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4 Apr 2013 - United States
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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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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Few budget speakers look or sound this good, says the Audiophiliac.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Obama's financial backing for nuclear power must be reinforced by tougher economic incentives and better technology
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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9 Revolutionary Elevators FromHappy 160th birthday, Otis Elevator Company! Thanks for making modern cities possible. Here are the 9 coolest Otis elevator inventions from the Popular Science archive.
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GrouPlay Lets EveryoneUnless you're a professional DJ, chances are at some point you've had party guests over that get on your case for your taste in music. Everyone has their own preferences and no one wants to be left... off the playlist. GrouPlay for iOS ensure they never have to by letting everyone on a WiFi connection contribute. More
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The Prefabbed Lustron House IsTransitioning back to normal life after WWII had its fair share of challenges for soldiers, one of which was a housing shortage. Lustron houses--prefabricated enamel steel homes--were a direct... response to the dearth. This is a 1949 picture of all of the components of one of the cookie cutter abodes laid out like puzzle pieces. More
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The technology advisor to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is leaving Downing Street to explore the possibilities of online learning.
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Wallaby: Get the most out ofA wallet full of credit and debit cards, each with different rewards; Wallaby shows you which one to use When you have several different credit and debit cards in you wallet, it can be hard to choose... which one to use to maximize the rewards and savings associated with it. Each restaurant, shop or store you visit may have a particular card that will work out to your advantage -- so how do you choose? Wallaby hopes to help solve the problem by giving you recommendations as to which card to use to maximize value when you shop, and it's doing so in a much cleaner way with version 2.0 of its app.
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For the first time, astronomers detect the presence of X-rays being emitted from young stars outside of the Milky Way.
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For the first time astronomers detect the presence of X-rays being emitted from young stars resembling our sun outside of the Milky Way.
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Xombie rocket flightMasten Space Systems has been testing variations of its "Xombie" sub-orbital rocket out in the deserts of California for several years now, but the company and NASA just announced a new milestone: a... test at the end of March saw the Xombie rise 1,626 feet into the air during an 80-second flight. According to NASA, that's the highest altitude and distance the Xombie rocket has achieved thus far. The milestone goes beyond just height, however: the flight was controlled by a developmental navigation system and was designed to simulate landing on another celestial body such as the moon or Mars. Furthermore, the flight path and trajectory was meant to mimic the speed and angle of a planetary landing. Masten has been letting other researchers...
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Rdio introduces streaming siteWe'd heard murmurs about Vdio being eventually launched over in the United Kingdom, but, aside from that, details still remained relatively scarce. Well, now we have official word that Rdio's planning... to make it its own platform for streaming la carte video content -- and, frankly, it's no surprise given that Vdio's creator, Janus Friis, is the music service's own co-founder. For starters, Vdio will offer an array of on-demand movies and TV series, including new productions such as Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Skyfall and many more, plus there are also small-screen hits like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Homeland-- these shows, similar to how they operate on other services, will be available to view the day after they air. The only caveat is Vdio's currently only open to Rdio...
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By Becky OskinLiveScienceIt's time to redraw the map of the world during the reign of the dinosaurs, two scientists say.Picture the U.S. West Coast as a torturous tectonic boundary, similar to... Australia and Southeast Asia today. Erase the giant subduction zone researchers have long nestled against western North America. Drop a vast archipelago into the ancient Panthalassa Ocean, usually drawn as a...
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Music subscription service Rdio has expanded to video, today launching a movie and television streaming service called Vdio. Vdio functions like iTunes rather than like Netflix, allowing users to... purchase and rent video content. Though it does not offer a subscription service, Vdio does incorporate social content discovery, allowing users to see what their friends are viewing. Vdio users are also able to create and share playlists. Pricing is similar to iTunes and Amazon, with a movie rental costing approximately $5 and TV shows priced at $3. Content must be purchased from the website, but can be viewed on an accompanying iPad app, which supports AirPlay. Rdio subscribers with premium Unlimited accounts will be offered a free $25 gift certificate for the service, as will people who...
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BlackBerry giving iOS andLast month, BlackBerry unveiled an aggressive "takeover" ad campaign that highlights features of the company's new mobile OS by filling the entire screen of iOS and Android devices. The dominating... ads, which have been served on popular sites like The New York Times and The Guardian, offer an up-close look at some unique aspects of BlackBerry 10 including Time Shift, its predictive keyboard, and BlackBerry Hub. Rather than solely relying on ads to deliver its message, the company is now giving everyone a chance to try out the "real-time marketing." Visiting this page on either an iPhone or Android handset will start up the demo and help you decide if BlackBerry's nascent operating system offers enough to pull you away from the mobile...
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Intel CEO Paul Otellini received a pay package valued at $18.9 million last year as he prepared to retire, bowing out from a challenge posed by the growing popularity of mobile devices that have... curtailed the demand for the company's personal computer chips.
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New Nexus 4 Accessories FromGoogle has released some new Nexus 4 accessories which can be obtained from the Play Store as of now. These new accessories include a new power adapter, a standard USB cable and a paid of wired... headphones. The items are now available for purchase through the Play Store. If you plan on buying this particular Nexus 4 headset, do keep in mind that headset purchases through the store carry a $5.99 2 day shipping charge. Among these new Nexus 4 accessories that Google has introduced is a new wired headset with microphone. It comes with a price tag of $19.99 and has a tangle-free wire. This will no doubt be welcome very well as almost anyone who has dealt with headsets before knows how much of a hassle it is to get those wires to untangle. There's also a four foot micro USB cable for the Nexus 4...
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After Being Acquired ByBufferbox, the Y Combinator company based in Canada that aimed to fix all of the issues that we have with receiving packages, has started to tease out a San Francisco Bay Area launch. The company was... acquired for a rumored $17-$25M by Google back in November, with little or no discussion about the future plans for the product. It's clear that this could be a huge part of Google's recently announced 'Shopping Express' same-day delivery service. Want to pick something up from a Bufferbox instead of having it brought directly to you? No problem, middle-men completely cut out. Currently, the service has been operating without interruption in the greater Toronto area, but this area of California would be more than just a test. We know that the current package delivery system here in the United...
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Prices Of Windows 8 MachinesNotebook manufacturers appear to be lowering the prices of some Windows 8 notebooks and tablets, presumably pinched by underperforming Windows 8 demand or a a slow selling season. Six out of the... fourteen Windows 8 notebooks or tablets sold by Microsoft via its Windows Store now come with discounts attached, CNET noted, with one -- the Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2130 -- slashed 30 percent from $1,149 to $799. On Amazon, a number of the most popular Windows 8 notebooks seem to be discounted about 20 percent, although Amazon's seemingly perpetual discounts from list price make it difficult to tell what is new. Why Now? There are two likely culprits: the date, and the data. Both the first and second quarters are traditionally slow times for electronics sales, particularly compared to the...
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How Chess Got Its Timeless Style

Gizmodo - 3 Apr 2013 21:40
How Chess Got Its TimelessYou know a chess piece when you see one. They might be the most recognizable objects in gaming. But they didn't always look that way. In fact, for the longest time they didn't even look a way. The... Smithsonian Magazine dug into the roots of that iconic design and it's not as old as you might think. More
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Sony Xperia ZL goes on sale in Germany

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 21:37
Sony Xperia ZL goes on sale in€549,99 inc. VAT or subsidized on contract, now available at Phonehouse.de After going on sale in Canada yesterday, Germany now gets a chance to order Sony's premier smartphone, as the Xperia ZL is... currently shipping from Phonehouse.de in black only. Those looking for a red or white version of this phone will have to wait a little longer, as is stock listed as "available soon." The phone is priced at €549,99, but can also be purchased with various subsidy prices on contract. Potential buyers only have one option at present, because Phonehouse.de is the only retailer taking orders for the ZL at this time. Amazon.de has no launch date listed on their site, and Cyberport.de is reporting they will start taking orders and shipping phones in May. While we here in the states are still waiting...
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Disney Pulls The Plug OnDisney acquired Lucasfilm back in October last year. Today it announced that it is pulling the plug on LucasArts, which was the game development arm of Lucasfilm. The studio says that it has decided... to shift LucasArts from a development model to a licensing model. This ensures that the risk in brought down to a minimum, while licensing entails a broader portfolio of Star Wars titles from various developers it will be licensed to. What this basically means is that LucasArts will no longer be developing games internally. This move has resulted in an unspecified number of layoffs across the organization. Disney also confirms that development of Star Wars 1313 is no longer under LucasArts, the future of this title is not certain at this point in time. LucasArts has been responsible for Star...
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The networking giant is to snap up its fourth acquisition of the year with U.K.-based femtocell maker Ubiquisys, a maker of 3G and LTE small-cell technologies.
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Microsoft is still keeping its Surface RT priced at $499, however.
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Gadgetwise Blog: A Weatherproof Case for the iPhone

The New York Times - 3 Apr 2013 21:34
Gadgetwise Blog: APelican's new CE1180 case for the iPhone 5 protects the device against extreme weather and accidental drops.
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The changes mean a more native Android experience and more types of content can now be shown in expanded tweets on iOS and other mobile versions of Twitter's app.
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It's far too early to rule Intel out of the mobile game. The company's success with 14-nanometer architecture could give it the power it needs to elbow aside the likes of ARM and Nvidia.
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Firefox version 20 released,Firefox wasn't full of vulnerabilities previously, but now users of Mozilla's customizable Web browser can rest even easier.
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Trion's Defiance: So Far,Defiance is one of these MMOs you can't play right away. You put the disc in your console -- that's right, I said console, though it's also available for PC -- and wham, here's an update, here's... another update, and if you're lucky, half an hour later you're maybe rolling past the title sequence. So I'm grateful that Defiance, by Trion Worlds, the folks who made Rift, only required a 22MB update on my PS3 and about 10 minutes of install time to the hard drive. Wait, scratch that -- there's a patch screen after install? Okay, correction: Make that at least 10 -- no wait, 15 -- additional minutes to download what the game calls "patch notes" (translation: a progress bar). My Internet connection pulls stuff at about 1.2MB/sec on a good day (it's doing that here), but your mileage may vary....
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Our live blog of Facebook'sRumors of a Facebook phone have been circulating since 2010, and tomorrow the company will be revealing its latest plans at its "new home for Android" event. Will the social giant be releasing a new... launcher? A forked version of the Android operating system itself? Will a new phone be in the offing -- and is that phone the HTC First? Even more importantly, what features does Facebook have in store that will encourage users to take it for a spin in the first place? We'll be on the ground at Facebook headquarters to bring you all the news live -- starting at 10AM PT on Thursday, April 4th.
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What Type of Internet Connection Do You Use?

Life Hacker - 3 Apr 2013 21:30
What Type of InternetWith fiber making inroads and traditional carriers boosting speeds to compensate, internet connections are getting faster. What type of connection do you have? More
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How to Make an Award-Worthy Vine Movie

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 21:28
You might be surprised at what can be done with six seconds of video, but the Tribeca Film Festival is going to find out. The New York-based festival has invited people to submit entries using Vine,... an iPhone app that makes six-second, looping videos. Since the announcement last month, hundreds of entries have been posted to Vine using the official hashtag #6secfilms. Competitors can enter their micro masterpieces in one of four categories -- #genre, #auteur, #animate and #series. The deadline for submissions is April 7, which means there's still time for you to enter. Winners in each of the four categories will receive $600. But you may need more than an iPhone and a Vine account to win.
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New Nexus 4 accessories debut on Google Play

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 21:28
New Nexus 4 accessories debutHeadphones with line mic, charger and microUSB cable now available separately Google has launched three new accessories for the Nexus 4 through the Google Play devices store. Well -- of the three,... only one is really new -- the wired headset with line mic -- but it doesn't hurt that the official charger and microUSB cable are now available alongside it. The charger and cable are exactly like what you'll find boxed up with your Nexus 4, while the headset is a new addition, consisting of earphones and a flattened cable containing a mic for calls. A quick breakdown of pricing in the U.S., U.K and eurozone -- Nexus 4 wired headset on Google Play - $19.99, £15.99 €19.99 Nexus 4 USB cable on Google Play - $9.99, £9.99, €9.99 Nexus 4 wall charger on Google Play - $15.99, £12.99, €15.99...
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Review: The Bessaflex TM is aCosina-Voigtländer's Bessaflex TM is one of my favorite cameras. It's an incredibly beautiful and refined camera that was discontinued (2007) as suddenly as it was put on the market (2003). There are... but a handful of in-depth articles on it online, and I felt compelled to publish my thoughts on it. Voigtländer (pronounced 'voihkt-lehnder') is
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Four months after acquiring "Star Wars" maker Lucasfilm, The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down video game production at subsidiary LucasArts and laying off staff as it focuses on the less-risky,... less-expensive path of licensing its characters and stories to other developers.
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Just two weeks after Sapphire introduced the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card for the Mac Pro, EVGA today announced the launch of its GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition. Based on the popular year-old... card for PCs, the new GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition carries 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and adds another high-end graphics option for current Mac Pro users. The EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition graphics card provides many new and key features: 1. NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology - Dynamically maximises clock speeds to push performance to new levels and bring out the best in every game. 2. Support for four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.1 3. NVIDIA SMX Engine - Brand new processing engine which delivers twice the performance/watt compared to previous generations....
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Slickdeals' best in tech forLooking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we'll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals. You'll... want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won't stick around long. In another HD-heavy installment of our twice-weekly gadget deals, a 39-inch Sharp HDTV and Yamaha home theater receiver look to outfit those living rooms. Of course, a few other options hit the list too -- like a Sony Alpha A57 digital SLR. The full 5-pack of picks is waiting on the other side of the jump, complete with purchase links and the required coupon codes.
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How to fast-charge your iPhoneBack in January I wrote about the "inconvenient truth" of trying to charge your iPad from a USB port: there's not enough juice. My recommendation at the time was Digital Innovations' ChargeDr, a USB... dongle that allows tablets and other devices to charge more quickly. It works (quite well, in fact), but it's a $30 solution. If you fancy free workarounds instead, check out Asus Ai Charger. This free utility promises to charge iPhones, iPods, and iPads up to 50 percent faster using your PC's existing USB ports. That's a pretty lofty claim: software that can boost the effective power output of hardware? It sounds almost impossible, but I'm here to tell you: it works.
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It's all about expecting reliability.
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Logiq Tower Stacking Puzzle:If you can easily blast your way through hundreds of lines in Tetris and stack a perfectly balanced Jenga tower to the ceiling, maybe you need a new challenge. And maybe designer Marko Pavlović has... just what you're looking for with his Logiq Tower that puts a unique spin on 3D puzzles. More
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This Angelfire page could beThe sleuths at Hacker News appear to have uncovered a relic from the dusty ruins of the '90s web: Mark Zuckerberg's Angelfire webpage. While we can't confirm that the site actually belongs to... Facebook's Zuckerberg, the evidence is compelling: the social network magnate spells his full name out in the page's source code, and invites guests to check out his "Zuck Fader," a newer version of his "Vader Fader" color gradient tool.
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Jeff Hindenach: StrangerAs children, we are talk to be wary of giving out our name, phone number or address to strangers, yet suddenly we are sharing that same information with millions of strangers on Facebook. And that... need to share our personal information with complete strangers is costing us.
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Looking back on one full yearOne year on, almost half of all Instagram use comes from Android Today marks exactly one full year of Instagram on Android. The hipster filter, photo dedicated social network has its fans, and its... critics alike. Love it or hate it, it's one of those 'must have' apps for a mobile platform -- just take a look at the number of BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone users screaming out for it. To mark the year, the Instagram team has shared some numbers with us. Despite the critics, despite the whole #TeamAndroid and #TeamiPhone deal back in the early days, Instagram for Android is booming. Booming to the point where almost half of all use comes from the Android app. Less than a day after launch the app had been downloaded 1 million times, and to date has in excess of 50 million downloads. Also in...
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US Judge rules for EgglestonCelebrated American photographer William Eggleston won a legal victory when a US District Court judge dismissed a claim of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation brought by collector Jonathan... Sobel. Sobel, an avid Eggleston collector, argued that by creating a new set of large format inkjet prints beyond the 30-year old dye transfer print limited edition of the same image, Eggleston was diluting the value of the earlier prints, one of which Sobel owned.
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How the Digital Public LibraryThe Digital Public Library of America is a beautiful idea. Take the physical-to-digital ambition of Google Books and wed it to the civic spirit of the US public library system, providing a centralized... portal to a decentralized network of digital media from libraries, museums, universities, archives, and other local, regional, and national collections. Framed in this way, it all seems so logical, so proper, so clear -- everything the internet as a public commons promised to be. Surely the messy reality of copyright law, limited local budgets, or the cat-herding that goes into any grand alliance of independent institutions was bound to foul it up somewhere. The DPLA is in fact real, and will hold a launch event on April 18 at the...
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Vodafone Italia has extended its LTE network to 21 areas.
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Redesigned iPad 5 Rumored ToApple has traditionally released a new iPad in March, like it did with iPad 2 and the iPad 3. The company deviated from its release cycle a bit late last year when it announced the slightly updated... iPad 4. The latest rumors in circulation hint that iPad 5 will be announced later this month, and it will be completely redesigned. A new 9.7-inch iPad design will be welcomed, as it has been quite the same since the latest radical redesign, which was implemented on the iPad 2. Multiple well connected sources are of the view that Apple has an event planned for the end of April. It will announce the redesigned iPad 5 at this event. Previous rumors hint that the design elements will be similar to that of iPad Mini, which was announced in the not so distant past. If this is indeed the case, perhaps...
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Google+ update adds betterMobile users can now see strikethrough text formatting as well Google has been knocking out some serious updates to both its mobile and web interfaces over the last few weeks, and today's Google+... update cleans up some odds-and-ends. Users now have better options for selecting and editing cover photos, which falls in line with the move on the web to big (well actually, huge) cover photos. You get a better preview of the photo you're choosing, as well as granular control over what part of the photo is displayed. Interestingly, this update also includes support for strikethrough text formatting, which is something you'll be used to from the web as well. And what would an update be without a nice grouping of "bug fixes and performance improvements"? Those are here too, of course. You can grab...
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The first call made from the first mobile phone was made 40 years ago today, and to celebrate we're showing off our own cellular histories. Nextels, PDAs, and BitTorrent pirates on today's episode of... The 404.
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Mad Men returns to TV sets this Sunday, which means that Jon Hamm returns to our living rooms -- thank the AMC gods for that. The king of ad men has managed to capture our hearts in the last five... seasons for several reasons and, no, not all of them are just because he can rock a suit like no other To prove our love for Hamm isn't just superficial, we've compiled a list of reasons detailing why he is most definitely the world's greatest man (Prepare yourselves for intense swooning, heart flutters and potential fainting.) Because he believes in good hair care management: Image courtesy of Tumblr, zac-hunts.
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Twitter for Android updated with UI overhaul

