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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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Windows 8.x Busts Past 10%According to Net Applications, Windows 8.x crossed the 10% barrier in December of 2013. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ended the year with 6.89% and 3.60% apiece for a combined 10.49% total market share.... In the month, Windows 7 picked up 0.88% market share, as Windows XP fell below the 30 percent mark, shedding 2.24% to land at 28.98% in the month. While Windows 8.x’s market share growth is probably still under what Microsoft wants, enterprise adoption of Windows 7 appears strong as the end of Windows XP approaches. Windows 8 gained 0.23% market share in December, an almost surprising figure given the general availability of Windows 8.1, a free upgrade. The latter did pick up 0.96% in the month. It will be interesting to see how Windows 8.x’s growing market share converts into downloads of...
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The Finest Swiss WatchmakingMost men don't pay enough attention to one of the most important parts of their wardrobe: their belt buckle. A plummeting pair of trousers can be far more than just embarrassing, so why trust a hole... punched in a leather strap when Roland Iten has created a belt buckle that's been engineered to hold strong using Swiss watchmaking techniques.
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Which Is Better: Debit Cards or Credit Cards?

Life Hacker - 3 Jan 2014 00:30
Which Is Better: Debit CardsCredit and debit cards both have advantages and financial experts often disagree about which is best. We're interested in hearing your opinion. And make it count, because we'll be posting a follow-up... article next week with the best arguments on both sides.
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The Active Particle-induced X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), carried by the Yutu rover of the Chang'e-3 satellite got its first X-ray fluorescence spectrum of lunar regolith around the landing site on... December 25, 2013....
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As people's waistlines increase, so does the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Now scientists have a better understanding of exactly what happens in the body that leads up to type 2 diabetes, and what... likely causes some of the complications related to the disease. Specifically, scientists have found that in mice, macrophages, a specific type of immune cell, invade the diabetic pancreatic tissue during the early stages of the disease.
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According to state-of-the art theory, a warp drive could cut the travel time between stars from tens of thousands of years to weeks or months. Harold G. White, a physicist and advanced propulsion... engineer at NASA and other NASA engineers...
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After a group of 74 passengers and crew members were stranded on an ice-bound ship in Antarctic waters for more than a week, the 52 passengers aboard the Russian research vessel were lifted to safety... on Thursday. A Chinese helicopter transported them from the stranded MV Akademik Shokalskiy to the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis Initial rescue attempts over the weekend by the Chinese icebreaker MV Xue Long and the Aurora Australis were unsuccessful because the ice was too thick. Harsh weather conditions grounded the Xue Long's helicopter for several more days, before the rescue could be successfully executed
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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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Gus Modern Acrylic Wine Rack - $155

