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4 Apr 2013 - United States
Destiny's Character ClassesThe other day we reported that Bungie's upcoming game, Destiny, was shown off in a character development video, and now thanks to Eurogamer, they have revealed the different character classes and... races that gamers will be able to choose from within the game. Starting off with the rather standard Human race, there is also the Awoken race which was apparently designed with vampires and elves in mind, and there's also the Exo, which was inspired by Bungie's Master Chief from Halo (pictured above), and are described as being war machines and were inspired by looking at undead characters, and even The Terminator. In addition to the three races, gamers will be able to choose between three different fighting styles: Titans, which are more gun-heavy tank-like characters, Hunters who sound like...
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Canon outs VIXIA HF G30While the image of the amateur camcorder user still revolves around a parent recording baby's first steps, Canon knows that at least some of us want high-quality footage without venturing too far into... pro camera territory. Witness its new VIXIA HF G30, which rolls in image quality and control that are still rare outside of big shoulder-mounted cams. It includes a larger CMOS sensor than its ancestors, a new DIGIC DV 4 processor and an equally fresh 20X (26.8-536mm equivalent), f/1.8 lens; together, they should cut back on visual artifacts, improve stabilization and produce a gentler depth of field effect. Canon is also expanding its WiFi support to include DSLR-like remote control of the camcorder through the web browsers of most modern devices. The upgrade rounds out with a handful of...
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Verizon is open to the idea ofVerizon CEO Lowell McAdam is watching T-Mobile's new contract-free, subsidy-free mobile strategy closely. If consumers start biting, McAdam says Verizon is willing to shake up its own pricing and... contract policies.
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Chinese Bookstore App GetsApple has banned a Chinese bookstore app for iOS, citing illegal content as the reason. The app offered titles that the Chinese government says are illegal. It was clarified to the developer by Apple... that the app has only been pulled from the Chinese App Store. It will remain online in iTunes Store outside of China. The company did not say exactly which of the titles were illegal. The app is called Jingdian Shucheng, a loose translation of which means Classic Bookstore, it offers 10 books. Recently we have been seeing a change in how Apple deals with matters related to China. After a state sponsored propaganda campaign was expected to cause Apple billions in sales, the company apologized to China which saw their state media soften its stance. Now just a couple of days after that, it bans...
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Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox saysTokyo-based Mt. Gox, the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange, says it's been hit by a major DDoS attack that's causing lengthy trading lags, 502 errors, and in some cases, preventing people from logging... into their accounts. The news follows a hack of Bitcoin wallet site Instawallet earlier this week, which precipitated an indefinite suspension of its service.
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Feilan FL-102 Universal Remote Control

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 06:11
Feilan FL-102 Universal RemoteThere are remote controls, and then there are remote controls. I know that most of us, myself included, have not heard of Feilan before, but perhaps it is time to sit up and take notice. With the... plethora of devices in the living room sporting their very own remote control, it can get rather confusing at times, especially to the uninitiated, to use the right remote control for a particular device - even more so when they are all of the same brand. Well, one of the solutions would be to minimize your gizmos, or get a universal remote control, and this is where the Feilan FL-102 steps in. This universal remote control also allows you to use it with an Android-powered device, now how about that for versatility? Basically, with the Feilan FL-102, you are able to control an Android TV box which...
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BlackBerry's Peculiar BBMBBM Music, I hardly knew ye (seriously, I never got the chance to play with it). In an email sent out to the service's users earlier tonight, BlackBerry announced that it was officially pulling the... plug on its curious BBM Music service on June 2 though the email admits the date is "subject to change".
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As Web Search Goes Mobile,Though Google is the undisputed king of search, alternative services are chipping into its share of the market.
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Giving a Baby a Light Saber IsImagine a world where light sabers are real. Totally awesome, yeah? All fun and games, right? But not really when a baby gets his hands on a light saber. When they start waving things around, you're... at their mercy. Fingers, homes, human bodies and anything else are just in the way. More
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Seagate Ships World's FirstSeagate will be shipping a 4TB hard drive that has the distinction of being the world's first to include a 1TB per platter design. This basically means that each spinning disk in the hard drive has a... capacity of 1TB, and that there are four of them. It's not everyday that you can claim to that have something that's the "world's first", so don't be too hard on Seagate. This certainly isn't the first hard drive to have a 4TB capacity, but apparently the new 1TB per platter design significantly increases the hard drive's performance over the competition. It consumes 35 percent less power than comparable drives on the market with 4TB capacities, and at 145MB/s, it has the highest average data rate as well. But most importantly, the new design will also bring down costs. A hard drive in an...
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This Watch's Wheel of WeatherWe rarely think twice about the technological complexity behind checking the forecast on our smartphones. But an intricately detailed mechanical watch, like Breva's new Genie 01, that tells you what... the weather will be like? There's something still wonderfully fascinating about checking a forecast that's produced and displayed via a series of complex analog mechanisms. More
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Tomorrow: watch The VergecastWe are on a record-tying one episode streak for starting on time -- and we bet we can do it again. So join us tomorrow (Thursday) at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 8PM GMT for The Vergecast. We shouldn't need to... tell you what to expect, because frankly, we don't know either. But then stay tuned after for Top Shelf! It's the underdogs of gaming, featuring Ouya and a 1-on-1 interview with Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. That's after The Vergecast at 2:30PM PT / 5:30PM ET / 9:30PM GMT. Cancel your plans, keep it locked, and we'll see you tomorrow!
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The CamRanger is the wireless device photographers have been waiting a long time for and after one use I can say it was worth the wait.
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Critical IT issues relating to the UK's universal credit system could leave benefit fraudsters better off. All part of the "digital by default" strategy of course.
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How to Get Facebook Home on April 12

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 20:51
Eager to try Facebook Home? You won't be able to do that today, but on April 12, you'll be able to download the software on three currently available smartphones that are supported by the new Facebook... Home Android experience. The most seamless way to get your hands on Facebook Home is to pick up HTC's new phone specifically created for it, the HTC First. It'll be available on April 12 for $99.99 with a two-year contract, exclusively from AT&T. It will have a 4.3-inch glass display, Android 4.1 Jellybean underneath, and will be available in four colors: black, white, light blue and red. According to Zuckerberg, there will be four Android phones that will support an installation of Facebook Home from the Google Play Store, in addition to the preinstalled Facebook Home on the new HTC First....
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Is Facebook Home Facebook'sFor a while now, Facebook users have been saying they've had just about enough. They're saying it with their words, telling Pew researchers they plan to spend less time interacting with the service... this year, and they're backing it up with their actions, cutting down by an average of 30 minutes a day last year, according to Nielsen.
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Here are the likely specs ofStarting April 12, you can get the HTC First from AT&T: An LTE, Android 4.1 phone with Facebook Home as your launcher. AT&T hasn't provided many specs, but some nosing around on the HTC site yielded... quite a few.
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It's been five months since Timothy Ferriss launched his bold experiment in modern publishing. The best-selling author bypassed the "big six" publishers, signed with Amazon and, as if that weren't... unconventional enough, partnered with BitTorrent to help promote his new book, The 4-Hour Chef. The whole thing seemed almost designed to generate press, which it did. But now for the important part: Did the experiment work? It sure looks that way. Despite being boycotted by Barnes and Noble and other bricks and mortar retailers, Ferriss's book has sold over 250,000 copies and landed on all the major bestseller lists. Of course, Ferriss is a well-known and established author, which helps. So does signing with Amazon, which is powerful enough to send the U.S.'s biggest brick-and-mortar book...
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DEA says it can't interceptApple mentioned back in 2011 that iMessage used encryption to safeguard conversations, but we've never had an exact understanding of how deep the security layer goes. It's deep enough to stymie... interception attempts at the DEA, according to an intelligence note gleaned by CNET. The agency warns its staff that it's "impossible" to tap the messages through usual methods -- great for privacy, but a worry for law enforcers. There isn't much that officials can do, either, short of discovering a clever in-the-middle attack or enacting proposed changes to the law that would mandate backdoor access. And before you ask: BlackBerry Messenger isn't necessarily as secure. While BES-based BBM chats are largely locked down, there's a common encryption key for all BlackBerrys that makes it relatively...
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Hands-On With The HTC FirstThe Facebook Home experience is based around next-level gesture control. Here you can watch us swipe, fling, and pop Facebook content in our hands-on demo of the new HTC First handset that comes with... Home pre-installed. Compared to Facebook's flagship suite of native mobile apps, Home on the HTC First is much more responsive. You could even call it (gasp!) fun to use. Watch that in the video embedded above, and stay tuned for footage of our chat with Facebook Home product designer Justin Stahl.
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PCWorld Digital MagazineAt PCWorld we've been producing digital versions of our print magazine issues for the past 10 years. But during most of those years, the digital versions were available only in PDF format--first... through Zinio, later through Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook, and most recently through Google Play--as exact copies of the print PCWorld magazine issues. In the past year, however, thanks to evolving technologies and capabilities, we've moved beyond the limitations of print (and PDF replication) to offer our readers a better digital magazine experience. Last May we launched the PCWorld Digital Magazine Enhanced iPad Edition, and now we're now offering current print subscribers free access to it. We've designed the Enhanced iPad Edition to deliver the best possible experience of PCWorld...
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HTC First an EE exclusive in the UK

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 20:45
HTC First an EE exclusive inFacebook Home-powered phone will be exclusive to the UK's first 4G network British mobile network EE has announced that it'll exclusively carry the new HTC First in the UK. The first handset to run... the new Facebook Home suite out of the box, the HTC First also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, a 4.3-inch screen and 4G LTE connectivity. No UK pricing or release date has been offered yet, but with the phone launching on Apr. 12 in the U.S. we'd imagine it'll be hitting British shores sooner rather than later. More: HTC First forums Source: EE on Twitter
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Does Jabba the Hut's PalaceStar Wars has always been a Rorschach test for me. Imperial Star Destroyers remind me of cheese wedges or tortilla chips. R2D2 looks like a .38-caliber bullet on wheels.
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2 months after DOJ settlement,About two months after Macmillan agreed to settle with the Department of Justice, retailers have begun discounting its ebooks. In general, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the iBookstore appear to be... matching each other's prices, while Google and Kobo aren't yet discounting in most cases.
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Watch this: Mark Zuckerberg'sLess than an hour after Mark Zuckerberg walked off stage, you can stream today's unveiling of Facebook Home. The 40-minute presentation is already available for on-demand viewing, and it makes for a... great overview of the company's latest and "best" mobile experience. If you want to relive the introduction of Coverfeed, Chat Heads, and other pieces of Home -- Facebook's ambitious bid to take over your Android phone -- now's the time. We've embedded the event in its entirety below.
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Shooting Aerial Imagery with aLast week Anthony Jacobs of Perspective Aerials reached out to tell me that he had become the first person to fly a Canon 1D C with a drone rig. The 1D C is a camera I have a very mixed relationship... with, but when you see the way someone like Anthony puts it to work
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If you've been wondering why iOS devices have started to seem old and boring, we have proof. The very same design used in iPads and iPhones was used as far back as 1993.
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The confluence of cloud computing with smart devices has created new opportunities for cloud providers to add value by harnessing and analyzing big data.
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What Could Be More RelaxingCombining the backyard pastimes of hot tubs and fire pits, Cal Spas has created the Cal Flame R-Elements: a hot tub that surrounds those inside with a series of small butane fire pits. Because as... anyone who's ever escaped a burning building will tell you, there's nothing more exciting than being surrounded by fire. More
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Chairs Only Have Bit Parts InFacebook has posted its first official promotional video for Facebook Home to its YouTube account, and unfortunately it isn't the bizarre video set on an airplane they showed during their presentation... earlier today. Instead, it uses the classic method of tugging at your heart strings and playing on your disconnectedness from real-life relationships to suggest how much a device could help with that.
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Courtney Love makes a characteristically profane appearance in this ad for NJOY e-cigarettes The former Hole frontwoman is shown puffing away at some upper-class function. After someone rats her out,... a haughty woman tells her, "You know, you can't smoke in here," to which Love replies, "Relax," and explains in her own way that it's an NJOY In reality, Love's reply may fall flat. Though e-cigarettes give off an odorless vapor rather than smoke, they are increasingly being banned from workplaces and other public settings anyway. So far, however, only one state -- New Jersey -- has banned e-cigs wherever smoking is not allowed. New York, however, has banned the smoking of e-cigarettes within 100 feet of a public or private school entrance in September 2012. The state also banned e-cigarette...
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AT&T's HTC One now available for preorder

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 20:33
AT&T's HTC One now availableSnag one by April 18 and get a free HTC Media Link HD as well Just a quick heads up in amongst all the Facebook craziness that AT&T's version of the HTC One is now available for preorder. Pony up $199... and you'll get 32 gigabytes of on-board storage. Another $100 gets you the 64GB version. That's all on-contract pricing, of course, but AT&T tells us you should be able to pre-order off-contract as well. Plus, if you preorder by April 18 (the HTC One is officially available April 19), AT&T's throwing in a free Media Link HD for wireless streaming. (See our full review of the Media Link HD.) You can preorder the HTC One from AT&T here. More: Our HTC One review; HTC One forums
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DxOMark examines lenses forDxO Labs has tested 85 lenses on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and analysed the results, looking at its two proprietary measures: 'Perceptual Megapixels' for lens sharpness, and the overall DxOMark score.... In the first section of a multi-part series, it makes comparisons against both the EOS 5D Mark II and the Nikon D800, with results that may be surprising. Click through for a link to the full article.
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The Stock Market Smiles OnFacebook this morning launched "Home," a family of apps for devices running the Android operating system, at a flashy press event at its Menlo Park, California headquarters. While sentiment about the... launch is still shaking out among gadget experts and other tech industry watchers, there has been a positive response from one key demographic: Public market investors. Facebook's stock rose steadily this morning as the Home launch event played out after starting at 10am Pacific Time (1pm Eastern Time.) At the time that the official event and the following Q&A wrapped at 11:00am, Facebook's stock price was $27.04, a solid gain from the $26.57 stock price that it began the event with an hour before. Trading volume was also markedly up during the event, which was available online via livestream....
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The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to towering cedars that are thousands of years old. Google has captured views of the forest in winter.
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The CEO of the social-networking giant says that his new product doesn't really compete with Android but may get developers to bring "high quality experiences" to the operating system.
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A survey by Glassdoor suggests a perhaps surprising name that allegedly pays its software engineers most. Still, Google's engineers are paid more than Apple's.
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May The Force Of 'Vadering' Be With You

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 20:27
May The Force Of 'Vadering' BeTired Of Tebowing? Bored Of Planking? The latest meme to take the Internet by force is, fittingly, an example of how to use "The Force."...
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Facebook Home coming to IceGingerbread users out of luck in getting Facebook Home on their devices Facebook Home -- the new app suite announced today by Mark Zuckerberg at the 'Facebook's New Home on Android' event -- has been... confirmed in an after-event Q&A session to be compatible only with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. That means any phones or tablets running an Android version older than 4.x are out of luck when it comes to using the upcoming Facebook software. Right now the official list of phones that'll support Facebook Home at launch is as follows: HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and of course the HTC First.
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DEA Memo: Apple iMessages 'Impossible To Intercept'

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 20:26
DEA Memo: Apple iMessagesThe federal government seems a bit frustrated by Apple iMessages. CNET News' Declan McCullagh and Jennifer Van Grove have uncovered an internal document from the...
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Facebook Home Program partnersCarriers, manufacturers and a chipmaker partner with Facebook At today's press conference at its California HQ, Facebook announced that many of the mobile world's big names are already on-board with... its Facebook Home Program, aimed to bring the social network's new "Home" suite of apps to phone buyers out of the box. The list includes manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Alcatel, Lenovo, ZTE, chipmaker Qualcomm and mobile networks AT&T, Orange and EE.
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Facebook Home event replay now available

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 20:24
Facebook Home event replay nowThe live stream for the Facebook Home event has wrapped up, but the replay is available for those of you that want to really know the ins and outs, but missed the show the first time around. The short... version is, Facebook is making a launcher that has a bunch of in-depth customizations for notifications, news feed, and chat. It's not a whole new operating system, but it does promise to be a unique experience - at least for those of us that spend a lot of time on Facebook. So, notice anything especially interesting from the live event that hasn't really been highlighted yet?
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This is Facebook's new Android Home

Fox News - 4 Apr 2013 20:23
This is Facebook's new AndroidWith its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences.
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After next Tuesday, Microsoft will only officially support its latest two versions of the Office for Mac suite.
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Nokia has shuttered its flagship store in China, and is looking to mobile operators and others to pick up the slack.
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Facebook Introduces 'Home' For Android Phones

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 20:20
Facebook Introduces 'Home' ForMENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook is unveiling a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content...
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Chrome 27 Beta Lets You BrowseThe latest Chrome beta just hit Google's release channels and Chrome 27 for desktop, and mobile promises to speed up your web-browsing experience by making content appear on your screen 5 percent... faster than before. Also new in this release are a new user interface for HTML5 date and time input forms, support for live audio input using the Web Audio API, some minor updates to the Chrome DevTools and a few other minor updates, such as unprefixed support for the allowfullscreen attribute for . Speed, of course, is something Google has always been obsessed with, and a 5 percent increase in how soon web content appears is something the Chrome team is obviously proud of. To make this possible, Google says, the scheduler is now "more aggressive about using an idle connection and demoting the...
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Facebook announced a new method of mobile messaging Thursday: A system where users can send and receive messages within other apps as to not disrupt their general workflow The name of this visionary... technology? Chat heads (Pause for reaction.) Of course, the Twitterverse instantly went to work questioning Mark Zuckerberg's sanity for approving the odd name SEE ALSO: If Other Social Networks Made Phones Putting aside the awkward name -- just for a minute, don't fret -- we also paused wearily when learning that this new tech allows users to "flick" or "throw away" chat heads to dismiss their friends' messages. This only leaves us to wonder, what social ramifications are to come after literally swatting our friends away?
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Wall Street seems to like Facebook's phone more than they liked Graph Search. Facebook stock shot up by more than 3% on the day following Facebook's phone event, rising above $27 a share for the first... time since mid-March. The stock had ticked up slightly this week in anticipation of the event and was trading at around $26.65 just before the event began. By comparison, the stock dropped after Facebook's last major announcement for Graph Search as analysts were unimpressed. The expectation leading up to that event was that Facebook might reveal a true search competitor to Google or, yes, a Facebook phone.
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By Mike WallSpace.comNASA's first manned outpost in deep space may be a repurposed rocket part, just like the agency's first-ever astronaut abode in Earth orbit.With a little tinkering, the... upper-stage hydrogen propellant tank of NASA's huge Space Launch System rocket would make a nice and relatively cheap deep-space habitat, some researchers say. They call the proposed craft "Skylab II," an homag...
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Record-Setting Star Explosion Spied By Space Telescope

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 20:13
Record-Setting Star ExplosionBy: Miriam Kramer Published: 04/04/2013 11:44 AM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind, a supernova that...
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Facebook phone: HTC 'First'HTC announced a new smartphone called the "First" Thursday that has been optimized for Facebook Home, a new interface for the Android operating system.
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HTC First with Facebook Home hands-on

The Verge - 4 Apr 2013 20:12
HTC First with Facebook HomeThe HTC First is, of course, the "first" phone to launch with Facebook Home built in as its core skin. It is, without a doubt, a mid-range Android device -- but it seems sturdy and probably able to... bounce around in your bag without taking much damage. It's running on AT&T's 4G LTE network and launching on April 12th for $99.99, but is available for pre-order today. The device has a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The First has a soft-touch rubber design and smooth clean edges, and at 4.3 inches feels almost twee when compared to the current HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4. It's about the size of an iPhone 5, but with curved glass on the sides and a front-facing camera in...
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Watch Videos Of How To UseFacebook Home brings a variety of new features to the Android experience, and now you can see those in action in a video series released by launch carrier partner AT&T via their official YouTube... channel. The features demoed are the new Cover Feed home screen, Notifications, and Chat Heads, all of which I singled out as key features that could offer a user experience advantage for Android users coming from vanilla installs.
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Archeologists Unearth HugeA huge complex uncovered near what some believe to be the Biblical birthplace of Abraham is exciting researchers who for years were unable to...
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Facebook Home video shows ChatAlongside the big Facebook Home announcement today was a short and sweet video which ran through what these new Android apps were all about. Sure, the video is mostly about invoking all the feels for... social networking, but we do get to see Chat Heads, Cover Feed and notifications in action. It looks like it's working smoothly enough, anyway. Expect Facebook Home to be landing April 12, alongside the new HTC First.
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Samsung's estimated profitsAs it's known to do, Samsung has released early estimates for its quarterly earnings and Q1 of 2013 was another good one for the company. According to reports, its operating profit is expected be... around 8.7 trillion won ($7.7 billion), pushed by sales of its current smartphone lineup even as its new standard bearer, the Galaxy S 4, waits in the wings.
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Facebook's new app is Android only, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company wants the software on "every" device.
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Facebook's new app is Android only, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company says it wants the software on "every" device.
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Facebook Home Starts WithAfter Facebook introduced "Home," its new launcher for Android phones which will help you engage with your friends quickly without having to open the actual app, I asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg... if such a product could ever find its way to iOS. Clearly, the reason for "starting with Android," as Zuckerberg put it at the beginning of the Home event, is because Google's mobile operating system is completely open, can be modified or forked by anyone and allows more customizations than any other mobile OS. When it comes to iOS, Zuckerberg was quick to remind us that it already has a partnership with Apple, since Facebook is as deeply integrated into the operating system as a company can get. Currently, you can tweet of update your Facebook status from the notification screen on your...
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HTC First the first Snapdragon 400-powered phone

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 20:08
HTC First the first SnapdragonHidden away in today's HTC First and Facebook Home announcements was the news that the Facebook-centric HTC First is powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 400 processor -- a mid-range chip announced... back in February. The Snapdragon 400 series offers a dual Krait aSMP version running up to 1.7GHz per core; or a quad A7 version at 1.4GHz. (The HTC First is said to run the dual-core variant, though this has yet to be confirmed.) Both versions will be paired with an Adreno 305 native Miracast wireless display technology, and 4G LTE connectivity options. The HTC First will launch on Apr. 12 on AT&T, priced at $99.99. More: HTC First announcement; HTC First forums
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Watching Potato Chips BeingNPR has a nice little video feature about Herrs potato chips being made, and it's worth taking a few minutes to watch. But the real stars are the animated gifs of the machinery at work. I can't look... away. I want to watch a machine that makes chips all day while another machine feeds them to me, constantly, forever. [NPR] More
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Watch Facebook's First Ad for 'Home'

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 20:06
Facebook has dropped its first ad for Home, which it is calling a "whole new experience for your phone." The 60-second ad above takes a page from Apple's playbook and presents Home as an un-scary... technology that puts people first. Voiceover: "We carry our phones wherever we go. They're with us almost every second of the day. We reach for them when we have a free moment or we're curious. More than anything we use our phones to connect to the people we care about. From the moment you turn on your phone, you see what your friends are sharing. Your latest messages, calls and updates are right upfront. And you can keep chatting from any app, so no matter what you're doing, your friends are always right there with you.
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Poll: Facebook Home is anFacebook didn't quite unveil its own phone, but you can make your Android phone a Facebook phone with a custom launcher. The question now is: will you?
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Facebook will put ads in HomeFacebook has often been coy about its monetization strategies, but the company has confirmed that ads will be coming to Home for Android, the launcher it debuted today. "There are no ads in this yet,... I'm sure that one day there will be," said Mark Zuckerberg when asked about how Facebook Home would make money. Another member of the team clarified that ads would be coming to Cover Feed, though they won't be there when the app launches on April 12th. Zuckerberg responded more directly to a further question: "Yup!" he said when asked again whether people might see ads in cover feed. He described ads as another type of content, along with the friend updates and news Facebook has been trying to put front and center with its recent updates....
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The European Satellite Navigation Competition is looking for ideas to help commercialise the Galileo satellite navigatoin system by creating new technologies based around satellite data.
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Facebook Home's Four MostFacebook's event today was all about a new "Home on Android," and that's exactly what Facebook Home delivers. The Android launcher integrates Facebook features into most aspects of the Android... smartphone experience, eliminating the need to jump into a dedicated Facebook app in most situations. Here's a breakdown of what Facebook Home is all about.
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Facebook Home: The Death of Android

TechPinions - 4 Apr 2013 20:03
As a core operating system, Android is thriving. As a brand-and a user experience-it is dead. Facebook just killed it. Android's brand demise has been coming for a long time. Phone makers have been... taking advantage of Android's open architecture to install their own modified versions, such as Samsung's TouchWiz. The most recent Android launches,
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The folks at Rdio are taking their music service experience to the big screen with their new Vdio movie and TV show service. Rdio Unlimited subscribers can try it out now with a free $25 credit in the... Vdio store.
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Japan to overhaul power industry

ZDNet - 4 Apr 2013 20:02
Cabinet approves plan to split utilities' generation and transmission businesses and open the residential electricity market to competition, which could help it bring down costs and make it more... attractive to invest in the country.
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HTC First Officially Announced

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 20:00
HTC First Officially AnnouncedFacebook's press conference is underway right now at the company's Menlo Park headquarters. They've already announced Facebook Home and as rumors had suggested, HTC announced a smartphone. HTC First... has now finally been unveiled and it looks exactly like its image which was leaked a day before. HTC CEO Peter Chou said at the event that the First is going to be the "ultimate social phone", though he didn't talk about any specifications while he was on stage. The HTC First will support AT&T's LTE network and it is going to be available in four colors, black, white, red and pale blue. The HTC first has a 4.3 inch display, the hardware is thin with soft edges to draw attention towards the display. Inside there's a dualcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 3G/4G world and multimode LTE....
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The Airlines with the MostA few years back, in-flight Wi-Fi was something maybe available to the President of the United States. Now it's on every airline, but not quite every plane. Which airlines are most likely to give you... the option? More
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It's all about mapping out the data with lots of graph infrastructures these days, and Salesforce.com is boosting the graphs under Chatter today.
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Google Opens Up Compute EngineAt last year's Google I/O developer conference, Google launched Compute Engine, a cloud computing platform that allows developers to run their apps on Linux virtual machines hosted on Google's massive... infrastructure. This was a limited launch, however, and developers had to either get an invitation or go through Google's sales teams to get access to this service. Starting today, developers who subscribe to Google's $400 per month Gold Support package with 24/7 phone support can access Compute Engine without the need to talk to sales or an invitation. New Pricing The support package, of course, only gives developers the ability to use Compute Engine; they will still have to pay the usual usage-based fees to access the infrastructure. The good news is that with today's announcement, Google...
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So why is Google going to all the effort of forking the WebKit rendering engine in order to crete Blink? It's down to one thing -- the post-PC era that we find ourselves in.
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Google has returned the Frommer's brand name to founder Arthur Frommer just eight months after acquiring the travel guidebook publisher from John Wiley & Sons. In March, Skift reported that Google had... ceased publishing Frommer's guidebooks in print. Frommer told The AP he plans to use the naming rights to start publishing the guides in print and e-book formats again. He will also resume updating Frommers.com, he said. In addition to returning the Frommer's brand, a Google spokesperson told Mashable that the company is also licensing certain travel content to him. The content Google originally acquired from Frommer's will continue to appear in Google+ Local and other Google services, the spokesperson added.
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How Samsung Changed the Game on Apple

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 19:56
How Samsung Changed the GameThe iPad is now 3 years old. Hard to believe we've only had tablets such a short time, given how common they have become. It's easy to forget that when launched almost all analysts thought the iPad... was a toy that would be lucky to sell a few million units.
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Google Glass developerIf you're still thirsting over details about life with Google Glass, you can now sit back and experience the presentation (though not filmed in first person with one of the units -- opportunity... missed) from SXSW last month. We covered it in our liveblog and dug up news on various apps already working with Google's Mirror API to present their information in ways that are designed for the wearable units, don't get in the way, and don't pop up at bad times. These are relatively new and unique issues to deal with since the information is being presented on a device that's in your face, so it will be interesting to see if developers are up to the challenge. Check after the break for 50 minutes of Googler Timothy Jordan showing the people what the Glass team has learned and implemented so far.
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What Would Happen If GaySame-sex marriage is once again dominating national headlines following U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 last week....
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What Are Facebook Chat Heads?

Gizmodo - 4 Apr 2013 19:54
What Are Facebook Chat Heads?One of the centerpieces of Facebook's new interface are "chat heads," Facebook's vision for the way that we should do messaging. Sounds fun! But what are they, exactly? And will they really change how... we communicate? More
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Southeast Asia can be more compelling for entrepreneurs than China or Silicon Valley with opportunities being created from cultural differences, on top of increasingly attractive cost dynamics and... staff loyalty.
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Hack attack by AnonymousWhile North Korea has made some serious-sounding threats about military action against the United States and South Korea lately, the country's looking a bit silly after several of its online accounts... were hacked. North Korea's official Flickr and Twitter pages have been vandalized, with hacker collective Anonymous taking credit. The hackers also gained access to a North Korean music and book store and the country's news and information site, both of which have both been taken down, The Next Web reports. The Flickr page now includes an image of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, with pig ears and a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his stomach. The image says Kim is "wanted" for "Threatening world peace with ICMBs and Nuclear weapons," among other things. That same image now appears aindf.com, a South...
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Minister Kapil Sibal criticizes India's courts for intervening in the telecoms industry, but the problem goes deeper in that the government views the sector as a "golden goose" instead of an enabler... for change.
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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Facebook phone! OK, so Facebook isn't making a phone per se, but the company's new Facebook Home Android experience will coming to a brand new phone from HTC, the... HTC First. This is the first Facebook Home optimized phone in the world. It will debut on April 12, 2013 for $99.99, exclusive to AT&T. It will be available in four colors (black, white, red and pale blue) and is designed to be big, but not too big. HTC calls it "the best Facebook experience" and the "only phone with Facebook Home pre-loaded and optimized." These optimizations mean that notifications for emails and calendars will come built-in to Facebook Home. It's also the first phone to ship with Instagram pre-loaded
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Facebook announced on Thursday its "Chat Heads" feature will open up a new way to communicate with friends, regardless of what you're doing on your Android phone at the time. As a part of its new... Facebook Home interface on Android-powered smartphones and eventually tablets, the company introduced functionality called chat heads, allowing you to instantly chat with friends, no matter what app you're already in. A floating picture of a friend's head appears on the screen and can be dragged via your finger to anywhere on the screen. You can tap it to open a message window. More than one Chat Head can be on screen at one time.
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The feature causes images of friends to pop up on the top of the smartphone screen when someone sends a message. The so-called Chat Head will remain on the screen no matter what app is being used.
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Porsche plugs in the Panamera

CNET - 4 Apr 2013 19:45
For its 2014 model year, the Porsche Panamera will be offered in plug-in hybrid form, and boast an electric range of over 20 miles.
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Time-Lapse Shows What EarthWe shared this time-lapse by photographer Bruce W. Berry yesterday in a post about NASA astronaut photography from the International Space Station, but we'd like to share about it a little more about... it since it's something that definitely deserves its own post. Creating a time-lapse video using publicly available photographs shot from the ISS
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HTC and AT&T announce the HTCThe new Facebook phone is official, and it'll launch this month We're live at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, Calif. where HTC and AT&T have taken the wraps off the HTC First, the first handset to come... with the new Facebook Home experience out of the box. A minimalist design with curved corners and a widescreen display, the HTC First puts Facebook Home's content and people-centric UI front and center. The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 4.3-inch screen, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU. The HTC First will be available on Apr. 12, for $99.99 on AT&T in four color options -- black, white, red and blue. Preorders begin today. In Europe, it'll launch on EE and Orange. Keep watching Android Central for more information as it emerges. In the meantime, we've got more photos...
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AT&T And France Telecom TheFacebook today announced that AT&T and France Telecom/Orange are the first two carriers to be part of its Facebook Home partnership program to develop devices with the social networks' new integrated... user experience, which will kick off with the HTC First. AT&T will be offering it as an exclusive in the U.S. at a price of $99.99 with preorders starting today. HTC First is, well, first, but there will be more. Others named in the Facebook Home Program today include Samsung, Qualcomm, Huawei and Sony.
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Facebook Home coming toFacebook's new Home launcher for Android will be coming to tablets, the company has just said. After demonstrating a series of social features, including "Chat heads" messaging and a redesigned news... feed, Facebook said that Home would hit Android tablets within "several months." For now, that version is still in development, making Home phone-only when it hits the Play Store on April 12th. Described as "mobile best," Home takes advantage of the always-connected nature of phones to offer a constant stream of social interactions. Tablets, though, offer some other advantages, including a larger screen for Facebook and Instagram's much-touted photo sharing. Facebook has also promised monthly updates to Home, so more features could be in...
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"No scientific discovery is named after its discoverer," - Stigler/Merton. Edwin Hubble's contributions to astronomy earned him the honor of having his name bestowed upon arguably the most famous... space telescope (the Hubble Space Telescope, HST). Contributions that are often attributed to him include the discovery of the extragalactic scale (there exist countless other galaxies beyond
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Only select phones will get the Facebook Home skin off the bat. Facebook promises to add more phones down the line.
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HTC First: Pure Facebook PhoneThe HTC First is a new smartphone that's deeply integrated with Facebook Home. The AT&T phone runs on a modified version of Jelly Bean and it's the only phone to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home.... More
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Bloomberg terminals now pullNow that the SEC has given companies its blessing to share business data over social media, Bloomberg has begun to pull live Twitter feeds into its market terminals, known as the Bloomberg... Professional service. According to the firm, that makes it the first financial information platform to integrate real-time tweets into investment workflows. Within the service, tweets are classified by company, asset class, people and topics, and stock buffs can even search messages, create filters and set alerts to notify them when a certain subject gets a flurry of mentions. The outfit hopes the inclusion of 140-character missives will let financial-minded folks keep their fingers on the market's pulse without switching to another system (read: being distracted by Tweetdeck) to get the big picture. Hit...
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Company's long-awaited announcement about new interface for mobile users says availability on tablets is slated for later in the year.
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Footwear Projection Mapping IsForget celebrity endorsements or extreme action footage, if you're a footwear designer who really wants shoppers to buy your sneakers, take some inspiration from Craig Winslow's marvellous projection... mapping exhibit. Instead of just sitting on a shelf, the shoes come to life with animations and a series of wild designs. More
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Facebook Home Will BeToday at the Facebook phone event, the company unveiled Facebook Home, an Android "app" that will change your home screen and core features. It will be released in the Play Store on April 12, with an... update coming every month. When it comes to tablets, the company said that it will come eventually. In "several months," tablet users will be able to install Facebook Home, assuming that you are using an Android tablet. Facebook simply said that the tablet experience "was not done yet." "We think this will be a really great way to experience Home on facebook in tablets," the company said. While Facebook is also launching a phone with HTC, releasing Facebook Home in the Play Store is a key element in the company's strategy. "The great thing about Android is that it's so open," Mark Zuckerberg...
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Facebook Home coming toDuring today's Facebook event, it was mentioned that though tablets wouldn't be supported at Home's launch, they would be available in the coming months. For those unfamiliar, Facebook Home is a... collection of Android apps that integrate deeply into the OS, though it's not an operating system of its own. What do you guys think of Home? The emphasis on Facebook pictures seems like the experience will lend itself well to tablets.
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HTC, Samsung, and Sony sign upIn addition to launching its new launcher and suite of apps for Android, Facebook Home, the social giant has also announced the Facebook Home Program for phone manufacturers. HTC, Samsung, Sony, and... others have all signed up for the program, which will help bring Facebook's new suite of apps to consumers. Chipmaker Qualcomm is also among Facebook's list of partners, along with AT&T. America's second-largest carrier is bringing a new HTC phone to its network with Facebook Home pre-installed. It's not clear if Sony or Samsung will be releasing similar handsets, or if their participation is limited to ensuring their handsets support the new launcher. Samsung's Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy S4 will all support Facebook Home when...
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Another Big Change At CNN

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 19:38
Another Big Change At CNNIn a sign of just how quickly new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is moving to change the company, the CNN.com homepage will be getting...
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Meet The HTC First, The FirstThe torrent of leaks these past few days haven't left much to the imagination, but HTC's Peter Chou has just officially pulled back the curtain on the first phone to ship with Facebook Home -- the HTC... First -- at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.
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HTC and Facebook have just announced the First, a new smartphone that puts Facebook front and center and runs on AT&T's network. Despite its name, the First isn't the first device that Facebook and... HTC have partnered up on -- back in 2011, HTC released the ChaCha, Status, and Salsa, all of which had special Facebook integration. But the First comes with Facebook's new Home launcher out of the box, offering a much richer Facebook experience than the earlier efforts. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega says that it offers "the most immersive engagement I've ever seen." Underneath Facebook's Home launcher is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Facebook says that the First will have some deeper integration for system notifications than the version of Home...
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Lessons From A Teenage Millionaire

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 19:36
Lessons From A TeenageThis article originally appeared on LinkedIn. Follow Matthew Bishop: secure: 1 "The bigger the corporation, the less the innovation." So I was told by Nick...
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LISTEN: What The Big Bang Sounded Like

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 19:35
LISTEN: What The Big BangPhysicists now have amazingly detailed images of what the Universe looked like just after the the Big Bang, but what about the sound of the...
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Facebook Home Brings aFacebook is not making its own phone, or a version of Android, because Facebook thinks Android works just fine. Their Facebook Home suite of apps, announced today, replaces the lock and home screens... that normally hold your Android apps with updates, pictures, and messaging, all delivered through Facebook. More
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Solar Spacecraft Gets a Little Loopy

Universe Today - 4 Apr 2013 19:33
Twice a year, the Solar Dynamics Observatory performs a 360-degree roll about the axis on which it points toward the Sun. This produces some unique views, but the rolls are necessary to help calibrate... the instruments, particularly the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument, which is making precise measurements of the solar limb to study
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The Evolution Of Facebook

