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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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Ben Heck Mods Xbox OneThe majority of gamers have full use of their limbs, but there are also those who are disabled which does not make them any less pro than most of us. Ben Heck knows that and has created controllers... for the Xbox 360 in the past catered towards gamers with disabilities, and it looks like the master console modern is back with a new mod, this time in the form of the Xbox One's controller which is catered towards gamers who might have lost their left hand and only have their right hand to game with. Well about those who lost their right hand? Well according to Heck, the right handed mod is currently the most popular request, although we're not sure if Heck plans on making a left handed version later. In any case element14 has teased the upcoming episode of The Ben Heck Show which airs this...
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DJI Phantom 2 Vision review

Pocket-lint - 31 Dec 2013 12:00
DJI Phantom 2 Vision reviewDrones are a hot issue at the moment. Products such as the DJI Phantom 2 are not only amazing, they change the recreational market because similar devices typically costs thousands of pounds. Not so... with the DJI - the price tag is closer within reach...
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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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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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Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
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Wei Gensheng, a crane operator in Shanghai, catches a view from high up and takes photos from over 2,000 feet in the air. The post Wei Gensheng Gets a Crane's Eye View of Shanghai From Over 2,000 Feet... High appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Researchers extend(Phys.org) --A pair of researchers at Peking University in Beijing China, has extended the capabilities of an existing computer simulation that is used to study tidally locked exoplanets. In their... paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Yongyun Hu and Jun Yang describe the improvements they've made and also how those improvements give a new perspective on the range of possible tidally locked exoplanets that may be habitable.
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Expect a wristful ofArchos has revealed plans to launch a range of smartwatches at CES 2014. The connected, wearable devices will be compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, and could start from as little as $80. The... post Expect a wristful of smartwatches from Archos at CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Android Central Best of 2013 Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 23:09
Netflix's Potential BackdoorNetflix learned a hard lesson a few years ago when it announced a shocking 60 percent subscription price increase for some subscribers. The company and its superstar CEO Reed Hastings were excoriated,... subscribers fled and Hastings soon apologized. But now, the company is taking baby steps to test different pricing options -- possibly paving the way to higher fees (for some subscribers) down the road. The new pricing structure, which Netflix emphasizes is just being tested and may never be put in place, could also be a way to try and combat streaming "moochers" -- those who piggyback on other folks' accounts. The company is offering different membership levels for some people who sign up for the service: A $6.99 per month "individual plan," as Netflix is calling it, that offers a single...
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Guy Sums Up How We All FeelThis photo sums up exactly how we feel while we're waiting for our friends to finish Instagramming their *precious* plates of food before we eat. LOOK: Don't forget, the person who took this picture... is a part of the problem, too. Via Reddit
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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An attorney appointed to monitor Apple's behavior following an e-book antitrust ruling says the company is obstructing his investigation.
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The Disturbing Truth About E-Cigarette Ads

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 18:10
The Disturbing Truth AboutIf you've noticed an increase in e-cigarette advertising lately, there are good reasons why. With only a few days left in 2013, smokers are contemplating new year's resolutions to kick their deadly... habit. E-cigs--which contain nicotine, but not tobacco, and claim to be much healthier than traditional cigarettes--could be their savior.
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Snapchat, Snowden among top 10In the world of tech, 2013 had it all: mystery, rivalry and breach of privacy. There were drastic redesigns, futuristic devices and a 140-character initial public stock offering.     
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4 Tips For Your New Laptop

Slashdot - 31 Dec 2013 18:05
Bennett Haselton writes with four big tips for anyone blessed by the holiday buying frenzy with a new laptop; in particular, these are tips to pass on to non-techie relatives and others who are... unlikely to put (say) "Install a Free operating system" at the very top of the list: Here's Bennett's advice, in short: (1) If you don't want to pay for an anti-virus program, at least install a free one. (2) Save files to a folder that is automatically mirrored to the cloud, for effortless backups. (3) Create a non-administrator guest account, in case a friend needs to borrow the computer. (4) Be aware of your computer's System Restore option as a way of fixing mysterious problems that arose recently."
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2014 -- The Year InnovationIn the past decade, technology leapt beyond laptop screens onto phones, tablets, clothing and even glasses. Just a four-year span saw the founding of Facebook and Twitter, the launch of the iPhone and... Appstore and the unveiling of Android. Because these innovations built upon one another through the shared platform of the Internet, they could leverage communities to create ecosystems on the web -- and the progression from creation, to awareness of what was happening, to widespread disruption was the shortest in human history. This rate of advancement created unprecedented pressures on expectations for business technologies. Yet, consumer technology's use of communities also revealed an answer. By using communities, businesses can look beyond their four walls to access a global talent pool...
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Law Enforcement Can IdentifyIdentifying suspects from reflections in the eye is not just fodder for police drama. It's reality, says a new study led by researchers from the University of York and University of Glasgow. The... report, "Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections," reveals how investigators can glean recognizable reflections from witness' eyes.  The scientists positioned a group of eight people in front of "bystanders" and, using a 30 megapixel digital camera, photographed the latter's faces in high resolution. By zooming in on the eyes, they managed to extract facial images that--though fuzzy or highly pixelated--were still identifiable.  Although the experiment was conducted in a controlled setting, corneal reflections can have a major impact for law enforcement out in...
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Ancient textile may containAn Israeli researcher says she has identified a nearly 2,000-year old textile that may contain a mysterious blue dye described in the Bible, one of the few remnants of the ancient color ever found.
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Stop With Your Coding Delusions

Mashable - 31 Dec 2013 18:00
Coding is, without a doubt, the must-have job skill of the 21st century — but it's not really something you can use the "fake it till you make it" strategy on In this comic, Krishna Sadasivam of PC... Weenies proves that just because you can type and reboot your computer, you're not automatically some sort of software engineer See also: Coding Is the Must-Have Job Skill of the Future Perhaps your 2014 resolution list should include taking some HTML classes. BONUS: Learn to Code for Free With These 10 Online Resources Homepage image: iStockphoto, domin_domin. Comic illustration by Krishna Sadasivam, PC Weenies. Published with permission; all rights reserved.
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Makers Of Oscar-ShortlistedBitTorrent has been pitching itself as a legitimate way for content creators to promote their works, and now the company is announcing what may be its most noteworthy partnership yet -- Drafthouse... Films and the co-directors of the documentary The Act Of Killing are using a BitTorrent Bundle to promote the iTunes release of the director's cut. Noteworthiness is relative, and there's a decent that you haven't seen or even heard of The Act of Killing. But even though its box office numbers aren't all that impressive, its reviews are. And the film, in which Indonesian death squad leaders are asked to reenact their killings, made it onto the Academy Award short list for documentaries. (The short list is the last step before the actual nominees are announced in January.)
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The Financial Advice I'm GladThere's a fundamental flaw with lots of financial advice: it assumes you have money. For some people, post-bills income just doesn't exist (and that number is only growing). So, when hard times make a... 401(k) a non-option, you just can't follow all the advice you get.
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Alubase Review

Mac Life - 31 Dec 2013 18:00
If the free space on your desk is shrinking faster than the free space on your laptop's hard drive, the AluBase can help. It's a stand that holds your closed MacBook vertically, letting you store it... with a minimal footprint or connect it to an external display for the world's slimmest desktop machine. Weighing just over a pound, the AluBase is a single piece of aluminum that includes two removable white plastic cradles that accommodate a MacBook Air, a 13- or 15-inch MacBook Pro, or a MacBook Pro with Retina display. The cradles snap firmly into the AluBase, secured by two screws in the bottom, which is padded to keep it from sliding around. We'd like the AluBase more if the cradles were made of a similarly soft, grippy material for an extra measure of stability, but a MacBook's weight is...
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Children in Texas will use biology textbooks free from anti-evolution propaganda, but the portion of US Republicans supporting evolution has fallen     
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The eyes are not just the mirror of the soul, they also mirror the world around us. Now, a UK team has found that today's high-resolution digital images are now so detailed, they can enlarge the eyes... in people's photos and retrieve images of out-of-shot bystanders reflected on their corneas.Combine this with the fact human beings are very efficient at recognizing faces, even from poor quality images, and you have the makings of a rich forensic resource for solving crimes.
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Social cues affect choices we make on a daily basis, from how we dress to what kind of car we drive. But now, research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that... what other people eat influences our own food choices.Conducting a meta-analysis from 15 studies published in 11 different publications, researchers examined whether or not other peoples' eating habits influenced food intake levels or food choices.
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2013 in Review: The year in gaming

PC World - 31 Dec 2013 18:00
2013 in Review: The year inNew gaming consoles form Microsoft and Sony dominated the news in 2013, but the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 weren't the only notable news items in the gaming world over the past 12 months. In this... video report, we'll sum up the year in gaming, with a focus on these two major console releases, along with a look at the Nvidia Shield and Nintendo's struggling Wii U.
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Scientists using NASA's 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.
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How Gravity Would Be DifferentPerhaps the main difference if the earth were a cube would be that students would become much more frustrated trying to calculate the gravitational field. For a uniform cube with side length L and... density rho, the gravitational force on mass m at position (x,y,z) is given by
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The Ten Most Anticipated New2013 was a great year for car nuts, and we already know what's going to keep you excited in 2014. Here are the ten we're all most anxiously awaiting. Happy new year!
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High good and low bad cholesterol are not just good for the heart but also the brain, suggests new research published in JAMA Neurology.Study leader Bruce Reed, a professor of neurology at the... University of California (UC) Davis, and associate director of its Alzheimer's Disease Center, says:"Our study shows that both higher levels of HDL - good - and lower levels of LDL - bad - cholesterol in the bloodstream are associated with lower levels of amyloid plaque deposits in the brain.
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BlackBerry pulls Twitter appBlackBerry is urging users of BlackBerry 10 OS handsets to roll back the Twitter application to a former version if it was updated to version 10.2.2. The update added a number of new features,... including improved search functionality, integration with...
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Incredibly enough, thisThis incredible photo by Nir Ben-Yosef aka xnir--an Israeli photographer who specializes in aviation and air-to-air photography and production--may look really scary. But fear not, because this AH-64A... Apache is not going down in flames. It's just releasing flares to show off.
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This article was written by Vallabh Rao and originally published on Tecnode.com - China's top tech startup media & Global expansion platform - as part of Geektime's Asia and SEA cooperation program... 'SpeakingPal English Tutor' is a mobile app that lets users interact with a virtual video tutor using short dialogues and get instant pronunciation feedback on words and […]
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[From GadgeTell] 2014 prediction time: Smartwatches will be on everyone's wrist. Not mine, since my mother already nags me about having my phone out all the time, but you get my point. We've heard... about the Samsung smartwatches and steadily, more and more companies have been tossing their products into the wearable tech ring. Now, Archos wants in on the smartwatch game and we can expect a preview at CES next week.
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Pew Research: 13 data milestones for 2013