The Gadget Flow - 2 Jan 2014 08:00
Gus Modern Acrylic Wine Rack -The Acrylic Wine Rack from Gus Modern is a simple yet highly efficient and visually appealing wine rack1. The rack is made from one-inch thick acrylic with openings for up to eight wine bottles. You... mount the back panel of...
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Ford's C-Max Solar EnergiFord will be using CES as the stage next week to show off its new C-Max Solar Energi concept, a plug-in hybrid with a twist: instead of actually plugging it into an outlet when it's parked, you can... just let the sun do the work. The company worked with the Georgia Institute of Technology and California solar energy firm SunPower on the project, which uses Fresnel lenses to concentrate the sun's rays on a relatively compact panel atop the C-Max's roof. The system is also capable of tracking the sun as it moves from east to west, adding up to the equivalent of a four-hour plug-in charge if you leave it sitting in the sun for a full day. Ford's quoted range on the car adds up to 620 miles off a combination of gas and electric, with up to 21...
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Jedi scientists make thingsLooking at this video, it seems like scientists at the University of Tokyo have mastered the Force and they're now able to make things levitate and move in space. But magic this is not, young... Skywalker--it's the first time that anyone has achieved such a feat using sound waves. Given enough energy, they can move anything they want using this technique.
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The Hobbit wins dubious honorWhile Game of Thrones took home the official title of the most pirated TV show of 2013, the most pirated film of the past year was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TorrentFreak reports. The first... episode of The Hobbit saga was downloaded an estimated of 8.4 million times on BitTorrent networks from January 1st to mid-December 2013, according to the publication's sources which include download statistics from public BitTorrent trackers. However, the numbers do not include data from online streaming sites and cyberlocker downloads. The No. 2 and No. 3 spots go to Django Unchained and Fast And Furious 6, which had 8.1 million and 7.9 million downloads, respectively. Other pirated movie hits of last year in the top 10 include
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The U.S. National Security Agency is reportedly working on a development that would arguably bring its surveillance capabilities from "almost Orwellian," as a federal judge recently wrote, to... full-fledged Orwellian. The agency has invested nearly $80 million to build a computer that could break "nearly every kind of encryption," according to a Washington Post report published online Thursday. Based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Post reports the NSA is racing to build a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets."
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Afinia response: We did notThe smaller 3D printer maker says Stratasys' four patents either do not cover their machines or were invalid in the first place due to preexisting inventions.
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A new fitness band from LG may be revealed at CES, Google kills Bump, and Netflix is testing a cheaper subscription plan.
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Bucky Fuller's Forgotten WWIIBuckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Unit--an emergency shelter developed during WWII--isn't his most well-known work. In fact, for years, it's been unclear if any DDUs still existed. But this... week, The New York Times tells the story of a handful of shelters that have resurfaced, after being abandoned on an army base just 30 miles outside of NYC.
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CES 2014 to host iBeaconToday, the Consumer Electronics Association announced that it will be using Apple's new iBeacon technology to host a unique scavenger hunt of sorts at its International CES event scheduled for next... week. Using the official CES mobile apps for iOS or Android, attendees will be able to collect badges for encountering the location-aware Bluetooth iBeacons […]
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[From GadgeTell] The details about the so-called Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite are scarce, and we don't actually know the differences it will carry when compared with the original Samsung Galaxy Note 3.... However, according to a new rumor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite with model number SM-N750 -- the non-LTE version -- is expected to come with a 720p resolution, based on an entry in the user agent profile (UAProf). Well, that's a decent downgrade as it's big sibling comes with an impressive 1080p display.
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The spy agency is reportedly in a race to build its own quantum computer to stay ahead of others seeking to own the mother of all decryption machines.
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Groupon's $260M Acquisition OfToday Groupon announced that its purchase of the Korean ticket and ecommerce company Ticket Monster has closed. A document filed with the SEC states that on “January 2, 2014, the Company and Groupon... Trailblazer completed its previously reported acquisition of LS Korea.” As the same filing notes, LS Korea, or LivingSocial Korea, was the holding company for Ticket Monster. The purchase, worth $260 million, helps Groupon’s international expansion, and could assist it in bolstering its flagging revenue growth rates. In the most recent quarter, Groupon had revenue of $595.1 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. Ticket Monster could quickly accelerate Groupon’s top line: The business had gross billings on an annual basis of $800 million at the time the acquisition was announced, and...
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Just how private are your Facebook messages? A new suit charges that the company mines your messages for profit.
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Pebble teases 'somethingThe smartwatch fanatics over at Pebble have begun to hype their spot at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. In a posting on the Pebble website, the company teases "something special". In typical secrecy,... the company doesn't come out and tell us what to expect....
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New year, new TUAW hardwareOver the years, TUAW has dramatically increased the number of hardware reviews that are published. This year, we'll be changing the way we do our product reviews to not only make it possible for us to... publish even more reviews, but to give our ...
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Check whether your USB is aGreat discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you... may have missed. Check out these discussions and add your own thoughts to make them even more wonderful!
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HTC M8 spec leak: 5-inch 1080pThe HTC M8 is becoming more real every day, thanks to new, enticing specs released by notable leaksters. Tech blogger @evleaks has just teased some "preliminary" specs for the next HTC flagship... smartphone. This handset has been popping up via images...
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Polaroid announces affordablePolaroid has announced a new line of 4K televisions, aimed to be on the more affordable side for customers. Details are slim right now, but the company plans to show off the 4K line further at CES... 2014 next week. Polaroid plans to launch screen sizes...
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From Ford, a Plug-In That Tracks the Sun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Engadget - 2 Jan 2014 22:28
Polaroid's been struggling with a bit of an identity crisis since the halcyon days of instant photography. Did you know, for example, that the company's been putting its name on TVs? Polaroid's... celebrating CES with the release of two ambitious (if ...
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[From GamerTell] Terraria works wonderfully on the Vita, and its cross-play features make it the best handheld version of the game.
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As snow sweeps across the country from the west, the northeastern United States is bracing for heavy snowfall that could cause blizzard conditions from Thursday evening into Friday. Forecasters at the... National Weather Service (NWS) expect multiple storm systems to converge along the East Coast, with eastern New York and Massachusetts getting the brunt of it. Winter weather has already affected areas around the country and it is expected to leave "arctic air" in its wake. See also: 20 Reliable Sources to Follow for Winter Storm News "Aside from the snow and wind, the big issue will be the brutally cold air tomorrow and again early next week after a brief warm up this weekend," Chris Vaccaro, director of communications for the National Weather Service, told Mashable in an email.
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La Niña Influences MeltChanges in water masses during La Niña events can significantly slow the melting rate of one of Antarctica's largest glaciers, according to a new study.
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A majority of surveyed physicians said they were alerted to a potential medication error or critical lab value by an electronic health record, finds a new study.
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Increased federal funding for community health centers has helped low-income adults get access to primary and dental care, according to a new study.
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Researchers have discovered that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the Holter... monitor, which is typically used for 24 hours and has been the standard of care for more than 50 years.
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Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists have showed that your lungs have odor receptors as well. The odor receptors in your... lungs are in the membranes of flask-shaped neuroendocrine cells that dump neurotransmitters and neuropeptides when the receptors are stimulated, perhaps triggering you to cough to rid your body of the offending substance.
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Mock Mars Mission: UtahThe Mars Desert Research Station aims to help humanity prepare for the rigors and challenges of life on the Red Planet. It was designed in line with the "Mars Direct" settlement approach, which sees... crews living off the land as much as possible.
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Microsoft has quietly upgraded the Surface Pro 2, with new hardware including faster processors being sent out to those who returned their Windows 8 tablets after the December firmware update …
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On Tuesday March 13, NASA's Curiosity science team announced that the Martian rover had found the first confirmed site other than Earth where conditions were right to have once hosted ancient life, if... it ever evolved on the red planet....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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[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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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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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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The Chinese smartphone maker aims to churn out 40 million phones this year as it expands into new markets.
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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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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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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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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-inch S930 smartphone starts at $319, and the 4.7-inch S650 starts at $229. Both share common hardware and are intended to bring high-end smartphone features to inexpensive handsets, said Keith Liu, director of launch marketing at Lenovo. The new products will be shown at the International...
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From ants to gorillas: LondonFrom aardvarks to zebras, the residents of London Zoo are coming forth to be counted.
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Wells Fargo downgrades AAPLWell Fargo has downgraded AAPL stock from ‘outperform’ to ‘market perform,’ citing the fact that the company’s gross margins have typically fallen 2.25 percent in the two quarters following... the launch of a brand new iPhone model (rather than an S upgrade). Our bullish thesis on Apple had been predicated on the expectation for gross […]
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Most high schools don't teach how to balance checkbooks or navigate loans, though plenty of young people wish they had more access to formal financial education. While it would be impossible to fit an... entire economics class in one article, the first step to grasping more complicated financial concepts is to learn the fundamental terminology. See also: 10 Personal Finance Experts to Follow on Twitter Understanding basic financial terms can help you make the most informed choices about your fiscal path. Here are just some of the most frequently used terms you'll need to know. 401(k) A popular retirement plan offered by many employers, a 401(k) allows you to set aside a certain percentage of your paycheck into a retirement fund, before taxes.
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What makes the Mac Pro tick? The teardown team from repair firm iFixit have got their hands on a system hot off the production line and have taken it apart to show us how Apple has put together the... ultimate workstation.
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The South Korean company's stock dropped by almost 5 percent, wiping $8 billion off its market cap. It may be small change for Samsung, but fears for profit growth remain.
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Nokia Store for Symbian became a time capsule on 1 January.
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A new analysis of satellite orbits suggest Earth is heavier than expected, perhaps due to a halo of dark matter around its equator     
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schwit1 writes "Illinois passed a new state law that set back the efforts of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), making the use of drones to interfere with hunters and fishermen... prohibited. The law was created in response to PETA's plan to employ drones called "air angels" to monitor outdoors enthusiasts engaged in hunting and fishing nationwide."
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Quirky Quarks: 'Charming'For the first time scientists are seeing how charm quarks transform into their antiparticles. The observation could help answer questions about why the universe is made of matter, and might even be... evidence of new, previously unseen particles.
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The newest version of Windows is behind Vista by just one-tenth of one percentage point based on the latest stats from Net Applications.
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Lenovo, quite the busy bee here at CES 2014, has introduced its first-ever smartphone with LTE support, the Vibe Z. With this super thin handset comes a variety of features, …
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The end is finally in sightEveryone who’s sick and tired of smartphone patent lawsuits can rejoice: We may finally, at long last, be nearing the end of one of the biggest. An unnamed high-level Samsung executive tells The... Korea Times that “working-level discussions” with Apple on a patent licensing agreement “are now underway,” which is the firmest indication we’ve seen yet that the two smartphone giants may be getting ready to strike a deal. What’s more, a source at Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning tells The Korea Times that the two companies are closer than ever to reaching a deal and have started “softening their positions on some contentious issues.” A jury in California recently awarded Apple an additional $290 million in its patent
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How many of us use our smartphones as the regular alarm clock? I am quite sure that the answer would be the majority, which means the regular alarm clock as we know it - you know, with a hammer that... hits the bell many times a single second to create that signature ring, is no
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Lenovo Vibe Z Android[CES 2014] There is always a first time for everyone, and when it comes to Lenovo and their Vibe Z, this would be the first LTE smartphone from the manufacturer. In fact, the Lenovo Vibe Z looks set... to be the flagship model for Lenovo, coming in an extremely thin form factor that will feature gesture controls, a built-in photo enhancement software as well as a slew of other premium technologies to make sure it fits in with the rest of the high end smartphone crowd. (more…) Follow: Breaking, CellPhones, CES, CES 2014, Lenovo, Lenovo Vibe Z Android Smartphone Delivers LTE Connectivity original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Lenovo Announces S930 And S650[CES 2014] Lenovo today announced a “super-sized” smartphone that’s big on multimedia. The S930 touts a 6 inch 1,280×720 pixel resolution display which effectively places it in the phablet... category. It has a 1.3GHz quadcore MediaTek processor under the hood coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The S930 also has support for dual SIM cards, which will definitely make it an enticing candidate in a number of emerging markets. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Android, CES, CES 2014, Lenovo, Lenovo Announces S930 And S650 Android Smartphones original content from Ubergizmo.     
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10 coolest archaeologyArchaeologists dig through the faint traces of the past to learn more about human history.
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If your organization supports multiple instances of the CRM platform, it could be hurting the marketing and customer experience teams.
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Sony Vaio Tap 11 review

Pocket-lint - 2 Jan 2014 15:00
Sony Vaio Tap 11 reviewThe Vaio Tap 11 is Sony's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. It's slim - less than 1cm from front to back, which Sony reckons makes it the "world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet" - and equally at home... propped up on the desk like a regular PC, or...
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The new year is still shiny and new, and it's off to a good start: The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tomorrow, Jan. 3! With no Moon to interfere with it, you could have as many as 100 or more... meteors per hour, so it's worth a shot taking a look if you can. The Quadrantids -- named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, which no longer exists (think of it as having been either rezoned into new constellations, or gerrymandered) -- peak pretty rapidly, going from essentially nothing to the maximum number per hour in about 12 hours! Most other showers, like the more-famous Perseids, peak more slowly, taking days to build up. What this means is that it's best to get out and look when the shower is at its max. In this case, that's predicted to be at 19:30 UTC on Jan. 3, or 14:30 EST....
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Pay Attention to ChargerYou might think that all chargers are created equally, but nothing could be further from the truth. Wired explains that picking the right charger with the right amperage (a measure of current) can... mean the difference between getting your phone charged while you work versus waiting all day before you can unplug it.
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Sometimes Lenovo is ahead of the curve: It was first to market with Intel's mobile chips for two years in a row. When it comes to LTE, though, the company has been sadly trailing; it's only just... getting around to releasing its first 4G device. But ...
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Lenovo's Vibe Z is the company's smartphone headliner at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but really plays into a broader effort to target emerging markets.
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10 Big Science Initiatives To Watch For In 2014

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 14:56
10 Big Science Initiatives ToTransgenic monkeys Several research groups, including a team led by geneticist Erika Sasaki and stem-cell biologist Hideyuki Okano at Keio University in Tokyo, hope to create transgenic primates with... immune-system deficiencies or brain disorders. This could raise ethical concerns, but might bring us closer to therapies that are relevant to humans (mice can be poor models for such disorders). The work will probably make use of a gene-editing method called CRISPR, which saw rapid take-up last year. Space probes The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft could become the first mission to land a probe on a comet. If all goes well, it will land on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. Mars will also be a busy place: India's orbiter mission should arrive at the planet in September, about...
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Google purchased Bump back in September of 2013. Bump is an application made for use on smartphones and other devices that might feature NFC tech or not. Bump allowed users …
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Ancient Roman Sundial'sUsing NASA data and new computer simulations, researchers say they've discovered how the sun would have lined up with an Egyptian obelisk and the famed Ara Pacis in ancient Rome. The Ara Pacis, or... "Altar of Peace," was dedicated in the year 9 B.C. to honor the Pax Romana, an era of relative peace established by Rome's first emperor Augustus. Today the building is recognized as a masterpiece of Augustan architecture, and it is housed in a glass, cube-shaped museum along the Tiber River. But in ancient times, it would have stood in the northern outskirts of the city, near an Egyptian obelisk that the Romans uprooted from Heliopolis and repurposed as a gnomon, or giant sundial. Many historians had long accepted German scholar Edmund Buchner's theory that the shadow of the obelisk (which now...
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Reddit's tips for AppleTV owners

