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2 Sep 2014 - United States
South America's elusive LulzSecPeru hackers embarrass politicians with dumped emails
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IBM is working with retailers to get the company's cognitive computing system Watson to help customers decide what to wear.
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Sanofi, Regeneron experimentalDealing with heart health is a balancing act. Is this experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron, what millions of cardiovascular disease patients, have been waiting for?
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Slashdot - 2 Sep 2014 04:04
An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago we talked over some of the difficulties faced by makers of autonomous car software, like dealing with weather, construction, and parking garages. Today, the... NY Times has a similar article about delivery drones, examining the safety and regulatory problems that must be solved in addition to getting the basic technology ready. "[R]researchers at NASA are working on ways to manage that menagerie of low-flying aircraft. At NASA's Moffett Field, about four miles from Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., the agency has been developing a drone traffic management program that would in effect be a separate air traffic control system for things that fly low to the ground — around 400 to 500 feet for most drones. Much like the air traffic...
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Man dumps liquid nitrogen onThe band members of Spinal Tap always talked about “the fine line between stupid and clever,” and that’s about all we can think of while watching this latest Ice Bucket Challenge video produced... by chemist Muhammad Qureshi, who decided to one-up everyone else who has taken the challenge so far by pouring liquid nitrogen all over his head. FROM EARLIER: Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming Ice Bucket Challenge video yet For those of you who don’t know your science, nitrogen has to be very cold before it becomes a liquid -- it has a boiling point of '321 °F and a freezing point of '346 °F, so any liquid nitrogen you encounter will be within that temperature range. Because Qureshi knows what he’s doing, however, he
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Why hackers may be stealingWhile conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems, a major worry. The... retailer, which has hundreds of stores across Canada, otherwise had rock-solid security and was compliant with the security guidelines known as the Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS), said VandenBrink, a consultant with the IT services company Metafore. But a simple configuration error allowed him to gain remote access. From there, he found the retailer was vulnerable to the same problem that burned Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, UPS Store and others: card data stored in memory that is vulnerable to harvesting by malicious software.
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Today, the average size of a webpage is 1.7MB--1MB from images--but change is afoot.
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How Safe Is Your Cloud? WhatThe hackers who claimed to have harvested photos of celebs likely used a relatively simple attack that everyday Internet users are also vulnerable to.
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Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully-functional organ inside a mouse; opening the possibility of one day manufacturing compatible organs for transplant without the need for... donors. Using mouse embryo cells, scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine created an artificial thymus gland with the same structure and function as an adult organ. ..
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An anonymous reader writes "Back in August, groups of Russian hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap... reports the hackers have begun using the list to try and access accounts. "Overnight, our intrusion detection systems alerted us to a much higher than normal load against our login systems. ... The group behind this is using the stored usernames and passwords to simulate a web browser login through fake browser software. This software simulates the actual login process a user would use if they are using Firefox/Safari/Chrome to access their Namecheap account. The hackers are going through their username/password list and trying each and every one to try and get into Namecheap user accounts." They...
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When Does Uber Become Cheaper Thanks to the proliferation of local transportation services like Uber, we’re entering a world in which people have less reason to drive everywhere they need to go. But at what point will it... become less expensive to rely on someone else to drive you around rather than driving yourself?
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Ferguson Police Are WearingPolice in Ferguson, Mo., started wearing body cameras this Saturday during the most recent protest following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. by one of the city's police officers,... Darren Wilson.
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Apple Reveals Common ReasonsApple has posted a new page on its developer website (via Cult of Mac) outlining as to why it rejects apps from the App Store, giving tips on how to better prepare an app for a review. The page also... gives the top ten reasons for app rejections during the 7-day period ending last week: Top 10 reasons for app rejections during the 7'day period ending August 28, 2014. 14%: More information needed 8%: Guideline 2.2: Apps that exhibit bugs will be rejected 6%: Did not comply with terms in the Developer Program License Agreement 6%: Guideline 10.6: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected 5%:...
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Alleged Nude Photo HackThe hashtag #IfMyPhoneGotHacked picked up steam since the photos were leaked online.
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You Can Pay $200,000 toDeath is unfathomable and terrifying. We try to stave it off with vitamins, checkups, and exercise, to diminish the awful permanence with beliefs in afterlives and miracles. For some people, that's... not enough. There will be no accepting mortality for believers in cryonics, the process of preserving human bodies at low temperatures with hopes of one day reviving them.
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Windows XP's Market Share Fell According to Net Applications, Windows XP’s global desktop market share fell from 24.82 percent in July, to 23.89 percent in August. That’s just under one percentage point in a full month. At... that pace, it will take more than two years for Windows XP’s market share to fully dissipate.
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If you've going to Germany to experience Oktoberfest for beer and sausages this fall, chances are you might want to stay away from the boar while you're there. A new study from the German government,... reported by The Telegraph, shows that more than one in three wild boar killed by hunters in the region are too radioactive to be safe for humans to eat. Since 2012, hunters in the Saxony region of Germany have had to get any wild boar they kill tested for radiation. In one year, the state reports that 297 of 752 boar tested contained more than the safe limit of 600 becquerels of radioactive material caesium-137 per kilogram for human consumption. Some boar tested had radiation levels dozens of times higher than the safe limit. Some boar...
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How Facebook's newest teen18-year-old Michael Sayman has a new job, as one of Facebook's youngest ever full-time engineers. His family has been struggling financially since the recession, and Sayman will be using his new tech... salary to help support them. How Facebook’s newest teen engineer supported his family with apps until cashing in originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Google holding event in IndiaGoogle has sent out invitations for a press event in India taking place on September 15. The invitation simply says "Block Your Date" for Monday, September 15 at 12 noon, promising more details as the... event approaches. Given recent reports of devices launching in India soon, the event likely revolves around Android One.
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An experimental Ebola vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, will be tested on human volunteers... later this week, according to a statement published on the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, website.
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It's all about the bling sayBoth Samsung and LG have announced extended partnerships with jewellery specialist Swarovski, which results in crystal adorned special editions of each company's latest kit. In Samsung's case, it has... unveiled a new version of the Samsung Gear S smartwatch,...
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact leaksSony is about to kick-off its annual mobile unveiling at IFA in a few days and more last-second photos have leaked of the Xperia Z3 Compact. This time the handset is shown off in a selection of new... colours. Previously Sony has been offering black, white...
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Cashmere is a fine quality wool whose delicate nature generally means a trip to the dry cleaner is required to deal with any stains on an article of clothing made from the material. But now... researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has developed a self-cleaning coating made up of nanoparticles that removes stains from cashmere by exposing the garment to light. ..
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Birds that stray into the paths of aircraft, eat crops, or spread disease from foraging in large numbers at landfills are, at best, a nuisance and, at worst, downright dangerous. Over the years people... have tried everything from scaring them away with loud noises to trapping them - all with varying results. Now a designer from the Netherlands has come up with robotic birds of prey that look and fly exactly like the real thing...
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4.7-inch iPhone 6 makesWhile a good part of the mobile tech world have their eyes on Berlin for IFA 2014 this week, an equally large part might be more interested in what happens next week. Apple is slated to finally put... rumors to rest on September 9 when it unveils the iPhone 6 (or two of them). But before that happens, we get …
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Curved TVs have already been criticized for being gimmicky and superfluous to user needs, but it seems manufacturer LG has been inspired to go one better in the pursuit of absurdity -- it's covered a... curved OLED TV in Swarovski crystals. The model, which LG chooses to call "luxurious" and "quite simply gorgeous" rather than "an upsetting monument to tackiness," is on show at Berlin's IFA technology show this week.
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Fan Funding Lets You DirectlyVery, very few YouTube video creators make any real money off of those pre-roll ads, but that might soon change. Google has launched Fan Funding, a new way to tip your favorite YouTube stars directly... from the video.
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Less than one year ago, 14-year-old Taj Pabari was like any other kid, toiling away on a 3D printer at school (ok, maybe not quite like any other kid). An assignment required the class to sandwich two... pieces of plastic together, but where some students simply saw air, Pabari envisioned the makings of a new kind of educational toy. Fast-forward some 10 months and he finds himself shortlisted for a Young Innovator of the Year award and pitching his product to potential investors. So what is it that has catapulted Pabari from the classroom to rubbing shoulders with industry leaders in the space of a year? Gizmag caught up with the Australian entrepreneur to learn all about his Lego-inspired tablet kits and how he plans on changing the face of IT education. ..
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50-state look at how CommonA state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:
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Samsung Gear S flauntsSamsung's products are no stranger to crystal-studded accessories bearing the illustrious Swarovski name, so this latest addition is definitely not surprise. With this new Gear S Strap, socialites and... fashionistas who wouldn't want to be caught dead wearing a geeky looking piece of technology now have a new option available to them. Samsung and Swarovski have an on-going relationship, aptly …
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Buyer's remorse on Common CoreMillions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse.
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It's been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now... available. This particular version is called...
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To spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math among girls, Girl Scouts of Louisiana East has created a new First LEGO League in Houma for fourth- through eighth-grade girls.
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'Extant' Episodes 7-10 Recap:For the past two weeks, Extant has aired two episodes back-to-back, with 7 to 8 and 9 to 10 each functioning like continuous two-hour mini movies. They marked a turning point for the sci-fi series,... which until now, had been largely lackluster and derivative of other similarly themed shows. While Extant is not necessarily a slow-burn thriller, it took some time for the development of the series' two major plot lines — Molly Wood's alien offspring and the evolution of Humanich Ethan Woods — to pay off. In short, Extant has finally become compelling. See also: 'Extant' Episode 6 Recap: 'We Love Heroes'
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Remember Android One?

Gizmodo - 2 Sep 2014 06:58
Remember Android One? It's Google's program to get manufacturers to develop high-quality, low-cost (less than $100) smartphones running stock versions of Android for developing countries. These... devices, which will be regularly updated just like the Nexus line, now look like they're round the corner.
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Looks like Microsoft has removed the 2GB size limit for uploading files to OneDrive. You can now upload files of pretty much any size. "It's an old limit that we've been working to remove for a long... time now," a Microsoft manager told The Next Web. Good for us. [The Next Web]
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Failing memory is one of the (many) drawbacks of old age, but can also impact younger people suffering stroke, early-stage Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury and cardiac arrest. In a... breakthrough that opens up the potential for new treatments for memory impairments in the young and old, researchers at Northwestern University have shown that electrical stimulation of the brain can improve memory, with the benefits lasting long after treatment. ..
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Review: Oberwerth Freiburg Mini Messenger

The Phoblographer - 2 Sep 2014 06:12
Review: Oberwerth FreiburgThe Oberwerth Freiburg is a camera bag meant for the uber-minimalist.
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storkus writes: The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix about the... difficulties of using Linux on a multitude of motherboards. My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? I'd like to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and 'other' high-end machine with one of the above chips, so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being Windows-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a lousy attitude (despite the Steam Linux distro being under development).
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Experimental Ebola drug ZMappResearchers have been able to prove the efficacy of ZMapp in a trial with 18 monkeys infected with the disease. They found that even at later stages of disease progression, the drug was still able to... combat the disease.
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Mashr Resurrects A Tinder In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new... startup, Mashr, is resurrecting the feature as its central thesis.
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Use of recreational marijuanaCannabis is legal in two states for recreational use, and may be coming soon to several others. But, how does this affect drivers on the road?
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Tel Aviv-based start up Effective Space Solutions claims that its DeOrbiter microsatellites could not only be used to dispose of defunct geosynchronous satellites, but could also rescue a pair of... errant Galileo satellites currently trapped in the wrong orbit and put them back into service...
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LG Curved OLED TV gets a dashAn OLED TV with sexy curves and a crystal-studded stand? Things can't get any more premium, or flamboyant, than that. But that is exactly what LG is adding to its IFA 2014 shelves. The consumer... electronics giant has teamed up with renowned Austrian crystal producer to come up with a limited edition Curved OLED TV that is promised to look …
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(Georgia State University) Researchers in Georgia State University's new Astroinformatics program have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools that can... process large sets of solar astronomy data and allow scientists to perform analyses on scales and detail levels that have not been possible.
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(European Society of Cardiology) Digoxin may increase the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) by approximately 20 percent, according to results from the ROCKET AF trial presented... at ESC Congress today by Dr. Manesh Patel, director of interventional cardiology and catheterisation labs at Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C., US. The findings suggest that caution may be needed when using digoxin in complex AF patients but further studies are needed to confirm the observations.
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(European Society of Cardiology) Health structures explain nearly 20 percent of the non-adherence to heart failure guidelines, according to the results of a joint ESC-OECD study presented today at ESC... Congress by professor Aldo Maggioni. Clinical variables explained more than 80 percent of non-adherence.
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(European Society of Cardiology) The fact that mechanical heart valves increase risks during and after pregnancy, has been confirmed by data from the ROPAC registry presented for the first time today... in an ESC Congress Hot Line session by professor Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink, co-chair with professor Roger Hall of the registry's executive committee. The registry found that 1.4 percent of pregnant women with a mechanical heart valve died and 20 percent lost their baby during pregnancy.
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(Washington State University) Participants in an innovative Washington State University study of deadly force were more likely to feel threatened in scenarios involving black people. But when it came... time to shoot, participants were biased in favor of black suspects, taking longer to pull the trigger against them than against armed white or Hispanic suspects.
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(World Vision) A UNC study found that if local water communities collect fees for repairs and train community members to fix the wells, they can remain in use for decades.
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(Massachusetts General Hospital) Although cannabis -- commonly known as marijuana -- is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators found that 40... percent of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder reported experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence.
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(European Society of Cardiology) A simple awareness campaign in general practice identifies new cases of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research presented at ESC Congress today by professor... Jean-Marc Davy from France.
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Kraft recalls 7,691 cases ofImproper storage of ingredient in Kraft American cheese slices prompts company to order voluntary recall. Kraft said it has received no reports of illnesses.
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Close Your Heart

Slate - 2 Sep 2014 05:45
Even by the standards of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic and one of the poorest cities in the world, Saïdou is poor. Unlike the districts around it, with their neatly packed-in houses... behind walls and gates, Saïdou, which occupies an oblong dirt plot near the city center, resembles a slum in a less orderly African city like Kinshasa or Lagos. That is another way of saying it resembles a village. There are no walls or gates. The one-story cinderblock homes face one another at strange angles. You go between them on dirt paths or by stepping through the undergrowth and over rivulets of gray water. To access Saïdou, you make a quick turn off the Avenue des Martyrs, slipping between a pair of high-rises. The high-rises are falling apart, and their residents are poor, too; but...
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Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Chinese Internet giant Tencent has invested $70 million in DXY (also known as Ting Ting Group), which claims to be the largest online healthcare service community in China. In return, Tencent will... receive a minority equity stake in DXY.
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HTC One E8 lands on Sprint: ASprint has announced that it will be carrying the new HTC One E8 smartphone. This device is similar to the HTC One M8 in many ways, apart from a few key differences that help keep the cost down.
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As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers--mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to... examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but who just might be the most important figure in school reform: the principal?
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Drone sneaks peek at Apple'sA Go Pro strapped to a quad copter offers the best look yet at Apple's "Campus 2," currently under construction.
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Xperia Z3 Compact appearsSony's press event is in about 2 days but of course we will welcome any advanced screening of the OEM's premium-looking devices. This may not be the next Xperia flagship, but these Xperia Z3 Compact... smartphones are still a refreshing sight, especially considering they come in new and bright colors. It seems that Sony has swapped out the black, white, …
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Review: A new look at theWhere are you going to hang your matching canvas? The post Review: A new look at the Nuvango iPhone 5c case appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] The good news for all you iPhone 5c owners who aren't upgrading to the iPhone 6 is that you can go ahead an order your Nuvango iPhone 5c case now.
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If you're anything like us, you've already made millions of dollars on Bitcoin. But how to keep it safe from loved ones, co-workers and other people we don't trust? Sound Wallet promises to keep your... private access keys secure as encrypted audio,...
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PAX Prime: Producer of HaloHalo developer 343 Industries announces that the upcoming live-action series of "Halo" is happening at the remaining fragment of Alpha Ring. The fragment now orbits an unidentified sun.
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Namecheap says accountsHosting provider Namecheap said Monday hackers compromised some of its users' accounts, likely using a recently disclosed list of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords compiled by Russian hackers. The... "vast majority" of login attempts have failed, wrote Matt Russell, vice president of hosting, on a company blog. The attackers are trying brute-force attempts to gain control of accounts, which involves repeatedly trying different usernames and passwords until the right combination grants access. "As a precaution, we are aggressively blocking the IP addresses that appear to be logging in with the stolen password data... as well as making this data available to law enforcement," Russell wrote.
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How To Present A Successful Hackathon Demo

TechCrunch - 2 Sep 2014 05:00
How To Present A Successful It’s sad to stay up for three days building something awesome only to bomb the demo presentation. It’s no surprise it happens: you’re exhausted and racing to finish your project, with little... time to plan your words, and only a few minutes to say them. So here’s some advice on how to give a great hackathon presentation.
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Millions of historic photos,More than 12 million historic images which are copyright-free and fully searchable will soon be accessible to anyone who has Internet connection. The project is being spearheaded by Kalev Leetaru.
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The list of potential winners of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE has been whittled down to 10. The aim of the project is to make science fiction science fact, encouraging the creation of a medical... scanning device that would mimic some of the key functions of the iconic Star Trek tricorder, allowing consumers access to reliable, easy to use diagnostic equipment any time, anywhere, with near instantaneous results...
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Google’s plans for “High quality, affordable” handsets will be unveiled on 9/15.
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[From In-Car Tech] Tiny it may be, but the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit subcompact hatchback has earned a Top Safety Pick Rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Author Compares Women inSYDNEY — On Australian panel show Q&A, author Jane Caro caused a stir when she said women in traditional marriages could be considered prostitutes. During the all-female panel discussion on Monday... night, the thought leaders were asked for their views on prostitution as a conscious choice in the Western world. See also: American Kids Eat Vegemite, React With Absolute Disgust The question stemmed from an interview with former journalist Amanda Goff on television show Sunday Night, during which she revealed she had chosen a new career path in prostitution as a high-class escort earning $5,000 a night. In the interview, Goff said, "Nobody is taking advantage of me anymore. I'm going to become empowered".
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[From In-Car Tech] A factory Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit promises to give your Honda CR-Z Hybrid the kick you always wished it had.
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There are few things that scream class more loudly than coating a piece of consumer electronics in gold. Except, perhaps, for doing the same thing, but with Swarovski crystals. That's the truth-bomb... that LG has just deposited into our laps, having...
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Become a living room fighterEver wanted your own jet fighter? Perhaps a life-sized cardboard cockpit with enough space for your gaming chair and rig is the next best thing.
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NASA Is Making a TrafficNASA is not down with drones flying around town all willy-nilly and potentially electrocuting North West. The space agency is developing an air traffic control network near Moffat Field, California... for unmanned aircrafts at 400 to 500 feet meant to put regulations in place.
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The ins and outs of Docker

ZDNet - 2 Sep 2014 03:47
Containers are a tool currently seeing growth in uptake, with organizations taking advantage of the ability to develop and deploy a variety of applications with incredible efficiency.
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Elgato announces Eve homeEverything has pretty much stopped in North America for Labor Day (except for perv hackers), but IFA 2014 is ramping up in Germany and Elgato is using this event to debut a new lineup of smart... accessories. The announcement encompasses three major new products: Eve, Avea, and Smart Power. Elgato Eve is easily the most compelling new product in this […]
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FreeCharge, Which Gives Users FreeCharge, an India-based online platform that lets user earn coupons when they add money to their prepaid mobile phone plans or pay utility bills online, has raised a $33 million Series B from... returning investor Sequoia Capital, as well as Sofina, and RuNet.
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LinkedIn Is Quietly Retiring A little autumn cleaning underway at LinkedIn. The company is quietly retiring InMaps, a tool that let you map out how your LinkedIn network looks. A notice on the InMaps homepage notes that today,... September 1, is the last day for you to use it, and that it is being discontinued so that LinkedIn “can focus on developing new ways to visualize your professional network.” As of…
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Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents, a new study shows, but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also... be beneficial for their mental health.
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The quality of the US diet showed some modest improvement in the last decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality... widened between the rich and the poor.
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Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those... watching an interview program.
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This LG G Watch charging dock looks gorgeous

