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3 Jan 2014 - Global
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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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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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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Ryan Seacrest's Startup SuedLast month, we told you about a new startup called Typo Keyboard that’s backed and co-founded by TV/radio personality Ryan Seacrest. The story behind it was that Seacrest was so frustrated with the... iPhone’s lack of a physical keyboard that he…
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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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First Asteroid Discovery ofScientists discovered the asteroid, known as 2014 AA, early Wednesday morning. Orbit projections suggest that the space rock likely entered Earth's atmosphere sometime between Wednesday afternoon and... Thursday morning.
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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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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

The Register - 3 Jan 2014 04:04
Alert! E-cup 29-97-09-3B-31-92 just filled with PEPSI! Sharp-eyed blogger Alvaro Lopez Ortega has spotted something fascinating: Coca Cola has reserved a block of media access control (MAC)... addresses....
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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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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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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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Corps of Engineers advances Arctic port study

Miami Herald - 3 Jan 2014 23:59
A federal agency studying locations for a deep-water Alaska port that could assist Arctic Ocean-bound vessels says it will offer a preliminary recommendation the first week of March.
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FISA Court Reauthorizes NSA Phone Metadata Collection

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 23:56
FISA Court Reauthorizes NSAForeign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program, the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement. The reauthorization... order was not immediately available, but the administration is undertaking a declassification review, officials said. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper pointed out that several federal judges have upheld the so-called metadata collection program. Separately, government lawyers on Friday asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to overturn the one recent ruling that found the surveillance program unconstitutional. Below, a statement on the FISA decision: On several prior occasions, the Director of National Intelligence has declassified information...
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Simpsons meet Upworthy, "The Wolf of Wall Street" is the movie f-word champion, and Clay Aiken eyes politics
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Pointer Dogs: Pups Poop AlongDogs apparently prefer to poop while aligned with the north-south axis of the Earth's magnetic field. That's the surprising conclusion of scientists who observed dogs pooping and peeing for two years.
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Let's Talk About Whatever YouHappy Friday friends of Gizmodo! And happy New Year! We want to talk to you, so we're going to round out this very snowy Friday by hanging out in the comments below, gabbing about whatever y'all... please. Join us!
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T-Mobile CEO calls new AT&TAT&T may have acknowledged a squabble, but T-Mobile won't settle for anything less than a war. Calling it a "desperate move" to win over customers, boisterous T-Mobile CEO John Legere responded to... AT&T's offer to give his customers $200 per line for switching over their service with an attack of his own. "Consumers won't be fooled," Legere writes in a statement posted to T-Mobile's website, "...nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for."
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Dubai offers deal of the$400,000 is more than most people pay for a home, but thats the cost of the Lamborghini Aventador you get with the purchase of a new penthouse in Dubai. That hardly seems fair does it? The post Dubai... offers deal of the century: Buy a penthouse and get a free Lamborghini Aventador appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gawker Loses Its Viral Guru

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 23:51
Neetzan Zimmerman is leaving Gawker, where his posts account for an outsized amount of the site's traffic The news was first announced in a tweet from Gawker editor John Cook who later confirmed the... move to Mashable via email. Zimmerman declined to comment. sad to say @neetzan is hanging up his viral guns for a start-up. if ur obsessed with winning the internet, plz inquire w/in. john at gawker. — John Cook (@johnjcook) January 3, 2014 Zimmerman will head to Whisper, a social network startup where he will take the title of editor in chief, according to a report from Capital New York. See also: The Year in Twitter: Top Milestones of 2013
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Vine debuts desktop viewerVine announced a Web version of its popular looping video app today, allowing users to see their favorite videos from a desktop, expanded to full-screen size. Will this upgrade help Vine catch up with... rivals? The post Vine debuts desktop viewer with Web profiles and full-screen viewing appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Even NBA Players Are Crippled by FOMO

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 23:47
Of course you know the feeling. You're enjoying a quiet night ... until you decide to fire up your Facebook or Instagram app for a quick digital hit. There, backlit before you, are several of your... good friends. Or, at least you thought they were your friends until you saw them on your little screen doing fun things to which you were apparently not invited But FOMO (that's Fear of Missing Out, for the uninitiated) doesn't just affect the plebeians of our social media age — even multimillionaire celebrity NBA players get their feelings hurt by being left out See also: ESPN Delivers World Cup Drama in Epic Promo
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The company's clicker for its 2014 Smart TVs supports more gestures, offers a smaller trackpad and has more dedicated buttons than before--including actual DVR controls.
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Creating and watching short looping Vine videos has been possible for a while now from the Android and iOS apps, but those who prefer to browse from the comfort of …
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Following the release of the Mac Pro, a quick teardown by Other World Computing (OWC) revealed that the tower's Intel Xeon E5 processor was socketed and removable, theoretically allowing for future... upgrades. All CPUs in the Mac Pro were found to use the same LGA 2011 socket standardized on the Mac Pro's motherboard. Today OWC confirmed that the Mac Pro's processor is indeed upgradeable, successfully replacing the default Intel E5-1650 V2 6-core 3.50Ghz processor with an Intel E5-2667 V2 8-core 3.30GHz processor with 25MB of L3 cache, an option not offered by Apple. The upgraded processor gave OWC's machine a 30 percent multi-processor performance boost, outperforming Apple's standard 8-core option with a Geekbench score of 27004 vs. 24429. With a replaceable CPU, customers can purchase...
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Architect Sentenced to Year inThere have been plenty of civil cases against architects over the years, for all manner of negligence. But, today, an extremely rare criminal case was decided: An architect was sentenced to a year in... LA county jail after pleading no contest to the manslaughter of a firefighter who died while trying to contain a fire in a home the architect had designed for himself.
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Two INSERM research teams led by Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Giovanni Marsicano (INSERM Unit 862 "Neurocentre Magendie" in Bordeaux) recently discovered that pregnenolone, a molecule produced by the... brain, acts as a natural defence mechanism against the harmful effects of cannabis in animals. Pregnenolone prevents THC, the main active principle in cannabis, from fully activating its brain receptor, the CB1 receptor, that when overstimulated by THC causes the intoxicating effects of cannabis. By identifying this mechanism, the INSERM teams are already developing new approaches for the treatment of cannabis addiction.
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A "60 Minutes" report this Sunday will look at the lavish life of the Megaupload founder and why the entertainment industry considers him to be the world's No. 1 pirate. Here's a preview.
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Magellan Echo Smart SportsOutdoor GPS specialist Magellan has upgraded its iOS-compatible Echo Smart Sports Watch so that it can track data for more activities beyond running. The Echo was designed for runners and... intelligently works with your smartphone via Bluetooth, but now...
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Video Of '12 Years A Slave'On this day in 1853, Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, regained his freedom. His phenomenal story of strength and survival during slavery was captured in his... memoir and turned into the movie: "12 Years A Slave." The movie has drawn attention to his life story to audiences across the globe. In tribute to the anniversary of his freedom, Fox Searchlight released this incredible featurette showcasing his real-life descendants who live all over the country. Watch the video above.
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Ford To Offer Free SYNCUsually if one wanted to get in-vehicle features, whether it be a new stereo system or a connected dashboard, they would either have to upgrade it themselves or get a new model entirely that would... feature said system. Well the good news for drivers who are looking forward to trying out Ford's SYNC AppLink is that if you own a Ford vehicle 2010 or later, your vehicle should be eligible for a free upgrade to the SYNC AppLink system. (more…) Follow: Transportation, ford, sync applink, Ford To Offer Free SYNC AppLink Upgrades For 3.4 Million Vehicles original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Newfound Planet is Earth-massHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: An international team of astronomers has discovered the first Earth-mass planet that transits, or crosses in front of, its host star.
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Why This Startup Chose The Midwest Over Silicon Valley

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 23:30
Why This Startup Chose TheA new app on the market claims to helps shoppers shop and spend smarter. Wisely combines the social search functions of sites like Yelp and Foursquare with an easy personal finance tracker, all in one... app. Wisely founders Mike Vichich and Tyler Felous met at the global consulting firm Accenture, where they both came down with startup fever. But rather than relocate to the West Coast, the duo decided to stay in Detroit and build their company, Glyph Inc. (they've since moved to nearby Ann Arbor, Mich.). "We thought we could do it in Michigan," Vichich told The Huffington Post. "There's a lot of smart people around here, both in Ann Arbor and Detroit, and a decent startup community." The startup first launched an iPhone app called Glyph in 2012, raising more than $500,000 from Michigan...
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WSJ: Microsoft CEO prospectsWhy is it taking Microsoft so long to find a new CEO? Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that candidates are worried about the potential influence of Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and... outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, both of whom are likely to remain on the company’s board of directors even after the new CEO is chosen. Specifically, one source says that CEO candidates “know that part of what they are negotiating for is the level of engagement” that Gates and Ballmer will have with the company after they’re hired. The Journal’s sources also say that “some candidates for the top post at Microsoft seem to be particularly uneasy about Mr. Ballmer,” who has made “several recent decisions that have
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Got a couple of boxes of old transparencies and a bare window? Then designer/upcycler Scott Sherwood has come up with a great idea that will put those slides to functional, creative and colorful use.... Behold the curtains Sherwood created from a collection of more than a thousand slides, a striking creation that serves practical purposes […]
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iPhone: Sometimes, your iPhone's camera is best used as tool to accent your to-do lists. Whether that means snapping a picture of the exact size bulb you need for your lamp or a goofy sign you want to... send to a friend, not all photos need to stay on your camera roll forever. Shoots & Leaves is an app that automatically uploads a snapshot to the web so you don't have to worry about it.
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Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 23:30
An anonymous reader writes "Over the past several years, we've had a spate of new input methods for playing video games. Instead of just pushing buttons, now we can wave body parts around, yell at the... screen, or even (weakly) control things with our thoughts. Now, we're adding an eye-tracking sensor bar. It's being created by SteelSeries, but it's based on tech from a Swedish company called Tobii, who built similar tech for cars. 'Inside the device there are two cameras and an infrared light source. The infrared light reflects off your pupil and cornea, which is then captured by the two camera sensors. Throw in a healthy serving of Tobii's proprietary image processing algorithms, and a physiological 3D model of the eye, and you can work out the position of the eye and the direction of the...
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One dead, eight injured inThe second World War just claimed another victim 68 years after it ended. A construction worker in western Germany was killed when he ran over a bomb at a nearby rubble disposal site and it... exploded, reports Stars and Stripes. Eight people were injured and the blast damaged roofs, doors, and windows up to 400 yards away. The type of bomb has not been identified yet. Unexploded World War II bombs are still being found today, just as land mines from World War I continue to be discovered. This kind of bomb discovery in Germany is not unusual, reports The Atlantic, although they're usually defused and do not result in casualties.
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Want to create the nextThe rise of Dogecoin and the soon-to-launch Coinye West (yes, it's named after the rapper) made it seem as though almost anyone can create a Bitcoin competitor. Now, with the launch of a clever and... simple tool, that is actually true. The post Want to create the next Bitcoin? This website makes it easy - too easy appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What The Duck #1083

