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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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Twitter Cards Could Usher In A New Era

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 06:27
Twitter Cards Could Usher In ATwitter has just completed their developer event at San Francisco, California, so what kind of new content can we expect from this micro-blogging site? Well, it seems that Twitter users will soon be... able to enjoy a new feature known as Twitter Cards, which can be said to be content preview cards of sorts. It makes sense, really, to move forward in such a direction, considering how a company is never going to be able to survive on its own without making any changes to its business model to cope with the ever changing times. Whenever a user links to a page that has Twitter-specific markup, there will be a tweet that features an application's name, icon, description, rating and price in the App Card, in addition to its link to the Google Play or App Store page. As for Product Cards, those...
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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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Drunk Idiot Dangles UpsideIn the list of things you probably should never experience in your life, even if you're sozzled to oblivion, dangling upside down from an active power cable is probably near the top. This very, very... drunk man, however, obviously thinks differently. He climbed up a pole and hung upside down a high-voltage power cable for 15 minutes. Luckily for him (unluckily for human intelligence) he managed to survive without any major injuries. More
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Hybrid Memory Cube receivesThe Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has been almost too patient in developing a standard for for its eponymous technology -- efforts began 17 months ago -- but it at last has more than good intentions... to show for its work. Its just-published HMC Specification 1.0 lets companies build platforms and RAM with 2GB, 4GB and 8GB chips incorporating the stacked, power-efficient technology, all without compatibility jitters from other supporters. The completed spec is a scorcher when living up to its full potential, too. With eight links, a memory cube can reach a peak 320GB/s (yes, that's gigabytes) of aggregate bandwidth -- more than a hair faster than the 11GB/s we often get from existing DDR3 memory. The Consortium is teasing us with more. Although we'll have to wait until the second half of the...
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LA combats congestion byLos Angeles is well known as a city plagued by gridlock, but a new traffic control strategy three decades in the making could help to ease the pain. That's the goal of the Automated Traffic... Surveillance and Control system, which was completed in February and synchronizes all 4,500 traffic signals across the metropolis. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the New York Times that LA is "the first big city in the world" to run all its signals in sync, and said that the system would cut down on both drive times and pollution. "By synchronizing our traffic signals, we spend less time waiting, less time polluting." The system dates back to preparations for the 1984 Olympics, when certain intersections surrounding the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum...
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A Pint-Sized Night VisionJTT has released what looks to be the smallest consumer night vision camera in existence. About the size of your typical CF card, the CHOBi CAM 3 can snap 11MP photos and take 1080p video for up to... 120 minutes on a charge -- and it does it all in the dark. The night vision
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Twitter creates more 'Cards'Twitter held an invite-only, closed-to-press developer event tonight, and the agenda was helping those developers build features that can appear on Twitter's website and in its own apps. The new cards... that Twitter is offering will allow developers to display photo galleries, media players, "deep-link" to apps, and more within a single tweet. The news comes from Dave McClure who, appropriately enough, is tweeting details about the new cards. Flickr, Path, and Foursquare have all taken to the stage to express their support for the new cards on Twitter. All Things D originally reported that Twitter would be expanding its Card options for developers last week. Twitter has gone into more detail in a blog post about the new features. It says...
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Today's Browser News: A SecondI usually don't spend much time fixated on the technologies that power web browsers. But today brought two pieces of news which could -- just maybe -- add up to the beginnings of a sea change for the... whole web, especially on mobile devices. News item #1: Google, which currently uses the same WebKit rendering engine which Apple originally devised for its Safari browsers, has decided to use Webkit as the basis for a new engine for its Chrome browsers: WebKit is a lightweight yet powerful rendering engine that emerged out of KHTML in 2001. Its flexibility, performance and thoughtful design made it the obvious choice for Chromium's rendering engine back when we started. Thanks to the hard work by all in the community, WebKit has thrived and kept pace with the web platform's growing...
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Introducing the Travelwide: AnMany photographers want to give large format a shot, but carrying a massive 4--5 camera around with you isn't always practical or realistic. Fortunately for those people, the folks of Wanderlust... Cameras have hit Kickstarter with a new invention: the Travelwide 4--5. It's an affordable, ultralight large-format camera that you can take with you anywhere.
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Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse ShowsThe Birth of a Pond video above was shot by photographer James Breen over a three week period as he watched a construction crew create a pond from scratch in the Fall of 2009. To be fair, he didn't... catch the entire "birthing" process, the final scene was captured a year after the pond was
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A new version of Microsoft's tool for creating, publishing and maintaining Web sites and Web apps adds tighter Windows Azure integration and more.
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Perusing cat pics is the Internet's favorite pastime, but what do we really know about our four-legged feline friends (other than their uncanny ability to make anything viral/adorable)? ASAP Science... points out some quirky facts about cats we should all know, such as how each cat has a unique "noseprint" similar to a human's fingerprint. Also, every time you give Boots some catnip, you're simply enabling drug abuse SEE ALSO: The Best Cats of 2013 -- So Far Plus, did you know your cat don't rub up against you just for fun? She's simply claiming her territory, so other felines know to back off
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Google Now update addsHave an Android smartphone running Jelly Bean? You might have come across Google Now, the search giant's information hub that aggregates personalized content from your inbox, calendar and GPS. Now, an... updated version of Google's Android app, which hit Play today, adds a few more features to the mix. The latest revision brings real-time package tracking from certain carriers, assuming a tracking number arrived in your inbox, a new info option that provides a basic settings readout, and faster Google search results. You should be able to snag these additions right now -- simply update your Google Search app to take advantage.
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I Want to Stand in Front ofLike those pin art toys where you can create images by pushing out certain pins, this mirror recreates your image by using hundreds of spokes and motors to re-align and replicate itself to look like... the thing standing in front of it. It's a mind trip seeing little spokes making a bigger image. More
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Videre: A Medium-FormatLondon-based photographer Kelly Angood has had quite a tumultuous year so far in 2013. Last month she announced that she would be turning her popular cardboard medium format camera design into a... proper do-it-yourself kit. After launching a Kickstarter campaign to take preorders, she quickly raised over £23,000 (~$34,000) from over 600 supporters. However, the
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KFC launches Fast Track mobileWho needs a mobile wallet solution when you can just build your own app? That philosophy seems to be picking up steam among fast food chains. Domino's, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, and other restaurants have... built their own iOS apps that let customers place orders on the go. Of course, there's also coffee giant Starbucks to consider; the company's mobile app has proven enormously popular with hurried customers. Now fried chicken purveyor KFC is joining the fray. It's starting small, with the just-launched Fast Track app accepting orders at ten trial locations in the UK. But if the formula proves successful -- and anything that lets people skip waiting on a line usually does -- KFC says it's willing to bring Fast Track to the US. After putting...
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The Idiocy Of The Social Animal

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

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

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

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

Engadget - 4 Apr 2013 01:30
The Daily Roundup forYou might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy. Comments
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If Game of Thrones CharactersBy now, it's pretty much a fact that everyone uses Facebook (pipe down if you don't). It's also pretty much a fact that everyone watches Game of Thrones too (shut up if you don't). But what if the... characters in Game of Thrones started using Facebook? It would be so hilarious More
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Google Search update adds newReal time package tracking from select carriers and subtle UI tweaks make it into this update The Google Search app, better known for its transition into the Google Now interface on Jelly Bean... devices, has been updated with a few more features today. The first improvement is what Google calls "real time package tracking", which should give you a better indication of the package status, rather than simple "package shipped" cards that have been there previously. The new functionality is only available for select carriers, but it isn't specified which ones at this point. Also included is a visual redesign of the "settings" key that appears in the top right corner of every card, which has turned into an "i" (information) button. Instead of just popping up a settings option to take you deeper...
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We've all been there. You're in the middle of cooking a great meal or just sitting down to eat at a restaurant or in the last five minutes of a favorite TV show when your phone rings. You don't... recognize the number, but you answer it anyway.
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Three Ubuntu Linux versionsHard on the heels of Canonical's decision last month to halve the support life for non-LTS releases of Ubuntu Linux, the company late last week announced that three versions of its popular Linux... distribution will reach end of life in May. Support for the server version of Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) "Hardy Heron," the desktop version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx," and both desktop and server versions of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" will end on May 9, Canonical announced in a blog post on Friday. Anyone still using these packages should be making plans to upgrade to a newer version. Ubuntu 8.04 Server
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Apple's bounce-back patentApple received some bad news last Friday regarding its infamous bounce-back patent, US 7,469,381. That's one of the technical utility patents Samsung was found to infringe at trial, and it's been the... subject of a formal reexamination process at the US Patent and Trademark Office since last July. In October each and every claim of the '381 patent was initially rejected. On Friday, however, the USPTO issued what's called a "final" action in the reexamination -- again rejecting nearly all of the patent claims, including the one asserted against Samsung at trial. "Final" has a fatal ring to it, but it's far less conclusive than that. While the issuance of a final rejection signals the end of this particular phase of the proceedings, we're...
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BlackBerry 10 Launch

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

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

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

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

The New York Times - 4 Apr 2013 00:00
App Smart: Fun, Intrigue andFor tablets and smartphones, there are enough thrills to keep you and your children distracted.
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My steaks are alwaysGreat discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you... may have missed. Check out these discussions and add your own thoughts to make them even more wonderful! More
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Dell to release new WindowsDell will release Windows tablets later this year that could potentially include devices with screen sizes larger than 10 inches. The products will be a refresh of Dell's current tablet offerings,... said Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of mobile products and solutions at Dell, in an interview. Dell is exploring designs with different screen sizes to its current 10-inch models, he said, though it was unclear if those new sizes will be among the products released later this year. Dell is primarily interested in screen sizes of 10 inches or larger, Lalla said. The new tablets will succeed the XPS 10, which runs Windows RT, and the Latitude 10, which runs Windows 8 Pro. Dell continues to work on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, Lalla said, but he didn't give further details...
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Europe is planning to help recession-hit areas of the continent by offering an extra carrot for those who establish their tech and R&D credentials - and who share the cash with their neighbours.
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Droid Bionic Jelly Bean soakTurns out that Motorola support page may have been right after all After a puzzling update to Motorola's support documentation for the Droid Bionic that indicated it would receive Jelly Bean in Q2... 2013, soak test registration emails are being sent out to some users for the update. Soak tests, if you're not familiar, are a last level of testing with a small portion of users willing to give new firmware a try before it moves out to everyone. Like previous soak tests, this is a good indication that we're headed towards an official release of the update to the general public soon. Remember though, Q2 just started a couple of days ago, so if previous updates are any indication we may be waiting a little while to see it all out there officially. The soak test registrations go out to a small...
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Melissa Thompson: Freud WouldFreud knew we could not fully understand the biology of the brain, and consequently, his approach was more art than science. Now, science is getting closer to creating the holistic puzzle to help... scientist solve pervasive challenges for brain health.
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Disney Shuts Down LucasArtsPour one out for the Gold Guy tonight, my fellow gamers. A sage pillar of the industry has fallen. Just 154 days after acquiring LucasArts as part of their larger, $4B acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney... has dissolved the classic video game development company. Beginning today, Disney will continue to license out the LucasArts properties (namely Star Wars), but has ceased the development of all internal projects. Some projects (such as the incredible looking Star Wars 1313) may find new homes with other development houses, but their status is currently up in the air. While the move was not unforeseen (the company's last few games haven't been very successful, and rumors of projects being shuttered have trickled in since the acquisition), that doesn't make today's news any less disheartening....
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A new free software update for the Big Jambox is coming today that will provide increased battery life and improved performance.
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CEO Lowell McAdams says the company could easily shift to the model if consumers begin demanding it.
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BlackBerry Z10 users can GogoDangling WiFi-carrot meet your BlackBerry-made stick: the Z10. Perhaps because its user base has traditionally courted strong enterprise support -- a lot that typically overlaps with the jet set --... BlackBerry's offering an incentive to adopters of its BB 10 pearl, granting gratis Gogo-powered internet access for all domestic Delta flights. The best part? Latching onto that free WiFi is as simple as logging in and firing up the browser on your Z10 when it's "safe to use your electronic devices." Will this tip your hand and get you to switch to BB 10? Probably not, but it's the sort of pot sweetening that should keep BlackBerry's (moneyed) customers around for the long-haul. [Thanks, Jared]
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American Idol producers -- for the first time in the show's 12-season run -- will let the public determine one episode's theme this season, Idol's wireless sponsor AT&T exclusively told Mashable... before Wednesday night's show After host Ryan Seacrest makes the announcement during the April 3 performance show, people will be able to submit their suggestions on Twitter using hashtag #ATTIdolTheme. Past themes include genres, songs by an artist (or band) or something more generic. "We're really excited to hear from the fans and give them an opportunity to affect the show in a way they've never been able to before," David Christopher, CMO of AT&T Mobility, told us
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are we surprised?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Music-streaming service says "roll tape" on new Vdio service.
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The music streaming service today is rolling out a video service called Vdio.
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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 updates its cloud storage app for the first time since June.
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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 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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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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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 impossible for me to get my work done, and that was a problem. Fortunately, I'm a Boy Scout when it comes to tech obstacles: always prepared. When faced with flaky hotel Wi-Fi, I try one or more of these six fixes: 1. Ask the front desk to reset the router If you can't get or stay connected, it might just be a router issue. Call the front desk, tell them you can't get on their network, and ask them to reset the hotel router. Wait 5-10 minutes and then try again to connect. 2. Check for an Ethernet option Some hotel...
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Firefox 20 Adds ImprovementsMozilla's Firefox 19 may have been released just over a month ago, but that hasn't stopped the team from releasing a new update to its popular web browser as Firefox 20 has been released this week and... those of you who enjoy your "private browsing" time might want to download the update immediately. Before Firefox 20, users who wanted to initiate private browsing, which allows you to surf without Firefox remembering your browsing history, cookies or autofill entries, would have to browse privately with every tab opened within Firefox. In Firefox 20, Mozilla has made it possible to specify which windows you open will be private or regular, allowing you to mix and match if need be. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Vadering Meme Features Darth Vader's Force Choke, Microsoft Refreshes...
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In the past four decades, the world has gone from monster handsets to pocket-sized portable computers.
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Amazon said Wednesday that customers buying vinyl records will get free digital copies of those albums in their Amazon Cloud Player, as part of its effort to extend its new AutoRip service, introduced... in January for CDs.
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Let the iPhone 6 speculation begin.
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Major U.S. bank websites have been offline a total of 249 hours in the past six weeks, perhaps the clearest indication yet that American companies are prime targets in an unrelenting, global cyber... conflict. The heavier-than-usual outages are the result of a remarkable, sustained attack that began seven months ago and repeatedly knocks banks offline for hours at a time, frustrating consumers and ba...
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Amazon Expands AutoRip ToIt's not a belated April Fools' Day joke (I think?), but today Amazon announced that it will expand its recently launched service called Amazon AutoRip to support vinyl records in addition to CDs.... (Because people buying vinyl clearly want the sanitized digital copy of their tunes?...I kid, I kid.) AutoRip, for those unfamiliar, was launched in January, as a way to offer Amazon customers free MP3 versions of any CDs they had purchased from the site since the launch of its Music Store back in 1998.
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Cisco wades deeper into smallAnother month, another big acquisition to bolster Cisco's portfolio for mobile carriers. This time it's Ubiquisys, the highly-rated purveyor of small cells, SON technology and other operator-focused... treats.
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ExtremeFliers Releases AWe were lucky enough to meet with Vernon Kerswell at ExtremeFliers, a 20-something inventor with a passion for little flying things. His latest creation, the Microdrone 2.0, puts a surprisingly... powerful brain inside a drone that is about as big as a baseball.
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TED Prize-winning streetStreet artist and 2011 TED Prize winner, JR, is drawing focus to the social context of his work using a new iPad app. The semi-anonymous street artist is known for wheatpasting massive photographic... portraits on the roofs and walls of buildings in deprived locations, with the aim of creating a conversation around what's happening there. Though the artist conceals his identity, he's given talks, taken interviews, and used the web to draw attention to the people and problems that his work speaks to. The app features a collection of JR's projects, as documented by photographs and videos. Though much of the art is already featured on his website, the app centers users' attention on the locations that he's chosen to work in by laying his...
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BioShock Infinite Screenshots

