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1 Jan 2014 - United States
This clear purple sea creatureSay hi to the Portuguese man o' war. It's purple, it's clear, it looks like a balloon, it's painfully venomous, but it's not a jellyfish and you wouldn't have to convince me too hard that it's from an... alien world. This Portuguese man o' war, which other than being a fantastic name, washed up on a beach to freak people out (and to expose the alien hideout that is the ocean).
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Why I Lost Faith In Bitcoin AsAs 2013 came to an end, many reflected on last year’s biggest tech news — and Bitcoin was a serious contender. But the main question remains: why are people interested in Bitcoin? This whole... debate reappeared when Charlie Stross stated that “Bitcoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to damage central banking and money issuing banks, with a Libertarian political agenda in mind — to damage states ability to collect tax and monitor their citizens financial transactions.” Paul Krugman then quoted his post, neither denying nor approving this thought. But Chris Dixon (and Fred Wilson in the comment section) reiterated their strong interest in Bitcoin while sharing that they are both Democrats. If major Bitcoin enthusiasts don’t have any political agenda in mind, then...
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4.6 million Snapchat phoneThe phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million North American Snapchat users have been leaked online. SnapchatDB, an unofficial site run by an anonymous individual or group, allows open... access to two files — one an SQL dump, one CSV text — that show details of the photo-sharing app's users alongside their location. The final two digits of phone numbers have been censored "to minimize spam and abuse," but SnapchatDB says people should "feel free" to contact it for the uncensored database, as it may release it under certain circumstances. Usernames are presented unedited, and SnapchatDB notes that "people tend to use the same username around the web." Those that download the information, it says, can try to "find phone...
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Google To Close Bump AndBump and Flock, the file sharing apps Google acquired last fall, will be shut down by the end of this month. Both apps will stop working and be removed from Google Play and the App Store on January... 31, Bump confirmed on its blog today.
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An anonymous reader writes "Eric Helgeson documents his experience with an unscrupulous ISP that was injecting affiliate IDs into the URLs for online retailers. 'It appears that the method they were... using was to poison the A record of retailers and do a 301 redirect back to the cname. This is due to the way apex, or 'naked' domain names work.' Upon contacting the ISP, they offered him access to two DNS servers that don't perform the injection, but they showed no indication that they would stop, or opt-out any other subscribers. (It was also the only wireless provider in his area, so he couldn't just switch to a competitor.) Helgeson then sent the data he gathered to the affiliate programs of major retailers on the assumption that they'd be upset by this as well. He was right, and they put...
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Happy New Year From Space -NASA's Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency wish Earth a Happy New Year. This video message was played in Times Square on New Year's Eve 2013.
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Court-appointed monitor slamsApple’s eBook price-fixing fiasco is being dragged kicking and screaming into the new year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s monitoring lawyer, Michael Bromwich, is frustrated with... both Apple’s refusal to cooperate with him and the company’s dubious portrayal of his team’s activities. Apple has leveled complaints against Bromwich several times, citing overcharged rates and overstepped boundaries. The company even attempted to have Bromwich removed from the case entirely earlier this month, but the Justice Department refused to honor those demands. Bromwich, on the other hand, claims that Apple has blocked him from obtaining relevant documents and conducting interviews with executives. “This is far less access than I have ever received during a comparable period of...
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Up in the Sky: It's a Nuclear Explosion!

SPACE.com - 1 Jan 2014 01:47
Up in the Sky: It's a NuclearIf you live in the southern hemisphere, you now can safely view the aftermath of a nuclear explosion from the comfort of your own backyard.
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Hypedmusic shuts down afterFree music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after it got targeted by the RIAA for copyright infringement. Is this the start of a wider crackdown on music startups without licensing... agreements?
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Mars One: Alex Marion, MarinaAt least two aspiring Martians from B.C. have been named as finalists for a one-way trip to Mars. Alex Marion from Surrey confirmed on Twitter Monday that he was among 1,058 applicants selected for an... interview as part of Mars One, an ambitious project to establish the red planet's first human colony by 2025. GOING TO ROUND 2! I've been selected to pass to the interview stage for Mars One! -- A-Lex On Mars (@lexonmars) December 30, 2013 The 26-year-old psychology graduate established a social media presence while making his case to be among the first humans to inhabit Mars. He even launched a website devoted to trumpeting his Mars One candidacy. In a YouTube video posted last August he said, "I have applied to be one of the first people to set foot on the red planet. AND I'M NEVER COMING...
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Best Buy offering Nexus 7 forDeal available both online and in-store, with Play Store codes sent by email If you didn't happen to pick up a Nexus 7 during your holiday shopping, Best Buy is running a pretty great sale you may... want to take advantage of. You can pick up Google's latest 7-inch tablet for just $199, that's $30 off, and also pick up a $25 Google Play credit in the process. Even if you don't see too much value to the Google Play gift, $30 off an already cheap tablet is nothing to sneeze at. The sale is active from Best Buy's online store, including free shipping, and we've also heard from a few different folks who have found the deal active in brick-and-mortar stores as well. There's no special coupon code to receive the deal, and it looks as though the Google Play gift will be sent to customers via email....
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A novel injectable therapy partially reverses cancer formation in cultured mammary-gland cells and prevents breast cancer development in mice, a team reports. The therapy silences a new cancer-causing... gene that the scientists identified using a sophisticated systems biology approach. It could one day provide a new way to treat early stages of breast cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
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Researchers have found that rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are significantly higher among those who have psychotic disorders than among those in the general population. The finding is of... particular concern because individuals with severe mental illness are more likely to die younger than people without severe psychiatric disorders.
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Thought 2013 was epic forAlthough 2013 will be remembered as a major one in the gaming industry, 2014 is when many of the products and hardware will begin to hit their stride. The post Thought 2013 was epic for gaming? Wait... until you see what’s coming next appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Most climate scientists agree that the Earth's climate is getting warmer, but models predicting the severity of the temperature rise span a (relatively) broad range. One big reason for this is the... difficulty in modeling things like cloud cover and how different air masses mix and move around each other. "Specifically, they have differences in how water-rich air at the bottom of the atmosphere gets mixed with the layers immediately above it. In some cases, this mixing increases rapidly as the temperature rises, effectively drying out the lower atmosphere and suppressing cloud formation there. This in turn would enhance the warming effect. In others, the increase in mixing is more gradual, limiting the impact of warming on clouds. The former produces a higher climate sensitivity; the latter...
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You’re probably already familiar with Karen Cheng (better known as “that one girl who learned to dance in a year and made an awesome video of it”) and her motivational startup Give it 100 that... is all about helping you achieve your goals by having you upload a video of your progress every day for […]
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Skydivers share their viewToo many special effects are made with computer imagery these days, so it's easy to assume that much of Sony's new ad for its Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R cameras is little more than a gorgeous cutscene. But... the truth is far more impressive: to make the spot, Sony sent a team of highly skilled skydivers about 15,000 feet in the air and filmed them in slow-motion as they plummeted toward the ground. The choreography was all carefully rehearsed beforehand, allowing the filmmakers to shoot the entirety of the minute-long spot in just nine takes.
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Microsoft's Skype has had their Twitter account, Facebook account, and blog of hacked this afternoon by the Syrian Electronic Army. This hacker group appears to have taken the holiday opportunity …
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20 Songs Turning 20 in 2014

Mashable - 1 Jan 2014 23:00
The new year always arrives filled with hopes and resolutions to make this year better than the last It also reminds us that we're getting really old. Year after year, it's unfathomable that it's... already time to change the calendar and spend the first three months forgetting to write the correct date on forms. We cling to the past like we're made of saran wrap See also: 8 Glittering Facts About the New Year's Eve Ball To ring in 2014, we remember what an awesome year 1994 was for music. Back before Snoop Dragon and when the idea of Green Day creating a Broadway musical seemed absurd, Snoop Doggy Dogg and the "Basket Case" band were just getting their start on the airwaves.
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Health care costs in the first year after an inpatient surgical procedure are higher for former and current smokers compared with patients who never smoked, according to a study by David O. Warner,... M.D., of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues. Cigarette smoking increases the risk of complications in surgical patients, according to the study background. The study involved patients who underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic hospitals between April 2008 and December 2009.
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iOS/Android: Pact, formerly GymPact (whom we've mentioned before ) pays you money for exercising (and charges you when you don't). Now, it can help you eat better as well. Pact now tracks food and... nutrition, syncs with MyFitnessPal, and has photo verification to prove that you're actually doing what you promised.
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A Fold-Flat Watering CanIf you live in an apartment or condo in a big city, and have managed to find a little room on your tiny balcony for a modest garden, you probably don't have much space left for the tools needed to... toil over your cramped crops. So inventor Marc R. came up with this rather clever soft-sided watering can called the Squish that's thin and easy to store when it's empty.
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'The Hobbit: An UnexpectedPeter Jackson's second installment in the "Hobbit" trilogy is being heralded as one of the year's biggest box-office success stories, but it turns out movie theaters aren't the only arena in which the... Middle-earth films are popular. The first "Hobbit" entry, "An Unexpected Journey," clocks in as the most frequently pirated movie of 2013, according to new rankings released by TorrentFreak. "Journey," which opened Dec. 14, 2012, and raked in more than $1 billion worldwide, was pirated a whopping 8.4 million times throughout the year via BitTorrent networks. Even in light of the movie's impressive box-office tallies, that figure is cringeworthy when compared to the additional revenue "Journey" could have made, had those illegal downloads come in the form of ticket and DVD sales. Two other...
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4.6 million Snapchat usernamesPotentially cause for alarm if you are a heavy Snapchat user, a huge collection of usernames and phone numbers has been published on the Web due to an exploit that Snapchat hasn't fixed yet. The post... 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers leaked online appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Space Science Stories to Watch in 2014

Universe Today - 1 Jan 2014 22:53
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, "May you live in interesting times,” and 2013 certainly fit the bill in the world of spaceflight and space science. The past year saw spacecraft depart... for Mars, China land a rover on the Moon, and drama in low Earth orbit to repair the International Space Station. And all […]
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[From AppleTell] Adopted's latest case for the iPhone 5s is barely a case at all. The Leather Frame case blends the luxuriousness of Adopted's leather cases with a minimalist bumper design.
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I reviewed a crop of Adopted cases last year, and came away genuinely impressed by their construction and utility. For iPhone users who prefer a little less case and a little more iPhone, Adopted has... added the Leather Frame Case, which is a very similar to my favorite Leather Wrap Case, but in a minimalist bumper-style case that features the luxury of leather while still showcasing your iPhone's design.
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Specs reportedly confirmed forReports of Samsung’s huge 12.2-inch tablet only began late last month, but it looks like the official specifications have already been uncovered. SamMobile has obtained exclusive confirmation that... many of the Galaxy Note Pro leaks from December were spot on. The tablet will feature a 12.2-inch display with 2560--1600 pixel resolution, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The report reveals that Samsung will release both a Wi-Fi and an LTE model of the Galaxy Note Pro as well. SamMobile has also “received information that Samsung is changing its usual tablet UI to something more unique,” but no details have been announced. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note Pro along
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Two developers have created a tool that helps Snapchat users check if their accounts were compromised following a massive leak of information that included usernames and phone numbers Will Smidlein... and Robbie Trencheny built "GS Lookup - Snapchat" on Wednesday to "help the public quickly understand if they were affected so that they could take the appropriate actions," Smidlein told Mashable in an email. See also: Instagram vs. Snapchat: How the Photo-Sharing Apps Stack Up Approximately 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers leaked online Tuesday night after anonymous hackers posted them on a website called SnapchatDB.info, which is now suspended. Visitors to the site were able to download the information as an SQL dump or CSV file.
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There's little doubt now that Motorola was being smart with their announcements just weeks ago on the release of the Moto G. This machine was supposed - or Motorola suggested …
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Samsung may be saving its big TV news for CES 2014, but it can't help but squeak out a little about its new Smart Control, a peanut-shaped remote that wants …
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Build the city of the futureLast week we brought news that Russian gaming giant Game Insight would be bringing its multiplayer combat game Tank Domination to Android early next year. That title will be the publisher’s most... hardcore Android release to date. They’re actually best known for city building games. The cream of Game Insight’s city building crop is 2020: My Country, a sequel to the original My Country. The new game carries over the original’s addictive mixture of serious simulation with free to play mechanics. It also throws in a futuristic touch, with hovercars and aliens populating the city. It’s surprisingly fun, if you like this type of game. Head past the break for our detailed review.
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Amazon is now charging salesThree more states have joined the growing list where you'll be charged sales tax on Amazon purchases: Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee. Amazon already collected tax in 16 states, and in 2016, South... Carolina will join them, bringing the number up to an even 20. Technically speaking, you're supposed to add up purchases on your tax returns (the "use tax") no matter where you are, but that oft-ignored rule has increasingly given way to automatic point-of-sale charges. This hasn't happened without strong pushback from Amazon and other online retailers, though; they've gone through several long legal slogs as states pursue sales revenue and parity for local brick-and-mortar businesses. Amazon's warehouse expansions have given it a physical...
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Motorola whacks the price of its Moto X smartphone way down from the earlier no-contract price of $579.
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As everyone awakens bleary-eyed from a celebratory night of ushering in the new year, Motorola has announced a permanent price cut for its no-contract Moto X flagship handset. Whilst a …
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Verizon's contract-free Moto GMotorola's Moto G has yet to land at any physical retail store in the US - but it will within the next few days, apparently. Best Buy confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that it plans to sell a... no-contract, Verizon version of the Moto G for $99.99 (£60)...
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An anonymous reader writes "A law professor says the U.S. could fall behind in the robotics race if we don't change product liability law. A new op-ed over at Mashable expands upon this: Yet for all... its momentum, robotics is at a crossroads. The industry faces a choice — one that you see again and again with transformative technologies. Will this technology essentially be closed, or will it be open? ... What does it mean for robotics to be closed? Resembling any contemporary appliance, they are designed to perform a set task. They run proprietary software and are no more amenable to casual tinkering than a dishwasher. Open robots are just the opposite. By definition, they invite contribution. It has no predetermined function, runs third-party or even open-source software, and can be...
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Uh-oh… this isn’t good. Just as Snapchat’s star seemed like it would continue rising indefinitely, the company has suffered a massive setback in the form of an information leak of massive... proportions. Taking advantage of a recently-revealed vulnerability, hackers were able to pull 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the service and publish them […]
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Mixing annoying Upworthy-style text with the best sci-fi and fantasy images makes SFFWorthy entertaining instead of annoying. How do they do it? You'll be amazed!
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The XCAR review of 2013: July

CNET - 1 Jan 2014 22:01
A month dominated by German cars, we looked at the Audi RS 6 AND R8 V10 Plus, as well as the Mercedes-Benz SL 350 and G-Class. Also, a mental buggy made an appearance.
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Daniel Cooper switches holiday hats this week, opting to channel Jools Holland for a Hootenanny-style New Years edition. He's joined by Matt Brian and Sharif Sakr for a bit of prognostication, sifting... through scenarios for the world of tech in 2014. ...
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How The Quantified Life CanNew Year’s wellness resolutions are like prom night: a lot of hype, even more promises, and a disappointing follow-through. A paltry 19 percent of wannabe health nuts follow through with their... annual resolutions, according to University of Scranton Professor John Norcross. The quickest way to dissolve your hardened commitments into a bowl of disappointed Jell-O is to set a course without clear goals and constant improvement. This is where technology and a dash of the scientific method can help. Instead of relying on fragmented web advice and our own fragile intuition, “quantified self” is all about treating self-improvement with the rigor of an academic laboratory: make singular adjustments, chart progress, and cumulate learnings. Quantified self can get sort of extreme; I’ve done...
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The Impractical Jokers TalkIf you haven't been watching the Impractical Jokers, you should. The Jokers a team of friends - Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano, James Murray and Joe Gatto - who make each other do wacky stunts in public... spaces. It's hilarious.
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ISS Astronauts Wish Earth Happy New Year

