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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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Mystery Steam Over FukushimaThe newest update in the highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that (unexplained) plumes of steam... have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, there's a chance Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown.
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Salvadoran Volcano Ends 2013 with a Blast

Bad Astronomy - 31 Dec 2013 19:38
The west coast of Central America is lined with volcanoes. Some of them are quiescent, some active. One of them, San Miguel (also known as Chaparrastique) in El Salvador, has erupted in modern times,... as recently as 2002. On Dec. 29, 2013, it underwent a decent-sized paroxysm, blasting a cloud of ash, steam, and gas that rapidly expanded to about 40 kilometers in width, blowing east and north for over a hundred kilometers. This area is a subduction zone, where one continental plate is sliding under another. Stress builds up in the rocky plates, which can slip suddenly and cause earthquakes. Magma from deep inside the Earth can make its way to the surface as well, so subduction zones are frequently dotted with volcanoes. On Mar. 31, 2010, astronauts on the International Space Station took...
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Apple denies opening NSA backdoor to iPhone

Slash Gear - 31 Dec 2013 19:29
Apple has denied collaborating with the NSA to add a snooping backdoor to the iPhone, insisting that despite allegations that the DROPOUTJEEP program could access large swathes of iPhone content …
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El Salvador's Volcanic BlastA volcano erupted in El Salvador over the weekend for the first time in decades, spewing a huge plume of ash and gas that could be seen from space.
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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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The Planetary Lake Lander is testing autonomous exploration technologies for a future mission to Saturn's most intriguing moon --
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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Last Chance! Get The Merry MacIf you've looking for a great sounding deal during the holidays, then with no further. The Merry Mac Bundle: Beats + Media Edition features 8 killer apps that will make your Mac handle allsorts of... media like a pro. And…
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Tech and media bigs on the red-hot seat.
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CES 2014: What to expect

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 22:18
With one of the planet's biggest technology parties just days away, CNET briefs you on all the gadgetry that CES 2014 could bring.
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Unlike Jerry Garcia,The '60s are long over, but the Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus has been keeping the party going in Brazil. New safety regulations were supposed to finally kill this icon, but it may survive into 2014. The... post Unlike Jerry Garcia, Volkswagen’s Kombi Microbus isn’t dead … yet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In the Spring of 1980, just a few weeks before the infamous Mount St. Helens eruption that would take his life along with 56 others, photojournalist Reid Blackburn captured the volcano as it looked... before it exploded. The thing is, nobody knew this until last week, when a photo assistant at The Columbian — the […]
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Here's what could have enteredNext year, not a single US copyright for a published work will expire. In fact, after two extensions in the 1970s and 1990s, virtually nothing will enter the public domain until 2019, and even that is... assuming there aren't any future changes in store. Instead, Duke University has pulled together a list of the most notable works that, under pre-1978 law, could have become free for public consumption, distribution, and adaptation on January 1st, 2014: Jack Kerouac's On The Road, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and The Cat in the Hat to name a few. The arguably bigger problem, though, involves books, films, and music that most people have never heard of, and that copyright holders aren't going to bother preserving or reissuing — without a...
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CNET editor Dong Ngo picks the five best Wi-Fi routers of 2013.
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Amazon Reviewer: 'Because Of This Knife, I Will Never Die'

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 22:09
Amazon Reviewer: 'Because OfLooks like you might be a little tired after buying this item off Amazon, at least according to one reviewer. Grayslake, Ill., resident Jeffrey Kruse's Amazon review of the Para Cord Wrapped Hunting... Knife from Szco Supplies was titled "Because of this knife, I will never die." "I immediately knew [the knife] was something special as I could feel the box pulsating with pure power and adrenaline," Kruse explained. "I did not even have to open the box. Sensing my presence, the knife cut itself out of the box." But what happens next might be the real reason to buy the 7-inch blade. Based on the number of people who said they ordered this thing after reading Kruse's review, Amazon should probably hire this guy. (Hat tip, bushweasel on Reddit)
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Reddit clocked 56 billionGet ready for this: Reddit had 56 billion pageviews and 731 million unique visitors this year, according to a post published on the official Reddit blog. Possibly even more remarkable: The site had... more than 40 million posts in 2013, and the most-read post only had 3.6 […]
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A Year With Google Glass

Slashdot - 31 Dec 2013 22:07
Mat Honan, a writer for Wired, has posted an article detailing his takeaways from long-term use of Google Glass. He makes particular note of how the device's form factor is much more offensive to... others than the actual technology contained within. For example, his wife wanted him to take pictures and shoot videos of their child's birth, but not with Glass: "It was the way Glass looked. It might let me remain in the moment, but my wife worried it would take her out of it, that its mere presence would be distracting because it’s so goddamn weird-looking." It can get unpleasant when strangers are involved: "People get angry at Glass. They get angry at you for wearing Glass. They talk about you openly. It inspires the most aggressive of passive aggression. ... Wearing Glass separates you. It...
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Welcome to the Age of the Upgrade

The Verge - 31 Dec 2013 22:03
Welcome to the Age of theAs the 1980s came to a close, a curious thing happened to American consumers: they began to really understand what the word "upgrade" meant. This realization occurred thanks to a magical fusion of... technological advancement and capitalistic opportunity: the video game console. In the future-world of the late eighties, a post-crash video game market had firmly and finally established itself as a legitimate business sector — not a fad or addendum to the burgeoning PC market or an arcade also-ran — but a stable, viable industry unto itself. Nintendo and Sega waged war through most of the decade, battling for the hearts, minds, and dollars of the American consumer, all the while establishing brands that were becoming as recognizable as...
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Japan, you'll get the PlayStation 4 soon. Promise. For now, look at everyone else enjoying it. Don't they look happy? That could be you on February 22nd! ...
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Guest author Sharon Wagner is founder and CEO of Cloudyn, a provider of cloud analytics and optimization services. When we look at the future of cloud, we have to consider the current business... trajectory. It's clear to me that the three most consumed cloud resources are compute, database and storage--they account for about 80% of the average business customer's monthly cloud bill. Given the fact that these three components are the basic foundations for any cloud application, it should come as no surprise that most cloud vendors expect to continue to invest in these domains in 2014. Here's how the major players are poised to perform next year: Amazon Web Services (AWS) reports that the fastest-growing service in 2013 is its DynamoDB database service. Google continues to invest in more...
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The XCAR review of 2013: June

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 22:01
June was a busy month for the team. We looked at Ford's secret Heritage Shed, drove the stunning Morgan Aero Coupe, took a look around the potential London F1 circuit and had a go in the new Range... Rover Sport.
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Meet the most importantOutside of the Apple ecosystem, affordability reigns supreme. According to the latest data from AdDuplex, the budget-priced Lumia 520 has now taken more than 30% of the Windows Phone market share, and... when combined with the Lumia 521, the two phones make up more than one-third of all Windows Phone sales worldwide. And if you narrow the results to just Windows Phone 8 devices, then the Lumia 520 and 521 account for more than 40% of all devices sold. The Lumia 520 has been the undisputed leader of the Windows Phone market for quite some time, and to further cement itself in that position, the phone has captured an additional 4% of the market over the past month. While the
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We've got a nomination for MVP of on-air reporting for 2013 Brooke Graham, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based reporter for KUTV, fainted during a live news broadcast about cross-country skiing. She... collapsed during the first few seconds of the segment — with an audible thump as she hit the ground See also: The Most Cringe-Worthy News Fails of 2013 But the interesting part came after her fall. Graham immediately wakes up and, almost without missing a beat, continues with her interview In the segment, Graham claims she simply slipped and fell, but in a blog post, she admits to fainting "Ha, such a crazy experience," Graham writes. "A lot of people have expressed concern and well wishes and I really appreciate it. However, this is not the first time I have passed out cold. I am known to faint any...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Mike Mechanick's supercut of the year's best movies
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Food seems to go bad so quickly, but more often than not, it’s just something we’re not paying attention to. It’s risky business though, as you don’t want to eat something that could make you... sick. This is the case for not only the refrigerator, but the freezer as well. Refreezing something does not solve
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The Best And Worst Gadgets Of The Year

TechCrunch - 31 Dec 2013 22:00
The Best And Worst Gadgets Of2013 was a heady year: a time of hope; a time for sadness; a time for twerking; and a time for doge. But it was also a time for gadgets, so here are the ones we loved, the ones we hated, and the ones... that we found aesthetically offensive. The Good The Fitbit Force Fitness trackers are many and varied, but Fitbit consistently delivers top-notch hardware. The Fitbit Force is the latest. It takes the successful formula of the wrist-borne Fitbit Flex and adds a basic screen so you can get information right from your wrist, instead of having to open an app on your phone every time you want to check your progress (in more detail than via a few lighted dots). The Pebble Many tried to make a smartwatch people wanted to wear and use this year, and many failed. Pebble succeeded. Success for a...
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Best iOS apps of 2013, as'Tis the season for wrapping up the year that was into a neat bundle of best-of reviews, and who are we to argue with tradition? On Sunday's live Talkcast, I gathered a gang of eloquent experts to... dive into the best iOS apps of 2013. Here, organized ...
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Bring Full Names Back to iOS 7's Text Messages

Life Hacker - 31 Dec 2013 22:00
Bring Full Names Back to iOSWhen iOS 7 came out, it did away with displaying the full name of a text message sender. If you know multiple people with the same name, this can get a little confusing. Fortunately, a simple setting... can add a little context to make sure you know who you're talking to.
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The Number of People Killed inAs another year comes to a close, another batch of sobering numbers about the United States' semi-secret drone war is in. They're actually not as bad as they used to be.
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2013 in Review: PCWorld's top stories