DP Review - 3 Jan 2014 23:28
What The Duck #1083We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip... ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.
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LG's curved 4K OLED TVs coming to CES

PC World - 3 Jan 2014 23:28
LG's curved 4K OLED TVs comingA 77-inch television with a curved screen and resolution four times better than today's high-definition TV will be a centerpiece of LG Electronics' product line-up at next week's International CES in... Las Vegas. The TV's screen is based on OLED (organic light emitting diode), a fundamentally different technology from LCD (liquid crystal display), the dominant flat-screen type in use today. Compared to LCDs, OLED panels produce pictures that appear brighter, crisper, more colorful and more vibrant to most people. The technology has been in commercial use for several years in smartphones, but display makers are still struggling to reliably produce OLED screens at screen sizes large enough for televisions. The difficulties in production mean many OLED products never reach the market or, if...
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A newsworthy, 2,000-year-old pair of syllables     
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Corning has announced a new shaped Gorilla Glass product to offer glass solutions for curved devices like smart watches. Corning is one of Apple's main suppliers for the glass in the iPhone and iPad,... and, with Apple rumored to have a smart watch production the works, Corning's new product would make for a logical source component for the new device. Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning's 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers. The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a "one-roof"...
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A revolutionary proposal to transform London's cycling infrastructure would place wide bike paths above the city's rail network.
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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

The Register - 3 Jan 2014 23:25
Potent partners sign up for VP9 streaming push CES 2014 Google is gearing up to push its 4K VP9 video codec into the mainstream through YouTube and hardware partners....
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30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014

ABC News - 3 Jan 2014 23:24
30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014Prepare to relive the greatest time in cinematic history -- 1984 Don't laugh. There's no other way to describe a year that produced both Gremlins and Ghostbusters. And, not one, but two Tom Hanks... movies. See also: 20 Songs Turning 20 in 2014 We gathered up some of our favorite flicks from the year George Orwell warned us all about. Take a look and let us know in the comments if your favorite made the cut Sorry in advance for making you feel old Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Homepage Image: Flickr, Luiz Sousa
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U.S. appeals ruling againstThe U.S. government appealed on Friday a federal court ruling that the gathering of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency of was likely unlawful.
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BlackBerry sues RyanBlackBerry, in an effort to protect one of its key designs, has filed a copyright infringement suit against a company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest that makes a keyboard case for the iPhone. On Friday... the struggling smartphone maker filed a lawsuit against Typo Products LLC, a company that makes a slip-on keyboard designed to fit the iPhone 5 and 5S. The company, which is based in Los Angeles, was founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and television personality Ryan Seacrest. The company's flagship product, the "Typo Keyboard," was conceived to make typing on the iPhone quicker and less prone to typos. Now the company might be wishing it went a little slower. The keyboard, BlackBerry alleges, violates the company's intellectual property rights for copying BlackBerry's own keyboard...
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Da Vinci Ascent Review: A JackThe Pax and the Firefly are both fantastic vaporizers, but they suffer from the same shortfall: neither can handle anything other than loose-leaf material. Try to vape a concentrate or essential oil... and you'll be spending the rest of your evening de-gooifying your equipment. Not so with Da Vinci's latest portable offering.
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Power Pillow charges your smartphone while you sleep

Montreal Gazette - 3 Jan 2014 23:15
Power Pillow charges yourHave you ever been laying in bed with a dead smartphone in your hand wishing you could charge it with your pillow?
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While Americans whine aboutHow do you demonstrate the quality of winter batteries? Well if you are Canadian Tire, you build an entire truck out of ice and run it with your battery. This might seem excessive, but what else are... you going to do when you can't see the sun for six months? Besides it makes for an awesome video. The post While Americans whine about their blizzard, Canadians are making trucks out of ice appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Android Central Podcast - Live!

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 23:14
Android Central Podcast -Live at 4 p.m. EDT Jan. 3 The Android Central Podcast is recorded live in front of a live studio audience, so you can catch us in the act. To take part in the live Q&A, hit this link. Or watch us live... from your phone with the all-new Android Central app!
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Dubai started off 2014 with quite a bang: The city's New Year's Eve fireworks display broke the Guinness World Record for largest pyrotechnics show on New Year's Eve. During the six-minute show, more... than 500,000 fireworks exploded, spanning 62 miles of Dubai's seafront and ending with a grandiose "artificial sunset." The entire spectacle was controlled by a network of 100 computers, took 10 months to plan and cost a cool $6 million See also: See New Year's Eve Through Google Glass in Times Square Image: Gizmodo The entire show was live streamed on YouTube; it begins at the 29-minute mark in the video above. The event shattered the previous record, held by Kuwait, in which 77,282 fireworks were set off in 2012. The new record joins several other superlatives that Dubai holds, including the...
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Whether or not time travel is even physically possible remains to be seen. But researchers at Michigan Technological University have already started scouring the internet for evidence that we've been... visited by tourists from the future. The theory is ...
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These obviously irregularLook at these grey circles. They look bent, right? Like somebody put a ring in a vice and squeezed it? Actually, it's just an incredible optical illusion courtesy of @SciencePorn. Both circles are... perfectly round. Really. No really.
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One of the biggest tech events of the year is about to kick off in Las Vegas. CNET's Bridget Carey highlights what to expect at CES 2014.
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Stalking complaint dismissed against McAfee

Miami Herald - 3 Jan 2014 23:09
A judge in Oregon dismissed a civil stalking complaint on Friday against an anti-virus software entrepreneur who left Belize to avoid police questioning in a fatal shooting.
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​Blackmagic PocketThe announcement of Blackmagic's $3000 RAW-shooting Cinema Camera in 2012 caused such a stir that not many could have anticipated a followup model, so soon, that was a fraction of the cost and a... fraction of the size. The Pocket Cinema Camera continues forging the path of the upstart high-end video camera.
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Google is awarded a patent that turns your boring old Facebook status update into a truly funny comic strip. Well, hopefully.
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[From GadgeTell] Since next week will be crowded with CES 2014 mobile announcements, including of high-profile, high-end devices, it's probably wise for brands that aren't quite household in the... business to take the wraps off their latest budget-friendly contenders while people still care.
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New systems add 300MHz of extra processing power.
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New systems add 300MHz of extra processing power.
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Why Music Helps You Memorize Items

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 23:00
Why Music Helps You MemorizeIf grade school has taught us anything, it's that turning a list of items into a song is a great way to remember things. That same basic process works just as well in adulthood, and The Wall Street... Journal explains why.
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Mayor de Blasio's Son Schools NYC

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 22:57
Mayor de Blasio's Son SchoolsWelcome to 2014, NYC! In less than 72 hours the Big Apple anointed a new mayor, was schooled in Greek mythology by #Hercules, and received a seemingly funny reminder that new-found "celeb" status... should come with a manual on digital "Do's & Don't's." First "Don't:" Thou shall not put anything in writing that you wouldn't "literally" want Mom and Dad to read. As reported earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio's son, Dante de Blasio, made an appearance online when his private iMessage made its way to the Web. Although innocuous in language, the post is indicative of how Dante's celeb-dom has thrust him, and his hair, into the public sphere. While shoveling snow on Friday morning outside of their Brooklyn home, I wondered if Mayor de Blasio warned young Dante of the perils of over sharing on social...
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[From EntertainmentTell] DreamWorks Animation will unveil the Dreamtab at CES
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Former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver made some of her most critical comments since stepping down in September about two key NASA programs: the Space Launch System and Mars 2020 rover.
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Yes, we’re all fascinated by what you had for lunch. But sometimes actual news/history is shared in the Instagram universe, and now there’s a convenient new way to browse through and find pictures... of those events. Pic A Moment is an iOS app that lets you comb through Instagram for public images taken at a […]
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To this day Germany is a graveyard for unexploded bombs, with an average of 2,000 tons of buried munitions discovered annually.     
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Vine unveiled a web version of the popular video sharing app on Friday, the company announced on its blog. The web version has most of the same functionalities as the mobile app, including the ability... to scroll through the feed, comment on videos and Like videos. Users can also visit profiles of the people they follow and scroll through those users' Vine videos. See also: 35 Ways Musicians and Music Brands Are Using Twitter's Vine App However, the web version does not allow users to post videos, search for one another or search for channels. The app does have an "explore" feature. Vine's web version does have a new web-only feature called TV Mode. Users can click a small TV-shaped icon in the upper-right corner of the profile of someone they follow, displaying that user's videos in...
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30 movies turning 30 in 2014

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 22:50
Mashable: We gathered up some of our favorite flicks from the year George Orwell warned us all about. Sorry in advance for making you feel old. Sigh. So very, very ∞ Read this on The Loop∞ Read... this on The Loop
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DOJ will appeal judge's rulingThe U.S. Department of Justice will appeal a district judge's opinion saying a phone records collection program at the National Security Agency likely violates the U.S. Constitution. The DOJ on Friday... filed an appeal of Judge Richard Leon's Dec. 16 ruling in Klayman v. Obama. Leon, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled then that the NSA's mass collection of U.S. phone records likely violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Leon wrote that James Madison, author of the U.S. Constitution, would be "aghast" at the scope of the NSA program. The DOJ, on behalf of President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and NSA Director General Keith Alexander, appealed Leon's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The DOJ...
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What's Acer thinking? Its newAcer looks like it's willing to try anything as it rolls out an Android-based all-in-one PC for $1100. The Acer TA272 HUL has a 27-inch screen with resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. It runs Android... 4.2 Jelly Bean on an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and has 16GB of storage, a 2-megapixel webcam, and a USB 3.0 port. It also has HDMI and DisplayPort inputs so it can become an external monitor for other devices. Acer hasn't said how much RAM the computer has, but we'd guess either 1GB or 2GB. In other words, it's the guts of a typical Android phone or tablet inside a much larger touchscreen with a multi-angled kickstand. Acer says its Android all-in-one is "ideal for home entertainment, browsing, and sharing," which is a reasonable statement given that Android is substandard for desktop-level...
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China Moon Rover Stamps andChina's postal service and largest bank are marking the country's first moon landing by launching new stamps and medallions featuring the Chang'e-3 probe and Yutu rover.
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BlackBerry today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products, a company that developed a BlackBerry-esque keyboard case for the iPhone designed to allow users to type with physical... keys. The Typo Keyboard on an iPhone next to the BlackBerry Q10 First announced in December of 2013, the Typo iPhone Keyboard Case was created by Laurence Hallier and media personality Ryan Seacrest (of American Idol fame), who reportedly invested $1 million into the product. As detailed on the Typo's product page, many of Seacrest and Hallier's friends and colleagues carried two phones - one for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for other uses - a problem that the two aimed to solve with the snap-on Typo Keyboard. According to BlackBerry, Typo has both infringed on patents and "blatantly...
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BlackBerry suing Typo, RyanBlackBerry is kicking off 2014 by suing Typo, an iPhone keyboard case company partly funded by TV celebrity Ryan Seacrest.     
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[From GadgeTell] Researchers printed a working loudspeaker made from 3D-printed materials--a combination of conductive and magnetic pieces forming plastic shells.
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T-Mobile CEO slams AT&T forAT&T on Friday announced a new initiative to try to steal business away from T-Mobile, but T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO was unfazed. In a series of messages posted on his Twitter account and retweeted... from other Twitter accounts on Friday afternoon, chief T-Mobile executive John Legere fired shots directly at AT&T and its CEO for the carrier’s attempt to buy back the business Legere claims it lost to T-Mobile. “#Randall - you gave us cash & spectrum AND we took your customers with #Uncarrier moves, do you really think you can buy them back?” Legere wrote, speaking directly to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and referring to the breakup fee AT&T had to pay out following its failed attempt to acquire T-Mobile in
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Apple's strategy