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 21:05
Twitter for Android updatedOfficial Twitter client gets a Holo-style re-vamp The official Twitter app for Android has been updated to version 4.0, and with it the UI has been significantly overhauled to be more in-keeping with... the Android 4.x "Holo" design language. The visual changes are plain to see -- new icons, a cleaner layout and generally closer to the native Android look -- though the layout remains much the same. Like other official Twitter apps, you can now swipe left and right to jump between the four main tabs. The new app also includes the ability to load tweeted content from other apps -- such as Foursquare -- directly in that app using a special link. On the whole, it's a significant step forward for the long-neglected official Twitter app. Unfortunately for HTC One owners however, the Black Bar of...
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Google simplifies integrationGoogle is hoping to make it easier for developers to integrate SMS or voice communications in applications running on the company's App Engine platform. Working with Twilio, Google has created native... Python and Java libraries for working with Twilio APIs. The integration allows developers to start building and adding voice and SMS features to their apps straight away, the company said in a blog post. The integration shows how far the industry has come thanks to cloud-based communication services, according to Twilio. "Five years ago, if you told your IT department you needed to build and scale a communications app in a week, they'd laugh--maybe even quit. Today, we have cloud-powered tools that allow developers and entrepreneurs to do this in a matter of days," the company said in its own...
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Christophe Deloire: Who are the enemies of the internet?

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 21:04
"My computer was arrested before I was." So says the Syrian activist Karim Taymour. He was detained on his way to a meeting with one...
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What Caused Greenland's Record Loss Of Ice Last Year?

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 21:03
What Caused Greenland's RecordFrom Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: When scientists saw melting across a whopping 97 percent of Greenland's icy surface last summer, they were quick to...
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By Charles Q. ChoiLiveScienceThe culprit behind the record-shattering level of ice melting in Greenland in 2012 may have been low, thin clouds, new research suggests.These novel findings, to be... detailed in the Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, may help answer climate mysteries elsewhere in the Arctic, the researchers said.If the sheet of ice covering Greenland were to completely melt, such d...
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AMS detects excess ofWe've been waiting with bated breath all afternoon to find out what NASA, MIT and the Department of Energy has observed with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Well, we still don't quite understand the... exact nature of dark matter, but highly precise measurements of positron fraction (the ratio of positrons to electrons and protons) do bring us a small step closer to proving the existence of the theoretical material. The AMS found a small excess of positrons coming from all directions instead of a single source. That could indicate the presence of dark matter, which is believed to generate the antimatter particles when it collides and annihilates itself. As usual though, this is far from conclusive. The excess of positrons could be caused by a number of cosmic phenomenon, including pulsars,...
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Founder Stories: Lumosity'sUnderstanding the dynamics of a research-driven software company can be complex. To gain some insight, I recently interviewed Lumosity co-founder and chief scientist Michael Scanlon. Lumosity is an... online training program for your brain that helps you improve memory, attention and other cognitive abilities. The site launched in 2007 and reports 40 million members.
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Fund A House That Shapeshifts With The Seasons

Popular Science - 3 Apr 2013 21:00
Now on Kickstarter: a house that opens up when it's light out, and folds back in when it turns cold. Way back in 1903, mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney worked out how a perfect square could be cut... into sections and folded into an equilateral triangle. It's a neat trick, but what can we do with it? If you're design team D*Haus Company Limited, you try to live inside it, apparently. Just put up on Kickstarter, D*Dynamic is a proposed house that changes shape based on that mathematical model. Even if the execution is complicated, the idea actually isn't: it's a house that can rotate and open up--from a square to a triangle--depending on the season. On a beautiful summer day, it can extend windowed walls out to soak up the sunshine. In winter, it can curl up into a cube to stay heated....
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I'm Cory Doctorow, and This Is How I Work

Life Hacker - 3 Apr 2013 21:00
I'm Cory Doctorow, and This IsWhen How I Work was just an idea, the Lifehacker team made a "yeah right, in your dreams, probably not gonna happen" list of people the series would feature. Cory Doctorow was toward the top. He's a... hero of ours, and here are a few reasons why: He co-edits Boing Boing, one of the best blogs on the web. He writes award-winning sci-fi novels (as well as other fiction and non-fiction) and releases everything in print and under Creative Commons. He's a leader in the fight to make digital media free and easily sharable. He's been called "the William Gibson of his generation." He has an xkcd comic dedicated to him where he descends from "the blogosphere" wearing a red cape. Seriously. We caught up with Cory to find out what gear he can't live without, the best advice he's ever received, and the...
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These Pretty BluetoothAlthough the technology behind wireless headphones is still improving, that's no reason to skip the current options if you know you want Bluetooth headphones. Some of them are pretty good. Last year... Giz alum Adrian Covert tried a bunch of major Bluetooth headphones and liked the Phillipe Starck-designed Parrot Zik the best. From the review: More
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University of Southern California researchers are developing SimSensei, an avatar that uses facial recognition tech and depth-sensing cameras built into Microsoft's Kinect to conduct mental health... interviews.
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Twitter For Android VersionVersion 4.0 of Twitter for Android has been released. Being one of the most widely used apps on Google's mobile platform, a new update is always welcomed. The latest update brings a new UI feel as... well as a couple of nice new features. All doesn't seem to be good though, multiple users have given bad reviews about the new update on Google Play Store. For some the app is crashing upon launch, while some complain of the awkwardness in switching between multiple Twitter accounts on the app. The release notes point towards the brand new look and feel crafted for Android 4.0 and higher versions. Users can now swipe between tabs much more easily. Hashtag and mention support has been greatly improved. The new update also allows users to discover and install new apps on their Android smartphones...
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Sponsored post: UnconstrainedNuage Networks makes network services as dynamically available as virtualized applications need them to be, in a programmable and automated multitenant infrastructure. By utilizing the key tenants of... software-defined networks (SDN), Nuage Networks brings the power of NOW to data center networks everywhere.
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ElementsXXL Plug-In MakesAmateurs just getting into post-processing sometimes opt to purchase the much cheaper Photoshop Elements over spending the hundreds more it would cost to get the industry standard pro version.... Unfortunately, the gap in features between Elements and the upgrade leaves a lot to be desired, which is why the ElementsXXL plug-in came to be. ElementsXXL
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Fujitsu touch interfaceBringing touch interfaces to real-world objects often involves putting hardware either inside the item or in front of it, neither of which is especially natural. Fujitsu has developed a control system... that could eliminate those obstructions and bring digital interaction to many surfaces, even to old-fashioned paper. Its multi-camera approach can distinguish between objects on a table and the exact positions of a user's fingers, right down to fingertip outlines; it's accurate enough to scan text from a book as you drag your finger along the page. The system really comes alive, however, when its projector is involved. Besides providing visual feedback, the image overlay allows for both control of purely digital objects and interfaces tailored to real-world items. The company imagines...
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A Tableau IPO could validateTableau Software is following rival QlikView in an IPO that may show whether or not data visualization as a hot technology category has legs.
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Photographer Prints Friend'sCheck out this quirky photo project by photographer Fabien Nissels titled Blocks. Nissels first photographed his friend Johan in a studio from four different directions for each part of his body (i.e.... head, arms, torso, waist, legs). They then printed out the photographs and fixed them onto styrofoam blocks, placed the blocks in various locations
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A 'hero' device may not be in the offing, but don't underestimate Facebook's plans for mobile.
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One Year Later, Nearly Half OfInstagram has been around for what feels like forever, but it seems like just yesterday that the app migrated over to Android after being a long-time iOS exclusive. Today marks one year of Instagram's... presence on Android, and to celebrate the company shared on its blog that in just that short time around half of its users come from Android. Last we heard, Instagram had over 100 million active monthly users in February, growing at a rapid pace at that. The push over to Android was a huge part of that, garnering over 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours.
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I am willing to concede that there will probably be a Facebook phone. The likelihood doesn't make the idea any less ridiculous, but I've read enough tea leaves to believe the social media giant is now... hell-bent on muscling its way into the mobile handset market, no matter the cost. And I think I finally understand why. Location, Location, Location Facebook mobile ad revenue took a huge leap in the fourth quarter of 2012. That's tremendously good news for a company that knows it can't win without mobile. Still, Facebook is a mere passenger on smartphones. Despite the fact that one in seven people in the world use Facebook, it's just one of many competing apps on any given phone and quite a few of them are competing for your social media attention.
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By Tia GhoseLiveSciencePhysicists announced Wednesday that a particle detector on the International Space Station has possibly detected signals of dark matter.Though exciting, the new results are... still uncertain, and scientists can't be sure they actually indicate dark matter, as opposed to some more mundane cosmic phenomenon.To definitively expose dark matter, physicists must look deep beneath th...
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Amazon Web Services is on fire, and EMC and VMware are feeling the heat. So the established enterprise-computing duo is striking back -- by launching Pivotal, a joint venture that aims specifically to... dethrone the current king of cloud computing. Pivotal is led by Paul Maritz, the ex-CEO of VMware and a former senior executive at Microsoft. In leading the charge against AWS, Maritz is diving into a cloud-computing mosh pit that will include other tech heavyweights, such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. (See also: Amazon: Can It Stay King Of Cloud Computing Forever?) Pivotal heads for battle with parent-company assets -- database technologies, data analytics and an application platform -- it is combining into services that customers can lease to run their own software in the cloud. EMC owns...
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The Tonight Show host Jay Leno, who has headlined the show for 22 years after replacing Johnny Carson in 1992, announced Wednesday that he's abdicating his throne in 2014 Jimmy Fallon will move from... his Late Night with Jimmy Fallon gig to Leno's post next spring, NBC revealed. The show's studio will also move from California to New York City's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where it was originally taped. Fallon will become The Tonight Show's sixth host and begin his duties just as NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics commences. "Congratulations Jimmy," Leno said in a statement. "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage."
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We warned you it was going to happen, and here's visual proof! In this comet encounter of the extragalactic kind, Comet PanSTARRS and the Andromeda Galaxy met each other in the skies above Earth. This... great image by Brendan Alexander in Ireland shows the spectacular view. He said it was "a difficult image to capture
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Gmail Search's AutocompleteThe Gmail team announced some improvements for search within its product today, calling out better predictions for autocomplete based on who you contact the most and what you've searched for. Given... that Google is the king of search, this is a welcome and obvious improvement. Additionally, Gmail users and Google Apps for Business users will start getting some features that they didn't have previously, including thumbnails from contacts. Autocomplete and suggestions have been a huge part of Google's main search product for a while now, and it's pretty accurate based on trends that are going on in the world along with what you've searched for in the past. Here's what the Gmail team had to say about the improvements today: If you've searched your email for "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"...
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Aardvark Co-Founder MaxOne of the early proponents of social search and part of Google's social team has left the company, and he has a big reading list ahead of him. Max Ventilla, co-founder of early social search company... Aardvark and recent member of the Google+ team, had his last day at Google yesterday.
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Airports Are a Beautiful Twisted Mess

Gizmodo - 3 Apr 2013 20:40
Airports Are a BeautifulAirports are a weird contradiction; labyrinthine roadways and arteries between terminals, surrounded by an expanse of seemingly limitless straightaways. Put both together and you get wonderfully... calculated mayhem, and a few killer photos. More
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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean UpdateBack in March Asus rolled out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad (TF300), becoming the first manufacturer to release Android 4.2 for its non-Nexus device. The company said that they... will be releasing the same update for Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and meMO Pad Smart in the second quarter. Asus has delivered beautifully on its promise, merely three days after the second quarter of 2013 has begun. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Transformer Pad Infinity is now rolling out in the U.S, as announced by the company on its Facebook page. Some of the features that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Transformer Pad Infinity include multiple account login for up to 4 accounts, parental lock, new US for ASUS IME and the ability to set Ethernet settings as default ON. The update also brings...
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The Hamilton Beach 25360 Searing Grill incorporates a lid into its design. In addition to being able to help make the perfect cheeseburger indoors, the lid may also serve a less obvious purpose.
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Nikon under fire over rifleNikon has come under fire from animal welfare groups and some wildlife photographers over its new 'Monarch' line of rifle scopes, designed for game hunting. Marketed as being 'Engineered for Safari'... Nikon claims that the new Monarch-series scopes are created 'for those seeking dangerous game adventure on the Dark Continent' - an archaic term for Africa. Nikon has manufactured 'sports optics' for many years, and is not alone (so does Pentax, Leica and others) but the marketing behind its newest Monarch line of scopes has caused a degree of anger. Click through for more details.
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Maurya Couvares: Learn to Code Movement: For All Students