Android Central - 2 Sep 2014 03:11
This LG G Watch charging dockLooking for a great way to charge your LG G Watch that's not boring or ugly? The standard G Watch charging base works well (we love the magnets) but it lacks in the sexy department. A lot. A small... start-up from Sydney Australia aims to change that with their Indiegogo campaign for the Moduul smartwatch dock.
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Security researcher Brian Krebs gets sent some pretty weird stuff from fans. His latest in bizarre snail mail booty: A packet full of fake cash.
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NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet... off the ground -- much lower than conventional aircraft -- at its Moffett Field base around four miles from Google's Mountain View headquarters. The system would check for other low-flying drone traffic, help the small unmanned vehicles avoid buildings, and scan for adverse weather conditions that might knock a drone out of the sky.
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Apparently, the world needs another smart lightbulb, and Elgato's going to sell it to you. Called Avea, the $50 bulb connects to your iDevice directly using Bluetooth (no external hub needed), and... lets you set the mood in any room with an appropriate...
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Follow Space Photo of the Day on Twitter The 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery The 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery For caption information and links to high-resolution images, please... use the full-screen version of this gallery. For more mind-blowing space photos, see the entire WIRED Space Photo of the […]
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Cuba Cracks Down on WhatOver the last five years, travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased to the point where travelers now bring in as much as $2-billion worth of products annually. But new... restrictions enforced Monday — an attempt by the Cuban government to crack down on abuses, and likely to increase tax revenue and boost local business — could greatly affect what is brought into the country. See also: The Internet in Cuba: 5 Things You Need to Know Usually, passengers on flights arriving from Miami are carrying duffel bags crammed with goods, ranging from everyday items like soap and socks to luxury items like bicycles, big-screen televisions and game consoles. Travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that the new restrictions would leave their families wanting. They...
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The team behind the Zen thermostat believe that competitor devices that attempt to simplify things for users by taking into account various data actually end up being more complicated and overloaded... with features that go unused. To that end, the Zen thermostat has been designed with real simplicity in mind, in both form and function...
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Jennifer Lawrence, failed byWe've all been naive to believe that there is any sort of true security on the Web. The case of the mass leaking of naked celebrity pictures is just one example.
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EMC A Leader In Mobile App UIMobile devices have created a renaissance for user interface designers that are simultaneously trying to exploit their attributes of tactile, high-resolution screens accessible in any situation, while... mitigating their drawbacks of limited screen real estate, lack of a physical keyboard and a single app per screen focus. Together, these create both opportunities and challenges for application developers. With at least 1.2 million titles on Apple’s App Store having been collectively downloaded over 75 billion times, and Google’s Android Play Store reporting nearly identical numbers, it’s clear mobile apps are big business with a huge audience.
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Joan Rivers Reportedly BroughtJoan Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers said on Sunday that she is keeping her "fingers crossed" for the comedian's full recovery, as doctors begin to bring her back from a medically induced coma,... according to a report Rivers remains in "serious" condition, and the family is considering legal action, Melissa said, according to New York Daily News. See also: Joan Rivers Is 'Resting Comfortably,' Placed in Medically Induced Coma The 81-year-old comedian went into cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure on her throat on Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was placed in a coma for her safety
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At a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Sony and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for PlayStation 3 and 4, the first game in the impossibly-big-in-Japan series to hit PlayStation platforms... in close to a decade. It's a Dynasty Warriors-style action game produced in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, and could give Sony a sales boost next year; the PS4 hasn't been performing well in Japan so far, with a distinct lack of titles that appeal to the local market. All of this is fairly interesting if you're a Dragon Quest fan or are into Japanese games. If you're neither of those things, though, just look at this awesome Dragon Quest Metal Slime edition PS4 that will accompany the game. It's decked out in silver and emblazoned with...
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Atari founder: Simple sells,Flappy Bird has a sequel called Swing Copters, but will it attain anywhere near the same success as Flappy Bird? We speak with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell to find out. The post Atari founder: Simple... sells, but Flappy Bird’s creator will struggle to do it twice appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Spin your stacks of wax andVinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable, but you don't have to lay down a small fortune to get... one. Here's our top five turntable picks under $500. The post Spin your stacks of wax and look good doing it with these slick turntables under $500 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Australian aerial delivery drone developer Flirtey has struck an R&D partnership with the University of Nevada in Reno that will see the tertiary institution take an equity stake in the local startup.
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Customize your PS4 and PS VitaThe success of the PlayStation 4 in the international market has been well-documented, but that doesn’t mean Sony’s latest home console is without its own unique flaws. In our review last fall, we... noted that the app stream on the dashboard was going to become problematic as the PS4’s library began to expand, yet Sony still hasn’t found a way to address the issue in any of its recent updates. In the meantime, the company plans to distract us with dashboard themes. Sony announced at its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference that themes will be coming to the PS4 and PS Vita. The themes will allow PS4 owners to customize their home screens with new wallpapers, icons and sounds based on their favorite
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Website of the day: Booja Booja

Pocket-lint - 2 Sep 2014 02:00
Website of the day: BoojaMay we present a potentially life changing recommendation: boojabooja.com? Why is it so significant? Because, as you might recall, we love chocolate over here at Pocket-Lint. We're connoisseurs.... Experts. Fanatics, when it comes to the cocoa-based confectionary...
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Apple, FBI investigate allegedThe FBI and Apple Inc. said they are looking into reports that someone stole nude photos of celebrities and posted the racy images online.
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BoJack Horseman, the latest Netflix original series, is a good show. Unlike Netflix breakouts like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, it's not getting a ton of attention... but it deserves a... wide viewership, or at least as wide a viewership a droll adult animated comedy can get. The cast is dynamite. Will Arnett plays the titular jaded, anthropomorphized steed, while Allison Brie, Aaron Paul, and perfect human Amy Sedaris all contribute stellar turns as Bojack's biographer, friend, and agent.
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Survivor Singer Jimi JamisonSurvivor and Cobra frontman Jimi Jamison died of a heart attack Sunday night in Los Angeles, according to a report published Monday. He was 63. The energetic Cobra singer who later joined Survivor in... 1984 after the band's frontman Dave Bickler (who was the voice on "Eye of the Tiger") left because of vocal-health issues See also: 'Such a Brilliant Human Being': Jeff Bridges Mourns Robin Williams Mashable has reached out to Jamison's manager, promoter and booking agent for details about his death. We'll update this post when we receive a response TMZ broke the news Monday night, citing Jamison's booking manager Sally Irwin.
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First Neanderthal Rock Art Revealed | Video

Live Science - 2 Sep 2014 01:49
First Neanderthal Rock ArtArchaeologists excavating a cave in Gibraltar discovered rock engravings that may have been created by Neanderthals more than 30,000 years ago.
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The iOS Dock sits at the bottom of our iPhone, ipod touch, and iPad home screen, intended to hold the most commonly used apps for quicker launching. While it’s well known that you can customize the... apps that are contained within the Dock, what’s lesser known is that you can actually reduce the number of ...
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Aussie Football Players DressSYDNEY — Two Australian Football players are at the centre of a costume controversy after they dressed up as entertainer Rolf Harris, recently convicted for indecent assaults on children, and a... young girl. Dean Terlich wore an eccentric coat, grey facial hair and glasses to dress up as the disgraced Australian music icon, while his Melbourne Demon teammate Alex Georgiou wore a red dress with a wig with pigtails. The incident happened during Mad Monday celebrations, a party to celebrate the end of the football season that traditionally involves heavy drinking. See also: American Kids Eat Vegemite, React With Absolute Disgust
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It's time. This week NFL football is back (and so are the Engadget HD Podcast fantasy leagues), and the season kicks off Thursday night as the Packers face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks... on NBC. Boardwalk Empire on HBO starts its final...
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There's been no shortage of parts leaks and even "leaked" iPhones assembled from various parts on the internet in the past few weeks. But the latest leak of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, from Russian... YouTuber user Rozetked, might just be the best we've seen so far. As the camera slowly pans over the assembled device, you can get a clear look at the curved edges, large antenna bands, and relocated power button. As 9to5Mac notes, you can also get a (brief) look at the white front panel and compare the space gray color to the iPhone 5S (spoiler: the colors look very similar.) Everybody is expecting both a 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch version at Apple's event on September 9th, not to mention the iWatch. It will be an event so big that Apple...
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Tables, Tablets, Data And Eating

TechCrunch - 2 Sep 2014 01:00
Tables, Tablets, Data And Restaurants as we know them have remained the same for over two hundred years, and fables about amazing restaurant tech have inevitably leapt to futuristic ideas: robot waiters, food printers,... talking refrigerators. Today’s reality is far more interesting and complex than those sweeping visions. A tsunami of technology, both from established industry providers such as POS and IT…
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Harness Your Mind's 'FutureWe don't stick to our resolutions and future goals because our minds don't think of our future selves as "us." But instead of fighting this inherent bias, you can use it and tweak it to make better... long-term decisions.
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An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it's not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is... beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of these issues, a group of developers started work on Tox, which aims to rebuild the functionality of Skype with an emphasis on privacy. "The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there's no central hub to snoop on or take down."
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FBI Addressing Leak Of Nude Celebrity Photos

The Huffington Post - 2 Sep 2014 00:55
FBI Addressing Leak Of NudeANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had... been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images. Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn't be...
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Virtual Reality Tech Lets YouMiraisens says its "3-D Haptics" technology allows users to "experience the presence of objects as if their entity existed there physically."
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Grover Norquist Had an AwesomeWhen some Burning Man veterans heard that Washington, D.C.-based anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist was planning to attend their favorite desert festival for the first time this year, an eyebrow or two... was raised Surely this conservative campaigner, creator of the tax-cutting pledge that still binds the hands of nearly every GOP lawmaker, would turn his nose up at something that outsiders often mistake for an ultra-liberal hippy holiday? See also: Burning Man Isn't What You Think, and Never Has Been Well, the verdict is in: Norquist had an awesome time. So much so, in fact, that he's already planning on coming again in 2015 — and bringing the kids next time.
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For several months, rumors have been pointing toward a new Google Nexus tablet supplied by HTC -- possibly in conjunction with the release of Android "L" -- and a new report from Android Police... suggests that there could be a high-tech cover to go along with it. The cover is said to have several creases on on side so that the tablet can be propped up at one of a number of angles (similar to Apple's Smart Covers, among others), while the other side would have a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard cover has been front and center at every Microsoft Surface launch; with Android, though, not so much. The keyboard apparently pairs over Bluetooth 4.0, which would eliminate the need for a finicky pogo pin connection with the tablet, and a 450mAh...
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Ahead of new rumored NexusAhead of a rumored and hyped new Nexus announcement this fall, leaks are beginning to emerge for custom, official accessories for the Android slate as a result of a collaboration between HTC and... Google. We are now seeing a custom charging keyboard folio case with flip cover, which looks similar in concept to Microsoft's Type keyboard for the Surface line of Windows tablets.
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AV Club: Star Trek is more than pop culture; it's 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. "Beam me up" and "live long and prosper" may have invaded the cultural lexicon, but Star Trek... is particularly intimidating for the uninitiated. Where to start and what to skip are up for debate even among the most hardcore Trekkies and Trekkers (the fandom can't even decide on a name for itself). I'm sure there's little in this guide for the Star Trek fans reading this but if you know of someone who has just arrived on our planet, this is a helpful primer.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Education: Gear for Your Brain

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:49
Education: Gear for Your BrainYour brain is gear. Keep it in tune by providing it regular doses of education. A well-written and info-packed photo technique book is a screaming bargain in the long run. You're essentially renting... someone's brain. I have dedicated an entire bookshelf page to my very favorite lighting (and other photo) books for your consideration. All are well-considered and are, I believe, the very best examples in their genre.__________But beyond that I would suggest you consider the occasional workshop. Nothing beats a hands-on, small class with a solid pro who knows things you would like to know. It is a super growth experience, and something you really owe yourself if you are passionate about learning to be a better photographer.At this point severe time constraints limit my ability to teach. But in...
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Don't worry, GTA V is stillOne of the most anticipated next-gen titles of the holiday season is already out… but just not on the platforms we want it. Rockstar Games announced at E3 2014 that Grand Theft Auto V would be... making the transition to the PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall, but three months later, we haven’t heard or seen any new signs of the highly anticipated port. Rumors began to spread that GTA V might be delayed, but Rockstar wants to ensure fans that the game is still on track. One fan took to the Rockstar Support forums to express his concern that GTA V wouldn’t make it to PC by the end of the year. This was the developer’s response: I’m
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Choosing Cases and Carts

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:44
Choosing Cases and CartsYou can't exactly put this stuff in your pocket. And what you get to carry it around will be largely driven by, well, what you care carrying around.Most of you will end up using two small lights with... stands and mods and a modest bag of camera gear. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You can do a ton of cool stuff with two speedlights. I have gone far past that level of gear in the past, and often to my regret.If that's you, grab the shoulder-slung camera bag of your choice. Then augment it with this:The LumoPro Padded Lighting Case is cheap ($30), lightweight, protective and perfect for a two-speedlight lighting kit. It'll carry two compact stands, speedlights, mods and various doo-dads perfectly.__________If you need to go beyond that, I'd take a serious look at ThinkTank bags for...
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Choosing Hard and Specialty Modifiers

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:39
Choosing Hard and SpecialtyWe tend to start out using soft light at a 45-degree angle because it is an easy fix, and it's hard to go seriously wrong doing that.But there are all kinds of light mods, and often choices other than... default soft ¾ light can be more interesting. My favorites are snoots, grids and ring adapters.Snoots are like little tunnels you attach to your flash to block part of the light beam. Snoots are not rocket science -- we are just blocking some light. And cardboard works just fine to create tight zones of light that you can use to create something like the photo above.For grid spots, which work like snoots but have a much more beautiful fall-off to the edge of the light, you can DIY them out of straws but it is a pain in the ass and not really worth the effort for many. My advice? Get a Honl...
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Choosing Soft Modifiers

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:36
Choosing Soft ModifiersEditor's note: In 2011 I wrote a full post on my four favorite soft modifiers. No changes since then. These are still my go-to's, for reasons explained below. So I am reprinting this in the gear... selection module. -DHWith the gazillion or so soft light mods out there, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the choices available. And while I have probably shot with more of them that I would care to admit, there are four soft mods that I go back to again and again.As it happens, these four are reasonably priced, too. (Which may well be what attracted me to them in the first place, of course.)__________Soft is RelativeSo, which of the light sources above is the softest? The one in the back, right?Not necessarily. The 60" source in back is not as soft at 10 feet away from your subject as the 8x9"...
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Last week, a video from Feld & Volk depicted a nearly complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that was assembled from various iPhone 6 parts, giving us a clear picture of what the finished device might look like... ahead of its September 9 debut. A second video has surfaced from Russian YouTube channel Rozetked (via 9to5Mac), depicting another near-complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next to an iPhone 5s. Like the iPhone 6 from Feld & Volk, the iPhone 6 depicted in the video appears to have been assembled from various iPhone parts, showing off a space gray rear shell with both a black and white front plate. In the video, the iPhone 6 is displayed next to the iPhone 5s at several different angles, showing off all of the design differences between the two phones. Aside from the iPhone 6's larger size, it is also...
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Man Who Inspired the IceThe 29-year old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS research through the Ice Bucket Challenge now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood. Pete Frates and wife... Julie Frates welcomed the birth of a 7 pound, 8 ounce baby girl named Lucy Fitzgerald Frates on Sunday morning, according to Boston television station WCVB. The new parents made the announcement on their Facebook page
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Choosing Light Stands

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:29
Choosing Light StandsLight stands are designed to oppose gravity. Pretty simple. And the designs are, for the most part, pretty similar. I think of light stands as being in three categories: normal stands, compact stands... (seen just above) and specialty stands such as C-stands. For light stands I like LumoPro for many of the same reasons I like the LumoPro LP180 speedlight. Their stands are well-built, reasonably priced and guaranteed out the wazoo. LumoPro has good service, too, should you need to replace a broken knob or bolt or whatever.Honestly, it makes me wonder why other manufacturers don't warranty their grip gear like this. Seems like a no-brainer, if you are making good stuff.For normal, full-sized stands, I like the 10-foot LumoPro LP608. It is air-cushioned, has a five-year warranty and costs $45....
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Roland targets TB-303 and liveRoland has gushed a bevy of new audio products, including a sync box that helps laptop musicians play nicely with classic kit like the SH-101 and TB-303, a S1LKi-based mobile audio interface, and a... UFO-styled session mixer. Meanwhile, Roland also targets the entry-level with a new V-Drum kit intended to fit more discretely into smaller spaces like bedrooms, and a …
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Choosing Triggers

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:19
Choosing TriggersThis is pretty simple and straightforward advice. First, start with a wire. Yep, a simple sync cable. It is cheap and reliable, and a great backup to have for when your wireless triggers decide to go... all hinky on you. Which they sometimes will. Because, radio.If you chose your flash wisely, you'll not be locked into expensive, proprietary PC-based cords. I live in a one-eighth-inch sync ecosystem and could not be happier with it. As such, my current favorite universal camera-to-flash cord is this little 16-foot baby from FlashZebra.com. I wish everything in my life was this simple.Next, promise me this: that you will never again buy a flash without a good built-in slave. Every flash I have recommended to you has one. Don't be without it. That makes triggering multiple units much easier,...
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Apple HR chief DeniseApple’s Vice President of Global Human Resources Denise Young-Smith emailed all Apple employees last week regarding diversity and inclusion. The email continues Apple’s recent string of events to... promote diversity within the company. In mid-August, Apple released diversity data and held events on campus to promote inclusion. Young-Smith was promoted to head of all Apple […]
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Choosing Lights

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:09
Choosing LightsBecause big lights and small lights each bring a different set of considerations to the party, I am splitting my recommendations into speedlights and "studio lights." (Although I hate that term.) For... speedlights, you have to decide if you wanna drive stick or automatic--AKA manual or TTL. I live in manual mode, which means I sacrifice some convenience for reliability and repeatability. It also means I can pay about a third as much for each of my flashes.If you live by TTL, you will die by TTL. Or, at least your wallet will die a small, unnecessary death every time you need to purchase a flash.__________For manual speedlights, I wholeheartedly recommend the LumoPro LP180, about which I go into far more detail here. It's built like a tank, syncs four different ways, has a fluid and intuitive...
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blottsie writes In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an... "Internet slowdown day" later this month. No actual traffic will be slowed down. Instead, participating sites will display embeddable modules that include a spinning "loading" symbol and information about contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House, and members of Congress.
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FBI and Apple Probe AllegedThe computer giant says it takes privacy "very seriously" and the feds are "addressing the matter."
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Choosing Lenses

Strobist - 2 Sep 2014 00:03
Choosing LensesIf you date your cameras, you marry your lenses. That's because, unlike digital cameras, a well-chosen lens can serve you for a very long time.I still have one lens that I bought thirty two years ago.... And I bought it used. I doubt that will be the case with any of my digital cameras, ever.In the past, I was a lens speed freak and was willing to spend great sums of money to have very fast glass. I now realize that lust was misplaced. If I had it to do over again (and I do, and have) I would lean more on reasonably fast primes and here's why.Moderately fast primes are (much) lighter, (much) cheaper and often just as sharp (or sharper) than their speedy siblings. For Nikon shooters, the Nikon 28, 50 and 85 f/1.8 trio of lenses are great examples of this. They weigh next to nothing in my bag...
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Browser Extension Tells YouIf getting online while you're on the road is important to you, slow Wi-Fi at hotels can be a pain A browser extension launched Monday wants to help travelers avoid the hassle of bad Internet... connections by adding information about hotel Wi-Fi speeds and quality, on top of what is already available on popular booking sites. See also: 14 Unique Hotels for an Extraordinary Vacation In July, Hotel Wi-Fi Test announced its rankings of hotels according to Wi-Fi speed and quality. Now, it's integrated that information into popular booking and travel sites through an extension that works on Chrome and Firefox browsers, showing Wi-Fi information on Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Booking.com and TripAdvisor.
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[From GamerTell] The Gaming Channel reviews the August 2014 Betoyo Bento box, which features novelties from series like Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon.
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Answer 'What Do You Do?' byWhen you are meeting someone new, at some point, they'll probably ask, "So what do you do?" If you want to make a good first impression , answer by discussing how you solve problems.
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Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