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 19:31
The Evolution Of FacebookHow has Facebook changed since 2004? Here's a look at some of the site's most notable redesigns and features.
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Facebook's new Home software on Android means still more ways to interact with people whom you're not actually with at the time. Is that always a good thing?
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Facebook Unveils 'Home'MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences. If users choose to download Facebook's Home... software starting on April 12, the social network will become the hub of their Android smartphones. A phone from HTC that comes pre-loaded with Home will also be available starting that day, with AT&T Inc. as the carrier. (MORE: Facebook Home for Android: What You Need to Know) The idea behind the software is to bring Facebook content right to the home screen, rather than requiring users to check apps. "Home" comes amid rapid growth in the number of people who access Facebook from phones and tablet computers. Of its 1.06 billion monthly users, 680 million log in to Facebook using a mobile gadget....
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Facebook Home Announced

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 19:25
Facebook Home Announced"What if our phones were designed around apps?" asked Mark Zuckerberg, and I guess he has the answer to that rhetorical question of his. In fact, Facebook has decided that the smartphone's home screen... should be more about content rather than a list of apps, but this paradigm shift will certainly take some getting used to, and I will be the first to admit that. Of course, there is also every possibility that this idea might catch up on desktop operating systems down the road, but that remains to be seen. Facebook Home is the social network's initiative to turn things upside down, where your friends' updates will be seen in real-time on your device's home screen. To "Like" a photo, all it takes is a double tap, and you're good to go. Apart from that, swiping notifications might be something...
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Facebook's New 'Home' PutsAt today's Facebook "Home on Android" event, the company launched a brand new homescreen that can be installed across any Android device, called Home. Home transforms your smartphone from a... app-centric, task-driven device to a people-centric tool, keeping you in the know about your friends and connections with nary a swipe from you. But one part of the phone that Facebook is dedicated to preserving is messaging, and Home clearly puts a strong emphasis on it.
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Hacking group Anonymous continued its assault on one of North Korea's propaganda websites by taking over the site's Twitter and Flickr accounts, two days after saying it obtained 15,000 user records... from the site.The state-run website, Uriminzokkiri.com, could not be accessed early Thursday, and it's unclear whether the North Korean government took down the site or whether it was unavailable becau...
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"Today we're finally gonna talk about that Facebook phone," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, as he took the stage at his headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to reveal Facebook Home, a new launcher... that the social network will offer for Android phones."More accurately," he said, the company will show off a way to transform "your Android phone" into a Facebook device.The company is not building a...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today introduced a new home screen experience for Android devices. The company is trying to flip the user experience on phones so users will navigate their phone "through... people, not apps". Instead of seeing an app icon or name, Facebook has designed all interactions to focus on individual people rather than keeping emails and text messages from the same friends separate. Facebook claims users turn on their phone 100 times per day, and, among other things, is redoing the lock screen on the Android phone to give users a slideshow of photos and updates from their Facebook News Feeds. The company is putting a huge amount of emphasis on 'content' rather than 'apps', and, as a result, Facebook has put itself in the middle of everything the user does on their phone....
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Twitter Assisted In Missing Mum Search

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 19:21
Twitter Assisted In MissingSome of us might tweet about mundane stuff in life, but it seems that there is a whole lot more to Twitter than meets the eye, especially after you read about this story of a Belfast woman who managed... to track down her missing mum after 11 hours. Diane, as seen on Twitter with one of her four legged besties, was tweeted by her daughter, Joanne, who claimed that Twitter managed to help her locate her mother, which is no mean task considering how Diane suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, which has been deemed by some to be the Long Goodbye. Diane went out for a walk, but could not remember how to get back, and so she felt helpless since she failed to be in a place where there is a decent phone signal. With no one else to turn to except for the Twitter brigade, she posted an appeal on Twitter...
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Facebook Home's Coverfeed Is AAs predicted, Facebook announced a way to turn your Android phone into one focused on people and not apps, as we've grown accustomed to on computers and mobile devices. "We don't want to build a phone... or operating system that only some people could use." Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said. He went on to say that he wants to do more than build something for 1-2% of the smartphone market, since the company has over a billion users. Facebook's "Home" product isn't a fork of Google's Android operating system, it's a new launcher that brings all of the things that are happening with your friends right now to the forefront of your mobile experience. Since the home screen is the first thing you see when you wake up your phone, what we see first is "Coverfeed," an experience that our own Josh...
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It's the first major company to openly challenge FBI's warrantless data-gathering known as national security letters, which authorize a gag order ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
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AT&T kicking off pre-orders for HTC One

L.A. Times - 4 Apr 2013 19:17
AT&T kicking off pre-ordersAT&T is set to kick off pre-orders for the HTC One, the latest flagship device from the Taiwanese phone maker, starting Thursday at 11 a.m.
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Facebook announces Home - aRelax, they aren't forking Android Today Facebook announced a whole suite of new social apps for Android that will help with staying up to date with status updates, messaging, and everything else... Facebook has to offer. Don't worry, Home isn't a new operating system, or their own phone. Everything will be downloadable from Google Play. New updates with fresh features will come every month. It will be available for download on April 12 for a few select devices (Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, HTC One X+, and Galaxy Note 2), and the newly announced HTC First.
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Facebook moves to home screensFacebook is unveiling a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content right to you, on the phone's home screen, rather than require you to check apps on... the device.
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The "Facebook Phone" is here, but it's not what you thinkFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today unveiled a new way to integrate its network on Android devices. Called Facebook Home, it represents a... rethinking of how Facebook exists on Android phones, Zuckerberg said, putting people first instead of apps. "You're going to be able to turn your Android phone into a great social device," Zuckerberg said at the unveiling. "Our phones today are designed around apps, not people. We want to flip that around." Similar to how the HTC One has a live Flipboard-like interface for its home screen, Facebook Home will put updates from the social network right on the home screen via a feature called Cover Feed. Content from Facebook takes up the entire screen, with no navigation or "chrome" whatsoever. Apps...
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The social network dials up a new way to hook people on its mobile phone software.
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Deutsche Telekom, speaking to FierceWireless, denies a report that it's considering changing the terms of T-Mobile's proposed merger with MetroPCS.
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Facebook Announces 'Home', AFacebook today announced a family of apps you can install called Facebook Home, featuring full screen photos, status updates, and notifications piped into your homescreen. It won't require a forked... Android operating system, as Facebook wants it to be available to a wide audience. Facebook also announced Home will come pre-installed on the new HTC First phone on AT&T. Home will launches on April 12th in the US, and will be available to users of Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but not Gingerbread. The international rollout will come later. You'll be able to download Home if you have the most recent Facebook App and Messenger on your Android phone. You'll see a banner alert to download Home from the Google Play store. When you launch it the first time, you can decide to "try once",...
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Amazing Alex Arrives AtRovio is certainly a name that everyone should remember by now, as they are the ones who came out with the Angry Birds game that took the world by storm, appearing on just about every mobile platform... to boot. Well, I guess they are now stuck with the curse of Angry Birds, as their subsequent title, Amazing Alex, did not do too amazing in terms of sales, but at least the game has finally arrived on the Windows Phone Store. Once you have installed the application from the Windows Phone Store, you can get started with the game. Basically, the reason Alex is "amazing" is due to his imagination and a penchant for the extraordinary, where he is capable of turning his toys as well as household objects into gripping adventures. Amazing Alex can be downloaded onto your Nokia Lumia for £0.79p a...
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Good Times knows when you'reThere's a reason we cover technology instead of create it. When we see a pair of Necomimi ears we see a opportunity to embarrass a poor intern. (Thanks for being a good sport Daniel!) Ruggero... Scorcioni, on the other hand, sees a way to automatically control AT&T's Call Management system. At the company's mobile hackathon in January, he was presented with a pair of the brainwave-tracking novelties and immediately cracked it open to gain access to its precious torrents of data. The project he whipped up, Good Times, feeds readings from the cat-eared electrode to an Arduino, which then interacts with the Call Management and M2M APIs. When a significant amount of brain activity is detected, indicating that you're concentrating on something, calls are rerouted. Instead of distracting you from...
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The Facebook Phone: It'sWe've been talking about it for years now--half dread, half excitement--and now it's no longer just our imaginations. The Facebook Phone is as real as it's probably ever going to get: it's called... Facebook Home a complete Android takeover that converts your smartphone. More
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Facebook's throwing its hat in the Android ring in a big, big way. Today at an event at the company's campus in California, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Home, a deep software integration with... Android that puts Facebook services front and center. Zuckerberg left the HTC First announcement to HTC's Peter Chou, spending more time mentioning ways you could turn your Android phone into something much more social. We spend as much as 25 percent of our time on our phone using Facebook and Instagram, he said, so why not design a phone around "people, not apps?" "We want to build the best experience for every person, on every phone" Home is a family of Facebook apps that overhauls your entire device, turning it into a Facebook phone. An...
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"Today we're finally gonna talk about that Facebook phone," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, as he took the stage at his headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to see the social network's "new home on... Android.""Or more accurately," he said, the company will show off a way to transform "your Android phone" into a Facebook device.The company is not building a phone. "A great phone might sell 10 or 2...
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Apple Still Reigns Over TheLatest data from comScore reveals that Apple still maintains its lead at the top of U.S. smartphone market. Data of three months that ended in February shows that Apple remains the biggest smartphone... vendor in the US with 39% markets hare, showing a significant improvement of 3.9 percentage points as compared to the three months that ended in November 2012. Apple's closest rival Samsung has a 21% share in the market and holds second place, showing an improvement of 1 percentage point from last year. While still ranking among the top five smartphone vendors in the U.S., Android smartphone manufacturers HTC, Motorola and LG all saw their market shares drop from where it was last year. On the other hand Android retains its lead as the top smartphone platform, though it lost 2 percentage...
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Apple Patent Could ImprovementSome of Apple's most popular products these days would include the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook (Air and Pro), but does this mean that Apple has no interest whatsoever in other aspects of the consumer... electronics business? Actually, they might venture into something slightly different down the road, if the trio of filings published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office were to be looked in greater detail. It seems that these patent filings revealed that Apple intends to improve the accuracy of pedometer readings whenever they are used in mobile devices, which could mean we might actually see an Apple device in the health accessory industry sometime down the road. While Apple's patents do not mention a wearable accessory specifically, the technology that they applied for can be used in a...
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Facebook Announces Android "Home"

ReadWrite - 4 Apr 2013 19:01
Facebook Announces AndroidFacebook is set to announce its new "Home" on Android today at its campus in Menlo Park, California. Will it be a Facebook Phone? An application layer for all Android devices? We will find out soon... enough. ReadWrite managing editor Fred Paul is on the ground for the announcement. Follow Fred on Twitter and and the official ReadWrite Twitter account for updates. Join the conversation, let us know what you think of Facebook's announcement in the comments. Update: The event has ended. Facebook announced both an application layer for Android with a variety of features as well as a smartphone called the HTC First, that will be available exclusively from AT&T on April 12th for $99.99. Home will be available on select Android devices starting April 12th including the One X and One X+, Samsung...
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After Processing 50M Events,Tempo, the smart calendar startup that spun out of Siri birthplace SRI International, is beginning its international expansion today by launching in Canada. The app tries to enhance the events in your... calendar with additional information based on the type of event. It can show you relevant documents, social network profiles, and directions to a meeting. It can also send automatic messages if you're running late and handle dialing in for conference calls. Because Tempo tries to understand each event, founder and CEO Raj Singh told me it needs to adjust to local phone numbers, addresses, and so on when it launches in new countries (and it'll be even tougher when Tempo moves to non-English-speaking regions).
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Google cracks open access toGetting into Google Compute Engine isn't impossible, but it isn't super easy either. You sign up and wait. Now Google is opening the door to new users willing to pay for support.
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Today, Reddit is one of the most influential sites on the web. But back in 2005 when it was just getting started, co-founder Alexis Ohanian remembers thinking, "We really didn't know what we were... doing." But intentionally or not, Ohanian and co-founder Steve Huffman were doing something right. One year after launch, they sold Reddit to Conde Nast in 2006 for a reported $20 million. The site spun off in late 2011, and went on to score 37 billion pageviews in 2012. In the past year, the site has since spun off and attracted the likes of Bill Gates, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and President Barack Obama
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Today on New Scientist: 4 April 2013

New Scientist - 4 Apr 2013 19:00
All the latest stories on newscientist.com, including: black hole firewall, US nuclear power, North Korean nuclear bombs, women's powdered eggs, and more
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Dissolved in volcanic ponds, meteorites could have provided early life with the chemicals it needed to store energy
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How Can I Make Traveling withDear Lifehacker, More
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The startup says its wait list is finally nearly at zero, so it's decided to head north. It's also working on a more intuitive version of the app that can anticipate your future moves.
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Watch an artificial material made up of tiny droplets fold up like living tissue
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WiFi-Only Samsung GalaxySamsung did a lot to advance the idea of a "smartcamera" late last year by announcing the Galaxy Camera -- an Android-powered compact camera that looks and feels more like a giant smartphone than an... traditional point-and-shoot. However, some smiles turned to frowns when people learned that it would be sold through mobile carriers such
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The next iPhone may not sell as well as past versions thanks to its high cost, warns the CEO of France Telecom.
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In The Future We Will All LiveTackling rising oceans with style Scientists estimate that the sea level will rise 9 inches or more by 2030, up to more than 6.6 feet by 2100. In anticipation of a far wetter world, French... architecture firm Sitbon Architectes designed this pod concept for a habitable, eco-friendly phytoplankton farm in the Indian Ocean. Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that form the foundation of the aquatic food chain. They use chlorophyll to turn sunlight into energy, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen like land plants. They can have explosive population growth, known as a bloom, expanding over hundreds of square kilometers in the ocean. Moored to the ocean floor, the farm, called Bloom, would be a 5-story, partially-submerged center where scientists could live and grow phytoplankton,...
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The Daily Roundup for 04.04.2013

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 18:58
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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Flexiant raises $5.7M to pushFlexiant targets service providers - particularly telcos - that want to become infrastructure-as-a-service wholesalers. It's just starting to gain traction in Europe, and now it wants to push into the... U.S. as well.
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Live Blog: Live From TheGood morning, Internet! We're live from Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, where the company is expected to finally detail the bordering-on-mythical Facebook Phone. Will it be just one phone? Will... it be software to turn many Android phones into the Facebook Phone? We're here to find out!
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Entry Level BlackBerry 10 RIt has been only a couple of months since BlackBerry announced their new BB10 platform and the new Z10 and Q10 smartphones. Both of these devices are high-end devices, while the latter has not even... been made available to the public yet. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has previously confirmed that they have as much as four BlackBerry 10 devices planned for this year. Sketch of an alleged R Series entry level BlackBerry 10 device leaked today, which is reportedly quite similar to the BlackBerry Q10. The R Series BB10 device is said to have a full QWERTY keyboard, SD card slot for external memory expansion, 8GB of internal storage and a 1,800 mAh battery. It is expected to be launced in early fall or late summer 2013. The price tag is supposedly going to be between $300 - $400 without a...
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The Evolution Of Facebook

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 18:50
The Evolution Of FacebookHow has Facebook changed since 2004? Here's a look at some of the site's most notable redesigns and features.
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Facebook Home: A SocialAfter days of intense speculation, Facebook just revealed its big play to dominate people's attention on mobile devices.
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On April 1, Nokia announced it's closing its flagship Nokia store in Shanghai, and this was no April Fools' joke. It's the latest in a series of shutdowns of the phone-maker's failing retail... storefronts. The Shanghai store was its largest remaining shop. Unfortunately for Nokia, not many people really noticed or cared that the shop is closing. The Nokia Flagship Store SH account on Sina Weibo has had only 938 reposts of its "Goodbye Shanghai" post in the past three days. Trending Weibo posts generally get tens of thousands of interactions. However, the account only had 4,251 fans. The Nokia Shanghai store opened in 2007, one of about 10 worldwide. At that time, Nokia was still China's top phone-maker with its Symbian platform. Then Android and iOS happened. While Symbian still has a...
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By Megan GannonSpace.comNew supercomputer simulations show how spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way get, and keep, their skinny, star-studded arms.Spiral galaxies are quite common in the universe. We... live in one and 70 percent of our closest galactic neighbors are spiral-shaped, too -- flat, rotating disks with arms of stars, gas and dust curling outward from a central stellar bulge.Researchers ha...
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Following the sudden ending of LucasArts yesterday and the ambiguous fate of all "Star Wars" games currently in development by the storied video game company, one fellow game company has already... stepped up to show its solidarity with fans and gamers. Just hours after news of LucasArts' imminent closure broke yesterday, Raven Software and its parent company Activision made the source code for their...
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Bloomberg To Integrate Twitter Feeds

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 18:48
Bloomberg To Integrate TwitterTwitter recently introduced some changes to their micro blogging site, in the form of Twitter Cards, and here we are with another update on what else Twitter has been up to. Apparently, Bloomberg has... just announced that they will be integrating Twitter feeds into its terminals. These are no ordinary terminals, as they deliver real-time, financial data to the desks of Wall Street traders. This announcement was in line with the SEC's decision which was made earlier this week, touting that social media has finally made the jump to being a valid platform for corporate disclosures, although it goes without saying that both companies should have begun integration work a whole lot earlier before the official announcement. This move would see Twitter grow up by another notch, where it underlines...
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Looking to upgrade your small-business LAN to 10GbE? Check out Netgear's new range of switches, which includes a 'lightly managed' 8-port model for around a thousand dollars.
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Verizon 4G LTE Router Announced

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 18:46
Verizon 4G LTE RouterFor those living in the US, most folks would know that there are four major mobile carriers, and Verizon is one of them, with the mobile carrier company having introduced a fair number of 4G LTE... hotspots. Well, to make sure that customers have another way to hook up to their LTE network, Verizon has decided to unveil the Verizon 4G LTE Router. Basically, the Verizon 4G LTE Router allows you to connect other kinds of compatible hardware up to Verizon's LTE service, and this can be done via wired and wireless connections. It seems that Netgear would be the hardware manufacturer of choice, where the Verizon 4G LTE Router is capable of supporting a grand total of 20 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Oh yeah, wired connections, too, are more than welcome, when it comes with a quartet of...
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The 25 Tech Companies HiringEarlier this year I reported that software developer is the best job for 2013, according to a study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). Since 2010, 70,872 software... developer jobs have been added (7% growth)--and these professionals earn $90,530 a year, on average. The BLS expects a 30% increase in the number of software developers by 2020 (from 2010).
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Bing Home Page Image Chosen ToGoogle had long occupied the top of the search engine hierarchy for some years already, when Microsoft decided to spruce up their search efforts by launching the Bing website four years back, and one... thing that certainly made Bing stand out from Google's site would be its front page that featured beautiful as well as different photographs every single day, and there are also moments when the front page uploads an HTML5-based animation to keep users interested and happy. The thing is, what is the criteria for Microsoft's team to select the right image for a particular day? The official Bing blog spilled the beans, as Microsoft's Matt Wallaert stated, "While it may not increase your life satisfaction by helping you get something done, a quick look at Twitter and Facebook will tell you that...
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Gamers, designers and photographers have innovative treats in store when the Leap Motion 3D gesture-sensing computer interface is launched next month
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Engadget Eurocast 021 - 04.04.13

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 18:45
Engadget Eurocast 021 -An American has invaded the Eurocast! Okay, not really... We asked our amazing NYC-based editor, Joseph Volpe, to grace us with his lovely voice. Topics for this edition include the likely-to-be... announced HTC & Facebook phone, Michael Dell's restructuring memo, OUYA (OH, YEAH) and our -- slightly NSFW -- ideas for April Fools' pranks. Right-o, this is the Engadget Eurocast. Hosts: Dan Cooper, Jamie Rigg, Joseph Volpe Producers: James Trew, Joe Pollicino Hear the Podcast
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The Greater China region is boosting local small and midsize businesses' online trade, and the payment provider believes e-commerce is the way forward for many businesses in Singapore.
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Capcom's Remember Me is scheduled to be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on June 7, which means the famous game publisher has a little over two months in order to start putting its marketing power... behind its newest IP. Capcom has released a brand-new trailer for Remember Me which shows Nilin doing one of the things she does best in the game: fighting. The trailer, which is called "It's Time to Fight," highlights some of the enemies Nilin will be fighting across Neo-Paris, whose inhabitants are "blissfully ignorant" to the control Memorize has over them as the corporation stores their memories for their own, yet-to-be known reasons. A group known as Errorists will be joining in Nilin's battle to take down Memorize, which we're hoping means they can do all of the heavy corporation-toppling...
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Artist Adam Harvey created a clothing line designed to ward off the eyes of drones through the power of fashion and special fabrics.
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Domo Toaster

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 18:40
Domo ToasterBreakfast time (as well as tea time, as one can always have buttered toast during tea, too) is said by some to be the most important meal of the day, so why not make it a fun time while you are at it?... Do not just settle for any ordinary toaster, especially when you can have some fan art burned right into your slices of bread in the form of the $49 Domo Toaster. I don't think that you need anyone to tell a Domo-kun fan that this is the toaster to purchase the next time the missus or mom mentioned in passing that their toaster is kaput. The Domo Toaster does not only look extremely cool, it is also very light to tote around, and most importantly, it will be able to make Domo faces on your toast, so much so that you might even feel bad for biting into your toast. Would you pick up the Domo...
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Astronomers just keep honing their skills and refining their techniques to get the most out of their telescopes. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have now broken the record for the most... distant Type Ia supernova ever imaged. This supernova is over 10 billion light-years away, with a redshift of 1.914. When this star exploded
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When Nokia decided to ditch Symbian back in 2011, it effectively signed the OS' death warrant. Is history now poised to repeat itself as Nokia squares up to Android in emerging markets?
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Apple's Spaceship HQ IsBack in 2011, when Steve Jobs announced his plans to build a spaceship-like Cupertino HQ for Apple, we all knew it was going to be one ridiculously lavish office. But according to Bloomberg... Businessweek, it's due for a bit of a downgrade before construction starts this June. It'll still be crazy, just not totally absurd. More
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Conan O'Brien doesn't have time to think about the latest shifts in Tonight Show hosts -- he's too busy showering with Chelsea Handler Oh yes, you heard that right. The late night comedians were... getting hot and steamy in a new, definitely NSFW viral video, but things got more violent than sexy SEE ALSO: Conan Makes Google Glass 'Butt' of the Joke In the video, Conan still has the keys to his old studio that Handler's show Chelsea Lately moved into, so he swings by his old stomping grounds to remind the lady of late night who is really boss But Chelsea is plenty man enough to stand up for herself
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Bloomberg adds Twitter feedsThe financial company Bloomberg says it will add Twitter to its platforms now that the SEC has given a green light to companies to use social media to announce market moving news.
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Mentions Added To LinkedIn ForThe mentions feature has been made popular by Twitter. It has become one of the most widely used ways for striking up conversations online. LinkedIn, a network focused towards professionals, brings... mentions for its users in a bid to make it easier for them to start conversations. Dubbing it a new way for users to engage with their network, LinkedIn says that mentions make it easier for users to share knowledge with each other and ultimately become better at what they do. They now have the ability to mention their connections and companies in conversations on the network. It is pretty straight forward to use mentions on LinkedIn. Simply type the name of a company or connection that you want to mention in your status or in a comment on the Homepage, select the relevant connection from the...
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Robbie Novak, the ten-year-old YouTube sensation better known as "Kid President," got a chance to meet with actual President Barack Obama this weekend during the White House's Easter celebrations --... and you can watch the meeting of the presidents above. Obama gave Novak, who also starred in the White House's April Fools' Day prank, a tour of the Oval Office, even letting him use the presidential phone. "Let's make sure not to cause an international incident," joked Obama, who showed Novak other White House memorabilia, including a telegraph, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the emancipation proclamation
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Samsung may not be copying Apple, but mini-stores are on the way to showcase the firm's products.
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British Library to archive oneIn a bid to permanently preserve Britain's stamp on the internet, the British Library will kick off an ambitious plan Saturday that involves archiving each and every URL with a .uk suffix. Already... tasked with collecting virtually every printed work that originates in the country, laws are now calling for the library to capture 4.8 million websites, which expands to a total of around one billion individual pages. As for how it's tackling the mission, it will be using an automated web crawler to comb through Britain's corner of the world wide web. That's a lot of web crawling The British Library started off on this quest way back in 2004 with the UK Web Archive, though it's been moving at what amounts to a snail's pace at this point....
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Apple is a different place since Steve Jobs left us. The stock price is way down, and the company apologizes at an unprecedented rate. Granted, Apple almost never apologizes for anything, and when it... does, the apologies tend to be less than apologetic. So "unprecedented" simply means "more than once per century" - but this Apple is different. For one thing, Apple just apologized for being, well, Apple. Apple's China Strategy Breaks New Ground In Apple's apology to China over allegedly shoddy customer support, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: We are aware that a lack of communications... led to the perception that Apple is arrogant and doesn't care or attach enough importance to consumer feedback. We express our sincere apologies for any concerns or misunderstandings this gave consumers. Perhaps...
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Traders and other financial professionals can now monitor social-media buzz about companies they follow. Hello, social enterprise!
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Automatic Do-Not-DisturbItalian-born neuroscientist Ruggero Scorcioni has developed a new technology that will help you get stuff done by deflecting phone calls or other notifications away when you're busy. Finally,... technology to help keep your brainspace clear when you need it. More
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Live blog: Facebook's new HomeWe'll have live coverage of Facebook's Android event here, with a new Facebook-centered experience expected running on an HTC smartphone.
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Mightybell Adds The Ability ToLast year, Ning co-founder and former CEO Gina Bianchini decided to refocus her startup Mightybell on offering a sleek, design-focused collaborative online space for creative projects and groups.... Today, the startup is taking its vision to the next level with the ability to schedule a time to meet.
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Live from Facebook's Android event

The Verge - 4 Apr 2013 18:30
Live from Facebook's AndroidContinue reading...
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The Cubicle with a Hidden Gaming System

Life Hacker - 4 Apr 2013 18:30
The Cubicle with a HiddenLifehacker reader JonesyVan's workspace looks like your typical cubicle. Hidden in the filing cabinet, however, is some serious entertainment for break times (i.e., "when Bossman decides to exit his... office"): a wall-mounted TV and Xbox 360. More
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BigPic: The James Webb SpacePrepping for space with a super-cold vacuum It's cold up there in space, so before the James Webb Space Telescope gets sent up there, NASA scientists are putting it through its paces, locking parts of... it in a vacuum and chilling them to -414 F. We've seen what the vacuum looks like, and here we see the telescope's wings coming in for testing. The wings have 900 parts, mostly made from lightweight graphite composite materials, and can unfold from 16.4 feet to 21 feet. The tests will ensure all of those parts work in a controlled setting before the telescope is rocketed away for real.
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Caves, ships and agingA company wants to build a data center inside a 19th century gasometer -- a building for storing gases -- in Stockholm. It's the latest bizarre location for construction of a data center.
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Apple Patent Hints At TheirYou would think after what Apple went through with its Maps application which was released on iOS 6, they would try to copy Google a lot less considering how much everyone, even Apple themselves ,... hated the results. But it looks as though they may be following in Google's footsteps as a new patent was filed by Apple showing something that looks a lot like Google Street View. Apple's "3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation" was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently and it describes a user interface, which when combine with the iPhone or iPad's sensors, will allow the user to navigate a panoramic image. Apple's filing hints at possibly improving current technology which has users jumping to a panoramic "bubble" towards a given intersection to then pan...
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iHeartRadio keeps AndroidThis year's CES is well behind us now, but that was back when iHeartRadio first introduced some extensive alarm clock functions and its handy "Perfect for" feature. And while these have been available... on iOS and PC since, a recent update to the Android application will now see them present in Mountain View's mobile platform as well. To give you a quick refresh, "Perfect for" provides listeners with the option to choose from more than 1,500 curated stations that are based on current moods and activities, while the alarm clock simply allows reminders / alerts to be customized to launch with any music or radio stations. So, Android users, fret not, as iHeartRadio hasn't forgotten about you; perhaps it was just making sure the new tidbits were -- you guessed it -- perfect for you.
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If Other Social Networks Made Phones

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 18:26
The years of rumors about a Facebook phone might finally be put to rest. Many have speculated that there is a good chance Facebook's live event on Thursday will reveal the device. If the rumors are... true, that would make Facebook the first social network to create a mobile phone. Naturally, this usually leads to competitors stepping up their game too. SEE ALSO: 10 Features Nobody Wants to See on the New Facebook Phone So, what would a Tumblr phone look like? Or a Myspace phone? We mocked up some faux social media mobile devices that could be coming to a hand near you in the future. Tumblr
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Ouya's Lesson for KickstarterThe first reviews of Ouya's $100 game console are in, and they're pretty ugly. Here's David Pierce at The Verge: For $99, everyone who backed Ouya's Kickstarter has unwittingly signed up to beta-test... a game console. Alpha-test, even: this is a product with some good ideas and a potentially promising future, but it's a million miles away from something worth spending your money on. Even if the concept is right, the Ouya misses the mark. The controller needs work, the interface is a mess, and have I mentioned there's really nothing to do with the thing? I'm not even sure the concept is right, either: there are plenty of fun Android games, but currently few that work well with a controller and even fewer that look good on your television. And here's Tim Stevens and crew at Engadget: The...
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The company has pulled a bookstore app in China that featured titles deemed "illegal" by the Chinese government.
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This Bookshelf Vase Keeps aLooking for a spot to keep a small flower arrangement that doesn't block people from having conversations at the dinner table? These ultra-thin ceramic vases are designed to stack amongst the books on... your shelf so you can keep a rose next to The Wars of the Roses, a daisy next to Please Don't Eat the Daisies, or an orchid next to Wild Orchids. It's available here for $33 in white or blue finishes, and sadly there's no Kindle Edition. [AssistOn via HomeCrux] More
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Get a Grip: A DIY WoodenCanadian photographer and DIY enthusiast Matt Bechberger wanted to improve the ergonomics of his Mamiya 645 medium format camera without shelling out money for an "expensive, hard to find, and ugly"... grip, so he decided to make his own. He ended up creating a beautiful custom wooden grip that attaches to the bottom of the
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MLB Working With Qualcomm ToMajor League Baseball has announced today that it is working with Qualcomm to greatly improve wireless coverage in its ballparks. This move means that in the near future MLB stadiums will have the... strongest cellular connectivity. MLB Advanced Media, which is partnership between club owners that's focused on technology, and Qualcomm are working together to enhance connectivity in 30 club stadiums. The first step is surveying stadiums which will be done over the next two years. After the survey has been done, Qualcomm will begin improving connectivity in each stadium. It will focus on 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity which will also be used by MLB Advanced Media to provide game related content to the crowd. It is not clear as of now whether it will be true LTE or HSPA+. It is expected that the...
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By Mike WallSpace.comNASA's Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own for the first time over the next four weeks, thanks to an unfavorable alignment of the Red Planet, Earth and the sun.Curiosity's... handlers don't plan to send any commands to the car-size robot from Thursday through May 1. The sun comes between Earth and the Red Planet during this time, in a formation known as a Mars solar conjuncti...
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By Miriam KramerSpace.comAstronomers have spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind, a supernova that could help scientists better understand the nature of the universe.Using the... Hubble Space Telescope, scientists recently caught sight of Supernova UDS10Wil (nicknamed SN Wilson) which exploded more than 10 billion years ago. It took more than 10 billion years for the light of thi...
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The evolution of the cell phone

CNN - 4 Apr 2013 18:20
CNN's Jim Boulden looks back to the first mobile phone call made 40 years ago.
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The company has been making waves in the enterprise world with its big data systems and is seeing interest from investors and customers alike.
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Mogu Tiger S2 Smartphone Costs Just $49

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 18:18
Mogu Tiger S2 Smartphone CostsThe name of this particular smartphone is a hoot - who would have thought up of something like the Mogu Tiger S2? Well, what is even more surprising would be the final sticker price of a mere $49,... after all, just what kind of electronics and the quality that accompanies it will you end up with? Even better news is, the Mogu Tiger S2 will cost that price without having to tie yourself down to a particular contract. Yes sir, unlocked, SIM-free, what more can you ask for? The thing is, the main drawback of the Mogu Tiger S2 would be it is available only in China at this point in time, and chances are pretty high it would not make its way to the US either. Even if it did, I don't think that it will sell well at all, considering how it is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is positively...
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Facebook Android Home Event Live Blog

ABC News - 4 Apr 2013 18:16
Facebook Android Home EventMENLO PARK, Calif. - The time has come. Does Facebook have a phone of its own? Has it been hard at work on its own software that runs on top of Google's Android software? Is HTC making the first phone... to run the software? Will...
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Google TV Remote app forThe official Google TV Remote app for Android has been around since late 2010, but it only just received its first update since launch. So what's changed? Support for voice commands has been extended... for compatibility with Voice Search on Google TV 3.0, the old swiping directional circle has been replaced with an easier to use tappable d-pad, the look has changed slightly (check after the break for a screen of the old UI) there's accessibility support, and now the icon is sporting a small microphone. They're all minor tweaks, but after a couple of years, it's nice to see any attention being paid. We'll see if bigger changes for the platform are in store at Google I/O in May.
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HTC Desire Q Announced

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 18:14
HTC Desire Q AnnouncedIt was sometime near the end of last month when both the HTC Desire P and Desire Q were leaked, including some of their hardware specifications. Well, the HTC Desire P was actually released officially... in Taiwan just a few days ago, so it goes without saying that it makes sense for the HTC Desire Q to be announced and released officially not too long after. That day has arrived, with the HTC Desire Q being more or less similar to the Desire U where hardware specifications are concerned, and even so, the Desire U was unleashed upon the masses in January this year. The only difference then and now? It seems that the aesthetics do differ a wee bit, not to mention the respective mobile carriers that they are made available on, with the Desire U being offered by Chunghwa Telecom, while the HTC...
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HTC One Pre-Orders Start TodayBoth AT&T and Sprint made their announcements regarding when you can get an HTC One and for how much on their respective networks. Fortunately for AT&T, they got the jump on Sprint as they're the... first one out of the gate to offer pre-orders to both its current and new subscribers today. The add more salt into the wounds of Sprint, AT&T is also going to hold exclusivity to the 64GB version of the HTC One, meaning Sprint customers would just have to make due with the 32GB version, although we're sure that will be enough space for the everyday smartphone user. Luckily, that seems to be the only difference between ordering an HTC One on either AT&T or Sprint as both carriers allow their customers to choose from a silver or black device. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: HTC First...
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The genome of one of the most abundant turtles on Earth gives clues to their longevity and ability to survive without oxygen during hibernation
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The Microsoft co-founders reprise a famous photo of themselves from the early days of the company.
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One area of mobile apps that has yet to become more popular and accepted by parents are apps that allow parents to monitor their teenagers' Internet consumption on smartphones and tablets.
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Researchers discover a newTen billion years ago, a star exploded with the intrinsic brightness of 1 billion of our suns, and the signs of its explosion have now reached the Hubble Space Telescope where it caught the eye of... observers. Researchers have today announced the discovery of what is now the oldest known supernova of a select type that can be used to measure cosmic distances. Over three years, the research team recorded near-infrared imagery about every 50 days in the search for supernovas of this type. The new supernova is around 350 million years older than the previous record breaker, which was announced three months ago. Discoveries of supernovas of this type act as observational evidence that the universe is expanding at an increasingly fast rate. By...
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The company controlled 39 percent of the market for the three months ended in February, according to ComScore. Samsung came in No. 2, with 21 percent, and Android overall lost share to iOS.
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own for the first time over the next four weeks, thanks to an unfavorable alignment of the Red Planet, Earth and the sun. Curiosity's handlers don't plan to... send any commands to the car-size robot from April 4 through May 1. The sun comes between Earth and the Red Planet during this time, in a formation known as a Mars solar conjunction. "The [communications] moratorium is a precaution against possible interference by the sun corrupting a command sent to the rover," NASA officials wrote last week in a Curiosity rover mission update. While some mission team members may take advantage of the break to lie on a beach somewhere, Curiosity itself won't necessarily be idle. The 1-ton rover can continue doing stationary science work at a site known as...
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BitTorrent Taps A Bigger RoleLast year, author Tim Ferriss turned to BitTorrent to market his newest book, the Four-Hour Chef, when the biggest bookseller in the U.S., Barnes & Noble, refused to stock the Amazon-published title.... Ferriss' campaign proved a success, with the book selling 250,000 copies on the back of some 2 million promotional content bundles -- chapters of the book and supplementary materials -- downloaded on BitTorrent. Now BitTorrent is banking on that success to try to get more authors on to its site.
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Portal 2.0: The Potential OfWhen Twitter started, it was just a service where you could post status messages on the Web via text message. It would soon take on a life of its own. Developers saw the value that Twitter could bring... and started developing apps, clients and revenue models. Twitter, without really meaning to, had become a platform. That platform, as Twitter generally saw it, was a threat to Twitter itself. In the past several years, Twitter has restricted access to its APIs, cut off some developer shops entirely and consolidated control of the platform to its own headquarters. The developer community was outraged. Twitter may have had a method to its madness. Yesterday, Twitter gave birth to "Cards" - a way for developers and media to connect their apps, media, products, photos, videos and galleries to...
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A Congressional debate over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, set for next week will take place out of public view CISPA, which was reintroduced to the House of... Representatives earlier this year, is set to undergo a markup session next week. During the session, members of the House Intelligence Committee will debate the bill and offer amendments before voting whether or not to move it to a full vote in the House -- but it will be closed to the public and to press Instead, participants will be able to discuss the session publicly and the committee will offer information about amendments and votes after the markup is completed.
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The Evolution Of Facebook

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 18:02
The Evolution Of FacebookHow has Facebook changed since 2004? Here's a look at some of the site's most notable redesigns and features.
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iPhone 5S Prototype Spotted?