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 20:34
Maurya Couvares: Learn to CodeIf we want our students to think about careers in software development, we need to provide them with access, information and mentors.
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AT&T's LG Optimus G gettingIt's been a couple days now since the AT&T LG Optimus G got a mysterious Easter update. Today we've got something just as unofficial, but much more recognizable. Android 4.1.2 has begun to push out... for the LG Optimus G on AT&T. AT&T's PR says no official update has started, but that's in disagreement with our inbox -- and with AT&T's own community forums, which sport several folks saying they're getting the 336-megabyte update to Android 4.1.2, Build E97020j. If you've got an AT&T Optimus G, now would be a good time to check for an update. Just sayin'. More: LG Optimus G forums; Thanks, tuckerman725!
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Got a question for Sarah? Use the chat feature above to get it answered live. Sarah Schupp is the CEO and founder of the UniversityParent.com, the #1 destination for parents to find what they need to... help their student succeed. Schupp has been named one of Inc. Magazine's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, BusinessWeek's top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, one of 10 finalists for the Alister & Paine Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was recently recognized by the White House for her inclusion on the Empact 100 list. She is frequently a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at various colleges and her story has been featured in several entrepreneurship textbooks.
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MacGyver Challenge: HackHello, fellow Lifehackers! Time for another MacGyver Challenge. What's a MacGyver Challenge, you ask? Simple. We give you an object and you show us what cool things you can do with it. Our editors... pick the best submissions and our favorite will win an autographed copy of the Lifehacker book! More
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Headed for Samsung Knox when it debuts this year, Absolute asserted that Samsung mobile devices will be the first to offer "constant, tamper-proof security connection for tracking, wiping, recovery... and IT servicing."
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Canon announces development ofNAB 2013: Canon has announced the development of a 35mm prime lens in its Cinema EOS range. It is designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and includes a... range of features optimized for movie shooting. The company has not finalized its specifications and pricing, but says it will release further details in due course. However as the Cinema EOS primes offer T-stops that correlate closely with existing L-series primes, it seems likely the 35mm will be approximately T1.5, and of course use the EF mount.
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That's an amazingly low price for a Google-certified tablet. But are there too many compromises in the hardware?
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Following a disastrous launch and overwhelmingly negative reviews of its new first-person shooter "Aliens: Colonial Marines," Sega has formally admitted that its pre-release advertisements didn't... accurately represent the final game's quality.Sega Europe said this week that it has added disclaimers trailers for "Aliens: Colonial Marines" in the United Kingdom to acknowledge the differences between ...
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AT&T 4G LTE Now Available InAT&T has been upping its 4G LTE game recently and today it announced that the service is being made available to 14 new markets. This brings the total of markets where AT&T 4G LTE is avaialble to 175,... meaning that the carrier now has the second largest LTE coverage net in the U.S. More than 170 million people are now covered by AT&T 4G LTE and the carrier expects to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. The 14 new markets include: Beaumont, TX Binghamton, NY Carbondale-Marion, IL Fort Pierce, FL Fort Smith, AR Fresno, CA Houma, LA Jefferson City, MO Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL Las Cruces, NM Montgomery, AL Mount Vernon, WA Palm Coast, FL Temple-Killeen, TX Verizon is providing 4G LTE is the most markets right now, 486 to be exact, covering 273 million people. On the other hand,...
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Risa Ferman: What Are YourHow many of us have handed over a mobile device that gives our children complete access to the world, with all of its lures and dangers? Many of us feel helpless when faced with youthful demands for... technology and our own inability to understand how it can be used -- or misused.
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Microsoft updates SkyDrive forIt's been quite a few months since Microsoft touched the SkyDrive application on Apple's mobile platform, but today, after some well-documented delays, the company's finally delivering an update to... its iOS offering -- a pretty hefty one, no less. Included in this new version is, most notably, added support for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, while a refreshed overall user experience, new app icons and enhanced saving options are also in tow with this release. In addition to these tidbits, SkyDrive will now allow iDevice users to easily grab their full-res photos from within the app, as well as determine the size of uploaded and downloaded picture files. Better yet, the long-overdue update just went live in the App Store, so it's about that time for Redmond's cloud surfers to savor what they'd...
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The move means in-house development of Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault is over, but the games may be completed by third-party developers or by Disney Interactive.
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9to5Google adds a little color to expectations for Facebook's "phone" ahead of Thursday's "new home on Android" event.
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A Few Crazy College Fees ThatHoward University sneaks in a $100 "globalization fee" to fund international travel, regardless of whether students study abroad. Another school charges $185 for an "undergraduate entering fee",... reports ProPublica. "It's all smoke and mirrors in some ways, the issue of tuition and fees," admits Terry Meyers to, an English professor at the College of William and Mary. It's these insanely high costs of college that are driving higher education online at a crazy fast pace. College tuition has increased a mind-boggling 1,210% in 30 years. According to the College Board, the average debt of college graduates is a whopping $13,600, growing at 2.1% beyond inflation since 2005. Compounding the problem is a mountain of hidden fees. In the Oregon university system, fees added as much as 40% to...
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After years of speculation, streaming music service Rdio launched on Wednesday a social movie and TV rental service called Vdio. The pay-per-view style service, which is available only the U.S. and... UK, is loaded with a lot of content, from new releases and classics to programming from major studios and networks. "The first thing you'll notice about Vdio is that it's designed to solve the 'what to watch' problem," the company said in an official blog post. "It's not just that we've got amazing content, but that the experience is now geared to get you from searching to watching faster." SEE ALSO: Spotify vs. Pandora: Which Is Better?
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A retweet by someone in America's Cairo embassy pointing to a "Daily Show" episode becomes a new source of friction in U.S.-Egyptian relations.
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Big Software AcquisitionsWhen it comes to mergers and acquisitions in the software industry, the first quarter was kind of a bust.
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Canada's Telus gets the HTC One on April 19

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 20:15
Canada's Telus gets the HTCThe HTC One had beenrumored for Canadian carrier Telus for a little while -- and now it's official. The HTC One hits Telus on April 19. No word on pricing just yet (figure it'll be in the usual range... of the Canadian standard contract -- cheapest at 3 years), so stay tuned for that one. In the meantime, be sure to hit up our HTC One forums for all the latest. More: Telus
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Fujitsu Announces NextToday Fujitsu announced its next generation user interface developed for intuitive touch based operations. The technology is able to detect where the user's finger is as well as what it is touching.... Using cameras and projectors, the technology overcomes imprecise tracking issues that come with conventional technologies while providing an innovating solution for handling data by directly touching objects. They show off the UI on a new scanner that allows users to interact with real documents in a way they would on a computer. Capable of doing a variety of operations, there's the ability to copy important parts in a real document, in digital form, by simply tracing the figure across the document. Copied data can also be projected on a tabletop and cab be expanded or shrunk using fingertip...
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Google+ Emoticons Not An AprilWhat some might have thought to be an April Fool's prank turned out to be the real deal, and it is always nice and pleasant to see initial "jokes" being reality. Google+, considered by some to be a... rival to Facebook, being a "serious" social network of sorts, will now come with the added advantage of emoticons. Yes sir, in a Google+ post by Eric Murphy, he shared on how years of research by Google saw the team arrive at one indisputable conclusion - there is no better way to express one's feeling online than through the use of emoticons. Now, whenever you opt to upload a photo to your Google+ account, you will be able to take advantage of the emoticon option located right at the top. Press that button, and it will go ahead to analyze your facial expressions, while placing a relevant...
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Twitter has updated its iOS app to version 5.5, adding the ability to launch and install apps from within a tweet on the iPhone. The new functionality is part of Twitter's updated Cards feature, which... was introduced yesterday at a developer meetup. Apps that support the new Card functions can be installed directly from a link within Twitter. Currently, that includes apps like Vine, Etsy, Flickr, Foursquare, Jawbone, and Path, among others. When a user tweets from one of the aforementioned third party apps, the tweet will include a link to download the app. The update also includes faster launch times and performance upgrades along with bug fixes. Twitter for iPhone now helps you discover, install and launch your favorite apps from Tweets. This update also includes the following...
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LucasArts, the game publisher and developer behind two decades of games, is being shuttered by Disney, according to a release sent out Wednesday afternoon. Disney plans to shift from developing games... internally to licensing beloved franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones to other developers. The LucasArts statement, received by GameInformer, reads: "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."
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Apple has to think differentRather than the local media and government coming around to the way Apple does business, Apple is learning that its usual playbook for success doesn't necessarily work in China.
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Seagate Does 4TB Hard DriveIn our culture and society these days, it seems that there is a growing obsession with being first. First in class, first on the grid, first in line to get the new iPhone...the list is practically... endless when you think about it. Well, Seagate, a company that is well known in churning out storage solutions and manufactures hard drives as their bread and butter, has achieved another industry's first with their new 4TB hard drive. This 4TB hard drive might not seem like much at first, but the fact that it makes use of a quartet of 1TB platters makes it special. According to a Seagate representative, "the four-platter design is a winning one that allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds." Just to...
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You are probably familiar with Google Earth and how immeasurably interesting it is to look at places you may one day want to visit, or those you simply can't, like the bottom of the ocean. A new art... project highlights certain geographic areas that viewers will never be able to see in person -- because they don't exist. Artist Clement Valla created a collection of images from Google Earth featuring landscapes that have been warped into unusual shapes, with roads dipping into the landscape and bridges plunging into bodies of water, caused by the way the images were captured. This is all due to the way Google Earth works, it's algorithm creates a 3D model of what you're looking at using aerial photography and other images. Normally this produces seamless models, but occasionally a photograph...
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An Oddly Upbeat Aerial Tour ofRemember that utterly depressing abandoned factory island that Javier Bardem's character used as his headquarters in Skyfall? It's actually a real place known as Hashima--or Battleship island
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A recent survey executed by MeriTalk, sponsored by Brocade, promotes the notion that adding more suppliers can reduce IT infrastructure capital costs and only minimally increasing operational costs in... Federal data centers. Does this survey provide useful information or is it yet another self-serving, badly executed study?
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BIG JAMBOX Updated

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 20:02
BIG JAMBOX UpdatedThere is nothing quite like a new firmware update to breathe new life into a particular device, and it also helps you skip out on a product upgrade cycle, too, helping you save more money along the... way. It seems that the BIG JAMBOX is shaping up to be like fine wine, as it gets better with age, although do not expect it to physically add on new components to sound better in time, as it can only fall back on a firmware update to get the job done. The latest firmware update will see the Jawbone BIG JAMBOX receive superior battery life compared to before - and we are talking about an additional 2 hours, in addition to improved audio streaming and additional controls. This particular firmware update for the BIG JAMBOX 2.0 from Jawbone will be free, so you need not fret about staring down at an...
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Twitter's Mobile App NowFollowing its announcement yesterday, Twitter has today updated its iOS application with support for the new Twitter App Cards feature. According to the Twitter app's page in Apple's iTunes App Store,... version 5.5 of the app brings a number of improvements, including the ability to "help you discover, install and launch your favorite apps from Tweets."
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Apple blogger says iOS 7For the last few years, Apple has announced the next version of its mobile operating system during summers. But a report Tuesday says the tech giant could be running late on the development of its... next mobile platform, iOS 7.
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Facebook Home UI pictured inWe've already seen leaked images of the HTC First smartphone purported to be launching at tomorrow's Facebook event, as well as what appears to be its APK, and we now have our best look yet at the... Facebook-infused UI you can expect on the device. As you can see above in the image from @evleaks (and others at the source link below), the apparent Facebook Home hub doesn't exactly scream Facebook, although there unsurprisingly appears to be deep Facebook integration throughout. There are only a handful of images though, so there's still a fair bit that remains unknown. We'd say to check back tomorrow for more, but at the rate these leaks have been turning up we may well get yet another look at what's in store before then.
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The Earth Has Never LookedNASA just released its 2012 compilation of the best views of Earth from orbit over the past year. They're stunning. They mix "true-color" imagery with data visualizations and 3D imagery. from some of... the newest satellites in NASA's fleet. Time-lapses, weather patterns, even the movement of currents--the way NASA sees our planet is something beautiful to see. [NASA via BetTube] More
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By Miriam Kramer Space.comNASA is asking software coders on Earth to help a robotic astronaut helper on the International Space Station use its cold mechanical eyes to see better.Robonaut 2 -- a... humanoid robot being tested by astronauts on the space station -- is designed to perform mundane and complex tasks to help make life on the orbiting lab easier for human crew members. So far, the robot (whic...
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How Far Do You Run PlayingWhile watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject... mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it. More
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After a three-decade hiatus, work is finally under way on a new wave of reactors thanks to government funding - but China is already way ahead
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PSA: Watch the AMS dark matterThe universe is thought to be composed of stuff, non-stuff and maybe some other stuff. We're referring, of course, to matter, anti-matter and as-yet illusive dark matter. While we know a fair amount... about matter and its opposite, dark matter is still largely theoretical. That might change in around half an hour, though, as folks from NASA, MIT and the US Department of Energy hold a press conference to explain exactly what the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) strapped to the ISS has been seeing during almost two years of space-scanning. Samuel Ting from MIT, who will be on the panel, implied back in February that today's results will provide the first evidence of dark matter's existence -- if that's the right term. The press conference is due to start at 1:30PM EDT, so make sure to tune in...
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We're liveblogging Facebook'sThe term "Facebook Phone" has been used in association with specific devices for over four years, and each time it's involved phones with tighter integration of the social media network rather than an... Facebook-branded device. Tomorrow we'll be hearing about yet another one of these handsets, though rumor has it that the gadget in question -- which may or may not be called the HTC First -- will at least fit the description better than ever before, offering a home screen launcher and other Android services dedicated to the Facebook cause. We're just as curious as you as to what exactly will be shown off in Menlo Park 24 hours from now, and we'll be there to liveblog the event so you can discover the goods right along with us! Join us at 1PM ET. April 4, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
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Employees Who Use MultipleConventional wisdom typically tells us that when employees are on the job, they should stay away from distractions like Facebook. However, a new study from analytics company Evolv suggests that the... more sites an employee uses, the better their job performance might be. More
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Greg Perreault: Killing God In Video Games

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 19:57
In the video game world, "God" is limited. G/god is weakened and gaining power, is unable to operate at a distance except through his or her agents, or has only recently attained godhood. Or perhaps... he or she simply doesn't understand humanity. There is always some reason G/god can be defeated.
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A sketchy rumor of upcoming laptops running Android is thankfully most likely not true. What would be great is bringing Android apps to the Chromebook instead.
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Twitter plays its platformTwitter wants to get on the good side of third-party app developers with some new features for its expanded-tweet Cards, but the main focus of these new features is still to cement Twitter's control... over its ecosystem.
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Report: Next-generation GoogleThe follow-up to Google's Nexus 7 small-sized tablet will launch this summer, probably in July, a report Wednesday said.
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Technical Issues CausingIt appears that iTunes Store links are missing from Google Search results and other links are being ranked higher than usual. This has been spotted by many users and the hype has turned the issue in... to a conspiracy theory of sorts, as some have the idea that Google is purposefully excluding them from search. Google has now officially commented to this problem, saying that iTunes Store links are not being fetched due to technical issues. Google says that it has been having issues fetching pages from iTunes web servers, this is resulting in links disappearing from search. It further states that they're working with the team in order to ensure that users find what they're searching for. Google drops the rank of pages that have duplicate content, it is possible that iTunes Store links are...
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Alleged images of theWe're just one day away from the Facebook Home event, and leaks are starting to fly fast and furious. After getting a peak at potential hardware as well as a few software details courtesy a leaked... system software dump, 9to5Google has posted an extensive look at what it claims is the new UI for this Facebook-centric device. The images come from @evleaks, who yesterday released the first potential image of the phone, and show off what appear to be an app launcher, a lock screen with custom notifications, and a sharing pane. While the third image doesn't seem all that different from Android's current sharing scheme, the first two images are definitely unique. The app launcher view (seen above) looks similar to a standard Android folder of...
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Consumers, according to researcher Flurry, spend about 30 minutes per day inside Facebook's mobile application, which is more time than they spend with any one mobile browser.
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The United States Embassy in Cairo's Twitter account temporarily shut down Wednesday following a spat with an official account affiliated with Egypt President Mohamed Morsi over a Jon Stewart clip.... The account, @USEmbassyCairo, disappeared for under an hour before reappearing, sans the Stewart tweet. The public tiff was sparked by a tweet from the U.S. embassy linking to a video of television host Jon Stewart lambasting Morsi in a Monday segment over the Egyptian government's arrest of political comedian Bassem Youssef. The deleted tweet has been preserved as a screenshot: An official Egyptian presidential account, @EgyPresidency, called the American embassy's tweeted link "inappropriate" behavior for a diplomatic mission and labeled the video "negative political propaganda."
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Amazon has issued a new version of its application to access its Cloud Drive service, which now includes file sync options for OS X users.
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LG Jukeblox Hits The FCC, WeWe know of the jukebox, never mind if it plays CDs or old school records, but just what the heck is a Jukeblox? Some might say that it is a futuristic version of the current jukebox, or perhaps the... next evolution of this social institution at bars and other public places where folks congregate to unwind, while others might just think that this is a typo that surfaced over at the FCC. Yes sir, it seems that one particular LG Jukeblox has been spotted over at the FCC, where it has been described as a "networked media module", and that particular description alone makes it one of a kind, even on the Internet. The FCC's report do point out some of the Jukeblox's features, where it will come with an 802.11 b/g WiFi module, although it did not drop any more clues concerning its intended purpose...
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Canon Announces Free FirmwareThe wonders of modern day hardware is this - its performance can be further enhanced with the right amendments made to the inherent software that runs it, and in this case, we are talking about... firmware updates. Cameras, notebooks, smartphones, tablets, these are all not immune to the benefits of a well tuned firmware update, and Canon has just announced that they will be rolling out new firmware and application software upgrades for their Cinema EOS System lineup of cameras. There will be the new ACES compatibility software for the Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL digital cameras, and it will arrive as a free download when June 2013 rolls around. Apart from that, other Cinema EOS firmware upgrades will include a new 1,440 x 1,080 pixel recording mode at 35Mbps for the Cinema EOS...
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Disney shuts down LucasArts,After purchasing Lucasfilm last October, Disney has decided to shut down the company's videogame development arm, LucasArts. In a statement released to GameInformer, Disney says that it's "decided to... shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games." As part of the decision, the company will be laying off an unspecified number of employees across the company. The shutdown doesn't come as a surprise to the industry. Beyond the state of LucasArts in recent years, which saw titles like Battlefront III canceled mid-development, Disney hinted it would be moving away from home console games when it first made the Lucasfilm...
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According to the latest report from Net Applications (via All Things D), Apple's Safari continues to be the top mobile browser. Safari for iOS was responsible for 61.79% of total mobile internet... traffic during the month of March, an increase from 55.41% in February. Safari's closest competitor for mobile browser dominance was Google's Android browser, which had a 21.86% share of Web traffic in March. Opera Mini came in third with 8.4%, Chrome registered 2.43%, and Microsoft Internet Explorer was the final major contender, with 1.99%. Net Applications includes traffic from both smartphones and tablets, and the data that it collects comes from more than 160 million visits to 40,000 websites each month.
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Samsung HW-F750 AirTrack Wireless Soundbar