Forbes - 3 Apr 2013 16:05
BioShock Infinite ScreenshotsBioShock Infinite screenshots
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Upstart MVNO Doodad LaunchesI don't often cover MVNOs around these parts because, well, most of them are boring. Doodad is considerably less so since it's one that I'd (gasp!) actually consider using -- hell, I could've used it... back during the final days of our MWC coverage when I was nearly stuck in Spain. The big idea here is that it isn't one of those MVNOs that'll get you cut-rate calling and messaging rates to your pals in Tuscaloosa -- it's geared entirely toward giving users wireless data access when they travel abroad.
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Exercise balls seem like a friendly gym tool with their colorful exteriors and bouncy personalities. But lurking within the elastic is a sinister streak. YouTube compilation masters World Wide... Interwebs collected some of the most cringe-triggering exercise ball fails for a potpourri of pain. Even if watching people fail miserably isn't exactly your thing, you can use this as a solid excuse to never visit the gym again. BONUS: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails Image via iStockphoto, O'Driscoll Imaging
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SEC: Companies can shareWhen Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook last year to announce that the service had exceeded one billion viewing hours in a month for the first time, the financial world was in uproar. After... all, there are rules and regulations concerning when sensitive data about a company's successes and failures can be made public. Since then, however, the Securities and Exchange Commission has done some thinking, and in trying to keep up with social savvy CEOs like Hastings and compulsive tweeter Elon Musk, has ruled that such disclosures can be made, as long as shareholders are notified about which sites will be used. If nothing else, it'd be a great way to see your follower count explode.
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Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

TechCrunch - 3 Apr 2013 16:02
Happy Cheese Weasel Day!Unknown to most, April 3rd is Cheese Weasel Day, the holiday where the Cheese Weasel brings dairy goodness to all the good boys and girls in the tech industry. While the origins are murky, it seems to... have started around 1992 when a weasel was spotted carrying a Kraft Single. This, they assumed, must be the Cheese Weasel, and therefore, that it must be Cheese Weasel Day. What was the weasel going to do with the cheese? He must be off to put it under the keyboards of good tech workers everywhere and that's just what we expect you to do today! Huzzah!
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Richard Misrach's CancerIn the new exhibition on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, "Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley," the Berkeley photographer takes a hard look at the environmental consequences... of our dependence on petroleum.
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After Taking SF By Storm,If you live in San Francisco, chances are you've heard of an app called Sōsh, which takes all the guesswork out of finding really interesting, awesome things to do nearby. But here in New York, the... word Sōsh has no meaning at all, except for maybe being a reference to one of my favorite characters on "Girls". But that's about to change, as Sōsh is officially launching in New York.
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Samsung said to be makingIf the 5.5-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note II somehow isn't big enough for you, you might be in luck.
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Circuit Playground TeachesElectronics site Adafruit has released the first episode of its new web series, Circuit Playground. The series is dedicated to teaching kids about electronics with short, entertaining segments. More
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Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is out with a new research note today outlining a remarkable set of features for Apple's rumored television set product, claiming that the TV could launch... later this year. White believes that the television will be available as a 60-inch model, with 50-55 inch models also potentially being available. In a new addition to the Apple television rumor roundup, White's report claims that Apple will revolutionize the television market with an "iRing" device to facilitate motion control of the device. [W]e believe Apple will release a miniature device called "iRing" that will be placed on a user's finger and act as a navigation pointer for "iTV"', enhancing the motion detection experience and negating some of the functionality found in a remote. White...
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Footage of a Brazilian woman who appears to drop her cell phone on railway tracks and decides to retrieve it in front of an oncoming train causes quite a controversy.
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Baidu Inc , China's largest search engine, is developing prototype digital eyewear similar to Google Inc's Google Glass that will leverage Baidu's strengths in image search and facial recognition, a... Baidu spokesman said on Wednesday. Internally known as project "Baidu Eye," the glasses are being tested internally and it is not clear whether the product will ever be commercialized, said Kaiser Kuo,...
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Eidos Montreal and Square Enix will be delivering a remake of its Deus Ex: Human Revolution later this year onto the Wii U, which is being called the "definitive version" of the game. Today, a new... trailer has been released to highlight a number of the numerous improvements the Wii U version of the game will receive. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut will fully support the Wii U's GamePad in order to control augmentations and mods directly from the GamePad's interface as well as view a map of your location, which will certainly help with keeping players immersed in the game without having to access in-game menus. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Xbox 720 Will Apparently Be Similar To The PS4, According to Ubisoft Developer, Sony PlayStation 4 Could See An October Launch...
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Trying to keep its photo fans happy, Google now lets people upload full-resolution images to Google+. But big photos count against Google's 5GB free limit.
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The country's Fair Trade Commission says it will investigate charges that Apple has been interfering in how Taiwan's telecom operators are setting iPhone prices
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Today's mobile movement is all about efficiency and multitasking. But with the first cellphone in 1973, you could place a phone call and get a workout at the same time. After all, the phone weighed... 2.5 pounds The cellphone turned 40 on Wednesday, April 3. Its creator, Martin Cooper, 84, placed the first mobile phone call on the streets of New York City -- he phoned his rival, Joel Engel, head of research at Bell Labs. You can imagine how cheeky that exchange was. Alas, the call couldn't last too long -- the Motorola Dynatac's battery life only squeezed out 20 minutes of talk time. SEE ALSO: Technostalgia: 20 Misty Memories of Personal Computing
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AMD offers open-source LinuxAMD's Unified Decoder has been the object of envy in the open-source community for some time. The silicon, which ships on the company's Radeon graphics cards, offers hardware-accelerated video... decoding -- but thanks to legal and DRM issues, couldn't be used on Linux machines. AMD, however, has somehow scythed through the red tape to offer a driver that'll let those same Linux users access to the golden chalice of video decoding. The new patch allows for hardware accelerated playback of H.264, VC-1 and MPEG file formats on which Radeon HD 4000 - 7000 series card is jammed into your HTPC, although we should offer the usual warning that as there's no public documentation, you might have to do some tinkering to make it work.
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Alcatel hoping 'Iron Man 3'One of the most notable trends at this year's CES was the huge presence of Chinese manufacturers trying to make their mark in the competitive US marketplace. One of those companies was TCL, the parent... company of smartphone manufacturer Alcatel. Alcatel has been pushing its thin One Touch Idol smartphone line at both CES and MWC this year, but the company is hoping to get a lot of exposure this spring through a decidedly more mainstream outlet -- Marvel's upcoming Iron Man 3 film. Alcatel just announced that the One Touch Idol will be "featured" in the film as part of the product placement deal between TCL and the film that was announced back in January. The deal goes beyond just Alcatel phones, with other TCL products on tap to be...
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Available as a free download via Jawbone's MyTalk, the update adds new features and performance improvements, including better battery life.
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Deal of the Day: CruzerliteThe April 3 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for LG Nexus 4. These gel cases are made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU. They are slim-fitting, and... provide great protection for the LG Nexus 4 from day to day use and accidental bumps and spills. Each case features a custom Andy design and are available in a variety of colors. The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case is available for just $7.00, 65% off today only. Grab yours while supplies last! Never miss a deal. Sign up for Daily Deal alerts
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Technical challenges abound such as potential flooding, and the availability of more cost-effective alternatives such as on ships or vacant office spaces in remote areas.
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Your Idea Is Worth Nothing: ALet's say you come up with an idea. A lot of people say it's a pretty great idea. Some people just say "cool" and hope you'll stop talking. But two people think it's more than a great idea. They think... it's such a great idea that they quit their jobs, forego salaries for a year, work 70-hour weeks, neglect their loved ones, suffer nervous breakdowns and eventually build your idea into a company worth $100 million--without you. They sell it, become rich (and Internet famous) and you do not. How much money do you deserve?
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Google Quickoffice NowBoth Android and iOS users have been clamoring for a version of Microsoft Office on their respective devices for years now, with Microsoft reportedly losing $2.5 billion in possible revenue for every... year a mobile version Microsoft Office isn't released. While Microsoft continues to debate whether or not they should deliver an Android or iOS version of Microsoft Office, Google has beaten them to the punch as they have just released their own alternative, Quickoffice. Google's Quickoffice was already available on the iPad, but they just released a version compatible with the iPhone and Android devices. You'll be able to view and edit Microsoft Office files from all of your devices as well as allow them to be shareable through Google Drive, making it possible for you to start a Microsoft...
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Amazon announced Wednesday that it is bringing its AutoRip program to vinyl records Amazon launched AutoRip for CDs in January as a way to give customers free MP3 versions of CDs they've purchased... since 1998. Starting today, customers who buy an AutoRip vinyl record will get a digital copy of that album added to their Amazon Cloud Player library. As with CDs, the program is retroactive and will apply to AutoRip records purchased as far back as 1998. Although the AutoRip program has found great success with compact discs, we think it's an even better deal for vinyl record owners. Converting a vinyl LP to digital can be a complicated process, especially for collectors who want the vinyl copy of an album for its sound, but still want to have something to listen to on their smartphone or in...
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Report: New Nexus 7 tablet dueIt's about time Google's Nexus 7 tablet gets a refresh and sources tell Reuters it will happen in July. Here's what to expect in terms of pricing and hardware changes.
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SimpleHoney Acquired BySimpleHoney, a startup co-founded by Joyce Kim (who was previously CEO of Soompi.com and co-host of the GigaOm show) and Eric Nakagawa (creator of the I Can Has Cheezburger blog), just announced that... it's being acquired by payment company OpenCoin. That's the company developing Ripple, an open source payment protocol. In her blog post announcing the news, Kim describes the excitement around new payment options, especially the virtual currency Bitcoin, as "one of the fastest growing movements in tech," and when SimpleHoney had a chance to join that movement, it couldn't refuse. She continues:
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Doodad Offers InternationalDoodad is a new service that lets you use your smartphone wherever you travel without fear of an expensive bill full of roaming charges waitying for you when you get back home. Just order one of their... prepaid SIM cards for your device, load it up with as much data as you think you'll need, and head to the airport. More
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting... storiesApple is starting production on the next iPhone in Q2 2013, according to Wall Street Journal's sources. The FTC announced winners for its Robocall Challenge Tuesday. Finally, Twitter held a developers-only event on Tuesday, where it announced some changes to its multimedia cards feature. Check out the video above for more on these stories. Image courtesy of Flickr/Robert S. Donovan
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FTC reveals $50,000 RobocallThe FTC has managed to find two non-violent solutions to its Robocall Challenge, aimed at blocking auto-dialing telemarketers, thanks to winners Serdar Danis and Aaron Foss. The pair, who will receive... $25,000 each, came up with variations on a system that would pre-screen calls before ringing your phone while allowing the FTC to blacklist known scammers at the same time. Google took a non-cash prize in a separate category with a scheme that would foil caller-ID spoofing often used by boiler rooms like the notorious "Rachel from card services" outfit, which has over a hundred numeric aliases. The FTC receives a whopping 200,000 complaints per month about the nuisance and screened nearly 800 submissions (see the More Coverage link), many of which show a certain, shall we say, passion for the...
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The Surest Way To Build AWritten by James Slavet, a partner at venture capital firm Greylock. His current investments include Coupons.com, One Kings Lane and Redfin. You can follow him on Twitter @jslavet.
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BlackBerry 10 BBM StatusWe all know some time in our lives, we're going to turn to the Internet to handle certain "adult urges" that we may need to relieve. One of the last things most people wouldn't want to share is their... viewing habits, especially if you're into some stuff that wouldn't be considered "normal." Even though you do your best to steer clear of the share buttons on various adult websites, if you're viewing them on your BlackBerry 10 device, then the cat may already be out of the bag. BlackBerry's BBM allows you to share what music you're listening to on your device's media player by displaying it in your status update. That seemed like a good idea in the past, but it seems in BlackBerry 10, videos played in your device's browser trigger its media player, which then activates its "music" update...
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Amazon launches AutoRip forEarlier this year, Amazon launched a service called AutoRip for CDs, which gives customers free digital copies of every CD they purchased from Amazon going back to 1998 and going forward for new CD... purchases. The copies can be streamed or downloaded as MP3s from Amazon's Cloud Player. It turns out, Amazon was only scratching the surface: starting today, the company is offering AutoRip for vinyl records purchased on Amazon since 1998 and for all new vinyl bought from the website going forward.
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Why AT&T Won't Let You SwearIt's your inalienable right, as a citizen of the internet, to curse and swear as creatively as possible at all times. That's 80-percent of why anyone fires up a browser to begin with. Which is why... AT&T's move to ban naughty language in passwords created no small amount of ire. More
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Morale-Lifting Secret: 5What does it take to build great morale? CultureAmp, an Australian firm that analyzes employee engagement at dozens of companies, including some of Silicon Valley's young highfliers, has come up with... some surprising answers.
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Telstra's AFL app has stumbled since its launch, but the company said that it is working through the problems.
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Skype announced Wednesday users are spending more than two billion minutes a day connecting with one another via the video-chat platform -- enough time to watch 16 million movies or travel to the moon... and back 225,000 times. Not only is this is a big milestone for Skype in particular, it also highlights just how much people have embraced communicating via a voice over IP (VoIP) service. "Skype has been growing in its number of minutes at double digit rate for a steady time," Elisa Steele, corporate VP of marketing at Skype, told Mashable. "The number of mobile users continues to grow at a very strong rate too, not just from the desktop but other devices, as well."
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Was The Mobile Phone Actually Invented In 1906?

