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16 Nov 2013 - United States
Concentrated laser light in the universe may singal the presence of a technological civilizations that might be living on distant planets. "Think about humanity 300 hundred years from now," said... Geoffrey Marcy this past August. Marcy is currently Professor of...
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Promoters see technology as key to gun safety

Miami Herald - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
Imagine a gun that knows the feel of your hand, or your cheek, and would never fire unless you were holding it.
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What do you do if you’re faced with increasing labor costs and a shortage of workers? If you’re one Chinese province, you invest in workers that never demand raises and are willing to work around... the clock. Over the next five years, authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang, a manufacturing hub, will invest some 500 billion yuan ($82 billion) to help 5,000 companies per year swap humans for machines, China Daily reports. Labor costs have been rising almost 16% annually in the province, and switching over to machines could trim the need for 700,000 jobs, according to the Zhejiang Economic and Information Commission. Of course, robot producers are quick to point out that using their products doesn’t necessarily mean job cuts. “Replacing workers with robots in dangerous and...
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Android dominates tabletIt’s not exactly news that Android has taken over the bulk of the smart device market, but in Q3 2013, Android appears to have claimed yet another title from Apple: The most revenue from tablet... sales in a quarter. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty calculated that Android tablets were generating more revenue than iPads based on IDC’s numbers from October, which showed very little year-over-year growth for iPads and a major loss in Apple’s worldwide tablet market share. “For the first time, Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS,” wrote Huberty in a note to her clients. “Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%.
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Chinese Communist Party pushesIt's no secret that the Chinese government isn't a proponent of a free and open internet, but for some it appears that the Great Firewall doesn't go far enough. The Wall Street Journal reports that... the Chinese Communist Party released a call for additional reforms today, citing social networks and mobile messaging apps as areas of particular concern. "Following the increasing power of online media, Internet media and industry management has lagged far behind the quick changes that have come with its development," a translated version of the statement warns, noting that the technologies have the ability to quickly spread information and can mobilize citizens. Accusing current practices of having "low effectiveness," the statement goes on...
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There are a ton of brand new fitness gadgets coming out just in time for winter.
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Google Winter Wonderlabs popIt's Christmastime...and Google wants parents to put a brand new Nexus 7 under their trees. To help push this tablet onto consumers during the holidays, the company has set up Winter Wonderlabs in six... US cities. Google described the Winter Wonderlabs...
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'Oceanhorn' is a 'Zelda' gameNintendo may not want to bring its franchises to mobile platforms, but that doesn't mean other developers won't try to fill that niche. In fact, every inch of the recently released Oceanhorn is... inspired by The Legend of Zelda. It features a similar structure, gives you many of the same items to use, and has you collecting pieces of heart and master keys. It even cribs the sailing from Wind Waker to let you traverse its world. Oceanhorn is basically a Zelda title crammed onto an iOS device. The problem is that it just isn't any fun. While Oceanhorn takes much of its gameplay from Zelda, it features none of the design polish or ingenuity you'll find in Nintendo's games. The best example of this is the game's dungeons. Instead of forcing...
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In this episode of Fueled's Founder's Couch, Courtney Boyd Myers, the founder of audience.io, interviews Bloglovin CEO Mattias Swenson. Swenson tell us why he moved his garage shop startup in Sweden... to New York City, how the startup is earning $1 million in gross revenue per year, and what their future plans are now that Google Reader is dead. Right now, Bloglovin, which turned 6 years old this week, is focused on topics like DIY, fashion, food and health -- all topics that women love, which explains their 90% female readership. Swenson describes it as "Google Reader for the Chicks". Check out the full interview below: Mattias Swenson - BlogLovin from Fueled on Vimeo.
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The Dock received a visual overhaul in OS X Mavericks which defaults to removing a minor transparency effect. It’s a subtle change that many users won’t even notice, but the difference is that now... the content of windows, images, and items moved below/behind the Dock are no longer visible through what looks like a frosty ...
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Johannesburg turns to alarmsTombstone thieves in Johannesburg, South Africa have had no trouble sneaking by security guards, so cemeteries have begun looking to a new solution: embedded security chips that will sound an alarm if... a tombstone is moved, reports the Associated Press. "We place a transmitter unit into the tombstone, so that it is not visible or accessible," Mark Pringle, director of the city's first approved alarm manufacturer, Memorial Alert, tells the AP. "Any unauthorized tampering activates a number of alarms." Though Pringle thinks that the alarm itself will be enough to deter thieves, the alarm will also send out text messages to the select relatives of the deceased and may also alert security partners.
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DNA Sequencing Is Moving to the Cloud

Singularity Hub - 15 Nov 2013 18:04
DNA Sequencing Is Moving toIn October, an ambitious, collaborative genetic research program based at Baylor University became the largest cloud-based genomic research project to date, by its own account. As part of Cohorts for... Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology, or CHARGE, the sequencing endeavored to link the risk of particular diseases with particular genetic variants -- a task that checks off two variables that mean big data: population research and whole genome sequencing.
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Breach that compromised two Singapore government websites last week could have been better mitigated if security was considered from the start of the design and development lifecycle, says FireEye.
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Week in Images

ESA - 15 Nov 2013 16:45
Week in ImagesOur week through the lens: 11-15 November 2013
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How to See Comet ISON: New AppThe anticipation is building for Comet ISON's potentially dazzling night sky show this month and a new mobile app promises to help skywatchers spot the comet with telescopes, binoculars and their own... eyes.
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Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200With tablets and ultraportables garnering so much attention, you might not have noticed how thin and light desktop replacements have become. You'll need an extra-tall backpack to accommodate the... Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 with its 17.3-inch display, but this machine actually weighs two ounces less than Dell's Latitude E6540, which has only a 15.5-inch screen. Okay, so 7.5 pounds with the AC adapter won't win over any Macbook Air fans. But for many, this laptop's extra screen real estate, super-comfortable keyboard, and second hard drive bay will make it worthwhile to tote around a couple of extra pounds. Also, while the MSRP is $955, you may find it street-priced as low as $800.
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Apple Bumps Coinbase's BitcoinTime to chalk another one up for cryptocurrency bitcoin's reputation as a disruptor in the financial world? Today, news comes that Coinbase -- the YC-incubated startup that offers a bitcoin buying and... trading platform for consumers, and APIs to developers to integrate bitcoin payments into apps and websites -- has had its iOS app pulled from the App Store by Apple, less than a month after it first appeared.
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Google reportedly tried toJust as the world was getting used to the news that Facebook attempted to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, a new report suggests that Google trumped that offer with a $4 billion bid of its own. GigaOm... founder Om Malik first tweeted the rumor before Valleywag filled in the rest of the story. Valleywag explains that, at around the same time as the Facebook offer, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel looked to Google for "strategic investment" in his instant messaging photo app. Ultimately, Spiegel decided to pass on both Google and Facebook's offers, believing that, at the rate its traffic is growing, Snapchat would soon be valued even higher. Had it been successful in its efforts, Google was reportedly planning to keep Snapchat as a standalone app,...
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This roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.
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5 most incredible discoveries of the week

USA Today - 16 Nov 2013 09:33
A humongous iceberg and an elusive 'unicorn' make the list
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Title: Study Finds Two Drugs Aren't Better Than One for Kidney DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Ease the Sting of Strep Throat

MedicineNet - 16 Nov 2013 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Ease the Sting of Strep ThroatCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/15/2013 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan . . . For a YearCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: More U.S. Teens Try E-Cigarettes, Hookahs: ReportCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Cutting Down on Fat

MedicineNet - 16 Nov 2013 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Cutting Down on FatCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/15/2013 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Teens Who Are Night Owls May Struggle in SchoolCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Walking May Cut Stroke Risk in Older Men

MedicineNet - 16 Nov 2013 09:00
Title: Walking May Cut Stroke Risk in Older MenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Schools Can Set Tone for Healthy Eating

MedicineNet - 16 Nov 2013 09:00
Title: Schools Can Set Tone for Healthy EatingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Tobacco Myths Continue Half-Century After Landmark U.S. ReportCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic SwabsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Many Women Suffer Persistent Pain After MastectomyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Could Weight-Loss Surgery Help Slow Aging for Some?Category: Health NewsCreated: 11/15/2013 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Most Americans Want Doctors' Help With Gene Test Results: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: FDA Approves Implanted Brain Stimulator for EpilepsyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Preterm Boys Face Worse Odds Than Girls, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/15/2013 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Testing for Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Should Be Routine, Experts SayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2013 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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The customer support application for small companies now includes 12 pre-populated reports that track agent and help desk performance.
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Talking at a US Army demonstration of autonomous weaponized robots at Fort Benning, Georgia, experts said that "ten years from now, there will probably be one soldier for every 10 robots. Each soldier... could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies, scanning for land mines."
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Airplanes aren’t known for being the most roomy vessels one can travel in, and dealing with matters concerning personal space and passenger size has been a touchy — and sometimes heated — topic.... Various solutions have been proposed, such as having static seats available in different sizes, but the latest is perhaps the most unique […]
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Karlita - The Ultimate Universal Bottle Handle - $45

The Gadget Flow - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
Karlita - The UltimateThe objective behind Karlita project was to develop an exceedingly effective universal accessory to handle large PET bottles that are more and more available on the market. Karlita, as a universal... tool, makes indeed easy the use of big plastic...
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Star Wars Ensemble Wall Mural - $155

The Gadget Flow - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
Star Wars Ensemble Wall MuralThere are many ways to show how big a Star Wars fan you are, but none as big as the Star Wars Ensemble Wall Mural from Retro Planet. The humungous 126×72-inch wallpaper mural will cover an entire... wall in your...
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For the price, the Sony HX50V brings an impressively long zoom, and good image quality
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Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker - $199

The Gadget Flow - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker -The Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker is a compact and lightweight Bluetooth enabled portable speaker that connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet and other mobile devices. The speaker is one of... Bose's smallest mobile speakers, and fits neatly into the palm...
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Chopstick Drumsticks - $9

The Gadget Flow - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
Chopstick Drumsticks - $9These Chopstick Drumsticks from Suck UK perform a very important function. They help you irritate everyone around you and make them want to bang their heads on the table to get rid of the pain of... listening to your drumming...
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CD Pattern iPhone Case - $4

The Gadget Flow - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
CD Pattern iPhone Case - $4One of the few things that can make an already sleek iPhone look even better is the CD Pattern iPhone Case. It's a high-quality durable case perfectly designed with cutouts to protect your iPhone... while still allowing for use of...
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Screwpull Advanced Lever Wine Opener - $179

The Gadget Flow - 16 Nov 2013 08:00
Screwpull Advanced Lever WineThe Screwpull Advanced Lever Wine Opener from Le Creuset is a true masterpiece that Sommeliers will appreciate and prize just as much as a fine wine. It's made of solid cast metal, with a screw that... is teflon-coated hardened stainless...
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waderoush writes "Anki gained instant fame as the robot-car company that launched at Apple's WWDC in June. Its iPhone-controlled racing game hit Apple stores in October, and the company is hoping it... will be a holiday hit. But while Anki Drive offers offers a novel physical/virtual entertainment experience for kids and their gadget-loving parents, being a toy company 'is not our vision,' says co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman in this combined company profile and product review from Xconomy. Anki Drive is planned as the first in a series of new consumer-robotics products that are intensively AI-driven, as compared to the mechanically sophisticated but relatively instinctual or behavioral robots exemplified by iRobot's Roomba (which is probably the most successful consumer robot to date). The...
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Weekend Humor: Banned Hashtags Find Home on Instatag

The Phoblographer - 16 Nov 2013 07:33
Looking for #photography? You can find it on Instatag. The post Weekend Humor: Banned Hashtags Find Home on Instatag appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Of course, there had to be aThe Batkid saved San Francisco and our collective souls, melting the hearts of millions around the world, so it was only a matter of time (minutes) before someone made him out of Lego.
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Apple's Schiller testifies inPhil Schiller tried to convince a jury that Samsung's infringement of Apple patents cost the company phone and tablet sales.
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Sidecar and Lyft switch fromPeople using the transportation apps Lyft and Sidecar in California will no longer be able to skimp on their fares, now that both apps have ditched their donation model. Sidecar said Friday it was... doing away with donations and instead introducing minimum fares. The changes apply only in California and take effect Friday on iOS and Android devices. Sidecar rival Lyft reportedly made a similar switch. It will begin requiring users in California to pay a minimum fare some time in the next few weeks, the Los Angeles Times said. Sidecar made the change to better support its drivers, CEO Sunil Paul said in a blog post. The company has seen a 50 percent increase in driver applications since September, he said, but it has also learned from drivers that they would drive more frequently and provide...
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When it comes to driving,Google has acknowledged that the best time to be on your computer might not be while you're driving. The company updated its terms of service this week and the new guidelines add a note of caution... about road safety. "Some of our services are available on mobile devices," the updated terms say. "Do not use such services in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws." Questions about the legality of driving with Google Glass were raised last month when a California woman was ticketed for driving while wearing the head-mounted computer system.
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If you're in the UK, you, too,It's been several months since Google introduced info cards to the Play Movies Android app, with the handy feature being limited to folks living Stateside ever since. That's about to change, however,... as Google today updated Play Movies & TV in the UK and brought info cards to the application. For those in the United Kingdom, what this means is that you'll now be able to pause any video being watched and easily learn the filmography of the humans behind your favorite characters. Of course, this also means you'll have some extra time to spare during the day, since the Google Now-inspired feature is definitely going to save you a few trips to IMDB.
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Right-Of-Publicity Claims AndOn November 8, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken partially ruled in favor of a class of former Division I college athletes in finding that their antitrust claim for an injunction against the... NCAA could proceed as a class action. The players seek an injunction that, if granted, would limit the NCAA's ability to license the players' names, images and likenesses in various for-profit endeavors, including licensing to video-game makers.
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Greenwald's partner DavidThis past August, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband David Miranda was held at Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours, forced to hand over the encrypted documents he had agreed to deliver... as part of his partner’s ongoing investigation into NSA surveillance.The official explanation for the detention was suspicion of "terrorism" — by transporting secret government documents, Miranda was endangering the lives of ordinary Britons, explained the authorities. Facing legal proceedings that could draw out for months, Buzzfeed profiles the 28-year-old Brazilian communications major that Greenwald and partner Laura Poitras entrusted to transport their most precious secrets across borders, dispelling the idea that he was an...
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(American Academy of Ophthalmology) Residents of major cities with high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dry eye syndrome, according to a study presented at the world's largest... ophthalmic conference, the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in New Orleans. Study subjects in and around Chicago and New York City were found to be three to four times more likely to be diagnosed with dry eye syndrome.
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(American Academy of Ophthalmology) Research presented today at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology shows promising data about a device that helps people who have lost... their vision due to a blinding genetic disease to recognize common objects. In the study, the researchers found when the objects' outlines had been enhanced, there was increased recognition. The device, called the Argus II, is the first FDA-approved retinal implant for adults with retinitis pigmentosa.
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(American Heart Association) Thirty-eight minutes or longer of CPR can improve the chance of a person surviving cardiac arrest and having normal brain function.
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(Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) Perimeter Institute partners with the Krembil Foundational to appoint two leading scientists to new research chairs at the Institute.
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News tips for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

EurekAlert! - 16 Nov 2013 07:00
(American Heart Association) Blood transfusions en route to hospital may reduce trauma patients' risk of death.
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Worst. Batman. Ever.
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(American Heart Association) Just one minute of CPR video training for bystanders in a shopping mall could save lives in emergencies, according to research presented at the American Heart... Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
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(American Heart Association) Hospitalized children are more likely to die after a cardiac arrest if it occurs during the night shift, according to research presented at the American Heart... Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
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Every week, the garbage truck will show up at your home or apartment complex and empty the cans or dumpsters, repeating its process on the same schedule week after week. This is an efficient process... in terms of collection, since it allows entire blocks to be emptied of their trash in one swoop, but it […]
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Star Trek actor and space enthusiast LeVar Burton stars in a new action packed NASA public service announcement (PSA) about the agency's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile... Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft slated for blast off in barely two days time on Nov. 18 from the Florida Space Coast. Burton played the beloved character […]
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Even before the advent of Google, America has always been a land of searchers.As a country, we usually think of technology and religion as opposing forces—one connected with our ancient past, the... other with our boundless future.Yet in recent years, Silicon Valley has developed a secular theology that can only be described as millennial millenarianism—this generation’s conviction that it uniquely prepares the way for a fundamental transformation, a belief that is itself a recurring theme in human history.Our technological millenarianism has seeped into the national discourse. We are at the dawn of a "
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Guy makes Game of Thrones'You're not about to create the Iron Throne from the swords of your defeated enemies so why not play it a little safer by making one with a plastic garden chair and a can of spray paint? Seriously,... this garden chair throne is almost as good as the one in Game of Thrones.
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If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite movie would look like as an 8-bit NES video game, the folks over at CineFix have the answer. Several popular movies have been converted into short 8-bit... equivalents and posted on YouTube, some of them complete with simulated in-game controls that make it appear that you’re watching classic […]
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Warcraft, the movie, has been rumored and speculated about for a while now, with it being tipped a few months ago that production would start next year. At BlizzCon 2013, a panel provided a fair bit... of details about the upcoming movie, which IMDB lists as being slated for released in 2015, as well as […]
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An anonymous reader writes "There's many improvements due in the Linux 3.13 kernel that just entered development. On the matter of new hardware support, there's open-source driver support for Intel... Broadwell and AMD Radeon R9 290 'Hawaii' graphics. NFTables will eventually replace IPTables; the multi-queue block layer is supposed to make disk access much faster on Linux; HDMI audio has improved; Stereo/3D HDMI support is found for Intel hardware; file-system improvements are on the way, along with support for limiting the power consumption of individual PC components."
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Just 11% of Americans Tweet Every Month

Mashable - 16 Nov 2013 05:00
The country where the highest percentage of Internet users are active on Twitter may come as a suprise. It's Saudi Arabia. One-third of the country's online population are active monthly Twitter... users, according to PeerReach. The study considers active Twitter users to be those who tweet, rather than Twitter's metric of those who log in to the service. It's important to note that about 40% of the users Twitter considers monthly actives never tweet. See also: 25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter Statista's chart below shows the 10 countries with the highest percentage of Internet users tweeting at least once per month. The U.S., home of the microblogging platform, ranks eighth on the list.
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Video game sales show signs ofThanks to a few huge fall releases, video game sales managed to improve year-over-year once again in October, according to the latest numbers sent to us by the NDP Group. This makes for the third... month of positive growth for the industry, an estimated $1.3 billion in total consumer spending that signifies a 5% jump over October 2012. The Nintendo 3DS led the hardware segment for the sixth consecutive month, in part due to 2DS sales, although overall hardware sales were down 8% from last year. With the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this month, hardware sales should see a major surge in November, but for now, Nintendo still has the best-selling console on the market.
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They're killing the PC

ZDNet - 16 Nov 2013 04:58
Who? Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft to name four. Do you even care? You should.
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Fantastic parents convinceKids will believe anything so why not let them imagine and wonder and dream and believe in magic? We all have to become semi-responsible, half functioning adults some day so let kids be kids, right?... Refe Tuma and his wife certainly think so. Every November, Refe and his wife try and convince their kids that their toy dinosaurs come to life at night while they sleep. It's so fun.
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Forget Advertising: Twitter's Data Has Huge Potential

The Huffington Post - 16 Nov 2013 04:51
Twitter's IPO was a resounding success, with the stock jumping up more than 72 percent the day it debuted. The company was valued at $18.1 billion, an astounding figure that suggests Wall Street sees... huge potential despite its $300 million in losses over the past three years. While advertising far and away makes up the majority of Twitter's revenue, various commentators have noted some obstacles in its way: falling ad rates by as much as 70 percent for mobile, a smaller user base than Facebook and user churn. While ads may be Twitter's bread and butter at the end of the day, the micro-blogging site needs to focus on expanding other revenue streams, especially data monetization. In 2012, Twitter earned $47.5 million from data licensing, a bit more than 13 percent of overall revenues of $350...
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There are a number of ways to navigate, move files between, and otherwise manage the new Finder tabs in the latest version of OS X.
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New Website Lets You Track Sharks Around Maui

The Huffington Post - 16 Nov 2013 04:04
New Website Lets You TrackMaui has received a fair amount of bad press this year. After an unprecedented spike in shark attacks this year, including one which led to the death of 20-year-old German tourist Jana Lutteropp, the... Valley Isle seems to many visitors more terrifying than it is relaxing. Now, just in time for the holiday tourist season, a new website aims to calm the nerves of would-be water enthusiasts. The site, which is run by Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System, lets you "Pick A Shark" and then watch its movements around the islands, complete with time stamps. The data comes from satellite transmitters on the dorsal fins of seven tiger sharks which were tagged last month by a University of Hawaii research team. In addition to serving a curious public, the project has a scientific purpose: "This...
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In 2048, people-like robots will be as much a part of New York City's police department as old-fashioned humans. At least, that's the vision in Fox's latest cop drama, Almost Human, which premieres... Nov. 17 and re-airs the following day. The show stars Karl Urban, from the Star Trek movie and Lord of the Rings series, as a human cop. In the trailer, he is deeply suspicious of the ever-logical robot officers he is forced to work with. Michael Ealy, of Sleeper Cell and Common Law fame, plays Urban's new partner, and is the first of a new generation of robots that are built with human emotions. See also: 14 Robotics Breakthroughs From the Past Decade
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Pushed by internet companies,Duke Energy has taken an important step forward to enable large companies to buy clean power from it if they're willing to pay for it.
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Pinterest continues to expand overseas, and the company isn't slowing down any time soon Pinterest added four new languages Friday as the company expanded into Denmark (Danish), Sweden (Swedish),... Norway (Norwegian Bokmål) and Finland (Finnish). The company shared the news in a blog post, confirming that Pinterest will expand into five additional countries before the year ends with another 10 planned for 2014 See also: Top 20 Fashion Accounts to Follow on Pinterest Since first expanding overseas in June with the site's French and UK versions, Pinterest has added a total of eight new countries, including its first employees in London, Paris, and Tokyo.
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Going green spans a wide range of endeavors from unusual and offbeat to unique and conservative, and not to be left out of the mix, Ford has been working on its own various environmentally-friendly... projects. In its latest move, the auto maker has teamed up with Coca-Cola in a partnership to use the latter company’s […]
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Compose and play back images on the app, to which you can save footage from the camera directly.
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David Blaine just pulled one over on the masters of deception, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman Well, technically, he fools actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, but it still counts. Blaine used a one... hundred dollar bill and a deck of cards to blow the duo's minds — mainly Paul's, who looks like a 4-year-old who just found out you've got their nose See also: Aaron Paul Misses 'Breaking Bad' Pal Bryan Cranston This Much Blaine gathered the Breaking Bad actors for his upcoming ABC special "Real or Magic," which will feature a slew of other celebs being hoodwinked by the magician But really though, who needs magic when you've got Stevia?
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Apple Blocks HistoricalSAN FRANCISCO — Apple is blocking the donation of 30-year-old documents to a museum, claiming they contain valuable trade secrets. “It’s silly,” said Hartmut Esslinger, the design guru... recruited to help Apple become a leader in design in the early…
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Snapchat rumored to haveSnapchat must be very, very confident in itself because it’s apparently been turning down multibillion-dollar buyout offers left and right. Unnamed sources tell Valleywag that after Snapchat turned... down Facebook’s $3 billion offer, Google swooped in with its own $4 billion offer that the company similarly turned down. Valleywag’s sources say that Snapchat has decided to wait until next year to raise cash because it wants to grow the number of photos its users share every day to more than the number of photos shared on Facebook every day. If that happens, the company expects its value to go through the roof, at which point $4 billion will look like chump change.
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Zulily Closes First Day As AClosing the day at $37.70 a share, Zulily is proving to be a success among flash and daily deals sites. Its first-day performance could give other companies confidence in the possibility of going... public, despite doubts in the long-term potential of the model. As we noted earlier in the day, Gilt Groupe could have an IPO on the horizon.
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A study of almost 400 former elite male athletes shows that former status as an elite athlete reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life by 28 percent.
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Despite nearly universal awareness of report cards on risk-adjusted mortality rates of individual cardiac surgeons, cardiologists in New York State do not use these reports when making patient... referral decisions.
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A new study finds that, on average, 30 percent of all lab tests are probably unnecessary -- and equally as many necessary tests may be going unordered.
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Earlier this week, the folks at the Make-a-Wish Foundation's San Francisco branch called me about a crazy scheme they were cooking up for a boy named Miles, who has leukemia. Because he loved Batman,... they were going to drive him around the city in a borrowed Lamborghini with Batman decals, and had arranged some set pieces, such as a damsel in distress in a cable car, for Miles to participate in. At that point, some 7,000 strangers had signed up on the Make-a-Wish website to provide the necessary flash mobs — a crowd in Union Square to alert Miles to the dastardly Penguin's schemes, and another outside City Hall to thank him for saving 'Gotham.' The organizers figured they would be lucky if half those people showed up
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Spec Sheet: Motorola shakes upA lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep... track of the state of the art.
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It's a week of the new and the old all together in one fine batch of stories. Got a hobbyist enthusiasm for early code? Have we got some news for you. Wanna speculate on what comes next? Do we ever!... And do you want to know what's in your wallet? The answer may surprise you. That and a whole heaping helping more where that came from. Just mosey on up.
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Best Black Friday deals 2013

CNET - 16 Nov 2013 03:26
So what are the real deals this Black Friday? Check out these top picks from CNET.
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Watch a lung incredibly expandWhat you're looking at is a cat lung being blown up with a straw. I know. It's ginormous. More ginormous than what you would think is inside a cat. But that's because lungs are incredibly expandable.... What looks like a pile of bloody meat inflates into this perfectly pink balloon.
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The hero known as Batkid spent Friday restoring peace and order to the people of San Francisco — also known as Gotham City for the day— and smiles to people all across the Internet If you're just... getting up to speed, "Batkid" is a five-year-old boy named Miles who's currently battling leukemia. His biggest wish? To be Batman for a day. So the San Francisco Make-a-Wish Foundation set about making that happen. But they got more than they bargained for when more than 10,000 strangers volunteered to help bring Miles one magical day See also: Batkid Captures Obama and the Justice Department's Attention
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A future with lightsabers just got a little more promising, according to a scientific breakthrough by MIT and Harvard scientists. For the first time, scientists have managed to create matter out of... light, something that has been theoretically possible but never before accomplished. Furthermore, this discovery flips long-accepted understanding about light and photons on its […]
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A study of the most popular smoking cessation apps finds very few use evidence-based practices proven to help smokers quit.
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Comcast is going Hollywood,Comcast may soon be even deeper into the movie business, as sources report that the company is in negotiations to start selling digital content through its set-top boxes and over the Xfinity website... by the end of the year, though no one at Comcast has commented as of yet. The post Comcast is going Hollywood, looks to sell digital movies by the end of the year appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Even today, in the wake of the touch-based smartphone revolution that the iPhone initiated, the BlackBerry is still considered the "smartphone of business" for many large companies. As the news about... the veteran smartphone developer's woes gets worse and worse, however, many businesses are starting to dump the old standby as their "official" smartphone in favor of options such as the iPhone and Android devices. As AppleInsider notes (via AllThingsD), the latest defector is pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which sent out a memo to employees today mentioning BlackBerry's "volatile" state and urging them to switch to either iPhone or Android. Considering that Pfizer has around 90,000 employees, that's a significant blow to the Canadian smartphone maker. Source: CrackBerry We've covered that...
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Amazon's Lovefilm app finallyAmazon's streaming offerings in the UK are a whole different world from those in the United States. Its Lovefilm service's selection rivals Netflix for big-name titles, and their interface is easier... to use than the one they use stateside. It just had one little quirk; its iOS app was exclusively for the iPad. Until now. Today, the Lovefilm app has been updated to be compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. This fixes an oversight that has been going on for two years. Still there's one piece of information that iOS-owning UK Lovefilm users can use as solace. At least they have an app. Lovefilm still doesn't have an app available for Android. Amazon's Lovefilm app finally comes to iPhone originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see...
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Prepare for the Worst This Weekend

Life Hacker - 16 Nov 2013 03:00
Prepare for the Worst ThisWe'd like to believe everything will work out just fine, but often enough it doesn't. Spend a little time this weekend familiarizing yourself with what you should do in case something unexpectedly bad... happens, whether that turns out to be anything from a weather emergency or a surprise stomach problem.
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Most Beautiful Items: NovemberCities tearing down urban freeways? Otherworldly pictures of our earth? And the tallest building in U.S. of A? Those subjects and more is what we're feasting our eyes on in this round of the most... beautiful items of the week.
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Dez Bryant Buys PlayStation 4Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant made a few unsuspecting gamers very happy on Thursday when he strolled into a local Walmart and purchased multiple PlayStation 4 consoles for fans on the night of its... long-awaited debut. According to ESPNDallas.com, Bryant arrived to buy the new video game system -- which retails for approximately $400 -- and decided to treat a few of his fellow customers to a PS4. The story of his generosity quickly sp
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Daily Roundup: Retina iPadYou 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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More and more news continues to drift in suggesting that the iPhone 5c isn't quite the success Apple had hoped for. The latest comes from Chinese site C Technology (via MacRumors), which reports that... Apple is still cutting back on orders in order to stay in line with the low demand for the lower-cost smartphone. According to their findings, Apple has told supply partner ProTek (Pegatron) to cut back from 320,000 units per day in October to a mere 80,000 units per day. The report also states that Foxconn, Apple's backup supplier for the iPhone 5c, is only cranking out the minimum eight to nine thousand units of the device per day. MacRumors also notes that the iPhone 5s retains a significant lead over the iPhone 5c, even in countries like China (a market that many early commentators...
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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans... beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles. Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.)
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Eleven home theater subwoofersTime was, subwoofers were just plain ugly; featureless-but-functional black boxes you had to hide in the corner. No more. Our list of bad-boy subwoofers will not only pound your innards with... spleen-rupturing bass, they'll look really good doing it, too. Enjoy The post Eleven home theater subwoofers that go to … eleven appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Play Music App Finally Comes to iOS

Mac Life - 16 Nov 2013 02:50
It's a good year to be a music lover. Earlier this year Apple gave us iTunes Radio as a worthy alternative to popular services like Pandora and Spotify, and today Google finally released its native... Google Play Music app for iOS. Whereas Apple's design for iTunes Radio seems to mimic Pandora; Google Play takes a tack that's more reminiscent of Spotify, but with the welcome option to add all the music files from your computer and play them in the Cloud. Prior to today's release, Mac users could already have all that via browser access, but the native iOS app allows for greater quality and (from what I can tell) greater responsiveness. Under the free plan, you can upload as many as 20,000 songs for free, in addition to creating playlists that you can share with friends. As long as you have...
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dcblogs writes "One year ago this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $120 million plan to develop a technology capable of radically extending battery life. 'We want to change the game,... basically,' said George Crabtree, a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a physics professor who is leading the effort. The goal is to develop a battery that can deliver five times the performance, measured in energy density, that's also five times cheaper, and do it in five years. They are looking at three research areas. Researchers are considering replacing the lithium with magnesium that has two charges, or aluminum, which has three charges. Another approach investigates replacing the intercalation step with a true chemical reaction. A third approach is the use of liquids to...
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Crushing the Ivory Trade (Op-Ed)

Live Science - 16 Nov 2013 02:33
Crushing the Ivory TradeIn order to crush the ivory trade, nations are taking strong action.
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Michael Wagner, an expert witness hired by Samsung, says Apple has overstated how much money it's due for Samsung's infringement on Apple's "pinch to zoom" tech.
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Interview Confirms BallmerMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not forced out of his role at the company, but its board did hasten his exit, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, whose sources include Ballmer himself,... as well as a number of his lieutenants. Ballmer's exit was not a firing over the painful reported a $900 million charge related to the Surface tablet line that was recorded earlier this year. That's a polite way of saying that Microsoft grossly overestimated demand for its new devices and lost a bundle in the process.
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Given its specification and performance, the Nexus 5 delivers great value for money -- if you can live with its (few) drawbacks. The middling-quality camera and uninspiring chassis design don't worry... us, but the lack of MicroSD card storage expansion and moderate battery life are more serious minus points.
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The Killing is coming back for its fourth and final season. Netflix purchased a series-ending six episodes from Fox Television Studios that will be available to the website's streaming members. See... also: Netflix Rolls Out Its Biggest TV Update Yet A Netflix executive said the series was a great fit because The Killing utilizes serialized storytelling, which has done well on Netflix. The show depicts murder investigations led by two detectives played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. The first two seasons followed one case, the murder of a teenage girl, and season three led the detectives on the trail of a runaway.
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Video: Uncharted makes aNot content with only releasing a next-gen console, Sony took advantage of its New York launch event on Thursday night to announce a brand new entry in the hugely popular Uncharted series. Naughty Dog... has become one of the most critically acclaimed studios under Sony’s umbrella, and the Uncharted series was a staple of the PlayStation 3. After capping off the last generation with The Last of Us (which is also receiving more DLC next year), the developer has started work on the next Uncharted, although there wasn’t much to reveal other than a vague trailer with a voice-over from Todd Stashwick, who will play a character in the game. Check out the teaser below.
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Interview: Tom Wheeler isn'tFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says his pressure tactics on the mobile industry over phone unlocking was not an isolated incident. He'd rather set policy through industry consent, but he says he's not... afraid to regulate.
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The social network amends its privacy policy by taking out a line related to teen users and advertising.
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Anonymous has reportedly beenAccording to Reuters, a recent FBI memo admits that hacking collective Anonymous has been accessing multiple US government computer systems and stolen information over the past year. The alleged memo... is said to have been distributed yesterday, and calls the intrusions a "widespread problem that should be addressed." The Department of Energy, the US Army, and the Department of Health and Human Services are all mentioned as targets. The attacks started last December The attacks are said to have started last December, using an exploit present in Adobe's ColdFusion software. After gaining access, the perpetrators reportedly installed back doors in the systems so they could regain access at a later date; Reuters states that many of the...
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NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars:MAVEN will make detailed measurements of Mars' atmosphere from orbit, helping scientists understand how Mars' climate has changed so dramatically over the last few billion years. Here are some key... facts to keep in mind about MAVEN and its mission.
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Electric Vehicles ApproachNo longer a phenomenon, electric vehicles accelerate in popularity.
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Two Comets To Fly-By Mercury,NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will have its eyes set on Comet's ISON and Encke as they fly-by Mercury on Nov 18 and 19th, 2013. The Mercury probe will analyze the chemical makeup of the comets and snap... pictures.
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Samsung's Galaxy GearOut of the box, one of the Samsung Galaxy Gear's major failings was its lackluster notifications system. As we noted in our review, the smartwatch often failed to display useful notifications on its... display, requiring users to unlock their phone to read emails or other messages. That basically defeats one major benefit of smartwatches, so we're glad to see that Samsung is taking another stab at it with a new software update. The latest version of the Gear Manager app reportedly allows for just about any notification to be passed along to the watch. And best of all, they can now include previews for email, Hangouts messages, and so on. The Galaxy Gear's daylong battery life and high cost might still keep some buyers away, but at least...
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From BYOD and social media to ergonomics and encryption, Tech Pro Research has dozens of ready-made, downloadable IT policy templates.
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President Obama's Upside-DownWhy is the President replacing nukes instead of upgrading them?
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Massive Louisiana sinkholeA sinkhole the size of twenty football fields swallowing trees and swamps, like the one that evacuated Bayou Corne, Louisiana a year ago, is already terrifying. But what's more scary might be what's... happening now: the danger of an exploding sink hole that'll look like the gates of hell.
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IBM Faces a Crisis in the Cloud

