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

DPhoto Journal - 12 Feb 2013 11:25
Last Updated (12 February'13): Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is a 16MP 1/2″ EXR CMOS II Sensor Digital Camera with Fujinon 20x Optical Zoom Lens equivalent Focal Length: 25-500mm in a 35mm format. It... features 3.0-inch LCD Monitor with 920k-Dot resolutions, Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60fps, RAW+JPEG Shooting Mode, Equivalent ISO 100-12800,
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MIT crafts genetic circuitsIt's easy to find work on gene-based storage; finding genes that will do any of the heavy lifting is another matter. MIT believes it has a genetic circuit that will finally get to work, and then some.... In using recombinase enzymes to alter DNA sequences serving as logic gates, researchers have developed a cellular circuit that not only mimics its silicon cousins, but has its own built-in memory. As the gate activation makes permanent changes to a given DNA sequence, any gate actions stay in memory for up to 90 generations -- and will hang around even if the cell's life is cut short. MIT sees its technique as having ultimate uses for areas where longer-term memory is important, such as environmental sensors, but could also see varying output values helping with digital-to-analog converters...
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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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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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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 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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Send Tracker, a new product from LinkedIn, tells salespeople how and when people view their online slides.
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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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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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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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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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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said he has never been more bullish about the company's ability to innovate.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The company said its efforts complement Salesforce's Work.com efforts.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The tax software giant's latest service is an online portal where small-business owners can find qualified CPAs.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As part of the handset maker's restructuring efforts, Nokia has sold its Finnish Peltola, Oulu campus to Technopolis.
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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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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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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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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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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 €31.7 million ($42.5 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 €30.5 million ($40.9 million).
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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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Adobe preemptively cuts pricesAdobe has suddenly knocked 20 percent off its prices in Australia just one day after it was summoned to publicly defend those prices in front of a parliamentary committee. The monthly fee for a... subscription to Adobe's full Creative Cloud has dropped from AU$63 to AU$50, so it's now only $1 more than the US price when you factor in currency. The no-contract monthly cost has also fallen to match how much Americans pay -- from AU$95 to AU$75 -- which is exactly what Australian lawmakers have been demanding since 2011. We can't decide if this is a move of brilliant cunning on Adobe's part, or just a blatant effort to side-step blame for how much it's been charging up to this point. Either way, it puts Microsoft and Apple in a sticky situation, because they've been summoned to the same inquiry...
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Holocaust stories preservedThere are an estimated 500,000 Holocaust survivors alive today, but with an average age of 79, they comprise an ever-dwindling part of the world's population. Their stories, however, will almost... certainly live on, thanks in part to innovative efforts like New Dimensions in Testimony -- an initiative that aims to record and preserve their harrowing histories through 3D holographic avatars. Launched by USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the project effectively converts existing survivors into full-body, interactive holograms. Using seven high speed cameras, researchers recorded hours worth of testimony from people like 80-year-old Pinchas Gutter, who spent his early childhood in a Nazi...
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Martian 'Robot Arm' Mystery Solved?

