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3 Jan 2014 - United States
[From GamerTell] The Gateway 3DS flashcart is available, but is actually a bit of a complicated work-around.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Mummers, Werner Herzog and a New Years Day mystery
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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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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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Facebook faces lawsuit forFacebook has been accused of intercepting private messages of its users to provide data to marketers, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in California. The social networking... company scanned plaintiffs' private messages containing URLs (uniform resource locators) and searched the website identified in the URL for "purposes including but not limited to data mining and user profiling," according to the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The company does not engage in the practice to facilitate the transmission of users' communications via Facebook, but to enable it to mine user data and profit by sharing the data with third parties such as advertisers, marketers, and other data aggregators, the complaint said. Facebook is...
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Snapchat, the red-hot private messaging service, said on Thursday that it knew for months about a security loophole that allowed hackers this week to harvest millions of phone numbers and announced... changes to its systems. Assholes.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Apple To Release 4.7″We have been hearing the rumors that later this year, Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone with a much larger display, specifically that of the 4.7" display, and another of the 5.7" display. Well... according to a recent report published in China, multiple Foxconn insiders have apparently revealed that both these device display rumors are indeed true, although given that this is hardly official information, do take it with a grain of salt for now. The insiders have also revealed that both these alleged iPhone models will also come with a biometric sensor which we can only assume they are referring to Touch ID, Apple's latest iPhone feature that recently made its way into the iPhone 5s. It was only back in 2012 that Apple finally increased the size of its iPhone displays with the iPhone 5...
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Tired of reaching into your pocket just to lock your car's doors? You won't have to when Hyundai rolls out the 2015 Genesis sedan next year. The automaker plans to launch a Blue Link app for Google... Glass that offers Genesis owners the same remote ...
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European Trademark Office SaysPinterest raised a $225 million round in October 2013 to help fuel its international expansion, but a recent ruling in Europe could prove to be a hiccup in that strategy. The U.S.-based social... networking site has lost a challenge it made to claim the Pinterest trademark in the region, with a European trademark court ruling in favor of the current owner, a London-based social news aggregation startup called Premium Interest and its founder Alex Hearn.
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Razer has launched four new headphones and earbuds, all of them falling in the Adaro series of products. With this roll out comes the Adaro In-Ear Analog earphones, the Stereo …
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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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The Active Particle-induced X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), carried by the Yutu rover of the Chang'e-3 satellite got its first X-ray fluorescence spectrum of lunar regolith around the landing site on... December 25, 2013....
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As people's waistlines increase, so does the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Now scientists have a better understanding of exactly what happens in the body that leads up to type 2 diabetes, and what... likely causes some of the complications related to the disease. Specifically, scientists have found that in mice, macrophages, a specific type of immune cell, invade the diabetic pancreatic tissue during the early stages of the disease.
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According to state-of-the art theory, a warp drive could cut the travel time between stars from tens of thousands of years to weeks or months. Harold G. White, a physicist and advanced propulsion... engineer at NASA and other NASA engineers...
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After a group of 74 passengers and crew members were stranded on an ice-bound ship in Antarctic waters for more than a week, the 52 passengers aboard the Russian research vessel were lifted to safety... on Thursday. A Chinese helicopter transported them from the stranded MV Akademik Shokalskiy to the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis Initial rescue attempts over the weekend by the Chinese icebreaker MV Xue Long and the Aurora Australis were unsuccessful because the ice was too thick. Harsh weather conditions grounded the Xue Long's helicopter for several more days, before the rescue could be successfully executed
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Moon Rovers Planned forGolden Spike, acompany developing commercial missions to the moon for launch in 2020, has partnered with Honeybee Robotics to design lunar rovers to accompany the manned expeditions.
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Diabetes Risk May Come from Neanderthal Gene

Live Science - 2 Jan 2014 17:10
Diabetes Risk May Come fromThe Neanderthal gene mutation, which had previously gone undetected, could explain why Mexicans and other Latin Americans have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes as white, non-Hispanics. The finding... could uncover new targets for diabetes drugs.
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Happy New Year's Day 2014 fromToday, New Year's Day 2014, NASA's Curiosity mega rover celebrates a huge mission milestone - her 500th Martian Day on the Red Planet since the death defying touchdown of August 2012.
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Samsung To Unveil New AudioCES 2014 is around the corner and Samsung has unveiled some of its audio products that the company is hoping to debut and demonstrate at the event. These new audio products will take the form of a new... wireless streaming speaker home theater system, a portable stereo system, and two television soundbars. (more…) Follow: Audio, CES, CES 2014, Samsung, Samsung To Unveil New Audio Lineup At CES 2014 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Controversial 'Study' FindsWhen it comes to choosing a smartphone platform, there are definitely stereotypes involved and that's definitely a debate for another time, but according to a recent study, which is sure to raise a... few eyebrows and spark some intense arguments, it seems that iPhone users are found to be smarter compared to other brands and platforms. This is a study conducted by British betting company, Ladbrokes. The test involved about 1,000 respondees where they were first asked which smartphone were they using, followed by a series of questions involving problem solving, pattern recognition, and other brain teasers. The results found that iPhone owners had the quickest wits and an average completion time of 94 seconds. Unfortunately it was found that BlackBerry users did the worst and were the slowest...
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The Elder Scrolls OnlineBethesda and ZeniMax Online will be releasing The Elder Scrolls Online later this year. The game will be arriving in April for the PC and Mac, and will be making its way onto consoles like the Xbox... One and the PlayStation 4 later in June. In the meantime we're sure some gamers are wondering just how much money does it take to create an MMORPG such as The Elder Scrolls Online? Well if you were curious and wanted a bit of trivia, how does $200 million sound to you? That's the figure that was recently tweeted by Superannuation, a person who has in the past been pretty accurate with their leaks and information. Unfortunately the tweet has since been deleted and we're not sure why. Could it be that it was accurate and that the studios did not want the figure to be disclosed, or could it be that...
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My take is that 3D printing is a key industry to watch for 2014 in enterprise technology, but you'll have to beware of the hype. Will HP gobble up the smaller players leading the 3D printer charge... today?
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How the Circumference of EarthBorn around 276 B.C. in Cyrene, Libya, Eratosthenes soon became one of the most famous mathematicians of his time. He is best known for making the first recorded measurement of the Earth's... circumference, which was also remarkably accurate. (And, yes, people at that point had known for some time that the world wasn't flat, contrary to popular belief.)
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Mars One Announces LockheedMars One, the private organization proposing to colonize Mars by 2025, recently announced Lockheed Martin is working on a mission concept study for a Mars lander based on their 2007 Phoenix lander.... Mars One also recently launched a $400,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund the mission concept studies. Mars One says they hope the campaign will "show [their] partners and sponsors that the world is ready for this to happen."
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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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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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Health Tip: New Mom, Protect Your Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gadget Flow - 3 Jan 2014 08:00
Baggage Tag Packing Tape - $11This roll of Baggage Tag Packing Tape is just like any other sticky tape you use to seal packages. The difference is that the printing on this one makes it look like it's a baggage tag. It's very... authentic looking...
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Country's full number portability service, which will allow mobile users to retain their number across different telecom circles, faces a delay as the Indian Department of Telecom has yet to accept... recommendations for it.
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Attending the Leading in Local Conference, our writer asks "why do the women get their own event?"
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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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(Emory Health Sciences) Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life. Now researchers at Emory University have detected what may be biological traces... related to this feeling: Actual changes in the brain that linger, at least for a few days, after reading a novel.Their findings, that reading a novel may cause changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain that persist, were published by the journal Brain Connectivity.
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(Entomological Society of America) After studying specimens from the Nearctic deposited in the United States National Museum of Natural History and some specimens in the Canadian National Collection... of Insects, researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region, and they've described seven new species.
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The entropy of nations

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(Joint Quantum Institute) Inequality in the way nations consume energy has been lessening in recent years. An underlying thermodynamic process seems to be at work.
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(Cleveland Clinic) CRC-PRO, or Colorectal Cancer Predicted Risk Online, is designed to help both patients and physicians determine when screening for colorectal cancer is appropriate. Current... guidelines recommend patients are screened at the age of 50. However, with this new tool, physicians will be better able to identify who is truly at risk and when screenings for patients are necessary.
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(National University of Singapore) A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals, a class of... chalcogenide compounds, into high quality monolayer flakes, with higher yield and larger flake size than current methods. The exfoliated flakes can be made into a printable solution, which can be applied in printable photonics and electronics.
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(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use, especially cigarette smoking, and protective... factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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(University of Eastern Finland) Expectant women with prenatally diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a study of over 500,000 mothers in Finland.... Women with a history of depression are at the highest risk of postpartum depression. The fact that fear of childbirth puts women without a history of depression at an approximately three times higher risk of postpartum depression is a new observation which may help health care professionals in recognizing postpartum depression.
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(University of Illinois at Chicago) Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found that dysfunction in a single gene in mice causes fasting hyperglycemia, one of... the major symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Their findings were reported online in the journal Diabetes.
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25 years of DNA on the computer

EurekAlert! - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA)) For about 20 years now, experimental research on nuclear DNA has been supplemented by research based on computer simulations aimed at reconstructing... the structure and function of this molecule that is so essential to life as we know it. A systematic review -- carried out with the participation of SISSA in Trieste -- provides a detailed summary of the majority of models developed to date. The review is mainly aimed at biologists, for whom it may become an important research tool.
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(North Carolina State University) Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly... used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30 percent.
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(University of Southampton) Children are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body during pregnancy, according to new research from the Medical... Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton.
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(University of Huddersfield) The University of Huddersfield's Professor Paul Scott is one of a select group of UK scientists to have been awarded a prestigious Fellowship in Manufacturing by the... Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He will receive more than £900,000 to conduct a project that aims to ensure greater accuracy in the manufacture of crucial components ranging from turbine blades to human joint implants and microelectronics.
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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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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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(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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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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So apparently there's a world record for bungee jumping with the base of the bungee cord embedded into the flesh of your back. To set it, you've just got to top this guy's record-setting 170 meter... base jump and not have the hooks tear out.
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(University of East Anglia) A protein at the center of cancer drug design for the last 20 years shouldn't be given up on according to research from the University of East Anglia. The most advanced... version of αvβ3-integrin antagonists failed clinical trials to treat aggressive forms of brain cancer. But new research shows that targeting the protein in question could still be vital in stopping tumour growth -- not least because the drugs involved cause minimal side effects.
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High Blood Pressure Differs by Gender

Ivanhoe - 3 Jan 2014 07:00
(Ivanhoe Newswire) - Women with high blood pressure should be treated differently than men with the same condition, according to a study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
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(Elhuyar Fundazioa) The UPV/EHU physicist Eneko Malatsetxebarria has explored, on a theoretical level, some quantum effects that take place in atoms at a very low temperature. Firstly, he has... discovered that boson-type atoms and fermion-type ones can be mixed in a specific way. So he has made the necessary conditions for carrying out these experiments available to experimental physicists. Secondly, he has deduced how fermions would influence bosons in this case.
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(Columbia University Medical Center) The ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association, has selected Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine (CDM)... for a 2014 William J. Gies Award, for outstanding achievement by an academic dental institution in support of dental education. The award recognizes CDM's Community DentCare program, which provides low- or no-cost dental care to children, adults, and seniors in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
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LG G Flex renders surface for AT&T and T-Mobile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA Today - 3 Jan 2014 04:50
Here's what you need to know about the week in Tech.
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North Carolina politician David Waddell chooses to terminate his role and go out like a Klingon warrior. Worf would be proud.
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Chinese low-cost smartphone maker says it clocked overall income of US$5.18 billion and shipped 18.7 million handsets last year, and vows to ship 40 million in 2014.
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Apple Names Readdle's ScannerEvery week Apple picks an app to showcase in the App Store as app of the week, and to kick off the new year Readdle’s Scanner Pro has been selected. The app is designed to turn your iPhone or... iPad…
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Snapchat Promises SecuritySnapchat promised security fixes Thursday after hackers leaked 4.6 million phone numbers and user names from the photo-sharing app. In a blog post on the company’s site, Snapchat said the breach was... the result of an “abuse” of their “find friends” feature. “We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number,” the company said. “We’re also improving rate limiting (which would reduce the speed at which anyone can access phone numbers from Snapchat's databases) and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.” The company has not announced when the update will be released. Computer-security research firm Gibson Security...
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Now that the holidays are behind us, Doritos is hoping to segue into Super Bowl fever. The Frito-Lay brand has posted the five semifinalists in its long-running "Crash the Super Bowl" contest, which... lets amateur filmmakers get a chance to have their ad run in the big game. Doritos plans to air two of the five below — one picked by fans and one that its marketing team chooses See also: The 10 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time The two winners will get a chance to work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The creators of the ad that gets the most votes will receive a $1 million grand prize. The runner-up gets $50,000 while the other three finalists each get $25,000. Fans have until Jan. 29 to vote here.
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In a complaint filed late last month, two Facebook users filed a lawsuit against the social network, claiming it scans the contents of private messages and performs activities branching off …
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Snapchat, feeling the heat,Snapchat, reeling from a recent hack that exposed millions of user names and partially redacted phone numbers of its members, will now let users back out of the feature that hackers abused. The... company also said it would improve some mechanisms, including a tool known as "rate limiting," to combat future attempts to abuse its service. In August, security research group Gibson Security warned Snapchat of a flaw in its "Find Friends" feature that could allow account details such as user names and phone numbers to be leaked. Last week, the group published proof-of-concept code showing how Snapchat's API (application programming interface) could be abused to expose that information. Then, on New Year's Day, a group of hackers paired the phone numbers with the user names of more than 4.6...
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(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or... consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
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Last year, Fuhi's $199 Nabi struck a chord with parents: More than 2 million units sold.
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Flight Attendants do worse than dishwashers. Can they save passengers between pretzels?
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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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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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The status quo in space flight operations is no more. Private American rockets are leading the charge of overdue change into the innovative 'Commercial Space Race' by blasting 2014 open with a pair of... 'Big Bang fireworks' just a day apart on Jan. 6 and Jan 7. A pair of US aerospace firms – SpaceX […]
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Taking center stage for Toyota at CES 2014 will be its Fuel Cell Vehicle concept car, which will demonstrate Toyota's research into clean automotive energy.
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NYNE unveils four newNYNE has just unveiled a sneak peak at four new speakers for its "lifestyle inspired" product lineup for CES, including a host of new styles designed to bring the music with you. The new speakers... boast some respectable features, and all reside below the $150 price point. The post NYNE unveils four new ‘lifestyle-inspired’ speakers for CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Report: NSA looking to crackThe U.S. National Security Agency is attempting to build a new breed of supercomputer that theoretically could make short work of cracking most keys used for encrypted communications. The project to... build "a cryptographically useful quantum computer" is part of an $80 million research project called "Penetrating Hard Targets" that is taking place at a campus in College Park, Maryland, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper quoted documents it said were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Since the early days of encryption, an important defense in the security of each system has been the amount of time it would take to attack and discover the encryption key. The longer the time required, the greater the motivation and financial investment needed to discover the key....
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Nerval's Lobster writes "A bunch of anonymous developers are working on 'Coinye West,' a crypto-currency named after rapper Kanye West. Coinye West isn't an official production of Kanye West, and the... developers are staying anonymous because they probably fear the inevitable copyright lawsuits. (Of course, if the currency hits the online market and proves a success, it's always possible the real Kanye West would drop any suit in exchange for a massive amount of Coinye West coins—every hip-hop artist on the planet might claim to drive a Maybach, but how many can claim a currency?) 'DROPPING JANUARY 11, 2014. 11 PM EST,' read a note on Coinyewest.com. 'No premine, no screwed up fake "fair" launches, shyster devs, muted channels, and f**ked up wallets,' it helpfully added. 'We will be...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan took the whole "season of giving" thing to heart once again in 2013 For the second straight year, the couple gave away 18 million Facebook shares... — a gift worth more than $970 million — to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in December See also: 10 Innovations That Improved the World in 2013 The donation was the largest charitable gift on public record in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and marked the first time that donors under the age of 30 were responsible for the year's largest donation. Zuckerberg and Chan's 2013 donation was equal in shares to the gift the couple gave the same foundation in December 2012. That gift was valued at just under $500 million at the time, but the success of Facebook's stock...
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First 2014 Asteroid Discovered

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

Pocket-lint - 3 Jan 2014 03:00
Website of the day: ZombieAnother day into the new year and we've got another idea for a slightly different way to keep fit. And this one really appeals to us. Research suggests that one way to push the body to its limits is... to scare the living daylights out of it. Fear makes...
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Amped Wireless, following the REA20 extender launched back in August, has announced the first long-range high-powered AC1900 WiFi router and WiFi extender, the RTA30 and the REA33. Both devices are...
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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all ...
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[From GamerTell] Licensing agreements with Disney have expired, requiring Activision to pull its Marvel Comics titles from digital distribution networks.
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Snapchat Responds To Massive Hack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 23:09
Best NFL apps for Android  NFL playoffs are upon us, and football fans are likely getting pretty excited. There are a ton of ways to follow the action on your phone or tablet, and we’ve rounded up some of the best Android... apps for making sure you don’t miss a thing. Even if you're not a big sports guy, we've included some top-notch football games here that just about anybody can enjoy.  Alright, ready for kick-off?  
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You don't have to be a hockey fan to appreciate the NHL's annual Winter Classic. The premise itself is cool enough: Two teams from the world's top hockey league facing off outdoors in an iconic sports... stadium For many NHL players, it harkens back to the days when they first learned to play hockey on frozen-over ponds. For fans, it's a fun way to experience the game they love in a setting both novel and traditional. And for many photographers, the entire situation is a dream come true. This year's first Winter Classic took place on Jan. 1 See also: NHL Player Escapes Locked Bathroom With Help From Twitter
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Users of the crypto-currency called Bitcoin have some competition out in the wild this week in the artist-inspired CoinYe West. This currency, while lovely to look at, will likely never …
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Furiously Match Lions AndI went into Ark Saver expecting it to flounder about like the Noah’s Ark mini game in Bible Adventures on NES. I’m incredibly surprised that it is not only playable but pretty addictive. Ark Saver... by Ignacio Bononi Category: iOS…
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As a follow-up to our year-end Big Data predictions roundup, let's kick off 2014 with an additional, broader set of predictions from industry players.
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ZTE comes to CES withZTE clearly wants to make its presence felt at CES this year; it's coming to the show with no less than seven devices. The Grand S II headlines the pack as the company's first smartphone with... "high-precision" voice commands, which let you both unlock ...
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The Eastern U.S. - from the Appalachians to Maine -- is bracing for a snowstorm to close out this first week of 2014. The Weather Channel, which began naming winter storms in the 2012-2013 season, has... dubbed this snowy maelstrom Winter Storm Hercules. Hercules is flexing his muscles over the Northeast at the same time that the region is getting blasts of cold air from the Arctic.
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Your Next Soda Could Come WithLooks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter--or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca... Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What exactly is Coke planning on doing with that much networked hardware?
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Nimblstand: Making the AppleThe Apple Wireless Keyboard is great for use with a Mac, with long battery life, a great key feel and a compact size that makes it unobtrusive on a desktop. So why not use it with your iPhone or iPad?... Unless you have some way to prop up the device ...
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What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

