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14 Jan 2014 - United States
Naughty America: 4K porn isIt had to happen. With the release of every major home video format there has been a reaction from the porn industry almost immediately. Indeed, it is credited as being one of the main instigators in... the initial take-up of VHS and amongst the first 3D...
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How stars end up with Samsung devices

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 00:05
Fast Company: Samsung's program known as “White Glove.” It’s a marketing effort designed to convert Apple-slinging celebrities and business influencers into Samsung evangelists. When Beyoncé... whips out her phone on the street in Brooklyn, Korea’s largest business conglomerate wants the paparazzi to see that she’s playing Words With Friends on a Samsung. The White Glove program is a cross between the social marketing of Tupperware parties (minus the pressure to buy something), the house calls of Mormon missionaries (minus the pressure to give up smoking), and the persistence of Green Eggs and Ham--but for gadgets. It may seem like a lot of time, energy and money on Samsung's part but, for better or worse, celebrities are "influencers". And before you knock the program, keep in...
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Kirin Black Pal Dream Line Pencils - $6

The Gadget Flow - 13 Jan 2014 08:00
Kirin Black Pal Dream LineThe aptly named Black Pal Dream-Line Pencils from Japanese company Kirin Pencil Co. allow you to write and draw pictures in multi-colors using a single pencil. For the record, it's called Black Pal... because it's blacker than Black Beauty on...
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Slashdot - 13 Jan 2014 03:07
An anonymous reader writes "Inspired by nature, a London man believes the solution to safer bike helmets is to build them out of paper. '"The animal that stood out was the woodpecker. It pecks at... about ten times per second and every time it pecks it sustains the same amount of force as us crashing at 50 miles per hour," says Surabhi. "It's the only bird in the world where the skull and the beak are completely disjointed, and there's a soft corrugated cartilage in the middle that absorbs all the impact and stops it from getting a headache." In order to mimic the woodpecker's crumple zone, Anirudha turned to a cheap and easily accessible source — paper. He engineered it into a double-layer of honeycomb that could then be cut and constructed into a functioning helmet. "What you end up with...
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Elektra Nails Are StylusesLong nails and smartphone touchscreens just don't play nicely together. Perhaps back in the day of the resistive touchscreen, that would have been a whole different story. However given that most... touhcscreens these days are of the capacitive nature, women and men with long fingernails can probably attest to how difficult it is to interact with their devices. Well fret not because a company called Elektra Nails is hoping to change that with fake fingernails that can have the ability to interact with capacitive touchscreen displays, which we guess are similar to how styluses for smartphones and tablets work, without us having to touch the screen with our fingers directly. Sri Vellanki, head of Elektra Nails, came up with the idea when a couple of years ago, she ran into the problem that we...
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Researchers Develop MinusculeThese days there are a couple of different ways in which we can charge our smartphones. This can be done through conventional methods, such as plugging it into a power outlet, or it can be done... through "greener" methods such as solar charging or using kinetic energy, like cycling, for example. However a couple of researchers at the University of Texas Arlington, Smitha Rao and J.C. Chiao, have come up with an even cooler concept (literally) that you might use in the future to help charge your devices, and that is through the use of minuscule windmills that are apparently so tiny that you could fit about 10 of them on a grain of rice itself, meaning that it is also small enough where you could embed it into a phone, hold it up to a fan or just walk with it that it could potentially juice up...
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BlackBerry to 'predominantly'It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware.     
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A Beginner's Introduction toIf you want to squeeze every last ounce of processing power out of your new computer or aging system, overclocking is a great--if slightly nerve-racking--option. Here are some simple guidelines for... safely overclocking your processor.
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In praise of SOL Republic's Jax earbuds

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 17:30
In praise of SOL Republic'sSurprisingly great sound comes from the​se $39 earbuds I tend to look at the bundling of accessories with smartphones as unnecessary up-sells — particularly earbuds. More often than not they're... uncomfortable or just sound horrible, cheap throwaways, really. With the SOL Republic Jax earbuds that are being sold alongside Motorola's new fare (that'd be the Moto X and Moto G), I was proved wrong. Motorola slipped us a pair of the $39 1-button Jax earbuds in a holiday greeting in December, and I took them along for the ride at CES last week. (Yeah, I was a little late in picking up my mail.) I don't test earbuds for a living, but for under $50, these are a great buy.
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Could 'Micro Windmills' Power Your Phone? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 15:36
Could 'Micro Windmills' PowerWhat with the number of phones set to outnumber humanity sometime this year, the question of how we're going to charge them all is pretty significant where the climate is concerned. But while... scientists still fruitlessly attempt to get their heads around that whole nuclear fusion conundrum, there are a few other ideas floating around. Researchers at UT Arlington in the States have invented a new form of 'micro windmill', which could theoretically make it possible to charge your phone using the wind. The tiny windmills (above) built by UT Arlington research associate Smitha Rao and engineering professor J.-C. Chiao are just 1.8mm at their widest point. That's small enough to put about 10 on a single grain of rice. And it might be possible to embed "hundreds" on the outside of a phone case....
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The North American International Auto Show kicks off today. This show is also sometimes called the Detroit auto show. There will be a number of new vehicles unveiled at the …
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first gel sealant for use in stopping fluid from leaking through the incision in a patient's cornea after cataract surgery with intraocular lens... placement in adults. Prior to today's approval, stitches were the only option for closing a leaking corneal incision after cataract surgery.
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Sony Global Imaging Ambassadors Programme

Photography Blog - 13 Jan 2014 09:55
Sony Global ImagingThe Sony Global Imaging Ambassadors programme is a new initiative celebrating the beauty of photography.
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Rayman Legends Kisses GoodbyeI clearly remember one of the early debates that concerned the PSOne and the Nintendo 64 – the latter had virtually no load times thanks to the use of a cartridge, while you could grow a beard while... waiting for Gran Turismo to load a particular track. Having said that, all consoles in the years after that used some sort of optical media format like DVDs or Blu-ray discs as it was a whole lot more affordable than cartridges, not to mention the huge amount of information that they can carry. Rayman Legends, it seems, will not feature any load times whatsoever on the Sony PS4 and Xbox One, which is an extremely interesting proposition. (more…) Follow: Gaming, PS4, rayman, Xbox One, Rayman Legends Kisses Goodbye To Load Times On PS4 And Xbox One original content from Ubergizmo.     
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(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) The study shows that heart attack survivors adhere to their preventative medications differently depending on their gender and race.
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Kevin was on site in Vegas last week so we spent most of the show covering what was shown at CES 2014. Wearables, Samsung tablets, T-Mobile Uncarrier 4, and more were discussed.
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NRI Doctor Performs SuccessWhat if Google Glass were to tell you one day while you’re having the sniffles, “Wearer, heal thyself!” That would be downright weird, don’t you think so? Having said that, here are some... details on how Google Glass has a role to play in the world of modern medical science, as a NRI doctor has successfully performed a surgery in Jaipur, India, with some help from Google Glass. Just how did Google Glass come into play in the operating theater? (more…) Follow: Gadgets, Medical, google glass, NRI Doctor Performs Success Surgery With Google Glass Assistance original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Microsoft News TwitterGetting hacked is no fun at all, especially when you are a corporate bigwig with plenty of user details in your database, as you have to answer to your customers as well. Having said that, the likes... of Neiman Marcus was hacked recently over the holiday season, and here we are with word that Microsoft’s official Xbox support Twitter as well as the official Microsoft news Twitter accounts have been hacked by none other than the Syrian Electronic Army. (more…) Follow: Computers, hack, Microsoft, twitter, Microsoft News Twitter Accounts Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army original content from Ubergizmo.     
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An anonymous reader writes "The Telegraph reports, 'Britain's spies are to be given a "licence to speed" for the first time, under changes to motoring laws. While James Bond would no doubt have... scorned such niceties, officers in MI5 and MI6 are currently required to obey the rules of the road, even when national security is under threat. Now Robert Goodwill, the transport minister, intends to add the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service to the group of agencies with permission to break the speed limit.'"
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler killing it as hosts, again The funny pair's second time at the Golden Globes didn't disappoint with a brief but completely on-point monologue that made fun of Tom Hanks'... private parts, George Clooney's dating life, Matt Damon's non-fame and Jonah Hill masturbating See also: Jennifer Lawrence Photobombing Taylor Swift at Golden Globes Is All You Need They even promised the one thing we all pray for at award shows: brevity "We are going to get this done in three hours. Or as Martin Scorsese calls it: Act One." Keep up the good work, gals BONUS: Weird and Wacky Red Carpet Moments
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During an interview with CNBC, retailer's CEO defends four-day delay in notifying customers of security breach as necessary for the investigation and preparation for consumer reaction.
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'Muppets Most Wanted' GoldenThe new trailer for the upcoming 'Muppets Most Wanted' film which premiered during tonight's Golden Globes takes a decidedly different angle on the tried-and-true critical acclaim featured in most... spots. The ad also smartly calls out recent films that have relied on unattributed tweets in place of actual critic's notes. And let's just say if you've ever had an argument on the internet, this will feel very real to you.
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Oh Jennifer Lawrence, you've already given us gold just hours into award season The red carpet darling pulled off a flawless photobomb (well, more of a videobomb) of none other than Taylor Swift,... during an E! interview with Ryan Seacrest on the Golden Globes red carpet. It was so GIF-able, it's like she knew the Internet was waiting Image: Tumblr, maggie-butlive See also: 6 Facts About Golden Globe Statuettes The moment only kept getting better when J-Law joked with T-Swift (a match made in abbreviated heaven) that she was planning on pushing her down the stairs. Then they both fan-girled with each other about their individual awesomeness. But fun fact, Lawrence has never attended a Swift concert, despite being invited several times
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Google Street View Uses anGoogle Street View is brilliant. It finds us when we're lost, it shows us where we are, it reveals places we'll never get to visit, and so on and so forth. But you know what's even more amazing? The... crazy neural network that Street View is built on.
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Perhaps a few years ago, the idea of anyone owning a 3D printer would be ludicrous given its price, but nowadays it's not such a far-fetched idea, and with that being said, it will be interesting to... see what sort of things people are able to cook up using their 3D printers. We've seen in the past how 3D printers can be used to make all sorts of things, ranging from medical to novel, but what about musical instruments? During CES 2014, the folks at Mac Observer came across a 3D printing booth and performing live at the booth were a group of musicians who, for the most part, were performing on instruments that were 3D printed! As you can see in the video above, the drums, the guitar, and even the piano were 3D printed, at least for the most part. While the innards of the instruments remained...
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This Amazing, Light-BendingWhen we last saw metamaterials, they were helping us create real-life invisibility cloaks . But, in even more exciting news for true nerds, light-bending metamaterial can also do math. Not just simple... math, but calculus.
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Ladies And Gentlemen, BootNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: RoboSimian: Designed to be part robot, part ape, JPL's entry in DARPA's Robotic Challenge will be heading to the finals later this year.
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Goals for the Blink engine align closely with those of Android and Chrome OS.
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It's been years in the making, but the reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark series Cosmos is finally on its way. The spiritual sequel, entitled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, is produced by Family Guy... creator Seth MacFarlane and stars the charismatic ...
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DealBook: Skeptical ofJosh Miller, who once wrote that Facebook has "an irreversibly bad brand," has accepted its buyout offer for Branch and Potluck, his social network services.     
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It has been a couple years since Google announced a multi-billion dollar acquisition that caused peoples' jaws to drop. On Monday, the company did just that with the news that it had entered into an... agreement to buy Nest, which makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash On Twitter, some users reacted by joking about the possibility of Google requiring a Google+ account to use Nest products or introducing thermostat ads. These and other reactions showed a genuine concern that Google might somehow mess up Nest, a common enough concern with any acquisition. There was also a sense of confusion about what a search company wants with a thermostat maker.
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Why Nest Is Worth Every Penny

Gizmodo - 14 Jan 2014 01:46
Why Nest Is Worth Every PennyThe news today that Google is buying smart thermostat-maker Nest for $3.5 billion seemed slightly unhinged ; why overbid for what's still, at present, a niche product? The answer is so simple it's... barely worth a shrug: because it can, because it needs to, and because if it didn't, someone else would have.
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Nest Gives Google A Head StartCES may be finished for another year, but one of the biggest themes of the show -- that anything (cars, watches, mirrors, tables and more) is fair game as 'hardware' -- is just taking off. And today's... news of Google buying Nest for $3.2 billion underscores how Google wants to be the player at the front and center of that.
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Charter Communications on Monday went to shareholders with its multi-billion-dollar bid to buy Time Warner Cable.
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Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 01:42
JDG1980 writes "Google just announced that they will be purchasing Nest, a company best known for their 'smart' thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash. What will this mean for Nest... devices going forward — greater integration with Android, perhaps?"
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'The Newsroom' will return forGood and bad news for fans of Aaron Sorkin's divisive melodrama — The Newsroom isn't over yet, but there'll only be one more season. Sorkin has been working on the script for his upcoming Steve Jobs... movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter, temporarily halting progress on the HBO show. A third season has long been on the cards, with star Jeff Daniels tweeting as much last September; HBO confirmed the return via Twitter today, pegging the premiere for fall. The Newsroom centers around the production of a fictional cable TV news show, frequently depicting its characters covering real-life events such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Fukushima meltdown. The second season's finale was set during election night 2012, meaning that...
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DreamWorks and YouTube launchDreamWorks Animation and YouTube are going to launch a new daily video show called YouTube Nation on the service Tuesday. The show will highlight “some of the best and most interesting videos” on... the service every day, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each episode will […]
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Who Gets Rich From GoogleGoogle just bought Nest for $3.2 billion cash, and that means the startup's early investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Shasta Ventures have struck it rich. Multiple sources say Kleiner... invested $20 million in Nest and got a 20X return to pull in $400 million. Meanwhile, the exit appears to be Shasta's biggest win to date.
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Hutchinson: Expand computer science in schools

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 01:37
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is calling for expanded teaching of computer science in Arkansas' public schools.
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Google and Nest: Why Now and Why Not Apple?

TechPinions - 14 Jan 2014 01:35
After spending many days at CES and perusing the show floor it was clear to me that the big theme at this years CES was The Internet of Everything. I was also struck by the fact that one trend ...
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YouTube Launches New Comments Management Tool

TechCrunch - 14 Jan 2014 01:33
YouTube Launches New CommentsYouTube today launched a new tool for managing comments on its site that gives video creators a central inbox for all the comments their videos receive. When YouTube made the controversial switch to... Google+ comments, it also added a number of new tools for managing these comments. With this change, however, it also took away the ability to manage comments from the YouTube Inbox and moved comment notices to alerts instead. YouTube’s users weren’t all that happy about this change, so as the company announced today, it “fast-tracked the development of a new comment management page that lets you see, respond to and moderate your comments all in one place.” This change essentially brings the old YouTube Inbox back. Using this page, video owners can quickly scan their comments, remove...
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Putting Square's $5B Valuation Into Context

TechCrunch - 14 Jan 2014 01:33
Putting Square's $5B ValuationSquare's growth has been a story of sustained momentum. Rising from a payment-processing run rate of $1 billion in the middle of 2011, Square is now expected to process some $30 billion this calendar... year. As Square's payment processing run rate has grown -- bolstering its revenue in near lockstep -- so too has its valuation expanded.
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Within minutes of Google announcing plans to buy Nest--the connected home products company known for its smart (and attractive) thermostats and smoke alarms--people immediately started wondering if... the tech giant is developing its own smart home.  Makes sense. Judging by the Consumer Electronics Show, connected home technologies are the new black for 2014. And Google has the deep pockets to really push ahead in that area. Indeed, it just blew $3.2 billion dollars on the Palo Alto, Calif., home-gadget maker. The deal may not be as out-of-the-blue as it appears. Last month, Google was rumored to be developing a smart thermostat of its own. And the company's independent investing division, Google Ventures, was already an investor in Nest.  Given Google's recent moves--from making default...
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Morpheus jacks into the MatrixKia has enlisted Laurence Fishburne to reprise the role of Morpheus in its upcoming Super Bowl ad. The ad is meant to promote the new K900 luxury sedan, and will reportedly force viewers to ask what... is real in the world of luxury. According to plot details released by Kia, a couple will find themselves face-to-face with Morpheus at a valet stand, where the cyberpunk prophet will present them with two keys — all reminiscent of the character's classic "red pill / blue pill" scene wherein he gives Neo the choice of staying in the Matrix or seeing the real world. "Should they choose wisely," Kia writes, "their perception of luxury — and Kia — will never be the same again." It all sounds more than a little bizarre (and perhaps a little...
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'YouTube Nation' To Give UsersNEW YORK (AP) -- How do you cope with an exploding world of YouTube video? Starting Tuesday, you can get help by visiting "YouTube Nation." The video-sharing website has teamed with DreamWorks... Animation to create this daily highlight reel of brand-new, trending and yet-to-be-discovered content. It will serve as a handy sampler, says DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. "In a sea of the infinite, this is a lighthouse." Every minute, some 100 hours of new video content is uploaded to YouTube. Now a task force of "YouTube Nation" curators will be plowing through this cache to identify not only what's most popular, but also what's poised to go viral with YouTube consumers. "Our choices aren't driven purely by algorithms and analytics," says Katzenberg. "You don't want to just know...
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Court rules anonymous YelpLast year, Joe Hadeed found seven anonymous negative reviews for his carpet cleaning business on Yelp. Unable to verify that the reviewers were actual customers, he sued them and subpoenad Yelp to... identify them. Yelp saw this as a violation of its reviewers' right to free speech and refused to identify them. Yelp was then held in contempt of court. The case went to a Virginia appeals court, and last week Judge William Petty ruled that Yelp must reveal the identity of the seven reviewers, according to Courthouse News. Petty agreed that “a Yelp review is entitled to First Amendment protection because it is a person's opinion about a business that they patronised." However, since the reviews appeared to be
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You can adjust how long Notification Center banners are shown before they disappear.
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When Google closes the NestGoogle intends to buy a connected thermostat that knows when you're home and where you are within it. Given Google's quest to index all the world's information, this deal should jumpstart the... conversation about privacy and the internet of things.
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Rejoice, Heisenbergers — Breaking Bad's final eight episodes will be available to stream on Netflix starting Feb. 24 The hit AMC television show, which won Best Drama at Sunday's 71st Golden Globes,... wrapped up its five-season run in September. The first four seasons and part one of the fifth season are currently available on Netflix, which means as of late February, fans and newbies can relive the entire nail-biting transformation of protagonist Walter White from milquetoast chemistry teacher to sociopathic drug lord See also: Every Outfit That Walter White Wore on 'Breaking Bad' in One Image
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Motorola Assist, the contextually aware app that lets you set triggers and actions for a wide variety of tasks, is smart enough to determine when you're driving, sleeping, in a meeting or in other... situations. In that first scenario, however, the app ...
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Artist Designs Books That Fan  Artist and architect Yusuke Oono has designed an amazing series of 40-page books that fan out into 360-degree storybooks. Each page is laser-cut and bound from Yusuke’s digital designs and can be... viewed page by page or fanned out as demonstrated below. You can find the complete gallery with additional books and angles at…
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A note to Bill and EmmaNew York Times columnist Bill Keller and his wife Emma -- writing in The Guardian -- both posted critical pieces recently about how Lisa Adams shares her struggle with cancer via social media. But... both of their criticisms miss the mark by a wide margin.
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Mirror to the Sky: Star TrailsNight sky photographer Miguel Claro submitted this magnificent photo star trails over MAGIC I telescope in the Canary Islands on Jan. 7. See how Clara combined 270 photos to create the amazing view.
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These Spherical Robot 'Hands'Who says you need opposable thumbs to assemble objects or operate complex machinery? Empire Robotics has been working on the plush sphere of the future with their so-called "jamming-based robot... grippers," otherwise known as the Versaball system.
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Tim Jahnigen isn't an engineer and he doesn't have a fancy business degree — but that hasn't stopped him from bringing an invention to market that's changing the lives of millions of children around... the globe The OneWorld Futbol, the soccer ball he invented, is playing a fundamental part of the solution to long-term social development in struggling regions — because it lasts. See also: Social Web for Good: Crowdfunding Better Communities More than just a means to recreate or a route to college, sport is an essential part of human development that teaches indispensable lessons about teamwork, conflict resolution and tolerance, and helps heal unthinkable traumas.
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Kauai County will be taking law firms up on their offers for free legal help defending an ordinance regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops by large agricultural businesses.
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Twitter is rolling out a new homepage for the platform's desktop users The new layout and design is meant to resemble the company's mobile versions, complete with each user's cover photo aligned... behind his profile image to add a more visual element to the homepage. This already existed when users visited their profile pages, but the profile image existed alone on the homepage without a cover photo before Monday's update See also: 10 Must-Follow Breaking News Accounts on Twitter The new design:The old design: The toolbar across the top is now white instead of black, and the font sizes beneath each user's image have grown larger
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New BlackBerry Survey GaugesWouldn't it be cool if you could send BBM messages from your desktop instead of having to keep switching back to your phone? As it stands Apple's iMessage allows that if you're using their Mac OS X... operating system, and during BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013, BlackBerry demoed something similar as well, although there was no mention if and when such a feature would be arriving. However it seems that BlackBerry is considering that feature very seriously because in the latest survey sent out by BlackBerry for their BlackBerry Link 1.2 software. Basically what the survey wanted to know is what sort of features both new and existing users of the software should be included in future updates for the PC and Mac platforms, and one of the questions was related to BBM and SMS integration. Of course...
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ASUS TF502T Spotted On Website