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 19:47
Samsung HW-F750 AirTrackThe world has been talking about a paperless society for quite some time already, and it seems to me that it might not be that easy to be truly paperless, although a wireless world does sound like an... enticing idea, and of course, it certainly is more "doable", so to speak. If you have been in the market for a wireless speaker for your living room, then you might do yourself a favor by checking out the Samsung HW-F750 AirTrack Wireless Soundbar. This soundbar is meant to remain in front of your monitor or TV so that it can deliver theater-like quality in the comfort of your own home, and by the name of the AirTrack itself, it is a no-brainer to derive the fact that this bad boy will work without any wires. In fact, the Samsung HW-F750 AirTrack is touted to be the world's first soundbar with...
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'BioShock Infinite' Review -BioShock Infinite has received widespread critical praise, but does the game's gameplay and storytelling hold up to scrutiny?
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Google brings a Quickoffice to iPhone as a freebie for Google Apps customers.
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Artist Mike Doyle has created an absolutely jaw-dropping extraterrestrial Lego city called K'al Yne.
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Facebook Home Images Leaked Again

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 19:46
Facebook Home Images LeakedIt definitely is an open secret by now that Facebook has plans to roll out a new smartphone, which many has dubbed it to be the "real" Facebook phone, known as the HTC First, in addition to... introducing a rich, skinned version of its Android app at tomorrow's press event. Well, we have seen Facebook Home leaked before, and here we are faced with another decent image that might just give out some pointers unwittingly. A picture, after all, speaks a thousand words, so it is a rather lengthy story that our eyes have met up with here. It seems that Facebook Home will take the route of minimal aesthetics, while placing plenty of emphasis on full-screen photography. There do seem to be hooks to the primary Facebook functions that are available from most menus, and the entire look seems clean and...
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Is it the fabled Facebook phone? Or a new Facebook-integrated Android operating system? Both? Find out live with CNET at 10 a.m. PT tomorrow.
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OUYA review (founding backer edition)

Engadget - 3 Apr 2013 19:45
OUYA review (founding backerMost modern gaming consoles are big, heavy and power-thirsty. They dominate the entertainment centers into which they're placed and suck down hundreds of watts of electricity when they're running.... They've evolved this way, growing larger and more powerful to deliver better graphics and more comprehensive gameplay experiences. So too have their talents expanded. It's no longer good enough for a gaming console to simply play games: modern systems have to be complete home entertainment devices. Or do they? When the OUYA was announced in July of 2012, its $99 cost was low and its processing power as simple as its premise: a tiny little box designed to be a haven for those who want to play (or develop) good, original games. Many gamers connected with this idea immediately, helping to drive the...
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Social Media: Kicking It OldStep into the Wayback Machine for a moment. How did we ever catch up with old friends, check our location, track professional contacts, publish our thoughts for others to read, and look at cat... pictures before the Internet? Oh, right. (Click the image for a larger version.) Cartoon produced by John Atkinson / Wrong Hands Lede image via Shutterstock
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Conflict Photog Leans onWhile on assignment in the Middle East, war photographer Tracey Shelton had her gear stolen during an attempted kidnapping back in August 2011. Being a freelance photojournalist, she doesn't have a... newspaper's funding to lean back on, and she's now out several thousands worth of camera gear. Her work in the Middle East has been
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Canon VIXIA HF G30 Camcorder

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 19:41
Canon VIXIA HF G30 CamcorderIf you love capturing all of your precious moments on video, you might want to consider upgrading your hardware and get an actual camcorder, instead of relying on just your smartphone's camera sensor.... Well, Canon might have just the deal for you with the Canon VIXIA HF G30 camcorder, where it has been touted to come with the relevant features so that you can explore new recording possibilities, never mind if you are just a video enthusiasts or an advanced amateur. The Canon VIXIA HF G30 will boast of a 20x zoom lens, a newly designed HD CMOS Pro sensor, MP4 recording capability and to keep up with the Joneses, wireless capabilities with dual band support for that added touch of class. Compared to previous G-Series models, the new VIXIA HF G30 camcorder is improved by a considerable margin...
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Zappos CEO rethinks urbanDowntown Vegas is going personal car free (or hoping to) with the launch of Project 100, the out-there transportation service for the Downtown Project, from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.
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This $2B Cosmic Ray DetectorFinding the Higgs Boson particle is a revolutionary scientific discovery, sure, but CERN isn't the only scientific body rewriting our understanding of elementary physics. An international team of... researchers have just announced that the massive cosmic ray detector protruding from the ISS may have at long last detected dark matter. More
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Ionic thrusters could powerStealth drones and other aircraft of the future could be powered by engines that don't have any moving parts, can't be detected by infrared, and are more efficient than what we have today. A new study... by MIT researchers demonstrated all of these capacities and more for ionic thrusters and now at least one major aerospace company, Lockheed Martin, has said it's investigating the technology.
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Following the money in healthA montly look at where in health tech investors put their money.
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Vdio, from Music StreamingMusic streaming service Rdio branched out to video today with the new (appropriately named) Vdio service. Vdio wants to help you stop wondering what to watch, with movie and TV show playlists shared... by your friends. More
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Verizon Puts VodafoneIt was rumored earlier that Verizon was teaming up with AT&T to acquire Vodafone, which is the second largest mobile carrier in the entire world. The deal was reportedly worth over $245 billion... dollars. As rumors were circulating, Vodafone shares jumped over 6% but came down 3.4% when the carrier formally announced that is no plans of buying out Vodafone, either on its own or with a second bidding partner, who in this case with rumored to be AT&T. Reportedly, the deal was going to give Verizon the 45% stake that Vodafone has in its U.S. operations back, whereas all operations outside of the U.S. would have been AT&T's taking. The alleged deal has now been officially denied in regulatory filing that Verizon made today. The carrier saying that it would be a willing purchaser for the 45%...
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A second version of the Nexus 7 tablet could start landing on retailers' shelves from July 2013, with Google aiming to shift up to eight million of the devices before the year is over.
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Monster Nokia Purity ProThere is nothing quite like a pair of great sounding headphones to accompany your favorite music, and if you want to spice things up a bit, you could very well settle for the Monster Nokia Purity Pro... Wireless Stereo Headset that is now available to the masses. Touted by some to be the perfect accessory if you want the ultimate mobile music experience, the Monster Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset will come in a range of striking colors, which will definitely help you stand out from the rest of the mundane looking crowd. Of course, since this pair of headphones arrive in extremely bright colors, one can easily deduce that the Monster Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset will also jive with Nokia's existing Lumia range of smartphones, where they seem to be a perfect match for one...
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Indie gamemakers join forcesContinue reading...
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Girls Halfway Around the WorldIt's a possible case of twins separated at birth - and halfway around the world. The two have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to meet in Europe, get a DNA test, and document their... journey every step of the way.
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What do Facebook and Nickelback have in common? They both infuriate and captivate millions of people at the same time Most users complain on Facebook -- very publicly -- yet would never actually... delete their profile because of convenience, laziness or fear of losing touch. Coincidentally, there is a very large number of people who dislike Nickelback as a band, but are enamored with the idea of them. SEE ALSO: Is Nickelbacking the New Rickrolling? Naturally, the two forces come together in this parody by YouTube user Gina Marie. According to the video's description, this is the "good, bad and ugly of Facebook to the ugly of Nickelback." From stalking ex-boyfriends' new love interests to hiding pics from grandma, this parody pretty much nails it.
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GigaOM - 3 Apr 2013 19:28
gerStealthy Silicon Valley startup is in the market for engineers who know distributed systems, data science and statistics. But it's heritage -- co-founders are Karthik Rau formerly of VMware and... Phillip Liu out of Facebook -- is what piques curiosity.
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Mozilla has released the latest version of its Firefox web browser which features new enhancement to private browsing and fixes a number of flaws.
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Facebook's mobile hype,A year ago, it seemed mobile was going to be Facebook's achilles heel. Things seem to have turned around, though I am not entirely convinced that it means big dollars for the company.
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Baidu Confirms That It IsYesterday we picked up on a rumor that Baidu, China's premier search engine, was developing a rival for Google Glass and internally this product was being referred to as the Baidu Eye. There was no... comment from Baidu until today, their spokesperson confirms that the company is indeed developing digital eyewear that is similar to the Google Glass. Also confirmed was the moniker, although it was said that Baidu is internally testing the product and they can't say for sure whether the product will actually be commercialized, ever. Kaiser Kuo, the Baidu spokesperson, revealed that Baidu Eye will be headset mounted and will have a small LCD screen. Primariy functions were described as making voice and image searches and conducting facial recognition. Saying that it is premature to compare Baidu...
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Review: Free Opener can openWhat do you use to open files? If you're in the majority, your answer would be "depends on the file." This is not the case with Free Opener. Free Opener claims to open over 80 different file... formats--anything from Microsoft Office documents and PDF files, to image, video and music files, with many more in between. It may not open as many file types as Quick View Plus, and it's certainly more of a viewer than an editor, but you can't argue with the price. It's a good first stop for trying to view that mystery document.
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You knew this was coming. It was only a matter of time as the damning video circulated online, passed among friends through email, shared widely on social networks and provoked digital outrage from... some of the biggest names in sports. Some 24 hours after footage showing basketball coach Mike Rice manhandling players, pegging them with basketballs from point-blank range and berating them with homophobic slurs went viral, Rutgers University fired college sports' villain of the day Here's the footage, originally obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines: Rice's actions in the video were condemned on Twitter Tuesday by some of the biggest names in sports -- including NBA star LeBron James. Then, Wednesday morning, Rutgers' director of athletic communications announced Rice's fate to the world with...
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The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on board the International Space Station released its first results today (read about them here) after having been in space since 2011. But this particle physics... experiment was years in the making. In just 3 minutes, you can watch 16 years of building, preparing, launching and activating this detector. Below, watch
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Twitter Is Building A GatewayTwitter is making a move to become the jumping off point for discovering, browsing and accessing the mobile app ecosystem, the company announced yesterday, in a somewhat understated event only... developers were invited to attend. The event, due to its nature, was filled with geekier terminology like "footer tags," "deep linking," and "URL schemes," making summaries of its announcements hard to parse by the everyday Twitter user who isn't as familiar with what some of these things may mean.
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Brick-Sized Cellphone Celebrates 40th

ABC News - 3 Apr 2013 19:23
Brick-Sized CellphoneJustin Bieber's phone may never ring and texting and messaging may have started to take the place of voice calls, but back on April 4, 1973 a man named Marty Cooper wasn't taking the voice call... feature on the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x for granted. On...
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U.S. Embassy In Egypt BrieflyThe U.S. embassy in Cairo briefly shut down its official Twitter account after a viral spat with Egypt's presidency and the country's Muslim Brotherhood party....
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Who wrote the Flashback Trojan?

CNET - 3 Apr 2013 19:22
Over a year since the Flashback malware was found, its creator has finally been identified.
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South Korean mobile platform is hoping to generate enough "emotional attachment" with local consumers via "virtual stickers" and social features to differentiate it from competitors such as WhatsApp.
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Triposo's iOS travel guidesThe algorithmically generated travel guides have received a major update on the iPhone and iPad, with the Android versions set to receive similar upgrades at some point down the line.
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People have been complaining for some time that iOS is getting a little long in the tooth. That same snappy grid of icons has been around since the Dark Ages (2007!), while Android has evolved apace... and upstart systems like Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 have gone in new (and more practical) directions. Upon hearing that iOS 7 may well be a major overhaul, we brainstormed what we really want to s...
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These Stacking Bins MakeSeparating the recyclable trash from the rest of your garbage is made slightly easier, and more pleasing to the eye, with these stackable Qualy bins featuring a strategically placed indent for easy... access. They can be stacked all the way to the ceiling without their footprint increasing, and each bin features a lid and an inner lip supporting a plastic bag liner. Translation: you may never have to scrub them out. More
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Bitcoin Obliterates 'The StateOnce you get past the childish title, the recent bitcoin piece from Karl Denninger raises some issues that warrant consideration from bitcoin economists. Denninger is an intelligent student of the... capital markets and his essay deserves a serious reply.
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Wrapping Around The Mystery Of Spiral Galaxy Arms

Universe Today - 3 Apr 2013 19:19
How disk galaxies form their spiral arms have been puzzling astrophysicists for almost as long as they have been observing them. With time, they have come to two conclusions... either this structure... is caused by differences in gravity sculpting the gas, dust and stars into this familiar shape, or its just a random occurrence which
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'HTC First' Facebook phone UIA minimalist mix of vanilla Android and Facebook influences A day after we got our first look at the external hardware of the 'HTC First,' more leaked images claim to show the device's UI. Expectedly,... today's images released by 9to5Google in collaboration with @evleaks put the new 'Facebook Home' home screen launcher is front and center. But what's a little surprising is that the rest of the phone's UI seems pretty close to vanilla Android -- the three leaked images show the stock Gallery, Camera, Phone and Settings apps, along with Google apps like Search, Chrome and the Play Store. The big question remains, though -- besides a custom launcher, what is Facebook bringing to the table that requires its own hardware? We suppose we'll find out tomorrow at the company's launch event in...
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The paperless office continuesSince the dawn of personal computers there have been predictions of an all-digital future where paper was little but a distant memory. Decades later, it seems like we've made progress toward the... "paperless office," but the Utopian vision is still a long way off. Adobe, which bought digital signature company Echosign in 2011, conducted a study to find out how things are progressing on the road to our all-digital documents future. The study is based on data gathered from an online survey among 1051 U.S. managers who draft, send or sign contracts and agreements at small, medium and large companies. The report, "Paper: An endangered species?" uncovers some interesting results. Just over half of the respondents, 51 percent, believe that digital workflow makes filing and managing documents...
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A majority of the biggestSmaller and mid-size newspapers have been the early adopters when it comes to paywalls. But now, more of the big papers are starting to flip the switch too.
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Google+ Now Supports FullGoogle has been working quite hard on Google+, though it has not yet been able to reach the level Facebook or even Twitter has, their social platform does have a considerable user base. It is quite... evident that the company wants it to play a pivotal role among all of its services, so naturally Google rolls out a few tweaks every couple of months to enhance and upgrade the user experience. The latest tweak brings full size photo uploads to Google+. Previously, users were not able to post pictures that were wider than 2048 pixels, that limited has now been removed. A checkbox can be found in the settings menu from where this feature can be enabled, this has to be done otherwise the 2048 pixel limit would still be in place. Do keep in mind that photos that are over this limit will take up...
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Could a military radar preventA University of Michigan professor has adapted a radar similar to the type police deploy to identify speeders -- it can now reveal weapons and bombs concealed on a person's body.
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Steve Rosenbaum: Is Information Overload Making Us Sick?