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

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

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

Engadget - 2 Jan 2014 22:28
Polaroid's been struggling with a bit of an identity crisis since the halcyon days of instant photography. Did you know, for example, that the company's been putting its name on TVs? Polaroid's... celebrating CES with the release of two ambitious (if ...
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[From GamerTell] Terraria works wonderfully on the Vita, and its cross-play features make it the best handheld version of the game.
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As snow sweeps across the country from the west, the northeastern United States is bracing for heavy snowfall that could cause blizzard conditions from Thursday evening into Friday. Forecasters at the... National Weather Service (NWS) expect multiple storm systems to converge along the East Coast, with eastern New York and Massachusetts getting the brunt of it. Winter weather has already affected areas around the country and it is expected to leave "arctic air" in its wake. See also: 20 Reliable Sources to Follow for Winter Storm News "Aside from the snow and wind, the big issue will be the brutally cold air tomorrow and again early next week after a brief warm up this weekend," Chris Vaccaro, director of communications for the National Weather Service, told Mashable in an email.
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La Niña Influences MeltChanges in water masses during La Niña events can significantly slow the melting rate of one of Antarctica's largest glaciers, according to a new study.
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A majority of surveyed physicians said they were alerted to a potential medication error or critical lab value by an electronic health record, finds a new study.
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Increased federal funding for community health centers has helped low-income adults get access to primary and dental care, according to a new study.
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Researchers have discovered that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the Holter... monitor, which is typically used for 24 hours and has been the standard of care for more than 50 years.
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Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists have showed that your lungs have odor receptors as well. The odor receptors in your... lungs are in the membranes of flask-shaped neuroendocrine cells that dump neurotransmitters and neuropeptides when the receptors are stimulated, perhaps triggering you to cough to rid your body of the offending substance.
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Mock Mars Mission: UtahThe Mars Desert Research Station aims to help humanity prepare for the rigors and challenges of life on the Red Planet. It was designed in line with the "Mars Direct" settlement approach, which sees... crews living off the land as much as possible.
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Microsoft has quietly upgraded the Surface Pro 2, with new hardware including faster processors being sent out to those who returned their Windows 8 tablets after the December firmware update …
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On Tuesday March 13, NASA's Curiosity science team announced that the Martian rover had found the first confirmed site other than Earth where conditions were right to have once hosted ancient life, if... it ever evolved on the red planet....
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Nurses, Family Bond Online AsA nurse in a Michigan hospital kissed the patient's forehead. More than 6,000 miles away, Sanaz Nezami's family in Iran watched the simple act over a laptop computer and wept. Nezami, a vibrant... 27-year-old woman who could speak three languages, wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University. Instead, she was brain dead just a few weeks after unpacking her bags in a remote area of the United States, a victim of a fatal beating by her new husband, according to police. Nezami's time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula can be marked in days. Her impact, however, will last much longer. Technology allowed family in Iran to watch her final hours and build an emotional bond with nurses whose compassion for a stranger from an unfamiliar culture gave great comfort...
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Samsung NX30 gets hybrid AF,Samsung's NX30 is a evolutionary model from the NX20. While imaging specs remain the same, the NX30 offers hybrid autofocusing, improved viewfinder and LCD, higher ISO, and dual-band Wi-Fi. The post... Samsung NX30 gets hybrid AF, improved display and viewfinder, dual-band Wi-Fi appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Anyone can take a tour of thisAnyone can take a tour of this waste treatment plant in Valencia, Spain, to check out its automatized trash-sorting systems. The Israeli architects who designed the 759,600-square-foot system describe... it as a public observatory, a place to "contemplate" contemporary life. After all, some archaeologists claim that sorting garbage is "the ultimate zen experience of our society." [Architizer]
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iPhone 5s available at BestThough the holiday shopping season is behind us, there are still great deals to be had on Apple products. On that note, one of the best Apple deals I've seen in a while comes courtesy of Best Buy... where you can pick up a 16 GB iPhone 5S for just ...
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Snow can put plans on indefinite pause, especially if your primary mode of transportation is a car. But now, instead of staring out the window waiting for a snow plow to come to the rescue, you can... use PlowNYC on NYC.gov to track when your street will be cleared. PlowNYC, which was first used in February 2012, lets you view the location of snow plows at any given time once they begin the rounds. The tool works for all five boroughs of New York City and shows your street's "snow removal category," or how quickly a snowplow will reach your home See also: 7 Fantastic Calendar Apps To Keep You on Schedule
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Use This Tool to See If YourUse Snapchat? Hear about the leak? If so, you’ll want to check to see if your username and phone number have made their way out into the wild (spoiler: probably). Security firm LastPass has cobbled... together a tool you can use to input your Snapchat username to see if it’s been leaked alongside your phone number. LastPass also recommends deleting your Snapchat account since you can’t change usernames, and to change the password associated with your account just as a safety precaution. You can check out some other Snapchat-related security tips that Matt wrote about earlier today, too. Snapchat Leak Checker [LastPass via SlashGear]
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Cobra CPP Solar/Portable Power Series

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 22:12
Cobra CPP Solar/Portable Power[CES 2014] Forget about fossil fuels, solar energy is the way to go. Cobra knows this, which is why they have come up with the new CPP Solar portable power series which will comprise of the Cobra CPP... 100 and CPP 300 models. Regardless of which particular model you pick from, it will still come with high efficiency solar panels that will enable users to juice up their mobile devices many times over before requiring another trip to the power outlet to regain its "strength". (more…) Follow: Gadgets, CES, CES 2014, cobra, portable power, solar power, Cobra CPP Solar/Portable Power Series original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Google Play Newsstand has a... but you probably don't want to use it. Reader Andrew sends in a little tip regarding the Google Play Newsstand app, and how it has the same sort of hidden developer settings as Android itself... these days. Go into the settings menu, scroll down to the build number, and tap your little head off until you're granted developer options. You'll then be able to disable caching. But as the toast notification clearly spells out, it's not really an option you'll want or need to use. Explains the app: Disable caching is for testing design changes and makes the app operate very slowly. This operation will be automatically turned off in 4 hours. Your battery and data cap will thank you. Thanks, Andrew!     
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Telemetry aggregates real-timeThe difficulty for businesses with a lot of data is paying attention to the right signals at the right times. This is complicated further when you have to mine the data from various siloed platforms... that don't talk to each other. Telemetry is a new software as a service platform that creates real-time data visualizations from a variety of sources, such as a company's internal databases, app store developer accounts, and more than two dozen external services, including Basecamp, Github, MailChimp, Paypal, Stripe, Twitter, and several Google products. Geared for businesses ranging in size from sole developer to enterprise, Telemetry's visualizations can communicate current transactions, transactions over time, dollar volume, service capacity, and virtually any other metric you want to track,...
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The one BlackBerry layoff thatNormally, layoffs are a bad sign for a company’s financial health. In the case of one particular BlackBerry layoff, however, it’s more a sign that the company is being better run than under... previous management. Canada’s CTV News reports that BlackBerry is parting ways with Alicia Keys, the pop star whom the company hired last year to be its “creative director.” BlackBerry wouldn’t say much about its decision to part ways with Keys and would only say that it “enjoyed the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented and passionate individual.” Whatever creative direction Keys provided was sorely lacking, however, as BlackBerry had an absolutely miserable year marked by mass layoffs, terrible sales and horrendous earnings reports. The decision
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Smartlet Turns Your iPhoneWe have all heard how 2014 is going to be the year of wearable devices. A new crop of smartwatches are expected to be released this year and consumers are expected to jump on this bandwagon. However... there are some limitations with smartwatches, it certainly isn’t like wearing a smartphone on your wrist. But what if you could, what if you could use your smartphone as a smartwatch as well? That’s where Smartlet comes in. It secures the iPhone on your wrist so that your Apple smartphone can also function as a full blown smartwatch. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, kickstarter, Smartlet Turns Your iPhone Into The Ultimate Smartwatch original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Cobra JumPak 7500 mAh Charger

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 22:09
Cobra JumPak 7500 mAh Charger[CES 2014] We carry with us our fair share of mobile electronic devices these days, and many of these tend to require a charging up at the end of the day. Most of the time, we will make sure that our... gadgets get their "rest" while we sleep at night, so that when we wake up in the morning to go head to head with another day of activity, our gadgets, too, will be able to hit the ground running with full power. A portable power pack is starting to get more and more essential these days, and Cobra’s portable powerpack, the Cobra JumPack, comes across as an ideal emergency power not only for your gadgets, but for a vehicle as well as outdoor activities. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, CES, CES 2014, cobra, Cobra JumPak 7500 mAh Charger original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Google's 4K video format toGoogle is working with hardware makers so TVs, smartphones and PCs can play 4K content from YouTube and other streaming services while consuming almost half the bandwidth required by high-definition... videos today. Google has taken steps so TVs, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices are able to play 4K content from YouTube and other streaming services while consuming almost half the bandwidth required by high-definition videos today. A number of TV makers and hardware companies have pledged support for VP9, a 4K video format developed by Google. Users will be able to stream 4K video from Youtube and other services on their devices with support from the hardware companies. "Starting in 2014, you'll see products from major mobile, PC and TV partners that are using a new, more efficient...
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More BARREL Balloons Take toNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: The first BARREL balloon of the 2013-2014 season was launched on Dec. 27, 2013. BARREL's job is to help unravel the mysterious radiation belts, two gigantic donuts... of particles that surround Earth.
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Cobra AirWave Mini

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 22:06
Cobra AirWave Mini[CES 2014] Bluetooth technology seems to work best when it comes to the minor stuff, such as wireless audio or wireless speakers, as well as a hands-free kit when it comes to carrying out a... conversation on a smartphone or tablet. Other than that, there has not been any real groundbreaking leaps made to Bluetooth technology, which pretty much remains fine as it is - at least for the moment. Well, Cobra has decided to fall back on Bluetooth wireless technology in order to deliver its new AirWave Mini. (more…) Follow: Audio, bluetooth, CES, CES 2014, cobra, Cobra AirWave Mini original content from Ubergizmo.     
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PS4 Owners Watch Three TimesYou may be familiar with the Pandora of porn , but did you know that there's also a Netflix of porn? Probably! Assuming you're the proud owner of a Playstation 4, that is. Because according to online... porn rental service SugarDVD, three times as many PS4 users as Xbox One users signed up for the site's console app.
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Did anyone remember (or even know in the first place) that the singer was the "creative director" for the phone maker?
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The XCAR review of 2013: August

CNET - 2 Jan 2014 22:01
August was a hectic month for the XCAR team -- we played in the Peugeot 208 GTI, drove some awesome BMW Roadsters, discovered the history behind the Ford GT name, had a go in a lairy Lexus, steered... the new Porsche Cayman S and had a drive in the all-new BMW 4 Series.
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Thule's New iPad Air Case IsIf you upgraded your old iPad for an iPad Air late last year, you probably did so for several reasons -- but I'll bet one of the biggest was its new form factor, which is substantially thinner and... lighter than…
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Could Bidding for Players Fix the NCAA?

Mashable - 2 Jan 2014 22:00
With the college football bowl season ending and the national championship game upon us, it's time to say goodbye to the much maligned Bowl Championship Series and to welcome its eagerly anticipated... successor: the College Football Playoff. The new system will be better in almost every conceivable way. Regular-season games will matter more. In addition to the title game, we'll be given two high-stakes semifinals. The national champion will truly be the national champion. And let's not forget about the money. More games mean more revenue — a lot more revenue — for the schools and the NCAA. The playoff series will generate on the order of $480 million a year, compared with a meager $170 million for the BCS.
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Add Or Remove Filters In iOS 7Apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic have trained us all to find photos with various filters applied attractive and cool. Apple realized this, obviously, when it updated its own built-in Camera app for... iOS 7. These are only available on the…
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Is DNA analysis stuck in the past?

The Verge - 2 Jan 2014 22:00
Is DNA analysis stuck in theA few weeks ago, the Innocence Project of New York (IP) announced that it had helped to release another innocent person from prison. This time it was Gerard Richardson. As The Verge outlined in... September, Richardson was convicted of murdering a New Jersey woman in 1994 after a forensic odontologist concluded that the shape of Richardson’s jaw and the orientation of his teeth matched a bite mark on the murdered woman’s back. After years of legal wrangling, IP was finally allowed to conduct a DNA test to double-check the odontologist’s conclusions. Their goal: to determine whether saliva swabbed from the bite mark in 1994 matched Richardson’s genetic makeup. It didn’t. The odontologist’s conclusion was proven false. Given...
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Alicia Keys is no longer BlackBerry's global creative director. Because no hits?
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How to: Disabling iTunes songWas it only a year or two ago that we posted instructions on how to add "what's playing" notifications to iTunes? These days, we're fielding requests on how to turn the darn notifications off.... Yesterday, our own Ilene H was haunting the TUAW back ...
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A 4-Minute Workout Is All It"Not enough time" is our biggest excuse for not exercising. A recent study suggests, however, that you can maintain your fitness or improve your health in just four minutes. That's right, four.
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Hercules may be bearing down on the Northeast as we speak, but we've never let something as small as a giant snow storm derail the machine that is the Engadget Podcast. CES on the other hand, is... another issue altogether, with much of our team already ...
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Readdle's popular document scanning app Scanner Pro has been named Apple's app of the Week, and as a result, it is available for free for the first time since its initial 2011 release. Scanner Pro is... one of the most highly rated scanning apps in the App Store and is designed to turn the iPhone or the iPad into a portable scanner for documents, receipts, notes, photos, and more. The app removes shadows, sharpens scans, and corrects perspective in order to make scans as "readable as possible." It also utilizes edge detection in order to create fast, accurate scans, and it stores scans as PDF files that can be uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, or emailed/printed. Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper...
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Vocativ: The truffle. It’s the hallmark of haute cuisine. Sorry, caviar, but you’re no match for the truffle’s earthy-flavored tastiness, beloved by chefs and epicures alike. The specialty comes... in several varieties, including black and burgundy, but Italian white truffles are the most revered, and in turn, the most valuable. Alba, a hilly area in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, is especially famous for its culinary gems, and it’s the place to look if you are hoping to find some. I had never had real truffle (I thought it was a chocolate treat) until I went to Italy and was blown away by how even a little bit thinly shaved over a simple pasta dish could create such an explosion of flavour.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Forget Times Square, the place every photographer wishes they were on New Year’s Eve 2014 (or is it 2013?) was Dubai. Why, you ask? Because this year the city set the world record for the largest... fireworks show, and captured the entire thing on camera for posterity’s sake. The video above was put together by […]
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Intel killed its internet TVIntel spent much of the last year talking up its ambitious plan to launch an internet TV service — but its grand plans eventually fell by the wayside. Now, we're hearing why: new CEO Brian... Krzanich told Recode that Intel's plans went up in smoke because it wasn't able to get the content it needed. "When you go and play with the content guys, it's all about volume," said Krzanich. "and we come at it with no background, no experience, no volume. We were ramping from virtually zero." Verizon has been rumored to be the front-runner to purchase Intel's failed venture, and Krzanich's quotes make it sound like they'd be a natural match for what Intel has developed thus far. "What we've said is we are out looking for a partner that can...
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Alicia Keys and BlackBerry Break Up

Mashable - 2 Jan 2014 21:53
It looks like BlackBerry and Alicia Keys have fallen in and out of love. BlackBerry announced Thursday that it is ending its relationship with the musician, who was named as the company's global... creative director in January of last year Thorsten Heins, then the CEO of BlackBerry, announced Keys' appointment on stage at a BlackBerry 10 event as part of a broader effort to refresh the company's image. One year later, Heins is no longer CEO, the BlackBerry 10 devices have been huge flops and the company itself has been bleeding money. At the end of this month, Keys will be gone, too See also: Why BlackBerry Stock Is Soaring After a $4.4 Billion Net Loss
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If adopting cloud applications on a piecemeal basis is causing management challenges for your staff, it might be time to consider a turnkey solution that brings them together in one place.
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The official blog and social media accounts belonging to Skype, a Web calling and video chat service owned by Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), appear to have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army on... New Year's Day.
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Science Finds Novice DriversWe basically all knew this, but science just confirmed that novice drivers are easily distracted by cellphones on the road which leads, almost inevitably, to accidents. The study, conducted by the... Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, watched drivers as they texted, tweeted, and got into accidents. They found that as young drivers spent a few more months behind the wheel their initial skittishness turns into confidence, multi-tasking, and crashes.
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

Slashdot - 2 Jan 2014 21:49
Lucas123 writes "Ford plans to demonstrate its first solar-powered hybrid vehicle at CES next week. The Ford CMAX Solar Energi Concept car will have 1.5 square meters of solar photovoltaic cells on... its roof to generate power to charge its battery. By themselves, the PV solar panels generate only 300W of power — not enough to charge the vehicle's battery in one day. Ford, however, said the car will be coupled with a carport that has solar concentrating lens atop it. The magnifying lens, called a Fresnel lens, will concentrate about 10 times the solar energy so the vehicle can be recharged in a single day — the same speed with which a standard hybrid charges using a plug." (Of course, some charge faster than others.)
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Ubuntu follows Fedora in giving "full security updates" to Nginx.
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These meteors deliver more bright, long-lasting fireballs over northern skies during a short peak period than other showers. It's quite a show if you know when to watch.
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Surface Pro 2 now shippingMicrosoft has started updating the Intel processor in its Surface Pro 2 tablets. The software giant originally released the Surface Pro 2 on October 22nd, and after just two months the latest retail... units now contain a processor clocked at 1.9GHz instead of the stock 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U chip that originally shipped with the tablet. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the change in a statement to The Verge. "Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains...
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A frigid spell has brought Winnipeg's temperature down to that of a planet more than 100 million miles further from the sun than we are.     
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BlackBerry is splitting with "Global Creative Director" Alicia Keys, with news of the break-up just short of a year after the singer was hired to promote BlackBerry 10. The celebrity …
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On Jan. 1, the entertainment world lost James Avery, best known for his role as Philip Banks (a.k.a. Uncle Phil) on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Avery left a legacy as one of TV's favorite uncles, the... tough-love role model to Will Smith's West Philadelphia goofball character See also: 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Star James Avery Dead at 68 Uncle Phil was a fountain of knowledge, always doling out advice on money, family and everything between. In honor of Avery, we remember some of Uncle Phil's greatest words of wisdom that we can (and should) all live by. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Developer Spams Google PlayIt's not uncommon to search the Google Play app store and find a number of knock-off or "fake" apps aiming to trick unsuspecting searchers into downloading them over the real thing - especially when... the app in question isn't yet available on Android. But one developer really went out of his or her way over New Year's to fill the Android app marketplace with a number of rip-offs of big-name startups and other tech companies, including IFTTT, Slideshare, Snapguide, Wolfram Alpha, Fiverr, Upworthy, MySpace, and more
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Is this the best smartphoneThe world is filled with dirt-cheap smartphones but how many of them are actually worth buying? Nokia’s Lumia 520 has shown itself to be a very good option for budget-minded smartphone buyers but... Motorola’s recently released Moto G might be the best bargain yet. Engadget notes that Best Buy has started selling the Verizon version of the Moto G for only $99 off contract, which is a pretty stellar deal for a device that includes a 4.5-inch display with a 720p resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera and that is due to receive an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat this month. Between this and the recent Moto X price cut, it looks like Motorola is getting
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Writer Pro for iOS Review

Mac Life - 2 Jan 2014 21:32
When iA Writer burst onto the scene in late 2010, it was a game-changer. The first true alternative to Pages, its ultra-minimal interface introduced a new kind of word processor, one that eschewed... underutilized features for a sharp focus on simplicity. Writer Pro for iOS attempts to build on that concept. With a completely new workflow designed to tightly organize your thoughts, Information Architects pushes its minimal interface to the max, but loses that trademark simplicity in the process. Launching Writer Pro, you'll immediately notice several visual changes. For one, the interface is a lot darker; while the composing window is still white, the other screens and elements have all been given a black coat of paint, lending the interface a somewhat weightier feel. You'll be asked to...
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Three-Meter Asteroid Hits Earth's Atmosphere

Universe Today - 2 Jan 2014 21:32
This was very likely the last trip around the Sun for the Earth-crossing asteroid 2014 AA, according to calculations by several teams of astronomers and published online earlier today on the IAU’s... Minor Planet Center. Discovered just yesterday by the Catalina Sky Survey, the estimated 3-meter-wide Apollo asteroid was supposed to clear Earth today by […]
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Upon first waking up in the morning, we don’t exactly have complete control over our motor functions. You’re still coming out of a dream state, and reality doesn’t quite make sense just yet.... During the week though, the only thing you know for certain is that your alarm clock is blaring, and needs to be
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With a fresh round of funding,Nest Labs is on the verge of locking down millions of dollars in investor funding, money which will ostensibly be used to expand its line of innovative, well-designed smart home products. The post... With a fresh round of funding, Nest Labs is reportedly valued at over $2 billion appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone to gain mobile web traffic share in North America during the holidays, according to a new report from analytics firm Chitika, suggesting that the iPhone 5s and... the iPhone 5c were popular with consumers over the holiday season. The iPhone saw a 1.8 percent jump in web traffic from the period between December 20 and December 29, while other smartphone manufacturers experienced no gains or a slight loss in traffic share. Overall, the iPhone has a 54.3 percent share of total mobile web traffic, far above its closest competitor Samsung, which has a 23.7 percent share. Despite its minor share loss, the iPad remains the most popular tablet, comprising 76.1 percent of all mobile web traffic in North America. Apple's closest competitor, Amazon, has a 9.4...
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The Raspberry Pi has proven to be an excellent resource for anyone looking to do some DIY home automation. Instructables user Ben Finio shows off how to add another layer to that system by using a... Raspberry Pi to power a voice controller for electrical outlets.
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Barbed Wire Fences Were AnBefore Ma Bell came to town, and long before DSL, it was barbed wire, of all things, that brought rural communities together. A Sears telephone hooked up to barbed wire--miles of which were already... conveniently strung along fences--connected far-flung ranches in the recently settled American west. Thus an ingenious and unregulated telephone system sprung up a hundred years ago.
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Archos 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTEArchos has just introduced two Helium-branded smartphones, with their official unveiling coming next week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. Called 50 Helium and 45 Helium, both handsets feature Android 4.3... Jelly Bean, a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8926 processor,...
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Ford announced a new concept car on Thursday fueled almost entirely by the sun, without depending on a power outlets or charging stations for fuel. C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, which will be on display... at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas next week, aims to make green vehicles more accessible to drivers, eliminating the need for electric grids that are often underdeveloped, unreliable or pricy. Still, the car comes with a charge port and can be fueled by at a charging station like other solar-powered vehicles. SEE ALSO: Justice League Cars Will Make You Geek Out Instead of filling up on power from an electrical charger or outlet, the concept car comes with a solar panel roof that uses a concentrator lens, similar to a magnifying glass, to lure sunlight to fuel the vehicle. Ford's...
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[From EntertainmentTell] James Avery's voice is instantly recognizable to any child of the 90s. He brought characters such as Iron Man's partner War Machine and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain... Shredder to life. But he found lasting fame as Philip Banks, the stern but loving uncle to Will Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Avery died Tuesday following complications from open heart surgery, his publicist Cynthia Snider told the Associated Press.
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New life for the llama? WinampAnybody who's been using their PC to listen to music back in the late 90s has probably at least come across Winamp, and possibly fell in love with it as well. Now it looks like Winamp could avoid... extinction. The post New life for the llama? Winamp reportedly being sold by AOL to Radionomy appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Time once again to take a tour of a handful of the best Android phones currently available on the market (January 2014). There are a few new handsets, including one for all you pure Android fans.
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[From GamerTell] Final Fantasy Dimensions is decent, but only if you can get it at a discounted price.
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BlackBerry and singer AliciaThat was quick. BlackBerry is parting ways with Alicia Keys, less than a year after the recording artist was hired to come on as the company's "global creative director." The partnership was unveiled... at an event last January when the company launched its BlackBerry 10 OS. Keys was tapped to "inspire the future" of the company, which took years to ready a new platform to more readily compete with the burgeoning crop of smartphones and tablets from competitors like Google and Apple. In a statement to CTV News today, the company thanked Keys for her service, without going into detail about what exactly she had done during her tenure.
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Motorola is starting off the new year right. Yesterday we got word that the Moto G is coming to Verizon as a $100 prepaid device, and today Boost Mobile announced that it's also going to be selling... the budget-friendly smartphone through multiple ...
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[From GamerTell] This week's Indie Game Bundle Update includes 15 bundles, with Indie Royale The Debut Bundle 8 offering the best value.
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Venus and Moon Share LastStep outside this evening about 30 minutes after sunset and look low toward the southwest horizon. You'll be able to see the final evening pairing of the two brightest objects in the night sky for... nearly a year.
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Snapchat leak checker ID's hacked accounts