Mashable - 16 Nov 2013 02:01
IBM is having an identity crisis, and it sure is something to watch. You may have heard about Big Blue’s recent ad campaign that takes a dig at Amazon.com. In its marketing material, IBM claims to... power 270,000 more websites than Amazon, via its cloud computing service. It’s a flimsy jab at Amazon because IBM has been a major laggard in the cloud rental market, having bought its way into the business in July with its acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies. Far from being a cloud pioneer, IBM has spent most of the past few years downplaying services such as Amazon’s as insecure, low-margin businesses of little interest to a serious computing company. “You can’t just take a credit card and swipe it and be on our cloud,” IBM executive Ric Telford told Businessweek in early 2011....
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Ask for a Gift Receipt WhenSometimes we want to buy something at a store but really don't want anyone--including the checkout clerk--to know we intend to use it. Redditor herrijt discovered a simple solution: ask for a gift... receipt.
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Now Available: Retina iPadHoly cow, it's already dark out. And depending where you are, probably cold. Everything we've got for you this week has a glowing screen. Which might not physically warm you, but you could at least... pretend you're getting some Vitamin D out of the deal.
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Google's steady push to become an intermediary for all of our communications comes at a cost - but do we care anymore about paying it? Judging by the results of the latest ZDNet Great Debate, the... answer is... ribbit.
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Bits Blog: Hacker ReceivesJeremy Hammond, a member of the hacking group Anonymous, was sentenced in Federal District Court in New York to 10 years in prison for breaking into government computer servers.     
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Netflix saves The Killing oneNetflix already pulled whodunnit The Killing from the scrap pile once, working out a deal with AMC to produce a third season for airing and subsequent streaming, and now it's done it again. The... Killing will see a fourth and final six-episode season (when is still up in the air), produced by Fox, which Netflix will stream exclusively in the areas where it provides service. This, along with continued hints of more Arrested Development in the works will probably get fans of other canceled/about-to-be canceled series excited, although we'll have to wait and see how many refurb projects Netflix is ready to put next to its original content.
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An anonymous reader writes "Google is changing the way its browser handles PDF files, starting with the Chrome Canary channel. Citing security concerns, the company wants Chrome to open PDF files by... default, bypassing any third-party programs such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader."
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Facebook won't like this new teenager privacy bill

Digital Trends - 16 Nov 2013 01:51
Facebook won't like this newA new bill, the "Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013," arrives in Congress to stop Facebook and other Internet companies from collecting the personal information of children under 16-years-old. The post... Facebook won’t like this new teenager privacy bill appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bits Blog: Amazon Bares Its Computers

The New York Times - 16 Nov 2013 01:50
Bits Blog: Amazon Bares ItsIn an unusually detailed presentation, one of the brains behind Amazon Web Services described how it was remaking computers for a global scale.     
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Nintendo is known for its family-friendly leaning, and the characters of Super Mario Bros. are cute enough to make us forget they inhabit a world filled with carnivorous plants. This isn’t the case... in an alternative-esque series by screenwriter Evan Daugherty, who wrote and directed four short movies in a miniseries called “The Four Players.” […]
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Humanity in the Age ofIn the pursuit of bioengineering breakthroughs, is animal research ethical?
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Microsoft has released a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, bringing native support for producing physical objects from a variety of 3D printers to its OS. Building on the 3D printer driver MakerBot... released earlier today, the Microsoft 3D Builder app comes with a wide range of preconfigured objects it can produce – including LEGO-style […]
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Thomas Michaels, PortWe may sometimes doubt the virtues of Facebook, but this week, the site proved its worth when a New Jersey teen's online cry for help was answered by police. On Tuesday, an unidentified 18-year-old... college student posted a picture of the George Washington Bridge to his Facebook page along with the the caption, "I'm thinking of jumping," the New York Daily News reports. A Facebook friend called local police who then notified the Port Authority Police Department. Then, a Port Authority lieutenant did something unprecedented. After distributing pictures of the student to officers patrolling the bridge, Lt. Thomas Michaels messaged the teen on Facebook, according to the New York Post. Hours later, Michaels received a call from the distressed young man, who was on a public bus en route to the...
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MIT dazzles with its tech innovation inForm, which allows users to "be" in two places at the same time.
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Wind is not the best choice for direct datacenter power.
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The Valentine One, considered by many to be the best radar detector on the market, can now connect to the iPhone via a new Bluetooth adapter called the V1connection LE. The $50 Bluetooth adapter... connects to the accessory jack on the Valentine One radar detector and then allows the app, a free download on the App Store [Direct Link], to connect to the detector and control and display alerts in real-time. V1connection LE is a Bluetooth®-enabled module about the size of your thumb that wirelessly links V1 to your compatible iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Choose among three information screens at any time: one reproduces V1 front-panel warnings in real time, plus frequency and direction of the Priority Alert; another shows the continuously-updated Threat Picture featuring our new Arrow-in-the-Box...
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13 Sexting Lessons From Dr. Seuss

Mashable - 16 Nov 2013 01:30
Let's face it, sexting has become a mainstream phenomenon, both loved and reprimanded by texters everywhere. The thrill of flirty messaging can be pretty exhilarating, as well as intimidating and... emotionally stressful But when you think about it, the concept is actually pretty absurd. See also: 11 Incredibly Awkward Sexts Gone Wrong That's why we've recruited the master of oddities. If you've been too timid to scratch the surface of sexting, we are here to help — us and Dr. Seuss, that is When read from the prospective of a potential sexter, some of the iconic author's best quotes can be very encouraging. At the very least, they break the tension and seriousness of flirting.
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Tiny Death Star may in fact destroy my free time if I keep playing it like I have over the last week. It’s a collaboration between Disney Mobile, Lucasarts, and Nimblebit–and the quality shines... through as a result. Built your…
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Driving across the country requires a significant amount of time and fuel, but one team hopes to make the trek using only 10 gallons of biofuel over the course of two days Earlier this year, engineer... Jim Kor and his team conceptualized Urbee 2, a 3D-printed car comprised almost completely of 3D-printed plastic parts. It can carry two passengers and drives on just three wheels. See also: iPhone 'Car Mode' Concept Helps You Stop Driving and Texting Now, the team is hoping to test out Urbee 2's performance on the road for an extended period of time. The team's current Kickstarter campaign asks for funding for the book Driving for Our Lives: a road trip through the Ecosphere. It details the creation of Urbee, which the team calls "the greenest car in the world." Any remaining money after...
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NCA Cyber Crime alert:Authorities from the UK National Crime Agency have issued an unusual alert on Friday about a rampant cyberscam that locks users out of their computers and demands a pricey ransom in return. Tens of... millions of Brits have been targeted. In a warning titled...
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Just.me's Assets Are Up ForThe assets of mobile messaging startup Just.me are up for sale. Yet when founder Keith Teare called me to discuss the news, he argued that it's not a failure. "I feel like Just.me is not successful,... but it is not a failure," Teare said. "I don't feel defeated -- I feel like we're in the middle of a process." In fact, Teare said that Just.me has attracted 458,000 unique users on iOS, Android, and the web since it launched in April, making it the biggest startup to emerge from his incubator Archimedes Labs, as well as "the best startup I've ever done." (Teare's past includes founding or co-founding the EasyNet Group and RealNames Corporation, as well as TechCrunch.)
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Netflix is bringing 'TheThe crime drama The Killing was recently cancelled for the second time, but Netflix has stepped in to give it one more chance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will be producing six... more episodes of the show, which will be billed as its final season. The show's writing staff and crew will be returning for the final episodes, scheduled to start production in February. They will be released in true Netflix fashion: simultaneously across all of its territories worldwide. Created by Veena Sud, The Killing tracks the relationship of Detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Robocop's Joel Kinnaman). The show first centered around the death of a character named Rosie Larson, and drew favorable reviews and more than a few...
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Asthma: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Live Science - 16 Nov 2013 01:28
Asthma: Causes, Symptoms &Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways are inflamed, which can cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
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Netflix revives The KillingMuch like detective Linden, Netflix just can’t let go: The streaming service just revealed that it has renewed crime drama The Killing for a final, six-episode fourth season. This is actually the... second time for Netflix to save The Killing: AMC canceled the show after season […]
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Notegraphy Review

Mac Life - 16 Nov 2013 01:26
There are lots of ways to quickly create compelling works of art on our iPhones and iPads. One-touch filters and easy overlays have turned us all into amateur graphic artists, even if we don't have... the most artistic of eyes. Notegraphy is cut from that cloth. With an emphasis on social sharing, the app automatically stylizes everything you write with a keen artistic flourish, turning your most mundane thoughts into stunning inspirational displays. Notegraphy's creation process is one of the best we've seen. The interface is gorgeous, with a light feel that fits the iOS 7 style without sacrificing its own character. Starting a new note sends you directly to a blank page with a retractable keyboard and a clever gesture for adding new pages -- just tap the right corner and swipe to the left....
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Today may very well have been the greatest day ever for Miles Scott as his very batty wish was made a reality by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The foundation today turned San Francisco into Gotham City... so that this 5-year-old could save the day as he became none other than BatKid! To do this, the foundation […]
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Beyond the Higgs Boson: FiveWould physics be "far more interesting" if the Higgs boson had not been found? Stephen Hawking thinks so.
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Polled People Ponder Whither Wearable Tech

Scientific American - 16 Nov 2013 01:21
Not sure what to think about wearable gadgets? You’re not alone. A recent Harris Interactive poll finds that many Americans are ambivalent about items like smartwatches and smartglasses.... --
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A flash mob for good: BatkidIt might have seemed like just a whimsical Friday afternoon time-waster, but the "flash mob" that developed around San Francisco's Batkid was another example of just how powerful the weak ties of... social media can become
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Chromecast rumor roundup: HBOGoogle is looking to hire people to bring Chromecast abroad, and a leak hints at an impending launch of HBO Go support.
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'The Killing' Revived By"The Killing" has been revived. Again. A final six-episode season is coming to Netflix. The show lasted for two seasons on AMC before getting canceled. Then, it was revived for a third season, only to... be canceled -- again -- by AMC. The show's third season was brought about by a deal between the studio and Netflix, but Season 4 will solely live on Netflix. Series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return. "The rich, serialized storytelling in 'The Killing' thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to offering fans -- both existing and new -- a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand...
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Nokia announced their Windows 8.1 RT tablet at Nokia World and next week you will be able to pick one up under contract from AT&T.
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Nokia's Lumia 2520 tabletIf you’re looking to buy a giant red Windows RT tablet, then Nokia will have something special for you starting next week. Nokia announced on Friday that its Lumia 2520 tablet will go on sale... starting on November 22nd exclusively at AT&T for $399.99 with a two-year service agreement. Nokia says that the price for the Lumia 2520 will come down to just $199.99 with a two-year contract if they also decide to buy a Lumia 925, Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 smartphone. The Lumia 2520 features a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a 6.7 megapixel camera, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8,000 mAh battery and Windows RT 8.1.
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Daily Update for November 15, 2013

TUAW - 16 Nov 2013 01:15
Daily Update for November 15,It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in... the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here. No Flash?
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Lyft also will instate faresRidesharing company Lyft said it will begin requiring that users in California pay a minimum fare for their rides sometime in the next few weeks.     
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This photo of the comet ISONMike Hankey has captured this extraordinary photo of the comet ISON, which is experiencing some surprising activity as it approaches the Sun. It's so perfect it seems unreal. ISON was discovered only... a year ago and it's now observable in the night sky.
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plover writes "The Seattle Times reports, 'The Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers... and the public worldwide. A small team has begun creating 3D models of some key objects representing the breadth of the collection at the world's largest museum complex. Some of the first 3D scans include the Wright brothers' first airplane, Amelia Earhart's flight suit, casts of President Abraham Lincoln's face during the Civil War and a Revolutionary War gunboat. Less familiar objects include a former slave's horn, a missionary's gun from the 1800s and a woolly mammoth fossil from the Ice Age. They are pieces of history some people may hear about but rarely see or touch.' So far they have...
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Whoa. Take a Look at Comet ISON Now

Universe Today - 16 Nov 2013 01:06
Let the show begin! With all our reports and images of Comet ISON being in outburst, this latest image from astrophotographer Damian Peach shows just how much activity is taking place in this comet as... it races towards the Sun. “Hard to believe this is the same comet in my last image of Nov 10th!” […]
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John Gruber reviews the iPad mini

The Loop - 16 Nov 2013 01:06
Last year left me with the impression that choosing the Mini meant accepting numerous trade-offs. That is no longer the case. This is the same device as the iPad Air. The only significant differences... between them are size and weight. Exactly.∞ Read this on The Loop
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It's not often a U.S. Department of Justice press release and indictment will leave you grinning from ear to ear, but these may do the trick. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of... California issued a release Thursday thanking Batkid, a 5-year-old leukemia patient named Miles Scott, for booking notorious criminals Edward “E.” Nigma, a.k.a., “The Riddler,” and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, a.k.a., “The Penguin.” See also: Batkid Begins: Saves 'Gotham,' Captivates Internet The Make-a-Wish Foundation, to fulfill Miles' wish of being Batman for a day, rallied thousands of San Franciscans to the cause. During his special day, Batman chauffeured Miles around San Francisco Gotham City in a Lamborghini Batcar. The heroic Miles rescued an unnamed female from the path...
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LG G Flex appears on the FCCThose on our side of the pond who've been lusting after LG's intriguingly flexible handset might've seethed with jealousy after finding out it's heading to Asia and Europe later this year. Thankfully,... the US will get its very own version of the LG G Flex as well, if this FCC filing is any indication. The document reveals a LG D959 -- the G Flex's model number -- with LTE band 17, a sure sign that the phone is headed to the Ma Bell network. Other tidbits gleaned from the listing suggest that the G Flex also has quad-band GSM support, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS, most of which we already knew. At last, it seems that we'll be that much closer to seeing how LG's bendy smartphone compares to its curvy competitor.
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Lyft Tests Its Own Version OfAfter a year and a half of keeping a flat fare on all its rides, on-demand transportation startup Lyft is set to begin a test of dynamic pricing based on demand. It's testing out the new pricing... model, which it calls "Prime Time Tips," in Los Angeles beginning today, as a way to make more drivers available during peak demand.
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For this week's Mashable Vine Challenge, we asked you to build, destroy, play and create with Legos We saw some ambitious animations of minifigures in action and reenactments of old-school games and... popular movies like The Dark Knight and Star Wars. The #LegoMania hashtag also collected some hilarious non-stop-motion videos that we loved. See also: 17 Original Vine Videos Made Using Only Paper Vineographer Hunter Harrison guest hosted the challenge. "Initially, I expected a lot of time-lapse construction and mini-figure stop-motion, but surprisingly didn't see much of that. I was impressed by the creativity in the submissions," he said. "It all goes to show that we're never too old to play with toys, and our childlike imagination never leaves us ... sometimes it's just hidden under a bunch...
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What The Duck #1413

DP Review - 16 Nov 2013 01:00
What The Duck #1413We've been fans of Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' for years. 'WTD' is one of the best satirical comic strips in the world, and it's published here every week, as well as being included in... our weekly newsletter. Barbed, topical and always amusing, we hope you enjoy WTD as much as we do. 
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Phil Schiller takes the standApple executive Phil Schiller took the stand on Thursday as the Apple/Samsung re-trial on damages entered its third day. As a quick refresher, this sole purpose of this particular trial is to... determine just how much in damages Samsung owes to Apple for infringing upon Apple's design and utility patents. Schiller took the stand late on Thursday, giving Apple's marketing chief just enough time to introduce himself and touch on just how important and risky the iPhone was when Apple began working on it. Echoing a sentiment that was prevalent during Apple and Samsung's original trial in the summer of 2012, Schiller intimated that the iPhone was a huge undertaking that would have had an adverse effect on the company had it floundered. CNET was there covering the latest proceedings and relayed...
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Have you tried scheduling workGreat 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!
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Our Favorite Android, iOS andThanksgiving is almost here, and that means sitting awkwardly at a dinner table with people you probably only see once a year. Load up your phone with some brand-spankin'-new apps, so you've got... something to distract yourself when the conversation turns uncomfortably personal or political. Or both.
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Kauai County delays vote on agriculture bill

Miami Herald - 16 Nov 2013 00:58
A Kauai County Council vacancy has been filled to allow for a vote overriding the mayor's veto of a bill requiring large farms to disclose pesticides and genetically modified crops.
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Apple today sent an email to developers notifying them iTunes Connect will be shut down during the Christmas holiday, from December 21 to December 27. The portal, which is used by Mac and iOS... developers to manage apps, is closed by the company each year in order to give employees time off. In the email (via iMore), Apple reminds developers that they will be unable to submit new apps or in-app purchases, and recommends that no pricing changes or app updates be scheduled during the December 21 to 27 time period. iTunes Connect will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, December 21, to Friday, December 27, 2013. During that time, iTunes Connect will not be accessible and you will not be able to submit any apps or In-App Purchases. Processing of any Newsstand Atom feeds will be delayed...
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Tips and Tricks on getting theWe have a few tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your Sony PlayStation 4, including how to update it without wi-fi. We'll update this list often, so check back frequently. The post Tips and... Tricks on getting the most out of your PlayStation 4 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bad girl Rihanna is having a good day. At the same time Dick Clark Productions announced she would soon receive the American Music Awards first-ever Icon Award, in part for being the the top-selling... digital artist, most-Liked person on Facebook and most-viewed musician on YouTube, she unleashed her a new video for "What Now." Rihanna channels her dark side with her goth look, tweak-style gyrations and spastic B-roll sequences that add up to give the artsy video a solitary feel. See also: Rihanna Steals Title for Most YouTube Views From Bieber Fans are comparing this video to Rihanna's previous efforts, including the spooky elements from "Disturbia," intimate scenes from "Stay" and close-ups from "Diamonds."
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Hackathon Seeks to Create Tech for Queer Youth

The Huffington Post - 16 Nov 2013 00:55
Hackathon Seeks to Create TechThis Nov. 22-24, San Francisco will be home to the first annual Hack 4 Queer Youth, a hackathon hosted by Maven, an interactive virtual community for LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for... social change. According to Maven's website, the intention behind Hack 4 Queer youth is to "catapult LGBT youth serving organizations forward by pairing them with talented teams of tech professionals to develop innovative web and mobile applications that will enhance vital services." I had a chance to chat with Maven's founder, Monica Ann Arrambide, to find out more about the vision behind Hack 4 Queer Youth. Kortney Ryan Ziegler: Tell me a little about your background and how you came to organize Hack 4 Queer Youth. Monica Ann Arrambide: I have been working with queer youth for close to 19...
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It’s the iPad mini we’ve been waiting for: Apple’s smaller tablet that, thanks to a Retina display and brand new A7 processor, now punches above its size and makes a legitimate alternative not... only for compact-screen Android and Windows rivals, but Apple’s own iPad Air too. That Apple has achieved all that with minimal compromises […]
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1Password 4 for Android is now in beta testing

Android Central - 16 Nov 2013 00:52
1Password 4 for Android is nowEager users can sign up for a newsletter to keep up on progress AgileBits, known for its 1Password multi-platform password manager, has announced officially today that a brand new Android version is... in the works. Version 4, based on the small leaks shown, will be a big departure from the currently long in the tooth (and frankly ugly at this point) design currently on offer in the Play Store. Details are extremely light at the moment, but knowing that it is on the way and currently in beta testing is a big deal. Although it isn't taking beta tester sign-ups at the moment, it does have a special newsletter list for those looking for updates on the development process of the Android version. If you're a 1Password user and are chomping at the bit for an update, you may want to sign up so you...
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Top 5 launch games for PlayStation 4

CNET - 16 Nov 2013 00:52
The list of games available for the PS4 is short, but these are our current favorites.
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The automaker looks back on 25 years of the Legacy sedan and looks forward with a hot new concept at the 2013 LA Auto Show.
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Steve Ballmer admits MicrosoftMicrosoft's Steve Ballmer shocked the world when he announced earlier this year that he planned to retire, and it left many wondering what exactly happened to spur this decision. Well, thanks to a... candid interview with the chief executive, we know know...
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iTunes Connect to shut downApple has sent out an email to developers (via iMore) informing them that iTunes Connect will once again be closed for the holidays. During that time, no new apps or updates will be released, app... prices won’t be able to be changed, Newsstand updates won’t be processed, and any price changes scheduled for that week […]
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On the path to personalization

GigaOM - 16 Nov 2013 00:47
On the path to personalizationThis post from the New York Times‘ Open blog talks about the architecture and algorithms underpinning its content-personalization engine. Its experience speaks to some larger trends around companies... moving from batch to stream processing and to cloud services overall. The Times’ recommendation engine used to rely […]
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Anonymous-Linked HackersBy Jim Finkle and Joseph Menn BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO
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iPhone 5 still available atAlthough Apple no longer sells the iPhone 5, Wal-Mart said customers can still pick up the 2012 smartphone at its stores, now available for $29 with a two-year contract from AT&T or Verizon.     
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Nokia's Tablet Gambit WillNokia's Lumia 2520 tablet will set you back $500 if you want to buy it flat out. AT&T is more than happy to sell you one at that price. Pick it up with a wireless contract, and AT&T will knock $100... off that sticker. But pick up a Lumia 925, 1020, or 1520 at the same time, and the price of the Lumia 2520 drops to $200. That's an incredible decline in cost. I confirmed with AT&T that the phone itself would be subsidized, but subject "to a second agreement," or contract, so the deal only works if you are ready to pony up for two devices and requisite plans.
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Fantastic Voyage: TrackingLife isn't easy for a young salmon. After being born in fresh water, the fledgling fish travels hundreds of miles to the ocean, often carried by currents tail-first, where it encounters deep,... predator-infested waters with strong currents and competition f
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Murray Ridge on Mars

SpaceRef - 16 Nov 2013 00:41
This scene shows the "Murray Ridge" portion of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. The ridge is the NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's work area for the rover's sixth Martian... winter....
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Tips & Tricks: API Vision Channel Strip

The Loop - 16 Nov 2013 00:40
Universal Audio posted a great article showing you how to get the most out of its new API Vision Channel Strip.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Laser Holograms as Thin as aHolograms are cool enough on their own , but amazing things happen when you make them incredibly small. A team of Army-funded scientists from Purdue did just that with the development of tiny... holograms--smaller than the width of a human hair!--made by shining lasers through a metasurface. This could change display technology forever.
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'Dueling Dinosaurs' Await Auction Fate

Live Science - 16 Nov 2013 00:39
'Dueling Dinosaurs' AwaitThe so-called Dueling Dinosaurs are set to sell next week for an estimated $7-9 million, but the case highlights scientists' discomfort when potentially great fossils head for auction rather than a... peer review.
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Two Cosmonauts on EVA

SpaceRef - 16 Nov 2013 00:39
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Expedition 37 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in support of assembly and maintenance on... the International Space Station....
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Space insurers visit theArianespace Press Releases: The international space insurance sector was invited to French Guiana this week for an update from Arianespace, along with a first-hand look at the Spaceport's launch... facilities for its heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega vehicles.
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In Photos: Montana's Dueling Dinosaur Fossils

Live Science - 16 Nov 2013 00:35
In Photos: Montana's DuelingIn 2006, fossil hunters discovered a pair of dinosaur fossils, arranged as if they died locked in combat. The so-called Montana Dueling Dinosaurs date back to some 67 million years ago.
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Android Central 161: The MotoPodcast MP3 URL:  ://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/acpc161.mp3 Thing 1: The Moto G Motorola officially announces the Moto G! Video: Hands-on with the Moto G! In pictures: The Moto G Phones 4U... carrying the Moto G in the UK, available to order now Verizon says it'll carry the Moto G on prepaid next year Moto G specs Hands on with the new Moto G accessories Moto G will ship with KitKat in the U.S. Thing 2: KitKat abounds Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7s, Nexus 10 How to manually update your Nexus tablet to KitKat [updated] Google posts Android 4.4 factory image for Nexus 4 Android 4.4 factory images for all Nexus 7s now available, too This week's sidebar poll: Do you sideload OTA updates? Thing 3: Other things Nexus 5 review Google Search update brings new features and new...
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Deadspin Teacher Slugs Middle Schooler Who Mocked His Favorite Football Team | Gizmodo PS4 Teardown: Beautiful Outside, Tidy Inside | io9 The creepy Sleeping Beauty experiment changes the odds of a... coin flip | Kotaku Inside Japan's Squirrel Gardens. Yes, Squirrel Gardens!
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Gawker Rich Man Buys House Next to Ex-Wife, Erects Giant Middle Finger Outside | Jalopnik This Map Will Show You Drunk Driving Limits All Over The World | Jezebel Women Totally Mad IRL for Stuff Their... Boyfriends Do in Dreams | Lifehacker How to Avoid Injuring Yourself During Everyday Activities
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SAN JOSE, California
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'BatKid' saves San Francisco,Twitter is awash in the tweets following the superheroics of a lone hero in San Francisco know only as the "BatKid." BatKid happens to be a five year old named Miles, who suffers from acute... lymphoblastic leukemia. After his parents wrote to the Make-A-Wish Foundation about Miles' wish to become Batman, San Fran came out in a stunning show of support for him, turning the entire city into Gotham City. And then the internet exploded. SF Chronicle prints special edition newspaper for #SFBatKid ://t.co/B9vfPF8Kn4 pic.twitter.com/UoBHiBny1L — Alex Yudelson (@AlexYudelson) November 15, 2013 On a local level, The San Francisco Chronicle released a special edition of its paper this morning in Miles' honor, and reporters and citizens...
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MAVEN: NASA's Orbiter MissionNASA's next Mars probe is expected to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet in amazing new detail.
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"The Credit Belongs to the Man in the Arena"

Life Hacker - 16 Nov 2013 00:30
'The Credit Belongs to the ManIf you ever need the motivation to do rather than complain, to overcome the fear of trying, or strive to do better, Theodore Roosevelt can give it to you in a paragraph.
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Let's Talk About Whatever YouHappy Friday, internet dwellers. The week has wound down, Batkid has saved the day, and all that's left is to go home and curl up around your new iPad Mini's warm glow. There's still some minutes left... in the day, though, so what better way to cap off a helluva week than a good ol' fashioned open thread? Talk about whatever you'd like! For instance, I was just discussing books with a certain Gizmodo employee--more specifically, the fact that, despite what he may think, physical books are in no way obsolete and, in fact, fulfill a very necessary function.
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You'll soon be able to stream all 24 seasons of The Simpsons, thanks to a new syndication deal This is the first time the Fox series will be in syndication on anywhere but network televisions.... According to the news release: After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.
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Quick Review: GriffinI’ve been using the Griffin Powerdock 5 to charge my devices for over a month now and I don’t have anything terribly profound to say about it. It works. It works well. It charges 5 devices... including iPads and tablets as quickly as possible. The output for each USB port is 10 watts (5 volts DC […]
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Steve Ballmer says he couldn'tSteve Ballmer's announcement that he would retire from Microsoft came as something of a surprise, and left many wondering whether his eventual exit is voluntary. Thanks to an interview with the... outgoing CEO at the Wall Street Journal, we now know that it is -- although it's coming after intense pressure. Ballmer explains that the company board of directors has been pushing him to speed up Microsoft's transformation into a devices and services company ever since January. By May, he decided that his own way of thinking was slowing down the transition; he was the "pattern" that had to break. New leadership might reshape the company at a faster pace, Ballmer says. While the success of his strategy will depend heavily on just who takes the reins next year, it's clear that the chief executive is...
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itwbennett writes "The FCC's new Android app will allow users to measure the speed of their mobile broadband connection, while providing aggregate data to the agency for measuring nationwide mobile... broadband network performance. Released as open-source software on Thursday, the free FCC Speed Test App will test network performance for parameters such as upload and download speed, latency and packet loss. An iPhone version of the app is in the works."
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3 Things San Francisco'sThere is a new superhero in town. His name is Miles and he is a 5-year-old California boy who has been battling leukemia since he was a toddler. Miles and his parents teamed up with the Make-A-Wish... Foundation and a slew of volunteers including the San Francisco Police Department and the City of San Francisco to save Gotham City--er, San Francisco--on Friday. The Foundation elicited the help of over 11,000 Bay Area volunteers to make Miles' dream of becoming Batman a reality. In the process, he touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people who followed the pint-sized caped crusader on Twitter. This story of this wee survivor helps to illustrate some of the ways Twitter is becoming an integral part of our community, both online and off. 1.  Following Breaking News "BatKid Saves...
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Phones 4U offering free GalaxyPick up a companion tablet for signing a contract on your new Note 3 Although it may not be the same great deal as getting a free Galaxy Gear, Phones 4U is offering a free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with... purchase of a new Galaxy Note 3. For one week only, if you buy Samsung's latest Note 3 from Phones 4U and sign up for a contract to get it, you'll get the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (a £149.95 value) for free along with it. Plans on offer range from £49 up-front and £43 per month to free and £48 per month depending on the carrier, and if you happen to go with a 2-year contract on EE you'll get a free wireless speaker to go along with your phone and tablet. While signing up for a 2-year contract may not be the best of choices, if you were going that route and wanted a Note 3 you might as well grab...
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Sass

The Loop - 16 Nov 2013 00:18
A List Apart has an excerpt from Dan Cederholm's new book "Sass For Web Designers."∞ Read this on The Loop
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Microsoft's CEO suggests in interview that perhaps time has passed him by and the company needs a fresh face to accelerate change.
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Ballmer wasn't fired fromIn a candid interview with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that he was encouraged to hustle his transformation plan into motion, but ended up being pushed out the... door. Microsoft director John Thompson told the paper that the board "didn't push Steve to step down," he said. "but we were pushing him damn hard to go faster." And that process, Ballmer revealed, ended with Ballmer concluding (or being forced to conclude) that someone else should lead Microsoft into a new era of computing. In August, Ballmer officially said that he would step down within the next twelve months, as the board set out to find a replacement. Microsoft's board approved of Ballmer's "One Microsoft" reorganization plan. He just didn't move it along fast enough. "At the end of the...
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Facebook removes controversialSAN FRANCISCO -- After a lengthy delay and under growing pressure from regulators and lawmakers, Facebook moved forward with updates to its privacy policy on Friday but deleted a controversial... sentence that claimed any teen using the service was assumed to have gotten permission from a parent or guardian for his or her name, image and information to be used in advertising on the service.     
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How to find by name in OS X

CNET - 16 Nov 2013 00:12
The default content search in OS X can be quickly overridden with name-only search options.
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The app is averaging one-and-a-half stars after nearly 1,400 people have weighed in.
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Dell has started selling a thin and light touchscreen laptop called the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which will have Ubuntu Linux OS and Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell. The... laptop, code-named Sputnik, has a 13.3-inch touchscreen and will run on Ubuntu 12.04 OS. It is priced starting at US$1,249.99 and is available in the U.S. With the Linux OS, the laptop is different from other Haswell-based laptops that largely come with the Windows OS. Dell introduced its first Sputnik laptop a year ago as part of an experiment to bring Linux to ultrabook-style laptops. While the price may be high for a Linux laptop, it has a full high-definition touchscreen and components typically found in high-priced laptops. The cheapest configuration has a Core i5 dual-core processor and...
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Now that the extent of the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs has been exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it's beholden on the public to fight back or else find... themselves "complicit" in the activities, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky. The freedoms U.S. citizens have "weren't granted by gifts from above," Chomsky said during a panel discussion Friday at MIT. "They were won by popular struggle." While U.S. officials have long cited national security as a rationale for domestic surveillance programs, that same argument has been used by the "most monstrous systems" in history, such as the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany, Chomsky said. "The difference with the totalitarian...
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Here’s a two-minute time-lapse escape into the Rocky Mountains for those of you still stuck at the office today. Because last Friday, while us schmucks were working, Canadian photographer Richard... Gottardo — whose work we’ve had the pleasure of featuring several times before — was chasing the aurora borealis through the Rockies. All of the […]
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Zoinks! If you don't mind fixer-uppers, you can live out your Scooby-Doo mystery-sleuthing fantasies with a California ghost town for sale online for a mere $225,000.
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OTTAWA, CANADA – Astronauts appear to hold their heads more rigidly in relation to their trunks after returning to Earth from multi-month spaceflights, which may affect how they balance themselves... back on Earth, according to ongoing research. A note of caution: the sample size is small (six astronauts so far) and the research is still […]
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Fallout from Adobe securityAutomattic resets WordPress VIP user passwords that were caught up in the Adobe security breach.
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Last Chance! The Best-SellingAre you a designer? Do you want to become a designer? Have you ever thought about bringing out the creative in you? Now is a great opportunity for you to stack up on some high quality design resources... so you…
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J.R. Smith is back at it again The NBA star had another Twitter mishap this week when he quickly escalated a war of digital words on fellow trigger-happy chucker Brandon Jennings. But Smith took... things a step further by threatening Jennings with a potential visit by his "street homies" to Detroit, where Jennings plays for the Pistons See also: Michael Jordan Can Complete Your Beer Pong Dream Team The drama started when Jennings posted an incredulous tweet about Smith's brother getting a guaranteed contract with Smith's team, the New York Knicks The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: "Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn't. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!"
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This Week in Time Capsules:This week in our time capsule round-up, something the kids call "One Direction" (I'm guessing it's a designer drug) finds its way into a new time capsule; a beer keg from 1988 is cracked open at the... University of North Carolina; and some "Capsule Keepers" responsible for guarding a 400-year capsule look for a new batch of helpers.
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Google Play Music invadesYet another music streaming service has arrived on iOS devices, primed to duke it out for the top spot against Pandora and iTunes Radio. That service is Google Play Music, which has been available to... Android users for years, but finally launched on the App Store on Friday. Google Play Music differentiates itself by allowing users to access up to 20,000 songs from their personal music collections over the cloud and even store their favorites for offline listening. The app also has a monthly subscription service dubbed All Access, which gives users unlimited access to millions of songs and custom radio stations based on their favorite artists, albums or songs. Everyone who signs up for All Access is entitled to
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Just a small town girl, living in a lonely universe. She took the midnight space train goin' anywhere light-years away. Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit 2 on Mars. He took the... midnight space train goin' anywhere light-years away.
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What's the Best TemperatureWhat's worse than scalding yourself in the shower? Getting Legionnaires' disease--a type of pneumonia carried by stagnant water. Avoid both by setting your water heater to just the right temperature.... The DIY experts at Stack Exchange are here to help.
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The Autumn Night Sky IsKickstarter is full of dubious ideas, but it's also home to some truly great ones--like Constellation Quilt, a handmade blanket that charts the night sky in lovely gold and white thread. When the... project wrapped up its campaign June, it had reached more than ten times its original $10,000 goal.
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How to Make Spheres of IceWe humans love to eat, and we love to drink. So it's no surprise that we're always trying to come up with solid forms of alcohol, to eat what we can drink. Alcoholic ice cream , dippin' dots ,... molecular mixology , and jello shots are all means to this end. So, when we heard about edible ice spheres, we knew it was our mission to boozify them.
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All 24 Of The PS4's LaunchOn day one of Sony's console launch, there are 24 games you can pick up to play on it. We've either reviewed or spent time with all of them. So here are our thoughts, in micro-review form.
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Apple is said to have already seeded OS X 10.9.1 internally and it looks like the same update has begun arriving for registered developers. This one has been sent out as build number 13B27 and as one... would expect, there has yet to be any timeline given in terms of a public push for 10.9.1. […]
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Microsoft's 3D printing appMicrosoft made a big deal of building 3D printer support into Windows 8.1, and today it's releasing a tool that lets even newcomers create objects of their own. The new 3D Builder app includes a... catalog of pre-designed items that virtually anyone can start printing right away. Especially curious users can adjust and combine objects without having to be a CAD expert, and those with access to more advanced tools can import their masterpieces. As long as you've already shelled out for the requisite printer, you can try 3D Builder for yourself at the source link.
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Factoring in the astounding growth of Internet communications worldwide, America's security establishment isn't quite as draconian as many in the press sometimes claim.
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Sponsored post: Windows ServerOn July 14, 2015 Windows Server 2003 will reach the end of extended support. This means no patches or security fixes without a custom support agreement in place. What will this mean for the security... of your applications and compliance requirements, especially in regulated industries?
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Games for the weekend: Blocky Roads

