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3 Jan 2014 - United States
NSA eyes encryption-breakingThe US National Security Agency is making strides toward building a "quantum computer" that could break nearly any kind of encryption, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
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NSA scandal has spawned an"A crypto war is coming to your pocket," The Wall Street Journal says in a new report detailing the spy-proof smartphone initiatives of several security companies that have reacted to the many reports... detailing the NSA's worldwide spying operations by creating new, supposedly secure products for companies and government employees. In France, two companies are working on Android devices that should be more secure to spying attacks than the average mobile offerings found in carrier stores. Bull SA is shipping the Hoox m2 smartphone for €2,000 ($2,760), a smartphone running a re-engineered Android version to "resist hacking and encrypt calls." The following video further details the Hoox m2, a device that employs a fingerprint sensor. Thales SA is taking a
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Shure's New Cheap Earbuds WillShure is one of the oldest players in the earbud game--the company accidentally helped invent the category in the 90s whilst designing in-ear stage monitors for musicians. The company's stuff sounds... fantastic, and now with it's new SE112, they'll cost just a couple bucks more than the unfortunate buds that ship with your phone .
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[From In-Car Tech] AudioControl to Launch the New DQDX Sound Processor with Signal Delay at CES
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[From GadgeTell] YouTube will be demonstrating what 4K video streaming is about. Let's wait and see how YouTube will bring 4K streaming to the masses.
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Turn a Raspberry Pi Into aOne of the more clever types of alarm clocks is the sunrise alarm, which turns on a light in the morning and gradually gets brighter to help wake you up. You can even make your own with a Raspberry... Pi.
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With reports appeared to lend credence to the theory that the next Galaxy flagship smartphone is just around the corner, we round up the latest batch of rumours and sort the wheat from the chaff.
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$7,800 Camera Stabilizer MightWould you pay $7,800 for a suitcase full of carbon fiber and aluminum tubes? No, me neither, but clearly somebody will, or Shadowcam wouldn’t be hawking its crazily-priced S–5 camera stabilizer, a... three-axis gimbal rig that would keep your shots…
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Facebook faces lawsuit forFacebook has been accused of intercepting private messages of its users to provide data to marketers, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in California. The social networking... company scanned plaintiffs' private messages containing URLs (uniform resource locators) and searched the website identified in the URL for "purposes including but not limited to data mining and user profiling," according to the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The company does not engage in the practice to facilitate the transmission of users' communications via Facebook, but to enable it to mine user data and profit by sharing the data with third parties such as advertisers, marketers, and other data aggregators, the complaint said. Facebook is...
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Snapchat, the red-hot private messaging service, said on Thursday that it knew for months about a security loophole that allowed hackers this week to harvest millions of phone numbers and announced... changes to its systems. Assholes.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Apple To Release 4.7″We have been hearing the rumors that later this year, Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone with a much larger display, specifically that of the 4.7" display, and another of the 5.7" display. Well... according to a recent report published in China, multiple Foxconn insiders have apparently revealed that both these device display rumors are indeed true, although given that this is hardly official information, do take it with a grain of salt for now. The insiders have also revealed that both these alleged iPhone models will also come with a biometric sensor which we can only assume they are referring to Touch ID, Apple's latest iPhone feature that recently made its way into the iPhone 5s. It was only back in 2012 that Apple finally increased the size of its iPhone displays with the iPhone 5...
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Tired of reaching into your pocket just to lock your car's doors? You won't have to when Hyundai rolls out the 2015 Genesis sedan next year. The automaker plans to launch a Blue Link app for Google... Glass that offers Genesis owners the same remote ...
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European Trademark Office SaysPinterest raised a $225 million round in October 2013 to help fuel its international expansion, but a recent ruling in Europe could prove to be a hiccup in that strategy. The U.S.-based social... networking site has lost a challenge it made to claim the Pinterest trademark in the region, with a European trademark court ruling in favor of the current owner, a London-based social news aggregation startup called Premium Interest and its founder Alex Hearn.
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Razer has launched four new headphones and earbuds, all of them falling in the Adaro series of products. With this roll out comes the Adaro In-Ear Analog earphones, the Stereo …
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VapeCube, The ModifiedVaping is a pretty popular activity these days and is used by cigarette smokers as a way to kick the habit. Given that vapers have the choice of not adding nicotine in their mixes, it is also a fun... past time for non-smokers to get in on as well. Of course there is debate over potential health and safety concerns of vaping, but that's a debate for another time. Now you guys might recall that not too long ago, a certain vape mod was making its rounds on the internet and what mad it so unique was the fact that it was made out of a modified GameCube console, which was dubbed the VapeCube and was put together by Nebula. The mod allows for up to four pipes to be attached to it at once, meaning that this looks like a great addition to parties and for friends to come together, enjoy a vape...
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Gorgeous glass sculptures letViruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to... viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed under a microscope, there's plenty of room left open when deciding how to illustrate them. Since 2004, Jerram has been turning viruses and other pathogens into stunning glass sculptures that are just as eerie as they are beautiful as part of an ongoing series titled "Glass Microbiology." He chooses some of the most feared and deadly subjects out there too, making chilling portraits of everything from HIV to malaria. Of course, creating...
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Meet Coinye West, theWhen Kanye West wrote the lyric, "I'm chilling, trying to stack these millions," he probably did not mean digital currency. But a new technology might give him pause, or at least have him scratching... his head. In a sign that the frenzy over Bitcoin may have reached a new level of ridiculousness, there is now another phenomenon inspired by it: Coinye West, named after the American hip hop artist. Bitcoin is a new online technology designed as a currency to enable anonymous transactions over the Internet with little or no fees. Bitcoin mining involves pooling together the resources of computers over a network to solve mathematical problems that, theoretically, generate bitcoins as a reward. The software supporting the system is open source, so it has already spawned a number of alternative...
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Uber's Denial Of Liability InA six-year old girl named Sophia Liu was tragically killed last night when an SUV driver confirmed to be an Uber-contracted driver struck her in a San Francisco crosswalk. Uber has essentially denied... liability, noting in a statement that "this tragedy did not involve a vehicle or provider doing a trip on the Uber system". Uber's insurance does not cover drivers between rides, but the accident raises questions of whether it should.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LiteSamsung has never been shy about launching multiple versions of its handsets, as we have seen in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which spawned different variants like the Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy... S4 Zoom, and the Galaxy S4 mini, which is why it is not surprising to learn that Samsung could be doing the same with its Galaxy Note 3 as well in the form of the Galaxy Note 3 Lite. The handset has been rumored to have entered production and is apparently scheduled for launch at MWC 2014, and according to the latest reports, it seems that the device's specs might have inadvertently leaked thanks to a sighting on Samsung's website. The specifications have been found hidden in the code of Samsung’s website and assuming that these are indeed the final specs for the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Lite,...
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The latest NSA leak describes DEITYBOUNCE, a tool for flashing malicious BIOS on Dell servers. The doc is from 2007 and such attacks would be much harder now.
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Alicia Keys And BlackBerry To Part Ways

Ubergizmo - 3 Jan 2014 01:49
Alicia Keys And BlackBerry ToWhat do you guys think of celebrities endorsing tech-related products? Well if you are a fan of Alicia Keys and if you jumped aboard the BlackBerry bandwagon because of her position as Global Creative... Director, you might be disappointed to learn that Keys will be officially stepping down from her role come January 30th 3014, which is exactly a year from when she began with the launch of BlackBerry 10 back in 2013. It is unclear why she is stepping down, perhaps it could be due to the new direction that BlackBerry is headed, or it could be due to scheduling conflicts, but either way her role will be coming to an end. Some have speculated that it might be a conflict due to what she thought her role might be. According to sources, Keys wanted a more operations oriented role, as opposed to a...
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Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, IsThe first shipping bitcoin ATM, Robocoin, is landing in Hong Kong and Taiwan as the company expands its reach this January. They are planning further releases in Europe, Canada, and the US but, given... Asia's clout in the BTC markets, this is definitely an interesting development. The first Robocoin landed in Vancouver where it's been a big hit and we wanted to see how things have been going for the company since launch in October.
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Snapchat to offer security fixSnapchat said today it would alter its app to make it harder for malicious users to collect and leak millions of usernames connected to phone numbers. The move comes after a group calling itself... SnapchatDB rang in the New Year by leaking 4.6 million partially redacted phone numbers, in a stunt they said was designed to raise awareness about security flaws in Snapchat's app. The leak was made possible by the app's Find Friends feature, which lets users find any friend who has shared a phone number with the service. SnapchatDB used the feature to upload a huge volume of phone numbers to the service to discover Snapchat accounts linked to them, and created a searchable database of the results. "We will be releasing an updated version of...
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Microsoft Quietly UpgradesPlanning on getting your hands on a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet? Well you might want to hold off on doing so just yet, at least for a week or two because according to reports, it seems that... Microsoft has quietly upgraded the CPU of the Surface Pro 2 tablet, giving it a bump in clock speed as well in terms of features, which oddly enough the company did not announce. Then again we guess many original Surface Pro 2 owners might not be pleased to hear that Microsoft is now selling an improved version while they're running an "older" model. So what are the changes that Microsoft made? Currently the Surface Pro 2 sports a Intel i5-4200U chipset clocked at 1.6GHz. The new Surface Pro 2 models run an Intel i5-4300U chipset clocked at a speedier 1.9GHz, which also includes Intel's Trusted...
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The Finest Swiss WatchmakingMost men don't pay enough attention to one of the most important parts of their wardrobe: their belt buckle. A plummeting pair of trousers can be far more than just embarrassing, so why trust a hole... punched in a leather strap when Roland Iten has created a belt buckle that's been engineered to hold strong using Swiss watchmaking techniques.
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Which Is Better: Debit Cards or Credit Cards?

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 00:30
Which Is Better: Debit CardsCredit and debit cards both have advantages and financial experts often disagree about which is best. We're interested in hearing your opinion. And make it count, because we'll be posting a follow-up... article next week with the best arguments on both sides.
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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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As people's waistlines increase, so does the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Now scientists have a better understanding of exactly what happens in the body that leads up to type 2 diabetes, and what... likely causes some of the complications related to the disease. Specifically, scientists have found that in mice, macrophages, a specific type of immune cell, invade the diabetic pancreatic tissue during the early stages of the disease.
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According to state-of-the art theory, a warp drive could cut the travel time between stars from tens of thousands of years to weeks or months. Harold G. White, a physicist and advanced propulsion... engineer at NASA and other NASA engineers...
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After a group of 74 passengers and crew members were stranded on an ice-bound ship in Antarctic waters for more than a week, the 52 passengers aboard the Russian research vessel were lifted to safety... on Thursday. A Chinese helicopter transported them from the stranded MV Akademik Shokalskiy to the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis Initial rescue attempts over the weekend by the Chinese icebreaker MV Xue Long and the Aurora Australis were unsuccessful because the ice was too thick. Harsh weather conditions grounded the Xue Long's helicopter for several more days, before the rescue could be successfully executed
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Wow! iPhone 5s now just $125Christmas might be over but sales from big box retailers are still going strong. December is always a huge month for smartphone sales but those who decide to sit out the holiday shopping season are... often rewarded with some surprisingly deep discounts. Among the more notable sales of these first few days of the new year is one from Best Buy, which offers post-holiday shoppers a brand new 16GB iPhone 5s for just $124.99 with a two-year contract, which is $74 off of the phone’s standard retail price. CNET notes that the sale only applies to iPhone 5s models for Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint. Also of note, Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5c is still available from Best Buy for free on a
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If the NSA succeeds in building a quantum computer, what might the agency use it for and how could citizens preserve their privacy?     
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BlackBerry Files LawsuitBlackBerry has today filed a lawsuit against startup Typo Keyboards, which is backed by Ryan Seacrest. The company alleges that Typo copied BlackBerry’s patented and “iconic” keyboard design.... “We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, but we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using our intellectual property and our technological innovations,” Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, said in a statement today. Seacrest invested $1M in the accessory, which encloses an iPhone in a case with a keyboard attached to the bottom half. The keyboard covers the iPhone’s home button but offers an alternate home button on the bottom right corner. BlackBerry says that the Typo Keyboard violates...
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Looking for a great scanner for your documents? Don't bother with the clunky, heavy machines of yesteryear--instead, head over to the App Store and download Readdle's wonderful ScannerPro app. It's... the free iOS app of the week (and of 2014), and it's a must-download if you if ever need to use a scanner to send off a few documents. Usually, the app costs around $6.99 to download. It's been available for sale off and on since its first appearance on the App Store in 2011, but this week marks the first time that it's been available for free. Using your iPhone or iPad's camera, you can use it as a scanner for receipts, contracts, and countless other associated documents. Best of all? It stores all your apps in the cloud for easy download at a later date. It's important to understand that it's...
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According to the observation commonly attributed to Mark Twain, "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." That adage, according to Brookings Institute researchers and authors Peter W. Singer... and Allan Friedman, applies to cyberspace, which we tend to mistakenly think of as unique and unprecedented, bringing new problems that require a whole new set of solutions In their new book released Friday, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, Singer and Friedman tackle issues that are as popular as they are poorly understood. See also: Who Wins in the Battle for Power on the Internet?
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Solar-Powered Ford Aims to Drive Off-Grid

Scientific American - 3 Jan 2014 20:04
The automaker is set to unveil a concept car that tracks the sun's movement and rolls back and forth for optimal exposure and faster charging. Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Solar-powered... --...
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We get hands-on time with the handheld Inferno and Lunar lasers, two powerful beams that can be used for all kinds of tricks.
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Listen, as excited as I was to be turned into a Star Trek character, my heart has always belonged in a galaxy far, far away. So, naturally, I'm a bit excited by this morning's news that the latest... company to be vacuumed up by 3D Systems is a modeling ...
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Decade-Old Rover AdventureNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: Landings of NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity 10 years ago inspired some students to pursue careers that put them on the team still operating... one of those long-lived rovers.
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Using texts to inform people of major decisions is full of dangers, as the organizer's of the US Olympic hockey team just found out.
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Movies we hope don't suck 2014 edition

Digital Trends - 3 Jan 2014 20:01
Movies we hope don't suck 2014We look forward to the upcoming movies of 2014 that we hope don't suck, because if they do, there will be bigger consequences than a box office flop. In part one we look at the movies coming between... January and April. The post Movies we hope don't suck 2014 edition appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What King Tut's mummifiedEgypt's King Tutankhamun was embalmed in an unusual way, including having his penis mummified at a 90-degree angle, in an effort to combat a religious revolution unleashed by his father, a new study... suggests.
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Is Frozen Produce Less Nutritious than Fresh?

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 20:00
Is Frozen Produce LessDear Lifehacker,With winter setting in, I've been tempted to use frozen veggies and fruits in my meals. Are these less nutritious than fresh produce?
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Weird Bowls Made UsingIf you're ranking fun things to put in a balloon, helium probably tops the list, followed probably by water and then plain old human huffin' and puffin'. But a fascinating thing happens when dry rice... is poured into a balloon and all the air is sucked out: welcome to your new favorite filler.
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We're Buying More PC GamesAs another Steam Holiday Sale comes to a close, I have spent roughly $100 to purchase 22 games. In the past 2 months I have picked up 3 Humble Bundles. Not a month ago I spent around $50 on 11 games... in the Steam Fall Sale. By the time the next Steam Holiday Sale rolls into town I will be lucky if I have played half of these games. I have a problem. I am a Compulsive Collector. And after 1,400 gamers took my recent survey on their game-buying habits, I know that I am not alone.
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Senior Tech: My 2014 Help List For Dad

ReadWrite - 3 Jan 2014 20:00
Senior Tech: My 2014 Help ListSome people have resolutions for the New Year. I have a to-do list. The top priority? Helping my aging father with his technology. Senior citizens often battle isolation and loneliness, and computers... and mobile devices can act like lifelines. Knowing this, I wasn't about to let my dad down.  But helping him with technology can be a daunting task. Software changes, cloud services come and go, and hardware becomes obsolete, sometimes within mere months of purchase. In other words, just when older folks get comfortable with a device or program, it goes away and they have to get used to something else completely. Younger users may love the exciting ride in innovation's fast lane, but the constant shifts often cause technological whiplash for the elderly.  This is certainly true for my dad. I...
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Divoom Bluetune-Bean is aThe Divoom Bluetune-Bean is small, rechargeable Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone that is easy to hand-carry or pop into a purse. It's a bit too bulky for most pockets though, unless you wear cargo... pants with pockets on the legs. The device is a ...
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Nerval's Lobster writes "Researchers at the University of Tokyo have published a paper and video describing a technique that is explicitly not an anti-gravity system, and doesn't pretend to be, but... looks very much like one. 'The essence of levitation is the countervailing of gravity,' according to the provocative opening of a paper published Dec. 14 on the Cornell University science-publishing site arXiv.org that describes a way to not only raise an object into the air, but maneuver it in three dimensions using only standing waves of ultrasound. Since the mid-1970s, researchers have been able to levitate small objects using focused beams of high-frequency sound that bounce off a flat surface and create a wave of pressure that pushes the object into the air. But they couldn't cause an...
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Despite settings to the contrary, plaintext messages stored on IMAP servers.
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BBM for Android beta bringsIf you're using the BBM messaging client on Android, go to the BlackBerry Beta Zone. BlackBerry has a private beta available that brings BBM Channels and Voice support. The new beta will allow you to... experience social, connected discussions and free...
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One of Kickstarter's biggest projects shows the fruits of its labor with an official trailer.
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[From GamerTell] A DDoS attack has made access to EA's Origin service and playing Battlefield 4 multiplayer impossible.
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[From GadgeTell] Amped Wireless Unveils New Wi-Fi Family at CES 2014
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Vimeo lawsuit could decide onAn ongoing legal fight between major record labels and video hoster Vimeo could finally decide whether internet users have the right to record lib dub videos of popular songs, according to the... Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit against Vimeo is heading to appellate review, and one of […]
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CES Scorecard: the biggestLove it or hate it, the annual International CES is the way the year begins for many people in the consumer electronics industry. Next week in Las Vegas, companies will present their vision of things... to come, some of it grounded in fact and some pure speculation. For all the solid technology on show, there's an equal amount of "throw it out and see what sticks" gadgets and gizmos. Here's a look at some of the highest profile technologies of CES 2013 that didn't quite live up to the dream or at least not yet. OLED 4K televisions
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: WesternTake a few minutes out of your lunch to cash in on some tasty deals! Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and subscribe... to the new Safari push notifications feature. Today’s can’t miss deals: Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB portable USB 3.0 […]
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How to preview PDFs in Windows Explorer

PC World - 3 Jan 2014 19:49
How to preview PDFs in WindowsWindows Explorer displayed .pdf files as preview thumbnails on Zill Niazi's old Windows 7 laptop. But on a new laptop, also running Windows 7, it displays them only as icons. Can this be fixed? I'm... going to guess that your older computer--the one that previewed .pdfs--ran the 32-bit version of Windows 7, and that your new one, with its more powerful processor, uses the 64-bit version. In its 32-bit incarnation, Windows 7 supports .pdf previews, but not in the "improved," 64-bit product. Why? If I could read Microsoft's corporate mind I'd...well, I'd probably suffer a nervous breakdown. [Email your tech questions to answer@pcworld.com.]
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Apple has begun shipping custom configured Mac Pro units to customers according to MacRumors Forum members, some two weeks after stock configurations began arriving just before Christmas. According to... several posters on the MacRumors forums, a number of custom configured models have seen their order status change to "Preparing for Shipping", which typically happens one day before an actual shipment. A couple have even seen their machines actually ship, with some expected to arrive as soon as today. Stock configurations ordered early on launch day have been shipping more consistently, while custom orders have seen longer delays. Separately, Electronista reported earlier this week that Apple may not have sufficient Mac Pro units to stock its Apple Stores until March or April. Currently,...
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11 Visions of The Future That Were Utterly Wrong

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 19:48
11 Visions of The Future ThatAs we set our sights on the coming year, the Interwebs are buzzing with predictions of future tech trends, new economic tidings and the biggest fashion trends you haven't heard of yet. While it's fun... to make predictions, even the wisest experts have to rely partially on conjecture. This often yields hilariously inaccurate guesses, which leads us to these 11 visions of the future that were woefully wrong: 1. Helicopters! For everybody! The proletariat approach to helicopters In a January 1951 Mechanix Illustrated article, Frank Tinsley foresaw a future of cheap transportation, via personal helicopters. Unfortunately, only Bond villains believed him, which is why you've never gotten stuck in rush-hour air traffic on your way to work. 2. Underwater Cities You could have lived in underwater a...
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Surface Pro 2 firmware updateAccording to one forum post on the official Microsoft forums, Redmond will release a new firmware update for their Surface Pro 2 slate less than a couple of weeks from now.
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'Swear Jar' Might Help YouSwear Jar — Lifestyle — Free In these troubled economic times, we don’t really have the luxury of putting real coins into a jar every time we drop a bomb in front of Grandma. Luckily, we have... Swear Jar, a…
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[From GadgeTell] Polaroid released three Android tablets that are guaranteed to be affordable: the Q7, Q8, and the Q10 (7-, 8-, and 10.1-incher).
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 3 Jan 2014 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: a land of make-believe, buying clothes online that fit, charging gadgets on the go, a wrinkly planet and more     
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The other half of the United States is still there, but you might not know it from this NASA satellite image. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center uploaded the picture to Flickr and shared it on one of... the agency's Twitter accounts Friday morning. The true-color image shows a winter storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast. See also: 20 Reliable Sources to Follow for Winter Storm News Anyone wake up & have a little bit of this on their yard? - Massive storm seen from space ://t.co/BVdGB3OegA pic.twitter.com/1Pk27kx2CR — NASA Goddard Images (@NASA_GoddardPix) January 3, 2014
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Time Travelers Aren't UsingGiven the option to travel back in time, most people generally would generally commit some combination of lottery fraud, evil dictator slaying, and othewise trying to avoid disrupting the spacetime... continuum. For the sake of science, though, two physicists are hoping that, no matter what you do, you at least find some time to tweet--so they can find you.
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DayZ alpha surpasses 400,000 sales in week one

Digital Trends - 3 Jan 2014 19:40
DayZ alpha surpasses 400,000The Steam Early Access version of DayZ, Bohemia Interactive's persistent online open world zombie game adapted from a popular ArmA 2 mod, rises past 400,000 sales during its first week of release. The... post DayZ alpha surpasses 400,000 sales in week one appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What Does Apple's 'Misunderstood' Advertisement Mean?

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 19:39
What Does Apple's"In its latest ad, with an 'if you can't beat em, join 'em' message, Apple isn't carving aspirational ground, it's caving to people's vices," Jennifer Rooney declares. She's talking about... "Misunderstood," the Apple Christmas commercial that's become a kind of Rorschach test: Everyone seems to find their own moral from it. If you haven't seen it, here it is: It focuses on a teenage boy who's going with his family to the grandparents' house (they live just outside Thornton Wildertown, near Walden Pond, by the looks of things) for Christmas. Families gather, cousins go skating, snowmen are built, the tree is decorated, dinner made -- and the teen seems focused on his phone. Then, on Christmas Day, he plays the video he's been shooting. He hasn't been disengaged; he's been watching the whole...
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Anki Drive, the iOS-controlled AI-based racing game that first debuted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, got a major app update today, adding new weapons, support items, and a new upgrade... system. Following the update, there are a total of 20 upgrades that can be used to customize cars, in categories like Combat, Chassis, Engine, and Energy Systems. The Anki Cars, which are largely self-operating and steer by themselves via Bluetooth, can be upgraded with different abilities and statistics that make each car unique. Additional weapons have been added as well, such as the EMP, which is used by the player to shoot other cars as they race along the track. There are two new support items, the Reverse Drive and the Kinetic Brake, which allow users to do a 180 degree turn or come to a...
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 vsWhen Samsung first unveiled its Galaxy Camera, packing in the Android OS and 4G LTE connectivity, it was ground breaking. Now it's upgraded that snapper with the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. But can the... new model hope to have as much effect on the market...
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High-tech sleeve helps hoopsters

CNN - 3 Jan 2014 19:35
New wearable technology could help basketball players improve their shooting skills.
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Major Blizzard Visible from Space

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 19:35
Major Blizzard Visible fromNASA satellite imagery has captured the enormity of the first snowstorm of 2014.
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[From GamerTell] Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics can't be purchased from GOG.com or Steam at the moment, but should be returning soon.
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In an early indication of lay opinions on research with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are stem cells made from skin or other tissues, a new study by bioethicists at Johns Hopkins... University indicates that despite some ethical concerns, patients give the research "broad endorsement."
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If real Doctor Whos are out there, they may have left traces of their feats online. Two researchers went looking for their time-traveling trails.
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The Hunting: Part 3 Is A StepInteractive zombie film series The Hunting is back with its third installment, which has you continuing to make life-threatening choices and furiously tapping on your screen to run and fight off... crazed undead who want to put the nom on…
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The Secret to Perfect Steak:In our never-ending quest for steak perfection, we found one more trick to add to your cooking technique. It comes from esteemed food genius Harold McGee, who says you should make sure the steaks are... warm before you cook them.
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Engadget's CES 2014 preview

Engadget - 3 Jan 2014 19:30
CES isn't what it used to be. That's a mantra we've heard year after year. With major players like Google, Apple and Microsoft choosing to throw their own lavish product launches and specialized... events like Mobile World Congress vying for our ...
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Apple Says It's Fine To UseApple’s new Mac Pro is quite the work of art. It might look like a trash can at first glance, but when you stop and think about everything Apple packed into its new high-end machine, you can’t... help but admire…
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Netflix Adds New TV Shows In January 2014

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 19:26
Netflix Adds New TV Shows InMany beloved TV shows and movies expired from Netflix on Jan. 1, but have no fear, TV fans. In addition to 26 new movies, Netflix has six new shows available to stream in the New Year. If you're stuck... inside due to a snow day or you've been dying to relive the letdown of "Dexter" Seasons 5-8, this list is perfect for you. Dexter (Season 5-8) Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 1) Murder, She Wrote (Seasons 1-12) Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Season 2) -- Available Jan. 5 The Lying Game (Season 2) -- Available Jan. 8 Turbo FAST (Season 1)
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China's Moon Rover and LanderChina's first moon lander and rover have been spotted on the lunar surface by a sharp-shooting NASA spacecraft. In the new NASA images, the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover are clearly visible in... photos by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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T-Mobile CEO's 2014T-Mobile’s chief executive John Legere is known to be bold and boisterous, and it looks like he has no plans to quiet down in 2014 -- provided Sprint’s upcoming potential bid to acquire T-Mobile... doesn’t sideline the CEO’s big plans for the new year. In 2013, Legere sought to shake up the wireless industry in the United States, and fans and critics can both likely agree he did just that. T-Mobile’s various “Uncarrier” initiatives set the company’s chief rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless scrambling to catch up despite each being more than twice as large as T-Mobile in terms of subscriber count. Now that 2013 is behind us and Legere has managed to make T-Mobile the most important carrier in America,
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USDA May Deregulate Corn AndMILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many... farmers but worrisome to scientists and environmentalists who fear it could invite growers to use more chemicals on crops. The herbicide known as 2,4-D has had limited use in corn and soybean farming because it becomes toxic to the plants early in their growth. The new seeds would allow farmers to use the weed killer throughout the plants' lives. Farmers have been eager for a new generation of herbicide-resistant seeds because of the prevalence of weeds that have become immune to Monsanto's Roundup. But skeptics are concerned use of the new seeds and 2,4-D will only lead to similar problems...
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Earlier this week, Universe Today challenged North American readers to spot the slender, exceptionally “young” crescent Moon on the evening of New Year's Day. Three visual athletes based in... Arizona took up the challenge on Wednesday evening, with amazing results. (...)Read the rest of Ultra-Thin “Young” Crescent Moon Sighted from U.S. Southwest (989 words) © […]
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Earth-Friendly Packaging MadeThe typical packing plastic that comes with most consumer gadgets is far from environmentally friendly, but an innovative company has created a new mushroom based material that can be thrown in your... garden instead of the garbage.
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Coca-Cola Omits Gay WeddingCoca-Coca included a gay wedding in its new ad, but perhaps it got cold feet: The soda giant omitted the scene in a version for Ireland. The "Reasons To Believe" spot seen in the Netherlands, Norway... and the United Kingdom (watch above) features feel-good moments, including two men posing for the cameras at their wedding. But the ad running in Ireland (watch below) replaced the snippet with the heterosexual nuptials of an interracial pair. Some Twitter users found the edit nothing to celebrate. "Not cool Coca-Cola Ireland!," Dublin Pride 2013 admonished. "Really Coca-Cola, Ireland is the only country in Europe that can't deal with pictures of a guy marriage? Really," Helena Stone wrote. The comments section of Coca-Cola's YouTube postings of the ads were disabled. A Coca-Cola representative...
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As temperatures drop, 'Madden'For the NFL Wildcard playoff games, Madden is picking in favor of teams used to playing in cold weather, as well as teams that have LeSean McCoy on their rosters. The post As temperatures drop,... ‘Madden’ forecasts Playoff victory for cold-blooded teams appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Steam gaming portal left forSteam, Valve's PC gaming haven, was unavailable to users Friday morning after the site fell victim to a reported distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Two Twitter users claimed responsibility... for Steam's service outages, saying they used a botnet to overwhelm Steam's servers with traffic. The outage comes on the last day of Steam's holiday sale that began on December 19 and ends at 1 PM Eastern/ 10 AM Pacific Friday. For the final hours of the sale, Steam was offering the most popular deals from the 15 day holiday sale. Steam was definitely struggling to stay online Friday morning. At this writing (11 AM Eastern) the Steam support and community sites were unavailable via a Web browser or the Steam desktop client. (Editor's note: As of noon E.T., Steam appears to be working fine.) No...
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GM's RFID Engine Bolts PreventThreaded fasteners haven't changed drastically since they were invented ages ago. But now, General Motors has put RFID tags in the bolts used on engine assembly lines, turning simple hardware into... tracking devices that make sure everything gets assembled properly. That bolt's got a (2kb) brain!
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An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian takes the UK government's internet porn filter to task by pointing out how absurd the opt-out process is: 'Picture the scene. You're pottering about on the... internet, perhaps idly looking up cake recipes, or videos of puppies learning to howl. Then the phone rings. It's your internet service provider. Actually, it's a nice lady in a telesales warehouse somewhere, employed on behalf of your service provider; let's call her Linda. Linda is calling because, thanks to David Cameron's "porn filter", you now have an "unavoidable choice", as one of 20 million British households with a broadband connection, over whether to opt in to view certain content. Linda wants to know – do you want to be able to see hardcore pornography? How about information on...
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[From In-Car Tech] VW to Receive World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development
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Five trends to watch at CES

CNN - 3 Jan 2014 19:12
At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, the televisions will be bigger, the watches smarter and more attractive, and the homes and cars more connected.
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Among Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, female, black, and Asian patients are substantially less likely to receive proven deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to improve tremors and motor symptoms,... according to a new report, which identified considerable disparities among Medicare recipients receiving DBS for Parkinson's disease.
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In the battle of the smart bulbs, it would appear that the Lumen TL800 is about to be a big contender starting here in 2014. There's been little damage done …
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Dogs have a scientific way of going to the bathroom. A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, found that some dog breeds align themselves with the Earth's magnetic field when they... go to the bathroom.
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The tech infrastructure of the city hints at the varied diets of the people of the Roman empire.     
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Mark Zuckerberg had a very good 2013. The Facebook cofounder and CEO's net worth increased by $12.4 billion last year, the largest gain of any current tech exec, not counting Bill Gates, according to... data released this week from Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Zuckerberg is currently worth more than $24.5 billion. See also: Report: 2013 Had the Most Internet IPOs Since 2000 That increase in his net worth was driven by Facebook's stock, which doubled for the year. Facebook stock started the year at $27.44 a share and ended at $54.65, thanks to renewed optimism for the company's ability to monetize on mobile and growing confidence in the social space in general.
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Microsoft upgrades Surface ProYou would think that Microsoft would at least make some sort of announcement about a significant upgrade to its Surface Pro 2 tablet. Instead, they remained mum after swapping out the existing CPU for... a newer one. The post Microsoft upgrades Surface Pro 2 tablet’s CPU with nary a peep of an announcement appeared first on Digital Trends.
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People are doing more with their smartphones today, but I also see more people looking for dedicated devices to serve important roles in their life. One role is vehicle navigation and TomTom will soon... have new offerings starting as low as $149.
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[From GamerTell] Farsight Studios sees 2014 as a big year for their hit Pinball Arcade with season three of tables releasing over the next nine months.
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Ford is upgrading 3.4M olderFord's smartphone centric approach to the connected car is paying off. By relying on the handset to deliver the data link and run infotainment apps, Ford is able to retroactively connect millions of... unconnected cars.
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A novel breast-cancer therapy that partially reverses the cancerous state in cultured breast tumor cells and prevents cancer development in mice, could one day provide a new way to treat early stages... of the disease without resorting to surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, a multi-institutional team led by researchers from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported January 1 in Science Translational Medicine.
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It may look like a circuit board stuck to the ceiling – but this sticky-footed climbing robot is paving the way for a mission in orbit     
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New Year, new you. That's the general shape of things mostly we hear these days. But we don't just want to focus on how you can be a better you, because we like you pretty well just the way you are.... However, if you do have a hankering to make some improvements, we can hook you up. (And remember, all prices found in the column were current at the time of writing. Read this a day late, and you might just have missed out.)
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More than 250 academics from around the world signed an online petition this week calling for an end to "blanket mass surveillance" by intelligence agencies.
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How a Poorly CamouflagedFor an insect trying to avoid becoming dinner, the consequences of bad camouflage are clear. What's less obvious is how the effects then ripple like an aftershock through an entire ecosystem, subtly... changing which shrubs are eaten and which critters thrive. For example, the consequences of a single species of badly camouflaged walking stick insect can cascade throughout the California hills.
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One of the most exciting aspects of Anki Drive's robotic race cars is that much like a video game, each vehicle can be upgraded with different boosts and items over time. Now, thanks to Anki's first... major software update, the cars can get more ...
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Red Cross Pet First AidAndroid/iOS: The American Red Cross has already released an app with information on what to do in emergencies for people. The Pet First Aid app fills the same need for any pet-related emergencies you... might have.
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Anki Drive, the iOS racing game that uses robotic cars on a real-life track, is getting a huge app update today, which adds slews of new ways you can customize your car in the game. The developer says... it's incredible, but we'll let you know for sure when we check it out next week at CES.
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[From GamerTell] This year, Wikipad will start selling a new peripheral called the Gamevice which will essentially turn your phone or tablet into a unofficial Wikipad.
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At CES 2014, Ford will outline more of its connected car efforts and how it will build an owner experience using technology.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] "What is Xcode?", you may be asking yourself. "I've never heard of it, but it sounds important." It doesn't just sound that way--it... is important. If you're looking to make an iOS app, you're going to want to know Xcode. Plus, as a rule of thumb, anything with an "x" in the name is usually either important or extreme. That's just how it goes. We have a class that is extremely informative in teaching the important skills involved in Xcode. Get in on the class with a discount in our latest Deal. If you're looking to learn how to use Xcode, look no further. These in-depth classes that are full of information that will take you from beginning to expert in no time. With handy lectures that contain hours of helpful content,...
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Facebook sued for invadingTwo Facebook users this week filed a class action complaint against the social network, Ars Technica reports, alleging that the messaging system inside Facebook is not as private as it's advertised to... be, and that the company actively mines for data from personal messages and generates likes based on the content exchanged between users. Facebook described its messaging system as "unprecedented," when it comes to privacy controls, but the filing alleges that the company is actually accessing data gathered from chats without the user consent. "Instead to increase user's comfort with the website and, thereby, increase the amount of information they share, the company makes assurances of user control over privacy settings and messaging options," the filing says. "In reality,
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When Growth Hacking Goes Bad