Mashable - 1 Jan 2014 22:00
The people of Earth rang in 2014 with raucous celebrations that reached all the way to space, where astronauts on the International Space Station helped usher in the New Year. Three space station... astronauts recorded a video wishing humanity a Happy New Year that was broadcast in Times Square during New York City's epic New Year's Eve bash. The video was introduced by NASA astronaut Mike Massimino from Times Square and featured on the iconic Toshiba Vision screen. In the video, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, joined by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, wish people on Earth a happy new year before floating up out of view. The trio makes up half of the space station's Expedition 38 crew, with three Russian cosmonauts rounding out the team.NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, who...
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The 404 is on holiday until CES, but enjoy this special throwback episode from February 1, 2012, with Jill Schlesinger!
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Seven 52 Week Challenges forIf you want the next year to be even better than the last, you need more than just a good resolution --you need a solid plan and way to stay motivated throughout the year. Why not try a weekly... challenge with others? Here are several 52 week challenges that can get you to save more money, finally get organized, cook better, and more.
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Glue Made From Sturgeons HoldsGiorgio Vasari's "Last Supper," catastrophically damaged by the 1966 flooding of the Arno River in Florence, has finally been pieced together again--with the help of glue made from sturgeons. That's... right: fish.
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Beyoncé sample ofNASA has responded to Beyoncé's use of an audio clip from the Challenger disaster on her new album, which has had critics labeling the singer as insensitive. "The Challenger accident is an important... part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized," Lauren Worley, NASA's press secretary, says in a statement to the Associated Press. "NASA works every day to honor the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe."
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Hackers appear to have posted account info for 4.6 million users of quickie social-sharing app Snapchat, making usernames and at least partial phone numbers available for download.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] It's 2014. You can start anew with a fresh start and a full calendar year ahead of you to do everything you'd like. Make one of your... New Year's resolutions to finally get 4G internet access available to you on the go, because you deserve it. Now you can have it thanks to the Platinum Photon 4G Hotspot and 1GB of free data each month from FreedomPop. It's available now on sale from our Deals tab. 4G access is a necessity for anyone who is on the go regularly. So there's no reason for you not to have the Platinum Photon 4G Hotspot from FreedomPop. Up to eight devices can connect to the Photon and enjoy high speed internet needed for streaming content, surfing the web, gaming, and downloading files. You'll get 1GB of data...
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New Year’s resolutions can be very bittersweet. Everybody loves the sweet sensation of starting off a new year fresh, cleaned of your bad habits and motivated to charge in with high hopes and grand... goals. But unfortunately there’s that slight bitter taste as well. It’s that knowledge that we often shoot too high and end […]
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The incident comes just days after Snapchat acknowledged a potential flaw that would allow exposure of usernames and phone numbers.
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11 Fears Every DIYer Needs to Get Over

Mashable - 1 Jan 2014 21:30
This year, you conquer the power drill and the glitter, craft master DIY projects might seem like an impossible challenge that will leave you covered in glue and crying over a half-constructed... birdhouse. But using your own two hands to make something saves money and adds a personal touch See also: 20 Colorful Bits of Graffiti That Make the World More Beautiful Time to get over your crafting fears, people Image: Flickr, Glot
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When you want to have a night in, nothing makes for better ambiance than lighting a few candles. They cast a soft, warm glow on everything that puts your mind at ease. This is truly a perfect pairing... for a movie, warm blanket, and hot cocoa or a glass of wine. Their lifespan sometimes seems
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The Moto X now costs just $399If you missed Motorola’s Cyber Monday sale on the the company’s flagship Moto X, but are still looking to get your hands on the phone at a reasonable price, you’re in luck. Motorola announced on... Wednesday that the price of its hero phone without a contract has dropped to $399 to ring in the new year. This is not a promotion or a limited-time offer -- according to a post on the Motorola Blog, the $100 price drop will be permanent. The price is currently available at every major U.S. carrier, and pairs especially well with AT&T’s new Mobile Share Value plans, which promise to save customers with unsubsidized phones up to $130 a month depending on data allotment. The full note
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The incandescent light bulb isn't dead

The Verge - 1 Jan 2014 21:30
The incandescent light bulbPerhaps you’ve heard the news: the incandescent light bulb is dead. "When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, the year ends — and so does the ordinary lightbulb," wrote Fox News. CNN even penned... an obituary. That’s because, according to countless media reports, January 1st marks the "light bulb ban." Today’s the day when the US government finally phases out the dated technology by banning the manufacture or import of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs, which are repeatedly cited as the most popular bulbs in the US. The reports typically suggest that consumers get used to buying pricier, more efficient compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, or else stock up on incandescents while supplies last.
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Watch a Nickel TransformedImagine an alternate world where are coins are graced not by unsmiling presidents but Frankenstein, ET, skulls, pirates--hell, even a butt. That's the funny, fanciful world of Italian artist Paolo... Curcio.
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New Mac Pro struggles withApple's new Mac Pro offers beefy graphics hardware, but you may be out of luck if you want to use it with a 4K display - at least for now.
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New submitter Reliable Windmill sends this followup to the report that RSA took money from the NSA to use backdoored tech for random number generation in encryption software. From the article:... "Dual_EC_DRBG is an pseudo-random number generator promoted by NIST in NIST SP 800-90A and created by NSA. This algorithm is problematic because it has been made mandatory by the FIPS norm (and should be implemented in every FIPS approved software) and some vendors even promoted this algorithm as first source of randomness in their applications. If you still believe Dual_EC_DRBG was not backdoored on purpose, please keep reading. ... It is quite obvious in light of the recent revelations from Snowden that this weakness was introduced by purpose by the NSA. It is very elegant and leaks its complete...
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Smarter, Deadlier DronesIn a new roadmap, the Department of Defense envisions the future of unmanned vehicles, with such technologies as precision navigation, swarming munitions and increased autonomy.
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Electro destroys Times SquareIf you were one of the New Yorkers crowding Times Square last night, you got a quick look at what your life might be like in the world of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, living at the whim of godlike... beings who enjoy ripping up public utilities and harassing beat cops. Now, that trailer has been released on YouTube: we're seeing some more of Jamie Foxx's Electro this time around, a little more of Paul Giamatti's Rhino, and a lot more special effects, as well as an introduction from Stan Lee. Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming out in the summer of 2014, not long before the team behind it moves straight into filming a third installment.
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hAppy New Year from the AppleTell staff

AppleTell - 1 Jan 2014 21:01
2014 is upon us, so I hope you're all rested up from last night's festivities and ready to tackle the new year. We had a great 2013 here at AppleTell and across the TechTell sites, and we want to... thank all of you for joining us. We've got plenty in store for the coming year, including new feature columns, more (and better) use of video so you can enjoy our pretty faces and make fun of our fashion sense, and some great contests. Here's hoping for a happy 2014 for all you, and may we all be counting down to 2015 with new Apple watches on our wrists.
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[AppleTell] hAppy New Year from the AppleTell staff

Technology Tell - 1 Jan 2014 21:01
[From AppleTell] Here's hoping for a happy New Year and a successful 2014 for all you, and may we all be counting down to 2015 with new Apple watches on our wrists.
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Grow a garden in your kitchenThe aeroponic growing system's creators say they would like to launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to get them into the hands of backers by the end of 2014.
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Android: Multi-tasking is one of the things that makes Android tablets better than the iPad. There are already apps like Task Changer to switch between apps quickly, but Loopr makes it even simpler... with a hotspot on your screen that activates a task switcher.
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5 Tricks for Sticking to YourRaise your hand if you kept all of your New Year's resolutions in 2013. Good, okay, now only raise your hand if you weren't lying just now. Ahh, nice to see both of you. We always start the new year... with the best intentions but, man, old habits die hard. Let's see if we can do better this year. Here are five tips that might just help.
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With a new year comes a giant trade show just around the corner; CES 2014 is less than a week away! In anticipation of the excitement to come, our very own Marc Perton will be hopping on a Google... Hangout with the CEA's Gary Shapiro to talk about tech ...
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Google-acquired Bump to shutBump has announced that it will be discontinued at the end of the month, meaning both the Bump and Flock apps will no longer be available on Apple's App Store or Google Play. David Lieb, Bump's CEO... and co-founder, revealed the news via Bump's blog: "We...
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Motorola's Flagship Moto XLet's be real here: there's a decent chance that you picked up a new smartphone at some point during the holidays, so you're off the market for at least a little while longer. As it turns out though,... you may have been better off waiting a bit. In a show of New Years magnanimity (or, you know, a ploy to push more units) Motorola has slashed the prices of its sans-contract Moto X -- a fully-customized 16GB model for any carrier will now only set you back $399 rather than the $499 it would've originally cost. Sadly, those of you with a woodgrain fetish will still have to pay a premium for those newly-available bamboo backs -- $100 to be precise.
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"Sandman" writer Gaiman hits the snooze button on his social-media accounts for six months to concentrate more on "making things up."
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Google Dumps Bump -- and WithIf a great big Web company such as Google or Facebook buys a startup that’s captured the world’s imagination — such as YouTube or Instagram — it sometimes works out O.K. But if the startup in... question is anything less than a massive hit, acquisition is often (and maybe usually) followed by termination. That’s what’s happening with Bump, makers of the clever, super-simple app for sharing photos and other files among iPhones, Android devices and PCs. In September, Google acquired the company — which also makes a group photo-sharing app called Flock — for a reported $30 million. And as of January 31, Bump and Flock will disappear from Apple and Google’s app stores, and will cease to function. Which means that Bump has suffered the five steps of Google-acquired startup death...
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With the departure of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city's tech industry loses its most powerful public persona. Replacing him is Bill de Blasio, the former city public advocate who... campaigned with a platform that appealed to the everyman, and someone Silicon Alley has greeted with cautious optimism. The new mayor has a robust tech sector plan on paper—one with a big focus on building more of a pipeline between local universities and startup jobs—and he's become something of a crusader for broadband throughout the big apple. But unlike his predecessor, he is unlikely to put the growth of New York City's tech scene at the top of his priority list. He's also expressed some concern over how to regulate companies such as Uber, the taxi-finding app, that disrupt traditional...
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We can’t remember every single thing we’ve ever seen or keep track of all of our memories. This is one of the many reasons we seem obsessed with taking photos or videos of people, places, meals,... and more. As the years press on, the format for storing photos or videos is going to change, just
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Snapchat is a textbook example of why responsible disclosure is a failure.
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For most people, one's laptop is a like a trusted friend, packed full of data that one would not give out part and parcel to just anyone, particularly not strangers. …
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First things first: Happy New Year! Whether you’re in Berkeley, CA, Bucharest, Romania or Shanghai, China, it’s now 2014 for everyone, and we want to start off the new year by thanking you all for... a phenomenal 2013. You guys and gals are the reason we get up in the morning and stay up nights […]
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The biggest threat to Windows:If Windows ever dies out, it will likely go out with a whimper and not with a bang. Windows enthusiast Paul Thurrott worries that the biggest problem facing Microsoft right now is that Windows just... isn’t as important to most consumers’ lives as it used to be and that app developers’ creative energies have shifted more toward iOS and Android. “Windows is in trouble because people simply don’t care about it anymore,” he writes. “It’s not outright hostility; there’s far less of that than the anti-Microsoft crowd would like to believe. It’s ambivalence. It’s ambivalence driven by the nature of ‘good enough’ mobile and web apps. It’s ambivalence driven by the allure of anytime/anywhere computing on tiny devices that are
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MojoKid writes "NVIDIA officially took the wraps off of its Tegra Note mobile platform a few weeks back. If you're unfamiliar with the Tegra Note, it's a 7", Android-based tablet, powered by NVIDIA's... Tegra 4 SoC. The Tegra Note 7 also marks NVIDIA's second foray into the consumer electronics market, with an in-house designed product; NVIDIA's SHIELD Android gaming device was the first out of the gate earlier this year. Though Tegra Note 7 on the surface may appear to be just another 7-inch slate, sporting a 1280X720 display, it does have NVIDIA's proprietary passive stylus technology on board, very good sounding speakers and an always on HDR camera. It's also one of the fastest Android tablets on the market currently, in the benchmarks. Unlike in NVIDIA's SHIELD device, the Tegra 4 SoC is...
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TURBOPANDA, RAGEMASTER, and 13The National Security Agency gets a lot of flack for, you know, violating the entire world's right to privacy and whatnot. But after seeing the codenames the NSA gives its spyware and other snooping... tech, we're starting to wonder if we're thinking of these guys all wrong. The post TURBOPANDA, RAGEMASTER, and 13 other NSA codenames that prove spies laugh, too appeared first on Digital Trends.
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OS X may come with plenty of great apps and utilities to get you started, but there are a few incredibly helpful utilities that are either missing or could be improved. That’s what we’re focusing... on here, with four of the most helpful utilities for OS X that everyone should have on their Mac. Best ...
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When Motorola said that a CDMA version of the Moto G would reach the US in January, it was being overly cautious. Best Buy has confirmed that it's already selling the Verizon edition of the budget... smartphone in its retail stores; as soon as a store ...
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A series of brain teasers, called Test of Wits, put brainy hurdles in front of 2,000 smartphone users. Apple users finish 5 seconds before anyone else.
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This spectacular video of aThis video by Simmon Hammond looks like an incredible scene from a superhero movie--the exquisite photography, the dramatic color, and the camera moves are just too perfect to be real. But it is real... and it feels magical, especially the two sequences above.
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The Snapchat exploit revealed last week has seemingly exposed the usernames and cellphone numbers of a claimed 4.6 million users of the self-destructing messaging service, according to a site that …...
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Researchers report on the first study in 35 years that reviews the circumstances around retinal detachment after open globe injuries (OGI) and describes a new tool that may help ophthalmologists... predict which patients are at higher risk after open globe trauma so they can potentially prevent retinal detachment from happening or identify - and repair - it more quickly, thus saving vision.
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6 Cool Underground Science Labs