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 22:44
Ben Bajarin: Folks claim that because Apple’s competition is doing something that Apple should also or they will lose. Yet what I love about Apple’s strategy is that it is never around what the... competition is doing. Apple marches to beat of their own drum. This is fundamentally mis-understood by so many. I agree with Ben. Companies will release products that may be in a category Apple is interested in, but Apple is not going to change its strategy to release something before it's ready. The so-called experts fail to realize that many of the products introduced are guesses by companies to try to beat Apple to a market. Often times, these products are not thought out very well and eventually fail. Apple enters a market because it feels it can dominate that market. It makes products for...
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ZTE reveals CES plans withEntering the wearable space with the 'BlueWatch' ZTE regularly has a strong presence at CES each year, and 2014 is looking to be no different. Announcing much of what it will have on display at the... show, ZTE will refresh its smartphone lineup with the Grand S II, Nubia 5S, Nubia 5S Mini, Sonata 4G and Iconic Phablet (yes, phablet is in the official name). That's a lot of phones to roll out all at once, and at least a few are looking quite interesting. The Grand S II and Nubia 5S will be iterations of the solid-selling originals, with new internals and designs. The Sonata 4G is a solid mid-range offering launching in conjunction with prepaid carrier Aio Wireless, and it'll be hard to miss the 5.7-inch Iconic Phablet as well. Beyond phones, ZTE is planning to show a line of non-phone...
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Mystery of Bizarre Amazon WebStrange circular towers found in the Amazon jungle were made by spiders to hatch their eggs, new research found. But the spider species that made the towers remains a mystery.
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A Bezos-Funded Center forFrom Seattle's well-known corporate behemoths--Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco--to its less-obvious innovators, like Nirvana and Dale Chihuly, a new permanent exhibition funded... by Jeff Bezos explores the idea that innovation is a key part of the city's identity. The Bezos Center for Innovation at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry features 5,000 square feet of exhibits which tell a story of science, design, and technology through a sense of place.
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The Justice Department files an appeal of a federal court ruling that found the NSA's bulk collection of phone records to likely be unconstitutional.
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In Photos: Spiders Hatched from Web Towers

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 22:39
In Photos: Spiders HatchedStrange circular towers found in the Amazon jungle were made by spiders to hatch their eggs, new research found. But the spider species that made the towers remains a mystery.
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Magnetically Aligned Dogs

Physics Buzz - 3 Jan 2014 22:39
Lots of organisms, from bacteria to deer,  can sense magnetic fields. It's an ability known as magnetoception. Birds and bats use the Earth's field to navigate, and naked mole rats may use it to... orient their nests - although why a blind, naked animal that spends its whole life underground cares which way its nest is oriented is a mystery to me. Which way should I go? It's not particularly surprising that dogs can sense magnetic fields. It may even explain stories of their uncanny ability to find their way home from great distances. What is surprising, to me anyway, is how a group of Czech researchers discovered magnetoception in dogs. After 1,893 observations of dogs defecating, they found a significant preference for pooping along the magnetic field lines. That is, dogs prefer to face...
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Daniel_Stuckey writes "The media is currently praising Isaac Asimov's vision for 2014, which he articulated in a New York Times opinion piece in 1964. The sci-fi writer imagined visiting the 2014... World Fair, and the global culture and economy the exhibits might reflect. NPR called his many predictions, which range from cordless smart telephones, to robots running our leisure society, to machine-cooked 'automeals,' 'right on.' Business Insider called the forecast 'spot on.' The Huffington Post called the projections 'eerily accurate.' The only thing is, they're not. Taken as a whole, Asimov's vision for 2014 is wildly off. It's more that 'Genius predicted the future 50 years ago' makes for a great article hook. Asimov does hit a couple pretty close to home: He got pretty close to guessing...
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Why BlackBerry Is Suing RyanBlackBerry took a break Friday from dealing with falling revenue, rescinded sales attempts, and a lost CEO to take on what one tech blog wryly describes as the company’s “real threat”: American... Idol host Ryan Seacrest. The company is suing Typo Products, cofounded by Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier, for creating a case with a keyboard that allegedly infringes on BlackBerry’s patents. “Typo has blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard,” the company said in a press release Friday, conceding that it was at least “flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones.” Here’s what the Typo case looks like: Typo Products And here’s a BlackBerry: Research in Motion BlackBerry isn’t making any friends in the celebrity world this week. The struggling...
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Marvel to publish Star WarsMarvel has announced that it will hold the exclusive rights to the Star Wars franchise, starting in 2015. The Walt Disney Company acquired both Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm, so it only makes... sense that it would merge the two entities together by...
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Personality Traits HelpMyers-Briggs personality type may contribute to whether one believes the Earth was created in six days versus a more symbolic view of the Bible's Book of Genesis, new research suggests.
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Let.ter Is an Email Client forMac: One of the biggest distractions with email is your inbox. Let.ter is a Mac app that gets rid of the inbox so you have a space to just write and send emails so you can get along with your day.
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Scientists Are Searching ForIf you were a time traveler, what would you do to prove your powers were real? Tweet about it, of course. At least that's what astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff and physics graduate student Teresa Wilson... at Michigan Technological University think you'd end up doing. That's why they tried to search for time travelers on Facebook and Twitter. The pair searched the two social networks' backlogs for any mention of two events, the discovery of Comet ISON in September 2012 and the election of Pope Francis in March 2013, before they happened. Their theory, as presented in a paper published last month, was that if there were any postings containing "Comet ISON," "#cometison," "Pope Francis" or "#popefrancis" from before those dates, they may very well be from a time traveler. Nemiroff and Wilson...
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Is anyone honestly surprised spy guys want to 'own the net?' The latest document stash from whistle-blower Edward Snowden shows that the NSA has budgeted $79.7m for the development of a quantum... computer capable of "owning the net."...
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Analog optical guitar cable

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 22:25
I'm intrigued.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The San Francisco startup mashing up the physical with the virtual bridges the gap even further in a new app update for its DRIVE bundle.
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The Most Exciting TimeTime capsuling is hard. Most capsules from the 20th century are lost, damaged, or simply forgotten. But with any luck, these eleven time capsules -- all intended to be opened in the year 2014 -- will... find their way safely above ground sometime this year.
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Samsung plans huge strategicSamsung released plenty of successful products in 2013, but that doesn’t mean it plans to settle for complacency in the new year. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung CEO Lee Kun-hee said... in his annual speech that his company plans to “get rid of business models and strategies from five, ten years ago and hardware-focused ways.” The gadget spam mentality has been relatively effective for Samsung over the past several years, but in order to maintain its momentum, Lee Kun-hee believes that his employees will need to start shifting their focus to improved software and new technologies. One of Samsung’s first steps on the software front will be exploring options beyond Android. We will see the fruits of Samsung’s labor
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Vine Launches Web Access ForVine, the six-second video creation and sharing service, has just made profiles and feeds available on the Web. Vine users now have the ability to view home feeds and friends' timelines online, just... as they would via the mobile app, and the new "TV Mode" lets people view a collection of videos in sequence and in full screen mode.  The feature is available now, so if you have a Vine account, login at vine.co to check it out.  Image via Vine.
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Steam was down, it wasn't just you