The Loop - 31 Dec 2013 17:52
Pew Research Center shares some trends revealed by US public opinion surveys.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Opinion: What might we expectTech journalists don’t often have to battle our way across hostile terrain in sub-zero temperatures, fight crocodiles with our bare hands or abseil from helicopters to rescue hostages (though that... remains my cover story for the time I broke my elbow by tripping up in an airport). We do, however, occasionally do something almost as dangerous: […]
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This week the folks at iFixit have taken to the Mac Pro for 2013, and under the hood they've found some extremely favorable results. In addition to finding what iFixit …
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Gawker Israel Plans to Pay for All of Its Young Ladies' Abortions in 2014 | io9 Here's why Google is building a robot army | Jalopnik Air Canada Refuses To Transfer Voucher To Wife Who Kept Her Name |... Kotaku He Played Missile Command for Nearly Three Consecutive Days
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Gawker Israel Plans to Pay for All of Its Young Ladies' Abortions in 2014 | io9 Here's why Google is building a robot army | Jalopnik Air Canada Refuses To Transfer Voucher To Wife Who Kept Her Name |... Kotaku He Played Missile Command for Nearly Three Consecutive Days
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Safely Ring In the New YearIt's ironic that one of the nights of the year when fireworks are the perfect way to celebrate is also the one night when you and your friends should not be messing with explosives. But with this LED... fireworks kit, you can drink yourself silly and still safely put on quite a show when the clock strikes midnight.
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Always interesting to see successful companies experiment with new methods of organization. As companies grow in size, the lines of communication grow more complex. The hierarchical tree structure is... the most commonly adopted solution, but it brings in a host of problems of its own.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Introduced in 1970, this $99 headphone is one of the most ruggedly built headphones you can buy.
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Why your Galaxy Note may beAre you an Android user who regularly blows through your monthly data cap sooner than you’d expected? If so then there’s a good reason for that. The New York Times points us to a new study from... Ericsson showing that Android smartphones consume an average of 2.2GB of data per month, significantly more than the 1.7GB per month consumed by iPhones and the 1.4GB per month consumed by Windows Phones. Why are Android phones such relative data guzzlers? The Times notes some possible explanations: In the first place, high-end Android phones tend to have larger displays with higher resolutions, which means that watching videos on them will typically require more data than on the iPhone or smaller Lumia models. “Android
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NASA officials are investigating ways to perform scaled-back versions of two ambitious Earth science missions that fit within current budget projections.
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Applying data science toPeople Pattern, an Austin, Texas-based startup focused on targeted marketing, has raised a $4.5 million series A round of venture capital from Mohr Davidow and a collection of private investors.... It’s hardly the first company to think about applying new big data and data science techniques […]
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From the Editor's Desk:Ya know, looking back at our recap of the first six months of the year, I'm not quite sure how I survived. Well, OK. I do. And the answer is pretty simple: With a kick-ass team, of course. No one... person here does it alone. I may be the one who spends too much time on airplanes, but it's the entire team that keeps this ship running. And with that said, it's time to turn to the second half of 2013. And for as exciting as January through June was, July to now stepped it up that much more. Let's take a look.
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Wireless networks exposed asSmarter, more efficient electricity meters aim to revolutionise energy distribution but WA researchers fear hackers could easily exploit numerous security flaws and wreck havoc on power grids.
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Last Friday, we posted a link to a graphic that detailed the process HTC goes through to vet new versions of Android. The multi-company hoops that need leaping, as well as the incredible number of... devices that need to be tested, are both barriers to adoption of new Android revs and contributors to fragmentation. Apple has announced their latest adoption rates for iOS 7. 78% is a huge number.∞ Read this on The Loop
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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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Dell will release its first ad campaign as a private company Tuesday night, and it's a far cry from the "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" days. The campaign, themed "Beginnings," plays up Dell's role as... a purveyor of tech solutions that help new companies. The initial 60-second spot, which will air during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC, cites Skype, Shazam and Dropbox, among others, as startups that used Dell products See also: Dell's Bringing Sexy Back With Latitude 7000 Ultrabook "At Dell, we're honored to be part of some of the world's great stories," a narrator says amid visuals of spartan offices of presumed startups. "Stories that began much in the same way ours did, in a little dorm room, number 2713." That room, of course, is where Michael Dell...
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10 Reasons to Stay Home on New Year's Eve

Mashable - 31 Dec 2013 17:30
At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old Grinch, we'll admit it: New Year's Eve is the worst. Dec. 31 is the one night of the year when expectations are preposterously high, and realities are... inevitably disappointing. With all that pressure, it's a miracle anyone manages to have a good time. See also: These Are the Worst Case Scenarios for New Year's Eve This year, trade the party dress for sweats and grab the Snuggie. Here are 10 reasons to kiss 2013 goodbye from the couch. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Image: Mashable, Nina Frazier
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Use a Hair Dryer to MakeA hair dryer can do more than just style your hair. NPR and America's Test Kitchen suggest you should keep a hair dryer in the kitchen for some clever cooking uses, including melting chocolate and... getting perfectly crisp chicken or duck skin.
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Astronomers know that about half of all Sun-like stars are members of double or multiple-star systems, but have debated over how such systems are formed. Using the new capabilities of the upgraded... Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists...
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Water plumes spark a race to Jupiter moon Europa

New Scientist - 31 Dec 2013 17:30
Recent water geysers on Europa are raising hopes that the icy moon is a hot destination in the hunt for alien life - several craft are lining up to visit     
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iFixit has performed another one of its traditional high-quality teardowns on the new 2013 Mac Pro, revealing a host of very powerful components and a design that allows the computer to be... surprisingly accessible and repairable. The new Mac Pro includes a rear lock switch that allows the device's cylindrical casing to be removed with ease, allowing the user to easily access and replace components such as memory modules, SSD drives, and more. A teardown performed by Other World Computing (OWC) earlier this week also revealed that the Mac Pro includes a removable CPU, which may be useful to users who want to upgrade their machines in the future. Non-proprietary Torx screws are also found throughout some parts of the machine as well, which makes for easier repair. Another internal to note in...
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Scientists Make Piglets Glow Under a Black Light

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 17:29
Scientists Make Piglets GlowScientists say they've created ten genetically engineered piglets this year that glow green under a black light.
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In January the GameStick appeared as a Kickstarter project. It is available now for $80 and some games are fun, but more games are needed and the user interface could use more work.
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5 Intriguing Things: Tuesday, 12/31

The Atlantic - 31 Dec 2013 17:25
Phones after Glass, art and authenticity, a code poetry slam, Twitter's words, and the shantyboat lifestyle.     
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The project, which aims to send colonists to Mars starting in 2024, has completed its first selection of astronauts -- and potential reality TV stars.
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The six most interestingIt's easy to get demoralized by all of the upheaval and chaos in the media sphere, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism about both media in general and journalism, and here are six of the ones... I find most interesting.
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Shit, Internet, Phone--ButThese are the words that appeared most often in my Twitter timeline. I know this thanks to Vizify's fun new tool that pulls highlights from all of your 2013 tweets--including popular topics, Vines,... photos, and followers--and assembles them into a delightful short video.
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Best Night Sky Events ofSee what's up in the night sky for January 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
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The new Mac Pro's highly customized design may look like it's a pain to fix, but don't be fooled -- it's friendlier than you think. An iFixit teardown of the workstation has revealed that it's easy to... take apart, and that several components can be ...
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Bill Dimm writes "An article on Softpedia claims that Linux distributions using NetworkManager are storing Wi-Fi passwords in plain text in /etc by default. The article recommends encrypting the full... disk or removing NetworkManager and using a different tool like netctl. Some of the article comments claim the article is FUD. Is this a real problem?"
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[EntertainmentTell] DVD Review: Voodoo Possession

Technology Tell - 31 Dec 2013 17:17
[From EntertainmentTell] A trip to a Haitian insane asylum is even worse than it sounds in Image Entertainment's "Voodoo Possession."
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Netflix Tests $7 Per MonthNetflix is testing a streaming video plan that lets subscribers save a buck every month in exchange for a couple sacrifices. The $7 per month plan, discovered by AdWeek, lets users stream one video at... a time in standard definition only. But right now, it’s only available to a small number of new subscribers. “Not all people will see this option and it may not be something we ever offer generally,” a Netflix spokeswoman told AdWeek. Netflix’s regular $8 per month plan allows up to two streams at once on a single account, and supports high definition video as well. The company also offers a family plan for $12 per month, allowing up to four streams at once. Aside from that family plan, which arrived in April, Netflix hasn’t touched its pricing since 2011, when the company split...
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By sheer numbers, 2013 was the biggest year for Internet IPOs since the height of the dot-com era in 2000, though the amount raised was far less, according to one researcher. Birinyi Associates... reports that 26 Internet and social media companies went public in 2013, raising a total of $5.39 billion. If you invested in all 26, you would have enjoyed a 77.84% return on your investment. That compares to about a 40% ROI for Nasdaq See also: 8 Tech Companies That May Go Public in 2014 Largely thanks to Facebook, the aggregate figure for Internet IPOs in 2012 was higher: $18.3 billion. However, just 17 such offerings existed that year. While you would have to trace back 13 years to find a comparable year for number of Internet IPOs this year, the dot-com era produced a much larger crop. In 2000,...
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Around two thirds of the residents of a North Dakota town were evacuated late Monday after a train carrying grain smashed into another carrying crude oil, causing an explosion and flames that sent... black smoke billowing toward residents, according to Reuters. No injuries have been reported, and the 2,400 people of Casselton may be cleared to return home as soon as the wind shifts smoke clouds away from their homes. A member of the National Transportation Safety Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment. See also: 10 Innovations That Improved the World in 2013 Firefighters were able to save about half of the train's 104 cars, but the Los Angeles Times reports that, after those were detached, they had to let the rest burn. The fire was too hot to approach, and the risk of...
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[From HomeTechTell] Too rich for your blood? 110 inches of Samsung 4K TV for $150,000.
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Picking a favorite Vine is like picking a favorite hilarious, non sequitur grain of sand from an endless beach of weirdness. Fortunately, some blessed soul has stitched together hundreds of six-second... masterpieces for your near-endless amusement.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The seventies cop show Kojak was dense with style and humor thanks to its inimitable central character, the dapper, macho, Greek-American lieutenant who rattled off a kind of... street poetry while busting the thugs.
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[From In-Car Tech] The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept headed to the North American International Auto Show seems likely to tip its hat to the future of the Maxima.
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Guest author John Milinovich is the CEO of URX.  See also: Google Search Extends Deep Into Apps With Android 4.4 KitKat In October, Google unveiled KitKat, the newest addition to the Android family.... One of the less discussed new features was App Indexing, which will allow content from within apps to be surfaced within Google search results using deeplinks. Today, one of the biggest challenges with mobile search is it is completely blind to rich, actionable content within apps. Android App Indexing is going to completely change the way users discover content within apps by leveraging Google's largest asset to drive downstream engagement for app developers. The Problem Today One of the largest problems that app developers face is they don't have the tools they need to properly engage their...
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Apple's new dark, cylindrical Mac Pro may look intimidating, but the pricey computer scored high on iFixit's repairability scale.
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This is the one reason AndroidAndroid users are a proud group and are typically not fond of admitting that they’re envious of iPhone users. However, there’s one area where even the most diehard Android fan has to admit that... iPhone users have it better: Software upgrades. AppleInsider notes that 78% of iOS users have now upgraded to iOS 7, an impressive feat for an update that was released less than four months ago. In contrast, the latest numbers released by Google show that only 55% of all Android users are using devices that run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher, even though Google first released Jelly Bean all the way back in the summer of 2012. What’s more, Google says that just over 1%
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings'Remember Qwikster? Wall Street doesn't. The AP is reporting this morning that the Netflix CEO will get a healthy pay raise in 2014. According to a regulatory filing, Reed Hastings' annual salary will... jump to $3 million, up from the $2 million he earned this year. His annual stock option allowance also improves to $3 million from the current level of $1 million.
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Samsung Got A Bigger TabletTouchscreen publishing company Onswipe has good news for Samsung. As Onswipe's Chief Marketing Officer Jason Baptiste put it in an email, "Samsung clearly won Christmas when it comes to tablets."... Specifically, the company looked at visitors to Onswipe-optimized sites for the period of Dec. 26 to Dec. 29 in comparison to Dec. 19-22. In other words, these numbers are meant to show the growth that different tablet platforms saw over Christmas. The results? Samsung's Galaxy tablets grew 50.4 percent, Nexus 6 tablets grew 33.8 percent, iPads grew 20.4 percent, and Kindle Fires grew 19.5 percent.
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Look What's Killing Our Oldest Trees

KQED Quest - 31 Dec 2013 17:00
Look What's Killing Our OldestThe tale of an exotic pest that threatens the survival of the east's old-growth forests.
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China's lunar lander spottedNot much on the Moon escapes the eyes of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and China's Chang'e-3 lander and Yutu rover are no exception! The pair touched down on the lunar surface on Dec. 14, and... just over a week later on Dec. 25 LRO acquired the image above, showing the lander and the 120-kg (265-lb) "Jade Rabbit" rover at their location near the Moon's Sinus Iridum region.
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'Should I Remove It?' helpsBeing a technology writer (and an unapologetic enthusiast of shiny new things), I'm constantly trying out new software. I love it! ...But I don't love the after effects. An app experimentalist's PC... clogs up with junk pretty fast. Every few months I have to go through my app catalog and get rid of all the detritus plugging up my hard drive. Here's the problem though: Windows' built-in add and remove programs feature isn't particularly helpful. It doesn't tell you what a program does, or how many other people ended up uninstalling it, for example. So instead of going the Control Panel route, I've been trying out a relatively new program called Should I Remove It? (which I'll refer to as "SIRT" from here on out to avoid question mark overload). This PC utility offers more useful information...
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Fun fact: Engadget reviewed 176 products in 2013, and that's not even counting the umpteen times we got hands-on with stuff at tradeshows and press events. In general, we try to review just the... top-tier gadgets, but even then, some of it ends up ...
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Which historical figures command most attention? A computer scientist and a Google engineer have devised an algorithm to rank them all in Who's Bigger?     
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Daily Deals for December 31,It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. TUAW's Daily Deals The... Ultimate WordPress Starter Kit [On sale for ...
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Carbon for Twitter UpdatesAndroid: Carbon for Twitter is one of the last great non-official Twitter apps and today it got a huge update with a shiny new redesign.
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10 Coolest Archaeology Discoveries of 2013