TechCrunch - 3 Jan 2014 18:55
When Growth Hacking Goes BadAndreessen Horowitz-backed music lyrics and annotations Rap Genius was the latest to stray over to the darker side of so-called "growth hacking," with its spammy SEO tactics disguised as an affiliate... program. Called out, exposed and now punished by Google, the site's traffic has tanked. But Rap Genius, thanks in part to that $15 million investment, will probably recover. They'll clean up their links, make amends, and maybe even get back into Google's good graces. End users will once again land on Rap Genius's pages, many of them none the wiser for the time the site spent in the penalty box. Other startups may not be as lucky.
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Blizzard warns of new malwareBlizzard Entertainment is warning Windows-using World of Warcraft players to watch for a malware that threatens to steal user account info and Battle.net Authenticator data when signing into the game.... The post Blizzard warns of new malware that can steal World of Warcraft account info appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 2 January 2014

SpaceRef - 3 Jan 2014 18:53
Today: Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Survey: Ground specialists performed a survey of the AMS payload using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) video cameras....
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This’ll video will wake you up… or at least make you feel like your Friday isn’t NEARLY as exciting as it could be. As part of their Hero3+ Adventure Series, GoPro teamed up with zoologist Kevin... Richardson (better known as the Lion Whisperer) to show the special bond he shares with the big cats and […]
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Channels, Voice coming to BBM for Android

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 18:48
Channels, Voice coming to BBMA quick heads up to those of you rocking BBM on Android that a handful of new — and big — features are on the way, and currently in beta testing on BlackBerry's own Beta Zone. First and foremost... is the addition of BBM Channels and BBM Voice. There's also improved file sharing, and more than 100 new emoticons. Again, BlackBerry is running the beta out of its Beta Zone, and not through Google Play's excellent beta track, so you've got to be one of the chosen ones to get in on the action for now. Source: CrackBerry     
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Chemistry Experiment Fails (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 18:47
Chemistry Experiment FailsChemistry is awesome. It gave us nuclear power, Bunsen burners and, you know, all of life on Earth. Sometimes though - particularly when humans get involves - chemistry isn't quite as sanguine as you... might hope. And when the internet gets involved in that volatile mix? Things go very badly, very quickly. Here are our favourite moments from when Chemistry Turned Bad. Or just, you know, set off the sprinklers.
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SubmitDMCA

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 18:45
Our mission is to take the pain and tediousness out of the DMCA takedown submission process. We make this as easy as possible by creating tools that help you quickly create submissions, track existing... submissions and organize the results. Great idea.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Acer's $1,100 AndroidAcer's TA272 HUL all-in-one has a 27-inch touch display with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. (pcworld.com)
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Battlefield 4′sThe Premium members-only double XP event for Battlefield 4 that was originally scheduled to happen during the New Year break is now live through Sunday, January 5. The original event was postponed due... to lingering issues with the game. The post Battlefield 4′s postponed double XP event is finally live appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The entropy of nations: GlobalThe 18th century writer Adam Smith provided a workable metaphor for the way society utilizes resources. In his book "The Wealth of Nations," he argued that even as individuals strive, through personal... industry, to maximize their advantage in life, they inadvertently contribute---as if under the influence of a "hidden hand"---to an aggregate disposition of wealth. Well, if Smith were a physicist and alive in the 21st century he might be tempted to compare people or nations to molecules and to replace the phrase "hidden hand" with "thermodynamic process."
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In just a few weeks, it would seem, the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S 5 will appear to the world in a public announcement at Mobile World Congress 2014. This sort …
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LG Tone Ultra brings JBLLG has announced its new Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset which it developed with Harman International for JBL Signature Sound quality. The Tone Ultra isn't just focused on delivering good sound, it also... offers Voiceover LTE calls for all your data chat apps...
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[From GadgeTell] Kicking off the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in style, Archos has earlier today taken the wraps off the 45 and 50 Helium, two incredibly cheap Android smartphones with 4G LTE... support.
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Luis von Ahn and his team received the email from Apple in mid-December. The gist of the message was straightforward enough: "You might want to prep yourself." A few days later, Apple named von Ahn's... app Duolingo as the best iPhone app of 2013. Duolingo, a free app for learning languages, launched on iOS in late 2012 and had been featured in various sections of the App Store before, but little compares to being called out as the top app of the year. Duolingo's total app downloads across platforms spiked from an average of about 80,000 per day before the announcement to "hundreds of thousands" during the days after, von Ahn told Mashable
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Android users who've enjoyed their first taste of BBM will want to visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone today. BlackBerry has just released a private beta of the messaging client that introduces promised... Channels and Voice support, giving Android users the ...
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Nearly all Mac users have a login and password required to access the Mac upon boot (and if you don’t, you should!), which provides a reasonable layer of password protection to keep out most prying... eyes. Users with more advanced security needs may need to go further to protect their Mac from unauthorized access though, ...
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Mars One Shortlists 1,058A mission to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2024 just took another step closer to launch. The Dutch nonprofit Mars One said it had selected 1,058 candidates from a pool of more than... 200,000 applicants to enter the first round of testing before a final team is selected to make a one-way trip to Mars. What did it take to make the cut? Many factors were considered in making the selection process, which began in April 2013. But the Mars One selection committee had their eye on one attribute in particular. "We selected people for the most important skill: their ability to function in a team," Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and CEO of Mars One, told The Huffington Post. "The reason it's the most important skill is because they're leaving the planet forever, and they're leaving on a...
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[AppleTell] Free Apps Roundup for January 3, 2014

Technology Tell - 3 Jan 2014 18:34
[From AppleTell] This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Blokify exports to 3D printing, Rayman goes for a Jungle Run, and Jet Car offer more Stunts.
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Free Apps Roundup for January 3, 2014

AppleTell - 3 Jan 2014 18:34
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Blokify lets you build virtual block-based structures and export a file to be printed. If you're looking for a game to play, you might enjoy Rayman Jungle Run. It... made Apple's Best of 2012 games list and for a short while, you can snag it for free. You might also like to download Jet Car Stunts 2. And as always, there are tons of limited time freebies to be downloaded, so get to it!
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Acer announces a coupleAcer today announced a pair of new Android tablets ahead of CES. The Iconia A1-830, seen above left, is a 7.9-inch tablet running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. It's powered by an Intel Atom processor at... 1.6 GHz, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. The display has a paltry 1024x768 resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. There's a 5 MP camera on the back, and a 2MP shooter up front. It'll run $179 in the U.S., and $199 in Canada. The A1-830 is expected to be available sometime this quarter. Then there's the Iconia B1 tablet (seen here at right). It's a 7-incher that's just $129 (U.S. and Canada). Acer was coy with specs, but we do know it's running a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and sports Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. It'll be available later this month. Find our complete CES 2014...
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New York City's hardly getting the worst of this latest winter storm, but is still contending with more than the expected 6 inches of powder in certain areas. But thankfully for commuters, the... Metropolitan Transit Authority has a stable full of snow-fighting equipment to cut through the blizzard's wrath.
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Get The Competitive AdvantageIf you want to make iOS apps you pretty much have to use Xcode, Apple's app-making program. But when you download it and take a look it seems really complicated to use. There are tons of books on how... to…
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Best Buy Now Selling iPhone 5sBest Buy has knocked $75 off all iPhone 5s models for a limited time, making the 16GB model just $124.99 when bought with a two-year contract extension on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. It’s one of the... lowest prices we’ve seen…
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A new iPhone 5c on Virgin Mobile, a post-AT&T iPhone 4S on Straight Talk, and an old iPhone 4 on T-Mobile. Which one costs the least and works the best?
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For more than 40 years, American ground forces have relied on the AC-130 gunship for protection and close air support. However, the venerable AC-130H Specter variant, which has been deployed in every... major combat operation since Vietnam, is beginning to show its age.
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[From GadgeTell] The ex-Oppo VP is introducing a new phone that is believed to offer more.
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Mushroom 'Styrofoam' MakesTypical packing plastic is terrible for the environment, derived from petroleum and destined for the garbage. By using mushroom roots, Ecovative Design created a completely bio-degradable packing... material made from farm waste.
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A new year has arrived, and AT&T's resolution seems to be kicking the competition. Starting today, the carrier is offering up to $450 per line for T-Mobile customers who make the switch and trade in... an eligible smartphone. T-Mobile customers will receive a $200 credit per line if they transfer to an AT&T Next plan, buy a new device at full value or activate an existing smartphone with AT&T. T-Mobile users can then trade-in their current handset for a promotion card of up to $250, which can be used on AT&T accessories and services. AT&T says that the trade-in value depends on the model and age of the smartphone, but that most current popular devices will net customers the full $250. 
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[From HomeTechTell] From PointGrab and SunplusIT, Gesture control of your home appliances means you may never have to leave the couch again.
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In 1990, a development studio called Toys for Bob created a game called Star Control, a fun little space combat game with a bit of strategy added in. In 1992, they released Star Control 2, a... full-blown space adventure RPG, which became one of the seminal works of early PC gaming. (Later open-sourced and released for modern systems.) After that, creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III lost control of the franchise to Accolade, who botched Star Control 3 and eventually abandoned the series. Last July, Stardock, the studio behind Sins of a Solar Empire, acquired the rights, and they're now discussing their plans to resurrect the classic series. They'll be using Star Control 2 as a template and an inspiration for all aspects of the game. They're also talking with Ford and Reiche to get input on...
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ESA won't provide details on where the savings would come from, what the total cost reduction will be and what effect they will have on science and industrial research.
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Video: This could be the mostForget Google Glass -- connected eyewear is about to get a serious adrenaline shot next week when Bellevue, Washington-based Innovega shows off augmented reality contact lenses during this year’s... International Consumer Electronics Show. Dubbed iOptik, the lenses represent a different approach to head-worn wearable devices, and they have the potential to offer a much more immersive and compelling user experience. But for those intrigued by the potential for a heads up display that isn’t quite as geeky as Google Glass, don’t get too excited just yet. The iOptik lenses are half of a two-part system and in order for them to do anything, they need to be paired with Innovega’s companion eyewear. The lenses themselves will not be capable of displaying any content.
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AT&T willing to give T-MobileT-Mobile gained quite a few new customers in 2013 with a handful of bold moves, but on Friday, AT&T announced a bold move of its own by promising to give T-Mobile customers who switch carriers as much... as $450 in credit.     
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The empire strikes first: AT&TWas it because of all those mean tweets?
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[From GadgeTell] You can't really complain of lack of recent activity on Google's part in the hardware co-manufacturing department, as the spectacular LG-made Nexus 5 has seen daylight roughly two... months ago.
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Back in the day, budget-priced 5.1-channel home theater-in-a-box systems ruled, but that was before sound bars totally obliterated that product category.
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Last Year's Apple Rumors?Thanks to Chris Rawson at TUAW, we now have a thorough body of evidence to prove that the majority of Apple rumors shouldn’t be trusted. Rawson, apparently at the provocation of 9to5Mac editor Mark... Gurman, combed through every 9to5Mac rumor post from 2013 to determine how many were accurate: The tl;dr summary of 9to5 Mac’s 2013 track record: 73 rumor articles turned out to be true, and 30 of those were derived from their original sources 91 rumor articles turned out to be either partially or entirely inaccurate, or else completely unverifiable That gives them an overall accuracy record of just under 45 percent. You’d do better by flipping a coin. Although Rawson was settling a quarrel with 9to5Mac, there’s no need to pick on that particular publication. The practice of...
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Journalist Ezra Klein is preparing to leave The Washington Post after his proposal to start a website within the company was rejected by owner Jeff Bezos and publisher Katharine Weymouth, according to... a New York Times report. The loss of Klein would represent the most high-profile departure since Amazon founder Bezos bought the paper for $250 million in August. See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 Klein helms Wonkblog, a blog on the Post that publishes a mix of economics and policy analysis and has become one of the Post's flagship sections Wonkblog recently lost its economics editor Neil Irwin, who left to join a New York Times data-focused effort that began after Nate Silver took his FiveThirtyEight blog to ESPN
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We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 18:04
We're podcasting live at 4One final podcast before we head to CES? Why the hell not. There hasn't been a whole lot of news the last two weeks, with the holidays and all, but we'll see what we can scrap up. And less news means... more time to answer your questions, live, so be sure to hit up the link below to join in.  We'll get going at 4 p.m. EST this afternoon. See you there! Visit the Android Central Podcast event page to join in the live Q&A!     
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Facebook sued for allegedlyFacebook is getting sued by plaintiffs accusing the company of systemically combing through private messages and using data there to sell to third parties. If this is true, the company could (and... should) be in big trouble. The post Facebook sued for allegedly reading private messages, says accusation has no merit appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Lost in the furor over government spying on its citizens is an inconvenient truth: personal data is the new currency of the 21st century, and until we rein in our desire to spend it we can't really... stop others' desires to spy on it.  Paying With Our Data While not exactly a new thought, Evgeny Morozov highlights just how far we've gone toward making data the new virtual currency, showcasing the "disturbing trend whereby our personal information--rather than money--becomes the chief way in which we pay for services--and soon, perhaps, everyday objects--that we use." In our attempts to get something for nothing--be it email or banking services or any number of different online activities-- we have charged willy nilly into a world where we have zero privacy ... by design. John Naughton...
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Simple SkySweeper Robot aNick Morozovsky, an engineering graduate student at UC San Diego, exemplifies how much you can do with how little these days. His SkySweeper robot that moves along cables like an inchworm, using... naught but an Arduino microcontroller, 3D printed parts, and an off-the-shelf battery for power. Morozovsky thinks it might be used to inspect power lines for a fraction of current costs.
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NFL playoffs 2014: A lot ofCBS and NBC will be streaming the NFL playoffs for free, but only cable subscribers will be able to watch Fox's NFC games.
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Basis Refreshes Its FitnessThe quantified self movement has grown to the point where you could easily bedeck your limbs with thousands of dollars of tracking gadgets, and the race to measure your movement isn't going to end any... time soon. That's why Basis -- makers of an awfully accurate, wrist-worn health gadget -- has rolled out a new version of the device just in time for the nerd hordes at CES to ogle it. Well, perhaps calling it "new" is overstating things a bit. The updated, $199 Carbon Steel edition is a hair hardier than the original B1 and it's better looking to boot, but the big draw is the addition of improved sleep analytics that can assign personal Sleep Scores and ultimately tell just how soundly a wearer is sleeping.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Sal from Mad Men, Bryan Batt, sang the National Anthem Thursday night at the Sugar Bowl
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At CES, iLounge Pavilion WillThe Consumer Electronics Show used to be the premier trade show for the unveiling of major products from big tech companies. But it’s been years since Apple made an official appearance at the Las... Vegas convention, and recently the show’s…
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Plan Your Free OnlineYour education doesn't have to stop once you leave school--freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We've put together a curriculum of... some of the best free online classes available on the web this spring (yes, and winter) for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let's get started.
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NASA scientists will present exciting new findings on a wide range of topics in the field of astrophysics next week at the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) 223rd annual meeting in National... Harbor, Md.
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A Tour of the LargestAs of last month, New York City's Sunset Park waterfront is home to the largest commingle recycling facility in the nation. After its inaugural run on opening day, the facility shut down for some... final tweaks and testing before it opens full time. During this period of maintenance, Gizmodo visited the new facility for a private tour of the process that materials go through in the new location.
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Morning news roundup for January 3

TUAW - 3 Jan 2014 18:00
Morning news roundup forGood morning, everyone. While the northeastern United States is buried in show, Apple fans in the southern hemisphere are enjoying a warm, sunny day. What a world! Let's look at the Apple news, shall... we? Apple's iBeacon tech to be featured at CES. ...
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When children have low self-esteem, many adults try to build them up with supportive words of encouragement. A recent study confirms this by finding that adults tend to give kids with low confidence... more inflated praise. But the study also finds that these children may actually shy away from new challenges in the wake of such excessive applause.Findings of the study, which will be published in the journal Psychological Science, were conducted at Ohio State University by lead author Eddie Brummelman, a visiting scholar from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
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Many patients who undergo stem cell transplantations run the risk that their immune system may reject the donor cells. But new research from the University of California-San Diego has detailed a new... approach that may help tackle this problem. This is according to a study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.The research team, led by Yang Xu, says their findings may also provide researchers with a better understanding as to how tumors avert the immune system as they spread throughout the human body.
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'Quit smoking to cut risk of impaired vision'

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 18:00
In a large study of Swedish men, further evidence has emerged of the smoking link to cataract development in the eye, with addiction to 15 cigarettes a day raising the risk of needing a cataract... operation by 42%, compared with people who have never smoked.Introducing their study, the authors point out that smoking was already an established risk factor for cataracts, "which is the leading cause of visual impairment in the world, responsible for more than 50% of world blindness.
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High politics meet big money and national pride on the Caribbean island of Roatán, where tourists flock to amazing Mayan ruins that no Maya ever saw (full text available to subscribers)     
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The Iconia A1-830 and B1-720 both come out sometime this quarter.
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Life After Brain Death: Is theA 13-year-old girl in California continues to be kept on a ventilator after being declared brain-dead by doctors. Although a brain-dead person is not legally alive, how much of the body will keep on... working with the help of technology, and for how long?
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[From In-Car Tech] All New TomTom GO Delivers Daily Relevance For Commuters
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Snapchat knew for months aboutSnapchat on Thursday confirmed that millions of user accounts were compromised in a recent breach that exposed phone numbers and user names. Anonymity is a key aspect of the Snapchat service for many... people, some of whom use the messaging app to exchange risqué photos and videos without revealing their identities. As such, users were not happy to learn that approximately 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were exposed in this latest breach. To compound matters, however, Snapchat has confirmed in a statement that it knew about the security vulnerability that led to the breach for months but failed to fix it. “A security group first published a report about potential Find Friends abuse in August 2013,” Snapchat said in a statement.
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With T-Mobile? AT&T will giveAT&T has announced incentives worth up to $450 for T-Mobile customers who switch to their service. The move is being made in response to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier offers, after AT&T recently said that it... too expected to move toward separating device and service charges. Proving the old adage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, […]
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So you're searching for a place to stream Super Bowl XXVIII legally and free, yes? This year the rights go to Fox Sports, and the group will be so kind …
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If you're looking for more content for your 4K TV, you'll soon have somewhere new to turn: YouTube. The Google-owned company will demonstrate 4K video next week at the International CES show as it... moves forward with offering next-generation video. YouTube will serve up 4K (a.k.a. Ultra HD or UHD) in a new format called VP9, a royalty-free codec that will also reportedly offer a better experience with Google Hangouts, according to GigaOm. VP9 consumes considerably less data than other, commercial codecs (such as H.265), YouTube said, letting the service stream higher-quality streams with less bandwidth.
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As NASA's new lunar orbiter, LADEE, prepares to scour the Moon's atmosphere and China readies its Chang'e rover to land on the Moon by the end of the year, a physicist from The University of Western... Australia has made new...
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Despite quantum's gains,Quantum computing is getting the headlines these days, with buzz among scientists of giga-powered number-crunching and unbreakable encryption.
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Mageneflash's new A-Lux series of monolights seem to specialize in high speed sync. The post The New Magneflash A-Lux Monolights are Designed for High Speed Sync appeared first on The Phoblographer....     
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 17:32
New submitter sumoinsanity writes "The Washington Post has disclosed that the NSA is trying to build a quantum computer for use in cracking modern encryption. Their work is part of a research project... into tackling the toughest equipment, which received $79.7 million in total funding. Another article makes the case that the NSA's quantum computing efforts are both disturbing and reassuring. The reassuring part is that public key infrastructure is still OK when done properly, since the NSA is still working so hard to defeat it. It's also highly unlikely that the NSA has achieved significant progress without outside awareness or help. More disturbing is that it may simply be a matter of time before it fails, and our private messages are out there for all to see."
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AT&T is clearly worried that T-Mobile's recent success may be coming at its own expense -- it just launched a promotion that gives T-Mobile customers up to $450 to switch to Big Blue. The deal offers... converts a minimum of $200 once they've subscribed ...
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Two researchers just completed what was perhaps the most comprehensive search for people from the future so far.     
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[From EntertainmentTell] It's no longer a mystery, there are more than ten critical darlings legitimately hoping to make the cut for an Academy Award Best Picture nomination this year.
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Share Direct Links to Files inWhile Google aims for Drive to be a competent Dropbox competitor, there's one small but key feature that isn't easy: sharing direct download links. Fortunately, you can create your own.
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Wearing a state-of-the-art exoskeleton, a paralyzed teenager will make the ceremonial first kick at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
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Speak, Fido: Device Promises Dog Translations

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 17:21
Speak, Fido: Device PromisesA few inventors in Europe have received funding to develop "No More Woof," an electronic device that promises to analyze dogs' brain waves and translate a few of their thoughts into English, marking a... possible breakthrough in human-animal communication.
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NSA: iSpys? Plus Our FavoriteThis time on The CultCast: We all know the NSA likes backdoor access, but are they really spying on us via our iDevices, and worse, is Apple in cahoots? We’ll tell you what we think… Plus, if you... had to…
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Acer reveals 27-inch AndroidThough we're getting increasingly used to seeing notebooks that ship with Google's Chrome OS, desktops running Android, an OS typically associated with mobile devices, are another matter.
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The Latest #InstaTrend

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 17:18
The Latest #InstaTrendI'm addressing the latest trend to sweep Instagram, Facebook and even Tumblr: photos taken to honor a sick, dying or dead loved one, I'm sure you guys have noticed it too, but these photos get likes... on likes on likes. These posts are usually captioned with something sweet such as "I love you poppy
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The Snowstorm Ruining Your DayA monster of a winter storm ruined a lot of people's Fridays this week with brutally cold temperatures and buckets of snow. This image, taken by NASA on Thursday, reveals that the storm indeed looks... like a yeti crawling drunkenly out of the Atlantic in an effort to devour Omaha.
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Microsoft quietly upgrades theMicrosoft's Surface Pro 2 is getting a minor spec bump after just a couple months on the market. The high-end Windows hybrid is now shipping with an Intel Core i5-4300U processor, a small upgrade from... the Core i5-4200U chip that originally came with the Surface Pro 2. The 4300U offers a clock speed of 1.9 GHz, or 2.5 GHz via Turbo Boost, compared to the 4200U's 1.6 GHz and 1.9 GHz via Turbo Boost. WinBeta, which first found evidence of the upgrade on Microsoft's forums, also noticed a boost in "Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency" from 1 GHz to 1.1 GHz. Microsoft confirmed the chip upgrade to WinBeta, but didn't get into details. "Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships,...
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For Evan Spiegel, the hardest words to say seem to be, "I'm sorry." Snapchat's CEO appeared on NBC's Today on Friday in a pre-taped interview with Carson Daly to discuss the New Year's Eve security... breach, which resulted in 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaking online. Spiegel was visibly frustrated by the hack — Daly described him as "outraged" — but the CEO still did not offer an apology to users. See also: Use This Tool to Check if Your Snapchat Account Was Compromised "Technology businesses in general are susceptible to hacking," Spiegel said in the interview. "That's why you have to work really, really, really hard with law enforcement, with security experts, internal and external groups, to make sure you're paying attention and addressing security concerns."
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No hypervisor vulnerabilityThe OpenSSL Project confirmed that weak passwords used on the hosting infrastructure led to the compromise of its website, dispelling concerns that attackers might have exploited a vulnerability in... virtualization software. The homepage of .openssl.org, the official site the OpenSSL Project, was defaced Sunday to display a message from a group of hackers called TurkGuvenligi. The incident caused concern among security experts because OpenSSL is a very popular cryptographic library that's used to implement secure communications in a wide variety of software products, from Web servers to mobile apps. On Jan. 1, the OpenSSL Project published some preliminary findings following an initial investigation into the compromise and said that the integrity of the OpenSSL source code had not been...
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∞ The case for open robotics

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 17:12
As technology evolves, it frequently faces a fork in the road, a choice between becoming open or closed. We're used to this choice with software. We now have to make this choice for robotics.
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Mobile App Marketing Costs HitAs the app stores fill up, it's getting ever more expensive for developers to acquire new users. The cost to acquire a loyal user, or one that opens an app three times, grew from $1.30 in 2012 to... $1.62 in 2013. Meanwhile, app downloads over 2013 broke records, though the download growth has been slowing, as previous reports have pointed out, indicating that some maturer markets are nearing their saturation point.
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[From In-Car Tech] Coolest Headlights Ever: Audi Sport quattro laserlight Concept to Debut at CES
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Two low pressure systems converged over the Mid-Atlantic Region Thursday resulting in heavy snowfall potential and dangerously cold temperatures from the Midwest through the central Appalachians and... into New England into Friday....
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New report says 4.7-inch andApple will reportedly launch bigger iPhones this year, with displays that measure both 4.7 and 5.7 inches diagonallys, C Technology said on Chinese social network Weibo. The information apparently... comes from unnamed Foxconn executives, who supposedly said that Apple will make a "one-time exception" this year by launching two new iPhones with bigger displays. The bigger iPhone models should also come with biometric features such as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that's already found in the current iPhone 5s flagship. While it obviously can't be confirmed at this time, this new rumor echoes previous reports that suggested Apple is working on iPhone "phablets" that will debut this year in order to take on similar devices from the competition. However, it's
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Basis is bringing sleepThe B1 activity tracker will be the only band to monitor deep, light and REM sleep.
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[From GadgeTell] It's no longer a matter of "if", it's a matter of "when". As in when will HTC make One's successor official and when will the so-called M8 start selling?
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Good Deal: Get the iPhone 5SBest Buy is slashing the on-contract price of Apple's flagship iPhone 5S by $75 this weekend. That brings the 16GB model down to $124.99, one of the lowest prices we've seen for the 64-bit smartphone.... The savings also apply to models with more flash storage; the 32GB iPhone 55S is $224.99, and the 64GB is $324.99 with the discount applied. Best Buy's deal is good for any iPhone 5S on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, or Sprint and runs through January 4th. Of course, a two-year contract is required to take advantage, but assuming you're happy with your current carrier, it may not be the worst option. Best Buy is also selling the iPhone 5C for free on-contract through the 4th, so that may be worth looking at if you don't need Apple's latest and...
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9 Best Speakers You Can Buy In 2014 (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 17:05
9 Best Speakers You Can Buy InSo you want to buy some speakers in 2014? Good choice. Luckily, you're entering the market at the right time. There's never been a better selection of amazing speakers, from fully wireless setups to... audiophile-level expert kit, tiny mobile Bluetooth boomboxes and everything in between. So whether you're looking for a full Sonos setup or just something to chuck in your bag on work trips, we've got you covered. We've picked out nine favourite speakers from across the range of portable, at-home and multi-use speakers. Let us know if we've missed out your favourite in the comments.
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As the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show rapidly approaches, Samsung, LG, Sony and others are ready to release their latest and greatest televisions with support for 4K, which was officially deemed... "Ultra High-Definition," or "Ultra HD," by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in October 2012. With four times the resolution of standard 1080p, 4K displays have consistently been among the main attractions at CES the past few years, but the next-generation display standard has suffered from a lack of content providers--until now. YouTube on Thursday said it plans to showcase 4K videos for the first time at the 2014 CES in Las Vegas, which runs from January 7-10. YouTube's 4K videos will be streamed with Google's new VP9 royalty-free video codex, which, according to YouTube global...
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Basis B1 gamifies your night'sThe Basis B1 health tracking watch will receive a new sleep analysis mode in a software update at the end of January, while a new Carbon Steel Edition of the device has also been announced. The post... Basis B1 gamifies your night’s rest with new sleep analysis mode appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Cool Circuits Puzzle makes learning fun

Coolest Gadgets - 3 Jan 2014 17:00
They say that one of the best ways to learn would be through play, as we see that in nature. Have you seen puppies and kittens develop their hunting skills through the sheer playfulness of their... nature? I guess that pretty much confirms such a suggestion, and with the $24.99 Cool Circuits Puzzle, you know
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The company has to ditch age-old business plans and ideas to remain competitive, Chairman Lee Kun-hee says.
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Original Pin is a durable pinhole camera that comes in a flat-pack kit you build and personalize. The post The Original Pin is a Gorgeous Wooden Pinhole Camera You Build and Customize appeared first... on The Phoblographer.     
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What If Operating Systems WereYesterday, after writing my way past the notional halfway point (both of the current novel manuscript, and of the trilogy it's the middle volume of), I went and overindulged in food and drink with... friends.
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How to clean up FileWhen it comes to Windows, there is nothing I love more than Microsoft's infamous Ribbon interface--and nothing I hate more. Using it in Microsoft Office is great, but adding Ribbon to Windows 8's file... explorer was a bit much for me. So I decided to pare File Explorer down a little and put the features I might need front and center, while banishing the rest of the Ribbon from my sight. If you're tired of dealing with a Ribbon-loaded File Explorer, here's a quick way to simplify your menu hopping. The Home tab of Windows 8's stock Ribbon interface. (Click to enlarge all images in this article.) But first... Before we get going, let's run down some basic anatomy of Windows Explorer. At the very top of the window you'll see a file folder icon in the upper left corner. Next to that are a few...
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Putting aside arguments over platform exclusives, graphical output and the convenience of gaming from the couch, one element separates console and PC gamers more than any other: control. Those parked... in front of a television have an all-in-one ...
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Greeting Card Shop lets yourJust because the Christmas season has slipped by does not mean card-sending season has ended. Just yesterday a friend called wanting information on how to create New Year's cards easily. Greeting Card... Shop from Chronos, Inc. fits this bill. With few ...
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Smartwatch Fans Podcast 00 - Ground Zero!