The New York Times - 1 Sep 2014 23:58
Brainy, Yes, but Far FromRobots still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.
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The Walking Dead: The Game -The ending shows us that the writers never had any ideas for this season. The post The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2, Eps. 4 & 5 for OS X review appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] In The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2, this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with an unsatisfying sequel to one of the most acclaimed games in recent time.
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Apple Fixes iCloud SecurityApple closed a gap in iCloud security over the holiday weekend, a gap that facilitated brute-force password breaking. The move comes in the wake of celebrity nude photos that were allegedly stolen... from PhotoStream iCloud storage and distributed online. Apple issued a statement on Monday saying it was actively investigating the reports.
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This week's sidebar poll:Here comes the silly season We hope you're buckled in and ready for yet another wild ride in the mobile space this week! We've got boots on the ground in Berlin, New York, Chicago and Cupertino to see... all sorts of new stuff from names you know and already love. We'll be covering everything from IFA -- including Samsung who is putting on a show in New York as well -- and many more big names in tech. We're also hoping to see what Motorola has in store with briefings in Chicago and Berlin, and there's a little company named Apple who should be showing us at least one new phone, and maybe even a wearable of their own. So what has you the most excited?
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'Sext abstinence education' is about as effective as telling people not to have sex before marriage.
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Choosing a Camera

Strobist - 1 Sep 2014 23:48
Choosing a CameraThere is no perfect camera. So get that idea out of your head right now. Far better to think of any camera as a set of compromises. Size, speed, image quality, low-light performance, price, etc., can... all be features--and they can all be liabilities.You want image quality? Get an 11x14" film camera. Great for detail and tonal range. But sucks for action sequences / portability / low light performance.Every camera is a compromise in at least one area. So to start, list your most important features on a sheet of paper and let that guide your choosing strategy.__________• If you want best-possible image quality, you might sell your car/house/plasma and buy a digital medium format camera. • If you need super long glass and/or FPS speed (sports, nature, etc.) maybe grab a fast Nikon (or...
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Vortex VR turns LG G3 intoAn LG-powered virtual reality headset which relies on the G3 smartphone has beaten Samsung's well-rumored Gear VR to market, helped along the way with 3D printing. Vortex VR's VRTX I is effectively a... head-mount for the LG G3, relying on the smartphone's 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display to deliver high-res graphics for each eye. According to the company, thanks to …
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Apple Publishes The Top 10 Whether you’ve ever built an iOS app or not, you’ve probably heard tales of how frustrating it can be to get Apple’s stamp of approval. But why does Apple reject apps? What are the big... mistakes that most developers make?
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In-depth, high-qualityWe now have our best look yet at the iPhone 6 until Apple officially launches the device on September 9th. Russia-based YouTuber Rozetked has put together what appears to be a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (hands... on footage of the 5.5-inch model went online this morning) with several of the leaked components that we’ve seen all over the […]
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Why Beats headphones are soBeats headphones aren’t exactly beloved in the audiophile community and yet Dr. Dre’s company still gets away with charging an obscene $300 per pair for its Beats Studio Headphones. Why? A new... MKBHD video that went viral over the weekend does a nice job of breaking things down: Basically, Beats can get away with charging so much more for its headphones thanks to the magic of branding. MKBHD sharply observes that Beats was the first headphones company to really take branding and packaging seriously, which is appropriate enough seeing as how the company that just bought Beats for $3 billion is also well known for its branding and packaging prowess. Having Beats founded by Dr. Dre is also obviously a
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Iceland's Bardabunga VolcanoThe Bardabunga volcano in Iceland continues to put on quite a show, with lava pouring out of a gash, or fissure, in the ground The latest fissure eruption, which began on Sunday, could go on for... weeks, if not longer. It may also lead to a greater hazard — an explosive eruption that sends large clouds of ash into the air and melts glacial ice, causing flooding. See also: Incredible Photos Show Papua New Guinea Volcano Spewing Ash, Lava Such ash clouds are hazardous to modern jet aircraft, and an explosive eruption in Iceland could snarl trans-Atlantic air traffic again — as when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010
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Apple is such an opaque company that even app developers can be left, out in the cold, wondering why their app was rejected from the app store. Thankfully, the company does have some sympathy for... those dejected coders, which is why it's published a...
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Is It Safe For You To Use theThese four tips can help protect your information online
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Trans fat labels on productsFoods labeled "0 gram" of trans fat can still contain amounts of the cholesterol-increasing ingredient, study finds. FDA loophole allows foods with 0.5 grams per serving to list as "0 grams."
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An anonymous reader writes Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have used a program named Ash 3D to predict the impact of a Yellowstone volcano eruption, and found that cities within 300... miles from Yellowstone National Park may get covered by up to three feet of ash. From the article: "Ash3D helped the researchers understand how the previous eruptions created a widespread distribution of ash in places in the park's periphery. Aside from probing ash-distribution patterns, the Ash3D can also be used to identify potential hazards that volcanoes in Alaska may bring."
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Just a Baby Bulldog Playing Peak-A-Boo

Twisted Sifter - 1 Sep 2014 23:10
Just a Baby Bulldog Playing  Peak-a-boo! I see you! Watch Benny, an adorable English bulldog puppy playing a game of peak-a-boo.    
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Mercedes decided to take aFirst there was glamping, injecting a little glamour into dull, pedestrian camping; now, Mercedes-Benz wants to crank that up to 11 with its latest bizarre Zetros version, a luxury mobile home with... the off-roading capability of a Unimog. The carbon fiber vehicle targets outdoors-types for whom the thought of exploring the wilderness without bringing natural stone floors, real-wood furniture, and …
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A hacker may have been responsible for leaking explicit photos of celebrities due to a weak link in their Apple iCloud accounts. Here's what you can do to keep your embarrassing selfies (and company... secrets) out of the public eye.
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Apple 'actively investigating'Company's online storage service said to be source of a large cache of private nude celebrity images.
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Where You Are Is Who You Are Where your cloud data is stored is, increasingly, critical to determining who controls it. Though many around the globe have become concerned about data storage in the United States, there are worse... alternatives. Imagine, for example, if your personal data were stored on a cloud server in China, a nation-state actor well known for conducting cyber espionage against U.S. businesses and…
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GuiaBolso Brings Mint-style Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com. In August a new, homegrown entry raced onto Brazil’s top 10 most downloaded apps. It’s a list... usually cluttered by American-made social media, music and gaming apps; but GuiaBolso, a Mint-style personal finance app joined the App Store on July 2 when Brazil was mid-way through…
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Elgato Smart Power watchesElgato wants to take care of your iPhone power on the move with Smart Power. The Elgato Smart Power is an external battery with a difference. Rather than just sit there as a dumb battery, the Smart... Power app will keep track of the battery's charge, so...
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Apple 'actively investigating'Apple is “actively investigating” if and how iCloud is to blame for the hacking of numerous celebrity accounts. Dozens of nude and scandalous photos were posted on the internet over the weekend... featuring famous actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst.…
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Posting of celeb pics exposes the weakest links in cloud services, smartphones.
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Apple partners up to makeThe iPhone 6 will change the way many people purchase products, according to insiders. While mobile payment systems already exist, the iPhone 6's NFC chip and Apple's virtual wallet are expected to... deliver the infrastructure required to draw the masses.
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Study Claims Cave Art Made byCave art suggest Neanderthals may have been cleverer than thought, study claims
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'Dragon Quest' on a mobileSony attempts to propel Japan's adoption rate of the PS4 with a new 'Dragon Quest' game. Publisher Square Enix says new 'Dragon Quest' will make its way to mobile devices soon.
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Your Digital Life: Don't be aUSA WEEKEND columnist Steven Petrow offers advice about digital etiquette.          
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Vox: Today is the anniversary of noteworthy event. Exactly 100 years ago -- on September 1, 1914 -- the passenger pigeon was driven to extinction. You may not have heard of this species. But there... were once incomprehensibly huge numbers of these birds. When Europeans first arrived to North America, there were somewhere between three and five billion of them in existence. (In comparison, there are now around 10.8 million common pigeons on the continent today.) At the time, they were probably the most numerous bird species on the planet. Kind of scary to think that, if we can kill off a population of this size in a short period of time, what other damage can we do to the other species on our planet?∞ Read this on The Loop
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Apple Is Investigating theApple is investigating several iCloud account violations that may have resulted in hackers spreading leaked photos of naked female celebrities online.
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Rare Leica MP Titanium LimitedA handful of years ago, a limited edition Leica camera went on sale at the Leica Store Ginza in Tokyo. As with limited editions, the Leica MP Titanium had a limited run of 150, all of them only... available in Japan. That has changed for one lucky (future) buyer, with a single camera going on sale in Miami. The Leica …
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The Sisu Social: Can FinnsHow many mainland Americans, as children, learn that the Eskimos have more words for snow than we – mere mortals -- can even imagine?  As a boy growing up in sixties in New York, I was exposed to... more words for venting, complaining, and otherwise toughing out life’s many indignities.  The language was New York street Yiddish, from which I learned to kvetch when I am wont, schlep when I must, and turn on the chutzpah, when appropriate.  Like the old ad from that era said, you don’t need to be Jewish to love rye bread.  And you don’t need to be a member of the tribe – I am Puerto Rican, with some uncertain Jewish ancestry -- to benefit from its basic cultural strengths.
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Cubot is a fun, minimalist puzzler

TUAW - 1 Sep 2014 22:30
For fans of shape-based slide puzzles, such as the Rubick's Cube and Tetris will enjoy Cubot. This game, at it's core, is simply rolling cubes around on a grid of squares, to a square that corresponds... with a cube's color (the basic cubes are blue)....
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Hold the champagne: Improved US eating habits still aren't great; rich-poor diet gap has grown
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Apple 'actively investigating'Re/code has received a statement from Apple about the alleged hacking incidents. Natalie Kerris says: "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said Apple... spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. As is the norm with Apple’s public facing commentary, the company has not said much about the situation. Somehow, compromising personal pictures of several celebrities have leaked […]
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

Slashdot - 1 Sep 2014 22:22
sfcrazy writes The Raspberry Pi team has announced a new browser for Raspberry Pi. They had worked with Collabora to create an HTML5-capable, modern browser for Pi users. While announcing the new... browser, Eben Upton said, "Eight months and a lot of hard work later, we're finally ready. Epiphany on Pi is now a plausible alternative to a desktop browser for all but the most JavaScript-heavy sites."
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RunScribe Is A Wearable For Do you heel strike or are you a forefoot runner? If you have no idea what that question means this wearable probably isn’t for you. RunScribe is aiming for serious running geeks who want to nerd... out over exactly how, where and when their feet connect with the ground — and use that data to improve their running technique and (hopefully) avoid injury.
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Americans Are Eating Healthier, Study Finds

Live Science - 1 Sep 2014 22:17
Americans Are EatingPeople in the U.S. are eating healthier now than a decade ago, a new study finds.
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4 hilariously awfulKickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters... community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded. Free AC Wow! Free air conditioning! That sounds awesome! Tell me how you do it! Oh wait. You just drilled holes into the top of your fridge and used some tubes to funnel the freezer’s cool air through an air conditioner unit? And you think this is actually going to save you money without completely wrecking your freezer? Oh my. The Free AC Kickstarter project has mercifully been halted, likely after the inventor
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EU urged to convert TVThe EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday.
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Apple 'Actively Investigating'Apple is investigating an alleged breach of several celebrity iCloud accounts that may have allowed hackers to access the private photos and videos of multiple well-known actresses, according to a... statement an Apple spokesperson gave to Re/code. Apple said it was "actively investigating" the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all over the Web. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Over the weekend, hundreds of nude photos of celebrities were leaked on 4chan before spreading to multiple Internet sites, with one of the involved hackers pointing towards iCloud as the source of the material. Security researchers...
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Apple: We're 'ActivelyThe apparent hack of several iCloud accounts resulted in revealing photos of prominent Hollywood actresses being posted over the Web.
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Apple says it is "actively investigating" an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend. "We take user... privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said an Apple spokesperson to Recode. Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes. Meanwhile, as Hollywood Reporter notes, the FBI is also paying attention, releasing the following statement that promises that it is "addressing the matter." What precisely "addressing" means is as yet unclear: "The FBI is aware of the...
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Fukushima accepts 'temporary'The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed Monday to accept the "temporary" storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.
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Re/code: Apple said it was "actively investigating" the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all... over the Web. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. To quote Penn Jillette, the magician: "Anyone has the right to take all the pictures they want, naked or otherwise and unless they want me to see them, I have no right to see them."∞ Read this on The Loop
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Worth another read:Earlier this year we asked about how your smartphone affects your sex life. For some, it's a natural progression in the digital world. For others, it's a nonstarter. But it's also very much in the... news this week in light of the exploitation of a number of celebrities (to say nothing of the countless pictures that get uploaded every day, with permission or otherwise). It's worth taking another look at your answers. (Ours, really -- we took the survey right along with you.) And, perhaps, it's worth taking another look in the mirror, and taking a pause before potentially taking that pic. Read: Smartphones and sex -- how the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants Also: Check out 10 ways you can help protect your device itself
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Press Fit Standing Desk A standing desk is a resource for the home office that’s increasingly common, but they’re still not affordable or convenient in most cases. The Press Fit standing desk began life as a... Kickstarter project designed to fix both those problems, with an innovative standing desk design that’s easy to assemble/break down and reassemble, and that won’t break the budget.
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Twitter knows if you're maleConventional wisdom says that Facebook is better for advertisers than Twitter. After all, Zuckerberg’s billion-strong user base willingly gives up a host of data points upon signing up, from gender... to job to age. Twitter, on the other hand, requires only a name and email address to join the service, and the name provided doesn’t even have to be real. That’s not exactly the kind of extensive data advertisers are salivating […]
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Mystery (Partially) Solved:One of the mysteries of Stonehenge has been solved because someone was too lazy to get a longer hose.
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Bania.io Maintains YourWeb: You can maintain a good habit by charting a success streak. We've talked about this before, known more commonly as the "Don't Break the Chain" Method . Bania.io helps you log this streak with... nothing more than a daily email.
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Not everyone is interested in paying for premium handsets, and Google knows that in many parts of the world, shelling out five or six hundred dollars for a One, G3 or Galaxy S5 simply isn't an option.... The Android One initiative is how Google plans to...
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Celebrity Photo Leak: Is PoorApple has for the first time acknowledged reports of an untold number of nude or compromising photos allegedly stolen from celebrities' Apple iCloud accounts. "We take user privacy very seriously and... are actively investigating this report," Apple representatives told Mashable. While that doesn't admit any kind of culpability in the attack, which was first reported Sunday, security experts are already pointing the finger at not one but two flaws in iCloud security. See also: The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013 According to a report in TheNextWeb, a hack called iBrute was posted Saturday on GitHub by mobile security firm HackApp. Though technically a mere proof of concept, it showed hackers how to exploit an apparent "brute force" vulnerability in the Find My iPhone API.
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Apple Fixes iCloud Bug BlamedApple appears to have fixed a bug that some have speculated could be the possible source of this weekend's massive online leak of celebrity nude photos. The bug, known as "ibrute," appears to have... been first noted on the social coding site Github. It allowed hackers to access an individual's iCloud data by exploiting a weakness in Apple's "Find My iPhone" service, according to Engadget. The problem was that Apple's service didn't employ so-called "brute force protection," which meant that anyone who wanted to break into a person's iCloud could repeatedly enter a large number of passwords without fear of being locked out, according to The Next Web. Late Sunday, one or more anonymous users uploaded what were allegedly nude photos of dozens of celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress...
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Keeping your photos - explicitThis week a leak of explicit celebrity photos has summoned the need for additional security measures. Not just the kind of security measures you take by purchasing "keep me private" apps and the like,... but the kind that includes common sense and the flipping of a few key switches in your phone. As it turns out - you CAN take …
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Upcoming Android smartphoneThe quest to make smartphones as thin as possible will take a new leap later this month when the Ginoee Elife S5.1 is released in China. A "coming soon" listing on a retail website shows that the... Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device will be just 5.15 mm thick.
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Apple Says It is 'ActivelyApple offers two-factor authentication on iCloud accounts, but "doesn't advertise it well," a security researcher says.
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Restaurateurs split on phones at the table

USA Today - 1 Sep 2014 21:48
Restaurateurs split on phonesWhile some chefs welcome cellphones, others have imposed bans in the dining room.          
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iCloud flaw may have allowedA funny thing happened on the Internet Sunday as a cache of nude photos of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and other big-name stars made their way onto 4chan, as BuzzFeed notes. Reports indicate that... this leak may have been the result of a hacker (or hackers) taking advantage of a flaw in Apple's iCloud service. According to TheNextWeb, a hacker may have used a Python script posted to GitHub to hack their way into celebrities' iCloud accounts. The script, TheNextWeb reports, uses a flaw in Find My iPhone to make it easier to crack a password using "brute force" means where hackers use a piece of software to repeatedly guess a password.
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7 Standout Moments From MadePHILADELPHIA — Through rain and shine, the east coast segment of the bi-coastal Made in America music festival delivered many memorable moments over Labor Day weekend Some moments left attendees... spellbound in dance fervor, inspired by monologues from artists and surprisingly silent during poignant artistry that broached hot topics such as Ferguson, celebrity culture and female empowerment. See also: For Early Made in America Acts, Cover Songs Get the Rowdiest Responses In chronological order of the major nighttime acts, here are our seven standouts:
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​Iliad allies couldThe French company doesn't want to pay more on its own, but is rounding up allies to help persuade Deutsche Telekom to sell its controlling interest in the US carrier.
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If Apple Makes A Move Into Apple, the reports say, will add NFC technology to the iPhone 6, and it will debut a mobile wallet-style service that could include integrations with American Express, Visa and MasterCard and... possibly PayPal to enable physical, in-store payments using the smartphone.
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The Apron Cooking Guide will  Wearing an apron when making food at home doesn’t seem to be such a common practice anymore. Mainly because most of our food is pre-made, and heated in the microwave. It seems almost comical to... wear such an old-fashioned piece of cloth, but if you’re making something from scratch, there’s a good chance that it will be your only hope of protection from a barrage of flour, egg, or ...
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Even more proof that MotorolaAfter numerous reports revealed that the Motorola Shamu is actually the next Nexus smartphone, and that the Nexus 6 smartphone may be quietly released as the Nexus X later this year, Phone Arena has... discovered even more proof that Motorola is indeed working on such a device. FROM EARLIER: Two very different Nexus X models might launch this year A prototype Motorola Shamu handset (model number XT1112) has been listed on Zauba, a website that tracks imports and exports in India. The listing does not mention any details about the device, but it does note the Shamu comes from the United States and it's being shipped to India "for demo purposes." Furthermore, the shipping manifest says that two Shamu units
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ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole... new set of requirements. From the article: "'Our electricity grid was built a certain way, and that way is to have on-demand production,' Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain explained. 'So as I flip my light switch on at home, there's some little knob somewhere that turns the power up. There is no buffer. It's a very interesting production cycle compared to other consumer goods. It was built a certain way, and the grid is currently changing in two different ways. One is, first our demand is increasing. But another is, around the world human beings are trying to get...
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John Oliver turns to YouTubeIn a YouTube special, the HBO comedian marvels at the commentary he incites. It's already received some erudite comments.
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10 best ways to secure your smartphone

