitika where they show OS X 10.10... Yosemite being present on 12.8% of the Apple computers in their ad impression bin. With Mac computers selling at a rate 30% faster here …
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Record-Breaking Near-SpaceAlan Eustace dove from a high-altitude balloon soaring at approximately 135,000 feet. Felix Baumgartner held the record at 128,000 feet.
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Air New Zealand uses TheTired of the same old boring pitch that flight attendants have to give you in accordance with FAA regulations? Well, Air New Zealand decided to make its own briefing a lot more epic in the latest... video for the official…
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Nest acquires Revolv, expandsThe connected home race is starting to tighten up. After Samsung acquired SmartThings for $200 million earlier this year, Revolv has been acquired by Nest. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This... is the second big purchase for Nest this year, after snapping up Dropcam in June. Like Dropcam, existing Revolv units will be implemented with the Works with …
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Mark Zuckerberg: the Next Great Chinese Rapper?

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 21:24
Mark Zuckerberg: the NextSo, apparently Mark Zuckerberg can speak some Chinese. I first learned of this a few nights ago when, before I'd even had a chance to seek out evidence of Zuckerberg responding to questions in... Mandarin, I found myself on social media flooded by wave after wave of brightly lit noise, all feverishly declaring the Facebook CEO's brilliant fluency in my mother tongue. By the time I tracked down video of the Q&A session, hosted by Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, the hype over Zuckerberg's Chinese language skills had grown so strong that I expected to click 'play' and witness him kicking freestyle raps in Mandarin and rhyming clever insults about Jack Ma. There was a time, and it was not so long ago, where any white man speaking Mandarin would have been received in China as if he was...
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Huh? Mini phone attaches toOne company thinks you need a small phone that hitches a ride on your larger phone -- and the idea actually might not be as crazy as it sounds.
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Notes on Fringe

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 21:23
My name is Simon Doonan, and I am a ... fringe-aholic.
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The Vega IXV launch may be pushed into early 2015.
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Mars Orbiter's SpectrometerNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: The imaging spectrometer on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided an image of the coma surrounding a comet that flew near Mars this week.
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Making Cubesats do Astronomy

Universe Today - 24 Oct 2014 21:18
Making Cubesats do AstronomyOne doesn’t take two cubesats and rub them together to make static electricity. Rather, you send them on a brief space voyage to low-earth orbit (LEO) and space them apart some distance and voil ,... you have a telescope. That is the plan of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center engineers and also what has been imagined by several […]
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Softbank's Arora Gets to Keep $8 Million Google Bonus

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 21:18
Softbank's Arora Gets to KeepA former Google executive is keeping a retention bonus even though he didn't stay at the company.
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Rogers flips the switch onIt looks like things are about to speed up for our friends in the North--on Rogers at least. The Canadian carrier announced today that it has flipped the switch on LTE-Advanced in several markets... throughout the country. Perhaps even better, Rogers is doing all of this on the 700 MHz spectrum, which should allow for greater penetration inside of buildings.
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Nest acquires Revolv, maker ofGoogle-owned Nest has announced it acquired a company that makes smarthome automation devices: Revolv. Although the terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed, several reports have claimed Nest... only wanted the Revolv team for its experience and...
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Amazon's Fire phone flop: AInvestors are losing patience with Jeff Bezos' game. Amazon stock swooned Thursday and it's diving deeper today after the company reported weak earnings and predicted a dismal holiday season.
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An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner... in 2012. "For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of 135,908 feet, more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. ... Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by observers on the ground. ... His technical team had designed a...
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AT&T's Apple SIM lock-downApple may be trying to further squeeze out the carriers with Apple SIM, its solution to allowing travelers the easiest access to iPad data plans on local networks, but that doesn't mean the carriers... themselves are going to make it easy. While AT&T and others may be participating with Apple's multi-carrier SIM scheme, once they've got customers signed up they …
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Private Astronaut TrainingA private spacesuit company and an astronaut-training organization are teaming up to give private astronauts on simulated spacewalks a more spacelike experience.
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Apple Pay tops Tim Cook'sApple CEO Tim Cook says bringing the recently launched Apple Pay system to China is his top priority for doing business the country. Apple Pay launched on Monday in the U.S. and allows iPhone 6 users... to make 'tap-and-go' payments at compatible terminals in retailers. It hasn't expanded outside the U.S. yet, but international expansion is on the cards. The NFC (near-field communication) technology it uses is already standard in some countries. Cook made his remarks about China in an interview with the country's Xinhua News Agency on Friday at the conclusion of a four-day trip to the country. During his visit, he met business partners, toured a Foxconn factory that makes Apple products and met with a government official regarding "strengthening" cooperation in the telecommunication sector.
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Making planetfall: Here's ourHere's a guide to help you through the early hours and opening turns of Firaxis Games' space colony sim, Civilization: Beyond Earth. The post Making planetfall: Here’s our guide for the early hours... of Civilization: Beyond Earth appeared first on Digital Trends.
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AT&T Is Locking Down Apple'sThe new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 come with their own Apple SIM cards , theoretically letting you switch carriers whenever you choose. But AT&T isn't completely playing ball.
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Microsoft: Surface Pro 3Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet appears to be a bona fide hit, according to Microsoft executives. In the company's positive earnings report, released Thursday, the company disclosed that Surface... revenue topped $908 million for the quarter. It's likely the Surface business will top a billion dollars business before long. "Surface had strong results this quarter, driven by positive customer response to Surface Pro 3," Satya Nadella, the company's chief executive, told analysts and investors. "The product lineup is the right one and customers are responding favorably. Surface Pro 3 is now in 28 markets and importantly we have improved the business economics of this product line."
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Just when we think the SIM card may be about to die, here comes AT&T on a self-serving life support mission. MacRumors reports that the Apple SIM card, which is designed to be used by a growing number... of carriers around the world, will be locked by AT&T as soon as you sign up for a month of service. Apple confirms the report in a support document: "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."
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How To Buy Your First Hunting Rifle

Gizmodo - 24 Oct 2014 21:09
How To Buy Your First HuntingWant to start hunting? First, you'll need to buy a quality rifle and learn how to shoot it. Here's how to get the most bang for your buck.
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JustFab settles deceptiveJustFab is on the short list of the most valuable private tech companies in LA. But the subscription ecommerce giant's rise to this lofty perch hasn't been without its share of controversy. The... company added to that list today with the announcement of a settlement with two California district attorneys following allegations of deceptive marketing. The issue, according to a joint statement released today by the District […]
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The Ebola-Free Nurse Got a BigPresident Barack Obama gave the nurse recently declared Ebola-free a big ol' presidential hug on Friday, hours after she was released from isolation at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.... Nina Pham, 26, thanked God, her family and friends on Friday as she was discharged form the hospital. Pham was the first person to contract Ebola within the United States; she and a second nurse were infected with the virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from Ebola. She was flown to the NIH Clinical Center from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Obama hugs Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Oct. 24. Image: Evan Vucci/Associated Press
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How to use OS X Yosemite toIn the past, using the Messages app on a Mac could be an irritating experience. And what if a friend dared to send a green-bubble text from an Android phone? When texting from your Mac, messaging... those friends wasn’t possible…
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AT&T Confirms Apple SIM GetsMa Bell confirms that customers who use the latest iPad on AT&T's network will need a separate SIM card to switch to another carrier.
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Deezer acquires Stitcher,When it comes to streaming, Stitcher is a name you hear pop up quite a bit. The streaming audio service is a popular place for podcasters to peddle their channels and shows. Stitcher is now part of... Deezer, the streaming service that concentrates on music playback. The deal makes Deezer one of the better overall streaming service around, encompassing both …
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Nest's Smart Thermostat andNest Labs, which Google recently acquired for $3.2 billion, opened its smart Nest thermostat and smoke detector to developers in June to make more products work together in the home, from washing... machines and garage doors to lights and cars. Now, more than 4,000 developers are a part of its Works With Nest platform, which connects smart products with Nest's offerings, the company said on Friday. The integration growth is a part of a greater effort by Nest (and ultimately Google) to kickstart the home automation revolution See also: The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now The news also comes as Apple readies its HomeKit platform for developers, which will act as a software hub for web-connected products to work together in the home in similar ways.
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Kudos: Uber acts swiftly andFor all the blame we heap on Uber for its frequent mismanagement of scandals and crisis situations, the company deserves credit in equal measure today for its apparent swift and responsible handling... of an encounter with New York state's first Ebola patient earlier this week. In a statement issued today, the company explains its handling of this incident: We reviewed our records and were able to confirm […]
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[From GamerTell] If you're looking for a deal on one of the newest systems, wait. A $350 Xbox One may be at Kmart on November 9.
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A Rundown of Common 'Tricks ofA few days ago we shared a handy tutorial on how to properly light and capture a professional product shot of bottle, complete with a few neat ‘tricks’ that professional product photographers use... to get the right look. Well, if you were craving more tips and tricks like that, then this video by Tony Roslund […]
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Secretive funding fuelsThe contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political... process. News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of "astroturfing"--quietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning. Critics of astroturfing--defined as hiding the sponsors of a message or group as a way to make it appear to have grassroots support--say it twists political debate by making some positions appear to be more popular with the...
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The ratings: Most netAfter a spate of news stories about alleged "astroturf" advocacy in a contentious U.S. net neutrality debate, the IDG News Service looked into the funding transparency of several think tanks and... advocacy groups involved in the issue. Several disclose limited or no information about their funding, we found. Astroturfing is commonly defined as a lack of funding transparency, paired with the appearance of grassroots support. The IDG News Service looked at 14 of the most prominent think tanks and advocacy groups involved in the debate. The following list is not exhaustive, however. It does not include some small organizations, and a handful of groups that have joined the conversation recently.
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Advocacy groups accused ofA spate of recent news stories have revealed that a wide variety of lobby groups have financial ties to broadband carriers and trade associations, accusing them of faking grassroots opposition to... strong net neutrality rules. The recent coverage from news organizations has overwhelmingly targeted a lack of funding transparency in groups opposed to strong net neutrality regulations. Some of that coverage disparity may be because groups advocating for strong net neutrality rules tend to be more transparent about their funding than groups opposed, but some pro-net neutrality groups also have limited funding transparency mechanisms. Much of the reporting on so-called astroturfing has come from Vice.com, the news and culture website that has championed "immersionist" journalism. Vice is perhaps...
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Nest Acquires Home AutomationWhether or not people are buying smart-home hubs, there seems to be a market for the companies.
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This Week On The TC Gadgets You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted... their wares. It was a long, but awesome, week. We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast featuring John Biggs, Matt Burns, and Jordan Crook. Have a good…
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10 more things to know aboutCan't get enough Note 4 info? Here's the next 10 things you should know about this phone. The Galaxy Note 4 is a huge device for Samsung that will undoubtedly sell tens of millions in the next couple... of years, so we're sure more than a few of you are curious about it. After rounding up our thoughts into a comprehensive review and also a solid list of the first 10 things you need to know about the Note 4, we now have another great lineup of 10 more things you really should know about this phone. Whether you've already picked one up and just want to learn all you can, or are still on the fence and need a little more info before making up your mind, this is going to help you along the way. Read along for our list of the next 10 things you should know about the Note 4 -- let's dive in.
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Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. It's a big move in the growing smart home market, which has two main battles: the... individual devices and the platform they run on to make our homes smarter. Nest, with its popular smart thermostat and smoke detector, is in a strong position in the first category. Buying Revolv (and the team behind it) positions it strongly in the second. Terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, but the Revolv team will stay in Boulder in a new Nest office there. "It's a super strong group," says Nest co-founder Matt Rogers. "When it comes to home wireless and home communication, this is the best team out there. They've been in this industry for...
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After a brief delay, Civilization: Beyond Earth is finally coming to Mac this holiday season. Pre-orders have launched for the Mac version of the game via developer Aspyr's online game store... GameAgent.com. As a bonus, all GameAgent pre-orders will...
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Nest's thermostat and smoke detector now works with more third-party home automation products, the first fruits of the developer program that the Google-owned company launched in June. First in the... list is something you're likely familiar with:...
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This Week's Most PopularThis week we uncovered the secret features of OS X Yosemite , flexed our evil muscles , discovered some strange laws , and learned the basics of photography . Here's a look back.
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Nest Adds an Army of NewFitness trackers. Cars. Washing machines. Lightbulbs. Cameras. Nest might only really make two products, but it's spent the past year building up a sprawling ecosystem of devices and companies that... can function in tandem with its products. Today it announced five more--as well as its acquisition of the connected home system Revolv.
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iPad mini 3 teardown: there'sImmediately following the iFixit teardown of the iPad Air 2, they've moved on to the iPad mini 3. This device contains much of the same hardware included in the iPad mini 2 - originally called the... iPad mini with Retina Display, but now you'll find a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new gold option on the outside, and - surprise! …
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With the launch of the Fabric suite of tools, Twitter is betting the company on a plan to become a full-fledged mobile services provider for other apps and services -- but…
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Can You Get Ebola on Public Transportation?

Live Science - 24 Oct 2014 20:55
Can You Get Ebola on PublicNews that a doctor in New York with Ebola traveled on the subway the day before he developed symptoms of the disease may have some people worried about catching the disease on public transportation.
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Weekly Space Hangout - Oct. 24, 2014

Universe Today - 24 Oct 2014 20:54
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 24, 2014 (12 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment |... Post tags: Black Holes, Cassini, China, Fermi Satellite, Hubble, Kepler, MESSENGER, milky way, Moon, Orion, solar eclipse, space plane Feed enhanced by […]
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Dancers Standing Up ToWe've all heard the message in school assemblies or PSAs before: Cyberbullying is a problem. But it feels so much more poignant when it's told through art. In a powerful video celebrating National... Bullying Prevention Month, a boring high school classroom is transformed into a stage with uniform-clad dancers. The inspiring piece of art was made by MusEffect, a non-profit group that uses performance to raise social consciousness about current events. The dancers leap through locker-filled hallways and auditoriums, turning typical high school fights and drama into graceful choreographed routines that show the vulnerability and loneliness every teen goes through, whether they're the bullier or the bullied. Meanwhile, poet Azure Antoinette recites a spoken-word piece about cyberbullying in the...
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Stunning Rosetta ProbeThe Game of Thrones actor stars in "Ambition": a futuristic 'look back' at the science the first mission to 'catch a comet' provided, giving birth to human world-building.
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Good news, radio fiends:iHeartRadio and Rdio are now among the apps compatible with Apple's new CarPlay infotainment system. The list of apps is still pretty small however, as is the list of compatible cars. The post Good... news, radio fiends: iHeartRadio and Rdio apps confirmed for Apple CarPlay appeared first on Digital Trends.
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An Estonian man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a... federal judge in Atlanta.
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Danny DeVito Is the Best PartZayn fends off sumo wrestlers. Louis high-fives a chimpanzee. Niall dances with a tribe. Liam directs a marching band. Harry walks amid ballerinas in a desert. Why? Well, Danny DeVito told the boys to... do so in the new One Direction music video for "Steal My Girl." The Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor plays a rowdy director in the weird video, which was actually directed by Ben Winston. And DeVito dancing with the chimp is a work of art. See also: Bette Midler Breathes New Life Into TLC's Smash Hit 'Waterfalls' Image: Mashable GIF/YouTube In it, DeVito gives each 1D member a trait to represent throughout the video:
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Two Carriers Are Fined by FCC Over Data Security

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 20:49
The FCC fined two phone carriers a total of $10 million, claiming the companies failed to protect the personal information of its customers.
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I consider the Rosetta spacecraft one of the most exciting space voyagers in years. It is the first probe to orbit a comet, returning images of unprecedented richness. On November 12 it will place a... lander on the comet's surface, another exploratory breakthrough. Rosetta's target, Comet 67P (its mouthy full name is Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) is a frozen relic from the early days of the solar system. Studying it up close will teach us a lot about how the planets formed, how Earth got its wa
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Australian doctors transplantsThe St Vincent's Hospital Heart Lung Transplant Unit has carried out the world's first distant procurement of hearts donated after circulatory death (DCD). These hearts were subsequently resuscitated... and then successfully transplanted into patients with end-stage heart failure.
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The picture above isn't Marc Newson's design, but according to Dezeen, his version of the Beretta 486 Parallelo (actually pictured) will be unveiled at an event in London on November 13th. The famous... designer, who as of joined his friend Jony Ive at Apple, has been collaborating with the centuries-old Italian gun manufacturer for at least couple years. Here's a blurb from a 2012 New York Times profile where he presented to Beretta 3D models of his design: Suffice to say that designing a shotgun is akin to staging a ballet in a phone booth, and most of what Newson could do entailed making subtle changes on the surface of a mechanical apparatus that has been essentially unchanged for at least a hundred years. The discussion in English...
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Amazon: Show Me The Margins!