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 18:01
iPhone 5S Prototype Spotted?You know for sure that there is plenty of interest around anything new and upcoming from Apple, as the world had already gone nuts over the iPhone and iPad in recent years. Having said that, Apple has... been pretty good at securing their upcoming devices from the prying eyes of the public, and what you see above could very well be an extremely rare lapse in the security, as what looks like the iPhone 5S prototype has been captured on camera, albeit not exactly in the finest looking of photos. Hopefully no Apple engineer would unwittingly leave this prototype at a bar somewhere and driving home, forgetting about it! If this is anything like the real deal eventually, it would no longer come with the iconic home button, which more or less has been replaced by an actual edge-to-edge display. The...
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Is this a limited editionRed might be the limited edition color of choice for the BlackBerry Z10, but how would you feel about a blue one? That's exactly what rapper (and avid BB10 fan) Lil 'E has flourished to his Twitter... followers. Looking just as bright as the developer-only red version, we can't quite make out whether we're dealing with an (admittedly eye-catching) customized handset or a special gift to one of the company's biggest fans. We've reached out to BlackBerry to check, but until we hear back, there's another fuzzy shot to ogle after the break.
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Live From the 'Facebook Phone' Event

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 18:00
Greetings from Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, Calif., where we're about to find out the meaning of the social network's "new home on Android." Follow along, below There's been a barrage of speculation... about a "Facebook phone" -- and while a new and very basic HTC handset with Facebook apps does appear to be on the cards, the event is really about putting a fresh spin on Facebook's whole mobile strategy. SEE ALSO: A Brief History of 'Facebook Phone' Rumors So will we see a Facebook OS? A layer that handset makers and carriers can put on top of their Android systems? If so, what advantage will that bring? How compelling is it to have an always-on Facebook connection, front and center on your phone? Is Mark Zuckerberg about to do an end run around Google?
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Email Productivity StartupSan Francisco-based ToutApp, a company helping sales teams streamline their email communications, has raised an additional $920,000 in seed funding from 500 Startups, Founder Collective, Scott... Banister, Esther Dyson, and other angels. In conjunction with this new round, ToutApp is also launching its real-time sales communications dashboard for email, allowing individuals and teams to view detailed analytics around their day-to-day email activities.
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Asthmapolis raises $5M toStartup Asthmapolis has raised $5 million from The Social+Capital Partnership for an asthma management system that combines sensor technology, smartphones and personalized feedback.
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MENLO PARK, Calif. -- The Facebook phone is the technology world's version of a unicorn, a mythical device rumored for years but never to materialize -- until now.
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Asus Ai Charger QuicklyWindows: Asus's Ai Charger is a free utility that finally lets you charge the iPad from your PC's USB port, which otherwise doesn't offer enough juice to charge the tablet. Ai Charger also promises to... charge iPhones and iPods 50 percent faster using standard USB ports. More
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Your First Computer LoveMaybe the old computers you've been hoarding are broken. Maybe you just got rid of them before the nostalgia set in. Either way, these slick schematic prints of classic computers are a great way to... give a shout-out to the gadgets you love without devoting any of your precious shelf-space to a dinosaur. More
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While Salesforce is setting great store by its Marketing Cloud, it will have to overcome a number of challenges before it makes the most of the social-marketing suite.
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New Apple Campus Could Cost $5 Billion

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 17:59
New Apple Campus Could Cost $5Apple is one company that is cash rich, but even if you are basically printing money by virtue of the profit your company rakes it, it can be pretty hard keeping all of the shareholders happy. Word... has it that Apple's ambitious new campus project that they are building in Cupertino could eventually cost more than the new World Trade Center, where the final bill has actually increased by another $2 billion to hit a humongous $5 billion. This is not based on hearsay, but rather, according to five Bloomberg sources who claimed to be close to the project. Architectural firm Foster + Partners do seem as though they are going to drop $1 billion from that budget, although at $4 billion, it would still be pricier than the new World Trade Center in New York City. It is said that attempts at...
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The Evolution Of Facebook

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 17:55
The Evolution Of FacebookHow has Facebook changed since 2004? Here's a look at some of the site's most notable redesigns and features.
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Top jobs of the week in tech

GigaOM - 4 Apr 2013 17:55
Top jobs of the week in techLooking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to GigaOM's job board. Check out the latest tech gigs at leading companies across the country.
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Warner Bros. is giving us a taste of The Great Gatsby soundtrack, peppering its third trailer for the Baz Luhrmann-directed flick with new music from Beyonce, Andre 3000, Lana Del Rey and Florence and... the Machine. The nearly 3-minute trailer came out Thursday SEE ALSO: Beyonce Battles Past Selves in Pepsi's 'Mirrors' Commercial The romantic drama, an adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, hits theaters on May 10 and stars Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. Luhrmann, who previously directed Moulin Rouge, shot The Great Gatsby in 3D. Warner Bros. describes the movie on YouTube:
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Chrome OS file manager couldCould any other cloud storage services get integrated into Google's Chrome OS or will Google Drive be it? Others could be added if this feature enhancement request is approved and coded.
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British Library Sets Out toLONDON (AP) -- Capturing the unruly, ever-changing Internet is like trying to pin down a raging river. But the British Library is going to try. For centuries the library has kept a copy of every book,... pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. Starting Saturday, it will also be bound to record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and blog in a bid to preserve the nation's "digital memory." As if that's not a big enough task, the library also has to make this digital archive available to future researchers - come time, tide or technological change. The library says the work is urgent. Ever since people began switching from paper and ink to computers and mobile phones, material that would fascinate future historians has been disappearing into a digital black hole. The...
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LinkedIn finally lets usersNot long after LinkedIn introduced a new, streamlined search tool, it's filled another obvious gap. Starting today, users can start typing a name in updates or comments to see an auto-populated list... of connections. Once someone is mentioned in a post, they'll be notified, just as they would be on Facebook or Twitter. While this looks to be mostly for first-degree connections, it's also possible to mention other people by name in comments sections on public posts. The impetus for this is somewhat obvious: LinkedIn has been working on turning itself from a resume-swapping tool to a more robust social network and news source, leveraging its over 200 million members. While some moves, like its rumored acquisition of Pulse news reader, are...
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The Shade Is Also the DimmerWhen you move the shade on the Ascent lamp, you control the intensity of the light. Sure, that'll confuse your friends when they try to flip it off. But that might even make us like it even more.... [Daniel Rybakken via MocoLoco] More
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Regional differences in how Google autocompletes search queries reveals what users are searching for around the world
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Tweets Coming to Bloomberg Terminals

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 17:49
Bloomberg announced Thursday that it is integrating Twitter feeds into its terminals, the real-time, financial data delivery systems found on the desks of Wall Street traders. The announcement follows... the SEC's decision earlier this week that social media is now a valid platform for corporate disclosures, though it's likely the two companies began working on the integration at a much earlier date. The move marks the growing importance of Twitter as a distribution platform for breaking, market-moving news. As Jean-Paul Zammitt, head of sales and product development for Bloomberg Professional, explains in a statement, "When important news is shared on Twitter, traders and investors need to be able to access it, and validate its importance in order to incorporate that information into their...
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Apple's massive Jobs-designedThe building will be green and energy efficient, but, Businessweek reports, it's the "fit and finish" -- the extra visual and structural flair -- that Steve Jobs' design calls for that are ballooning... the price.
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Major Retailers Hint AtIt looks like the rumors of a new iPad being announced this month are starting to become stronger as not only did a number of well-connected sources say Apple has an event planned for the end of... April, but we're also seeing a number of retailers slash prices of their iPads. Yesterday, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and MacMall reduced the prices of their 3rd-generation iPads and current iPad minis to about 30 percent across all versions, which may be a clear indication a new iPad announcement is just around the corner. What's surprising is Apple seems to be ramping up its iPad production as in the past, they waited nearly a year to announce a new device. Now, it seems like Apple is planning to reveal a new iPad every 6 months as it was nearly that long ago when they announced the iPad Mini and...
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Wedding Search Engine LoverlyLover.ly, a search engine for weddings, is today launching a mobile application to complement its online experience. The new app also allows brides-to-be and others planning a wedding (or just... dreaming about one), to save and share the inspiration they find while on the go by snapping photos.
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LinkedIn just made it much easier to have a conversation with other users on the social network. LinkedIn announced Thursday that it has started rolling out a new mentions feature that is similar to... what's available on Facebook and Twitter. The feature, which was spotted earlier in the day by TheNextWeb, is intended to make it easier for LinkedIn's community to engage with users and companies. "We're excited to introduce a new way for you to engage with your network through the ability to mention your connections and companies in conversations on LinkedIn," the company said in a blog post.
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Service providers such as WhatsApp or WeChat need to price their services right, or face consumer exodus as people look for free alternatives.
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With North Korea warning ofWith North Korea's bellicose rhetoric escalating by the day -- on Wednesday a spokesman said its military has been cleared to wage a nuclear attack -- the annual U.S. training exercise Foal Eagle... continues just over the border.
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Facebook Press Event: We'll Be Live!

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 17:45
Facebook Press Event: We'll BeWe're going to be on the showfloor of the Facebook event soon thanks to an invitation in our email inbox that referred to a new home on Android, so here is a quick teaser of us on the bus heading... towards the Facebook headquarters that is located in Menlo Park. Hopefully, the weather will let up pretty soon and the sun would emerge from behind the clouds to add some much needed cheer to the atmosphere, but do stay tuned to our live blog for all the nitty gritty details. Just what will be released or announced later this morning? Could it be a spanking new Facebook phone that has been rumored to be the HTC First? Of course, I am quite sure that many folks are also looking forward to a totally new Facebook centric user interface to make your social network life all the more integrated into an...
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WWE pay-per-view events comingJust in time for this week's WrestleMania XXIX, that goliath of Wrestling Entertainment is setting up shop on Xbox. The service starts today and is available to any fans with an Xbox Live Gold... subscription. There's not a lot of detail on what you'll be getting, although you will be able to watch "all" of WWE's pay-per-view events direct from the Microsoft console. You can also put that folding chair down now. Thank you.
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Nokia Catwalk Could Arrive This May 15th?

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 17:42
Nokia Catwalk Could ArriveWe have heard that Nokia has a spanking new smartphone that they are currently working on for some time already, where this particular handset will bear the codename Catwalk. The rumor mills have been... working overtime for the past couple of months actually, and what makes the Nokia Catwalk particular interesting would be the fact that this has every chance of being Nokia's first metallic Lumia, with some folks figuring out that this could very well take the same path that was forged by the HTC One and iPhone 5 prior, sporting an aluminum unibody design. Earlier rumors pointed the Nokia Catwalk to arrive over at T-Mobile as the mobile carrier of choice first, but it seems that the situation has changed, where the latest bit of whispers going around town point to a London debut sometime in...
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The missile defense systemNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week authorized a nuclear attack against the US, raising tensions in Washington and across the globe. Kim's announcement comes a day after the Pentagon announced... plans to deploy an advanced missile defense system to Guam, in a "precautionary" attempt to safeguard American interests in the region. The US began conducting military exercises in South Korea last month, in a move that prompted Kim to issue threats of retaliation against American bases in Guam and Japan. According to the Department of Defense, it's this provocation that triggered the Pentagon's latest deployment. The Pentagon introduced its first missile defense systems on Monday, when it positioned the USS McCain off the coast of South...
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DEA: We Can't Intercept Apple iMessages

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 17:40
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has traditionally relied on wiretapping to nail criminals, but modern technologies -- including Apple's iMessages -- are making its work considerably harder. In... internal DEA document obtained by Declan McCullagh and Jennifer Van Grove at CNET, the agency complains that because of its encryption, "it is impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices," even when a judge has approved the wiretapping effort with a warrant "iMessages between two Apple devices are considered encrypted communication and cannot be intercepted, regardless of the cell phone service provider," reads the document.
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Facebook is holding a highly-anticipated press event at its headquarters to reveal its "new home on Android." Could we see a new Facebook-centric smartphone? If the rumors are any indication,... definitely. The company will be livestreaming the announcement from its Menlo Park, Calif. office, and you can watch at Facebook Live. The Mashable team will also be on site, and we'll be live blogging the event as the news unfolds. Follow along here SEE ALSO: What to Expect From Facebook's Android Announcement Rumors and leaks have been swirling about the Internet for awhile, pointing mostly to a concept of a HTC-built smartphone called Facebook First. Although it would have all the makings of a midrange smartphone -- such as a 4.3-inch 720p display, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and so on --...
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Philadelphia Gets Ready toPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of Pong. The classic Atari video game will come to life on the facade of a 29-story skyscraper. Hundreds of built-in LED lights... at the Cira Centre will replicate the familiar paddles and ball. The effort is the brainchild of Frank Lee, a Drexel University game-design professor. Pong will be played April 19 and 24, to bookend an event called Philly Tech Week. The black-and-white arcade game introduced in 1972 had no complicated graphics, just geometric shapes. Players controlled digital paddles and tried to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it. A home version paved the way for the game console industry. In Philadelphia, gamers will control their paddles from afar, standing across the Schuylkill River...
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Netflix for Windows Phone 8After months of being wrapped in black bars, Netflix has updated its Windows Phone 8 app with fullscreen support for devices wielding native 720p displays. While this update doesn't add HD video... playback, it definitely improves the app's image quality for phones with hi-res screens. So, if you're sporting a top-shelf WP8 device and you're looking to take full advantage of your display's real estate, head on over to our source link to pull down this 2MB refresh.
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Philly pong: City gets readyPhiladelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of Pong.
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Best Buy has slashed pricing on third-generation iPad models by thirty percent, bringing the price down to $315 for the 16GB Wi-Fi models. Comparable refurbished units are available for $379 directly... from Apple. However, the iPads are only available via in-store pickup and it appears that selection varies widely between stores. Potential purchasers can check availability for individual models at their local Best Buy locations and reserve them for in-store pickup on the website. The current fourth-generation iPad was a modest upgrade from the third-generation that Best Buy has discounted. The older model has a slower A5X processor, uses the 30-pin connector rather than Lightning, and has slower Wi-Fi capabilities.
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10 Innovative Uses of Pinterest

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 17:32
With more than 48 million users, Pinterest is one of the most popular social networks on the web. After its recent fundraising round of $200 million, it has an estimated value between $2 billion and... $2.5 billion. Not too shabby for a virtual inspiration board founded only three years ago. But within that time, many users have found ultra-creative ways to use to use the visual platform. SEE ALSO: Everything You Need to Know About the New Pinterest Check out the gallery above to find interesting contests, cool campaigns and other innovative ideas for using Pinterest. Do you use Pinterest in any unconventionally creative ways? Share in the comments.
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Google Now Updated

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 17:31
Google Now UpdatedI guess you can more or less say that Google Now has long proven to be the main selling point of the Android mobile operating system, and for folks who have been using an Android Jelly Bean-powered... device, and have been rocking to Google Now for some time already, surely you do not need the Internet search giant to coerce you into evangelizing on their behalf on the benefits of Google Now, as your smartphone has been transformed to a device that more or less has this uncanny ability of knowing what you will search before you actually do. It does not matter if you are looking out for sports news, weather information, traveling tips, or to perform a basic task, Google has it all down to pay with Google Now on your Jelly Bean device. Well, a new update has been introduced that adds even more...
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Speed Up Mobile ConversationsEveryone knows at least one person that takes forever to get to the point. If you find yourself on a phone call that's taking forever, or a text message session of twenty questions, Lifehack.org... suggests telling your conversation partner that your phone is dying to skip to the good stuff. More
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This US Supersonic Fighter HasThe US Air Force's armada are among the most advanced aircraft on the planet. As such, the USAF isn't going to let just any schmuck fresh out of basic training take to the skies in an F-35. Instead... wanna-be Top Guns must first prove their mettle in a less expensive plane that's trained more than 50,000 pilots since the Eisenhower administration. More
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The Newest Defense AgainstIn 15 minutes, this device can identify biological threats in a sample of blood. This cube could detect a biological threat in a sample of blood in less time than it takes to commute home. Funded by a... grant from the National Institute of Health, SpinDx (yes, that's the name the researchers went with) is a liquid-testing lab in a cube. Using cheap disks to collect samples, usually blood but also other bodily fluids or even just water, the SpinDx disks "contain commercially available reagents and antibodies specific to each protein marker" embedded into 64 tiny pores. Using just a pinprick of blood (or tiny sample of whatever fluid is being tested), capillary action seeds the pores on the disk with the sample. The SpinDx cube then spins the disk in a centrifuge, and lets the reagents and...
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Just Sing It Turns iPhoneThere are plenty of smartphone karaoke apps, but no one has really figured out how to turn the act singing into your phone into addictive social experience (at least not in the United States),... according to Alec Andronikov, CEO of mobile startup AnyoneGame. That's why Andronikov and AnyoneGame have developed a new app called Just Sing It. The app allows you to choose a song (based on genre and difficulty), find other users in an app, and sing to them. (You can also adjust the sound using different voice effects.)
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Last week, we noted that Samsung was rumored to be launching a new "store-within-a-store" concept inside Best Buy stores, taking on the dedicated "Apple Shops" that have been located in many Best Buy... locations for a number of years. Samsung and Best Buy have now officially announced the partnership, with "Samsung Experience Shops" focused on the company's mobile products coming to 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations over the next several months. At the Samsung Experience Shops, consumers can experience Samsung's full range of mobile products including smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras and accessories, all in one location. The shops enable consumers to interact with and buy Samsung's latest mobile products and experience how the devices connect together to enrich...
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Members of the press are gathering at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to see the social network's "new home on Android." Rumor is that this new home will appear on an HTC smartphone --... but it will likely reveal the future of Facebook phone interaction for everybody. At least, everybody on Android.Initial reports indicated that Facebook is intending to introduce a modified version of ...
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It's the End for LucasArtsFor some reason it's not just news but front page headline news that Disney just shuttered LucasArts, a video game developer and publisher that used to make terrific video games. You might consider... that in itself news of sorts, if -- no spite intended, because a bunch of people just lost their jobs, and that's never a happy thing -- you agree with me that LucasArts hasn't made a really great (or even all that good) game in ages. Disney, you've probably heard, snatched LucasFilm (and Star Wars) from George Lucas for about $4 billion last October -- that purchase included LucasArts. That's a lot of cash. Disney no doubt pored over the balance sheets, and, for whatever reason(s), at some point decided it was time for LucasArts' 150 employees to go away. Here's what Disney wrote in its press...
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Why is it so hard for us toNewspapers have been a blend of the serious and the entertaining for decades -- why is it so surprising that a site like BuzzFeed could broaden its appeal into more serious topics as well as funny cat... photos?
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Ten Tips For Journalists ToTraditionally, news readers first picked a publication and then looked for headlines that interest them. Google changed that process with its computer-generated Google News site. Google News... aggregates headlines from many news sources, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests.
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God sure is a tough guy to track down We know He's on Facebook and Twitter, which is a start, but that's hardly enough nowadays. Where else is He hanging around all the time? Chicago-based copywriter... Kevin Lynch wanted to find out. Specifically, he wanted to know how many times the man upstairs was being mentioned across social networks. On Good Friday, he created God-Was-Here.com, a satirical website that pulls data from sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every time the word "God" is used "The inspiration for the site came from the proliferation of 'thank yous' to God that have invaded all sports postgame interviews, music award shows, and other events where you would assume God didn't have a rooting interest," Lynch told Mashable
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Toshiba adds 6-inch BookPlaceWhile Toshiba's already got a bevy of e-readers on tap for its Japanese online e-book store, it just added a budget-oriented monochrome offering: the BookPlace Mono. It's a slightly smaller but... otherwise identical looking version of its BookPlace DB50 reader, carrying a 6-inch E Ink screen with 758 x 1,024 pixels, along with an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, WiFi, 4GB internal memory, a Micro SD slot and a USB port. According to Japanese e-book site ITMedia, 9,800 yen ($100) gets you the reader plus a set of books, with the price climbing to 13,500 yen ($150) after that. Changes to Toshiba's BookPlace e-book store mean buyers there will have to traipse over to one of a network of bookstores to grab it, though -- either by sneaker or mouse, we presume. Comments Via: Newlaunches.com Source:...
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You Can Sit in This PondThis picture was taken in a park in Vöcklabruck, Austria that you might want to go to right now. You can actually sit in the middle of the pond, thanks to a sunken spot where you can hang out without... getting soaked. More
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First Fully 3D PrintedWe can 3D print the very small--check out these mindblowing nanoscale creations--but what about the very big? If a few bold architectural startups have anything to do with it, we may soon see the... first 3D printed homes. Three otherworldly plans put forth by Universe Architecture, Softkill Design, and DUS Public
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Is That 2010 Calling? DailyIf you can't beat 'em, aggregate 'em. That was my take in late 2010 when a host of daily deal aggregators sprang up at the height of the whole Groupon-clone thing. So you'll be forgiven if this post... reeks of déj vu for you, too. Bownty, the Denmark-based daily deal aggregator, which currently targets the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Denmark, has raised $1.1 million in new funding from Danish SEED Capital, and Accelerace Invest, the startup accelerator and investment programme.
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Curiosity's parachute flaps inScientists have released a series of photos of Curiosity's parachute over the course of five months.-- blowing in the cool Martian breezes on Gale Crater.
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Apple Moves To Help ParentsApple made a small but important change to the way its mobile apps appear in the iTunes App Store, which will help parents better determine which applications and games are appropriate for their... children. The company has relocated the age rating (e.g. 9+, 12+, etc.) by moving it up from its previous position at the bottom of the app's detail page, so that it now appears directly beneath the app title and publisher.
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How to watch Facebook's announcement live

L.A. Times - 4 Apr 2013 17:14
How to watch Facebook'sYou can tune in live this morning to watch the Facebook media event at which it's expected to unveil a smartphone of its own.
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Robots Invade Restaurants:Robotic automation has long been the domain of manufacturing. But of late, robots have made an often entertaining and sometimes gimmicky leap to restaurants in China, Taiwan, Japan, and increasingly... the US. Please accept the following video ode to Singularity Hub's favorite restaurant robots of the past few years.
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A newly published patent application from Apple envisions a panoramic navigation system similar to Street View but with one distinct advantage.
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Was this Zuckerberg's first site?

CNN - 4 Apr 2013 17:11
A blinking dinosaur eye. A nod to Eminem. A crude effort at connecting friends and "friends of friends." Were these the awkward first steps toward a multibillion-dollar social media empire?
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By 2050, Arctic to be warmer and greener

NBC News - 4 Apr 2013 17:11
By Tia GhoseLiveScienceLarge swaths of the Arctic tundra will be warm enough to support lush vegetation and trees by 2050, a new study suggests.Higher temperatures will lessen snow cover, according to... the study, which is detailed in the March 31 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. That, in turn, will decrease the sunlight reflected back into the atmosphere and increase warming. About half ...
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You're seeing this correctly. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook and most famous web innovator since Al Gore, once had an Angelfire. Just like you and your sister and all of your little teenage... friends. (Well, probably that Mark Zuckerberg. It could be another Mark Zuckerberg from Westchester, N.Y., born in 1984, with an early flair for programming.) Thanks to the vigilantes at Hacker News, the world can now once again be privy to the wonders that are a future tech legend's most primitive web developments, an Angelfire site reiterating to the world just how geeky Mark Zuckerberg actually was.
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LinkedIn Adds InLinkedIn has just announced on its blog that a new Facebook-style mention feature, letting users tag companies or users, is officially official. This morning, TNW noticed a feature being tested on... LinkedIn that would let users mention other LinkedIn members or companies in status updates, instantly sending a notification to that user or company's profile. Not every user had access to the mention feature this morning, but it appears LinkedIn is rolling it out to users as we speak.
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Multiple Vaccinations on SameA new study that should help assuage concerns shows that giving children multiple vaccines on the same day does not increase the risk for autism. How persuasive the study will be to doubting parents,... however, is anybody's guess.
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Mozilla intros experimentalMozilla's fledgling Firefox OS has yet to seed out to actual consumers, but when it does an "easy and secure" payment platform should be in place. Announced via the company's developer-focused Hacks... blog, navigator.mozPay() is a Javascript API crafted in the vein of Google Wallet, but with a key difference: it'll allow direct carrier billing and support for various payment providers. So when users trigger the 'Buy' button from within a web app, they'll be presented with a window from which to complete the purchase, with the entirety of the transaction taking place "in-app." Despite the desire to open this payment API up to all comers and deliver flexibility to consumers and merchants, the first batch of Firefox OS handsets will actually feature a whitelist of approved payment providers --...
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Hands on with the MLB.tvJust in time for baseball season, the official MLB.tv app has slid into the Windows Store. As with MLB.tv's existing apps for iOS and Android, the Windows 8/RT version allows you to watch live and... recorded games, see scores from around the league and listen to gameday audio. Of course, you'll need an MLB.tv subscription to do most of those things ($20 per month or $110 per year for basic; $25 per month or $130 per year for Premium; or $20 per year for audio). The app itself is free, and one game is available for free viewing every day. Even the app's preferences are limited. In terms of features, the Windows 8 app is an absolute wasteland compared to other platforms. On MLB.tv's iOS and Android apps, you can look at stats, box scores and recaps. You can also read news about your favorite...
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Aerial Photographs Showing thePhotographer Jeffrey Milstein says he has always been fascinated by how the ground from a flying airplane, and one thing in particular has captured his attention: airports. From the air, massive... terminals, long runways, and huge airplanes all look tiny and insignificant compared to how they feel on the ground. Milstein's photo series Flying shows
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Brooks Palmer: How to Let Go of Smartphone Clutter

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 17:06
Brooks Palmer: How to Let GoSmartphones have a lot of places to hide clutter. It's worth finding and removing the clutter so that your phone can serve you in better ways.
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Anatomy of a security fix:Any time a security vulnerability is discovered in a popular software product, there's hell to pay. Here's how the Postgres community reacted to one such vulnerability.
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Thief Made Me a Believer inI'm a cynic when it comes to new technology. Ever since we made the leap from 2d to 3d, every other console transition has just seemed unnecessary. Why bother? I ask. We need better games, not better... graphics. Then, inevitably, I see something that wins me over, and I find myself holding a fistful of dollars at launch day just like everyone else. This time around, it's Thief.
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Introducing Mashable Choice

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 17:03
Mashable has been reviewing products, apps and services for years, and we work hard to let you know when we like these products (and when we don't). For a clear answer to "Should I buy it or use it?"... we're now providing Mashable Choice. What Is It? Mashable Choice is an editorial selection we apply to products, services and apps (and perhaps more) that we would recommend to our friends and family. So, it's not just good. It's worth recommending to others. You'll recognize Mashable Choice by the new logo right above the byline. How Do We Choose? A Mashable Choice review is no different than a standard Mashable product review. We'll apply the same standards, and if the reviewer likes the product, he or she will have the option of recommending it. A senior editorial staffer makes the final...
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The shareholder has offered its own resources to lessen the dependence of Cleawire on majority shareholder Sprint Nextel.
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Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo may no longer be the only names that matter in gaming, but the "big three" is still very much alive in people's minds. Even as iOS and Android have gotten better games,... and better hardware to run those games, capital-G Gaming remains something done with a controller and a console, and something we do on our big-screen TV. Maybe that's why Ouya struck such a chord when it hit Kickstarter last July. Basically, the company described a $99 box that would take the many great Android games off of your 4-inch phone and put them onto your TV. Ouya shattered its Kickstarter goal (and a few records for the platform) en route to 63,000-plus backers and more than $8.5 million in funding for the Ouya, and now nine...
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OpenStack Grizzly adds scale,With the new release, OpenStack continues to add features and perks to its cloud infrastructure stack. What it needs to start showing now is real end-user customers outside the tech bubble.
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Aspirational Travel Site PeekOnline travel site Peek wants to make it easy for its users to discover and book unique experiences in a variety of destinations. And so, it's added three new cities that it's rolled out services in... -- New York, Miami, and Orlando. Users can now eat their way through the High Line's food trucks, book a catamaran off the coast of Miami, or charter a private sword fishing trip near Ft. Lauderdale.
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Why You Might Actually Want aFacebook's got a new phone. And a new home screen. They're going to be fine, probably, more or less. But you are also asleep now because the idea of a Facebook phone bores you, deeply. Maybe it... shouldn't. In a perfect world, there's a compelling case for a true blue Facebook phone. More
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Inspired by Twitter and others, the professional network is introducing a feature to get people talking, but there's one little twist.
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How to Set Up Your Own PrivateWith so many services like iCloud and Dropbox getting hacked these days, it's no surprise that more people want to pull their data off the cloud. Instead of missing out on those great syncing... features, though, you can create your own cloud storage service that you control with a service called ownCloud. With it, you'll get syncing files, notes, calendars, and more. The best part: it only takes about five minutes to get it set up. More
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Engadget Giveaway: win one ofHear the birds singing, smell the roses, behold the beautifully blossoming trees and get stuck inside your abode with the unwelcoming burden of taxes. TurboTax is once again coming to the rescue,... offering up two 16GB WiFi-only iPad minis for a pair of lucky winners! As you can imagine, the software company offers easy-to-use software for iOS or Android users who need to file a 1040EZ or 1040A; the apps walk you step-by-step through the process and double checks for every deduction and credit. As usual, head to the widget to enter. Good luck! Note: Please enter using the widget below, as comments are no longer valid methods of entry. The widget only requires your name and email address so we know how to get in touch with you if you win (your information is not given out to third parties),...
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Google Announces FullA couple of weeks ago, we shared a hack by photographer Trey Ratcliff that allowed you to upload your photos to Google+ at full resolution by using Google Drive. Android users could already upload... full-sized photos from their phone, the hack simply allowed desktop users to do the same. Fortunately, the hack is no longer
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Lazard's analyst Ed Parker initiated coverage of Apple with a Buy rating, $540 price target and a view that it is a "storage" company due to incenting customers to buy NAND flash memory at 80%-90%... incremental margins. Lazard's thesis is that Apple's business model has more in common with EMC and NetApp than RIM/BlackBerry and Nokia since there is a better user experience by having content on a mobile device and therefore needing more memory.
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TCTV Interview - NickNutmeg is a UK-based online investment management startup backed by the likes of Tim Draper and intends to pull of something of a bank-job by disrupting the world of financial investing, and it has... some heavyweights to help it. It launched last year after raising $5.3 million from Pentech, Tim Draper, Spotify board member Klaus Hommels and Armada Investment Group chairman Daniel Aegerter. Clearly the idea is to capitalise on consumer disillusionment with banks and existing investment models. Nick Hungerford, Nutmeg's founder and CEO, spoke to us about the launch and what Nutmeg is trying to achieve in making investing as transparent and democratic as possible.
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Google is switching out the engine powering its Chrome browser, moving away from WebKit to a new open-source rendering system called Blink. Blink is actually based on WebKit, but using its forked... version for Chrome will lead to a simpler code base. Google software engineer Adam Barth says that should translate into faster iteration -- and innovation. Barth disclosed the change on Google's Chrome blog. Writing that the switch to Blink was a difficult decision, Barth explains that Chrome was using different architecture than other WebKit-based browsers already, and the complexity was slowing down progress. By going forward with Blink, he estimates Google will soon be able to remove more than 7,000 files containing 4.5 million lines of code from Chrome. Having simpler code inherently leads to...
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The Verge Book Club podcastMarch is long gone, but H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness looms large in our hearts. For one hour (or possibly, one aeon), join Joshua Topolsky, Adi Robertson, and Laura June as they... discuss Lovecraft's hatred of penguins and much, much more.
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Apple's 'Spaceship' Is A YearApple's futuristic plan to build "the best office building in the world" is more than a year behind schedule and two billion dollars over budget....
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Arthur Frommer gets FrommerTravel guru Arthur Frommer said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.
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Apple iMessage Encryption NoApple's iMessage may be the playground for Anonymous to spread DDoS attacks, which coincidentally I was the victim of a few nights ago, but it seems the ability for the Drug Enforcement Administration... (DEA) to eavesdrop on communications through its service has been posing quite the challenge for the organization. According to a DEA intelligence note obtained by CNET, Apple's iMessage service has made it "impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices." iMessage's encryption methods were discovered while the DEA's San Jose division were preparing a request to perform surveillance. Apple's encryption made it difficult for agents' ability to obtain the complete history of a person's messages since it became apparent not all messages were being captured by carriers, such as...
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CNET has obtained a 'sensitive' U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency document that says it is impossible for law enforcement agencies to eavesdrop on iMessage conversations, even with a court order, because... of Apple's "secure end-to-end encryption". The memo appears to be aimed at informing DEA agents that while they may have the appropriate subpoena to get SMS messages, they may not be getting all messages sent and received if the target is using iMessage. Security researchers suggest that it may be possible for Apple to comply with Government search warrants and subpoenas to hand over iMessage data, but the DEA note says it is currently "impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices". From CNET: The DEA's "Intelligence Note" says that iMessage came to the attention of the agency's...
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PSA: HTC One pre-orders startYou've been eying the HTC One's zero-gap body for well over a month, and now it's your chance to do something about it. AT&T is launching its promised pre-order campaign for the One today: soon, if... not as you read this, upgraders and new subscribers can plunk down as little as $200 for a 32GB model or $300 for the network-exclusive 64GB edition. While these buyers likely won't get their phones until closer to the April 19th store date, that free Media Link HD offer remains on the table to encourage an early commitment. And those who prefer service from the House of Hesse don't have long to wait, either -- Sprint's pre-orders for the One begin tomorrow, with a similar $200 outlay involved for the 32GB variant. All that's left is for T-Mobile's edition to follow suit.
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How Far Away is Mars?

