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23 Oct 2014 - United States
Panasonic Lumix LX100 review:When we first saw the Panasonic Lumix LX100 we were impressed that the company had finally squeezed a large-size Micro Four Thirds sensor into a compact camera. It's the exact thing photo enthusiasts... have been calling on for years now; a nod to high-end...
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Print magazine featuresBrazil-based C&A has created the Like Ad, a magazine commercial that lets readers 'like' products on Facebook by pressing buttons embedded in the print publication.
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Hungary's Plan to Tax InternetUsers and industry officials said the tax was excessive and could hinder growth.
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Update: Sunspot 2192's X-Class Flare

Bad Astronomy - 22 Oct 2014 18:30
Just a quick update: Sure enough, as predicted, the freakishly huge sunspot AR 2192 blew out a powerful X-class flare today around 14:00 UTC. The picture above shows the view from the Solar Dynamics... Observatory; in the far ultraviolet it's very sensitive to solar activity. Note the Earth for scale there, in case you need the Universe to crush your feeling of self-importance under its heel. Flares are massive explosions on the Sun associated with sunspots. You can read about them in detail in an earlier post I wrote, but the quickie version is that magnetic fields in sunspots can store vast amounts of energy. Looping magnetic field lines can get tangled up and snap, releasing their energy as mind-crushing explosions called flares. They're rated by how much X-ray energy they emit; for...
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If our best sign yet of dark matter is what it seems, then the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy is a complex beast
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Jimmy Kimmel Would Swipe LeftWe hate to break it to you, but Bill Murray doesn't use Tinder. if he did, though, he wouldn't be getting any love from Jimmy Kimmel. See also: Bill Murray Gracefully Sings Bob Dylan's 'Shelter From... the Storm' The actor stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, where the two spoke about the the dating app — along with the spontaneity of his life and his dream of showing up at an airport and boarding any random flight. We hear you, man Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets withApple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese government official in Beijing Wednesday to discuss the security of user data, reports Reuters. The meeting comes after web censorship blog Great Fire claimed... earlier this week that hackers worked with Chinese authorities to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users visiting iCloud.com. Yesterday, Apple issued a statement acknowledging the attacks on its servers and launched a new browser security guide on its website. The guide stressed the importance of digital certificates, asking users to check for any certificate warnings in their browser and ensure that they are connected to iCloud.com versus a malicious third-party website that resembles the service's homepage. China has become an increasingly important market for Apple, as the company...
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DARPA turns its attention toDARPA, known half-jokingly as the Department of Mad Scientists, has again turned its attention to the human brain, this time hoping to expand our insight into it and its structure through the use of... incredibly tiny (read: atom-sized) graphene sensors. It detailed its latest effort on Monday, explaining its work in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin at Madison to …
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Victim of Bendgate? Here's howIt's been a while since we heard about Apple Bendgate, with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners probably now au fait with the fact that if you sit on a superthin aluminium cased phone it might change... shape a bit. But if you're still worried about the possibility...
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If you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I need a crowdfunded toothbrush that tracks my oral activities," you're in luck. The folks at Goodwell estimate that we'll each go through some 300 toothbrushes... over the course of our lifetime. As such, it...
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This Disgusting Pink PlumeEven after Deepwater Horizon we're still not ready for the next big spill --but that doesn't mean we're not trying. This weird pink plume could help.
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This Is How You Test SpaceYou're looking at the James Webb Space Telescope as it's lowered into NASA's Goddard Thermal Vacuum Chamber. Inside the dark cavern, it is subjected to the same hostile environments as it will... experience in space.
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Google's Lunar Xprize is still alive and well, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they have the $30 million answer to beaming video from the moon: a telepresence robot. Naturally.... Instead of simply broadcasting footage of the moon's...
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mwagner writes: Skynet is coming. But not like in the movie: The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment,... delivering broadband to the whole planet. The articles predicts this technology will replace satellites, fiber, and copper, and fundamentally change the broadband industry. The author predicts a timescale of roughly 20 years — the same amount of time between Arthur C. Clarke predicting geosynchronous satellites and their reality as a commercial business. "Several important technology milestones need to be reached along the way. The drones that will make up Skynet have a lot more in common with satellites than the flippy-flappy helicopter drone thingies that the popular press is fixated on...
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Yahoo CEO Defends Strategy inUnder fire, Yahoo CEO assures shareholders 'we've achieved more than many people realize'
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Camera-Covered Jacket Is theCity streets in London and New York are increasingly tracking crime through the use of public surveillance cameras. But what happens if you're attacked or robbed in an area that doesn't have any... cameras? That's the question a pair of South Korea-based artists attempted to answer when they created the Aposematic Jacket, a blazer festooned with cameras connected to the web See also: 72% of Americans Refuse Google Glass Over Privacy Concerns: Report Conceived by Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun, and stitched together by former Giorgio Armani designer Jehee Sheen, the jacket houses nearly 50 cameras pointing in all directions, and conceals a battery pack that powers the system
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Microsoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an... Xbox Music Pass to do so, at a monthly price of $9.99. The company doesn't specify why it's removing the free, ad-supported streaming option, but says it's "focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Microsoft has updated Xbox Music a number of times since launch, producing versions for its newest Xbox One console and latest Windows Phone operating systems, but it still lags behind competitors such as Spotify in terms of social features.
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[From In-Car Tech] My friend Brandon set a goal of building a solid sound system for his e46 BMW without spending a fortune, and I must say he got some pretty nice results.
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The Cloud, Schnitzels BoostSYDNEY — An annual list of fast-growing companies in Australia has been released, with a cloud-based company scoring the coveted first place. The highly respected Business Review Weekly's Fast 100... list, is made up of companies with the fastest growth rate for revenue across a four-year period See also: What Is Your Biggest Dream? Kloud Solutions, which specialises in moving businesses to cloud-based storage, topped the list with a 273% average annual growth over the past four years Former Microsoft employee Nicki Bowers had the idea for the company after she spotted a gap in the market when the cloud was still a fluffy white thing in the sky. It was founded in 2010 and the company turned over more than $19 million in the last financial year, with goals set for $50 million this year.
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Assembly Complete for NASA'sTechnicians at the Kennedy Space Center have completed the final major assembly work on NASA's maiden Orion crew module slated to launch on its first unmanned orbital test flight this December, dubbed... Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) After first attaching the Launch Abort System (LAS) to the top of the capsule, engineers carefully installed a fairing […]
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Rango + Motorr = videoRango and Motorr have partnered to make interactive videoconferencing affordable. The post Rango + Motorr = video conferencing for the masses appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] To lower the barriers in the videoconferencing market, Rango has partnered with robotics firm Motorr to bring more advanced, interactive teleconferences at a much cheaper price.
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How to cut a goose featherI'm not going to lie, I don't really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It's funny how he... uses both vintage tools (an 1800's era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!).
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∞ O Canada

The Loop - 23 Oct 2014 04:42
Thanks to my friend Sly for sending me this video and thanks to the American hockey fans who honoured all Canadians by singing our National Anthem and showing their respect on this awful day. Tears... and chills.
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Google Inbox Hands On: An AppGoogle announced a brand new app for Gmail Wednesday morning, called Inbox. No, you're not imagining things; there is a Gmail app already. No, Inbox doesn't replace it; it's just another option for... how to view your Gmail on your smartphone. So what problem — and there are, of course, many problems with email — does Inbox solve? Google answered that, albeit not very successfully, with one of those product launch videos that is practically a parody of itself. We see people skateboarding, running along beaches, getting into taxis, taking selfies. Inbox was introduced as "an inbox that works for you." (So is Google saying regular Gmail doesn't work for you?) Features mentioned, include the ability to add reminders, bundle similar messages, and highlight important messages, apparently so...
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[From In-Car Tech] Harman infotainment systems at the Paris Auto Show show that the folks behind JBL and other in-car technology brands are on a roll in the industry.
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Political Party Accused ofMELBOURNE — The death of former prime minister Gough Whitlam was felt far and wide by Australia yesterday. Leading the Labor Party to victory in the 1972 after 23 years of conservative rule,... Whitlam's legacy lives on in the mind of progressives, who paid tribute to his landmark achievements, including universal health care and the recognition of Aboriginal land rights See also: Australia's Oldest Prime Minister Dies at 98 Rest in Peace Gough Whitlam.The Prime Minister we had to have. — George Megalogenis (@GMegalogenis) October 20, 2014 But not all tributes were so well-received, such as the following post shared via social media by Greens senator Lee Rhiannon. It featured a portrait of Whitlam, complete with the Greens' logo and branding
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[From In-Car Tech] I think you can forget how comfy full-size is until you get back into full-size -- something I got to do with the 2015 Chevrolet Impala.
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27 Autumn Photos That WillHold on to your cider donuts, because Autumn is in full swing. The change of season has officially hit with a flurry of flannel and fresh, fall air See also: 10 Real-Life Haunted Locations Across the... U.S. Last week, we asked Mashable readers to submit photos that captured the feeling of Autumn for our Photo Challenge. Pumpkin carving, apple picking, PSL sipping – the traditions and festivities that come with this season never disappoint We received a unique array of pictures featuring the fiery reds and bright yellows of fallen leaves, plump pumpkins, and the finest fashion that sweater weather can bring. Scroll through our featured picks below, and check out all of the other submissions here.
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The Australian government's 2014 'Spring Repeal Day' could see the removal of the Australian communication watchdog's unwarranted data request disclosure and reporting requirements.
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Five Candidates to Follow onA politician's social media presence matters just as much these days as their campaign ads, posters and public appearances. With so many ways to get things wrong, a handful of candidates seem to get... the whole social media thing right. Below are five candidates whose Twitter accounts are worth a peek ahead of November's Midterm elections. Democrat Charlie Crist, running for Florida Governor With the Florida gubernatorial candidates running a heated race, the seat still seems very much up in the air. A Quinnipiac University poll from Oct. 22 puts the incumbent, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, and challenger, Crist, the state's former governor, neck and neck in the run up to Election Day. But Crist does seem to have the social media game won
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Pasties and Purrs: InternetInternet cats have inspired a lot of things, including a burlesque routine. In a little more than two years of practicing the art, Melody Magpie, who requested to be addressed by her stage name, has... incorporated strange, Internet-centric themes into the traditional strip-tease stylings of burlesque. Her most popular act is an homage to Lil Bub, featuring a paper mache version of the cat's head. See also: The Complete Hiss-tory of Cats on the Internet While the themes may be bizarre (she's also done routines inspired by "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" and TMNT), the creation process isn't that different from a regular burlesque routine.
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[From In-Car Tech] After getting acquainted with the spray gun included in the DIY Plasti Dip kit, I went right into it. I decided to Plasti Dip my entire Saab 9-3.
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Landslide Landrieu

Slate - 23 Oct 2014 03:42
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana--Imagine paying insurance on a beach house and then canceling the policy a couple months before hurricane season. That is Sen. Mary Landrieu's election-eve message, both... figuratively and literally. "Who will be here for us if there is another Katrina?" asked state Sen. Ben Nevers at a Monday rally for Landrieu in Baton Rouge that featured Bill Clinton. Landrieu ticks off the names of the hurricanes that have hit the state in her stump speech. Another storm will come, and voters shouldn't trade away her proven ability to fight for relief in the aftermath. After nearly 18 years in office, the senior Louisiana senator is now chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is why she says she can deliver for the state's sizable oil and gas...
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Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola

The New York Times - 23 Oct 2014 03:39
Scientists ConsiderA problem is that mobile robots now lack the human levels of dexterity required in medicine and health care.
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What the USA thinks of EuropeStereotypes today are typically outdated and vaguely racist but when harmless, they can be quite comical. Like these quick hitter animations about what the USA thinks of Europe and vice versa and what... different parts of Europe thinks about the other parts. They're a lot of fun to watch.
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Ant Financial: The Greatest Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the... contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for the…
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Photographer Captures thePete Thorne is bored with cute puppy pictures The Canadian photographer resolved his distaste by snapping a series of senior dogs who are just as cute as puppies in their own disheveled,... snaggle-toothed way See also: 19 Dogs That Don't Care About Society's View of Beauty Thorne started small with the project, photographing a friend's greying dog named Sprout against a solid backdrop. When he felt confident enough, he put up a few posters advertising the project and asking for subjects to spotlight. He was shocked by the overwhelming response he got from the public The project, titled "Old Faithful," has now expanded to include 50 photographs of old dogs. Thorne regularly updates his collection on Instagram and Facebook
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Ars looks back at the decade in Ubuntu, from Warty Warthog to 25 million users worldwide.
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(Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is looking to expand its entertainment content offering on its Internet television set-top boxes through deals with studios in the United... States, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Early Apple Computer Sells forEarly Apple-1 computer sells for $905,000 at auction in New York, far exceeding expectations
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Google debuts new emailGoogle has released a new app called Inbox, which blends email and a social media experience. Inbox also adds features like the ability to bundle emails together and rearrange information based on... importance.
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Samsung, B&N debut biggerSamsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to release yet another Nook tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1. The device is the biggest Nook ever and comes with $200 of free content.
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At Austin airport, Wi-FiThe Internet can ease travel concerns in many ways, including flight-delay information, maps of road congestion, and ride-sharing apps. But a Wi-Fi network at the Austin, Texas, airport can now answer... one of the great unknowns: How long will I have to wait in line at security? That information is available thanks to fairly simple technology implemented on a Cisco Systems network run by global Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless. It's an early example of how the so-called Internet of Things can make some parts of life easier. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport got the nation's first airport Wi-Fi network in 2000, according to Boingo, which has run the airport's Wi-Fi since 2008. Now it's become one of the first airports to implement Passpoint, the standard that lets users of some devices get...
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This New Ikea Desk Goes FromSitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear-end isn't great for your bod (even though it probably won't kill you ). Standing is good, but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be... pricey but Ikea is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push.
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The move to combat counterfeit chips leaves hobbyists stuck in the middle.
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The move to combat counterfeit chips leaves hobbyists stuck in the middle.
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Twitter weaves Fabric, butTo identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday... it welcomed them in. Twitter unveiled Fabric on Wednesday, a broad software development kit aimed at helping developers build, grow and monetize their mobile apps. It includes tools for crash reporting, app log-ins, embedding and sharing Twitter posts, and measuring ad effectiveness. The free SDK, more than a year in the making, could usher in a wave of rich apps with more tie-ins to Twitter. Its major components include Crashlytics, Twitter's crash-reporting system; a tool called Digits that lets users log in with a phone number instead of a password; and easier ways to embed Twitter content...
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Mark Zuckerberg Wows ChineseFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever... was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China-and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement...
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Recalled supplements stillVoluntary recalls are ineffective, often leave dangerous drugs available for purchase, researchers find. Dietary supplements purchases online were found to contain dangerous, banned ingredients.
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The Ottawa ParliamentWednesday morning in Ottawa, Canada, seemed like the start of any other October morning in the country's capital: Slightly chilly, a light breeze blew through the air and the sun was trying to peek... through the clouds. Rachael Mounce, a tourist, took a photo of the city's Parliament building, posting it with the caption, "good morning from Ottawa!" She was due to go on a tour of the building — but ultimately decided against it. A photo posted by rachael mounce (@rachiee_m) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:18am PDT Another man, Evanem, took a tour of the city's National War Memorial and snapped a photo of the two ceremonial guards standing beside it.
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A partial solar eclipse will be the last eclipse of 2014 and visible across North America in the late afternoon Thursday, NASA reported. More specifically, the eclipse will begin around 5:51 p.m. EDT,... with the greatest eclipse occurring at 6:08 p.m. EDT, EarthSky reported.
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The flu virus is responsible for about 36,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, but the common killer hardly elicits the same panic as Ebola, a disease that has devastated parts of Guinea, Liberia and... Sierra Leone, but has killed just one person in the U.S.
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Less trans-fat is still tooWhile Americans have cut down on fat consumption, it's still above healthy levels, study finds. Down by a third, it needs to go even lower, experts say.
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Learn to Pick Locks for FunLearning to pick locks is a fun exercise in learning about locking mechanisms, honing a useful skill, and getting a better understanding of how locks work and protect--or fail to protect--you and your... stuff.
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All the President's Men IsBen Bradlee was editor of the Washington Post when the newspaper did something phenomenal: It took down the Nixon administration in the Watergate scandal. I didn't know anything about Bradlee or... newspapers or the Washington Post when I saw the 1976 film about the scandal--I only knew I wanted to work somewhere just like that.
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This is the trailer forComicbook Resources got the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, apparently leaked early by Movieweb, and now it appears it has leaked everywhere. It's narrated by Ultron (James Spader), and features... all the team members--plus the much anticipated Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor. [UPDATED with highlights]
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German startup Panono has announced availability and pricing for its ball-shaped Panono Camera. The device shoots spherical panorama images and will cost $549/€549 when it ships worldwide in the... spring of 2015. The first to receive the camera will be the backers of the crowd-funding project the company used to get started before the camera goes on general release. Learn more
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Concept Camera Designs for thePanasonic recently collaborated with German design firm WertelOberfell in creating a series of case designs for the Lumix DMC-GM1 mirrorless camera. The cases were created with a 3D printer and were... inspired by three “design epochs.” The three resulting cases were crafted with copper and nickel, and are titled, “Roots,” “Interference,” and “Weave.” Roots Interference […]
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(Reuters) - Franco-Dutch technology firm Gemalto NV said its third-quarter revenue rose 6 percent on a constant currency basis, helped by strong sales of chip-enabled credit cards.
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Hedge Funds Add to Venture-Capital Bounty

Wall Street Journal - 23 Oct 2014 02:16
Hedge Funds Add toMaverick Capital plans to launch its first venture-capital fund on Jan. 1, as hedge funds add to the push to invest in young, privately owned companies.
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Marty McFly's hoverboard isUsing an array of powerful electromagnets, the Hendo Hoverboard can levitate over practically any non-magnetic metal surface and provide a friction-free ride for the user. The post Marty McFly’s... hoverboard is finally real, and it’s on Kickstarter right now appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Make any old speaker aThe Vamp aims to turn any speaker in your arsenal into an autonomous wireless sound system, at a price that pretty much anyone can afford. The post Make any old speaker a portable wireless stereo... system with The Vamp appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Video: Samsung shows how theOn Tuesday, Samsung released new ads that show how its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone can be a tool for real-life artists everywhere. MORE GALAXY NOTE 4: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate... camera shootout Jon Burgerman, an English-born illustrator, is seen drawing a beautiful mural on a window before it transitions to him doing so on his Galaxy Note 4 using the device’s S Pen. In the second video, Janine Rewell, an illustrator from Finland, does the same thing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes an S Pen that can be used for drawing, writing notes notes, or selecting content from the screen. Both videos also show off the Galaxy Note 4’s Multi Window and drawing features. You can
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Man Recovers From Ebola inOne man who contracted Ebola and even had further complications of the infection has now recovered after receiving routine intensive care at a hospital in Germany.
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When I saw BotFactory's Squink in action at MakerCon in New York last month, it was one of those innovations that took a few minutes to sink in. It looks like a modified 3D printer, but it does much... more. In essence, it is a home factory in a single package...
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Telstra's mobile growth slows

ZDNet - 23 Oct 2014 02:10
After years of adding millions of customers onto its mobile network, Telstra CEO David Thodey has admitted that the company is entering a phase of slowed growth.
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How to Use Yosemite's New Batch-Renaming Feature

The Mac Observer - 23 Oct 2014 02:06
How to Use Yosemite's NewYay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames... at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software?
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NASA's radar tracking facility in Cooper's Island, Bermuda, escaped damage from Hurricane Gonzalo and will be ready to support Orbital Sciences Corp.'s scheduled Oct. 27 cargo launch to the... international space station
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Apple dropping support for SSLApple has announced to developers that it will be dropping support for SSL 3.0 on its push notification service on October 29th in order to mitigate a vulnerability discovered in the software... recently. Developers who currently support both TLS and SSL 3.0 on their push servers will not be impacted by the change, but those […]
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The Sleek Scandinavian Workspace

Life Hacker - 23 Oct 2014 02:00
The Sleek ScandinavianThis mostly white workspace with black and natural accents is refreshingly light and minimalist--without being boring.
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19 incredible photographers toBelieve it or not, Instagram is more than just a place for Kim K-inspired selfies and food porn. It's also a place where talented photographers from all over the world can share their creativity.... Instagram actually doubles as their portfolio, a showcase...
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How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

The Mac Observer - 23 Oct 2014 01:59
How to Make Calls fromWith iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your... phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off.
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Jawbone Drop CreatesJawbone just made its Jambox speaker an even better party accessory. The company rolled out a new music app, Jawbone Drop, that allows users to manage group playlists with tweets. See also: Twitter... Fabric Aims to Help Developers Build Better, More Lucrative Apps Unveiled at Twitter's Flight conference Wednesday, the app takes advantage of Twitter's newly announced Fabric platform so that Rdio and Spotify playlists can be controlled by groups of friends with tweets. "It’s a new music app that elevates the social music experience to a whole new level — it plays music you’ll love with the touch of a button, takes requests from your friends in a seamless way, and constantly adapts to ensure everyone hears music that they’ll enjoy, " the company wrote in a blog post.
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PhotoMath Is A Free App ThatMath is one of the hardest subjects in school, which is why owning a graphing calculator seems like a necessity for students. But what if you could use your smartphone to solve equations by pointing... the camera at the problem in your textbook instead of using a graphing calculator? That is the idea behind PhotoMath. PhotoMath is a free mobile app that can read and solve mathematical expressions using your smartphone camera in real time.
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Continuity Keypad Makes Calling From Yosemite Easier

The Mac Observer - 23 Oct 2014 01:55
Continuity Keypad MakesWith Yosemite and iOS 8, Handoff and Continuity are finally a reality. This means you can take calls using your Mac, and with a utility called Continuity Keypad, you can make them easily too.
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For aging eyes, busy bookworms, or anyone tired of squinting when they read, Amazon has the prescription.
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The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle

The Mac Observer - 23 Oct 2014 01:51
The Name Your Own Price GameWe have a great developer training bundle today called the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. As with our other Name Your Own Price (NYOP) deals, you can pay what you want-even a penny-and get... Engage Your Customers With Gamification and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures, two training course with 54 lectures and more than 16 hours of video content. If you beat the average price-which is just $6.24 as of this writing-you also get Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User and Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, which have another 343 lectures and 102 hours (!!) of content. And 10 percent of what you pay goes one of three charities (your choice), including Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons.
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Hungary's Internet providersInternet usage is still mighty expensive in some regions, but all could pale in comparison to what residents in Hungary may soon be paying: the country is set to impose the first-ever tax on Internet... usage, and it's a hefty one. The announcement was made earlier today by the nation's Minister for National Economy Mihaly Varga, and it has received …
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Many of the best music streaming for mobile devices are also available on Windows Phone. Here are some of my favorites.
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Florida Man Shoots Selfie withA strange story from over in Florida: the Tampa Bay Times reports that back in August, a 23-year-old man named Andrew Noll (picture above at right) was shot by his former lover. When the home’s... alarm went off and she heard someone coming up the stairs, she grabbed a 9mm Ruger. When the door opened, […]
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Google Inbox is great; hereGoogle's Inbox has some great features, and can definitely make your email experience a lot easier. It also might not be right for you. It might do quite a bit, but there are also a lot of things it... doesn't do. Rather than assume Inbox might solve your email woes, we suggest taking a look at a few other email …
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All-flash storage companies funded by Samsung Electronics are expanding their presence in South Korea, reports ZDNet Korea's Cho Mu-hyun.
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Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II

DP Review - 23 Oct 2014 01:42
Canon has announced the upcoming release of its second-generation EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. The device houses a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is positioned as an affordable... solution for film and video production, providing a variety of new design and performance upgrades. 
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Mystery Photos of CERN: WhatCERN has unraveled some of the deepest secrets of the atom -- but it can't seem to pin down what's in these old photos it has found.
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The Science Behind Renée Zellweger's New Face

Live Science - 23 Oct 2014 01:39
The Science Behind RenéeThough Renee Zellweger looks dramatically different than she used to, her facial transformation could be the result of relatively minor cosmetic surgery, weight loss and aging, experts say.
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Ebola No Longer Detected inMedical professionals can no longer detect Ebola in the body of Amber Joy Vinson, the second U.S. health care worker to contract the disease, her family said in a statement Wednesday "Amber and our... family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition," her mother, Debra Berry, said. "We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home." See also: CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines Vinson was exposed to Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who brought the virus to Dallas in September and then died earlier this month
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Tsu, the new social network aims to financially reward its users and creators for creating and sharing engaging content.
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Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in... thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA.
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Congress not likely to forceApple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won't become the company's "product" and that their data will be safely... encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn't likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you
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These Insanely Detailed StarAs the next wave of leaks from the next Star Wars are oh-so-slow to trickle in, hopefully this will tide you over: A colossal collection of 140 photographs featuring Industrial Light & Magic's... model-building process from 1977 to 1983. It's simply incredible.
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Leaked blurry Droid TurboThe latest batch of blurry photos of the unannounced Motorola Droid Turbo that's said to be headed to Verizon's 4G LTE network confirms the specs that we think we may already know from prior leaks.... The Android smartphone would join the Moto X 2014 and Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 on Verizon's network. Unlike the Nexus 6, however, the Droid Turbo in the leaked photo is shown running Android 4.4.4 rather than Google's latest sweet flavor of Lollipop. Other specs include a QHD 2560 X 1440-pixel display, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of built-in storage.
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Anti-inflammatory meds mayDepression may be eased with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs such as Celebrex in conjunction with anti-depressants, a new meta-study out of Demark reveals.
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Coming to Your TV Set: StuffYouTube channel Mondo Media is going port its shows to Fusion's cable TV network. Expect to see more of this.
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AT&T Lowers Revenue Outlook

Wall Street Journal - 23 Oct 2014 01:22
AT&T Lowers Revenue OutlookAT&T lowered its revenue outlook for the year, pointing to fewer-than-expected sign-ups for its no-contract Next wireless plans that require customers to pay full price for their smartphones.
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Iron Man takes on the Hulk inUpdate: The leaked Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has been pulled from several sources, but once the toothpaste is out of the tube, even superheroes can’t put it back. Marvel Entertainment has... responded with an appropriately cheeky tweet (see below).…
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Sprint undercuts AT&T, VerizonAt $20, Sprint is offering twice as much data as Verizon and more than three times the data as AT&T.
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Landslides kill thousands of people every year, so it should come as no surprise that various systems have been developed in an effort to predict when they're about to occur. One of the most recent... innovations, developed by scientists at Italy's Second University of Naples, utilizes fiber optics to create a sort of watchable "nervous system" of the slope that's being monitored. ..
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Sold! Vintage Apple-1 ComputerThe winning bid for one of the few remaining examples of Apple's first pre-assembled computer far outstripped expectations.
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Sonos sues Denon for 'copying'​Sonos has announced it is suing competitor Denon as it says the company's HEOS products are too similar to Sonos' own and infringe on at least four of its patents.
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[From GamerTell] Some form of Horde Mode is the industry standard for shooters these days, and Titanfall is getting one soon.
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Microsoft debuts Torque, BingMicrosoft is on a roll with Android support today. The company's Garage program has just launched an app for Android Wear that makes searching Bing a bit more convenient. The app presumably takes its... name from its main feature: twisting your wrist will open a Bing query, at which point you simply speak to ask your question.
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Think you're too busy to learn another language? Well, you're not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding job leaves plenty of time to learn some serious... Mandarin. The post Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone’s Mind appeared first on WIRED.
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What's stopping you from creating the first killer Kinect 2.0 hack? Well, now that Microsoft's released the do-all sensor's SDK to the public for free you don't have many more excuses. The software... development kit is available without any fees and...
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Apple begins selling iTunesApple has started selling iTunes gift cards in electronics retailers throughout the United Arab Emirates, according to photos sent by 9to5Mac readers. This is the first time these cards have been... available in this market. The change is part of a larger move into the region by Apple’s retail arm, which began hiring for an upcoming Apple […]
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Bits Blog: Twitter OffersThe social network unveiled a tool that software developers can use to let people more easily log on to smartphone apps.
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Samsung will be combining its Samsung Wallet with Korean local mobile payment service Yelopay to offer users the ability make quick wire transfers, reports ZDNet Korea's Jaehwan Cho.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Kirk Cameron demands Halloween, life imitates 'The Wire' season 4 and RIP Ben Bradlee
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Low-cost, Chinese-branded smartphones are dominating the Southeast Asia market and driving a spike in smartphone sales.
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Chicago And Big Data

TechCrunch - 23 Oct 2014 01:00
Chicago And Big Data As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart... power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for…
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Tomorrow Daily 073: RobotOn today's show, we check out a gadget for your shoe that might help you escape a bad date, this year's updates to the "stickman baby" Halloween costume, and a robot actor in a Kafka-inspired... performance.
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Twitter Fabric is an appTwitter continues to expand beyond its site and mobile app, as the social networking company reveals a new software framework. The company seeks to weave its Fabric framework throughout the mobile... apps industry.
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iPad Air 2 Teardown: SlimmerThe iPad Air 2 is probably most impressive for its design. The original was super slim, and somehow Apple managed to make the new iteration even thinner. But as iFixit's teardown of the new tablet... reveals, that hot design comes with a smaller battery.
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AT&T signed up 500,000 carsAT&T signed up half a million cars to its 4G network between July and September, the result of deals with Audi and General Motors to connect cars and offer in-vehicle hotspots for riders. The carrier... began offering 4G service for GM vehicles in June, with pricing beginning at $5 per month for 200MB of data. For that, the carrier estimates users can stream about 6.5 hours of music, 13 hours of web surfing or thousands of emails. Prices rise to $50 per month for up to 5GB, and one-off daily data passes are also available. The GM service is offered through its OnStar subsidiary. The 4G signal is delivered to passengers via a WiFi hotspot that can support up to seven devices, according to the auto maker. The hotspot extends a short distance beyond the vehicle so that passengers can access it...
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Apple Maps has experienced some growing pains over the years, but with time the app has become a useful GPS solution. Of course there's always room for improvement, which is why Apple has launched... Maps Connect. Maps Connect is a new service for small...
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Everyone has heard how drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and indulging sugary sodas is unhealthy one way or another, but there are other costs involved. This video gives some examples of the money... and time you could save if you cut back on these common bad habits.
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Hot Chip: I Feel Better