Slash Gear - 2 Jan 2014 21:22
A new tool to allow Snapchat users to check whether their username and cellphone number have been compromised in the recent database hack has been launched, with an estimated 4.6m …
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When I first tried on an early Google Glass headset, I had to take off my glasses -- that made the Glass display usable, but made the rest of the room a blurry mess. When I asked the engineers and... designers about this, I got mostly shrugs in return. But now, writes reader rjmarvin, "Google Glass users sporting the eyewear will soon be able to do so with a prescription for $99. Eyeglass manufacturer Rochester Optical will offer prescription options in differents colors and styles, even allowing Glass users to trick out their eyewear with transitions or tinted lenses. They're currently conducting a survey to gauge consumer interest and preference." I look forward to the day that online glasses sources like Zenni Optical have have even cheaper options for wearable computing integration, but...
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Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40 percent more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a unique new study that sheds empirical light... on the inner workings of health care in the US.
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Two INSERM research teams recently discovered that pregnenolone, a molecule produced by the brain, acts as a natural defense 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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When a bacterial cell divides into two daughter cells there can be an uneven distribution of certain survival mechanisms. The resulting cells can behave differently from each other, depending on which... parts they received in the split. This is another way that cells within a population can diversify and enhance the odds that some members of a population of bacteria can avoid threats, such as antibiotics.
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In a finding that directly contradicts the standard biological model of animal cell communication, scientists have discovered that typical cells in animals have the ability to transmit and receive... biological signals by making physical contact with each other, even at long distance.
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Men's, women's soccer: Physical or technical?

Science Daily - 2 Jan 2014 21:20
When the sports performance of elite men and women soccer players is compared using absolute criteria, the differences are significant.
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What You Need to Know AboutHappy New Year! Are you ready for the year's first major snowstorm? Good! Because blizzard-like conditions are expected to hit the Midwest and Northeast tonight and Friday morning, affecting as many... 100 million people.
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Google knocks off Bump

CNET - 2 Jan 2014 21:19
Just a few months after purchasing sharing app Bump, Google shutters the service.
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BlackBerry Executive CullingBlackBerry continues to tighten its purse strings, and even top executives and global recording stars aren’t safe – and if you’re both, you’re screwed. Alicia Keys will depart her role as... “global creative director” for the smartphone, software and services provider as of January 30th, CTV News reports. New CEO (who has dropped the “interim” from his title) John Chen has been cleaning house at BlackBerry since taking the reins, likely getting rid of executives who were too aligned with the vision of Thorsten Heins and his predecessors. Keys was a noteworthy Heins hire, and as such was probably too close to the throne to escape with her job intact. It might also just be that Chen and the company’s new management realize that a thinly veiled PR arrangement with a celebrity...
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Watch the intricate dance ofJust as loud noises can make small objects jitter on a table, powerful acoustic vibrations can lift things like toothpicks or water droplets into mid-air. Rather than just letting them levitate,... though, researchers from the University of Tokyo and Nagoya Institute of Technology set tiny particles in a dance between shifting, overlapping ultrasonic beams that could shift them around a small cubic space. The resulting video combines graceful, gravity-defying motion with an explanation of how the system actually works, and the full research paper goes deeper into the technology's precise details. The roughly millimeter-sized balls that perform the most impressive stunts are composed of polystyrene, but the group also tested screws,...
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From 1 January, residents of Colorado aged 21 or older became the first people in the world able to buy pot for legally sanctioned recreational use     
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Motorola Droid 4 soak test invites being sent out

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 21:15
Motorola Droid 4 soak testNo clear indication of what the software update will bring We've already seen Motorola roll out a rather quick Android 4.4 update for the Moto X, and now Droid 4 owners are receiving a soak test... invitation. Shortly after rolling out the soak tests on the Moto X, Droid Ultra and various other devices the update starting hitting officially, and we hope for the same here. While this update is likely to keep the phone on a lower version of Android — Motorola's support page still claims the Droid 4 won't go past Android 4.1.2 — we'll never turn down an official software update on an older device. Invites are going out now, so we can expect to wait a few more days for software to start hitting devices. Hopefully if all goes smooth they will be able to roll the update to everyone rather...
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Track-day for Batman! Watch aThe Lamborghini Veneno looks like something out of a comic book, but it goes like it's from space. In this video the Lambo goes for a spin on the track. Lamborghini is taking its precious hypercar... out, to help woo buyers for the new Veneno Roadster that is about to go into production. The post Track-day for Batman! Watch a Lamborghini test driver cane the Veneno coupe on the track appeared first on Digital Trends.
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$50 Kindle, Galaxy Gear andIf one of your new year's resolutions was to
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Modern-style Firefox forMozilla is making Windows 8 users wait a couple months longer for a modern-style version of Firefox. The touch-optimized browser had been set to launch on January 21, with the release of Firefox 27;... now Mozilla is pushing back touch optimization to Firefox 28, a delay of six weeks. Add in the two-week vacation that Mozilla decided to grant employees last month, and the projected release date is now March 18. Mozilla has been working on a modern-style version of Firefox for almost two years, and has even released experimental versions of the browser as part of its nightly builds. But development has been repeatedly delayed, and last fall Mozilla wasn't even certain whether it would release the modern-style version. "Whether or not the Metro Preview Release will graduate from Aurora to Beta...
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A YouTube video of a North Dakota man apparently setting tap water on fire stirs a debate about fracking and methane and all things scientific.
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[From In-Car Tech] Ford Expects Best-Selling Brand Repeat in United States for Fourth Straight Year
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Razer Launches New Adaro Headphone Series

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 21:08
Razer Launches New AdaroRazer today announced its new Adaro series, an entirely new line of headphones that it claims are designed for personal entertainment. Initially the new lineup contains four models, bass-heavy... earphones, Bluetooth headphone, DJ-style headphones and analog stereo headphones. According to the company, when designing the Adore lineup, it kept a heavy focus on durability, comfort and “uncompromised” sound quality. (more…) Follow: Audio, headphones, razer, Razer Launches New Adaro Headphone Series original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first of this year's fantastic Deals columns. We've got some refurb hits for you, plus some great pricing on fresh-out-of-the-box new Macs. And as always, the grooviest... gear for your iOS devices at killer prices. So, dive in and see what kind of dough we're gonna save you this week.
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Inside One Of The FAA's New Drone Test Sites

Popular Science - 2 Jan 2014 21:06
Welcome to North Dronekota According to the University of North Dakota's privacy policy regarding drone use, these signs must be set up alerting the public to a drone flight. Kelsey D. Atherton... Earlier this week, flying barely under the wire of its 2013 deadline, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the six states it had selected as test sites for domestic drone use. The goal is to figure out how unmanned aerial vehicles can safely work in U.S. skies alongside commercial planes, news and police helicopters, cropdusters, and the whole range of peopled flying machines. Twenty-four states applied, eager to lead the country in developing commercial uses for drones and grab a slice of what the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International predicts will be an $82 billion...
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A quick Christmas hack uncovers a vulnerability in Linksys, Netgear, others.
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A quick Christmas hack uncovers a vulnerability in Linksys, Netgear equipment.
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Happy Email Overload Day! SomeJanuary 2nd is unofficially Email Overload Day, a productivity black hole born from the temptress crutch of overzealous vacation responders. You will get through this. You are strong. To help you... cope, we’ll arm you with an arsenal of helpful email tips, so that you can achieve inbox zero by the end of the day without having bought a raged-induced one-way ticket to the Amazon. Keep It Brief, Go Mobile Mathematical fact: the less you write, the more emails you can send. Emailing as much as possible from your smartphone forces you to keep messages super-short, and the “sent from my phone” signature exploits a delightful etiquette loophole that permits messages under 3 sentences. Some messages, will, out of evil necessity, be long enough to need their own table of contents. But, you can...
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The phablet tragedy will bringOne day we will tell our grandchildren how the phone market was revolutionized by Samsung’s Galaxy Note, which debuted in October 2011. Its 5.3-inch screen size shocked and titillated handset... experts, dividing them deeply over the sales prospects of such a monstrosity. In a couple of quarters it became evident that consumers had been harboring a secret hunger for jumbo displays because the Note turned into a massive global blockbuster. This was the product range that proved Samsung has insights into consumer behavior that Apple does not possess. This was the product range that helped boost Samsung’s quarterly smartphone volume above 80 million units in the autumn quarter of 2013, soaring far above Apple with 30 million units. Samsung did phablets
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Games are flourishing across all active Apple platforms, and each month brings a bevy of new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles, not to mention an ever-growing array of exciting Mac affairs. As a... result, we're reviewing more games now than we ever have in the past, and while we hope you're keeping up with our many new weekly content additions, it's possible that some of our recent appraisals didn't catch your eye. Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during December, with a total of 22 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to
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[From EntertainmentTell] X-Men vs. Fantastic Four? Maybe someday
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Ford's New Solar-PoweredElectric cars have come a long way in the past decade or two, but one glaring problem remains: you have to charge the dang things. What do you do when there aren't enough charging stations (and there... aren't)? If you're Ford, you build a car that charges itself.
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Hands-On With Coin, TheThe early response to Coin has been pretty overwhelming, with the company reaching its initial pre-order goal shortly after it went online. It's kept pre-orders open since then, and you can still... order a Coin for $50 plus $5 shipping on the company's website.
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Study: Having MedicaidAdults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40 percent more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a unique new study, co-authored by an MIT... economist, that sheds empirical light on the inner workings of health care in the U.S. The study takes advantage of Oregon's recent use of a lottery to assign access to Medicaid, the government-backed health-care plan for low-income Americans, to certain uninsured adults. The research examines emergency room records for roughly 25,000 people over 18 months."When you cover the uninsured, emergency room use goes up by a large magnitude," says Amy Finkelstein, the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and a principal investigator of the study, along with Katherine Baicker, a professor at the Harvard...
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Magic Trick #1 is a card trickIf you're looking for a good magic trick to show off your iOS device, give Magic Trick #1 a try (US$0.99). When you perform the trick, the spectator sees several cards. He or she names either the pip... or picture cards, the type of card and the suit. ...
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What's the Best ProgrammingThinking about learning to code? There are plenty of places to help you get started, and many of them take different approaches. Even so, some languages offer more fundamental skills than others,... they're easier to learn, and they give you a good introduction foundation on which you can build your skills. This week we want to know which ones you think they are.
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The big question for Samsung is whether technologies like Android and NFC can create a halo effect and all-Samsung households to replicate Apple's success.
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Activision and Marvel'sAfter more than 15 years, the license agreement between Marvel Entertainment and Activision has ended, and it appears that neither side is interested in resigning. The post Activision and Marvel's... partnership comes to an end appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NFL playoffs! Some great appsAccording to a report from Broadcasting & Cable, CBS for the first time will live stream its coverage of the AFC portion of the NFL playoffs starting with a game between the Chargers and Bengals this... weekend. In addition to the wildcard matchup this Sunday, the network will also live stream two divisional round games and […]
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[From AppleTell] According to DigiTimes (who else?), Apple has reportedly run into production issues with the new iWatch, particularly with the body finish on the smart watch.
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Apple has been rumored to be working on an iWatch for several months now, and it seems we see new rumors every week. Reports from mid-2013 suggested that Apple's iWatch would launch in the first half... of 2014, with some reports even suggesting a January launch. According to DigiTimes (who else?), Apple has reportedly run into production issues with the new iWatch, particularly with the body finish on the smart watch.
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ARCHOS introduces Helium smartphone line for CES

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 20:47
ARCHOS introduces HeliumARCHOS unleases 45 Helium 4G and 50 Helium 4G pretty cheap unlocked CES-related news continues to come! This time, it's ARCHOS making the announcement. The big part of the story here is how cheap the... phones are: $200 and $250 respectively. These phones come unlocked and both phones announced today support LTE on the 800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz bands. Both also have quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processors and 1 GB of RAM. Oh, and here's something else that will make many people happy: both phones have MicroSD slots to satiate your expandable storage needs. Both phones also run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Jump on past the break to learn about some of the differences between the phones.
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Sad news came out of Atlanta, GA, where a veteran Associated Press photographer suffered a fatal heart attack on the field shortly after the conclusion of the Chick-fil-A Bowl this last Tuesday. Dave... Martin ran on to the field at the conclusion of the game and started grabbing photos of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin […]
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CBS.com will debut Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes album on Jan. 5, more than a week before its release on Jan. 14, as part of promotion for CBS show The Good Wife Networks often incorporate songs into... their shows, a move that routinely helps those songs move up in music sales charts, digital download charts and streaming charts. For example, streams for Badfinger's song "Baby Blue" increased 9,000% on Spotify after AMC featured it in the Breaking Bad finale. But this is the first time CBS will debut an entire album on its site, in addition to using some of its songs in an episode See also: 25 Easter Eggs in the Viral 'YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say' Video
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Join Us For HardwareTune in Sunday for our live coverage of CES and then later, on Tuesday,Hardware Battlefield where you can see 15 great hardware startups compete head to head for a top prize of $50,000 and recognition... as one of the top hardware startups of 2014. This project has been months in the making and there will be plenty of fun and surprises - as well as all of our regular CES coverage from our live team on the show floor.
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Lighthouse tech lets FordSet to debut at CES next week, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept takes the "plug" out of "plug-in hybrid" by allowing drivers to recharge its lithium-ion battery pack with sunlight. The post... Lighthouse tech lets Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept go “off the grid” appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] The FTL update is sounding even better, since the FTL Advanced Edition will include a new race called the Lanius.
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23 James Bond Blu-rays ForUndercutting even the crazy Black Friday deal on this set, $95 for 23 James Bond flicks on blu-ray is an absolute steal. Just think of all the shaken, not stirred martinis you could buy with the money... you save. [Amazon]
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Street lamps transformMount Royal Avenue in Montreal has a new, comic book-inspired look — and all it took was some new lights. Created by Estelle Jugant and Yazid Belkhir from design firm Turn Me On, the "Idea-O-Rama"... project has filled up the street with light fixtures reminiscent of cartoon speech bubbles. The new lamps were born from a city-wide competition, in which Turn Me On won, aimed at creating "a unique winter atmosphere and conversation on the Avenue." Each light features original graphics from artists Astro and Jean-François Poliquin. You can check out the installation from now until the end of February, but if you can't make it, don't worry — it's expected to pop up again over the following two winters. Image credit: Bernard Fougères
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An anonymous reader writes "According to Forbes online- up to 1 Billion PCs are at risk of leaking information that could be used as a blueprint for attackers to compromise a network from Microsoft... Windows Error Reporting (WER) crash reports that are sent in the clear. Researchers at Websense Labs released a detailed overview of the data contained in the crash reports, shortly after Der Spiegel released documents alleging that nation-state hackers may have used this information to execute highly targeted attacks with a low risk of detection, by crafting attacks specifically for vulnerable applications that are running on the network. Also interesting to think that Microsoft knows exactly what model of phones that you have plugged into your PC..."
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ZTE isn't ready to show you its new phablet, mini-projector-and-WiFi-hotspot combo, BlueWatch smartwatch, and other fresh gear its prepared for CES 2014 quite yet, but that's not going to stop …
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Womp! This Country Was NamedThere's really no way to sugarcoat it: The rest of world believes that the United States is the country that poses the greatest threat to world peace, beating out all challengers by a wide margin.... This is the conclusion of a massive world opinion poll conducted by Win/Gallup International and released at the close of 2013. The poll, which was first conducted in 1977, asked over 66,000 thousand people across 68 countries this year a variety of questions about the world, including which country they would most like to call home, whether or not the world is becoming a generally better place and which country poses the greatest threat to world peace. The U.S. was voted the biggest threat by far, garnering 24 percent of the vote. Pakistan was a very distant second with 8 percent, followed by...
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HTC One sequel specs seeminglyWe’re getting very close to the launch of HTC’s One sequel and now we’ve gotten our second solid report detailing the new device’s specifications. @evleaks claims that the new flagship phone,... which is codenamed the HTC M8, has preliminary specs that include a Snapdragon MSM8974 2.3GHz processor, a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, an UltraPixel rear-facing camera, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac connectivity, and Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0. This new report matches an earlier benchmark released last year that purportedly showed the M8′s specs so these do seem to be the genuine article.
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Researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body (metastasis), as well as a therapy which blocks that mechanism.
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New MRI technique illuminates wrist in motion

Science Daily - 2 Jan 2014 20:36
Radiologists, medical physicists and orthopaedic surgeons have found a way to create "movies" of the wrist in motion using a series of brief magnetic resonance imaging scans.
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A compound derived from a traditional Chinese herbal medicine has been found effective at alleviating pain, pointing the way to a new nonaddictive analgesic for acute inflammatory and nerve pain,... according to researchers.
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T-Mobile USA may soon offer family plan consumers an incentive to ditch their current providers for T-Mobile as part of its "UnCarrier 4.0" strategy, according to a tweet from CEO John Legere.
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Major Philanthropist RefusesBefore wildly successful and generous hedge fund owner Robert W. Wilson took his life, Bill Gates tried recruiting him to pledge half his wealth to charity, an initiative the business mogul deemed... "practically worthless," BuzzFeed recently revealed in an exclusive story. Wilson, a philanthropist who donated about $600 million over the course of his life, committed suicide at 87 by jumping from his Central Park West apartment on Monday, according to The New York Times. In the days following his death, BuzzFeed obtained and published a number of emails Gates and Wilson exchanged in 2010 that elucidated Wilson's disdain for the Giving Pledge. Founded in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, the Giving Pledge encourages uber wealthy individuals to pledge half their wealth to...
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Uber To Travelers ComplainingBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO
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Stretches of DNA called retrotransposons, often dubbed "junk DNA", might play an important role in schizophrenia. In a study published, a Japanese team revealed that LINE-1 retrotransposons are... abnormally abundant in the schizophrenia brain, modify the expression of genes related to schizophrenia during brain development, and may be one of the causes of schizophrenia.
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While we try our best, we can’t remember every small detail we’re supposed to keep track of. There’s gadgets to charge, groceries to buy, things to clean, appointments, meetings, and much, much... more. While you can set reminders on your phone, that’s often not enough to make sure you accomplish whatever task lay in front
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Samsung's latest Galaxy CameraSamsung has updated its Android-powered Galaxy Camera with faster specs and a lighter body, as well as NFC and Android 4.3 (Jellybean). As for image quality, those parts remain relatively the same... from its predecessor. The post Samsung’s latest Galaxy Camera gets faster processor, Android Jellybean, lighter body appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In an early indication of lay opinions on research with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a new study by bioethicists indicates that despite some ethical concerns, patients give the research... "broad endorsement".
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Scientists have revealed an atomic-level view of a genetic defect that causes a form of muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy type 2, and have used this information to design drug candidates with... potential to counter those defects--and reverse the disease.
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Biologists have discovered an effective strategy that could prevent the human immune system from rejecting the grafts derived from human embryonic stem cells, a major problem now limiting the... development of human stem cell therapies. Their discovery may also provide scientists with a better understanding of how tumors evade the human immune system when they spread throughout the body.
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The mouse that ROR'ed