Android Central - 1 Sep 2014 21:27
10 best ways to secure yourLock your smartphone We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised)... to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we say unto you, there is absolutely no excuse not to, especially considering the vast array of options we have to do it now. Actually, you can wait a few minutes and pick from this list at the end. But right after. Not after a few rounds of Duet. Not after watching Netflix. Right then. Now, you can lock (and unlock) your smartphone many, many ways, and they all have their benefits and their drawbacks, but somewhere, some mixture of method will work for you. So, let's get to it, shall we?
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Twitter's Timeline Could Get Twitter has changed significantly over the past 8 years. With every new product manager and leadership cadre there have been attempts to make it more accessible to new users and more sticky for... existing ones. But the biggest changes may yet be ahead as Twitter considers altering the core of its product: the timeline. If you’ve been watching the company for a while — or have been…
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How That Massive CelebrityTech experts say hackers may have gained access to cellphone pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others in the iCloud via the "Find My iPhone" app
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Find My iPhone exploit patchedIn a move that may be related to the recent glut of leaked celebrity photos, Apple has patched a "Find My iPhone" exploit that was detailed shortly before the content pilfering took place. It isn't... yet known whether the two are related, but the timing has many suspicious. A day before the celebrity photos leaked, code targeting an exploit with …
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Apple iCloud flaw may be aCelebrities fall prey to what a hacker says was an exploit of Apple's iCloud. But there are several other theories suggesting how the victim's intimate photos were leaked onto the Internet.
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Photo buffs, historiansMillions of historic photos are being redigitzed and shared on Flickr thanks to Kalev Leetaru. The academic delved into the Internet Archive of public domain books, grabbed images and created a page... for each.
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Eric Schneider shows us how to forge an interaction strategy with data as it "rolls off the digital factory" floor. Pay close attention.
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Space Sex Geckos Dead onThe five heroic sex geckos sent into space on July 19 to study sexual reproduction in zero gravity died before returning to Earth on Monday, Russian officials said It is unclear what they died of, or... whether the intrepid geckos ever mated in space. Their tiny, partially mummified bodies were found within their enclosure aboard the small Foton-M4 spacecraft at the conclusion of their mission "All geckos, unfortunately, died," the Russian Space Agency said in a statement. "The date and conditions of their deaths will be determined by specialists." See also: 8 Facts About Space That Will Rock Your World
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You're overestimating Google'sNever tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're... truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary …
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[GamerTell] I Keep Starting New Games In Skyrim

Technology Tell - 1 Sep 2014 21:00
[From GamerTell] Elf Princess Can't Stop Making New Games In Skyrim
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Bitcoin slowly goes global asOverstock helped lead the charge of big businesses accepting bitcoin -- and now they're also among the first to bring bitcoin acceptance to a global scale. Bitcoin slowly goes global as businesses... like Overstock expand to international customers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Ride-sharing could cut cabs'Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of... companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up.
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Nature's tiny engineers

MIT - 1 Sep 2014 21:00
Nature's tiny engineersCoral organisms use minuscule appendages to control their environment, stirring up water eddies to bring nutrients.
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Ride-sharing could cut cabs'A new analytic framework enables analysis of GPS data on 150 million cab rides in New York City.
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Engineers develop new sensorNanoparticles, engineered materials about a billionth of a meter in size, are around us every day. Although they are tiny, they can benefit human health, as in some innovative early cancer treatments,... but they can also interfere with it through viruses, air pollution, traffic emissions, cosmetics, sunscreen and electronics.
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How Decaf Coffee Is Made

Gizmodo - 1 Sep 2014 21:00
If you've ever wondered how it's possible to make decaf coffee--which you can buy in whole-bean form--when the caffeine is inside the damn bean, then you're not alone. Fortunately, there is an answer,... and it's in this video.
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Don't Let Negative FeedbackIf someone is doing things wrong, don't hold on to them for one massive criticism dump. Regularly let them know about mistakes so feedback becomes part of routine, rather than making them feel like... they're being hauled up.
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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 Algebra Touch [iOS...
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When it comes to choosing which new TV shows to make, British broadcaster UKTV is taking a leaf out of Amazon and the BBC's playbook. The company behind Dave, Really and Watch will produce pilot... episodes of shows, asking users of its UKTV Play...
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Apple kicks off iTunesApple’s 2014 iTunes Festival begins today with performances every day through the month of September. Like previous years, each performance will be streamed in HD for free through iTunes and the... festival’s dedicated Apple TV channel. To kick things off,…
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What Happened to the LastThe person or group who allegedly stole nude photos from celebrity iCloud accounts and began to post them online on Sunday has yet to be identified, let alone charged. But the brief history of... celebrity hacks suggests that jail time is in this hacker's future. Alleged nude images of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and others began showing up online on Sunday—some confirmed as authentic, others not See also: After Celebrity Photo Hack, How Safe Is the Cloud? In a statement provided to Mashable, Lawrence's representatives said they have contacted authorities and will prosecute anyone who posts the nude images
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Review: Apple wirelessThere are a few companies that make skins specifically for Apple's keyboards to add icons for the various shortcuts that pros use daily in apps like Logic Pro and Final Cut. I've tried a few in the... past, but the benefits never seemed to outweigh the tradeoff of putting a clunky rubber skin over Apple's […]
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This iPhone case makes itIn light of this weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, mobile security is bound to be a major topic of discussion in the weeks to come. How can we keep our private data safe if actors and... actresses whose lives often revolve around keeping things private are this vulnerable? With the amount of information we store on our phones, in our email, in cloud storage, we’re always going to be at risk, but there are ways that hackers can get private data from us without accessing any of our devices. At the beginning of the year, thermal imaging company FLIR announced the FLIR One, an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s-compatible case with a infrared camera. Although there are plenty of legitimate uses for an infrared camera, there
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Sluggish sales poseConsumers continue the push for one device that does everything. The post Sluggish sales pose challenges, opportunities, for tablets and PCs appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Laptops have staged a modest comeback with the strongest growth since 2010, but tablets are slumping in mature markets with the shift to smaller sizes that are less competitive with... PCs.
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The Russian Space Sex Lizards Are Dead

Gizmodo - 1 Sep 2014 20:39
The Russian Space Sex LizardsI hope you're sitting down on a piece of comfortable patio furniture this Labor Day, for I have tidings of great sorrow: the Russian space sex lizards have died.
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An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption.... In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated to be sold. "It doesn't cover the loss from game sales, but at least it covers the cost of disposal," says Steffen Richter, the head of the Saxon State Hunters Association.
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The Wallet Ninja is a creditThere are days when life wants to throw us a curve ball, and it’s always something we never expect coming out of nowhere. Usually you can recover from this sort of thing relatively easily, but it... will knock you off-balance. Of course, there are also days where life fancies pelting us with rocks. This is the day that everything breaks, explodes, and just plain goes wrong. Most people aren’t going ...
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Awesome Android keyboardOne of the most interesting features of iOS 8 - at least to some potential iPhone buyers - is support for third-party keyboards, which Apple is ready to introduce for the first time ever. Once iOS 8... is officially released following the iPhone 6 announcement next week, various third-party keyboards will likely be launched in the App Store, including one particular app that's already popular on Android devices. Dubbed Minuum, the keyboard app offers Android users access to a predictive keyboard that also happens to take up a lot less space on the screen than any other keyboard app in order to free up more screen real estate for the content the user is actually interested in seeing while typing. Minuum has even come
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When it comes to smartwatches, Samsung has had its foot on the gas pedal all through the last year. After launching the Galaxy Gear last September, the company pushed out three more watches in April... and another in July. And this week, we're going to get our first look at the new Gear S. Confused? Let Gizmag lend a hand, as we compare all six Samsung Gear watches...
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ASUS CEO says ZenWatch willASUS CEO Jerry Shen has reportedly stated that its upcoming ZenWatch device will be priced under $199 and that it will be released sometime in October. Shen made these statements well ahead of the... company's official reveal of the device at IFA 2014 in Berlin on Wednesday.
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Futurist warns robots may oneOur robotic future, so full of promise, could be our undoing. So says futurist and CEO of Poikos, Nell Watson, who recently spoke at The Conference in Sweden about all things robots. The issue lies in... artificial intelligence and a robot's acquisition of knowledge, and the lack of understanding about ethics that are present in both. Watson talks about the …
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Space Launch System (credit: NASA/MSFC) NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named... Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. It will also be more powerful, with 20 percent more thrust using liquid hydrogen and oxygen as fuel. Last week, NASA...
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With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa doubling by the month, the World Health Organization is pushing more extreme measures to contain the virus
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Rosetta Now Up Close to CometESA's Rosetta orbiter has now moved in so close to its comet quarry that the primordial body overwhelms the screen, and thus its snapping mapping mosaics to capture the complete scene of the bizarre... world so it can find the most suitable spot for the momentous Philae landing – upcoming in mid-November. In fact Rosetta […]
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Don't expect reversible USBA slew of reports and leaked pictures have suggested that Apple could ship a new Lightning cable with reversible USB connector in the iPhone 6′s packaging. That’s not happening, according to... venerable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo, who is rarely…
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What if the Edvard Munch expressionist classic The Scream was really a reaction to a broken iPhone screen? What if A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was modernized for the 21st... century, what would that Sunday afternoon look like now? What if The Card Players were actually just two guys staring ...
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The thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is also known as the thorny dragon or the mountain devil. It’s a small (up to 8 inches in length), spiky lizard native to Australia. They live in the arid... scrubland and desert of the interior of the continent. Thorny devils are the only species in the genus Moloch, and […]
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Microsoft begins to drop 2GBMicrosoft is prepping to drop the 2GB file size limit for OneDrive. Right now a small number of users can upload files larger than 2GB in size to OneDrive. Users on Reddit were the first to notice a... change, with Microsoft sharing a statement to The Next Web to confirm the file size limit changes.
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Vandrico Wants To Become The If you know about Vandrico, it’s probably because of the company’s cool wearables database we featured earlier this year. That was just a byproduct of Vandrico’s research, however. What the... company is really about is bringing wearables into the workplace.
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Early bitcoin entrepreneur andEight months after his arrest at JFK International Airport on charges including conspiracy to commit money laundering, early bitcoin evangelist, BitInstant.com founder, and former Bitcoin Foundation... Vice Chairman Charlie Shrem is set to accept a plea deal. His attorneys tell Reuters that the plea will be entered this Thursday, September 4th. Shrem's trial is scheduled to begin on September 22nd. Under the deal, Shrem will plead to a […]
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Make Any GorillaPod MagneticJoby's GorillaPod, the tripod that goes anywhere, is a nifty accessory to stabilize your camera. You could even make your own for cheap . Well, now you can attach magnets to it so it can stick to... metallic surfaces, all for $5.
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Daily Deals for September 1, 2014

TUAW - 1 Sep 2014 20:00
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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First Neanderthal etching is a #stoneagehashtag

New Scientist - 1 Sep 2014 20:00
More than 40,000 years ago, a Neanderthal scratched a pattern into the floor of a cave in Gibraltar. Is it a doodle, a message or a work of art?
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Read Richard Feynman'sIn 1964, Richard Feynman gave a series of seven, hour-long lectures at Cornell University that have gone down in history as a wonderfully accessible introduction to physics. Now, you can read them... online for free.
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NASA's ironman Mars rover Opportunity, like your five-year-old PC, is about to get reformatted. Problems have been causing the aging vehicle to reboot and scientists suspect that worn-out cells in the... flash memory are to blame. Opportunity's been...
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Atlantic City's Revel CasinoATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It's the most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling: the $2.4-billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel Monday. The casino... itself will shut early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after it opened, aiming to revitalize Atlantic City's struggling gambling market But mired in its second bankruptcy in two years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino. It has never turned a profit. See also: Mid-Century Postcards Reveal the Summers of the Past
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Leak reveals HTC Nexus 9Google's upcoming Nexus 9 tablet is yet to be confirmed, but the high-end HTC-made tablet keeps appearing in more and more reports. Also known as Volantis, Flounder or HTC T1, the device is expected... to arrive in the coming months, likely alongside a new Nexus smartphone in time for the Android L launch. Meanwhile, @upleaks, who has provided many Nexus 9 details in the past, has posted more details about the device's launch, listing some accessories for the tablet in the process. FROM EARLIER: New Nexus 9 leak confirms key hardware details "The WiFi variant of HTC T1 coming to soooooo many countries, include Korea and Japan," the tipster said, adding that the LTE version of the tablet will also be
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Jumping into streaming TV

Phys.org - 1 Sep 2014 19:50
More TV viewers are picking up so-called streaming media boxes in the hope of fulfilling a simple wish: Let me watch what I want when I want.
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First time accepted submitter Adam Oxford writes Nigeria's National Identity Management System — which aims to bring together citizen information databases as diverse as driving licenses and tax... returns — was introduced last week and includes a prepay MasterCard wallet. Civil liberties groups are naturally wary about the project, but proponents see it as a way to get financial services to the masses. From the article: "The director general of the commission which will implement NIMS, Chris 'E Onyemenam, said at the launch that the card will eventually be used for border control as well. 'There are many use cases for the card, including the potential to use it as an international travel document,' Onyemenam said. 'NIMC is focused on inclusive citizenship, more effective governance, and...
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Skymetric: Colorful MinimalistWhat happens when you give a graphic designer a camera? Well, in the case of Lino Russo and his latest project Skymetric, you get a eye-catching series of images that explore the relationship between... nature and architecture in the most colorful way imaginable. The series’ title, Skymetric, is an amalgam of the words 'sky' and […]
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Was The Drone Flight Over AThe University of Texas Police are investigating an unauthorized drone flight the home opener for the Texas Longhorns football team. This is pretty irresponsible behavior, and may violate existing... laws and regulations.
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Ger Jansen is puzzling about how to fit a windshield. His problem is not installing it in a car, but hanging the glass in thin air and keeping it hovering for a prolonged display.
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MOTA SmartRing promises toThe smartwatch or smartband is apparently old hat to a company called MOTA, which announced today an upcoming product called the MOTA SmartRing, which it says will provide mobile app notifications on... a device that can fit on a finger.
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Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Berlin we go

Android Central - 1 Sep 2014 19:35
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off toAnd we can't forget the cheddarwurst As I sit writing this weeks column I'm actually on a train bound for London. More specifically, I'm bound for Berlin, Germany, where the Android Central team - of... Alex Dobie, Derek Kessler and myself - are headed for the big event of the fall, IFA 2014. It's always a busy event, lots of ground to cover, lots of press events to attend and lots of new devices to play with. This will be my third year and I'm more excited heading into it than the previous couple of times. IFA this year is set to be huge. We've written up an extensive preview and we've each written up a "what's in our gear bag" post to walk you through what it takes for us to go and cover these shows. There's so much to cover in such a short space of time it's tough to pack it all in. On a...
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How to Protect Your PhotosJennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande are among the high-profile celebrities who apparently fell victim to a massive alleged iCloud hack late Sunday night, when someone exposed collections... of nude photos that they had purportedly saved on their Apple devices. What iPhone owners might not realize is that they may have already told Apple to back up all of your photos on its iCloud servers. It's easy enough to enable the "My Photo Stream" feature — then forget that it's running in the background, uploading every picture you take. If hackers gain access to your iCloud account, they could easily download all your photos without ever laying hands on your iPhone or iPad. And as we've seen time and time again, hackers can and do obtain passwords and break into such accounts.
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The Seven Habits Of HighlyPersonal improvement educator Stephen Covey originally wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People back in 1989. Since that time his approach to attaining goals effectively has been reimagined... and reinvented for an infinite variety of disciplines and behaviours -- so why not big data analytics?
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Redesigned iPhone 6 cord won'tAnother cut in the reality line for the next Apple power cord for iPhones and iPads has been made. Though we've heard plenty of rumors surrounding the next generation in "reversible" USB cords,... especially those that'd ship with the iPhone 6, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests today that such a cord is unlikely. At least for the present moment. Instead, in …
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The Oscar-winning actress is one of many celebrities who had nude photos maliciously leaked on the internet last night - but how did it happen?
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Archos 101 Oxygen tabletWhen it comes to tablets, French company Archos is certainly not a newbie in this department, although one is unable to rank them in the same vein as that of South Korean conglomerate Samsung. Still,... some of Archos' tablets in the past like the Archos 70 Internet tablet has proven to be an interesting attraction, but time does fly, and here we are with the Archos 101 Oxygen tablet that ...
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You HAVE to see this: DroneWe’ve all seen photos of the new spaceship-like headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino, California right now, but none of us have seen it quite like this. YouTube user “jmcminn” last week... posted a video he shot using a DJI Phantom 2 “drone” equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. The video gives us the first bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2, which is currently under construction in Cupertino. The video is incredibly clear and it shows us exactly how unique and interesting (in other words, bizarre) Apple’s futuristic new spaceship campus is shaping up to be. The full drone video is embedded below.
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Amid the affluence of Silicon Valley's highly paid technology employees, an "invisible workforce" of low-paid support staff at the region's tech companies has emerged, making one-fifth the wages of... the digital workers, according to a report released Tuesday.
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Bacteria from new residentsWorried about leaving a digital footprint behind? Your bacterial footprint could be much worse and even incriminating. Recently, researchers traced the microbes that live on and around people within... their homes. Findings from the study showed that the composition of indoor microbe communities is significantly affected by people and changes rapidly with their presence or […]
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September 19 iPhone 6 launchWe’re fairly confident that Apple will show off the iPhone 6 at its September 9th media event next week, but when will the new hardware actually go on sale? Signs are pointing to Friday, September... 19th for the big launch. The…
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UK carrier O2 teases newMajor United Kingdom-based carrier O2 is teasing the upcoming iPhone 6 launch(es) with a humorous newspaper ad today. The ad is fairly self-explanatory. But to fill in the blanks, the new iPhone will... debut at the September 9th Apple event and at least some models will likely become available on September 19th. The bigger, 5.5-inch […]
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Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. Authorities have yet to identify the culprit and its also not clear exactly how he... or she got access to these women's accounts, with iCloud the most widely reported service suspected of being breached. As the world digests the shocking breach of privacy, one common sentiment seems to be that anyone careless enough to take naked photos in digital form should be prepared for the embarrassment of having them leak.
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Report: Deals in place to makeApple has deals with MasterCard, Amex, Visa payment processors, Bloomberg News reports.          
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Drone Video Shows Apple's NewA remotely controlled quadcopter gives a bird's-eye view of the progress of construction on Apple's new Campus 2 in Cupertino, California.
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ZipRecruiter, a California start-up that tries to simplify tasks for recruiters, has raised $63 million in initial venture capital funding as the 4-year-old service races to keep up with growing... demand.
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DIY Dalek and dapper Time LordDalek with legs? Cybermen in Spandex? Sonic Screwdriver as a sword flute? Crave chats with the "Japanese Doctor Who" filmmaker Joshua Kahan about why he gave the popular British sci-fi show the... Tokusatsu touch.
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Would you pay $400 for an iWatch?