Gizmodo - 23 Oct 2014 01:00
Music videos allow artist to convey profound emotions: Joy. Sorrow. Bliss. Anger. It's also capable, in rare instances, of making you nearly pee your pants with laughter. Such is the case with Hot... Chip's classic 2010 video for I Feel Better.
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Zoho nips at Google Inbox'sTwo months ago, a productivity executive stood before a small group of users and promised a new email inbox app that would, in his words, deliver "all of the wheat and none of the chaff." No, that... executive wasn't from Google, and the product wasn't called Inbox. Instead, it was known as Inbox Insights, and it was scheduled to be released by a much tinier online productivity company, Zoho. Zoho executives told a user conference in late August that the company was awaiting approval from Apple, and that it planned to have an Android app as well. The Inbox Insight app would work in conjunction with Zoho Mail, a freemium service for businesses and consumers. "We know customers' tastes differ; we know that one solution does not fit all of us," a Zoho executive said then.
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Tim Armstrong Doesn't Say The Tim Armstrong may have shown other CEOs how to speak with respect and admiration about women in the workplace during his comments onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. In the past few weeks and... months, conversations have run the gamut from companies such as Google and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children to Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep…
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Vintage Apple computer builtOne of the 50 original Apple-1 computers built by Steve Wozniak himself goes for three quarters of a million dollars at auction.
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This bicycle light isLooking for a new light for you bicycle? The Orfos Flare provides 360-degree visibility with its bright, waterproof, long-lasting LED lights. However, it comes at a pretty steep price for a bicycle... accessory. The post This bicycle light is waterproof, rechargeable, and brighter than a flare appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Wearables not an automatic winSmart watches and smart glasses are increasingly hitting the market, but that doesn't equate to big adoption. Meanwhile, the health care industry will likely have to coax consumers aboard with... clear-cut policies on privacy and possibly incentives.
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Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan didn't work out. Shortly after a poor quality version of the entire trailer... leaked online, Marvel decided to publish an official teaser trailer on YouTube. The two-minute video shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. The film is headed into theaters on May 1st, 2015 in the US.
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Unity appoints formerJohn Riccitiello, who helmed publisher and game maker EA, now leads the fast-growing company behind multi-platform gaming software.
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Dear Prudie Early Release: Monster

Slate - 23 Oct 2014 00:48
As a member of Slate Plus, you're reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
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Dr. Oz weight-loss pill paperGreen coffee bean extract was touted as a supplement supporting weight loss, but a study examining results of the extract on patients has been withdrawn by the authors.
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The Hemingwrite -- described as an "over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century" -- should bother me. It's not just the pretentious yet bland reference to the Young Male Writer's favorite... inspiration right in the name. It's not just the exhortation to use its long battery life and "pull a Thoreau," the time-honored practice of self-righteously rejecting civilization by making other people interact with it on your behalf. It's not just the shots fired at "tiresome and outdated" typewriters. It's the entire gestalt of nostalgia, self-help, and conspicuous, generic literary fandom that it evokes. It makes me want to be elitist and anti-intellectual at the same time. Except that as an idea, I love it. As its website readily admits,...
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After more than two years,For years, Apple has been doing everything in its power to make Apple Maps the app of choice for traveling iPhone owners. Unfortunately, it’s not always the most reliable companion, which is why... Apple is putting the power to edit its service into the hands of small business owners. Apple Maps Connect allows businesses to add content directly into the mapping service free of charge straight from their browsers. In order to access the service, a business owner or an authorized representative of the business needs to log in to the Apple Maps Connect website with an Apple ID and password. A prompt to ‘Add My Business’ will appear, beginning a multi-step process in which you can add the name,
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Sony says sayonara to low-endAfter reducing its handset sales forecast in September, Sony looks to reduce it yet again. It seems that, due to the new reduction, Sony will look to focus more on high-end phones The post Sony says... sayonara to low-end Android phones, may cut its sales forecast again appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft Deletes Nokia,Following on from online discussions around Microsoft's plans to depreciate the Nokia and Windows Phone branding during the 2014 holiday season, Nokia France's Facebook page has confirmed the next... step of the process. Yesterday the admins on the page announced that the 'Nokia France' page will be changing its name to 'Microsoft Lumia', reflecting the expected name change.
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Standing desks are one of those mildly polarizing topics. You probably shouldn't be sitting all day, but standing desks are either really expensive, or really suck (sorry, but it's true). Ikea has... stepped in with their first truly convertible stand/sit desk (adjustable with the push of a button), leaving you without that tough choice of standing or sitting all the …
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We Work Hard for Less Money

Slate - 23 Oct 2014 00:41
Listen to Episode 120 of Slate's The Gist:
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Slightly irked that you have to say "OK Google" whenever you want to use voice search on your Android Wear smartwatch? Microsoft, of all companies, is coming to your rescue. The developer is leading a... trio of experimental Android releases with...
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Ex-Astro Mike MassiminoThe Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's Senior Advisor for Space Programs and the exhibit's Co-Curator shares stories of his trips to service the Space Telescope and describes the exhibit.
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Picture of the Day: Cape Town from Above

Twisted Sifter - 23 Oct 2014 00:38
Picture of the Day: Cape TownPhotograph by Michael Jung   In this breathtaking aerial taken from a helicopter, we see the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa... after Johannesburg and one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014…
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Rhapsody revives CEO position,The streaming-music forefather, often overshadowed by flashier rivals like Spotify or Apple's Beats Music, says growth is gangbusters enough to revive the position of CEO after a four-year absence.
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IlumiBowl lights up yourFreshly-launched on Kickstarter, IlumiBowl is a tiny motion-activated light that clips onto your toilet bowl and flips on when you enter the bathroom. No more peeing in the dark, or blinding yourself... with the bathroom light! The post IlumiBowl lights up your toilet with neon you can pee on appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Yelp Posts Second Profitable Quarter

Wall Street Journal - 23 Oct 2014 00:33
Yelp Posts Second ProfitableYelp Inc. swung to a profit in the third-quarter, just the second period the San Francisco business-review website has reported on the black side of the ledger since its market debut in March 2012.
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 21 October 2014

SpaceRef - 23 Oct 2014 00:31
Today: Ocular Health: Gerst conducted his return minus 30 day Ocular Health vision test and completed a questionnaire. With Wilmore as the Crew Medical Officer (CMO) operator, the tonometer was used... to collect eye pressure measurements on Gerst as well...
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Sorry, Tesla: MichiganTesla has lost its fight for direct car sales in Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5606 (also known as Public Act 354) into law this week, strengthening an existing law that bans auto... sales without the use of a franchised dealer. The post Sorry, Tesla: Michigan Governor reinforces direct sales ban of automobiles appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Going Through a Bad Breakup?Spending a week in KFC is the new eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting. Whether it’s a Gilmore Girls marathon, staying in bed for 24 hours or even just devouring a full pumpkin pie by... yourself, we all have different ways of dealing with a bad breakup. Tan Shen deals with it by not leaving KFC for an entire week. See also: KFC Doubles Down on the Double Down Sandwich The 26-year-old woman found herself heartbroken and looking for comfort around a train station in China's southwest Sichuan province. Shen happened upon a KFC and decided to try and find solace in the form of chicken and biscuits. She ordered her food, ate it and then asked herself a question we’ve all asked ourselves before: “Can I just live in this KFC?”
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Siri has another neat trick you may not have known about -- gambling speculation. If you ask Siri "who is going to win the World Series?" it will tell you exactly who is currently predicted to win. In... this case Siri thinks the Royals are going to...
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This Photo of China'sThis photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping is more than a snapshot captured in the rain: today it was awarded China’s highest photojournalism prize, the National News Award. The award is known... as China’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The announcement was made today by China’s state media group, which tweeted that the “Photo of […]
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AT&T adds 2 million new connections in Q3, but it's most impressive growth came in the connected car as GM and Audi rolled out their 4G vehicles this year.
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Mark Zuckerberg Gives Q&A in Chinese

Time - 23 Oct 2014 00:23
Mark Zuckerberg Gives Q&A in"My Chinese is very bad"
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iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2,Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just... what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2. According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel is more rigid than previous iPad models, and feels sturdier when it's being pried up with the company's proprietary iOpener. As with all iPads, the glued down display is the only access point to the tablet. As noted in reviews, the iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery than the original iPad Air, coming in at 27.62 Whr and 7,340 mAh. The first generation tablet had a 8,827 mAh/32.9 Whr battery life. iFixit's teardown confirms the existence of both the more powerful A8X processor and 2GB of Elpida...
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Metamorphosis

Re/code - 23 Oct 2014 00:21
MetamorphosisWhen Sam Gregorsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he reached for his e-reader ...
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While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles....
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Hands on: Google Inbox

Digital Trends - 23 Oct 2014 00:19
Hands on: Google InboxGoogle is testing out a new kind of email with the invite-only Inbox app for iOS and Android. The app makes organizing your email a breeze, but has a few quirks. The post Hands on: Google Inbox... appeared first on Digital Trends.
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That iPad Air 2 can be yoursApple said its new tablets would launch later this week, but stores across the country already have the Wi-Fi models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.
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Shutter HALO review: a selfie's best friend

Slash Gear - 23 Oct 2014 00:16
Shutter HALO review: aCapturing the moment is something we all enjoy, and we're turning to our smartphones more and more to do so. If you'd rather be in the shot than hidden behind the screen, Shutter Halo might be what... you've been looking for. The small button links to your camera via Bluetooth, and lets you snap a picture remotely. Now you can …
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Bank of America is apologizing for double-billing customers who made purchases using Apple's new mobile payments service.
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Bank of America confirms someFollowing up on a bevy of miscellaneous issues with Apple Pay, some Bank of America account holders are now reporting that the new service is charging them twice for some transactions. Re/code has now... confirmed that Bank of America is in fact experiencing a technical error that is causing the double charges and is currently attempting to […]
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Backpacks are certainly a convenient way of schlepping your stuff around, but they do have at least one shortcoming - you have to take them off to get at what's in them. British engineer David Wolffe... set out to address that, with his wolffepack. It features a tethered detachable cargo section, that can be swung around in front of the wearer as needed. ..
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Apple defeats GPNE's $94MA San Jose jury rules against the nonpracticing entity, which had accused Apple of infringing its mobile device technology.
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In the early 1900s, the Statue of Liberty changed from a dull copper hue to the green tint we know today, because by then green was in style and dull copper was basically passé (also because of... oxidation). At 8AM this Halloween, the Statue of Liberty is getting outfitted with designer bow ties in the name of fashion. ... Or so #brands would like you to believe -- specifically Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham, who's decided to use helicopters to fly 60-foot wide, 35-pound bow ties in front of lady liberty in celebration of the launch of his new brand, "Nick Graham." via Gothamist The idea was first floated publicly in an October 14th press release from Nick Graham the brand, which said that Nick Graham (the person, presumably) "hinted...
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Five Keys to Entrepreneurial Success

The Huffington Post - 23 Oct 2014 00:04
Five Keys to EntrepreneurialForming your first startup is not a task for the faint at heart. You think you have every piece of information and every problem solved, but once you decide to make the jump into entrepreneurship and... things go awry, your true drive and ambition will either shine or fade into the background. The decision to step into entrepreneurship should be well calculated. According to The U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month, with a third of those failing in the first two years and 60% finding they're doomed by their fourth year in business. Being an entrepreneur has high risks and high rewards. Stepping out into the world of entrepreneurship is something that can be extremely daunting and risky, so understanding how to be successful is...
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Apple Pay works overseas withYou need a U.S. issued credit card, too. The post Apple Pay works overseas with some region tweaking appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Beau Giles, a blogger and web developer based in Sydney, Australia, managed to use Apple Pay in his home town by tweaking the region settings, and using a U.S. issued credit card.
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9to5Toys Last Call: SeagateBe 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: Daily Deals: Seagate 2TB... $80 or WD 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $60, more Foscam FI9821W V2 HD Wireless Pan/Tilt IP Camera $73 shipped (orig. $160) Olloclip for iPhone 6/Plus adds four advanced […]
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The Australian government expects its new counter-terrorism laws to pass in parliament after accepting all of the recommendations made by a committee looking into the new legislation.
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It's no secret that the US wireless market is saturated, and that most people who want a mobile device have already purchased one by now. Naturally, this means that the national players in the... industry are looking for other points of revenue to aid...
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Cosplayers Reveal Their Day Jobs [15 photos]

Twisted Sifter - 23 Oct 2014 00:03
Cosplayers Reveal Their Day  BuzzFeed sent staffer Ryan Broderick to New York Comic Con (which took place Oct. 9 – 12) to ask Cosplayers in attendance what their day jobs were. As expected, cosplayers come from all walks of... life! You can see the complete 29-picture gallery at BuzzFeed.   1. Photograph by Ryan Broderick/BuzzFeed   2. Photograph…
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An anonymous reader writes Now that its file synchronization tool has received a few updates, BitTorrent is going on the offensive against cloud-based storage services by showing off just how fast... BitTorrent Sync can be. More specifically, the company conducted a test that shows Sync destroys Google Drive, Microsoft's OneDrive, and Dropbox. The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using two Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, the Time.gov site as a real-time clock, and the Internet connection at its headquarters (1 Gbps up/down). The timer started when the file transfer was initiated and then stopped once the file was fully synced and downloaded onto the receiving machine. Sync performed 8x faster than Google Drive, 11x faster than...
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Google's AppCompat v21 bringsThis is great news for developers. Google has updated the popular AppCompat library to version 21, and introduced a new Toolbar widget that will allow for a more Material Design look and feel in apps... built for devices running older firmware. This update is exactly what we're all seeing in recent updates for Google Apps like the Play Store or Play Newsstand, and is how we can have the new design language on the majority of Androids, even if they aren't running Lollipop.
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Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection

Photography Blog - 23 Oct 2014 00:01
Pentax K-S1 Sweets CollectionRicoh today announced the latest additions to the Pentax K-S1 collection of digital SLR cameras.
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Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection

DP Review - 23 Oct 2014 00:01
Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the... 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched back in August.
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iPad Air 2 teardown confirmsWondering what mysteries are inside the iPad Air 2? Apple didn't leave itself much room for surprises in its new flagship tablet, with the 6.1 mm slate not only the company's thinnest, but also its... most powerful. As we found in our review of the iPad Air 2, components like the 1.49GHz tri-core Apple A8X processor and the newly fully-laminated …
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[From GamerTell] Death threats are a good way to get your game removed from Steam. It happened to Code Avarice and Paranautical Activity!
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[From GamerTell] Blizzard's Hearthstone is going to take just a little bit longer than expected to arrive on iPhone and Android due to concerns regarding the game's user interface.
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A mysterious second-genAfter having been spotted in FCC documentation, the second-generation Chromecast has been confirmed by Googlers from the Chromecast team during a Reddit ask-me-anything session, but they said the... device will not have any new features for users, without revealing more details about it. Meanwhile, Gigaom has learned that a Chromecast V2 is indeed coming, as Google doesn't plan to replace its extremely affordable and very popular dongle with Android TV just yet. FROM EARLIER: Don't be too excited about the new Chromecast Google is going to soon launch In an interview at Gigaom's Structure Connect conference on Tuesday, Google vice president of product management Mario Queiroz confirmed a new Chromecast model will launch, though he declined to reveal any specifics. The executive said
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Google Street View Takes toGoogle has teamed up with the Jane Goodall Institute to bring their Street View Trekker cameras to Gombe National Park in Tanzania, a place made famous by world-famous primatologist Jane Goodall and... her research of the local chimpanzees. Step by step, the Google Street View Trekker camera retraced the steps Goodall took during the 54 […]
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Google has debuted a new email filtering app called Inbox which compiles pieces of information from your Gmail account and groups them together for faster access. It allows you to quickly find travel... plans, photos, documents, or event information...
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Play with Digital Paper withGoogle just released announced Android 5.0 last week and, along with it came a new developer preview. Included in that preview are a slew of pretty new wallpapers for your phone-decorating pleasure.
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[From GamerTell] Halo: The Master Chief Collection is almost here. Some of the world's best players will be the first to get their hands on it in a high stakes tournament.
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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3Our editor's iPad Air 2 preorder is out for delivery tomorrow, October 22nd. How about yours? The post iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders now shipping appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Reports suggests that several users who pre-ordered their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 tablets are now receiving them in Australia and the U.K.
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NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP SatelliteWhile space debris was the uncontrolled adversary in the award-winning space thriller film "Gravity," space debris, also known as "space junk," is an ongoing real-life concern for teams managing... satellites orbiting Earth, including NOAA-NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, or Suomi NPP, satellite. It is not unusual for satellites that have the capability of maneuvering to be repositioned to avoid debris or to maintain the proper orbit.
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Image: Third substantial solarThe sun erupted with another significant flare today, peaking at 10:28 a.m. EDT on Oct. 22, 2014.
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Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. (Questions may be edited or wholly invented.)
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The White House has advanced an agenda to promote and facilitate information sharing on security threats and vulnerabilities.
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Printer Turns Photos Into 3-DGlance at an old photograph, and all of a sudden the memories come rushing back: The ski trip you took with your family as a child; the first time you rode a bike without training wheels; a beloved... grandparent, perhaps. Simple, right? Not for the blind, who are unable to "see" the photo in question. That's the issue Pirate3D, a 3-D printer manufacturing company, aims to address with their "Touchable Memories" experiment. In a video released last week, the company explored the power of recreating photos for the blind with a 3-D printer, extruding them in plastic so they, too, could have a tangible means to relive treasured memories. The video follows five seeing-impaired individuals as they recall memories which one woman, Daniela, describes as "almost like dreams, like a gust of wind --...
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Do your receipts contain BPABisphenol A can be easily absorbed into human blood streams from cash register receipts, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. But how much danger does the public face?
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SmartThings provides a platform for bringing a house online. Someday all devices may be connected, and SmartThings will be there for the people who need an easy system.
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Camera made from one tiny LegoA simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.
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Of Course Mark ZuckerbergHow's your week going? Been pretty good? Feeling like you're doing well at work and things are looking up? Well, Mark Zuckerberg is back again to make you feel inadequate. See also: Mark Zuckerberg... vs. an Average 30-Year-Old Man The Facebook CEO participated in a 30-minute question and answer session at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday, which he posted to his public page. He did the whole thing in Mandarin. He even cracked some jokes. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. Evidently, Zuckerberg started studying Mandarin in 2010, saying it was his "personal challenge." "I have always been interested in Chinese culture and learning a language is a great way to learn about a culture," Zuckerberg wrote
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Utah State University DefendsSALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Facing faculty concerns about guns on the campus of Utah State University, the school's president is responding to accusations that the institution acted irresponsibly after a... threat against feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian. President Stan Albrecht said USU immediately started working with police and communicating with Sarkeesian's staff after receiving the email threatening a mass shooting. In a letter to faculty and students, Albrecht said USU had to follow a state law prohibiting universities from taking away concealed weapons from valid permit holders, but he expressed concern about a new push from state lawmakers to allow open carrying of weapons on campus. The president's statements came in response to a letter signed by about 200 faculty and students saying...
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Yelp Stock Tumbles on Weak Q4 Outlook

Re/code - 22 Oct 2014 23:43
Yelp Stock Tumbles on Weak Q4Third-quarter numbers, however, beat expectations.
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A few quick thoughts on Google Inbox

Android Central - 22 Oct 2014 23:42
A few quick thoughts on GoogleCan Google's new Inbox change the way we fail at email? Quite possibly, but it's early yet. Google today announced Inbox, a sort of Gmail with training wheels. That is, it tries to make your email... experience easier by automatically grouping emails together into categories. It's not unlike what Gmail already does with its tabbed inbox -- primary, social, promotions, updates and forums sections -- but Inbox makes it look good, far less clinical than Gmail proper. Inbox is invite-only for now. (No, we don't have any to give out yet. But thank you for asking.) And while it's available on Android and iOS, it's currently only available in web form on the Chrome browser. (Which really means it's not yet available in web form, but we digress.) This is the sort of thing that takes a little time --...
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National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Service has stopped receiving a full complement of important weather data from the network of weather satellites orbiting the planet for at least a day, which may make the... agency's forecasts less accurate with time This is the latest in a series of technology snafus during the past few years that together point to an agency that needs some serious IT upgrades, although the agency maintains that its systems are sufficiently redundant to prevent any one outage from crippling its ability to protect lives and property. This does not appear related to any solar storm activity See also: How Can National Weather Service's Warnings Save Lives If Nobody Gets Them?
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What Minecraft Is Teaching Your Kids About Money

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 23:40
What Minecraft Is TeachingBY CHRIS TAYLOR NEW YORK Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:13pm EDT
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Second Substantial Flare in Two Days

SpaceRef - 22 Oct 2014 23:39
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:59 p.m. EDT on Oct. 21, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is always observing the sun, captured an image of the event....
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Jive offers Google Docs,Jive adds a Google Docs connector to complement its Gmail and Google Drive integration. The enterprise cloud company is also rolling out improvements to its community moderation software.
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Olloclip Debuts New 4-in-1Popular photography accessory maker Olloclip today unveiled an all new 4-in-1 photo lens designed for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely revamped for Apple's iPhone... 6 devices and has gained several new features. For the first time, the Olloclip lens is designed to work with both the front and rear-facing cameras, letting users take both traditional photos and selfies with the four lenses. Like previous Olloclip accessories, the newest version includes fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Both the fisheye and the wide-angle lenses provide a wider field of view for iPhone photos, while the two macro lenses are designed for ultra close-up photos. A single 4-in-1 Photo Lens is able to fit both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and its new customizable...
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(Reuters) - One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc's first pre-assembled computer, Apple-1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday, far outstripping expectations.
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Adrianne Palicki Looks ReadyAdrianne Palicki, this is the superhero you were meant to play At least, that's how it appears from the first photos of the actress in full Mockingbird mode See also: Go Behind the Set of CW's 'The... Flash' On Tuesday's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Friday Night Lights alum's character, Bobbi Morse, revealed she was an undercover agent working for Coulson and, next week, she will be seen in her full costumed glory. Adrianne Palicki in her Mockingbird costume, which debuts in the next episode of 'SHIELD.' Image: ABC/Kelsey McNeal I's safe to say that compared to the look she sported for the failed NBC Wonder Woman pilot back in 2011, this outfit better suits Palicki by a mile. It's gritty, edgy and gears us up for finally seeing the actress in her full ass-kicking glory....
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Tablets, Cars Drive AT&TAT&T gains 2M wireless customers in 3rd qtr, but bulk weren't phones as competition heats up
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Children who drink non-cow's milk such as rice, almond, soy or goat's milk, have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, according to a new study published in the... Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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Apple iMac with a 5K display:Apple has introduced the iMac with a Retina 5K display with a starting price of $2,499. While that may sound like a lot of money,
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Museum pays record-breakingAn ultra-rare working 1976 Apple-1 computer — thought to be one of the first 50 ever produced — has sold at auction for an incredible $750,000, around twice the expected asking price. The computer... was part of Bonhams History of…
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Want to upgrade to an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3? Maybe you're just drooling over the new Retina iMac. We reviewed them all, so you're covered either way. But that's not all we have on deck --
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Miami Traveler Charged WithReminder to airline passengers: A bomb is nothing to joke about. Sixty-year-old Manuel Alberto Alvarado learned that lesson the hard way Wednesday after joking about having explosives in his luggage... when checking into his flight at Miami International Airport. He was about to board a flight to Caracas, Venezuela, on Avianca Airlines See also: Man Travels 100,000 Miles Over 4 Years for Ultimate Proposal Alvarado's comment, which he later said was a joke, triggered safety protocols and a response from the Miami-Dade Police Department bomb squad. Five outbound flights were delayed for up to an hour. However, no explosives were found on Alvarado.
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AT&T boasts strong growth butAT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours... trading following the earnings report.
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AT&T third-quarter profitThe company's growth was driven largely by connected devices like the connected car, but there was also a healthy mix of smartphone and tablet growth.
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AT&T Net Drops, but Customers Stay

The New York Times - 22 Oct 2014 23:30
AT&T Net Drops, but CustomersStrong customer growth suggests that a price-cutting war in the wireless industry is not eroding AT&T's business.
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Watch Out for SuspiciousMicrosoft recently announced a security advisory warning of specially crafted Microsoft Office files that can give an attacker the same user rights as the user that opens it. The vulnerability affects... all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, excluding Windows Server 2003.
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The revised interface in OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most... text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same font from iOS), the overall ...
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The Slate Walking Dead Podcast

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 23:27
This week we're excited to launch a Slate Walking Dead podcast recap and spoiler special for Slate Plus members. Your hosts are Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade. Mike is the host of Lexicon Valley and a... senior producer for Slate podcasts. Chris is a producer for the Slate Video team.
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Brain-Sensor WearableI'm staring at a beach and listening for seagulls in the distance. When a voice asks me to concentrate on my breathing, requesting I count in sequences of ten, I follow the command and my body starts... to loosen But then I get distracted by the sounds of ocean waves nearby. I accidentally skip a number and I'm fixated on the mistake. In response to my elevated fluster, the wind starts to pick up, and I'm told only my brain waves can bring the cadence of the environment to normalcy again. Eventually, the wind resumes to a calm blow as I get back in control See also: The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now
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An anonymous reader writes T-Mobile, a major wireless carrier in the U.S. and subsidiary of German Deutsche Telecom, is hardening the encryption on its 2G cellular network in the U.S., reports the... Washington Post. According to Cisco, 2G cellular calls still account for 13% of calls in the US and 68% of wireless calls worldwide. T-Mobile's upgrades will bring the encryption of older and inexpensive 2G GSM phone signals in the US up to par with that of more expensive 3G and 4G handsets. Parent company Deutsche Telecom had announced a similar upgrade of its German 2G network after last year's revelations of NSA surveillance. 2G is still important not only for that 13 percent of calls, but because lots of connected devices rely on it, or will, even while the 2G clock is ticking. The "internet...
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Americans' Trust in Doctors Is Falling

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 23:24
Americans' Trust in Doctors IsThe amount of trust that the American public puts in doctors has fallen over the last few decades, a new report finds.
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Yahoo Mail app now tracks yourYahoo is announcing some changes to the Yahoo mail app today, bringing in some features that will remind you of Google's Inbox. Yahoo's latest update rolls in cards that will tell you about travel... plans, and even lets you get real-time info about possible flight delays. If you are attending an event, you might even get event details held in …
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Goodwell toothbrush is an openA smart toothbrush isn't exactly a novel idea but an open-source one could be, especially if it's also eco-friendly. A new crowd-funding campaign on CrowdSupply is attempting to raise enough money to... put the Goodwell toothbrush into production. Goodwell...
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This BMW i3 Coupe lookalikeElectric cars may already be out on the roads around us, but that doesn't mean the segment isn't ripe for some innovation, and while Tesla might be doing its level best to push speed and luxury at the... top end of the market, so one German team believes it has something similarly ground-breaking at the entry-level. Visio.M is the handiwork …
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AT&T Touts Customer Gains, butAT&T added nearly two million customers, including 785,000 postpaid customers, as well as more than a half-million cars.
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Google Now rolls out Police Alert cards

Android Central - 22 Oct 2014 23:16
Google Now rolls out PoliceGoogle Now is getting more and more useful by the day. The latest addition to the assistant in your pocket is the inclusion of police alerts. Tipsters and users over at reddit have recently reported... seeing police alert cards pop up on their devices, allowing them to see criminal activity in their area.
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Bank of America Issues RefundsA glitch charged users twice for purchases
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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 23:15
Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions... succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
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Re/code's Excellent GoogleGoogle just launched a new email app. Join the Re/code reviews team on their journey exploring Inbox.
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The 10 most wanted games onWe’ve been talking about it incessantly, but the holiday gaming season is finally upon us. Destiny has been out for over a month, Bayonetta 2 launches on Friday and Sunset Overdrive hits store... shelves next week. Despite a few notable delays, there are still plenty of huge releases ahead of us, but which are receiving the most attention? In order to find out, Nielsen surveyed over 5,000 gamers and subsequently put together an infographic displaying the top 10 most coveted games for each of the six major consoles: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS and Vita. If you ever doubted the effectiveness of advertising, you might want to take a look at the number one games on PS4 and
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Most Popular Linux DesktopEven after settling on a Linux distribution to use, you still have to decide on a desktop environment. There are tons to choose from, and last week we asked you for your favorites . Then we looked at... the five best Linux desktop environments . Now we're back to highlight your favorite, 11,000 votes later.
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This Technology Could ChangeA San Francisco company is crowdfunding a project to make sign-to-word communication the most seamless it's ever been
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Google to give Project Ara itsGoogle will create a store, complete with reviews and recommendations, to sell various modules and components for its modular phone project known as Project Ara. In an interview at Purdue University,... Google's Paul Eremenko said that Google would be following the software model of the Play Store in creating a hardware store to sell modules for the Project Ara phone.
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Apple Pay sees problems asBank of America apologizes for a glitch that's causing duplicate Apple Pay charges. Also, Google creates a new app for organizing email, and Google users can give their accounts extra protection with... USB security keys.
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This 'Star Wars' Recut Lets"Star Wars VII" isn't out until December of next year, but you might as well get started on your marathons now. Yet rather than watch the much-derided prequel trilogy, we've got a solution: "Star Wars... Episode I" through "Episode III" in only two hours and 40 minutes. The recut, "Turn to the Dark Side -- Episode 3.1," includes the most compelling aspects of the three films with plot pieces removed to create a stronger focus on the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. Essentially, as the video description says, it's all the good action with a lot less Jar Jar Binks. Double Digit, who created the new video, told HuffPost Entertainment that as a huge "Star Wars" fan, they wanted to find a way to make the films "more of a swashbuckling space opera with less exposition and...
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Some Genius Slowed Down GuyGuy Fieri has a tender relationship with food. He loves it, yearns for it and serves it at his one-star rated New York City restaurant. Now, see Fieri eat like you've never seen him eat before: in... slow motion to the sensual sounds of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly." Is your mouth watering yet? If the answer is no, click replay. Filling Your Ice Machine With Candy Is the Only Kitchen Hack You Need Dreams Do Come True: Floyd Mayweather Beats Up Justin Bieber If 'The Shining' Took Place in IKEA Dad Creates Adorable LED Minnie Mouse Costume for Daughter
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Progress builds up developerIn a move to muscle up in the app dev space, platform services provider Progress Software is in the process of acquiring development software vendor Telerik for US$262.5 million. Progress plans to... fold Telerik's tools into its developer platform, Progress announced Wednesday. Telerik will bring to Progress a sizable user base of over 1.4 million developers. The company's revenue over the past year has been $60 million, and it is currently increasing its business by more than 20 percent. Telerik sells a suite of user interface development tools and application life cycle management products. The company supports a variety of languages, including Microsoft .NET, Java, JavaScript and Node.js, and Progress' OpenEdge Advanced Business Language.
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Government regulation on cloudGovernments may need to tighten the regulatory screws on SaaS vendors to make them be more transparent and forthcoming about their security practices. Until then, it will be hard for health care... companies in particular to fully trust cloud software vendors, according to speakers at the EU-U.S. ehealth Marketplace and Conference in Boston on Wednesday. Depending on customers to audit cloud vendors to ensure that their security and privacy measures comply with U.S. government regulations on protecting sensitive data is inadequate, one of the speakers said. "The best we can do right now is a checklist," said Chris Davis, a Verizon senior architect whose job entails ensuring that the company's cloud services meet the data security regulations of various national governments. Technology,...
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Imposing travel bans that prevent people from Ebola-stricken countries from leaving those countries would be "irrational," said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red... Cross and Red Crescent Societies, during a press conference earlier today. The measure -- one that would be borne out of fear and panic -- simply wouldn't curb Ebola infections.
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The FCC Just ReleasedThe FCC's proposed "Open Internet" rule is the single most commented-on rulemaking in the history of the agency, with nearly 4 million submissions to date. The FCC just dumped all of the words from... the second commenting period, which ran from July 19th-September 15.
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'Clash of Clans' iPad GameDespite a 7-1 shellacking by the San Francisco Giants in game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals' season is going very well. They've reached the playoffs for the first time... since 1985, and made it all the way to the World Series — something only they and the Giants can claim among Major League Baseball's 30 teams But back in July, things looked bad for the Royals, as the team struggled to focus and slipped below .500. One primary culprit for the team's summer struggles? An iPad game called Clash of Clans, according to the Kansas City Star See also: Korean Royals Fan Will Melt Your World Series Heart
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[From GamerTell] Do I really need to say it? There are a lot of new releases coming out in the PlayStation Store. The PS4 has plenty to offer--in fact, all platforms have many of the same titles.... Support all around!
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When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