Universe Today - 4 Apr 2013 16:45
How far away is Mars -- or, looking at it another way, how close is it? The exact answer varies, of course, as both it and our planet are constantly moving along their own orbits around the Sun. At... the time of this writing Mars is on the other side of the Sun from us,
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It's the first-gen Fire, but still one of the best tablets around for consuming movies, music, TV shows, and, of course, books. Plus: an incredible online-backup deal.
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StorEbook reads children'sWe've come a long way since an IBM 704 first croaked its way through Daisy Bell. Now we've got Siri copping an attitude when we ask a stupid question and Google Now feeding information in an... incredibly realistic sounding voice. AT&T has its own initiative, dubbed Natural Voices. At this morning's Foundry event, one demo involved using the voice synthesis engine to read a children's book -- specifically Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This isn't just another text-to-speech demo though, StorEbook uses the impressive and appropriately named library of sampled phonemes to speak in unique, realistic voices for each character. What's more, from the library of different voices (of which there are dozens), the web-based app chooses the most appropriate voice automatically, based on character...
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Pepsi unleashed a 60-second TV commercial Thursday starring Beyonce dancing to her upcoming single "Grown Woman" and, of course, sipping on soda Dubbed "Mirrors," the ad brings back some of Beyonce's... familiar outfits and moves in reflections in a dance studio's mirrors. The commercial is part of Pepsi's celebrity-infused "Live For Now" global ad campaign that launched a year ago. "Embrace your past, but live for now," she says in the ad. Beyonce became the face of Pepsi after inking $50 million brand-ambassador deal in late 2012. This year, Pepsi was also part of Beyonce's Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show, introducing her performance with a 30-second crowdsourced video.
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On April 3, 2013, the iPad turned three. Jay Yarrow over at Business Insider has put together a great summary of How The iPad Totally Changed The World In Just Three Years. A couple of highlights: -... Apple has sold some 140 million iPads for around $75 billion in sales. - The iPad is one
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Watch The Facebook Phone EventAre you ready for a Facebook Phone? Because it's a-comin'. Zuck should take the stage at 10 A.M Pacific this morning, where he'll be showing off the company's "new home on Android". We'll undoubtedly... have all kinds of coverage for you throughout the day -- but if you're the kind who likes to camp out and watch an event themselves, you can catch the live video stream of the event right here.
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Even LED Keychain Lights HaveIt's not like they were going anywhere, but it's kind of surprising to see the same kind of gesture and swipe controls you use on your smartphone now being integrated into something as simple as an... LED flashlight. More
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After CeBIT in Germany, I went to Finland to meet a few of the very talented technology companies that this country has produced. In Helsinki, I met with Marc Dillon, CEO, Jolla, and one of the four... co-founders of this startup which is building the next open source mobile OS, a.k.a. Sailfish. At MWC 2013, Jolla launched its Sailfish SDK that was made available for download at sailfish.org. According to marc Dillon the first application was developed 30 minutes after the SDK was officially released, according to Marc Dillon. Check the video demo of Sailfish above and the story behind it in the full article below. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Echoer Combines Human Thoughts with Places, Now on Android, Zlango: Instant Visual Messaging for Personalized Real-Time Communication,
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Drones will save us, dronesWhen it comes to allowing drones to fly over US soil, Americans are of two minds: embrace domestic drones for such uses as crop dusting, high wire inspection, search and rescue, and border security,... or run screaming and seek shelter from the surveillance state in the sky. Those dueling views were on display yesterday during a "public engagement session" hosted online by the US Federal Aviation Administration to gather input from citizens on the coming swarm.
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Is The New Video StreamingIf you're online, bored and want to watch some TV, you have no shortage of options. First there are the free (legal) sites - your...
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The starting code base for what will become Chrome 28 is in place, and programmers are updating it. Blink's birth was not without labor pains, though.
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Cloud-based backup: Is itEugene Bartley wanted to know if his files would eventually disappear from a cloud-based backup service. Cloud-based backup services, such as Mozy, Carbonite, and IDrive, upload your files to their... servers as protection against your losing the originals. This has some big advantages over a local backup. Once set up they're completely automatic. And it's extremely unlikely that the same fire or flood will destroy your computer and your backup. But there are disadvantages, as well. One is that you lose physical control of your backup. Those files could be destroyed because of someone else's corporate decision. [Email your tech questions to answer@pcworld.com or post them on the PCW Answer Line forum.]
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Where Do You Buy Your Technology? [Poll]

ReadWrite - 4 Apr 2013 16:34
Samsung is setting up shop - literally - with a new plan to open mini-stores within 1,500 U.S. Best Buy stores by June. But is the electronics giant getting in front of where consumers really buy... their technology? The new in-store shops will have Samsung employees demo and sell a wide range of Samsung's products, including smartphones, tablets and televisions. Five hundred of these mini-stores will be open by April 8, in time to help promote the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. In an interview with ZDNet, Ketrina Dunagan, VP of Retail Marketing for Samsung Mobile's U.S. unit, said something interesting: "This is our first opportunity to demonstrate connected mobile products in a location with educated Samsung employees able to walk a consumer through the experience. About 70 percent...
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Apple Is So, So Sorry

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 16:34
Apple Is So, So SorryBeing the biggest tech company in the world means always having to say you're sorry. This week Apple apologized to Chinese consumers after criticism around...
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Hackers claiming affiliation with Anonymous took credit Thursday for defacing official North Korea-run Twitter and Flickr pages. The pages, which normally post pro-government propaganda aimed at... outsiders, are now posting messages and pictures promoting Anonymous and insulting North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Tango Down flickr.com/photos/uriminz... -- uriminzokkiri (@uriminzok) April 4, 2013 Hacked uriminzokkiri.com, uriminzokkiri.com/itv, ryugyongclip.com -- uriminzokkiri (@uriminzok) April 4, 2013 Credit for the hacks was first claimed by a Twitter account calling itself "Anonymous Korea." The account was created in December of 2012 and has said the group supports the liberation of North Koreans from the rule of Jong-un, who it has labeled a "war criminal."
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Blizzard Details Diablo 3With Diablo 3 expected to be released on the PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4, it's understandable some of you PC players are upset by this news considering you have yet to get the experience you've been... wanting since its release, especially in its co-op play. Blizzard is aware of this and has revealed its plans to improve this experience in its 1.0.8 update. The news comes straight from Blizzard's Wyatt Cheng as he says the team will implementing a number of improvements, one of which is called Matchmaking Tags. "Patch 1.0.8 introduces the ability to specify what we call a "matchmaking tag" for Public Games," Cheng explains. "The way this new system will work is pretty simple: in addition to selecting a difficulty, quest, and MP level, you can also select a tag that will identify what kind...
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Visualized: an Earth-yearOur planet had kind of a rough year in 2012, but thanks to its array of satellites and a certain floating lab, NASA documented every divine and terrifying moment from afar. On top of the usual beauty... shots and time-lapses rendered by the ISS and true-color satellites, NASA also showed some spectacular data and modeling visualizations of atmospheric movement, storms and ocean salinity. That helps even the densest of us understand how hurricanes form, gulf streams flow and arctic ice breaks off and drifts seaward. But enough talk -- if a picture equals a thousand words, there are three million of them in the two minute video, after the break.
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Replace Your Car's CassetteWe've talked about adding an auxiliary jack to your car before, but DIYer Ivan took it a step further and put a full-blown MP3 player in his car...hidden inside the cassette deck where thieves can't... see it. More
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How Technology Is Helping SaveOne of the ugly secrets that the US government keeps from the headlines is the fact that most US military dogs who serve our country overseas are killed rather than brought home to America. While it's... not cheap to ship a dog back home, there's nothing more inhumane in my opinion than to kill a dog that's served our country. (It's also a tragedy that so many perfectly good dogs are killed every day in the US in shelters.) As more military cuts are in the pipeline, this situation with working military dogs being put down is likely to get worse.
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The DEA Is Upset It Can'tWe've all generally come to accept the fact that, in using iMessage, our correspondence runs the very real risk of being eternally damned to the iCloud ether. But at least now, we know we're not... suffering alone; a document obtained by CNET has revealed that the DEA has also been whining about their inability to access iMessages--but their problem is encryption. More
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Apple's 'Spaceship' CampusApple's massive new spaceship-style headquarters in Cupertino is not on-budget or on schedule, according to a new report at Bloomberg Businessweek. The article provides an inside look at what exactly... the project requires, down to specific standards around the perfection of surface finishes put in place by Steve Jobs. Blowing past budgets with building projects is pretty much guaranteed, but Apple's has reportedly added an additional $2 billion to an already high $3 billion projected spend.
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Photon 3D Scanner Will Let YouThe Photon 3D scanner is a self-contained laser scanner that creates point clouds of real objects, allowing you, in turn, to create printable files of things you build or need to copy. It is $399 on... Indiegogo and looks amazing. In short, you have no idea how badly I want to order one of these right now.
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Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen have recreated a picture they once took back in the 1980s, rekindling nostalgia from that era and showing the once-estranged duo is no longer on the... outs. The two came together for an event this week to celebrate computer pioneers at Allen's Living Computer Museum in Seattle. Allen -- who spoke to attendees, which consisted mostly of an intimate group of his friends -- sent a tweet with a picture of the duo posing just as they had 30 years ago, surrounded by early models of Microsoft PC computers. So much fun catching up w/ computing pioneers at the #LCMCelebration last night! Here I am with old friend @billgates twitter.com/PaulGAllen/sta... -- Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) April 4, 2013
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Google Chromium project leavesWhen Opera announced in February that it would switch to the WebKit browser engine, the same basic technology that powers Chrome and Safari, critics wondered if this was a bad move for the open Web.... The worry was that browser vendors were putting too much power in the hands of one rendering engine. Many, no doubt, were recalling the years when Internet Explorer dominated browser usage requiring Web developers to cater to IE's peculiarities. Fears of a so-called WebKit monoculture may be over now that the Chromium Project is splitting with WebKit, an open source project created by Apple in 2001. Google will instead work on its own rendering engine called Blink, taking the new engine's initial codebase from WebKit, a practice called forking. Chromium is the Google-led open-source browser...
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Mark McClelland: Where do IIf you could transfer your mind into a body that needs no sleep, suffers no pain, is made entirely of replaceable parts, and might allow you to live forever, would you? Add to the bargain a vastly... improved IQ and the ability to retain everything you learn. It's the promise of mind uploading -- the transfer of a human mind into a computer -- and it may be feasible during the lifetime of today's teens. The implications are profound, and reach into every aspect of who we are and what we are capable of.
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Apple tries for a patent onWe're all in favor of advancing the state of the art, but there are times when we suspect that research is more about "what if" explorations than anything else. Exhibit A: Apple's new patent... application for a wireless display. The concept would let a touchscreen detach from its laptop base through a 60GHz ultrawideband format (such as WiGig) and keep its battery powered up through at least some form of wireless charging located in the laptop's hinge. It sounds viable when others have experimented with wireless displays before, but we'd note that both technical realities and corporate philosophies might stand in its way. Along with the usual challenges of battery life and wireless range, Apple has so far argued that touchscreen laptops are unwieldy and isn't exactly in a rush to supplement...
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Apple yesterday rolled out another tweak for its iOS App Store, adding age rating icons to the top section of each app's information page. While the ratings have long been included in app details at... the bottom of the pages, the new icons are much more prominent to help parents quickly assess whether a given app might be age appropriate for their children. The change comes roughly two weeks after Apple added new "Offers In-App Purchases" labels to relevant App Store listings in another effort to make parents and other customers more aware of potential costs involved with apps.
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Samsung Opening 'Experience'Just last week, Samsung announced it is partnering with Best Buy to inject smaller shops inside of their stores to help educate shoppers of Samsung's products, although at this point, we're pretty... sure you're very familiar with the company and their offerings in the tech space. It looks as though Samsung wasted no time getting them set up as the company announced their stores inside of Best Buy will be opening as soon as April 8. The Samsung mini-stores will showcase and demonstrate its line of consumer products that include smartphones, tablets and televisions. A total of 500 Samsung Experience shops will take approximately 460 square feet of select Best Buy retail stores. These stores will be staffed by Samsung employees who will be promoting the upcoming Galaxy S4. Samsung plans for a...
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All 15 new episodes will be available for streaming on Netflix toward the end of next month.
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Lower priced tablets are accelerating the shift away from PCs, according to research firm Gartner.
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Hydrogen fuel breakthroughResearchers at Virginia Tech have successfully extracted large amounts of hydrogen from plants, a promising discovery that could help bring hydrogen closer to the environmentally-friendly fuel source... many are hoping it can be. Y.H. Percival Zhang and his team accomplished this through the use of xylose, the second most prevalent sugar in plants. "Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels," Zhang said of the finding. Hydrogen energy has the potential to become a booming industry, but as Forbes points out, logistical challenges have hindered its progression into a low-cost, widely available power source. By tapping into xylose -- found in every plant -- researchers have made it over one hurdle; they've found a...
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Time for economics to shed its fanciful past

New Scientist - 4 Apr 2013 16:12
Make way for the physicists! Economics is finally becoming an enlightened science, say new books by Mark Buchanan and James Owen Weatherall
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AT&T LG Optimus G Jelly Bean update is official

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 16:09
AT&T LG Optimus G Jelly BeanAT&T's Optimus G gets Android 4.1.2 and ISIS Mobile Wallet​ The over-the-air update started hitting devices a day ago, but today it's official -- AT&T's LG Optimus G has its Jelly Bean upgrade. AT&T... PR has confirmed the update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, bringing improvements such as "Project Butter" performance enhancements and Google Now predictive search. The update also enables the ISIS Mobile Wallet -- an NFC-based Google Wallet competitor currently in testing in Salt Lake City. Utah and Austin, Texas. To grab the update, turn on Wifi and head to Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update. Once you're updated, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the newer version of Android. Source: AT&T
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Is Google's new Blink browserThere's both good and bad in Google's news that it would be forking WebKit to create the Blink rendering browser engine. It really comes down to motive: Is it just for speed of development or for more... control over web standards?
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ZDNet's directory of data center vendors in Asia has market, product and contact information for companies that provide data center services.
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Stream the 'Oblivion' Soundtrack

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 16:05
In the trailer for Oblivion, we see actor Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, a drone repairman inhabiting a war-torn, post-apocalyptic Earth His routine existence is interrupted, leading him into the hands of... Malcolm Beech, played by Morgan Freeman, who leads an underground and previously unknown colony of humans. This sets off a chain of events in which he begins to question what he thinks is his reality. The film, which is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron:Legacy) comes out on April 19 in theaters and in IMAX Here, Mashable exclusively offers an advance stream of the film's soundtrack, featuring original music from Joseph Trapanese and Anthony Gonzales.
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With SteelHouse Slingshot,With a new feature called Slingshot, marketing tech startup SteelHouse wants advertisers to look beyond the click. President and CEO Mark Douglas told me that he's trying to tackle the problem of... "viewthroughs" -- people who see an ad and, even though they don't click on it, are prompted to visit the advertiser's website.
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A Map of Who's the Best (andYou're biased about sports. It's fine, we all are. It's part of the allure. But it's just as fun breaking it down to see exactly how we're biased. Yahoo gave Facebook Data access to its more than... 60,000 brackets filled out by Facebook users, which Facebook has in turn made into some awesome visuals showing exactly who's the most biased, and in what ways. More
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Once upon a time, air travel was just about the only time I could escape the Internet. Now with in-flight Wi-Fi becoming more pervasive, even air travel has become a time to check Twitter, respond to... emails and keep up with Arsenal's latest loss. I nearly always fly Delta, which has Wi-Fi on virtually every flight. But for those who fly other airlines, here's a quick review of which airlines lead and which lag in providing in-flight Wi-Fi. As of September 2012, only 31% of US domestic flights came equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, nearly always through GoGo Internet, though there are other options. Then, as now, Delta led the pack, but now everyone, including Delta, has expanded coverage. While only 5 to 10% of travelers actually use in-flight Wi-Fi, for those who do, it can be essential....
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Sonnet Echo 15 ThunderboltThere are Thunderbolt docks, real and ethereal, and then there's this beast from Sonnet: the Echo 15. As implied by the name, it's lavished with 15 ports front and back, including four USB 3.0, two... eSATA, two audio in and out, an extra Thunderbolt, GigE and FireWire800 ports. If you're thinking that'll finally let you hook up a Blu-ray or hard disk to your laptop, back up a second -- Sonnet's dock has those items built in as well, giving you SATA III-level disk throughput and freeing up your ports for more interesting peripherals. You'll be able to grab one this summer with a built-in DVD for $399, or configure it to the max with a Blu-ray drive and 2TB HDD for $549 -- assuming it avoids any untoward delays.
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Braintree opens up VenmoBraintree is ramping up its mobile presence thanks to its recent purchase of Venmo. Using the peer-to-peer payment technology, Braintree is creating an in-app customer identity network that can be... used to buy goods across iOS apps.
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Social Data Leader Gnip RollsGnip has found itself a sweet spot in partnering with startups who make data available via APIs. The company currently has access to Twitter and Tumblr's firehoses, and has announced today that it... will be making the publicly available data of Reddit, Instagram, bitly, Stack Overflow, Panoramio and Plurk available to its customers who rely on Gnip to do social reporting. Additionally, existing YouTube and Flickr data gets enhanced geo support. Last November, we reported that Gnip serves up over 100B social activities per month to its customers, allowing them to track keywords, mentions and trends as it pertains to their companies and social campaigns. Its partner program is an extremely attractive offering to PR and marketing firms that need to show the proof of their work to their clients....
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Interactions.org Newsdigest 4 April 2013

Interactions - 4 Apr 2013 16:00
-- First hint of dark matter detected by space station -- Q/A: What is dark matter? And how do we know it exists? -- Dark matter: tantalising hints detected in space -- Strong hints of dark matter... detected by space station, physicists say -- Dark matter detected in orbit? Not so fast, scientists say -- AMS-02: Shining light on elusive dark matter -- How to prove dark matter particles? Catch one! -- Scientists find hint of dark matter from cosmos -- Dark matter may be source of exotic space particles, physicist says -- Scientists Find Hint of Dark Matter From Cosmos -- Dark Matter Space Experiment Finds Evidence - But No 'Smoking Gun' -- What is dark matter and why does it matter? -- First clues in search for universe's dark matter -- Two Billion Dollar Cosmic Ray Detector Confirms Possible...
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Cheaper memory chips and better software are helping to push in-memory computing out of its niche roles in a handful of sectors.
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Baidu, Google's Chinese rival,It's an eye for an eye in the world of smart glasses as Baidu, Google's Chinese rival, has announced it too is working on a face computer.
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TED pulls TEDxWestHollywoodAt the main TED conference a few weeks ago in Long Beach, the fifth and final one in that city, the organizers spent time on the opening day celebrating the remarkable influence and reach of this... once-obscure technology and design conference. Among the highlights was TEDx, a program under which TED licenses its name to independent conference organizers to host their own events.
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Take Better Notes byEveryone has a different way of jotting down notes in a meeting or lecture, but if you need precision in your notes, The Atlantic suggests you stick with a rigorously structured order. More
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MLB and Qualcomm team up toIn a few years, Major League Baseball stadiums could have some of the strongest cellular connectivity around. Qualcomm is working with MLB Advanced Media, the technology focused partnership of club... owners, to plan and optimize mobile connectivity in the 30 club ballparks. Qualcomm is focusing on Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G access (although it's unclear whether this will be HSPA+ or true LTE), which MLB Advanced Media intends to use to provide fans in the crowd with digital content to accompany the game. Surveying of the ballparks will take place over the next two years, but that will only be the planning phase of MLB Advanced Media's connectivity enhancement efforts. Qualcomm will ultimately recommend a course of action for best implementing...
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Meet DSSD, Andy Bechtolsheim'sThe solution for better and faster storage may lie in DSSD, a stealthy chip startup backed by Andreas von Bechtolsheim, that counts several members of the Sun ZFS team as founders.
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Facebook is holding an event on Thursday at its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters rumored to be showcasing its new presence on Android devices And while it's unclear just what the event will unveil,... there have been plenty of rumors circulating about a "Facebook phone." SEE ALSO: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do On Facebook In anticipation of the announcement, phone or not, we've compiled a few features that we'd definitely not like to see. Check out the list below. And stay tuned to Mashable for more -- serious -- coverage on the event this afternoon What do you think of the idea of a Facebook phone? And are there any features you'd definitely not like to see? Tell us in the comments
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KFC Launches iPhone App InKentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC as the kiddies call if these days, has been making some serious moves in the U.K. where they're probably more appreciated than here in the U.S. Just last month they... announced they would be providing free Wi-Fi in all of its restaurants located in the U.K., and today they're launching a new mobile app that will make it easier for those same people to get their KFC on at a moment's notice. Some might not be able to wait three minutes to order and receive their tasty chicken treat, which is why the app was released. You'll be able to place your order while you're away from the restaurant and have it waiting for you the moment you enter. Let's just hope you don't place your order from the other side of town since we assume it wouldn't take too long for your order...
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MBAandCo Scores $1.2M In RoundThe recession has fuelled a boom in mobile workers as businesses down-size to consultants and freelancers. So there has clearly been an upsurge in platforms to aggregate that talent in marketplaces.... Back in 2009 Daniel Callaghan and Adam Riccoboni created MBA & Company to aggregate all those business school graduates who have no doubt found that its easier to consult than it is to fight over the tickle of jobs out there. Think elance for MBAs. Now the startup has secured £800,000 in funding, led by MMC Ventures with co-investment from Piton Capital, and existing investor Cabiedes. They've also appointed David Kelly, formerly COO of eBay and Lastminute.com, as Chairman; and Aleksi Asikainan, the founder of Madbid.com, as CTO.
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The Engadget Interview: HTCShortly after Facebook's big reveal this morning, we caught up with HTC President of Global Sales Jason McKenzie and spent a few minutes with him discussing the First. As expected, he was pretty... excited about this collaboration between his company, Facebook and AT&T. Jason revealed to us that HTC's strategy involves ultimately catering the First to hardcore (or at least frequent) users of the social network, whereas a device like the One will be more appealing to those who aren't interested in staying constantly connected. Interestingly, HTC seems to have put Facebook in the driver's seat here, as the First will not only come pre-loaded with Facebook Home (and its firmware optimizations), but no sign of Sense anywhere. It's certainly a departure from HTC's usual branding efforts, so it'll...
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Photographer Combines 2,877The above video is photographer Jonathan DeNicholas' impressive entry for the 30 Day Filming Project contest put together by Sue Bryce and announced at creativeLIVE. The contest asked entrants to... submit a 2 minute video in which you captured something that made you smile every day for a month, and DeNicholas entry was one of
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Forget about being insanely great, Apple's plans for a new spaceship campus are becoming insanely expensive. Bloomberg Businessweek reports hearing from five sources close to the project that the... budget for the new campus has surged from $3 billion when it was first proposed in 2011 to $5 billion now. That works out to be about $1,500 per square foot, according to Businessweek, which is more than most high-end office spaces. The biggest costs are apparently the materials being used to meet the vision for the new campus that Apple's late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs originally laid out in the summer of 2011. "As with Apple's products, Jobs wanted no seam, gap, or paintbrush stroke showing; every wall, floor, and even ceiling is to be polished to a supernatural smoothness," Businessweek...
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Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.What can we expect from today's big announcement from Facebook?Here are some purported... "Facebook Home" leaks which show an attractive-looking Android UI.Speaking of Facebook: Holy crud, is this Mark Zuckerberg's embarrassing childhood Angelfire website?Meanwhile, here's Bill Gates and Paul A...
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Ancient site unearthed inA British archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham.
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ZDNet's directory of data center vendors has market, product and contact information for companies that provide infrastructure-as-a-service products.
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Chefs of the World Rejoice:Do you hear that? That cheering off in the distance? That's the sound of a million amateur chefs celebrating the fact that they no longer have to spend several minutes dicing hot dogs for their... casseroles, easy meatloaf, or awful jello moulds. Because the Dog Dicer can turn a hot dog into a pile of diced processed 'meat' in less than a second. More
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Verizon Considering DroppingT-Mobile announced its new pricing plans a few weeks ago, and not only have mobile subscribers in the U.S. taken notice of their contract-less plans, but also competing carriers are also keeping an... eye on the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. One company that is keeping an extremely close eye on T-Mobile is Verizon, specifically CEO Lowell McAdam who recently said his company is open to considering a contract-less future. During Verizon's "Powerful Answers" event yesterday, McAdam voiced his opinion on T-Mobile's recent change. "I'm happy when I see something different tried. We can react quickly to consumers' shifting needs." This doesn't necessarily mean Verizon customers should expect to run out to their closest Verizon store to take part in a contract-less plan, but it...
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Deal of the Day: SeidioThe April 4 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This case protects your Note 2 from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk and... convenient viewing with its built-in kickstand. Durable plastic is accompanied by a soft-touch coating, which enhances the look without attracting lint. Comes in black, blue, red, white and purple. The Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) is available for just $20.00, 43% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping! Deal also available in the Canada store Never miss a deal. Sign up for Daily Deal alerts
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Apple Highlights App AgeNot sure if an app is appropriate for your kid to use? Now you'll know for certain because Apple has added age ratings to descriptions to the App Store. More
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Facebook Home hands-on (video)

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 15:35
Facebook Home hands-on (video)We've taken a closer look at the HTC First hardware, so let's dig into the firmware side -- namely, the Facebook Home user interface featured on the First. As we heard prior to the event, Home is... essentially a skinned version of Android OS that unsurprisingly offers a deeper amount of integration with the social network. As the name of the phone implies, this isn't going to be the same one-and-done deal that we've seen on other devices bearing the unofficial title of "Facebook Phone"; Home is likely here for the foreseeable future, so we'll go more in-depth on the UI and our first impressions.
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In a lengthy report today, Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at Apple's upcoming "spaceship" campus in Cupertino, noting that the project is currently one year behind schedule and roughly $2 billion... over budget. Since 2011, the budget for Apple's Campus 2 has ballooned from less than $3 billion to nearly $5 billion, according to five people close to the project who were not authorized to speak on the record. If their consensus estimate is accurate, Apple's expansion would eclipse the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York, and the new office space would run more than $1,500 per square foot--three times the cost of many top-of-the-line downtown corporate towers. According to the report, Apple is working to shave $1 billion from the cost of the project...
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Google Gives Up Frommer Brand

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 15:34
Google Gives Up Frommer BrandNEW YORK -- Travel guru Arthur Frommer said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends...
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Olympus PEN E-PM2

DPhoto Journal - 4 Apr 2013 15:33
Last Updated (04 April'13): - Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar Olympus PEN E-PM2 is a 16.0MP Live MOS Sensor Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera. It features TruePic VI Image Processor, 14-42mm... (35mm equiv: 28-84mm) f/3.5 Lens, Full 1080i HD Movie Recording, F.A.S.T. Autofocus - Touch Shutter AF, 8fps Continuous Shooting, In-body Image Stabilization, Direct Live
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Google Glass: Is There Any Way To Jam It?

ReadWrite - 4 Apr 2013 15:33
Google Glass: Is There Any WayForget the technology issues. The social acceptance of Google Glass and other wearable computing devices is a much bigger and more complex question. Is society ready to deal with yet another... unstoppable influx of cameras and recording devices documenting our every move? But is that intrusion really inescapable? Are there any methods that people who want a measure of privacy can use to block Google Glass and similar devices? (See also Google Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TV and 5 Socially Unacceptable Things You're Going To Do With Google Glass.) First, The Rules There are potentially lots of ways someone could prevent themselves from being recorded, but in the interests of public safety and dignity, let's establish some ground rules right up front. Rule #1. Break No Laws: Clearly, one...
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Walmart and MacMall are also offering price cuts on the iPad Mini and the larger iPad models. Plus: Discounts on the first-gen Kindle Fire and Acer's Iconia Tab A200.
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PageZipper Turns PaginatedChrome/Firefox: Paginated posts are never fun to navigate through because they requires an excessive amount of clicking. PageZipper is a Chrome and Firefox extension that turns multi-page posts into... one simple, endless scroll complete with keyboard navigation. More
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Oakley gives Bubba Watson aWhile there's plenty of tech to improve your swing, the golf course itself doesn't see too much innovation which is why this attention-grab from Oakley and Bubba Watson is even more enjoyable. The... audacious golfer decided that he was tired of pootling around courses in a golf buggy, so his new sponsors enlisted the help of Neoteric Hovercraft to build him a whip that isn't restricted to the cart path. In fact, with the BW1 hovercraft, Watson can take shortcuts across water hazards and through sand traps while shaded under the traditional golf buggy canopy -- making it the perfect ride for the eccentric 2012 Masters winner. If you'd like to see the other golfers stare in slack-jawed disbelief, then head on past the break for the video.
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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. On Wednesday, Google announced Blink, an open-source rendering engine based on the WebKit system that powers certain browsers. Disney has shut down LucasArts, the video game development branch of its Lucasfilm acquisition. Finally, Twitter has redesigned its Android app to more closely follow the rest of the operating system's style Check out the video above for more on these stories. Image courtesy of Google
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Anonymous Hacks North KoreanWe're not sure if you've been keeping tabs on world news lately outside of reading about the latest Internet trends, but there's some serious stuff going on in North Korea these days. Nearly everyone... is watching to see what Kim Jong-un will do, while also preparing for the worst-case scenario at the same time. But infamous hacker group Anonymous has taken the initiative to launch a cyber attack at North Korea's social network accounts. Not only has Anonymous claim to be responsible for the hacking of North Korea's Twitter and Flickr account, they've also forced North Korean news agency Uriminzokkiri to go offline and claim they have accessed 15,000 usernames and passwords from a university database. Anonymous has used the hacked accounts to relay their "Operation Free Korea" message to...
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BlackBerry Gets A Helping HandBlackBerry last week posted better than expected quarterly results, but it's not out of the woods yet. Now Canada is stepping in to help. Today, Export Development Canada, the Canadian export credit... agency, announced that it has provided a €200 million ($256 million) working capital facility to Telefonica, one of the world's biggest mobile operators, to procure BlackBerry smartphones, services and solutions for its global footprint, which covers 315.7 million subscribers across 24 countries.
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ComScore: Apple up to 39While there's no question that Android is thriving on the global scale, the situation is a little more complicated in the US when looking at ComScore's market share data for February. The platform is... still comfortably ahead in the American smartphone sphere at 51.7 percent, but the figure represents the second consecutive dip in recent months, and roughly matches share that we saw back in June. Apple is headed in the opposite direction and appears to be the main beneficiary of Google's drop, albeit at a less-than-breakneck pace: the iPhone continued a gradual climb in February that put it at 38.9 percent. We're not surprised that BlackBerry declined once more in its last month before the Z10 reached the US, although Microsoft will be happy to hear that Windows Phone inched forward again to...
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Is this Mark Zuckerberg'sA rather sparse looking website from 1999 that allegedly belonged to Mark Zuckerberg is making the rounds on the web today.
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iPad Price Cuts Mean NewIt's been a scant six months since the announcement of the iPad Mini and the fairly superfluous iPad 4, but it looks like the new generations might be on the horizon. Walmart, Best Buy, and MacMall... have all slashed their prices on the devices, as good a sign as any that new ones are on the way. More
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Sim City Gets PaidSim City, EA's beleaguered sim game that, for a time, was probably the most cursed title in the blogosphere, now allows players to place Nissan-branded® solar® recharging® stations® in their... cities®. The cha®ging stations add a boost of happiness® to surrounding homes and businesses. You can download it here for free. (All Rights Reserved, While Supplies Last)
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Apple's iMessage encryptionA leaked document from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has revealed Apple's iMessage service is hindering its ability to eavesdrop on drug suspects' communications. Obtained by CNET, the... DEA's intelligence note -- titled 'Apple's iMessages: A Challenge For DEA Intercept' -- highlights that encryption used to secure Apple's messaging service makes it "impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices," obstructing agents' attempts to obtain a complete history of suspects' messages.
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"Harlem Shake," the love-it-or-hate-it dance craze that swept the Internet earlier this year, has hit 1 billion views after just 40 days, according to researcher Visible Measures. As the company... points out on its blog, "that's half the time 'Gangnam Style' took hit 1 billion views and almost a sixth of the time that it took 'Call Me Maybe.'" Unlike those videos, though "Harlem Shake" wasn't a single execution. Visible Measures looked at 500 iterations of the dance video and aggregated them to get to 1 billion. While many of the videos have "just a few million views," the top 10 versions got a total of 336 million views, according to the researcher:
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Facebook Phone International,Facebook's next billion users don't have smartphones or even the Internet yet, but the Facebook Phone could change that. Through savvy carrier deals, subsidized handsets, and free limited data access,... Facebook could ensure emerging markets come online with friend requests as their first experience. That could turn populations of Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America into Facebookers for life.
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Businesses and activistsBusinesses and privacy advocates are squaring off over a proposed law that would make California the first state in the nation to give people the right to see all the information companies have on... them and to find out who the data is shared with. Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union say California Assembly bill AB 1291 would help consumers decide whether they wanted to continue doing business with a company, based on the way it handled their personal information. To opponents such as the California Chamber of Commerce and TechAmerica, the bill is too broad in defining the information covered and would open businesses up to frivolous lawsuits. On Monday, lawmakers amended the bill, introduced in February by Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie...
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It's official: Netflix will launch the new season of Arrested Development on May 26. The first three seasons of the sitcom aired from 2003-2006, garnering a cult following, but it was canceled by Fox... due to low ratings and viewership. Many fans were patiently waiting for either a feature film or the continuation of the series ever since, and now they finally have a precise date to look forward to Last year, Netflix announced the series is coming back under its wing, but we didn't know exactly when. Now, we know: all 14 episodes will immediately become available on Netflix on May 26, each episode running a full 30 minutes
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Australian telecommunications company TPG has won an appeal, reducing its AU$2 million fine for misleading ads to just AU$50,000.
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North Korea's Twitter AccountSEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula. The North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter... and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North's leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials. Instead, a picture posted Thursday on the North's Flickr site shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: "Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death." Another posting says "We are Anonymous" in white letters against a black background. Anonymous is a name of a hacker activist group. A statement...
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See-Through Toaster, We Are So Happy To See You

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 15:10
See-Through Toaster, We Are SoThe future is here and it's a toaster!
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Cooliris Adds A Social LayerCooliris is aiming to make its photo-browsing experience more addictive today with the launch of new features in its iPhone and iPad apps that it describes collectively as an attempt to offer "endless... discovery." The company, which is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and others, offers users a single app where users can browse photos across multiple online services, including Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Google Drive, and more. CEO Soujanya Bhumkar has argued that most popular photo apps thus far have really been "camera" apps, focused on features that help users take and upload photos, whereas Cooliris really is optimized for photo browsing and discovery.
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The World's First Webcam WasNobody likes arriving at an empty coffee pot. Especially computer scientists at Cambridge University--which is why, back in 1991, a team of them invented the world's first webcam to keep an eye on... coffee levels from their desks. More
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Zynga Just Became An Online Gambling Company

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 15:06
Zynga Just Became An OnlineBy Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO
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We're live at 1 p.m. EDT toNew app, new hardware (yes, really) and a new approach to social on Android! Join us for the liveblog! Greetings from beautiful Silicon Valley, California! We're at Facebook HQ this morning for the... big "Facebook Phone" event, where we fully expect to see a new app, custom launcher and -- crazy as it seems -- a new, dedicated smartphone. Quite frankly, Facebook's got some explaining to do with all this, and we're itching to get the full scoop. Livebloggage will commence at the following times: 10 a.m. PDT (that's the U.S. West Coast -- the best coast) 1 p.m. EDT (New York and Roanoke) 6 p.m. BST (in London Town) And all points in between. Join us after the break for the complete liveblog, with photos and commentary from the event, your comments, and basically the biggest party from the most...
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Apple Patents A ConvertibleA couple of new Apple patent applications published today show how the company might be thinking about competing with recent innovations from other big tech companies with similar, but different... designs. The first is a filing that describes a convertible MacBook design, with a touch-sensitive screen that separates from the base. The second is a method for navigating a Street View-style view of virtual maps, complete with a twist that allows it to go inside buildings, too.
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Bitcoin's appeal is its promise to fulfil certain libertarian geek fantasies, but right now, there's little to distinguish this digital currency from an elaborate scam.
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Yes, you should care aboutBitcoin is a complex subject, but an important one. Whether it succeeds or fails, it represents a crucial experiment in using technology to turn our financial system upside-down, and it will have... important consequences.
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GE and Startup Health debutMeet the 13 startups selected to participate in GE and Startup Health's inaugural entrepreneurship program in consumer health.
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GE and StartUp Health SelectBack in January, we reported that GE would be partnering up with healthtech startup incubator StartUp Health and selecting 13 consumer healthcare startups (originally 10) to participate in a three... year program designed to nurture and accelerate their growth. After a two month screening process, today they're announcing those 13 finalists.
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Amazon Just Made Buying Vinyl Records Even Cooler

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 15:00
Amazon Just Made Buying VinylSEATTLE -- In an odd combination of old and new, Amazon says that every time a person buys a vinyl record from its online store,...
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The iPhone Killed MyThe iPhone killed my creativity by killing my boredom. The iPhone makes it so easy -- and so enticing -- to reach for my smartphone and do anything other than waste time in some long line, for... example, or squander it being bored for even just a few moments. A quick game of Words With Friends, an update to my Facebook Newsfeed, a clever tweet; with smartphone in hand, the possibilities are endless. By burning through my life's many empty, wasted moments, however, I am probably diminishing my creative potential. As I wrote in an earlier post: Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity. With our iPhone in hand - or any smartphone, really - our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that...
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The Engadget Podcast is liveBrian's out of town on yet another top secret Engadget Show mission, but Tim and Peter are holding things down in New York, joined by knower of things video game, Ben Gilbert. Join them and chat along... after the break. April 4, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Comments
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Samsung's WiFi-only GalaxyPart of the Galaxy Camera's appeal is undeniably the convenience of a constant cellular connection, but if a $500 price tag and monthly data tariff aren't quite your style, perhaps this new $450 model... will be a bit more palatable. Samsung announced this WiFi-only flavor back in February, but it's just now ready to hit US retailers, beginning later this month. Regardless of bundled connectivity, the Jelly Bean-powered camera includes a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 21x optical zoom lens, giving you far more photographic flexibility than just about any current smartphone. With only a WiFi connection, it won't, of course, be replacing your phone, but even the cellular-capable model missed the mark there. At this point, it might be more reasonable to...
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Turn a Raspberry Pi Into anOne of the nice things about the Raspberry Pi is the that it doesn't require a lot of power to run. This means you can leave it on all day long without it putting a dent in your electricity bill. To... take advantage of that, How-To Geek has a guide for using your Raspberry Pi as an always-on Usenet machine. More
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Thief 4 looks great, but itDuring GDC we had a chance to see a guided playthrough of Thief 4. The presentation and demos were technically impressive, showcasing the advanced lighting and shadow techniques that the developers... are using to take advantage of next-generation hardware. But the gameplay didn't seem all the way there, and while it's still early in the development process I have some concerns that need to be addressed before I can get excited for the game. In most regards, Eidos Montreal's return to the classic Thief franchise is a welcome one, but it's being modernized in ways that disregard some of what made the original series so strong--plus, it comes off a bit unbelievable in a time when stealth-action games have been elevated past a visual detection via light and darkness. That's the basis of stealth...
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If 'A-ha' Had A Fine Art Phase...

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 14:58
If 'A-ha' Had A Fine ArtThere was something about Sebastien Del Grosso's hybrid sketch-photographs that immediately caught our attention. Maybe it was the playful combination of photography's precision and the...
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Sponsored post: A (mobile)The success of a mobile app depends on user adoption, speed to market, app performance and a high-quality user experience. New Relic for Mobile Apps know exactly where performance bottlenecks lie,... with in-depth insight into real users, sessions and finger swipes as they happen.
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Disrupt Video Archives:With the Facebook "Phone" project due to be announced in a few hours, it's worth remembering Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said building a phone is "so clearly the wrong strategy for us."... At TechCrunch's Disrupt SF conference last September, Michael Arrington grilled Zuckerberg about it.
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Italian Square Clone JuspNot to be out-done by Payleven, iZettle and all the other Square clones out there, Italian mobile POS startup Jusp has now secured a $6 million equity round with two Italian VCs, making it one of the... biggest rounds in Italy this year. The round was led by Principia Sgr together with Vertis Sgr with the participation of some Angel Investors: Stefano Calderano (previously BNP Paribas and Intesa), Paolo Guida (Lehman), Giulio Valiante (Saldi Privati and Jobrapido), Simone Ranucci Brandimarte (Glamoo) and Bruno Spadoni (Setefi) who also led the first $700,000 seed investment into Jusp made in 2012. Jusp now hopes to launch in other European countries.
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What to Expect At Facebook's Android Event?