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 19:16
You've got to admit, it was a weird anniversary to celebrate. There was the Mayor of NY at the Old Town Bar in Union Square...
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Samsung Rushes To Mozilla's Side For Rust

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 19:15
Samsung Rushes To Mozilla'sNormally, one would associate the word "rust" with destruction that comes along with the passage of time, as we can see through the half-eaten hulls of sunken ships of yore. Well, Rust this time... around will take on a new meaning, as it is part of Mozilla's ambition in chasing down a new programming language that will hopefully, be the holy grail of code one fine day, and they have managed to capture the attention of the folks over at Samsung to help them out. The Rust programming language alongside its Servo testbed on GitHub has made adequate progress, so much so that Samsung decided to jump into the fray by committing some engineering know-how to its success. In a nutshell, Rust wants to replace C++ as the programming language of choice, where it is capable of taking full advantage of...
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With Disrupt drawing closer, we're pleased to announce John Borthwick will be back for another Disrupt. As the founder and CEO of betaworks, he has a unique vantage point of all parts of the New York... City startup scene and there's likely no one better to give us a solid pulse on the city that never sleeps.
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Phinergy Air Car Concept

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 19:10
Phinergy Air Car ConceptEveryone wants to be green and eco-friendly these days, and this is a good phase to go through, preferably when it ends up being a kind of lifestyle, too. Phinergy, a company that is based in Israel,... is developing a new kind of electric vehicle that would definitely make rides like the Nissan Leaf look archaic, and I am not talking about just in terms of design, but more importantly, technology, too. Phinergy's all-electric "Air Car" will rely on a regular lithium-ion battery for local and short trips, while those who want to embark on longer journeys, such as walking into Mordor to destroy the One Ring, will have a new kind of metal-air battery to help them along. The metal-air battery relies on plain water as a catalyst, where it will consume its aluminum plates slowly but surely to...
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Jimmy Fallon to become host ofJimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in spring 2014. NBC confirmed the move today after weeks of rampant speculation, with plans also calling for Tonight to make a historic... return to New York City -- far from its longtime home of Los Angeles. Fallon is expected to assume the host's chair once NBC wraps its coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics -- a timeline The New York Times reports Mr. Leno suggested to get Fallon's Tonight Show off to a strong start. The last time NBC attempted a similar transition was in 2009, when Conan O'Brien infamously cut ties with the network after being asked to move the show's time slot. Somewhat bizarrely, NBC seems to no longer acknowledge O'Brien's brief run: its press release...
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Classic shareware game Duke Nukem 2 was released for the iPhone and the iPad today, allowing the 1993 hit to be revisited by fans of the series. Duke Nukem 2 is a sidescrolling platformer, where the... goal is to proceed through the level grabbing weapons and annihilating enemies. The iOS version of the game features the 32 levels of the original, along with quick saves and online leaderboards. -Smooth Side Scrolling Action -Insane VGA Graphics -256 Eye Popping Colors -Kick A** Weapons -Amazing Interactive Environments -32 Action Packed Levels -Full Touch Screen Support -Brutal New Artwork and Music -Save/Load, Replay and Track Your Highscores Duke Nukem 2 can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99. [Direct Link]
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Bang & Olufsen announcesThe BeoSound 5 is, without a doubt, among the priciest of its kind, but thanks to a new partnership with Spotify, Bang & Olufsen has just added a little more value to its lavish controller. According... to the company, those with a BeoSound 5 in their possession will able able to start streaming up to 320 Kbps tunes from Spotify as soon as they snag a software update, which will be available to download starting today -- though it's worth noting that a Spotify Premium account is a must for owners looking to stream. Still, since these are folks who've already paid the extravagant premium that's attached to the BeoSound 5 systems, chances are they already have the proper credentials or won't mind shelling out a few bucks per month on some quality internet-based music.
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Rdio launches Vdio, anRdio is one of the major players in subscription-based streaming music, and for years now it's been working on a companion video service, known as Vdio. Now, after some time in private beta, the site... has officially launched. Vdio lets users sign in with their Rdio accounts, and current Rdio Unlimited subscribers will get a $25 credit towards Vdio. But the sites are fundamentally different: while Rdio is based on tiered subscriptions and works on a variety of devices, Vdio simply sells streaming movies and TV shows on the web, with some social features that will let users see what their friends are watching. While there is an iPad app, GigaOM reports that it doesn't allow users to actually purchase content, just to watch material from...
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In a bit of a post-merger shakeup, Tom Thai, the former VP of marketing at Bluefin Labs, has replaced Shane Steele, Twitter's VP of marketing. Steele's last day at Twitter was about six weeks ago,... which she announced with the following tweet: After two amazing years at Twitter, I'm leaving to begin a new chapter. -- Shane Steele (@shanesteele) February 11, 2013 The exec, who led the ad product marketing, sales enablement, sales solutions, research, and trade marketing communications teams for Twitter's advertising business, was "asked to leave," a source close to Twitter said. Steele had joined the company from Yahoo in 2011
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Hyundai's new personal motor vehicle comes with headgear that serves as the "roof."
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Tasks update brings multi-appNow integrated with Google Now, DashClock Widget, Gmail, and calendar apps Tasks -- the app that looks so good you'd think it was made by Google -- is getting a big update today. No longer limited to... typing out tasks, users can now use the voice command "note to self..." in Google Now to add task entries to the app. The ever-popular DashClock Widget gets Tasks support as well, with the ability to display pending tasks. But the app integration doesn't stop there -- support for related Gmail messages has been added, along with support for third party calendar widgets. There are a handful of other notable changes, too. Reminders now have a snooze function, and an indicator has been added for overdue tasks. Lists get the option to sort items alphabetically, and the date picker is now easier to...
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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 In The Pipeline?

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 19:05
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 In TheSamsung seems to be taking the usual step of adding a number after a particularly long name prefix for their smartphones, and the Samsung Galaxy Ace has been seen to be succeeded by the Galaxy Ace... Plus and the Galaxy Ace 2 after that, leaving very little to the imagination that the next device under the same lineage would be none other than the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. It seems that the Samsung Galaxy Win which was recently leaked will not be the only device that Samsung is working on at the moment, as the Galaxy Ace 3, too, looks set to receive attention from the South Korean conglomerate. Touted to be released in the coming weeks, we are looking at a time frame that lies between May 27 and June 9, which is not too far away considering how fast time flies these days. Rumored specifications...
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Apple Finally Approves LatestToday the Microsoft SkyDrive app for iOS has finally been updated. The app stopped receiving updates after issues arose between Apple and Microsoft. The dispute was over the 30% revenue cut that is... obtained from SkyDrive storage purchases through the app, which lead to Apple blocking updates for the app. The last update for this app was released on 1st June, 2012. Microsoft had confirmed that it was working with Apple to resolve the dispute. They've now settled matters and version 3.0 of SkyDrive iOS app is finally available for download. Version 3.0 brings new UI updates as well as compatibility for the iPad mini and iPhone 5. Users will now have the ability to control size of photos that are uploaded and downloaded using the app, along with being able to download full resolution photos...
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Cloud services still need a better understanding of what the service level agreements should be and ultimately a more concerted approach towards the applications.
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WATCH OUT: The New BlackBerryWatch out, BlackBerry users: If you watch porn on your new BlackBerry, it might share your naughty behavior with your contacts. On the new Blackberry...
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Facebook Home Screenshot LeaksFacebook is set to debut a special Android product tomorrow, and now 9to5Google has an early look at what we might see, courtesy of Evleaks. The screens depicted on renders of the so-called HTC First... smartphone hardware being created by the Taiwanese company. The images show tweaks to the basic Android UI that include easy access to status updates, photo sharing and check-in functions, as well as an emphasis on images.
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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo AndSamsung has added a couple more devices to the Galaxy family, where these two smartphones are known as the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo and the Galaxy Pocket Star. Rumored for some time before in the... past, both of them will not shake heaven and earth, as they seem to be smartphones that cater to the entry level market, with both models sharing a 3" QVGA TFT LCD display, a 2-megapixel camera at the back, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice, being based on Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface to boot. No idea on pricing, but so far initial speculation has placed it in the realm of 150 Euros. The Galaxy Star will be powered by a 1GHz processor, while the Galaxy Pocket Neo is going for a slower 850MHz processor, and you can forget about quad-core performance here. 4GB of...
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Shooting Challenge: Magnification

Gizmodo - 3 Apr 2013 19:00
Shooting Challenge:We're all grown up, but magnifying glasses are still pretty cool. It's not just that they can create miniature fires; it's that seeing things really big or really small is always amusing. And for this... week's Shooting Challenge... More
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It's no secret that most lawyers are not on the cutting edge of technology. And while the internet has been great for many businesses, it's buried lawyers in an avalanche of digital data they are ill... equipped to manage. This has driven the growth of an entire "eDiscovery" industry, with software and services vendors of all sizes, from mom-and-pop shops to publicly traded behemoths.
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For the first time, a forecast predicted by a climate model has been put to the test, and found to be accurate to within a few hundredths of a degree
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It is the fattest nation on Earth, with one-third of adults obese, but the US is bursting with ideas on how to turn things around (full text available to subscribers)
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Today on New Scientist: 3 April 2013

New Scientist - 3 Apr 2013 19:00
All the latest stories on newscientist.com, including: rivers in the sky, dark flow, dark matter, how the US is fighting the flab, and more
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Do I Really Need to 'Break In'Dear Lifehacker, More
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As noted by The Verge, Microsoft today launched version 3.0 of its SkyDrive iOS application for accessing and managing files stored in the company's cloud service. New in version 3.0 - Updated to... support iPhone 5 and iPad Mini - Download full resolution photos to your iPhone or iPad - Improved support for opening SkyDrive files in other iOS apps - Improved support for uploading files to SkyDrive from other iOS apps - Updated app icons and visuals - Other bug fixes Back in December, it was reported that Apple and Microsoft were at odds over SkyDrive, with Apple refusing to allow any updates to the app after Microsoft launched paid storage tiers for the service. Apple's rules require that developers offering any sort of paid content or service through their apps use the company's In App...
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Music Service Rdio LaunchesLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rdio, the music streaming service started by the founders of Skype, is getting into video. New and current subscribers of a $10-a-month unlimited music plan from Rdio (AR-dee-oh)... will get $25 to spend in the new digital store for video, called Vdio (VEE-dee-oh). The content will work on personal computers and Apple's iPad for now. It's opening at first to users in the U.S. and Britain. The latest TV episodes from shows like "The Walking Dead" will sell for about $3 each and will be in high definition, while movies such as "Zero Dark Thirty" will cost from $3 to rent to $20 to buy. Rdio says the plan is for users to get ideas about what to watch based on the music they love, and the other way around.
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A campaign of four ads -- the most popular featuring Stewie the intellectual 1-year-old -- tops the viral video charts. It enjoyed 7.7 million views last week.
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Spotify doesn't appear to bePandora, the web's top radio service, continues to record big growth in the number of subscribers and hours of usage. At the same time, subscription service and rival Spotify has also reported spikes... in the number of paying customers. The web players are likely benefitting at the expense of traditional radio, according to research firm NPD. NPD said that a survey of 7,600 US respondents showed that in the fourth quarter last year, ad-supported and subscription-based online music services grabbed 23 percent of the average weekly music listening time for people between the ages of 13 and 35. That's up from 17 percent during the same period a year earlier. In comparison, NPD's data showed that listening at traditional radio...
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Let's Hope the Facebook PhoneIt's widely believed that Facebook will announce a new Android phone UI, called Home, along with accompanying HTC hardware at an event tomorrow. I know, we're all thinking, "Ugg, Facebook phone." But... everything we've heard is really exciting. 9To5Google claims to have some shots of the new UI, and if they're real, it's going to be one of the most beautiful Android UIs to date. More
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ASUS teases Transformer PadTF700 to join its little brother on the latest version of Android The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 was the first non-Nexus device to get Android 4.2 just a month ago, and now its larger cousin the... Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) is set to join on the latest version of Jelly Bean. An image posted to the official ASUS Facebook page reveals that the update should be landing today -- though there's no mention of which territories will be included in this initial roll-out. If the Infinity's 4.2 update is anything like that of the TF300, owners can expect updates for ASUS's App Locker, Virtual Keyboard, Lock Screen and Setup Wizard applications alongside the new OS. Transformer Pad Infinity owners, hit the comments and let us know if you're seeing the update on your device yet. Source: ASUS on...
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BlackBerry 10 Tablet Might Be In The Works

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 18:56
BlackBerry 10 Tablet Might BeThe BlackBerry PlayBook was certainly a beauty to behold, but unfortunately for the Canada-based company, their tablet did not do too well, and it could have been a case of "once bitten, twice shy"... for them as there did not seem to be any plans for BlackBerry to produce a tablet to go along with the recently introduced BlackBerry 10 operating system. Well, things might have taken a U-turn with CEO Thorsten Heins being open to the idea of rolling out a tablet that will run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Heins shared in an interview that should there be a new slate from the company, it will have to "integrate with other screen environments", which unsurprisingly, was the goal of the original BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the first place. Surprisingly, the previous quarter that ended...
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In the latest speculation about Apple's TV plans, Topeka Capital's Brian White is predicting an iTV package for this year that will revolutionize the TV viewing experience.
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The end of Moore's Law is onTheoretical physicist Michio Kaku believes Moore's Law has about 10 years of life left before ever-shrinking transistor sizes smack up against limitations imposed by the laws of thermodynamics and... quantum physics. That day of reckoning for the computing industry may still be a few years away, but signs of the coming Moorepocalypse are already here. Just ask chip maker AMD. The company's Chief Product Architect John Gustafson believes AMD's difficulties in transitioning from 28-nanometer chips to 20-nanometer silicon shows we've reached the beginning of the end. "You can see how Moore's Law is slowing down," Gustafson recently told the Inquirer. "We've been waiting for that transition from 28nm to 20nm to happen and it's taking longer than Moore's Law would have predicted...I'm saying you...
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The 8 Most Important Cell Phones Ever

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 18:54
The 8 Most Important CellApril 3 marks the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call. It was Marty Cooper, a Motorola engineer who made that call in 1973....
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The music streaming service today is rolling out a video service called Vdio.
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Music-streaming service says "roll tape" on new Vdio service.
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Neat Visualizations of the 1Since NASA's first mission to the International Space Station back in 2000, astronauts on board the artificial satellite have snapped over 1.1 million photographs. What's neat is that every one of... those photographs is available to the general public through a giant online database. Open source rocket scientist Nathan Bergey decided to use his coding
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Vdio Opens In The U.S. And UKVdio, a video streaming service created to complement the Rdio music service, is today making its first public, live appearance. The site -- offering not all-you-can consume subscriptions but... pay-per-view films and TV shows, with an emphasis on new releases -- is opening for previews in the U.S. and UK, with $25/£20 gift certificates going out to people who are already subscribers to Rdio's premium Unlimited tier, or who subscribe in the next 60 days.
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HTC First To Arrive In Different Colors?