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 16:56
10 Coolest ArchaeologyFrom King Richard III's final resting place to a hotly disputed squash holding a beheaded royal's blood, here are some of the top archaeology stories of the year.
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Facebook's new permissionsFacebook this week finally did what it should have done some time ago — it explained the scary-looking new permissions required if you're going to use its Android app. To be fair, Google still does... a poor job of explaining the permissions apps declare in plain English. Thus, "Downloads files without notification" can make it seem like you have no control over what an app is doing, when all that's really happening is it's downloading information in the background. In Facebook's case, that's things like video previews (and now ads) in your timeline. Not so scary after all, eh?
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One-Way Mars Trip: 1,058The private Martian colony project Mars One announced Monday (Dec. 30) that it has picked 1,058 hopeful volunteers to move on to the next round in its search for the first humans to live and die on... the Red Planet.
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Oculus Rift and Kinect used toNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory pairs an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with Microsoft's second-generation Kinect in a robot arm experiment meant to explore possible remote control interfaces... for use in outer space. The post Oculus Rift and Kinect used to power robot arm for NASA appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Netflix Carefully Experiments With Subscription Pricing

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 16:50
Netflix Carefully ExperimentsNetflix is testing new price plans for streaming video as it tries to lure more viewers. Among the plans being tested are a $6.99-a-month plan that allows only one video stream to be watched at once,... and a $9.99-a-month plan that allows three streams at one time, whether on a TV, tablet or computer. A Netflix spokesman says not everyone will see the test prices and they may never roll out to all customers. Netflix's standard $7.99-a-month plan allows users to watch video on up to 2 screens at once, including TVs and mobile devices. An $11.99-a-month service allows up to four shows at once. Netflix announced that plan in April. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company still offers a DVD-by-mail subscription plan starting at $7.99 a month, though it is trying to move away from the business in...
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Our Favorite MoviesIf you're a Netflix fanatic, be warned: The online movie service will be losing the rights to stream a number of classic films effective January 1, 2014. As you might expect, a number of the movies... Netflix is losing the rights to aren't worth watching, unless you have unusually fond memories of Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. That said, there are a number of legit classics that you'll no longer be able to stream in the new year. This is your last chance to catchBeing John Malkovich, Braveheart, Eternal Sunshineof the Spotless Mind, Flashdance, Roman Holiday,Platoon, Titanic, and Top Gun on the service. Netflix is also losing the rights to stream the 1951 Disney film Alice in Wonderland, though that movie will continue to be available until January 4. A small handful of TV shows will be...
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January 2014 Skywatching -A crescent Venus, Jupiter at opposition, Taurus constellation and its Red-Giant 'eye' and the Quadrantid meteor shower makes for quite a skywatching show. In the market for a telescope? - Click the... blue 'SHOP' link above.
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Vector 25: Top tech stories of 2013!

Android Central - 31 Dec 2013 16:45
Vector 25: Top tech stories ofVector is our cross-site, cross-platform technology show where we discuss the biggest news with the brightest people. To close out the year, Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH joins Rene to talk about the top... technology stories of 2013, including revelations about government surveillance, social networks and the mob mentality, boredom vs. change aversion, and the internet of things. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in RSS Download Directly Follow on Twitter
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Subsituting bone with synthetic materials

Science Daily - 31 Dec 2013 16:43
The Hydroxylapatite, medullar component of bone, when obtained synthetically and "giving" it some characteristics, could be used as a bone substitute.
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HP employee layoffs grow by another 5,000

Slash Gear - 31 Dec 2013 16:41
Aside from some recent smartphone related rumors, much of the HP related chatter has surrounded the Chromebook 11. Or more specifically, the recall for the charger. While the rumor remains …
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You know how sometimes you can see yourself in the eyes of another person? Others can see you, too.     
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Ensuring accuracy of weightsAmericans rely on many measurements of mass and volume in their daily lives, from weighing broccoli at the grocery store to putting gas in the family car. In order to ensure both consumer confidence... and uniformity in commerce, the accuracy of the devices used in those measurements must be tested at regular intervals. The degree of accuracy achieved, in turn, ultimately depends on the competence of the metrologists who calibrate over 350,000 measurement standards per year that are then used by weights and measures officials when testing measuring instruments.
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Facebook isn't dead andWhen I saw the recent eruption of stories claiming Facebook is "dead and buried to teens" I was at first intrigued, but, once I had read through to their original sources, quickly disappointed -... though not, I am afraid, surprised. Once again there has been an outbreak of "churnalism" - lazy journalists half-reading a source, misreporting its findings and copying each others' errors across the web. Here's how we got there and an overview of the evidence of what's really going on with Facebook and teens.
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Chances are your new year won't be as happy as Reed Hastings' The Netflix CEO will receive a $2 million raise, a 50% pay bump, in 2014, according to a Reuters report based on regulatory filings. The... additional compensation will be a combination of $1 million each of cash and stock. See also: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix Just more than two years ago, it appeared as though Hastings had backed himself into a corner. After co-founding Netflix in 1998 and building its streaming service, he made a bold move in 2011 to split the company in two. The move was widely criticized and the company eventually scrapped the plans. Netflix stock, which was trading around $295 at the time, lost more than 75% of its value. Hastings faced calls to resign.
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Beat-Matching GlowingIt's New Year's Eve and unless you've got children to tend to you'll probably be partying well into 2014 this evening. And while normally sunglasses aren't required for the middle of the night, these... Dropshades are, since they feature a glowing pulsing EQ that stays in sync with whatever music you're listening to. And, the next morning when you're hungover and dodging the sun, you'll be even happier you're wearing them.
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First time accepted submitter hrb1979 writes "Thought I'd share an interview with Kang Zhao — the professor behind the machine learning algorithm which could transform online dating. His algorithm... takes into account both a user's tastes (in an approach similar to the Netflix recommendation engine) and their attractiveness (by analyzing how many responses they get) — enabling the machine to 'learn' and hence propose higher potential matches. His research was recently covered in both a Forbes' article and the MIT Technology Review, though this interview provides more depth and color."
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9 Changes to Expect at Midnight on Jan. 1

Mashable - 31 Dec 2013 16:35
If you're a Netflix-loving, drone-fearing marijuana enthusiast teenager who loves incandescent light bulbs, heads up: Your life is going to change pretty drastically come Wednesday. New laws are going... into effect in cities and states across the U.S. with the coming new year, altering the way civilians, businesses and, in some cases, entire industries operate on a day-to-day basis. And legislation isn't the only thing making changes, either — companies like Netflix are using the upcoming calendar year as a jumping-off point to tweak their offerings. See also: 16 Astronomical Events in 2014 and How to Watch Them
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While the carrier has no plans to bring back the push-to-talk network, the Nextel brand reportedly will be attached to "premium" services aimed at business customers.
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Google is expanding its pool of Explorers, slowly but surely. First it was people attending I/O, then friends of existing Explorers, now its subscribers to Play Music All Access. To celebrate the... release of Play Music on Glass (albeit a little ...
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Google Play Music All AccessUsers who pay the $9.99 a month for Google Play Music All Access are starting to receive VIP invitations to join the Glass Explorer program. AndroidCentral reports that Mountain View is sending... emails out this morning calling for subscribers to sign up for access: With the launch of Google Play Music on Google Glass, we’ve secured VIP invitations for All Access customers to join the Glass Explorer Program. Interested in rocking out while exploring with Glass? Sign up to receive your invitation below! Google Glass is expected to launch to the general public for $1,500 sometime next year. Google is already ramping up for the release by making hardware tweaks to support prescription lenses and unveiling an accessory store for...
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The Quadrantid meteor shower

Phys.org - 31 Dec 2013 16:30
The Quadrantid meteor showerIf there's one thing we love, it's a good meteor shower from an obscure and defunct constellation.
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Debunking myths on nuclear power

Phys.org - 31 Dec 2013 16:30
Debunking myths on nuclearIt is the received wisdom that nuclear weapons and nuclear power are inseparable. Consequently, any country that builds a civilian nuclear power station is able to build an atomic bomb within a couple... of years.
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Hangouts Widget Puts YourAndroid: We love our widgets , but so far Google has yet to provide one for its messaging centerpiece app: Hangouts. Fortunately, a third-party app is on the case.
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Reflections In Crime Victims'Scientists in the U.K. are eyeing a remarkable new crime-fighting tool -- one that makes it possible to finger the bad guys simply by examining the reflections seen in the eyes of their victims. "For... crimes in which the victims are photographed (e.g., hostage taking, child sex abuse), reflections in the eyes of the photographic subject could help to identify perpetrators," the researchers wrote in an article describing their research, which was published online Dec. 26 in the journal PLOSONE. For their study, the researchers snapped passport-style photos of undergraduate students as they faced five other people standing nearby. Then the scientists dramatically enlarged the photos, zooming in on the minute reflections of the bystanders visible in the pupils of the students' eyes. Zooming in...
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Jupiter's 92 Million MilesThe Gas Giant is 83 Million miles away on average. In January it will be 391 million miles away when its reaches opposition. Venus is the only object that will be brighter than Jupiter. Also, the... Quadrantid Meteors rain.
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Bulbageddon is upon us

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 16:20
The new year is bringing new efficiency standards that will spell the end for the common incandescent light bulb.
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Image: Hubble eyes galaxy as(Phys.org) --Located some 25 million light-years away, this new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 373-8. Together with at least seven of its galactic neighbors, this galaxy is a member of the NGC... 2997 group. We see it side-on as a thin, glittering streak across the sky, with all its contents neatly aligned in the same plane.
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Big Space Missions to Watch in 2014

SPACE.com - 31 Dec 2013 16:19
Big Space Missions to Watch inFrom a new rover on the moon, to the most powerful digital camera ever built, space will be buzzing with human activities in 2014.
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Michael Bromwich, the external compliance monitor assigned to Apple as a result of its e-book antitrust case, has filed papers in a U.S. District Court accusing the company of being uncooperative and... obstructive in his investigation, reports The Wall Street Journal. The lawyer stated that Apple characterized his team's activities as a "roving investigation" with no worthwhile purpose, even going on to say that individuals within the company purposely blocked him from interviewing top-level officials and senior executives. On Monday, Mr. Bromwich said he routinely met with top management at the three organizations he previously monitored and had "never before had a request for a meeting or interview in a monitoring assignment rejected or even deferred." "This is far less access than I have...
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Samsung is building a metalWe feel pretty confident that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be a killer smartphone but one question remains: Will Samsung finally follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 5s and the HTC One and use a... premium aluminum build or will it stick with its tried-and-true plastic formula? The latest gossip from Korea’s ETNews suggests that Samsung may release two flagship smartphones at the same time next year: The Galaxy S5, which will have Samsung’s trademark plastic casing, and the Galaxy F, which will be the first flagship Samsung smartphone to have a metal casing. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the Galaxy F, of course, but this is the most concrete report we’ve read so far indicating that
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If You've Got Google Music AllGoogle Music All Access users are reporting that they've received an email inviting them to join the ranks of Glass Explorers. (Here's the sign up page you can try if you didn't get the email.) As far... we can tell it's the first time Google has opened up the program to a subset of its users without demanding that they explain themselves.
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The particle could reveal exotic physics even before the Large Hadron Collider switches back on in 2015, thanks to a new catalogue of possible misbehaviour     
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Two Facebook Features Every Author Should Be Using