PC World - 31 Dec 2013 22:00
2013 in Review: PCWorld's topGames, productivity, and Windows 8.1--chances are if a story was about one of those subjects in 2013, you wanted to read about it. With just a few hours left until a brand new year, we're taking a... look back at the one we're about to complete. Specifically, we're highlighting the 15 most-read stories on PCWorld this year. 1. 12 great PC games best played alone Even if there's nary a multiplayer in your immediate vicinity, you can still enjoy a good game on your PC. Apparently, a lot of readers took comfort in that discovery. 2. 10 awesome PC games that are completely free Maybe the only thing that draws readers more effectively than games is that word "free" in the headline.
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Torrents increased by 50-percent over the past year, as internet users uploaded rising amounts of content - much of it copyrighted - despite attempts by content owners to lock down …
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Picture of the Day: Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Twisted Sifter - 31 Dec 2013 21:55
Picture of the Day: Goodbye  GOODBYE 2013, HELLO 2014!   Photograph by Niklas Sjöblom | taivasalla.net   In this candid capture by Niklas Sjöblom, we see a grey seal waving its flipper on Märket, a small lighthouse island... in the Baltic Sea at the border between Finland and Sweden. While we say goodbye to 2013, we look onwards to…
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State wildlife officials say West Nile Virus appears to the mystery illness that's caused more than two dozen bald eagles to die in Utah this month.
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Universe Today's Top 10 (or so) Stories of 2013

Universe Today - 31 Dec 2013 21:48
2013 has been quite the year in space and astronomy! There have been launches, new missions, new discoveries and surprises. Here’s a look back at the big news from the past year, and since we never... can limit ourselves to just a "Top 10" here are the "Top 12" stories we've featured on Universe Today […]
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Gadgetwise: Review: MonkeyOh Phone Stand

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2013 21:45
Gadgetwise: Review: MonkeyOhMonkeyOh is a phone stand shaped like a monkey that holds your iPhone or iPod while it charges.     
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Sir Patrick Stewart breaksOn a recent episode of NPR's How to Do Everything podcast, Sir Patrick Stewart dropped in to give listeners a serious lesson on cow moos. A listener phoned in simply asking how a person might moo in... a British accent. Here, Stewart complicates things a bit, playing the part of an expert in cow accents and breaking down moos by location and socioeconomic status. He even moos himself, all to demonstrate the subtle differences between Nevada cows' voices and the more snooty-sounding cows of West Oxfordshire. The heart of the comedy is the fact that he doesn't break from character once. We almost wish Ian McKellen were there.
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Google invites All AccessGoogle on Tuesday began sending out invitations to purchase its $1,500 Glass wearable device to users of its All Access music subscription service.     
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Deep down, we'd all like to believe our text-based interactions are worthy of Calvin & Hobbes-style witticisms. They're not and you know it, but does Google? No matter, because the tech giant was just... awarded a patent to format your virtual ...
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Gadgetwise: Review: ProDrenalin Video Software

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2013 21:38
Gadgetwise: Review:ProDrenalin software is an easy-to-use program to fix the distortion and blur caused by shooting video on the go.     
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1,058 Pass Mars One's First Astronaut Test

ABC News - 31 Dec 2013 21:37
1,058 Pass Mars One's FirstDetails about the next level of tests are expected in early 2014.     
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Gadgetwise: Review: Pure's Jongo Wireless Speakers

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2013 21:37
Gadgetwise: Review: Pure'sPure, a British electronics manufacturer, makes wireless speakers called Jongo for its streaming music service.     
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Report: NSA developed softwareThe U.S. National Security Agency was developing in 2008 a software implant for Apple iPhones that allowed the agency to take almost total control of the device, including retrieving text messages and... voicemail and remotely turning on its microphone and camera, according to a report by the German magazine Der Spiegel. The implant, code-named DROPOUTJEEP, was "in development" and initially intended for "close access" installation on a phone, with remote installation being planned for a future release, according to an alleged NSA document with the date October 1, 2008, that Der Spiegel included in a graphic with its recent NSA report. DROPOUTJEEP's other capabilities included remotely pushing and pulling files from an iPhone, retrieving the phone's contact list and identifying the device's...
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Gadgetwise: Review: Nintendo Wii Fit U

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2013 21:34
Gadgetwise: Review: NintendoNew to the Wii Fit U game from Nintendo is a meter that clips on a belt or waistband and records your activity throughout the day.     
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Ergotron Workfit-A StandingWorkFit-A by Ergotron Category: Desks Works With:iMac Price: $650 If you own a laptop, it’s pretty easy to up and move to a more comfortable workplace when your joints start to stiffen. But if you... have a giant 27-inch iMac…
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We all have expectations of how things will go throughout a day. Get up, race to work, live in a haze as the day passes, and go home to relax. There are those who like to sit down with a drink which... can make the evening more pleasant. If your beverage of choice just so
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How Much Alcohol Causes aThe misery of a hangover usually makes us regret every drink from the day before. You don't have to forgo drinking altogether, though, if you don't want to. Just know how many drinks tend to cause a... hangover and which alcoholic drinks are less likely to give you those awful symptoms. Here's what 33 years of alcohol hangover research tells us.
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Can Radar and RFID StopLast month, London reached a grim milestone: Six cyclists were killed within 14 days, sparking a massive "die-in" protest. London isn't alone; 176 cyclists or pedestrians were killed in NYC last year.... The rapidly rising death toll is spurring a race to build a technology to warn drivers before they hit someone on foot or bike.
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Netflix Was The Biggest Winner On The S&P 500 In 2013

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 21:24
Netflix Was The Biggest WinnerNetflix soared while Newmont sank. Here are the three biggest winners and the three biggest losers in the Standard & Poor's 500 index in 2013. The Winners: -- Netflix, up 296 percent. Netflix's... earnings have soared as the video subscription service attracts millions of new customers. Netflix's library has expanded quickly with original, widely acclaimed shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." -- Micron Technology, up 244 percent. The Boise, Idaho-based semiconductor maker has been on a roll. Micron's chips, which are found in computers, cars and mobile devices, are benefiting from consolidation in the industry. Sales of its memory chips are booming. -- Best Buy, up 239 percent. The electronics retailer has slashed costs, ramped up employee training and matched online...
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Long-lost photos show Mt. St.More than 33 years ago Mount Saint Helens blew its top, causing 57 deaths and forever changing the landscape of Washington state and its surrounding areas. One of those deaths was Reid Blackburn, a... reporter on assignment for The Columbian — a local area paper — who was snapping photos inside what tragically turned out to be a massive blast area. Those images were never recovered, but The Columbian now shares photos of the slumbering volcano that Blackburn never developed, and that were tucked away for decades in an unmarked paper bag.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Garth Evans returns to the film series that made him an action geek favorite with 'The Raid: Berandal' and the martial artistry on display is just stunning
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NY suit challenging laptop searches tossed

Miami Herald - 31 Dec 2013 21:20
A New York City judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a photojournalism organization and others challenging laptop computer searches at U.S. borders.
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The Canadian Forces is using up its quota of surveillance information from Radarsat-2, prompting the Canadian government to look at purchasing more access to the satellite or turn observing time... allocated to other federal departments over to the military.
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Nissan to unveil next-genYou wouldn't know it from the current lineup, but Nissan is pretty good at building sport sedans. It's trying again with a new concept set to debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show January 13. The post... Nissan to unveil next-gen Maxima in sport sedan concept form at 2014 Detroit Auto Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
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OK, so you've resolved to lose weight, travel more and organize your finances in 2014. That's a good start.
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Things around here are heating up fast. In fact, Earth's temperature is rising quicker than scientists previously projected, according to a new study of climate change and the effects of cloud cover... on global warming.
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For the last doodle of 2013, Google decides to dance the night away.
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Inviting Startups to the Privacy Regulation Party

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 21:06
Inviting Startups to theLast week, a joint committee hearing of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and the Select Committee on Privacy explored the issue... of what should be done next when it comes to consumer privacy in California. Unfortunately, many of the individuals and companies who would be impacted by measures taken by the legislative body were not invited to the party. While the hearing played host to a variety of privacy experts and academics, it failed to include more practitioners and companies who are grappling with these issues from a business perspective on a daily basis. The voice of small businesses and true startups was near absent. One practitioner, the American Civil Liberties Union's Chris Conley, appropriately pointed out...
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'Fez' due for three more ports in 2014

Digital Trends - 31 Dec 2013 21:06
'Fez' due for three more portsA new post on Polytron Corporation's website confirms that Fez is due for three new ports in 2014. Is this a reference to the PlayStation Network release with support for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita or a... hint of something more? The post ‘Fez’ due for three more ports in 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Today I Found Out: This tradition is mostly thanks to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band. While their work is largely unknown to those born in the last few decades, the band has sold over 300... million records to date. Guy Lombardo himself has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was once the “Dick Clark” of New Years before Clark and his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” attempting to appeal to younger audiences, started supplanting “Mr. New Year’s Eve,” Guy Lombardo. "Auld Lang Syne" is another one of those songs most of us don't know the words to - like the Canadian National Anthem.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Pirate Bay uploads spike 50The Pirate Bay has thwarted domain name seizures in 2013 and enjoyed a 50 percent increase in file uploads over the the last year. The site's resiliency likely means that it will be alive and well... deep into the new year, and beyond. The post Pirate Bay uploads spike 50 percent, thwarting anti-piracy groups appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Smartphone-controlled plane to soar to CES

Android Central - 31 Dec 2013 21:05
Smartphone-controlled plane to  $50 kit to be available in June It seems like a lot of different companies are getting in on the smartphone-controlled device game. ARCHOS announced its own series of home regulation devices... earlier today. Belkin has its own thing along the same lines. Although it's not exactly home automation, Tailor Toys LLC will have a smartphone-controlled device all its own to show off at CES next week. A module contained in the PowerUp 3.0 paper airplane conversion kit will turn a paper plane, which you can make yourself, into a smartphone-controlled beast--at least for ten minutes. It works through a Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth Smart connection and Android 4.3 or higher (and iOS). A tilt of the phone will control the plane's rudder, allowing steering of the plane. Propeller speed can be adjusted via...
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Prescription lenses for Google Glass will be priced from $99, one start-up has confirmed, with Rochester Optical revealing early cost details ahead of preorders opening after CES 2014 next week. …
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iFixit has posted a teardown of Apple's new soda-can-shaped Mac Pro. Despite the unusual form factor, it earned a relatively high repairability score: 8/10. iFixit said, "For being so compact, the... design is surprisingly modular and easy to disassemble. Non-proprietary Torx screws are used throughout, and several components can be replaced independently." They say it's easy to access the fan and the RAM slots, and while the CPU is buried a bit more deeply, it's still user-replaceable. The Mac Pro doesn't get higher than an 8 because its uses some proprietary connectors and the cable routing is cramped. They add, "There is no room, or available port, for adding your own internal storage. Apple has addressed this with heaps of Thunderbolt, but we'd personally rather use the more widely...
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[From GamerTell] Xbox Live's Games with Gold is adding two titles in January that were previously part of the PS Plus Game Collection. The good news is that they are both excellent titles worthy of... play and replay.
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Though Sony's crazy QX10 and QX100 lens cameras can attach to most smartphones, the company naturally favored its own Xperia Z and Z1 handsets by creating custom cases for those devices. Now it's... doing the same for its crazy-large 6.4-inch Xperia Z ...
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The best online writing of 2013