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

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

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

Mashable - 12 Feb 2013 08:49
Photos of what may be Apple's next iPhone surfaced online Monday. Posted by a Chinese technology site, the images allegedly show the iPhone 5S already going into production. Nearly identical to the... iPhone 5, the handset shown in the photos has an updated vibration motor (some have complained the iPhone 5's is too noisy). Beyond that minor difference, however, it looks identical to the model currently on the market. Apple launched the iPhone 5 last September. The Chinese site also suggested that an iPhone 6 was on the way, soon. It said the 6 will sport a larger display, increasing from 4.8 inches to 5 inches. This past weekend, rumors surfaced that the Cupertino, Calif. compa...
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Tense battles against aliens hampered by outdated visuals.
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Explorers reenact Shackleton'sIt's been lauded as one of the greatest survival stories of all-time.
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Sonos tackles TV sound with Playbar speaker.
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Google Now widget leaks, getsMountain View has silently been updating Google Now for a while -- throwing in a pedometer, some travel tools and even limited desktop support. A premature update to the feature's support page has... revealed what's next: widgets. The proposed tool promises to give your Now cards a suitable abode on your device's home or lock screens, presenting a summary of your card selection at a glance. A single tap will dive directly into the full Google Now experience, offering you a better look at the corresponding deets. We aren't sure when or even how this feature will land, but it's sure to be a welcome addition when it does. After all, it's all about getting the right information at the right time.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tesla CEO Elon Musk calls NYWe recently had a chance to put a Tesla Model S through its paces and we had no problem getting where we were going -- and back again -- despite our testing happening in Upstate New York the middle of... a rather chilly January. The New York Times, however, had a bit of a harder time of it. Over the weekend, Times reporter John M. Broder published what can only be called a rather negative report on a failed trip to one of Tesla's fabled Superchargers. After a series of short charges and a series of drives in a Model S (the very same car we tested, we would add), Broder ultimately ran out of juice and was left stranded, having to tow the car from Brannford, CT to the nearest Supercharger, this one in Milford -- about 25 miles away. Broder blamed the temperature and, ultimately, the car for...
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The office superstore is offering a deal on any Windows system, including Microsoft's new consumer slates.
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There's a rumor that Microsoft will be bringing Office to Linux. That will happen when pigs fly.
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Simulmedia Raises Another $5Simulmedia has raised another $5 million in funding in an inside round from existing investors, the company confirmed today. The money comes from Time Warner Investments, Avalon Ventures, and Union... Square Ventures, which together have put a total of about $32 million into the company since it was founded in 2009.
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Studio chief Nancy Tellem wants to deliver "hit" programming, including live events, reality shows and scripted programs with an interactive twist.
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LG reveals Optimus L SeriesAs usual, LG can't wait for the show to start to display its latest phones, previewing the Optimus L-Series II line ahead of MWC 2013. Just like its predecessors, the L-Series II will come in a... variety of sizes, with a 3.2-inch L3II, 4.0-inch L5II and 4.3-inch L7II on the way. Developing...
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Obama to make second Google+It turns out President Obama's inaugural Google+ Hangouts interview wasn't a one-off; he'll be conducting a second this week, just over a year after the first occasion. The Hangout will take place... this Thursday at 4:50PM ET, and comes two days after the President's State of the Union address. In a blog post, Google says that you'll be able to put your own questions to the President via the White House YouTube page -- the deadline is 11:59ET Wednesday. We're not sure if this is going to become a regular thing for the President, but it seems that the White House is pleased with Hangouts' effectiveness as a communication tool.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This Augmented-Reality RobotReady to have your brain blasted to bits? U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is a "virtual assistant" that is actually a green-clad humanoid robot. Users look at her using virtual reality goggles and instead of seeing a... mildly creepy, ninja-like blog they see an actual face and body. You can reach out, touch the body, and even shake hands with your robotic pal.
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Russ Warner: Networkers:Sadly, even children as young as kindergarten are targeted by identity thieves now.
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Google is finally taking orders for its Nexus 4 wireless charging accessory. The Nexus 4 uses Qi wireless charging technology -- the same stuff used by the Lumia 920. This means that users can just... set their device on a compatible charging mat (or in this case, an orb) and have the device charge by induction. That can be really convenient, especially for users who don't want to make their office or bedside table messy with too many cables or plugs. Google announced it would be shipping a wireless charger for the Nexus 4 back when the device was announced last October. Nearly four months later, you can finally place an order for $59.99 from Google Play . No word on when the charg...
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Greek Police Accused ofWith Photoshop's ubiquity, it's actually surprising that we haven't heard about more scenes like the following: Greek police may soon be under investigation for attempting to airbrush out evidence of... police brutality in the mug shots of four young men. And it was a terrible 'shop job, at that. More
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It's called Invoke Capital, it's based in the U.K. and it sees potential in early stage European technology startups.
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The Department of Parliamentary Services is looking at ways to meet a AU$2 million shortfall in funding required to roll out desktop upgrades.
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If Apple Makes a Smartwatch,Although Apple has a reputation for revolutionary products, they don't appear out of thin air. Usually, when the company enters a new market, it first looks at all the competition and figures out why... it hasn't become popular. Only then does Apple make a big leap forward, as it did with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. We may see this happen again with smartwatches, a still-nascent category of gadgets that can do a lot more than tell time. By connecting with our phones, smartwatches can alert us to incoming messages, tell us the weather, give us a glimpse at news headlines or act as remote controls -- all without ever making us reach into our pockets. According to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Apple is now testing a smartwatch of its own. It's not clear when an Apple smartwatch...
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Furious One Direction fans hurled death threats at Taylor Swift on Twitter after her sassy performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" at Sunday's 55th Grammy Awards. The harsh threats... continued to roll in well into late Monday. The angry fans think Swift mocked her ex-boyfriend -- 19-year-old One Direction member and British heartthrob Harry Styles -- during her Grammy set. The 23-year-old rewrote the lyrics to the song and at one point noticeably sang in a fake British accent (watch below). "So he calls me up and says, 'I still love you'," Swift belted, singing the last four words with the accent. "And I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys.'" SEE AL...
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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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How much RAM does your system need? Find out in this definitive guide.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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The ten feistiest firms of 2013, according to Fast Company's annual roundup.
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Apple Updates iPhone 4S To iOSApple has just issued iOS 6.1.1, a bug-fixing update aimed at the iPhone 4S specifically to address issues around cellular issues on 3G connections for some European carriers, per the release notes.... The update had been in beta for only five days, which is a much shorter cycle than Apple usually goes through for new iOS updates. The new release is a different one from that already in testing, according to Apple, which addressed Maps fixes for users in Japan.
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Google Announces 9th EditionAs expected, Google will once again run its Summer of Code program for college students around the world this year. Students who make it into the competitive program get to work on open-source... projects for mentoring organizations from around the globe. Over the past eight editions, 6,000 students from more than 100 countries participated in the program. Students will able to submit their applications starting April 22.
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Despite the Super Bowl's extensive security two students managed to sneak in just in time for Beyonce. And they captured the entire caper on hidden camera. More About: nfl, Sports, Super Bowl
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White House Owes Response ToU.S. assistant attorney Stephen Heymann built his career taking on hackers in computer crime cases. Now at least 25,000 people believe he took one such case too far--enough voices that the White House... will have to respond to their calls that he be fired.
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The Family Photo That Was LeftWe've seen photography of the Moon, and photography taken on the Moon; people have even left photography gear up there. But this is the first we've heard of a photo from Earth, not only making it to... the Moon, but staying there. Fortunately, it was left there on purpose (Can you imagine? "Uhhh ... John
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Doug Olenick: Dell's Midlife Crisis