TechCrunch - 22 Oct 2014 23:00
When Should Startups Hire A Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long... is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need?
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How to Capture a ComplexHave you ever wondered how those beautiful beer bottle ads in magazines are shot? Product photography is one of the more complicated genres out there, packed full of neat ‘tricks of the trade’ and... lighting techniques. And if you wanna learn a few of them, this beer bottle product photo tutorial is a great place […]
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Mac OS X Yosemite has been in the wild for about a week now, just long enough for tech bloggers and many users to find things that frankly drive them nuts about the new OS. Longtime Macworld writer... and fellow ailurophile Kirk McElhearn toted up his...
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The Best Techniques forCar salespeople have a reputation for trying to squeeze every cent from their customers, and they're often very good at their jobs. They are experienced negotiators and you need to know how to find... leverage to make a deal in your favor.
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UFO Soap Pumps: Take Me To Your Lever

Gizmodo - 22 Oct 2014 23:00
UFO Soap Pumps: Take Me ToIf you've seen War of the Worlds, then it only makes sense that if an alien race were to visit our planet, they'd be pretty strict about personal hygiene before making contact with humans. Those tiny... bacterial organisms all over our hands pose a real threat to extraterrestrials, so what better way to scrub up than with this alien abduction-themed soap dispenser?
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AT&T says it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The company is facing pricing pressure from... smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.
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Harman wants to quiet yourHarman, in conjunction with Lotus, has developed an in-car noise-cancelling technology that reduces road noise and vibrations, making music sound better and providing a quieter ride. The technology is... similar to the noise-cancelling circuits found in headphones. The post Harman wants to quiet your ride using the tech behind noise-cancelling headphones appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Titanfall's free FrontierRespawn Entertainment has announced the eighth update for Titanfall, which adds more content than any previous patch, including a brand new cooperative multiplayer mode. The post Titanfall’s free... Frontier Defense update adds a four-player cooperative mode appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Targeted Body MassagersI am quite sure that many of us have experienced this before - we hardly exercise, and one fine day, when a particular situation requires us to actually flex our muscles a whole lot more than normal,... such as shifting house or helping a neighbor with his or her spring cleaning, the effect kicks in afterwards, when our bodies start to ache all over the place, even letting you discover ...
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(Reuters) - Yelp Inc, operator of consumer review website Yelp.com, forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' average estimate, sending its shares down as much as 14 percent after the bell.
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Dyson, a company best known for its line of high-end vacuum cleaners, has just announced a new humidifier that's designed to kill bacteria in the air using what it calls "Ultraviolet Cleanse"... technology. ..
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Jailbreak Released For AppleAs those familiar with the jailbreaking scene, iOS 8.1 signaled the possible release of a jailbreak for Apple's new mobile operating system and iPhones. I previously reported on how to jailbreak... previous model iPhone on iOS 7, and it was anyone's guess as to how long it would take for the jailbreaking community to release another.
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Apple Pay: Who Won and Who Lost?

Time - 22 Oct 2014 22:50
Apple Pay: Who Won and WhoNot all Apple Pay winners are created equal
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Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That's what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway -- they've released an update to the app brings with it... snappier performance and improved labels for maps...
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Gawker These Are the Creepy 4Chan Successors Behind Gamergate's Pathetic War | io9 10 Bizarre Theories About The Pyramids That DON'T Involve Aliens | Jalopnik The Man Who Turned Speedboats Full Of... Weed Into Indy 500 Glory | Kotaku The Evil Within: The Kotaku Review | Kinja Popular Posts
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Streaming device maker Roku has raised an additional $25 million round of funding, according to a disclosure filed with the FCC on Wednesday. A Roku spokesperson confirmed the funding and said…
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Google Can't Fix What's ReallyToday Google announced an ambitious project called Inbox , a new way to manage your Gmail that looks like an absolute godsend. There is, however, one thing that Google's clever engineering won't fix,... and might actually make worse: The humans sending the emails.
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The most disappointing videoThere is no feeling like when a highly anticipated game completely disappoints after it’s released. Months or even years of buildup can lead to a game that’s such a waste of time that you may end... up selling your console because of it. Reddit users have sounded off on their most disappointing games ever and while there are few surprises, the reasons for their disappointment are nonetheless interesting. MORE FROM REDDIT: The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors One of the most upvoted comments in the Reddit thread is about the game Brink. One Redditor says, “Throwing my $60 out the window would have been a smarter decision than anything Brink’s AI ever did in the game.” Another adds,
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NeedMyTranscripts.com expose users' names, addresses and dates of birth, among other information, due to a site flaw that one user discovered.
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Google Unveils App forGoogle tries to make it easier for Gmail users to find important information with 'Inbox'
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Welcome to 13th Grade!

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 22:45
I did not enjoy high school. Chances are you did not either. So imagine, somewhere midway through your sophomore year, if your parents and teachers casually informed you that you'd now "get" to attend... the 13th grade before leaving. If someone had pulled that crap on me in 1992, I would have set my room on fire.
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Tuberculosis is at crisis levels, warns WHO

Tech Times - 22 Oct 2014 22:45
Tuberculosis is at crisisTuberculosis infections are reaching a crisis level, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Many of the victims are in developing nations, according to a new report on the... disease.
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McLaren has continued the drip-feed of info about its upcoming P1 GTR. The company is aiming for the racing version of its P1 supercar to be the world's greatest track car, and it has some suitably... mind-boggling specs. Now, a stripped down interior and F1-based steering wheel have also been revealed...
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jones_supa writes In Windows 8, there was an arrangement of two settings applications: the Control Panel for the desktop and the PC Settings app in the Modern UI side. With Windows 10, having the two... different applications has started to look even more awkward, which has been voiced loud and clear in the feedback too. Thus, the work at Microsoft to unify the settings programs has begun. The traditional Control Panel is being transformed to something temporarily called "zPC Settings" (sic), which is a Modern UI app that melts together the current two settings applications.
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The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3Apple announced its newest lineup of iPads last week without giving a specific launch date, but if you didn’t get in on the pre-order action you can just go to your local Apple Store and pick up a... new unit…
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The Guardian Leapfrogs NewEn garde, New York Times. The Guardian is now the second most popular English language newspaper website in terms of desktop traffic, according to comScore. The British daily logged 42.6 million... worldwide desktop uniques in September, up 12.3% from the month before; meanwhile, the Times drew 41.6 million. The data does not count mobile users. See also: Despite Paywalls, Newspapers Still Bled Red Ink in 2013 Despite trailing the Mail Online's 55.8 million unique users, Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger felt his publication came out on top. Guardian (42.5m) overtakes NYT (41.7m) in Sept Comscore - now #1 quality English-language digital newspaper in the world — alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) October 21, 2014
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Microsoft's New 'Halo:Might we actually get a half-decent live action version of Halo? How about quarter-decent? Microsoft is certainly going to try. The company released the official trailer for the Ridley Scott produced... miniseries Halo: Nightfall, and while those in the video game industry know better than to trust a trailer, it looks like it may have potential. It's basically an expanded version of what the company showed at San Diego Comic Con: the movie will follow the exploits of an Agent Locke as well and some sort of Covenant (or maybe a different enemy?) superweapon. There is shooting and there are difficult decisions.
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Denver teacher fired after students hurt in botched lab experiment is charged with misdemeanor
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Early Apple Computer Sells forAuction house Bonhams had expected the machine to sell for somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000.
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The Best First Smartphone forIt's time to get your kid a smartphone. But which one?
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We hear a ton about cool internet of things functionality. But where's the money?
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Can Tinder Light A Fire In India?

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 22:41
Can Tinder Light A Fire InBY ANKITA RAO, OZY The writer, Ankita Rao, is an Indian-American journalist currently based anywhere from the villages of Orissa to the streets of Mumbai. There are gods on Tinder. Not Adonis-like gym... buffs with quotes about success and protein shakes. No, I'm talking profile photos of Hindu deities like Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha -- even the avatar Venkateswara, who, to be honest, I would rather associate with my grandparents and not a dating app. That was the first thing I reported home to my friends after fiddling around with my iPhone one day in an auto rickshaw this spring, just weeks after moving to India to kick-start a freelance journalism career. Half curious, and half bored, I wanted to check out how the New Delhi scene fared in comparison to Washington, D.C. -- and Tinder was an easy...
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A Decade into a NewCompany executives and government officials at a commercial space conference expressed a mixture of optimism and impatience.
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Pandora's Chris Martin said that while many connected devices don't present an easy way to experience Pandora, the time will come when a user can enjoy a seamless Pandora experience in…
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IBM and Microsoft pledge toAlthough fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users. On Wednesday, the... companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM's infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure. "The cloud is an interesting change in the technology landscape. In a lot of ways it opens everybody up to be your partner as well as your competitor, more so than on-premise software did in the past," said Michael Curry, IBM vice president of WebSphere product management. "The key element here is about offering choice for our customers--to have the flexibility to deploy software in...
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Some Bank of America customersSome Bank of America customers have been double-charged for purchases made with Apple Pay, the payment system Apple launched on Monday. Roughly 1,000 transactions made with Apple Pay were logged twice... in customer accounts, said Tara Burke, a spokeswoman with Bank of America, which is one of the largest U.S. banks and was an Apple Pay launch partner. "We apologize for the inconvenience and are correcting the problem," said Burke. The duplicate transactions should be removed by the end of Wednesday. Apple Pay utilizes a secure chip inside Apple's new iPhone 6 that enables the phone to emulate an NFC (near field communications) payment card. When the Apple Pay app is loaded with a customer's credit or debit card, payments can be made at NFC terminals by bringing the phone close to the...
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iPad Air 2 teardown showsWith iPad Air 2 units now officially arriving in the hands of customers, our friends over at iFixit have officially kicked off their ritual teardown of the device. For the most part the teardown only... revealed minor changes on the inside, such as repositioned display cables that iFixit calls a welcomed changed for repairs. Also […]
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It's tech week on Wall Street, and there are a lot of frightful mixed bags out there at the end of October.
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Bits Blog: Google Wants InboxGoogle has created a new app for people to manage their overflowing inboxes.
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Six Reasons to Share Your Mobile Location

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 22:34
Six Reasons to Share YourAs mobile phone usage becomes increasingly prolific, the number of location-based mobile applications has skyrocketed. The Pew Research Center reports that nearly half of adult smartphone owners use... location-based services on their mobile devices -- not only for getting directions, but also to access a variety of information and stay connected with conversations. More and more mobile phone apps leverage your location to deliver personalized information to you in real-time. Here are some general app categories that make it easier for you to go about your daily life by knowing where you are: 1. Weather A leading app in this category, Yahoo!'s weather app is one of the most popular apps to more users than even the iPhone's native weather app; and Apple gave it a design award. All mobile...
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The mobile price wars mayWireless price wars are good for consumers but not-so-great for carriers’ bottom lines. AT&T on Wednesday reported earnings of $0.63 per share on revenues of $32.96 billion, which slightly missed... the consensus estimate of $0.64 per share on revenues of $33.22 billion. But while AT&T’s earnings only just missed expectations, Bloomberg reports that the company also cut its estimates for revenue growth on the year amid fierce competition with smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint. RELATED: AT&T offers T-Mobile customers up to $450 per line to switch “The company lowered its 2014 revenue growth forecast to 3% to 4% partly because of fewer-than-expected installment plan sign-ups, down from a previous projection of about 5% growth,” writes Bloomberg, which also notes that
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SOSVentures Takes On Y International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator... raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell…
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Twitter Wants to Dominate AppsSocial network wants to expand its reach beyond tweets
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Beyond tweets: Twitter weavesThe social network wants developers to use its tools to make mobile apps, while also integrating its service along the way.
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Vint Launches A Monthly Two months after bringing its fitness marketplace to San Francisco, Vint is introducing a new way for users to set up 1-on-1 workout sessions with trainers in the form of a $120 monthly subscription... that lets you arrange as many meetups as you’d like.
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Groupon Channels Yelp with New Listings Service

Wall Street Journal - 22 Oct 2014 22:31
Groupon Channels Yelp with NewIn its quest to be a central repository for local business listings, Groupon on Wednesday unveiled a new section on its website it calls Pages. It's essentially a Yelp clone, with details like phone... numbers, operating hours and website URLs for what Groupon says are seven million businesses.
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Vine Challenge: Surprise UsEveryone loves a film with a good twist — and the Vine community isn't any different. But the good thing about plot twists on the video-sharing service is that it only takes six seconds to get to... the good stuff. Mashable is collaborating with Unpopular Now for this week's Vine challenge. We want you to surprise us with a creative twist in your video. See also: 10 Twitter Stories With Plot Twists You Won't See Coming "My favorite way to achieve this is to choose an object, and then make that object do something impossible or unexpected," Unpopular Now CEO and creative director Peter Heacock said. "Or pick a scene in which the outcome is expected, and then alter that outcome to give an element of surprise."
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Ring is a Wi-Fi Enabled VideoWhen the doorbell rings and you aren't expecting company, you can't really know who to expect. It could be a salesperson trying to get you to buy a vacuum, someone trying to convert you to their... religion, or the police (hopefully it's never the police). If you'd prefer to screen who comes to your porch without having to answer immediately, it would be nice to have a sort of caller ...
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We could have had AC 50 yearsWith another sweltering summer over you might have already forgotten the glory of your AC unit, the 100-year-old modern convenience which truly changed the way we live. But the U.S. might have felt... the cool breeze of relief a half-century sooner, if an entire industry built on keeping things frozen hadn't stopped the first air conditioner from being made.
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Google to build Play-likeDrawing inspiration from its Play Store, Google will create a hardware store in which users can buy and sell Lego-like hardware modules for the customizable Project Ara smartphone. Project Ara is... Google's upcoming build-your-own smartphone that allows users to mix and match features. The $50 configurable smartphone will come with a basic frame, and users can add or remove features by simply snapping on or taking off modular parts. For example, users will be able to individually swap out screens, cameras, antennas and CPUs, which could be a cheaper way to replace parts than buying new smartphones. Google is pursuing biometric modules, and independent hardware makers have mulled creating temperature, input, gaming, antenna and medical sensors. Modules can be designed with Google's Module...
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Prevent Clutter by AskingThe best way to get rid of clutter is by preventing it from accumulating in the first place. The next time you're out shopping, ask yourself where the item you're considering buying is going to go,... even if it's not an impulse buy.
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A Look at the 'Hellish'VANCOUVER, CANADA — The sun shining through the blinds of costume designer Katia Stano's workshop illuminates every particle of dust and lint floating through the air. It makes the room seem cloudy... and suffocating — fitting, though, considering that's exactly the world in which the characters on CW's The 100 live It's Stano and her costume army's job to bring that dark and dreary aesthetic to the screen, a task that comes with unique challenges in the post-apocalyptic, action-packed world of The 100, a show that begins its second season Wednesday night See also: Go Behind the Set of CW's 'The Flash'
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The Myth of TV Disruption

TechPinions - 22 Oct 2014 22:29
I, along with many other people, cannot wait until the day TV is disrupted. It continually shocks me that the single worst piece of technology I have in my house is my cable TV box. I’ve played out... scenario after ...
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Twitter looks to weave intoTwitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.
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eBay has open sourced a database technology, called Kylin, that takes advantage of distributed processing and the HBase data store in order to return faster results for SQL queries over Hadoop…
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Organic molecules in Titan's(Phys.org) --While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These... misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations.
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Obama Nominates Dava NewmanU.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Dava Newman to become the next deputy administrator of NASA.
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Rosie O'Donnell loses it againWhen The View announced a new flash sale integrated with the show's website, Rosie O'Donnell objected on-air to the producer's latest attempt to cater to younger viewers. Following the show, things... got even more heated.
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Cybercriminals Are Using CloudCybercriminals: They're just like us! At least, their choice of cloud storage isn't so far off from your average non-despicable data thief. Instead of using dedicated servers to hoard stolen data,... hackers have taken to using popular consumer products like Google Drive and Dropbox.
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iPad Air 2, mini 3 may beWhen the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 launched, Apple wasn't entirely clear on when we might see them in-store. They told us how great both tablets were (or not, depending on your needs), but didn't... commit to a time we'd actually get them. Now it seems Apple has begun seeding the new tablets to stores for sale, but …
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Meet Inbox: Google tries toGoogle’s got a new way to manage email: Inbox. It’s a refinement of Google’s already pretty rad Gmail service, and it’s headed up by the folks, like Jim Denis, who used to work for Sparrow, a... fantastic Mac email app…
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I Tried the Next Level in Wearable Tech

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 22:22
I Tried the Next Level inWearable Tech is probably one of the hottest phrases out right now. Companies on both the fashion and tech side are racing to get into the game, each entrant hoping that it has the ticket to mass... consumer adoption. Microsoft just announced this week that it will introduce a product shortly, and even the mighty LVMH has said that one of its luxury brands will is now planning the release of a wearable tech item. While I definitely know that this phenomenon will somehow deeply penetrate our culture and contribute to an even more disruptive, leaderful era where neo-humans are able to jump talk buildings in a single leap (or at least may answer that darn email more quickly, finally!), I think it's very early in the process. This means it's anyone's game. I think it will mean more than a watch...
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Working Apple 1 Computer SellsA rare working Apple 1 computer has sold for a record $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York, reports Reuters. Estimates suggested the motherboard might fetch between $300,000 and $500,000, but it... ended up selling for far more. The motherboard is believed to be one of approximately 50 Apple 1 computers that were originally constructed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' garage for sale in The Byte Shop. The motherboard is numbered "01-0070." Few Apple 1 computers survive today, and the one sold at the New York auction has fetched the highest price seen yet. The buyer of the computer remains unknown. Each Apple 1 originally sold for $666.66, and approximately 200 total units were produced. Last year, two working Apple 1 computers complete with their original cardboard box...
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Upon infection, the Koler variant will send an SMS message to all contacts in the device's address book.
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It wasn't all singing and dancing at AT&T on Wednesday, after the company reported less-than-expected earnings for its fiscal third-quarter.
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and... tactical objectives to support the federal government's accelerated adoption of cloud computing. This final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the world.
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Went on a spending spree with your Bank of America debit card the moment Apple Pay hit your iPhone? You might be in for a (brief) shock. The bank is now issuing refunds after it charged at least some... Apple Pay users twice when they made purchases at...
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My favorite thing about Inbox, Google's radical new email app for Android, iOS, and the web, is that it's perfectly happy to have you use your email as a to-do list. Rather than try to turn your inbox... into nothing more than a series of letters and conversations, or help you clear your messages out as soon as possible, Inbox makes use of the fact that your email is full of receipts and notes-to-self. And confirmation numbers. And reminders. And emails you really should have responded to two weeks ago. As soon as you log in to Inbox (with an email that ends in @gmail.com -- no Google Apps support yet), Google starts to crawl all of your messages. It's looking for a few things: similar types of emails, which it combines into "Bundles" with...
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I spy: Scion teases iM ConceptToyota sub-brand Scion announced a new concept car today, and it's slated to debut next month at the LA Auto Show. Called the iM, the concept has a sport look to it, but no further details were... released. The post I spy: Scion teases iM Concept Car ahead of LA Auto Show debut appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung enables 1-clickSmartphone giant now lets users pay via their phone bills. No credit card necessary.
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Yahoo Mail wants to be yourYahoo has updated its Mail application to now bring reminders for events and flight information. With a Google Now-like card layout, the Yahoo Mail app update now displays flight information along... with top restaurant recommendations from Yelp once you land at your destination. Additionally, similar cards for events will give you at-a-glance information for Evite, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster events.
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[From EntertainmentTell] John Mulaney's new sitcom is on the ropes: Fox suits cut its order for Mulaney from 16 episodes to 13. The ratings are down and it doesn't look good.
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Weekly Photo Contest: Fast

Android Central - 22 Oct 2014 22:12
Weekly Photo Contest: FastThis one's pretty self-explanatory -- we're looking for the best picture you can take this week that represents the word "fast." There are a thousand different ways you can go with this one, so we're... hoping to see some creative shots that set you apart from the crowd. We can't wait to see what you come up with. We're going to be picking out two winners this week, each of whom will get a Samsung 6000mAh Portable Battery Pack! Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 28) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest. Enter this week's photo contest
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The Windows zero-day received a patch last week, but the fix can still be bypassed by crafty attackers.
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Here are the best times toOn Thursday, a partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies above. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are not exactly in line and the moon only partially obscures the sun.... We’d like to reiterate that just because the sun is partially obscured, it’s still a very bad idea to stare directly into it, no matter how much you may be tempted to try. With that warning out of the way, here are the best times to watch: 1:35 p.m. local time in Seattle 1:52 p.m. in San Francisco 2:08 p.m. in Los Angeles Phoenix around 2:21 p.m. Denver at 3:18 p.m. Chicago at 4:36 p.m. Dallas at 4:48 p.m. 5:45 and 6 p.m. local time in
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The Hits And Misses Of Apple Pay

Forbes - 22 Oct 2014 22:10
By Denée Carrington
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MasterCard Advertises AppleThe rollout of Apple Pay has reignited interest in mobile payments — but most consumers are still using plastic to pay Now MasterCard, one of Apple's partners, aims to change that with a series of... commercials highlighting how Apple Pay is easy to use in the context of everyday life See also: Apple Pay: The Real-World Test The two spots, released Tuesday and Wednesday, focus on MLB baseball greats Mariano Rivera, George Brett and Tommy Lasorda, and treat Apple Pay as a seamless part of its mainstream suite of services The two commercials focus on MasterCard's "Priceless Surprises" promotion, rather than taking viewers on a tour through Apple's iOS operating system or even the Apple Pay interface. But their approach appears designed to make NFC payments seem as natural as sending a text to...
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26 Percent Of Young WomenIf you look at mild forms of online harassment these days (like name-calling), you'll find that young men and women actually suffer at roughly similar rates. But don't for a second let that fool you... into thinking the Internet is an equal playing field for men and women alike. Yes, in a survey released Wednesday, the Pew Research Center did find 50 percent of young men and 51 percent of young women -- "young" being defined here as aged 18 to 24 -- say they have been called offensive names online. And men were more likely to report being "harassed" online than women, by 44 percent to 37 percent. But Pew also found that young women face vastly higher rates of online harassment in two of its most intense, dangerous and emotionally disruptive forms: sexual harassment and stalking. Twenty-six...
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Inbox for Gmail: hands-on andGoogle this afternoon announced Inbox for Gmail, its all-new emailing solution that is intended to coexist with the regular Gmail platform (Think Paper for Facebook?). Inbox for Gmail is available on... an invite only basis for Android, iOS and Chrome. I am fortunate enough to have received an invite to Inbox for Gmail, and I […]
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How Much Data Does YourA reader, Chris, wrote us yesterday with a very good question about streaming music services:
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It's not just driverless cars -- now Google is paying lobbyists to bend lawmakers' ears about its unmanned aircraft too.
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The 404 Show 1,569: ApplePayBridget Carey returns to the show to talk about ApplePay double-charging some Bank of America customers, a new Kickstarter for a company that created a working hoverboard and the recent controversy... over Toys R Us selling Breaking Bad action figures.
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Machine Learning: GoPro Cameras Face Simpler Competition

The New York Times - 22 Oct 2014 22:05
Machine Learning: GoProIf you just want a portable, easy-to-operate still and video camera, it's worth taking a look at some alternatives now on the market or coming soon.
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Google's New 'Inbox' App Actually Makes Email Fun Again

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 22:04
Google's New 'Inbox' AppGoogle released a new email app on Wednesday that it hopes will make your mountains of email a bit more manageable -- and maybe even fun. The app, which Google calls Inbox, supposedly organizes and... highlights details of messages. In a blog about the release, Google emphasized that it's not a Gmail replacement but rather a rethinking of email itself. Here's the promotional video: So what's different about Inbox? For one, your email is displayed more like a Facebook newsfeed, so that you can easily swipe and scroll your way through dozens of messages quickly. Here's what it looks like: Inbox formats your flight information and reservation confirmations into a scrollable list. As you can see, Inbox also pulls out information that it thinks will be relevant to you, so that you can see more...
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What Would You Do if the PrimeWhat would you do if you found your photograph misused, not by a celebrity or a company, but by the head of government of a country? That’s the question facing Cambridge, Massachusetts-based... photographer Bimal Nepal. Nepal, a photojournalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, recently found his photograph shared without permission by the prime […]
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Sprint Family Share Pack nowSprint is doubling the amount of data available to users on their entry-level shareable data allowance. Now 1 GB of data can be shared by subscribers in the Sprint Family Share Pack for just $20.
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République stealth-actionIt looks like Camouflaj's stealth-action game République is now available on the Amazon App Store and on Google's Play Store. The game is listed at $4.99 on both stores, but Amazon is running a... promotion on the title bringing down the price to just $1.99. République is set against the Internet age where users will explore the perils of government surveillance.
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DemonOnIce writes with a story, as reported by Ars Technica, that a federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action lawsuit connected to Battlefield 4's bungled... rollout. From the report: EA and several top executives were sued in December and were accused of duping investors with their public statements and concealing issues with the first-person shooter game. The suit claimed executives were painting too rosy of a picture surrounding what ultimately would be Battlefield 4's disastrous debut on various gaming consoles beginning last October, including the next-generation Xbox One. But US District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco said their comments about EA and the first-person shooter game were essentially protected corporate speak. "The Court...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Proving the cliche that Hollywood has run out of ideas, Eli Roth's original script for his film 'Cabin Fever' is being used for a wholly unnecessary remake
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This is how NASA banishesHow do space agencies keep the International Space Station from smelling like a sweaty locker room? NASA engineer Robert Frost and retired astronaut Clayton C. Anderson reveal a few secrets.
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[GamerTell] I have a Skyrim stalker

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 22:00
[From GamerTell] Skyrim's Hadvar is a stalker.
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NBN complaints on the rise

ZDNet - 22 Oct 2014 22:00
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has begun reporting a rise in complaints from customers connecting to the National Broadband Network.
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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 Cycloramic for iPhone...
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Jawbone's Drop is a new musicJawbone has launched new music service called Drop, or actually, it is an app that's integrated with music services. Drop lets you play music from Spotify and Rdio. The unique part about this app... however is that it pulls in song requests through Twitter....
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Interactions.org Newsdigest 22 October 2014

Interactions - 22 Oct 2014 22:00
Dark matter signal points to exotic black-hole origins -- STFC Photowalk 2014 winners -- POLARBEAR project offers clues about origin of universe's cosmic growth spurt -- The revolution that shook... particle physics -- Fermilab's NOvA neutrino experiment kicks off -- The key to dark matter may be hidden light -- Physicists see potential dark matter from the sun -- New particle could help physicists understand subatomic glue -- Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves -- Dark matter may have been detected - streaming from the sun's core -- Cosmic jets re-created in a lab -- Optical metamaterial controls Cerenkov radiation, helping physicists distinguish unknown high-energy particles
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iPhone/Windows Phone: You have a ton of options for calculators on your phone, but Photomath does things differently. Just point your phone's camera at an equation and PhotoMath automatically comes up... with the solution.
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Qualcomm is best known in consumer spaces for powering hundreds of millions of 3G and 4G smartphones. The company can take advantage of that expertise and apply it to the growing…
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Witti Design introduces Notti smart light

Coolest Gadgets - 22 Oct 2014 21:58
Witti Design introduces NottiDo you feel as though manufacturers these days tend to have the pressure of having a smart this and a smart that to be part of the naming convention whenever a new device is introduced to the market?... We have smart cars, smart homes, and of course, the most common of them all would be the smartphone that just about everyone has one - and heck, you might even be ...
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Watch High Winds Reverse theAt 98 feet tall, the Kinder Downfall is the tallest waterfall in the Peak District of England. When high winds hit the area, onlookers will notice a somewhat rare phenomenon: Updrafts force the water... to blow back upstream. As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo reached northwestern England on Tuesday, winds reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour hit the waterfall. Even stronger winds were felt in other parts of the UK, including gusts of about 70 miles per hour, just shy of hurricane force. See also: 7 Underwater Surprises Exposed in Dried Out California Lakes Under such conditions, the resulting spray can reportedly be seen from several miles awayRod Kirkpatrick captured the event on camera and posted it to YouTube.
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Ebola Has Killed at Least 5,000 People

Mashable - 22 Oct 2014 21:56
Ebola Has Killed at LeastThere are 9,911 cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa as of Oct. 19, according to data released Wednesday. The latest figures paint a grim picture of a virus that is still running well ahead of the... global community's efforts to slow its spread Total deaths — most of them in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — are now officially pegged at 4,868, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, due to significant undercounting of Ebola cases and fatalities in Liberia, WHO cautioned that the actual figures are likely much higher. With the first-ever U.N. emergency health mission now underway, more resources are starting to flow to the Ebola-stricken nations as well as neighboring countries that are at risk of importing the disease across porous borders and trade routes....
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The Hoverboard Is Real, and I Rode It

Gizmodo - 22 Oct 2014 21:55
The Hoverboard Is Real, and II'm tired of being lied to. Tired of companies exploiting my childhood dreams of riding a hoverboard just like Back to the Future Part II. When Doc Brown let me down , I was ready to write off the... whole idea. But this week, my dream finally came true.
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When All Smartphones Became The Same

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 21:47
When All Smartphones BecameLet's face it, today's array of smartphone choices have little to do with variety. As the mobile phone platform evolves, we are seeing less and less "new" features, and more of rehashed or Gen 2... add-ons. The smartphone development cycle has for the moment plateaued, and it is evident in the number of phones with overlapping feature sets. We have watched as phones got smaller, and then bigger, and them smaller again. Right now with the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S5, we have once again seen phones grow to the size of a small tablet. Once we got used to phone size, we began to focus on features; functionality that affects how we use our devices. We saw the emergence of "apps", which were nothing more than a renaming of small utility programs meant to enhance our phone use-ability without...
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Yahoo Mail iOS app updated w/Yahoo updated its Yahoo Mail mobile apps today bringing new travel and event notifications to the app for iPhone and iPad. For travel, the app's "Today" view will now display information on flights... including when flights are cancelled or delayed, and users will be able to "get directions to the airport, call the airline to […]
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Daimler was an early believer in Tesla, but now that the Silicon Valley car maker has grown up, it looks time to move on.
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Can the studio model build aAccelerators are so 2011, or so it now seems. Few, save for Y Combinator, have managed to generate true venture caliber returns for the limited partner backers. And there's only a handful who have... shown themselves capable of consistently recruiting and graduating successful and sustainable companies. So its no surprise that many would-be investors are looking for new models to find leverage in backing early stage startups. Angel investing or raising […]
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What if iOS 9 came with aApple's iOS mobile operating system works on a variety of devices, with screen sizes starting at 3.5 inches and going all the way up to 9.7 inches. Over the years Apple had to adapt its iOS design to... fit more and more display sizes and resolutions, especially with the introduction of the bigger iPhone 6 models. But now, 9to5Mac thinks it has found a solution to make sure future iOS versions will adapt to any display without causing hassles for developers or end users. FROM EARLIER: Here's how to fix iPhone 6 Plus battery problems after the iOS 8.1 update The publication has imagined a new user interface for iOS, which is based on the UI found on the Apple Watch.
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Adobe Distances Itself FromHere we go again.
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A Deeper Look at theTwo months ago we featured the work of Fan Ho, a Chinese photographer who spent much of his life documenting the streets of Hong Kong. His photographs were, to put it lightly, a hit with everybody who... saw them. Strong composition and an incredible understanding of light (if you’ll allow the pun) shone through in […]
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Apple Pay's First TV Ad Is A Apple’s new payment system is live, and Apple Pay has already garnered more attention than most mobile payment efforts to date. It also has a new ad, which aired yesterday during the opening game... of the 2014 World Series, from payment partner MasterCard. MasterCard’s ad accompanies its new rollout of contactless payments at food and beverage purchase points in MLB ballparks across…
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As the music video starts, Avicii nonchalantly wanders into Stockholm's Tele2 Arena. He strolls past the venue's reception; a Grand Marnier poster gets some vital screen time. The bass drops. The... crowd goes wild. For some reason, I feel like...
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Is Dark Matter Coming From The Sun?