Slash Gear - 3 Jan 2014 22:19
If you've had a bit of trouble accessing Steam today, you weren't alone - but the service is back in action here in the early hours of the afternoon. Having …
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PETA and hunting groups faceAs the FAA struggles with the challenges of regulating drones, the devices have already spurred a legal scuffle between hunters and animal rights activists. In October, PETA launched the Air Angels... program, a line of drones meant to let concerned citizens report illegal activity by hunters. Hunting groups pushed back and, as of January 1st, the program has been made illegal in Illinois with a law prohibiting "the use of drones to interfere with hunters or fishermen." The only problem: PETA isn't buying it.
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Vine certainly is taking its time fleshing out its feature set. Most surprisingly, you couldn't actually browse the short video sharing service from the comfort of your desktop browser until now.... Sure, you could follow a link that would lead you to a ...
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[From GadgeTell] The All-In-One system comes equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor, a 27-inch display, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 10-point touch panel support.
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This keychain-friendly cable goes where you go for convenient charging and syncing of your iDevice. A Micro-USB version is in the works as well.
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Tens Of Thousands Of SpousesForget signing up for a gym membership or making headway on any other resolution -- for tens of thousands of spouses, New Year's Day was spent seeking out an extramarital affair. Dating sites tend to... report an uptick in sign-ups come the new year, and Ashley Madison, an online dating service for married people looking to cheat, is no exception. On Friday, the site reported that they experienced record sign-ups on New Year's Day, as 27,511 married Americans logged on for the first time to look for an affair partner (that's a new member every three seconds!). According to a press release, the site's traffic was up 20.7 percent from New Year's Day last year and 344 percent higher than a typical day. Men were more likely to sign up -- a whopping 16,507 filled out a profile for the site --...
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The spitfire executive teases a big CES announcement, claiming "the competition is going to be toast."
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Elected official takes oath ofIn what may be a first, an elected New York official was sworn in Thursday by a judge using an Apple iPad.     
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You Can Officially Browse YourUp until now, you've been stuck scrolling through your Vine timeline while hunched over a tiny smartphone screen. Today, though, Twitter's video service has officially unveiled a fully functional... browser version along with a brand new, spiffy, full-screen TV Mode.
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Vine's website and profilesShortly after inviting all Vine users to grab their custom web profile URLs, Twitter-owned Vine has officially launched a dedicated website. A place-holder website existed previously, but now Vine... users can go to the website, log in, and view their home...
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Shapeshifting Northern LightsNight sky photographer LeRoy Zimmerman captured these amazing images of aurora borealis over Alaska. See how he captured the views near Fairbanks in early December.
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The contact lenses that couldThe iOptik system, developed by Washington-based group Innovega, allows the users to see digital information, such as driving directions and video calls.
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Corning's Gorilla Glass is useful for protecting the (mostly) flat screens of smartphones, but it's not a great fit for the curvy world of wearables. The company is prepared to change with the times,... though, as it just announced that it can ...
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Make Your Own Goofy SportsThe Yahoo! Sports app just received an update, bringing the interface more in line with iOS 7. The company also added a new feature to the app–Loops–which will let you and thousands of other... sports fans create short animated gif-like…
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Qualcomm to demo 'Ultra SoundUsing Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors, transmit pen and ink drawings to your tablet in real-time The stylus never died, no matter what any CEO tried to tell us. In fact, they have continued to... improve and new ideas and technology are pushing them to the spotlight in ways we never would have imagined a few years ago. Like Qualcomm's new Ultra Sound Notepad tech. I'm a big fan of integrated and active stylus support on phones and tablets. Use a Samsung Note 3 or an Nvidia Tegra Note with their supplied styli, and you'll quickly see what I mean. It's almost like writing or drawing on real paper. Qualcomm goes a step (or two) further, and you actually draw or write on paper and have it sent directly to your Snapdragon-equipped device in real time.  They're using tiny ultrasonic microphones...
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As it was during last year's Consumer Electronics Show, wearable technology, in the form of a variety of smart watches, fitness trackers and even smart glasses, will be a major focus of CES 2014,... which is slated to begin next week. This year, CES will feature an all new TechZone exhibit called "WristRevolution," featuring smart watches (both already released and upcoming) from a wide array of companies highlighted by PCWorld, including Kronoz, Cookoo, Sonostar, Metawatch, Archos, Burg, and Pine. Major companies like Qualcomm and Sony will also exhibit smart watches, as will seasoned veteran Pebble. Kronoz ZeNano Some of the watches, like the Cookoo, offer notifications and more bundled in a standard watch style design, while other products, like the Sonostar, carry a more futuristic...
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Utah man receives vision-restoring implant

Miami Herald - 3 Jan 2014 22:08
Craig Chappell used to take trips to Fish Lake when he could see well enough to drive.
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The Twitter-owned video app is invading the Web after a yearlong head start on smartphones.
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Artists Levitate a Tree Using  Artists Daniel Siering and Mario Shu used foil and spray paint to magically levitate a tree in Potsdam, Germany. The duo, who are co-workers at ART-EFX, wrapped a portion of the trunk in foil,... spray painting the background scenery behind the tree to create the illusion. Be sure to check out the video below…
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Cosmic Horsehead Dances withAmateur astronomer David Ellison captured this beautiful image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas from his backyard in Chatanooga, Tenn. See how he did it here.
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Microsoft's show calendar for 2014 is starting to come into focus.
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One court said the NSA's data collection programs were a "vital tool" to protect Americans. But another court said such programs was "likely" unconstitutional. Guess which one the U.S. Justice Dept.... wants to challenge.
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Android's clusterfuck

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 22:04
As Michael Mulvey points out, it's not just fragmentation, but Google's lack of attention to design.∞ Read this on The Loop
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BlackBerry sues RyanA day after recording artist Alicia Keys saw her contract as BlackBerry ‘creative director’ expire, the Waterloo-based handset maker has filed a lawsuit against an accessory company cofounded by... American Idol host Ryan Seacrest over a patent dispute, WSJ reports. “This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against […]
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Which is the best of the best?Last month you voted for the best gear in five categories, and now's your chance to let us know which of the winning products was the most impressive. With almost 30,000 votes cast already we know... that you've got plenty of opinions about which cameras and lenses stood out, but we want more! We want to know which one you thought was the absolute best. Click through for a look at the category winners from our five classes, and a chance to cast your vote!
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The XCAR review of 2013: September

CNET - 3 Jan 2014 22:01
A marginally quieter month for the XCAR team saw us drive the new Bentley Flying Spur and tackle the Frankfurt auto show in a Porsche 911.
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How To Use The iOS 7 PhotosSure, you can use something like iPhoto to really dig in and edit your iPhone photos, but if you just want a simple, no frills simple edit or two–plus some nifty filters if you have an iPhone 5 and... up–the…
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The 404 is on holiday until CES, but enjoy this special throwback episode from early 2012 when we announced game-changing news for the show!
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Smartphones versus DSLRsJust how far have we come since film? One photographer sets out to try and find the answers by comparing the results of several DSLRS, two leading smartphones and some Fuji film in both bright... sunlight and low light conditions. See the results and judge for yourself at connect.dpreview.com.
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Bizarre Earthquake Lights TiedBizarre electrical flashes known as earthquake lights may occur at rifts where a buildup of stress causes the flow of electrical current from magmatic rocks, new research suggests.
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The Cuisinart WAF-300 Breakfast Central Waffle & Pancake Maker offers an easy way to make two breakfast favorites. Interchangeable nonstick plates create the easy functionality.
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hit theaters way back in 1982, and the film's tense space battles were realized by Industrial Light and Magic using models and old-school film effect techniques. So it... was only fitting that ILM was called upon again to bring J.J. Abrams' take on the clash between James T. Kirk and Khan Noonien Singh to life--but this time using modern computer graphics and digital compositing techniques.
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Elite of Ancient Pompeii DinedContrary to earlier belief, even the middle- and lower-class residents of the doomed city of Pompeii had a fairly varied diet, new research suggests.
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Snapchat to release updated app following hack

Montreal Gazette - 3 Jan 2014 21:52
Snapchat to release updatedFollowing news that over 4.6 million Snapchat users have had their personal information leaked on the internet, Snapchat has stated they have plans to release an updated version of its app.
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Vine launches web profiles andVine just launched web profiles for its community of over 40 million users, providing an easier way to keep up with new video clips uploaded with the popular app. Vine on the web supports likes,... commenting, and video sharing just like the regular app — though you're unable to upload any clips from a browser. The company first announced plans for web profiles in mid-December, and allowed users to reserve their preferred URL ahead of launch. Along with web profiles comes a new way of watching Vine clips: TV mode. This lets you view a user's Vines in sequence and, more importantly, in full-screen mode, offering a more immersive experience compared to what you'd typically get when using a smartphone.
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Small world: After more than 20 years as the anchor of Dark Horse's empire of franchise comics, guess who'll be publishing "Star Wars" comics in the future?
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Vine Introduces Full ProfilesToday, Twitter’s Vine has announced full web profiles for all of its users, something it has lacked until this point. It has also introduced a new TV Mode that lets you watch videos in full screen... on your computer. You can view videos, browse users’ back catalogue and interact with them on the web. This includes viewing your home feed, liking, commenting and sharing videos. The profiles are roughly similar to those offered by other social services like Instagram, and should offer easier browsing of multiple Vines on the web. Previously, you could look at one video at a time but there was no way to jump from that video directly to a user’s other work on the web — but you could on the mobile app. This strikes us as a move made to support Vine creators — the segment of the app’s...
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Photography companies love catchword marketing. They like catchwords because photographers make assumptions about what those words mean, even though the words really don't mean anything. So basically,... they say nothing, but it makes you believe something. Two of my favorite examples are "professional quality construction" and "weather resistance". When I read those terms, my brain […]
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A man reenacts romantic scenes from "Spider-Man," "Ghost," "The Hunger Games," "The Graduate," and other films with his boss' dog.
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The First Prescription-Only App

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 21:48
TWToxicity writes "Most prescriptions would say something like 'take two pills nightly with meal' on the bottle. Now, we may be adding a new method. Baltimore-based company WellDoc is making a... national push in 2014 for doctors to prescribe their app, BlueStar, after a regional launch last Fall. BlueStar helps patients with Type II Diabetes by suggesting in real-time when to test and how to regulate their blood-sugar levels by, for example, altering their medication or food intake. Prescription apps may revolutionize mobile medicine and allow for more effective treatments because the patients get real time feedback and the data collected by the app is sent to their physicians. WellDoc is currently working on apps to monitor and coach patients with other diseases. The success of this product...
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A huge storm swept through the northeastern United States Thursday night and into Friday morning, bringing with it fierce winds, bitter cold and more than a foot of snow in some areas. This kind of... weather is nothing new for this neck of the woods, nor did it cause as much damage as a similar storm earlier this year. But officials still shut down several highways due to the snow's intensity, and both New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport were both closed for periods of time. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned against venturing too far from home over the weekend as temperatures throughout the region remain below freezing.
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Host: Fraser Cain Guests: Emily Lakdawalla, David Dickinson, Jason Major, Brian Koberlein, Brian Wang (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – January 3, 2014: Quadrantids & What’s Coming in... 2014 (89 words) © susie for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: asteroid, Chang'E-3, crescent moon, Planetary Exploration, Quadrantids, SpaceX, […]
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Coming just ahead of CES, Wikipad has unveiled their latest mobile gaming device. This one is called the Gamevice gamepad, though it isn't one we will be seeing next week …
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[From GadgeTell] Belkin Miracast Gives Android Wireless HDMI for HDTV
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Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate its connectivity initiatives at CES 2014 by showing how its cars can connect with a Pebble smartwatch.
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[From GamerTell] NES Remix takes all of the games you loved as a child and makes you realize how much you suck at them 20+ years later.
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The eco-friendly wood inBrad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has built 100 energy-efficient and eco-friendly houses in New Orleans to replace homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, the organization believes... that some of the wood it used is now rotting, reports The New Orleans Advocate. The organization used TimberSIL, an innovative glass-infused wood product produced by a South Carolina manufacturer, to build porches and outside steps. The absence of chromated copper arsenate and other chemicals typically used to prevent rot and decay was a selling point for Make It Right. The absence of chemicals for preventing decay was a selling point "Instead of treating the wood with toxic chemicals, it's actually infused with sand, or silica, such that...
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Canadian consumer technologyThe survey was commissioned by Rogers Communications and was conducted by Harris-Decima, and consisted of online interviews with 1009 Canadians in both French and English Canada.
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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest

The Loop - 3 Jan 2014 21:40
Blackberry has today filed a lawsuit against startup Typo Keyboards, which is backed by Ryan Seacrest. The company alleges that Typo copied BlackBerry’s patented ‘iconic’ keyboard design. I... actually agree with BlackBerry.∞ Read this on The Loop
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BlackBerry sues RyanBlackBerry Ltd said on Friday it had filed a lawsuit against a company co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest that offers a physical keyboard that can be attached to some of Apple Inc's... touchscreen iPhone 5 models.
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Pandora for Android has been updated with the much-coveted alarm clock feature, previously seen in the iOS version. Now there's no excuse to accidentally sleep in.
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Government Asks Appeals CourtWASHINGTON (AP) -- Government lawyers are asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington to overturn a federal judge's ruling that threatens the National Security Agency's practice of... collecting every Americans' telephone records every day. The Justice Department filed its notice of appeal Friday. Meanwhile, Larry Klayman, the opposing lawyer who spearheaded the case against the NSA said he will ask the appeals court to refer the case directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled last month that the NSA phone records program was likely unconstitutional, so the government's appeal was expected. In a separate case, a district judge in New York last month upheld the NSA program as lawful. The ACLU, which lost that case, said this week it will appeal that...
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CES: 10 Things to Look ForwardRelated: TIME Tech’s Complete 2014 CES Coverage In Praise -- Yes, Praise! -- of CES The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show: 8 Trends to Watch
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Samsung tipped to launch newSamsung will reportedly announce a new version of the Nexus 10 CES 2014 in a few days, Digitimes says, without disclosing sources for its report. Samsung happens to be the manufacturer of the original... Nexus 10 tablet that launched in late 2012, a device that's currently out of stock with some U.S. retailers. Samsung's new Nexus 10 is rumored to pack an AMOLED display. The South Korean Android device maker had been rumored back in late July to be working on the next-generation Nexus 10 tablet, although more recently, companies including Asus and LG have also been reported to make the device. The recent rumors suggesting LG would make the next Nexus 10 turned out to be inaccurate, as the company ended
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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is right around the corner, which means the time has come for all of us to get excited about the latest and greatest technologies companies …
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[From EntertainmentTell] I know exactly zero people excited or in any way interested about this year's unnecessary sequel to 2013's inexplicably profitable "The Purge", but that may well change once... everyone hears of the cast assembled by producer Jason Blum and director and writer James DeMonaco.
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Bigger On the Inside -- Sony's A7 and A7r Cameras

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 21:34
Bigger On the Inside -- Sony'sSony may not have invented the Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC), but it has certainly taken a commanding role in this burgeoning marketplace. This is one of the few bright spots for... digital cameras which have been losing ground smartphones. Now Sony has re-invented the high end of the category with its Alpha A7 and A7r cameras. Both cameras use what's known as a full frame sensor, considered the Holy Grail in digital cameras. What sets Sony's apart is that they are the first "affordable" cameras in the class and the lightest weight. Yes, you can get a full frame MILC from Leica, if you're willing to part with almost $7000. Even at that the Leica is a rangefinder camera while Sony's uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF) which I find preferable. In comparison, the A7 costs just...
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A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal... courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.
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Checking your weight is something we all do (especially around this time of year). Most scales will tell you a simple number, and leave you to your own devices past that. Seeing that there are now all... sorts of fitness and health apps, gadgets, and gizmos, it seems only fair that bathroom scales pick up
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Rickshaw Commuter 2.1 Bag IsCommuter 2.1 byRickshaw Category: Bags Works With: iPad, MacBook Price: $180 as tested I'm a huge fan of Rickshaw's bags. Pretty much everyone in the Rickshaw office cycles to work, and it shows in... the design of the bags. They're…
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[From GadgeTell] We already heard about the LG G Flex bound for Sprint but it's only now that we're hearing about an AT&T model.
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Tobacco-Eating Caterpillar HasLook, we're not saying smoking is good, but tobacco can confer the superpower of breath so toxic it keeps away spiders. Take a quick breath and come meet the tobacco hornworm, a caterpillar that has... managed to hijack a plant's defense system for itself.
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Stop Caring About What OthersYou often worry family or friends might not approve of something, people are talking about you behind your back, or you might offend someone. If this sounds like you, it's time to break free and stop... giving a f*ck.
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The Wackiest Weather Bloopers of 2013

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 21:28
On-air weather forecasters have a serious job. They are solely responsible for letting us know if we'll have sunny skies fit for outdoor activities or if we need to hunker down and prepare for an... impending storm But that doesn't necessarily mean that these reporters are the most serious of people See also: The Most Cringe-Worthy News Fails of 2013 In this thunderingly funny compilation, we see some of the wackiest, oddest and most insane weather bloopers of last year — from hiccup fits to broken green screens to rapping reporters Looks like tomorrow will be cloudy with a 90% chance of WTF BONUS: The 40 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2013
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Wikipad announces GameviceTurn your Android device into a full gaming machine with the Gamevice Gaming has become extremely popular on mobile devices but one of the pain points is trying to figure out the varying controls of... each game. Wikipad hopes to help solve that issue. The latest offering from Wikipad is a detachable controller that is very similar to a controller you would find on a gaming console. Once the Gamevice is placed on your Android device it transforms the phone into just a screen allowing all the controls to be moved off the screen. To keep the feel of the Gamevice similar to a console controller Wikipad has added dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons so you will feel right at home. Currently Wikipad is working on versions of...
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Embrace Your Regrets in the New Year (Op-Ed)

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 21:26
Embrace Your Regrets in theRegret can be healthy, embrace it.
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Just in time for the NFLJust in time for the NFL playoffs, the Yahoo Sports iOS app has been updated with a plethora of new features, the biggest of which are a totally new iOS 7 design and a new “Loops” service (via... TechCrunch). Loops allows users to search through a game, select a short portion of it, and create […]
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They got hacked through the hypervisor, but it's not the hypervisor's fault. Blame their hosting service.
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US library offers glimpse of(AP)--The future of the public library looks a lot like an Apple Store. Rows of glossy iMacs and iPads beckon. Hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.
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SeaWorld-Owned IP AddressSomething smells a little fishy. In a recent poll about CNN's "Blackfish," a documentary about an orca held by SeaWorld, an overwhelming majority of Orlando Business Journal readers said that the film... did not change their perception of the theme park. The results were surprising since SeaWorld has faced a fair amount of backlash following the release of the 2013 documentary, which SeaWorld dubbed "inaccurate." So one curious Orlando Business Journal reporter audited the newspaper's SeaWorld/Blackfish poll to ensure the results were not biased or skewed, as he suspected. "[I]magine our surprise when we noticed that one single Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) accounted for more than 54 percent of the votes, or about 180 of the total 328 votes," reporter Richard Bilbao wrote in a post...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Alicia Keys is leaving her key role at BlackBerry
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Best WordPress themes

Digital Trends - 3 Jan 2014 21:20
Best WordPress themesThere are thousands upon thousands of quality WordPress themes to choose from, but how do you weed out the good from the bad? Check out our picks for the best WordPress themes to find out which ones... may be suitable for your up-and-coming business or blog. The post Best WordPress themes appeared first on Digital Trends.
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CES 2014: Connected Home AndThe Consumer Electronics Show is an annual pilgrimage to the deserts of Nevada to find an oasis of gadgets. Next week we will make that pilgrimage again, this time hoping to find the future of... computing in screens we hang on our walls, wear on our wrists and everything in between. CES has lost a bit of its luster over recent years. The most important technology companies on the planet--Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, etc.--have no tangible presence at the show any more. CES is no longer the panacea of everything and anything tech, but rather a proxy that serves and illustrates the undercurrents of the massive worldwide gadget industry. CES has become the metadata of the technology world: it informs everything else that is going on even if it is not exactly the main story. This...
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City councilman epicallyHere's how to make your resignation as a city councilman as memorable as possible (non-shameful division): write your whole resignation letter in Klingon. Trekkie and former city councilman David... Waddell did exactly that, telling his mayor "chaq DaHjaj QaQ jaj paj", which apparently means 'perhaps today is a good day to resign.'
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Tax Software on the Cheap,Tax season is nigh, but you can keep a little more money in your pocket this year with up to 51% off H&R Block's tax software from Amazon today. You can compare the various offerings at H&R Block's... site, but know that every version of the software includes unlimited advice from a tax expert, and free audit support if things go awry.
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[EntertainmentTell] Movie Review: "Open Grave"

Technology Tell - 3 Jan 2014 21:14
[From EntertainmentTell] Intriguing and slow-burning, "Open Grave" will have you guessing until the very last frame. And if it doesn't, you're either one of three things: asleep, a liar or a... psychic... in which case, I have some questions regarding lottery numbers I need to ask you.
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Yahoo updates Sports app toYahoo released a new version of its Sports app today that has been redesigned for iOS 7 with a heavy emphasis on GIFs. Yahoo Sports' GIFs, which it calls Loops, take short clips from game highlights... and allow users to overlay text. They can then share their creations with the community, with the GIF appearing inside a feed on the main game results page. "We have a tradition around creativity, and empowering creators from Tumblr and Flickr," says Josh Schwarzapel, senior product manager for mobile and emerging products. "We took that mind set and applied it to sports." Loops are available for professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, along with with college football and baseball. Yahoo is using technology from its...
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Why Robots May Be the FutureWith budget constraints and political challenges, what role do people play in future missions to Mars and beyond?
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Instance of a Dataset: ArtIn collaboration with Broad Institute scientists, Daniel Kohn created this art work inspired by the ideas of genomics. The piece spanned seven floors and 1572 individual pieces that moved, morphed,... grew and evolved over the course of 9 months.
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Kilauea Eruption Turns 31

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 21:03
Kilauea Eruption Turns 31The eruption at the Pu'u 'O'o cone on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been going for 31 years, teaching volcanologists plenty about how the volcano works.
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Hyundai developing GoogleGoogle Glass owners buying a new Hyundai will soon be able to control basic functions of their car straight from their headset. Hyundai announced yesterday that some of its next-generation vehicles... will be able to connect to Google Glass using an app that will be released alongside its Genesis sedan, its first car to sport the integration. Owners of both Glass and a 2015 Genesis will be able to use the headset to find their vehicle, automatically start it, send addresses to its navigation system, and lock and unlock its doors.
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Facebook backers: He's rolling out the mat for fellow inmates Ross Ulbricht is currently awaiting a trial which will decide whether he's the digital drugs kingpin known as Dread Pirate Roberts, or... just some poor (but Bitcoin-rich) bloke who has been wrongfully accused....
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Nvidia Shield and Tegra Note contest winners