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

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

The New York Times - 11 Feb 2013 22:00
Esquire prepares to introduce a new television network. | Beauty bloggers storm fashion week. | The wristwatch of the future.
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These High-End Office ChairsIf sitting is the new smoking -- that is, it makes you look cool and significantly shortens your life expectancy -- then we, as sitting addicts, should choose our brand. People even moderately... acquainted with high-end office chairs know about the Herman Miller Aeron, but Steelcase also makes a few premium thrones. In particular, the Steelcase Leap is a widely acclaimed chair. It's a Wirecutter favorite; here's Kyle VanHemert's take: More
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Soil microbes break down organic matter in permafrost more rapidly when exposed to ultraviolet light, so sunshine could speed up carbon dioxide release
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This Could Be HTC's New Smartphone

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

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

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

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

Mashable - 11 Feb 2013 21:16
A bug in photo-sharing site Flickr made some users' private photos publicly visible for nearly a month. More About: bugs, flickr, privacy
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Drones are not being used in what could be the biggest manhunt in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the government agency responsible for supplying such equipment. UK... newspaper Express was the first outlet to report that the LAPD was using flying robots from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hunt down Christopher Dorner, a former police officer and Navy reservist suspected of killing three people. The LAPD has been tirelessly searching for Dorner for almost a week now. One of his alleged victims was a police officer and there is a $1 million dollar reward for information leading to his capture. According to the paper, Dorner had become "t...
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Photojojo University: LearnSmartphones are being used more and more to capture daily life photography, but many of its loyal users are perpetually stuck at the point-and-shoot level of photographic know-how. If that describes... you, and you'd like to add a little more technical understanding to your brain, Photojojo has a new service designed just for you. It's
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Which celebrity fashions from the 55th Grammy Awards inspired Facebook users to react via status updates? Facebook on Monday gave Mashable the results from its "Red Carpet Talk Meter" partnership with... InStyle. The meter anonymously aggregated Facebook posts and comments to rank Sunday night's hottest fashions and trends. SEE ALSO: See 6 GIFs of Carrie Underwood's Animated Dress Below, check out the rankings -- and commentary from InStyle magazine. Most Buzzed About Men Image via Jason Merritt/Getty Images 1. Justin Timberlake, Tom Ford 2. Nas, Brioni 3. Adam Levine, Lanvin 4. Miguel, Lanvin 5. Chris Brown, Lanvin 6. Tim McGraw, Tom Ford 7. Drake, Saint Laurent Paris 8...
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Minecraft Pi Edition ready toIs Minecraft the new Doom? It feels that way, as it's increasingly playable on every platform under the sun -- including the finally available Raspberry Pi port. After a false start in December,... Mojang has posted Minecraft: Pi Edition for consumption on the tiny ARM PC. The public release is a cut-down version of Pocket Edition that fits into the system's limited resources, including networking if you've bought the $35 Raspberry Pi unit. The limitations reduce the chances that you'll be creating virtual electronics with a device that was originally meant for very real electronics, but try not to let the irony sting: it's a chance to create blocky virtual worlds on a computer that costs less than a good night on the town.
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The Nexus 4's Charging Orb IsThe Nexus 4 has been around for a few months now, but the Android phone's pretty wireless orb charger is just now available in the Google Play store. More
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Twitter reacts to pope'sMost big-name celebrities and world leaders who have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon often use the social network to share important news with their followers.
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11 Amazing Soundboards ForSure, singers sing and guitarists strum, but you owe just as much to the engineers behind the music as you do the musicians themselves. They may not get much time in the Grammy spotlight, but in honor... of the mixers and shakers who make music worth listening to, here are 11 epic past and present soundboards, mixing consoles, and more. More
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Urinary System: Facts, Functions & Diseases