Science Daily - 2 Jan 2014 20:30
Researchers report that an oncogene dubbed ROR1, found on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) B cells but not normal adult tissues, acts as an accelerant when combined with another oncogene, resulting... in a faster-developing, more aggressive form of CLL in mice.
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LG To Reportedly Launch G Pro 2 Before G3

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 20:30
LG To Reportedly Launch G ProRumors have already started circulating about the successor to the popular LG G2 smartphone. Apparently the company wasn’t able to sell as many G2 units as it wanted to, which is believed to be the... reason why its going to launch the successor a bit earlier this year. LG itself hasn’t commented on its 2014 smartphone plans as yet, but reports coming in from Korea suggest that the company might first launch the G Pro 2 before moving on to the G3. G Pro 2 will be the successor of its Optimus G Pro smartphone. It is believed that the G Pro 2 might be released around March 2014. Not much is known about this device right now, nothing has been rumored about its specifications or design. The display size, 5.5 inches, is expected to be retained while improvements are expected under the hood. As...
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It's 2014, which means that it's high time that Amped Wireless showed off the WiFi hardware that'll be arriving through the rest of the year. This time out, the company is announcing a router and... range extender, both of which are branded as AC1900 ...
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Samsung NX30

Photography Blog - 2 Jan 2014 20:30
Samsung NX30The Samsung NX30 is a new APS-C compact system camera.
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Learn to Code at Harvard for Free

Life Hacker - 2 Jan 2014 20:30
Learn to Code at Harvard forIf you've resolve to learn to code this year, one of our favorite Lifehacker U courses is just starting up: Harvard's CS50X. It'll teach you the beginnings of computer programming from the ground up.... You can audit it online or even try for a certificate for free. It's happening now, so if you want to get involved, don't wait.
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This Gecko-InspiredIn the future, science fiction told us, we'll be able to save astronauts from the risk of spacewalks with a little robot that can scoot around the ship's hull, clinging to the surface with some... futuristic sticky feet. Well, that robot has now arrived and its name is Abigaille.
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Fictional characters Gordon Gekko and Anton Chigurh top the list of realistic psychopaths, research says, while classic characters like Norman Bates may not be as true to the clinical definition.
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Low-energy light bulbs are cutting peak electricity demand in the UK, helping to keep the juice flowing even as old power stations are mothballed     
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'The Last Of Us' Proves ThatGender inequality is as much of an issue in video games as it is in real life. However, the new video game "The Last Of Us" is helping to change that with its powerful and complex female protagonist,... Ellie. The treatment of female characters in video games and of women gamers has been a much-discussed topic over the past few years. Alexandria Neonakis, a user interface designer for Sony Computer Entertainment's Naughty Dog and part of the team that created "The Last Of Us," wrote a New York Times op-ed arguing that the video game is a big step for gender equality because of its leading lady, Ellie. In a post-apocalyptic U.S., Ellie is a wise and self-sufficient 14-year-old orphan growing up alone in a quarantine zone. In the op-ed piece, Neonakis explains why Ellie is such a departure from...
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The Grey Lady is ready to go native. The New York Times announced on Thursday that it will launch a redesign of its website on Jan. 8 that will include content sponsored by advertisers, a concept... known as native advertising. See also: 20 WTF Headlines You Won't Believe Are Real The site will also feature responsive design, which seeks to optimize content across various platforms, and a fresh emphasis on visuals, particularly video and photographyThe introduction of native advertising and a focus on video will seek to boost falling advertising revenue on both the print and digital sides. Online video ads have been a bright spot for media outlets trying to increase ad revenue and provide an alternative to more traditional web offerings like banner ads. Marketers have started turning to...
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Is There A Cure for Psoriasis?

Live Science - 2 Jan 2014 20:23
Is There A Cure for Psoriasis?There's no cure for psoriasis yet, but there are many ways to get relief from the symptoms of this common skin disease.
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Moto G Available For Verizon'sLast week it was rumored that Verizon is finally going to launch the Moto G smartphone for its customers in the near future. Now that didn’t come as a surprise considering that the carrier had... already confirmed when the Moto G was announced that it would offer the smartphone to its prepaid customers. What did come as a surprise was the rumor that Verizon would offer it for $99, a significantly discounted price despite the fact that it normally costs $179 off contract, which is relatively affordable. Big Red has officially confirmed that the Moto G will be sold for $99 and that prepaid customers will be able to order it online from January 9th. The smartphone will reach its retail stores in the “coming weeks.” Verizon’s official announcement follows word from Best Buy yesterday that...
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The $5 game includes the ability to transform a vehicle from a car to a boat to a plane midrace.
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TUAW on social, podcasts and more

TUAW - 2 Jan 2014 20:20
TUAW on social, podcasts andJust a reminder as we start the new year that we have an active Twitter account, a hoppin' Facebook page, our very own Tumblr (where the weird stuff goes), and Google+ and App.net pages. You can sign... up for our daily app newsletter using the box to ...
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Underwater Microphones Eavesdrop On Icebergs

Physics Buzz - 2 Jan 2014 20:20
Originally published: Dec 30 2013 - 2:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Jyoti Madhusoodanan, ISNS Contributor(ISNS) - Icebergs are loud travelers, and underwater microphones listening in on nuclear... tests can hear them. The acoustic arrays, designed to pick up minute sounds thousands of miles away, can overhear other ocean noise too: ships, marine life and icebergs.In the process, two microphone arrays off the coast of Australia tracked the sounds of two icebergs as they cracked, collided and "screamed" their way along an Antarctic glacier.Scientists know these icy behemoths well. Approximately 40-50 kilometers in diameter, they have been drifting for nearly ten years. Scientists usually track such icebergs with satellites, but new data published in the journal Geophysical Research...
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The skinny on incandescent bulbs

The Loop - 2 Jan 2014 20:16
Incandescent light bulbs are on the way out. But not right this second. A US law, passed in 2007, has made it illegal to manufacture or import incandescent bulbs that do not meet the new efficiency... standards.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Brooklyn and Naythyn AmongThe first babies of 2014 show a trend toward the letter Y, including Adilyn, Naythyn, Rylee and Maya. Two Brooklyns entered the world around midnight, and a pair of twins straddled the new and old... year.
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Photography Blog - 2 Jan 2014 20:15
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a new version of last year’s Galaxy Camera hybrid camera / smartphone.
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Virality often starts on Imgur. And in 2013, 13 of the Internet's favorite images started on the popular photo sharing site Imgur combed through millions of cat GIFs and advice animals to select its... picks for the best images of the year. The list of rankings includes moments born out of big events, like Beyoncé at the Super Bowl and Miley's VMA performance, and one-off oddities so strange that people couldn't turn away. See also: So Wow. The 20 Best Memes of 2013 The site's active community, combined with an anyone-can-upload interface and simple Reddit integration, means a viral moment can start anywhere
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Tech religions are an illusion

ZDNet - 2 Jan 2014 20:11
The true technologist is a chivalrous knight. Not a crusader.
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Galaxy S5 Launch At MWC 2014Last year it was reported multiple times that due to disappointing sales of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has decided to launch Galaxy S5 earlier than originally planned. Some rumors even pegged the launch... for January 2014. There have been conflicting rumors about a possible Galaxy S5 release date, and the latest from Korean publication inews24 offers a new timeframe. This publication claims to have heard from Samsung executive Dong-hoon Chang that the company is going to launch Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona next month. Mr. Chang is currently the executive vice president and head of the design team at Samsung’s IT & Mobile Communications Division as well as the Head of Design Strategy Team at Samsung Electronics’ Corporate Design Center. He is certainly a high level...
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The tiny world went on a serious diet in its youth, shedding about 11 kilometres of its original width as it cooled     
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CBS announced today that it will stream its full slate of NFL playoff games to PCs and tablets for the first time, beginning with a wildcard game this weekend. The coverage will include all the... network's AFC playoff games including one wildcard game, plus its coverage of the divisional and championship rounds. The network will carry Sunday's Chargers v. Bengals tilt at 1:05PM EST, plus both divisional round games at Denver and New England on January 11 and 12, and the AFC Championship game on January 19. The games will be viewable on CBSSports.com, but, due to the slim chance of non-sold out games, it remains a possibility that the games will be blacked out in some areas. The NFL is hugely popular in the United States, with NFL-related content accounting for 9 of the top 10 most-watched TV...
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The BBC's Social Media ProblemI'm not an information anarchist. I don't start from the premise that all information must be free. Or even that the availability of content necessitates it being open to all on equal terms. I collect... a paycheck and believe others should, too, even if it means foolishly treating digital content as if it were analog property, the way Hollywood continues to do. But there's a fundamental problem with today's digital media policies, and it hit me last night while watching the BBC's new season of Sherlock.  Yes, I, an American, was watching Sherlock, which premiered last night in the U.K. but doesn't air in the U.S. on PBS until January 14. The how is not important: anyone with a free U.K. proxy server can watch U.K. content once it airs across the pond. Today I'm focusing on the why: for a...
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  Information flow and interactive communication with our elected and appointed representatives is vital for government to function. It's unfortunate that frenzies such as the roll out of... HealthCare.gov can overshadow the positive changes and developments going on in this area. One especially positive development is that technology leaders in federal government are becoming active in social networking, driving an ever-improving customer experience for citizens. While the process of social business transformation is important to all industries, it has a critical role in government. According to the PEW Research Center, only 43% of Americans believe that our elected officials are "able to get things done." Better communication on the part of his team to his constituency can improve that...
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Google Glass Price Expected To Be $600

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 20:02
Google Glass Price Expected ToThere has been a lot of speculation about Google Glass and when the company is finally going to open it up to the public. The first wave of Glass units were offered for sale to select “Explorers.”... Over the past year Google gradually opened up its Explorer program to more and more people. Earlier this week the company allowed Google Play Music All Access subscribers to purchase Glass, a sign that its gearing for a public launch. It is expected that Google Glass might be launched for the public in April 2014, and that it may be priced at $600. There’s no doubt in the fact that Google can’t charge for Glass what it requires Explorers to pay for their units, $1,500. The average consumer is probably not going to want to pay an exuberant amount for a smart glass, despite the fact that it...
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[EntertainmentTell] Movie Review: "A Touch of Sin"

Technology Tell - 2 Jan 2014 20:01
[From EntertainmentTell] "A Touch of Sin" is a grueling experience, one that feels sadly necessary.
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Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson teamed up with extreme action video extraordinaire GoPro to create a footage that captures how it feels like to be bro-wrestled by two 10-year-old lions to raise... awareness. The post See How It Feels Like to be Wrestled by Lions with Awesome GoPro Video appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Lenovo launches four newWhile the Vibe Z has some promising specs, it won't be available in the US anytime soon.
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Google's VP9 Video Codec GetsGoogle's VP9 video codec is getting a major boost today. While Mozilla, Google's own Chrome browser and a few video players like FFmpeg started supporting VP9 over the course of the last year, what... was mostly missing from Google's ecosystem for this highly efficient video codec was hardware support. As Google announced today, however, virtually all major hardware vendors will soon support VP9 natively in their products and allow Google's YouTube to stream HD content up to 4K directly to computers, TVs and mobile devices.
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Nokia's first Android phoneAn image purportedly showing the Nokia Normandy Android prototype has been published online on Chinese social network Weibo (via WPCentral), with user WPDang saying that the rumored Android phone does... not have Nokia branding on the front and back, as a previous image leak from @evleaks suggested. The Nokia Normandy is supposed to be the first Android handset from the company, although the Finnish smartphone maker is said to fork Android in a similar manner as Amazon does with its Kindle Fire OS. However, the interface of the device is blurred in the image below. The phone is not expected to offer access to the Google Play Store or to be a flagship device. Instead it will likely address the
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Tech blog AllThingsDThe technology news blog AllThingsD has relaunched under the name Re/code under a partnership with NBCUniversal, after splitting with News Corp's Wall Street Journal.
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Collapsing backpack charges gadgets as you walk

New Scientist - 2 Jan 2014 20:00
A new type of nano-generator converts vibration from walking into enough electricity to keep electronic devices going     
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​Is It Bad If I Crack MyDear Lifehacker,Every now and then I crack my knuckles and sometimes my other joints creak and pop too. I'm not even that old, really! Should I be concerned? Are my noisy joints bad?Signed,Creaky
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It's Not Broken, The OpenThis is not a broken turboprop engine. It's a new radical new aircraft engine design by French engine manufacturer Snecma, one that will forgo the traditional bypass system and remove the engine... ducting altogether while reducing fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and engine noise.
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SonicSpike writes "U.S. Representative Steve Stockman, a vocal opponent of Federal Reserve policy, told reporters that he wants to promote Bitcoin, whose most fervent evangelists tout as an... alternative to fiat currency. To do so, he is now accepting Bitcoin for his Senate campaign against incumbent John Cornyn of Texas. The announcement was made last night at the launch event for the NYC Bitcoin Center, located just up the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Center founder Nick Spanos a real estate developer and Bitcoin enthusiast says the Center itself is still in something of a planning stage, existing more as a statement about Bitcoin itself, though he plans on hosting a hackathon later this month."
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Samsung's Smart Control remoteSamsung has introduced a new remote control that it'll fully show off at the CES 2014 tradeshow in Las Vegas, and it's called the Smart Control remote. The remote is actually a successor to last... year's model. It brings two major improvements, including...
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Firefox app for Windows 8One of Windows 8's and 8.1's issues is the fact that the OS simply lacks many apps that it absolutely should have. Unfortunately for many, Firefox is one of them, and it's just been delayed again. The... post Firefox app for Windows 8 release date delayed again, to March 18 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Verizon has confirmed the launch of the $99.99 prepay Moto G, putting the mid-range Android smartphone on sale come January 9th. The smartphone - which features a 4.5-inch display and …
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Audi Sport quattro laserlightHow do you make the Audi Sport quattro plug-in hybrid concept cooler? Add lasers. The Sport quattro will be the latest demonstration platform for Audi's laser headlights when hits the floor at CES in... Las Vegas. The post Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept to debut at CES (insert laser pun here) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GadgeTell] 3D Systems and Xerox's teaming up to improve 3D printing is expected to bring the technology to the next level this 2014.
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 unveiled ahead of CES

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 19:53
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2Same lens and sensor with updated internals, software and design We're still a good four days out from the official start of CES 2014, but Samsung has already taken the wraps off its first Android... product from the show, the Galaxy Camera 2. Described as a successor to 2012's OG Galaxy Camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 packs the same 16.3-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor and f/2.8-5.9 21X optical zoom lens as the original, only with updated internals, a newer version of Android and a bigger battery.  The basic shape of the camera is similar, though it now sports a Galaxy Note 3-like faux-leather effect on the front, and it's a little lighter than before, at 283 grams versus 300.
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Is Olympus really going downhill? Analysts claim so, whereas sales statistics indicate otherwise. The post Analysts Continue to Predict the Demise of Olympus, Despite Great Sales Rankings appeared... first on The Phoblographer.     
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Holiday Survey IndicatesThis morning, online advertising network Chikita released a short report detailing the changes it saw in the tablet space after Christmas compared to the period directly before. The report shows a... small decline in Apple’s tablet dominance, strong momentum for Amazon, and perhaps surprisingly, second highest in-class growth for Microsoft’s Surface line of devices. What Chikita found is that Microsoft’s Surface tablets picked up 0.5% usage share in the United States and Canadian tablet markets during the post-Christmas period. Assuming that more consumer-friendly tablets are gifted in the holiday period than business-facing devices, we can assume that Microsoft moved more Surface 2 devices than Surface Pro 2 devices at Christmas. This data therefore affirms the other market indications...
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Nokia Normandy Android UIThere’s one unreleased Nokia device that is consistently making the rounds in the rumor mill. It is believed to be Nokia’s first Android smartphone, which was believed to have been shelved.... Earlier today a tweet from the infamous leaker @evleaks claimed that the reports of Normandy’s deaths have been greatly exaggerated, hinting at the possibility that Nokia just might release this device. We have now come across what is believed to be the Android user interface of this much rumored device. The authenticity of this image can certainly be called in question, because fabricating an image like this isn’t too hard. Though its worth noting that the device seen above is actually quite similar to all of the press renders of the Normandy we have seen up till now. Judging by the icons on...
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Residents of the Swedish town of Eslov complain about the cheery jingles emitted by an approaching ice cream truck. So silence and text messages are the answer.
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iOttieHappy New Year! Take a few moments out of your lunch to cash in on some awesome 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: iOttie One-Touch iPhone Car Windshield/Dashboard Mount […]
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A quantum theory of Netflix's genre tags

The Verge - 2 Jan 2014 19:49
A quantum theory of Netflix'sNetflix's extraordinarily specific micro-categories have become both a running joke and a surprisingly effective recommendation tool, but how does it serve up personalized recommendations for... "violent sci-fi thrillers" and "gory action and adventure," and why are "violent" and "gory" separate descriptors? And why, when you reverse-engineer Netflix categories as Ian Bogost and Alexis Madrigal did for The Atlantic, are there 19 genres dedicated to the man who played Perry Mason? By scraping the tens of thousands of possible Netflix categories (most of which users will never see), Bogost and Madrigal put together a strangely effective map of how Hollywood makes movies and how we seek them. And behind it all is Todd Yellin, the Netflix VP...
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Next week at CES 2014 the folks at Archos will be bringing out two devices with the names Archos 45 Helium and Archos 50 Helium. These devices will both be …
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Dogs are sensitive creatures, so sensitive they may be excreting in line with the Earth's magnetic field.
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CBC News: In terms of astonishing weather facts, it doesn't get much more impressive than being as cold as a distant planet for a day. The Manitoba Museum is reporting Winnipeg's temperatures on... Tuesday were actually as cold as the surface of Mars. According to the Curiosity Rover, Mars reached a maximum temperature of -29 C on Tuesday, a temperature Winnipeg only reached shortly before 3 p.m. If asked the question, "Why will you never live in Winnipeg?", I will simply point to this.∞ Read this on The Loop
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] The App Store is filled with apps made by some of the biggest mobile developers out there, with big development costs and bigger... advertising budgets. If you're making an app on your own or with a small group, it can be hard to imagine ever topping the App Store download lists. But it can happen when you follow the iOS Marketing Hacks Video Course. It's available now in our Deals tab. Competing in the crowded market of the App Store can seem tough, but you can do it if you know how to work the system to your advantage. The iOS Marketing Hacks Video Course will teach you all about App Store Optimization, marketing hints and tips that will help you find an audience and customers, and much more. Go head to head with the...
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There was a lot of big talk about how mobile would change the face of holiday shopping. IBM is already reporting what actually happened.
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'Better Every Time' Thinks YouBetter Every Time — Productivity — Free The App Store is full of things to help you set goals and keep you accountable, usually by making everything visible to your friends so they can goad you... into persevering. Better Every…
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 2 Jan 2014 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: signals from deep space that defy Einstein, the wired Wild West, forgotten aliens, dry January, armpit cheese and more     
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A noted tech journalist and early adopter of Google's Glass headset is declaring the technology "doomed," at least for 2014.
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Skype's Facebook, TwitterThe Syrian Electronic Army (or a group claiming to be the SEA) hacked Skype, posting anti-spying messages to its Twitter, Facebook, and its official blog. This may mean the SEA has a new target for... 2014: surveillance. The post Skype’s Facebook, Twitter accounts hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Three New States Join ListOne major advantage that Amazon has over physical retail stores is that customers usually don’t have to pay sales tax. The company has fought hard to retain that edge, but as it has continued to... grow its warehouse network, it has had to budge in a few states. Prior to today, Amazon collected sales tax on online purchases from residents of 16 states in the U.S. Starting today, residents of Indiana, Nevada and Tennessee will also have to pay sales tax on products purchased online through Amazon. State officials believe that the levies from these three additions are going to generate over $50 million a year, collectively. The number of states where paying sales tax on Amazon purchases is compulsory is now up to 19, the list isn’t going to grow until 2016, when South Carolina will get...
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which has brought the world Bitcoin, TEDx and Wikipedia - is likely to expand into new domains and displace traditional organizations, according to a paper in a journal of the Institute for Operations... Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
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Netflix Has a Whopping 76,897So it's a lazy day and you just wanna Netflix a movie. But what kind of movie? A "visually striking Latin American comedy?" Maybe a "critically-acclaimed emotional underdog movie?" Suddenly, you're... locked in option paralysis, and as The Atlantic figured out, you've got a ridiculous 76,897 unique genres to blame.
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Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone platform to gain market share over the holiday period, research indicates, though the competitive tablet segment saw greater interest in Amazon's Kindle Fire and...
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Wrapping up the announcements from Samsung today were two new pieces of glass, at least one of which might just get your Gear Acquisition Syndrome acting up. The new lenses are a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6... Power Zoom and Samsung’s first ever Premium ‘S’ lens: a 16-50mm f/2-2.8. Obviously the headline maker is the second of the […]
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Your Mac is your primary device for work--and for screwing off instead of doing work. You use OS X Mavericks every day for a variety... of tasks. But do you ever feel like you're just not making the most of the operating system? There are tons of features and abilities that are easy to miss but make all the difference when you know them. Learn how to get the most out of Mavericks with a productivity course, on sale now in our Deals tab. To make the most of your Mac, you have to know how to use the operating system to its full potential. Mavericks is made to help you stay organized and get things done and you can learn how to do just that through this video course. With 32 unique video lessons, all in crystal clear HD quality,...
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[In-Car Tech] Kia GT4 Stinger Concept Teased