BGR - 1 Sep 2014 19:05
Would you pay $400 for anGiven how not-so-well most smartwatches have sold so far, Apple would have to be crazy to charge $400 for the iWatch unless it brought something truly new to the table… right? Re/code’s sources... say that Apple execs “have discussed charging around $400 for the company's new wearable device” although that’s apparently just one of many price points under consideration for different device types. In fact, pricing for the iWatch is apparently still very much up in the air and Re/code’s sources still aren’t sure whether Apple will even unveil any pricing at all during its September 9th event when it will show off its first wearable computer alongside the iPhone 6. Unlike the iPhone 6, which has practically been leaked to death
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What Students Really Carry Back To School

TechCrunch - 1 Sep 2014 19:03
What Students Really Carry Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade... change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in upheaval, you hunt for answers, sometimes in the pages of periodicals that offer wine aerators and coffee subscriptions as potential sources of…
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West Indian Day Parade KicksThe annual West Indian Day Parade kicked off Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The parade is the culmination of the West Indian American carnival, a multi-day event that... celebrates Caribbean and South American heritage representing several countries including Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Belize. The carnival has a long history in New York City, dating back to celebrations in Harlem in the 1920s. See also: 25 Most Popular Travel Destinations for Labor Day Weekend New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined festivities Monday, kicking off the parade with his wife Chirlane McCray, who is of Bajan and St. Lucian descent.
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Canon Permanently Drops PriceIt looks like Canon is looking to move some inventory — or at the very least score some brownie points with its users — because over the weekend, Canon announced a new permanent price drop on a... vast selection of lenses, with discounts ranging from 5% to 33% off. Canon Rumors was the first to […]
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An idyllic farmhouse, challenging thoughts on conservation, an author who sounds like a great guy. What's not to hate in A Buzz in the Meadow?
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You Can Buy This Adorable,Is your dog made of tough stuff? Is it calm under pressure? Is it smart, patient and loyal? Then maybe it would make a great space dog--and if so this is just the outfit for your precocious pooch.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Have you ever thought about what you'd change about your life if you could go back in time? Just take a minute and ponder some of... the regrets you may have, and think about how you could have prevented them. Now take action before you make another mistake like that and take advantage of these great deals before they're gone. You can get four top Mac apps on sale now from our Deals tab. It doesn't matter how fast you type, you'll always have to take a few too many keystrokes and type the same things over and over. That is, unless you have TextExpander 4, the time-saving app that helps you create keyboard shortcuts and macros that will cut down on your time spent typing. You can get it for just $16.99. TuneUp is extremely...
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Sony Xperia Z2 review: AThe Sony Xperia Z2 has a lot of power under the hood and a great design, but since it's only available in its unsubsidized form, you'll need to ask yourself how much you're willing to spend.
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If you've been enjoying the US holiday weekend away from sources of news, well done. If not, you may well have seen reports of a large cache of explicit photos of celebrities being published to... 4chan's image boards, including Academy Award winner...
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NASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time... with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it's attempting to store data in. Pieces of flash memory can wear out after repeated use, and it's possible that the rover is still attempting to use these worn-out parts of its memory.
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swinferno writes with news about the leak of hundreds of private celebrity photos over the weekend. Hundreds of revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from... their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan. It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer...
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Plácido Domingo to closePlacido Domingo has been announced as the final closing act for Apple’s iTunes Festival London. Apple has also added a few more acts than what had been previously announced, to round out the lineup.... This includes The Mirror Trap, Friend Within and the London Electronic Orchestra. The month-long festival starts today at 9 PM UK time (1 […]
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When a piracy site is targeted by authorities, the owner's usual trick is to move the website to another domain (and sometimes hosting provider) to re-establish access for users. The Pirate Bay is... probably the biggest example of this, which has spent...
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Ashya King was removed from a UK hospital so he could get proton beam therapy for his cancer. Two centres will make it more widely available in the UK from 2018
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The iPhone will soon serve as a true mobile wallet, working with Visa, MasterCard, or an American Express card, and able to make secure mobile payments without whipping out your old fashioned plastic... credit card, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Specifically, Bloomberg says that Apple has entered into partnerships with major payment networks, ...
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Reconnaissance code onAttackers have rigged the website of an industrial software firm with a sophisticated reconnaissance tool, possibly in preparation for attacks against companies from several industries. The incident... was detected last week by researchers from security firm AlienVault who found rogue code injected into the website of a big industrial company that wasn't named. "The website is related to software used for simulation and system engineering in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing," said Jaime Blasco, director of the AlienVault Labs in a blog post.
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Minnesota-based upstart Epoch Lacrosse is making a splash in the lacrosse equipment market with a brand that embraces technology. The company is utilizing new designs and new materials to compete with... established brands in one of North America's oldest and fastest-growing team sports.
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Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for HTC One M8

Android Central - 1 Sep 2014 18:49
Incipio NGP Impact ResistantSimple protection and some added grip for your M8 in a variety of great color options When you're looking for just the right case for your phone, there's no shortage of options with crazy bells and... whistles out there. From multi-layer systems to belt clips and integrated screen protectors, there's a lot of cruft you can strap onto your phone. The Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for the HTC One M8 doesn't offer any of that, but it does have a good bit of protection for your phone in a slim form factor that's easy to wrap your hand around. If you're just looking for a basic case that doesn't add bulk or complication to your HTC One M8, and will keep it safe through the few bumps and drops in life, read along and learn a bit more about the Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case.
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Bio Inc medical strategyGame developer DryGin Studios has released the Android version of its acclaimed, and fairly controversial, iOS medical strategy simulator Bio Inc, where the objective is to kill a virtual patient by... creating diseases before other doctors can save the patient.
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Elgato Eve will monitor theElgato's upcoming smart home tech promises to measure the quality of air in your home, as well as energy and water consumption.
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PIN customers can avoid heatEngineer Mark Rober has some words of advice in guarding the safety of your PIN. His advice comes in the form of a video where he demonstrates that a thief can steal a PIN by using a thermal imaging... attachment clipped to a smartphone. The good news is that the theft can be easily avoided. Anyone can protect the PIN from such ploys. As easy as it may seem to steal the data, it is just as easy to stop such attempts from succeeding. Rober invites his video viewers to watch him as he steps into a store and uses the technique. The customer in front of him in line keys in her PIN on the counter pad. As soon as he walks up to the register after the customer has left, his phone briefly hovers over the keypad. He used the device FLIR ONE for infrared thermal imaging, where you "see" the heat. With...
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Motorola Luge: RAZR M reborn

Slash Gear - 1 Sep 2014 18:43
Motorola Luge: RAZR M rebornThe first reveal of the DROID RAZR M had us surprised - surprised that Motorola would make such a small phone and surprised that such a phone would feel so right in our hand. Now nearly 2 years after... that device's first reveal, (and our review), a rebranded iteration has been shown by Verizon as the Motorola Luge. This device …
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Jennifer Lawrence Requests Nude Pics Investigation

The Huffington Post - 1 Sep 2014 18:43
Jennifer Lawrence RequestsLOS ANGELES (AP) -- The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of... their nude photographs online. The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images. Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn't be confirmed. The source of the leak was...
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Chilly end for sex geckos sentFive geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.
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Here's how all those celebrityAfter a massive breach that saw hackers steal nude pictures and videos from phones belonging to various celebrities, fingers have been pointed at Apple's iCloud as the potential point of access. Now,... various reports have emerged detailing the way these phones may have been obtained, and revealing Apple's involvement in the process. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack Online publication The Next Web reveals that hackers aware of an iCloud security issue (found in the Find My iPhone service) and may have taken advantage of it to break into the phones of the affected celebrities, who include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Hudson and many more. Apparently, a Python script was posted on Github last Monday that
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Training your brain to prefer healthy foods

Science Daily - 1 Sep 2014 18:34
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research.
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Drone delivery grabbing deepWhile a number of companies are experimenting with drones, there are a number of issues to be hurdled before such technology can take to the skies. But it's clear Google and Amazon are intent on... making drone delivery doable.
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Report: Apple fixes bugReport says gave hackers access to iCloud accounts, may have exposed pix on celeb phones.          
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The initiative will include business acceleration and financial support.
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Archos 50b Platinum smartphoneWhen it comes to the world of smartphones, there are dime a dozen models out there in the market. However, if you are short on time to read up on all of the relevant reviews in the past, and would... like a swift recommendation, perhaps the Archos 50b Platinum could prove to be quite the winner here. After all, surely one would not expect too much from a $149 handset, ...
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24 Musical Tattoos That StrikeTattoos usually hold a deep meaning to those who decide to permanently plaster them on their skin. Unsurprisingly, people find music as a source of inspiration for their body art. From instruments,... meaningful song lyrics, gear and portraits of their artists, music tattoos have occupied some serious real estate on people that are tatted up. See also: 10 Emoji Tattoos That Will Leave You Speechless But there are no treble clef or f-hole tattoos here. These original creations show people's true love for music and ink. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 1 Sep 2014 18:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: verbal autopsies, non-stop global warming from now on, football head injuries, telltale fraud language and more
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When it comes to cuteness, the otter and puffin are neck and neck, but in a watery duel, the otter wins hands down
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PS4 Update Adding Themes ToPS4 dashboards are about to get a lot more customizable. Sony has just announced that the PS4 will follow in the footsteps of the Vita by adding custom themes to the console's Dashboard. The reveal... showcased a few animated themes featuring Japanese PlayStation characters Toro and Kuro. Switching through the menus changes the background where the characters reside.
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Why Galaxy Note 4 is aApple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.
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The solution to the big issue of nuclear nonproliferation might be smaller than you think - so small it's virtually invisible and massless.
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Google Indian invite hints atMore than two months have passed since Google announced its Android One initiative but it is now likely the smartphones created using the basic, stock Android operating system will make their debut in... India in a couple of weeks. Google has sent diary...
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Let carriers use 700MHz forThe move would let Europe catch up with the U.S. on using 700MHz spectrum for broadband rather than TV broadcasts and wireless microphones. Let carriers use 700MHz for European wireless broadband from... 2020, report recommends originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Save big on killer Mac appsYour Mac is a productive device. What makes it even more productive is having killer Mac apps that will open new doors and make your life better. Today, we feature 4 Mac apps that you just cannot live... without. Check…
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5 more awesome Android appsBecause you can never have enough apps in your life, we’ve decided to comb through a recent thread of new Android app recommendations over at Reddit’s Android community and pluck out the best gems... for your enjoyment. Some of these apps have been out for a while but some of them are brand new so don’t be shocked if they come with bugs. That said, they’re all highly rated and you can be sure the developers will issue patches to fix any reported issues people may find. And without further ado, here are five more terrific Android apps you may never have heard of. Moon+ Reader Pro Moon+ Reader Pro is a widely acclaimed book reader app that’s won praise for
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The Apple Product Cycle! (Comic)

Re/code - 1 Sep 2014 18:14
The Apple Product Cycle!Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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If WiFi can track a heartbeat through walls, why can't I get internet in my corner bathroom? Jason Cole was trying to figure that out too, but unlike me, he's a PhD student in physics. So he mapped... his own apartment and assigned refraction values to...
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Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios and even we failed to build one during the first 99% of our 7 million year history. Charley... Lineweaver, a provocative...
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Coffee stain? Menswear brandLondon-based tailor Thomas Pink's 90-Minute Delivery service helps customers quickly replace a smart shirt in the case of an emergency.
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UK Government 'Deplores'The British government on Monday said it "deplores" a decision by Israel to claim a large swath of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem. Israel's decision to expropriate almost 1,000 acres... in the West Bank, first announced on Sunday, is the biggest such claim in 30 years, according to Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors settlements See also: Political Debate in Israel Turns Ugly "This is a particularly ill-judged decision that comes at a time when the priority must be to build on the ceasefire in Gaza. It will do serious damage to Israel’s standing in the international community," British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said in a statement. "Our position on settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace and take us further...
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Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding... an event in India on September 15th, according to NDTV, and it seems likely that it'll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. The phones come as part of Android One, a reference program announced back in June that allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. If Google can really make it easy for manufacturers to build quality, low-cost phones, then that'll be a huge step for Android toward reaching more and more people across the globe. Android One is supposed to launch this...
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Google Event Sept 15: Android One on point

Slash Gear - 1 Sep 2014 18:01
Google Event Sept 15: AndroidJust this morning we found that Motorola was shipping thousands of Moto G2 units to India. Now we've gotten wind of a Google Event being held in India. Not especially characteristic of Google to hold... a major event in India, we can assume only one thing: Android One is ready to roll. Android One is Google's newest aim at bringing …
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Why Do Some Old ProgrammingMany of today's most well-known programming languages are old enough to vote. PHP is 20. Python is 23. HTML is 21. Ruby and JavaScript are 19. C is a whopping 42 years old. Nobody could have predicted... this. Not even computer scientist Brian Kernighan, co-author of the very first book on C, which is still being printed today. (The language itself was the work of Kernighan's co-author Dennis Ritchie, who passed away in 2011.) "I dimly recall a conversation early on with the editors, telling them that we'd sell something like 5,000 copies of the book," Kernighan told me in a recent interview. "We managed to do better than that. I didn't think students would still be using a version of it as a textbook in 2014." What's especially remarkable about C's persistence is that Google developed a new...
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[From GamerTell] Virtuix is developing four games to release October 2014 for their VR system, Virtuix Omni.
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Meet the slimiest thing on theYou may have a hub for smart home, but an aquaculture farm in South Korea now has a smart hub for its eel tanks. There, sensors, servers and smartphones monitor the health of thousands of eels. Meet... the slimiest thing on the internet of things: SK Telecom's connected eel farm originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Hand-Held 'Bikerlapse' ShowsNathan Kaso — the professional time-lapse photographer behind this gorgeous Tasmanian car commercial — usually uses thousands of dollars worth of gear, but when Instagram debuted Hyperlapse, he... had to give it a shot. Thus was born ‘Bikerlapse,’ one of the first of many future hyperlapses that show just how much potential there is in […]
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Watch the full PandoMonthlyIn a sold-out chat in San Francisco, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner sat down with Sarah Lacy to share his unpredictable journey from a child who obsessed over Hollywood trade magazines to a Vice President... managing Warner Bros’ online division, to reluctantly becoming an executive at Yahoo, to his current gig leading up one of the biggest and most exciting social networks on the planet. He held forth on […]
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This Desk Tidy Folds IntoThis neat, angular desk tidy is truly 3D--but it hasn't always been that way. In fact, it's put together from a 0.8mm-thick carbon steel, laser-cut beforehand to make it easy to fold into shape.
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An anonymous reader writes with this bit of good news for everyone who is waiting for their homes to one day be on the beach. Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a... new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and 2011. Scientists say the melting of glaciers and the thinning of ice shelves are dumping 350 billion tonnes of additional water into the sea annually. This influx is warming and freshening the ocean, pushing up its surface. "Freshwater is less dense than salt water and so in regions where an excess of freshwater has accumulated we expect a localized rise in sea level," explained Dr Craig Rye from the University of...
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In this digital age, are weHow much time do you think you spend every day just to unlock your smartphones to text or take a selfie? How tied to the hip are you with your passwords? Is there no faster, better, more unique way... out there? Take this simple quiz and find out! 1. How...
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Apple Partners With AmericanApple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, sources tell Re/code.
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Dixons Carphone is only (officially) a month old, but it's already dealt a huge blow to one of its rivals. In its battle to provide UK consumers with the best value smartphone deals, the newly-formed... company today announced that it's signed an...
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Chemist uses liquid nitrogenMoe Qureshi--a chemist at the University of Toronto--gave his ALS bucket challenge a shocking twist when he decided to use liquid nitrogen instead of ice. I would be terrified just by the thought of... pouring liquid over my head at -321°F (-196ºC), but Moe survived the challenge unscathed--thanks to science.
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Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet... copied them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the internet will remind you of it forever. These men are the detritus of human society for whom the internet provides a warm blanket, so let's remove the warm blanket for a minute.
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NASA's drone airspace expertThe drone expert leading NASA's air traffic control scheme for autonomous flying vehicles expects the first applications to begin "inside of the next year," though warns drone deliveries aren't likely... to get anywhere near mainstream for another five years. Dr Parimal H. Kopardekar, who manages NASA's NextGen-Airspace Project, predicted that agricultural monitoring using drones is likely to be the first …
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How To Avoid Nude Photo Syndrome

Forbes - 1 Sep 2014 17:55
How To Avoid Nude PhotoOK, I've just done a quick poll around the office and overwhelmingly the feeling is that I should stay fully clothed in any photo session. And people don't much want those photos either, which is fine... by me, if a little hurtful (I work from home so this is basically my wife and daughter's opinion).
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Climate study examines fate of pupfish in Nevada cavern; 'Life in Fishbowl' yields dire news
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New iPhone 6 phablet photosThe iPhone Air - which is what some people believe the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model will be called - has appeared in a new series of images provided by French publication Nowhereelse, a steady source for... iPhone 6 leaks. The new photos reveal one key detail about the upcoming handset that certain buyers may care about above all else when making a buying decision: the phone's size. FROM EARLIER: Rear shell of Apple's giant 5.5-inch iPhone shown up close in new leak For the first time ever, Apple will have bigger iPhone models in stores this year, similar to rival devices running other operating systems. However, not all fans will necessarily want a bigger device in their pocket. These new iPhone Air images obtained
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Iran's president urges clerics to be more tolerant of Internet, new technologies
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What Your TV Weather ForecastClimate change can seem like a distant problem, with little relevancy to our daily lives. But an unconventional public awareness campaign aims to change that — by imagining what a typical weather... forecast might look like in the year 2050 as the effects of global warming become more pronounced See also: Before and After: The West Has Lost 63 Trillion Gallons of Water During Drought Ahead of the high-level UN Climate Summit in New York on September 23, the World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations agency, is releasing one hypothetical weathercast per day on its YouTube channel The first, a teaser for the overall effort, was released on Monday, starring high-profile television meteorologists from around the world — including Sam Champion, The Weather Channel's star morning show...
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Apple announced on Monday that Plácido Domingo will be the closing act for iTunes Festival London. Apple's choice of Domingo to close out the festival shows the true diversity of iTunes Festival with... headliners ranging from Rock, Electronic, and Opera/Classical.
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Iron Age CSI finds gold thieves died in the act

