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12 Feb 2013 - Global
North Korean earthquake wasNorth Korea threatened last month to carry out its third nuclear test, and all indications are that it has done so this morning. Reuters reports that a UN Security Council diplomat confirmed the test,... and a South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman told Bloomberg that there was a "high possibility" a 5.1-magnitude artificial tremor in the North was caused by a nuclear explosion. Yonhap quotes a South Korean official as saying that North Korea alerted the US and China yesterday of its plans to test a nuclear device. The South is currently working to confirm the source of the tremor, but it will likely take some time before we know if a nuclear device was involved for sure -- or whether the test could be considered a success. United...
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Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR

DPhoto Journal - 12 Feb 2013 11:25
Last Updated (12 February'13): Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is a 16MP 1/2″ EXR CMOS II Sensor Digital Camera with Fujinon 20x Optical Zoom Lens equivalent Focal Length: 25-500mm in a 35mm format. It... features 3.0-inch LCD Monitor with 920k-Dot resolutions, Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60fps, RAW+JPEG Shooting Mode, Equivalent ISO 100-12800,
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MIT crafts genetic circuitsIt's easy to find work on gene-based storage; finding genes that will do any of the heavy lifting is another matter. MIT believes it has a genetic circuit that will finally get to work, and then some.... In using recombinase enzymes to alter DNA sequences serving as logic gates, researchers have developed a cellular circuit that not only mimics its silicon cousins, but has its own built-in memory. As the gate activation makes permanent changes to a given DNA sequence, any gate actions stay in memory for up to 90 generations -- and will hang around even if the cell's life is cut short. MIT sees its technique as having ultimate uses for areas where longer-term memory is important, such as environmental sensors, but could also see varying output values helping with digital-to-analog converters...
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Security startup Nok Nok LabsFingerprinting, voice recognition and even a glance in a smartphone camera could become the standard for user authentication in cloud applications if a new security protocol from Nok Nok Labs takes... off.
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Remember the Hilarious HorrorOh my god. This is perfect. Because things on the Internet never really die and because old terrible things on the Internet eventually become wonderful and especially because Geocities was so... hilariously awful, One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age is my new favorite website. It posts screenshots of old Geocities pages in all their blinging, blinking, clip art, galaxy background glory. I can't get enough of this. More
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Dish's Charlie Ergen onCharlie Ergen, chairman and co-founder of Dish Network, was the keynote speaker on the first night of the D:Dive Into Media conference in Dana Point, California., and without question, he's going to... be a tough act to follow. The hour-long conversation touched on everything from Ergen's expertise at the blackjack table to his belief that there are just two kinds of people in the world -- "those who get results, and those who make excuses" -- but host Peter Kafka dove right into the major issue at hand: the Hopper. Head on past the break for a rundown of the interview.
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Five Scientific Facts on HowValentine's Day is coming up (it's Thursday I hear), which probably means you'll be eating overpriced chocolate with your sweet loved one or eating fair priced chocolate alone. Either way, have no... guilt because chocolate is "good" for you! These five scientific facts about the chemicals of chocolate prove it so. I BELIEVE. More
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Iconic 'Batman' art turnedDC Comics' Death of the Family has been one of the best-received Batman series in recent memory, not least because of Greg Capullo's fantastic art work. The Made By ABVH Tumblr has shared some... expertly-animated GIFs based on a selection of illustrations from the series by Capullo and Patrick Gleason. As the files are quite large, we'll hold off sharing more GIFs, but you can find the full collection in the source link below.
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Extinction-Level Super VolcanoBad news, everyone - you have another near-certain world-ending catastrophe to look forward to. Scientists have confirmed that two continent-sized chemical blobs of partially melted...
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'Wildman' Kickstarter campaignTwo weeks ago, game developer Gas Powered Games said it was "betting the company" on its Wildman Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it looks like the bet didn't pay off: Gas Powered Games has... canceled its Kickstarter campaign just two days before funding was due to close. The campaign managed to raise $504,120 of its $1.1 million goal, but rather than make a last-ditch effort to publicize it, the developer has decided to "focus [its] attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running" instead. It also took the opportunity to thank its backers, saying it's "profoundly grateful" to those that pledged through Kickstarter. As for the fate of Wildman, Gas Powered Games hasn't shared specifics just yet, but says it'll make future...
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Netflix's 'House of Cards'Netflix's new and disruptive series "House of Cards" needs some social and technology products to give it a bigger foundation.
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LinkedIn is useful... it makes you feel 'viewed' Sysadmin Blog LinkedIn made money in 2012. By all accounts it has done better than it had the year before, and as a result its stock price has soared.... Despite this, I have some serious questions about the service, even as my fellow technorati fall all over themselves to heap praise upon the company....
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How to sacrifice your onlineYou have value--and not just as a good friend, loving family member, and upstanding member of society. You're also a valuable commodity that companies buy and sell. Your age, browsing habits, and... friends lists are all hot properties. And yes, all this data is recorded, packaged, and sold to the highest bidder by your favorite websites. This shouldn't come as a surprise, of course. Advertising is the lifeblood of the Web, and without it we'd all have to pay for content that currently comes to us free. But make no mistake: Every time you surf a modern, advertising-supported website, you relinquish personal information to the site's advertising partners, which use this data to target particular ads to particular people. As a result, your private information has real-world value for pretty...
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How chivalry is not yet deadLancelot was prepared to risk his honour as a knight and even the wrath of his king to win the love of Guinevere. And it seems modern men are little different from the knights of legend.
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BlackBerry Z10 goes under theBlackBerry Z10 devices have only been out in the wild for roughly a week, but the folks at UBM TechInsights have already forced one of the handset's open to figure out just what parts make it tick.... Prying the device apart revealed the expected Snapdragon S4 Plus and three other parts from Qualcomm accompanied by Samsung-made RAM and storage. What stands out most to the dismantlers, however, is that the Z10 packs many of the same components in Samsung's Galaxy family of devices, particularly those of the LTE-toting GS3. It's not the most scrutinizing tear down, but you can hit the bordering source link for the entire parts list and full set of images.
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Nokia Sells Oulu Campus ForThe assets sale at Nokia, the world's former number one mobile maker, continues. After selling and leasing back its headquarters in December -- injecting $230 million (€170 million) into its coffers... -- the company has now sold its Peltola campus in Oulu to domestic business space provider Technopolis for €30.5 million ($40.9 million).
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Nokia Sells Oulu Campus ForThe assets sale at Nokia, the world's former number one mobile maker, continues. After selling and leasing back its headquarters in December -- injecting $230 million (€170 million) into its coffers... -- the company has now sold its Peltola campus in Oulu to domestic business space provider Technopolis for €31.7 million ($42.5 million).
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Discover new revenue modelsClay Shirky has said publishing "isn't an industry any more -- it's a button," and that truth is impacting everything from books and newspapers to television and music. Stay ahead of the media and... content curve at paidContent Live this April in NYC.
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Google To Pay Apple $1 BillionApple and Google are ennemies and partners at the same time due to asymmetric competition. According to a report from Morgan Stanley, Google could pay more than $1 billion in 2014 to remain the... default search engine on iOS. In 2009, Google paid only $82 million for the privilege. Analyst Scott Devitt believes that it is a per-device deal growing every year.
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Architect Gert Wingårdh and illustrator Kustaa Saksi have designed an installation at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair for "The Hello! Show," which offers debates around the workplace, design... and communication. The event space has been constructed using 700,000 sheets in total. It is reminiscent of a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an "altar" for the panel. The tabletops are made of a mirror laminate and balance on stacks of A4 paper sheets. Stacks also hang from the roof in a Venetian blind-like construction, with the lowest sheet in each stack carrying part of an enormous illustration that forms the dome-shaped ceiling. "I'm fascinated by archite...
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Vertu's New Android: HandmadeVertu, the purveyors of luxury cell phones, has announced its latest waste of money. Called the Ti, it's handmade in England and can be yours for the princely sum of $10,000. More
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Cops: 'Wait. What if ... ?' Pranksters managed to hack a TV emergency alert system in Montana on Monday to broadcast an on-air audio warning about the supposed start of a zombie apocalypse....
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Foursquare adds tips andIn a continuing effort to be more of a discovery and recommendation engine, Foursquare has updated the mobile version of its place pages with more information for non-members. In the past, whenever... users of the location-based app shared info about a place via Twitter, Facebook, email or text, friends without the app would be led to a relatively barebones link with details like the address, phone number and not much else. Now that mobile-friendly page is spruced up with all-important tips and photos, which makes that sharing function infinitely more useful for would-be shoppers and diners who aren't into the whole Foursquare thing just yet. Of course, there's that not-so-subtle "Download the App" hint at the top right to nudge them that direction, but that's entirely unnecessary if all your...
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Ugly turn in Vodacom, WirelessG battle

Tech Central - 12 Feb 2013 12:26
The battle between WirelessG and Vodacom, which holds 26% of the specialist Wi-Fi provider, is getting uglier. On Tuesday, WirelessG CEO Carel van der Merwe said in comments e-mailed to TechCentral... that Vodacom had "reached a state of total incompetence" and said the mobile
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Zombies are not invadingIf you happened to be watching the Steve Wilkos Show in Great Falls, Montana yesterday, you may have had your viewing interrupted by a strange emergency alert warning of a statewide zombie apocalypse.... Fortunately for everyone, it was just a hoax. As the Associated Press reports, it appears that Great Falls affiliate KRTV was hacked by a prankster intent on spreading mistruths about walking corpses. "The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and are attacking the living," the station's emergency announcer said. "Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous." According to the Great Falls Tribune, at least four people called in to local police asking whether the alert was real. ...
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Vertu's new Android smartphoneVertu, once the high-end branch of the Nokia empire, has released a new super-expensive handset, the Ti. As usual for a Vertu, the materials list reads more like a luxury watch advertisement than a... cellphone; the Ti is encased in titanium, has a sapphire crystal display, and is handmade in England. Unlike the Vertus of old, the Ti runs Android, but although it comes with the addition of the company's 24-hour concierge service, it's still the 16-month old Android 4.0. The Ti also has dated specs: for around $10,000 (and that's just the starting price), you'll get a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor. The company's head of design Hutch Hutchinson defends the price-to-specs ratio saying "Vertu will never be at...
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Aliens: Colonial Marines Reviewed With A Single GIF

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 12:05
Aliens: Colonial MarinesThe reviews for Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox's latest addition to xenomorph lore, are in. And they're bad. In fact, it's pretty much the worst-reviewed game...
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What do a squirrel, stingray and LL Cool J have a common? They all love to photobomb. The rapper is giving fans an opportunity get photobombed by him on Whaddup.LLCoolJ.com. It's an innovative... marketing ploy that attracts visitors to the website, which currently streams LL's latest single, "Whaddup" featuring Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello and DJ Z-Trip. The group performed the old-school hip-hop song, below, at Sunday's 55th Grammy Awards. On the website, fans are greeted with the words, "GET PHOTO BOMBED BY LL COOL J," followed by a button labelled "Let's do this," underneath. After clicking the button, participants can upload an image, then drag and drop one of six photos...
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And is it in the cellar, the attic ... or the cloud? Last week's article about home labs and their career-enhancing powers produced some interesting comments from readers about their home labs....
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Deskarma Launches Coffee Who,Deskarma, which originally launched as a knowledge sharing app aimed at professionals but has since pivoted to focus on collaboration in the enterprise, has launched Coffee Who, a single-use web app... to get employees talking via face-to-face meetings -- over coffee, of course. It taps into a wider trend, says the London and Melbourne-based company, that will increasingly see enterprises supplement their core IT systems and uber-social networking platforms with "disposable apps for specific uses", much in the same way as apps carve out their niche in the consumer space. That's the bet anyway.
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Apple Issues iOS 6.1.1 UpdateApple has issued an iOS update for iPhone 4S owners to fix a problem with the iOS 6.1 update that had reportedly caused network connectivity problems on some European carriers' networks. It's unclear... why the problems only affected the iPhone 4S, and whether other regions were also affected. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed update 6.1.1 is now out for iPhone 4S owners.
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Sonos app gets universalAsk a Sonos listener about flaws in the Controller app and you'll often hear about three sticking points: favorites buried in separate sections, the absence of an official Android widget and an iOS... version that still isn't optimized for the iPhone 5. As of Tuesday, the company is cleaning house by curing all three hiccups at once. A new software update puts a source-independent Sonos Favorites section at the top of the menu system; Android users now have a playback widget to quickly skip tracks, and the iPhone app finally takes advantage of those 176 extra lines on the screen. All the official Controller releases should see their fixes appear at relevant app stores soon, if not by the time you read this.
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Would You Want to FlyThere can be no denying that designer Guillaume Binard's "Oceanwings" look slightly ridiculous. But with the promise of letting you fly underwater, they're a strangely tempting prospect, too. More
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X-Wing Kickstarter LaunchedAn attempt to fund a real-life X-Wing squadron has been launched online after a project to build a Death Star raised more than £200,000. The...
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It's like all our storage Christmases came at once Seagate aims to ship enhanced capacity shingled magnetic recording (SMR) disk drives later this year and bring in Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording... (HAMR) technology next year, a full two years earlier than supposed. Possibly this is its riposte to the helium gas attack mounted by WD subsidiary HGST....
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Hackers broadcast TV 'zombieA message telling of a fake zombie apocalypse is heard on a TV station in Montana.
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What now for SA telecoms?

Tech Central - 12 Feb 2013 11:29
Over the weekend, the Sunday Independent reported that President Jacob Zuma plans to axe communications minister Dina Pule, after it was discovered that her alleged boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa,... benefited improperly from the ICT Indaba in Cape Town
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Black Oops: Indie Game Leads BAFTA Game Awards Nominations

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 11:22
Black Oops: Indie Game LeadsThe world's biggest video game studios have been put to shame in this year's BAFTA Game Awards nominations by an indie developer. Journey, a 3D...
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American Express cardholdersIf driving to a store and waving your phone by a terminal puts too much sweat on your brow, American Express has launched a new way to part with your money in exchange for physical goods that's even... more effortless. Since last year, Amex Sync has let American Express cardholders earn discounts in return for posting tweets including hashtags about certain products, and now it's letting them buy things just by tweeting special hashtags. After signing up for the service, users can send out a tweet with a hashtag such as #BuyAmexGiftCard25, reply to the @AmexSync account to confirm their purchase and wait for the package to arrive via free 2-day shipping. As of now, the outfit is offering a $25 American Express gift card for $15, but will being offering up new products, ranging from a Kindle...
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Robotics lab Willow GarageOn Monday, IEEE Spectrum reported that Willow Garage, the Silicon Valley-based robotics company behind the PR2 personal robot, will be closing its doors within the "next few months." Current and... former Willow Garage employees told IEEE Spectrum that the decision was announced internally on Friday, but the company initially declined to comment. Late Monday night, however, president and CEO Steve Cousins published a statement to Willow's blog, saying that the company has decided to "enter the world of commercial opportunities," marking "an important change to our funding model." Cousins went on to say that the PR2 personal robot and ROS open source platform would continue to receive support, though according to IEEE Spectrum, he stopped...
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A Cape Town man allegedly posted nude pictures of his lover on Facebook before disappearing.
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LG has updated its Optimus L Series handsets, and plans to showcase them all at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, which takes place from Feb. 25 to 28 in Barcelona. All the new devices will get a... "II" at the end of their names, so we'll be introduced to LG Optimus L3II, L5II and L7II. LG Optimus L7II -- the most powerful device of the bunch -- will have a 4.3-inch WVGA IPS screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 768MB of RAM memory and 4GB of storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards. The L7II's battery will get bumped up to 2,460 mAh, and it will come with Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean. As far as its smaller brethren go, the L5II will have a 4-inch WVGA...
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SA gets with the gaming program

IOL - 12 Feb 2013 11:06
Romania has officially challenged South Africa to an online Test match in the action-strategy game Dota 2.
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IBM puts Watson to work on cancer

IOL - 12 Feb 2013 11:06
The supercomputer has been sifting through about 600,000 pieces of medical evidence.
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Apple's iWatch coming soon?

IOL - 12 Feb 2013 11:05
Apple is testing a watch-like device which could perform some smartphone functions, US media reports said.
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Facebook sued over 'like' button

IOL - 12 Feb 2013 11:05
Rembrandt Social Media has filed a suit against the social networking giant, claiming that the like button infringes on patents it holds.
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Netflix teams with DreamWorks Animation for kids' TV series.
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I'm sick of this high value content, get me some CATS Freesat is celebrating the sale of three million reception-capable devices, and will be showcasing an HTML5 YouTube client on its new "" boxes... really quite soon now....
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Review: Aliens: ColonialAliens: Colonial Marines is a trainwreck. There's no other way to describe it; the PC version is an outdated, buggy mess. The game makes a decent first impression, starting off with a bang as you... board the now-abandoned U.S.S. Sulaco in search of survivors, but it doesn't take long to realize that all you're really doing is running from switch to switch, occasionally shooting an enemy or two. And trust me, there are a whole lot of switches. Between those switches you're likely to run afoul of an inexcusably unrelenting mess of technical bugs, and if that isn't enough to deter you from plowing through waves of bland xenomorph enemies, the unreliable checkpoint system that forces you into a repetitive dance with the latter five or ten minutes of every fight certainly will be. Checkpoints...
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Fujifilm Finepix F850EXR

DPhoto Journal - 12 Feb 2013 11:00
Last Updated (12 February'13): Fujifilm Finepix F850EXR is a 16MP 1/2″ EXR CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with Fujinon 20x Optical Zoom Lens equivalent Focal Length: 25-500mm in a 35mm format. It... features 3.0-inch LCD Monitor with 920k-Dot resolutions, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60fps, Equivalent ISO 100-12800, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Advanced Filter and Film
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Get ready for a facehug!It's been almost three decades since "Aliens" first arrived in theaters, but on Tuesday the iconic science fiction film filled with evil aliens, badass space marines and nefarious corporate... shenanigans is getting a brand new sequel. It just so happens that this sequel is one you can play.
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This Is Why Chemistry Is Amazing

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 10:58
This Is Why Chemistry IsYou were glad to see the back of chemistry at high school because it's so dull, right? Wrong! Chemistry is amazing, and it helps explain what all the stuff around us is and where it comes from. More
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Amex Launches Pay By Tweet,Amex has extended its Twitter sync feature to enable customers who have synced their Amex account information with Twitter to also pay for certain products by tweeting purchase hashtags. Amex launched... its original Twitter Sync feature last March -- to allow customers get discount deals by tweeting offer hashtags. Now the card company has gone a step further by integrating payment into Twitter.
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Video: 'Aliens: Colonial"Aliens: Colonial Marines" suffers from a boring story and inferior graphics that makes it feel like a last generation game. NBCNews.com's Todd Kenreck reviews the game. (In-Game)
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Raspbmc 1.0 brings stableAfter a year of effort the Raspbmc team announced it has reached the 1.0 milestone. This means the team is confident they've achieved a stable port of XBMC specifically designed to run on the... Raspberry Pi and the image is ready to downloaded for free and copied to your ready and able SD card. If you were already enjoying the fruits of the early builds of Raspbmc, you'll need to do a complete re-install but that shouldn't be too much trouble since you probably store your content on a network drive or external USB. Raspbmc 1.0 is based on the recently finished XMBC 12 Final and supports DTS decoding in software. This is in addition to many other codecs supported in software and you can purchase licenses from the Raspberry Pi Store for MPEG-2 and VC-1 hardware decoding for just a few bucks. A...
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Fuji FinePix S6800

DPhoto Journal - 12 Feb 2013 10:36
Last Updated (12 February'13): Fuji FinePix S6800 is a 16.2-MP 1/2.3″ Back-Side-Illuminated CMOS sensor Digital Camera with Fujinon 30x Optical Zoom Lens equivalent Focal Length: 24-720mm in a 35mm... format. It features 3.0-inch LCD Monitor with 460k-Dot resolutions, Full HD 1080i Video Recording at 60fps, Equivalent ISO 64-12800, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, 8fps Continuous Shooting Rate,
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Gemalto pitches in to manage the machines Gemalto and Ericsson have partnered to create SIM-less mobile phones aimed at machines rather than people - though the technology and techniques developed... will be well-received in Cupertino....
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Vertu makes post-NokiaVertu is back with another absurdly-priced smartphone, only this time it runs an out-of-date version of Android, rather than the entirely-out-of-date Symbian. Oh, and $10K will only get you the... entry-level version.
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Adobe preemptively cuts pricesAdobe has suddenly knocked 20 percent off its prices in Australia just one day after it was summoned to publicly defend those prices in front of a parliamentary committee. The monthly fee for a... subscription to Adobe's full Creative Cloud has dropped from AU$63 to AU$50, so it's now only $1 more than the US price when you factor in currency. The no-contract monthly cost has also fallen to match how much Americans pay -- from AU$95 to AU$75 -- which is exactly what Australian lawmakers have been demanding since 2011. We can't decide if this is a move of brilliant cunning on Adobe's part, or just a blatant effort to side-step blame for how much it's been charging up to this point. Either way, it puts Microsoft and Apple in a sticky situation, because they've been summoned to the same inquiry...
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Holocaust stories preservedThere are an estimated 500,000 Holocaust survivors alive today, but with an average age of 79, they comprise an ever-dwindling part of the world's population. Their stories, however, will almost... certainly live on, thanks in part to innovative efforts like New Dimensions in Testimony -- an initiative that aims to record and preserve their harrowing histories through 3D holographic avatars. Launched by USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the project effectively converts existing survivors into full-body, interactive holograms. Using seven high speed cameras, researchers recorded hours worth of testimony from people like 80-year-old Pinchas Gutter, who spent his early childhood in a Nazi...
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Martian 'Robot Arm' Mystery Solved?

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 10:16
Martian 'Robot Arm' MysteryA mysterious metallic object discovered on Mars dubbed a 'robot arm' has been explained by scientists... probably. The strange feature was spotted in an image...
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Nokia announces Asha 310,After being deemed smartphone worthy back in September last year, the S40 platform has just gained another member with the $102 Nokia Asha 310. The follow-up to the Asha 308 and 309, the latest... handset rocks a 3-inch 400 x 240 capacitive touchscreen and touts support for a pair of SIMs along with WiFi -- the very first such device to come out of Espoo. Other specs include easy swap functionality, 128MB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, Nokia's Xpress Browser, a 2-megapixel camera and Nokia Maps navigation. Alas there's no 3G, but WiFi should at least come in handy to download the 40 free EA games on offer. No word on stateside availability just yet, but expect it to land in emerging markets in the Q1 of this year.
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Not long ago, on a website one click away A duo of Empire-hating rebels have realised the Kickstarter Death Star is a threat to the Rebel Alliance and they're looking for all like-minded galactic... citizens to chip in for a fleet of $11m X-Wings....
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Social Money Transfer ServiceAzimo, the UK-based social money transfer service aiming to disrupt an industry dominated by legacy players Western Union and Moneygram, is rolling out integration with Facebook to make it easy for... users of the uber-social network to send money to one another. A first for the remittance industry, claims the company, with perhaps PayPal-to-PayPal transfers coming closest.
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Tell us what you think is the best thing to do with a tablet for a chance to win.
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SA illegal phone problem growing

News24 - 12 Feb 2013 10:00
SA illegal phone problemCordless phones that are not authorised by Icasa can cause interference on mobile networks, and the problem is growing, Vodacom has said.
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Vertu's first AndroidThat fancy Vertu Ti handset we saw pop up last month? It's finally been priced, predictably out of the average buyer's price range. Sticker shock starts at €7,900, or about $10,587, and buys... eccentrics with money to burn a sapphire-covered 800 x 480 display, 1.5GHz of processing power and a 1,250mAh battery -- all wrapped in a durable titanium shell. What's it missing? 4G connectivity, unfortunately. "Vertu will never be at the bleeding edge of technology," Vertu head of design Hutch Hutchison told the BBC. "It has to be about relevant technology and craftsmanship -- it's not a disposable product." At those prices, we'd certainly hope not. Vertu phones might not be packed with the mobile world's latest tech, but Hutchison says that the top dollar pricetag buys better durability. "People...
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New Sony Playstation will showWhen Sony pulls back the curtain on the next-generation PlayStation videogame console, the world will see how much the Japanese consumer electronics titan has been paying attention.
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Below Absolute Zero: Negative Temperatures Explained

Physics Central - 12 Feb 2013 09:53
Below Absolute Zero: NegativeWhat does it mean?
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In a new YouTube video, Overly Attached Girlfriend delivers a Valentine's Day poem sure to give you goosebumps in the worst possible way. "Roses are red, violets are blue, be my Valentine, I'm waiting... for you. Blood is red, bruises are blue, don't say no," she says in the video, which went online Monday. The abrupt ending inspired some commenters to provide sinister possible endings to the poem, including "Or I'll kill you." What do you think of the video? Creepy or funny? Tell us in the comments, below. Image courtesy of YouTube, wzr0713 More About: overly attached girlfriend, valentine's day
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Samsung Display dropsWhile actual peace is suddenly in some doubt in the region, Korean display makers LG Display and Samsung Display have moved a step closer to resolving their legal issues. Yonhap News reports that... Samsung has dropped a request to block LG's products based on the use of its confidential OLED tech. LG responded by trying to ban several Galaxy phones and tablets, however just a few days ago it was reported that the two are meeting behind closed doors to work out the disagreements. If they can come to an agreement, let's hope that spirit of goodwill can extend to nuke wielding world leaders and tech giants alike.
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After being summonsed to appear before the IT pricing inquiry, the software vendor has now made its Creative Cloud individual membership fee AU$13 cheaper.
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NBN Co is attempting to tackle the tricky issue of obtaining consent from unit owners to roll out fibre into multi-dwelling units.
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Only time will tell if smartwatches can attract a big following.
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The sky isn't falling! At least now nor in 2106, asteroid experts say.
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No crappy crossbar to blame either O2 customers in Birmingham have been listening in to callers in Scotland with the kind of crossed lines not seen on a telephone network for decades....
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Tokyoflash Kisai OTO watchWorking with a concept sent in from a German fan, Tokyoflash's latest watch design bakes in a sound sensor which reacts to ambient noise through an on-wrist graphic equalizer. Naturally, the Kisai OTO... also a packs time read-out, splitting hours, minutes and seconds (read vertically) across two lines. Above and below that, you'll find the flickering equalizer, although anyone that finds it a little too distracting during the day can switch them off. You can even go completely the other way and nix the watch display for party hours. There's still the requisite alarm and date settings and you can pick from blue, green red or amber light-up displays. All color options are all paired with a black anodized aluminum strap, while the watch can be charged through USB. It's available to order now,...
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How The Nuke From N. Korea'sNorth Korea reportedly tested a nuclear weapon tonight. For perspective, its recently demonstrated long-range missile could potentially deliver a bomb capable of taking out downtown San Francisco.
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Samsung Puts NFC Stickers InSamsung and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have placed Samsung-branded NFC stickers in all 51 outlets in Singapore. Their marketing campaign runs from 8 February to 7 March, and will reward Samsung... NFC-device users with an upsized drink for tapping the poster and Liking Coffee Bean's Facebook page after it pops up. Right now, that means the Galaxy S3 or Note 2 devices, and you still have to Like the page to complete the deal. I don't see this one going too far in terms of helping the adoption of NFC stickers or even raising the number of Likes for Coffee Bean here, especially since the promotion only runs for a month. It's interesting, though, to see NFC continue to be used in different ways by large vendors, although each brand not working with each other to move NFC forward is a huge bump in...
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Could This Be the iPhone 5S?