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 01:09
ASUS TF502T Spotted On WebsiteBack in 2012, a certain ASUS tablet with the model TF600T was spotted at the FCC. The tablet was part of ASUS' Transformer lineup of tablets and would run on Windows RT. Well it looks like the... Taiwanese company is back with an update to the tablet in the form of the TF502T, although oddly enough its model number seems to be lower than that of the TF600T, although it does share some of its specs, albeit upgraded for 2014's customers. The tablet was spotted on ASUS' website itself, although the company has yet to make a formal announcement which we expect will most likely be soon, either that or it will be made at MWC 2014 which is taking place later in February. In any case official announcement or not, the specifications of the tablet have appeared of ASUS' website leaving little to the...
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The old town of London never changes. Or at least, it changes very, very little. Just watch this side-by-side footage showing life in 1927 London and life in 2013 London to see how much the city has... stayed the same. And sure, the streets might have slightly newer cars on them with street lights and freshly painted lanes but many of the same buildings are still up in London after over 85 years and everything else seems pretty much exactly the same.
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Mysterious LG D830 CouldTowards the end of 2013, we reported on a mysterious LG device that had the model number D830. At that time it was speculated that this might be the successor to the LG G2, and now according to the... folks at Phone Arena, they have managed to get their hands on LG's User Agent Profile in which additional specifications of the LG D830 have been revealed, assuming that the information is accurate, of course. The previous UAP showed that the handset would feature a Full HD display, and now the additional specs are claiming a 13MP camera with the ability to support 4K video playback, and also 120fps which is basically support for slow-motion playback. Apart from that, not much else is known. It's interesting that LG is still keeping to a Full HD 1920×1080 display, especially in the face of the...
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If you're an avid selfie-snapper, you already know which filters show you at your Insta-best. If you're a felfie snapper, however, your favorite filter flatters not only you but also your favorite... family cow. Felfies, or farm selfies, are gaining ground on Instagram and we are delighted. Cows, horses, pigs and the like bring some serious cute to these otherwise standard self-portraits. See also: 19 Grandparents Snapping Cooler Selfies Than You The Irish Farmers Journal kicked off the trend about a month ago with a contest in search of the best selfie taken on a farm Since then, the trend has inspired two websites: felfies.com and farmingselfie.com
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Gawker Guy Claiming to Be Conan O'Brien's Illegitimate Son Comes Forward | Jezebel You're Getting Super High-Def Porn Whether You Like It Or Not | Kotaku Ten Games To Play Instead Of Candy Crush Saga... | Lifehacker How to Deal with Death in the Digital Age | Kinja Popular Posts
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Gawker Guy Claiming to Be Conan O'Brien's Illegitimate Son Comes Forward | Jezebel You're Getting Super High-Def Porn Whether You Like It Or Not | Kotaku Ten Games To Play Instead Of Candy Crush Saga... | Lifehacker How to Deal with Death in the Digital Age | Kinja Popular Posts
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US Navy's Huge Triton DroneThe U.S. Navy's next-generation surveillance drone is a whopper, with an incredible wingspan that stretches 130 feet (40 meters), about the same as a Boeing 757 airliner.
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Moto G Kit Kat kernel sources released

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 01:04
Moto G Kit Kat kernel sourcesDevelopers now have access to open-source components of what makes the Moto G tick There are two keys to success using Android if you're not Samsung. One is building a good phone that everyone can... afford. Two is supporting it and giving the third party developers the code they need and deserve to tinker with it. Motorola now has both covered with the Moto G, as they have released the Kit Kat update kernel sources. This $199 smartphone is already a steal. If the community gets behind it and there are pages of tweaks, hacks and ROMs built for it, everyone is going to be happy. We like it when everyone is happy. Hit the links below to get your source code on. Source: Sourceforge; via Motorola     
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Microsoft and GoDaddy have teamed up to bring Office 365 as the latter company's exclusive business-class productivity and email service. This will open up Office 365's exposure to more small …
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Fedora 21 Linux Will Be Nameless

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 01:01
darthcamaro writes "What follows in the footsteps of Heisenbug, Spherical Cow and Beefy Miracle? Apparently the answer is 'null' as is nothing. Fedora Linux 21 could well have no funky new name as its... past predecessors have all had, thanks to a recent vote by the Fedora board to move away from the existing naming practices. Fedora 21 itself will not be out in the first half of 2014 either, instead the plan is now for a release sometime around August. A delayed release however doesn't mean something is wrong as Red Hat's community Linux distro aims to re-invent itself."
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Why Google Bought Nest: A Theory

The Atlantic - 14 Jan 2014 01:00
At its core, Nest is a robotics company.     
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Send In Your Questions For AskThis week, we are hosting Storm Ventures' Jason Lemkin in the TechCrunch TV studios for our Ask A VC show. You can submit questions for our guests either in the comments or here and we'll ask them... during the show.
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I should start out by saying that I've always really liked Incipio's iPhone cases. Of all the cases I've used since the iPhone 3G -- and there have been dozens -- Incipio's accessories are one of the... few brands that have never fallen apart on me. ...
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Is it okay to just not wash your hands?

Life Hacker - 14 Jan 2014 01:00
Is it okay to just not washGreat 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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Join Brian Heater and the Engadget gang for the CES 2014 wrap-up podcast, with personal "best of" choices, audience giveaways and significantly less background noise. It's been a long week of... interviews, hands-ons and an avalanche of new gadgets, ...
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The nation's fourth largest cable operator publishes a letter sent to Time Warner Cable, the second largest US cable operator, asking the company's execs to meet them at the bargaining table.
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Charter makes $37.4 billionAfter two failed attempts to buy and merge with Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications placed a third offer today and began appealing to its competitor's shareholders with an open letter. While... Charter is pushing to make a merger happen, it doesn't expect it to happen through an immediate acceptance of this latest bid. The offer is an intentional lowball: just $132.50 per share, according to The Wall Street Journal, when TWC was reportedly looking for between $150 to $160. The offer — reportedly totaling $37.4 billion in cash and stock — only slightly exceeds TWC's closing price today too, of $132.40
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A Canadian couple is expecting to bring a newborn girl into the world in early April — a little girl who might bear the name Megatron Doge. The Internet is picking her name (well, sort of). Stephen... McLaughlin, who describes himself as a "software developer, amateur baby namer and parent" in his Twitter bio, recently launched a website called NameMyDaughter.com, where Internet users can vote for his unborn daughter's first and middle names. See also: The 15 Best Websites, According to Redditors "My name is Stephen and much to the disbelief of my wife, I have decided to let the Internet name* my daughter," McLaughlin wrote on the site. The asterisk in the statement indicates that the couple is reserving the right to make the final decision, which means the girl probably won't end up with...
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The Artist Who Made Emoji IRL

The Atlantic - 14 Jan 2014 00:52
From iPhone to sculpture to image again     
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New cyber-attack model helpsOf the many tricks used by the world's greatest military strategists, one usually works well - taking the enemy by surprise. It is an approach that goes back to the horse that brought down Troy. But... surprise can only be achieved if you get the timing right. Timing which, researchers at the University of Michigan argue, can be calculated using a mathematical model - at least in the case of cyber-wars.
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The Toyota FT-1 Concept CarIt's not often the terms "Toyota" and "sexy" are thrown around together. The company that's known for making such cars as the Camry and Corolla is usually associated with words like "sensible" and... "reliable," but if the FT-1 concept reveals Toyota's future, then we might soon be seeing a racier side of the automaker. Toyota unveiled the FT-1 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday. Though the car company hasn't yet said what will power the sleek sports car, they did say it is front-engined and has rear wheel drive, and its proportions certainly reflect that. Like a supermodel with a Ph.D, the FT-1 concept offers more than just divine looks. Here are five of our favorite features. See more of the cars being revealed at the Detroit auto show below.
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TIME: A gigantic percentage of what makes the trek to Vegas worthwhile for those 150,000 participants is what I think of as Shadow CES — the show beyond the show, largely carried on behind closed... doors. The average encounter at Shadow CES is probably more interesting than the average CES one, for several reasons. I'd venture to say more deals are made and more meaningful work is done at "Shadow CES" than on the actual show floor of CES.∞ Read this on The Loop
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It's fair to say Motorola had a big 2013, and SlashGear sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior VP of software engineering, and Steve Sinclair, VP of product marketing, at CES …
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The Maker King

Popular Science - 14 Jan 2014 00:48
Carl Bass Brad Wenner When you first meet him, Carl Bass comes off like any other weekend carpenter. Dressed in a worn T-shirt and jeans, he shakes hands with a wooden grip and has a big, brassy... laugh. His workshop is a warren of lumber and hammers and idle projects. A half-built chair sits here. A sculpted Styrofoam head there. But Carl Bass is no ordinary carpenter. He's the CEO of Autodesk, a $10-billion company that makes AutoCAD, the standard software used by engineers to digitally design such products as cars, airplanes, and skyscrapers. And his maker space is no ordinary garage. First, it's huge. His wood shop alone occupies 20,000 square feet--and he's got a comparably sized metal shop down the street. Second, it's sophisticated. 3-D printers sit among the band saws and planers....
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Castle Doombad Game Makes ItCastle Doombad by Adult Swim Category: iOS Games Works With: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Price: $2.99 Anyone who grew up in the 80s will likely be familiar with the video game cliche in which players... take on the role of…
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Forget about Breaking Bad and throw Leonardo DiCaprio and his squinty, squinty eyes in the trash. The arguments over their merits are boring. But this? This is what a Twitter charge for the new Muppet... movie to sweep the Golden Globes would have looked like.
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Apple's iWatch seen as a salesEven though many companies unveiled brand new wearable devices at CES 2014 last week, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White doesn't expect them to make an impression with consumers -- at least not... until Apple's rumored iWatch finally launches. "In our view, the unveiling of useful wearable technology products that focused on the wrist (i.e., fitness bands, smartwatches) at this year’s [CES] show brought legitimacy to the wearable space," White on Monday wrote in a note to investors on Monday morning. "That said, we believe it will take Apple’s launch of the anticipated ‘iWatch’ to drive a more meaningful adoption rate." Apple has been rumored for a while now to enter the wearables business with a smartwatch of its own, with
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[From GamerTell] NBA 2K14's online problems have reached a point that reviewers are changing their score for the game. Does 2K need a quick timeout?
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Quartz: Given that CES has become the preferred exhibition venue for a burgeoning category of advanced home technologies, why is there such a total absence of disruptive toilet innovation at the show?... I want my Internet of Things Toilet!∞ Read this on The Loop
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Bringrr Is A Car Charger ThatI'm a pretty patient person. Still, there's one thing that instantly makes me go all ragey: driving away from home only to realize I forgot to put something important in my car. If I'm already running... late when I notice my mistake, prepare to learn some new swear words. Bringrr is a gadget for people like me. It sits in your car's cigarette lighter port, quietly keeping tabs on what you've packed. If it notices that something is missing, it'll let you know now, before you realize it 10 miles later.
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This excellent app helps beginners learn how (and why) to adopt this importance practice, which can help both mental and physical health.
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Robin Williams iPad Ad RemindsiPads are the stuff of poets, Apple posits in its latest ad. Unveiled on Sunday, "Your Verse," is an ode to the product as a tool for creation. The 90-second spot features shots of real iPad Air... owners using the tablet in extraordinary ways, all set to Robin Williams' dialogue from 1989's Dead Poets Society. Williams' narration pulls quotes from Walt Whitman's "O Me! O Life!," a poem celebrating how "powerful play" is a fundamental of the human experience. "Each of us has something to share. A voice, a passion a perspective. The potential to add a stanza to the world's story," Apple stated. "We were so inspired by how people use iPad every day, we set out to capture a few of these moments."
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Driving a stake into the heart of Windows RT, this tablet wants to be your everything.
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Driving a stake into the heart of Windows RT, this tablet wants to be your everything.
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10 Qualities Every E-CommerceBuilding an e-commerce site for a startup tech company requires attention to detail not only in the structure, but in the design. These 10 qualities are all necessary for an e-commerce site to be... effective and successful. E-commerce sites are an increasingly popular platform for making money online, only recently being eclipsed by mobile applications. The ability to develop responsive e-commerce platforms and coordinate between traditional and mobile store opportunities has complicated the e-commerce game, but the fundamental principles of a quality, enticing online store remain the same. Put these 10 qualities on your "must have" list when developing your startup tech e-commerce site: 1. Visible, recognizable branding. Keep your logo front and center, and build your store around your...
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Can today's wearable tech really make your life better? I wore some gadgets, but on my wrist, not on my face. Here's why, and what happened.
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Hmm ... Dell, a server andDell owns EqualLogic and Compellent storage businesses and its own server juggernaut -- but its channel can now sell Scale Computing's "hyperconverged" system. It's a head scratcher.
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Cisco says credit card data is more susceptible to interception while stored at the point-of-sale terminal, thus leaving the door open for attacks like the one on Target.
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If you were worried about the consolidation of ISPs, telcos, and media companies, this should make you uncomfortable: Charter Communications has bid a massive $61.3 billion for Time Warner Cable.... According to Bloomberg, this would be the third-largest deal since 2009. The total buyout would consist of $83 in cash for each Time Warner Cable share, and $49.50 in Charter stock for a total of around $132.50. In regular trading today, Time Warner Cable closed at $132.40, and is up over the bid price in after-hours trading, indicating that investors expect a higher total deal value by the time anything is completed. According to a letter sent to Time Warner Cable management by Charter, and published by the latter company, it approached its now potential purchase several times in 2013, only to be...
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Weighing particles at the attogram scale

e! Science News - 14 Jan 2014 00:32
MIT engineers have devised a way to measure the mass of particles with a resolution better than an attogram -- one millionth of a trillionth of a gram. Weighing these tiny particles, including both... synthetic nanoparticles and biological components of cells, could help researchers better understand their composition and function.
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U.S. District Judge Denise Cote today denied Apple's attempts to thwart its antitrust monitorship, reports Reuters. Apple had asked the court for both a stay on the original order requiring an... external compliance monitor (due to a pending appeal) and the removal of Michael Bromwich, the attorney appointed to serve as the company's monitor. Both requests were denied. Apple Inc lost a bid on Monday to block an antitrust monitor appointed after a judge's finding that the company conspired to fix e-book prices. At a hearing, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan denied Apple's request to stay an order requiring an external compliance monitor pending the company's appeal. Apple also sought to have the judge disqualify the lawyer chosen to serve as monitor, Michael Bromwich. Apple and...
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Early last year, Microsoft extended its Office 365 subscription service to small- and medium-sized businesses and now it's continuing that push with a new partnership with GoDaddy. The web-hosting and... domain name company will offer Microsoft's suite ...
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To the many who view themselves as netizens, citizens of the Internet, the loss of Aaron Swartz was a devastating moment in history. One year after his death, the memory of the 26-year-old activist is... galvanizing the efforts of organizers who share his passion for the freedom of information. For the next month, activists with "The Day We Fight Back" movement will coordinate a massive protest movement against suspicionless online surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in affiliation with other organizations, has declared the week of January 13 Copyright Week, an event that aims to both inform the public and call them to action.
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Beyond The Boom

Popular Science - 14 Jan 2014 00:30
Aerion Jet The body of Aerion's supersonic business jet will be made from composite materials and aluminum. Courtesy Aerion On an October afternoon in 2003, a Concorde airliner descended from a... cloud-dappled sky and touched down at London's Heathrow Airport. The plane had taken off from New York's JFK International Airport just three and a half hours prior, carrying 100 people who'd come to celebrate the end of an era. Since 1976, the supersonic aircraft had flown thousands of passengers around the globe at speeds exceeding Mach 1.0--the speed of sound--but this would be Concorde's last commercial flight. By sundown, the age of supersonic passenger travel rolled to a complete stop, where it has remained ever since. Concorde's retirement is often attributed to a crash that killed 113 people...
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Import Your Current LocationIf you ever want to pull your location data off your Mac and drop it into an iMessage, note, or journal entry, it's kind of a pain to find. However, with a little AppleScript magic, you can grab your... location and instantly turn it into a TextExpander snippet.
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Hasselblad Lunar LimitedHasselblad is known for making pretty good cameras, and pretty expensive ones at that too! Back in 2012 the company announced the Hasselblad Lunar which would go on to retail for $6,500, and now the... company has recently announced the Hasselblad Lunar limited edition in which only 200 units will be made, with each unit expected to retail for a whopping €7,200 before taxes, which when converted to US dollars is roughly around $9,800! Yikes! So what makes this particular Lunar camera from Hasselblad so special? Well the company turned to the use of titanium for this particular model, making it lighter than the normal version, as well as pairing it with red leather which makes it really stand out, although we're not sure if that's in a good or bad way (see photo above). Apparently the color...
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BlackBerry CEO Confirms BESThere was a time when BlackBerry reigned supreme in the enterprise space, but as the company started to fall, many of their clients started turning to alternatives, resulting in BYOD programs where... employees would bring in a host of devices running on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. This was a good program as it allowed employees to use devices they were familiar with, but if there was one drawback is that IT managers did not have the same amount of control over these devices like they did with BES and BlackBerry phones. Last we heard, BlackBerry would be bringing BES support to Windows Phone and sure enough during an exclusive interview the folks at CrackBerry had with BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, it was confirmed that not only does BlackBerry plan on bringing support to Windows...
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Apple's Licensing Deal WithBack in 2011, Apple and Nokia managed to arrive at an agreement in which Apple would pay Nokia a huge sum, followed by ongoing royalties for use of their patents. Naturally the licensing deal is not... indefinite but the exact details remained a secret between both companies, at least until recently where Samsung executives were reported to have illegally accessed the deal brokered between both companies, ultimately exposing some of its contents to the public. To that extent it has been discovered that Apple and Nokia's licensing deal is only good for 5 years, meaning that it is expected to expire on the 31st of December 2016, with Apple calling the deal a "provincial license". Will Apple renew their licensing deal with Nokia, or will Apple have eventually figured a way around Nokia's patents...
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A man drops his cell phone into the Chicago river, jumps over a railing to get it back, and ends up in the water. He dies. A woman who jumped in after him is missing.
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New Food Grade FilamentHuzzah! A group in Germany has created a new food-grade polypropylene filament for 3D printers that is food safe and washable. Most current 3D printing filaments, while not exactly poisonous, can... react in negative ways to moisture and acids, resulting in some nasty stuff. For example, you could use this to print a plate or a pitcher.
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US Judge Denise Cote, who ruled that Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, denies the company's attempt to throw off a monitor that was appointed to oversee its antitrust compliance.
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Apple loses its battle to oustApple's stuck with the court-appointed monitor tasked with keeping an eye on the inner workings of its digital business — at least for now. In a ruling today, US District Judge Denise Cote denied a... request by Apple to oust Michael Bromwich, who last year was tasked with keeping the tech giant within the bounds of antitrust laws following its loss to the Justice Department over ebooks price-fixing. In a filing last week Apple said it wanted Bromwich out, and accused him of having a personal bias against the company. Moreover, Apple had also tried to reverse the need for a monitor entirely, something Cote denied as part of her ruling today, Reuters reports.
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Aaron Sorkin Has FinallyOscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been working on a big-budget Steve Jobs biopic for awhile now. Not only will it have way less zero Ashton Kutcher, but it will be funded by Sony and... probably go down as the Jobs…
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Google buys Nest for $3.2 billion

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 00:25
Ah fuck!∞ Read this on The Loop
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If a Time Traveller Saw a Smartphone

The New Yorker - 14 Jan 2014 00:23
If a Time Traveller Saw aAre we getting smarter or stupider? In “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” from 2010, Nicholas Carr blames the Web for growing cognitive problems, while Clive Thompson, in... his recent book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” argues that our technologies are boosting our abilities. To settle the matter, consider the following hypothetical experiment: ...
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Google just announced the bombshell $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, the upstart home automation company started by former iPod and iPhone leader Tony Fadell. That's a big deal: Nest is one of... the few companies to blend state-of-the-art hardware, software, and services to really change the way people think about mundane products like thermostats and smoke detectors, and the company plans to accelerate the business with the help of Google's scale. That's according to Nest CEO Tony Fadell, who told me that his goal wasn't money, but about Google's infrastructure and ability to support Nest's growth. Fadell also said that for now, Nest's privacy policy and terms of service would remain as they were, but he didn't rule out any changes...
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Make Your Own Hand-Cranked GIFWe've seen a number of artists create hand-cranked "GIF machines" over the past few months, from the Giphoscope to Juan Fontanive's creations. The only problem is how expensive they are--but now,... thanks to this handy little kit, you can make your own on the cheap.
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Lenovo and Dell PC shipmentsThough worldwide PC shipments fell again in 2013, Lenovo and Dell shipped more PCs in Q4 than they did in the same period a year earlier. Who would've thought, huh?
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The Guardian has removed a controversial post from its website that centered on a cancer patient who documented her illness on social media The article questioned the ethics of the social media habits... of the cancer patient, Lisa Adams, and stated that people followed her posts like "a reality TV show." It also included quotes from private conversations between Adams and the writer, Guardian journalist Emma Keller. Adams later expressed her disappointment with the piece. See also: Why It's OK to Tweet About Cancer The article, which was originally published on Jan. 8 and elicited a wave of criticism from cancer patients and people defending Adams, who argued that not all cancers require the same treatments
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Nokia's Android phone may be Microsoft's best hope.
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Google turns up the heat onThe all-powerful Google has whipped out its wallet and laid out $3.2 billion in cash for Nest, creator of the hugely popular learning thermostat of the same name. The post Google turns up the heat on... connected devices, snags Nest for $3.2 billion appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Judge slaps down Apple's bidApple may truly hate its court-appointed antitrust monitor but it looks like the company is stuck with him. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote on Monday ruled that court-appointed... antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich would stay on to make sure that Apple is complying with various court orders. Cote last summer found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix the price of eBooks in a case that Apple vowed to vehemently appeal. Apple’s co-conspirators in the price-fixing case have all already settled with the government.
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In a town called Portsmouth, Ohio, a company called Yost Engineering (YEI) Technology has quietly been making motion sensing devices for military, aerospace, industrial, robotics, and other commercial... motion capture uses, including rotoscoping for the film/video industry. Now they want to bring this same technology to gaming. They tried a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, but only got a little less than 1/2 of their target amount pledged. They're going to do Kickstarter again, starting Feb. 14, 2014 -- and this time, they've been working on PR before asking for money. You can see what they're up to in gaming sensor development at .priovr.com/. Or go to the main YEI Technology corporate site, which has a whole bunch of free downloads in addition to the usual product blurbs.
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ESPN: Seismologists say Seahawks fans shook the ground under Seattle's CenturyLink Field during Saturday's defeat of the New Orleans Saints, causing another fan-generated earthquake. The scientists... believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynch's famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. I went to a couple of Seahawks games in the late nineties in the old Kingdome and even though the team sucked, the fans loved to make noise.∞ Read this on The Loop
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What's on YouTube? 'YouTubeHow do you cope with an exploding world of YouTube video? Starting Tuesday, you can get help by visiting "YouTube Nation."
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At less than $40 per bulb, this affordable Philips alternative could make a colorful debut in the first half of 2014.
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Tis a mobile world we live in, one filled with apps that are, more often than not, updated frequently and a degree or two separated from their Web-based counterpart's design …
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Canon adds several newCanon introduced several new printers last week at CES, including two affordable wide-format models, two multifunction printers, a compact photo printer, and a laser printer. The post Canon adds... several new printers to lineup, including budget wide-format model appeared first on Digital Trends.
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String Theory: Watch This PileOoh Monday, why you gotta be such a drain? Everything just seems more difficult at the start of the week. Somehow, designer Hui Chun Chen's Constructing Memory collection manages to embody that... feeling in furniture that takes extra effort to put--and keep--together.
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EA finally looks ready to ownIt’s been nearly a year since SimCity was released, but Maxis finally confirmed on Sunday that the game will be receiving an offline mode “as soon as possible.” The SimCity debacle has been one... of the strangest gaming catastrophes in recent history, filled with misinformation, botched launches and an angry mob of gamers refusing to settle for a product that didn’t live up to expectations. By the time SimCity was back in gamers’ good graces and most of the major issues had been resolved, the game had become all but irrelevant. Although SimCity was poised to be nothing more than a footnote in the long history of DRM failures, Maxis refused to give up without a fight. Back in October, General
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Waywire Editor's Cool CES Videos 2014