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 14:49
What to Expect At Facebook'sNEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is unveiling a mystery product on Thursday that has something to do with Google's Android operating system for mobile devices,...
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Detroit Electric Unveils TheNearly 100 years ago, the Anderson Carriage Company produced and sold one of the most popular electric vehicles of the time: The Detroit Electric. With production peaking at 1,000-2,000 cars in 1910,... the company eventually renamed itself after its popular model and sold nearly 13,000 electric vehicles during its 32 years of production. The company never recovered from depression, producing its last EV in 1939. Detroit Electric is back. Meet the first car to wear the historic nameplate in over 70 years: The SP:01.
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As we count down the final hours until we find out what Facebook's "new home on Android" is, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to take a look back at the history of "Facebook Phone"... rumors For several years now the blogosphere has periodically reported the rumored existence of a handset from the social networking giant, but with the exception of a couple of unofficial handsets optimized for Facebook, such a product has yet to appear SEE ALSO: How to See EVERYTHING in Your Facebook News Feed Take a trip back with us through our timeline of Facebook Phone rumors below.
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Bitcoin exchange Mt. GoxThe largest bitcoin exchange said Thursday it is fighting an intense distributed denial-of-service attack it believes is intended at manipulating the price of virtual currency, which has seen volatile... price swings in the past few days. Mt. Gox, which is based in Tokyo, said the attacks have caused its worst trading lags ever and caused error pages to be displayed to traders, according to a post on Facebook. By its own calculation, 80 percent of the bitcoin trades in U.S. dollars are executed on Mt. Gox's trading platform and 70 percent of all trades in other currencies. The lag of six or seven seconds before a trade is executed "is not acceptable," said Gonzague Gay-Bouchery, marketing for Mt. Gox, in a phone interview. But he cautioned that Mt. Gox's trading platform isn't like those of...
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Everyone's breath contains a distinctive set of metabolic compounds, so breath tests could be used to detect and monitor disease
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Martian Wind

Physics Central - 4 Apr 2013 14:39
Martian WindSee the Curiosity rover's parachute flapping in the wind on Mars
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Vietnam Builds a GiantTo celebrate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang, the Vietnam government built this awesome dragon-shaped bridge over the Han River. And to ensure that it totally one-upped the light... show on San Francisco's Bay Bridge, this one is covered in over 2,500 LED lights--oh, and it also breathes fire. More
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The "hacktivist" group also took credit for hacking a North Korean news and information Web site, which is currently off line.
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Arthur Frommer buys travelArthur Frommer, the founder of Frommer's Travel Guides, has bought his brand back from Google after the search giant reportedly decided to stop publishing the guides in print. Google had acquired... Frommer's from Wiley in 2012 for $22 million.
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Anonymous Hacks Official NorthAs the world waits in bated breath and watches Pyongyang to make good on its nuclear threats, the hacker collective Anonymous has made its own move in the increasingly cyber conflict between North... Korea and the world. On Tuesday, the group claimed to have stolen 15,000 passwords from the communist nation as part of what it calls Operation North Korea. Late Wednesday, as tensions rose in Kaesong over the North's closure and seizure of a industrial park it shares with the South, along with repeated declarations of nuclear launch, Anonymous advanced its own chess pieces. The hackers allegedly seized control of North Korea's official Twitter and Flickr accounts, in the process defacing several related websites, and making the autocratic nation look extremely unprepared for cyber attack. Tango...
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Action Launcher Pro PutsAndroid (4.0+): We've discussed some great app switchers in the past, but Action Launcher Pro takes the idea of launching apps, checking widgets, and managing folders with gestures to a whole new,... useful level. More
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Sony Xperia Z Gets Qi WirelessWhile wireless charging on smartphones still isn't as "free" as we'd like it to be, we guess the lack of cables does help a bit in terms of keeping desks clutter-free. In any case if you own the Sony... Xperia Z and you were looking for a little wireless charging action, Ipan Ipan has announced a wireless charging case for the Sony Xperia Z that will play nice with Qi wireless charging platforms. The best part is that this case will also double as a protective case for your Xperia Z, so not only do you get wireless charging action, but you get a measure of protection as well. As you can see in the image above, it is a flip cover case and the wireless charging module will be hidden in the back. According to the company, it seems that designing a wireless charging case for the Xperia Z was not...
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Wifi-only Samsung GalaxySamsung's Wifi-only smart camera is only slightly cheaper than the cellular version Samsung has announced that it'll launch the Wifi-only version of its Android-powered Galaxy Camera in the United... States this month. The Wifi-only Galaxy Camera will sell for $449.99 at "authorized Samsung retailers." That's cheaper than the $499.99 cost of the AT&T version, but not by a whole lot. The saving compared to the Verizon 4G LTE model is a bit more substantial -- that device still sells for $549.99. The Wifi-only Galaxy Camera sports the same internals as its cellular cousin -- a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 720p LCD, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean backing up the 12-megapixel shooter with 21X optical zoom. We reviewed the 3G/HSPA version of the Galaxy Camera late last year and were...
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Cyberlink's PowerDVD 13It's been well over a year since Cyberlink released a new version of its venerable PowerDVD software, but now version 13 has arrived sporting a shiny new look, 4K support and a fresh media... upconverting trick. Among the UI highlights are: a dedicated movie library, the addition of cover art for movies and music, a mini music player and the ability to customize hotkeys and mouse controls. Oh, and the app is built to auto-scale the interface to play nice with hi-res Retina displays, too. As with the prior version, PowerDVD 13 uses Cyberlink's TrueTheater video technology to enhance picture quality but now it can apply that black magic to 1080p and Blu-ray video as well. Rounding out the enhancements is a BD-Live bypass feature that lets users avoid the interminable load times that normally...
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Apple has delayed construction on the project in order to cut $1 billion out of the budget, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
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Anonymous Hack North KoreanAnonymous hackers appear to have followed through on a promised hack of North Korean websites by taking control of the central news agency Uriminzokkiri's website,...
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Tornado Predictions HaveFrom AccuWeather's Vickie Frantz: The most violent tornado outbreak in U.S. history based on the number of EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes occurred on April 3-4,...
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North Korea's Twitter andUriminzokkiri, the North Korean central news agency's website, has been hacked, along with with its Twitter and Flickr accounts. The hacktivist collective Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the... hack, saying that it compromised 15,000 user records from the site. As of this morning, the site is offline, and its Twitter account has ceased posting the regular stream of patriotic photos and links, instead posting links to all of the sites that have been hacked. Its Flickr account, usually home to regular photographic updates on the North Korean administration, now contains a number of images that indicate it has almost certainly been compromised.
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Eyes on Facebook mobile eventFacebook is unveiling a new Android product Thursday, a move that comes as a fast-growing number of its 1.06 billion users access it on smartphones and tablet computers.
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Major League Baseball StrikesMajor League Baseball is the stuff of Americana and nostalgia, but it's also trying hard it keeps up with the 21st century. Today, MLBAM, its interactive/digital media subsidiary, said that it has... inked a deal with Qualcomm, for the latter to provide technology and engineering support to improve mobile networks at 30 Major League Baseball ballparks. The deal follows an agreement inked between T-Mobile and MLBAM in January for the mobile carrier to help finally break the wired link between dugout and bullpen, and comes as the two parties forecast one-thousand-fold demand for mobile data in ballparks in the near future.
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HUGE 'Arrested Development' News

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 14:13
HUGE 'Arrested Development'The Bluths are officially taking over Netflix when "Arrested Development" premieres new episodes on May 26. Netflix has announced that 15 all-new "Arrested Development" episodes...
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HTC First hands-on (update: video)

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 14:12
HTC First hands-on (update:After endless months of speculation, the collaboration between HTC and Facebook has finally been revealed to the world. It's not a Facebook Phone per se, it's simply a skinned Android smartphone that... just so happens to bestow deep social media integration upon the OS, a move which makes the First -- as well as future devices that feature the newly announced Facebook Home interface -- an appropriate candidate for the term. The First will be available April 12th for $100 on AT&T, but it can be pre-ordered starting today. While Facebook Home is taking the spotlight, let's examine the first piece of hardware it will be featured on. On the spec sheet, the First isn't going to take anybody's breath away: it's a midrange phone with dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera,...
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Coming today: A Facebook phone?

CNN - 4 Apr 2013 14:10
The long-rumored Facebook phone might finally be ready to make its debut.
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LOOK: New Small Biz Owner Goes For His Dream

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 14:06
LOOK: New Small Biz Owner GoesEver wonder what it's like to give up your current job to pursue the dream of starting your own business? Nick Lawrence Pfeifer doesn't have...
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Once billed as "the world's largest store," Nokia will rely more on it retail and carrier partners to sell its phones.
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Company has closed its largest store and will rely more on it third-party retailers and carrier partners to sell its phones.
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North Korea's Twitter andA team of hackers appears to have broken into North Korea's official, government-run Twitter and Flickr accounts. Evidence left on the sites suggests that the hacks on the social media accounts were... carried out by Anonymous activists. More
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Deezer music app launches new beta for Android

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 14:05
Deezer music app launches newNew look, mini-player and predictive search added in new version of app Music subscription service Deezer has announced the launch of a new beta version of its Android app. The new Deezer beta... includes a re-vamped, more modern-looking UI, and introduces predictive search capabilities to the search box. In addition, a mini player has been added, providing track controls throughout in the app. Today's news will be of particular interest to EE subscribers in the UK, as they have the option of choosing a Deezer music subscription as one of their free inclusive add-ons. You can grab the new beta version of Deezer for Android over at the source link below. Source: Deezer
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AEC seeks e-voting system

ZDNet - 4 Apr 2013 14:04
The Australian Electoral Commission has gone to tender for an electronic voting system, but one that is specifically not used in parliamentary elections.
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Netflix confirms May 26thLast time we heard, Mr. F and the entirety of the Bluth clan were to return to all our screens sometime in May, but Netflix has finally announced that the global launch will happen on the more... concrete May 26th. We'll see a total of 15 new episodes in the fourth series, but over a month to wait. C'mon!
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Besides posting very good financial results for 2012, Rovio yesterday announced it will be bringing Angry Birds Friends to mobile devices. Angry Birds Friends is the Facebook-integrated version of the... popular game, where you can compete against your Facebook friends. It features weekly tournaments, daily rewards and gifts The game will be available for tablets and smartphones, on both iOS and Android devices. Rovio did not give a clear release date, however, merely saying the game is coming "soon" Angry Birds Friends has been a hit on Facebook, with currently more than 5 million active users according to Facebook's data. You can try out the desktop version of the game here
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Microsoft's Xbox 720 Could BeWe reported earlier that the Sony PS4 could be unveiled in its entirety in a special event held in May, and thanks to a new report, it looks like Microsoft's Xbox 720 announcement could also be taking... place in May, ultimately increasing the intensity of the rivalry between either console manufacturer. The Xbox 720's announcement in May was suggested in a report by Robert W. Baird analyst, Colin Sebastian, who wrote in a note to investors that this announcement will be a catalyst for shares (obviously). Unfortunately apart from the rough timeframe in May, no specific dates were mentioned, and Microsoft gave the standard response when GameSpot reached out to them for a comment, stating that they would not comment on rumors or speculation. The announcement in May seems to be in line with a...
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CowboyStudio 10′ X 13′ Black & White Muslin Backdrops contains One (1) 3 -sections Cross bar for background support, Two (2) High Quality Tripods, One (1) 100% Cotton 10′x 13′ white Seamless... Muslin Backdrop, One (1) 100% Cotton 10′x 13′ Black Seamless Muslin Backdrop, and One (1) Carrying Case. It is great for all types
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Wi-Fi version of Samsung'sSamsung US has announced the Wi-Fi version of its Galaxy Camera will be available from the end of this month at a retail price $449.99 - $50 less than the version with both 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. Announced... in February 2013, the Wi-Fi model shares the same feature-set as the 3G and 4G versions, including a 21x, 23-481mmm equivalent zoom lens on the front with a 4.8" touchscreen on the back. It runs Android 4.1 (known as Jelly Bean), the latest version of the operating system. Click through to
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The Best Way to Choose andPicking a tasty, ripe watermelon isn't hard, but it's more than just thwacking melons in the grocery store. Finding the perfect one is as simple as looking for a few simple signs, and carving it so... everyone gets a piece (or it's ready for smoothies, salads, or even the grill!) is a snap too. More
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California has proposed a potentially groundbreaking consumer privacy law. The Right To Know Act, if approved, would require companies to divulge what kind of data they have on individual consumers,... as well as with whom they're sharing that information. We need this. Not only should California pass this law, but it should be emulated far and wide. And while it's a good start, The Right To Know Act is really just the beginning of what's needed. The vast quantity of personal data that companies collect, store and sell is mind-boggling. We caught a glimpse of some of this massive and now-routine data mining during the presidential campaign. Outside of the election cycle, it continues full force as marketers and financial institutions amass private information about consumers, sell it to one...
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Zuckerberg: Home is the 'nextLike what you've seen so far of Home, Facebook's newly announced UI for Android devices? Well, get used to it because, according to Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it's the "next version of... Facebook." The people-centric integration, shown off today on the AT&T-exclusive HTC First, makes your individual user profile the "hub" and relies heavily upon a card-like interface for swipe notifications that can be easily read and dismissed. That Facebook would look to Home, a seemingly mobile-native implementation of the social network, as the framework for its platform going forward is unsurprising -- changes recently made to News Feed were done specifically to adapt it to the smartphone space. Whether or not that means you'll see this new interface take over your desktop anytime soon remains to...
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Apple Campus 2 nearly $2Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that the budget for Apple's new "spaceship" campus has risen from $3 billion to "nearly $5 billion." Citing five anonymous sources, the publication notes that the... stretched budget would make Apple Campus 2 more expensive than the World Trade Center complex currently under construction. The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2015, but the move-in date has now been pushed back to 2016 as architects Foster + Partners search for a way to cut the current cost by a billion dollars. The new campus was announced back in 2011 at what was to be Steve Jobs' last public appearance. Even at $3 billion the budget for what is essentially an office complex was high, but Jobs believed the cost was...
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UK's online music royaltiesThe UK's Performing Right Society has announced that the cash generated from online music licensing has surpassed that of radio for the first time. The society's 2012 report reveals that digital... royalties brought in £51 million ($76.7 million) from stores, ringtones and subscription services, compared to the £47 million ($70.6 million) generated by folks listening to the wireless. The rest of the motherland's music industry, however, has less to celebrate, thanks to big drops in physical media sales, people shunning pubs and clubs as well as big falls in live music events. You know, it's almost as if it won't be long before you'll only be able to buy music online.
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Now that the free preview edition of Microsoft's Windows 8 has expired, it is time to upgrade to the final version or reinstall a previous version of Windows.
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HTC First coming to Orange andThe HTC First might be launching on AT&T, but that doesn't mean this built-for-Facebook device is going to be limited to the US: we just learned it will eventually arrive in Europe too, on Orange and... the UK's EE network. Unfortunately, whereas AT&T came armed with pricing and availability details ($100 on April 12th), we still have no idea when, exactly, the phone will hit these other carriers. If you want to try before you buy, of course, you should be able to download the Facebook Home skin through Google Play pretty soon.
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Victoria Police wants to implement a logging and web filtering system that will log its employees web use for a minimum of seven years.
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O2, Three UK to offer Sony Xperia SP

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 13:40
O2, Three UK to offer SonyLatest Sony mid-ranger "coming soon" to Three, O2 launch expected this month Data-friendly mobile operators O2 and Three have announced that they'll range the Sony Xperia SP. Though there's no release... date on Three just yet, O2 says it expects to launch the SP sometime this month. The Xperia SP follows Sony's high-end Xperia Z onto the market, but also borrows design elements from some of Sony's 2012 handsets, including the illuminable "transparent element" below the screen. Notable specs include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 720p "HD Reality" display and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear shooter. There's no on-contract pricing available yet, but with SIM-free prices emerging at around £300, we imagine both networks will have plans which offer a free Xperia SP on contract. Source: O2,...
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The new model features full HD 60p recording, built-in WiFi, and MP4 video modes.
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HTC First announced, comingContinuing its obsession with the number one, HTC has officially announced the First, an Android device with a bit more Facebook influence than most other smartphones we've used in the past --... including other handsets given preferential treatment from the social media network during the last four years. HTC's Peter Chou and AT&T's Ralph de la Vega took the stage at the event to announce the phone, which is the world's first Home-optimized device. What exactly that means remains to be seen, but HTC's Chou indicated it will be a "unique experience." There were no specs announced for the device, other than it having LTE, of course. But, earlier leaks have indicated it will be 4.3-inch, 720p mid-range phone, not threatening the HTC One by any stretch of the imagination. It will be available on...
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Facebook Home reaching tabletsFacebook wants to put Facebook Home on as many devices as possible, and that includes tablets -- eventually. It just promised that tablets would get support, but only at some point in the months... ahead. For now, it's phones only. The social network hasn't said which tablets might be at the forefront, although its plan to steadily widen hardware compatibility suggests that any support will evolve quickly.
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Guest author Gary Whitehill is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startup Weekend. Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. But the most successful pioneers tend to share certain traits. Entrepreneurs... are driven, innovative, persistent, resilient, and, as The New York Times' David Segal suggests, just the right amount of crazy. The daunting venture of building a company from the ground up requires a type of mania, a type of desire that, on occasion, borders on obsession. An entrepreneur's startup really is like his or her baby, demanding constant love and attention. Trace Cohen, President of Launch.it, had this to say about being a startup parent: "It's our job and privilege to do everything in our power to make sure our company grows up to be smart and strong. There is no 9-to-5 when it...
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'Arrested Development' SeasonAfter months of hype, Netflix has finally announced the release date for the new season of Arrested Development. In a post on Twitter, Netflix says the new season will debut on May 26th with 15 new... episodes -- one more than we were expecting. The show, which began life on Fox, is part of a Netflix drive to bring more original content to its streaming video platform. That drive includes the well-received political drama House of Cards and Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove. All told, Netflix wants at least five original shows a year as it bids to "become HBO faster than HBO can become [Netflix]".
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What the internet of thingsStop thinking about a command and control user interface for the internet of things. Instead Mike Kuniavsky of PARC explains how programming for the internet of things should be more probabilistic.
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The coolest science images of 2013

Fox News - 4 Apr 2013 13:30
The coolest science images ofThe Why Files has chosen the ten winners of its Cool Science Image contest. From zebrafish neurons to slime mold, these are the coolest science images of the year.
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Sony PlayStation 4 Could BeDuring Sony's PlayStation announcement back in February, while the console itself was officially announced and had its controller revealed, one of the main things missing was the actual console... itself. While we're sure that some gamers aren't too fussed about what the console actually looks like, we're sure that many are curious anyway. It would be tantamount to Apple announcing the new iPhone without actually revealing the device itself, or Samsung announcing the Galaxy S4 and all its features without the actual device. In any case while the Sony PS4 could be seeing a release in October, a source who spoke to the folks at PCGamer suggested that the console could be revealed during a special event held in May prior to E3. We're not sure what will be announced at this rumored event, but...
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Singapore telco expands its NFC-based SmartWallet service by collaborating with movie theater operator Shaw Theatres to allow subscribers to browse, book and collect movie tickets on the go.
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Do You Use Your Phone orWhen you sit down on the couch to watch a TV show or movie, does your laptop, phone, or tablet come with you? The web can be a useful source of information about whatever you're watching, or it can... keep you connected to friends who are watching the same thing. We're curious: how do you use your gadgets--if at all--while you watch TV? More
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Here's One Way To Monetise TheBack in December, the sort-of-Series-A-crunch led VC analysis firm CB Insights to predict that more than 1,000 startups will be orphaned at the seed stage. But it seems there is silver-lining to the... seed boom/cash crunch -- at least for CB Insights itself, which is selling a list of "dying" startups. The price-tag for the list? Almost $5,000.
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Company also reveals HTC First smartphone launching April 12.
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Sony NEX-7n Announcement CouldRemember we reported that according to rumors, the Sony NEX-7n, successor the NEX-7, would be delayed. Rumored for an announcement in April, it's hard to be bummed out by news of a delay over a... product that may or may not exist. In any case for those wondering what could be the issue, the folks at Sony Alpha Rumors claim that according to their source, the reason for the delay was due to none other than Sony's CEO, Kazuo Hirai, himself who pushed for a change in the E and A mount roadmap. Of course since Sony has never actually confirmed this, we suggest you take this with a grain of salt for now, although we guess it's not a complete stretch of the imagination. In the meantime for those looking forward to the NEX-7n, their sources have also gone on to reassure them that the camera will be...
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The LinkMe Smart Bracelet IsWhile smart watches might be the new tech accessory that society may start sporting on their wrists, but if you're looking for something different, perhaps the LinkMe smart bracelet could be just what... the doctor ordered. As you can see in the image above, LinkMe is essentially a bracelet worn on the wrist of the user, but it comes with an LED band around it that will display scrolling lines of text. The bracelet will pair with your smartphone via Bluetooth and will have the ability to display text messages as well as social media status updates, allowing you to check your Twitter without having to take your phone out of your pocket. What makes LinkMe a lot more interesting than smart watches probably has to be its design. It's made from chrome and has a very clean and minimalist finish to...
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How to discover space hogs onIf you have a hard drive that is quickly approaching capacity, sorting through the files and folders for the ones taking up the most space can be a really time-consuming process. There's an easier way... to do it--it's the subject of our latest Tech Tip. For help identifying space hogs, let's turn to TreeSize Free, which is available for Windows 8, as well as Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Launch the program, go to scan, and select the drive you want to take a look at. The application shows you, in gigabytes, megabytes, and kilobytes, how big each folder is, ranked from most to least. One of the nice things you can do with TreeSize Free is drill down into subfolders to see what sort of space is being taken up. If I want to right click on a folder and see what the files are like or delete them, I...
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Netflix Confirms 15 NewNetflix has finally revealed exactly when we'll be able to get our new Arrested Development fix: May 26, 2013 will see the debut of 15 new episodes of the Mitch Hurwitz-led series, which will go live... in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics as of 12:01 AM Pacific Time. The series length is actually up one episode from earlier reports, so there's even more new Arrested Development for die-hard fans to marathon that day.
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Watch a Massive Black HoleOver 47 million light years away, in a galaxy called NGC 4845, there's one hungry black hole. In fact, scientists have watched in awe as, soon after it stirred from dormancy, it chomped away at a... planet 30 times the mass of Jupiter. More
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Counters, cabinets, and ranges get the attention, but dishwashers can class up a kitchen.
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Facebook Home official,Today Facebook finally took the wraps off Home, a suite of apps and a home screen replacement for Android phones. It's not just a new UI for launching apps however; it replaces the lockscreen with... Cover Feed and prioritizes updates from people instead of apps. There is a standard paginated launcher, that is always just a swipe away. But the focus is on the full-screen images that are your new welcome screen. These are status updates from friends that you can easily flip through and double tap to like when someone posts something exciting. Plain text status updates are placed over a user's cover photo, to keep the appearance consistent with photo-centric posts. Notifications are presented as small cards, which Facebook applies an algorithm to, in order determine the updates that are most...
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T-Mobile Announces Increase OfWhile T-Mobile is one of the four major carriers in the US, they have not exactly been doing well and have been losing customers over the past few years and even blaming their lack of the iPhone as... one of the reasons, but we guess nowadays they can't really complain. In fact it seems that T-Mobile is slowly turning themselves around according to the company's preliminary first-quarter results which they released recently. In terms of branded customer base, T-Mobile saw a growth of 3,000 subscribers, which while somewhat paltry, is definitely better than the 349,000 subscribers they lost in Q4 2012. However when combined with customers from MVNO and other unbranded users, the carrier has managed to see an net growth in their customer base of 579,000. According to T-Mobile's CEO, John...
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The Real Reason Windows Phone Is Failing

ReadWrite - 4 Apr 2013 13:04
The Real Reason Windows PhoneIt's no secret: Windows Phone sales stink. Microsoft's bold, attractive platform has an install base of a meager 2% of the global smartphone market and still sits below 5% in the U.S. smartphone... market. The CEO of Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, has publicly stated that Windows Phone sales are "lackluster." The big question is why the widely praised platform isn't catching on. Microsoft, relatively early to the mobile Web, came to the smartphone party late, and has failed to make its case why anyone - hard-core PC users included - should choose Windows Phone over Android or iPhone - or even BlackBerry. The Blame Game For years, Bill Gates spoke of a world of slates, smartphones and smart mobile devices - only to have Microsoft repeatedly fail to capitalize on that vision....
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There are a couple of bridges in the world that are famous, such as San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge just to name a few, although it looks like for the... bridge-enthusiast, Vietnam might be your next stop. To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, authorities in the city of Da Nang have opened the world's largest dragon bridge, which features over 2,5000 Philips LED lights, and how could it not be a dragon if it didn't breathe fire, right?! Yup, this is a bridge that can release bursts of fire from its mouth, although the fire can also be substituted for water during major festivals. Work on the bridge supposedly began in 2009 and cost $85 million. Measuring 666 meters in length and 37.5 meters in width, this bridge will support six...
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ASUS Unveils GeForce GTX 670While a good majority of gaming rigs then to be on the big, and borderline monstrous side, there are gamers who prefer a rig with a smaller footprint and choose to go for mini-ITX builds. If a... mini-ITX build is something you're interested in, it seems that the folks at ASUS might have a GPU that is right up your alley in the form of the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. As you can see in the photo above, the particular variant of the GTX 670 is a lot shorter than the standard version, meaning that it should fit nicely into smaller computer casings. Measuring 6.7" on its longest edge, the GTX 670 Mini will come with 2GB of VRAM and according to ASUS, they have introduced a copper vapor chamber placed directly on top of the GPU which is said to help with heat dispersal with 20% lower...
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Organizational restructuring, talent shortages, and greater technology risks are highlighted as some of the key transformation-driven risks for global companies this year.
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Ten Ways to Overcome"The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt," wrote Sylvia Plath in her journal. And she couldn't have been more accurate. Self-doubt can persuade us to stop creating or keep us from sending our work... out into the world. It can be so influential that it colors how we see ourselves, ensuring we don't pick up a pen, paintbrush, camera, or other tool for decades. More
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Internal document from the Drug Enforcement Administration complains that messages sent with Apple's encrypted chat service are "impossible to intercept," even with a warrant.
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ASUS unveils GeForce GTX 670It's easy to chop and change components in spacious towers, but small PCs need upgrading, too. If your stunted desktop has fallen into the "minimum system requirements" category for the latest games,... then maybe the newly announced ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini graphics card will interest you. Quite the mouthful, we know, but its long name contrasts with its small size -- the dual-slot, 2GB card measures 6.7 inches on its longest edge, shaving almost 3 inches off the reference design. There's no reason you can't put the card in a regular case, of course, but it's intended mainly for compact rigs with mini ITX or micro ATX motherboards. We don't have pricing or release info yet, but if the cost of NVIDIA's GTX 670 is anything to go by, expect to drop at least a trio of Benjamins on the...
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There's a formula to the typical business book: look at some successful companies, analyze them, make some true generalizations of those companies, and then advise others to do the same. The trouble... is, this is basically useless. Here's why: In a pool of thousands of companies, inevitably some are going to end up highly successful purely through luck--and by looking just at performance, you've got no way of distinguishing luck and solid business strategy. Take a distinctive and successful company--you've got no idea if the factors that make them distinctive helped them, hindered them, or were completely irrelevant to their success.
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Facebook Home to hit selectFacebook hasn't made Home official just yet, but we can tell you one thing for certain -- it'll be arriving on April 12th in the US. It won't be available on all Android devices that day, broader... availability should be coming in the future. On day one it will show up as a download for select devices, which will include the rumored HTC First that we anticipate will make its grand debut shortly. As expected there will be no "Facebook Phone" or even a Facebook OS. Home is an app that will "transform your Android phone into a great social phone" according to the company. The roll out is starting with "just a few phones," but those lucky device owners will be able to enjoy Facebook's mobile vision starting next week. Update: Zuckerberg and Co. also confirmed that Home for tablets is coming too,...
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U.S. tech giant says the launch will meet rising demand for cloud, offering software-as-a-service and serving customers in Asia. The facility is its third in the region, with the first two in... Australia.
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Facebook's Android event liveblog

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 12:47
Facebook's Android eventThe "Facebook Phone" sits up there with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster in mythology and legend, but in reality it's just a term instead of an actual phone branded by the social media service. We've... seen the title applied to several phones in the last four years: the HTC Salsa and ChaCha, the Motorola Motokey Social and at least three phones from INQ. Today that term may be attached to yet another device, the HTC First, though we're likely to see a handset with much tighter Facebook integration using a custom Android skin called Facebook Home. We've all heard plenty of rumors about today's event, but now it's finally time to learn exactly what Zuckerberg & Co. have in store for us. Join us for our live coverage of the Facebook event!
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Visualized: AT&T'sWiFi used to be the only somewhat reliable way for a carrier to plug up holes in its network coverage. It's a tactic AT&T's used to great effect in many metropolitan areas where it offers wireless... service. But short of acquiring more spectrum -- a costly and time-consuming process littered with legal roadblocks -- the operator's been exploring an alternative solution: small cells. Testing for these stopgap signal boosters (pictured above) has already been underway since late 2012, with a trial case study in Crystal Lake Park, MO that proved outdoor reception could improve by almost 100-percent. And that test site is just the start of a greater small cell rollout that should place over 40,000 of these units throughout AT&T's nationwide footprint by 2015. So if you're tethered to the...
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4G: Pretty fly for a wi-fi

ZDNet - 4 Apr 2013 12:44
If there ever was a case of the proof being in the pudding, it came a few days ago when I sat down at a cafe in Melbourne's Federation Square to do some editing of a magazine proof, then dragged a... 24MB PDF file onto my FTP client to upload it.
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

DPhoto Journal - 4 Apr 2013 12:38
Last Updated (04 April'13): - Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is a standard zoom lens that compatible with Canon APS-C format cameras. It features a focal length... range of 18-55mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8-88mm) and an Optical Image Stabilizer providing the equivalent of up to four stops of shake
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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 review:Compared with Intel's diminutive NUC and Sapphire's slim and sexy Edge VS8, you might think of Lenovo's IdeaCentre Q190 as a full-figured micro PC. It's not the smallest such model, but it boasts a... ton of ports, it has enough interior space to move air over its components, and it has a Blu-ray drive option. If you're looking for a home-theater PC, those are important features. Design and ports The Q190 is a small monolith measuring 6.10 by 7.55 inches. It's 0.86 inch thick (expanding to 1.5 inches thick with its piggyback slot-feed optical drive attached). A stand that stabilizes the unit when upright adds about another half-inch of height, but Lenovo also provides a VESA mounting bracket so you can mount the Q190 on the back of a display. Robert CardinA drop-down panel (lowered here)...
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MLB stamps partnership withCompanies like Cisco have tried lending Major League Baseball a hand in its quest to serve better internet connectivity to game attendees, but Bud Selig & Co. know that a little more has to be done if... the proper results are to be achieved. Now, through its own MLB Advanced Media branch, the league is teaming up with Qualcomm Technologies (a subsidiary of the chip-maker) to launch a collaboration that'll "survey, plan and optimize network connectivity for fans at supported MLB parks." According to the terms of the partnership, Qualcomm engineers will provide a detailed plan and assessment on how to improve wireless access at baseball fields, and that's taking into consideration 3G, 4G and, of course, WiFi. Here's to hoping the MLB / Qualcomm alliance plays out well for the sake of those who...
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6 killer Mac features we'dEven if the grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence, there's nothing wrong with tossing the occasional glance at your neighbor's fetching petunia patch. What, weak metaphorical analogies... aren't your thing? Let's start again then. Say, Macs have some enticing features, don't they? Wait! Before you grab your pitchfork and start screaming for blood, remember that a deep-seated love for all things computing-related is literally a job requirement here at PCWorld. That said, Macs are PCs, too, and Apple's computers sport several stunning OS X specialties that have no native Windows analogue. While these features aren't amazing enough to lure diehard Windows enthusiasts over to the fruity side, Microsoft would be well-served to steal these particular tricks from Apple's playbook.
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Live Coverage: FacebookMENLO PARK, Calif. -- After months of rumors that Facebook has been working on a phone of its own, today the company will be setting the record straight. At 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), Facebook will kick... off its "Home on Android" event at...
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How to Turn Your Shell-PromptShell prompts are, by definition, pretty dull. So, if you spend a lot of time looking at one, why not make it more fun by... replacing it with a hamburger! More
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Pyongyang says it will reopen a facility used to make weapons-grade plutonium and that US aggression will be countered with nuclear weapons
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Eyes on Facebook Mobile Event(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is unveiling a new Android product Thursday, a move that comes as a fast-growing number of its 1.06 billion users access it on smartphones and tablet computers. Advertisers are... not far behind. Though mobile ads have been a big concern for Facebook's investors since before the company's initial public offering last May, some of that worry has subsided as Facebook began muscling its way into the market. (MORE: Facebook Privacy Settings Guide) Last year, the company began showing ads to its mobile audience by splicing corporate sponsorships and content into users' news feeds, which also includes updates from friends and brands they follow. Among the challenges Facebook faces now is showing people mobile ads without annoying or alienating them. The mobile advertisement...
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Archaeologists have unearthed complex near ancient city or Ur in southern Iraq.
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Samsung China OfficialIt was just yesterday that leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Win made its way around the internet, but it wasn't too long after that Samsung China came forward and officially announced the device.... According to the official announcement, the specs seem to be in line with the leaks and for those who might have forgotten or missed our post, here's what you might be able to expect. The Galaxy Win will come with a 4.7" WVGA TFT display and will run on a 1.2GHz quad-core chipset. It will sport a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 3MP front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity, and a 2,000mAh battery. It will also run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will also come preloaded with apps such as ChatON, and for China users, will come with Sina Weibo and QQ. No word on when the Samsung Galaxy...
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Samsung Galaxy Win hopes forThe Galaxy Win has been bouncing around several online stores over in Asia this week with a vague spec sheet but now Samsung China has gone on the record with all the details. While it might borrow... the straighter design outline of the Galaxy S 4, there's not a whole lot to get excited about, with a 5-megapixel camera and a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution stretched thin across a 4.7-inch TFT display. Despite the low pixel count however, there's an unspecified 1.2GHz quad-core processor beating away inside, running Android 4.1, which suggests that the phone should go the distance, at least performance-wise. Underneath the removable cover, there's a 2,000mAh battery and a slot for microSD storage expansion, though the official listing doesn't tell us how much storage is built into the phone. It...
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Possible Limited EditionWe've seen the limited edition Blackberry Z10 which comes in a rather striking red, and if black or white isn't your color, there might be a possibility that the Z10 could also come in another limited... edition finish, blue (pictured above). This Z10 in blue was tweeted by hip hop artist, Lil E and we have to say, it looks pretty darn convincing. We're not sure if this is a special edition of the Z10 that was designed for Lil E, or if the artist just teased us with the possibility of a blue-colored limited edition Z10. Either way we have to say it looks pretty good, in fact it might even look better than the red Z10. What do you guys think? Any of you guys out there like to get your hands on a blue Blackberry Z10 device? We'll definitely keep our eyes and ears peeled and hopefully more...
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Low-Budget iPhone ConceptWe're sure many are wondering what Apple's low-cost iPhone could look like. Obviously it will not feature premium materials like aluminum on the iPhone 5, but ceramic was a material rumored to be... used. In any case designer Nickolay Lamm has come up with his own take of what the budget iPhone could, or should, look like. For those who have been using Mac computers from back in the day, you might see some striking resemblance to the iMac G3 computers. For those who aren't familiar, they were the iMacs which sported translucent bodies and came in a variety of bright and colorful designs. Could we be seeing Apple release such a...whimsical looking device? While this is merely a concept, the recent lineup of iPod touch devices do come in a variety of different colors, so seeing Apple take the...
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T-Mobile reports Q1 2013Net customer losses in postpaid; sustained net customer additions in prepaid T-Mobile has just posted a preliminary report of its customer additions and losses for the first quarter of 2013, and while... this is far from a full financial report it's a good indication of how the carrier did in the last three months. First, the losses -- T-Mobile shed a net of 199,000 postpaid customers in the quarter, although that's a significant improvement from the 515,000 they lost in the previous quarter. Luckily, strong gains in its prepaid business more than made up for these heavy losses. The first quarter of 2013 netted T-Mobile 202,000 branded prepaid customer additions, an increase over the previous quarter and the seventh consecutive quarter of gains in this area. That puts overall branded customer...
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Vdio Is Rdio's New Video Streaming Service

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 12:01
Vdio Is Rdio's New VideoThe other day we reported that according to a rumor, Spotify was interested in launching a video streaming service of their own, possibly to help give themselves an edge over the competition, as well... as provide an additional channel of revenue. While we have yet to see Spotify launch such a feature, it seems that their rival, Rdio, has managed to beat them to the punch with the launch of Vdio. Launching for Rdio Unlimited subscribers in the US, Vdio is expected to be similar to Rdio in the sense that instead of discovering new music, Vdio will allow users to discover new movies. According to the company: (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google Launches Blink And Ends WebKit Affiliation With Apple, Technical Issues Causing iTunes Store Links To Not Appear In Google Search,
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Apple Updates iTunes App StoreFor most of us, we are able to tell which apps are meant for kids, and which are more, well, grown-up friendly. However it seems that there are parents out there who are concerned about the apps in... iTunes App Store and how Apple has not clearly stated which apps are suitable for kids, and which aren't. Apple has since updated their iTunes App Store by posting age rating tags at the top of the apps to make it clear who these apps are meant for, and making it one of the first things parents or kids see when downloading. This is probably to curb future controversy like the Vine and 500px app that featured nudity, although in Vine's case it was unintentional, and 500px was more "artsy" if anything. The age rating tag will also help parents remember to set parental controls in case they forget...
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How to build a social mediaPlatforms: Free for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Web Pros: Compatible with most social media networks; manages gobs of accounts in one dashboard Cons: Extras and team access cost money What sets it... apart: Hootsuite helps you manage forums, including interaction on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The app directory lets you add services such as Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. You can manage a WordPress blog through the tool as well, but we prefer the WordPress app.
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France Telecom CEO BelievesLet's face it, we're all out there to find a great deal for ourselves, meaning that we try to save every dollar possible. However could it be the frugalness that hurts the sales of high-end devices... like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3/S4? Well according to Stephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom, the answer is yes. Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview, Richard said that customer behavior is changing and that customers these days are more price-conscious, ultimately driving them to demand lower priced smartphones which could threaten the sales of more expensive devices, like Apple's iPhone for example. It seems that France Telecom has been experiencing price drops by over 25% in the past three years which has not only squeezed their profit margins, but has affected its stock price as...
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Lego: 'Star Wars' Set NOTLego has denied that it is withdrawing a Lego set after criticism from a Turkish community in Austria who claimed it resembled a famous mosque....
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The 'Toasterization' of personal computers

USA Today - 4 Apr 2013 11:53
Value has shifted from PC itself to what the PC can access.
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T-Mobile Gets Its 'Un-carrier'T-Mobile USA is embarking on a new strategy to claw back market share from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and today the carrier released some numbers that should help it set off on the right foot: 579,000... new customers, bringing its total to 34 million, according to preliminary Q1 results. Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile will start, finally, carrying the iPhone on April 12 as part of its "Un-carrier" campaign, which also includes a no-contract scheme and a new set of deals to help users buy their phones upfront.
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Phil Simon's made a digestible book on the big data technology space. Yes, you could even give this book to your CEO and he/she will get it. It's a well-written piece that does what it advertises: it... creates the business case for big data.
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Delta Offering Free WiFi ToGood news Delta flyers, if you are planning to take a trip soon and will be flying on Delta's planes, you might be interested to learn that the airline company is offering free WiFi to its users!... Unfortunately there is a catch as this WiFi will only be offered to Blackberry users for free, and will be available for use during domestic flights. As you can see, Delta/Blackberry has gone as far as advertising the free WiFi on the monitors with the new Blackberry Z10 in the picture. Sounds like a great way not only to help advertise the company's new phone, but at the same time reward loyal Blackberry customers with free WiFi on their flights! By Ubergizmo. Related articles: T-Mobile Announces Increase Of 579,000 Subscribers In Q1 2013, Samsung China Official Announces The Galaxy Win,
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 CouldCome 9th of April, word has it that Panasonic could be taking the wraps off two new cameras - the GF6 and the G6. Both cameras are expected to take advantage of the 16MP sensor found on the GX1 and... will come with features such as improved AF, a faster processor and an articulated screen for the GF6 model. However apart from that, not much else is known about either device, until recently when a recent filing with the Taiwan National Communications Commission revealed that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 will come with built-in WiFi capabilities. What this means for photographers is that they will be able to transfer photos from their camera to a mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet, or a computer without the need for cables, making it handy while moving about snapping photos and not...
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The cameras on smartphones these days are definitely getting better with every version, to the point where video and photos can be captured without the need for a dedicated camera or camcorder.... However for video enthusiasts who plan to use their phones for capturing action videos, which camera does it the best? While Nokia boasts about its video stability on its Lumia 920, will that feature be enough to take on the likes of Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4? Well WP7Forum.ru member, Eugen Diskin, has published a video in which he compares the video stabilization in both the Lumia 920 and the Galaxy S4 by attaching them to a toy vehicle and dragging it across the floor. Based on the footage, the Lumia 920 is the clear winner, although we doubt this will be a make or break feature...
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Ailing Japanese manufacturer has gotten its creditors' approval to offer stocks to generate 100 billion yen, after initial concerns such a move would dilute the value of existing shares.
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Black hole firewall: Trouble on the edge

New Scientist - 4 Apr 2013 11:26
The problem that Stephen Hawking spotted around black holes has made a fiery return. Anil Ananthaswamy reports on how it threatens quantum theory and gravity (full text available to subscribers)
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Bill Gates and Paul AllenBack in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM, but in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the... occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers--and now they've recreated the image. More
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Fujifilm FinePix S8400W

DPhoto Journal - 4 Apr 2013 11:24
Last Updated (04 April'13): - Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar Fujifilm FinePix S8400W is a 16.2MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with Fujinon 44x Optical Zoom Lens that equivalent Focal... Length of 24-1056mm in a 35mm format. It features Built-In Wireless Connectivity, 3.0-inch 460k-Dot LCD Monitor, Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps, Optical
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Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea's government-run Twitter account. The disruption comes at a time of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
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Powder women's eggs for home storage

New Scientist - 4 Apr 2013 11:14
If a freeze-drying method showing promise with cow eggs works for human ones, women need only add water and sperm to produce an implantable embryo
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Google's BufferBox deliverySan Francisco is getting all sorts of delivery options courtesy of its friends in Mountain View. Not only has The City by the Bay been graced by Google's same-day delivery Shopping Express pilot, but... it'll soon see kiosks from BufferBox, a startup offering lockers for stowing online purchases, which the search giant acquired last year. A fresh notice on the outfit's website proclaims, "We're coming to California, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area very soon!" Page and Co. haven't said if the lockers will be integrated with Shopping Express, but we wouldn't be surprised if they gave the boxes a prominent part in the service. If you're itching to find out when the containers begin populating San Francisco, hit the source link below to sign up for an alert from BufferBox.
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Japanese IT vendor will be in charge of the apps deployed on the Interior Ministry's data centers, and will help integrate the different disaster information systems into a centralized one.
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Google, Microsoft turn up office heat

USA Today - 4 Apr 2013 11:00
Google and Microsoft have been staging a new war of words over office business.
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Tech stocks: A Facebook phone on the way?