Forbes - 24 Oct 2014 20:47
Amazon: Show Me The Margins!Amazon needs to increase its margins to not have investors lose all faith in Jeff Bezos.
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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, known as a hawk, heightened U.S.-Israeli tensions earlier this year by criticizing John Kerry, saying the U.S. secretary of state had a "misplaced obsession and... messianic fervor" about the peace process. On a trip to the United States this past week during which he met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Yaalon spoke with the Washington Post's Lally Weymouth about the threat he sees from Iran, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Excerpts:
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AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM's The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one sim, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you... want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. Alas, someone had to go and throw a wrench in…
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TorFi project, a hack of TP-Link routers, is suspended, developer's account deleted.
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The Ebola virus has made landfall in the United States with patients popping up in both Dallas, Texas and New York City. But don't freak out ! To help contain the outbreak, the CDC relies on a handful... of biocontainment isolation units to quarantine these highly infectious folks.
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NASA Finds Methane Ice CloudNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: NASA scientists have identified an unexpected ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.
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As the satellite communications industry prepares to defend key spectrum bands next year, some observers believe that regardless of the outcome of that effort, the industry is facing long-term... spectrum battles against terrestrial wireless companies it may ultimately lose.
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The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

TechCrunch - 24 Oct 2014 20:42
The Groups App I Wish Facebook About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get... to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.” If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member…
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Our Canadian neighbors have already been given a taste of Rogers' extremely data-friendly LTE, but now the carrier is officially rolling out its LTE-Advanced network across 12 different cities. In... fact, it's the first North Amercian carrier to launch...
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Photojournalism SeriesEven as the LGBTQ community becomes more visible, breaking stereotypes and educating the general public still remains an uphill battle. "I clearly remember what it was like being a 16-year-old kid,... discovering myself and trying to figure out where I fit in the world. I would search for anything gay anywhere — there was so little representation of queer life," photographer Laurel Golio says See also: Photographer Captures the Teenage Years of Two Transgender Girls In 2010, Golio teamed up with journalist Diana Scholl to interview and photograph teens and young adults in the LGBTQ community. At first, Golio photographed events like queer proms, which eventually lead the duo to create their photojournalism initiative, "We Are The Youth."
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Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 20:40
Separating Fact from FictionThis weekend, trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will gather in Australia for yet another round of high-level talks. When finalized,... the TPP could play an important role in further integrating the economies of the participating countries, which include the U.S. and 11 of its trading partners in the Pacific region, by increasing the flow of products and services among participating nations through reduced trade barriers, supporting increased economic innovation and economic growth throughout member countries. Because of its size and scope, the TPP will set a precedent for all future trade negotiations and the rules and systems it creates could form the foundation of an effective and efficient global trading system. However,...
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24 Hours Later, Users FindFacebook introduced its anonymous community app Rooms on Thursday. Now, just 24 hours later, the lead product manager on Rooms discovered that users have hacked it. He's delighted. Josh Miller, the... Facebook product manager, wrote Friday in a post on Medium's Backchannel tech hub that Facebook left out the ability to discover new Rooms. "Though counterintuitive, our logic was that retro web browsers didn’t offer 'discovery' for early Internet communities — you had to tell Netscape exactly where you wanted to go –- so why should we?" he said. "Our hypothesis was that places on the web being hard to find was a feature, not a bug."
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How to type special charactersYou can type ü, ñ, ç, and other special characters with ease on your Android phone. Seriously.
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Neil Patrick Harris Shares HisThe Internet is not done talking about the male nudity in Gone Girl, and evidently that includes Neil Patrick Harris Harris visited Conan Thursday to share all of his sage wisdom about acting in the... buff. See also: 18 People Who Lost Faith in Marriage After Seeing 'Gone Girl' Though Gone Girl was far from the Emmy Award-winning actor's first brush with nude acting (he starred in the play The Paris Letter with Josh Radnor), Harris was apparently still very concerned about showing his full "wang" to anyone Harris, like a true diplomat, explains: "You don't mind a hint of the wang...You don't want a long moment with the wang."
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Leeo listens for your smokeRather than buying a bunch of new "smart" smoke alarms, Leeo gives you a way to augment your existing alarms and give them network-connected smart functionality. The post Leeo listens for your smoke... alarm, sends you an alert when it goes off appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Surprise: A Google exec justA senior vice president at Google has broken Felix Baumgartner's world record for a high altitude parachute jump, with Alan Eustace hurtling from 135,908 feet - in excess of 25 miles - in a special... suit crafted in top secret. Eustace took around two hours to climb into the stratosphere underneath a helium balloon, then cut his connection with a …
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A year and a half after taking the lead at the Department of Energy, Ernie Moniz reflects on changes to the loan programs, and how the government and Silicon Valley can…
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[From GadgeTell] There's been a lot of back and forth on LG's long-rumored mobile processor debut, with the so-called "Odin" SoC tipped to find its way inside the G Pro 2, then the G3, and ultimately... the G Pro 3.
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As many as several hundred thousand doses of two leading experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, according to Reuters. Human trials for the... treatment candidates are already under way, and another five drugs will begin clinical trials next year, the U.N. health agency said.
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Dallas nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free Friday and discharged from the National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland where she received treatment, multiple reports said. Pham was one of... two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to be diagnosed with the virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die from Ebola in the United States.
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A single case of Ebola has surfaced in New York City, underscoring that despite extensive efforts to keep the virus out of the U.S., no plan is infallible.
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DNA obtained from a 45,000-year-old human bone has shown that modern humans and Neanderthals, our closest extinct relatives, first mated nearly 60,000 years ago. The genome extracted from the thigh... bone is the oldest modern human DNA to have been sequenced, according to a paper published in the journal Nature.
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Stop panicking: You won't get Ebola on the New York City subway. Even though Dr. Craig Spencer rode the A, 1 and L trains in Manhattan and Brooklyn after he came back from Guinea with Ebola, the... likelihood of contracting the virus on the train is extremely low. But experts say you could catch something else.
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The New York City Ebola patient was all over the news Friday as anchors and articles frantically tried to determine whether he had spread the deadly disease - where did he go in West Africa, why was... he there, what did he do after returning to the United States? In short, who is he?
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Dr. Craig Spencer, New York City's first Ebola patient who recently returned from Guinea, contacted health officials at the first sign of infection on Thursday, but not before he visited his apartment... in Harlem, walked the city's High Line, rode on the subway system, went bowling in Williamsburg and took an Uber (the increasingly popular ride-sharing service that allows people to book rides via their smartphones).
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European Union leaders have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent within 20 years. The agreement was being touted as a "substantial" step forward and the "world's most ambitious,... cost-effective" policy on climate and energy. Some claim the deal fell too short, while others called it a stretch.
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Apple iTunes Sees Drop in Music Sales

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 20:33
Apple iTunes Sees Drop inDigital music sales at Apple iTunes store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring the fragility of the music... industry's nascent recovery.
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Trailrunner7 writes: A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say,... highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown sources and the potential for attackers to abuse the trust users have in Tor and similar services. Josh Pitts of Leviathan Security Group ran across the misbehaving Tor exit node while performing some research on download servers that might be patching binaries during download through a man-in-the middle attack. What Pitts found during his research is that an attacker with a MITM position can actively patch binaries–if not security updates–with his own code. In terms of defending against the sort of attack, Pitts suggested that...
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Stephen Hawking JoinsStephen Hawking has spent a lifetime getting his head around concepts in astrophysics most of us will never comprehend, but the 72-year-old never got around to the social-media thing — until Friday.... The renowned theorist, cosmologist and author joined Facebook, kicking things off with a message in support of The Theory of Everything, the Focus Features biopic that became an instant Oscar contender when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. SEE ALSO: 'The Theory of Everything': Eddie Redmayne's Big Oscar Bang in Toronto
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5by - Video Sharing taken Personally...

Coolest Gadgets - 24 Oct 2014 20:30
5by - Video Sharing takenSocial media is an unstoppable force. Most folks find that they “share” a whole lot more online, than they ever did face to face. I can hardly remember how information got around before the likes... of Facebook and Twitter. I’m not sure what comes next, but it is obvious that new ways to share things are showing up on our horizons everyday, and it is likely that a few of ...
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The Safe+ Microlock can keepIt only takes a few seconds of looking away from your stuff for it to be stolen. The only thing we will regularly lock up is our bike, but there are times where you wish you had a way to secure other... items just as thoroughly for a short amount of time. Of course, you can’t always be carrying around a thick, heavy bike lock with you, and you may not ...
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Loggerhead turtles from Cape Verde complete an epic sprint before they turn into chilled-out turtle surfers, like the ones in Finding Nemo
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Google Exec Alan Eustace'sThe last person to break the world record for parachuting from the highest point in the stratosphere broadcast it live on the internet, and one of the sponsors turned it into a Super Bowl ad. But... today’s record-breaker funded his 135,908-foot jump himself, and didn’t tell the world until he completed it this morning. That […]
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Turn a smartphone into a 3DAfter an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign a year ago, the Kúla Deeper 3D lens accessory returns on Kickstarter. Its creators is also launching the companion Kúla Bebe, which turns your smartphone... into a true 3D camera. The post Turn a smartphone into a 3D camera with this lens accessory appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'Living Paint' Transforms Bacteria Into Art

Live Science - 24 Oct 2014 20:27
'Living Paint' TransformsScience-minded artists can use "living paint" to create art inside petri dishes.
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Yahoo Answers. Quora. JustAnswer.com. Over the years, countless sites have offered to answer all your random questions with help from “experts” across the net. They’re called expert networks,... and in some cases, they can be kinda helpful. But these myriad services have never lived up to their billing. The quality of the counsel on these […] The post A New Answers App Aims to Succeed Where Quora Failed appeared first on WIRED.
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Estonian hacker sentenced to 11 years in prison for cyberattack that stole $9.4 million
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OS X Yosemite runs great on most new Macs, but some older models may experience some sluggishness or stuttering from time to time. The reason for that feeling of reduced performance can be due to a... variety of issues, and most of them are really easy to resolve with surprisingly little effort. If you feel ...
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New leadership forAli Jadbabaie from the University of Pennsylvania named interim director of SSRC
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Here are the most breathtakingOn Thursday, North America had the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse darken the skies. If you happened to catch it, you witnessed something beautiful… but don’t worry if you missed it,... because you can still take a look at all the beautiful images captured from the event. RELATED: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow's partial solar eclipse Have a look at the breathtaking images of the partial solar eclipse as captured by people all over the country: To view more images of the partial solar eclipse, head over to USA Today’s gallery for more stunning images.
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Rockstar gave Grand TheftRockstar Games has confirmed rumors that they will be releasing an HD remaster of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for download from the Xbox Live Store on October 26. The post Rockstar gave Grand Theft... Auto: San Andreas an HD remaster for Xbox 360 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Old Rich Google Man AlreadyLooks like Red Bull's wings aren't very good at keeping people ahead of the competition.
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Game Developers: 'We Will"Hatred and all kinds of prejudice is nothing we as a collective industry support."
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Why Open Source Is Becoming AMost companies are just coming around to the idea that open source can help lower costs and boost innovation within their organizations. But Web companies like Netflix, Twitter and Facebook understand... that open source can be more: a powerful weapon for recruiting and retaining top engineering talent. See also: The Reasons Businesses Use Open Source Are Changing Faster Than You Think If we believe that developers are the "new kingmakers," then the companies able to source the best developers will win. That means open source is the new ante for even getting into the developer recruiting game. You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Chains For years organizations largely constrained their developer productivity, hemming them in by withholding access to hardware and software. But something has...
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Deezer's streaming service may not have a reputation in the US to match others like Spotify, Beats and Rdio, but the "first truly worldwide digital music streaming service" is expanding by acquring... the podcast app Stitcher. The company tells...
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There Are Your Guns, My Lord

Space News - 24 Oct 2014 20:13
Space has become a collateral casualty in the tightening sanctions levied against Russia.
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iTunes sales down 14% -- it's time for Beats!

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 20:13
iTunes sales down 14% -- it'sApple's iTunes used to be one of the biggest deals in digital. Prior to streaming music apps and services, we were left to purchase music the traditional route, buying singles or albums via iTunes,... which did little more than un-clutter our offices from towers of CDs. Over time, the Spotify, Pandora, and Play Music All Access' of the world have …
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When was the last time you picked up a smartphone charger and wondered why it is shaped in a square and made of hard plastic? If you are like me, possibly never. There are certain everyday objects... that almost everyone takes for granted, regardless of whether their design is related to their function.
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Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year, integrating the recently purchased streaming service into its hugely popular music store, according to The Wall Street Journal. The... Journal notes that it's only heard this information from a single source, but Apple bringing Beats Music into iTunes has always seemed like a fairly obvious route for this acquisition to go -- it seemed more like a question of when it will happen than if it will happen. It's not known what the integration will look like, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has frequently espoused the benefits of Beats' hand-curated playlists, so it's likely that the service's general format won't be going away.
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Eyewitness to Hell: Life inI graduated college in May. Three months later I boarded a flight to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak. It was only the second assignment of my professional career. I knew it was dangerous, but... going to Liberia answered something far more personal. The people of the Ebola-ravaged country have been living a hell for months. Only recently has the world started to pay attention. I felt it was my responsibility to document it. This wasn’t a war-torn country, where the dangers are visible. In Liberia today, it's the things you can't see that are most lethal. One twist of an infected door knob or an accidental brush past a stranger can be your death sentence
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Amazon triples the number ofAmazon wants investors to forget all about yesterday's disappointing earnings announcement and its lowered sales guidance for the 2014 holiday season. The company released two bits of more positive... news this morning: The number of games and apps available for its $99 Fire TV media-streaming device has tripled since its launch in April, and all 10 episodes of its original series Alpha House (starring John Goodman) are now available on its Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon declined to reveal how many Fire TVs it has sold (the company doesn't publish unit sales for any of its products, according to a company spokesperson), but it likely has a ways to go before it catches up with Roku (10 million units sold since 2008) or Apple (the company recently claimed an installed base of 20...
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Magic Leap moves beyond older lines of VR

Phys.org - 24 Oct 2014 20:05
Magic Leap moves beyond olderTwo messages from Magic Leap: Most of us know that a world with dragons and unicorns, elves and fairies is just a better world. The other message: Technology can be mindboggingly awesome. When the two... messages combine, the company's aura becomes evident as movers in newer realms of augmented reality. The people behind this Florida-based company believe that the future of computing should be derived from respecting human biology, physiology, creativity, and community. So why, they ask, can't computing feel completely natural? Why can't computing and technology bend to us, to our experience? Describing their technology, they said "our team dug deep into the physics of the visual world, and dug deep into the physics and processes of our visual and sensory perception." They created what they...
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Artist Sparks Outrage AfterAn artist who goes by the username Creepytings but has been identified as one Ms. Casey Nocket has landed herself in serious trouble with the National Park Service. Ms. Nocket, it seems, not only... vandalized at least 10 national parks across the United States, she documented the entire thing on her Instagram account. . The […]
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One does not simply walk into Maranello and buy the LaFerrari supercar. The right to spend a million dollars is a reward for the brand's most loyal customers. The post How to Earn the Right to Buy... Ferrari’s Most Exclusive Hypercar appeared first on WIRED.
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Terminal's Containers Pioneer Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They’ve built system supporting... containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. While there are other somewhat comparable startups like Docker,…
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Ralph Nader tells Apple toRalph Nader has a message for Tim Cook: Stop listening to Carl Icahn. In a scathing letter to Tim Cook published in today’s Wall Street Journal, the former presidential candidate takes Apple’s CEO... to task for bending to the will…
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[GamerTell] A Mega-List of Super Smash Bros. news

Technology Tell - 24 Oct 2014 20:00
[From GamerTell] Here is everything you could possibly want to know about Nintendo's recent conference regarding Super Smash Bros. for Wii.
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The Best Apps That TakeYosemite's been out for a week now and that means apps are getting updated to support some of its new features . From Notification Center tweaks to Continuity features, here are some of the best apps... taking advantage of Yosemite.
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Jason McDonald has lived and worked between the U.S. and Europe, and has seen how cultural ignorance can hurt European professionals. Here are four tips he believes can ensure your success across the... Atlantic.
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free Bike Baron [iOS...
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Can the U.S. and Russia makeState Department official lauds enforcement of New START Treaty, but cites need for more work.
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US-Funded Research a Waste?An annual report by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn takes liberties with the truth when criticizing federally funded research, scientists say. The senator misrepresents and oversimplifies these studies in... his annual 'Wastebook.'
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Ask: Fixing Bad Screen Resolution

Mac Life - 24 Oct 2014 19:58
If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll let you know how to restore your Mac monitor when the resolution gets thrown out of whack. Question... Suddenly (possibly due to a small child) everything on my Mac is too big for the screen. I have to drag the mouse to the right-hand side of the screen to see the clock, etc. I've tried zooming out, and that doesn't help. All of the text seems distorted. Can you help? Answer The wrong resolution could be set on your Mac for a few different reasons. The main reason is that the actual resolution of your Mac has changed. To check this, navigate to Apple menu > System Preferences > Displays, and check to make sure that the "Resolution" option is set to "Best for display."  Usually when the screen...
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Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down. Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed... sources familiar with the matter’ conveniently surfaced to engage in a battle of semantics about whether Apple might modify Beats Music over time, including its brand. As we noted at…
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Celebrity hacking scandal:A Russian man who was revealed as the person behind one of the websites posting nude photos in the celebrity hacking scandal has started removing some of the images. However, he continues to deny that... he was the one that hacked them in the first place.
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Here's a complete list of appsThe coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your... Mac. And what makes it even cooler is now app developers are designing their applications to use Handoff as well so you can move what you’re looking at on your favorite apps from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa. Below we’ve listed all of the apps that support Handoff so far, which come to us by way of App Advice. RELATED: A comprehensive guide to using 2014's coolest new iOS and OS X feature Prizmo Prizmo is “a universal photo-based scanner app that
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Amazon App Store now on Google Play (sort of)