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 08:49
Photos of what may be Apple's next iPhone surfaced online Monday. Posted by a Chinese technology site, the images allegedly show the iPhone 5S already going into production. Nearly identical to the... iPhone 5, the handset shown in the photos has an updated vibration motor (some have complained the iPhone 5's is too noisy). Beyond that minor difference, however, it looks identical to the model currently on the market. Apple launched the iPhone 5 last September. The Chinese site also suggested that an iPhone 6 was on the way, soon. It said the 6 will sport a larger display, increasing from 4.8 inches to 5 inches. This past weekend, rumors surfaced that the Cupertino, Calif. compa...
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Tense battles against aliens hampered by outdated visuals.
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Explorers reenact Shackleton'sIt's been lauded as one of the greatest survival stories of all-time.
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Sonos tackles TV sound with Playbar speaker.
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Google Now widget leaks, getsMountain View has silently been updating Google Now for a while -- throwing in a pedometer, some travel tools and even limited desktop support. A premature update to the feature's support page has... revealed what's next: widgets. The proposed tool promises to give your Now cards a suitable abode on your device's home or lock screens, presenting a summary of your card selection at a glance. A single tap will dive directly into the full Google Now experience, offering you a better look at the corresponding deets. We aren't sure when or even how this feature will land, but it's sure to be a welcome addition when it does. After all, it's all about getting the right information at the right time.
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First Apple dominated the smartphone, then the tablet computer. Apple's next frontier is the wristwatch. Hopefully, Apple doesn't dumb it down too much.
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Although oDesk and Etsy may be successful startups that have come from Silicon Valley, both say that they would have been just as successful if they had started in Australia, because they took a... global approach.
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With the release of the Victorian government's IT strategy, the public now has a better idea of what actions will be prioritised and when they will be tackled.
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Super model feeds fan interest with iPhone photos on social media.
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Snapchat adds video messagingUsers of the iOS version of the photo messaging app Snapchat got to try their hand at video in December, and now the company is offering the same functionality to some Android users. As spotted by... TechCrunch, Snapchat announced that it was making a beta version of the app available that adds video messaging, however it appears there's a catch or two. The download site doesn't appear to be working for international users, and those that can see the link are also greeted with a timer counting ominously down -- currently scheduled to hit zero at 5AM ET Tuesday. We wouldn't be surprised if the link ceased working altogether at that time, but in the meantime, the download window is open. Just make sure those videos really do disappear when...
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The check-in social network adds yet another feature that puts it in competition with recommendation sites such as Yelp.
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THNX ... I canz make conversashun with el cat If you've got nothing better to do than faff around on Twitter, you're likely to be the sort who will enjoy having your Twitter account translated into... Lolcatz, the language. Not your actual tweets, nor the tweets of anyone else, but just the various commands and buttons that furnish the page around the tweets....
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are among the 50 "most generous" donors of 2012, according to a new list. The Chronicle of Philanthropy revealed that Zuckerberg, 28, and Chan,... 27, donated nearly $500 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with donors to manage their contributions. The couple gave 18 million shares of Facebook stock -- valued at $498.8 million -- to the foundation to support education and health programs. Zuckerberg announced his donation via Facebook last December. In the post, the billionaire said that he and Chan, a pediatrician, committed to donating most of the money they earn to charity. In...
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Sony Alpha NEX-7

DPhoto Journal - 12 Feb 2013 07:46
Last Updated (12 February'13): - Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera that produces images with superb detail and amazing enlargements.... It comes with variety of interesting features such as up to 10 fps shooting, AVCHD 1080/60p/60i/24p HD movies, APS-C size HD image sensor, Sweep
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Kabbage Brings Data-FocusedKabbage, which provides working capital to online merchants, is expanding to the UK, the company's first market outside the United States.
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Following a report that it will close, the popular startup says it will instead become a self-sustaining company.
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Contest seeks names for 2 Pluto moons

News24 - 12 Feb 2013 07:27
Contest seeks names for 2Astronomers have announced a contest to name the two small moons of Pluto discovered over the past two years.
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Android 4.2.2 updateAfter a few sightings early in January we hadn't heard much about a new version of Android 4.2, but posters on Reddit and Android Police say 4.2.2 is starting to pop up on several flavors of Nexus... hardware. First spotted on a r/Android poster's GSM Galaxy Nexus and later on Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets (as shown above), there's no changes listed other than "performance and stability," however there's hope that this includes promised fixes for Bluetooth A2DP issues. We haven't seen any new software on our devices and there's no official word yet, let us know in the comments if you're seeing anything new on your mobile device. [Image credit: Marco Duran]
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The reclusive country confirmed today that a 5.1-magnitude earthquake was the result of a nuclear test, and apparently this explosion was more powerful than the earlier two.
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A 4.9-magnitude disturbance that occurred in a region with little history of seismic activity maybe the reclusive nation's third nuclear test.
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Welcoming Pinnacles to theIf you visit the slice of Central California serenity known as Pinnacles, you might notice the sign out front now says, "National Park."
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For first time in 3 years, retail tops list of sectors hit by data breaches and the Asia-Pacific sees its first instances of cloud-based services being compromised, according to a Trustwave study.
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The group buying phenomenon is more than just a phase for Australians despite claims that the industry is unsustainable, according to the analyst firm.
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The overwhelming priority for mergers and acquisitions appears to be centered around cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service, based on a new report from Ernst & Young.
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Android 4.2.2 reportedlyIf some screenshots are to be believed, an OTA update to Android 4.2.2 is rolling out now to the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 and GSM Galaxy Nexus. Early reports started trickling in on Reddit about the Galaxy... Nexus having its update waiting, but the screenshots have only shown the (trivially easy to fake) "About" screen. Android Police has pretty legitimate-looking OTA screenshots from a Nexus 10, so we're going to assume this is rolling out to at least some users at this point. Alongside the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 10, there is some word that the Nexus 7 is seeing the update as well. No word on the Nexus 4, interestingly enough, but we'd assume if the rest of the Nexuses are getting it, the Nexus 4 will be on that train too. We're of course not sure what all this update has in it, but we're not...
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8 Pro Tips for Online Dating

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 07:00
Online dating is about more than simply meeting someone -- it's about marketing yourself. Without a clear, honest profile, you might be looking forever. In honor of Valentine's Day and its impending... dating anxiety, we asked experts for their top tips to help you succeed online -- if not this week, at least soon. 1. Get an Outside Perspective Be sure that your profile makes sense to others. "One client started off her profile by talking all about her job ... But this isn't LinkedIn," said Laurie Davis, author of Love at First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating (Atria, 2013). There are tools to help you, ranging from questionnaires to full-on profile-writing services. At t...
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The Weirdest Thing on theIt's all fun and games with the fart box until someone craps on the carpet. Luckily we're not dealing with horse-sized ducks. Rhode Island School of Design grad Joshua Durst created this whimsical... animated short about a quartet of malcontent mallards and a magical box of flatulence. [Joshua Durst via Cartoon Brew] More
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Snapchat Brings Video ToSnapchat has been on a roll lately, scooping up a $13.5 million funding round from Benchmark last week, toying around with monetization features, and becoming the world's favorite misunderstood mobile... app. But today the train keeps on chugging, as Snapchat has released a beta build of its Android app that includes the ability to send self-destructing video messages along with the usual picture messages. But be forewarned, loyal Snapchatters, as the beta link expires in less than two hours.
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Google warned reporters in the Southeast Asian country that "state-sponsored attackers" possibly spied on their e-mails. The Myanmar government denies the allegation.
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Hulu Japan to show movie aheadHulu Plus is one of the few video streaming services available in Japan, and it's adopting an unusual strategy to convince local customers to get on board -- an upcoming movie will be premiered on the... service before its theatrical release. On February 19th Sougen no Isu (A Chair on the Plains), an adaptation of the novel by Teru Miyamoto, will come to Hulu Plus, and follow in theaters on the 23rd. There are a couple of catches, however: the film will only be available between 9pm and 12pm, only the first 1,000 customers will be able to watch, and you can't pause playback if it continues past midnight. Still, it's a notable experiment, and made even more so for being conducted in Japan, where studios are notoriously reticent to offer...
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Telstra's motives on P2P throttling questioned

Sydney Morning Herald - 12 Feb 2013 06:56
Telstra's motives on P2PA trial by Telstra that will slow the speed of peer-to-peer (P2P) services, commonly used for distributing movies and music online, has been met with strong criticism.
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NEW YORK -- Smearing red lipstick all over their faces and fingers, little kids like to try on mommy's makeup -- it's a mess, but also a rite of passage. Mattel has transformed that traditional play... pattern with the Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror, which Mashable saw at the 110th American International Toy Fair this week. Using an iPad and a separately purchased vanity frame, girls get to "try on" eye shadow, lipstick and glitter. They hold a wand, and dip it into pretend makeup. Using augmented reality and photo facial recognition, the makeup then appears on the user's face when she looks in the mirror. Think of it as dress-up goes digital: If you make a mistake, simply start over...
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Google Now widget revealed inGoogle showed off Android's Google Now system in a commercial last night, and the company may have another related surprise in store: a Google Now widget. As spotted by Android Central, several of... Google's official support pages now feature an image and description of a widget that "displays a summary of your current Google Now cards, either on a Home screen or on the lock screen." The example features a clean minimalist look, and according to the support page touching the widget brings up the related card in Google Now. The reference is made in the support pages for the Nexus 4 and 10, as well as the Galaxy Nexus -- but not on the pages for the Nexus 7. While it's not clear just when the addition was made, cached versions of the...
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Our home planet is due for a record setting space encounter on Friday (Feb. 15) of this week, when a space rock roughly half a football field wide skirts very close by Earth at break neck speed and... well inside the plethora of hugely expensive communications and weather satellites that ring around us in geosynchronous
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North Korea Might Have JustThis isn't good. North Korea has reportedly conducted a nuclear test. Unusual seismic activity in the region was detected that indicated a nuclear bomb and South Korea has told a United Nations... Security Council diplomat that North Korea performed a nuclear test. More
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Verizon details Droid DNADespite our love for the Droid DNA, it has a few flaws that are hard to ignore. Perhaps most vexing is the lack of an option to map the contextual menu button to the recent apps key. Fortunately,... we're now hopeful that Verizon will remedy the situation. Big Red just posted an overview of a forthcoming software update, and among the line items, it's said that users can expect "enhanced recent apps functionality." As you can see, the wording is frustratingly vague and open to interpretation, but the fix is logical and would follow precedent from HTC. Other changes are more clearly spelled out, such as improved WiFi and hotspot connectivity, better audio quality when using a wired headset and correct timestamps for incoming messages. For a complete breakdown of what's in store, just hit up...
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Here's a Cute Cat Watching Hockey

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 05:57
Yeah, so it's really just a cat watching hockey, but this video is bound to make a lot of Canadian cat lovers very happy. SEE ALSO: 5 Rejected Animal Planet Super Bowl Show Ideas And we're also really... working towards dispelling the stereotype that only dogs are advocates of athleticism -- clearly Dave the cat isn't afraid to show his hockey-loving roots. BONUS: The 33 Most-Watched Cat Videos Ever [PURR] Video courtesy of YouTube, Justine Nunes. Image via iStockphoto, walik. More About: cats, cute animals, hockey
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VIDEO: Can location-basedCan location-based apps lead to true love?
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Dish's Charlie Ergen: NetflixDish Chairman Charlie Ergen had a few kind words for Netflix at the D: Dive Into Media conference today, saying that the streaming video provider would most likely be successful. More than that,... though, he said that the company was already changing the way people are watching TV.
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Twitter is getting into e-commerce. It's now possible to buy goods online in two steps by tweeting a special hashtag.
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Google Now widget possiblyThere's not a lot to look at, but the minimalist is part of what makes is great. We're talking about Google Now, and the fact that reference to a widget has appeared on a Google support page answers... the prayers of many an Android fan. There isn't a lot of documentation, but very little is needed. Place the widget on your homescreen just like you would any other, and a click on one of the sections will open the relevant parts in Google Now. We assume that the widget will be populated based on your Google Now card preferences. There's no word on when we'll see this, or if it will be part of an OS update or an update available via Google Play. We're guessing the latter, which makes it readily available for carrier phones. We'll just have to wait to get the full details. Source: Google....
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Dish chairman Charlie ErgenCharlie Ergen, chairman and co-founder of Dish Network, said today at the D: Dive into Media conference that he doesn't "want to kill ads, I think advertising is great." It's not a ridiculously... obvious thing for him to say, given than Dish's headline product right now is the Hopper, which lets users automatically skip commercials. He says he would like a world where the DVR is better able to target more meaningful ads to users, but the broadcasters aren't working with the company. In fact, Ergen relayed several areas where his company is trying to innovate on both the television and the wireless space, but he admits that it's an uphill battle to take on these entrenched players. Dish is embroiled in a series of high-profile lawsuits...
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With Xbox EntertainmentSpeaking today at the D: Dive into Media conference, Microsoft executives Nancy Tellem and Yusuf Mehdi talked about the company's efforts to create new, original video content that will "hopefully" be... rolled out this year. It's coming out of the newly-minted "Xbox Entertainment Studios" in Los Angeles, with over 150 employees led by Tellem -- who came over to Microsoft from CBS last September. Microsoft, however, isn't taking the same tack as Netflix in creating its original content -- instead it's taking a very Microsoftian approach that will leverage the many advantages the company already has in the living room. To do it, the company is resurrecting the old chestnut of adding "interactivity" to traditional viewing experiences, but...
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Amcom profit surges on hosting

The Australian - 12 Feb 2013 05:31
Amcom profit surges on hostingIT and telecoms supplier Amcom has recorded a healthy profit jump for the half year on the back of strong gains in its hosting business.
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Ergen says he wants to change the way ads are delivered to consumers, giving viewers a choice of ads so they can be better targeted.
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Raytheon's Riot could makeWhen Raytheon isn't busy building a railgun or tinkering with exoskeletons, it apparently spends some time coding software to help keep tabs on what folks are doing online. The Guardian got ahold of a... video from 2010 that reveals a Raytheon employee demoing such software with the moniker Rapid Information Overlay Technology, or Riot for short. Instead of sifting through streams of tweets and Foursquare checkins to figure out a person's haunts and schedule, Riot collates data for users and displays it in everything from maps (saved in .kml files) and charts. Riot is even savvy enough to pull out location information saved in the exif data of photos posted online. One visualization feature in the program arranges a target's info in a spider web-like view and highlights connections between...
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Swan's sledgehammer crushes startups

ZDNet - 12 Feb 2013 05:19
Treasurer Wayne Swan's whirlwind AU$200m tax grab has sent corporations and startups into a spin, viewed as a lopsided struggle to equitably share the spoils of business growth with the workers... responsible.
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Dish's Charlie Ergen: 'I thinkPay TV providers tend to argue that cord cutting doesn't exist. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen doesn't agree.
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Dish chairman says HopperDish Networks is selling a controversial device called the Hopper that lets viewers skip commercials. Company chairman Charlie Ergen said TV watching is changing and that Dish is not using the Hopper... to extract lower fees from broadcasters.
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Hours after Facebook users ranked Rihanna as best dressed at the Grammys, the 24-year-old singer disrobes completely in an emotional music video that debuted Monday night. The official "Stay" video is... available to watch only on E! News, where it premiered. "Stay" featuring crooner Mikky Ekko, who performed the song with Rihanna at Sunday's 55th Grammy Awards, primarily shows Rihanna's body submerged in bathtub water. This uncut, leaked version of "Stay" doesn't show Ekko, whereas the official video does: Rihanna is the most-liked Facebook user, with more than 66 million likes. A post on her page that announced the premiere of "Stay" raked in 30,000 likes within 20 minutes....
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A number of the Web giant's RSS feed reader devotees noticed disappearing subscriptions, feed issues, and other problems with their accounts over the past couple of days.
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Dish Chairman Ergen Doesn'tDish Chairman Charlie Ergen is no stranger to controversy, so it should be no surprise that he has a controversial plan for the future of advertising. At the D: Dive Into Media conference today, the... outspoken pay TV executive said he didn't want to kill advertising, but wanted to make those ads more relevant to consumers.
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Mars 'door handle' is likelyA shiny-looking blob spotted on Mars sent the internet speculating that it could be metal or foreign, but it's likely just natural wind erosion at work on rocks on the Red Planet, according to a... scientist affiliated with NASA's Curiosity rover mission. The metallic-like object, which NASA notes looks like a "door handle," is actually consistent with smooth windblown stones found here on Earth. Antarctica and Norway have similarly textured rocks formed by wind erosion, University of Washington geochemist Ronald Sletten explains, in a new analysis of rover imagery. These types of stones, called "ventifacts," develop multicolored surfaces and odd shapes -- like the knotty protrusion on Mars -- after they've been buffeted by windblown...
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LG promo confirms 5.5-inchIf you were worried that you might have to wait until Mobile World Congress to learn whether or not a 5.5-inch version of the Optimus G Pro was real, your mind can rest at ease. While hoping to drum... up buzz for a launch beyond Japan, the company has ever-so-casually mentioned that at least the South Korean edition of the G Pro has a 5.5-inch, full HD screen -- half an inch larger than the Japanese model, and just as large as the panel on the Galaxy Note II. Want to know more? That's part of the promo. Borrowing a page from Sony, LG promises to reveal more of the phone the more Facebook Likes it receives. While previous tips suggest that the 5.5-inch edition will mostly be a larger take on an already supersized device, it's still very tempting to click that Like button -- just don't expect...
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LG spruces up its line of mid-range handsets, known as the L-Series, just in time for Mobile World Congress 2013 later this month.
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UPDATED: Robotics Lab WillowA spokesman for Willow Garage said, "There are some changes afoot at Willow Garage" but the company is not planning to shut down. Willow Garage, the robotics maker that created the PR2, will likely... shut down within the next few months, reports IEEE Spectrum, citing multiple sources within the company.
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LG announces Optimus L series II device family

Android Central - 12 Feb 2013 04:36
LG announces Optimus L seriesWe've heard about a refresh of the LG Optimus L-style phones coming, and LG just made things official. There aren't many surprises here, as all three of the phones look to be mid-range devices, and... based on dual-SIM specification, we assume they are destined for central and eastern Europe. First out of the gate will be the Optimus L7II, which debuts in Russia this week. It's a 4.3-inch (WVGA; IPS) Jelly Bean powered phone, with 768MB of RAM and an 8MP camera. The dual-SIM specification already mentioned is on board, and it's all powered by a healthy 2460mAh battery. On the software side, the L series II devices include LG's unique features like QSlide and QuickTranslator. Releasing at a later date, the Optimus L5II will be a 4.0-inch version with a 1700mAh battery, and the Optimus L3II...
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Apple Maps blamed for 'dangerous' inaccuracies

Sydney Morning Herald - 12 Feb 2013 04:35
Apple Maps blamed forThe Country Fire Authority in Victoria has blamed Apple for reportedly dangerous deficiencies in the maps on its FireReady bushfire information app.
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Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is more than a gaming device. In fact, owners are spending more time playing video and music than games on the device, Yusuf Mehdl, senior vice president of Microsoft's... interactive entertainment business, disclosed on stage at AllThingsD's media conference Monday night. Compared to other Internet-connected entertainment consoles -- such as the $99 Apple TV and Roku's $79 streaming video player -- the $240 Xbox is in a premium-price category, and it wants to deliver a premium-quality service, he said. To that end, Microsoft has set up a production studio in Santa Monica, Calif., where approximately 150 employees are working to develop a range of original conten...
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New York Times plugs big leakThe New York Times has finally closed a popular loophole that let readers circumvent its paywall by chopping off the end of a story's website address.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk calls NYWe recently had a chance to put a Tesla Model S through its paces and we had no problem getting where we were going -- and back again -- despite our testing happening in Upstate New York the middle of... a rather chilly January. The New York Times, however, had a bit of a harder time of it. Over the weekend, Times reporter John M. Broder published what can only be called a rather negative report on a failed trip to one of Tesla's fabled Superchargers. After a series of short charges and a series of drives in a Model S (the very same car we tested, we would add), Broder ultimately ran out of juice and was left stranded, having to tow the car from Brannford, CT to the nearest Supercharger, this one in Milford -- about 25 miles away. Broder blamed the temperature and, ultimately, the car for...
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The office superstore is offering a deal on any Windows system, including Microsoft's new consumer slates.
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There's a rumor that Microsoft will be bringing Office to Linux. That will happen when pigs fly.
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Simulmedia Raises Another $5Simulmedia has raised another $5 million in funding in an inside round from existing investors, the company confirmed today. The money comes from Time Warner Investments, Avalon Ventures, and Union... Square Ventures, which together have put a total of about $32 million into the company since it was founded in 2009.
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Studio chief Nancy Tellem wants to deliver "hit" programming, including live events, reality shows and scripted programs with an interactive twist.
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LG reveals Optimus L SeriesAs usual, LG can't wait for the show to start to display its latest phones, previewing the Optimus L-Series II line ahead of MWC 2013. Just like its predecessors, the L-Series II will come in a... variety of sizes, with a 3.2-inch L3II, 4.0-inch L5II and 4.3-inch L7II on the way. Developing...
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Obama to make second Google+It turns out President Obama's inaugural Google+ Hangouts interview wasn't a one-off; he'll be conducting a second this week, just over a year after the first occasion. The Hangout will take place... this Thursday at 4:50PM ET, and comes two days after the President's State of the Union address. In a blog post, Google says that you'll be able to put your own questions to the President via the White House YouTube page -- the deadline is 11:59ET Wednesday. We're not sure if this is going to become a regular thing for the President, but it seems that the White House is pleased with Hangouts' effectiveness as a communication tool.
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Kno wants to help publishersDigital textbook startup Kno has released Advance, a new platform that it says can help publishers turn flat files into interactive ebooks "in minutes."
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Is It Possible to Defend Comic Sans?

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 04:00
Is It Possible to Defend ComicIt's nearly impossible to use Comic Sans on the Internet and not get tarred and feathered. It's an Internet sin of the highest level. A crime against human decency and people's eyeballs. A parody of a... joke of a fool. Universally hated. So... is it possible to defend the font? Is Comic Sans wrongfully reviled? Maybe! More
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Scientist Explains the Weird Shiny Thing on Mars

Universe Today - 12 Feb 2013 03:57
As we reported last week, images from the Curiosity rover showed what looked like a piece of shiny metal sticking out from a rock. Some have suggested that it might be a handle or knob of some kind.... It's a knob, yes, says Ronald Sletten from the MSL team, but a completely natural formation. Sletten,
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Hearst Hosts Its First Fashion Hackathon

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 03:57
Hearst hosted its first-ever "Fashion Hack," teaming designers with developers for a 24-hour competition. The collaboration of the fashion and tech industries brought more than 150 developers to New... York City to create innovative, fashion-focused apps using Hearst brands' APIs. The international media company launched the weekend event in an effort to tap into the quick growth of the mobile market and redefine reader interaction. Hearst has the content, Hearst Magazines President David Carey says, but needs to adapt to changes in the industry. "We're the largest publisher of fashion magazines and the chance to work with people with some fresh perspective, thinking about the technol...
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Addresses flaws left open after February 1 patch If at first you don't succeed, and all that... Oracle now says the emergency Java Critical Patch Update it rushed out the door on February 1 didn't fix... all of the issues it had originally intended to address, and that a revised patch including fixes for the remaining flaws will ship on February 19....
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How to get rid of ransomware"Ransomware" may be a term you haven't heard before. This type of criminal malware, which spread around the world on PCs in 2012, encrypts some or all the files on a computer and holds them for... ransom. Experts predict that in 2013, mobile devices will become the next big target for ransomware. If so, how can smartphone and tablet users avoid ransomware, and what should they do if they get it?
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Sugar needles could carryVaccines could be kept for longer and administered more easily in the next few years, if research at King's College London pans out. The delivery method uses a dried vaccine and micro-needles made,... amazingly, out of sugar.
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Intel Media general manager says device will be 'vastly superior' to cable boxes.
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After the newspaper publishes a critical story on the all-electric sedan's battery life, Tesla's CEO alleges that the article is inaccurate and that he has the car logs to prove it.
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T. Rowe Price issues statement opposing the sale.
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'Battery problems? What battery problems?' If you're an iPhone 4S owner experiencing 3G connectivity problems since updating to iOS 6.1, Apple says it has a fix....
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Samsung details InnovationDavid Eun, presently serving as EVP at Samsung's Open Innovation Center after stints at AOL, Google, Time Warner and NBC Entertainment, just took the stage here in Dana Point, California during the... opening night of D:Dive Into Media 2013. Given the media / content focus of the event, the conversation between Eun and host Kara Swisher revolved almost entirely on Samsung's role in the world of content, production, connectedness and distribution. Starting things off with a bang, he affirmed that Samsung is opening two new Innovation Centers that'll act as idea accelerators. In a way, this is Samsung getting into the funding game, which certainly adds a new twist to an industry that has largely been dominated by angels that aren't necessarily a part of a major corporation. Initially, one will...
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Engadget Expand speakers,It's time for another unveil of the speaker lineup we've got brewing for Expand in San Francisco this March 16-17. We've got four more inspiring thinkers and doers who will be joining us on stage at... Fort Mason Center: Marc Raibert: President & Chief Robot Lover, Boston Dynamics Catherine Mohr: Sr. Director of Research, Intuitive Surgical MG Siegler: General Partner, CrunchFund Russ Angold: Co-Founder and CTO, Ekso Bionics[TM] They're joining a whole host of other rad speakers including Chris Anderson (CEO, 3D Robotics and former editor-in-chief, Wired), Yancey Strickler (Co-founder and Head of Community, Kickstarter), Steve Cousins (CEO, Willow Garage), Julie Uhrman (Founder and CEO, OUYA) and many more. Stay tuned here and on our social channels (Twitter, Facebook and Google+) for more...
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Company makes immediate profit on sale, but loses on future revenue.
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The White House is planning a series of digital follow-ons to Tuesday night's State of the Union address, including a tool called Citizen Response that people can use to share specific parts of the... speech through social media. People using Citizen Response will also be able to send the Obama administration messages describing how specific parts of the address affect them, according to a White House blog post Monday. The Obama administration has launched several initiatives to make policy-making more interactive, including its citizen petition website We the People. The State of Washington is experimenting with a system that allows citizens to comment directly on pieces of pending legis...
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'Mohawk Guy' to sit with firstLife is good for NASA's "Mohawk Guy." He became world famous after helping NASA's huge Curiosity rover make a dramatic landing on Mars, and now he'll sit with first lady Michelle Obama during... Tuesday's State of the Union address.
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Behold: "Super Mario Busters," a cartoon mashup that imagines the Mushroom Kingdom and ghost-infested 1980s New York City melded into one. More About: Gaming, viral videos, Watercooler
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Adventurers re-enact Antarctic voyage

NBC News - 12 Feb 2013 03:31
Adventurers re-enact AntarcticIt's been lauded as one of the greatest survival stories of all-time. Nearly 100 years later, a group of British and Australian adventurers have discovered why. They re-enacted Ernest Shackleton's... journey to save his crew when their ship got stuck and sank in Antarctica's icy waters.
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Samsung's David Eun: ongoingDavid Eun, presently serving as EVP at Samsung's Open Innovation Center after stints at AOL, Google, Time Warner and NBC Entertainment, just took the stage here in Dana Point, California during the... opening night of D:Dive Into Media 2013. While the interview was certainly a wide-ranging one, one particular diversion caught our ear. Breaking from discussions on Eun's view of Samsung as a content company, Swisher asked Eun quite pointedly about its relationship with Apple. Eun chuckled a bit, making quite clear that he himself was not the whole of Samsung. While Eun wouldn't comment on the specifics of the ongoing litigation, he did note that as a evangelist of Silicon Valley and a consumer of technology, he views the deadlock as "a loss." It was actually a pretty candid response, and it was...
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It's not too late to do something special for your sweetheart this Valentine's.
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Some of the best ways to stay motivated in a startup is to look for like-minded entrepreneurs. But why just have coffee with them when you can work alongside them? We take a look at some of the... co-working spaces in Sydney that house some of the best Aussie startups.
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We all know what happens when an entire suburb turns on their split-cycle air conditioners on a 43-degree day. This is the same thing that happens to shared HFC networks when a few fanatics set out to... download every piece of data known to man.
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Mattel goes all in on AR for 2013

Engadget - 12 Feb 2013 03:16
Mattel goes all in on AR forAt last year's Toy Fair, Mattel was all about Apptivity. The line of figures that interact with an iPad didn't exactly revolutionize the industry. But, the company isn't giving up on the concept. In... 2013 it's evolving and moving from action figures that you drag across a screen, to much more interactive augmented reality concepts. Rather than simply slapping a capacitive pad on the bottom of a toy, this next-gen version focuses first on delivering a solid analog experience, then enhances it by actually using the considerable computing power made available by the iPad. To give the new series the best chance possible at succeeding, three of the biggest brands in the Mattel stable will be first to make the jump: Barbie, Disney and Hot Wheels. So what does 2013 hold for the venerable toy...
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Pope Steps Back FromToday, we've learned that Pope Benedict XVI, sovereign of the Vatican and leader of the Catholic Church, will be stepping down from those roles. Benedict, voted one of the 100 most influential people... in the world by TIME, did not give many details as to what he would be doing after the papacy. Sources tell us that he has some "things in the works" and will share them in the coming weeks. It is rumored that Benedict XVI, having spent eight years in the role of Pope since his election on April 19, 2005, was considering various Pope In Residence programs but eschewed them in order to "do his own thing." He is still listed as "Pope" on the Catholic Church's Wikipedia page. He told the press in a statement: "Thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in...
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Justin Timberlake joined photo-sharing service Instagram on Grammy Sunday, rapidly attracting more than 100,000 followers as of last count on Monday night. Meanwhile, fellow Grammy attendee Kelly... Clarkson entered the Instagram world last week and gained nearly 35,000 followers. Madonna, who wasn't a nominee at the 55th Grammy Awards, also relaunched her account; one snap is a close-up of her breasts. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift Gets Twitter Death Threats After 'Dissing' Ex at Grammys Timberlake's team filled his Instagram stream with a flurry of Willow-filtered photos (Facebook, which owns Instagram, confirmed to Mashable that Willow was used): Images courtesy of Instagram, Justi...
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Homegrown OS is the secret to network acceleration Another software-defined networking startup has been scarfed up before it got rolling very far on its own. In this case, network-acceleration and... load-balancing juggernaut F5 Networks has acquired LineRate Systems, whose founders have spent the better part of the last decade figuring out how to shape traffic way up in the stack to improve application performance....
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Watchdog casts an eye over 'throttling'

The Register - 12 Feb 2013 03:03
Net neutrality a competition issue The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking an interest in the "net neutrality" debate in Australia, according to the Australian Financial... Review....
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Tim Cook: 'bullish on innovation of Apple'

USA Today - 12 Feb 2013 03:02
Apple CEO Tim Cook today argued that the company's product magic is still deeply at work.
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The TC New York Meetup +The TechCrunch NY Meetup is tomorrow evening, so get ready for a wild night of pitch-offs, pizza, and beer. While we're accustomed to throwing a solid meetup, we're introducing a new ingredient into... the mix in the form of a 60-second pitchoff, where founders can pitch their product to be a part of Disrupt NY in April.
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Men Love Drone Strikes More Than Women

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 03:00
Men Love Drone Strikes MoreThough the use of drone strikes should still be an American moral crisis, the majority of America approves of the pilotless robotic missile strikes. And men overwhelmingly support the invisible... killers compared to women. More
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Robot Fish Look Like the Reel Thing

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 02:59
Zuru's robot fish swims erratically enough to look like the pet-store-bought variety. More About: toy fair, toys
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Heavy Rain creator details theHeavy Rain development studio Quantic Dream is notorious for long development times. The studio's also notorious for critically-loved games with strong cinematic cores, and games that often look very... different from the competition. Part of that is game design, but another major piece of the puzzle is the engines driving those games -- each game that Quantic Dream makes is built in a unique game engine, which is both very expensive and very time-consuming. The studio's founder and lead, David Cage, explained as much to us in an interview at DICE 2013. "Quantic Dream is a very special company in the sense that we do a lot of things that wouldn't make any sense in any other company. We haven't done any sequels so far, we work on new IPs each time. And we pretty much develop a new engine each...
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You've got to segregate to accumulate - or do you? Analysis Amazon Web Services must be spun-off from its mothership to prevent it losing out on cloud customers, one analyst has argued - but a... break-up could render AWS toothless, says The Reg....
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How we test: Monitors

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 02:52
Everything you've always wanted to know about monitor testing, but was afraid to ask.
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Microsoft plans to launch itsMicrosoft's Los Angeles studios is working on interactive TV content for the Xbox Live platform. First shows are set to launch before the end of the year.
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Star Wars Jabba's Sail Barge -- $119.99, August launch.
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The Facebook chief executive and his wife of nine months made one giant donation at the end of 2012. The gift was big enough to put them atop the list of most generous donors.
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Help name some Plutonian moons