Universe Today - 22 Oct 2014 21:43
Is Dark Matter Coming From TheFor decades, astronomers and cosmologists have postulated that the Universe is filled with an invisible, mysterious mass known as “dark matter.” For decades, the search for this elusive matter has... dominated the field of cosmology. Precise measurements were obtained over 20 years ago when dark matter was first mapped in galaxy halos. Only recently has […]
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[From HomeTechTell] Keecker launches, brings new meaning to mobile media
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Forget about all that data that firms want to collect from internet-connected toasters -- a lot of it is worthless. Here's how firms should really think about IOT, according to IBM's…
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Humble Bundle brings cheapHumble Bundle has begun yet another sale exclusively for Android devices today. Called the "Humble Mo-boo!-ile Bundle," the sale is a roundup of spooky games just in time for the Halloween season,... even including one for free!
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Twitter Digits Replaces YourApp users will no longer have to remember passwords if Twitter has any say. A Twitter product for developers called Digits will let users log into apps with a phone number. While most apps require an... email address to log in, Digits lets you register for apps with phone numbers instead. By entering a phone number, selecting your home country and entering a one-time passcode into the app (sent via SMS), you'll be ready to go. See also: Twitter Fabric Aims to Help Developers Build Better, More Lucrative Apps Digits is a part of Twitter Fabric, a toolkit designed to help developers build better, more lucrative apps. But it doesn't actually have anything to do with Twitter; Digits is a standalone service any app developer can use.
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'Lion King' Mixed With TaylorIt's the "Circle of Life" — combined with Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" — and it moves us all. Mashup maestro Chambaland has beautifully blended chants and beats from Disney's 1994 classic The... Lion King with Swift's dramatic lyrics and pounding drums. See also: Um, 8 Seconds of Static Put Taylor Swift at No. 1 on Canada’s iTunes Chart In the mashup, Swift sings about the fragility of relationships, using lyrics about romantic Polaroid pictures, a boyfriend's paper-plane necklace and a tragic car crash "Out of the Woods" is from Swift's upcoming pop album, 1989, which debuts Oct. 27. BONUS: 11 Disney Characters Dressed Up for Halloween
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Earlier this week, a tweet sent the Twitter cookie community into an uproar. This tweet from @chevroletgirl, posted on October 18th, showed a picture of an alleged new limited edition flavor of Oreo,... Red Velvet, complete with cream cheese flavored creme. That tweet was then followed up by another image of the same package of alleged Red Velvet Oreos from @luvvie on October 20th, supposedly cementing the reality of this new flavor. But while Nabisco has released 35 different variations of Oreo flavors since 2012, fakes aren't uncommon. Both Butterbeer and Fried Chicken flavored Oreos have appeared in the past, and both have been proven to be fakes. The Red Velvet Oreo is also a fake, and here's why. Hey @kcmoore51 my nabisco rep...
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[From EntertainmentTell] The popular zombie-based videogame, 'Dead Rising' is coming to Crackle as an original film, and will feature Rob Riggle in the role of hero Frank West
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New Microsoft adapter letsXbox One owners will be able to attach their Kinect motion sensors to Windows PCs and tablets thanks to a new adapter introduced by Microsoft. The new $49.99 adapter is specific to Kinect sensors... built for Xbox One, and it plugs into the USB 3.0 port of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft already sold a separate $199.99 Kinect for Windows v2 motion sensor, which plugs directly into PCs without the need for an adapter. There will be no difference in the performance of the Kinect sensors, Microsoft said.
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Who Continues Your Life Online When You Die?

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 21:38
Who Continues Your Life OnlineIf you are reading this on the internet right now, you are also likely documenting your life through accounts like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Your thoughts and pictures and recordings... on these platforms create an intimate digital record of who you are, where you have been, who your friends and business associates are, that is far more nuanced and revealing than any diary could ever be. Plus, you are paying bills online, receiving your 401K statements online, trading stocks on ETrade, and using your PayPal account to make purchases. Moreover, if you have a blog, domain name or an online store, your livelihood may be locked up in your computer. Have you thought about what you would want to happen to your online accounts and assets when you die? As more of our lives are lived...
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Cosmonauts Breeze ThroughCosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev went outside the International Space Station today. They completed what was supposed to be a six-hour spacewalk in just three hours and 38 minutes.
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Twitter brings log-in viaTwitter is opening its nest to more mobile developers, with a new service for easier app sign-ins. The company on Wednesday began rolling out "Digits," an alternative tool mobile developers can use to... let people sign in to their apps instead of using their email or other social account credentials. It's one of a range of new features included in "Fabric," a new platform for app developers designed to help them build, grow and monetize their apps, which Twitter also announced Wednesday. Fabric was developed from some services Twitter has already made available for developers, like its Crashlytics service for crash reports and its MoPub mobile advertising system.
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Hearing the Voice of the Deaf Community

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 21:34
Hearing the Voice of the DeafOften, people ask me "what is going on?" with deaf culture. More than ever, we are seeing deaf individuals on TV, in the news, and other mainstream sources. For thousands of years, deaf people were... silent members of society, sometimes denied basic rights simply because they could not hear. But with new communication technologies emerging each day, the world is finally getting a true glimpse into the complex and elaborate deaf cultures which quietly evolved over centuries. As we all know, just because deaf people may not be able to hear or speak doesn't mean they have nothing to say! Throughout history, deaf people have existed, and they have wanted to engage with the world around them. Since hearing society was generally insensitive (remember, deaf people who couldn't speak were commonly...
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Jawbone Drop app hands-on:This afternoon we've been having some fun playing with the new Jawbone app called Drop. This app allows you to connect to your RDIO or Spotify account to play music in just about as simplified a... manner as possible. Almost as if the folks at Jawbone hired the best User Interface experts they could, then told them to dismiss the …
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Announcing the 'Weekly PhotoOur fun little Lollipop-themed photo contest has come to an end, and we have three winners that are going home with prizes for their entries this week. The entries definitely got our sweet tooth... looking for one (or many) treats -- read along and see the winners.
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Shooting Challenge: Fall Leaves 2014

Gizmodo - 22 Oct 2014 21:34
Shooting Challenge: FallIt's a Gizmodo tradition. Every year, we ask you to photograph the beautiful colors of fall. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, we want you to share your best fall photos, taken any time this... year.
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'Doctor Who' Marriage ProposalTime lords love a good wedding. Doctor Who fan Bill Cindrich built a life-size replica of the T.A.R.D.I.S. to stage an amazing proposal to his girlfriend. After two months of meticulous planning,... Cindrich finally got to pop the question by writing "will you marry me" on the top panel of the iconic police box. See also: Cosplayers Explain 'Doctor Who' in 10 Seconds According to Cindrich's Reddit thread, he told his companion-to-be that he was, in fact, building elaborate Halloween decorations. He also posted plans for other lovestruck Whovians to create their own proposal T.A.R.D.I.S. Naturally, she said yes — even though he couldn't quite figure out making it bigger on the inside. "If she would have said no I was going to have a beautiful blue bonfire that night," Cindrich wrote on...
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Spacewalk Photos: CosmonautsExpedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency worked outside in the International Space Station on Oct. 22, 2014.
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In a move that could show the way forward for many Chinese companies hoping to compete in the worldwide tech market, China's largest smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, says it will shift its online... services to machines running outside the country. The post China’s Biggest Smartphone Maker Vows to Move Online Services Overseas appeared first on WIRED.
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If you've been all over town slapping your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus on the point-of-sale terminal at the stores you frequent, you might want to take a breather and check your bank statement. If you're using... a Bank of America card, you might have been overcharged. Double charged, really. It seems some back-end problems have caused some to see …
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Sun Unleashes Powerful SolarThe sun is at it again, unleashing a series of solar flares including one that caused brief disruptions in communication systems. NASA said its space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an... X-class solar flare that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19. Another X-class flare came at 10:28 a.m. EDT today, Oct. 22, according to the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center. The second flare disrupted some radar and aircraft systems as well as amateur radio, Christopher Balch, a forecaster at the Space Weather Prediction Center, told the Associated Press. Solar flares are bursts of radiation emitted by the sun. They're rated B, C, M, and X according to intensity, and X-class flares are the most powerful kind. Flares aren't harmful to humans on Earth but can cause...
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Three Best Sets ofYou've charged up these top five nominees with your recommendations , and now it's time to vote for a winner.
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Splash Brush Colorbook is an educational coloring book app for pre-schoolers and Kindergarten kids that incorporates letters and numbers into the coloring. Each letter and number is linked with a... visual representation, like A for ant, and it's up to...
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Fantastical Adds InteractiveiOS: Fantastical 2 for iPad and iPhone were both updated today to include a bunch of new iOS 8 features, including interactive notifications, a today widget, and more.
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Three Best Sets of Rechargeable Batteries

Life Hacker - 22 Oct 2014 21:30
Three Best Sets ofYou've charged up these top five nominees with your recommendations , and now it's time to vote for a winner.
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Is email a dated relic from the early days of computing? Or is it something that's so simple that it never really needed to evolve? Google seems to be moving towards the former, while leaving a foot... firmly planted in the latter. Meet Google's Inbox: akin to a next-gen version of Gmail, but without necessarily replacing it...
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Android 5.0 Lollipop to hitGoogle is telling developers to step on it if they want their apps ready for a November 3 release of Android Lollipop. It's the first specific date we've heard, which means the newest flavor of... Android will start hitting the street in less than two weeks. The Nexus 9 preorders start shipping on that same date as well. Though as is often the case with preorders, they may show up on some people's doorsteps early. With Lollipop so close, Google is gently nagging programmers in the Google Play Developer Console (pictured) to grab the latest release of Android and get cracking. They can already upload apps and schedule them for release when Lollipop goes live.
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iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 NowApple's new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have begun hitting retail stores, as we reported earlier, and the tablets are now available for in-store pickup for a limited number of retail locations that... have received shipments. It appears that in-store availability is limited to Wi-Fi only tablets at this time. Many stores on the east coast of the United States are showing wide availability of both tablets as stores receive shipments and unpack boxes. Availability on the west coast is still limited as it is earlier in the day and stores are not yet prepared to begin retail sales. Apple store employees appear to be unaware that stores are receiving stock today, as several phone calls placed by MacRumors resulted in responses suggesting the tablets would not arrive in stores until later in the...
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Star Wars Darth Vader ToasterI am rather confident that many of us are more than excited about the upcoming new Star Wars movie, although it does feel as though it is still a long, long time to wait. In the mean time, you can... always help drum up any kind of excitement with the $14.95 Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster, making it an essential part of your morning as the image of the Dark ...
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Google unveils GmailGoogle revitalized webmail in 2004 when it debuted Gmail, and now it's trying to do it again with a new take on the old Web stalwart, called Inbox.
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Woman charged with using spyware on former cop

SC Magazine - 22 Oct 2014 21:24
Kristin Nyunt of Monterey, Calif., is charged with two counts of illegal wiretapping and possession of illegal interception devices and faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.
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itwbennett (1594911) writes Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of... companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google to prevent poaching of staff and was filed as an exhibit on May 17, 2013 in another class action suit over hiring practices. The former employees filing lawsuits against Microsoft, Ask.com and Oracle have asked that the cases be assigned to Judge Koh as there were similarities with the case against Google, Apple and others — and it maybe doesn't hurt that Judge Koh thought the $324.5 million settlement in that case was too low.
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Man Convicted for Webcam SexA 10-year-old girl from the Philippines, nicknamed Sweetie, has helped authorities convict one Australian on child pornography charges. But Sweetie isn't real — she's a virtual digital avatar... created to lure predators as part of a global sting operation. Scott Robert Hansen, a 37-year-old from Australia, is the first person to be convicted as a result of his interactions with Sweetie, according to Agence France Press See also: 19-Year-Old Admits Openly Posting Hacked Snapchat Pics, Shuts Site Down Hansen pleaded guilty to three charges related to child sex on Tuesday, including sending obscene pictures of himself to Sweetie, having child porn on his computer, and breaking a sex offenders order, according to Australian media. Hansen is a registered sex offender from Brisbane, and he was...
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Pioneering procedure helpsCells harvested from a patient's nose helped return function to a damaged spinal cord. Now he is able to walk with help from ropes and guide bars.
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Hands On With Google Inbox: Google’s Inbox email app is now available, and we have access to the limited release, which is being distributed via Google’s tried-and-true invite system. While many will have to wait to check... it out for themselves, our first impressions might help you decided whether you want to even try chasing down an invite. First, this is a good-looking app that benefits from Google’s…
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Blink, point, solve an"Ma, can I go now? My phone did my homework." PhotoMath, from the software development company MicroBlink, will make the student's phone do math homework. Just point the camera towards the... mathematical expression, and PhotoMath displays a result. The PhotoMath app solves equations using the camera on an iOS or Windows phone and will be available for Android early next year. More important, PhotoMath is not just a camera-based calculator. Its value is not just in giving the phone user the answer but in being able to display the solution in steps taken to solve the problem. The user can understand the process that was used to solve the problem.
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Apple Encouraging Chrome andChrome and Firefox users that install OS X Yosemite are receiving notifications suggesting they give Safari a try, according to multiple reports on Twitter (via Tom Davenport). After upgrading to... Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari. Fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design." The interactive notification comes with "Later" and "Try Now" options, and it seems that users may be receiving the messages when opening Chrome or Firefox for the first time after installing the operating system update. Apple made several updates to Safari in OS X Yosemite, including adding a new "blazing-fast [Nitro] JavaScript engine" and energy saving technologies to make Safari both faster and more energy efficient. According to Apple, Safari is significantly faster than...
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Filling Your Ice Machine WithWe can all agree that frozen candy totally tops frozen water. Deric Peace submitted an image of his candy-filled ice maker to Reddit on Tuesday, which quickly got him upvoted to the front page of the... website. Today he delivered with a video of his sugary, modified freezer in action. The idea is so simple and amazing that we'll even forgive Peace for the vertical video Just don't forget to shut off your ice maker. Dreams Do Come True: Floyd Mayweather Beats Up Justin Bieber If 'The Shining' Took Place in IKEA Dad Creates Adorable LED Minnie Mouse Costume for Daughter Jim Carrey Gets Spooky in New Halloween 'SNL' Promo
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Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Boostable doesn’t have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they’re incentivized to route... traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable’s easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for marketplace sellers do. So the marketplaces do the legwork of recommending…
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Here's how to make sure yourAfter reports emerged from China detailing a sophisticated iCloud phishing attack, Apple has posted instructions on its support pages to help users figure out whether they're actually on the real... iCloud page, or on a fake page meant to steal iCloud credentials from unsuspecting victims. Additionally, Reuters reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met with China's vice premier Ma Kai to discuss personal data security. FROM EARLIER: Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected According to Greatfire's initial report, a Chinese firewall had blocked all connections to iCloud.com, directing the traffic instead to a dummy site that mimicked Apple's login page for the service. The same group later told Reuters that Apple rerouted
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Accused text-message spammersA group of companies that allegedly promised mobile phone users supposedly free gift cards and electronic devices in a "massive" text-messaging spam operation will pay more than US$9 million to settle... complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Many of the unwanted text messages promised free merchandise, including $1,000 gift cards to large retailers or Apple iPads, the FTC said this Wednesday in a press release. After mobile phone users clicked on links, many then received illegal robocalls or unauthorized charges on their mobile phone bills, the agency said.
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Fitness trackers come a dime a dozen and worse, they all seem to do the same thing: monitor your step count, calorie burn and sleep quality. As it happens, the Life Tracker 1, the first device from a... startup called Pivotal Living, does all these...
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SoftBank And Sequoia CapitalIndonesia's leading e-commerce marketplace, PT Tokopedia, raised $100 million in a round from Japanese investment firm SoftBank Corp. and Sequoia Capital according to an announcement on Wednesday.
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'Twisted rope' clue toA "twisted rope" of magnetically-charged energy precedes solar storms that have the potential to damage satellites and electricity grids, French scientists said on Wednesday.
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Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It'sRe/Code's Walt Mossberg weighs in.
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Take a peek at the future ofMicrosoft's live action, episodic series Halo: Nightfall will premiere on November 11 along with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as part of HaloFest 2014. The post Take a peek at the... future of Halo when Nightfall launches on November 11 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Free Shipping Is Going to Cost You More

Wall Street Journal - 22 Oct 2014 21:16
Free Shipping Is Going to CostRetailers including Amazon, Best Buy and Gap are boosting the amount online shoppers must spend to qualify for free shipping, hoping to cover the growing cost of providing the perk.
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Google unveils app forGoogle is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often become buried in their inboxes.
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Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' DriveEruptions on the sun's surface are probably caused by giant, unstable magnetic plasma arches, a new study reports -- a discovery that brings scientists one step closer to predicting solar outbursts... that can wreak havoc on Earth.
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Can your PC handle the mechsSteam has shared the PC system requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. If you want to play the upcoming shooter on your computer, here are the minimum specs you'll need. The post Can your PC... handle the mechs and hoverbikes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[GamerTell] Evolve ready to go wild in its big alpha

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 21:14
[From GamerTell] Evolve is a 4-vs-1 co-op shooter, but that only begins to describe it. That "1" is a hulking alien monster, so don't worry about its chances.
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15 Of the World's BestFifteen of the world's most talented time-lapse artists are currently collaborating to try and shed some light on Earth’s most fragile and at-risk environments. The group is called CodeX, and the... feature they hope to create together is going to be called X-plore. X-plore is, in the words of its creators, “the most ambitious, first-of-its-kind […]
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Critters and Mortal KombatMortal Kombat, Static Shock, and Critters are among the live-action digital series in development by Warner Bros' newly created Blue Ribbon Content studio. The post Critters and Mortal Kombat lead off... a surprising lineup of upcoming WB series’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Verizon Leads Flint Mobile's Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing... that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new…
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First and Only Love?

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 21:09
In this week's video, Prudie gives advice to a woman who's nervous about the possibility of marrying the first person she's ever loved.
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Bank of America's Apple PayBank of America is in the process of correcting a technical error that resulted in a subset of its customers getting charged twice when they attempted to use the new Apple Pay mobile payment service,... according to a person familiar with the matter. The company expects to have a fix in place today for the […]
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Microsoft Garage Is Now OpenMicrosoft clicked the Genie on Wednesday and invited the whole neighborhood into its online Garage to try out a handful of consumer apps that are still in the works.  The opening of its once-private... workshop, now available on the Microsoft website is the latest in the tech giant's goal to boost an image of open atmosphere for both developers and users. This softer side of Microsoft campaign took off soon after CEO Satya Nadella took the company's helm; it makes a stark contrast with the bombastic Steve Ballmer years (and, frankly, the preceding Gates years as well) that offered little room for public input.  See also: Meet Microsoft's Unexpectedly Smart Windows 10 Charm Offensive In another effort to understand what the people want, the Microsoft Windows Insider program invites users to...
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Large-scale consumer launches are rarely perfect, and Apple Pay isn't proving to be an exception. Plenty of people using Apple's mobile payments feature over the last few days have reported successful... results. We tried it ourselves around New York City and found that it largely works just as Apple claims. But not everyone's been so lucky; per Bloomberg, "hundreds" of Bank of America customers were reportedly double-charged for a single purchase in the immediate hours following Apple Pay's rollout. Apparently it's not Apple that's to blame, though who knows if consumers are making that distinction. Bloomberg reports that "a processing glitch that occurred between the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank and at least one payments network"...
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Teen Girls Say UniversalLOS ANGELES — Two 13-year-old girls are accusing an employee at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween-themed attraction of calling them "sluts," "hookers" and "whores" as they walked through the... theme park, and have called a Wednesday news conference to demand action. A press release announcing the news conference said only that the alleged incident happened at the park's Hollywood Horror Nights, but did not give the date, names, or further details of any kind. The release did indicate that the employee knew the girls' ages, and that at least part of the incident was captured on video, which would be released at the 2 p.m. Pacific news conference.
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We had our first hands-on demo of Google's new version of its Android operating system, Lollipop, this week running on a pair of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Here's what we thought. The... post Our First Look at Android Lollipop and the New Nexus Devices appeared first on WIRED.
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EMC to Fold In VCE Venture, Reducing Cisco's Stake

Wall Street Journal - 22 Oct 2014 21:02
EMC to Fold In VCE Venture,EMC Corp. confirmed it will buy a portion of Cisco Systems Inc.'s stake in a joint venture called VCE, effectively making that company part of EMC.
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The Winners of the 50th Annual  The top awards for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced earlier this week at a ceremony held at London's Natural History Museum. The winners received their awards... from the Museum Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. American photographer…
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Oops! Glitch Causes Some AppleApple Pay's introduction on Monday went off without a hitch — until now. About 1,000 Bank of America customers using Apple Pay were mistakenly charged twice, according to Bloomberg. A processing... glitch between BofA and at least one payments network caused the snafu. The issue will be resolved on Wednesday, according to the report. See also: How to Use Apple Pay: What You Need to Know Tara Burke, a Bank of America spokeswoman, told Mashable that "we apologize for this inconvenience and are correcting this issue immediately." She added that all duplicates will be refunded. BofA is one of several banks, including Chase, CapitalOne, Wells Fargo and Citi that are backing Apple Pay. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are also on board. Burke could not be reached for further comment.
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Robots And 3D Printing

Forbes - 22 Oct 2014 21:01
Robots And 3D PrintingThe robots are coming. Of course, you knew that.  There is a fair amount of news recently about how robots can help healthcare workers with the Ebola virus, as well as with numerous other industries... from manufacturing to the military. The BBC reported on social robots this week online and in a special conference (Oct 21) called BBC Future: World Changing Ideas Summit.
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Slashdot - 22 Oct 2014 21:01
An anonymous reader writes A massive archaeological dig of an ancient Ukrainian village first begun in 2009 has yielded a discovery that I sort of hope ends up inspiring a video game: a massive,... scary-sounding temple. From the article: "Inside the temple, archaeologists found the remains of eight clay platforms, which may have been used as altars, the finds suggested. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere."Maybe this is what Putin has been after.
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This Sleek Carbon FiberDesign options for wheelchairs seem stuck on a spectrum from boring to next-level boring. That's what Andrew Slorance wants to change. The UK-based entrepreneur is in the process of getting his Carbon... Black chairs FDA approved to bring the distinctly stylish chairs to the U.S.
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[From GamerTell] Indie singer, John Darnielle, has written a beautiful novel called Wolf in White Van, a tale that will speak to gamers and non gamers alike.
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Transformers: 10 revolutions that made us human

New Scientist - 22 Oct 2014 21:00
Two million years ago we were just your average primate - then we started to have some revolutionary ideas and human evolution went into hyper-drive (full text available to subscribers)
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iPad Air 2 review roundup

TUAW - 22 Oct 2014 21:00
iPad Air 2 review roundupiPad Air 2 reviews started making the rounds yesterday and, as one might expect, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Below is a quick roundup from some of the more notable hands-on reviews. Brad... Molen of Engadget: Strap on your seat belts,...
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OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

The Mac Observer - 22 Oct 2014 21:00
OS X Yosemite: TheOn October 16. Apple released OS X Yosemite which is version 10.10. John Martellaro has been beta testing since the first developer release and also testing with iOS 8. Here in this review is... everything that he learned and how he sized up this stellar OS X release. Should you install it right away?
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The SMB accounting platform provider is rolling out more than 100 product enhancements at its QuickBooks Connect conference in San Jose.
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Cash Register Receipts May BeBPA is found in everything from plastics to dental fillings. Researchers say receipt papers may pose the most risk.
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Digits by Twitter uses phoneTwitter has launched a new sign-in service called Digits. It's for developers who want to add a password-free login option to their apps. The company announced Digits at Flight, its first annual... developer conference. Although Digits is just one of many...
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I'm Matthew Dornquast, CEO ofIt may be our most repeated and most ignored advice: always back up your files . Just do it! All drives and discs eventually fail, and backup service CrashPlan is specifically designed with that in... mind.
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Twitter's Interactive NFLThe Oakland Raiders have a popularity problem. Denver Broncos fans have a perplexing stronghold right in the Seattle Seahawks' backyard. Florida's football loyalties are more divided than those of any... other state We know all of this because Twitter released on Wednesday an interactive map that breaks down National Football League fandom by team and county. It's fascinating to play around with — which you can do right here See also: All of Peyton Manning's NFL-Record 509 TDs in 1 Infographic The map, embedded below, gives us a look at where NFL teams' Twitter followers come from geographically, as well as which teams dominate fan loyalty in which counties. You can also isolate data by county or team
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Apple Pay Glitch Charges Some B of A Users Twice

Wall Street Journal - 22 Oct 2014 20:59
Apple Pay Glitch Charges SomeSome Bank of America credit- and debit-card users have been charged twice for the same purchase when they use Apple Pay. The bank said it is reversing the charges and working on a fix.
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Behind 'Flight,' Twitter'sTwitter is looking to have its Google moment, the time when the tech giant began pushing to become more than just an Internet search engine.
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How Google's Inbox is betterGoogle's Inbox is a neat new way to use email, that much is clear. From the layout to the use-cases for taking advantage of all the bells and whistles, Inbox is a great way to re-experience email.... Though it has a lot going for it, some of what's there might be lost on you the first time you pick it …
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LG unveils their new HD MiniBeam portable projector