The Verge - 31 Dec 2013 21:02
The best online writing ofEach week we round up some of the best writing on the web in order to cut through the flood and highlight the best original online reporting, interviews, and writing. 2013 saw fantastic coverage of... the NSA leaks, Silicon Valley’s larger aspirations to change the world, DNA testing, and much more, and many publications continued pushing the boundaries of movement, video, illustration, and design. And so as 2013 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at the stories, profiles, and characters that stayed with us: we’ve narrowed it down to 25 essential reads from Grantland, Mother Jones, domus, The London Review of Books, The Awl, Fast Company, and many more. Grab the entire list as a Readlist.
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Goodbye, Cameras

The New Yorker - 31 Dec 2013 21:01
Goodbye, CamerasThis past October, just before the leaves changed, I went on a six-day hike through the mountains of Wakayama, in central Japan, tracing the path of an ancient imperial pilgrimage called the Kumano... Kodo. I took along a powerful camera, believing, as I always have, that it would be an indispensable creative tool. But I returned with the unshakeable feeling that I’m done with cameras, and that most of us are, if we aren’t already. My passion for cameras began when I was a teen-ager, but I took to them in earnest in 2000, when I arrived in Tokyo as a college student. Back then, the city was rife with used-camera shops overflowing with rows of dusty, greasy, and dented bodies and lenses. I spent several lazy weekday afternoons wandering through the stores, precociously bugging the grouchy...
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Bad news for cord cutters: ABCStarting January 6, next-day access to full episodes of ABC TV shows will be restricted to cable or Hulu Plus subscribers. Everyone else will have to wait a whole week.
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How a top Microsoft rivalWhile we’ve been laser-focused on Samsung’s split from Android, another major electronics company has purportedly been exploring other options as well. The Information reports that Sony is... currently in talks with Microsoft to release a Windows Phone of its own as early as next year, breaking a four-year streak of Android exclusivity and pairing up two long-time rivals in the gaming console market. The sources say that Sony has already shared designs for a Windows Phone prototype with Microsoft, and also that any products released under the partnership would be branded as Sony Viao devices. The two companies have yet to finalize any plans, so roadblocks could undoubtedly arise, but if Microsoft can expand its mobile OS as far as
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New Year's Eve may seem anti-climatic for some — all that prep and only a 10-second countdown to show for it So instead, celebrate New Year's Eve all day long by joining in on 2014 celebrations from... around the world (from the comfort of your computer screen) See also: 8 Glittering Facts About the New Year's Eve Ball New Zealand and Australia have already struck in the new year with impressive light shows, Seoul, South Korea rung in 2014 with the hitting of a ceremonial bell and the Vatican was a sea of singing voices celebrating the end of 2013 But nothing can compare to the crazy and spectacular way New Yorkers say goodbye to 2013. Check out the video above to see how the Times Square preparations are coming along before the ball drops at midnight
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A Map of the 124 United StatesThe fact that we've kept the number of U.S. states relatively static is nothing short a miracle--there have been hundreds of attempts at state secession over the years. But what if they had all... succeeded? This brilliant map depicts that alternative universe, where the U.S. is broken up into 124 different states that stretch from sea-to-shining-sea.
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The Active Particle-induced X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), carried by the Yutu rover of the Chang'e-3 satellite got its first X-ray fluorescence spectrum of lunar regolith around the landing site on... December 25, 2013.
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News Roundup for December 31

TUAW - 31 Dec 2013 21:00
News Roundup for December 31Happy New Year's Eve! Before you succumb to revelry, have a look at the last Apple news update of 2013. Mac Pro teardown reveals a highly repairable machine. Apple's latest piece of desk jewelry is... easy to work with... and on. iFixit has given it an ...
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Build a Motorized ConvertibleWe've seen a lot of standing desks, including those made from IKEA parts, but artist/designer Kelli Anderson managed to make one of the nicest convertible options yet. With IKEA storage furniture,... Google Sketchup, and help from some friends, she was able to make this simple and stunning workspace with plenty of room for everything--regardless of how she wanted to work.
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Archos To Showcase 'ConnectedAhead of CES 2014, Archos has spilled the beans on a number of “connected objects” that it is going to showcase at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. These include a weather... station, home camera, blood pressure monitor, activity tracker, smartwatches and more. The connected objects will be compatible with iOS and Android platforms, allowing users to control them from anywhere and use Bluetooth Low Energy to ensure extended use without requiring recharging. The company says these objects are styled to “blend into your home environment.” (more…) Follow: Gadgets, Archos, CES, CES 2014, Archos To Showcase ‘Connected Objects’ At CES 2014, Will Unveil Sub $100 Smartwatches original content from Ubergizmo.     
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The Salter for Williams-Sonoma Touchless Tare Glass Scale allows for hands-free operation. The scale can also measure liquid ingredients.
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Sony Rumored To Be ConsideringAccording to The Information, Sony could release a Windows Phone device, diversifying its mobile device lineup, bolstering Microsoft, and perhaps demonstrating a growing wish among hardware firms to... hedge against an Android-dominated future. Sony appears to be strongly interested in the project. The Verge wrote this morning that the company has continued the project despite Microsoft’s plan to purchase Nokia’s handset business. Its willingness to consider building a Windows Phone device despite the platform having a firm home-advantage tilt towards Microsoft’s own hardware is indicative. For Sony the move would diversify its mobile line away from Android, a platform now generally associated with Samsung hardware. The irony to that is the simple fact that Nokia is the de facto Windows...
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Maybe you thought year-end ‘best-of’ lists were only for desperate journalists trying to survive the holiday news doldrums or news agencies looking to wow you with the photographs they compiled... over the course of the year. Au contraire. Instagram tracking service Statigram has a nifty new service that compiles a short video from the five […]
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Volunteers spin away on stationary Citi Bikes to generate electricity in advance of the famed New York celebration.
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The Mac Pro is even easier toWe already knew the Mac Pro's CPU could be replaced, but it turns out that's far from the only piece of hardware a user can repair or upgrade in Apple's new desktop.
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NSA can gain complete accessNewly revealed NSA documents show that the spy agency can take complete control over virtually anyone's Apple iPhone. And Apple has now denied that it helped the NSA gain access to customers' iPhones.... The post NSA can gain complete access to iPhones, but Apple denies it helped install spyware appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Researchers from the University of Chicago have used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe weather patterns on the exoplanet GJ 1214b. The "super-Earth" contains a cloudy atmosphere which prevents... detailed observations of the planet's surface and lower atmosphere.
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Hewlett-Packard to cut 5,000 more jobs

Reuters - 31 Dec 2013 20:40
(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said it would cut 5,000 more jobs, bringing the total number of layoffs to 34,000, or 11 percent of its workforce.
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It's not just crystal-covered balls. Cities across the country have their own variations on the old "dropping things to celebrate time's passage" tradition.     
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Now that the first shipments of Apple's brand-new Mac Pro have started reaching customers, you know what that means: Teardown goodness. Apple started taking orders for its revamped Mac Pro on Dec. 19,... with a range of configuration options. Early reviews for the built-in-the-USA professional workstation are very positive, with the industrial design and raw power inside drawing accolades. See also: 25 Things the New Mac Pro Looks Like That's great and all, but how upgradable and repairable is the machine? For years, the Mac Pro line has remained one of the rare Apple products that allows the user to actively upgrade and switch out components. Some professional users worried that switching from the large, expandable workstation case to a small, cylindrical powerhouse would hamper its...
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iFile 2 For iOS 7 Released In Cydia

Ubergizmo - 31 Dec 2013 20:36
iFile 2 For iOS 7 Released InThere are a number of reasons why people choose to jailbreak their devices. Some like the advanced customization options that are otherwise not available on stock iOS firmware. Some jailbreak their... devices for the sole reason of installing pirated applications. Then there are people who go down this road so that they’re able to install apps that Apple doesn’t allow in the App Store. iFile is one such popular app that has been around for a few years now. With the recent release of an iOS 7 untethered jailbreak, Carsten Heinelt, the developer, has now released the iFile 2 for iOS app in Cydia. iFile is a complete file manager and viewer which runs under user root. Basically the app gives users full access to the files on their jailbroken devices, it works like Finder does on a Mac...
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Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on No Joe Schmo, a site about individuals with cool and crazy jobs. Megan founded that site and runs it separately from her job as an assistant editor at... Mashable. After the champagne has been chugged and the 6-ton ball has been cleared, millions of tiny flecks of colored paper coat the pavement of Times Square in New York City. Let's back up a few hours. For the past 22 years, precisely 20 seconds before the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, Treb Heining, 59, stands perched over the railing outside the Minskoff Theater, ready for go time. He holds a radio close to his lips. “Go confetti,” he declares coolly, just loud enough for the 70 some-odd people at eight different buildings towering over the center of Times Square to hear him over the...
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Apple denies any knowledge ofApple says it was unaware of an NSA software implant that could control iOS devices and denies that it worked with the NSA to make surveillance easier. In a statement to All Things D, the company... 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." The program in question is called DROPOUTJEEP, described in a leaked 2008 slide as a tool capable of turning on and capturing data from iOS microphones and cameras and remotely pulling files, contact lists, text messages, location data, and more. While security researcher Jacob Appelbaum suggested that the program could only work as perfectly as the NSA...
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LG May Be Taking Another StabCES 2014 is -- amazingly enough -- just around the corner, along with enough new gadgetry to fill several lifetimes. Last year we saw a glut of activity trackers pop up in the wake of notable hits... like the Fitbits and Jawbone's UP, and now it looks like LG is taking yet another stab at the wearable fitness formula with its newly-leaked (thanks to @evleaks) Lifeband Touch.
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New Space Station HD Cameras:Canadian company UrtheCast made an agreement with Russia's Federal Space Agency to mount Earth-watching cameras to the hull of the International Space Station. Also, animation of imagery it will... provide is shown.
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Watch a swarm of drones fly inA new video out of the University of Illinois Aerospace Robotics and Control Laboratory depicts a swarm of drones that can sense their surroundings to respond to commands and avoid obstacles. Watch... from the beginning to see a person use their hands to guide the drones, […]
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While fish are graceful and fun to look at, those of us who travel frequently couldn’t hope to keep any. Some pets require feeding and playtime, which is fine to ask a friend to do rather than to... feed your aquatic creatures and clean out their habitat. One wrong move when cleaning out a tank
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[From EntertainmentTell] 5 Second Films says goodbye
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So Wow. The 20 Best Memes of 2013