GigaOM - 15 Nov 2013 23:55
Games for the weekend: BlockyJust when you thought there were enough games inspired by the game that is Minecraft, along comes a refreshing take on the genre. A new physics based racer titled Blocky Roads.
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It seems that an “Unable to Verify Update” error message arrives at random for some users with just about every single iOS software update, perhaps unsurprisingly, the problem has resurfaced for... some when trying to download and install the recent 7.0.4 update. The error seems to be exclusive to using OTA (Over-The-Air) updates, and sometimes ...
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Just in case you were still being fooled into thinking that the TSA is good for, well, anything, follow along with You Tube contributor Terminal Cornucopia as he constructs a home-made "FRAGGuccino"... from stuff you can buy from airport terminal kiosks--you know the ones you can enter after passing through security.
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Chevrolet finishes the refresh of its pickup lineup with the new, midsized Colorado, set to debut in Los Angeles next week.
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Swell's iPhone App Aims toThe creators of an iPhone app known as Swell like to compare their creation to Pandora. Which makes sense: Like the wildly popular music service, it also provides you with an endless, effortless... stream of content, which it selects by monitoring both your listening habits and those of other people with similar tastes. But Swell isn’t a Pandora competitor: The stuff it plays is spoken-word news, information and talk, including shows from broadcast networks as well as podcasts produced for the web. This week, the company released version 1.5 of the app. As before, it has a simple card-like interface that shows one piece of audio at a time. The more you listen, the more it refines its choices as it watches for clues such as whether you swipe to skip an item or tap the thumbs-up button. But...
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Google Play Music arrives for iOS

CNET - 15 Nov 2013 23:51
iPhone owners get a chance to try Google's streaming-music service, the FCC pushes carriers to unlock phones, and the Lumia 2520 Windows 8 tablet launches first at AT&T.
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Prolific hacker Pinkie Pie strikes again at Pwn2Own competition.     
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Disneyland, 1965

The Atlantic - 15 Nov 2013 23:46
The happiest landscape on Earth.     
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How to resolve cloud migrationWithout a seamless application migration blueprint, migrating to the cloud can seem more of a headache - and risk - than it's worth. Here's what IT decision-makers need to make the right moves.
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Warm your blood to track dangerous oozes

New Scientist - 15 Nov 2013 23:44
A technique that mixes sound and heat can map slow-flowing blood in surface tissues, which could help reveal tiny but dangerous clots or tumour growth     
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Wall Street Beat: SmartphoneA fresh round of quarterly results and market research this week show some shadows over the networking and component markets while smartphones, as usual, were the stars of the tech arena. The biggest... disappointment of the week came from Cisco Systems, which Wednesday reported a year-over-year decline in profit and sales and offered a gloomy forecast for the current quarter. For the three-month period ending in October, Cisco reported net income of $2 billion, down 4.6 percent from a year earlier, while sales edged up by 1.8 percent to $12.1 billion. Company executives said they expect revenue this quarter to decline between 8 percent and 10 percent from a year earlier. Several problems hit Cisco during the quarter, executives said. In emerging markets, sales declined. Concerns about...
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Turning Old TVs and OutdatedE-waste is an environmental nightmare . What if the overflow of outdated tech junk could be put to better use than landfill fodder?
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jones_supa writes "One of the most important measuring sticks for the success of any software is how long a user keeps it installed after first trying it. Intel has an article about some of the most... common reasons users abandon software. Quoting: 'Apps that don’t offer anything helpful or unique tend to be the ones that are uninstalled the most frequently. People cycle through apps incredibly quickly to find the one that best fits their needs. ... A lot of apps have a naturally limited lifecycle; i.e., apps that are centered around a movie release or an app that tracks a pregnancy, or an app that celebrates a holiday. In addition, apps with limited functionality, for example, “lite” games that only go so far, are uninstalled once the user has mastered all the levels.' Some of the...
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Apple Releases First 10.9.1Apple has seeded the first developer beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1. This will be the first incremental update to Mavericks when it ships to the public. Apple has released a fix for Gmail in the Mail... app on Mavericks,…
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Picture of the Day: One Classy Bird

Twisted Sifter - 15 Nov 2013 23:34
Picture of the Day: One Classy  ONE CLASSY BIRD   Photograph by Olaf Oliviero Riemer   This bird was made for Movember! If that’s not a classy mustache, I don’t know what is. The Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is a seabird in... the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna. This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on…
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Google Play Music Gets anGoogle Play Music has always been useful for streaming your music collection instead of letting it hog your phone’s internal storage, but until now Google hasn’t offered an app for iPhone users.... On Friday, Google Play Music’s official app finally arrived in the App Store. It allows you to stream your entire music library over an Internet connection and listen to Pandora-style radio stations based on your interests. You can also pay $10 per month for Google Play Music All Access, which lets you listen to millions of songs on-demand. The app supports Chromecast and AirPlay as well, for listening to your music through a television. To add your music collection to Google Play Music, you need to download the Music Manager software onto a Windows PC or Mac. Run the software, and enter the...
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OTTAWA, CANADA – A small Canadian community seems an unlikely spot for an artist now working with Mars One (those people plotting a one-way trip to Mars) and asteroid mining concept company Deep... Space Industries. But that’s how Bryan Versteeg got his start in life and — despite his remoteness — found space inspiration from […]
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Relive PlayStation 4 Hype From 2011 to Now

Mashable - 15 Nov 2013 23:33
The PlayStation 4, an eighth-generation console from Sony, arrived on North American retail shelves on Friday, more than two years after PS4 rumors first surfaced Although Sony officially announced... the faster, more powerful console on Feb. 20, speculation began as early as 2011 See also: Share Your 15-Second Review of the PlayStation 4 Our timeline, below, documents the very first whispers, the much-anticipated launch day and everything in between to help you relive the hype Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. BONUS: PlayStation 4: A Comeback Console, Still Rough Around the Edges
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13 Inventors You've Never Heard of

Mashable - 15 Nov 2013 23:30
Can you imagine a world without frozen TV dinners or bubble wrap? (And more importantly, who would want to?) Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein are probably the first names that come... to mind when you think of "inventors." But beyond the big names, there are plenty of inventors whose creativity and ingenuity changed the way we live, even if they never became household names To pay homage to these under-the-radar innovators, we've put together a shortlist of influential inventors who you (most likely) never learned about in school 1Clarence Birdseye — Frozen Food If you're a TV dinner aficionado, you can thank Clarence Birdseye for the technology used in frozen food. Birdseye discovered a new way to flash-freeze foods that produced much fresher and better tasting results...
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Denver cops useDespite the fact that pot is legal in Colorado, Denver police are trying to keep marijuana smokers and growers from polluting the air with the plant's smell - and they're using a really strange device... to do it. The post Denver cops use “smell-oscopes” to sniff out dope smokers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ballmer admits Microsoft needsMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning his retirement in the next nine months from the software giant he helped build, but he’s also assisting with a reorganization for his successor.... In exclusive interviews with The Wall Street Journal, Ballmer recounts what led to his surprise resignation announcement from Microsoft in August. Microsoft’s board had been rightly pushing Ballmer to go faster. Lead director John Thompson had been pushing Ballmer to move faster as competitors gained ground on key consumers markets like smartphones and tablets.
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What Bees Don't Know Can HelpEveryone knows what it's like to be uncertain - at least, humans do. But are non-human animals ever uncertain?
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How Stores Track Their Shoppers

Popular Science - 15 Nov 2013 23:30
'Til You Drop Robinsons Place Manila, Philippines Ninjakeg, CC BY-SA 3.0 You've seen it happen. One day, you're aspirationally browsing performance outerwear online; the next day, you're seeing ads... for Primaloft and Gore-Tex on every website you visit. That's the power of tracking people while they're shopping--even if they don't buy anything--and brick-and-mortar stores want to get in on that action, too. They just need a way to record where their customers go, the way websites do. MIT Technology Review recently took a look at progress in indoor tracking. Watching where people go inside buildings, where GPS can't yet reach, is a little more challenging than keeping tabs on people outdoors or online. Nevertheless, MIT Technology Review names a few U.S. stores that have tried the...
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Drop the Temp on YourIf you're trying to lower your heating bill, the most obvious thing to do is to stop cranking up the thermostat to 70 degrees every day, but for some people, keeping the house cold is just way too... uncomfortable. Apartment Therapy's solution was to just lower that thermostat gradually.
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Microsoft details Xbox OneMicrosoft has just shed some more light on the Xbox One and its online-browsing capabilities, including features for gesture and voice navigation with Kinect. The Xbox One sports an upgraded Kinect... motion sensing peripheral. Microsoft has greatly emphasised...
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Want to unlock yourUnlocking your phone without carrier permission is currently illegal. But new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told the wireless industry that it must change its policies to allow consumers to easily... unlock their devices without hassle or long waits. The post Want to unlock your smartphone? The new FCC Chairman has your back appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Exec Phil Schiller: Samsung Hurt iPad, iPhone Sales

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 23:29
Apple Exec Phil Schiller:By Malathi Nayak SAN JOSE, California
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'Tribute Hike' Headlamps GlowHeadlamps on the ground on the Milky Way shine in a new photo taken by a stargazer. Colorado-based freelance photographer Jeff Warner recently sent SPACE.com two beautiful images featuring the Milky... Way over Loveland Pass, Colo.
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Khalil's Picks (15 November 2013)

Scientific American - 15 Nov 2013 23:26
Another really awesome week with everything from some some meta-science journalism stories to the wonders of rocks ants, crocodiles, dead satellites and Carl Sagan. Yep. [More] --
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MAVEN Timelapse: Ready ForIt took NASA weeks of processing to ready the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft for launch to the red planet, but this timelapse condenses that into less than 3 minutes.
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NASA's Next Mission to MarsNASA's next Mars probe is ready and cleared for launch to the Red Planet. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe (MAVEN for short) is set to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5... rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 18.
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Gillmor Gang Live 11.15.13. (TCTV)

TechCrunch - 15 Nov 2013 23:20
Gillmor Gang Live 11.15.13.Gillmor Gang - John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gillmorgang
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Facebook: ad policy unchanged,Facebook said Friday that ads on the social network featuring user endorsements and pictures were nothing new, and that members remain in control of their own content and images.
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Inside a Lethal ExhibitPoison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine--an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that's... exactly what the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit--The Power of Poison--delightfully urges you to do.
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Peripheral Vision 012: Dave"I'm pretty well known as one of the co-founders of the British post-punk band, Gang of Four," Dave Allen begins. "And then, after a while, I got the web itch." It's a study in contrasts, perhaps,... from the bass player of one of the late-70s most seminal political punk bands, to a title like "director, interactive strategy," but Allen is nothing if not eclectic. Over the decades, his passions have taken him from the angular post-punk of Gang of Four to the new wave of Shriekback, through stints with Intel and E-music. And now we're here in 2013, inside North, a Portland brand agency that has imparted on him the aforementioned title. To Allen, however, it's not all that strange, the transition from punk rock to advertising. And at the very least, it adheres to tenets he's held dear all...
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The Case For Sony's PlayStation 4

ReadWrite - 15 Nov 2013 23:19
The Case For Sony'sThe Playstation 4, Sony's cutting edge slab of next-gen gaming, splashed onto the scene Friday, delighting the early adopter set and leaving the rest of us with a tough call to make. I love a hardware... launch as much as the next rabid early adopter, but when it comes to an investment with this kind of heft, observing the console wars from a safe distance before casting a vote with your credit card is invariably the wisest choice of all. You've read the tech specs and heard the hype. Now here's the case for buying the PS4. PS4: A Next Generation Role-Reversal If this was an election, Sony and Microsoft would be bonafide flip-floppers. Rather than toeing the party line of their forebears, the company's respective consoles have essentially switched places this generation. See also: The Road...
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"Meow the odds be ever in your favor!" The Pet Collective casts cats in the roles of Katniss Everdeen and the other beloved characters from "The Hunger Games."
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Meet the guy who engineered the PlayStation 4

Digital Trends - 15 Nov 2013 23:15
Meet the guy who engineeredMark Cerny has faced plenty of challenges in his illustrious lifelong career as a game developer, but building the PlayStation 4 from the ground up might have been his biggest. The post Meet the guy... who engineered the PlayStation 4 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google brings All Access musicHalf a year after launching for Android, Google Play Music All Access is now available to iPhone users.     
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Latest From iCourt: PhilSince Apple won a $1 billion lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement last summer, both companies have been fighting to determine how the ruling will actually unfold. In March of this year, the... presiding judge for the case subtracted $450 million…
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Are You a Giver or a Taker?Some people say success and happiness come from being in the right place at the right time. I think it's more about the right person finding himself or herself in the right place. During my more than... 15 years in the tech industry, I've seen really qualified, outstanding individuals suffer miserably or burnout in their jobs. At the same time I've seen people with less talent and lower principles rise quickly in their corporate ranks. If you watch this from afar with no real consideration to the context of where and how these individuals worked, you might think there's truth to that saying, "nice guys finish last." It wasn't until I came across Adam Grant's book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, that I realized it wasn't about being nice or cutthroat. It's about who you...
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Stephen Hawking Says NotThe discovery of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle after a decades-long hunt was widely regarded as a major breakthrough, but physicist Stephen Hawking thinks the field would actually be more... "interesting" if the Higgs had remained a mystery.
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On today's 404 episode: Coin's all-in-one credit solution, a device that sniffs out marijuana, millenials crowdfunding their moves to NYC, and the future of the love industry is in the hands of the... Oculus Rift.
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Online retail giant Amazon jumped on the original Internet TV programming bandwagon Friday with a character-driven political sitcom created by the man behind the "Doonesbury" comic strip.
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Consultant: HealthCare.govThe technology team working on the troubled HealthCare.gov has made significant progress in recent days, with error rates on the U.S. government's health insurance shopping site down to less than 1... percent from 6 percent just after its launch, officials said Friday. The tech team has fixed more than 200 bugs at the website in the past month, but it still has 50 high-priority bugs to work on in the next week, said Jeffrey Zients, a former acting director at the White House Office of Management and Budget overseeing fixes to the site. The tech team completed more than 60 priority improvements and bug fixes during the past week, including new visual guides to help users compare insurance plans, he said. "The changes and improvements we've made over the past few weeks are having a positive...
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This week Apple and Samsung are back in court to further speak on the former's patent case against the latter. Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, went to the stand... this week to speak up on a variety of topics, not least of all the effect Samsung's smartphone and tablet brands have […]
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Ballmer reflects on time withGive outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer credit: He seems to be very in touch with who he really is. In a lengthy interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ballmer said that he decided to step down... from Microsoft because he wasn’t moving fast enough to get the company’s mobile products up to speed with Apple and Google. What’s more, Ballmer’s talks with Ford CEO Alan Mulally made him seriously rethink the way that he’d been running Microsoft during his tenure, which caused him to put more of an effort on teamwork and less on competitive pressure between divisions. “I’ll remake my whole playbook, I’ll remake my whole brand,” Ballmer explained. But as Ballmer began to bring his management teams together
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Samsung's Galaxy Gear improvesA major shortcoming of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch appears to be fixed with a new software update: Support for far more notifications from apps. I'm still not sold on it though. That $300 price... tag and a lock to Samsung devices is off-putting.
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Batkid: A Heartwarming, Very 2013 Story

The Atlantic - 15 Nov 2013 23:06
It took a well-connected city to make Miles's dream come true.     
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From the production of tougher, more durable smart phones and other electronic devices, to a wider variety of longer lasting biomedical implants, bulk metallic glasses are poised to be mainstay... materials for the 21st Century. Featuring a non-crystalline amorphous structure, bulk metallic glasses can be as strong or even stronger than steel, as malleable as plastics, conduct electricity and resist corrosion. These materials would seem to have it all save for one problem: they are often brittle, with a poor and uneven resistance to fatigue that makes their reliability questionable. The creation of multicomponent bulk-metallic glass composites is addressing this issue but the problem remains for monolithic metallic glasses, which are major components of bulk metallic composites.
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Judge sentences AnonymousA member of the hacker group Anonymous was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a geopolitical analysis firm. Jeremy Hammond, 28, in May pled guilty to one count of... conspiracy to engage in computer hacking under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska during a hearing at the federal district court for the Southern District of New York in New York. Hammond, of Chicago, was arrested in March 2012 and charged with hacking into the computer system of analyst company Strategic Forecasting, also called Stratfor, and obtaining subscriber and credit-card information and emails, among other data. Ultimately, credit-card details, emails and cryptographic representation of passwords were leaked. The credit...
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Facebook messages go down withFacebook encountered a glitch Friday when messages sent through its website stopped working.     
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Craft your next 3D printingGot a 3D printer? Not sure what to do with it yet? If you're new to the scene and your PC is running Windows 8.1, check out 3D Builder, Microsoft's very own 3D printing app. The app is free to... download from the Windows Store now. The post Craft your next 3D printing project with 3D Builder for Windows 8.1 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Phil Schiller in SamsungIn front of a courtroom jury this morning, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller claimed that Samsung's patent infringement has weakened "the view that the world has for Apple." By copying the company's... marquee iPhone and iPad products, Samsung has effectively diluted Apple's brand, Schiller argued. That's made it difficult for Cupertino's products to stand out, in turn leading consumers to "question our innovation and design skills in a way that people never used to," Schiller said. "As this [infringement] has been occurring, it's harder for us to get new customers and bring them into our ecosystem." Schiller recalled the first time he saw a Galaxy smartphone, saying, "It looked exactly like the iPhone, so much so that people might...
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The retailer offers sales on Windows 8.1 tablets using Intel's Bay Trail processors, and has Microsoft's Surface RT with keyboard discounted to $249.99.
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(AP)--British officials issued an unusually stark alert about a cyberscam that locks users out of their computers unless they pay a ransom, saying Friday that tens of millions of people may soon be... targeted.
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The BMW M5 is subtly mad

CNET - 15 Nov 2013 23:00
Ah, the BMW M5. It's big, brash, powerful, and very good looking indeed.
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Felix TwoHands II: ABeing a sucker for fun and functional design, I jumped on the chance to review the Felix TwoHands II (US$24.99) tablet stand. Join me as I take a quick look at this useful device, and then enter to... win a TwoHands II courtesy of Felix Brand and TUAW. When in its "relaxed" mode, the lightweight (2.4 ounce, 68 gram) aluminum, plastic, and silicone TwoHands looks like a pair of very skinny arms ending in hands forming a heart shape. There are even "fingers" on the "hands" to top off the effect. On the end opposite of the "hands" are two "feet" that you squeeze with your hands to open the "arms" wide to caress your iPad. With the "arms" open, those "hands" take a firm grip on the sides of your iPad or iPad mini. A spring in the bottom of the TwoHands makes sure that your tablet is gripped...
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The new C720-2848 Chromebook has Haswell inside with a cheap price in time for the holidays.
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This Week at NASA: Maven Update

SpaceRef - 15 Nov 2013 23:00
The MAVEN spacecraft is the latest NASA probe designed to help piece together a complete picture of The Red Planet's past....
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DockMod Customizes the ColorMac: Customizing the look of your Mac's operating system isn't always the easiest process these days. That said, if you're interested in tinkering with the dock in Mountain Lion or Mavericks, DockMod... allows you to do just that.
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Illustrating America'sStories about weird local laws always begin like urban legends. You might have heard that in Wisconsin, the Dairy State, all restaurants are required by law to serve cheese with every dish, including... placing a slice of certified Wisconsin cheese on top of each and every order of apple pie.
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This free app can help drivers (especially teens) improve their behind-the-wheel skills.
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10 Outstanding Highlights from  National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National... Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014. Eligible contestants can visit .ngphotocontest.com to submit photographs in…
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Next-generation consoles may have impressive graphics that trump their predecessors, but to the seasoned PC gamer with the right hardware, they're nothing new.
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Welcome to the 21st century, where a local news station uses Facebook to post a photo of one of the area's most wanted fugitives. And welcome to the 21st century, where said fugitive comments on his... own mugshot to call other commenters "goddam keyboard warriors" and remind them that things "aren't always as they appear." Nicholas Emond was arrested Friday morning in Somersworth, N.H., by the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force and the Maine Violent Offenders Task Force. He was wanted for release violations after a previous conviction as a felon in possession of a firearm, authorities said
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cold fjord writes "The BBC reports, 'A fragile quantum memory state has been held stable at room temperature for a "world record" 39 minutes — overcoming a key barrier to ultrafast computers.... 'Qubits' of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before. ... "This opens the possibility of truly long-term storage of quantum information at room temperature," said Prof Thewalt ... unofficially, the previous best for a solid state system was 25 seconds at room temperature, or three minutes under cryogenic conditions. ... What's more, they found they could manipulate the qubits as the temperature of the system rose and fell back towards absolute zero. At cryogenic temperatures, their quantum memory system remained coherent for three hours. "Having...
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Shh! Skype may filter outFor anyone who has participated on a well-attended conference call, it's a familiar problem: the tap-Tap-TAP of some anonymous participant, typing notes. Fortunately, a future version of Skype may... silence the offending fingers. The Next Web reports that Microsoft held a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, this week, where Microsoft executives suggested that they might adapt a similar typing-quashing technology from the company's Lync software. The technology apparently "listens" for the sound of typing, then filters it out automatically, at least within Lync. As The Next Web notes, Google has implemented a similar, but heavy-handed solution: its Hangouts automatically detect the typing sound, mute the offender, then quietly send a private note to him or her asking them to mute their...
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Many advanced users prefer to use firmware files when updating their iOS devices to the latest version, and every time an iOS update comes out we post direct download links for the latest versions.... Every once in a while we get questions from users who wonder how we find those file links, since they’re tucked ...
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Nest app adds Protect smokeNest is updating its mobile companion app on iOS and Android to include support for the upcoming Protect smoke detector, which it says will begin shipping soon. From the app, Protect owners will... be able to view the status of all of their Nest smoke detectors, including whether they're sensing any problems, when their last tests were, and how their backup batteries are doing. The app should also make remotely controlling a Nest thermostat a lot easier too. The interface has been streamlined to allow just about everything to be done more easily — and without requiring users to jump into a landscape mode as it did before. The iOS update is available now, while the Android app is rolling out over the next few days.
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Cloud adoption carries bigCorporations love the cloud. It's easy, it's everywhere, and it keeps costs down. In fact, recent surveys of information technology professionals by 451 Research, Forrester Research, and the Society... for Information Management all suggest they like it so much that they're willing to behave in very dangerous ways to use it. The 451 survey tells us that CIOs worry about security. The Forrester one suggests that despite these worries, more and more of these companies are taking part in risky cloud behavior. And the SIM one reveals that executives controlling the IT purse strings just don't care. The problem with the cloud, or at least the problem with the public version of the cloud, is that it's not secure. Hackers, be they criminals or government agents in the NSA, would have to physically...
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Choosing a monitoring, management and operational analytics solution can be difficult. BlueShore Financial selected CloudPhysic's Software-as-a-Service solution to address their requirements.... BlueShore's Infrastructure Architect explains why his organization made this decision.
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Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to developers. The release asks testers to focus on Mail, Graphics Drivers and VoiceOver, though there are no known issues with the release.... Earlier this month, Apple released a special update to Mavericks to address issues using Gmail with the Mail.app client built into the OS. The update is available to registered developers through the OS X Developer Portal.     
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Samsung to launch smartphoneSamsung reportedly is getting ready to release a smartphone with a curved screen that wraps around the sides.     
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Lockheed Martin to slash 4,000Lockheed Martin has announced 4,000 job cuts and closure of some of its facilities in austerity measures.
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The Tough Mudder, an extreme sports event that bills itself as "probably the toughest event on the planet," resulted in injuries ranging from multiple electrical burns to seizure-induced Todd's... paralysis. A case series of serious injuries sustained by participants in one such race was reported in a new article.
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30-Second Tech Trick: How to(Source) Related: 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Choose the Right Size TV 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Charge Your Phone Faster 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Use Facebook in Pirate Mode 30-Second Tech... Trick: How to Use Google as a Timer More 30-Second Tech Tricks
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Facebook Messenger is now aFacebook Messenger, the stand alone app for talking to your Facebook friends, has a new look that is decidedly not very Facebook-looking, but does look right at home in the iOs 7 app ecosystem. The... post Facebook Messenger is now a texting replacement, and it got an iOS 7 makeover appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ten years after a transplant, a cornea from a 71-year-old donor is likely to remain as healthy as a cornea from a donor half that age, according to a study. Corneas from donors over age 71 perform... slightly less well, but still remain healthy for the majority of transplant recipients after 10 years, the study found.
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Posting the calorie content of menu items at major fast-food chains in Philadelphia, per federal law, does not change purchasing habits or decrease the number of calories that those customers consume,... researchers have reported.
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#gunfire: can Twitter reallyIn January 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation made an open request to "industry" for a "social media alert, mapping, and analysis application" with the "flexibility to change search parameters... and geo-locate the search based on breaking events or emerging threats." They wanted an app, in other words, that would allow keyword searches — for gunfire, for meth, for protests, for killings — in specific areas to locate bad guys and potential bad guys. They wanted a social media scraper. They wanted covert access to your tweets, your status updates, your Instagrammed photos. They wanted your YouTube comments and comments on websites made through Facebook. They wanted all of them, and more. This FBI request, along with similar...
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Engadget Podcast 369 - 11.14.13

Engadget - 15 Nov 2013 22:43
Engadget Podcast 369 -Your host Brian Heater is pushing the boundaries of his vocal cords to bring you another episode this week, joined by Marc Perton and Peter Rojas. Brian was on stage at Expand for most of the past... weekend, wearing out his dulcet-toned speaking voice with the best and brightest of the tech industry, and the crew takes a look back at the event's highlights. We also review this week's happenings, with Snapchat turning down Facebook's $3 billion offer, the international market gaining a few economically priced smartphones and YotaPhone setting a holiday-oriented release date for its dual-screen (LCD and e-ink) handset. So, while Brian sips tea with honey, you can treat yourself to another engaging episode of the Engadget Podcast via of the streaming links below. Hosts: Brian Heater, Marc...
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How 'Truffula' Trees WillInitiatives to market African tree products are taking root.
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HTC says it's delivered itsPublic release timing 'to be determined by Google' You might remember it was 15 days ago when HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said his company would deliver Android 4.4 for the Google Play... edition HTC One within 15 days — so naturally GPe device owners have today been wondering what's up with the update. The official HTC USA Twitter account has chimed in this afternoon with an update on the release's progress, effectively saying the manufacturer has delivered its code and the rest is up to Google — "Good news, we've delivered KitKat code to Google for HTC One GPE. Timing of push via PlayStore to be determined by Google." We can only speculate as to what Google needs to do to get HTC's update prepped and ready to push out onto devices, but at least this means it shouldn't be...
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] There are tons of shoot 'em up style games out there. It's a genre that has its fair share of incarnations, though with graphical... capabilities of gaming consoles and computers, games tend to try to show off how realisitic they can look. But you don't need ultra-realism to have fun with a shooter. We have four games that will have you itching with your trigger finger for days with the iShooter Gamer Bundle. It's on sale in our latest Deal. The iShooter Gamer Bundle comes with four great shooting-centric titles: Tower Wars: Protect your tower by mowing down baddies. Upgrade your defenses and bring your friends along for the fight. Sanctum: The first of its kind, this first person shooter mixes in elements of tower defense...
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Apple seeds first OS XToday, Apple has provided the first seed of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to registered developers. We previously reported that Apple had seeded the 10.9.1 update to its employees along with a... future 10.9.2 release. It’s currently unclear when those operating systems will reach the Macs of customers. Apple asks developers to focus on […]
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NASA-led firefly mission toSomewhere on Earth, there's always a lightning flash. The globe experiences lightning some 50 times a second, yet the details of what initiates this common occurrence and what effects it has on the... atmosphere - lightning may be linked to incredibly powerful and energetic bursts called terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs--remains a mystery. In mid-November, a football-sized mission called Firefly, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, will launch into space to study lightning and these gamma ray flashes from above.
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NES Cartridge Flasks MakeWhen you consider that a flask is supposed to be a secret way to smuggle contraband libations, an NES game cartridge doesn't immediately spring to mind as the most subtle design. But maybe that's the... true brilliance behind these game cart recreations that you can fill with more than your cherished high scores.
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Who says there are no paying photography jobs anymore? Just shift your attention to Liberal, Kansas, where the organizers of International Pancake Day are now accepting bids for an official event... photographer. And this is no point-and-shoot gig. The home page for the event — which includes a series of races and other contests that […]
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Soon Everyone Will Be Able ToDaring developers will soon have a new tool at their disposal: IBM's Watson, the supercomputer that won "Jeopardy!" in 2011. In an interview with Computerworld, Watson CTO Rob High discussed IBM's... plans to open the computer to developers in 2014. "[Watson is] stable and mature enough to support an ecosystem now. We've become convinced there's something very special here and we shouldn't be holding it back," High told ComputerWorld. Developers will be able to access Watson's power via the cloud. According to the IBM press release, the Watson cloud package will include "a development toolkit" and "access to Watson's API" -- in other words, developers will be able to create apps that interact with the software. The cloud package also gives access to an "application marketplace," ComputerWorld...
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Sidecar: California ridersRidesharing startup Sidecar announced that California users will now be required to pay fares for rides they take using the service, moving away from a previous model where users could "donate" more... or less money than was suggested.     
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Apple's Schiller: 'Copied'Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller isn’t done raking Samsung over the coals just yet. Per The Wall Street Journal, Schiller told the jury in the latest Apple-Samsung patent trial that he was... “shocked” when he first saw Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones because “they went and copied the iPhone.” This was particularly traumatizing for Schiller because he immediately worried that innocent consumers would start associating the iPhone with Samsung’s supposedly subpar plastic offerings. “It weakens the view that the world has for Apple,” said Schiller, who went on to say that Samsung’s alleged copycat phones cause consumers to “question our innovation and design skills in a way that people never used to.” When a Samsung attorney held up a Samsung
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Robots: a Working Breed At the Dairy

Slashdot - 15 Nov 2013 22:35
Rambo Tribble writes "The BBC reports on efforts at Sydney University, where researchers have had excellent success herding dairy cows with robots. By designing the robots to move smoothly, they have... kept the cows moving without stressing them. From the video, one can see the animals seem not to interpret the machine as any threat. 'The robot could also cut down the number of accidents involving humans on farms. Most dairy farmers in Australia use quad bikes to round up their cattle and they are one of the leading causes of injury. The team hopes that by using the robot to do the job instead, accident rates could fall.'"
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Overcoming brittleness: NewFrom the production of tougher, more durable smart phones and other electronic devices, to a wider variety of longer lasting biomedical implants, bulk metallic glasses are poised to be mainstay... materials for the 21st Century. Featuring a non-crystalline amorphous structure, bulk metallic glasses can be as strong or even stronger than steel, as malleable as plastics, conduct electricity and resist corrosion. These materials would seem to have it all save for one problem: they are often brittle, with a poor and uneven resistance to fatigue that makes their reliability questionable. The creation of multicomponent bulk-metallic glass composites is addressing this issue but the problem remains for monolithic metallic glasses, which are major components of bulk metallic composites.
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Safety in numbers? Not so for corals

