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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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Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S3 - an update

Android Central - 12 Feb 2013 22:59
Mophie Juice Pack for theA few weeks ago we reviewed the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Mophie PR was a little surprised that we came away not all that impressed, given that we've sung the praises of its iPhone... Juice Pack. In fact, Mophie was concerned that because we'd purchased our first two units from resellers on Amazon (separate resellers, actually), we might well have received counterfeit Juice Packs, leading to the sharp edge at the bottom of the case, as well as a couple of the other more minor gripes we'd had. Stranger things have happened, so we let Mophie send us a review unit, and it arrived about a week later, on Feb. 8. In the meantime, we purchased a third Mophie Juice Pack -- this time directly from Mophie -- and had it overnighted to us, arriving on Jan. 31. In all four Galaxy S3...
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Light-Painting with a BlizzardEarlier today, we showed you a number of time-lapse videos of Winter Storm Nemo that were created by people who were stuck indoors due to the heavy snowfall. New York-based photographer Brian Maffitt... was also stuck indoors and he also turned to photography, but instead of shooting time-lapse photos, he turned to a different technique:
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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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What Nextdoor is doing rightMost of the startups and networks focused on hyperlocal or community news and information try to be as open as possible, but Nextdoor is taking the exact opposite approach and making the barrier to... entry for users as high as it can.
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Fitbit's Updated Android AppNike may not be planning to release an Android companion app for its activity-tracking FuelBand, but rival Fitbit is eager to make sure that health-conscious Droid owners are well taken care of. To... that end, the company pushed out a new version of its Fitbit Android app that finally brings Bluetooth 4.0 sync support to Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.
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There's really only one reasonI had high hopes for Windows RT but the apps I want aren't supported. Windows 8 on Atom chips offers similar battery life and better app compatibility so why go RT? Right now there's only one reason.
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HBO Go Comes to AirPlay

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 23:01
HBO subscribers can now use the HBO Go app on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices to stream shows on to their HDTVs using AirPlay, Eric Kessler, president and chief operating officer of HBO,... announced on stage at AllThingsD's media conference Tuesday. The capability is being released as an update to HBO Go's iOS apps. HBO Go is already available on other entertainment consoles, including Xbox and Roku, as well as on Samsung Smart TVs and the web. It's also available as an app for iOS and Android devices. "The long-term vision is for Go to be on all platforms and all devices," he said. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher, who conducted the interview, asked why HBO didn't make itself availabl...
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Unlike Netflix Subscribers,At the D: Dive Into Media conference over the last few days, we've heard a lot of executives discuss the big paradigm shift of binge-watching being brought about thanks to Netflix and DVRs. But not... everyone loves to watch TV that way. According to HBO President and COO Eric Kessler said that binge viewing is an edge case for its viewers.
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These Robots Fight When You Move

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 23:01
NEW YORK -- Did you happen to catch the flick Real Steel? It's a bit of hokum, but the giant, motion-controlled robots are beyond cool. Also very much beyond reality. At least I thought so. Now... there's a new arena game that lets you control -- in a very limited way -- pint-sized robots in a battle to the death, or at least temporary disability. Takara Tomy's new BattroBorgs, unveiled at the 2013 Toy Fair, are wireless, remote-control robots that can fight your battles. You place the approximately 4-inch tall robots on a plastic arena, hold the two, tethered remotes -- one in each hand -- and then start fighting. The control is pretty basic. When you jab your left hand, the robot jabs its...
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Final Reminder: Tonight Is TheThe TechCrunch NY Meetup is tomorrow evening, so get ready for a wild night of pitch-offs, pizza and beer.
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Microsoft unleashes a PatchIt doesn't break the record for most vulnerabilities patched, or even the most security bulletins in a single Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft comes pretty close. For the February 2013 Patch Tuesday,... Microsoft has a whopping 12 security bulletins, which fix a mind-numbing 57 separate flaws. Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, says, "It's going to be a rough Valentine's Day for many IT admins this month. With ongoing issues with Java and 12 bulletins from Microsoft, including 5 critical issues and many restarts, it's going to be a very disruptive Patch Tuesday." Microsoft released 12 security bulletins for the February 2013 Patch Tuesday Senior Manager of Security Engineering, Ross Barrett, senior manager of security engineering for Rapid7, on the other hand, tries to stay...
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6 Essentials For Throwing YourCouldn't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year? You're not alone. Who throws a giant street party on a Tuesday, anyways? That's what long weekends are for. But don't be too disappointed at... missing out on the fun. More
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Alarming water loss in MiddleA NASA study found that an amount of freshwater almost the size of the Dead Sea has been lost in parts of the Middle East due to poor management, increased demands for groundwater and the effects of a... 2007 drought.
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WATCH: Hacker Hoax Makes TV Stations Issue Zombie Warning

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 22:57
WATCH: Hacker Hoax Makes TVIt's good to know that if the zombie apocalypse happens, there's already a system in place to warn citizens that the dead are rising. The...
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At today's AllThingsD Dive Into Media Conference, HBO's Eric Kessler announced that from this moment forward, HBO subscribers will be able to use AirPlay with the HBO Go app. "Our longterm goal for Go... is to be on all devices all platforms," said Kessler. HBO Go is HBO's streaming service that allows subscribers to watch HBO content on PCs, tablets, and consoles. At this time, HBO Go is not available on the Apple TV, but an app is available for the iPad and the iPhone. With today's changes, iDevices are able to stream HBO Go content to the Apple TV using AirPlay, but the two companies are planning to bring a native HBO Go app to the Apple TV. "We will get on Apple TV as we've said all along," Kessler said. Currently, the Apple TV only supports streaming content from subscription apps like...
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iPad Required for Many New Toys

ABC News - 12 Feb 2013 22:57
iPad Required for Many NewFrom Barbie's new iPad mirror to the iDollhouse, it's iPad required, but not included for many new toys.
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The Best Cookbooks for Your iPad

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 22:56
Cookbooks have a come a long way since the days of Betty Crocker and Julia Child. No longer limited to paper and ink, they can now be viewed on smartphones and iPads. Now a fresh generation of authors... is creating richer, more interactive culinary experiences, serving up their digital recipes with a side of video tutorials, interactive navigation, audio tracks and more. Ready to dive into cooking 2.0? Here are a few cookbooks with unique digital twists. This Is a Cookbook This creative, digitally enhanced cookbook written by culinary brothers Max and Eli Sussman includes step-by-step guides for cooking techniques, behind-the-scenes audio interviews and photo shoots and even...
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Epson announces VS220 andEpson has announced the VS320 and VS220 budget projectors offering SVGA and XGA resolutions respectively. Both the lightweight models deliver 2700 lumens of color and white brightness and include... features such as USB Plug 'n Play, 3 inch LCDs and HDMI connectivity. The projectors are available at retail prices of $429 (€318 /£274 and $359 (€266/ £230) respectively.
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HBO Go adds AirPlay support,HBO is bringing its HBO Go service to more screens by adding AirPlay support - but it's not ready to offer an online-only subscription any time soon.
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PixelTone: A Futuristic ImageTalking to computers is one of the exciting new trends that's emerging in the tech world, and in the future we may find ourselves casually talking to our gadgets as we go about our lives. One... application of this that you may never have considered is photo editing: what if you could post-process your photographs
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Bodum bounces clear into baking

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 22:46
The Bodum Bistro 5-Quart Capacity Electric Stand Mixer offers a unique take on the classic kitchen appliance.
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Ozone hole shrinks to record low

Fox News - 12 Feb 2013 22:45
Ozone hole shrinks to recordGood news from Antarctica: The hole in the ozone layer is shrinking, new measurements reveal.
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A German startup's plan toDespite the slower-than-expected roll out of electric cars, young startups are still innovating around how to make electric car charging make economic sense. Berlin-based ubitricity thinks it has a... breakthrough idea with its portable charging meters.
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HBO Go enables Airplay andEric Kessler, President HBO, has just announced that the company is finally adding support for Airplay to its iOS apps, as will Cinemax's MAX GO App -- both should be available now in Apple's app... store. Kessler also said that he expects that he'll be getting on Apple TV eventually -- as part of a larger trend of HBO trying to get on as many different devices as possible. HBO Go is apparently enough for the company to feel current -- not opening up to earlier windows for purchasing shows or selling HBO content separate from cable subscriptions. "We never want to become your father's Oldsmobile," Kessler says, saying that HBO Go keeps the company up with the times. There's certainly room to grow, as HBO Go only accounts for two to...
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The iPhone maker envisions a connected network of sensors that would track your vitals and the movement of your personal belongings.
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'We know it's not the Depression'

The Australian - 12 Feb 2013 22:40
'We know it's not theAPPLE CEO Tim Cook has dismissed a proxy fight with prominent investor David Einhorn over the firm's cash pile as a "silly sideshow".
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CNET Update's Bridget Carey drops by the studio for a full review of this year's Toy Fair. Find out which toys will abduct the minds of young people on today's episode, and stick around for Bridget's... surprise announcement!
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The E-2D Hawkeye Is OverlordIn the age of super-sonic fighter jets, cruise missiles, and exo-atmospheric ballistic missiles, carrier fleets must be able to monitor as accurately and far afield as possible to avoid being caught... unaware of incoming threats. Odd then, that the duty of watching over the most sophisticated aircraft carriers ever constructed falls to the last propeller-powered planes still allowed to land on them. More
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Flickr bug led to privateFlickr users' unknowingly had their photos shared publicly for nearly three weeks because of a "software bug" that made their photographs marked "private" open to viewing. It's not known how many of... the photo site's 51 million registered users were affected.
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Under Armour's PerformanceLook, I know what you're thinking and I've been thinking the same thing, too. But Under Armour is going for something a bit different with the Armour39 performance monitor they've been teasing. What... differentiates it from the crowded field of wearables is that it's a "performance" monitor, not an "activity monitor" like Nike's FuelBand, the Fitbit or even the Basis Band. It doesn't care what you do at work or on your walk to the mailbox. Armour39 wants to show you how intense you are about your workouts and nothing else. More
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Mysterious virus in bizarreThey were dropping like flies in 2001, one by one, until the blackbirds all disappeared from Vienna. Scientists initially suspected West Nile virus, but a closer look revealed the killer was a related... pathogen, Usutu virus.
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Click here to view this gallery. In today's black hole known as the Internet, there are pretty much single-topic Tumblrs about EVERYTHING: Paula Deen riding things, a dog with fashion tips (Menswear... dog), movie mashups like Les Mis and Mean Girls (Les Mean Girls). We've almost run out of ideas for Tumblrs. Almost. So what was left? A Tumblr about Tumblrs people say they should create. (Warning: the meta meter is about to break.) Someone Should Start a Tumblr, created by photographer David Friedman, features a compilation of people's tweets which proclaim their ideas to create Tumblrs. Genius! SEE ALSO: Tumblr Discovers Things That Fit Perfectly Into Other Things Friedman tells Mashable he was surprised the...
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At today's AllThingsD Dive Into Media Conference, Intel Media vice president Erik Huggers announced that the company is indeed working on an Internet TV service and a set-top box to go along with it.... Huggers noted that Intel has put together a team of people hired from Apple, Netflix, and Google to work in a new Intel Media group devoted to developing an Internet television platform. Rumors of an Intel set-top box and TV service began circulating in late December. The set up was said to be similar to what Apple offers with its Apple TV, but with access to traditional cable networks and content, which Huggers confirmed today. For the first time we will deliver a new consumer electronics product under a new brand. We'll offer consumers a box and they'll buy this directly from us. It'll be an...
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Eric Kessler announces AirPlayEric Kessler, President & COO at HBO, just announced that a long-awaited feature will be going live today during his interview at D:Dive Into Media 2013. HBO Go and Max Go users with Apple products... filling the home will now be able to enjoy AirPlay beaming. Straight from the man himself: "Our long-term goal for Go is to be on all platforms and all devices. Effective today, we will be enabling AirPlay -- any device that allows users to watch on the big screen is great. You can play HBO Go on your iPhone or iPad, and then beam that to your HDTV via an Apple TV using AirPlay." It appears that neither app has seen an update in Apple's App Store just yet, but we're guessing it's only a matter of time before both are refreshed. [Update: Looks as if both updates are now live!] Unfortunately, it...
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A Cosmic Rose for Your Spacey Valentine

Universe Today - 12 Feb 2013 22:35
We space-nerds like to express our amorous feelings, just like the rest of the population (although admittedly some of need more help/prodding in this area than others). And so just in time for... Valentine's Day comes this new image of a planetary nebula, which looks like a rose -- or even a tulip - to
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HBO Adds AirPlay To Stream HBOOver the last several years, HBO has been making its streaming video product more attractive to users, by adding more and more devices that users can stream its programming on. At the D: Dive Into... Media conference today, HBO President and COO Eric Kessler said that the company is enabling AirPlay streaming for its HBO apps, enabling iOS users to stream video from the iPad to the Apple TV.
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Dr. Jody Heymann: ChangingWant to know how much McDonald's charges for Big Macs in more than 40 different countries? No problem. But want to know where children are allowed to work in mines, with poisonous chemicals, or... through the night? Good luck! We decided to take steps to begin to fill these gaps.
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Fitbit updates Android appFitbit promised wireless syncing and, as of today, it's finally delivered. An Android-only app update, currently live in Google Play, will now allow Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II users to transfer... data wirelessly from their Zip or One Activity Trackers to the Fitbit application. The new feature, which works over Bluetooth 4.0, was previously announced at this past CES alongside news of the Flex band, and initially targeted for an end-of-January release. But that's not all this update heralds -- it also packs the ability to manage silent alarms, adds push notifications, a distance tile and additional tap-to-pair NFC functionality for use with the Flex. Unfortunately, you'll still have to wait a bit for that lifestyle band to launch, as Fitbit's only committed to a vague spring launch. For...
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Middle East lost a Dead Sea ofFreshwater resources in the water-stressed Middle East are rapidly declining at a time when global climate change is projected to make the region even drier, scientists report in a new study.
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Tetris Lamp This cool light by Paladone takes Tetris' classic brick shape and turns them into illuminated, stackable pieces for a fully customizable lamp. Image by Mashable
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Gadgetwise Blog: Q&A: Moving Contacts to a New Phone

The New York Times - 12 Feb 2013 22:23
You have a few ways to bring your phone numbers with you when moving from an Android smartphone to a new Windows Phone 8 handset.
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'Chromebook Pixel': the GoogleThere's been virtually no end in sight to the Chromebook phenomenon over the past few months, with new entries popping up practically every time you turn around. It was Acer and Samsung that kicked... off the line, of course, but since then we've seen both HP and Lenovo join the fray. The latest rumors, however, point to something many will likely consider more exciting: a high-end Chromebook from Google itself dubbed the Chromebook Pixel. '4 million pixels'
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LinkedIn's SlideShare boostsSlideShare, a presentation-sharing site used primarily by professionals, has added a premium feature that lets members closely monitor usage of their presentations. The detailed analytics data is... intended to help presentation owners in their jobs, whether it is by fine-tuning sales efforts, sharpening marketing strategies or revising corporate training materials. The new feature is called SendTracker and lets people share their presentations with hand-picked recipients via unique links that can be sent via email or through other methods, like social media direct messaging. Once the recipients access the presentations by clicking on the links, SlideShare tracks and compiles a variety of engagement metrics, such as how much time each person spent looking at each slide and how many times they...
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7 Worst Battery Life-Guzzling Gadgets

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 22:20
7 Worst Battery Life-GuzzlingThere is a disturbing trend in the gadget world, and it's that laptop, tablet and phone makers aren't taking battery life seriously enough. Yes, having touch on a Windows 8 notebook is great, but not... if the computer lasts an hour and a half less than one without that capability. And what good is a smartphone with an HD display and superfast processor if you have to plug it in around lunchtime? We run our homemade battery test, which involves continuous Web surfing at 40 percent brightness, on every device we review. And if the endurance isn't good enough, regardless of the gadget's other features, we simply won't recommend it. More
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Microsoft has delivered several non-security-specific updates for Windows RT, the operating system for ARM-based tablets and PCS including the Surface RT, as part of this month's Patch Tuesday.
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As for the breakdown of Android malware, Blue Coat noted 58 percent was Android root exploits and rogue software.
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Microsoft today released five critical patches that fix more than a dozen security vulnerabilities in all versions of Internet Explorer 6 and above, Windows, and Office.
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Multi-national defense company Raytheon is getting ready to ship a big data social networking spy system. But they are far from the only ones tracking you.
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PC sales may have stalled, but wireless will drive semiconductor growth during 2013, with tablets being the primary factor behind growth.
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(Reuters) - Dell Inc's third-largest shareholder, T. Rowe Price Group, on Tuesday joined a growing number of investors putting pressure on Michael Dell and his partner Silver Lake to sweeten their... $24.4 billion buyout offer for the PC maker.
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Make a valentine for someone you love, using Vine. Include #CNNValentine in the caption and share it on Twitter. Post your video by 2 p.m. Wednesday for TV consideration. On Valentine's Day, we¹ll... share some of the best videos on CNN Newsroom and CNN.com.
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Anonymous plans takedown ofAccording to a threat posted on Anonymous information website Anon Relations.net, the loosely banded hacker collective will attempt to disrupt the State of the Union address Tuesday by preventing it... from being broadcast online.
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February 12, 2013 /Photography News/ Born 156 years ago today, on February 12, 1857, in Libourne near Bordeaux and raised by his uncle, Eugène Atget's youth was molded by his time as a sailor. Upon... his return from the sea, Atget turned to the stage and pursued an acting career. After minor success as an actor, Atget abandoned the stage and at the age of forty took up painting, then quickly turned to his true life's work as a photographer. For the next thirty years, until just a few short months before his death in 1927, Atget undertook a systematic documentation of the city of Paris, creating approximately five thousand negatives and nearly ten thousand prints. Because he refused to work with the latest advances in photographic technology, Atget's images evoke a sense of timelessness, due...
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Finally, Good News From Your Airline