Mashable - 31 Dec 2013 20:30
Goodbye, Harlem Shake. Goodbye, Hot Dog Legs. As we wave adios to 2013, we must bid farewell to the memes that brought joy to the Internet this year. This year's crop of memes originated in news... stories, YouTube videos and online communities like Reddit and Tumblr See also: Ermahgerd! The 12 Best Memes of 2012 In 2012, major events like the Summer Olympics and U.S. Presidential election spawned inescapable moments that dominated the web for months. In 2013, less meme-able headlines caused most shareable moments to quickly flash and fade. We gathered a respected jury of sloths, Tumblr fangirls and Shiba Inus to help us settle on the 20 top memes of 2013. Cheers to 2014, Internet!
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1Keyboard Connects Any MacMac: Typing on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV isn't particularly fun, but nobody really wants to carry around a special keyboard for them either. If you've already got a Mac, 1Keyboard is an app that... allows you to use the keyboard connected to your Mac on your iOS device.
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Granted, the holidays didn't exactly leave us flush with cash, but as every charity we've ever contributed to has reminded us via e-mail over the past couple of days, the year is drawing to an end,... which means we're running out of time to rack up ...
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Verizon Moto G To Be Sold ByVerizon has already confirmed that it going to offer the Moto G smartphone to its prepaid customers in 2014, but so far it hasn’t revealed any more than that. Big Red hasn’t revealed what it... intends to charge for this smartphone. A photo of the Verizon Moto G was leaked recently which hinted at a $100 price tag. The price tag is surprising to say the least, because the Moto G is sold off contract and its regular price tag is already very competitively priced at $179. More information has emerged about the Verizon Moto G, with Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler telling The L.A. Times that the phone is currently landing in the retailer’s stores and it will go on sale “as soon as it arrives.” At a $100 price tag the Moto G will be an excellent option for someone looking to find a...
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10 Apps to Help Your NewAccording to scientists, we’re terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Shocker, I know, kind of like that thing you’re always hearing bears do in the woods. “Willpower, like a bicep, can... only exert itself so long before it gives out; it’s an extremely limited mental resource,” wrote Jonah Lehrer in a 2009 Wall Street Journal piece canvassing our cerebral proclivities — or lack thereof. I can relate. I’ve never kept a New Year’s resolution much past that first week or two. What’s that Homer Simpson quote? “Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try.” I’m not that despondent about annual self-betterment oaths, I just don’t think an arbitrary date’s the best way to recalibrate. Pick a date, any date, and if you’ve mentally...
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A research team has published its latest preclinical findings about the promising antitumor agent FL118, reporting new insights about the agent's chemical structure.
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Over the past two years, an expert in revision hip and knee replacement surgery has seen an increase in the number of people needing a second surgery. When a knee or hip implant wears out or another... problem develops, people often need a second surgery in which the existing implant or components are taken out and replaced.
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Most Popular External HardIf you're looking for a little extra space, or need to take some data with you on the go, an external hard drive can be a windfall. Last week, we asked you which ones you thought were the best . Then... we looked at the five best external hard drives , based on those nominations. Now we're back to highlight the winner.
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If it seems these days like no gadget, website, service or function is safe from the data trolling of the U.S. National Security Administration, you are probably right. Even your iPhone is no barrier... to the depths of the NSA's capabilities, according to a new report. Security researcher Jacob Applebaum gave a talk at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany yesterday outlining how the NSA has had the capability to break into an iPhone and siphon off of all the communications and activity on the device since 2008. German publication Der Spiegel also has its own extensive report showing that the NSA has a program called DROPOUTJEEP that is the codename of the iPhone hack.  In addition to the iPhone hack, the NSA has a unit called TAO--Tailored Access Operations--that has...
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Apple denies creating iPhoneApple has released a statement denying having worked with the National Security Agency to create a "backdoor" for the government to have complete access to users' iPhones.     
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The Complete List ofMichael Bloomberg leaves office tomorrow after 12 years as New York City's mayor. No mayor in recent memory has added so much to a city. Or taken so much away. To remember him properly, here's a list... of everything Bloomberg banned during his time in office.
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Canon patents 100x ultrazoomThe appeal of bridge cameras is the long zoom offered in an advanced point-and-shoot. Canon is raising the ante with what could possibly be a 100x PowerShot. The company hold a patent that describes... such a lens. The post Canon patents 100x ultrazoom lens, could make its way into a future PowerShot appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] We all love our Macs, and we choose to go with the Apple-made computer for a reason. But there are occasionally programs that we... need to access that aren't made for Mac. That's when CrossOver 13 comes in. It can run Windows programs on your Mac, and you can get it on sale right now from our Deals tab. CrossOver 13 makes the process or running Windows programs on your Mac almost as effortless as installing a Mac program. There's no need to shut down your computer and switch over to an entirely different operating system--CrossOver 13 runs the Windows program you need inside Mac OS X. You won't even notice the difference once you get it installed.  CrossOver 13 usually retails for $60. Head to our Deals tab now and you can...
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Nanodots GYRO DUO are magnetically gyroscopic balls

Coolest Gadgets - 31 Dec 2013 20:17
Now here is a pair of extremely interesting balls - the $39.99 Nanodots GYRO DUO, where they happen to be magnetically gyroscopic balls. These two balls will feature self-orienting, high-powered... magnetic cores, where you will be able to do a whole lot with them - ranging from playing with them or building with them, they
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Samsung Rumored To IncreaseThere might be strong demand for TFT LCD technology in the market right now, but apparently Samsung is of the view that OLED will continue to tout the advantages of its technology in the market... despite rising demand for TFT LCD technology. The latest from Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes suggests that Samsung Display is going to increase the OLED panel production capacity by 33 percent in 2014. Market observers cited in the report believe that the OLED market is going to be worth upwards of $450 million in 2014, up nearly $100 million from $350 million in 2014. The report also claims that Samsung is planning to extend the use of OLED panels in its smartphones and TV, this might be true after all. It was reported a few weeks back that the company wants to bring back OLED tablets....
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T-Mobile's rise, BlackBerry'sJoin us for a look at what happened in the world of mobile tech in 2013. We round up the winners and the losers, the successful releases and the embarrassing flops, all the big news that was fit to... publish over the last year. The post T-Mobile’s rise, BlackBerry’s fall, and 12 more of the biggest mobile stories of 2013 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Crossover coupe craziness: BMWThe BMW X4 will be to the X3 what the X6 is to the X5. Confused yet? Just think of it as an X3 with a chopped top, a chimeric combination of coupe styling and crossover running gear. The post... Crossover coupe craziness: BMW X4 to debut 2014 New York Auto Show … for some reason appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL:Google continues to excel on Apple's own platform by going native on iOS with its online services. Not to be outdone, the likes of Microsoft and Yahoo are closing in while AOL continues to find... itself.
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Want giant TV, will travel:Last year required tens of thousands of miles worth of flight time, lame airport food, and intolerably cramped seats in order to gain access to the year's hottest televisions. Why is that, and was it... worth it? The post Want giant TV, will travel: Seeing the latest TVs now requires Delta instead of FedEx appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The folks over at Nikon Rumors have been hard at work keeping everybody up on what you can expect from Nikon, but if you’re like us, you just don’t have the time to follow rumors day in and day... out. So here’s a roundup of what the most exciting and plausible rumors that should give […]
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BigZee writes "For many years, I've used a page-a-day diary as both a planner and a method for taking notes. While not perfect, it's proven to be an approach that's worked fairly well for me.... Conscious of the limitations, I want this to become more electronic. In principle, I want to be able to use my Nexus 7 for this function. There are some limitations: My workplace uses MS Outlook. However, I am not able to use Evernote (or similar) on my workplace machine. This limits possible integration along the lines proposed with GTD. What I want is to be able to take notes that are organized by date as well as being integrated to a calendar (preferably Google). Additionally, I want to be able to prioritize my work along lines similar to GTD. I'm not averse to spending money for the right software...
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The Apple store of pot

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 20:11
A former industrial engineer in Denver intends to build the most alluring, tasteful pot dispensary on the planet, with the Apple store as his inspiration.
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Watch the last Verge Mobile2013 takes its final breath today, so what better way to celebrate it than one last Verge Mobile Show before we cross over into the new year. Lots of things happened in the world of mobile this year... — from BlackBerry's turmoil to the rebirth of T-Mobile and Motorola, it's been quite a ride. Join us as we look back and look ahead today at 4:30PM ET / 21:30 GMT. We will have a video embed of the show in this post once we're closer to show time.
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Apple Says It Has 'NeverRecently a barrage of highly confidential documents were leaked online which revealed that the NSA has backdoors that it can implement in products from a number of major technology companies,... including but not limited to Samsung, Cisco and Juniper Networks. Then word broke about a backdoor called DROPOUTJEEP which apparently lets the NSA tap into an iPhone. In a statement provided to AllThingsD, Cupertino says that it has ”never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone.” The company also claims that it has been unaware of this NSA program that is supposedly targeting its smartphone, one of the most popular mobile devices on this planet. For those who don’t know what DROPOUTJEEP does, its basically a software which when installed on an iPhone...
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10 New Year's Resolutions for Young Workers