USA Today - 4 Apr 2013 10:55
Facebook is hosting an Android-themed event at its headquarters Thursday.
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Fire-breathing dragon bridgeTo celebrate the 38th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, authorities in the port city of Da Nang have opened the world's largest dragon bridge. Featuring more than 2,500 energy-efficient... Philips LED lights, the dragon is capable of releasing bursts of fire from its mouth and can spit water during the country's major festivals or at weekends.
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Hands on with the Kobo Arc Jelly Bean update

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 10:47
Hands on with the Kobo ArcThe Kobo Arc has been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but has it made a difference? Flash back to our review of the Kobo Arc a moment. On the whole, the 7-inch tablet from Canada impressed, but was... left lacking on the software front. Despite a Jelly Bean update in the works at launch, the Arc came to market on Ice Cream Sandwich, with the custom Tapestries UI on top. While a decent performer generally, if you've ever used Jelly Bean, going back to ICS is a tough ask. The Jelly Bean update for the Arc is now available though, thus removing a potential barrier to purchase. So, has it made a difference? Is the Kobo Arc now a serious contender in the tablet space? Well, we got one back in the office to take a look at how they did.
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The Open Group's first conference in Australia will focus on enterprise transformation. Speakers and a variety of sessions will place the transformation in the context of such vertical industries as... finance, defense, exploration, mining, and minerals.
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Frommer's guidebooks to liveGoogle has sold the rights to the Frommer's travel guidebook series to Arthur Frommer, the man that created the brand. The announcement means that the popular line of guides is safe for the... foreseeable future -- news broke recently that Google wasn't likely to continue publishing print editions. It's not clear how much of the content is included in the deal, as Google is using a lot of Frommer content on Google+ Local and Zagat. A spokesperson for Google told Skift it had "returned the Frommer's brand to its founder" and is "licensing certain travel content to him," so Frommer may not have to start from scratch. Arthur Frommer hasn't owned the rights to his eponymous guides for over 35 years. He sold up to publisher Simon & Schuster...
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Legitimate Use Case For AWe're at Imaging Week in Seoul, Korea and I found a good use case for those camera remote control apps on Android or iOS (here, this guy runs it on the Samsung Galaxy S3). I've been in many camera... media briefings where various brands were touting this type of capability, but I had yet to see someone using this in the real world. Now it's done, and he really needed it. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Dicapac Waterproof Camera Case Hands-On: Simple And Affordable, The Piracy Of Game Of Thrones Is Actually A Compliment, According To HBO's Michael Lombardo,
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Mars rover missions to go onSuch communication blackouts occur every two years when the red planet disappears behind the sun.
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Samsung Is Building 1,400In a bid to compete more directly with Apple, Samsung has announced that in the coming months it will open 1,400 Samsung Experience shops within Best Buy stores around the US. More
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The ethical quagmire of geoengineering

The Verge - 4 Apr 2013 10:31
The ethical quagmire ofThe question of how to tackle climate change is as complex as its potential answers are numerous. Which causes of climate change should we be concerned with, what are the potential side effects of our... solution, and who benefits most from the action we choose to undertake? The most drastic set of available countermeasures have been bundled into a relatively new category of so-called geoengineering: human attempts at controlling the whole planet's climate. Adam Corner of Cardiff University has addressed this topic in a recent article for Aeon Magazine, wherein he sets out both the practical and ethical quandaries that geoengineering gives rise to. Among the pertinent questions he asks, the most fundamental is why we, as humans, seem to...
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LG Optimus G Pro Now Available in Japan

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 10:30
A smaller, 5-inch version of LG's Optimus G Pro is now available in Japan, LG has announced Japan's Optimus G Pro is obviously not the same device as the 5.5-inch G Pro we've seen in Barcelona, which... has so far only been available in Korea Other than the diminished screen size, however, it has nearly the same specifications: a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of DDR RAM, and 32 GB of storage memory, expandable via microSD memory cards The size of the Japanese version is 139x70x9.9 mm, and it rocks a 3,000mAh battery -- not that far off from the 3,140mAh variant seen on the original model
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'Anonymous' Hackers Declare Cyber War On North Korea

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 10:24
'Anonymous' Hackers DeclareHackers claiming to represent the Anonymous collective have threatened cyber war on North Korea. Kim Jong-Un's despotic government in the north has made increasingly hysterical...
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NBN Co significantly increased the revenue it picked up in the second half of 2012, but the Australian government-owned company still reported a loss of over AU$400 million.
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Dicapac Waterproof Camera CaseWhen it comes to taking digital cameras into the water, there's the hard way and the easy way of doing things. You can get a custom-built plastic case that has complex sealed buttons that let you use... your camera almost normally while keeping the water out, or there is the solution of putting the camera in a bag, and sealing it! Released a while ago, Dicapac got inspired by the second option, and their waterproof case is more or less a bag with a finger-sleeve (not on all models) and a special section for the lens. It's simple, fits a bunch of different camera and works pretty well if you're not doing any kind if serious diving photography. I never had the opportunity to play with one before, so I was curious. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Legitimate Use Case For A SmartPhone...
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Angry Birds Friends coming toYou may not have realized it if you were heads-down with your smartphone, but one of the most popular Angry Birds games is on Facebook: its social network adaptation, Angry Birds Friends, has racked... up about 15 million active users. It's only appropriate, then, that Rovio complete the cycle with new plans to bring Angry Birds Friends to mobile. While details are slim, the company vows that the upcoming Android and iOS ports will maintain Facebook integration for rewards and tournaments, and they'll support both phones and tablets. We'll already have an inkling of what gameplay to expect courtesy of the web game, although we're not so fortunate with the release date -- Rovio will only say that the mobile Friends port is coming "soon."
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April 4, 2013 /Photography News/ Life Framer is a monthly photography competition for the present day. It's a platform designed to source creative work and showcase outstanding photography. Every... month the organizers make a call to arms to the photographic community for photographs that best capture the theme. They shortlist their favourites, ask a guest judge to select their winners. In it for you is the chance to be exhibited in a gallery space in central London, to win cash prizes and to receive some great recognition and online presence along the way. Theme: "An instant" Prizes: The monthly winner: US$400 cash prize Your image printed, framed and displayed in Life Framer's end-of-year exhibition Your image exhibited on Life Framer's website and spread across its social media An...
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Facebook Readies Launch Of 'New Home On Mobile'

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 10:06
Facebook Readies Launch OfFacebook will reveal its "new home on Android" today at an event where the American company is widely expected to unveil a homescreen for smartphones....
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It's time we sorted out climate 'blips'

New Scientist - 4 Apr 2013 10:00
The promise to fill the gap between short-term weather forecasts and long-term climate predictions is still unfulfilled. Let's change that
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PICS: Mark Zuckerberg'sHe's the billionaire founder of the world's biggest social network. But if an internet rumour turns out to be true, he once had a somewhat...
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After seeing its value increase exponentially during the first quarter of 2013, Bitcoin's growth spurt appears to be stumbling amid news of denial-of-service attacks and a breach at Instawallet.
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Overly Attached Boyfriend, Is That You?

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 09:50
Overly Attached Girlfriend, meet your match A new YouTube video called "ONE NIGHT misunderSTANDing" (get it?) shows an overeager suitor creeping out his just-met lady-friend following a casual... encounter. While he's not Overly Attached Boyfriend of meme fame, he certainly deserves the moniker Watch the entire video, above; then, let us know what you think in the comments. (Disclaimer: The video features content that may be offensive to some viewers.) Screenshot image courtesy of YouTube, ReverseCowboy
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Google Is Forking WebKit toGoogle announced last night that it's going to stop using WebKit--the rendering engine currently used by the likes of Safari and Chrome to display web pages--in favor of its own solution which will be... called Blink. More
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A pandemic in Asia, war in the Koreas, or a combination of these would create absolute chaos in the technology industry.
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Bill Gates, 18-year-oldThe event that saw Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen pose for a classic photo reenactment has turned up another gem from the pair's early history. Seattle's Living Computer Museum held a... gathering last night for many of founder Paul Allen's friends and fellow technological luminaries, and it also managed to dig up Gates' and Allen's pre-Microsoft resumes. At the time Gates was a freshman at Harvard; he said he'd be available from June 1974, would be happy to work "anywhere," and suggested a salary baseline of $15,000. Both Gates and Allen worked at Honeywell in the summer of 1974, before Gates dropped out of Harvard the following year to start Microsoft. Two decades later, Gates would be anointed the world's richest man.
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Gartner: Tablet Shipments ToGartner has published its latest report with smart devices projections for smartphones, tablets, ultramobiles and PCs from 2012 to 2017. The numbers make unhappy reading for Microsoft -- the company... with the most to lose as old empire of the PC continues its slow decline, trumped by the price, simplicity and convenience of Android and iOS-powered mobile computing devices.
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T-Mobile reports 'firstRight on the heels of its announcement of becoming the "UnCarrier", T-Mobile has dropped an early update on customer count for Q1. While its full earnings won't be announced until May 8th, it noted a... net increase of 579,000 customers for the period, compared to a net loss of 349,000 in Q4 of 2012. It claims the increase was primarily due to continued focus on growing its MVNO customers base. Postpaid customer losses for Q1 are 199,000, far better than Q4's drop of 515,000, and 510,000 in the same period last year. President and CEO John Legere is certainly looking at the bright side (and keeping his language clean this time) claiming the data represents "positive momentum and the first positive branded growth in four years." We'll wait until the dollars and cents are counted -- and results...
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Telstra has this week made some predictions for what the world will be like in 2020, but it's not the first time the company has made grand predictions.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has asked NBN Co to make additional changes to the document that outlines how the company will operate for the next 30 years.
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Slow and steady wins the solar race

GigaOM - 4 Apr 2013 09:00
Slow and steady wins the solarSolar panels are growing strong for residential rooftops, commercial buildings and utility installations. Despite the widespread bankruptcies erupting in the solar module maker market.
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Live blog: Facebook's new HomeWe'll have live coverage of Facebook's Android event here, with a new Facebook-centered experience expected running on an HTC smartphone.
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What do "The Avengers," "Tranformers," and "Terminator Salvation" have in common? They all filmed at the abandoned steam locomotive repair shops in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Obama's financial backing for nuclear power must be reinforced by tougher economic incentives and better technology
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Researchers, businesses offer apps, other services for concerned parents of teen drivers
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Play ball: old school, new school ways to retrieve memories
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Google has updated its Chrome web browser for Android, adding several interesting upgrades. The new Google Chrome for Android enables users to access their saved passwords and have forms autofilled... when they're signed into Chrome -- just like the desktop version This release also brings several stability improvements and a fix for blank-page loads in certain scenarios If you don't see the new features (which have been available in the beta version for about a month) yet, don't worry -- Google will be rolling them out to everyone over the next few days You can get Chrome for Android over at Google Play.
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T-Mobile stops hemorrhagingNot yet ready to make its full financial disclosure for the first quarter of 2013, T-Mobile has nonetheless decided to release some preliminary customer churn numbers to show its improving... performance. Having spent most of the past few years losing customers, the company's rather delighted to disclose that in Q1 of this year it actually saw an improvement in net customer growth. That increase was a paltry 3,000 in terms of new clientele on the T-Mobile-branded service, however once you include MVNO and other unbranded users of its network, the net number is a far more satisfying 579,000.
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Taste the happy, Michael! Details for the global launch of the fourth season of Arrested Development are coming soon. The much-loved cult sitcom is making its small-screen return, thanks to Netflix.... Last year at NAB Show, Netflix formally announced the return of the Bluths this year. At the Television Critics Association press tour in January, the release date was confirmed for May. We're only a month away from May, so when do we get more release details? According to Netflix UK's Twitter account, those details are coming "very soon." Announcing the global launch date and more details for the highly anticipated Season 4 of Arrested Development very VERY soon. Stay tuned.-- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) April 4, 2013
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Detroit Electric's SP:01 is a pure electric car that boasts a 180-mile range and a high price.
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Detroit Electric's SP:01 is a pure electric car that boasts a 180-mile range and a high price.
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Adobe Lightroom 4.4 And CameraAdobe has just introduced the final releases of Lightroom 4.4 as well as Camera Raw 7.4, where they are now readily available over as downloads over on Adobe.com. Of course, if for some strange reason... or another, you do not want to head in that direction, you can always go through the update mechanism within Photoshop CS6 itself. As expected, every update will come with its fair share of goodies, and this release will offer bug fixes that have been reported by users in previous releases, where among them include a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor, such as the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1. Not only that, raw file support has been added for twenty-five cameras, so take a deep breath as you go through the list. They are the Canon EOS 1D C, Canon...
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BlackBerry pulls the plug onIt seems like just the other day, BlackBerry (then RIM) was taking the wraps off its BBM Music streaming service, but 20 months later it's already a wrap. In an email to subscribers, the company... announced that BBM Music will be discontinued as of June 2nd, pointing customers to Rdio and offering them a free 30-day trial of the replacement service, reports CrackBerry.
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Daily news roundup: March 3, 2013

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 08:12
Daily news roundup: March 3,All the news that's fit to blog Today was quite a day in the world of Android: Google, Mozilla, and Samsung were busy shaping the browsers of tomorrow, we got a firsthand account of HTC's camera... strategy, new phones were announced while old ones were updated, and multiple heavy-hitter apps got updates while new ones premiered. If you missed any of today's news, now's the time to get caught up. App launches and updates 3DMark graphics benchmark app arrives on Android Agenda Calendar for Android gets long-awaited widget Rovio to launch mobile app for Angry Birds Friends Tasks update brings multi-app integration, better usability Twitter for Android updated with UI overhaul Google+ update adds better cover photo editing, fixes bugs Wallaby: Get the most out of your credit card rewards Chrome...
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Wireless carrier reports some customer gains and smaller losses in other segments in preliminary quarterly results.
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Blackberry shutting down BBMBBM Music may only be roughly a year and a half old, but Blackberry announced in an email to subscribers that it'll be put out to pasture on June 2nd, and April is the last month they'll be charged... for it. For those who aren't familiar with BBM Music, it lets users keep up to 50 songs hand-picked from a larger selection in a playlist, and listen to tunes that friends keep in their own collections. Come May, tracks will appear greyed out and become unplayable as BBM contacts stop using the app. Of course, there are other ways to get your music fix. The company formerly known as RIM went so far as to recommend Rdio, giving folks a voucher code for a 30-day pass in the email.
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BBM Music Calls It A Day

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 07:58
BBM Music Calls It A DayI guess you can say that the world of consumer electronics, for all its glittery lights and fanfare, is a brutal one, where the law of the jungle certainly applies here with survival of the fittest... being played out every single day. Take BlackBerry as a smartphone platform for example, it has been around for a fair number of years, and once looked to have achieved an unassailable lead for itself in the market, but along came the great market disruptor known as the Apple iPhone, and it has been downhill for BlackBerry ever since, as they now claw it out with Microsoft for a distant third spot in the mobile operating system market. Well, another part of BlackBerry has just called it quits today, with BBM Music being approximately one and a half years old, will no longer be supported this...
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Just a week after launching comment replies on Facebook, the social network updated its API Wednesday to help brands better monitor and respond to them In a post on its developer blog, Facebook... product engineer Alex Madjar says developers can now set up different comment "views" on posts. The first view is called "top level comments," which are standalone comments on a post that are not replies to individual comments. Next, "replies," are comments responding to other comments. Finally, the last view, "comment streams," show all comments -- both top level and replies -- together; this view lists comments in chronological order, helping programmers "get what's new."
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Bill Gates and MicrosoftMany were surprised in 2011 when Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen slammed Bill Gates in the pages of his autobiography, Idea Man; the book claimed that Gates colluded with current CEO Steve Ballmer to... reduce Allen's stake in the company, among other accusations. But last year's paperback edition included an epilogue hinting that the two men had overcome their differences, and now we're seeing further evidence that the friendship has healed -- Allen and Gates have posed for a photo that recalls a classic Microsoft shot from the 80s.
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New Nexus 7 To Be Priced At $149?

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 07:51
New Nexus 7 To Be Priced AtEarlier this morning, we brought you word that there will be a spanking new Nexus 7 tablet in the works, thanks to the folks over at Google. Just to refresh one's memory, it seems that Reuters have... cited "sources with knowledge of the product", where it is touted that Google intends to ship anywhere from 6 to a whopping 8 million units of the new tablet, where it could even be launched as early as July this year. Of course, while there has been nothing concrete concerning its pricing details, somehow or rather, the very same sources cite a possible $149 price tag, which would certainly make it extremely competitive of course. Should the original Nexus 7 be discontinued then, perhaps there is also a possibility of the new and revamped model maintain its original $199 price tag just like how...
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Nearly 50% Of Instagram UsersJust a year after introducing the Android version of Instagram, it is interesting to take note that nearly 50% of the entire user base of Instagram happen to use Google's Android operating system,... too. This interesting statistic was revealed as part of the first birthday celebrations of Instagram on Android, and that would mean nearly 50 million of the 100 million monthly active users are rocking on to Android-powered devices. Philip McAllister, an Instagram engineer, said, "Instagram for Android has helped make this community more global than ever. Major events such as Brazil's Círio de Nazaré festival, the 85th birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol, and a streak of severe thunderstorms throughout Malaysia have been captured by Android Instagrammers and shared to global audiences like...
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Samsung Robot Comes WithCome on now, I am quite sure that when one talks about robots, Samsung would not be the first name that pops into the mind. After all, the only thing about robots that I can remember from the South... Korean conglomerate would be their robotic vacuum cleaners that do seem to do a pretty good job, actually. Well, here we are with a patent application from none other than Samsung themselves, although this one has nothing to do at all with a vacuum cleaner, but rather, will have plenty to do with the walking motions that can be found in next generation robots. It does seem as though Samsung is working on a new generation of D-Copycat robots which surprise, surprise, will sport a Siri-like feature. There are rumors surrounding this particular patent filing, where it states that Samsung's next...
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Samsung To Open RetailSamsung has thrown down another gauntlet in its battle with Apple. This time, the Korean electronics giant is going head-to-head with Apple stores by opening retail boutiques, called 'Samsung... Experience Shops,' in 1,400 Best Buy locations by the beginning of June. Stores will start operating in all of Best Buy's big-box stores by May 1 and at smaller stores by June 1, around the same time as the Galaxy S4′s release date in the second quarter of this year. The new stores will join Samsung's first prototype location in Lewisville, Texas. Samsung previously had no retail spaces of its own in the U.S. and its Best Buy stores are intended to help it grab customer eyeballs and dollars away from Apple and Microsoft's own stores (Apple also has retail spaces in Best Buy). Each of Samsung's...
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Best Buy and Samsung have teamed up to bring special Samsung-branded sections to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile. Dubbed the Samsung Experience Shop, the store-within-a-store offers customers a chance to... explore and interact with Samsung's mobile products and accessories, as well as get help or training for Samsung mobile products they already own All told, more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores will get the Samsung Experience Shop -- with the first 900 scheduled for roll-out by May, and the rest to follow by early summer Inside the Experience While store openings don't really kick off until Monday, Samsung and Best Buy have been piloting a few stores with the Samsung Experience Shop over the last six weeks. Samsung and Best Buy showed us the Samsung Experience Shop inside a Best...
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Arthur Frommer takes brandThe tale of Google and Frommer's famed travel guides has taken another twist this evening. Associated Press writer Beth Harpaz reports Arthur Frommer confirmed over the phone that he has retaken... control of the brand from Google, and plans to continue publishing them in ebook and print formats, as well as maintaining the Frommers.com website. This comes after Google acquired the brand from publisher Wiley in 2012, followed by Skift.com's revelation last month that it apparently intended to shut production of the books down. We're told by a Google spokesperson (check after the break for the full statement) that it has integrated the content it acquired from Frommer's and Wiley into its products including Google+ Local, that it has transferred ownership back to the founder and that it will...
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Samsung partners with Best BuyNot content with a gazillion Galaxy phone sales, Samsung is hoping to continue winning the smartphone war in one of the biggest battlegrounds any manufacturer can face: retail. The Korean OEM has... partnered with Best Buy to bring its Experience Shops to the big box retailer nationwide -- 1,400 of them by early summer (with 900 launching this month), to be precise. So what does Sammy hope to achieve? In addition to the standard shopping setup, the company wants to give customers the ability to actually use its products and get a first-hand feel of what they have to offer: phones, accessories, Smart TVs and tablets will be on display. Each shop will be manned by Samsung-employed consultants as well as specially trained Best Buy employees. This appears to be Samsung's way of offering a...
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This Fantastic Website ShowsThis ingenious website made by David Paliwoda shows how far Mars is from Earth in a metric all us Internet lovers understand: pixels. If Earth was a 100 pixels wide, how far would Mars be? To start... off, the moon would be 3000 pixels away (and 27 pixels wide). Mars? More
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Samsung and Best Buy bringingSamsung hopes to capture all the hearts and minds with a new retail presence at Best Buy stores across the US Samsung and Best Buy are getting together and setting up Samsung Experience Shops in 1,400... locations across the US. 900 sites will launch this month, and the full 1,400 will be in service by this summer. The shops will showcase Samsung's products -- including phones, tablets, televisions, and accessories -- and provide customers an opportunity to get some hands-on time with each and every one. A retail presence is something we've seen before from Samsung, but nothing on this scale. It's also a very different way of going about it than we've seen from Apple and Microsoft. We're not exactly sure how successful this will be, as every Best Buy shopper knows you can find a better price...
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Sony Xperia ZL Holds Guinness World Record

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 06:43
Sony Xperia ZL Holds GuinnessThere can only be one, according to the law of the immortals in The Highlander, and I suppose the same holds true when it comes to world record holders. Very rarely do you see two or more persons or... objects hold the same world record simultaneously, but I don't think that anyone is going to outdo Sony Mobile's Sony Xperia ZL anytime soon. Basically, the Sony Xperia ZL managed to pick up the Guinness World Record for "the largest animated mobile phone mosaic." Sony Mobile's effort of getting together at least 196 smartphones (of the Sony Xperia ZL variety, of course) to construct a wall which measures 1.90m x 1.03m, sporting a surface area of 1.95 square meters, which was displayed for all and sundry to view in Barcelona at the MWC 2013 that happened in February this year. Right now, the...
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Flipboard For Android Updated

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 06:42
Flipboard For Android UpdatedWe read about how Flipboard for iOS received a major update sometime last week, where the version number of Flipboard there was increased to version 2.0. Of course, with each app revision, it goes... without saying that there will be a fair share of improvements made to it, and iOS users of Flipboard certainly were not disappointed. Well, what about the legion of Android fans who use Flipboard every single day? They too, will not be left out of the picture, although the latest update will not be bumped up to version 2.0. Still, that does not mean that there are no nice new features thrown into the mix at all, and the interesting part is, the best bit of the update will only play well with a handset that has yet to be introduced to the masses. Support for hover actions has now been included in...
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Wind Turbine Works Sans Blades

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 06:40
Wind Turbine Works Sans BladesWhat you see above might be just a concept at this point in time, an idea that has yet to be tested and proven successful, but assuming it actually takes off in due time, it could very well prove to... be one of the modern engineering marvels that the world should emulate, especially the Danes who seem to be extremely obsessed with clean energy. The image above depicts a wind turbine that works without any blades, and heck, in order to take things a little bit further, it does not even come with any moving parts. Designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo, it is known as the electrostatic wind energy converter (EWICON) prototype, where it is currently on display at Delft University of Technology. Relying on "particle movement" to generate energy, you can be sure that a bladeless energy...
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Japan Gets LG Optimus G Pro

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 06:39
Japan Gets LG Optimus G ProIf you so happen to live in the Land of the Rising Sun, then you will be pleased to hear that folks over there have already gotten hold of the LG Optimus G Pro, which is to follow in the footsteps of... their brethren living in South Korea. South Koreans naturally gave the LG Optimus G Pro quite a warm reception, and LG might be keeping their fingers crossed that they too, will be able to obtain a similar level of warmth from the Japanese, or at least folks living in that region. NTT DoCoMo will be the mobile carrier of choice to offer the LG Optimus G Pro, but there is one difference between it and the South Korean model - the display has shrunk to 5" instead of 5.5". Still, the 5" display should be enough for most users, considering how it continues to retain the Full HD resolution, running...
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LG's 5-inch Optimus G ProSouth Korea gave the Optimus G Pro a reasonably warm reception after debuting, and now LG's hoping to pull off a similar victory in Japan. Those in the Land of the Rising Sun can now pick up the... smartphone from NTT DoCoMo. Though the handset bears the same name as its Korean counterpart, it forgoes a 5.5-inch 1080p display for a smaller 5-inch screen with the same resolution. In case you're in need of a refresher, the hardware runs Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 Processor and 2GB of RAM flanked by a 3,000mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear shooter, 2.1-megapixel front-facing cam, 32GB of built-in memory and a microSD slot. LG still hasn't pinned down just when in Q2 the phone will launch in North America, but with a Japanese release behind it, a US arrival shouldn't be...
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Detroit Electric SP:01 Is OneThe Tesla Roadster can be said to be a dream car for many a Greenpeace activist, although for all intents and purposes, a hybrid like the Toyota Prius would be a far better bet. Well, perhaps it is... time to see that the electric sports car market is maturing, especially when you see yet another competitor hit the scene after the Tesla's Roadster production drew to a close at the end of 2011. Detroit Electric has just announced a different Lotus-based sports car which is capable of hitting 0-60mph in a matter of just 3.7 seconds. The Detroit Electric's pride and joy would be the SP:01, where in order to achieve such speed within the shortest period of time possible, it comes with a custom carbon fiber body as well as a $135,000 price tag. Headed by former Lotus Engineering Group CEO Albert...
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"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it's nothing but wires... and lights in a box."-Edward R. Murrow When Murrow spoke those words 55 years ago, he was referring to the instrument of television. But today, one can see how the sentiment applies to the Internet, and specifically, to television's successor, YouTube. Organizations like TED and Khan Academy are pushing education farther into the 21st century with online lecture series and interactive lessons (check out TED-Ed if you haven't already)
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Travel expert plans to resume publishing of the travel books, which the Web giant acquired but killed last month.
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Zuckerberg channels some Jobs in HTC phone launch.
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The company is closing in on its typical (and some promised) launch deadlines but remains quiet on announcing anything, giving developers and enterprises little time to prepare.
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Star Wars Through The Ages

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 06:18
Star Wars Through The AgesA look at the history (and products) of the massive Star Wars franchise, which J.J. Abrams will lead next for Disney
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AT&T LG Optimus G ReceivesSprint introduced the Android Jelly Bean for a variant of the LG Optimus G in March this year, and it seems that rival mobile carrier AT&T is going to follow in their footsteps as well, serving up a... nice dose of Jelly Bean goodness for the LG Optimus G. Of course, there was no official fanfare or announcement made, although there were owners of the LG Optimus G who ride with AT&T and they have shared a fair amount of tips as well as screenshots like the one you see above, showing that this is no belated April Fool's joke, but rather, the real deal itself. So, LG Optimus G owners on AT&T, how has your smartphone fared so far? Have you received the official update Over The Air automatically? I am quite sure that if this is the case for some folks, an official confirmation should be well on...
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Nokia Music For Windows PhoneIf there is one app or software that does not need an "incognito mode" at all, it would be MP3 players. After all, you would be proud to wear the name of your favorite band in the form of a tattoo on... your forearm, so that the world will know what an amazing band they are. The more obscure the name, the better, since it shows what a non-conformist that you are to the rest of the masses, or sheeple, as you call them. Well, Windows Phone 8 users would be pleased to hear that Nokia Music has been revamped, where it is now capable of keeping track of your listening history. Not only that, there is also a Live Tile option which shows off different kinds of important information concerning the music that is being played, where among these will include details such as artist and song names. Apart...
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LG Optimus G on AT&T startsLast month, Sprint served up a dose of Jelly Bean for its variant of LG's Optimus G, and today it appears that AT&T is following suit. We've received a flurry of tips and screenshots like the one... above denoting that Ma Bell is slowly starting to trickle out Android 4.1.2 to its Optimus G owners. Seeking confirmation, we've reached out to AT&T and will provide an update of our own once we receive official word on the matter. Until then, if you're rocking an Optimus G on Big Blue's network, now might be the time to manually check your device for new software. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
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Apple's iPad was released three years ago today. Needless to say, there have been plenty of detractors over the last three years.
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HTC One Australian availability announced

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 06:03
HTC One AustralianHTC and carriers announce on-contract availability on Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile The HTC One is headed down under, and pre-orders start as early as April 5, and general availability is... stated to be April 23. Prices and details are outlined below. Telstra: With a 2-year contract at $60 per month, you'll have a $10 monthly handset payment. The full cost off contract is $768. Customers who pre-register before April 23 will receive a free set of Beats Solo headphones. The registration page is here. Optus: With a 2-year contract at $60 per month, you will have a $3 monthly handset payment. Optus pre-orders start April 5. Vodafone: With a 2-year contract at $60 per month, you will have a $5 monthly handset payment. Vodafone has the HTC One listed on their site here, but the...
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Within a year after launching its Android app, nearly half of all Instagram's user base comes from the Google-powered operating system. Instagram revealed this statistic in a blog post celebrating its... one-year anniversary Wednesday. The popular photo-filtering and -sharing app currently has 100 million monthly active users. "Instagram for Android has helped make this community more global than ever," said Philip McAllister, an Instagram engineer. "Major events such as Brazil's Círio de Nazaré festival, the 85th birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol, and a streak of severe thunderstorms throughout Malaysia have been captured by Android Instagrammers and shared to global audiences like never before."
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1,400 'Samsung Experience'In suburban Dallas, a Best Buy towers over an expanse of concrete, cars, fast food joints, and other retailers jockeying for shoppers' attention spans, its trademark angular blue pillar jutting above... the main entrance. Statistically speaking, the scene could just as easily describe a Best Buy near your home anywhere in America. "70 percent of the US population is within 10 miles of a Best Buy," says Ketrina Dunagan, a Samsung executive who runs retail marketing for the company's US phone business. And that ubiquity is not to be taken lightly: starting next Monday and continuing through June, Samsung will open "Experience Shops" inside over 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations nationwide. 900 of those will be open by early next...
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Samsung plans to put mini stores within all of Best Buy's stores in the next three months. Can it succeed where others have failed?
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The Korean electronics giant will open minishops within all U.S. Best Buy stores in the coming months, showcasing how its products interact and potentially making it tougher for rival devices to get... attention from buyers.
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Former Google AdSenseWe're hearing from those familiar with the situation that Kim Malone Scott, an ex Apple and Google employee, has left Dropbox after around four months on the job. Upon her hiring, she was described as... a "top sales exec" poach for Dropbox. At Google, she was commonly referred to as the "High Priestess of the Long Tail," a name she had given herself because she placed ads on pages that normally didn't have them, mostly for small publishers. During her tenure at Google, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had called Scott's credentials a "perfect Googler's resume." According to her LinkedIn, Scott worked in "Operations and Online Sales" for Dropbox, with no other details or information about her role. With two years at Apple and six years at Google, it was clear that the hiring was an important one...
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Facebook Privacy Settings Guide