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 22:09
Finally, Good News From YourNEW YORK -- U.S. airlines were less likely in 2012 to lose your suitcase than at any other point in the last two decades, the...
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As Obama heads to the teleprompter, White House speechwriters spot the tired phrases he should avoid. More About: barack obama, speech, state of the union
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Gadgetwise Blog: A Small ButWhile the size of the iPad Mini is part of its attraction, its glass keyboard is harder to type on than that of the full-size iPad. Logitech has created a diminutive keyboard with full-size features... to help.
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A Jailbreak for iOS 6.1.1 IsiOS 6.1.1 was released yesterday, and there's already a jailbreak avaialble for it. The Evasi0n jailbreak tool which hit the internet last week has been updated to v1.3, and it will now liberate... everything. More
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The Verge Mobile Show, liveIt's the thick of winter, that grey time between CES and Mobile World Congress where mobile nerds scavenge for news to survive on. Temperatures reach Hoth-level depths, and blizzards threaten to wipe... out all forms of wireless communication. But there are ways to survive, and weekend drives in six-figure electric vehicles complete with smartphone monitoring apps and 3G data connections do wonders to stimulate the soul. Therefore, we bring you this week's edition of The Verge Mobile Show, an oasis of mobile related chatter (and plenty of non-sequitur) in a time when things are bleak. The show starts at 4:30PM ET / 9:30PM GMT, so be there.
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Our Favorite LightweightThese Sennheisers are not fashion headphones. They don't have a multi-million dollar marketing campaign behind them. They don't have legions of rapper endorsements. What they are is well-designed,... comfortable, and beautiful-sounding headphones that are currently at Amazon's lowest historical price. Mario Aguilar reviewed them back in May and loved them: More
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Injured Sea Turtle Gets New Flippers

ABC News - 12 Feb 2013 21:58
Injured Sea Turtle Gets NewIt's tough out there for a loggerhead turtle. Yu, a 200-pound female turtle, was found badly injured in 2008, her front flippers torn off in what appeared to have been a shark attack. Animal lovers... brought her to the Suma aqualife park near Kobe, Japan,...
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Amazon adds DNS Failover to Route 53

The Register - 12 Feb 2013 21:57
Intros dead man switch in case of site megafails Amazon has encroached further onto the turf of traditional web-hosters with a DNS Failover upgrade to its Route 53 DNS service....
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Intel Might Beat Apple In Solving TV

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 21:54
Intel Might Beat Apple InIntel Corp. said Tuesday that it will sell a set-top box that brings Internet-delivered movies and shows to a TV set this year. Erik Huggers,...
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Visiting an Apple retail store is 'like Prozac' Apple CEO Tim Cook has a low opinion of a lawsuit filed by Greenlight Capital hedge-fund honcho David Einhorn that seeks to prevent Apple from amending... its charter to allow the issuance of preferred stock without the approval of its shareholders....
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In Photos: Remembering Abraham Lincoln

Photography News - 12 Feb 2013 21:50
February 12, 2013 /Photography News/ Born 204 years ago today, on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln lived in the era when photography was introduced to the world and then became a mass communication... tool. Lincoln was the first U.S. presidential candidate to tap the new technology frequently and has been called the most photographed man of his day. The 204th anniversary of his birth offers a fitting occasion to enjoy treasured portraits from the Library of Congress collections. Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, facing right. Berger, Anthony, b. 1832, photographer. Washington, D.C. : 1864 Feb. 9. An image from this sitting was the basis for the engraved portrait on the five dollar bill.Published in Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH:...
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LinkedIn has tapped into the inherent narcissism of social media communication for a very successful program notifying its elite members of their eliteness. The social network this week began sending... notifications to users whose profiles were among the top 1%, 5% and 10% most-viewed in 2012. If you're among the upper echelon, your message looked like this: Of course, the LinkedIn message easily lent itself to boasting in social media. By Tuesday, Twitter was teeming with messages like the following: Just got an email saying I had one of the top 5% most-viewed LinkedIn profiles of 2012. So I made the top 10 million? Woohoo! Thanks PR reps-- David Goldman (@DavidGoldmanCNN)...
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Sony Entertainment CEO: DVRsThe rise of long-form TV dramas is often attributed to networks like HBO and Showtime, but Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton believes it's a direct result of Netflix and digital video recorders.
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Sony Xperia Z kernel sourceThe Sony Xperia Z isn't due to be available globally until the end of the month, but being the good, GPL-abiding OEM that it is, Sony Mobile has already published the device's kernel source code. The... code, which will only really be of use to custom ROM developers, weighs in at 203MB, and can be found at the Sony open-source archive linked below. With the phone as yet unavailable for those outside Japan, we doubt there'll be too much development activity going on over the next couple of weeks. But it doesn't hurt to have code ready and waiting for when devices start to make their way out -- especially as so many manufacturers lag behind with their open-source duties. For more on the Xperia Z, check out our hands-on coverage from CES 2013. Source: Sony Open-Source Archive; via: XDA
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Disrupt NYC To Feature Indian,If Battlefield is the soul Disrupt, Startup Alley is the ever-beating heart. It's a wild marketplace where startups gather on the showfloor to demo their creations. And this year, at Disrupt NYC held... on April 29-May 1, there will be pavilions dedicated to Indian, Brazilian and Israeli startups.
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Sony Entertainment CEO LyntonToday at the D: Dive Into Media conference, Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Corporation of America and Sony Entertainment, said that the rise of Netflix, DVR are fundamentally changing the way that... viewers watch TV content. And that now changes the type of content is being produced and the quality of it.
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NYC Chief Digital Officer:Rachel Haot is New York City's first Chief Digital Officer, responsible for working alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stimulate the city's startup ecosystem, modernize age-old infrastructure, and... encourage engineering education. Prior to taking public office, Haot founded GroundReport, a news platform which set out to democratize media and let locals publish news stories to an international audience. She was also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School teaching social media. Haot took a few minutes to talk to The Verge about her favorite to-do app, the challenges of upgrading one of the world's largest subway systems with Wi-Fi, and Mayor Bloomberg's mantra that keeps her on task. You can find her on Twitter at @...
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Sony Entertainment's MichaelMichael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, has taken the stage here in Dana Point, California for this year's D:Dive Into Media, speaking candidly about his outfit's use of social media to advertise,... and more importantly, how modern technology is impacting meaningful change on the creative side of things. Citing shows like Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men and Breaking Bad -- ones that he's obviously a fan of -- he noted that the proliferation of DVR technology has enabled a lot of it. "I personally believe that this explosion in creativity you're seeing right now is due to the fact that you can create 13 episode, long-form narratives and then watch it whenever you want. It even brings better directors and writers who don't think that they can tell their stories in the two-hour frame of a major...
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Shrinking ozone hole isGood news from Antarctica: The hole in the ozone layer is shrinking. And 2012 figures show it's the smallest it's been in 10 years.
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YouTube Fights Russia's New Censorship Law

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 21:40
YouTube filed suit Monday against a Russian law that lets government regulators take a website offline or block content without a trial if it's considered harmful to children. The lawsuit comes after... Russian regulators blocked a video titled "Video lesson on how to cut your veins =D," in which a young woman demonstrates how to fake cutting your wrists. The Russian officials argued the video was glorifying suicide and thus was illegal under the new law, reported the Wall Street Journal Russia enacted the law in November with the goal of protecting children from websites that show images of sexual abuse of children, promote drug use or encourage suicide. The law almost immediately drew t...
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How Effective Can aBanking on the whole notion of it not being the size of the gift that counts, physics students at Brigham Young University have created what could be the world's tiniest cupid, made of carbon... nanotubes. More
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Google uses Street ViewEarth is due for an especially close flyby of an asteroid on Friday, February 15th, and Google Maps is celebrating the near miss by showing off its new panoramic imagery of an ancient impact site in... the Arizona desert called Meteor Crater. To capture the crater imagery, Google turned to its "Trekker" device, a custom Google-made backpack outfitted with 15 angled cameras for 360-degree coverage that the company unveiled last summer. Ten Google operators used 5 Trekkers to snap the crater shots and other views of the nearby Grand Canyon. Both image sets can be accessed online or mobile through Street View. View Larger Map The 0.75-mile wide Meteor Crater was formed an estimated 50,000 years ago by a "small" iron-rich...
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You Can Buy Directly on Twitter

ABC News - 12 Feb 2013 21:38
You Can Buy Directly onTwitter and American Express have expanded their Amex Sync partnership to include a purchase by hashtag feature. The new service will allow users to purchase special product offerings by tweeting a... corresponding hashtag. This works by asking users to first sync an eligible American Express...
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Kickstarter: The SIMPLcase IsBeing based in Canada means that I'm often traveling for work, and that means fiddling with SIM cards. A new Kickstarter project from the same people who brought you the X-Wing joke campaign proposes... to make keeping track of those SIMs and navigating international border-crossing much easier, with a simple design that adds a couple simple twists to a basic low-profile iPhone case design.
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Influential Dell investorsIt would seem that the "immediate value" Michael Dell says stockholders are poised to receive thanks to Dell's $24 billion privatization deal isn't proving satisfactory to some. Today, investment firm... T. Rowe Price, which holds a sizable chunk of Dell stock, came out in opposition of the proposed terms. "We believe the proposed buyout does not reflect the value of Dell, and we do not intend to support the offer as put forward," said Brian Rogers, T. Rowe's chief investment officer. T. Rowe Price is believed to control approximately 4.4 percent of Dell's shares, and the company isn't alone in its concerns. Just last Friday, Southeastern Asset Management, which holds an even larger 8.5 percent stake in Dell, said it too plans to vote...
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PayPal At The Pump - PaymentsPayPal today announced that it has signed a deal with gas station checkout solution Gilbarco Veeder-Root, which will be implementing PayPal as a payment option at all their gas and convenience stores... across the U.S. The initial rollout involves integration with Gilbarco's Passport Point-of-Sale product, but the company says that going forward, PayPal will be integrated into its suite of media and merchandising applications.
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The fitness apparel manufacture takes it step into the digital world with its own fitness-monitoring product, called Armour 39.
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Andrew Auernheimer, better known for his online nickname "Weev," is what some call an Internet troll, a gray-hat hacker who likes to cause chaos online and shame corporations, exposing their mistakes.... Chaos doesn't necessarily mean illegal activity, but his exploits certainly haven't made a lot of fans among authorities. He's awaiting sentencing for his role in the infamous iPad/AT&T security breach of 2010, when he discovered a way to access sensitive data pertaining to iPad users. The data was actually publicly available, and Auernheimer and his associates didn't hack or break into any protected servers to get it. "I think that it was egregiously negligent for AT&T to be publishing...
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Promo Idea: Use Tiny DSLR USBTo promote this year's edition of its sports photography competition, Red Bull Illume is sending out a pretty slick promo. It's simply a USB drive loaded with a press media kit, but the presentation... is so clever that we thought we'd share it with you (perhaps you can do something similar to promote your own
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Look ma, no wires: GoogleWhen it comes to charging the Nexus 4, Google has a new way for users to do so in style.
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SwiftKey Flow beta updatedThe SwiftKey Flow beta test continues with another release for phones and tablets today. Version 4.0.0.99 includes a new round of bug fixes, including behavior fixes for the Google Chrome Beta,... various crash fixes and a new Turkish layout. Here's the full changelog for your perusal -- Fixed crash on changing keyboards Fixed force close on clicking update language Fixed other crashes Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow Added Turkish layout Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese Memory usage of settings app reduced Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client Fixed jumping...
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Mailbox Review: Your Bad EmailAnything promising to simplify a ubiquitous, and often frustrating, activity--like email--is sure to have people salivating. For the new iOS app Mailbox, this promise was effectively hyped with the... help of a lovely video back in December. The app has finally dropped, and you know what? It might just live up to the hype. More
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IBM's SVP of Software Solutions admits that big data is the "most overused buzzword," but he argues that's overshadowing more important shifts emerging.
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Dropbox is further tackling the consumerization of IT with new controls designed to please administrators.
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Looking for a reason to jailbreak your iPhone? Here are five fantastic apps--apps that will rapidly become "must have" apps--that you can download and install onto your newly jailbroken iDevice.
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One of the virtues of adult stem cell research, so the story goes, is that it does not suffer either the ethical concerns or scientific problems involved in embryonic stem cell research.
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Apple CEO on stores' biggestApple's retail stores have been a phenomenon over the last decade, a cornerstone of the company's revival. But with some changes in leadership over the last year, there have been questions about the... direction of Apple's retail strategy.
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Monetizing Pinterest?Last week, Pinterest co-founder Ben Silberman said the social network is 'building foundations to monetize' sometime this year. The two-year old social network has found immense success among... college-educated females between the ages of 25 and 34, but it has yet to turn the act of pinning into an act of participatory commerce. Marketers who want to target this demographic have already moved in, and it seems like every week the commercial presence gets a bit broader (Today, for example, both the National Pork Board and a California drug rehab center took their marketing messages to Pinterest, a strange pairing indeed.) Silver Spring-based startup Pinbooster, meanwhile, has already got the monetization problem figured out, and has been connecting advertisers to popular users for nearly eight...
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Gelada baboons keep infidelity hush-hush

NBC News - 12 Feb 2013 21:12
Gelada baboons keep infidelitySecret rendezvous, outright lies, deleted messages -- people go to great lengths to cover up unfaithful acts. It seems gelada baboons also try to hide their infidelity.
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These days, a magazine redesign doesn't just involve a magazine -- it also includes its website, tablet edition and mobile apps. Such is the case with Self's redesign. The title, which has heretofore... concentrated primarily on health and fitness information and advice, is unveiling a punchy new look in its March issue, featuring bolder text, brighter hues, more fashion and a greater focus on the reader's point of view. "The idea is to broaden the demographic we currently serve," Laura McEwen, Self's publisher, explained in an interview at Self's offices last week. The title, which McEwen says appeals primarily to the "thirtysomething" demographic, is seeking to attract younger women whose...
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Review: Pencil lets you roughYou may not be a coder or a Web developer, but that doesn't mean you don't know exactly how you want your new application or website to look and feel. Trying to get to that perfect look with just... words can be a frustrating experience for both client and developer. A good interface mockup is worth a thousand words, and you don't have to know how to code to create one. In fact, it doesn't even have to cost you anything: Free utility Pencil contains everything you need to create serviceable mockups for websites, desktop applications, and mobile smartphone apps. If you've ever used a mockup utility, such as free Lumzy or $79 Balsamiq, Pencil's interface will be familiar. The bulk of the screen is taken up by a canvas, and a toolbar lines the left edge of the window. The toolbar is full of...
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Netflix and DreamWorks toWhile Netflix is trying to lure in the grown-ups with the launch of House of Cards, it's not leaving kids without their own choice of original material. DreamWorks plans to follow up the July release... of its animated movie Turbo with a Netflix-only series, Turbo FAST, in December. The episodes will arrive on the service roughly in line with DreamWorks' 2013 slate of movies, including Turbo. Young viewers may well be happy, but Turbo FAST and the larger DreamWorks deal could be that much more satisfying for Netflix itself -- they're potential foils to Amazon's multi-show plans that could keep some subscribing families from jumping ship.
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Bill Detwiler shows you how to crack open the LG-built Google Nexus 4 and uncovers a hardware surprise inside.
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New Dropbox For Teams Gives ITDropbox for Teams has a new set of features that gives IT deep visibility and control over the way both individuals and groups use the service. The new features show how Dropbox is entering a new... chapter in its evolution, pointing to a future where a significant aspect of its business will focus on the business market.
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The Perfect Shot

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 21:00
The Perfect ShotWhen is light painting so much more than light painting? How about when it's the perfect (golf) shot--an incredible composition by Dan Durakovich? More
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Dropbox gets more IT friendlyDropbox wants you to know it's serious about winning business users and has beefed up Dropbox for Teams admin capabilities to ease IT concerns.
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Spotify shared the top 'love songs' used in TV, film and advertisements of the years. Give them a listen here. More About: love, Music, spotify, valentine's day
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Intel confirms Internet TVIntel announced Tuesday it is working on an Internet TV service and set-top box that it hopes to roll out within a year.
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Erik Huggers, general manager of Intel Media, confirms during an AllThingsD conference that the company will introduce a new Internet-based TV service this year.
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First Photos Captured Of andLast week we reported that HTC is preparing to launch a new camera sensor technology called Ultrapixels, which aims to improve image quality using a Foveon-style stack of three sensor layers. The... smartphone imaging war is heating up, after all, an rivals like Nokia are investing heavily in photography technologies of their own (e.g. PureView).
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Storenvy Goes From GettingNote: This is the second friend in a row whose funding I'm covering this week. Looks like my friends are doing okay for for themselves despite the Series A Crunch. Have at it, comments. Storenvy, a... platform for people who'd like to build custom storefronts and marketplace for people who'd like to discover them, is announcing its Series A funding today. The $5 million round was led by Spark Capital and Intel Capital with follow on by First Round Capital.
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How To Get 50GB of Free CloudNeed a place to squirrel away your digital stash? Box is giving 50GB of online storage free to new users. More
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Erik Huggers: Intel willIntel's TV service is real, and will launch later this year. The service will include live and catch-up TV, but also cable-like bundles.
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Yahoo has acquired Alike, a location-discovery app, for an undisclosed sum as part of its continued push into mobile under new CEO Marissa Mayer. Alike announced Tuesday that it will join the Yahoo... Mobile team where it will work on building "personalized" and "intelligent" mobile experiences for Yahoo's users. "In Yahoo! we've found a team as excited about this vision as we are, and who are serious about making it real," Alike wrote in a statement on its website. "We're super excited to join Yahoo!'s mobile team, where we can march toward that vision faster than ever." The iPhone app, which was launched by Seattle-based startup UrbanQ in October of last year, helps users discover venue...
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What's next for Surface?