The Loop - 2 Jan 2014 14:52
Reddit user DeepWoods got a new AppleTV for Christmas and started a thread asking for cool tips. As always, Reddit replied. If you've got an AppleTV, follow the headline link and dig in.∞ Read this... on The Loop
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Gesture controlled quadrotorAll hail our robot overlords. We had to get that out of the way before telling you about a new technology that takes us another step towards our inevitable enslavement by machines. This time reckless... scientists over at Aerospace Robotics and Control Laboratory...
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This robot may not look like much--it is, after all, just a cube--but despite its simple geometry, it's capable of balancing, jumping, and even walking.
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Magnificent Orion NebulaAstrophotographer Chuck Manges of Hooversville, Pa., captured this amazing photo of the Orion Nebula. See how Manges did it here.
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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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Samsung Stock Closes DownSamsung isn't off to a great start for 2014 - during its first full day of trading of the new year, it lost 4.6 percent of its stock price value, which amounts to a more than $8 billion drop in market... value, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The drop is likely attributable to increasing lack of confidence from investors in Samsung's ability to continue to grow its mobile business.
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The incredibly huge size ofThis is how the Great Spiral Galaxy of Andromeda would look in the sky if it were bright enough. Sadly, its light is too faint. But imagine seeing that every night. Would you get tired of it? I know I... wouldn't.
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Thread Needles Faster byThreading a needle isn't horribly difficult, but it can certainly be a pain if you don't do it regularly or you're using thick thread. Thankfully The Art of Manliness has a time-saving tip that makes... it much easier: Move the needle to the thread, not the thread to the eye of the needle.
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Last month rumors started to circulate that Asus was working on a new Windows tablet. The rumors claim the device is called the VivoTab Note 8. Along with the name …
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Double Slit X-Rays

Physics Central - 2 Jan 2014 14:24
A modern-day take on the classic double-slit experiment
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[From AppleTell] Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will let you speed across land, sea and air, and then have the ability to transform your vehicles mid-race.
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Sega has just released Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Google Play. Available now from the iTunes App Store for $4.99, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will... let you speed across land, sea and air, and then have the ability to transform your vehicles mid-race.
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Tiny iMpulse Brings PhysicalWhile adding physical controls instantly improves almost any mobile game, no one wants to carry around a big, bulky control pad all day. But it’s unlikely you’ll have any complaints about taking... the iMpulse with you everywhere you go, because…
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Hackers broke into Snapchat, the hugely popular mobile app, accessing the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million users and publishing them online, tech news website TechCrunch has announced.
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Virus attacks computers at town hall in NH

Miami Herald - 2 Jan 2014 14:15
Officials in the New Hampshire town of Greenland say eight years of data and documents were lost when Town Hall computers became infected with a virus known as CryptoLocker.
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Space science stories to watch in 2014

Phys.org - 2 Jan 2014 14:10
Space science stories to watchThere's an old Chinese proverb that says, "May you live in interesting times," and 2013 certainly fit the bill in the world of spaceflight and space science. The past year saw spacecraft depart for... Mars, China land a rover on the Moon, and drama in low Earth orbit to repair the International Space Station. And all of this occurred against a landscape of dwindling budgets, government shutdowns that threatened launches and scientific research, and ongoing sequestration.
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How to Get Started With Keek

Mashable - 2 Jan 2014 14:06
When thinking of video-centered social networks, Toronto-based Keek probably isn't the first to come to mind. In fact, you might not have even heard of it at all. Launched in 2011, the teen-friendly... mobile video-sharing service has maintained an under-the-radar presence, steadily gaining both users and notoriety in the shadow of networks such as Vine, Instagram and Snapchat. See also: Use These 10 Apps During Downtime Below, we've created a list of things you need to know about Keek — what it is, how it works and why it might be the micro-video app for you. 1. How Keek Works Image: Keek Like its competitors, Keek has a pretty simple mobile interface for recording videos. Unlike Vine or Instagram videos, Keeks can be up to 36 seconds long, though they have to be filmed all at one time —...
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The fourth annual rankings of the use of social media among world leaders has been published by the Digital Policy Council. The report looks at the number of world leaders …
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World's first optical analogueOptical cables, that use light to transmit signals, have long been in any self-respecting audiophile's cable collection. But never have they made the jump to guitar, until now with the Light Lead. The... advantage of an optical guitar cable is zero capacitance...
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The French telco is planning legal action to discover whether or not the NSA intercepted its customer data.
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LG webOS TV Cards User Interface Leaked

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 14:01
LG webOS TV Cards UserAccording to reports, LG will be unveiling their webOS-based smart television come CES 2014. One of the unique aspects of the upcoming device would be its cards interface and thanks to a recently... leaked photo from the ever-reliable @evleaks, we now know what we might able to expect from LG next week. Pictured above appears to be the upcoming smart TV from LG running the webOS operating system, and true to the rumors, it looks like the cards interface is present and does give off a rather unique and interesting vibe. Considering that smart TVs these days share a somewhat similar interface to smartphones, which we guess is understandable given the experience that most of us have navigating smartphone, this new UI is a big departure in terms of design. The leaked interface also shows off apps...
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PS4 Leading Xbox One Sales InDepending on where you are living, and depending on which time you are looking at, the PS4 and the Xbox One appear to be outdoing one another, but given that we're now in 2014, which console is doing... better? Well according to a recent report by MCV, it would appear that as far as the UK is concerned, the PS4 is leading the Xbox One in terms of sales. In its first five weeks of sales, the PS4 managed to sell a whopping 530,000 units, versus the Xbox One which managed 364,000 units, giving the PS4 a lead of 166,000 units. In terms of revenue generated by sales, the PS4 managed to nab Sony £181.8 million, while the Xbox One managed earn Microsoft about £144.5 million. Granted these are pretty big figures and definitely no joke, but for now it does appear that the PS4 is winning. In terms of...
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Lenovo Vibe Z LTE smartphone launched

Coolest Gadgets - 2 Jan 2014 14:00
There is always a first time for everything, and when it comes to the folks over at Lenovo, the Lenovo Vibe Z will be the first LTE smartphone from the company which is more famous for their range of... notebooks and desktops than anything else. Sure, they have had some smartphones in the past that
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You've blasted asteroids with your eyes, but are you ready to shoot virtual bad guys just by looking at them? That's the promise of a new game controller in development from SteelSeries, powered by... Tobii's eye-tracking technology. Tobii has been slowly upgrading and improving its eye-tracking technology for years, first creating a laptop with eye control, then showing what was possible with an arcade version of Eye Asteroids. Developers have been able to unlock the possibilities of eye control with the company's Rex peripheral, and now the tech will finally be going commercial with the coming SteelSeries product.
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Tobii And SteelSeries Team Up[CES 2014] Gamers are probably well-aware of the brand SteelSeries who are known as a manufacturer of gaming accessories and peripherals, such as headphones, gaming mice, keyboards, and have even... sponsored gaming teams, such as DotA 2's Na'Vi. Now SteelSeries will be teaming up with Tobii, which for those unfamiliar is a company that specializes in eye tracking technology. With SteelSeries and Tobii involved, the end result is an eye-tracking gaming peripheral which they are calling the world's first mass-market consumer eye-tracking device for gamers. (more…) Follow: Breaking, Gaming, CES, CES 2014, Eye-Tracking, tobii, Tobii And SteelSeries Team Up For Eye-Tracking Gaming Accessory original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Top 13 archaeological2013 was a big year in the world of archaeology. Archaeologists in Jerusalem claimed to have uncovered the palace of the Biblical King David, a 1.8-million-year-old skull shook mankind's family tree... and the 'Gate to Hell' guardians were recovered in Turkey. Here are our top 13 picks for this year's archaeological discoveries.
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Cape Wind, Siemens agree to(Phys.org) --Siemens last month inked a deal with the Cape Wind project that could be a significant step to advance wind farm activity in the United States. The plant is to operate in New England, on... Horseshoe Shoal, an area of water toward the center of Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts. This would be America's first offshore wind farm, capable of powering on average three-quarters of the Cape and Islands with renewable energy. The wind turbines are to be spaced six to nine football fields apart. Siemens' role is major and comes in three parts. Siemens will provide the wind turbines; an electric service platform (ESP) positioned toward the center of the wind farm site, transforming voltage of the electricity produced by the turbines; and a service agreement for the first 15 years of...
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How Not to Be The Coworker Everyone Hates