Coolest Gadgets - 22 Oct 2014 20:54
LG unveils their new HDPortable projectors do come in an extremely niche market, and thankfully for the few different companies that are involved in this device, it has not gone the way of the netbook - at least for now. In... fact, there continues to be progress in the world of portable projectors, and LG has stepped forward this time around with their model PH300, which is also known as the LG HD MiniBeam ...
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[From GadgeTell] Sony's latest Moto G slayer barely went up for sale via (some) online retailers stateside, and Expansys already saw fit to adjust the entry-level Android's no-contract price tag.
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[From GadgeTell] Vine for iOS has been updated with better discovery and sharing features.
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Foundation: Biz Stone On In our latest Foundation interview, I sat down with Jelly CEO and co-founder Biz Stone. We discussed his entrepreneurial roots, leaving college to jump into the world of art and design, and... embarking on a social startup in the early days of the web. Biz on shifting from an artist to a tech entrepreneur: This is building companies, and building experiences for people to be able to design their…
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The Cast Of 'The Room' WantsThis news is tearing us apaaaaart! Tommy Wiseau's "The Room," a.k.a. the best worst film ever made, came out 11 years ago and has since inspired a cult following. There was a video game, a book and,... of course, James Franco's forthcoming movie about the infamous project. But now, perhaps the best incarnation of "The Room" is among us: a mockumentary. Robyn Paris, who played Lisa's best friend, Michelle, in the film, has launched a Kickstarter for a movie about the cast and their lives since the film. In a video for "The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? A Mockumentary," the cast (sans Wiseau, who is not involved in the project) describe it as a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary in the vein of Christopher Guest ("This Is Spinal Tap," "Best In Show"). Everyone from Juliette Danielle (Lisa) to...
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Google has joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute to bring Street Views of Gombe National Park and its numerous chimpanzees. Using portable Trekkers, Google's intrepid photogs captured... thousands of 360-degree images in the jungles where...
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Progress Software Buys Telerik In a deal today involving two companies with links to the Boston area, Progress Software, which helps companies build business software, announced it was buying Telerik for $262.5M. Telerik’s... portfolio includes a .net toolbox, a mobile development platform and a CMS called Sitefinity, as well as access to a developer community of over 1.4M people. According to Karen Tegan…
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'Silicon Beach' brings techSo long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for surfing waves than the Web. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California... coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
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Torch through stuff on the flyCrave writer Michael Franco catches up with one of the creators of the Origami laser cutter, now blasting through a campaign on Kickstarter.
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At Twitter's Flight mobile developer conference, Jawbone just announced a new app called Drop, which lets you and your friends create and manage playlists with tweets. Hosain Rahman, Jawbone's CEO,... says that this would be very useful in party...
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Ford unleashes 'stampede' ofThe Ford Mustang has always been popular with tuners, and Ford hopes that things will be now different with the new 2015 model. A pair of customized 'Stangs are ready to show off at SEMA 2014. The... post Ford unleashes ‘stampede’ of custom 2015 Mustangs for SEMA 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Um, 8 Seconds of Static PutIf you lived in Canada, you could've been getting down to this sick beat ... of static? A Taylor Swift audio clip called "Track 3" was accidentally made available to Canadian iTunes users, some of... whom purchased it for $1.29 (though most likely got it because they have her album pre-ordered) only to receive eight seconds of white noise in return. Still, "Track 3" soared to No. 1 on the iTunes top singles chart in Canada. See also: 'Lion King' Mixed With Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' Moves Us All Apple's iTunes spokespeople have yet to respond to Mashable's request for comment about the "Track 3" situation, though it appears to have been a glitch.
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Windows 10 to get two-factorMicrosoft is continuing its crusade to get CIOs interested in Windows 10, touting new security features that include two-factor authentication built directly into the OS. The effort to bake two-factor... authentication into Windows 10 is intended at doing away with the old single-password method that has proven so insecure in recent years and has led to so many instances of system break-ins and data theft, according to Microsoft. With two-factor authentication, malicious hackers need to be in control of two pieces of information in order to break into a system, such as a password and a code sent to a user's device like a smartphone. Overall, Windows 10 will offer businesses enhanced security in areas like identity protection and access control, information protection and threat resistance,...
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Scooter-Suitcase Hybrid TurnsProduct designers just can't seem to leave suitcases alone. One of the most recent contenders for suitcase-of-the-future is the Olaf Scooter, which can be transformed for multiple uses See also: 13... Ridiculous Travel Accessories No One Will Ever Need Slovenia-based company Olaf has raised more than $50,000 via a Kickstarter campaign that ends Thursday; its original funding goal was $30,000. There are two different Olaf Scooter designs: one for urban settings and one for business use. For Olaf's urban design, the scooter is four products in one: a removable backpack, a trolley, a steerable kick scooter and a wooden skateboard.
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janoc writes It seems that chipmaker FTDI has started an outright war on cloners of their popular USB bridge chips. At first the clones stopped working with the official drivers, and now they are... being intentionally bricked, rendering the device useless. The problem? These chips are incredibly popular and used in many consumer products. Are you sure yours doesn't contain a counterfeit one before you plug it in? Hackaday says, "It’s very hard to tell the difference between the real and fake versions by looking at the package, but a look at the silicon reveals vast differences. The new driver for the FT232 exploits these differences, reprogramming it so it won’t work with existing drivers. It’s a bold strategy to cut down on silicon counterfeiters on the part of FTDI. A reasonable...
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This Startup Gets DOE Grant ToA solar analytics startup is set to receive a $500,000 federal grant to create a rating system that will help investors make solar power project investment decisions.
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Hashim Sarkis named dean ofPracticing architect, also a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, joins MIT from Harvard.
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Google buys Firebase forGoogle has made another acquisition, this time snapping up Firebase. If you've not heard of Firebase, that's alright, nobody will fault you for that. Their service is meant to allow Developers easy... cloud sync with apps, and have that data synced to device in real-time. the Firebase crew will all join Google's Cloud Platform team, which Google says gives them …
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Yahoo: Tumblr to Make OverTumblr is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue in 2015 thanks to a growing user base and a successful introduction of sponsored advertising.
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[From HomeTechTell] Google Nexus Player launches soon, relief for Ouya owners
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Early payment glitches marApple Pay users report issues purchasing items in apps, and some Bank of America customers are seeing double charges. But the problems aren't all Apple's fault.
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The horrific trickle down ofWe shared this in our News Ticker already, but I still can’t believe that an office of Uber — a company valued at $18 billion and held up as a bastion of modern entrepreneurship — posted an ad... that encouraged, played on, and celebrated treating women who may chose to drive cars to make extra money like hookers. As a woman in this industry struggling mightily with growing sexism in […]
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Crack Open an Old One

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 20:38
It makes sense that some of the world's oldest continuously operating businesses are breweries: Demand for beer is almost as sure a thing as death and taxes. And in Europe, "continuously operating"... has a different meaning than it does in the relatively youthful New World. But that doesn't make the staying power of Germany's oldest breweries--most of them originally housed in monasteries--any less breathtaking. The oldest brewery in America is Yuengling, founded in 1829. The oldest brewery in Germany (and the world) is Weihenstephan, founded in 1040. 1040. That's 26 years before the Norman conquest of England, 175 years before the Magna Carta, 477 years before Martin Luther's 95 Theses, 736 years before the Declaration of Independence.
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Almost half of adults on theA new study from Pew Research shows just how widesp
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Twitter wants your digits toTwitter is hoping to embed itself as the authenticating heart of every app and service, with a new way to use phone numbers rather than usernames or email addresses a key part of its new Fabric mobile... platform for developers. Dubbed Digits, the system allows developers to inject Twitter into their apps and use it as an invisible sign-up system, …
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Twitter hopes to replaceTwitter has just rolled out a new service for developers to integrate into their apps called Digits, which should make it more secure for consumers to sign into apps and services. Rather than complex... usernames and passwords, Digits hopes to simplify the sign in process by using your phone number and an SMS verification to allow you to log in.
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Why You Definitely Shouldn'tDuring his 127-hour ordeal under that boulder, backpacker Aaron Ralston resorted to consuming his own urine in order to stay alive before eventually hacking off his own forearm and escaping. This was... an extreme survival case, and pretty much the only time you should even consider drinking from your own spigot. Here's why.
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GlaxoSmithKline's Ebola vaccine could be ready by the end of the year and in use in West Africa by January 2015, Reuters reported. The London-based pharmaceutical giant acquired the drug when it... purchased the biotech company Okairos in 2013.
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Debra Berry, the mother of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse Amber Vinson, said that her daughter is recovering after contracting Ebola but remains weak. Ms. Berry also praised new travel... screenings and health care precautions put in place since her daughter became ill but said that she wishes the policies had been implemented earlier to protect Vinson.
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Two people who arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday are being evaluated at hospitals in Chicago for signs of Ebola after the passengers, who traveled from Liberia but were on... different planes, became ill during their flights. One of the passengers, a child, vomited one time aboard the aircraft, according to Sun-Times Media.
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Egg Freezing: 5 Things You Need to Know

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 20:31
Egg Freezing: 5 Things YouThe announcement that Apple and Facebook will cover the steep cost of egg freezing for its employees has many people talking about the risks and benefits of the procedure.
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People love to say that the PlayStation Vita has no games. I'm the guy who tells them they're wrong. Though Sony's handheld hasn't been a huge success, it's one of my personal favorite devices. I love... the form factor and the diverse line-up of games, from the charming Tearaway to music games like Sound Shapes and Hohokum. It's amazing that I can take classics like Vib-Ribbon or Final Fantasy VII with me wherever I go. In theory, my love of the platform makes me the target market for PlayStation TV, Sony's tiny new box that lets you play Vita games on your television. (You can also use it to stream PS4 games to a second television set.) But after playing around with the PS TV for the past week, I'm not sure why I'd ever really use it. It...
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Watch the live-action world ofMicrosoft is going all in with the Halo series this holiday season. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is clearly the centerpiece, but the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and Halo: Nightfall, a live... action TV series set in the Halo universe, are sure to draw plenty of attention as well. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced HaloFest, a celebration of the series and all of its upcoming entries. The first full length trailer for Halo: Nightfall was published alongside the announcement. Live action adaptations of video games have traditionally been critical and commercial flops, but with Ridley Scott signed on as executive producer and a rich universe to draw from, Nightfall has as good of a chance as any game adaptation before it. The
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The Hendo Hoverboard - they finally did it!

Coolest Gadgets - 22 Oct 2014 20:30
The Hendo Hoverboard - theyEver since Back to the Future II we’ve wanted a hoverboard, and while many have teased at making one, we’ve been sitting in wait for a real product to hit the market. You always hope that today... will be the day, and it finally is! It’s always been a matter of time before someone would reinvent the wheel, and it looks like they’ve done it. While it's not quite as advanced ...
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iOS 8 is still fresh out of the oven, but one of the most popular calendar apps on the App Store is going all-in on the latest release. Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad scores a new update today,... complete with widget functionality for the...
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Dreams Do Come True: FloydJustin Bieber is no stranger to fights (cough, Orlando Bloom, cough), so he has employed Floyd Mayweather to give him boxing lessons. No, seriously. The WBC welterweight champion training Bieber is... akin to Albert Einstein tutoring your 6-year-old in long division, but whatever. The Biebs has been sharing snippets of their sessions, but Conan on TBS obtained the "exclusive" (read: fake) footage from inside the ring. It's not pretty, but at least Mayweather can rest assured he'll remain undefeated. If 'The Shining' Took Place in IKEA Dad Creates Adorable LED Minnie Mouse Costume for Daughter Jim Carrey Gets Spooky in New Halloween 'SNL' Promo Video Captures Gunfire Exchange in Canadian Parliament Building
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PreTweet saves you fromNo more "amazeballs"! Avoid looking like a twit on Twitter by using the PreTweet service to scrub out overused words everybody is tired of seeing on social media.
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Tired of Gmail? GoogleGoogle has officially unveiled Inbox, an app that helps you search through and organize the mountains of email that flood your, er, inbox daily.
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Google unveils Inbox, a newYou get a lot of email, right? And it's not just the ever-growing snowball of spam: social network notifications, reminders, invitations, newsletters, bills... if your inbox is anything like mine,... it's overflowing with stuff. Not junk, but not just regular personal correspondence, either. It makes sense. Email is the one true common denominator of the Internet. You never have to worry about not being able to reach someone because they're not on this or that social network--everyone has email! To help deal with the ever-expanding collection of not-junk email we all receive, Google has just unveiled Inbox. It's a new Gmail app designed to sort, filter, and present your mails in a whole new way.
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Inbox for Gmail hands-on:Google suggests with Inbox that they're creating a new generation of email. It's not meant to replace Gmail - yet - but it is made to turn your everyday un-modified email experience into a far more... simple one. Instead of the face-melting masses of spam you're used to, Inbox transforms your email experience into a manageable one. It includes your …
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'Silicon Beach' Brings TechWeb surfing meets wave surfing in Southern California's 'Silicon Beach' tech scene
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Camera Traps Catch Chimps Raiding Food | Video

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 20:24
Camera Traps Catch ChimpsHidden cameras caught chimpanzees in Uganda raiding farmers' crops at night, an activity possibly brought about by habitat destruction.
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Many musicians put their tunes on Pandora in the hopes that they'll build an audience, but how are they supposed to know it's working? That's what the streaming service's new Artist Marketing Platform... (AMP) aims to solve. The initiative gives...
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Apple Pay Glitch Causes BankWith Apple Pay positioned as a brand new service that requires banks, credit card companies, and vendors to all work together, it seems that some glitches in the system are inevitable. Some Bank of... America customers have been running into a serious problem when using Apple Pay to make purchases, with two charges showing up on their credit card statements. A CNN report from this morning first suggested that multiple Bank of America customers had been double charged, which Bloomberg later confirmed. Hundreds of customers are said to be affected. A Bank of America representative contacted by CNN said that the issue was on Apple Pay's end and after some confusion about who should be contacted for a refund, Bank of America was able to refund the money. Bank of America transferred me to Apple...
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Bank of America: Sorry forA number of Bank of America customers took to Twitter to complain they were charged twice for purchases they made using Apple's new system.
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NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Himalayan Mountains and captured this image of snow on the ground on Oct. 16 at 0705 UTC....
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Google's New Email App WantsOpening an email could become a thing of the past, if 'Inbox' can get the right information up front
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For Mac users who have updated to OS X Yosemite and found it to be unbearable for whatever reason, you’ll be pleased to discover that downgrading back to OS X Mavericks may be a possibility for you.... This is not specifically recommended, but if you’re absolutely set on reverting from Yosemite to the prior version ...
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Anonabox backers have InvizboxIf you appreciated the concept behind the Anonabox router, you may like the Invizbox too. Here's why. The post Anonabox backers have Invizbox to lean on after Kickstarter controversy appeared first on... Digital Trends.
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It's been just over a month since Matthew Miller switched from being a big screen Android and Windows Phone user. Apple's large phone exceeds his expectations.
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FCKH8's F-Bombs for FeminismThese powerful little girls aren't f*cking around. For the latest ad campaign from t-shirt company FCKH8, the brand enlisted five girls between the ages of 6 and 13 to spread the word about issues... regarding gender, race and sexuality One by one, these princess costume-clad girls address pay inequality, gender expectations and sexual assault with unexpected frankness. The clip features cursing aplenty ("Fuck that sexist shit!") amidst statistics about the pay gap, rape and violence against women. See also: A Storied Glossary of Iconic LGBT Flags and Symbols Editor's note: The video below, of course, features NSFW language. And kids cursing up a storm.
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Simpsons World premieres withSimpsons World, and all its 550 plus episodes of Simpsons glory, has arrived on the Web, and tucked inside the FX Now app. However, you'll need a cable or satellite subscription to authenticate, and... the site/app is also having some initial playback quirks. The post Simpsons World premieres with every episode ever, and some playback bugs appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ancient Europeans Kept AnimalsThe DNA from ancient human bones is shedding new light on the prehistory of Europe, such as when changes in skin color and lactose tolerance occurred, researchers say. This research unexpectedly... revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of milk in adulthood, investigators added. Scientists examined ancient DNA extracted from 13 individuals in archaeological burial sites unearthed during highway construction in the Great Hungarian Plain in Central Europe. This crossroads for Eastern and Western cultures experienced significant transformations in culture and technology known to have shaped European prehistory. The bones at the site span about 5,000 years, from 5,700 B.C. to 800 B.C., ranging across the Stone, Copper, Bronze...
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Twitter Unveils Fabric, ItsA kit full of tools for building new apps, atop Twitter's platform or not.
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First drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Digital Trends - 22 Oct 2014 20:15
First drive: 2015The all-new flagship coupe from Mercedes-Benz is powerful, beautiful, technologically advanced, and awash in plush appointments. It is the embodiment of everything the automaker has become over more... than a century of building fine luxury cars. The post First drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Solved: When Earth's Largest Shark Disappeared

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 20:13
Solved: When Earth's LargestA new study of fossil records estimates that the 60-foot-long (18 meters) Megalodon shark went extinct 2.6 million years ago.
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How Twitter Plans to Take OverTwitter is branching out beyond tweets: The company is launching a software development kit today, called Fabric. With Fabric, Twitter intends to take over your phone.
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Before you feel the burn, fakeTo give you a better sense of what temperature you're cooking at, Samsung's latest induction cooktop uses an array of blue LEDs to project fake flames onto the side of the pan. The post Before you... feel the burn, fake LED flames let you see it on Samsung’s newest range appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Which episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. featured a Peterbilt 359? Just this morning, I would've assumed that there was absolutely no way of answering that without watching all of Doogie Howser, M.D.... (complication: it's not on Netflix, and the last thing you have time for is another series binge, anyway). You'd also need complete confidence in your ability to identify a Peterbilt 359 through the fuzzy standard definition and big hair of an early-'90s television program. Thankfully, former Verge editor and all-around great guy Paul Miller brought my attention to IMCDb, which is literally IMDb for cars. You can search both ways, either retrieving a list of all cars found in a particular movie or TV show, or by choosing a model and getting a...
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Adidas Fit Smart: Fitness Tracker Review

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 20:11
Adidas Fit Smart: FitnessThe Fit Smart is a new fitness tracker from Adidas that's intended for people who want to improve their workouts, whether that be running or fitness training for sports.
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Holy Fett!! Video of the LegoWe are still waiting patiently for January 1, 2015 so that we can purchase the Lego UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) Slave I (75060). Pictures of the new set are pretty small and the building... instructions aren't available yet, but here is a video of Hans Schlömer going over the many features and difficulties in designing the Slave I.
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(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a... more user-friendly way.
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Fund 3D horror film, get rareCrowdfund fear with an indie horror film that wants to scare you in more than one dimension. Backers of the film are offered "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" collectibles from the co-creator himself.
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The numbers don't lie. ABI Research finds that Linux-powered Chromebook sales are exploding.
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Thieving Chimps Caught RaidingGroups of roving chimpanzees were caught red-handed stealing crops from farmers in Uganda at night by hidden camera traps.
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Folding bikes are a compromise. They’re a breeze to store in a studio apartment or at an office. They’re easy to take on public transportation, and you don’t have to leave them outside and trust... your U-lock will deter thieves. For all that versatility, the ride quality typically suffers—tiny wheels and uneven weight distribution make […] The post The Urban Bike You Fold Up With a Kick of Your Leg appeared first on WIRED.
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'Microsoft Garage' embracesMicrosoft is giving some more love to Android with a handful of exclusive apps. The new Android apps include a voice control tool for Android Wear smartwatches called Bing Torque, a journaling app... called Journeys and Notes, and an alternative lock screen called Next Lock Screen. They're all available free from the Google Play Store.
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Since Apple unveiled Apple Pay, the response suggests that it may represent a quantum leap towards the tipping point in the adoption of mobile wallets. The common expectation is that Apple will move... the needle in getting a wide swath of consumers to TRY mobile payments. But is it a fool’s errand to expect that […] The post Apple Pay and the Mobile Wallet Tipping Point: It Will Come Down to the Retail Experience appeared first on WIRED.
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Twitter Launches Digits, A New Today, Twitter announced the launch of a new service called Digits, aimed at application developers looking for a simpler, password-free login option for their mobile applications. The news was... revealed this afternoon at Twitter’s first annual developer conference called Flight, which served not only as the launchpad for a suite of tools aimed at mobile application developers, but…
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THIS IS AWESOME! Here's aAsk a smartphone user what aspect of his or her phone is most in need of improvement, and “battery life” will be the answer you hear more often than not. Whether it’s a brand new iPhone 6 or any... recent Android smartphone, battery performance is never quite where we want it to be. The simple fact of the matter is battery technology just isn’t progressing quickly enough to keep up with all of the new technology vendors are now stuffing into their smartphones. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge. FROM EARLIER: This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone's battery life We always try to share helpful tips and tricks
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Uber Drivers to Stage 'GlobalUPDATED 2:53 p.m. ET Uber drivers in several cities are set to stage a "Global Day of Protest" on Wednesday. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, drivers in cities including New York, Chicago, Seattle, San... Francisco, Los Angeles and London plan to protest the app's rating system, compensation, and driver safety and treatment. See also: Uber Cuts Prices in NYC, Claims It's Now Cheaper Than Taxis The worldwide protest is the latest in a series of actions taken by drivers with the ridesharing company, which matches customers and drivers via mobile app. However, Uber says the protesters do not represent all drivers.
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[GamerTell] Enter the InnerSpace on Kickstarter

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 20:00
[From GamerTell] InnerSpace looks like a combination of Flower, Antechamber and Shadow of the Colossus. If you want to ever play it, you should check out the Kickstarter.
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What do you do when you're the CEO of Apple and hackers are targeting Chinese users of your iCloud service? You set up a meeting with the vice premier of the country, Ma Kai, to discuss what can be... done to protect the data of users and how to...
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Z80xxc! writes: The Gmail team announced "Inbox" this morning, a new way to manage email. Inbox is email, but organized differently. Messages are grouped into "bundles" of similar types. "Highlights"... pull out and display key information from messages, and messages can be "snoozed" to come back later as a reminder. Inbox is invite-only right now, and you can email inbox@google.com to request an invite.
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Choose the Left Line InsteadNo one likes waiting on line, especially when it seems like everyone else's line is moving faster . If you have to choose a direction--left or right--you might have better luck going to the left,... where lines tend to be shorter.
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Incredible night-vision videos of daring raids on farmers' fields are the first to show chimpanzees operating under cover of darkness
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So This Is What InspiresFor most of us, LEGO sets are little more than a child's toy. But for Nathan Sawaya, they're an interlocking plastic canvas, an artistic medium of immeasurable potential and capable of transforming... into any shape imaginable. Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO showcases some of Sawaya's most ambitious projects--this mammoth T-Rex skeleton, for example--and the inspirations behind them. The following is an excerpt from the book.
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Lawmakers call on FCC toThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission should reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility in order to achieve net neutrality, but take a "light touch" while doing it, a U.S. lawmaker said... Wednesday. The FCC should be selective about what public utility-style regulations it should apply to broadband, Representative Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat, wrote in a letter to the FCC. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, issued a net neutrality proposal in May that would allow "commercially reasonable" traffic management, but would not reclassify broadband. However, that route would not be "adequate to protect free speech, competition and the continued openness of the Internet," Eshoo wrote.
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Portraits of Bailey the GoldenYou might not know Bailey the golden retriever, but you probably do know OF her. She’s the dog from one of the famous “I have no idea what I’m doing” Internet memes that you’ve probably seen... floating around. What you might not know is that Bailey does a lot more than sit in front of […]
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Apple might have snatched upApple appears to have acquihired the small team behind Pin Drop, a location-bookmarking app set to close down at the end of the month. Based on redacted information, Cult of Mac has reason to believe... that at least some members of…
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Walmart's Affordable Care Act

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 19:57
Earlier this month, Walmart made a pair of unfortunately timed announcements. First, on Oct. 6, Walmart said it would begin working with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance agency, to help... shoppers compare coverage options and sign up for Medicare or plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. The very next day, Walmart stated it would cut health insurance for 30,000 part-time workers and raise premiums for its full-time employees, effective Jan. 1.
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Twitter becomes one with liveMajor Nelson has shared a preview of the November system update for Xbox One, which will add more customization to your console and profile and improvements to live TV integration. The post Twitter... becomes one with live TV in the November 2014 update for Xbox One appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Verizon Wireless rolling outAs promised earlier this week, Verizon Wireless is rolling out a new firmware update today for its HTC One M8 customers that not only brings the smartphone up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat but also... introduces the Eye Experience camera and photo features.
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Google's new Inbox app is a  Today, Google unveiled a new email solution called Inbox, which looks like a marriage between Gmail and Google Now. Currently available by invitation only, this new app takes bits from your email... like purchase invoices and bank statements and groups them together for fast access. Like Google Now, Inbox adapts to the way you operate, highlighting key pieces […]
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Reuters reported on Wednesday that DHS is investigating roughly 24 cases of suspected vulnerabilities in medical devices and hospital equipment.
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With Yelp Knockoff, Groupon'sThe deals company tries yet another strategy to get more people searching on its site.
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Meet the robot actor starringUp-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis."
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Half a day inside the EdgertonLongtime educator applies a passion for teaching in her quest to help K-12 students become curious about science and engineering.
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Massive malvertising campaignMalicious advertisements made their way last week to almost two dozen popular websites and used browser-based exploits to infect computers with CryptoWall, a nasty file-encrypting ransomware program.... The malicious advertising, or malvertising, campaign was discovered by researchers from security firm Proofpoint and had an impact on visitors to at least 22 popular websites including Yahoo's Finance and Fantasy Sports sites, realestate.aol.com, theatlantic.com, 9gag.com and match.com. "All told, more than 3 million visitors per day were potentially exposed to this malvertising campaign," the Proofpoint researchers said in a report published Wednesday.
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Online Harassment Prevalent,Forty percent of American adult Internet users say they've been harassed online, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, which found the harassment is often by strangers on... social-networking sites.
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How To Pick The PerfectAt long last, Raspberry Pi has an official touchscreen accessory in the works. "The whole time we've been doing Raspberry Pi we've been saying yeah the display accessory is coming, yeah the display... accessory is coming--and the display accessory is finally coming," Raspberry Pi inventor and CEO Eben Upton said at the Speaking at Disrupt Europe 2014. See also: Raspberry Pi Gets A Sound Card: 3 Ways To Use It The official Pi screen will be great for enthusiasts, because mass production will bring its price down. In the meantime, if you can't wait for the upcoming display, there are at least four current third-party touch screens on the market ripe for building your own DIY projects. Adafruit PiTFT Touchscreen: $35 This palm-sized full-color screen is perfect for a number of projects you can...
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The Top 20 US Cities for TechMini-Silicon Valleys: a look at the top 20 US cities for tech startups
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For 70% of Candidates, OnlineLike most other processes in the modern world, recruitment has gone digital. Hiring managers and job seekers alike are abandoning the traditional paper resume and turning to fully online job... applications. While applicant tracking systems and automated keyword filtering have certainly made recruiters' lives easier, do applicants feel the same way? A recent study from recruitment technology company Jibe and research firm Kelton Global found that the present state of online job applications disappoints and even discourages the majority of candidates. In the survey, which polled more than 1,000 job seekers, 3 of 5 respondents said job applications are more difficult to fill out than other common applications, such as those required for a mortgage, student loan or health insurance. Nearly 80%...
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At its mobile developer conference in San Francisco, Twitter just announced Digits, a brand-new way to log in to apps with just your phone number. Instead of going through the tedious process of... signing up with an email and password or using one of...
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Android 5.0 Lollipop to launchA purported note to app developers obtained by Android Police claims Google's mobile OS will lick it way to devices next month.
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Inbox isn't the new Gmail, but a separate take on managing that neverending email flow. The invite only Google Now-ish app could come in handy if it delivers on what Google is promising.
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Robo chauffeur: Next Audi A8As it rolls out autonomous-driving tech, Audi is starting at the top. Due in 2017, the next A8 full-size sedan will reportedly be the first production Audi that will be able to drive itself. The post... Robo chauffeur: Next Audi A8 might boast the brand’s self-driving tech appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Simple Home Design Ideas toIf we walked into your house right now, what would we find? Would you sprint ahead to tidy up? Is there an uncomfortable lack of personal effects in your home? See also: 6 Interior Design Apps for... Your Home Renovation Like it or not, we are all judged by the homes we live in. So it’s important to know how best to utilize your space to create a pleasant experience for all. Focus on building a home — big or small — that works for you. You'll be amazed at the difference an organized home can have on your psyche. No one wants to live a cluttered life, and like it or not, your family and friends are going to judge you by the home you keep.
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No, This Isn't Google Street View, It's NYC In Minecraft

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 19:41
No, This Isn't Google StreetIf you think you're looking at a real-life NYC skyscraper, thank 19-year-old Duncan Parcells' architectural genius. The teen built his own version of New York City using 4.5 million Minecraft blocks... and some insane gaming skills, as reported by the BBC. Parcells dubbed his virtual Minecraft world Titan City. Titan City's made up of 96 incredibly intricate buildings and skyscrapers. Parcells began the project by recreating the World Trade Center. Though the other buildings are inspired by New York City, Titan City is not a direct replication of the Big Apple. Parcells spent a total of two years creating the city, working an average of five hours per week. And Titan City is still under construction: Parcells plans to add a Titan City airport and sports stadium. He told the BBC that he's...
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U.S. Government Says 7.8DETROIT — The U.S. government is telling 3 million more car owners to get their air bags repaired immediately, but its message has generated some confusion about which cars are actually affected.... The government's auto safety agency is now warning 7.8 million car owners that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. The original warning Monday covered 4.7 million vehicles. See also: Why Are There So Many Auto Recalls These Days? Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem, which they claim could affect more than 20 million cars nationwide. The inflators are made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp.
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The most troubling AppleHere’s yet another Apple Pay snafu, and this one could be more than just a minor inconvenience. CNN’s Samuel Burke reports that he and some other Apple Pay users have reported being double charged... for transactions they made using their Bank of America-issued cards. RELATED: Here are some of the early hiccups users are seeing with Apple Pay “Today I logged into my debit card account and found that I was charged twice for every purchase I made with Apple Pay,” Burke says after he bought some items using Apple Pay on Tuesday. Burke first tried to contact Bank of America about this issue, which unsurprisingly tried to pin the blame on Apple Pay for the double charging. When he
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Lufthansa leaves the computing to IBM

PC World - 22 Oct 2014 19:40
Lufthansa leaves the computingGetting out of the business of designing and running computer systems, German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG is selling its IT services division to IBM and having Big Blue run its internal IT... operations. The deal, announced by Lufthansa on Wednesday, comes about as part of the break-up of Lufthansa Systems, a subsidiary of the airline that provides systems integration services. Two divisions of that subsidiary, Airline Solutions and Industry Solutions, will now operate independently, while a third--the IT infrastructure division--will be sold to IBM, according to Lufthansa. The deal is not yet complete and is still subject to "final negotiations," the airline said. IBM didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Here's Why You're 20-Something and Single