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 02:43
A contest gives the public a chance to help rename two small moons orbiting Pluto, but it might help to brush up on your knowledge of the mythological Greek underworld.
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Microsoft talks plans forYusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, just sat down alongside Nancy Tellem, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft LA Studios, to kick off this year's... rendition of D:Dive Into Media here in Dana Point, Calif. The first session of the evening is being piloted by AllThingsD's Peter Kafka, and naturally, the topic of conversation is Xbox. For starters, Mehdi affirmed that Microsoft is witnessing an unmistakable transition of the Xbox 360 "from a gaming console to an entertainment console." At present, the install base is up to 76 million (up from around 70 million at the close of September 2012), with US-based users using the console for some 87 hours per month. In fact, he stated that 18 billion (yeah, with a "B") hours of entertainment have...
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It's not easy being the new creative director of BlackBerry. One thing you must remember is to always use it for public communication systems. Like Twitter.
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All your personal health records are belong to us The Australian government's long and often troubled effort to introduce a personal electronic health record system has run into a patent snag, with... Delaware-based MMRGlobal asserting both state and federal governments are infringing its patents....
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Full-court shots in basketball are rare, to say the least. Full-court shots that bounce once before going in? Unheard of. But this high school girl just pulled off the impossible. More About: Sports,... Watercooler
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TV hackers announce dead are rising

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 02:33
The emergency broadcast system of a television station in Montana was hacked with the announcement that the undead were coming.
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15 moon shots for energy, foodGoogle is celebrating the risk-taking entrepreneurs that are looking to create moon shots and solve the world's most pressing problems. Turns out the list is dominated by technologies looking to fight... climate change, and solve resource constraint problems.
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Microsoft Has Built AnToday at the D: Dive Into Media conference, representatives from Microsoft provided more details on its new video production studio, which will provide a whole new level of interactivity for viewers.... Nancy Tellem said that the company has already hired 150 employees in its Santa Monica studio in LA. That's a huge commitment to creating a whole new type of content for its Xbox game console.
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Four desktop email clientsI don't like Gmail...I love Gmail. But I'm not wild about using it from within my Web browser, as I find the interface, well, lacking. (Unattractive and unintuitive are two words that come to mind.)... Sure, I can tolerate it if I have to, but I find that I work much better within the confines of a more traditional desktop mail program. For years that program was Outlook, but I think that's overkill for most home users, and I certainly don't like having to buy Microsoft Office just to get it. Consequently, I've spent a lot of time investigating consumer-friendly Outlook alternatives. Here's a rundown of four programs you might want to use with Gmail instead of Gmail proper:
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Verizon's Droid DNA to be updated with bug fixes

Android Central - 12 Feb 2013 02:25
Verizon's Droid DNA to beVerizon's HTC-built Droid DNA will soon be receiving a software update with a few important bug fixes, as the carrier has just posted word on its Droid DNA software support page. The new version... 2.04.605.2 710RD comes with a sizeable changelog, including references to fixes for the mobile hotspot function, headset audio quality and Bluetooth -- User can load videos on HuluPlus Improvements to Hotspot connectivity have been made Improvements to Audio Quality for wired headsets and earpieces have been made Bluetooth connectivity and volume level for specific models have been improved Enhanced reliability and stability of the Contacts List have been made Wi-Fi Connectivity has been improved Improvements to default browser for zooming capability have been made Incoming messages display with...
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Chris Wolf says when the Bush family's e-mails were hacked and family business posted online, we were all reminded of the vulnerability of our private information.
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Cat Walks Runway at New York Fashion Week

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 02:24
New York Fashion Week took the term "cat walk" to a new level this year, hiring a real live kitty to strut down the runway. Lily, a certified supermeowdel (had to go there), is a 4-year-old blue point... Siamese rescue cat -- with a natural ability to smize -- and the first feline to be a part of a New York Fashion Week show. She premiered her fierce (and controversial) head-to-paw fur look on Feb. 10, during the Tracy Reese fashion show at Lincoln Center. Image via Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/Getty Images Entertainment. Designer Reese partnered with Purina ONE on its "True Nature of Cats" movement, which inspired the animal runway accessory. "As a d...
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90 Seconds on The Verge:Baader-Meinhof. Babel. Babies. Battery. Backpack. Bacon. Badger. Ballad. Bane. Barracuda. Barrage. Because. Beefsteak. Bela Lugosi. Beowulf. Blame. Blaster. Blazer. Bleach. Blob. Board game. Bonanza.... Bookcase. Botany. Bow tie. Breakfast. Byzantium.
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Facebook Is Being Sued By a Dead Man

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 02:20
Facebook Is Being Sued By aDutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer is suing Facebook over its 'Like' button. Companies get sued all the time! Why do we care? Well, aside from having an A+ name, van Der Meer is... actually... dead. He passed away in 2004, just as Facebook was beginning to take over the world. Why is he suing now? More
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Money Tracker is not yet available for NAB's mobile banking customers, but it is on the cards, according to the bank.
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UPDATED: Twitter is leaning on e-commerce as its next big potential revenue stream amid releasing new numbers about its heavily-active mobile user base.
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Nike confirms no FuelBand appNike's always been tight with Apple, as its Nike+ platform has gotten along with iPods and iPhones for years, and the cooperation continued with an iOS app for the FuelBand. Given the number of... Android users out there, many figured the Swoosh would also release a 'droid friendly version, but it turns out those expectations will remain unfulfilled... for now. Nike Support's Twitter account confirmed as much today, saying its devs are focused on iOS and web and are not working on an Android app. Why no love for the little green 'bots? Well, Nike had this to say: To deliver the best experience for all Nike+ FuelBand users, we are focusing on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com, where you can sync your activity, set new goals, and connect with friends. At this time, we are not...
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Apple had requested an expedited hearing schedule over a lawsuit that seeks to get the company to share more of its cash reserves with investors.
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A partnership between the credit card giant and the social network is designed to let Amex users make purchases just by tweeting.
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The U.S. is a victim of a massive and sustained campaign of cyber espionage, according to a classified intelligence assessment revealed by the Washington Post on Monday. These periodic assessments,... officially called National Intelligence Estimates (NIE), are issued by the Director of National Intelligence to express the general consensus of the intelligence community and to inform policymakers. That the United States is the target of a large cyber espionage campaign seems like a foregone conclusion, given recent developments. In the last few weeks, there have been reports of complex cyber attacks against papers like the New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, both attributed to Ch...
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Google bug returns porn forA bug in Google search -- fortunately, a rare one -- gives porn links and images as results when the user puts certain mathematical equations into the search box. It's certainly strange, but there is... an explanation.
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Dick Tracy's Watch: The MostNick Bilton of the New York Times had a nice little scoop yesterday: Apple is experimenting with smartwatches made out of curved glass. And even if you haven't read his piece, you might be able to... guess its first two words. Wanna give it a try? O.K., time's up. They're "Dick Tracy..." For decades now, it's been nearly impossible to write about communications technology you strap to your wrist without invoking the name of Chester Gould's comic-strip plainclothes cop, who first appeared in 1931 and got his first two-way wrist radio in 1946. (He traded up to a two-way wrist TV in 1964.) The jut-jawed detective's favorite tool remains a cultural touchstone -- or at least a handy reference point for journalists -- even though the era when the average American followed Tracy's adventures in a...
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iStockphoto Booting TopA new controversy is brewing in the world of stock photography. Just last month, it came to light that Getty had agreed to license 5000 of its stock photos to Google while paying the creators of the... images a meager one-time fee of $12. Now, one of Getty's most successful stock photographers is claiming that
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Secure boot loader nowFreeing the way for independent Linux distributions to be installed on Windows 8 computers, the Linux Foundation has released software that will allow Linux to work with computers running the UEFI... (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) firmware. The Linux Foundation Secure Boot System solves a fundamental problem for many Linux distributions, by providing a way for a Linux-based OS to run on new hardware controlled by UEFI firmware, also known as "secure-boot" technology. "The Linux Foundation wishes not only to enable Linux to keep booting in the face of the new wave of secure boot systems, but also to enable those technically savvy users who wish to do so to actually take control of the secure boot process by installing their own platform key," wrote Linux Foundation technical advisory...
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The tech toys of 2013 are unveiled at Toy Fair in New York. CNET's Bridget Carey checks out what's in store for Barbie and Hot Wheels, gets a look at Toby's BattroBorg boxing robots, and finds out how... toy guns are incorporating smartphones.
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The only thing that's cooler than a luxury sports car you can control through your phone is one with "gullwing" doors and a built-in speaker. More About: remote control, toy
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Cut-down 'Minecraft' releasedMojang has released a version of their smash hit world-building game Minecraft for the tiny, inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer. Minecraft: Pi Edition is based on Pocket Edition, the mobile version... currently available on iOS and Android, and you can download it now for free.
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Epic glacier collapse caught on camera

NBC News - 12 Feb 2013 02:00
Epic glacier collapse caughtChristian Grosso was surprised on a visit to Argentina's Patagonia region: an enormous ice bridge connected to the glacier ruptured and fell, causing a wave in the lake below.
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Netflix's 'House Of Cards' IsWhen Netflix bid on and won the rights to House of Cards back in 2011 - buying the show before it was shot and committing to two full seasons - it made headlines. And with good reason: Funding such a... high-profile slice of original programming - with David Fincher and Kevin Spacey on board -- cast Netflix in a role typically occupied by HBO. Rumours of a $100 million+ price tag for HoC were bandied around. An AllThingsD source suggested a minimum of $3 million per episode - putting the total cost at $78 million at least. Netflix has not publicly confirmed how much it's spending on the show, although a WSJ source "familiar with Netflix's plans" claimed the cost would likely be far less than $100 million. Whatever the final figure, Netflix has rolled out a red carpet of grand claims regarding...
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Boyfriend Saw Armed Robbery Over Skype, Police Say

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 01:58
Boyfriend Saw Armed RobberyA man from North Carolina saw chatting with his girlfriend over Skype when he saw through his computer screen a masked man walk into his...
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Gadgetwise Blog: Speakers With a Big Sound for Big Desks

The New York Times - 12 Feb 2013 01:57
KEF's new X300A speakers for computers are very good, very large and very expensive.
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Twitter and American ExpressLooking to buy a new Kindle Fire or Xbox product? How about making your purchase through a hashtag? Twitter has teamed up with American Express to allow purchases on the site, raising questions about... the company's future in e-commerce.
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Mystery pornography bug stumps Google

Sydney Morning Herald - 12 Feb 2013 01:55
Mystery pornography bug stumpsGoogle is trying to figure out the cause of a mysterious search bug that returns pages and pages of porn.
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Mystery porn bug stumps Google

Sydney Morning Herald - 12 Feb 2013 01:55
Mystery porn bug stumps GoogleGoogle is trying to figure out the cause of a mysterious search bug that returns pages and pages of porn.
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Forget classroom projectors. Companies like DLP are shining a light on exciting ways to impact cars, medicine, smartphones, and more.
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The satellite TV provider rolls out its ad-skipping Hopper DVR nationally with a campaign that includes a grim message for TV commercials.
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The satellite TV provider rolls its ad-skipping Hopper DVR out nationally with a campaign that includes a grim message for TV commercials.
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Exclusive: Slinky founder Victor Koch says his company's Chromebook video is legit -- but doubts about him are mounting.
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VMware bolsters storageVirsto gives VMware more expertise in storage optimization and virtualization as it ramps up its software-defined data center assault.
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Obama order due on cyberPresident Barack Obama plans to release a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving the nation's defenses against cyber attacks as early as Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the... matter. The order, drawn up after Congress failed to pass legislation on the issue last year, is meant to improve the protection of critical industries and infrastructure from cyber intrusions.
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American Express will letAmerican Express has experimented with things like Twitter- or Facebook-based discounts, but now it's gone one step further: customers who have linked their American Express accounts with Twitter can... now directly buy products with their tweets. Starting today, the credit card company will be periodically rolling out deals, including a discounted Xbox 360, Kindle Fire HD, and $25 Amex gift card, then letting users buy them by tweeting hashtags like #BuyAmexGiftCard25. Amex will ask the user to confirm in another tweet, then ship it to the address on record and charge their card -- assuming they've previously added Twitter integration and a shipping address through Amex Sync. Each deal will last for three weeks. The idea of linking a...
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The Daily Roundup for 02.11.2013

Engadget - 12 Feb 2013 01:41
The Daily Roundup forYou might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy. Comments
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Hide Your Moonshine OperationIn the 80 years since prohibition ended in America, home-brewed beer and wines have flourished. Homemade spirits on the other hand have generally remained illegal and illicit (mostly because taxes).... Luckily, this gorgeous copper distilling kit breaks down into four innocuous kitchen gadgets when the fuzz comes knocking. More
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TomTom for iOS now syncs with iCloud

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 01:38
A smallish version 1.13 update to the navigation app makes your data as mobile as you are.
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Findings: Skepticism asEHarmony, whose claims that its matchmaking algorithm can help people find their soul mates was criticized by academics, offers a defense.
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Google Play Movies is in theIf you're a hopeless romantic or a film buff, Google Play has a big Valentine's Day sale going on. Rentals start at just $1.99, and the list is chock full of favorites both old and new. While Star... Wars is notably absent from the list, Mrs. Hildenbrand informs me that The Notebook and City of Angels are perfect substitutes, and ones we will be watching this week. Watching the movies you rent or buy is easy. You can use your phone, tablet, or Google TV box with the Google Play Movies app, or visit .play.google.com/movies from any computer with a modern Internet browser. What can't be helped is that not everyone has access to Google Play Movies. If they aren't available in your country, other avenues exist that can show Hollywood how much you support their world distribution licensing. Check...
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(Reuters) - Nielsen Holdings NV, best known for its TV ratings, increased the size of its contract with India's top software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, to $2.5 billion from $1... billion.
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Xbox 720 requires Kinect?

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 01:31
Documents suggest a future Microsoft platform will mandate motion-sensing peripheral and game installs and will allow multiple titles to be played at once.
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A new Twitter parody account, called Florida Man, compiles all the best headlines from the Sunshine State to represent a hybrid, trouble-causing 'superhero.' More About: parody, Twitter, Watercooler
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Richard III 'discovery' wasA September 1935 article heralding the potential discovery of the bones of King Richard III is among the newspaper articles newly digitized by a genealogy website.
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Researchers say AI prescribesTwo Indiana University researchers have developed a computer model they say can identify significantly better and less-expensive treatments than can doctors acting alone. It's just the latest evidence... that big data will have a profound impact on our health care system.
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This Augmented-Reality RobotReady to have your brain blasted to bits? U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is a "virtual assistant" that is actually a green-clad humanoid robot. Users look at her using virtual reality goggles and instead of seeing a... mildly creepy, ninja-like blog they see an actual face and body. You can reach out, touch the body, and even shake hands with your robotic pal.
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Russ Warner: Networkers:Sadly, even children as young as kindergarten are targeted by identity thieves now.
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Google is finally taking orders for its Nexus 4 wireless charging accessory. The Nexus 4 uses Qi wireless charging technology -- the same stuff used by the Lumia 920. This means that users can just... set their device on a compatible charging mat (or in this case, an orb) and have the device charge by induction. That can be really convenient, especially for users who don't want to make their office or bedside table messy with too many cables or plugs. Google announced it would be shipping a wireless charger for the Nexus 4 back when the device was announced last October. Nearly four months later, you can finally place an order for $59.99 from Google Play . No word on when the charg...
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Greek Police Accused ofWith Photoshop's ubiquity, it's actually surprising that we haven't heard about more scenes like the following: Greek police may soon be under investigation for attempting to airbrush out evidence of... police brutality in the mug shots of four young men. And it was a terrible 'shop job, at that. More
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It's called Invoke Capital, it's based in the U.K. and it sees potential in early stage European technology startups.
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The Department of Parliamentary Services is looking at ways to meet a AU$2 million shortfall in funding required to roll out desktop upgrades.
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If Apple Makes a Smartwatch,Although Apple has a reputation for revolutionary products, they don't appear out of thin air. Usually, when the company enters a new market, it first looks at all the competition and figures out why... it hasn't become popular. Only then does Apple make a big leap forward, as it did with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. We may see this happen again with smartwatches, a still-nascent category of gadgets that can do a lot more than tell time. By connecting with our phones, smartwatches can alert us to incoming messages, tell us the weather, give us a glimpse at news headlines or act as remote controls -- all without ever making us reach into our pockets. According to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Apple is now testing a smartwatch of its own. It's not clear when an Apple smartwatch...
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Furious One Direction fans hurled death threats at Taylor Swift on Twitter after her sassy performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" at Sunday's 55th Grammy Awards. The harsh threats... continued to roll in well into late Monday. The angry fans think Swift mocked her ex-boyfriend -- 19-year-old One Direction member and British heartthrob Harry Styles -- during her Grammy set. The 23-year-old rewrote the lyrics to the song and at one point noticeably sang in a fake British accent (watch below). "So he calls me up and says, 'I still love you'," Swift belted, singing the last four words with the accent. "And I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys.'" SEE AL...
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Are comments a wretched hiveAlthough many traditional media outlets and journalists see reader comments as having little or no value, publishers like Gawker and The Verge see them as a potential source of revenue -- and even... potential hires.
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Linux Foundation finally getsWhatever hoops the Linux Foundation had to waddle through to get an MS-signed bootloader for use on Windows 8 hardware, it appears to have worked. Whereas Ubuntu and Fedora already had UEFI Secure... Boot support, and there was the Shim bootloader and other fixes for smaller distros, this official solution promises to be more user friendly and universal, albeit with a few caveats that are described by MJG59 at the link below. Once you're sure you want it, head over to the source with a USB key and do the honors.
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If you use large numbers or very long decimal values in some programs, you may see them get truncated. Why?
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Microsoft to fix criticalThis month's Patch Tuesday round of Microsoft software updates will fix a pair of critical Internet Explorer flaws that put every current consumer version of Windows at risk of being attacked.
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5 reasons to stick withBlackBerry customers are at a crossroads: Either stick with BlackBerry or switch to some other smartphone platform. If you're still using a BlackBerry, then you've probably grown tired of watching the... smartphone world pass you by. However, the new BlackBerry 10 OS is here, and the BlackBerry Z10 is selling fairly well out of the gate. Let me be clear; I'm not arguing whether people in the market for a new smartphone should consider a BlackBerry Z10 over, say, an iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy SIII. That's certainly a debate worth having, but I'm focusing specifically on whether existing BlackBerry customers should stay the course. If you're on the fence, here are arguments both in favor of and against staying loyal to BlackBerry. Reasons to stay the course BlackBerry has reinvented itself with...
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Hydraulic legs and ski feet elevate the new Halley VI Antarctic research station above the ongoing accumulation of snow that has overcome so many other research stations before it.
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The social network is helping members sell tickets to their events.
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American Express is upgrading its Sync program with Twitter to let cardholders buy stuff by using a hashtag. Starting Monday, AmEx customers who sync their cards can buy items if they use the right... hashtag. The first such item is a $25 AmEx gift card, which will go for $15 if you tweet #BuyAmexGiftCard25. Other offers will be rolled out on Wednesday Feb. 13 at noon EST including an Amazon Kindle Fire HD for $149.99 (a $50 discount), an Xbox Controller for $29.99 (a discount of about $10) and an Xbox 360 4GB console with a three-month Xbox LIVE Subscription and two game tokens for $179.99 (which is the price of the console without those extras.) If consumers opt for those items and use...
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SnapKeys Si: Who Needs aHate typing on your Android keyboard? No problem. Snapkeys is a replacement for your QWERTY foe that's unlike anything you've ever used. More
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Motorola Atrix HD tops userIn a recent device satisfaction survey, OnDevice Research asked 320,000 smart phone users in the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Indonesia how satisfied they were with their current device. Of the... 93,825 users asked in the United States, the Motorola Atrix HD came out on top -- followed (in order) by the RAZR M, the HTC Rezound, the Note 2, and finally the iPhone 5. These results are a bit surprising. I spent some time with the Atrix HD and loved it, but would never have expected it to top phones like the Note 2 or iPhone 5, which have a huge following. I'm not suggesting the survey is flawed. I'm suggesting that we're now at a point where most smart phones offer the same compelling features, and price can play an important factor in how happy we are with the phone in our hands. You can...
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Facebook Being Sued Over Like Button

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 00:57
You can bet Facebook doesn't like this. The social network is currently being sued for its use of the Like button, a feature which was patented by Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer... in 1998, five years before Facebook's launch. The patents were granted as part of the functionality of Surfbook, a social diary created by Van Der Meer that allowed users to "like" each other's content. Van Der Meer has passed away. However, the patent holder -- Rembrandt Social Media, LP -- has chosen to seek legal action against Facebook, as well as the company AddThis, for using the patents without permission. "We believe Rembrandt's patents represent an important f...
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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act, more commonly known as CISPA, will be reintroduced to the House of Representatives Wednesday, its authors announced Monday. CISPA, a controversial... cybersecurity bill, first passed the Republican-controlled House on a vote of 248-168 last April despite a veto threat from the White House. It was not picked up by the Democratic-controlled Senate, which was working on competing cybersecurity bills of its own which didn't come to a vote. CISPA's authors told The Hill last week they have been working with the White House to mitigate the administration's concerns over privacy, worries shared by many privacy advocates. If CISPA passes, it...
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Twitter Study Shows ItsTwitter released the details of a new study about its "primary mobile users," or those who engage with Twitter more on mobile devices and on the mobile web than on the desktop. The study, commissioned... by Twitter from Kantar Media's Compete, revealed that Twitter's mobile-first users are more engaged than mobile users in more ways than one, skew younger, and tend to be more receptive to branded content than their desktop counterparts.
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BlackBerry Creative DirectorBlackBerry announced pop music star Alicia Keys as its new Global Creative Director to great fanfare during its launch of BlackBerry 10 late last month, but if a tweet posted by Keys today is any... indication, she may not be being that faithful to the new platform. The superstar was caught tweeting "Started from the bottom now were here!" from the Twitter for iPhone app this morning, despite her promise to The New York Times that she was exclusive to BlackBerry 10 now. The original tweet has since been deleted, and Keys has followed up with not an apology, but rather a claim that she was hacked and didn't post the tweet in question. It's hard to say for sure whether or not Keys is telling the truth and someone with her password decided to...
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Must See HDTV (February 11th - 17th)

Engadget - 12 Feb 2013 00:47
Must See HDTV (February 11th -Regular season pro hoops action takes this weekend off for the All-Star Game, while NHL action is in full swing. Reality TV fans have new season of long running series Survivor and The Amazing Race to... look forward to, and a new Bond is coming home on Blu-ray. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames. NBA All-Star Weekend Celebs, up and coming players, and the league's top stars (as voted by fans and coaches) collide this weekend in Houston for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. As always, there's some conflict about who is most qualified to play, and the usual controversy about whether or not the dunk contest will be any good this year. We'll be keeping an eye on the Rising Stars game Friday night...
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Apple CEO to sit with MichelleApple CEO Tim Cook will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
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This Song Will Blow Your Mind Today

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 00:40
This Song Will Blow Your MindYou have to watch Beck sing Bowie's Sound and Vision together with director Chris Milk and 167 musicians, including a couple of choirs that will give you goosebumps. It's a masterpiece. Remember to... experience it till the very end. You will not regret it. More
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Astronomers spot supernova death warning

NBC News - 12 Feb 2013 00:36
Astronomers spot supernovaForecasting when stars will die in giant explosions may one day be possible by looking for the warning outbursts they release beforehand, researchers say.
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10-foot ED-209 model fromIf you're a fan of RoboCop -- and if you were a child of the '80s, why wouldn't you be? -- then today might be your lucky day. A ten foot tall prop of the executive-gunning ED-209 is now available for... purchase on eBay for the low low price of $25,000. Okay, so that's not exactly cheap for what isn't even a real working bot, likely made as either a stand-in or a marketing piece. It also apparently needs a couple of wooden planks to stand on its own and was built for the infinitely less cool RoboCop 2. Still, did we mention this thing is ten foot tall? And its leg extensions contain metal bars and pneumatic cylinders? And there are real electrical connections below the legs there? Sure it might not actually power up, but it's certainly more intimidating than the robotic officers we have now....
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5 Things Bill Gates Revealed on Reddit

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 00:35
Bill Gates hosted a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") this afternoon, covering a wide range of topics including his leadership of Microsoft, the activities of his foundation and who his favorite band is... (U2, if you were wondering). While much of the discussion went over old material (Gates at one point defended his and his wife's decision to leave only $10 million to each of their three children), he also revealed a few new insights. Also, the unfiltered nature of a Reddit AMA gave Gates a chance to put both his genius and wit on display to a crowd that consists largely of people just like him: geeks who are passionate about the Internet and technology. SEE ALSO: Bill Gates Speaks Out Abo...
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HBO Teases 'Game of Thrones' Season 3

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 00:29
Brace yourself. Your favorite citizens of Westeros and Essos are back on March 31. And HBO knows you've been waiting with bated breath to be whisked away to a world where morally ambiguous,... backstabbing, political social climbers are commonplace. So it's giving you just a peek at what season three has in store, with this maddeningly short 41-second clip. SEE ALSO: Drink Up: HBO to Release 'Game of Thrones' Beer Looks like season three will be just as violent, sexy, chaotic and intriguing as the rest -- but we can't tell you too much more, yet. Video and image courtesy of YouTube, GameofThrones. More About: game of thrones, hbo, trailers
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Three years ago today, (February 11, 2010) I was standing at Kennedy Space Center watching the launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The launch was spectacular, and included a unique effect as the... Atlas rocket flew close to a sundog just as the spacecraft reached Max-Q, creating a ripple effect around the spacecraft. And so,
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Videos focus on science of innovation

NBC News - 12 Feb 2013 00:27
Videos focus on science ofScience editor Alan Boyle's blog: After exploring the science of football, hockey and the Olympics, an Emmy-winning educational video effort is tackling the biggest game of all: innovation.
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It seems that some in the U.S. Army garrison in South Korea charge their smartphones using government computers. This is something of a cybersecurity oopsie.
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President Barack Obama's long-expected executive order on cybersecurity will be announced Wednesday, according to a report. The order is expected to be revealed at an early morning event at the U.S.... Chamber of Commerce, reported The Hill, citing "two people familiar with the matter." Mashable has reached out to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for comment and will update this post with any response. Obama's order is expected to set up voluntary cybersecurity standards for private businesses operating critical infrastructure. It also orders government agencies to share information about potential threats with businesses, according to Bloomberg News. SEE ALSO: C...
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Measures will be taken to avoid silliness A poll has been opened to decide the names for two newly discovered moons of Pluto, and so far the response has been phenomenal, the SETI Institute told El... Reg....
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Chief Executive Tim Cook is getting VIP treatment at the president's annual speech.
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(Reuters) - Carnegie Mellon University is asking a court to make Marvell Technology Group Ltd pay up to three times the $1.17 billion jury verdict that the chipmaker was ordered to pay in December for... patent infringement.
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DC's Incredible Man of SteelSuperman is coming, and this summer he's going to be tearing it up, kicking ass, and taking names on the big screen. For the meantime, though, we're stuck with slightly smaller versions of the Man of... Steel and his posse. But damned if they aren't pretty. More
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A new site from the Department of Energy helps businesses assess the implications of their future energy consumption.
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It's called Invoke Capital, it's based in the U.K. and it sees potential in early stage European technology startups.
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Think of the Odroid U2 as a Raspberry Pi on steroids. Put simply, it is the equivalent of a high-end smartphone from a year ago, for under $100.
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How much RAM does your system need? Find out in this definitive guide.
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VMware Facing Tough Times,VMware shares are off to a rough start in 2013. They are down 16 percent since the beginning of the year, with expectations that shares could drop another 20 percent by year's end. Barron's, which... reported the outlook this morning, examines the numbers pretty thoroughly.
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23 Worst Romantic Comedies in History

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 00:18
There's nothing worse than spending Valentine's Day with a heartbreakingly bad movie. Sure, most romantic comedies are predictable, unrealistic and corny. But some films are so bad, they're actually... good. These are not those kind of flicks; their screenwriting, acting and "plot twists" are so unforgivable, they leave you more embarrassed than entertained. In fact, you might not even make it through the whole thing. SEE ALSO: Tech Etiquette to Remember for Valentine's Day With the help of IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, we've gathered a list of the worst romantic comedies. Take a hint from these critiques and steer clear, especially if you're trying to impress that special someone. Wha...
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Kickstarter project looks toA German artist is planning on creating a mobile version of IMAGO1:1 - the only camera in the world capable of true 1:1 reproduction for full-length self-portraits. Originally built in 1970, the... camera works like a photo booth, projecting a true-to-life 1:1 portrait onto 60cm x 200cm sheets of black-and-white direct positive paper. Artist Susanna Kraus, daughter of original IMAGO1:1 co-inventor Werner Kraus is seeking £95,000 to fund the development of a mobile version of this famous camera to tour around the world. Click through for more information on the camera and the Kickstarter-funding link.
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VMware To Buy Virsto Software

Forbes - 12 Feb 2013 00:16
VMware To Buy Virsto SoftwareVMware this afternoon said it has agreed to buy Virsto Software, a Sunnyvale, California-based provider of storage performance optimization software.
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Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox MayThe war for your living room rages on, and Microsoft has no intention of yielding any hard-fought ground to its gaming rivals. Rumors of a new Xbox have been flying around for months now, but Kotaku... has put together the mother of all next-gen Xbox (a.k.a. Xbox 720, a.k.a. Durango) posts thanks to a secretive-but-chatty source known as SuperDaE -- if the moniker sounds familiar, he's the guy who tried selling what he claimed was a Durango developer rig on eBay a while back.
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Apple's Tim Cook to sit withFirst Lady Michelle Obama has invited Apple CEO Tim Cook to the State of the Union address -- the second year in a row that Apple has been represented. Mercury News reports that Cook will join Obama... on Tuesday morning for her husband's speech, making him one of a handful of people who will sit in her viewing box. Guests tend to be selected as a way to honor significant service or sacrifice; the first two announced guests for 2013 were former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who is set to receive the Medal of Honor, and the mother of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who performed at Obama's Inauguration and was later shot and killed in Chicago. NASA "Mohawk Guy" Bobak Ferdowsi is also said to be attending. President Obama has been a...
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Video: Should you take theThis week I take you on a quick trip with Triposo, a free app for the iPhone.
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Microsoft returns with moreMicrosoft is back with more break dancing to promote its latest Surface tablet.
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Aspiring Stanford Student Applies In Unconventional Way