Live Science - 1 Jan 2014 20:04
6 Cool Underground ScienceLabs under the Earth track everything from the behavior of the universe to the feasibility of safely storing nuclear fuels.
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A Rainbow USB Cable With EveryIt may seem a little opulent, but a lot of us won't leave home with at least our smartphone--maybe even two--and a tablet. And eventually one of them is going to need a battery boost, so instead of... carrying charging cables and adapters for every single device, toss this single colorful USB adapter in your bag and you're all set.
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Motorola's unlocked Moto XThe unlocked Moto X is now significantly more affordable in the US than when it launched in August. Initially costing $579 (£350), Motorola's first flagship since becoming a Google-owned company... featured a high-end price tag. Consumer response to the...
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LEGO Launches Mars CuriosityNASA's Mars Curiosity rover has landed in LEGO's toy catalog and is now available for order.
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Regal Colors Revealed inA new analysis shows that three scraps of fabric found in Israeli caves had been dyed indigo, purple and crimson -- the hues of the rich and regal during the Roman era -- using sea snail ink some... 2,000 years ago.
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These "Laws", developed over three decades, may highlight things you're doing wrong, or help you avoid the worst screw-ups. Violate them at your peril...
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In my line of business -- trying to spread the word about science and trying to grind anti-science under my heel -- I post a lot of articles with the word "no" in the title. "No, There's No Proof of... a Giant Planet in the Outer Solar System", "No, Mars Won't Be as Big as the Moon. Ever.", "No, the Earth (Almost Certainly) Won't Get Hit by an Asteroid in 2032", and "No, We Are Not in a Climate 'Pause'". Sometimes I wind up having to debunk viral pictures or videos getting spread around, too, which are very difficult to extinguish. That's why I'm pretty happy to be able to write about one that's actually pretty much correct! The picture shows the crescent Moon in the sky, and superposed near it is the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest big spiral to our own Milky Way. The caption varies from...
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[From HomeTechTell] Samsung's Smart TVs get a freshly designed, oval-shaped remote with gesture control.
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US Army Straps Laser to Truck,In three weeks of testing at New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range, the US Army recently reported they'd successfully engaged over 90 mortars and drones with--a giant laser mounted on top of a truck.... Using radar to locate and engage its quarry, the 10 kW Boieng-built laser--which is roughly equivalent to 10,000 light bulbs focused into a coin-sized beam--acquires its target and rapidly heats it until the weapon explodes in midair.
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More than four-and-a-half million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers leaked online Tuesday after anonymous hackers posted the information on a website called SnapchatDB.info, according to multiple... reports The database of information was available to download as an SQL dump or CSV file via SnapchatDB.info, which is currently suspended. See also: Instagram vs. Snapchat: How the Photo-Sharing Apps Stack Up "You are downloading 4.6 million users' phone number information, along with their usernames. People tend to use the same username around the web so you can use this information to find phone number information associated with Facebook and Twitter accounts, or simply to figure out the phone numbers of people you wish to get in touch with," the site said
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theodp writes "First approved for contraceptive use in the U.S. in 1960, 'The Pill' is currently used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in the U.S. But just hours... before the Affordable Care Act was to go into effect, Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay temporarily blocking a mandate requiring health insurance coverage of birth control, and gave the Obama administration until Friday to respond to the Supreme Court on the matter. Sotomayor's order applies to a group of nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and other Roman Catholic nonprofit groups that use the same health plan, known as the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust (PDF). The group is one of many challenging the federal requirement for contraceptive coverage, but a decision on the...
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Radionomy to buy Winamp andWell, it looks like Winamp won’t die after all: AOL will sell the pioneering music service along with server program Shoutcast to Belgian radio aggregate service Radionomy, according to TechCrunch.... The details of the deal are not final, but TechCrunch says that the specifics should surface […]
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The chipmaker is still trying to make its mark in the Android mobile market. Not surprisingly, it intends to get more aggressive in the coming year.
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The Freedom Spot Photon: RingIt's 2014...isn't it time you had 4G internet access on the go? With this Cult of Mac Deals offer you'll get up to speed with the world's smallest 4G mobile hotspot - The Freedom Spot Photon: Platinum... Edition. For a…
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Blueshift's bamboo BluetoothBluetooth speakers are everywhere, but none of them are remotely like Sam Beck's Blueshift speakers. With a recently successful crowd-sourced funding campaign and $36,000 in his pocket, Beck is... setting out to produce one of the most unique speakers we've ever seen. The post Blueshift’s bamboo Bluetooth beauty ditches D cells for supercapacitors appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Glass's No. 1 fanGoogle must really want Robert Scoble to stop talking about or doing anything with Google Glass. Scoble, who last year annoyed Google CEO Larry Page with his infamous Glass-enhanced shower selfie, has... taken to Google+ to write that Glass is essentially a “doomed” product in 2014. Scoble’s reason for Glass’s impending commercial failure this year is pretty simple: It’s mostly about the pricing. “Price is gonna matter a LOT,” he writes. “But I’m hearing they won’t be able to get under $500 in 2014, so that means it’s doomed. In 2014. When they get under $300 and have another revision or two? That’s when the market really will show up. 2016, I say.” Scoble goes on to list some other
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Movies we hope don't suck, 2014 edition, Part 2

Digital Trends - 1 Jan 2014 19:15
Movies we hope don't suck,In part two of the movies coming in 2014 we hope don't suck, we look at the films that will be released between May through July. These are the films we hope don't suck because there will be larger... consequences if they do. The post Movies we hope don't suck, 2014 edition, Part 2 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hackers Reveal 4.6 MillionThe phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million Snapchat users have been leaked on the Internet by a group that claims it wants to raise awareness about security flaws in the messaging app.... The leaked information pairs usernames with the users’ locations in the form of their phone numbers, which have been partially redacted in the database posted online, the Verge reports. They left off the final two digits of each number “to minimize spam and abuse,” according to SnapchatDB, the anonymous group or individual that leaked the numbers online. According to SnapchatDB, a person could download the data and “find phone number information associated with Facebook and Twitter accounts, or simply to figure out the phone numbers of people you wish to get in touch with.” SnapchatDB...
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Blame singer Miley Cyrus and President Obama for some of the vexing terms on the annual list from Lake Superior State University.
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Drawing and sketching were once activities limited to pencil and paper, but for budding artists in the digital age, there's a wealth of online, browser-based tools to let your creativity run wild. It... doesn't just have to be a hobby or pastime, though — drawing is useful for brainstorming and problem-solving, and these web apps can aid in any profession. See also: 5 Best Tablet Apps for Doodlers We've picked 12 of the best drawing and sketching apps to suit any level of artist, ranging from professional-grade applications to simple tools for doodling. They're all free, and since they're all online, they can be accessed from anywhere.
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Astronauts Wish Earth HappyThe people of Earth rang in 2014 with raucous celebrations that reached all the way to space, where astronauts on the International Space Station helped usher in the New Year. See the Happy New Year... video from astronauts on the space station.
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[From In-Car Tech] Hir-res audio will be featured at 2014 International CES this month. What I want to envision is a future where hi-res audio is available in our cars.
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Guest author Melissa Olsen is a passionate fan of classical music and is currently the marketing director of Morbie. Early this year, Swedish development company DoReMIR Research finally released... its widely-praised ScoreCleaner app, a program that takes musical notation with impressive accuracy. It's been promoted as the answer for would-be-composers who need help converting their ideas into something more shareable in the musical community. It's a great example of machines helping humans produce art as music. It's not alone, of course. There are many more examples of machines helping the musical process along. It was a reverse talk-back circuit that gave us the gated reverb of the 80's (think of the drums from "In the Air Tonight") and auto-tuning gave us the distinctive sound of Daft...
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A couch potato will definitely be able to identify with the idea of controlling everything right there and then from the couch itself without having to lift one finger more than necessary. Even better... if here is also another kind of robotic assistant that is able to deliver food and drinks to you at your
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Apple's Most Over-Looked Innovation

TechPinions - 1 Jan 2014 18:58
Do you own a computer, cell phone, or tablet? Has that device ever stopped working for no reason (or have you ever dropped it in the toilet and not told anyone)? Do you experience feelings of dread in... your basement ...
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DeviceGuru writes "A Russian startup called Virt2real has produced a small $120 Linux-based WiFi controller board for remote control and video observation applications, and has demonstrated its use in... a remote controlled car. Inspired by Back to the Future and James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Virt2real's Bond Car demo (YouTube video) shows a Vauxhall (Opel) Vectra being remotely controlled by an iPad via WiFi. The iPad interface includes touchscreen-based steering wheel, brakes, and accelerator, which are mirrored in the car by a mechanical contraption that physically turns the steering wheel and pushes the brake and accelerator pedals. The company is now accepting orders for the first 1,000 of its Virt2real controller board, and is working on a Virt2real-based Bond Car it that will...
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[From HomeTechTell] Stream TV will be exhibiting their new 4K Ultra-D glasses free HDTVs in both 50 and 55 inch sizes at CES 2014 for attendees and prospective partners.
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Today: Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Hardware Replacement: FE-3 Hopkins used the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) for restraining the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Chamber Insert... Assembly (CIA) while he installed fuel reservoirs, replaced two igniter tips and exchanged manifold bottles...
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See the Youngest Moon of Your Life Tonight

Universe Today - 1 Jan 2014 18:49
The new year starts out with a bang, offering the chance to spy an exceptionally thin crescent moon shortly after sunset. Here’s how to find it. (...)Read the rest of See the Youngest Moon of Your... Life Tonight (796 words) © Bob King for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Moon, […]
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AOL Sells Winamp And ShoutcastSome more detail on the fate of Winamp and Shoutcast, the legacy digital music services that owner AOL (which also owns TechCrunch) originally planned to shut down but then halted pending a sale. They... are not being bought by Microsoft, as we had heard when we first reported news of a sale. The properties are instead being acquired by Radionomy -- an international aggregator of online radio stations headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
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Missing 2013 already? ViewInstagram-tracking service Statigram offers a new tool that turns your most-popular photos into a short highlight video. The feature picks five photos from your 2013 posts based on "likes." The post... Missing 2013 already? View your most popular Instagram photos last year in a short video appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Fly Delta app updated to helpStarting today, those of us who play the frequent flyer game on Delta Air Lines need to keep track of what we're spending in order to make status for 2015. And to that end, Delta has updated its... Android app to also show your Medallion Qualification Dollars, aka MQDs. Want to keep status next year? You've got to spend, baby, spend, and not just hop cheap flights to nowhere. Also new is more detailed profile information, and the requisite bugfixes and performance improvements. And as a reminder, Delta, like other U.S. airlines, now lets you use your phone or tablet below 10,000 feet. Just don't try to make any calls, m'kay? Also: Read our feature "10,000 feet — using gadgets on planes"     
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Moto X now permanently pricedAfter initially launching in August at $579, Motorola's well-received Moto X is getting a permanent price drop to $399 on any carrier without a new contract. That's slightly higher than the $349 deals... that Motorola intermittently offered (with some difficulty) in the run-up to the holidays, but it's still a great deal considering that the Moto X is almost universally regarded as one of the best Android smartphones currently available. The $399 price includes Moto Maker — that is, you can get a bespoke Moto X designed to your tastes — but does not appear to include the recently introduced bamboo-clad "natural" option, which runs an extra $100. The new pricing puts the Moto X in more direct, permanent competition against Google's...
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16 Things You Can't Unsee From 2013

Mashable - 1 Jan 2014 18:30
The year 2013 was one of huge and affecting news stories, including NSA snooping, the Papal transition and Obamacare Unfortunately, it was also the year of Joanna Rohrback's Prancercise camel toe. See... also: 16 People Made Famous by the Internet in 2013 It may be a new year, but there are plenty of head-scratching images and videos we'll never be able to unsee. Before bleaching your eyeballs, take one last look at 2013 as we pay tribute to the hilarious, disgusting and WTF moments that took place. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Image: Morphsuits
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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. It's that special time of year between holiday sales and the pre-CES hype cycle that presents an opportunity to... consider some of the most innovative devices of the ...
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'Like' catching some flack from Flik Flak

Geek Time - 1 Jan 2014 18:20
Flik Flak is a new social feedback tool for mobile that might actually bring media publishers a genuine sense of whether users really do indeed Like their stuff
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Why I'm Quitting Social Media for 30 Days

The Huffington Post - 1 Jan 2014 18:17
Why I'm Quitting Social MediaIn my completely unscientific and unfounded opinion, there are two types of social media users: the persistent posters and the compulsive checkers. We all know who the persistent posters are (and if... you're unsure, check out this comic by The Oatmeal for further explanation). But the compulsive checkers often fly under the radar. It wasn't until a few months ago I realized I'd become one of them. Moving to New York City three years ago hadn't been an easy choice. I grew up in the Midwest surrounded by a great community of family and friends, and I worried about all I'd miss when I wasn't just a short car ride away. My young cousins were growing up at what seemed an exponential rate. Friends were planning weddings and celebrating housewarmings. Shortly after came the job promotions and baby...
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And you thought your BMW wasHandcrafted from solid white and rose gold, lightweight titanium and stainless steel, this belt buckle offers wearers the ability to dial in the perfect snugness with a mechanism capable of a... "click-free click." The post And you thought your BMW was expensive. This Bugatti belt buckle costs $84,000 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Amazon's delivery drone dreamThe U.S. government this week approved unmanned aircraft tests for six states of the 24 that wanted to be in the program, Reuters reports, with drone testing expected to cover a variety of uses,... including Amazon's proposed Prime Air shipping solution. The FAA's chosen sites for drone tests include Alaska, New York, North Dakota, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Of those, North Dakota has already contacted Amazon to propose testing. "We said: ‘We'd love to help you bring your vision to fruition,’” Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authority director Bob Becklund said about the conversation he had with the company, "They said: 'We'll keep your number on file,’" he added. Global spending on drones is expected to double to $11.6
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Exoplanet GJ 1214 b was discovered in 2009 by the MEarth project. Researchers now have strong evidence that it has an atmosphere. "[A] team of astronomers led by UChicago's Laura Kreidberg and Jacob... Bean have detected clear evidence of clouds in the atmosphere of GJ 1214b from data collected with the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble observations used 96 hours of telescope time spread over 11 months. This was the largest Hubble program ever devoted to studying a single exoplanet. ... The first spectra, which were obtained by Bean in 2010 using a ground-based telescope, suggested that the planet's atmosphere either was predominantly water vapor or hydrogen-dominated with high-altitude clouds. ... More precise Hubble observations made in 2012 and 2013 allowed the team to distinguish between...
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Your cover letter is supposed to catch a prospective employer's eye, but that's easier said than done when it's buried under a pile of applications. As a result, nearly every professional has his or... her own advice when it comes to writing one of these formal introductions and bids for employment There's a typical formula many follow, but some job hopefuls have tried more inventive techniques to get their applications noticed. While success isn't guaranteed, these individuals chose more creative paths on the road to employment. See also: No Resume, No Cover Letter — Instagram Scored the Job Whether you're looking for ideas to improve your job search, or you just want to see what people are willing to do to get an interview, here are six impressive cover letters that can inspire you to up...
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New additions to NetflixNetflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away: after earlier revelations that a significant number of high-quality films would be disappearing from the movie service today due to expiring licenses — as... they do from time to time — it turns out that another set of movies will be coming in to take their place. Among the more notable entries posted to a Reddit thread are American Psycho, Raging Bull, Thelma and Louise, Big Trouble in Little China, Ghost, Good Burger, Spaceballs, and the Bill Murray holiday classic Scrooged (a little late for that, but at least it'll be ready for next December). So get to streaming, and may the Schwartz be with you.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Review

Slash Gear - 1 Jan 2014 18:01
Lenovo has popped up with a handful of new products recently, among them being the ThinkPad Yoga, a flexible hybrid laptop with a touchscreen panel that can fold all the …
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The next step in transformative technology is already here, and the United States runs the risk of getting left behind. The amount of robotics inventions is steadily on the rise, and the U.S. military... is already in on the action. A few years ago, Air Force drones surpassed 1 million combat hours. Hobbyists are using platforms like Arduino to build their own robots, and they're building them by the thousands. Tesla recently announced its intention to develop and market driverless cars by 2018. Last year, Chris Anderson quit his job as the editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine to found and run a robotics company.
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Easiest to Read Scale is easy on the eyes

Coolest Gadgets - 1 Jan 2014 18:00
As we grow older, our eyes too, start to get dim - at least for some of us. This would mean having to wear a pair of steel rimmed glasses that will hopefully go along with the shape of your face in a... nice manner. Not only that, we too, will have to take better
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The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

Life Hacker - 1 Jan 2014 18:00
The Best Time to Buy AnythingA bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying throughout the year. Here's your comprehensive, always up-to-date guide on the best times to buy everything this year.
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We here at Gizmodo enjoy a rich , vibrant history of tiny creatures riding Roombas. So naturally, we can think of no better way to welcome Baby New Year than with an actual baby. Riding a Roomba.... Straight into 2014 and into our hearts. Our clean, dust-free hearts. [@hellogiggle via Kyle Wagner]
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Viruses outnumber all cellular life forms on Earth at least 10 to 1 - so we can't ignore them in our search for extraterrestrial life, argues astrovirologist Ken Stedman (full text available to... subscribers)     
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Happy New Year!