Time - 4 Apr 2013 06:00
Facebook Privacy SettingsThe first thing you have to realize about Facebook: nothing you put on there is truly private. Yes, you can control how users see or don't see your profile. But every time you 'Like' a product or even... look at a page, the company itself is taking note. This doesn't mean that someday Facebook will malevolently release your every click to the world. But it's also not your private diary, and what you do on the website gets collected and cataloged. You should always keep that in mind when you're using the service. That said, Facebook is a great way to stay in touch and share small and big moments with family, friends and assorted other connections. The key is making sure you're presenting the most appropriate profile possible to each "Friend." So let's go over the various settings you can...
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Fancy Some Three-DimensionalArguably, eating healthily takes both motivation and time. And in what's being billed as "a world first, three-dimensional wellness experience" (presumably with a straight face), the recipe kit... subscription service HelloFresh is partnering with weight loss coaching app Noom to tackle the problem from both ends.
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The Weirdest Thing on theSee, the thing is, your cat doesn't actually hate you, per se. It simply prefers the more refined tastes of its imaginary lounging companion. Spread Motion Design filmed and animated this amusing... short while Wolfpeople provided the score. More
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Nearly two years after its launch, the mobile music service that lets subscribers share songs with each other is being terminated.
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Huawei Says Security ConcernsHuawei, the world's second largest telecom gear marker after Ericsson, said that its U.S. growth will be hindered this year by U.S. security concerns. But Bob Cai, the Chinese company's vice president... in charge of wireless-network marketing, told the Wall Street Journal that Huawei still expects its key wireless-network business to gain ground in Europe and Asia. Huawei has been dealt two major setbacks in the U.S. over the past half-year. In October, a U.S. congressional report said that Huawei and ZTE's "provision of equipment to U.S. critical infrastructure could undermine core U.S. national-security interests," a claim that both companies disputed. Then last week, Sprint Nextel and SoftBank pledged not to use gear from Huawei after they merge. Huawei is counting on other overseas...
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Digital communications group VivaKi declares it has narrowed down successful marketing on tablets to a trio of models proven to outperform standard ads.
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Detroit Electric reveals theAnyone who wanted a Tesla Roadster but showed up too late to the party (or too early) is about to get a second chance as soon as this year, if not quite in the way they expected. The Detroit Electric... badge has been restored once more for the SP:01, a high-speed EV that shares Tesla's early use of a Lotus design -- albeit an Exige coupe this time, not an Elise. Its 201HP equivalent motor can also approximate the Roadster Sport's brisk 0-60MPH time of 3.7 seconds. That's roughly where the major similarities stop, however. The SP:01 should have a shorter range (around 180 miles on a European cycle) and will take a longer 4.3 hours to charge up from a 240V source, but it will cater to enthusiasts with a lighter carbon fiber body, a higher 155MPH top speed and even the choice of a manual...
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The Science of Why Cats Do theHere's everything you need to know about the Internet's favorite animal: cats. All the things you ever wondered about your furry friend? Right here. ASAP Science explains why they like catnip, how... they can always fall on their feet, why they purr and how their eyes work. Did you know they spend 85% of the day doing nothing and that drinking, eating and mating only takes up 4% of the day. The question: what kind of catty things are they doing the other 11%? [ASAP Science] More
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Chrome 26 for Android getsPerpetually forgetful Android users no longer have to adopt a Chrome beta to coordinate their lives. Just a month after the test version of Chrome 26 arrived with autofill and password syncing, its... stable version has appeared with the same option to remember form and login details between supporting desktop and mobile Chrome builds. There's no talk of the SPDY-based proxy, however: aside from tune-ups, the syncing is the main highlight. That's still enough for us to justify swinging by Google Play for the update.
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Detroit Electric says itsWith Tesla's Roadster production drawing to a close at the end of 2011, another electric vehicle startup is picking up where it left off, announcing a different Lotus-based sports car that can do... 0-60mph in the same 3.7 seconds. The company is Detroit Electric, a name under which 13,000 or so electric vehicles were sold in the early 1900s. But this time around, the team running the show, is targeting the discriminating buyer, outfitting the SP:01 with a custom carbon fiber body and a $135,000 price tag. That team also happens to be headed by former Lotus Engineering Group CEO Albert Lam, which explains the reason for using the company's Exige as the car's starting point.
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In business, technology is one of the best ways to boast. And few chest thumps are as loud as a single digital display that spans more than 100 feet.
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The biggest names in online productivity suites are Google Apps and Office 365. Determine the costs of each using a cost comparison toolkit.
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SpaceShipTwo glides past the moon

NBC News - 4 Apr 2013 05:03
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane glided its way through another test flight on Wednesday, in preparation for its first powered launch later this year.The plane was carried up from... California's Mojave Air and Space Port, nestled beneath its WhiteKnightTwo mothership, at 7:18 a.m. PT (10:18 a.m. ET), Parabolic Arc's Doug Messier reported. After its release at high altitude, SpaceShipTwo s...
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Parachute flaps in the Martian breeze

NBC News - 4 Apr 2013 05:03
NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers aren't the only human-made objects that have been on the move on Mars: The Red Planet's winds have set Curiosity's discarded parachute rolling around on the... surface, as seen in a series of images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over the course of five months.The 65-foot-wide (20-meter-wide) parachute and the rover's protective backshell were thro...
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The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Kareer.me... One-Liner Pitch: It's a discovery network for finding awesome employers -- LinkedIn meets StumbleUpon. Why It's Taking Off: Company culture attracts the best applicants, and recruiters need a better way to show it off. Job seekers are looking for more than a skill-to-task fit At some point you may have come across (or written) a job listing entitled: "The job of a lifetime ... for the right person." Jobs these days, especially in digital fields, are increasingly unique. The career ladder isn't vertical anymore; it's often cross-department, as technology creates new needs and companies must hire...
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On the heels of fixing comment threads, the social network announces another new API to assist brands in setting up different "views" for unruly comments.
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Visualized: Seattle MarinersThis week, the Seattle Mariners showed off a new 3,840 x 1,080, surface-mount LED display at Safeco Field -- one the team's PR department touts as the "largest in Major League Baseball and among the... largest in all of sports." At 201.5 feet wide by 56.7 feet tall, its surface area of 11,425 square feet places it behind massive screens at Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet) and Cowboys Stadium (11,520 square feet). That's good enough, the team said, to rank as the third-largest sports-venue display in North America and surpasses Kauffman Stadium's HD scoreboard as the largest in baseball. Roughly 1,200 individual panels make up the screen, offering a total of 4,147,200 pixels -- more pixels than the 2.6-megapixel Cowboys Stadium display, the team pointed out. To feed their new HD...
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Zeel Relaunches As The UberZeel launched in early 2012 to bring the Zocdoc model to alternative healthcare providers. In other words, just as Zocdoc makes it easy to search for doctors based on specialty, proximity and... insurance coverage and book appointments directly, Zeel aimed to do the same for the other half of the market: From massage therapists and personal trainers to nutritionists and acupuncturists.
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LG Optimus G Pro now available in Japan

Android Central - 4 Apr 2013 04:39
LG Optimus G Pro now availableLG packs a 5-inch screen and powerful Snapdragon 600 into a smaller frame for the Japanese market LG and NTT DOCOMO have announced that the Optimus G Pro is now available in Japan. It's a beast of a... phone, with a 5-inch 440ppi display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600, and a feature-packed UI to run it all. For the Japanese market, LG has chosen to release the smaller 5-inch display (it's still 1080p) versus the 5.5-inch display used on the Korean version. We're not sure exactly which size LG will choose to roll out to the rest of the world, but we do know it's coming to more markets -- including the US -- sometime in the second quarter of 2013. We're looking forward to it either way! Skip past the break for the full press release.
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Purple Samsung Galaxy S IIILast month, a purple Galaxy S III first reared its regal-hued exterior accompanied by claims that it would launch on Sprint sometime in April. Tonight, a tipster sent a screenshot our way that's... pegged the aubergine handset for an April 12th release on the Now Network. With the help of a $50 mail-in rebate, you'll be able to pick up the 16GB variant of the smartphone for $99 on a two-year contract. Finally, a phone that'll match our impeccable taste in handheld gaming consoles.
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Update to predictive search feature allows users to monitor the progress of packages slated to be delivered once a tracking number arrives in their inbox.
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Watch a Package's EntireFew things are more fun in life than tracking shipments and then seeing how it'll eventually reach your front door. But what happens in the in between process? This video shows you what happens when... you send something by mail. The drop off locations, the sorting facilities, the delivery process and everything in between. There's a lot of steps! It seems like the life of a package could be made into a Pixar movie like Finding Nemo or something. More
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Solar chargers are getting even more convenient, and here's the latest example: This folding USB solar array from Brown Dog Gadgets captures power from the sun, delivered to you in a portable fold-up... package. This Kickstarter project's products were all designed to be simple and cheap. The company plans to manufacture three different solar array models, each containing three solar cells and a USB port into which you can attach your various gadgets. The 5-watt model can charge an iPhone in "around three hours." The 5-watt model can charge an iPhone in "around three hours." That's according to Brown Dog Gadgets proprietor Joshua Zimmerman, who says that the smallest model ($55 or more pledge) can send 1 amp of power at 5 volts into its USB port
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The new Facebook Home looks sweet, seamless. But how many will want it?
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Two-factor authentication requirements will be accepted by web sites and end users at least to aid sensitive transactions, analyst predicts.
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Just posted: Nikon Coolpix AWe've just posted a selection of real-world samples shot with the Nikon Coolpix A. The Coolpix A offers a 16MP APS-C sensor in a genuinely compact body, mated to a 28mm equivalent F2.8 retractable... lens. We've put together a 21-image gallery of images shot in a variety of situations and at a range of apertures. Click through to see how it performed.
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Well the picture perfect docking of the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the ISS on March 3 and the triumphant ocean splashdown last week on March 26 nearly weren't to be - and it all goes back to a... microscopic manufacturing mistake in the oxidizer tank check valves that no one noticed long before the vessel
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LinkMe Is An LED SmartLinkMe is an LED smart bracelet that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and displays SMS and social media updates in text that scrolls across your wrist.
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Facebook launches HTC First Android phone

USA Today - 4 Apr 2013 04:16
Facebook today unveiled its long-rumored mobile phone foray, with HTC.
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In an appearance at the Wells Fargo Tech Transformation Summit, Oracle's Safra Catz gave an upfront lecture to address the company's issues. Wells Fargo analyst Jason Maynard got a few questions in,... but Catz put him in a corner.
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Dream 'reading' reveals sleep images

USA Today - 4 Apr 2013 04:00
Brain researchers report similarities in how the brain perceives images awake or asleep.
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Club W Is Your Wine Matchmaker

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 03:58
Finding a bottle of wine that suits your tastes -- and doesn't turn out to be a disappointment once uncorked -- isn't easy for the non-sommelierClub W, an online wine club, wants to change that by... identifying what you like and making suggestions. Mark Lynn, CMO at Club W, tells Mashable it's actually a "modern take on the traditional wine club." The service acts in partnership with wine makers around the world, sometimes even financing them, to deliver less expensive, great-tasting wines to your door Learning Your Tastes It starts with an online profile. When you sign up at Club W, you're asked to answer a series of questions about your tastes. Lynn says it's a way to identify your palate, as well as how adventurous you are. No wine questions here. It's mostly how you take your coffee and...
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The game maker known for Medal of Honor and Mass Effects launches a social networking app that has nothing to do with games -- instead it lets users share photos paired with music.
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Spotify updated with improvedThe latest version fixes getting stuck in offline mode and adds an option to clear local data Now pushing to devices through the Play Store, the newest update to Spotify should fix problems users have... been having with previous versions. Getting stuck in offline mode -- which rendered streaming useless -- has been fixed, along with crashes associated with running low on memory and loading artists in the radio. The way Spotify stores data on your device has changed, with the app claiming to now "store your data in the most efficient location on your phone/device," which only applies to first-time installations. A little more control is also given over stored data via an option in settings, which allows the clearing of temporary data and downloaded songs. Get the update now through Google's...
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Facebook jumps into crowded smartphone market to up the ante in fight for mobile ads.
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Amazon extends AutoRip perk toAmazon.com's AutoRip, which gives customers free digital copies of CDs they purchase, is now available for vinyl records -- including those purchased in the past.
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Nokia Music for WP8 now keepsHuman beings living their mobile life under Microsoft's OS have been enjoying the Nokia Music service for awhile now, but for the Windows Phone 8 folk in particular, the groovy app just got a little... better. Earlier today, Nokia released an updated version of its jam-packed application, giving users, among other things, a Live Tile option that displays various info about the music currently being played -- you know, simple (but useful) stuff like artist and song names. What's more, Nokia Music now also boasts a history feature which takes virtual note of the most recently played tracks, as well as bringing improvements to the download section of the app's mix radio stations. If all that jazz sounds great to you, dear reader, then pay the source link below a quick visit, where you'll easily...
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Apple iTV To Launch This Year: Report

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 03:32
Apple iTV To Launch This Year:NEW YORK -- It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been...
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The NFL will require its teams to install locker-room cams to broadcast video on stadium scoreboards during games next season. The move is apparently designed to further entice fans to come out to... games as opposed to staying at home and watching from the couch, according to reports from the IMG World Congress of Sports conference in Naples, Fla SEE ALSO: NFL Star Accidentally Tweets Photo With Naked Teammate While teams will be forced to install the cameras, they will have more freedom on how to use the footage in-stadium. Video that teams do use, however, will only be viewable by fans at games and not by fans watching at home. The in-person-only option comes as the NFL tries to add incentives for sports fans to continue coming to games amid rising ticket prices and increasingly attractive...
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What The Facebook Phone Actually Means

TechCrunch - 4 Apr 2013 03:27
What The Facebook PhoneAmbient intimacy, accelerated social life, thawed relations between Google and Facebook, and an iPhone that looks impersonal by comparison. These are just a few of the short-term ripple effects of the... Facebook "Phone" project to be unveiled April 4th. In this video, I recap leaked intel from my sources and 9To5Google, show photos of the phone itself plus its software, and discuss why you should even care.
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Clever Ad Tells the Love StoryCreativity and humor score big points with consumers. That's why photographers, camera companies and camera stores alike often employ one or both to get their customers' attention. Some of what we've... seen in the past includes James Hodgins' Crappy Vs Snappy, Olympus' ziplock bags of walnuts, and Schick's razor photo fad. The above video by
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Wrike Adds Real-Time UpdateWrike has enhanced its task-management offering with new features that offer online and offline, real-time updates. The additions allow customers to track changes of online documents in tasks and... projects, as well as provide the ability to track who made the edits and when, thanks to baked-in version control. Wrike's intent is to combine the document-editing capability that you get with Google Apps with the clarity of versioned files that you get with Microsoft Word. The company then combines that with other features of Wrike's "Live" text editor, such as simultaneous co-authoring, built-in tables, text quoting and Wrike's activity stream with comments and mobile push notifications. "Our customers, we ourselves, and most knowledge workers, we all deal with many documents in teams -...
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Forrester's Stephen Mann shares that while SAM has been on the corporate agenda for well over 10 years, it has been difficult for organizations to both justify and then execute SAM initiatives. But... this is changing, and cost reduction is the key driver.
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An update to Chrome for Android delivers some features it's been lacking, including password and autofill sync.
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Deezer for Android getsWith services like its own App Studio, Deezer's already presented how it feels about mobile as the way forward. And, in order to keep the trend going, the music streaming service is now releasing a... beta version of its Android application, giving that ever-growing subscriber base quite a few nifty features to enjoy before going completely mainstream. In this beta form, Deezer for Android sports an all-new design which, as the outfit notes, is laid out to make it "faster than ever before" to discover new artists. Furthermore, Deezer added a built-in, fixed mini player that provides music controls while outside of the app's main interface, and there's now also a predictive search trait which, you guessed it, anticipates what's about to be typed in hopes of making it easier to find the artist...
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The Sad Truth About Your Drawing Skills

Mashable - 4 Apr 2013 02:59
When it comes to doodling, there's no stick figure beyond your capabilities. Sun rays are a piece of cake, clouds are no big deal (if you concentrate really hard) and trees eventually came with years... of practice. And that about covers the extent of your drawing skills. SEE ALSO: More Comics on Mashable In this comic, Angela Liao of 20px shows what it's like to have a great idea for a drawing but not be able to follow through with it on the page. Can you relate? Comic illustration by Angela Liao, 20px. Published with permission; all rights reserved.
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With little more than one year of working on mobile advertising, the social network will grab nearly 30 percent of the mobile display market this year, eMarketer predicts.
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Today's Browser News: A SecondI usually don't spend much time fixated on the technologies that power web browsers. But today brought two pieces of news which could -- just maybe -- add up to the beginnings of a sea change for the... whole web, especially on mobile devices. News item #1: Google, which currently uses the same WebKit rendering engine which Apple originally devised for its Safari browsers, has decided to use Webkit as the basis for a new engine for its Chrome browsers: WebKit is a lightweight yet powerful rendering engine that emerged out of KHTML in 2001. Its flexibility, performance and thoughtful design made it the obvious choice for Chromium's rendering engine back when we started. Thanks to the hard work by all in the community, WebKit has thrived and kept pace with the web platform's growing...
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Introducing the Travelwide: AnMany photographers want to give large format a shot, but carrying a massive 4--5 camera around with you isn't always practical or realistic. Fortunately for those people, the folks of Wanderlust... Cameras have hit Kickstarter with a new invention: the Travelwide 4--5. It's an affordable, ultralight large-format camera that you can take with you anywhere.
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Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse ShowsThe Birth of a Pond video above was shot by photographer James Breen over a three week period as he watched a construction crew create a pond from scratch in the Fall of 2009. To be fair, he didn't... catch the entire "birthing" process, the final scene was captured a year after the pond was
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A new version of Microsoft's tool for creating, publishing and maintaining Web sites and Web apps adds tighter Windows Azure integration and more.
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Perusing cat pics is the Internet's favorite pastime, but what do we really know about our four-legged feline friends (other than their uncanny ability to make anything viral/adorable)? ASAP Science... points out some quirky facts about cats we should all know, such as how each cat has a unique "noseprint" similar to a human's fingerprint. Also, every time you give Boots some catnip, you're simply enabling drug abuse SEE ALSO: The Best Cats of 2013 -- So Far Plus, did you know your cat don't rub up against you just for fun? She's simply claiming her territory, so other felines know to back off
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Google Now update addsHave an Android smartphone running Jelly Bean? You might have come across Google Now, the search giant's information hub that aggregates personalized content from your inbox, calendar and GPS. Now, an... updated version of Google's Android app, which hit Play today, adds a few more features to the mix. The latest revision brings real-time package tracking from certain carriers, assuming a tracking number arrived in your inbox, a new info option that provides a basic settings readout, and faster Google search results. You should be able to snag these additions right now -- simply update your Google Search app to take advantage.
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I Want to Stand in Front ofLike those pin art toys where you can create images by pushing out certain pins, this mirror recreates your image by using hundreds of spokes and motors to re-align and replicate itself to look like... the thing standing in front of it. It's a mind trip seeing little spokes making a bigger image. More
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Videre: A Medium-FormatLondon-based photographer Kelly Angood has had quite a tumultuous year so far in 2013. Last month she announced that she would be turning her popular cardboard medium format camera design into a... proper do-it-yourself kit. After launching a Kickstarter campaign to take preorders, she quickly raised over £23,000 (~$34,000) from over 600 supporters. However, the
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KFC launches Fast Track mobileWho needs a mobile wallet solution when you can just build your own app? That philosophy seems to be picking up steam among fast food chains. Domino's, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, and other restaurants have... built their own iOS apps that let customers place orders on the go. Of course, there's also coffee giant Starbucks to consider; the company's mobile app has proven enormously popular with hurried customers. Now fried chicken purveyor KFC is joining the fray. It's starting small, with the just-launched Fast Track app accepting orders at ten trial locations in the UK. But if the formula proves successful -- and anything that lets people skip waiting on a line usually does -- KFC says it's willing to bring Fast Track to the US. After putting...
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The Idiocy Of The Social Animal

TechCrunch - 4 Apr 2013 02:23
The Idiocy Of The SocialAs we move closer to the launch of the (probably awful) Facebook phone, let's examine just what the social network and its ilk have created. Millions of us use these new tools to joke, flirt and share... memories, but just as many of us use these tools much to our disadvantage. In some ways, however, that is making things better for all of us.
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Google announced today that the company is forking the WebKit rendering engine to create its own web rendering engine called 'Blink'. Google had been the using Apple-initiated WebKit project to power... its Chrome web browser. Future versions, however, will now be based on this new system. Google is now free to make changes to its rendering engine with less complexity and bureaucracy than when it was saving its changes to Webkit. The company posted this on its FAQ explaining why it wanted to create a new engine: The main reason is that Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers. So, over the years, supporting multiple architectures has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium communities, slowing down the collective pace of...
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Skype And Dropbox Fix RedirectNir Goldschlager just saved your identity. One of the world's top white hat security researchers, Goldschlager this week helped Skype and Dropbox fix a critical security flaw that could have let... hackers take control of their users' Facebook accounts. Tomorrow Goldschlager will detail how found the exploit, but he gave TechCrunch the early heads up. Here's how hackers exploit the hole.
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Highly touted football prospect Brian Banks raped a young woman in a high school stairwell back in 2002 -- or so the story went. He took a plea deal on charges of rape and kidnapping, went to prison... for five years, got out, and spent five more years on parole Wednesday, Banks signed a contract with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons No, this isn't another story of double-standards and star athletes getting away with special treatment. Rather, it's one of the sports world's most amazing comeback tales in recent memory Banks was officially exonerated of the allegations that robbed him of a promising career last May in California Superior Court. How? Facebook and a hidden video camera that caught his accuser admitting a lie
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Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this week wrote a note to customers in China, apologizing after the company received complaints on its customer service and warranty policies. Apple declined to make an... English translation of the letter available, saying it was only intended for Chinese consumers. Here is my translation. The letter on Apple's site in China, which is written in Chinese, can be found here. Apple's Apology Letter Dear Chinese consumers:
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As California considers going above and beyond what the EU gives its citizens in data access request rights, technology and Web firms in Silicon Valley will likely fight any hopes of such rights... hopping across the Atlantic.
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London commuters can already use their contactless bank cards on buses, and Transport for London (TfL) is extending the system to tubes and perhaps trains. It's also considering payments using NFC on... mobile phones.
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It is alleged that the Facebook CEO's first Web site still exists out there. Yes, on the Web. What might it tell us about the man himself? Or the boy? Or his AOL address?
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Cisco's Lew Tucker On TheCisco's Lew Tucker stood onstage today at Cloud Connect and pitched the networking giant's "Internet of Everything," an app-centric world that will be worth $14.5 trillion over the next couple of... years. Whereas the Internet of Things is all the objects in our world, Tucker says the IoE is the smart grids and, really, the entire supply chain and its transformation. Big enterprise companies are good at this kind of thing. They talk about huge market opportunities and great futures with tremendous upside, but it's a question of how nimble they can be with startups innovating so fast. Tucker, however, gets credit for explaining how an app-centric world ties in with software-defined networking (SDN) and the switch from traditional, heavyweight systems of records (ERP, CRM) to systems of...
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Google forks WebKit withYou could call WebKit the glue that binds the modern web: the rendering engine powers Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and many mobile browsers past and present. Things are about to unstick a little.... Google believes that Chromium's multi-process approach has added too much complexity for both the browser and WebKit itself, so it's creating a separate, simpler fork named Blink. Although the new engine will be much the same as WebKit at the start, it's expected to differ over time as Google strips out unnecessary code and tweaks the underlying platform. We'd also expect it to spread, as the company has confirmed to us that both Chrome and Chrome OS will be using Blink in the future. We're safely distant from the Bad Old Days of wildly incompatible web engines, but the shift may prove a mixed...
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Coupon apps save time, money

CNET - 4 Apr 2013 02:03
Savvy shoppers are putting their smartphones to good use and downloading apps that can save them money. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on the new popularity of coupon apps.
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The days of snail mail invitations are far behind us, with every backyard barbecue, birthday celebration and concert broadcasted through Facebook event pages or text message Though you can let... hundreds of friends know about your next party with the click of a button, the convenience takes away from the fun of planning: the invitesPhoster, a free iOS app, brings professional design to your posters and invitations and lets you stretch your creativity without the cost or effort. Check out the video, above, for more SEE ALSO: 10 Creative Solutions for a More Productive Workspace You can promote your latest event using dozens of templates and photos from your device's camera. Using filtering effects and editing features, you can decorate posters and invites and add text
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EA's Vue is the company'sDevelopers are constantly churning out new social sharing apps that try to put a creative spin on posting music and photos to Facebook and Twitter, but Vue is different -- because it was made by video... game juggernaut Electronic Arts. The iOS app lets you create slide shows using your Facebook photos and music from Rdio and Spotify, add things like your location, text, and special effects, and share them back to Facebook. If you live in Australia or Canada, you can "share your life to music in an instant" for free right now, but if you live in another country, you're out of luck for the time being.
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A NYT software architect gets creative and crafts an algorithm that turns select articles into short poems. For news junkies, this could be a real time-saver.
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Water Glasses, EvernoteReaders offer their best tips for dishwasher overload, hidden Evernote shortcuts, and searching for messages in Gmail. More
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Microsoft, which developed the Domain Awareness System with the New York Police Department, says it is actively negotiating with a number of prospective buyers.
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By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScienceA collection of vicious weapons made of shark teeth reveals that two species of sharks vanished from the reefs of Kiribati before scientists even noticed the species... were there.Until about 130 years ago, residents of the Gilbert Islands, which make up much of the Republic of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean, used teeth from dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscrus) and s...
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360 Cloud Solutions envisions tighter integration between its NetSuite deployments and the Box cloud content sharing and collaboration platform.
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Google changes the way it collects version information about Android, give Jelly Bean a significant usage share boost. However the aging Gingerbread continues to be the most popular version of... Android.
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Microsoft's SkyDrive online file storage service is a core piece of its transition to a "devices and services" company, Today's update to its iOS app addresses some nagging criticisms. Will it set the... stage for the long-awaited Office for iOS?
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FTC Contest Winners Hang Up Robocallers

ABC News - 4 Apr 2013 01:43
FTC Contest Winners Hang UpYou've probably been robocalled. You answer the phone and some prerecorded message is already in full stride trying to sell you something. Last August, the Federal Trade Commission launched the... Robocall Challenge, prompting individuals, teams, and small corporations to submit their solutions for stifling illegal...
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Sonnet has announced a new Thunderbolt dock that combines USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA, FireWire 800, audio input and output, and Gigabit Ethernet ports, a DVD or Blu-ray reader/burner, as well as a 2.5"... or 3.5" 6 Gb/s SATA drive bay. The dock is available for pre-order for $400 with a DVD drive and $450 with a Blu-ray drive. Additional choices are available with hard drives built-in. Back in February, nearly 18 months after it was announced, Belkin announced it was finally taking pre-orders for its Thunderbolt Express Dock. However, the company has again delayed shipment of the device, issuing this statement to MacRumors: Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock utilizes a brand new interface and has an ambitious set of features. The Belkin team is taking the time and steps necessary to ensure that...
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A survey of online shoppers finds a staggeringly low level of interest in a phone powered by the social network.
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Twitter launched an updated version of its apps for Android and iPhone Wednesday, adding, amongst other features, support for the new Twitter Cards it announced at a developer event Tuesday evening.... New Card options bring additional types of content -- specifically, app, product information, and photo galleries -- within the expanded portion of tweets An App Card, for instance, will show an image from an app and a description of that app, as well as the app's price and rating directly from the App Store or Google Play. Product Cards show an item and its description, with two other fields that can be customized by developers with additional information such as a price or rating for that item.
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Auto-correct and "Angry Birds." GPS, and those awkward texts from last night.
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Meet Pars, The Aerial Rescue Robot

Ubergizmo - 4 Apr 2013 01:33
Meet Pars, The Aerial RescueRTS Lab, based in Iran, has developed Pars, which is an aerial rescue robot designed and made for "saving human lives". The purpose behind building Pars is to rescue people who are drowning near... coastlines. The robot can quickly move towards people who're drowning off the coastline by user guidance and then activate its savior system which releases life tubes. It can also be used for maritime monitoring, aid in firefighting, precise positioning and recording film from dangerous pathways for rescue missions. RTS Lab says that Pars uses new technologies that help guide and navigate it, these technologies include sound and image processing, autopilot, artificial intelligence and an array of sensors. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: BionicOpter Robot Dragonfly, Cyro Jellyfish Robot,
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The Breakfast Club is a harrowing tale of five strangers breaking stereotypes and forming the bond of a lifetime. But at its core, it's just about detention and the lengths kids will go to to keep... themselves entertained It's an '80s flick through and through. Just ask the cast's hair SEE ALSO:This Shows Why Dating in the 1980s Was Terrible But why hasn't Hollywood attempted a remake of the most classic of high school films? Because it's the darn 21st century and nothing is as interesting these daysFunri demonstrates why the plot of an updated Breakfast Club would just fall flat -- they'd all be too busy Snapchatting and Instagramming to notice that they should be BFFs
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The Daily Roundup for 04.03.2013

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 01:30
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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If Game of Thrones CharactersBy now, it's pretty much a fact that everyone uses Facebook (pipe down if you don't). It's also pretty much a fact that everyone watches Game of Thrones too (shut up if you don't). But what if the... characters in Game of Thrones started using Facebook? It would be so hilarious More
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Google Search update adds newReal time package tracking from select carriers and subtle UI tweaks make it into this update The Google Search app, better known for its transition into the Google Now interface on Jelly Bean... devices, has been updated with a few more features today. The first improvement is what Google calls "real time package tracking", which should give you a better indication of the package status, rather than simple "package shipped" cards that have been there previously. The new functionality is only available for select carriers, but it isn't specified which ones at this point. Also included is a visual redesign of the "settings" key that appears in the top right corner of every card, which has turned into an "i" (information) button. Instead of just popping up a settings option to take you deeper...
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We've all been there. You're in the middle of cooking a great meal or just sitting down to eat at a restaurant or in the last five minutes of a favorite TV show when your phone rings. You don't... recognize the number, but you answer it anyway.
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Three Ubuntu Linux versionsHard on the heels of Canonical's decision last month to halve the support life for non-LTS releases of Ubuntu Linux, the company late last week announced that three versions of its popular Linux... distribution will reach end of life in May. Support for the server version of Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) "Hardy Heron," the desktop version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx," and both desktop and server versions of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" will end on May 9, Canonical announced in a blog post on Friday. Anyone still using these packages should be making plans to upgrade to a newer version. Ubuntu 8.04 Server
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Apple's bounce-back patentApple received some bad news last Friday regarding its infamous bounce-back patent, US 7,469,381. That's one of the technical utility patents Samsung was found to infringe at trial, and it's been the... subject of a formal reexamination process at the US Patent and Trademark Office since last July. In October each and every claim of the '381 patent was initially rejected. On Friday, however, the USPTO issued what's called a "final" action in the reexamination -- again rejecting nearly all of the patent claims, including the one asserted against Samsung at trial. "Final" has a fatal ring to it, but it's far less conclusive than that. While the issuance of a final rejection signals the end of this particular phase of the proceedings, we're...
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BlackBerry 10 Launch

Forbes - 4 Apr 2013 01:18
BlackBerry 10 LaunchPhotos from the BlackBerry 10 launch event.
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'New BlackBerry Handsets DueBlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has confirmed that BlackBerry will be releasing new smartphone designs later this year, in an interview with The Canadian Press. Following on from the European launch at... the start of 2013, I can't decide if I agree with Heins' move, or if he's going to upset the consumer market and depress sales.
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YouTube's takeover of the pop music landscape appears to be going global. Music Weekly reported Wednesday that France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) and worldwide... publishing powerhouse Universal Music Publishing have both reached international agreements with YouTube, the newest power player in the major music market. The agreement allows for YouTube to distribute music published by SACEM and UMP to 127 new countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, a move that will boost YouTube's musical presence and make it easier for publications like Billboard Magazine, which recently began factoring YouTube plays into its Billboard Hot 100 charts, to better realize what's popular throughout the world.
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Man Freed After 40 Years InPHOENIX -- Louis Taylor broke down in tears Wednesday as he described how he spent his first hours of freedom after more than 40 years...
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Taller magnetic fields mean you'll be able to drop your phone directly onto your counter, desk, or car console to get more juice.
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AnyMeeting offers six months free for small businesses currently using WebEx and GoToMeeting.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Is mobile clicking for Facebook Inc.?
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IBM releases Hadoop box andIBM announced a new PureData appliance for Hadoop and technology for speeding up analytic databases. The announcements come at a good time, with data sets growing and enterprises hankering for easy... and fast analysis capability.
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Have you ever wondered how much personal information Google or Facebook has about you? If you have, you certainly wouldn't be the first one. In Europe, a student named Max Schrems requested that... Facebook disclose all the information the social network had on him and he received a stack of 1,222 pages In the United States there is no legal requirement for companies to disclose such information to their customers. But that could be the case for just a matter of time, as a lawmaker in California is introducing a bill in the state Assembly to update the state's data collection and privacy laws. The "Right to Know Act of 2013" would be the first law of its kind in the United States. It was introduced at the end of February by Democratic assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal, and it was amended on...
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See imagery of the Earth fromThe first weather satellite to successfully report global weather data from space was launched 53 years ago this week. The TIROS-1 satellite took off on April 1, 1960 from Cape Canaveral, and for 78... days relayed imagery of cloud-covering on the Earth. The mission came from a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and along with later TIROS satellites is credited by the groups as having paved the way for more sophisticated weather satellites. The TIROS-1 was equipped with two television cameras that returned imagery using the satellite's four antennas. An institute within the University of Wisconsin's has surfaced two of the first images sent back, though there's some debate as to which of the...
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A seven-month long assault on America's banking websites reached a new high recently, further proving that Congress needs to act quickly to pass cyber security legislation, the chairman of the U.S.... House Intelligence Committee told NBC News Wednesday. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., made the remarks to NBC News in response to an NBC News report which found that in the last six weeks, 15 of the nation's...
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This is the Modem World: WhenEach week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology. Our cat Mischa is ill, and I am sad. But sadness is only one of the... things I am feeling. Because of technology and the internet, I am angry, frustrated and a little bit freaked out. Here's why.
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Remains of the Day: Gmail'sGmail's autocomplete now includes past searches, Twitter updates its mobile apps, QuickOffice is now free for Google Apps users, and SkyDrive for iOS adds iPhone 5 and iPad Mini support. More
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The First Webcam Was InventedNecessity may be the mother of invention, but laziness is definitely its father. Case in point, here's an interesting tidbit of imaging history: the first webcam ever was actually invented by lazy... students at Cambridge University who didn't want to waste a trip to the nearby coffee pot if it was going to be empty
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Robert Hall: In Big Data, We Hope and Distrust

The Huffington Post - 4 Apr 2013 00:57
Robert Hall: In Big Data, We"In God we trust. All others must bring data." -- W. Edwards Deming, statistician, quality guru Big data helped reelect a pesident, find Osama bin...
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Heartbreak for HarlequinA new court decision reflects the ongoing difficulties in deciding how old book contracts should address the issue of ebook royalties. In the ruling, a federal judge dismissed a class action brought... by writers against Harlequin Romance.
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The peer-to-peer currency's value has surged 50 percent in recent days, but an exchange outage and unrelated hack knocked its value down a bit.
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This wasn't supposed to happen. Thump-thump. According to the old timers, the station had been abandoned years ago. So what was the rhythmic signature I was seeing on the scan -- the one echoing on... the overheads? Thump-thump. There shouldn't have been enough fuel for the pod to separate from the station. Much less propel it on a course straight at our port side. I hailed all frequencies. Ran the biometric sweep. Nothing. It had been so long since we'd slept I'd be inclined to think I was imagining things. If it wasn't for that constant, unrelenting heartbeat. Thump-thump. The pod grew closer, accelerating. There was no stopping it now. Impact.
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Brian Pokorny Returns To SVBrian Pokorny, who led photo-sharing service Daily Booth and Batch into a talent acquisition by Airbnb, is returning to SV Angel as a general partner. He has a long history with the firm. He's been a... strategic partner of SV Angel since 2009, before he left to be CEO of DailyBooth. He has also worked with Ron Conway on angel investing since 2006. Pokorny personally has stakes in companies like Twitter, Square, OMGPOP, Milo, Chomp, TweetDeck, Circle, Bump, Posterous, Milk, Couple, Elepath, and MessageMe. "Investing feels very natural for me," Pokorny said. "You get to see a variety of things and you get to be very close to startups at an early stage." Before working with SV Angel the first time, he worked at Google. Through that, being CEO of Daily Booth and being acquired into Airbnb, he...
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From quill to mobile

ZDNet - 4 Apr 2013 00:46
Unless we focus on where the central core of working together is, organizations are doomed to choke on outmoded ways of working
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LucasArts had a three-decade career as a developer, publisher and licenser of games. On Wednesday, Disney announced it would be shuttering LucasArts as a studio and publisher, changing the company's... focus to distributing licenses to Lucasfilm content. The news led many fans to reminisce about their favorite games from LucasArts. The company has had a storied history, first in creating some of the most memorable point-and-click adventure games ever, then through publishing some great Star Wars-licensed games We wanted to look back at some of the best games either developed or produced by LucasArts, and also wish the staff affected by the closure best of luck in finding new jobs.
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Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich outlined his group's collaboration with Samsung. The aim is to create a new Web browser engine that will be optimized for multi-core computing.
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Google Maps brings navigationVoice guided, turn-by-turn navigation available for millions more people today on Google Maps for Android The Google Maps team has taken to Google+ and announced the addition of voice navigation for 9... new countries today. Users in the following countries will be able to use the Google Maps app on their Android phone with the new (to them) feature, starting right now: Ghana Kenya Côte d'Ivoire Senegal Estonia Bulgaria Latvia Lithuania Slovakia There was no word on when to expect the same for other locations, nor about how the process is done. We tend to take Google services for granted in Western Europe, and especially, North America, but for many folks Android devices are missing some of what makes them so special. We're glad to see Google address this issue, even if it's a bit slower...
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Panasonic Lumix GF6 passesPanasonic's support for WiFi in its Micro Four Thirds cameras has so far skewed toward the high end. Thanks to a new filing at Taiwan's National Communications Commission, though, we know the entry... level should be covered as well. The regulator has been looking at a DMC-GF6 camera with with built-in WiFi, hinting that the Lumix GF5's sequel will make networking one of its centerpiece upgrades. Other clues aren't quite as forthcoming -- there's nothing imaging-related at the NCC, so we don't know if the GF6 is an optical revolution or another subtle refresh. It's mostly safe to presume that Panasonic will watch out for celebrity leaks this time around.
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Owen Thomas Joins ReadWrite AsSAY Media just announced that Owen Thomas, previously the West Coast Editor at Business Insider, has joined ReadWrite (a tech blog that Say acquired in 2011) as editor-in-chief. I reported on Friday... that Thomas (who's an old boss of mine -- he was executive editor at VentureBeat back when I was the assistant editor) was in talks for the position, though all SAY representatives would tell me at the time was that they were talking to a number of candidates.
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This Calculator Shows How MuchYour fridge is one of the most power-hungry appliances in your home, and depending on its age, it may be costing you enough in power every year that a new one would pay for itself in a short time. To... find out, the Energy Star Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator takes the model of your fridge, estimates how much it costs per year to run, and shows you how much a newer model would cost in comparison. More
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Bob Costas is such a baller. The legendary sportscaster appeared on MLBTV Tuesday evening and was faced with an important question: Who's your favorite rapper? Lesser middle-aged white men may have... stumbled here, stuttering and stammering while trying to spit out the first name that came to mind. But not Costas. He handled the situation like the bona fide professional he is SEE ALSO: TV Reporter Asks Drunk Videobomber About Her STD "I have got to give props to Ludacris," Costas explains. "Because, although he's not the only one, I think he was the first one to name-check me." Costas then goes on the quote the following lyric from Luda's "Hip Hop Quotables" song:
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Owen Thomas Is A Shockingly Nice Fellow