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 00:04
Waywire Editor's Cool CESThis year the buzz at CES was all about wearables and drones. And heck, when you can find a wearable devices that controls a drone... well, you're in geek heaven. To be fair, there's lots to explore... -- plenty of videos that can give you a virtual tour of the massive show floor. But given that you have a life, and probably can't watch a billion CES videos -- here's our 7on CES collection that should fill you up without emptying your wallet. Best of CES 2014 | CrunchWeek CES is over. All the gadgets have been demoed, held, and tested by the masses. Reporters Jordan Crook, Greg Kumparak, and Darrell Etherington talk about their favorite products and moments. Panasonic and Tesla's | CES 2014 We get some details on the batteries Panasonic makes for Tesla's cars. 3D Printer Round-Up: Printing...
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Misfit Shine: Fitness Tracker Review

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 00:02
Misfit Shine: Fitness TrackerThe Misfit Shine offers a beautiful design, a long battery life and is waterproof, but lacks the ease of use and informational value of other trackers.
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Microsoft may have just released Windows 8.1 a few months ago, but it's reportedly on the cusp of previewing its next major Windows version, Threshold. The SuperSite for Windows hears from sources... that Microsoft will provide a "vision" for the OS at ...
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Launch of 3 Military RocketsThree Terrier-Orion suborbital rockets are scheduled to blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST Tuesday within a span of 20 seconds, on hush-hush missions for the... Department of Defense.
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From the "unbelievable amount of money" department, the Liberty Media-backed company throws billions in efforts to merge with the third largest U.S. cable giant. But Time Warner isn't having any of... it.
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How 'Teen Mom' Affects Teen Pregnancy

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 00:00
How 'Teen Mom' Affects TeenMTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" may have helped drive down the U.S. teen birth rate, a new economics study argues. At the same time, another recent study found that teens who watch the TV shows... have a skewed idea of teen parenthood.
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Data connectivity and security provider Covisint demonstrated how it could transfer personal preferences between cars.
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Ten Games To Play Instead Of2013 was the year of Candy Crush Saga. It was on television, in music videos, and -- most importantly -- it was in the hearts and minds of millions of mobile gamers around the globe. Let's see if one... of these ten alternatives can't dislodge it.
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How to Build a Cooking Habit

Life Hacker - 14 Jan 2014 00:00
How to Build a Cooking HabitHave you ever said "I should really learn how to cook" but still can't bring yourself to do it? You're not alone. Millions of people consistently struggle with the same problem.
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Google buys Nest, co-foundedGoogle on Monday disclosed its first major acquisition of 2014, announcing it has purchased Nest, a startup that sells connected home products, for $3.2 billion in cash.     
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Researchers at UT Arlington have designed a microscopic windmill which, en masse, could be used to power mobile electronics.
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Google buys smart thermostatGoogle stands to gain a massive stream of new data about people's daily habits. (techhive.com)
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Google Announces AcquisitionThermostats aren't really given much thought, unless of course you are beautifully designed like the Nest Learning Thermostat which was launched back in 2011, which basically has the ability to adjust... itself after "learning" your habits. The device saw its second iteration in 2012, and last we heard, it was integrated into Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Well it seems that somewhere along the lines Nest managed to capture the attention of none other than Google, and according to a recent announcement from Google and Google's Sundar Pichai, they have announced that they have acquired Nest for a cool $3.2 billion in cash. Nest's founder, Tony Fadell, stated that the acquisition will not affect the day-to-day operations, nor will it change the branding. For the most part that is true of some of...
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Inside AT&T's Sponsored DataAquto's use of AT&T's controversial new subsidized internet program is definitely benign: it's compensating mobile users for data consumed while viewing ads. But is its use case typical or the... exception?
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The US government argues its mass collection of phone call data is crucial to stopping terrorists, but a new report argues it has rarely made much difference     
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[From Digital Photography] Take a look at our 2014 Product Showcase for Cameras.
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Quartz: My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 1/2 years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22. I have always had a very prosperous job and enough money to give my kids almost... anything. But my wife and I decided not to. I will share with you the things that we did, but first let me tell you the results: All 12 of my children have college degrees (or are in school), and we as parents did not pay for it. Congratulations to the Thompson family. Maybe not a blueprint for everyone but there are some good ideas in the article for new parents.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Steam Machine OEMs: ready when you are, Valve

Slash Gear - 13 Jan 2014 23:47
This past week at CES 2014 we had the opportunity to have a chat with iBuyPower's Marketing Manager Ricky Lee on their first Steam Machine and the potential for Valve's …
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Ladies, Help Your Guy Friends Out and Review Them On Lulu

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 23:46
Ladies, Help Your Guy FriendsLast week, my good friend on the East Coast, who I will call 'Bob,' texted me after midnight in a tizzy about a new dating app called Lulu. I knew this was serious because I hadn't heard from Bob in... almost a year, and he didn't sound drunk. Lulu allows women to anonymously review men they've dated, slept with or want to ruin for other women, and Bob heard he'd been critiqued. He needed me to get the details, as I was still awake and had the kind of access that comes with a vagina. "This should be illegal," he texted me. "I'm dying to know/afraid to know." "I'm afraid to look," I replied. Nevertheless, I downloaded the app. It automatically loaded in all my Facebook friends, including my uncle and his 90-year-old father-in-law. Guys were listed with their profile photos, and were ranked...
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Let's face it: MINI's JohnNo MINI would be complete without the option to step it all the way to the John Cooper Works edition, and that's exactly the brand has shown us in Detroit. We just hope the new Cooper Hardtop comes... with this awesome paint scheme. The post Let’s face it: MINI's John Cooper Works Concept looks hotter than the GTI appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google buys 'smart' thermostatGoogle on Monday announced that it is buying smart thermostat start-up Nest in a deal valued at $3.2 billion.
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Hold on to your hats, folks. We interrupt this otherwise slow news day with some breaking news. Google today announced the acquisition of Nest Labs for US$3.2 billion in cash. Nest Labs, of course, is... the purveyor of the highly touted and ...
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And the 2013 Golden Globe winners are ...

Digital Trends - 13 Jan 2014 23:44
And the 2013 Golden GlobeThe winners of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced. The winners were chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and categories include both television and movies. The post... And the 2013 Golden Globe winners are ... appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How to keep strangers out ofGoogle now lets other Google+ members send messages to your Gmail account and can use your Google+ name and photo in ads. Here's how to stop both from happening.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Just one more year for The Newsroom
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Twitter Rolls Out New WebTwitter is rolling out a new design on the web today that eliminates the pop-up compose window and brings its look more in line with its mobile apps. We've been seeing Twitter test versions of this... design for some time now, but this particular one appears to be the test bucket that got the best reaction from users.
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What do you do if you have an abiding love of horror movies, a phenomenal cosplayer who you work with on a regular basis, and a knack for photography and graphic artistry? It’s obvious isn’t it…... you re-create famous horror flicks by shooting an awesome photo series. At least that’s what photographer and graphic artist […]
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Hyundai's 2015 Genesis is aThe 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan looks a little like an Audi, a little like a Volvo, and a whole lot like Lexus' worst nightmare. It already offered luxury and affordability, but there's finally a dash... of style in the mix, too. The post Hyundai's 2015 Genesis is a bargain luxury car that should leave Lexus trembling appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Five Best SportsIn Part One of this two part series on the best sports endorsements on the web, I took a look at three creative and results-driven campaigns that leveraged influential sports figures for solid... business results. Largely thanks to social media's effect on leveling the playing field, many of the best sports influencer campaigns of the past few years have effectively harnessed social media and "power middle influencers," or sports figures that have smaller circles of influence than the big-name celebs. However, just as much, or more, sway within these circles. In fact, a properly run power middle influencer campaign can produce results 16x higher than a traditional marketing campaign, according to Social Chorus. From viral videos to a Twitter-driven race to comedy-infused socks, each of the...
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Surprise! You won't be able toGoogle’s most recent tactic for pushing Google+ on its user base has drawn plenty of criticism and apparently even Google realizes how potentially annoying it could be for users who get lots of... unwanted emails from strangers. The Verge notices that “high-profile” Google+ users have their default Gmail settings set to block any emails that are sent through their Google+ profiles. This is different from the default Gmail settings for the majority of users that allow anyone who views your Google+ profile to send a message to your Gmail account even if you’ve never met them before. The list of “high-profile” users presumably includes Google CEO Larry Page, who has more than 4 million followers in his circles. “While these
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Stolen Ferrets, FluorescentWhat a weird week for weather, huh? On earth, it was so cold that Canada got frostquakes . In space, a massive solar flare sent so many particles hurtling toward us that northern lights were visible... outside of the Arctic circle. Here are some landscape reads for this week, taking you under the sea and deep inside of trees.
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Snupi lands 7.5M in VC fundingFurther proving that investors are betting big on smart home technologies, Seattle-based startup Snupi just locked down more than seven million in VC funding. Hit the jump to find out more. The post... Snupi lands 7.5M in VC funding for its WallyHome smart moisture monitoring system appeared first on Digital Trends.
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For the first time, scientists and engineers have identified a critical cancer-causing component in the virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma, the most common cancer among HIV-infected people. The... discovery lays the foundation for developing drugs that prevent Kaposi's sarcoma and other related cancers.
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Tricky protein may help HIV vaccine development

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 23:38
Scientists have taken aim at what may be the Achilles' heel of the HIV virus. Combining expertise in biochemistry, immunology and advanced computation, researchers have determined the structure of a... key part of the HIV envelope protein, the gp41 membrane proximal external region, which previously eluded complete, functional description. The research will help focus HIV vaccine development efforts.
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New research shows that humans and other primates burn 50 percent fewer calories each day than other mammals. The study suggests that these remarkably slow metabolisms explain why humans and other... primates grow up so slowly and live such long lives.
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Where one of Twitter's app designs goes, the rest will follow -- hot on the heels of its latest Android and iOS releases, the social network is rolling out a new web interface with a matching look.... The change is primarily cosmetic at first glance, ...
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Google says it will buy Nest Labs for $3.2B

Miami Herald - 13 Jan 2014 23:38
Google says it will buy NestGoogle will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever.
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Science May Explain Why Your Friendships Fall Apart

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 23:36
Science May Explain Why YourThis shows networks created by phone calls (blue) made by participants in the study (yellow) and the bonds of friendship between the participants (red) in the first half of the investigation period.... (Image courtesy of Dr. Jari Saramäki of Aalto University) In recent years new technologies have entered virtually all aspects of our social lives. Mobile devices such as smartphones and a multitude of messenger apps make us reachable and findable no matter where we are. Online social networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, provide new ways of keeping track of large numbers of social contacts and their activities, as well as helping us find old friends. The abundance and pervasiveness of new technological platforms and devices that can mediate social interactions would appear to suggest that...
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Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study.
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Food companies marketing to kids

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 23:36
Most students attend schools where they are exposed to fast food and beverages through meals, advertising and promotions, according to researchers.
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[From GadgeTell] An outage happened after a routine update but the team was able to restore the site within 3 hours.
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Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept:The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept might be just the thing to reanimate the Japanese carmaker's staid sedan lineup. It features the latest version of a new styling theme Nissan plans to apply to future... models. The post Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept: the Maxima we’ve been praying for (minus rear-wheel drive) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Twitter redesigns web app toTwitter is rolling out a redesigned version of its web app today that looks more like its apps for iOS and Android. The new look replaces the dark black navigation bar at the top of the site with a... clean white design. The navigational elements — Connect, Discover, and so on — all remain the same.
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I've been asked many times over the last seven months if I accept submissions for The Loop Magazine—the answer is yes. If you would like to write for The Loop Magazine, please submit your idea to me... at Email jdalrymple@loopinsight.com. The topics in the magazine are as diverse as the people who write them. It doesn't have to be about Apple or even technology—it can literally be about anything, as long as it's interesting. You will be paid for your work. As a writer myself, I believe in paying writers for their work. Send me your ideas and we'll discuss whether it's right for The Loop Magazine.
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Connecticut officials are urging people who shop at Target to take advantage of free credit-monitoring that the company has offered following a data breach that affected millions of shoppers.
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AWS promises customers can now launch networking and security software from Marketplace into a Virtual Public Cloud with just one click.
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I love board games and I've been playing since I was young. Occasionally I look to see how some of my favorites translate to the iPhone and iPad. It's really hit-or-miss. Today, I've looked at three... of my favorites: Lords of Waterdeep, San Juan and ...
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SquareWear Is a Tiny, Wearable Arduino

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 23:30
An Arduino is already pretty tiny, but if you're looking for something that's just barely bigger than a quarter, SquareWear fits the bill. It's a little microcontroller that's designed to be sewn onto... fabric and packed with all kinds of sensors.
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Twitter.com will soon look a lot more like the iOS and Android apps thanks to a refreshed design that is rolling out to users now.
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Google Buys Nest, TonyGoogle has bought Nest Labs, the hot startup co-founded by the father of the original iPod, Tony Fadell, for a hefty $3.2 billion. Nest has been making forward-thinking gadgets for the home, like its... popular thermostat, since 2011. The Nest Protect…
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curtwoodward writes "Tony Hsieh made a fortune turning Zappos into a customer service-obsessed online shoe store. But as an investor, his newest obsession is ... robots? Welcome to the hardware boom,... where startups making connected gadgets, smart vehicles, and drones are catching investors' eyes. A combination of cheaper components and crowdfunded pre-orders are behind the surge. But as the woman running Hsieh's hardware investments can tell you, getting those grand plans actually built overseas is the hard part."
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The National Security Agency's controversial PRISM and phone metadata programs had a "minimal" contribution in the investigation of 225 terrorism cases, a new study finds. This directly contradicts... claims made by President Barack Obama, NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander and countless other U.S. officials who insisted both programs had been crucial in fighting and stopping terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. See also: NSA Snooping Matters, Even If You Have 'Nothing to Hide' "We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information," Obama said at an event in Germany in June. Months later, Alexander said the two programs helped foil 54 attacks. The phone metadata program played a role in stopping 12 of those "terrorist activities," and PRISM contributed in stopping 53 of...
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Twitter refreshes website withTwitter is rolling out a new look to its website that mirrors the aesthetics currently found on Twitter for iOS and Android. The company announced the news via a tweet, and even provided a screenshot... of the redesign, but there's not much else to go on...
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In groundbreaking procedure,Lead researcher Mats Brannstrom during an operation in 2012. Researchers in Sweden have begun the first major attempt to see if women with transplanted wombs are capable of giving birth. The... Associated Press reports that nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplants as part of the trial, and that they will soon attempt to become pregnant. Though it's a seemingly small sample, only two previous womb transplants have been made before now — neither of which resulted in a birth — making the nine transplants on their own a significant accomplishment.
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Nest Says Customer Data FromNest says that it's not going to just hand over its customer data to Google willy-nilly - in a blog post sent to TechCrunch penned by Nest founder Tony Fadell, a question and answer section at the end... contains the following:
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This week the folks at Nest Labs, Inc. have spoken up on Google's intentions to buy the smaller company outright. Google will be dropping $3.2 billion USD in cash to …
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Oh, to be young again. It's difficult to look at a generation younger than yours and not be slightly jealous of the youth they're taking for granted L.A.-based comedian Molly Dworsky felt enough... nostalgia for her high school years to write a parody of Lorde's hit tune "Royals." Dworsky complains about the cost of healthcare, weight gain and various adult responsibilities. See also: Lorde Sings About Green Beans in Misheard Lyrics Video Most of us would probably take gaining a few pounds and gray hair over going back to high school any day A sampling of lyrics: "My friends and I can tell we're oldWe count our dollars in our IRA while you partyAnd once we're in our comfy clothesWe watch YouTube clipsEat chips and feel self-pity
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ClamCase, the company behind a range of keyboard cases designed for the iPad, today announced its the availability of its newest product, the ClamCase Pro iPad mini Keyboard Case. Designed for the... iPad mini and the iPad mini with Retina Display, the Bluetooth keyboard case aims to turn the iPad into a portable computer that resembles a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, with an aluminum shell that attaches to a keyboard. ClamCase Pro for the iPad mini weighs less than 1.5 pounds when equipped with an iPad and it includes a 360 degree hinge that allows the iPad to be used as both a laptop and tablet. The case itself can also be used as a stand and the aluminum shell provides full protection for the iPad. The case includes a full QWERTY keyboard in a compact design, which automatically goes to...
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Messaging and social - for now - are still the most popular mobile applications around, recording a 203 percent spike in year-over-year growth to outpace utility and productivity apps by a comfortable... margin.
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Google to Buy Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

The New York Times - 13 Jan 2014 23:22
The deal for the start-up, which is led by former Apple engineers, will expand the technology giant's portfolio of consumer goods.     
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Mock Mars Mission: Taking aWalk across the fall line, knees bent, back straight. Lean into your back foot. Remember not to go tumbling off the hill while inside the spacesuit.
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Nest gives Google some design know-how as well as a lot of home energy data. Google's tentacles are spreading into your home even more.
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Google to buy Nest for $3.2 billion

Ars Technica - 13 Jan 2014 23:20
Google will own the makers of the Nest learning thermostat and smart smoke detector
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A London Museum Where MachinesThe Kirkaldy Testing Museum in London was where materials were sent to die: to be tested to their breaking points, often pulverized, shattered, broken in two from sheer strain, punched clean through,... or stretched--ripped and shredded--by hydraulics.
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Google is acquiring Nest, the smart-home appliance maker that is behind the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector, for a reported $3.2 billion in cash. iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is the... co-founder of the company alongside another former Apple employee, Matt Rogers. Nest tweeted that it will operate independent of Google. Big news! @Google acquiring Nest to help fulfill our goal of reinventing unloved home products. Nest will stay Nest. ://t.co/0L8hNBhmYc — Nest (@nest) January 13, 2014 Larry Page, CEO of Google, said: "Nest's founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family. They're already delivering amazing products you can buy right now--thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can...
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The DEA reportedly worked withA new report from Mexico's El Universal sheds light on a network of deals made between US law enforcement agencies and the Sinaloa drug cartel, which in some cases saw active members of the cartel... being given immunity in exchange for incriminating details about rival groups. The report, assembled from over a hundred interviews over the past year, breaks out a number of individual cases in which agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency or the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement deferred a Sinaloa member's prosecution, hoping to gain a mole with the organization, only to find the suspect return to Sinaloa and only offer information on opposing cartels.
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Google Buys Nest For $3.2 Billion

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 23:17
Google Buys Nest For $3.2Google is getting in the thermostat game. The company announced on Monday that it purchased Nest, the maker of high-tech thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash. Founded by former... Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers in 2010, Nest grabbed headlines for its pricey line of Internet-connected thermostats and fire alarms -- products not usually known for being sleekly designed or particularly high-tech. Nest sells its thermostats on the promise of saving homeowners energy by learning their daily habits and adjusting temperature accordingly. And it set out to make smoke detectors radically easier to use: A wave of the hand stops it from beeping. "Google has the business resources, global scale and platform reach to accelerate Nest growth across hardware, software and...
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Take a Nap at Work Every Day This Week

Mashable - 13 Jan 2014 23:16
When I worked from home, I was a big fan of the power nap. After lunch or when that 3 PM slump hit, I'd curl up on the couch for 20 to 30 minutes of shut-eye. After that, I had a boost even coffee... couldn't give me, and I'd be refreshed and ready to go for the rest of the day. It's actually a scientifically proven phenomenon: Studies show that naps not only improve your feeling of sleepiness, they can boost your mood, enhance your analytical and learning abilities, and banish stress. Even a 10 to 20 minute sleep session can give you a quick dose of alertness Pretty clear benefits, right? But though a few workplaces are beginning to recognize them (AOL and Yext, for example, have installed in-office nap rooms), it's still not exactly widely accepted to pass out on the break room couch
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The trendy startup that brought you smart thermostats and smoke detectors jumps into Google's ever-expanding embrace.
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Google to acquire Nest forGoogle on Monday announced that it has reached a deal to acquire Nest Labs, the smart thermostat maker founded by former Apple executive Tony Fadell. The all-cash deal will cost Google $3.2 billion.... "Nest's founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family,” Google CEO Larry Page said. “They're already delivering amazing products you can buy right now–thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!" Nest will continue to operate under Fadell’s leadership. Google’s press release follows below. Google to Acquire Nest MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JANUARY
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Google to acquire Nest for $3.2 billion

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 23:16
Google to acquire Nest forNest will continue to operate with current leadership Google has announced that they will acquire Nest, makers of the popular smart thermostat and smoke alarm systems. In a post in the Investor... Relations blog, Google CEO Larry Page says: Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family. They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now--thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams! Nest devices are popular among tech adopters, and should be a nice addition to Google's plans to make your home (or office) smarter.  The current leadership, under Tony...
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Whatever you want to call the emerging category of camera/lens assemblies that snap onto a smartphone, there no doubt it’s growing. Case in point: Sony’s QX line and JK Imaging/Kodak’s SL series... will soon by joined by a Vivitar model that made a very quiet debut last week at CES. Vivitar hasn’t released any information […]
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Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion

Mashable - 13 Jan 2014 23:13
Google has acquired Nest, the business behind the smart thermostat and smoke detector, for $3.2 billion. “They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now—thermostats that save... energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe," Larry Page, cofounder and CEO of Google, said in a statement. "We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!” See also: How Nest and Smart Technologies Are Re-Inventing Climate Control Nest, which was founded by Tony Fadell, a former Apple employee who is credited with being the brains behind the iPod, will continue to be a standalone brand under Google.
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Probiotics May Help Prevent Infant Gut Disorders

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 23:13
Probiotics May Help PreventProviding probiotics, or "good bacteria," to healthy infants shortly after they're born may reduce the development of gastrointestinal disorders and prolonged crying episodes later in life, a new... study from Italy suggests.
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You Can Now Get Fined $1 For Taking A Selfie

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 23:12
You Can Now Get Fined $1 ForIf being told your selfie obsession is alarmingly narcissistic isn't enough to curb your habit of sharing duck-face portraits, two college students have found another tactic that might convince you to... stop: They're going to fine you a $1 for every image of your face you plaster on the Internet. But the "Selfie Police" initiative isn't as aggressive as it sounds. The project, started by Brigham Young University students Chas Barton and Dustin Locke, is completely voluntary and charitable. All proceeds from their website benefit Vittana, a nonprofit that provides student loans to college-age kids in developing countries. The pair brainstormed the project during a 24-hour creativity competition and started working on the site back in October, KSL reported. "When we first came up with the idea...
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Google acquires smartGoogle has confirmed in a press release that it is acquiring Nest Labs, the company behind Nest smart thermostats and fire alarms started by Father of the iPod Tony Fadell. Earlier reports were... quickly confirmed along with the transaction price of $3.2 billion in cash in an official announcement posted on the company’s Investor website. In the […]
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It's Time We Got to Know Our Homeless

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 23:12
It's Time We Got to Know OurWhile working with the San Francisco homeless community over the past six years, I have often thought about and wished there were a better way for people to get to know the over 4,000 people living on... this city's streets. A way for people to identify with them as real people with families, children, brothers and sisters. A way to stop labeling them as second-class citizens, or worse, as "trash" and "degenerates [who] gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, [and] get rowdy," as local entrepreneur and former AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman so famously said in his recent Facebook rant. Although Gopman apologized after his post blew up in his face, it highlighted a point of view many living in the opulent bubble of the tech world seem to share as they scurry past the homeless on...
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As a resident of New York City, I can personally attest to the fact that Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are very attractive to thieves. Every day on the local news, you can hear at least one... story about an iPhone robbery on the NYC Subway. It's something that has been happening for as long as I can remember, and with the increase in the number of iPhones being sold, the number of robberies have increased as well.
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[From AppleTell] According to a report from The Wall Street Journal with crime data from the NYPD, Apple devices are to blame for the increase in crime in the city.
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On Christmas Eve, word surfaced of plans by HP to launch two smartphones by the year's end, something that didn't pan out but could add substance to the newest rumor …
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At the top of the About This Mac window there is a growing set of tabs, including one for storage devices. However, Mac managers should be careful when analyzing the presented storage info from this... tab or Get Info, since what you see may not necessarily reflect what you got.
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Charter makes $61.3 billionAfter months of rumors that the company was on the tablet, it looks like a deal may soon be reached for Time Warner Cable. According to a report from Bloomberg, Charter Communications will seek to... acquire Time Warner Cable for $132.50 per share, pending approvals of course. The deal will see Charter pay $83 per share of Time Warner Cable, plus $49.50 per share in Charter stock. “Charter today sent a letter to Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Officer Rob Marcus, explaining why the company's offer is beneficial for shareholders,” Bloomberg’s Alex Sherman reported. “Charter is attempting to acquire Time Warner Cable, a company with an enterprise value more than twice Charter's size, to create a provider of TV, Internet and
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Google Just Bought ConnectedGoogle has acquired connected device company Nest for $3.2B. Google sent out an email to employees noting the acquisition today and later issued a press release. In the release, Google noted that Nest... has been offering its best-selling thermostat since 2011 and recently began offering the Protect smoke alarm, which networks with its other devices. Nest Founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers will both join Google. Rogers, pictured above, was one of the first engineers on the iPhone team at Apple. “They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now–thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe,” said Google CEO Larry Page in a statement. “We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their...
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Notorious prankster Roman Atwood recently took to the streets again, this time to scare the pants off some curious passerby and, of course, upload their reactions to his YouTube account. The idea is... as simple as it is pure evil: Put a rubber snake in abandoned purse and see what happens when someone tries to pick it up. See also: Puppets Make Great Wing-Men Be sure to watch the whole thing — especially the very end, when a police officer walks into the trap. BONUS: 19 Grandparents Snapping Cooler Selfies Than You Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Google purchases Nest for $3.2 billion

The Verge - 13 Jan 2014 23:06
Google has just purchased Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. According to a Google press release, Nest will continue to... operate independently under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell; co-founder Matt Rogers will also make the move to Google. While the transaction is subject to the usual regulatory review, Google says it expects the sale to close within the next few months. It's not yet clear exactly how Google plans to use Nest, but the company obviously see it is an important part of its future. A combination of Nest's home solutions coupled with Google's language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home. Interview with...
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Holy Crap: Google Just BoughtSurprise! Google just announced it has acquired the home automation startup, Nest, for $3.2 billion.
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Google acquires Nest's line ofWe'll be honest: if you told us a big company was going to buy Nest, we wouldn't have guessed Google. After all, the home automation company was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both ex-members... of the original iPod team. Heck, the Nest ...
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The Visual Effects In 'Wolf Of"The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't have as many visual effects as "Gravity," but without the power of computer technology many of the Martin Scorsese film's most memorable moments wouldn't have... happened. Unearthed by Vulture, here's a compilation of the visual effects work on "Wolf of Wall Street."
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Google acquiring companyGoogle has announced on Monday that it is acquiring the makers of the Nest thermostat for $3.2 billion. Nest has been at the forefront of home automation since it launched in 2011 to rave reviews,... letting users save money on heating and cooling thanks...
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The 'Eyes' Have It. ThoughtsWith smartphones having fast become our new best friend, we now have the incredible power of connected search in our fingertips 24 hours a day. We can extract an answer to almost any question... imaginable, all-but instantaneously, so long as we can clearly explain in words what we're looking for. Incredible though that is, the next evolution of search surely lies in providing intuitive answers based on what we can see and feel in the real world around us, not simply what we can articulate. Visual search technologies and their software, infrastructure and hardware applications holds the key to this evolution. By its definition in Wikipedia, a visual search is an activity involving perceptual processes, typically involves scanning the visual environment for a specific object or feature,...
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How To Become A First-Person-View Aircraft Pilot

Popular Science - 13 Jan 2014 23:02
Raphael Pirker wears electronic goggles to see live footage coming from his drones. Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom Raphael Pirker turned his hobby of flying first-person-view (FPV) aircraft... into a career. We asked how he did it so that you might too--if and when the U.S. government ever lightens up. How'd you get started? My uncle got me into model planes as a kid in Switzerland, so I had some models lying around when I first heard about FPV aircraft in 2007. I spent the next four years building and flying them for fun. How does it pay the bills? My friends wanted FPV aircraft but didn't know what to buy. So in 2011, I helped launch Team BlackSheep Avionics, an FPV aircraft developer and retailer in Hong Kong. Clients also hire us to shoot footage for commercials, building...
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Pine Island Glacier's slow death is old news to most, but a new analysis of Antarctica's massive ice sheet suggests the ice is melting much faster now and that the damage is "irreversible." Research... shows the massive 68,000-square-mile sheet of ice, believed to be the biggest single contributor to sea-level rise in Antarctica, has begun to shed water at a rate not seen before.
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Mirza Teletovic is a fringe NBA player — but he's an All Star Internet troll LeBron James flew into an abbreviated on-court rage on Friday night after a hard foul (video above) by Teletovic, who... plays for the Nets. The two players had to be separated by teammates when James — who rarely loses his cool on the court — got in Teletovic's face following the cheap shot See also: Meme Becomes Mantra for NBA's Hottest Team James quickly moved on, and play resumed. But Teletovic, it seems, wasn't quite ready to let go of his brush with greatness and took to Twitter after the game to do some MVP-caliber trolling
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Put some plant life in your fashion sense with tiny, wearable 3D-printed containers made to hold living greenery.
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[From GadgeTell] WhiteClouds 3D Printing, Hands-On From CES 2014
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Here's How To Stop Snapchat Spam

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 23:00
Here's How To Stop SnapchatSnapchat's terrible month just got worse. The app apparently has a big spam problem and its users are complaining about a flood of Snaps, disappearing photo messages, from strangers. On Monday, the... company apologized for the spam in a blog post. "While we expect to minimize spam, it is the consequence of a quickly growing service," Snapchat wrote in the post, linking to an April 2013 blog post where they addressed past complaints about spam messages. Though Snapchat users can not presently report spam -- you can only block after you get it -- there is an easy way to ensure you don't receive any strange, spammy snaps from strangers. Simply go into the "Settings" section of the app and change "Who Can Send Me Snaps" from "Everyone" to "My Friends." The quick apology shows Snapchat may have...
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Winterboard Updated for iOS 7

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 23:00
Winterboard Updated for iOS 7iOS (Jailbreak ): Winterboard, the popular iOS skinning tool, has been updated for iOS 7. It's also now compatible with newer 64-bit devices like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the iPad Mini.
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If you're looking to get into the knockoff leather game, there could be pools of cold, hard cash in your future just waiting for you to go diving on in. All it takes is a little half-assery, a... more-than-questionable moral compass, and the knowledge of where to actually cut those corners--which can be harder than it seems. Fortunately for you, Saddleback Leather CEO David Munson is here to show you how to fake his bags the right way--tongue, of course, planted firmly in cheek.
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The Skoda Octavia is a great car -- it's spacious, good to drive and cheap. However, there is a way to improve it: power.
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Bird's Rescue from Extinction Nearly Backfired

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 22:59
Bird's Rescue from ExtinctionAn example of how good intentions can go awry: Researchers saved the black robin from extinction after the bird was reduced to a single breeding pair. The effort to save it, however, introduced a... maladaptive egg-laying trait.
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Ubuntu touch support droppedNexus 5 support also on hold for the time being The poor Galaxy Nexus just can't catch a break. It, along with the Nexus 10 and the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 have been dropped from Ubuntu Touch... support by Canonical. Also, support for the Nexus 5 is on hold. Of course, the question everyone has is why. Alexander Sack explains on the Ubuntu-phone team mailing list. The folks behind the project want, and need, to narrow their focus as we get closer to the 14.04 release, which has always been planned to unify the desktop and mobile under the same code base. For now, all focus is on the emulator, and the official target devices will be the Nexus 4 and the 2013 Nexus 7. There seem to be no technical reasons why the Nexus 5 isn't going to move forward, it was a matter of engineering costs. Sack...
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The Apple co-founder says the Chinese smartphone maker's products are good enough for the American market.
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Michael Douglas cast as Dr.Marvel has just announced that Michael Douglas will join Paul Rudd in 2015's Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright. The Oscar-winning actor will play the role of Dr. Henry Pym, the first Marvel character... to don the persona of Ant-Man and inventor of the Pym particles that can shrink people to the size of an ant. Rudd has officially been awarded the role of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, who, in the comics, stole the Ant-Man costume as a means to save his ailing daughter. Plot details are currently scarce, and Marvel has kept casting tightly under wraps up until now. However, according to Variety, rumors suggest that Wright is writing the script focusing on Ant-Man's later years (a sensible decision given Douglas' age).The film will hit...
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It turns out the definition of "attacks" and "malicious activity" might be to blame. And a little enthusiastic over-egging of the panicky pudding.
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Whether you like it or not, 3DAdding to the growing swarm of 3D printers that produce edible objects, 3D Systems has unveiled two new printers designed to create custom-shaped candies and treats. Hit the jump to find out how it... works. The post Whether you like it or not, 3D printed food is on the way appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Epic Undersea Battle Caught on Video

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 22:57
Epic Undersea Battle Caught onThank to its sharp beak, a small red squid emerged victorious after an epic hour-long battle with a much bigger owlfish, all caught on video last November in Monterey Bay, Calif.
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NASA Administrator ToursNASA Breaking News: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Monday visited the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to see the progress being made on the Space Launch System (SLS), the most... powerful rocket ever built that will take American astronauts into deep space, first to an asteroid beyond the Moon and eventually on to Mars.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Lee Daniels, hot off the success of 'The Butler' and his Oscar nomination for 'Precious,' is currently in negotiations to direct a Richard Pryor biopic.
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[From In-Car Tech] Escort debuted four new Passport Max Limited Edition radar/laser detectors at CES, with an emphasis on fashionable designs for your windshield.
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Benchmark shows NVIDIA hasAn early benchmark of NVIDIA's Tegra K1 system-on-chip (SoC), which was announced at CES 2014, shows the new mobile processor may potentially be "the next big thing in SoCs" this year, as Tom’s... Hardware puts it. "Based on our initial looks at Tegra K1 in Lenovo's ThinkVision, the SoC far outperforms any of its competition," the site says about a 3DMark test, "posting 25%-higher results in the GPU-heavy graphics workload and CPU-limited physics test." The Tegra K1 processor, which has four ARM Cortex-A15 cores, a low-speed companion core, and a Kepler-based GPU that packs no less than 192 cores, will equip various mobile devices later this year, and will ship in a 64-bit version (codenamed Denver) as well. The publication
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[From HomeTechTell] Alarm.com's Geo-Services is truly a smart home application will automatically adjust temperature when you leave the geo-fence (provided you take your smart phone with you) and... readjust to comfortable settings when you come back.
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[From EntertainmentTell] There were two Ariel Sharons
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This is a big deal. In a decision that could reshape the rules for online consumer reviews, a Virginia court has ruled that the popular website Yelp must turn over the names of seven reviewers who... anonymously criticized a prominent local carpet cleaning business. The case revolves around negative feedback against Virginia-based Hadeed Carpet Cleaning. The owner, Joe Hadeed, said the users leaving bad reviews were not real customers of the cleaning service — something that would violate Yelp’s terms of service. His attorneys issued a subpoena demanding the names of seven anonymous reviewers, and a judge in Alexandria ruled that Yelp had to comply. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you... need is a keyboard to type 'em out!If you've ever had an issue with your Mac that only happened when the computer was under stress (or if you just have the sudden urge to give your Mac a stress test), then there's a Terminal command for you. Apple technicians often use the "yes" command to instantly begin utilizing 100 percent of your CPU and its cores. This is great for when you need to burn in or stress a Mac (or other Unix machine). Let's take a look at how to use it. Echoing y By default, you can type the word "yes" into the command line, followed by enter to begin continually printing "y"...
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'Nidhogg' arrives on Steam

The Verge - 13 Jan 2014 22:48
'Nidhogg' arrives on SteamNidhogg is here. The insanely fast indie dueling video game has arrived on Steam, over three years after it began winning accolades from the gaming press. Originally only playable at video game... exhibitions where crowds would cheer as a pair of players faced off in the epic tug-of-war-like sword-fighting game, its creator Mark "Messhof" Essen is finally selling Nidhogg to the masses, complete with online multiplayer. For $14.99 (or $11.99 through January 20th) you can buy the game for Windows PC, which has been greatly expanded with new fighting moves, new animations, four distinct arenas, full PC gamepad support for Steam's Big Picture mode, local tournament and arcade modes, and music that dynamically changes as you play. It's hard to...
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'High-profile' Google+ usersA few days ago, Google rolled out a potentially invasive new feature — if you have both a Gmail address and Google+ account, other Google+ and Gmail users will soon be able to send messages right... into your inbox, even if you never gave them your email address. By default, Google says it is letting anyone on Google+ send messages to your inbox, even if you don't have them in a circle, making the service completely opt-out rather than opt-in. However, we've just learned that isn't the case across the board. For "high-profile" users who may have thousands of users following them, Google has decided to make the default more limited. Those users will only be able to receive messages from Google+ users that they have actively put in...
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There are a few of big deals worth mentioning today that should make a lot of people happy, whether they’re looking to purchase a new camera, new lens or new software. And, since we listed them in... that order, that’s the order we’ll share them in. Sony NEX-3N for Only $290 ($210 Discount) If you’ve […]
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Rex Gives Your Robot A Brain

TechCrunch - 13 Jan 2014 22:43
Rex Gives Your Robot A BrainThanks to microcontrollers and mini computers it's become far easier to build intelligent robots. But, until recently, you've had to jury-rig most of your off-the-shelf components to work in unison.... That's why Rex, a new "robot brain" is so important. Like Hardware Battlefield finalist ModBot, Rex offers one important part of your robot project and streamlines the process of implementing intelligence into your robotic projects.
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Archos' E Ink SmartWatch looksArchos has a total of three smartwatches ready for release by the summer, all of which will be compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. We spent a little time with them at CES. The post... Archos’ E Ink SmartWatch looks like a Pebble with a facelift appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The diabetes drug metformin is being tested in numerous clinical trials for treating different cancers, and several studies point to its apparent activation of a molecular regulator of cell metabolism... called AMPK to suppress tumor growth. But new research suggests that activation of AMPK may fuel cancer growth, and that clinicians testing the drug should re-evaluate their data.
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A new blood test being developed can rapidly and accurately diagnose celiac disease without the need for prolonged gluten exposure.
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How immune system fights off malaria

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 22:42
A study reveals immune cells that are critical to combating the parasite in early stages of infection.
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Tumblr experiencing extended outage

CNET - 13 Jan 2014 22:42
Yahoo's blogging network says it's having trouble with "intermittent errors" but hopes to be back in service soon.
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[From GamerTell] Galloping Ghost Arcade is hosting a Mortal Kombat tournament this weekend, and several of the series' voice actors will be attending.
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As Elaine Benes would say, "Get out!" Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander, the actor who played George Costanza on Seinfeld, were spotted outside Tom's Restaurant on 112th Street and Broadway in... Manhattan Monday Tom's served as the stand-in for Monk's, the beloved spot where Seinfeld and friends gathered for nine television seasons See also: Seinfeld Talks Dirty in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Trailer Twitter user Ali Phil tweeted the picture, instantly setting show fans abuzz with reunion rumors @HuffingtonPost @BuzzFeed @Gothamist just saw Jerry and George walking in to Tom's Restaurant pic.twitter.com/goN9o8zOqs — Ali Phil (@ClubAliP) January 13, 2014
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Discovery Magazine reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $100,000 to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC)... to develop a nanoparticle coating for condoms that will make them more comfortable and stronger while simultaneously keeping them thin to preserve – and increase – sensation in order to make them more appealing to use. According to the Gates Foundation, in the time that condoms have been in use, not much has changed: '[Condoms] have undergone very little technological improvement in the past 50 years. The primary improvement has been the use of latex as the primary material and quality-control measures, which allow for quality testing of each individual condom. Material science and our...
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Bitcoin Fragmentation IsYou probably won't be surprised one bit to learn there's a new Bitcoin competitor out there. A group of cryptographers just announced the creation of Zerocoin, an ultra-anonymous cryptocurrency that's... otherwise a lot like the dozens of other newly launched cryptocurrencies.
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[From GadgeTell] The tale of Nokia and Google's unlikely collaboration is about to turn into a saga, as yet another pic allegedly showcasing the Android-running Normandy handheld has leaked to the... press.
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YC Startups Now Have AIt's time to play the Y Combinator valuation game again. YC founder Paul Graham tweeted out the latest stats on the early-stage startup accelerator, saying that companies who have passed through the... program now have a combined valuation of $14.4 billion, with the total amount raised topping $2 billion.
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Continents on Alien WorldsIf not for life, Earth may not have possessed the continents it does now, instead becoming a planet covered nearly entirely in ocean, researchers say.
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HTC has declined to update the 20- and 14-month-old devices
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6 Watermark Apps To ProtectEditor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. One day, after photojournalist John D. McHugh grew tired of people using his pictures without attribution, he... created his own watermark app. Called Marksta, it guarantees that no matter where your photos appear (say, someone else's Instagram profile), they have stamps displaying your copyright privileges. If you too are worried about others stealing your work, check out five more of your best app options that'll protect your creative work. Huzzah! Marksta   McHugh's app, called Marksta ($2), easily lets you customize your watermark many different ways. Choose from various fonts, colors, sizes, and more, and even adjust opacity and drop shadows -- the options are endless! iWatermark    The great thing...
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Originally published: Jan 13 2014 - 2:45pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, ISNS Contributor(ISNS) -- Time travel is often a way to change history in science fiction such as "Back to... the Future" and "Looper." Now researchers suggest a certain kind of time machine could also possess another powerful capability -- cloning perfect copies of anything.However, scientists noted the way these findings violate what is currently known about quantum physics might instead mean such time machines are not possible. Image credit: RodgerCEvans via flickr | ://bit.ly/19pUEpwRights information: ://bit.ly/elCNeD We are all time travelers in that we all move forward in time. However, scientists have suggested it might be possible to move back in time by manipulating the fabric of space and...
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Watch Golden Globes host TinaWhile hosting the 2014 Golden Globes, actress Tina Fey briefly mocked director Michael Bay. She impersonated his meltdown at the Samsung keynote during CES 2014 in Las Vegas last week. Fey's joke... lasted mere seconds, but the audience, filled with...
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Just Mobile was back at CES to sprinkle some magic dust on its new accessories, and this time it involves a mixture of batteries, Lightning docks, cables and styli. We're most excited by the company's... AluPen Digital, a fine-point capacitive stylus ...
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This new image of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing... Blue Marble imagery of...
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The amazing Kia GT4 StingerThe true sports car is back, first we got the Scion FR-S and now we get the amazing rear-wheel drive 315 horsepower Kia GT4 Stinger Concept. We can only hope Kia puts this one into production, because... my goodness this looks good. The post The amazing Kia GT4 Stinger revealed in Detroit gives the Scion FR-S a run for its money appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Daily Update for January 13, 2014

TUAW - 13 Jan 2014 22:30
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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The Metro Minimalist Bag