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 00:11
Aspiring Stanford StudentFor years, the world's brightest tech-driven minds have applied to Stanford University, hoping to hone their programming skills to the cutting edge. Nowadays, competition to...
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Tumblr user HatePlow blurs the lines between classical sculptures and modern-day computer graphics with this set of shape shifting GIFs. The GIFs flash into pixelated versions of themselves and later... reform, providing the viewer with an avant-garde and contemporary perspective of the well-known works of art. SEE ALSO: A Beautiful Thing Happens When You Project Video Onto Falling Snow Though the pixelation alters the overall appearance of the artwork, the images still manage to portray a beauty in their lines and graceful form. But either version promises to be captivating to the eye. Which version of the sculptures do you find more intriguing? Share in the comments below....
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Nike says it's not developing a companion app for its FuelBand fitness tracking product on Google's Android platform.
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Support for hi-res screens, LTE, fast CPUs in the works The video that leaked last week purportedly showing a new, high-resolution Google Chrome OS device called the Chromebook Pixel prompted lots of... debate, with many skeptics decrying it as a hoax. But Reg reader Jan-Willem Aldershoff claims there's strong evidence that such a device may indeed be in the works, based on analysis of Google's source code....
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Editorial: iWatch appInnovation is problem-solving. Radical innovation is seeing normalcy as problematic, and solving it. That level of invention, which solves a generally unrecognized problem to create a new product... category, or user experience, can be difficult to recognize in the conceptual stage. A far-reaching idea can seem trivial if it solves routineness. Sometimes it takes the product itself, the manifested experience, to demonstrate how to rise above the customary. Email solved postal mail, which died another incremental death last week by announcing a proposal to end Saturday letter deliveries. Cell phones solved the disconnect between phones and the walking-around life. Mobile apps solved the gap between computers and cell phones. Perhaps HTML5 will solve apps. So forgive me if I'm being...
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Search engine tracksWeb software designed by the defense firm Raytheon can scour Facebook, Twitter and check-in sites such as Foursquare to create an instant dossier covering a suspect's likely geographic locations and... activities. Raytheon calls it Rapid Information Overlay Technology (RIOT), and privacy advocates think it goes too far.
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Alert! Ping4 raises $4M toPing4 wants to become to use its hyper-local geo-fencing technology to build a finely tunable emergency alerts system for any public safety agency.
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K. Sujata: Proud to Be a STEM Girl

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 00:03
K. Sujata: Proud to Be a STEMMy work as a materials scientist opened up the door for me to learn valuable, transferable skills that I have used in my second career as a nonprofit executive. As a former "STEM Girl," I can say that... science and math developed those skills and that's what I want for all girls.
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Bill Gates on future of computing

GigaOM - 12 Feb 2013 00:02
Bill Gates on future ofBill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft took to Reddit and chatted about scores of issues. I found this one bit particularly interesting. Gates, while might not preside over Microsoft like he once did,... but he is an astute observer of the technology trends. Robots, pervasive screens, speech
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If it felt like there were a lot of Vine videos in your Twitter feed this weekend, here's why. Vine users shared 113,897 videos on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, or 2,324 videos every hour, according... to data from SimplyMeasured, a social media analytics company. Much of that was due to a combination of three big events: the Grammys, New York Fashion Week and the snowstorm that hit the Northeast. That's not quite as jaw-dropping as the 1.3 million photos that Instagram users shared during Hurricane Sandy -- which some considered to be the photo network's big moment -- but it's pretty impressive considering that Vine has been around for less than three weeks. It's also worth noting that...
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Famous Album Cover PhotosFor a recent Music Issue of ESPN Magazine, photographer Mattias Clamer created portraits of 14 famous athletes in the style of iconic album cover photos. Clamer paid a huge amount of attention to... detail, which resulted in many of the photos looking nearly identical to the covers they were meant to recreate. The photograph above
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Microsoft Making More Surface Products

ABC News - 12 Feb 2013 00:00
Microsoft Making More SurfaceMicrosoft has plans for other Surface products.
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What Are the Scientific OddsThere are billions of people on the planet, but what are the chances you'll fall in love with one of them? This video explores the possibility using a couple of equations, and it might soften your... shriveled black heart just a little bit. More
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This Broom Is Too BeautifulGenerally, cleaning supplies should be something people assume you have but never have to see. But that does not apply to the Asahineko Table Broom and Dust Pan. More
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Or is Cupertino simply juicing the rumor mill? A weekend flurry of speculative articles stoked the Apple "iWatch" rumor mill, perhaps indicating that Cupertino is secreting some well-placed leaks to... pump up interest in what it hopes might be its Next Big Thing™....
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Firefighters in Atlantic City took their oaths of office in unusual fashion last week when Apple's iPad was used in place of the traditional paper-bound Bible. NBC 40 reports that a short ceremony was... scheduled to promote a number of Atlantic City Fire Department workers to Battalion Chief and Fire Captain, but those proceedings were halted when attendees realized no one had a Bible in the City Council Chambers. In the past, the ceremony would have been cancelled in a situation like this because a Bible is required for firefighters to agree to the oath. Fortunately, and as a sign of today's digital age, one attendant brought his Apple iPad along with him and volunteered for the tablet...
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Nationwide retailer decides it's time to make the move to Apple, a decision which will affect 10,000 employees who will have to turn in their BlackBerry devices.
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Join the Engadget HD PodcastIt seems harder and harder to keep to a regular schedule these days, but we won't have to think of an excuse this week as we're back to our regular recording time this week for the Engadget HD... podcast. So if you agree that it's good to be home -- and love HD, of course -- please tune in live at 5:30PM and be be a part of it. Start by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participate in the live chat.
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Facebook Counted 43MAfter this year's Super Bowl, there were a number of articles proclaiming that Twitter had "won" the event thanks to the general explosion in usage, as well as the prominent use of hashtags in many of... the TV ads. But today Facebook is sharing some numbers its own -- and yes, it's still an enormous source of conversation around big events. The most recent data is around the Grammy Awards last night. Facebook says that there were a total of 43 million likes and comments made around Grammy-related content. That's supposed to represent the reach that Facebook can offer -- it's not measuring how many posts mentioned the Grammys, but instead the ripple effects of those initial mentions as people's friends and followers engaged with them. (If you want to an incredibly detailed breakdown of what...
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NBA star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 and widely slammed online after directing a gay slur at a referee in 2011. On Sunday evening, however, Bryant used Twitter to publicly display his apparently... evolved views and chastise a couple of fans for using the world "gay" as an insult. Here's the tweet Kobe shared with his 1.3 million followers: Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using "your gay" as a way to put someone down ain't ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab-- Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 11, 2013 The post has since been retweeted thousands of times and gained widespread media attention. Bryant finally joined the social network -- which is immensely...
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk accusesThree days ago, The New York Times wrote a scathing critique of the Tesla Model S, testifying that the all-electric sedan couldn't handle cold weather -- dying before it reached its destination, even... though a driver spent time shivering without a heater. Today, Elon Musk says it's simply not true: the Tesla CEO claims he has hard data which proves the Times faked the conclusion to its story. He insists vehicle logs kept by his company shed light on the truth, revealing that Broder failed to fully charge the Model S and that he "took a long detour" at one stage of his test drive. Musk has reason to be flustered; Tesla's stock price has dipped in the days since The New York Times published Broder's report.
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Guess Who's Joining MichelleThe head of one of Earth's most valuable companies will be joining the First Lady at Tuesday's State of the Union address. But his star...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook will get a prime seat during President Obama's State of the Union address Monday night. According to The Mercury News, Cook will be seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama in the... First Lady's Box. Cook will be joined by Bobak Ferdowsi, a.k.a. NASA's "Mohawk Guy," a member of the Mars Curiosity rover team at NASA and Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The First Lady's guests last year included Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs's widow; and Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger. In addition, President Obama mentioned Steve Jobs during last year's address: "You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every perso...
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Bill Gates talks Windows 8,If you could ask Bill Gates anything, what would your question be?
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NASA Video Shows LandsatThe latest Landsat satellite has successfully separated from the Atlas V booster and it's now alive and well orbiting Earth. It's the most powerful and modern Landsat satellite yet, the last member of... a saga that has provided with vital information to everyone, from farmers to environmental scientists. More
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Eric Yaverbaum: Valentines DayIt doesn't matter how young or old you are; putting down your smartphone and just being in love for a day is better. Fun. And if you're not in love... be in like, with a person, not a key on your... computer. Try it this Valentine's Day if you can?
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Scientists put their own spinAn asteroid half the size of a football field will buzz Earth on Friday, and NASA scientists and astronomers around the are world preparing to take advantage of the event to take a close look at how... asteroids work.
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Visualized: A table full ofIt's not every day you come across this sort of thing -- well, not unless your friends are the sort of folks who take it up themselves to transfer space travel as we know it. We popped into Liftport's... workspace, during a recent visit to the Pacific Northwest, to check in on the progress of the Kickstarter-funded space company. Much of Liftport's innovation is occurring in a garage loaded with arcade cabinets and pinball machines in various states of disrepair and an army of cats with various levels of polydactylism. Above you'll find a prototypes of the the company's various space elevator-climbing robots, which can be explored in more detail in the gallery below. We'll have more on our visit with Liftport soon. Gallery: Visualized: A table full of space elevator robot prototypes
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33 Grammy Nominees You Forgot About

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 23:27
The 55th annual Grammy Awards came and went, leaving us with a bloated Twitter feed and one epic photobomb. In the years to come, how will we reflect on last night's winners and losers? Will Frank... Ocean's loss of Album of the Year to Mumford and Sons seem as gigantic as Nirvana's snub for Best Rock Song in 1993? Will Gotye be remembered as a one-hit wonder? Instead of trying to tell the future, we decided to examine history. For this week's Music Monday, we looked at Grammy nominees of years past to see which ones had slipped our minds and which seem like surprises in retrospect. We completely forgot that Ray Charles won a posthumous Grammy for Album of the Year in 2005, beat...
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Or: Katniss goes to FarmVille! Originally a Facebook game, this updated iOS version brings new content based on the upcoming movie sequel, "Catching Fire."
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WordPress For iOS Adds PushAutomattic, the company behind the WordPress CMS and blogging platform, have today announced an update for the WordPress iOS app which introduces push notifications for comments, followers, likes,... posts and more. The update makes it easier for WordPress users and authors to reply to and approve comments from their mobile devices, the company says, as well as keep track of what's trending on their blogs.
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BlackBerry Creative DirectorHey, Alicia Keys. I totally love that new Drake single you're quoting, too. But you're BlackBerry's official Creative Director and Spokesmom and that's an iPhone you're tweeting from. More
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An Animated History of Valentine's Day

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 23:20
A long, long, long time ago, Valentine's Day wasn't just about candy hearts and red roses (shocking, we know). Feb. 14 actually celebrates a historic, and somewhat tragic event steeped in religious... controversy. Saint Valentine -- the original romantic -- gave significance to the holiday, now known more for its Hallmark value. SEE ALSO: 10 Someecard Valentines to Tickle Your Funny Bone But back in the day, Valentine was just a man who really believed in love and marriage. So before you start ordering those heart-shaped Etsy cards and buying chocolates, take a minute and watch this video to learn how you're taking part in a tradition centuries in the making. Video and image ...
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Turn Paper Airplanes IntoEverybody loves a good paper airplane, but the problem is they only fly straight, and that's only so much fun. Well, that about to be a problem of the past. Thanks to the Power Up 3.0, you can not... only outfit your paper creations with a motor, but steer them directly from your phone. More
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Software is critical in the age of the customer. Here are three data points from recent Forrsights studies that support that business executives understand software is a differentiator for their... businesses - not simply a commodity.
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"Despite Oracle's extensive marketing efforts, our survey results and our daily inquiries with Oracle customers suggest that Oracle's strategy and road map for Oracle Fusion Applications isn't getting... through," says Forrester Research.
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The iPhone and iPad maker has released a software update for iPhone 4S users, after U.K. and European cell networks warned iPhone users to avoid the latest iOS 6.1 version.
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As snow fell across the northeast over the weekend, Brian Mafftt projected a movie onto the falling flakes to create colorful, digital confetti. More About: art, artist, pics, snow
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Rocket Blasts Off FromVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A satellite launched into space Monday will keep closer tabs on Earth's glaciers, crops, forests and shorelines, continuing a...
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CNN anchor blames asteroid onThe threat of global warming may stretch so far beyond Earth that it affects meteorites millions of miles away in space -- at least according to one CNN anchor.
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Dutch family sues FB over 'like' button

News24 - 11 Feb 2013 23:14
Dutch family sues FB overThe heirs of a Dutch internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the US social networking site's "like" and "share" buttons.
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Apple's recent AirPort and Time Capsule updates may break IPv6 tunneling features in the devices, requiring a downgrade for those who use these features.
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Google lets you pick theIn the wake of Google's 2013 Solve for X event -- which encourages people to submit radical proposals to huge problems like world hunger, for example -- Google is adding new features to the TED-like... think tank's site in an effort to encourage collaboration and innovation. The 2013 event received 18 "moonshot" proposals for problems like asteroid mining, renewable energy storage, early Alzheimer's diagnosis, and others that can be viewed on the Solve for X site. Google is adding a new forum and a community section to Solve for X where users can join, create a profile, and declare a problem that they're passionate about solving. Users can also submit their own video proposals and watch, share, and rate other submissions.
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Motorola makes Platinum DroidWe saw a new color of the Motorola Droid RAZR M pop up for sale on best Buy's website last week, and now Motorola is confirming its existence. The device is the same internally as the original colors... of the RAZR M, but externally it's got a shiny new coat of platinum (c'mon, it's silver) paint. The front is still black, but the sides and buttons have been changed. You can pick up the new color of the Droid RAZR M for $49.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract, and it seems to be a Best Buy exclusive at least for now. Motorola says that "quantities are limited," so check the source links if you're interested in picking one of these up. Source: Motorola; Best Buy
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After a Nor'easter covered most of the northeast in over a foot of snow on Friday, Dustin Cantrell decided to trek out to Central Park the next day to snaps some pics. His photos, shot in black and... white give an interesting perspective to Central Park right after a snow storm. "Walking around Central Park, with what seemed to be half of the population of NYC, I kept on having flashbacks to how I imagine life was before technology. Back when people were less distracted and enjoyed the now," Cantrell told My Modern Met, where his photos were first published. "I look forward to more times that cause myself and New Yorkers to slow down and take in the beauty of our surroundings." Check ou...
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CNET takes an unusual trip to EA in Los Angeles and gets some hands-on time with Real Racing 3, which launches for free on February 28 for iOS and Android users.
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Sue Scheff: Spring Break, Teens, and Online Reputation

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 23:04
Online reputation isn't just for teens. If you are looking for a job, own a business, or are a professional, you are being searched online! It is a fact that more and more people use search engines to... poke into your digital image -- many won't give you a second glance if it is tainted.
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Flickr Bug Turned PrivateImproperly handling people's photos is a huge faux pas that can generate a lot of furor. If you need an example, look no further than Instagram's policy debacle. But Flickr recently messed up, and the... company is trying to clean up its mess as quickly and quietly as possible before it gets in the way
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The only sports moment from this weekend that you need to see is this massive condor escaping its handlers at a minor league hockey game. More About: Sports, viral videos, Watercooler
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Vote for H.P. Lovecraft, RobinWe're reading Catch-22 for February, but it's time to look ahead... and behind. For March's Book Club, I'm going with two very old and two very recent selections, all of them widely acclaimed and half... of them from our forums. In a change from last month, we're going to close earlier to give people some time to get the book: please make your selection by Friday, February 22nd at 11:55pm EST. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Published in 2012, this was one of our gift guide recommendations -- we called it "a thoughtful look at the magical side of our technological present, and the deep resonances of our long-forgotten past" and "a book with a soul." Plot-wise, it involves a former web designer who begins work at the...
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The Progress 50 resupply ship has now arrived at the International Space Station, just hours after it launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch took place at 9:41 a.m. EST, (14:40... UTC) and it took only a four-orbit journey to rendezvous with the ISS, docking at 3:34 pm EST (20:35 UTC). "Progress 50 just
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In his first AMA on Reddit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls WinFS the Microsoft product he most wished had made it to market.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

Engadget - 11 Feb 2013 23:00
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2Before we talk about the ThinkPad Tablet 2, Lenovo's new Windows 8 hybrid, we need to talk about the original ThinkPad Tablet, the one that came out in fall of 2011 to mixed reviews. It was an okay... device, when push came to shove, with useful features like a full-size USB port, 1080p output and pen support -- a rarity on Android tablets. But the tablet itself was bulky, performance was sluggish, battery life was mediocre and there weren't even that many Android apps designed to be used with a pen. It was a concept that didn't totally work -- at least not with that OS -- and indeed, Lenovo's long since discontinued it. Fast-forward to the present, and the ThinkPad Tablet's been resurrected in the form of a 10.1-inch Windows 8 device, one that starts at $579 and can be used with an optional...
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Remind Yourself That NatureIf your 9 to 5 has you yearning for a little more nature while you sit behind a computer screen all day, consider trading up your jungle desktop wallpaper for Daniel Zeller's custom Terrarium Desk.... Tucked away inside is a miniature jungle lit with soft LEDs that's visible through a plexiglass window on top. More
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Review: Document MetadataMicrosoft Office is the most popular word processing suite around, when it comes to generating documents. But a lot of people are completely unaware that, every time you open a document, type in it,... edit it, close it, or do anything more than breathe on it, personally identifying data called "metadata" is collected and attached to the document. Disclosure of this information can be very detrimental in certain situations, so it pays to spend an extra few minutes before sending someone the file, to wipe the metadata. A free, small app called Document Metadata Cleaner will help you achieve this. For Document Metadata Cleaner to begin, you need to tell it the location of the files in question. Simply browse to their location on your computer. You can also choose the type of file you want...
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The QWERTY handset is an affordable option for those with basic cell phone needs.
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Bill Gates Shows Off Sense ofIn Bill Gates' closing remarks on his Reddit AMA earlier today, he left the Internet with the following message and a link to this image: More
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A St. Louis, Mo. doctor caused a social media stir after posting details about a patient on her Facebook account. More About: Facebook, healthcare, social media privacy
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Homeless find a place to call home, on Twitter

Sydney Morning Herald - 11 Feb 2013 22:51
Homeless find a place to callIt's the home that Twitter built. Joe Brown, 29, and his partner Ben Stevens, 23, were homeless when they came to Melbourne in January from Castlemaine.
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Project Holodeck gets aThe team behind Project Holodeck has a daunting task ahead: it has to combine a virtual reality headset, two PlayStation Move controllers and a Razer Hydra into a unified VR input system that somehow... feels natural. From what we've seen in Road To VR's hands-on with the system, the group might just pull that off. There's no mistaking the sheer amount of equipment strapped to your head -- not to mention the Lenovo laptop on your back -- but the effort does create an immersive virtualization of the player's body where walking, arm movements and body lean all work more or less as you'd expect. Although significant stretches of development lie ahead, including fully fleshed-out games and the eventual use of an Oculus Rift, there's already teases of potential commercialization and a second...
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Ask Him Anything: Bill GatesMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates still serves as his former company's chairman, but much of his current work involves philanthropy. (In case you hadn't heard, he has a lot of money, which he's using to... try to wipe out polio. He'll then set his sights on malaria and measles.) In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on social news site, Reddit, Gates answered questions about his foundation's work and, of course, technology. Here are some of Gates' more interesting answers to various tech-related questions posed to him. On the next big thing to shake up consumer tech as deeply as the home PC did: Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at "computers". Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways.. On...
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Not surprisingly, the Microsoft chairman says Bing and Windows 8 are great products. He also talks about Steve Jobs, Spinal Tap and polio during a Reddit "ask me anything" session.
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Photos: 2013 Westminster Dog Show

ABC News - 11 Feb 2013 22:48
Photos: 2013 Westminster Dog2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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When will mobile commerce beMobile commerce has tons of potential, but like so many high-upside technology trends (smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, social media), paradigms don't change on overnight. Today, the mcommerce... success story is Asia. In many Asian countries, people have skipped right over the PC era to the smartphone and tablet era. Thus, any sort of e-commerce in Asia is by definition mcommerce. Even in Asia, though, mcommerce success looks more like what we're all used to than anything revolutionary. Mainly, you can order things out of vending machines from your smartphone, or you can shop from your phone or tablet instead of from your PC. Research by Neilson commissioned by PayPal found that both Singapore and Hong Kong are experiencing spikes in mcommerce, but when you drill into the details,...
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Stinging needle antsA stinging ant from Asia is spreading with a vengeance across the United States and may prove more devastating to people and the environment than the well-established aggressive Argentine ant... currently is, according to new research.
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The New York Times poured freezing cold water on the hopes of those wishing for a powerful electric sedan Monday. Writer John Broder took the Tesla Model S for a spin from DC to Boston to test the... company's claim that you could do the whole trip by recharging at its two new charging stations along the way. After multiple charging issues in the winter cold, Broder says he finally broke down on a freeway ramp in Connecticut and had to be towed to the nearest station. "Theory can be trumped by reality," he wrote, "especially when Northeast temperatures plunge." (Read the full article here.) SEE ALSO Elon Musk: Secrets of a Highly Effective Entpreneur But Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk...
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Grind Up Your Spices With ThisHere's another curious photography-related novelty item for those of you looking to fill your house with them (i.e. those of you who purchased the lens shaped vacuum cleaner and lens-shaped humidifier... that we featured recently): it's a lens shaped pepper mill. It's a manual burr grinder, so you simply fill it with your favorite peppercorn
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Alan W. Silberberg: NASA Has Become the Earth's Protector

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 22:41
NASA is famous for lots of things. Monkeys. Mercury. Gemini. Apollo. Space Station(s). Space Shuttles.
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7 things about SharePoint 2013SharePoint, for Microsoft, has grown into a billions-of-dollars-a-year sort of business that increases its market share in the double-digit range each year. Not to put too fine a point on it:... SharePoint is a beast in its space. Companies are adopting it worldwide to centralize knowledge, increase collaboration, develop applications on top of it and realize actionable intelligence about their overall business health. However, SharePoint 2013 represents a major new release in the lifecycle of the product, and that may cause you to wonder what it is, what it can do for you and what your organization needs to know before considering and deploying it. Here's a brief SharePoint 2013 cheat sheet to help you sort out with some of those concerns. SharePoint 2013 highlights: Better BI, mobile,...
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Scientists Want YOU To Name Dwarf Planet's Moons

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 22:40
Scientists Want YOU To NameBy: Miriam Kramer Published: 02/11/2013 10:37 AM EST on SPACE.com If you've ever wanted to leave your mark on the heavens, here's your chance. Astronomers...
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Are Gadgets AppropriateFlowers, chocolates, and... a Kindle Fire? One of these things is not like the other. You aim for creativity with your Valentine's Day presents, but are gadgets kosher gifts to give? More
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Should work with any distro, but not without hassle The Linux Foundation's open source workaround for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot has shipped, and while it's not... necessarily the easiest way to boot Linux on UEFI-enabled PCs, its authors claim it should now work with any bootloader and any distribution....
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Mountain Dew in the morning too

News24 - 11 Feb 2013 22:37
Mountain Dew in the morningMountain Dew is to introduce a breakfast drink with a little juice, tapping into the energy drink market.
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The eighth spacecraft in a four-decade-long program to monitor the planet's surface is successfully boosted into orbit, kicking off an $855 million mission.
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Why would Apple want to make an iWatch?

The Verge - 11 Feb 2013 22:36
Why would Apple want to makeOne year ago -- almost to the day -- the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Apple was testing an 8-inch iPad. In July, just days after Google's announcement of the Nexus 7, it reiterated that a... "smaller" iPad was coming. Those rumors, of course, foretold the launch of the iPad mini late last year. With these reports, Apple is sending a message Yesterday, it was The New York Times' turn: Apple is now said to be "experimenting" with a "watch-like device," WSJ quickly corroborated the story. These reports, and the timing of them, are almost surely no coincidence; the public relations departments of many companies engage in a dark art, feeding carefully-selected bits of information on unreleased products and initiatives to...
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Apple issues iOS 6 softwareSome European carriers had started warned their subscribers not to upgrade to iOS version 6.1 until Apple had a chance to address the issues.
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Jason Gilbert: What Would YouApple might be building a smartwatch that would display your iPhone notifications on your wrist. Google is definitely building a set of smartglasses that will...
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Remington Black Diamond 5800Sure, shaving accessories like self-cleaning stands, high-RPM heads, and gaggles of trimmer attachments are cool and all, but not everybody needs or wants all that. For anyone that's just looking for... a solid shave without a bunch of bells and whistles, check out the Remington F5800. More
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Toy-Size Helicopter Drones NowA swarm of helicopter drones are being deployed to British soldiers in Afghanistan thanks to the UK's Ministry of Defence. Dubbed the PD-100 "Black Hornet" Personal Reconnaissance System, the... Norwegian-developed drones are finding utility and praise among the Brigade Reconnaissance Force as they are being used by the British military to identify "insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing."
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Even though the presidential election is over, Democrats across the country, including President Obama, are not forgetting that many American voters had to stand on long lines and wait to cast their... votes. Thousands gave up voting and left before casting ballots.
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Some lucky Japanese will get their lovers' sweet likenesses on Valentine's Day. Lollipop format also available.
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Sonos update bringingSonos is rolling out an update to both its hardware setups and mobile apps to enable new features today. The first part of the update will come to the Sonos base station itself, and will improve the... handling of favorites. Users will now be able to add tracks, albums and radio stations to favorites no matter the source. The new favorites can now be accessed from any Sonos Controller in the music menu as well. An update for the Android (and iOS) Sonos Controller app is on the way to take advantage of the new features also. The Android version will receive a new widget that lets users control tracks and playback without launching the app itself, as well as show album art and metadata. The app will also receive universal search available from anywhere in the interface. Both the system and app...
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Kanex meDrive turns any USBKanex may be more famous as a cable maker, but it still has priors when it comes to knocking out the odd device. meDrive is a small white box that's designed to turn any old USB HDD into a network... attached storage (NAS) drive. We're no friend to buzzwords like "private cloud," but as the unit promises to swell the capacity of our microSD-slot lacking iOS devices, we couldn't resist giving it a go. Does this $99 box do all that it promises to do? Find out, after the break.
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Flickr software bug makes someFlickr users may be alarmed to learn some of their private images could have been temporarily viewable publicly. Yahoo's photo sharing site alerted affected users with an email message last week,... detailing the error and explaining what steps to take. According to Flickr, a software bug resulted in some private images, uploaded between April - December 2012 becoming public for a short period from January 18th to February 7th this year. Are photos posted on the Internet ever really private? Click through for more details and analysis on connect.dpreview.com.
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Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 ForApple has pushed iOS 6.1.1 update out, but for now it is only available to iPhone 4S users.
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Gates Talks Charity, Tech, Cheap Thrills On Reddit

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 22:29
Gates Talks Charity, Tech,Bill Gates has taken to Reddit for a gabfest on everything from philanthropy to his bucket list, with a strong emphasis on global development. The...
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Microsoft's 128GB Surface ProWhen Microsoft released its first tablet, the Surface RT, back in October, details on how it sold were hard to come by, but there was no evidence it was a smash. On Saturday, the company released the... Surface with Windows 8 Pro -- the Surface which runs conventional Windows applications and otherwise behaves like, well, a PC -- and the $999 128GB model instantly sold out. Now, selling out, of course, is not the same thing as selling well: We don't know how many Surface Pro units have made their way to store shelves yet. In the case of Best Buy and Staples, at least, there are reports that there haven't been many Surface Pros to buy, period, so selling out doesn't mean much. But Matthew Miller of ZDNet writes that around 75 people were ahead of him in a line at his local Microsoft Store to...
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Bill Gates, Ever The CompanyBill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and now co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has held his very first AMA on Reddit. He's surprisingly good at it, answering over 30 questions and... verifying his identity in a number of cute ways (photo at left, video below).
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Bill Gates hits Reddit for anMicrosoft chairman Bill Gates took to Reddit today for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. After describing Windows 8 as a "huge advance," Gates also revealed he has "tried all of Apple [sic] products."... According to Gates he's currently using a Surface Pro and an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet, the same used by CEO Steve Ballmer. In fact, he even used the device to reply to Reddit comments. Other highlights include Gates describing WinFS, a file system that was supposed to debut in Vista, as a program or product that he wished had made it to market. "We had a rich database as the client/cloud store that was part of a Windows release that was before its time," said Gates. "This is an idea that will remerge since your cloud store will be rich...
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Apple releases 6.1.1 softwareApple has released an update to iOS 6.1, hopefully fixing the connectivity problems that have stopped users from sending text messages or going online. Version 6.1.1 has showed up for us as an OTA... update; its change log indicates it "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S." iOS 6.1, released in late January, added wider LTE compatibility for some devices and improved features like Siri and iTunes Match, but it caused intermittent network connection problems, leading European carrier Vodafone and other companies to suggest people hold off on downloading it. Assuming this has indeed resolved the issue, these warnings can now be safely put aside.
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A kind and thoughtful patent-holding company, acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer, believes that the concept of Facebook's Like button, as well as the concept of much of Facebook, was created... by the Dutchman.
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Not just Linux: Windows canLate last month the word got out that some Samsung laptops have a problem booting Linux using UEFI, and late last week that problem began to look even worse. Specifically, it now looks like Windows... can "brick" some Samsung machines as well, suggesting that it's not a Linux-specific bug after all. "I bricked a Samsung laptop today," wrote Linux developer Matthew Garrett, who is also known for uncovering the Windows 8 "Secure Boot" problem, in a new blog post on Friday. "Unlike most of the reported cases of Samsung laptops refusing to boot, I never booted Linux on it--all experimentation was performed under Windows." Partial protection
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NRA Enemies List Missing