Life Hacker - 2 Jan 2014 14:00
How Not to Be The CoworkerEveryone knows what it's like to have a frustratingly dumb coworker to deal with, but what if you're worried that the frustrating coworker is you? After all, it's easy to point out the faults in... others without taking responsibility for your own shortcomings. Let's look at how you can make sure you're not the one everyone in the office has to plan around instead of work with.
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Cobra Electronics will debut its new series of AirWave Bluetooth speakers and solar powered mobile chargers, as well as the JumPack powerpack.
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Now you can be notified if your email address appears in any new, publicly-released data breaches.
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$100 prescription lens optionRochester Optical has announced it'll be releasing its own prescription lenses for Google Glass in the next few weeks. Various options will be available, with prices expected to start from $100. The... post $100 prescription lens option coming soon for Glass, but not from Google appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A show and tell with a friend and his new Windows 8.1 hybrid exposed 5 things newbies can do to make the transition from Windows 7 easier.
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The Science of Chocolate

Gizmodo - 2 Jan 2014 13:50
OK, so you've spent the last week stuffing your face with the stuff, so now how about learning about it, too? In this video, the Science Show explains everything you need to know about chocolate.
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LG will be one of the electronics firms that is showing off its high-end TV tech at CES 2014. When the show kicks off next week LG plans to show …
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Review: iPad Air

The Phoblographer - 2 Jan 2014 13:39
It's nice to go out, mind at peace and know you can show your work, on a nice screen. The iPad air is a nice multi purpose device. That is actually and improvement and not just a minor upgrade. The... post Review: iPad Air appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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New Jailbreak Tweak Is A LockReferred to as “Swipey”, a new jailbreak tweak allows iOS 7 users to access six different apps via a left swipe from their iDevice lock screen — giving you all the features associated with a... lock screen launcher, minus the…
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The search for dark matter is starting to go cold --
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Since the 1980s physicists have deployed a string of increasingly advanced detectors in pursuit of something that ought to be ubiquitous but has proved devilishly hard to capture. Dark matter, the...... --
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LG To Announce New OLED TVs At CES 2014

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 13:29
LG To Announce New OLED TVs AtIf you're a fan of television sets and if you were thinking about furnishing your home with a brand new TV, you're in luck because according to LG, the South Korean tech giant plans on unveiling what... they're calling the most comprehensive OLED TV lineup on the planet come CES 2014, which is taking place later next week. During the exhibition, LG will be taking the opportunity to unveil a series of OLED televisions ranging in a variety of sizes, with the smallest being of the 55-inch variety, and the largest being a 77-inch curved Ultra HD display, all of which will feature LG's WRGB OLED technology and 4K resolution. Now we're sure some of you guys are wondering with companies unveiling new televisions every year, doesn't it get expensive to keep upgrading? Well fret not because LG is...
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ASUS has just verified that a VivoTab Note 8 slate is imminent after it published the manual on its own site. According to leaks we saw earlier at the FCC and elsewhere, the Windows 8.1 device will be... powered by an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core CPU and ...
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The popular contacts and file-sharing app will cease to work from the end of this month after Google decided the team behind it should focus on new projects.
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Watches, glasses andWith Microsoft losing its controversial CEO, Apple launching new iPads and iPhones and the rise of wearable devices all making headlines, it's been another huge year for technology. That's before you... look at the gobbling up of Nokia, Amazon's embrace of drones and the ongoing NSA affair.
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Spray bacteria on the desert to halt its spread

New Scientist - 2 Jan 2014 13:18
In northern China, seeding sand dunes with bacteria is helping to re-establish the soil crust and hold back the sand     
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Strikingly review: MakeFacebook contains plenty of your personal information, but having a Facebook page is a far cry from having a personal Web site. Unless you use Strikingly, a cool Web site building service that pulls... data from your Facebook account and uses it to create a slick-looking Web site you can call your own. Strikingly builds your Web site very quickly. Strikingly is easy to use, especially if you rely on its one-click feature: Give it permission to access Facebook and it does all the work for you. It pulls relevant data from Facebook, such as your profile picture, work experience, and places of residence, and arranges that into an attractive Web page that you can customize--to an extent. Strikingly lets you add and remove sections to the site it builds using its intuitive editing menu. Freelancers...
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(AP)--Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.
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This Wi-Fi-enabled smartTraditional mailboxes are no longer well-suited for our modern shipping habits, and this clever new Kickstarter project aims to give them a much-needed update with sensors, smartphone apps, and wifi.... Hit the jump to learn more The post This Wi-Fi-enabled smart mailbox will only worsen your Amazon addiction appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New MIT technology allows 3D(AP)--Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to allow people in one place to interact with three-dimensional versions of people or objects in a different location.
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Is This LG's webOS TV?

Gizmodo - 2 Jan 2014 13:15
Is This LG's webOS TV?Rumors have circulated for some time now about LG working on an open, webOS-powered smart TV . Now, a leaked image provides a glimpse at what that might actually look like.
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Radionomy buys Winamp and Shoutcast

Slash Gear - 2 Jan 2014 13:14
Fans of music services Winamp and Shoutcast received some bad news in late November when it was announced that AOL would shut down both the services. The original announcement said …
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Syrian group hacks Skype

Phys.org - 2 Jan 2014 13:13
Syrian group hacks SkypeThe Syrian Electronic Army hacker group set its sights on Skype's social media accounts Wednesday to accuse Microsoft of spying on user data.
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Alleged Samsung Galaxy NoteIs bigger necessarily better? When it comes to tablets, we have seen the trend go from tablets around the 10" size drop to the 7" variety. While 10" tablets aren't exactly considered bulky, their 7"... counterparts are a lot more mobile and portable, with devices like the Nexus 7, iPad mini, and Kindle Fire HDX doing quite well for themselves. However it looks like Samsung could be headed the opposite direction with their upcoming Galaxy Note Pro which is rumored to sport a 12.2" display, and thanks to recent AnTuTu benchmarks (discovered by the folks at SamMobile), the full specifications of the upcoming device has been revealed, which we guess would ultimately "confirm" its existence. So what sort of specs are we looking at? According to the benchmarks, the Galaxy Note Pro will sport a...
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Motorola Xoom Gets UnofficialThe Motorola Xoom was a tablet released by Motorola a few years ago, back in 2011 to be exact. We haven't seen anymore tablets from Motorola in the past couple of months, neither have we heard any... plans of newer Xoom tablets in the future either, so safe to say the Xoom was the last of Motorola's tablet efforts, at least for now. Well the good news is that if you're still using your Motorola Xoom and you have absolutely no issues with it, you might be pleased to learn that the tablet will be getting an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat! Yes, you read that right, a tablet about 3 years old will be getting an update to the latest build of Android! Unfortunately this is not an official build from Motorola, but rather a custom ROM courtesy of XDA member, Schischu. This is an Android 4.4.2...
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Apple's Lucky Bag Contents Revealed

Ubergizmo - 2 Jan 2014 13:11
Apple's Lucky Bag ContentsWe had earlier reported that Apple will be taking part in the traditional "Lucky Bags" sale over in Japan. This is a tradition that takes place all over Japan where retailers offer up bags stuffed... with mysterious goods that customers can purchase at discounted prices. Sometimes some customers walk away with something worth a lot more, while sometimes they might walk away with something only a little bit more, but either way they do walk away with a deal. Well turns out that Apple has been pretty generous with their Lucky Bags in 2014 as there have been reports of customers walking about with an 11" MacBook Air! These Lucky Bags are priced around $340 and the bag that is worth the most contained an 11" MacBook Air, an Apple Magic Mouse, Pill Speaker by Beats, a red MacBook Air jacket, an...
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Instead of posting messages pertaining to the Syrian government, this group decided to focus on something that hits home to all users: privacy on the Web
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iPad Pro To Feature 2K DisplayAccording to reports, Apple’s speculated-upon iPad Pro will come not only with a larger screen and greatly improved resolution — but also eye tracking technology. The rumored 12.9 inch tablet will... supposedly be released next fall, although FoxConn sources have…
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When you’re self-employed, it’s easy to think that your schedule is 100% your own, and that you can pick and choose exactly how you want to spend your time. However, entrepreneurs work hard to... please clients and build the perfect business — which means that personal time is often sacrificed for last minute projects, client meetings and tight deadlines. The stress and long hours of the entrepreneurial lifestyle often come at the expense of physical and mental well-being. Trips to the gym take a back seat to the business See also: 8 Ways Businesses Can Use Facebook Embedded Posts If you’ve been struggling to find a way to fit regular exercise into your unpredictable, self-employed schedule, here are a few tips for the new year.
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A social network designed in 2006 by a young Yale professor to link Hispanic scientists now boasts more than 6,500 members and has not only spurred research collaborations, but has increased interest... in science among Hispanic students, particularly those of Puerto Rican descent, a new paper claims.
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Sorry, Albert: Physics that challenges Einstein