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 16:11
Two Facebook Features EveryThe number of titles available on Amazon has increased at an unfathomable rate. For example, when I first published through McGraw-Hill in 2008, there were two million books on Amazon. Kindle wasn't a... contender at the time, so this number represented paperback and hardcovers. Today, there are over 24 million paperbacks, over 8.5 million hardcovers, and almost 1.3 million Kindle titles. At the time of writing this post: in the last 30 days, 104,606 new Kindle titles were released. That's a lot of authors. With the need to make their book stand out against tens of millions of others, an author needs every tool in their toolbox. So, image my surprise when many of them weren't taking advantage of two critical Facebook features. Works At I continued to be amazed by the number of times I went to...
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iFixit teardown praises newFollowing a quick look from Other World Computing last week, iFixit has published its teardown of the new Mac Pro. Unlike any other Apple product iFixit has reviewed this year, the firm gives high... praise to the repairability of the Mac Pro. The system uses no proprietary screws and RAM is accessible without the need […]
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13 Stories That Made Your DayViral content has come a long way since kitten videos and epic fails. That isn't to say those topics aren't still staples of Internet success, but the stories that were most popular in 2013 showed... that we're willing to think a little bit deeper than squee and slapstick humor. In fact, looking back at some of HuffPost's most shared stories of the past 12 months tells us a lot about ourselves and the things we love enough to tell our friends. The 13 story lines below show exactly what it took to break the Internet in 2013: 1. We loved to be reminded that our lives on social media are pretty annoying. We might as well start where most viral stories do -- on Facebook. The blog Wait But Why documented the most annoying Facebook behavior, which readers promptly passed around on the social...
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Two former Purdue University students have pleaded guilty to charges they hacked into the computer accounts of their professors in order to change their course grades.
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10 Startups That Changed TheReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year. Real companies making real products that real people, you know, spend real money on. That's... what ReadWrite predicted would be the hottest of hot startups in 2013 and, for the most part, we were right. 2013 showed us new hardware built by smaller companies for what seems like the first time in a long time. They were birthed from places like Kickstarter and delivered (almost) as promised. The Pebble smartwatch had its humble origins on the crowdfunding platform and so did the top startup on our list, Ouya. Leap Motion promised to change how we interact with computers and got off to a pretty good start in accomplishing that goal.  Snapchat may be a company with no revenue and an...
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Ice-loving sea anemones found in Antarctica

New Scientist - 31 Dec 2013 16:03
A sea anemone has turned up embedded in the underside of Antarctica's ice sheets; the only marine animal known to live like this. How does it survive?     
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Mac Pro Teardown: An Apple RigIt looks like a waste paper bin, costs a fortune and is, perhaps, the best workstation you've ever owned . But what lurks beneath that shiny black shell?
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If you have had a subscription to Netflix for very long, you know that the service adds and removes content regularly. Netflix says that most of the removing of content …
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How To Use Preview To MakeEver wonder why that PDF with just text in it is somehow bloated to a massive file size? Why should something that would be under 500 kilobytes if it were a Text Edit file be two or three megabytes... when…
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Researchers use HubbleWeather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds.
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The 38 Most Interesting Designs of 2013

Gizmodo - 31 Dec 2013 16:00
The 38 Most InterestingWelcome to the end of another year, people! We made it, and not without a ton of brand new stuff to carry us into 2014 and beyond. We saw lots of beautiful, interesting, and just plain weird things,... but here we've rounded up the items that stuck with us; not just because of what they are, but also because of how they were made, or the interaction they required, or--yes--the way they made us feel.
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Four Emotions That Can DestroyThere is a wide range of financial information available to us at any time if we are committed to doing a little research. We can learn how to budget, invest, save- everything we need to know in order... to be financially stable. So with all that available information, why are so many of us living financially stressful lives centered around overspending and under-planning?
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Clouds Observed on Alien Planet --New Hubble Discovery

The Daily Galaxy - 31 Dec 2013 16:00
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department... of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report...
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting... storiesNetflix has cut its streaming price for new members by $1, to $6.99 per month for an individual plan. After a European bank noticed money was draining from its ATMs, European researchers discovered the method thieves used to hack the machines. Fitness-tracker Fitbit is taking advantage of the M7 co-processor in the iPhone 5S. The company released an update for its app on Tuesday that allows users to track basic fitness information without wearing the tracking bracelet.
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Black Twitter Took TheBlack Twitter is quick to take a topic and hone in on it --sparking either an afternoon of laughs or an analytical dialogue around a political issue. We decided to take a look back at some of the... memorable trending topics to emerge from black twitter this year. Which trending topic was your favorite? Did we leave any out?
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Sponsored post: This March,The 2014 GPU Technology Conference is taking place in the heart of Silicon Valley March 24-27. It offers unmatched opportunities to learn about the latest GPU technology along with face-to-face... interaction with industry luminaries and technologists. Join us and see how GPUs are accelerating impactful results.
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A BBC report says thieves in Europe cut holes in ATMs in order to plug in USB drives with malware on them.
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Panasonic design concepts for a new compact Micro Four Thirds camera have emerged, and we wonder where the company is headed with its GF product line. The post Panasonic Design Concepts Hint at More... of the Same for GF Series appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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DavidGilbert99 writes "Fantasy fans are clearly among the most prevalent downloaders of pirated material if the 2013 lists of most pirated films and TV shows is anything to go by. The Hobbit beat... Django Unchained and Fast and Furious 6 while on TV, Game of Thrones saw off competition from Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead as the most pirated TV show. While this is clearly losing money for both industries, the US box office doesn't seem to be suffering too much as it is about to record its best year ever."
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This Dumb Year: The 47 LamestIn tech, dumb moments come in an array of flavors — but some years have definite overarching themes. 2012, for instance, was the year of the apology. And 2013 turned out to be the year that proved... human beings shouldn’t be allowed to use Twitter. Or at least it kept feeling that way. Everybody kept tweeting stuff they probably came to regret. Celebrities such as BlackBerry Global Creative Director Alicia Keys, whose only mistake was tweeting from an iPhone (unless, as she said, the tweet came from an iPhone-using hacker). People we never heard of until they embarrassed themselves on Twitter and got fired, including Business Insider’s CTO, IAC’s PR honcho and a producer of The Bachelor. Even beloved American institutions such as AT&T and SpaghettiOs. As usual, a lot of other dumb...
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NSA and Corporate Cooperation Revealed

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 15:51
NSA and Corporate CooperationThe latest NSA revelations reveal deeper and more insidious intrusions into our lives, and show deeper collusion between the government and private enterprise. If you really, really think this is OK... because you have "nothing to hide," you better be darn sure that's the case. Back Doors It is now apparent that the NSA co-opted nearly every piece of electronics present in our lives. Der Spiegel reports that the NSA has found ways to slither through most firewalls and work around most security systems. This dirty work is done primarily via malware, computer code created by the NSA that is implanted in the targeted device to do the NSA's bidding. This malware most commonly creates a "back door," a new, hidden pathway into some computer system. NSA Lies about BIOS Attacks We also learn that the...
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The processing power in the Apple's iPhone 5s will finally be put to use via Fitbit. The popular wearable activity tracking device has added a new feature called MobileTrack as well as support for the... iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor. The M7 coprocessor uses information from a number of different parts of the iPhone--such as the accelerometer and gyroscope--to help track user movements and decipher whether they are running, walking, or driving.
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[From AppleTell] The processing power in Apple's iPhone 5s will finally be put to use via Fitbit's MobileTrack and use of the iPhone 5s motion coprocessor.
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The prolific leaker @evleaks posted an image of the device on Twitter on Tuesday without any further details.
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An artificial heart made by the French firm Carmat has been implanted in its first human patient – and is working well so far     
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Impressive? Not really, says Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, who explains why.
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Oh, Never Mind: Top 5Some retractions are linked to innocent mistakes, such as an accidental mislabeling of data or images that leads the researchers to an erroneous conclusion. Other retractions reflect a serious lapse... in ethics or common sense.
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LG tips launch plans for CES

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 15:41
Company says it will offer up an Ultra PC, as well as a new Tab-Book and an all-in-one PC that doubles as a TV.
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Sprint Wants To Revive NextelIt was only six months ago that Sprint decommissioned and shut down the Nextel iDEN network, and while the carrier has no plans to bring that legacy network back, the name is another story.
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Although I have yet to turn much of my reading over to the iPad, I appreciate what's being done with interactive books, especially those for children. A good example of this is Liam O'Leary's Little... Wings, which offers 27 pages of light interactivity, but it helps that it's a pretty good story on its own.
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[From AppleTell] Like any book, Liam O'Leary's Little Wings for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is valuable so long as your little ones like to have it read to them.
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Google Play Music All AccessIf you're a Google Play Music All Access subscriber who's wanted Google Glass but for whatever reason hasn't been able to score an invite, check your inbox. Emails are going out this morning seeking... those with Google's music subscription service who want the $1,500 wearable. Writes Google: Your Chance to Buy Google Glass With the launch of Google Play Music on Google Glass, we’ve secured VIP invitations for All Access customers to join the Glass Explorer Program. Interested in rocking out while exploring with Glass? Sign up to receive your invitation below! Indeed, Google Play Music is available on Google Glass. And as we found out in our testing, it sounds half-decent, but it's a bit rough on battery life. As always, you'll need to be a U.S. resident (or, really, have a U.S. shipping...
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Ballmer's nightmare:Despite the rise of Android devices, Apple has managed to keep up its position atop the U.S. tablet market for years. But as 2013 draws to a close, the disparity between the two major players in the... market has grown smaller than ever. According to new research from The NPD Group, Android tablet sales in commercial channels in the U.S. jumped more than 160% from 2012, capturing 8.7% of personal computing device sales between January and November this year. Apple did manage to beat out its competition once again, but the iPad’s market share actually decreased from 17.1% last year to 15.8% in 2013. Even with the release of two brand new iPad models, Apple is beginning to feel the pressure from Android
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Pad & Quill Notes Is aiOS: Pad & Quill is best known for their phone and tablet cases, but they just took the wraps off of a good-looking note-taking app for the iPhone and iPad. It supports multiple notebooks, photos and... graphics in notes, automatic table of contents, and iCloud syncing so you have your notes on all your devices.
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X-ray laser at SLAC maps(Phys.org) --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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The catfish, spies andIt was an extraordinary year for social media. We saw sites such as Twitter shift from being a fun pastime to a fundamental part of life. The change might not have been unexpected but each time a new... incident occurred online, lawmakers and service providers alike scrambled to bring in new rules and amend old ones. Surprised, no, but unprepared, yes.
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[In-Car Tech] Of Audi and Androids at CES...

Technology Tell - 31 Dec 2013 15:25
[From In-Car Tech] Audi and Android CES 2014
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[From In-Car Tech] Consumer Advocates Will Closely Scrutinize Hyundai/Kia Settlement
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Why We Make New Year's Resolutions

Live Science - 31 Dec 2013 15:22
Why We Make New Year'sThe desire to reflect and start anew each year is an old one, stretching back to civic and spiritual oaths made in Babylonian and Roman times. Today, New Year's resolutions tend to be secular.
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Sometimes its easier to pick up and move to an entirely new region than to take a real honest look at yourself and say its time change who you've become
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Deal of the Day: LLOYD FX Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Android Central - 31 Dec 2013 15:17
Deal of the Day: LLOYD FX CaseThe Dec. 31 Deal of the Day is the LLOYD FX Case for Samsung Galaxy S4. Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the Galaxy S4 from day to... day use and drops. The back features our very own LLOYD mascot in front of a blue and white background. The LLOYD FX Case is available for just $7.25, 64% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping. Find more great deals on Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories at ShopAndroid.com!     
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Netflix Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings is getting a 50 percent pay bump in 2014 after a year in which shares of the online video subscription company quadrupled to an all-time high.
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Latest batch of documents from Snowden shows NSA's power to pwn.
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Real-life smoking caterpillarRipped from the pages of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," scientists have discovered a smoking caterpillar of sorts
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Birthdays are great, aren't they? Really, we should have more of them--so why not try and do that by opting to celebrate mathematically significant dates rather than being a slave to the annual event?...
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Brian Sandoval, NevadaRENO, Nev. (AP) -- Gov. Brian Sandoval and others excited about Nevada's selection as one of six national drone testing sites say they're ready to hit the ground running to capitalize on the... futuristic industry they think will bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state. University researchers already are developing new technologies as well as potential policies to address privacy concerns about unmanned commercial aircraft, and the University of Nevada, Reno will begin offering a new minor degree program in Unmanned Autonomous Systems in January. "It truly is an opportunity in our state for our citizens and students to be on the ground floor of something that is going to part of the future of aviation in our country," said Sandoval, who expects it will mean up to $2.5...
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How on earth are you supposed to fill your days after leaving the successful set-top box company you created? Well, if you're TiVo co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, the answer is to start all... over again. You see, after Barton resigned from TiVo ...
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An anonymous reader writes that USA Today reports "Retired general Michael Hayden ... called on President Obama Monday to ... reject many of the recommendations of the commission he appointed to rein... in NSA surveillance ... 'President Obama now has the burden of simply doing the right thing,' ... 'And I think some of the right things with regard to the commission's recommendations are not the popular things. They may not poll real well right now. They'll poll damn well after the next attack ...' ... The commission ... said the recommendations were designed to increase transparency, accountability and oversight at the NSA. Hayden ... oversaw the launch of some of the controversial programs ... He defended them as effective and properly overseen by congressional intelligence committees and a...
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SD cards hacked