Phys.org - 15 Nov 2013 22:33
Safety in numbers? Not so forTraditionally, it was assumed that corals do not face a risk of extinction unless they become very rare or have a very restricted range. A team of scientists from the University of Hawaii - Manoa... (UHM), Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revealed that global changes in climate and ocean chemistry affect corals whether scare or abundant, and often it is the dominant, abundant corals with wide distributions that are affected the most.
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2 nearly complete fossilizedTwo fossilized dinosaur skeletons found on a Montana ranch in 2006 are going on the auction block in New York City.
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Batkid is taking to the streets of Gotham City on Friday with an assist from Batman, the superheroes at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and hordes of his San Francisco fans.
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A cartoon villainess gets a reboot.
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Use an Arduino to AutomateIf you live in a place where sunrise and sunset varies a lot throughout the year you know that setting up an automatic lighting system in your home (or garden) is a pain. DIYer Paulo Renato's solution... was to hook up his lighting system to an Arduino that taps into an astronomical clock.
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Twitter Ditches RedesignTwitter’s tests involving a new mobile interface that would do away with the app’s standard four buttons in favor of a “swipeable” menu at the top, have come to a halt. Previously, users on... Android’s beta testing program were using an unreleased version of the application that let you move through a number of streams, including Home, Notifications, Messages, Activity, Trending, Find People and Me, for example. The changes beta users could see, as reported by The New Yorker this September, were a hint of what was to come in what would soon be a radical overhaul of the Twitter user interface. Said the report at the time: Twitter will dispense with its hallmark menu--four buttons at the bottom of the screen--which lets users toggle between different sections of the service: Home,...
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Two Comets Spotted by NASAA NASA probe in orbit around Mercury spotted and photographed two comets set for close brushes with the sun this month.
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Motorola Moto G will hit USMotorola ignored Europe when it released the flagship Moto X smartphone, and now it appears the company is favouring the US again when it comes to upgrading the Moto G to Android 4.4 KitKat. Motorola... told Pocket-lint last August that it had a family of...
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You Just Missed a Massive,What would happen if an army of hackers put America's power grid in its sights and pulled the trigger? How fast would the country descend into darkness? Would there be anarchy in the streets? Would... people die? According to a war game carried out across the country this week, the answer is not necessarily good news.
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The head of marketing for Apple says Samsung beat out rivals such as Motorola and Nokia because the latter two companies didn't copy Apple as much.
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Brain Stimulation May Treat Bulimia

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 22:17
Brain Stimulation May TreatA mild electrical stimulation to a specific brain area could be an effective treatment for some patients with eating disorders such as bulimia, researchers say.
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Google opens Winter WonderlabGoogle is opening a series of pop-up shops for the holiday season to show off the Nexus 7, Chromecast, and the latest Chromebooks. The shops, called Winter Wonderlabs, are in and around six cities:... New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington, DC, and Paramus, NJ. While they're not quite as exciting as a mysterious barge, Google has turned its locations into sleek stores outfitted for the season — there's even a giant snow globe you can go inside that'll shoot slow motion video of you jumping around in CGI snowfall. The stores' exact locations can be found at Google's Wonderlab website. Unfortunately, the Wonderlabs won't be showing off Google Glass, so it seems that those eager to try one out may have to wait until t...
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Our 10 favorite Spotify apps

Digital Trends - 15 Nov 2013 22:15
Our 10 favorite Spotify appsThanks to Spotify's app ecosystem, third-party developers have enhanced the music listening experience. Here are 10 Spotify apps that stand out. The post Our 10 favorite Spotify apps appeared first on... Digital Trends.
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sabri writes "Jen Palmer tried to order something from kleargear.com, some sort of cheap ThinkGeek clone. The merchandise never arrived and she wrote a review on ripoffreport.com. Now, kleargear.com... is reporting her to credit agencies and sending collectors to fetch $3,500 as part of a clause which did not exist at the alleged time of purchase. 'By email, a person who did not identify him or herself defended the $3500 charge referring again to Kleargear.com's terms of sale. As for Jen being threatened — remove the post or face a fine — the company said that was not blackmail but rather a, "diligent effort to help them avoid [the fine]."' The terms and conditions shouldn't even apply, since the sales transaction was never completed."
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Women with advanced kidney disease who start dialysis during pregnancy have superior live birth rates than those already on dialysis at the time of conception, according to a study appearing in an... upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The findings provide valuable information for counseling women with kidney disease who are of child-bearing age.
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'Harry Potter' Actors: Then and Now

Mashable - 15 Nov 2013 22:12
Saturday marks the 12-year anniversary of the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As the enormous success of the Harry Potter series continued to grow around the world, previously... unknown child actors like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson quickly became household names. For those of us who grew up with the Harry Potter franchise, it's easy to forget just how young the stars of the films were when they brought Hogwarts to life in 2001. Their bright-eyed expressions would fade to cynicism over years of dances, detentions and Death Eaters. See also: What Books Would 'Harry Potter' Characters Read?
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The streets of San Francisco — sorry, Gotham City — went absolutely insane Friday for a 5-year-old boy named Miles Miles has leukemia, and his fondest wish was to be Batman for a day. The... Make-a-Wish Foundation obliged, setting up several scenarios around the city involving two of Gotham's greatest enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler. At last count nearly 15,000 San Franciscans had signed up online to play the grateful onlookers See also: 10,000 Strangers Sign Up to Make One Kid's Batman Wish Come True Result: cheering crowds comparable in size to the ones that gathered when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.
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Major Hurricanes and TyphoonsTyphoon Haiyan dwarfed recent big storms, but wasn't the largest one recorded.
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The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation that recommends allowing U.S. firms to sell higher-resolution satellite imagery on the open market.
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Google to invest in solarGoogle Inc. plans to invest $80 million in six utility-scale solar facilities in California and Arizona as the tech behemoth continues to put money toward alternative energy projects.     
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Samsung has rolled out an update for the Galaxy Gear Manager app today. And with this update, they seem to have addressed one of the frequent complaints. This update improves the notification... experience. Gone are the days of having notifications from a select few apps as this update will allow you to toggle notifications on […]
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Microsoft Releases '3DOut today from Microsoft is a 3D-printing application called 3D Builder that will help the amateur set dig into 3D printing, provided that they 1) have a Windows 8.1 machine, and 2) have a Windows... 8.1-ready 3D printer. So, it’s a small group. But that’s just fine. Every technology has an incubation phase apart from the mainstream, and 3D printing is only now enjoying public awareness, let alone mass adoption. Windows 8.1 was designed to support 3D printing in an almost gimmick that’s cool instead of moonshotty, due to the falling price of consumer-grade 3D printers, such as what MakerBot produces. MakerBot will support Windows 8.1 this year, if you didn’t know. The application is designed to help you design. It has a catalog of built-in pieces, and you can add your own to zazz...
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Haiyan's Aftermath: 7 Key Steps to Recovery

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 22:04
Haiyan's Aftermath: 7 KeyAfter Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines has been left in tatters, with thousands dead. Here are seven steps that can be taken to help the country recover from the storm.
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Want to know if your ISP isWe're not fans of ISPs capping broadband here at Gigaom, so we're keeping a close eye on how those caps evolve and who they affect. Check out our updated list on who's capping your broadband.
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Postmates Launches In BrooklynPostmates is expanding its service in the New York City area, crossing the bridge and making its mobile delivery service available in Brooklyn as well as Manhattan. The expansion also comes as the... company has added a trio of new investors, bringing angels David Sacks, Dave Morin, and Bill Lee on board.
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Apple's Schiller testifies inApple's global marketing chief told a California courtroom on Friday that Apple had a tougher time selling the iPhone after Samsung launched its own smartphones with a similar design. "It has been... much harder to create demand and people question our innovation and design skills in a way they never used to," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, told the eight-person jury under friendly questioning from an Apple attorney. Schiller was trying to convince an eight-person jury that Samsung's infringement of five Apple patents in 13 of its products -- determined in a case last year -- has cost the company dearly in lost sales and that Apple deserves to be compensated for that. Apple wants $380 million from Samsung, while Samsung is arguing that $52 million is a...
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After narrowly avoiding the chopping block during the recent government shutdown, NASA's upcoming MAVEN mission is finally a go for launch on Monday, barring any technical or weather setbacks. Before... then, take a moment as Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek: TNG staple LeVar Burton explains exactly what the interplanetary orbiter is in for.
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Aperture updated to 3.5.1

TUAW - 15 Nov 2013 22:00
Aperture updated to 3.5.1OK, so it's not the biggest, most important update of the century out there. But those who work with Apple's pro-level photo cataloguing and editing application -- Aperture -- will be happy to know... that the company has posted an update to the app that's available on the Mac App Store's Updates tab. What does Aperture 3.5.1 bring to the photo editing party? Face detection overlays have been fixed so that they actually work properly, and an issue with metadata field entry when arrowing between photos has been resolved. There's also a fix for Temperature and Tint White Balance, and Apple's favorite addition in fractional updates like this -- "stability improvements". If you're an Aperture user, get thee to your Software Updates posthaste! Aperture updated to 3.5.1 originally appeared on TUAW...
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Universities need to get this business alignment thing down too and break down silos between their business schools and STEM programs if they are going to develop the next crop of CXOs.
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This Week's Most PopularThis week we stopped paying full price , learned about the science of breakups , got a bartender's attention , and made a last-ditch effort at scrounging up some money . Here's a look back.
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Not to be outdone by New York City, London is set to follow its transatlantic cousin in getting its very own domain name. ICANN, regulator of all things domain related, today gave the British capital... the go-ahead to offer .london addresses to "businesses, organisations and individuals". While it gives Londoners the chance to show a bit of hometown love, the domain has already attracted the attention of "tens of thousands of businesses," which will each do their bit to help to boost London's online identity. Like the city's house prices, expect to pay a little extra to secure your own little piece of .london when registration opens in Spring 2014.
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Libération, a French newspaper, showed the power of photography by releasing an issue without images. The post French Newspaper Libération Publishes Issue Without Images to Show Importance of... Photography appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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iPad Air: Best tablet ever made

ZDNet - 15 Nov 2013 21:55
Having used hundreds of tablets over the past decade, it's clear the latest one from Apple is the best of the lot.
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Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, took the stand in the damages retrial between Apple and Samsung earlier today, testifying as the two companies argue over how much... Samsung should pay Apple after the latter company won its patent lawsuit last year. Apple is asking for $379 million in damages, while Samsung believes it should only need to pay $52 million. Last year, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple a total of $1.05 billion after a jury found the South Korean company guilty of willfully violating multiple Apple patents. Back in March, Judge Lucy Koh struck $450 million from the $1 billion awarded to Samsung after deciding the jury may have miscalculated the damages due to a misunderstanding of patent issues. According to CNET, Schiller told the jury that...
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Jack Robbins is a champion and you're gonna hear him roar — for the first time ever The 8-year-old from Texas has severe autism, leaving him mostly nonverbal (apart from basic words or repeating... short phrases when told). He doesn't communicate emotion or create his own sentences, that is, until he heard a Katy Perry tune See also: Children's Hospital Roars in Heartfelt Katy Perry Lip Dub Robbins' parents began noticing their son continuously repeating phrases and sounds. Assuming it was nothing, they ignored it, Robbins' mom, Carla, explained in the video's YouTube description. Jack's dad eventually realized that his son was singing the popular song "Roar."
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PlayStation 4 teardownOne of the coolest features we saw in Sony’s own teardown of its new PlayStation 4 was how easy it looked to replace the console’s hard drive. In fact, the PS4 shown in Sony’s teardown video had... a hard drive that was literally held in place by one screw, which means that even the less mechanically inclined of us out there shouldn’t have much of a problem swapping out the device’s 500GB hard drive for a bigger one if we need it. The team at iFixit tore apart the PS4 to see for itself if hard drive replacement was as easy as Sony made it look and found that it really is a simple little operation. “We’ll have a detailed
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Among the new models that will debut at next week's Los Angeles Auto Show will be long-awaited updates to the Audi A3, Subaru WRX, and Mini Cooper.
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Weekly Space Hangout - November 15, 2013

Universe Today - 15 Nov 2013 21:48
Host: Fraser Cain Guests: Jason Major & David Dickinson Jason Major on: Awesome New Image from Cassini Mars Was Earthlike Millions of Years Ago David Dickinson on: Comet R1 LoveJoy at its brightest... Leonid Meteors this weekend MAVEN Launches on Monday Fraser Cain on: Reminder re: Comet ISON photo contest Cory Schmitz’ Aurora Photos Curiosity’s […]
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Mozilla Thunderbird fixes cc:The free Mozilla email client has revved a dot to 24.1, with the majority of the changes being bug fixes and plugged security holes.Gone are some improperly initialized memory and overflows in select... Javascript functions, other sundry memory issues, and the same spoofing of an address bar that affected Firefox. Also fixed were too-light signatures and problems with CC'ing a message reply if the CC was the same as the sending address.
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GE is backing Quirky with $30 million and open access to its patent stash. Can their partnership move the smart home to the mainstream?
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Bill Detwiler cracks open the Apple iPad Air and gives you a tour of the redesigned interior.
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Avoid Airport Pickup HasslesAirport pickups can take a long time because the person getting off the plane has to make it outside at almost the exact same time as the person picking them up arrives at the airport. Redditor Mm2k... offers a very simple solution: take a shuttle to a nearby hotel.
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Up until now, The Simpsons had been running on broadcast syndication – Fox, fo be exact – the same place it started (as its own show) back in 1993. Because a cartoon comedy show such as the... Simpsons was relatively unheard of at the time, Fox was able to secure a contract that meant they […]
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  I’m a little on the fence about whether Toymail is a genius idea or an error that’ll have your kids talking to mailboxes. Here’s the concept: On the kid-friendly end, there’s a... Wi-Fi-connected, mailbox-shaped, animal-themed (there are five characters)…
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Astrophoto: The Belt of Venus

Universe Today - 15 Nov 2013 21:38
Did you know you can sometimes see Earth’s shadow right here on Earth? This beautiful panorama by John Chumack is a perfect example of this phenomenon, known as the “Belt of Venus.” This... beautiful pinkish glow is caused by the backscattering of sunlight and is sometimes referred to as the anti-twilight arch. What you are […]
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Fujifilm has confirmed that it will soon stop production of its FP-3000B film, which means that the only black-and-white instant film currently available in the 3×4 format will soon disappear... forever. Chris Gampat over on The Phoblographer first broke the news on Wednesday after receiving a tip that the film would soon go away. Photographer […]
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A new animation by NASA Goddard's Conceptual Image Lab shows that four billion years ago, Mars may have looked much more similar to Earth than the barren, desert-like Mars we know today. The animation... is based on previous NASA findings of mineral presence and patterns inside craters that suggests there was once water flowing on our solar system neighbor See also: Epic Flyover Video Shows Mars From Spacecraft's Perspective "Billions of years ago, when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water — a critical ingredient for life," NASA explained in the video's YouTube description
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BlackBerry extends support to the iPad, but still no support for Windows Phone or Android tablets.
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Adobe Reader update forCatching up to its iOS counterpart, Adobe's Reader app for Android has been updated with the same PDF conversion tools. This means that from within the app, you can now create PDFs from various... popular file types, and vice versa. While the new version improves search, changes the file browser UI and adds multi-window support for free, you'll need to reach for your wallet to use the PDF transmogrification features. Continuing Adobe's love of subscriptions over purchases, the ExportPDF add-on for turning PDFs into other files costs just under $24 per year. The PDF pack, which lets you make PDFs from other files as well as the reverse, comes at a monthly charge of $10. We're good, thanks.
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Getting Einstein to Say "I Was Wrong"

Physics Buzz - 15 Nov 2013 21:36
Einstein in 1931Image: Wikimedia Commons What does it take to convince Albert Einstein he was wrong? According to new scholarship and contrary to popular belief, not even the legendary astronomer... Edwin Hubble backed up by photos of distant galaxies could convince the wispy-haired physicist to ditch his now-infamous mistaken cosmological fudge-factor. Historian Harry Nussbaumer's paper argues that Einstein ignored observational evidence his "Cosmological Constant" was wrong, and instead only admitted he was wrong when he personally came to the conclusion that his model of the universe was unstable. Nussbaumer culled through stacks of the physicist's diary entries, drafts of speeches and even newspaper articles, looking for the source of his conversion. When Einstein was developing the...
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This single card can replaceMove over NFC, paying with credit cards just got easier. It's all thanks to Coin, which can store multiple cards in one place, but still be used for payments and in ATMs. It's available for pre-order... now. The post This single card can replace every other card in your wallet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Stephen Hawking Says NotThe discovery of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle after a decades-long hunt was widely regarded as a major breakthrough, but physicist Stephen Hawking thinks the field would actually be more... "interesting" if the Higgs had remained a mystery.
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Microsoft debuts 3D printingOn Friday, Microsoft released its 3D Builder app, which allows Windows 8.1 users to print 3D objects, but not much else. The simple, simplistic, free app from Microsoft provides a basic way to print... common 3D objects, as well as to import other files from SkyDrive or elsewhere. But the degree of customization that the app allows is small, so 3D Builder basically serves as an introduction to the world of 3D printing. In fact, that's Microsoft's intention, with demonstrations of the MakerBot Replicator 2 slated for Microsoft's retails stores this weekend. Microsoft customers can buy a new Windows 8.1 PC, as well as the $2199 MakerBot Replicator 2, both online as well as in the brick-and-mortar stores themselves. One of the selling points of Windows 8.1 was its ability to print 3D objects, a...
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FCC Demands Unlockable Cellphones

ABC News - 15 Nov 2013 21:33
FCC Demands UnlockableThe chairman wants a full unlocking rights policy written before the holidays.     
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Grippy SlipStopper iPad MiniSlip Stopper bySlipStopper Category: Cases Works With:iPads Mini Price: $29 When I opened up the package containing the SlipStopper, there was a little card inside from my contact Mark. It read "Try... sticking your iPad mini on a window, great…
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Get a Hotel Upgrade byIt's always worth asking for a hotel upgrade , but if you feel shy about asking at the front desk or even calling the hotel ahead of time , a simple email to the right person can do the trick.
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Kim Gittleson reports at BBC that car insurance firms like Progressive are trying to convince consumers that letting them monitor their driving behavior is actually a good... thing. They say that the future of car insurance is not just being able to monitor individual drivers to give them lower prices, but also to make them better drivers. 'Now that we can observe directly how people drive, we think this will change the way insurance works,' says Dave Pratt, who says that Progressive has more than a trillion seconds of driving data from 1.6 million customers. '18-year-old guys pay a lot for insurance, but some 18-year-olds are really safe drivers and they deserve a better deal.' Better big data technologies, like the telematic driving data collected by car...
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What Is Transgender?

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 21:29
What Is Transgender?Transgender is a term describing people whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that generally associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.
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Candy Crush Saga is 1 year oldThe numbers are staggering. Since its launch one year ago today, mobile game Candy Crush Saga has surpassed half a billion downloads and been played 151 billion times. It's a combination of... intelligent strategy, clever design, pretty colors, and the necessity for 500 million people to be regularly distracted from their lives that has led to the booming success of the game. The explosion of Android and Windows phones and tablets as well as the introduction of steadily more affordable mobile devices have all most likely aided the growth of those numbers. But why does Candy Crush Saga achieve so much, when it seems so similar to any other time-consuming, commute-numbing, brain-dulling game? Tommy Palm, head developer at King where the game was produced, offered some insight to Time on why...
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When I moved to Chicago for graduate school, I picked roommates off Craigslist and mailed a deposit check without having ever met them. When I moved to NYC a year ago, having visited once for a... weekend, I booked an apartment via Airbnb for the first month to give myself time to find a good place and check out various neighborhoods. Whether you're moving to a new town you're not familiar with, or just to a new apartment in the same neighborhood, finding the right place can be stressful and expensive. It's also a lot of repetitive work — filling out paper applications and checking listings sites every five minutes — then either forgetting where you saw that awesome affordable apartment or keeping a spreadsheet updated with links and addresses.
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Some Retina iPad minis are demonstrating image retention issues, as noted by Instapaper creator Marco Arment, who originally developed a grid test to detect the problem in Retina MacBook Pros. Image... retention was first cited as a potential issue last week, when a rumor suggested that burn-in on Sharp's IGZO panels was causing production delays with the Retina mini's display, leading to significant supply constraints that have resulted in a quiet release for the tablet. While it is unclear how many Retina iPad minis are affected by the issue, several mini owners on Twitter have discovered the problem after running the grid test. It is not known if the image retention is limited to displays from specific manufacturers, as many Retina iPad minis are not experiencing display problems. An...
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Area 51 Declassified:The just-released papers spotlight the U.S. government's desire for tight security at Area 51. The site was photographed with American reconnaissance assets to better assess what the Soviet Union's... spy satellites might be able to discern.
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IE 11 for Windows 7 speeds upIt doesn't get more newsy here than a full-point release of a Web browser--in this case, Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Already available for Windows 8, the W7 release is still big news, as many... users have yet to move to the Redmond giant's latest operating system. Of course there are a ton of bug fixes and upgraded compatibility, otherwise you wouldn't be reading about it here. The new version promises faster rendering. It also offers improved support for existing standards as well as relatively new ones, such as WebGL (for online gaming). It should be in your Windows automatic updates. If not, download it.
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A better you. We all dream of it, but it's hard. Maybe that's why it stays just a dream for some of us. Well, now you have a friend on your side to coach you along, to help you get more organized,... smarter, more productive, fitter, and just better all around. That friend is your iPhone, and there are apps for that.
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Turn Any Wall Into a DeathTom Spina Designs has a long history of bringing wonderful Star Wars-inspired creations to life. We still wish we could have snatched up the Han Solo Carbonite desk the company created, and now we... desperately want these brilliant sculpted modular tiles that make any surface look like you're up close and personal with the Death Star.
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Acer C720-2848 ChromebookAcer's C720 Chromebook packs a powerful punch and only costs $249 (£199 in the UK), but it appears the laptop maker thought it could deliver a quality machine at an even more attractive price point.... Say hello to the new Acer C720-2848. At just $199.99,...
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New research breaks down howA new survey provides insight about how Americans use the social web to consume news - these are the breakout bit and pieces you'll want to know. The post New research breaks down how the social Web... is changing news appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The self-described "hacktivist" receives the maximum sentence for his role in the massive 2011 Stratfor hack.
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The Death of Coal

The Atlantic - 15 Nov 2013 21:17
Two recent decisions foreshadow the fitful future of energy in America.     
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AT&T gives Windows PhoneAT&T has a good deal on Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet (shown above), but only if you're willing and able to buy a Nokia Windows Phone at the same time. The Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows... RT, will cost just $200 with the purchase of a Nokia Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, or Lumia 1520 smartphone. You do have to sign up for a two-year agreement to get that deal, so you'd be on the hook for an extra $10 in tablet data per month as part of AT&T's Mobile Share plan. Nokia Lumia 925 Without the Nokia phone bundle, the price gets a lot worse. AT&T is charging $400 for the Lumia 2520 with a two-year agreement, and $500 without a contract. It might be worth just using your smartphone as a mobile hotspot instead of tacking on a tablet data plan, as you'd save $140 over two years that way....
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Turns out, Amazon doesn'tA new report released by the price monitoring service 360pi reveals that Amazon got undercut by other retailers on flat panel TV pricing over 25 percent of the time. The study shows some of the... industry's most popular flat panels can cost nearly 70 percent more on Amazon. The post Turns out, Amazon doesn’t always have the best deals on flat panel TVs appeared first on Digital Trends.
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It ain't dead yet: Kodak'sKodak Alaris has announced analog film and paper production will continue, and is partnering with Lomography to sell its range of products at retail. Analog film fans, rejoice. The post It ain’t... dead yet: Kodak’s Alaris spin-off promises to keep film production going appeared first on Digital Trends.
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$50 Off the New Nexus 7, 3TBToday only, Staples is giving you $50 off the purchase of any non-Apple tablet priced $150 or more with promo code 24373. The new Nexus 7 is the most appealing option available by a long shot, and... these prices beat any upcoming Black Friday deals that we've spotted. [Staples via 9to5Toys]
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In addition to releasing a minor update to iOS 7, Apple on Thursday upgraded its iBooks app, giving it an iOS 7 visual overhaul. When iOS 7 launched back in September, a few Apple apps not built-into... the OS kept their classic skeuomorphic designs. Over the last two months, Apple has updated the bulk of those apps — most notably including major updates to the iWork and iLife app suites. See also: 7 Ways to Stop iOS 7 From Killing Your iPhone Battery The new iBooks app is visually similar to iBooks on OS X Mavericks. It eschews the Delicious Library-esque bookshelves in exchange for a flat design that matches iOS 7's Newsstand app.
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GEN Y Does Not Want to Hear About BYOD Security Measures

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 21:10
co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen Increasingly in the United States and around the world individuals use smartphones, and smart tablets, for personal and business communications. In the past, during... the Blackberry era, business and government agencies tended to provide these devices to their employees. Mostly that has now changed and we have entered the era of Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. Even in companies and agencies that may hand a device to an employee, there is a good chance that the employee will still have his or her own smartphone or tablet. And, on top of that, according to a new study, it is even more likely the employee will not be responsive to corporate appeals to follow security policies or procedures. That study, commissioned by Fortinet, a network security company,...
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And how the Obama administration's fixing it     
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Woman's Pulse Surges ThroughA 33-year-old woman in Canada who had large, abnormal pulses that were clearly visible in her neck ultimately needed surgery to combat a bacterial infection in her heart, according to a new report of... her case.
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Mmmm — monkey brains haven’t looked this good since the banquet scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. That would be thanks to the StyleShoots fashion photography rig that researchers at... the Netherlands-based Primate Brain Bank used to capture detailed, perfectly posed images of the grey matter of everything from gorillas to tiny […]
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Make-A-Wish BatKid Is SavingBy now you've probably heard of BatKid -- the alter-ego of five-year-old Miles, a super kid fighting leukemia. He's on a mission today, courtesy of Make-A-Wish, saving San Francisco from the Riddler... and Penguin. And we're watching it all unfold live.
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5 things Alan Mulally could doAlan Mulally, current CEO of Ford, seems like an out-of-the-box candidate for Microsoft's top spot. What could this car industry executive bring to Redmond, and how might he turn the company around?... The post 5 things Alan Mulally could do to get Microsoft back on track appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What Is Snapchat?

The Atlantic - 15 Nov 2013 21:05
A primer on the photosharing service that Facebook reportedly offered to buy for $3 billion.     
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Anonymous Hacker Gets 10 YearsAnonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond knew that he was going to serve serious time for his role in the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. But holy crap, the judge threw the book at the guy! The... 28-year-old Chicago native was just sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. For hacking.
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Almost all of yourAnother day, another phone gets update post. But this time, it's a smartwatch -- Samsung's Galaxy Gear -- that's party to a software refresh and it's going to bring you closer to that Go! Go! Gadget... dream. According to Sammobile, an update to the Gear Manager app now lets you add nearly every type of notification for display on your wrist. So, you won't need to trawl forums any longer for an unofficial workaround. There's even an option to open a particular notification on your associated smartphone. In all, it's really nothing revolutionary and it in no way makes the case for a smartwatch purchase. But if you took the plunge and bought a Gear, it's just one more thing you can do for $300.
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Here's why Apple's Retina iPadApple surprised anxious fans around the world earlier this week when it quietly launched its new second-generation iPad mini tablet in the middle of the night with no warning. Those who had been... eagerly awaiting the new high-definition mini slate scrambled to place their orders as soon as they woke up and read the news -- and therein lies Apple’s logic in debuting the new Retina iPad mini so quietly. According to Internet Marketer Ed Dale, this was a carefully calculated move on Apple’s part, and a smart one as well. Apple’s Retina iPad mini supply is ridiculously constrained. We all read the rumors that had been trickling out over the past few months, and this quiet launch solidifies them.
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The Coburns is a gorgeousI love minimalist design, especially when it is applied to iPhone and iPad accessories. There's something alluring about an accessory that drops the ornate design and focuses on form and function.... Such is the case for the Coburns, an adjustable iPad stand from FineGrain, a 2-man shop in Utah. The Coburns are two simply styled blocks of wood that cradle your iPad. They attach to both sides of your iPad and allow you to prop it up so you can use the tablet comfortably on a desk or table. You can change the placement of the blocks to adjust the angle of your iPad -- place them low to prop the iPad up straight and place them high to keep the iPad almost flat. The Coburns comes in two styles -- the lighter wood model is crafted from locally harvested Bird's eye Maple, while the darker model is...
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Do You Use an External Battery for Your Phone?

Life Hacker - 15 Nov 2013 21:00
Do You Use an External BatteryDespite better batteries and improved power management techniques, the battery life of smartphones continues to be a concern for many of us. Do you need an external battery to get you through the day?...
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Splunk and Ford collaborated on a project that melds big data and vehicle information. Expect enterprise applications to follow.
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LulzSec hacker sentenced to 10LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release this morning for a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, reports the... Guardian. Hammond pled guilty in May for having broken into the private security firm Stratfor's computers and leaking their emails to WikiLeaks, and has since been awaiting sentencing. In an interview with the Guardian, he says that a long sentencing is a "vengeful, spiteful act" by the government. "They have made it clear they are trying to send a message to others who come after me. A lot of it is because they got slapped around, they were embarrassed by Anonymous and they feel that they need to save face." "I still believe in the importance...
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GIF Yourself Is The Funniest New Thing On The Internet

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 20:57
GIF Yourself Is The FunniestEveryone loves silly GIFs. They also love looking at pictures of themselves. Finally, a way to quickly and easily make funny GIFs of yourself has arrived. With GIF Yourself, you can add your face to a... bunch of different existing GIFs. You can choose from GIF categories like "#Dance," "#Happy," "#Smooth" and "#Love." Once you choose the GIF you want to use, you can either upload a photo of yourself from your computer or use your computer's camera to take a new one. Then you crop around your face and voil : A new GIF is born. The site just launched Wednesday. It was created by Frank Jania of storytelling site Tapestry and Grant Custer of investment company and tech studio Betaworks. As we quickly found out, you don't have to use your own face for GIFs. You can use anyone's face. Enjoy:
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Google Play Music, a rival option to streaming services like Spotify and Rdio, is now available for iOS, six months after launching on the web and Android-based devices. The service comes in two... flavors: A free version, which lets users upload up to 20,000 songs to the cloud that can be accessed on the Web, Android and now iOS; and Google Play Music All Access, which costs $9.99 a month and lets users purchase and listen to unlimited songs, create custom radio stations and receive song recommendations. Songs cannot be purchased, however, using the new iOS app. The service, in the spirit of Google, is designed to surface a wide range of music. In addition to its algorithmic-based recommendations, Google Play Music also offers handcrafted playlists from the company's "music experts,"...
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Google Play Music debuts onGoogle Play Music, a rival option to streaming services like Spotify and Rdio, is now available for iOS, six months after launching on the web and Android-based devices.
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Will the next Youm display Galaxy reach consumers outside Korea?
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Samsung Galaxy Gear managerSamsung's smart watch just got a lot smarter In tandem with a small firmware update a few days ago for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, an update to the Gear Manager app has enabled "real" notifications from... any application to be read right on the Galaxy Gear itself. If you recall (if not see our review), the Gear shipped with one very big reason not to want to use it — for most applications the notification you received simply told you to check your phone. Yeah, that sucked. Having to take out your phone and open the notification sort of negated the advantage of having the notification sent to your wrist. It made the Gear something we just couldn't recommend anyone buy without an update to address this.  Now that update is here. Without users having to install any sort of hack or third party...
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8 Incredible Facts You May NotHomo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a... tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the human evolutionary story.
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In late 2011, defense contractor Stratfor suffered a cybersecurity breach that resulted in a leak of millions of internal emails. A few months later, the FBI arrested hacktivist Jeremy Hammond and... several others for actions related to the breach. Hammond pleaded guilty to one count of violating the CFAA, and today his sentence was handed down: 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He said, [The prosecutors] have made it clear they are trying to send a message to others who come after me. A lot of it is because they got slapped around, they were embarrassed by Anonymous and they feel that they need to save face." Reader DavidGilbert99 adds, "Former LulzSec and Anonymous member Jake Davis argues that U.S. lawmakers need to take a leaf out of the U.K.'s legal...
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An Argentine car mechanicIt all started with wine: Jorge Odón, a car mechanic in Argentina, was inspired by a YouTube video demonstrating the removal of a sunken bottle cork to invent — of all things — a new birthing... device that's been enthusiastically endorsed by doctors, donors, and the World Health Organization.
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Knock: The strange new way to unlock your Mac

Digital Trends - 15 Nov 2013 20:46
Knock: The strange new way toStop fiddling with your keyboard and check out Knock: a clever new app that allows you to unlock your Mac computer just by giving your phone a couple of taps. The post Knock: The strange new way to... unlock your Mac appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Grab popcorn! Alpha House -Grab some popcorn, then kickback and relax. The first three episodes of Alpha House are now available on Amazon for your viewing pleasure, with the remaining episodes set to release every week on... Friday. Amazon Studios - an Amazon.com division that develops...
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Anything At Brookstone $31Want a deal on the new Fitbit Force, Gizmodo's "number one Fitness Tracker going into the holiday season"? Here's what you're gonna do.
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Twice Used, a project launched by a smartphone repair specialist, wants to make modern household products out of our stories of "clumsiness and everlasting remorse."
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Google began an ambitious project in 2004: to scan and index the world's paper books and make them searchable online.
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Thousands line up for PS4 launch

CNN - 15 Nov 2013 20:41
The late-fall chill outside a Best Buy store in Elkridge, Maryland, wasn't all that was keeping George Nelums awake late Thursday.
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There’s a new set of accessories catching steam this week by the name of Switchback Cases, made to be interchangeable via their back panel whenever the user needs. This accessory works with a single... case with a collection of what are called “Switchbacks”. Each different Switchback has its own purpose, and packs are sold with […]
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$1 Billion Iraqi ParliamentThe Architect's Journal reports that Zaha Hadid will be the architect of Iraq's future parliament building, confirming rumors that have swirled for months. The supremely expensive building is the... London-based architect's third planned project in the country where she was born.
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Instruments on the Curiosity Mars rover not only measure the chemistry of rocks, elemental abundances of soils and wind speeds, but also take an incredible number of images from both mast-mounted... cameras and up-close imaging systems mounted to robotic arms. The process of analyzing soil images can be daunting, particularly when there are thousands of images and when the particles can be on the order of only 5-10 pixels wide.
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Whither the teakettle whistle

e! Science News - 15 Nov 2013 20:39
Despite decades of brewing tea in a whistling kettle, the source and mechanism of this siren sound of comfort has never been fully described scientifically. Acknowledging the vibrations made by the... build-up of steam escaping through two metal spout plates is about as far as the explanation went -- and was good enough for most people.
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Nursing leaders from 38 children's hospitals, led by Patricia Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, vice president of critical care and cardiovascular services at Boston Children's Hospital, demonstrated that... nursing education and experience significantly impact outcomes for patients who underwent cardiac surgery. The researchers recommend that there be no more than 20 percent of nurses with less than two years of clinical experience in pediatric ICUs to decrease mortality rates. Nurse education preparation at the baccalaureate level or higher also improved mortality rates in these hospitals.
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Anonymous Hacktivist JeremyAnonymous hacktivist, Jeremy Hammond, who leaked millions of emails from security firm Stratfor, has been slapped with the maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Hammond claimed the harsh ruling was a... "vengeful, spiteful act" designed to send a message.
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Jonathan Groff Takes Center Stage In New 'Looking' Trailer