New Scientist - 2 Jan 2014 13:00
Gravity, relativity, space and time - Albert Einstein explained all these and more. But his ideas are under scrutiny like never before     
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Huge TVs. Steam Machine. ATo set the stage for this year's International CES--that annual consumer electronics trade show that invades Las Vegas at the beginning of January and devours all in its path--let me tell you a little... story about last year's event. At one point early on in that show--my first-ever CES--I was trying to get from an appointment at one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to another meeting far, far away. I hadn't counted on time, distance, and the crush of slow-moving humanity. In an effort to get from Point A to Point B, I put my head down and started zig-zagging my way down aisles, across booths, and through doors. I wound up completely turned around, no closer to my final destination than before, and having to flag down passersby for some clue--any clue--as to where I was (other than...
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Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboardIt has been confirmed that the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboard from Elite will also work for Android as well as iOS devices, and will also be usable as a wireless Qwerty keyboard for Bluetooth-capable... PC and Mac computers, should you have a hankering for...
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Explainer: the science of fireworks

Phys.org - 2 Jan 2014 12:58
Explainer: the science ofWhile large firework displays have become even more more popular over the past ten years or so, most of the chemistry behind these exuberant displays has been known for centuries. Marrying this with... modern digital technology provides the fiery choreography of our New Year celebrations.
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Samsung is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in force each year. Samsung traditionally has one of the largest booths at CES packed with TVs, home theater gear, …
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Apple Stores across Japan have today begun selling different configurations of the Fukubukro, or "lucky bag", giving customers the chance to purchase a random assortment of products sold at a steep... discount, reports Japanese blog Mac Otakara [Google Translate]. This year's lucky bags, which sell for 36,000 yen, or $345, come in four different configurations with certain items appearing in every bag, including a t-shirt commemorating the event, an Incase City Collection Compact Backpack in a special red color, and a Mophie Juice Pack PowerStation Mini with a design to match the grab bag. MacBook Air Lucky Bag (Source: App Bank, Google Translate) Different items between the bundles however differ greatly, with one configuration of the bag offering a 11-inch MacBook Air with a Power Support...
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One small memorandum of understanding, one big step for cross-border IT as Estonia and Finland ink deal for common online services.
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Has Microsoft found a new mobile partner in an old rival?
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5 Tech Products That Will BeWith the speed of innovation in the tech industry, we can't know every piece of technology that will fill our everyday lives in five years, but we can predict what won’t last. As smartphones begin... to render low-end cameras obsolete and Netflix continues to upend the DVD and Blu-ray market, it's clear the technology landscape will look dramatically different in the near future. Here are five tech products we predict will go the way of the dodo in the next half-decade. Blu-ray/DVD players Netflix, Netflix, Netflix. Amazingly, the entire demise of Blu-rays and DVDs (and Blockbuster) are due to one company. There were other players in the cultural shift to streaming movies, but Netflix is the iTunes of movies on demand. Funny enough, iTunes offers movie rentals as well. Blu-ray players were...
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HTC faces a possible ban on selling its own devices in Europe's largest market.
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Exploring two more general-purpose Linux versions on the Raspberry Pi.
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New iPhone 5s Jailbreak LetsWith the iOS 7 jailbreak finally worth installing on newer iPhones and iPads, it seems the floodgates have finally been opened. Virtual Home is one of the first Touch ID based jailbreak tweaks... available for the iPhone 5s. Working with…
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Panasonic Toughpad 4K tabletThe world's first 4K tablet should be arriving this February at a price of around £2,700. After trying out the 4K tablet at a trade show or two we're eager to give this a long test. It looked... stunning but is aimed more at graphic professionals than the...
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Ford has unveiled a new concept car based on the C-Max plug-in hybrid vehicle. The concept car is called the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept. Ford says that the car …
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Ultra-thin tool heating forIn future, thin-film heating will allow plastic parts to be produced with greatly improved surface quality. Researchers have also found a way to make the whole process more energy efficient.
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Mac Pro Production Could DelayApple's latest Mac Pros were released towards the end of December 2013, but unfortunately due to immense popularity and also because it has been speculated that Apple might have some production... difficulties, the shipping times for those who placed their orders later were set for February this year. Now according to reports, not only has this delay affected customers buying the computer online, but have also affected those who planned to walk into Apple's shops to buy the Mac Pros. Based on the reports, those planning on purchasing the Mac Pros from the shops will only be able to do some come March, or worst-case scenario, April! This information is according to an Apple Australia business specialist who has reportedly directed customers to purchase their Mac Pros from the online website as...
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BlackBerry Plans On SupportingIt’s easy to switch from one app to the other, and to close them BlackBerry 10 is the Canadian company's latest platform when it comes to smartphones, but unfortunately it isn't doing as well as the... company would like. However at the same time there are still plenty of users left on BlackBerry 7 devices, whom presumably BlackBerry would love for them to upgrade to OS 10. Well the good news is that if you have no immediate plans on upgrading to OS 10, BlackBerry's Managing Director of India, Sunil Lalwani, has confirmed that the company will be maintaining support for OS 7 until December of 2015. According Lalwani, after that date, "Then we will discontinue sales of older BB devices, and provide exchange offers and upgrade offers for existing BB 7 users, to move to BB 10 platform."...
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Nokia Open To GoogleIn the tech space, companies such as Apple have taken on some of Android's biggest players in the form of Samsung, and Nokia has been doing their part as well in their legal battle with HTC, but it... seems that Nokia is willing to take on Google themselves (and Google's subsidiary Motorola Mobility whom they acquired not too long ago) in a statement released by Nokia as part of their ITC filing, stating that they are willing to sit down with Google and discuss the "unauthorized use" of Nokia's patents. According to the statement, "If Google wishes to proceed with its requested meeting, Nokia will do so, as we have repeatedly told you. Indeed, Nokia's Robert Gray explained in his October 25, 2013, letter to Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.: 'If Google is in a position to end the unauthorized...
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LG's Lifeband Touch fitnessWe'd already heard a rumor about LG's plans for a wrist-worn fitness tracker, and now a new leak has given us an early look at the device. Named the Lifeband Touch, it may make an official appearance... at CES 2014. The post LG’s Lifeband Touch fitness tracking wristband leaked appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung to show Sonos Play:1Samsung is to further set its sights on Sonos with a new addition to its Shape wireless audio multiroom system, which will be unveiled in the flesh on its stand at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. The... Samsung Shape M5 is smaller than the previously announced...
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Tech stocks: Sprint slides after downgrade

USA Today - 2 Jan 2014 12:24
Wireless carrier's stock price down after analyst downgrade.
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Click away the snow

Phys.org - 2 Jan 2014 12:20
Click away the snowThe control center at the Cologne Bonn Airport coordinates a number of actors during winter services. The new software upgrades the airport's central control of winter service activities. Now, one... click is enough in order to respond to weather changes.
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The US Postal Service IsDoor-to-door mail delivery might be on its last legs , but that isn't stopping the US Postal Service from flogging the horse. Now, it's testing a mobile point-of-sale system to reduce waiting times in... its customer lines.
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Fact: I’m currently waiting for my lazy optician to supply my first pair of “old-man glasses” aka specs with progressive lenses. In young-folk terms that means I get glasses which let me read... without holding the iPad at arms-length. In…
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Faster testing of new pharmaceuticals