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 19:56
Amazon App Store now on GoogleGoogle might not be pleased when they realize the implications of Amazon's newest app update. Instead of Amazon relying on you to head to their webpage to download the Amazon App Store app, you've... only to download the Amazon App from Google Play. The big deal here is not that Google forbids apps outside their own store - they certainly …
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Sound Lounge is a plushMusic is definitely an aspect of life that is well worth looking into - after all, the right kind of music does put us in a mood, whether it is for romance, or perhaps to psyche ourselves up before a... big match or a particularly important business deal. Regardless, the kind of speaker which you use to play back a high quality audio recording is important, and Thinkgeek wants to ...
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Hackers Are ExploitingHackers are exploiting a security flaw in Microsoft Office by using PowerPoint to attack Windows users and gain control of computer systems. Microsoft, in a security advisory on its website, says... there have been "limited, targeted attacks" against users through Microsoft PowerPoint. An attacker who successfully exploits the security flaw could gain complete control of the system. With that sort of control, hackers could execute code remotely, alter or delete data and install harmful programs, like malware See also: Microsoft's Big Day: See Exactly How Windows 10 Works The hack affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows (with the exception of Windows Server 2003), and it's executed when a computer opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains a malicious version of...
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A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully completed a... jump from 135,908 feet. The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times' science Twitter account first reported Eustace's incredible feat.
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AT&T Locking AppleApple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,... and UK's EE. According to user reports in the MacRumors forums and on Twitter, however, AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. Image via John Legere A newly posted Apple support document details what happens to the SIM when it is activated on US carriers. Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either...
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Ottawa Gunman Wanted Jail toTORONTO — The gunman who killed a Canadian soldier at Ottawa's National War Memorial, and was later shot dead, attempted to rob a McDonald's restaurant nearly three years ago in hopes that he would... go to jail. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was battling a drug addiction, and thought jail time would help cure it, according to multiple reports. In December 2011, he held a sharpened stick, and demanded that a McDonald's employee give him money. The employee refused, so Zehaf-Bibeau waited outside the Vancouver restaurant for police to arrive. A devout Muslim with a record of petty crime, the 32-year-old told a British Columbia judge that he wanted to go to jail to atone for a previous crime, and to get rehabilitated for his crack cocaine addiction
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Allied aircraft deliverThe AFP is reporting (in Spanish) about the massive bombing operation over a single ISIS flag placed on a tiny, almost nonexistent hill next to the Turkish border and the Syrian city of Kobane, which... ISIS and Kurdish troops are fighting for. This video was filmed from the Turkish frontier. This is what followed.
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What's up with Engadget Expand?

Engadget - 24 Oct 2014 19:50
We're just two weeks away from our free Engadget Expand event, taking place at New York City's Javits Center on November 7th and 8th and there's still so much to tell you about. If you can't join us... in person, don't worry -- we'll keep you updated...
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Nerval's Lobster writes: Every company needs employees who can analyze information effectively, discarding what's unnecessary and digging down into what's actually useful. But employers are getting a... little bit worried that U.S. schools aren't teaching students the necessary critical-thinking skills to actually succeed once they hit the open marketplace. The Wall Street Journal talked with several companies about how they judge critical-thinking skills, a few of which ask candidates to submit to written tests to judge their problem-solving abilities. But that sidesteps the larger question: do schools need to shift their focus onto different teaching methods (i.e., downplaying the need for students to memorize lots of information), or is our educational pipeline just fine, thank you very...
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The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

The Mac Observer - 24 Oct 2014 19:47
The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens.... Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.
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See the unseen with the SeekIt's like gaining a new sense! The post See the unseen with the Seek Thermal Camera for iPhone appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] The Seek Thermal Camera is an attachment for your iPhone that can take pictures in infrared light. It's like gaining a new sense.
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4 Reasons Amazon's Fire PhoneAmazon still has $83 million worth of unsold units
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Alan Eustace Jumps FromA helium-filled balloon lifted Alan Eustace, a Google executive, to more than 25 miles above the earth. Fifteen minutes after he cut himself loose, he was on the ground.
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Report: Beats Music Will FoldThe Wall Street Journal reports digital music sales in Apple's iTunes will be down 13 to 14 percent in 2014. That's a huge hit to the recording industry's brightest spot.
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iPad Mini 3 Teardown RevealsAfter tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apple's October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the... iPad mini 3 saw few internal improvements, gaining a new gold color option and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. As expected, iFixit's teardown reveals many of the same parts that were used in first Retina iPad mini, now called the iPad mini 2. It continues to use the same 7.9-inch display, A7 processor with M7 coprocessor, 5-megapixel camera, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. There is one new addition, which is directly related to Touch ID and the iPad mini 3's ability to support in-app Apple Pay payments. Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 includes a 65V10 NFC controller manufactured by NXP. NFC Controller in...
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A federal court shut down Pairsys at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.
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'Surveillance Self-Defense' IsWhether you're a journalism student wanting to learn security tips not taught in college classrooms, or a pro at keeping communications secure, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to make your... activities online even safer from prying eyes. The EFF's new project called Surveillance Self-Defense is a collection of tools and resources broken down into specific resource "playlists" for both computer types and the people using them. These include: Mac user, human rights defender, student journalist, online security veteran, and a security starter pack for newbies. Each playlist includes a step-by-step guide for protecting and securing your private communications. Most start with a introduction to threat modeling, or understanding what information you want to protect and from whom. From...
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Ebola Survivor Nurse Speaks AtNina Pham, who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas, was released from a hospital Friday, free of the virus. (Oct. 24)
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Cool inventions that makeThe world of "Star Wars" is crossing over from sci-fi to our modern-day world as technology that once required movie magic has inspired real inventions. Let's start with those cool holograms.
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Amazon's Fire TV blazes ahead,As the Fire phone continues to sink, Amazon's Fire TV claws for more space in the streaming marketplace, announcing it's app count has tripled since launching in April, and piled on new apps including... Spotify, NFL Now, and more. The post Amazon’s Fire TV blazes ahead, adds Spotify, NFL Now, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Your iPhone Is Now A Bespoke Tailor

Forbes - 24 Oct 2014 19:39
Your iPhone Is Now A BespokeTrying out MTailor, a service that uses 3D scanning to let you buy "perfect fitting custom shirts right from your couch."
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Force Majeure

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 19:38
Disaster movies usually adhere to a strictly prescribed formula: Introduce a large cast of sympathetic characters up front, then, after three acts of buildup and foreshadowing, kill the majority of... them off in a grandly staged climactic catastrophe, while a few hardy souls struggle heroically to survive. Force Majeure, the pitiless and brilliant fourth feature from the Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund, deliberately upends just about every one of these rules. Only a few minutes after introducing a very small cast of fairly unsympathetic characters, the movie cuts straight to a distinctly unclimactic disaster, which doesn't kill anyone.
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Apple Pay Review: The Re/CodeThe Re/Code Review team's overall conclusion: Apple Pay worked smoothly and quickly in all but a very few instances.
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Ebola Is Infecting Rap Lyrics Worldwide

Forbes - 24 Oct 2014 19:36
Ebola Is Infecting Rap LyricsJust like the virus itself, it was only a matter of time before Ebola made its way from West Africa and into rap lyrics.
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'Honey Boo Boo' Canceled OverTLC has canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in light of reports that June "Mama June" Shannon has been dating an ex-boyfriend who was convicted of molesting one of her relatives who was 8 years old at... the time. Mark Anthony Randall served 10 years for aggravated child molestation and was released in March. Mama June, who split from Honey Boo Boo's father "Sugar Bear" earlier this year, was allegedly dating Randall at the time of his arrest and started seeing him upon his release, according to TMZ. Mama June posted a video on Facebook defending herself and denying that she's been seeing Randall:
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Comcast thinks HBO may haveSurprise: Comcast isn’t overly enthusiastic about HBO’s plan to offer a standalone streaming service that will appeal to cord cutters. Barron’s notes that during an earnings call this week,... Comcast EVP and NBC CEO Steve Burke was asked for his take on HBO’s decision to offer a standalone streaming option starting next year. As you might expect, Burke downplayed its significance and even suggested that HBO might come to regret breaking itself away from the bundle in the future. RELATED: HBO will fulfill cord cutters' dreams and launch a standalone streaming service next year “HBO [right now] probably has the most elegant, economically attractive sort of business model of anybody who has ever been in the television business,” he said. “And it's
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Sprint's 'iPhone for Life'The carrier ups the ante again with its iPhone-leasing program that starts at $30 a month and allows customers to swap in a new device each year. The offer takes effect on November 14.
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NYC Doctor Tests Positive ForA Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York City has been diagnosed with Ebola. Officials are now working to quell panic.
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How To Complain To Airlines OnCheck out any report on the most hated companies in America and the airlines will be among the top contenders. It's an impossible business in which to make people happy -- there's always a... thunderstorm, a coup, a broken jet bridge to disrupt service, and whether or not it's the fault of the airline, many customers will always hold them accountable.
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Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 19:30
Apple Pay news: Amazon in,All the excitement over Apple Pay doesn't reach as far as some would have hoped. Previously, we told you about Amazon's reluctance to allow their Amazon Rewards Visa -- issued by Chase, a day-one... partner for Apple Pay -- into your digital wallet. There is relief on that front, but Apple Pay has lost a retail partner in the mix …
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At the end of a long day on the slopes, there's only one reward as sweet as a cold beer and a fireplace to warm your toes - recounting your epic moves through the powder.
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Amazon Rewards Visa card nowConsumers with Visa's Amazon Rewards card can now use the card with Apple Pay, according to a report from MacRumors. Compatibility with Apple Pay was seemingly green-lit today, and should help... alleviate a number of frustrated Amazon Rewards card...
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Form Burger Patties as GentlyBy "as gently as possible," America's Test Kitchen means packing the ground meat as if you're "cradling a newborn baby."
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Biological litmus paper detects Ebola strains

New Scientist - 24 Oct 2014 19:30
Litmus paper embedded with DNA from jellyfish and other organisms has the potential to identify any biological molecule - changing how infections are diagnosed
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ATLAS Is Getting Faster andOh sure, we all pointed and laughed at ATLAS when it was first revealed , stumbling over simple obstacles. But it was because deep down we all knew that like our original iPods, it would quickly... evolve into something far more capable. And here we are, just over a year later, and ATLAS is already tackling simple obstacles with ease.
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iTunes music sales drop forApple revolutionized the music industry with the introduction of iTunes in 2003, but even Cupertino is having trouble selling albums these days. iTunes revenue dropped 13% over the last year reports... the Wall Street Journal, marking the second straight year…
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Kevin Foreman believes that homes will soon become intelligent enough to distinguish between family members and guests within physical spaces and adapt to individual needs based on biometrics like... fingerprints, body temperatures and even the rhythm of our own heartbeats. In the very near future as you walk through your home, a small device worn […] The post Smart Homes of the Future Will Know Us by Our Heartbeats appeared first on WIRED.
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Technology has driven our economy and made our country powerful, but tech alone is proving to be insufficient to stop the spread of Ebola. The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian who had contact... with an ebola patient four days before travel to the U.S., shows just how much the mundane world of process […] The post Ebola Shows It Is Process–Not Technology–That Will Protect Us appeared first on WIRED.
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As a wearable-tech enthusiast attending Black Hat Europe Amsterdam, I felt like I didn’t belong there and like I have lost my way. Black Hat, like Defcon, is one of the biggest information security... events in the world that bring together everyone from the hacking community and information security enterprises. So Wearable Tech isn’t the […] The post Wearables and Quantified Self Demand Security-First Design appeared first on WIRED.
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Why can't we be friends?Google would consider adding iOS support for Android Wear devices, but says there are a lot of obstacles in the way. Would Apple ever agree to support it, or should Google target Windows Phone... instead? The post Why can’t we be friends? Google wants to bring Android Wear to iOS appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Will 'Destiny' Survive 'CallTwo months in, Destiny is still a big deal. Engagement numbers are impressive, plenty of people are playing the Vault of Glass, and by and large, the ultra-successful launch has maintained momentum.... But that, largely, has been child's play. Destiny was released with little competition at a time when next-gen consoles still badly lacked for games (that time continues).  Not only has the FPS crowd not had much to play in the intervening period, the AAA market in general hasn't had a whole lot more to kill time with beside Shadow of Mordor and Alien Isolation, the combined advertising budgets of which probably couldn't have paid for one night of Destiny ads. That's about to change. The FPS world is about to get a whole lot more crowded, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Call of Duty:...
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Bette Midler Breathes New LifeLittle precious Bette Midler has a natural obsession for harmonies from girl groups The 68-year-old "Wind Beneath My Wings" singer likes them so much, in fact, that she's releasing an album of just... cover songs, including a beautiful rendition of TLC's 1995 hit R&B ballad "Waterfalls" (listen, above) See also: Aretha Franklin's Cover of 'Rolling in the Deep' Is Almost Better Than Adele's Original Midler's It's the Girls, due out Nov. 4 in the U.S. and Nov. 17 in the United Kingdom, is her 25th album. It will feature covers of songs by The Supremes, The Chordettes, The Chiffons, The Boswell Sisters, The Marvelettes, The Shangri-Las and more women.
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5 Unique Winter WarmingCome on, you're making some decent money now. Live a little! Consider blowing your paycheck on these worthy splurges.
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On Sunday, a group of Audi engineers closely watched as an RS7 named Bobby lapped the Hockenheimring all on its own. The post Audi’s Self-Driving Car Hits 150 MPH on an F1 Track appeared first on... WIRED.
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The conference will cover the future of cybersecurity education in the U.S.
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The developers at Harmonix aren't afraid to hit the reset button if something isn't working correctly. Chances are, strumming a plastic Stratocaster changed quite a bit before you ever even started... playing "Creep" by Radiohead in Rock Band. Same goes...
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Smart Guns: The Next Step For Police?

Forbes - 24 Oct 2014 19:19
Smart Guns: The Next Step ForYardarm Technologies unveils a tiny sensor designed to snap into the back of police guns that tracks its location and whether the gun is holstered, loaded or fired.
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Q&A: Shining a Light on Nosy Apps

The New York Times - 24 Oct 2014 19:19
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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-24

The Mac Observer - 24 Oct 2014 19:19
TMO Daily Observations:It's time for fitness tracker makers to get worried because Apple and Nike are teaming up. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about personal tech and how Apple is changing the... market, plus they offer up their take on Fitbit's lack of HealthKit support.
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Investors snub Amazon, butFinancial analysts continue to focus on Amazon's long-term growth, despite back-to-back quarters of losses.
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Assassin's Creed Unity's PCUbisoft has released the somewhat PC system requirements for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity. Get ready to clear out space on your hard drive for this historical murder fantasia. The post... Assassin’s Creed Unity’s PC Specs aren’t kidding around appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The KitchenAid You Deserve, AYou've always wanted a KitchenAid, and today, they're only $210 brand new from Best Buy. You even get to pick from five different colors. [KitchenAid 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer, $210]
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A Photograph of Your Face in aLooking for a personalized photo-related gag to pull for Halloween this year? Look no further than this head-in-a-jar prank. It’s quite easy to pull off and doesn’t require too much time or money.... This idea is by Mike Warren, who regularly posts crazy project ideas to his Instructables account. The basic ingredients of the prank […]
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The National Cyber Security Alliance has teamed up with the International Franchise Association to promote cybersecurity awareness among franchise businesses in the U.S.
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Amazon Drop Knocks $2B OffAmazon and Jeff Bezos want investors to trust they know best, but the stock's slide makes it clear there is plenty of doubt.
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LG unveils its own processor,LG is taking the covers off its very own processor and is putting it right to work in its newest smartphone. The company's new eight-core chip, named Nuclun, powers the LG G3 Screen, a Nexus 6-sized... smartphone going on sale in South Korea. The Nuclun chip employs four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A15 cores for high-intensity processing, with four 1.2GHz Cortex A7 cores for less demanding tasks. LG says the number of working cores can be tweaked for either maximizing processing power or dialing it back to focus on battery life savings. Nuclun can handle next-generation 4G networks with speeds up to 225Mbps. Yet it still works with our paltry LTE networks, which will be around a while given how American networks are still rolling out LTE to many regions of the country.
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Philosopher Michael Lynch SaysMichael Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, was the latest guest-speaker in my Technology, Privacy, and Law class. I asked Lynch to appear so that he could explain why he... argues, in places like his amicus curiae brief for ACLU v. Clapper and articles in The New York Times, that some privacy violations are so harmful they’re an “affront to human dignity.” Students, of course, are free to accept or reject this this view. Either way, it’s complex.
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Video: You might not careThe next big thing in television might be 4K (or even 5K, for some). Or smarter TVs. Or curvy smart TVs that also do 4K. But that doesn't mean you really need them, especially 4K big-screen TVs, since... there isn't enough actual 4K content to consume in the first place. But Sony has an amazing new TV ad that is so amazing it’s worth watching even if you’re not interested in 4K TVs at all. FROM EARLIER: Video: MasterCard is doing for Apple what Google can only dream of Shot in 4K, Sony’s new Ice Bubbles commercial is just one-minute long, and it doesn't use any computer-generated special effects, as you might expect for such a video. Of course, that makes it
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Spaceport America's director says she is looking for additional users and revenue streams that will be required to eventually make the facility financially self-sufficient.
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NBCUniversal settles withNBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court... documents.
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An anonymous reader writes: Eric Betzig recently shared in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopy. Just yesterday, Betzig and a team of researchers published a new... microscopy technique (abstract) that "allows them to observe living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed." According to the article, "Until now, the best microscope for viewing living systems as they moved were confocal microscopes. They beam light down onto a sample of cells. The light penetrates the whole sample and bounces back. ... The light is toxic, and degrades the living system over time. Betzig's new microscope solves this by generating a sheet of light that comes in from the side of the sample, made up of a series of beams that harm the sample less than one solid...
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Is the Digital Economy Still a Capitalist Economy?