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 19:39
Here's Why You're 20-SomethingI've written before about the cultural implications, stigma, and challenges millennials face, from choosing colleges to choosing which battles to fight. So, in that vein, here's another issue plaguing... the life of your average 20-something: Dating. Let's be honest: it sucks. Is your idea of a fun Friday night meeting an acquaintance for a drink, (or 12) bouncing through miles of awkward conversation with as much grace as a rhino on a pogo stick, only to wrap it all up with either a) a meaningless one night stand or b) a Netflix-filled screen and a pint of Ben & Jerry's? Nope, mine either. So, why do we keep doing it to ourselves? Why do we keep ending up on these shitty dates that never amount to anything other than mediocre sex and/or late-night dairy calories? The problem is multi-fold,...
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[From GadgeTell] A Michigan law has been put into effect that specifically bans the direct sale of Tesla vehicles in the state.
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olloclip brings 4-in-1 photoMore than just a compatibility update this time. The post olloclip brings 4-in-1 photo lens to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] We've seen numerous olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens updates since its introduction, but the changes to the iPhone 6 model are a bit more dramatic (and functional).
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[From GadgeTell] Still having trouble discerning between all of LG's derivative G3 versions?
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Microsoft Garage gives earlyNow consumers can see what's coming from folks tinkering on apps inside Microsoft -- on everything from Android Wear to Xbox One.
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Sony to slash its smartphoneThe company had planned to ship 50 million smartphones this year, but that figure has been falling and will drop even more, according to Bloomberg.
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Jennifer Lawrence gears up inDoritos has premiered a new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third Hunger Games movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The post Jennifer Lawrence gears up in new... trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Makes Its OwnGoogle would be effectively bombing user trust if it launched Inbox as a wholesale interface change to existing Gmail users, so it's not.
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This is what happens when you"What happens when you serve McDonald's food to some experts and pretend it's a new organic meal?" ask Sacha and Cedrique. To answer this question they went to a organic food fair in Houten,... Netherlands, armed with disguised McNuggets and Big Macs. You can imagine what happens--or just watch their video:
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Twitter Introduces Fabric, A At Twitter’s Flight conference this morning, Dick Costolo’s introduced Fabric, a set of APIs aimed at developers to encourage them to build apps and services on top of the Twitter platform. In... the build up to introducing the new APIs, Costolo said that Twitter “wanted to approach this not from the perspective of what would be best for Twitter, but what would help [developers]…
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Hundreds of 'Exocomets' AroundThe best look yet at nearly 500 comets around a distant star reveals these alien snowballs come in very different flavors, just like comets around the sun. These "exocomets" could shed light on what... the solar system was like in its tumultuous youth.
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Google Launches Inbox toGoogle wants to change email for the better. To do it, it's launching a new email app, separate from Gmail, called Inbox. Announced via blog post, Inbox builds upon Gmail's relatively successful tabs,... which introduced new buckets for Social updates and Promotions. The app features Bundles, which will group together similar kinds of messages, so things like bank statements and receipts are grouped together. Bundles will be user-customizable as well. See also: The 5 Best Email Apps for Power Users There's also Highlights, which puts important emails front and center — photos from friends, flight itineraries and event information all qualify. The app will even bring in "useful" information from the web that's not in the email, such as tracking info for a package.
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Google's Inbox app is a newGoogle's Gmail team has introduced a new web and mobile app called Inbox. And it wants to change the way you handle email. The Inbox app notably features Bundles, an extension of the categories system... that Gmail introduced last year. It will, for instance,...
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British comedy 'IT Crowd' getsGeeky Brits Moss, Roy and Jen will return to TV -- but this time as unappreciated American computer nerds. Can Internet, soccer and quizmaster jokes translate from across the pond?
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Neanderthals and humans firstThe DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say
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Security Key plugs into a user's USB port and can now be used as a primary method for account login verification.
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Monster Solar Flare EruptsA monster solar flare erupted early on Oct. 19 from a huge sunspot that may just be getting warmed up. The sun fired off an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — that peaked at 1:01 a.m.... EDT (5:01 GMT). NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare. The flare erupted from a sunspot called AR (Active Region) 2192, which has since grown to become 78,000 miles (125,000 kilometers) wide, according to Spaceweather.com — almost as big as the planet Jupiter. SEE ALSO: Solar Flares: A User's Guide (Infographic)
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30-Second Tech Trick: ShareYou have an iPhone. Your friend has an iPhone. The two of you have been separated. Here's how to reconnect with ease.
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Use a 'One Month Ahead' BudgetSetting up a budget is pretty easy when you're making the same amount of money every month and your expenses are fairly regular. It's trickier when your income fluctuates. Get one month ahead on your... bills and you'll have more control.
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Google's Inbox App Wants ToToday, Google revealed a project two years in the making. At first glance it looks just like a redesign of Gmail, and that's sort of half true. It's actually a completely new system called "Inbox" and... it wants to reimagine your email.
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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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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-22

The Mac Observer - 22 Oct 2014 19:25
TMO Daily Observations:GT Advanced Technologies said in court that ot came to an "amicable parting" with Apple. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont express talk about what that might mean. They also take a trip into the land of... Apple Pay to discuss some of the security implications of the service.
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Twitter is also stepping away from the traditional password login with a new method that is actually more old school than you think.
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25% of Women Say They've BeenName calling and humiliation are pervasive, but stalking and sexual harassment disproportionately affect young women
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Android/iOS/Web: Today, Google took the wraps off a big new email application. Now, you can view important information directly in your inbox, set reminders or snooze emails, and even bundle related... email together with better smart categories.
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Twitter Fabric Aims to HelpTwitter has unveiled a new platform, called Fabric, to allow developers to build better apps The announcement shows the company's greater push to integrate with more apps. Since Twitter went public in... 2013, it's been criticized for not growing as fast as expected. The move to work more closely with developers aims to change that and get them closer to where they want to be. See also: The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced the new free platform to help developers scale and monetize apps during its Twitter Flight conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Early partners include McDonald's, The Wall Street Journal, Spotify and Jawbone. While attendees of the conference will have access to Twitter Fabric sometime today, it will be...
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Inbox from Google re-imaginesGoogle has re-imagined email. Today, the company is introducing Inbox, and app that takes email to a different level, and will have some interesting features for power users. Inbox is a bit like... Google Now, Keep, and email rolled into one. You can set reminders, and even teach the app to create bundles of information -- like bills and receipts …
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The same cells that give Darek Fidyka his sense of smell are also helping him walk again. The Bulgarian man, who was paralyzed after a knife attack in 2010, can walk after doctors in Poland... transplanted nerve cells from his nose into his severed spinal cord. The successful operation was the first of its kind for regenerative medicine, and Fidyka is believed to be the first man to walk again after having a completely severed spinal cord. The Nose Knows? We owe our sense of smell to a pair of
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Unity CEO David Helgason"What does this mean for Unity? Not too much," says Helgason.
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Twitter Unveils Its NewTwitter is making its play for developers.  At its first-ever Flight developer conference, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced a new developer toolkit aimed at helping developers build and make money... off applications on the Twitter platform. Called Twitter Fabric, the bundle of services includes Twitter's Crashlytics application crash detecting service, and MoPub, the ad exchange network. With the new tools, Twitter officially throws its hat in the ring to compete with Facebook and Google for developers' time and attention. Its tools are designed to work with Apple's Xcode and "all major Android IDEs," meaning that developers can presumably use the Twitter tools within the development environments they're already used to. Costolo also lobbed some direct criticism at competitors during...
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As he traveled the world last year as part of a user research project, Michael Ducker noticed a problem. Ducker, a senior product manager at Twitter, was part of a team that visited Brazil, India, and... Indonesia to learn about how people use mobile devices around the world. Twitter is courting new users aggressively, and like most tech companies it signs them up with a combination of an email address and password. The problems with passwords are well known: they can be hard for us to keep track of, easy for hackers to figure out, and never anything but tedious to type out on your mobile device's tiny keyboard. But in his travels, Ducker and his team began to understand the other half of the problem in signing up new users: the farther he...
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Alien Comets of Star BetaAstronomers have detected the signatures of hundreds of comets disintegrating in a distant, chaotic solar system 63 light-years away.
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Poll: 70 Percent of YoungA new poll shows that 40 percent of Internet users have been personally harassed online and 73 percent have seen it happen to other people.
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This is how to pop theThis redditor and fan of BBC series "Doctor Who" figured out the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. Of course, she said yes.
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Did Dinosaurs Walk Like Jar Jar Binks? | Video

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 19:18
Did Dinosaurs Walk Like JarThis highly speculative animation is based upon analysis of a nearly complete Deinocheirus mirificus skeleton. It suggests the dinosaur may have plodded along river bottoms to forage for fish.
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FBI Director James Comey has been on a media tour lately, making an anti-encryption pitch to the public. Apple's new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law... enforcement -- and the FBI needs an easy way to bypass them. Now Comey is bringing the argument straight to Congress, asking them to update a law to allow backdoors in smartphones.
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Some Bank of America CustomersA nifty new payment system is not without its quirks. A few early adopters who used Apple Pay to stock up on Halloween candy ended up getting charged two times per transaction. For now, however, it... only seems to be those who used Bank of America debit cards.
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An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the NuSTAR satellite have discovered a pulsar so bright that it challenges how scientists think pulsars work. While... observing galaxy M82 in hopes of spotting supernovae, the researchers found an unexpected source of X-rays very close to the galaxy's core. It was near another source, thought to be a black hole. But the new one was pulsing, which black holes don't do. The trouble is that according to known pulsar models, it's about 100 times brighter than the calculated limits to its luminosity (abstract). Researchers used a different method to figure out its mass, and the gap shrank, but it's still too bright to fit their theories.
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Hundreds Of Comets SpottedAstronomers at the La Silla Observatory in Chile took a census of comets around the star Beta Pictoris (62 light-years away), discovering they belong to two families.
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Benchmarking Business ModelsThe fastest growing SaaS companies are successfully upselling and cross-selling their existing customer base, driven by a quick cadence of new products and services that drive revenue growth. Using... upsells and cross-sells to drive up Annualized Contract Value (ACV) over $1K drops customer churn to 8%, down from 18% when ACV is below $1K. These and other insights into benchmarking SaaS business models are from the 2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey published by David Skok in conjunction with Pacific Crest Securities and OpenView.  The study provides a wealth of data on key SaaS business benchmarks including customer churn, financial, operational, marketing spend, selling and service metrics.  This year’s survey had a record 306 SaaS companies respond.  Part 1 and Part 2 of the survey...
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Twitter's new software development kit, Fabric, is the company's foundation for transforming a business based purely on a single product--Tweets!--into a diversified service aimed at every person and... company that makes mobile apps. The post Twitter’s Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps appeared first on WIRED.
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Google's Inbox is A New Email Google has introduced a new email app, from the same team that builds Gmail, but intended as something completely different from Gmail. Inbox is the app, and it looks like it might owe some... inspiration to Mailbox, and to Google Now. The new Inbox app is available to a limited user group only, and will be expanding its user pool via an invite system similar to the one that Google used for Gmail.
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Wacky Humpbacked DinosaurA duck-billed, humpback, ostrichlike dinosaur has been unearthed in Mongolia at a site illegally excavated by poachers.
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Google Earth for AndroidGoogle is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and... thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for …
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iPad Air 2 and Retina iMacThe first iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in and man publications are generally praising Apple's newest products, although many say that things can still be improved, especially for the tablet.... The iPad Air 2 is slimmer, lighter and more powerful than ever, but that doesn't necessarily make it a must-have device. The Retina iMac has a great-looking high-resolution display matched by high performance, although it might be quite a big expense for those users who don't really need to handle 4K and 5K images and videos. FROM EARLIER: Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance In its iPad Air 2 review, The Wall Street Journal found the tablet to be
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A Flash Drive that Doubles asIf you're running low on space on your Android, iOS, or Kindle device, this wireless flash drive acts as a fully-independent server to transfer and stream content back and forth. It even has a... built-in battery that lasts for up to four hours, so you don't even need to plug it into anything to operate.
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Amazon Gets More Amazon has been moving into the enterprise world with the launch of corporate I.T.-friendly Fire HD and HDX tablets, its own secure storage service Zocalo, its virtual desktop computing platform... WorkSpaces, and not to mention the cloud computing behemoth that is Amazon Web Services. Today, the company is making the combination of on-premise and cloud resources, easier to manage with the launch…
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Apple CEO meets with ChineseThe meeting follows a notice from Apple that iCloud has been targeted by network attacks in an attempt to gain user information. But are the Chinese behind it?
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Gmail's new 'Inbox' will helpGmail's trying something new, something that is a rather fundamental change to the Gmail experience, and it's called 'Inbox'. The new app for Android introduces a number of new features that aim to... make it easier to manage the every-increasing flow of email we see every day, including bundling similar emails, highlighting important info, and making it easier to add reminders from your inbox.
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Code/red: Apple CEO in ChinaPlus, Steve Ballmer: investment adviser, Hungary mulls an Internet usage tax and Apple's boring new iPads.
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Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of a man who was alive 45,000 years ago, which makes the resulting sequence the oldest one researchers have ever obtained from a modern human. "The... next oldest human for which we have genome sequence is the 24,000 year old Mal'ta boy," says Janet Kelso, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and a co-author of the study published today in Nature. And the quality of the genome Kelso managed to produce is "as good as the genome sequences that are available for present-day people."
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Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Slash Gear - 22 Oct 2014 19:10
Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, butJust as Samsung revealed a late-season upgrade to their Galaxy S4 with the "LTE-A" model last year, this year's Galaxy S5 Plus has arrived. Here in 2014, this means an upgrade past the Qualcomm... Snapdragon 801 to a higher-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 2.5GHz clock speed, Krait 450 CPUs, and Adreno 420 GPUs. What's all that mean to the lay …
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Infinite Socket brings modern technology and thoughtful design to bear on a long-ignored pain point. The post Forget Cheetah Blades. This Prosthetic Socket Is a Real Breakthrough appeared first on... WIRED.
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This is just delicious.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 318 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.
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The US is going to begin monitoring all travelers who enter the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for three weeks after landing to detect symptoms of Ebola. Time reports that the program... will begin on Monday in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia, which is where most travelers coming from these countries end their trips. As was previously announced, travelers will also be required to go through one of just five airports that will pass them through an enhanced screening process.
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Beastly Sunspot Amazes,That’s one big, black blemish on the Sun today! Rarely have we been witness to such an enormous sunspot. Lifting the #14 welder’s glass to my eyes this morning I about jumped back and bumped into... the garage. (...)Read the rest of Beastly Sunspot Amazes, Heightens Eclipse Excitement (733 words) © Bob King for Universe […]
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A fix for Apple Pay bugA fix for a bug in Apple Pay that causes credit cards from Chase and others to not display the correct physical card design is being worked on, according to sources close to the situation. There have... been a few hiccups for the launch of Apple Pay this week as the company works to quickly […]
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If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it?... That's a good question -- Google's made a demo slash...
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Sex Is 385 Million Years Old,Sex is older than anyone had ever known. New research reveals that 385 million-year-old fish did the deed -- and they may have invented copulation as much as 430 million years ago.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop: What to expect when ...

Android Central - 22 Oct 2014 19:05
Android 5.0 Lollipop: What toIt's been a fast an furious week or so, with the announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and three new Nexus devices to go with it. And folks have been asking us all about when we can expect updates,... and shipping, and so on and so forth. So, let's round up everything here.
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[From HomeTechTell] Art meets smarts and efficient LEDs with Notti light
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Neanderthals and Humans FirstThe DNA from a 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say. The man was born thousands of years after such... interspecies mating occurred.
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Here it is, the first full-length trailer for Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series executive produced by Ridley Scott (i.e. not the Steven Spielberg one). We got a tease in late July, but this... video expands on that with a stronger glimpse at the characters and the world. Halo: Nightfall focuses on agent Jameson Locke, played by Mike Colter, and his investigation into a biological weapon affecting only humans. on A multitude of classic weapons from the series seem to make an appearance, including an energy sword wielded by a Covenant soldier. There's actually two quick looks at the Covenant. And because it's a trailer for an action film, we can't help but notice all the key dramatic one-liners they manage to put in a 2:42 video....
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GT Advanced, Apple parting ways "amicably"

AppleTell - 22 Oct 2014 19:02
GT Advanced, Apple partingGT Advanced will not disclose private business deals with Apple. The post GT Advanced, Apple parting ways “amicably” appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] By not parting ways in a negative way, GT Advanced will not disclose private business deals with Apple in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings.
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Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets have just become the first consumer mobile devices approved by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to carry classified documents. The edict covers most of its newer... Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy...
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[From GamerTell] Shall We Date?: The Niflheim+ is the most romantic game where you can date a zombie that you'll play this Halloween.
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Email is awful. It's a mess. It's overwhelming. That's why today, Google's Gmail team is releasing a new email personal assistant app to help you manage it all. The post Gmail’s New App ‘Inbox’... Is Your Personal Email Assistant appeared first on WIRED.
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The Macropod is a $20,000+ RigMacro photography is a wonderful tool for scientists and researchers, but the complex nature of capturing detailed, focus-stacked macro images of everything from insects to the human tongue puts the... tool out of reach of many. The Macropod photographic system solves this by making the entire process both portable and automatic, and producing some of […]
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Two families of comets foundBeta Pictoris is a young star located about 63 light-years from the Sun. It is only about 20 million years old and is surrounded by a huge disc of material--a very active young planetary system where... gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids.
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The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them. It's called "Inbox," and it's being released as an invite-only system that works on the web,... Android phones, and iPhones. It feels completely native and fast on all of those systems. But it's a native and fast app that does something 10 degrees away from what you'd expect an email app to do. My first impression of Inbox is that it's really great, but a little weird. The basic idea is this:...
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Two Families of Comets FoundESO Top News: The HARPS instrument at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. A French team of astronomers has... studied nearly 500 individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and has discovered that they belong to two distinct families of exocomets: old exocomets that have made multiple passages near the star, and younger exocomets that probably came from the recent breakup of one or more larger objects. The new results will appear in the journal Nature on 23 October 2014.
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1 in 3 Americans are on fileThe FBI has over 77.7 million Americans in its master database of criminals. And according to the Wall Street Journal, they're adding between 10,000 and 12,000 new names per day. That means that... roughly one out of every three American adults has a file with the FBI.
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Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Distant Solar System

Scientific American - 22 Oct 2014 19:00
Hundreds of Comets SeenThe “exocomets” swarming around Beta Pictoris mirror those seen in our own solar system, but for a few surprising differences. --
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BitTorrent Shares Results of Sync Speed Test

Photography Blog - 22 Oct 2014 19:00
BitTorrent Shares Results ofBitTorrent has published the results of its own speed test that saw the company’s Sync file hosting/sharing service being pitted against rivals such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
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Fast modeling of cancer mutations

MIT - 22 Oct 2014 19:00
Fast modeling of cancerNew genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in tumors.
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BitTorrent Sync file transferWhen you need to share everyday files between devices, cloud storage services work wonders. But when you need to quickly transfer big files between PCs, tablets, and smartphones, it's hard to beat the... speed of BitTorrent Sync's cloudless file sharing. And now BitTorrent Inc. says it has hard numbers to show just how fast its peer-to-peer sync app really is. The company behind Sync (and the newer Bleep messaging service) says that based on its tests, BitTorrent Sync transfers are up to 16 times faster than syncing with cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
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How Piracy Benefits Companies,We've talked a lot about the legality of piracy a lot here at Lifehacker, but really, you're probably breaking the law everyday anyway . However, piracy can sometimes have its benefits. Even to the... companies who own the copyrights.
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For avid iPhoneographers, there's no substitute for Olloclip's line of clip-on or case-mounted accessory lenses. Sadly, while the iPhone 5/5s lenses were wildly popular, those lenses don't work with... the new thinner and larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus....
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The oldest genome from a modern human reveals that modern humans with modern behaviour interbred with Neanderthals as they spread into Eurasia
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Edna Conway, Cisco's global supply chain CSO, spoke at SC Congress NY with a panel of experts.
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The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

Slash Gear - 22 Oct 2014 18:55
The Mini Cooper just got aBMW has been forced to change its fuel economy ratings for select 2014 Mini Cooper models, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did some testing of its own and found the German firm had... over-estimated exactly how frugal the distinctive car could be. The audit covered four 3-door versions of the Mini - the Cooper and Cooper S - …
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Apple Pay needs US credit cardA video posted by blog site TechSmartt shows how to "trick" Apple Pay into working on NFC terminals outside the US.
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[From HomeTechTell] TechnologyTell Review: Okidokeys Smart Lock System
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Take a Sneak Peek Behind theWired just published a meaty feature on Kip Thorne and the science behind Interstellar. Thorne, one of the world's most celebrated theoretical physicists, worked with director Christopher Nolan to... ensure that depictions of things like black holes and wormholes would be accurate in the film. And also spectacular.
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#COLORGATE? #RUBGATE?Apple fans breathed a sigh of relief this past summer when Nikkei, typically a reliable source of accurate early information on unreleased Apple devices, issued a report stating that the white plastic... strips we had seen on countless iPhone 6 mockups would not be part of the final design. Those strips, which many people found to be quite an eyesore, reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding of some iPhone 6 schematics that had previously leaked. Instead, the Nikkei claimed that those areas would actually be covered by glass panels similar to the ones on the back of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Unfortunately for people who think those plastic strips ruin the sleek look of the phone, they were still present when
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IT'S INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY

Gizmodo - 22 Oct 2014 18:50
IT'S INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCKHEY, AT LEAST THIS IS BETTER THAN THAT DUMB PIRATE SHIT, RIGHT?
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Bill Murray: I can live theAppearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actor demonstrates just how easy it is for him to reenact the dating app in the real world.
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Apple's New iPads Are Great,You may be better off seeking last year's cheaper models
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Apple Pay works abroad! ... IfSome users report that Apple Pay works abroad if you have a U.S. credit card. The mobile payment system is expected to arrive in Europe and elsewhere at a later date. The post Apple Pay works abroad!... … If you have a U.S. credit card appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.
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A Kitchen Thermometer to SaveWhether you're cooking on the grill or in the oven, this wireless meat thermometer will alert you as soon as your meal reaches the desired temperature. It's Amazon's #1 selling meat thermometer, and... enjoys a 4.1 star review average to boot.
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Forecasters: Brief, strong solar flare has slight effect on some radio systems, then weakens
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Photos: First Sex Revealed inThe first animals to have sex were tiny armored fish called microbrachius that copulated some 385 million years ago in a square-dancing type maneuver.
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Now your iPhone 6 can takeOlloclip introduced a new 4-in-1 lens attachment for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The attachment covers both cameras with special lenses at the same time. The post Now your iPhone 6 can take even... better photos with Olloclip’s 4-in-1 lens appeared first on Digital Trends.
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For anyone with a Sky+HD box, the Sky+ app for Android and iOS gives you a handy way to manage recordings while away from home, and lets you use mobile devices as substitute remotes when you're... plonked in front of the TV. Now, with an updated version...
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Apple Pay, Amazon Visa to workOne thing you can bank on with Amazon (pun intended) is that they'll do their own thing, in their own way, on their own time. You can also safely assume that if an outside interest doesn't align with... theirs, they'll be sure to resist it. That was the case with Apple Pay, where an Amazon rewards Visa, issued by Apple …
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App Smart: Don't Be Afraid of These Halloween-Themed Apps

The New York Times - 22 Oct 2014 18:39
Play games, and get ideas for pumpkin carving, recipes and more for the spooky holiday.
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The satellite would use a Luxembourg government-registered orbital location over Europe to provide X- and military-Ka-band capacity for Luxembourg's own use, as well as the free-access offer to NATO.
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PORTLAND, ORE. - OCTOBER 22, 2014 - Digital Trends, a leading consumer technology publisher, announces its call for submissions for its third annual tech awards for outstanding new products at the... 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The newly named "Digital Trends Awards - Top Tech of CES" will highlight the best products on display […] The post The Digital Trends Awards: "Top Tech of CES" open for entries appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What's the Worst AirportAir travel, once the pinnacle of style in America, has evolved into a fluorescent-lit, crumb-strewn hellscape of stinky carpets, underpaid and overworked employees, and fights between drunk racists... and tall people . It's easy to claim your local terminal is the worst, but which of America's many airport terminals is truly the Worst?
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An anonymous reader writes: Over 4 million Raspberry Pis have been sold so far, and now founder Eben Upton has shown off a touchscreen display panel that's designed to work with it. It's a 7" panel,... roughly tablet sized, but slightly thicker. "With the incoming touchscreen panel The Pi Foundation is clearly hoping to keep stoking the creative fires that have helped drive sales of the Pi by slotting another piece of DIY hardware into the mix." Upton also discussed the Model A+ Raspberry Pi board — an updated version they'll be announcing soon.
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Toshiba's low-cost Radius 11Convertible Windows 8.1 laptops don't necessarily have to be expensive, and Toshiba's new Satellite Radius 11 looks like one of the most solid low-cost options out there. The post Toshiba’s low-cost... Radius 11 convertible bends over backwards to please appeared first on Digital Trends.
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They grow up so fast, don't they? It seems like just yesterday (well, 2009) that Daimler bought a stake in Tesla to give it a boost and secure a partner for electric car development, and the German... automaker is now selling that stake a mere five...
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12 Examples: Pew's OnlineThis morning, Pew Research released the findings of their most recent report, Online Harassment. This is a timely study, coming fast on the heels of hacked photographs of more than 100 celebrities,... this month's ongoing Gamergate, and this week's Lewis' Law Twitter welcome to Monica Lewinsky in the wake of her anti-cyber bullying initiative launch. The report includes a section, "In Their Own Words," that brings life to the data. Researchers found that 40 percent of Internet users report experiencing some form of online "harassment," defined in the study as name-calling, purposeful embarrassment, stalking, sexual harassment, physical threats and sustained harassment. When you look at it by gender, however, you get a richer picture: Many people are inclined to argue in somewhat unhelpful and...
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Terrible People Prey On Ebola Fears In New Email Scam

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 18:31
Terrible People Prey On EbolaIf you get an email from a seemingly trustworthy organization about the Ebola virus in the coming days, beware. It could very well be a scam to obtain your personal info. The emails look like they're... from organizations like the World Health Organization. But when you click on its attachments, they install a DarkComet Remote Access Trojan (RAT) onto your computer, giving hackers access to your computer and the files on it. Here's an example of the phony emails that are being sent out: Looks legit, right? Well, it isn't. The United States Computer Readiness Team (US-CERT) released a notice last week about these scams, writing that "phishing emails may contain links that direct users to websites which collect personal information such as login credentials, or contain malicious attachments...
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With the increasing affordability of digital full frame cameras, there's been speculation about the future of APS-C as an enthusiast format. But with the launch of the 7D Mark II, Canon has made it... pretty clear it believes there's still a high-end market for crop-sensor formats. We spoke to Bettina Hansen, a photographer who regularly shoots Canon and has experience working with the original EOS 7D to see what she made of the new camera
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Treat All Linear Growth asWhen we think of our savings, we tend to think in linear terms. If you save $20 every week for a year, you'll have $1,040 by the end of the year. However, when it comes to saving money (or anything... else), linear growth becomes exponential growth the more you do things.
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 22 Oct 2014 18:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: quantum computer buyers' guide, life on Mars might be short, brain barrier opened to treat cancer and more
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is already on Windows, Mac, and iPad, which means you probably haven't gotten a lot of work done so far in 2014. When the game finds its way to the iPhone in 2015 -- as... Blizzard revealed it will in a new blog post --...
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Galactic Wheel of Life ShinesNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope: It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast... place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291.
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Technology has revolutionized education, but asking how it can improve learning may be the wrong question.
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“It’s all about the cloud.”  We hear or see that phrase in meetings, presentations, email pitches, articles — constantly. Aside from the trend, cloud in the federal government is fueled by... three essential trends: Agencies are seeking a Cloud First approach in their new technology investments;  They need to do more with existing or fewer resources; and, Government leaders have a desire […] The post How the Cloud Can Help Our Government Innovate appeared first on WIRED.
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Need a new lock screen on your Android phone that shows your appointments and most used apps? Microsoft might have something for you. The company has new Android apps and a…
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Video: MasterCard is doing forOn Tuesday during the first game of the World Series, MasterCard ran two new commercials that focused on its support for the newly launched Apple Pay service. As part of its new “Priceless... Surprises” promotion, Apple Pay users will be eligible to win prizes every time they use their MasterCard to buy something through Apple’s mobile payment platform. Since the ads ran during the World Series, MasterCard used Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda and George Brett, and recently retired great Mariano Rivera to promote the new service. MasterCard noted that the contest for cardholders will run to the end of the year as long as you use Apple Pay. It goes without saying that this is the kind of promotion that Google wishes it would have
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iPhone's Mobile Payment Systems -- How Secure?