The Verge - 12 Feb 2013 20:45
What's next for Surface?The Surface Pro launched last week to divided opinion. Unlike the Surface RT launched in October of last year, the Pro swaps Windows RT for a full version of Windows 8 and packs a lot more power in... the form of an Intel i5 chip that allows you to run desktop applications and existing games. It adds some weight and thickness to the device, but it's largely the same form factor as the Surface RT with an optional removable keyboard and a kickstand. The added ability to run legacy apps has many people wondering whether this is a tablet, a laptop, or both. So what exactly is the Surface? Microsoft has engineered the Surface Pro into a tablet form factor, but at a cost Microsoft has referred to Windows 8 as a "no compromises" approach to an...
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Real Racing 3 coming Feb. 28,Some great news has emerged for those eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest in the Real Racing series, Real Racing 3. The title now has a release date, and a price. The so far stunning looking... title will be dropping into Google Play on Feb. 28 and will be a completely free download. That's right, Real Racing 3 will be a freemium title. Knowing that would be met with mixed reaction, the developers, Firemonkeys, made a statement regarding the decision: Today we announced Real Racing 3 will be free. And yes, Real Racing 3 was designed from the ground up to be a free to play experience. We are so excited about this game and wanted it to be accessible to everyone so we didn't want there to be any barriers to entry. This accessibility is also what drives the awesome new Time Shifted...
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Apple Doesn't Care, That's Why It's Winning

TechCrunch - 12 Feb 2013 20:44
Apple Doesn't Care, That's WhyApple doesn't care if competitors have cheaper products. It doesn't care if its next big thing canabilizes its last big thing. Not about buying big money-makers, and certainly not about how you think... it should deal out stock. Today at Goldman Sach's conference, Tim Cook played the defiant king of an empire too powerful to be distracted by the present or the past. All he sees is Apple's future.
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Hot Wheels' Crazy Carcade Is aIf you thought it was intense when Hot Wheels cars zoomed around loops, narrowly missing each other at high speed intersections that would make a civil engineer fall to his knees and cry, Hot Wheel's... new Carcade might give you a heart attack. And if your favorite speed is "10 mph under the limit," the same applies. More
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Apps for movies, books, and fitness are the key focus for 2013, according to Facebook partner chief Dan Rose.
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So if Friday's flyby asteroidOn Friday, an asteroid half the length of a football field will buzz Earth. It won't hit the planet, but if it did, the collision would create an impact large enough to level 80 million trees -- or... the entire city of Washington, D.C.
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Vuzix's Wrap 1200AR glasses doWe saw Vuzix shift to a more Google Glass-esque set of smart glasses at CES in January, but it looks like it's not about to abandon the more traditional wrap-around headsets it's been churning out... year after year. The company's latest is the Wrap 1200AR, which is a lot like its Wrap 1200VR headset, but with a focus on augmented reality instead of virtual reality. That means you'll get two (VGA) cameras mounted on the front to capture stereoscopic video of your surroundings, along with a pair of displays (852 x 480 each) to view that video -- augmented or otherwise -- in 3D. As with the Wrap 1200VR, the glasses also come equipped with head-tracking technology, but they don't come cheap. These will set you back a hefty $1,499, and are available to order now.
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The nation's largest carrier issues a software update for HTC's premier smartphone.
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Global solar power capacityBoth wind and solar power grew dramatically worldwide in 2012. The Global Wind Energy Council says that China, the USA, and other countries added significant wind capacity last year, bringing the... total up roughly 20 percent from where it was in 2011 to about 282 gigawatts. The growth in US wind farms was, in part, spurred by tax credits; though the credit was renewed for 2013, construction isn't likely to continue at this pace. Europe, meanwhile, has the highest total level of wind energy, with Germany and Spain making up a significant portion and the UK leading in offshore wind farms. Though solar produces barely a third as much energy as wind power, it grew more rapidly. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association has tentatively...
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Created by the Exploratorium museum, the Sound Uncovered app brings science experiments to your tablet.
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Apple patent points toAccording to a patent document, Apple could be working on a system for wearable and attachable sensors. The technology could be used for tracking fitness and health, as well as for monitoring items in... shipping and industrial production.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook:Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling a shareholder lawsuit against the company a "silly sideshow," even as he said he is open to looking at the shareholder's proposals for sharing more cash with investors.... Investor David Einhorn sued Apple Inc. last week, saying a proposal slated for a vote at the company's annual meeting in two weeks would make it more difficult to enact his plan to reward shareholders by distributing a new class of shares. Cook said Apple's proposal puts more power in the hands of shareholders, making it difficult to understand why a shareholder would fight it. Calling the fight a waste of time, Cook said Apple won't waste money by mailing shareholders to persuade them to vote for the proposal. "My preference is that everyone on both sides of this issue would take the money...
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5 Naughty Gifts for Valentine's Day [NSFW]

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 20:27
1. Vibease Either for iOS or Android, this personal massager can be controlled through your or your partner's smartphone and allows for secret messages through the device's mobile app. Price: $79.99... pre-order
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It's just a load of wind doing its abrasive duty On Friday the internet was all a-flutter over a mysterious metallic-looking object that the Mars rover Curiosity snapped last month, but an analysis by... NASA claims to have identified how it came to be....
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Among 60 major companies, Amazon grabbed the top spot for reputation, followed by Apple, Walt Disney, and Google.
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Apple has been awarded a patent (via AppleInsider) for 'microslot antenna' technology, which could enable 'invisible' radio antennas to be embedded into the housing of a Mac, iPhone or iPad to save... space inside and allow for more compact devices. Notebook computer with integrated wireless antenna (20) on device housing The antennas would use microscopic slots in the housing, with widths of just a few microns, making them almost invisible to the naked eye. The patent shows a variety of possible locations for the antennas on a laptop, though the same approach would likely be taken with iPhones and iPads also. Top view of microslot antenna design supporting multiple frequencies Current devices may contain antennas for GSM, 3G/LTE, GPS, wifi and Bluetooth, though some of these may be combined....
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Canon EOS M Review: PlayingMirrorless cameras have matured into serious alternatives to DSLRs. Some of the biggest brands failed to anticipate that success. One of them, Canon, is now trying to play catch up. Their first... attempt, the EOS M, dropped this autumn after much anticipation. More
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Intel's Streaming TV AmbitionsIntel has just confirmed what was previously only a rumor; it's entering the set-top box business in a major way. As the Verge reports, we're talking "live television, catch-up television, on-demand,... [and] a set of applications." In other words, the golden goose. More
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Intel Will Roll Out ItsIntel wants to be in the video business, and over the past few years has been investing heavily to build a new virtual cable service. The idea is that the company would to provide the same type of... bundled TV content as Comcast, Dish, and others, but would deliver that content by streaming it over the Internet.
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Basis B1 fitness band review:Fitness tracking devices have undergone a substantial makeover as they've made the move from the pocket to your wrist. Once the domain of small, clip-on gizmos that were marketed on how unobtrusive... they could be, products like the Nike+ FuelBand and Jawbone's Up have blazed the trail towards big and bold bracelets that traffic on their sense of style as much as their capabilities. Despite the change in form factor, however, they haven't added much to their bag of tricks: they're still essentially glorified pedometers at heart. One of the newest entrants into the field, the Basis B1 fitness band, hopes to change all that. While it does track your steps like the competition, the $199 watch adds an array of new data types into the...
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Facebook's M&A strategy is getting more ambitious. The company's earliest acquisitions were all about talent, but going forward, we can expect to see Facebook buying companies for their products and... technologies, Dan Rose, Facebook's vice president of partnerships, said on stage at AllThingsD's media conference on Tuesday. "From an M&A perspective, long term history of us is around talent," said Rose, noting that many of Facebook's executive leadership came through those talent acquisitions. "Instagram was our first product acquisition. I think you'll see us do more product and technology acquisitions as we solidify perspective as a mobile company." Rose said Facebook is currently maki...
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The Fitbit One is my ultimate life tracking device and with the new support for select Android devices, iOS already supported, it further secures the top spot for life trackers in my book.
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As investors gain the upper hand against his company, the chief executive spent the morning at a Goldman Sachs conference explaining its inner workings. From his perch, it's smooth sailing.
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Intel has released a statement claiming that the 'packet of death' problem affecting its 82574L Ethernet controller is not a design problem but instead a problem confined to hardware manufactured by a... single -- but as yet unnamed -- manufacturer.
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The social network's climb back to its IPO price has been halted after a fourth quarter that left many feeling unsettled.
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Talk With A VC: SoftBank'sSoftBank Capital, the New York-based venture arm of Japanese telecom giant SoftBank, announced a new $250 million growth-stage fund last week. During an hour-long discussion with SoftBank principal... Matt Krna, we meandered into a number of different topics, many of which seemed worth sharing. Here are some edited excerpts from our conversation on SoftBank's investment and asset-management strategies:
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When Apple's CEO gets depressed, he says, he goes into an Apple store for an automatic pickup. "It's like a Prozac or something," he tells investors at a Goldman Sachs conference.
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Head East Young Startup:If you're looking for strong growth in the retail industry, it's a safe bet to focus efforts on the U.S. ecommerce market. But if you're looking for spectacular growth, head east. According to... yesterday's Wall Street Journal, online retail transactions in China are expected to increase fivefold over the next two years, to $100 billion in 2015. The leading ecommerce company for cosmetics, Jumei, quadrupled sales from $100 million to $400 million in 2012 as traditional players like Avon and LVMH's Sephora battled slumps. In two years, the number of Chinese online shoppers will outnumber the entire population of the U.S.
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Intel confirms its Internet TVErik Huggers, VP, Intel Corp. and General Manager Intel Media has confirmed that the company is, in fact, working on providing television over the internet, and it plans to do so with new consumer... hardware that Huggers described as something with "beautiful industrial design." He says the service will be relatively full-featured: "we will have live television, catch-up television, on-demand, [and] a set of applications." The service will launch this year. Huggers declined to name the service, but it will be offering both video and apps. "We're working with the entire industry to figure out how to get proper television," Huggers says, pointing out that making the consumer box isn't nearly as difficult as making deals to provide the...
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Intel confirms newWelp, the rumors are true. Erik Huggers, Corporate VP & GM for Intel Media just sat down here at D:Dive Into Media 2013 in order to confirm that Intel's getting into the set-top business. Straight... from the man's mouth: "We have been working for around a year now to setup Intel Media -- it's a new division that includes a lot of people from outside of the company. We've hired people from Apple, Netflix, Google, BBC, etc. We're aiming to develop an internet television platform. My opinion is that not many of those rivals have cracked it -- have truly delivered. For the first time, we'll deliver a few things to consumers. We'll deliver a new consumer electronics product under a new brand. It's associated with Intel, but you'll have to wait to hear what exactly that is. It'll be an...
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It's a Wrap: Highlights ofFutureMed 2013 officially came to a close Saturday night. The week brought a compelling glimpse of the future of medicine and healthcare from some of the brightest minds in the field. We hope those... who were interested had a chance to check out the live stream of Tuesday's talks. And
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Nintendo's Wii U gets firstNamco's TANK! TANK! TANK! may have a great title, but it looks like its sales trajectory wasn't too far off from its name. The bizarre Wii U tank battle game is going free-to-play as of this week's... eShop update -- at least in Europe -- dividing the game into three pieces based on game modes, each costing £1.59 (€1.99). Should you choose to not pay Namco's light toll, you can play each of the game's modes for free three times per day -- that toll raises to £7.99 (€9.99) apiece after February 28th, so you may want to act quickly. The new pricing and division of the game goes into effect this Thursday, when the EU's Wii U eShop updates.
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Gut Political Science And GiveThe federal government spent $200,000 studying why congressmen sometimes make vague statements. It's no surprise why leaders in Congress proposed cutting Political Science from the National Science... Foundation dole and giving it to more worthwhile projects in the physical sciences, like cancer research. After wasting five years as a PhD graduate student desperately trying to find value in my Political Science degree, I could not agree more with Congress's proposal.
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Fitbit brings Bluetooth 4.0Android users are none too pleased with Nike for breaking its promise to develop a FuelBand app for the OS, and now Fitbit is making a well-timed bid to capitalize on that anger. The company today... announced that it's bringing Bluetooth 4.0 syncing to its Android app, letting owners of the Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip transfer their latest fitness data to a smartphone on the go. Bluetooth 4.0 support is being limited to Samsung's Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II as of now, but Fitbit is promising that other devices will be added to the compatibility list soon. "Our goal is to provide the best customer experience on the devices people want to use, whether you have an Android or iPhone smartphone, a computer or a tablet, or all of the above,"...
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Watch: Toy Fair 2013: iPad Toys Take Over

ABC News - 12 Feb 2013 20:05
Watch: Toy Fair 2013: iPadFor many new toys it's iPad required.
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A BBC documentary team unleashed 50 spycams into penguin colonies, including cameras that served as eyes for robotic penguins, to capture stunning close-up footage of the unusual birds.
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Snapchat -- an app which allows users to send photos, videos, or messages which self-destruct up to 10 seconds after being viewed -- has a reputation: It's ideal for sexting, most believe. The app's... 22-year-old co-founder disagrees.
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The new original series, a spinoff of the DreamWorks Animation film "Turbo," will be premiering on Netflix this December.
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Move Over, BabelFish: ComputerYou say puh-tay-tow, I say puh-tah-tow, but how did our ancestors use language millennia ago? Typically you'd ask a linguist, but manually reconstructing protolanguages -- hypothetical early languages... from which extant ones evolved -- can be a lengthy, arduous process. What if you could get reasonably close in a fraction of the time by using a computer? Researchers in Canada and California have done exactly that by designing software that can take rules about how language-related sounds change over time to essentially reverse-engineer the process and recreate the rudiments of lost root languages -- a sort of linguistic time machine-meets-Rosetta stone. (MORE: If Apple Makes a Smartwatch, This Is the Competition) The idea that language changes over time is obvious enough on contemporary...
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Is Google building its own airport?

Fox News - 12 Feb 2013 20:00
Is Google building its ownHigh-flying Google wants to get in on the aviation game.
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This Is Your Brain on Love

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 20:00
Love -- it's nothing new. It's the most primal act of nature to ever exist, a tradition that comes from our ancestors just like we do. It's also the equivalent of your brain being strung out on coke.... It's why when you are in love your brain literally lowers the responses to pain and makes you appreciate the world around you that much more. It even triggers the OCD center of your brain, making you addicted to your significant other. SEE ALSO: An Animated History of Valentine's Day And while science still knows very little about how love works, ASAP Science does its best to explain why finding that special someone makes you see rainbows and unicorns skipping in green meadows...
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Today on New Scientist: 12 February 2013

New Scientist - 12 Feb 2013 20:00
All the latest stories on newscientist.com, including: why animals are shrinking, team-building with a robot, gene therapy cures diabetic dogs, and more
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The Caleb Moore Crash:On January 24th, 25-year-old snowmobiler Caleb Moore crashed during the X Games freestyle finals in Aspen. A week later, he died of complications from his injuries. And if you want, today, you can... watch the fatal crash in its entirety right on YouTube. It's been uploaded dozens of times by perverse opportunists, viewed by millions of post-ironic eyeballs, and sponsored by a herd of unsuspecting advertisers. By any measure, it's one of the most popular snuff films in history. More
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If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's gift, Amazon has the pink version of the V-Moda Remix Remote earphones on sale for half price.
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Shapes & Sound: a beautifullyRetro-style arcade games are definitely "in" right now, and the new title Shapes & Sound: The Shape Shooter is a great offering in this quickly expanding genre. Shapes & Sound brings a clearly well... thought-out game from end-to-end, with awesome gameplay, soundtrack, graphics and performance that all add up to a great experience. Oh, and did we mention this is an Android-exclusive title?
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NASA to seek crucial asteroid samples

NBC News - 12 Feb 2013 19:55
NASA to seek crucial asteroidThe close flyby of Earth by a 150-foot space rock Friday has cast a spotlight on the danger of asteroid impacts to our planet, a threat an upcoming NASA mission will investigate.
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Why Temporary Work Is Worth It

Forbes - 12 Feb 2013 19:54
Why Temporary Work Is Worth ItTemporary work is a perfect chance for a career switcher to try on different hats, work in various types of businesses, and add new skills and experience.
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Facebook has earningsSAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook shares are coming back down to Earth as analysts cool on the giant social network's prospects.
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Yahoo Acquires Mobile 'NearbyToday, mobile app company Alike has announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo and will be joining the Yahoo Mobile team. Alike allows you to recommend nearby venues that are your "favorites." This... is similar to Facebook's approach in tagging the things around you that you're interested in. This could be a great move for Yahoo in pulling together like-graph type information to build out more content on its site. Here's what Alike had to say about it: Alike is joining Yahoo! Mobile At Alike, we've spent the last couple of years working hard to build amazing mobile experiences to delight our customers, which is why we're thrilled to announce some big news: we're joining Yahoo! Mobile. We've always been passionate about the growing power of intelligent mobile experiences. We believe that...
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These pictures require you to grab the 3-D glasses you have handy by your desk (if you don't have a pair, here's some great options for buying some) and get a "you-are-there" experience from the... HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Here, you can virtually tumble down crater walls, hover over steep cliffs, and
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Anonymous To Hack State Of The Union Address?