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 19:06
Is the Digital Economy Still aThis is the first of a series of excerpts from The Digital Economy, 20th Anniversary Edition by Don Tapscott, released October 24, 2014. Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx,... because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is transforming the way we create wealth, work, learn, play, raise our children, and probably even the way we think. A billion people use social media daily. We have social networking, social business, social government, social entertainment, and social everything. Today's hottest concepts are social: collective intelligence, mass collaboration, crowd sourcing, and collaborative innovation. During the first era of industrial capitalism, machinery was the means of production and the most...
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So Far the Future of VirtualSince the 1980s, we've been dreaming about the resplendent future of virtual reality; one day, headgear like the Oculus Rift will be used to pour immersive entertainment into our brains. No part of... this dream includes corporate sponsors shellacking our vision with brand messages. But now that the technology is on the cusp of the mainstream, advertising "experiences" are at the forefront of VR development.
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Court shuts down alleged PCA court has shut down a New York tech support vendor after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission accused the company of scamming computer users into paying hundreds of dollars for services they did not... need. The FTC's complaint against Pairsys, based in Albany, New York, also alleged that the company charged customers for software that was otherwise available for free. Pairsys cold-called computer users in the U.S. and other countries, claiming to be representatives of Microsoft or Facebook, and convinced them to allow the company's workers to gain remote control over the customers' PCs as a way to diagnose computer problems, the FTC said.
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Source: NFC chip in new iPadsTeardowns of Apple's new iPad Air 2 revealed an NFC chip that wasn't officially announced by Apple, but sources close to the situation have confirmed it's only being used as a Secure Element for Apple... Pay in-app purchases. Apple describes the Secure Element on its website, which is used to securely store account numbers associated […]
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Code/red: Introducing the Amazon Misfire

Re/code - 24 Oct 2014 19:04
Code/red: Introducing thePlus, Microsoft's piddling Surface sales, the problem with Apple's porn policy, The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made and "The Shining," Starring Willy Wonka.
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iTunes Digital Music SalesApple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first... time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year. This continued decline is likely one of the reasons behind Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music earlier this year. Apple may be hoping to offset this drop in digital music revenue with increased subscription revenue from Beats Music. The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why Apple bought the $10-a-month subscription streaming service Beats Music earlier this year, as part of its $3 billion acquisition that included headphone maker Beats Electronics. Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and...
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Apple Sent Porn To A DeveloperPornographic content is forbidden in the Apple App Store, but Apple seems to be OK with sending porn to developers who submit their apps for review, according to one who received an inappropriate... pic.  "It turns out Apple thought the best way to tell us our app could be used to surf porn was to surf for porn using our app," Carl Smith, a Florida developer for nGen Works, wrote in a blog post on Medium (NSFW link).  The email, which Smith shared with ReadWrite, appears to be from the Apple app review team and includes an attached photo of a man's genitalia, but no warning of the enclosed content. This is the kind of thing that can create a hostile work environment for nGen employees whose jobs necessitate reading emails from Apple.  See also: The Majority Of Porn In The United States Is...
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[From GamerTell] So you think you're ready to thrive on an alien world in Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth? Here are a few things you should know to expect before making planetfall.
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More Specs Surface forA few weeks ago we shared the rumor that Sony and Mamiya were teaming up to release two medium format rangerfinder-style cameras in 2015. Today, we have a few extra details on that exciting rumor as... more sources come forward to share some of the specs we will supposedly see if and when these cameras […]
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The millionaire creator of a Facebook competitor for teenagers, Pascal Lorne needed, well, teenagers.
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​Create a USB PasswordSlacking on password security can have horrific consequences. Even so, it's easy to lose track of how many are vulnerable. With just a couple of files, you can steal passwords from nearly everywhere... they're stored on a victim's Windows PC, including your own, just to see how secure they really are.
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Private company Planetary Resources, which one day hopes to mine asteroids, is preparing to launch a prototype of a telescope designed to find them
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Having the right lighting in a room can change the entire feel of the environment. Imagine setting up the lights in your room like those that you see in a theater, or getting the perfect feel for your... house party with light that matches the music. No matter the situation, you can get the look you want in the room with the ilumi LED Smartbulb. It's on sale right now in our Deals tab. The ilumi LED Smartbulb is the smartest light bulb you'll ever encounter. With a lifespan of up to 20 years, it's a great investment that will pay off for a long time. It's five times as energy efficient as a regular light bulb, and it's capable of much more. You have complete control over the ilumi LED Smartbulb, from brightness to color of light. With just a tap of your smartphone, you can change the mood of...
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Taste the Apple rainbow

TUAW - 24 Oct 2014 19:00
The Apple logo is a fairly common subject of custom pastry artists -- the Apple pie jokes write themselves -- but rarely do any intrepid chefs attempt to recreate the colorful retro look. Flickr user... Pingiwingi knocked it out of the park with this...
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NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweightNASA Breaking News: NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass... alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures.
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The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World," created by University... of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni.
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NASA Astronaut Scott KellyNASA Breaking News: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying... Prevention Awareness Month, Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action.
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Feds Delay TV Airwaves AuctionA highly anticipated auction of TV airwaves to wireless carriers will be delayed until 2016 because of a lawsuit from broadcasters concerned that they'll lose viewers after TV stations are squished... closer together. The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it won't be able to hold the auction in 2015 as planned because the court […]
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A 32-bit Nexus in a 64-bitA 32-bit phone released in the 64-bit age rouses some questions -- let's answer them New Nexus time, baby! It's the time of the year when hardcore fans of Google's version of Android get excited. We... see new hardware, new OS versions with sweet features, and we start to think about how we're going to fund our new purchases and the things we're going to do with them. It's #420ROOTIT all day for some, enjoying "pure" Android as-is for others. With every launch of new Nexus hardware comes a little controversy, though. This year it's mostly the size -- the Nexus 6 is a big beast of a phone -- and the price -- the Nexus 6 is priced like a big beast of a phone. (Or like every other phone. Just unlike previous Nexus phones is all.) Division exists on both counts, but in the end the people who...
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Sceptre Continues With New HDTV Unveiling

Coolest Gadgets - 24 Oct 2014 18:55
Sceptre Continues With NewWhen it comes to churning out HDTVs that are not only affordable, but also capable of delivering decent visual quality, there is one particular name that you can more or less rely on - and that would... be Sceptre. In fact, Sceptre has just announced a couple of large screen HDTVs that will hit the market, where one of them happens to be a 48" HDTV, while the other would ...
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Ebola in NYC Is 'No Cause for Alarm,' Mayor Says

Live Science - 24 Oct 2014 18:55
Ebola in NYC Is 'No Cause forA doctor in New York City who recently returned from Guinea in West Africa became the first person in the city to test positive for Ebola. Officials move to prevent the spread of the disease in the... city.
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The Queen's First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

TechCrunch - 24 Oct 2014 18:54
The Queen's First Tweet Is A Think about your first tweet. Mine was sent from a desktop, but I’m sure plenty of people sent their first tweet from a smartphone. But before you can ever send a tweet, you have to sign up for an... account. And, of course, you have to type out an actual message. Only then can you press that little blue Tweet button and begin your Twitter journey. The Queen, however, does things a bit…
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New material could lead toResearchers have taken a step forward in developing batteries that can store 10 times more energy than existing lithium-ion batteries. The scientists have been experimenting with a "garnet ceramic"... material called LLZO that could hasten the release of batteries based on lithium-air chemistry. Lithium-air batteries have been in development for decades but are considered unstable for practical use. LLZO could lead to batteries that are safer, denser and more longer-lasting than lithium ion. Researchers tested its properties using electron microscopy at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Conventional lithium-ion batteries have reached their limits and a new chemistry is needed to advance the state of the art, said Cheng Ma, a post-doctoral associate...
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Light Emotional Sharing

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 18:51
When did you fall in love with Amy Poehler? Many regular women fell for her on the couch, watching her rapping while nine months pregnant on Saturday Night Live, or modeling female ambition on Parks... and Recreation, or high-fiving bestie Tina Fey on stage at the Golden Globes. Mindy Kaling fell for her face-to-face, as a relatively unknown writer suddenly thrust into Poehler's orbit for a guest-writing stint on SNL. As Kaling notes in her 2011 book of comedy/memoir/advice, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, after proposing a few sketches without success, Kaling was ready to quit until Poehler pulled the shy newcomer aside and escorted her to after-work drinks. When "this popular, pretty genius made this gesture to me?" Kaling writes. "That's the moment I started adoring Amy Poehler."
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Lost in a sea of phabletThe king of the phablet jungle is a powerful beast of a smartphone. Find out if you're really taking full advantage of your feature-packed superphone, and teach it some new tricks with these handy... Galaxy Note 4 tips. The post Lost in a sea of phablet features? Here are 15 tips to become a Galaxy Note 4 master appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Things Aren't Looking So GoodThere's a lot of stalking on this week's episode of Scandal: Huck stalks his family. Rowan diligently stalks his prey. And Fitz pushes Jake to confess to a crime he's innocent of. Throw in an extra... murder and scary Mellie, and you've got yourself an episode. We kick off with a murder. You know that case Olivia & Co. are working on? It just got deadlier, as Olivia witnesses her friend's daughter's friend Faith get shot. What's going on here? Apparently there's something shady going on with Olivia's friend's husband … and it's his right-hand guy who's doing the killings. There's some locker key involved, which Faith swallowed shortly before being killed and Quinn digs out of her dead body (gross). Looks like they will be stretching out this case over many more episodes to come, teasing a...
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There are some serious big names in this week's Price Drop as big games reach milestones, celebrate successes, and give a little back to the people to promote their new iOS 8 widgets and so forth. So... dig deep and enjoy the sales this week. We've only scratched the surface here, so get those gaming fingers ready.
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Rwandan government bans BBC's local language service over genocide documentary,
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Rwanda Suspends BBC Broadcasts Over Genocide Documentary

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 18:47
Rwanda Suspends BBC BroadcastsKIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about... Rwanda's genocide. President Paul Kagame's government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over the recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down his predecessor's plane, a crash that triggered the mass killings. The hour-long documentary -- "Rwanda, The Untold Story" -- also quoted U.S. researchers who suggested that many of the more than 800,000 Rwandans who died in the 1994 genocide may have been ethnic Hutus, and not ethnic Tutsis as the Rwandan government maintains. Rwandan Minister of Foreign...
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Whatever You Think of EdwardI have mixed feelings about Snowden. After spending more than a year reporting on the whistleblower patriot traitor spy skinny guy from North Carolina, I've gone from lauding his regard for American... civil liberties to deeply distrusting his intentions and methods for exposing state secrets. But last night, I saw Citizenfour, a new documentary about the leaks, by Laura Poitras. It turned the face of a scandal into Ed, a real human being.
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How to quickly and easilyApple’s new OS X Yosemite software is a huge update for Mac users. The latest version of Apple’s desktop software includes a great visual overhaul that makes the user interface much flatter and... more modern, with some apps that even go as far as to mirror the look of iOS 8. But beyond the obvious new graphical changes, Yosemite also includes a nifty new “dark mode” that makes a few key changes to OS X’s interface that actually have a pretty dramatic impact on the look of the operating system. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google's game-changing email app 'Inbox' As noted by CNET in a post from earlier this month, there is a new setting within
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GTAT outlines settlement with Apple

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 18:45
GTAT outlines settlement withSapphire glass; you want it, Apple wants it, but their partner couldn't deliver. In the long, slow burn that is GT Advanced, there are very few winners. Hundreds out of work, GTAT is now in bankruptcy... court, and Apple is left searching for another Sapphire partner, which probably delays the material seeing your phone (and could delay the Apple Watch). …
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The KitchenAid You've BeenYou've always wanted a KitchenAid, and today, they're only $210 brand new from Best Buy. You even get to pick from five different colors. [KitchenAid 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer, $210]
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Pilot saves the day when planeThe pilot of this flight from the German airline TUIfly managed to correct a sudden dive while landing at the Madeira International airport, one of the hardest in the world. Crosswinds were so strong... that he could only managed to get the plane completely straight a few seconds before touching the ground.
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Powerful New Microscope AllowsYou've never seen cells up-close quite like this. Developed at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a powerful new microscope can record the activity of living cells, molecules, and embryos in 3D and in... real-time. Just check out the video above that shows a HeLa cell dividing, and prepare for your mind to be blown. The microscope uses a technique called lattice light-sheet microscopy, which involves scanning a cell with ultra-thin sheets of light. This process allows scientists to collect high-resolution images while minimizing light damage to the cells. The research was described in a paper published online in the journal Science on Oct. 24. "There are many cells you could look at forever in 3D," Dr. Eric Betzig, a physicist, inventor, and engineer at the institute who developed the...
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iPad Mini 3 teardown's biggestApple's latest tiny tablet is tough to repair, says iFixit, and any fixes to the screen could result in a non-functioning Touch ID.
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Strange Triple Asteroid System Observed

The Daily Galaxy - 24 Oct 2014 18:41
"Combined observations from small and large telescopes provide a unique opportunity to understand the nature of this complex and enigmatic triple asteroid system," said Franck Marchis, senior research... scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute. "Thanks to...
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Apple's music sales down 14%Apple's worldwide digital music sales through iTunes have dropped up as much as 14% in 2014, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal citing sources close to the situation. That's a big... decrease, as the report points out, when compared to data available for digital sales last year: The dive in download […]
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Nintendo was dropping Smash Brothers info-bombs left and right last night, but the company also felt compelled to dive a little deeper into how the Wii U version of the game will play with those... curious little Amiibos. You know, the Nintendo...
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Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative.... The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac ...
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iPad Air 2 registers withSigns of NFC hardware in the iPad Air 2 have prompted speculation that Apple could turn the tablet into an Apple Pay cash register replacement, though it's almost certain not to be something the... company could enable in this generation. A recent teardown of the new 9.7-inch tablet found that it contains the same NFC chip as the iPhone 6 …
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Ericsson Beats Forecasts

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 18:37
Ericsson's revenue grew more than expected in the third quarter, but uncertainty about North American operators' mobile network spending threw a wet blanket over the Swedish company's earnings.
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Amazon Rewards credit card nowToday Amazon added Apple Pay support for its Amazon.com Rewards Visa through Chase, an interesting omission given that Chase was a day-one launch partner with Apple Pay. While some speculated that... Amazon intentionally opted out of Apple Pay, the company…
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(This Oct. 23 story has been corrected to change references to IC (interface controller) from fingerprint touch ID. This version has removed background paragraph on touch ID)
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Custom Xbox One backgrounds:Customization of the wallpaper on your Xbox One console is a feature that's been blasted over the past week. Unless you're part of the Xbox One Preview program right this minute - when this article is... posted - you'll have to wait to customize your own console. If that time has arrived for you, you'll have only to move through …
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Golden State Warriors Are GoodBasketball season is upon us and rookie hazing is in full swing. The Golden State Warriors’ rookie class of 2014 were subjected to a unique form of public hazing during an open practice this week:... Putting on costumes and turning the Oracle Arena into an a cappella karaoke studio. James Michael McAdoo sang the theme from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (2:45), Aaron Craft sang “Party in The USA” (8:14) and Draymond Green — well, Draymond Green didn’t do much except annoy the crowd (5:45). TL;DR: Basketball needs to start already. Draymond Green bought this costume for Aaron Craft pic.twitter.com/sRTEy9ls2F — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) October 24, 2014
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Deezer adds podcasts and talkMusic streaming service Deezer is going beyond music and adding podcasts in an attempt to attract more users. The company announced Friday that it had acquired Stitcher, the popular podcast and live... radio streaming app available on Android and iOS, and built into more than 50 car models from makers such as BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar and Mazda. A price tag for the deal was not announced. What this means for you: Stitcher users shouldn't notice any change in their favorite audio app after the Deezer acquisition. The two companies said Stitcher's standalone Android and iOS apps would remain as-is. The catalog of podcasts and live radio shows will also be built into Deezer's primary service to add more variety to its existing music service.
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Aleksi Kolarov was a vendor on Shadowcrew.com, an online cybercrime marketplace that sold stolen credit and bank cards and caused millions of dollars in damages.
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Real-time data on location, and when weapons are being unholstered and fired.
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States ascend into the cloud