Technology Tell - 2 Jan 2014 19:36
[From In-Car Tech] Kia GT4 Stinger Concept Teased
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People with spatial neglect ignore the left side of their world - and the "left side" of time too, which means they problems reasoning about the past     
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It's not all smartwatches and weather stations for Archos this year at CES. The company may be diversifying its portfolio a bit at the show, but it's still got its hands in some tried and true... categories. For starters, there are the new 45 and 50 ...
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Turning off 'aging genes'

Science Daily - 2 Jan 2014 19:34
Restricting calorie consumption is one of the few proven ways to combat aging. Now researchers have developed a computer algorithm that predicts which genes can be "turned off" to create the same... anti-aging effect as calorie restriction. The findings could lead to the development of new drugs to treat aging.
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[From GadgeTell] After holding more limited-time promotions for its somewhat underrated Moto X handheld than I can count on my fingers and toes, Motorola has decided to make discounts a permanent... thing, so starting today, the customizable 4.7-incher is available for $400 free of contract restrictions with 16 GB of on-board storage.
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Scientists know that vision restoration training can help patients who have lost part of their vision due to glaucoma, optic nerve damage, or stroke regain some of their lost visual functions, but... they do not understand what factors determine how much visual recovery is achieved.
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[From HomeTechTell] Samsung's 2014 Audio lineup has something for everyone, including a home theater in a box with 4K upconversion.
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Atomic+: You're A Dot PickingOkay, so you’ve mastered Super Crate Box, and you’re so good at Super Hexagon that you can’t play it anymore without yawning. And maybe you’ve also bested a Sasquatch at arm-wrestling, and... you’re the King of the Oompa-Loompas because those…
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Write for Mac Brings theMac: We're fans of Write , the note taking, sharing, and syncing app for iPhone that's full of features but retains a simple interface, and now that app is on its way to the Mac. Currently, you can... check it out for free while it's in beta.
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The lost secrets of webOS

The Verge - 2 Jan 2014 19:28
The lost secrets of webOSNext week, LG will unveil new televisions running webOS, the ill-fated operating system it acquired in last February. Although LG is expected to retain some form of webOS’ interface, exactly what... that will mean on a television instead of a phone or tablet is still a mystery. If LG has any luck at all, it will be more successful than the last consumer webOS products. It's been over two years since HP’s TouchPad and the Pre 3 were released and then discontinued in a surprise decision from then-CEO Léo Apotheker. In fact, most people within HP were blindsided when executives decided to stop hardware production and left the software team twisting in the winds of uncertainty. Apotheker's decision ultimately led to the open sourcing of...
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Moto G officially hits VerizonU.S. carrier undercuts Motorola's own purchase price by $80 Verizon today officially announced that the Moto G will be available online on Jan. 9. It'll be available in-stores thereafter, but you... might already be able to pick one up at Best Buy. The U.S. carrier is going as far as undercutting Motorola's own purchase price, selling the LTE-less smartphone for a mere $99. Prepaid plans start at $60 a month for unlimited talk and text, with 2 gigabytes of data. Upgrading to 4GB of data costs another $10 a month.  Be sure to check out our full review of the Moto G. Source: Verizon     
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Microsoft almost fatallyMicrosoft made a lot of terrible public relations mistakes when it rolled out the Xbox One, but thankfully none of those mistakes were reflected in the actual console, which has lived up to the hype... and was a hot seller over the holiday shopping season. But in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer reveals that Microsoft actually came incredibly close to making a design decision that would likely have handed Sony an easy victory in the latest console wars. Essentially, Spencer says that Microsoft was still considering removing the Xbox One’s disc drive as late as mid-2013 and selling all games digitally over the Internet. While such non-disc-based games probably are the future of console
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Indian Ad Retargeting StartupVizury, a Bangalore-based ad retargeting startup, is in talks with investors to raise an additional $20 million by March this year, with existing backer Inventus leading the round, according to... sources familiar with the company. The Series C investment is being done reportedly at a $60 – $70 million valuation — perhaps low-sounding to a Silicon Valley ear, but a typical figure for an ad tech company of this size in India. As a point of comparison, rival Criteo is currently valued at $1.86 billion. The financing will be used to expand aggressively in China and Japan, Vizury’s co-founder Chetan Kulkarni said in an interview. Kulkarni would not share current revenue details for Vizury, but he said the company helps generate $300-$400 million in annual sales for its customers including...
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Apple iWatch Reportedly FacingFor a long, long time now it has been rumored that Apple is working on a smartwatch. So far the company itself hasn’t confirmed any plans of entering the wearable device market, but rumors continue... to come in. It was initially expected for the smartwatch to be released in 2013, but the year has passed now and there’s still no indication if Apple intends to release it in 2014. The latest from infamous Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes claims that the iWatch is plagued with manufacturing issues. Yield rates in trial manufacturing are said to be as low as 50 percent. Citing its usual supply chain sources, the publication claims that production issues are due to the difficulties faced by the manufacturer in “applying surface treatments to their metal injection molded (MIM)...
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Rare Blue Flowers Reveal HowUnusual blue petunias reveal a molecular trick that plants use to create vibrantly colored petals. The finding might open the door for all sorts of new flower hues.
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Everyone's favorite fatally hot nickel ball is back to start the new year off right by finally taking on one of its most requested victims: a good, old-fashioned block of Velveeta cheese, just like... mom used to unwrap. Who's ready for queso?
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Three Ways Your Body Battles the Cold

Live Science - 2 Jan 2014 19:19
Three Ways Your Body BattlesTemperatures are dropping drastically across the northern U.S. this week, and lower temperatures bring forth new hurdles for the human body to conquer.
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Apparently Iceland is One Giant Abstract Painting

Twisted Sifter - 2 Jan 2014 19:17
Apparently Iceland is One  Andre Ermolaev is a photographer from Moscow, Russia (featured previously). In an ongoing series of aerial photos, Andre captures Iceland’s incredible landscape like you’ve never seen. Many of... his images focus on capturing glacial rivers flowing through Iceland’s volcanic areas and the patterns and colours that emerge from the resulting flow. As Andre describes…
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An anonymous reader writes "GNU MacChanger's developer has found by chance that The Coca-Cola company got a range of MAC addresses allocated at the OUI, the IEEE Registration Authority in charge of... managing the MAC addresses spectrum. What would Coca-Cola want around 16 million MAC addresses reserved? What are they planning to use them for? Could this part of a strategy around the Internet-of-things concept?"
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New year, new deals on monitors, laptops, and all kinds of things!
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[From GamerTell] There are only two games available in this week's eShop update, the Bravely Default demo (3DS) and Mega Man X2 (Wii U).
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Samsung Patents A Foldable Tablet

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 19:15
Samsung Patents A FoldableDo you ever find yourself asking what’s next for tablets? At the end of every release cycle we’re treated to new tablets that are slightly thinner and lighter than before and offer even more power... under the hood, but the device itself more or less remains the same. Samsung seems to have been pondering over the same question as well, which is what explains a new patent that it has been recently granted. The company has apparently been toying with the idea of a foldable tablet, a tablet that you can actually fold like a book and carry around. The sketches included in this patent don’t reveal anything about the design such a tablet could end up having. It simply draws our attention towards the possibility of a tablet like this becoming real in the future, a tablet that folds without...
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Jars of Prego TraditionalSome jars of the popular Italian sauce Prego are being recalled because of their potential to spoil.
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Passengers of Stuck Antarctic Ship Rescued

Live Science - 2 Jan 2014 19:13
Passengers of Stuck AntarcticAll 52 passengers aboard the Russian research ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy have been rescued by helicopter and transported to an Australian icebreaker ship.
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Go Ahead, CES 2014 - ProveWearables is a word that can make one weary in the sphere of online tech journalism. It's been a buzzword for at least a year now, and many are predicting 2014 could be its breakout year. Tech you... wear isn't new, but many more people are throwing their hat in the ring with new products, many of which will be on display at CES. The problem: None of those playing in this space has yet demonstrated that they've got something most people are willing to add to their existing wardrobe.
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Google and Motorola's aggressive pricing strategy continues.
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The story of 'Reservoir Dogs'Reliving movies on Twitter has become a trend, and a cult classic just popped up online. Argentinean advertising creative Jorge Zacher used 15 Twitter accounts and 1,125 tweets to recreate the... entire Reservoir Dogs script. He made each character a Twitter account where they all tweeted lines from the movie, which were then retweeted by the @ReservoirDogs_ account in reverse order so it could be
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The iPhone beat other rivals in Web traffic following the holidays, but the iPad was outpaced by the competition, says Chitika.
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'Jumping Genes' Linked to Schizophrenia

Live Science - 2 Jan 2014 19:09
'Jumping Genes' Linked toJumping genes that copy and paste themselves throughout the human genome may play a role in causing schizophrenia by altering how neurons communicate, new research suggests.
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The second and final major camera announcement out of Samsung today was the successor to the Android-powered Galaxy Camera, aptly named the Galaxy Camera 2. Although it boasts many of the same specs... as the first Galaxy Camera, the new shooter is a more powerful and lighter version that’s sure to score points with lovers […]
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Space History Photo: DiscoveryKen Strite inspects the connection between the Space Shuttle Discovery and the external tank to be used during STS-103 mission launch.
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Kanye West-themed BitcoinCoders have announced that a new Kanye West-themed cryptocurrency called Coinye West will launch on January 11th. Coinye is based on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the... internet, but will be easier to use, the creators say. "Coinye West is a cryptocurrency for the masses," the creators tell Noisey. The effort may be nothing more than an elaborate joke, but launching a cryptocurrency is actually relatively easy since the Bitcoin source code is public. Many serious and half-serious clones have launched, but Coinye and the meme-cenric Dogecoin are getting a lot more attention than Litecoin, Namecoin, and other virtual currencies that attempt to improve upon Bitcoin. Perhaps Snoopcoin is next?
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Samsung NX30 unveiled beforeSamsung has revealed the NX30 compact system camera, which will be shown for the first time at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. It sports a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3-inch Super AMOLED swivel... and touch display, tiltable EVF with eye contact sensor,...
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For just the second time in history, an asteroid was discovered before it impacted the Earth. Don't panic: It was very small, probably just a few meters across, and burned up harmlessly in our... atmosphere. But after events of the past year, it underscores the need to keep our eyes open. The asteroid is (well, was) named 2014 AA, the very first asteroid discovered this year. It was detected by the Mount Lemmon Survey using a 150 centimeter (60 inch) telescope located on a mountaintop in Arizona. The first image showing the asteroid was taken on Jan. 1, 2014, at about 06:20 UTC (01:20 EST)--telescopes work whenever the sky is clear, holidays or no. The rock was faint, at about magnitude 19; the faintest star you can see with your naked eye is 150,000 times brighter! But an orbital calculation...
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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'A new clip montage for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premieres during the final hours of 2013, with footage that highlights the movies big showdown between Spidey and Electro in New York City's Times... Square. The post ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ swings into Times Square on New Year’s Eve appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GadgeTell] CES 2014 is technically still five days away, but we always expected many future Las Vegas exhibitors, especially the ones involved in mobile, to jump the gun and kick the festivities... into gear early.
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Mozilla's Firefox app forThough Windows 8 has now been out for a year and change, there's still no Firefox browser dedicated to its tile-y interface. That situation's not improving, as Mozilla has just announced that its... 'Metro' Modern UI-look version has been further ...
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Code Discovery ServiceRunnable, the “YouTube of Code” which launched exactly three months ago, today announced support for a number of new languages, as well as extended support for companies and open source projects... that want to highlight their SDKs and APIs on the site. The service, which allows developers to quickly find and try code snippets with the help of an online code editor, decided to add C/C++ and Java support to its service because they remain among the most popular languages and are often taught in school. The most popular languages on the site, its co-founder and CEO Yash Kumar told me last week, are Node.js, Python and PHP. Runnable, which also recently raised $2 million in seed funding, started out with about 1,000 scripts in its directory and now hosts about 4,000. About 150,000 people are...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Stephen Silver ranks every 2013 movie he saw last year
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Samsung Stock Falls 5% as Won Gains Strength

The New York Times - 2 Jan 2014 19:01
Analysts fear a slowdown at the electronics exporter, which reports earnings next week, as the South Korean currency makes its products less competitive.     
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Become A Top Developer WithJust because you've built a great app doesn't mean that they will come. It hasn't been that way for years. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get into the top charts of the app store? What are... the…
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Make Your Own Sriracha-StyleLate last year, Sriracha lovers went into a panic on hearing news of a possible rooster sauce shortage. Even though that didn't happen, it's good to know you can make your own homemade version with... just a few ingredients and less than half an hour--and customize the flavors exactly to your liking.
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This High-Tech SurgicalYou're looking at an amazing medical advancement, a protective patch that guides the way cells heal after shoulder surgery. It's made from microfibers 100 times finer than human hair, and it... completely disintegrates to prevent long-term complications. Believe it or not, all that medical tech is constructed the very old-fashioned way: by hand, on a wooden loom.
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[From GadgeTell] Smart condoms? Sensorial Condoms thinks the world can handle it. I, on the other hand, think they're nuts! Pun not intended! I'm not mature enough to write this article. In the words... of Homer Simpson, "think unsexy thoughts." Alright, let's continue.
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'Batman: Arkham Origins' storyA newly released image from Warner Bros. Games Montreal hints at the identity of the villain and possible story direction for the studio's upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins campaign DLC. The post... ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ story DLC teased in chilling new image appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood

The Atlantic - 2 Jan 2014 18:58
And then, how we reverse engineered Netflix.     
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ZTE To Unveil 'Wide Array' OfAhead of the highly anticipated Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, ZTE has announced the devices that it will formally unveil at the event. The company says that it has a “wide array” of... high-tech devices up its sleeve, which include a new smartphone with ”intelligent voice control technology,” a mobile hotspot with a built-in projector, an “iconic phablet” and a smartwatch, among others. Smartphones that the company will unveil at CES 2014 include the Grand S II, its voice control technology is said to allow users to enable voice recognition unlocking and voice-to-phone photography. The ZTE nubia 5S and nubia 5S mini will also be displayed at the show. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Gadgets, CES, CES 2014, zte, ZTE To Unveil ‘Wide Array’ Of Devices At CES 2014 original...
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An anonymous reader writes "Hi, I need to get remote access to my home Mac and Windows PC. At home, it's basically for watching TV, whereas at the office, I need it to work on files I am not allowed... to take out when leaving. I know there's a lot of choice out there, but I need something free and reliable. What do you all recommend?"
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Speaker manufacturer Soundfreaq has outed its new Bluetooth range for CES 2014, a trio of models intended to range from portable playback through to home use with mid-century styling. Largest …
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 isSamsung has revealed the next generation of its Android camera in the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. Expect faster processing and an enhanced battery performance over the original. Samsung's Android-based... camera proved a large touchscreen and impressive connectivity...
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5 Intriguing Things: Thursday, 1/2

The Atlantic - 2 Jan 2014 18:50
A 3D scanner, cosmological New Jersey, printing livers, the statistics of scotch, and indulgence posturing.     
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Imagine a humongous Galaxy Note 10.1 and you're most of the way there.
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It was a year when people were fed up. With pipelines in Canada. Fracking in the UK. Coal trains along the Columbia River. A crematorium and an oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. A waste...... --
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The Chandra image of the elliptical galaxy NGC 4261 reveals dozens of black holes and neutron stars strung out across tens of thousands of light years like beads on a necklace. The spectacular... structure, which is not apparent from the...
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Torso Aims To Rein In PhoneIf the sight of tangled cables brings you out in OCD shakes then this little gizmo, currently seeking $50k in Kickstarter crowdfunding, will bring peace and tranquility to your gadget-loving eye.... Torso is the charger cable transformed into a shortened, bendable stub which can double as a phone stand — so you can Facetime handsfree or snap a self-timer photo or stand your phone up while charging it. Torso can also act as a portable spool to prevent your headphones from roving aimlessly around your bag, tying themselves into as many knots as possible like a pair of dogs left to run free with their leashes on. Torso is actually the follow up to 2012′s Twig, which pulled in just over $168,000 on Kickstarter in July 2012 but was designed purely for the old 30-pin iPhone connector. Oops....
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BestBuy offering 16GB iPhoneBest Buy just sent over word that it will be holding a special New Year’s sale this weekend on a number of products including significant discounts on iPhones. The retailer is dropping the cost of... the 16GB iPhone 5s down to $124.99 from its usual $199 and the 16GB iPhone 5c will be available to pick […]
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Unofficial Google GlassGoogle has confirmed that its much hyped wearable device, Google Glass, will receive prescription lenses. Last year the company released an updated model of its wearable device that supports... prescription lenses, but so far Google hasn’t said when its going to launch said lenses. On the other hand Rochester Optical announced last year that it has made prescription lenses for Glass and that it would begin selling them in early 2014. The company is rumored to be releasing its lenses soon and they’re expected to cost as low as $99. It should be kept in mind that Rochester Optical is not partnering with Google on prescription lenses for Glass. A spokesman for the internet search giant as also reiterated the same, there is no relationship between Google and Rochester Optical at this point in...
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At long last, someThe past three years have been very bad ones for BlackBerry investors. At this time in 2011, BlackBerry’s stock was still trading well above $60 and the company was still one of the leading... smartphone vendors in the world. Flash forward to 2014 and BlackBerry’s stock has fallen all the way to the $7 range amid terrible earnings and sales numbers. However, if you’ve stuck it out with BlackBerry for this long, you might as well hold onto your shares now because it’s very likely that their value won’t sink much lower. Seeking Alpha writer Bill Maurer notes that short sellers, those devious investors whom BlackBerry fans regularly attack for helping drive down the company’s stock, have eased their positions
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Hackers reportedly used USB sticks to install malware on ATMs in Europe, eventually controlling them to dispense cash. According to the BBC, German researchers revealed during the Chaos Computing... Congress on Dec. 28 in Hamburg, Germany, that criminals used USB drives during a ATM robbing spree last summer. Although ATMs have been the target of attacks for decades, they often run older software, making it easier for criminals to hack the systems. SEE ALSO: Use This Tool to Check if Your Snapchat Account Was Compromised The ATMs were running Windows XP. The bank discovered hackers were installing malware and then patching up the security holes as an attempt to go unnoticed. This allowed several machines to be hacked the same way several times.
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How to Survive the SnapchatI suppose the good news is that if, like me, you never signed up for a Snapchat account, you don't need to do anything (with regard to this Snapchat info-breach). Except there is no good news, because... what’s apparently just happened to Snapchat — the leaking of over 4.6 million North American Snapchat users’ phone numbers and usernames, extricated by a group that says it wants to spotlight Snapchat’s security issues — could happen to just about anyone using any online service or tool (as we’re perennially reminded, breach after breach). Snapchat, for those who’ve never heard of or used it, is a popular photo-sharing app: broadly Instagram-like, but with little quirks, like the ability to doodle on photos, or set them as viewable for select periods of time. Business-wise,...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, aka Robert Downey Jr. won the US box-office challenge for the second year in a row, this time in a solo... outing, but apparently, what movies people are willing to pay money to see and what they're keen to watch for free are fairly different kettles of fish.
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Despite several attempts by Uber to warn customers about higher prices during New Year's Eve, the San Francisco-based car service was still inundated with complaints about how much rides costed. Uber... customers posted pictures of their Uber receipts to Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR), complaining that the company was charging as much as $82 for a 1-mile car ride.
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Nokia Kills Support ForOver the past few years there have been a number of major changes at Nokia. The company diverted its attention from Symbian and MeeGo to focus exclusively on Windows Phone devices. It did end up... clinching over 92 percent of the entire Windows Phone market, but the opted to sell its hardware division to Microsoft. Today the company has announced that its plan to kill support for Symbian and MeeGo app has finally been completed. The announcement was made through Nokia’s Symbian Signed Twitter account. It was actually back in October last year when Nokia announced that come January 1st, 2014, it would no longer allow developers to submit new Symbian and MeeGo apps, and that they wouldn’t be able to offer updates for existing apps. The company made this move to focus its attention on...
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Rejoice football fans for CBS will be streaming all four AFC playoff games on CBSSports.com. No more trudging to the bar, huzzah.
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We've all been nagged about staying warm in the winter by a concerned elder: "You don't want to catch cold!" But that's absurd; everyone these days knows colds are only caused by viruses, right? Well,... it's complicated.
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[From GamerTell] Local multiplayer is slowly coming back thanks to the indie scene. One of the latest games in this genre, Nidhogg, will finally release January 13, 2014
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Company officials also described how it will use the reorganization inside the Airbus Group to find synergies between the construction of Earth observation and telecommunications satellites, and... between electronics components for military aircraft and for satellites, to improve profitability.
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Global IT spending outlookGlobal spending on technology will rise 6.2 percent in U.S. dollars to US$2.22 trillion in 2014, helped by an improving economy and growing interest in areas such as mobility and cloud computing,... according to new data from Forrester Research. If the prediction bears out, it will be an improvement: IT spending grew only 1.6 percent in U.S. dollars during 2013, according to Forrester analyst Andrew Bartels . Growth will quicken in 2015, rising 8.1 percent in U.S. dollars, but will remain "well below the double-digit growth rates of the late 1990s and 2000 era," Bartels said in a blog post on Thursday. The U.S. dollar is expected to be weaker compared to many currencies next year, and IT spending will rise only 5.5 percent in local currencies, a percentage point less than previous...
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Five Alternatives To Snapchat