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 20:36
Jonathan Groff Takes CenterHBO debuted a trailer with the first footage from their upcoming series, "Looking." Starring Jonathan Groff ("Glee"), Frankie J. Alvarez ("Smash") and Murray Bartlett ("Guiding Light"), the show... follows a trio of gay men living in San Francisco, trying to find love in the digital age. While the trailer is brief, it gives us a glimpse at what could very likely become HBO's gay version of "Girls." (Fingers crossed?) The stars were also on hand last night at Out magazine's Out100 Awards in New York, where they introduced the trailer. Check out some photos of the cast at the event below and tune in to watch "Looking" on Jan. 19 on HBO. Jonathan on stage at the Out100 party last night with Murray Bartlett and Frankie J. Alvarez (Pic 3) #JonathanGroff pic.twitter.com/pT1I7IdToy -- Jonathan Groff...
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French newspaper Libération is about to score huge brownie points with photographers the world over. At a time when newspaper photography jobs are disappearing and some newspapers are replacing... professional photojournalists with iPhone toting writers, Libération is removed all photos from one of its issue as a show of support for photographers. According to BJP, […]
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New AWS service AppStreamWith its new AppStream offering, Amazon is offering intensive graphics processing as a service, with the promise of freeing developers from worrying about the rendering capabilities of each user's... device. "The developer can build for the high-end computational load but still be able to distribute to lots of customers," said Mike Frazzini, general manager of the Amazon games unit. "It frees them up to be more creative." The new cloud service, now in beta, can render graphics or video in high definition or even in three dimensions (3D) on behalf of an application, streaming the results to the application in 720p resolution. The service can take interactive input from the local client's mouse, keyboard or touchscreen interfaces. Like a number of other services launched at Amazon's re:Invent...
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Zulily Shares Pop 82% Above IPO Price

TechCrunch - 15 Nov 2013 20:35
Zulily Shares Pop 82% AboveA week after Twitter's IPO and two days after education company Chegg debuted on the NYSE, Zulily, the daily deals targeted at mothers, opened on the NASDAQ Global Select Market this morning under the... symbol ZU. And things are going well since the company priced 11.5 million shares at $22 each late last night at a $2.6 billion valuation: shares jumped to a high of $41.32 this morning and now stand at $37.15.
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Jumping on the trend of using printers to churn out objects, Microsoft has developed a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, betting that this will become mainstream. Windows 8.1 has plug-and-play support... for printers and "understands" 3D file formats, and the upcoming 3D Builder app will leverage those native OS features, Microsoft said on Friday. "Now, with the 3D Builder app, we've made it even easier for people to create and print objects in 3D," wrote Microsoft official Kristina Libby in a blog post. The app, available now for download from the Windows Store, comes with a set of predefined objects that users can modify and adjust, including toys and ornaments, the company said.
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I come not to praise QWERTY, but to bury it

The Verge - 15 Nov 2013 20:34
I come not to praise QWERTY,I bought a Droid 4 twenty-one months ago. As a devout user of physical QWERTY keyboards, I'm pretty sure I'm screwed. My two-year contract expires in just three more months, but I don't know if my... phone will make it. I touch-type all my interviews into my Droid, but it’s simply not reliable anymore. There isn't a day that goes by without some app experiencing crippling slowdown. The phone just can't seem to hold a charge. And it's not like I can just go out and upgrade, even if I had the cash: there isn't a single desirable smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard on the horizon. Over the last few months, Motorola announced the Moto X, the Droid Ultra, the Droid Maxx, and the Droid Mini, but there was no Droid 5 to be had. I...
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Whither the teakettle whistle:Despite decades of brewing tea in a whistling kettle, the source and mechanism of this siren sound of comfort has never been fully described scientifically. Acknowledging the vibrations made by the... build-up of steam escaping through two metal spout plates is about as far as the explanation went--and was good enough for most people.
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This List Contains EverythingPlanning on a big or small get-together soon? Then you need to get your place in order and gather all the supplies that make for an entertaining time. Thankfully, The Sweethome has compiled just about... everything you need.
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This Pringles Dispenser WillPringles changed the world for the better when it released its perfectly-stacked potato chips-in-a-can approach to snack food. But while the design helped to minimize broken chips, it also made them... harder to reach as you went deeper in the can--a problem that's now solved thanks to this brilliant contraption that looks kind of like a shoe horn that mated with a slap wrap bracelet.
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Bigger is definitely better:See those gorgeous twins up there? The ones with retro-styled magnesium bodies and massively megapixeled sensors? Known as the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R, they're the latest objects of desire from Sony's... imaging wizards, and I got to spend a few days shooting with both of them. Sony's betting big on its mirrorless camera business. The company helped to grow the market for these compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILCs), releasing regular (and significant) NEX updates since their introduction a few years back. To date, those compact models have been limited to APS-C sensors -- image quality was quite good, but the camera maker recently began pushing the limits, sprinkling much bigger, full-frame sensors elsewhere into its lineup. Now, it's finally time to meet Sony's new full-frame ILCs. But...
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Who in their right mind wouldHow much is an old, dirty, used 30GB iPod worth? What about an old, dirty, used 30GB iPod with a somewhat questionable Steve Jobs signature on the back? According to eBay, it's worth about US$9,000.... Well, at least that's how much the seller is asking for what appears to be a fifth-generation iPod with a bit of purple Sharpie marker on the back. The seller -- who has a 100 percent feedback rating over 2,836 transactions -- offers no proof that the signature is the real deal, other than writing "AUTHENTIC" in all-caps in the item description. The auction is open for offers as well, though the five prices that have been proposed thus far have been shot down. If you're looking for a gift for the Apple fan who has everything, this might do the trick, though figuring out whether the Apple...
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Electronic payments are supposed to be convenient, but between debit cards, credit cards, rewards cards, membership cards and gift cards, it's a pain to keep track of them all or even fit them into a... wallet. And let's not even discuss how terrible it is when one of your primary cards gets lost.
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Nearly 150 years after it panned Lincoln's seminal speech, the Patriot-News is changing its tune. This is how the editorial came to be in the first place.     
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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, an app which stole my identity.
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Unless U.S. wireless carriers voluntarily agree on the rights of consumers to unlock their phones, the FCC has stipulated it will make rules to enforce a general policy.
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A diluted bleach bath protected mice from radiation burns and made their skin look younger and healthier     
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12 Signs That Candy Crush Is Taking Over The World

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 20:26
12 Signs That Candy Crush IsOdds are you play Candy Crush. Everyone plays Candy Crush. The only reason you're reading this is because you have time to waste before your new batch of lives arrives. The PS4 may have just launched,... but a year after Candy Crush's first release, the app is still dominating. Here's some proof that Candy Crush is really and truly taking over the world, including many details provided by the makers of Candy Crush: 1. It has more than 500 million downloads* That's more downloads than people in the U.S. 2. One in every 23 Facebook users in the world plays it* To put that in perspective, Facebook has 1.19 billion active monthly users, making that about 5 million Facebook users. 3. People are getting addicted. Like seriously addicted. Candycrush has quickly taken over my life. I now understand...
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An anonymous reader writes "What happens when the editorial team of the biggest-selling English Linux magazine gets frustrated? They leave their company and start a new one. Most of the writers behind... Linux Format have jumped ship and started Linux Voice, a social enterprise magazine which will donate 50% of its profits back to the community, and freely license its content under Creative Commons after 9 months. They're running a fundraiser on Indiegogo with already a quarter of their funding goal reached. Will this shake up the whole publishing industry?"
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'Tis the season to be cranky about cold weather. While most of us get irritated about dark and icy nights, we should take a page from this adorable, puffy Russian toddler's adventurous side to... reintroduce us to the joys of blizzards Just watch it and let your hardened feelings toward the winter season melt away Image: Mashable See also: 7 Essential Life Lessons From Kids' To-Do Lists It's a metaphor for life, really — while you might fall on your face, at least you had a grand ol' time getting there. Also, always wear a hat BONUS: Oscar the Grouch vs. Grumpy Cat Image: YouTube, MsArvensis
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(AP)--A New York City judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 10 years in prison for his involvement in cyberattacks on corporations and government agencies worldwide.
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Acer and Google release $199 C7 Chromebook

Android Central - 15 Nov 2013 20:23
Acer and Google release $199With a price under $200, Acer and Google want to catch your eyes this holiday season Acer has expanded their Chromebook line this morning, and the new C7 (C720-2848) is available for ordering in the... US today for just $199. For your money, you're getting a package that should be familiar to folks who were interested in the prior Acer C7 Chromebook, save one line item — the RAM.  The new C7 comes with just 2GB of RAM, but also has the same Haswell architecture, 11.6-inch screen and 16GB SSD. The current C7, which will remain available — there are no plans to replace it just yet — comes with 4GB of RAM, and a $249 price tag. Certainly Acer and Google want to get your attention with the price, and any computer listing at $199 is worth a second look. But will new users be able to...
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9to5Toys Last Call: Seiki 4KTake a few minutes out of your lunch to cash in on some incredible deals. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ Today’s... can’t miss deals: Seiki's new 55″ 4K UHD TV will drop to $850 on Black Friday ($650 off!) Logitech Wireless Solar […]
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Get Your Trigger Finger ReadyWe all need a break every once in a while. And nothing can take some of the edge off than a good video game - especially a shooter. Cult of Mac Deals has assembled a bundle of games that will…
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The BenchMark Legacy Chemicals kit on Kickstarter lets kids unleash the awesome power of chemistry without watering down the experience.
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Sprint doesn't want you toSo we've gotten our first look at the new Sprint Spark data today on the HTC One Max. This, as you'll recall, is the tri-band LTE that hands off between the 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz bands, promising... theoretical peak speeds of 50 Mbps to 60 Mbps. (Your mileage will — cough — vary .) It's also available on the Samsung Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini and the LG G2. And that is the continuously spinning data icon that goes along with it. Maybe it's not any worse than the animations other operators use. But it's certainly more noticeable. And it's also spinning its little pixels off even if you're not in one of the five Spark launch cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami or Tampa. Odd, but whatever. Hi, little spinner guy. More: Sprint Spark     
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What might finally take SiriSiri is a competent personal assistant as it stands, but not much more. Although Siri is capable of finding a great deal of information very quickly, it is limited by resources it currently pulls data... from, which include Yahoo, Bing and WolframAlpha. Apple might be looking to remedy this issue, however: A patent application filed with the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office back in March and published this Thursday entitled “Crowd Sourcing Information to Fulfill User Requests” could be the first sign of a huge addition to Siri. According to the patent, if Siri is unable to find an answer for the user through its typical channels, “information relevant to the user request is crowd-sourced by querying one or more crowd sourcing information
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Small businesses are tired of dealing with large ticket sites such as Ticketmaster. Quadshot software has their solution with OpenTickets.
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Having just officially learned of the Moto G's existence this Wednesday, we didn't expect the device to literally be in stores quite so quick (today is Friday, if you did not know). What we're seeing... right off the bat is availability of this smartphone after Motorola announced it at locations like Phones4U in the UK. […]
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Retina iPad Mini Review: A Sight for Sore Eyes

Life Hacker - 15 Nov 2013 20:11
Retina iPad Mini Review: ALast year's iPad mini was very nearly perfect in every way, except the one you needed it to be. Its display was porridge next to the bright retina cornucopia of its bigger iPad brother and its tiny... tablet competitors. This year? We feast.
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Retina iPad Mini Review: ALast year's iPad mini was very nearly perfect in every way, except the one you needed it to be. Its display was porridge next to the bright retina cornucopia of its bigger iPad brother and its tiny... tablet competitors. This year? We feast.
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All Your Credit Cards RolledCoin aims to free up some wallet space by merging all your cards into one place.     
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Google Play Music App For iOS Introduced

Ubergizmo - 15 Nov 2013 20:08
Google Play Music App For iOSHaving a semblance of patience is always a good thing, as the adage goes, good things come to those who wait. Well, I am quite sure that iOS users have waited for quite some time already for the... Google Play Music app, which has finally arrived on the iOS platform. One ought to take note that it might require some getting used to Google's music ecosystem, since it is vastly different from Apple's. Those who have used Spotify or Amazon would be able to relate to it a whole lot better with most of the focus being on the Cloud. Imagine with the Google Play Music app, you are able to enjoy virtually millions of songs right there and then, regardless of the device, from anywhere. Google's Music is mostly in the Cloud, but it does come with a 5 app limit, although there is no limit on the number...
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The head of marketing for Apple says Samsung's infringing products caused customers to question Apple's design skills.
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Xbox One includes KinectMicrosoft launched Internet Explorer for Xbox 360 last year, but the software company didn’t fully integrate its Kinect sensor into the app at the time. While there were some limited voice... controls, Microsoft’s Xbox One version of Internet Explorer appears to be greatly improved over the 360 version. On Xbox One you can now use a variety of gestures to navigate with Kinect alongside voice commands. Reaching out and grabbing the page initiates the navigation, and moving your hands up and down will pan. Microsoft says you'll also be able to pull a page to zoom in or push it away to zoom out. Voice commands improved from Xbox 360 version Similar to the Kinect dashboard navigation, you can hover over links on a webpage and simply...
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This Isn't The 'Super Mario' We Grew Up With

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 20:06
This Isn't The 'Super Mario'Everyone knows the story of Mario and Luigi, two innocent plumbing brothers who rescue a princess from a monstrous villain by eating mushrooms to beef up and finding flowers that let them shoot flames... from their hands. Wait a sec', none of that sounds innocent at all. Which is precisely what writer and director Evan Daugherty is trying to highlight in "The Four Players," a gritty YouTube series that reimagines "Super Mario Bros." Since the movie version of Nintendo's video game franchise opened to unanimously negative reviews in 1993, fans haven't expected much when the turtle-stomping plumbers are committed to screen. But they will have to reconsider after watching Daugherty's take on the 8-bit icons. "The Fixer" and "The Addict," the first two parts of the series, were posted on Thursday...
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ananyo writes "Research on Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, shows that the capacity to evolve can itself be the target of natural selection. B. burgdorferi can cause a... chronic infection even if its animal host mounts a strong immune response — evading those defenses by tweaking the shape and expression of its main surface antigen, VIsE. A series of unexpressed genetic sequences organized into 'cassettes' recombine with the VIsE gene, changing the resulting protein such that it escapes detection by the host's immune system. The researchers studied the molecular evolution of the cassettes' genetic sequences in 12 strains of B. burgdorferi. They found that natural selection seemed to favor bacteria with more genetic variability within their cassettes, and hence...
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'The Simpsons' is heading intoAfter 24 full seasons and only weeks into its 25th, The Simpsons is finally heading to cable. In an unheard of deal expected to hit $750 million, Fox's fledgling network FXX will have exclusive cable... and digital rights to the series massive catalog of 530 episodes starting August 2014. The term of the landmark deal is a decade, which means audiences can conservatively expect another 10 years of the longest running comedy show on television. According to Deadline, FXX is expected to pay upwards of $1.25 million per week to offer the show on-demand and via the network's upcoming FXNow app, due out next month. FXX will be able to broadcast new episodes a season after their initial run, with the catalog growing to 574 episodes by September...
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The newest goofy Thanksgiving song of the season is taking the holiday to weird new levels. See also: NBA Stars Perform a Slam-Dunk Rendition of 'Jingle Bells' Dickie Stickhead recently posted his... festive song on YouTube, which speaks up for all the turkeys out there who would rather go uneaten. This video is one you can share with your grandma for a good chuckle, complete with a choreographed Pilgrim dance. BONUS: Cards Against Humanity Fills Your Mailbox With Holiday Bullsh*t for $12 Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Homepage Image: Flickr, Swaminathan
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Wasteland, The Original  Nothing can touch the Fallout series of role-playing games for post-apocalyptic immersion; the ’50s, atomic-era nostalgia and post-nuclear holocaust loneliness and horror that the games simulate... have gained the series a huge and devoted following. But none of it…
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An admitted member of the online hacking group Anonymous received the maximum sentence Friday from a judge in U.S. federal court in New York City. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska sentenced... 28-year-old Jeremy Hammond of Chicago to 10 years in prison for his role in hacking the servers of the Texas-based intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or Stratfor, in December 2011. Hammond pleaded guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in May of this year. See also: What Is Anonymous? [VIDEO] "I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors," Hammond said in a statement posted on his support website in May. "I did what I believe is right."
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In a landmark copyright case, a judge has ruled Google's massive book scanning project for its search engine fair use.
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Molecule critical to healing wounds identified

Science Daily - 15 Nov 2013 20:03
Skin provides a first line of defense against viruses, bacteria and parasites that might otherwise make people ill. When an injury breaks that barrier, a systematic chain of molecular signaling... launches to close the wound and re-establish the skin's layer of protection. A study now shows that the molecule FOX01 is critical to the wound-healing process.
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In a new study, researchers evaluated the persistence of rAAV-mediated expression the gene encoding M-type ±-1 antitrypsin in patients that were AAT deficient
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Processes that age and damage skin are impeded by dilute bleach solution, according to a new study by researchers working with mice.
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An automated system to help pediatricians focus on the specific health needs of each patient in the short time allotted for preventive care improves autism screening rates by identifying at-risk... children at the 24-month visit. American children typically are not diagnosed with autism until age 4½ or 5 years.
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A protein shed by HIV-infected brain cells alters synaptic connections between networks of nerve cells, according to new research. The findings could explain why nearly half of all patients infected... with the AIDS virus experience some level of neurocognitive impairment.
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A group of investigators has identified a molecule that plays a key role in the breakdown of the kidney filter, presenting a potential therapeutic target for stopping the damage before it becomes... irreversible.
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p53 is produced as various isoforms as the result of alternative splicing and promoter usage. One isoform, p53-beta, accelerates cellular arrest, while another isoform, delta-133p53 represses... replicative senescence in cultured cells. Researchers evaluated the expression of these two p53 isoforms in T lymphocytes from healthy donors and donors with lung cancer.
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Tradecraft Launches A SchoolFor many companies in Silicon Valley, it's fairly easy to find, train, and evaluate technical talent -- for the most part, it's easy to determine and quantify how well a person codes. But evaluating... and training non-technical personnel is something many struggle with. To help change this, a new school called Tradecraft has emerged to help teach those seeking UX, growth, and sales positions the skills they need to succeed in the tech world.
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The Faces of Social Media Censorship

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 20:00
Online news organization ProPublica on Friday launched a special feature documenting censorship on social media in China. China's Memory Hole focuses on censorship of users of Sina Weibo, the Chinese... equivalent of Twitter, which filters out "undesirable" content from the more than 100 million items that are posted there daily. A team of ProPublica writers, technicians and translators combed through deleted items after gaining access to and monitoring Sina Weibo's network over a five-month period. ProPublica is vague -- perhaps intentionally -- about the actual mechanics of their monitoring. We do know that China has assigned the task of blocking content to the country's privately held social media companies. It's a comprehensive self-censorship regime that keeps the companies guessing on...
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How Do I Get the Best Price onDear Lifehacker,I buy all my movies, music, and other media online, but prices vary so much from site to site. Is there any way to check prices across all the music or movie sites to make sure I get... the best deal?
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Results from a new study is showing that a drug withdrawn from the market in 2010 may enhance the effectiveness of bone marrow transplants for select pediatric leukemia patients. Combining the drug... gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) with conventional chemotherapy may improve the outcome of bone marrow transplantation for some children battling high-risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
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Samsung Galaxy NX review: anSamsung's flagship interchangeable-lens camera, the NX300, is by far the company's most impressive shooter to date. It offers stellar hybrid-autofocus capabilities, excellent image quality and... integrated WiFi, and it retails for a hair over $550. For all intents and purposes, it's a very competitive option, if not one of the best deals on the market today. It's frustrating, then, that Samsung opted to price the Galaxy NX -- an Android-powered camera based on the NX300 -- at an obscene $1,700, lens included. If you're not a deep-pocketed early adopter, it's absolutely a dealbreaker. But I still enjoyed my two-week test with the Galaxy NX, and if you manage to overlook the MSRP, you might just fall in love.%Gallery-slideshow121859%
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A planetary scientist has identified the largest-known solid object in the Solar System that could float in a bathtub. The rock-and-ice body, which circles well outside the orbits of the planets,... is... --
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A planetary scientist has identified the largest-known solid object in the Solar System that could float in a bathtub. The rock-and-ice body, which circles well outside the orbits of the planets,... is... --
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Miss a few stories this week? We'll get you up to speed with this rundown of all the biggest tech news of the week.
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Pfizer transitioning manyPfizer is the world's largest pharmaceutical firm and up to this point, most of the company's 90,000 employees have used BlackBerry devices in order to communicate with each other. Now the company has... sent out a memo to employees telling them to switch to either an iPhone or Android device when their wireless contract allows them to upgrade. The memo apparently referred to BlackBerry's "volatile state" as a reason for the mass move to alternative mobile platforms. BlackBerry is struggling mightily at this time, having recently cut 40 percent of its workforce in an attempt to stay afloat. Apple and Intel took advantage of the cuts, hosting recruiting events near the company's headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. John Paczkowski at AllThingsD notes that other big BlackBerry clients --...
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iPads help children with autism develop language

Science Daily - 15 Nov 2013 20:00
Some parents in a recent study were able to converse with their children for the first time with the help of language development programs on an iPad. Turns out children with autism can learn speech... later than previously thought.
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Instruments on the Curiosity Mars rover not only measure the chemistry of rocks, elemental abundances of soils and wind speeds, but also take an incredible number of images from both mast-mounted... cameras and up-close imaging systems mounted to robotic arms. The process of analyzing soil images can be daunting, particularly when there are thousands of images and when the particles can be on the order of only 5-10 pixels wide. A team of researchers, led by Suniti Karunatillake at LSU's Department of Geology and Geophysics, and including Stony Brook University, USGS-Flagstaff AZ, and Rider University, developed an image analysis and segmentation algorithm specifically to aid planetary scientists with this very basic, but often difficult, task.
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The European Commission will offer "free, full and open" access to the Earth observation satellites providing data for the commission's Copernicus program starting in December.
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This is what happens when you create comic book inspired images with light painting. The post Patrick Rochon’s Super Chromatic Images Are Light Painted Portraits Done in a Single Shot appeared first... on The Phoblographer.     
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Since Jean-Claude Van Damme's Volvo ad went viral this week, many commenters have wondered whether the action star's spectacular stunt is real. The answer from Volvo: Indeed it was, though it wasn't... nearly as dangerous as it looked. A rep for the company told The Wall Street Journal that 'the stunt is real and is performed in just one take,” said Anders Vilhelmsson, public relations manager for the Volvo Trucks brand. “It’s a daring stunt but we had full control. There was never any real danger involved.” See also: 9 Viral Videos That Are Actually Advertising How? Van Damme was actually connected to safety lines that you can't see in the video. Small platforms on the trucks' side mirrors also propped up Van Damme's feet
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'Houseplan' Wants You To Put.Houseplan — Productivity — Free In the past, whenever I’ve wanted to change the furniture layout in a room, I’ve broken out the graph paper and made a tiny scale mockup of the space and... everything in it. HousePlan is…
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 15 Nov 2013 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: the man who weighed thoughts, comet of the century, the myth of perfection, wolvez II dogs, uncool quantum state and more     
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Google Play Music lands forGoogle revealed months ago that a Google Play Music app for iOS is in the works, and rumours from earlier this month even claimed that a launch was imminent. Well, enough with the waiting; the... long-awaited iPhone app is finally here. Google Play Music...
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Hottest Place on Earth | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 15 Nov 2013 19:43
Hottest Place on Earth | SpaceThe Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran is captured in this stunning space wallpaper. The desert is often called the 'hottest place on Earth' as satellites measured record surface temperatures... there for several years.
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Amazon premieres its first stab at the kind of homegrown TV that Netflix has made the star of its competing streaming-video service. Unlike its rival, Amazon makes the first shows available to all,... just not all at once.
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Assassin's Creed 4 On PS4 WillThe world of video games have certainly come a long way since it first enthralled the minds of kids and adults alike, and we have moved from CGA graphics to modern day Full HD interpretations of the... real world. In fact, Assassin’s Creed 4 is said to render at 900p, which would have been unthinkable of just half a decade ago, and we also have word that there will be a future update which will boost this to native 1080p, now how about that? This would truly help you maximize the use of your Full HD TV in your living room, wouldn't it? Ubisoft has also revealed that players are required to download a title update which is coming shortly after the release in order to enjoy the full 1080p native resolution. Heck, I am quite sure that without the title update, most folks would already be taken...
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Bird Shit, Hipsters, andPooping birds, overflowing trash cans, radioactive poisoning, too much driving, and those goddamn hipsters again. Welcome to another edition of What's Ruining Our Cities.
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Daily Deals for November 15,It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. TUAW's Daily Deals The... iShooter Gamer Bundle [On sale for $4.99, down from $44] The iShooter Gamer Bundle includes the following four games: Tower Wars by SuperVillain Studios: An all-out tower defense mayhem. Protect Your Castle - Build and upgrade unique towers to punish invading enemies as they try to reach your castle stronghold. Sanctum by Coffee Stain Studios: Experience the world's first 1st-person shooter tower defense game. Build... And Blast - Construct your towers, build mazes, and then protect them by laying into attackers with extreme prejudice. Bleed by Bootdisk Revolution: Little girl, big arsenal....
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This Map Will Show You DrunkDo you live on Earth, drive a car, and occasionally drink? Then this map may be handy for you. It shows the blood alcohol level that each country uses to decide whether or not you're driving while you... really shouldn't be. And, for the record, do not drink and drive ever, okay? Great. Problem solved.
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Deformed, Pointy Skull fromA series of tombs spanning about 5,000 years of time has been unearthed in France. One of the tombs contained an aristocratic lady from the East with a deformed skull.
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Mattebox is a fun way to discover, create and share photo filters. Make a filter in seconds, and share it with your friends—they’ll be able to use it right on the web! Looks interesting. You can... see the filters on Mattebox.net∞ Read this on The Loop
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In Images: Deformed Skulls andA series of tombs spanning about 5,000 years of time has been unearthed in France. One of the tombs contained an aristocratic lady from the East with a deformed skull.
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Patrick McMullen, 17, Died OnA Dorset, England teenager with a promising future died while talking with friends on Skype in August after using drugs that he had bought on the Internet, a coroner's inquest heard this week. Friends... of Patrick McMullen, 17, relayed details from the fateful Aug. 31 conversation at the hearing, the Independent reported. The teens said McMullen told them he'd just taken three hits of LSD and a half-gram of ecstasy that he bought on Silk Road, the heavily encrypted online black market shut down by the FBI in October. "He couldn't hold a conversation. He wasn't making any sense," McMullen's friend, Jack Sainsbury, told the inquest, according to the Metro. During the conversation McMullen's speech became slurred, then the boy apparently collapsed, according to the Independent. Sainsbury...
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Supposing your Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 device works with Bluetooth 4.0 already – that's hardware, after all – the Nokia Black software update will be bringing you full Low Energy abilities... soon. The software update known as Nokia Black comes some weeks after Nokia Amber, an update which brought advanced photography abilities to the […]
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When Google took over Motorola last year, they also stopped selling devices in India. Now, it's set to return with an affordable, low end handset: Moto G.
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Molten Salts Could Improve Fuel Economy

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 19:32
Molten Salts Could ImproveMotor-oil additive could make better engine lubricants and reduce wear.
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Amazon debuts congressionalIf the promotional images are any indication, there's bound to be an awful lot of BlackBerry checking happening in Amazon's new Alpha House series. And now you can finally see for yourself. The first... three episodes of the Capitol Hill comedy (including April's pilot) have just hit Amazon all at once. Not quite the binge watching we've become accustomed to over on Netflix, but it should be enough to keep you at home on a Friday night. The first three are free. Additional episodes of the John Goodman vehicle will be free for Prime users, starting next week. Comments Alpha House
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Acer Ditches the Hard DiskWith its new $200 Chromebook, Acer finally gets what these browser-based laptops are all about. Chromebooks are meant to get onto the web as quickly as possible, so it was puzzling that last year’s... $200 Acer Chromebook shipped with a 320 GB hard disk drive. Solid-state storage is faster and more reliable, and as I wrote earlier this week, the fact that Chrome OS can fit on a 16 GB solid-state drive is one of its main advantages over cheap Windows laptops. Although a smaller solid-state drive won’t hold nearly as many photos or videos, that’s not much of a concern if you’re using a Chromebook as a secondary computer. Acer’s new $200 Chromebook drops the hard disk drive for a 16 GB solid-state drive. It’s also much thinner and ligher than last year’s model, weighing 2.76 pounds...
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New HTC One successor rumors surface

CNET - 15 Nov 2013 19:30
HTC's next flagship Android smartphone is rumored to run Android 4.4 KitKat and feature cutting-edge internals.
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Stellar Wars Sucker-PunchesIts title may sound like a Star Wars-based mockbuster by The Asylum (the studio that brought us Sharknado and Atlantic Rim), but Stellar Wars, a new iOS title out now from developer Liv Games, is... actually the followup to 2011′s…
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Microsoft admits its dataAlthough Google has said that it’s deployed end-to-end encryption between its data centers to keep out the prying eyes of the National Security Agency, it doesn’t seem as though Microsoft has done... any such thing just yet. Wired reports that Microsoft executive Dorothee Belz said this week that Microsoft’s “server-to-server transportation is generally not encrypted,” which is why the company is “currently reviewing our security system.” This is a concern because documents leaked by Edward Snowden recently showed how the NSA was able to hack into Google and Yahoo’s data centers to breaking into their main communications links between their private clouds and the public Internet. If Microsoft hasn’t yet implemented the server-to-server encryption that Google has implemented,...
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Do a One Week Trial Run BeforeBeing your own boss may sound like a dream, but the reality is it's not always the fun adventure you expect it to be. Some people try out a business idea part time before jumping in, but another... approach is to take a week off and try it out full time.
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Inspecting an 'In Spec' Lens

PetaPixel - 15 Nov 2013 19:28
I'm going to open a can of worms today. I've been getting more and more emails from people telling me the same story that goes like this: I've got this lens. It's awful. I've sent it in for adjustment... and the service center tells me it's 'in spec' and nothing is wrong with it. Am […]
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Edifier Unveils Tech-Packed,  Edifier is a lesser-known company with roots in China, and a design lab in Vancouver, British Columbia. While Edifier speakers have seen table time in Apple stores in the past, they seem to be... making a bigger push here…
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With its new-found focus on IP networking and fast broadband access, Alcatel-Lucent is poised to take advantage of a worldwide explosion in mobile devices and the rush of service providers and... operators to the cloud, company executives said at the networking vendor's tech symposium this week. At the conference, ending Friday, Alcatel-Lucent executives fleshed out for analysts and media the strategy behind the "Shift" plan to morph the company from a general supplier of telecom equipment into what it has called an "industrial specialist." Much is at stake for the financially stressed company. The plan, announced in June, calls for the company to shed US$1 billion in assets and become profitable by 2015. In October, the company announced that as part of the plan it would cut 15,000 workers...
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European operators Vodafone, Telefónica and EE have all started testing LTE-Advanced, and are aiming to offer speeds over 200Mbps. But a lack of devices means commercial services will have to wait.... While LTE is still in its infancy in many parts of the world, operators have started to test LTE-Advanced, which uses a handful of technologies to increase speeds even more. On Thursday, Vodafone and Telefónica in Germany announced small-scale trials of the speedy technology in Dresden and Munich, respectively. The two join British operator EE, which announced a test in London's startup cluster Tech City earlier this month. All three are taking advantage of a feature called carrier aggregation to improve speeds. It allows networks to devote more resources to some users by treating two channels...
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U.S. officials previously said crews would need 14 months to complete the project once work resumes, which leaves little margin given that MUOS is planned to be fully operational by 2015.
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The Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran is captured in this Envisat image....
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Jeremy Hammond Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 19:23
Jeremy Hammond Sentenced To 10NEW YORK -- Convicted hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for stealing internal emails from the global intelligence firm Stratfor. During the hearing, he claimed in a... defiant sentencing statement that his acts were meant to expose the truth and that he hacked foreign government websites at the behest of an FBI informant. "The acts of civil disobedience and direct action that I am being sentenced for today are in line with the principles of community and equality that have guided my life," Hammond said in a prepared statement provided to HuffPost Live. "I took responsibility for my actions, by pleading guilty, but when will the government be made to answer for its crimes?" Hammond, 28, for years has protested both online and off to disrupt foes, including...
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Jack Andraka Develops Cheap,Pause for a moment and think back on how you spent your days when you were 15 years old. Most of us would still be carefree, but for Jack Andraka, he has achieved something that even adults who have... strived for years have failed to do – by successfully developing a pancreatic cancer detection method that is not only fast and fairly accurate, but dirt cheap as well. We are talking about just 3 cents per test here, folks! Jack's first brush with pancreatic cancer happened two years ago when a close family friend died. Jack was shaken up by the death, and started to learn up as much as he could about the disease via online means. Jack was not ready to accept the outdated detection method for pancreatic cancer and decided to work on a solution of his own. At least Johns Hopkins University...
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3D printing: Everything youThe hyperbole around 3D printing, with talk of revolution and a new age, is getting ridiculous. Will 3D printing really impact our world more than the internet? If so, when will we be able to afford... it? And more importantly how will 3D printing make such...
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3D printing: Everything youThe hyperbole around 3D printing, with talk of revolution and a new age, is getting ridiculous. Will 3D printing really impact our world more than the internet? If so, when will we be able to afford... it? And more importantly how will 3D printing make such...
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SonicSpike writes "The founder of Bigelow Aerospace, Robert Bigelow, made a fortune in the hotel and real estate businesses, and he's pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into an enterprise that... will create inflatable habitats designed for life beyond Earth. He entered into an agreement with NASA to provide a report on how ventures like his could help NASA get back to the moon, and even Mars, faster and cheaper. Bigelow is applying to the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation to amend a 1967 international agreement on the moon so that a system of private property rights can be established there. 'When there isn't law and order,' he said, 'there's chaos.' Bigelow said he believes the right to own what one discovers on the moon is the incentive needed...
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It can be hard to take a good picture of something moving relatively fast, but it's really hard to take a good picture of a jet moving at 400-ish MPH through the sky. Yuri Acurs, stock photographer... extraordinaire, tried to tackle that challenge with excess--in the form of 30,000W of flash.
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What is ... Histoplasmosis?