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 20:05
10 New Year's Resolutions forAs 2014 approaches, the millennial workforce should focus on making this career advice their New Year's resolutions.
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Target Is Sorry It Sold You A Broken Gift Card

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 20:04
Target Is Sorry It Sold You ANEW YORK (AP) -- Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation's second-largest discount retailer said Tuesday that an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the... holidays were not properly activated. The Minneapolis chain says the number of cards affected was less than 0.1 percent of the total sold and that it will honor the affected cards. Customers can bring faulty cards to any Target service desk or call 800-544-2943 for help. "We are aware that some Target gift cards were not fully activated and apologize for the inconvenience," company spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. The problem comes less than two weeks after Target announced it was hit with a massive data security breach that affected about 40...
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Sony VAIO Windows Phone tipped for mid-2014

Slash Gear - 31 Dec 2013 20:04
Sony is considering launching at least one Windows Phone handset in 2014, sources claim, as Microsoft courts potential partners to bolster support for its "third platform" OS. Sony, which has …
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New Year, New Career: How toAre you job hunting in 2014? Here are five tips to jump-start your career search -- and land the job.
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The Biggest Social MediaReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year. Astronaut selfies, national tragedies, invasions of privacy and heartwarming events all made... our list for the most notable social media moments this year.  Social media is more prevalent now than ever before. Pew Internet reports that 73 percent of all U.S. adult Internet users have at least one social media account and while Facebook still remains the ubiquitous platform, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram play a large part in launching viral content and communicating and documenting stories around world. Vine And The Rise Of Short Video In January, Twitter launched Vine, the six-second video application that became one of the most popular social apps of 2013. Vine was so...
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The Consumer Electronics Show takes place every January in Las Vegas, and it's the ultimate collection of new technology -- good and bad.
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6 Ways Retail Will Change in 2014

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 20:01
6 Ways Retail Will Change inMobile commerce and ecommerce will take the center stage of retail in 2014.
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A dynamical interplay between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and its rings is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft....
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Drunk Driving and TheDrunk driving combines two of America's favorite pastimes: getting absolutely hammered and driving an automobile. But before the invention of the modern breathalyzer in the 1950s, determining if... someone was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle was incredibly subjective. It took decades for law enforcement technology to catch up with one of our most pervasive crimes.
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Why 2014 Is The Year You Change

TechCrunch - 31 Dec 2013 20:00
Why 2014 Is The Year YouI stopped going to classes. I had a scholarship that paid all my living expenses ($1,200/month) so I didn't want to quit (ugh, and get a job?). So I stayed a student but I failed every class I took... for three semesters in a row.
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NASA astronauts will help ring in 2014 by sending greetings from space and from Earth to the crowd gathered in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve....
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[From GamerTell] Preparing a New Year's Eve party for gamers? Well, then you may want to have these 5 games for everyone to enjoy.
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The high-end phone market willMany news sites have reported perky news items about Flurry’s Christmas app download statistics. And most of them have been comprehensively out to lunch. The real news in Flurry’s numbers is not... that Christmas Day app downloads once again bounced sharply from the average December day since that obviously happens every year. A truly gruesome bit of real news was buried in the exhibit that compares Christmas 2012 download volume growth to Christmas 2013: App download volume increased by 90% year-on-year back in 2012 but by just 11% in 2013. The Christmas app download volume growth has collapsed. This matters a great deal to the smartphone industry, because high-end smartphone sales depend on affluent markets where the Christmas bounce is big: The United States, the United Kingdom,...
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12 Types of New Year's Eve Parties

Mashable - 31 Dec 2013 20:00
Thanks to cinematic fantasy and Ryan Seacrest, your New Year's Eve expectations have never been more unrealistic Every year, you trick yourself into thinking this will finally be the evening that you... attend a party that's straight out of The Great Gatsby, only to be disappointed when you end up on the couch, hanging out with your cat. (But seriously, is that really the worst evening you could imagine?) See also: 14 Solutions to Your New Year's Midnight Kiss Never fear, because there are plenty of other ways to ring in the new year by celebrating or just letting yourself down with unfulfilling plans
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Do I Really Need RegularDear Lifehacker,I know I'm supposed to go to the doctor once a year and the dentist twice, but do I really need to? Whenever I get a physical I feel fine and there's really anything wrong with my... teeth. Do I really need to have these visits so frequently or am I just paying for nothing?
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip is still pretty dang new, but the company's already churned out a follow-up: the Snapdragon 805, a so-called Ultra HD processor. Like the 800, this version is a... Krait-based, quad-core chip, and its biggest selling point ...
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Personalised ringtones, chat rooms and online music - 19th-century ranchers pioneered social networking, says Bob Holmes (full text available to subscribers)     
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These are a few of my favoriteAs 2013 comes to an end, here are a list of my favorite Mac apps that I used over the past year. Now there are a few important things to remember: you'll notice that many of these are not "new" apps... because, well, I don't care when the apps were made ...
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Sony Expected To LaunchSony is known for its Android powered smartphones, and it released a number of devices in 2013 that received rave reviews. The company hasn’t said anything about its smartphone plans for 2014 but... rumor has it that Sony might release a Windows Phone powered smartphone in 2014. The device is expected around mid-2014, no technical specifications have been leaked as yet. This rumor comes from The Information which claims to have heard from a person that has knowledge of Sony’s plans. It also claims that in order to bring more manufacturers on board, Microsoft is reaching out to potential OEMs and even thinking of cutting licensing costs to sweeten the deal. Sony’s entrance in the Windows Phone market might serve the platform well as it looks to increase its global market share to close...
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This image, taken on Dec. 31, 2013 by the AIA instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at 171 Angstrom, shows the current conditions of the quiet corona and upper transition region of the... Sun....
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Apple's new Mac Pro is easy toThe new, cylindrical Mac Pro has landed on the operating table at iFixit, where the teardown surgeons have just awarded a final repairability score. Apple doesn't want you to take apart and replace... components in its products. This is a fact of life, really....
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4 Mobile Technologies ThatSmall business owners, get ready. In 2014, new mobile gear will help you connect with customers, sell your product and stay productive wherever you are.
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Someone Found a High School  Earlier this year, reddit user averagedekutree was browsing through a book store in Milwaukee when she came across a century-old high school yearbook from 1913. The high school was called Texarkana... in Arkansas, and flipping through the pages is like taking a step through time. What’s fascinating is to observe both the differences and…
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Sony releasing a Windows Phone in 2014?

Pocket-lint - 31 Dec 2013 19:58
Sony releasing a Windows PhoneSony is internally considering launching a Windows Phone as early as mid-2014, according to The Information. It would add another big name to making Windows Phones and end Sony's long-time focus on... only Android. An official deal hasn't been announced,...
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7 Ways to Cheat a Hangover

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 19:57
7 Ways to Cheat a HangoverHere are scientific tips to let you ring in the New Year while avoiding an alcohol-induced headache and all-around aches the next day.
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Sony may get into the Windows Phone game, launching a model as early as mid-2014, according to The Information. If it pans out, it would be a break from Sony's Android loyalty, and bring some variety... to the Nokia-heavy Windows Phone segment. [The Information via The Verge]
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Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds....
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Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars....
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Moto G for Verizon coming toLast night, a leak showed that Verizon was getting ready to sell the Moto G off-contract for $100, even less than the already-low $179 price that Motorola's currently asking for the GSM version. Now,... we're getting more details on this new Moto G varient — according to The Los Angeles Times, Best Buy will sell a no-contract Moto G for Verizon very soon at the rumored $99.99 price point. "The phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives," Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told The LA Times. Verizon didn't have any comment, so it's not clear yet if this will be a Best Buy exclusive or if cheaper Moto G will end up in the carrier's stores eventually. Either way, this is the cheapest we've seen the...
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On Jan. 1, Colorado will become the first state to allow the sale of "retail marijuana" since the federal government banned its recreational use in 1937 The state's voters approved Amendment 64, which... legalizes sale of the drug, on Nov. 6, 2012, and it was adopted to Colorado's constitution about a month later. Since then, regulators have worked to establish guidelines to implement the historic change. See also: 10 Ways to Follow 4/20 Culture Online This is one of the most talked-about laws in recent memory, but many are still rather hazy on some of the specifics. To clear the air, we decided to take a closer look at the law and hash out the facts
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Those who use Google's music streaming service, Music All Access, can skip the public waiting list and shell out $1,500 for Google Glass now.
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The iOS 7 Jailbreak Is FinallyThe iOS 7 jailbreak was released last Sunday, but it was a messy release that had a lot of bugs and compatibility issues. We warned everyone to wait at the time. Today the last major issue with the... jailbreak was…
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In a stunning move, the legendarily sweet singer decides that no, her image might be superficial, but she is more than her news reports. And she just doesn't care any more what people think.
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Facebook's favorite hacks ofFacebook's engineers released a list of their favorite hacks for 2013. Most of them were more boring than a watching paint dry while listening to John Mayer and eating a crumpled piece of plain white... bread. The post Facebook’s favorite hacks of 2013 are a bad sign for the company appeared first on Digital Trends.
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LG G2 Android 4.4 UpdateWe recently reported that LG Korea had started to roll out the much awaited Android 4.4 KitKat update for its flagship smartphone in Korea. It appears that the company might have been conducting a... soak test. Usually OEMs conduct soak tests with volunteers, they seed the update to a few people in order to be absolutely sure that there aren’t any issues with the update. Reports coming in from Korea suggest that the Android 4.4 update was only rolled out to five percent of all G2 owners in the country. It is claimed that LG found no bug after the limited roll out of this update and that it has now given the go ahead to start releasing Android 4.4 KitKat for the remaining G2 owners in the country. There have been some reports from those who received the update that they’re noticing battery...
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Hubble Sees CloudyHubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases: Get larger image formats Weather forecasters on a pair of exoplanets would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended... outlook: more clouds. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds. The best guess is that the clouds are not like anything found on Earth. Their scorching atmospheres are predicted to be hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit too hot for a rainy day.
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 31 Dec 2013 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: how swearing made us human, physics on a shoestring, three-parent babies, deviant Higgs, Elvis vs Jesus and more     
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Sony may release a WindowsSony is considering launching a Windows Phone sometime next year, according to a new report from The Information. If true, such a move would break Sony's current loyalty to Android and give Nokia some... fresh competition in the Windows Phone segment. Both sides have reportedly held numerous discussions, with Sony going so far as to draw up designs for a prototype device. Any future product could be branded under Sony's Vaio line, according to The Information. Microsoft's takeover of Nokia's devices unit seemingly hasn't given Sony any second thoughts; talks have continued even after the acquisition was first announced. But the report notes that a deal hasn't yet been finalized and plans could come undone if Microsoft and Sony disagree...
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[From AppleTell] Hyper has announced the iUSBport 2 and iUSBport HD, offering increased speed and different options for connecting your external hard drives wirelessly.
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HYPER launches iUSBport 2 and iUSBport HD