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 15:15
Was The Mobile Phone ActuallyThe first public mobile phone call took place 40 years ago today, in New York City, by an engineer at Motorola. But a strange -...
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The Fantom 4 Is A Glass ScreenWhen it comes to the screen protectors on our phones, we don't really give it much thought and any regular screen protector is more than capable of getting the job done. However if you're a bit fussy... and demand the best for your phone, the folks at Xgear have released a screen protector for the Nexus 4 called the Fantom 4. Unlike regular plastic screen protectors, the Fantom 4 is unique in the sense that it is made from glass. Made from a thin sheet of tempered glass that is apparently both shatter and scratch resistant, it comes with a special coating that helps to keep fingerprints off the display. If anything this sounds a bit like Spigen's GLAS.t glass screen protector for the iPhone with similar features. Having personally used the GLAS.t, I have to say that it does feel more natural...
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Apple iTV Will Launch ThisWe've been hearing all sorts of rumors regarding the iTV that will supposedly be released by Apple. Some believe it will only see a release in 2014, while others are a bit more optimistic and expect... it in 2013. Some remain completely skeptical that such a device even exists at all. In any case according to Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, after meeting Apple's suppliers from China and Taiwan, White seems convinced that Apple will launch the fabled iTV in 2013 which is expected to be accompanied by an iRing accessory. According to White, the iRing accessory is meant to serve as a navigational device, ultimately replacing some functionality provided by traditional remote controls, as well as enhance motion detection. White goes on to state that the iTV will be sold as a bundle with a...
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Why did 28,000 rivers in ChinaFor years, China claimed to hold an estimated 50,000 rivers within its borders. Now, more than half of them have abruptly vanished. Last week, China's Ministry of Water Resources announced the results... of a three-year survey of the country's waterways, revealing startling declines in water supply. According to the census, there were 22,909 rivers in China as of 2011, each covering an area of at least 100 square kilometers. That marks a decrease of about 28,000 from the government's previous estimates, raising fears among environmentalists and putting Beijing on the defensive. China's longest rivers, the Yangtze and the Yellow, have each seen declining water levels in recent years, but the government's survey -- its most comprehensive...
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The Internet phone and messaging service shares an impressive statistic and shows it remains a powerhouse when it comes to communications.
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This Acoustic iPhone SpeakerLooking for a way to amplify the sound coming from your iPhone without having to resort to expensive external speakers? Well if you don't mind getting your hands dirty, Renee from Red Bird Blue has... uploaded plans to a DIY acoustic iPhone speaker dock. Assuming you have the chops and necessary equipment, your end product could look like the one in the photo above. Basically what this does is that it helps to redirect the sound coming from the iPhone's tiny speakers and amplifies it naturally. Granted you wouldn't be getting the same amount of bass thump or crystal clear trebles from a set of proper speakers, but for those who love to embark on DIY projects, this could be for you. Plus we guess the ability to customize it anyhow you want in terms of design and color is probably a bonus too....
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Guest author Michael Hughes works on business development and marketing at CoFoundersLab. In today's uber-connected digital world, software has become the backbone of innovation, and it plays a major... role in virtually every business. From high tech to clean tech to healthcare to physical products, almost every business needs someone with at least some technical chops. High-tech startups need technical co-founders more than just about anyone else. But with demand for technical talent at an all time high, your startup doesn't stand much of a chance of finding a first-class technical co-founder. Instead, you need to focus on attracting one. The first step is getting into the right mindset: Stop right now with thinking you have the best idea and that this is all it takes. You may very well...
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Chelsea Clinton: Getting to the STEM of Gender Inequality

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 15:03
Chelsea Clinton: Getting toAcross gender lines, intelligence exists in equal supply. But in far too many places, opportunity does not. Lost potential especially abounds in the asymmetrical landscape of science, technology,... engineering, and math.
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The company that tracks what people watch on TV is expanding to markets outside the U.S. a new tool that measures what people are looking at online.
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On Kaggle, GE finds dataGE, an airline and a health system have crowdsourced data science questions using Kaggle and are now paying out $600,000 to winners of two competitions.
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Ignition raises $150M fund,Enterprise IT is a segment that has been underserved, says Ignition Partners' Frank Artale, so Ignition launched a new fund to attack that opportunity.
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Food Delivery Service EAT ClubEAT Club, a Palo Alto-based food delivery service launched in fall 2010, has raised $5 million in Series A funding, in a round led by August Capital. Also participating in the round were First Round... Capital, Siemer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Launch Capital, Tekton Ventures, Mark Vadon (Zulily and Blue Nile co-founder) and other angel investors.
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paidContent LIVE • AprilWhere Content Meets Business - Rapidly evolving technology, new content creators and distribution platforms have shifted the way media is created, distributed and consumed. Join influential leaders... from publishing, advertising, media, finance and entertainment for a lively debate on where the business of content is headed. Some topics include: How Someone Else's Algorithm is Affecting Your Bottom Line - The social web and user-generated content networks have spurred an explosion of content for users to consume. But more choice = more noise. Hear how smart companies are adapting algorithms and innovating as quickly as the trends. (more...) By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Structure:Data • March 20 & 21, 2013 • New York, NY, ad:tech San Francisco, April 9-10,
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Marketing automation boomMarketo's filing for an initial public offering is just the latest in a flurry of activity in the super-hot marketing automation space; stay tuned for more.
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Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, is more than just a plumber -- he ended up a hero. But fame only lasts so long. SEE ALSO: More Comics on Mashable In this comic, Scott Johnson of ExtraLife imagines... what it would have been like if Mario tried to enter the workforce after the glory of saving Princess Peach wore off. No respect, huh, Mario? Comic illustration by ExtraLife. Published with permission; all rights reserved.
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How to Automate Anything withLast month, the application launcher Alfred updated with a ton of improvements, but the most interesting feature is the new Workflows system that makes it easy for anyone to create their own... speed-boosting shortcuts. We want to see yours, but if you haven't played around with Workflows yet we've got you covered there too. More
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Inventor Matt Denton has built a fully operational hexapod robot that you can drive around. Yet another reason to be careful on the roads these days, folks.
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Sponsored post: Get a life andThe catchphrase "get a life" may be tongue in cheek but there's some truth to it; getting and keeping a balanced life can be harder than it sounds. Enter LogMeIn, the world's best remote access... solution to help improve your work/life balance anywhere internet access is available.
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MokiMobility Raises $2M InSalt Lake City-based MokiMobility announced a $2 million seed funding round, just a little over a year after the cloud-based mobile device management was officially founded. MokiMobility has since... shifted focus from a broad-based MDM approach to one tailored specifically towards single-purpose devices, like the iPads you'll often see installed as ordering kiosks in restaurants, or used as point-of-sale terminals at stores, which is why their partnership with SF-based Revel is also big news.
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Digital Public Library ofThe Digital Public Library of America, an initiative to make the collections of research libraries, museums and archives freely available to the U.S. public online, will launch on April 18 with an... initial collection of two to three million items.
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Porsche Panamera S E-HybridDaily commute got you down? You'll soon be able to do it in a Porsche by the end of the year without burning a drop of gas, thanks to a new plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid model. The powertrain, which we... saw earlier on a concept car, combines a V6 bi-turbo gas engine with a 95 horsepower electric model for 416 total system horsepower. Like recent offerings from Ford and others, the 2014 model adds a much larger 9.4 kWh battery to last year's non-plug-in hybrid, letting you trundle on electrons alone at up to 80MPH for 20 miles or so with with nary a puff of CO2. All that eco-friendly driving will be undone when you decide to open 'er up in combined gas / electric mode, however, as the zippy four-door will hit 0-60MPH in about 5.5 seconds with a decidedly un-green top speed of 165MPH. Still,...
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How necessary is the Facebook Phone?
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Try Out BlackBerry 10 WithCurious about BlackBerry 10? Of course you are, even if just a little bit. Direct your mobile browser to blackberry.com/glimpse for, well, a glimpse at BlackBerry 10. The in-browser experience isn't a... full emulation, but rather just a demo of BB10's user interactions and popular features. It works well, guiding the user through all the swiping and sliding that is BlackBerry 10.
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The Pen and Sword Are FinallyHave you ever needed to secretly jot down a grocery list, or covertly sign a check? With this katana sword pen in your pocket, and roughly 25 years of ninja training, you'll leave people wondering how... that signature appeared out of nowhere. At least until you trigger its neat "SHHINNG" sound effect and give yourself away. But for just $6, it's totally worth it. [Perpetual Kid] More
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I Want to Live in a HouseIf you think that this house looks oddly... alive, that's because it's modeled on a dinosaur's head. With windows and glass doors cleverly placed to mimic eyes and teeth, its distinctive profile looks... like it could gobble you all up in one go. More
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More radio stations under the Super Radio Network family are also alleged to be guilty of using illegal versions of Microsoft and Adobe software.
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Australia's record-smashing weather has been blamed on climate change, and the country has been warned to prepare for worse and more frequent extremes
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Case Logic DCB-309

DPhoto Journal - 3 Apr 2013 14:31
Case Logic DCB-309 is camera bag to fit SLR camera with lens (up to 70-200mm) attached. The bag features The front and side accessory pockets provide storage for any non-camera items you require,... Adjustable divider system provides customizable organization for 2-3 additional lenses, flash, and other camera accessories, Padded laptop compartment safely stores 15 inch
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The Clean Blue Desktop

Life Hacker - 3 Apr 2013 14:30
The Clean Blue DesktopIt's simple, minimal, and while it makes use of some good-looking Rainmeter skins, reader Sony Samuel Somar's desktop is good-looking, clean, and functional. More
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Hawaii A Hot Spot For Spying

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 14:26
Hawaii A Hot Spot For SpyingHONOLULU -- Clandestine agents. Foreign spies. Intelligence. Hawaii is better known for sunbathing on the beach or surfing than high-stakes sleuthing. But the case of...
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Apple 'iRadio' service set forThe rumor mill is heralding the introduction of Apple radio this summer -- but it may be too little, too late.
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Tesco signs up BBC content forTesco's recently launched TV streaming service, which is free to its Clubcard members, has signed up to a bundle of programs from BBC Worldwide. The UK supermarket, which supports its Clubcard TV with... ads between shows, has focused on comedy, drama and (unsurprisingly) cooking programming, with TV chefs Gary Rhodes and Ken Hom both on hand to show you exactly what do with that tin of Tesco Value plum tomatoes lingering at the back of your cupboard. Two Pints of Lager, Blackpool and Stig of the Dump also join Clubcard TV's schedules selection, sharing digital shelf-space with content from Warner Bros., Endemol and Aardman studios. If you're looking to increase your diet of streaming media, the full release has all the incoming shows, and it's right after the break.
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A $2 billion cosmic ray detector on the International Space Station has found the first significant hint of dark matter, the mysterious subs...
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The Samsung Knox security platform, due this year, will feature Absolute Software's technology for tracking, wiping, recovery and IT servicing.
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FOUND: Read The 1973 PressIt was 40 years ago today that the first public mobile phone call on a handheld device was made by Motorola employee Martin Cooper. He...
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LG Launches The Pocket PhotoWouldn't it be fun if you could print photos with you while you're on the go? While we doubt this is what the vast majority of you guys out there need, but it does hold some novelty appeal, plus it... sounds like it could be a great way to create some physical memories while on roadtrips and what not. In any case if this sounds like something you could be interested in, LG has announced the launch of the Pocket Photo Smart mobile printer in the UK. Unlike more conventional printers that require a cable, LG's solution will connect to your mobile devices wirelessly and will play nice with both iOS and Android devices. It supports Bluetooth connectivity, or in the same of some Android devices, NFC as well. It uses inkless printing technology from ZINK and according to LG, is one of the smallest...
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This is what human cells lookAstronaut photos of Earth from space are undeniably amazing, but snapshots of inner space -- particularly human cells -- can be spectacular, too.
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Chinese search engine BaiduChina's largest search engine Baidu is readying its own pair of smart glasses, the company has confirmed. Codenamed Baidu Eye, Baidu's new prototype is currently being tested internally, although it... has yet to decide whether it will make it available as a commercial product. According to Chinese reports later confirmed by Reuters, the device will feature a small LCD screen, image and voice recognition technology, as well as bone conduction audio.
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Sales in 2012 reached $194.8 million. The Finnish company's earnings are also on the rise after the release of four big titles in 2012.
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Cisco Is Buying Ubiquisys ForCisco has just announced that it is buying UK-based Ubiquisys for $310 million to beef up its business in femtocells and small cells, technologies that help improve connectivity on mobile data... networks indoors and short-range outdoor spaces. The deal is one of the biggest exits in European tech in the last several years.
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Xbox 720 Will Apparently BeWhile Sony's next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, has already been announced, many are waiting to see what Microsoft will do with their next-gen console, the rumored Xbox 720. Will it be able to... outperform the PlayStation 4 in terms of hardware, and outclass it in terms of features? While we eagerly wait for Microsoft to make the official announcement, senior developer at Ubisoft, Yannis Wallat, was quoted as saying that the Xbox 720 is expected to be "similar to PS4" and will be "aligned with what Sony announced," indicating that perhaps the Xbox 720 could share similar features and maybe even some hardware as well. Speaking to Eurogamer, Mallat claims that the Xbox 720 is expected to be connected and social, a bit unsurprising considering that social seems to be the rage these days, not...
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Hackers have claimed to have broken into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's UK site, but with the bank denying any attack, is this just another case of putting one and one together and getting... three?
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Several popular browsers can keep open Web pages in sync across computers and mobile devices.
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Shazam Partners With TheShazam -- the smartphone media discovery app that is expanding from music into TV and advert discovery with the help of chief product officer Daniel Danker poached from the BBC -- today announced a... partnership with Indian music service Saavn -- the self-proclaimed Spotify of India -- to add Shazam's recognition engine to Saavn's catalog of South Asian music. Although Shazam is already used by 300 million people across 200 countries, it says that the Saavn agreement is the biggest deal yet for the company in the subcontinent.
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I Want My Foldable iPhone -I want a "foldable" iPhone. Now. I'm certain I'm not alone in this desperate desire. In fact, a foldable iPhone could - potentially - replace the 1+ billion smartphones and the 4+ billion mobile... phones in use around the world, along with the several hundred million eReaders, tablets and phablets. It's the one device to conquer them all. The world is waiting for this, Apple. Unless, of course, you believe, as ReadWrite's Dan Rowinski does, that a foldable computing device is half flip-phone silliness and half pie-in-the-sky unrealizable ambition. (See also Forrester CEO Thinks Apple Needs To Build A Foldable iPhone.) A Foldable iPhone Won't Be Easy On Tuesday, Rowinski dismissed the very idea of a foldable iPhone, as originally suggested by Forrester CEO George Colony: Let's ignore the...
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Q&A: How web apps undermine privacy