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 22:30
The Metro Minimalist BagReader Peter Cole finds minimalism, both in cost of living and space, important during his job-searching days in Seattle. His bag was a cheap find--an Everest bag that he found for $15 at Pike Place... Outfitters.
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Nginx woos the enterprise withNginx is betting that its open-source Web server software, now used by many large Internet services, will also find a home in the enterprise. The second release of Nginx's commercial package, called... Nginx Plus, "is really focused on more enterprise-class application delivery features," said Gus Robertson, Nginx CEO. "Nginx has the opportunity to bring the same solution we have for large-scale Web sites to enterprise customers." Nginx Plus is a commercial edition of the open-source Nginx Web server software, first released in 2004. Nginx was specifically designed to handle large volumes of traffic. Nginx, the company, was founded in 2011 to commercialize the software. Nginx Plus includes commercial support and a number of tools and features not found in the open-source edition, including...
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The Missouri River rises in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, and flows generally to the southeast for 3,767 kilometers (2,341 miles) to its confluence with the Mississippi River north of St.... Louis, Missouri....
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Q&A: Printing the Windows 8 Calendar

The New York Times - 13 Jan 2014 22:28
The Windows 8 Calendar app takes a little extra work to print because it cannot do so directly from options available under the Devices charm.     
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Scientists say a previously known but little studied chemical compound targets and shuts down a common cancer process. In studies of laboratory-grown human tumor cell lines, the drug disrupted tumor... cell division and prevented growth of advanced cancer cells.
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Cartilage is notoriously difficult to repair or grow, but researchers have taken a step toward understanding how to regenerate the connective tissue. By adding a chemical to cartilage cells, the... chemical signals spurred new cartilage growth, mimicking the effects of physical activity.
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Why Einstein Will Never Be Wrong

Universe Today - 13 Jan 2014 22:25
One of the benefits of being an astrophysicist is your weekly email from someone who claims to have "proven Einstein wrong". These either contain no mathematical equations and use phrases such as "it... is obvious that..", or they are page after page of complex equations with dozens of scientific terms used in non-traditional ways. They […]
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[From In-Car Tech] The Kia GT4 Stinger that has been extensively teased made its debut at North American International Auto Show sans carpet. Hallelujah!
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Windows 9 Could Be the BestWindows 8 was an incredible change , if not quite incredible. It wasn't until Windows 8.1 that a lot of the kinks were smoothed out. Now, Microsoft's annual BUILD conference is coming in April, and... rumor has it that Windows 9 might be showing up. That's all well and good, but please Microsoft, don't go backtracking on us.
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Which plodded along, but ultimately lost ground in the race to control the distribution of content.     
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Mark Zuckerberg Turns to JellyThe Facebook founder finds a spider in his bathroom and turns to Jelly.     
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Musical outings will be played from coast-to-coast this year in the first set of Outkast concerts since their appearance in Santa Ana, California, back in 2009. This tour will be …
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Weird Full Moon Names of 2014 Explained

SPACE.com - 13 Jan 2014 22:16
Weird Full Moon Names of 2014The first full moon of 2014 rises this week, but despite being the first of the year, it has the surprising name 'Old Moon' for some cultures. It's not the only nickname for the event. Here's a look... at the weird full moon names of the year.
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Getting connected with Archos Smart Home at #CESlive

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 22:16
Getting connected with ArchosThis year at CES the folks at Archos were showing off some very cool tech — notably their upcoming line of smartwatches and their updated Smart Home devices. I'm a big fan of both so once I got... done getting a brief about their watches, I took a look at their connected home devices as well. Powered by the Smart Home tablet, the whole setup is pretty impressive. It makes use of very small Bluetooth Low Energy devices that include a Mini Cam, Weather Tag, Smart Plug, Movement Tag and Motion Ball. All wireless, all with insane battery life (think 1-2 years). Using the Smart Home tablet or your phone you can control and monitor all the devices — everything from the temperature to open doors to motion in a room. Add in the Programs Manager and you can automate all kinds of fun tasks as...
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A new report claims the site just doesn't refer traffic like it used to.     
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Time machines could also cloneWhy we need time machines: Access to the past would open all sorts of new possibilities of more than travel, scientists say.
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Apple might finally be readyApple originally signed an agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies in 2010, but other than the occasional reminder that it exists, the partnership does not appear to have been fruitful as of yet.... Considering how many Apple devices had hit the market without so much as a trace of the metal alloys, it was safe to assume the agreement might be dormant until it expired, but MacRumors has discovered a brand new collection of patents that give some indication that Apple has indeed been working to make use of the Liquidmetal alloys. The 17 patents published last Thursday point to a wide variety of potential applications for the alloys, including the pressure sensors in the Home button, the touch sensors found in
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Samsung Galaxy S5 willWe hope you don't mind spoilers, as SamMobile has a few key details about Samsung's Galaxy S5, one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. According to the publication, Samsung will make the Galaxy... S5 available in both metallic and plastic models - similar...
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Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch inWe hope you don't mind spoilers, as SamMobile has a few key details about Samsung's Galaxy S5, one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. According to the publication, Samsung will make the Galaxy... S5 available in both metallic and plastic models - similar...
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Motorola Assist now lets youFor those of you rocking a newer Motorola phone that has Motorola Assist, it's time to check for an update. In this new version, you'll gain the ability to reply to texts using just your voice. You'll... also be able to pick which music app you want to use, and the phone will do a better job detecting when you're driving, thanks to a Bluetooth connection.  Hit up Google Play for the update. Thanks, Max, for the tip!     
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Sleepy at the wheel wearingA new app is available to keep people nodding off while driving, if they're wearing Google's Glasses while it happens. New software for Google's Glass headmounted computer system was recently made... available, called DriveSafe, as a way to keep drivers alert and direct them to a place to rest if they get sleepy. In characteristic Google fashion, the software can be enabled by saying, "OK Glass, keep me awake." From then on, the software makes use of two sensors in Glass to deliver visual and auditory notifications, if it senses that the driver is beginning to fall asleep. The software uses an infrared light sensor and a tilt/angle sensor in Glass, said Jake Steinerman, one of the app's lead developers. The IR sensor can detect winks and blinks, and the tilt sensor can measure how a user's...
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Following security warnings and the eventual massive leaking of Snapchat usernames and numbers, the disappearing-messages service has been experiencing a glut of spam, something users have been... reporting in great …
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The third beta of iOS 7.1 includes a feature that allows users to delete the over-the-air installation files that are automatically installed whenever an iPhone is connected to AC power, according to... German site Macerkopf.de [Google Translation]. Deletable installation files will allow users who do not wish to upgrade their devices to new versions of iOS to free up valuable space on their devices. Previously, updates downloaded over-the-air could not be removed, an issue that received attention in September after iOS 6 users were forced to install iOS 7 or lose 3.1 GB of storage space to the installation file. Users with iOS 7.1 beta 3 who have not installed the update will see it listed in the Settings menu, under General --> Usage, where it can be removed like any other app or file. The...
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Getting Others Mad May Be a Winning Strategy

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 22:06
Getting Others Mad May Be aAnger can help or harm depending on the situation, but people seem to take advantage of other people's emotions to win competitions.
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The 2015 Honda Fit is here toThe all-new 2015 Honda Fit just goes to show that small cars don't have to be boring. The little Fit promises go-kart handling and sensible mom practicality. Highlights include a peppy 1.5-liter... engine and a very high safety rating in case you do crash it. The post The 2015 Honda Fit is here to take the boring out of being practical appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] If you have a PS4 and a PlayStation Plus subscription, then you'll be enjoying a free copy of Outlast next month.
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Adam Magyar is a wizard who knows how to freeze reality, capturing the passing of time into one single image, turning daily moments that are constantly ignored by everyone into fascinating views of... humanity and the world that surrounds us. His techniques are pretty damn cool.
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What's the Last Photo on Your Phone?

The Atlantic - 13 Jan 2014 22:02
A filmmaker convinced these New Yorkers to share their last cellphone photographs.     
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Teen Brains Really Are Wired to Seek Rewards

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 22:02
Teen Brains Really Are WiredTeenagers often do things if the payoff is great, and the reason may come down to how their brains respond to rewards, a new study suggests.
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This is the closest the HTCHTC has confirmed the sad news that its 2012 flagship handsets, the HTC One X and the HTC One X+, will not be receiving an update to take it to Android 4.4 KitKat. Both models will be staying in their... current state at Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5. HTC passed...
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Swedish surgeons have announced the successful transplant of nine donated wombs in women. The program began in September 2012 and the women have suffered no serious setback and will try to get... pregnant in the coming months.
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A clip making the Internet sports rounds shows a pastor cutting his Sunday sermon short to watch an NFL playoff game, but it was just a joke. The clip shows pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill... Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont., give a ridiculously truncated Sunday sermon because had important places to be — namely, a television set to watch his beloved San Francisco 49ers play in the NFL playoffs See also: 14 Freaky Photos From the Frigid 49ers-Packers Game "Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins? OK, that's great, you are," he tells his congregation in the video above, before adding, "There's some bread and some wine up here on the table. You all feel free to help yourself if you'd like to."
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Does Having Children Make People Happier?

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 22:00
Does Having Children MakeWhether or not couples have children doesn't seem to make a dent in whether they are satisfied with their lives, new research suggests.
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Look Before You Leap - PreviewThe web is full of all kinds of links, both clearly labeled ones as well as links with varying degrees of treacherousness (Rick Roll, we’re looking at you). While finding yourself sent to a video of... Rick Astley may be…
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A Very Special Post-CES Gadgets Podcast

TechCrunch - 13 Jan 2014 22:00
A Very Special Post-CESYou'll have to forgive us if we sound slightly exhausted. We have returned from a long, adventurous week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and are now in a state of recovery. Still, we found time... to chat about our experience on this week's TC Gadgets Podcast so that those of you who couldn't make it to the show can get a taste of the biggest gadgets show in the world.
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Weighing particles at theMIT engineers have devised a way to measure the mass of particles with a resolution better than an attogram -- one millionth of a trillionth of a gram. Weighing these tiny particles, including both... synthetic nanoparticles and biological components of cells, could help researchers better understand their composition and function.The system builds on a technology previously developed by Scott Manalis, an MIT professor of biological and mechanical engineering, to weigh larger particles, such as cells. This system, known as a suspended microchannel resonator (SMR), measures the particles' mass as they flow through a narrow channel.By shrinking the size of the entire system, the researchers were able to boost its resolution to 0.85 attograms --more than a 30-fold improvement over the previous...
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How the immune system fightsThe parasites that cause malaria are exquisitely adapted to the various hosts they infect -- so studying the disease in mice doesn't necessarily reveal information that could lead to drugs effective... against human disease.Now, a team led by MIT researchers has developed a strain of mice that mimics many of the features of the human immune system and can be infected with the most common human form of the malaria parasite, known as Plasmodium falciparum. Using this strain, the researchers have already identified a key host defense mechanism, and they believe it should lead to many more useful discoveries."Human malaria studies have been hampered by a lack of animal models," says Jianzhu Chen, the Ivan R. Cottrell Professor of Immunology, a member of MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer...
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There are already too many tower defense games on the App Store. There are great ones, good ones, OK ones and bad ones, and there are plenty of each category. Castle Doombad -- the latest from the... always solid Adult Swim Games -- proves it deserves ...
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Ask an Expert: All AboutSay hello to Kerry Cooper, CEO of Choose Energy. Most people assume they're stuck with the energy provider they have, but they're not! By understanding regulations and helping people comparison shop,... Choose Energy can save users hundreds of dollars a year. Have questions on switching providers, DIY energy saving tips, or the energy industry in general? Kerry is hanging out for the next hour, so ask away!
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Primates like humans and monkeys grow slowly, bear few young, and live a long time. Now we know why – primates simply use less energy     
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The humble power strip gets a makeover with the PowerCube, a stackable, changeable set of square power-outlet extensions.
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Court responds to Apple'sFollowing Apple’s formal request last week that Michael Bromwich be removed from his role in ensuring the Cupertino company meets compliances set by the anti-trust ruling in last year’s ebooks... trial, the Department of Justice has pushed back (via GigaOm) with a denial letter accusing Apple of ‘character assassination’. Regrettably, it is now clear that Apple […]
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Netflix didn’t run the table last night. The streaming service started with six Golden Globe nominations last night and walked away with just one trophy, for Best Actress in a Drama. Last year at... the Emmy Awards, Netflix had over a dozen noms and won one major award and two non-televised ones. It looks like the predictions that Netflix is changing the face of entertainment are wrong, right? Wrong. Netflix’s competition — other networks like Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS, did not fare much better. In fact, some fared worse. ABC and CBS didn’t walk away with a single trophy. NBC got one for Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation and Fox surprised many with two awards for Andy Samberg’s Brooklyn 99.
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Mikhail Kalashnikov feltMikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the iconic and ubiquitous AK-47, outwardly expressed pride in his rifle before his death last month, even though its being used by terrorists saddened him. However, in... a letter sent to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, the late engineer felt "spiritual pain" about his invention's capacity to kill, and wondered if he was, in the end, responsible for the deaths it caused. The letter was sent in May of 2012, and was published today in the Russian-language newspaper Izvestia. The BBC translated a portion of the letter, revealing the inventor's self-doubt: "My spiritual pain is unbearable." "I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle claimed people's lives, then can it be that I......
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The Internet activist's supporters use Swartz's own words to launch a campaign against government surveillance.
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Many Mac users who come to the platform from the world of Windows have become accustomed to defragging their PC hard drives from time to time, and thus the inevitable question arrises: do you need to... defragment a Macs hard drive? The answer is usually no, you don’t need to defrag a Mac as part ...
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The best smartwatches of CES

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 21:56
The best smartwatches of CESWe're starting to shift the heavy lifting of covering smartwatches to our pals at Smartwatch Fans (which, of course, will occasionally involve some familiar faces from Android Central). And to that... end, Adam Zeis has rounded up his favorite smartwatches of CES 2014.  Some of them should be familiar. A few may be new to you. All deserve your attention. Check out "The Best Smartwatches of CES 2014" at Smartwatch Fans.     
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Matt Mullenweg swaps roles with current Automattic CEO Toni Schneider. It may be because Mullenweg's now 30, and he thinks twenty-somethings shouldn't run companies.
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Darwin Was Right: Island Animals Are Tamer

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 21:52
Darwin Was Right: IslandResearchers have confirmed an observation made by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago: That animals living on islands are tamer and less skittish than related animals living on the mainland.
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Campaigns cost celebrity players dearly by disrupting lucrative video streams.
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Book Review: The Digital Crown

Slashdot - 13 Jan 2014 21:52
benrothke writes "With Adobe Flash, it's possible to quickly get a pretty web site up and running; something that many firms do. But if there is no content behind the flashy web page, it's unlikely... anyone will return. In The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web, author Ahava Leibtag does a fantastic job on showing how to ensure that your web site has what it takes to get visitors to return, namely great content." Read below for the rest of Ben's review.
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Remember To Vote For Crunchies Finalists!

TechCrunch - 13 Jan 2014 21:51
Remember To Vote For CrunchiesBuilding a startup is hard. That’s why we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit (and all the cool stuff you guys do) every year at our annual Crunchies awards show. But now we need your input.... We’ve narrowed the field down to dozens of worthy competitors and we need to pick a winner. We do that by asking you to vote. Who will win Best Technology Achievement? Bitcoin or Node.js? Who is getting the trophy for Best Mobile App, Mailbox or Snapchat? Is Fitbit the best health startup? It’s all up to you. Get the word out. Vote for your own team. Vote for your favorite team. Make this a night to remember and make all that blood, sweat, and tears worth it. Vote for the Crunchies. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, February 10, 2014, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco,...
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Samsung reportedly showed offSamsung is looking to shed its image as a “fast follower” in the mobile space with some innovative new smartphone designs and flexible smartphone displays are definitely part of the company’s... plans. SamMobile points us to an article from Korean website ETNews that claims Samsung at CES last week secretly showed off a 5.68-inch foldable AMOLED display that is “made of a film-like polyamide substrate that allows it to be foldable while remaining free of any deterioration in image quality at the point of folding.” This display sounds much more flexible and potentially groundbreaking compared to the kinds of curved displays used in the Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex. That said, it’s still a prototype and SamMobile says that we shouldn’t expect to see
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What Comet Probe 'Rosetta' DidThe European built probe is the most complex mission to a comet. Since its launch in March 2004, it has flown by Earth 3 times, snapped images of asteroids and more. It has been hibernating since 2011... and will be awoken in Jan. 2014.
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Yahoo Malware Attack MightThere are countless ways to inject malware into a computer, which is why people who use the internet should be very vigilant about the sort of websites they normally visit. One may expect to find... malware on shady websites, not on internationally recognized websites like Yahoo. Turns out there was malware hiding in the ads being displayed on Yahoo’s website, the attack was sophisticated enough that it didn’t require users to click on the ad, merely visiting the company’s website would have injected malware from the Java-based ads. The company plugged the vulnerability quickly once it came to light, but it seems that the attack might have affected a greater number of users. At first it was believed that the malware attack only affected European users on January 3rd. Yahoo has...
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[From GadgeTell] Google shares Jelly Bean is now on 59.1 percent of all the Android devices.
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Your Favorite Futurist Is Wrong

Gizmodo - 13 Jan 2014 21:46
Your Favorite Futurist IsNobody knows the future. This may seem like an obvious statement, but it bears repeating. Nobody knows the future.
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Ask Siri 'What Does The FoxYlvis’s song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” quickly became one of the most popular internet memes of 2013 thanks to its crazy weird but uncontrollably catchy video. Just how popular has the... meme become? So damn popular that…
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Microsoft and GoDaddy partnerMicrosoft announced today that it will partner with GoDaddy to bring Office 365 services to small businesses owners more easily. GoDaddy will offer users the option to choose one of three Office 365... plans that will be connected to their domain name. Users in the US and Canada will gain access to these plans first, and over the next three months the plans will expand globally.
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Getty Images and Agence France Presse are avid protectors of their own copyright privileges. But when the chaussure is on the other foot? Haitian photographer Daniel Morel continues to find out that... it’s a whole different ball game, as the agencies try to evade the $1.22 million penalty levied against them for stealing eight of […]
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Why does this sound like the beginning of a Godzilla movie?
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How GitHub Hired MoreSilicon Valley certainly talks a lot about the dearth of women in technology, but relatively few companies seem to do much about it. Here's one surprising exception: GitHub, the open-source... collaboration site for software developers. GitHub's atypical experience with diversity owes a fair deal to an unlikely source--a humble lecture series called "Passion Projects" that features female technologists talking about the work that energizes them. As it turns out, by giving women in technology the spotlight, GitHub has also apparently demonstrated that it's a great place for women to work. CEO Tom Preston-Werner said that Passion Projects has had a real effect on recruiting. Over the last six months, a quarter of GitHub's most recent 60 hires have been women, he said. Some hires wouldn't have...
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At the moment you'll find the folks behind the open-source project known as Limelight working on Android devices, attempting to make the PC streaming option for games through Valve's Steam …
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Portland celebrates anotherPortland celebrates another safe year for cyclists, Hamburg goes car-free, San Francisco rents its curbs to tech buses, Houston's got some wacky architecture, and L.A. is the city of the future--or a... city in decline? It's all in this week's Urban Reads.
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[From GamerTell] Ever wanted to know the exhilaration of ruining a room? Step into a virtual cat's shoes in Catlateral Damage to give it a try.
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PayPal Working To Make OnlinePayPal is one of the most well known and widely used solutions for online payments. The service is used by millions of people around the world who wish to shop online. Users might find it irritating... to be redirected to PayPal’s website from the online store they’re checking out from. Users are redirected so that they can punch in their credentials and authorize the transaction. The payments company is now working on a new solution called In-Context Checkout which will make the entire process seamless. Users won’t have to leave the online store, rather they’ll authorize the transaction through a pop-up window. Billing and shipping information is entered in the pop-up, thus eliminating the need to visit PayPal’s website to do just that. Only a few online stores are currently...
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It looks like Android 4.2.2 will be the end of the upgrade roadmap for the HTC One X and X+, two of the company's primary flagship phones in 2012. The phone maker tweeted out -- and later confirmed to... the press -- that neither handset will be ...
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Cloudera says Impala is fasterCloudera is touting the speed of its Impala query engine compared to Hive and a leading relational database system, but those aren't really apples-to-apples comparisons. The real question is how all... the SQL-on-Hadoop options stack up against one another.
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Restore the Windows StartIf your Start screen has gotten a little overly cluttered, you can reset it to its "default" layout by deleting a few select files. Here's what you need to do.
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A team of researchers has discovered that a specific gene may play a major role in the development of a life-threatening birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH, which affects... approximately one out of every 3,000 live births.
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Researchers have found that six proteins - five more than previously thought - are responsible for cell-to-cell communication that regulates the heart and plays a role in limiting the size of heart... attacks and strokes. The smallest of these proteins directs the largest in performing its role of coordinating billions of heart cells during each heartbeat. Together, the proteins synchronize the beating heart, the researchers determined.
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SimCity coming down from the "cloud"

Phys.org - 13 Jan 2014 21:33
Hugely popular SimCity will be coming down from the cloud, letting fans play the rich world simulation game without needing to be connected to the Internet.
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So that Nokia Android phoneWe've witnessed a steady parade of leaks and rumors regarding Nokia's plans to release a whole new Android device. That's the same Nokia whose devices business is a few crossed t's and dotted i's from... becoming a fully-owned part of Microsoft. The move seems particularly curious, as Microsoft is still scrambling to find a place for Windows Phone within the smartphone pantheon. And yet, a new image depicting an "engineering prototype" of the Nokia Android device codenamed "Normandy" still surfaced over the weekend. @evleaks the engineering prototype of Nokia Normandy ://t.co/zHS3OGdtC6 pic.twitter.com/jXgkLuCKVc -- sea (@seamissu) January 12, 2014 The undated image comes via a retweet from the very reliable @evleaks. While the image is far from a confirmation that Normandy will be storming...
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DxOMark recommends lenses forThe Pentax K-3 was a justified winner in our reader poll for the Best DSLR of 2013, and now our friends and collaborators over at DxOMark have been looking into how various lenses score on it. In the... process, they've also reviewed many of Pentax's lovely 'Limited' primes in their latest 'HD' incarnations. See DxOMark's latest reviews
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Canonical's UK financial report shows willingness to invest in Ubuntu's future.
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Singing along to your favorite songs feels very empowering. We can belt out a tune if there’s music to accompany us, but if we’re just trying to sing on our own, we often forget the words. If you... want more chances to bust out into song without having to test your brain on the lyrics,
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Feds accuse Apple ofThe fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the behavior of court monitor Michael Bromwich is getting more catty every week. After Apple called for his removal, the government shot back.
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FAA Wants To Create SafetyWe’re yet to welcome drones into our daily lives, but it seems that the future will be full of them. Drones have actually become quite popular, they’re now available in all shapes and sizes,... controlling them is as easy as using an app on your smartphone. They’re right up there with model aircraft, which already have a huge fan following. Time and again it has been debated when the FAA will set about crafting guidelines for use of drones in our towns and cities. The agency has confirmed today that it is working with the Academy for Model Aeronautics to do just that. Aircraft hobbyists are generally aware of the rules, they’re not supposed to fly higher than 400 feet, within three miles of an airport, etc. However its easy for people who’re not aware of the guidelines to get in...
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[From GadgeTell] While it's no big surprise Samsung elected to not take the wraps off its next big thing, the Galaxy S5, during last week's CES event, were February's MWC to come and go without as... much as an S5 cameo, we would all be left scratching our heads in disbelief.
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New CEO Chen reveals crucialIt looks like John Chen is a man with a plan. In an interview with CrackBerry, Chen gives us a pretty detailed outline of where he wants to take the company over the next couple of years and how he... plans on winning back business customers who have switched to a BYOD model for their employees. The big takeaway from the interview is this: Chen wants to make sure that everyone in the world knows that you don’t need to own a BlackBerry handset to be a BlackBerry customer. First and foremost, Chen thinks that BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is the key for restoring BlackBerry’s name in the mobile realm. The idea is to make BES the best cross-platform mobile
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Snapchat apologizes for spam,Snapchat has apologized for an excessive amount of spam that some users have been receiving lately.     
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Booth Babes Don't Work