Phys.org - 24 Oct 2014 18:30
Seven years ago, the state of Delaware started moving computer servers out of closets and from under workers' desks to create a consolidated data center and a virtual computing climate.
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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​Get More Out of theTrying to remember what we love about a book will leave us forgetting some of the best parts, and when we go back to try to find them, we definitely don't remember which pages to look for. Use an Idea... Index to be more effective: list the important ideas and quotes, and the page number they're on, right in the front of the book.
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Cutting off the Ebola zone would be a mistake

New Scientist - 24 Oct 2014 18:30
Travel bans aren't the answer: distancing ourselves from countries and people afflicted with Ebola could prove tragic for the world
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 24 Oct 2014 18:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: humanity's next 1000 years, future Ebola explosions, slumdog mapmakers, seeing brain chatter, Interstellar and more
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Was the Amazon Fire Phone aThe Amazon Fire Phone is teetering on the edge of oblivion, and there are signs everywhere. I haven't spotted a single Fire Phone in the wild since it shipped in late July, and Amazon has millions of... dollars in unsold inventory. Even AT&T, which Amazon partnered with, seems less than enthused about the phone. See also: 25 Best Free Android Apps A look at the carrier's website tells you a little about the current smartphone pecking order. There's a large photo of Apple’s iPhone 6 on its homepage; navigate to its cellphone page and you’ll find that the first slots are filled by Apple (the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5C and 5S); the next ones are filled by Samsung (the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Mega 2).
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John Wick

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 18:28
Ever since the end of the Matrix trilogy, there's been something vaguely morose about Keanu Reeves. The actor has always seemed a little lost--something his best movies have capitalized on--but now... there's an aura of melancholy about him, one that says, "What's left to do after saving the world?" He's appeared as an emotionless, despairing alien (The Day the Earth Stood Still), he's starred in an animated movie about an identity crisis (A Scanner Darkly), and he's even tried self-parody (Thumbsucker). When he tried saving the world again (Constantine), it just wasn't the same. After all this, his most iconic role from the past decade remains the one in which he appeared hangdog, on a park bench, eating a sandwich: I'm writing, of course, of Sad Keanu.
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The world's worst human beingOn Wednesday night, there was yet another fence jumper at the White House. Luckily, two heroic dogs sprang into action and stopped him almost immediately -- but not before one dog, Jordan, took a kick... to the face from the assailant. In recent weeks, there have been a couple fence jumpers at the White House grounds, and one of them actually made it inside the White House itself. The second man didn’t make it quite that far, but he still managed to assault Jordan during his escapade. After a kick to the face, we have to wonder how this heroic pup is dealing with his injuries. “All that's hurt on the dog is its pride,” a uniformed Secret Service officer told The New York
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Apple locks up top execs untilApple will be holding onto its top executives until at least 2019, if the granting of new stock options by the Apple board have anything to do with it. Angela Ahrendts, Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller, Craig... Federighi, CFO Luca Maestri, VP…
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Bayonetta 2 Review

Forbes - 24 Oct 2014 18:24
Bayonetta 2 ReviewThe gun-slinging witch returns to the Wii U, and she's better than ever.
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We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

Android Central - 24 Oct 2014 18:23
We're podcasting live at 4Right! It's Friday. Again. Podcast time. Up this week: We've gone hands-on with the HTC Nexus 9, we've spent some quality time with the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview, we'll recap the Verizon... Sony Xperia Z3v and LG G Watch R reviews, as well as the latest Android Wear update -- and of course we'll answer your questions live! Join us this afternoon at this link at 4 p.m. EDT -- that's 9 p.m. in London -- as we do this thing!
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sciencehabit writes: Here's one reason libraries hang on to old science journals: A paper from an experiment conducted 32 years ago may shed light on the nature of dark matter, the mysterious stuff... whose gravity appears to keep the galaxies from flying apart. The old data put a crimp in the newfangled concept of a 'dark photon' and suggest that a simple bargain-basement experiment could put the idea to the test. The data come from E137, a "beam dump" experiment that ran from 1980 to 1982 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. In the experiment, physicists slammed a beam of high-energy electrons, left over from other experiments, into an aluminum target to see what would come out. Researchers placed a detector 383 meters behind the target, on the other side of a...
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A new 'Harry Potter' storyJ.K. Rowling's Pottermore site reveals that a new short story focused on the mischievously malicious Dolores Umbridge will debut for free this Halloween.
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Facebook accounts are now being protected by a new email standard known as Require-Recipient-Valid-Since.
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An American Drug Dealer in Beijing

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 18:20
Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online... magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter.
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Europe said Friday it was postponing the launch next month of its first-ever "space plane" to give scientists time to finetune the mission's flight plan.
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Deezer buys podcast app Stitcher

The Verge - 24 Oct 2014 18:18
Deezer has purchased the talk radio and podcast app Stitcher, giving the widely used music service access to 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher's iOS and Android apps will continue to be... supported for those who just want to listen to talk radio, but TechCrunch reports that Deezer eventually plans to make all of those shows available through its core service too.
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NYPD: Cops Who Threw AwayTwo New York Police Department officers working near the residence of Craig Spencer, the doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola, were spotted Thursday dumping protective gloves and masks into a street... corner garbage can — prompting some alarm on social media. See also: Ebola Arrives in New York. How Prepared Is the City to Handle It? Oh wow can it get anymore comical? Let's not dispose of our gloves & mask in a public street trash can! #Ebola #NYC pic.twitter.com/RPONnSjkWg — chillbop (@Whatbugsmetoday) October 24, 2014 Have they lost their minds? @MailOnline NYC cops on Ebola case toss gloves and masks in PUBLIC trash can ://t.co/xohMJe9teI #ebola #WTF — Steen Selvejer (@SSelvejer) October 24, 2014
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The European heads of governments are currently in Brussels negotiating the targets for the European climate and energy policy for the year 2030. There seems to be a fundamental consensus for... tightening the binding climate target. Yet, there are still significant differences of opinion as to the further development of the target for renewable energies: How far should the share of renewable energies in total energy consumption be increased by 2030? And should renewables targets also be specified for individual member states or only for the EU overall?
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Light your home intelligentlyIncandescent light bulbs are inefficient, last only a couple of years, and can emit light in one color only. It's about time we brought interior lighting into the 21st century. Today, people expect... more from their interior lighting options. Those people…
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Will the next Audi RS 4 tradeStricter emissions standards make swapping the RS 4's naturally-aspirated V8 for a smaller engine make sense, but will the new model be outgunned by V8-powered rivals from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz? The... post Will the next Audi RS 4 trade a deep-breathing V8 for a turbo V6? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Amazon Quietly Launches A Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon’s own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit of a... hassle, since you can’t exactly just download the app from Google Play. But last month, Amazon quietly rolled out a new feature within its main Amazon application on Android which now includes…
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Li-ion batteries contain toxicPhysics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries--commonly found in consumer electronic devices--are superhalogens,... and that the vast majority of these electrolytes contain toxic halogens.
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Intelsat and Hispasat have agreed to coordinate their use of Brazil-aimed Ku-band satellite capacity at the 55.5 degrees west orbital slot.
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Her Majesty the Queen took to Twitter for the first time today, but not to complain about the amount of ice in her post-brunch frappé. Instead, Liz was announcing the opening of a new permanent... gallery at London's Science Museum that takes visitors...
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The Pros And Cons of Inbox By Gmail

Forbes - 24 Oct 2014 18:12
The Pros And Cons of Inbox ByThe Pros And Cons of Inbox By Gmail - This review originally appeared on Quora.
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The Best Device For Reading IsFor long-time book lovers, reading on an electronic device can be disorienting experience. The most obvious choice for those going down the e-book path is a device like the Kindle, completely and... utterly dedicated to emulating the traditional experience of reading. I've been seduced by the promise of an e-reader many-a-time, but I always find myself reaching for that device never not at my side--my smartphone.
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Can an app that people anonymously share confessions on, some of which become fodder for news stories, protect the users' identities? That's the issue surrounding Whisper this week.
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My First Kindle: I FinallyStill don't have an e-reader? I can respect that. Physical books just feel better. Print is sacred. I'm with you--or at least I was, until our reviews editor thrust a Kindle in my hand and made me use... it.
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A Win for Microsoft's SurfaceAmong the happy surprises for Microsoft investors in the company's successful quarterly financial report was the perkiness and lack of massive red ink in its Surface business.
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A New 'Harry Potter' Story IsIt's neither a trick nor a treat. J.K. Rowling will be releasing a Harry Potter story on Oct. 31, focused on the devil incarnate herself Dolores Umbridge, according to a post on Pottermore on Friday.... See also: 'Harry Potter' Fan Theory Uncloaks the Parallels in 'Deathly Hallows' The new story will provide a 1,700-word backstory about Umbridge, including new details, plus Rowling’s "revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character," the Pottermore announcement reads. (You can't view the announcement without a membership to Pottermore.) Harry Potter fans will remember Umbridge as the most sadistic cat lady to have ever lived, torturing Harry and other students during her time as Hogwarts headmistress in the fifth book Order of the Phoenix. (Remember the time she punished...
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Bits Blog: Malicious Ebola-Themed Emails Are on the Rise

The New York Times - 24 Oct 2014 18:04
Bits Blog: MaliciousCriminals are attempting to install malicious programs on computers using false Ebola advisories as bait.
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What is the implication of Inbox by Gmail for email marketing? This question was originally answered on Quora by Noya Lizor.
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Massing 37oz, with a wide 8.4° field of view and 5mm of exit pupil, these are excellent 'grab and go' binoculars for anything outdoors. Space.com's @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good... features.
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Ziptask relaunches to tackleWith the war for technical talent as fierce as ever, more and more companies are turning to outsourcing. But little has changed in the outsourced labor market in the last 10 years, with most companies... in the space seemingly content to throw more bodies, often at ever-declining hourly rates, at their clients' technical problems. But, particularly for first time users and in the small- and mid-sized business (SMB) arena, this […]
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Camera-Toting Eagle ReleasedPlaces like Paris are prime candidates for capturing incredible aerial footage, but where most people would go about this task with a drone (or maybe a replica of the Up! house…) the people at the... non-profit FREEDOM took a different approach. They strapped a Sony Action Cam Mini to the back of a white-tailed eagle […]
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CBS Harnesses Star Power forCBS has enlisted some major star power for a week of special Instagram content Actors from all 21 of the network's primetime series are set to participate in a week-long CBS Instagram takeover, which... will begin Oct. 27 and run until Nov. 2. See also: Inside Kensi's Emotional Moment on 'NCIS: LA' "One of the best ways for the audience to experience a show is through the eyes of its stars,” said Chris Ender, CBS's executive vice-president of communications. “This Instagram campaign captures a week of CBS primetime, as artists release photos and videos from the sets, just for the fans." Cast members and producers will be posting photos and videos from set on the day their shows air. So Monday, for example, will see actors from 2 Broke Girls, Scorpion, NCIS: LA and The Millers...
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There's a chance your WindowsTake a closer look at your current Windows machine. It might be one of the millions of PCs that could be hacked right now and you might not even know anything is happening. At least, that's what two... different reports say, covering two equally disturbing vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. FROM EARLIER: A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you A new zero-day vulnerability that exists in Microsoft's Office suite of apps has been discovered. It’s similar to the one Microsoft patched a few days ago, which was believed to have been used for spying on the U.S. government. Hackers can take advantage of certain code in PCs running various Windows operating system
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[From GamerTell] Ridley in Super Smash Bros is for real, and it shows Nintendo has been paying attention to its fans.
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This man just sold Ebola.com for $200,000

The Verge - 24 Oct 2014 18:00
Just a few weeks ago, businessman Jon Schultz was hoping to capitalize on news headlines around the globe and wanted to sell the Ebola.com domain for around $150,000. He's managed to rake in even more... than that. After buying Ebola.com for $13,500 in 2008, Schultz's Blue String Ventures just flipped the domain for $200,000. According to this SEC filing, the buyer is a Russian company called Weed Growth Fund, which is paying $50,000 in cash and handing over 19,192 shares it holds in another pot-focused company, Cannabis Sativa. Those are valued at around $164,000. Based in Nevada, Cannabis Sativa is led by two-term New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and aims to grow its business by marketing marijuana products for recreational and medical...
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NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft's first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers.
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month,... Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action.
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​Train Your Kids toKids have a knack for demanding attention at the worst moments, especially for the parent who works from home . Practice specific work scenarios, like conference calls, so your children remember how... to behave when they really happen.
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NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or... foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures.
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Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp
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BrandPost: Five waysYou've got a growing business, but it won't grow forever if your money slips through your fingers. Here are five ways that small and medium businesses often waste money, and how you can avoid it.... Underestimating project costs Too many projects follow the 90/90 rule: The first 90 percent of the job costs 90 percent of the budget; the remaining 10 percent of the job uses an additional 90 percent of the budget. To avoid massive budget overages, learn to estimate accurately. Talk to other people who have worked on similar projects to find out what pitfalls can be avoided, and which need to be budgeted for before they can't be avoided.
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Collaboration across multiple devices could get a whole lot more interesting if MIT's newest device hack catches on. It's a combination of software and hardware called HuddleLamp, and it lets you turn... all your touchscreen gadgets into a single...
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Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station.
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Amazon Fire Phone: A Review OfAmazon's Fire Phone has just cost the company $170million, here's a look at the troubled phone, and its problems
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This Is the Very First Photo of Earth From Space

Universe Today - 24 Oct 2014 17:59
This Is the Very First PhotoThese days we see photos of our planet taken from space literally every day. Astronauts living aboard the International Space Station, weather and Earth-observing satellites in various orbits, even... distant spacecraft exploring other planets in our Solar System... all have captured images of Earth from both near and far. But there was a time not that long […]
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Massing 27oz, with a 6.8° field of view and 7.1mm of exit pupil, these binoculars are great for young astronomers. Space.com's @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
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IBM Earnings Reflect Just How The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not... quite right at Big Blue. IBM’s earnings illustrate the challenge they face as they transform themselves into a cloud-centric company. It could be that it will take some time for that…
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Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over... every detail of his seven days in New York. We know where he lives, where he ate dinner the night before he was hospitalized, where he went bowling, and the brand of car service that brought him home.
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Massing 35oz, with a 5.8° field of view and 7mm of exit pupil, these binoculars are fine for astronomy but can be used in daytime for other hobbies and sports. Space.com's @DavidSkyBrody shows you... the good and not-so-good features.
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Heartbleed, 28 Weeks Later

The Atlantic - 24 Oct 2014 17:56
Heartbleed, 28 Weeks LaterThe world has moved on from Heartbleed. The OpenSSL team hasn't.
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Project 3D prints photographsSingapore's PIRATE3D has used 3D printed models as a memory aid for blind people, enabling them to feel moments from their past.
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Get an Inside Look at Amazon'sOrdering holiday gifts on Amazon seems so simple. Ever wonder what happens between when you click "Checkout" and the items arrive at your door?
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How to Choose Binoculars forA good pair of binoculars can help stargazers get the most out of the night sky. Find out which type of binoculars you need in our Buyer's Guide.
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Oberwerk Mariner 8x40The Oberwerk Mariner 8x40 is our Editors' Choice for best small binoculars for astronomy. Read our full review and find more top picks here.
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Celestron SkyMaster 25x100Celestron's Skymaster 25x100 is our Editors' Choice for best large astronomy binoculars. These binoculars are an immersive space-time machine. But large binoculars must be mounted on a tripod, or the... view will be very shaky and your arms very quickly exha
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Celestron SkyMaster 8x56Celestron's Skymaster 8x56 is our Editors' Choice for best medium-sized binoculars for astronomy. Read our full review and find more top picks here.
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Massing 88oz, with a 4.4° field of view and 4.6mm of exit pupil, these optically wonderful binoculars deliver the universe at night and the sunlit world in daylight. Space.com's @DavidSkyBrody shows... you the good and not-so-good features.
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NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns from 'Saturday Night Live,' other shows for $6.4M
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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo GamingWhen it comes to playing games, there are many aspects of a particular title that will definitely pique the interest of a particular gamer. For some of them, having fantastic looking graphics is of... the utmost importance, while for the others, it will require more than just fancy visual effects, but a solid story line certainly plays an important aspect, not to mention having lifelike audio. ROCCAT Studios knows this, ...
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NBCUniversal Settles LawsuitNEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages. Unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows... brought a class action suit last July in Manhattan federal court claiming NBCUniversal violated the law by classifying them as non-employee interns and paid them nothing or less than minimum wage, when they were actually doing employee work. NBCUniversal said in court documents that even though it's settling the suit, it denies the allegations and doesn't admit any wrongdoing. The average amount that class-action members of the suit will receive is $505 before taxes, although the main plaintiffs will receive more. The number of class members is capped at 8,975. The interns had been seeking recovery...
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LG G Pad 7.0, LG G3 both arrive on U.S. Cellular