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 19:51
Anonymous To Hack State Of TheAnonymous, a hacker group best known for its anti-government crusades, has apparently set its sights on tonight's State of the Union address. In a Feb....
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Facebook looks to become aDan Rose, VP of partnerships for Facebook, believes that Facebook can catch up to Twitter as a second-screen experience for television -- but the company has a long way to go before it gets there.... Rose insisted that the "hashtag is Instagram as much as it is Twitter," citing 54 million Super Bowl mentions and 20 million Grammy mentions on Facebook (to say nothing of the 600,000 #Nemo mentions on Instagram). However, Facebook is far from being the go-to mobile app for TV viewers. To help solve that, Rose suggested today at the Dive into Media conference that Facebook would like to play a larger role in discovery. "Imagine a world in the future," Rose said, "where you turn on your TV, or maybe it's a second screen, and what you're seeing...
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Craig Kanalley: Study ShedsYou may want to think twice before declaring to the world your love for your "valentine" this Valentine's Day. Through three separate studies, psychology researchers...
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Dan Rose talks aboutDan Rose, vice president of Partnerships at Facebook, just took the stage with host Mike Issac here at D:Dive Into Media 2013. In a nutshell, Rose is responsible for relationships with the myriad... developers that end up in News Feeds in some way -- regardless of whether the program is built for Facebook, or simply a program that shows interactions on Facebook. Right out of the gate, Issac asked about the ever-changing News Feed, and what users can expect from that in the future. Rose noted that Facebook is constantly "trying to find that perfect equilibrium between a great user experience, while still being enticing to developers. We listen to users on Feedback who tell us if something is valuable. Hiding a post is negative, while Liking or commenting on a post would be positive --...
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Disabled Turtle Fitted WithA disabled turtle pulled from a Japanese fisherman's net several years ago has been given a new lease on life with the development of high-tech,...
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Motorola Solutions launchesMotorola Solutions -- that's the other Motorola that wasn't bought by Google -- has announced the launch of AME 2000, a secure platform including an Android handset, aimed at federal agencies. Using... Moto's Assured Mobile Environment tech, AME 2000 combines an off-the-shelf smartphone with additional hardware and software to enable secure voice and messaging services, as well as secure VPN connectivity over mobile data or Wifi. The AME 2000 includes Security Enhanced Android -- the NSA-approved custom version of the OS designed with high-security use in mind. In addition, it features Motorola's CRYPTR hardware security module for microSD security. Moto hasn't released an exact spec sheet for the phone itself, but based on the images published, it looks like we're dealing with a RAZR-class...
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This winter, a 21-year-old named Julia decided to visit the Swedish Facebook page for international clothing company HM. Little did she know she was about to enrage thousands and eventually end up in... the center of a national debate about the treatment of women online. Julie just wanted to complain about a certain design of hoodies she found offensive, namely one featuring Tupac Shakur, the iconic West Coast rapper who was charged with sexual abuse in 1993. "Hello HM," she posted. "Yesterday, I walked into HM and discovered that a shirt you carry, with a convicted rapist printed on it, was marketed as cool. Would you sell a T-shirt with Hagamannen on it equally swiftly?" Hagamannen i...
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Ops management and VM archiving at a discount for SMBs Sometimes, it takes a bundle to make a bundle....
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A Bean Bag Chair Fit For anDesigned for impoverished students and those who couldn't care less about posture, the bean bag chair is rarely regarded as a stylish addition to a well-appointed room. That is, until designer... Antoinette Bader managed to turn the lowly specimen into a throne fit for a criminal mastermind, an evil dictator, or your average CEO. More
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Facebook's Next Big AppAs Facebook is working to build partnerships with big media companies, the company sees a huge opportunity for growth in the sharing and discovery of movies, books, and fitness tools on its platform.... At the D: Dive Into Media conference today, Facebook VP of Partnerships Dan Rose said the company expects the next wave of its app ecosystem to be driven by those media categories.
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Each Monday on Channel Surfing, What's Trending quickly flips through the best of what's happening around YouTube and serves it up for your viewing pleasure. Because no one has the time to watch... everything, even when it's great!
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Exploring oscillation proves a moving experience

New Scientist - 12 Feb 2013 19:34
From the animating pigs' hearts to diving into an acoustic pod, an exhibition exploring the world of oscillation is full of surprises
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San Francisco's ExploratoriumThe Exploratorium is one of the best places in San Francisco to learn about science, especially if you're a kid -- and by releasing iPad apps, including today's launch of Sound Uncovered, the... institution can teach a broader audience. As the name suggests, Sound Uncovered illustrates how sound and hearing work. It follows the Exploratorium's first app, Color Uncovered (so if you're trying to figure out what comes next, well, there are three senses left to explore), offering 12 "experiences" that bring different concepts to life -- some of them based on exhibits in the museum itself, others entirely new.
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Tesco experiments with freeBrits who shop enough at Tesco to be on a first name basis with the clerks may soon have a reward that doesn't require leaving home. The UK retail chain is currently testing Clubcard TV, a web-based... movie and TV streaming hub that would be a free perk of Clubcard membership. As it exists in beta form, the Blinkbox-derived service won't have Lovefilm or Netflix quaking in their boots: there's a limited slate of mostly family-oriented fare, and Tesco's notion of TV streaming involves the video output on a laptop. While neither is an issue as long as the trial is limited to staff, we hope there's a richer platform by the time Clubcard TV is open to anyone with a lot of grocery shopping in mind.
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Pulse News Reader Dips ItsFor over two years, Pulse has been providing its over 20 million users with an easy way to read content from blogs and social networks. While other services like Flipboard and Zite used social updates... and complicated algorithms to present users with a personalized view of the world, the Pulse team eschewed these ideas and stuck with a more traditional model of presenting you unfiltered feeds. Now, however, the company is slowly dipping its toes into social by adding "Pulse Highlights," a feature that puts a focus on the stories your friends have shared on the service and on Facebook.
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Apple's online marketplace has become much more than the break-even business it used to be, says Asymco's Horace Dediu.
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Tim Cook: Apple doesn't have aApple's CEO defended the company against attacks that it's irrationally conservative about cash and reiterated that the board of directors is in "very active discussions" about returning more money to... shareholders.
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Check the comments section on any tech blog: People love to hate Apple. They love to hate Microsoft. And Facebook. Each of these companies has spawned a parallel online hater community.
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1. A 1965 Barbie doll was packaged with a book titled How to Lose Weight. The
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Mophie Juice Pack Helium forThere's no getting around the iPhone 5's abysmal battery life. It's by far the least desirable feature. Mophie hopes to change all that later this month when it starts shipping the helium juice pack,... the first "Certified Battery Case Solution" for the iPhone 5. Awesome, right? More
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The post-PC debate moves to the marketing world as a new study highlights the boosts for search advertising and e-commerce thanks to tablets.
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SlideShare is rolling out a new feature aimed at sales and marketing groups to deliver real-time engagement data from content shared via e-mail.
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The upgrade is being released to Nexus device owners first and reportedly addresses a Bluetooth bug.
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Hearst: Women finallyThe arrival of the iPad was supposed to boost online subscription sales for magazines. It didn't work out that way but smaller devices like the iPad mini and Nook are changing that.
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Hearst president defendsDavid Carey, President, Hearst Magazines, spoke today at the Dive into Media about his business -- and he had plenty of numbers immediately at hand to discuss the health of his business. His main goal... is to reach three million digital subscribers by 2016 -- slightly more than a threefold increase over its current digital subscriber base. That three million number would still only represent ten percent of Hearst's total subscriber base, but Carey was much more optimistic about tablets than that other print medium -- newspapers. Carey acknowledges that competing with the free web is a challenge -- "we're not going to put that toothpaste back in the tube," he says -- but tablet-based magazines seem to be working to the tune of 160,000...
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Apple CEO calls Einhorn suit a 'sideshow'

Toronto Sun - 12 Feb 2013 19:09
Apple CEO calls Einhorn suit aApple Inc CEO Tim Cook dubbed David Einhorn's lawsuit against his company a "sideshow" but said on Tuesday the board is carefully considering the star hedge fund manager's proposal to issue preferred... stock, calling it "creative."
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(Reuters) - Omnicom Group Inc, the largest U.S. advertising company and home to agencies such as BBDO Worldwide and DDB Worldwide, reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on higher... revenue in its domestic market.
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Time-Lapse Videos CapturePeople on the East Coast of the United States was battered this past week by heavy snowfall and hurricane-level winds thanks to Winter Storm Nemo. The multiple feet of snow recorded in many areas were... among the highest totals recorded in history (one town in Connecticut saw 40 inches!). Although the storm kept many people
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Tim Cook says Apple has no limits

CNET - 12 Feb 2013 19:07
Apple's top executive says that the company still has its magic and still has the capability to do anything it wants.
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Hearst president David Carey:David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, sat down with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka to kick off Day 2 of D:Dive Into Media here in Dana Point, California, with the interview centering on Carey's take... on how digital magazines are working out in a world that seems less and less intrigued by physical books. Carey confirmed that 40 percent of its total unique views [on magazine websites] are mobile, with the majority of those coming from smartphones, and presently, it has around 900,000 paid magazine subscribers (on the digital front) here in America. That's around 100,000 short of the company's goal to hit a million by the end of 2012, but it's now gunning to secure 3 million paid subscribers by 2016. Moving on to the topic of Apple, Carey noted that Steve Jobs doesn't get nearly the credit he...
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CEO Tim Cook Confirms FirstTowards the end of Apple CEO Tim Cook's keynote appearance today at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, he dedicated a good-sized monolog to the state of Apple's retail operation,... where he confirmed a new store in Turkey and more international growth; noted that stores have become so important in their communities that you can't really call them stores anymore; and (joked?) that walking into one is akin to taking a Prozac.
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See elusive 'pink' planetMercury, the speedy little planet closest to the sun, is making a special twilight appearance this month as a bright pink dot low in the sky.
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Facebook sued over patents ofFacebook is being sued by a patent-holder for a Dutch programmer over the "like" button and many other features of the social network.
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Bill Gates offers candidMicrosoft cofounder Bill Gates let it all hang out on Monday answering questions during an ask-me-anything session on Reddit. Gates wanted questions to focus on his work with the Bill and Melinda... Gates Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving healthcare and reducing poverty around the world. This being Reddit and the favorite hangout of many geeks, however, there were several questions that touched on technology and the personalities surrounding the industry. Gates answered questions about his views on Windows 8, Steve Jobs, Bing, the Surface Pro, massive computer displays, and the possible reemergence of WinFS. The new OS Windows 8 "is a huge advance for Windows, which people will see even more as the great applications and hardware come out," Gates said. Since its...
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Patent Filings at Record High

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 19:02
The inventive spirit in the United States is alive and well, a new study finds. Research from the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program shows the rate of patenting in the U.S. has been... increasing in recent decades and stands at historically high levels. The most recent data from 2011 marked a record for the number of patents -- nearly 250,000 -- granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for both foreign and domestic inventors. Despite the increase in patents and patent applications overall, they are mostly coming from the same metropolitan areas of the U.S. The study found that 63% of U.S. patents are developed by people living in just 20 metr...
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Actually, the Grammys soared among the most social shows of the year, much less the week. Music's biggest awards night of the year achieved the second highest social interaction in 2013 for a... televised event, just behind the Super Bowl. In fact, social activity surrounding the the Grammys climbed 511% from 2012. Mobile interactions increased to 88% from 57% last year. And the most popular hashtag of the show (#grammys) logged over 2.6 million uses. SEE ALSO: Carrie Underwood's Technicolor Dream Dress Is Grammys Showstopper In other TV news, The Walking Dead hit new social highs. The show's mid-season premiere was up 18% in social, over its October Season Three premiere, aided by a...
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Mobilewalla Raises $4 MillionMobilewalla, an app search and discovery website, Android application, and somewhat stealthy app developer analytics platform has raised $4 million in new funding in a round led by early Amazon... investor Madrona Venture Group (Scott Jacobson). Also participating were notable figures in the Indian Angel Network (IAN), including Venkat Raju, Google India chief Rajan Anadan, and former Yahoo India R&D CEO Sharad Sharma. Infocomm Investments, the VC arm of Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority, was the third investor in the new round. This is the first outside funding the company has taken in since its founding back in 2011.
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Mobile Messaging App RelayMobile messaging is hot, with companies like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and others providing new ways of connecting users on their mobile devices. One startup with an interesting take on the mobile messaging... market is Relay, which provides an easy way to share multimedia assets between friends. The company, which is based in Toronto and was part of the Extreme Startups Preccelerator, has raised $700,000 from a mix of Canadian and U.S. investors, including Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures, The Social+Capital Partnership, Graph Ventures, and Real Ventures. Relay provides an app for sharing web content easily with others. The app works by allowing its users to search for animated or still pictures and videos, and to deliver them to friends within the app. The viral nature of the app then lets them...
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Exec Launches A Cleaning-OnlyExec -- the YCombinator-backed app that does your errands on-demand -- just launched a cleaning-only app. It's a decision that makes sense as housework has ended up being about 50 percent of the... startup's overall gross sales. Cleaning has a totally different user experience inside Exec. Unlike Exec's other tasks, which you can call up whenever you want (like Uber), cleaning tends to be a service that people schedule in advance. So Exec's new cleaning app walks a user through the basic steps of listing how many bedrooms and bathrooms they have, scheduling the cleaning, and then paying for the service directly inside the app. Justin Kan, the company's CEO, admits that he's kind of taking a page from Facebook's playbook. After trying an all-in-one approach to building apps, that company...
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God Strikes Vatican WithSomething must not have been to the liking of the Almighty if He decided to strike St. Peter's Basilica in Rome with not one, but two major lightnings moments after the soon-to-be-ex-Pope Benedict XVI... announced that he wants out. More
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Send Tracker, a new product from LinkedIn, tells salespeople how and when people view their online slides.
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Back to BlackBerry: a whole new UI world

Engadget - 12 Feb 2013 19:00
Back to BlackBerry: a wholeEditor's note: This is not a review. If you haven't taken the opportunity to read through our review of the BlackBerry Z10 and the BB10 operating system, now is the perfect time to do so. As I... progress through my 30-day BlackBerry trial, I'm writing most of my thoughts with the assumption that you have a basic understanding of BlackBerry's new devices and platform. If you were to ask me what the most significant changes are in BlackBerry 10, I'd likely go into detail about the user interface, gestures, the Hub and the ecosystem. It's an amazing improvement over previous BlackBerry devices in most cases. It's not too difficult to learn, either: just three days into my 30-day trial, I found myself unsuccessfully swiping up on a friend's Android phone to turn it on. But now that I've had the...
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'Car is shutting down' Californian electric car maker Tesla Motors - well known for tangling repeatedly with the BBC (and the Register) over coverage of battery vehicles which it did not deem positive... enough - is now in a row with the New York Times after one of the paper's journalists wrote a stinging review of its new Model S....
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A government program offering cheap wireless service to low-income households has benefited millions who may not be eligible, says the Wall Street Journal.
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Apple's Tim Cook to AttendThere won't only be political heavyweights and victims of gun violence in attendance at tonight's State of the Union. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, will be a guest of first lady Michelle Obama, Apple... confirmed to ABC News. According to the San Jose Mercury News,...
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The company plans to make it easier for its 11 million customers to develop mobile Web sites from their smartphones.
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Gene therapy cures diabetic dogs

New Scientist - 12 Feb 2013 18:49
Diabetic beagles haven't needed an insulin injection for four years following treatment with two genes that work together to regulate glucose
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Plenty of people like to speculate on the products that Apple will never make, whether it's a larger iPhone or a smaller iPad, but according to CEO Tim Cook, there's only one thing Apple would never... do: put out a dud. "The only thing we'll never do is make a crappy product," Cook said during a wide-ranging interview at the Goldman Sach's annual Technology and Internet Conference on Tuesday. "That's the only religion that we have, that we must do something great, something bold, something ambitious." Some Maps users might disagree with that statement, but it was part of Cook's larger effort throughout the event to refute skeptics who suggest that Apple's best days may be behind it....
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Yelena Lamm: David Einhorn vs Apple