ZDNet - 31 Dec 2013 15:03
SD cards, including tiny microSD and SIM cards, contain a powerful -- and hackable -- computer system. Are you sure you want to use your cell phone as a credit card?
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Top Exoplanet Discoveries OfWhile astronomers didn't bag that elusive first "alien Earth" in 2013, they made plenty of exciting exoplanet discoveries during the past year. Here's a list of the top exoplanet finds of 2013, from a... tiny world about the size of Earth's moon to a blue gas giant on which it rains molten glass: The smallest exoplanet In February, astronomers announced the discovery of Kepler-37b, the smallest alien world ever found around a sun-like star. The planet is about 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) wide, making it just slightly larger than Earth's moon. [9 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life] Kepler-37b, which was spotted by NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope, lies about 215 light-years from Earth. The exoplanet is likely far too hot to host life as we know it; it zips around its parent star...
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Seventy year olds who don't frequently visit the doctor have something unexpected in common -- most played high school sports. They were active on a team over 50 years ago and are more likely to be... active into their late 70s.
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One night, a decade ago, I was on a sales trip. My wife called me up to complain about the $1,700 dinner that I had enjoyed in Bangkok. Of course she was mostly concerned because she knew that I was... in Washington, DC, not Thailand. A copy of my credit card had made it there, however. The next day. Someone using my fake card also tried to buy over $2,000 in antiques in Singapore. Fortunately, the credit-card folks were on top of the situation and my only real inconvenience was waiting a few days for a new credit card to show up. That time I was a victim of one of the then-high-tech pocketable skimmers that unscrupulous employees used while settling your bill at a restaurant. That incident happened long after most businesses quit using carbon-copy credit-card receipts where we had to worry...
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The new tally is up from 74 percent less than a month ago, according to Apple's stats.
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Scribbler the Drawing Robot

Coolest Gadgets - 31 Dec 2013 15:00
Robots are always something that are worth checking out, especially those super huge ones that can change their form factor depending on the situation. Who can forget the SDF-1 from Macross? That was... one bad mother, and we have also our fair share of giants from Japan including the Transformers and Voltron. Here is something
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European cybercriminals have been using USB drives to steal money from cash machines owned by an unnamed bank. Details on the attacks were revealed at the Chaos Computing Congress in …
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The 10 best science stories of 2013

Fox News - 31 Dec 2013 15:00
The 10 best science stories ofAs 2013 draws to an end, a look back reveals a busy year in science.
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Smart phones, smart pants, smart nanoparticles--man, what DIDN'T we review?!
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The Apple iPad Mini with Retina display is an extremely portable and powerful tablet. You can use the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover to increase productivity on the go.
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Fuel Cells in Data Centers Could Double Efficiency

Scientific American - 31 Dec 2013 15:00
The data centers of the future might do more than crunch and store information. In addition to serving Web pages, streaming Netflix videos and hosting social networks, they might soon produce their...... --
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Want to know what customers are saying about your company or your competition on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Perch helps track activity in one location.
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2013: The Best of Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy - 31 Dec 2013 15:00
The end of 2013 marks my first full year writing for Slate. It's been a lot of fun for me, to be honest. The folks behind the scenes have been supportive, helpful, and just all-around good people.... Best of all, when they let me start using their electrons back in November 2012, they allowed me do what I like to do: Write about whatever the heck I want. It's mostly science, and mostly astronomy, but I do tend to speak my mind about matters I find important: issues over vaccinations, climate change, women's rights, Doctor Who, and more. I was thinking about this recently because a post I wrote in June popped up again. It was an article about vaccines, and somehow my editor wound up on the phone for an hour having her brain melted by an anti-vaxxer because of it. And not just any anti-vaxxer,...
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To Really Remember Something,It may seem counter-intuitive, especially in today's "take and share pictures of everything" society, but research published in the journal Psychological Science points out that if you really want to... commit something to memory, you're better off looking and focusing on it--not taking a picture for later review.
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The Best iOS Apps Of 2013 [Roundup]

Cult of Mac - 31 Dec 2013 14:51
The Best iOS Apps Of 2013As we approach the end of 2013, it’s time to take a look back and pay some recognition to some of the finest apps that have hit the App Store over the past 12 months. It’s not easy to build…
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Sony Sirius and CanopusAs CES nears, the rumour mill is spinning up to full speed with the latest leak suggesting two new Sony smartphones incoming called Sirius and Canopus. Expected to be unveiled at CES next week, or MWC... in February, the two new Sony smartphones have been...
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Netflix plans 50 pct pay hike for CEO Hastings

Miami Herald - 31 Dec 2013 14:50
Netflix Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings is getting a 50 percent pay bump in 2014 after a year in which shares of the online video subscription company quadrupled to an all-time high.
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Android Central's most popular videos of 2013

Android Central - 31 Dec 2013 14:46
Android Central's most popularOur most-watched video content from the past year It's been a year of countless device launches, live events, trade shows and other Android-related goodness. So it's no surprise to see that Android... Central produced more video content than ever before in 2013, covering everything from hands-on videos and walkthroughs of new devices, to our Talk Mobile 2013 videos and Samsung Developers Conference coverage. As we've said a few times before, it's been a hell of a year. So on this New Year's Eve, there's just time to recap Android Central's top ten most-watched videos from 2013. These aren't our picks, but the videos you, the AC readers, watched the most on YouTube and here on the site. Head on past the break to check them out!
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Yikes: NSA can turn on yourThe National Security Agency (NSA) has apparently able to hack the iPhone since 2008, according to a Der Spiegel interactive report that looks at the NSA's various tools used for spying purposes. One... particularly interesting tool, codenamed "DROPOUTJEEP," is an implant that was first used to compromise the first-generation iPhone and was able to send various data stored on the phone to the agency, including text messages, address book contacts, geolocation and voicemail. Furthermore, the software could activate the microphone of the iPhone, turn on the camera and take pictures and retrieve cell tower location. All NSA-iPhone communications would be "covert and encrypted," meaning that the target would likely be unaware of what's going on. According to the document obtained
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Is Getting A Huge Pay Hike

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 14:43
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings IsLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) -- Netflix Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings is getting a 50 percent pay bump in 2014 after a year in which shares of the online video subscription company quadrupled to an... all-time high. A regulatory filing shows that Hastings' annual salary will climb from $2 million to $3 million next year, and his annual stock option allowance also will rise by $1 million to $3 million. The $6 million in total pay compares to $4 million in 2013, when his pay doubled. Netflix Inc. shares hit an all-time high price of $389.16 in October after ending 2012 at $92.59. The company this year began releasing original content like its "House of Cards" and "Orange Is The New Black" series, both of which have been a huge hit with viewers.
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Vodafone partners with BorisThe London New Year's Eve firework display is already a spectacular affair, but this year it is set to be even bigger. Vodafone has partnered with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to create the... first multi-sensory display. Following a year of work...
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11 Amazing Prison Stories From 2013

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2013 14:32
11 Amazing Prison Stories FromArizona inmates saved 22-year-old female guard from jail cell attack. Rachel Harris, a rookie detention officer at Lower Buckeye Jail in Maricopa County, Ariz., was conducting a routine cell check in... June when inmate Bobby Ruiz allegedly jumped on her back and bit off a piece of her ear, Fox 10 reported. According to Harris and jail surveillance video, inmates rushed upstairs to aid Harris, peeling Ruiz off the 22-year-old guard. Inmates Ricky Shillingford and Andrew Davis were the first to come to Harris' aid. "He had her in a chokehold, I saw the blood was coming from her ears," Shillingford, who broke his hand in the scuffle, told Fox 10. "I seen her on the floor, crunched over, hunched over. I snatched him off of her, and then he took a swing at me and went back toward her," Davis...
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Toward a molecular explanation for schizophrenia

e! Science News - 31 Dec 2013 14:31
Surprisingly little is known about schizophrenia. It was only recognized as a medical condition in the past few decades, and its exact causes remain unclear. Since there is no objective test for... schizophrenia, its diagnosis is based on an assortment of reported symptoms. The standard treatment, antipsychotic medication, works less than half the time and becomes increasingly ineffective over time.
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Chrome: Previously mentioned low-cost calling service Keku has a new Chrome App that gives you the powe to assign "local" numbers to your international friends and call them one-on-one or in a group... super cheap, right from your browser.
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Glass, aluminum, and even lowly plastic can be crafted into products with aesthetic as well as practical value. The fruits of the design renaissance in 2013 are a pleasure to behold.
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Triple-Threat Method Sparks Hope for Nuclear Fusion Energy

Scientific American - 31 Dec 2013 14:30
The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico discharges the most intense pulses of electrical current on Earth. Millions of amperes can be sent towards a metallic cylinder the size... of... --
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Triple-Threat Method Sparks Hope for Nuclear Fusion Energy

Scientific American - 31 Dec 2013 14:30
The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico discharges the most intense pulses of electrical current on Earth. Millions of amperes can be sent towards a metallic cylinder the size... of... --
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Sony SmartWatch 3 to appear at CES next week?

Pocket-lint - 31 Dec 2013 14:29
Sony SmartWatch 3 to appear atA successor to Sony's SmartWatch 2 could be unveiled at CES next week in the form of the SmartWatch 3. According to an FCC product filing, the Sony SmartWatch 3 - referred to as SWR10 BT Wrist... Notifier - will come with Bluetooth notifications and NFC...
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Where Emotions Hit You, Visualized

Gizmodo - 31 Dec 2013 14:23
Where Emotions Hit You,Nerves make your stomach churn; embarrassment brings a glow to your cheeks. Emotions clearly have a direct physiological effect on our bodies, and now a team of Finnish researchers has analyzed... exactly how--and represented them in this visualization.
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Recent statistics on the Chromebook market aren't painting a clear picture of the situation
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NASA shows off new Cassini photos

Slash Gear - 31 Dec 2013 14:17
NASA is ringing in the New Year with some beautiful photos that Cassini has taken of Saturn. The photo at the top of the story shows shadows on the surface …
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Secret to Ancient RomanUsing NASA data and new computer simulations, researchers say they've discovered how the sun would have lined up with an Egyptian obelisk and the famed Ara Pacis in ancient Rome.
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Alleged LG Lifetouch Band Photo Leaked

Ubergizmo - 31 Dec 2013 14:12
Alleged LG Lifetouch BandAccording to the rumors, LG could be looking to launch new wearable products come 2014. One of them is allegedly a smartwatch but while LG has not confirmed such a device, they did state that wearable... tech products were in the works. Apart from the rumored smartwatch, another rumored LG wearable tech product is said to be a fitness band of sorts, similar to that of the Nike FuelBand SE, Fitibt, or Jawbone Up, and thanks to a newly leaked photo by @evleaks, we could be getting our very first look at the upcoming LG fitness band which is allegedly known as the the LG Lifeband Touch. Based on what we can see, LG's offering is looking similar to the FuelBand SE and looks to have some kind of display on the surface, either that or it's just a really glossy material. The features remain unknown...
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Sony QX-series camera casesLens camera cases for Z Ultra coming to Hong Kong in January When Sony announces its QX10 and QX100 "lens camera" attachments for smartphones, it also debuted special attachment cases for the Xperia... Z and Z1, allowing the accessories to be easily clipped to the back of the device. Now it seems there's one in the works for the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra too, as evidenced by reports from Engadget Chinese. The lens camera case for Sony's largest smartphone comes in black and white versions and will sell for HK$238 (around $30) when it launches in Hong Kong next month, the site reports. Since the dimensions are the same, it's likely the case will also fit the Google Play edition Z Ultra, though there's no word on international availability just yet. Source: Engadget Chinese; via: XperiaBlog...
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7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014

Mashable - 31 Dec 2013 14:10
Major innovations and tech sea-changes were few and far between in 2013. Unfortunately, what usually follows major advancements are refinements. These days, innovation tends to happen on a nano-scale,... which means most people cannot see or experience that evolution LCD display technology, for instance, has been around for decades; the changes we’ve lately seen in screen size, width and resolution have, mostly, refined that original idea. Same with Flash-based and solid state storage. We make the technology smaller and more stable but rarely change the fundamentals See also: 16 Astronomical Events in 2014 and How to Watch Them
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Hubble Eyes Galaxy as Flat as a Pancake