USA Today - 3 Apr 2013 14:03
Rush to web apps raises security, privacy concerns
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Sharpening one prong of its dual-pronged strategy for competing against Microsoft Office, Google brings its Office file editing software to the top mobile devices.
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Applied Micro's cloud chip isApplied Micro, a chip company with a market cap of $500 million, is set to take on Intel and AMD with the first 64-bit, ARM-based server part that mimics an entire rack on a chip.
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Ever wish you could look into a crystal ball and know what a mobile app will be worth in the future? Mobile app Marketplace Apptopia thinks it has discovered the secret formula, and in the process... created the perfect brokering company for the sale and acquisition of mobile apps. Launched a year ago, the company announced Wednesday that it's reached over $1 million in sales over the course of year, $850,000 of which have been paid out to developers. Now the company is relaunching its website with a shift toward a more investment/ROI-focused model, specifically how an app's current activity in terms of downloads, reviews, and ratings can be monetized to make a return.
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Tealium Raises $15.6M For TagTealium has raised $15.6M in a series C financing round led by Tenaya Capital. Battery Ventures and Presidio Ventures also participated in the round for the for its tag management company that... captures clean data streams for enterprise marketers doing analytics on web sites, mobile sites and mobile apps. Tealium has raised a total of $27.2 million. Tealium's single universal tag lets companies manage all their vendor tags, including analytics, advertising, affiliate, PPC search and other online marketing. The system lets marketers manage their vendor tag deployments using a drag-and-drop interface. Customers can add new tags, remove or modify existing tags without requiring additional IT resources. The company will use the funds to accelerate sales, expand its mobile platform and extend...
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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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This Raspberry Pi-PoweredIf your car didn't come with a backup camera, or one with a proximity alarm so you don't hit the guy behind you while parallel parking, why not make your own? This project uses a Raspberry Pi as the... brain of a backup camera with a distance sensor that will display the word "STOP" on an attached LCD when you're within 30cm of an object. More
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All eyes will be on Alcatel's One Touch Idol in the upcoming 'Iron Man 3' movie, out May 3.
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Google, Apple Forced ToBy Rob Taylor CANBERRA, April 3
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A feature that allows users to view and edit their prior Facebook searches has vanished. The social network said it will be fixed soon.
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How a $13,000 contractRecently-surfaced documents have led CNET to detail how Apple was able to transform its early products from hobbyist devices into bonafide computers. With the launch of the original Apple I, Steve... Jobs and Steve Wozniak struck a chord with the hobbyist computer scene: it was a functional computer at a low price. The Apple I was sold without a case, power supply, or keyboard, and was never intended to take the world by storm. With the Apple II, though, Jobs had dreams of mass-market success. One thing standing in his way was the lack of a disk operating system (DOS), and although Wozniak believed he could write one himself, Jobs discovered Shepardson Microsystems, and negotiated a deal that saw the company code Apple's first DOS for...
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Celebrity 'Doxxing' Scandal Strikes Again

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 13:47
Celebrity 'Doxxing' ScandalAngelina Jolie, Lady Gaga and other celebrities have fallen prey to the Internet hackers who recently released financial and personal information about a handful of...
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Jelly Bean, or Android 4.1 to 4.2, jumped up to 25 percent from 16 percent a month ago, but it's largely due to a new method of how Google collects its data.
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Apple to begin production ofApple plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device's production, teeing... up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
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Samsung Reportedly Plans ToSamsung has been doing pretty well as of late, especially with devices like the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2. With the launch of the Galaxy S4 and presumably the Galaxy Note 3 later on in the year,... will Samsung be able to perform just as well as last year, if not better? Well according to Digitimes, they claim that according to their source, Samsung seems intent on breaking their previous sales record and ship a staggering 500 million devices in 2013. Granted shipped devices does not necessarily equate to sales, but Samsung must be pretty confident of themselves if they're willing to spend the resources to manufacture half a billion devices in 2013 alone! As it stands, it seems that one display manufacturer in China is currently shipping about 10 million panels a month for Samsung's...
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What can you buy with bitcoins?

Fox News - 3 Apr 2013 13:45
What can you buy withBitcoin, the world's favorite digital currency, is hot right now and continues to trade for record highs. But can can you actually buy with the virtual cryptocurrency?
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Chinese HTC One VariantFor the most of us, having a single SIM card is more than enough. However there are heavy users who might require two - one for work, one for play, or maybe an additional slot for travelling overseas.... In any case it seems that for the Chinese market, HTC might have a dual-SIM HTC One for them. A photo of the device was spotted (via Engadget Chinese) and it apparently carries the model number HTC 802w, although essentially it is the HTC One, just with an additional SIM card slot. What this means is that unlike the US and European models of the HTC One which features an aluminum unibody casing, the Chinese variant will come with a removable back cover so that users will be able to insert the additional SIM Card. No word on whether this variant of the HTC One will ever make its way out of...
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Angry Birds Maker Rovio SaysRovio, creator of the blockbuster Angry Birds series of mobile games, today reported its full-year results for 2012. While the company continues its rapid growth -- now at 1.7 billion game downloads,... and 263 million active users as of December 2012 -- increasingly that scale is being leveraged to drive non-gaming revenues in areas like IP licensing and merchandising. Rovio today reported that sales are up 101% over 2011 to 152.2 million euros ($195 million), with net profit also rising to 55.5 million euros ($71 million), with some 45% of Rovio's revenue now coming from "consumer products".
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Here's Everything Wrong With Life of Pi

Gizmodo - 3 Apr 2013 13:39
Here's Everything Wrong WithLife of Pi may have proved a massive success with its captivating storyline and combination of live action and computer animation--but there's plenty wrong with the film besides the idea of being... stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger. Fortunately, the folks at Cinema Sins have scrutinized the film and pointed out every little thing wrong with it, in less than four minutes. Enjoy. [Cinema Sins] More
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Quickoffice on Android andQuickoffice for iPad became a free perk for Google Apps business subscribers back in December, and now Mountain View has extended the offer to its Android app, and made its iPad application... iPhone-compatible. By wielding the office suite, users can edit, create and view Excel, Word and PowerPoint files that reside on Google Drive. In addition to going gratis, the software has been tweaked to show Drive folders such as Recent, Shared With Me and Starred, as well as subfolders, to boot. On iOS, Quickoffice picks up a few additional improvements, including support for multiple Drive accounts, refined chart rendering and the option to create and share zip folders from several files. Ready to take the search giant up on its deal? Click the neighboring source links for the downloads. If you...
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With 500K Downloads, HaikuWe've covered Seattle-based Haiku Deck's iPad-based presentation tool in the past, and come away impressed. The mobile native PowerPoint killer lets anyone create attractive presentations quickly... using only their device, and now the startup behind it has raised a $3 million Series A funding round, led by Trilogy Partnership and including existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Founders Co-Op and more.
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edX Merges With Stanford'sAs new models of digital learning sweep across higher education, colleges and universities across the globe are scrambling to get on board and make their course catalogs available to a wider audience... via the Web. Of these new models, few have seen more attention than massive open online courses (a.k.a. "MOOCs"), which, starting with Khan Academy, promise to offer access to quality, affordable education at scale -- online.
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Forget in-memory -- SiSenseSiSense has been growing like mad with its analytic database and BI software that's designed to maximize the disk, memory and CPU on even small computers in the name of low latency.
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SiSense Raises $10M For DataSiSense has raised $10 million from Battery Ventures for platform that targets the growing number of companies with terabaytes of data to analyze and visualize The round was led by Battery Ventures... with participation from Opus Capital and Genesis Partners. SiSense uses what it calls the "ElastiCube," a high-performance analytical database that leverages server technology to maximize machine RAM and CPU use. The package includes the database and data visualization software for showing the analysis. The software can be installed as software on the cloud or on premise. CEO Amit Bendov said the majority of customers prefer to use SiSense on premise where most of a company's data resides. SiSense, founded in 2004, started with five employees who spent six years developing the SiSense platform....
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Is Mars One's one-way missionMars One has plans for a solar system-sized reality show that will hand ordinary people a one-way ticket to Mars, all filmed for a TV event set to launch in 2023. But is there less "reality" in this... concept than in reality TV shows?
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Follow Lifehacker on TwitterTwitter users know there's no better way to keep up with events as they happen than to have them show up right in your Twitter feed. Keeping up with Lifehacker articles is no exception. We post to... Twitter whenever a story goes live. If you want a quick and easy way to keep up with the latest, follow the @Lifehacker account to get in on the action. More
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Last week, Amazon bought the social book-discussion site Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. My immediate Twitter reaction was, well, cynical: Basically, all of your book related social activity on... Goodreads just became advertising fodder for Amazon. Congrats and good luck! -- Brian Ford (@brianericford) March 28, 2013 My second tweet was still snarky, but more on the money: "Our goal is to be an open place for all readers to discover and buy books from all retailers..." - Goodreads 2012 paidcontent.org/2012/01/27/419... -- Brian Ford (@brianericford) March 28, 2013 Basically, those two tweets -- about which more in a moment -- are the two best reasons to think the Goodreads acquisition will be bad for the company and bad for readers... but very, very good for Amazon. Your Diversity Will Be...
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Samsung announces Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 13:29
Samsung announces Galaxy StarTiny new entry-level handsets with dual-SIM functionality As Samsung prepares to launch the all-singing, all-dancing Galaxy S4, it's worth remembering that entry level smartphones are also an... important part of the company's game plan. So today we see the announcement of two such devices -- the Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo. Both handsets are almost identical in specs and appearance. Both pack dual-SIM capabilities, a 3-inch QVGA screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 512MB of RAM and a 2-megapixel rear camera, along with 4GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD slot. But the Galaxy Star clocks its CPU all the way up to the dizzy heights of 1GHz, while the Pocket Neo is content at just 850MHz. The Pocket Neo also includes a digtal compass, whereas the Star does not. There's no word on...
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CNET looks at newly surfaced contracts, design specs, and page after page of schematics and code, revealing how Apple created its first disk OS, a chapter of Silicon Valley history critical to its... later success.
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An active recycling and second-hand market, together with private sector collaboration, help keep e-waste disposal manageable for authorities despite the country's high device ownership.
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Call in podcast: ChromebookGot 20 minutes to spare on your commute or at work? Why not tune in to this week's call in podcast where we answer your tech questions. Plenty of Chromebook tips on this week's show as well as... thoughts on the Facebook phone.
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WATCH: What If The Sun Suddenly Vanished?

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 13:24
WATCH: What If The SunIt's no exaggeration to say the sun sustains life here on Earth -- it provides not only light and warmth but also the energy that...
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Maker of 'Angry Birds' series saw full-year revenue grow by 101%.
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The next-generation tablet looks like it'll feature a high-res screen and a thinner design, and will replace Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip with Qualcomm's Snapdragon, according to Reuters
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It's been 40 years since theOn April 3rd 1973, Martin Cooper made the first mobile call on the nine-inch (and 28-ounce) Motorola DynaTAC. Dialing up a rival at AT&T, he apparently said that he was ringing "to see if my call... sounds good at your end." While briefcase-size models had come before it, it's Motorola's truly mobile phone that became the go-to power accessory for the likes of Gordon Gekko, Zack Morris and, er, American Psycho's Patrick Bateman. Since its heyday, however, the AMPS analog networks that the phone used to run on have now largely disappeared, replaced by digital ones that have added better call clarity, not to mention data connectivity at ever-improving speeds. We've come a long way.
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On April 3, 1973 -- exactly 40 years from today -- Motorola employee Marty Cooper made the first mobile phone call Marty used a Motorola DynaTAC to call Bell Labs (then a division of AT&T), reportedly... saying "I'm ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end." The device that Marty used to place the call was a prototype which would later become the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. It was the first commercially available mobile phone, and despite its meager specs for today's standards -- it weighed 2.5 pounds and only had a one-line, text-only LED display -- it cost a whopping $3,995 The DynaTAC phone can be seen in action in several Hollywood films, including "Wall Street," where Gordon Gekko uses it to place a call from the beach, and "American Psycho," with Patrick Bateman using it...
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What is so new about big data, the tech buzzword that is attracting so much attention these days After all, plenty of organizations -- from global telecommunications companies to stock exchanges --... have been handling and sifting though massive amounts of data for years. But it's not until recently that three important trends are converging to usher in a new era of big data -- one that will fundamentally transform how businesses operate and how they engage with customers, suppliers, partners, and employees.
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MuleSoft rakes in more moolahMuleSoft wants to push its Anypoint Platform as the Switzerland of application integration,and now it has $37 million to promote that vision.
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Over the past year we've seen lots of experimentation around user interface, ranging from infrared eye tracking (which has already found its way into mainstream smartphones) to incredibly accurate 3D... motion controls. Today, Japan's Fujitsu is showing off its take on the nontraditional interface -- a combination scanner and camera that is somewhere between one of those laser virtual keyboards and a tablet screen that it's showing off under the lengthy moniker "Next-Generation UI Enabling Operations via Hand Gestures and Finger Movements."
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Smarter Marketing: HowWhen I talk to marketing executives about the Smart Body, Smart World paradigm -- how sensor-laden devices like wearables give us access to new domains of information and what we can do with that... information -- they always bring up the movie Minority Report. The 2002 sci-fi crime thriller has become the reference point people imagine when they think about the future of advertising: specifically, the scene in which Jon Anderton (Tom Cruise) walks through the mall and billboards show him ads based on his mental state (stressed out) and context (on a journey). This depiction of the future makes sense if you take the status quo of advertising in 2002 -- delivering messages via screens to acquire new customers and persuade them to try your product -- and bolt on new technology like biometric...
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Readying For An IPO,MuleSoft, an integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, has raised $37 million led by NEA, with Salesforce.com and returning investors Hummer... Winblad Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAP Ventures and Bay Partners all participating. This bring the company's total funding to $81 million.
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The Hadoop party continues as IBM introduces its latest big data offering based on the open source software.
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Lessons I've Learned in a YearEarly last year, I started renting a desk at Studiomates while working remotely for Adobe. With the majority of mates either running their own companies or freelancing, I felt the itch to follow suit.... This feeling has been with me ever since I first started working for someone else. I knew that one day it would be too much to bear. More
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Chinese HTC One variant'HTC 802w' hides external storage and two SIM slots behind removable back cover As much as the 32 to 64 gigabytes of internal storage in the standard HTC One might be enough for most users in the... West, different markets sometimes call for different features. And a feature difference is exactly what we're seeing in the first leaked shots of what seems to be a Chinese HTC One variant going by the model name 802w. That's right -- there's dual SIM support, in addition to a microSD slot. Spotted by Engadget Chinese over on Sina Weibo, the 802w hides all extra stuff behind a removable back cover. That's something not found on the European and American HTC One models, which pack everything into a sealed unibody enclosure with only a pop-out microSIM tray along the left edge. The Chinese handset,...
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The Cellphone Turns 40 Today