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 16:59
Smartwatch Fans Podcast 00 -In our inaugural episode of the Smartwatch Fans podcast, Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson and Rene Ritchie join me for a quick podcast to get things started. There's plenty more to come, but for this... round we talk about the launch of SmartwatchFans.com, our recent visit with Pebble as well as what to expect from CES for smartwatches (LOTS). You can find our feed below and subscribe in any way you choose, then give this one a listen and let us know what you think in the comments!
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Signs of Chaos | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 3 Jan 2014 16:56
Signs of Chaos | SpaceThis dazzling space wallpaper of the Antennae Galaxies shows obvious signs of chaos. Clouds of gas are seen in bright pink and red, surrounding the bright flashes of blue star-forming regions.
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Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana sales is too divisive to be a real-time marketing opportunity for most brands. Unless, of course, your brand happens to be a hippie-tinged brand of... Grade A munchies. Ben & Jerry's, the Unilever-owned ice cream brand, was one of the few —- perhaps the only — major brand to weigh in on the issue. The ice cream company did so with this apropos tweet on Thursday. See also: 9 Changes to Expect at Midnight on Jan. 1 BREAKING NEWS: We're hearing reports of stores selling out of Ben & Jerry's in Colorado. What's up with that? pic.twitter.com/zBs8nyxZWn — Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) January 2, 2014
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The Shirk Report - Volume 247

Twisted Sifter - 3 Jan 2014 16:55
The Shirk Report - Volume 247Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 25 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles... typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com!…
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The budget 7-inch B1 gets slimmer and faster, while the 7.9-inch A1 upgrades to an Intel Atom processor.
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Acer cashes in on ChromebookChromebooks are gaining popularity at the expense of Windows machines, and Acer is cashing in with a touchscreen laptop based on Google's Chrome OS. Acer's new Chromebook C720P-2600, which has an... 11.6-inch touchscreen and runs on Intel's dual-core Celeron 2955U chip based on the Haswell architecture. The laptop is three-quarters of an inch thick, weighs just shy of 3 lbs., and delivers 7.5 hours of battery life, the company said. The $300 laptop will be available in the second week of January. It will be shown at Pepcom's Digital Experience event on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas, one day ahead of International CES trade show. Chromebooks are for those who rely on the Internet for computing and storage. Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of commercial laptops shipped in the U.S. last year,...
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X-Doria Engage iPad Air case review

AppleTell - 3 Jan 2014 16:52
X-Doria got a couple things right with their Engage case for the iPad Air. It has a textured translucent design that doesn't completely take over the design of the iPad Air, and it's cut specifically... to accommodate the Apple Smart Cover. Unfortunately, there's one basic component it didn't get right at all: the fit.
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[AppleTell] X-Doria Engage iPad Air case review

Technology Tell - 3 Jan 2014 16:52
[From AppleTell] X-Doria got a couple things right with their Engage iPad Air case, but there's one basic component it didn't get right at all: the fit.
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Over the past year, T-Mobile US has been shaking up the U.S. carrier market with its "Un-carrier" plans, the addition of the iPhone to its device lineup, and a frequent device upgrade program,... enticing several other major carriers to make changes to their own services to align with T-Mobile's offerings. Going beyond recent moves to uncouple device and service costs as T-Mobile has done, AT&T today announced that it is offering up to $450 in credits for customers switching to the carrier from T-Mobile. The offer consists of two parts: up to $250 for trading in their current smartphone and an additional $200 for transferring their wireless service to AT&T. Beginning Jan. 3, under the limited-time offer, T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T can trade-in their current smartphone for a...
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Facebook faces suit for dataFacebook has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the social networking behemoth gleans data from purportedly private messages, in violation of users' rights.
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Telecommunications expertBen Harris, a telecommunications and GPS satellite expert with the University of Texas has made a surprising announcement during his presentation at this year's gathering for the American Geophysical... Union. He reported that using GPS data to calculate the mass of the Earth, gives a slightly bigger number than is accepted by the International Astronomical Union. The difference, he suggests, may be due to a disc of dark matter that exists over the equator.
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Ford Is Making A Concept Car With Solar Panels For A Roof

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 16:49
Ford Is Making A Concept CarWhat do Superman and the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept car have in common? Both receive power from the sun. Set to be unveiled at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the C-MAX Solar... Energi provides new hope for car owners looking to get off of the electric grid. Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi uses roof-mounted solar panels to charge its electric motor, allowing the car to go up to 21 miles on solar power alone. Like the C-MAX Energi on which the concept car is based, the C-MAX Solar Energi uses a plug-in hybrid system. But whereas the C-MAX Energi plugs into a wall-mounted unit, the C-MAX Solar Energi plugs into a unique canopy that was designed at Georgia Tech, according to a Ford press release. The canopy includes a Fresnel lens that Ford says boosts the impact of the sun's...
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FireEye buys Mandiant for $1BThe combination of FireEye's persistent threat detection and Mandiant's cyber forensics and endpoint security know-how should expand the market for the combined company.
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Borderline supermen have been making crazy dives at the Earth since long before Felix Baumgarnter took a fall from space. Here are a pair of back-in-the-day badasses in a 1941 "Death Dive Race" to the... ground. And looking back on it today they still seem as ballsy as ever.
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ATIC says it will invest the money over the next to years, which will aid the factory's expansion to produce 20- and 14-nanometer nodes.
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9 Best Tablets 2014 (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 16:44
9 Best Tablets 2014 (PICTURES)So you're looking for a new tablet in 2014? Well there's never been a better time. Not just because the range of available tablets is more awesome than ever, with specs, prices and services all... increasingly competitive. But also because it's the present. And trying to buy a tablet in 2013 or 2015 when it's actually 2014 would be rather silly. Chronology and the laws of physics aside, you've come to the right place in your search for a tablet computer. We've reviewed and rated all the best tablets available to buy and you might be surprised at the results. While Apple's new iPad Mini and iPad Air are still leading the way in terms of app selection, a number of competitors have risen to challenge its dominance, offering great features and hardware for a lower price. Whether it's the Google...
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Acer's new touchscreen C720Acer's newest Chromebook is much like the touchscreen model it recently debuted. The difference this time around is a more fashionable-looking white color option.
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[EntertainmentTell] DVD Review: Ritual

Technology Tell - 3 Jan 2014 16:43
[From EntertainmentTell] A noteworthy movie, not particularly successful, comes our way with Lionsgate's "Ritual."
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T-Mobile continues to shake up the US wireless space with AT&T preempting their rumor they might start offering to pay ETFs to switchers.
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Review: StorySkeleton, an iPadAs you doubtless gathered from my recent Scrivener review, I’m a massive fan of the best Mac app I’ve ever used for creative writing. The TL;DR version is that I wouldn’t dream of attempting to... write a novel in anything else. My only real grumble is that we’ve as yet seen no sign of the long-promised […]
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New submitter Cochonou writes "In an unforeseen turn of events, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is now stuck in heavy Antarctic pack ice, just a day after its... helicopter was used for the rescue of the passengers onboard the ice-trapped MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which is now carrying the passengers of the Shokalskiy, has been placed on standby to assist. The Chinese vessel is waiting for favorable tidal conditions on Saturday to make another attempt at freeing itself."
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'Too Long, Didn't Read' OnNext time your friends sends you a long post on the Internet (how dare they), send along this song, set to the tune of "Amazing Grace," to show him or her how you feel. (via VVV)
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Bits Blog: Snapchat Breach Exposes Weak Security

The New York Times - 3 Jan 2014 16:38
Bits Blog: Snapchat BreachAfter a breach that exposed 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers, Snapchat's security issues were laid bare.     
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NSA isn't content with currentThe National Security Agency (NSA) is apparently developing its own quantum computer that will be able to crack most types of encryption, reveal documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden... to The Washington Post. The agency's spying efforts and tech tools used to obtain sensitive information from targets have been detailed in many recent reports, but it looks like the NSA is not happy with its current spying capabilities. The agency is working on a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" part of a $79.7 million research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets." Quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can be simultaneously zero and one, instead of binary bits (zeros and ones). Thus, a quantum computer could perform some computations faster
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(Reuters) - Shares of cybersecurity company FireEye Inc were set to open 24 percent higher on Friday after the company bought computer forensics specialist Mandiant Corp for $1 billion.
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Mercedes-Benz and PebbleMercedes-Benz and Pebble have announced a partnership and will be showing the sorts of features a smartwatch can bring to your car at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, due to start next week. Mercedes-Benz says... that the partnership will give them early access to...
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Acer reveals new $300Acer, which is typically known for putting out Windows-based laptops and notebooks, has just made another addition to its line of Chromebooks, the notebooks powered by Google's Chrome OS.
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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... stories. The NSA is working on one computer to rule them all, according to documents that Edward Snowden leaked to the Washington Post. Snapchat officially addressed its New Year's Eve security breach when hackers leaked millions of usernames and phone numbers. Lastly, this year's trends at CES will likely include smartwatches, headsets to compete with Google Glass and new fitness trackers. Check out the video above for more on these stories.
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After spending the better part of a year fine-tuning its technology for Windows 8 machines, eye-tracking specialist Tobii is looking to conquer new market: gaming. With CES just days away, the Swedish... company announced today that it has partnered ...
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TweetBits Sorts Your FavoritedTwitter might not be a perfect replacement for RSS feeds, but it's still great for discovering new content. TweetBits makes it easier to sort through the tweets you find and favorite.
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6 Jaw-Dropping SuperyachtsGenerally speaking, architects are brilliant and creative people with a wide range of talents. That sort of versatility is part of what makes them good architects in the first place. But let's be... honest. Just because some people are good at a lot of things does not mean they're good at everything. Take yachts, for instance.
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Rugged Land | Wallpaper

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 16:28
Rugged Land | WallpaperThis wallpaper shows Badlands National Park in South Dakota, which contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse,... and saber-toothed cat once roamed here.
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Apparently, Netflix Has 76,897 Subcategories

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 16:27
Apparently, Netflix Has 76,897Intrigued by Netflix's sometimes comically specific movie and TV "altgenres," The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal wrote a script that determined Netflix has 76,897 ways to group their offerings based on... content descriptors, though some of the subcategories aren't populated with anything as of yet.
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Apparently, Netflix Has 76,897 Subcategories

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 16:27
Apparently, Netflix Has 76,897Intrigued by Netflix's sometimes comically specific movie and TV "altgenres," The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal wrote a script that determined Netflix has 76,897 ways to group their offerings based on... content descriptors, though some of the subcategories aren't populated with anything as of yet.
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This is worth looking through, even if you already are a savvy Mac user. Know any Mac newbies? Pass this along.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Reservoir Dogs the movie via Twitter

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 16:27
Reservoir Dogs on Twitter: Eight men dressed in BLACK SUITS, sit around a table at a breakfast cafe. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Reservoir Dogs" is a great movie. This Twitter account... recreates the movie in 140 character chunks. Interesting experiment in what Twitter can do.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Levitation Exists: JapaneseJapanese physicists Yoichi Ochiai, Jun Rekimoto and Takayuki Hoshi have released a new video which manages to prove that science is magic, without really doing anything that we didn't already know... about. The video is a demonstration of acoustic levitation, by which small particles - and even drops of water - can be made to 'float' in mid air using nothing but sound. It's pretty amazing stuff. Just don't start hoping that it's the key to anything actually very useful or cool like a little jetpack for your cat, because it's not happening. Sorry.
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Football playoffs, Super BowlGood news, sports fans: Variety reports that NBC, CBS and FOX will be offering online live streams of the NFL postseason and Super Bowl XLVIII, with most content freely available. NBC’s wildcard... games, as well as coverage of the Pro Bowl later this month, will be streamed […]
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[From EntertainmentTell] CES will attract numerous celebrities
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Acer's new tablet is aAcer announced the A1-830, a $179 7.9-inch Android tablet that looks a lot like the iPad mini but still doesn't compete when it comes to display clarity.
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Deal of the Day: CruzerliteThe Jan. 3 Deal of the Day is the Cruzerlite Experience Case for Motorola Moto X. Designed for those who truly love Android, the Experience skin features a unique assortment of Android icons embedded... into the back of each case. This TPU skin is as flexible as your device's software, providing a slim and easy fit all around. Oh, and there's plenty of colors to choose from! The Cruzerlite Experience Case is available for just $6.49, 67% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping. Find more great deals on Motorola Moto X accessories at ShopAndroid.com!     
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Veronica Mars trailer is hereA lot is riding on the Veronica Mars movie. It's the first time a cancelled TV series was wanted enough by fans to generate $5.7 million of funding on Kickstarter so it could be made into a film. And... now the trailer is here. We're impressed. While having...
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Pic A Moment Lets You Go Time-Traveling on Instagram

The Phoblographer - 3 Jan 2014 16:14
Pic A Moment is an iOS app that lets you search Instagram for pictures taken at a specific time and place. The post Pic A Moment Lets You Go Time-Traveling on Instagram appeared first on The... Phoblographer.     
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AT&T Will Pay T-MobileLooking to swap your T-Mobile plan for an AT&T one? Maybe $450 per line will convince you. Starting today, that’s how much AT&T is offering T-Mobile customers to make the switch when they trade in... an eligible smartphone. "In addition to a…
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SteelSeries, TobiiGaming accessory maker SteelSeries has partnered with Tobii Technology to develop a device that will let gamers use their eyes to control game play. SteelSeries expects to announce further details... about the partnership and products over the next several months. But the Tobii EyeX Controller, which will be demonstrated at International CES, will show how eye-tracking peripherals can look and function. SteelSeries is sure eye tracking will play a big part in the future of gaming, because it expands the number of ways players can interact with games, company CTO Tino Soelberg said in a video announcing the partnership. The prototype EyeX hardware.
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Facebook is being sued after third-party security researchers demonstrated that it is intercepting and scanning the content of "Private" messages. But Facebook is not the only company that does this.
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9 Best Smartphones 2014 (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 16:07
9 Best Smartphones 2014Buying a smartphone in 2014 is harder than it looks. There are so many new phones on the market - and about to be launched - that sometimes it feels like it's better to wait than take the plunge. On... the other hand, 2014 has already produced a great range of devices and deals - and it's just going to get better. From Apple's beautiful iOS 7 to the many varieties and flavours of Android - let alone a resurgent Windows-powered Nokia, there are lots of good choices when it comes to software. And just to make it even more complicated, the hardware has improved across the board - with quad-core processors, 20-megapixel cameras and ridiculously HD screens (with pixel density now up to 441ppi and above) now the norm. To make the quest for the right phone for you easier, we've selected our...
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AT&T jabs back at T-Mobile,After taking jabs all throughout 2013, AT&T may have beat T-Mobile to the punch in early 2014. The carrier is adding $200 more in incentives for T-Mobile customers to switch carriers.
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AT&T fights T-Mobile with $200T-Mobile's bullish new tactics may not have made a huge change in the wireless industry just yet, but they've certainly prompted its biggest players to take notice. AT&T's latest reply is to offer... T-Mobile customers a $200 credit for every line that they switch over to its network. Though that credit can go toward any AT&T products or services, it's not about to cover the cost of a new iPhone: customers who want the credit will either have to buy a new phone at full price, activate a phone that they already own, or sign up for AT&T's Next early upgrade plan, which will have them buying full-price devices anyway.
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Deadspin Mike Priefer Denies He Is A Bigot | Gizmodo How Corpses Helped Shape the London Underground | io9 Japan gets to the point and makes straight-up Disney Princess lingerie | Lifehacker How to... Beat the Winter Blues When You Work from Home
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Gawker Russell Brand Shuts a Heckler the Fuck Up In the Nicest Possible Way | Jalopnik Israeli Road Rage Ends Surprisingly Well | Jezebel Cape Town Vigilantes Beat, Stone Alleged Rapist to Death |... Kotaku How To Balance Video Games With Real Life
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A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals, a class of chalcogenide compounds, into... high quality monolayer flakes, with higher yield and larger flake size than current methods. The exfoliated flakes can be made into a printable solution, which can be applied in printable photonics and electronics.
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A child’s imagination is truly something worth admiring, that is for sure. The thing is, we adults sometimes work to stifle such imagination, but here is one particular toy that you might just be... interested in - the $89.95 Children’s Animating/Projecting Camera from the folks over at Hammacher. This is no ordinary camera by itself,
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Gracenote wants to take onGracenote is about to release a new API that will allow anyone to build their own Pandora-like personalized online radio offering.
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In Praise -- Yes, Praise! --It’s never been difficult to find people eager to say terrible things about International CES, the consumer electronics industry’s annual megaconference in Las Vegas. Last year’s show, according... to one pundit, was a joke. Another said it was increasingly irrelevant. Then there’s the guy who admitted that he’d never attended CES — but who still felt qualified to dismiss it as a “relic in the desert.” Even Nick Wingfield of the New York Times politely wrote about CES’s relevance being called into question — in a story that echoed the gist of a Times piece from 2008 calling the show “sometimes ineffectual.” Me, I’d describe all of the fifteen-or-so editions of CES I’ve attended with the same words: chaotic, crowded, exhausting and strange. But I don’t mean those...
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How To Enable And DisableThere are several apps in OS X that may want to use your location data, including apps like Maps, iPhoto, and more. If you want to see which apps are currently requesting and using your data, simply... click on the…
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Basis fitness band adds REMMonitoring how long a user sleeps is an increasingly common feature in activity trackers, but Basis is upping the ante with a new suite of advanced analytics that can actually break down the phases of... sleep users experience over the course of the night. On top of the usual metrics of hours slept and number of times interrupted, Basis bands will soon be able to track whether users are in a state of light, deep, or REM sleep — the phase most often associated with dreaming.
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Four Tricks for Sticking toWhat's your New Year's resolution when it comes to your money? The sooner you decide your financial focus for this year, the sooner you can get started on reaching your goals.
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The New Basis Band DivesThe Basis B1 band was already one of the best activity trackers you could buy, with a few caveats. In the last few months, it's taken significant steps towards becoming even better; in November the B1... improved how it keeps track of your exercise habits , and starting this month, it will be able to tell the difference between REM sleep, light sleep, and deep sleep.
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By all accounts, the Basis B1 is one of the smartest fitness trackers on the market: It monitors sweat output, heat dissipation, blood flow and heart rate. And, as of a recent update, it can... automatically detect when you've started walking or ...
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Basis Science will add REM, light, and deep sleep to its automatic snooze-monitoring arsenal.
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Ford to offer free SYNCFord certainly isn't waiting until hoards of tech journos land in the Nevada desert to start breaking its CES news. The auto maker will offer SYNC AppLink as a free upgrade this year to owners of 2010... and newer vehicles. The system allows drivers ...
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Ahead of CES 2014, Ford announced it would extend its Sync AppLink system to 3.4 million cars already on the road through a software update.
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From the next iPhone to the arrival of Steambox, 2014 is shaping up to be a hot year for fresh tech products.
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TomTom has announced that it has launched an all-new TomTom Go range of portable navigation devices in the US and Canada. The devices are redesigned and aim to reinvent how …
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A newly identified protein and other proteins it interacts with could become effective targets for new drugs to control the parasite that cause toxoplasmosis, researchers reported.
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Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major cause of death worldwide, and a formidable foe. Most healthy people can defend themselves against tuberculosis, but they need all parts of their immune system to... work together. A new study reveals how a special class of immune cells called "invariant natural killer T cells" make their contribution to this concerted effort.
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After a snowstorm trampled all five boroughs of New York City on Thursday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio wasn't sitting behind a desk in fuzzy socks. He was shoveling his own sidewalk in front of his... residence in Brooklyn The PlowNYC feature is activated at ://t.co/GD4oTvLzjz, posting real-time updates of snow clearancepic.twitter.com/tU9feeM9DC — Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) January 3, 2014 Another bdb snow shot. He just called me dudepic.twitter.com/4uCcsTfpyL — Josh Robin (@joshrobin) January 3, 2014 Naturally, the mayor's office made sure we all knew about it, but PR stunt or not, you "never saw this on E. 79th folks," as NY1 reporter Josh Robin puts it. De Blasio, who was inaugurated on Jan. 1, took over the mayorship from billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg.
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Adherence to dietary recommendations is weak among people suffering from metabolic syndrome or having increased risk for metabolic syndrome, according to the Nordic SYSDIET study. In most cases, the... diet is too high in salt and saturated fat, and too low in dietary fibre and unsaturated fat; many don't have enough vitamin D. Metabolic syndrome is becoming increasingly widespread, and is associated increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Adherence to dietary recommendations is of vital importance for those belonging to this risk group.
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Alternative to yogurt

Science Daily - 3 Jan 2014 15:53
Researchers have obtained new products fermented with probiotic bacteria from grains and nuts - what is known as plant-based or vegetable "milks" - which are an alternative to conventional yogurts.... The products are specially designed for people with allergies to cow's milk, lactose or gluten intolerance, as well as children and pregnant women.
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Scientists make advance in cancer research

Science Daily - 3 Jan 2014 15:53
A protein that has been at the center of cancer drug design for the last 20 years should not be overlooked according to new research.
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Losing Aaron

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 15:53
theodp writes "It's said that you can't fully understand someone until you meet their family. In Janelle Nanos's 'Losing Aaron,' you'll meet Bob Swartz, father of the late Aaron Swartz and adviser to... MIT's Media Lab, and get a better understanding of how Aaron's family helped plant the seeds of his idealism. You'll also, sadly, see how MIT — the institution which Bob Swartz long felt stood for compassion and creativity, challenging authority, and pure scientific inquiry — took a self-described stance of 'neutrality' in the aggressive prosecution of his son that ended with Aaron's senseless death last January. 'Clearly I failed,' a tortured Bob Swartz acknowledges. 'There's no question, my son is dead. On the other hand, do I feel that I didn't try hard enough? Yes. Do I feel guilt...
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Expectant women with prenatally diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a study of over 500,000 mothers in Finland. Women with a history of... depression are at the highest risk of postpartum depression. The fact that fear of childbirth puts women without a history of depression at an approximately three times higher risk of postpartum depression is a new observation which may help health care professionals in recognising postpartum depression.
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25 years of DNA on computers

Science Daily - 3 Jan 2014 15:52
DNA carries out its activities "diluted" in the cell nucleus. In this state, it synthesizes proteins and, even though it looks like a messy tangle of thread, in actual fact its structure is governed... by precise rules that are important for it to carry out its functions. Biologists have studied DNA by observing it experimentally with a variety of techniques, which have only recently been supplemented by research in silico, that is to say, the study of DNA by means of computer simulations.
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Children are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body during pregnancy, according to new research. Low vitamin D status has been linked to reduced... muscle strength in adults and children, but little is known about how variation in a mother's status during pregnancy affects her child.
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LG's G Flex 'banana phone'2013 may be behind us but it looks like some of the smartphones that debuted last year aren’t quite ready to retire just yet. In a new post from serial smartphone leaker @evleaks, two new marketing... renders of LG’s G Flex “banana phone” have been pictured, one that includes a mention of T-Mobile and a second that shows AT&T as the carrier. Neither company has confirmed that it will carry the G Flex at this point but considering @evleaks’s track record, we can likely expect LG’s first phone with a curved display to debut very soon. Beyond the vertically curved 6-inch AMOLED screen that offers minimal durability enhancements and little else, the G Flex’s key specs include a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon
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[From In-Car Tech] Solar powered Ford C-Max
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Samsung Galaxy NX Mini cameraFollowing in the footsteps of the mobile market Samsung's Galaxy NX camera may be gaining a smaller Galaxy NX Mini in its family. The current Samsung Galaxy NX camera is a fully interchangeable lens... system camera with Android OS and 4G LTE. Now a patent...
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The sale trims $75 off the usual price, but don't wait -- it ends on Saturday.
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Watch Out Google, AddSearch --Finland-based site search startup AddSearch -- founded in April last year, but with two years of search tech work under its belt prior to that -- raised $680,000 in seed funding in November. Like Y... Combinator-backed Swiftype it's attacking the moribund in-website search space which Google has been neglecting, with more controllable and faster search results.
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9 Best Fitness Gadgets 2014 (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 15:46
9 Best Fitness Gadgets 2014So 2014 is here - and it's time to start looking at fitness gadgets. Why? Because it's the New Year. And if you're an adult human with an overdeveloped sense of shame, you're probably looking for ways... to try and slim your waistline, boost your aerobic performance, or else just manage to walk upstairs without heaving and sweating bullets into the cake crumbs scattered on your jumper. We've picked out our nine favourite fitness gadgets which you can buy this year below. All of them will give you a good boost to getting down the gym - or at least make you look a bit sprightlier when you're back down the pub. If we've missed any out that you love, let us know in the comments.
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Acer has rolled out several new products that it will be showing off at CES 2014 next week. Among the new products, that Acer has unveiled is the TA272 HUL …
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[From GamerTell] This week's casual game update includes Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows and four other games.
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Moon Dust Mystery Solved WithA revisited trove of data from the Apollo missions has helped scientists answer a lingering lunar question: How fast does moon dust build up?
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Samsung's user agent profile makes mention of a device called the SM-N750 -- supposedly the model number of the rumored Note Lite without LTE.
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Where Your Body 'Feels'Scientists have long known that common emotions can trigger sensations in our bodies -- whether it's butterflies in the stomach (anxiety) or hot cheeks (shame). And now a new study suggests that we... all have the same bodily sensations associated with our feelings regardless of culture or language -- because the mind-body connection is biological, and is linked to our very drive for survival. Story continues below. Self-reported body maps reveal areas in the body where certain sensations may increase (warm colors) or decrease (cool colors) for a given emotion. "Our emotional system in the brain sends signals to the body so we can deal with our situation," study leader Dr. Lauri Nummenmaa, assistant professor at Aalto University's School of Science in Finland, told NPR. "Say you see a snake...
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AT&T looks to poach T-MobileOh, it's on, now. With T-Mobile dropping its fourth round of "Uncarrier" news next week at CES in Las Vegas, AT&T today fired a salvo of its own — offering up to $450 to current T-Mobile customers... who switch. Here's how it works: Starting today, current T-Mobile customers can trade in their current phone for a gift card worth up to $250. The amount depends on what the phone is, and how old it is. But $250 is the maximum. And then they can get up to $200 in credit when transferring service to AT&T, activating an AT&T Next plan, buying a new device at full retail price, or activating a device they already own. (A reminder, folks, that AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands don't fully line up.) Source: AT&T; More: AT&T Switch site     
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Business redesign based on culture change and consumerization of IT can create the 'work/life smoothie' that will attract and retain the best talent.
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Trends matter at CES. While there may not be major product announcements, trends will emerge to shape 2014. Here's what to watch in business tech.
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Use Glitter Nail Polish toIf you don't want your computer tampered with, or you want to be able to tell if someone's been fiddling with your gear, a little glittery, shiny nail polish may be the perfect solution. A pair of... security researchers presented the idea at the Chaos Communication Congress, and it's surprisingly effective. Here's why.
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Endangered panther killed inAn endangered Florida panther has been killed in a three-car crash in southwest Florida.
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Every digital behemoth is subject to technical errors — even the likes of Google Street View Digital artist Emilio Vavarella sees beauty in the mapping service's colorful and jarring glitches. Since... 2012 he has searched for, recorded and curated these errors into a series he titled "Report a Problem." The name is a reference to Street View's error reporting tool. Image: Emilio Vavarella See also: The 20 Scariest Google Street View Sightings Vavarella told Mashable that when he started the series, he considered the relationship between "technological ideology" and its unexpected outcomes and related errors
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If you own a dog, you have undoubtedly stood there scowling as your dog sniffs every inch of the yard looking for that perfect spot to take care of his …
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Celebrating another year ofScience and Technology Facilities Council News and Press Releases: A snapshot of some of the incredible science of 2013.
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The fight is on. AT&T is offering T-Mobile customers up to $250 for a trade-in and $200 per line to transfer their wireless service.
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The $1,099 monitor packs in a quad-core processor and a 2,560x1,440 touch screen.
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Vuzix V720 video headphonesVuzix has just won a 2014 CES Innovation Award for its new V720 video headphones. This gorgeous looking headset offers headphone sound while plonking two screens at 720p right in front of your eyes.... The dual screens are housed in a visor that lets you...
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Hubble telescope spies cloudsScientists have found evidence of extraterrestrial clouds blanketing two of the most common types of planets in our Milky Way galaxy, NASA officials say.
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Pebble smartwatch event setThe Pebble team has announced a press event for January 6 at CES 2014, where we're expecting to hear more about version 2.0 of the smartwatch's software, plus the new dedicated application store. The... post Pebble smartwatch event set for January 6 at CES, team promises something special appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Private Cygnus Cargo ShipThe unmanned Cygnus spacecraft, which is built by Orbital Sciences, is slated to blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, in a launch that could be visible from... large stretches of the U.S. East Coast.
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AT&T offers T-Mobile customersIt’s official: T-Mobile has gotten under AT&T’s skin. AT&T announced on Friday that it will offer T-Mobile customers up to $450 per line when they switch to AT&T, a stunning preemptive strike... that’s being done in response to a rumor that T-Mobile plans to pay off subscribers’ early termination fees when they switch from another carrier. The $450 payout will include the standard $250 that switchers can receive when they trade in their old device as well as an additional $200 payout specifically aimed at T-Mobile subscribers. The company’s full press release follows below. AT&T Offers T-Mobile Customers Up To $450 Per Line To Switch DALLAS, Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Starting today, AT&T* is offering T-Mobile customers the opportunity to upgrade their mobile
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After clearing parliament, a tax law that would force online advertising sellers from outside Italy to make themselves taxable in the country has hit a road block.
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China: The Next Space Superpower

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 15:05
the_newsbeagle writes "'As 2014 dawns, China has the most active and ambitious space program in the world,' says this article. While it's true that the Chinese space agency is just now reaching... milestones that the U.S. and Russia reached 40 years ago (its first lunar rover landed in December), the Chinese government's strong support for space exploration means that it's catching up fast. On the agenda for the next decade: A space station to rival the ISS, a new spaceport, new heavy-lift rockets, a global satellite navigation system to rival GPS, and China's first space science satellites."
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As our web presence expands, so does the advertising space. Agencies are using mobile and native advertising to catch consumers' attention on a variety of online platforms Companies nearly tripled the... amount of money spent on mobile advertising, from $1.2 billion in 2012 to $3 billion in 2013, according to LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Roughly 65% of both ad agencies and marketers plan to invest in native advertising, for an estimated total of $4.3 billion, in 2014. See also: 10 Tips for Improving Your Mobile Advertising Campaign Social and mobile marketing go hand-in-hand, since at least 17% of the time people spend on their mobile devices is on a social network. It's no wonder then that analysts predict mobile and social advertising will increase 64% and 47%, respectively.
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Qualcomm Toq: The Good, TheQualcomm is not exactly a consumer electronics company. The San Diego-based chipmaker's forte is to drive technology through research. It has developed and implemented much of the hardware componentry... that comes in our smartphones and tablets. At this, Qualcomm exceeds. What Qualcomm normally does not do is build its own devices. Its last big foray into hardware ended 14 years ago, when it sold its cell-phone division to Kyocera. With that in mind, we are ready to forgive, to a certain extent, some of the myriad of issues presented with its very first smartwatch, the Qualcomm Toq. There is a lot to like about the Toq. It is attractive, if a bit ungainly for some wrists. It employs a new generation of touchscreen technology with its IMOD, Mirasol-based display that works on...
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There are a lot of automotive manufacturers and technology firms that are working on technology for vehicles that can drive themselves. There are two overall types of self-driving vehicles today, …
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Acer Iconia B1 Gen-3 Touts[CES 2014] Acer today announced a new an improved low cost tablet, the third generation Iconia B1 that comes with a new patterned finish, slimmer design and offers better sound at an affordable price... of $129.99. The 7 inch tablet has a thin design and narrow bezel with the new back cover providing a comfortable touch feel as it has a silky finish and textured patterned. Its available in two color options on the front bezel, in grey and red. (more…) Follow: Tablets, acer, Android, CES, CES 2014, Acer Iconia B1 Gen-3 Touts Better Design, Performance, Cost original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Google Glass is like a smartphone in your line of sight. While it may still in its infancy and early days of development, it still packs a lot of punch. Here's what it can do.
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Acer has rolled out the red carpet for a new tablet, the Iconia A1-830. This 7.9-inch slate features an IPS display and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet boasts several …
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Acer Iconia A1-830 Clover[CES 2014] Acer has unveiled a new 7.9 inch Android tablet called the Iconia A1-830. Powered by an Intel Atom Clover Trail+ Z2560 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of LPDDR2 SDRAMM, the tablet touts a 7.9... inch LED back-lit IPS display and measures just 8.15mm thin, making it easy for the user to hold in just one hand for convenient multi-touch use. The new Iconia tablet has an aluminium rear cover and a meta mid-frame to add strength to the device. It has 16GB of onboard storage with the option for external expansion through microSD cards up to 32GB. Acer claims that the tablet's battery is good for 7.5 hours. (more…) Follow: Tablets, acer, Android, CES, CES 2014, Acer Iconia A1-830 Clover Trail Powered Tablet Costs $179 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Acer has boosted its Chromebook line with a new configuration option, the C720P-2600. With this refresh of sorts, the laptop will be available next week in Moonstone White, and with …
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Why videoconferencing isCloud-based videoconferencing that offers high fidelity and the ability to connect seamlessly to any video end point is critical to businesses because it increases employee engagement. This report was... underwritten by Fuze.
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The first major snowstorm of 2014 dumped nearly two feet of snow across much of the northeastern United States on Thursday, as frigid temperatures and strong winds disrupted normal life and paralyzed... road and air traffic, forcing the governors of New York and New Jersey to declare a state of emergency.
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As Airbnb scales, the travelerNow that Airbnb has grown up, has a huge valuation, and is causing fear in the hotel lobby in cities across the world, can the traveler experience get a little better, please?
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TomTom Go Series with TomTom Traffic

Ubergizmo - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
TomTom Go Series with TomTomTomTom has already updated its GPS lineup Go series in Europe back in April and today, the company launched the new TomTom Go Series with TomTom Traffic in the US. The most significant update is the... total re-thinking and re-design of the user interface, and from the screen shots I saw, it looks really promising: everything looks sleeker and nicer, the color scheme is much more harmonious and all the information looks easier to access from the main screen than on the past generation. One key feature I really like is the route bar located on the right side of the screen which lets users see what is coming on the road ahead of time. The software update is really a great improvement (on the paper) over the last generation of Go devices launched at CES 2011. On the hardware side the key update...
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Joining the newly announced A1-830 tablet is the new Acer Iconia B1-720, a smaller 7-inch tablet that is otherwise fairly similar to its larger A1 sibling. As with the A1, …
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Samsung has world's largest 110" UHD TV in tow

Coolest Gadgets - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
It seems that owning a TV alone is not good enough these days, as one would do well to have a TV that is large in size. After all, there is nothing quite like having the feeling of bringing in the... cinema experience to the living room, is there? Samsung intends to lead the way
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Kiwi Puts Its All-PurposeWe've spoken to the folks from Kiwi Wearables before: Back in September we caught up with them at the Disrupt SF Hackathon, when they were preparing their platform and demonstrated what it could do... with a sensor-laden prototype used as a gesture-based musical instrument. Now, Kiwi is ready to unveil its hardware, and make it available to consumers for pre-order.
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Acer Expands Chromebook Lineup[CES 2014] Chromebooks accounted for over 21 percent of all U.S. notebook sales in 2013, so its safe to say that there's adequate demand in the market for low priced notebooks with internet dependant... OS. Acer today unveiled the new addition to its touchscreen Chromebook line, The Acer C720p-2600 has been announced, it’s a new configuration in a new color. Called Moonstone White, the new colored chassis complements the sleek design of this new notebook. It has a 11.6 inch HD LED back-lit 1,366×768 pixel resolution touchscreen display with 10-point touch, allowing users to interact more naturally with the device using gestures such as swipe, tap and pinch to zoom. It 0.78 inches thin and weighs 2.98 pounds. (more…) Follow: Breaking, CellPhones, acer, CES, CES 2014, chromebook, Acer...
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Google Glass holds a fair few surprises -- even if they are from the general public. How does a Glass wearer get around the social barriers of wearable tech?
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The Rising Light Desktop

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
The Rising Light DesktopOur old friend Dobbie03 knows how to make a beautiful, minimal, and functional Linux desktop, and this one is no exception. He's been working with Manjaro lately, and created this good-looking... workspace in the process. Here's how he did it.
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Favorite Friday Open Thread

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
Favorite Friday Open ThreadWelcome one and all to the open thread hosted by the (wonderfully amazing and always interesting) commenter driven Hackerspace and its parent blog Lifehacker. So, any hacks, diys, cool new things you... wanna share? Questions you want answered? Things you really want done but don't know how? Well come on in and post!
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No, You Won't Be Able to Float on Zero G Day

Bad Astronomy - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
Hurray! My first debunking of 2014! I mean, "Sigh. Do I have to do this already?" Yes. Yes, I do. Let me start off this way: You'll never hear me say, "Well, now I've heard it all." Long experience... has taught me there is always a sillier claim. Always. And you're hearing that from a guy who has debunked the ideas that the Maya calendar predicting the end of the world, that the "Supermoon" caused earthquakes, and that NASA found plastic beads (and a Wookiee) on Mars. So what's sillier than these? Well, we now have the claim that on Jan. 4, 2014 -- tomorrow -- due to the combined gravity of Jupiter and Pluto, you will be able to jump in the air and float for just a couple of seconds. It's hard for me to overstate just how wrong this claim is. After all, the physics is wrong, the claim about...
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Body scanners and virtual fitting rooms could solve the common problem of clothes ordered online being too baggy or tight     
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Americans Forecast Downhill Slide To 2050

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 14:54
Americans Forecast DownhillWASHINGTON (AP) -- Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you'll get some dreary visions. Whether they foresee runaway technology or runaway government, rampant poverty or vanishing... morality, a majority of Americans predict a future worse than today. Whites are particularly gloomy: Only 1 in 6 expects better times over the next four decades. Also notably pessimistic are middle-age and older people, those who earn midlevel incomes and Protestants, a new national poll finds. "I really worry about my grandchildren, I do," says 74-year-old Penny Trusty of Rockville, Md., a retired software designer and grandmother of five. "I worry about the lowering of morals and the corruption and the confusion that's just raining down on them." Even groups with comparatively sunny outlooks --...
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Watch Out -- The Robots Are Coming!