SpaceRef - 31 Dec 2013 14:09
Located some 25 million light-years away, this new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 373-8....
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The tobacco hornworm, a kind of moth larva that feeds on tobacco plants, has a special trick up its sleeve for scaring off predators: bad breath. German scientists from the Max Planck Institute for... Chemical Ecology have found that the tobacco hornworm retains some of the nicotine in the tobacco plant in its body, and "puffs" it out to warn away those that would make a meal of it. The researchers also found a genetic switch that could turn off the caterpillar's defenses, curing its bad breath but making it much more likely to be gobbled up.
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MaternityCompare HelpsChoosing an obstetrician can be extremely stressful for expectant parents. Additive Analytics, a new startup, hopes to help patients find trustworthy providers with MaternityCompare, its first... product. The site pulls data that is publicly available from the U.S. government and turns it into an easy-to-understand reference tool. MaternityCompare shows what percentage of newborns at different hospitals throughout the U.S. had deliveries that were scheduled one to three weeks early for no medical reason, which can negatively affect the baby's health.
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Security researchers Andrew "bunnie" Huang and Sean "xobs" Cross have recently described a new way that nefarious hackers could steal data from users by infecting memory cards with new software. …
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Archos Announces New SelectionSmartwatches today are a little bit like PDAs in the early 1990s: that technology that everyone seems sure is the future, but which no one has really got right yet. Well, add Archos’ name to the... list of companies willing…
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Gallery: Because who doesn't need new wallpaper options for 2014?
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LG Pocket Photo 2.0 launched

Coolest Gadgets - 31 Dec 2013 14:00
LG, the South Korean consumer electronics giant, has just announced that they will be showcasing their LG Pocket Photo 2.0 over at CES 2014 that is kicking off in less than a fortnight’s time. This... will be the second iteration of their original Pocket Photo device, where it will offer enhanced portability thanks to its
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How to Survive the Perils of New Year's Eve

Life Hacker - 31 Dec 2013 14:00
How to Survive the Perils ofNew Year's Eve might be the best party night of the year, but it can also be the most stressful, from losing your phone to the far more perilous drive home. Here are a few things you can do now to... stay safe and sane this New Year's.
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LG Lifeband Touch leaks aheadSo close, yet so far LG - it nearly made it to CES next week without leaking then @evleaks went and slipped this photo. It shows LG's first foray into the world of wearable health wrist gadgetry since... the Smart Activity Tracker. This is the LG Lifeband...
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LG heads to Las Vegas with aLG Electronics is expanding its line-up of Windows PCs with a number of new products, including the 13Z940 Ultra PC laptop, which has a 13.3-inch full HD screen and weighs 980 grams. The laptop along... with the Tab-Book 2 family and an all-in-one PC will be on display at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas between Jan. 7 and 10. The 13Z940 is powered by a Haswell-based Core i5 processor and has up to 256GB of SSD storage. The laptop is 13.6 millimeters at its thickest point and the screen has a 4.4 millimeter bezel. It also has what LG calls a reader mode, allowing users to "alter the background of any on-screen image to resemble paper, reducing eye-strain and energy consumption," the company said. The two new Tab-Book 2 models have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard hidden under an...
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This Is London's Floating BikeA team of architects has updated and fleshed out its SkyCycle plan--a bizarre concept that would use the empty channels above some train lines to build floating, bike-only cycle superhighways.
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Sony hints at future deviceXperia Z1 to remain flagship into 2014, 'a lot to talk about' on smartwatches next year, 'OmniBalance' design still key Sony Mobile has used its new year's message to hint at some of its product plans... for the next twelve months. Reflecting on its 2013 lineup, the company says its trademark "OmniBalance" design language, which involves angular, symmetrical designs with flat front and back panels and a stylized outer trim, has been a differentiator this year and will remain "a key element of what makes our products special." That means the overall look and feel of Sony's phones and tablets probably won't be changing anytime soon. Sony describes its current flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1, as its "strongest selling smartphone to date," and says the device will remain its flagship handset...
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China Mobile Sees 100,000After much negotiation and speculation, Apple and China Mobile have finally struck up a deal in which Apple's iPhones would be officially offered on the carrier's network. The deal with China Mobile... would basically give Apple access to about 750 million subscribers and while Apple might not be able to get everyone to hop aboard the iPhone bandwagon, it has been estimated that Apple might be able to sell an additional 12 million iPhone units come 2014 and according to the latest reports, Apple is well on its way as China Mobile has managed to secure 100,000 iPhone pr-orders in a matter of 2 days. Granted this is a slightly smaller figure compared to China's other carriers, such as China Unicom and China Telecom that have netted 120,000 and 150,000 pre-orders back in September, but we...
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Five Photography Challenges For The New Year

The Phoblographer - 31 Dec 2013 13:34
Theses photography challenges are about improving your eye and pushing your self a little bit farther than you went before. The idea is to go past your limits, then go further and do things you have... not done before. The post Five Photography Challenges For The New Year appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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An international team of researchers have used advanced climate models to measure future loss of deep-sea marine life, and have found that even the most remote aquatic ecosystems are not safe from the... impacts of climate change.
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Taxi! Five free apps forThe ride-sharing movement is bustling in some cities, yet still emerging in others, which is why good old yellow cabs are still the most trusted way to find a ride home at the end of a night out.... Sure, Lyft's pink mustaches are a welcome sight, and taking a fancy Uber black car has its perks, but having a regular taxi app on hand is a smart move--especially since hailing a cab on New Year's Eve can be nearly impossible without planning ahead. Here are five reputable taxi apps for worry-free transportation. Taxi Magic Although you can find tons of apps specific to different cities, Taxi Magic (free for iOS and Android) is the most widespread--it's compatible with more than 60 major U.S. cities and their surrounding areas. Taxi Magic maintains partnerships with several major taxi fleets, and...
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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 leaks in new photos

Pocket-lint - 31 Dec 2013 13:30
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 leaks inThe good ship Huawei is a leaky vessel. We've already seen photos of its new phablet, the Ascend Mate 2, and now even more snaps have surfaced. These pictures of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, which is... expected to appear at CES next week, leaked on Engadget....
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It's New Year's Eve, and that means it's time for a rundown of our top blog posts last year complete with an unnecessarily hyperbolic headline! Here's our list based on traffic numbers: Canadian... fireworks at the 2007 Malaysia International Fireworks Competition.Image Credit: SJ Photography 10. Physics Halloween Costumes Ideas included a Doppler shift dress and Maxwell's Demon. 9. Reinventing the Wheel? These wobbly skateboard wheels don't live up to the pseudo-physics hype. 8. A Tour of Plasma Physics in Downtown Cambridge Our writer, Quantum, captured this sweet photo gallery of MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center.  7. The Physics is Clear on Foamy Beer A perfect combination!  6. NASA's Cold Fusion Folly Will cold fusion ever take off? Not likely, says our contributor Buzz Skyline. ...
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While Miley Cyrus lapped up fame from infamous televised performances this year, others were making a name for themselves on the Internet Though not always for positive reasons, viral sensations can... happen overnight, whether you intended to be noticed or not. In 2013, we learned that nothing is completely concealable — whether that's a SnapChat or government documents. Put anything online, and it's instantly a contender for the Internet to chew up and spit out. Pop culture continued to merge with web culture, making an audience for potential Internet stars that's stronger and larger than ever.
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It certainly won't be a happy new year for thousands of HP employees -- not when the company has increased its layoff numbers yet again. Hewlett-Packard already adjusted the number of people it needed... to let go from 27,000 to 29,000 a year ago, but ...
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LG Lifeband Touch fitnessA new wearable device from LG has seemingly been exposed by prolific leaker Evleaks. Allegedly called LG Lifeband Touch, it appears to be a device in the same vein as LG's announced-but-never-released... Smart Activity Tracker. That device, which debuted at CES in January 2013, was able to display notifications from your phone, such as text messages and calls, and also had built in GPS tracking and a heart rate monitor. Last week, rumors circulated that LG was planning on releasing a pair of wearable devices, called the G-Arch and G-Health. The company told us it has "no products called G-Arch and G-Health in development," but it appears it is planning to announce a health-focused device soon. Little is known about the Lifeband Touch,...
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From advanced connectivity to aggressive onshoring, 2013 was a great year for appliances.
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Notebooks 7 Lets You EasilyIf you’re constantly switching between devices while also handling large quantities of different document types, finding one app that allows you to easily sync them with each other is essential.... That is pretty much the remit of the newly-launched Notebooks…
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Digital Trends' Best ProductGoogle's humble Chromecast is cheap, astonishingly capable, and ready to cause a cord-cutting revolution. The post Digital Trends' Best Product of 2013: Google Chromecast appeared first on Digital... Trends.
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Some might think it is narcissistic to make a figurine of oneself, but one the other hand it would make a great gift to your significant other, or maybe even your parents who might want to remember... you in 3D-likeness if you were to go overseas for work or studies. Well if you've always wanted to do something like that and you have a Kinect device at home, well you can do that thanks to shapify.me's website. The website basically takes advantage of the Kinect's 3D scanning technology to help develop a 3D figurine of yourself and will print it out in 3D. In fact if you don't want to scan yourself, shapify.me states that users are free to scan any object that is able to maintain a pose and a facial expression, but has warned against scanning transparent, shiny, or glossy surfaces, which we...
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Google and Audi Want Android in Your Car

ABC News - 31 Dec 2013 13:15
Google and Audi Want AndroidThe two are expected to announce their partnership at CES 2014.     
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We love it when a leak and a rumor come together. LG's Lifeband Touch (as claimed by @evleaks), pictured above, is most likely the wearable that was hinted at just last week. The fitness band is... likely an evolution of that which we saw back at CES, ...
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Sony 'Sirius' And 'Canopus'CES 2014 is just a couple of weeks away and if this year's CES is any indication, we could be hearing about a new flagship device from Sony. After all Sony gave us the Sony Xperia Z earlier this year,... so it wouldn't be out of the question if Sony were to unveil a new device at CES 2014 next year as well. So what could be in store for us next year? Well according to Chinese website, Digi-Wo, they claim that Sony might have a couple of new devices for us next year. The two devices in question have been given the codenames Sirius and Canopus and could be announced in the first half of 2014, leading us to believe that CES or MWC could be the platform that Sony might use for its announcement. The full specs of either device remain unknown, but according to Digi-Wo, the Sirius handset is...
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Samsung Galaxy Grand LiteBack in November, we reported on the rumors that Samsung could be working on a device called the Galaxy Grand Lite. The handset, if the rumors are to be believed, is said to be a slightly less... powerful version of the Galaxy Grand 2 that was announced in South Korea back in November as well, and now thanks to an FCC sighting, a mysterious device has been sighted which some have speculated to be the Galaxy Grand Lite. Granted the filing did not actually specify the name of the device, but this has not stopped the internet from speculating anyway. There is no word on when Samsung could announce the device, but as CES and MWC 2014 are around the corner, perhaps we won't have to wait too long to find out. As far as its rumored specs are concerned, we have heard the Galaxy Grand Lite could sport...
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Twelve months have passed since we last promised ourselves to lose weight, wake up earlier and
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Former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher's condition has improved slightly after doctors carried out a second operation to reduce swelling on his brain Tuesday. His prognosis is still unclear,... doctors say Schumacher fell and injured his head in a skiing accident Sunday in Meribel, France. He suffered severe brain trauma, and he was transported to Grenoble where he's receiving treatment See also: Formula One's Michael Schumacher in Critical Condition After Ski Accident The doctors operated on Schumacher Sunday, in an effort to reduce the haematoma on his brain, the BBC reports “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher. We are working hour by hour,” chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told reporters at a news conference on Monday
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High-tech 2013: The 10 biggestA glance back before moving forward In some ways, 2013 was a sleepy year for the tech industry. The novelty of new smartphones and tablets has worn off, and we're still waiting for the next big thing.... (Sorry, Samsung: Smartwatches just aren't there yet.) That didn't stop the juicy headlines from rolling in, however, as tech titans endured major changes in preparation for whatever comes next. Here are the 10 most newsworthy events of 2013. Image: Morgan via Flickr/Creative Commons Edward Snowden's NSA spying revelations As we grow more dependent on Internet services to keep our lives in order, the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden are a stark reminder of what we've given up in exchange. The Prism program, in which the NSA collected swaths of user data from major tech companies,...
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How the 20/20 Vision Scale Works