Slashdot - 2 Jan 2014 18:35
Nerval's Lobster writes "Snapchat isn't having the best 2014: less than a week after a cyber-security collective revealed an exploit that could allow hackers to swipe users' personal data from the... messaging service, a couple hackers reportedly went right ahead and stole 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers, posting them as a downloadable database. It's easy to see why Snapchat's become so popular: the idea of messages that vaporize within a few seconds of opening holds a lot of appeal to not only the excessively paranoid, but also anyone who simply wants to keep their online footprint to a minimum. But as several security experts are pointing out, the idea of 'disappearing messages' was never a foolproof one. 'If you took a photo of your phone while the risky image was on screen, or...
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As if cancer, heart disease and other diseases were not enough motivation to make quitting smoking your New Year's resolution, here's another wake-up call: New research suggests that smoking disrupts... the circadian clock function in both the lungs and the brain. Translation: Smoking ruins productive sleep, leading to cognitive dysfunction, mood disorders, depression and anxiety.
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A new study conducted across Europe found an extraordinary association between narcolepsy and a specific gene variant related to the immune system.
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New research has shown that cells demonstrate remarkable flexibility and versatility when it comes to how they divide -- a finding with potential links to the underlying causes of many cancers.
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Lenovo Vibe Z, its first LTELenovo is starting to compete on a larger scale when it comes to smartphone production with three new models announced for Russia last month. And now Lenovo's first LTE smartphone, the Vibe Z, has... been exposed. The Lenovo Vibe Z is future-proof when it...
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Xiaomi Plans To DoubleXiaomi’s brand might only have limited exposure in the West, but its certainly a popular company back home. It is often referred to as the Apple of China, and its smartphones are a big deal in the... country. Xiaomi has its sights set on the world and its definitely working on expanding sales in new markets around the world. The company’s Chairman Le Jun projected through Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, that Xiaomi plans on doubling its smartphone sales this year, suppling at least 40 million units. The company has certainly managed to raise its sales over the past couple of years. In 2013 it was able to sell over 19 million units, double that of what it managed to sell back in 2012. It helps that Xiaomi has managed to get an ex-Android honcho from Google, Hugo Barra, to...
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2013 was a perky year forNew numbers from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters show venture-backed IPOs boomed in 2013, although M&A activity lagged.
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Winamp Supposedly Saved byThings have been looking up for Winamp ever since the legendary MP3 player quietly survived its December 20 shutdown date. There had been rumors of a sale by AOL, but now TechCrunch reports that the... sale is practically a done deal, with Radionomy agreeing to acquire Winamp’s software and Shoutcast music services. I wasn’t familiar with Radionomy before, but it seems similar in purpose to Shoutcast. Both services allow users to create their own online radio stations, for fun or for profit. Shoutcast is much larger, touting 45,000 stations, compared to roughly 6,000 with Radionomy, but Radionomy tries to make do-it-yourself broadcasting easier, with a web-based tool for creating radio stations and a licensed library of more than 80,000 songs. Radionomy is also getting more serious about...
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You can expect a bunch of camera and gear announcements to go live ahead of CES, and breaking the ice for all of the other companies is Samsung, who today officially released the much rumored and... speculated about NX30 Compact System Camera. If we had to sum up the NX30 in two words they would […]
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Violin Memory COO quits twoFlash storage specialist Violin Memory has lost another senior executive: COO Dixon R. Doll Jr. has resigned. The company makes flash storage arrays that it says can speed computing operations in data... centers and cloud infrastructure, and is facing tougher competition from storage giants such as EMC and even former Violin distributor Hewlett-Packard as flash storage becomes increasingly commoditized. Doll's departure comes two weeks after Violin's board ousted CEO Donald Basile as its stock tumbled after its September IPO, saying it thought the leadership change "necessary to enhance the management team's operational focus and ability to execute the company's plans for profitable growth." On Dec. 16 board Chairman Howard Bain took over as interim CEO while the company searches for a...
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As most people resolve themselves to lose weight this New Year, here's why it seems to get easier and easier to pack on unwanted pounds: New research shows that as we age, the thermogenic activity of... brown fat is reduced. Brown fat is a "good" fat located in the backs of our necks that helps burn "bad" white fat around our bellies.
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Amplified: A Very Small Button

The Loop - 2 Jan 2014 18:23
Jim travels to Austin, Texas to join Dan in person for this very special episode. Along with 5by5 Producer Haddie Cooke, they discuss the new Mac Pro, Bitcoin, iPad keyboards, the iA Writer patent... controversy, Tim Cook's thank you to Apple employees, and more. Sponsored by HostGator (coupon DANSENTME), SquareSpace (coupon DANSENTME1213) and Shutterstock (coupon DANSENTME12).∞ Read this on The Loop
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Snapchat hacked days afterThe user names and phone numbers of more than 4.6 million Snapchat users were posted online this week by an anonymous hacker, just days after the Los Angeles start-up was warned that such a data... compromise could happen.     
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"It is OK to drink a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy" or "a pregnant woman should not touch alcohol at all during her pregnancy". These statements represent the contradictory conclusions that... large population studies on pregnancy and alcohol can reach.
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Overweight and obesity are significant risk factors for reduced lung function in school-aged children with a history of early childhood wheezing, according to a study. The results also showed that the... use of inhaled corticosteroids for asthma in childhood may result in reduced bone mineral density in early teenage years.
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Guide dogs require about four years of training and fully trained animals can cost over 30,000 Euro in Europe. It is thus important for financial reasons, as well as for animal welfare considerations,... to ensure that guide dogs are comfortable in their work. A proper harness that enables good communication between the blind person and the dog is an important factor in the animal's well-being, while a poorly fitting harness may result in health problems and impaired communication between dog and owner.
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Health organizations around the world recommend a form of psychotherapy, known as cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT, for patients with schizophrenia. Now, however, the most extensive study ever... undertaken into its effect on the symptoms of the disorder finds little impact, according to a team of international researchers.
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As 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 […]
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Winamp Is Reportedly BeingWe have all used Winamp at some point in our lives, its one of those things that have their very own special place in our hearts. Only recently it was reported that Winamp is going to shut down, which... made quite a few people nostalgic about the times spent playing music with the software, but it appears that Winamp might live to play music another day. TechCrunch claims to have heard from a reliable source that Winamp is being sold to Radionomy, an online radio aggregator based out in Belgium. AOL owns the popular music player as well as Shoutcast, a digital music service. Apparently its looking to offload Shoutcast as well and it too is reportedly being picked up by Radionomy. The online radio aggregator currently has over 6,000 stations in its catalog, being able to bring in...
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Incorporating a blood conservation strategy (BCS) during aortic valve replacement (AVR) can reduce the likelihood of transfusion-related complications, as well as reduce blood-product utilization.
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A new study has found no significant difference in adjusted overall survival rates between gunshot and stabbing (so-called penetrating trauma injuries) victims in Philadelphia whether they were... transported to the emergency department by the police department or the emergency medical services (EMS) division of the fire department.
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Nurses impaired by fatigue, loss of sleep, daytime sleepiness and an inability to recover between shifts are more likely to express concern that they made a wrong decision about a patient's care,... according to a study.
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New research has found that consumers may be just as willing to buy healthy food if they feel they're still getting a "supersize" deal.
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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) appears to be an effective alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) for the treatment of aortic stenosis in very elderly patients,... including those age 85 years and older
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Doctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women earlier and more aggressively than they do in men, according to scientists.
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Pic A Moment Lets You DiscoverIf you've ever wanted to travel back through time to see what was happening in a given location on a particular date, a new, simply designed mobile application called Pic A Moment can help. The app is... an Instagram search engine of sorts, allowing you to enter in a place name - be it a city, a business, or any other venue - along with a date, in order to see all the photos snapped there for the timeframe specified.
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How To Install SteamOS

Gizmodo - 2 Jan 2014 18:20
How To Install SteamOSValve recently released its Beta version of SteamOS, based on the Debian distro of Linux. Naturally, we were intrigued by its release and wanted to take the new OS for a test run. We've put together a... guide on how to install the operating system.
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Lenovo Vibe Z smartphone isAfter being spotted back in February, the Vibe Z smartphone has been made official by Lenovo, but sadly, our hopes of a wide international release haven't be realized. The post Lenovo Vibe Z... smartphone is official, remains tantalizingly out of reach appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Now Violin Memory's COO has left

GigaOM - 2 Jan 2014 18:18
Now Violin Memory's COO hasViolin Memory Chief Operating Officer Dixon Doll, Jr., resigned just weeks after the resignation of CTO Jonathan Goldrick and termination of CEO Don Basile. The company hopes new leadership can get it... back on track.
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One of the more outspoken chief executives in the tech industry promised to "shake up" the wireless industry in 2013. And he did. Now he plans to "transform" it.
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Samsung NX30, Galaxy Camera 2Just ahead of CES, Samsung announced the new NX30 mirrorless camera and Galaxy Camera 2 Android-powered point-and-shoot. Both offer feature upgrades, but imaging specs remain relatively the same. We... went hands-on with some pre-production units. The post Samsung NX30, Galaxy Camera 2 emphasize feature upgrades over imaging improvements appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists discover dogs'Scientists discovered that dogs align their body axis with the Earth's magnetic field when relieving themselves.
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[From HomeTechTell] Polaroid, the instant camera manufacturer, joins the world of home entertainment with a new line of TVs.
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Google To Shut Down Bump And Flock Apps

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 18:11
Google To Shut Down Bump AndBump was a very popular file sharing application back in the day. Users could share files with each other simply through “bumping” their devices together. The app might have lost its lustre... recently but that didn’t stop Google from picking up the company in September 2013. It seemed like a talent focused aquisition because work on the company’s apps stopped soon after the acquisition. Now it has formally been announced that the company’s Bump and Flock apps are going to be shut down and removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store on January 31, 2014. Even though Flock wasn’t as popular as Bump, users are likely to miss it as well. It is an automatic photo sharing application which is capable of recognizing faces in photos. Once it identifies people in a photo, Flock...
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What's the point of Bitcoin again?

GigaOM - 2 Jan 2014 18:10
What's the point of BitcoinIt may be technically fascinating, but -- nine months into writing about the hyper-volatile crypto-currency -- I've completely lost track of why we need or want Bitcoin.
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[GadgeTell] Pebble AppStore Launching Soon

Technology Tell - 2 Jan 2014 18:09
[From GadgeTell] Pebble app developers will now have a place to market their apps under seven categories.
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The Next Big Challenge for the PC industry

TechPinions - 2 Jan 2014 18:09
By all accounts there are about 2.8 billion people on the planet that use technology and in various ways are connected to the Internet. One third connect via PCs while the other two thirds use... smartphones, tablets and other connected ...
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Paige Edwards, 17-Year-OldDifferent. That's what Paige Edwards is. But this week, the 17-year-old took to Imgur, a photo-sharing website, to prove just how awesome "different" can be. Paige, a New York native, was born missing... the fingers on her right hand. "But I can do everything that everyone else can do," she writes in her album (which is aptly named "Different"). In the photos, Paige explains what it's been like to grow up with fingers missing. She addresses the common questions that people ask her ("What happened to your hand?") and shows off the prosthetic arm she got when she was 14. Paige told The Huffington Post in an email that she decided to post the photographs because she'd recently seen a lot of "hate" and "judging" on the Internet. She wanted to make a statement that would inspire people to accept...
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Microsoft's bold attempt to redefine the PC as a touch-enabled, cloud connected machine — otherwise known as Windows 8 — is slowly but steadily spreading to more of the world's PCs. However, its... predecessor, Windows 7, is still the version of choice for most Windows users. PCs running Windows 8 and 8.1 now compose 10.49% of the personal-computer market, according to data from Net Applications. The two versions of Windows gained a combined 1.19% in December 2013. See also: The Problem With Windows 8 Those gains weren't at the expense of Windows 7, though, which rose by 0.88%, or even Windows Vista, which actually rose 0.04%. Windows XP was the big loser, dropping 2.24%, sliding on the news that Microsoft would sunset the 13-year-old operating system in 2014.
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Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128, is a peculiar massive elliptical galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its heart. It lies about 12 million light-years away in the southern constellation of... Centaurus (The Centaur) and has the distinction...
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[From In-Car Tech] Bosch Sponsors First-Ever Driverless Car Experience at the 2014 International CES
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Wrist-First: This is Pebble

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 18:01
Wrist-First: This is Pebble"The smartwatch kind of snuck up on us." I'm sitting with Eric Migicovsky in his office in Palo Alto. Even seated he towers over me, which might help explain his extraordinary vision. Or maybe he's... just that far ahead of the rest of us. Earlier attempts at making watches smarter, everything from the classic Casio calculator watch to the Sony Ericsson MBW series, didn't do it for Migicovsky. They simply didn't do enough. Inspired by pen computers like the Newton, Psion, and the Palm Pilot, and their eventual convergence with smartphones, Migicovsky felt there was a place for a device that was even more convenient. He wanted something that could take on a subset of tasks and make them available to you at glance, on your wrist, while in a meeting or on a run. After early attempts to hack...
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ZTE's 2014 lineup includesZTE is going big for this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The company has announced that it will be showcasing a wide variety of products including the Grand S II, its second-generation flagship... smartphone. ZTE says the Grand S II will feature "intelligent voice control technology" that allows users to snap photos and unlock the device with voice commands. CES will also see the debut of the nubia 5S and nubia 5S mini, two oddly-named handsets the company says stand out due to their "professional-grade photography" capabilities. But from there, the product lineup only grows bigger — and a bit more bizarre. ZTE has chosen to embrace the word "phablet" like few manufacturers before it; it's thrown the term right into a product name....
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Samsung NX30 Improves[CES 2014] Samsung has officially unveiled its NX30 Smart Camera, its new high-end, non-Android Smart Camera. It is the successor of the NX300 that we played with in January of last year, before... giving it a full review in October. The specifications of the Samsung NX30 look very good: APS-C sensor with 20.3 Megapixel, up to 25600 ISO and burst shooting of 9 frames per second. The auto-focus (AF) system is what has attracted my attention: with 123 Phase-Detect sensors and 237 Contrast-based sensors integrated in the main image sensor, the AF system looks terrific on paper and should be able to nicely compete with mid-range DSLR cameras. It should also outperform a whole lot of mirror-less cameras that have less sophisticated AF systems. This is a big deal because the focus speed has always...
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Unemployment: Long time gone

The Economist - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Europe's Tea Parties Fly Title:  Unemployment Rubric:  Can American labour policies face the challenge of long-term joblessness? Location:  ATLANTA Main... image:  20140104_USP003.jpg THE budget deal that Republicans and Democrats cobbled together in December left several pieces of business unfinished. Among them was the fate of extended unemployment-insurance (UI) benefits. First passed in 2008 and extended several times since, these provide workers with up to 47 weeks of federally funded benefits after they have drawn the maximum their states allow (usually 26 weeks). America's government has enacted such measures in every recession since 1957. The most recent extension expired on December 28th, leaving roughly 1.3m Americans suddenly cut off...
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Samsung has revealed a new smart camera, the Samsung NX30, running the company's SMART 3.0 software for easy uploads of its 20.3-megapixel images to Dropbox, Flickr, and social networks. Launching …...
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Acoustic sensing: The ear underground

The Economist - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
EARLY in the morning in Texas a vehicle slows and turns onto a side road. Some 7,600km (4,700 miles) away in Farnborough, south-west of London, a series of red lines zigzag across a computer screen... and raise an alarm. That the lines resemble those on a seismograph picking up a small earth tremor is entirely appropriate: these lines represent tiny ground vibrations made by sounds from above. More lines appear as the vehicle rumbles across a cattle grid, identifying it as a two-axle vehicle, probably a car. Then it stops. Subsequent lines are interpreted as footsteps followed by the sound of digging. A security camera swings round to take a look--and a man with a spade cheerfully waves back. This time it is just a demonstration.The security system being used here is based on a technology...
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Entomology: Death breath

The Economist - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Entomology: Death breathHuffing and puffing THE blue caterpillar in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" had a hookah habit and the white rabbit kept looking at his pocket watch. But whereas rabbits are not obsessed about... being late, some caterpillars, it seems, really do have a fondness for blowing nicotine at those who annoy them.The caterpillar in question is the hornworm, a species that eats tobacco plants without seeming to be bothered by the nicotine in the leaves. Since nicotine can work as a natural insecticide, this has led many to wonder what the caterpillars do with the toxins they consume. One clue is that some caterpillars use toxins they collect as weapons--the eastern tent caterpillar is famous for spitting hydrogen cyanide gathered from the plants it eats at its enemies. A team led by Ian Baldwin at...
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Correction: Chuck Yeager

The Economist - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Our story on space flight ("Cluster analysis", December 21st 2013) demoted Chuck Yeager to colonel. He retired as a brigadier-general. Sorry.
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Cancer drugs: Getting close and personal

The Economist - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Cancer drugs: Getting close"THERE is no treatment." This is the conclusion of an Egyptian papyrus, written around 3000BC, that is the oldest known description of the scourge that is now called "cancer". And so, more or less, it... remained until the 20th century, for merely excising a tumour by surgery rarely eliminates it. Only when doctors worked out how to back up the surgeon's knife with drugs and radiation did cancer begin to succumb to treatment--albeit, to start with, in a pretty crude fashion.Now, however, that crudeness is rapidly giving way to sophistication, as a new wave of cancer treatments comes to market. In 2012 more than 500 potential cancer drugs were under investigation, according to a survey by IMS Health, an American research group--over five times as many as were being developed in the next...
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[CES 2014] Two years ago, we predicted that Android will be everywhere, specifically in cameras. Since 2012, a handful of manufacturers launched Android cameras with Samsung leading the way. Today,... the Galaxy Camera 2, Samsung's third Android camera, launched. The Galaxy Camera first generation was introduced at IFA in 2012 (check the review here), and later that year in June, the manufacturer announced the Galaxy NX camera during an event we attended in London (check the hands on here). The new features of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 include a flexible Xenon flash that you can hold horizontally to project the light toward the ceiling, 2 GB RAM (before it was 1 GB), an upgraded quad-core processor at 1.6 Ghz (from 1.4 Ghz), 2000mAh battery (from 1600mAh), Jelly Bean 4.3 (upgraded from 4.1)...
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[From In-Car Tech] Kenwood Marine head unit KMR-D358
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First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

The Phoblographer - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Samsung's Galaxy Cam 2 is a device that feels a lot like a luxury camera. The post First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Samsung Camera Smart Features 3.0

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Samsung Camera Smart Features[CES 2014] As CES 2014, Samsung Digital Imaging is launching a number of cameras which all share a set of functions called Smart Features 3.0 by Samsung. This applies to all Samsung 2014 smart cameras... (I believe that all new cameras ARE smart cameras) that do not run on Android. Yet, Android is not the only way when it comes to smart cameras. For instance, all the new Samsung smart cameras will have capabilities like web uploads, with Flickr and Dropbox being new services added this January. (more…) Follow: Photo-Video, CES, CES 2014, Samsung, samsung cameras, Samsung Camera Smart Features 3.0 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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First Impressions: Samsung NX30