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 14:52
Watch Out -- The Robots AreI have seen the future, and it is robots. Because I am old and did not grow up gazing at electronic screens or playing with high-tech toys like I-pods and I-pads, I may be among the last to come to... this realization -- that the human race is seriously threatened by the creation of ever more sophisticated robots. But I want to warn my fellow senior citizens, those who still don't know how to text or to hook an attachment onto an email. Last May I wrote a blog post called "Do You Want to End your Days Talking to a Robot?" This was inspired by an article in The New York Times detailing new kinds of robots being created to care for weak and confused old folks. The robots included "Cody" who was "gentle enough to bathe elderly patients", HERB who can fetch household objects, Hector, who reminds...
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Fluff ball? Clump of spiders?A video circulating around the net shows what looks to be a scary clump of spiders, but in reality it shows a harmless cluster of opillonids, aka "daddy long legs" just trying to stay warm.
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India May Relax E-CommerceAs India prepares to reconsider the ban on foreign investments in the country’s e-commerce sector, two of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies — Amazon and eBay — are anxiously hoping to... conquer what they refer to as their last frontier. India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has put out a note inviting various stakeholders to share feedback on the existing regulations restricting foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail e-commerce. Sources at Amazon India and eBay’s operations in the country have told us that both the companies are aggressively preparing their pitches urging the policymakers to revoke the e-commerce ban. So far, both Amazon and eBay have had no choice but to operate as online marketplaces in India, limiting their ability to compete...
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Funny Celebrity TwitterYou've been told to never judge a book by its cover, but is that also true of Twitter accounts? Celebrities are well known for shamelessly promoting their work on social media -- often to an obnoxious... extent. But sometimes, just sometimes, there is a diamond in the rough. We aren't promising that the success of one great Twitter description indicates the ability to make you laugh with tweet-paced regularity, but, hey, it's a good place to start. Here are the funniest Twitter descriptions that celebrities have come up with (or at least take credit for):
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Roses are often red, petunias are sometimes blue (or, more accurately, blueish-purple) -- and now some scientists know why the latter is true. The key is actually a genetic defect. While blue petals... are prized by horticulturalists for their rarity in nature, plants have little reason to prefer the color. Red and yellow are much more attractive to pollinating birds and bugs, and white is advantageous for standing out at night for pollinators like bats and moths. Usually, if there's a hint of blue in a plant, it's combined with red to make purple.
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OTP's Favorite Travel Apps of 2013

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 14:47
OTP's Favorite Travel Apps ofNew apps to color the road from point A to point B (and one to keep you alive should point C be passed-out drunk in a ditch.) Photo by: Ethan Hein Whether you count digital sheep to sleep or spend... nights scrolling through on-demand sex dates, over a million apps exist to make your life easier (or at least more interesting.) But which ones are worthy of your precious finger-play? Our hands are still clean, but we did some hardcore digging to bring you our top travel apps of 2013. WeHostels The nomadic globetrotter's best friend, WeHostels will put a roof over your head almost anywhere in the world at any time. Your future hotel and hostel bookings are just a few taps away and plenty of pictures make the scrolling experience pleasurable. Partied too hard and don't even know where you are?...
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Depending on whose numbers you buy, either Chrome or Internet Explorer is the top desktop Web browser dog.
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Android at CES: Bookmark this page now! [#CESlive]

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 14:41
Android at CES: Bookmark thisIt's time. We're headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 3,295th Consumer Electronics Show. (Not that many? Fine. Feels like it, though. Anyhoo.) As we've previously shouted from the rooftops, we're... cranking things way past 11 this year, going far beyond our usual coverage both as Android Central, and as Mobile Nations as a whole. Once again we're teaming up with John and Cali (and all their awesome behind-the-scenes support) from GeekBeat.TV for a full week of live coverage and interviews once the show floor opens on Tuesday. But we just can't wait. Head to the Android Central CESlive hub and you'll find all the pre-announcements already underway. And for us, the live coverage begins Sunday. (No rest for the wicked.) You don't want to miss this. All the announcements. First looks....
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Bits Blog: Big Data Shrinks to Grow

The New York Times - 3 Jan 2014 14:39
Bits Blog: Big Data Shrinks toIt was a good year for Big Data -- the term at least, and quite possibly the industry. But as masses of data and its subsequent analysis comes of age, many companies have found that they need to focus... on a few specifics, rather than promise to change everything.     
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While early days results had been disappointing, it appears Apple's Newsstand iPad magazine model is finally beginning to bear fruit in the form of revenues for magazine publishers. An analysis... conducted by MPA - The Association of Magazine Media--using Kantar Media's PIB Advance data for magazine ad pages and their tablet edition ad unit database--shows a 6% increase in the magazine media advertising footprint of print pages and tablet units for 2013.
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[From AppleTell] While early days results had been disappointing, it appears that Apple's Newsstand iPad magazine model is finally beginning to bear fruit in the form of revenues for magazine... publishers
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Reports surfaced last month that T-Mobile had a plan to convert subscribers from other carriers. That plan involved paying some of the early termination fees for new subscribers to T-Mobile …
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The past Super Bowl live streams have been wildly successful, so it's no surprise that fans will again be able to watch each touchdown online for the third year in a row. Fox Sports, the channel in... charge of this year's coverage, will start ...
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A Double Dose of Dark Skies in DC

PTTU - 3 Jan 2014 14:33
A Double Dose of Dark Skies inAmerican Astronomical Society: Attendees at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, this coming week are invited to attend two special events related to light pollution and observatory site... protection: Workshop -- Dark Skies & Energy Kits for Classrooms & OutreachSunday, 5 January, 1 to 5 pm, Potomac Ballroom CThe National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has helped develop educational activities about energy efficiency and light pollution. The activities help students identify wasteful/inefficient lighting and describe ways to reduce excess light, a problem not only for astronomy but also for plant, animal, and human health. As part of this program, NOAO developed a Dark Skies and Energy Education kit (DS&EE) containing a demonstration on the importance of shielding lights; different...
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Acer's New Iconia A1-830Acer has today announced two new Android-powered tablets that it will introduce at CES in Las Vegas next week, one of which is a $180 iPad mini clone. It’s called the Iconia A1-830 and it sports a... "premium aluminum" chassis…
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13 Little Kids With Big Goals for 2014

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 14:30
Diets, exercise, finances. These are the typical, dull ambitions we set as New Year's resolutions, only to set ourselves up for disappointment soon after. Before writing that clichéd list of goals,... take a note from the young and less jaded See also: 7 Essential Life Lessons From Kids' To-Do Lists Kids have no problem telling us exactly what they want, so it shouldn't be surprising that their life-improving goals are a little — um, eccentric. Image: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
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Solar Is a Good-Looking,Android: If you like a little form with your function, Solar is a weather app that offers it in droves. Instead of just displaying the time, temperature, and forecast, Solar gives you colorful, visual... cues so you can infer a lot of detail from a single glance. Then you can swipe in any direction for more information.
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Start the year off right with a clean PC

PC World - 3 Jan 2014 14:30
Start the year off right withUnsavory detritus lurks in the vents and crevices of your computer hardware: Hair, dust, cigarette smoke, and pet dander can accumulate in your PC and also in your peripherals, even down between the... keys of your keyboard. Some of it's just gross. However, buildup on fans and other key components can increase the heat stress on your machine, potentially making it unstable and shortening the life of individual parts. That's no way to start a new year. With thanks to Marco Chiappetta's detailed rundown on how to clean a dirty PC, we're adding information on how to clean peripherals as well. Tools of the trade You need just a few readily available supplies to give your PC and its accessories a thorough cleaning. To start, gather a lint-free cleaning cloth (not paper towels), an alcohol-based...
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The UPV/EHU physicist Eneko Malatsetxebarria has explored, on a theoretical level, some quantum effects that take place in atoms at a very low temperature. Firstly, he has discovered that boson-type... atoms and fermion-type ones can be mixed in a specific way. So he has made the necessary conditions for carrying out these experiments available to experimental physicists. Secondly, he has deduced how fermions would influence bosons in this case.
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The empire strikes back: AT&TLate last month, a rumor surfaced that T-Mobile planned to absolutely wreak havoc on the wireless industry this year by offering to pay off subscribers’ early termination fees if they switch from... another carrier. This rumor may have sent shock waves through AT&T because an unnamed source tells GeekWire that AT&T is planning to offer $200 to any subscriber who switches from T-Mobile… and only from T-Mobile. GeekWire says that the $200 bonus “would be in addition to up to $250 of the trade-in value of the switcher's old device, under AT&T's existing trade-in program,” so it sounds like AT&T really, really wants to limit T-Mobile’s ability to take away its customers. If AT&T does go through with such a
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Verizon Moto G to cost $100Verizon has announced it'll be stocking the Motorola Moto G from January 9, when it'll cost just $100 on a $60 per month prepaid plan. Boost Mobile will also sell the phone from January 14. The post... Verizon Moto G to cost $100 from January 9, making it even more of a bargain appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From AppleTell] Scanner Pro allows users to take a snapshot of any document, receipt, photo, or file and edit it right there to remove shadows and other artifacts.
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Readdle's Scanner Pro application for the iPhone and iPad is now being offered for free after Apple named the application the App of the Week. Readdle launched the application nearly three years ago,... introducing a powerful application for use with nearly any type of printed documents. Scanner Pro allows users to take a snapshot of any document, receipt, photo, or file and edit it right there to remove shadows and other artifacts an image would show.
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The Nintendo Wii certainly broke new ground when it came to controls, even if the games didn't have the graphics that most gamers expected. One of the more popular games …
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Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8.1The Acer Iconia W4 tablet is coming this month with the latest Intel Atom processor and Windows 8.1. Acer's Windows tablet will be powered by a fourth gen Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.8GHz that... Acer says will offer 10 hours of battery life. An impressive...
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YouTube's 10 Most-Shared Ads in December

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 14:04
December was full of holiday celebrations, so it's no surprise that some of the month's most popular ads revolved around the seasonal spirit of giving, family and fun. You've probably already laughed... or cried with more than one of these videos, shared widely on YouTube and compiled into this list by Unruly Media. See also: YouTube's 10 Most-Shared Ads in November Even though December was plagued with snow-white, happy family advertising, some products dared to do more to stand out. International athletes one-upped each other's selfies and prepared for an intergalactic soccer match, while audiences learned that canned food is great for cats, not for astronauts.
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Birdwatchers twitchy aboutIf you were to pick a hobby likely to generate confrontations and harsh words between participants, birdwatching probably wouldn’t spring immediately to mind. Yet the WSJ reports that the use of... iPhone apps by birders is doing just that, as a new breed of birders use iPhone apps playing birdsong to persuade birds to come out […]
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A year ago I retired my iPhone in favor of a Nokia Lumia: it's been a surprisingly easy transition and here's why.
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Spredfast Raises $32.5M ForSocial marketing company Spredfast is announcing that it has raised $32.5 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Lead Edge Capital with participation from Austin Ventures, InterWest... Partners, and OpenView Partners. The company has now raised more than $60 million.
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LG Ultra PC and Tab-Book 2 set to hit CES 2014

Coolest Gadgets - 3 Jan 2014 14:00
LG Electronics has big plans for CES 2014, and two of those will include the most recent Ultra PC (Model 13Z940) in addition to their second generation Tab-Book 2 hybrid devices (Models 11T740 and... 11T540). Sporting far slimmer designs, the company’s most recent PC products would weigh less than what their predecessors did, in addition
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While Google works on bringing its polished Glass device to market, wearable startup Innovega is taking head-mounted displays a step further: contact lenses that interact with full HD glasses.
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The Best Budget Office Upgrades Money Can Buy

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 14:00
The Best Budget OfficeA little bit goes a long way when it comes to making your home office more comfortable and easier to use. Whether you work from home all the time or just when your boss lets you, it should be a place... you feel energized and productive with all of the right tools at your fingertips. Let's build a list of the best budget upgrades to get you there.
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Martin Krzywinski is an artist. No, wait, he's a mathematician. Actually, scratch that: he's both, and he can make the number Pi look insanely beautiful.
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Eight Innovators That Shook the World

TechPinions - 3 Jan 2014 13:54
Note: This article was updated to correct the omission of Google. There's no more tedious subject on the internet than an endless discussion of which companies are or are not innovative. If you doubt... it, pick a random Tech.pinions comment thread; ...
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Useful Photography Tip #81: Keep Calm and Let Go

The Phoblographer - 3 Jan 2014 13:51
Relinquish control for a day, and see what photographs you find. The post Useful Photography Tip #81: Keep Calm and Let Go appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Pebble Says 'SomethingThe creators of the incredibly popular smartwatch, Pebble, which came alive in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign last year, published a press release yesterday stating that it will be bringing... “something special” to this year’s Consumer Electronics show, on…
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You might be curious, why is South Korea, the country that owns global corporations like Samsung, LG and Hyundai bringing 10 startups to Israel? To answer this question allow me to first explain to... you something about the Korean startup ecosystem
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A team of scientists at the British Antarctic Survey, or BAS, and other institutions have discovered that a slowdown in the thinning of Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica could be attributed to La... Ninã weather events, which are characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific.
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Voice input has been a pipe dream since Star Trek, with crew members talking into the air and the computer understanding every spoken word. We aren't much closer to that scenario now than we were a... decade ago.
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Steve Jobs BiographerAcclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson is crowdsourcing editorial comments for his new book — which will focus on innovators of the digital age. The book will begin with 19th century computer pioneer... Ada Lovelace, and continue to the present day. So…
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MediaTek to demo chipsets forMediaTek is planning to show off its latest chipsets for LTE smartphones with wireless charging, wearables and 4K TVs at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas next week. The Taiwanese company... is probably best known for powering low-end smartphones, but its portfolio is much bigger than that, which it aims to show at CES. The company's LTE modem, the MT6290, is expected to help drive down the cost of LTE smartphones. For the technology to become truly widespread, there must be products that are priced reasonably, MediaTek said earlier this year. The company will also debut a wireless charging SoC (system-on-a-chip) based on the Qi standard.
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Vodafone wants to be numberCash-rich Vodafone is keen on becoming India’s largest mobile carrier by buying out Tata Teleservices, according to a report in the Economic Times. Vodafone is currently the number two player, not... far behind Bharti Airtel (155 million subscribers to Airtel’s 196 million), and Tata DoCoMo is […]
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You might not recognize the name Fuhu unless you have kids that like tablets. Fuhu is the company that produces the popular kids tablet line called Nabi. Fuhu has teamed …
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10 Ways Snow Days Change in Adulthood

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 13:30
Remember the days when snow days were exciting? Just the thought of skipping homework for a neighborhood-wide snowball fight was enough to leave you up all night waiting with more anticipation than... spotting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve Like most of the magic from childhood, that winter wonderland loses its luster when you enter adulthood. Snow days become an inconvenient pain. Work gets backed up, transportation is impossible and you start to develop cabin fever from all the indoor time. See also: 11 Snow Sculptures That Will Freeze Your Brain We feel your pain. On the bright side, no one can really complain about skipping an afternoon meeting for takeout and Netflix.
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Stars of CES 2013: Where are they now?

PC World - 3 Jan 2014 13:30
Stars of CES 2013: Where areIt's probably no coincidence that the International CES trade show kicks off right after the start of a new year. After all, it's a time to make a fresh start, to look ahead to the coming months, and... to dream big. It's also a time to remember how big plans can sometimes unravel over the remaining 11 months of the year. So as we ready ourselves for yet another CES--the 2014 show opens its doors on Tuesday--we thought we'd prepare for what's ahead by looking back. A year ago, we were basking in new TV technologies, smartwatches, smarter cars, intelligent appliances, slick tablets, and more. What happened to those CES 2013 standouts as the year progressed? And what can that tell us about managing our expectations in 2014? 4K HDTVs: Hardware but not a lot of content What happened then: Much of...
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Laptops, Chromebooks, tablets:CES comes at an awkward time of the year for PC manufacturers. The holiday shopping season has ended by early January, and the industry's next big selling season--back-to-school time--is many months... away. But in spite of the bad timing, we saw the tablet PC and netbook form factors launch at CES 2010, and Intel announced its Ultrabook definition at CES 2012 and its new Atom lineup (code-named Bay Trail) at CES 2013. So what might we expect to see on the PC front at CES 2014, which begins next week in Las Vegas? The scuttlebutt? Not a lot that's really new. Once again, it's a matter of timing. The first wave of Bay Trail-powered devices hit the market soon after September's Intel Developer Forum, so we don't expect to see a lot of new tablet PCs launched at this CES. Conversely, the first...
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DreamWorks certainly knows what kids want to watch, and Android tablet maker Fuhu knows a thing or two about children's tablets -- having produced the Nabi 2 Disney edition model, for instance. It... looks like the two are putting that youth savvy ...
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Acer Aspire S3 UltrabookThe attractive and powerful Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is finally on sale in Europe. The cousin to the Aspire S7 is also available in the UK. The S3, made with annodised aluminium, weighs 1.67kg, is... 17.8mm thin and includes a light-sensing backlit keyboard....
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Startup slow to react to alerts, slow to respond to offers for help
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Virtual Reality has promised big since the 80s, but never quite delivered in the way many of us hoped it would. Now, though, a new form of augmented reality called Mixed Reality hopes to up the game.
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Comets prospects for 2014: AAs 2014 opens, most of the half dozen comets traversing the morning and evening sky are faint and require detailed charts and a good-sized telescope to see and appreciate. Except for Comet Lovejoy.... This gift to beginner and amateur astronomers alike keeps on giving. But wait, there's more. Three additional binocular-bright comets will keep us busy starting this spring.
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Sony Patent Describes MethodIt has been a while since Sony had purchased Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service that many expected Sony to utilize as a means to stream PS3 games onto the PS4 or maybe even onto the PS Vita, but... exactly how this will work out remains to be seen, especially considering that Sony has not shared much information yet on how they plan to truly utilize their recent acquisition. Well thanks to a patent filed by Sony back in 2012, it reveals the company's plans on how they might potentially take advantage of Gaikai, which is to allow gamers to relive some classic PlayStation titles, but take advantage of the fact that the game is streaming to add new content or challenges to older titles. According to the patent, "Finding new ways to play preexisting video games can increase the longevity of...
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DreamWorks To LaunchDreamWorks, the animation studio behind movies like Madagascar and Shrek, is preparing to launch its own Android-powered "DreamTab" tablet. The 8-inch device will be aimed at kids, The New York Times... reports, and it’ll cost under $300 when it launches this spring. DreamWorks has partnered with…
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Death to the disc! 5 ways forMusic streaming services like Spotify are growing quickly and displacing CDs and MP3s as the default way we engage with music, but they aren't without defects. Here are 5 ways all of these services... could greatly improve. The post Death to the disc! 5 ways for streaming music to reign supreme this year appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hyundai has announced that it is experimenting with remote accessibility features using wearable devices and its Blue Link technology. Hyundai says that Blue Link can give drivers access to features...
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Moto G Coming To Boost Mobile January 14

Ubergizmo - 3 Jan 2014 13:12
Moto G Coming To Boost MobileContracts and post-paid plans are great for those who are thinking long-term or who don't want the hassle of shopping for different carriers, but for those who believe that they are around for a short... period of time, perhaps for work or study, prepaid could be the smarter choice. For those of you who like the idea of prepaid, versus post-paid where you could get bill shocks, you might be interested to learn that Boost Mobile has announced that they will be offering the brand new Moto G from Motorola in the coming weeks and will be available for purchase come 14th of January via Boost Mobile's online store, or for those who'd rather see the device in person, the Moto G will be available in-store come 20th January. The handset will be priced at $129.99 off-contract along with Boost Mobiles...
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Alleged HTC M8 Specs Leaked

Ubergizmo - 3 Jan 2014 13:11
Alleged HTC M8 Specs LeakedThe HTC One from 2013 was a great handset that was marred by a series of delays that allowed the competition, namely from Samsung, to catchup and overshadow it. Hopefully that will not be the case for... 2014 with the HTC One's successor, which at the moment is tentatively known as the HTC M8. We have heard the possibility that it could be known as the HTC One Two, but additional rumors have suggested that the HTC One Two could be a series of handsets and not just a single one, but that's a discussion for another day. In any case according to @evleaks, it seems that he has managed to get his hands on the specifications of the upcoming HTC M8, and based on the leaked specs, we can't say that we're too impressed. Considering that the HTC One was released early last year, its specs such as a...
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Architects propose 136-mileLord Norman Foster, renowned architect and founder of Foster + Partners, has proposed a massive network of elevated pathways for cyclists in London. Dubbed 'SkyCycle,' the cycling routes would follow... London's vast suburban rail network for over 220 kilometers (136 miles), allowing cyclists to traverse the UK's capital without encountering cars or pedestrians. SkyCycle would consist of a number of routes, most of which would connect with other lines at points. Each route would be able to accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour. The network as a whole would serve almost six million people, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of one of its 200 entrances. As the majority of London's rail network was created in the steam era, the...
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iGrill Manufacturers To UnveilAccessory manufacturer iDevices has announced a couple of new grilling tech products to be showcased at CES 2014 next week. Both the iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer and the iLP Bluetooth... Smart Liquid Propane Monitor are app-connected products which aim…
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The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet gets a speed bump only two months after its release.
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No one likes an inbox filled with spam and unsolicited requests from strangers, but if you give out your email address regularly or display it on a public website, that could be your fate. Despite the... hazard of unwanted messages, email remains one of the easiest and fastest ways to connect with people in a professional manner. Luckily, there are ways to maintain your inbox and get the important messages you need, without all the clutter. See also: 32 Responsive Email Templates for Your Small Business Here are five alternatives that can keep your personal or business inbox free of solicitations and spammy messages
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Brain in a box: Computer R&DBeyond technology headlines announcing new wearable designs, curved displays and 3D printing machines, there is another research path. Researchers continue to explore how computers may learn from... their own mistakes, which in and of itself will turn the chapter in the way humans interact with machines.
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Mayday could be used for a bevy of other applications if Amazon mimicked its approach third-party sellers and its Fulfillment by Amazon program.
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Dark Matter Search Considers Exotic Possibilities

Scientific American - 3 Jan 2014 13:00
Ever since astronomers realized that most of the matter in the universe is invisible, they have tried to sort out what that obscure stuff might be. But three decades of increasingly sophisticated...... --
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Dark Matter Search Considers Exotic Possibilities

Scientific American - 3 Jan 2014 13:00
Ever since astronomers realized that most of the matter in the universe is invisible, they have tried to sort out what that obscure stuff might be. But three decades of increasingly sophisticated...... --
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Good night's sleep good for brain health

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 13:00
A good night's sleep may be essential to brain health, say Swedish researchers who found depriving healthy young men of a night's sleep increased blood concentrations of brain molecules to levels seen... in brain damage.The researchers, from Uppsala University, report the findings of their small trial, which was funded mostly by the Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden) and Novo Nordisk Foundation, in the latest online issue of the journal SLEEP.
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Scientists discover how some bacteria avoid antibiotics

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 13:00
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have reached a breakthrough in understanding how "persistent bacteria" withstand treatment with antibiotics.They report their work, which could pave... the way for new ways to control such bacteria, in the journal Nature Communications.Unlike drug-resistant bacteria that have evolved their ability to resist antibiotics through mutation, persistent bacteria do not resist the drugs but simply lie dormant or inactive while exposed to them.
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Smart (and easy) resolutionsEven if you don't do New Year's resolutions, flipping the calendar to a fresh year is a great time to take stock of your tech habits and brush them up as needed. Unlike resolutions you have to keep... all year, like working out every day, most of these technology pledges are set-it-and-forget-it. We know you're a super-smart person and you're probably doing all this stuff already, but it never hurts to double-check. Be more secure We all hate passwords. But we need them, at least for now. So use a good password manager--1Password is the gold standard, and the also-excellent LastPass has a free tier that should be all you need. Not strong enough. If you really don't want to use a password manager, then at the very least resolve to use the password-reset feature on every website you visit in...
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LED light bulbs have been around for years now. These bulbs are made to look like a normal incandescent bulb, but use significantly more power efficient LED bulbs inside. The …
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Private american rockets blastThe status quo in space flight operations is no more. Private American rockets are leading the charge of overdue change into the innovative 'Commercial Space Race' by blasting 2014 open with a pair of... 'Big Bang fireworks' just a day apart on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7.
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Acer is known to refresh its Android tablet line-up at CES, and this year is no different. Ahead of the madness, the company has just announced new 7.9-inch and 7-inch models: the Iconia A1-830 and... the Iconia B1-720. The 7.9-inch A1 is the more ...
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Samsung Patent Hints At GalaxyMight it be too soon to start talking about a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Given the success of Samsung's Galaxy Note series of phablets, it is expected that the South Korean tech giant could be planning a... successor to the Galaxy Note 3 which we can only assume will launch later this year, but what will it look like? While specs and features are important aspects to consider, design is another important part of purchase decisions as well. After all having a powerful phone in an ungly design is a bit of a put off, don't you think? Well according to a patent filed by Samsung (discovered by SammyToday), it shows a design of a handset that could clue us in as to what the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might look like. Given that the patent doesn't actually mention a particular device, one could argue that...
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Samsung says that the company needs to ditch age-old business plans and ideas in order to remain competitive in today's markets.
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E FUN Unveils New NextbookWhen it comes to tablets, companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon might pop into mind, so we can't blame you if you have never heard of the company E FUN. Well if tablets designed for the... budget shopper is what you're after, then perhaps E FUN will be a company you'll want to keep an eye on because it would seem as though the company plans on announce two new tablets at CES 2014 next week. The company will be debuting two new tablets in the form of the Nextbook 8 and the Nextbook 10, and in case their names weren't indication enough, they are of the 8" and 10" variety and will be priced at $129.99 and $149.99 respectively. Both tablets are expected to share the same hardware, meaning that apart from the difference in display sizes, with the 8" sporting a 1024×768 resolution...
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LG G Flex Press Renderings ForThe LG G Flex is the South Korean company's attempt at creating a smartphone with a curved display, taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Round in the process. We had heard that LG planned to... release the handset globally and that as far as a stateside launch was concerned, the device was scheduled to be launched on three of the major carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Unfortunately until today we have not heard word about a possible release date, but thanks to the ever-reliable @evleaks, the press rendering of both AT&T and T-Mobile's version of the handset has made its way online. However given that the LG G Flex will look exactly the same, there's no telling which model pictured above is for which carrier, save for the carrier's name sighted in either model, then again we don't...
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Production Challenges SlowingDigiTimes is reporting that Apple is experiencing difficulties in its long-rumored iWatch development — meaning that the (as yet unannounced) consumer launch may slip back further during 2014. The... not-always-reliable news site cites sources from the upstream supply chain, who…
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Compared: The Best Music Services

Time - 3 Jan 2014 12:45
Compared: The Best MusicIn 2001 iTunes arrived on the scene and changed the way we consume music, but it’s not until recently that music services have become true challengers. Companies like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora --... not to mention Google and Apple -- are providing streaming alternatives to the standard methods of downloading music online. With so many choices now available, which service is best for your listening habits? After examining library size and quality, the range of devices you can use to listen, streaming quality, pricing and the longevity of each service, we've narrowed down the list to four great options you should be looking at for your music service. Spotify: Best overall experience Spotify The Swedish-based company is the leader when it comes to music streaming services. Spotify allows users...
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Want a tablet but don't want to buy a svelte iPad Air or the petite iPad mini because you want to stay away from the Apple walled garden? Not a problem! Here are my top Android tablets for January... 2014 which includes an awesome Nvidia-powered system.
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This Is the Sticker ThatBecause this. [Bruce Sterling via Boing Boing]
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Last year LG and Samsung did battle with their first few commercially released OLED HDTVs, and now at CES 2014 we're moving on to round two. The curved 77-inch Ultra HD OLED shown as a concept late... last year will return, this time rocking a model ...
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Lepow makes mobile device accessories running the gamut from cases and external batteries to Bluetooth speakers. The company has announced that it will be trotting out its latest Bluetooth speaker …...
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Netflix's stock nearly quadrupled in 2013, with a 287% increase between Jan. 2 and Dec. 31, 2013. The video streaming and delivery service wasn't the only tech company to finish 2013 with net... increases. In fact, most major tech companies showed net growth See also: The 15 Fastest-Growing Internet Stocks Statista's chart compares the 2013 performance of 10 major tech companies. None of the selected companies saw net losses, though Apple, the world's most valuable brand, had the smallest gains. Besides Netflix, Twitter also grew more than 100 percent (145%), followed by Yahoo and Facebook with 100% and 99% growth, respectively
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Acer Iconia A1 and B1 updatedAhead of CES Acer has let loose the specs on its latest generation of A1 and B1 Android tablets, the Iconia A1-830 and the Iconia B1-720/1. The Iconia A1-830 has a 7.9-inch IPS display running a 1600... x 1200 resolution for 253ppi. The tablet itself is...
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Iconic ZX Spectrum HomeIn the U.K., the iconic 8-bit home computer of the 1980s was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Few keyboards have surely been pounded as hard as the Spectrum's rubberised complement of grey rectangles.
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Snapchat has taken heed of some old warnings after hackers exploited its Find Friends feature to leak details of 4.6 million of the startup's users this week.
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Powerocks has announced its new Smart Power external battery that will be on display at CES 2014 kicking off next week. The battery backup device has 5200 mAh of power …
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Acer Liquid Z5 offers a 5-inchAcer is looking to bring the fight to the budget smartphone wars with the newly announced Acer Liquid Z5. This Android phone features a 5-inch display, but will be on sale for just €169. That might... make it sound like a natural competitor for the excellent...
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Tech stocks: Twitter shares still rising