Gizmodo - 31 Dec 2013 13:00
How the 20/20 Vision ScaleWith more than 150 million people in the United States (nearly half of the population) requiring some form of corrective eyewear to compensate for visual impairment, chances are you have had your... eyesight graded on the 20/20 scale before. If you haven't, you have probably heard other people saying they have "20/20 vision" or even the phrase "hindsight is 20/20." The vision scale is so prevalent in American culture that there's even a TV news show named after it.
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'Body Atlas' shows whereFinnish researchers have attempted to pinpoint the ways in which our emotions affect our bodies. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, asked 773 participants... to indicate how certain emotionally charged materials made them feel. The researchers argue that human bodies feel emotions in broadly consistent ways. The participants were first shown words, stories, movies, and expressions, and then asked to highlight on computer-modeled human silhouettes the areas of the body they felt decreasing or increasing activity. Where sensations were intense, participants would color first red, and then yellow as the feelings got stronger; where the sensations were dulled, they would color shades of blue.
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This is a great ad by Greenpeace Netherlands, brilliantly executed by Studio Smack: They erased all the animals of The Lion King's opening sequence to show kids and adults how the African savanna... would look if we don't protect its animals.
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Belkin has announced a new product that sounds similar to the Chromecast device we reviewed back in July when it launched. Belkin's new product is called the Belkin Miracast Video …
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ATM Hack Uses USB Drives To Steal Money

Ubergizmo - 31 Dec 2013 12:42
ATM Hack Uses USB Drives ToWe have all seen the warnings on ATMs in which banks advise their customers to avoid using the machine if it looks like it might have been tampered with. After all with 3D printers creating ATM... skimmers with relative ease, anyone not aware could be easily fooled and could lose their life savings in one fell swoop. Now it seems that instead of relying on ATM skimmers, hackers have managed to use USB drives in order to steal from unknowing customers. This is done by thieves cutting a holes into ATMs that allows them to plug in a USB drive that then installs code into the ATMs which then allows them to steal from it. This was discovered when a lender discovered its ATMs were being emptied out despite the use of safes to help protect the cash inside. The findings of this hack was presented at...
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Paintball is a pretty straightforward game in which you scout out your opponents and shoot them with your paintball gun. You hit your target, they're out and you win, simple as that. However it seems... that one particular startup company has decided that even a classic game of paintball needs upgrading in the technology front and are looking to bring Call of Duty-like technology into the game. As you guys know, Call of Duty is a video game but it does sport features such as maps that lets you know where you are, where your team mates are, and etc. That's one of the features that Innovis Labs is hoping to bring to the paintball arena with their Indiegogo project for a piece of technology called Project Overwatch. By attaching their smartphone to their paintball guns, it will allow players to...
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Netflix Testing NewAt the moment Netflix's basic subscription is set at $7.99 that allows you to watch programs from its service on two screens, either in high definition or standard definition. $7.99 is admittedly not... much to pay but at the same time we suppose for some individuals or families, it is considered to be a luxury. Well the good news is that Netflix is looking to offer even cheaper subscription fees at $6.99, a good $1 cheaper than its current offering but the only difference is that instead of allowing high definition viewing, the new offering will only allow viewers to enjoy their shows in standard definition. For those who don't own high definition televisions or really can't be fussed about those sorts of things, we suppose saving a dollar ain't too bad. As it stands, Netflix stated that...
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78% Of iOS Devices Are NowiOS 7 adoption is currently stealing 1 percentage point away from iOS 6 every week. That’s according to Apple who have just updated their iOS adoption figures, presenting the data on its... developers’ support page. Apple first reported iOS 7 numbers…
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US population growth slows toThe US population grew by just 2.26 million in the 12 months leading to July 1st 2013, according to estimated figures released by the Census Bureau. That represents a 0.72 percent year-over-year... increase, which the New York Times reports is the lowest rate in "over seven decades." An aging population is to blame for the continually slowing rise — the rate been gently falling, and has been below 0.75 percent since 2011. Compared to global population growth, which is currently estimated at 1.1 percent, the US is slower, but it remains faster than much of Europe and China. The Census Bureau estimates a child will be born every 8 seconds in the US this January, while someone will die every 12 seconds.
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Sony and Panasonic to abandonPanasonic has already pulled out of the plasma market and now there's rumour that it and Sony are giving up on OLED too. The new focus will be on 4K screens. But since this comes from hit-and-miss... site DigiTimes we're taking it with a pinch of salt. But...
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The recently opened Apple Retail Store located in the Netherlandic city of Haarlem was the site of a smash-and-grab robbery last night, reports Dutch news website NU.nl [Google Translate]. People... living in the area of the store claimed to hear a loud bang in the middle of the night, which likely represented the sound of a car hitting the front of the Apple Store. The car used to ram the Apple Store was reportedly left behind as the thieves allegedly used two scooters to escape the crime scene. Dutch Police are actively investigating the crime scene as the store remains closed to the public, but also states that only a small amount of merchandise was stolen. Employees at the retail location will also not be permitted to identify what was stolen until police complete their analysis of the...
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LG has announced a couple new products that it will be showing off at CES 2014 kicking off next week. The new products will include the Tab-Book 2 and a …
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There are a apps and high-tech gadgets that can warn you if you're too tipsy to drive home
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Crooks Have Been Hacking ATMsCriminals will go to all lengths to cheat an ATM out of its cash. But now, a team of researchers has discovered that skimmers may be a thing of the past: crooks have been targeting cash machines... directly using infected USB sticks instead.
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Raspberry Pi and Raspian, hands on

ZDNet - 31 Dec 2013 12:07
Christmas surprise - a tasty little Raspberry Pi (Type B). I heard all about it, but never actually touched one, so now I'm going to find out what it's really like
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If UNIX Were a Religion

Slashdot - 31 Dec 2013 12:06
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Charles Stross has written a very clever article where he describes the religious metaphor he uses with non-technical folks to explain the relationship between Mac OS X... and UNIX. There is one true religion in operating systems says Stross and it is UNIX although there's also an earlier, older, more arcane religion with far fewer followers, MULTICS, from which UNIX sprang as a stripped-down rules-deficient heresy. If MULTICS is Judaism then UNIX is Christianity. By the mid-1970s there were two main sects: AT&T UNIX, which we may liken unto the Roman Catholic Church, and BSD UNIX, which we may approximate to the Orthodox Churches. In an attempt to control the schisms, the faithful defined a common interoperating subset of the one true religion that all could...
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China Mobile Receives 100,000The iPhone won’t officially launch on China Mobile until January 17, but the world’s largest mobile carrier has already begun accepting preorders for the iPhone 5s and 5c. In terms of numbers,... analysts Wedge Partners place the preorder figure at…
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Shares up in morning trading after back-to-back losses.
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Improvise! Shoestring solutions to big physics

New Scientist - 31 Dec 2013 12:00
What do you do when the money's too short to run your expensive experiment? Reach for the duct tape, ping pong balls and taco sauce, says Richard Webb (full text available to subscribers)     
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Sanofi and its subsidiary Genzyme has announced that it has received a Complete Response Letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its supplemental Biologics License Application... seeking approval of Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. A Complete Response Letter informs companies that an application is not ready for approval. FDA has taken the position that Genzyme has not submitted evidence from adequate and well-controlled studies that demonstrate the benefits of Lemtrada outweigh its serious adverse effects.
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Don't start 2014 hungover, or worse

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 12:00
The AMA has urged people to take it easy when celebrating the start of the New Year.AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said that New Year's Eve was a great time to relax and have fun with relatives... and friends, but warned that partygoers should avoid making the start of 2014 memorable for all the wrong reasons.Dr Hambleton said all too often celebrations were marred by people getting hurt because they, and those around them, overindulged.
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World's shrinking groundwater 'needs better governance'

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 12:00
An eminent Australian water scientist has urged the world to take better care of its groundwater resources - or risk dangerous scarcities, economic impacts and potential conflicts in coming... decades.Professor Craig Simmons, the Director of Australia's National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT) says that governments around the world need to get behind the UNESCO plan to develop a Global Framework for Action on groundwater governance, due for release shortly.
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Moshi Monsters' Michael ActonMichael Acton Smith, founder of Firebox and Mind Candy, and creative mind behind the incredibly successful Moshi Monsters franchise, has been made an OBE in the New Year's Honours list. Other UK tech... and web industry figureheads to be recognised on this...
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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Photos Leaked

Ubergizmo - 31 Dec 2013 11:56
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 PhotosEarlier this year, Huawei announced the Ascend Mate smartphone which is why it does not come as a complete surprise to think that Huawei might be looking to introduce a successor in the form of the... Ascend Mate 2, which we have seen in leaked photos and certifications. In any case there is a good chance that Huawei could take advantage of CES 2014 to announce the successor of the Ascend Mate but until then, newly leaked photos of the handset has since made its way online, giving us a better glimpse at the device prior to its officially unveiling. The photos (courtesy of Engadget) shows off various angles of the handset which we have to say doesn't look particularly flashy, but we guess it should get the job done. As far as specs are concerned, we have only heard the rumors, but if they are...
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Researchers DiscoverIf you own a smartphone or a tablet that allows you to expand its storage via microSD cards, you might be interested to learn that it seems that your microSD card might not be as secure as you might... think. Presenting their findings at the Chaos Computer Congress, Andrew Huang and Sean Cross have detailed their findings in which they discovered that microSD cards and other flash-based storage were prone to hacks and could be used by hackers for malicious purposes if they found out about its vulnerability. The idea behind the vulnerability is through errors in the flash-based storage itself. Manufacturers have sophisticated software that can detect hardware issues, such as bad sectors, and correct them through firmware. Unfortunately the firmware themselves aren't bug free, and it is through...
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A while back we reported on an ultra realistic painting of Morgan Freeman that was done with an iPad app. In fact it was so real that many of you guys were convinced it was a hoax. Well if you still... don't believe that an iPad app could have done that, perhaps you might be even more blown away by this time lapse video in which it shows how an extremely photo realistic painting of Santa Claus was done entirely on Microsoft Paint! Yes, the same Paint software that is used to make stick figures, doodles, and otherwise "bad" pieces of art, has managed to create a masterpiece. Of course this did not happen overnight. In fact the video has been condensed from a little over 50 hours worth of footage because that's how long it took to make it happen. Is this entirely possible? Well I'm no artist...
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FLTR, An iPhone-Only iPhoneography Magazine

Cult of Mac - 31 Dec 2013 11:51
FLTR, An iPhone-OnlyWhen I was in high school, I got the jump on all the other photography students because my dad bought weekly and monthly photography magazines that he passed on to me when he was done. I learned a ton... about…
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Since its major overhaul back in July, Microsoft's OneNote Android app has languished while the company built out the Windows version of its note-taking tool. That changed today after Microsoft pushed... live a new update to the Play Store, which ...
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Wonder what it would look like if Tim Cook (or a similarly high-powered executive) was forced to augment their usual duties by battling lycanthropes? Riverman Media may just have an answer for you.... The developers of Pizza vs. Skeletons, have…
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There have been no end of time and calendar mess-ups in software over the years, and they still seem to keep happening. So why is it that times and timezones still confuse the hell out of developers?
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Dolphins caught chewing on fish to get high

The Verge - 31 Dec 2013 11:28
Dolphins caught chewing onA new BBC documentary will show adolescent dolphins getting high by chewing on puffer fish. The fish secrete a toxin that gives the dolphins a buzz, and the crew on the upcoming show filmed male... bottlenose dolphins passing around a puffer fish before acting "most peculiarly." The program's executive producer John Downer notes the dolphin were in a trance-like state, "hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection." Dolphins aren't the first animals caught getting high — moose have for many years been observed getting drunk by eating fermented apples. The footage was captured thanks to a number of bizarre contraptions created for the documentary Spy in the Pod. The crew modified...
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According to a new report from App Store analytics firm Distimo (via The Next Web), Apple's App Store once again experienced a great spike in interest on Christmas day, with revenue increasing by 56... percent and the number of total downloads rising by 53 percent. The firm tied the increase in downloads and revenue to interest from Western countries on Christmas day, and also credits developers such as Rovio Entertainment and ZeptoLab strategically releasing their titles just before Christmas to maximize product interest and profit potential. Main contributors to this year's Christmas spike were Western countries. For example: download volume in the United Kingdom increased by 161 percent on Christmas day. In addition, revenues in United States almost doubled with a plus of 97 percent in the...
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StepTracker M7 Fitness AppI gave up on buying FitBits after my second $100 device dropped from my pocket and ended up who knows where. So I was interested in yesterday’s update to the iOS app which lets you track your steps... using just…
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Forget the iPad MorganWhen we saw the photo-realistic iPad drawing of Morgan Freeman we were rightly amazed, it was so good. However, that was on a touchscreen device that seems made to allow creative juices to flow,... especially considering the wealth of superb art apps. That's...
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OneNote for Android updatedMicrosoft is updating its OneNote Android application today, adding some useful features to its note taking app. While OneNote has previously supported simple widgets with quick access to photos,... audio, and new notes, the latest update now includes a recent widget to display recent notes on the home screen. The widget supports recent notes by default, but you can also add pages, sections, or notebooks to the home screen too. Other improvements include a new share button that allows apps like Chrome and RSS readers to simply share links and content directly into a new OneNote. Microsoft has also added in support for the multi-window mode used on some of Samsung’s Galaxy devices, allowing the app to open side-by-side with other Android...
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NSA pwned the iPhone back in 2008