The Huffington Post - 22 Oct 2014 18:24
iPhone's Mobile Paymentco-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems Apple has introduced a new mobile payment system that exploits some of the features of the newest iPhones. Apple claims that it is much... more secure than its competitors. But is it? Apple has done a few things that are interesting. Among them, applied "tokenization" to handling credit card information. The idea is a simple one: instead of storing an actual credit card number on a mobile phone, the Apple solution stores only a token that represents the credit card. The actual credit card information never flows across the network. Instead the token is sent to a repository controlled by Apple where the token is linked in a database to the "real" credit card number. To make this work securely, Apple encrypts the token's...
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Smaller screen, biggerBlizzard confirms plans to launch the Android phone and iPhone versions of Hearthstone, the card-collecting multiplayer game set in the World of Warcraft universe, in early 2015. The post Smaller... screen, bigger audience: Hearthstone heads to iPhone, Android phones in 2015 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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There's An Online DatingThe rules of dating are not simple and finite -- they're complicated and constantly changing, especially when you factor in online dating. Now, a new study has unearthed yet another thing you could be... getting wrong: Online daters can doom themselves to disappointment if they wait too long to meet prospective partners in person. A new study published recently in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication describes an online dating "tipping point," when too much online communication before a first date causes a person to idealize someone they're interacting with prior to actually meeting them face to face. This, naturally, leads to a letdown upon meeting someone who doesn't match lofty expectations. That "tipping point" occurs after 17 to 23 days, according to the researchers, so you...
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Kinect Adapter for WindowsThe newest way Microsoft is making Kinect more accessible to the masses is with a device called the Kinect Adapter for Windows. This device allows the Xbox One Kinect to work with your Windows 8 or... Windows 8.1 device with a simple USB plug. You'll need USB 3.0 - which your computer almost certainly has - but besides that it's …
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State of the Art: Devices WithThe tech giant has succeeded in ensuring that its phones, tablets and computers work seamlessly together. You might never leave.
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Jive integrates enterpriseAs it fights to remain a leader in enterprise social networking (ESN) among giant rivals, pure-play vendor Jive Software has been furiously integrating its suite with the most popular business... software, now adding the Google Docs productivity applications. With the Connector for Google Docs, users will be able to create, call up, co-edit and add comments to Docs, Sheets and Slides files from within the Jive suite's interface. Jive users will work on the same live documents residing in Google data centers, so all changes and comments will be visible right away to people accessing the files from within the Google environment. The decision to build this new "connector" came from the realization that the use of Google Docs has been growing very quickly among its customers, said Clara Liang,...
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What Is A Computer 'Trick'What is a computer "trick" that in the past was cool, but today is unimpressive and trivial? This question was originally answered on Quora by Paul Tomblin.
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This is probably as close toOwning a McLaren of any sort is something most people don't get to experience, so we'll forgive you for trying to achieve the feeling of sitting inside the bespoke track focused racer by checking out... these brand new interior shots and making "vroom-vroom" noises. McLaren revealed the P1 GTR's swooping exterior and crazy 986HP engine back in August, but had …
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X-Ray Telescope Cracks OpenWhat a gem! This huge black hole in the middle of Hercules A is making gas around it super-heated to millions of degrees, making it shine brightly in X-Rays. The Chandra X-Ray Telescope captured the... scene and in a new data release this week, telescope officials cracked open the archives to give us gems such […]
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Amazon Rewards Visa Card Will Amazon has confirmed to TechCrunch that its Rewards Visa Card will indeed support Apple Pay, and that the company is working on making this happen. The Rewards Visa Card is powered by Chase, which... is already one of the payments companies working with Apple on Apple Pay at launch. While Amazon has confirmed that it is working to bring Apple Pay to its credit card, there is no specific timeframe…
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While not fast as an F1 car,The McLaren P1 GTR track car may not be quite as fast as a Formula One car, but its steering wheel has almost as many buttons. The track-only GTR will be unleashed on an unsuspecting world next year.... The post While not fast as an F1 car, McLaren’s P1 GTR’s steering wheel has almost as many buttons appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Startups Anonymous: Student[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of... retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story
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ARM speeds data flow in theWith smartphones and sensors putting more demand on servers and other back-end gear, chip design company ARM is introducing new interconnect technologies that will help shuttle the data around more... quickly. The new CoreLink interconnects will be added to ARM's Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processor designs, which chip makers license to build 64-bit chipsets for servers, set-top boxes and base stations for cellular networks. The widespread use of smartphones and tablets, combined with sensors used in the Internet of Things, means more and more bits need to moved into the data center, and between computers inside the data center, said Nandan Nadampally, vice president of marketing at the CPU Group at ARM.
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Learn to take jaw-droppingChances are, you've got a camera within a few feet of you at all times. Cameras are built into our smart phones, tablets, and many of us have have dedicated cameras for our photographic needs. With... all these cameras, shouldn't…
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This biometric wallet keepsThe iWallet is billed as the first biometrically secured wallet, using a fingerprint scanner as a lock and key. In this video, we show the iWallet in action, and talk about how it uses Bluetooth to... make sure you never leave it behind. The post This biometric wallet keeps your cash and cards locked behind your fingerprint appeared first on Digital Trends.
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​Canon G7 X Review:Five years ago, I was broke, but I needed a great camera anyhow. The Canon S90 was the perfect fit for my needs and my credit card balance. And I wasn't the only one who thought so. The amazing S90... and successors made Canon a mint -- at least until Sony's RX100 came along with higher quality images. With the G7 X, Canon is striking back with specs, plus a little bit of the charm that made Canon compacts so easy to love in the first place.
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Apple Pay glitch makes someIf you’ve been happily tapping up charges with your iPhone 6 using Apple Pay, you might want to double-check your bank statement. Some early Apple Pay users with Bank of America accounts have... reported that Apple’s new tap-to-pay solution has…
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For the past 25 years, the Web has opened up unprecedented possibilities for human communication. But it has a dark side too -- sometimes, a very dark one.
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How Drones Are Fighting Infectious Disease

Live Science - 22 Oct 2014 18:10
How Drones Are FightingIn a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle -- not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease.
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Apple's Warning to iCloud Users

ABC News - 22 Oct 2014 18:09
Apple's Warning to iCloudApple said it is aware of "intermittent" attacks on iCloud users and is urging users to take precautions to make sure their private information stays safe.
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Use IFTTT To Supercharge YourIFTTT, one of our favorite apps for doing just about anything, just got updated with a bunch of new Twitter triggers--if you want to stay on top of tweets that mention your name, you now have a much... wider choice of ways to do it. These same alerts can also be set up for tweets from a particular @name or using a specific hashtag.
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Xbox One owners with a Kinect could soon get more use out of Microsoft's powerful camera -- assuming those same people are also Windows users. Today Microsoft launched a $49.99 adapter that will make... the Xbox One version of Kinect fully compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets. Performance is identical between the repurposed Xbox sensor and the standalone Kinect v2 for Windows unit, but this option could save you some money if you bought Microsoft's console before the big decoupling. And if we're being honest, that Kinect's probably not seeing much activity right now aside from receiving your voice commands and maybe handling some Skype calls. Why not give it a new lease on life? Microsoft has also announced version 2.0 of the...
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SensoTRACK monitors biometricIf you're part of the biometric sports monitoring device craze, you're going to want to listen up. SensoTRACK is a wearable device you attach to your ear. You'll be able to monitor 4 major vital signs... at once, count steps, and check your body position. As Dr. Vahram Mouradian, Founder and CTO of Sensogram Technologies suggests, "SensoTRACK is designed to …
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New Barnes & Noble Nook GalaxyIf a seven-inch tablet just isn't big enough for reading, then maybe Samsung's newest ten-incher will do the trick. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1, announced Wednesday, is the second tablet born of the... new partnership between Barnes & Noble and Samsung. The companies paired up for a seven-inch, Nook-branded tablet just two months ago. The bookseller has stopped building its own hardware and farmed manufacturing duties out to Samsung, which always seems keen to make even more devices. While the new tablets put Nook content up front with custom software, they also include the Google Play Store. You'll be able to sign in with your Google account and install any supported Android apps, which of course means you can download Amazon's Kindle app (though Barnes & Noble naturally didn't highlight that...
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Glamsquad Raises $7 Million New York-based Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty business now headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson who joined earlier this year as co-founder and CEO, has now raised $7 million in... Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The company launched in January of this year in New York, and is now one of several services that bring professional hair stylists and makeup…
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Canon has revealed its latest digital cinema camera, the Canon EOS C100 Mark 2. Designed for videographers and independent filmmakers, the new offering has a number of key enhancements over its C100... predecessor. It boasts an extended ISO range, Dual Pixel Autofocus as standard, and the viewfinder and monitor have received much-requested upgrades. ..
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NASA-led Study Sees TitanNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly just off the north and south poles.
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Apple uses crowdsourcing to improve Maps

AppleTell - 22 Oct 2014 18:02
Apple uses crowdsourcing toBusiness owners can verify the accuracy of their listing. The post Apple uses crowdsourcing to improve Maps appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] Apple uses crowdsourcing to improve Maps

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 18:02
[From AppleTell] To make sure business listings in Apple Maps are actually correct, Apple Maps Connect lets business owners submit information about their location.
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Bits Blog: Survey Exposes Prevalence of Online Harassment

The New York Times - 22 Oct 2014 18:02
Bits Blog: Survey ExposesA new study from Pew reveals that 40 percent of adult Internet users have personally experienced some form of online intimidation.
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Feds Probe Medical Devices forReuters suorces said they do not know of instances of hackers attacking patients through these devices, so the cyber threat should not be overstated.
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Third Substantial Solar FlareNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: The sun emitted significant solar flares on the evening of Oct. 21 and the morning of Oct. 22.
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POLARBEAR Sniffs Out CosmicScientists have made the most sensitive and precise measurements ever of the polarisation of the cosmic microwave background.
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[GamerTell] Costume Quest 2 Review: Sugar-coated

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 18:00
[From GamerTell] Costume Quest 2 is more of what we liked the first time, but with some awkward changes.
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This might be one of the iOSOne of the most important reasons for some iOS 7 users not to upgrade to iOS 8 is storage space, as both the iOS 8 or the iOS 8.1 updates require plenty of storage for over-the-air upgrades. Apple... enthusiast John Gruber found one potential explanation for this particular iOS problem coming from Kevin Hamm, who has figured out how the device's storage can been taken over by "Other" files. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device ever is coming soon In addition to seeing specifics about an iPhone’s or iPad’s contents when connecting it to iTunes -- such as music, photos, movies and apps -- you might also notice a yellow "Other" category in the bottom storage bar
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Lomography Launches LomoChromeIn their ongoing effort to keep film fun and interesting, Lomography has announced the new Lomography LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film stock. Designed to be developed in the standard C-41 process,... the film stock will come in both 35mm and 120 varieties, with an initial batch of 5,000 being prepared for pre-order. This new film […]
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U.K. Government Keeping An Ed Vaizey, the U.K.’s minister for the Digital Economy, has said the government is keeping an open mind about digital currencies as it continues a review of Bitcoin and its ilk which kicked off... this summer.
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Tired of the same old, boring salads? While there are nearly endless ingredient combinations you can try, this graphic suggests tried-and-true flavor pairings that balance primary tastes .
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review

Photography Blog - 22 Oct 2014 18:00
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 ReviewThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera complete with an electronic viewfinder and a flash hotshoe. Can the Panasonic GM5 challenge the likes of the Samsung NX Mini and the... Sony A5100? Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images to find out... Read the review »
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Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reached an agreement that severs the ties between the two companies. GT Advanced's lawyer Luc Despins told a bankruptcy court that the two... companies have agreed to an "amicable parting of the...
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'Malvertising' Crooks EarnThe Cryptowall ransomware was being served up to millions of users to earn hackers an estimated $25,000 a day. Yahoo!, a long-time favourite of malvertising cyber crooks, had its own ad network... compromised as part of the illicit operation.
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NASA TV Broadcasts Space Station Cargo Ship Activities

NASA Breaking news - 22 Oct 2014 18:00
NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, Oct. 27, as well as the launch and docking of its... replacement Wednesday, Oct. 29.
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This week, a game about a genocidal maniac was announced. There's a video trailer for the game that depicts ultraviolent bedlam: a murder spree of innocent victims, many begging for their lives. So... it's basically another week in video games, then?...
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'Interstellar' Actors QuizzedHow much do the stars of the highly anticipated movie "Interstellar" really know about space? Entertainment Weekly attempted to find out in a newly released video that features three of the space... film's stars answering a series of trivia questions.
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26 Gorgeous Cars Spotted On The Street

Gizmodo - 22 Oct 2014 17:58
Cars. They're art that we get to propel forward at 80mph, or just eat a burrito in at a stoplight. And for our last Shooting Challenge, we asked you to photograph them.
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Food Flavor Can't BeLeave the trademark, take the cannoli.
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Amazon confirms it's workingFollowing our report yesterday that some card types are not yet supported with Apple Pay, today Amazon confirmed in a statement to GeekWire that its working to offer support for its Amazon Rewards... Visa Cards. A Chase spokesman confirmed to GeekWire that Amazon is not supporting Apple Pay initially, but did not provide a reason... But an Amazon […]
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Ready for a first look atThe first teaser trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron movie will debut after the October 28 episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. The post Ready for a first look at Avengers:... Age of Ultron? Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next week appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In this Gigaom Research Webinar, we will discuss the potential for responsive design, evaluate use cases for the landscape of options available choices, and suggest a strategy for choosing the... blend…
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Slashdot - 22 Oct 2014 17:55
CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter... (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached Parliament and got inside before he was shot and killed. "Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said ... the man hopped over the stone fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shots, Walsh said." Canadian government officials were quickly evacuated from the building, while the search continues for further suspects. This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level. Most details of the...
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Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new... funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital. The additional capital follows Moov’s earlier raise of $1 million via a crowdfunding page on its own website. There was early buzz around…
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Bill Murray Says He WasBill Murray knows all about Tinder, but he doesn't think he needs it. On Tuesday, the actor spoke about the popular dating app on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." "I think it could be amusing, but I can't imagine... doing it particularly," Murray said. "I feel like I've lived that life and I can live that life any moment. Like I can just sort of say, 'Hey you with the camera. No, you, come here.'"
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Device maker Samsung and bookseller Barnes & Noble are introducing a new larger-screen Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet two months after the first version was announced.
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NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a rapid-fire "storm" of high-energy blasts from a highly magnetized neutron star, also called a magnetar, on Jan. 22, 2009. Now astronomers analyzing... this data have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling...
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Search is on for prehistoricResearchers are searching for an ancient culture in Everglades National Park, following up on work done decades ago.
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LCD technology maintains 3DAt first glance, the static, greyscale display created by a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China might not catch the eye of a thoughtful consumer in a... market saturated with flashy, colorful electronics. But a closer look at the specs could change that: the ultra-thin LCD screen described today in a paper in The Optical Society's (OSA) journal Optics Letters is capable of holding three-dimensional images without a power source, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information.
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Everyone Arriving from WestAll passengers arriving from West African countries where the Ebola outbreak is ongoing will be monitored for 21 days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.
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This App Can Scan and SolveDoing math homework just got way easier
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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

Android Central - 22 Oct 2014 17:48
Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for LifeIn today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable WiFi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is... now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE!
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This Flying Wing WasEmbraced by industry titans like Boeing and amateur R/C enthusiasts alike, 3D printing never been adopted more aggressively than in the aerospace industry. And when taken to the limits of its... capabilities, 3D printing can produce more than just lightweight composite fan blades . We're talking full-blown flying wings.
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An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has a nice profile of SpaceX's rise to prominence — how a private startup managed to successfully compete with industry giants like Boeing in just a decade... of existence. "Regardless of its inspirations, the company was forced to adopt a prosaic initial goal: Make a rocket at least 10 times cheaper than is possible today. Until it can do that, neither flowers nor people can go to Mars with any economy. With rocket technology, Musk has said, "you're really left with one key parameter against which technology improvements must be judged, and that's cost." SpaceX currently charges $61.2 million per launch. Its cost-per-kilogram of cargo to low-earth orbit, $4,653, is far less than the $14,000 to $39,000 offered by its chief American competitor, the...
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World's First Camera  PhotoMath is the world’s first ‘camera calculator’. Point your smartphone’s camera towards a mathematical expression and PhotoMath instantly displays a correct result, also showing the step... by step process it used to arrive at the answer. The free app currently supports arithmetic expressions; fractions and decimals; powers and roots; and simple linear equations with…
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What if you could click your red heels to get home, like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz? A new wearable concept -- aptly dubbed "Dorothy" -- might let you do just that. It consists of a small clip... called "Ruby" that attaches to your shoe and...
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No, This Is Not a Photo of India on Diwali

Universe Today - 22 Oct 2014 17:39
No, This Is Not a Photo ofDiwali, the Indian festival of lights, falls on Thursday, Oct. 23 this year and with it come celebrations, gift-giving, and brilliant lighting and firework displays all across the subcontinent of... India... but this isn’t a picture of that. What is it exactly? Find out below… (...)Read the rest of No, This Is Not a Photo of India […]
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The Strange, Sad Abuse Of 'TheWhen people ask me what my all-time favorite shows are, I can't say I'm a hipster with a particularly original list. I love The Wire, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and a host of other programs... universally regarded as excellent. But one sneaks on that list that might not appear on some others? Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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How Benedict GotWhy is it "Bart Simpson," and not just "Bart"? A brief--and ancient--origin story.
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Amazon Confirms Plans toFollowing the launch of Apple Pay earlier this week, a number of users were disappointed to discover that the Amazon Rewards Card offered by Chase was not supported, although the reason for the... omission was unclear given that many other Chase cards do support Apple Pay. Amazon has, however, now confirmed to GeekWire that it does plan to support Apple Pay with the card in the future. Amazon reportedly is working to enable the service for launch at an undisclosed date. But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay, although declined to say when it would be available. Canceling our ://t.co/flDZ0A06VL Visa since it doesn't do ApplePay. @amazonsupport @ChaseSupport — Blake Seely (@blakeseely) October...
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Samsung introduces large-screen Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook tablet
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Not wanting to be left out, after the United Kingdom, Hungary, and South Korea (PDF) all held conferences on cyberspace governance, China has announced that it will be hosting the World Internet... Conference from November 19 to 21.  The  conference, planned by the Cyberspace Administration of China (formerly named the State Internet Information Office), has the stated mission to promote the "development of Internet to be the global shared resources for human solidarity and economic progress."
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Android 5.0 Lollipop's releaseAlthough it will probably take a bit longer to get pushed out to most Android devices, we now know that Google plans to officially release Android 5.0 Lollipop on November 3rd. Android Police has... flagged a new message sent out to Android developers informing them that they “can now publish apps that target Android 5.0 Lollipop,” which will be “available to consumers on November 3rd.” Google also recommends that these developers test out their apps right now to make sure they iron out any bugs before the software gets released next month. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details None of this means that your Android device will get Android 5.0 pushed out
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Where Does Ebola Hide?

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 17:30
The first time I put a blowgun in my mouth, my focus wasn't on hitting the target; it was on not swallowing the tranquilizer dart. I zeroed in, closed my eyes, and forcefully expelled a gust of air.... So forcefully, in fact, that I sent the tiny missile 20 feet over the wooden bulls-eye. My instructor shook his head and moved his hands from his hips to my neck. "Aim low," he said, inching my face downward, "if you're gonna blow so hard." It was the spring of 2004 and we were standing in an open field in Worcester, Massachusetts, where I was preparing to hunt the Ebola virus.  
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Modernizing the home screen:At Apple's special press event this past September, we witnessed the introduction of several new user interface paradigms, in the form of Apple Watch. Perhaps one of the most interesting was Apple... Watch's entirely new home screen. This is the first departure from the same basic concept of the home screen that Apple demoed in […]
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​How to Boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox

Life Hacker - 22 Oct 2014 17:30
​How to Boot from a USBVirtualBox is a lifesaver for anyone who wants to tinker and experiment with different operating systems. Using a CD or disc image is easy in VirtualBox, but it's handy to know how to boot from USB in... VirtualBox on Windows as well.
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Wouldn't it be great if theXbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive will hit stores on Friday 31 October and although you'll have to wait a little longer for Pocket-lint's full review, we can tell you that it's every bit as madcap... as you will have seen from trailers and previews (our...
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Yelp adds hotel and wineryTravelers 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 start-up... Hipmunk.
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A partial solar eclipse will be viewable across much of North America on Thursday, but experts urged would-be sky watchers to use the proper gear to avoid damaging their eyes.
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iOS 8.1 Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad

Slash Gear - 22 Oct 2014 17:26
iOS 8.1 Jailbreak released forWhile the iOS 8 Jailbreaking universe was a mixed bag of oddities, many creators stuck in Beta mode for many moons, iOS 8.1 ready right off the blocks. This entirely un-authorized look at iOS 8.1... comes from the folks at Team Pangu. That's inside China - and a good indicator of how awesome it's going to be having China onboard …
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Landing syndication rights to The Simpsons was a huge deal for the FXX network, and it's trying to make the absolute most out of them. It's now made every single episode of the show available to... stream online and through apps for iOS and Android. They'll also be available to stream through the FXNow app for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Apple TV, and select smart TVs and other streaming boxes. A cable subscription with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or several other US providers is required, but streaming episodes is free beyond that. The streaming service is being called Simpsons World, and FXX is loading it up with clips, quotes, and playlists designed to help viewers explore the show's catalog. It'll even display the current popularity of...
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I Built a Keyboard from Scratch

Gizmodo - 22 Oct 2014 17:26
I Built a Keyboard fromI made a keyboard - let me tell you about it! I'm even typing this post using the keyboard I built. How meta.
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Apple Stock Hits All-Time High

Mashable - 22 Oct 2014 17:25
Apple Stock Hits All-Time HighTake that, Carl Icahn. Two days after reporting strong fiscal 2014 fourth-quarter earnings, Apple's stock price hit a new all-time high of $103.75 on Wednesday, topping the previous high of $103.74.... The movement came after a rare 7-to-1 stock split in June. Apple's market cap is now around $620 billion, making it by far the world's most valuable company. See also: Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Slump is a 'Speed Bump' Solid earnings likely contributed to the recent surge, though the stock market as a whole has recovered since last week's lows. Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have also been well-received and Apple Pay seems to have been introduced without a hitch. Overall, Apple is in a strong position for the calendar fourth quarter, when it typically posts its highest revenues. The...
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Cooling with molecules

Phys.org - 22 Oct 2014 17:23
Cooling with moleculesAn international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius - only just above absolute zero - using magnetic... molecules. The physicists and chemists are presenting their new investigation today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. It was developed by six scientists from Bielefeld University, the University of Manchester, and the Universidad de Zaragoza.
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The evidence for global climate change is overwhelming. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists, along with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and more than 30 professional scientific research... societies, agree that climate change is happening because of human actions and that it will be an increasingly serious problem if we don't stop it. It is reasonable for politicians to debate the best way to solve this problem, but whether it is a problem should not be up for discussion anymore. However, in response to questions about climate change, political candidates, including high-profile politicians such as Senate Minority (for now) Leader Mitch McConnell, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are frequently saying: "I'm not a scientist."
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Where Is Your Homework Grade Now?

Wired - 22 Oct 2014 17:23
This app solves math equations just by looking at them. And no, it's probably not going to make us dumber. The post Where Is Your Homework Grade Now? appeared first on WIRED.
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The largest tsunami in Hawaii's recorded history struck in 1946.
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Q&A With Anna Todd, theA year and a half after she started typing on a tiny screen, Todd has written a million words, her first book is in stores and Paramount bought the movie rights.
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[From GadgeTell] Google announced the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop a few days back. Several OEMs have confirmed they are going to release the latest update for their flagship devices once the software... is available from Google, but they failed to give a time frame when users of specific devices can except it. HTC already confirmed they are going to release the Android 5.0 Lollipop update within 90 days for its devices, but when?
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Black Friday kicks off earlyEager to incentivize computer fans to build new systems or upgrade using A-Series APUs, AMD has announced pre-Black Friday discounts on a number of chips. The post Black Friday kicks off early with... hefty discounts on AMD chips appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pew survey finds online harassment widespread, young adults most likely to be victims
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Microsoft has a $49 adapter kit that will allow Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.
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[From EntertainmentTell] And not a moment too soon, the instantly iconic Leslie Jones has transitioned from staff writer to cast member on Saturday Night Live. Deadline reports that beginning with... this week's show hosted by Jim Carrey, Leslie Jones will be joining the cast of SNL as a featured player. She's been a writer on the show since early 2014. This is the first time in its history that SNL has had more than one African-American woman cast member in the lineup.
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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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Google services clobbered byA glitch takes Gmail, Google Drive and a host of other services offline for many users late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
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Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House... Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as well...
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Road Rave: Like a catchyDepending on whom you ask, augmented engine noises are either blasphemous or completely irrelevant. In this edition of Road Rave, we'll break down the different systems of each manufacturer and... discuss how they reflect back on them. The post Road Rave: Like a catchy pop-song hook, synthetic engine noises are playing on repeat appeared first on Digital Trends.
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State of Bitcoin: RecappingGavin Andresen doesn't want to be the "spokesmodel" for bitcoin, telling an audience of admirers as much during a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) yesterday. But as the Chief Scientist of the Bitcoin... Foundation and the last known person to communicate with Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin's eponymous inventor with whom he worked closely (remotely) during the protocol's early days, Andresen is unavoidably one of the most influential figures within this growing industry. […]
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Advice for Aspiring Full-Time Photographers

PetaPixel - 22 Oct 2014 17:15
Advice for Aspiring Full-TimeRecently I gave a short 2-hour presentation on street photography at one of the photography clubs at UC Berkeley. It was great being surrounded by students again- with all of the energy, enthusiasm,... and passion that college kids have. Some of the students asked me how I went from college to surviving off photography full-time […]
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We take the new features for a test drive and evaluate the maturity of iOS 8.
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Women In Tech Have Much BetterIf you ask a woman what it's like working in tech, she'll likely tell you a story about a time she felt harassed, frustrated, or simply on the verge of quitting the industry.  At a panel discussion... at Twitter on Tuesday night, these stories were told by successful women from a range of backgrounds--from a teenager who frequents hackathons and founded a startup, to industry veterans with decades of experience fighting for leadership roles in technology companies. On Wednesday, Twitter will host its first-ever Flight mobile developer conference, and to kick off the event, Twitter hosted #WomenInFlight. Over 100 people converged at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco--the audience was mostly women, though there were a number of men in attendance, including Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.  See...
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After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive... instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at...
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 NookThe new 10.1-inch device launches with an introductory price of $300 and includes over $200 in Nook content.
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Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Slash Gear - 22 Oct 2014 17:13
Mercedes-Benz just made $780mMercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new... and existing electric car projects. The German firm had approximately 4-percent ownership of Tesla remaining, but sold it off having decided that the holding was "not necessary for our …
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Late on Tuesday, the Hungarian government proposed a controversial way of dealing with a national budget deficit: taxing internet service providers for data transfers sent over the web. Under the new... tax provisions, providers would pay 150 forints -- the equivalent of about 62 cents -- for every gigabyte of information transferred, a cost that could quickly add up.
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Apple's enterprise presence was on full display at the JAMF Nation User Conference, where more than 1,000 IT administrators gathered to share stories on how they're deploying Apple devices inside... their organizations.
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Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and MasterCard announced a partnership that has seen Apple Pay support roll out at concession stands at ballparks in San Francisco and Kansas City for the... World Series. As part of its World Series promotional push, MasterCard also debuted a pair of television ads during last night's Game 1, featuring Apple Pay and the company's "Priceless Surprises" program that has seen cardholders surprised with various rewards. One spot features former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, while the second features Kansas City Royals legend George Brett, with MasterCard promoting surprises such as meet-and-greets with the stars and tickets to World Series games. On its Priceless Surprises website, MasterCard...
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Why Apple needs to stopEarlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy... it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore. RELATED: There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3... and it's not even a very good one “Apple should not be selling 16 GB iPads,” he states bluntly. “The starting
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The internet is still a rough place, according to a new survey conducted in June by Pew Research's Internet Project and released today. A full 73 percent of the survey's respondents had witnessed... someone being harassed online, while 40 percent had personally been the victim of harassment. Eight percent had been physically threatened, while seven percent had seen the harassment continue for a sustained period of time. Most alarming, more than a quarter of women between the ages of 18 and 24 reported some form of online sexual harassment. "The data show that men are more likely to experience name-calling and embarrassment," the report says, "while young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking."
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Staples May Have BeenStaples may be the latest retailer affected by a data breach, according to recent reports. If it's true, the company is just one more link in a chain of information thefts that has hit up to 6 in 10... consumers. Here's how to keep your credit information safe.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Scream Factory's "The Vincent Price Collection II" offers a wide array of Vincent Price titles with solid remastering.
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The Ebola epidemic in Africa looks likely to continue for months more, and it's possible that another traveler might make it to the United States, either covertly or innocently. If so, let's try to... keep our Ebolanoia under control. The post Ebolanoia: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Ebola Fear Itself appeared first on WIRED.
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The Right to Run

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 17:06
In January, state Sen. Linda Lopez of Arizona retired after 13 years in the legislature. Before announcing her retirement, Lopez looked for a candidate to endorse to fill her vacancy. She soon settled... on Daniel Hernandez, Jr., a friend and a board member of Tuscon's Sunnyside Unified School District. He agreed and began gathering support to run for office. A win seemed likely.
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HughPickens.com writes: Brian Fung reports at the Washington Post that earlier this year emergency services went dark for over six hours for more than 11 million people across seven states. "The... outage may have gone unnoticed by some, but for the more than 6,000 people trying to reach help, April 9 may well have been the scariest time of their lives." In a 40-page report (PDF), the FCC found that an entirely preventable software error was responsible for causing 911 service to drop. "It could have been prevented. But it was not," the FCC's report reads. "The causes of this outage highlight vulnerabilities of networks as they transition from the long-familiar methods of reaching 911 to [Internet Protocol]-supported technologies." On April 9, the software responsible for assigning the...
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Disruptions: At Facebook,Arturo Bejar is trying to create empathy among teenage users to curb cyberbullying and harassment.
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[GamerTell] Metallica will shred Blizzcon 2014

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 17:00
[From GamerTell] Metallica is hitting Blizzcon 2014, making those $200 tickets a bargain.
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Desktop Machine Carves Metal and Wood Like Butter

Singularity Hub - 22 Oct 2014 17:00
Desktop Machine Carves MetalHow many desktop 3D printers have we seen on Kickstarter in recent years? Too many to count. But 3D printing is only half of the digital manufacturing promise. Where 3D printing is additive--CNC... machines, guided by digital designs, subtract material. Give a CNC machine a digital file, and it'll painstakingly […]
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A Macworld/iWorld Lament

TUAW - 22 Oct 2014 17:00
I can't say I was surprised when IDG World Expo's Paul Kent broke the news to us at TUAW that Macworld/iWorld 2015 was canceled and that the longtime Mac lovefest was on hiatus. It's kind of like... having a good friend who has been ill for a long time,...
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A New Space Mission CouldThe sun was born in a family of stars. What became of them? --
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Ancient Halo Stars Cast the Milky Way's First Light