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 12:15
Social network's stock back on rise off positive analyst report.
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BlackBerry to end partnershipWhat do you mean, you didn't even know she was BlackBerry's 'global creative director'? Appointed a year ago, Alicia Keys was brought in to promote the new BB10 platform and Z10 handset. At the end of... January, however, the partnership will end. The post BlackBerry to end partnership with ‘creative director’ Alicia Keys appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Snapchat Acknowledges Hack,According to a report from a few days ago, popular messaging client Snapchat was hacked in which the hackers managed to get their hands on some 4.6 million user names and phone numbers. The hack did... not appear to be malicious in nature and basically served as a warning to Snapchat over its alleged vulnerabilities and exploits that other hackers could use. It was also a follow-up to a warning of said vulnerabilities that was relayed to Snapchat, but apparently the company did not do enough to patch those security holes up. Snapchat has recently released a statement regarding the hack and promised that they will be releasing an updated version of the app soon that will fix the problem that led to the hack in the first place. According to Snapchat's blog, "On New Years Eve, an attacker...
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Apple's iBeacon Technology ToApple has not attended CES for years, more than a decade even, but it seems that despite not being there physically, their presence will definitely be felt come CES 2014 as the event organizers have... announced that they plan to hold a special scavenger hunt that will utilize Apple's iBeacon technology which will introduce to both exhibitors and attendees to Apple's new location-aware technology which the Cupertino company has recently introduced to its own retail stores to help guide customers through their stores, which on any given day tends to be bustling not just with staff, but with potential customers as well. So why use iBeacon and promote Apple's technology despite the fact that they aren't actually there? Well the event organizers are hoping that come CES 2014, attendees will...
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Steam Hit By DDoS Attacks,It certainly seems like 2014 is off to a series of hacks. We had heard how Snapchat got hacked, and how Microsoft's Skype social media accounts had been hacked, and now according to the latest... reports, we are hearing word that Valve's Steam platform has been attacked by hackers as well who have launched a series of DDoS attacks against the company's servers, causing outages and rendering gamers unable to play their online games or connecting to the service entirely. Gamers attempting to connect to Valve have since been greeted with the error message pictured in the screenshot above. According to one Twitter user, it seems that him/her along with another user by the name of @LARCENY_ have claimed responsibility for the attacks, with the message reading, "so we’re launching more ddos dildo...
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An anonymous reader writes "With the release of Windows 8.1 to the world in October, Microsoft ended 2013 with two full months of availability for its latest operating system version. While Windows... 8.1 is certainly growing quickly and eating into Windows 8s share, the duo has only now been able to pass 10 percent market share, while Windows 7 seems to be plowing forward unaffected. The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 made steady progression in December 2013, gaining a combined 1.19 percentage points (from 9.30 percent to 10.49 percent). More specifically, Windows 8 gained 0.23 percentage points (from 6.66 percent to 6.89 percent), while Windows 8.1 jumped 0.96 percentage points (from 2.64 percent to 3.60 percent)."
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There is no shortage of devices on the market today to allow people to listen to music while they exercise. Many of these devices have FM tuners and the ability …
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Archos to debut $200 LTEArchos is showing two low-cost Android-based smartphones next week at the International CES trade show, including the 45 Helium 4G, which is priced at US$200 without a contract. One of the major... smartphone trends this year is expected to be the emergence of cheaper smartphones with LTE, which is something products like the Motorola Moto G and Nokia Lumia 520 today lack. The key is the availability of cheaper components from vendors such as Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Archos 45 Helium 4G is one example of this development. It has a 4.5-inch screen and is powered by 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. The LTE connection is on paper capable of download speeds at up to 150M bps. But to get the cost down to $200, Archos also had to make some sacrifices: there is only 1GB of RAM, 4GB of integrated...
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Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV review

Pocket-lint - 3 Jan 2014 12:00
Philips 65PFL9708 9000 SeriesIf you're contemplating a 4K television to dominate your living room then there are a number of options out there. The Philips offering, found in its 65-inch PFL9708 form, offers a distinct point of... difference: ambilight technology. Ambilight introduces...
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Hyundai Genesis car will beHyundai has just announced that its 2015 Genesis model will be smart, thanks to Blue Link which will allow it to be controlled using wearable gadgets, including Google Glass. Blue Link is Hyundai's... cloud-based platform that mediates between the car and...
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Watch Mars Curiosity's cleverIn case there was any doubt, the engineers at JPL did an amazing job: Just look at how the the Mars Curiosity Rover deals with the red planet's bumpy terrain in this time-lapse GIF, taken from the... Left Navcam pointed down at the wheels in motion.
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A class-action suit claims that the social networking site monitors and uses your messages for advertising purposes.
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Perhaps the best way to regard Acer's growing range of Android "all-in-ones" is not as PC replacements, or even as giant tablets, but rather as touch-sensitive monitors that have the added benefit of... being able to run their own OS. That certainly ...
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Farm Heroes Saga Is CandyWant to know which “freemium” (free to download, but with in-app purchases) game may just rule the App Store in 2014? Say hello to Farm Heroes Saga. From the creators of social games including... Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch Saga,…
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Desert dwellers and 'botsPhysicist Daniel Goldman and his fellow researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology shed light on a relatively unexplored subject--how organisms such as sea turtles and lizards move on (or... within) sand.
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What I love about Apple's Strategy

TechPinions - 3 Jan 2014 11:45
I see many headlines cross my twitter stream that say something along the lines of what Apple should do in 2014. I always find these to be entertaining ramblings that never amount to any useful... information about Apple’s strategy ...
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Finally, a new Bluetooth mouse from Logitech, and this one is really special.
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DreamWorks Dreamtab: A $300DreamWorks has teamed up with hardware manufacturer Fuhu to produce an Android tablet specifically for kids, which will be regularly updated with exclusive content from the animation studio.
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Microsoft Almost WentWould you have preferred it if the Xbox One had gone disc-less? Games could technically be cheaper since costs such as packaging, printing, and burning would have been taken out of the equation, but... then again there is the issue that gamers without internet might have trouble playing games or downloading news ones. Well thankfully Microsoft has decided to go with Blu-ray for the new Xbox One, but apparently at one point in time, the Redmond company did consider going disc-less. Speaking to the official Xbox magazine for the UK, Microsoft Studio's Phil Spencer revealed that they were still undecided even as late as mid-2013. According to Spencer, "There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1According to the rumor mill, Samsung is expected to introduce more Android tablets, possibly as part of its Galaxy Tab Pro lineup, and last we checked, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 made an appearance at the... FCC, but now thanks to leaked AnTuTu benchmarks, a certain Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has been revealed. So what sort of specs are we looking at here? So far Samsung's tablet lineup have been hovering around the mid-ranged level, but given the "Pro" status of the these tablets, it seems that as far as the 10.1" model is concerned, it looks like it will feature a 10.1" display with a resolution of 2560×1600. The benchmark results also revealed that the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 will be powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 octa-core processor and will be accompanied by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard...
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Oppo Find 7 Photos Leaked (Again)

Ubergizmo - 3 Jan 2014 11:39
Oppo Find 7 Photos LeakedWe have been hearing a lot about Oppo's upcoming handset, the Oppo Find 7, but until today we still have not received word on when the company will be announce the device. Well thanks to a set of... newly leaked photos, the Find 7's metal frame has once again made an appearance, this time featuring additional objects placed inside of it to give us a better idea of how big it is. The image above shows the metal frame with a Pepsi can in the middle, and given that Oppo had a recent collaboration with Pepsi for the Oppo N1 handset, we doubt this is coincidence. The image above also appears to be an ad of sorts, perhaps advertising its display size, but if any of our readers can read Chinese, let us know in the comments below what the Chinese characters in the image above say. So far Oppo has...
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Samsung chairman urges staffSamsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee is calling for his company to forget its old business models and focus on a new wave of software innovation. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Lee used his... annual new year speech to urge the company to "get rid of business models and strategies from five, ten years ago and hardware-focused ways." To achieve that, he wants the company's massive research and development centers to "work around the clock, non-stop." Lee's speech comes just a day after Samsung's market cap dropped by over $6 billion amid analyst forecasts that company profit growth will fall to under 10 percent this financial quarter. Samsung's profits have grown spectacularly in recent years, and although the company is still...
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Ferrari designer's smartThe Ferrari designer's smart bracelet brings with it a rare combination: super sports cars and alcohol. At a jaw-dropping $189,000 (£115,000) it will get you into the most exclusive clubs and even... order your drinks for you. It's a far cry from the fitness...
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Come January 10th, Nintendo's tardy Wii Fit U will hit store shelves at a handful of price points and configurations -- all with the intent of making both you and your wallet lighter. If you missed... out on last generation's fitness-game craze, a ...
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College brings four (or five or six) years of frustration. Constantly studying, blowing off studying to have fun, having too much fun and studying some more. It's basically a pressure cooker for your... brain, but you get to wear pajamas to class. And all that pressure comes to its chaotic peak with the most frustrating assignment of all: your final thesis. See also: Stop With Your Coding Delusions A new Tumblr hopes to ease some of your thesis writing woes. Harvard University senior Angie Frankel created "LOL My Thesis," an outlet for the not-so-academic, and much more brief, ways you wish you could get your paper's point across
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Haloband Lets You Control YourThe rise of mobile has given me so much: 24/7 connections with friends around the world, information exactly when I need it, the ability to track my fitness and health goals. Unfortunately, it's also... given me a complex about my giant sausage fingers and their constant inability to navigate the tiny keys on my smartphone's slippery touchscreen. Sometimes I think I should have just bought a BlackBerry.
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Apple Share Prices Fall AfterApple’s shares closed at 1.4 percent lower for Tuesday’s trading — ending the day at $553.13. The reason in a nutshell: that Wells Fargo changed its rating for Apple from “outperform” to... “market perform”. While this downgrade wasn’t accompanied by…
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NSA's quantum ambitionsThe NSA is trying to build a quantum computer in order to break today’s digital encryption and create new types of encryption, the Washington Post has used documents leaked by Edward Snowden to... reveal. Quantum computers can theoretically compute much faster than today’s “classical” bit-based systems, […]
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YouTube to stream in 4K afterBefore you rush out to buy a 4K TV, YouTube may not be viewable in 4K for some time. It will show off 4K streaming at CES but using its own VP9 codec, not the current H.265 commercial codec that most... use. This isn't a bad thing though. VP9 actually uses...
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The viscoelasticity of natural and artificial biomaterials can be suitable for human physiological function by matching stress relaxation and creep properties. Dr. Chengdong Piao and colleagues from... Second Hospital, Jilin University in China prepared sciatic nerve injury models by creating a 10 mm defect in sciatic nerve specimens harvested from fresh corpses, and defects were repaired by anastomosis with nerve autografts and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) tubes.
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Umbilical vein has been substituted for artery in vascular transplantation, but it remains unclear whether the stress relaxation and creep between these vessels are consistent. A recent study reported... in the Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 32, 2013) showed that the stress decrease at 7 200 seconds was similar between the middle cerebral artery and fetal umbilical vein specimens, regardless of initial stress of 18.7 kPa or 22.5 kPa. However, the strain increase at 7 200 seconds of fetal umbilical veins was larger than that of middle cerebral arteries.
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Hyperhomocysteinemia and abnormal blood lipids are independent risk factors for stroke. However, whether both factors exert a synergistic effect in the onset of stroke remains unclear. As reported in... the Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 31, 2013), a study by Dr. Xiaoyong Sai and colleagues from Chinese PLA General Hospital is a retrospective analysis of inpatients across a 5 year period from the Chinese PLA General Hospital, based on a matched pairs case control design.
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Log your routine and say goodbye to passwords

New Scientist - 3 Jan 2014 11:00
A system that logs your everyday activities and then asks questions about them could be a simpler way of logging in than remembering various passwords     
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Straightjacket, A Great SequelThe Mummy Case is one of our all-time favorite iPhone cases, and now it has a sequel. No, it’s not the execrable The Mummy Returns. It’s the Straightjacket, and it looks pretty rad. The... Straightjacket takes what’s best about the…
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Rumor: YouTube Will DebutWatching 4K video is wonderful and all, but with streaming increasingly popular and data caps largely still in place, it also still seems impractical. Not for long, though, if rumors of YouTube's... latest schemes are to be believed.
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Pockets of weakness remain, where new technologies are replacing old.
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DreamWorks will release itsDreamWorks has partnered with Fuhu, the company that makes Toys R Us' Nabi line of tablets, to produce an Android tablet for kids. The 8-inch Dreamtab will cost "under $300," according to the New... York Times, and will feature regularly updated original content based on DreamWorks characters. The content will be tailored for tablets, and will automatically arrive on Dreamtabs ready for consumption. Unlike many mobile games based on movie and TV, the content isn't being created by a third-party, but instead is being produced in-house.
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A list of many of the titles added since Jan. 1. Happy streaming!
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The company known affectionately as Advanced Micro Delays has just confirmed something we already knew: the intriguing Mantle update for Battlefield 4, which promises a "significant" frame rate bonus... for PC gamers running AMD hardware, has been ...
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Veronica Mars, a crowdsourced movie-revival of the TV series with the same name, has gotten its first trailer In the trailer, we see Veronica returning to her hometown of Neptune, Calif., determined... to leave her past life as a private eye behind. The murder of a singer interferes with those plans, and an ex-boyfriend complicates her life even further See also: Get Lost in These 19 Fascinating Maps The Veronica Mars movie project was the fastest to hit $1,000,000 in funding on Kickstarter back in March 2013. The project had no problem reaching its $2 million goal and surpassing it, ultimately getting $5.7 million in funding
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What to expect when you'reHere are some things to look out for at the Consumer Electronics Show: really sharp TV pictures, wireless music and not much on the phone front.
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MaxStone Remote ConnectsMaxStone is yet another way to trigger your camera from your iPhone, with all the usual timer and detection options to fire the camera’s shutter from afar. But this one takes a different approach to... the hardware. Instead of running…
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More inspections ordered for rocket originally scheduled for liftoff today.
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This Week Reminders App Now Also On iPad

Cult of Mac - 3 Jan 2014 10:15
This Week Reminders App NowThis Week, the app which we said “beats iOS Reminders app at its own game,” is now a universal app with newly-added iPad support. And it’s still way better than Reminders for adding dated tasks.... This Week’s schtick is quickly…
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Environmental Report RevealsHaving previously been labeled the "least green" tech company by Greenpeace due to its reliance on coal at data centers, Apple is keen to live up to its “force for good” mantra by demonstrating... the environmental credentials of its products.…
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Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered that an antioxidant designed by scientists more than a dozen years ago to fight damage within human cells significantly helps symptoms... in mice that have a multiple sclerosis-like disease.The antioxidant - called MitoQ - has shown some promise in fighting neurodegenerative diseases. But this is the first time it has been shown to significantly reverse an MS-like disease in an animal.The discovery could lead to an entirely new way to treat multiple sclerosis, which affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.
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An international group of investigators has discovered new genes, pathways and cell types that are involved in inherited susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The findings are published online... in Nature.Scientists performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) meta-analysis in more than 100,000 people of European and Asian descent. They discovered 42 new sites of genetic variation involved in risk for RA.
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Stroke rehabilitation researchers report improvement in spatial neglect with prism adaptation therapy. This new study supports behavioral classification of patients with spatial neglect as a valuable... tool for assigning targeted, effective early rehabilitation. Results of the study, "Presence of motor-intentional aiming deficit predicts functional improvement of spatial neglect with prism adaptation" were published ahead of print in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair on December 27, 2013.The article is authored by Kelly M.
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Photo Friday: California's Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

Scientific American - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
This photo is of the Signal Hill Oil Field at Atlantic and 28th Streets in Long Beach, California, USA around 1930. It is one of a large group of energy photos maintained by the California... --
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Every gardener knows the look of a ripe tomato. That bright red color, that warm earthy smell, and the sweet juicy flavor are hard to resist. But commercial tomato plants have a very different look... from the backyard garden variety, which can grow endlessly under the right conditions to become tall and lanky. Tomatoes that will be canned for sauces and juice are harvested from plants that stop growing earlier than classic tomato varieties, and are therefore more like bushes.
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A deadly, rare type of soft-tissue cancer may be completely eradicated simply by inhibiting a key protein involved in its growth, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.In the study,... published online in Cell Reports, scientists found that inhibiting the action of a protein called BRD4 caused cancer cells to die in a mouse model of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs)."This study identifies a potential new therapeutic target to combat MPNST, an incurable type of cancer that is typically fatal," said Dr.
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Epigenetics enigma resolved

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
Scientists have obtained the first detailed molecular structure of a member of the Tet family of enzymes.The finding is important for the field of epigenetics because Tet enzymes chemically modify... DNA, changing signposts that tell the cell's machinery "this gene is shut off" into other signs that say "ready for a change."Tet enzymes' roles have come to light only in the last five years; they are needed for stem cells to maintain their multipotent state, and are involved in early embryonic and brain development and in cancer.
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Normobaric oxygen has the rapid and non-invasive characteristics and may have therapeutic effects on ischemic/hypoxic disease. Dr.
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The Public Accounts Committee has today called on the Government to ensure that full methods and results from clinical trials of all treatments currently used in the UK are available to doctors and... researchers. This echoes the call of the AllTrials campaigni for all clinical trials to be registered and results reported. The AllTrials petition calling on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this has been signed by over 60,000 people.
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Substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide are the main neuropeptides in peripheral nerve ganglia, which can anterogradely transmit nociceptive information to the central nervous system. In a... study by Dr. Changma Fu and co-workers from First Hospital of Anhui Medical University in China, a model of sciatic nerve defect was prepared by dissecting the sciatic nerve at the middle, left femur in female Sprague Dawley rats. The two ends of the nerve were encased in a silica gel tube.
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What does compassion sound like?

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
"Good to see you. I'm sorry. It sounds like you've had a tough, tough, week." Spoken by a doctor to a cancer patient, that statement is an example of compassionate behavior observed by a University of... Rochester Medical Center team in a new study published by the journal Health Expectations.Rochester researchers believe they are the first to systematically pinpoint and catalogue compassionate words and actions in doctor-patient conversations.
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For patients with herniated discs in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight... year follow-up study in Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health."Carefully selected patients who underwent surgery for a lumbar disc herniation achieved greater improvement than non-operatively treated patients," according to lead author Dr. Jon D.
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Various medications have been developed to treat neurodegenerative disorders, and drugs without significant side effects are gaining widespread interest such disorders.Brain Research Institute of... Synergon Consulting in Romania, led by Dragos Cirneci, found that the protein p300, which is a transcription co-activator required for consolidation of memories during specific learning tasks, is at the same time involved in DNA replication and repair, playing a central role in the long-patch pathway of base excision repair.
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Citing an overabundance in the use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries that poses a threat to public health, economics professor Aidan Hollis has proposed a solution in the... form of user fees on the non-human use of antibiotics.In a newly released paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hollis and co-author Ziana Ahmed state that in the United States 80 per cent of the antibiotics in the country are consumed in agriculture and aquaculture for the purpose of increasing food production.
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New research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has detailed a new technique that may be able to boost patients' acceptance rates of corneal transplants. This is... according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.A corneal transplant, also referred to as a corneal graft, is an operation involving the removal of all or part of a damaged cornea. Using healthy corneal tissue from a suitable donor, the damaged cornea is replaced.
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A team of researchers from Canada has developed a class of compounds which may help eradicate a neglected tropical disease that is currently hard to kill in its chronic form. The research was... published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, affects about 18 million people living mostly in Latin America. The parasite is transmitted to humans by blood-sucking reduviid bugs, also known as kissing bugs due to their predilection for feeding on the faces of their victims.
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Who is using MyPlate?

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
Most Americans know about MyPyramid - the triangle depicting how many servings of each food group you should eat in a day - but who knows about MyPlate - the circle showing what a healthy meal looks... like? MyPlate was created in 2011 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help American consumers put the Dietary Guidelines into practice. It's a simple, colorful icon that prompts us to think about what's on our plate, illustrating healthy proportions of fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy within a single meal.Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University and Dr.
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Start the year off with a brand new high-performance bag for toting your laptop and other working essentials. Did we mention it's free?
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New genetic risk factor for type 2 diabetes revealed

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
Cambridge and Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Mexico City, Mexico. Wed. December 25, 2013 - An international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States has uncovered a new genetic clue that... contributes to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly the elevated risk among Mexican and other Latin American populations.
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New research suggests that adults who have their medical care covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40% more than adults in similar situations who do not have health insurance. This is according to... a study published in the journal Science.Medicaid is a governmental program that provides medical and health-related services to individuals and families in the US who have low incomes and limited resources.
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Researchers point to digital gains in human recognition

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
Human beings are highly efficient at recognising familiar faces, even from very poor quality images.New research led by a psychologist at the University of York is using advances in the level of... detail available in digital photography to harness this human ability for use in forensics.As the most commonly photographed objects are faces, there is potential in mining detailed facial images for hidden information. Until now, photographers might reasonably have assumed that their own face was absent from the image.
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Between 1965 and 2004, the distribution of states with the highest mortality changed dramatically. In 1965, the states with the highest mortality (Rhode Island, Alaska, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New... Hampshire) were spread across geographic regions. By 2004, however, the states with the highest mortality were geographically contiguous, and located in the south. The Central South (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee) had the highest mortality rates in the United States.
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Researchers from the Boston area, Mexico, and Norway have completed a comprehensive genomic analysis of cervical cancer in two patient populations. The study identified recurrent genetic mutations not... previously found in cervical cancer, including at least one for which targeted treatments have been approved for other forms of cancer. The findings also shed light on the role human papillomavirus (HPV) plays in the development of cervical cancer.
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Shingles rash linked to higher risk of stroke

Medical News Today - 3 Jan 2014 10:00
Shingles, the nerve rash in adulthood caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus, is an independent risk factor for stroke and other blood clot events, the largest study to confirm the association... has found.Publishing their findings in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the researchers found that shingles was a risk factor for stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA, a mini-stroke).The increased risk was independent of other factors known to raise the chances of vascular events, including obesity, smoking and high cholesterol.
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Stem cell-based gene therapy holds promise for the treatment of devastating genetic skin diseases, but the long-term clinical outcomes of this approach have been unclear. In a study online in the... ISSCR's journal Stem Cell Reports, published by Cell Press, researchers evaluated a patient with a genetic skin disorder known as epidermolysis bullosa (EB) nearly seven years after he had undergone a gene therapy procedure as part of a clinical trial.
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Magellan reckons that many smartwatch buyers are fitness mavens, and it's catering to that health-minded audience today with a big upgrade to its Echo Smart Sports Watch. The iOS-compatible wristwear... now tracks data for a much wider range of ...
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Toy Startup Roam And WanderRoam & Wander, the Hong Kong and Taipei-based children's entertainment startup that we profiled in June, is preparing to expand its retail operations into the U.S. just six months after its first... plush toy, TuTu, was successfully funded on Kickstarter.
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China to stream US sketch show SNL

ZDNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:46
Popular TV sketch show, Saturday Night Live, will be heading to Web-enabled screens in China and broadcast exclusively on media streaming site, Sohu Video.
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First 2014 asteroid discovered

Phys.org - 3 Jan 2014 09:45
First 2014 asteroid discoveredEarly Wednesday morning (Jan. 1, 2014), while New Year's 2014 celebrations were still underway in the United States, the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Ariz., collected a single track of... observations with an immediate follow-up on what was possibly a very small asteroid--7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) in size--on a potential impact trajectory with Earth.
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A smart camera gets smarter?The Samsung NX30 puts the NX300's 20 megapixel APS-C sensor and Hybrid AF in a DSLR-like body. It also features a tilting electronic viewfinder and a fully articulated 3-inch AMOLED display, along... with Samsung's familiar suite of connectivity features. Built-in Wi-Fi is available, as is NFC to mediate faster connections with compatible smart devices. We spent a little time getting acquainted with a pre-production model, and have put together some quick first impressions.
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Want to create new habits this new year? Do it one bit at a time with LittleBit. LittleBit is a recently released goal-setting app that encourages you to complete small and simple tasks to ultimately... make a bigger and better you: LittleBit helps you do ONE thing consistently until it's a habit. Thats it. Most people try to change too much at once. They soon get overwhelmed and give up. By choosing one thing and doing a little bit each day, you will find that it's easy to create whatever habit you want! To use the app, you have to specify a small task you want to do every day, e.g. go for a walk, read a book, or eat a fruit. You can then set a reminder for your daily habit (with an interface that's reminiscent of Rise Alarm Clock's).
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'Veronica Mars' trailer showsIt might seem like an age ago, but it's been just nine months since the Veronica Mars Kickstarter successfully raised $5.7 million to create a movie based on the canceled TV show. That movie is... scheduled for release on March 14th, almost exactly a year after the Kickstarter campaign began, and now its writer and director Rob Thomas is ready to show the world where the money has gone with a theatrical trailer.
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Here's an interesting paper by two physicists at Michigan Technological University who have come up with a practical methodology for finding time travelers through the... internet. 'Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. The first search covered prescient content placed on the Internet, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific terms in tweets on Twitter. The second search examined prescient inquiries submitted to a search engine, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific search terms...
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Criminals only need a rough idea of where you live to start casing your home.
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10 great apps for your new tablet

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 09:04
If you're new to the world of tablets, you might not know where to start.
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Health Tip: New Mom, Protect Your Back

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: New Mom, Protect Your BackCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/1/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Keep Stress in Check

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Keep Stress in CheckCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Little Kids and Some Pets Don't MixCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/1/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Preparing Hot Dogs

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Preparing Hot DogsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Daily High-Dose Vitamin E Might Delay Alzheimer'sCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/31/2013 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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When Winter Fun Isn't So Fun

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: When Winter Fun Isn't So FunCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/1/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Fido Really Can Recognize Your Face

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Fido Really Can Recognize Your FaceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/1/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Teen Drivers Become Distracted Quickly

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Teen Drivers Become Distracted QuicklyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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'Low T' Therapy: Is It for Me?

MedicineNet - 3 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: 'Low T' Therapy: Is It for Me?Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/1/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Many Women Still Have Pain One Year After Breast Cancer SurgeryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/2/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Droplr makes it easy to share files with friends, but that simplicity doesn't come cheap, it seems. The company has revealed that it will discontinue its longstanding free tier next week; after that,... customers will have 30 days before they must ...
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Nasscom president Som Mittal says U.S. immigration bill remains a concern among Indian tech companies and efforts should continue to urge the U.S. government to rethink its foreign worker policy.
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Laptops based on Google's Chrome OS will reportedly multiply in 2014. They're cheap and schools have a growing affinity for them.
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[From HomeTechTell] YouTube is debuting their new Y9 codec, that unlike its predecessor will enjoy broad support by hardware manufacturers, and be the driver of 4K video.
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[HomeTechTell] LG Shows Giant OLED 4KTV at CES

Technology Tell - 3 Jan 2014 08:24
[From HomeTechTell] LG is debuting their 77" curnved OLED 4KTV at their CES 2014 booth, Featuring full four times 1080p res, and HDMI 2.0, and four times the pixels of 1080p
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(AP)--FireEye Inc. said Thursday it has acquired Mandiant Corp., the firm that linked years of cyberattacks against U.S. companies to a secret Chinese military unit.
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Snapchat: Will make app more secure

Phys.org - 3 Jan 2014 08:20
Snapchat: Will make app more(AP)--Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users.
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Ice cream truck to replaceDefinitely an interesting way to notify residents of a truck's arrival, an ice cream company is choosing silent text messages over loud music after the local community filed a noise complaint. The... post Ice cream truck to replace loud music with mobile text messages appeared first on Digital Trends.
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India is about to get its second time zone as Assam, one of the country's northeastern states, has decided to set its clocks an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time, or IST, which is followed by the... rest of the subcontinent.
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We have plenty of technology. Can tech accelerate the creation of a meaningful life? E-commerce is just the start...
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Remember the crazy year that was 2013? Among the many things we recall, expansion of the crowdfunding phenomenon is definitely one and the Kickstarter that revived Veronica Mars was a special... highlight. After nine years away Veronica Mars is finally ...
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Rainfall LED Shower Head - $225

The Gadget Flow - 3 Jan 2014 08:00
Rainfall LED Shower Head -The Rainfall LED Shower Head from LightInTheBox is one of those things which you simply must have, but never knew you wanted. It's a solid brass shower head that works just like your existing one, but... this one also has...
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Thor Hammer Power Bank - $129

The Gadget Flow - 3 Jan 2014 08:00
Thor Hammer Power Bank - $129The Thor Hammer Power Bank from Taiwanese company InfoThink will help you charge everything from mobile phones to digital cameras and tablets, music players, etc. The company has been authorized by... Marvel to produce these power banks and USB flash...
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Luna Concrete iPhone Skin - $25

The Gadget Flow - 3 Jan 2014 08:00
Luna Concrete iPhone Skin -The Luna Concrete iPhone Skin from Posh Craft protects your iPhone by encasing it within concrete. This is not a gag. They don't take your sleek and beautiful iPhone and dip it into freshly poured... concrete. But it is a...
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Greenbo Railing Planter - $43

The Gadget Flow - 3 Jan 2014 08:00
Greenbo Railing Planter - $43The Greenbo Railing Planter is a creation by industrial designer Miki Ganor. Simply put, it's a pot that rides a railing without wobbling or toppling over. The patented design will help you convert... otherwise useless railings into a whole new...
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Baggage Tag Packing Tape - $11

The Gadget Flow - 3 Jan 2014 08:00
Baggage Tag Packing Tape - $11This roll of Baggage Tag Packing Tape is just like any other sticky tape you use to seal packages. The difference is that the printing on this one makes it look like it's a baggage tag. It's very... authentic looking...
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Country's full number portability service, which will allow mobile users to retain their number across different telecom circles, faces a delay as the Indian Department of Telecom has yet to accept... recommendations for it.
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Here are a couple of ways that you can improve your lighting and more learn more this weekend. The post 10 Weekend Photo Projects To Improve Your Lighting Knowledge appeared first on The... Phoblographer.     
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If you're anything like me, you probably find yourself sometimes with a camera roll cluttered with all sorts of photos for all sorts of purposes. Well, in that case, you might want to check out Shoots... & Leaves. Just released in the App Store, Shoots & Leaves lets you simply shoot a photo and create a link to the photo for you to use anyway you want: Don't let your camera roll get cluttered with to-do items. Take a picture with Shoots & Leaves, and it gets uploaded to a hosting service. The app gets a link to the uploaded photo and does *something* with it. You decide what that something is. Shoots & Leaves always opens to the camera screen, enabling you to quickly take a photo every time you launch the app. Each photo you take is automatically uploaded to an image hosting service. After...
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(University of Illinois at Chicago) Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found that dysfunction in a single gene in mice causes fasting hyperglycemia, one of... the major symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Their findings were reported online in the journal Diabetes.
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25 years of DNA on the computer

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA)) For about 20 years now, experimental research on nuclear DNA has been supplemented by research based on computer simulations aimed at reconstructing... the structure and function of this molecule that is so essential to life as we know it. A systematic review -- carried out with the participation of SISSA in Trieste -- provides a detailed summary of the majority of models developed to date. The review is mainly aimed at biologists, for whom it may become an important research tool.
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(North Carolina State University) Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly... used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30 percent.
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(University of Southampton) Children are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body during pregnancy, according to new research from the Medical... Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton.
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(University of Huddersfield) The University of Huddersfield's Professor Paul Scott is one of a select group of UK scientists to have been awarded a prestigious Fellowship in Manufacturing by the... Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He will receive more than £900,000 to conduct a project that aims to ensure greater accuracy in the manufacture of crucial components ranging from turbine blades to human joint implants and microelectronics.
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How 'slippers' can end mascara irritation

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of Liverpool) An end to mascara testing on animals could be in sight thanks to tiny organisms nicknamed "slipper" and "eyelash."
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Sex matters for microbes

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of Bristol) Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness.
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(Ivanhoe Newswire) -A new study shows that health care costs in the first year after an inpatient surgical procedure are higher for former and current smokers compared with those who never smoked.
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(University of Eastern Finland) Adherence to dietary recommendations is weak among people suffering from metabolic syndrome or having increased risk for metabolic syndrome, according to the Nordic... SYSDIET study led by the University of Eastern Finland.
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Supercomputers join search for 'cheapium'

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(Duke University) Researchers use brute force supercomputing to identify dozens of platinum-group alloys that were previously unknown to science but could prove beneficial in a wide range of... applications.
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So apparently there's a world record for bungee jumping with the base of the bungee cord embedded into the flesh of your back. To set it, you've just got to top this guy's record-setting 170 meter... base jump and not have the hooks tear out.
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(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Among Parkinson's disease patients, female, black, and Asian patients are substantially less likely to receive proven deep brain stimulation (DBS)... surgery to improve tremors and motor symptoms, according to a new report by a Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania researcher who identified considerable disparities among Medicare recipients receiving DBS for Parkinson's disease.
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(University of East Anglia) A protein at the center of cancer drug design for the last 20 years shouldn't be given up on according to research from the University of East Anglia. The most advanced... version of αvβ3-integrin antagonists failed clinical trials to treat aggressive forms of brain cancer. But new research shows that targeting the protein in question could still be vital in stopping tumour growth -- not least because the drugs involved cause minimal side effects.
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High Blood Pressure Differs by Gender

Ivanhoe - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(Ivanhoe Newswire) - Women with high blood pressure should be treated differently than men with the same condition, according to a study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
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(Elhuyar Fundazioa) The UPV/EHU physicist Eneko Malatsetxebarria has explored, on a theoretical level, some quantum effects that take place in atoms at a very low temperature. Firstly, he has... discovered that boson-type atoms and fermion-type ones can be mixed in a specific way. So he has made the necessary conditions for carrying out these experiments available to experimental physicists. Secondly, he has deduced how fermions would influence bosons in this case.
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(Columbia University Medical Center) The ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association, has selected Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine (CDM)... for a 2014 William J. Gies Award, for outstanding achievement by an academic dental institution in support of dental education. The award recognizes CDM's Community DentCare program, which provides low- or no-cost dental care to children, adults, and seniors in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
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(Emory Health Sciences) Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life. Now researchers at Emory University have detected what may be biological traces... related to this feeling: Actual changes in the brain that linger, at least for a few days, after reading a novel.Their findings, that reading a novel may cause changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain that persist, were published by the journal Brain Connectivity.
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(Entomological Society of America) After studying specimens from the Nearctic deposited in the United States National Museum of Natural History and some specimens in the Canadian National Collection... of Insects, researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region, and they've described seven new species.
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The entropy of nations

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(Joint Quantum Institute) Inequality in the way nations consume energy has been lessening in recent years. An underlying thermodynamic process seems to be at work.
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(Cleveland Clinic) CRC-PRO, or Colorectal Cancer Predicted Risk Online, is designed to help both patients and physicians determine when screening for colorectal cancer is appropriate. Current... guidelines recommend patients are screened at the age of 50. However, with this new tool, physicians will be better able to identify who is truly at risk and when screenings for patients are necessary.
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(National University of Singapore) A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals, a class of... chalcogenide compounds, into high quality monolayer flakes, with higher yield and larger flake size than current methods. The exfoliated flakes can be made into a printable solution, which can be applied in printable photonics and electronics.
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(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use, especially cigarette smoking, and protective... factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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(University of Eastern Finland) Expectant women with prenatally diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a study of over 500,000 mothers in Finland.... Women with a history of depression are at the highest risk of postpartum depression. The fact that fear of childbirth puts women without a history of depression at an approximately three times higher risk of postpartum depression is a new observation which may help health care professionals in recognizing postpartum depression.
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LG G Flex renders surface for AT&T and T-Mobile

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 06:59
LG G Flex renders surface forFurther pricing and availability details yet to be released It may not be a shock to many, but evidence is building that the LG G Flex will be headed to at least AT&T and T-Mobile in short order.... Frequent device leaker @evleaks has just put up the above renders showing the latest bendy device adorned with some simple AT&T and T-Mobile status bar iconography and software branding. Just like previous high-end LG handsets on these two carriers, there doesn't seem to be any carrier branding on the front bezels either. Now naturally these renders can be easily fudged to look like the device is coming to any carrier. But we tend to give this one a bit of weight considering how likely LG is to be shopping this device around to many carriers. Details on pricing and even rough availability aren't...
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Just in case you haven't seen enough of LG's limber 6-inch G Flex smartphone, the bowed wonder has appeared in press shots posted by @evleaks. The pictures aren't shocking for a phone we've already... had our hands all over and even reviewed as an ...
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Using a mobile app and location sensing technology, participants can collect badges and win prizes during the massive technology showcase.
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FireEye-Mandiant merger brims with promise

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 06:34
Demand strong for attack detection combined with with forensic probes
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3 Mantras to Boost Your Networking

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 06:31
You're tired. You've had a rough day. You're just not feeling up to giving your elevator pitch 25 times in the span of two hours. And that networking event you're scheduled to attend tonight is the... last place on Earth you'd like to be. Believe me, you're not alone. I've never met someone who finds networking easy all the time. Extroverts, introverts, shy people, gregarious people: No matter what your personality, there will be a time in your life when you just don't want to network. But, if you have to network anyway, you should go in with the right attitude. Whatever the cause of your networking dread, we've got the solution. Read below for three common networking pain points—and what to remind yourself to stay strong (tonight!).
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A new technique inspired by the immune systems of microorganisms could be a boon for gene therapy.
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YouTube to show offFor ultra-HD to truly take off, there needs to be a wealth of native content available -- not just displays -- and according to a GigaOM report, that could happen sooner than expected. Next week at... CES, YouTube is demoing new 4K streaming-tech at a ...
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Polaroid plans to roll out a couple new products for the upcoming CES 2014, among them being the new 50-inch Roku Ready Smart TV, model 50GSR7100. As you may image, …
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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest startup

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 06:20
Troubled device maker accuses TV host of patent infringement, targeting iPhone keyboard.
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What do your homescreens look like for 2014?