Android Central - 24 Oct 2014 17:54
LG G Pad 7.0, LG G3 bothU.S. Cellular is now offering the LTE version of the LG G Pad 7.0 on its network. Additionally, U.S. Cellular is now offering the LG G3. Both devices are available in stores and online, and both work... on U.S. Cellular's 4G LTE network, which the carrier says will reach 93 percent of its customers by the end of the year.
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How Hermès is WinningUnlike a great number of its counterparts, Hermès has created desire coupled with mystique that even in today's digital age it has managed to maintain. Doing so can be attributed to much more than... just the elusiveness of its famous handbags however, and one such way is the creativity it defers to online.
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This week's Avengers; Age of Ultron trailer was a surprise reveal for everyone -- chief among them Marvel itself, who decided to combat a poor-quality leak by publishing the full HD version one week... earlier than expected. There's a lot to glean from the trailer if you care to go frame by frame, but the definite centerpiece is Iron Man in a major public fight with the Hulk. Trailers are notorious for taking dramatic scenes out of context for sake of, well, drama. But it ultimately doesn't matter why the Hulk and Iron Man are fighting. What's more important is that Iron Man came prepared for the fight with a pre-built supersuit designed to take on his (former) best friend -- and that says as much about Iron Man as it does the entire future...
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Massing 156oz, with a 3° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these optically sweet monsters belong on a tripod. They are actually 2 side-by-side refractor telescopes. Space.com's @DavidSkyBrody... shows you the good and not-so-good features.
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Socar, Korea's Answer To South Korea is know for advanced technology and hardware companies like Samsung, LG and others. But startups? Certainly the country has produced few fledgling tech companies, though there are... increasing signs that things are changing: the latest being Socar — a startup comparable to Zipcar — raising a $18 million round of funding this month.
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Historian: Shroud of Turin isYou can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times.
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Massing 76oz, with a 3.2° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these rubber-coated binoculars, plus a sturdy tripod, will bring you close to the night sky, plus animals and sports in daylight.... Space.com's @DavidSkyBrody shows you around.
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In an effort to make a push for its recently unveiled Samsung NX1, the South Korean company is now recruiting celebrities to help along the way. As part of this, Samsung has revealed that Joseph... Gordon-Levitt, known for roles in movies like 10 Things...
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Once an object fall through the event horizon of a black hole, they're lost forever. "It's an exit door from our universe," said Shep Doeleman, assistant director at the MIT Haystack Observatory and... research associate at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory....
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Vatican's Ancient ManuscriptsThe Vatican Library has spent the past seven months digitizing, and the first documents appeared online for free this week.
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The French Spotify competitor Deezer, which recently launched in the U.S., has bought the on-demand internet radio and podcast service Stitcher. There's no public price tag on the deal and,... according…
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Apple CEO had 'very open'Tim Cook met with a Chinese official to talk online security amid allegations that the country tried to hack Apple's iCloud service.
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Low Latency 112: Back to theThis week the Internet's attention was transfixed on a hoverboard, while ignoring Apple's newest iPad.
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For startup operators, especially in less-developed nations, the ministry said, the so-called Space Protocol offers the hope of lower prices for space access, much as a similar protocol in existence... for aircraft equipment has reduced the cost of aircraft financing by as much as 30 percent.
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AberBeta writes: PCGamingWiki contributor Soeb has been looking into the recent larger budget game releases to appear on Linux, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands: The Pre–Sequel produced... by Mac porting houses Feral and Aspyr. Soeb reports that while feature parity is high, performance could be a bit better. Performance differences aside, the games are finally arriving on Linux — now the userbase needs to expand to make a virtuous cycle.
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As Battle for the InternetAs the World Series begins, baseball analogies on a series of Washington decisions impacting Internet users come to mind. After millions of lobbying dollars spent by Internet Access Providers and an... historic level of public comments at the FCC, key Washington battles for the Internet are headed for the final inning. The near monopolists are at bat and are swinging for the fences in a bid to kill open Internet rules and dominate the online ecosystem. I see FCC Chairman Wheeler on the mound, trying to decide what to pitch while millions of interested parties fill the stands. Other Commissioners and key players try to signal the pitch as they elbow each other to play coach or catcher. Filling out the defensive field are an array of stakeholders looking out for consumer interests, future...
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13 Spectacular Photos of TheThe moon passed in front of the sun on Thursday, causing a partial solar eclipse visible across North America For Stargazers lucky enough to experience clear weather during the eclipse, the sun... appeared to take on a crescent shape, as the moon partially obstructed it from our view. This is 2014's first partial solar eclipse. A full solar eclipse took place in April. See also: 30 Stunning Images of Space Although staring directly at a partial solar eclipse can cause permanent eye damage, photographers risked their vision to capture awe-inspiring images of the sun for those unable to see the event live. Check out a few of our favorites, below:
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NFC-Equipped iPad Air 2 SparksEarlier this week, a teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit surprisingly revealed the presence of a near field communications (NFC) controller chip that is identical to the one inside the... iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple never advertised the Air 2 as having NFC, and the tablet doesn't support contactless Apple Pay payments, so the inclusion of this chip is somewhat puzzling. In a new article, Gigaom examines the reasons why Apple might include but not activate this hardware in its tablet device, speculating that the chip may eventually serve to help small businesses process payments. Portion of iPad Air 2 logic board showing NFC chip boxed in red (Source: iFixit) In this scenario, the iPad Air 2 would serve as a cash register, potentially using the onboard NFC chip to process wireless...
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One of the two STEREO spacecraft is experiencing communication problems....
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Deezer buys Stitcher, a stabThe Spotify rival acquires the Pandora of talk radio, aiming to set itself apart from bigger competitors as it makes a quiet entrance into the US.
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Rite Aid stores block AppleDays after the launch of Apple Pay, Rite Aid has stopped accepting the payment system at 4,600 stores across the United States. The company, which is one of the biggest drug store chains in the... country, said it is currently not accepting Apple Pay or the competing Google Wallet. Posts from customers on Twitter indicated that Apple Pay worked successfully when the system launched on Monday, but it was subsequently disabled by the retailer later in the week. The reason for the decision isn't clear. Two company spokespeople failed to return numerous calls made on Thursday and Friday, although the company's customer service department confirmed the 'tap-and-go' payment systems were not currently welcome.
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$36 WORTH OF FREE APPS! 9This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great... paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google's game-changing email app 'Inbox' These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.
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Rockstar's incredible GrandIf you haven’t already picked up Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series on Android and iOS, you’re missing out on some of the best console games ever brought to mobile. But now’s your chance to... get them super cheap, which GTA 3, Vice…
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How NSA Spying, Google andThese remarks are adapted from a talk at the Center for European Studies at Harvard on October 23. I see an increased nervousness in my country about America. Even though both our countries have an... eagle on their coat of arms, people currently are focused on a different bird: the chicken. And not just any old chicken, but the "Chlorhuhn" chicken. Perhaps I should translate it for you: The "Chlorhuhn" is a chicken that has been disinfected in a bath of chlorine -- as American food companies do it. This chicken -- free from bacteria, thanks to the chlorine -- has made it into the top ten of German America clichés. It now makes appearances in our late night comedy shows, which are having a great time mocking TTIP, the transatlantic trade agreement. The "Chlorhuhn" chicken symbolizes the...
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Don't Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home

Mashable - 24 Oct 2014 17:32
Don't Try Bending the iPad AirBendgate continues with the iPad Air 2, and it's far worse than we've ever imagined. In a new YouTube video that will surely make any tablet owner's knuckles whiten and teeth clench, the latest iPad... Air 2 undergoes a bend test to see how much pressure it can endure. See also: 14 Things Thicker Than the iPad Air 2 YouTube user Martin Macht starts bending his new iPad Air 2 with his bare hands, but the bend turns into a break. Tiny pieces start to fall off and the screen shatters, leaving your jaw on the ground. Miraculously, there's a twist: Even after the damage, the iPad Air 2 still works. (Well, sort of.)
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[From EntertainmentTell] "St. James Place" is the title of Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War movie
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Japanese Hobbyists Build A Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is... four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The…
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Ebola Won't Go Airborne

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 17:30
With Ebola fears on the rise, so are myths about the virus, including the persistent belief the pathogen will somehow start to spread by air. It's turned up in public polls and even New York Times... op-eds. But as the video above explains, no virus been shown to change its method of transmission so fundamentally. 
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Malware installed on the computer server hosting the Breyer Horses website may have compromised personal information for people who made purchases between March 31, 2013 and Oct. 6.
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Try Applying for a BusinessYou don't have to be a suit-wearing CEO to apply for a business credit card. In fact, you can have as little as a social security number and an Amazon Affiliates account to be eligible for lower... interest rates or other perks of business cards.
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Slumdog mapmakers fill in the urban blanks

New Scientist - 24 Oct 2014 17:30
The Missing Maps initiative aims to chart slums around the world as a way of fighting disease outbreaks and hastening development
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Microsoft Co-Founder PaulMicrosoft co-founder Paul Allen raised his donation to $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola.
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The Best Extensions for Safari in iOS 8

Gizmodo - 24 Oct 2014 17:29
The Best Extensions for SafariWhen Apple unleashed iOS 8 on the world, it didn't exactly break down the boundaries of its walled garden--but it did put in one or two windows. Apps can now share with each other more easily, and... there's improved integration for third-party tools in Safari thanks to the new extension support. Here are 8 of the best compatible apps currently available, and what they can do for you.
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Facebook's New App 'Rooms' Lets You Chat Anonymously

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 17:27
Facebook's New App 'Rooms'Facebook announced a new stand-alone mobile app that enables people to communicate anonymously--a change in the company's long-standing policy. Called "Rooms," the app is a sort of updated version of... chat rooms or web forums, as it enables people to communicate around different topics. The idea, says the blog announcing the new product, is that people can create "places for the things you're into, and invite others who are into them too." Users can customize the look and feel of forums, and share photos and videos about any topic--the app suggests 'City Gargens' and 'Pug Lovers.
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Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Free ofNina Pham, the first nurse in Dallas to be infected with Ebola, is now free of the virus, and will be released from the hospital today, officials said.
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The Queen puts the RT inElizabeth II has sent her first tweet -- or has she? It's a right royal mystery...
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Study: Whales grew huge afterGreat white sharks have nothing on the ancient megalodon, which grew up to 50 feet in length and sported teeth as long as 7 inches.
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The game industry is capable of building incredible worlds, engrossing us with believable characters, and empowering us to destroy (or create!) both. The unfortunate side of all that enchantment is... the shaky business models that much of the industry...
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Naim mu-so hits Apple storeNaim Audio have let it be known that they're aiming for the big-time with their newest wireless audio device, the mu-so, going so far as to hit Apple with the device. Landing a spot in the Apple Store... and Apple online, the Naim mu-so will bring on 450 watts of power, six 75-watt digital amplifiers, and 24/bit/192kHz high-resolution music. This …
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Senator wants anonymous appSocial media app Whisper, a supposedly anonymous way for users to post online confessions, is now facing privacy questions from a U.S. senator after reports that it tracks locations of users and has... shared their information with other companies. Whisper, which bills itself as the "safest place on the Internet," has been tracking the locations of users it finds interesting and offered to share some user information with The Guardian, according to stories in the newspaper this month.
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Tim Cook is in China this week, where he announced plans to open 25 new Apple stores in its Greater China region in the next two years.
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Ford could make a Tesla-beaterFord execs have set tongues wagging about a possible Tesla-rivaling luxury electric car from the marque, after CEO Mark Fields described the idea as "consistent with our product philosophy." The tease... came as Ford revealed its quarterly financial results, recording $1.2bn in Q3 profit - down a hefty $1.4bn year-on-year - as Fields was pressed into referring to the Silicon …
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Surprise! The Internet isThe Internet is filled with assholes who ruin it for everyone else. That’s the takeaway from two seemingly disparate news items — the first that cloud storage service Bitcasa is ending its... unlimited plan, and the second that Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee doesn’t like that his legacy is being used to spread “the dark side of humanity,” as the Guardian puts it — published today. (I’m sure that plenty […]
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Nintendo's Extended Amiibo Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to... win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video is mostly fun, and it gives you a decent look at…
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Happy 13th birthday AppleThirteen years ago this week, Apple shook up the music industry with the launch of the first generation of iPod and while it may have come with a physical scroll wheel, huge hold switch and a FireWire... port with cover, it made listening to music on the...
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The first Bitcoin wallet for emerging markets

Springwise - 24 Oct 2014 17:17
The first Bitcoin wallet forThe Philippines' coins.ph is a mobile Bitcoin wallet that's bringing the cryptocurrency to populations without secure banking.
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Inside The Software ThatiZotope RX is the brand to watch when it comes to digital audio restoration. Whether you're a nascent music producer looking for the right tool to mitigate your bedroom, or a budding investor catching... up on trends in the entertainment industry, iZotope is a company worth following.
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Haunting Double ExposuresThe images that make up photographer Annalisa Natali Murri‘s series Then the Sky Crashed Down Upon Us are, in a word, haunting. Double exposures, they pay tribute to the April 2013 collapse of the... Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh by allowing the viewers to view the rubble through through the emotionally devastated faces of those […]
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Ford's new safety system letsThe ability for cars to detect pedestrians and other obstacles is becoming more commonplace, and Ford is the latest automaker to add this capability to its vehicles, using a combination of radar and... camera images. The post Ford’s new safety system lets cars ‘see’ pedestrians appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'Doctor Who' Fan Proposes To"Doctor Who" fans ready to pop the question should take cues from Bill Cindrich. The fan recently proposed to his girlfriend in front of a homemade TARDIS. complete with a "Will You Marry Me?" sign.... We're sure this Time Lord's two hearts were pounding with excitement. The good news is she accepted the proposal. "If she would have said no I was going to have a beautiful blue bonfire that night," Cindrich wrote in a Reddit thread earlier this week. Here's how we imagine the big day going down: The Ood will probably sing the couple's praises as The Face of Boe pronounces them Time Lord and wife. The pair will then honeymoon on the planet Midnight and tour the cosmos in search of the best anti-gravity restaurant around. We have a feeling Cindrich won't be the only Whovian to propose in such...
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Why the New Digital HealthDespite efforts by both government and the medical profession, not to mention countless New Years' resolutions, people still smoke, consume unhealthy food, become overweight and fail to exercise. But... with digital self empowerment moving into its next chapter, that could all change. There is reason to believe that the new digital health apps being developed by consumer technology giants like Apple, Samsung and Google -- self-monitoring devices such as the Apple Watch, Simband and Google Fit -- may be able to change behaviors that four-plus decades of diet books, yoga videos and self-help seminars -- not to mention anemic marketing campaigns -- have largely failed to achieve. So far the evidence is promising that a consumer-led approach might be more successful at making human behavior...
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AMD slashes A-series desktop APU prices

PC World - 24 Oct 2014 17:14
AMD slashes A-series desktopAMD recently slashed the suggested prices of its Kaveri A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs) by about 20 percent. The new prices mean a 3.7GHz quad-core AMD A10-7850K will soon cost around... $143, down from $179. A slew of other AMD APUs are also receiving price cuts, and AMD will even throw in a free game with some models to sweeten the pot even further (and show off the superior graphics capabilities of its Radeon-packed APUs). What this means for you: Cheaper is better! Price cuts are always good news, but it may take some time before you start seeing AMD's latest price cuts online. At this writing, several retail outlets were still selling the AMD chips at pre-price cut rates. If you're thinking about picking up an AMD APU for your next desktop build, you may want to wait a few...
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An identical policy has been purchased for a second Argentine telecommunications spacecraft, ArSat-2, scheduled for launch in 2015.
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Touchdown Baby Is Sorta PumpedHand signals in sports know no borders, even when it's baby talk. With a name like Ace, it's no surprise that this 9-month-old has taken an early liking to sports. But judging from his reaction, he's... probably rooting for the opposite team. Bette Midler Breathes New Life Into TLC's Smash Hit 'Waterfalls' Golden State Warriors Are Good at Basketball, Terrible at Singing University of Oregon Quarterback Invades Super Mario 25 Celebrity Impressions Crammed Into 1 'Forget You' Cover
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New microscope allowsA new microscope designed by 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry winner Eric Betzig gives scientists ability to watch embryos and living cells move in 3D. The device could potentially lead to improved... understanding on how cancer spreads and birth defects occur.
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[EntertainmentTell] DVD Review: Panic Room

Technology Tell - 24 Oct 2014 17:11
[From EntertainmentTell] Mill Creek's Panic Room offers up a suspense thriller from the past.
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Video: The iPad Air 2The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This... shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. READ OUR iPAD AIR 2 REVIEW: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone The
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Travelers often turn to Yelp to check out consumer reviews of hotels before they go on vacation, and now they can book a room directly through its site and app thanks to a partnership with startup... Hipmunk.
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Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