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 18:48
Yelena Lamm: David Einhorn vsCredit: Yelena Lamm
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This Coaster Can Charge Your Phone

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 18:47
Seeing that ominous red battery icon on your cellphone is a cause for concern, especially if you're nowhere near an outlet. A new device removes all worries by letting you charge your phone on the go... using the beverage of your choice. The Epiphany onE Puck uses a heat engine to power your phone. It's shaped -- and acts -- like a coaster. You place a hot or cold beverage on the surface and let your drink do all the work. Check out the video, above, for more. The charger works best in extremes, so the colder or hotter the drink, the quicker your phone charges. Prototypes are available on Kickstarter for $115 and backers can get the choice to customize the charger with engraved text....
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Pertino Offers A Cloud-BasedPertino today launched a service enabling any small business to go online and create a network that runs entirely in the cloud. Pertino uses Amazon Web Service (AWS) for its service making it possible... for a business of any size to create secure networks. It connects people anywhere in a manner that not long ago would have cost a small fortune in networking gear. It does this by integrating its software in AWS data centers around the world.
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Withering heights: Why animals are shrinking

New Scientist - 12 Feb 2013 18:47
It might sound incredible, but many animals are shrinking - and they will become ever tinier in the centuries to come (full text available to subscribers)
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Apple Closing 20 Retail StoresApple CEO Tim Cook said in a keynote speech at the Goldman Sachs investor conference that Apple was going to close 20 of its retail stores, in order to move them and make them large enough to serve... the ongoing influx of Apple customers. Some of Apple's stores aren't big enough, Cook said, noting that its retail outlets now see 10 million people per week across its 400-plus locations.
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Our Tesla Model S live Q&A isWe've gone the distance and pushed the limits. We revved up the engine and listened to her howl and roar. We've gone fast and furious (but never, alas, drifted). And now we're ready to sit down and... answer your questions about the our time with the Tesla Model S. Join Chris Ziegler in a Google Hangout! To ask a question, use the #teslaQA hashtag on Twitter!
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Need more apps on Windows 8?Not finding enough touch-friendly apps on your new Surface Pro or Windows 8 machine? Try the free Bluestacks player, which boasts more than 750,000 Android titles.
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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, says he has never been more bullish about the company's ability to innovate.
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1. Lost in Translation This film is perfect for anyone who does not want to watch the typical romantic comedy formula unfold. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson float around gorgeous Tokyo while... aimlessly questioning life's meaning. Image courtesy of Focus Features
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Don't Get Wound Up Over Apple Smart Watch

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 18:33
Apple may or may not be building a smart watch. either way, it's not the Apple product you're looking for. More About: apple, ipod nano, smart watch
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DashClock Widget for Android 4.2

Android Central - 12 Feb 2013 18:33
DashClock Widget for AndroidI've made no secret about my outright displeasure for the new lock screen widgets in Android 4.2. Clunky, for one, often lacking style for another. DashClock Widget is quickly changing my mind. It's... the work of Roman Nurik, a Googler and Android design guy and was released this morning to Google Play and as open-source code. The widget itself is devilishly simple. Add it to the Android 4.2 lock screen like you would any other widget. From there you add "extensions." At launch you've got extensions for weather, missed calls and texts, your next calendar appointment, unread e-mails and your next scheduled alarm. Chances are we should see additional extensions pretty quickly. (Here's hoping for some world clock love, which is the only thing I'm missing from the stock Android lock screen...
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Apple CEO on shareholder( This story has been updated)
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Was Darth Vader's attack onThe Galactic Empire may have tried to strike back in Star Wars: Episode V, but according to new analysis from Spencer Ackerman at Wired, Darth Vader's attack on Hoth may be one of his biggest... strategic failures. "Of all the Empire's failures, none is a more spectacular military fiasco than the Battle of Hoth," Ackerman writes. Was Vader's strategy in outer space completely "incoherent?" Did those AT-ATs win the ground war thanks only to a misguided Rebel retreat? And did Vader's own hubris help the Rebel Alliance to escape mostly unscathed? "It's a classic fiasco of overconfidence and theology masquerading as military judgement," Ackerman says. "Don't place unaccountable religious fanatics in wartime command, and never underestimate a...
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Two Years Later, The New YorkAs soon as The New York Times first hit us with its paywall back in 2011, industrious little news fiends all over the Internet began looking for ways to get around it--and it didn't take long. One of... the simplest and most bafflingly long-lasting holes in The Times' paywall simply required you to delete a few characters at the end of the URL and boom: you were free to gorge yourself on all the bootleg news you could keep down. Well, news hounds, those glory days are over; today and a full two years later, The Times is finally on it. More
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Tim Cook Talks Up AppleOnce upon a time, Apple was a hardware company that also maintained a software and media ecosystem since it helped drive purchases of Macs, iPods and more. But over the years, the software and... services side of the business has become increasingly important, and CEO Tim Cook even went so far as to state out right that Apple is "not a hardware company." Not once, but twice.
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What a DSLR's CMOS SensorJack over at the astrophotography blog The Landingfield has published a series of photographs showing what a digital camera's CMOS sensor looks like when viewed through a microscope. The sensor (seen... above) was taken from a broken Nikon D2H -- a DSLR from back in the early 2000s. There are a number of challenges when
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LibreOffice 4.0: First Take

ZDNet - 12 Feb 2013 18:19
Don't need all the new features and cloud integration in Microsoft's Office 2013 -- or just hate the ribbon? The new version 4.0 of the free LibreOffice could be what you need, but it's not the... milestone it claims to be.
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There are plenty of apps for Windows 8 in the Windows Store, but there are thousands more for Android. With the free BlueStacks application you can now run your favorite Android apps on your Surface... Pro.
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More than a third of people will walk into a brick-and-mortar retail store, scope out a product, then buy it online for less. But plenty are not. Blessing, or curse?
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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said he has never been more bullish about the company's ability to innovate.
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Windows 8 tablets are starting to appear in earnest and it's a good time to find some good apps to get new owners started. If you've purchased a Surface tablet or other brand, these apps will help get... you going.
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The competition among Netflix, Hulu and Amazon over exclusive content continues to evolve on a daily basis. On Monday, Amazon claimed exclusive rights to CBS's upcoming Stephen King series Under The... Dome. Now, Netflix has fired back with plans to create an original kids' series with DreamWorks Animation. The series, Turbo: F.A.S.T, is set to premiere in December and is based on the upcoming DreamWorks movie Turbo, which is set for a July 19 release. Turbo is the story of a snail that inherits superpowers after a freak accident. The film features the voices of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti. The announcement comes after Netflix this month premiered House of Cards, a remake of the UK s...
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Neul releases the first whiteThe new radio silicon uses the new Weightless specification to tap into the unused airwaves in between TV broadcasts. Such technology could be used to create a cheap data network for the M2M... communications.
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NASA launches Landsat 8NASA's Landsat program recently turned the big four-oh, and what better way to deal with the mid-life crisis by getting a new satellite as a present? Accordingly, the space agency has just launched... Landsat 8 into orbit to give its Earth Science program a new injection of youth. The new vehicle improves the accuracy of existing light and thermal sensors while widening the scope to better reflect modern climate studies -- number 8 now tracks aerosols in the atmosphere, high cirrus clouds and the telltale signs of water quality and consumption levels. We won't get the first USGS-derived results from the new satellite until after a 100-day shakedown period, but we're sure the deeper understanding of our planet will help the Landsat program forget all about those first few gray hairs.
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What would you do if your local television station suddenly broadcast a warning about the impending zombie apocalypse? That's exactly what happened to viewers of Montana's KRTV after hackers breached... network security and transmitted a fake Emergency Alert System notice. The "bodies of the dead are rising from their graves" and "attacking the living," said a man's voice that played following an alert sound. A recording of the fake alert is included above. Several viewers actually called their local police department to see if the zombie rumors had any meat to them, reported the BBC. KRTV posted the following statement on its website following the incident: "Someone apparent...
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CEO Tim Cook, speaking during a Goldman Sachs conference, says the company has "enormous momentum" in the market because of its strong app ecosystem.
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Cylinder Ice Spewing From aSomeone left the hose out overnight when it was freezing, and in the morning, he had awesome cylinder ice. His wife probably yelled at him, but that is one happy accident. More
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Portra​its of Naga​ - A photo essay by Saify Naqvi

Photography News - 12 Feb 2013 18:10
Community - A Group of Naga Sadhu enjoying a Chillum February 12, 2013 /Photography News/ Hinduism is a religious phenomenon based on Vedic traditions. It is the oldest and third largest religion in... the world and the most followed religion in India. Maha (Great) Kumbh is an event that takes places at the Triveni Sangam (the Tri Confluence) of the three holy rivers: Ganges, Yamuna and the now extinct Vedic river Saraswati. It is the largest and the oldest celebration of Hindu rituals anywhere in the world. Geologists believe the Saraswati dried up approximately four thousand years ago. Given the centrality of the river Saraswati to this festival, its can only be estimated how old the festival actually is. The oldest non-Vedic written account of Maha Kumbh is from mid 600 AD by the Chinese...
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The magnitude-4.9 earthquake was probably due to a 10-kiloton underground nuclear bomb; the next step is to monitor for signs of radioactive gas
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Apple's Acquisition StrategyApple CEO Tim Cook said in today's keynote speech at the Goldman Sachs investor conference that while Apple picks acquisition targets based on opportunity, the company has a clear strategy if you look... back at its acquisitions over the past three years.
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Tim Cook says you can't trust the color accuracy of OLED displays, and he touts the Retina Display as a superior experience.
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Apple's CEO says you can't trust the color accuracy for OLED displays, and touts the Retina Display as a superior experience.
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Watching you sync your files with the cloud makes him cry (probably) Five years after he stepped down from day-to-day involvement in Microsoft, co-founder and chairman Bill Gates has revealed his... frustration that Windows Vista's database-like file system never saw daylight....
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Apple Says Shareholder Lawsuit Is A 'Silly Sideshow'

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 18:01
Apple Says Shareholder LawsuitApple CEO Tim Cook has given a rare interview at the Golden Sachs technology conference. According to Business Insider's live blog of the interview, Cook...
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Andreessen Horowitz, GreylockStealthy cyber security startup Morta Security is announcing seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Data Collective, Larry Link, and Peter Wagner. While... the company did not disclose the amount raised, we hear from sources it is over $1 million.
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Citrix's Work CollaborationPodio, the social business collaboration and project management platform Citrix acquired last year, just announced a set of product updates that bring more real-time features to the service. The over... 200,000 companies that currently use Podio will now, for example, get real-time comments, so users won't have to press the "refresh" button anymore to see when new comments appear on their documents, tasks or other items in Podio.
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Opera founder sells shares,Last time someone was rumored to be interested in buying Opera, the Norwegian browser-maker's founder voiced his displeasure. But now he's reduced his holding and could no longer block a sale.
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Apple, Samsung: frenemies for life

IOL - 12 Feb 2013 18:00
The courtroom saga playing out between these two technology titans was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare.
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Twitter, American Express teamWelcome to 2013, where e-commerce purchases can be made in 140 characters or less.
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Fingerprint Debuts Kid-SafeFresh on the heels of its partnership with UK educational app maker Mindshapes, San Francisco-based kids' app platform Fingerprint is today rolling out a new version of its software which introduces... kid-safe multiplayer gaming, messaging and more. This news was hinted at in January, when CEO Nancy McIntyre, formerly of LeapFrog, spoke of a forthcoming release which would introduce new features based on twelve months of in-house research on how kids and parents use Fingerprint's technology.
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Movie buffs, think you know your stuff? Let this illustration be your guide. In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, this special edition poster features 85 Oscar statuettes, each inspired by the... "Best Picture" winners from 1927 to 2012. SEE ALSO: Want to Hold an Oscar Statuette? Join the Oscar Roadtrip The poster, created by graphic designer Olly Moss, was made in collaboration with Gallery 1988. We've highlighted the past 25 years of "Best Picture" winners in the gallery below. You can visit the official Oscars website for the full list. Image courtesy of Olly Moss More About: 85th Academy Awards, academy awards, Entertainment, Movies, Oscars, pics, Watercooler
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'Doctor Who' Discovers a New Dimension: 3D

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 17:54
The British sci-fi show Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a 3D episode, the BBC has announced. The exact timing of the episode hasn't been set, although the formal... anniversary date is in November. The show returns to finish its seventh season in the spring. An eighth season appear to be on hold until plans for the 50th anniversary are final. "It's about time," Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's current showrunner, said in a statement. "Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who, and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore." SEE ALSO: How 'Doctor Who' Kept Its Big Christmas Secret Off Twitt...
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This Film Can Turn Your WindowWindows that can automatically adjust from transparent to opaque to keep out the sun can already be found in use all over, including Boeing's new 787. But while they provide shade, the glass still... absorbs and transmits heat to a room. So researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have developed an easy-to-apply transparent film that can turn into a mirror to blocks and reflect light away. More
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CEO Tim Cook says during a Goldman conference that the company doesn't have a depression-era mindset and the lawsuit filed by David Einhorn's Greenlight hedge fund is a waste of time and money.
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Facebook sued over 'Like'Facebook is being sued by the family of a deceased Dutch programmer who held two patents dealing with sharing and updating social media content long before the social networking site launched. The... suit, filed Feb. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, also names AddThis, a social bookmarking services that was an early partner of Facebook. The lawsuit alleges Facebook's "Like" button and other content-sharing features infringe on the patents. The patents in question were granted in 2001 and 2002 to Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer, a computer scientist. Van Der Meer had reserved the domain name "surfbook.com" for what he termed a "personal diary" system, according to the lawsuit.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook CallsLast week, Apple was hit with a lawsuit from Greenlight Capital, David Einhorn's hedge fund, in order to contest a proposition which would include a requirement in Apple's charter that any move to... issue preferred stock be approved by Apple's common shareholders. Today, CEO Tim Cook called that suit a "silly sideshow," speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference.
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Tim Cook says Apple hasAt today's Goldman Sachs conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that his company has routinely looked into large-scale acquisitions, but has decided against the idea to this point. "We have looked at... large companies. In each case that we've done that thus far, it didn't pass our tests," he told the audience. Apple has looked into acquiring more than one major company, Cook said, though he stopped short of naming names. "We're disciplined and thoughtful, and we don't feel a pressure to go out and acquire revenue. We want to make great products," Cook said. "If a large company could help us do that even better, then that would be of interest." With the vast amount of cash in his company's possession, it's hard to imagine any single...
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Egyptian officials are investigating the death of a French archeologist who was found dead in his Cairo apartment.
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Latest Landsat in 40-year mission blasts off

New Scientist - 12 Feb 2013 17:43
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the newest addition to NASA's 40-year mission monitoring Earth from space, blasted into orbit yesterday
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Tim Cook opens the door to making major acquisitions, but notes that so far, no company has passed its test. "Would we look again? I'm sure we will."
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The app, which was available in private beta for a short period of time, delivered video messages to the platform.
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Going the distance: drivingIt's difficult to get comfortable in the driver's seat of a $100,000 car that isn't yours. The particular Model S I flew to Los Angeles to sample last week was a Signature Performance model. That... means that it was one of the first 1,000 to roll off the assembly line (indicated by the "Signature" designation) and is fitted with a high-output electric inverter that can propel the car from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds, a key metric that slots it in with some of the fastest production sedans in the world. It's a stat I would come to test on numerous occasions over the following 36 hours -- within the bounds of the "no street racing" clause I agreed to upon taking delivery, of course. But I arrived in LA fully expecting to...
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Apple CEO Blasts Billionaire's Lawsuit As 'Sideshow'

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 17:40
Apple CEO Blasts Billionaire'sSAN FRANCISCO
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10 Bizarre Items for Sale on Craigslist

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 17:39
1. Cow Organs What's for dinner? How about "beef organ meat- (kidney, lungs)." If you seem cool, they might even throw in some heart, liver, tongue and tail at no extra cost. Photo courtesy of... Craigslist
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Real Racing 3 to beThe Real Racing series has been a staple of mobile gaming, at least in some circles. However, EA now sees the game as big enough to matter for the entire brand, full stop -- and it's willing to make... Real Racing 3 a free-to-play release to snag as wide an audience as possible. When the Firemonkeys-built sequel reaches Android and iOS on February 28th, it will follow the stereotypical freemium model, where any purchases are solely to unlock content sooner, including repairs now that there's a damage element. The team suggests that free-only play won't be a grind, however, and a rare I-go-you-go multiplayer racing mode should keep many of us entertained without a cash outlay. It's doubtful that RR3 will suddenly take on the stature of a perennial blockbuster like Madden, but the switch in...
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Virtual coins can buy real pizza