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 21:01
Nvidia Shield and Tegra NoteSome Tegra 4 hotness is on its way to a lucky set of winners A couple weeks back we got with Nvidia to give away a handful of Tegra Note tablets and Nvidia Shield handheld consoles. The response, as... expected, was huge and we've went through all the entries, picked our winners and contacted them to make sure there are no robots or people from outer space in the mix. If you won, you already have talked to me via email, but for the rest of us here's the list of lucky winners. Nvidia Shield winners Mike Cormier ki11ak3nn Uncle Louie Tegra Note winners curtis206 tibbi64 Wade Kissam Congrats folks! You'll love your new Shield or Tegra Note, and spend loads of time playing with them. Everyone feel free to wish the winners well in the comments, and keep an eye out for more contests right here at...
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Apple's upcoming 12-inch iPadApple and Google have both already done a lot to shake up the traditional PC market but don’t expect either of them to stop anytime soon. Barron’s flags a note from Evercore Partners analyst... Patrick Wang, who thinks that Apple’s upcoming 12- to 13-inch iPad has the potential to “transform the traditional notebook market as we know it” because it will be the first time that Apple has made an iPad that’s targeted specifically toward Microsoft’s PC customer base. “Arriving in fall '14, Apple goes Enterprise with an 12-inch iPad,” Wang writes. “Powered by the A8 chip (perhaps 4C), this expands ARM's reach and, once again, transforms the traditional notebook market as we know it. Expect a 2-1 hybrid -- think iPad + MBA -- similar
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Retired Messaging PlatformMobile messaging app Just.me auctioned off its assets late last year, pre-traction, in order to get out from under its $1.5 million in venture debt. But Just.me, founded by Keith Teare (who also... co-founded TechCrunch), won the auction itself using funds from Teare’s incubator Archimedes Labs, beating out nearly two dozen other bids. Now the company is revealing its next move: a series of messaging apps built using the Just.me platform and assets two years in the making, starting with Chance, a private messaging app that connects users with strangers. Revealed first in the December 31st iTunes App Store release notes for the original Just.me, the company, now a fully fledged app development studio (Just.me, Inc.), is transforming Just.me’s underpinnings into Chance and other apps. Teare...
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Light Up Spurs For CowpokesIf you have to ride your bike at night, there's no such thing as wearing too much reflective material--after all, you want to make yourself as visible as possible to those with whom you share the... road. But a flashing light can ensure a driver spots you well before the headlights of their car do, and with a pair of these glowing LightSpurs clamped to the back of your shoes, you'll stand out like a sore--but safe--thumb.
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How Do You Prefer to Read Your Books?

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 21:00
How Do You Prefer to Read YourReading books on a device like a tablet or dedicated e-reader has some advantages. You can carry your whole library around with you, download new books instantly, and more . Still, many people prefer... the experience of a good, old-fashioned paper book. How do you prefer to read?
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Yahoo Sports Gets iOS 7Yahoo Sports gets a fantastic looking redesign today for iOS 7, and gains a slick new feature called ‘Loops’. Loops allows you to skim through a game, pick a short segment and create a gif... complete with effects, captions and looping to share with friends or networks. The Loop feature is powered by Yahoo’s IntoNow tech and has one of the best interfaces I’ve ever seen for creating a gif on mobile. Right now it supports NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, as well as NCAA and NCAAB but may expand to more sports in the future. It’s also iPhone only right now, but other platforms are on the roadmap. You drop into one of your favorite sports and scrub through a game or pick a play. Once you’ve picked a time, you’re dropped into a scannable timeline that lets you pick your moment. Then you can...
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In its ongoing effort to announce products people may not want long before said products are available to buy, Wikipad today unveiled its Gamevice tablet game controller. The mockup above is an... example of what the Gamevice might look like when we get ...
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Acer shows off TA272 HULAcer has just announced the TA272 HUL all-in-one desktop running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS ahead of next week's 2014 CES tradeshow in Las Vegas. Despite the large bevel, Acer's new machine looks both... sleek and modern. The company has implemented a transparent...
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Not as insane as you might think, says moneyman Now that 2014 is up and running, you might be looking over your stock portfolio and reevaluating your investment options. If so, one analyst has a bit... of advice: go long on Google, which he believes may become the world's first trillion-dollar company....
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Lumen TL800 Bluetooth Bulb Review

Slash Gear - 3 Jan 2014 20:56
Colorful remote-control lighting isn't the preserve of the multi-million dollar mansion any more, and Tabu wants to democratize smart home bulbs even further with the Lumen TL800. It's not the …
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AOL's Lord: 2014 Is All About 'Programmatic 2.0'

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 20:54
AOL's advertising chief says advertisers' understanding of so-called "programmatic" technology improved at the tail end of 2013 - now the year ahead is about offering them the range of its benefits at... integrated scale. "There's been a lot of great progress in the last three to four months since the programmatic upfront of people understanding the definition of 'programmatic'," AOL Networks CEO Bob Lord tells Beet.TV. "There was a bit of misnomer that programmatic equalled real-time bidding - in reality, programmatic is about automation." After acquiring the programmatic video platform Adap.TV, Lord says AOL will first look to integrate each other's data layer, then their user interfaces. "What we're going to be doing in 2014 is a lot of betas and experiments in connected TV, the iTV...
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Acer announces C720P Chromebook in new white casing

Android Central - 3 Jan 2014 20:53
Acer announces C720PSame internals and touchscreen, attractive new color option Building out the number of SKUs available in its latest Chromebook line, Acer has just announced a new color of the touchscreen C720P... model. Aside from the new "Moonstone White" plastic around the outside, this C720P is entirely identical to the original grey model, with a 1366 x 768 11-inch touchscreen display, Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM — all for the same $299 price. The experience will be much the same as the cheaper C720 models, but offer a little something extra in the touchscreen capabilities. Acer says the new Moonstone White C720P will go on sale "next week" for the aforementioned price, and while specific retail partners aren't mentioned we can expect it to hit the same places the...
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Severe Solar Weather CreatesSevere solar winds created these awe-inspiring auroras in Abisko National Park in Sweden, captured by lightsoverlapland.com on January 2nd.
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BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against keyboard case maker Typo Products, a startup cofounded and funded by television host Ryan Seacrest, for allegedly infringing on BlackBerry's keyboard patents.... Last month, Typo unveiled a keyboard case for the iPhone, which is scheduled to start shipping this month. Many publications, including this one, described it as an accessory that effectively turns the iPhone into a BlackBerry. It appears BlackBerry felt the same way. See also: Alicia Keys and BlackBerry Break Up “This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design," Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's general counsel and chief legal officer, said in a statement...
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The ailing smartphone maker asserts that Typo's hardware keyboard case, made for iPhones and backed by TV celebrity Ryan Seacrest, infringes BlackBerry patents.
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The "MythBusters" team takes on Ewok battle tactics, the risky Princess Leia rescue, and a smelly snow survival trick using a dead tauntaun. Savage and gang dish "Star Wars" to Crave's Bonnie Burton.
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Kimomaru writes "Two Facebook users are trying to start a class action lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly mining information from private messages with the intention of selling is to advertisers... (full complaint PDF). It's not the first time a social medial player has been in the press over privacy or security issues. But when the services are provided free of charge, does the user have a realistic expectation of privacy or security, especially when it's understood that the user's data is being mined for advertising? If not, should social media networks be allowed to use words like 'private' (as in private messaging) or 'security' to describe their services?"
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BlackBerry Sues RyanBy Alastair Sharp TORONTO
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Think you've got aThree binge watchers will attempt to go down in history at this year's CES, attempting to break the Guinness World Record by binge watching nearly 87 straight hours of TV. The TiVo-sponsored event... will be hosted at a manufactured living room at the company's CES 2014 booth. The post Think you’ve got a binge-viewing problem? You’ve got nothing on these guys appeared first on Digital Trends.
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5 Intriguing Things: Friday, 1/3

The Atlantic - 3 Jan 2014 20:47
NYT obit poetry, Maya Deren+Tomb Raider, snow projection, DIY prosthetic repair, and exoplanets.     
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Call the plastic surgeon; AudiThe Audi Sport quattro concept could see production, a company executive said. However, it could lose the show car's plug-in hybrid powertrain in the process. The chiseled styling will remain, though.... The post Call the plastic surgeon; Audi might produce the face-melting Sport quattro concept appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Get a New High-End Phone, DoIf you want to start off the new year with a new phone, Best Buy has great deals on a ton of handsets today (with a new contract). Highlights include the iPhone 5c and Galaxy S4 for free, and the... iPhone 5s for $125. If none of those tickle your fancy, there are a ton of other options, including $100 off select low-end off-contract phones.
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A new study of autonomous cars by IHS details the progression of the technology into the marketplace.
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Anki Drive iOS app updatedAnki Drive got the ultimate endorsement last summer when Apple allowed the company to demonstrate its product on stage at its WWDC conference. For those unfamiliar, Anki Drive is a platform that... allows hardware cars to be raced around a track and controlled wirelessly with an iOS device. Today, the company updated its iOS app […]
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Remember that BlackBerry keyboard-looking case for the iPhone that popped up at the tail end of 2013? Looks like BlackBerry saw it too, and they weren't too happy about how …
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Netflix releases 'House ofThe second season of House of Cards is nearly here, and Netflix just released a new feature to make the wait a little more bearable. Starting today you'll be able to check out director's commentary... for the Emmy award-winning first season, which will include thoughts from all six directors, including David Fincher and James Foley. Netflix says the feature is available globally, and you can access it from the subtitle menu. Season two of the series, meanwhile, starts on February 14th, and you can check out an early trailer right here.
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Stonehenge Man: not just a pretty face

New Scientist - 3 Jan 2014 20:40
Forensic analysis of a prehistoric skull gives the UK's most iconic monument a human face     
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Space History Photo: NichelleThe Star Trek actress, Nichelle Nichols, was employed by NASA to recruit new astronauts into the late 1980s.
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Alicia Keys Out As BlackBerry's 'Creative Director'

The Huffington Post - 3 Jan 2014 20:38
Alicia Keys Out AsAlicia Keys, we hardly knew ye as Blackberry's "creative director." The singer and the smartphone maker are parting ways after just one year.
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Famous hacker Barnaby Jack'sThe San Francisco medical examiner's office has ruled that the sudden death of the well-known hacker Barnaby Jack at the age of 36 was due to an accidental overdose from combining heroin, cocaine,... Xanax, and Benadryl. Jack was an ingenious programmer from New Zealand best known for making an ATM spit out bills and figuring out how to wirelessly hack into medical devices, including a pacemaker and an insulin pump. He was scheduled to give a talk on the latter last year at the security conference Black Hat, where hackers present their exploits in order to make the public aware of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. His talk was one of the most anticipated at the convention, but he died six days before he was supposed to give it. Because...
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30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014