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 22:20
NRA Enemies List MissingWASHINGTON -- A controversial list of 494 people and organizations that the National Rifle Association considered "anti-gun," and which received significant media attention in recent...
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How to Defend Your Home Without Firearms

Gizmodo - 11 Feb 2013 22:20
How to Defend Your HomeSo, what, you think you're better than Batman? The Caped Crusader's out there protecting an entire city without packing heat but you can't defend your little abode without a gun? For shame! Here are... four methods for protecting you and yours without exercising the Second Amendment. More
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14 Unconventional Video Game Romances

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 22:19
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and love is in the air -- maybe. Much like the "real" world, romance in the video game realm is seldom straightforward. Many games feature characters that perform... incredibly heroic feats. Why would one risk life and limb if not for true love? It seems simple enough, but often there's more to the story than meets the eye. To show you what we mean, we put together this list of 14 classic video games that feature unconventional romance. If we left off one of your favorites, give us your best case in the comment section. 14. Fast Hedgehog Likes to Take It Slow Hedgehog love: Is there anything more dear? Unfortunately for Dr. Robotnik, it doesn't...
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In his first AMA on Reddit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls WinFS the Microsoft product he most wished had made it to market.
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While natural disasters have a way of convincing small businesses to reconsider their backup and recovery plans, human error and system failures are far more common.
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The ten feistiest firms of 2013, according to Fast Company's annual roundup.
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Apple Updates iPhone 4S To iOSApple has just issued iOS 6.1.1, a bug-fixing update aimed at the iPhone 4S specifically to address issues around cellular issues on 3G connections for some European carriers, per the release notes.... The update had been in beta for only five days, which is a much shorter cycle than Apple usually goes through for new iOS updates. The new release is a different one from that already in testing, according to Apple, which addressed Maps fixes for users in Japan.
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Google Announces 9th EditionAs expected, Google will once again run its Summer of Code program for college students around the world this year. Students who make it into the competitive program get to work on open-source... projects for mentoring organizations from around the globe. Over the past eight editions, 6,000 students from more than 100 countries participated in the program. Students will able to submit their applications starting April 22.
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Despite the Super Bowl's extensive security two students managed to sneak in just in time for Beyonce. And they captured the entire caper on hidden camera. More About: nfl, Sports, Super Bowl
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White House Owes Response ToU.S. assistant attorney Stephen Heymann built his career taking on hackers in computer crime cases. Now at least 25,000 people believe he took one such case too far--enough voices that the White House... will have to respond to their calls that he be fired.
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Podcast: How to write a web TV series

GigaOM - 11 Feb 2013 22:15
Podcast: How to write a web TVWeb series vet and author of the book Scriptwriting 2.0, Yuri Baranovsky talks about what it takes to write an online show.
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The Family Photo That Was LeftWe've seen photography of the Moon, and photography taken on the Moon; people have even left photography gear up there. But this is the first we've heard of a photo from Earth, not only making it to... the Moon, but staying there. Fortunately, it was left there on purpose (Can you imagine? "Uhhh ... John
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Doug Olenick: Dell's Midlife Crisis

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 22:14
When a person hits this stage in life he or she questions just about every aspect of their life. Did they make the right job choice, are they being a good parent and what is their next step? Dell is... in the same position.
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Supplemental update promises to fix cellular performance issues with the iPhone 4S, though did not go out to other models.
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Bill Gates talk Steve Jobs,Bill Gates appeared on social news site Reddit this morning for an "ask me anything" or AMA post, in which he responded to unfiltered questions from a horde of anonymous users. Here are some of the... more interesting answers.
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Bill Gates riffs on health,Bill Gates appeared on social news site Reddit this morning for an "ask me anything" or AMA post, in which he responded to unfiltered questions from a horde of anonymous users. Here are some of the... more interesting answers.
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Slickdeals' best in tech forLooking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we'll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals. You'll... want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won't stick around long. Scouring the web in search of the day's best tech deals? Allow us to lend a hand. Two cameras, a Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 and more get penciled in on the list to begin the week. As always, just mosey down beyond the break to see all of the selections and be mindful of coupon codes when needed.
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GoDaddy Buys M.dot, A MobileGoDaddy, the web-hosting and domain registration giant, is taking one more step into the world of mobile, and another into offering small businesses a one-stop shop for all of their online activities... with a freemium sweetener. Today, it is announcing the acquisition of M.dot, a startup that has developed an iOS mobile app that lets users create mobile websites from the app itself. Financial terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, but we have heard that the sale was in cash and stock and could be worth anywhere from $5 million to $25 million, likely to be around $15 million -- depending on GoDaddy's own IPO plans. This is GoDaddy's first acquisition under its new CEO Blake Irving, who joined the company in December 2012, having previously held roles as chief product officer at...
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Get your feet on the big bad bully's hoverboard from "Back to the Future Part II." The prop is black, red, pointy, and plenty expensive.
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Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S devices, presumably fixing the 3G issues that a carriers warned their customers about with the iOS 6.1 update. The update comes with a build number of... 10B145. It weighs in at a relatively paltry 23MB. A beta of iOS 6.1.1 was released in the middle of last week carrying a build number of 10B311 -- it's likely the upgrade released today was a urgent bug fix and the prior 6.1.1 beta sent to developers will become 6.1.2. Thanks to @AppleNicholas for the screenshot
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iOS 6.1.1 Is Out, iPhone 4SApple started pushing out iOS 6.1.1 for the iPhone 4S this afternoon. You can download it here. More
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Pinion Hopes To Finally GetA new app called Pinion from a Toronto-based developer is making its official debut with a soft launch today, taking a new approach to the concept of an app that uses location services to remotely... track your activity and give you insight on how you spend your time. Unlike past entrants including Chronos and Saga, however, Pinion wants to keep things as simple as possible, and hopefully make the software more generally usable for the average consumer, too.
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iOS 6.1.1 rolling out, hitting iPhone 4S

Engadget - 11 Feb 2013 22:05
iOS 6.1.1 rolling out, hittingWell, iOS 6.1 is still pretty young, but 6.1.1 is already hitting the airwaves. At least for some iPhone 4S owners that is. We've been able to confirm availability of the upgrade on multiple 4S... handsets, but have not seen it yet on an iPod touch or any other iPhone model. The notification screen does specifically call out the update as fixing issues relating to "cellular performance and reliability" on the iPhone 4S, so it's entirely possible the update will be for that device only. Developing...
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Absent from last night's celebrity festivities, Justin Bieber seemingly attempted to steal some spotlight from the Grammys. The Biebs invited his fans to an hour-long live stream, conveniently... scheduled at the same time as the award show. Hours before he took the stage for Saturday Night Live, Bieber tweeted an invitation to a live video stream session of new music and some Q&A time. The 18-year-old didn't receive any Grammy nominations this year; perhaps he had some purposeful counter-programming in mind? I'm gonna do an hour live video stream tomorrow at 8 est I'm gonna play some new music and answer questions send this to ur friend :)-- Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February ...
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New Jersey Casino to Let HotelATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Guests at one New Jersey casino won't even have to get out of bed in order to place a bet. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City said it will become the first... casino in the United States to let guests gamble over hotel room TV sets, starting Feb. 18. Its E-Casino program will let guests with player's cards set up electronic accounts and risk up to $2,500 a day. Slots and four kinds of video poker will be the first games offered. The casino says the technology can be expanded to include gambling over hand-held devices anywhere on casino property, which New Jersey recently authorized, and full Internet gambling, if the state approves it. "This puts us in a position to leverage the technology into true mobile gaming and Internet betting later on," said...
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Hulu premieres movie beforeWhat if you could watch a movie before its theatrical release on Hulu? Subscribers of Hulu's Japanese service will have the chance to do just that next week -- but only if they're quick.
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NASA launched a successor to the long-time Landsat satellite Earth-observing program today, sending the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite to orbit via an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air... Force Base at 1:03 EST (10:03 PST, 18:03 UTC). The new LDCM carries two new instruments, the Operational Land Imager and the Thermal Infrared Sensor, which
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Satellite captures aftermathThe aftermath of Saturday's massive snowstorm was spotted from space by NASA's Terra satellite on Sunday.
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Every Apple Product SupposedlyDid you hear the latest rumor about Apple's "explorations" into a Dick Tracey-like smartwatch that'll soon be attaching itself to everybody's wrists? It's coming soon. Or never. But it's just another... one of an avalanche of products Apple is rumored to have in the works. More
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BUSINESS: Esquire Magazine Takes On Television

The New York Times - 11 Feb 2013 22:00
Esquire prepares to introduce a new television network. | Beauty bloggers storm fashion week. | The wristwatch of the future.
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Soil microbes break down organic matter in permafrost more rapidly when exposed to ultraviolet light, so sunshine could speed up carbon dioxide release
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These High-End Office ChairsIf sitting is the new smoking -- that is, it makes you look cool and significantly shortens your life expectancy -- then we, as sitting addicts, should choose our brand. People even moderately... acquainted with high-end office chairs know about the Herman Miller Aeron, but Steelcase also makes a few premium thrones. In particular, the Steelcase Leap is a widely acclaimed chair. It's a Wirecutter favorite; here's Kyle VanHemert's take: More
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Google finally offers Nexus 4Months after the Nexus 4 arrived on sale, the promise of charging the device without connecting a wire is here. For $59, Google is now selling the Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb.
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This Could Be HTC's New Smartphone

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 21:53
HTC One, 2013 twitter.com/evleaks/status…-- @evleaks (@evleaks) February 11, 2013 An image of the purported new HTC One was released on Twitter Monday. The image was tweeted by @evleaks, a... Twitter user with a strong track record of smartphone leaks. The HTC One -- previously known as the HTC M7 -- is HTC's rumored next generation flagship smartphone. The phone is rumored to have a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core processor and a 13-megapixel camera. As it happens, HTC is holding an event in New York City on Feb. 19. The company will also have a big presence at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off on Feb. 25 in Barcelona. Mashable will be at both events and we'll...
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No Tweet? Pope's Twitter,When the Italian media began to report today that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning on February 28, many of @Pontifex's 1.5 million Twitter followers turned to his account for confirmation. They... were greeted with crickets. Former New York Times editor Jim Roberts, a popular Twitter...
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Algorithm learns how to revive lost languages

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 21:48
An automated system that reconstructs ancient languages could help recover the sound of words not spoken for thousands of years
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$4M Richer, StyleSeat LaunchesStyleSeat, a scheduling platform for hair stylists and other beauty professionals, is launching its "To You" feature in San Francisco today. To You is the product I told StyleSeat founder, and close... friend, Melody McCloskey that I wanted her to build for me; A way to book same-day or later stylist appointments to wherever.
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Report: Next Xbox requiresMicrosoft isn't acknowledging the development, or even the existence, of the Xbox 360's successor (codenamed "Durango"), but that isn't stopping potential details from leaking out of Redmond. The... latest report comes via console overview documents (known as "white papers") provided to Kotaku by the same source who provided information on the next PlayStation (codenamed "Orbis"), and it spells out some things we've yet to hear. Namely, the console will ship with a new version of Microsoft's motion-sensing camera controller, Kinect, and that the device, "must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to even function," the piece says. The new Kinect -- which we've heard of in the past -- is said to capture up to six people at once, and an alleged image demonstrating the difference between...
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Ridley Scott and 'X-Files'The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick's classic novel about a world where Germany won World War II, is getting a Syfy mini-series, The New York Times reports. In a statement, Syfy said that the... four-hour program would be written partly by Frank Spotnitz, a writer and eventual executive producer of The X-Files and co-producer of spinoff Millennium. Spotnitz helped create some of the most famous mythology-focused X-Files episodes, but he's not the biggest name attached to the project: that'd be Ridley Scott, who will serve as an executive producer and will help adapt the book through his company Scott Free Productions. The Man in the High Castle was one of several P.K. Dick works slated for an adaptation last year, and Michael Gondry...
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AMD promises to squashThe graphics geeks were a-buzzin' this weekend, spurred on by an interview with an AMD product manager that suggests the company might not be releasing new Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards until... late in 2013--or possibly until 2014. Could AMD really be content to sit pat with the current Radeon HD 7000 lineup for the rest of the year? Absolutely not. PCWorld reached out to AMD in the wake of all the hub-bub to get a feel for the situation, and while there are still plenty of questions up in the air, I was told by a chortling AMD representative, "We will certainly have new [GPU] products in 2013." The company plans to clarify its 2013 plans for the Radeon brand later this week. What happened? The rabble became aroused when Japan's 4Gamer.net published an interview with AMD product...
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Following Raspberry Pi, theAs chips for smartphones and tablets improve, there's a growing market for small computers running on this silicon. Take a look at the $89 Odroid 2 and what it can do.
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Canon to add 25fps 4K videoCanon has announced an upcoming service update to its EOS-1D C professional DSLR that will add 25 fps 4K video recording. The camera currently captures 4096 x 2160p resolution videos at up to 24p... without downscaling, from an APS-H crop of its 18MP full-frame sensor. In a service advisory, the company promises more information about this update in April 2013 for US EOS-ID C owners. There is currently no information in the European website.
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Whip Up a Bewildering NerdyNeed scented candles, a giant foam sword, or a ringtone machine to annoy your buddies? Of course you don't but, you want 'em and ThninkGeek's spread for Toy Fair 2013's got you covered. More
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With Apple's interest in a smart watch gaining renewed attention, there has been a considerable amount of speculation about what the company might try to do with such a device. Some of the speculation... has pointed out that a watch could provide a good alternative to traditional passcodes by using watch proximity to grant a user access to systems and apps. Apple is apparently looking at other alternatives for traditional password security as well, as highlighted in a patent application published late last week and spotted by Patently Apple. The patent application describes a system that would display one or more photos stored on a device and ask the owner to identify them. The document mentions voice entry as one method of identification, using the example of a photo from the owner's...
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Nike Pulled The Plug On ItsOf all activity tracking devices that have been churned out in the past year and half, Nike's FuelBand has been strapped to my person the longest. Sadly, the wrist-worn gadget has never been able to... sync wirelessly with an Android device the way it could with an iDevice, and it looks like that's going to be the case indefinitely -- according to a Nike tweet spotted by Droid-Life, the company is no longer working on an Android version of its Bluetooth-syncing FuelBand app.
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What attributes does a founder need to make his or her startup thrive? There are plenty of myths floating around Silicon Valley, augmented by the legends of hot-headed young Turks such as Steve Jobs... or Mark Zuckerberg, that you need to be in your 20s with a rigid mindset and a hefty ego. But they're the outliers, according to an extensive survey conducted by one startup incubator. For the last three years, the Founder Institute has had its applicants perform a battery of personality and aptitude tests. Then it tracked those applicants -- more than 15,000 test-takers as their startups launched. The goal: see if any personality traits could be matched to revenue growth and market tract...
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Amazon cloud spinoff talkOppenheimer analyst Tim Horan says Amazon will have to spin off Amazon Web Services to attain the scale it needs.
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Justin Timberlake is wasting no time making his comeback. Just a few hours after he brought sexy back to the Grammy stage, he released the newest single "Mirrors" from the upcoming album "The 20/20... Experience." Timberlake's team promised a surprise for fans post-Grammys in a tweet. Big news coming out after Justin's #Grammys performance. Stay tuned or you'll miss it! #moreJT -teamJT-- Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) February 11, 2013 They fulfilled their promise debuting "Mirrors" on YouTube. The track -- produced by rapper Timbaland -- is slightly over eight minutes and embraces Timberlake's old-school, slow jam vibe heard in the previously released singles from th...
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The fate of Apple's $137B cashTim Cook could use his speaking slot at the Goldman Sachs tech conference Tuesday to signal how he's thinking about Apple's excess cash.
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LinkedIn's clever marketing:Did LinkedIn send you an email saying you had one of the top most viewed profiles of 2012? Congratulations!
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Dell has its work cut out for it

PC World - 11 Feb 2013 21:31
Dell has its work cut out forTaking Dell private is a bold move, but won't ensure success. If you can't recognize opportunities and execute properly as a public company, buying yourself shelter from investors only takes you so... far. The bigger challenge will be rejiggering the corporate culture and core processes to make more innovation possible. Why take this $24 billion gamble, which saddles the company with $15 billion in new debt? The last five years have been hard on many computer shops. IBM's 2012 sales of $104.5 billion, for example, were just a hair above the 2008 mark. The intervening years saw a high of $107 billion and a low of $96 billion.
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Brain area 'where evil lurks'Evil is alive and is lurking in the brains of some individuals, if you believe news reports linked to a respected German neurologist. But the news has attracted naysayers -- including the neurologist... himself.
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Jonathan Rajewski: IdentityIn the growing complexity of identity theft schemes, you can protect yourself by employing a simple plan to outsmart the underlining schemes that identity thieves rely on to steal your identity.
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Swiss photographer in legal battle to publish photobook

British Journal of Photography - 11 Feb 2013 21:27
Swiss photographer in legalOlivier Laurent BJP Agence Vu' photographer Christian Lutz is facing a legal challenge launched against his latest book, In Jesus' Name, by a group of people he had photographed Agence Vu'... photographer Christian Lutz is facing a legal challenge launched against his latest book, In Jesus' Name, by a group of people he had photographed
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Studio Street Portraits FromPhotographers are usually trying to get closer to their subjects, be that in the wild or on the street. The photographers of Mumus Photo Hub in Bucharest, Romania, however, decided to take a step back... ... actually quite a few steps back. For a recent day of photography, they decided to take their studio outdoors
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Surface Pro lacks full penAt least some of the tablet-loving public picked up a Surface Pro this weekend. Those earliest of early adopters have discovered an unpleasant limitation, however: the vaunted pen input doesn't have... complete support in important apps. Microsoft is using only an official driver without any current option to install an alternative, leaving artists without eraser or pressure support in creative industry staples such as Adobe Photoshop. While there's no immediate fix, a Microsoft spokesperson tells us that it's working with the "necessary partners" to expose full pen functionality; we've reached out to Adobe as well, and will let you know if it's one of the chosen few. In the meantime, Surface artisans who need full pen recognition may want to consider an add-on tablet as a stopgap. Read...
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It's Completely Safe to CrashTaking a few notes from the Hindenburg disaster, China's Amax Toys has created what appears to be a remote control flying zeppelin letting you recreate the glory days air travel. But upon closer... examination, it's actually a dual-rotor RC helicopter with a rollcage designed to only look like a blimp. More
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News of Apple potentially chasing smart watches highlights how the company needs big hits in big markets just to keep up with increasingly ridiculous expectations.
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At long last, the pricey accessory pops up on Google's Play store.
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Obama put on the spot over veto threat The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which President Obama threatened to veto for its lack of privacy protection, has been resurrected by... its sponsors and will be reintroduced to the US House of Representatives this week....
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Bill Gates Answers AlmostHad a question for Bill Gates? Today at precisely 10:45 PST, Microsoft's co-founder began answering questions on Reddit submitted by other Reddit users. And while many other AMA participants typically... only answer a handful of questions, Gates was extremely engaged, responding to responses of his answers, clarifying his opinion on everything from charity to what his favorite book is.
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Flickr Bug Exposes Private Photos

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 21:16
A bug in photo-sharing site Flickr made some users' private photos publicly visible for nearly a month. More About: bugs, flickr, privacy
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Drones are not being used in what could be the biggest manhunt in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the government agency responsible for supplying such equipment. UK... newspaper Express was the first outlet to report that the LAPD was using flying robots from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hunt down Christopher Dorner, a former police officer and Navy reservist suspected of killing three people. The LAPD has been tirelessly searching for Dorner for almost a week now. One of his alleged victims was a police officer and there is a $1 million dollar reward for information leading to his capture. According to the paper, Dorner had become "t...
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Photojojo University: LearnSmartphones are being used more and more to capture daily life photography, but many of its loyal users are perpetually stuck at the point-and-shoot level of photographic know-how. If that describes... you, and you'd like to add a little more technical understanding to your brain, Photojojo has a new service designed just for you. It's
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Which celebrity fashions from the 55th Grammy Awards inspired Facebook users to react via status updates? Facebook on Monday gave Mashable the results from its "Red Carpet Talk Meter" partnership with... InStyle. The meter anonymously aggregated Facebook posts and comments to rank Sunday night's hottest fashions and trends. SEE ALSO: See 6 GIFs of Carrie Underwood's Animated Dress Below, check out the rankings -- and commentary from InStyle magazine. Most Buzzed About Men Image via Jason Merritt/Getty Images 1. Justin Timberlake, Tom Ford 2. Nas, Brioni 3. Adam Levine, Lanvin 4. Miguel, Lanvin 5. Chris Brown, Lanvin 6. Tim McGraw, Tom Ford 7. Drake, Saint Laurent Paris 8...
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Minecraft Pi Edition ready toIs Minecraft the new Doom? It feels that way, as it's increasingly playable on every platform under the sun -- including the finally available Raspberry Pi port. After a false start in December,... Mojang has posted Minecraft: Pi Edition for consumption on the tiny ARM PC. The public release is a cut-down version of Pocket Edition that fits into the system's limited resources, including networking if you've bought the $35 Raspberry Pi unit. The limitations reduce the chances that you'll be creating virtual electronics with a device that was originally meant for very real electronics, but try not to let the irony sting: it's a chance to create blocky virtual worlds on a computer that costs less than a good night on the town.
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The Nexus 4's Charging Orb IsThe Nexus 4 has been around for a few months now, but the Android phone's pretty wireless orb charger is just now available in the Google Play store. More
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Twitter reacts to pope'sMost big-name celebrities and world leaders who have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon often use the social network to share important news with their followers.
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11 Amazing Soundboards ForSure, singers sing and guitarists strum, but you owe just as much to the engineers behind the music as you do the musicians themselves. They may not get much time in the Grammy spotlight, but in honor... of the mixers and shakers who make music worth listening to, here are 11 epic past and present soundboards, mixing consoles, and more. More
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Nexus 4 wireless chargerGoogle has finally put the Nexus 4's official wireless charger on sale for $59.99, with a five-charger limit. The charger uses the Qi wireless technology, which juices up your phone without having to... actually plug in the device. So you put it down to charge, pick it up and go. The tech specs list a 4-hour charging time (for a full charge, we reckon) and a 5Vdc/1.0A output. The picture here looks a little wonky, but it's got a micro USB connection to the included power adapter, which Google says is for the U.S. and Canada only. Source: Google Play Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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Google Nexus 4 WirelessGoogle's Nexus 4 wireless charger has been a creature only of legend up until today, even though the phone itself shipped months ago, late in 2012. Now, though, American buyers can get their orb... orders in, for $59.99 for the Qi-based inductive charger for Google's latest Android reference smartphone.
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How to train robots to workIf you want robots and people to work together efficiently, you need to cross-train them to build teamwork, according to new research from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
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F5 Networks goes SDN, buysF5 has bought LineRate Systems for an undislosed amount of money. The rationale seems pretty clear: F5 is a legacy hardware vendor trying to ride the wave of software disruption by purchasing one of... the startups leading it.
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British regulator to probeA British regulatory agency said Monday it has launched a probe into the accounting practices of Autonomy covering the two years before it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion.
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At the height of New York Fashion Week, internationally renowned designer Alexander Wang reclines in his signature black, slouchy sweater and slacks, his Nike sneakers tucked under a crisp, white... couch. He's invited a close group of friends and media to the Samsung Galaxy Lounge at Lincoln Center, where the world's biggest fashion designers reveal their Fall/Winter 2013 lines to eager critics and consumers. Although Alexander Wang showed his collection on Saturday night, his work is far from over. He is partnering with Samsung to crowdsource designs for a limited edition bag. Using Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, members of Wang's inner circle of friends, family and artists will d...
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Nexus 4 wireless charger nowWhen the Nexus 4 was first announced, we had a glimpse of a wireless charging dock that was meant to go with it. Well, good news for folks in the United States, as the induction dock has just popped... up on the Play Store, and Nexus 4 owners can order one now for just $59.99. It puts out 1 amp of juice at 5 volts and joins a host of other Qi-enabled wireless chargers -- cord cutters rejoice! [Thanks, Luis]
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Nexus 4 wireless charging orbThe elusive Nexus 4 wireless charging orb -- one of the most striking features of Google's Android flagship -- is finally on sale through Google Play, a few months after the phone's launch. It's... currently selling for $59.99 in the US, with shipping times quoted as around a week; we're not yet sure of overall international availability. The Nexus 4 itself has only recently come back in stock on the Play Store, after Google apparently massively underestimated initial demand, so this is fairly good timing. We've also seen longer delays on some other Google accessories, like the Nexus 7's dock. The Nexus 4 orb recalls the now-discontinued Palm Touchstone, and Nokia's Lumia 920 has also incorporated wireless charging based on the Qi...
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Do we need protection from cellphones?

Fox News - 11 Feb 2013 20:46
Do we need protection fromWith more than 7 billion cellphones in use around the world these days, the question that won't go away is how harmful are the radiofrequency emissions to human health?
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Microsoft's Azure SQL Reporting FAIL

The Register - 11 Feb 2013 20:45
Cloud component fails to report for duty after price-cut Microsoft's Azure cloud is grappling with an "unexpected outage" in its SQL Reporting component....
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In a report outlining the well-examined "frenemies" relationship between Apple and Samsung, Reuters notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook was opposed to suing Samsung for allegedly copying iOS, iPhone and... iPad patents in the creation of its own line of tablets and smartphones. Cook's thoughts illustrate the differences between him and predecessor Steve Jobs, who said he was willing to wage "thermonuclear war" on companies that "stole" from Apple. Tim Cook, Jobs' successor as Apple chief executive, was opposed to suing Samsung in the first place, according to people with knowledge of the matter, largely because of that company's critical role as a supplier of components for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple bought some $8 billion worth of parts from Samsung last year, analysts estimate.
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Bill Gates Hosting Reddit AMA Today

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 20:41
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will host an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit today, beginning at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Gates gave Reddit a... heads-up a little early today, announcing the AMA at about 12:40 p.m. EST, including a photo of him holding a stick-drawn figure of himself next to the Reddit icon. He also posted a short YouTube video with his answers to "popular" Reddit questions. His publicist confirmed that Gates would begin answering questions around 1:45 p.m. Gates kicked things off by answering a question about the open Internet at recent pushes against it, such as SOPA, the long-dead Stop Online Piracy Act: The I...
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History preserved: As the aging Holocaust survivor population dwindles, USC scientists scurry to create life-size 3D holograms that can answer viewer questions through Siri-like voice-recognition... technology.
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Six New Toys That Will DestroyToy Fair is where America's children's dreams come true--sometimes. After visiting the 2013 edition at NYC's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the kid in me was terrified as much as he was delighted.... I don't know if any boy or girl would play with some of the things I saw... or run. More
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Anybody out there near Vatican City need a new job? Craigslist Rome is listing an opportunity for the Leader of International Religion. Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement caused a hailstorm... around the Internet this morning, with jokes getting cracked and questions being asked about who's most fit for office. On Craigslist, one merry prankster had another idea: to solicit applications for the papal seat. A job listing for "Bishop of Rome / Successor of Saint Peter / "The Pope" showed up on Craigslist's Roman site shortly after Benedict announced the news that he'd step down Feb. 28. The listing, which unsurprisingly comes attached to an anonymous email address, explains that "...
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Robots are gradually starting to move into our workspaces - now they just need to learn how to anticipate our every move
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Microsoft Surface Pro sell-outWhen inventory of the 128GB version of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet dried up within hours after going on sale Saturday, there were plenty of disappointed shoppers. But there were also many skeptics... who charged that Microsoft artificially created the sell-out by under-stocking the $1000 units at its online store, Best Buy and Staples. By the way, there's no shortage of the $900, 64GB versions of the tablet. Microsoft's official statement is that the shortage was caused by an underestimate in demand, although there were plenty of voices on Reddit who found stores with either no 128GB units or a paltry number of them for sale. And perhaps Chris Cook of the small consumer electronics blog Product Reviews put it most succinctly: "While Microsoft would have you believe that they are working on...
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The Microsoft chairman takes to Reddit at 10:45 a.m. PT to do a Q&A with users, but posts some answers ahead of time.
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PSA: Bill Gates acceptingEver wonder who made the call to not pursue the Courier? Or, why did Microsoft kill off the Kin so quickly? Maybe looking for someone who can tell you whether the post-PC era is really a thing? Here's... your chance. Bill Gates is currently doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, which, as the name implies, gives you the chance to get your questions answered. Get your best inquiry prepared and hit up the source link -- but don't get too excited. In just 45 minutes Gates' post has already received 4,400 responses, meaning you might have a bit of a wait before he gets to that most important question: yours. Update: Video of Bill answering the first few questions added after the break.
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Steady technological improvements and uncertainty over the future of fossil fuels are making wind power truly competitive
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Facebook Is Working on aBuy tickets for the Rihanna tour on Facebook? Maybe soon. Facebook is reportedly testing a feature that would let you do just that. More
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HTC M7 may debut as HTC One

CNET - 11 Feb 2013 20:28
The upcoming flagship smartphone is rumored to carry a more formal, yet confusing, moniker.
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Greek Police Under Fire AfterMug shots and airbrushing are both photography-related, but they aren't commonly found together in stories. Not so with some ongoing controversy over in Greece, though. The police there may soon be... under investigation after releasing a number of mug shots that appear to have been Photoshopped. Why would they 'shop photos of suspected criminals, you
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The Lumapad Is A Programmable,Finding good lighting is hard and controlling it is harder. That's why the Lumapad programmable lamp is so interesting. It's a light source that can hit up to 8,000 lumens. You can either control from... the unit itself or program it using USB or Wi-Fi. Why would you want to control this lamp remotely? Because it's such a bright light source, you can use this for DJ events, lighting video and still photo shoots, as well as running lights for on-stage events. In short, you can replace an entire light board with a few of these and a laptop.
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'Guys, that's not what we meant by interoperability' New Samsung laptops that destroyed themselves when booting Ubuntu Linux can be bricked by ANY operating system - including Windows - according to a... top embedded developer....
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RonPaul.com is an exceedingly popular website dedicated to all things Ron Paul -- but Paul himself doesn't own it. Instead, it's registered to unknown Paul supporters who have run a fan site for the... politician since 2007. Paul, meanwhile, has used CampaignForLiberty.org as his official site. But now he wants RonPaul.com all to himself -- and he's taking his complaint to the United Nations. Paul recently filed a petition to the World International Property Organization, a U.N. body that coordinates intellectual property corporation between countries, to get the domain transfered to his ownership. He previously expressed his desire for the domain in a January interview. In the petiti...
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Belkin signs licensing dealYes, it's already possible to snag a "Lego" iPhone case, but only if you throw some cash Smallworks' way. If you've been waiting for one that bears Olé Kirk Christiansen's official branding, then you... don't have much longer to wait. Belkin has signed a licensing deal with the toymaker that will allow it to produce a range of Lego-themed iOS device cases, offering a "buildable" experience -- whatever that means. Wake us up when they release a Mindstorms version, please. [Image credit: Scott Stein / CNET]
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Macmillan will pay $20M toMacmillan is paying $20 million to settle the class action and states' lawsuits remaining against it.
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ebookers hotel-finding app launches for Android