Gizmodo - 3 Apr 2013 12:51
The Cellphone Turns 40 TodayForty years ago today, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made one very important phone call. From midtown Manhattan, Marty called Joel Engel, then the head of rival research department Bell Labs.... When Joel picked up, Marty uttered something rather unexpected: "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cellphone, a real handheld portable cellphone." More
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Google Starts Counting AndroidGoogle has made a small but telling change to how it reports Android activation data for the benefit of its developer community, switching from reporting device activation based on a general or... background check-in to its activation servers to -- starting this month -- counting only those devices where a user visits its Play Store.
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Sony PlayStation 4 Could SeeBack in March we reported that according to an interview, it was suggested that the PlayStation 4 could see a release before November 2013, and sure enough it turned out to be true. Sony has... apparently confirmed this themselves via an interview with a newspaper. British publication, The Sun, reportedly interviewed Sony's CEO of gaming, Andrew House, and in their article claim that House stated that the console would be released in October and that it would cost around 300 GBP, which is about $450 when converted. It should be noted that the article did not actually quote Andrew House on any of these statements, so their conclusion might have simply have been their own interpretation, rather than House's actual statements/confirmation. In any case like we said earlier, the interview with...
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The specter of cyberwar is beginning to rear its head, so do the rules of engagement need updating?
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The quality of JVC's BC3500 doesn't quite hold up to the price
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A typographical study ofTypography expert Yves Peters' My Type of Music feature has been running on-and-off on The FontFeed blog for a few years now, highlighting the best uses of fonts on record covers. For this year's... April Fools' Day, Peters showcased what must be some of the worst album covers of all time, including the Nasma Squad classic Pidä ittes miehenä, The Louvin Brothers' 1959 gospel album Satan is Real, and the truly unforgettable album cover for Wasnatch's Front To Back. Peters' critique of each artwork is a joy to behold, as illustrated by his analysis of Front To Back: "The strategic placement of the French horn cleverly illustrates the album title Front To Back, set in a geometric slab serif. Using a multilinear display face for the band...
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Cheat on your iOS or AndroidThe BlackBerry Z10 is now attainable on three outta the four big US carriers, leading many to wonder what a BB10 phone would be like. Well, if you haven't had a chance to fondle the handset in-store,... Heins & Co's got another way for you to (somewhat) experience the OS through its "glimpse" website. Load it up in the browser of your iOS or Android device, and it'll take you through a linear tour of some of the gestures and ways to multitask, as well as show you the BlackBerry Hub, BBM and Time Shift camera feature. It's far from a full emulation, but at least you'll be a little more informed at the end of it. Point your portable's browser at the source link to see what we mean.
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WATCH: Slumbering Black HoleLoading... jwplayer("pi_player").setup({ 'dock': 'true', 'image':... '://spaceinvideos.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2013/03/black_hole_eats_a_super-jupiter/12598578-1-eng-GB/Black_hole_eats_a_super-Jupiter_video_production_full.png', 'wmode': 'transparent', 'height': '340', 'width': '570', 'controlbar': 'bottom', 'quality': 'true', 'modes': [ { 'type': 'flash', 'src': '://spaceinvideos.esa.int/extension/esadam/design/standard/flash/player.swf', 'config': {...
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The TV Cartel Is Starting To Crack

TechPinions - 3 Apr 2013 12:30
By any reasonable standard, Aereo is a ridiculous service. But the rules and contracts that cover the distribution of television content are anything but reasonable. And that means that Aereo, silly... as it is, could be the beginning of the end for the cartel of studios, sports leagues, broadcasters, networks, and cable and satellite distributors
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Reviewed: Three touchscreenYou don't necessarily need a touchscreen monitor to use Windows 8, but swiping your finger to invoke the Charms bar is a lot more fun than holding down the Windows key and pressing C. I'll admit that... initially I had to force myself to use the new touch gestures, but after a short time with the OS I found myself reaching out to touch even my MacBook Pro's screen. Since the debut of Microsoft's latest operating system, monitor manufacturers have been working to bring touchscreen support to desktop users. At first it was near impossible to find a display that responded to all the gestures in Windows 8, but now we're able to review three 23-inch models with 10-point multitouch support (meaning the monitors recognize all 10 fingers on both your hands). We put the three monitors through a...
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OptiPlex 9010: Dell delivers aThe launch of the touch-centric Windows 8 spawned a host of new all-in-one (AiO) designs, most of which leave something to be desired. But with a little patience and forethought, Dell has delivered a... considerably more usable touchscreen AiO: the OptiPlex 9010. And all they had to do was to put the touchscreen within easy reach. Dell worked this minor miracle by engineering a double-jointed stand that allows you to move the display up and down and slightly forward, along with the tilt adjustment most AiO's provide. Even better, the 9010 has a standard VESA mount point, so you can also use a fully articulated wall- or desk-mounted arm for truly versatile placement. Add a minor landslide of options, top-notch security features, excellent service and warranty options, and you have an AiO that...
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3DMark graphics benchmark app arrives on Android

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 12:28
3DMark graphics benchmark appOne of the most popular PC benchmarks now available for thousands of different Android devices 3DMark, which has been one of the go-to programs to determine your computer's graphical performance is... now available on the Play Store to evaluate phones and tablets as well. The app is nicely designed and gives you more than just the ability to run benchmarks. You can get a nice breakdown of how your device has performed, with metrics on the score, FPS for different areas of the test and details on how the device performed compared to other people with the same device. You also get a full set of leaderboards for the best scores recorded on different devices. The app is quite a large download at over 280MB, but if you're serious about your benchmarks you'll want to have it at the ready. Grab a...
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Italy's 'Lord of the Wind' hitItalian authorities have made their largest ever seizure of mafia-linked assets, appropriating properties and bank accounts worth a reported 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) connected to renewable... energy farms. According to the AP, local police seized 43 wind and solar energy companies and 66 bank accounts belonging to Vito Nicastri -- known as 'Lord of the Wind' for his role in developing his energy businesses.
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Last week, the Daily Dot and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture explored the detrimental effects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) on artists, creators, teachers, fans and... other participants of online media Hard on the heels of that discussion, Slate draws attention to another chilling effect of the restrictive U.S. copyright law: abiding by the DMCA could be actively harming your computer. Let's say the CD you just bought has interactive computer content. You put it in your computer, the software installs... and you suddenly have a computer full of security flaws and invisible malware.
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The mobile phone turns 40 years old

USA Today - 3 Apr 2013 12:08
The first phone call from a mobile device was made 40 years ago.
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The New California Act ThatLet's face it: most of us have no idea how companies are gathering and sharing our personal data. Colossal data brokers are sucking up personal facts about Americans from sources they refuse to... disclose. Digital giants like Facebook are teaming up with data brokers in unsettling new ways. Privacy policies for companies are difficult to read at best and can change in a heartbeat. And even savvy users are unlikely to fend off the snooping eyes of online trackers working to build profiles of our interests and web histories. More
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'Game of Thrones' PremiereAccording to the ratings, 6.7 million viewers tuned in for HBO's "Game of Thrones" premiere on Sunday night, breaking last years' premiere record. But the hour-long show broke another record -- a... record in online piracy. According to TorrentFreak, a news site that tracks BitTorrent news,...
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Startling New Pictures RevealA startling new view of what actually happens when a giant star explodes has been published. A supernova occurs when a giant star runs out...
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Baidu Eye is no joke, aims toWe all know that Chinese search giant Baidu is notorious for receiving much inspiration from its US counterpart, Google, and according to the above IM screenshot published on April Fools' Day (now... bear with us here), the former is apparently already working on its own version of Glass. This claim is seemingly supported by a couple of articles from Tencent Tech and Sina Tech, who said that the spectacles feature a tiny LCD, image recognition technology, voice control technology and bone conduction audio. These all sound familiar, no? The articles also mentioned Qualcomm's "latest power management chip," which would allegedly push the device's battery life up to 12 hours. That said, Baidu's real goal is apparently to offer an open platform for wearable devices in all shapes and forms:...
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Alleged Details Of Blizzard'sWe know that Blizzard is currently working on a next-gen MMO codenamed Titan. Blizzard has acknowledged this themselves, but apart from that, the developer did not share any additional details about... the upcoming game. Will it be based on a new world/story, or will be based on Blizzard's currently portfolio of games, such as Diablo or StarCraft (probably not Warcraft since there already is a World of Warcraft)? Well according to website Titan Focus, they claim to have gotten details about the upcoming game that based on that, seems like a brand new franchise. It is expected to be based on the history of Earth but will include high amounts of fiction and will see inclusion of Warcraft elements in the world. It will also feature time travelling and will see heavy use of Greek, Roman and...
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Samsung Galaxy Win Leaked OnAccording to Vietnamese website, MainNguyen.vn, they have managed to get their hands on a Samsung device that is apparently called the Galaxy Win. Based on its specs, there's really nothing to shout... about but for those shopping for a mid-ranged device, the Galaxy Win could be it. So what are we looking at here? Well for starters it will feature a 4.7" sAMOLED display with a resolution of 480--800. Its chipset will be a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 by Qualcomm, with an Adreno 203 GPU on board. It will also come with a 5MP camera, a front-facing VGA camera, a 2,000mAh battery and will run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. No word on when Samsung will be making the announcement, but considering that its images have been leaked, we're guessing soon than later. Also no word on whether this phone...
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Why rapid-fire updates are theAsk five geeks about Windows 8's greatest flaw, and you're bound to get five different answers. Some diss the new Start screen. Some hate the big hole where the Start button used to be. Others rail... against the indignity of having to swipe open a Charms bar to print or search for anything. And what's with those Microsoft Accounts? But you know what the biggest problem with Windows 8 is? It's just too much new at once--and it absolutely had to be. Traditional Windows development was so glacial, so grossly slow and lumbering, that the original iPad hadn't even been released when Windows 7 saw the light of day. So Microsoft was forced to play a massive game of catch up with Windows 8, or risk falling behind the eight ball forever. That won't happen again. Microsoft is ditching the lethargic...
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LG Lucid 2 Officially Announced By Verizon

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 11:59
LG Lucid 2 OfficiallyThe other we reported that it was possible that the LG Lucid 2 would be arriving on Verizon come 4th of April, and for those shopping on a budget, we guess the Lucid 2 could right up your alley. True... enough the phone has been announced by Verizon and will be available in stores this Thursday, 4th of April. It will also be free of charge, providing you are willing to sign a two-year contract with Verizon. Not a bad deal, but then again the specs of the LG Lucid 2 leave a lot to be desired, but like we said, shoppers on a budget will probably find that this phone will be more than capable of getting simple tasks done. So what sort of specs are we looking at? Well this phone is essentially a modified LG Optimus F5 and will come with a 4.3" qHD display and will run on Android Jelly Bean, which...
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China is looking to introduce favorable policies and attract investment for its Beidou Navigation Satellite System, as well as expand its commercial use.
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Xiaomi M2S with Snapdragon 600China Telecom looks to be getting a supercharged flavor of the small-ish but powerful Xiaomi Phone 2, if an inadvertent listing for a Xiaomi M2s proves accurate. MyDrivers.com grabbed some screenshots... before it was pulled, revealing the same 4.3-inch, 720p resolution screen and other specs but with a 1.7GHz quad-core APQ8064 CPU -- likely a Snapdragon 600, a nice jump from the already powerful S4 Pro in other Xiaomi Phone 2 variants. The carrier may have jumped the gun ahead of an April 9th Xiaomi event, but the $370 or so phone looks to be good news for users there who don't want downmarket specs with a downsized screen -- as seems to be the trend lately.
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Computer pioneer Alan Kay onTime has published an interview with Alan Kay, a pioneer of the tech industry who worked for Xerox, Apple, Atari, Disney, and HP. In the interview, Kay discusses his early vision for computing, his... work at Xerox's revolutionary PARC lab, his time at Apple, and the pursuit of artificial intelligence. Kay's Dynabook concept laid the groundwork for Xerox's industry-defining Alto computer, which heavily influenced the development of Apple and Microsoft's user interfaces. The concept is also seen, at least in hardware terms, as a precursor to modern laptop, tablet, and convertible devices, but Kay is disillusioned by the state of software on these devices. Speaking on the role of software and electronics in society, Kay says the rise of...
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Converser Launches To PowerAnother Irish startup has thrown its wares into the in-app messaging ring. After working with and developing its product alongside a number of enterprise customers, Dublin-based Converser opens up to... mobile developers today with an in-app communication platform that can be incorporated into iOS/Android apps to provide two-way communication with users -- real-time chat, marketing messages, polls, feedback, and click-to-call -- supported by what's being described as a "self-learning" CRM system, and analytics. The company is also announcing that it recently closed a seed round of $1.2 million led by Lough Shore Investments and Enterprise Equity, with support from Enterprise Ireland.
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Vodafone shares dip as VerizonVerizon has unsurprisingly scotched Tuesday's rumor of a record-breaking takeover - in concert with rival carrier AT&T, no less - of Vodafone. Voda's shares have dropped a couple percent in response.
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Blackberry Launches Website ToEver wonder what it would be like to run Blackberry 10? While one way to actually try it out would be to go to a shop and handle the device yourself, say you're too busy or if you're not that curious,... what would you do then? Well it seems that Blackberry has created a website at Blackberry.com/Glimpse (needs to be viewed on your mobile phone) in which you will be able to try out the Blackberry 10 software on your iPhone or Android device (presumably Windows Phone as well)! Of course this is different from actually using the Z10, but for those are more concerned about software instead of hardware, this might be able to give you an idea of what to expect. The features and use will of course be limited, but you will still be able to interact with the software/website using some gestures that...
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iOS 7 Rumored To Be ReceivingWith Jony Ive taking the helm for iOS, many expect that we could be seeing huge changes being made to Apple's iOS operating system, not just visually, but in terms of features as well. While we would... love to see those features and changes being introduced in iOS 7, realistically we think that these changes will probably be a gradual process, or is it? According to John Gruber at Daring Fireball, he claims that Ive has made some pretty significant UI changes to iOS 7, so much so that apparently iOS engineers are required to place a polarizing filter on the displays of their iPhones so that onlookers will not be able to catch a glimpse of these changes. However Gruber goes on to state that development of iOS 7 is running a bit behind schedule to the point where OS X 10.9 engineers had to be...
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Illness Forces Ebert To Cut Workload

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 11:42
Illness Forces Ebert To CutA recurrence of cancer is forcing Roger Ebert to take a "leave of presence" from his duties as the Chicago Sun-Times film critic, but that...
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Viber With VOIP Now AvailableThe other day we reported that Viber with VOIP capabilities had been submitted to the Windows Phone Store for approval and could be seeing a release sometime this week. Well if you're a heavy Viber... user and this is an app you've been looking forward to for your Windows Phone 8 device, you're in luck as the app is currently available for download! As expected the app is free for download and for those unfamiliar, Viber is an app that allows users to send messages to each other via WiFi or mobile internet, as well as make VOIP calls. This will be handy while travelling overseas without a local SIM card, or if your minutes are running low. In any case for those interested, the app can be downloaded via the Windows Phone Store, so what are you waiting for? Any WP8 users out there care to share...
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Small Business Funder KabbageAtlanta-based Kabbage continues its growth in its business of providing working capital to business that sell products online. This morning, that company has announced that it's closed a $75 million... credit facility to give it more capital to advance to its customers. This follows its successful Series C round last September, when the company raised $30 million in capital.
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The best map yet of light from the infant universe seems to rule out the strange motion of galaxy clusters, knocking down one sign of a multiverse
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Goldman Sachs took Apple off its preferred stocks list.
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Adobe's image editing and cataloging software supports 25 new cameras and addresses image-quality problems on Fujiflm's X-Trans and EXR sensors.
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The issue is that developers will have to code their apps to work with four major versions of OS X to be compatible with the largest number of Mac users.
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The electronics vendor's managing director for Japan, Martin Moelle, will now oversee operations across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea.
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Dick Smith adopts Google Apps