AppleTell - 31 Dec 2013 19:43
Hyper has just bumped up the specs of their wireless disk adapters, adding some new features that make them more useful. The iUSBport is now on version 2.0 and includes a handful of new features,... while the new top-of-the-range iUSBport HD is a combination portable hard drive and wireless adapter in one slim package.
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The NSA and the erosion of trust

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 19:43
All those in the orbit of the NSA are looking for cover in the wake of the revelations about what might be called the excesses of the spy agency.
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Microsoft reportedly talkingMicrosoft only has a few key Windows Phone partners under its belt, but it may be expanding the ecosystem very shortly -- The Information hears from sources that Redmond is once again in talks to... launch a Sony-made Windows Phone. While there's no ...
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No surprise: The NSA can hack iPhones

ZDNet - 31 Dec 2013 19:42
Nobody should find it surprising that the NSA can hack into iPhones and there's no reason to assume Apple is helping them.
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[From GadgeTell] Gyration Air Mouse Improves Productivity and Relaxation
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Covert US targeted killingsThe Council on Foreign Relations has released its estimates on the year's covert targeted killings in Yemen and Pakistan, carried out primarily by drones. The numbers are based on reports from The... Bureau of Investigative Journalism, The Long War Journal, and The New America Foundation. Each source provides slightly different numbers, but the Long War Journal figures estimate a total of 54 strikes and 253 casualties, of whom 31 were civilians. The Council estimates a total of 3,520 casualties since the drone strike program began in 2004, of whom 457 have been civilians. The numbers are only estimates, as data on civilian casualties is notoriously unreliable, but CFR is straightforward about its goals in releasing the report. "The...
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NASA New Year's Eve:NASA astronauts on Earth and in space will help usher in 2014 from New York City's Times Square tonight. New Yorker astronaut Mike Massimino will host video messages from astronauts on the... International Space Station and elsewhere in NYC.
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The Pirate Bay Uploads SoaredThe Pirate Bay calls itself the world’s most “resilient” torrent website, and there’s truth to that claim. Copyright holders tried very hard to shut the notorious website down, but it... persevered, even when it had to change its domain names six times. It even faced ISP blockades in a number of countries but that didn’t stop the site’s growth. Latest figures from TorrentFreak show that The Pirate Bay uploads surged 50 percent over the past year and it now plays host to more than 2.8 million files, video being the most shared category. The blockades and crackdowns are meant to alienate the site to such an extent that it starts losing traffic, which would definitely hurt. Additional data shows that this year TPB’s traffic continued to grow despite its troubles with the law, the...
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One of Charles Bombardier's many wild concept vehicle designs, the Arrow, could be powered by lithium-air batteries with a range of over 370 miles.
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Leaked documents shared by Der Spiegel show that a piece of NSA spyware called DROPOUTJEEP can access pretty much everything on the iPhone.
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In a memo to TechCrunch, the iPhone maker denies ever offering the NSA with special access to its special smartphone.
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Turns out piracy isn't dead, after all

GigaOM - 31 Dec 2013 19:33
Turns out piracy isn't dead,P2P piracy may be less in the spotlight than it used to be, but people are still trading a whole lot of files: Data published by Torrentfreak shows that the Pirate Bay saw file uploads surge by 50... percent in 2012, despite various legal attacks against […]
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Android 4.3 update for EVO 4GGetting your device on the latest version of Android is not always a quick process, but HTC has confirmed that Android 4.3 will be coming in mid February to the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. Jason Mackenzie,... President of HTC America, has replied on Twitter giving us some new information about the update. HTC will be pushing the code to Sprint for review in mid-January, and they expect to have it rolling out to consumers the following month.  @DecaturBoi_Lon @HTCUSA still on track for mid-Jan lab entry with sprint. & February release. not excited about this result. team is pushing — Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) December 30, 2013 HTC was unable to meet its initial goal of having the update rolled out by the end of 2013, but the update shows that it is not far off. While we would all love for...
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10 Best Video Games Of 2013

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 19:32
10 Best Video Games Of 20132013 may have been the year that gaming finally entered its next generation after the longest-ever run of the current console tech, but it went out with some next-level ambition. While the PS4 and... Xbox One struggled a little with their launch games (as all systems do), the still-struggling Wii U, released last season, nailed a new Super Mario classic over three decades after the character's debut and the PS3 and Xbox 360 planted their final flags with pride. Faded icons were revived and forgotten genres were re-animated while open worlds were built ever more alive and interactive narratives delved into deeper, darker themes. And so here are the 13 best games I played in 2013. 1. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Level 5 and Studio Ghibli / Namco Bandai; PS3 Hayao Miyazaki is known as...
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Nerval's Lobster writes "Lots of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and developers made headlines in 2013—but in hindsight, Edward Snowden will likely stand as this year's most influential figure in technology.... In June, Snowden began feeding top-secret documents detailing the National Security Agency's surveillance programs to The Guardian and other newspapers. Much of that information, downloaded by Snowden while he served as a system administrator at an NSA outpost in Hawaii, suggested that the U.S. government swept up massive amounts of information on ordinary Americans as part of its broader operations. Whatever one's feelings on the debate over privacy and security, it's undeniable that Snowden's documents have increased general awareness of online vulnerability; but whether that's sparked an...
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Designing military body armor is like racing without a finish line: Weaponry will always advance, so armor must constantly evolve. But races without ends still require leaders and trailers, and those... who build armor are about to come out ahead, according to some experts. As body armor advances, it provides improved protection and a more lightweight, better fit. Armor that weighs less makes soldiers more mobile, and it helps designers redistribute that weight to other parts of the armor so it can provide increased security. But there's only so far that a product can advance using the same materials. Every so often, engineers experiment with a new way to protect soldiers — and this time, it's with diamonds.
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[From EntertainmentTell] As long as it isn't Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern, I'm happy.
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"On the Freeway You Limit Your Choices"

Life Hacker - 31 Dec 2013 19:30
'On the Freeway You Limit YourIt's easy to find yourself rushing through the day. When you do so, you tend to miss out on opportunities. Jelly Belly creator David Klein reminds us of that fact in the documentary Candyman.
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I Wouldn't Pay for 2013's MostOn the heels of Torrentfreak's most-pirated TV shows of 2013 is their list of most-pirated movies. Not surprisingly, the list doesn't exactly represent the refined cultural taste you might hope.
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2014 preview: Paralysed teen scores in Brazil

New Scientist - 31 Dec 2013 19:30
The millions tuning into the opening match of the World Cup will see the world's most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton take the ceremonial first kick     
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Apple's iconic '1984' adApple's iconic "1984" ad is largely heralded as one of the greatest commercial spots ever created. Directed by Ridley Scott, the award winning ad introduced the world to the Macintosh, promising users... a world where they could finally break free from ...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Joel and Ethan Coen- as you may have gathered from their Gopher State-set films "Fargo" and "A Serious Man," are from Minnesota. And while they haven't lived in the region for... decades, they remain quite popular in their hometown.
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The company issues a statement responding to claims that the NSA has deep access to the iPhone.
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The imminent death of a patient is riddled with emotions for a patient and family as well as the medical team. A study based on the reflections of third-year medicine students is shedding light on the... struggle physicians in training often face when trying to control their own emotions while not becoming desensitized to the needs of the dying patient and his or her family.
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Sleep to protect your brain

Science Daily - 31 Dec 2013 19:21
A new study shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men. These molecules are typically found in the brain. Thus, their rise... in blood after sleep loss may indicate that a lack of snoozing might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue.
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Samsung Tablets Saw A BiggerThe tablet market is very lucrative and very competitive. There are certain established players, like the Apple iPad, which command significant market share. Several OEMs make quite a few very popular... Android tablets, such as the Nexus 7. As for which tablet saw the biggest boost this Christmas, Onswipe Chief Marketing Officer Jason Baptiste says that “Samsung clearly won Christmas when it comes to tablets.” Onswipe reaches over 31 million unique mobile users and it looked at optimized sites during December 26th and December 29th, comparing it with figures from December 19th to December 22nd. The company found that Samsung Galaxy tablets saw a 50.4 percent growth and were trailed in second place by Nexus 7 tablets with 33.8 percent growth. iPads saw 20.4 percent whereas Kindle Fires...
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In 1964, Isaac Asimov Imagined the World in 2014