Fox News - 12 Feb 2013 17:36
Virtual coins can buy realLooking to capitalize on hungry computer users that collect Bitcoins, a new online startup called PizzaforCoins launched a simple site that allows consumers to order pizza and pay with the digital... Bitcoin currency.
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Nexus devices slowly gettingAlthough there's no official announcement yet, Google is rolling out Android 4.2.2 to Nexus phones and tablets. Can't wait to get it? Here's how you can install it manually.
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Netflix to Produce ExclusiveFollowing the success of David Fincher's House of Cards, Netflix is going to produce a new series, this time teaming up with Dreamworks Animation SKG. The series will be based in Dreamworks' upcoming... animation movie Turbo, the story of a snail that gains speed superpowers. More
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is now speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, participating in a Q&A session with analyst Bill Shope. Apple is streaming live audio of the session on its... investor site, and we'll be sharing some of the highlights here in this post. Question about Apple's cash usage strategy...do you have a Depression-era mentality? What a way to start! We're making significant investments in a number of areas: supply chain, retail stores, corporate acquisitions, etc. Now, we do have a significant amount of cash, and we're fortunate to have that. We're returning some of it to investors and will continue to have discussions on that. Thoughts on Greenlight's proposal about unlocking more capital for shareholders? We welcome input from our shareholders and are...
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Neil Harbisson Is A Cyborg WhoWhat would your world be like if you couldn't see color? For artist Neil Harbisson, a rare condition known as achromatopsia that made him completely color blind rendered that question meaningless. Not... being able to see color at all meant that there was no blue in the sky or green in grass, and these descriptions were merely something to be taken on faith or memorized to get the correct answers in school. But Neil's life would change drastically when he met computer scientist Adam Montandon.
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Old Spice can't hide the stench of death on the High St One thing is certain, we're all going to die at some point while encountering high and low points along the way. Life is a journey, with no... guaranteed time of departure. And business is no different. The loss of names such as Woolworth, Clinton, Jessop, Comet, HMV and now Blockbuster may be sad, but it's also part of the journey of life, albeit with a diversion down the High Street....
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The company has slashed the cost of its Creative Cloud subscription Down Under to match the price charged in the United States.
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A Snowboard With a HandbrakeStrapping your feet to a board and then sliding down a snow-covered hill requires skills that most humans aren't born with. So to make it just a little easier for novices to learn how to snowboard,... Australia's Streetboardz has created a board with a built-in handbrake that lets riders easily stop before things get out of control. More
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The company said its efforts complement Salesforce's Work.com efforts.
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Nike stated they would release an Android app all through last year, but now states they are only working on iOS development. Jawbone and Fitbit are working on Android sync apps, but so far no one has... been successful.
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Two tech giants have reportedly been bidding for the services of 250 engineers laid off from Texas Instruments. Now it appears that Apple has won them over - or has it?
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In Pictures: Testing the A-bomb

Fox News - 12 Feb 2013 17:17
In Pictures: Testing theAs North Korea makes headlines this week for what is now their third nuclear test, it's easy to forget how routine such detonations had become in the U.S. just half a century ago. With the Cold War... intensifying, the U.S. detonated more than a dozen atomic bombs in the first half of 1955.
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A tentacle that wiggles and squirms when you plug it into your USB port on your computer? Yes. Oh yes. More About: Gadgets, usb
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Like the internet of things?The internet of things is hot, and the more people get together to share ideas, the better the end result for the ecosystem. So we're hosting a meetup in our San Francisco offices on Feb. 26.
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Besieged By Hackers, OnRamp,Another victory for hackers and a blow for the security of open source systems: OpenX, the online and mobile advertising company that announced a $22.5 million fund raising just last month, says that... it is closing down its OnRamp open source ad serving platform, after the service was hacked on February 9, and the company determined that it would be too risky and costly to continue using it securely.
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Netflix to launch originalNetflix is partnering with DreamWorks to release its first original children's show this December. Netflix will also add new DreamWorks films to its streaming lineup.
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When your country's nuclear test is picked up by seismologists as a potential earthquake, it can be awfully hard to keep its location a secret. Indeed, entering the U.S. Geological Survey's... coordinates in Google Maps for the epicenter of what was first thought to be an earthquake but is now clearly North Korea's third nuclear test shows the exact location of the test: Google recently released new maps of North Korea tagged with unofficial information from defectors and activists. Not far from the USGS' coordinates is a windy mountain road labeled by those activist cartographers as "Nuclear Test Road," suggesting the area is indeed an underground nuclear test facility. At the end of th...
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Jefferies speculates the company may raise its offer from the current $13.65 a share to appease agitated shareholders.
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Broadcom's new chip couldLTE adoption is really just getting started but Broadcom isn't waiting for the next big thing. It has a new chip that can bring super-fast mobile broadband speeds to tablets and phones.
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Every year around this time the entire TechCrunch team rolls into the Windy Apple for Disrupt New York, a showcase of startup talent so intense that this year we'll need two whole floors of a massive... building in Manhattan to contain it. And we want you to prove that the tri-state area can run with the big boys.
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After Starbucks Deal, SquareLast year, mobile payments Square signed a massive deal to power credit card processing and integrate Square Wallet with Starbucks. Today, the company is announcing an integration with another coffee... chain--Blue Bottle Coffee.
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I Am the Prettiest Princess

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 17:00
I Am the Prettiest PrincessI am the prettiest princess, and you(r child of either gender) can be too. With an endless supply of cyber-makeup afforded by the Barbie™ Digital Makeover Mirror, an iPad, and the associated app,... your (child's) dreams of effervescent, MSPaint magnificence can--will come true. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then resplendent, face-melting glam is in the eye of the front-facing camera. More
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Fighting dirty data, UIDexplora, the co-founders of which were also behind The Astonishing Tribe, is about to launch an iPhone app to make salespeople actually want to use the CRM systems they're supposed to use.
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Microsoft to support SurfaceMicrosoft will support its Surface Pro tablet until July 2017, or almost four-and-a-half years after its launch last weekend, the company's website confirmed. Like its predecessor the Surface RT, the... Windows 8-powered Surface Pro sports a support lifecycle that's less than half the usual 10 years Microsoft allots its software products. Microsoft will support the Surface Pro only in a "Mainstream" support phase, the company said on its lifecycle website. Last year, Microsoft announced a similar support schedule for the Surface RT. That device, which launched in late Oct. 2012, will be supported until April 2017, or nearly four-and-a-half years.
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Livestream releases softwareBack when Livestream announced its Studio HD500 all-in-one, the company told us a software-based equivalent would be coming at some point during Q1 2013. Well, folks, today's the day the Livestream... Studio family grows by one, welcoming the addition of a software-based switcher tool that aims to be yet another on-the-go option for roving broadcasters. As expected, both professional and recreational producers will be able to control an array of elements from the comfort of their own machine -- including, but not limited to, up to five live video output feeds (yes, it can handle HD) and a real-time, multi-view video canvas which allows for live transitions and audio mixing. It's also worth noting Livestream isn't constraining the Studio software to its own web platform, meaning that, as is...
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Apple Continues To DominateA new study from video monetization company FreeWheel today reveals that the mobile video market grew from 2 percent in 2011, to 12 percent of overall online videos watched in 2012. That's a huge... increase, and the main benefactor of that jump is Apple, whose iOS mobile OS grew its share of total mobile video views to 60 percent, compared to Android's 32 percent take of all mobile views.
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Report: Only schoolkids can protect us The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report announcing that the UK doesn't have enough skilled workers to protect it against online attacks and asking... Blighty's schoolkids to step into the breach....
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Sonal Shah: Time for a Smarter Conversation

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 16:56
Sonal Shah: Time for a SmarterInstead of talking about how to solve our most intractable social problems, or what we can do differently to solve them, the conversation simply circles around whether we should be spending more or... less money. We need solutions and smarter investments to make a real difference.
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Pre-caffeine tech: Bill GatesOur pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.
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Tesco trials new film and TVSupermarket giant Tesco trials a new TV and film streaming service called Clubcard TV, amid growing competition in the on-demand space.
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Here's an innovation the ailing U.S. Post Office may want to consider: Tasty postage stamps. Belgium, known for its confectionery treats, is planning to release postage stamps that smell and taste... like chocolate on March 25. The Belgian Post Office has issued chocolate-scented stamps before in 1999 and 2006. But, as Creativity Online points out, this is the first time flavor has been added to the mix. How do they taste? Even if you don't live in Belgium, you can sample them by emailing philately@bpost.be. The chocolate stamps (see images below) aren't the only innovation that the country's post office is planning this year. According to The Telegraph, the Belgian post office is planni...
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The Shire Springs Up in Suburbia

Gizmodo - 12 Feb 2013 16:51
The Shire Springs Up inThe Stone House looks totally out of place amidst conventional homes in Hanoi. This building is what it would look like if a hobbit woke up one morning and suddenly the Shire had become suburbia and... rows of houses had popped up around him. More
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Netflix and DreamWorksShortly after the debut of its second original series House of Cards, Netflix has announced another new show, this time as a partnership with DreamWorks. Turbo: F.A.S.T. is notably the first original... Netflix children's show, joining cult sitcom Arrested Development and Eli Roth series Hemlock Grove among others. It will be based on one of DreamWorks' most heavily promoted upcoming movies, Turbo, though it doesn't sound like we'll see Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, or some of the other high-profile names from the film continue their work. An animated series based on Turbo was expected last year, but it's now tied to Netflix for the first time. In addition to the series, DreamWorks will stream its 2013 films on Netflix Along with...
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New App Let's You Design Your Own Drones

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 16:48
New App Let's You Design YourA new web application called Mr. Drones is allowing internet users to design their very own unmanned armed vehicles. Created by interactive artist Rajeev Basu,...
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YouTube's PS3 app arrivesIf you arrive so late to a party that your dress is now out of style, that's pushing it a bit, no? Such is the case with YouTube's PlayStation 3 app, which finally made it across the pond dressed in... the same threads we saw way back in August of last year stateside. Europeans will now get the same smartphone remote control, searching functions and subscription channels we saw earlier, along with support for Swedish, Italian, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Russian languages. That still leaves Scandinavian nations in the lurch, but Google's promised that as localized versions of YouTube have now launched there, Denmark, Norway and Finland will soon have a slice of YouTube app cake for their PS3s, too.
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Microsoft yesterday released a new 14.3.1 update for Office for Mac 2011 to fix a bug in the licensing alerts, which caused Office applications to claim they were unlicensed. The problem was seemingly... introduced during a previous bug-fix update. Stability is improved This update fixes an issue that may cause Office 2011 applications to report a problem with Licensing even though the applications continue to run unaffected. The update is non-critical, as all Office applications continue to work despite the spurious alerts. The the new 14.3.1 update comes roughly two weeks after Microsoft released Service Pack 3 (14.3.0) for Office 2011, delivering a number of other bug fixes. Microsoft also launched its Office 365 subscription packages late last month alongside Office 2013 for Windows, but...
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How technology has changed romance

CNN - 12 Feb 2013 16:36
When it comes to romance, texting is often seen as a bare-minimum form of communication. It's fine for firming up Wednesday night dinner plans, but for expressing heartfelt sentiments? Not so much.
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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. BMW is slowly rolling out its "BMW Genius Everywhere" program, which it began testing last year. At a conference hosted by AllThingsD, Dish Network Chairman Charles Ergen explained the company's plans for its multi-billion dollar spectrum reserves. And, American Express and Twitter announced what they're calling a "social commerce experience." Check out the video above for more on these stories. Homepage image courtesy BMW More About: american express, apple, BMW, DISH, first to know seres, Twitter
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After The New York Times introduced its digital paywall in early 2011, some frustrated readers came up with elaborate ways to get around it, including launching a special Twitter feed and browser app.... But it turned out there was a much simpler workaround: just delete "?gwh=numbers" from the URL and it gets rid of the paywall banner. Well, it only took about two years, but the Times has finally put the kibosh on this method. Joe Coscarelli at New York Magazine noticed that deleting these characters no longer worked and later confirmed as much with a rep from the Times. "When we launched our digital subscription plan we knew there were loopholes to access our content beyond the allot...
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Deal of the Day: Amzer Snap OnThe Feb. 12 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Amzer Snap On Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This lightweight hard shell case features impact resistance in an extremely slim profile design.... There's cutouts for all ports and buttons for instant access, and the cutout around your camera lens is raised and reinforced to prevent scratching when placed on a flat surface. Comes in black, blue, red, purple, pink, green, and white. The Amzer Snap On Case is available for just $7.00, 65% off today only. Grab yours while supplies last! Never miss a deal. Sign up for Daily Deal alerts!
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VIDEO: Fly Underwater Like A... Flying Fish?

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 16:32
VIDEO: Fly Underwater LikeA French designer has come up with a way to 'fly' underwater - if you're prepared to look a little silly. Guillaume Binard developed the...
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The company is launching its Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley with an aim to bring better software to its devices via startups.
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The company announced the launch of its Open Innovation Center yesterday with designs on bringing better software products to its devices.
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An analysis by Asymco of Apple's newly-introduced revenue breakdowns claims that Apple made more money from iTunes and accessories sales alone than all other companies except Samsung made from phone... sales during the most recent quarter. As noted in its latest earnings release for the first fiscal quarter of 2013, Apple's total revenues from iTunes and accessories amounted to over $5.5 billion - ahead of the total phone revenues of each of Nokia, Motorola, Sony, LG, RIM (now rebranded as BlackBerry) and HTC. Analysis author Horace Dediu also notes that iTunes may be worth more to Apple than its Mac business within the current year. iTunes+Accessories combined is a bigger business in terms of revenues than any of the other phone vendors except Samsung. iTunes is now Apple's fourth largest...
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BlueStacks brings Android appsBlueStacks, which is a product that lets users run Android apps on Windows computers, is releasing a new version today that brings the functionality to Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface Pro. Until... today, BlueStacks has only been available for Windows 7 and Mac OSX. The latest version of BlueStacks fully supports Windows 8 -- including new features like charms bar support and rotation support -- but is also optimized for the recently released Surface Pro. BlueStacks has partnerships with several OEMs already, and users have made over 5 million downloads of the software directly from its website alone. The software is also free, which is fantastic for Windows 8 users looking to try out the experience of running Android apps on their PC's with full touch capabilities. You can get more...
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BlueStacks Brings Over 750,000BlueStacks, the startup bringing Android applications to PCs and Macs, is today releasing a version of its App Player software optimized for new Surface Pro PCs and others running Windows 8. The move... comes on the heels of key distribution agreements with several companies in the PC ecosystem, including AMD, Asus, MSI, and most recently, Lenovo. The various deals will see BlueStacks' software preloaded onto over 100 million PCs in 2013, BlueStacks previously announced.
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If you find the app selection on your Microsoft Surface Pro lacking, take heart. Your Windows 8 tablet can also run pretty much every Android app in existence -- as long as you download and install... BlueStacks, that is. BlueStacks, of course, is the Android emulator software that runs on Mac and older versions of Windows. The company is today launching a version for Windows 8. Although the player is optimized for the Surface Pro's 10.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 screen, any Windows 8 tablet can run it. Windows RT devices (such as the Surface RT) can't, however. Windows 8 is a much more natural fit for the BlueStacks App Player. While the player sometimes has problems translating touch contr...
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BlueStacks brings official,It's been a year and change since BlueStacks announced a Windows 8 version of its App Player, which let you run most of your Android apps on the then-beta OS. Now the company has announced the... official version, tweaked to play nicely with Redmond's own Surface Pro and sporting a fresh, custom-built charm menu and start screen tile. You'll now be able to run apps in "true" touch-enabled full-screen mode using your Win 8 tablet's tilt/motion sensors, and everything will work faster, too. CEO Rosen Sharma also touted the release as a way for developers to bypass Microsoft's "onerous" submission process to get Android apps onto the x86 Surface Pro, and you can't argue with the price -- it's free, and available for download now. For more, head after the fold.
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LG confirms 5.5-inch 1080pAs has been rumored recently, the LG Optimus G Pro is indeed heading to South Korea, with a 5.5-inch display in tow. The device, which first appeared in Japan with a 5.0-inch screen, was reported to... be heading to LG's home market with a refreshed spec sheet in the past week -- and we'd even seen some leaked photos to back up these claims. LG's promotional site for the G Pro doesn't reveal much beyond the screen size and resolution, so we'll have to wait on confirmation of other changes like the larger battery and microSD support. However, the device in the image above certainly looks a lot like what we saw in last week's spy shots. As for whether the Optimus G Pro will eventually extend its reach outside of Asia, that's something we'll likely find out at Mobile World Congress in a couple...
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Zimbabwe faces crayfish crisis

TimesLIVE - 12 Feb 2013 16:26
Zimbabwe faces crayfish crisisScientists in Zimbabwe say a fresh-water crayfish brought from Australia is breeding out of control in the northern Lake Kariba, devouring the food sources of other fish and putting the nation's... entire aquatic ecosystem at risk.
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Carnival of Space #288

Universe Today - 12 Feb 2013 16:26
This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by our pal Ray Sanders at his Dear Astronomer website!
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Designing to Reward our Tribal Sides

Forbes - 12 Feb 2013 16:26
Designing to Reward our TribalWe are a species that depend on one another. Scientists theorize humans have specially adapted neurons that help us feel what others feel, providing evidence that we survive through our empathy for... others. We're meant to be part of a tribe and our brains seek out rewards that make us feel accepted, important, attractive, and included.
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5 Of The Most Powerful Female Voices In Tech