Mashable - 3 Jan 2014 20:33
Prepare to relive the greatest time in cinematic history — 1984 Don't laugh. There's no other way to describe a year that produced both Gremlins and Ghostbusters. And, not one, but two Tom Hanks... movies. See also: 20 Songs Turning 20 in 2014 We gathered up some of our favorite flicks from the year George Orwell warned us all about. Take a look and let us know in the comments if your favorite made the cut Sorry in advance for making you feel old Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Homepage Image: Flickr, Luiz Sousa
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T-Mobile did rather well for itself last year, whether through the introduction of the iPhone, its "Un-Carrier" plans for unlocked devices, or its frequent upgrade program, and if the latest offer... from AT&T serves as any indication, other carriers are starting to get worried. How worried? As of today, AT&T is offering T-Mobile users $450 when they trade in eligible smartphones. According to AT&T's press release, "In addition to a larger and more reliable 4G LTE network, T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T will benefit from a superior smartphone line-up and award-winning customer service." The promotion consists of two parts. On the one hand, you'll get up to $250 for switching in your old smartphone (depending on the condition of the device), as well as $200 for the actual switchover. In...
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While the winter months mean there aren’t nearly as many bugs to contend with, warmer weather will bring them back. Even though you should enjoy that aspect amidst the frigid weather, it’s always... in the back of your mind that they will return. If you like planning in advance for the oncoming assault from many-legged
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[From GadgeTell] Plenty of sources, so-called tipsters, insiders and pundits have offered "insight" (mostly fabricated) on the future Samsung Galaxy S5 of late, probably doing a splendid job in...... throwing us off the next big thing's scent.
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On the side of a building inOn the side of a building in Madrid, the Spanish artist SpY recently installed 150 CCTV cameras with, in the artist's words, "the intention of not watching over anything." It kind of makes us long for... the days when CCTV was the most threatening symbol of the surveillance state . [SpY; StreetArtNews]
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6 Common Fluids That Can LeakSometimes cars leak, leaving ominous spots or puddles on the ground that can make you wonder if your vehicle is dying a slow death. The good news is if you can master the art of "spotology" by... deciphering those mysterious spots, you can tell whether the fluid leak is a harmless drip or a serious problem to be fixed ASAP. Here's how.
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[From GamerTell] Daedalic Entertainment has released the fourth chapter for their turn-based RPG, Blackguards, for early access purchasers on Steam.
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BlackBerry wants to hold on to its killer designs for itself -- even if nobody else seems to want the keyboard-enabled smartphone anymore.
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11 GOP Attorneys GeneralEleven GOP attorneys general have joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers arguing that the Obama administration's changes to the Affordable Care Act are "flatly illegal under federal constitutional... and statutory law." The Dec. 26 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius specifically criticizes President Barack Obama's executive decision to give insurance companies another year to continue offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ACA standards. That decision came after the political turmoil surrounding hundreds of thousands of canceled insurance plans. "We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action," states the...
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Bald Eagles in Utah Died of West Nile

Live Science - 3 Jan 2014 20:26
Bald Eagles in Utah Died ofWildlife experts in Utah have found the culprit behind an unusual string of bald eagle deaths: West Nile virus.
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BlackBerry finally takes onJust one day after dumping Alicia Keys, BlackBerry has gotten itself tangled up with yet another celebrity. BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products, the startup cofounded by American Idol... host Ryan Seacrest that aims to bring BlackBerry-style keyboards to iPhones. BlackBerry says that Typo “blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard with its iPhone keyboard case designed to slip on to iPhone devices,” although the company acknowledged that it was “flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones.” Looking at Typo’s keyboard pictured above, you can see that BlackBerry might have a point about it directly ripping off its own keyboard designs. The company’s full press release follows below. BlackBerry Files Suit Against Typo - BlackBerry charges Typo...
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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Slashdot - 3 Jan 2014 20:25
Virtucon writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if... the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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5 big questions for 2014

ZDNet - 3 Jan 2014 20:24
2014 is here ... yippee! But now that the world's firework supply has been seriously depleted and the champagne headaches have subsided, it's time to think about more serious things - such as tech.
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"There's an app for that," as the old saying goes, and the American Birding Association isn't too happy with the situation. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the ornithological society has its... feathers ruffled with the realization that unscrupulous birdwatchers have been using apps on iPhones and other smartphones to lure birds closer. Birdwatching typically requires significant feats of patience and silence, and in the past many birdwatching outings amounted to little more to visiting the bird of choice's habitat and hoping they come out of hiding. Dedicated birdwatchers would learn to mimic some calls, and very skilled ones would learn the moods that each call conveyed. Source: The Wall Street Journal And that's the problem with the apps. Novice smartphone users bring them along,...
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Just today the folks behind the Panoramic Ball Camera known as Panono have reached their goal of a cool $900k in their crowd-funded venture through Indegogo. This means the team …
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Best Buy selling iPhone 5c forBest Buy is putting the iPhone 5c on sale again, this time offering it for free for those who sign up for a two-year service contract with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.     
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If you thought Typo's iPhone keyboard looked an awful lot like the keyboard from a BlackBerry Q10, you're not alone. BlackBerry has just sued Typo in a Northern California court for alleged patent... infringement. The slide-on peripheral is a "blatant" ...
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Photography is hardly a cheap hobby to pick up, but even within photography, some branches are more expensive than others. And ranking pretty close to the ‘most expensive’ side of that line is... astrophotography… at least the kind that will yield incredible photos like the one you see here by photographer Mike Hankey. The amount […]
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According to a new Apple support document, though the new Mac Pro is designed to be used in the upright position, it can also be used on its side. Owners of multiple Mac Pro units should ensure that... the exhaust and intake ports are not aligned too closely as this can affect the cooling abilities of the machine. The Mac Pro (2013) has a fan system capable of cooling the computer in a vertical or horizontal orientation as long as you follow these guidelines. - Provide enough space at each end of the computer for unrestricted airflow into the base and out the exhaust at the top. Make sure that the air intake and exhaust ports are not covered. - When using multiple Mac Pro (Late 2013) computers, do not direct the exhaust at the top of one Mac Pro towards the intake of another system. Place the...
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Xbox One disc drive stillMicrosoft Studios head Phil Spencer reveals that, at one point, Microsoft entertained the possibility of delivering the Xbox One as a disc-less console. Ultimately, concerns over game size and... bandwidth led to the inclusion of a Blu-ray disc drive. The post Xbox One disc drive still necessary thanks to ‘bandwidth and game size’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Fisker Automotive soap operaChinese auto-parts supplier Wanxiang wants to buy Fisker Automotive, but Fisker doesn't want to be bought. The company is requesting that a judge go ahead with plans to accept a bid from Hybrid... Technology Holdings. The post Fisker Automotive soap opera continues, as Wanxiang makes last-minute bid appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hubble telescope discoversUsing the Hubble Space Telescope, U.S. astronomers discovered the planets GJ 436b abd GJ 1214b are shrouded by clouds.
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As a winter storm battered the East Coast Thursday night into Friday morning, thousands of travelers were left stranded as flights were canceled. While customer service representatives in airports and... on phones rebooked customers, those affected might also get help via Twitter. Airports in the Northeast closed down for several hours Friday morning. At the time of writing, both New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, as had Boston's Logan International Airport, according to a Facebook post. If your flight has been canceled, check with your individual airline for information. See also: 10 Ways Snow Days Change in Adulthood
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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Fiery death by cosmic radiation? But but but THINK OF THE RATINGS! The Mars One project has whittled its 200,000 video applicants down to just 1,058, who will compete for a place on the entirely... hypothetical one-way trip to the Red Planet to establish a human colony....
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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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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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[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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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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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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U.S. porn site to acceptAmericans who got a gift card they will never use can now use it to buy porn.
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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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Snapchat to update app afterSnapchat says it will be releasing an updated version of its app after information about 4.6 million users was released online on New Year's Eve.
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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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The speaker that lets youNamed AudioOrb, the sphere includes 18 speakers and is capable of blocking outside noise. It was created by Scandinavian creative lab ST.
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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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[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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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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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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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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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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Billion-dollar deal for Mandiant sees threat response added to FireEye's product stable Threat prevention firm FireEye has acquired privately held net security firm Mandiant. The cash and shares deal,... announced Monday, is valued at around $1bn....
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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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[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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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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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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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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[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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Spying agency one of many groups investing in potential of chips that would perform several calculations at once instead of in a single stream
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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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NSA developing computer toThe 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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[From EntertainmentTell] CES will attract numerous celebrities
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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 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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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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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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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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Charades enters the 21st century

IOL - 3 Jan 2014 16:00
An app called Heads Up! is causing a sensation at festive gatherings.
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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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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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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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'Time travellers don't existA Michigan physicist scanned websites and search engines for evidence of conversations about Comet ISON and Pope Francis before each event took place.
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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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Human CO2 just not a big deal at Pine Island Glacier Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down... in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf's melt does not result from human-driven global warming....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Microsoft upgrades Surface ProWindows tablet quietly improved just a few months after initial launch
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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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VIDEO: MakerBot anticipatesBre Pettis, chief executive of MakerBot, talks to the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones about the rise and rise of 3D printing.
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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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Think Bitcoin is dodgy? Try out this digital funny money Kanye West and his pneumatic wife Kim Kardashian have plenty of real cash, but no bank has yet considered putting their faces on a banknote....
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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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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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Philips to market its bright new idea

The Australian - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
Philips to market its brightTHE flat bulb is seen as an LED substitute for the old globe.
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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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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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WiFi plan a boon for mobile users

The Australian - 3 Jan 2014 15:00
WiFi plan a boon for mobileAUSTRALIA'S capital cities could be served by a ubiquitous WiFi network under an ambitious iiNet plan.
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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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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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Is Earth HEAVIER than we thinkTexas University's Ben Harris measured Earth's mass based on the gravitational pull on GPS satellites. He found Earth could be 0.008% heavier than first thought.
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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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PM becomes trending topic on Twitter, Facebook

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 14:33
PM Manmohan Singh's rare press conference today was trending on social media, with netizens countering his assessment of Modi.     
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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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ATIC owns unlisted GlobalFoundries, which has chip manufacturing facilities in New York, Singapore and Germany.     
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ATIC owns unlisted GlobalFoundries, which has chip manufacturing facilities in New York, Singapore and Germany.     
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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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But what's this... they're all moving to Windows 8.1? Less than one-third of PCs are now running Windows XP, with many a Microsoft shop giving up on the popular 12-year-old operating system in time... for New Year....
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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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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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Now, taste your favourite food online