The Atlantic - 31 Dec 2013 19:20
But he couldn't have known the consequences of the development he predicted--a planet whose climate is badly destabilized, whose inhabitants face mass extinctions in the years ahead.     
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Buy Google Glass as it goes onYour chance to wrap Google Glass around your face may be here as the device goes on sale to the public. But only those who are subscribers of the Google Play Music All Access will be getting invites... to buy the latest version of Google Glass, at last....
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Google Play Music All AccessGoogle Glass is becoming less exclusive as it heads into 2014, with at least some Google Play Music All Access subscribers able to get in on the action. Subscribers to Google's streaming music service... are receiving invitations to purchase the high-tech specs for $1500 as part of the Glass Explorer program. Google began sending e-mails to All Access subscribers this morning, according to AndroidCentral . Google Play Music All Access, an on-demand streaming music service similar to Spotify and Rdio, costs $10 per month. It's unclear how many All Access subscribers will be able to purchase Google Glass. The e-mail is titled "Your Chance to Buy Google Glass," and it prompts users to sign up for an invitation. But at least one PCWorld editor is an early subscriber and he has not received one....
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Do you sometimes wonder whether your pooch actually understands all that you want to say to it? I know, some dog owners swear that they have a telepathic link with their four legged friends, while... others claim that their dog is oblivious to all that is going on around them. Here is a new and
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Here is yet another way thatIn a few short days, I'll be headed to the year's most frenzied electronics gala -- a little gathering known as the International Consumer Electronics Show. I've been going since 2008, but this year... I'll be accompanied by something new: Google Glass. I recently joined a growing herd of Explorers, primarily to test out, report on and improve upon Weber Shandwick's wpForGlass plugin -- a piece of software that enables Glass users to publish entire WordPress posts on the go. As someone who knows all too well the friction-filled process of photographing, note-taking, securing a power outlet, cursing oversaturated mobile data networks, and attempting to file stories from within the crammed Las Vegas Convention Center in real time, the promise
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The computer sacrifices expandability, but it's thankfully still repairable.
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Bitdefender Antivirus:Hackers are always hustling to find the next big loophole in computer and internet security. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this Cult of Mac Deals special offer so that you don't get caught... with your virtual pants…
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Best iPhone fitness apps

Digital Trends - 31 Dec 2013 19:15
Best iPhone fitness appsLose pounds or just get in shape with the best iPhone health and fitness apps. From tools for tracking calories to workout companions and even a sleep monitor app to make waking up easier. The post... Best iPhone fitness apps appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Zoox's Boz self-drivingTesla Motors brought startup spunk to electric cars, and now Zoox hopes to do the same with autonomous cars. Zoox's self-driving car concept is optimized for a world where human beings never touch a... steering wheel. The post Zoox’s Boz self-driving concept car was designed specifically for ‘bosses’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Says Its Unaware OfApple has responded to leaked NSA documents published yesterday from 2008 that detail a backdoor into the iPhone called “DROPOUTJEEP.” The spyware is able to intercept data like the iPhone’s SMS... messages, contacts, location, and more after being installed. In…
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Sony, which has been making Android devices for years, could reportedly offer up a Windows Phone handset in the middle of 2014.
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Apple claims it 'has neverWhile it may feel we're more at the stage where we're counting the parts of our digital lives that the NSA can't access, the revelation yesterday that the agency had relatively deep access to iPhones... was still a shock to many. Apple included, it ...
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] We've all heard that Macs don't get viruses and while it's true that they are less likely to acquire a nasty bit of adware or a... trojan horse, it can still happen. There's no need to just hope that you're one of the lucky ones--Be proactive and keep the harmful stuff lurking in the dark corners of the internet away from your machine with BitDefender Antivirius. It's on sale right now in our latest Deal. When it comes to keeping your Mac safe, you can't do any better than BitDefender. It's the all-in-one option for protecting your Mac and stopping viruses in their tracks. With contant updates to its database, it's always on the look out for upcoming threats. BitDefender watches over your computer 24/7, whether you're...
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Google Glass Invites Going OutWearable devices are all the rage these days and there’s one device that has managed to generate a lot of hype. Google Glass, the internet search giant’s wearable device, is currently in an... invite-only phase where people who wish to purchase a unit have to first receive an invite for the “Explorer” program. Initially only a limited number of invites were sent out but throughout the year Google has ramped up production of units and has opened up the program to new Explorers. A wave of customers will be joining the program soon as Google Glass invites are now going out to Google Play Music All Access subscribers. The move comes after Google Play Music was released for Google Glass, allowing users to listen to their favorite music using either the bone transducer in the unit or the...
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Apple goes on the defensiveYesterday we reported on a presentation by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly showed leaked NSA documents in which the agency claimed to have a "100 percent success rate" at... installing spyware on iPhones. Following those accusations, Apple has officially responded in a statement provided to TechCrunch: Apple has never worked with the NSA to create […]
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An underwater drone that you can control with your tablet or smartphone from up to 300 feet away. Reckon that's worth a pledge of around $200? Plenty of you did, because Ziphius is now a very real... thing, thanks to its passionate everyman backers. ...
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Yesterday, it was reported that the National Security Agency was able to capture live data from compromised iPhones including live camera, GPS, cell tower location and more. Apple has now issued a... statement denying that it ever cooperated with the NSA, according to AllThingsD. 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 advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple's industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate...
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Death and Taxes: A Reddit sleuth posted this list of movies and TV shows that will be purged from Netflix in January, 2014. If you have time off from work between now and January 1, it might not be a... bad use of your time to binge-watch some blockbusters (“Braveheart,” “Top Gun,” “Platoon”), art house flicks (“Being John Malkovich”) and the entire series run of “The Kids in the Hall.” I wonder if it's less a "purge" as is being reported (it really doesn't make any sense for Netflix to remove movies) or rather, Netflix's contracts/agreements for those films are expiring. Regardless, some of you may have some Netflix binge-watching to do New Year's Day!∞ Read this on The Loop
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A Tale of Two iPads And A Botched Restore

ReadWrite - 31 Dec 2013 19:01
A Tale of Two iPads And ADid you manage to successfully move your old data to a new iPad or iPhone this holiday season? Then count yourself lucky. Like many others during this holiday season, I tore open the packaging on a... new iPad Mini recently and attempted to hook it up straight away. But the anticipation turned to seething aggravation as the Apple tablet refused to accept the backup from my previous iPad. While Apple now stores some of your device's data in the cloud, backing up your old device and restoring your new device from that disk-based archive is the only sure way to move everything over. Each time I tried to restore from iTunes, I got an error message. Once, twice, three times, I got the dreaded pop-up splatting across my computer screen: "iTunes could not restore the iPad '_____' because the backup...
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BMW and Toyota will build a collaborative platform for sports cars, having completed a year-long feasibility study into the possible team effort, though the resulting car from each brand will …
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[From GamerTell] As everyone gets ready to celebrate the new year, developers are preparing to grind it out with the 2nd annual New Year Game Jam.
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At 11:59 pm EST on Dec. 31, the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball will begin its descent from the pole atop One Times Square in New York City. Each year, more than one billion people... worldwide watch with bated breath, collectively counting down the seconds to a new year. Among a night of musical performances and celebrity appearances, the glimmering New Year's Eve Ball remains the true star of the show and the reason an estimated one million people head to Times Square for the festivities See also: 7 New Year's Resolutions That Take 5 Seconds Each Ring in 2014 with eight fun facts about the famous New Year's Eve Ball.
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Mobile Substrate Updates foriOS (Jailbreak ): The iOS 7 jailbreak came along with a bit of drama last week , and one of the problems with it was the fact that the backbone of most jailbreak tweaks, a system called Mobile... Substrate, hadn't been updated to support iOS 7. Mobile Substrate was updated this morning and many of your favorite tweaks and apps should work a bit better now.
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Inside the Design of the NewThe bright ball that hovers over Times Square on New Year's Eve is special this year. Sure, it's iconic and colorful and mesmerizing as it always is. This year, however, the ball will captivate us all... with a brand new crystal coating. And, boy, is it pretty.
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90 per cent of consumers thought that all meat products should be labelled with their country of origin, but most weren't willing to pay extra for the info     
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Price comparison betweenApple's highly anticipated Mac Pro began shipping several days ago, and it's no understatement to say that you'll need quite a bit of cash in your bank account if you're hoping to pick one up. The... base model Mac Pro checks in at $2,999, though that ...
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Samsung's Metal SmartphoneTime and again it has been rumored that Samsung is working on a smartphone that will tout a metal body. Initially it was believed that the Galaxy S5 will have a metal body, but rumor has it that... Samsung is going to stick with plastic this time around as well. It is believed that the company is developing a premium line of smartphones under the Galaxy F branding which will feature a metal build. As per the latest reports coming in from Korea, it is likely that the company might launch two smartphones together in 2014, the Galaxy S5 as well as the premium Galaxy F smartphone. There’s obviously no confirmation from Samsung at this point in time, so these rumors should still be taken with a grain of salt. It is claimed that Samsung expanded its manufacturing operations to Vietnam just to...
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'Warframe' on Xbox One may beDigital Extremes' free-to-play third-person shooter Warframe, available now on PC and PlayStation 4, may be coming soon to Xbox One in Europe, assuming a newly discovered PEGI rating is accurate. The... post ‘Warframe’ on Xbox One may be heading to Europe following a PEGI rating [updated] appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] When I need to feel The Rock, there's one band I consistently call on: the Melvins.
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You Will Laugh At The Best Vines Of 2013. A Lot.