TechCrunch - 13 Jan 2014 21:21
Booth Babes Don't WorkIt's a pretty indefensible practice. The hiring of young, college-aged females to dress as provocatively as possible to help promote...um, Ultra HD TV sets, Android tablets and Internet-enabled... toothbrushes. It's a relic of old enterprises, but that's just the way they like their world. But what nearly every critic has failed to mention is a real concrete business reason to end the practice.
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GoDaddy teams with MicrosoftMicrosoft and GoDaddy have partnered to offer Office 365 as the exclusive business-class email and productivity tools service for GoDaddy's small business customers. GoDaddy is offering customers... three different tiers of Office 365 service: Email Essentials, Business Essentials, and Productivity Plus. The Email Essentials plan is only $4 per month, and is tailored to very small business customers. It lets the business set up an email using the company's own domain; comes with 5GB of email storage, plus 2GB of SkyDrive Pro cloud storage; and lets customers sync email, calendar, and contacts across devices and platforms. The Business Essentials plan is closer to the standard Office 365 offerings. For $9 per month, it includes 50GB of email storage, and 25GB of SkyDrive Pro cloud storage. It...
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A Tie with a Hidden TokyoNobody likes looking like a tourist, especially in their hometown--but with a public transportation system as complex as Tokyo's, sometimes a map is entirely necessary. Need a simple solution to avoid... getting lost while looking like a native? Wear your map in a hidden place.
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The company the state was trying to lure for a controversial spaceport project -- SpaceX of California -- may go to Texas instead.
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[From In-Car Tech] Yearly Plug-In Vehicles Sales Jump 83 Percent over 2012
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We expected to see Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in cameo roles while handing over the spotlight to a new generation in Star Wars: Episode VII. Now, in the wake of a dispute over the... script, the three stars will be front and center in the upcoming movie. You can take that with a grain of salt, thoughThe Hollywood Reporter only quotes unnamed sources, and as with most Star Wars news, nothing is official until it shows up on StarWars.com. But THR is pretty well-sourced in Lucasfilm matters; it was the only magazine to which Kathleen Kennedy granted a full-length solo interview after Lucasfilm's sale to Disney. In other words, take no more than a pinch of salt
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Zoute's New Transit App BringsZoute is the latest application to join the competitive transit app space, which this past year saw Apple scooping up services like Embark and HopStop to beef up its own Maps product. But Zoute is... taking a different approach than most, by launching on Android first, with an app that delivers both fixed route schedules and real-time departure information.
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Plutocrats, celebrities, and dictators, ready your wallets: the Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 is here. Taking its rightful spot at the top of the S-Class range - S65 AMG excepting - the …
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Facebook grabs social network Branch

Phys.org - 13 Jan 2014 21:15
Facebook grabs social networkFacebook on Monday confirmed that it has grabbed a hold of Branch, a social network that focuses providing online forums for insightful conversations.
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The Camera You Want For UnderThe Sony NEX-3NL was a great camera when it hit the market for $500, but at under $300, this deal is unmissable for anyone looking for a great portable camera, ready to downsize their DSLR, or... interested in diving into an interchangeable lens ecosystem for the first time. Retractable power zoom lens, tilting LCD, 16MP, and unprecedented value in this price range. [Amazon]
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Dying BlackBerry recommits toBlackBerry will rededicate itself to physical keyboards as the company tries to regain its footing. Speaking to Bloomberg , BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company's future phones will... "predominantly" have physical keyboards, rather than full touchscreens. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen said. Out of the four existing BlackBerry 10 smartphones, only the Q10 (shown above) and Q5 have physical keyboards, and only the former is available through U.S. carriers. The BlackBerry Z10 and Z30 use touchscreens, with the quality of the software keyboard being a major focus in BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry's recent emphasis on touchscreens over physical keyboards was reportedly a major source of friction within the company as it tried to bring BlackBerry 10 to market. In a story last September ,...
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Meet TEO, the BluetoothLooking for a smart padlock that can be wirelessly unlocked from your phone? Check TEO, a new Kickstarter project that promises to deliver just that. With the companion app, you can send the "key" to... anyone who needs it.
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LG appears to have numerous KitKat-powered devices in the works.
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Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has bid $55 million for Fisker Automotive's assets, just days after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware rejected Hybrid's plan to take over the... failed electric-vehicle maker in a private sale.
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wiredmikey writes "According to Target Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel, point-of-sale (POS) malware was used in the recent attack that compromised millions of credit and debit card account numbers... of customers across the country. Steinfhafel told CNBC's Becky Quick in an interview that malware was used in attacks that compromised the company's point of sale registers. According to a report from Reuters, Target and Neiman Marcus may not be alone, as other popular U.S. retailers may have been breached during the busy the holiday shopping season. According sources who spoke to Reuters, attackers used RAM scraper, or Memory parser malware to steal sensitive data from Target and other retail victims. Visa issued alerts about attacks utilizing these types of malware in April 2013 and again in...
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The sound of Samson Technologies #CESlive

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 21:08
The sound of SamsonSamson's new Bluetooth speakers bring big sound at a not-so-big price Cali and Phil take 10 minutes of CES and spend it talking to James from Samson Technologies, and we get to see some excellent new... wireless speakers that are more than just wireless speakers. Starting at just $99 for the Expedition Express model, these speakers have extras like smartphone charging or instrument inputs built right in, and the larger XP 106 comes with a 2.4GHz wireless mic for seamless presentations or Karaoke. And of course, we get a close look at a couple Samson microphones as well. Samson has been in the audio business for a while, and several of us here at AC use their products. These new speakers and mics look pretty awesome, and we're loving the prices. Catch everything at the CESlive Portal     
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FAA Starts Working WithThe FAA today announced that it is working with the Academy for Model Aeronautics (AMA), the largest organization for model aircraft enthusiasts in the U.S., to create safety guidelines for model... aircraft and drones. Many model aircraft hobbyists already belong to the AMA or at least know about its guidelines (don’t fly higher than 400 feet, don’t fly within three miles of an airport, etc.). Recently, however, the advent of relatively affordable, easy-to-fly model aircraft – GPS-enabled quadcopters that can easily fly up to a thousand feet and even autonomous drones — has added a large number of new users. In addition, the FAA notes, some high-end model aircraft can now have wingspans over 20 feet and have multiple jet engines. Given that the FAA has started its work on integrating...
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Mad Men Vs. Digibabble

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 21:07
Mad Men Vs. DigibabbleInnovation vs. Dinosaurs Traditional vs. Old Digital vs. Everything... We live in a world where Amazon can't get its packages delivered on time; Target can't protect its customers (guests as they call... them); the ability to order a customized phone cover is considered a radical advance in consumer personalization; and experiences "suddenly" seem to matter. In 1972, Ed Ney, then CEO of Young and Rubicam, began to implement a business model that was prescient and decades ahead of its time. He called it the Whole Egg, the idea being that a consumer/customer/user/buyer/whatever was an organic whole and needed to be approached as such. This was not the same philosophy as 360 degree advertising that still has its adherents today -- if anything, it's the antithesis. 360 degree is a channel view....
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They Syrian Electronic Army's campaign against Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) continued over the weekend when it hacked into the company's blog and Twitter account on Friday, followed by an attack on... the Xbox Twitter account on Sunday.
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HTC says the One X, One X+Bad news for HTC One X and One X+ owners who thought they might get future Android updates: HTC has just said users on both phones will be stuck on Android 4.2.2 from here on out. The One X was... HTC's flagship device for 2012, and featured a 720p display, polycarbonate body, and dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The follow-up, the One X+, was designed as a souped-up version, bringing with it a larger 2,100mAh battery, more storage, a faster 1.7GHz Tegra 3 processor, and an updated front-facing camera. The news was confirmed by HTC's UK Twitter account earlier today, and comes just 14 months after the One X+'s release.
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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 AndHuawei is one Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has some exposure in the West. Most local vendors in the People’s Republic aren’t known outside the country, despite the fact that they make some... of China’s best selling mobile phones. Huawei actually does a lot more than making smartphones, but it has evidently been focusing quite a lot on that side of the business in the past few years. The company’s latest creations, the Ascend Mate 2 and Ascend P6S are expected to be released in China later this month. The Ascend Mate 2 was launched with much pomp and substance at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last week in Las Vegas. This smartphone touts impressive specifications and a handful of amazing features. Rumors coming in from China suggest that it will cost 2988...
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Phiaton combines style andLight weight, portable and extremely comfortable John and Rene talked to Lindsay Stuart from Phiaton to talk about their latest ultra light weight, portable headphones, the Fusion MS-430. Trying to... stand out in the headphone space is not the easiest of tasks, and features are something that Phiaton takes very seriously. From adding the ability to change the cord, to having microphones built into over the ear headphones, Phiaton has a new models to support a large crowd. If you are serious about sound quality and portability you will definitely want to check out the full interview above for all the details. Catch everything at the CESlive Portal     
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Photographer Adam Magyar captured the scenes he encountered, along with the countless different windows into people's thoughts and emotions, in a series of fascinating and in a way, poetic, slow... motion videos. The post Photographer Captures Everyday Subway Scenes in Slow-Motion Videos appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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The first trailer of the fourth Game of Thrones season has been released, with the series slated to kick off on April 6. With the trailer we get a short …
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Samsung's new flagship phone looks to have top-notch graphics capabilities, according to specs leaked by SamMobile, and will be followed into the world by an updated S5 Zoom and Mini version.
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Interactions.org Newsdigest 13 Jan 2014

Interactions - 13 Jan 2014 21:00
-- Latest Fermilab experiment a step closer to launch -- Simulating the Behavior of Elusive Cosmic Particles -- The neutrino hunter -- BOSS measures the universe to one-percent accuracy -- New... Initiative Seeks to Make All Particle-Physics Papers Freely Available -- DNA may be our only salvation from the relentless decay of data -- Is It a Bug? A Star? No, Wait, It's a Particle! -- Isle of Man becomes star gazing "centre" -- Particle-physics papers set free -- Explainer: what are leptons? -- The Sacred Sword - Radioactive Contamination At Fermilab In 1986 -- Why a Larger Multiverse Shouldn't Make You Feel Small -- Physicists Unveil New Test For 'Theory Of Everything' -- Particle Physicists Ready To Go Beyond God Particle -- Scientists find a practical test for string theory
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How Can I Set Up a MultipleSharing your digital space with a partner can be a challenge. Even if you're willing to use the same apps and services, you might still want some boundaries, whether they're for the sake of privacy or... just so that your partner doesn't have to deal with all your digital junk.
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In conjunction with its new and powerful iPad commercial dubbed "Your Verse Anthem," Apple also put up a new section on its website titled, "What will your verse be?" As you might have guessed, the... new section highlights inspiring and interesting ...
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These Beautiful Solar Orbs ArePhotovoltaic panels aren't the most glamorous technology: They're usually tucked away on a roof, and when you can see them, they're ugly. And inefficient. But what if they made architecture more... beautiful? And what if they were more efficient, working even at night? Say hi to Rawlemon, a solar ball lens that is quickly making its way to market.
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There are a lot of tips and helpful articles out there about buying your first ‘nice’ camera, or even how to make sure everything is working well when you get one as a gift, but there’s... significantly less help for those who are considering buying their first flash. Enter DigitalRev and their “10 Things to […]
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Sherlock season 3 finaleThe season 3 finale of Sherlock premiered last night on BBC One, and Twitter wants you to know how many tweets it generated. Twitter, citing data collected from social analytics firm @SecondSync,... announced that the Sherlock finale spawned more than 377,000...
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Facebook And Branch Aim ToBranch Media, the New York City-based social startup backed by the likes of Twitter's Biz Stone and Evan Williams, will officially become a Facebook company thanks to a $15 million deal to "build... Branch at Facebook scale." Josh Miller, co-founder of Branch Media, announced the news Monday morning via a Facebook post. "After two years building Branch and Potluck, I am thrilled to announce we will be continuing our mission at Facebook!" Miller said. "We will be forming Facebook's Conversations group, based in New York City, with the goal of helping people connect with others around their interests." Miller said "the products we build will be reminiscent of Branch and Potluck," but unlike other companies previously acquired by Facebook, such as Gowalla and NextStop, Branch Media will be...
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[From GamerTell] The enemy has magic, giant trolls and deadly traps. You have a magic marker. Find out why that's a fair fight in this review of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.
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Baby wipes, those convenient, premoistened towelettes that are a staple of any home nursery, might cause red, scaly rashes in some children. According to a new study published Monday in the journal... Pediatrics, some infants -- and adults -- might be allergic to a certain preservative in baby wipes called methylisothiazolinone.
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U.S. Court Rules Yelp MustThere’s a reason why online commenting and reviewing systems usually have the option to post anonymously. Not everyone wants to write a bad review or leave a scathing comment using their own name,... some choose to hide behind a curtain to vent while not fearing that the blowback might somehow end up affecting them offline. A Virginia court has complicated matters for Yelp, it has ruled that the popular review and discovery website must reveal the identity of users who leave negative reviews. (more…) Follow: Web, yelp, U.S. Court Rules Yelp Must Identify Anonymous Reviewers original content from Ubergizmo.     
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[From GamerTell] Over the next six weeks, MonkeyPaw Games will release Tomba 2 and 5 PSOne Imports on the PlayStation Store.
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Porsche has officially revealed its new 911 Targa, the removable-roof version of the classic sports car, with a new motorized panel making opening up the top a button-press rather than …
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Thanks to an experimental surgery, nine women in Sweden have received successful uterus transplants and are on track to become pregnant in the next few months. The women in the study, most in their... 30s, didn't have uteruses either because they were removed due to cervical cancer, or because the women were born without uteruses altogether (a syndrome called MRKH that affects about 1 in 4,500 girls). None of these women thought they'd be able to give birth to their own children. But this importan
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Jelly Is the New Play Toy for Brands

Mashable - 13 Jan 2014 20:51
Jelly — the app created by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone — doesn't appear to have any direct utility for brands. So of course, brands are all over it. One of the most talked-about projects of 2013,... Jelly launched last week as a free iOS and Android app. The idea is that you photograph objects and people with your phone and tap your Facebook and Twitter networks to answer questions like "What is this?" The app got a big boost over the weekend when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used it to ask about a spider General Electric was one of the pioneer brands on the platform. Late last week, GE began by asking fans about their favorite scientists (see below). Katrina Craigwell, global manager of digital marketing at GE, says the company is kicking the tires at the moment. "We're just trying it...
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Not a Shocker: Sprint Axes ItsBack in September, Sprint was the last of the big U.S. wireless carriers to offer an option allowed to let early-adopter types upgrade their smartphones at an abnormally rapid clip, with a plan it... called One Up. And now, just four months later, it’s the first to end its offer, the Verge’s Aaron Souppouris reports: Customers looking to discover more about One Up are now being informed that it was retired January 9th, and invited to check out the carrier’s new “Framily” plan, which encourages users to link their accounts with friends’ to save money. As my colleague Jared Newman wrote when Sprint announced One Up, the proposition it offered was the best of the early-upgrade bunch. If it wasn’t palatable enough to consumers to be worth Sprint’s effort, I have a hard time...
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Why was crime on the rise inData released over the weekend by the New York Police Department shows that grand larcenies within the city increased again in 2013, up 13% to roughly 45,000 incidents. There were plenty of... contributing factors, of course, but the NYPD specifically pointed a finger at Apple while explaining why crime was on the rise last year. According to the city’s police department, thefts of Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad made up more than 18% of all grand larcenies in New York City last year, with 8,465 incidents having been reported. Apple devices are stolen so often that the NYPD now specifically tracks thefts of Apple-branded devices separately from other devices. The Wall Street Journal noted that while Apple devices are indeed
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Power to go with Wagan #CESlive

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 20:49
Power to go with WaganCharge All The Things — all at once — with the Wagan Power Hub Quite a few of us have more than one device or accessory that needs charged. Maybe you have a phone and a tablet, or a Bluetooth... headset, or just a spare battery in its own cradle. The new digital age means more devices are going to need plugged in. John P. and Rene spent a few minutes with Ales Hsu from Wagan, and we get a really good look at one beastly charger. The Wagan Power Hub will plug into the cigarette lighter in your car or use a DC adapter, and it has enough oompf to charge four tablets at the same time. Available for just $30 on Amazon, this is one gadget I saw at CES that I already ordered — I can always use more powered USB ports in my truck. Catch everything at the CESlive Portal     
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5 Intriguing Things: Monday, 1/13

The Atlantic - 13 Jan 2014 20:47
Web privacy tips, vanilla pollination, robot law, big book data, and the children of a Moscow garbage dump.     
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Hospital Linen TaggedWhen you run a hospital, you know that there are plenty of items to keep track of, ranging from the medicine at the dispensary, as well as the various equipment that lies throughout the building. Oh... yeah, one very important thing that no one should overlook – hospitals come with beds, and with that, there are also plenty of linen to keep track of. This is a monumental task actually, and is there a better way of getting the job done to make sure that no one carts away with your linen? The answer could very well be in the affirmative, as there is a new scheme that will tag hospital linen electronically, allowing every item to be identified in theory. (more…) Follow: Medical, rfid, Hospital Linen Tagged Electronically To Prevent Unwanted Losses original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Can Windows 9 save Windows?

ZDNet - 13 Jan 2014 20:46
If the word on the street is that Microsoft is currently aiming for a Windows 9 release date of April 2015, this gives the company a little over a year to fix Windows. So what does Microsoft need to... do to fix Windows?
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All The Camera You Need UnderThe Sony NEX-3NL was a great camera when it hit the market for $500, but at under $300, this deal is unmissable for anyone looking for a great portable camera, ready to downsize their DSLR, or... interested in diving into an interchangeable lens ecosystem for the first time. Retractable power zoom lens, tilting LCD, 16MP, and unprecedented value in this price range. [Amazon]
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Many of us use our iPhones for so many tasks that it’s easy to overlook some of the simpler functionality of the device, like making and ending phone calls. With that in mind, we’ve got a nice... trick to hang up an active call faster, without having to touch the devices screen at all. It’s ...
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Acer will take years to turn around unless there's some hit or strategic design thinking.
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Little, low-priced 3-D scanner(Phys.org) --Toronto-based Matterform showcased a 3D scanner at this year's CES with two attention-drawing features: It is easy to use for designers, hobbyists and consumers and it is priced below... $600. The company promotes the scanner as requiring no assembly, ready to use out of the box. The goal is to get the user's target object from scanning platter to 3D printer as easily as possible. "Unfold it, plug it in, place an object on the scan bed and press go! It's that simple. Really," says the company site. After a successful crowdfunding campaign last year, the scanner team, Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox along with Trevor Townsend, are preparing to launch the $579 3D scanner next month. The team showed their scanner at CES earlier this month.
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Audi Traffic Light AssistYou know what they say – have car, will travel. That is fine and dandy if the roads that you drive on do not happen to have plenty of traffic, but what about those of us who live in a cosmopolitan... city, where a gridlock has come to be accepted as the norm? Surely, modes of public transport might be a better way to get around town, not to mention skipping nefarious jams as well when you are on a train, or have the luxury of a dedicated bus lane? For those who still prefer the comfort of your own car, Audi has a possible solution for you – through the development of a system known as Audi's Traffic Light Assist that will be able to inform you on the amount of time that you have before an upcoming light changes, so that you can make the necessary adjustments to your speed, letting you hit...
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French photographer Remi Noel traversed the Lone Star State capturing archetypal American images that often feature his only traveling companion, a tiny Batman figurine.
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You'd Never Guess TheseMother Nature is lovely, but relentless; more and more, it seems like recovery-mode is standard operating procedure for large swathes of the world. On a small scale, some designers are finding ways to... give new life to the damage left behind by natural disasters. Following a 5.9 earthquake that shook northern Italy in 2012, prolific designer Patricia Urquiola teamed up with inlay brand Budri to utilize their extensive archive of marble and stones that were damaged in the trembler.
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Swedish Doctors Transplant Wombs into 9 Women