Android Central - 11 Feb 2013 20:23
ebookers hotel-finding appNew into Google Play is "Hotels by ebookers," which aims to provide users with money saving offers and hotel tips. According to the company, users of the application could save up to 65 percent when... browsing for last minute deals - something not to be sniffed at. When looking for a hotel it makes sense to do some research, and the app offers guest reviews and a selection of photographs so you shouldn't find any hidden surprises upon your arrival. Hotels by ebookers is free to download so grab it while it's hot. Highlights include: Save up to 65% off Hotels with exclusive Deals only on mobile, including tonight-only offers Book hotels in thousands of destinations around the world with ebookers Find hotels nearby your current location, perfect for same day bookings Sort hotels by price,...
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The 9 Most Popular Viral Videos Of The Week

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 20:22
The 9 Most Popular ViralIf you're looking to see the most popular YouTube videos of the week, look no further. Once again, we're bringing you the week's most-watched videos,...
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Floating Swarm Bots FormTeamwork is a new concept in the field of robotics, but the idea of creating hundreds of cheap disposable robots that work together to complete a greater task has a lot of promise. So far swarm... bots--as they've come to be known--have successfully tackled problems on land and in the air. But now DARPA wants them teaming up on oceans, lakes, and rivers too. More
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The virtualisation specialist releases an update to address a flaw in its ESX, Workstation, Fusion and View software.
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The Nairobi-based company, focused on emerging markets, bests several other worthy startups to win IBM's "Global Entrepreneur of the Year" award.
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Apple's iOS 6.1 update fixed some users Wi-Fi problems but others still face Wi-Fi troubles and now 3G and Exchange problems are being reported.
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Vatican science to continueDespite the historic resignation of Pope Benedict, it's still science business as usual at the Vatican. And that includes research into stem cells, neuroscience, climate change and more.
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Tourist Photos Can HelpA recent study performed by Tim Davies and his team at the Imperial College's Department of Life Sciences discovered that underwater pics taken by tourists can actually help track the movements of... individual whale sharks. According to a Wired article, the study found that individual whale sharks could be identified in 85 percent of cases
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A government-led competition brings 20 of Britain's most innovative mobile technology companies to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement today, marking the first time in 600 years that a Pope has stepped down from his religious office. In other words, the Pope quit (Anyone else wondering what... his pension plan looks like?). It's like Benedict was giving the Internet a late Christmas present, because what more do we all love than a historic event -- shrouded in mystery -- to meme about? Let the religious punning commence! Image courtesy of Tumblr, More About: memes, pope benedict, religion
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Adding MetroDX for campus and a MetroX that spans 100km InfiniBand and Ethernet switch maker Mellanox Technologies, recently hammered because it missed its latest quarterly results big-time and gave a... weak forecast for the first quarter, is sticking to its switched-fabric knitting and expanding its product portfolio, making good on its promise to flesh out a series of long-haul switches to link data centers scattered around campuses or separated by relatively large distances....
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Nike Confirms No-Go ForSince the launch of the FuelBand a year ago, many were wondering when Nike might deploy an Android companion app. Droid Life spotted that yesterday via its Support account on Twitter, Nike... quasi-officially said that it is not working on an Android app. More
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Gini Graham Scott: How a GPS Can Get You in Hot Water

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 20:03
We far too much depend on these so-called smart devices that tell us what to do. But they aren't always so smart. So we need to pay attention to our other sources of information that tell us something... is wrong with our GPS guidance.
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11 February 2013 - Last September, hundreds of amateur and professional photographers streamed into particle physics laboratories around the world to produce thousands of photographs of... state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and people, in all their beauty and complexity. Now, the citizens of the world are invited to vote for their three favorites as part of the "people's choice" global photowalk competition.
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Today on New Scientist: 11 February 2013

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 20:00
All the latest stories on newscientist.com, including: five mathematical laws that rule the brain, where the Dreamliner went wrong, Picasso, Pluto and more
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Reminder: Vote for the 2012We've counted up your Engadget Awards nominations, and now it's down to the finalists. Fifteen categories are up for grabs, and it's up to you to determine the top tech of 2012. The polls are open... until 11:59 ET on Monday, February 18th, and we'll be posting the top readers' picks, along with our Editors' Choice awards, soon after. Head to the voting page to give your favorite gadgets some love!
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The Science of Love: It's KindValentine's Day. Blerg. But hey, if we're going to be surrounded by corporate sponsored true love, we may as well have some fun. Here's a video from ASAPScience describing the way love works,... scientifically. It's a little more complicated than you might have realized. More
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As noted by The Next Web, Apple has updated its investor page to announce that it will offer a live audio stream of a presentation by CEO Tim Cook tomorrow at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet... Conference. Cook has spoken at the annual event several times in the past, including last year in his first visit as Apple's CEO. Cook is unlikely to make any product announcements during the session, but he should offer some insight into Apple and its business. As a result, Apple is providing a live stream of the session to provide public disclosure of any statements he might make that could influence trading in the company's stock. The session begins at 10:15 AM Eastern / 7:15 AM Pacific tomorrow.
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How to Land a Job at Tumblr

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 19:56
Have you ever walked into work, only to find yourself surrounded by camera flashes and luminaries dressed in stylish apparel? If so, you might be a Tumblr employee during Fashion Week. "I feel like... there's always a celebrity here walking around doing interviews," says Katherine Barna, head of communications. "It's exciting, you never know who could walk through the door that day." Famous people aside, Tumblr is a household name with a well-loved product, and especially for non-engineering roles, the company is bombarded with resumes when job openings are posted. How would one get a gig at Tumblr? In our Dream Job series, we go right to the source to find out what makes candidates stan...
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Microsoft will kill Live Mesh on Wednesday, so current users have only a couple of days left to jump ship to SkyDrive or a similar service.
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Besides raising cash, crowdfunding can be a way to test product ideas and build relationships with future customers. More About: kickstarter, outsource, Startups
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Why birds develop their ultraviolet vision

NBC News - 11 Feb 2013 19:49
Why birds develop theirIf optimists see the world through rose-colored lenses, some birds see it through ultraviolet ones -- and avians have evolved ultraviolet vision quite a few times in history.
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Facebook stress tests itsWhen a company holds the personal information of 1 billion people, it can't take security lightly. Ars Technica details the stress tests that Facebook puts its security team though, testing their... employees' abilities to respond to an attack. The tests were conceived by Facebook executives, and responders were kept in the dark about each operation. In one instance, the team discovered a mysterious laptop plugged into their network, and on another occasion, an FBI agent tipped them off to a breach from an IP in Beijing. The team was able to address the latter issue in a matter of hours, but to Facebook's executives, the most important lesson was in how well their team could work together and how quickly they could mobilize against a...
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As Daniel Pink says, we're all sales people. Social media-based marketing metrics, such as share of conversations (percentage of time your brand shows up in online conversations) are becoming... important in predicting business success.
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Nike has no plans to releaseNike has already brought two well-reviewed running apps to Android, but it seems anyone hoping to get on board with the company's FuelBand fitness tracking wristband is out of luck. At least for now.... Replying to a frustrated user's inquiry on Twitter, Nike's support team confirms an Android app isn't currently in the works. "Right now, we're focused on iOS and the web," says the tweet. "We're not working on an Android app." It doesn't get much clearer than that, and Nike represents another example of fitness companies directing their primary focus towards iOS, often leaving Android on the back burner. Jawbone has also yet to embrace the OS with a companion app for its line of wearable fitness accessories. To be clear, plenty of...
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App Spotlight: DialMyCallsAre you managing a sales team? Running a small business with far-flung employees? Looking for unique ways to market to your best customers? Then you know that email isn't always the best way to... contact all these people, especially if the message is urgent or time-sensitive. But it's not like you have the bandwidth to pick up the phone and call each and every person. What you need is a way to blast out a pre-recorded phone message or a text message. That's the idea behind DialMyCalls, an app that lets you blast out phone and text messages right from your smartphone. A new 2.0 version just hit Apple's App Store; an updated Android version should be along soon. DialMyCalls comes from the Web-based service of the same name, but obviously it's way more convenient to set up and launch an...
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Help name Pluto's two newest moons

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 19:42
The team that recently discovered Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are asking the public to vote on their underworld-themed shortlist of names
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Steven Cohen: DistanceThe ongoing discussions of distance learning are gaining in intensity, and I see a few signs that the sophistication of the discussion is growing. Distance learning is being presented as a low-cost... way to disseminate information around the globe.
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Iran Is Mass ProducingIranian state television reports that the country's military has not only successfully decrypted surveillance video from the Scan Eagle drone "captured" last December but have reverse engineered the... avionics and are now rolling out a domestically-produced version of its own. More
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Boy Tries To Win BackIn July 2012, Jonathan Dharmaraj and his girlfriend of almost a year broke up. After spending every second together -- working in the same hospital and living two minutes from each other -- they both... went off to different schools. Jonathan's work at the University of Illinois at Chicago took him more than 30 miles from his sweetheart, who left for nursing school, and the pair decided that the distance and the timing just weren't working. It's been almost six months, and they've continued to talk, have remained close, and even find time to visit each other a few times each month. "I realized that we could have made it work," said Jonathan. "I regretted that we broke up." With Valentine's Day on the horizon, Jonathan began plotting how he could get his girlfriend back. Instead of buying...
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Google chooses the occasion of the Grammys to make people feel confident that Google Now on the Nexus 4 is far better than, say, Siri.
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The transition to an IP broadband network is not a singular tech issue but a far reaching concern that intersects the worlds of education, security, business, politics and healthcare and directly... brings into focus the U.S.'s ability to remain globally connected, competitive and relevant.
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The Fascinating Story BehindIn June of last year, we gave you a quick "photo trivia o' the day" lesson on the history of presidential photography. We told you that John Quincy Adams sat for what is currently the oldest surviving... photo of a US President, that James Polk sat for the oldest of a US President in office,
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eMusic no longer requiresSome big news for lovers of indie music with commitment issues. eMusic's CEO Adam Klein announced this morning that his service will be dumping its subscription requirement, letting customers download... music from the site without being forced to buy into a monthly fee. The new model, which puts the site in line with most of its musical competition, kicks off today. There's a press release detailing the move after the break, if you're into executive quotes.
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Anonymous says it hacked LAPDThe Los Angeles Police Department is denying claims by online hacker group Anonymous that it had attacked and brought down the department's website.
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Susan Crawford on theSusan Crawford is no stranger to the web. Among other accomplishments, she once served as a special assistant to President Obama on matters related to science, technology and innovation. And like many... consumers, she's grown tired of an internet that's increasingly dominated by conglomerates like Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T. "They're charging us a lot for internet access and giving us second-class access," she tells host Bill Moyers during a recent interview. "This feels to 300 million Americans like a utility, like something that's just essential for life," says Crawford, now a communications law professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School, "and the issue of how it's controlled and how expensive it is and how few americans...
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Financial Reporting Council sniffs allegations surrounding Brit software biz HP-owned software house Autonomy faces more probing, this time by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)....
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An Egyptian court has ordered a one-month blockage of YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that more than 44% of internet users in the country use every day, with more than 50% of them using it to... follow political news.
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Newspapers that aren't dying:Research by the Pew Center has turned up several examples of newspapers that seem to have reversed the declining revenue most of the industry is suffering from, although the methods they have chosen... to do this are very different.
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Chief Executive Tim Cook will once again talk shop at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco.
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Couples Apps, Please StopSomeone please make them stop. I know it's nearly Valentine's Day but couples apps: enough already. There aren't enough lovelorn long-distance teenagers in existence to sustain the rampant... reproduction of these private sharing apps.
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Check For appFigures BringsApp development firm Lemon Labs just released a new iOS application aimed at mobile developers in need of tracking their app downloads and other metrics while on the go. The tool, which uses the... appFigures API, offers an alternative to services like App Annie, Distimo or even appFigures' own website - none of which today offer their own native mobile experiences. AppFigures, for those unfamiliar, is a popular service for taking data from iTunes Connect, Google Play and other app stores, and putting it into a more usable format for developers. Lemon Lab's new app, "Check for appFigures," solves the problem of having to browse the appFigures desktop-sied website using an iPhone, by bringing key statistics to a downloadable iOS application. The app offers a clear and simple overview of...
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Why Are the Most VitalWhile chatter between the US Air Force is spoken exclusively in English, communications between their aircrafts' electronic systems is more akin to the United Nations cafeteria--a "dog's breakfast of... different datalinks," according to Lt. Gen. William Lord. Since the numerous competing defense contractors tasked with building military aircraft often install contradicting and incompatible systems, the USAF employs a pair of legacy NASA fliers to act as battlefield interpreters. More
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A UK accounting watchdog is investigating 30 months of Autonomy's financial reports during the run-up to its $11bn takeover by HP.
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An iWatch could help Apple cement iCloud services with its current iOS and OS X offerings, but it's more likely that any iWatch will be more of an iPod nano than an iPhone or iPad.
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Businesses are spending $96 per month on data for mobile employees, according to a new report.
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Whether you use its service or not, Stripe wants to make it easier for developers to build dead-simple online credit card forms.
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The acquisition highlights how networking companies are gathering software defined networking (SDN) intellectual property, talent and products.
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More Microsoft Surface RT and Surface Pro questions and a few more answers from sites and spokespeople around the Web.
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Neuroeconomics: How BrainAt first glance, a neuroscientist and a business school might seem an odd fit. But in fact economists have been paying increasing attention to how the brain works. Christine Looser discusses her... research on how the brain detects aliveness -- and the possible implications for organizations and advertisers -- in this article by Carmen Nobel, which first appeared on the HBS Working Knowledge website.
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Jalopnik reboot hints at newGawker's Media's blog network has helped define the professional weblog style, both for words and web design, since the launch of its namesake site in 2003. Monday morning, Jalopnik editor-in-chief... Matt Hardigree introduced a redesign of Gawker's auto enthusiast site with a sleek, single-column scroll replacing the busy noise typical of Gawker and other blogs' right rail. But Hardigree says the real action is under the hood. A new commenting and posting platform, called Kinja 1.0, debuts on Jalopnik, but if it does well, expect to roll out to the rest of the Gawker Media network, which includes Gawker, Gizmodo, io9, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Kotaku, and Deadspin. "Yesterday, you were a reader and a commenter," writes Hardigree. "Today you...
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Just when you thought it was safe to fall asleep, an inventor comes up with an idea for a combined alarm clock and toothbrush with no snooze button.
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Twitter continues to up the price for one of its promising money-makers: promoted trends. The social network now charges companies $200,000 a day to buy a Promoted Trend in the U.S., according to a... report from AllThingsD. That's more than twice the $80,000 that Twitter charged when it first introduced promoted trends back in 2010. Companies who purchase a promoted trend get a customized hashtag placed at the top of the list of trending topics. Users who click on this hashtag see a tweet from that company at the top of the page of results. Big brands like Coke, Disney and Hyundai have purchased promoted trends over the years and so did both the Obama and Romney campaigns during the 2012...
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Army to print guns, grenades,Engineers are revolutionizing the way troops get the weapons they need, taking the old 2D system of restocking into the third dimension -- and making the process faster and cheaper.
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Landsat earth-observationNASA's latest Earth-observation satellite is set to blast off Monday, continuing a venerable program that has been monitoring environmental change and resource use for more than four decades.
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How To Sell A Million EBooks

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 19:12
How To Sell A Million EBooksI just hit a milestone that is hard for me to grasp. As of January, I've sold over one million ebooks. That's a lot of...
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Hemanshu Nigam: You Never Know Who Is Watching

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 19:11
Computer users may be most vulnerable to a disturbing trend in hacking crimes in the comfort of their own homes. Follow these few steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from digital spying.
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Google Posts Videos From ItsGoogle hosted the second edition of its exclusive TED-like "Solve for X" gathering last week and today, the company posted some of the videos from the event. Just like last year, the point of Solve... for X 2013 was to hear about moonshot ideas - the kind of proposals that, as Google puts it, "address a huge problem, suggest a radical solution that could work, and use some form of breakthrough technology to make it happen."
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You can get a BlackBerry Z10 now--for $999

PC World - 11 Feb 2013 19:05
You can get a BlackBerry Z10BlackBerry's Z10 went on sale today at the unsubsidized price of $999 for the first U.S. customers through wireless service provider Solavei and its retail partner GSM Nation. The online offer comes... about five weeks before the expected availability of the Z10 through the four major U.S. carriers--Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Online sales began at 8 a.m. ET, allowing customers to place an order online for the Z10 along with monthly service for $49 that offers unlimited voice, text and data, Solavei spokeswoman Kim Puckett said in an interview. Solavei is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator based in Bellevue, Wash. It uses the T-Mobile network, including 4G, Puckett said.
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TruPhone extends low-costUsers of TruPhone's unique global GSM service will have a new network to use when cellular service is spotty. Yup, it's Wi-Fi and the TruPhone+ app will smartly use the best connection.
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NBCUniversal dissolves G4,Because nothing quite says "hip brand rejuvenation" like associating your channel with an 80-year-old magazine, NBCUniversal today announced the rebranding and makeover of its G4 television channel... into "The Esquire Channel" (as in Esquire magazine). G4 primarily aired video game-centric programming, as well as a vast array of re-runs -- something NBC exec Bonnie Hammer doesn't think that was the best idea. "Realistically, guys who are into gaming are not necessarily watching television," Hammer said. "Let's create a real brand, define a space, understand who we are programming for." The New York Times reports that The Esquire Channel will be pitched as "an upscale Bravo for men," though it's not exactly clear what that means -- we'll find out on April 22 when the network goes live in 62...
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Verizon charges $199.99 for this 5-inch knockout, which CNET called "the most awesome Droid ever." But you have to be a new Verizon customer to get that price.
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President Barack Obama will answer questions in a Google-powered "Fireside Hangout" Thursday, two days after he delivers this year's State of the Union address. Obama's Google Hangout is scheduled for... Thursday at 4:50 p.m. ET. It will stream live on the White House's Google+ profile as well as its YouTube channel, according to Google. If you have a question for Obama, you can submit it to the White House YouTube channel by 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday evening. You can also vote on questions submitted by others. SEE ALSO: President Obama's First Google+ Hangout: How'd He Do? Thursday will mark the second time Obama has done a post-State of the Union Google Hangout. During his first Goo...
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Apps To Get You A Valentine's Day Date

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 19:00
Apps To Get You A Valentine'sBy Natasha Baker TORONTO
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Adorable Toilet Paper TreeWhy hide your toilet paper stock in a cabinet that guests will just have to hunt through when they run out? This stylish laquered steel tree can be mounted to the wall near your loo where it will... store up to 14 extra rolls in plain sight, without looking like an eyesore. More
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Mobile Nations fitness month week 2: Nutrition!

Android Central - 11 Feb 2013 18:58
Mobile Nations fitness monthLeave a comment below telling us your Fitness Month goals and be entered to win a Withings Wireless Scale! It's February and you know what that means? Mobile Nations Fitness Month! That's when we all... get together to get in shape, share tips and tricks and recipes for success, review amazing apps and accessories, give away great prizes, and have a ton of fun! This year we're doing it a little differently, though. We're doing weekly themes, and that means every week you'll have new and exciting challenges, and new chances to win! Week 2: Nutrition! You know the old saying, you are what you eat? It's a cliche because it's true. Food is what gets us going and makes us run. Eating the right foods can improve the way we look and feel, how we handle stress and how we make it through the day. Food...
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Myanmar Hacking: Government Denies Allegations

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 18:58
Myanmar Hacking: GovernmentYANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's government denied on Monday that it was behind a possible attempt to hack into the email accounts of journalists working for...
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Apple is one of three high-profile companies being required to explain to an Australian government inquiry why its product pricing in Australia is significantly higher than in the United States,... reports Kotaku Australia. The issue is not a new one for Australian officials, but legislators are stepping up their investigations into prices being paid by Australians. The action comes after Apple, Microsoft and Adobe had all refused to send representatives to public hearings held by the IT Pricing Inquiry. The government has now issued summonses to all three companies, requiring them to attend and Parliament member Ed Husic warning that legal consequences will follow if they fail to comply. These firms should have cooperated and been prepared to be more open and transparent about their pricing...
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Amazon, eBay privacy lobbyingHow do you highlight examples of big corporations' lobbying proposals being copied, word-for-word, into proposed laws? For EU privacy activists, the answer lies in many eyes.
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Iran claims to have producedThe United States Navy and the Obama administration have denied Iran's claim that it captured a ScanEagle surveillance drone in December, 2012, but according to the Fars News Agency, Iran is insistent... that it has put clones of the ScanEagle into production. Fars, a news agency thought by Western news groups and observers to have ties to the Iranian government, reports that copies of the ScanEagle have already been put into service by the Iranian military.
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Plan for failure: how to avertAs AWS and Netflix learned this past Christmas Eve, outages happen. The question isn't how to avoid outages but rather how to recover quickly and effectively when they occur. For an in-depth... discussion around this issue, join GigaOM Research on Feb. 20.
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Woman Photographs HerselfMemphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has long been aware of strangers making fun of her behind her back due to her size. So aware, in fact, that she has turned the whole concept into a... full-blown photography project. Titled Wait Watchers, the series consists of Morris-Cafiero's self-portraits in public in which strangers can be seen in
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Picasso created masterworks with house paint

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 18:54
A new X-ray nanoprobe shows that the painter was one of the first to switch to enamel wall paint to create new artistic styles
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How a comic strip *gulp*The New York Times' review of Microsoft's Surface Pro contained an unexpected irregularity -- when referring the company's less successful hardware ventures, writer David Pogue penned "*cough* Zune,... Kin Phone, Spot Watch *cough*." Though bounding asterisks have been commonly used to describe actions online since the 90s, it's unusual to see this use of language in the online and print editions of the Times. The University of Pennsylvania's Language Log explains the origins of bounding asterisks, which date all the way back to a 1935 Li'l Abner comic strip, and how they've evolved beyond simple one-word actions into complex phrases like *does the Harlem Shake.*
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Apple's new iWatch?

Fox News - 11 Feb 2013 18:50
Apple's new iWatch?Now that rumors have turned into reports, talented designers from around the world are giving their take on how Apple's first new product line since the iPad might look.
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This Open-Source, RoboticIn the underground world of robotic tentacle makers, there are two rules: 1) don't talk about underground tentacle-making and 2) don't talk about underground tentacle-making. Both of those rules have... been shattered by Matthew Borgatti, a robotics designer who has created a life-like, 3D-printed tentacle that flails around quite disturbingly using Arduino boards and a set of mini air compressors.
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Ingram's Investment Arm LeadsLivrada, a company developing new types of e-book gift cards, has raised a seed round of funding. Combined with earlier support from friends and family, the company has now raised a total of $1... million. The startup's first products were gift cards for specific e-book titles, sold in Target and other stores. So if you want to buy something for a bookworm friend who's embraced e-reading, you can essentially give them a specific book, not just a generic gift card to Amazon or the iBookstore.
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Indian Rides: get ready forIndian has been around since 1901, and they're getting ready for a re-launch of the Indian Motorcycle brand in 2013 by releasing the Indian Rides app. While the app is branded by Indian, you don't... have to be an active motorcycle rider to take a look at this app though, as it has a little something to offer for travelers of any type.
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Arrested man: 'That's not true at all' Japanese cops have cuffed a suspect in a high-profile cyber threat and computer hacking case that had police examining a cat for clues at one stage of the... investigation. Police said a memory stick found on a cat's collar led them to make the arrest....
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Russia launches supply ship toA Russian Soyuz rocket launched an unmanned cargo freighter to the International Space Station Monday to deliver nearly 3 tons of fresh food, water and equipment to the six men aboard.
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Dish ships Hopper with SlingDish didn't quite make the January release target for the Hopper with Sling, but we'll take a slight delay for such a tangible upgrade. As of today, subscribers across the US can pick up the remote... streaming DVR if they're willing to pay the $10 monthly whole-home DVR fee; new subscribers who pick at least the $50 Top 120 channel bundle won't have to pay anything up front for the 2TB set-top box. Of course, the real savings theoretically come from skipping the need for a discrete Slingbox -- instead, viewers only need the Dish Anywhere app to stream live and recorded shows, and they can travel with offline copies of their recordings through Hopper Transfers. If you're the sort to see TV as a pay once and watch anywhere service, the Sling-equipped Hopper might justify the longer wait.
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Toshiba acquires smart gridToshiba has acquired another smart grid startup Consert, who has been building a smart home service.
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Your Help Wanted to Name Pluto's Moons

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 18:38
If you've ever wanted to leave your mark on the heavens, here's your chance. Astronomers are asking for help in naming two newly discovered moons of Pluto, which currently go by the uninspired... monikers P4 and P5. The tiny satellites were spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Pluto's three other known moons -- Charon, Nix and Hydra -- are named for Greek mythological characters associated with the underworld. The short list of names that interested members of the public can vote on for the new moons follow that same pattern, researchers said. "The Greeks were great storytellers, and they have given us a colorful cast of characters to work with," Ma...
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The title stands atop the "Hardcover Advice & Misc." category on The New York Times' Best Seller list.
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The pope's 5 most popular tweets

CNN - 11 Feb 2013 18:37
Assuming Pope Benedict XVI steps down as planned at the end of February, his tenure on Twitter will have been fleeting.
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Minecraft: Pi Edition BringsToday on the Mojang blog, the developer announced general availability of Minecraft: Pi Edition, a version of Minecraft designed specifically to run on the open source Raspberry Pi computer. The... version is completely free and was originally announced late last year as an effort to get kids more interested in the kind of exploratory programming the Pi can offer.
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AOL: RBC Ups Rating, BoostsAOL shares are trading higher after RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney upped the firm's rating on the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform, with a new target of $45, up from $40.
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New Ad Shows That TheA handsome man pulls out a Microsoft Surface Pro from his bag. He's wearing a well-cut suit (he's at work.) He's a hipster, but a serious one. While putting the Surface Pro on the table, two... attractive women stop their conversation to look at this unknown and remarkable computer. Or is it a tablet? Either way, they're ready to dance.
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The retailer's Amazon Prime members will be able to watch episodes of the new series just four days after they air on CBS.
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Why No Streaming Service WillHulu Plus. Amazon Prime. Netflix. Redbox. In an ideal world, any one of these would someday become an all-encompassing streaming service. One subscription, one price, one ticket out of the cable's... iron grasp. That's never been the case, of course. But as exclusive content deals keep piling up, it's increasingly clear that it never will be. More
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YouTube To Launch On Freesat