The Phoblographer - 2 Jan 2014 18:00
Samsung's NX30 is the company's new high end mirrorless camera. The post First Impressions: Samsung NX30 appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Here's how to quickly eraseFacebook doesn't have a simple way of deleting specific data from one's timeline including old posts, comments and likes that a person would like to have removed from his or her profile, Slate’s... Jennifer Golbeck has learned. While the social network lets you easily save a copy of all your activity -- and lets you close your account for that matter -- it doesn't have a tool that can help with removing only certain past actions that may not be relevant to you and your Facebook friends. Golbeck said she averaged about 10 "activities" per day since joining the network in 2005, which meant she had roughly 30,000 past items to manually delete one by one - printed, her full
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The company stops allowing developers to submit new applications or updates for the mobile operating systems.
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With the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, users will be taking the original - especially well-done - Galaxy Camera experience and getting an upgrade in a few key places. While you'll …
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We'll be seeing Samsung's second generation Galaxy Camera soon, and very soon. The company has revealed this week that the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 will be appearing at CES 2014 …
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Samsung's Galaxy Camera 2Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy Camera 2 today, its second take on the idea of a truly smart point-and-shoot. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Camera 2 runs Android, has wireless connectivity, and is... operated primarily through controls on a large, 4.8-inch touchscreen. It's still designed around making photos easy to share and edit using Android apps, but this time around, Samsung is promising a camera that can take even better photos in the first place — potentially making up for one of its predecessor's weakest points.
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Samsung NX30 adds tilting EVF,Samsung's latest flagship mirrorless camera has arrived, in the form of the NX30. It borrows the 20 megapixel sensor and Hybrid AF system from the NX300, but has a more traditional design. The... standout feature is the camera's XGA electronic viewfinder, which can be pulled away from the camera and tilted up as much as 80 degrees. The fully articulated 3-inch AMOLED display is 70% brighter than the screen on the NX20. The Wi-Fi feature has been beefed up, adding NFC support and a more robust remote control app. Find out more about the NX30.
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Samsung NX30: Can Sammy'sThe new Samsung NX30 is an improved reboot of the company's NX20, a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that took beautiful photos but came with its share of foibles as well . The new camera adds a... new autofocus system, and some improved hardware. Samsung's introducing a bunch of new lenses as well. Is it enough to make Samsung's mirrorless cameras catch on?
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High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer," as it often has no symptoms. And now, new research suggests that women with high blood pressure are at higher risk than their male counterparts of... vascular disease, prompting researchers to recommend different treatments in women.The study, published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease, was conducted by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.
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Strange signals picked up from black holes and distant supernovae suggest there's more to space-time than Einstein believed, says Stuart Clark (full text available to subscribers)     
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Now that we've set foot into 2014, the final countdown to CES in on. There's plenty to look forward to, from anticipated announcements from LG and Samsung to the official Best of CES Awards, which... we'll be running in partnership with the CEA. Who ...
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One of the challenges of unlocking the secret lives of tiny biological agents - like viruses inside living cells - is how to get close up without disturbing their structure and behavior.Now, using... high-end imaging, a team from the US has found a way to label and study the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and its activity in living cells that could become a general method for unlocking the secrets of many important RNA viruses. With the new approach, Philip Santangelo - associate professor at Wallace H.
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Ten Tips For Keeping Your CarAs someone who has to deal with a 29-years old Italian car, I can assure you that I've learnt a lot about keeping my ride alive in 2013. And with these ten tips in the hat, 2014 is going to bring even... more four-wheeled adventures.
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NASA Television will provide live coverage of the Jan. 7 launch of the Cygnus cargo spacecraft mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
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Samsung isn't waiting until CES starts to spill the beans on its camera lineup. The company has just revealed the Galaxy Camera 2 and NX30, both of which center around an NFC-based "Tag & Go" sharing... feature; you can now tap your phone against either ...
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The newest Android-powered camera from Samsung gets a fresh design, a new processor, NFC, and some more cool shooting options, but keeps the original's lens, sensor, and great 4.8-inch screen.
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Students in Newport News and Williamsburg, Va., will begin 2014 by talking with astronauts in orbit aboard the International Space Station.
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Android-powered Samsung GalaxySamsung has released its newest Android-powered Galaxy Camera, aptly named the Galaxy Camera 2. While the GC2 retains the slim form factor, 21X zoom lens, and huge 4.8-inch touchscreen LCD of its... predecessor, it adds a faster quad-core processor, double the memory, a more recent version of Android (4.3), and a more powerful battery. Naturally, the camera has Wi-Fi built in (with NFC), and has the latest and greatest Samsung 'Smart' features, including a 'selfie alarm'. 
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Why You Think You're Great atAs humans, we're pretty bad at judging our own abilities. From exercising to our sense of humor, we're all certain that we're the best at everything we do. The problem is, in a lot of cases, we're way... worse at things than we think we are. That can keep us from succeeding the long term.
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4 ways to find your lost2014 is just waking up and its house is trashed. There are champagne stains on the carpet, and its iPhone is nowhere to be found. Yikes. If you've followed in the New Year's footsteps and similarly... misplaced your pricey pocket computer, there are a ...
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Samsung adds premium andSamsung added two new lenses to its NX mirrorless camera lineup, one for pros, and another designed to serve as a smaller alternative to the kit lens. Both lenses range from 16-50mm, but the first is... a premium design with the 'S' designation, whose bulkier design accommodates an F2.0-F2.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second lens is a retractable F3.5-5.6 power zoom with OIS, which the company says offers improved performance over the 18-55mm kit lens. 
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​Samsung Galaxy CameraIt's been more than a year since Samsung released its Android powered Galaxy Camera. And despite our initial skepticism, we were actually impressed that the merger of a mobile device and... point-and-shoot camera was so well executed. The weird thing was wonderful , and according to Samsung, it sold pretty well! Which is why the Galaxy Camera 2 is only a lightly modified version of the earlier success.
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According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use is a cause of death for more than 5.4 million people worldwide every year. But a new review published in the New England Journal of Medicine... suggests that by tripling the taxes on tobacco globally, 200 million tobacco deaths could be avoided by 2025.Authors of the review, including Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Center for Global Health Research of St.
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Pity the poor Quadrantid meteor shower. Even though it puts on such a spectacular show for us, its timing - in the midst of the bitterest part of winter, at a time when most people are still nursing... New Year's hangovers - ensures that it will always fall behind summertime showers like the Perseids in popularity.
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Lenovo's new smartphones: Vibe Z, A859, S930, S650

Android Central - 2 Jan 2014 17:59
Lenovo's new smartphones: VibeLenovo today announced a foursome of new smartphones ahead of CES. The hero device of the group is the Vibe Z, aimed at the fashion-conscious shutterbug crowd. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they... will be making their way Stateside anytime soon, but they should be good options for those who live where they're available. What are their specs like? Jump on past the break to find out!
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[EntertainmentTell] Is HAL-9000 Coming to CES?

Technology Tell - 2 Jan 2014 17:58
[From EntertainmentTell] HAL- a real-life version- will debut at CES next week
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Samsung patent might point toSamsung might be planning a whole new look for one of its upcoming smartphones, according to a recently published design patent.
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Thank Goodness For the NSA — A Fable

Slashdot - 2 Jan 2014 17:53
davecb writes "Slaw was kind enough to post my fable on how to not have a problem with the NSA, Thank Goodness for the NSA, and a link to the more technical MAC paper. My challenge to the Slashdot... community: what's the first big step to making this all come true?"
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eBay's PayPal unit has filed a patent application proposing secure tokens that could potentially be used as a virtual currency. The application, filed in June 2012 and published on Dec. 19, 2013,... would let people buy products without creating a payment provider account See also: Bitcoin Researchers: You Can Game the System "The recipient can use the token to purchase a product using a checkout though the payment provider," the filing reads. "The purchase can be made without requiring the user to create the user's own payment provider account." The filing states that these tokens would be for giving gifts, but in theory, the tokens could serve as a currency that can be used for purchases outside of eBay and PayPal and would be a competitor to Bitcoin, dogecoin and litecoin, among others.
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A couple of guys in Wisconsin have combined a tradition dating back at least 1,500 years with the Internet age.
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Daring phones done dirt cheap:Motorola's smartphones just keep getting cheaper. The flagship Moto X (pictured at left above) has received a permanent $100 price cut for the unlocked, contract-free version. The new price is $399... with 16 GB of storage, and $449 with 32 GB of storage. Meanwhile, Best Buy is selling the mid-range Moto G (pictured at right above) on Verizon Wireless for $100 without a contract. The phone was originally priced at $179. As Motorola points out, some wireless carriers such as T-Mobile offer month-to-month or prepaid plans that are cheaper when you pay full price for the phone, so it's possible to save money with an off-contract Moto X in the long run. Motorola also offers zero-interest financing plans if you'd rather pay off the phone over time instead of up-front.
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Windows 8/8.1 desktopThough users have been very slow to warm up to and adopt Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, they seem to be getting around to doing so - slowly but surely. Both combined surpassed the 10 percent market share... mark. The post Windows 8/8.1 desktop marketshare hits double digits, but Windows 7 is still growing appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Classical music and classic comedy come together in Mill Creek Entertainment's "Wings: Season One and Two."
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Kindle Envy

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 17:38
Kindle EnvyI'm pissed. Nobody gave me a Kindle for Christmas. Okay, like most writers, I've been bad-mouthing Amazon for years. Indie bookstores I love have been disappeared in the middle of the night, hooded... and dragged to the stadium, never to be heard from again. With no bargaining power in an industry taking a ride that makes any Six Flags roller coaster look like a punt glide on the Thames, no authors I know make enough money from writing to pay for more than website design and the refill on kombucha that gets them a second hour at the local café, otherwise known as the office. Whom can we blame for that? Amazon, of course. From the moment it appeared in the marketplace, I disdained the Kindle. Its cold plastic box was freeze-dried fare next to the groaning board of my books. The schadenfreude...
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This week a patent application for a next-generation Samsung smartphone device has appeared ready for imminent implementation. This device is not expressly linked to the Samsung Galaxy or Samsung Note...
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[From GadgeTell] Microsoft might be a mere couple of months away from securing total control over Nokia's handset division, yet the Windows Phone creators are apparently not relying solely on Lumia... devices to boost the fledgling mobile platform's popularity.
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[From HomeTechTell] Design-conscious speakers from HGTV's Robert and Cortney Novogratz feature mid-century modern design.
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Surface, Kindle Fire areWith new devices and time off from work, did people in the U.S. and Canada surf more on mobile devices? Probably, but which ones did they use? Based on Chitika's ad network, not the ones you might... expect.
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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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No books for you: U.S. starvesWorks like Narnia and Atlas Shrugged will remain off limits to the public for a long time to come due to America's broken copyright system. Duke University offers an annual reminder of what we're... missing.
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Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um decided to keep Apple's shares in the same $536-to-$581 range, however.
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AOL is selling the popular video and music player to online radio station aggregator Radionomy, says TechCrunch.
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Your First Telescope:A person's first telescope can tilt one's eyes to the sky in a somewhat permanent fashion, if anecdotal evidence has any standing. Many amateur astronomers have said their interest in the sky can be... traced to a Christmas telescope.
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The Moto X launched in 2013 at a rather high price of $579.99 that shattered expectations of many smartphone enthusiasts. Sales and specials have given discounts, but now Motorola is permanently... lowering the cost to pick up a Moto X.
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Eutelsat Closes Satmex Purchase

Space News - 2 Jan 2014 17:30
The acquisition gives Eutelsat a major beachhead in the robust Latin American market alongside rivals Intelsat, SES, Telesat and others.
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This past year saw few breakthrough tech products, but it was anything but a boring year in tech.
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Software Data Cable TransfersAndroid: There are a number of apps that allow you to transfer or sync files between Android devices and your computer (or each other). Software Data Cable puts most of those functions in one spot.
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Archaeologists Discover AztecArchaeologists in Mexico City made a grisly and awesome discovery this week, after a subway extension project uncovered a stretch of pre-Hispanic development--including four skulls that were once... displayed on a broad rack of bones from sacrificial offerings.
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Daily Deals for January 2,It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. TUAW's Daily Deals... Freedom Spot Photon 4G Mobile WiFi Hotspot [On ...
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Bump services shut down on January 31st, 2014. All user data will be deleted.
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While Apple's long-rumored "iWatch" may be one of the products to look for in 2014, several rumors have suggested that the device is unlikely to launch until the latter half of the year as the company... works to address technical challenges. A new report from DigiTimes claims that one of those issues involves surface finish treatments for the body of the device, with both Apple and Qualcomm searching for ways to improve the look of chassis parts made using metal injection molding (MIM) methods. Several wearable devices such as Apple's iWatch and Qualcomm's Toq are reportedly seeing less than 50% yield rates due to difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
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Vringo Sells Infomedia ItsVringo, a publicly-traded patent-holding company that has been locked in infringement lawsuits against Google, ZTE, (TechCrunch owner) AOL and others, today announced that it has sold off the last... remaining assets of its mobile business that were not directly related to those patent suits, throwing its hat into the ring as a full-on patent chaser.
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Carbon for Twitter goes easyCarbon for Twitter, which earlier this week got a long-awaited overhaul, has tweaked things yet again today and addressed one of our chief complaints. Switching to the Roboto font certainly kept... things more HOLOYOLO, but not all variants of Roboto are easy on the eyes. To that end, there are now three options — Roboto condenced, regular and light.  Good options to have, and a good response by the dev. The update's live in Google Play.     
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[From GadgeTell] Just when you thought your shameless Snapchat persona was hidden from the public eye, think again. Analysts have long been warning users that Snapchat was not taking the extra... measures to keep users' data safe, and now those researchers can have a big party with "I told you so" banners on every wall.
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Samsung is off to a rocky start this year. Samsung Electronics' stock declined by nearly 5% in trading Thursday on the Korea Stock Exchange, shaving off $8.8 billion from the company's market cap,... according to The Wall Street Journal. The drop comes amid growing concerns that Samsung's profit growth is slowing See also: Samsung to Launch 110-Inch Ultra HD TV Monday The South Korean company is expected to report an operating profit of more than $9 billion for the fourth quarter, according to a survey of analysts. That's more than the overall revenues of many tech companies, but it represents a 9.2% increase from the same quarter a year earlier. By comparison, Samsung's profit in the third quarter was up 26% year-over-year.
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Dad's Message To HisAs we commemorate the beginning of a new year, it's important to celebrate the important things in life, particularly our loved ones. If you need inspiration, just take a look at dad Bill... Griepenstroh's adorable video message to his daughter. The short video, titled "My Little Girl," poignantly sums up Griepenstroh's emotional evolution as a father. "I loved her from the moment I laid eyes on her," the father told viral curator Storyful of his 2-year-old daughter. "All I wanted to do was hold her and protect her from everything. " It's a beautiful piece, due in no small part to Griepenstroh's skills as a freelance videographer. But the dad said the video was a true labor of love. "I was inspired to make this video when I realized my daughter was growing out of the baby stage and turning...
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The next big Apple-GoogleThe most important battle in the tech world over the past few years has been the epic clash between iOS and Android, the rival mobile platforms that Apple and Google have used to give themselves a... dominant position in the smartphone and tablet markets. But as Forbes contributor George Anders writes, Apple and Google are already gearing up for their next fight that could be much, much bigger than smartphones. Anders notes Google has filed a whopping 310 patents that detail potential software for cars, which Apple has filed around 35 such patents. Among the many interesting Google patents on file are one that details “modifying behavior of autonomous vehicles based on predicted behavior of other vehicles,” and another that
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'Unmanned' director RobertRobert Greenwald has made films for more than three decades; recently, that’s meant guerrilla documentaries on a small budget, released through his production company, Brave New Films. He’s used... social media and inexpensive distribution to get his message out. His most recent film, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, investigates US drone policy, including testimony from people on the ground. Last October on Capitol Hill, Greenwald testified with the Rafiq Rehman family, the first Pakistani drone strike survivors to appear before Congress. In the following conversation, edited for length and clarity, he discusses why he thinks drone strikes are counterproductive, how they got to be such a major part of US policy, and why we have such a...
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The Late Adopters

TechCrunch - 2 Jan 2014 17:13
The Late AdoptersWas 2013 a "lost year for technology?," as an article in Quartz recently proposed? Hardly. Yet I can understand, to some extent, both why there's a growing ennui with tech among some observers, and... why stating that overly simply angered other technology enthusiasts. It's not necessarily due to a bored or cynical tech press that this feeling arises. It's just that there's this sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Technology caught mid-breath, as it were. 2013 wasn't so much of a lost year for technology, but a transitional one.
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Lenovo introduces four newLenovo's latest smartphones aren't game changers, but the Vibe Z is its first device to feature support for 4G LTE.
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The BBC reports (with video) that all aboard the ice-trapped MV Akademik Shokalskiy have been rescued by helicopter, after more than one icebreaker attempt to reach the vessel directly proved too... challenging. Also at the New York Times, which reports "The twin-rotored helicopter, based on a Chinese icebreaker, the Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, flew several sorties across miles of packed ice to pluck scientists, tourists and journalists from a makeshift landing zone next to the marooned MV Akademik Shokalskiy research vessel."
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AI has taken on humans in a contest to build exciting and creative video games - with mixed and unsettling results     
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The midnight launch on Thursday of Re/code, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher's tech media startup, coincided with the announcement of two investors in the site: NBCUniversal News Group and former Yahoo... CEO Terry Semel's Windsor Media. Swisher and Mossberg previously helmed All Things D, the tech news and conference brand owned by The Wall Street Journal. The agreement will provide funding for the new venture but leave Swisher (pictured above) and Mossberg with a controlling interest in the company. In turn, NBC will receive tech media coverage for its televised and print outlets See also: 3 Social Media Trends You Should Know About
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The Anti-Resolution: How IReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. You're probably going to flunk out on your New Year's resolutions. So why make them? Instead, do... what I did along the way to losing 83 pounds: Stop making decisions. Make Fitness The Default I typically exercise five or more times a week. This may sound like a lot to some people, but I found that going to five times a week made a subtle psychological shift in my head. It set exercising daily as the default. Resting one or two days a week was the exception. When something is the default, you don't have to decide to do something. You just do it. Minimizing the number of decisions you have to make will help you stay on the ball. There's a scientific reason for minimizing the decisions you have...
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Fly Or Die: Sony PlayStation 4

TechCrunch - 2 Jan 2014 17:02
Fly Or Die: Sony PlayStation 4The console wars are in full swing, and no contender is more focused on hardcore gamers as the PS4. Sony's next-gen PlayStation is not like the Xbox One, which is leaning more toward the media console... space than ever before. Instead, the PS4 is built squarely for the gaming enthusiast.
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[From GadgeTell] Those of you secretly hoping Samsung's branding scheme for the Galaxy mobile device line will start making sense after CES and MWC 2014 are bound to get a serious blow today, as the... rumored Grand Lite is reportedly to carry the Grand Neo alias in the end.
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Age of Saturn's rings revealed

Fox News - 2 Jan 2014 17:00
Age of Saturn's rings revealedSaturn's iconic rings likely formed about 4.4 billion years ago, shortly after the planet itself took shape, a new study suggests.
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Doubling down on the positive reception for its previous Galaxy Camera, Samsung has announced the upcoming release of the Galaxy Camera 2 Designed for advanced point-and-shoot photo takers looking for... quality without the hurdles of complicated DSLR-style controls, the new camera offers a range of upgrades that will make the Android-powered device just a bit more powerful See also: Which DSLR Camera Is Right for You? Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.3, the Galaxy Camera 2 comes with a 1.6Ghz quadcore processor (up from 1.4Ghz in the previous version), 21x zoom, an improved battery (2,000 milliamp-hour, up from 1,650 milliamp-hour in the previous version), 2GB of RAM and 120fps slow motion
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CES 2014: 5 Tech Trends to Watch

Mashable - 2 Jan 2014 17:00
The new year is upon us, which means the annual International CES is just about here, too. In less than a week, more than 150,000 people will descend upon Las Vegas to either unveil or take in the... latest consumer technology the world has on offer. Although most high-profile product launches happen outside of CES these days (think Apple, Samsung and Google), the show still sets the tone for tech in the coming yearIn 2013, 4K, smartphone integration and new kinds of interfaces — like gesture and eye tracking — gained traction. Sony debuted a 4K downloading service, apps that control gadgets appeared everywhere, and companies like Leap Motion introduced new ways of interacting with computers.
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Tracking Your Own Footprints:Oberlin researchers hope to change the public's personal habits by offering tools to help track resource use in buildings and cities.
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During winter, one ought to maintain a careful balance between keeping everyone at home warm and cozy, alongside making sure that the electric bill at the end of the month does not throw your monthly... budget out of whack. Having said that, it is pretty nice to indulge once in a while, and for some
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3D-Printed Siphon MakesAnyone who's ever emptied a pool or stolen gas from a car's tank knows how a siphon works, but that doesn't make this 3D printed Wave toy seem any less magical. Seeing it in action you'd assume there... was some kind of sorcery involved here, as one side of the Wave draws liquid to the other until both glasses have the exact same amount of liquid. But it's just well-known scientific principles at work.
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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. The last Switched On introduced the 2013 Switchie Awards for TV, PC and gaming products. This time, we'll take a look... at the mobile and wearable devices that made ...
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Write Down Exactly What Your"Savings" is a terribly non-descriptive term for that portion of money we want to hang on to indefinitely. Instead of piling up cash for an unspecific purpose, create a list of exactly what it's for.
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[From EntertainmentTell] New York's Times Square is always a good place to be to ring in the new year in style, but it was an especially memorable celebratory venue two nights ago, when an exclusive... "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" sneak peek debuted.
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'Devil's Third' team makingValhalla Game Studios founder Tomonobu Itagaki confirms that third-person action game 'Devil's Third,' once set to be published by the now-defunct THQ, is 80 percent complete and due for release in... 2014. The post ‘Devil’s Third’ team making progress, release due in 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[EntertainmentTell] DVD Review: Big Ass Spider!