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 19:17
What is ... Histoplasmosis?Can a new way to track fungus lead to new treatments for disease?
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This software update will make it easier than ever to use Nest products.
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One of the most famous objects in the sky - the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant - will be on display like never before, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a new project from the Smithsonian... Institution....
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Interview: Eddie Izzard talksInternational comedy superstar and actor Eddie Izzard recently took time out of his very busy schedule to talk to Pocket-lint in some depth about his love of technology and how running gadgets helped... him complete 43 marathons back-to-back in 2009 and...
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Eddie Izzard talks tech,International comedy superstar and actor Eddie Izzard recently took time out of his very busy schedule to talk to Pocket-lint in some depth about his love of technology and how running gadgets helped... him run 43 back-to-back marathons in 2009 and in training...
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Fat wallets begone: CoinCoin's 'one card to rule them all' dream certainly seems alluring, but this plastic needs to stay close to your smartphone.
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Chicago man gets prison in NY cyberattacks case

Miami Herald - 15 Nov 2013 19:11
Chicago man gets prison in NYA self-described anarchist and "hacktivist" from Chicago was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors.
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Verge Favorites: Guillermo Esteves

The Verge - 15 Nov 2013 19:10
Verge Favorites: GuillermoThe Verge staffers aren't just people who love technology. They're people who love stuff. We spend as much time talking and thinking about our favorite books, music, and movies as we do debating the... best smartphone to buy or what point-and-shoot has the tightest macro. We thought it would make sense to share our latest obsessions with Verge readers, and we hope you're encouraged to share your favorites with us. Thus a long, healthy debate will ensue where we all end up with new things to read, listen to, or try on. This week, we feature Guillermo Esteves, a front-end engineer at The Verge. He wrangles much of the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the site.
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Can you imagine Cupertino greeting a new Samsung Galaxy with a congratulatory tweet? Well, it seems things are different in the gaming world.
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NASA Video Shows Ancient MarsThe Red Planet appears to have had a thick atmosphere warm enough for water oceans, and may have been friendly to life. A new animation from NASA depicts the planet's evolution from a lush utopia to... the barren land it is today.
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The new and free app lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents and save them to the cloud.
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The interior of Russian space station Mir was not known for its pizazz — US astronaut Jerry Linenger called it “as drab as a Moscow winter” — and it ended up being crowded and cluttered with... all sorts of unused equipment and old experiments. So, Mir was an unlikely place for an art exhibit … […]
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Cisco Systems, IBM, and Microsoft are expected to encounter problems touting their products in China over revelations concerning the U.S. government's surveillance programs. Cisco is hardest hit.
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Tablet Publishing StartupThere's a new CEO at Onswipe -- Jonty Kelt, most recently co-founder and CEO of e-commerce startup Group Commerce. Until this week, that's the role Jason Baptiste held at Onswipe, and it sounds like... he's still goign to be the face of the company. He's becoming Onswipe's first chief marketing officer, so while Kelt runs the business, Baptiste's job will involve evangelizing for the platform, which allows publishers to optimize their websites for tablets and other touch devices, and to run similarly optimized ads. Put another way: His goal is to "make the world love Onswipe."
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Today Google has released its own Google Play Music app for iOS, working on the iPhone and iPod touch with a unique iPad version coming in the near future. At the moment you'll find this version of... Google Play Music missing the "I'm feeling lucky" option to roll the dice and listen to music based […]
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This Floating Hotel Room ComesYou probably want to visit the Manta Resort, a new getaway in Zanzibar--because, at the Manta Resort, you can actually get away from the getaway and stay a few hundred feet offshore in a floating... hotel room. And then you can getaway again in the underwater bedroom built for watching fish.
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Google Play Music nowHold onto your hats, music lovers, 'cause things just got a little crazy out there. Google just released Google Play Music for iPhone (free), an app that lets you "discover, play and share the music... you love, anywhere." It actually surprises me a bit that Apple allowed this app onto the App Store, since it's a direct competitor to the company's own iTunes Music Store and iTunes Radio. Google's All Access service (US$9.99 per month) for Google Play will allow music buffs to listen to unlimited songs; create custom radio stations based on songs, artists or albums; get recommendations on music based on your tastes; and use playlists created by Google music experts. The free standard service provides a way to add up to 20,000 songs from your personal music library from Mac, Windows or Linux...
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Violence gone viral: new studyWhen gun violence makes the news, it's often described as an epidemic, implying that the violence is out of control on a massive scale, akin to a rampant disease. The term is used largely as a... buzzword — but new research out of Yale University suggests that there's more than just a semantic connection between gun violence and the behavior of diseases.
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The application allows users to listen to the millions of songs in its library, as well as upload up to 20,000 of the user's own songs to the service for access elsewhere.
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∞ How a Neumann U87 microphone is made

The Loop - 15 Nov 2013 18:58
Fascinating.
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Evolution of Milky Way GalaxyAstronomers have pieced together a picture of how our Milky Way formed, using Hubble Space Telescope photos of 400 similar galaxies at various stages of evolution. The results reveal that our galaxy's... disk and central bulge likely formed simultaneously.
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Rap Genius goes legit (andMusicians' rights activist David Lowery has sharp words for Rap Genius, but the website may get back in his good graces as they continue licensing lyrics. The post Rap Genius goes legit (and makes... music lobbyists happy) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A quick guide to PlayStation 4After a long year of waiting, Sony has finally delivered the PlayStation 4, which is currently begging you to spend the weekend with a DualShock 4 in hand. You want to oblige, but you have neglected... to pick up any PS4 games. You have read the reviews and you know about the curse of the launch lineup, but you can't just sit around and wait for four months until Infamous: Second Son comes out. If this short story describes you, I'd like you to know that I'm in the same boat, so I've written this handy, completely unscientific evaluation of the three exclusive PS4 launch games to provide some assistance for befuddled gamers. Killzone: Shadow Fall Killzone has always been
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Be Curious Today on Friday's Open Thread

Life Hacker - 15 Nov 2013 18:55
Be Curious Today on Friday'sHowdy howdy! It's Friday, which warrants a happy dance. Another thing it warrants is a vibrant and fun open thread discussion hosted by the commenter driven Hackerspace and the mothership, Lifehacker.... Now is your chance to tell people about stuff you learned, ask questions about stuff you don't know, and comment on life's incredible mysteries and magic.
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Why Hidden Trans Fats AreWith new rules, trans fats will no longer be welcome in the American diet.
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Moments after exploding with the energy of an atomic bomb in the skies over the city of Chelyabinsk, the space rock quietly let itself into a lake outside of town, not far from the watchful eye of a... security camera.
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Football Manager 2013 Had AtI suppose for every artist, movie producer as well as games developer, piracy is a very real concern that should be nipped in the bud and if possible, eradicated completely. Well, we have brought you... word in the past concerning the different aspects of piracy as seen by various companies, but this time around, here is word on game developer Sports Interactive of the UK who tracked down a whopping 10.1 million illegal downloads of their hit title, Football Manager 2013. The game which launched in November last year was cracked later in May 2013, where copies of it made their way online in a jiffy afterwards. Among the tracked copies of the illegal downloads, one of them happened to be traced all the way to the Vatican. Just how did Sports Interactive manage to keep track of the number of...
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It's been seven years since Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 to the world, but the day has finally come for Sony's next-gen gaming console: the PlayStation 4. We've had our hands on the PS4 for a... little while, so we've been able to test it and share our own review of the console. But now that it's available to the public, we want to hear your thoughts. See also: Sony's PlayStation 4: A Bolder, Better Console That Avoids PS3's Missteps Give your reviews of the PlayStation 4 using Instagram video and share it using the hashtag #15secondreview. Tell us what you like or don't like about the console, controller, games and more. We will be showcasing some of your responses on Mashable.
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'Destiny' beta coming to PlayStation first

Digital Trends - 15 Nov 2013 18:48
'Destiny' beta coming toBungie offers up a new trailer for Destiny along with confirmation that the game's early 2014 beta will be available first on Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 platforms. The post ‘Destiny’... beta coming to PlayStation first appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Coin: A smartcard that canCoin is making waves on the Web by promising to slim down consumers' fat wallets by replacing their credit and debit cards with a single card that can be used for purchases.     
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5 Reasons to Buy a PlayStationDid you catch Spike’s “All Access” PlayStation 4 shindig last night? Sony teased a new Uncharted, set a release date for inFamous: Second Son (March 21, 2014), and showed off a PS4-exclusive... Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes level. It was all a bit silly (Sony turned New York City’s Standard High Line hotel into a giant PS4), but then the way we cover these events is a little silly, and the people hosting can be very silly, acting less like reporters than extensions of these companies’ marketing engines. If you stood in line last night (and yesterday, and possibly the day before) to pick up a system, I hope you stayed warm, and I hope you got what you came for. There’s nothing worse than waiting and walking away empty-handed — it’s happened to me more than once. But I...
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Google Music Arrives On iOS,Google Play Music arrived on iOS today, following reports from earlier this week stating that a launch was “imminent.” The app, which will compete with Apple’s iTunes Radio and other streaming... music options like Pandora, Spotify and Rdio, offers a standard service and All Access option, both of which allow you to store your music collection in the cloud, and stream songs to your device, without having to first save them locally. All Access adds a radio option, too. Users of the standard service can add up to 20,000 of their own songs to their cloud storage, but All Access users are able to listen to unlimited songs, the company says. In addition to the mobile app, desktop users can also stream their songs from the web interface at play.google.com/music. An Android application was...
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There's a next-generation HTC One out there in the wild, and it goes by the code name M8. You may recognize this name as it's a one-up from the HTC One's original code name in M7 – here appearing to... be, quite simply, the next big step. Like the HTC One X's release in the […]
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Scribing science

Symmetry Magazine - 15 Nov 2013 18:44
A colorful note-taking technique offers a fresh perspective on complex science. Sometimes the only way to navigate a complicated scientific talk is to use familiar words and concepts as guideposts. As... a science scribe, Perrin Ireland translates those guideposts into illustrated form. Ireland creates live visual representations of lectures, discussions and public talks. It's like taking notes--except Ireland's notes are full of color and drawings, typically sketched on foam-core boards mounted on an easel. "I see myself as kind of an advocate for the visual learners in the room," Ireland says.
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Leonid Meteor Shower PeaksThe bright moon may interfere with the Leonid meteor shower peak this weekend, but it might still be worth looking up for the annual November shower. Here's how to see the 2013 Leonids, which peak... overnight on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16 and 17).
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Robot Rounds Up Cows, GivesThere is nothing quite like technology to help one in their job. If you are a farmer and love all of the hands-on experiences that you spend with your animals and crops each day, surely an extra pair... of eyes and hands will come in handy regardless of the task. Assuming you have a herd of cows grazing on your fields, rounding them up can be quite a challenge, even with your pet dog around. How about having an assistant that will never complain about the long hours nor does not get upset at all? Meet Rover, the robotic cow-herder, that gets the job done in a cool and calculated manner. Rover comes across as a four-wheeled device, where it has been tested by a team at Sydney University. In that particular test, Rover actually helped move an entire herd of cows from a field to a dairy with...
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Forty-Foot-Wide Sinkhole LeadsFlorida residents are being evacuated from their homes as a large sinkhole threatens their properties.
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Google Play Music comes to iOSWe knew it was coming, and it might have taken a little longer than expected, but Google Play Music for iOS is finally here. The long-awaited iPhone app hits the App Store exactly six months after it... was announced for Android and the desktop, and like its counterparts, offers free access to 20,000 of your uploaded tracks, lets you create playlists and also share songs with friends. However, you might be tempted to grab a free month's trial for its All Access streaming service (normally $9.99 a month), which gives you access to over 20 million tracks, offers custom radio stations and helps you discover new music with its smart recommendation features. 9to5mac reports that Google is working to deliver an iPad version of the Play Music app and aims to bring its "I'm feeling lucky" feature and...
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Sun Watcher's Violent View | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 18:40
Sun Watcher's Violent View |This stunning space wallpaper shows the view of the sun from the SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) instrument onboard ESA's Proba-2 satellite.
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EU, island states bitter atEurope and the world's small island nations reacted with dismay, and green groups with fury, after Japan on Friday slashed its goal for curbing carbon emissions.
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How the NSA Is Harming America's Economy

Slashdot - 15 Nov 2013 18:40
anagama writes "According to an article at Medium, 'Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American... hardware to spy on the rest of the world. ... Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25% and Russia drop 30%. ... Analysts had expected Cisco's business in emerging markets to increase 6%, but instead it dropped 12%, sending shares of Cisco plunging 10% in after-hours trading.' This is in addition to the harm caused to remote services that may cost $35 billion over the next three years. Then, of course, there are the ways the NSA has made ID theft easier. ID theft cost Americans $1.52 billion in 2011, to say nothing of the time wasted in solving ID theft issues — some of that figure is certainly...
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The Super-Secret 'Research'Quests for scientific knowledge and military superiority often go hand-in-hand. And nowhere is that more exemplified than in the nuclear-powered NR-1 research vessel. When it wasn't busy exploring the... wonders of the deep ocean, its crew engaged the Soviet Union in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game of sub-sea espionage--much of which is veiled in secrecy even today.
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PlayStation 4 Now in Stores

ABC News - 15 Nov 2013 18:39
PlayStation 4 Now in StoresSony's new console comes out one week before the Xbox One.     
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The Chinese websites for The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have both been blocked by the Great Firewall of China. Their English-language sites are still reachable. Paul Mozur from the Journal... tweeted the news Friday from Beijing. Tech in Asia‘s Beijing staff tested and confirmed the block at 3:50 p.m. local time. Ominous thunder in distance @GreatFireChina: Breaking: Reuters/WSJ Chinese blocked in China s://t.co/XMpP8HEHJH s://t.co/BWJKN5jpty — Paul Mozur (@paulmozur) November 15, 2013 As of right now, the government’s reasons for blocking the sites are unclear. It’s uncertain if this block will be permanent (some have been lifted in the past) or temporary.
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Apple Fixes FaceTime Bug With iOS Update

Mashable - 15 Nov 2013 18:38
Apple has released a new version of iOS, 7.0.4, which addresses a bug causing some FaceTime calls to fail The update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices fixes a security issue with the App Store... that enabled a user to complete an app or in-app purchase without full authorization See also: 8 Great Hidden Features in iOS 7 Owners of older iPods not eligible for the 7.0.4 upgrade have received an upgrade, too: iOS 6.1.5. This also fixes the aforementioned FaceTime bug Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Image: Mashable, Nina Frazier
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Nest Learning ThermostatA couple of years ago, the Nest Learning Thermostat was officially announced to much fanfare. Well, we are pleased to report that the Nest Learning Thermostat is still alive and kicking today, and not... only that, it is also on the receiving end of an update for its app that runs on the Android mobile operating system. The release of this particular update is to add extra support for the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. For instance, the Protect will now be able to work with the Android app by offering status checks for sensors as well as multiple units in your connected home. If you so desire, one is able to include additional thermostats or smoke detectors directly right from the app for added convenience. Apart from that, the entire app has received a makeover in its...
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ShopKeep Goes Custom,Not to freak everyone out, but there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. For shoppers, that means a tighter timeframe in which to negotiate parking lots and mall lines;... according to the Washington Post, retailers are starting their marketing even earlier than usual.
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NASA Commercial Crew PartnerNASA Breaking News: Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being... developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.
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Having previously charted the terrain of hard-to-reach areas such as the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef, Google has added another notch to its belt.
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Google Play Music Comes To iOSAn official Google Play Music app is finally available on iOS, bringing Google’s All Access music streaming service to your iPhone. Users can listen to millions of tracks on demand and enjoy custom... radio with no limits, as well as…
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Google's 20-million-song strong subscription music service has finally landed on the iPhone, some six months after it was first announced earlier this year. The Google Play Music app [App Store]... allows users to play any songs they have uploaded to Google's iTunes Match-like scan-and-match service -- up to 20,000 songs -- for free, and gives access to an additional 20 million songs for $9.99 per month. There is a free one-month trial of the subscription service available as well. Reports The Verge: But to access the real power of Google Play Music, you'll need to pay $9.99 a month for its All Access plan. That gives you the ability to stream or download to your mobile device anything in Google's catalog, which now includes more than 20 million songs. You can create a custom ad-free radio...
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US crushes its stockpile of elephant ivory

Fox News - 15 Nov 2013 18:30
US crushes its stockpile ofSix tons of carvings, jewelry, trinkets and tusks were reduced to powder Thursday afternoon.
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Harry Potter fans rejoiced earlier this fall when they learned their beloved series would return in a film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But that's not the only movie to take... on the wizarding world beyond Harry Potter himself. YouTuber Wren Weichman produced a short film titled The OMEn Chronicles that takes place 15 years after The Battle of Hogwarts. None of OMEn's characters will be familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the wizards use the same spells as the Hogwarts kids and appear in plumes of smoke almost identical to the ones in the HP films. See also: 'Harry Potter' Minimalist Posters Will Cast a Spell on You
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You can watch Amazon's firstAmazon's first original series is now available to watch on Prime Instant Video. The first three episodes of Alpha House are available on the service now — the first season will be 11 episodes long... — with additional episodes launching every Friday. The political comedy was created by Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau and stars the likes of John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Sedaris, and it's the first show to make it to production through Amazon's pilot program. The Amazon Originals series is the company's attempt to compete with Netflix shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, though Amazon's efforts haven't been well received so far. We'll be able to tell you whether Alpha House manages to live up to Amazon's...
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Nest iOS update has many usersAs Michael Grothaus reported earlier today, Nest has released Nest Mobile 4.0. Unfortunately, it has many users confused. Version 4.0 has a completely redesigned UI and many functions aren't where... they used to be. In fact, some are so well tucked away that they seem hidden, and more than one App Store reviewer believes certain functions are just gone. For example, some customers are saying that scheduled adjustments are gone, but they're just harder to find. You must click on the thermostat first to maximize it, then a menu icon at the upper right will reveal things like energy history and the scheduler. When the thermostat is not maximized, the same icon does something else. Oops. It's surprising that tooltips or a help section aren't available. Even an email introducing the update to...
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Google Play Music Lands on iOSiOS: Google finally launched the iOS version its Play Music app today. The app includes support for playing your entire music library, as well as any songs from Google's library if you have the All... Access subscription . The catch: you can't buy music directly from the app.
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The Google Play Music iOS AppGoogle Play Music has always sort of been available on iOS through your favorite HTML 5-enabled browser app, but today, the service is available as a native iOS application. Rejoice!
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The Intellectual Property System Is an Impenetrable Maze

Scientific American - 15 Nov 2013 18:30
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European Commission approvesAs soon as the European Aviation Safety Agency announced that there is no opposition to allowing flight passengers to use smartphones, eBook readers, tablets and the like during take-off and landing... in European countries, another decision was made that...
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The PlayStation 4 is a next-generation console to satisfy gamers' appetites for new content, but do its supporting features break new ground for game consoles? We explore this question in the second... portion of our PlayStation 4 review. Part one of Mashable's review discussed the PlayStation 4's sleek design, much-improved controller and slightly anemic launch lineup. Most of the consoles other selling features were still unavailable before the media embargo lifted, so we're hitting on those now Presentation and Menus While we talked about menus a bit, some interesting pieces have unlocked after Sony's update. Your PS4 Menu Bar now includes "What's New," a social grid that shows almost every detail about your friends — from their playing and watching habits to trophies earned to uploaded...
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Pirate Bay next on anti-piracy group's hit list

Digital Trends - 15 Nov 2013 18:23
Pirate Bay next on anti-piracyPopular piracy site Pirate Bay may soon again be under fire if an anti-piracy group in Norway has its way. This comes after a slew of movie streaming sites were blocked in the U.K and Denmark. The... post Pirate Bay next on anti-piracy group’s hit list appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Offers High ResolutionGoogle has a heart for the environment by working alongside a bunch of researchers from the University of Maryland, NASA and the USGS. This collaborative effort would see the first high-resolution map... of global deforestation being brought to life with the use of their very own Google Earth Engine. It is an immense effort, especially when you consider how this particular project was developed using more than a decade's worth of Landsat images which showcases global land use changes in a manner where the public, NGOs and governments worldwide are able to learn more concerning various forestry practices, and along the way, will hopefully do its bit to reduce unwanted deforestation. Lead author Matthew Hansen, Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Maryland, said, "People will...
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Here’s a handy tool. The folks at INOVE Space Models have just updated their awesome Comet ISON flyby simulation with a second point of view – how it looks from Earth. The first version let us... watch from afar as ISON dives across across the solar system until it makes a hard left at the sun […]
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How Dodge Makes LED TaillightsLED taillights are everywhere, but most are pixellated eyesores. The 2014 Dodge Durango's LEDs don't suffer that problem. They give off a uniform electroluminescent glow, like someone wrapped Clu... around the back of an SUV. It's a neat look with some cool light trickery involved.
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Netatmo's Wireless ThermostatWhen there's extreme cold or heat in your home, one of the last things you want to do is make your way over to the thermostat in order to make your home, and as a result, yourself and those around... you, comfortable. There aren't many wireless thermostats on the market, although Netatmo has teamed up with Philippe Starck in order to create a new thermostat that can be controlled through your smartphone. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, Home, Android, iOS, wireless, Netatmo’s Wireless Thermostat Can Be Controlled From Your Smartphone Anywhere original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Hands-on: Flipboard (finally)Microsoft is continuing to fill in the gaps in its Windows Store catalog with the arrival of Flipboard for Windows 8.1. Just like its iOS and Android counterparts, Flipboard's Windows 8.1 app offers... digital "magazines" culled from websites large and small. After setting up an account, users can pick from a list of categories, or create magazines based on links from Facebook and Twitter friends. Users can also follow specific publications, or combine favorite articles into homemade magazines to share with other Flipboard users. Although Flipboard for Windows 8.1 doesn't stray too far from its iOS and Android versions, it does offer a few goodies for Microsoft's platform. Adding the app to the Start screen creates a Live Tile that cycles through featured stories, and the Windows Share charm...
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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and others are all improving their data encryption to discourage the NSA from accessing user information.
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The biggest risk "by far" for IT leaders is being shortsighted and entrenched in status quo over cloud adoption, who will then get caught out by rivals, says Rackspace's Asia-Pacific CTO.
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It's time to move into the LOVEFiLM universe for the likes of the iPhone and iPod touch this week as the Amazon app spreads beyond the iPad in the UK. This allows the iPhone and iPod touch to take... part in the LOVEFiLM experience where users before were only able to work with the iPad, […]
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Huawei Ascend P6 Set ToThe Huawei Ascend P6, a smartphone which was first released to the masses sometime in the middle of this year, did arrive with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in tow back then. However, all was not all... peaches and cream with the Huawei Ascend P6 after its launch. Since the handset came in an extremely slim form factor, the older generation quad-core processor that ran under the hood found it difficult to keep the temperature down. Hopefully the folks over at Huawei have managed to do something about that prickly situation by now, but at least there is some good news for Ascend P6 owners. The handset has just received official confirmation that it will be on the receiving end of the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Apparently, folks over in China have used Baidu as the platform to disseminate such...
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Finally, we have found a purseThe DrinksBag Cosmopolitan is a lady's handbag that has a secret pouch for storing booze, which is reason enough for any man to carry one. A flap opens to reveal a spout for dispensing your liquid of... choice. The post Finally, we have found a purse any man should be proud to carry appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The reality of existing insurance coverage precludes effective implementation of four newly released cardiovascular guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.... The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports the new guidelines and urges public and private insurance carriers to follow the recommendations so that Americans will have access to health care they deserve.
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Can certain herbs stave off Alzheimer's disease?

Science Daily - 15 Nov 2013 18:15
Researchers have found that antioxidant extracts from spearmint and rosemary fight mild cognitive impairment in an animal model.
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CIOs: 7 Ways To Remain Relevant And Deliver Customer Value

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 18:11
"One of the biggest assets in anyone's life is a generous network. It is a gift that grows simply by sharing it," said Deborah Mills-Scofield, in one of my favorite Harvard Business Review blogs. The... power of your network is directly proportional to market relevance. In this age of technology, CIOs are constantly being questioned about their relevancy. I asked Mills-Scofield, who helps companies create and implement highly actionable, adaptable, measurable and profitable innovation-based strategic plans why this is. Historically CIOs have not been good at providing a business case for why they exist, said Mills-Scofield. "In today's world if you can't tell me why, then why should I? CIOs need to provide value," says Mills-Scofield. The results of a recent TechPro Research survey finding...
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The best Android phone on theBack in April, we called the HTC One the closest thing the world has ever seen to a no-compromise smartphone. Four months later when we pitted it against Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4, we said the... HTC One was still the best smartphone on the planet. While HTC has struggled to get the phone into consumers’ hands thanks to tremendous competition (and massive marketing budgets) from Apple and Samsung, those who have bought the One seem to enjoy it very much for the most part. According to a new rumor, the One is about to get even better. We have seen a few images leak that seemingly showed components from HTC’s upcoming One successor, code-named M8, and now @evleaks claims to
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After Fukushima, JapanIt's now been over two years since a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused critical damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. And as Japan continues to struggle with prolonged and... costly repairs, the devastating event has now spurred yet another consequence: officials say they'll no longer be able to meet goals for reduced greenhouse gas emissions as a result.
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How Obamacare Should Have Been

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 18:08
How Obamacare Should Have BeenOur government knows how to pay for things. But it doesn't often know how to do them correctly. That's why three young San Francisco coders were able to create a site in a very short period of time... that solves many of Healthcare.gov's problems. The site, TheHealthSherpa.com, is what's known as a "front-end" for Obamacare. A good front end design creates a simple and satisfying user experience (UX) by creating a intuitive user interface (UI). A good UI means you know how to use the site without instructions. A good UX means you come to the site, give it a minimal amount of your information, and get back a lot of what you need. In the case of TheHealthSherpa, you type in your ZIP code and the plans available in your area, with their costs and benefits, come up along with contact information...
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Uncontrolled high blood pressure rates continue to grow despite the availability of proven treatments, but collaborative approaches can be effective in fighting this deadly disease, according to a... science advisory from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Alleged HTC M8 Specs Leaked

Ubergizmo - 15 Nov 2013 18:07
Sounds like the HTC M8 is — and you could probably predict — a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800. — @evleaks (@evleaks) November 15, 2013 When it comes to the HTC M8,... we have heard our fair share of rumors in the past, including some alleged photos that had already leaked online. Not only that, it has also been rumored to arrive across all major mobile carriers in the US by the end of the first quarter of next year, which means all will be revealed within the next six months on the calendar. Well, this time around, we have another leak from @evleaks concerning the HTC M8, where it has been touted to arrive with a 5" display which will feature Full HD resolution, running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800...
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Acer Announces $200 ChromebookThe price of Chromebooks have been considered relatively low, although Acer is looking to make Chromebook prices even cheaper as they announce a brand-new laptop featuring the Chrome OS for just $200.... (more…) Follow: Computers, acer, chromebook, Acer Announces $200 Chromebook Powered By Haswell original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Samsung Electronics plans to release a Galaxy smartphone next year with a three-sided display that wraps around the edges so messages can be read from an angle, two people familiar with the plans said... Thursday. The phone will use an upgraded version of Samsung’s technology called Youm, currently featured in the curved Galaxy Round handset, the people said, asking not to be identified because the plans haven’t been released. The display may be used in the S or Note series of premium handsets or may be the first in a new line, the people said. Samsung plans to have each side of the display operate independently.
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This week the folks at Dell have issued forth two of there newest notebook machines – the Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 and the Dell XPS 13. These machines are both rolling with extremely high definition... displays and work with the newest in new 4th generation Haswell Intel Core processors, not to mention Gorilla Glass up […]
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EchoStar teased investors by saying it had begun paying its sister company, Dish Network, to continue construction of the TerreStar-2 S-band mobile broadband satellite without disclosing its plans for... the satellite.
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Asus to launch wearableAsus, after its successful Google Nexus 7 build this year, could be making the Nexus 7 (2014) for Google. It has also announced it will be revealing its range of wearable devices next year. While Asus... isn't certain to be the next Nexus 7 provider, it's...
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A new app called scoutPRO could change the way the NFL and college football coaches prep for games and recruit talent. ScoutPro, which is currently in beta, displays a team's strengths and weaknesses... in subtle ways coaches might miss when watching hours of video. It analyzes tendencies: Does the team usually passes on third down? Is the quarterback is best when he stands behind his linemen or when he's on the run? It also determines a team's most effective defensive plays with the tap of a few buttons The app doesn't forget about the competition, either. It provides the same data for opposing teams, so coaches can analyze their strengths and match them with the competitors' weaknesses.
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It's been a very long time since we've heard about Casio making cameras; but with their new Exilim EX-10 being announced in recently, they're surely still trying to hold onto the market. The post... Casio is Still Making Cameras; Announces the EX-10 in Japan appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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When it's bouncing around and playing back at a jittery 18 frames per second, the infamous Zapruder footage of John F. Kennedy's assassination feels almost unreal. But when it's stabilized with... additional interpolated frames bringing it to a steady 30 frames per second (like we're used to seeing on TV) it suddenly becomes much more real.
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Arizona Solar Energy FightPHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona regulators on Thursday voted to adopt a roughly $5 monthly fee for customers of the state's largest utility who install rooftop solar panels in a move that had the solar... industry declaring victory over what it saw as an effort to topple its business. The Arizona Corporation Commission's vote came after two days of talks and testimony from citizens and representatives on both sides of the issue as Arizona Public Service sought a monthly rate increase for solar customers of $50 to $100. The commission's decision was being watched by utilities nationwide. Utilities in other states have been pushing similar arguments and seeking the same sorts of rate increases, so a victory in Arizona could have created momentum elsewhere. "APS launched an unprecedented campaign...
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Google Play Music finally hitsAfter much anticipation, Google finally released its native Google Play Music app for iOS today. The All Access and Radio service was originally announced at Google IO in May with the promise that it... would be ported to iOS devices a few weeks later. Then it was rumored last month. Well, today it is really […]
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As children, many of us encountered optical illusions, such as Rubin's Vase, which could be perceived as either two faces or a vase. Using this concept, a new study published in the journal... Psychological Science demonstrates that our brains process visual input that we may never perceive consciously.The study, led by doctoral degree candidate Jay Sanguinetti at the University of Arizona (UA), challenges widely accepted ideas about how the brain processes visual data.
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NASA Issues 2014 Call for Advanced Technology Concepts

NASA Breaking news - 15 Nov 2013 18:00
NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives.
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Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0Perhaps more than almost any other product, the experience we have of a car is affected by how it is specified - its colour, typology, interior trim, wheels, engine type. This is how it proves with... the Jaguar XF Sportbrake - the 3.0 Diesel S Portfolio...
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'Antibiotic resistance breaker' set for phase III trials

Medical News Today - 15 Nov 2013 18:00
Scientists have announced what they say is a "major breakthrough" in the fight against antibiotic resistance, after a new compound combined with an existing antibiotic has proven successful in phase... II trials.Antibiotic resistance is defined as an infection that does not respond to a particular drug, as a result of bacteria changes that make the infection immune to the drug.Scientists say a compound called HT61 has proven successful in phase II trials at boosting the effectiveness of old antibiotics against drug resistance.Drug-resistant bacteria is a global concern.
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NASA has selected ZIN Technologies Inc. of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, to support space flight systems development and operations at the agency's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
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Interview: British CyclingIt's a windy day in Warwickshire and we're on site at Fen End racing circuit with Jaguar to not only meet British Cycling coach and Team Sky performance advisor, Shane Sutton, for a quick-fire... interview, but combat that biting wind in our first 10-mile...
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How to Avoid Injuring YourselfFrom banging shins on sharp furniture corners to slipping in the shower, it's no surprise that home accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and sometimes even death. Here are a few of the... most common things that could lead to a trip to the doctor or ER--and how to prevent them.
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Five NASA centers around the United States will host events and activities Monday, Nov. 18, for the public to view the launch of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft... and learn about its mission.
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Last year Apple introduced the iPad mini, a second size option for its tablet lineup. In addition to being, well, miniature, it featured a beautiful design -- so beautiful, in fact, that the iPad Air... now mimics it. More importantly, with a starting price of $329, consumers at last got an iPad at a more mid-range price point. As you can imagine, it appealed to folks who couldn't afford the full-sized model, and it was also intriguing for people who craved something a little more portable. By the same token, it was also panned by power users who thought the mini should have the same high-end specs and Retina display as the 10-inch model. In short, Apple had two iPads that were capable of attracting two different groups of people. This year Apple stirred the pot. The new iPad mini not only...
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is available for live satellite interviews from 6-8 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, the morning of launch for the agency's next mission to Mars. The interviews will be... carried live on NASA Television.
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LG G2 review: First AndroidThe G2 follows the Optimus G/G Pro as LG's flagship smartphone, with plenty of tech spec to warrant a second look. From its huge 5.2-inch IPS LCD display to its 13MP CMOS sensor with optical image... stabilization system, there's a lot here for mobile photography fanatics. We tested out the smartphone's camera capabilities as only Dpreview can: check out our in-depth 10-page review on connect.dpreview.com.
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Malaria drug as effective in low doses

Medical News Today - 15 Nov 2013 18:00
A new study finds that lower doses of the drug primaquine are as effective at preventing transmission of malaria as standard doses.Primaquine targets the transmission stages of the malaria parasite,... the gametocytes, and is considered an important tool for malaria elimination.The new study, led by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the UK, is published in the latest online issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch... humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.
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The man who weighed thoughts