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 18:53
You Will Laugh At The BestIt's New Year's Eve and work is slow. So why not waste 23 minutes watching all of 2013's best Vines? Thanks to VineCompilations on YouTube, you have just that opportunity. Sit back, have a bunch of... laughs and then enjoy your holiday.
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Public Domain Day 2014

Slashdot - 31 Dec 2013 18:51
An anonymous reader writes "What could have been entering the public domain in the US on January 1, 2014? Under the law that existed until 1978.... Works from 1957. The books On The Road, Atlas... Shrugged, Empire of the Atom, and The Cat in the Hat, the films The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and 12 Angry Men, the article "Theory of Superconductivity," the songs "All Shook Up" and "Great Balls of Fire," and more.... What is entering the public domain this January 1? Not a single published work."
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Apple Says It Has Never WorkedApple has contacted TechCrunch with a statement about the DROPOUTJEEP NSA program that detailed a system by which the organization claimed it could snoop on iPhone users. Apple says that it has never... worked with the NSA to create any ‘backdoors’ that would allow that kind of monitoring, and that it was unaware of any programs to do so. Here is the full statement from Apple: 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 advancements....
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OneNote For Android UpdatedThere’s no shortage of note taking applications, you can find apps from unknown startups to apps from companies like Microsoft. The company has released an updated OneNote app for Android which... comes with a couple of new features. It says that this latest update is all about speed, enabling users to get more things done in less time. They have focused on making it faster to capture and access notes. A share button for the app has been added browsers like Chrome and RSS readers through which users can instantly add “anything from anywhere” to OneNote. The app will store that content and even make it available across all of the users’ devices. Those who want to only capture what they see on the screen can simply send a screenshot to the app, it works with articles, webpages, images,...
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Revisiting Whitacre'sClick here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. After the success of four editions of Whitacre's worldwide virtual choir and all the media coverage of the event, one might ask: what's new... with one more reading about the virtual choir this time? Maybe the answer is the onstage participation via Skype of 32 performers from different countries as part of an ongoing live performance with all the synchronization headaches it involves. Indeed, any Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) is typically considered a priority traffic to guarantee real-time communication. Although, technological advances have significantly improved the effectiveness of queuing mechanisms to ensure such priority. But there are still delays and latencies inherent to the physical world where two-way...
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Apple files Preliminary ProxyApple on Friday posted its Preliminary Proxy Statement with the SEC. The statement provides notice that Apple's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in 2014 on Friday, February 28.... The meeting will see shareholders consider five ...
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5 Sports Car Stunners You'llToss aside your thoughts of what a hybrid car should be. Beginning in 2014, automakers like Porsche, Ferrari and BMW will be putting electric motors alongside gas engines in sports cars that can tear... up the track as well as save the environment (or at least hurt it less). Hybrids will no longer be confined to the driveways of Toyota Prius drivers attempting to squeeze the most mileage out of a gallon of fuel. Performance-hybrid may sound like an oxymoron, but the racing world has proved that these two concepts are not mutually exclusive. Audi currently races a hybrid-electric car in the FIA World Endurance Championship (formerly the American Le Mans Series), and Formula 1 race cars have harnessed the power of electricity since 2009. The benefit of adding electricity to a gas-powered sports...
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Believe it or not, this wasMichelangelo Buonarroti was too busy to buy food, so he used to send his illiterate servant with grocery shopping lists like the one above, illustrated in 1518.
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New studies give strong boost(Phys.org) --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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'The Hobbit' tops 2013's list of most pirated films

Digital Trends - 31 Dec 2013 18:43
'The Hobbit' tops 2013's listTorrentFreak's annual list of the year's most pirated movies identifies The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as the number one target, downloaded illegally no less than 8.4 million times. The post ‘The... Hobbit’ tops 2013’s list of most pirated films appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pirate Bay Uploads Up by 50Authorities and copyright holders all over the world tried their damnedest to kill the Pirate Bay, but as data reported by TorrentFreak proves, the file sharing hub is a rogue ship that won't sink.
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Best Buy selling no-contractBest Buy is selling the Motorola Moto G for Verizon with no contract for $99.99.     
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Hewlett-Packard says 5,000Struggling US computer giant Hewlett-Packard plans to slash 5,000 more jobs than previously announced because of a difficult business environment, a regulatory filing shows.
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CEO predictions for the nextMillions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours.
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Bookends: How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience?

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2013 18:35
Bookends: How Do E-BooksMohsin Hamid and Anna Holmes discuss how technology affects our reading habits.     
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Space History Photo: MarjorieMarjorie Townsend, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from George Washington University, discusses the X-ray Explorer Satellite with a colleague.
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The NSA's Telephone Meta-Data Program: Part III

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 18:34
The NSA's Telephone Meta-DataIn my last post, I explored the pros and cons of the NSA's bulk telephony meta-data program. As I reported, after considering all the competing interests and perspectives, the Review Group concluded... that, in light of the availability of other means by which the government could achieve its legitimate objectives, there was "no sufficient justification to allow the government itself to collect and store bulk telephony meta-data." The Review Group therefore recommended that the meta-data program, as currently constituted, "should be terminated as soon as reasonably practicable." At the same time, though, the Review Group found that access to telephony meta-data can be useful to the government in its effort to identify terrorists operating inside the United States. The challenge was to figure...
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78 Percent Of All Apple MobileEarlier this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference Apple unveiled iOS 7, its greatest iOS update yet. The company completely changed the user interface of iOS and also bundled in dozens of new... features. After a lengthy beta period, in which the firmware was only seeded to registered developers, Apple finally released iOS 7 to the public in September. Since then iOS 7′s dominance over its predecessors has increased by the day. Last figures, as of December 29th, from Apple reveal that 78 percent of all of its iOS devices around the world are now powered by iOS 7. Its predecessor, iOS 6, now accounts for 18 percent whereas the versions before that collectively make up four percent. iOS 7′s growth has increased significantly over the past few months. Back in October distribution...
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Reid Blackburn's Lost Photos of Mount St. Helen Found

The Phoblographer - 31 Dec 2013 18:32
A photo assistant for The Columbian recently found a roll that Reid Blackburn, who was killed during the eruption of Mount St. Helen, shot weeks before the fatal blast. The post Reid Blackburn’s... Lost Photos of Mount St. Helen Found appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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The Most Monstrous Machines of the Year

Gizmodo - 31 Dec 2013 18:31
The Most Monstrous Machines ofThe future is all around us. From medical miracles that could cure our most deadly diseases to transportation revolutions that will change how we travel around the planet, these are the ten most... impressive cutting-edge machines we've covered this year.
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5 things the tech industryGiven that it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought that I’d make a quick list of New Year’s resolutions that I’d like to see the tech industry adopt for 2014. While some of these resolutions are... certainly pipe dreams, I do think that they’re all worthy of consideration simply because they’d be good for tech fans and consumers overall. So without ado, here are the five things that I think absolutely need to happen in the tech world next year. Lenovo should buy HTC. HTC has a team of very talented engineers who design some of the best hardware in the smartphone business… but it’s not a well-run company at all. Lenovo, in contrast, is a very well-run company that was
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In 2014 pro athletes will be subject to routine checks on steroids in their urine - and deviations from their normal physiology will trigger doping alarms     
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We take a look back at what has been happening across the startup world and discover some great new apps, ideas and companies that made the news during 2013.
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We take a look back at what has been happening across the startup world and discover some great new apps, ideas and companies that made the news during 2013.
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In 2011, former AP president Tom Curly had the ambitious idea that the AP should establish a bureau in North Korea, and the photographer the agency ended up sending to the country is a man you should,... by now, be very familiar with: David Guttenfelder. Guttenfelder’s images, both in newspapers and on Instagram, have given […]
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New Apple Mac Pro Is Easy To Repair

Ubergizmo - 31 Dec 2013 18:26
New Apple Mac Pro Is Easy ToIn the last week of December Apple finally started shipping the new Mac Pro, a device it first teased back in December 2012. The new Mac Pro comes with a completely different design as well as... significantly improved hardware, it is certainly nothing like its predecessor. Apple products are generally hard to repair, as we’ve often found out from the folks at iFixit. They were quite surprised to see that its actually very easy to repair the new Mac Pro, with access to the internals merely a slide of the lock switch away. They also note that while many compared the machine’s design with that of a trash can, its much more similar to an aluminium beverage can. Its easy to access the RAM modules when the outer casing is opened, and they are replaceable, meaning that users will easily be able...
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The security industry found2013 was the year we learned we must encrypt our data if we don't want the likes of the U.S. National Security Agency or the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters reading it as it crosses the... Internet. The security industry has the enemy it always dreamed of to help it make the case for encryption adoption, but users looking to secure their data and communications need to be wary of claims made in marketing messages. Securing data in motion is the priority, experts say, and some large Internet firms are already making progress in this area, but encrypting data at rest without losing its usefulness will prove a greater challenge. "The NSA's surveillance has opened the eyes of many people around the world," Lamar Bailey, director of security research and development at security firm...
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Google has broadened its Glass invitations to a new group, paid subscribers to Google Play Music All Access, though they'll still have to stump up the not-inconsiderable $1,500-plus-tax sticker price...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Netflix is removing titles from its streaming service. Again.
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Ancient Roman Sundial SecretsUsing NASA data and computer simulations, scientists have managed to finally reveal exactly how the sun lined up with an Egyptian obelisk at the heart of an ancient Roman sundial.
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Ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated with people celebrating New Years while I was still patiently waiting my turn. Here's video from Sydney, Australia, counting down to 2014. New Year's... Eve in Sydney is definitely on my bucket list. Enjoy!
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Conquer your New Year's resolutions with the aid of apps and gadgets. CNET's Bridget Carey highlights tech that can help you meet your goals.
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Zappos gives job titles the boot

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 18:16
The company plans to adopt what's known as "holacracy," the latest craze in getting employees to be more productive and entrepreneurial.
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The company is adopting what's known as "holacracy," and is just the latest craze in getting employees to be more productive and entrepreneurial.
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Sony Launches New Xperia ZEarlier this year Sony released their first “lens style cameras.” The DSC QX100 and DSC QX10 are basically stand-alone cameras that resemble lenses, they can also be mounted on a smartphone using... the mount that’s built-in to it so that the smartphone can be used as a remote control and a viewfinder. They work with Android and iOS devices and reportedly even BlackBerrys. Sony also launched the Xperia Z Ultra smartphone this year which was praised for its impressive specifications. As it turns out, the Z Ultra is so large that the standard mount on Sony’s lense style cameras doesn’t suffice. The company fixes this problem with a new case for the Xperia Z Ultra. The camera attachment case for Xperia Z Ultra is going to be launched in January, its actually quite similar to the one...
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[From GamerTell] The Shivah follows the story of Rabbi Russell Stone, an older man who's been down on his luck for years.
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Wearable fitness trackers are sure to be a big trend at the 2014 International CES next week, and Archos is beating the rush by unveiling its candidate a few days early. The Archos Activity Tracker is... a wristband that can measure your steps, view your history and let you compete with friends. Similar to the Fitbit Force, the Archos band has a small display that can relay basic data, like the number of steps taken in a day or the amount of calories burned. A full charge of the battery is said to last an entire week, and it charges via USB, just like the Nike+ Fuelband. See also: 5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014
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