Technology Tell - 2 Jan 2014 16:56
[From EntertainmentTell] It's simple, it's fun, it's everything the title implies: it's Epic Picture's "Big Ass Spider!".
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You can describe 2013 in four words: NSA, shutdown, twerking, and selfie. Sigh. We need to do better this year. Humanity had better step up its game.
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[AppleTell] iPhone 6 and iPhone 6c concept images

Technology Tell - 2 Jan 2014 16:50
[From AppleTell] Across both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6c, iPhoneSoft feels we'll be getting better cameras, edge to edge screens, and plenty more.
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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6c concept images

AppleTell - 2 Jan 2014 16:50
We can't very well have a new year without having new iPhone speculation, can we? The group at iPhoneSoft has some ideas they want to share, and although the site's all in French, it's the images that... really matter, right? Across both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6c, iPhoneSoft feels we'll be getting better cameras, edge to edge screens, and plenty more.
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Astrophoto: Crescent Venus in the Afternoon

Universe Today - 2 Jan 2014 16:47
In December, we challenged our readers to try and see Venus during the daytime. Sharin Ahmad from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started off the new year by nailing this awesome picture of a crescent Venus at... just after noon local time today (January 2, 2014). “The usual cloudy Kuala Lumpur sky is teasing me again, giving […]
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That's $80 off the regular price of this unlocked phone, which appears to be making its CDMA debut on... HSN?
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Some Tech Critics Are Like Eunuchs In A Harem

TechPinions - 2 Jan 2014 16:44
Some Tech critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They see it done, they see how it should be done, but they can’t do it themselves or derive any pleasure from it, so they conclude that it’s a waste... of ...
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One Guy's A Cappella Sonic TheEven if you didn't play Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid, it's impossible to deny that Smooth McGroove's a cappella rendition of the 8-bit music from Marble Zone level will captivate and enchant you. If... you're an old school video game junkie, you'll probably want to check out his YouTube page, where he's posted dozens of such a cappella videos.
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Carnival of Space #334

Universe Today - 2 Jan 2014 16:41
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog.
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Curious Doughnut in MartianThis space wallpaper shows part of a set of three images revealing views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover... Curiosity.
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Oops! Asus publishes manualRumors about an 8-inch Windows tablet from Asus are looking more solid by the day. Following leaked specs in mid-December and an FCC filing earlier in the month, a user manual for the Asus VivoTab... Note 8 recently turned up on Asus.com. Asus has yet to announce the product and it's anybody's guess when the manual was published on Asus.com--it was first discovered by Laptoping on Thursday. Nevertheless, with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just days away, you have to wonder if an announcement from Asus is imminent. The manual on Asus' site doesn't mention the specs of the device, but previous leaks from German language site Mobile Geeks (Google Translate link) reported the device would be powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom "Bay Trail" Z3740, an 8-inch display with 1280-by-800...
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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro specsThe rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, a 12.2-inch tablet, has been spotted on benchmarking site AnTuTu. The specs of Samsung's largest tablet yet are high with a Note 3 and Galaxy S4 beating benchmark... score. The AnTuTu benchmark shows the Galaxy Note...
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5 Tips to get information on your competitors and to help paint a much clearer picture of the market that you're in
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A tweeted image from well-known and usually reliable leaker @evleaks shows off an LG TV with the new WebOS interface.
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Four tech legal cases to watch in 2014

The Loop - 2 Jan 2014 16:32
Good writeup on 4 critical legal challenges, moving forward in 2014∞ Read this on The Loop
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Earthquake Strikes Southern Iran

Live Science - 2 Jan 2014 16:31
Earthquake Strikes SouthernA deadly earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.5 struck southern Iran today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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[From In-Car Tech] Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Sedan to Make North American Debut at CES
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Light Show | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 2 Jan 2014 16:30
Light Show | Space WallpaperThis spectacular space wallpaper shows three of the four Auxiliary Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer at ESO's Paranal Observatory. Above the telescopes, the long bright stripes are... star trails.
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New patent gives tantalizingSamsung’s Galaxy Note series of phablets seems to get better and better and a new patent filing indicates that the best may still be yet to come. SammyToday flags a recently filed Samsung design... patent that shows what looks like a potential future design for a Samsung phablet. The design drawings show a device whose display has incredibly thin bezels and no buttons on the bottom, which is a major departure from the designs of all other Samsung flagship devices. The drawings also clearly show a slot in the bottom of the device for a stylus, which means it’s likely that the design is of a future Galaxy Note and not the Galaxy S5. Pictures of the design patent follow
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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

Slashdot - 2 Jan 2014 16:30
hypnosec writes "Eric S. Raymond, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, has recommended that Emacs should move to another version control system like GitHub, as bzr is dying. In an email, Raymond... highlighted the key reasons why he believes that Emacs should move. Raymond said that bzr is moribund; its dev list has flatlined; and most of Canonical's in-house projects have already abandoned bzr and moved to GitHub. ESR believes that bzr's codebase is sufficiently mature to be used as a production tool, but he does mention that continuing to use the revision control system will have 'social and signaling effects damaging to Emacs's prospects.'"
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One Sentence Diary MakesThere are plenty of reasons to write regularly (if only to chronicle your awesomeness ), but keeping a lengthy journal is a daunting task. One Sentence Diary makes it simpler by keeping no more than... 300 characters per day.
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[From HomeTechTell] Netflix is offering a cheaper, $6.99 plan so some new customers that only allows a single device to stream SD content,maybe an olive branch to ISPs
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Bruno Mars Named Most Pirated Artist Of 2013

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 16:26
Bruno Mars Named Most PiratedBruno Mars was recently named the most pirated artist of 2013. The "Gorilla" singer's music was illegally downloaded 5.8 million times from January 2013 to December 2013, according to numbers released... by Musicmetric. This major total puts Mars above Rihanna, whose music was subject to 5.4 million illegal downloads, and Daft Punk, who came in third at 4.2 million downloads. Also on the list was Justin Timberlake (3.9 million) and Flo Rida (3.5 million). On the television side, "Game of Thrones" was identified as the most pirated show for the second year in a row. The season three finale was reportedly illegally downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times. The HBO drama beat out other big-name programs such as "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," and "Homeland." Peter Jackson's first Hobbit...
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LG's Giant Curved 4K OLED TVsHaving already divulged its 105-inch LCD UltraHD television earlier this month, LG has just unwrapped its super-premium lineup of 4K OLEDs ahead of next week's CES in Las Vegas. Welcome to the curve.
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The latest numbers were recently published by Net Applications looking at the overall computer operating system market around the world. The report shows that the newest versions of Windows, Windows...
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Unofficial $99 prescriptionGot Google Glass and prescription glasses? A $99 option should be coming your way in the next few weeks courtesy of Rochester Optical. That price is a starting point though: complex 'scripts or other... options will boost the price.
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This billboard started life as an image of a large hunk of meat. But it was eventually consumed by flames, revealing a rather clever advertisement for a Russian steakhouse. Because after letting the... public scratch their heads for a few days, the image of the uncooked steak was eventually 'grilled' with a series of flaming wires. Those were left to burn, leaving sear marks across its surface along with the name of the restaurant--Double Grill&Bar. Now if only burning paper and glue smelled as delicious as a grilled steak. [YouTube via Taxi]
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The Chinese smartphone maker aims to churn out 40 million phones this year as it expands into new markets.
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Early on in our careers, many of us were tutored as to how to best write an effective and attention-getting curriculum vitae (CV) in looking for a job. But in today's world, many are looking not for... just a job, but are engaged in wide, often Internet-based searches for seed money to launch entrepreneurial ventures of one sort of another. But what guidelines exist as to the best way to go about securing this kind of funding?
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LG to bring five OLED TV models to CES 2014

Digital Trends - 2 Jan 2014 16:15
LG to bring five OLED TVLG's aim to lead the industry in OLED TV development has resulted in a total of five new models to be shown at CES 2014. The line-up is headed up by a 77-inch Ultra HD curved model, originally shown... at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The post LG to bring five OLED TV models to CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Alien Clouds Blanket NearbyOne of the best-studied nearby extrasolar planets -- a body just a little larger than Earth -- is swaddled in alien clouds, researchers have found. It is the smallest and most Earth-like world yet to... yield the secrets of its atmosphere. Another study has found tantalizing hints of clouds on a larger, Neptune-sized world. The pair of discoveries, reported in Nature, suggests that clouds may envelop many exoplanets. "We always knew the clouds must be there for some planets, but now we have a wave of results telling us that clouds are actually very common," says Heather Knutson, a planetary astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and lead author of the second paper. The two planets are among the closest to our Solar System to have been found so far. The super-Earth...
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[From HomeTechTell] Winamp may be saved by a mysterious investor, who may be Microsoft. The software did not shut down on December 20th as promised, and fans hope for a save
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The Times calls for mercy forToday, the New York Times editorial board formally asked the U.S. government to consider a plea bargain for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is on the run from charges of espionage and theft. After... tallying the instances of surveillance abuse that Snowden’s information uncovered, the Times editorial board states the […]
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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 editorial board of the New York Times is calling for clemency for Edward Snowden, suggesting the whistleblower has done the United States a “great service” and should be allowed to return to his home country. Indiana, Tennessee and Nevada joined the list of 19 states that add sales tax to online Amazon orders. The Syrian Electronic Army gained access to Skype’s blog and Twitter and Facebook accounts on Wednesday. Early Thursday, Skype resolved the issue and tweeted that no user information was compromised.
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How to Turn GitHub into a To-Do List

Life Hacker - 2 Jan 2014 16:07
How to Turn GitHub into aI'm a huge fan of to-do lists. They help me stay organized, prioritize my day, and add structure to an otherwise chaotic schedule. I recently discovered what appears to be the best yet simplest way to... keep a to-do list: a GitHub Gist.
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Why 2014 Will Be The Year Of Mindful Living

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 16:06
Why 2014 Will Be The Year OfMindfulness, it seems, is having a moment. 2013 saw a significant spike of interest in holistic health and mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation (not to mention a number of celebrities and... CEOs hopping on the mindfulness bandwagon) and it's a trend that will likely continue to gain momentum in 2014. "What the culture is craving is a sense of ease and reflection, of not needing to be stimulated or entertained or going after something constantly," Soren Gordhamer, founder of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, told the New York Times. "Nobody's kicking out technology, but we have to regain our connection to others and to nature or else everybody loses." Here are five reasons that mindfulness will change the world this upcoming year. Trendspotters are going all in for 2014. According to JWT...
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Hubble Telescope RevealsScientists have found evidence of extraterrestrial clouds blanketing two of the most common types of planets in our Milky Way galaxy. One of the alien planets is a so-called 'super-Earth' while the... other has been dubbed a 'warm Neptune.'
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Museum scans dinosaur, mammoth -- in 3D

Fox News - 2 Jan 2014 16:06
Museum scans dinosaur, mammothAmerica's prestigious Smithsonian museum is using the revolutionary technology to document its artifacts but also to share them through 3D printers and online.
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The company's venture round will be led by DST Global, according to Recode's Kara Swisher. Other VCs, including Google Ventures and Shasta Ventures, will also join the round.
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Texting And Dialing WhileA sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research... also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies. This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices -- a major weakness. And even though talking doesn't require drivers to take their eyes off the road, it's hard to talk on a phone without first reaching for it or dialing a number --things that raise the risk of a crash, researchers note. Earlier work with simulators, test-tracks and cellphone records suggests that risky driving increases when people are on cellphones, especially teens. The 15-to-20-year-old age group...
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Audi's CES Concept HasIt's January, and that means it's once again time for automakers to show off the latest in slick technology at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show . Audi's bringing a familiar concept to the... party, only this time it comes with lasers. Freaking lasers, y'all!
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The company's booth will feature its 77-inch curved 4K model, its flat 55-inch Gallery model, and a new curved 65-inch size.
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Scientists have been using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope to examine two nearby exoplanets. The two teams of scientists have announced that they have discovered thick layers of clouds in …
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Soundfreaq Sound Rise Smart Alarm Clock

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 16:00
Soundfreaq Sound Rise Smart[CES 2014] The alarm clock is not that simple any more these days, considering the way that technology has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years. Take for instance, the Sound Rise alarm clock... from the folks over at Soundfreaq. This is one bedroom speaker that will be able to give a more modern outlook to your ordinary alarm clock, where it will offer Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, dual alarm clock functions, as well as double up as a USB phone charger, now how about that? (more…) Follow: Home, CES, CES 2014, Soundfreaq Sound Rise Smart Alarm Clock original content from Ubergizmo.     
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During the winter, the air can get extremely dry, which is why some of us do need to rub plenty of moisturizer all over our bodies to make sure that our skin does not end up cracked. Apart from that,... it would also help if there was a humidifier lying around somewhere, but sometimes the
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Turn Your Photos IntoEvery time I walk into a bookstore, I want to buy a book. Or three. Sadly, my budget doesn’t cover that all the time, because I go into bookstores quite a bit. To scratch that itch, I’ve turned to... taking…
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A123's owner bids for bankruptBattery maker A123 Systems, which had its own brush with bankruptcy in 2012, wants to buy bankrupt car maker Fisker. The independent A123 made batteries for Fisker’s hybrid Karma car, but was... acquired by Wanxiang Group of Hangzhou, China at auction after the bankruptcy filing. A123 […]
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Soundfreaq may not have bothered with a spell-check, but the company clearly made some effort creating its latest gear with a pair of Bluetooth speakers and a refreshed version of its alarm clock. The... Jambox-class Pocket Kick retails for $100, ...
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Genetically modified Camelina plants have produced two omega-3 fatty acids important for health - the breakthrough could help relieve pressure on fish stocks     
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Morning news roundup for January 2

TUAW - 2 Jan 2014 16:00
Morning news roundup forGood morning, Apple fans. It's only the second day of 2014 and here's the early morning news. MacNN reports that the Mac Pro won't hit Apple Stores until March or April. It looks you'll be ordering... online for the foreseeable future. "Lucky Bags" ...
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5 Radical Ideas To ProtectA bridge that deploys huge inflatable buoys to slow storm surges. A barrier reef grown from minerals harvested by electrical currents. An artificial island protecting the most surge-prone... neighborhoods. Most of us are bracing for a blizzard this week, but the winners of a recent design competition, Stormproof, are imagining how to protect cities for the next summer storm season.
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10 Tech gadgets we want to seeThe year has barely started, but it's never too early to make a wish list for the kinds of gadgets that we want to see in 2014.     
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Gawker Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Colorado | Jalopnik Now You Have To Consider Operating Systems When Buying A New Car | Jezebel A Lady's Defense of The Wolf of Wall Street | Kotaku... Call of Duty's Dog Gets The Action Figure He Deserves
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Gawker Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Colorado | Jalopnik Now You Have To Consider Operating Systems When Buying A New Car | Jezebel A Lady's Defense of The Wolf of Wall Street | Kotaku... Call of Duty's Dog Gets The Action Figure He Deserves
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "The Editorial Board of the New York Times has weighed in on the criminal charges facing Edward Snowden and writes that 'Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent... exile, fear and flight..' 'He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.' The president said in August that Snowden should come home to face charges in court and suggested that if Snowden had wanted to avoid criminal...
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Use of the browser has surged since Microsoft unveiled a version for Windows 7 in November, according to data from Net Applications.
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Alarm bells should be ringingSamsung’s share price dipped another 5% on Thursday, dropping back to August levels. Markets have started expecting Samsung’s profitability to decline from the autumn quarter to the Christmas... quarter. Analysts also fear that Samsung’s handset sales are shifting from high-end, high margin models to low-end models more quickly than expected. Possibly not coincidentally, the hot Chinese phone vendor Xiaomi just reported its phone sales exploded to 18.7 million units in 2013. That’s up 160% from a year earlier. Several Asian phone vendors are ramping up low-end smartphone production, attacking Asian markets vigorously and fanning out to Eastern European and African markets. At the same time, mobile app download volume growth in the Christmas of 2013 was surprisingly weak, indicating...
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LRO Locates Chang'e-3 On The Moon

SpaceRef - 2 Jan 2014 15:44
Chang'e 3 landed on Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) just east of a 450 m diameter impact crater on 14 December 2013....
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Velocity Micro has announced a new line of desktop computers that use compact enclosures and still offer nice hardware inside. The line of computers is called the SmallBlock desktop line …
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12 Genius Inventors That Totally Got Screwed Over

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 15:41
12 Genius Inventors ThatThomas Edison. Alexander Graham Bell. Steve Jobs. You've almost certainly heard of all of these guys before. But not all inventors become household names. Some, in fact, end up royally screwed over.... Here are such some people: Todd Mills, Doritos Locos Taco: The visionary behind the taco that's swept the nation got to taste one of the first Locos Tacos. But he had been repeatedly pitching the idea of a Doritos taco shell for years before Taco Bell finally responded in 2012. Mills died this Thanksgiving without ever seeing a dime for his troubles. Edwin H. Armstrong, FM Radio: Armstrong spared radio listeners from the coarse static of AM radio when he developed the first small network of nicer-sounding FM radio stations. But he also threatened the status quo, and so the the Radio Corporation...
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Home Depot Has Designed a Better Bucket

Gizmodo - 2 Jan 2014 15:40
Home Depot Has Designed aOf all tools in your shed, you probably never think about replacing your buckets until they start to leak. But Home Depot might have you weekend renovators readily upgrading to its new Leaktite Big... Gripper bucket that features a bunch of ergonomic innovations that the lowly bucket should have had since day one.
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'Saturday Night Live' Comes To China's Internet

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 15:37
'Saturday Night Live' Comes ToBEIJING (AP) -- A popular online video site is bringing the irreverent, topical humor of "Saturday Night Live" to China. The late-night U.S. comedy sketch show that regularly mocks politicians,... popular culture and celebrities is being shown exclusively on the website of Sohu Video, a unit of Chinese online media group and Nasdaq-listed Sohu.com Inc. Ten episodes from the current 39th season of "SNL" are available now. Future episodes will be available online without subtitles the Monday after airing in the United States, and a version with Chinese subtitles and explanations of cultural references will be available at 10 p.m. the following Saturday, Sohu said in its announcement Thursday. The NBC network show has been a comedy proving ground since its inception with Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey,...
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Asus VivoTab Note 8 manualAsus has publicly outed its VivoTab Note 8 by publishing its manual on the Asus website. In a rather original move Asus has apparently published the manual on purpose as it's still available on the... Asus site. While this confirms the tablet, and that it's...
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Zest Collects and OrganizesiPad: There are plenty of great apps to help you organize your recipes , but Zest is a new app with a lot of promise. Importing recipes from tons of sites is a snap, and you can organize them by tag,... category, or ingredient. Plus, the app walks you through each recipe step-by-step, complete with cooking timers.
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Nest, a startup that makes a "smart thermostat" and an equally intelligent smoke detector, is now hotter than ever with a $2 billion valuation, according to a report. The figure is based on a $150... million round of funding led by DST Global, according to a report in Re/code. The report states that the valuation could be as high as $3 billion. Nest's last reported valuation figure was $800 million, which was based on an $80 million funding round last January. See also: 7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014 Reps from Nest could not be reached for comment on the report. Founded in 2010 in a rented Palo Alto, Calif., garage by former Apple employees Matt Rogers and Tony Fadell, Nest now has more than 200 employees. The company hasn't disclosed its revenues, but in January 2013, it was reported...
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'Tis The Season For MainstreamToday, a flagship news and current affairs program broadcast on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 4 carried a broadcast by Wikileaks' Julian Assange this morning, using that mainstream platform to draw attention... to government inroads into privacy. This follows Edward Snowden using the U.K.'s Channel 4 TV station for a pro-privacy Alternative Christmas Message broadcast.
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Woman's Death Linked toAlternative treatments for cancer should not be considered harmless, experts say. A Colorado woman died after taking a injection of cesium chloride as a treatment for her breast cancer, according to a... recent case report.
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Netflix cheaper subscriptionNetflix has been trialling a new, cheaper price plan for its service in the US, charging $6.99 for the ability to use the platform on just one device at a time. It has even been quoted as saying that... the plan is being tested in the States alone. However,...
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Geckos in space: Novel robotA wall-crawling robot inspired by the gecko has taken a small but important step towards a future in space, scientists said on Thursday.
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A Mind-Controlled ExoskeletonIt won't be a superstar football player who takes the first kick of 2014's Football World Cup in Brazil. Nope, instead, it will be a teenager, paralysed from the waist down, who will use the world's... most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton to get things underway.
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There are a lot of people who have their hands on the Xbox One game console despite early shortages of the console. In my local area, the availability for the …
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Lenovo's first LTE smartphoneLenovo announced its first LTE smartphone and other handsets priced between US$219 to $549, but none will be immediately available in the U.S., one of the largest mobile device markets. Headlining the... new lineup is the sleek Vibe Z, which has a 5.5-inch screen and is the company's first LTE smartphone. Starting at $549, the smartphone will initially ship in parts of Asia but not the U.S., where LTE has been most widely deployed. Other new products are non-LTE models and targeted at budget buyers. The 6-i