Phys.org - 2 Jan 2014 12:10
Faster testing of newTo improve medical treatment, researchers test new drug ingredients on biological cells. By combining two microscopy techniques, the time required for testing can be reduced by 50 to 80 percent. And... far fewer measurements are needed.
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Car manufacturing - fast trackNew models of automobiles are initially manufactured in a pilot production run. A new procedure now makes it possible to transfer the parameters applied there directly to serial production.
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The sequel to 2009′s acclaimed Jet Car Stunts is now available in the App Store, and it looks pretty awesome. Offering crazy stunt driving — and advertizing “insane jumps” and “ludicrous... speeds” — Jet Car Stunts 2 offers 3 difficulty…
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What's inside the Apple JapanApple has a tradition in Japan that on the 2 January it holds what is termed a "Lucky Bag Sale" where customers can buy a random bag of Apple goodies and accessories for 36,000 yen (around £206).... There are four different bags in all, each with a different...
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Solar-powered C-Max SolarThe Ford C-Max Solar Energi is a hybrid car that's recharged by a solar powered roof panel. At this stage it's just a concept build, but should be rolling around at CES next week. The eco-friendly... machine works like a plug-in hybrid, charging a battery...
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Microsoft's "devices and services" mantra means that the company, eventually, has to make Windows free.
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Making silicon devicesResearchers have tried a variety of methods to develop detectors that are responsive to a broad range of infrared light -- which could form imaging arrays for security systems, or solar cells that... harness a broader range of sunlight's energy -- but these methods have all faced limitations. Now, a new system developed by researchers at five institutions, including MIT, could eliminate many of those limitations.The new approach is described in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications by MIT graduate student Jonathan Mailoa, associate professor of mechanical engineering Tonio Buonassisi, and 11 others.Silicon, which forms the basis of most semiconductor and solar-cell technology, normally lets most infrared light pass right through. This is because the material's bandgap -- a...
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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's Skype team is working extra hard right now, circumventing an attack that occurred earlier today by hackers claiming to be the Syrian Electronics Army (SEA).... This group apparently defaced Skype's Facebook page, Twitter page, as well as the Skype blog. The message? 'Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.'"
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Warping images using your PCBy projecting images onto contoured surfaces you get a virtual experience that puts you at the center of the action. Now, a quick and easy calibration technique could help the concept find a wider... application beyond the planetarium.
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LG webOS TV with sleek CardWe've seen more news from LG in the last week than anyone, but this leaked photo of its 2014 TV, with a sleek new webOS, still excites us the most. If this is accurate it could mean an entirely new... operating system for LG Smart TVs that looks, in a TV...
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Dual USB Charger Plugs IntoI’m a sucker for great charger designs, and Ventev’s Utilitycharger 2100 is clearly a smart design. So clever is it that I’m even willing to overlook my hatred of cards for a few minutes as I... write this post. This…
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Wall-crawling gecko robots canESA Top News: 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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Wall-crawling gecko robots canClimbing 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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Samsung Shape speakers targetSamsung just announced its expanded Shape wireless audio solution for the home. The multi-room system was first launched in October with a bare-bones offering of a single $399.99 Shape M7 speaker, and... an optional $49.99 wireless connectivity Hub for use in homes where plugging the speaker directly into the router is inconvenient. Now, just three months later, Samsung returns with a smaller M5 speaker and HW-H750 Soundbar with wireless sub. That's a large enough portfolio to put category-leading Sonos on notice. Samsung did in a single quarter what took Sonos years to deliver Details are scant at the moment. Samsung says the three-driver M5 speaker can be used alone or in combination with other Shape speakers, and it can be positioned...
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Bump, Flock apps to be discontinued

Phys.org - 2 Jan 2014 11:31
Smartphone file-sharing apps Bump and Flock have announced that they will be discontinued at the end of January.
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Samsung's Shape M5 Speaker: AJust a couple of months back Samsung launched the M7 streaming speaker , a device which was strikingly similar to a Sonos. Now, it has a smaller version called the M5, which is... also strikingly... similar to a Sonos.
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Intelligence Test Shows TheWhich phone users are the smartest? According to a peer-reviewed scientific study online intelligence test by renowned university British betting company Ladbrokes, the answer is iPhone owners. The... “results” were gathered from a data set of 1,000 respondees, whose time…
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The iMpulse gaming controllerGaming on a tablet or smartphone is fun, but can also be frustrating when sliding around the touch controls. Controller options are plentiful but nothing is truly portable, until the iMpulse. The... iMpulse is sold as the smallest portable controller you...
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DataWind's recently launched smartphones could usher a new era of connectivity in India--but not if it garners the kind of reputation the hardware maker's erstwhile Aakash tablet did.
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Missed the New Year's EveAnd so we are now a couple of days into 2014 and for many, the end of 2013 went with a bang. Several in fact. Major cities around the world held spectacular fireworks displays that saw in the new year... for each in style. It could even be said that some...
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AirBoxes: InflatableIf you’re looking to soften up your photo lighting (and let;’s be honest, who isn;t these days?) then you could do worse than the AirBox range of light modifiers. The AirBoxes are soft-boxes that... you inflate. With Air. Hence the…
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A new year, and new sales taxes on Amazon purchases made in Indiana, Nevada and Tennessee. Sorry, folks!
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LG's rumored webOS Smart TV is tipped to arrive at CES in the coming days, but that hasn't stopped intrepid leaker @evleaks from giving us what could be an early preview of its next connected set. In... what appears to be a significant departure from ...
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A new study quantifies for the first time future losses in deep-sea marine life, using advanced climate models. Results show that even the most remote deep-sea ecosystems are not safe from the impacts... of climate change.An international team of scientists predict seafloor dwelling marine life will decline by up to 38 per cent in the North Atlantic and over five per cent globally over the next century. These changes will be driven by a reduction in the plants and animals that live at the surface of the oceans that feed deep-sea communities.
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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve. This nerve carries images from the retina - specialized light-sensing tissue - to the brain, which allows you to see. If left... untreated, glaucoma can result in loss of vision and even blindness. Early detection and treatment can help protect your eyes against vision loss from glaucoma.Some risk factors for glaucoma include increasing age, African ancestry, a family history of the disease, past injuries to the eye and steroid use.Most cases of glaucoma do not produce easily noticeable symptoms at first.
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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).Researchers, led by Roberta Capp, MD, used the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to study 4,606 patients and their reasons for seeking emergency care.
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Virtual reality is so 2013 - a new, immersive blending of physical and virtual worlds suggests we could one day live our lives in "mixed reality"     
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It's taken nearly 200 years, but scientists in Arizona and Europe have teased out how the molecular switch for sex gradually and adaptively evolved in the honeybee.The first genetic mechanism for sex... determination was proposed in the mid-1800s by a Silesian monk named Johann Dzierson, according to the study's co-author and Arizona State University Provost Robert E. Page Jr. Dzierson was trying to understand how males and females were produced in honey bee colonies.
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Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including some that have concluded they are of no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless in determining... the real value of these micronutrients, a new analysis suggests.Many projects have tried to study nutrients that are naturally available in the human diet the same way they would a powerful prescription drug.
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New vaccine protects against staph-induced pneumonia

Medical News Today - 2 Jan 2014 11:00
New research published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases describes how a team in the US has developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal staph-induced pneumonia.Staphylococcus aureus... (staph) bacteria causes serious infections in both hospital and community settings, write the researchers.Led by Patrick Schlievert, a professor at the University of Iowa (UI), the researchers describe a new vaccine that targets three toxins made and secreted by the staph bacteria.
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By the time they're two, most children have had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and suffered symptoms no worse than a bad cold. But for some children, especially premature babies and those with... underlying health conditions, RSV can lead to pneumonia and bronchitis - which can require hospitalization and have long-term consequences.
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The results of a field trial with genetically modified poplar trees in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, shows that the wood of lignin modified poplar trees can be converted into sugars in a more efficient way.... These sugars can serve as the starting material for producing bio-based products like bio-plastics and bio-ethanol.The results of the field trial have been published in a scientific article in which the results of a field trial of French colleagues of the INRA institute in Orleans have also been incorporated. The article has been published in the online edition of PNAS of 30 December 2013.
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AVMA podcast: Protect your pets during cold weather

Medical News Today - 2 Jan 2014 11:00
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners in a new podcast that winter weather brings a host of potential hazards for pets, but with some preparation pets can be healthy... and comfortable until the spring thaw."Most pet owners seem to worry about their pets overheating in the summer, but tend to overlook the dangers of cold weather. Their fur coats don't always provide the necessary protection from the cold, particularly for small animals when the weather becomes extremely cold," explains Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the AVMA.
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Amazing Tablet Desk Is PerfectMy current desk cost me around €30 in the local flea market, comes from the GDR and is awesome. But it’s not a great desk for piling up with tech, thanks to a complete lack of charger cubbyholes... and cable…
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LG's webOS TV revealed in leaked image

The Verge - 2 Jan 2014 10:54
LG's webOS TV revealed inLG has been rumored to be planning a webOS resurrection for a TV, and now a leaked image appears to offer the first look at the upcoming television. Evleaks has posted a photo of the rumored LG... webOS TV, and the image includes a brief look at the webOS Cards interface. While it’s not identical to the Cards interface found in webOS smartphones, it does appear to include a thumbnail overview of any apps and content running on the TV. Apps like YouTube, Facebook, Skype, and Twitter are all listed in the photo, alongside LG’s SmartShare service and what appears to be a web browser. The webOS-powered TV is expected to be announced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Rumors suggest it will run on a 2.2Ghz dual-core...
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Japanese Apple Store SellsForget Black Friday or Cyber Monday, New Year in Japan is the time of choice for retailers and shoppers alike — since this means Fukubukuro. Literally translating as "lucky bag", fukubukuro gives... stores a chance to make room for incoming…
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The city Palo Alto's CIO... or at least the year we learned about it. In this week's Structure Show we discuss the news avalanche touched off by Edward Snowden's disclosures.
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Motorola Slashes Price of Moto X to $399