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 06:09
What do your homescreens lookNew calendar year, new look for your phone or tablet It's now 2014, and that means maybe it's time to clean up that homescreen for a new look in the new year. It always feels good to clear out your... phone and start fresh, really thinking about what apps and widgets are most important for productivity (and a little fun as well). We're sure more than a few of you have taken to your phone and tablet to rearrange things in 2014, so how does it look after you're done? I've posted screenshots of my current setup right now after the break, but we'd love to see what your devices are looking like in the forums as well. More: Show off your new homescreen setup in the forums!
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Zothecula writes "More shark attacks occur in Western Australia than almost anyplace else on Earth. In order to help protect swimmers and surfers, the state government relies largely on... helicopter-based spotters, plus members of the public who report their own sightings. Now, however, the Department of Fisheries has introduced a new system, in which the toothy fishes announce their own presence via Twitter. Known as the Shark Monitoring Network, the system utilizes acoustic tags that are attached to the fins of individual sharks, along with buoyed monitoring devices that pick up the signals transmitted by those tags. When a tagged shark swims within range of one of the monitors, its species, size and location is automatically recorded."
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Using the new Mac Pro on its side

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 05:57
I had no idea you could use the Mac Pro on its side, but according to this Apple support document, you can.∞ Read this on The Loop
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When Google first introduced Glass over a year and a half ago, one question loomed: what kind of apps could make it worth wearing a head-mounted computer everywhere you go? There's still no good... answer for that, in part because Glass is still not publicly available; it is expected to be released sometime this year. However, a select group of developers have had Glass in their hands (and on their heads) for months, and the apps they're developing hint at what they think will make Glass — and other head-worn computers — a mainstream hit. Some of these apps seek to make technology less distracting (for the wearer, at least, since Glass is hard to ignore on someone's face). Others focus on activities that may be better suited for a computer on your face than a smartphone or a laptop.
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The two are just some of the gadgets expected at this year's CES
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CSS Gradient animation trick

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 05:40
Nice.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Facebook reads privateHere we go again: another class action lawsuit against a big tech company accused of over-stepping privacy boundaries. This one says Facebook scans private messages opportunities in search of ad... opportunities.
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Hilarious guy recreates famousHow do you top a couple that recreates movie scenes with their adorable baby? By recreating famous scenes with a dog. Yeah, it's beautiful inspired work that should make us all want to grab our pet... best friend in a warm embrace like Gosling did to McAdams.
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This year's World Cup willThe first ceremonial kick at the opening 2014 World Cup game taking place in Brazil later this year may be delivered by a paralyzed teen who will control an exoskeleton body to allow him to move and... actually hit the ball, NewScientist reports. The teen is now training in virtual reality with the technology that will let him kick the first ball at the competition. The teen will wear an exoskeleton that will support his lower body and will respond to wireless commands received from electrodes placed on the scalp or within the brain and converted into movement by a computer that's also worn by the kicker. The research behind this Walk Again Project is backed by a variety of
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Fans of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the Dwarves of Erebor download the film a whopping 8.4 million times making it No. 1 in the top 10 most pirated movies list.
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Picture of the Day: A Natural Viewfinder

Twisted Sifter - 3 Jan 2014 05:25
Picture of the Day: A Natural  A NATURAL VIEWFINDER   Photograph by John Fowler | lumenetic.com   At the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah you will find this impressive alcove at the end of the Jacob... Hamblin Arch in Coyote Gulch. While you can experience Coyote Gulch as a day-hike, many choose to spend 2-4 nights backpacking…
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Two-hundred dollars difference (or $250 in Canada) just doesn't seem like an unbridgeable gap. So, is there really a rational case for keeping the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines separate any more,... especially if the Air gets a Retina display with its next round of updates as many continue to predict despite being disappointed on that hope last June? Both MacBook families having Retina panels would further blur the line separating Air and Pro.
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[From AppleTell] It's at least conceivable that Apple could drop the 11-inch MacBook Air, merge the 13-inch MacBook Air with the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and let a 13" iPad handle the low end.
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[From AppleTell] The largest Lucky Bag contained an 11-inch MacBook Air, Apple Magic Mouse, Pill Speaker by Beats, red MacBook Air jacket, special New Year's Apple shirt and other small items.
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Last month, Apple announced it would be holding its annual New Years "Lucky Bags" or Fukubukuro promotion in Japan on January 2nd. Today, Apple finally gave away a number of products, including iPads,... Macbook Airs, and iPods. All of these Apple products came along with several items such as speakers and cases. The largest Lucky Bag contained an 11-inch MacBook Air, Apple Magic Mouse, Pill Speaker by Beats, red MacBook Air jacket, special New Year's Apple shirt and other small items.
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Chinese developers of car service mobile apps, Didi Taxi and Kuaidadi, each secured US$100 million funds in recent months as market players look to tap China's growing online-to-offline (O2O) space.
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Documents Unlimited Free lets you create, edit and view Microsoft Office documents.
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Dust off your best touchdown dances, football fans — an Internet connection is all you'll need to watch at least four games of this season's NFL playoffs CBS announced on Thursday that it will... live-stream its share of post-season NFL coverage at CBSSports.com. That covers four of the five AFC playoff games. You can watch via computer or mobile device without needing to provide any pesky authentication credentials See also: The Yellow First-Down Line: An Oral History of a Game Changer Beginning Sunday, here are the games you can catch at CBSSports.com (or on regular ol' CBS if you're old school like that):
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Tablet gets a quiet upgrade. Unannounced CPU upgrades are unannounced for a reason: newer CPUs tend to offer better performance.
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Polaroid isn't known as a technology vanguard, but it's showing a little forward thinking today with the launch of three budget tablets. The 7-inch Q7 (pictured below), 8-inch Q8 (above) and 10.1-inch... Q10 all run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, ...
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King Tut's Mummified ErectPossibly the first-known mummified erect penis, and other burial anomalies, were not accidents during embalming, but rather deliberate attempts to make the king appear as Osiris, the god of the... underworld, in as literal a way as possible.
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Fixing A Coolant Loop In Earth Orbit

SpaceRef - 3 Jan 2014 05:02
NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio participates in the first Expedition 38 spacewalk designed to troubleshoot a faulty coolant pump on the International Space Station....
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Researchers from North Carolina State University and Johns Hopkins University have found that an increase in the use of wind power generation can make the power grid more fragile and susceptible to... disruptions. But the researchers didn't just identify the problem -- they have also devised a technique for coordinating wind power generation and energy storage in order to minimize the potential for such power disruptions.
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According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA dreams of a quantum computer that can break nearly every type of encryption -- one it is working towards (in part, …
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In Photos: The Life and Death of King Tut

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 04:59
In Photos: The Life and DeathTutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who lived between roughly 1343 and 1323 B.C. Often called the "boy-king" he ascended the throne at around the age of 10. Today he's most famous for his tomb... discovered largely intact in the Valley of the Kings.
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The Caribbean country of Cuba is pictured in this nadir image, photographed by one of crew aboard the International Space Station....
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YouTube to bring 4K streaming to CES

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 04:53
The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show will see YouTube wade into 4K waters
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Camera maker Polaroid is throwing its hat in the 4K TV ring at CES 2014
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First 2014 Asteroid Discovered

SpaceRef - 3 Jan 2014 04:50
Asteroid 2014 AA was discovered by the NASA-sponsored Catalina Sky Survey on Jan. 1, 2014....
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The week in Tech: 5 must-know things

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 04:50
Here's what you need to know about the week in Tech.
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North Carolina politician David Waddell chooses to terminate his role and go out like a Klingon warrior. Worf would be proud.
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Chinese low-cost smartphone maker says it clocked overall income of US$5.18 billion and shipped 18.7 million handsets last year, and vows to ship 40 million in 2014.
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Apple Names Readdle's ScannerEvery week Apple picks an app to showcase in the App Store as app of the week, and to kick off the new year Readdle’s Scanner Pro has been selected. The app is designed to turn your iPhone or... iPad…
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Snapchat Promises SecuritySnapchat promised security fixes Thursday after hackers leaked 4.6 million phone numbers and user names from the photo-sharing app. In a blog post on the company’s site, Snapchat said the breach was... the result of an “abuse” of their “find friends” feature. “We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number,” the company said. “We’re also improving rate limiting (which would reduce the speed at which anyone can access phone numbers from Snapchat's databases) and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.” The company has not announced when the update will be released. Computer-security research firm Gibson Security...
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Now that the holidays are behind us, Doritos is hoping to segue into Super Bowl fever. The Frito-Lay brand has posted the five semifinalists in its long-running "Crash the Super Bowl" contest, which... lets amateur filmmakers get a chance to have their ad run in the big game. Doritos plans to air two of the five below — one picked by fans and one that its marketing team chooses See also: The 10 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time The two winners will get a chance to work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The creators of the ad that gets the most votes will receive a $1 million grand prize. The runner-up gets $50,000 while the other three finalists each get $25,000. Fans have until Jan. 29 to vote here.
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In a complaint filed late last month, two Facebook users filed a lawsuit against the social network, claiming it scans the contents of private messages and performs activities branching off …
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Snapchat, feeling the heat,Snapchat, reeling from a recent hack that exposed millions of user names and partially redacted phone numbers of its members, will now let users back out of the feature that hackers abused. The... company also said it would improve some mechanisms, including a tool known as "rate limiting," to combat future attempts to abuse its service. In August, security research group Gibson Security warned Snapchat of a flaw in its "Find Friends" feature that could allow account details such as user names and phone numbers to be leaked. Last week, the group published proof-of-concept code showing how Snapchat's API (application programming interface) could be abused to expose that information. Then, on New Year's Day, a group of hackers paired the phone numbers with the user names of more than 4.6...
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(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or... consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
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Last year, Fuhi's $199 Nabi struck a chord with parents: More than 2 million units sold.
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Meet the Wi-Fi hotspot thatIn this digital age, we expect all of our devices to multi-task as much as we do. Our video game consoles need to serve as capable media centers, our watches need to receive email, and apparently our... projectors need to double as Wi-Fi hotspots. ZTE announced its lineup for CES 2014 on Thursday, and one of the most interesting devices on the list is succinctly titled the Projector Hotspot. “This device is great for streaming and sharing visual content whether you're in the office, at home (inside or outside) or in the classroom,” says ZTE. “With its compact size, the unit can provide 4G access for up to eight clients simultaneously.” ZTE will also be showcasing a variety of other
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Polaroid announces range of QNew 7, 8 and 10-inch tablets from Polaroid hope to attract new users Polaroid has just announced some additions, called the Q Series, to its tablet lineup. Coming in a 7, 8 and 10-inch sizes, Polaroid... hopes that its latest offerings will attract some attention. The Q7, Q8 and Q10 are all Wifi tablets that will launch running Android 4.4 KitKat -- something many people will enjoy. Powered by a quad-core processor, each of these tablets will feature many of the other standard bells and whistles like Bluetooth, HDMI out, front and rear cameras, as well as front-facing speakers for great media enjoyment. “Tablets are changing the way consumers use and share their favorite media and memories, and Polaroid’s robust line of tablets is allowing more consumers to share with on-the-go...
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Snapchat to issue app updateSnapchat said it will soon release a new version of its app with improved security measures in response to a group of hackers who this week exposed the phone numbers of millions of users by taking... advantage of a vulnerability in the popular photo-messaging app.     
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One more time. Even if you wear earplugs, turn off the radio and stay away from noisy clubs, you know Daft Punk's song 'One More Time'. It's one of those songs that seems to be inserted into the... memory of every human who has existed since the year 2000. Here, EDM producer Sadowick Production reveals how Daft Punk made the song from a sample the French duo says they didn't use. It's quite shocking how easy it was to recreate.
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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are just over 30 days away. Cold-weather feats of astounding athleticism will stun spectators the world over. Across the globe, world-class athletes are... training as we speak, hoping to do their countries proud on the world stage Take, for example, snowboarder Louie Vito. His sport involves performing jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics and bombing down mountains at breakneck speed. So, naturally, he's been busy lifting weights in preparation: Protein refuel session always follows a good workout#AmericasPROtein pic.twitter.com/XQQX2Lm7da — Louie Vito (@louievito) December 30, 2013
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Besides watching Super Bowl XLVIII for free online, fans can also stream wild card match-ups and playoffs.
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CES 2014: A tech extravaganza in Vegas

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 03:33
The sprawling CES often sets the product and marketing agenda for tech for the year.
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CES Using Apple's iBeacon ForThe Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas next week, and today it was announced that Apple’s iBeacon technology will be used to organize a scavenger hunt on the show floor for attendees.... iBeacons placed throughout the expo will…
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The status quo in space flight operations is no more. Private American rockets are leading the charge of overdue change into the innovative 'Commercial Space Race' by blasting 2014 open with a pair of... 'Big Bang fireworks' just a day apart on Jan. 6 and Jan 7. A pair of US aerospace firms – SpaceX […]
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Taking center stage for Toyota at CES 2014 will be its Fuel Cell Vehicle concept car, which will demonstrate Toyota's research into clean automotive energy.
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NYNE unveils four newNYNE has just unveiled a sneak peak at four new speakers for its "lifestyle inspired" product lineup for CES, including a host of new styles designed to bring the music with you. The new speakers... boast some respectable features, and all reside below the $150 price point. The post NYNE unveils four new ‘lifestyle-inspired’ speakers for CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Report: NSA looking to crackThe U.S. National Security Agency is attempting to build a new breed of supercomputer that theoretically could make short work of cracking most keys used for encrypted communications. The project to... build "a cryptographically useful quantum computer" is part of an $80 million research project called "Penetrating Hard Targets" that is taking place at a campus in College Park, Maryland, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper quoted documents it said were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Since the early days of encryption, an important defense in the security of each system has been the amount of time it would take to attack and discover the encryption key. The longer the time required, the greater the motivation and financial investment needed to discover the key....
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Nerval's Lobster writes "A bunch of anonymous developers are working on 'Coinye West,' a crypto-currency named after rapper Kanye West. Coinye West isn't an official production of Kanye West, and the... developers are staying anonymous because they probably fear the inevitable copyright lawsuits. (Of course, if the currency hits the online market and proves a success, it's always possible the real Kanye West would drop any suit in exchange for a massive amount of Coinye West coins—every hip-hop artist on the planet might claim to drive a Maybach, but how many can claim a currency?) 'DROPPING JANUARY 11, 2014. 11 PM EST,' read a note on Coinyewest.com. 'No premine, no screwed up fake "fair" launches, shyster devs, muted channels, and f**ked up wallets,' it helpfully added. 'We will be...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan took the whole "season of giving" thing to heart once again in 2013 For the second straight year, the couple gave away 18 million Facebook shares... — a gift worth more than $970 million — to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in December See also: 10 Innovations That Improved the World in 2013 The donation was the largest charitable gift on public record in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and marked the first time that donors under the age of 30 were responsible for the year's largest donation. Zuckerberg and Chan's 2013 donation was equal in shares to the gift the couple gave the same foundation in December 2012. That gift was valued at just under $500 million at the time, but the success of Facebook's stock...
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First 2014 Asteroid Discovered

PTTU - 3 Jan 2014 03:08
First 2014 Asteroid DiscoveredNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: A small asteroid, the first of 2014, may have disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere early Wednesday morning off the coast of West Africa, according to... observations from the Catalina Sky Survey.
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You might actually be able toEver since they were first unveiled, ultra high-definition televisions have been little more than a pipe dream for the average consumer. With prices soaring as high as $150,000 for the largest models,... many had begun to write off the whole idea of ultra HD until the prices began to dip below Lamborghini levels. Although prices remain much higher than many are willing to spend, The Wall Street Journal reports that a 4K future could be closer than ever. According to the report, “prices of ultra high-definition TVs are plummeting, driven by Chinese manufacturers and by surging demand in that country.” Sony, LG and Toshiba have already started selling select 4K televisions for under $3,000, and lesser known brands have even dipped
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Holiday Podcast Special:This week on the podcast we're talking to osteopathic physician and director of Examine.com, Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, to answer your health questions. We're also talking to Rod Ebrahimi, CEO of debt... management site ReadyForZero.com to solve all sorts of personal finance problems, from credit scores to student loans.
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Website of the day: Zombie Evacuation

Pocket-lint - 3 Jan 2014 03:00
Website of the day: ZombieAnother day into the new year and we've got another idea for a slightly different way to keep fit. And this one really appeals to us. Research suggests that one way to push the body to its limits is... to scare the living daylights out of it. Fear makes...
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Amped Wireless, following the REA20 extender launched back in August, has announced the first long-range high-powered AC1900 WiFi router and WiFi extender, the RTA30 and the REA33. Both devices are...
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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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[From GamerTell] Licensing agreements with Disney have expired, requiring Activision to pull its Marvel Comics titles from digital distribution networks.
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Snapchat Responds To Massive Hack

ReadWrite - 3 Jan 2014 02:32
Snapchat Responds To MassiveAfter hackers compromised an estimated 4.6 million Snapchat accounts, the Venice, California-based messaging startup is finally admitting it has a problem--but it's making no apologies.  Over the... holidays, a whitehat hacker collective published what it claimed was Snapchat's API and two security exploits that could allow hackers to scrape phone numbers and personal data from the application. Snapchat responded that, hypothetically, it could happen.  On Tuesday, it did happen. An anonymous hacker group published a database of Snapchat phone numbers with the last two digits blocked out, compromising 4.6 million accounts.  Snapchat doesn't seem too concerned about the breach, however. The company said Wednesday it will be releasing an updated version of the application that lets users...
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Chrome for Android was 2013's big winner.
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Best Buy has decided to reduce the price of the 16GB iPhone 5s from $199 to $124.99 tied to a two-year contract, while the colorful iPhone 5c with 16GB storage on board goes free on contract. But it's... not just the 16GB iPhone 5s; Best Buy is offering a discount of $75 on the 32GB and the 64GB variants as well, bringing their price down to $224.99 (regularly priced at $299.99) and $324.99 (regularly priced at $399.99), respectively. And, of course, they're on-contract as well.
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[From AppleTell] In addition to the 16GB deals, Best Buy is offering savings on the 32GB and 64GB versions of the iPhone 5s, and you can save $120 on the 32GB iPhone 5c.
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This swarming horde of blackWe're not preparing to fight the aliens. This isn't a scene from Independence Day 2. It's just a throwback photo of 25--yes, twenty five--Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk black stealth fighter jets... celebrating its 25th anniversary back in 2006. What a beautifully intimidating celebration of power it was.
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Tagged sharks in the seas of Western Australia have taken to tweeting their whereabouts. But swimmers shouldn't toss their caution just because the animals have gotten into social networking.
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Flashy gadgets and gizmos won't be all that's on display at the annual International CES in Las Vegas this month. Amid the consumer tech, attendees will once again find themselves with the chance to... gawk over the event's celebrity guests Some of these celebrities will add their star power behind specific brands, though celebrity cameos have backfired in the past, with some people remembering their appearances more so than the brands they represented. For example, pop star Justin Bieber attended in 2012, but do you remember which brand he tried to help promote? See also: CES 2014: 5 Tech Trends to Watch
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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 02:23
sciencehabit writes "Roaming bits of DNA that can relocate and proliferate throughout the genome, called 'jumping genes,' may contribute to schizophrenia, a new study suggests. These rogue genetic... elements pepper the brain tissue of deceased people with the disorder and multiply in response to stressful events, such as infection during pregnancy, which increase the risk of the disease. The study could help explain how genes and environment work together to produce the complex disorder and may even point to ways of lowering the risk of the disease, researchers say."
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CBS and NBC to stream NFLCBS and NBC are making it easy for football fans to follow along this postseason by streaming their NFL playoff coverage online for free. Following the precedent set in 2012, NBC will be offering... both of its wild card match-ups this Saturday, while for the first time CBS will be streaming all four of its playoff games — including the AFC championship game. All told, the entire AFC side of the NFL playoff bracket will be free online for customers, so whether you're a Broncos or a Patriots fans, your bases are covered. Of course, the rights to various games are divvied up amongst different networks, and Variety reports that Fox will be hiding its online streams behind the TV Everywhere initiative. Comcast, Cablevision, and AT&T...
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iPhone 5s Jailbreak Tweak LetsIf there's one pet peeve that we're sure many iOS users have about their device would be its home button. Considering that the home button needs to be pressed all the time in order to exit an app or... switch between apps, it can wear out pretty fast, leaving some iOS users asking Apple for a soft key version. Granted you could always use the on-screen home button but that's not a very elegant solution, but if you don't mind jailbreaking your brand new iPhone 5s, here's a tweak you'll definitely want to check out. The iOS 7 jailbreak was released not too long ago and if you have jailbroken your iPhone 5s, you can head on over to the Cydia Store and download a tweak called Virtual Home, which basically transforms your Touch ID sensor into a home button, allowing you to activate the home button...
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Rumored 12.9″ iPad ProBack in 2013, we reported on a rumor that Apple could be looking to develop a new iPad with a 12" display, and that they would be joining Samsung in creating such products. As far as Samsung's rumored... 12" tablet is concerned, recent benchmark sightings have seemingly confirmed the existence of said device, but what about Apple? Well according to a new report from International Business Times, they claim that Apple could be looking to launch an iPad Pro that will not only sport a 12.9" display, but could also sport a 2K display and will feature eye-tracking technology. There have also been rumors that Apple could be turning to a 4K display for future iPads, but the report claims that the 2K version will be released first followed by the 4K version at a later date. According to the reports,...
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Second tiny asteroid spotted before it hit Earth

New Scientist - 3 Jan 2014 02:17
Celestial fireworks got off to an early start this year as a small meteor burned up in the atmosphere in the first days of 2014 – we saw it coming, but only just     
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Scanner Pro for iOS availableScanner Pro, the document-scanning app for iPhone and iPad created by Readdle, is available for free this week as part of Apple’s “App of the Week” promotion. The app uses an iOS device’s... camera to scan documents, complete with real-time border detection for perfectly-sized scans, and stores them as PDFs in a variety of cloud […]
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Benjamin Bratton to TED: 'MoreShortly before New Year's, I was reading The Guardian when I happened upon a great editorial that intelligently criticized the popular TED conferences. It turns out that it was written by an old L.A.... acquaintance, Benjamin Bratton, who currently teaches at UCSD's visual arts program. The piece, "We need to talk about TED," culled from Bratton's TEDx San Diego talk (below), was interesting on so many levels. But, prima facie, it put a smile on my face because its premise -- that TED's dumbed-down, pop-intellectual, Gladwellian talks weren't doing our already devolving culture any favors -- struck a personal chord. Years back, I interviewed Bratton, who was then working on an interactive "living house" bio-architectural project, and when I found his language getting too oblique and heady, I...
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Bill Nye to Debate CreationistAfter shuffling off the "Dancing with the Stars" stage, Bill Nye has decided to take on creationism with a debate tentatively scheduled between the Science Guy and Ken Hamm, founder of Kentucky's... Creation Museum, for Feb. 4.
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A study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine shows patients with Medicaid insurance seeking care in an emergency department may be driven by lack of alternatives instead of the severity... of their illness. The study is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM).
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ZTE Android smartphones,Mobile phone manufacturer ZTE has just unloaded a swathe of new Android smartphones, as well as a smartwatch, phablet, projector hotspot, and more, all of which will be formally unveiled at the 2014... CES tradeshow in Las Vegas. Starting with the smartphones,...
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The ACLU Will Appeal CourtIn an expected move, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today announced that it would appeal the dismissal of its case relating to the National Security Agency’s telephony metadata program.... Recently, US District Judge William Pauley III ruled that the program was constitutional. The case in question, ACLU v. Clapper, was set back by Judge Pauley III who invoked past terror attacks as reason for the metadata program’s existence, and argued that protections under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court were stiff enough to protect constitutional rights. The ACLU disagrees, and in a statement claimed that “the NSA’s call-tracking program violates both statutory law and the Constitution.” There have been two legal decisions of note thus far regarding the NSA’s...
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Why a huge user base builtYou may not have heard of Tencent but you can bet Facebook and Google have. The Chinese mobile apps provider and internet portal makes 80 percent of its revenue selling actual services not... advertising.
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The newly formed duo can now detect, prevent, and resolve breaches -- this could have ramifications for security firm competitors and governments accused of spying on their citizens and allies.
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Starbucks now supportsStarbucks, this week, updated their iconic Pick of the Week promotion to take advantage of iOS 7′s ability to use the device’s camera to redeem iTunes gift cards. Before that, customers had to... pick up a physical card featuring a promo code to redeem the Pick of the Week app and manually type the code into the […]
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Kepler-62f: A Possible Water World

SPACE.com - 3 Jan 2014 02:01
Kepler-62f: A Possible WaterThe rocky planet Kepler-62f could be covered in water, as long as there is enough cloud around the planet to warm the surface below.
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Yielding to Neural Temptation

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 02:01
Yielding to Neural TemptationThe personally tailored sponsored ads we receive daily on our computers are rather convenient. A delivery boy bringing the newspaper to our doorstep with all the relevant ads already circled could... almost match the experience. In a Hitchcock-like movie, newspaper ads would slowly creep into your house. As you sit on the sofa, an ad would instantly place itself under the palm of your hand. On one unfortunate occasion, you take a peek at it, and now it is devotedly following you around. Internet advertising reality is not that far from having a newspaper ad for a stalker. A friend confessed to me a few days ago that she owns "more than one pair of shoes that chased me around until I couldn't resist." When the distance between the tips of our fingers to an ad is so small, do we really make a...
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[From GadgeTell] It started off as a timid murmur, but soon morphed into a riotous rumble.
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How Corpses Helped Shape theAs Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city's subway system , it's worth remembering that parts of the... London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth of plague pits and cemeteries.
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FireEye buys Mandiant forFireEye, a major enterprise security company, is hoping to better shield its customers from cyberattacks through its acquisition of privately held Mandiant for nearly $1 billion. Mandiant's products... are designed to help companies' security teams respond faster to potential cyberattacks and provide better intelligence about when they might occur. Combining those services with FireEye will cover all the major potential attack points within an organization, Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia said in a statement. FireEyeThursday announced its purchase of Mandiant for 21.5 million shares of FireEye stock and $106.5 million in net cash, which would price the transaction at roughly $990 million based on FireEye's closing stock price of $41.13. The transaction closed on Dec. 30. With more than 1,500...
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Delete Batches of Files FasterSometimes your files have overstayed their welcome and they just need to go and you want them to go as fast as possible. Or you just want to delete everything that starts with a certain word. Or some... files refuse to go into the trash/recycling bin. Let the command line come to your rescue.
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YouTube will demonstrate 4K Ultra HD video using a new codec Google hopes will corner the streaming market, VP9, at CES 2014 next week. The royalty-free codec is Google's alternative …
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A touch-friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 has been on Mozilla's project list for a while, and though not due to a lack of effort, the anticipated launch date …
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Bed Bugs: Facts, Bites and Infestation