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 18:48
HTC First To Arrive InSo, it was yesterday when we first caught a whiff of the HTC First, which has been touted by many quarters to be the Facebook phone that the world had been waiting for, and it does seem as though the... HTC First will be announced officially at a Facebook event tomorrow. Well, we have evidence via more leaks of the HTC First, and the image that you see above shows that the HTC First will most probably arrive in various colors for that added zest of variety in life, assuming of course, that the image above is the real deal in the first place. Other than the classic black color, we can expect to see red, white, and cyan (although some might prefer to lean towards blue) colors for the HTC First. The image was leaked by none other than @evleaks over on Weibo, but other than the fact that there...
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A Million Smartphones WillResearchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are recruiting a million participants to join a decade long heart health study. The enabling factor? Smartphones. It's a great example... of information technology bleeding into other fields and speeding their progress. If all goes to plan, the UCSF study (dubbed Health eHeart) will be the broadest such study ever completed.
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Microsoft makes changes to its cloud storage app for the first time since June, which indicates that Apple is no longer blocking its updates in the App Store.
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Microsoft updates its cloud storage app for the first time since June.
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Microsoft Finally UpdatesMicrosoft just launched SkyDrive 3.0 for iOS. It took Microsoft quite a while to get this upgrade into the App Store. Rumor has it that there was a bit of back and forth between the two companies over... the 30 percent revenue cut that Apple would take when users buy additional storage for their accounts through the app. It's not clear how the two companies finally resolved this issue, but as far as I can see, the updated app does not feature an option to buy additional storage. The update is now available for download and finally features support for the iPhone 5′s larger screen and the iPad mini. The app also received a few design tweaks that bring it in step with the rest of Microsoft's cloud-based products by introducing the same flat design that now graces SkyDrive, Outlook.com and the...
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Skype Users Spend Two BillionIt was back in mid-2011 when Microsoft announced it would purchase Skype for $8 billion. The acquisition sparked a slow and steady transition of integrating Skype into Microsoft products, even going... as far as completely ending Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype. It seems Microsoft hasn't slowed down the expansion of Skype, and today, the company is announcing it has achieved an amazing milestone. Skype announced its users are connecting with one another for 2 billion minutes a day, which equates to over 33 million hours or 3,805 years, whichever alternative method of time keeping you prefer. This doesn't just count towards Internet phone calls as the 2 billion minutes mark has been achieved through a combination of Internet phone calls, video calls, group chats and instant messages...
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LG Jukeblox hits the FCC,Once in a while, a product meanders through the FCC that we've actually never heard of. Today we found a test report concerning LG's Jukeblox, a "networked media module" that doesn't seem to exist... anywhere else on the internet. The report details that the unit has an 802.11 b/g WiFi module, but no hints as to its intended purpose or destination. At a guess, we'd posit that the device is destined to rival the AllShare Cast, but given that "Jukeblox" is also the name of SMSC's digital audio technology, LG might have to deal with some trademark wrangling before this product sees the light of day.
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A Texas high schooler is made to take a test that he believes is "unneeded." So he tweets his disapproval followed by YOLO. The school is not happy.
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The Moon Is A Natural PlatformIn the near future we could have technology to not only watch out for asteroid threats, but to deflect these planet killers and harvest their vast resources. We can turn swords into ploughshares on a... cosmic scale. In fact, Earth has a natural ally in this effort - the Moon. The Moon will also play a vital role in the future of Earth's planetary protection, one day supporting robotic sentinels that will watching the skies, able to rapidly respond to asteroid threats. This is far from science fiction.
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Moscow's Getting a GiantRussia has its share of concrete monstrosities and majestic spires, but the new Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Centre in Moscow manages to be neither. Instead, it's like a big, beautiful,... sculpted iceberg, with a parking lot. More
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The first results from the largest and most complex scientific instrument on board the International Space Station has provided tantalizing hints of nature's best-kept particle secrets, but a... definitive signal for dark matter remains elusive. While the AMS has spotted millions of particles of antimatter - with an anomalous spike in positrons -- the researchers
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Microsoft promotion to attract Mac developers to check their websites for Internet Explorer compatibility appears to have been popular.
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LOOK: BlackBerry 'Takes Over' Your iPhone, Android

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 18:37
LOOK: BlackBerry 'Takes Over'BlackBerry is taking over your iPhone. Well, at least its ads are. In the company's latest attempt to woo iPhone and Android users away from...
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Mozilla, Samsung team up onAndroid code for 'Servo' and 'Rust' language available to download and build Browser-maker Mozilla has announced that it's teamed up with Samsung in the creation of a new web browser engine, 'Servo,'... built upon a new, modern programming language, 'Rust.' Both projects are focused on fully exploiting modern, multi-core hardware in a way that maximizes performance, while avoiding the kinds of bugs and glitches that can lead to crashes and security vulnerabilities. The source code for the latest version of Rust, v. 0.6, and the Servo browser engine, is available to download for Android today. The first major release of Rust -- let alone the Servo browser based upon it -- isn't expected anytime soon. Today's Mozilla post outlines development work continuing "in the coming year" as it...
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PayPal Co-Founder Peter ThielAlong with RoboteX founder Nathan Gettings, chief executive Alexander Karp, and four other unnamed investors, the group filed $5 million in funding for the California-based company.
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Rovio today announced plans to bring social Facebook game Angry Birds Friends to the iPad and the iPhone. Angry Birds Friends merges classic Angry Birds gameplay with Facebook-integrated social... features like weekly tournaments and score sharing. Pop some piggies with your friends wherever you are! Angry Birds Friends spruces up the classic Angry Birds experience with fun new social features that integrate with Facebook. For the first time ever the fans of Angry Birds can use their mobile to challenge their Facebook friends in weekly tournaments for the coveted bronze, silver and gold crown on the levels. Gather daily rewards, send and receive gifts of power-ups with your friends and brag about your accomplishments. Angry Birds Friends first launched as a Facebook-only game in May of 2012...
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Space Station's GiantThe Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer's first results could be evidence of dark matter. Right in Earth's neighborhood, space is positively bubbling with high-energy antimatter particles--a lot more than can... be explained. These excess positrons--mirror opposites of negatively charged electrons--just might be signals of dark matter. They might not be, though, and right now scientists are not sure. But the news of excess positrons is still good news from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, one of the largest and most expensive physics experiments in history. From its post on the International Space Station, flying some 220 miles above Earth, the AMS could be on the verge of helping cosmologists explain what dark matter is made of. Right now, the best news that the $2(ish) billion AMS works, and that...
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One more time: can Daft PunkIf you are old enough think back to a time before Napster, before music taxonomy became a full-time job for hashtaggers and your record store had only four categories to guide your music discovery:... rock / pop, hip hop / R&B, classical, and country. You were dialing into local BBS's at 28.8k tops and WAVs and MODs and MIDs were the only music your Packard Bell understood, so album release dates really really meant something: maybe, like me, you had your dad drive you to Best Buy at midnight on December 6, 1994 to pick up Pearl Jam's Vitalogy CD, which was packaged to mimic the feeling of a vinyl sleeve, and came out two weeks after the vinyl release, which is the reason you saved up for months and bought and still own a turntable....
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Facebook Explains Why A 'Dislike' Button Isn't Happening

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 18:30
Facebook Explains Why AIt looks as if Facebook is trying to stay positive these days. The social network won't be adding a "dislike" button to the news feed...
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Make Your Haircut Last TwoHey, guys: Want to save some money and avoid the barber for a couple of weeks longer? This video from BirchboxMan shows you how to extend the life of your latest haircut. More
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Mozilla and SamsungIt's a fairly bold claim, but Mozilla and Samsung have announced today that they're now attempting to "rebuild the web browser from the ground up on modern hardware." That initiative takes the form of... Servo, a new web browser engine designed for Android and ARM and based on Mozilla's Rust programming language, which itself sees a new release today. Expectedly, details on the browser engine remain light, with Mozilla and Samsung offering no indication of a release schedule or a final product. In the blog post announcing the engine, Mozilla says only that it'll be "putting more resources into Servo" in the coming year as it also aims to complete the first major revision of Rust, and that it and Samsung will be "increasingly looking at opportunities on mobile platforms." You can find the full...
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Martin Cooper Placed The FirstOn April 3rd, 1973 a division manager from Motorola was walking down the street in New York City. In his hand was a device. It weighed 2.5 pounds and vaguely resembled a phone. The division manager... then put the device to his ear and made a call. The manager was Martin Cooper. The device was a DynaTAC 8000x. The call was the first cellphone call in history. The cellphone is 40 years old today. In place of Cooper's 2.5-pound DynaTAC that could be used to bludgeon a passerby in a pinch, we now have four-ounce touchscreen computers connected to a world of information that happen to be able to make phone calls. Cooper, now 84, has kept busy. He founded Arraycomm in 1992 to develop antenna software for mobile phones. He also founded Dyna LLC as a way to incubate innovation around cellular...
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Four years in the making, VdioRdio launched its video service Vdio to the public Tuesday night, offering movies and TV shows for rent and for sale. It's not a subscription service, but it's closely tied to Rdio's music... subscriptions.
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While Sony has remained deliberately vague about the pricing and availability of its upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, video game industry insiders may have revealed more about the next-generation... device than its actual developer is willing to.Speaking in a fourth quarter earnings call last week, GameStop executive vice president Michael Hogan said that the PS4 is primed for a global launch i...
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Trapit's First B2B Tool Is AContent discovery startup Trapit is launching a new Publisher Suite today, with tools for publishers to build their own branded, customized versions of the Trapit experience. Spun out from research... institute SRI International, Trapit uses the same artificial intelligence technology as Siri and allows uses to create "traps" that find content that's relevant to a given topic. Last fall, the company said it was looking to power other content recommendation apps beyond Trapit itself, and it announced Asian TV conglomerate Astro as its first partner (as well as a strategic investor).
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20 Epic 'Angry Birds' Creations

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 18:17
The characters from Angry Birds have inspired everything from stuffed animals to shoes. But, what we're most impressed by is the creativity these characters inspired in our readers Two weeks ago, we... asked you to submit your best Angry Birds creations for the chance to win the last Slashbird poster signed by Slash himself. Entries for the contest ranged from creative clay creations to pastry masterpieces We've highlighted some of our favorite entries from the contest below -- though we greatly enjoyed seeing all of your creations!
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Dark matter, hidden substanceNASA will unveil the first discoveries from a powerful $2 billion particle physics experiment on the International Space Station in what could be a major vindication for the science tool, which almost... never made it into space.
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New construction methods are aimed at speeding up the deployment of high-speed Internet services in NYC.
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While Sony has remained deliberately vague about the pricing and availability of its upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, video game industry insiders may have revealed more about the next-generation... device than its actual developer is willing to.Speaking in a fourth quarter earnings call last week, GameStop executive vice president Michael Hogan said that the PS4 is primed for a global launch i...
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Apple EarPods Hit With LawsuitWhen Apple announced the iPhone 5, it also announced it would be offering a new headset with it as well as future iOS products which it deemed the EarPods. Unfortunately, it looks as though a hearing... aid company seems to have an issue with Apple's latest headset. Randolph Divisions has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Hawaii that alleges Apple's EarPods infringe on their "HearPod" trademark and product. The company has held the "HearPod" trademark since 2007, although Apple currently doesn't own the U.S. trademarks for "EarPods" and "Apple EarPods." (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Braeburn's acoustic iPhone 5 dock amps your phone's sound naturally, Google Brings Its Free Siri Competitor to the iPhone,
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Big Jambox 2.0 update bringsIf you thought $300 was a lot of money to drop on the Big Jambox, Jawbone has just released an update that might make that amount a little easier to swallow. The 2.0 software for the large Bluetooth... speaker brings new AAC support for iOS 6.1 that promises better audio streams with fewer interruptions, two more hours of battery life when streaming from a iOS 6.1 device, synced volume control, a mode that silences all voice prompts and tones, improved LED response time and last but not least, support for the PS Vita. Simply head over to Jawbone's MyTalk website, plug in your Big Jambox via USB and follow the instructions on how to make your big booming speaker even better.
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Getting to Know WarhammerI am nothing if not an unabashed fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It has a deep, complex lore that is well-seeded in more than twenty years of rulebooks and codexes, all of which is wonderfully... explored in various novels from Black Library. The question I receive most often from those unfamiliar is, "Where do I start?" Admittedly, while there are plenty of amazing novels and stories in the Black Library's catalog, there are also a few that are best avoided.
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Startup making cheap 3-D printers

CNN - 3 Apr 2013 18:11
There is no shortage of amazing industrial commercial applications for 3-D printing -- internal organs, stem cells, artificial limbs, art, cars, customizable furniture.
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BioShock Infinite: The SiegeIf you pre-ordered the Songbird or Premium Edition of BioShock: Infinite, you may have been curious about the tiny blue Handyman figure included. The figure was the type of thing that you see in... tabletop games, making it an neat, if not odd addition to a video game special edition. Well, PlaidHat Games has revealed their latest board game, BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia which allows players to play as either the Founders or Vox Populi in a battle for Columbia. Guess what else? It has those little Handymen figures in it.
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'Possibly the Most ImportantDaniel Terdiman at CNET gets a look at early Apple documents detailing a $13,000 deal brokered in 1978 for the Apple II's disk operating system. The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating... system [CNET]
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'BioShock Infinite' Review:Why BioShock Infinite is one of the best games not just of 2013, but of the entire generation.
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CNN takes a look at the future of interactive technology.
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Weightless finalizes its whiteThe Weightless SIG claims the new standard will allow for ultra-low-power transmissions at long-range and at a cheap manufacturing cost. If true, that would make the technology ideal for M2M... communications.
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Here is an IPO you didn'tWho says paper is worthless in the age of iPad! Moleskine, the favorite notebook of tech people, went public today, and is valued at $626 million. It is a nice windfall for technology investor Index... Ventures.
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Apple no longer blockingMicrosoft and Apple have been locked in a battle over Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud-storage app for iOS. The two companies were originally sparring over a 30 percent cut of revenue from SkyDrive storage... purchases through Microsoft's iOS app, leaving it lacking updates since June 1st last year. Microsoft previously confirmed it was "in contact with Apple regarding the matter," and It appears that the differences have now been settled. Microsoft revealed today that an updated version of its iOS SkyDrive app is now available to download. The latest version 3.0 app update brings iPhone 5 and iPad Mini compatibility along with a refreshed look and feel. You can now download full resolution photos to an iPhone or iPad and also control the size...
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Vdio: Rdio Puts Its SocialToday, Rdio streaming music subscribers with Unlimited accounts will get access to new video service from the company called, appropriately, Vdio. (It had previously been in a closed beta.) It's a... rental and purchasing platform--not a subscription service--but it incorporates the social and content discovery features you've been missing for eons from basically every other video service out there. This could be the death-blow to iTunes and Amazon's online video options. More
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By Tariq MalikSpace.comAstronaut photos of Earth from space are undeniably amazing, but snapshots of inner space -- particularly human cells -- can be spectacular, too.A new photo of human cells in... space taken on the International Space Station looks more like art than science. The image, titled "Goldfinger" by scientists, reveals a monocyte immune cell as a hauntingly translucent, reddish-orange ob...
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The cute and charming violenceSome games have something meaningful to say, but others are content with you battling sentient pieces of toast while riding a cube-shaped pig. The sheer ridiculousness of Battleblock Theater, the... latest release from Castle Crashers developer The Behemoth, makes it worth a look, but the enormously fun side-scrolling gameplay is what makes it nearly impossible to put down. Though The Behemoth only releases games every few years (Battleblock Theater was first announced way back in February 2010), it's been worth the wait.
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AT&T to offer 16GB SamsungInteresting timing, AT&T: just a day after the HTC One pricing was announced, the carrier has clarified its launch plans for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. We already knew the phone would be available on... pre-order for $250 on April 16th, but AT&T has now specified that this will be for the 32GB model; the 16GB flavor will actually be $200, both with two-year commitments. This certainly doesn't help HTC's hopes of conquering the world, though the $200 One will at least hold twice as much internal storage as the GS 4 (although Samsung's flagship at least offers expandable memory, whereas the One does not). AT&T still hasn't announced an official release date, so that's the last remaining piece of the puzzle yet to be revealed.
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Web discovery engine TrapitWeb discovery engine Trapit is launching a set of tools for publishers. Publishing clients can use the tools to create their own white-label iPad and web apps that surface content around given topics.... Here Media is the first client.
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Vidpresso Adds Photo,Increasingly, TV networks are tapping into social networks like Twitter and Facebook, asking viewers for their opinions and putting them on air. What most people don't realize is that doing so can be... an expensive endeavor, especially for local affiliate stations and their production studios. Vidpresso wants to change that with a low-price, cloud-based alternative to replace the pricey equipment that networks would otherwise buy to support the addition of new features to their broadcasts. And it's adding features to make its product suite even more attractive to TV producers.
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AT&T's 4G LTE hits 175 markets