New Scientist - 1 Sep 2014 17:44
The "gold bowl of Hasanlu" and three skeletons were excavated from beneath a burned building in an ancient Iranian citadel – now we know the full story
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Apparent massive hack attackScandal rocked both Hollywood and the US tech industry Monday after an apparent hack of a cloud data service unleashed a torrent of intimate pictures of celebrities onto the Internet.
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Fire detector forSouth Africa's Khusela startup has developed a smart detector specifically for shacks, which enable community-wide warnings in the event of a fire.
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Google stops showing latestGoogle is reportedly blocking certain older browsers from seeing the latest version of its search engine. A weekend complaint on Google’s product forums from someone using Opera 12 (the current... version is 23) and seeing an older version of Google Search, elicited a response from a […] Google stops showing latest versions of Search to users of older browsers, reports say originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The Definitive Ranking ofNot all school supplies are created equally. You just can't compare that rad, new Trapper Keeper with last year's three-ring binder and not know who's coming out on top. Even when comparing... solid-colored folders to ones with your favorite cartoon characters, there's a pecking order that has to be acknowledged. If you want to rule your school, you have to deck yourself out with the best gear. See also: 15 DIY Supplies That Will Actually Make You Excited for School This year, you're not going to get stuck with lame school supplies. Always know the coolest choices before you dive into the back to school aisle.
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RC Car To Missile LaunchingI do wonder how many of us are excited with any more Transformers movies that movie studios have lined up in the future – surely the fast paced action of transforming robots into vehicles that is... too much of a blur for us to appreciate properly, even in an IMAX cinema, is a fad that has long overstayed its welcome? Who knows, really, as some others might still be as ...
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Aplos is a brand new Twitter app for iPhone that tries to shove important user features into a minimalistic design. Some highlights include a unified timeline for multiple accounts, web browsing... reminiscent of Facebook's chat heads and intelligent...
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Nigeria's Richest WomanNigeria's wealthiest woman, Folorunsho Alakija, has disclosed that she did not attend a University, insisting that a formal education is not a requisite for success in life.
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Elgato Smart Power: iPhoneSo you've got an external battery pack that you carry around with you to charge up your smartphone on the go. But you constantly forget to charge the battery up. So what's the use? Elgato is here to... rescue you from yourself. Elgato Smart Power is a battery pack that works with iOS notifications. When the battery is low, you …
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[From AppleTell] KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, says the iPhone 6 will not come with the Type-C cable--a reversible USB lightning connector--due to "cost concerns."
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Ming-Chi Kuo: No reversibleThat reversible USB Lightning cable no one needs? It's not coming...yet. The post Ming-Chi Kuo: No reversible USB Lightning connector for iPhone 6 appeared first on AppleTell.
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Cheap Camera Challenge: HaroldThe Cheap Camera Challenge is back, showing us once more that it takes creativity, not expensive gear, to create an interesting photograph. Pairing a cheap camera with a professional photographer,... this episode puts a modest Vivitar camera into the hands of commercial and fine art photographer Harold de Puymorin. First, the camera. The 3.1-megapixel Vivitar […]
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Meet Godzilla's littleA Russian tuning company has done the impossible, or at least the inadvisable, packed 800 horsepower into a Nissan Juke, a car the size of a shoe. In fact, they didn't stop at 800, because the 'roided... out Juke has 200 hp worth of NOS... The post Meet Godzilla’s little brother: The 800-horsepower Nissan Juke appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Why LeapFrog LeapTV gamesLeapFrog has become quite a force in gadgetry for young children, with well-thought-out intuitive kids' versions of some of the biggest tech trends around. It has kids' versions of handheld games... consoles and tablet devices in its range, and recently...
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We knew that Asus was working on an Android Wear smartwatch, and now we have some details. According to China's Central News Agency, the ZenWatch will be announced on Wednesday and sell for less than... $200.
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Greater safety and security atWhen a suspicious individual fleas on a bus or by train, then things usually get tough for the police. This is because the security systems of the various transportation companies and security... services are typically incompatible. The EU project, Secur-ED, aims at creating remedies and establishing better collaboration within the same city.
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Frosty P writes The LA County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges against a sheriff's deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck... cyclist and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas last December. The deputy was responding to routine work email when he drifted into the bike lane and struck and killed Mr. Olin. An official with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said it is launching its own probe into the deputy’s behavior.
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9 African Wrestlers Will MissThe effects of the Ebola outbreak have reached into the world of sports. Nine athletes will not be able to attend the upcoming world wrestling championships because of travel restrictions intended to... control the spread of the virus. The annual World Wrestling Championships are scheduled for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. FILA, the governing body of wrestling, said the Uzbekistan health ministry has recommended wrestlers from affected West African countries not be invited. See also: Ebola Virus Likely Entered Sierra Leone After Funeral in Guinea, Study Finds The ruling affects seven wrestlers from Nigeria and two from Sierra Leone, according to FILA.
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Proof That Instagram'sEditor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. Instagram has been an outlet for photographic and video storytelling since it was first introduced, and though we've... seen new photo apps to make your Instas shine come and go over the past few years, none have been quite as hyped up as the latest and maybe greatest--Hyperlapse. The user-friedly app from Instagram itself has simplified the process of producing sleek, smooth, and creative high-quality time-lapse videos. Check it out in action below. All the little ants are marching. Jimmy Fallon tried the app out on The Tonight Show. You literally can't lose with a cute dog video. This is kind of like The Office meets The Maze Runner. The app works wonders with shots of water. Karlie Kloss coding on a laptop...
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Elgato Avea takes on Hue; EveElgato is wading into the smart home space, launching a new wireless lightbulb and teasing an iOS 8 HomeKit compatible range of sensors dubbed Elgato Eve for launch later this year. Elgato Avea hooks... up via Bluetooth Smart, thus requiring no hub unlike Philips' popular hue system, and is controlled via an iPhone and iPad app with various preset color …
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Are All Accelerators Decelerators?

TechCrunch - 1 Sep 2014 17:00
Are All Accelerators Hari, a smart and very savvy early-stage entrepreneur, emailed me to ask if it was worth joining a well-known accelerator. I texted an emphatic “No!” We then spoke to each other for over 30... minutes and I don’t recall having made such an impassioned argument. I almost felt like it was my duty to save an entrepreneur.
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This Is How I Imagine a GateToday's Astronomy Picture of the Day, brought to you by NASA and photographer Jeff Dai, is simply breathtaking: vivid, majestic, otherworldly.
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Twitch was an accident. The live video streaming service, which boasts over 55 million unique users each month, began life in 2007 as "Justin.tv": an all-hours video livestream of co-founder Justin... Kan's life. That wasn't the whole point of the...
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Gamer's 25 year sentence forSwatting, the obnoxious prank in which a gamer calls the cops on another gamer in order to get a SWAT team sent to their house, has been growing in number. We saw one example last month, and the... latest happened to well-known gamer Kootra recently (video after the jump). A report has been circulating saying the person behind the prank …
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Back to school: The bestChromebooks are a fantastic learning tool for children, and you won't break the bank buying one for the student in your life Choosing to buy a computer for a younger student making their way through... elementary or middle school is more of a necessity than a choice nowadays, but you'd be right in thinking there needs to be some thought put into which you buy. Given the scope of their work and the amount of money you are likely to want to spend on a child's computer, a Chromebook can end up being a fantastic laptop choice for your young scholar. Add to that the number of schools that are embracing one-to-one computer programs, Google Apps for schools and other online curricula and a Chromebook can be a fantastic learning tool. Chromebooks offer fantastic security, battery life and a variety...
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Europol launches internationalEuropol launched a cybercrime task force Monday to fight online crime in the EU and other countries. The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) will be piloted for six months and hosted at... Europol's European CyberCrime Center (EC3), the organization said in a news release. The J-CAT will coordinate international investigations to take action against key online threats and top targets, such as underground forums and malware, including banking Trojans, Botnets and online fraud, Europol said. EC3, the EU Cybercrime Taskforce, the FBI and the U.K. National Crime Agency (NCA) are part of the initiative. Andy Archibald, deputy director of the National Cyber Crime Unit from the NCA will lead the task force.
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Trondheim - the Unknown MobileIn terms of mobile tech R&D in Trondheim can be called "full stack", i.e. ranging from mobile apps, to mobile chips and to producing materials the mobile chips are built from
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Apple said to be working withApple is reportedly in talks with Mastercard, Visa and American Express to use NFC as the foundation for a mobile payments platform. Are we finally close to settling on a mobile payments standard?... Apple said to be working with MasterCard and Visa for mobile wallet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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You Don't Need To Buy AnMany of you have already made your mind up. You will be buying the new iPhone, and it hasn't even been announced yet. The need to be cool, to have the latest toy, and to forget that last year's model... still does the jobs, drives the sales of all the top smartphone manufactures, including Apple, Samsung, and Sony.
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Here's What We Know So Far As you will by now have probably read, around 100 women celebrities (including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton) have had naked and explicit pictures seemingly... hacked from their iCloud accounts and published online, first on 4Chan and now all over the place. As a reminder, iCloud automatically stores photos, email, contacts and other information online,…
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Cameras Rolling: Ferguson CopsOfficers were spotted wearing the recording devices for the first time over the weekend at a march protesting the Michael Brown shooting.
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Hackers Leak Explicit PhotosJennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton among the victims of hacking from a cloud-based data storage network
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Fingerprints for freight items

Phys.org - 1 Sep 2014 16:40
Fingerprints for freight itemsSecurity is a top priority in air freight logistics but screening procedures can be very time consuming and costly. Fraunhofer researchers intend to boost efficiency with a new approach to digital... logistics, without sacrificing the security of air freight operations.
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Moto G2 headed to stores in droves

Slash Gear - 1 Sep 2014 16:38
Moto G2 headed to stores inThis week international shipping records show a new Motorola smartphone being shipped in large quantities around the world. The model number associated with the second "Moto G" device appears in these... records, suggesting that the upcoming Motorola event scheduled for next week will reveal the "Moto G2" amongst other devices. This Moto G2 has been tipped previously to work with …
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What to do when your laptop'sThe built-in touchpad in Raji Yusuff Oluwagbenga's laptop no longer works, making Windows nearly impossible to use. Here's how to (hopefully) fix the problem. Have you ever tried to use a Windows PC... without a mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device? It's all but impossible. So when your laptop's touchpad stops responding to your fingers, you've got a problem. If the problem just started, reboot your computer and see if that fixes it. (Yes, I know that's painfully obvious, but we all sometimes overlook the obvious.) If that doesn't work, try these solutions. [Have a tech question? Ask PCWorld Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector. Send your query to answer@pcworld.com.]
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Show spotlight will be onSmartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all keen to demonstrate their new products are what consumers want. Samsung Electronics and... LG Electronics announced their upcoming smartwatches, the Gear S and G Watch R, last week in advance of the show. Samsung's Gear S is a 3G smartwatch that doesn't need a smartphone to function. It's powered by an unspecified dual-core 1GHz processor and has a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 480 by 360 pixel resolution. After using Android Wear on the Gear Live, Samsung is back to using the Tizen operating system on its latest model. Getting developers to customize apps for smartwatches will be a challenge for any company, particularly Samsung since Tizen doesn't have the fan base that...
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China gives Microsoft 20 daysChinese authorities have issued a 20-day deadline for Microsoft to explain "compatibility problems" with its Windows and Office software, after previously warning the company not to obstruct an... anti-monopoly investigation. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) posted an online notice Monday demanding that Microsoft offer a written explanation within the allotted time. The antitrust regulator has been investigating the company on industry complaints that Microsoft software has "not been fully open," resulting in compatibility and bundling issues with the products.
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Eat less meat and save theEating less meat can help save the environment and also address the global food demand. Experts suggest that people should have only two portions of red meat in a week.
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Researchers have invented an inexpensive device that can accurately diagnose malaria within minutes by using only a droplet of blood, according to a paper published Sunday in the journal Nature... Medicine.
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Scientists have examined satellite data from the last 19 years to reveal that fresh water from Antarctica's melting glaciers and ice sheets have caused the sea level around the icy continent to rise... by nearly 0.8 inches (2 centimeters) more than the global average of 2.3 inches (6 centimeters).
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New hands-on footage claims toAs the days go by leading up to next week’s September 9th event, the part leaks for Apple’s next flagship handsets keep streaming in. The 5.5-inch model in particular has been getting a lot of... attention lately, with multiple sources leaking photos of its casing and supposed components. Today’s offering, courtesy of French site Nowhereelse.fr, […]
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15 CaptivatingThere's fiction and non-fiction, and then there are the endless book genres between. One of these hybrid genres is autobiographical fiction, when an author chooses to tell a real experience, or the... full story of their life, as a fictional account. It is usually written like a memoir, featuring first-person narration from the protagonist that is meant to be the author. See also: 14 Satisfying Quick Reads for Short Attention Spans An author might choose autobiographical fiction to distance themselves from the events they're writing about, to make major changes for the sake of the story, or because they don't want to hurt people who appear in their writing. This differs from authors who have been exposed for fabricating books presented as memoir (A Million Little Pieces), or those who deny...
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Ch' Air Inflatable SeatIf you happen to be a regular office drone, then I am quite sure that you do know the importance of having the right kind of computer peripherals to go along with your desktop – including a monitor... that is easy on the eyes even after you have spent a few hours sitting in front of it directly, not to mention an ergonomic keyboard and mouse to make sure that ...
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On the way to a safe andA growing number of household operations can be managed via the Internet. Today's "Smart Home" promises efficient building management. But often the systems are not secure and can only be retrofitted... at great expense. Scientists are working on a software product that defends against hacker attacks before they reach the building.
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Radar networks, innovationResearchers at UPM have developed an alarm system for construction vehicles with a low-cost radar network that can prevent collisions and improve safety in work environments.
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Licensed images madeIMGembed provides an easy and free way for anyone to use a licensed image on their site through HTML embedding, while ensuring creators get credited.
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Apple Partners With Visa,According to new reports from Bloomberg and other outlets, Apple has partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to create a mobile payment platform, allowing users to pay with their iPhones... in brick and mortar stores Last week Wired reported that the next iPhone will likely include a near field communication chip (NFC), which would make these types of mobile payments possible. See also: It's Time to Ditch Your Wallet for Mobile Payments With an NFC chip, a small amount of data can be transferred between devices held near each other. Google Wallet is an NFC-enabled mobile payment platform that has been around for a while now but just hasn't quite caught on. Retailers could be partly to blame as some have been slow to adopt the new technology.
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About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don't know what they do -- even... though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are believed to be crucial to the cell, and therefore could offer a new approach to disease treatment. Now, researchers are issuing a call to investigators to focus their attention on the role of these formations.
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Staying Safe And How ToSimple steps to make your iCloud account more security or to disable it completely.
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The Most Overexposed Celebrities 2014

Forbes - 1 Sep 2014 16:23
The Most OverexposedThese 10 celebrities could use a little less time in the spotlight.
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How To Make The Most Of Your Sleep Tracker

The Huffington Post - 1 Sep 2014 16:18
How To Make The Most Of YourBy Amir Khan for U.S News A good night's rest can do wonders for your health, and these days, there are a ton of devices that promise to help you improve the quality and quantity of your sleep simply... by tracking it. However, many of these devices just shove data into your face without giving you any advice on how to use the numbers to change your habits -- though sleep experts say when used properly, sleep trackers can be a great tool. Why should you track your sleep? Doing so can not only help you stay awake during that midday meeting, but also help you avoid some serious health problems, says Beth Malow, chief of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Division of Sleep Disorders. "When we don't get enough sleep, seven to eight hours every night, we feel worn down," she says. "Our brains...
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Mars rover to get aNASA aims to correct a series of problems with the Opportunity rover's memory by giving it a reformat from far, far away.
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Appidemic: The Walking DeadThat deaf, dumb, dead guy sure played a mean pinball. The post Appidemic: The Walking Dead Pinball for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] If you're a fan of full depth graphics, pinball arcade action, cinematic scenes, and an urge to go after zombies, The Walking Dead Pinball is pretty much all of that.
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Alienation: StrangeThe more you look at South-Africa based photographer Anelia Loubser‘s Alienation series, the more captivated you become. A simple idea on the surface — close-up, upside-down black-and-white... portraits of people’s eyes and foreheads — the final images encourage you to dive deeper into each wrinkle and other so-called “imperfection” than almost any standard portrait might. […]
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Asus says that it's built the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch to date and that it plans to fully unveil it just two days from now, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. Called the ZenWatch,... this will be Asus' first Android Wear smartwatch, and it'll reportedly be sold for less than $199 -- potentially making it less expensive than competing watches from Samsung and LG. It's also reported to include voice control features in English and, eventually, in Chinese, but it's not clear how those would differ from the built-in commands that are already used to control Android Wear watches. Manufacturers are only able to modify Android Wear to a limited extent, so it's possible that these features will come through a custom app that the...
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An anonymous reader writes "China has given Microsoft three weeks to explain "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws. The State Administration for... Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies. Their use "may have violated China's anti-monopoly law", the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday."
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HURRY: $55 WORTH of awesomeIt’s Labor Day, and what better way to celebrate than by downloading a bunch of great paid iPhone and iPad apps for free? We’re starting off September on the right foot with seven nifty paid iOS... apps that are all on sale for free for a very limited time. See anything you like? You’d better hurry, because these awesome sales could be over at any time. As a side note, there are still a few freebies from our last post in this series, and you can get them now if you hustle. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long
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Panama's Startup Ecosystem:Panama's tech startups scene is only in its initial stages, but it's fascinating how fast it's growing
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Sony SmartBand Talk wearableIn addition to the previously leaked SmartWatch 3, it seems Sony has a second wearable in the plans for the upcoming IFA 2014. Called the SmartBand Talk, the new wearable will be an update to the... company's original SmartBand (check out our review), a rubber wristband toting NFC with a health-centric focus. As with its older sibling, the new SmartBand …
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Jennifer Lawrence, otherImages of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, were hacked and leaked online. The images went viral on social media sites like Twitter, eliciting various responses.
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My Banned Word Holiday Rant

The Huffington Post - 1 Sep 2014 16:02
My Banned Word Holiday RantAccording to the US Department of Labor (.dol.gov), Labor Day (the first Monday in September) is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American... workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. Just for fun (and in honor of Labor Day and the people who work for a living), here is a list of buzzwords, biz speak and hipster droppings that should be banned from every business meeting forevermore. Engagement - It's not a metric; it's a concept that can be made to mean anything you want it to mean. Using it in a sentence without defining it should be criminalized. Native - This is the new "N" word. Like engagement, it's a concept that can mean...
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Ask professors about important physics lectures, and they'll probably point you toward Richard Feynman's famous 1964 talks. They led to one of the most popular physics books ever (over 1.5 million... English copies sold) and helped generations...
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[From GamerTell] Elf Princess Remebers Her Childhood.
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The next step for intelligentWe're unlikely to see one virtual assistant to rule them all. Rather, we'll have a team of assistants, each aware of its strengths and weaknesses, collaborating, delegating and stratifying based on... the task at hand. The next step for intelligent virtual assistants: It’s time to consolidate originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The celebrity photo leak isApple might face the ire of several celebrities whose personal photographs were stolen and published over the weekend. In the latest example of the company’s irresponsible security practices, the... images — at least those that haven’t been called forgeries by several celebrities and their spokespersons — are thought to have been taken from their subjects’ iCloud accounts. Now, it’s clear that most of the blame should fall on the person who decided to violate the only shred […]
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Find Where to Eat in a NewWhen you are looking for the best local eats in your travels, forget the guide books. Chef and travel show host Anthony Bourdain says you should go online and troll the city's foodies for information....
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More iPhone 6 component photos 'confirm' silver, gray and gold colors, depict larger internal speaker and new vibrator design (9to5 Mac) At least 9to5 Mac had the decency to put "confirm" in... sarcastiquotes. These photos look like they were taken in...
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The first week of September will be very busy for smartphone and smartwatch fans with at least 15 devices likely to be revealed in Berlin and Chicago.
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Why Beer Isn't Sold in Plastic Bottles

Gizmodo - 1 Sep 2014 16:00
Why Beer Isn't Sold in PlasticPlastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it's cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to).... So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is there another factor at play?
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The Tech Once Called 'NobodyThe upcoming iPhone 6 will be Apple's first with an NFC chip. That tiny device is the last piece of a puzzle that will allow the smartphone to become a digital wallet, putting Apple at the front of a... race to make payments mobile. But adding the chip was the easy part; getting everything else lined up took time.
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Moto X+1 leaks again with M-logo button