TUAW - 1 Jan 2014 18:00
Happy New Year!Welcome to 2014, a year of changes for TUAW. Stay tuned for more reviews, how-to's and analysis articles this year, plus new video and audio content. Thanks to everyone who made 2013 such a success,... and we wish you the best in 2014. We'll be back ...
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[AppleTell] The problem with paywalls

Technology Tell - 1 Jan 2014 17:54
[From AppleTell] Can generations of Internet users can be convinced to pay for Web content behind paywalls after years of being accustomed to free acess?
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The problem with paywalls

AppleTell - 1 Jan 2014 17:54
There tends to be a sameness to the Web journalism that's available for free, but a problem I perceive with the paywall model is that while most of us can afford to subscribe to a few favorite... publications, we've gotten used to consuming Web content selectively and eclectically, and can't afford to keep that up if the whole Web retreats behind paywalls.
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I absolutely love stuff like this. Wish I could have been a French-speaking fly on the wall as they dug through the apartment.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Discontinuing soon, Bump isAfter getting acquired by Google in September, former high-flying app Bump has announced its shutdown at the end of the month.
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A war veteran with PTSD is theColorado's marijuana dispensaries opened their doors to recreational users this morning, but their first customer was far from someone just looking to have a good time: Sean Azzariti, a Denver-area... veteran of the Iraq war who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), instead purchased weed to help alleviate symptoms of his illness.
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∞ Polydimethylsiloxane + sand = FUN

The Loop - 1 Jan 2014 17:36
This has been around for a while, but is new to me. So deliciously awesome! Polydimethylsiloxane (or PDMS) is used in lots of products, from chicken nuggets and fries, to caulk, to shampoo. This use... is my favorite.
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Recent data shows that more than 500,000 women in the U.S. report drinking during pregnancy, with about 20 percent of this population admitting to binge drinking. Even one episode of heavy drinking... can lead to the collection of birth defects known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Along with growth retardation, head and face abnormalities, and neurological problems, FAS also causes heart problems in just over half of those with this condition. Though much research has focused on looking for the cause of these alcohol-induced heart defects, they remain largely a mystery.
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Conservationists have extracted 22 century-old images from a box of photo negatives they discovered in Antarctica earlier in 2013. The Antarctic Heritage Trust, of New Zealand, announced the discovery... in December, saying the photographs are from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 to 1917 Ross Sea Party expedition, whose task was to install supply depots on the remote continent See also: 100 Most Powerful Moments of 2013 in Photos "It’s an exciting find and we are delighted to see them exposed after a century," Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Executive Director Nigel Watson said in a statement. The organization called the following image of Shackleton’s Chief Scientist Alexander Stevens "one of the most striking images" of the bunch.
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Finnish HIV Vaccine Testing To Begin

Slashdot - 1 Jan 2014 17:25
First time accepted submitter ultranova writes with news of a new phase in trials for an HIV vaccine. From the article: "Some 1,000 patients throughout France and Switzerland will take part on the... trials, with the first phase involving hundreds of HIV sufferers. Participant numbers will increase as the program progresses. ... According to Reijonen, the GTU technology developed by FIT Biotech is also suitable for use as a preventive HIV vaccine, however, he says that such a drug is still ten years away.The central idea behind HIV vaccine development is the use of genetic immunization. Genes are introduced into the body in order to generate a controlled immune response against HIV. Gene Transport Unit (or GTU) technology refers to FIT Biotech’s patented method by which genes can be safely...
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∞ Adding items to the Finder sidebar

The Loop - 1 Jan 2014 17:20
Though this is likely old hat to many of you, I thought this was worth passing along for folks new to Mavericks or to the sidebar. Before Mavericks, to add a file to the Finder sidebar, you simply... dragged it over and released it. Easy to remember, easy to perform. The down side was accidentally adding items to the sidebar. Not a big problem, but it's happened to me. With Mavericks, Apple changed the way this works. If you drag a file to the sidebar, you can drop it into a folder stored in the sidebar, but releasing the file won't add it to the sidebar itself.
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How to swap a lens on your newAn ad created for Sony China shows skydivers changing the lens on a Alpha A7R while in midair. Over the course of two days, the 4K, slow-motion footage required nine jumps to capture. The post How to... swap a lens on your new Sony A7R in midair while falling from 15,000 feet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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One chart shows Google'sIf you want an illustration of just how powerful Google is, you need look no further than the search giant’s impact on Rap Genius, the hip-hop lyrics website that Google recently accused of trying... to game its search engine optimization (SEO) system. Tech Rampage has posted a chart from Quantcast showing what happened to Rap Genius’s traffic in the days after Google decided to punish it for its alleged misdeeds… and it’s not pretty. As you can see, Rap Genius’s traffic plummeted from the 1.5 million unique users range all the way down to the 250,000 unique users range over the span of just a few days. In other words, Google has killed off around 80% of Rap Genius’s traffic
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Chrome Show: Canary Chrome OSThe new year rings in with a few new hardware developments with new machines rumored or leaked in advance of CES. There's Chrome software news too though: You can run the bleeding edge Canary version... of Chrome OS. Should you?
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SaaS and app startups can literally be anywhere in the world. With the cloud, both sales and support functions are virtual — a top-notch software company no longer needs a large local sales force to... sell its product via tons of in-person meetings. This opens up the possibility of launching your startup anywhere from Bozeman, Mont., to Tampa, Fla. To find the best entrepreneurial hotspot these days, you might look at the top locations for venture capital investments or where the cost of living is lowest. But where’s the best place for you to launch your startup? See also: 7 Design Tips for a More Productive Office
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Digital Ads: How Facebook,Guest author Kelly Cooper currently serves as marketing manager at ShopIgniter. The promise of digital media in online advertising is the ability to reach the right people with the right message at... the right time. Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all jockeying for the hearts and minds of customers and advertisers alike. But there are big differences in what they're doing and how useful their understanding of their users may be to advertisers. First, some background. Brands, which have long dreamed of advertising only to the people most likely to buy their products or services--and then evangelize them to others--have stampeded away from print. The National Newspaper Association reported print advertising has dropped 60% over the past seven years. And magazine print advertising has not...
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Google-owned Bump and FlockFrom 9to5Google: With the acquisition of the company in September, Bump and Flock CEO and co-founder David Lieb quietly announced last night that both apps were shutting down effective January 31st.... According to a brief blog post on the Bump site, Lieb says his team is "deeply focused on our new projects within Google" and given that […]
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Data Scraping Highlights Risks Of Image Theft Online

The Huffington Post - 1 Jan 2014 17:00
Data Scraping Highlights RisksTORONTO - When a photo of the late Rehtaeh Parsons was used for a dating website's advertisement on Facebook last year, the callous misappropriation of her image shocked those who saw it. It should've... also been seen as a warning, say privacy experts. Having a photo stolen and reposted elsewhere online could just as easily happen to any of the millions of Canadians who regularly post images to the web without a second thought. "Many of us are sharing images without considering how others may use them or how we may lose control," says Marian Merritt, the Internet safety advocate for security software maker Norton. Last September, ads for the now defunct Ionechat.com featured photos of Parsons with the text, "Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or...
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Samsung has already chalked up plenty of feathers in its proverbial hat, and this time around, they have yet another one to add to their burgeoning collection. The company is already a world leader... when it comes to consumer electronics, and this time around, they have announced the first 8Gb LPDDR4 (low power double data
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Fix a Broken Pair ofIf your perfect pair of headphones has finally cracked beyond repair, not all is lost: blogger Ean Golden discovered that he could make his headphones live on with a $20 pair of noise-isolating... earmuffs.
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The World's 19 WeirdestWhen you travel the world, having a few drinks with your hosts is a great way to get a sense of the local culture. But excessive alcohol consumption can cause physiological consequences . Don't... worry--a hangover is universal, and your new friends probably already know a way to cope with it.
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AnandTech review of the new Mac Pro

The Loop - 1 Jan 2014 16:55
This is the review I've been waiting for. When I am in the market for a new camera, I always make my way to dpreview.com. Anand Lal Shimpi brings the same level of geeky goodness to his reviews.∞... Read this on The Loop
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30C3: SD card tricks can(Phys.org) --This year's 30th Chaos Communication Congress (30C3) in Hamburg from December 27 to December 30 carried numerous informative presentations, including a reverse-engineering story about SD... cards, which two investigators explored for malware potential. The presenters were identified as "bunnie" and "xobs," taking center-stage to discuss their work. The presentation was titled " The Exploration and Exploitation of an SD Memory Card." (SD cards are the small flash-memory cards used to store data on phones, digital cameras and other portable devices.) As Gizmodo put it, "the next time you plug in an SD card, just remember that it's actually a tiny computer of its own." In short, some cards' embedded microcontrollers can be exploited. The two found that some SD cards contain...
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I just don't get tired ofI love rocket launches photos, especially when they are as awesome as this photo by Pat Corkery, featured by the US Air Force.
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It's no secret that Motorola's flagship Moto X hasn't been a tremendous hit with consumers, and with considerable inventory likely building up, it's time to move some product. Google's smartphone arm... is kicking off the new year with some aggressive ...
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Dubai rings in the new yearYour New Year's Eve celebrations had nothing on this. In Dubai, organizers successfully pulled off a fireworks display so epic that it set a new world record: an estimated 500,000 pyrotechnics were... set off from 400 different locations along 60 miles of coastline at midnight.
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Welcome to the first of the year, SlashGear readers - time to get ready for the next big technology convention. While you've got a lovely SlashGear's Best Tech of 2013 …
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Moto X drops to $399 withoutIn a move that should spur sales, Motorola started 2014 by dropping the cost of its Moto X handset to $399 without a contract. The deal was announced on Wednesday morning and applies to all carriers... as well as Moto Maker custom phones. While some thought […]
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hypnosec writes "Just days after Australia-based Gibson Security disclosed two vulnerabilities in Snapchat that could allow hackers to gain access to personal data of its users, hackers managed to get... their hands onto basic information of 4.6 million Snapchat users and have leaked it online, partially censored.The database dump is available on SnapchatDB and allows anyone to grab it as a SQL dump or CSV text file. ... 'This information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue,' reads a statement on SnapchatDB."
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'100' dares you to filmKaren X Cheng left Microsoft’s Office team with a farewell resignation video. In her first year away from Microsoft she taught herself to dance, creating a viral video of her daily progress. The... inspiring video became so popular that Cheng was able to turn the idea into a project: 100. The site is an open invite for anyone to participate in a 100-day challenge to get better at something with practice, while documenting it with short daily video clips. 100 attracted 4,700 people to its waiting list ahead of the launch in November, and thousands of people are now recording their daily progress for all to see. 100 days, 100 videos There are people learning to unicycle, handstand, create time-lapse videos, and even teach their dogs...
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Mac Pro teardown from iFixit

The Loop - 1 Jan 2014 16:35
Mac Pro teardown from iFixitThe new Mac Pro is built to be taken apart. This well-executed teardown from iFixit shows off the engineering excellence behind the Mac Pro design. The teardown starts by removing the cover. Slide the... lock-switch, pull off the cover. So easy. Truly a thing of beauty.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Dolphins Can Get High on Puffer Fish

ABC News - 1 Jan 2014 16:32
Dolphins Can Get High onDocumentary shows dolphins in a trance-like state after snacking on pufferfish.     
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Moto X price drops to $399 outright

Android Central - 1 Jan 2014 16:32
Moto X price drops to $399Motorola is starting 2014 out right, dropping the outright price of its flagship Moto X Android smartphone to $399. That's still double the price of its budget Moto G offering, but a third as much (at... least) of what most other high-end phones will cost off contract. It's worth noting, however, that you'll still likely be able to get the Moto X even cheaper at some point. Motorola hasn't been shy about putting this guy on sale, and we saw it go for as low as $350 outright in past months. The new pricing applies to custom-designed phones, as well, but you'll still have to pony up another $100 for the bamboo backs. Source: Motorola     
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11 Reasons To Bring Back Landlines In 2014 (Seriously)

The Huffington Post - 1 Jan 2014 16:29
11 Reasons To Bring BackWhile some are saying that landlines will become as obsolete as horse-and-buggy travel, we say that there really is no time better than now to embrace home phones. Yep, I'm siding with your mother and... grandmother on this one. While a home phone can't replace a cell phone (for the obvious reason that you can't take them with you everywhere), it's something you should use at home. Here's why: 1. It can save your ass in an emergency. If the power goes out, your phone will still work. You won't have to do what I did after Superstorm Sandy knocked out my power for over a week, which was travel nearly a state over to find a working outlet to recharge my phone. 2. No weird health concerns. Though research is still ongoing (and hotly debated), there are concerns that cell phones might have a...
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This pickup truck is made ofBehold the first self-propelled ice sculpture ever--a truck made of ice that actually works! It's a real truck, using 11,000 pounds of ice over a regular truck chassis complete with engine and... electrical system. Check out the videos to see how they built it--and how it melted.
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Alleged Snapchat hackersThe individual or team claiming responsibility for SnapchatDB has responded to The Verge's requests for comment the morning after the database went online, containing a leaked collection of some 4.6... million apparent Snapchat usernames and partial phone numbers. "Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed," they say. "Security matters as much as user experience does."
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Dome Homes Could Save EveryoneThough milder than previous years, 2013 saw its share of extreme weather, the increasingly alarming phenom that experts say might explain a growing trend in home design -- dome-shaped houses. The... design, which CNBC contributor Linda Federico-O'Murchu describes as a "simple yet ingenious way" for homeowners to minimize their vulnerability to natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, are sweeping the nation apparently and are as curvaceous as they sound. "The domes' balanced shape is self-supporting and strong enough to withstand the force of an EF5 tornado, a monster hurricane or a powerful earthquake," Federico-O'Murchu writes. "Dome buildings made of concrete can deflect falling buildings and flying debris, even airborne trees and cars. Plus, the roof won't blow off."...
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New technology on order for Neshoba Co. EOC

Miami Herald - 1 Jan 2014 16:17
Neshoba County will spend $213,227 on digital technology systems for its new emergency operations center.
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A pen and checkbook used to be the only way to donate money to good causes. The Internet, however, has rejuvenated our concept of “giving to charity,” bringing about an unprecedented age of both... citizen and viral philanthropy, and calling upon online communities to help those in need. This concept relies on social sharing to spread the word, and is only strengthened by the growing accessibility of mobile phones. And it continues to be a groundbreaking idea for social good. See also: 10 Empowering Apps for Social Good These free apps transform giving into an easy and convenient activity, without interfering with your daily schedule. Donate in small increments, or do good just by using the app.
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AllThingsD shuts down asOn the last day of 2013, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg announced that their website, AllThingsD, would be shut down in the wake of the September deal breakdown with owner Dow Jones. Then, at the... stroke of midnight, the pair popped up with their newest venture, […]
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Federal judge upholds theA US judge has declared that the government can still search and confiscate your electronic devices when you cross the border — dismissing a lawsuit against the policy largely on the grounds that... such searches are rare occurrences.
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Three Reasons Your StartupDevOps--it's not just the latest buzzword from the IT sphere. It's a paradigm shift in the way technology companies look at the marriage between software development and the infrastructure that powers... it. It's wrong to assume that only enterprise businesses can benefit from or need a DevOps strategy. Whether you are an organization the size of Facebook or a one-man tech startup, DevOps is now a way of life and ignoring it can make or break a company of any size. Defining The Buzz So what is DevOps? Well, much like the name states, we are talking about a union of Developers and IT Operations (aka Systems Engineers). DevOps is many things. It is a collection of best practices, a set of tooling and a philosophy that emphasizes automation and collaboration. The term "DevOps" emerged from the...
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We have seen mobile phones change in size over the years, most notably getting smaller and smaller in form factor until the explosion of touchscreen smartphones that eventually saw a movement in the... opposite direction - that the display size itself starts to grow more and more, so much so an entire new category of
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In New York City, it's only about an hour on the Q train from the crush of New Year's Eve parties at Times Square to Coney Island, where hundreds of people are expected to rush into the Atlantic Ocean... on Jan. 1. All across the globe, folks fortified with courage (liquid or otherwise) will splash into lakes and oceans to start 2014 off with a shiver. While a "polar bear plunge" can be an invigorating start to the year, you might wonder: What actually happens to your body when you take a freezing dip?
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Snapchat leak reveals phoneSnapchat users beware: someone has posted the phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million accounts on the site SnapchatDB, freely available as an SQL dump or CSV text file for anyone to... download. The last two digits of each phone number have been censored “in order to minimize spam and abuse,” but the owner of the database says that “under certain circumstances,” the site might be willing to release the uncensored records. This giant leak comes just days after Gibson Security’s latest interview in which the company warns of Snapchat’s vulnerabilities. According to Gibson Security, the Snapchat team had taken far too long to address some very serious issues with the coding of the software, and had left the
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Polar Bear! The 4 Best PlacesIt's New Year's morning--you've got a champagne hangover and half an ill-advised Meat Lover's pizza on your nightstand. What could possibly make this day better? For some, it's jumping into an... ice-fringed ocean.
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What an Exomoon Would Look Like from Earth [Video]

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 16:00
In “ Astronomers Search for Moons Circling Distant Exoplanets ” author Lee Billings explores the hunt for moons orbiting distant planets--exomoons. The project uses data from the... --
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Reefs found thriving in naturally acidified waters give hope that some corals could cope with climate change     
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What an Exomoon Would Look Like from Earth [Video]