GigaOM - 31 Dec 2013 11:00
NSA pwned the iPhone back inThe NSA developed a tool 6 years ago to let it attack the then-new iPhone, according to documents from that time, revealed on Monday by journalist Jacob Appelbaum and Der Spiegel. The tool,... DROPOUTJEEP, gave the agency “the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device, […]
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Top 5 2014 Predictions

TechPinions - 31 Dec 2013 11:00
The next year promises to bring some critical new changes to the world of devices, the software and services that run on those devices, and the usage of those devices in both commercial and consumer... environments. In this year-end column, ...
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Pocket-lint's favourite tech moments of 2013

Pocket-lint - 31 Dec 2013 11:00
Pocket-lint's favourite techThe year is almost over and we've had an amazing year all round. There have been so many products, especially phones, tablets and other mobile devices in the last 12 months that we've been very busy... bunnies here on Pocket-lint, and we've enjoyed every...
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LG will show off streamlinedThe LG stand at CES is going to be busy, but with lots of kit that's already been announced over the last few days. The latest gadgets announced will be at the show next week in the form of a new... Ultra PC and a Tab-Book 2 hybrid. The new LG Ultra PC...
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The NSA Has Crazy GoodWe already knew that the NSA had developed a taste for intercepting packages to put backdoors in electronics . Now, it turns out that those hacks provide it with almost complete access to the iPhone,... too.
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Apparently, over 200,000 people applied for Mars One's mission to permanently leave Earth -- and while there's room to spare on the Martian plains, moving that many humans off-planet simply isn't... feasible. The outfit culled that initial pool to 1,058 ...
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What's ahead for the internetNext week the internet of things will star at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Ahead of all the hubbub my guest, Chester Pipkin, the CEO of Belkin and I discuss what we're going to see.
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AirServer Adds ScreenI recently scored an awesome second-hand sofa for my office, which means that I can sit back behind my 27-inch iMac and watch TV and movies on the big screen. But I’m used to watching everything on... my iPad, I’ve…
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Apple Is Difficult To WorkWhen your working relationship begins with the company you’re working with making an official complaint about your “unprecedented” bill, you know things are off to a rocky start. Cult of Mac... reported back in late November about Apple’s dealings with…
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If by any chance you forgot that today is the craziest day of the year, you'll be reminded as soon as you open Google's homepage, where a jolly, animated Doodle is doing a disco dance Further down on... the page Google also offers a reminder of how we searched in 2013 with its annual Zeitgeist page, launched a few weeks ago See also: Top 10 Google Search Trends in 2013, According to Google Google has been incredibly active when it comes to Doodles this year; we've seen the regular Google logo so rarely we've almost forgotten what it looks like. Some of the best from last year were a huge interactive Doodle celebrating the first parachute jump, an epic 'Doctor Who' game and an interactive crossword puzzle.
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1Keyboard App: Use Your Mac's1Keyboard looks like a great way to avoid having to spend $100 on Logitech’s K811 Easy Switch keyboard. It’s an app that takes the input from your Mac’s keyboard and sends it to the iDevice of... you choice, and it…
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The Biggest Tech Mishap of 2013?

Slashdot - 31 Dec 2013 10:09
Nerval's Lobster writes "Some high-profile tech initiatives really crashed-and-burned this year. Did BlackBerry executives really think that BlackBerry 10 would spark a miraculous turnaround, or were... they simply going through the motions of promoting it? That's the key question as BlackBerry 10 devices fail to sell. Then there's Facebook's misbegotten attempt at 'skinning' the Android OS with its Home app. Or maybe Healthcare.gov counts as 2013's biggest debacle, with its repeated crashes and glitches and inability to carry out core functions. What do you think was the biggest software or hardware (or both) mishap of the past twelve months?"
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Hottest gadgets for 2014

Pocket-lint - 31 Dec 2013 10:05
Hottest gadgets for 2014The new year is almost upon us and with it comes a cyborg's suitcase full of the gadgets vying for your body. It's the year of wearables, but that doesn't mean smart homes, 4K TV, games, tablets, cars... or laptops are not going to amaze. Here are...
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Where to watch New Year's inOnce again, it's time to watch the ball drop on Time's Square. And if you're not in New York, or not up for waiting in the cold, there are once again a number of options to watch all the action on the... web, on your iPad or on your mobile phone.
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Health behavior researchers have found that fit and healthy young men who participated in high school and college sports were also more likely to be physically active when they reached their 70s.The... study analyzed survey responses from 712 veterans who had fought in World War II and gotten through it in good health without wounding. Before conscription into service, all the American men had been screened for good health and fitness.
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Fungal surface protein promotes host cell

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 10:00
Opportunistic infection of individuals on immunosuppressive therapy are a major problem for patient outcome, despite current prophylactic strategies. While the ability to prevent infection with... well-characterized pathogens has improved, infection by less-known microbes have been on the rise. One such example is the increasing occurrence of mucormycosis, a life-threatening infection caused by Mucorales fungi. A defining characteristic of Mucorales is the ability to invade host cells via interaction with glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) on the surface of endothelial cell.
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In two separate clinical trials, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that periodic meetings with a lactation consultant encourages women traditionally... resistant to breastfeeding to do so, at least for a few months - long enough for mother and child to gain health benefits. The results of the trials were published online in the American Journal of Public Health.
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MRI method for measuring MS progression validated

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 10:00
New imaging research from Western University (London, Canada) has demonstrated that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach called quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) can be an important... tool for diagnosing and tracking the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological diseases. QSM provides a quantitative way to measure myelin content and iron deposition in the brain -important factors in the physiology of MS.
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Patients with the connective tissue disorder Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) are at high risk for aortic aneurysm. LDS results in the presence of missense mutations within either of the genes encoding... receptors for TGF-β. LDS-associated mutations are predicted to reduce TGF-β signaling; however, aortic tissue samples from LDS patients indicate that TGF-β signaling may be enhanced.
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It is understandable that some teenagers may find it difficult to talk to their doctors about sexual health. But new research suggests that around one-third of adolescents who have annual visits with... their physicians do not have conversations about sex or sexuality issues, and that physicians should provide more education and counseling in this area.This is according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
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Insight into epilepsy provided by new research

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 10:00
Experiments using mice have led to new research results showing that the amount of microRNA-128 has a great impact on the musculoskeletal system. If the level of microRNA-128 is increased, it leads to... lower neuron activity and can thereby help reduce uncontrolled movements in connection with epilepsy or Parkinson's disease. MicroRNA-128 can similarly be decreased to boost the neuron activity.
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Patients are more likely to take chronic medications when they meet monthly with pharmacists to coordinate medication schedules and treatments, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University... study.The study, published in the November/December issue of The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA®), described how patient adherence and persistence with chronic medications can be improved by allowing patients to meet with a pharmacist to solve medication-related problems and synchronize prescriptions to be dispensed on a single day of the month.
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The decreased vision loss that accompanies age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is associated with abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye. Frequencies of AMD development are different among racial... backgrounds, with occurrence of AMD highest among individuals of mixed European decent. Furthermore, other diseases associated with dysfunctional neovascularization occur at different frequencies depending on racial background, suggesting a connection between pigmentation and susceptibility to angiogenic disease.
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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a new way to regulate the production of phenols, a class of plant products with a wide range of... applications for humans. These compounds serve as an important source of flavors, fragrances, and pigments; some are of interest for their possible health-promoting effects; and through their contribution to the construction of plant cell walls, (poly)phenols are the major factor influencing how easy it is to convert biomass to biofuels.
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Women who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at increased risk of losing their baby in its first year of life, according to a new study by researchers in the University of Maryland School... of Public Health (UMD SPH). This study examined the relationship between gestational weight gain, mothers' body mass index (BMI) before and during pregnancy, and infant mortality rates.
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An unfortunate side effect of the platinum-chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin is the development of neurotoxicity, which can adversely affect a patient's quality of life; therefore, the benefit of... oxaliplatin-based therapy must be balanced with prevention of neuropathies. Currently, there are no therapeutic interventions available to relieve oxaliplatin-associated neurological symptoms, which are thought to be a result of reactive oxygen species-associated damage.
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Polyphenols found in tea manifest anti-cancer effects but their use is limited by poor bioavailability and disagreeable taste. A new study in the Journal of Dairy Science® finds that when... epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the major extractable polyphenol in green tea and the most biologically active, when diluted in skim milk or other milk complexes remains bioactive and continues to reduce colon cancer cell proliferation in culture at concentrations higher than 0.03 mg of EGCG/mL.
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The study presents the first description of a set of related nuceleotide sequences essential for the role of these small molecules in intercellular communication.The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) is... fundamental for the correct moment-to-moment adjustment in the expression of target genes.
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Women's perceptions of what is considered normal and desirable female genitalia may be influenced by exposure to modified images, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of... Obstetrics and Gynaecology.Requests for labiaplasty (reducing and making the labia minora symmetrical) has become the most widely performed female genital cosmetic procedure covered by the NHS over the past decade, increasing five-fold between 2001 and 2010.
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The body and copper

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 10:00
New research from Aarhus University provides deeper insight into causes of serious diseases involving copper metabolism. Mapping the mechanism that regulates the transport of copper across the cell... membrane and out of the body's cells actually provides a new understanding of conditions related to chronic imbalance in the body's level of copper.Copper is a heavy metal that is essential for a number of the body's vital functions, but harmful in excessive amounts. Human health therefore depends on the body's ability to regulate the level of copper in the cells.
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A possible new method for treating pancreatic cancer which enables the body's immune system to attack and kill cancer cells has been developed by researchers.The method uses a drug which breaks down... the protective barrier surrounding pancreatic cancer tumours, enabling cancer-attacking T cells to get through. The drug is used in combination with an antibody that blocks a second target, which improves the activity of these T cells.
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5 things to expect in social in 2014

CNET - 31 Dec 2013 10:00
Less will be the new more in a year that will be defined by single-purpose social apps for each of your singular desires.
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New generation visual browser of the epigenome

Medical News Today - 31 Dec 2013 10:00
This is a software application that provides easily interpretable maps from which to analyse and understand the immense volume of epigenetic and genetic data available.The work is the fruit of... collaboration between biostatisticians, biocomputational researchers and molecular biologist at IRB Barcelona. The capacity of ChroGPS is described in an article in Nucleic Acids Research.
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University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientists have developed a potential cure for a rare eye disease, showing for the first time that a drug can repair a birth defect.They... formulated the drug Ataluren into eye drops, and found that it consistently restored normal vision in mice who had aniridia (ANN-uh-ridee- uh), a condition that severely limits the vision of about 5,000 people in North America. A small clinical trial with children and teens is expected to begin next year in Vancouver, the U.S. and the U.K.
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Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia say they have discovered that a gene called mec-17 has the ability to protect against adult-onset progressive nerve degeneration. This is... according to a study published in the journal Cell Reports.The research team, led by Dr. Brent Neumann of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland, say their discovery may one day lead to a cure for a number of neurodegenerative diseases, such as motor neuron disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and Alzheimer's disease.
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Two new studies now yield new insights into the molecular mechanisms that underlie the learning process.Learning and memory are made possible by the incessant reorganization of nerve connections in... the brain. Both processes are based on targeted modifications of the functional interfaces between nerve cells - the so-called synapses - which alter their form, molecular composition and functional properties. In effect, connections between cells that are frequently co-activated together are progressively altered so that they respond to subsequent signals more rapidly and more strongly.
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The UK parliament will vote on a novel form of IVF that allows women with mitochondrial mutations to have a child without fear of passing on disease     
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A new antibody could dramatically boost strength and muscle mass in patients with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sporadic inclusion body myositis, and in elderly patients with... sarcopenia according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology."Age-related loss of muscle mass is a major contributing factor to falls, broken bones, and the loss of mobility," says co-corresponding author David Glass of Novartis, Cambridge, MA, one of the compound's developers, along with first author Estelle Trifilieff, also of Novartis.
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Over the last few decades, mangrove forests have been expanding northward along Florida's Atlantic coast as cold snaps in the state, in the southeastern part of the U.S., have decreased significantly... in frequency, a new study reveals, raising concerns about the speed and scale at which climate change has affected crucial ecosystems.
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