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 18:28
The free-to-air, ITV and BBC-backed satellite service Freesat has announced it will launch a YouTube service. Access to YouTube will be available from March through...
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Reimagining 'ArrestedArrested Development pushed the boundaries of the sitcom with exaggeratedly awkward characters, fourth-wall-breaking narration, and elaborate, multi-episode jokes and callbacks -- but what if its... increasingly surreal events were only the fantasies of a madman on Death Row? In Alex Schmidt's take on the series, George Bluth, Sr. really was arrested, but he was quickly sentenced to death for treason, and his family scattered instead of trying to stay together against all odds. His lawyer isn't Fonzie, his business doesn't improbably escape collapse season after season, and his twin brother -- "an imaginary personification of everything Prisoner George Sr. wishes he had in his life -- doesn't magically appear to be the father and husband...
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William Henry Fox Talbot, by John Moffat, 1864 February 11, 2013 /Photography News/ Born 213 years ago today, Henry Fox Talbot was British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype... process, a precursor to photographic processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Talbot was also a noted photographer who made major contributions to the development of photography as an artistic medium. Talbot conceived and brought about a wholly new way of making pictures, perfected the optical and chemical aspects of photography, and learned to use the new medium to make complex images for the botanist, historian, traveler, and artist. His work in the 1840s on photo-mechanical reproduction led to the creation of the photoglyphic engraving process, the precursor to photogravure. In 1833, while...
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Having conquered the desktops, music libraries and phones of millions, Apple reportedly wants to adorn one more spot in the life of the gadget-obsessed -- their wrists.
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Security firm Raytheon has been developing software that can track people's online communications and predict their real-world movements based on their social media posts and check-ins, according to a... report. The tracking technology, first revealed by The Guardian, mines data from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla and geotagged photographs to create detailed "spider web" graphs of individual's online relationships as well as reveal their real-world behavioral patterns. Taken together, that information can form the basis of a detailed dossier on targeted individuals. Named "Riot" for "Rapid Information Overlay Technology," it has been in development since at least November of 2...
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Half of online shoppers mayHalf of new retail customer identities will be based on social network profiles by 2015, a Gartner report has claimed. Currently less than 5 percent of retail customers use information registered in... accounts from sites such as Facebook to access identity management systems. However, over the next three years, more than 50 percent of customer identities are expected to be generated through social networks. Signing in through a site such as Facebook means quicker registration of personal information, and eliminating or reducing form filling by importing directly from a social network profile. In addition, customers only have to remember one password, that of their social network. Some companies already allow Facebook log-ins, enabling account access and even purchases.
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Flickr accidentally made someWell, this is no way to celebrate Flickr's ninth birthday. The Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site is quietly dealing with the fallout from a bug that caused the settings on an unknown number of private... photos to become publicly visible between January 18 and February 7. The photos were not included in Flickr's search engine or outside search engines, Flickr told users, but they would have been visible to a viewer who was browsing an affected photographer's stream. "Only a small number of Flickr users were impacted, and we are in the process of directly contacting those individuals," Flickr vice president Barry Wayn told users in a help forum thread. "This is not a widespread nor an ongoing issue -- the software bug has been identified and...
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Millions are jailbreaking their iOS devices in order to add much-needed features to their iPhones and iPads. But jailbreaking opens up a whole world of pirated apps to owners, which is a bad situation... for Apple and iOS developers.
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News of Apple potentially chasing smart watches highlights how the company needs big hits in big markets just to keep up with increasingly ridiculous expectations.
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Sea Installer - The EnormousTechnological progress advances our ability to build bigger and badder machines. A recent example is Sea Installer, part of the next generation of powerful wind turbine installation vessels that are... capable of moving and installing multiple turbines quickly. Sea Installer was built by German tech giant Siemens AG together with A2SEA.
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Defense contractor Raytheon shows off RIOT, its very clever way of knowing when to nab your laptop -- say, during your daily trip to the gym.
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As soon as the news of Pope Benedict's resignation broke, amateur and pro comedians alike flocked to Twitter to launch their best (Rat)zingers. We've collected some of our favorites below. Share your... best pontific wit in the comments. I'm excited because we'll probably get a substitute pope who lets us watch movies.-- Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) February 11, 2013 If you would like to throw your hat into the ring to be the next Pope make sure it's a tall one.-- Jonathan Sloan (@MrBigFists) February 11, 2013 . @pontifex John Paul II was pretty much just a head in a jar when he died but yeah, you resign because you're tired.-- Michael Clear (@MichaelClear) Feb...
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Rehabilitation robot suit toStarting in March, Cyberdyne's robot HAL suit will undergo clinical tests in ten Japanese hospitals. No, this isn't the same robot outfit that was used during cleanup efforts after the Fukushima... nuclear disaster. Instead, this iteration of HAL has been designed to help accelerate rehabilitation for patients suffering from muscle and nerve diseases. As these patients are strapped into the robot suit, sensors that detect deficient electric biosignals (from the brain) are attached to their skin. The suit analyzes these signals as it decides which muscles need to be exercised. Small electrical motors will offer some assistance to patients as they work to move the afflicted muscles. According to The Asahi Shimbun, 30 adults have enrolled in...
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Sony Pictures renews StarzSony Pictures films from Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, TriStar, and Screen Gems will remain first-run exclusive to Starz-included cable packages through 2021, Sony Pictures and Starz... announced this morning. The deal was previously set to expire with the closing of 2016's box office, but Sony and Starz apparently were cozy enough to ink another five years on the contract; it's unclear how much money changed hands to make this happen. Starz boasts a sextet of films headed to its pay television channels this year from Sony Pictures, including The Amazing Spider-Man and Zero Dark Thirty -- digital streaming services like Netflix have been stripping away many cable television first-run deals as consumers migrate to streaming services from traditional cable plans. Starz itself once...
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Mark your calendars: this Friday, February 15, 2013, is the close flyby of Near Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14, passing just 27,630 kilometers (17,168 miles) from the surface of the Earth. About 50 meters... (164 feet) in size, 2012 DA14 and its close shave marks the the first time there has been passage of an asteroid
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Retractable Spikes Let TheseLike having a set of snow chains on your feet, nothing makes traversing winter's icy conditions easier than metal spikes on the bottom of your boots. But indoors, they can really tear up the floors... and carpeting. So Germany's Meindl has created the perfect compromise: spiked boots with a geared mechanism to retract the metal studs when not needed. More
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Apple Can Certainly PlayApple iWatch rumors have hit the mainstream thanks to reports from both The New York Times' Nick Bilton and The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Lessin, with sources describing "curved glass"... "watch-like" prototypes, potentially with components in production testing at Apple supply-chain partner Foxconn. But before you label a jar "Apple iWatch Reserve Fund" and start pinching your pennies, consider the likelihood that this kind of tech is coming to store shelves soon, if at all.
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You'll Never Squint Again WithIf you've ever tried to glance at your computer screen and read something from across the room, you know it's a pretty futile effort, no matter how hard you squint. This demo website has a solution:... dynamically changing font size based on your distance from the screen. The catch? It wants to watch you read. More
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Magnum Photos announces seaside photography workshop

British Journal of Photography - 11 Feb 2013 18:08
Magnum Photos announcesGemma Padley BJP Magnum photographer Peter Marlow will lead a four-day workshop at holiday resort Butlins in Bognor Regis, West Sussex Magnum photographer Peter Marlow will lead a four-day workshop at... holiday resort Butlins in Bognor Regis, West Sussex
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Google Reader broken for aGoogle Reader appears to be experiencing a number of issues, displaying viewed posts as unread and not allowing users to mark posts as read. Some users are even reporting that several of their... subscriptions have disappeared altogether. Judging from complaints on the Google Reader support forum, the issues began sporadically last week, worsened over the weekend, and have come to a head as users return to their daily routine and check their feeds. While some users aren't experiencing any problems whatsoever, we were able to reproduce several of the reported issues. Google support forums contributor Matti Meikäläinen says "the Google Reader team has been notified and someone will be looking into this," but there's no word on how soon a...
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Aaron's Law Takes Shape

TechCrunch - 11 Feb 2013 18:06
Aaron's Law Takes ShapeDigital activist Aaron Swartz took his own life on January 11. Swartz was facing federal hacking charges after being arrested for downloading millions of articles from JSTOR from MIT's network in... excess of his access. Since Swartz's suicide, activists, scholars, and legislators have been at work on reforms to the law under which he was prosecuted--the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
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Watch NASA launch Landsat 8,Landsat 8, the latest of NASA's Earth-imaging satellites, is set to launch this afternoon. NASA and the US Geological Survey are expected to initiate the launch at 1:02pm EST from California's... Vandenberg Air Force Base. Once it's in space, Landsat 8 will collect photographs, thermal data, and infrared images from 438 miles above the surface of the Earth, circling the planet roughly every 99 minutes or 14 times a day. On each pass, the satellite will capture a 185-kilometer-wide section, giving us a full image of the globe once every 16 days. Though it doesn't provide the incredibly high-resolution imagery you'll find in some satellite photos, it gives scientists, businesses, and the public (since the data is released for free) a look at...
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Lighten Up, California: WhyOne of the more popular exhibits at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is the wetlab. The exhibit is getting a little long in the tooth so I was looking for ways to give it a bit of a refresh.
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Australian Parliament summonsHad we been wild and spontaneous enough to buy a MacBook Air in Australia in 2011, we'd have been looking at a 15 percent premium over the US price. According to MacRumors, throwing some Adobe... software into our antipodean shopping cart would have pushed that disparity even higher -- to as much as to 75 percent. Which is why the Australian Parliament has been investigating the way tech giants price their goods in that country, and why it has now formally summoned Apple, Microsoft and Adobe to come over and account for themselves in Canberra on March 22nd. Whether price differences are due higher costs of taxes and warranties, as Apple has privately suggested in the past (see More Coverage), or whether there are more dubious reasons, this pile of laundry is about to get aired.
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Money can buy you 'friends'

IOL - 11 Feb 2013 18:00
Controversy as local site sells followers, fans to politicians, celebrities and anyone who pays.
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Review: ArsClip makes yourFew operations are more ubiquitous than copying and pasting. It often seems like Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V are ingrained into our muscle memory. But isn't it odd that your powerful, modern, powerhouse of a... computer can remember only the very last thing you copied? Wouldn't it be better if it could keep a running log of everything you copy, letting you pick any one of your recently copied snippets for pasting? ArsClip is a free, tiny utility that promises to do that, and much more. ArsClip's simple pop-up menu starts out compact, but can be extended to a very complete list of options. ArsClip is delightfully low-key and unobtrusive, calling to mind other classic utilities like IrfanView. It comes with an installer, but you can also use it as a portable app without installing anything. Once you run...
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Obama To Hold Google+ HangoutPresident Obama will conduct a 'Hangout' on Google+ after the State of the Union tomorrow night, continuing his recent tradition of answering online questions after the speech. Additionally, there... will be a Power Point-augmented YouTube version of the speech, complete with charts and graphs. Finally, afterwards thousands of citizens will join a "Citizen's Response" of rapid fire responses from White House staff and experts.
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The company says that its dealerships will have young employees on the showroom floor answering questions possible customers might have about cars.
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Amazon will get exclusive streaming rights to CBS's Under The Dome TV series this summer as the online retailer continues to beef up its entertainment offerings. CBS will broadcast the show, which is... based on the Stephen King book of the same name, on June 24. Four days later, Amazon Prime members will be able to stream the episodes. An Amazon rep confirmed that this the first exclusive for Prime Instant Video on an in-season, scripted series from a major network. The announcement comes a week after Amazon announced it will be the exclusive online subscription home for the PBS hit Downton Abbey starting June 18. Amazon Prime, which is available for a $79 annual fee (which includes...
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Grammys vs. Internet: Who Should Have Won?

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 17:57
Last night, the Grammys went to the best songs and artists -- as decided by members of the Recording Academy. But if the millions of people who listen to streaming music could vote, who would get the... awards? To pick the streaming Grammys, we looked at YouTube views for the nominees in 10 major categories, as well as Spotify rankings for the six categories the streaming service provided data on. (Spotify doesn't list actual number of plays per song.) In most cases, the Academy and online listeners felt the same -- just ask Gotye and Fun. But for now, Carley Rae Jepsen remains only Internet famous. 1. Album of the Year Spotify: Mumford & Son, "Babel" YouTube: Fun, "Got Some" (16...
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'Voice for men' muzzled A men's issues website has cried foul after it was apparently classified as a "hate" site by Symantec....
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Women beat men at Valentine'sWhile the cliché would have it that Valentine's Day is when boyfriends descend on jewelry, candy and flower shops, Google has a different take: Searches for "gifts for boyfriend" outpaced "gifts for... girlfriend" by over 240 percent in the last 30 days.
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Russia's Gruzobzor Raises $1MGruzobzor, which roughly translates to "cargo overview" in Russian, has announced that it's raised $1 million from Runa Capital and the startup's founders. It offers a cloud-based service targeted at... the transportation industry to enable carriers, shippers and freight forwarders to share electronic documents and communicate in real-time, therefore increasing efficiency when transporting goods B2B.
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Change your Wi-Fi password on1gynRat258 asked the Windows forum how to change the password for a home Wi-Fi network. If your wireless network lacks a secure password, anyone in range of your router can access your network.... Neighbors can steal bandwidth, and possibly access files on your computers. Some pervert sitting in a car in front of your home could download child pornography, and the police may think that you're guilty. [Email your tech questions to answer@pcworld.com or post them on the PCW Answer Line forum.] But Wi-Fi passwords, like every other kind, need to be changed every so often. Here's how to do it:
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SETI astronomers invite publicThe SETI Institute has announced that it will seek public input to name new moons orbiting Pluto. The moons, currently named "P4" and "P5," were discovered between 2011 and 2012 thanks to the help of... the Hubble Space Telescope. SETI says Pluto is receiving "special scrutiny" by astronomers due to NASA's New Horizons mission, launched in 2006, which will send a spacecraft to probe Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft is about halfway to Pluto and is expected to arrive in 2015. If you're worried about 4chan naming the new moon after North Korea's glorious leader, don't; SETI says the new moons will likely follow the Greek mythology naming convention, and the public is being asked to vote on names like Cerberus and Persephone. Write-in...
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Party's over, back to be being a normal Windows user for you VMware has published a security update for its virtualisation software including its ESX, Workstation, Fusion and View products....
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Texas Instruments bringsWe've come across a number of DLP-based pico projectors over the years and while these products are getting smaller, brighter and higher resolution, it's the integration with other devices that's... really captured our imagination. Samsung's Galaxy Beam, which we reviewed last year, merges a 15-lumen nHD (640x360) DLP-based pico projector with a Galaxy S Advance. More recently at CES 2013, Texas Instruments announced its new Tilt & Roll Pixel chip architecture and demoed a handful of other DLP-equipped products live on our stage, including 3M's Streaming Projector and Smart Devices' U7 tablet. Gallery: Texas Instruments DLP tech hands-on Gallery: SmartDevices U7 tablet hands-on The company recently invited us to play with some of these devices and to show us other applications in areas such...
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Apple experiments with devicesApple Inc. is experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass, the New York Times reported... on Sunday.
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Leaked image of new HTC OneLast year, HTC debuted its One line of smartphones. Now a leaked image shows that the M7 could be a new One and it looks more industrial.
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Amazon & CBS Announce Deal ToContinuing its rapid-fire addition of new content deals, Amazon announced today that it has signed an agreement with CBS which will bring the forthcoming summer TV series "Under the Dome," based on a... best-selling Stephen King novel, to Amazon's Prime Instant Video. This deal is unusual because it allows Amazon Prime members to stream all the series' episodes four days after their initial broadcast, instead of 24 hours afterwards, as was previously speculated.
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Google hosted its second annual Solve for X event last week, a meeting of big minds to discuss radical high-tech solutions to world problems. On the docket were everything from asteroid mining to... eradicating malaria, and Google posted the new proposals on the Solve for X site, which also got a makeover. In a blog post, Google also said it was introducing more community features to the site, letting visitors log in with their Google+ account info and create a profile specific to Solve for X. Once you're logged in, you can rate any of the existing proposals (though you can't comment) and even submit your own. Part of creating a profile includes declaring your own "X" -- a big world probl...
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Astrophoto: Desert Space Station

Universe Today - 11 Feb 2013 17:32
Old meets space-age in this image of the International Space Station passing over an ancient saguaro cactus at the Saguaro National Park East near Tucson, Arizona. Robert Sparks (a.k.a. @halfastro or... hale-bopp37 on Flickr) captured this beautiful image on February 6, 2013. While the ISS is just over 12 years old, the saguaro seen here
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Amazon nets in-seasonAmazon and CBS today announced that the online retailer's Instant Video service will be the exclusive subscription home to Under the Dome, an upcoming series based on Stephen King's 2009 novel. More... interestingly, for the first time Amazon's customers will gain access to episodes during the course of a season; new shows will be available just four days after they air on television. This "in-season" approach brings Amazon closer to a model that until now has belonged to Hulu. Typically, like Netflix, Amazon has acquired streaming rights for TV seasons only after they've reached network viewers. There won't be quite so long of a wait when Under the Dome debuts in June, however. Amazon has become increasingly aggressive when it comes to...
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Slicing, Dicing Knife Coin IsWhen passing through metal detectors you're always asked to empty the change from your pockets, but do security personnel really look through your coins? Probably not, which is why this fifty cent... piece with a hidden knife blade could be really useful. More
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Last week, Chinese site sjbbs.zol.com.cn posted several photos (via The Times of India) of what was alleged to be the iPhone 5S in production. Despite the fact that the device is clearly an iPhone 5... clone, the photos have been widely circulating today. The photos show a device with an outward appearance very similar to the iPhone 5, but the internals show essentially no resemblance to an Apple-designed device. Examples of just a few of the inconsistencies include: - A battery capacity of just 1130 mAh compared to 1440 mAh for the iPhone 5 - An apparent SD card clot - Loose red and black wires connecting components - A green PCB for the connector bearing essentially no resemblance to Apple's Lightning connector Apple has been reported to be moving forward on an iPhone 5S model that will...
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Rihanna, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and Chuck D had big bumps, according to Amazon.
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Ron Paul asks UN to stripRon Paul wants ownership of his namesake domain, and he's not willing to pay for the privilege. Instead, the former Congressman and presidential candidate has forged a complaint with the UN's World... Intellectual Property Organization asking the agency to grant him ownership of both RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org. "Ron Paul's name and his associated Ron Paul mark have become synonymous with the Complainant and his books, articles, public appearances, and political commentary," reads the complaint. "Ron Paul has no relationship with the Respondents and has not authorized the Respondents to use the Ron Paul name." Currently both URLs are owned by Paul supporters; RonPaul.com has gained over 100,000 Likes on Facebook since it launched in 2008....
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A new patent awarded to Cupertino could signal that native resource and memory isolation may be a future Apple security mechanism.
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The UK's tax authorities are changing to a new system where companies have to tell the government every time they pay an employee, and it starts on April 6. Are you ready?
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Google warns journalists inThe New York Times reports that several journalists who cover Myanmar may have had their email accounts hacked by "state-sponsored attackers." Journalists in the country say that warnings from Google... began appearing last week, and the Times says some journalists speculate that the attack could be linked to a conflict in the northern region of the country, where government troops have fought rebels for control of territory. Myanmar has only recently opened up restrictions on news media, which was tightly controlled during decades of military rule; the Times notes that the country now has successful weekly publications that have begun to report on topics that could make the government uncomfortable.
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The suddenly everywhere Justin Timberlake took time from his busy schedule to star in this ad for Bud Light Platinum. The 60-second spot, shot in black-and-white, features a young couple getting duded... up to go to a club, sipping Bud Light Platinums all the while. Soon they make their way to a hip venue that features Timberlake crooning his new song, "Suit & Tie." The ad, which broke during the Grammys Sunday night, is the first to feature J.T. in his new role as Bud Light Platinum's creative director. That appointment came about a week after BlackBerry made Alicia Keys its creative director. Apparently, you can't be in with the kids these days unless you have a pop star calling th...
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The country has been targeted by China, which is trying to infiltrate American business computers to find data for economic gain.
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Google to host secondIt's not quite as traditional as baseball and apple pie, but you've got to start somewhere. Following last year's success, Google is once again hosting a Presidential Google+ chat days after the State... of the Union address, on February 14th at 4:50PM Eastern. The Fireside Hangout will see President Obama answer the most voted-for questions from Americans live, with a seasoned panel joining him for the discussion. It's arguably one of our better chances at getting answers about policies that we wouldn't get from a formal speech -- as such, those who can put aside nostalgia for old-fashioned Fireside Chats will likely get their fill at the source link.
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Ruth Reichl Slams Yelp, Zagat

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 17:09
Ruth Reichl Slams Yelp, ZagatRuth Reichl has given an amazing interview to Fashion Week Daily. She describes the lavish lifestyle of Conde Nast, confirms that Gilt Taste is "basically...
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This Latest Google Now Ad Has Me Hating Siri

TechCrunch - 11 Feb 2013 17:08
This Latest Google Now Ad HasGoogle's ad campaigns haven't always been the best. Remember that silly Google+ ad that tried to put a romantic spin on Circles, only to make it look like a whole lot of work? Well, the search firm... has stepped up their game for the latest Nexus 4/Google Now ad, which shows users around the globe using the best new feature on Android.
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Google expects itsSpeaking at a Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) conference last week, product manager for autonomous driving Anthony Levandowski said that Google expects to release its self-driving car... technology in the next three to five years. According to Bloomberg, however, Levandowski cautioned that "what form it gets released is still to be determined." Even if Google has its technology polished and road-ready in that time frame, it's highly unlikely that they'll be for sale due to a slew of complex legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles. Currently, only three states -- California, Florida, and Nevada -- allow Google's self-driving cars on the roadways, but only for testing purposes and if a human driver is present. "It's a legal...
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Galaxy On Fire Space Sim MMOFishlabs, the German studio behind popular space trading and combat sim Galaxy On Fire games for iOS devices, today announced that it is currently developing a massively multiplayer online game called... Galaxy On Fire - Alliances, with real-time strategy components, aiming for a release later this year. The spin-off project is designed to capitalize on the success of the original GOF and GOF 2 games, but starting with a free-to-play model and incorporating massive multiplayer elements like alliances, resource trading and P2P combat.
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Microsoft's new commercial for the Surface Pro tablet is everything we've come to expect from the company: bouncy music, bright colors and a big group of people suddenly compelled to breakdance around... their new tablets. The new ad, which premiered at an event in Las Vegas over the weekend and then aired during the Grammys Sunday night, clearly focuses more on the office environment. Employees are shown at a meeting typing on the Surface keyboard cover and tapping spreadsheets with the stylus before it all somehow ends up in a dance scene. The Grammys proved to be a big event for tech commercials with Google debuting a new commercial for the Nexus 4 smartphone. But for Microsoft, the ti...
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PICS: BMW Designs 42-Wheel,BMW has designed a 42-wheeled, 19 engine super sports car - all in order to help realise a four-year-old boy's dream. The amazing invention was...
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Help Name Pluto's Newest Moons!

Universe Today - 11 Feb 2013 17:04
Today marks seven months since the announcement of Pluto's fifth moon and over a year and a half since the discovery of the one before that. But both moons still have letter-and-number designations,... P5 and P4, respectively... not very imaginative, to say the least, and not really fitting into the pantheon of mythologically-named worlds in our Solar System.
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Why you should always see it coming Analysis I used to know a finance director who had a favourite mantra: "Minimise fixed costs."...
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The new land grab for chipWhile they may be selling the "picks and shovels" associated with the internet of things gold rush, the world of connected devices is a rich opportunity for semiconductor companies.
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Amazon advances to in-seasonNew episodes of CBS's Under the Dome will be available for viewing on Prime Instant Video four days after they're first broadcast on CBS. It's the first time that Amazon has offered streaming access... to an in-season show.
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How to Vote On the New InsaneLast week we caught a fleeting glimpse of the potential new flavors in the running for Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" chip contest. Turns out that glimpse was gloriously right and now you can pick your poison... and vote for one of the three official contestants: Cheesy Garlic Bread, Chicken & Waffles, and Sriracha-flavored. More
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You can name Pluto's moons ofPluto may have been demoted, but its family is getting bigger and bigger. Now, two of the dwarf planet's tiniest moons need names -- and that honor has fallen to you.
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Well, When You Put It That Way...

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 16:55
Well, When You Put It ThatIt's easy to look at an Instagram of your friend's lunch and not give it a second thought. Which is a good thing, because if...
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The GoogleReaderpocalypse IsGoogle Reader, the RSS feed-reading service Google has long since benignly abandoned, has gone completely mad, and Google has yet to acknowledge the problem even as it heads into its second day of... unusability. Users are reporting inaccurate read and unread counts, the reappearance of thousands of old, unread items as new, and, in some cases, the return of feeds users had previously unsubscribed to.
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Escape Everything But MarriageIt's probably not the best idea to plot a daring escape should you ever find yourself confined with a pair of handcuffs or plastic zip-ties. But if you and John Law don't get along, consider this... clever Titanium Escape Ring that hides a small lockpick and saw. Just remember, the one thing it can't get you out of are the bonds of holy matrimony. More
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PICS: 'Flying V' GalacticAstonomers have unveiled a remarkable picture of the 'flying V' created by two galaxies merging in deep space. The picture, taken by Hubble's Wide Field...
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Google Says $80M FrenchGoogle is not currently looking to create funds to support digital publishers outside France. Google's comments follow calls last week by the head of the European Publishers Council for Google to pay... media companies across Europe for displaying their content. Earlier this month Mountain View announced a €60m fund to support French publishers but this model won't be replicated elsewhere in Europe.
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Underwater tourist photos helpResearchers have concluded that underwater photos crowdsourced from tourists can help them track individual whale sharks. A study that explored the reliability of photos posted to online sites like... Flickr revealed that conversationalists were able to pick out an individual whale shark 85 percent of the time, making your vacations snapshots a more valuable asset than you might expect. In fact, experts are hoping their findings will prompt other scientists to seek out such underwater photos. Speaking to Wired, lead researcher Tim Davies said "in the Maldives in particular, where whale shark tourism is well established and very useful for collecting data from throughout the archipelago, our results suggest that whale shark monitoring effort...
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That's the first noteworthy discount on Microsoft's controversial tablet. Will it be the last? (Hint: no.)
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Spy Shots Show (Alleged) NextContrary to reports that Apple is retiring the iPhone forever, 9to5Mac pulled over these Chinese snapshots of what they say is Foxconn assembly line. And on that assembly line--yep, The Next iPhone.... Maybe. More
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Nixon's First BluetoothThe Blaster is Nixon's fist Bluetooth speaker. It's supposed to last 18 hours on just a single charge. More
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting... stories. The New York Times reports Apple is experimenting with a curved glass wristwatch. Google's Nexus 4 smartphone made its big-time debut during the Grammy Awards, but it was Google Now--Google's answer to Siri--that stole the show. Finally, the Pope is once again taking over Twitter, as news of his resignation has the hashtag "#pope" trending worldwide. Check out the video above for more on these stories. Graphic courtesy of Federico Ciccarese More About: apple, features, first to know series, Google Now, mashable, pope benedict xvi
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Sony's studio extends dealSony Pictures Entertainment and Starz have extended their relationship with one each other for another five years, ensuring that Starz will have exclusive premium pay TV rights to broadcast Sony... movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Skyfall, and Zero Dark Thirty. The deal, which is now good through 2021, means that Netflix won't be able to offer Sony's movies through its streaming service, leaving customers with the option of DVD / Blu-ray rentals or nothing at all. It had been assumed that following Netflix's victory in obtaining a deal with Disney late last year, it would also pursue a similar agreement with Sony, though today's news more or less means that such a deal didn't happen.
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iPhone 4S fans ruin 3G, calls, texts for EVERYONE Vodafone has urged iPhone 4S owners to not upgrade to iOS 6.1, the latest available, because it believes the software jams 3G and phone... connections....
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Pre-caffeine tech: AppleOur pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.
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Dell says it consideredDell Inc had considered many strategic options before opting to go private, the company said in a regulatory filing.
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Security firm Bit9 saysSecurity vendor Bit9 promised to release limited details of a hack caused by a failure of the company to install the same security software on its own network that it sells to a handful of Fortune 500... companies. Bit9, which is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, provides a platform that aims, among other functions, to block the installation of malicious applications. Although its product was not compromised, hackers found a weakness in company servers that issue code-signing certificates. Once compromised, the hackers issued certificates for their own malicious software, which was then found on the networks of three Bit9 customers. Attacks were targeted Bit9 doesn't list its customers by name on its website. But it says more than 1000 companies use its software, including Fortune 500...
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The Mashable job board is updated daily with great opportunities in tech, social media and advertising. More About: Feature, Jobs, jobs board, mashable, mashable jobs board
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Sonic Notify Launches PlatformSonic Notify has built a platform that will allow broadcasters and retailers to instantly provide users with multimedia content and deals, through audio recognition technology that instantly triggers... push notifications and alerts through mobile apps. Now that technology is live, enabling anyone with an app and an audience to begin sending messages and deals to their users or customers.
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Solavei selling firstCan't wait for that new BlackBerry Z10 in the U.S.? You can get one now, but it'll cost you a grand.
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Is this the HTC One? New image hits Twitter.