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 20:39
Swedish Doctors TransplantNine women in Sweden have received womb transplants, using organs donated from living relatives, according to news reports.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Red Hot Chili Peppers Join Super Bowl Halftime Show
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PayPal is also pushing for the launch of Payment Code, essentially a new use case for the 4-digit PIN code as well as QR codes when paying in stores.
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The E! Entertainment Network is famous for its award show red carpet coverage, which usually involves a fancy new GlamCam or Mani Cam or other cam spotlighting the dolled-up attendees But this... weekend, the inclusion of E!'s "fun facts" scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen at the 71st Golden Globe Awards made waves instead. The lighthearted trivia tidbits quickly shifted from fun to WTF. See also: Every Ridiculous Moment You Missed From the 2014 Golden Globes Twitter lit up Sunday evening when a fact about actor Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis popped up on the screen The factoid felt insensitive, considering the actor has charmed audiences since his Family Ties days and has tallied up a great deal of trivia-worthy facts that don't involve his health. For instance, his middle...
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OnePlus One Release Pegged ForThe folks at Cyanogen may have partnered up with Oppo to release the first Google CTS certified CyanogenMod phone, but they’re not stopping there. The team already makes the most widely used custom... ROMs for Android devices, now they’re looking to break into the mainstream market. Recently it was announced that Cyanogen’s first hardware partner is a new company called OnePlus that’s headed by ex-Oppo vice president Pete Lau. The company has dropped a few hints about its first CyanogenMod powered device, the OnePlus One, it has pegged the release for the second quarter of 2014. The company claims to be focusing on design, and it is confident that appearance wise, its phone is “more attractive than just about any phone on the market,” it calls the iPhone an exception. While it...
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According to the UK office of HTC, the more powerful of the two USA-based HTC One X devices will no longer be receiving Android updates of any kind. This is …
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Dead Rising Collection Spotted On Amazon

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 20:36
Dead Rising Collection SpottedNow here is something interesting for all of you Dead Rising fans out there – apparently, Dead Rising Collection has already been spotted on Amazon, but there is one particular thing that users... ought to take note of – Capcom has yet to confirm this particular title. So, it can be pretty tricky trying to put two and two together since one side says that it has yet to be confirmed, which begs the question as to why is the title spotted on a retailer like Amazon? To spice things up, even the product image is unavailable, which means that this would, in all probability, be some sort of leak. (more…) Follow: Gaming, capcom, Dead Rising Collection Spotted On Amazon original content from Ubergizmo.     
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From My Cold, Dead Hands --Netagio claims to have launched Europe's first free digital currency "cold storage" vault, offering gold standard offline storage for Bitcoins. The use of the word "gold" isn't a reference to... Bitcoin's asset class-like properties, or the currency's recent boom, but refers to the fact that Netagio's parent company, GoldMoney Group, currently stores $1.4 billion in precious metals for customers.
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ShopKeep POS is a cloud-based point of sale platform designed by retailers for retailers. Griffin Technology is one of the world's foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile and personal... technology. Now, you can add small businesses to that list, as the two companies have announced ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld point of sale device that will use Griffin Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app.
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[From AppleTell] ShopKeep Mobile is a handheld point of sale device that will use Griffin Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app.
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Seeing the light with Striker Hand Tools #CESlive

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 20:32
Seeing the light with StrikerThese aren't your granddad's hand tools If you're thinking of screwdrivers and hammers, think again. Striker Hand Tools sells tools and gadgets for geeks like you and me. Tough gloves, a space-age... carpenter's pencil, and some of the coolest "flashlights" you'll see anywhere are a few of their cool products. John P. and Rene sat down with Brandon Hoover from Striker Hand Tools, and had a look at their Light Mines (tre cool) and some other neat products. If you geek-out over little gadgets like I do, you're going to love this segment. Catch everything at the CESlive Portal     
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When decorating the space you inhabit, some themes are easier to go for than others. Lighthouse bathrooms are widely popular, much in the same way fruit or vegetable-themed kitchens are all too... common. You can find an array of knick-knacks and trinkets that will fill in any empty spots with relative ease. When you want
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Nearly a fifth of 2013 NewApple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves.     
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The iPhone is small and easily misplaced. I've left mine in restaurants more than once, but was lucky to notice when I got in my car that Bluetooth never activated so I could make a quick recovery.... Apple offers the free Find my iPhone app, which is ...
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Greenify, the Android BatteryAndroid: Greenify, the awesome auto-hibernating battery saver , used to be a root-only app. As of this weekend, Greenify also works with non-rooted devices, with a few caveats.
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On second thought, it's pretty close. Just go with it. [Image credit: ed_hidalgo] ...
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Cancer Alley, a stretch of about 100 miles between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is home to some 150 petrochemical plants, making these swamplands perhaps the most industrialized (and polluted) region... in the United States. The latest plague ravaging Cancer Alley is that enormous sinkhole in Assumption Parish, a burgeoning cavity that is a pestilence both real and symbolic, relentlessly swallowing land while reminding residents of the despoliation the past 60 years have inflicted on their sinuous bayous and fulsome cypress groves.
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Want to send Android Central a tip? Use our app!

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 20:27
Want to send Android Central aFind something super cool that you want to the rest of the free world to see? Maybe you've got a picture or two of a hot new phone, or you spotted CrackBerry Kevin with an Android device, or a... supermodel stopped to ask if you know the best way to root a Galaxy S4 and took a picture with you because you helped and you're an awesome person. (Hey, it could happen.) Or maybe you're wearing your Android Central T-shirt and just wanted to say hi. Point is: If you want to get our attention and get in touch with us, once of the easiest ways is with the official Android Central app. Just slide on over into the drawer, hit "Tip us," and pick your method. We'll make you famous! (Or keep you anonymous, if that's how you roll.) Download the Android Central app from Google Play. (Or you...
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A war on sugar has begun in the UK that echoes the nation's successful crusade against salt – but cutting sugar out of people's diets poses new challenges     
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Udder Nonsense? Cow UrineThough it may never achieve mainstream appeal, a Hindu group in India is promoting the use of urine as a treatment for numerous diseases, including cancer, diabetes and tuberculosis.
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Over the weekend, Microsoft's official blog and a couple of its Twitter accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, a breach that followed the New Year's infiltration of Microsoft's …
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With the folks at Tobii Technology you've got some of the most advanced work in the world being down with eye-tracking with the PC. This month they're introducing a partnership …
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carmendrahl writes "Last fall, MIT researchers made news for developing two bioinspired cocktail toppers-- a moving cocktail boat and a floral pipette-- in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning... chef José Andrés. Both the boat and floral pipette operate by taking advantage of surface tension-- either to propel the boat forward or to keep small drops of liquid inside the flower's petals. Some of those early garnishes were nominally edible. But to make them worthy of a restaurant debut requires balancing of flavors, temperature, density, and alcohol content, among other factors. Here's a look inside Andrés' company ThinkFoodGroup to see how the project is coming along. The toppers aren't available to the public just yet."
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8 Innovative Ways to Get Rich1. For the love of Steve Jobs, stop creating products and services from scratch. Instead, resourcefully seek out innovative combinations of existing solutions, much like a talented author creates new... meaning from old words. The automobile didn't arise from thin air. On the contrary, it resulted as an amalgamation of two existing forms of transportation: the horse carriage and steam engine. 2. Use your skills and passions to your advantage. Integrate three of your interests to see what inventive combinations you can generate. For example, I'm an entrepreneurial action sports and hip hop enthusiast who films skateboarding videos while rapping about entrepreneurship. 3. Look to the natural world for inspiration. George de Mestral invented Velcro after discovering that burrs of the burdock...
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China Is Building a TitanicFrom faked Austrian villages to cloned Russian jets , China's reputation for shameless counterfeiting is well-earned. Now, a Chinese firm has plans to build a replica of the Titanic and take visitors... on a morbid ride that recreates the sinking of the original.
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Monoprice is much more than just cables #CESlive

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 20:19
Monoprice is much more thanThis new action camera from Monoprice has all the bells and whistles, without the big price tag There's a good chance you have a cable or connector from Monoprice in your collection. For things that... are important to Android users like Micro HDMI and MHL cables, or USB OTG cables, Monoprice is hard to beat. But they do more than cables — a lot more. Cali and Phil spent 10 minutes talking with Luke from Monoprice, and we get a good look at their new action-camera, complete with Wifi, a wrist remote and a waterproof case. And it's just $170. Stick something extra in the box with your next cable order from Monoprice. Catch everything at the CESlive Portal     
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IPO Underwriter Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs boosted its share price target this morning for Twitter, a company that it helped go public as its lead underwriter. Goldman raised its price target a whopping 41.3 percent to $65 from a... prior estimate of $46.
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Snapchat Apologizes For RecentAfter coming under fire over the holidays for being the victim of a massive hack that leaked phone numbers and Snapchat usernames of over 4.6million of its users, Snapchat is back in the hot seat as... many of its users…
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[From EntertainmentTell] The original Godzilla isn't a "fun" movie. I also feel it's not the best movie in the series, despite popular opinion, but it's the only one that really needs to be watched.
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Uber claims its cars attackedUber, the private-car start-up, is claiming that at least a dozen of its cars have been violently attacked by French cab drivers who have been protesting the service's launch in the country.     
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VW's Beetle Dune Concept is soThe VW Beetle Dune may not make a ton of sense practically, but that's not the point. This car is all about lifestyle and being different. So strap on your skis - or your sandboards - and make your... own adventure video. The post VW’s Beetle Dune Concept is so extreme, its spoiler doubles as a sandboard rack appeared first on Digital Trends.
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UK fracking frenzy could breach emissions targets

New Scientist - 13 Jan 2014 20:15
Cash sweeteners inviting a "dash for shale gas" could see the UK overshoot on planned carbon dioxide reductions     
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Target point-of-sale terminalsThe CEO of retailer Target revealed Saturday in an interview that the company's point-of-sale (PoS) systems were infected with malware, confirming what security experts suspected since the massive... data breach was announced in mid-December. Answering a question about what caused the breach during an interview for CNBC, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said: "We don't know the full extent of what transpired, but what we do know is that there was malware installed on our point-of-sale registers. That much we've established." Target originally said that approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted by the breach. The company announced Friday that information like names, email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers of an additional 70 million people has also...
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A deer named Vinny will be removed from a Tampa Bay-area wildlife sanctuary where it gored a woman in the eye.
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Hang up or hold on?

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 20:13
A recent study offers a more accurate approach to modeling caller patience than ever before.
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Is there a Golden Globe for biggest social media burn of the night? At Sunday's 71st Golden Globes, filmmaker Woody Allen, 78, was honored as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement... Award. (The writer and director was not present; actress Diane Keaton accepted the award on his behalf.) But not everyone was pleased with the decision See also: Every Ridiculous Moment You Missed From the 2014 Golden Globes Mia Farrow, who split with Allen in 1992 after 12 years together, dissed her ex passive-aggressively on Twitter during the tribute. Her criticisms stemming from a controversy involving Farrow's adopted daughter, Dylan, who accused Allen of molesting her 20 years ago. The court case against Allen was later dropped.
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It's not unlimited storage, but the 100GB allotment should be more than enough for most users. This same subscription would normally run you $99.99.
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Venus Express:Venus mountainsESA Science & Technology : The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds. At visible wavelengths, individual cloud features are difficult to see, but observations made by instruments on ESA&aposs... Venus Express orbiter have revealed many small-scale wave trains. Analysis shows that the waves are mostly found at high northern latitudes, particularly above Ishtar Terra, a continent-sized region that includes the highest mountains on the planet.
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Nokia Not Worried AboutIt goes without saying that Nokia dominates the global Windows Phone market share, the company closed out 2013 with over 92 percent of the entire WP market. Its Lumia brand has become very popular... around the world. There aren’t a lot of OEMs that make smartphones powered by Microsoft’s mobile platform, but the company is said to be courting quite a few. Its reportedly in talks with Sony, while India’s XOLO has already announced its intentions of making a Windows Phone device. A number of Chinese manufacturers are also expected to jump on the bandwagon, and Nokia doesn’t seem too concerned. Nokia’s Viral Oza says in an interview with The Economic Times that the addition of more players will help grow the ecosystem, coaxing more and more developers to come onboard, which would...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo- back on the Holiday Road?
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[From HomeTechTell] Backlash to the WWE's plan to bypass the traditional pay-per-view system with the streaming-only WWE Network begins.
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Hubble Telescope Sees StarThe Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a star engulfed in a hazy nebula, destined to explode into a supernova one day.
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Reality Check: A Rallying CryI woke up feeling sick from a stupid cold that I can't shake, and things frankly just got worse from there. During the night the puppy, who at the age of 13 months should really know better, got into... the cabinet under the kitchen sink and ate the expensive-looking tube of mystery cream my husband gave me in my Christmas stocking. It is a product I'd never heard of and never knew I needed; apparently you use it to condition cutting boards. Instead it might kill the dog by sundown. And did I mention exactly how the dog was able to get into the cabinet? Because the temperature was forecast to drop below zero last night, and some chirpy Facebook post told me I should leave the under-sink cabinets open so my pipes wouldn't freeze. Well, the pipes indeed did not freeze, so thanks for that,...
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Snapchat says increased spamA spike in spam is not related to last month's massive hack, says Snapchat. But here's a quick tip to avoid it either way.
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A better Android keyboard from SwiftKey #CESlive

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 20:04
A better Android keyboard from'Imagine a world where you could type on a phone without it sucking' That pretty much describes what it's like to use SwiftKey. Join Cali and Phil as they spend a few minutes with Joe from SwiftKey,... and they discuss SwiftKey's inception and where it's headed. From SwiftKey cloud, which keeps your personal prediction dictionary backed up and synced between devices, to SwiftKey Healthcare, where the engine has been tweaked to better understand those medical terms — and their context — that would confuse an engine built for the layman. Being able to replace a vital system app like the keyboard is one of the things that makes Android great, and we love to see the innovation in this space — and talk to the innovators. Catch everything at the CESlive Portal     
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A Japanese tinkerer calling himself Basami Sentaku on YouTube has built electronic panpipes out of old Famicom cartridges.
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Final Fight Z Lets You FendGaming on mobile platforms have evolved over the years, where graphics have gotten a whole lot better, thanks to better hardware that has been thrown into the mix. Final Fight Z, however, takes a... different look, where it offers a minimalistic, 2D sandbox shoot ‘em up game. Not only that, it is so simple that it does not have a need for a storyline, and neither does it need any structure of missions for the gamers to go through. In a nutshell, Final Fight Z would be a sandbox shooting fiesta, where it comes with its fair share of features that will keep you interested. (more…) Follow: Gaming, windows phone, Final Fight Z Lets You Fend Off Hordes Of Zombies original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Snapchat apologizes for jump in spam

CNET - 13 Jan 2014 20:01
The photo-sharing service says it's trying to resolve the new issue of an increase in spam aimed at its members.
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Scosche RHYTHM SMART + heart monitor

Coolest Gadgets - 13 Jan 2014 20:00
Scosche has just unveiled the brand new RHYTHM SMART + heart monitor, where this particular device is worn around your arm as an armband, and it will be able to optically measure blood flow as well as... one’s movement in order to calculate one’s heart rate as well as number of calories burned in a
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: SonyTake a few minutes out of your lunch break to cash in on some tasty deals. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and... subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. Today’s can’t miss deals: Sony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable 16-50mm Lens Digital Camera […]
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What's the Fuss OverDear Lifehacker, I've heard that antibacterial soap is bad for you, or at least that I should stop using them. I always thought antibacterial must be good, but now people are saying they're a waste of... money and could be bad for me. What am I missing? Should I stop using them?
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SimCity offline mode no longerAn offline mode for SimCity is coming, according to Patrick Beuchner, general manager at developer Maxis. Beuchner didn't provide an exact timeframe, but wrote in a blog post that the mode will be a... free download in Update 10. Maxis has been releasing updates roughly once per month, and Update 9 went out in December, so offline mode presumably will arrive soon. "We are in the late phases of wrapping up its development and, while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it's as polished as possible before we release it," Beuchner wrote. Players can still play in Regions, where they'll feel the effects of other players' neighboring cities, and they can still work together in Multiplayer. But the new Single Player mode will be a throwback to the...
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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 SOS... Online Backup [On sale for $19.99, down from ...
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We all ate play dough as a child. Anyone who says otherwise is lying--to themselves and everyone else. But there's no reason to be ashamed! The makers of Play-Doh and its off-brand variants know that... children (and if we're being honest, adults) are going to want to stick every sort of candy-colored goo they can get their hands on directly into their gaping maws. It's why play dough is deliberately non-toxic and, unfortunately, wholly devoid of any flavor whatsoever. It doesn't have to be that way, though.
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Snapchat Says Sorry For 'Snap Spam'

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 19:59
Snapchat Says Sorry For 'SnapOver the weekend quite a lot of Snapchat users complained about receiving Snaps, photos and videos, from people that they did not know. The popular service noticed an increase in “Snap Spam” over... the weekend and it has taken notice. Snapchat says that it is currently working on resolving this issue. It also apologized for any unwanted Snaps that users might have received over the weekend. Users might appreciate the fact that the popular startup was quick to apologize this time around. When word broke that Snapchat had been hacked and that usernames and phone numbers were available in the wild, a lot of people expected to hear an apology. It didn’t come for quite a long time, but Snapchat did ultimately say that it was sorry about the hack. It says that the Snap Spam issue doesn’t...
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Play this: 'CatlateralThere's a certain subset of games devoted to letting us break cultural taboos: stealing cars, picking fights with pedestrians, performing all the wanton acts of ultraviolence that polite human society... won't tolerate. But for cats, pointless destruction is just another way to pass the time between naps. Catlateral Damage, first released back in late August by Chris Chung, gives you two paws, two minutes, and a room full of fragile objects. What you do with them is up to you. Chung is planning a full game for release sometime in 2014, so check for it on Greenlight in the coming months if you want to continue your catnip-fueled rampage.
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Sprint quietly stoppedConsidering how few used One Up, Sprint hopes you won't notice Falling six days short of its four month anniversary, Sprint has stopped offering the One Up phone upgrade service. What came as a clear... response to T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans and subsequent offerings from AT&T and Verizon, One Up gave customers a $15 break in their monthly service charge for financing a device over 24 months. An added bonus was the ability to trade in your phone after 12 months for a new one, so long as you financed that as well. Well it turns out that One Up wasn't such a great deal for Sprint in the end, and the nation's third-place carrier completely stopped offering One Up on January 9th. The fact that it took a little while to notice shows how unpopular One Up may actually have been, but it's a big...
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Poll: What do you think aboutContinuing its “Life on iPad” campaign, Apple released its new “Your Verse” iPad Air ad yesterday featuring a motivational voiceover of Robin Williams from the film “Dead Poets Society”.... While the ad has been largely received well, it has not been without some criticism by many citing its tone and some extreme use cases for the iPad. What do you […]
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On the list of awkward and embarrassing occurrences, somewhere slightly above calling someone the wrong name and dialing the wrong number, you'll find landing an airplane full of people at the wrong... airport. This was the case Sunday evening when a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Branson Airport in southwest Missouri accidentally landed at a much smaller airport seven miles away. It also happened less than two months ago when a massive Boeing 747 Dreamlifter landed at a small Wichita, Kan., airport instead of an Air Force base about 10 miles away As it turns out, this isn't a new phenomenon
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The Paper-Thin iPhone 6 Concept

IBTimes - 13 Jan 2014 19:57
Video Concept of what a paper-thin iPhone 6 would look like, courtesy of Fuse Chicken.
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It's been nearly four years since Jack Bauer defended the Counter Terrorist Unit on Fox's acclaimed 24 series, but Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role on the network starting in May. 24: Live... Another Day — which will be set in London, four years after the events of season 8 — will kick off on May 5 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox with a two-hour episode. It will move to its normal time slot of 9 p.m. ET the following week. With only 12 episodes scheduled to air, the series will loosely follow the show's signature real-time concept. Each episode will make up an hour in the same day SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence Photobombing Taylor Swift at Golden Globes Is All You Need
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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know by P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman. Buy it here. Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman's brand new book is an impressively comprehensive guide to... one of the least understood arenas of modern life. The book consists of some five dozen questions and answers about cybersecurity, divided into sections: How It All Works, Why It Matters, and What Can We Do? As I read through it, thinking about these questions I might want to ask the authors, all too often the question that occurred to me on one page was already answered on the next. Popular Science: What was the context and impetus for you and your coauthor to create this book, and what impact can you optimistically foresee from its publication? Peter W. Singer: We were at a major conference...
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 13 Jan 2014 19:54
All the latest on newscientist.com: quantum spin computing, Buddhism and biology, ultra HDTV, hallucinated music, fitness freak fish and more     
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Matt Mullenweg to take overAfter eight years on the job, Automattic CEO Toni Schneider will switch positions with founder Matt Mullenweg.
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There's a rather odd case for the iPhone out there in the wild by the name of Mummy, one that was introduced last year with a concept so simple, we …
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Target Reveals Malware WasA few days back we reported that Target had been the victim of a massive security breach, one that lead to personal information of more than 40 million users being compromised. The retailer confirmed... recently that the initial number doesn’t even come close to the actual number, which is now believed to be north of 70 million. That’s a lot of people who now have to be concerned about any unauthorized activity on their cards. One might wonder exactly how something of this magnitude happened? Target has revealed that the malware that caused this breach was actually installed on its point-of-sale registers. Target does not know who is behind this, but is currently working with law enforcement agencies to find out. The retailer’s chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel has finally spoken out,...
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Dartmouth Student Dances HisSome people document their study abroads with detailed travel scrapbooks or with a wealth of photos on Instagram or Tumblr. Others dance. Dartmouth College student Jake Gaba filmed himself dancing all... over China while he was in the country to study Mandarin over the fall 2013 semester. From Beijing to Chengdu, the hutongs to Hong Kong, Gaba danced his way across China during the 100 days of his stay. Wherever he went, his moves and brightly colored shorts attracted significant attention. "In some locations I had 100+ people gathered around my camera taking pictures and videos on their phones," Gaba wrote in the video's description. The resulting video is a fantastic tribute to a no doubt incredible trip. Kudos to Gaba for pulling it off -- we're not sure we would be brave enough to "dance...
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Applications in imaging and sensing typically involve the emission of light at a different wavelength than the excitation, or "secondary light emission." The interpretation of resonant secondary light... emission in terms of fundamental processes has been controversial for 40 years. In new work, researchers found that resonant electronic Raman scattering and resonant fluorescence may both be useful descriptions of the secondary emission.
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Patients with chronic kidney disease who received robot-assisted partial nephrectomy to treat kidney cancer have minimal loss of kidney function -- a smaller amount even than patients with normal... kidney function, according to researchers.
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The most comprehensive genetic study to date of the blood cancer multiple myeloma has revealed that the genetic landscape of the disease may be more complicated than previously thought. Through... results published, a team of researchers has shown that an individual patient's tumor can harbor populations of cancer cells equipped with different mutations. These findings could have therapeutic implications for patients in the future.
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Increased awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is placing huge demands on health care systems and health care professionals to help children and their families cope with the disorder. A... comprehensive evidence-based review aims to help physicians provide appropriate medical support to families of children with ASD, from detection to treatment.
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The addition of Ideeli provides Groupon with a more substantial footing for competing with the likes of Gilt and Amazon-owned MyHabit.
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Highly diverse cancers share one trait: the capacity for endless cell division. Unregulated growth is due in large part to the fact that tumor cells can rebuild protective ends of their chromosomes,... which are made of repeated DNA sequences and proteins. Normally, cell division halts once these structures, called telomeres, wear down. But cancer cells keep on going by deploying one of two strategies to reconstruct telomeres.
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Mullenweg also asserted that he is now ready to take on the demanding job of CEO, being that he is "30 and two days old."
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Windows Phone Version OfHave you used WhatsApp already, and just how many messages do you send back and forth each day on this particular app? Well, it is interesting to note that WhatsApp has already actively supported the... Windows Phone version of the app, where the most recent update of the app has appeared a mere three days after the last minor update, which would see the version number get bumped up to 2.11.350.0. In that particular update, it would also see the introduction of the Hindi language as well as its fair share of bug fixes. With version 2.11.356, it would also intend to resolve an unnamed issue with the reception of Broadcast Messages. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, whatsapp, windows phone, Windows Phone Version Of WhatsApp Fixes Broadcast Message Issue original content from Ubergizmo.     
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The 'Girls' Premiere Broke Seamless Last Night