ZDNet - 3 Apr 2013 11:17
The electronics and IT retailer wants to unite its disparate workforce through the introduction of Google Apps.
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VLC Team Updates Fans WithWindows 8 users might recall that back in November of 2012, popular media player, VLC, launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get their app made and optimized for Microsoft's latest Windows 8. Given... that it's been almost half a year since the campaign launched, we're sure many fans of the software are wondering what's the progress. Well the team at VLC have updated their Kickstarter page to explain why there has been a lack of posts, and what the progress is with the app. According to the team, they have been working closely with Mingw-w64 project and GCC developers and have managed to cut down 90% of what's considered "forbidden" in the modern UI. However they claim that despite all of this, there is still quite a lot of work to be done, although they did show a screen capture of the app...
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DICE Considering TakingSome of us play games casually, while some are a bit more hardcore and take their gaming very seriously. Then you have gamers who actually make a living by playing games professionally and... competitively. Now if you're a fan of first-person shooter games like DICE's upcoming Battlefield 4, you might be interested to learn that the developer is considering making Battlefield 4 a eSports game. Speaking to Leutin09 in an interview on YouTube, DICE's general manager, Karl-Magnus Troedsson was quoted as saying: "Yes, we're very interested in this area
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Next-gen Google Nexus 7 TabletAre you looking forward to seeing what Google will be doing with the next-generation Nexus 7 tablet? Well we are too, and according to Reuters, they are suggesting that Google could be releasing the... next-generation Nexus 7 tablet in July. According to their sources, the new Nexus 7 will come with hardware upgrades, obviously, and it seems that it will be getting a display bump with a higher resolution. It will get a thinner bezel, presumably to get that edge-to-edge display effect, and could be swapping out NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset with Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset instead. Their source goes on to claim that the new Nexus 7 will continue to be manufactured by ASUS and that Google is pretty optimistic about this tablet are looking to ship 8 million units in the second half of 2013. It is...
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Rumor: iOS 7 Is BehindUnofficial Apple spokesman John Gruber has written a short post on Daring Fireball suggesting that iOS 7 is running well behind schedule--and that as a result Apple is hauling man power from its OS X... development team. More
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New department will oversee cyberdeterrence policies and prepare information security measures, and its top priority will be developing cyberwarfare weapons to protect military networks.
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China's homegrown GPS to openNow that China is comfortable letting drivers access Beidou to get around the middle kingdom, it's decided that everyone else should get easy access as well. Talking to Xinhua News, state official... Yang Qiangwen said that it won't be long before the nation's made-at-home GPS is adopted by local smartphone makers. The government is seeking to attract investment to promote the technology for public use, presumably lobbying domestic manufacturers to get on board -- before making similar overtures to the big boys elsewhere.
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Kabbage Raises $75M In Debt ToKabbage, which provides working capital to online merchants, is announcing $75 million in debit financing led by Victory Park Capital (VPC) with existing equity investor Thomvest Ventures... participating. We're told the debt facility will go towards funding advances for the company customer base.
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Google Will Refresh Nexus 7Google will refresh its Nexus 7 tablet this summer, launching a new version powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor around July, according to Reuters -- which is about a year after it launched the... original Nexus 7. The news agency said two unnamed sources also told it Google is aiming to ship between six and eight million of the tablets in the second half of the year.
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The cellphone is 40 years old today

The Verge - 3 Apr 2013 10:48
The cellphone is 40 years oldOn April 3rd, 1973, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cellphone. In midtown Manhattan, Cooper called Joel Engel -- head of rival research department Bell Labs --... saying "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone." The call was placed on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which weighed 2.5 pounds, a far cry from today's 4-ounce handsets. Last year, The Verge's Chris Ziegler sat down with Marty Cooper to discuss the history of the cellphone, the issues facing the current market, and the future of phones and spectrum. What better way to celebrate the forty-year anniversary of the portable phone than to hear from the man who invented it?
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Nasa May Have Hidden A MassiveOnly rarely has Nasa had the budget to meet its ambitions. When it doesn't? That's when it gets creative. The US space agency is currently...
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The telco will rope in 1,000 retirees as IT-service related teachers over next three years as part of CSR efforts.
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Google Maps Reinterpreted asSometimes, Google Maps throws up some striking imagery--and now David Thomas Smith has seized on some of the more striking elements to create a series of artworks that combine satellite images with... inspiration from traditional Persian rug-making. The results are stunning. More
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And Baidu, a Chinese-language search engine, has taken the phrase to heart, producing Google Glass-like eyewear "Baidu Eye," is the internal code... name for a wearable device that features speech recognition for Mandarin, as well as image search, which pulls up relevant information based on a photo. Baidu's director of international communications, Kaiser Kuo, confirmed its existence to Mashable Wednesday, after several reports about Eye emerged on Chinese tech sites over the last few days. While Kuo said Eye is a different product from Glass in terms of functionality, he admitted it's similar in that the device is also an "ocular wearable interface." For its part, Glass is a pair of augmented-reality glasses that includes a heads-up...
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The Mobile Phone Is 40 Today

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 10:07
The Mobile Phone Is 40 TodayMobile phone technology has come a long way since the first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, changing life forever- but there...
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Although online readers sometimes complain that printed news is yesterday's news, there's something nice about the holistic view a daily paper casts on the last 24 hours of events -- a view Financial... Times readers say they want alongside the live-updating experience offered by the FT.com and its apps for mobile and tablet devices. Come Wednesday, that's exactly what readers of the FT's web app will get. An update to the iPad version of the app now allows readers to toggle between two modes, "Live" and "Morning," via a bottom navigation bar. The former mirrors the frequently updated arrangement of the website; the latter, the static structure of the morning paper.
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Zynga's Real-Money OnlineAs anyone who has visited a real-world casino knows, the odds are stacked against you when you gamble. And Zynga's new UK real-money online games, which are now live, remind us that the same goes for... virtual casinos, too. This morning, as it said it would, Zynga turned on its first two sites, Zynga Plus Casino and Zynga Plus Poker, that will let residents in the UK deposit money to gamble online. I've been playing them for the last half hour and have yet to win anything with my own hard-earned cash, but I have done a little better playing with Zynga's play money.
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HTC One 802w for China spottedMuch like how three (or four) of the major US carriers will be getting the HTC One, China's three carriers will also be receiving the same treatment, according to the country's official device... approval database. The three flavors are known as 802w, 802t and 802d, each heading to China Unicom (WCDMA), China Mobile (TD-SCDMA) and China Telecom (CDMA), respectively. For the record, the European version we have is 801n, so perhaps the third digit represents the number of SIM slots featured on the device. This is certainly the case for the 802w. Earlier today, a Sina Weibo user posted the above photo of said phone with its back cover -- between the two plastic lines -- removed, thus exposing not only its two SIM card slots but also a microSD slot just below the camera. It's worth noting that...
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WATCH: PGA Golfer Unveils Hovercraft Golf Cart

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 09:55
WATCH: PGA Golfer UnveilsComing this close to April Fool's Day, we find it hard to believe this one - but if true, it's the biggest advance in golf-related...
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Forecast comes as Facebook is expected to unveil new Android product.
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This IS The Facebook Phone You've Been Dreaming About

The Huffington Post - 3 Apr 2013 09:39
This IS The Facebook PhoneFacebook is preparing to launch its long-awaited full-scale assault on the mobile phone. Mark Zuckerberg's social network will unveil an Android-based homescreen on Thursday which...
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Reuters: Google to LaunchReuters is suggesting that Google will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet in July--which will bring with it a decent spec bump, if the rumors are to be believed. More
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Updated Nexus 7 with new"Power reasons" force the switch from NVIDIA's Tegra platform to Qualcomm according to the source A report from Reuters earlier says that come July, we'll have a new version of Google's popular Nexus... 7 tablet. ASUS will still be the manufacturer, but a few key things will have changed. Expect a higher resolution screen with smaller bezels, and concerns over "power" (we take that to mean battery power) have forced a switch to Qualcomm for the CPU. Pricing is said to still be in limbo, but the $199 figure has been mentioned. This is the same base price as last year's Nexus 7, and a key to its success. If this rumor turns out to be true, a July release would work well with an unveiling at Google I/O this May. ASUS sold an estimated 4.6 million Nexus 7s in the second half of last year, and...
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Google plans to launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet in July 2013, Reuters reported, citing sources with knowledge of the new product. The new Nexus 7 will be built by Asustek. It will be... powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and have a thinner bezel, as well as a higher screen resolution, sources said The original Nexus 7, also built by Asustek, was powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor; it had a screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels Google reportedly plans to ship up to 8 million units of the new Nexus 7 in the second half of 2013. Its main competitors would be Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad mini
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Google and Asustek to releaseGoogle's next generation of Nexus 7 tablets from Asus will be Qualcomm-powered and arrive this July, according to Reuters. If its sources are to be believed, Mountain View is aiming to ship eight... million units by the end of the year, showing it has a lot of confidence in the upcoming model. Other leaked info shows it to have more screen resolution, a thinner bezel and an unspecified Qualcomm CPU instead of the current model's NVIDIA Tegra 3, possibly to save power. There's no info on pricing or other specs and Google's not speaking at this point, of course -- but if it proves accurate, hopefully the two companies have learned their lesson from the current model's runaway success and will ramp production accordingly.
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Baidu Reportedly DevelopingBaidu, the search giant often referred to as the "Google of China," is reportedly developing its own version of Google Glass, according to a article in Sina Tech (link via Google Translate). We've... contacted Baidu for comment. Testing of a prototype has reportedly already begun. According to the Sina Tech article, Baidu Eye has been in development for "several years" by a team under the direction of Baidu's chief product designer Sun Yun-feng. The wearable gadget is equipped with tiny LCDs, voice control, image recognition, bone conduction (which allows sound to be conducted to the inner ear through the bones of the skull), and can also function as a standard pair of eyeglasses. Furthermore, developers will reportedly have access to Baidu's cloud ecosystem to create apps for Baidu Eye. News...
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For energy tech, the boringIt's the non-sexy stuff like financing and business model innovation that will drive forward the next-generation of energy technologies.
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T-Mobile's no-contracts, no-subsidy plans could lead to more device interoperability and lower prices on handsets across the industry.
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GameStop Knows Something AboutThere is nothing quite like having bits and pieces of information that the world is clamoring after, and carrying that smug look around. GameStop is in this enviable position concerning the next... generation Xbox console from Microsoft, and the GameStop president did say, "We also have knowledge of the second console, but I'd rather that be out in the public before we discuss our digital goals for 2014." It seems that Microsoft has spilled the proverbial beans on its next-generation Xbox console with some top level executives at US retailer GameStop, and the firm's president further shared, "The problem is that we just - we have one console [PlayStation 4], and we have some knowledge that we can share, more knowledge that we can't. We also have knowledge of the second console, but I'd rather...
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Gears of War: Judgment Patched

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 08:54
Gears of War: Judgment PatchedHave you given Gears of War: Judgment a go already? If you have not, how can you call yourself a hardcore gamer who looks beyond the console manufacturer? Well, go pick up the game already, as it is... certainly chock full of adrenaline pumping situations, and the game itself has been on the receiving end of a couple of updates, as well as some new DLC, without requiring you to fork out additional dough, of course. We all know that the first add-on was introduced for free from Maxim, but since we have already covered that, why not talk about the new patch for the game? The patch will see various dedicated server improvements, and no longer will players remain stuck in the main menu background after playing a trio of random matches. Of course, Locusts will also no longer spawn at the second...
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Cheaper iPhone In The Works

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 08:48
Cheaper iPhone In The WorksIt has been rumored for quite some time now, that Cupertino could very well roll out a new iPhone that will be the gimped version of the flagship iPhone model, which many folks suspect will be known... as the iPhone 5S when it arrives later this summer as the handset is already said to have entered production. Well, would a lower cost and more affordable iPhone actually help Apple conquer the smartphone industry? It really depends on the market, as it seems that the iPhone phase among buyers is starting to die off, as folks see far more to the Android ecosystem than what it was a few years back. The Wall Street Journal reported that there will be a "second pillar" of iPhone models arriving in the near future, where this cheaper handset would target who who want to jump aboard the iOS...
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SimCity DLC Sees Nissan LeafNow this is crystal clear proof that some games certainly keep up with the times, as evident by the latest DLC (downloadable content) pack for EA's SimCity. Sure, the latest iteration of SimCity has... taken in its fair amount of flak, but I am quite sure that this has not stopped folks from diving right into the entire game wholeheartedly as they play god, but the latest DLC certainly has a very close bearing to our everyday lives, considering how it comes with a Nissan Leaf charging station. Needless to say, the Nissan Leaf charging station in the game is not exactly the most subtle item that we have seen so far, as there is also an attached billboard that advertises the all-electric car, not to mention Nissan's bright red logo hovering over most of the pavement. It seems that this Nissan...
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Nokia Lumia 920 1308 FirmwareIf you happen to live across the pond (in Europe, as I am not referring to the Far East with the Land of the Rising Sun) and own Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 powered device, the Nokia Lumia 920,... then you might be pleased to hear that the long awaited 1308 firmware update has finally arrived in that part of the world, where it will deliver improvement to your captured photos, while implementing the tool to assist consumers manage the pesky "Other" storage. This particular update has already arrived in the US, so it makes perfect sense that Europe is not lagging too far behind. Other improvements that accompany this firmware update would include its proximity sensor parameters, better automatic display brightness adjustment and other miscellaneous performance enhancements, and if it were...
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LIT Activity Tracker

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 08:30
LIT Activity TrackerIt looks like the LIT Activity Tracker's official campaign launch of Indiegogo has just kicked off, where it intends to be quite the useful device for fitness buffs out there, where it is capable of... measuring the normal running distance as well as steps, in addition to letting folks record stuff like airtime, G-Force, speed, laps, paddles and reps in surf, skate, snow and moto modes, now how about that? I guess it is not too far off the mark to categorize LIT as the first activity tracker which was specially designed for action sports that are a surefire way to get all of that adrenaline pumping. This modular yet rugged, water resistant, activity tracker is capable of recognizing movements in action sports, using tailored algorithms to analyze and score movements during such sessions so...
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Opinions Differ Widely On TheTim Cook's apology to Apple's Chinese customers has divided observers, some of whom claim that the public mea culpa might undermine the Cupertino company by giving credence to government criticism.... Cook's letter was posted (link via Google Translate) on the Chinese Apple Web site on Monday after two weeks of heated attacks by China's state-run media. Cook focused on Apple's communication over its warranty and said the company would change its repair policy for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices sold in China. "We realize a lack of communication in this process has led to speculation that Apple is arrogant and doesn't care about or value consumers' feedback," wrote Cook. "We sincerely apologize for any concern or misunderstanding this has brought to customers. The wording of Cook's apology made...
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Photon 3D Scanner Is Cheaper Than A Tablet