Scientific American - 22 Oct 2014 17:00
Ancient Halo Stars Cast theHubble spots a star in our galaxy’s halo that likely predates its oldest star clusters --
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Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features... aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks.
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How to Tap Your Network andYour home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information--unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for... any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't have any uninvited guests.
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How to Tap Your Network andYour home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information--unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for... any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't have any uninvited guests.
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The man who invented thePringles varieties are as vast and varied as the stars in the sky: Barbecue. Sour Cream & Onion. Buffalo Ranch. Extreme Blazin' Buffalo Ranch. But one, single Pringles can exists on this Earth with a... peculiar sort of flavor dust and no chips at all--the Pringles can that holds the ashes of its inventor, Fredric Baur.
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Progress Software, the Bedford, MA-based enterprise software infrastructure firm, is buying the Bulgarian UI framework and app development tools outfit Telerik for $262.5 million, to help its... customers make nicer user…
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Uber goes big with UberXLUber has announced the UK will now be able to use its UberXL service which has already launched in the US. UberXL offers cars via the Uber app for those looking for a bit more room. It works the same... as usual but with a slider on the app that goes to...
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Solar Panels Don't Grow OnApart from offering a shady spot to sit, the eTree has a water fountain, a WiFi hotspot, a docking station to charge devices, and lights up with LEDs.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop basics:This is one of those really basic things for most folks here. We get that. But it's worth a reminder for those new to Android (hi, new folks!), and new to Android 5.0 Lollipop. And so it deserves a... quick minute of our time. Most of what you'll see in the Lollipop developer settings (at least as of the updated preview) is the same as what you'll find in KitKat. Go to Settings>About phone and hit the build number 7 times to unlock things. And most of us won't need to go anywhere near most of the options. (USB debugging really is the only one I ever need to touch.) It is worth noting, however, that you won't find an option to either use the Dalvik or experimental ART runtime. That's because (and, again, those of you in the back of the class should know this already) the new Android Runtime is...
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Canadian Parliament onMashable is following reports of a shooting on Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Here's the latest: 3 things you need to know: A soldier was shot at Ottawa's War Memorial Members of Parliament reported... hearing multiple shots fired inside the Parliament building. Police say the shooter is still on the loose. Watch CBC's live stream Canada's federal-government buildings went into lockdown Wednesday morning amid reports of an active shooter on Ottawa's Parliament Hill. There are three main buildings on Parliament Hill: Centre Block, West Block and East Block The incident began when a man, described by CBC Ottawa as a soldier standing guard, was shot at the capital city's War Memorial. Moments later, shots were reported inside Centre Block
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This $100 Nightlight Tells YouIt's not your average nightlight
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Your internet is about to beThis week the folks at Adobe and Nielsen have made clear their intent to rate the internet. These ratings won't necessarily be used the same way movie ratings are - you probably won't be banned from... seeing an R-rated website if you're under-age any more than you're banned today. But Nielsen's Digital Content Ratings data will be available in Adobe …
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New Raspberry Pi goodiesIt's time to get excited, Raspberry Pi enthusiasts. Pretty soon, you'll be able to pick-up an official touch screen to connect to your Raspberry Pi. Plus, a beefier new Raspberry Pi Model A+ is... incoming, according to Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Ltd. Upton made the announcements during a recent interview at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. The impact on you at home: The biggest deal is the display. Serious Raspberry Pi DIY fans have already been making tablets and other touch screen devices with the Raspberry Pi. But having an official product specifically designed for the Pi will make it far easier for more people to experiment with Raspberry Pi and touch. Plus, an official display accessory means you don't have to worry about whether it will work with your Raspberry Pi.
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AT&T Wireless Offers iPad Air 2, mini 3 for $100 off

The Mac Observer - 22 Oct 2014 16:55
AT&T Wireless Offers iPad AirAT&T Wireless is offering pre-orders on the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 cellular models for $100 less than MSRP, with shipping times only a few days more than ordering from Apple. The Mac Observer Spin: For... those in the market for a new iPad, this is good news. And with reasonable ship dates this might be even more appealing to some people currently making a buying decision.
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Tim Cook Meets With TopJust two days after China was accused of trying to steal Chinese users' iCloud logins and passwords with a sophisticated cyberattack, Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled there for a high-level meeting with a... government official. Details of the meeting are murky, but Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai on Wednesday to exchange "views on protection of users' information, and "views on strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields," according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency. Their meeting took place in Zhongnanhai, in central Beijing, the heart of the Communist Party of China.
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WWII wrecks found off coast ofJust 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, two World War II wrecks lie underwater—one a member of a 24-ship American convoy, and one a German U-boat.
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David Gewirtz presents six questions that will help you make a carefully considered upgrade decision. Make sure you think before you click.
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Officials said that despite an inquiry board's conclusion that the Soyuz Fregat upper stage misdirected the two satellites because of an easily fixable design flaw, the inquiry uncovered several other... Soyuz issues that will have to be resolved before they will launch.
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Signals from the Edge of the Observable Universe

The Daily Galaxy - 22 Oct 2014 16:49
It is extremely difficult to gather information about galaxies at the edge of the Universe: the signals from these heavenly bodies "dilute" in the course of their billion-year journey through space... toward earth, making them difficult observational targets. Estimating how...
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Missing sphinx head found inArchaeologists have discovered the missing head of one of the two marble sphinxes guarding a huge Macedonian tomb under excavation in Amphipolis, Greece
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From drone wars to cosmic theories, long-term bets take the long view and place odds on the shape of the future.
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HURRY WHILE THEY'RE FREE: 8Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. On Tuesday, BGR shared a list of seven paid iOS apps that were on sale for free, and a... few of them are still free if you hurry. But now, we have eight more paid apps for you that are all available for free… but only if you hurry, because each of these sales could be over at any time. DON'T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to
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We weren't terribly fond of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's first tablet mashup, but it seems at least a few people were. If you happen to fall into that category, congratulations -- that odd couple has... something else that might be up your alley. The...
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MasterCard kicks off Apple PayWe haven’t seen any TV ads from Apple for Apple Pay since it launched earlier this week on Monday, but that doesn’t mean no one else is advertising the new mobile payment service on television.... Apple Pay partner MasterCard has begun airing a new set of MLB World Series-focused ads aggressively promoting Apple Pay and the […]
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The 3 Biggest CybersecurityThe cyber attack on JP Morgan Chase that compromised the personal information of 76 million households is just the latest in a slew of security breaches that have plagued some of the nation's most... trusted institutions. Indeed, the number and scope of cyber attacks and threats looming today can seem overwhelming, but some are more dangerous than others. Let's take a look at three of the biggest cyber threats, ​as identified by the Information Security Forum (ISF):
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In the Sunset Overdrive LaunchA corporate soda outfit releases an energy drink that turns its imbibers into mutants, and that's where you come in.
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New game RETRY shows thatRovio is struggling. In the last year the company has posted declining revenues, replaced its chief executive, and revealed that its Angry Birds franchise lost more than 60 million players between... 2012 and 2014. It looks like the roc of mobile gaming has become a hummingbird. But there’s an interesting game company lying beneath Angry Birds’ feathers. The game it released via its experimental publishing division today seems much […]
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3rd Spacewalk in 3 Weeks at Space Station

ABC News - 22 Oct 2014 16:40
3rd Spacewalk in 3 Weeks at3rd spacewalk in 3 weeks at International Space Station; Russian crew heaving items overboard
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Music is inherently orderly (at least, most of it is), but you'd never know it by looking at a page full of notes and notation. However, a new TED video shows how the backbone of any piece of... music--rhythm--can be easily visualized using a simple wheel and hand.
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How to Watch the Next Solar Eclipse

ABC News - 22 Oct 2014 16:39
How to Watch the Next SolarGet ready for a spectacular partial solar eclipse on Thursday.
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SimCity IRL: Be the Mayor OfAutomobile enthusiasts can collect die-cast cars, animal lovers can collect plush toys, but architecture fans can't really collect towering skyscrapers or sprawling art galleries. And that's what... inspired Steve Fox, an architecture enthusiast himself, to create a collection of tiny noteworthy 3D-printed buildings that can be collected and assembled into a miniature metropolis.
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You Know It's Windy When  On 21 October 2014, storm force winds battered northern England’s Derbyshire Peak District, near Hayfield. The River Kinder is observed being stopped in its tracks as it is blown back up onto... Kinder Scout Plateau at the point where it would normally cascade 80 ft down the Kinder Downfall.    
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Haunted house attraction inChristian Faith Benge, who had an existing medical condition, died after going to a haunted house attraction in Middletown, Ohio. An autopsy will be conducted which could possibly shed light whether... or not fear has caused her death.
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Daniel Zvereff: Being aPhotographer Daniel Zvereff recently travelled to a place with more sheep than people.
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Survey: Harassment a commonA new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.
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Microsoft's Garage is morphing from an internal hacking lab to an incubator for lightweight consumer-focused apps for Android, iOS and Windows.
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Adaptive zoom riflescopeWhen an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is... easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has long-lasting battery power.
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Can 'The Like Machine' takeThe excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which... particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping for, anyway, a button and display that can be clipped to a shelf right in the …
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The Imminent Death of the Internet Troll

The Atlantic - 22 Oct 2014 16:30
The Imminent Death of theA new Pew study confirms that online harassment is endemic. But human behavior--and the limits placed on it by both law and society--can change.
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Right now, a truly ginormous sunspot is turning its baleful eye toward Earth. The spot, called Active Region 2192, is a bit hard to wrap your brain around: Its dark core is easily big enough to... swallow the Earth whole without it even coming close to touching the sides, and the whole region is several times larger than that, easily more than 100,000 kilometers across. It's the biggest sunspot we've seen this solar cycle (bigger than one I reported on in January that was also huge). It's feisty, too, having blown off a series of moderate M-class solar flares recently, and one that edged into X-class. We're expecting more from it as well, so stay tuned to SpaceWeather.com, SpaceWeatherLive.com, and Realtime Flares on Twitter for up-to-the-moment news about any big eruptions. [Update (Oct. 22...
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Go Camping For a Week to LearnWe know that our sleep schedules can shift to unnatural states in urban settings. To reset your body's clock and learn your natural sleep patterns, try going camping for a week to see how you sleep in... the wilderness.
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Apple TV Could Still Work

Slate - 22 Oct 2014 16:29
Apple unveiled a bunch of new iPads, iMacs, and Apple Pay updates at its fall event on Thursday, but one announcement was conspicuously absent. There was nary a redesigned, updated, or even just... refreshed Apple TV.
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Gaming Bitcoin: MITA researcher at MIT may have found the key to predicting the price of Bitcoin, the notoriously unpredictable cryptocurrency, MIT News reports. Bitcoin is a high-risk investment. The digital currency... can fluctuate dramatically depending on outside factors. A federal seizure may cause Bitcoin to plummet, while renewed media attention can make it to skyrocket. See also: A Year In Bitcoin: Why We'll Still Care About The Cryptocurrency Even If It Fades Now, MIT researcher Devavrat Shah has developed a machine learning algorithm that stays one step ahead of the currency, allowing him to double his Bitcoin investment in just 50 days. Working with MIT graduate Kang Zhang, Shah collected price point data from every major Bitcoin exchange for five months. Using a method called "Bayesian regression,"...
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Bit by bit, the Moto 360Motorola is making some adjustments to its Moto 360 smartwatch as a wave of new competitors come crashing ashore. The latest software update addresses a couple of key complaints with Motorola's watch... while making a few other pleasant improvements. Here's a rundown of the changes: To ensure that the Moto 360 lasts through the day, ambient mode will turn off automatically when the battery hits 15 percent. With ambient mode enabled, the screen stays on in a low-power state even when it's not in active use. It's helpful for glancing at the time and notifications without twisting your wrist, but it consumers much more battery. The Moto 360's clock will synchronize with a paired phone more often, hopefully eliminating issues with the wrong time being displayed. When users get a notification,...
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Pandora Now Offers Audience Data To Musicians

TechCrunch - 22 Oct 2014 16:23
Pandora Now Offers Audience Pandora just announced something called the Artist Marketing Platform, offering a variety of listener data to everyone whose music is played on the Internet radio service. In the release announcing... the AMP, Pandora says the platform will offer data about each song (including the total number of plays and the number of thumbs up), as well as the number of fans who have created a station for…
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What Is Your Biggest Dream?

Mashable - 22 Oct 2014 16:23
What Is Your Biggest Dream?What is the biggest dream you have for yourself? Is it to travel the world? Is it to be the first person in your family to attend college? Or it is to get a big promotion at work or even start your... own business? For many of us, these dreams remain just dreams. But for others, these dreams are fuel to build a better life or career. In a recent Mashable Spotlight piece, writer Gili Malinsky chronicled New York food vendor Thiru Kumar, better known as the Dosa Man, who opened a tiny food cart in 2001, and has built it into an amazing culinary success. See also: The NYC Cook Who Turned a Tiny Food Cart Into His Biggest Dream
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Slashdot - 22 Oct 2014 16:23
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk to users on servers and... workstations that open documents with embedded OLE objects. The vulnerability is currently being exploited via PowerPoint files. These specially crafted files contain a malicious OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object. This is not the first time a vulnerability in OLE has been exploited by cybercriminals, however most previous OLE vulnerabilities have been limited to specific older versions of the Windows operating system. What makes this vulnerability dangerous is that it affects the latest fully patched versions of Windows.
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A 'Star Wars' laser bullet

Phys.org - 22 Oct 2014 16:22
A 'Star Wars' laser bulletAction-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its... surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw.
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This Tiny Implantable Chip IsWe've all but figured out how to make robots and machines tiny enough to operate inside the human body. The tricky part is figuring out a way to power them that's safe for the host. In lieu of bulky... batteries or inconvenient wires, researchers at Stanford University have developed an implantable wireless chip that can be powered by the same ultrasound waves used to safely image a fetus in the womb.
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Renée Zellweger to theRenée Zellweger is glad no one can recognize her. Following an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, the Internet collectively freaked out about... Zellweger's new appearance, questioning whether the actress had undergone extensive plastic surgery. See also: Master Makeup Artist Transforms Into Celebrity Lookalikes Plot twist: Renee Zellweger's new face is actually her Halloween costume. — Anis Tabet (@AnisTabet23) October 22, 2014 I don't think Renee Zellweger looks so bad. She just doesn't look like Renee Zellweger. — Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) October 21, 2014
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Stunning view of solarIndia's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has delivered another sweet treat - a stunning view of our Solar System's largest volcano and the largest canyon.
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Third spacewalk in three weeksSpacewalking astronauts doubled as trash men Wednesday, heaving an old science experiment and two antennas overboard at the International Space Station.
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Apple began accepting online orders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 shortly after the new tablets were announced last week, but if you'd rather not wait for a delivery, you can pick one up in-store... as of today. Apple's own retail outlets now have...
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[GadgeTell] San Francisco moves to make Airbnb legal

Technology Tell - 22 Oct 2014 16:19
[From GadgeTell] The city of San Francisco has moved in the direction of making Airbnb legal.
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[From GadgeTell] It's the dawn of a new era for the stock Android-running Nexus gadget line, as Google intends to target the mainstream, upper-tier tech market with the family's fresh 6 and 9-inch... members.
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Pandora to musicians: Dive onPandora's free AMP service pulls back the curtain on data culled from tens of billions of hours of listening to help musicians market themselves smarter.
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iPad Air 2 and Retina MiniFollowing the launch of pre-orders last Friday, Apple's new iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 models are now making their way into customers' hands and onto retail store shelves. According to The... Inquirer and reports from MacRumors readers, pre-orders are now being delivered, and the tablets are now available for purchase online and in store. Customers in launch countries of the UK and Australia started receiving their tablets today and have already posted unboxing videos. Unlike the iPhone 6 which featured a plain white box, customers report the box for the iPad Air 2 is similar to the original iPad Air with a color representation of the iPad on the cover. Apple's online store also is still accepting orders with delivery dates of 2 to 4 days for most iPad Air 2 models. In-store pickup for...
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Your brain has built-inLatest study suggests that the human brain has a built-in calorie counter that can estimate the caloric value of food items. People may not be able to estimate the calorie count of food but their... brain can.
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Barnes & Nobles' 10.1-inchBarnes & Noble has announced a larger version of its Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet, this time coming equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. Still based on a Samsung tablet, it comes with $200 worth of free... B&N digital content. The post Barnes & Nobles’ 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook boasts that bigger is better appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The tl;dr version of earlyThe early reviews are out for the iMac with Retina 5K display, and the tl;dr version is: if you can afford it, buy it. Everyone of course agrees that the key market for the machine is video... professionals (beating even the base-model Mac Pro in benchmarks), the 5K resolution offering the ability to display full-size 4K video […]
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Russia's Roscosmos space agency and RSCC confirmed that the satellite was healthy and in the intended orbit.
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The Cicret Smart Bracelet putsThe Circret Smart Bracelet, which appeared on Indiegogo not long ago, has now finished its campaign for funding. The result should be a bracelet wearable that can project a touch-controlled screen... onto your arm. The Circet uses a Pico projector to throw...
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Maybach is back: Mercedes toMuch to Rick Ross' dismay, the Maybach brand is dead. Mercedes-Benz is planning to partially revive the moniker next month, however, with a Maybach-badged S-Class debuting at the LA Auto Show. The... post Maybach is back: Mercedes to revive luxury moniker with stretched S-Class at LA Auto Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Herds of Wildebeest Look LikeWildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas — a favorite of both meerkats and PetaPixel — recently captured this time-lapse of the ‘Great Migration’ of wildebeest in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania.... The scope and scale of this migration is hard to fathom, which is why Burrard-Lucas decided on time-lapse as the best possible way to capture it… a series […]
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Where Sitcom Characters LivedMany tours in New York City focus on famous characters from television and the movies, though they usually only focus on the most popular shows — Sex and the City, Friends — and take tourists to... the most recognizable facades. But many current and former favorite characters have lived in the city, and they often even had real addresses. See also: Artist Recreates TV Show Apartments With Intricate Floorplans Nick Carr, a movie-location scout who created the blog Scouting NY, researched the exact addresses of the fictional characters who have called New York home over the years. Real estate blog The Real Deal went a step further, and created a map marking apartment locations:
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Apple Quietly Launched aIn the immediate wake of all the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite hubbub, Apple took a step in Yelp's direction by launching a new service called Apple Maps Connect. Like Yelp, Apple Maps Connect lets people... add small business listings to a directory. Unlike Yelp, that entire directory lives inside Apple Maps--for now.
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Leaked HP Sprout PC mergesHP is taking a shot at fusing the physical and digital worlds with an experimental product called "Sprout." According to Re/code, Sprout is a large all-in-one Windows PC with a projector and 3D... scanner on top. The projector can beam images onto a touch-enabled workspace in front of the screen, while the scanner can capture real-world objects that users can then manipulate in the workspace. Users will be able to resize images and move them around, Re/code reports, but the actual use cases seem vague. The report claims that businesses could help customers with buying decisions, and that home decorators could the change colors or wallpaper of a scanned room image, but it's unclear exactly how Sprout's unique capabilities come into play in those instances. Re/code's sources say the device will...
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Amazon Web Services' directory service will take on Microsoft Azure Active Directory Service in a scrum for centralized cloud identity management.
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Olloclip Revamps Its 4-in-1Once again, a new iPhone design has forced us to update our iPhone accessories. Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 Photo Lens works with both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch 6 Plus, and for the first time, it... works with the phones’ front-facing FaceTime cameras to add a new level of image enhancement to selfies (if you’re into that type of thing). It still includes its classic fisheye, wide-angle 10x and 15 x macros See also: Apple iPhone 6: The Review When Apple first unveiled the iPhone 6 in September, I took a look at my collection of Olloclip add-on photo lenses for the iPhone 5S and realized they were officially obsolete.
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The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.
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Photographing Dancers withLong exposures and second curtain flash combined can help you get awesome photos of dancers. Take these photos for example.
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Drivers on a road in the Netherlands are now being guided by glow-in-the-dark road markings. The N329 in Oss is being used to pilot the concept, which is part of the Smart Highway project by... construction firm Heijmans and design firm Studio Roosegaarde. Glowing Lines is aimed at increasing visibility and safety...
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Fantastical for iPhone andFantastical, one of the most popular third-party calendar apps for iOS, has seen both iPhone and iPad versions updated today with a number of new iOS 8-specific features including a Notification... Center "Today" widget that offers a quick glance at upcoming appointments and to-dos. Also included are a custom app extension that allows users to create events and reminders from any app that properly support share sheets and interactive notifications for tasks such as snoozing event reminders or completing tasks. With the arrival of the new features, Fantastical is now an iOS 8-only app. Fantastical 2.2 for iPad's "Today" widget Fantastical has been a popular option for users due to its clean design and natural language engine that allows users to create appointments and to-dos by simply...
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Now Fantastical can trulyThanks to how apps can hook into each other with Extensibility in iOS 8, third-party developers are able to rival the systemwide functionality of Apple’s stock apps like never before. So is the case... with Flexibits, maker of the popular calendar…
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[From GamerTell] The Sacred Tears TRUE is the underdog.
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In Palo Alto, Even the Hummus"No matter what my investments, I think I will always be famous for my hummus," says the founder of the Wondermall app.
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Fantastical for iOS updated w/Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, the alternative calendar and Reminders app from Flexibits, received a major feature update today for iOS 8 users. If you’re unfamiliar with Fantastical, the ability... to turn text input like “Dinner with Tim tomorrow night at 7pm” into a calendar appointment without fiddling with menus and dials is it’s killer […]
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EMC buys controlling interestEMC has confirmed it will purchase the bulk of Cisco's stake in VCE, the companies' joint venture in converged infrastructure products. News of the deal surfaced late Tuesday. The move means that VCE... will become an EMC business, with Cisco retaining a 10 percent equity stake. It's expected to be completed in the current quarter. VCE CEO Praveen Akkiraju and other senior executives will remain in place and VCE will continue to sell products that combine storage, virtualization and networking technology from EMC, Cisco and VMware, according to Wednesday's announcement.
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I've been looking at pre-release versions of these three distributions. With final releases due in the next few days or weeks, they are shaping up very nicely.
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Keep Kids Occupied DuringPlan to take a trip with kids soon? Conde Nast Traveler suggests you keep them busy during the travel portion by only allowing them to start a new activity every 15 minutes. This makes the... entertainment you brought last longer, and it teaches them patience.
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First Apple Pay ad (fromThe first nation-wide advertisement (or perhaps mention is more appropriate) for Apple Pay hit the airwaves yesterday during game one of the World Series. The ad was a MasterCard production, with a... narrator stating that Apple Pay users are eligible...
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Of Leafy Greens And IntegratedThe Internet of Things is quickly becoming the next frontier in technology and business development.
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When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as "iPad day." Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole... the show. Though the new 27-inch iMac with Retina...
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Draw a Perfect Circle with a Speed Square

Life Hacker - 22 Oct 2014 16:00
Draw a Perfect Circle with aA speed square has many obvious uses for marking up your building materials. Here's a small hidden feature you may not know about: it can also draw perfect circles .
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Sean Parker's Penance for BigSean Parker is building an app to make up for an elaborate wedding he threw last year in a protected redwood forest.
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Gawker Michael Brown Autopsy: Gunshot Wound to Hand, Marijuana in System | io9 How To Force People To Do Anything (And Have Them Thank You For it) | Jalopnik Sweden May Have Mystery Sub Cornered,... Ready To Use Force To Surface It | Kotaku Turn Your Cat into an RPG Character
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This 3-D Martian Picture FeelsGrab your 3-D glasses (you do have a pair handy, right?) and take a look at this latest vista from Mars. This is a view taken by the Opportunity rover that looks at a location nicknamed “Wdowiak... Ridge”, on the rim of Endeavour Crater. This mosaic was obtained Sept. 17 as Curiosity continued its journey […]
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Amazon takes aim atAmazon Web Services wants to become a more central part of enterprise IT with the AWS Directory Service, which both competes and integrates with Microsoft's Active Directory. With the lure of easier... management, Amazon hopes CIOs are willing to trust it with one of their most important applications, the directory. Amazon has been adding all the pieces organizations need to run a complete IT infrastructure in its datacenters, including servers, databases, desktops and now a directory. The directory is an important addition because of the central position it has. Virtually every organization uses a directory service such as Active Directory to allow computers to join domains; list and authenticate users; and to locate and connect to printers, as well as other network services including SQL...
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Pew survey shows women bearAs much as the Internet provides a place to connect, it's also a haven for trolls, bullies, cyberthieves and wackos. Recent incidents targeting women, including GamerGate and the iCloud nude photo... leak, have brought some of the issues to the fore. Now the Pew Research center has quantified some of what's happening. Nearly three-quarters of Internet users have seen some form of harassment play out online--anything from name-calling to sexual harassment--with 40 percent of users experiencing it personally, according to new survey findings due to be posted here on Wednesday. The group's study, their first to tackle online harassment, sought to give a clearer picture of how widespread such harassment is, how it plays out, and how people respond to it. What they found is that some of the most...
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These Are the Creepy 4ChanBoth the amorphous anti-feminist movement Gamergate and last month's extended leak of a huge cache of private celebrity nude photographs--the two biggest internet-based stories in recent memory--have... served as coming-out parties for a small set of anonymous, uncensored image boards that function like 4chan's raggedy stepchildren. Who are these new kids, and where did they come from?
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Apple Launches Maps Connect,Apple has launched Maps Connect, a way for businesses to maintain the information listed in Apple Maps. Any business owner (or authorized rep) can log in and update information about their business... (and while they're at it, show interest in iBeacon. The Mac Observer Spin: It's a smart move by Apple to let people who are in charge of businesses maintain that information. Hopefully this can help improve the Maps experience.
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On Tuesday afternoon, after logging in to Simpsons World, the newly launched website that contains 552 episodes of of my favorite television show of all time, I felt, in the words of Homer at the... Candy Convention, "like a kid in some kind of a store."
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Barnes & Noble is continuing its hardware partnership with Samsung, announcing the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook on Wednesday. The new $299 (after $50 instant rebate) 10.1-inch tablet follows a 7-inch version…
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Nexus 6 ROM port gives aLeaked firmware reveals new Gmail, Calendar and Messenger apps, along with a few surprises ... The most recent Android 5.0 developer preview gave is a pretty good idea of what to expect from Lollipop... when it officially launches. But not every feature from the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 can be found in the current developer build, and what's more the updated Material Design Google apps are also MIA. In recent days, however, a new custom ROM ported from the Nexus 6 has shed some light on Lollipop in a more final form, complete with new Google apps, an updated Messenger app, the long-awaited Google Fit app and a handful of other surprises.
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These Knobs and Sliders TurnThere's a good reason why so many of us still prefer mechanical keyboards and real control boards despite the availability of touchscreen interfaces: In many cases, they give us more control over our... digital worlds. Fans of tactile interfaces will love this project by Florian Born--who created a system that meshes your iPad with arrangeable physical controls.
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Apple CEO Talks Security WithThe meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group said Apple users in China had been targeted in a sophisticated attack.
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This magic math app is likeHere’s a confession: I was terrible at math in school. From Algebra 1 on, I just couldn’t keep the various symbols, numbers, and denominators I was faced with straight, and so I flunked pretty... much every test. But I grew…
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Now Barnes & Noble has aSamsung's latest Nook-branded iteration on its Android tablet line-up has been announced, with Barnes & Noble putting the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 up for sale in-store. Following the existing 7-inch... Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, released back in August, the new version has - unsurprisingly - a bigger, 10.1-inch HD display, but also introduces a new Nook Software update which …
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[From GadgeTell] Magic Leap has received $542 million in a funding round led by Google.
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[From GadgeTell] Riding an unexpected wave of positively glowing reviews, Amazon's highest-end e-book reader to date has started shipping.
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Amazon's Shaving the Price ofUpdate: That was fast, looks like Amazon is sold out for now. Check back later, hopefully they'll have more. n
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Amazon's Shaving the Price ofUpdate: That was fast, looks like Amazon is sold out for now. Check back later, hopefully they'll have more. n
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Haunted Humpday Sale: Save 40%This custom hybrid case is designed to guard your Galaxy Note 3 against impacts with a inner TPU core underneath a durable polycarbonate exterior. The shell features a glossy UV coating that prevents... color fading and wear. You can even separate the skin from the shell if you want to swap colors on the fly. Get yours in black, blue, red, slate or white today for just $17.95!
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Rumor: Sony a7000 Will FeatureNew whisperings in the rumor mill are giving fans of Sony’s E-Mount APS-C cameras (you know, the ones that used to be called NEX) something to look forward to in 2015. No, it’s not the a6100,... we’re talking about a true-blue followup to the NEX-7, supposedly called the a7000. The rumor comes from Sony Alpha […]
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Google Is Making Some MoreNow that Apple Pay is here, you'll soon be hearing more about Google Wallet. Apple has garnered a great deal of attention this week for introducing Apple Pay, but Google Wallet, another NFC-based... solution, has on the market for three yearsGoogle is planning a "couple of ad campaigns" in the fourth quarter for its mobile payment system, according to Sherice Torres, Google's director of marketing for commerce. It's still unclear whether the plan will include TV See also: The Beginner's Guide to Google Wallet Google has advertised Wallet previously; an inaugural ad from 2011 featured Seinfeld's George Costanza and his overstuffed wallet. (That ad has since been removed.)
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Fighting cyber-crime one app at a time

Phys.org - 22 Oct 2014 15:40
This summer Victoria University of Wellington will be home to four Singaporean students researching cyber threats. The students have been working with Dr Ian Welch, a lecturer in Victoria's School of... Engineering and Computer Science, as part of a partnership between Victoria and Singapore Polytechnic.
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New window on the early Universe

Phys.org - 22 Oct 2014 15:40
New window on the earlyScientists at the Universities of Bonn and Cardiff see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from galaxies at the edge... of the Universe. Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy at the dawn of cosmic time. The ALMA radio telescope - which stands at an elevation of 5,000 meters in the Atacama Desert of Chile, one of the driest places on earth - was then used to forge observations of the galaxy, showing how their method improves upon previous efforts.
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You Can Buy One of Apple'sThe Apple-1 was rickety device that couldn't do much, but it sparked a revolution in home computing
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An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent recommendations to strengthen security on net-connected medical devices, the Department of Homeland Security... is launching an investigation into 24 cases of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in hospital equipment and personal medical devices. Independent security researcher Billy Rios submitted proof-of-concept evidence to the FDA indicating that it would be possible for a hacker to force infusion pumps to fatally overdose a patient. Though the complete range of devices under investigation has not been disclosed, it is reported that one of them is an "implantable heart device." William Maisel, chief scientist at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said, "The conventional wisdom...
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Don't blame bad genes causingPoor lifestyle should be blamed for heart attacks and not genes. Adopting a healthy lifestyle may help people with coronary diseases avert heart attacks.
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Apple's two new iPads are earning a range of reviews, depending on the model. The iPad Air 2 is sleeker and faster for those who want more performance. The iPad mini…