Mashable - 2 Jan 2014 10:35
Motorola's flagship smartphone, the Moto X, now costs $399 without a contract, the company has announced Rick Osterloh, Motorola's Senior VP, Product Management, explained the company's reasoning... behind the price change, arguing that prepaid service plans have gotten better than ever See also: Can the Moto X Make Motorola Relevant Again? "Today several wireless carriers offer good month-to-month or prepaid service plans that cost much less than the contract plans that come with subsidized devices. Combine one of those plans with our new $399 everyday pricing and you could save hundreds of dollars over two years while keeping the freedom to change service providers when you feel like it," he wrote in a blog post
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Write for Mac Beta Now Available

Cult of Mac - 2 Jan 2014 10:30
Write for Mac Beta NowWrite, the slick iPhone and iPad text-editing app, is now available in beta form on the Mac. It doesn’t yet have many of the fancy trimmings of its iOS siblings, but it is already a rather nice... place to write…
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Scientists have discovered previously unseen binary companions to a pair of protostars -- young stars that are in the early stages of formation before reaching the main sequence stage -- lending... strong support for one of the competing explanations for how binary-star systems form.
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As part of the chairman's technology predictions for 2014, Schmidt reveals the biggest mistake the company has made to date.
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Thunder Dock Adds Absurd  "Thunderbolt, ho!" That's the cry of low-frame-rate animated big cats when they found out just how much the new Akitio Thunder Dock can do when hooked up to a Mac. And "Snarrrfff" is what their... rat-like friend said when…
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Reserve Bank of India says mobile banking adoption has been encouraging, but "below expectation", due to key factors such as device incompatibility and lack of industry collaboration.
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An antibody that blocks a component of a key signaling pathway in the respiratory airways could help the immune system rid the body of the influenza virus, a new study suggests. The findings, from a... team at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, not only offer a new approach to treating the flu, but also add new information about how the immune system responds to respiratory viral infections.
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A new study finds nearly one in four healthcare workers' hands were contaminated with Clostridium difficile spores after routine care of patients infected with the bacteria. The study was published in... the January issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America."This is the first known study focusing on the carriage of viable C. difficile spores on healthcare workers hands," said Caroline Landelle, PharmD, PhD, lead author of the study. "Because C.
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Heart surgeons find they can rely on less blood stock

Medical News Today - 2 Jan 2014 10:00
Heart surgeons who performed aortic valve replacement operations for over 750 patients have found from analyzing data on complications that strategies to reduce the need for donor blood stocks are... safe and improve outcomes.The study's authors - from the New York University Langone Medical Center - reviewed heart surgeries carried out at the center for 778 patients needing a replacement aortic valve and have published their findings in the journal of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.Led by Drs.
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Thinking about time as a cycle of recurring experiences - a reality Bill Murray's character knows all too well in the movie Groundhog Day - may help us to put more money away into our savings,... according to new research. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The findings suggest that a cyclical mindset may be more effective at encouraging short-term savings than the typical linear, goal-oriented approach to time.
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Making sad sense of child abuse

Medical News Today - 2 Jan 2014 10:00
When a man in Israel was accused of sexually abusing his young daughter, it was hard for many people to believe - a neighbor reported seeing the girl sitting and drinking hot chocolate with her father... every morning, laughing, smiling, and looking relaxed. Such cases are not exceptional, however. Children react to sexual and physical abuse in unpredictable ways, making it hard to discern the clues.Now Dr. Carmit Katz of Tel Aviv University's Bob Shapell School of Social Work has found that when parents are physically abusive, children tend to accommodate it.
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Cell-based therapies have been shown to enhance cardiac regeneration, but autologous (patient self-donated) cells have produced only "modest results." In an effort to improve myocardial regeneration... through cell transplantation, a research team from Germany has taken epithelial cells from placenta (amniotic epithelial cells, or AECs) and converted them into mesenchymal cells.
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General practitioners are on a collision course with senior civil servants over plans to give patients who dial the government's 111 medical triage helpline the right to demand contact from a GP at... their registered practice, an investigation by the BMJ has found.Email correspondence between senior figures at NHS England obtained by the BMJ reveals a desire to insert new clauses into GPs' contracts, which would allow breach of contract notices to be served to GPs who fail to see or speak with patients that have been diverted from 111 call centres.
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A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. The tool - about the size of a hand-held video camera - scans a patient's entire retina in seconds and could aid... primary care physicians in the early detection of a host of retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) describe their new ophthalmic-screening instrument in a paper published in the open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, published by The Optical Society (OSA).
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A new study has identified a link between certain genes affected by testosterone and antibody responses to an influenza vaccine. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of... Sciences, suggest that testosterone levels may partially explain why men often have weaker responses to vaccines than women. The study, led by researchers at Stanford University, was supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health.
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A study carried out at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for "The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis" has found that transplanting self-donated Schwann cells (SCs, the principal... ensheathing cells of the nervous system) that are elongated so as to bridge scar tissue in the injured spinal cord, aids hind limb functional recovery in rats modeled with spinal cord injury.The study will be published in a future issue of Cell Transplantation but is currently freely available on-line as an unedited early e-pub here.
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The genomes of organisms from humans to corn are replete with "parasitic" strands of DNA that, when not suppressed, copy themselves and spread throughout the genome, potentially affecting health.... Earlier this year Brown University researchers found that these "retrotransposable elements" were increasingly able to break free of the genome's control in cultures of human cells. Now in a new paper in the journal Aging, they show that RTEs are increasingly able to break free and copy themselves in the tissues of mice as the animals aged.
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Transient receptor potential channel A1 is one of the important transducers of noxious stimuli in the primary afferents, which may contribute to generation of neurogenic inflammation and hyperalgesia.... However, there is no direct evidence that activation of transient receptor potential channel A1 contributes to neuropeptide release from primary afferent neurons.
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Using high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imaging in patients with Alzheimer's disease and in mouse models of the disease, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have clarified three... fundamental issues about Alzheimer's: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads. In addition to advancing understanding of Alzheimer's, the findings could improve early detection of the disease, when drugs may be most effective. The study was published in the online edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience.
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Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec.... 23 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.The research contributes new evidence to a body of scientific literature on the role of infection in autism risk and points to areas for further examination.The study included 407 children with autism and 2,075 matched children who did not have autism.
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A break from booze, a break from bad habits

New Scientist - 2 Jan 2014 10:00
Quitting alcohol for short periods seems to bring health benefits - but it also changes your mindset about drinking, and that could be a bigger gain     
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A new analysis has found that both real and sham acupuncture treatments may help alleviate side effects of drugs commonly used to treat breast cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed... journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help clinicians improve care for cancer patients. The results also raise the question of whether sham acupuncture is truly inert or may, like real acupuncture, have beneficial effects.
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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have demonstrated a drug-discovery strategy with a double payoff - it enables the rapid selection of chemical compounds that have a desired effect... on cells and also highlights how the compounds work.To illustrate the power of the innovative technique, the TSRI researchers used it to identify a compound that shows promise for treating obesity-linked diabetes. At the same time, they were able to identify the fat-cell enzyme that the compound inhibits - an enzyme that has not yet been a focus of diabetes drug development.
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A systematic review of 66 research papers focused on the treatment of skin ulcers suggests that most are so technically flawed that their results are unreliable. And even of those that pass muster,... there is only weak evidence that some treatments work better than standard compression therapy or special stockings.
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A new study found preoperative antibiotic therapy administered within two hours of cardiac surgery decreased the risk of developing surgical site infections (SSIs) significantly. The study was... published in the January issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America."Antimicrobial prophylaxis can reduce the risk of SSIs following many operations, however that efficacy diminishes or disappears if antibiotics are given either too early or after incision," said Renato Finkelstein, MD, lead author of the study.
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Scientists have taken an important step towards new malaria treatments by identifying a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying.In a study published in Nature Chemistry, they show that blocking... the activity of an enzyme called NMT in the most common malaria parasite prevents mice from showing symptoms and extends their lifespan. The team are working to design molecules that target NMT more potently, and hope to start clinical trials of potential treatments within four years.A recent study estimated that 1.2 million people died from malaria in 2010.
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College students are renowned for partying at the weekends, and this usually involves having a drink or two. But new research has found that this level of alcohol consumption may cause damage to DNA.... This is according to a study published in the journal Alcohol.The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that around four out of five college students in the US drink alcohol and 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year as a result of unintentional alcohol-related injuries.
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HP's struggle with falling PC sales and fierce competition will see restructuring efforts take a more aggressive form than planned.
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AllThingsD Editors Unveil 'Re/code' Venture