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 16:00
In “ Astronomers Search for Moons Circling Distant Exoplanets ” author Lee Billings explores the hunt for moons orbiting distant planets--exomoons. The project uses data from the... --
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Bump and Flock file sharingGoogle acquired Bump -- developer of an NFC-like file sharing app with the same name and a photo sharing service called Flock -- back in September, and both projects will shut down January 31st. CEO... and cofounder David Lieb announced the ...
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AHuxley writes "The American Civil Liberties Union sought to challenge the U.S. legal 'border exemption' three years ago. Can your laptop be seized and searched without reasonable suspicion at the... border? A 32 page decision provides new legal insight into legal thinking around suspicionless searches: your electronic devices are searchable and seizable for any reason at the U.S. border. The ACLU may appeal. Also note the Kool-Aid comment: 'The report said that a reasonable suspicion standard is inadvisable because it could lead to litigation and the forced divulgence of national security information, and would prevent border officers from acting on inchoate "hunches," a method that it says has sometimes proved fruitful.'" It's even legal for them to copy the contents of your laptop for no...
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U.S. border agents should have the authority to search laptop computers carried by news photographers and other travelers at international border crossings without reasonable suspicion, a federal... judge in Brooklyn ruled Friday.
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Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz HDThe Jan. 1 Deal of the Day is the BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Motorola Droid ULTRA/MAXX. This screen protector is custom designed to fit perfectly on your device and is easy to apply,... even for a novice. The ultra-slim PET film reduces glare and fingerprints while providing a smooth touchscreen experience. The BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz is available for just $8.49, 47% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping. Find more great deals on Motorola Droid ULTRA accessories at ShopAndroid.com!     
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6 Laptop Speakers for Astute Audiophiles

Mashable - 1 Jan 2014 15:22
You don’t have to be a serious audiophile to require improved laptop sound. Whether you’re spending hours gaming, watching movies or just playing tunes, a good set of laptop speakers makes a major... difference See also: 7 Ways You're Killing Your Tech As with any audio gear, speakers can get expensive very quickly. The good news is that a range of price points will give you great sound. Before you buy, think what you need from your listening experience. If you want your laptop speakers to perform double duty as your main entertainment system, expect to shell out a couple hundred dollars. If you just want improved sound around your apartment, you can find surprisingly good deals
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theodp writes "GeekWire reports on Google's just-granted patent on creating and sharing social network status updates in the form of comic strips, a la Bitstrips. Google also envisions an educational... role for its new invention, which the search giant has dubbed the Self-Creation of Comic Strips in Social Networks and Other Communications. Google explains, 'Aside from humor, such comic strips are also usable for education, for instance in summarizing a real-time conversation between two political leaders as it is happening. By posting such a comic strip on a social network facility such as a social network blog or tweet, others may more readily follow the flow of the conversation than if it had been summarized in plain text.'"
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Feds May Require Cars to TalkNew cars may soon be required to include smart technology that would alert drivers of a coming crash, even in vehicles that are two or three cars away. The vehicle-to-vehicle -- or V2V -- technology... has been tested in recent years and has actually been installed in some cars that are on the road. A recent study by the Government Accountablility Office determined that if the gizmos were widely deployed "V2V technologies could provide warnings to drivers in as much as 76 percent of potential multi-vehicle collisions."     
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The Maelstrom at Saturn's North Pole

SpaceRef - 1 Jan 2014 15:07
The vortex at Saturn's north pole -- seen here in the infrared -- takes on the menacing look of something from the imagination of Edgar Allen Poe....
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The App-Driven Life: How ToNew Year's resolutions are so ridiculously ineffective, it's a wonder why we even keep up this futile tradition year after year.  According to USA.gov, in America, virtually the same resolutions are... popular every year. And according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, just 8 percent of Americans actually achieve their resolutions by year's end.  However, technology has made it a cinch to perform feats that would have been impossible years before. Why shouldn't it aid us in keeping our resolutions, too? For any given resolution, there are a slew of desktop and mobile apps that can support you in reaching your goals. Here are a few to get you started.  I Resolve To ... Exercise More If you've been keeping up with ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas's...
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Happy New Solar Ellipse!

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 15:00
Happy New Year! And don’t feel bad about taking today off. After all, you’ve traveled far.  And I’m not talking about the trip home from the party. According to NASA, just by... --
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Happy New Solar Ellipse!

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 15:00
Happy New Year! And don’t feel bad about taking today off. After all, you’ve traveled far.  And I’m not talking about the trip home from the party. According to NASA, just by... --
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Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car. NASA’s Curiosity rover is somewhat more evolved: It can navigate around simple obstacles and spot a dust devil...... --
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Mix of hepatitis and pollen blows hay fever away

New Scientist - 1 Jan 2014 15:00
Early trials show a new type of vaccine for grass pollen is safe and works after just four jabs     
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Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car. NASA’s Curiosity rover is somewhat more evolved: It can navigate around simple obstacles and spot a dust devil...... --
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The Planetary Lake Lander is testing autonomous exploration technologies for a future mission to Saturn's most intriguing moon --
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Philippines allows phone use on planes

Phys.org - 1 Jan 2014 14:58
Philippines allows phone useThe Philippines' civil aviation authority said Tuesday it would allow passengers to use mobile phones and laptops to make calls and access the Internet during flights.
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Best DSLR cameras 2014: TheYou want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2014. We'll guide you through the hottest... cameras available - and only models that we've reviewed in...
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4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers affected, reports say.
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Apple denies 'backdoor' NSA access

Phys.org - 1 Jan 2014 14:16
Apple denies 'backdoor' NSAApple said Tuesday it had no "backdoor" in its products after a security researcher and a leaked document suggested the US National Security Agency had unfettered access to the iPhone.
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The First cycle of TheHive Ashdod Accelerator is coming to a close with 14 participating entrepreneurs and startups, some engaged in improving quality of life and others looking at how to change it.... Here's a glimpse of 6 projects from the current cycle
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The year 2013 has seen the introduction of many Android tablets. Things might not be very rosy in 2014.
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The top 3 ways cameras evolved in 2013

USA Today - 1 Jan 2014 14:00
In a turbulent year, three key stories gave us a glimpse into the future of photography.
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Best compact cameras 2014: TheNew year, new camera? If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2014 then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying... one from your local shop or online. Compact cameras...
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9 companies fighting to stay alive in 2014

Pocket-lint - 1 Jan 2014 14:00
9 companies fighting to stayAs we enter a new year of hope for a rapidly expanding tech industry we also have to take stock that the times ahead, while full of promise, could also be fraught with trouble for some. In 2013, we... lost games publisher THQ and video retail chain Blockbuster...
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[I decided a while ago to make this post an annual BA tradition on January 1, which is a more polite way of saying it's a repost and I'm sometimes a tad on the lazy side. I've punched it up here and... there over the previous version, added a number (can you find it?), and switched up the images, just to make it fresher. Enjoy.] Yay! It's a new year! But what does that mean, exactly? The year, of course, is the time it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun, right? Well, not exactly. It depends on what you mean by "year" and how you measure it. This takes a wee bit of explaining, so while the antacid is dissolving in your stomach to remedy last night's excesses, sit back and let me tell you the tale of the year. Round and Round She Goes Let's take a look at the Earth from a distance. From...
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Smartphone Use while Walking Is Painfully Dumb

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 14:00
Back in 2010, in this space, I described my near run-in with he whom I dubbed “Scooter Boy.” This yutz was driving down a busy road in Florida on, you guessed it, a scooter, the... --
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Papers, Parables, andIt was a very good year 2013 has been quite a year, and now it's drawing to a close. Time for us to round up every game that came out in the last 12 months, stick them all in a colosseum, and have... them battle it out for Game of the Year honors. Or rather, time for PCWorld staff to have long, heated debates about why one game deserves a spot on the list instead of someone else's favorite. Discussions have gotten tense at times, but we've emerged with minimal injuries--and our final list. The qualifications for contention: The game must be a stand-alone product that you can buy on its own, and it must run on a PC. Let's see who made the list, shall we?
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Best compact system camerasYou're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of names being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless"... through to terms such as "digital single lens mirrorless...
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A United States district judge has ruled that gadget searches upon crossing into the US aren't a breach of the First and Fourth Amendments. In 2010, the National Association of Criminal Defense... Lawyers, National Press Photographers and grad student ...
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AllThingsD closes its doors
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New York City mayor plans toNew York's new Mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants to remove horse-drawn carriages from the city. In a news conference held before he took office, de Blasio said that he planned to "get rid of the horse... carriages, period," calling them "inhumane" and "not appropriate for the year 2014." A petition signed by more than 4,500 people called for the horses to be replaced by electric replicas of vintage cars, something de Blasio called "a cleaner, safer, wiser, more humane alternative that will be very appealing to tourists."
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Tech Trends for 2014: What to Expect

ABC News - 1 Jan 2014 13:01
Tech Trends for 2014: What toWhat new technology will change our lives in 2014 and what new technology is totally impractical hype? "Good Morning America" contributor Becky Worley, a self-described "soccer mom tech reporter,"... enlisted the help of Nick Bilton, a New York Times tech columnist and best-selling author of...     
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In memoriam: The tech we lost in 2013

PC World - 1 Jan 2014 13:00
In memoriam: The tech we lostR.I.P. As we finish off another year much in the same way that Steve Buscemi's character was disposed of at the end of Fargo, let us take a moment to look back at those we leave behind. Technologies... are like people: They come in and out of our lives. Some we outgrow, some we forget, and some we are glad never to see again. Although this year saw plenty of stillborn failures, let us remember the once-familiar brands and websites that won't be joining us on the journey into 2014. Like sands through the hourglass, so are... #BlaBlaBla. Happy New Year, everybody! iOS Cards (2011-2013) Back in 2011, Apple introduced the Cards app for iOS, which allowed users to create and send physical cotton letterpress cards to loved ones. Totes adorbs sentiment, right? Well, apparently the nostalgia of...
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Lose weight, track calories, learn a language, keep better track of your day and budget.
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Alleged Snapchat database leakMere hours into 2014 and Snapchat is the next big tech company to fall foul of its users' information security. The website SnapchatDB! has appeared online, offering over 4.6 million Snapchat user's... usernames and phone numbers for download. SnapchatDB!...
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At the stroke of midnight, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher's Wall Street Journal-owned tech news site AllThingsD died and the two announced a new venture to take its place: Re/code. A message on the... WordPress-created site states that it is set for a launch at 12 AM EST on Jan. 2. Meanwhile, if you try to log on to allthingsd.com, you will be directed to WSJ.D, a new tech news site from The Wall Street Journal See also: Walt Mossberg: The Exit Interview WSJ.com/tech will be the home of WSJD's daily updates on "a wide range of topics, from global public tech companies and pre-IPO startups to personal technology reviews and everything in between," according to a press release from the company
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Philanthropy Rebounded InWASHINGTON (AP) -- Philanthropy made a comeback in large donations in 2013 with the nation's wealthiest donors giving more than $3.4 billion to charity, according to a new tally of the top 10 gifts of... 2013 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The analysis of the year's top gifts also found there were more gifts of $100 million or more than in 2012. In 2013, there were 15 publicly announced gifts of at least $100 million, compared with 11 in 2012. The largest donation of 2013 came from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, who announced in December that they had given 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The gift was valued at more than $990 million. This was the first time donors under the age of 30 have made the nation's...
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Mars729 writes "GUIs are walled gardens in that features available in one piece of software is not available to other pieces of software. However, there is software out there with command-line options... that can make software features accessible to power users and programmers. Some important ones I have uncovered are: Exiftool: A command-line application that can read/write almost any kind of metadata contained in almost any filetype Imagemagick: This and similar software like GraphicsMagick is a full-feature toolkit for displaying, converting and editing image files.Irfanview: Like Imagemagick but faster, although it has much fewer features.FFMpeg: For video filesVLC: For audio and video filesAspell: A command line spell checkerGoogle Static Maps API: A URL with coordinates, markers, zoom...
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Nikon Df review

Pocket-lint - 1 Jan 2014 12:00
Nikon Df reviewLooking back to move forward - that's what the Nikon Df is all about. This retro style DSLR marries the classic Nikon SLR style of years gone by with much of the Japanese company's modern tech. It's... the only Nikon DSLR capable of supporting current...
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Armpit cheese: The sweeter side of bacteria

New Scientist - 1 Jan 2014 12:00
Would you eat cheese cultivated from your armpit sweat or toe jam? No? Then you should rethink your prejudices about bacteria (full text available to subscribers)     
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USA TODAY's top 10 video games of 2013

USA Today - 1 Jan 2014 11:21
We look back at the top interactive experiences of the year.
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Best websites for deals onPinching pennies while shopping for hammocks, streaming devices and anything else you might desire isn't as difficult as it once was. Check out our selection of the best deal sites for a roundup the... most lucrative avenues for scoring big discounts on the Web. The post Best websites for deals on gadgets, gizmos, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hubble telescope finds40 light-years away lies the exoplanet GJ 1214b, a searingly hot "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star. And thanks to the Hubble telescope, researchers believe they've found what lies in the... planet's upper atmosphere: thick clouds. A paper, published in the January 2nd issue of Nature, relies on the telescope to settle a debate about the planet's composition. First documented in 2009, GJ 1214b is one of several exoplanets that researchers are studying in hopes of finding a habitable world in another solar system. It's been previously described as a "steamy waterworld," with a density too low to be purely rock and too high to be a gas giant. But despite years of study, researchers hadn't come to a conclusion about what kind of...
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FDA & USDA have announced they have approved SALMONELEXTM as a "GRAS" (Generally Recognized as Safe) food processing aid against Salmonella. The new product consists of natural phages against... Salmonella and is produced by Micreos of The Netherlands. The company confirms that industrial scale projects with US poultry processors will start in January 2014.
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4.6 Million Snapchat UserOh dear. In an inauspicious start to 2014 for both Snapchat and its users, a website appears to have published user name and phone number information for 4.6 million accounts.
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4.6 Million Snapchat UserOh dear. In an inauspicious start to 2014 for both Snapchat and its users, a website appears to have published user name and phone number information for 4.6 million accounts.
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Less liver fat, cholesterol and weight - just some of the benefits that New Scientist staff enjoyed in a pioneering study into a month's alcohol abstinence     
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Skype blog, social accounts breached

USA Today - 1 Jan 2014 10:33
Web calling service appear to have been targeted by Syrian Electronic Army.
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Many rare disorders are caused by gene mutation, like sickle cell anemia. Yet until now the underlying genetic cause of more common conditions - for example, rheumatoid arthritis - has evaded... scientists for years.New research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the journal Genome Research finds that six common diseases arise from DNA changes located outside genes.
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Pocket-lint predicts: Microsoft in 2014

Pocket-lint - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Pocket-lint predicts:By all counts Microsoft had a huge 2013: it launched the Xbox One, Windows Phone gained ground in the market, the executive level had a "One Microsoft" reorginisation, and Windows 8.1 was released for... the Windows 8 naysayers. However, 2014 truly is shaping...
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Computing resources at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have helped researchers better grasp how proteins misfold to create the tissue-damaging structures that lead to... type 2 diabetes. The structures, called amyloid fibrils, are also implicated in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and in prion diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jacob and mad cow disease.The results pinpoint a critical intermediate step in the chemical pathway that leads to amyloid fibril formation.
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In the UK if you want to stop smoking see a specialist!