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 14:23
Bored of 24X7 online viewing, listening and chatting? It's time to satiate your palate in the virtual world now.     
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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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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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[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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XP deadline: Use of ageingTwelve-year-old OS retains user base despite looming security and compatibility issues
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What Snapchat's hacking reveals

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 14:12
Snapchat has long marketed itself as a private and more secure alternative to services like Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram.     
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What Snapchat's database hacking reveals

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 14:12
Snapchat has long marketed itself as a private and more secure alternative to services like Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram.     
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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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You guys were nonentities in 2011, say apparatchiki A trademark ruling in Europe could stop Pinterest from expanding onto the continent, as the EU's office rules that the company doesn't own the... rights to the name "pinterest"....
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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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MPS Adoption Amongst SMEs Will Pick Up In 2014

Money Control - 3 Jan 2014 14:00
MPS Adoption Amongst SMEs WillSMEs and businesses are looking more and more for document solutions instead of standalone printing.
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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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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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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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How tech will revolutionize work and jobs

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 13:48
The concept of 'work' has been at the heart of both the industrial as well as the information society.     
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Archos unveils quad-core 4GArchos Helium devices will offer more affordable smartphone choices, firm claims
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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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Saturn's rings are 4.4 billion years old

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 13:33
Saturn's main ring system is huge but razor-thin, measuring about 280,000 kilometres across but just 33 feet or so in the vertical direction.     
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ZTE to launch 5 new smartphones at CES

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 13:32
ZTE has reportedly announced plans to unveil five smartphones, including the Grand S II at CES in Las Vegas.     
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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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FireEye pays $1bn for ChineseCompany bolsters endpoint protection offering
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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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Dogs poop in line with the Earth's magnetic field

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 13:26
Dogs poop in line with theSeveral mammalian species spontaneously align their body axis with respect to the Earth's magnetic field (MF) lines in diverse behavioural contexts, researchers said.     
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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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Online training courses for entrepreneurs

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 13:12
Koenig Solutions, an information technology services trainer, is introducing a new course to help entrepreneurs.     
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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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Mobile, SaaS and big data willForrester report predicts growth in Europe as recession fades
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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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Chanteuse ditches dying handset maker - or did they ditch her? She's the indecisive pop star who sung about constantly "falling in and out of love" with some bloke or other....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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YouTube to introduce HD video streams at CES

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 12:44
YouTube will be demonstrating high-definition video streams at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.     
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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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Telefonica to jointly acquire TIM Brasil: report

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 12:33
Telefonica, which partly owns TIM Brasil via its 15% stake in Telecom Italia, is looking to buy the unit with its two rivals.     
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NSA building quantum computerDocuments from Edward Snowden reveal more detail of tech plans at spy agency
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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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YouTube to introduce high-def video streams

Business Standard - 3 Jan 2014 12:30
YouTube will be demonstrating high-definition video streams at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
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Top 10 tech predictions forV3 polishes its crystal ball to see where tech is headed in the next 12 months
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Personal Cloud StorageOver the next five years the global account base will more than triple, reaching 3.61 billion by the end of 2018, finds ABI research.
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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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Facebook sued for profitingSocial network faces more legal headaches for alleged privacy law breaches
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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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Lenovo launches Vibe Z, its first 4G phablet

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 12:08
Equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080x1920pixels, 400ppi) IPS display, the phablet is Lenovo's first 4G-capable device.     
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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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Lo-tech delights for button-pushers worldwide Retro roundup Until sometime in the early 1980s, when you reached secondary school you were handed a slim book full of numbers during a maths lesson and... taught how to use log tables. Sines, cosines, tangents, square roots - they were all in there too. While it made a change from long division, it caused its own share of headaches....
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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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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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A class-action suit claims that the social networking site monitors and uses your messages for advertising purposes.
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Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet and Galaxy Note 3 Lite phone have surfaced online.     
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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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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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Butterfly flapped its wings and caused internet hurricane A Slovenian virus writer who created an infamous strain of malware used to infect an estimated 12 million computers worldwide has been jailed... for almost five years....
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Windows 8, 8.1 now running on 10% of all PCs

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 11:00
It was found that Windows 8's market share amounting to 6.89% is still greater than Windows 8.1's 3.60% share.     
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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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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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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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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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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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Ford to debut shining exampleFord will debut its C-MAX Solar Energi Concept hybrid car - which harnesses the sun's rays to charge its batteries - at the 2014 International CES.
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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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'Google Glass is doomed for 2014'

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 10:37
A tech journalist and an early adopter of Google Glass has reportedly said that the wearable device is set to be 'doomed' in 2014.     
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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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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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Snapchat said it would be releasing an updated version of its hit app after hackers accessed 4.6 million accounts.
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Novel robot takes step to cosmos

IOL - 3 Jan 2014 10:10
A wall-crawling robot inspired by the gecko has taken a small but important step towards a future in space, scientists said.
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NSA 'developing quantum computer'

IOL - 3 Jan 2014 10:10
The US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, the Washington Post reported.
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Mobile app downloads: 97%... 90%... 25%?! This Christmas was nothing but bad news for developers hoping to cash in on fast-selling tablets, if download and activation stats from the festive season are... to be believed....
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Normobaric oxygen has the rapid and non-invasive characteristics and may have therapeutic effects on ischemic/hypoxic disease. Dr.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Australia records its hottest year ever

TimesLIVE - 3 Jan 2014 09:58
Australia records its hottestLast year was Australia's hottest since record-keeping began in 1910.
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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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SMEs In Tier II Cities ToSMEs in Tier II cities account for more than a fifth of all SME IT Investments, says AMI Study.
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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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Nepal to become a free Wi-Fi zone

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 09:30
Nepal has announced an ambitious plan to turn the Himalayan country into a free Wi-Fi zone, government officials said.     
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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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3D brain maps on iPhones helping surgeons operate

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 09:17
As a training tool for surgical residents, Dr Rhoton's image library has grown into the world's largest collection of 3D brain images.     
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High BP more dangerous in women than men

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 09:15
High BP more dangerous inDoctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women more fiercely than they do in men.     
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FireEye has acquired Mandiant, the firm that linked years of cyberattacks against US companies to a secret Chinese military unit.     
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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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Special immune cells keep TB in control: Study

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 09:01
A special class of immune cells called 'invariant natural killer T cells' keep the deadly tuberculosis infection in check - a heartening news for India that has the most number of tuberculosis cases... in the world.     
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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

The Register - 3 Jan 2014 09:01
@Shark: Humans are so bad at statistics I think I'll eat one The Australian State of Western Australia (WA) has signed over 300 sharks up to Twitter....
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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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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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'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: 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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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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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: 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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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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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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Facebook sued for spying on users' chats

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 08:50
Facebook has been sued for snooping on private messages of users without their prior consent in order to mine data for profit.     
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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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RIP Symbian! Nokia ends support for apps, updates

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 08:43
The Symbian Signed Team announced the end of support for Symbian and MeeGo apps via Twitter.     
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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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Samsung VP 'confirms' Galaxy S5 launch date

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 08:31
Doon-hoon Chang, Samsung's vice president of design strategy, has cleared the air on the launch date of Galaxy S5.     
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Samsung top exec 'confirms' Galaxy S5 launch date

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 08:31
Doon-hoon Chang, Samsung's vice president of design strategy, has cleared the air on the launch date of Galaxy S5.     
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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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We have plenty of technology. Can tech accelerate the creation of a meaningful life? E-commerce is just the start...
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'Difficile e insopportabile' wife proved less attractive than a stripey suntan An Italian court has taken pity on a desperate drug dealer who demanded jail to escape his "unbearable" wife....
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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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Cloud has democratized technology: CA Tech

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 07:58
Mike Gregoire, CEO of CA Technologies, has spent nearly 25 years in the software and IT services sector.     
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Law enforcement agencies should be able to track 30% of mobile users in urban areas within 50m of the location pointed out by a telco.     
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India is going ahead with the two consortia it approved in-principle -- IBM and ST Microelectronics.     
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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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BlackBerry parts ways with singer Alicia Keys

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 07:29
The move comes as BlackBerry retreats from the consumer market to focus on businesses, governments and other large organizations.     
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Cab-on-demand service Uber targets new markets

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 07:14
Cab-on-demand service Uber's pricing policies can sometimes result in fares that are eight times higher than usual.     
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The US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programmes.     
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The US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programmes.     
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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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Bad luck AGAIN, BlackBerry bods A survey has found that iPhone owners may be slightly smarter than their Android-owing counterparts when it comes to brain teasers....
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Various government agencies have put vast amount of personal information online, often with little barrier to access.     
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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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(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) 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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(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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(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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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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(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 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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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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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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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Snapchat to make app more secure

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 06:50
The breach occurred after security experts warned the company at least twice about a vulnerability in its system.     
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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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Vodafone in talks to buy Tata Teleservices

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 06:42
Vodafone is in early talks with the Tata Group to buy its controlling stake in Tata Teleservices.     
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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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$150k on offer to research 'large-scale, geo-distributed, data-intensive services' VMware has lifted its skirts just a little by shouting out to university boffins around the world with a list of... topics it would like to see researched....
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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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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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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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[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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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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Allegations over message scanning 'without merit' ... bitch Two Facebook users have begun a class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network's "private" messaging system is a lie....
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NSA researching quantumThe NSA 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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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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Ad giant bumps off Bump, socks Flock with rock, pours photos down drain Google will this month kill off its file-transfer app Bump and photo-sharing utility Flock - and erase your data with it....
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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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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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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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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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NSA eyes ultimate codebreaker

The Australian - 3 Jan 2014 02:42
NSA eyes ultimate codebreakerTHE US National Security Agency is making strides toward building a "quantum computer" that could break nearly any kind of encryption.
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Now, predict weather mths ahead

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 02:41
Now, predict weather mthsScientists have developed a new software that gives anyone the opportunity to know their community, state or country's weather activity for the day and months ahead.     
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Drivers eat, reach for the phone, text, or otherwise take their eyes off the road about 10% of the time they are behind the wheel, according to anew US study.     
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Tripling tobacco tax globally would reduce smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths from lung cancer and other diseases this century, researchers, including an Indian-origin... scientist, say.     
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Committed partners take to sexting willy-nilly

Times of India - 3 Jan 2014 02:39
With the rise of smartphones and Snapchat, sexting is in vogue -- but a new study has found that many young people engage in the practice without really wanting to.     
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'Magnifying glass' car Ford's plaything

The Australian - 3 Jan 2014 02:36
'Magnifying glass' car Ford'sA DEVICE that works like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on to a car roof is the newest tool in the green car industry.
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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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