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 08:26
Photon 3D Scanner Is Cheaper3D printing seems to be the brand new fad in the world of technology, and it seems that there has been a fair amount of effort put in by relevant parties to ensure that 3D printing is able to be... affordable enough for the masses to give it a go. Well, before you do some 3D printing, you might want to perform 3D scanning so that you have the relevant details and information before your 3D printer can get to work. Anyone who watched Jackie Chan's CZ12 movie would revel in the unique 3D scanner gloves that they employ, and I guess the Photon 3D scanner is a crude predecessor. The Photon is the brainchild of Canada-based Matterform, where it allows anyone to quickly scan existing objects in high resolution, followed by transferring said digital scans to a 3D printer for modification and output....
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NBN Co will invoke federal telecommunications powers to access Ausgrid's power poles after the companies failed to come to an agreement over access for the purpose of rolling out the fibre network.
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Denmark Derives 25% Of Power From Wind

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 08:21
Denmark Derives 25% Of PowerScandinavian country Denmark is not at the top of the list for many folks when it comes to being a tourist destination, but you might want to drop by the country one of these days if you so happen to... be in Europe. After all, Denmark does have its fair share of charms, not to mention being the home of the famous, thirst quenching Carlsberg beer. Another feather in the cap of this country would be the fact that they have managed to achieve a feat that might not be possible for larger countries, that is, deriving a quarter of its power needs from wind power alone. Their latest 3.6 megawatt offshore wind turbine is what makes this particular feat possible, as the country has just gone over the one gigawatt wind energy threshold. Of course, while others might sit back and bask in the moment for...
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During an invite-only developer event Tuesday, Twitter Cards unveiled several updates, adding the ability to share even more information on Twitter within a single tweet. Currently used by over 10,000... developers, the update adds mobile app deep-linking in Cards, which allows users to tap a link on Twitter to view content directly within an app if they have it installed. If they don't have the app, however, they'll be prompted to download it after clicking on the link Twitter also added three new types of Cards: App, Product and Gallery. App Cards will show information about an app -- specifically its name, icon, price and rating -- directly from the App Store or Google Play. Product Cards will show an image and its description, along with two other fields that can be customized, such as...
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Verizon denies Vodafone buyout

CNET - 3 Apr 2013 08:05
The company contradicts an earlier report by the Financial Times that it planned to team with AT&T to acquire the world's second-largest carrier.
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Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean Update

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 08:02
Sony Xperia S Jelly BeanThe Sony Xperia S used to be the top dog of smartphones for the Sony Mobile stable, and it seems that the handset still has some life left in its legs with word of an impending Android 4.1 Jelly Bean... update. Now, this particular update had been rumored to arrive for quite some time now, with the latest whispers pointing to a March 2013 release. As we all very well know, we are already in the month of April, and there has yet to be a whiff of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, but a regional branch of Sony did mention that this particular update should arrive within the coming few days. I suppose after waiting for such a long time, a little bit more patience required for the upcoming days should not be too difficult to endure, right? This regional branch of Sony underlined that claim on its...
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Nexus 7 tablet successor inTwo separate sources have informed Reuters that Google plans to introduce the second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet in July of this year. Though Android's had its struggles adapting to the tablet... form factor, the Nexus 7 was a surprisingly competent device, delivered in partnership by Google and Asus, and it also brought with it a breakthrough price of $199. Asus is once again expected to carry out the production and assembly for the new Nexus device, however Nvidia's Tegra chip is said to have been replaced by Qualcomm's Snapdragon. This should be a major win for Qualcomm, given that Google's internal sales forecasts for this Nexus 7 successor are reported as being north of eight million units. In order to achieve that number, Google...
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Music Video Company VEVOVEVO just became available in a whole new market, as its streaming music video service was launched in The Netherlands today. The launch will make more than 75,000 music videos available to Dutch... viewers, and brings the total number of countries that it operates in to 11. It serves music videos in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K.
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FCC Welcomes The Casio C881The FCC is one important regulatory body that does its bit to make sure that the correct kinds of hardware will be tested before they can be released for mass usage, and hence, it is no surprise to... see or read about upcoming hardware make their way over to the FCC first. Documents that have been spotted on the FCC recently shows an unannounced smartphone from Casio, where it will be known as the Casio C881 Gz'One Commando, which happens to resemble an update to the handset that was released last year - the C771. The FCC documents do confirm that the Casio C881 Gz'One Commando will be able to support both CDMA bands and LTE bands that are used by Verizon Wireless, apart from delivering other connectivity options such as NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. It does seem as though the Casio C881 Gz'One...
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Hybrid Memory Cube Paves TheThere does not seem to be anything that modern day technology cannot do, and when it comes to memory for computers and other kinds of consumer electronics devices, those tend to expand exponentially... when it comes to the total capacity. Well, the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has been working for quite the longest time already on developing a standard for for its technology, taking 17 months or so to date, but at last, the fruit of their labor is about to be revealed. The Consortium recently published their HMC Specification 1.0, which basically enables companies to build platforms and RAM using 2GB, 4GB and 8GB chips, where these will also incorporate the stacked, power-efficient technology, without having to go through the headache of compatibility issues from different supporters. It...
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Sonnet Echo 15-Port Thunderbolt Dock

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 07:32
Sonnet Echo 15-PortAccessory manufacturer, Sonnet Technologies, has come up with a seemingly potent Thunderbolt dock which will allow users to hook it up with just about any kind of connection that one could ever wish... for. Just what kind of magical device is this? It is known as the Sonnet Echo 15-Port Thunderbolt Dock, where it will play nice with both Mac and Windows machines, which delivers a grand total of 15 ports, with the additional luxurious options to throw in an optical DVD or Blu-ray DVD drive, in addition to a 2TB hard drive (of course, you can always opt for a smaller capacity, albeit far faster SSD). The Sonnet Echo 15-Port Thunderbolt Dock is tipped to hit the markets later this summer, but for those of you living in North America, you might want to take the step to place a pre-order for them...
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You may not have heard of Sanook, but by Internet standards, the company is a grizzled veteran in Thailand, founded by Poramate Minsiri in 1998. Over the years it has expanded to offer a number of... services and products, including e-commerce, games, news content, advertising and mobile applications. Today, it is the largest web portal in Thailand. The company's e-commerce arm includes Dealfish, a C2C e-commerce marketplace and Sabuy and B2B2C e-commerce site. This division is led by managing director Tiwa York. The Internet portal section and other divisions like mobile, games and advertising are led by Krittee Manoleehagul, the managing director at Sanook Online Limited.
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The Australian Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has flagged that the government will look for more savings in IT.
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LG Bedding King Vacuum Cleaner

Ubergizmo - 3 Apr 2013 07:25
LG Bedding King Vacuum CleanerThe bedroom should be one of the cleanest rooms in any home, considering how private it is, and you would definitely prefer to sink your face into a fluffy and nice smelling pillow, don't you? Well,... for those of us who have this apparent allergy to dust, you might want to consider getting anti-dust mite pillow and mattress protectors, in addition to a decent performing vacuum cleaner for your bed. LG of South Korea might just have the vacuum that you are looking for with the Bedding King, which sports a powerful vibrating punch that knocks backs and forth 8,000 times per minute in an effort to remove invisible dust. The Bedding King will not only make short work of dust bunnies, but is powerful enough to remove ticks and hairs within the bed thanks to motion vibration, sucking them all in...
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China's air pollution led toThe pea-soup-like air pollution in China's cities has received a lot of attention over the past year, but its actual human toll is just now coming to light, and it's much worse than thought. Some 1.2... million premature deaths in the country can be attributed to the outdoor air quality in 2010, a loss of some 25 million healthy years, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), published by The Lancet in December. The New York Times reports that "ambient particulate matter pollution" was the number four cause of death in the country, behind dietary risks, high blood pressure, and smoking.
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Some of my readers are complaining that they want to avoid Windows 8 but they can't find Windows 7 PCs. Really? I just surveyed the market and found lots of Windows 7 choices. The secret is knowing... where to look.
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Sony Xperia ZL reaches CanadaWhile we're still waiting on an American carrier to officially release Sony's Xperia ZL, it turns out that Canadians don't have to be quite so patient. That promised April launch in the northern... country has come right at the start of the month, and locals can order the compact 5-inch flagship from Bell, Rogers or Videotron as of today. Pricing varies sharply between networks, however. Bell is offering the most aggressive discount, at $100 on a lengthy three-year contract, while Rogers and Videotron raise the prices to a respective $125 and $200 on similar terms. You can also buy the smartphone off-contract from the carriers for $600 (Bell and Videotron) or $625 (Rogers), in addition to the $675 unlocked model from Sony itself. We'd think carefully about a purchase when the Xperia ZL is...
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Google Maps imagery rewovenDavid Thomas Smith's first solo show of photographic art is called Anthropocene, and makes use of Google Maps image data in a pretty novel way -- the satellite photos serve as the fabric for intricate... patterns inspired by Persian rugs. Each piece uses several thousand individual images from Google Maps, which are then stitched together using Photoshop. Anthropocene is currently on show at the Copper House Gallery in Dublin; while the images look impressive enough on screen, the gallery says they have "a level of detail one can only really experience in person."
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Here Is a Chart Showing AllBeef is never not delicious but certain cuts of beef are even more delicious than other parts of meat. Why is that? Because the cow is a pretty big animal and different parts of it can be fattier or... leaner than the other. This infographic from Visual.ly breaks down where which kind of beef cut comes from. If you were ever curious to see where the chuck is from or where the sirloin lies, you never have to wonder again. More
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AT&T rolls out LTE to 14 more locations

Android Central - 3 Apr 2013 06:51
AT&T rolls out LTE to 14 moreAT&T drops more LTE across the country, now you can hit your data cap 10 times faster AT&T has announced that LTE service is now rolling out to 14 new locations in a series of press releases this... evening. The announced locations are: Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas Fresno, California Palm Coast, Florida Lakeland-Winter Haven Florida Fort Pierce, Florida Mount Dora, Florida Carbondale-Marion Illinois Houma/Thibodaux, Louisana Jefferson City, Missouri Las Cruces, New Mexico Binghamton, New York Temple/Killeen Texas Mount Vernon, Washington If you're living in one of these areas and have a 4G LTE device on AT&T, give it a look and see -- you might be pleasantly surprised.
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Tableau files for IPO

ZDNet - 3 Apr 2013 06:50
Data exploration and visualization darling Tableau has filed for initial public offering
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Three days ago, Kevin Ware snapped his right leg in half. Today, he's able to walk with crutches, and inspires his exponentially growing number of Twitter followers with a heroic showing of optimism... and resilience Ware, a guard for the Louisville Cardinals, suffered his gruesome injury during the team's win over Duke on Sunday to gain a berth in the Final Four. He jumped to contest a jumpshot in the first half, then collapsed in a heap in front of the Louisville bench. His right tibia jutted out of his skin, as his ankle and foot hung lifelessly from the snapped bone. Teammates, coaches, opponents, media and fans alike reacted in abject horror, some bursting into tears as Ware was carted off the court. Many consider it the most horrifying sports injury ever seen on live TV
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With the social network's expanded Cards feature, users can now see product information and photo galleries, and download an app, from a single tweet.
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Hadouken hasn't even had its full 15 minutes of Internet fame, and another meme is already moving in. Enter: Vadering It features one person using the Force Grip on a hapless victim, who appears to... float in mid-air while choking. Classic Darth Vader The photo meme has taken over the interwebs, gaining steam on Reddit and Twitter -- including a mention on one notable account: Planking is so last year. Try #vadering. RT @broccoli_robb7m: Newest craze!! twitter.com/Broccoli_Robb/... -- Star Wars (@starwars) April 1, 2013 Check out the gallery, above, for more Vadering photos Which meme will reign supreme in 2013 -- Vadering, Hadouken or something else? Give us your take in the comments, below
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Timelines will sue Facebook over the smaller firm's trademark on the word "timeline."
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New York Times Puts InstagramIn November of 2010, The New York Times made headlines of their own when they chose four Hipstamatic photos to grace their front page. And now, Instagram is getting in on the action as well. For... Sunday's paper, the NYT decided to use a photo of Alex Rodriguez taken by photographer Nick Laham in a
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Adobe releases Lightroom 4.4Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4. These are final versions of updates that were originally posted as 'release candidates'. Both versions add Raw support for 25... additional cameras, including the Nikon D7100, Canon EOS 100D, Fujifilm X100s and Sony SLT-A58. Corrections to the demosaicing algorithms for previously supported Fujifilm X-Trans and EXR sensor cameras are also included along with several new lens profiles. Click through for a full list of supported cameras, lenses and bug fixes.
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Twitter Cards for apps,Twitter just wrapped up a developer shindig at its San Francisco HQ and trotted out three new content preview cards. When a user links to a page with Twitter-specific markup, a tweet will feature an... application's name, icon, description, rating and price within the freshly unveiled App Card and link to its Google Play or App Store page, to boot. Product Cards on the other hand, highlight merchandise with an image, price and even ratings. When tweets link to a photo gallery on the web, the social network will use a Gallery Card to display a collection of four photos, indicating that it points to an image set, and not just a lone picture. The firm rounded off the updates with "mobile app deep-linking," which means that tweets can sport a download link for the app which was used to publish...
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Rovio Taps Brightcove ToIf you're a big Angry Birds fan, you've probably noticed that there's no longer just games available in the franchise apps. Rovio, the studio behind the most popular iOS app of all time, is now... extending beyond gaming to also produce short video clips, or Toons. And those Toons are, unsurprisingly, being distributed through its huge network of app downloads.
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Angry Birds, fat pigs and theRovio's Angry Birds Toons may very well be the first-ever mobile video show that reaches an audience of millions - but that doesn't mean that startups are having it any easier.
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'Linux of online learning'Despite its initial efforts at building its own open-source online learning platform, Stanford said it will fold that platform into the edX platform launched by Harvard and MIT.
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The Weirdest Thing on theThere's always been something just a little off about Dr. Watson and his uncanny ability to always appear by his partner's side. But now that your suspicions of Sherlock Holmes' faithful man-servant... have been proven correct, will you survive the night? More
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CEOs and other C-level execs can start publishing company announcements to Facebook and Twitter with the approval of the SEC -- under one condition.
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Intel and Cisco have reportedly signed a chipmaking deal, according to a report quoting an Intel official in Korea.
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How Big Are Galaxies?