Slash Gear - 1 Sep 2014 15:58
Moto X+1 leaks again withMotorola's new Moto X+1 just can't stay hidden, with the new Android smartphone continuing to spring up in the wild ahead of its expected official reveal later this week. The new flagship phone is... believed to be among a multi-product line-up featuring at an event in Chicago on Thursday, but new leaks shed further light on its specifications and some …
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What separates a social network from a messaging application? The EU is about to find out, having sent a 70-page long questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook to work out if its WhatsApp... purchase is legit in terms of competition law.
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Telefonica is to sell up to 30 percent of its the new combined network to Drillisch.
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Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6A video showcasing what is claimed to be the rear shell of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 was published today by Nowhereelse.fr. While component leaks have been abundant for the 4.7-inch version, this is one... of only a few leaks for the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is rumored to be entering production in September. The site's sources also claim Apple has selected "iPhone Air" as the name for this larger iPhone version. The metal frame in this latest leak is similar in appearance to a rear shell that appeared last month. Both shells have thick antenna breaks, a rounded opening for an updated True Tone flash, a cutout for the Apple logo, a space for elongated volume buttons and a side mounted power button. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at an event scheduled for September 9th at the Flint Center...
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This is why not everything weHow many times did you use the word awesome today? Five, ten, fifteen times? We use the word awesome so often and, most of the time, so incorrectly that the term has lost its original sense-- maybe... forever. Comedian Jill Shargaa explains why in this hilarious TED talk.
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Memory reformat planned for(Phys.org) --An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.
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Magnetar discovered close to(Phys.org) --Massive stars end their lives with a bang, exploding as supernovas and releasing massive amounts of energy and matter. What remains of the star is a small and extremely dense remnant: a... neutron star or a black hole.
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European 700MHz band should beEurope's 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, a report to the European Commission recommends. The extra spectrum is needed to meet increasing demand for video on tablets,... smartphones and other mobile devices. The 700MHz Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum is currently used for terrestrial broadcasting networks and wireless microphones, but it should be dedicated to wireless broadband across Europe around 2020, proposed a report prepared by former Commissioner Pascal Lamy. While there is no immediate need for wireless use of that spectrum band in Europe, the report set a deadline for the assignment to mobile around 2020 with a margin of two years before or after. This leaves time for a proper transition period, likely to bring down costs for both consumers and...
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IPHONE 6 LEAK: 5.5-inch iPhoneWe can finally see it now -- the light at the end of the tunnel. The seemingly unending flood of leaks and rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 handsets will, in fact, soon come to an... end. Apple is scheduled to unveil one or both new iPhone models next week during a big press conference on September 9th and then we can finally move on… to iPhone 6s rumors. In the meantime, however, we can expect plenty more leaks between now and next Tuesday, the latest of which examines the aluminum housing said to be from Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time French blog Nowhereelse.fr on Monday published a video
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Drone Developers ConsiderWith the recent demonstration of a drone-based delivery system by Google, the tech industry's enthusiasm for the devices seems undimmed -- but some issues will be difficult to solve.
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Explicit celebrity photos leakIt was an unfortunate weekend for a handful of celebrities, with an unknown hacker on 4chan posting a plethora of photos -- some explicit -- of various well-known individuals in exchange for Bitcoin.... Details on how, exactly, this individual came to acquire the content isn't yet known, but many have been quick to peg Apple's iCloud as the source. The …
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Though 3D printing technology is still relatively new, it may become an important tool for architects and the construction industry, as highlighted by projects like the recent 3D-printing of 10 homes... in a day. The latest example of this progress comes via US-based Andrey Rudenko, who has created a small concrete "castle" structure in his backyard using a large 3D printer he built himself. Next up, he's making a house. ..
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Xbox One Asia launch:The Microsoft console is finally arriving in the region. How much will it cost in each country? Which games are available? All the answers are here.
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Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly... simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.…
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15 Free Organizational ToolsThese days, photographers are dramatically strapped for time. We live in a world where "busy" is the most common answer for "how are you doing?" Endless client talks, long emails, phone calls, social... media messages and trips steal your precious time with no intention of giving it back. So, how can you become more effective […]
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Plane Finder now lets youIf you’re the type of person who enjoys/has a work-related need to track airplanes using their iPhone or iPad, you may want to download plane-tracking app Plane Finder, which has just received a... brand new update — letting you watch…
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On 29 September 1954, the CERN* Convention entered into force, officially establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research with 12 European member states. Now the world's biggest particle... physics laboratory, CERN is celebrating "60 years of science for peace" with an official ceremony and several public events taking place throughout September.
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It’s another semester with a new group of students. This semester, I have a class of elementary education majors (using Physics and Everyday Thinking). In the course, students build basic physics... ideas after collecting data from particular experiments. Overall, this is an awesome course. It seems that most of the students gain a greater understanding […]
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AnandTech's namesake heading to Apple

The Loop - 1 Sep 2014 15:25
AnandTech CEO and Editor-in Chief Anand Lal Shimpi is retiring from the tech publishing world and moving on to Apple to rejoin AnandTech colleague Brian Klug, who left for Apple earlier this year.∞... Read this on The Loop
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8 Backup Mistakes One Still Makes

Geek Time - 1 Sep 2014 15:23
8 Backup Mistakes One StillAccording to CloudBackup.uk 30% of companies still don't have a data recovery plan, while more than 50% of those who have created the program, report that their backup plans have numerous weak points
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Top Android app, device andLooking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage. There are lots of sales going on for Labor Day, so... there should be something here for just about everyone. Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em! Happy Labor Day, folks!
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Nude photos of JenniferWith just over a week to go until the iPhone 6 is finally unveiled, Apple's most important product launch of the year, the company may have a major scandal to deal with that's directly related to its... iOS ecosystem. Mashable reports that hackers managed to break into a number of iCloud accounts belonging to certain celebrities, and alleged nude photos and even compromising videos have been posted as a result. It's not clear how the hack was possible or whether or not iCloud was indeed hacked by a malicious third party interested in stealing such sensitive information in order to sell it online. The hackers first took to 4chat to tease the "goods," revealing they managed to access handsets belonging to quite a
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Samsung vows to expand SmartSamsung's connected home tech will shortly be getting a boost, the South Korean tech giant has promised, with a software development kit due later this year.
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Facebook's 2012 experiment, while controversial, showed that what other people post on social media can alter moods. Apparently, though, that's not the only thing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and... others of their ilk can do: according to a study by...
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When it comes to muscle, tendon, and bone injuries, early diagnosis can save you from a world of hurt and lengthy rehabilitation. Researchers at Washington University in St Louis have developed... algorithms that may one day - after some refinement in imaging techniques - identify tiny strains before they turn into serious injuries...
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Saints Row: Gat Out of HellDeep Silver Volition announces a new expansion of "Saints Row IV." Players get ready to shoot Satan in the face.
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Labor Day 2014: Best tech deals to grab

Tech Times - 1 Sep 2014 15:13
Labor Day 2014: Best techThat gadget you've always wanted? It now comes with a price cut you can definitely afford. Celebrate Labor Day in style with the best tech deals available.
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KentuckyFC writes In 1980 and 1981, Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Saturn providing unprecedented images of its magnificent ring system. At that time, its most distant discrete ring, the F ring, was about... 200 kilometres wide. But puzzlingly, images sent back by Cassini show that the ring is now 580 kilometres wide and twice as bright as it was thirty years ago. Now astronomers think they have finally solved the mystery of the expanding F ring. The ring is shepherded by a number of small moons, the most famous of which is Prometheus. These moons interact gravitationally with the ring creating structures such as braids and spokes. The new thinking is that the moons' orbits resonate with the F ring, pushing clouds of dust and ice further away from Saturn. This makes the ring wider. But beyond a...
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Sweden looks into possible Ebola case

Tech Times - 1 Sep 2014 15:08
Sweden looks into possibleA suspected Ebola case has been reported in Sweden. The suspected patient confirmed that he recently traveled to one of the Ebola hit African countries.
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Evolve isn't out until2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios confirm plans to stage a "Big Alpha" for Evolve, with registration invites being handed out to PAX Prime attendees and offered up on the game's social channels. The... post Evolve isn’t out until February 2015, but you can play it before then appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new proof-of-concept study shows. The newly developed test is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to... detect active tuberculosis in children. The test features excellent specificity, a similar sensitivity as culture tests in combination with speed of a blood test. The promising findings are a major advance for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children, particularly in tuberculosis-endemic regions.
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One in 60 people over the age of 60 who had invisible blood in their urine -- identified by their GP testing their urine -- transpired to have bladder cancer, researchers report. The figure was around... half of those who had visible blood in their urine -- the best known indicator of bladder cancer. However, it was still higher than figures for other potential symptoms of bladder cancer that warrant further investigation.
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You've been 'swatted', gamerA story that swept the internet claiming that a Louisiana teen has been handed a jail sentence of 25 years to life for taking part in "swatting" is a hoax in itself. Although many have reported on it... and tweeted about it as if it were real. It claimed...
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Piggyback tech: Winning tackCommentary: Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have both brought key software to alternative devices that have a solid footing. But just one has a clear-cut edge.
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Sniffing-out smell of diseaseA fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C-diff, that causes diarrhea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed.
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Carcinogenic role of protein in liver decoded

Science Daily - 1 Sep 2014 15:03
The human protein EGFR controls cell growth. It has mutated in case of many cancer cells or exists in excessive numbers. For this reason it serves as a point of attack for target-oriented therapies. A... study group has now discovered that the risk of this protein does not -- as previously assumed -- depend on its presence within the tumor cell, but rather from its activity in the cells adjacent to the tumor.
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Neurons in human skin performNeurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. A characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, is that they branch... in the skin so that each neuron reports touch from many highly-sensitive zones on the skin. According to researchers, this branching allows first-order tactile neurons not only to send signals to the brain that something has touched the skin, but also process geometric data about the object touching the skin.
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Americans Held in North KoreaPYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke... — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day.
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PAX cosplayers impress withSEATTLE, Washington — It’s like Halloween two months early at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), with gamers and geeky fans of all stripe dressing up in costumes of varying quality and seriousness. Over... 70,000 gamers converge each year in Seattle…
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What is the blue light fromWe've known for a while that excessive screen time is not good for your sleep schedule, but the latest findings are overwhelmingly gloomy - and extend well beyond insomnia. What is the blue light from... our screens really doing to our eyes? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Alleged iCloud hack sees nudeAn alleged mass iCloud hack has seen a veritable who’s who of Hollywood nude selfies leaked onto the Internet. The photos – which include the likes of Avril Lavigne, Hayden Pannettiere, Kate... Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rihanna – appeared first on 4Chan, with an…
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StoryWorth Squeezes StoriesForget Who's-Your-Daddy: StoryWorth asks your family members to jot down their life stories, week by week.
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Zillow CEO: Real estate is theSpencer Rascoff talks Trulia deal and Zillow as a media brand.          
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It's not like we need any more reminders about how creepy Google Glass can be, but developers never stop surprising us. An new app from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute that uses facial tracking,... proprietary tools and Glass, can measure human emotions. In real time.
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Alcohol use was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with friends and significant others (e.g., boyfriends), researchers studying its consequences report. It was also reported to lead to... more regret, particularly among females. Marijuana use on the other hand was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with teachers or supervisors, result in less energy or interest, and result in lower school or job performance.
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Coffee and naps: A good mixCoffee nap - a combination of coffee and nap, can help a person to increase the alertness of the brain. Sleeping for about 20 minutes after drinking coffee is the trick.
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Twitter user @hackappcom posted a proof of concept, called iBrute, to GitHub on Saturday, that took advantage of an alleged hole in Find My iPhone...∞ Read this on The Loop
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Sony's really rather great Rx10 just got better: it now only costs $1,000 (down by $300), and a firmware update means it shoots shoot super high-quality XAVC-S video, too.
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Major card companies areThe iPhone 6 is widely expected to include an NFC chip that will enable mobile payments on the device, a move Apple is finally ready for. In addition to leaks that seem to prove the iPhone 6's... hardware will support wireless payments, fresh reports from Bloomberg and Re/code indicate that Apple has recruited the three major credit card providers to back its iPhone wallet plans. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time Bloomberg has learned from a person familiar with the matter that Apple has inked deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express, which will be confirmed during the iPhone 6's September 9th media event. Re/code also confirms that at least American Express is on
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Water way to charge yourWhile we don’t yet know what kind of battery life the iPhone 6 is going to have, it’s always good to have a way of charging your smartphone when you’re out and about. With that in mind, the city... of Seoul…
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The Strain weekly recap:Ephraim Goodweather and Abraham Setrakian lose an old friend, but gain a new ally, on the latest pulse-pounding hour of FX's vampire thriller. The post The Strain weekly recap: Lighting up the... ‘Creatures Of The Night’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple has patched an exploit with its Find My iPhone online service that may have been used by hackers to gain access to personal photos stored on iCloud accounts belonging to some 100 celebrities.
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9 Movies Available On DemandThis is how the summer movie season ends, not with a bang but with "The November Man" and "As Above/So Below" in theaters. Neither film came to nationwide audiences with the built-up anticipation of... "Transformers: Age of Extinction" or "Guardians of the Galaxy"; both will be forgotten by the middle of September. Fortunately, there are other options to enjoy on Labor Day. Ahead, nine films available to watch on demand that are better than what's new in theaters. "Zero Theorem" (dir. Terry Gilliam) Terry Gilliam ("12 Monkeys," "Brazil") is back with another weird, star-studded science-fiction movie that deals with nothing less than the meaning of life. Christoph Waltz is the lead here, but the supporting cast includes Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Peter Stormare, Ben Whishaw, Rupert Friend...
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New Novartis drug cuts heartA new drug by Novartis can reduce deaths and hospital admissions due to heart failure by 20 percent. Novartis is hoping that the drug will rejuvenate the company as its Diovan blood pressure pill is... facing stiff competition from generic medicines.
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PSA: Don't be surprised (orIf there’s one thing as certain as the hype when Apple launches a new iPhone, it’s the “Apple is doomed” messages when the new model(s) fail to meet every single analyst prediction, no matter... how crazy. Apple could add a matter transporter function to the iPhone 6 and some analyst would be complaining that it […]
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Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 is a pretty capable camera, but it still has weaknesses: it doesn't shoot super high-quality XAVC-S video, and that steep $1,300 price is bound to steer some people toward DSLRs... and mirrorless cams. Well, consider both of those...
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Protecting privacy also meansWhat impact does the proliferation of new mobile technologies have? How does the sharing of personal data over the Internet threaten our society? Interview with Professor Jean-Pierre Hubaux, a... specialist in communication networks and privacy protection, a major field of IT security.
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Swatch will respond to AppleSwatch will be releasing the Swatch Touch next summer in response to the growing smartwatch trend, which the company sees not as a threat but as an opportunity.
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With approval from Europe's regulatory authorities now in the bag, Oracle's planned buyout of the retail and hospitality firm is approaching its conclusion.
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Storing solar energy

Phys.org - 1 Sep 2014 14:20
Storing solar energyA research project conducted by Leclanché S.A., the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Romande Energie and with the financial support of the Canton of Vaud could bring a real added... value in the development of renewable energies.
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Vodafone latest to ditchPhones4u has been left reeling after Vodafone is the latest big name network to announce it will not be renewing its partnership. Having already lost O2 in January, the UK high street retailer can now... only offer its customers contracts from EE (T-Mobile...
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An anonymous reader writes On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon was found dead in her aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. When the first European settlers arrived in North America at... least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger pigeon, making them the most numerous birds in North America, and perhaps in the world. From the article: "But extinction apparently doesn't ring with the finality it used to. Researchers are working to 'de-extinct' the bird. They got their hands on some of the 1,500 or so known passenger pigeon specimens and are hoping to resurrect the species through some Jurassic Park-like genetic engineering. Instead of using frog DNA to fill out the missing parts of a dinosaur's genetic code as in Michael Crichton's story, the real-life...
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Labor Day in Space: AWhile many Americans will spend Labor Day (Sept. 1) barbecuing, relaxing and soaking up the end of summer, U.S. astronauts in space will spend the holiday in their own way: floating in weightlessness.
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Deal of the Day: AmzerThis high quality polycarbonate combo gives you protection against scratches and impacts while enhancing the grip on your Nexus 5 thanks to its unique texture. The included holster rotates 180-degrees... and even folds into a kickstand, great for watching movies or browsing the web. The Amzer Shellster with Kickstand is available for just $9.95; that's 50% off today only! Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping.
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Though this article is focused on hiring developers, it applies to any technical hire, anyone who needs to be able to grasp a complex topic and become useful in that area relatively quickly.∞ Read... this on The Loop
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The New Era Of Smart Dining

TechCrunch - 1 Sep 2014 14:00
The New Era Of Smart Dining The restaurant industry has been around for a long time – since the dawn of Western civilization itself. Starting in Ancient Rome, some of the earliest known public restaurants, called... thermopolia, were local hot-spots where the citizenry would go to socialize, be waited on, and fill their stomachs after a hard day’s work.
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Former Bitcoin coder and ALSRenowned cryptographer Hal Finney, known for his work on PGP encryption software and on early Bitcoin development, has passed away on Thursday following a five-year battle with ALS - a terrible... disease that's currently enjoying a viral funding campaign thanks to the "Ice Bucket Challenge" meme - but the programmer hoped that one day technology will heal him. According to Wired, Finney has become an early adopter of a kind of tech that's only seen in movies, human cryopreservation. In other words, his body will be frozen and kept in that state until a solution comes along to revive him, if that ever happens. After his death was pronounced, Finney's body as flown in Arizona to the Alcor Life Extension
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Caterpillar comet poses forNow that's pure gorgeous. As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sidles towards its October 19th encounter with Mars, it's passing a trio of sumptuous deep sky objects near the south celestial pole this... week. Astrophotographers weren't going to let the comet's picturesque alignments pass without notice. Rolando Ligustri captured this remarkable view using a remote, computer-controlled telescope on August 29th. It shows the rich assemblage of stars and star clusters that comprise the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies located 200,000 light years away.
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Leading expert on search forThe Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, explained why searching for intelligent life is so important... and why we may soon find it.
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Happy Labor Day

The Mac Observer - 1 Sep 2014 14:00
Happy Labor DayIn observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing... schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!
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The iCloud Flaw That CouldOver the weekend, there's been a slew of images released showing celebrities in varying states of undress . Now, it appears that a flaw in iCloud could be responsible for the images making their way... online.
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Samsung expands its Smart HomeSamsung has today announced new products and services, expanding its Smart Home portfolio. The company is using IFA 2014 to refresh its connected home vision by increasing home safety, improving... energy management and bringing future tech to the home of today. From digital door locks to IP cameras, the expanded Smart Home range of products - including third party solutions - enable consumers to add new hardware to their home to make their lives easier.
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Sorry, you won't be able toApple's smart watch is unlikely to hit the shelves before early next year, sources say. Still, it is expected to be announced on Sept. 9 when the company also unveils its next-generation iPhone 6.
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Hoisting a telescope with helium

Phys.org - 1 Sep 2014 13:50
Hoisting a telescope withMany a child has forgotten to hold tight to the string of a helium balloon only to have it escape and rise until it disappeared in the glare of the sun. Helium balloons want to rise, but launching a... balloon big enough to hold a 747 jetliner with room to spare at the nose and tail and both wingtips isn't as easy as just letting it go.
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Vulnerability in Find My PhoneThe Next Web is reporting that a vulnerability in the Find My Phone service may have allowed attackers to brute-force passwords in order to access the iCloud accounts of celebrities. The vulnerability... allegedly discovered in the Find my iPhone service appears to have allowed attackers to use this method to guess passwords repeatedly without any sort […]
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PS4 pre-TGS reveal: 44 titles,Sony has just finished its pre-Tokyo Game Show conference and it unloaded a ton of things on the press and its users. Well, a ton of games actually. 44 in total. Plus a system update that might thrill... gamers who love to customize their pre-gaming experience to death. And an upcoming PS4 limited edition in honor of one of the …
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Apple Finalizes Lineup forApple has posted its final lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London, which starts tonight and now includes acts such as Placido Domingo, SBTRKT, Friend Within, Kate Simko & London Electronic... Orchestra, Imelda May and The Mirror Trap. Deadmau5 will headline tonight's list of opening acts as Placido Domingo will close the show on September 30. Apple previously announced two separate expansions to its lineup throughout the past month, as artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and others will account for 30 nights of concerts The Roundhouse throughout this month. The iTunes Festival begins tonight at 9 PM in the UK and will be broadcast via Apple TV channel, official iOS app [Direct Link], and iTunes Desktop application.
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Analyst says not to expectIn a new report, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said not to expect the redesigned Lightning connector or power adaptor to feature as part of the iPhone 6’s package, quoting cost reasons.... The new Lightning connector was intriguing in that it was reversible on both ends, including a specially-designed USB connector so that it could be inserted both […]
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Europe sets out how UHF spectrum in the 470-790 MHz band will be used to support future demand on 4G networks.
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​We don't need to rake over the gory details here, but in the last 12 hours, the internet has lost its "you know what" over some leaked celebrity photos. Initial reports suggested that hackers... targeted the iCloud accounts of the high-profile...
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Ray tracing and beyond

Phys.org - 1 Sep 2014 13:30
Ray tracing is simple to explain at one level: "We all do it all day long: That's how you navigate the world visually," Gene Tracy explains. "The fact that I know that you're sitting there and not... over there is because the light from you to my eye travels in a straight line."
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New Twist Added to the Role of Culture in Human Evolution

Scientific American - 1 Sep 2014 13:30
New Twist Added to the Role ofA radical new take on human evolution adds a large dose of luck to the usual story emphasizing the importance of our forebears' ability to make tools --
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No, You Can't Claim Arctic Ice is "Recovering"