The Mac Observer - 24 Oct 2014 17:10
Apple, Nike Teaming Up onNike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable... technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available. The Mac Observer Spin: Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.
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Powerful new software plug-inAn effective new data-debugging software tool dubbed "CheckCell" was released to the public this week in a presentation by University of Massachusetts Amherst computer science doctoral student Daniel... Barowy. He spoke at the premier international computer programming language design conference known as OOPSLA, in Portland, Ore.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Kim Basinger is planning in a comeback in Shane Black's "The Nice Guys"
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AT&T U-verse customers in several states received an erroneous emergency warning on Friday morning.
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Welcome to the interactive future of brain medicine
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Crypto Currency – perhaps the payment method that gets technologists the most excited. San Francisco – the city that is synonymous with the technology industry. Put these two together and you... have a logical partnership.
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An "anti-Facebook" company is making big promises not to sell ads or user data -- but those promises will mean little until the company acts to be more transparent.
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Madeleine Albright JustConan O'Brien's first Twitter fight with a former Secretary of State was a resounding failure. (For him, at least.) The comedian and talk show host had a good ole Internet flame war with Madeleine... Albright (albeit one that ended after one exchange), who served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Conan believes Albright is one of his many doppelgangers (also numbered among them is Tilda Swinton). See also: Megan Amram's Weird and Brilliant Comedy The "fight" began when O'Brien revealed his Halloween costume. I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as “Slutty Madeleine Albright.” — Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014
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[From EntertainmentTell] Prepare the all-white dressing rooms and stock the tub with Evian (reportedly, according to this tour rider via The Smoking Gun) Jennifer Lopez will put pen to paper and ink a... deal that will net her $26 million over two years, just for performing inside Planet Hollywood at The Axis three times a week. That's around one million bucks a month for working twelve days. Jennifer Lopez is going to be so rich.
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'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'Nintendo knows they're more or less the last bastion of couch co-op and competitive play for console multiplayer, with most games on the Xbox One or PS4 these days not even getting a two-player... splitscreen mode. But now they're taking things to a whole new level.
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There's a Knock-Off Segway ForIt was heralded as the device that would change cities and urban landscapes forever. But thanks to a price tag that put it in direct competition with a used car, the Segway ended up a punchline... instead of a revolution. Will that ever change? If we get kids addicted to never having to walk again with ride-on toys like the Dareway, the Segway might one day become a hit.
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Taylor Swift Thinks Jimmy Kimmel Is a Jerk

Mashable - 24 Oct 2014 17:04
Taylor Swift Thinks JimmyTaylor Swift, like most people on the Internet, does not appreciate Jimmy Kimmel's pranks The singer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, and gave the host a piece of her mind for his "twerking... girl on fire" prank from last year, calling him a straight-up jerk. God bless you, Tay Tay — we knew you were a national treasure for a reason See also: Um, 8 Seconds of Static Put Taylor Swift at No. 1 on Canada’s iTunes Chart Apparently, Kimmel's music booker also threw Swift out of the building when she was 14, so the host is basically public enemy numero uno to all Swifters out there. Beware Jimmy, it's only a matter of time until Taylor pens a song about you and your evil pranking ways
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Jackie Chan's Best Story Ever

Twisted Sifter - 24 Oct 2014 17:04
Jackie Chan's Best Story Ever  All you need to know is that it involves Bruce Lee.    
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[EntertainmentTell] Movie Review: "John Wick"

Technology Tell - 24 Oct 2014 17:04
[From EntertainmentTell] "John Wick" might not be the most original revenge movie ever, but ask yourself one question -- does it really need to be?
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What Do Baseball Players FeelMajor League Baseball athletes play it pretty cool and collected. They stroll up to home plate with a wedge of gum between their teeth. They ritually tap the bat a couple of times, sinking down to... stare at the pitcher. It's a dance, methodical and focused. That is, until the crack of his bat hurls a ball high into the air, toward the outfield bleachers, farther and farther. The batter is already rounding first, a surprised and hopeful wince on his face. He appears to be praying for a couple more feet, inches at least Then finally, the ball lands amid a sea of upstretched hands. Home run The batter's face changes — sometimes he looks down and cracks a huge smile, a silent amen. Other times, he pumps his fist into the air and yells a warrior cry, either to a roar from the crowd or chants...
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The Best Free Apps for October 24, 2014

AppleTell - 24 Oct 2014 17:02
The Best Free Apps for OctoberGoogle takes over your email, Rooms organizes your chats, and RETRY earns its name. The post The Best Free Apps for October 24, 2014 appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "Happyish," Philip Seymour Hoffman's last TV project, will live on with Steve Coogan
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This Week's Awesome StoriesSometimes, we need to take a look at technologies, their trends, and their consequences from alternative points of view. This week, a slew of stories popped up around the web showing just how much... things are changing but in unexpected ways. Settle in and read how the future is unfolding. Enjoy this week’s stories! ARTIFICIAL LIFE: Binary […]
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[From GamerTell] There are 34 indie game bundles available this week, and 6 are Halloween-themed.
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How To Tell If You're Burning Money Too Fast

TechCrunch - 24 Oct 2014 17:00
How To Tell If You're Burning Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wildfire. Entrepreneurs are asking us: How do I know if I am burning money too fast? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer... for an entrepreneur on what level of burn is appropriate for their startup. However, every entrepreneur should consistently assess their runway and revise spending against their strategic goals.
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The Services That Prey on UsNot all companies are out to get us, but not all have our best interests at heart either. Some industries are particularly happy to take advantage of our misfortunes to make a profit. Here's how to... fight back.
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Tim Cook wants to bring AppleTim Cook earlier this week traveled to China where he met with Chinese authorities to discuss a gamut of privacy issues, including recent allegations that the Chinese government recently set up a man... in the middle attack to stealthily capture iCloud...
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Pandora is launching a new ad product called Sponsored Listening that it hopes will encourage users of its free service to become paying subscribers. But with competitors looking to follow suit, can... the subscription conversion rate improve on just price alone? With Fox and Sony Playstation in on the early targeted beta-test, the full roll-out to both users and sponsors will take place next year.
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Ahhh! 5 Storytelling Apps ThatEditor's Note: This piece was originally published by our partners at PopSugarTech. Halloween creeps closer! The house has been cobwebbed, the candy is out, and the costume is good to go . . . so now... what? Get ready for the festivities by spooking yourself and your friends silly with haunting tales of ghosts, talking dolls, and phantoms. These five hair-raising storytelling apps will frighten, startle, and disturb you into the All Hallows' Eve mood. iPoe ($4)--This interactive and illustrated Edgar Allen Poe app reimagines all the poet's greatest, spookiest classics. Terrifying animations and an original soundtrack illustrate "The Oval Portrait," "The Tell Tale Heart," "The Masque of Red Death," and "Annabel Lee." True Ghost Stories From Around the World ($1)--User-submitted ghost stories...
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Which gaming mice are worth buying?

Engadget - 24 Oct 2014 17:00
The peripherals you play with can be just as important to your gaming success as actual skill. A suboptimal keyboard or sluggish mouse can open the door to defeat, which is why it's a good idea to... pick up equipment specifically made for the job. But...
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Ebola-Free Dallas Nurse NinaNina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas, is now virus-free and was being discharged on Friday, National Institutes of Health officials said. See also: NYC Ebola... Patient's Neighbor: 'I Don't See a Need to Panic' Pham was the first person to contract Ebola within the U.S. She and a second nurse were infected with the virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from Ebola. Pham was eventually transferred to the NIH's clinical center in Maryland. Speaking at the NIH on Friday, Pham said, "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family, and friends."
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

Slashdot - 24 Oct 2014 16:57
New submitter Intrepid imaginaut sends word of a study (PDF) into how e-commerce sites show online shoppers different prices depending on how they found an item and what the sites know about the... customer. "For instance, the study found, users logged in to Cheaptickets and Orbitz saw lower hotel prices than shoppers who were not registered with the sites. Home Depot shoppers on mobile devices saw higher prices than users browsing on desktops. Some searchers on Expedia and Hotels.com consistently received higher-priced options, a result of randomized testing by the websites. Shoppers at Sears, Walmart, Priceline, and others received results in a different order than control groups, a tactic known as “steering.” To get a better price, the article advises deleting cookies before shopping,...
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[From EntertainmentTell] My feet are cold, aren't yours? Well, they should be, because hell hath frozen over.
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Jacob Loafman: My First Year as a Wedding Photographer

The Phoblographer - 24 Oct 2014 16:55
Jacob Loafman: My First YearPhotographer Jacob Loafman talks to us about making it in his first year as a wedding photographer.
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Might is right with the DeluxeI know that size does matter at times - especially when it comes to the likes of TV screens as well as smartphones, but not everything large is welcome. However, there are times when a behemoth simply... brings awe and a sense of wonder to the masses, and hence it is interesting to take note that you might want to check out this $64.99 Deluxe Inflatable Godzilla Costume for this ...
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Listen to Eula Biss discuss her new book, On Immunity, and take questions from the audience. Recorded Oct. 14, 2014.
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The US enjoys a fleeting moment as a country known for fast broadband, at least in one analyst's assessment.
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[From EntertainmentTell] James Blunt apologizes for his best-known song
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[From EntertainmentTell] There's another "The Room"-related project- and yes, you definitely have breast cancer
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The Story Behind the BrooklynYou know that ubiquitous photo of workers hanging off the Brooklyn Bridge's wires? The one plastered on every coffee cup, poster, and pint glass sold in NYC? It wasn't always so famous. In fact, its... photographer was completely unknown until the late 1990s.
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Deezer acquires Stitcher,Cross-platform music streaming and discovery service Deezer has purchased Stitcher. The company plans to aid efforts worldwide and break into the US by acquiring the podcast and talk radio service to... provide more content on its own platform.
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Tomorrow's tablets? Look, no hands

Phys.org - 24 Oct 2014 16:50
Engineers in a suburban Chicago office complex have designed a new microphone that they say will be key to the future of smartphone and tablet technology because it gives consumers the ability to... operate hand-held devices without touching them.
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For five years now, The Garage has served as Microsoft's incubator for employees' passion projects, an internal community of engineers, designers, hardware tinkerers and others from all different... parts of the company who work on their own or with others on pet projects, some of which could potentially benefit the company.
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Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites?

Scientific American - 24 Oct 2014 16:49
Complex Life Owes ItsIs complex life rare in the cosmos? The idea that it could be rests on the observation that the existence of life like us – with large, energy hungry, complicated cells – may be... --
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Sprint's new 'iPhone for Life'After last month announcing its $70/month iPhone for Life plan that allows users to "rent" an iPhone and upgrade every two years, today Sprint announced that it will be launching a new 12-month lease... option starting Nov. 14. That means that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users signing up for the iPhone for Life Plan will […]
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Ray of hope: Sunshine can helpResearchers have found that exposure to sunshine could help decrease the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, wouldn't too much exposure to sunlight cause skin cancer?
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Stephen Hawking's FirstStephen Hawking's Facebook has experienced a big bang of followers, reaching nearly 900,000 in a couple of weeks.
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New tarantula named after John Lennon

Fox News - 24 Oct 2014 16:46
New tarantula named after JohnResearchers inspired by what they described as John Lennon's mission to "make this world a gentler place" have named a not-so-gentle tarantula after him, reports NBC News.
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Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

Pocket-lint - 24 Oct 2014 16:45
Nexus 9 hands-on: Your nextGoogle calls the Nexus 9 a tablet for mover and makers, perhaps an indicator that the new Nexus tablet is going to be pitched at productivity, rather than just portable entertainment. Built by HTC,... the Nexus 9 breaks new ground for Android with a 4:3...
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T-Mobile's coverage would beThe sudden success of T-Mobile has been impressive. With an energetic CEO and some of the most competitive pricing in the industry, the “Un-carrier” has made a big splash, convincing thousands of... smartphone owners to drop their plans and make the switch. There’s only one problem: T-Mobile’s coverage still doesn’t match up with that of Verizon and AT&T. That might be changing soon, as T-Mobile VP of Federal Regulatory Affairs Kathleen Ham addressed in a blog post on Thursday. “As our competitors well know, arming T-Mobile with low-band spectrum is a competitive game-changer, enabling our service to penetrate building walls better and travel longer distances than we can with the spectrum we have today,” Ham writes. “Imagine a T-Mobile with even greater
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Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning

Slash Gear - 24 Oct 2014 16:43
Inbox by Gmail invites sentStarting right away this morning you'll find that Inbox by Gmail invites are being sent out to the masses. If you'd been on the wait list, you might very well be in right this minute. If not, you'll... be invited very, very soon. This goes for Android and iOS users as the invites are not OS-centric. Inbox is a setup …
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[From GadgeTell] Foursquare has launched its first advertising campaign, and the company now says it has 55 million users.
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Given their huge resources, it's obvious who the Big Three companies are in public cloud. The question is, after them, who else can compete.
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[From GadgeTell] Deal alert: Tylt smartphone cases only $10, free shipping
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Amazon's Fire TV just got some new apps and games, most notably good-Amazon-Prime-Music-alternative Spotify, and season two of Telltale's fantastic Walking Dead game series.
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You'll have to wait until 2015Even though Microsoft has been prolific in updating the basic system experience of the Xbox One, with monthly firmware releases adding multiple new features each time, one of the more basic wants from... the community is taking a little longer than originally...
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Ambition

ESA - 24 Oct 2014 16:40
AmbitionHow Rosetta is turning science fiction into science fact
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iPad Mini 2 vs. iPad Mini 3: How big is the update?

Digital Trends - 24 Oct 2014 16:37
iPad Mini 2 vs. iPad Mini 3:Apple may have given the iPad Air a substantial update, but the iPad Mini wasn't as fortunate. Check out our side-by-side comparison of the iPad Mini 3 and its predecessor, the iPad Mini 2, for a... closer look at the internal hardware powering both devices. The post iPad Mini 2 vs. iPad Mini 3: How big is the update? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Heartbreaking Images of DogsTaiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou has spent the past five years documenting shelter dogs' final minutes of life, right before being euthanized. Through this heart-wrenching series, Tou is hoping that... viewers will consider animal rights a serious moral issue. The collection of portraits is titled "Mememto Mori," Latin for "remember (that you have) to die." They were taken anywhere from a few hours to a few minutes before the dogs were scheduled to be put down or mercifully killed in public pounds in Taiwan See also: Photographer Captures the Old-Soul Beauty of Senior Dogs "Utilizing the classic portrait style that originated in the early 19th century with the birth of photography as an art form, these photographs offer the viewer a chance to look attentively into a bleak future," Tou wrote...
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For an astronaut working inside the space station, the overestimate was about 15 percent.
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Rosetta: the ambition to turnImagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets. They levitate the worlds above their heads, spinning... them in orbit around their symbolic Sun.
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AAPL on third straight day ofAAPL stock has reached an all-time high three days straight in the week it launched Apple Pay, with the company touching $105.49 today … The company hit triple-digits for the first time (post... stock-split) in August. Analysts responding to last month’s announcements of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay predicted that the stock would climb. […]
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Top Android device, accessory,Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to... make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!
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NASA wants to drift twoA "virtual telescope" which owes its precision not to complex, high-strength optics but to precisely flying a pair of satellites in tandem and combining the data from each could help the hunt for... Earth-like planets in the galaxy and even picture the event horizon of a black hole, NASA scientists suggest. Although space telescopes like Hubble have been operating for …
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Seek Thermal Review: CheaperWhat's better than having a thermal camera capable of finding the freshest cinnamon buns -- among other prey? The FLIR ONE accessory gave iPhones Predator-like thermal vision which turned out to be as... awesome as it sounds , and now a company called Seek Thermal is promising the same with an iOS and Android-friendly smartphone accessory that makes a few compromises for a cheaper price tag.
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Comet Siding Spring WasAs Comet Siding Spring passed close by Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), NASA’s newest Mars spacecraft took a time-out from its commissioning to grab some ultraviolet pictures of its coma. What you see... above is hydrogen, a whole lot of it, leaving the comet in this picture taken from 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers). […]
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Looksery Launches A Video Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application... that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on…
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Neural networks draw onResearchers at the University of Amsterdam are using neural networks to help a statistical machine translation systems learn what all human translators know--that the best translation of a word often... depends on the context. Machine translation systems such as Google Translate or those at iTranslate4.eu guess how to translate words and phrases based on how often they appear in a large corpus of human-translated texts. Such tools are increasingly important as individuals and businesses seek to access information or buy products and services from other countries where different languages are spoken. Statistical machine translation work by breaking sentences into phrase fragments and selecting the most likely translation for each fragment--a process that doesn't always yield the best...
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Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There's only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening... energies? That's where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it's our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we've stumbled upon this week your way. Of course, we're barely skimming the surface here -- feel free to throw an auditory discoveries you've made this week in the comments, and get busy listening.
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Microsoft said Friday it was dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphones, rebranding following the acquisition earlier this year of the Finnish group's handset division.
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Week In Images

ESA - 24 Oct 2014 16:30
Week In ImagesOur week through the lens: 20-24 October 2014
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Use the SMART Method to SetDeciding you want to save money for an emergency fund, retirement, or just for fun is great. Having a plan to get there is an entirely different thing. Use the SMART method to bridge the gap.
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Week In Images

PTTU - 24 Oct 2014 16:30
Week In ImagesESA Top News: Our week through the lens: 20-24 October 2014
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Interactive app provides extraThe Philadelphia Orchestra has created LiveNote, an app designed to help the audience learn more about the concert they're watching.
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Bitcasa nixes unlimited cloudAnyone using Bitcasa's unlimited cloud storage plans will need to make other arrangements, as the company discontinues the unlimited plans that put it on the map. Bitcasa says it's upgrading to a new... storage infrastructure, and unlimited storage won't be part of it. To keep their data on Bitcasa, unlimited users must transfer to a 1 TB plan for $99 per year, or a 10 TB plan for $999 per year, by November 15. In a blog post, Bitcasa explained that few people actually need unlimited storage, with only 0.1 percent of subscribers using more than 10 TB, and that it suspects abuse among some unlimited subscribers. "Our Acceptable Use policy has been a challenge to enforce with our privacy features, as we can only see the amount of of data stored--which for some customers, is at a level that...
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5 iPhone Games You Can't MissFor when you're finally bored of Candy Crush
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PoS Malware Infections SoarGoing into the holiday season, hackers are ramping up their efforts to attack retailers and other businesses with point-of-sale malware.
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Why Digital Audio RestorationThere’s a film available for streaming on Netflix right now entitled The Conversation. You may have seen it; it’s a classic Francis Ford Coppola picture, released in between The Godfather one and... The Godfather II.
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Data Breach Bulletin: Staples,Here’s a roundup of this week’s data breach news:
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Apple CEO Tim Cook chats withApple CEO Tim Cook says talks with Chinese officials about security and user privacy were "very open." He described China as a "key market," and also hinted at the introduction of Apple Pay there in... the future. The post Apple CEO Tim Cook chats with China about security and his plans for Apple Pay appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 23 October 2014