New Scientist - 15 Nov 2013 18:00
A century ago, Angelo Mosso built a weighing machine that he said could measure brain activity. A modern recreation shows he might have been right (full text available to subscribers)     
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Captain Kirk Says SpaceThe work NASA has done exploring Space has led to many advancements in Medicine. William Shatner explains.
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AMD's free Battlefield 4Good news, gamers! Earlier this week, AMD announced that it would begin bundling Battlefield 4, the hotly anticipated EA game that showcases the potential of AMD's cross-platform Mantle API, with all... of its new R9-series graphics cards--as we've already told you. Sweet, eh? There's just one problem: That's not exactly accurate. Despite being told that "If a gamer purchases any AMD Radeon R9 Series product starting 11/13, they will get a copy of Battlefield 4 with that purchase" from an AMD PR rep, it appears that very, very few of the Radeon R9-series graphics cards available for purchase actually come bundled with Battlefield 4, as first noticed by Legit Reviews and Forbes contributor Jason Evangelho. AMD provided the publications with the following statement:
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Nokia Lumia 2520 hits the USIf you've got a bundle of cash burning a hole in your pocket, 22 November could be a very interesting day for you. As well as the Xbox One next-generation console, the Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1... tablet will be released on that day. In the US, at least....
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angry tapir writes "MenuetOS is an open source, GUI-equipped, x86 operating system written entirely in assembly language that can fit on a floppy disk (if you can find one). I originally spoke to its... developers in 2009. Recently I had a chance to catch up with them to chat about what's changed and what needs to be done before the OS hits version 1.0 after 13 years of work. The system's creator, Ville Turjanmaa, says, 'Timeframe is secondary. It's more important is to have a complete and working set of features and applications. Sometimes a specific time limit rushes application development to the point of delivering incomplete code, which we want to avoid. ... We support USB devices, such storages, printers, webcams and digital TV tuners, and have basic network clients and servers. So...
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The "most ambitious book ever conceived by an American writer" was first published with entire sections missing.     
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Analyst disappointed with iPad sales

The Loop - 15 Nov 2013 17:54
The analyst [Steve Milunovich] explained that he has been disappointed with Apple’s iPad sales and that tablets in general are at risk from sales of smartphones, phablets… and PCs. The tablet... simply isn’t a “must-have” device, he explained. Steve Milunovich... you're a fucking moron.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Yuri Acurs, the world’s top-selling microstock photographer, will go to great lengths to prove he’s right, and the video above is a great case in point for that. He wanted to prove that he could... flash freeze a fighter jet at full speed, and he got that shot. All he needed was approximately 30,000W of […]
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Microsoft Congratulates Sony'sChances are if you follow the tech world, you're probably aware Sony just released the PlayStation 4 today in the U.S. and Canada. The release of the PlayStation 4 means the line has been drawn in the... sand for the next-generation console wars, with fanboys for both companies expected to go to war over the holiday season and beyond. With how ferocious Sony and Microsoft fanboys tend to be, it's downright heart-warming to see Microsoft congratulate the competition on the launch of the PlayStation 4. (more…) Follow: Gaming, Microsoft, playstation, PS4, Sony, Xbox One, Microsoft Congratulates Sony’s PS4 Launch Prior To Xbox One Launch original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Ahead Of Possible IPO, KingKing, the maker of the addictive and popular “Candy Crush Saga” game, and reported IPO candidate here in the U.S., released new numbers today indicating its growing user base and traction. The... company says the game has now been installed over half a billion times across both Facebook and mobile devices, and has seen over 150 billion individual games played to date. Oh, and the level people get stuck on the most? Level 65, apparently. It’s one where you have to beat the chocolate and the licorice. (Non-players, feel free to roll your eyes right about now. But really, chocolate was hard.) The casual games company, which sees over 1 billion gameplays daily, is celebrating Candy Crush’s one-year anniversary today, which has prompted the release of these new milestone metrics. To give...
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Nexus 5 review

Android Central - 15 Nov 2013 17:51
Nexus 5 reviewLG’s second Ne​xus is the best phone you can buy for $350, and an excellent platform on which to experience the new Android 4.4 KitKat — but that experience isn’t entirely free from... compromises Just what is a Nexus? The definition of Google’s homegrown gadget lineup has evolved — if not changed beyond all recognition — in the almost four years since the arrival of the Nexus One. Originally expensive, exclusive and developer-centric, Nexus is now solidly a consumer-focused brand. With wallet-friendly price tags, a Nestle-promoted launch, numerous carrier and retailer partners and new, prettier software, the LG-built Nexus 5 is more a phone for normal people than any previous Google-branded handset. But despite the face of “vanilla” Android becoming more friendly and the...
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A glance at several retailers' technology hubs

Miami Herald - 15 Nov 2013 17:51
Old-line retailers are opening tech test labs in Silicon Valley:
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In the November issue of Icarus, researchers from LSU's Department of Geology & Geophysics and Stony Brook's Department of Geosciences assess the details of halogen variability and an unusual process... that may influence it. The group, led by LSU's Suniti Karunatillake, investigated the potential for an existing halogen cycle on Mars, which would alter the current paradigm of halogens distributed mostly by water-related processes.
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Apple looking to smarten upApple Inc. of Cupertino California has applied for a patent on new technology that if employed could boost the accuracy of answers provided by Siri, the digital personal assistant that comes with its... line of Smartphones. According to the patent application, Apple is looking to improve upon answers that Siri gives by offering a second go that would include looking through other websites, databases, or even asking other people that seem to be in a position to know. Such an option, the company notes, would lie outside the realm of instantaneous results that Suri normally provides, extending wait times to hours, days, or even weeks.
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Ocean acidification: FirstOcean acidification impairs digestion in marine organisms, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Researchers from Sweden and Germany have studied the larval stage of... green sea urchins Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. The results show that the animals have problems digesting food in acidified water.
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NATO puts its faith in new high-tech HQ

Phys.org - 15 Nov 2013 17:50
Looking to a new role, NATO is pressing ahead with a high-tech, high-security headquarters to replace the supposedly temporary residence it ended up having to use for 50 years.
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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Review

Photography Blog - 15 Nov 2013 17:50
Canon PowerShot SX510 HSThe Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a small super-zoom camera with a 30x zoom lens. The Canon SX510 also offers 12 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, wi-fi and GPS connectivity, full manual controls and... 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX510 HS review now... Read the review »     
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For bowel cancer patients with several other diseases, the one-year survival rate is 46 percent. For those without other diseases it is 80 percent. The same disparity characterizes other major types... of cancer, shows new research based on figures from the Central Denmark Region.
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A way of using nanoparticles to investigate the mechanisms underlying 'mystery' cases of infertility has been developed by scientists. The technique could eventually help researchers to discover the... causes behind cases of unexplained infertility and develop treatments for affected couples. The method involves loading porous silica nanoparticle 'envelopes' with compounds to identify, diagnose or treat the causes of infertility.
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Gentle pasteurization of milk - with microwaves

Science Daily - 15 Nov 2013 17:46
In the EU-funded project MicroMilk, researchers have developed a novel method for pasteurization of milk with microwaves. The system preserves the valuable components of milk, and is also suitable for... heating viscous and concentrated dairy products due to minimized fouling formation. As a result, cleaning efforts can be reduced and detergents are saved. In the follow-up project MicroMilk Demo, the system will be transferred into industrial practice.
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Cataract surgeries performed over one year eventually save $123.4 billion over 13 years and delivers a 4,567 percent financial return on investment to society according to the results of a... cost-utility study. Researchers say that the results prove that healthcare interventions create substantial economic wealth.
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Say hello to the new EngadgetEngadget breaks news all day long, but today we've got a little of our own. I'm really excited to announce that over the next few days we're rolling out some of the biggest, most important updates... ever to launch on the site. Our goal is nothing short of making Engadget the most useful, advanced, and thoughtfully designed place on the internet to learn about personal technology. Step one on that path launches today: a dramatically simplified new site design, and a fresh new Engadget logo to go along with it. Then, in a few short days we'll be launching a ton of new functionality to take advantage of this all new design, including user profiles, forums, product lists, product comparisons, user reviews, price alerts, and much more. I can't wait to tell you all about it.
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DDR4 RAM coming next month:Crucial, on its promo page, has said that DDR4 memory will be available to buy before the end of the year. Meaning this super RAM could be in your PC before Christmas. Sure you'll need a new... motherboard to run DDR4, but it sounds like it'll be worth...
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Nokia confirmed the Lumia 2520 tablet with Windows RT last month. At the time they offered details on the tablet itself as well as the price. We were expecting Nokia to release this in the US sometime... soon, and it looks like those details have just been made official. The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is […]
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According to Chinese site C Technology [Google Translate, via Unwired View], Apple is continuing to reduce its orders for the iPhone 5c with suppliers, still working to balance production with... customer demand that has remained very strongly in favor of the higher-priced iPhone 5s. The report claims that Apple's main assembly partner ProTek (Pegatron) has slashed production from 320,000 units per day in October to just 80,000 units per day. Similarly, Apple's backup assembler for the iPhone 5c, Foxconn, is operating at only a minimum capacity of 8-9,000 units per day. Customer interest in Apple's iPhone 5s has continued to outpace that of the iPhone 5c, with Chinese mobile phone retailer D.Phone reporting that that the iPhone 5s is holding a 3.68:1 advantage over the iPhone 5c among its...
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A Sensor-Packed Teddy BearA stuffed animal can give a child some much needed comfort, but the Tedi promises to do the same for new parents. On the outside it looks like your run-of-the-mill plush toy, but on the inside it's... packed full of sensors that report various aspects of a child's status and progress to a smartphone, allowing helicopter parents to remotely hover 24 hours a day.
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The longest-running evolutionary experiment ever carried out in a lab shows that even in a stable environment, perfect fitness is never achieved     
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.London To Get Its Own Domain Name

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 17:36
.London To Get Its Own DomainMaybe it's because you're a .London-er? London is to become one of the first cities in the world with its own domain name. A deal was signed this week that will make available internet addresses... ending in .london, instead of the usual .com or .uk, from next year. The agreement, signed off by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), allows London-based businesses, organisations and individuals to apply for the domain name from spring 2014. London & Partners, the city's promotional body, says tens of thousands of businesses, including prestigious brands like Selfridges and Carnaby Street, have already expressed an interest. London Mayor Boris Johnson said it would be a major boon for businesses. "Adopting the .london suffix will enable organisations to more closely...
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Official: EU net neutralityThe proposed European Union-wide net neutrality law would not protect citizens' rights to privacy, the European data protection supervisor said Friday. The proposal from the European Commission in... September leaves the door open for certain types of Internet traffic management to scan and discriminate between various types of content, Peter Hustinx, the European data protection supervisor (EDPS), said in a published opinion. The Commission's proposal aims to allow providers to offer electronic-communication services across the E.U. based on a single authorization rather than the current 28 different national provisions. It is also supposed to further harmonize the conditions of radio spectrum assignment for Wi-Fi services and safeguard net neutrality.
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When Sony introduced the world to the PlayStation 4, they announced a number of next-generation games were expected to be released on the console relatively soon. One of those titles was Infamous:... Second Son, although it didn't launch with the console today. During last night's launch event for the PlayStation 4, Sony confirmed Infamous: Second Son will be released on March 21, 2014. (more…) Follow: Gaming, Videos (web), playstation, PlayStation 4, PS4, Sony, sucker punch, Infamous: Second Son Releasing On PlayStation 4 March 21, 2014 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Nothing sums up the PS4 vsA lot is being said about the next-generation console battle, but something tells us that it would be harder to sum up quite so succinctly as the PS4 vs Xbox One conversations amongst the kids of... South Park. In the latest episode, called "Black Friday"...
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Check Out This GoogleGoogle’s translation service, aptly named Google Translate, may be hit or miss when it comes to accurately translating things - this still isn’t an exact science, after all - but when it comes to... turning a bunch of gobbledygook into some old-school beatboxing, well… just see for yourself. Head over to translate.google.com and enter this clump of text in the box on the left (or just click this link): pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk bschk pv bschk bschk pv kkkkkkkkkk bschk bschk bschk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk bschk pv bschk bschk pv kkkkkkkkkk bschk bschk bschk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk bschk pv bschk bschk pv kkkkkkkkkk bschk bschk bschk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv...
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South Africa cemeteries to(AP)--Amid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into the memorial that... will sound an alarm and send a text message to their cell phones if it is disturbed.
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(AP)--Comcast Corp. plans to start selling movies and TV shows from its set-top box before the end of the year. That's according to a person familiar with the matter.
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SpecificFeeds Delivers aEveryone has at least a couple sites they frequent where they really only care about a subset of the news that is produced. SpecificFeeds lets you get just the news you want by applying advanced... filters to an RSS feed before it's sent to you.
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Daily iPhone App: Voyzee letsVoyzee is one of many video apps that use the contents of your photo roll to create a photo and video montage. What sets Voyzee apart is the ability to add a personalized narration to your clip. Using... the Voyzee app, you can tell a story using both pictures and spoken words. When you first launch Voyzee, you must create an account to save and shore you videos. You can use your Twitter of Facebook login or create one using your email. Once you login, you can start creating your Voyzee video. The app allows you to take new photos or videos or import media from your camera roll. If you want a soundtrack, you can grab music from your iTunes library. Once imported into Voyzee, you can edit the visual media (trim, rotate, add filters) as well as add a caption or a narration to each slide. You...
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'The Online Image Is Deathless'

The Atlantic - 15 Nov 2013 17:28
Collage, Pinterest, and poison in today's 5 Intriguing Things.     
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Private-equity group Arcian has purchased a 30 percent stake in satellite-based environmental data collection and positioning service provider CLS of France in a transaction that gives CLS the cash... needed to pursue internal and acquisition-fueled growth.
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The Windows RT 8.1 tablet will sell for $400 with a two-year agreement or for $200 if bundled with a Lumia 925, 1020, or 1520 smartphone.
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At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fran Lewis of Petersburg became the first person in Indiana to receive an artificial pancreas.
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WTF of the week: The iPad is aApple’s new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini have widely been called the best tablets ever to have debuted in their respective categories. In the 10-inch range, the Air is the fastest and lightest... slate yet. In the 8-inch range, the Retina iPad mini is also the best-reviewed tablet ever to have launched. Many industry watchers expect on-year iPad sales to grow by a double-digit percentage in the current quarter and in the September quarter this year, the iPad brought in more than $6.1 billion in revenue for Apple. But in our wtf of the week, one analyst explains why he isn’t happy at all with Apple’s iPad line. UBS’s Steve Milunovich on Thursday issued a research note to clients in
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PS4 iFixit Teardown RevealsSony already introduced us to the PlayStation 4's sweet, sweet innards in their official teardown just last week. There was nothing left to the imagination, although Sony just showed us what the... PlayStation 4 was made of without giving us any sort of analysis of the hardware. Thankfully, iFixit was able to not only get their hands on a PlayStation 4, but also completely teardown the next-generation console to give us a report of what we can expect. (more…) Follow: Gaming, ifixit, PlayStation 4, PS4, Sony, PS4 iFixit Teardown Reveals Its Hard Drive Is A Breeze To Replace original content from Ubergizmo.     
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South Africa cemeteries to microchip tombstones

Miami Herald - 15 Nov 2013 17:22
South Africa cemeteries toAmid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into the memorial that will... sound an alarm and send a text message to their cell phones if it is disturbed.
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Exploring the Third DimensionNASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory: One of the most famous objects in the sky - the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant - will be on display like never before.
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South Africa Cemeteries toJOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Amid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into... the memorial that will sound an alarm and send a text message to their cell phones if it is disturbed. The city already allows microchips to be placed inside graves to help families locate their loved one’s final resting places in the vast grassy spaces. Now, with thefts often carried out at night and the recycled marble or granite tombstones winding up in the hands of crooked stonemasons, authorities are taking technology a step further to foil those who take “graveyard shift” a little too literally. The new tombstone microchips developed by a private company will be offered at the...
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Black Friday iPad Deals PlusAffix your party hats, fine friends, and join us for a rip-roarin’ good time as we celebrate our 100th episode of The CultCast--recorded live! We’ll recall some of our favorite moments from... episodes past, tell you how you to win…
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The performance of your Nikon DSLR just got that much better. The post Nikon Releases Firmware Update for Lower End DSLRs and P7700 appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Nicholas Emond, A.K.A. 'SinWhen there's a warrant out for your arrest, it's probably not a good idea to draw attention to yourself. It's an even worse idea to post comments to your own wanted photo. That's what Nicholas Emond,... allegedly Facebook alias "Sin Demon," did after New Hampshire ABC affiliate station WMUR posted his picture to their feed Wednesday. The pierced-and-tattooed Emond, who is wanted for "violations of conditions of supervised release" stemming from a firearm possession conviction, isn't especially hard to miss in the first place. His multiple comments may have only served to heighten his profile. Update: Nov. 15, 11:55 a.m. -- Concord Patch reports that authorities acting on tips from the public arrested Emond at a Somersworth, N.H., apartment Friday morning. Although he did not respond to knocks...
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This is shown by the first comprehensive multi-model-based assessment of so-called Durban Platform scenarios, conducted by a team of international scientists led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate... Impact Research (PIK) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Italy. The Durban Platform is the current negotiation track at the Warsaw climate talks that aims to reach a global climate agreement by 2015 to come into effect in 2020.
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∞ BLS: Spoke in the Wheel

The Loop - 15 Nov 2013 17:15
This is one of my favorite Zakk songs ever.
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Space History Photo: VanguardThe Solar X-ray radiation satellite, Vanguard satellite SLV-2, is being checked out at Cape Canaveral.
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Slovakian engineers are tryingWhat do you do when you want Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to come to your conference? Obviously you build him a fancy, Facebook-enabled grill and then bait him with it. The post Slovakian engineers... are trying to bait Mark Zuckerberg with this custom Facebook grill appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Lumia 1520 is releasing on November 22 exclusively on AT&T, making it the first phablet smartphone to ever be released by Nokia. It looks like November 22 will continue being an important day for... Nokia as AT&T has just announced the Lumia 2520, the first Windows tablet created by Nokia, will also launch on the same day. (more…) Follow: Tablets, at&t, lumia 2520, Nokia, Nokia Lumia 2520 Launching On AT&T November 22 For $399 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Lego graphics card can only doYou make pretty much anything you want with Lego, including a graphics card. And when Lego and computer parts collide, it's like a double nerdgasm sandwich with cheese. It totally looks like the real... thing. Genius work by Nick V.
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PlayStation 4 Released

Slashdot - 15 Nov 2013 17:12
Today marks the launch of the latest entrant to the next-gen console race: Sony's PlayStation 4. A number of reviews for the system have already gone up, but many outlets are waiting for next Friday's... Xbox One launch before passing final judgment. With regard to the PS4's hardware and UI, Digital Foundry praises the DualShock 4 controller design and the improvements to background downloading, while worrying about fan noise in warmer environments. iFixit provides a step-by-step teardown of the device, giving it an 8/10 repairability score. Ars has many good things to say, but many bad things as well: "The PlayStation 4 has an excellent controller, decently powerful hardware, some intriguing, well-executed new features, and an interface that shows belated acknowledgment of some of Sony's...
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Travel Back to the NonexistentBack in the day, the internet was hard. There weren't search engines or pretty HTML5 websites. There weren't address bars or social networks. You had to dial up other computers and make connections... yourself. At least that's what they tell me.
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Japan Scales Back Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

Live Science - 15 Nov 2013 17:10
Japan Scales Back GreenhouseThe country has dramatically scaled back its goals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions. The catastrophic Fukushima Daichi nuclear accident has led the country to reevaluate any nuclear power use,... leading it to rely more heavily on fossil fuels.
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Retailers take on Silicon Valley

Phys.org - 15 Nov 2013 17:10
(AP)--Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center... of it all.
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Plenty of Moto X price cuts lately , and here's one more: Verizon will give you a white or black X for free with a two-year contract. Just punch in the coupon code vzwdeal on checkout. Color... customization still costs $50 though. [Verizon via TalkAndroid]
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Pyramid-Age Love Revealed inShe was a priestess named Meretites, and he a singer named Kahai, who performed at the pharaoh's palace. They lived in an age when pyramids were being built in Egypt, and their love is reflected in a... highly unusual scene in their tomb.
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The Carbon County School District has launched a new website as part of upgrades and changes in the system's technology operation.
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MIT develops inFORM, blowsIf you grew up watching the Discovery Channel in the 90s, you might be disappointed by the lack of amazing, life-changing tech around you now. Take a look at the inFORM though, and we bet you'll be... thoroughly amazed. The post MIT develops inFORM, blows your mind by rendering digital stuff in 3D physically appeared first on Digital Trends.
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I don't think I've ever seen Pro Tools support a new operating system so quickly. Avid also posted new hardware drivers.∞ Read this on The Loop
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OHB AG completed development of the first satellites earlier than planned, and that this will compensate for the late start in testing and later-than-planned delivery to ESA.
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Privacy At Home: 5 Things TheIt's inevitable; your connected home will collect data about you. Your smart fridge will know whether you're a vegetarian, or if you regularly drink alcohol. Lighting and thermostat automation can... determine your daily schedule, including when you're home or away. Your Xbox will know what shows you watch and even keep tabs on your fitness and health. All this data makes companies--and possibly the government--salivate.  Think about all you share online, and take that to another, more intimate level. What does Facebook do with all your data now? The social network uses it to send you personalized advertising, and its Graph Search lets strangers find out information you thought was private. Now imagine all your connected appliances doing the same. Though it might be a freaky thought at...
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Cropland Capture game bringsCropland Capture, a new game version of IIASA's long-running GeoWiki project, engages citizen scientists in global land cover research, helping researchers identify farmland around the world. These... data are essential for understanding global food security, identifying yield gaps, and monitoring crops affected by droughts.
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Yoga styles and Windows 7:The teasing is finally over. We got our first look at Dell's Yoga-esque XPS 11 2-in-1 convertible Ultrabook in June, and Dell followed up with a deeper look at the device in October. Now, after nearly... half a year of build-up, the latest addition to Dell's Windows 8 line-up is available for sale, alongside a refreshed XPS 13 Ultrabook. Pricing for both laptops starts at $1,000, and Dell is offering something for every PC enthusiast with these devices--including Windows 8 haters. For anyone who wants a laptop that can double as a tablet or a tabletop touch display, the XPS 11 (pictured above in tablet mode and with a folded-back screen) is worth a look. The XPS 11 is very similar to the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga covertible devices, being a laptop-style hybrid whose screen can fold all the way...
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(AP)--The British capital has won approval to use the .london domain, making it one of a growing number of major cities which claim their own chunk of the World Wide Web.
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In deciding how best to meet the world's growing needs for energy, the answers depend crucially on how the question is framed. Looking for the most cost-effective path provides one set of answers;... including the need to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions gives a different picture. Adding the need to address looming shortages of fresh water, it turns out, leads to a very different set of choices.
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How Much Time Should You SpendWe talked earlier in the week about what you should go over to prepare for a job interview . How much of your time should you invest in practicing for your interview, though?
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Twitter Now Running Pre-Roll Ads

Mashable - 15 Nov 2013 16:59
Twitter's post-IPO monetization quest continues with a new unit that runs ads from American Express before video snippets from Fox programming. The brand will run such ads before videos from Fox shows... including Glee, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and So You Think You Can Dance, among other shows, Jean Rossi, EVP of sales for Fox Broadcasting, told Variety. The first such ads launched last week See also: The Great Display Advertising Cash-In of 2013 Twitter began running Fox clips as part of Amplify, a program that brought sponsored clips to users' news feeds in May. As Gawker points out, that means that the AmEx ads are, in effect, ads on top of ads
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Xbox Congrats Sony On PS4 Launch As Fanboys Rage

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 16:58
Xbox Congrats Sony On PS4Xbox has crashed Sony's PS4 North American launch with a furious Twitter tirade that... No, not really. In fact, defying the mood of fanboy gamers everywhere, they've simply offered their sincere... congratulations on Twitter. Microsoft's Xbox account published a simple note telling Sony congrats for the launch. Congrats @Playstation. From, #Xbox. pic.twitter.com/XnQIzXIHQ9 -- Xbox (@Xbox) November 15, 2013 And almost inevitably the response was a mixture of welcome peace, and defiant confusion: @Xbox Aw that's nice. No doubt you all have the "church giggles" while you say this. I do -- BRiTTaLiTY (@BRiTTaLiTY) November 15, 2013 Classy! Take note gamers // "@Xbox: Congrats @Playstation. From, #Xbox. pic.twitter.com/C6urh2hNp3" -- Timmy Spicyweiner (@Twotoetimmy) November 15, 2013 The...
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Mastered for iTunes

The Loop - 15 Nov 2013 16:58
Rob Schlette digs into Apple's Mastered for iTunes programs and why it matters.∞ Read this on The Loop
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One Year After Sandy,One year after Hurricane Sandy, the psychological impact of the storm may be lessening for some, results from a new poll suggest.
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More HTC M8 details rumoured:It is a commonly held belief amongst those in the know that the much-rumoured HTC M8 will turn out to be the company's flagship phone to replace the HTC One. That means that any speculation about it... will be awaited with bated breath. Previous rumours...
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But do the other deals also start with "B"? You'll have to click to find out.
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The Inside Story Of How The iPad Got Its Iconic Design

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 16:53
The Inside Story Of How TheWhile Jony Ive's group was secretly working on the iPad, Steve Jobs was telling the public and press that Apple had no intention of releasing a tablet. "Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of... other PCs and de- vices already," he said publicly. But Jobs was dissembling. "Steve never lost his desire to do a tablet," said Phil Schiller. In fact, while Jony's design team was developing the iPhone, they were also actively working on tablets. Jobs was just waiting for the right time to bring a tablet to market.
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Nokia Lumia 2520 tabletIf you've been jonesing for that other flagship Windows RT tablet, you won't have long to wait. AT&T has just announced that it will release the Nokia Lumia 2520 on November 22nd for $400 when paired... with a two-year data contract. It will launch only in black, unfortunately, rather than the vibrant colors you see above. However, there is a perk if you're going all-in on Nokia hardware -- buy a Lumia 925, 1020 or 1520 at the same time and the carrier will drop the 2520's price down to $200 with a two-year agreement. If you're eager to learn more about the LTE slate, you can check out AT&T's quick tour video after the break. Update: We've since confirmed with AT&T that the Lumia 2520 will be available for $500 contract-free, as Nokia originally promised.
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Deal of the Day: CruzerliteThe Nov. 15 Deal of the Day is the Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army Skin Case for LG Nexus 4. Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this slim-fitting case provides great protection... from day to day use and drops. The back of this flexible case features several Andy clones and is available in a variety of colors to choose from! The Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army Skin Case is available for just $5.49, over 70% off today only. Grab yours while supplies last. Check out more amazing deals on LG Nexus 4 cases at ShopAndroid.com! Canada Deal of the Day 3 Samsung Flip Cover's for Galaxy S4 Mini (Yellow, Orange and Green) Today Only: $9.95     
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The Shirk Report - Volume 240

Twisted Sifter - 15 Nov 2013 16:51
The Shirk Report - Volume 240Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 25 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles... typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com!…
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Magnetic vortices could formWith the ever-increasing amounts of digital information being processed, transferred and stored by computers comes a commensurate demand for increased data storage capacity. For magnetic data storage... such as the ubiquitous hard disk drive, this requires not only physically smaller memory elements or bits, but also reduced switching power to avoid heat issues. Yoshinori Tokura and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, in collaboration with a research team from the University of Tokyo, have now shown that structural control of small magnetic vortex structures called skyrmions could lead to a compact, low-power alternative to conventional magnetic data storage1.
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Stock Talk: Android andI can’t help but notice that Google+ is gaining momentum, and Android is a big part of the cause. My own use of Google+ is up since switching to Android about a month ago, but it’s also clear that... the network is growing globally. Late last month at a special event to announce new features, Google disclosed that Google+ has seen 58 percent growth in its user base, from 190 million in May to a current level of 300 million. Most industry observers know that Facebook is king of the hill — some 1.19 billion monthly active users (pdf) as of September 2013 — when it comes to social networking. But I have to wonder if Google will catch up over time. I wasn’t optimistic on Google+ when it first launched. I didn’t see the need for another social network.  And to be honest, I still...
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A new study involving eight Italian research centers concluded that an aligned approach to the treatment of advanced bladder cancer is much needed, while confirming previously published results on... survival estimates of associated salvage therapies.
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Despite proven treatments, blood pressure control is still a challenge in the United States. Local, regional and national programs that use coordinated care and multiple resources, including an... evidence-based hypertension treatment algorithm, are needed to reduce and control blood pressure.
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Researchers have discovered recent genetic mutations in a parasite that causes over 100 million cases of malaria annually -- changes that may render tens of millions of Africans who had been... considered resistant, susceptible to infection.
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Commercialized Genomics: Caveat Emptor

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 16:48
Commercialized Genomics:My dog is a mutt -- part Australian shepherd, maybe some kind of retriever, Bernese mountain dog, who knows. I could, maybe, find out more about his genetic heritage; for years now, companies have... surfaced who will, for a fee, examine some of your dog's spit and tell you that yes -- he or she is a dog. This has always struck me as a pointless exercise; again, he's a mutt. As am I -- and as are we all. Most anytime I turn on my computer these days, various ads from outfits like, 23andMe, offer to help me "learn about your ancestry" and "better manage your health" and more -- if I'll only send in some of my spit and of course, some money. "Find out things like if your body metabolizes caffeine quickly or if you're at a higher risk for diabetes. The more you know about your DNA, the more you...
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Japan dials back climate(AP)--Activists taking part in U.N. climate talks say Japan's decision to drastically scale back its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will hurt the battle against global warming.
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(AP)--An emotional advertisement for Google's search engine has become a hit in India and Pakistan by surprisingly invoking a searing and traumatic period in the shared history of the South Asian... archrivals. Officially debuting on television Friday, the commercial already has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube.
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Lessonator is a tool for creating beautiful music slideshow presentations on your Mac. It works like a mashup between Apple’s Keynote and Garageband, where each slide is an animated music score. It... just entered public beta, so go have a look.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Nest's mobile app gets a fullSince Nest's hardware and app go together like birds of a feather, new mobile software was inevitable after it launched the Nest Protect smoke detector. However, the startup darling has also taken the... opportunity to completely revamp its app, mostly to make it easier to see all the important goings-on in your house. At a glance, you'll now get the temperature you've set on your Nest Thermostat, whether it's heating or cooling, the outside temperature and weather, and a big button to switch between home and away mode -- in lieu of the former, slightly lame method of tilting your phone to landscape. You'll also see an icon for the new Nest Protect smoke alarm, which displays a green ring if everything's a-okay, and yellow or red one for a heads-up or emergency, respectively. Selecting that...
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is one of the solar system's most mysterious landmarks. Based on what scientists understand about fluid dynamics, this massive storm - which is big enough to engulf the Earth... two or three times over - should...
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Most hackathons bring together software coders, techies or geeks to develop applications for specific tech platforms, software languages or business areas. However, this Hackathon for Women, organized... by Grace Hopper India, has its own set of goals. The hackathon, for female developers and students, focused on free and open-source software-based humanitarian projects. This year’s event saw the assembled hackers and coders building on top of three major project frameworks: MifosX, Bachchao and Clinical Reminders. Wednesday's Bangalore-based event — now in its fourth year — brought together more than 100 women in the technology field to work and contribute toward humanitarian open-source projects in areas of financial inclusion, locations and maps, safe areas, and health and medicine.
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A Sleek Wireless ThermostatBetter known for the company's hardware that reports the weather outside, Netatmo has teamed up with Philippe Starck to create a new device that gives you complete control over the climate inside your... home from your smartphone. And unlike similar wireless thermostats from Honeywell and Nest , Starck has ensured that Netatmo's offering doesn't overcomplicate things.
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See what it feels like toWe spend a lot of time crafting our online personas - but this artist is challenging this with a new project that gives up control to his Twitter account. And you're welcome to take it over! The post... See what it feels like to tweet from a stranger’s Twitter account appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Minnesota's cave man: How oneJohn Ackerman is a big-time landlord of subterranean real estate.
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A recent study found that medication errors were common on admission to mental health services.
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Ambiguous results in screening for celiac disease

Science Daily - 15 Nov 2013 16:44
Most children who undergo screening to detect gluten intolerance, celiac disease, can handle it well. However, many people feel that the discovery of the disease and the treatment they receive does... not provide a better quality of life.
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Sony's "modern gaming machine" earns a user-friendly score of 8 out of 10 from iFixit for overall repairability.
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The combination of tomato, olive oil, garlic and onion in a sofrito increases the amount of polyphenols and carotenoids. These bioactive compounds respectively help to prevent cardiovascular diseases... and cancer. This study confirms sofrito as an essential part of the Mediterranean diet.
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Research reveals that there are several serotypes of the virus causing foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and the African horse sickness virus (AHSV) and several different hosts for these viruses in... Ethiopia. This study also highlights the economic repercussions of these viruses and other viral diseases in domestic livestock. These findings may contribute to improved strategies for controlling and combating the spread of such diseases and to increased self-sufficiency in food.
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New study suggests that selective blockade of CRM1-dependent nuclear export represents a completely novel, tumor metastasis-selective approach for the treatment of advanced metastatic prostate... cancers.
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An interim study by researchers showed that using a modelling programme together with IPSS and dosage measure can predict the severity of acute urinary symptoms in patients with early prostate cancer... who underwent radiotherapy.
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Android 4.4 KitKat startsFollowing Android 4.4 KitKat's launch on the Nexus 5, various other manufacturers have been busy confirming the new software will be coming to their phones in the near future. Is yours on the list?... The post Android 4.4 KitKat starts spreading: Here’s who’s getting it (Updated) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Get a free Samsung Galaxy TabPhones 4u is offering a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Android tablet wirth £150 with every Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sold before Thursday, 21 November. The deal is available on all contract and SIM-free... sales of the Samsung phablet, but isn't available on...
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Why Apple wants to squeezeWhy is Apple so insistent on squeezing every last dime it can out of Samsung over patent infringement? Well, apart from the obvious greed factor it seems the iPhone is also a major point of pride... within the company that it doesn’t want to see diminished by copycats. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller told the jury in the newest Apple-Samsung patent trial this week that the iPhone was a hugely risky bet when it was first being developed and amounted to a “bet-the-company” product. Per CNET, Schiller said during his testimony that there were “huge risks” in making the iPhone because “we were starting to do well again in iPod… then here we’re going to invest all these resources, financial as
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How astronauts can explore theHumans would spend more than a year orbiting and bouncing on the Martian moon Phobos under a mission concept developed by students at the International Space University.
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Electron beams and radioThe sun emits light, but it also emits particle beams. A scientist at the Swedish Insitute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala has revealed how these beams generate radio waves. These radio waves can... tell us about the outer layers of the sun and the interstellar medium without going there. In particular, the radio emissions are produced in small packages, and their shapes are determined by the density changes in the solar wind.
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A new study finds that video clips embedded on websites with public health messages do a better job than text alone at drawing attention to hazards, and in prompting the public to take recommended... protective actions.
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Researchers say surgical weight loss may turn back the effects of aging at a genetic level, in the first study of its kind.
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In the past, SNAP has been shown to reduce poverty among the poorest Americans and generate economic activity. However, according to a new study, SNAP benefits alone may not be enough to provide its... beneficiaries with the long-term food security or dietary quality they need.
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The US government's SOP 303 codifies the shutdown and restoration process "for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crises."
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The late-night talk show host praises Google's decision to disallow anonymous YouTube comments, but he's interrupted by "audience members" who feel the urge to "LOL" and battle it out in ALL CAPS.
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The ancient tomb likely held a priestess and her husband along with their children and possibly grandchildren.
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Lack of Sleep Reduces ImpulseIt sounds like a crazy idea. Get more sleep, gain less weight (and maybe even lose some ). New research indicates why that may be: when you don't get enough sleep, you start to suck at controlling... your impulses.
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Image courtesy of Flickr/Saspotato You have one brain. Which controls two jointed arms. And ten jointed fingers. All of which are going to have a very hard time keeping up with the protagonist in...... --
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Slice shopping assistant nowOne new feature added to OS X Mavericks is the integration of Safari into Notification Center, which allows websites to send you push notifications. Earlier this month Pinterest added support for this... new feature and now Slice, a popular shopping assistant, is adopting this practice as well. These sites are one of many that are jumping on the OS X notification bandwagon. With push notifications enabled, Slice will be able to send you shipping notifications so you know when your package is on the way. You'll also be alerted to price drops on items you have recently purchased. Slice recently added recall alerts to its suite of features and these alerts are also included in OS X notifications. To enable this feature, just visit the Slice website with Safari and follow directions to turn on...
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 November 2013