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 16:25
5 Of The Most Powerful FemaleAnalysts don't get much glory. We lionize startup founders, cheer on nonprofit leaders, but we don't often think about the men and women who make...
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We're the Indiana Jones of TV networks Dish reckons the legal action taken against its ad-skipping service only proves it's innovating in the right direction and is ahead of its time....
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7 Key Job Skills to Look for When Hiring

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 16:23
In today's fast-paced and distributed working world, leadership and strategic decision-making have become crucial, defining hallmarks. Here are the traits that equip executives with the necessary... flexibility and resourcefulness to deal with change. More About: Business, contributor, features, Jobs, workplace
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The e-commerce giant takes first place in a ForeSee survey measuring customer satisfaction among mobile holiday shoppers.
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A Brief Timeline of NorthLast night, North Korea unexpectedly decided to test a nuclear bomb without the common courtesy of telling anybody first. But it's just the latest in a long line of terrifying and crazy things that... the country gets up to. More
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BT is continuing to fibre-enable new exchanges, with nearly a hundred more in Scotland, the Midlands and the north of England to go live before next year.
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If you don't mind a few unknowns, this Shuffle knockoff gives you an attractive, clippable MP3 player for a fraction of the price.
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Is Another Enron Possible inThe wintry mess in New England is posing a perplexing question: Whether the confusion and the unusually high energy demand can serve as catalysts to manipulate open electricity markets there, and... elsewhere around the country.
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KnexxLocal Raises $1.1M InToronto-based startup KnexxLocal today announced a new app called Instamonial, along with a $1.1 million seed funding round from investors including Bruce Coxon, LavaLife co-founder and Dragon's Den... (think Shark Tank, but in Canada) star. Instamonial, the company's new free iOS application, is aimed at fostering word-of-mouth marketing for local businesses.
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Inkling Takes Dead Aim AtThis won't come as a surprise, but the publishing industry is in trouble. Digital technologies have transformed the publishing landscape -- just as they did for music -- from the way companies... distribute content to how we consume it, and our reading habits are fundamentally changing as a result. Book publishers and traditional booksellers are struggling to stay afloat amidst the rising digital tide, and many have been unable to make the transition. Borders was the first big casualty in 2011 and the decline has accelerated since. Barnes and Noble recently announced that it plans to close 20 stores a year over the next decade, and bookstores as a whole closed at a rate of two per day in 2012.
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Western Digital unveils WD TVAfter making a stop at the FCC recently, Western Digital's WD TV Play streaming media player got an official announce this morning. The Roku-esque streaming media box touts easy setup, a $70 price... tag, and connectivity with a variety of apps (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, SlingPlayer, Spotify, Pandora and Facebook are specifically named). The device can also manage and display your own media, via DLNA-friendly devices, all in 1080p. A remote control comes with the device, but there's also a free WD TV Remote application headed to iOS and Android devices -- you'll need WiFi running to get the app synced up, of course. The WD TV Play is already available for purchase via Western Digital's online store, and there's no word on retail availability. We've reached out to Western Digital to...
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Sonos' New Playbar Is Designed For Your TV

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 16:03
Sonos announced the Sonos Playbar Tuesday, a new device designed to be used specifically with your home theater system. Described by the company as "HiFi meets HiDef" the all-in-one system has nine... individually amplified speakers, six mid-woofers, and three tweeters built-in, ultimately allowing the device to give you a high-quality audio experience when listening to anything from tunes on Spotify to your favorite movie or game. "Sonos has transformed the way people listen to music throughout the home and now we're bringing our wireless HiFi approach to home theater," said John MacFarlane, CEO, Sonos, Inc. in a statement "Playbar will change everything about the sound...
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Sonos, its new Playbar, andA Sonos speaker - for your television: That's the idea behind the Playbar, the company's first soundbar. It's a big step for a company like Sonos, which is about to get a whole lot more competition.
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Most casual sports fans know of star Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, but have you heard of his twin brother Cliff? Cliff Paul is the creation of a clever and wildly popular State Farm ad... campaign that launched in December. Chris and Cliff, the story goes, were separated at birth, but share the same genetic predisposition to helping others. While Chris famously hands out assists on the NBA hardwood, Cliff hands out assists to motorists as a State Farm agent. SEE ALSO: How 'Uncle Drew' Went from Viral YouTube Hit to NBA Finals Ad The original ad that introduced Cliff to the masses (embedded above) was a hit with fans online. It's been viewed more than 640,000 times...
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Sonos Releases The Playbar, AThe Playbar (or PLAYBAR, in Sonos' inimitable all-caps style) is a nine-speaker soundbar that can be placed above or below your TV and connects to your in-home Sonos network as well as your... television. The device connects to your TV or receiver via an optical cable and can also stream music through the standard Sonos system for playback of local music, Pandora, Rdio, and other music services.
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Sonos starts its long-awaitedSonos has made a name for itself with high-quality wireless audio products, but even as its built out its product line one area has remained untouched: the living room. The fit seemed natural -- we... even asked CEO John MacFarlane about the company's ambitions ourselves -- and today the company is answering that question with the Sonos Playbar. It's a $699 soundbar that provides a complete audio system for your movies, TV, and games -- as well as serving as a full-fledged Sonos music player unto itself. It's a product the company says could be transformative for its business -- and may just help convince some users to ditch their home A/V receiver in the process. The Playbar is nearly three feet wide, and its matte aluminum and fabric...
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Sonos Playbar: The AwesomestSonos continues its righteous quest to dominate every room in your house with easy, awesome wireless music with its new Playbar. The soun dbar joins the Sonos subwoofer introduced last year as well as... two standalone tabletop systems already available. More
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Sonos Playbar: a home theaterWe've long been enamored of Sonos' musical streaming technology and its wireless speakers, whether it's the S5 Play:5, the Play:3 or the Sub. But, what if you're looking for some Sonos gear that can... stream your favorite MOG or Spotify playlist and deliver surround sound on movie night? Well, you're in luck, because the Playbar has arrived, packing all of Sonos' streaming capabilities you know and love in a soundbar form factor. It's got nine speakers: six 8-centimeter (3.15-inch) aluminum cone mids powered by neodymium magnets and three 2.5-centimeter (1-inch) titanium dome tweeters. It connects to TVs, game consoles and cable boxes via Toslink cable and wires into home networks via Gigabit Ethernet or wireless connectivity can be had for those who own a Sonos Bridge. Naturally, it can be...
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9Slides Launches An iPad AppIt was just a few months ago that Redmond, Wash.-based startup 9Slides launched to combine slide presentations with video in a simple and accessible player that could be viewed on nearly any device.... Now the startup is taking that mission a step further, with a native iPad app that will allow users to publish presentations and link videos to them, or to record videos to be added on the tablet.
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An App Called PAUL PredictsWith tablets and smartphones consuming more and more video content, a new app for Android simply called "PAUL" aims to ease that ever-increasing network strain by using a predictive cache/download... algorithm. Similar to peak-shaving in electrical grids, PAUL begins to predict your video consumption habits and downloads videos that it thinks you'll like, whenever you're logged into a WiFi network.
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Who's going to capture theA good number of companies are trying to create the best social reader for news and information, but no one's really emerged a clear winner yet. Thirst is moving from a Twitter client to news reader... in an attempt to capture part of the market.
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NCAA Puts 75 Years' Worth ofIn 1992 Duke beat Kentucky in the NCAA championship by making a basket in the last second of the game. And you can relive that incredible moment--and hours more--today because the NCAA has put 75... years worth of March Madness highlights on YouTube. More
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Virtual Storage PerformanceInfinio, a Cambridge, MA-based startup that is developing software solutions to increase storage performance in virtual environments, just announced that it has raised a $10 million Series A round... from Highland Capital Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. These investors join Lightspeed Venture Partners, Cambridge's Founder Collective, the NYC Seed Fund, and a group of angel investors who previously invested a total of $2 million in the company. As part of this deal, Highland's Sean Dalton and Bessemer's Felda Hardymon have joined the company's board of directors.
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With new pricing scheme,To enable big-data analytics, ParAccel will charge users without consideration of nodes or terabytes through its Right to Deploy model.
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Sonos offers smart sound for smart TVs

L.A. Times - 12 Feb 2013 16:00
Sonos offers smart sound forThe advent of "smart" television sets helped introduce the masses to the idea of tuning in content from a home network and the Internet, not just traditional sources of TV programming (e.g., local... broadcasters and cable networks). Now, Santa Barbara-based Sonos -- a leading manufacturer of connected home audio devices -- is adding a similar kind of intelligence to a TV sound bar.
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Dell intros color-accurateDell's UltraSharp displays still have a certain cachet among sticklers for quality, most of all at the high end -- so today's release of three advanced models might as well be a bonanza. The 24-inch... U2413, 27-inch U2713H and 30-inch U3014 (above) once more center on PremierColor and the visual accuracy to match. Even the two smaller displays have a 12-bit processor that helps their LCDs reach 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space and all of the sRGB space, or enough of the spectrum to eliminate most rude surprises with photo work. What else is new? Dell hasn't divulged full details of the screens themselves, but there's now a single-display arm and a dual-display stand to get just the right placement. Like what you see -- or rather, what you will see? The U2413 and U2713H should be...
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The startup, founded by a former Apple executive, also has allowed users to search via Google within titles made using its technology.
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Inkling makes itsStarting Tuesday, Inkling is making its free digital publishing platform, Habitat, available to everyone. The company is also introducing an enterprise product, with publishers including Pearson and... Wolters-Kluwer as launch clients.
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Justin's New Instagram Account Is Dreamy

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 15:57
Justin's New Instagram AccountThere he goes again, Justin Timberlake, taking our hearts and turning them into mush. The multi-hyphenated boy wonder, who by all accounts brought sexy back...
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An expedited hearing may take place next week for the suit through which Greenlight Capital hedge fund is trying to force Apple to distribute high-yield preferred stock to shareholders.
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The company has already won approval of an expedited hearing.
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This Robotic Mouse WasLab rats have a new companion, but it's not friendly. Researchers at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, have developed a robotic rat called WR-3 whose job is to induce stress and depression in lab... animals, creating models of psychological conditions on which new drugs can be tested. More
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Luxury Phone Brand VertuVertu, the formerly-owned-by-Nokia maker of eye-wateringly expensive, leather-clad, gem-encrusted, handmade-in-the-U.K. 'luxury' smartphones, has launched its first Android-powered device: the Vertu... Ti. After leaving the Nokia fold, back in October, it was rumoured that Vertu planned to do what many a Nokia fan still wishes that company would do: ditch Symbian and adopt Android.
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New Era of Neighborhood Watch

ABC News - 12 Feb 2013 15:55
New Era of Neighborhood WatchA social network for neighborhoods is for more than just asking neighbors to borrow some sugar.
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Three UK's 'Ultrafast' GalaxyAs promised, Three UK has just launched its "Ultrafast" Galaxy S3 variant online and in stores. Coming in the familiar marble white and pebble blue color options, the new model is essentially a Galaxy... S3 LTE (check out our review). That means its hardware supports DC-HSDPA (the fastest flavor of 3G) as well as 4G LTE. Three's putting both technologies under its "Ultrafast" banner, hence the naming of this device, and the carrier tells us an over-the-air update will switch on LTE by default when it launches its 4G network. The Ultrafast Galaxy S3 sells for £449.99 on Pay As You Go, and it's also available on two-year £34-36 per month contracts, which include "All You Can Eat" data. If you're buying on contract, you'll need to stump up a £29 up-front fee. Source: Ultrafast Galaxy S3 on...
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Amazon Beats Out Apple AsA little victory both for Amazon and the world of virtual commerce, today: the online retailer has topped the ranking for best reputation in a poll of 14,000 U.S. consumers, according to Harris... Interactive. Apple, which was last year's winner, slipped down to number-two. At number four, Google was the other tech company to make the top-five in the Harris Poll, now in its 14th year, with Disney (#2) and Johnson&Johnson (#5) rounding out the list. The full report is embedded below.
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Mythbuster Adam Savage onAdam Savage is a fan of deadlines and working under time constraints. Over at Wired, he's shared his thoughts on how a clear deadline helps him be more efficient when it comes to problem solving --... advice that could apply to all of us. In Savage's case, he uses a quirky, personal pet project (building the head for an Alien costume) to illustrate his point. "We're conditioned to believe that the deadline is working against us. But I'm not so sure," he writes. "Any cursory perusal of a fan / maker forum on the web reveals two distinct kinds of projects: the long, meandering, inconsistently updated but impressively detailed effort and the hell-bent-for-leather, tearing-toward-a-deadline build." Unfortunately it seems Savage still has...
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#Forwhy: American Express lets you pay by tweet

The Register - 12 Feb 2013 15:48
Taking your cash is bad enough... now vendor gets free ads too? Credit card company American Express has launched a service that lets customers buy things using Twitter....
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Own a Piece Of Mars Without aGood news for anyone who's stared in envy as NASA sends rover after rover to explore and study Mars. You no longer need countless millions and a team of rocket scientists to perform your own... experiments on the red planet. For just $25 ThinkGeek will sell you your very own shard of our celestial neighbor. More
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Meridian Explorer combinesFeel that? If you're an audio purist, the sensation of your wallet tingling is probably a familiar experience. This time, you have Meridian to thank, which is aiming to help you get the most from your... nice headphones. The company just debuted the Explorer: a portable, USB-powered DAC and headphone amplifier that's priced at $299. Like all external DACs, the unit promises better sound quality than typical onboard solutions can deliver, and as a high-end touch, the Explorer offers asynchronous USB audio for greater timing precision and reduced jitter. Alongside the 3.5mm amplified headphone output, you'll also find another 3.5mm jack that supports both analog and mini Toslink connections. Each Explorer is built in the UK and measures approximately 4.0 x 1.25 x 0.7 inches. Perhaps most...
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British luxury handset designer Vertu has launched the new Vertu Ti, an Android smartphone with a price tag of €7,900 or $10,569. The 3.7-inch smartphone doesn't impress when it comes to the regular... list of specifications: a dual-core, 1.7 GHz SnapDragon S4 CPU, Android 4.0, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage memory and an 8-megapixel camera. It does, however, shine when it comes to the cost of materials used -- crystal and titanium, and it's all handmade by a single craftsman in England from 184 parts. Nokia head Anssi Vanjoki highlighted the new Vertu in a tweet, claiming that "nothing will ever feel the same". Interestingly enough, that's his first tweet since Oct. 12, 2012, when V...
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Winston, Siri's LittleYou may remember Winston from its private beta launch back in August, but the DreamIt Ventures-backed startup is ready to officially launch its digital assistant app in the App Store. Winston is a bit... like Siri, in that a smart digital voice gives you information direct from your smartphone. However, unlike Siri, Winston doesn't listen. He just talks. (Typical man.)
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How apps can find you a date

IOL - 12 Feb 2013 15:30
Singles who believe in love at first sight can turn to new apps that will match them with potential dates in time for Valentine's Day.
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The iPad will see increasing competition not just from 7-inch tablets but potentially from new touch-screen ultrabooks, forecasts a Citi analyst.
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Relationships Perfectly SummedWhen you've been in a relationship a while, you and your partner develop a natural rhythm for your day-to-day interactions: which is perfectly encapsulated in this drummer versus drummer performance... featuring Charlene deGuzman and Miles Crawford. It's also a pretty good representation of every text conversation you've ever had. More
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It's been two years since Nokia announced a radical change in direction that would see it use the Windows Phone operating system in its smartphones. So was it the right decision to make?
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Enterprises are cautiously approaching the bring-your-own-app (BYOA) threat by adopting in-house app stores, with one quarter of all enterprises using their own mobile market by 2017.
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Microsoft Surface Pro review

ZDNet - 12 Feb 2013 15:19
The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing... features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.
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The tax software giant's latest service is an online portal where small-business owners can find qualified CPAs.
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Willow Garage debunks collapseWe've been tracking Willow Garage's fortunes since 2009, so when we heard rumors that the company wasn't long for this earth, we were concerned. Fortunately, the PR2 maker has hit back at the... scuttlebutt, saying instead that the start-up is becoming a commercial entity in order to become self sustaining. With any luck, founder Steve Cousins will announce a retail version of Bakebot when he's talking at Expand.
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4 kissworthy digital valentines

Fox News - 12 Feb 2013 15:15
4 kissworthy digitalLooking for easy ways to turn a photo or a video into a kissworthy valentine?
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New subsea cable: all the details

Tech Central - 12 Feb 2013 15:15
Musa Phungula, the man behind a new subsea cable that will link similar systems landing at Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal and Yzerfontein north of Cape Town, plans to build two huge, 6000sq m data centres... to house servers for international content companies and local telecommunications operators
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Watch 'The Kidnappers Foil,'From the 1930s to the early seventies, Texan filmmaker Melton Barker spent his life shooting the same movie over and over again. As The New York Times reports, Barker would travel to a town, charge... children to star in his two-reel movie, The Kidnappers Foil, and move on, leaving the reels behind. It's estimated that Barker left hundreds of unique movies in his wake over the years, and recently it's been added to National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. The Texas Archive of The Moving Image has a handful of the movies available for viewing online, and is continuing to search for more. The map pictured above shows all the locations that Barker is known to have filmed in -- an impressive feat in itself.
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WATCH: Happy Darwin Day!