CNET - 3 Apr 2013 18:00
The carrier adds 14 new LTE markets to its total U.S. coverage, bringing the grand total to 175 areas.
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Supreme Court judgment rejecting Novartis' plea for a patent on cancer drug, Glivec, highlights the need for developing new models of selling innovative drugs in markets like India where patients... can't afford costly, life-saving drugs.
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Stand Out from Other JobIn today's tough job market, anything you can do to stand out from the crowd of applicants can help you land a job. Two ways you can impress the interviewer in a short amount of time are bringing work... examples and creating a presentation for the interview. More
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The Very First Picture ofWhat with today's fancy Doppler radars and forecast graphics and fear mongering, it's refreshing to get a glimpse of the relative simplicity in man's very first attempt at remotely monitoring the... shifts in Earth's climate. More
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Cheap drones made in China could end up arming potential U.S. foes such as North Korea, Iran and terrorist organizations. China already makes drones that don't quite match up to U.S. military drones,... but for a fraction of the cost. The Chinese military envisions such unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) scouting out battlefield targets, guiding missile and artillery strikes, and swarming potential adversaries, such as U.S. carrier battle groups. "In whatever future conflict scenario we're in five or 10 years from now, the proliferation of UAVs is going to complicate things for the U.S. military," said Ian Easton, a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute.
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Ooomf Shutters Its AppOoomf, a startup which raised half a million in seed funding last fall for an app discovery platform, is already closing that service down and pivoting to become a marketplace to connect developers,... designers and copywriters with web and mobile projects. The new service will operate under the same name, and founder Mikael Cho tells us that during its private beta last month, ooomf has already approved over $125,000 in projects, with 90 percent connecting with one of the site's professionals.
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Review: High-end Google laptopGoogle's first high-end laptop, the Chromebook Pixel, is an impressive machine.
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How Facebook Is Perfecting The Ad

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 17:56
How Facebook Is Perfecting TheFrom confidential reports, visits to the company's sprawling campus, and interviews with its press-shy founder and C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg, and C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg, Kurt Eichenwald...
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Sponsored post: AnalyticsUnprecedented demands on applications have given rise to new requirements for IT management. Today's business demands require a new breed of APM that collects data continuously, rather than on an ad... hoc, intermittent basis, and delivers complete application views, regardless of which application languages and platforms being used.
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Vadering Meme Features DarthIt seems the Internet has been going nuts lately over Japanese school girls performing fake Dragon Ball energy attacks that has one person performing an attack on one or a group of other young girls.... The meme traveled around the Internet like wildfire as the girls were celebrating the upcoming release of the first Dragon Ball film to be released in several years. Not to be outdone, it seems a new meme is rising in popularity which is simply called "Vadering." The Vadering meme mimics Darth Vader's Force Choke hold as one person has their hand up in a choking gesture, while their "victim" looks to be raised off the ground while clutching at their neck. Of course, the process would require a bit of jumping from the victims, which if shot correctly, can look quite convincing. (more...) By...
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Rovio to launch mobile app for Angry Birds Friends

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 17:54
Rovio to launch mobile app forFacebook-based bird-flinger reportedly heading to Android and iOS Social avian catapulter Angry Birds Friends is set to launch on Android and iOS, according to reports from TechCrunch. The title's... move to mobile was apparently revealed at a Facebook event in Helsinki, Finland, following the Facebook version's push past the 60 million install mark. In contrast to the single-player focus of vanilla Angry Birds, Angry Birds Friends lets players hold weekly tournaments and compete for medals. Naturally, moving this new social pig-slaughtering experience back to mobile makes sense for Rovio given its web-based success and its familiarity with both platforms. No word on release dates just yet. In the meantime, you'll just have to make do with of the gazillion other Angry Birds titles currently...
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The App Economy Is In RudeApp analytics company Flurry has taken a look at how U.S. consumers are splitting their time between mobile apps and browsers. The company found the iOS and Android app economy is in rude health: with... consumers spending 80% of the average two hours and 38 minutes per day that they use smartphones and tablets spent inside apps, while only a fifth of that time is spent using mobile web browsers.
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Motorola's cell phones: FourForty years ago today, Motorola created the first introduced the world's first commercial portable cellular phone, ushering in an era of mobile freedom.
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Microsoft slashes prices onNow's a good time to buy a Windows 8 tablet or hybrid for cheap, with Microsoft slashing prices on several PCs in its online store. The Microsoft Store's reduced prices apply to standalone tablets,... hybrid PCs with detachable keyboards, and convertibles with built-in keyboards. And these are full Windows 8 devices, unlike the Windows RT tablets whose prices have also been falling. Here's a list of the deals through the Microsoft Store: Samsung Ativ Smart PC w/ Keyboard: $699 (was $749) Samsung Ativ Smart PC 4G LTE w/ Keyboard: $699 (was $899) Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro w/ Keyboard: $999 (was $1,200) Asus Taichi Ultrabook w/ 128 GB of storage: $1,199 (was $1,299) HP Envy X2 w/ Keyboard: $599 (was $849) Toshiba Satellite Convertible Ultrabook: $799 (was $1,149) Also keep in mind that these are...
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FT launches 'secondThe FT launched a new version of its iPad offering, a move that reinforced the publication's contrarian web-only mobile strategy, and an FT executive predicts that the problem of collecting mobile... payments outside of app stores will soon be solved.
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AT&T Offering 16GB SamsungEarlier last week, AT&T made an announcement it would be accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 starting on April 16 for $249.99 with a two-year contract. What we found odd about the... announcement was the fact they didn't specify which version of the Galaxy S4 would be priced at $249.99, the 16GB or 32GB version? We're not sure why AT&T decided to withhold which version would be priced at $250, but today, the company verified which version would be getting that hefty price tag. AT&T will be making the 32GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 available for $250 with two-year contract, which means the 16GB variant, which is the one we're sure many of you will be picking up, will actually be slightly cheaper at $200 when you sign a two-year contract. If we had to guess, we'd have to say...
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This Water-Filled WatchIt's hard to innovate on a design as iconic as a classic analog watch face. But Ressence has done just that with its new Type 3 that replaces moving hands with a collection of flush mounted dials that... all spin in perfect synchronization to display the time. It's almost like having a three ring circus strapped to your wrist, you never know where to look. More
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Bitcoin Basics

Time - 3 Apr 2013 17:36
Bitcoin BasicsEverything you ever wanted to know about Bitcoin, but were afraid (or weren't sure what) to ask. Over in The New Yorker's new tech vertical, Maria Bustillos presents a thorough look at how the virtual... currency works, how it got started, and the potential challenges it faces. The Future of Bitcoin [The New Yorker]
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For nearly two years, we've been following the saga of patent troll Lodsys, which has been demanding licenses from and filing lawsuits against developers over in-app purchasing and related... functionalities in their apps. Apple quickly stepped in on behalf of iOS developers when the situation first arose in May 2011, claiming that its existing license with Lodsys covered developers using iOS development tools, and nearly a year ago Apple was granted limited permission to intervene in lawsuits filed against developers by Lodsys. While Lodsys initially focused on small developers, it did expand its scope to take on gaming heavyweights such as EA, Rovio, and Atari. News has been relatively quiet on the Lodsys front for the past year, although the firm did announce last October that a key claim...
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A US$1.1 million satellite Internet pilot project will roll out free wireless Internet access to passengers for its train service which takes almost a day to travel halfway across the country.
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That's the lowest price to date for this no-contract hot spot, which offers unlimited 4G service (where there's coverage) for as little as $35.
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Verizon denies that it's considering buying out Vodafone -- and the U.K. carrier's shares plummet as a result.
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Social Collaboration PlatformIf you whipped Google Docs, Facebook Messenger, and OneNote around in a blender, the resulting concoction would look something like Kolab, a new Canadian startup that is vying to become the ultimate... social collaboration platform for students. Kolab offers a solution for any student that has become sick and tired of switching between Microsoft Word, Facebook, OneNote, and email. It offers real-time collaborative document editing, Facebook chat integration, video chat, and audio recording for lectures amongst its laundry list of features. Of course, there are plenty of other players in the land of education startups. Wiggio and Edmodo are two startups that we've covered here on TechCrunch that boast similar features, and are tailored specifically for student use. So what differentiates Kolab...
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"Dance your cares away, Worries for another day." The Fraggles directed us to kick fear aside in favor of undaunted booty shaking, but it turns out that the underground Muppets actually lived in... dread. Fraggle Rock fan and YouTuber Squigiman observed something interesting while tuning in to watch Gobo and friends. I noticed something of a pattern with frequent mentions of death, dying, and killing by the show's characters, at least once, in NEARLY EVERY SINGLE EPISODE Here, after months of work documenting and editing, I have compiled these instances for you to see, all in one place. In a sad coincidence, Jane Henson, puppeteer and wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson, passed away this week. Geez, Fraggles -- bad timing.
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Shopping Enhancer RestoresChrome/Firefox/Safari: Google Shopping offers convenient price comparisons, but as of September 2012, it's been leaving out the biggest retailer of them all: Amazon. Shopping Enhancer is a browser... add-on that fixes this problem by automatically inserting Amazon results into the Google Shopping list. More
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Roku 3 review: our favoriteRoku's media streamers have carved out a notable niche for themselves, with what started out as a Netflix box, but quickly grew to include hundreds of other entertainment options. Whatever they've... lacked in style, they've always made up for with an easy-to-navigate menu and remote, not to mention low prices. In fact, they've become our default recommendation in the set-top box category, and now the company is back with its third iteration. Its approach hasn't changed: the Roku 3 is still a simple $99 box that brings internet content including video, some simple apps and even games to your TV. But this one is touted as the most powerful Roku ever, and the team behind it has even dared to tweak that boring, but simple menu system. There have always been some rough edges that needed...
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By Megan GannonLiveScienceThe ancient Maya used a vivid, remarkably durable blue paint to cover their palace walls, codices, pottery and maybe even the bodies of human sacrifices who were thrown to... their deaths down sacred wells. Now a group of chemists claim to have cracked the recipe of Maya Blue.Scientists have long known the two chief ingredients of the intense blue pigment: indigo, a plant dy...
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Scientists say a $2 billion antimatter-hunting experiment on the International Space Station has detected its first hints of dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up almost a quarter of the... universe.The evidence from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, revealed Wednesday at Europe's CERN particle physics lab, is based on an excess in the cosmic production of anti-electrons, also known as posit...
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34 Hyperrealistic PaintingsAs you scroll through these 34 exquisite hyperrealistic paintings, something strange will happen. You'll start doubting your eyes, then your brain, then these images. You'll become convinced that at... least a few of them are photographs and not acrylic paint. They have to be. More
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Preorders for the smartphone will begin on April 16, although the carrier has yet to provide a release date.
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After Everyone Points OutAT&T has issued a clarification on its Galaxy S4 pricing via the unique method of a small statement in a footnote to an earlier post. Previously, AT&T had announced via its consumer blog on March 28... that it would be offering the Galaxy S4 starting at $249.99 with pre-orders beginning April 16. Now, it has amended that post to add that that's for the 32GB model, with the 16GB version priced cheaper at $199.99 on a two-year agreement.
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Pictures of life in Cray's supercomputer town

New Scientist - 3 Apr 2013 17:24
Commissioned to photograph the Cray supercomputer plant, Lee Friedlander captured more than just the technology with his unconventional photographs
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Analyst Says 60-inch Apple iTVNEW YORK (AP) -- It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen. Now, an... analyst says he's learned that the set will go on sale late this year, for $1,500 to $2,500. In a research note Wednesday, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says the "iTV" will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions. Apple will also release a small "iRing" that fits on the viewer's finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing, White says. The report is based on gleanings from visits with Chinese and Taiwanese companies that supply Apple with components, White says.
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AT&T updates Galaxy S416GB AT&T Galaxy S4 for $199.99, 32GB model priced at $249.99 AT&T has updated its pricing details for the Galaxy S4, indicating that it'll offer Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone in both 16 and... 32-gigabyte flavors. If it's the base 16GB model you're after, that'll set you back $199.99 up-front on a two-year plan. 32GB will run you $249.99. Previously the carrier had stated it'd sell the S4 for $249.99, without specifying an internal storage amount. By contrast, AT&T's HTC One comes with 32GB for $199.99 or 64GB for $299.99. Of course, additional built-in storage isn't as much of a concern on the Galaxy S4, on account of its microSD slot. But extra base storage isn't to be sniffed at, if you've got the cash. Source: AT&T
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BillPin Acquires Obopay'sAfter some years of languishing, BillMonk's service and user base will be taken over by a young Singapore startup, BillPin, which provides a similar bill-splitting service. Just over six months old,... BillPin pitches itself as a "Mint for groups" and offers a way for people to track how much money they owe each other. It has plenty of competitors in the bill-splitting space, including Splitwise, Billsup, Spotme, Divvyit, Splitmybill.ie; scooping up BillMonk's user base might provide it a firm leg up in the fight for user acquisition. BillMonk was founded in 2005 and was acquired by Indian mobile money provider Obopay in 2007. It's one of the older players in the space, and seems to have suffered from neglect for a few years. Some of its competitors have tried to capitalize on that. Splitwise...
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We're sure if you didn't get to complete it over the weekend, this week you're probably still making your way through BioShock Infinite's incredible story and impressive setting. The floating city of... Columbia has many amazing visuals as well as secrets it didn't want the outside world to know of prior to their visit. As stunning as the game is, we couldn't help but wonder what the game would look like in Minecraft. This is where volx1337 comes in. The entire city of Columbia was painstakingly created in Minecraft as the video takes us through the entire city by way of Sky Hook system of travel, but then gives us an up-close look at the city from Columbia's streets and skies. After watching the video and spending numerous hours playing BioShock Infinite, it seems many of the city's iconic...
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Samsung and MozillaMozilla and Samsung have announced a partnership to build a new web browser engine, Servo. Mozilla says the new engine will take advantage of "tomorrow's faster, multi-core" computing architectures,... casting aside "old assumptions" about how a browser engine should work. Servo is being built using Mozilla's Rust programming language, which Samsung has helped with in recent months. Mozilla is making the Rust programming language available -- in experimental form -- to Android developers today, but there's no word on when the Servo engine will make an appearance. Rather than designing a mobile web browser to challenge Google's Chrome -- although that could be the end game here -- Servo appears to be more of a challenge to WebKit, the...
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Remembering photographer Josef Breitenbach

Photography News - 3 Apr 2013 17:17
Cover photo for Josef Breitenbach Photographien, titled "Dr.Riegler and J.Greno" (Riegler was Breitenbach's best friend) April 3, 2013 /Photography News/ Josef Breitenbach was born 117 years ago, on 3... April 1896, in Munich, Germany into a middle-class family of Jewish descent. Breitenbach began taking photographs while working in the family wine merchant business. Proving less than successful at the latter, he opened his first photographic studio in 1932 which was closed one year later, after Hitler took power. Breitenbach was forced to flee to Paris in 1933 where he opened a new studio. He became friends with Andre Breton, yet never truly joined the Surrealist group of his peers. However, he did show his photographs alongside such luminaries as Man Ray, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï....
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Follow the King's Roadmap:As a rule, I avoid covering marketing stunts, but as an exception to that rule, I'll do so when the stunt turns out to be genuinely helpful. You wouldn't expect that from most companies, least of all... a satellite TV provider, but DirecTV reseller Direct.TV's "Game of Thrones: The King's Roadmap" - an interactive, grand geographical timeline and tour of Westeros that'll get you up to speed -- fits the bill. Game of Thrones season three snuck up on me. I didn't realize the first episode had aired until the episode recap blogs were clogging news aggregators. I haven't finished Game of Thrones season two yet, mostly because I had a kid last summer, which means I'm down to a couple hours of TV a week counting weekends. Game of Thrones, for all the stuff I like about David Benioff and D. B....
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Photographer Snaps the StrangeThe 2013 Major League Baseball season kicked off this past weekend to the delight of fans of the sport across the US and across the world. Photographer Don Hamerman hasn't attended a ball game in over... a decade, but he has a photo project that baseball enthusiasts may find quite interesting. It's a series titled
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See The Many Robotic Faces of Fritz