Universe Today - 3 Apr 2013 05:30
I'm going to refrain from the initial response that comes to mind... actually, no I won't -- they're really, really, really big!!!! Ok, now that that's out of the way check out this graphic by Arecibo... astrophysicist Rhys Taylor, which neatly illustrates the relative sizes of 25 selected galaxies using images made from
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The Chinese Equivalent ofBaidu, the Chinese search engine used in China, is reportedly working on a Chinese version of Google Project Glass that'll be called Baidu Eye. Because OF COURSE they would. It makes perfect sense for... knockoff Google to knock off Project Glass, right? More
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The first cumulative update for Microsoft's Exchange Server 2013, which includes both bug fixes and new features, is available for download.
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Microsoft is implementing pretty stiff price cuts on some laptop-tablet hybrids. Is this just the beginning?
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March Madness Breaks Streaming Records

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 05:23
If you needed any more confirmation that online streaming is the future of live sporting events, we've got some pretty impressive stats to show you from March Madness Through the NCAA Tournament's... first two weekends, streaming stats through the official March Madness Live service in 2013 have obliterated last year's numbers The tournament has totaled 45 million video streams so far this year, according to Turner Sports, which carries March Madness and sponsors the app. That's a 158% increase over last year's numbers at this point in the 2012 tournament. A record 12.6 million hours of live-streaming video have been watched so far this year, for a 201% increase over this point last year
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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: Goldbely... One-Liner Pitch: Goldbely delivers iconic regional dishes to your doorstep. Why It's Taking Off: The craftmanship that goes into creating amazing dishes can't be copied, but Goldbely helps you find great foods from across the country and have them delivered to your front door. When foodies travel, the itinerary is often designed around meals. In Chicago, there's deep dish pizza on the schedule, and in San Francisco, it's clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
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Wow, Watch This ATM MachineIf you're looking to steal money from an ATM, what do you do? Try to wheel it to your house and smash it until it opens? Continually rob people who try to take money out of the machine? Hmm, what... about just blowing the freaking ATM up to smithereens with explosives. That's what these thieves did. The explosion was insane. More
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There hasn't been any concrete news that an iOS 7 is even in the works, but that doesn't stop chatter about it being behind schedule and having a brand new display.
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Looking to find new apps?Looking for more information on other apps for your phone, or looking for more visual content in your Twitter feed? Twitter's new updates to how third-party developers can create tweets has you... potentially covered on both fronts.
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The set may go on sale late this year for $1,500 to $2,500.
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Solar wind shudders around Mercury

USA Today - 3 Apr 2013 04:46
Mercury's solar wind shudders are explained in a video simulation.
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Google+ now allows full-sizeAs glad as we are that Google gave mobile photographers the chance to upload full-size photos to Google+ back in December, the absence of a desktop equivalent has been more than a little conspicuous.... We're back to equilibrium now that Google has enabled full-size uploading from any old computer's browser. Enable the option and a collection can hit the servers just as you'd remembered it. Like with mobile uploads, though, this isn't intended as a large-scale backup service: any images more than 2,048 pixels across (or videos over 15 minutes) will still count towards whatever your Google Drive cap may be. Don't upload a gigapixel-class photo of your vacation, then, but do know you'll have a safe place to store everyday photos in all their original glory.
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Disney closing LucasArts game studio

USA Today - 3 Apr 2013 04:43
Label will cease game development and move to licensing model.
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Moore's law has remained relevant for over half a century, but evidence is mounting to suggest that it is coming to an end. What will the end of Moore's law mean to the tech industry?
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In honor of Earth month, NASA has launched a beautiful new interactive image gallery that explores and highlights our latest understanding of Earth science and our changing planet. Included are... spectacular images and visualizations to help understand the latest findings. (...)Read the rest of Earth Month: NASA Launches New Interactive Image Gallery (32 words) ©
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Google changes how it measuresGoogle routinely gives monthly numbers breaking out the adoption of various versions of Android, but the company has now changed the way it calculates those numbers -- providing a distinctly different... portrait of the Android ecosystem in the process. As outlined on the Android Developers site, Google now uses the data collected when users visit the Google Play Store; under the previous system, any check-in to the store by the device would have been incorporated into the results, user-generated or not. The new system went into effect starting with this month's results. The change essentially skews the results towards those users who are actively visiting the Play Store. Google says as much on the page itself, noting that the new system...
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LocalSqr Announces PartnershipLocalSqr is an app that aims to encourage healthy eating by promoting locally grown food. The app locates farmers markets and other organic produce suppliers in your vicinity, and if you end up... shopping at one of these locations often, it rewards you with a special discount you can redeem from the vendors there. It's a little like an app we reviewed today called Mango Health that rewards people who take their prescriptions meds on time with coupons and gift cards to popular retailers like Gap and Target. It's strange to think that people will refuse to eat healthier foods or take their meds on time unless an app rewards them for doing so. That's just the gamification of life in full effect, and if MOGL and Badgeville's recent succeses are any indication, it's something that appears to work...
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Six countries launch "coordinated and simultaneous enforcement actions" against the company over changes made to its privacy policy in 2012 that let Google combine personal data across multiple... products.
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Twitter Introducing New CardWell, it looks like the developer meetup over at Twitter is underway and information is making its way out over Twitter about it. It sounds like Twitter is unveiling some new Twitter Card types, which... are its way of displaying embedded content within tweets and it's all about mobile apps. Tomorrow, the cards will be released, and the hope is to get deeper linking and engagement into other apps you may have on your phone. This could be for shopping, taking a poll or just about any other interaction you can think of. Other Card types include things like embedded photo galleries, as these tweets show: Developers have long wanted more access to this prime real-estate, which could turn Twitter into a valuable resource to sell goods, digital music or anything in between. Sadly, press wasn't...
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Microsoft's biggest developer conference of 2013 is sold out already. The event is expected to include details on Windows Blue, among other topics.
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Our computers rarely run as fast as we want or expect them to. Whether you're a Mac or Windows user, it's maddening to sit in front of a taunting hourglass or spinning circle of death, especially when... you have work to do In the spirit of spring cleaning, we invite you to clean the dust bunnies out of your PC (literally and digitally). Here are five easy ways to get started 1. Organize Everything Your computing experience could seem slow if you spend eons clicking through endless subfolders or waiting for search to retrieve files. The first step toward a smooth-running PC is to remove human error
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Nebula One turns servers intoTrying to create a large-scale, private cloud array can be a headache, since it often involves bringing disparate networking, server and storage systems together in one not-so-happy union. Wouldn't it... be nice to have a box that could do most of the hard work? Nebula thinks its newly launched Nebula One controller will do the trick. The rackmount device's Cosmos OS quickly turns ordinary servers from the likes of Dell or HP into a unified cloud computer that centers on the more universal OpenStack platform, and which can also talk to Amazon Web Services. IT admins have a single interface to oversee the whole lot while skipping any outside help, and can scale up to a hefty 1,600 processor cores, 9.4TB of memory and 2.3PB of storage. You'll have to ask Nebula directly about pricing, although...
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One Photographer's Rant:An interesting video has been going viral within the photographic community today (with a little help from Reddit). The video shows photographer Andre Bailey of Envy Me Images ranting about the state... of the consumer DSLR market -- specifically lamenting over and over that "there's [sic] too many cameras on the market." To that effect,
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If Every Internet Commenter'sI love Internet commenters because they make me laugh. The good ones are so funny! And even when they're awful and mean spirited and filled with hate, there's a certain humor that comes from that sort... of silliness. But what if commenters actually get what they wish for in their comments? This comic hilariously explains that it wouldn't change a damn thing. [Funny or Die via Neatorama] More
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On February 23, 1987, the brightest extragalactic supernova in history was seen from Earth. Now 26 years later, astronomers have taken the highest resolution radio images ever of the expanding... supernova remnant at extremely precise millimeter wavelengths. Using the Australia Telescope Compact Array radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, Supernova 1987A has been now
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iOS 7 reportedly behindBack when we learned that Apple's VP of industrial design, Jony Ive, would be leading human interface development across the entire company, many hoped it would mean some big changes for iOS, after... years of iterations that appeared minor compared with the major overhaul of Android 4.0 and beyond. With the Worldwide Developer Conference looming just months away, all eyes are on iOS 7, and according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber, the push to meet its development targets is requiring the company to repurpose resources from the OS X team. "What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it." This wouldn't be the first time Apple had to shift engineering resources around in...
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Even though the carrier isn't launching its own iPhone 5 until April 12, customers with unlocked versions of the device may be able to get 4G LTE a bit sooner.
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New drivers for Intel's Ivy Bridge-based third-generation Core processors brings support for OpenCL 1.2 general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) language and a 10 percent performance boost.
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Topping wish lists: Bigger screen, wireless charging.
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Rdio, the music streaming service started by a co-founder of Skype, is getting into video
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New video shows a two-handed robot changing a tire by itself. The research could pave the way for a new generation of robotic peacekeepers capable of taking on tasks too dangerous for humans.
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Taylor Swift makes 22 look pretty irresistible in her latest music video. Everyone wears cat ears, makes fun of their exes and eats breakfast at midnight. They are happy, free, confused and lonely at... the same time It sounds kinda stressful, but this parody of the song from fuse makes 22 seem like a flippin' party compared to 32 -- that's when all those emotions from your twenties turns into alcoholism SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift Gets Wet and Puts BFFs in '22' Music Video All that socializing a decade prior has made you want to don your sweatpants and go into hiding. It's an age when acne mixes with wrinkles, and you're broke from spending all your money on hipster sunglasses in your twenties
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Past quarterly earnings figures suggest the iPhone division's overall momentum isn't slowing down any time soon.
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On your mark, get set,Android just gained another go-to for benchmarking. After failing to hit the 2012 mark for its Android-specific performance software, Futuremark's finally delivering on its promise and making 3DMark... available today on Google Play. Typically used as a PC benchmarking tool, the free-to-download app now lets users catalog and compare performance across Windows and Android devices -- iOS and WinRT versions are still listed as "coming soon." There are a few caveats to use, though, as the application requires a smartphone or tablet running Android 3.1 or higher, with 300MB of storage space, a minimum of 1GB RAM and the ability to play nice with OpenGL ES 2.0 (which is about 90 percent of all Android devices, according to Google). Who knows? It could even find a permanent place in our own Android...
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Nikon Under Fire for MakingAnimal welfare proponents and wildlife photographers alike are calling Nikon out for what they see as the height of hypocrisy. According to The Independent, the fact that a company "synonymous with... wildlife photography" simultaneously manufactures and markets rifle scopes to hunters -- and in particular big game hunters -- has the animal welfare community up
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Rockstar reveals GTA V box art

CNET - 3 Apr 2013 03:19
Looks like the Rockstar game studio won't be straying too far from its usual winning formula for cover art when it comes to the next Grand Theft Auto installment.
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Microsoft has revamped its Hotmail calendar and turned it into a Metro-ized Outlook.com one.
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Larry Magid: Dealing With SpamIt's a scary thought and a reminder of how this "global village" we live in is so interconnected that we can no longer afford to ignore problems that affect "other people," because they can affect us,... too.
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UPDATED: Zynga isn't the only one losing some key executives this week as Yahoo might also have a void in its cloud services department.
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Why Ridiculous Fishing might be this year's best mobile game.
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New York City Looks AmazingAfter more than a decade of planning, legal wrangling, and construction, One World Trade Center is tantalizingly close to completion. Earlier today, the Port Authority offered a glimpse of the WTC's... 100th floor observation deck as well as the stunning views visitors will enjoy when the tallest building in the Western hemisphere opens to the public in 2015. More
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Books Are Friends That Never Leave

Mashable - 3 Apr 2013 02:59
A good book can move you, enlighten you and bring you all kinds of joy. It's only natural to want more, but it can it get overwhelming taking in all those stray books SEE ALSO: More Comics on Mashable... In this comic, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics illustrates the ups and downs of "adopting" literature. Do you have more books than you can handle, or do you welcome bookcase-lined walls? Snider's comics are available as prints through his poster shop. Comic illustration by Grant Snider, Incidental Comics. Published with permission; all rights reserved.
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Right on cue: 54.3 percent ofIn October, I suggested that more than half of all Android devices would run Android 4.0 or better within four to six months. My time was just about up, but it happened as planned. That's good for... developers and for end users.
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In a Branch chat, which at the time of this writing is still going on, Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber says that, according to what he's heard, iOS 7 is running behind schedule and that it will bring a... significant user interface (UI) refresh. What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it. (Let me know if you've heard this song before.) Gruber went on to say that he's heard that iOS 7 is a "significant system-wide UI overhaul" and that iOS engineers that are allowed to carry around devices with iOS 7 on them have a special privacy filter on their devices that reduces viewing angles. Back in 2007, Apple delayed the release of OS X Leopard to concentrate work on iPhone. Gruber hints that this could be the case with Mac OS X 10.9 and iOS 7....
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Google changes AndroidThe Android device dashboard has been providing a picture of OS version distribution since before Froyo pushed aside Eclair, but now it's seeing some changes. A post on the Android Developers Google+... page indicates that starting this month, numbers are based on devices whose users actively checked Google Play during the reporting period. Previously, it counted all devices that pinged Google servers. The latest stats, updated today, show a jump in the amount of actives (previously devices, now users) on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 or higher), up to 25 percent from 16.5 percent last month when it counted the old way. The number of devices recorded running Froyo and Gingerbread have taken the biggest hit, down 3.6 and 4 percentage points, respectively. There are a few ways to react to this,...
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Conservationists say it's high time to consider whether synthetic biology will solve some of the huge problems that beset endangered species, or bring new problems. It just might do both."Synthetic... biology brings with it a powerful attraction, causing biology to veer towards engineering with its inherent approach of human problem solving," three experts on biodiversity and conservation say in this...
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Many fitness trackers count steps or monitor your sleep, but few interpret how much hangtime you catch on a motocross jumpLIT, an activity tracker from NZN Labs, measures movements from action sports... while encouraging social sharing and competition While LIT monitors everyday activities like running or walking, it's optimized for action. Skiing down a mountain slope or extended air time translates into points, which are wirelessly fed to an app on your smartphone or tablet "We want to do with activity monitors what GoPro did with digital cameras," says product and brand design founder Ricardo Camargo
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ShareFile's Archiving for Financial Services indexes, audits, and makes records of client communications searchable -- but only for a designated period of time deemed required.
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There are rumors that HTC made be coming out with a Windows RT tablet and I think that is a huge mistake for the financially failing company. They have an excellent device in the One and need to... market the heck out of it to try to get back in the game.
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Video surfaced on Tuesday of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice shoving players, throwing balls at them from point-blank range and denigrating them with gay slurs during practices this season... Originally aired on the ESPN show Outside the Lines and later shared widely online, the disturbing footage triggered a deluge of outrage among fans, basketball players and even non-sports nuts on Twitter. Here's the video: You can count world's best basketball player, LeBron James, among the outraged. Here's a tweet James posted on Tuesday afternoon: If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I'm still gone whoop on him afterwards! C'mon -- LeBron James (@KingJames) April 2, 2013
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Outlook.com calendar getsNow that Outlook.com seems to have its email product sorted, the folks up in Redmond have turned their attention to that other popular cloud service: the online calendar. Indeed, Outlook.com has... completely revamped its digital planner, resulting in a clean and fresh redesign that is reminiscent of the company's other web products. Overall navigation is said to be more intuitive; for example, adding and editing events takes just one click, and a day view is presented just by selecting the date. Features include Exchange ActiveSync compatibility, integration with social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, calendar-sharing with friends and family, the ability to import .ics files and more. As you might expect, the design philosophy carries over to the smartphone and tablet side of things as...
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