The Huffington Post - 12 Feb 2013 15:13
WATCH: Happy Darwin Day!Happy Darwin Day! February 12th marks the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. In celebration, I managed to dig up some little known details about his...
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US shark attacks hit highestScholars say shark attacks in the U.S. reached their highest level in a decade last year.
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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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Boffins build system to reconstruct man's protolanguages Boffins have put together a new computer system to translate protolanguages, the ancient "parent" tongues from which modern languages... evolved....
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150-foot asteroid to zoom nearAn asteroid half the size of a football field will buzz close by Earth on Friday, coming closer than many weather satellites, but there is absolutely no chance the space rock will hit the planet, NASA... says.
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Cord Cutters: A first look atThe new WD TV Play comes with a simple UI, a focus on the key apps you need and a competitive $70 price tag. Check out our review to see if that's money well spent.
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Nataly Dawn On Her New AlbumDrop Nataly Dawn's new album How I Knew Her into a search engine and you'll turn up lots of talk about the singer-songwriter's surprise turn from the whimsical covers of indie duo Pomplamoose (her... YouTube-driven collaboration with musician and partner Jack Conte) to an eclectic folk rock-ish album of probing, poignant songs that chronicle, among other things, her struggles with faith and identity. But one of the most intriguing things about How I Knew Her is how it came to be in the first place: Back in July 2011, Dawn launched a Kickstarter project asking fans for $20,000 to fund an album of solo, non-Pomplamoose material. By the time funding closed in early September, she'd quintupled her target figure and raised an astonishing $104,788. The new album hits stories this Wednesday (it's...
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New WD TV Play Streaming BoxWD is no stranger to making media streaming devices -- it's been in the business for several years, most notably with its WDTV Live and WDTV Live Hub products. But those devices both are priced at $99... and above, with the Hub also including built-in media storage. The new WD TV Play, by contrast, is focused on the lower end of the market, with a $69 price tag and a number of streaming services already lined up. The box streams video from online providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vudu, Spotify, SlingPlayer, Pandora, and Facebook, among others. In that sense, the new device gets to leverage all of the content that WD had added to its previous streaming boxes. It also provides users with the ability to access and stream their own media at home, whether it be photos, video, or...
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To Celebrate 75 Years Of MarchA few years ago, the organization rolled out its NCAA Vault from years and years of March Madness. Now it's putting some of that footage to use, with the launch of a new YouTube channel, called NCAA... OnDemand, which will be home to hundreds of the best clips from years of the tournament.
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Broadcom's first LTE modemBroadcom, manufacturer of baseband and modem components for smartphones, tablets, and other devices, has announced its first LTE modem, the sleepily-named BCM21892. The new modem is targeted towards... high-end smartphones and tablets, and supports a host of advanced connectivity features, including LTE FDD and TDD Advanced CAT 4 for download speeds up to 150Mbps and uploads up to 51Mbps; VoLTE and HD Voice; HSPA+, TD-SCDMA (for Chinese markets), and EDGE / GSM; and carrier aggregation, which lets carriers combine frequencies to improve data speeds for users. In addition to having all of these connectivity options, Broadcom says the 28nm BCM21892 is 35 percent smaller than the leading competition (read: Qualcomm), which makes the chip...
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Logistics needs mobility techs

The Australian - 12 Feb 2013 15:00
Logistics needs mobility techsTHE demand for skills around supply chain systems management is expected to rise as the use of mobile devices gathers pace, says an hiring expert.
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Broadcom outs smaller, moreWelcome to the BCM21892. It may sound like every other piece of Broadcom silicon we've covered, but it actually represents an important move from a company that is eager to start pecking at Qualcomm's... lunch. First and foremost, this a 4G modem for flagship phones rather than any budget fare, with support for LTE-Advanced and data speeds of up to 150Mb/s. To deliver that kind of performance, carriers either need 20MHz of contiguous bandwidth -- a rarity these days -- or they need carrier aggregation technology, which allows a modem to exploit separate chunks of bandwidth simultaneously. The BCM21892 boasts that spec too, not to mention compatibility with most of the popular network standards in use around the world, from the TD and FD types of LTE right down to HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE/GSM....
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Video Games: Video Games - NiAmong the latest video game releases are Ni no Kuni, Temple Run 2, the Cave, Dead Space 3 and Fire Emblem.
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Kinghorn funds back-pain venture

The Australian - 12 Feb 2013 15:00
Kinghorn funds back-painRAMS home loans founder John Kinghorn has emerged as the prime investor for National ICT Australia spin-off Saluda Medical.
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NBN contractor on track to miss goals

The Australian - 12 Feb 2013 15:00
NBN contractor on track toONE of the contractors delivering the National Broadband Network is will not meet earlier construction estimates.
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Apple's Invisible 'MicroslotA new patent granted to Apple today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) describes an invention called "microslot antennas," which would integrate cellular and wireless radio antennas directly into case... materials, which could both reduce the size requirements of internal elements of a device, and also make it so that there's no evidence on a gadget's external case of the antenna's presence, to the naked eye at least.
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Robotic tormenter depresses lab rats

New Scientist - 12 Feb 2013 14:52
A new robotic rat induces stress and depression in lab animals, creating models of psychological disorders for testing new drugs
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iMadeFace Turns You Into a Cartoon

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 14:49
Move over, Mickey Mouse. A new app helps users create cartoon versions of themselves and their friends. Called iMadeFace, the free app lets you transform your mug in just a few minutes by using its... built-in templates. Nearly every part of your face is customizable with a swipe, making it easy to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. To get started, tell the app whether you're trying to create a male or female cartoon. A basic template will then load, with a scroll bar at the top of the screen for different parts of the face. For instance, you can select the hair icon from the top scroll bar to adjust the hair on your cartoon. Swiping from left to right will change your hairstyle, while s...
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Epic glacier collapse caught on camera

Fox News - 12 Feb 2013 14:45
Epic glacier collapse caughtAmateur photographer Christian Grosso got a surprise recently when he visited a glacier in Argentina's Patagonia region: an enormous ice bridge connected to the glacier ruptured and fell, causing a... huge wave in the lake below.
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Microsoft fixes 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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Gun-loving rocker to attend State of the Union address Ted Nugent - the rocker famed for deploying Marshall stacks and hunting rifles to equally deadly effect - will attend Barack Obama's State of the... Union address later today....
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Will Gen 3 Chromebooks Finally Hit the Mark?

TechPinions - 12 Feb 2013 14:43
Now on their third generation, Chromebooks have taken a deserved perceptual and business beating over the last few years. Generation one and two were flawed in many basic ways, with high prices,... sluggish performance, and lack of robust off-line capabilities. This makes Lenovo's and HP's latest entry into the category all that puzzling. Is
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Gigabyte P2742G gaming laptopGigabyte unleashed the beast today with a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that's named, awkwardly enough, the P2742G. The system combines a quad-core Core i7 CPU and a GeForce GTX 660M GPU with Windows 8 and... a 1080p display. First announced last fall, the P2742G is now available from £909 in the UK via retailers such as Amazon. Likewise, we've spotted similar pre-order prices for US markets in the neighborhood of $1,450. The laptop boasts two storage bays with RAID array support, an optional Blu-ray combo drive and THX TruStudio Pro enhancements. You'll also find a 2-megapixel webcam in the mix, but your color choices are limited to either orange or black. That said, if you're able to grab both, you'll be well-coordinated for when Halloween comes around. In the meantime, you'll find the full spec...
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Lessons from harnessing the power of social media to build brand loyalty.
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Nextdoor Closes $21.6 MillionNextdoor, the company that lets people create private social networks with others who live in their local neighborhoods, has raised $21.6 million in a new funding round led by Greylock Partners with... the participation of existing investors Benchmark, DAG Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Allen & Company, Pinnacle Ventures, along with new investors Bezos Expeditions and Google Ventures.
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Nextdoor raises $21.6 millionNextdoor wants to pick up on the community surrounding a neighborhood and create a high-tech combo of Craigslist, police tips, local messaging, and safety information. With more than $21 million in... new funding, they're on track to keep growing.
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At least... until hybrids inhale helium With the rise of the iPad and the growing desire among consumers and enterprise for sexy and speedy gadgets, it seemed that flash gits were holding all the... cards. The hard drive industry was holding its breath, wondering how to replicate the expensive experience. But what about hybrid disk drives, the ones that have a lump of flash cache inside their casing? Are they just the thing to spread tablets and Ultrabooks into the mass market? It's now increasingly likely that hybrid drives combining flash speed and disk drive capacity and affordability will take a massive mass-market bite out of the computing pie, leaving a reduced wedge for pricy all-flash tablets and notebooks and just a small sliver for lumbering and slow disk-only notebooks and...
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The NASA rover has sampled beneath the Martian surface, perhaps laying the groundwork for future craft to build on or even mine the Red Planet
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Adobe drops price of CreativeAdobe this week cut the price of its Creative Cloud software suite for users in Australia, putting subscription rates on par with those in the US. The decision, first reported by the Australian... Financial Review, comes a day after members of the Australian Parliament announced a public inquiry into allegations that Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft price their products at unfairly high rates for domestic consumers. "Creative Cloud membership pricing in Australia for individuals has been reduced to AU$49.99 [US$51.26] on an annual subscription per month for new and current customers, effective immediately," the company said in a statement. "Month to month pricing was $94.99 per month [and is now] $74.99 per month." The reduction should go a...
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Plex Android app gets aUsers of the Plex media server and its suite of client apps can expect an all-new app for Android soon, rebuilt two years after its debut for a vastly improved UI and feature set. While musing about... the progress of Android as a platform for users and developers alike -- a good read if you'd like a peek behind the curtain to find out more about multiplatform coding life -- a Plex blog post details everything that's added in the new version, and one major thing taken away: compatibility with any Android OS before 3.2 (retained to keep working with Google TV.) According to the devs, almost 90 percent of users are on at least Ice Cream Sandwich, and focusing on newer platforms means support for newer features like Cloud Messaging, lock screen music player controls and global search...
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Syntheo hits NBN construction delays

ZDNet - 12 Feb 2013 14:19
Ongoing issues with National Broadband Network construction contractor Syntheo caused NBN Co to reduce its June forecast for the number of premises passed.
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As part of the handset maker's restructuring efforts, Nokia has sold its Finnish Peltola, Oulu campus to Technopolis.
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A report into the UK's Cyber Security Strategy has found that a lack of workers with the right security skills is making it difficult for the country to defend itself online.
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The theft of hundreds of metres of copper cable led to broadband outages in Middlesex and Sussex last year.
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Google Reportedly Pays AppleA leaked report from Morgan Stanley seems to suggest that Google will pay Apple a cool $1 billion dollars in 2014 to remain the default search engine in iOS. More
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How the wrong kind of praiseToddlers whose mothers and fathers applauded their efforts more than they praised them as individuals had a more positive approach to challenges five years later, it claims.
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Epic glacier collapse video:Christian Grosso was visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina's Patagonia region and had his camera trained on the ice bridge at the opportune moment.
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Bitcoins used to pay for pizza

BBC - 12 Feb 2013 14:11
Bitcoins used to pay for pizzaProgrammers have created a site that lets people pay for pizza using the bitcoin digital currency.
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How to gain solid-state performance with out losing hard drive capacity Feature The idea of using a low-capacity SSD to store the most frequently accessed files or parts of files in order to access... them more quickly than a mechanical hard drive can serve them up - a technique called SSD caching - has been around for some time, but it wasn't until the arrival of Intel's Smart Response Technology with the company's Z68 chipset, released in 2011, that the technology began to be implemented in personal machines rather than servers....
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Fingerprint introduces newFingerprint is moving forward in building a strong platform for educational kids games on mobile, launching a new multiplayer game that will allow kids and parents to play together on mobile, just as... the parents might already do in Words with Friends or Letterpress.
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In "Exploding the Phone," Phil Lapsley writes an entertaining and educational history of the people who hacked the original phone networks. Lapsley talked to CNET about his book.
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In "Exploding the Phone," Phil Lapsley writes an entertaining and educational history of the people who hacked the original phone networks. Lapsley talked to CNET about his book.
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Doctor Who gets anFor all the dimensions that Doctor Who has explored on TV, the third has been a rarity -- there was an early 3D experiment in 1993 for the series' 30th anniversary, a 2010 trailer, and that's that.... For the show's 50th birthday, the company is willing to make a return trip through a two-part 3D special. Most of what's in store for the unique event is being kept secret, although we imagine we'll see plenty of Sonic Screwdriver action. We'll have to see how closely the special's broadcast dates align with the official anniversary in November; hopefully, it's far enough into the future that Whovians can prepare with a little TV shopping.
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Cementing relationships and saving 'leccy Turkey will spend $5bn over the next two years creating a smart grid to cope with increased energy consumption, and buying plenty of American kit with which... to do it....
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Bill Gates On Apple,Microsoft founder Bill Gates took part in a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) on Monday - via an 80 inch Windows 8 computer. The billionaire...
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I Dream of Congo exhibition opens in London

British Journal of Photography - 12 Feb 2013 13:36
I Dream of Congo exhibitionLauren Heinz BJP A new exhibition at London's Conway Hall represents a unique attempt at getting photographers and writers to discuss, and raise awareness of, issues affecting the Democratic Republic... of Congo, Lauren Heinz reports A new exhibition at London's Conway Hall represents a unique attempt at getting photographers and writers to discuss, and raise awareness of, issues affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lauren Heinz reports
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While the fundamental the technology of video publishing is well established, the "second phase" is about making content contextually relevant, across devices and in...
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How to build your own Steam Box today

PC World - 12 Feb 2013 13:30
How to build your own SteamManufacturers have tried to put PCs in our living room for years, with mixed success. One of the most recent example is Alienware's X51, which looks great in a home-theater rack, but delivers... underwhelming performance when you use it to play high-end games with all their graphic settings cranked up. But this January, the "PC as a gaming console" construct took a new twist. Valve Software, the developer of the Half-Life game series and Steam digital distribution network, confirmed long-running rumors that it's working on a "Steam box"--a prebuilt PC that plugs into an HDTV, and runs the entire lengthy list of games available on Valve's network. But there won't just be one Steam Box on the market. Instead, the Steam Box will become its own hardware category, filled with prefab PCs from...
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Vertu announces $10,000Vertu, perhaps best known as a purveyor of ridiculously expensive Symbian phones, has turned its attention to the Android smartphone market with a new device, dubbed the Vertu Ti. In keeping with what... you'd expect from this kind of brand, the Ti is pegged as a luxury device, as is reflected by its €7,900 ($10,000) price tag. On the inside, the Vertu Ti isn't all that remarkable -- there's an unnamed 1.7GHz dual-core processor powering the show, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, as well as a 1.3MP front-facer, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 64GB of storage and pentaband DC-HSDPA connectivity. Even less remarkable is the year-old skinned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powering the software side of things. But Vertu's banking on its build quality and unique materials to set it apart...
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CEO of Apple responds to lawsuit over company shares.
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BlackBerry Z10 Teardown: ABlackBerry's new all-touch Z10 may have only been announced a little over a week ago, but some intrepid nerds have already torn the phone to shreds. And inside? It looks a lot like a Samsung. More
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Thieves posed as workmen in raid that cut off hundreds Two men have been jailed for 16 months for nicking large volumes of copper cable from BT's network. The pair posed as workmen to swipe the metal,... cutting off telephone and internet connections to hundreds of homes and businesses....
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Toshiba's REGZA AT501 comesDear Uncle Toshiba. Thank you so much for announcing this REGZA Tablet AT501, the followup to the AT500. We noticed that you'd thrown in a 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display alongside a 1.3GHz Tegra 3... system and 1GB of RAM, which is very nice. It was a bit sad, however, to see that it only came with a 3-megapixel rear facing camera. On the upside, you did manage to install Android 4.1, Splashtop and a battery that's rated for 10 hours -- which is probably why it weighs 625 grams. Unfortunately, you priced it at 40,000 yen ($425), more than a Nexus 10 -- so if you don't mind, can we keep the receipt?
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I bought a Nexus 4 out of intellectual curiosity. After three years of using iPhones, it's now my main phone. That's great for me, but a problem for Apple et al...
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Vodafone customers in the UK are now being given the all-clear to go ahead and update their devices to iOS 6.1.1, designed to fix the mobile data issues introduced by the previous version.
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The company is to acquire Virsto, a storage hypervisor and optimisation vendor, in an effort to further its software-defined datacentre strategy.
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If Dish Networks' wireless network project fails, potentially "billions of dollars" in spectrum may flood the market.
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Turn your webcam video into aWebCamMesh is an HTML5-based browser app that does some mind- and space-bending things to your webcam. Developed by Los Angeles-based Felix Turner, the demo maps webcam video onto a WebGL 3D Mesh,... creating a "fake" 3D depth field that you can undulate and modify with onscreen controls. Once you grant the app access to your webcam, you can shift the 3D field by scrolling with your mouse, or adjust parameters such as saturation, contrast, and Z-axis depth from directly within the browser. The app uses Perlin noise visual effects to create a ripple simulation, though Turner says that the 3D effects work best within a dark room, where foregrounded images are significantly brighter than the background. WebCamMesh went live as a demo last...
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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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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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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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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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There's a rumor that Microsoft will be bringing Office to Linux. That will happen when pigs fly.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A new site from the Department of Energy helps businesses assess the implications of their future energy consumption.
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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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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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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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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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