ReadWrite - 4 Apr 2013 00:29
Owen Thomas is actually a nice guy. The new editor-in-chief of ReadWrite has often been cited for his controversial and influential opinions on sites such as Business Insider, VentureBeat, Suck.com... and, of course, Valleywag. Here are seven things you didn't know about the man who's been called "the Perez Hilton of the Silicon Valley." When did you first hear about ReadWrite? In 2003, I first heard about a guy named Richard MacManus who started a site called ReadWriteWeb. This idea of two-way conversations was in the very first spec for the Web, but it's ultimately larger than the Web itself. When you think about what ReadWrite was trying to do, it was all about building. You can read and consume content online, but you can also write to publish your own views. The third thing that was...
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Japanese manufacturers unveil a white-hot display destined for future smartphones.
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Lasers used to turn offKicking a cocaine addiction may be as simple as beaming a laser straight into the brain -- at least in rats. That's the result of a new study of cocaine-addicted lab rodents published today by US... researchers working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But the scientists behind it think that their results could be easily and quickly replicated in humans using a less intrusive therapy that involves stimulating the brain with magnets on the outside of the skull, and they're aiming to get human trials going by the end of the year.
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More and more universities have made a place for the Internet in today's educational offerings, but will universities still have a place in tomorrow's educational environment?"I think we're about to... undergo a tectonic transformation in education," Caltech astrophysicist George Djorgovski, a pioneer in scientific applications for virtual worlds, told me on Wednesday. "This is the start of an 'S' cu...
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Google brings password andIf you've been syncing passwords and autofill entries with Chrome on the desktop, you can now access that information from an Android device. Google today rolled out an update to Chrome for Android... that enables the functionality, which should make logging into websites and filling out forms a bit less laborious on the go. Those who've downloaded Google's beta version of Chrome -- which lets users test out new features before they're widely released -- have had access to the new syncing options since last month. Now everyone can take advantage of the added convenience; you just need to make sure you're signed into the same Google account across your mobile and desktop devices. If you're having trouble finding the new sync tools after...
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Holy Crap, Is This MarkThe word on the interwebs today is that this 1999 Angelfire page belongs to one Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, that Mark Zuckerberg, which means this could be the very first website that the hoody that made... Facebook ever created. If true, it's a time machine into the 15-year-old brain of the most powerful man on the Internet. More
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The WebKit browser engine no longer unites Google and Apple, and the Chrome team is clearly excited to be free to move on its own.
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Mobile Telecommunications Technologies says Apple's messaging and email features infringe on its patents.
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How cool is this? An animation of seven images from the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a "flapping" of the parachute that allowed the Curiosity rover to descend safely through... Mars atmosphere images. The chute, imaged as it lay on the ground following the rover's safe landing, was blown about by the
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BlackBerry's new BB10 OS has unique gestures and features and to help people understand them they released a mobile-optimized web tutorial for people to give BB10 a try.
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Leslie Hendry: TheJust three years old, tablets, and the iPad in particular, have turned out to be phenomenal tools for the under-six set. At no other time have parents had a sophisticated and user-friendly product... that demonstrates kids' innate logic and abilities.
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Gmail autocomplete updatedBuilding off of last year's Gmail enhancements, Google is rolling out improved autocomplete predictions that display terms from your previous email searches. In addition to referencing your old inbox... explorations, results now display thumbnails of people in your contact list. These useful new features are being issued to all Gmail users over the next few days, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
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We reconsider several Windows 8 laptop/tablet convertibles in the wake of Microsoft Store price cuts.
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A determined geek says he spent 11 months creating a sticky note stop-motion Ms. Pac-Man and Mario tribute, but some viewers are wondering if it's actually all computer-generated.
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Shopster: Make Return GroceryAlmost everyone's been there at some point or another: after lugging armfuls of newly purchased groceries home, you put everything away only to realize you've forgotten the one item you actually... needed. A minor problem, maybe, but near-infuriating, nonetheless. Fortunately, Shopster can help. More
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Douglas Rushkoff is right --Media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff argues that many traditional media outlets like the New York Times are trapped between the flow of real-time information and the need to stand back and... analyze that stream.
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App Smart: Fun, Intrigue and Drama in Adventureland

The New York Times - 4 Apr 2013 00:00
App Smart: Fun, Intrigue andFor tablets and smartphones, there are enough thrills to keep you and your children distracted.
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My steaks are alwaysGreat discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you... may have missed. Check out these discussions and add your own thoughts to make them even more wonderful! More
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Dell to release new WindowsDell will release Windows tablets later this year that could potentially include devices with screen sizes larger than 10 inches. The products will be a refresh of Dell's current tablet offerings,... said Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of mobile products and solutions at Dell, in an interview. Dell is exploring designs with different screen sizes to its current 10-inch models, he said, though it was unclear if those new sizes will be among the products released later this year. Dell is primarily interested in screen sizes of 10 inches or larger, Lalla said. The new tablets will succeed the XPS 10, which runs Windows RT, and the Latitude 10, which runs Windows 8 Pro. Dell continues to work on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, Lalla said, but he didn't give further details...
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Europe is planning to help recession-hit areas of the continent by offering an extra carrot for those who establish their tech and R&D credentials - and who share the cash with their neighbours.
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Droid Bionic Jelly Bean soakTurns out that Motorola support page may have been right after all After a puzzling update to Motorola's support documentation for the Droid Bionic that indicated it would receive Jelly Bean in Q2... 2013, soak test registration emails are being sent out to some users for the update. Soak tests, if you're not familiar, are a last level of testing with a small portion of users willing to give new firmware a try before it moves out to everyone. Like previous soak tests, this is a good indication that we're headed towards an official release of the update to the general public soon. Remember though, Q2 just started a couple of days ago, so if previous updates are any indication we may be waiting a little while to see it all out there officially. The soak test registrations go out to a small...
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Melissa Thompson: Freud WouldFreud knew we could not fully understand the biology of the brain, and consequently, his approach was more art than science. Now, science is getting closer to creating the holistic puzzle to help... scientist solve pervasive challenges for brain health.
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Disney Shuts Down LucasArtsPour one out for the Gold Guy tonight, my fellow gamers. A sage pillar of the industry has fallen. Just 154 days after acquiring LucasArts as part of their larger, $4B acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney... has dissolved the classic video game development company. Beginning today, Disney will continue to license out the LucasArts properties (namely Star Wars), but has ceased the development of all internal projects. Some projects (such as the incredible looking Star Wars 1313) may find new homes with other development houses, but their status is currently up in the air. While the move was not unforeseen (the company's last few games haven't been very successful, and rumors of projects being shuttered have trickled in since the acquisition), that doesn't make today's news any less disheartening....
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A new free software update for the Big Jambox is coming today that will provide increased battery life and improved performance.
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CEO Lowell McAdams says the company could easily shift to the model if consumers begin demanding it.
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BlackBerry Z10 users can GogoDangling WiFi-carrot meet your BlackBerry-made stick: the Z10. Perhaps because its user base has traditionally courted strong enterprise support -- a lot that typically overlaps with the jet set --... BlackBerry's offering an incentive to adopters of its BB 10 pearl, granting gratis Gogo-powered internet access for all domestic Delta flights. The best part? Latching onto that free WiFi is as simple as logging in and firing up the browser on your Z10 when it's "safe to use your electronic devices." Will this tip your hand and get you to switch to BB 10? Probably not, but it's the sort of pot sweetening that should keep BlackBerry's (moneyed) customers around for the long-haul. [Thanks, Jared]
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American Idol producers -- for the first time in the show's 12-season run -- will let the public determine one episode's theme this season, Idol's wireless sponsor AT&T exclusively told Mashable... before Wednesday night's show After host Ryan Seacrest makes the announcement during the April 3 performance show, people will be able to submit their suggestions on Twitter using hashtag #ATTIdolTheme. Past themes include genres, songs by an artist (or band) or something more generic. "We're really excited to hear from the fans and give them an opportunity to affect the show in a way they've never been able to before," David Christopher, CMO of AT&T Mobility, told us
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Report: Companies experience aOrganizations face malware-related events that bypass traditional defense technologies on their networks every three minutes, according to a new report released Wednesday by security vendor FireEye.... "This activity can include the receipt of a malicious email, a user clicking a link on an infected website, or an infected machine making a callback to a command and control server," the company said in its report. The conclusion is based on data gathered during the second half of 2012 by several thousand FireEye security appliances installed on corporate networks around the world, the company said. These appliances are normally deployed behind network firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and other gateway security products, allowing them to see malicious activity that successfully bypassed...
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What to expect from Facebook'sLast week, Facebook Inc. invited journalists to attend a big announcement event Thursday morning, but since then, dozens of reports have come out about what Facebook might unveil.
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Using Photographs of HumanWhen photojournalists capture images of human suffering around the world, they're often accused of being coldhearted and of exploiting those in need. The media organizations and charities that send... them out draw similar criticism, but they argue that these negative stories help bring attention to issues that would otherwise be ignored and that they help
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Video look: Gaming on aWhile the Chrome browser takes full advantage of the Chromebook Pixel's hardware, I thought it would interesting to see how video gaming works on the device. Quite well, with just a few small issues,... it turns out.
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Google Launches Blink And EndsGoogle announced today that it is ending its affiliation with Apple over WebKit, which is an open source project that both Google and its arch nemesis have jointly collaborated upon for quite some... time. While praising it for its flexibility, performance and thoughtful design, Google says that since Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit based browsers, supporting multiple architectures has slowed down the pace of innovation. So Google introduces Blink, its very own open source rendering engine based on WebKit. Introducing a new rendering engine can have implications for the web, Google accepts that, but it believes that having multiple rendering engines, like having multiple web browsers, will foster innovation and improve the entire web ecosystem. The...
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New Meme Puts Space Robots in Their Place

Universe Today - 3 Apr 2013 23:36
Oh, those space robots. They don't always do what we want them to do, but we love them anyway. If you need a fun diversion in your day, a new Tumblr site has arisen to call out the robots who have... made mistakes. Called "Shaming Robots" it started innocently with an image posted of the
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The Navy Sees A BrightReady-made spare parts, waste recycling, 3-D printed human ears: the Navy of the future will have it all. 3-D printing is the future of the Navy, say Scott Cheney-Peters and Matthew Hipple in the... latest issue of the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings Magazine. Onboard a ship, the extreme finitude of the space limits everything--time spent at sea, distance the crew can safely travel, amount of rum that can be kept on board to keep the crew happy. The traditional way around this is having a series of naval bases throughout the world, complete with provisions and redundant stockpiles of many specific spare parts. In Star Trek, this problem is mitigated by replicators, which turn already-available atoms into needed items on demand. It turns out that somewhere between reality and science...
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Cathy Zoi lands at TomCathy Zoi has joined C3 as its Chief Strategy Officer following her work with Silver Lake clean energy fund Kraftwerk. She was formerly the acting under secretary for the Obama Administration.
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How to Bring Back Facebook'sFacebook's News Feed is a great way to get just the highlights from your social networks, but it never shows you everything--just the stuff it thinks is important. If you want to avoid that and see... everything your friends post, you can enable a comprehensive, chronological view with the new News Feed design. More
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Animals Say 'Cheese' at Zoo Picture Day

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 23:29
It's that time of the year again -- picture day at the zoo. Animals don their trendiest threads and prepare for their time in front of the camera. It's an important day since this is the photo that... goes in the yearbook that all their animal buddies will sign before summer In reality, Zoo Portraits is a project by photographer Yago Partal who was inspired when creating an image campaign. He was interested in "humanizing animals" and decided to create portraits by mixing the animal world and fashion. SEE ALSO: Adults Photoshopped to Look Like Warped Toddlers The end result was a set of well dressed zoo dwellers that the Internet is going wild (*pun intended) over. After all, who doesn't love seeing a tiger in chambray and a hipster ostrich?
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Stephane Richard, CEO of French Telecom, said in an interview with Bloomberg that customer behavior is changing and price-conscious consumers are driving demand for lower priced smartphones,... threatening sales of comparatively expensive phones like the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S line. The shift has been especially severe in Europe, where more customers are keeping the same phone when they switch carriers. Amid a slumping economy and mounting competition, France Telecom has seen prices drop 25 percent over the past three years, squeezing profit margins and its stock price. Its cheapest plan now provides unlimited calls and texting and 3 gigabytes of data for about 20 euros ($26) a month -- about half the price of T- Mobile USA Inc.'s $50 plan, which is touted as a U.S. bargain. It's...
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Everything We Expect To See AtPut this on your timeline, Facebook watchers: Rumors are rampant that Facebook will announce its own smartphone on Thursday, an "fPhone" to compete with the...
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Google forks off WebKit toInitial work focuses on internal improvements and brings very little change for web developers Update: Chrome developer Alex Russell has an excellent
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What is keeping the CIO up at nights? Explosive data growth, the integration of new technologies (e.g., Big Data, Cloud, BYOD, etc.), or the acceleration of the disruption? Market fit, or new... consumption patterns?
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Future Spy Planes Could Get aWhile hybrid planes like the the 787 Dreamliner and SUGAR concept are far more fuel efficient than conventional airliners, they do still rely on a non-renewable and increasingly limited supply of jet... fuel. However, recent tests conducted at MIT suggest that tomorrow's planes could take flight on the wings of an ionic breeze. More
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Google forks WebKit with newBig news for the web today: Google has announced that it's going to stop using the WebKit as the rendering engine that's behind displaying web pages in Chrome. Instead, it's forking WebKit to create... its own rendering engine, called "Blink." The move, Google says, is to speed up development on Chrome thanks to reducing complexity. Chrome uses some slightly different processes for making web pages load (a" multi-process architecture," which helps keep your other tabs running when a web page crashes), and trying to mesh its technical setup with the rest of WebKit -- most well known as Apple's rendering engine on Safari -- was apparently making things more complicated than they needed to be. What does this mean for the larger web? That...
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New Chrome For Android UpdateToday Google has released a new update of its Chrome web browser for Android. Apart from the usual bug fixes, performance and stability improvements there are new syncing features. The latest Google... Chrome for Android also comes with additional HTML5 features and enhanced pinch-to-zoom responsiveness. Scroll performance has also been greatly improved. User comments on the Google Play Store reveal that the latest version does not have any major bugs, rather it appears to be performing better than the previous one, exactly the way it should be. The latest Chrome for Android update features autofill and password sync, this feature was previously only available in the beta version of the browser. Mobile Chrome users will have access to browsing information and passwords that they have stored....
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Researchers wrangleWhen you think about it, scientists and cowboys have a lot in common. Both are frontiersmen of a sort, both wear clothes that make them easy to identify and now they both count lassos among their... essential tools. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Dundee have wrangled small particles and cells by using a sonic (or ultrasonic) vortex. The whirl of sound waves allowed the teams to catch, move and orient microscopic particles, all without actually contacting them physically, which makes the solution ideal for handling delicate material. Professor Bruce Drinkwater from Bristol even suggested it could one day be used to assemble human tissue (custom assembled livers, anyone?). The sonic lasso is quite a bit more complex and less portable than its rope-based cousin,...
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Zynga Launches Online Gambling in the UK

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 23:16
Zynga on Wednesday began testing the waters for Internet gambling with the UK-only introduction of ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino. The downloadable and web-based versions of Zynga's real money... games for play in the UK is the prelude to the introduction of Facebook- and mobile-based versions of the games, Barry Cottle, Zynga's chief revenue officer and EVP, wrote on the company's blog on Tuesday. Zynga's stock rose 5.5% in after-hours trading on the strength of the announcement Despite the boost, the news had been already been announced during Zynga's Q4 2012 earnings call in February. The company is expected to launch other real-money games in other European countries this year. Though online gambling is illegal in most states, Nevada legalized it in February. Anticipating that action,...
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Mobile, Once Facebook'sJust six months ago, Facebook's failure to create a meaningful business around mobile advertising turned the company from Wall Street darling to Wall Street outcast.
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Tool Kit: How to Shield Yourself From Smartphone Snoops

The New York Times - 3 Apr 2013 23:13
Tool Kit: How to ShieldA smartphone is a depository of personal information. Here are measures you can take to protect your privacy if your phone is lost or stolen.
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This is just pretty! NASA's Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Infrared Telescope -- have combined forces to create this new image of the... Small Magellanic Cloud. The SMC is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf
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It's A Crime For 12-Year-OldsThe Electronic Frontier Foundation has a word of warning: many teenagers are wantonly breaking the law every day by reading news sites on the web...
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Google-owned BufferBoxLast November Google purchased a Canadian start-up named BufferBox, which operated a service in Toronto much like Amazon lockers, allowing users to have packages delivered to a small unit and not... worry about being home when the mailman arrives. Since then, the service has remained largely untouched, but now it's expanding into San Francisco -- just a week after Google launched its own same-day delivery service trial in the city. A notice on BufferBox's website says the service will be available in San Francisco "very soon," and there's no mention of how the expansion will play into Google's shopping and delivery plans. At the time of the acquisition, Google engineer Steve Woods said "we think there's a real exciting space beyond this...
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The Development Hell of Doom 4

Time - 3 Apr 2013 23:07
The Development Hell of Doom 4Kotaku's Jason Schreier has an interesting-but-sad look at Doom 4, a game that doesn't seem anywhere close to completion after five years of development: I've talked to four people with connections to... the Id Software-developed game, and they've described a studio plagued by mismanagement and lack of communication that has frustrated staff both at Id and Id's parent company, ZeniMax (whose main branch Bethesda is the publisher of Doom 4 and a number of other games, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim). We've also learned that in late 2011, after working on Doom 4 for three years, the studio behind the legendary series decided to reboot their newest game completely. Bethesda confirmed this to Kotaku yesterday. The original Doom, released in 1993, is one of the greatest games of all time....
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An experiment that exploits the same underlying physics as medical scanners could help detect a super-elusive dark matter candidate, the axion
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If a stranger asked to see your phone so he could search through your inbox, photos, calendar entries and contact list? You'd likely be offended at the idea. But what if the stranger offered you a... free video game? Millions of smartphone owners worldwide have said yes.
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Shira Lazar: Why Pranks Rule YouTube (WATCH)

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 23:03
Jesse Wellens, the male half of YouTube's hottest prank channel, PrankvsPrank, joined What's Trending live via Google plus to talk about maintaining how they were one of the first to build out a prank... based channel on YouTube and how that's impacted their relationship as a real life couple.
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Both Chrome and Safari will move faster when uncoupled from each other, Google argues. But it's not just about technology: Social issues also factored into the schism.
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Facebook is holding an event at its Menlo Park headquarters Thursday to show the world its "new home on Android." No one is certain what exactly Facebook's "new home" will be, but we've got a few a... few solid hints Although Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has always indicated -- as recently as a few months ago -- that a phone has "always been the wrong strategy" for Facebook, it looks like a phone may be just what we'll see the company announce on Thursday. That "Facebook Phone" announcement, however, may not be what you think. The Hardware Isn't Going to Be Life-Changing If the rumors are true, then Facebook will be announcing a phone called Facebook First, made by HTC.
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Google Forks WebKit AndGoogle just announced that it is forking WebKit and launching this fork as Blink. As Google describes it, Blink is "an inclusive open source community" and "a new rendering engine based on WebKit"... that will, over time, "naturally evolve in different directions." Blink, Google says, will be all about speed and simplicity. It will soon make its way from Chromium to the various Chrome release channels, so users will see the first Blink-powered version of Chrome appear on their desktops, phones and tablets in the near future. The "Collaboration Has Been Fantastic" As Google's VP of Engineering Linus Upson and Alex Komoroske, Google Product Manager for the Open Web Platform team, told me yesterday, the decision to fork WebKit was entirely driven by the engineering teams and solely based on the...
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Take These Tropical LeglessDoesn't the Dedon Floor Rocker make you want to be on the beach right now? It has two skids on the bottom that let it rock back and forth, even on the ground. More
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By linking the technologies of two brain/computer interfaces, human volunteers are able to exert limited control over a rodent's movement
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How to Permanently Solve BadA recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life project found that 72% of Americans experience some form of dropped calls, and 32% experience dropped calls at least a few times per week or more.... Like it or not, dropped calls are still a major problem for a large number of people, and while the carriers are continuing to add towers and expand coverage areas, this is not a problem that's going to go away soon. So what is there to do? More
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Google is announcing today that it is creating a new rendering engine, dubbed Blink, for the popular but controversial browser engine WebKit that powers browsers such as Chrome and Apple's Safari.... Blink will be an open source part of Google's Chromium project, one intended to simplify the architecture of WebKit and provide transparency to Google's work on the standard. The move to create Blink has been in the works for several weeks, Google said. and originated among the engineers working on Google's WebKit team. The problem was that the same WebKit code base supports different ports of WebKit, thus slowing everybody down. If Google were to have its own open source rendering engine, the pace of innovation could increase. Theoretically. "It has gotten to a point now where we think everybody...
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Could Baidu eventually deliver a low-cost pair of networked specs to Chinese consumers?
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Disney halts game developmentIf you're old enough to have played PC games for more than a decade, LucasArts (originally LucasFilm Games) likely has a permanent place in your heart after a string of legendary adventure and flight... combat releases. You'll unfortunately have to put the company as you knew it squarely in the past -- Lucasfilm's new owner, Disney, is ending internal development at LucasArts. The software house is shifting to a licensing model for Star Wars games, reportedly "minimizing the company's risk" while expanding the range of games on offer. There's a chance that in-progress titles like Star Wars 1313 will survive with outside help, according to a spokesperson in touch with GameInformer, but talk of layoffs from Kotaku dampens any chances for direct follow-ups to favorites like Grim Fandango. We...
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The specification for memory cubes designed to offer 160GBps bi-directional bandwidth has been finalised.
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New Twitter feature makesTwitter introduced a new tool for developers Tuesday that will improve the way the social network interacts with mobile apps.
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David Wygant: Are You a Facebook or Twitter Narcissist?

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 22:49
Social media has created opportunities for us to be brag about the great-yet-totally-unimportant events of our lives to people that we don't truly care about in the first place.
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1 In 5 Republicans Still Think Obama The Antichrist: Poll

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 22:49
1 In 5 Republicans Still ThinkHow many Americans still believe in global conspiracy theories, UFO landings and the notion that President Barack Obama is the Antichrist? More than you might...
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Shadowgun: DeadZone 2.0 updateGame adds localization for several new languages; remains free-to-play for everyone As one of the most popular mobile-only online multiplayer games, Shadowgun: DeadZone is keeping the experience fresh... with a 2.0 update in the Play Store today. The update brings new maps, weapons and stat boosters for things like armor, damage and accuracy. Also new is a "friends" menu that lets you invite friends to your game or view real-time stats while they play. First time players will like the new "tutorial" mode to help get acquainted with the game. The update also localizes the game for several new languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. If you haven't yet given the multiplayer version of Shadowgun a try yet, now may be the time.
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Review: Customize and alterIt's a common misconception that you need Photoshop to get really good looking photos. The truth is that there are many excellent image editors out there on the Internet that allow you to make changes... to your photos which are as good as anything Photoshop could do. PC Image Editor is one such app, free for personal use ($24 for business use), which allows you to make changes to your images. Installation is extremely easy and extremely fast, with no hidden spyware surprises trying to sneak in, such as toolbars. When starting it up for the first time, you will be told that the software is free for personal use, while commercial users need to purchase a license. This becomes one of the main irritants of the entire software app - every time you open up the app to use it for free, that same nag...
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Good deal: third-generationIf you've wanted to pick up a full-size iPad but have never quite been able to stomach the $499 entry fee, Best Buy has a pretty excellent deal going right now. All varieties of the third-generation... iPad are selling for a steep discount over at the Best Buy clearance site. The 16GB Wi-Fi only models start at only $314.99 -- less than an iPad mini. That's even less than Apple's refurbished models, and the good deals are available for every model. The high-end, 64GB models with LTE connectivity are selling for $545.99, nearly $300 less than the original price. Of course, these models are a year old now and don't have the Lightning connector and faster processor that Apple added in its fall iPad refresh last year --but the...
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By Megan GannonLiveScienceCount Pierre Dejean may have been a general in Napoleon Bonaparte's army, but he was perhaps more intimidating as a beetle collector.By the time he died in 1845, Dejean had... amassed a daunting collection of 24,643 species of beetles and more than 118,000 specimens, some of them scooped up from battlefields. At the time, it was the largest beetle collection ever assembled b...
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The new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone can share with friends and family what you're watching on the web, but it could potentially unmask embarrassing videos you want no one to know about, including porn A... report that circulated the web earlier this week noted the Z10's deeper integration with BlackBerry Messenger allows those in your contacts to see which songs and videos you're playing. According to a screenshot posted to the Crackberry forum, contacts can see updates such as "listening to pornhub.com." Although it's possible for a renegade blush-worthy clip or song to get thrown into the mix, a BlackBerry spokesperson told Mashable the "show what I'm listening to" feature has to be turned on.
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Reports indicate that Apple's next iPhone comes out this summer and that the company is also working on a plastic model. And Bridget Carey explains the future of HD Voice as the cell phone turns 40.
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This Infinitely ConfigurableIf you're super wishy washy, we have the ideal piece of furniture for you--D*Haus's D*Table can be configured anyway you like. More
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Tiny Lo-Fi Fisheye CameraRemember that tiny Lomo-inspired fisheye camera we featured back in February? It turns out there's actually a market for that camera, and the gadget's creator is now reaping the rewards as orders for... the gadget have been pouring in. The Digital LoFi-Fisheye camera has already raised nearly £40,000 (~$60,000) through its Indiegogo fundraising campaign, and
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Google Play Sound Search now available in the UK

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 22:32
Google Play Sound Search now"What's this song?" working in Google Now as well Google's Sound Search, which lets users identify music tracks and artists by letting their phone listen to them, is branching out from the U.S. to... include users in the U.K. In addition to the stand-alone app and widget for Sound Search, the same functionality also seems to be working within Google Now for U.K. users. Saying "What's this song?" then letting it listen will field results. While the app's changelog hasn't been updated to reflect it, there has been an update in the Play Store and our own Alex Dobie in the U.K. is confirming that it does work now. Head to the Play Store link above to grab your download and test it out, and let us know in the comments if it's working in any other new countries.
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Can you hear me now? Cellphone turns 40

NBC News - 3 Apr 2013 22:31
Forty years ago, Martin Cooper, a VP at Motorola, made history by placing the very first cellphone call. Appropriately enough, he called his rival at AT&T's Bell Labs. Thirty-three years later, a... slightly more theatrical Steve Jobs dialed a Starbucks cafe in San Francisco to order 4,000 lattes, making the first public phone call from the very first iPhone while a hushed auditorium filled with ...
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Rainy Cafe Machine PlaysAmbient noise can do a lot to help boost your creativity. The Rainy Cafe Machine is a simple little site that plays both the bustle of a coffee shop and the soothing sound of gradually increasing... rainfall. More
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Bitcoin service InstawalletBitcoin wallet site Instawallet has been taken offline after a security compromise, the latest in a trickle of hacks or thefts of the decentralized currency. VentureBeat has posted a missive from... Instawallet's homepage, which is currently unavailable: "The Instawallet service is suspended indefinitely until we are able to develop an alternative architecture. Our database was fraudulently accessed, due to the very nature of Instawallet it is impossible to reopen the service as-is." Users who stored their Bitcoin in the system will be able to get the money back after a waiting period. The site will be opening a claims system, refunding amounts of less than 50BTC (currently around $6400) within 90 days as long as only one person makes a...
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The number of cord cutters isCord Cutters are a growing tribe, according to research from The Convergence Consulting Group. US TV cord cutter households will reach 4.7 million (4.7%) by year-end 2013.
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A lawmaker wants the state to move toward what the EU gives its citizens in terms of "habeas data" rights -- the power to request one's personal data from companies that hold it. But Silicon Valley... may well fight back.
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US, South Korea join forces toRecent massive cyberattacks that paralyzed computer networks at several South Korean banks and broadcasters, strongly suspected to have been launched by North Korean hackers, have prompted Washington... and Seoul to come up with tough new countermeasures to stop Pyongyang from waging information warfare in the future. "The U.S. and South Korean militaries will cooperate to develop diverse deterrence scenarios against hacking attacks and increase anti-cyberwarfare forces to over 1,000 to better deal with emerging threats from countries like North Korea," said Kwon Kihyeon, a spokesman at South Korea's Ministry of National Defense. Details of this new counterstrategy cannot be revealed now for security reasons, Kwon said. But the plan is to finish drafting the tactics by July, and test and...
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AT&T Hacker Weev IsAndrew Auernheimer, the hacker also known as "Weev" who received a 41-month prison sentence for public shaming AT&T in 2010, appears to be live-tweeting his days at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention... Center (MDC). His twitter handle, @rabite, sprang back to life on March 31 -- aka Easter Sunday -- with a notification of his whereabouts, and quickly picked up steam from there. The religious connotations of his digital resurrection definitely weren't lost on the occasionally cocky Auernheimer, who has tweeted numerous, though presumably ironic, Christian references such as, "I spread the gospel of cryptosystems..." and "I am your only hope for salvation against the CFAA (Computer Fraud And Abuse Act). Exalt me." How Weev Does It How is a prison inmate tweeting from jail without an illegal...
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Kick Your Pesky Cocaine HabitHave you ever had one of those days where you thought to yourself "Boy, I sure wish I didn't have this sexy yet expensive cocaine addiction"? Fortunately for you, there could be a new solution on the... horizon, and all you have to do is fry your brain with lasers. Equally sexy. More
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Though the print and radio industries have both suffered from the rising popularity of online advertising, one industry remains immune: television. U.S. advertisers are expected to increase their... spending on TV this year by nearly $2 billion to $66.35 billion, according to forecasts from eMarketer. By 2017, that number is expected to reach $75 billion, an increase of 14% over five years. At that rate, it will be some time before digital ad spending surpasses TV in the U.S., though it's expected to grow at a much faster rate (over the next five years, 18%). Advertisers spent an estimated $37.3 billion on digital advertising this year, and are expected to invest $60.4 billion in 2017. (Ad revenues from digital outpaced TV ad revenues in the UK in 2009.)
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LOOK: This Porsche Was Sold In A Very Unusual Way

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 22:14
LOOK: This Porsche Was Sold InSomebody in Texas claims they just sold a Porsche for 300 bitcoins, the latest sign of a bitcoin bubble. Or the rise of our new...
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Google's Next Nexus 7 Tablet:Google's Nexus 7 seems on track for its first annual refresh, with Reuters reporting that a new version of the 7-inch tablet will launch in July. Citing two unnamed sources, Reuters says the new... Android tablet will have a Qualcomm processor, a higher-resolution display (1920-by-1200 would be my guess) and a thinner bezel design. Once again Asus will be the manufacturer, and Google hopes to ship 8 million of the tablets in the second half of 2013, Reuters claims. I use a Nexus 7 regularly, having bought the 16 GB version soon after it launched last summer. And while I have no regrets, there are certainly a handful of things that could use improvement. Here's what I'd like to see in Google's next Nexus 7 tablet: More Storage Options Although the first Nexus 7 managed to hit a $200 price...
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Another Bitcoin WalletBitcoin's wild surge in value has made it even more of an attractive target for hackers. Another wallet service called Instawallet said it is suspending itself indefinitely until it changes its... security architecture. The crypto-currency, which currently trades at $129.90 to the dollar, has risen by almost fourfold in the last month, as new clarity in U.S. financial regulations and a banking crisis in Cyprus helped send Bitcoin's value skyward. But that's also increased the load of hacking attacks on all of the major exchanges and Bitcoin service providers. The thing is that without a trusted third-party payments processor, Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and happen anonymously. So it's almost impossible to reclaim losses after theft, making wallets for the crypto-currency an ideal...
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The photo-sharing service is celebrating one year on Android with nearly as many people as use its iPhone app.
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Scientists Report Evidence Of Elusive Dark Matter

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 22:10
Scientists Report Evidence OfGENEVA -- It is one of the cosmos' most mysterious unsolved cases: dark matter. It is supposedly what holds the universe together. We can't see...
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A Closer Look at Twitter'sTwitter just overhauled the look and feel of its Android app from what felt like a clunky afterthought into something slick and lovely. Move the slider in the image above back and forth to see a... before and after comparison of the design. When the slider is on the right side, you're looking at the new design. More
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Chrome for Android getsChrome 26 for Android hits the stable channel, also brings improved performance and bug fixes Google Chrome for Android has hit version 26, bringing with it the ability to sync passwords and auto-fill... data from the desktop browser. If you've been running the beta version of Google's browser then this may sound familiar, as it's been in testing in the beta channel for a few weeks now. Chrome 26 also fixes a bug where a blank page would be displayed instead of the requested URL. In addition, there's the standard assortment of performance improvements -- and we have to say Chrome for Android feels pretty speedy on this latest build. Head to the Google Play Store app to update, or hit the link above if you're a first-time installer.
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The plug-in hybrid trend must be getting serious when Porsche jumps into the ring. The German car manufacturer announced on Wednesday the Panamera S E-Hybrid, its first plug-in hybrid. True to the... Porsche tradition, this four-door sedan is no slouch in the performance department, with its parallel hybrid gas/electric combo power plant creating a respectable 416 hp. The car gets 95 of those horses from its electric motor, and the other 320 hp from its all-new 3.0-Liter bi-turbo V6 gas engine. SEE ALSO: Is the 2013 Chevy Volt Worth It? Compared with the Porsche Panamera S hybrid that was unveiled in Feb. 2011, this new plug-in version shaves off a half-second to get from 0 to 60 mph, making the run in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 165 mph
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Parachute on Mars Flaps in Wind

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 22:07
We've known for years there's wind on Mars, but now you can see it on film. A new set of photos shows the parachute that helped Curiosity rover safely land on Mars last August shifting in the wind... NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped seven photos between Aug. 12, 2012 and Jan. 13, 2013 that show the parachute changing shape at least two times due to wind. The major shift -- as seen in the fourth and fifth images -- took place sometime between Sept. 8, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2012. Around that same time, you'll notice a dark spot appear. NASA says this may due to airborne dust SEE ALSO: Mars Was Once Suitable for Life, NASA Confirms
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Apple Store creator failing toIn late 2011, JCPenney hired away Apple retail chief Ron Johnson to serve as CEO and reinvigorate the company after two years of declining revenues. But now The New York Times reports that after over... $4 billion in lost sales and a year of failed attempts to implement Apple-style strategies at the department store chain, Johnson's seeing the poor performance reflected in a pay cut of 97 percent. Johnson initially simplified pricing, removed discount sales, and shifted the company's focus to lifestyle and product offerings rather than price. But over the course of 2012, Johnson was forced to backtrack on those decisions as he discovered that JCPenney's customers disliked the changes. Johnson's pay cut isn't as drastic as it seems, as his...
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The value of digital currency Bitcoin fell from above $145 to below $117 Wednesday as Mt. Gox, the largest market for trading the digital currency, suffered an outage for approximately an hour. At the... time of writing mid-afternoon Wednesday, the value seems to have leveled out at about $125, a $20 drop for the day. "Due to high volume trading at the moment, there is a lag in trading and order cancellation," reads a statement from Mt. Gox. It's not believed that Mt. Gox was the victim of hackers, a scenario feared by some Bitcoin naysayers. More likely, it collapsed under the strain of heavy traffic sparked by a sudden spike in interest in Bitcoin. Mt. Gox's problems, in turn, may have caused Bitcoin's sudden drop in value.
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Dave Maass: Are You a TeenagerIn the DOJ's world, this means anyone under 18 who reads a Hearst newspaper online could hypothetically face jail time. But Hearst's publications aren't the only ones with overly restrictive usage... terms.
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Walmart is offering 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini models for $299 across the U.S. (via DealNews) This is the lowest price seen for a brand new iPad Mini and is the same price Apple asks for the refurbished... unit. It requires in-store pickup, but customers can reserve one from the website and pick it up in-store.
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The Long, Weird Road To The Facebook Phone

ReadWrite - 3 Apr 2013 22:02
The Long, Weird Road To TheTime and again, Mark Zuckerberg has made it perfectly clear: "We're not going to build a phone." Zuck's most recent pronouncement came at Facebook's 2012 fourth-quarter earnings call. (See also... Facebook's Zuckerberg: We're Not Going To Build A Phone.) On Thursday, just two months later, Facebook is widely expected to announce an Android device in partnership with HTC at an event at its Menlo Park headquarters. The phone - yes, the Facebook phone - is expected to run a modified but not fully skinned version of Android, retooled to revolve around the little blue "f" that has come so far. At least that what the leaks seem to reveal. If we're getting into semantics, you could say Facebook isn't building the Facebook phone - HTC is. So, How Did We Get Here? Want to review the many times Zuck...
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Twitter revamp brings nativeWe already knew Twitter was planning on expanding its Card content to include app, gallery and product info. But the company apparently had another sweeping change waiting in the wings: a UI refresh... for Android version 4.0 and up. The update, which is currently rolling out to users, aims to bring the 140 characters or less experience more in line with native Android design (hello! Holo). To that end, the new layout enlarges the size of tweets displayed in the timeline, incorporates long-presses for "quick actions," and adds an ability to swipe left or right to parse through navigation tabs. As for that new Card integration, it's live now, so users on Android, iOS and Twitter's mobile site should be seeing those tweaks soon.
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The Prefabbed Lustron House IsTransitioning back to normal life after WWII had its fair share of challenges for sol