Medical News Today - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Smokers in England who want to stop smoking are three times more likely to succeed if they see a trained advisor than if they try by themselves, according to a new study published online in the... medical journal Addiction. Worryingly, just buying nicotine patches, gum or other licensed nicotine products from a shop does not seem to improve the chances of quitting.This is the first study using population-based survey data that has been large enough to assess the real-world effectiveness of using National Health Service (NHS) stop-smoking services compared with quitting without help.
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Finding a good deal on wireless

CNET - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Margurite Reardon points to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Republic Wireless for some of the best deals in wireless service.
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Even or odd: No easy feat for the mind

Medical News Today - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Even scientists are fond of thinking of the human brain as a computer, following sets of rules to communicate, make decisions and find a meal.But if the brain is like a computer, why do brains make... mistakes that computers don't?Research by Gary Lupyan, a cognitive scientist and psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that our brains stumble on even the simplest rule-based calculations. Instead, humans get caught up in contextual information, even when the rules are as clear-cut as separating even numbers from odd.
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Researchers from Boston University's School of Medicine (BUSM) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) found that among HIV-infected Russian drinkers, depressive symptom severity alone was not... significantly associated with lower rates of antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. However, when examining cognitive symptoms of depression, results showed that high levels of depressive symptoms may be associated with delayed ART initiation. The findings are published online in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
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For decades, scientists have been working toward discovering the cause of schizophrenia. Now, new research may provide further clues, as scientists have uncovered a molecular process that may... contribute to the development of the disorder. This is according to a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), schizophrenia affects approximately 24 million people worldwide.At present, there is no single test for schizophrenia. The condition is usually diagnosed with an assessment by a mental health specialist.
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2-drug combo helps adolescents with ADHD, aggression

Medical News Today - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Prescribing both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug to children with physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with teaching parents to use behavior management... techniques, reduces aggressive and serious behavioral problems in the children, according to a study conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.The study was conducted in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, Stony Brook University in New York and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
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Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive cancer with poor prognosis and limited treatment options and is highly resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.But researchers believe they have found an... effective strategy for selectively killing pancreatic cancer while sparing healthy cells which could make treatment more effective.Dr Jason Bruce, from the Physiological Systems and Disease Research Group, who led the research, said: "Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive and deadly cancers. Most patients develop symptoms after the tumour has spread to other organs.
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New research suggests that a daily dose of vitamin E may help to slow functional decline for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and may help reduce the amount of care these patients... need. This is according to a study published in JAMA.Vitamin E is defined as a group of eight fat-soluble compounds. These compounds include a mix of tocopherols and tocotrienols. The vitamin is naturally found in many foods, including eggs, fortified cereals, fruit, green leafy vegetables, meat, nuts, poultry and vegetable oils. It can also be taken as a supplement.
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Researchers at UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have discovered a mechanism by which certain adult stem cells suppress their ability to initiate skin... cancer during their dormant phase - an understanding that could be exploited for better cancer-prevention strategies.
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Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

Pocket-lint - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lintBy all counts Microsoft had a huge 2013: it launched the Xbox One, Windows Phone gained ground in the market, the executive level had a "One Microsoft" reorginisation, and Windows 8.1 was released for... the Windows 8 naysayers. However, 2014 truly is shaping...
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Health Enhancement Products, Inc., in conjunction with Wayne State University's Department of Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, announces the publication of a... scientific article in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism, "ProAlgaZyme sub-fraction improves the lipoprotein profile of hypercholesterolemic hamsters, while inhibiting production of betaine, carnitine, and choline metabolites."The paper describes the beneficial effects of the Company's proprietary algal culture in supporting healthy cholesterol balance.
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Genetic expression behind the development of our brains is most active before birth, in the early months of pregnancy, and during our teenage years, scientists have found.There is a quieter... intervening "movement" in the three-part "symphony" of human brain development, but one that is more sensitive to environmental factors, say the researchers publishing in the journal Neuron.The initial surge of brain-developing genetic expression takes place during the first two-thirds of our gestation in the uterus, says the team led from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.
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X-ray laser maps important drug target

Medical News Today - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Researchers have used one of the brightest X-ray sources on the planet to map the 3-D structure of an important cellular gatekeeper known as a G protein-coupled receptor, or GPCR, in a more natural... state than possible before. The new technique is a major advance in exploring GPCRs, a vast, hard-to-study family of proteins that plays a key role in human health and is targeted by an estimated 40 percent of modern medicines.
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We don't need to land to find life on Europa

New Scientist - 1 Jan 2014 10:00
Landing on Jupiter's moon carries the very real risk of contamination with earthly bugs. But we may not need to touch down on Europa to find life     
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University of Iowa researchers have developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like MRSA.The... research team was led by Patrick Schlievert, professor and chair of microbiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine. The findings are published in the Journal of Infectious Disease.The new vaccine targets toxins that are made and secreted by staph bacteria.
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Judith Lumley AM, Professor Emeritus, in 2008 It began, as life changes often do, when I bought a book. It was in Sydney and I wrote the year in it: 1982. [More] --
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "The LA Times reports that the small town of Casselton, North Dakota dodged a bullet after being partially evacuated when a train carrying crude oil collided with another... train, setting off a large fire and explosions. Officials received a report at 2:12 p.m. of a train derailing about a mile west of Casselton, a city of 2,432 people about 20 miles west of Fargo. At some point, another train collided with the derailed train, belonging to the BNSF Railway, carrying more than 100 cars loaded with crude oil. The explosions and fire erupted after cars from a grain train struck some of the oil tank cars. 'A fire ensued, and quickly a number of the cars became engulfed,' said Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff's Office, adding that firefighters had managed to...
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Hackers Claim To Publish ListA site called SnapchatDB.info claims that they’ve saved usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts and made the information available for download. SnapchatDB says that it got the... information through a recently identified and patched Snapchat exploit and that it is making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security. We’ve reached out to Snapchat and SnapchatDB for comment. SnapchatDB said it “censored the last two digits of the phone numbers” in order to “minimize spam and abuse,” but that it still might release the unfiltered data, including millions of phone numbers. The Next Web did a WHOIS lookup on SnapchatDB’s domain and found it was created just yesterday on December 31. The registrant’s name is protected, but its...
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Doctor Who TARDIS Tea Infuser - $19

The Gadget Flow - 1 Jan 2014 08:00
Doctor Who TARDIS Tea InfuserThe Doctor Who TARDIS Tea Infuser from ThinkGeek will transport you to a beautiful time and place where anything is possible. Nobody knows the rejuvenating power of a spot of tea better than the... British. The time travel capabilities of...
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Nintendo NES Controller Case for iPhone - $20

The Gadget Flow - 1 Jan 2014 08:00
Nintendo NES Controller CaseThis Nintendo NES Controller Case for the iPhone from Performance Designed Products (PDP) is about as close to a perfect replica of the original NES controller as you will ever see. It's made to a 1:1... scale and perfectly matches...
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Belkin QODE Ultimate KeyboardThe Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard and Case turns your iPad Air into a full-fledged laptop. It makes common typing activities such as email and word processing software far easier. The well-spaced... TruType keys offer a clear advantage over the iPad's...
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Maverick LT03 Infrared SurfaceThe Maverick LT03 is a wireless infrared surface laser thermometer gun that helps you precisely measure temperatures without having to make contact. It's very useful as a cooking aid in the kitchen... when you have to heat something or keep...
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3P Clock - $100

The Gadget Flow - 1 Jan 2014 08:00
3P Clock - $100The 3P Clock from digital fabrication company Robocut Studio is a fiendishly clever illusion that cooks up a 3D cube on your wall. The "3P" in this reference stands for three vanishing points, which... you will be familiar with if...
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Google-acquired Bump shuttingSome three months after being acquired by Google, Bump — a company that makes data sharing tools — is calling it quits. In a blog post today Bump CEO and cofounder David Lieb said that Bump and... Flock will be shut down on January 31, 2014 given that the team working on it are "now deeply focused on our new projects within Google." After that date, the apps will be removed from Apple's App Store, as well as Google Play, Lieb says, but not before users have 30 days to export their data.
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Rather than end the year with a 'best of' list or predictions for 2014, I'll be delivering 12 days of holiday gifts to you in the form of treppenwitz: all the afterthoughts I had all year.
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15 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography This Year

The Phoblographer - 1 Jan 2014 07:31
Here are 15 tips on how to improve your photography. The post 15 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography This Year appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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(Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) Researchers report on the first study in 35 years that reviews the circumstances around retinal detachment after open globe injuries and describes a new tool that... may help ophthalmologists predict which patients are at higher risk after open globe trauma so they can potentially prevent retinal detachment from happening or identify -- and repair -- it more quickly, thus saving vision.
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(St. Michael's Hospital) Tripling taxes on cigarettes around the world would reduce the number of smokers by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths from lung cancer and other diseases this... century, according to a review published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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US global share of research spending declines

EurekAlert! - 1 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of Michigan Health System) The United States' global share of biomedical research spending fell from 51 percent in 2007 to 45 percent in 2012, while Japan and China saw dramatic increases... in research spending.
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(Virginia Tech) Teens may begin their driving habits with great caution, but as months behind the wheel pass, they begin to multi-task at higher frequency rates -- dialing cell phones, eating, and... talking to passengers, etc. -- and therefore greatly raise their risk of accidents.
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(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) A novel injectable therapy partially reverses cancer formation in cultured mammary-gland cells and prevents breast cancer development... in mice, a team led by researchers from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reports. The therapy silences a new cancer-causing gene that the scientists identified using a sophisticated systems biology approach. It could one day provide a new way to treat early stages of breast cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
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(University of Exeter) New research by scientists at the University of Exeter has shown that cells demonstrate remarkable flexibility and versatility when it comes to how they divide -- a finding with... potential links to the underlying causes of many cancers.
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Happy 2014 everybody! Now take a tip from famed poet Charles Bukowski and stop half-assing your way through those new years resolutions.
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(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Southern California have found that rates of smoking, drinking and... drug use are significantly higher among those who have psychotic disorders than in the general population. And that finding is of particular concern because individuals with severe mental illness are more likely to die at younger ages than people who don't have psychiatric disorders.
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Snapchat hacked: 4.6 million4.6 million usernames and phone numbers have been scraped from Snapchat's database and dumped online.
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The Cadillac CTS made Bryan Cain-Jackson a much better driver.
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Last week security researchers published a way to skim Snapchat's full database, and it appears someone did it before the vulnerability was addressed. A website called SnapchatDB! has appeared posting... SQL/CSV files that it claims contain the username ...
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In a big year, TV makers showcased revolutionary 4K and OLED tech.
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Anyone Can Find Love in 2014Dating sites for those with more particular requirements
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One Last Look at Planet Earth in 2013

SpaceRef - 1 Jan 2014 05:44
One last look at earth from space in 2013. GOES image captured 12.31.13 at 23:45 UTC. Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/QEz9VIWCmJ...
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In the publish-or-perish world of academia, the pressure can be intense for scientists to get their work out in front of peers and to secure more funding for further research — so much so that,... well, let's just say mistakes can happen. Some mistakes are innocent, such as an accidental mislabeling of data or images that leads the researchers to an erroneous conclusion. Other mistakes reflect a serious lapse in ethics or common sense. Mistakes often result in a scientific retraction, a public removal of the flawed paper from publication. A private, U.S.-based blog called Retraction Watch keeps track of such retractions, which seem to be on the rise these days. Below are five of the more curious retractions from 2013, culled from more than 100 listed on the Retraction Watch blog.
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Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars. The discovery gives... strong support for one of the competing explanations for how double-star systems form.
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Though the $4 billion Star Wars franchise includes manga comics and animated TV shows, no official anime adaptation has ever come to fruition Until Lucasfilm licenses an anime series, then we'll have... to rely on the Internet to make our long-ago galactic dreams a reality See also: I'm Just a Poor Droid: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Meets Star Wars YouTube comedy channel Nacho Punch just tried its hand at an anime version of the series, bringing together Luke, Leia and and, unexpectedly, Japanese video game character MegaMan. Nacho Punch has no affiliation with Lucasfilm, but we're hoping for more of this silly, but impressive nod to the franchise. The animation is strong with this one.
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Samsung couldn't wait for CES to start leaking information about its new HDTVs, starting with the remote. After rolling out larger and larger contraptions over the years with more buttons (on both... sides, even), this year's "Smart Control" model is 80 ...
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WSJ overhauls its website's tech news page

USA Today - 1 Jan 2014 03:55
WSJ launches new tech news site as AllThingsD founders prepares competitor site
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The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

TechCrunch - 1 Jan 2014 03:52
The Best iOS And Android AppsCongratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!     It's the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with... numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. Up next? The Best Mobile Apps Of 2013.
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A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution's Forgotten Hero

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 03:47
When people think about evolution, the most obvious name that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. Alfred Russell Wallace is rarely given the credit he deserves for his work on the subject, which is... --...
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A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution's Forgotten Hero

Scientific American - 1 Jan 2014 03:47
When people think about evolution, the most obvious name that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. Alfred Russell Wallace is rarely given the credit he deserves for his work on the subject, which is... --...
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This Is What San Francisco Could Look Like In 2033

The Huffington Post - 1 Jan 2014 03:44
This Is What San FranciscoIt's been a wild year for San Francisco. Batkid took over the city, the tech community came under attack and the only thing people can agree on is that the rent is too damn high. But if the city's big... plans are any indication, the future looks bright -- projects are underway from the Embarcadero to the beach. Take a look through some renderings of what San Francisco could look like 20 years from now. Happy New Year to the cool, gray city of love. 1. Warriors Waterfront Arena NIMBY concerns notwithstanding, the Golden State Warriors' potential move to San Francisco would bring a 18,000-seat waterfront arena to piers 30-32. The plan faces obstacles from affordable housing advocates and environmental groups, but the stated goal of the project is to "restore the crumbling pier, build a new...
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Using just a good old fashioned saw and a USB stick full of malicious software, criminals are able to deplete cash machines of their highest value bills.
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Since 1999, millions of people have donated time on their personal computers for the SETI@home project, which analyzes radio signals to look for intelligent life in outer space. An entrepreneur now... wants people to donate time on their mobile phones for a less high-minded pursuit. See also: 8 Creative Ways to Use Your Smartphone Underground Lookout, a San Francisco maker of security software for mobile phones, has published a warning about a free app for Android devices called Bazuc, which pays people $0.001 for each text message they allow partner companies to send from users' mobile phones. The app, which targets people with unlimited text-messaging plans, comes with a major hitch: Using it violates the terms of service for many mobile providers, and some people's phones have been cut...
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Dwayne Johnson teases possible role in DC film

Digital Trends - 1 Jan 2014 03:28
Dwayne Johnson teases possibleDwayne "The Rock" Johnson tweeted that he recently had a meeting with Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara to discuss a possible role in an unnamed DC Comics movie. The post Dwayne Johnson teases... possible role in DC film appeared first on Digital Trends.
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US judge dismisses challengeU.S. Customs and Border Protection can search travelers' laptops and other electronic devices without a show of reasonable suspicion, according to a federal judge's dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit on... Tuesday. In its suit, the American Civil Liberties Union had argued that having border officials search the contents of a laptop violated the U.S Constitution unless the officials had a reasonable suspicion that the contents related to a crime. Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, disagreed and threw out the suit. The ACLU said an appeal is being considered. "We're disappointed in today's decision, which allows the government to conduct intrusive searches of Americans' laptops and other electronics at the border without any suspicion...
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Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

Slashdot - 1 Jan 2014 03:03
New submitter aissixtir sends word that Apple has responded to allegations that the NSA has backdoor access to iPhones. Apple said, "Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of... our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. ... Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them."
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Website of the day: Boldkit