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 17:12
Fritz is a smooth talkin' guy. On occasion, he's a little awkward and needy -- passive-aggressive, even. Sometimes, for lack of better words, he's just a jerk. He's whatever you want him to be. Most... puppets are. A new Kickstarter project is raising funds for a robotic puppet head, called Fritz, that syncs through a USB connector to your computer. The bot is made entirely out of laser-cut fiber boards. Once he's connected to your computer, you can use a Windows application -- see the image below -- to create your own expressions by clicking and dragging his eyes, eyebrows and mouth with your mouse or keyboard
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A 19th-century sword bristling with teeth proves that two shark species used to ply the seas around the Gilbert Islands
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AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy SAT&T previously announced it would sell the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for $249.99 with contract. But which model is that? Turns out it's a 32 GB version, while a 16 GB edition can be had for $199.99 with... contract.
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Geneva 3 April 2013. The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS*) today announces the first results in its search for dark matter. The AMS paper, to be published in the... journal Physical Review Letters, reports the observation of an excess of positrons in the cosmic ray flux. AMS spokesperson, Professor Samuel Ting, will present the AMS findings in a webcast seminar at CERN** at 17:00 CEST today.
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AT&T clarifies Galaxy S4Last week, AT&T announced pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 would begin on April 16th, and it also said the device would cost $249.99 with the requisite two-year contract. Now, AT&T has clarified... things a bit -- the 32GB model will indeed cost $249.99, but the carrier will also sell a 16GB version for $199.99. On the surface, this gives Samsung price parity with the entry-level HTC One -- but the $199.99 One comes with 32GB of storage. Whether or not extra storage will be enough to sway consumers from Samsung's flagship over to the HTC One remains to be seen, but HTC also has a bit of an advantage with an earlier launch -- there's still no word on when Samsung will actually get the Galaxy S4 into consumers' hands, while the One...
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Samsung is chipping in some engineering know-how toward Mozilla's pursuit of a new programming language that it hopes will be a holy grail of code.
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The Cellphone Celebrates ItsIn today's technological world, nearly everybody has a cellular phone as it's not only the best way to directly get a hold of somebody at nearly any time of the day, but modern smartphones offer an... extremely large amount versatility as they can help us with nearly anything we need assistance with. And if it wasn't for the first cellphone being created back in 1973, we'd all still be tethered to our phone in the kitchen trying our best to talk to a person of our fancy without sounding creepy to our family. Today, the cellphone turns 40 years old as its creator, Motorola's Martin Cooper, placed the first ever call while he was walking along 6th Avenue in New York City. The call went to his rival, Bell Labs' head of research, Joel Engel. At the time, Cooper was using what was called the...
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From aboard the International Space Station, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer has seen what may be our first glimpse of dark matter
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Mozilla And Samsung Team Up ToAt first glance, this looks like an odd partnership: Mozilla just announced that it has recently begun collaborating with Samsung on Servo, its next generation browser engine. Mozilla Research started... working on Servo as a research project in 2012. The new browser engine, which is still far away from being available in any commercial project, is written in Rust, a relatively new programming language that is also being developed by Mozilla Research. Together, Mozilla and Samsung are bringing both Rust and Servo to Android and the ARM architecture. Samsung, a company spokesperson said, is interested in this project because the company is "investigating various new technologies to innovate legacy products. This collaboration will bring an opportunity to open a new era of future web...
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Imaging head explains HTC's 4-megapixel decision

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 17:00
Imaging head explains HTC'sIt's all about balancing sensor size, pixel size and file size, says HTC's Symon Whitehorn One of the more controversial engineering decisions made in the new HTC One was the choice to go with a... 4-megapixel rear camera, but with advanced optics and larger individual pixels. After all, we've been conditioned to see the overall megapixel count as a rough way of judging camera quality. But as HTC's been keen to hammer home since the phone's announcement, pixel count isn't the be-all and end-all of digital imaging. In an interview with ComputerWorld, HTC's director of special projects Symon Whitehorn -- a former Kodak executive in charge of the manufacturer's imaging efforts -- goes into more detail about the benefits of HTC's new "UltraPixel" sensor, consisting of four million, 2-micron wide...
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Continuing Native App Rollout,Atlassian's HipChat is stepping up to its commitment to roll out native clients for its real-time group chat and private messaging tool, with a beta release of the Linux client. The Linux client... couldn't come fast enough: Adobe AIR no longer supports the open-source operating system, which means the new native app adds to the web-based client as another option for Linux-based users.
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Should we ban killer robots?

CNN - 3 Apr 2013 17:00
As wars become increasingly automated, we must ask ourselves how far we want to delegate responsibility to machines. Where should we draw the line? A UK robotics professor says we must outlaw them... before it's too late.
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Atmospheric rivers: When the sky falls

New Scientist - 3 Apr 2013 17:00
Extreme floods around the world could have a common cause - mysterious great rivers of water that gush through the atmosphere (full text available to subscribers)
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5 Cooking Mistakes We AllCleaning your cast iron with soap and water? Squeezing every last bit of ground beef into that pan? Even if you know your way around the kitchen, there are a few mistakes nearly all of us make in the... kitchen. Let's take a look at some common kitchen errors that may plague your cooking, and why they're bad for your food. More
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In the summer of 2011, Texas experienced a heat wave that had electricity providers sweating. So many homes were cranking the air conditioning that utility companies feared the electric grid couldn't... handle the strain. One Austin neighborhood stood out. During triple-digit afternoons, homes in the area with south-facing solar panels drew half the energy they needed from their own rooftops.That kind of detailed information can be invaluable to utility providers and policymakers who have to worry about the consequences of brownouts or more sustained losses of power. Few research organizations track energy usage as minutely--and across such a range of traditional structures and more modern green construction--as Pecan Street Inc
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A Muscle-Controlled Virtual Reality System

Popular Science - 3 Apr 2013 16:59
Researchers create a virtual environment system in which you can pick up fake objects with real effort. Maybe this is how we'll work out in the future: throw on a pair of shorts, strap on our virtual... reality goggles, and hit the weights. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are doing something like that (although, of course, the weights don't weigh anything) by creating a virtual reality simulator called the Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, or just CAVE, that works by tracking your muscle movements. Users put on a pair of goggles and strap electromyography (EMG) equipment onto their arms, step into a room that projects images of objects, and interact with faux-3-D stuff. Specifically, in the video here, the researchers are having the users pick up a weightless weight. By...
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As FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski prepares to exit, the commission issues its annual mobile competition report.
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Word is that iOS 7 will bring a significant design overhaul to Apple's mobile operating system. That's potentially good news, but there's also some bad: The new software might be behind... schedule.According to Daring Fireball's John Gruber-- who has a decent track record when it comes to Apple rumors -- "iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it."This isn't t...
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Times Internet Is BringingToday, Times Internet, the digital arm of Times of India, is announcing a strategic partnership with Business Insider, the online news publication founded by Henry Blodget, for the launch of Business... Insider India. The move comes hot on the heels of a similar deal announced between Times Internet and Gawker Media in January 2013, part of its Times Local Partners initiative.
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Sorry Androids: Jawbone's BigA new software update for Jawbone's Big Jambox brings several performance improvements. Only iOS 6.1 devices will get one of the biggest though: two extra hours of battery life on the wireless... speaker.
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How young is too young when it comes to a kid's first smartphone? Is it okay to follow your teen on Instagram? There's a learning curve when it comes to raising digital natives and there are limitless... possibilities to approaching the process To address all the digital do's and don'ts, Mashable's Lifestyle Channel is hosting a live Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on April 4, where tech and parenting experts tackle your tough questions Rebecca Levey, White House Champion of Change for Education and co-founder of tween video review site KidzVuz.com, will answer questions along with Mashable's Lifestyle Editor Andrea Smith and Common Sense Media' parenting editor, Caroline Knorr
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Audiovox DPF908 Digital Picture Frame

DPhoto Journal - 3 Apr 2013 16:43
Audiovox DPF908 is a 9-Inch Digital Picture Frame features 32MB internal memory, 640 x 220 high-resolution picture display, 4-way card reader and also supports: XD, CF, SD, MMC and MS; port for USB... storage and PC connection; Plays JPEG files. The Digital Photo Frame measures (W x H x D) 8.3″ x 11.8″ x 1.2″
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In just over a year, U.S. venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners has invested US$13 million in Indian startup PepperFry, which hopes to establish a pan-India sales and distribution network.
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Wash Your Hands in the StreetsThe pattern in the wooden basin of this sink prototype is no abstract design. It's a 3D model of the streets of central London. More
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Google+ gains support forIt's no secret that Google wants Google+ to be central to the company's services, and part of that strategy includes making it a stronger platform for sharing photos. The company has now added support... for full-size photo uploads to the social network, letting users post pictures larger than 2048 pixels wide, which was the previous limit. Google originally added this feature to its Android app back in December (and there were other, less obvious ways to upload full-resolution photos before), but now it's built into the desktop website. There's a new checkbox in the settings menu to enable the feature -- otherwise you'll still be limited to 2048 pixel-wide shots -- but it's important to note that photos above that resolution threshold...
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Researchers Create TelevisionGoogle Nose may have been an extremely elaborate April Fools' Day prank, but the technology may not be too far from reality as researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have... created a prototype TV set that allows you to smell what's being shown on the screen. The way it works is through a set of fans that are mounted on each corner of the TV that pushes air filled with a number of scents and odors to the viewer. The placement of the fans will make the viewer think the smells are coming directly at them from the screen, which may or may not be a good thing depending on the scent that's being blasted into your face. The viewer can also smell different portions of the screen and experience realistic changes in the odor's intensity depending on where they smell. So if...
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Rovio, the Finnish company behind the popular Angry Birds franchise, had a good year. Thanks to healthy growth in game and consumer product sales, revenue more than doubled between 2011 and 2012,... clocking in at €152.2 million (about $195.2 million) from €75.6 million, according to an earnings statement released Wednesday. Net profit after tax grew more narrowly however, up 36% to €55.5 million ($71.2 million) from €35.4 million in 2011. Some of Rovio's games are pay-to-download and others are free to download and make money through advertising and in-app purchases of virtual goods. By May, Rovio games had been downloaded more than 1 billion times -- in the 11 months since, that number has increased to 1.7 billion. Monthly active users hit 263 million last December.
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Stray Boots Launches OnStray Boots started out as a basic SMS app, that let users enjoy a gamified city tour experience by answering questions about various nearby establishments sent to their phone via text. For an SMS... application, StrayBoots seemed to have something great going, seeing as each game costs $12. Again, for an SMS app. But as time goes on, Stray Boots has switched things up a bit to include full-fledged smartphone applications. iOS has been available for a while, and today the company is announcing a brand new Android application. According to founder and CEO Avi Millman, users are reporting a much better experience using graphics-rich apps as opposed to basic SMS, which may lead the company to phase out SMS altogether. The main concern in building out the apps was maintaining simplicity. City...
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Due to the federal government's concerns over security, telecommunicatons gear maker has effectively been shut out of the American market for now.
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Astrophotos: We Have Liftoff from the Sun!

Universe Today - 3 Apr 2013 16:32
Here are three images showing large prominences recently lifting off from the Sun's surface. Solar prominences are sheets or arcs of luminous gas emanating from the Sun's surface. They can loop... hundreds of thousands of kilometers into space. In the image below by noted Australian amatuer Monty Leventhal, he estimates the prominence he captured stretches
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A Modern Desktop Cuckoo ClockThe problem with traditional cuckoo clocks is that they're usually ugly, gigantic, and will keep on chirping throughout the night when you're trying to sleep. But that's not the case with the Plex LED... from Diamantini & Domeniconi. More
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What Was the First CellphoneAs of today, shocking as it may be, we as a species have been desperately clutching cell phones like our lives depended on it for the past 40 years. And it's hard not to get a little nostalgic.... Because regardless of whether your first handset was a massive grey brick from the 80s, a black, slightly smaller brick from the 90s, or a sleek, silver flippy thing from the dawn of the new millenium, your phone has undoubtedly seen a few upgrades. More
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Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.Yoinks! Bank website attacks have reached new high: 249 hours offline in past six... weeks!Anonymous claims it stole 15,000 user records from this North Korea website.Meanwhile, the U.S. Army does not have an "effective" cybersecurity program for mobile devices, says the Department of Defense's...
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We're not sure when the annoying trend of voice ads started to pop up on the Internet, but it looks as though we can also expect them to annoy us to no end on our mobile devices in the future thanks... to Nuance Mobile. Their new Nuance Voice service will not only speak to the user whatever it is the advertiser would like to convey to them, but it will also allow us to respond to it, which I'm sure many of which won't be filled with expletives. The new adds will use natural language processing (NLP), which is used on a variety of applications, including Apple's Siri app. The idea is to use NLP as a way for the ad to act like a friend or personal assistant by giving the user input on various queried topics. "Voice has already changed the mobile interface, making it faster and easier for...
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Amazon's AutoRip now includes vinyl

Engadget - 3 Apr 2013 16:25
Amazon's AutoRip now includesFor about as long as we can remember, each new CD we've purchased has made a trip to our computer for a good, old fashioned ripping, first thing out of the plastic. So the concept of offering up free... MP3s with the purchase of a compact disc always felt a bit superfluous (particularly in these days when fewer and fewer are buying music in a physical form). The increasingly popular concept of offering up downloads with the purchase of a vinyl LP, on the other hand, makes an awful lot of sense -- after all, it's a lot harder for most of us to transfer that music onto our PCs. Amazon's embracing the concept by extending its AutoRip promotion to records, giving consumers a 256 Kbps cloud-based copy of the music they buy on vinyl. The promotion extends to thousands of titles -- anything sporting...
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When the weather becomes a hot topic on Twitter, the Weather Channel will try to seize the moment with some custom content thanks to a new deal with Twitter. The agreement, which is similar to... Twitter's deal last year with ESPN, will include video clips of local forecasts, user-generated content and coverage related to major weather events, according to AllThingsD. Because it employs Twitter's Cards technology, the content will stay within the Twitter stream rather than lead off-site. The idea is to draw third-party advertisers to sponsor the content. Under the ESPN deal, for instance, Ford inserted a pitch for its Fusion before replays of college football instant replays tweeted by ESPN. Here, a hurricane, for instance, might be a sponsorship opportunity for insurers like State Farm,...
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Samsung's Platform Play LikelyWhen Samsung revealed its new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, it literally did a lot of song and dance about its own unique software features, with nary a peep on the built-in Google Android... improvements and features brought by the use Jelly Bean 4.2 on board. I argued that it could be a signal that Samsung is looking to move towards an Amazon-style approach to building its own version of Android, but a new investor note from Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu suggests Samsung's platform bluster might be more useful to the South Korean company as a bargaining chip.
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Tech companies may be automating many of today's machine learning processes, but sophisticated as these may be, the human component in teaching these computers remains vital.
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Agenda Calendar for AndroidResizable, and as stylish as it is simple, the Agenda Calendar widget makes this app an easy recommendation It's a good day for those of you who have waited on a widget for the excellent Agenda... Calendar. (Be sure to check out our full look at Agenda Calendar.) We now, in fact, have a widget. Actually, it's a resizable widget, which any self-respecting widget connoisseur knows is the best kind of widget to have. And this is what it looks like. Not a whole lot more to say about it -- it's a big black-and-white widget with some colors thrown in depending on the calendar sync. Tap a listing to see it in Agenda, and hit the big + button in the top right to add a new event. Tapping a day (or date) opens that day in the Agenda app. You could argue that there's a little wasted space here. But,...
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The first mobile phone callOn April 3, 1973, from a Manhattan street corner -- 6th Ave. between 53rd and 54th -- Motorola's Martin Cooper placed the world's first mobile phone call. To his rival, no less.
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Angry Birds Friends Is ComingRovio today took one more step to grow the ubiquity of its games worldwide: it is launching mobile versions of Angry Birds Friends, a social version of the game created for Facebook, which already has... 60 million installs and 15 million monthly active users on Facebook's desktop platform. The news was announced during a Facebook mobile event in Helsinki: the social network is doing the rounds in Finland this week talking to mobile games developers based in and around the city -- home to two of the biggest mobile games developers there are, Rovio and Supercell.
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Six ways to cope with flaky hotel Wi-Fi

PC World - 3 Apr 2013 16:15
Six ways to cope with flakyThe Virgin OverDrive Pro mobile hotspot. During a recent trip I stayed at a hotel offering free Wi-Fi--always a nice perk. Just one problem: the network was terrible. The connection speed reminded me... of my old dial-up modem, but without the consistency. Needless to say, it was imp