SpaceRef - 24 Oct 2014 16:24
Today: Muscle Atrophy Resistive Exercise System (MARES): Gerst configured cabling, set up and activated the European Physiology Module (EPM) laptop in support of future MARES activities scheduled for... later this year....
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The first model to explore how healthcare efforts affect Ebola's final toll suggests cases could hit 700,000, but may reach many millions if efforts falter
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Save 49% today on theseThe SURFACE Case with kickstand by Seidio is the perfect Samsung Galaxy S5 hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The... exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops. Choose from 9 different colors and get yours for just $17.95 today.
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Using Flashes for Skateboarding Photography

The Phoblographer - 24 Oct 2014 16:21
Using Flashes forA fast flash duration will capture fast movement when doing skateboarding photography. Sam McGuire explains how.
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As a member of Slate Plus, you'll get access to exclusive podcasts--including our newly launched series about Season 4 of FX's American Horror Story.
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5 Tips for Getting More Out of Gmail

Time - 24 Oct 2014 16:20
5 Tips for Getting More Out ofGmail is a comprehensive, powerful email program, but it can be confusing, even for those like me who have been using it since it launched in beta in 2004. That’s because Google likes to add new... features to improve the way it works. Some changes are welcome, like the tabs feature that sorts incoming mail…
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Don't forget to munch on someA new study shows that eating a walnut-enriched diet can help fight against Alzheimer's disease, adding to the growing body of research on the health benefits of walnuts.
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New LG Smartphone Is ALG will launch a phablet suspiciously close to the Nexus 6 at the same time and in some ways it is the better device.
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If you'd just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on Orange is the New Black. Eric Betzig, however, had... other plans, since shortly after he was told he...
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Earth From Space: Mumbai, India

SpaceRef - 24 Oct 2014 16:18
The western Indian city of Mumbai is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite....
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Make like a Tree and Get OutHello! Welcome to the Friday open thread hosted by Hackerspace, where metaphor-misusing neighborhood bullies crash into piles of manure over and over and over again until they get tired of appearing... in sequels.
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Sanjay Sarma advises AdvancedMIT Office of Digital Learning director speaks on the benefits of online and in-classroom learning.
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The 1,200mph Aerion supersonicAirbus and Aerion have entered into a partnership to make the supersonic Aerion AS2 business jet a reality. Eventually, it'll be capable of Mach 1.6, and do London to New York in just over 4 hours.... The post The 1,200mph Aerion supersonic jet will do London to New York in just over 4 hours appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung taps JosephSamsung new NX1 is capable of shooting both Cinema 4K and 4K Ultra HD. To show off the potential, Samsung is partnering with actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a new short film that's shot... entirely with the NX1 The post Samsung taps Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct short film, made entirely with NX1 4K camera appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The "Fake ID" Edition

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 16:15
Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest!
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This Silicone Mold Lets YouHere’s a clever little product for the photo nerd in all of us. It's called PhotoPhreezePhun, and it’s a camera-kit-shaped silicone ice cube tray that spits out DSLR-shaped ice cubes because…... why not? The silicone set includes individual moulds for a lens, a speedlight and a camera itself. And the mould isn't limited to only […]
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They're alive! HyundaiHyundai has unveiled four new concepts at the IDEA Festival in South Korea. There's a handheld scooter, a two-seater that changes size, a toy-like rescue car with adjustable tires, and a shape shifter... than can transform from a sedan to an RV. The post They're alive! Hyundai showcases four evolutionary concepts at IDEA Festival appeared first on Digital Trends.
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dcblogs writes: McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. This news prompted the Wall Street Journal to... editorialize, in " Minimum Wage Backfire," that while it may be true for McDonald's to say that its tech plans will improve customer experience, the move is also "a convenient way...to justify a reduction in the chain's global workforce." Minimum wage increase advocates, the Journal argued, are speeding along an automation backlash. But banks have long relied on ATMs, and grocery stores, including Walmart, have deployed self-service checkouts. In contrast, McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of...
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Analysts and reporters have been spoiled in recent years by companies and categories that produce staggering sales figures. When some products can sell hundreds of millions of units a year, it's easy... to dismiss small but influential players that sell mere millions.
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Homer Simpson Blamed forHomer Simpson has been a beer-drinking, donut-eating, generally unhealthy cartoon father for 25 years. Now a British weight loss guru wants him to change. Steve Miller, host of British weight loss... reality show Fat Families, thinks Homer Simpson should lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle to encourage real, non-cartoon families. He even wrote a letter to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, urging him to consider changing Homer's lifestyle. See also: 5 Absurd Fan Theories About 'The Simpsons' "I want [Matt Groening] to consider putting Homer on a regime that promotes the message that health rocks," Miller told BBC's Newsbeat.
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This Tiny Pocket Drone FliesLiving in a mostly wireless world is a fantastic experience: were it not for constant connectivity issues, competing wireless protocols, limited ranges, and terrible battery life. That last issue is... of particular concern for tiny reconnaissance drones like this hexcopter from Cyphy that work best when remaining aloft for hours. So its creators decided to skip squeezing a tiny battery onboard, and instead keep it tethered with a long invisible wire.
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Growing a blood vessel in a week

Science Daily - 24 Oct 2014 16:12
Growing a blood vessel in aThe technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has taken a giant leap forward. Three tablespoons of blood are all that is needed to grow a brand new blood vessel in just seven days.
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Get a 3-month subscription toGeeks and gamers, this one's for you: three boxes of gear and goodies delivered right to your door. Plus: a $99 Windows 8.1 tablet?!
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Amazon's loss makes holidays aAmazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast.
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Ebola's evolutionary rootsA new study is helping to rewrite Ebola's family history. It shows that Ebola and Marburg are each members of ancient evolutionary lines, and that these two viruses last shared a common ancestor... sometime prior to 16-23 million years ago.
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High-tech Virgin Atlantic 787Virgin Atlantic's latest plane, a 787 Dreamliner, made its first public flight yesterday and to illustrate one of its high tech talents, the airline streamed a live gig from the plane online while it... was in the air over the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft...
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Stinky! Rosetta's Comet SmellsWhile you can’t smell in space — there is no medium to carry the molecules, the same reason you can’t hear things — you can certainly detect what molecules are emanating from comets and other... solar system bodies. A new analysis of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft thus found a rather pungent chemistry […]
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Apple stuck an NFC controller chip in the iPad Air 2, although it's not used for anything at the moment.
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Blloon App Encourages Ebook Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user... signs up, so they can get started reading straight away.
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The whimsical animations of Robin Davey

The Verge - 24 Oct 2014 16:08
"If you'd told me five years ago that I'd be delivering work in GIF format," says Robin Davey, "I'd have laughed." As the web continues to take over the space of traditional magazines, many aspects of... the publishing world have changed. Among them are the illustrations that accompany many articles -- without the constraints of print, artists and designers can turn these into something more interactive. That means short animations and GIFs in addition to traditional illustrations. Davey has...
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If you have a need for vector artwork of all shipping iOS devices, this free collection from Robbie Pearce might be your answer. The files are done in Sketch and come in every color you can buy.∞... Read this on The Loop
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Teardown shows iPad mini 3'sFollowing a teardown of the new iPad Air 2 earlier this week, our friends over at iFixit have now opened up Apple's other new tablet: the iPad mini 3 … While the new iPad mini 3 was more of a minor... refresh compared to the iPad Air 2, it does add some notable new features […]
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Reviews are in on iPad Air 2This week: the iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone's feeling the love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity features delight; a potential cure for the... painful #6PlusPinch; some welcome…
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The computing world has changed, as devices and services become ubiquitous. Now it's time to change the apps we build, and the ways we think about work.
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Inventables' new 3D carverThe last time I spoke to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan he'd launched the company's new Easel software platform at SXS, a program designed to take the prohibitively inaccessible complexities of 3D design... more manageable. When I reach him this week, Kaplan is laughing. Inventables Kickstarter campaign for its Carvey machine, a tabletop 3D carving machine has shattered its $50,000 target, sitting close to $300,000. As I write, it's sitting above $400,000. Inventables […]
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The Ebola Crisis and Where BigHarvard's HealthMap service made headlines for flagging the Ebola outbreak before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.
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Millions of doses of a candidate Ebola vaccine are expected to be available next year, with efficacy trials beginning in certain West African countries this December, the World Health Organization... said this morning. The are currently two candidate vaccines for Ebola that are ready to begin human trials, and five others are expected to get started during the first several months of next year. The vaccines must be determined to be safe and effective before a mass vaccination begins, however. The WHO says that there are no plans to begin a mass vaccination program until at least June 2015, and then only if the growth of the epidemic justifies it. The WHO cautioned that even a working vaccine would not be a "magic bullet" for stopping the...
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[From GamerTell] The quest system really gives players a greater sense of control in Civilization: Beyond Earth.
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Streaming Music Service DeezerSubscription music service Deezer has purchased Stitcher, the Web audio service that specializes in talk radio and podcasts. Deezer, which is best known outside the U.S. and is trying to break into... the American market, says it will keep Stitcher’s Android and iOS podcast apps running as standalone products.
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Between Avengers and Halo, this was a huge week for trailers -- though we can't blame you if you missed everything else in all the sci-fi and comic-book commotion. We've rounded up eight of this... week's best trailers below so you can see everything that's coming up all in one place.
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Lighting is everything when it comes to Halloween. Flickering lights set in a dark room will get any kid's imagination going. Here's how to make any lamp lookhaunted.
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Many airlines will allow you to put a free 24-hour hold on your tickets, but sometimes that isn't enough time to finalize the other parts of your travel plans. Options Away is a site that puts a... longer hold on your tickets for a small fee.
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Two good reasons to stick withLately, I've noticed quite a few stories and discussions online centering around the always popular debate about whether to use IMAP or POP3 for email. If you don't know what I'm talking about, IMAP... and POP3 are the protocols you use to access email via clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, or Android's stock email app. The general consensus is that the more modern IMAP is the way to go and the aging POP3 standard should be abandoned at all costs. But that's just not the case. In fact, I am going to point out two very good reasons to go on using POP3, or perhaps even actively switch to it.
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The latest from the "Why didn't they have this when I was in school?" news is a very cool app that scans printed mathematical expressions and then solves them. PhotoMath (free) is every school kid's... dream. The app was pointed out by Mike Rose, who...
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Here's An Actual 'WalkingEditor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen. The term "walking simulator" is often falsely applied to what I recognize, and appreciate, as "exploration games."... Proteus, Gone Home, and Dear Esther are most commonly targeted with the label; it's smeared across digital stores and forums like a graffiti tag. Yet these aren't video games that place the act of walking as their central conceit. That belongs to the environment, whether a gloomy British seaside or a family home in '90s, and the narrative that steadily unravels as you pick over it all.  These are games of poetic verse, of ruffling through the debris of modern living, not of the simulated practice of walking. You can't even see your feet as you lift them across the soil. For more stories about...
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Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile... in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight…
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Queen Elizabeth II's firstWhen it comes to old-school meeting new-school, the Queen of England taking to Twitter for the first time is probably as odd as it gets. Queen Elizabeth II didn't get to send her first tweet in the... privacy of her bedroom like many of us, either; instead, the message posted to the official @BritishMonarchy account was sent out by the …
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Students win challenge forThree University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light... schedules to make traffic flow more efficient.
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[From GadgeTell] AT&T is trying to resuscitate stagnant sales of the gimmicky Amazon Fire Phone by bundling it with a one-year-old tablet.
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Microsoft just reported it sold 9.3 million Nokia Lumia sales over the last three months. New phones, however, will be branded as Microsoft Lumia devices. The company will still use the…
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[From GadgeTell] Notorious for its tardiness, Verizon has been working hard to improve of late, and its latest win comes in the form of a surprisingly swift Sony SmartWatch 3 rollout.
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College Messaging App DormChat DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students. The iOS app was released earlier this year... and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat…
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The Queen Tweets! Or Does She?

Wall Street Journal - 24 Oct 2014 15:51
The Queen Tweets! Or Does She?Queen Elizabeth II sent her first personal tweet Friday, except that someone else typed it for her, and someone else probably sent it for her, too.
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Apple CEO Says Had 'Very Open'Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had "very open" talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official.
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The Shirk Report - Volume 288

Twisted Sifter - 24 Oct 2014 15:50
The Shirk Report - Volume 288Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 25 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Twitter,... RSS and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com   25 IMAGES - FRIDAY! – You…
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What Happened at Slate This Week?

Slate - 24 Oct 2014 15:46
Hey there Slate Plus friends!
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Tim Cook makes China topTim Cook has described his desire to bring Apple Pay to China as “top of the list” in terms of priorities. Cook was quoted on Friday, following an interview he gave with China’s official Xinhua... news agency. “China is a…
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Consumer product megacorp Proctor & Gamble has just announced that it'll spin-off Duracell into its own separate company. The announcement comes as part of a move to pare down brands and focus on the... 70 to 80 most profitable. Though P&G said that the...
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Class Up Your Nightstand WithFrom afar, these Bluetooth speakers look like simple blocks of wood; perhaps some kind of minimalist IKEA decoration. Take a closer look though, and there's a lot going on.
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Class Up Your Nightstand WithFrom afar, these Bluetooth speakers look like simple blocks of wood; perhaps some kind of minimalist IKEA decoration. Take a closer look though, and there's a lot going on.
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50 Things Nintendo Wants YouNintendo just rolled out a special Nintendo Direct that walks through 50 of the game's new features, including an eight-player offline Smash mode.
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Judge Dredd: SuperfiendDredd producer Adi Shankar debuts the trailer for Judge Dredd: Superfiend, his animated, unofficial spinoff of the 2012 film about the comic-book character. The post Judge Dredd: Superfiend trailer... metes out a harsh sentence for the crime of living appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Standing on the ground, we’re used to seeing the bolts and flashes of lightning during epic thunderstorms. But how would it look like from space? These three Vine videos from orbiting NASA astronaut... Reid Wiseman provide a glimpse. As you can see in these videos he uploaded to his Twitter account a few days ago, […]
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First Ebola patient in NYC,Prior to him getting sick on Thursday, Craig Allen Spencer, New York City's first Ebola patient, used public transportation, jogged, ate out and played bowling.
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Amazon Rewards Visa card nowUpdate: A spokesperson for Amazon confirmed Amazon Rewards Visa cards now support Apple Pay: “Amazon Rewards Visa Cardholders can now pay with Apple Pay. The website (s://.chasedigitalpayments.com/)... has been updated and cardholders can now start provisioning their cards.” Just two days after Amazon said it was working to enable its Rewards Visa card in Apple Pay, the […]
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When I think back on watching Star Wars as a kid, I remember it as a pretty tame. After all, those stormtroopers had terrible aim. Turns out that maybe I'm misremembering. That original trilogy was... kind of a bloodbath, and this supercut from Digg turns it into a tidy little 3-minute snuff film.
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Why We Must Change Our View of Who Belongs in Tech

The Huffington Post - 24 Oct 2014 15:38
Why We Must Change Our View ofI probably need to get a few things out of the way first: I am creative - not artistic by a long shot, but most certainly far more creative than tech. I love words - the nuance of emotion, the ability... to convince, rally or even stir up simply by the choice of words. I like to think big picture, to visualize the intricate web of interactions, choices, and steps required to get there. I like people, and I like learning who they really are and what makes them tick. I like to understand the motives behind a problem, because that's where the interesting challenge lies. I am passionate about leaving a positive mark in the world, about using talent to do good, to help others. I have never seen myself as good at math. Ask me to add two numbers in my head, and I freeze, my mind goes blank. Ask me...
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How to use Android Wear's newGoogle latest Android Wear update lets you use your smartwatch as a standalone audio player, with no smartphone tethering required. But how, exactly, do you get music tracks into your watch's onboard... storage? And how do you pair your watch to Bluetooth headphones or earbuds? Google doesn't have clear documentation in the Android Wear app, so I'll show you how to do it here. First, make sure you're running Android Wear 4.4W.2. (You can find this system info by going to Settings>About on your watch.) Assuming you're running the latest OS, your next step is to make sure you're running the latest version of Play Music on your phone. Once you've verified or updated your music app, go into your Android Wear app, and under Settings, hit Resync Apps.
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Kickstarter Project: Mouse Guard LEGO Mini Figures

The Mac Observer - 24 Oct 2014 15:37
Kickstarter Project: MouseDavid Petersen's Mouse Guard is a series of wonderfully told and illustrated stories that follows the adventures of mice sworn to protect their realm and all who pass through, and now Alice Finch... hopes to imortalize them in the form of LEGO minifigs. Just to be clear: LEGO minifig Mouse Guar