Pocket-lint - 1 Jan 2014 03:00
Website of the day: BoldkitIf you've signed up to make yourself a better, fitter person in 2014, we're inclined to point you towards a beta site that might just be the next big thing when it comes to action sports. If keeping... in shape involves the kinds of activities you're...
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Netflix likes to run small tests of features and packages before it offers them widely (like its new unified UI), and that includes the "1 SD stream for $6.99" some have started seeing recently.... Another offer currently in testing covers the hole ...
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5 features desktop 3D printerBy now, we've all heard of 3D printing. But before they have a chance of making their way into everyone's home, here are some features companies need to master.
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HTC's 2013 ends on yet anotherA German patent ruling put a final negative note on HTC's incredibly bad year and could have wide-reaching consequences for all of Android. As FOSS Patents reports, the Munich Regional Court issued an... injunction against HTC devices for allegedly violating a Nokia patent that describes a "method for transferring resource information" between devices with NFC or Bluetooth. HTC can appeal the ruling but until it does so, Nokia can begin enforcing the injunction. Right now, that means HTC must post a €400 million (USD$550 million) bond. Eventually, this could mean a sales ban of infringing devices in Germany until HTC pays Nokia the proper licensing fees. This patent ruling could also affect all of Android because it deals with the Android
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This is Why You Won't KeepPeople do a lot of unwise things at New Year. They drink too much, kiss people their better judgment would tell them to avoid, and stay out way past their bed-time. They also make New Year's... resolutions.
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[From AppleTell] Now is the time to save even more money on your favorite games at the Humble Store and GOG.com during their final game sales of 2013.
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Now is the time to save even more money on your favorite games at the Humble Store and GOG.com during their final game sales of 2013. The Humble Store Winter Sale Review has a big selection of games,... most of them available for OS X and Linux, in addition to Windows. GOG.com has 15 collections that contain a variety of games, including role-playing, strategy, platformers, action, and more. Unfortunately, not all of the games are available for OS X
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For many city-dwellers, the last straw was the surge pricing Uber announced Monday, which could see the cost of cars rise eight-fold at midnight on New Years' Eve. For many more, it was the various... other forms of surge pricing associated with the evening: the cost of a babysitter (if you can find one); the cost of drinks (if you can squeeze through the crowd to the bar); the Happy New Year hats and 2014 glasses (worth everything today and nothing tomorrow). Year after year of noisy, urgent revelry on the last night of the year has left many of us wanting something more fulfilling to mark the passing of 2013 — especially given that it falls in the middle of the week. Yoga studios are reporting increasing numbers for silent midnight meditation. Celebrities such as Billy Crystal are...
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Kepler-62e: Super-Earth andKepler-62e is an alien planet that is believed to be in the habitable zone of its red dwarf parent star.
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Human beings, being human, get anxious. We all do, except psychopaths. An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety of some form at any given time. Some of us get really, really anxious, like... Scott Stossel, a writer and editor at the Atlantic whose memoir of a lifelong and often paralyzing struggle with the condition is about to be published. For those of us to whom anxiety is a more occasional visitor, the condition can be crippling. There's a reason for performance anxiety, of course; it focuses the mind, and without it some of us would never complete anything. But there are real costs, as well: Anxiety has been shown to sap our working memory and information processing, the very capacities we need to perform well in any task that requires thinking. "Anxious negotiators make low...
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Healthcare.gov enrollmentsThough it began with a rocky start, healthcare signups through the United States' new insurance marketplaces surged this month, bringing total enrollments to 2.1 million for the end of the year. Most... notably, enrollment doubled through Healthcare.gov as the deadline for January coverage approached. Given Healthcare.gov's often-inoperable state during the prior months, that statistic isn't necessarily so impressive, but the government is encourage that enrollments will actually continue to grow from now through March, when the enrollment period ends.
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SlashGear's Best Tech of 2013

Slash Gear - 1 Jan 2014 02:22
In the year 2013 we've seen some real stand-out stars in several sectors, including mobile, automotive, desktop computing, and gaming. This was certainly a year of hero devices, with manufacturers …...
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Kepler-22b: Facts About RockyKepler-22b is an alien planet that's a bit larger than Earth, but it's in the habitable region of its star.
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After photos of retail packaging and documentation were leaked online, the retailer confirms it will sell Motorola's budget smartphone for an exceptionally low price within a couple of weeks.
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Dell compares itself to Skype,Dell's now private, and it has a fresh, sentimental advertisement to show people just how its humble beginnings will undoubtedly help shape the company in the new year and going forward. The buyout of... Dell Computers by its founder, Michael Dell, and the...
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The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

Slashdot - 1 Jan 2014 01:59
harrymcc writes "Over at TIME.com, I rounded up the year's dumbest moments in technology. Yes, the launch of Healthcare.gov is included, as are Edward Snowden's revelations. But so are a bunch of... people embarrassing themselves on Twitter, both BlackBerry and Lenovo hiring celebrities to (supposedly) design products, the release of glitchy products ranging from OS X 10.9 Mavericks to the new Yahoo Mail, and much more." I can't think of anything dumber than the NSA's claims that metadata isn't data.
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13 biggest moments inHere's the 13 biggest things I paid attention to this year around next-generation energy, sustainability, and resource management. Oh heck, let's just keep calling it cleantech.
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NASA officials say ChallengerThe space agency issued a statement late Tuesday after the pop star began to receive criticism from Challenger families and others for using the short sample. 
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Tim Cook gets 10% pay cut...Apple's CEO has docked himself a hefty $4 million in pay, as a direct result from Apple's underperforming stock price earlier this year, according to a proxy statement filed on Sunday (via CNN).... Expressing a "strong desire to set a leadership example in the area of CEO compensation and governance," Tim Cook insisted on putting half of his own stock grants at risk if Apple’s shares underperformed the S&P 500 index this year. Apple's stock fell 26% percent from August 2012 through August 2013 while the S&P 500 index rose 18% during the same period. The 50% stock that Cook forfeited was worth nearly $4 million when the stock vested. Even so, that number represents only 10% of what Apple
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Sorry, Batman and Superman — you're so last year. 2014 is the year of Spider-Man Spidey has been dubbed the official superhero of Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations, the Times Square... Alliance and Countdown Entertainment announced Monday See also: The Many Looks of Spiderman Over the Past 50 Years [INFOGRAPHIC] The superhero will help ring in the new year to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, slated for release on May 2. An exclusive clip from the upcoming film will debut during the celebrations on the video screens in the middle of Times Square "There's no celebration like New Year's Eve in Times Square," Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 said in a Marvel Entertainment press release. "There's the sense of energy and excitement that you can only get in New York and we...
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How to Order Fresh Food Online

Gizmodo - 1 Jan 2014 01:30
How to Order Fresh Food OnlineServices like Seamless, Grub Hub, and Eat 24 are lifesavers when you're hungry and don't feel like cooking, but they only serve prepared fare. So what do you do when you want to make your own meal but... can't bother going to the supermarket yourself? Place your order with one of these helpful online grocers and get your goods delivered right to your door.
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How Tech Is Driving TheReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year. Instant gratification can't come soon enough. In 2013, the runaway success of Uber, the service... that lets you call a car by tapping your smartphone, has gotten consumers, retailers, and investors thinking about a world where just about any good or service is available on demand. Increasingly, in urban areas, that thought is becoming a reality. This has been a long time coming. You could buy a pizza online in 1994--though you had to disconnect from the Internet so the local store could call you to confirm your order. No wonder people persisted in calling in orders. Now--if you're in the right places--you can get anything delivered to their doorstep simply by using an app. Of course,...
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This hydrophobic t-shirt isThe days of living in constant fear of spills and stains may soon be behind us - a young Silicon Valley entrepreneur has created a hydrophobic t-shirt that repels water on the molecular level. Hit the... jump to see it in action. The post This hydrophobic t-shirt is nearly impossible to stain appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In its lengthy review of the new Mac Pro, AnandTech discovered that the Mac Pro's current support for 4K monitors leaves something to be desired. The reviewer connected the Sharp 32" 4K display that... Apple currently offers on the Apple Online Store, expecting that OS X work the same way on that panel as Apple's current Retina MacBook Pro models do. On those machines, Apple renders the screen at full resolution but then renders text, menu and UI elements at 4x their normal resolution so they are the appropriate physical size for the user. It also offers multiple options to scale UI elements up or down as the user prefers. Instead, using the Sharp panel with the Mac Pro makes text and other on-screen elements -- aside from photos and video -- very small and difficult to read. I was fully...
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Up in the Sky: It's a Nuclear Explosion!

Live Science - 1 Jan 2014 01:18
Up in the Sky: It's a NuclearIf you live in the southern hemisphere, you now can safely view the aftermath of a nuclear explosion from the comfort of your own backyard.
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Be careful taking pain killersGreat 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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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

Slashdot - 1 Jan 2014 01:05
An anonymous reader writes "A presentation at the Chaos Communication Congress explains how X11 Server security with being 'worse than it looks.' The presenter found more than 120 bugs in a few months... of security research and is not close to being done in his work. Upstream X.Org developers have begun to call most of his claims valid. The presentation by Ilja van Sprunde is available for streaming."
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Is the Internet MoreThe Obama administration has been stoking the fires of fear about a cyberattack on America's infrastructure for well over a year now, but a little-discussed physical attack on a power plant earlier... this year suggests we shouldn't ignore more traditional threats.
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You 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 ...
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Essential iPhone games: 10The iPhone is a handheld gaming console. Sure, it's not nearly as powerful as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, but it can handle plenty of action-packed titles and render intensive, stunning graphics.... Developers know this, too. That's why the App Store...
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Daily Update for December 31, 2013

TUAW - 1 Jan 2014 01:00
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some 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 ...
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Chicken Could Go 'Round the World

Discover - 1 Jan 2014 01:00
The U.S. Department of Agriculture begins to allow imports of poultry processed in China.
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Dell Looks To Set A New ToneThe story of Dell is business legend: How a kid starting in his dorm room, hiding computer parts in the bathroom when his parents visited, managed to build a computing giant that employs over 100,000... people. The Dell saga added a new chapter this year, when its founder and Silver Lake took it private, borrowing $2 billion of Microsoft’s foreign cash in the process. The deal that closed on October 30th valued the company at $24.9 billion. Tucked away from the public eye, and released from the quarterly trial of investor expectations, Dell may now have the flexibility to retool its troubled PC business, and invest in new areas that could sport better margins. Now that Dell has crossed the public-private Rubicon, it appears ready to recultivate its image. The firm has released a new video...
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Michigan-based Stryker Corp. says it will pay $120 million to buy Patient Safety Technologies Inc., a maker of surgical safety systems.
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Apple has responded to documents that claim the U.SNational Security Agency has implemented a backdoor to access communications sent via the iPhone. The company denies working with the NSA to create... any so-called backdoors — lines of code in the OS that would allow the agency to remotely access, monitor or intercept communications on the phone. Here's the company's full statement: Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers' privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest...
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Dell touts its humble startupDell's no longer a public company, and in a new effort to shed its behemoth corporation image, the company's playing up its humble beginnings from Michael Dell's mini fridge-clad college dorm room.... That takes the form of a one-minute ad spot called "Beginnings" that shows where various businesses were started, a list that includes both tech and non-tech companies alike. TripAdvisor, Skype, Dropbox, and Salesforce are featured, along with Whole Foods and Under Armour. Notably, there's no Apple, which famously began in Steve Jobs' garage, and that Michael Dell once suggested be shut down.
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How new tech can help lawyersThe legal profession has undergone a lot of unpleasant changes since the Great Recession struck in 2008. New data-analysis technologies and a new approach to thinking about data could help firms... operate leaner, meaner and better.
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Politics Dominated 2013 Tech Stories

The Huffington Post - 1 Jan 2014 00:44
Politics Dominated 2013 TechFor the first time I can recall, the big tech stories of the year were also major political stories. Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency and the botched debut of... HealthCare.gov dominated President Barack Obama's end-of-year news conference. I don't need to rehash the details, but both issues were the reason Obama summoned tech leaders -- including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, ATT CEO Randall Stephenson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt -- to a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C., a couple of weeks ago. The tech leaders urged the president to reform the way the government goes after digital information stored by their companies and others. Obama updated the leaders on efforts to fix the beleaguered health...
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Champagne Toasts: How ClimateAs people clink glasses to the New Year, perhaps they should save a toast for the climatic factors that make their bubbly taste so good.
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I loved my first semester in grad school, but it was also a complete whirlwind. While I had a great time, I also didn't do as well as I could have at managing time and logistics, and I finished the... semester feeling pretty exhausted. Given what I've heard from others in grad school, I imagine that I'm not the only one ready for a break now that finals are over. Because this time of year is all about making resolutions, I've been thinking a lot about what I can do to make next semester even better than this past one. Here are my goals for the next six months — I hope they inspire you to make some changes that will make your spring much more manageable, too.
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Virgin Galactic CelebratesRichard Branson's Virgin Galactic celebrated a year of new rocket technologies, space ships, certifications, and construction of the first ever spaceport for tourists.
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8 Urban Stories You Might HaveRob Ford, CitiBike, Bay Area tech woes, China's crippling smog: You've seen all the big headlines for cities this year. But here are a few of the urbanism stories that might have flown under your... radar.
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Zest for iPad Collects andiOS: There are plenty of great apps to help you organize your recipes , but Zest is a new app with a lot of promise. Importing recipes from tons of sites is a snap, and you can organize them by tag,... category, or ingredient. Plus, the app walks you through each recipe step-by-step, complete with cooking timers.
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Rochester Optical is said to debut its prescription frames for the wearable tech in less than two weeks, and apparently they'll come in an array of styles.
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Cancer testing could get cheaper and more prevalent as the Supreme Court decision that DNA sequences cannot be patented opens up breast and ovarian cancer diagnostics, though experts warn that …
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Watching CNN on New Year’s Eve, I learned that the National Security Agency was able to snoop on everything I did or said on my iPhone. Actually, I had been reading this for a couple of days on an... assortment ...
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Cinema Classics: Five of theFor every The Social Network, however, there is a Hackers; likewise, rare accomplishments such as 2001: A Space Odyssey tend to be followed by a flurry of ill-advised imitators.
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Happiness is seeing happy dogsLet's end the year on a happy note. And happiness is this photo series by photographer Lara Jo Regan. Called Dogs in Cars, it's photo after photo of well, dogs sticking their heads out of moving cars.... Is there anything in the world more joyful than seeing that? I don't think so.
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Samsung' gigantic 12.2-inchIt appears that Samsung has yet to plug the leak, because once again news regarding the Galaxy Note Pro has surfaced, this time in the form of a carrier for the oversized tablet. According to... @evleaks, AT&T is the first provider to agree to carry the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, a tablet which shares many of its specs with the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). Those specs include a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel LCD display, a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, a 9,500 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. The previous leak revealed that the tablet will launch internationally in the first quarter of 2014, but there was no word as to whether the U.S. would be a
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Judge Dismisses ACLU LawsuitA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against suspicionless searches of laptops conducted by Customs and Border Protection, saying that there are special exceptions to the Fourth Amendment when an... international border is involved. Moreover, journalists and lawyers are foolish to expect sensitive information is protected when traveling abroad, he said. U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman's decision Tuesday found that the Fourth Amendment does not protect the content of laptops belonging to people entering the United States because of a longstanding precedent carving out an exception at the border. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the suit on behalf of a dual U.S.-French citizen whose laptop was seized upon returning from a trip to Lebanon, is considering an appeal....
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An anonymous reader writes "Having already imaged the Apollo landing sites on the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now added China's recent lander and rover to its collection of snapshots."
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Super Earth | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 1 Jan 2014 00:09
Super Earth | Space WallpaperThis space wallpaper is an illustration of the hypothetical appearance of the exoplanet GJ 1214b, which is known as a "super-Earth" type planet because it is slightly more than six Earth masses.
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Leaked NSA Doc Shows iPhoneThe spyware program could access texts, voicemails, camera, and even the mic.     
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TLDR: 9 Paleofuture StoriesFrom the story of Upton Sinclair's failed utopian community in New Jersey to that post about DARPA actually trying to build Skynet in the 1980s -- these were the longform stories that you swore you'd... finish one day but never got around to. Well, here's your second chance.
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Thousands of websites went down Tuesday as a major outage at Endurance International Group knocked out pages hosted by BlueHost, HostGator and other EIG brands.
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Anandtech today published its comprehensive review of the Mac Pro, including a price comparison between the Mac Pro and similar systems from competitors HP and Lenovo. When comparing the entry-level... 3.7GHz quad-core Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D300s to both the similarly specced HP Z420 and the Lenovo ThinkStation S30, Anandtech found the Mac Pro to be competitively priced at $3248 (priced with AppleCare) vs. $4490 for the HP and $4373 for the Lenovo. While there are some important distinctions between the computers, such as the fact that the HP system only offers a single FirePro W7000 and supports more displays, the pricing experiment suggests that Apple's pricing is in line with other Ivy Bridge EP systems. As I learned last time, there are typically some hefty discounts associated...
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This Pope Disrupts Old WaysROME -- On the cusp of the New Year 2014, I went to St. Peter's Square to see and hear perhaps the only person in the world -- not counting Justin Bieber, Rihanna or the boys in One Direction -- able... to draw an eager outdoor crowd of 100,000 on a chilly, drizzly, gray December afternoon. It was Pope Francis' first Christmas Day speech to the city and the world, and what I witnessed was a leader aware that he lives in an era of rampant digital disruption. Here was a media-friendly new guy trying to reform and revivify an old structure of social (in this case, religious) authority by using the same communications media that threaten to "disrupt" not only the Roman Catholic Church, but every other traditional credentialing, validating or sanctifying institution on the planet. How does a...
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Cinema Classics: Five of theFor every The Social Network, however, there is a Hackers; likewise, rare accomplishments such as 2001: A Space Odyssey tend to be followed by a flurry of ill-advised imitators.
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Now that Dell is once again a private company, it's trying to shake off its reputation as a member of the status quo. Appropriately, the PC builder just unveiled a new TV ad that suggests it has all... the energy and vision of a technology startup. The ...
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You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello

All Things D - 1 Jan 2014 00:00
To our dear readers: Thank you, thank you very much.
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Android Central Best of 2013 Awards

Android Central - 1 Jan 2014 00:00
Android Central Best of 2013It's been a busy year. 2013 has been full of amazing new devices, new accessories, and new apps. Over the last month, we've had voting open to you fine readers to choose your favorite products of the... year across all categories. Over 220,000 votes were cast for this year's awards, which is overwhelming in and of itself. Needless to say, we're excited to show off what's made the biggest impression among you, the Android fanbase at large. Many of the results aren't especially surprising, while others might cause an eyebrow raise or two. Let's dig into what made the biggest splash in 2013, shall we?
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I, Spammer

TechCrunch - 1 Jan 2014 00:00
I, SpammerAs I approach the half-way mark of my crowdfunding project, I wanted to address the thing that makes me feel the worst about this whole process: the spam. As I intimated in in my last post, moving... from passive content producer to active content salesperson is hard. As someone used to fire-and-forget posting, convincing others to buy something I've built is a hard thing to do. And the best way to do it, sadly, is through spam.
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TUAW Editor's Choice AwardToday is the last day of 2013, which means that it is time to announce the TUAW Editor's Choice Awards. This is a compendium of the best of the best, the apps and physical products that we felt best... represented the top of a specific category. Some of ...
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Track The Exact Location WhereNineyfour is a limited edition of 79 light fixtures, each made from a single piece of Stadshout, or "city wood": timber felled around Amsterdam's public spaces and destined for the chipper, but saved... here to be transformed into something new.
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Netflix tests out $7 service plan on new customers

Digital Trends - 31 Dec 2013 23:53
Netflix tests out $7 serviceNetflix today announced it's adding an experimental new plan to its growing selection of subscription services. In addition to the company's regular $8 and $12/month plans, the company is testing out... a new $7/month plan for new users only, which offers SD viewing on one device. The post Netflix tests out $7 service plan on new customers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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8 Android apps that wowed us in 2013

Digital Trends - 31 Dec 2013 23:41
8 Android apps that wowed us2013 has seen a ton of amazing applications arrive for Android, but we've picked a few of our favorites this year including Allcast, Candy Crush, and everyone's favorite car-stealing game. The post 8... Android apps that wowed us in 2013 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Asteroid Hunter | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 23:41
Asteroid Hunter | SpaceThis cool space wallpaper is an artist's concept showing the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth.
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This Year, Canada SpentCan superheroes leap over tall buildings? Can they become invisible? Can they walk through walls? Can they fly? These are the types of cutting-edge questions asked in a recent study commissioned by... Canada's armed forces. Weird, huh?
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In a study that included more than 800 women who had undergone surgery for breast cancer, the majority reported some level of pain 12 months after surgery, and factors associated with pain included... chronic preoperative pain, chemotherapy, preoperative depression and pain in the area to be operated, according to a study.
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Vitamin E has just been shown to slow functional decline of Alzheimer's patients and reduce burdens on caregivers.
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Welcome to episode 74 of The Verge Mobile Show, a weekly podcast about the latest mobile technology. Join Chris Ziegler, Vlad Savov, and Dan Siefert at 4:30PM for the last episode of 2013 and a look... ahead at CES.
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Think it’s tough to fall asleep on earth? Just try to imagine what it’s been like for all the astronauts inhabiting the International Space Station (ISS) over the last 15 years. They experience... day and night light patterns once every 90 minutes. Lighting can help. Even back on terra firma, people use lights to help lift spirits and regulate sleep when, say, the light is scarce in the winter Now, a space-age solution is, figuratively, making the trip from the ISS to Earth thanks to Lighting Science. The company developed lighting technologies that sought to mimic natural light patterns and, as a result may be helping astronauts find some semblance of circadian rhythm normalcy. Prototypes featuring similar, LED-based technology were first installed on the ISS in 2008.
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UrtheCast, Russia InvestigateThe Canadian company UrtheCast and its Russian partners are investigating what went wrong when its new Earth-watching cameras suffered a glitch shortly after being installed outside the International... Space Station last week.
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The Future of Search and theIn a recent interview with the Independent, Google engineering director, Scott Huffman, outlined the kind of future he thinks is right around the corner--a future when typing our queries into a little... box will be seem downright archaic, and our interaction with technology will be more like a conversation. Instead of keyboards, we'll have microphones and speakers in the ceiling recording conversations and giving answers to direct questions, like the Star Trek computer.
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This camera stabilizer seemsThough it may look fake and unreal and impossible and not allowed on Earth, the camera stabilizer in the video is completely real. You can't make it shake. It's like magic decided to defy physics and... ignore gravity. All I want to do is park myself in front of a mirror and do as many twists and turns and spins as possible to see if I can get the camera off track. Like this guy.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been casting a wary eye on genetic test kits that tout their ability to dissect the risks you might carry for various diseases in your DNA. But are customers... getting a fair portrait of their health? After receiving a stern warning letter from the FDA, 23andMe - the testing service backed by Google - said in early December that it would discontinue its health screening service. (Users can still get "raw genetic data" and ancestry analyses, though.)
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[From In-Car Tech] 2014 Lincoln MKX Introduces Tree-Based Alternative to Fiberglass for Interior Parts
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Analyst says camera warAn analyst with Credit Suisse predicts that mid-tier camera makers Panasonic, Olympus, and Fujifilm won't survive due to big losses and stagnant growth in mirrorless cameras, leaving only Canon,... Nikon, and Sony to dominate the top end, and smartphones at the bottom. The post Analyst says camera war against smartphones will claim Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Why I'm ready to move on fromThe year 2013 brought us plenty of impressive new toys, but it also brought revelations of NSA spying, annoying wearable technology, and even tighter corporate control over our online lives. Can 2014... turn things around? The post Why I’m ready to move on from a turbulent (sometimes terrifying) year in tech appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple officially deniesEver since the revelations this past year regarding the NSA's domestic spying program, tech companies -- including Apple -- have been facing increased scrutiny about exactly how much access they've... provided the US government to users' devices. On ...
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13 of the Best Mac OS X Tips for 2013

OS X Daily - 31 Dec 2013 23:14
The Mac had a great year in 2013, with powerful new Macs on both the portable and desktop side, and the release of OS X Mavericks, which has been easily one of the best major updates to the Mac... operating system in years. Here are thirteen of our favorite tip and tricks articles focusing on ...
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Netflix's Potential Backdoor Strategy To Raising Prices

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 23:09
Netflix's Potential BackdoorNetflix learned a hard lesson a few years ago when it announced a shocking 60 percent subscription price increase for some subscribers. The company and its superstar CEO Reed Hastings were excoriated,... subscribers fled and Hastings soon apologized. But now, the company is taking baby steps to test different pricing options -- possibly paving the way to higher fees (for some subscribers) down the road. The new pricing structure, which Netflix emphasizes is just being tested and may never be put in place, could also be a way to try and combat streaming "moochers" -- those who piggyback on other folks' accounts. The company is offering different membership levels for some people who sign up for the service: A $6.99 per month "individual plan," as Netflix is calling it, that offers a single...
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Guy Sums Up How We All FeelThis photo sums up exactly how we feel while we're waiting for our friends to finish Instagramming their *precious* plates of food before we eat. LOOK: Don't forget, the person who took this picture... is a part of the problem, too. Via Reddit
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vikingpower writes "Isabel Allende's The House of The Spirits. Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Ralph... Ellison's The Invisible Man. What do these titles have in common? They are banned at a school in the U.S. Yes, in 2013. A project named The Kids' Right to Read Project (by the National Coalition Against Censorship ) investigated three times the average number of incidents, adding to an overall rise in cases for the entire year, according to KRRP coordinator Acacia O'Connor. To date, KRRP has confronted 49 incidents in 29 states this year, a 53% increase in activity from 2012. During the second half of 2013, the project battled 31 new incidents, compared to only 14 in the same period last year....
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The Best Gizmodo Stories of 2013

Gizmodo - 31 Dec 2013 23:08
The Best Gizmodo Stories ofWe've posted thousands of pieces in 2013, so to pluck out a few dozen and to call them our favorite is in some ways impossibly arbitrary. But that doesn't mean we didn't try.
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Verizon's rumored $99.99 Moto G may end up significantly undercutting Motorola's own pricing for the smartphone, but little-known conditions around what you can do with the carrier's contract-free... handsets could …
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'The Hobbit: An UnexpectedEven if it was as middling as it was technically impressive, fans downloaded Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to make it the most pirated movie of 2013. According to TorrentFreak,... the film was downloaded an estimated 8.4 million times. That number, however, trails the 8.72 million downloads last year's leader Project X managed to accrue. Some of the biggest movies of the year come up close behind The Hobbit in the rankings. Django Unchained and Fast & Furious 6 take the second and third spots, pulling in 8.1 million and 7.9 million downloads, respectively. TorrentFreak does note, however, that it doesn't account for online streaming and cyberlocker downloads in its estimates. It's safe to say that each movie was...
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As the legions of cord cutters continue to grow, companies are looking for any way to keep customers tied to their increasingly archaic (and offensively priced) pay TV subscriptions. ABC is just the... latest network to get in on the frustrating ...
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One of the web's best storesTry searching for online retailers that stock unlocked smartphones. Go on, I'll wait. Chances are, the results that emerged took you to some dark, dark corners of the internet, and you're probably... deathly afraid of trusting any of them. For over seven years now, Negri Electronics has stood as one of the few online shops that offered legitimate, non-stolen devices of the unlocked variety, while also boasting a healthy amount of unique (LG G Flex, anyone?) and international handsets. Ryan Negri, the site's founder, has consistently located hard-to-find unlocked units for a number of media outlets, and he’s offered me a bit of insight into the shop's future. A week ago, the site was sold to First Ascent, a private equity
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How the Internet's FoundersAs the co-fathers of the Internet, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn tend to be pretty protective of their digital masterpiece. Both were early Defense Department engineers of the communications... architecture that underlies the modern Internet, and both tend be outspoken about threats to a free and open information superhighway. For instance, when a United Nations body, the Internet Telecommunications Union, tried to assert more control over Internet governance, Cerf was immediately dispatched to Washington D.C. to preempt the power grab. The National Security spying scandal has, likewise, been hailed as a global threat to privacy and the Internet itself. In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Cerf and Kahn had a more reserved concern for government surveillance. Here is Cerf on the...
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Interactions.org Newsdigest 31 Dec 2013

Interactions - 31 Dec 2013 23:00
-- Higgs boson could reveal deviant behaviour in 2014 -- Bizarre Physics, Exomoons and Humanoids: Science Wishes for 2014 -- 6 Biggest Space Science Discoveries of 2013 (VIDEO) -- Weird! Strangest... Science Stories of 2013 -- Physicists and Archaeologists Tussle Over Long-Lost Lead -- Nobel prize should only be for 'best of the best' -- Electron 'antenna' tunes in to physics beyond Higgs -- Electron's spherical shape survives most intense scrutiny yet -- Thorium put to use, kills a few more versions of Supersymmetry -- Wayne State University physicists publish observation of the 'Charming Socialites'
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This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2013

Life Hacker - 31 Dec 2013 23:00
This Is the Best of LifehackerAt the end of every year, we take a look back at our most popular posts to reminisce (and catch up on any stuff you might have missed). Here's one last look back at Lifehacker in 2013. Happy New Year!...
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Conquer a clogged commode withUsing little more than some baking soda, epsom salts, and dish detergent, you can easily whip up a batch of eco-friendly DIY toilet tablets that help clear up a clogged drain. Hit the jump to get the... recipe. The post Conquer a clogged commode with these DIY toilet tablets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Outgoing NY policeRay Kelly has spent the past 14 years as New York's police commissioner, a role that ends today. In an "exit" interview of sorts with The New York Times, Kelly touted the sharp decline of the city's... murder rate during his tenure, while once again dismissing critics of his department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy that some have called racial profiling (and that incoming NY mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to reform). Moreover, Kelly says the counterterrorism unit he built within the bureau was so that the city would not have to rely on the FBI to be alerted of possible threats. That's something he thinks Boston wants following this year's Boston Marathon bombings, despite criticism Kelly's program was too broad. Starting...
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2013 was a big year for iOS, seeing the release of several new iPads, iPhones, and perhaps most noticeable of all, iOS 7 and it’s dramatic interface overhaul. To wrap up the year, we’re going to... offer a roundup of our thirteen favorite articles on iOS and it’s accompanying devices. No, these certainly weren’t the ...
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Moto G possibly headed toMotorola's mid-range smartphone may be landing on Verizon sooner than expected While we thought that Motorola's $179 price tag for the Moto G was quite impressive it looks as though Verizon may be... releasing it for an even lower price point. Some images have surfaced from Best Buy locations showing that they will be carrying the Moto G at only $99 off contract, which is an amazing price. Motorola had announced that the Moto G would be releasing on Verizon in Q1 of 2014 and an internal screen shot from Best Buy shows that it may be closer than expected. While the pricing may not be confirmed it appears as though the device is set to release on January 9, 2014 which is just over a week away. If Verizon is able to bring the device at only $99 it would easily be the best value purchase on...
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A tweet a few days ago from journalist Joseph Menn raises an important and thought-provoking point in the wake of the Target data breach: "I suppose those who can't qualify for credit use debit cards... more, so the poor are put at greater fraud risk. #TargetBreach." Menn pointed out via Twitter something that has been overlooked in what has become a nightmare for many impacted by the Target situation, which is that it was those with debit cards who face the greatest liability as a result of the breach of the mega retailer. While privacy is continually being examined by policymakers, academics, lawyers, journalists and others who are interested in where our laws, both formal and informal, are moving when it comes to privacy, the Target breach seems to have served as a sort of "tipping point,"...
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7 Reasons to Celebrate CleanClean energy had a good year in 2013.
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A fair amount of users held off on updating their iOS 6 devices to iOS 7 for a variety of reasons, and thus those holdouts missed out on the option to use the new iOS 7 jailbreak from Evasi0n. For... those users still running iOS 6.1.3, iOS 6.1.4, and iOS 6.1.5 on their iPads, iPod ...
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No matter where you're ringing in the new year, you'll be able to watch a live stream of the festivities in New York City's Times Square right here on Mashable or via mobile apps The commercial-free... live stream — which begins at 5:55 p.m. ET and ends after the crystal ball drops at midnight to celebrate the beginning of 2014 — will include musical performances, celebrity interviews and the iconic ball drop atop the One Times Square building. The live stream will also debut footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. See also: It's 12 O'Clock Somewhere: Watch the World Ring in the New Year Mashable's Associate Entertainment Editor Brian Anthony Hernandez will be in Times Square documenting the action live. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
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Four tech notions that need aFrom privacy to smart things to Microsoft's ongoing search for a new CEO, here are four ideas that could use a fresh start in the new year.
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What Are Your Tech Resolutions for 2014?

Gizmodo - 31 Dec 2013 22:30
What Are Your Tech ResolutionsWe all have our standard, age-old New Years resolutions. Quit smoking. Work out more. Come to terms with ever present self hatred. But there's more to life than just health and wellness. There are... computers! And social networks! So is this the year you finally kick Facebook? (Yeah right!) Or maybe the year you stop staring at your phone constantly? (Probably not!) What are your hopeless tech resolutions for 2014?
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Do You Make Your Own LunchMaking your own lunch provides a chance to eat a bit healthier, save a bit of money, and avoid the lunch hour rush that takes up most of the time you have to actually eat. Do you do it?
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We can't blame you if you haven't heard of Google's Schemer; the goal sharing service launched at the end of 2011, but it hasn't received much publicity (or traffic) since. Accordingly, the crew in... Mountain View may be close to shutting Schemer down. ...
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