The Huffington Post - 2 Jan 2014 09:17
AllThingsD Editors UnveilBy Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO
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Data-harvesting apps that amass consumer data are juicy targets
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An anonymous reader writes "A box of 22 photographic negatives from Robert Falcon Scott has been discovered after lying nearly a century in the famous explorer's hut. From the article: 'The photos... were taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, another failed exploration whose members were forced to live in Scott's hut after their ship blew out to sea. The cellulose nitrate negatives were found clumped together in a small box in the darkroom of Herbert Ponting, Scott's expedition photographer, the trust said. The trust took the negatives to New Zealand, where they were separated to reveal 22 images.'"
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Snapchat update planned after user breach

USA Today - 2 Jan 2014 09:05
Leaked database reportedly contains 4.6 million usernames, phone numbers.
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Malware detection vendor merges with crack forensics investigators
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The first units off the Mac Pro (Late 2013) production line are making their way to customers. A number of analyst sites have posted first-looks and tear-downs of the new model.
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The first units off the Mac Pro (Late 2013) production line are making their way to customers. A number of analyst sites have posted first-looks and tear-downs of the new model.
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Today's apps put citizen science in the palm of your hand.
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Skype's social media accountsSkype said its social media properties were targeted, with a group styling itself as the Syrian Electronic Army appearing to claim credit for the hacks. "You may have noticed our social media... properties were targeted today," Skype said in a Twitter message late Wednesday. "No user info was compromised. We're sorry for the inconvenience." Skype's Twitter account, blog and Facebook page appeared to have been attacked by the SEA, a group that supports the Syrian government, according to reports. The Skype blog was still inaccessible late Wednesday and redirected users to the Skype homepage. The SEA reproduced in a Twitter message a copy of what appeared to be its message using the Skype account on Twitter. The message read: "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your...
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Marvel Superhero Family Car Decals - $4

The Gadget Flow - 2 Jan 2014 08:00
Marvel Superhero Family CarThe Marvel Superhero Family Car Decals are brought to you courtesy of a partnership between ThinkGeek and Marvel. It's meant for a family of super heroes aka super-nerds. Ordinary car decals showing... birds and trees or sunsets just don't say...
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PowerCurl Cord Wrap ForThe PowerCurl Cord Wrap from Quirky works for all MacBook power adapters including the MacBook Air, Pro and Retina. The basic idea is to avoid having to deal with a tangled-up mess every time you need... to use extension cords....
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Hard Graft Snap Wallet - $207

The Gadget Flow - 2 Jan 2014 08:00
Hard Graft Snap Wallet - $207The Snap Wallet is part of Hard Graft's Heritage Collection. It's such a fine piece of craftsmanship that it wouldn't be wrong to think that the wallet is just as valuable as the stuff inside, if not... more. It's designed...
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Power Button Silver Ring - $49

The Gadget Flow - 2 Jan 2014 08:00
Power Button Silver Ring - $49The Power Button Silver Ring from Smiling-SilverSmith is a power button in more ways than one. Handmade from pure sterling silver, this beautiful ring is shaped like a computer power button. Like the... ring from the Lord of the Rings,...
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Snapchat hack should be wake-up call

USA Today - 2 Jan 2014 07:58
Social network, parents must be vigilant about theft of data among 4.8 million users.
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Edward Snowden Clemency: TheThe editorial boards of The New York Times and The Guardian published editorials on Wednesday, urging the Obama administration to treat Edward Snowden as a whistleblower and offer him some form of... clemency. Seven months ago, the former National Security Administration contractor stole as many as 1.7 million highly classified documents about the U.S. government's surveillance program and released the information to the press. The files revealed how the NSA forced American technology companies to reveal customer information, often without individual warrants, and how data from global phone and Internet networks was secretly intercepted. While the release of these documents forced Snowden to flee the U.S. and move to Russia, it also alerted the American public -- and many U.S. allies -- of...
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Here's what's inside Apple'sApple’s 2014 Lucky Bags went on sale in Japan today. The sale is an annual tradition in which Apple sells bags full of assorted Apple products and accessories, with buyers not knowing what they’re... actually getting until they look inside. This year’s bags cost ¥36,000, which comes out to around $340. The bags this year […]
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Useful Photography Tip #80: Lie Down

The Phoblographer - 2 Jan 2014 07:34
Spice up your photography with a different perspective. The post Useful Photography Tip #80: Lie Down appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Sleep to protect your brain

e! Science News - 2 Jan 2014 07:31
A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men. These molecules are typically... found in the brain. Thus, their rise in blood after sleep loss may indicate that a lack of snoozing might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue. The findings are published in the journal Sleep.
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Hackers claim to expose phonePhone numbers paired with user names of over 4.6 million alleged Snapchat users were posted online by hackers, a few days after a security research group claimed a vulnerability in the social sharing... service that could allow attackers to match phone numbers to Snapchat accounts. "This database contains username and phone number pairs of a vast majority of the Snapchat users," said a post on website SnapchatDB.info. The account has since been suspended, apparently by the hosting service. A cached version of the site can be viewed here. The information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue, according to the post. "The company was too reluctant at patching the exploit until they knew it was too late and...
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Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES

Miami Herald - 2 Jan 2014 07:10
Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.
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Walt Mossberg and Kara SwisherAfter several months of rumors and a year-long, relatively public negotiation with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over the fate of All Things D and its associated writers and editors, Kara Swisher and... Walt Mossberg have found a home, dubbed Re/code. The seasoned veterans will bring their writing and editing talents (as well the entirety of the former All Things D staff) to the new business, which officially launches this evening. Swisher and Mossberg will also be continuing their successful conference business under the "Code Conference" moniker, and will kick off the first event in May of this year. It's a major change for Mossberg and Swisher, having been a longstanding part of the Wall Street Journal family. It's particularly notable...
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This solar-powered Ford C-MAXThe C-MAX Solar Energi's battery can charge using only the sun -- at least, conceptually. When parked under a special energy concentrator, it will "creep" back and forth a short distance to maximize... the light hitting its rooftop solar panels.
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The tech inside green vehicles continues to improve, Ford has just announced a concept looks to push it even further. The US auto maker has outed the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept: a vehicle that packs... in all of the perks of a plug-in hybrid, but ...
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(University of California - San Francisco) In a finding that directly contradicts the standard biological model of animal cell communication, UCSF 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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(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) 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 from Denmark 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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(Montana State University) Montana State University research into the production of algae high in oil content is a cornerstone of a larger feasibility study of how the organisms first discovered in... Yellowstone might anchor a sustainable biofuels industry.
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(University of Eastern Finland) 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... carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. 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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Odor receptors discovered in lungs

EurekAlert! - 2 Jan 2014 07:00
(Washington University in St. Louis) Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis 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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(Entomological Society of America) New research shows that sweetpotato weevils are attracted to different colors, depending on whether they are indoors or outdoors.
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(University of California - Davis Health System) UC Davis 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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(Ivanhoe Newswire) -Low levels of "bad" cholesterol and high levels of "good" cholesterol are associated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain, which is a hallmark of... Alzheimer's disease, in a pattern that is similar to the relationship between bad and good cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, according to researchers at UC Davis.
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(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) Doctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women earlier and more aggressively than they do in men, according to scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical... Center.
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(Neural Regeneration Research) Dr. Cuiping Mao and co-workers from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China investigated changes in gray matter volume in chronic back pain patients having different sites of... pain using voxel-based morphometry. Their findings suggest that regional gray matter volume abnormalities in low back pain patients are more extensive than in upper back pain patients. Subcortical gray matter volume increases are found only in patients with low back pain.
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Turning off the 'aging genes'

EurekAlert! - 2 Jan 2014 07:00
(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) Restricting calorie consumption is one of the few proven ways to combat aging. Now Tel Aviv University has 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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(Scripps Health) Research by the Scripps Translational Science Institute has found 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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(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute 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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(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 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 division of the fire department.
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(Kessler Foundation) Kessler Foundation is conducting a three-year research study to improve the health and quality of life of military personnel and civilians with spinal cord injury. The study,... "Systematic Assessment of Caregiving Skill Performance by Individuals with Tetraplegia and their Caregivers," is funded by a $590,540 grant from a special program in the Department of Defense. Jeanne M. Zanca, Ph.D., M.P.T., senior research scientist in SCI Research at Kessler Foundation, is the study's principal investigator.
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Environment affects an organism's complexity

EurekAlert! - 2 Jan 2014 07:00
(Public Library of Science) Scientists have demonstrated that organisms with greater complexity are more likely to evolve in complex environments.
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(Indiana University) A newly identified protein and other proteins it interacts with could become effective targets for new drugs to control the parasite that cause toxoplasmosis, researchers... reported.
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(Oregon State University) A 100-million-year old piece of amber has been discovered which reveals the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant -- a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from... the Cretaceous Period -- with one of them in the process of making some new seeds for the next generation.
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(Neural Regeneration Research) If bulging or protruding intervertebral discs occupies the intervertebral foramen, and nerve roots are compressed. The cross-sectional area of nerve root fibers is... reduced, fiber bundles gathered together and interrupted at the affected side, with no branching.
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(IOS Press) 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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