SpaceRef - 15 Nov 2013 16:30
Today: Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument (SODI) Experiment Preparation: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins reviewed SODI setup procedures, activated the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG)... facility and set up the SODI core hardware and experiment-specific hardware in the MSG Work Volume....
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Layzej writes "A new paper shows that global temperature rise of the past 15 years has been greatly underestimated. The reason is that the weather station network covers only about 85% of the planet.... Satellite data shows that the parts of the Earth that are not covered by the surface station network, especially the Arctic, have warmed exceptionally fast over the last 15 years. Most temperature reconstructions simply omit any region not covered. A temperature reconstruction developed by NASA somewhat addresses the gaps by filling in missing data using temperatures from the nearest available observations. Now Kevin Cowtan (University of York) and Robert Way (University of Ottawa) have developed a new method to fill the data gaps using satellite data. The researchers describe their methods...
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If there was any doubt that fitness measurement, whether using wearable devices or sensor-equipped smartphones, is going mainstream it should have been settled Nov. 14 by UnderArmour’s purchase of... startup Map My Fitness for $150 million. Of course, devices such as the ...
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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... storiesCoin is a new credit-card-sized device that holds all your credit, debit, gift and membership cards digitally. In a landmark ruling after an 8-year battle, a New York judge ruled that Google Books' scanning of millions of books falls under fair use. And the PlayStation 4 went on sale at 12 a.m. ET on Friday across the United States. It's also now available to purchase online. Check out the video above for more on these stories.
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With VLC 2.1.1, VideoLAN continues to sidestep the software patent licensing minefield of video compression. Meanwhile, open-source allies put muscle behind the new Daala codec.
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Everything Wrong With 'Back ToThe folks at CinemaSins turn their critical eyes to the '80s classic "Back To The Future" this week, and they show no mercy. Over the course of eight minutes, they do their best to totally ruin one of... your favorite childhood memories. Fortunately, that simply isn't possible... not with those Huey Lewis songs on the soundtrack. Via Blame It On The Voices
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Boston Pitch-Off Winner DropLocation-based messaging has been tried before, and in a world where messages go in streams, go global, and go poof, one of these geo-fenced messaging companies will eventually float to the top. The... latest of these location-focused messengers is Drop, an app out of Boston that lets you "drop" a message in a certain location, which friends will find as they enter that geo-fenced area. The company walked away with first prize from our Boston TC Meetup + Pitch-Off.
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Samsung reportedly working onBloomberg reports new flexible-display handset could emerge in second half of 2014 With the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, we're finally witnessing arrival of flexible,... curved smartphone displays, a trend that looks set to continue into 2014. And now Bloomberg brings news that Samsung might launch a different kind of curved-display handset — one with a "three-sided" screen. Citing "people familiar with the plans," the outlet says the screen would extend all the way around the phone's sides, allowing users to view messages from an angle, with each side of the display operating "independently." The device may form part of the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note line, or it may be the first in a new line of products, according to the outlet. The new "three-sided" device will...
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Size of Carl Icahn's AAPLBillionaire investor Carl Icahn tweeted back in August that he had taken “a large position” in Apple, but we didn’t know at the time what the number was, beyond speculation that it was more than... $1B. A regulatory filing now reveals that he purchased 3.88M shares, which at the time would have been worth $1.85B, […]
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Harness Thor's MightyWith seemingly unlimited celestial power, it only makes sense that Thor should share a little bit of the Mjölnir Hammer's capabilities with humanity when he's not battling Loki or alien invaders.... After all, a dead smartphone can be just as catastrophic to some people as the world ending. And while it might not be Thor's exact hammer, this version of the Mjölnir is far more useful to humans addicted to their phones.
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London has global finance. Berlin has a thriving local arts and music community. And Helsinki has its wintry weather. That was the message at a recent conference in Finland's capital.     
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Fans Go Nuts At PlayStation 4 Release

The Huffington Post - 15 Nov 2013 16:17
Fans Go Nuts At PlayStation 4It's finally here. Sony's latest, long-anticipated gaming console, the PlayStation 4, finally hit store shelves during the wee hours of Friday morning. Across the U.S., die-hard fans camped out to get... their hands on the limited number of PS4s available at midnight. Fans wait in line to purchase one of 444 PS4s available at the official North American launch event in New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images) Actors dressed up as characters from "Kill Zone" and "Assassins Creed" pose as fans line up in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images) 24-year-old Joey Chiu of Brooklyn accepts the first PS4 sold in America. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images) Later, fans wait in line to purchase the PS4 outside a Best Buy store on Manhattan's Upper East Side. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty...
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Gawker Fifty Shades of Grey Has Herpes (No, Really) | io9 The Ugliest Star Wars Shirt of All Time Has Been Achieved | Jezebel Woman Wins New Coveted Title of the UK's Horniest Student | Lifehacker... Rather Replaces Web Content You'd Rather Not See With Stuff You Would
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Deadspin Are Silent Farts Really More Deadly?

Life Hacker - 15 Nov 2013 16:14
Deadspin Are Silent Farts Really More Deadly? Science Has An Answer | Gizmodo "Nasal Ranger" Smelloscope Will Save Denver From Stinky Pot | Jalopnik If You Don't Have A Beer Pong Table Just Use A... Carrera GT | Kotaku Tragic Robot Suicide Stuns Small Town | Regressing Is The New CTE Test For Football Players A Good One?
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'TowerFall Ascension' climbsTowerFall creator Matt Thorson confirms that an enhanced port of the game, called TowerFall Ascension, will be coming to PC and PlayStation 4 platforms sometime in 2014. The post ‘TowerFall... Ascension’ climbs past Ouya for PC and PlayStation 4 releases appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple experts seek to justifyHow much do you pay for iPhone and iPad features covered by patents? That's what expert witnesses discussed in the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent infringement hearing.
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iFixit Reveals The PS4 IsThe PS4 is a lovely gaming kit. It's sleek. Monolithic. And relatively small in comparison to the Xbox One. Sony did its 4th generation console right. iFixit found in its teardown that the gaming... system is nearly as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out. But that shouldn't be a big surprise. It's a Sony product and Sony knows how to build things. However, iFixit did find something somewhat shocking: The latest PlayStation is very user serviceable.
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Pilbara water and climateTHE CSIRO is part-way through a systematic investigation of the Pilbara's future climate and water resources.
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Acer unveils $200Acer gave its Chromebook line a welcome tune-up when it launched the Haswell-based C720, but the $250 starting price was no doubt disappointing to those who wanted the C7's $200 entry point. The... company is accommodating those spendthrifts today with its $200 C720-2848 variant. The only sacrifice is a lower 2GB of RAM; owners still get a 1.4GHz Celeron processor, a 16GB solid-state drive and that vaunted 8.5 hours of battery life. Should you want to save a cool $50, or are just frustrated that you can't buy a Chromebook 11, you can pick up the new C720 today from Amazon or Best Buy.
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GPS Bullets Could End CarIt's illegal for police to attach a GPS unit to your car without a warrant, as the U.S. Supreme Court settled in 2012. But that only applies to investigations - if the cops are in hot pursuit of a... bank robber or other escaping criminal that threatens public safety, a GPS tracker is fair game. But exactly how can cops GPS track a vehicle that's already in motion? The answer to that question comes from StarChase, a new police technology being utilized by a small-but-growing number of law enforcement agencies. It allows cops to fire 4.5-inch glue-covered GPS bullet-like projectiles from an airgun mounted in the grille of their police cruisers. If the GPS tracker makes contact with the escaping crook's car, it'll stick no matter how fast the vehicle is going. That way, police dispatchers will...
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Kodak Alaris Cozies Up to Lomography

The Phoblographer - 15 Nov 2013 16:06
Hey film folks; it looks like something to feed your addiction is coming! The post Kodak Alaris Cozies Up to Lomography appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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The gaming industry generated $791.1 million in revenue in the US in October, according to market researcher NPD, a 5 percent increase over the same period in 2012.
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Rand Miller, the man who madeI've been talking to Rand Miller, co-founder of Cyan Worlds and co-creator of the Myst franchise, a lot recently. If you haven't heard, Cyan is back from a long hiatus. They've got a Kickstarter... project running for a new game, Obduction. You can read the entire transcript of my interview with Rand here. WARNING: ~6,000 words about Myst, Riven, optimal studio sizes, swingsets, New Mexico, the Oculus Rift, throwing up, and abduction. Yeah, it gets weird. Weirdly awesome. But if you don't have time to read 6,000 words, well, first of all you should probably reexamine your priorities. Then, go read all 6,000 incredible words. If you're still determined to do this the easy way, though, I've pulled some choice tidbits from the transcript. The blue pages, if you will.
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Save That Battery: UseIt’s important to keep track of your power consumption on a Macbook Air or Pro, since that will determine how long you can use the thing before you have to plug it in again. Mavericks makes it easy... to see…
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An ad agency exec has applied his marketing prowess to help funnel aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan by starting a movement of "unselfies." Nicholas Bordas, VP at TBWA/Europe and president of Being... Worldwide, proposed the idea, which he had spotted elsewhere, to his 61,000 LinkedIn followers on Thursday See also: How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross in the Philippines "Social networks in the Philippines have become indispensable sources of information and aid for Haiyan survivors," Bordas noted in the post. "Photos not relevant to the current disaster are discouraged. However, people have been posting 'unselfies' where instead of showing their face, they show their support for the Philippines by holding up a piece of paper with the URL of the donation page to send aid."
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4 field service managementManaging a field service company can be a logistics nightmare. If you don't have a proper system for tracking invoices and payments you could be losing revenue from lost or late invoices. Even worse,... employees may be able to easily pocket money from customers or walk off with inventory or company equipment. And customer service can be affected if you don't have a customer relationship management (CRM) system that stores contact info and service history. Fortunately, there are many options to help streamline the process for any type of field service business, whether you do window cleaning, plumbing, appliance repair, or IT support. Here I review four different field service management solutions, all offering free trials with pricing starting at $39/month and even one completely free...
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Stealth Inc. finally bringsHyperactive skulking games are all the rage these days.
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While it looks like Android is running away with the smartphone market, the competition is still alive and well.
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It's unfortunate that the first mainstream use of quadcopter drones has been to develop ways to end lives. Because, in natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan, they could be invaluable for saving them.... Nelson Paez, CEO of DreamHammer, has been calling his government contacts about this all week. His software, Ballista, is an open source operating system that is being used to control drones under 126 government contracts, more than any other provider.  "It's unbelievable," he said, about the lack of drones helping out in the Philippines. At first glance, Paez's point of view seems surprising. The last time we sent drones to the Philippines, it was to kill Muslim extremists. The name of the operating system is Ballista, for crying out loud. But Paez thinks it's just an image problem. "If the...
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A 3-Step Alternative to a Machine-Like Workday

Life Hacker - 15 Nov 2013 16:00
A 3-Step Alternative to aHumans are not machines. This is stating the obvious, but the obvious hasn't seemed to sink in. We organize our work days as if we were machines, never turning off even when we get home. These work... habits are erroneous, unhelpful, and unhealthy.
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Nest Mobile gets makeover,Nest has released version 4.0 of its Nest Mobile app giving it a complete UI makeover and adding Nest Protect smoke detector support. Writing on the company's blog, Matt Rogers, Nest's founder and VP... of engineering, explains why the new app is a major improvement: The app is getting a full redesign: since you control both Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat from one place, we updated the mobile app to fit-and work better-for both. You won't have to turn the phone sideways to set your Thermostat to Away or view settings and things will get a lot more interesting when you connect a Nest Protect. Web control from nest.com has been redesigned to match. We've also improved several heating features on the Nest Thermostat to help you save energy this winter. Besides a redesign, the...
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12 Temples of American FinanceIn 19th and early 20th century America, fledging banks depended on conveying stability and trust to their customers. That usually meant architecture--and the construction of pint-sized Greek and Roman... monuments in towns all over the country.
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 November 2013

SpaceRef - 15 Nov 2013 16:00
Today: US Segment Crew Handover: Hopkins continued a handover with newly arrived crewmembers Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio and FE-6 Wakata. Topics included recommendations for on-orbit practices,... lessons learned, and familiarization of ISS Systems and Payloads within each USOS module....
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Ernst & Young to investigate Chorus

ZDNet - 15 Nov 2013 15:59
The New Zealand government has called on services firm Ernst & Young to assess the impact of the NZ regulator's copper pricing decision on wholesale operator Chorus.
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After listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, local outsourcing business Freelancer.com has tripled in its opening value.
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Pfizer ditching BlackBerry dueIt’s become pretty obvious that BlackBerry’s fruitless search for “strategic alternatives” did the company no favors. AllThingsD reports that pharmaceutical company Pfizer has advised all of... its BlackBerry-using employees to move on to iOS or Android smartphones for work due to BlackBerry’s current “volatile state.” A Pfizer spokesperson explained to AllThingsD that it was recommending that employees continue to ”use their BlackBerry devices and… migrate to a new device at normal contract expiration.” Pfizer employs around 90,000 people and AllThingsD’s sources say the company’s BlackBerry deployment is “huge.” There is a silver lining for Pfizer workers who don’t want to give up their BlackBerrys, however -- they’ll at least be able to get BBM on their new...
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Android tablet revenueTotal revenue from all Android tablets combined has for the first time exceeded Apple’s revenue for its iPad sales, according to IDC data crunched by Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. “For the... first time,” she wrote in a note to clients Friday, “Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS. Android […]
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Sony PlayStation 4 gamingSony's highly anticipated PlayStation 4 gaming console is finally here.
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R/V Sikuliaq to winter inThe National Science Foundation's (NSF) research vessel (R/V) Sikuliaq will spend its first winter on the Great Lakes before making the long journey to its home port in Seward, Alaska. Sikuliaq,... pronounced "see-KOO-lee-ack," is slated to arrive in Alaska during spring 2015.
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Researcher helping solveOne of the things Dr. Richard Miller thinks is coolest about working as part of a team investigating the origin and mapping of water on the lunar poles is that he can look up at night or when the moon... rises during the day and see the object of his research.
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The Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has today switched on the supercomputer at the Pawsey Centre in Perth as part of the SKA project.
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Cairo's Tahrir Square To Get ACAIRO -- A new project planned for downtown Cairo has techies and entrepreneurs buzzing. On Nov. 14, the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Ahmed Alfi, CEO of Sawari Ventures, launched a sort of... mini Silicon Valley in the heart of Cairo. The university will lease its Greek Campus for 10 years to Alfi for Tahrir Alley Technology Park (TATP), the first of its kind in Egypt. The area, made up of five buildings and 250,000 square feet of space, was part of AUC's downtown campus. It was abandoned in 2008 when the university moved its main campus to New Cairo, a satellite city roughly 20 miles away. "I want to create a place where tech companies, start-up companies, funding sources and support people like lawyers and accountants are all in the same place," said Alfi, a California native and...
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Sony PS4 score 8 out of 10 forConsole tinkerers rejoice, the scores are in from the PS4 teardown and it's looking good. iFixit has awarded the next-gen console a healthy 8 points out of a potential 10, meaning opening it up and... modifying or fixing the console shouldn't be hard...
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Bloomberg: Samsung's PlanningIf your phone is lacking one thing, it's a display that covers multiple sides of its boring little rectangular frame. At least, that's according to Samsung, because Bloomberg is reporting that the... company has plans to produce a phone with a curved OLED screen which wraps around three of its sides.
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theodp writes "'Why do programmers start counting at zero?' wondered Mike Hoye, questioning the conventional programming wisdom. Code.org will soon introduce the practice to a hoped-for audience of 10... million schoolchildren as part of Computer Science Education Week's Hour of Code. In a tutorial created by engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook that's intended to introduce programming to kids as young as six years old, an otherwise breezy lesson featuring look-ma-no-typing Blockly and characters out of Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies, a Mark Zuckerberg video introducing the concept of Repeat Loops includes an out-of-place JavaScript example that shows kids it's as easy as 0-1-2-3 to generate 4 lines of lyrics from Happy Birthday to You by using zero-based numbering with...
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Unlock a hotel room'sWish your hotel room could be a bit cooler or warmer? This simple hack to a hotel's electronic thermostat will supposedly disable the temperature limits. Give it a shot the next time you travel. The... post Unlock a hotel room’s temperature limits with this simple thermostat hack appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Triggertrap Redsnap

Photography Blog - 15 Nov 2013 15:45
Triggertrap RedsnapTriggertrap’s Redsnap accessory, a modular camera trigger for high-speed, camera trap and timelapse photography, has exceeded its funding goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter by nearly 6 times.
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Acer releases new C720-2848Looking to snare a Chromebook on the cheap? Starting today, you can get your mitts on the Acer C720-2848, which weighs less than three pounds and won't break the bank this holiday shopping season. The... post Acer releases new C720-2848 Chromebook, available for $200 from Best Buy, Amazon today appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'Infamous: Second Son' lightsA new trailer from Sony and Sucker Punch confirms a March 21, 2014 release date for the PlayStation 4 exclusive open world adventure, Infamous: Second Son. The post ‘Infamous: Second Son’ lights a... fire on PlayStation 4 in March 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Coupang, a daily deal company in Korea, has the highest growth rate in ecommerce in both Korea and the US - says CEO
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Free access to CopernicusFree and open access to Sentinel satellite data will be granted for the Copernicus operational phase.
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As PlayStation 4 rolls out across North America, a top Xbox executive has traded some kind words with a rival executive at Sony, displaying some good sportsmanship as both are set to battle this... holiday season. Larry Hryb (@majornelson) director of Xbox programming at Microsoft, extended the olive branch to Adam Boyes, VP of publisher and developer relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America See also: Xbox One and PlayStation 4 vs. Older Consoles in 2013 Dollars Their exchange occurred at 12 a.m. ET on Nov. 15 as PS4 officially launched: @majornelson @PlayStation @yosp thanks, Larry. Good luck next week! — Adam Boyes (@amboyes) November 15, 2013
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Uncharted sequel revealed, andSony and Naughty Dog share a teaser trailer for the next, as-yet-untitled Uncharted game. Likely coming at some point to the PlayStation 4, it looks like Nathan Drake's next adventure heads to Africa.... The post Uncharted sequel revealed, and it looks like we’re heading to Africa appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New study: Dust, warmingReducing the amount of desert dust swept onto snowy Rocky Mountain peaks could help Western water managers deal with the challenges of a warmer future, according to a new study led by researchers at... NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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An update called Lumia Black will enable the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology for the entire WP8 Lumia lineup.
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Transform Your Apple TV Into AWant to make your Apple TV look like an SNES, Gamecube, NES, or even a big waffle? These decals have you covered. There’s no shortage of vinyl decals to slap on your Mac, but you don’t see them... for the…
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Big cats are abundant in the wilds of the Earth today. Africa alone has a number of big cat species such as lions, tigers, and many other varieties. A group of researches have discovered the... fossilized remains of an ancient big cat in the Himalaya mountains. According to the researchers, the fossilized remains are of […]
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Sears to convert old AutoYou can buy pretty much anything from Sears, but we doubt it's your first-choice destination for server capacity. That's likely to change if Ubiquity Critical Environments, the company's IT... infrastructure arm, gets its way. The outfit is considering turning old Sears Auto Centers into server farms that'll offer services to mission-critical IT projects for enterprise customers. Guess it's high time we learned how to do our own oil changes.
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It's no easy task to find that "special someone." We think couples are great, and we're really happy for anyone who has. Also, we'd love it if you stopped talking about it so much. See also: Oscar the... Grouch and Grumpy Cat Finally Meet in Epic Face-Off We understand that sometimes you're so filled with love you want to scream it from the rooftops, a.k.a. your Facebook profile. That's wonderful, honestly. But it can really irk the rest of us ..really fast Take a look at some of the worst offenses in coupledom, and see if you're guilty of making your friends gag. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Indian archaeologists haltIndia ended a search for treasure beneath a 19th century fort after finding only a few bones and terracotta bricks but none of the gold predicted by a Hindu holy man's dream, an official said Friday.
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CycleX & PhotoX for iPhone

Photography Blog - 15 Nov 2013 15:30
CycleX & PhotoX for iPhoneOptrix has announced two new products dubbed CycleX and PhotoX.
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Magmod Flash Modifiers

Photography Blog - 15 Nov 2013 15:30
Magmod Flash ModifiersTucson, Arizona based photographer Spencer Boerup has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new, magnetic system of mounting flash modifiers that works with almost any strobe.
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mrQuery Searches Your Phone,Android: mrQuery makes launching applications, dialing contacts, or just searching as simple as typing the first two letters of the app, person, or item you're looking for. Type "Gm" and the app will... launch Gmail immediately, from any other app or view. It's like a text launcher for your Android phone.
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Review roundup: The RetinaA Retina display may have been some time coming on the iPad mini, but the general verdict appears to be that it was worth the wait. Many are querying the price, especially now that the full-size iPad... Air is so much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, and costs just $100 more. But if portability […]
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If you were waiting in line Thursday for a PlayStation 4, you might have missed the trio of iOS updates Apple pushed out, including a fix for failed FaceTime calls and even some love for the... fourth-generation iPod touch.Apple released three separate iOS software updates on Thursday, available as either over-the-air direct from the devices in question or via iTunes.The first is iOS 7.0.4, which is available for all supported devices including current iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. The typically brief release notes claim the update delivers "bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users."FaceTime also plays into a separately available iOS 6.1.5 update for older devices, which "fixes an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for...
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Toyota to unveil affordableToyota should be the world's first car manufacturer to release an affordable hydrogen fuel cell powered car to the public. This is the first time the eco-friendly tech has been affordable enough to... actually sell, other than Hyundai's ix35 effort which...
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Thinking about snagging a cheap laptop this holiday? Acer is launching a Chromebook that takes the price of owning a Google Chrome-powered computer to $199.99, on sale in December. The Acer C270... Chromebook is almost exactly like the previous model the company unveiled in October, which costs $249.99. The new, cheaper model still packs an Intel Celeron processor for 8.5 hours of battery life, an 11.6-inch screen with 1,366 x 768 resolution and 16GB of storage. The only difference is the $199.99 version has 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB. See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed Like other Chromebooks, Acer's makes up for its barely there storage space with bonus Google Drive storage in the cloud: 100GB for two years. There's no optical drive, of course, but you get an SD card slot on...
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With its North American business on the mend and a full set of second-generation satellites in service, Globalstar will now begin to focus on international markets, starting with Latin America.
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A new player could enter by April 2015 if its license application is approved, promising lower mobile tariffs across the country by as much as 60 percent.
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The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. Broadcasts begin at 4:00PM ET (and your timezone of choice) every Thursday.... On this week's episode, Nilay Patel, Ross Miller, and Polygon's Chris Grant discuss the recently-released PS4, Motorola's astoundingly cheap Moto G, and the Xbox One's TV functionality.
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As it hurtles towards the sun, comet ISON has unexpectedly brightened – but will it survive long enough to be visible in the daytime as predicted?     
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High volume of PS4 logons causes PSN crashes

Slash Gear - 15 Nov 2013 15:17
A number of PS4 users that were set to play their consoles today have run into an issue logging onto the PSN. The issue has reportedly been occurring in the US and Canada following the PS4 console... launch. Sony is asking fans of the PS4 and the PSN to be patient as it works to […]
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Google brings ubiquitousSo-called "white space" frequencies have considerable benefits when compared to traditional Wi-Fi signals, and now Google has created an API to make the process of utilizing them easier. Companies... using the Spectrum Database API will be able to search for frequencies unoccupied by TV or radio signals in specific areas of the United States, and register equipment that uses those frequencies to broadcast wireless internet. Signals sent over frequencies abandoned or unused by TV or radio can travel further than current Wi-Fi signals, and are less affected by obstacles. The far-reaching signals are also ideal for bringing moderately speedy internet to rural areas for whom large-scale fiber infrastructure is too expensive and difficult to...
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Despite DMCA Takedown, Apple Tracker Is Back!

Cult of Mac - 15 Nov 2013 15:12
Despite DMCA Takedown, AppleRemember Apple Tracker, the web app that checked Apple’s inventory in order to help you find new iPhones and iPads in your area? Apple killed it off ahead of the iPad mini Retina launch , but now... it’s back… just…
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It wasn't so long ago that the very idea of AT&T unlocking a customer's iPhone was unheard of, but over the last couple of years, things have improved dramatically -- that is, until recently, and no... one is quite sure why.The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that enterprising wholesalers offering iPhone unlocking services have suddenly found their entire business model turned on its head, all thanks to some mysterious change on AT&T's side.Since the iPhone first debuted in 2007 as an AT&T exclusive, the iPhone has been a hot commodity for overseas customers. The carrier's GSM-based cellular technology is compatible with the majority of countries around the world, unlike rivals Verizon and Sprint. However, the iPhone has traditionally shipped with a SIM lock, preventing it from being...
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Acer drops Chromebook price to $199.99

PC World - 15 Nov 2013 15:10
Acer is trying to push down the prices of Chromebooks, announcing a new laptop with Chrome OS priced at US$199.99. The Acer Chromebook C720-2848 has an 11.6-inch screen, and is targeted at those who... do most of their computing on the Web. The lightweight laptop offers 8.5 hours of battery life and runs on an Intel Celeron processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. A new wave of Chromebooks, running the latest version of Chrome OS, have hit the market starting in October. The latest Chromebooks are priced above $200, and the new Acer laptop and could spark a price war. The low price will hopefully make Chromebooks attractive to more buyers, an Acer spokeswoman said in an email. Most laptops today have Windows.
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Stress alters the microbial community in a mother's vagina, finds a study in mice – the changes are passed to her baby's gut and could affect its developing brain     
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Biologists ID new cancer weakness

e! Science News - 15 Nov 2013 15:07
About half of all cancer patients have a mutation in a gene called p53, which allows tumors to survive and continue growing even after chemotherapy severely damages their DNA.
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Nice mix of video, speeches, interviews. It includes several tributes to Steve Jobs from various Silicon Valley luminaries, including Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (who was also inducted), Bill "Coach"... Campbell, and others. Worth watching. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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For the burgeoning blogger, Tumblr is a haven filled with beautiful images, templates, and others who understand your obsession with Doctor Who and Welcome to Night Vale. It's where you belong That... doesn't mean it's perfect. Tumblr seems relatively simple to use, but it's definitely missing a few features that would be handy. That doesn't mean that you have to suffer. There are plenty of extensions and add-ons available for all browsers that'll help enhance your Tumblr experience See also: 15 Ways to Reblog Your Way Into a Tumblr User's Heart We've curated seven of our favorite Tumblr extensions to get you started. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and different users will want different extensions based on their browser and usage
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Nerval's Lobster writes "Stephen Wolfram, the chief designer of the Mathematica software platform and the Wolfram Alpha 'computation knowledge engine,' has another massive project in the... works—although he's remaining somewhat vague about details for the time being. In simplest terms, the project is a new programming language—which he's dubbing the 'Wolfram Language'—which will allow developers and software engineers to program a wide variety of complex functions in a streamlined fashion, for pretty much every single type of hardware from PCs and smartphones all the way up to datacenters and embedded systems. The Language will leverage automation to cut out much of the nitpicking complexity that dominates current programming. 'The Wolfram Language does things automatically whenever...
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Security Concerns Not SlowingAsk a CIO what her top concerns are with public cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), and she's almost certainly going to list security as her #1 concern. But ask her whether she's running... serious applications in the public cloud, and the answer increasingly is "Yes." Put simply, the increased agility of cloud computing trumps its many drawbacks, including security. Security And The Cloud And let's be clear: security is a very big issue. At least, it's a very big perceived issue. According to a recent 451 Research survey of IT executives, security concerns dwarf other inhibitors to public cloud adoption: And yet when Forrester polled IT management, 40% of the 2000-plus enterprises surveyed indicated they have already rolled out workloads on public clouds or have near-term plans to...
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This is a pretty interesting story, one that goes beyond the headline. Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold did indeed build a beautiful cooking app, bypassing Android and, more notably, the Surface,... to focus exclusively on the iPad. Makes sense to me. Android is a tough nut to crack and the iPad has that beautiful Retina display. But there's more to Myhrvold than that. In addition to crafting culinary literature, Myhrvold cofounded Intellectual Ventures, a patent acquisition and licensing business that's earned him the pejorative of "patent troll" from his critics over the past decade. Yup. Those guys. Here's a link to the wiki page. Hard to reconcile these pieces. Microsoft CTO, founder of Microsoft Research, founder of IV, and cooking genius who loves the iPad. Who'da thought?∞ Read...
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With the Acer C720-2848 the company has decided to cut the line, so to speak, making the device which appears the same as the earlier model cost just a bit less due to changes to its innards. What... you’ve got here is a $199.99 model of the C720, this version working with the same Intel […]
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The next-gen console war isThe next-generation has finally arrived. You’ve waited for months, read all the coverage, watched the unboxing videos, fought with fanboys in the comment sections of your favorite websites — all... for this moment. The PlayStation 4 launched at midnight with what Sony claims to be a record number of preorders, kicking off a video game console holiday showdown with the Xbox One. The PS4 is Sony’s chance to fix everything it did wrong last generation, and start this one on a positive note. Developers complained that the PS3 was difficult to develop for, so Sony made ease of use a priority on the PS4. The DualShock 3 was maligned by gamers, so Sony reworked the controller from the ground up.
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Amazon wades into big data streams with Kinesis

Ars Technica - 15 Nov 2013 15:00
Service is designed to take on data firehoses like Twitter's in AWS' cloud.     
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Acer models its latest $199.99Acer's C720 Chromebook is basically everything you could want from a $249 laptop, but apparently the company thinks it can still bring that price down a bit further. Today it's introducing the... Chromebook C720-2848, a $199.99 "entry-level" model that's nearly identical to the already-cheap C720. They differ in one key area, though: the C720-2848 includes 2GB of RAM, whereas the $249 model offers twice that amount. That memory reduction seems to account for the $50 difference in price, as they appear to match up on all other specifications. The C720-2848 features the same 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, the same Intel Haswell Celeron processor, and the same 16GB of flash storage space as the C720. And the exterior design has also gone...
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Doctors Aren't Actually BoundA binding agreement, as much a social contract as Social Security or Medicare, the traditional Hippocratic Oath holds those who swear to it to a strict code of professional and personal conduct.... Contrary to popular belief, though, most doctors never take this oath--and, actually, most of us are probably glad they never do.
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Typing of The Dead OverkillTyping of The Dead: Overkill is the gore-splattered offspring of Mavis Beacon and Quentin Tarantino. It's not exactly a tutorial, but you do learn to type fast and keep your eyes on the screen, not... the keyboard. With its 1970s grindhouse flair, it's a lot less work-safe and a lot more fun than your usual educational software for PCs.
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Olympus Accessory Cashback Offer with OM-D E-M1

Photography Blog - 15 Nov 2013 15:00
Olympus Accessory CashbackOlympus UK are offering a £100 Accessory Cashback voucher to anyone purchasing an E-M1 body or kit from authorised dealers.
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The revamped, slim Chromebook C720 gets 20 percent lopped off its sticker price.
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Daily iPad App: John Lewis'Today's Daily iPad App is Bear & Hare, an interactive children's book based on the Christmas advert of the same name, which is one of the UK's most celebrated holiday ads. The £1 million ad for UK... retailer John Lewis is a two-minute short film that combines traditional hand-drawn animation (by Lion King alum, no less) with computer graphics and tells the story of a bear who usually hibernates through Christmas and his friend, a rabbit. I don't want to ruin the plot, but be prepared to shed a few tears when you see it. To go along with the Bear & Hare ad campaign, John Lewis has released the companion app, which explores the store in hand-illustrated book form and also allows children to interact with the forest animals in the story. It also offers interactive games such as 'The Woodland...
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The Forest Hideaway Desktop

Life Hacker - 15 Nov 2013 15:00
The Forest Hideaway DesktopChemicalist wanted something that wasn't cold and minimal, but also wasn't cluttered and busy, so he built this gorgeous, colorful desktop instead. We love the wallpaper, but we also dig the... informative widgets at the bottom of the display and how well everything fits. Here's how he put it together:
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A Galaxy smartphone with a three-sided display could reach the consumer market in 2014, says Bloomberg.
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Evolution of Milky Way GalaxyAstronomers have pieced together a picture of how our Milky Way formed, using Hubble Space Telescope photos of 400 similar galaxies at various stages of evolution. The results reveal that our galaxy's... disk and central bulge likely formed simultaneously.
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NASA, Boeing finish tests ofNASA's Ames Research Center and NASA's Langley Research Center, in partnership with The Boeing Co., have completed wind tunnel testing of a full-scale Boeing 757 vertical tail model equipped with... active flow control technology.
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Milky Way Galaxy Glows OverPhotographer Quek ZongYe of Singapore took this amazing photo of the Milky Way Galaxy over a fiery Hawaii's fiery Halema'uma'u Crater. See how he did it here.
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Chrome for iOS gettingGoogle’s Chrome Blog has annou