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 01:52
Bed Bugs: Facts, Bites andThough they don't transmit disease or pose any serious medical risk, bed bugs are stubborn parasites that leave itchy and unsightly bites.
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Want to see what Intel will do next with its extra-tiny Quark processors? You won't have to wait long. CEO Brian Krzanich tells Recode that his company is launching a full-scale assault on the... wearable space at CES. The chip designer will introduce ...
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Archos to show off twoFrench electronics manufacturer Archos is bringing two budget-friendly smartphones to CES 2014. The Archos Helium 45 and 50 are unlocked, 4G LTE connected, and priced at under $250. The post Archos to... show off two unlocked Android phones for under $250 at CES appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Releases EnvironmentalThe Mac Pro is Apple's latest workstation computer and while expensive, it is Apple's latest product and naturally Apple would want to do all they can to sing its praises. In an Environmental Report... that was recently released by the Cupertino company, they have highlighted not only how much more efficient the new Mac Pros are, but also how much less materials was consumed during its manufacturing process, which we're sure will sit well with businesses and individuals who might favor a company or make a purchase decision based on such environmentally-friendly factors. According to Apple, they found that the new Mac Pros used 68% less power in idle mode compared to previous generation Mac Pros, such as the model that was released back in 2010. Apple touts their use of power-efficient...
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New Year's Eve is a time for reflection, goal-setting, and of course, tweeting out a New Year's message to your followers Twitter revisited 24 hours of New Year's Eve celebrations on Wednesday with a... visual display highlighting the spikes in Twitter activity worldwide as users welcomed 2014 See also: The Year in Twitter: Top Milestones of 2013 The graphic (embedded below; click to see the animation) moves region by region, highlighting each time zone as the clock struck midnight on January 1. The graphic pulls out New Year's greetings in more than 30 different languages, showing when each phrase was tweeted the most. The term "Happy New Year," for example, spiked at midnight in London, then again five hours later when the clock struck 12 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States
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Politician Swears In With iPadDuring official events, such as the swearing in of a President, mayor, a judge, or a politician, a Bible is used to officiate the event. However what happens when you don't have a bible with you? What... if the officials of the ceremony had misplaced the Bible and can't find one? Should the event be held off until they do, or should they turn to more modern alternatives, like a digital Bible, for example? Well that's what happened when Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was sworn in to his second term and an iPad with the Bible app was used instead of a physical copy. According to the NewsDay report, "Addressing a standing room audience at Bethpage High School, where he graduated in 1980, Mangano took the oath of office on an iPad featuring a text of the Bible when a printed...
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Lenovo's big 2014 smartphoneLate last year, Lenovo announced that it would be charging into 2014 with a new smartphone strategy that might give the company a much-needed competitive edge. Lenovo didn’t waste any time either... — four new smartphones were unveiled on Thursday, each of which will see an international release this year. First up is the Vibe Z, Lenovo’s premiere LTE-enabled smartphone. The Vibe Z features a 5.5-inch, 1080p display, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Vibe Z will be available in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines for $549. Lenovo also plans to launch two phones in its
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Pebble To Announce SomethingInterested in a smartwatch? There are a few companies out there at the moment offering such products, such as Motorola, Sony, Samsung, and Pebble, who might not have the same amount of clout as the... other companies, but certainly made waves with its Kickstarter project from back in 2012. Given that 2014 appears to be the year of smartwatches, with expected entrances from the likes of Apple, Pebble would definitely need to step up their game and come CES 2014, perhaps the company might have something new to show us. According to Pebble's blog, the company has something to show us, something "special" to be exact. Given that the company's focus appears to be smartwatches at the moment, chances are we could be looking at an improved/upgraded version of the original Pebble watch. Of course it...
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Your Facebook Messages May NotFacebook is once again finding itself in hot water over privacy violations. The social network has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that Facebook scans messages containing links to determine users'... activity and target them with tailored advertisements. The lawsuit, filed on December 30 with the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California on behalf of two named plaintiffs, Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley, claims the company mines private data contained in messages for user profiling.  Contrary to its representations, "private" Facebook messages are systematically intercepted by the Company in an effort to learn the contents of the users' communications. In the course of the last year, independent security researchers discovered that Facebook reviews the contents of its...
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The 2-year-old company excuses away a security breach with a promised update to its application.
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House To Consider LegislationWASHINGTON, Jan 2
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Snapchat responded Thursday to news that broke New Year's Eve that more than 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the app's user base had been leaked by hackers The statement from Snapchat,... which was published on the company's blog, confirms that no images or videos were leaked during the security breach See also: 6 Creative Hacks for Your Smartphone The company also stated that a new version of the app will be released that will allow users to opt-out of the Find Friends feature that was the target of the attack. Snapchat offers the Find Friends feature so users can search the contact list on their phones for friends who may have Snapchat accounts
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Scientists at Georgia Tech say a new technique for tagging the genome and studying the RNA of a virus could help them discover better antiviral drugs and perhaps even more effective vaccines.
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After a quiet couple of days, the Snapchat team has acknowledged a leak in which information for 4.6 million of its users hit the internet. SnapchatDB! posted partially-obscured phone numbers and... usernames for many members on New Year's Eve, data it ...
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Andrew Sullivan's blog, The Daily Dish, generated a little more than $875,000 in its first year of operation, just under the goal he publicly set. The site now counts about 34,000 subscribers which,... along with about $24,000 in Amazon affiliate revenue, accounts for all of the company's income, Sullivan told Mashable on ThursdayThe Daily Dish hosts no ads or sponsored content After accepting pre-subscriptions starting on Jan. 2, 2013, Sullivan brought in $611,000 in less than two months. After that initial rush, revenue fluctuated around $20,000 per month, with a spike in the the last three months of the year
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An anonymous reader writes "A hacker has found a backdoor in the Linksys WAG200G router, that gives access to the admin panel without authentication. Further research shows that these devices are made... by Sercomm, meaning that Cisco, Watchguard, Belkin and various others maybe affected as well. From the article: 'The backdoor requires that the attacker be on the local network, so this isn’t something that could be used to remotely attack DSL users. However, it could be used to commandeer a wireless access point and allow an attacker to get unfettered access to local network resources.'"
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Spy agency is apparently not close to a quantum breakthrough, but it's trying.
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Next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will feature a promotional iBeacon-based scavenger hunt, according to a press release issued today by the Consumer Electronics Association. Attendees to the... conference will be able to use the CES Mobile apps for iOS and Android to explore various areas of the show, collecting badges for each iBeacon that is encountered. The first three players to collect all of the iBeacon badges will be rewarded with prizes that include tablets, fitness bands, and more. For the CES scavenger hunt, the Consumer Electronics Association is teaming up with several companies, including Radius Networks, which provides an iBeacon platform for mobile apps. "This is one of the coolest proximity-aware apps we have worked on," said Marc Wallace, CEO and cofounder of Radius...
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The History of Video GameTake a look back at the seventh and eighth generations of video game consoles in the final installment of our three-part video series (click here for part one; click here for part two). Hosted by... yours truly, this installment features insight from TIME senior editor Matt Vella, Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo, IGN’s Greg Miller, and Sony’s Scott Rohde. Related: The History of Video Game Consoles: Part One The History of Video Game Consoles: Part Two Behind the Scenes: Xbox One Launch Event Behind the Scenes: The Launch of PlayStation 4
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Deltron 3030 Loop Joseph Gordon-Levitt Back To The Future

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 01:30
Deltron 3030 Loop JosephThe first voice we hear on "Deltron 3030: Event 2" is actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt's, who declares, "Stardate 3040," before framing the passing of a decade by telling us, "society continued... to erode, as the people began to collapse under the weight of economic despair." It's a callback to Deltron 3030's self-titled 2000 debut, where it was Damon Albarn recording his own, Shatner-esque captain's log to introduce one of the most unexpectedly influential hip-hop albums ever. Del the Funky Homosapien was and is a beloved underground MC and he recruited the gifted producer Dan the Automator to help him flesh out his idea for a concept record set in the year 3030. Montreal DJ, Kid Koala (Eric San) was brought into the fold and, by evoking the future, the trio made history; the album...
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Cobra Drive HD Series Dash Cams

Ubergizmo - 3 Jan 2014 01:29
Cobra Drive HD Series Dash[CES 2014] They say that money is unable to buy you happiness. Well, it can buy you a lot of things, but the kind of inner joy that comes from those things last but for a moment, so that saying is... pretty much true. However, money can buy you a certain degree of peace, and case in point, the Cobra Drive HD Series dash cams that have just been announced could let you sleep better at night, knowing that should you get involved in any vehicular accident tomorrow, there will always be evidence recorded right in front of you - just make sure that you are not in the wrong, and it should be all good. (more…) Follow: Transportation, cars, CES, CES 2014, cobra, dash camera, Cobra Drive HD Series Dash Cams original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Happy 2014! If you had any doubt that the future was here, just check out these socks. It's hard to imagine we've lived through a time in which undergarments with sensors weren't the norm, isn't it?... Fear not, because Sensoria's fitness tracking sport ...
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Snapchat has finally responded to the ongoing hack controversy that saw usernames and matching phone numbers of over four million users leaked in recent days, promising an updated version of …
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You can select from a number of different snooze times for notification alerts in the latest version of OS X.
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NSA secretly fundingThe NSA is funding quantum computer work that it hopes will allow it to break virtually any encryption used today, The Washington Post reports — though there's no sign it's managed to crack the... puzzle better than any of the other companies or agencies working on the same thing. Leaks from Edward Snowden reveal a $79.7 million research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets," including classified funding to research a quantum computer that could be used for cryptography. The Post says that much of the research is being done at the University of Maryland's Laboratory for Physical Sciences, but not much more is revealed about the program, including how far quantum computing work has actually progressed. Quantum computing hinges, very...
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[From GadgeTell] Microsoft recently announced the Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps for Windows Phone 8.
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Snapchat Says It's ImprovingSnapchat has released an official post about the recent leak of 4.6M usernames and phone numbers from its servers. The post blames what it says was ‘abuse’ of its API on the leak, but acknowledges... that the way that it stores the information made it possible for a database of numbers to be used to sniff out usernames and match them up. Snapchat says that it was notified of the possible security risk in August and took some steps to correct it including limiting the speed at which its API could be queried. In what is one of the most cringe-worthy security moves in recent memory, Snapchat posted a response late last month to claims of risk that outlined just how a hacker might be able to match usernames to phone numbers. In the post, they said “Theoretically, if someone were able to...
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Google formed with an internal motto of "Don't Be Evil" in response to the perceived business practices of Microsoft, and then proceeded over the years to manipulate customer data (see what Google... does when you search) and force software on users (see how you are already signed up for Google+) much like Redmond. Now the Mountain View company is taking hypocrisy to a new level with their latest lawsuit against Apple- and Microsoft-led Rockstar Consortium. Ah, the irony! Google vs. Rockstar Last week Google filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Rockstar and its subsidiary, MobileStar Technologies. The case was brought in response to a series of lawsuits Rockstar filed in October 2013 in the Eastern District of Texas against Google and seven of its Android hardware...
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These glowing indoor gardenPotted plants are so 20th century. In the future, you'll be able to cultivate edible veggies right inside your home with the help of high-efficiency, self-contained and software-controlled aeroponics... systems like GrowCube. The post These glowing indoor garden boxes are the future of urban agriculture appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft Surface TrafficPrior to the release of the Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, the Redmond company's first generation of Surface tablets did not sell as well as they should have, leaving Microsoft with plenty of... leftover stock which was a potential $1 billion write-off, which also resulted in Microsoft slashing the prices of the tablet drastically in a bid to boost sales. Perhaps the price slashes could have paid off because in a recent report from Chitika, it would seem as though Microsoft's tablet traffic for the holiday season was actually a little bit higher than Google's Nexus offerings, despite tablets such as the Nexus 7 being priced pretty cheap, making them more affordable alternatives. Chitiki based their findings on a sample of over 10 million smartphone and tablet ad impressions from their...
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Animal Sex: 7 Tales of NaughtyFrom small and subtle to large and in charge, sex in the animal kingdom is just as varied as the beasts themselves.
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A Guide To Crafting TheIf you're at all familiar with the online dating scene, you know that there are few things less fun than trying to craft a witty/desirable/humorous/quirky/relatable profile. Selling yourself is... awkward, it always feels a little bit false and really, who has the time to put a whole lot of effort into the endeavor? Luckily, online dating site Zoosk has created a handy-dandy infographic to give us all guidelines for getting maximum messages in 2014. The site surveyed nearly 4,000 male and female subscribers about their profiles and preferences when receiving messages. (Of course, take all of the results with the appropriate grains of salt, given that no one on the HuffPost Women team who has online dated has ever used Zoosk, and that getting messaged more often does not guarantee getting...
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Firefox For Windows 8 Sees AWhen it comes to browsers on our computers, we have a few options to choose from. We have the default Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla's Firefox, just to name a few, and the good... news for Firefox fans is that if you were waiting for the company to release a Windows 8 version of the browser, you might be in luck as the software's Wiki page has recently been updated and has been given a new release date, which is pegged for the 18th of March 2014, with the software expected to be completed by the end of January 2014. Of course it should be noted that this is only the forecasted date, meaning that there is a chance it could be delayed, or (fingers-crossed) it could be released even earlier than expected. The company had initially planned to launch Firefox for Windows 8...
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Hollywood tallies up new boxMyriad sequels — including a third dose of Tony Stark — led Hollywood to its biggest box office sales ever. That's despite what appears to be flat ticket sales from last year. Citing new data from... Rentrak, Bloomberg says North American movie theaters will beat last year's $10.8 billion in revenue, but just barely. That's due to theaters charging more for admission, alongside premium amenities like IMAX screens, high-end food, and booze. Marvel's Iron Man 3 led the way, raking in $409 million in sales, followed by The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, which pulled in $393.5 million. Universal's Despicable Me 2 trailed just behind at $367.8 million.
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See how Twitter said 'HappyAn interactive map from Twitter's data team plots how New Year wishes were tweeted around the world. Twitter users from China to Chino spread good cheer for 2014, and a time zone map shows when each... country experienced peak New Years. The post See how Twitter said ‘Happy New Year’ around the world with interactive map appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Infiniti gives first glimpseInfiniti is ramping up the coverage of its latest performance sedan concept, the Q50 Eau Rouge. Inspired by the RB9 Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car, the Eau Rouge - if produced - could compete with the... BMW M3. The post Infiniti gives first glimpse at the Q50 Eau Rouge concept performance sedan. Surprise, it's red appeared first on Digital Trends.
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2014 starts out with sunset view of a new Moon and a fading look at Venus, both captured together in this gorgeous image from astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca. “A wonderful sunset conjunction... this evening from Central Italy,” Giuseppe wrote via email. “The Moon and Venus were both crescent, in an awesome sight! Some clouds entered the […]
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Gawker What You Need to Know About the Giant Snowstorm Hitting the U.S. | io9 How one man's willinginess to eat anything got him a career in science | Jezebel Here Is the True Story of a Man With Two... Dicks | Kotaku Make Your First Video Game Using This Guide | Kinja Popular Posts
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Gawker What You Need to Know About the Giant Snowstorm Hitting the U.S. | io9 How one man's willinginess to eat anything got him a career in science | Jezebel Here Is the True Story of a Man With Two... Dicks | Kotaku Make Your First Video Game Using This Guide | Kinja Popular Posts
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Daniel_Stuckey writes "But for whatever its worth, all that spinning is far from arbitrary. What dog owners witness is a small and furry version of the aurora borealis and a link between species and... environment that's as holistic and beautiful as a dog pooping can be. A team of Czech and German researchers found that dogs actually align themselves with the Earth's magnetic field when they poop. Proving at least that they're really devoted to their work, the researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 dogs from 37 breeds during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that dogs "prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions." They fittingly published their results [abstract]...
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First Meteor Shower of 2014January's Quadrantid meteor shower provides one of the most intense annual celestial fireworks displays, with a peak lasting only a few hours. That peak occurs Friday (Jan. 3), but this year the sun... will spoil the show for stargazers in North America.
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It sounds brutal and horrible and cruel but it's actually kind of adorable. In the video, you see a sailfish--perhaps one of the most fascinating creatures of the ocean--chase down fish bait attached... to a boat and try to smack the bait silly with its spear-like bill. The sailfish doesn't succeed but he goes a pretty long time trying to stick his nose everywhere.
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Amped Wireless will showcase its latest high-power Wi-Fi devices at CES 2014, including the RTA30 router and the REA33 Range Extender, both offering a combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 1900Mbps on both... 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency bands.
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Report: NSA Trying To Build AThe National Security Agency wants to build a futuristic super computer that can break most types of encryption, according to documents obtained from Edward Snowden by the Washington Post. No reason... to worry yet, however, as the Agency is not even close to figuring out how to build the space-age technology necessary to crack most security procedures. According to the documents, the computer project is part of a $79.7 million research program, “Penetrating Hard Targets”, suspected to be under classified contracts in a lab in College Park, Maryland. Encryption, has, since at least the Ancient Greeks, been a method of scrambling information with the noise of arbitrary character strings; only someone with a rubric could determine what is the noise and what is the message. The more noise,...
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The U.S. National Security Agency is reportedly working on a development that would arguably bring its surveillance capabilities from "almost Orwellian," as a federal judge recently wrote, to... full-fledged Orwellian. The agency has invested nearly $80 million to build a computer that could break "nearly every kind of encryption," according to a Washington Post report published online Thursday. Based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Post reports the NSA is racing to build a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets."
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Afinia response: We did notThe smaller 3D printer maker says Stratasys' four patents either do not cover their machines or were invalid in the first place due to preexisting inventions.
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A new fitness band from LG may be revealed at CES, Google kills Bump, and Netflix is testing a cheaper subscription plan.
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Bucky Fuller's Forgotten WWIIBuckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Unit--an emergency shelter developed during WWII--isn't his most well-known work. In fact, for years, it's been unclear if any DDUs still existed. But this... week, The New York Times tells the story of a handful of shelters that have resurfaced, after being abandoned on an army base just 30 miles outside of NYC.
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CES 2014 to host iBeaconToday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that it will be using Apple's new iBeacon technology to host a unique scavenger hunt of sorts at its International CES event scheduled for next... week. Using the official CES mobile apps for iOS or Android, attendees will be able to collect badges for encountering the location-aware Bluetooth iBeacons […]
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[From GadgeTell] The details about the so-called Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite are scarce, and we don't actually know the differences it will carry when compared with the original Samsung Galaxy Note 3.... However, according to a new rumor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite with model number SM-N750 -- the non-LTE version -- is expected to come with a 720p resolution, based on an entry in the user agent profile (UAProf). Well, that's a decent downgrade as it's big sibling comes with an impressive 1080p display.
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The spy agency is reportedly in a race to build its own quantum computer to stay ahead of others seeking to own the mother of all decryption machines.
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Groupon's $260M Acquisition OfToday Groupon announced that its purchase of the Korean ticket and ecommerce company Ticket Monster has closed. A document filed with the SEC states that on “January 2, 2014, the Company and Groupon... Trailblazer completed its previously reported acquisition of LS Korea.” As the same filing notes, LS Korea, or LivingSocial Korea, was the holding company for Ticket Monster. The purchase, worth $260 million, helps Groupon’s international expansion, and could assist it in bolstering its flagging revenue growth rates. In the most recent quarter, Groupon had revenue of $595.1 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. Ticket Monster could quickly accelerate Groupon’s top line: The business had gross billings on an annual basis of $800 million at the time the acquisition was announced, and...
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Just how private are your Facebook messages? A new suit charges that the company mines your messages for profit.
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Pebble teases 'somethingThe smartwatch fanatics over at Pebble have begun to hype their spot at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. In a posting on the Pebble website, the company teases "something special". In typical secrecy,... the company doesn't come out and tell us what to expect....
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New year, new TUAW hardwareOver the years, TUAW has dramatically increased the number of hardware reviews that are published. This year, we'll be changing the way we do our product reviews to not only make it possible for us to... publish even more reviews, but to give our ...
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Check whether your USB is aGreat 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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HTC M8 spec leak: 5-inch 1080pThe HTC M8 is becoming more real every day, thanks to new, enticing specs released by notable leaksters. Tech blogger @evleaks has just teased some "preliminary" specs for the next HTC flagship... smartphone. This handset has been popping up via images...
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Polaroid announces affordablePolaroid has announced a new line of 4K televisions, aimed to be on the more affordable side for customers. Details are slim right now, but the company plans to show off the 4K line further at CES... 2014 next week. Polaroid plans to launch screen sizes...
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From Ford, a Plug-In That Tracks the Sun

The New York Times - 3 Jan 2014 00:57
From Ford, a Plug-In ThatA solar-powered Ford C-Max concept maximizes energy by finding its own place in the sun.     
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Facebook sued over allegedSAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is being sued over allegations it monitors private messages on the social network to surreptitiously gather even more information on its users and share the data with... marketers.     
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CBS is giving football fans that won't be six hot wings deep and glued to a couch this Sunday a few more ways to catch its AFC coverage of the NFL playoffs. Starting January 5th, the broadcaster's... online portal, CBSSports.com, will begin streaming ...
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A U.S. cargo ship called the Cape Ray is being transformed into a war machine that will play a vital role in destroying Syria's chemical weapons. The Department of Defense is outfitting the vessel... with two hydrolysis machines that will use "heat, water and bleach-like chemicals" to degrade the chemical weapon stockpile. The plan comes after the Syrian government unleashed a chemical attack in August 2013, killing 1,400 rebel troops and civilians and resulting in a call to military action by President Barack Obama. Congress voted against the use of force, and the U.S. and Russia eventually brokered an agreement that allows other nations to extract and eliminate the weapons.
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A Note to Mobile Phone Browsers/Readers

Strobist - 3 Jan 2014 00:52
Please note that for the time being I had to turn off Strobist's default mobile template for phone browsers.The mobile template was not compatible with the new archive-facing site transition. I do... understand this gives a non-optimal view for some, and for that I apologize.So, if you have bookmarked the mobile version of the site and are viewing it thusly, you'll probably henceforth see a confusing hodgepodge of list posts. You should navigate to the non-mobile version, and bookmark that site.Thanks very much,David
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CNET's Next Big Thing SuperSession is one of the most popular events at CES. In 2014, we're focusing on how hardware is evolving to know you better with more sensors, better design, and broader... services.
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If a 2014 calendar wasn’t in your holiday space stocking, here’s the perfect solution: this year’s edition of Steve Cariddi's wonderful Year in Space Wall Calendar. It’s not too late to get... your own copy, as 99% of 2014 is still remaining! Universe Today readers get a 24% to 41% discount and pay only $12.95 […]
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There's just something about a new calendar that makes us want to better ourselves. Every January 1, we set a series of seemingly attainable goals that we have every intention of keeping -- but by the... time spring rolls around, we've either forgotten, procrastinated, or just plain given up. But with the help of a few strategic apps, this year you can resolve to break that trend. Here are 10 such options that'll help you stay on track in 2014.
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Long Island is forecast to get hit hard by Winter Storm Hercules Thursday night, and mindful of the mess on the highways caused by Nemo last winter, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took to Twitter to... announce he will shut down the Long Island Expressway and state parkways ahead of the snow from 12 midnight to 5 a.m. Friday morning.
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First time accepted submitter cusco writes "Creation Museum Founder and AiG President/CEO Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 PM. According to the... Washington Post, 'Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV's "Bill Nye The Science Guy" to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.'"
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Jolla Beats Out iPhone 5s AtBack in May of 2013, Finnish company Jolla announced their first smartphone running the Sailfish operating system. Since we've never tried it out for ourselves, we can't speak to its quality,... functionality, ease of use, and features, but over in Finland, it would seem as though the handset has been well-received, at least by some. The device has recently gone up for sale back in December of 2013 and according to the figures released by major Finnish retailers, it looks like the Jolla smartphone is doing pretty well. This is based on the figures released by Finnish retailer DNA, who at the moment is the only retailer carrying the device. Based on their figures, it seems as though Jolla's offering is sitting at a comfortable number 5 spot in their top 10 best-selling phones for December...
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PS4 Gamers Three Times MorePorn on our gaming consoles? Where have we heard that before? It seems that consoles these days no longer focus on just gaming, but entertainment as well in the form of music, web surfing, interaction... with friends, and even videos, and perhaps to cater to a more adult audience, adult videos have also been introduced to our consoles, one of them being online porn rental service, SugarDVD, who recently found some rather interesting data which was based on the data they managed to gather for the month of December. According to their findings, it seems that there were three times as many PS4 gamers who signed up for the site's services compared to Xbox One gamers. Granted the PS4 did managed to outsell the Xbox One, with 3.4 million units sold versus 2.4 million, but the disparity should not...
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Ever Wanted To Bike Across ATwo hundred and seventy gallons of ooblek later, and Anthony Carboni and Tara Long are ready to roll. Carboni and Long are the hosts of Hard Science, an educational YouTube show where, according to... Carboni, "we use just a little bit of knowledge about the world and use it to bend it to our whim." A new episode shows them creating ooblek, a non-Newtonian fluid with some very interesting properties. Non-Newtonian fluids don't behave entirely like liquids or solids, but like something in between. They respond differently depending on the amount of force applied to them, as demonstrated to comic effect in the video above. If ooblek physics is complicated, the recipe for the stuff is surprisingly simple. Just mix two parts cornstarch for every one part water. Happy experimenting!
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NSA Reportedly DevelopingWe expect that the NSA has high level hackers working for them, helping them gain access to a variety of secured networks, but we have also heard reports of how the NSA has allegedly paid off security... companies to make their encryption less powerful, ultimately giving the NSA easier access to them. Well it seems that the NSA might no longer have to resort to paying off security companies because according to the latest documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, it seems as though the NSA has been hard at work trying to build a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" that is capable of breaking nearly every kind of encryption used by banks, businesses, and governments around the world. (more…) Follow: Computers, nsa, security, NSA Reportedly Developing Quantum Computer...
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Now that all the 2013 recaps are out of the picture, it's well past time to look at all of the trend predictions for the next 12 months.
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Best Gear of 2013: The results are in!

DP Review - 3 Jan 2014 00:46
Best Gear of 2013: The resultsThe results are in! Before Christmas, we asked you to vote for your favorite gear in five categories. Best lens, best DSLR / SLT, best fixed-lens compact camera, best mirrorless interchangeable lens... camera and best enthusiast zoom compact. Now, with almost 30,000 votes cast since December 18th the results are in! Click through to take a look at the category winners and runners-up.
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[From GadgeTell] Soundfreaq Showcasing New and Limited Edition Speakers at CES 2014
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Yelp Ready To Lobby CongressWASHINGTON -- The review site Yelp plans to lobby Congress for patent reform and protections against abusive lawsuits for online reviewers, according to federal registration forms posted online over... the Christmas holiday. Late last year, the company hired its first Washington lobbyist, Laurent Crenshaw. Prior to joining Yelp, Crenshaw was the legislative director for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the fiery chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Congressional records show that Crenshaw registered as a Yelp lobbyist the same day he joined the company, on Nov. 4. Yelp is just the latest social networking site to invest in Washington lobbying, a sign of the growing recognition among companies like Twitter and Facebook of how federal legislation can affect their bottom...
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CES 2014 is sure to be a gaming-filled blast of gadgets, with companies like ROCCAT making sure this week they're not lost in the fray. They certainly won't be with …
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It turns out the rich, famous and powerful of today bear a striking resemblance to the rich, famous and powerful of yesteryear — at least if you trust the photo series Iconatomy by George Chamoun... and the followup series Then & Now by Marc Ghali. Chamoun, who is a Swedish jewelry design student at the […]
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Watches, Glasses andSo what were the hits of 2013, and what will this year hold?
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SighES

TechCrunch - 3 Jan 2014 00:35
SighESHere we go. Another year, another CES. And, as I said before, this is going to be a weird one. Nothing - and I mean nothing - has leaked out of the deep mountain hordes of Sony, LG, and Samsung and... there is no overarching concept or topic that everyone is pushing. It's as if the big guys are now just going through the motions. And they are.
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Used LaFerrari - in 'like new'One of the very few people to get their hands on a new Ferrari LaFerrari has already sold it, for quite the handsome profit. And now anyone can buy it. That is, if you have $3.2 million lying around.... The post Used LaFerrari – in ‘like new’ condition – on sale for the low, low price of $3.2 million appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists Unearth The TruthHave you ever heard of "earthquake lights"? I've spent a good chunk of my life in shake-happy coastal California and this phenomenon is news to me--but, for centuries, people have reported seeing a... wide variety of illuminations just slightly before and during major tremblers. The origin of these glows have consistently baffled scientists--and no doubt freaked the hell out of eyewitnesses--but a new study seems to have found an explanation (one that doesn't involve supernatural forces).
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Audi issued a press release about its Quattro Laserlight concept, to be shown at CES 2014, which will uses lasers for its headlights and a powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
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webOS rises from the deadAn image purportedly showing LG's first webOS-based Smart TV has been published online by @evleaks, a source with a proven track record when it comes to leaking details or pictures about unannounced... devices. The image seems to confirm an earlier report from The Wall Street Journal that claimed LG will unveil its webOS TV plans at CES 2014 in Las Vegas later this month. Other than the leaked image above, hardware, software, launch or pricing details for LG's webOS TV have not been revealed. The image suggests the TV will have a thin profile, small bezels and that it will include a variety of pre-installed apps. Shortcuts for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Accu Weather, vTuner, Twitter, an Internet browser and LG's SmartShare
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Daily Update for January 2, 2014

TUAW - 3 Jan 2014 00:30
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some of 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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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel maySnapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel may be among the 4.6 million users of the service whose user names and phone numbers were exposed this week by hackers.     
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We learned yet again last summer that Roger Federer is one of the planet's greatest human beings. But if you needed any reminder that he's still among the world's preeminent tennis players, Fed... supplied ample proof with one miraculous shot at the Brisbane International event this week Playing doubles with Nicolas Mahut against Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov, Federer retreated to hit an overhead return. He misjudged, however, and ended up striking the ball with the frame of his racket (rather than the net). The result, however, was nothing short of amazing. See also: ESPN Delivers World Cup Drama in Epic Promo
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Australia Roasts BeforeAustralia has been suffering from an intense heat wave just before the Bureau of Meteorology is set to announce that 2013 was the country's hottest year on record.
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Velocity Micro reveals petiteSystem building outfit Velocity Micro has just taken the wraps off the SmallBlock, a family of configurable desktop PCs that can be had for under $1,000 and take up much less space than the average... rig. The post Velocity Micro reveals petite SmallBlock PC systems appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Kanye West is now a Bitcoin clone

Digital Trends - 3 Jan 2014 00:26
Kanye West is now a BitcoinIf you thought Internet-meme-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin was ridiculous, then Kanye-West-based altcoin Coinye West will probably just make you angry.
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The general idea is that FireEye can combine its virtual machine monitoring tools with Mandiant's endpoint security, incident response and mediation.
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The most-pirated movie in 2013 was actually a movie released in 2012. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the prequel to the "The Hobbit" film currently in theaters, was downloaded about 8.4 million... times on BitTorrent networks, according to estimates from TorrentFreak. The film was released internationally in Dec. 2012 and has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
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Moto G from Boost MobileNew budget offering comes to Boost's own stores on Jan. 14 If you're looking to get your hands on a Moto G for Boost Mobile, today is your lucky day. HSN and HSN.com have begun selling a Boost Mobile... variant of the Moto G for only $129 without any contract. If you would rather purchase it directly from Boost, you will have to wait until January 14th when it will go on sale both online and in select retail locations. Coming in at $50 below Motorola's own price, and partnered with great prepaid plan pricing the Moto G is a very appealing option. Boost Mobile — which operates on the Sprint network — offers unlimited talk, text, and data for only $55 a month with the option of having your payments shrink every six months. If you are looking for a great deal on an Android device that we...
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These MTA Snow Trains FightEven as the Northeast digs out after Nor'easter Nemo, New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority isn't worried about maintaining service along its northern New Haven Line. That's thanks to a fleet of... turbine-powered, slush-slinging, jet trains.
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[From GadgeTell] Motorola has been phenomenal with deadlines of late, rolling out timely Android 4.4 KitKat updates to both the Moto X and G and putting the G up for grabs early stateside, but the... surprises won't stop there.
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A big Happy New Year to the entire 404 audience! Today we've got Bridget Carey in for Justin Yu as the crew chats about the holiday break and looks ahead to CES 2014!
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Alright, this is pretty neat. We suspect the responsible parties won't be mentioning the likes of Lego and Minecraft in its press material, so we'll have to do it in this post. The conceit here is... pretty simple: Blokify is an iOS app with a 3D ...
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[GadgeTell] No new CEO for Microsoft yet

Technology Tell - 3 Jan 2014 00:16
[From GadgeTell] Steve Ballmer mentioned before he will be replaced within 12 months. The new CEO might step up in summer but his reign could still be delayed.
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Ready, Stare, Fire! Tobii andImagine a first-person shooter where aiming at enemies is as simple as focusing on them with your eyes. It could happen with the first eye controller for PC gaming, from SteelSeries and eye-tracking... firm Tobii. The two companies plan to release the device later this year. I wrote about the gaming possibilities of eye controls after interviewing Carl Korobkin, Tobii’s vice president of OEM solutions, last September. He described a scenario where a Starcraft 2 player could open the game's mini-map and quickly move between areas without dragging the mouse cursor. "If you play Starcraft at all, it's a lot of twitch factor," Korobkin said. "So you're navigating through the landscape with just machine-gun, rapid-fire decisions." Eye tracking could also enable new kinds of games. As an example,...
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Facebook may have a teen problem. Maybe Facebook does, however, have a media problem around the now widely adopted perception that teens are abandoning the site, or using it less. Or something. Nobody... seems quite sure On top of that, a good chunk of Facebook's media coverage is happy to operate under the assumption that if Facebook did have a teen problem, it should be regarded as a serious issue for the site. See also: 14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed The newest round of hand wringing started after The Guardian published a story quoting Daniel Miller, an anthropologist in the UK, who declared Facebook "dead and buried" among teens
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The Mars Curiosity Rover IsThe day has finally come, space nerds. For just $30, you can have your very own Mars Curiosity Rover Lego kit. It comes with six-wheel suspension for rumbling over Martian soil, a model robotic arm... for picking up Martian rocks, and pretty much as much awesome as you can fit in a box.
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Integral Ad Science RaisesIntegral Ad Science, a company that evaluates the quality of ad placements, has raised $30 million in Series D funding. The funding was first disclosed in a regulatory filing and has been confirmed by... CEO Scott Knoll, who said the round was led by August Capital (with existing investors participating). August's Eric Carlborg is joining the Integral board.
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As promised, the American Civil Liberties Union appeals a ruling that found the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata to be legal and a "vital tool."
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jfruh writes "ABC shows are available for free to anybody with antenna on the day and time they're first broadcast. But if you want them at any other time, it's getting harder to see them unless you... pay someone. The network had previously made free ad-supported streamed versions of its shows available on its website the day after they aired, but now they're shifting that back to a week. Next-day streaming is still available if you have a cable or Hulu Plus subscription, showing the extent to which "broadcast" networks are dependent on subscriber fees."
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Microsoft quietly bumps up theGot a new or replacement Surface Pro 2 from Microsoft to kick off the new year? Check the chip inside and you may find a holiday treat in the form of a slightly faster Intel Core i5 processor. In a... statement to The Verge, Microsoft confirmed […]
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BlackBerry parts ways withSinger-songwriter Alicia Keys is no longer BlackBerry's global creative director. Keys accepted the gig last January, and now, almost one year later, BlackBerry has abruptly announced that Keys will... leave her role officially on 30 January. BlackBerry...
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New Law Encourages Schools ToA law going into effect in 2014 offers incentives to schools to keep life saving epinephrine injectors on hand in case of a severe allergy attack. Previously parents had to provide epinephrine to a... school's nurse beforehand.
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We try to stay away from sharing too much of the same thing (although, admittedly, we’ve occasionally slipped up and shared the EXACT same thing more than once) but with 2013 officially in the... rearview, it seems only right that we share at least one “one second per day” video from this past year. Those […]
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If wearables have one shot at making it big, then the health sector is where it will be.
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Attackers target OpenSSL's Web host, raising questions about how, and who else?
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Apple details impressive MacApple today released a new environmental impact report on its Apple and the Environment webpage detailing improvements in the newly launched Mac Pro's environmental performance. In the report, Apple... notes the new Mac Pro meets ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0 standards and gets a Gold rating from EPEAT, but it also provides estimates for the Mac […]
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This Mug Lets You Harness aWhen you're running a large corporation and trying to keep frivolous costs under control, it makes sense to keep the heating as minimal as possible during the cold winter months. And if you happen to... find yourself working for such an employer, this mug will help your hands from freezing.
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I have it on good authority that paranoia can destroy ya but the allegations against the NSA are mounting and becoming weirder by the day. This post is my reaction to the latest round of NSA banter. I... think it's a clear case of wagging the dog.
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NFL to stream playoff games toDespite all of the technology available to us, streaming sporting events is expensive and often difficult. You've got to pay exorbitant subscription fees, make deals with cable providers and/or buy an... expensive gaming system. Why can't we just stream ...
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How to Beat the Winter BluesEvery year as the hours of sunlight lessen and all vitamin D has escaped from sallow skin hidden by layers of thermals, the urge to slump into hibernation can be all consuming.
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Research may unlock enzyme's role in disease