Live Science - 11 Feb 2013 20:59
Urinary System: Facts,The urinary system - also known as the renal system - produces, stores and eliminates urine, the fluid waste excreted by the kidneys
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Nexus 4 wireless chargerGoogle has finally put the Nexus 4's official wireless charger on sale for $59.99, with a five-charger limit. The charger uses the Qi wireless technology, which juices up your phone without having to... actually plug in the device. So you put it down to charge, pick it up and go. The tech specs list a 4-hour charging time (for a full charge, we reckon) and a 5Vdc/1.0A output. The picture here looks a little wonky, but it's got a micro USB connection to the included power adapter, which Google says is for the U.S. and Canada only. Source: Google Play Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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Google Nexus 4 WirelessGoogle's Nexus 4 wireless charger has been a creature only of legend up until today, even though the phone itself shipped months ago, late in 2012. Now, though, American buyers can get their orb... orders in, for $59.99 for the Qi-based inductive charger for Google's latest Android reference smartphone.
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British regulator to probeA British regulatory agency said Monday it has launched a probe into the accounting practices of Autonomy covering the two years before it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion.
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At the height of New York Fashion Week, internationally renowned designer Alexander Wang reclines in his signature black, slouchy sweater and slacks, his Nike sneakers tucked under a crisp, white... couch. He's invited a close group of friends and media to the Samsung Galaxy Lounge at Lincoln Center, where the world's biggest fashion designers reveal their Fall/Winter 2013 lines to eager critics and consumers. Although Alexander Wang showed his collection on Saturday night, his work is far from over. He is partnering with Samsung to crowdsource designs for a limited edition bag. Using Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, members of Wang's inner circle of friends, family and artists will d...
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Nexus 4 wireless charger nowWhen the Nexus 4 was first announced, we had a glimpse of a wireless charging dock that was meant to go with it. Well, good news for folks in the United States, as the induction dock has just popped... up on the Play Store, and Nexus 4 owners can order one now for just $59.99. It puts out 1 amp of juice at 5 volts and joins a host of other Qi-enabled wireless chargers -- cord cutters rejoice! [Thanks, Luis]
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Nexus 4 wireless charging orbThe elusive Nexus 4 wireless charging orb -- one of the most striking features of Google's Android flagship -- is finally on sale through Google Play, a few months after the phone's launch. It's... currently selling for $59.99 in the US, with shipping times quoted as around a week; we're not yet sure of overall international availability. The Nexus 4 itself has only recently come back in stock on the Play Store, after Google apparently massively underestimated initial demand, so this is fairly good timing. We've also seen longer delays on some other Google accessories, like the Nexus 7's dock. The Nexus 4 orb recalls the now-discontinued Palm Touchstone, and Nokia's Lumia 920 has also incorporated wireless charging based on the Qi...
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Do we need protection from cellphones?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Huffington Post - 11 Feb 2013 18:58
Myanmar Hacking: GovernmentYANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's government denied on Monday that it was behind a possible attempt to hack into the email accounts of journalists working for...
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Apple is one of three high-profile companies being required to explain to an Australian government inquiry why its product pricing in Australia is significantly higher than in the United States,... reports Kotaku Australia. The issue is not a new one for Australian officials, but legislators are stepping up their investigations into prices being paid by Australians. The action comes after Apple, Microsoft and Adobe had all refused to send representatives to public hearings held by the IT Pricing Inquiry. The government has now issued summonses to all three companies, requiring them to attend and Parliament member Ed Husic warning that legal consequences will follow if they fail to comply. These firms should have cooperated and been prepared to be more open and transparent about their pricing...
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Iran claims to have producedThe United States Navy and the Obama administration have denied Iran's claim that it captured a ScanEagle surveillance drone in December, 2012, but according to the Fars News Agency, Iran is insistent... that it has put clones of the ScanEagle into production. Fars, a news agency thought by Western news groups and observers to have ties to the Iranian government, reports that copies of the ScanEagle have already been put into service by the Iranian military.
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Woman Photographs HerselfMemphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has long been aware of strangers making fun of her behind her back due to her size. So aware, in fact, that she has turned the whole concept into a... full-blown photography project. Titled Wait Watchers, the series consists of Morris-Cafiero's self-portraits in public in which strangers can be seen in
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Picasso created masterworks with house paint

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

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