Bad Astronomy - 1 Sep 2014 13:30
Sigh. Here we go again. The Daily Mail and Mail Online are to scientific accuracy what a sledgehammer is to an egg. Especially when it comes to global warming. David Rose is oftentimes the wielder of... that sledgehammer. He's written error-laden climate articles in the past, like saying that global warming has stopped (no, it hasn't), that the world is cooling (no, it really really isn't), and the IPCC had to hold a crisis meeting because Rose's articles have caused such a fuss (that meeting never happened, which Rose had been told several times, but still made the claim). Other examples abound. This time, In Sunday's Mail Online he writes that Arctic sea ice, which hit a major record low in 2012, "has expanded for the second year in succession." This claim is a humdinger, and typical denial...
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Dark, gritty, and violent, yet thoughtful and thought-provoking -- such has been the style of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, and it has now been applied to Pixar's 2004 superhero movie The... Incredibles. The resulting trailer mixes music from The Dark Knight with a menacing voiceover from antihero Syndrome to build up tension toward an explosive, though inconclusive, finale. Whereas the family-friendly original reached its predictable happy ending, this darker reimagining of The Incredibles leaves you guessing as to the eventual fate of the superhero protagonists.
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XP might be out of date but that doesn't mean it isn't still being used by many organisations. But research suggests another big deadline could be missed by some.
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Most Businesses Still Don'tThe use of mobile technology has likely helped to improve your business in many ways, but are you saving room in your budget for it? Probably not, according to a new study from accounting solutions... provider Sage North America. Businesses in the construction, food and beverage; and manufacturing and distribution industries overwhelmingly agreed that mobile technology has positively impacted their businesses, the study reported. However, the vast majority of those businesses are simply purchasing mobile solutions when they need them, without setting an annual budget for them. In the manufacturing and distribution sector, 74% of those surveyed said they do not set a budget for mobile technology, even though 51% of business owners in the industry reported using mobile devices and applications...
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Microsoft Lumia 730′sJust counting down days to IFA 2014, Microsoft once again lets out a teaser to remind the tech world that not just Android phones but a Lumia one will be coming as well. And, just as some recent... digital camera makers have been trying lately, the Lumia 730 seems to be designed to pander to one growing niche: the obsessive …
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Drone video shows how Apple'sAerial footage posted on the Web recently by a drone enthusiast shows how construction work on Apple's so-called 'spaceship' campus is coming along, and also reveals the sheer scale of the ambitious... project. The post Drone video shows how Apple’s futuristic ‘spaceship’ campus is taking shape appeared first on Digital Trends.
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For almost 20 years, Alienware has been churning out benchmark-setting performance beasts for desk-bound and mobile gamers, and the new 2014 Alienware Area-51 desktop gaming system is no exception.... Dell says that the new flagship gaming system has been designed for state-of-the-art performance, scalability and ease of use. It features a brand new chassis design that's sure to be a talking point for some time to come, is built around Intel's latest Extreme Edition Core i7 processors and is capable of supporting three full-sized video cards for 4K gaming visuals...
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NASA probes studying Earth's(Phys.org) --NASA's twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun's influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012,... discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.
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Apple Not Expected to ShipApple will likely not be shipping a new Lighting cable or redesigned USB power adapter alongside the iPhone 6, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider).... Kuo notes that he doesn't expect either accessory to receive design changes when shipped alongside the iPhone 6, noting that"cost concerns" and"limited improvements to overall user experience" are preventing Apple from making such moves. Moca.co's prototype USB adapter and Lightning cable based on Apple's designs The report follows recent leaks of a revamped Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector as well as a revamped power adapter. The new USB adapter is said to be capable of powering all iPhone, iPod and iPad mini models with support for up to 2A of current, twice that of the current...
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Most people don't think much about their aerobic capacity while at work. But for astronauts carrying out missions on the International Space Station (ISS), maintaining their cardiovascular stamina... during long space flights is part of the job. They must be prepared to perform physically demanding tasks or emergency maneuvers at any time during flights that can last between three and six months in a weightless environment.
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Acer Aspire S3 review (2014)

Pocket-lint - 1 Sep 2014 13:00
Acer Aspire S3 review (2014)Slim, light, good-looking laptops are great. If you spend half your life rushing between places with more work to do than is strictly healthy then a decent one is exactly what you'll need. But to fit... the MacBook Air-style blueprint in a Windows 8.1 form...
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You Won't Be Able to Find aYou're looking into Florida Polytechnic University's new library. Light, bright, beautiful curves and... there's not a single book on its shelves?
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Get productive with the bestFind the right Android tablet for you to manage the chaos of another school year.
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Interfaces within materialsPatterned surfaces are all the rage among researchers seeking to induce surfaces to repel water or adhere to other things, or to modify materials' electrical properties.
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Sparks fly as NASA pushes the(Phys.org) --NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall... Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
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Image: Hubble looks at light(Phys.org) --This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.
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Sony wooing Japanese to PS4Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February.
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Sony founder nephew starts asThe nephew of a Sony founder on Monday started as head of a regional gaming unit, after the Japanese electronics giant sailed past the 10 million mark in sales of its PlayStation 4.
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Japan firm showcasesTechnology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there.
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Toshiba wants TransferJet to replace NFC

Slash Gear - 1 Sep 2014 12:47
Toshiba wants TransferJet toApple may have just joined the NFC game, if rumors are true, but it seems that there's already a challenger to the technology already in sight. That is, at least, if Toshiba has its way. It wants... TransferJet to become the de facto standard technology when it comes to fast, wireless data transfer instead of NFC which, in all honesty, …
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Here's why we think iPhone 6Apple is reportedly upping its screen resolution for the iPhone 6 by going from double-retina to triple-retina displays.
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Emojli: 'Silly' messaging appA messaging app where you can communicate using only emojis has officially launched. Emojli, which hit 70,000 sign-up requests soon after the app was announced, is the work of two Brit friends, who... both agree it's a "silly idea." The post Emojli: ‘Silly’ messaging app that only uses emojis officially launches appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Teasing its forthcoming appearance at the Tokyo Game Show later this month, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan revealed a new demo for its prototype VR hardware -- with assistance from the creative... forces behind the Tekken fighter series. You should...
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The effect is meant to mimic the generative movement of the ocean.
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You've always wanted to defuse a bomb in real life. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes gives you that chance.
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Lunchbox wizardry used to mean packing your juice pouch to keep your apple from smooshing your PB&J. Today's carriers are built for more discerning appetites. Bon appétit!
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As a student, you need your car to handle a few essential tasks. It should be able to haul sports gear, get student-budget-ready gas milage, be reliable enough to avoid costly repairs, have a solid... safety rating, and still stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Sure, you could just pick up a Corolla […]
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Olympus is positioning the newly announced PEN E-PL7 as a step-up camera for smartphone photographers. And true to that billing, it has a 180-degree flip-down touchscreen for framing and shooting... selfies.
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The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it’s also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the... NSA’s mass surveillance program. When whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that full extent of the NSA’s activities last year, members of […]
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The Top Ten Reasons Why AppleSome of the mystery behind Apple's app rejection decisions has been solved. Now, the powers-that-be behind the App Store have finally revealed why software is so often rejected. You might be surprised... by how mundane its reason are.
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WallyHome review: Sniffs outLow-power sensors, useful notifications, and peace of mind for homeowners: not a bad package.
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It's been a good news-bad news sort of day for Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest person, with mining starting at a new iron ore project in which she has a 70% interest just as the iron ore price... drops to its lowest in five years.
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Relatives of the recently deceased are helping to pin down the causes of deaths in India, and boost public health, says epidemiologist Prabhat Jha (full text available to subscribers)
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The Importance of Social Entrepreneurship

Geek Time - 1 Sep 2014 12:19
The Importance of SocialIn today's globalized world, the definition of "stakeholder" now has been enlarged to include millions of people throughout the planet through social entrepreneurship
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Apple Claim Chowder: Killers

TechPinions - 1 Sep 2014 12:18
Apple Claim Chowder: KillersWith an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much.... Killers There is a long, sordid history of products ...
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A Drone Flew Over Apple's NewA fantastic new video was recently posted to YouTube, showing stunning aerial images of Apple's new "under construction" campus in Cupertino, California. The video reveals the scale of the facility,... which is truly massive.
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Implanted Sensor Could MonitorScientists have proposed a way to monitor glaucoma using a tiny device implanted in the eye. Readings from the device could be monitored by a smartphone. The technology could help prevent some people... from going blind. Glaucoma describes a group of eye diseases in which there is progressive damage to the optic nerve. This nerve connects the retina to the brain, and damage to it causes a person to lose peripheral vision. What makes glaucoma a dangerous disease, however, is that this sort of vision loss is asymptomatic. So people often do not know they are suffering from loss of peripheral vision. This is because the brain does an incredible job of filling in the missing parts of vision and also one eye compensates for the damage in the other.
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Wearables don't just let usWearable fitness trackers let us learn from the masses and compete with them, but they also hold worrying implications for our own personal data. Who else is looking at your data besides you? The post... Wearables don’t just let us compete with strangers, they let us peep on them too appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Moto G successor spotted on Indian import database

Android Central - 1 Sep 2014 12:15
Moto G successor spotted onMotorola is set to unveil the successor to the Moto G, dubbed the Moto G2, at an event later this week. It looks like India will be one of the first countries where the new Moto G will launch, with... Motorola set to announce the device in the country on September 5th. According to a listing on Indian import export database Zauba, Motorola has imported 70,200 units of the device in the country. While the device is listed as Moto G, the model number XT1068 has been leaked as the model number of the upcoming Moto G2, which may be called the new Moto G, following on from another leak which alleges that the Moto X successor will be called the new Moto X.
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Best mobile games of August 2014

CNET - 1 Sep 2014 12:15
Best mobile games of AugustLooking for a new game to play on your mobile device? Here's our pick of the best released in August 2014.
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Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

ReadWrite - 1 Sep 2014 12:06
Apple Is Walking Into PaymentsThe drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says... Recode.  An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9. So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets? Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by mikecogh: s://.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/5863997874/) What Apple Must Bite Into The technology is one thing. Apple has any number of means of transmitting payment data--via Bluetooth, NFC, or just over the Internet. And it has long experience in e-commerce, dating back to the late-'90s creation of the online Apple Store, which predates its physical retail outlets....
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Why Leaf Shutter Lenses Matter

The Phoblographer - 1 Sep 2014 12:04
Why Leaf Shutter Lenses MatterAward-winning wedding photographer R.J. Kern reacquaints shutterbugs about leaf shutter lenses and why they are important in his very informative blog post, "Why Leaf Shutter Lenses Matter."
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Web banking service HolviThe Finnish company is gunning for makers and small businesses that want a web-centric kind of checking account with functionality ranging from web shops to invoicing, and with the ability to... integrate with third-party services like Dropbox and Mailchimp Web banking service Holvi tests API for integrating other services with its platform originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The 11 best PC co-op games toIt's dangerous to go alone! It's good to have friends. That goes doubly so when you're facing down a zombie horde or sneaking into a hostile spy base. Here we've rounded up twelve games that are... better in every way to play with friends. Yeah, you could play some of them alone. Sure, you could (if you're insane) play some of them with random Internet strangers who love to use profanity. But if you pair up with a partner or three you'll have a much more rewarding experience.
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Just look at this majesticJust look at this majestic image of light and dark in our Universe. The latest image from the Hubble Space Telescope, it shows young stellar objects, a number of bright stars and a reflection of the... nebula known as [B77] 63. Ain't it pretty. [ESA]
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Samsung Smart Home lets you SSamsung has announced an expansion of its Smart Home portfolio at IFA 2014. Samsung Smart Home was announced at CES 2014, and launched in April, with the aim of tying together your domestic appliances... and your home environment to give you smartphone control....
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Tim Appelo of The Hollywood Reporter quotes Francis Ford Coppola on the unlikely origins of the opening sequence to Apocalypse Now, on the film's 35th anniversary: "The 'trim' barrels were filled with... film you threw away. Garbage, basically, thrown-away film turned upside down and used to space out the sound on the sound track. I reached into a barrel of this film and at random pulled out a piece of film and put it on the Moviola. It was a lot of smoke, occasionally you'd see a helicopter skid go by, just very abstract. For the hell of it, I looked at another bin of trim and one said 'The End,' The Doors music. I said, 'Oh, wouldn't it be funny if we started the movie with 'This is the end' at the beginning?'"
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Apple inks deals with Amex andApple has reportedly inked deals with American Express and other financial services firms as part of an expected push into mobile payments with the launch next week of the iPhone 6. The post Apple... inks deals with Amex and others for iPhone 6 mobile payments, report says appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Round of Ukraine Talks toMOSCOW — With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian... government troops and separatist forces. The talks between the so-called contact group are being held Monday in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. See also: Ukraine and Russia Are Closer Than Ever to All-Out War Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said Russia would not intervene militarily in Ukraine, defying reports by the Ukrainian government, NATO and Western nations that Russia has already sent troops, artillery and tanks across Ukraine's southeast border to reinforce the separatists.
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Soon you can watch PS4 streamsWatching other people play games, sometimes instead of playing them yourself, is now a thing. To ride on this new "spectator sports" growing around gaming, console makers have been trying to add... livestreaming features into their systems. Sony is one of the latest to jump on the bandwagon and will soon let you view streaming PS4 games even if all …
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Microsoft gets a three week deadline to come up with an explanation for "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws.
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Microsoft gets a three week deadline to come up with an explanation for "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws.
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Instagram wants Hyperlapse appInstagram is launching a new app called Hyperlapse that allows users to create time-lapse videos. The new app has already jumped to the top of the apps market.
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Japan says electronics OKJapan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union.
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Limited edition Leica MPLeica's limited edition MP Titanium camera has for the last four years been sold exclusively at its Ginza store in Tokyo. However, the Leica store in Miami is now offering one of the 150 units to... US-based consumers, though it'll set you back a hefty $40,000. The post Limited edition Leica MP Titanium comes to U.S., yours for $40,000 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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There Are No Descendants LeftAncient human DNA is shedding light on the peopling of the Arctic region of the Americas, revealing that the first people there did not leave any genetic descendants in the New World, unlike... previously thought. The study's researchers suggest the first group of people in the New World Arctic may have lived in near-isolation for more than 4,000 years because of a mindset that eschewed adopting new ideas. It remains a mystery why they ultimately died off, they added. The first people in the Arctic of the Americas may have arrived about 6,000 years ago, crossing the Bering Strait from Siberia. The area was the last region of the New World that humans populated due to its harsh and frigid nature.
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Whatsapp for Android Wear is finally out of beta, which means that you can now add Whatsapp notifications and voice messaging to the list of things your new-fangled smartwatch can do. [Android Police]...
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Apple hires prominent techApple has hired Anand Lal Shimpi, the founder of hardcore nuts-and-bolts tech website AnandTech. Shimpi announced his retirement from tech publishing on the weekend, 18 years after he began blogging... at age 14 - Ryan Smith is the new editor in chief at AnandTech, a publication […] Apple hires prominent tech blogger Anand Lal Shimpi originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Samsung unveils CurvedYou may have a brand new shiny Samsung curved TV, but those flat speakers flanking it just breaks the spell of the TVs alluring curves. Luckily for you, Samsung has just announced a new Soundbar that... will complement that TV with its own curves and can even take the place of the TV stand. Continuing the audio theme, the company …
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An anonymous reader writes New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend,... revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister and nobody knows what will drop next. Emails revealed that the blogger, called "Whale Oil", was in contact with both a government minister in charge of New Zealand's white collar crime investigations unit and with a PR man acting for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation.
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As we have for the past several years, my ConnectSafely.org co-director Anne Collier and I are attending this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to talk about child protections, child rights... and digital citizenship, including children's' access to social media and other Internet resources. The ninth annual IGF takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, September 2nd through the 5th.
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Robo therapists for stroke victims

Geek Time - 1 Sep 2014 11:06
Robo therapists for strokeAbracadabra's robots will give stroke survivors an intensive engaging activity platform to assist in the rehabilitation process at home
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Let's face it: with certain exceptions, most sculptures are pretty static and won't hold your interest for more than a brief glance. You may pay more notice to Hypersonic's Breaking Wave project,... however. Effectively, it's a "programmed" analog...
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Ten years after the end of WWII, Germany was rebuilding. Cities like Berlin, which had been severely damaged during the war were emerging from the rubble as the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or 'economic... miracle' transformed West Germany. In the immediate post-war period hundreds of thousands of allied troops were stationed in the divided country, many of them with cameras. Found recently at a flea market, the images in this article date from 1956-7 and were taken by a US Serviceman in Berlin. Click through to take a look. 
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Scientist Are Now UsingMalaria is a hard disease to treat -- but it's even harder to detect. A new breakthrough uses a technology similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that essentially detects parasite poop in the... blood of infected patients to provide a reliable diagnosis.
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Australia Government BuysSYDNEY — The Australia Prime Minister has ordered a fleet of bombproof BMWs to protect leaders during the G20 summit this year. The $6.2 million fleet can withstand AK47 fire, attacks with explosive... devices or armour-piercing weapons. See also: The 12 Most Expensive Cars at the New York Auto Show "The optimised-armour plates are made from an incredibly strong special steel, and fit the bodywork of the car like a second skin," car manufacturer BMW said on their website. "And reducing the number of components also increases the level of protection for the occupants, as there are far fewer potential points of vulnerability."
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Personalise your PS4 and PSYou will soon be able to customise the backgrounds on your PS4 and/or PS Vita consoles as Sony is bringing personalisation themes to the platforms. Announced during the company's pre-Tokyo Game Show... press conference, the new feature will come as part...
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday,... citing a person familiar with the situation.
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Microsoft started teasing its Lumia 730 "selfie phone" last month with an invite to a press conference in Berlin on Thursday. While the invite teased "join us for more face time" and a Lumia camera,... Microsoft has posted a fresh teaser today that's simply a selfie photo. In an obvious nod to what Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop previously described as a "selfie phone" during a private internal company meeting, it's clear Microsoft is preparing to unveil its Lumia 730 on Thursday.
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The Secret To Hiring GreatEveryone wants to hire more engineers, including you, driving software salaries through the roof. Unfortunately, it's very likely that you don't have the slightest clue how to recruit well. Take... heart. While your ability to spot real talent in an interview may be weak, open source makes it relatively easy to see who can actually code, and who simply knows how to answer useless, abstruse questions.  Engineering Success Finding great technical talent is important. In fact, in a world increasingly run by developers, I'd argue that it's the most important thing any company does, whether it's a technology vendor or a manufacturer of cars or clothes. The better the engineering, the better the product, and the better the product, the less reliant your company needs to be on sales and...
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Apple tipped to unveil iPhoneWhenever Apple announces a new iPhone, it announces an entire ecosystem to go along with it. According to a source who shall not be named, part of that new ecosystem will be the iPhone Wallet, a... mobile payment system that will try to venture in a retail world where others have gone to little or no success. On a technological …
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Samsung comes up with theDuring the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin this week Samsung will publicly show its sound solution for those that plump for a curved TV. It's a soundbar and it's also curved. The Samsung... Curved Soundbar (designated HW-H7500 and HW-H7501,...
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Samsung comes up with theDuring the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin this week Samsung will publicly show its sound solution for those that plump for a curved TV. It's a soundbar and it's also curved. The Samsung... Curved Soundbar (designated HW-H7500 and HW-H7501,...
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Some 40 scientists and technicians from around the world will descend on Jordan in November to take part in a simulated on-site inspection of a suspected nuclear test site on the banks of the Dead... Sea.
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Bloomberg: Apple's Teamed WithOver the weekend, it was rumored that Apple was working with American Express to turn your iPhone into a smart wallet. Now, a new report suggests that Apple is also teaming up with Visa and... MasterCard, too.
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Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure

Phys.org - 1 Sep 2014 10:18
Alibaba IPO comes with unusualForeigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure.
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