Science Daily - 2 Jan 2014 23:57
Research on enzymes that regulate human biology has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of... cancer.
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Surgeons have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app.
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Having shingles may increase the risk of having a stroke years later, according to research.
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Amazing Night Sky Photos bySee amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to SPACE.com by readers in January 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
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NSA Racing To Build ComputerIn room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking,... medical, business and government records around the world.
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Polaroid announces its own 4KA $1,000 4K TV will be on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, but it's not coming from Sony, Samsung, or another well-known TV vendor. Instead, the brand etched into the 50-inch Ultra HD... set is none other than Polaroid — a name synonymous with film and instant photography. It's important to note that the product seen here is actually manufactured by Empire Electronics, another company that has simply paid to license Polaroid's brand. It's likely not far off from other off-brand 4K TVs, some of which have already dropped below $1,000. These days, Polaroid's logo can also be found on Android tablets, sports video cameras, and consumer digital cameras. Polaroid today is a drastically different company than the one that...
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Dubai had the world's largestTo celebrate the New Year, Dubai decided to break the Guinness World Record for world's largest fireworks show. Because of course the world's largest fireworks show would be in Dubai. They put the... best show on every year. Might as well put on the biggest too. Dubai exploded over 500,000 fireworks in just 6 minutes centered mostly around the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure, for a spectacle that even surpasses Dubai's ridiculous standards. It was amazing.
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CBS Will Live Stream The AFC'sToday CBS announced that it will live stream its coverage of the American Football Conference’s playoffs online. If you are a football fan without a television, this is good news. According to CBS,... the championship game for the conference, two “divisional round games” and a wildcard game will be streamed. The content will be centered, unsurprisingly, at CBS Sports’ website. Broadcast rights for large sports leagues are expensive, leaving rights holders in a constant revenue maximization trap. To have decided to expand its live streaming of games, CBS appears to be betting that larger audiences are the path to more revenue, regardless of what platform they choose to view the games on. If you were curious, the American Football Conference’s sixteen teams are half of the NFL. The...
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For quite a while now Amazon has been working with a service that it's not taken the time to promote - one called Amazon Prime Instant Video. Launched all the …
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Can PayPal help make this thePayPal is shaping up to be one of the biggest OpenStack users around, using it to manage a private cloud spanning a few thousand servers. Can its work on the platform help fill gaps that currently... scare other enterprise users away?
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Acoustic levitation, a method of using sound waves to suspend small particles, is one of coolest phenomenons in science Japanese scientists Yoichi Ochiai, Jun Rekimoto and Takayuki Hoshi have released... footage of their new series of acoustic levitation experiments that demonstrate the power of noise. Image: Mashable See also: 14 YouTube Tutorials for Science Experiments The clip provides a quick and simple overview of the team's work before getting into some mind-bending levitation experiments with small items like nails, bolts, wood pieces and even drops of liquid. It's a neat look at a wonder that fascinates both scientists and geeks alike.
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ACLU appeals judge's decisionThe American Civil Liberties Union will appeal a judge's decision to throw out the civil liberties group's lawsuit challenging U.S. National Security Agency surveillance. As expected, the ACLU on... Thursday filed a notice of appeal in its lawsuit against the NSA's bulk phone-records collection program in the U.S. Last week, Judge William Pauley III of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the NSA's phone records program is legal and threw out the ACLU challenge. The ACLU and other critics say the program violates the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures. "We believe that the NSA's call-tracking program violates both statutory law and the Constitution, and we look forward to making our case in the appeals court,"...
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Sometimes, it pays to avoid the bleeding edge of technology. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that newer Surface Pro 2 tablets are shipping with a faster 1.9GHz Core i5 inside instead of the... 1.6GHz chip that came with the earliest models. The ...
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Quadrantid Meteor Shower ToMere days after the start of the new year, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the first meteor shower of 2014. Set to peak on Friday, Jan. 3, the Quadrantid meteor shower will... offer a brief period of steady shooting stars. Observers in Europe and Asia will likely have the best view when the shower peaks at 7:30 p.m. UT, since skies there will be dark at that time. For viewers on the East Coast of the U.S., the meteor shower will peak at 2:30 p.m. Friday, so the best time to watch may be the hours between midnight and dawn on Jan. 3. However, meteors may still be visible for U.S. viewers Friday night. "The Quadrantids begin and end in a short period, so finding the time when you can see them can be a fickle thing," astronomer Ben Burress of California's Chabot Space &...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Dwayne Johnson might be about to lay the smackdown in a DC Comics-based project. During a Twitter Q&A, he said that he and DC Entertainment are partnering up. The Rock has... long been rumored as Black Adam in an adaptation of Shazam. But director Peter Segal told ComingSoon.net that one is likely on hold.
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128GB Surface Pro price cut toLooking to get in on a good holiday deal? The original Surface Pro slate from Microsoft just got an $80 price cut, down from $679 to $599.
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The peer-to-peer car service deactivates the account of an off-duty Uber driver after he allegedly hit and killed a 6-year-old girl on New Year's Eve.
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iWatch production woesAs if the endless rumormongering and speculation wasn’t bad enough, Apple’s first wearable device is reportedly suffering a setback that could delay its release even further. According to... Digitimes, both Apple’s iWatch and Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch are “seeing less than 50% yield rates due to difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis.” The report says that although this process has been a part of the industry for some time, MIM is traditionally used on internal components. Now that the external design of many devices includes these components, manufacturers are beginning to stress the importance of surface treatments. Apple, Qualcomm and other device makers are having to balance between efficiency and quality, and if the sources are
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The Art of Cutting Feathers by Chris Maynard

Twisted Sifter - 2 Jan 2014 23:40
The Art of Cutting Feathers by  Using eye surgery scissors, forceps and a magnifying glass; artist Chris Maynard turns moulted feathers into works of art. For Chris, feathers are one of nature’s great achievements. Not only do... they make flight possible, they also insulate and come in a wide variety of beautiful colors and patterns that help birds hide or…
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The Objects in Space That WeForget UFOs -- there are a lot of objects and events in space that are identified, but still completely incomprehensible. From planets in our solar system, to inexplicable energy bursts from across... the universe, here are some of the enduring mysteries of the space and time we call home.
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The NSA's Trying to Build aYou will not be surprised to learn that the NSA is spending nearly $80 million trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer." The Washington Post just published details of the program,... codenamed "Penetrating Hard Targets," based on documents supplied by Edward Snowden.
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Apple today released an Environmental Report [PDF] on its newly introduced Mac Pro, detailing the greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and material efficiency of the company's professional... workstation. According to the report, the Mac Pro uses power-efficient components that utilize less than half the allowable energy limit of the ENERGY STAR requirements for computers. It also uses 68 percent less power in idle mode than the previous generation Mac Pro, released in 2010. Because one of the largest portions of product-related greenhouse gas emissions results from actual use, energy efficiency is a key part of each product's design. Apple products use power-efficient components and software that can intelligently power them down during periods of inactivity. The result is that Mac...
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Japanese Troupe 'Enra'Combining elements of dance, performance art, music, technology, light, music and more, the versatile Japanese troupe 'Enra' has stumbled upon magic. Only a few months after wowing the Olympic... Committee with "Fuma-Kai," director
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ACLU appeals ruling that NSACourts disagree about the legal status of a massive NSA database of American phone records. A new appeal could speed the issue towards the Supreme Court.
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Man-Made Flood Could HelpResearchers and officials will send a pulse of water down the Colorado River, one of the most dammed and diverted waterways in the world, to see if the influx rejuvenates the wetlands and estuary at... the river's terminus.
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Emulate an Ambivert When YouSelf-promotion can suck, but it's a necessary task when you want to get a job or share something you created that matters to you. While extroverts are generally believed to be the best at this task,... psychologist Adam Grant discovered ambiverts--people who fall in between introverts and extroverts--do it best. When you have to self-promote, you want to emulate their behavior.
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Shopify Revamps Its iOS AppOttawa-based ecommerce player Shopify introduced a totally redesigned version of its iOS mobile app today, with a new core concept that focuses on helping merchants do more to manage and run their... stores from their devices. And in keeping with their new strategy post-gigantic raise, the company is looking to help both online and offline retailers in one package with the new app.
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US Drivers Distracted 10Researchers have found that drivers in the United States are distracted 10 percent of their time on the road, and for novice drivers, this distraction leads to greater risk for accidents.
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Solar Fireworks Ring In TheNASA's Solar Dynamics Laboratory captured this explosive M9-class solar flare on January first, ringing in the New Year with a flare that was almost but not quite X-class.
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Susann Stacy Posts BloodyA gruesome selfie may have saved the life of a Kentucky woman who police say was brutally beaten by her husband. Susann Stacy, of Leslie County, posted a photo of her bloodied face to Facebook Monday... night, WKYT reported. The photo was captioned, "Help please anyone," according to WTVR. One of her Facebook friends saw the photo and called 911, according to the Daily Mail. Deputy Sam Mullins responded to the home and found Stacy with "several lacerations to the head." Her hair was matted with blood. The woman told authorities that her husband, Donnie Stacy, beat her with a handgun after hearing her on the phone with another man. He also allegedly ripped out the phone line so she couldn't call 911. Since she didn't have cell phone service, she used a WiFi connection to post the photo online...
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At CES 2014 next week, Audi is expected to announce a new partnership with Google to use Android software in its infotainment systems.
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commentary I think Edward Snowden deserves a medal -- but even if you disagree, there's no longer a good argument why he ought to remain a fugitive.
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I don't even know why I posted this. Just for a chuckle I guess.∞ Read this on The Loop
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First Asteroid Of 2014 HitsMap of the possible impact points of 2014 AA, produced by astronomer Bill Gray. Bill Gray
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What Happens When 10 Inches OfRudimentary technology gets an update.
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Certain indie filmmakers may be all in love with shaky-cam production values, but for the rest of us, nausea still isn’t terribly valued as a special effect. So huzzah to the ShadowCam S-5, an... upcoming stabilizer for DSLRs and pro series cinema cameras (Red Epic, Canon C models, etc.) that promises to dampen motion like […]
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Take a sneak peek at theCES 2014 begins on January 7, and it's one of the tech industry's biggest and most exciting trade events. We're expecting plenty of exciting news from the mobile world, so here's a roundup of the... juiciest rumors ahead of the show. The post Take a sneak peek at the phones, tablets and smartwatches coming to CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple's New Mac Pro Uses 74%Apple has today released its environmental report for its new Mac Pro machine, which details some fairly large savings on power and raw materials. The new device also earns a gold rating from the... EPEAT, but that isn’t too surprising as Apple has ‘helped’ the organization rethink how it evaluates products. Despite that retooling, however, the new Mac Pro still puts up some impressive gains in efficiency. For one, it uses 68% less power than the previous generation Mac Pro when at idle. We looked up last year’s model and the idle consumption rates were up around 133.7w on 100v, with the new unit coming in at just 43w. It also uses less materials over all, which isn’t too surprising given that it’s a ton smaller. The new Mac Pro uses 74% less aluminum than the previous version and...
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Powerful, pure Android phones

CNET - 2 Jan 2014 23:15
Whether it's a Google Play Edition device or an official Nexus handset, these smartphones flaunt the full power modern Android has to offer.
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Slashdot - 2 Jan 2014 23:14
First time accepted submitter Kimomaru writes "ARS Technica asks, 'How does a non-technical manager add value to a team of self-motivated software developers?' IT Managers have come some way in the... past decade (for some). Often derided as being, at best, unnecessary and, at worst, a complete waste of budgetary resources, managers in technology today can add significant value by shielding developers and systems engineers from political nonsense and red tape. From the article; ';Don't underestimate the amount of interaction your manager does with other departments. They handle budgets, training plans, HR paperwork. They protect the developers from getting sucked into meetings with other departments and provide a unified front for your group.'" Has that been your experience?
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Now, This Is A Milestone For The Digital Age

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 23:13
Now, This Is A Milestone ForAs every parent knows, multi-tasking is a job requirement. This kid clearly has the gene that will enable her to push a stroller with one hand, while carrying groceries and responding to texts from... her mother-in-law. Reddit user KentuckyforKentucky posted this photo of his 6-year-old feeding her younger sister while getting some important "work" done on the iPad. "We've got twins so unfortunately sometimes we need a little help from our 6 year old," dad explained, making sure to clarify that the baby is well taken care of. "She's propped up, so she's actually at the same angle as if we were feeding her in our arms... It didn't last long (feeding her via the foot)." While we know it's important to be mindful parents and focus your attention on the baby, real life often does get in the way....
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Lepow's new Mod speaker bringsLepow industries today unveiled the Mod, a brash new Bluetooth speaker that blends the retro nostalgia of the swinging '60's with state of the art technology to create a gorgeous piece of wireless... tech to mount on your mantel. The post Lepow’s new Mod speaker brings 60′s hipster style into the 21st century appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Cicada 3301: The MysteryCiphers, conspiracies, secret societies, the dark web - intrigued yet?
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Gillmor Gang Live 01.02.14 (TCTV)

TechCrunch - 2 Jan 2014 23:12
Gillmor Gang Live 01.02.14Gillmor Gang - Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded.find our realtime live chat here... ://friendfeed.com/realtime-network/47b84c58/gillmor-gang-recording-live-today-1pm-pt. "Like" us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GillmorGang
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Researchers develop a clever way to levitate and move objects in the air using the power of sound.
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No Bible available? NY swearsNewsDay reports Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was sworn in for his second term today using an iPad and Bible app when officials were unable to locate a physical copy of the Bible:... Addressing a standing room audience at Bethpage High School, where he graduated in 1980, Mangano took the oath of office on […]
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Mitsubishi to sell metal 3DPersonal 3D printing isn’t the only industry that’s getting more crowded. Huge Japanese trading company Mitsubishi will begin selling a professional-grade metal laser sintering 3D printer in North... America this month, 3Ders reports. The printer is made by Matsuura and starts at roughly $850,000. Laser sintering, which […]
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Abigaille, The Wall-crawler Robot

SpaceRef - 2 Jan 2014 23:11
Climbing robots that mimic the stickiness of gecko lizard feet could work in space as well as on Earth, ESA has shown, raising the prospect of hull-crawling automatons tending future spacecraft....
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Deadspin: Hello. My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings. In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team. I honestly don't know if my activism was... the reason I got fired. However, I'm pretty confident it was. Kluwe became famous off the football field back in September of 2012 when his letter to a politician went viral. It's a sad end to his NFL career.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Best NFL apps for Android

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 23:09
Best NFL apps for Android  NFL playoffs are upon us, and football fans are likely getting pretty excited. There are a ton of ways to follow the action on your phone or tablet, and we’ve rounded up some of the best Android... apps for making sure you don’t miss a thing. Even if you're not a big sports guy, we've included some top-notch football games here that just about anybody can enjoy.  Alright, ready for kick-off?  
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You don't have to be a hockey fan to appreciate the NHL's annual Winter Classic. The premise itself is cool enough: Two teams from the world's top hockey league facing off outdoors in an iconic sports... stadium For many NHL players, it harkens back to the days when they first learned to play hockey on frozen-over ponds. For fans, it's a fun way to experience the game they love in a setting both novel and traditional. And for many photographers, the entire situation is a dream come true. This year's first Winter Classic took place on Jan. 1 See also: NHL Player Escapes Locked Bathroom With Help From Twitter
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Users of the crypto-currency called Bitcoin have some competition out in the wild this week in the artist-inspired CoinYe West. This currency, while lovely to look at, will likely never …
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Furiously Match Lions AndI went into Ark Saver expecting it to flounder about like the Noah’s Ark mini game in Bible Adventures on NES. I’m incredibly surprised that it is not only playable but pretty addictive. Ark Saver... by Ignacio Bononi Category: iOS…
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As a follow-up to our year-end Big Data predictions roundup, let's kick off 2014 with an additional, broader set of predictions from industry players.
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ZTE comes to CES withZTE clearly wants to make its presence felt at CES this year; it's coming to the show with no less than seven devices. The Grand S II headlines the pack as the company's first smartphone with... "high-precision" voice commands, which let you both unlock ...
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The Eastern U.S. - from the Appalachians to Maine -- is bracing for a snowstorm to close out this first week of 2014. The Weather Channel, which began naming winter storms in the 2012-2013 season, has... dubbed this snowy maelstrom Winter Storm Hercules. Hercules is flexing his muscles over the Northeast at the same time that the region is getting blasts of cold air from the Arctic.
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What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

Life Hacker - 2 Jan 2014 23:00
What Are Your New Year'sMost New Year's resolutions are doomed to fail because they're too unrealistic . Fortunately, there's a science to it that you can use to your advantage. And hey, if you don't want to put in that much... effort, why not just pick resolutions that are easier to keep ? So, tell us: what resolutions did you make?
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Your Next Soda Could Come WithLooks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter--or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca... Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What exactly is Coke planning on doing with that much networked hardware?
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Nimblstand: Making the AppleThe Apple Wireless Keyboard is great for use with a Mac, with long battery life, a great key feel and a compact size that makes it unobtrusive on a desktop. So why not use it with your iPhone or iPad?... Unless you have some way to prop up the device ...
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The splooge of makingSplooge, fold, press. Splooge, fold, press. Splooge, fold, press. The machines making Pop-Tarts are so mesmerizing. You just can't take your eyes off the black magic that is creating addictive... processed food. My brain invents its own soundtrack when I see it go on and on and on in the GIF, which was spotted on Reddit. My brain also imagines my mouth at the end of the conveyor belt eating every single Pop-Tart as it falls into my belly. Yum. But gross. But yum.
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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 nowIf you purchased a Surface Pro 2 tablet today (or any day after today), it'll likely sport a faster and safer Intel i5-4300U processor, according to a new report. The Verge has claimed that... Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 now ships with a 1.9GHz chip - rather...
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Hacker group targets TwitchA group calling itself "DERP" has taken responsibility for a series of DDoS attacks against EA, Minecraft, 'League of Legends,' and even the PSN, all while targeting a Twitch broadcaster known as... "PhantomL0rd." The post Hacker group targets Twitch broadcaster, leads to police being called appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'Colorized Hollywood' Is The#TBT lasts long after Thursday on 'Colorized Hollywood,' a Facebook page that features painstakingly colorized black and white photos. We discuss the page -- and take a look at some fantastic pictures... -- in the video above, from HuffPost Live's Throwback Thursday segment.
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10 Ways to Fix Your WeakToday while I was on Tinder I was thinking of how the way that people represent themselves on the app is indicative of their personal branding. It's so clear that a lot of users of this app have no... concept of how to brand themselves. I should be able to look at your profile, understand you and your personal brand, and make a decision whether I want to swipe right (buy in) or swipe left (pass). Below are 10 things I've noticed make me swipe left, because I either don't understand the "brand," or simply don't have an interest in it: You're wearing a goddamn hoodie: This goes back to the age-old adage, "Dress for the job you want." While I don't expect you to wear a suit, I hope you don't plan to show up on our first date looking like you're about to rob a liquor store. I can't even see your...
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Polaroid Expands U.S. LineupPolaroid has announced that at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas it is going to showcase its new Q series tablets. The series is comprised of the Q7, Q8 and the Q10 tablets,... with 7, 8 and 10 inch displays, respectively. All three tablets are Wi-Fi enabled and tout “super-fast” quadcore processors. They also run the latest Android firmware, Android 4.4 KitKat, out of the box. President and CEO of Polaroid Scott W. Hardy said that sleek design and affordable price point are what make the new Q series tablets a great choice. (more…) Follow: Tablets, Android 4.4, CES, CES 2014, polaroid, Polaroid Expands U.S. Lineup With Three New Q Series Tablets original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Finnish Dad Sends 'YoungestTero Tähtinen's mission for Christmas last year definitely went above and beyond the call of parental duty -- to infinity and beyond, some might say. The objective? To launch his own kids and his... friends' kids (or at least, their photographs) into space. Tähtinen's epic Christmas present, intended for his godsons, arrived "a bit late," he says on YouTube -- but they likely understood. Days were spent in Tähtinen's basement tweaking and re-tweaking the weather balloon set up to carry the pictures into space so that they could survive the ascent and elements. Negotiations with authorities in Finland, where Tähtinen lives, took even more time and pushed the launch back by months. Finally, in April, equipped with a GoPro camera, 3 GPS tracking devices, and 4,000 liters of helium (plus...
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Here are some candidates forGoogle still seems to be deciding what people should actually do with Google Glass. No one knows exactly why they should buy an expensive pair of smartglasses, especially when they look unfashionable... even in the most well-executed promotional shots. Looking past fashion concerns, however, MIT Technology Review has rounded up some of the most interesting apps making their way to Glass in order to find out whether or not Google’s wearable hardware has some real market potential after all. The first app is the Moment Camera, an automatic camera that captures footage throughout the day without any user input. “Like a pro photographer, Moment tries to take photos of the people, places, and times you care about,” says the Moment Camera website.
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Pebble announcing 'somethingGet your livebloggin' boots ready, boys and girls. Pebble plans to announce "something special" next week at CES in Las Vegas. We're not quite what's in store just yet. The general consensus is some... sort of second-generation hardware, as the original design will be closing in on a year of availability this spring. That's speculation, however, and it's important to remember that Pebble's still way more of a startup than the tech companies that pump out iteration after iteration, year after year. On the other hand, Pebble has already announced its upcoming app store, so maybe new hardware makes sense. We'll just have to see. For those of you not lucky enough to be in Vegas for all the fun next week, Pebble plans to livestream its announcement. Stay tuned. And if you haven't yet, be sure to...
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Formerly GymPact, this smartphone app encourages you to put your money where your pie hole is.
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Mindy From 'The Mindy Project'Today, if you want a certain demographic to watch your TV show, you have to hunt it down. That's what it looks like FOX is doing on Tinder. The network is using the popular dating app to do some... advertising for its sitcom "The Mindy Project," with some singles getting matched up with the show's main character, Mindy Lahiri, played by show creator Mindy Kaling. A representative for FOX confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post that "The Mindy Project" is involved in the promotion. She also confirmed that the show will air a previously-rumored Tinder-themed episode. Tinder did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment. Here's a screenshot of the profile that people are seeing, sent to HuffPost by a Tinder user: If you say you "like" Lahiri, she will immediately send you this message:...
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Wearable tech at CES 2014:Wearable technology. It's an exploding product category in desperate need of a category-defining product. And now, with the Consumer Electronics Show upon us, we get to see whether some company, any... company, can release an uncompromised, mainstream consumer hit in 2014. Image: Martian Martian will unveil a smartwatch (not pictured here) for a "fashion- and cost-conscious consumer who wants a notification-enabled smartwatch without breaking the bank," says a company rep. Manufacturers have unleashed a torrent of ambitious but confounding wearables over the last two years--perhaps you've heard of Samsung's beta-like Galaxy Gear, or Google's alpha-in-everything-but-name-only Google Glass? At CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week, many more companies will attempt to realize the unfulfilled promises...
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The best camera is the one you have with you (especially if it has LTE).
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Every four years, jokes about the Olympics use curling as the punchline Curling, with its brooms and wacky pants, doesn't have the mainstream appeal of hockey or figure skating. But the American... women's curling team hopes to at least give people a better understanding of the sport by answering the question, "What does the skip say?" in an on-ice parody of Ylvis' hit song. See also: 8 Oddly Specific Things You Can't Bring to the Sochi Olympic Games Women's 2014 team members Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swisshelm and Allison Pottinger wear animal onesies while singing words often yelled by the team skip.
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No, Larry Page and Sergey BrinThe idea that Larry Page and Sergey Brin somehow owe it to society to invest in journalism -- because their company has allegedly siphoned billions of dollars in advertising revenue out of the... newspaper industry -- is just plain wrong-headed
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No contract wireless carrier confirms that it will sell the Motorola Moto G for $129.99.
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Polaroid Announces 50 InchPolaroid today announced a new lineup of superior quality televisions, both touting 50 inch screen sizes, one is a Roku Ready smart TV whereas the other is a 4K ultra high definition TV. Polaroid... promises that these TVs will provide consumers with unparalleled picture quality as well as several state of the art new features, at an affordable price point as compared to other offerings in the market. The 50 inch Roku Ready Smart TV, 50GSR7100, will let users stream over 1,000 channels through the Roku Stick. The wireless device, built into the TV itself, does not need any cables and is powered by MHL which allows easy plug and play use between the TV and the Roku Stick. It has three HDMI inputs and offers customers total control through the custom remote or the mobile application. The...
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Gadgets that can hear, trackWearable cameras, glasses, smartwatches to dominate CES show floor. (pcworld.com)
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The service hopes follow-on technology will be ready for a flight demonstration in 2016.
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Gecko-inspired robot couldTiny hairs allow the robot's feet to adhere to angled surfaces and walk in low-pressure, low-temperature and zero-gravity settings.
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The wide variety of default iApps which come preinstalled on most Macs these days are all great applications, but if you don’t actually use them, they just take up disk space. Case in point are... Garageband, iMovie, and iPhoto, three fantastic apps for making music, editing videos, and managing photos, but if you never use ...
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Alicia Keys fallin' out ofApparently this woman's worth was not quite enough for BlackBerry. Just a year after being named global creative director by former CEO Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry has announced that it will be parting... ways with R&B singer Alicia Keys come January 30, according to CTV News. Just how directly […]
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With all the quality of high-definition, 4K video streams at half the bandwidth, thanks to a Google video format.
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Motorola Solutions buys IPEnterprise mobile vendor Motorola Solutions has acquired Twisted Pair Solutions, a provider of software for push-to-talk communications spanning PCs, office phones, smartphones, and specialized... devices such as two-way radios. Twisted Pair's Wave PTT system is based on software and uses IP (Internet Protocol) networks, with gateways to specialized radio networks, so it's not limited to one carrier or type of technology. It's designed to let workers in offices and in the field join the same instant-calling groups. The company's offerings include software for Windows PCs and for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, as well as for web browsers and Microsoft Lync and SharePoint. Calls can go over private networks and users' existing carriers. Twisted Pair, based in Seattle, was...
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First look: The Air Dock wireless charger

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 22:36
First look: The Air DockThis car dock has a great feature — wireless charging Wireless charging is a great way to keep your phone battery topped off while it's not in your hands. Having a charger on your desk is really... handy, and it makes the worries of battery life on today's big-screen phones just about nonexistent. But one place that really needs some wireless charging love in the car — and it's about to get some. The folks at Air Dock have kicked off an Indiegogo campaign for what they call the world's best smartphone car charger, and after using it for a couple days I have to agree with them. If you use — and I mean really use — your phone in the car, for navigation, or phone calls, or as a music player or to entertain the passenger with a video or two, this is what you need.  More: Air Dock at...
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Our lives are increasingly dominated by never-ending to-do lists and full email inboxes. We try to jam 54 hours into a 24-hour day. We no longer have the energy we want to spend time doing what... matters most to us and the numbers prove it The 40-hour work week is a relic of the past. 40% of Americans are now regularly working over 40 hours a week, and "work/life balance" becomes increasingly difficult to maintain when we're only a text or email away from the office. And this culture of connectedness spills over from the workplace into our personal lives — 7 in 10 parents say that "family time" often consists of sitting silently in front of the TV, lacking the energy to even make conversation or break out a board game
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17 High-Tech Gizmos FromBack in the 1920s, the New York Electrical Show was a bit like the Consumer Electronics Show of its day. New Yorkers could head down to Grand Central Palace to check out the latest in high-tech... gadgets -- gadgets that were becoming increasingly popular as more and more Americans got electricity at home.
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[From EntertainmentTell] In the least surprising sports development since another Red Sox- Yankees spending duel, Tim Tebow will join ESPN as a college football analyst.
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The past year saw a mini-boom in musicians discouraging or outright prohibiting fans from taking photos at gigs, pitched mainly as a “pay attention to the music” measure. But now the trend is... attracting a sort of venue where reckless flash photography would only seem to add to the experience: electronic dance clubs. Witness Brooklyn […]
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Wayne Rash has covered IT as a reporter and editor for over 35 years. NPR, Fox Business News, and NBC all call on him as a technology expert. A few weeks ago he had an article on eWeek titled How... Target's Credit Card Security Breach Could Have Been Avoided. In this video, Wayne tells how you (or your business) can avoid being targeted by miscreants out to steal credit card data. It turns out that the security measures he advocates for businesses are common in other parts of the world but haven't hit the United States quite yet. But don't despair. There are things you can do right now, as an individual, to limit your potential losses from card number thefts. Still, the long-term fixes to the security vulnerability that bit Target need to be made by merchants and card issuers, some of whom...
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally 2014 and that means one thing above all else: The World Cup is this year ESPN just released its first ad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Embedded above, the... nearly two-minute spot will give soccer fans goose bumps as they while away these final six months until the greatest event in sports kicks off June 12 See also: World Cup Draw: What You Need to Know Set to a sweeping soundtrack, the ad looks back on iconic players and teams from past World Cups. It juxtaposes that history with current Brazilian stars and street scenes from the soccer-obsessed South American country, which ESPN calls the event's "spiritual home."
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Scientists have found evidence of extraterrestrial clouds blanketing two of the most common types of planets in our Milky Way galaxy, NASA officials say. Two teams of researchers used the Hubble Space... Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of the two exoplanets. One of the alien planets is a so-called "super-Earth" larger than the Earth, while the other has been dubbed a "warm Neptune."Studying both types of worlds can help scientists learn to classify the atmospheres on other Earth-like planets in the future. "Both planets are telling us something about the diversity of planet types that occur outside of our own solar system; in this case we are discovering we may not know them as well as we thought," Heather Knutson of the California Institute of Technology said in a statement. [The...
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Ecoute Is a Simple andiPhone: You have a pretty good selection of apps to choose from if you're looking for an alternative to the iPhone's Music app. If you're looking for something very simple but still packed full of the... default app's features, Ecoute is worth a look.
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When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide

Gizmodo - 2 Jan 2014 22:30
When Tech Culture And UrbanismThe city is the most complex machine ever invented. Running optimally, the city generates opportunity and provides a platform for interaction, ideas, and improvement. As a concept, the city has been... iterated-upon, smashed and burnt to the ground, rebuilt, deliberately-designed, haphazardly-organized, and generally resilient for many millennia. But the city is still a human invention and every single one is flawed, many horribly so.
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Think Kia doesnt makes sportsA new Kia concept car is not usually the sort of thing to get too excited over. But this 315 horsepower mini Audi R8 is, to put it mildly, a bit different. We don't know much yet, but I gotta say I am... excited to learn more when this beast hits the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The post Think Kia doesnt makes sports cars, huh? The GT4 Stinger concept should change your mind appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Creation Museum says ScienceBill Nye "The Science Guy" is set to visit Kentucky to debate evolution and biblical creation with the founder of the Creation Museum.
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Polaroid debuting $1,000 4K TV at CES

Engadget - 2 Jan 2014 22:28
Polaroid's been struggling with a bit of an identity crisis since the halcyon days of instant photography. Did you know, for example, that the company's been putting its name on TVs? Polaroid's... celebrating CES with the release of two ambitious (if ...
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[From GamerTell] Terraria works wonderfully on the Vita, and its cross-play features make it the best handheld version of the game.
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As snow sweeps across the country from the west, the northeastern United States is bracing for heavy snowfall that could cause blizzard conditions from Thursday evening into Friday. Forecasters at the... National Weather Service (NWS) expect multiple storm systems to converge along the East Coast, with eastern New York and Massachusetts getting the brunt of it. Winter weather has already affected areas around the country and it is expected to leave "arctic air" in its wake. See also: 20 Reliable Sources to Follow for Winter Storm News "Aside from the snow and wind, the big issue will be the brutally cold air tomorrow and again early next week after a brief warm up this weekend," Chris Vaccaro, director of communications for the National Weather Service, told Mashable in an email.
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La Niña Influences MeltChanges in water masses during La Niña events can significantly slow the melting rate of one of Antarctica's largest glaciers, according to a new study.
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A majority of surveyed physicians said they were alerted to a potential medication error or critical lab value by an electronic health record, finds a new study.
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Increased federal funding for community health centers has helped low-income adults get access to primary and dental care, according to a new study.
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Researchers have discovered that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the Holter... monitor, which is typically used for 24 hours and has been the standard of care for more than 50 years.
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Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists have showed that your lungs have odor receptors as well. The odor receptors in your... lungs are in the membranes of flask-shaped neuroendocrine cells that dump neurotransmitters and neuropeptides when the receptors are stimulated, perhaps triggering you to cough to rid your body of the offending substance.
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Mock Mars Mission: UtahThe Mars Desert Research Station aims to help humanity prepare for the rigors and challenges of life on the Red Planet. It was designed in line with the "Mars Direct" settlement approach, which sees... crews living off the land as much as possible.
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Microsoft has quietly upgraded the Surface Pro 2, with new hardware including faster processors being sent out to those who returned their Windows 8 tablets after the December firmware update …
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On Tuesday March 13, NASA's Curiosity science team announced that the Martian rover had found the first confirmed site other than Earth where conditions were right to have once hosted ancient life, if... it ever evolved on the red planet....
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