Android Central - 11 Feb 2013 16:25
Is this the HTC One? New imageJust a few minutes ago evleaks posted the above shot stating it is the forthcoming HTC One. The new flagship from HTC that we formerly knew as the M7 looks in this render to be a real beauty. In fact,... its shell isn't that much different to the BlackBerry Z10. With the Feb 19 announcement event looming on the horizon we shouldn't have to wait too long to see what HTC have up their sleeves. If the image is indeed real it looks to me like HTC could be heading in the right direction once again. Source: evleaks
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Another round of photos reportedly of the next-generation iPhone have popped up online, this time at a Chinese Web site.
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'Riot' software could helpIf you need yet another reason to ensure your Facebook privacy settings are adequately locked down, Raytheon's "Riot" software should do the trick. Developed by the Massachusetts-based security firm,... Riot -- short for Rapid Information Overlay Technology -- can quickly mine various social networks for an individual user's data, using previous posts to predict your future behavior and / or your location at any given time. A video obtained by The Guardian, sourced from a 2010 presentation, demonstrates how the software can quickly dig for sensitive data like the top 10 places you visit most frequently. That information can then be parsed into more specific criteria (how many times you hit the gym each month, what time you typically go,...
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Cyberdyne's robotic HAL suitWhile climbing mountains and helping disabled tourists are fine pursuits, Cyberdyne's HAL robot suit has found an even nobler occupation: helping patients rehabilitate from debilitating nerve and... muscle illnesses. According to The Asahi Shimbun, ten hospitals in Japan will start the first clinical trials of the lower-body suit version we saw last year, designed expressly for use by health care professionals. It works by detecting weak bio-electrical signals from patients' muscles which drive small motors and power units, and will be tested on 30 adults to see if it can help them re-learn to walk. Cyberdyne's wares will be trialed in European hospitals too -- which would be a lot of good service for a company with such an evil moniker.
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HTC One, formerly known as M7,Well, we're only a few days away from finding out what HTC has in store for us at their pre-MWC event, but expectations are it's the M7. Or, as the rumor mill is now calling it, the HTC One. While... Peter Chou has already flashed the device at an event, evleaks claims to have the first clear press shot of the device. As you can see we're looking at a strange capacitive button layout that puts home on the right and a big logo smack in the center. Though it's hard to be certain, it also looks as if the edges of the device are metallic or chrome. The icons tally with some Sense 5 screenshots that leaked recently, while a separate User Agent Profile leak suggests we're looking at Butterfly-style a 1080p display (see More Coverage). Of course, we can't confirm that the handset will bear the One...
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New HTC One Flagship PhoneHTC's new flagship phone is likely called the HTC One, and will probably debut later this month ahead of MWC, and now we have an image of what looks like a render of shipping hardware courtesy of... EvLeaks. The HTC One image published today by the well-regarded source of pre-release Android info resembles earlier images but with an active home screen. This weekend also saw an image posted to Flickr with "HTC One" listed in its EXIF data, contributing to speculation that that is indeed what the phone will be called.
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Facebook Fixes Monday Morning Outage

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 16:24
Facebook was down for many users Monday morning, but the network appeared to have fixed the glitch. Reps from Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment on the apparent outage. The social... network, which is usually quite stable, has had a few outages lately, including one on Jan. 28 and another on Dec. 10. While the reason for the apparent outage was unclear, at least one user blamed Pope Benedict XVI's retirement announcement: LMAO! RT @qbanwong: Facebook is down. Pope resigned. Apocalypse obviously coming. #facebook instagr.am/p/Vl9mqWEAko/-- Nancy Cawley Jean (@NancyCawleyJean) February 11, 2013 Is Facebook down for you? Let us know in the comments. Imag...
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How much would you spend to have your search engine as the default option on the second-largest smartphone platform? Quite a lot, according to one Morgan Stanley analyst.
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The smartphone has become the center of our digital universe. It's how we engage with family and friends, the way we buy products and the way we stay informed, generating billions of transactions a... day, millions of times a second. What has not been as apparent, however, is just how valuable all that data can be to help small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) grow their businesses and attract new customers.
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Keen On... Gavin Newsom: HowIf there is one prominent U.S. politician who has consistently staked his reputation to the digital revolution, it's Gavin Newsom, the two-time San Francisco mayor, now Lieutenant Governor of... California. This week he is launching a new book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, a FarmVille-inspired riff which lays out his agenda for transforming American politics.
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Visualizing the Size of theThe universe is so incredibly large that it's difficult to know where to begin when trying to visualize its size. This video should help you get your head around that very problem. More
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How you can pick names for Pluto's moons

NBC News - 11 Feb 2013 16:06
How you can pick names forScience editor Alan Boyle's blog: The discoverers of Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are letting Internet users have a say in what they should be named.
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UK's satellite TV box FreesatGoogle is partnering with the U.K. satellite-TV box Freesat to offer an HTML5 YouTube channel. Freesat, which is backed by the BBC and ITV, is a set-top satellite TV box that offers 180 channels and... doesn't require a monthly subscriptin.
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I spent last week in Silicon Valley, meeting with friends in Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco. That meant that I spent a tremendous...
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The company says that it brought in a "prominent management consultant" to help it determine what to do, and everyone agreed going private was the best move.
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Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit issue hits newsstands this week, accompanied by a fresh profusion of photos, videos and digital interactives across SI's digital platforms. But Swimsuit won't end... there. On Monday, SI is launching a dedicated news site for the franchise, extending it into a 365-day-a-year operation. The news site, which SI describes alternatively as a "daily channel" and a "blog," will live on its own domain at swimdaily.com. There, visitors can expect to find content "devoted to the lifestyle of Swimsuit," MJ Day, senior editor of Swimsuit, told Mashable in an interview at SI's offices last week. Expect multiple posts per day about the models' lives and lifestyles, in...
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Tech Innovators Honored atBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- A room full of engineers, computer whizzes and technicians brought the crew of the Starship Enterprise down to Earth for a night at the Sci-Tech Oscars. Zoe Saldana and... Chris Pine hosted the annual awards dinner in which the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences beams its spotlight on the latter half of its name. "We're truly humbled, by all means, man. We can fly into space because of you," Saldana told honorees at the event Saturday night. The "Avatar" and "Star Trek" star pumped her fist and shouted "WETA!" before the first of two teams from the New Zealand-based special effects house, which worked on "Avatar," took the stage. Pine and Saldana took turns attempting to describe technical accomplishments like "pose space deformation" and "wavelet...
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Email sender Sailthru getsSailthru helps sites deliver personalized content or shopping offers to their email subscribers. Now, the company has received a major investment from Benchmark as it expands its "smart data"... products.
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PRX Relaunches Its iPhone App,The Public Radio Player app for the iPhone has been a round for a while now, but today, Cambridge-based Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is relaunching the app with a revamped visual design, new interface... and, maybe most importantly, the ability to download episodes of shows so you can listen to This American Life, Radiolab, Car Talk or any of the other more than 1000 public radio programs and podcasts offline.
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Pluto moon names to beP4 and P5 aren't the sorts of names that impart the manner of excitement space exploration companies and organizations are looking to inspire in the next generation of enthusiasts (nor the customers,... philanthropists and tax payers destined to fund those explorations). The SETI Institute, a private non-profit, best known for its ties to the eponymous search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe, is looking to add a little bit of audience participation to the act of naming Pluto's newly discovered moons, which sport those rather uninspired alphanumeric designations. Beginning today, SETI will open up an online contest to name the moons, both of which were discovered via the Hubble Telescope fairly recently. As with the rest of the dwarf planet's moons, the organization's asking...
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All-flash cash: Is Violin Memory IPO finally happening? Blocks & Files: Violin Memory, the front runner in the shared all-flash array market, has been heading for an IPO for some time. According to... reports, the New Jersey storage firm filed to go public last September, but the timing and price of the offering had not yet been determined....
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Sponsored post: 5 keyWhile there are many benefits to a "bring your own device" friendly workplace, such as increased productivity and lower expenses, companies need to think carefully when crafting their own mobile... programs. Fundamentally, Apperian knows the important aspects of implementing a secure BYOD strategy.
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What Strange Antarctic Pond Says About Mars

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 15:54
What Strange Antarctic PondBy: Megan Gannon Published: 02/10/2013 10:20 AM EST on LiveScience Antarctica's bizarre Don Juan Pond is the saltiest natural body of water on Earth --...
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Why Can't All Slo-mo CameraWhen putting the Sony FS700's high speed capabilities to the test, filmmaker Danny Cooke saw a fantastic opportunity to create something more than just a technical shakedown of the equipment. Nothing... is cooler in slow motion than fire, so with the help of fire breather Elliott Montello, Cooke created this mesmerizing test footage that Sony absolutely needs to license for its commercials. [Danny Cooke via Coudal] More
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Apple building a smartwatch, reports suggest

Globe and Mail - 11 Feb 2013 15:46
Wearable devices may be the next frontier for computer and mobile device giant
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Malware signed by stolen crypto certs then flung at big-cheese clients IT security biz Bit9's private digital certificates were copied by hackers and used to cryptographically sign malware to infect... the company's customers....
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Tech giants ordered to explain high prices

Fox News - 11 Feb 2013 15:38
Tech giants ordered to explainThree tech giants have been told to appear before an Australian parliamentary inquiry to explain their "high prices."
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Hearst Is Revamping All Of ItsOver the next few months, all of Hearst Digital Media's titles are getting a new look. Tom Smith, Hearst's vice president of technology and strategy, told me that the whole company is switching to a... new publishing platform, which incorporates both responsive design and personalization. The first two magazines to make the switch are RoadandTrack.com and TownandCountryMag.com. (Other Hearst titles include Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, Good Housekeeping, and Esquire.)
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Monday Brief: BB10Mobile Nations Podcast Feed Mobile Nations on iTunes Mobile Nations YouTube Debug 7: Jordan Mechner and Karateka OUYA CEO: 'There will be a new OUYA every year' Editorial: On fragmentation, malware,... and clicks HTC M7 coming to market as simply the HTC One? Just picked up a BlackBerry Z10? Start here! There was a lot of love between developers and BlackBerry - Here's a quick summary from BlackBerry Jam Europe Newsflash: Lineups are not the defining factor for hot products Tennis in the Face wants you to lob tennis balls at faces The best webOS apps for exercise HP Pre3 shows up on The Following evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 6 and 6.1 now live, and untethered More on a 5-inch iPhone and Using the iPad mini as a phone Complete Macworld|iWorld 2013 coverage Nokia 41MP Windows Phone could be a...
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Why Microscope Slides ShouldYou might think that a museum adding 2000 new exhibits would need to build a whole new wing. But the latest additions to London's Grant Museum of Zoology all fit into a space the size of a large... wardrobe: they're vintage glass microscope slides, bearing specimens taken from everything from fleas to whales. More
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Apple Reportedly Working onOver at the New York Times, Nick Bilton reports that Apple "is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass," according to anonymous sources inside the company. "Such a watch would... operate on Apple's iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company's understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body," says Bilton. Disruptions: Apple Is Said to Be Developing a Curved-Glass Smart Watch [New York Times]
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Zulu goes high-tech

IOL - 11 Feb 2013 15:30
When a South African engineer recently set out to write a novel in his native Zulu, he found himself hamstrung by a lack of words.
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DISH's Hopper With SlingDISH today formally announced the nationwide launch of its Hopper with Sling DVR device, which allows users to record their favorite shows for later viewing, skip ads and also download DVR'd content... to their iPad for offline viewing. The Hopper, which incorporates technology from partner Sling Media, Inc., was recently at the center of a controversy around the 2013 CES "Best of Show" Awards.
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Apple was No. 1 overall for user satisfaction, but the iPhone 5 came in behind four Android devices among U.S. consumers, says a poll from OnDevice Research.
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Apple was No. 1 overall for user satisfaction, but the iPhone 5 came in behind four Android devices among U.S. consumers, says a poll from OnDevice Research.
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Samsung-branded Qi wirelessSamsung may be trying to usurp Qi's wireless-charging dominance, but for the moment it still has to play along with the de-facto industry standard. That's why the company has pushed this Qi-compatible... wireless charging plate onto the green baize of the FCC's poker table, likely in preparation for a commercial release. Peel away the plastic and you'll find a beefy arc reactor electromagnet nestled at the heart of the device -- and since the Commission was kind enough to publish some pictures, we've thrown them into the gallery below. Gallery: Samsung Wireless Charging Plate Teardown Gallery
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Contract-free mobile carrier Solavei will be the first mobile carrier to offer the BlackBerry Z10 in the United States. The handset will be available Monday through Solavei's retail partner GSM Nation... for $999. Orders can be placed starting at 8am EST and if ordered tomorrow Solavei tells Mashable the handset will arrive in customer's hands on Wednesday. Not set to be released on traditional carriers in the U.S until March, Solavei's sale Monday offers a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to get their hands on the phone a little earlier. A relatively new carrier, Solavei officially launched a little over four months ago in September of 2012. The company offers customers an un...
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Last week, a hacker released information about the Bush family, a family containing two former U.S. presidents. In this article, our own David Gewirtz takes us behind the scenes of the investigation.
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Mind Mapping, a visual outlining technique, is often the beginning of presentations, documents, and research. Here are a few thoughts on the topic.
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Oracle didn't have time to fix all the Java bugs when it released its out of band patch earlier this month, so now there's a redux on the way.
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Tablets are replacing laptops in more gear bags than ever before. The capabilities of tablets have evolved to make them viable alternatives for mobile professionals. Even as capable as they are, the... long battery life is what's driving adoption.
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Rover is first bot to drill into the Red Planet Pic NASA's nuclear Mars truck Curiosity has punched a hole in the planet for posterity with its robotic arm drill....
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Can the internet revive US democracy?

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 15:17
Gavin Newsom's Citizenville shows that technology can empower people, but fails to explore deep-rooted problems within the democratic process
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Nomi Raises $3M To HelpNomi, a startup led by former executives from Salesforce.com and Buddy Media, has raised $3 million in seed funding led by First Round Capital. Additional investors in the round include Greycroft... Partners, SV Angel, Forerunner Ventures, Ralph Mack, Dave Tisch, Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn, and Mass Relevance CEO Sam Decker.
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Deal of the Day: Mobi DesktopThe Feb. 11 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Mobi Desktop Cradle for Samsung Galaxy S3. This convenient cradle lets you dock your Galaxy S3 at your desk and charge your device, plus a spare... battery at the same time. The USB cable also allows you to sync the device to your PC while the wall charger strictly charges the spare battery. Great design at an affordable price! The Mobi Desktop Cradle is available for just $14.00, over 50% off today only. Backed by our 60-day warranty and fast shipping! Never miss a deal. Sign up for Daily Deal alerts
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The hypersonic spaceplanes of yesteryear

Fox News - 11 Feb 2013 15:15
The hypersonic spaceplanes ofA host of science fiction writers have explored hypersonic travel, as did Walter Dornberger, former director of the V-2 program at Peenemunde in Germany, in 1956.
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After Growing Revenue 270%Personalization startup Sailthru has been growing rapidly, with revenues increasing 270 percent over the last year. With that in mind, the company has raised $19 million in new Series B financing led... by Benchmark. Along with the funding, the company is adding Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley to its board of directors.
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Mobile devices have changed how we handle severe weather. Instead of being isolated in our homes, reading books printed on paper by candle light, we share constant updates and photos in real time on... social networks. We keep ourselves entertained with ebooks, games and videos on smartphones and tablets.
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Autonomy's pre-HP accountingThe UK's Financial Reporting Council has opened an investigation into Autonomy's reported financials in the two-and-a-half years leading up to its disastrous sale to HP.
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Frustrated fondlers: No desirable 128GB versions and too many 64GB ones Microsoft's Surface Pro went on sale on Saturday, but stockists almost immediately ran into shortages, provoking anger and... frustration among potential fondlers....
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Grounded: Where the Boeing Dreamliner went wrong

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 15:01
An advanced airliner brimming with untried technologies is on the tarmac until further notice. What did anyone expect, asks Paul Marks
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Has Apple Finished DisruptingOne of the things Apple has demonstrated over its lifetime is that it has become the great disruptor. When the Mac came on the scene in 1984 and introduced computer users to the graphical user... interface, it shook up the text-based DOS market so dramatically that it forced Microsoft to follow Apple's lead quickly in order to stay relevant. Now graphical user interfaces are the norm on all PCs. Eighteen months later, Apple pushed the Mac as a disruptor to the publishing market with the introduction of desktop publishing. Marrying the Mac, a desktop laser printer and Aldus' PageMaker software, Apple championed a desktop publishing solution that completely changed the publishing world by letting people create content on demand and publish it without the help of the publishing industry's big...
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A Huge Month: Online EducationEducators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than... anyone imagined. In just 30 days, the largest school system in the U.S. began offering credit for online courses, a major university began awarding degrees without any class time required, and scores of public universities are moving their courses online. The point at which online higher education becomes mainstream is no longer in some fuzzy hypothetical future; the next president's Secretary of Education will need an entire department dedicated to the massive transition.
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Tragedy and Determination:The men of the "Dead Space" universe have a rough go of things. For poor Isaac, we saw how he wrestled with guilt over convincing Nicole to take a position on the Ishimura. As the events of "Dead... Space 2" unfolded, we saw how the Marker used both Nicole's memory and this guilt to manipulate Isaac, because that's, like, what the Marker does. From the early moments in "Dead Space 3" we see that John Carver, too, has something weighing on his conscience. While he tersely tells Isaac his family is dead, it is readily apparent that there is more to the story, which the game explores through a series of optional co-op missions; however there are several questions floating around about why Carver is so set on the mission and how he knows Ellie and Norton.
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Banks in battle of the apps

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Banks in battle of the appsTHE next frontier in the battle for digital banking supremacy lies in personal finance tools for consumers.
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IT big three asked to explain prices

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
IT big three asked to explainAPPLE, Microsoft and Adobe will be forced to explain why they charge Australians up to 50 per cent more than Americans.
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Defense Specialist Shows OffDefence specialist Raytheon has an automated data harvesting process which can track you with pin-point accuracy and even predict where you're going. Until two days ago it was top secret--but now a... leaked video shows exactly what it can do. More
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Model of success well worth harnessing

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Model of success well worthIN HIS book What Would Google Do?, Jeff Jarvis proposes that Google's approach to business can be readily applied elsewhere.
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Telco's cloud gaming on hold

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Telco's cloud gaming on holdTELSTRA has quietly shelved its plans for a cloud-based gaming service for its T-Box set-top boxes.
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Nokia delivers with cheap phone rich in features

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Nokia delivers with cheapBUDGET phones can be miserable affairs.
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Experts seek security lift

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Experts seek security liftAUSTRALIA-BASED cyber-security experts are developing new models to analyse known authentication protocols.
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Cohda set to gain edge in car safety

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Cohda set to gain edge in carCOHDA Wireless expects to have a first-to-market advantage when its co-developed chip for car-to-car communications is completed.
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Telstra eyes $1bn defence contract

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
Telstra eyes $1bn defenceTHE ADF hopes to use videoconferencing to cut travel costs.
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IBM snares Pepper data contract

The Australian - 11 Feb 2013 15:00
IBM snares Pepper dataLEADING non-bank lender Pepper Australia has embarked on an aggressive plan to consolidate seven data warehouses into one system.
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Solavei becomes first USWe're pretty sure you've heard of the BlackBerry Z10 by now, but have you heard of Solavei? Let us jog your memory: Solavei is a virtual operator (MVNO) here in the US which rides atop T-Mobile's GSM... / EDGE / UMTS / HSPA+ network and offers unlimited voice, SMS and data for $49 a month, contract free. The company further sweetens the deal with discounts when you sign up friends. As for the Z10, you probably know that it's already on sale in the UK and Canada but isn't supposed to land on US carriers until mid-March. Well scratch that, because starting today Solavei is teaming up with GSM Nation to bring Blackberry's flagship to its customers. We've confirmed with Solavei that pricing for the handset is a hefty $999 (unsubsidized, clearly). The company currently offers the ATIV S for $605,...
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The Pope Resigns: Twitter Reactions

ABC News - 11 Feb 2013 14:56
The Pope Resigns: TwitterCelebrities, comedians, reporters and global citizens took to Twitter this morning to voice their reactions after it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning effective February 28. Here... are some of the most retweeted and reshared posts the announcement had to offer. s://storify.com/abc/reactions-pope-benedict-xvi-will-resign...
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WBS lays charges against Icasa councillor

Tech Central - 11 Feb 2013 14:52
An Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) councillor, who last week claimed he was hijacked and threatened with his life to drop an investigation into Wireless Business Solutions... (WBS) now faces a criminal charge laid by the disgruntled telecoms company. Recently
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iPhone, now iWatch? AppleApple is experimenting with designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone, according to people briefed on the effort.
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NASA to launch Earth-watchingWhen NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launches on Monday, it will deliver to orbit the latest and most capable Earth-observing satellite in a four-decade long project to study the surface... of our planet.
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Could Amazon Patent Destroy Publishing?

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 14:45
Could Amazon Patent DestroyAmazon has a patent to sell used ebooks. When I first scanned the headline, I thought it must be some Onion-esque gag, and I'm sure...
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Cardinals to elect successor to @pontifex handle Pope Benedict announced his resignation today, becoming the first pope to relinquish the leadership of the Catholic Church in six centuries - and just... months after becoming the first pontiff to join Twitter....
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Why US Internet Access is SlowUS citizens pay more for internet access than those in many other countries--and also get worse connections for their cash. This video explains why. More
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O2 Tracks app offers UK Top 40 playback, for a price

Android Central - 11 Feb 2013 14:24
O2 Tracks app offers UK Top 40If you follow obscure app-related news, you might remember that Samsung, MusicQubed and the Official Charts Company launched a UK Top 40 app last summer for owners of certain Samsung devices. That... promotion's now come to an end, and this time around it's O2 that's partnering with the Charts Company with its own Top 40 app, fittingly dubbed "O2 Tracks." When you first sign up there's a complementary free trial period -- 8 weeks for O2 subscribers, 2 weeks for anyone with another operator. After that, O2 customers can subscribe for £1 per week, while for others it's £5 per month. The music itself is delivered through a bright blue, O2-themed interface, with extra tabs for tawdry "celebrity news and gossip," if you're into that sort of thing. Like the old Samsung app, tracks are downloaded...
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Google has launched a new ad for its Nexus 4 smartphone during the Grammys, and it's all about Google's personal assistant, Google Now. In the ad, people around the world are using the service to... learn about the weather conditions and public transportation, check their appointments and converse in different languages. The ad is in fact quite similar to the first Nexus 4 video ad, released in October 2012, which also focuses on Google Now. How do you like the new ad? Share your thoughts in the comments! Image credit: YouTube/Google More About: ad, Google, Google Now, nexus 4
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Unpacking Vodacom's new tariffs

Tech Central - 11 Feb 2013 14:19
Under Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C is slowly evolving from being just a minor nuisance to Vodacom and MTN into something altogether more threatening. Whether it's in call rates, flexible contract terms or... free airtime, Knott-Craig is determined to hit his competitors where it hurts in an effort
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'No new broadband investment,' says Europe's digital chief - the market will have to do the legwork in expanding broadband coverage now. Still, at least there's some funding left for e-invoicing.
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What products you see people using when you're out and about in public helps you understand the market and make better decisions. Why then are the two Surface variants the same color?
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We are in the midst of a roll. Today we look at award winners Oracle and SAP, two powerful and vexing companies who could own the world or be schooled by it. 2013, I'm betting on ownership.
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Steelie Neelie sees 2020 digital agenda for speedier networks wiped out A €9.2bn fund proposed by Brussels officials to help bring faster broadband to the 27 Member States by 2020 has been... obliterated after the European Union agreed to a budget cut that was engineered by Brit Prime Minister David Cameron....
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With Dual Mice AndWe all love the idea of being able to connect and work with people in our always-online day and age, but ironically, when it comes to document collaboration, a lot of the software designed to aid in... that -- WebEx, GoToMeeting and the rest -- is actually more geared to presenting rather than actually letting people work together on things, in real time, or focused on documents within a particular platform, like Google Docs. Enter Screenhero. Part of the current batch of Y-Combinator startups, Screenhero is launching with a way of letting two (and potentially more) people work on documents, or even each other's computer desktops, in possibly the easiest way to date, by simultaneously giving each collaborator an independent cursor and mouse, and complete control over a document, as if it were...
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(Reuters) - Dell Inc had considered many strategic options before opting to go private, the company said in a regulatory filing.
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Service driven, virtualised to the hilt and massively fault tolerant The wish list for the data centre of the future, according to Register Readers, is heavily focussed on service delivery, with... tightly organised pools of resources and massive amounts of virtualisation - and of course, fault-tolerance to the Nth degree. Cloud will play a part in this, naturally. But not in the way some vendors would like to think. The data centre is in charge and any clouds, or cloud suppliers, are going to have to learn how to play by its rules....
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Hasbro's Toy Fair 2013 boothOh, the wondrous experience that is Toy Fair. And that particular experience, as you may know, includes anything from NERF hoop games and foam fusillades, to boxing robots and itty-bitty, tinkering... novelties. To make things even better, though, Hasbro was kind enough to invite us over to its 2013 showcase in NYC, where the prodigious toy maker was exhibiting some Furby amigos known as Party Rockers, Iron Man's Sonic Blasting figurine and Arc Fx Mission life-sized mask, a Sesame Street play-and-learning system for toddlers, as well as a Transformers Rescue Bots Beam Box which enhances the experience by allowing the toys to mesh into a game that can be played on a TV set. There was also a little Star Wars and Star Trek action, of course -- and the good news is you, too, can see it all, just...
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Where's the big money going inThe reasons that European entrepreneurs and investors are starting up financial technology companies are many -- including opportunism, pragmatism and even fear.
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Cars.com And BP-Owned CastrolRepairPal, a marketplace for auto repair, has raised $13 million in funding led by Cars.com and Castrol innoVentures, the venture arm of Castrol, BP-owned developer of lubricants for engines and... machines. This is the first technology investment for Castrol. RepairPal has raised $20 million to date.
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Snow falling on red squirrels in Scotland

New Scientist - 11 Feb 2013 14:00
The grey squirrel has comprehensively outcompeted the UK's native red squirrels for food and habitat, but some reds are clinging on in Scotland
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William Shatner Voices Dismay At Reddit's Dark Side

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 13:59
William Shatner Voices DismayDays after speaking with astronauts on the International Space Station, William Shatner is back - and this time he's slumming it on Reddit. The 81-year-old...
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Tech giants to face IT 'gouging' probe

Sydney Morning Herald - 11 Feb 2013 13:55
Tech giants to face ITIT corporations including Apple, Microsoft and Adobe will become the first companies to be forced to appear before a federal parliamentary inquiry after they frustrated efforts to get to the bottom of... high prices paid by Australians for tech products.
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The Biggest Wikipedia TrafficOver the past three years, Wikipedia member West.andrew.g bas been analyzing the weird and wonderful data traffic on the English-language Wikipedia. In the the latest edition of Wikipedia's... community-managed newspaper, The Signpost, he's revealed the biggest traffic spikes on the site within that time--in the process proving that we're all morbid sports fan. More
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Facebook sued over 'like' button

BBC - 11 Feb 2013 13:53
Facebook sued over 'like'Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and some other features of the social network.
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Fresh LG leaks fuel reports ofWe're less than two weeks away from heading off to Barcelona, Spain for Mobile World Congress, and we're starting to see more reports of what LG might have to unveil at the show. Last week we saw... leaked images suggesting the Optimus G Pro might make its way to the U+ carrier in LG's native Korea with a tweaked spec sheet, and now fresh leaks suggest the device could be headed to all major Korean operators.
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Attacking iPhone's chip maker wasn't a bright idea, sources now claim Apple co-founder Steve Jobs pressured his lieutenants into suing rival Samsung even though they didn't think it was a very good... idea, sources have claimed....
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Video Distribution StartupA spot of acquisition news in Europe's digital video distribution space. Rightster, a U.K. video distribution and monetisation startup has made its first acquisition -- buying European content... marketing platform and movie trailer distributor, Preview Networks, for an undisclosed sum. Rightster said the acquisition will bolster its global YouTube Multi Channel Network footprint.
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Rieder: This publisher is spending to grow

USA Today - 11 Feb 2013 13:32
Despite a tough business climate, one newspaper is on a hiring spree.
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The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012

The Register - 11 Feb 2013 13:30
Get your free download here Promo Reg stalwarts Trevor Pott and Liam Proven had teamed up to write The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012 - it is fab and it is free,* and it is well worth a... read....
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The 10 weirdest, wildest, mostUpdate your browser. Ditch Java. Don't click weird links from even weirder people. Ho-hum. The basic tenets of PC security are burned into the brains of most Web surfers by now. The old malware tricks... just don't work as well anymore. Surprise! Bad guys are getting creative. (Never underestimate the oh-so-powerful combination of greed, boredom, and cleverness.) Rather than targeting Internet Explorer, now they're gunning for your virtual machine, your video games, and your Web-connected thermostat. "The more digital our lives become, the greater the number of potential nontraditional entry points for cybercriminals attempting to steal data and wreak havoc," says McAfee Labs security strategist Toralv Dirro, who referred us to some of the wild exploits highlighted here. Grab your tinfoil...
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'Exploding' Robot Can Jump 30 Times Its Own Height

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 13:29
'Exploding' Robot Can Jump 30Scientists have developed a robot which can jump 30 times its own height. Harvard University's 'Soft' robot concept is a three-legged, silicone-based bot which in...
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Interplanetary transport doodah - or networked drive? Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding... and cash from a Kickstarter launch....
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The cloud hosting provider has expanded from five to nine datacentres in order to cut latency.
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According to reports, Apple is exploring the possibility of manufacturing wearable devices running on iOS, and Steve Jobs had even toyed with the idea of making an Apple car.
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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign on February 28

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 13:14
Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, the Vatican has announced. "The pope announced that he will leave his ministry at 8:00pm (7pm UK time) on February 28," said Vatican spokesman Federico... Lombardi. The reason for the resignation, cited by the Pope himself, is "advanced age." The pope is 85. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," wrote Pope Benedict XVI in a declaration to the public. You can find the full text of Pope Benedict's declaration here. The last post on the Pope's official Twitter account, dat...
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The Beautiful Result ofOver the weekend, New York-based redditor Brian Maffitt aimed a projector--playing The Lorax--at the blizzard which struck the east coast and photographed the result. The images are a beautiful and... psychedelic take on the pure-white flakes that fell. More
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Should actually be the bank robbing the punter El Reg's fave toy manufacturer Playmobil has provoked a miniature rumpus by punting a bank heist set to wide-eyed kiddies....
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YouTube channel coming to onGoogle's signed a deal to bring YouTube to Freesat, liberating users of the subscription-less service from the tyranny of needing an additional device. The BBC / ITV joint venture already has 60-odd... channels and over 3 million viewers, who will be able to access the official YouTube addition through the main programming guide by the end of March. While details are scant, it'll presumably join ITV's player and the BBC iPlayer in the on-demand channel list, which require a compatible Freesat box (see coverage link below) and an internet connection. We're not sure how it'll look in the final guide, but the fanciful image above shows our best guess.
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Gadgetwise Blog: Q.& A.: Checking a PC's Graphics Card

The New York Times - 11 Feb 2013 13:02
A quick visit to the Windows 7 Control Panel tells you how much memory your computer has dedicated to graphics and video.
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Apple Testing a Watch ThatApple might just be working on the product we all remember from those Dick Tracy movies -- a watch that has some phone-like capabilities. According to a report in The New York Times on Sunday, Apple... is testing or "experimenting" with a "wristwatch-like device made...
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Concern over DIY abortions

BBC - 11 Feb 2013 12:52
Concern over DIY abortionsThere is growing concern over women in Northern Ireland buying abortion pills over the internet.
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Hold off updating your iPhoneBoth Vodafone UK and 3 Austria have told subscribers that they should avoid updating their iPhone 4S to the latest version of iOS, while Apple works on a fix for reported 3G connectivity problems.
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WATCH: UFO Hoaxer Explains HowA special effects expert has explained how he faked footage of a UFO which has fooled alien hunters on YouTube since last year. While the...
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Swrve Launches Targeted In-AppDublin and San Francisco-based Swrve, which offers an in-app direct marketing platform aimed at mobile games developers or anybody making or responsible for marketing an app, has launched SwrveTalk to... enable in-app marketing messages to be sent to users on a targeted and measurable basis. It can be employed to do things like cross-promote other titles in a portfolio or to improve conversion of time-limited in-app purchase offers, and so on.
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BES and BBM, QED: Not RIP IMO Analysis BlackBerry brought its top bosses to Europe this week for its annual Jam developer event on the continent. With the launch of the new BlackBerry OS 10, and its... Z10 and Q10 smartphones, now behind it, this is a good time to look at company's realistic prospects....
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Magma Venture PartnersIsraeli early stage high tech startup VC fund Magma Venture Partners, whose current portfolio includes online video-editing software developer Magisto, mobile analytics company Onavo, and navigation... app maker Waze to name three, has completed fundraising on its third fund -- Magma III -- exceeding its target of $100 million. Magma said it manages more than $300 million to-date.
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An Art Deco PC Case: BrilliantHere's one piece of technological design that's bound to divide opinoon. Jeffrey Stephenson's Project Ayr is a fanless home theater PC encased in an art-deco style Mahogany shell. But would you let it... inside your home? More
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With user devices facing security threats from every direction and with no end in sight, BYOD should slow down a bit. The real question is, "What's the answer to this ongoing threat?" The answer may... surprise you.
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Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet/notebook has much less available storage capacity than other tablets. While my ZDNet colleague Ed Bott defended Microsoft, they clearly goofed. Here's why.
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An Egyptian court has ordered the suspension of YouTube over the controversial Innocence of Muslims trailer.
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Why Google's cloud is a Pandora's box

USA Today - 11 Feb 2013 12:18
There are many hidden costs, unknown variables on cloud computing.
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