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:44
The 'Girls' Premiere BrokePerhaps Seamless should have known better than to release a big discount on food delivery on one of the biggest nights of television. On Sunday night the popular food delivery app and website featured... a special HBO-sponsored deal in honor of the premiere of "Girls," Lena Dunham's popular half-hour show about 20somethings in Brooklyn. Tonight @GirlsHBO premiere! Use code GIRLS15 for 15% off your @Seamless order of $10+ tonight! Exp. 1/12, 11:59PM EST ://t.co/wPpwdD3eeY -- Seamless (@Seamless) January 12, 2014 But "Girls" wasn't the only big action on TV on Sunday -- there was also The Golden Globes and the NFL playoffs. The special discount put too big of a strain on Seamless and people weren't able to order any food. According to Seamless's Twitter, the problems lasted about 4 hours....
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'24' miniseries and 'Cosmos'After four years off the air, 24 will return to Fox on May 5th at 8PM, when a two-hour premiere will lead us into Jack Bauer's next battle against terrorism, reports Deadline. The show's return has... been in the works for a while now, first in the form of a movie and ultimately as this 12-episode miniseries, titled 24: Live Another Day.
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Matt Mullenweg BecomesWordPress creator and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg is taking over as CEO of the company, it was announced today. He takes over for Toni Schneider, who has been CEO of Automattic for just over... eight years now, and who helped turn the company that owns and operates WordPress into what Om Malik notes is a billion dollar company in that time.
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AF microadjustment on Canon DSLRs could become a painless, automated fix according to a new patent. The post Canon Files Patent for Sigma Lens Like Automated AF Microadjustment appeared first on The... Phoblographer.     
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Ex-Oracle salesman claimsA former Oracle sales manager is suing the vendor, alleging he was fired shortly after complaining of discriminatory actions by his superior and other company officials. Ian Spandow was a... high-performing sales manager at Oracle in Europe and later California, according to his lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. After coming aboard in 2005, he trained more than 1,000 new hires and gave skills coaching to hundreds of others, the suit states. Spandow was subsequently promoted in January 2008 to the position of coaching manager, and after continued success was promoted to work as a sales manager at Oracle's U.S. headquarters in Redwood Shores, according to the suit. Despite performing well in his new role, Spandow, who is Irish, "experienced...
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Who Do You Actually Email Nowadays?

Gizmodo - 13 Jan 2014 19:40
Who Do You Actually EmailMy email is full of spam and bills and newsletters I mean to read but never do. Rarely do I use my personal account to actually, you know, communicate with my actual friends and family. What about... you?
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Remember back in March of last year when SimCity launched and, because of its online play requirement, did a faceplant? And do you also remember when the game finally found its way to OS X in August... and the exact same thing happened? Of course you ...
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Slashdot - 13 Jan 2014 19:40
Nerval's Lobster writes "A little over a year after Microsoft released Windows 8, and a mere three months after it pushed out a major update with Windows 8.1, rumors abound that Windows 9 is already... on its way. According to Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, Microsoft will begin discussing the next version of Windows (codenamed 'Threshold,' at least for the moment) at April's BUILD conference. 'Threshold is more important than any specific updates, he wrote. 'Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment.' Microsoft intends Threshold to clean up at least a portion of Windows...
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CES Shingerview: Cary Tilds, GroupM

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:39
At CES this past week, I had the pleasure of talking to Group M's Chief Innovation Officer, Cary Tilds, on some of the tech trends she saw at CES, and where she thinks the future of technology... heading. "We use to talk about the year of mobile. This is the year of change. Change or die," she said. I absolutely love that, and could not agree more. Cary highlights that marketers need to innovate on multiple fronts in order for brands to change and evolve, as the landscape evolves at such a rapid pace. Watch as Cary and I also talk about her favorite tech coming out of CES, the importance of design in technology, and the exciting activations that GroupM did around innovation at the show.
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[GadgeTell] 10 Fashionable Bluetooth Speakers

Technology Tell - 13 Jan 2014 19:38
[From GadgeTell] Some of the best available Bluetooth Speakers
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Robonaut 'Waltz': SpaceNew limbs of the robotic ISS crew member, Robonaut 2 (R2), are demonstrated to the 'Waltz of the Blue Danube' music. Legs will increase the mobility of the robot for work in and out of the Space... Station.
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Just so you're aware, there's a new word in the English language this month, one made by Sprint, one called "Framily." If you're getting pumped up about the many, many …
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Snapchat is getting better at apologizing Just days after the messaging service finally apologized to users for a massive security breach, Snapchat apologized again, this time for complaints about... excessive spam Hundreds — if not thousands — of users took to Twitter over the weekend to complain about being bombarded with spam chats (or "snaps") following the security breach. More than a few assumed that the breach was the cause ofthe spam, but Snapchat claims that is not the case. See also: Brands Are Coming to Snapchat. Will Users Disappear? "We’ve heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service," the company wrote in a blog post Monday. "We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know our team is working on resolving the issue. As...
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A few weeks back we shared an incredible Antarctic find: photographs taken nearly 100 years ago by the photographer on one of Sir Earnest Shackleton’s expeditions into the frozen wasteland. The... irony is that, as we were sharing these amazing photos, a present-day photographer was himself stuck on a ship in Antarctica awaiting rescue. The […]
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Microsoft Partners WithMicrosoft today announced a partnership with GoDaddy that aims to bring Office 365 to more small businesses. Moving to a subscription model for Office was a major step for Microsoft, and so far it... looks like it has paid off. By last November, the service had already signed up over 2 million paying users. GoDaddy says it currently has about 12 million small business customers, so this partnership could potentially increase Microsoft’s reach for Office 365 by quite a bit. The new Office 365 plans start at $3.99 per month/user for 5GB of email storage and 2GB of space on SkyDrive. A mid-tier Business Essentials plan with 50GB of email storage and 25GB on SkyDrive costs $8.99 and includes support for Microsoft Lync and access to the online versions of the Office apps. The best deal here,...
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Hubble Telescope CapturesNew photos from the Hubble Space Telescope show the spooky looking Tarantula Nebula shining in never-before-seen detail. See how Hubble captured the amazing views of the creepy, crawly Tarantula... nebula.
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Rizvi, SV Angel And GroupeIn December, The Information reported that payments company Square was considering funding a secondary tender offer for employee shares at a $5 billion valuation. We're hearing from sources close to... the transaction that Square has initiated this tender offer, at a $5 billion valuation (up from $3.25 billion at the company's last round of funding).
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AT&T VoLTE Service ReportedlyAT&T’s VoLTE service might be months away, but rumor has it that the carrier has started testing it out already. AT&T isn’t expected to launch the service until at least the end of this year. The... latest rumor coming in from a Korean publication suggests that the carrier has teamed up with Samsung in order to test its VoLTE service. For those who don’t know, this voice over long-term evolution a.k.a VoLTE service will allow users to make calls through an LTE network instead of a 2G or 3G network. This would result in stable connections and improved call quality, provided that users are in an area where LTE coverage is decent. The report also claims that Verizon, the largest mobile network in the U.S., currently has no plans of jumping on the VoLTE bandwagon. Apple is rumored to be not...
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Nature's fury: See Mount Sinabung erupt

Fox News - 13 Jan 2014 19:35
Nature's fury: See MountSpewing hot lava, ash and dust into the air for miles in all directions, Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia continues to reveal its force. The volcano has sporadically erupted since September,... forcing thousands of people who live around its slopes to flee their homes.
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Teen Brains, Danger, andClick here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. Gever Tulley inspires us to think outside our usual parental box of "keeping our kids safe" with restrictive rules by letting them play with... pocket knives, spears, fire, old gadgets and even the boundaries of the law. If our children never experience sharp corners, he suggests, we'll be we cutting them off from essential opportunities to learn about the world. Tulley's notion resonates in a fascinating way with modern biology. For our immune system, for example, we need exposure to all sorts of dirt and germs to develop an internal guard that knows "self" from "non-self" and keeps us appropriately safe. And for our nervous system, the more we develop an "extended self" by being actively engaged with objects in the world, the more our...
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Sprint has ended its early upgrade "One Up" plan only four months after being introduced, instead placing emphasis on its "Framily " plans.
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Facebook buys Branch andFacebook added 10 new people to its talent pool today, thanks to the acquisition of Branch and Potluck for a reported $15 million. Josh Miller and Cemre Güngör founded social platform Branch in 2012... with backing from Twitter co-founders Ev Williams...
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Facebook Picks Up Branch And Potluck

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 19:33
Facebook Picks Up Branch AndFacebook is a company that has plenty of money, that is for sure, and what do you do with such a huge amount of dough sitting in the bank? Why, it is about time to go shopping, of course. Larger... companies might find it difficult to kick off a brand new technology, but rather, acquire companies with the technology that they already want. Having said that, the folks over at Facebook have picked up Branch Media, which are the ones behind the Branch and Potluck online conversation-sharing software packages. (more…) Follow: Computers, Facebook, Facebook Picks Up Branch And Potluck original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Sprint quietly kills One Up,Despite having the worst name in telecommunications history, Sprint's Framily Plan is actually a good deal for consumers.
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BlackBerry's strategy forBlackBerry is still a mess. That hardly comes as news to anyone. But with a new CEO at the helm, the company is more focused than ever at not only surviving, but thriving. (That is what companies are... supposed to do, after all.) And if you had any doubts about whether that strategy will include Android, we'll point you to this passage from CrackBerry's lunch with Chen last week in Las Vegas:  “You could be an iPhone customer, and also a BlackBerry customer,” Chen explained. “You could be an Android customer, and also a BlackBerry customer. It's not mutually exclusive. I think that's an important key message of the company going forward.” The full interview — and Kevin Michaluk's accompanying piece — are must-reads, especially for the folks who still keep one eye open to...
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Wash Your "Dry Clean" Clothes at Home

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 19:30
Wash Your 'Dry Clean' ClothesIf you're like most people, those dry-clean-only clothes sit on their own in a separate hamper or maybe hung up at one end of your closet, just waiting for the next trip to the dry cleaners. The good... news? You may be able to wash some of them at home.
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2015 Corvette Z06 Revealed At Detroit Auto Show (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:28
2015 Corvette Z06 Revealed AtAt the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevrolet took the wraps off of the high-performance Corvette Z06 Monday. Packing 625-horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, the... 2015 model adds a whopping 120-horsepower over its predecessor. It also adds an available eight-speed automatic transmission, though buyers can still get a traditional stick shift on the new car. Chevy claims that the automatic can upshift more quickly than the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911. Another new addition to the Z06 is the available Z07 performance package. That's right, you can now own a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z07. If your head's not spinning yet, know that the Z07 offers additional aerodynamic features, as well as better tires and brakes over non-Z07 equipped...
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Strange Ancient Fish Had Front And Back Legs

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 19:28
Strange Ancient Fish Had FrontThis 375-million-year-old fish, the closest known relative of the ancestors of limbed animals such as humans, likely evolved the foundation for rear legs even before the move to land, researchers say.
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Toyota's stunning FT-1 conceptToyota choose to show if its new design concept in the most memorable way possible, by flooring the automotive world with the stunning FT-1 Concept. This purebred sports car may just be a concept for... the time being, but it already looks like it can do a blistering track time. And if you own Gran Turismo 6, you can do just that with it. The post Toyota's stunning FT-1 concept takes the Detroit Auto Show by storm appeared first on Digital Trends.
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President Obama To AnnounceThere has been a lot of debate about the electronics spying programs of the National Security Agency, programs which not only affect U.S. citizens, but also those of other nations around the world.... The programs have been criticized a lot as the stream of highly classified documents kept informing the public just how much the NSA is keeping an eye on internet users around the world. According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama is considering making major changes to the agency and its surveillance programs, he is expected to make an announcement on Friday. It is expected that President Obama will extend privacy protections to non-Americans, in an effort to downplay the blowback generated after word broke that NSA also spied on citizens of friendly countries....
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7 Things We Should Start Teaching In Schools ASAP

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:27
7 Things We Should StartAmericans typically learn a lot of things in school -- spelling, math, why plants are green -- that are actually useful in our day-to-day lives. But they also learn a lot of other things -- cursive,... long division, how to play "Hot Crossed Buns" on the recorder -- that are probably not. No, we didn't waste our time with those lessons. Learning something new isn't ever a net loss. Playing the recorder provides building blocks for understanding music, and writing cursive has been shown to increase reading comprehension, for example. But it is worth reconsidering what we teach in the classroom and figuring out which lessons could better prepare students for life after graduation. 1. Taxes What if, instead of wondering whether Section B of Form 828364375 applies to you -- or alternatively just...
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The ultimate goal of API management is trust and collaboration between business and IT. This ground has been well covered by service oriented architecture work.
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SimCity offline mode to arrive with update 10

Slash Gear - 13 Jan 2014 19:25
Back in October, we heard rumbles that an offline mode for SimCity was being considered, something that followed multiple botched launches and has been much-requested by gamers. Today in a …
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[From GamerTell] EA is attempting to salvage SimCity by implementing offline play in the next update.
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The addition of ideeli provides Groupon with a more substantial footing for competing with the likes of Gilt and Amazon-owned MyHabit.
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Snapchat Apologizes For SnapSnapchat delayed apologizing for a big user data breach last month but was quick to say sorry today for users receiving "Snap Spam" over the weekend -- unwanted photos and videos.
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Google Glass becomes theThe jury is still out on if wearing Google Glass while driving is a smart idea. Falling asleep at the wheel is never a good thing though and DriveSafe, a new app for Glass, can alert you if you nod at... the wheel.
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LG D830 smartphone seenLG appears to have an Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone on its way to the public, under the name LG D830. Could this be the G Pro 2? The device has appeared using a Chrome 30 browser at HTMLTest, and the... impressive score suggests it's a high-end handset....
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Scientists Flattened a DesertSix years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres--or the equivalent of eight city blocks--of desert. Then,... for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand dunes.
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4K Blu-ray Discs Are On Their Way

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 19:19
4K Blu-ray Discs Are On TheirAt the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last week, 4K was one of the main attractions. A lot of companies showed off their 4K offerings, TVs, displays, camcorders and even short throw... projectors. It goes without saying that 4K is the future, the consumer market is expected to move towards ultra-high-definition in great numbers over the next couple of years. This obviously increases the need for 4K content, and the Blu-ray Disc Association is aware of that, which is why it has approved the addition of 4K/ultra-high definition Blu-ray discs. The 4K Blu-ray discs will be the perfect medium to get UHD content to those who can’t stream 4K content. While the future does give 4K content streaming much importance, not all consumers can rely on streaming and they will look for...
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[From GadgeTell] What's up today in the world of 3D printing? We're glad you asked.
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Nokia Unconcerned AboutAn interview with Nokia’s Viral Oza in The Economic Times published today details the company’s mobile strategy in India and the world at large. Oza isn’t concerned about the potential for... increased competition, telling the Times that “The entry of more players in the Windows Phone market will help the ecosystem to grow further.” Nokia’s Lumia line of Windows Phone smartphones has become the de facto brand of handsets, but there has been rumor of Sony jumping into the ring this year. He then appears to tie the entrance of new hardware players to a more healthy application market: “Also, more developers will come on board, strengthening the ecosystem even more. In that sense, it only encourages the consumers to buy Windows Phone and broadening the ecosystem.” This is a...
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Bitcoin ATM May Debut At East Village's Just Sweet Shop

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:18
Bitcoin ATM May Debut At EastWalking around New York and out of Bitcoin? Don't worry. The New York Post reports that one New York City store might install a Bitcoin ATM. A company called Lamassu displayed the machine last week at... the Consumer Electronics Show, and now Willard Ling, owner of Just Sweet, a bubble tea shop on 3rd Avenue and 12th Street, is hoping to debut the ATM inside his store. The machine, according to Lamassu's website, costs $5,000. In October, Vancouver reportedly became the first city to install a similar Bitcoin dispenser, produced by rival ATM-maker Robocoin. The ATMs allow users to insert cash, which it then transforms into the untraceable online currency, via the users' smart phones. Wired reports the machines also accept Bitcoins as a method of payment. Is New York ready for such a...
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Sony Xperia Z1s now available from T-Mobile online

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 19:16
Sony Xperia Z1s now availableThis, folks, is how you launch a phone. Announced just last week at CES in Las Vegas, the Sony Xperia Z1s is now available on T-Mobile's website. It'll cost you $528 outright, or free if you're... willing to pay $22 a month for two years. The Z1s isn't terribly different from its first iteration. Here's how we put it in our hands-on from the show: The first difference between the two is the weight; the Z1s is lighter than the Z1, and it's a little more plasticky in construction compared to its sibling. The design remains largely the same, with the same power button on the side, magnetic charging dock connectors and SIM slot. Cosmetically they're virtually identical then, with only the headphone jack being noticeably different in location on the Z1s. Be sure to check out T-Mobile's coverage...
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US Consumer ElectronicsThe US consumer electronics industry's revenues will rise 2.4% this year to hit an all-time high of $208 billion, according to recent projections announced by the Consumer Electronics Association... (CEA) at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show.
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Facebook continues in its shopping spree with the acquisition of Branch Media, a social conversation platform that will become the foundation of its Conversations group.
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PayPal Wants To Be Everywhere,PayPal wants to be your one true login. PayPal announced Monday it will be rolling out a service that will allow websites to use PayPal credentials to login and pay anywhere around the Web.  In... addition, PayPal also announced that it is creating an embeddable payment terminal within websites that will allow online merchants to keep users on their site when making an transaction as opposed to redirecting them to PayPal's website, as is the current practice.  PayPal expects the new workflow to help onboard more merchants to its platform and help consumers and retailers make quicker and easier payments. The new flow will apply to websites visited on smartphones, tablets or PCs to take advantage of the new login and embeddable payments features. See also: Decoding Future Of Money With...
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Marukome Introduces Instant Miso Soup Machine

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:15
Marukome Introduces InstantMiso soup-lovers rejoice: Everybody's favorite Japanese soup just got really easy to make. Marukome, Japan's largest miso company, has just introduced an instant soup machine that turns out cups of... soup like a Nespresso machine turns out shots of espresso. The machine, called "One Shot," removes the hassle of boiling water and opening packets of miso powder to make soup. With the touch of a button, users can make a steaming cup of soup in record time. Marukome wants to make the cooking process so minimal that preparing a cup of miso soup is as easy as making a cup of coffee, company spokesperson Shogo Koike told the Wall Street Journal. "The Japanese have a latent need to eat miso soup, but it needs to be there to consume. If it's in front of them, they will eat it," Mr. Koike said. Geared...
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Automated investment services company Wealthfront has made its name over the past two years as an alternative to traditional financial advisory services like Fidelity for individuals, who are just... starting to pull their savings together. Today the company, which is the brainchild of Andy Rachleff, who was formerly a founder of Benchmark Capital; is announcing that it manages over $538 million assets - making it the largest and one of the fastest growing software based financial advisors.
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Samsung updates the Snapdragon 800 version first, which bodes well for the US.
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Its finally here. After reading, evaluating, scoring and notetaking on 162 submissions totalling around 2200 pages, I've arrived at the winners of the CRM Watchlist 2014.
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Back in 2010, Apple signed an exclusive agreement with Caltech spinoff Liquidmetal Technologies, providing Apple with the rights to use Liquidmetal's advanced metal alloys for consumer electronics... purposes. Liquidmetal's amorphous metal alloys or bulk metallic glasses posses a number of characteristic properties such as high strength and corrosion resistance while remaining relatively light and able to be cast into a variety of forms. Apple quietly tested Liquidmetal's alloys in the SIM card eject tool for the iPhone 3G, but the materials have otherwise not been confirmed to have appeared in any other Apple products, as one of alloys' inventors noted in 2012 that their use as major design materials was still several years in the future. Evidence of Apple's continued interest with...
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Why Weather Affects Climate Change Belief

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 19:12
Why Weather Affects ClimateThe fact that the current weather influences Americans' belief about climate change has long frustrated scientists. Now, researchers discover that the reason for this shift is that people use the most... accessible information available when making judgments
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Toronto vs. K-W: Why Should Techies Have to Choose?

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:12
Toronto vs. K-W: Why ShouldWhen Jesse Rodgers hops in the car to head to work on a cold winter's morning, there's only one thing that's pretty much guaranteed: It's going to be dark. The director of Rotman's Creative... Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto, Rodgers leaves by 7:30 most mornings to begin his sojourn from Waterloo to downtown Toronto. It's a multi-stage journey that typically starts with a 45-minute drive to Aldershot, followed by an hour on the GO Train to Union Station, 15 minutes on the subway up to U of T, and a three-minute walk to his office at Rotman. For the life he leads in Waterloo, it's worth it (for now). "My commute, worst case, is probably two-and-a-half hours if I hit some traffic on the way to the train," says the 37-year-old co-founder of TribeHR and former director of the...
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[From GamerTell] It's time for Sony's annual PlayStation Store New Year's sale. The 14 for 14 sale will discount 14 PS3 and 14 Vita games.
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Passengers might think twice before blaring music, sneezing on strangers, or falling asleep drunk on the subway with these charming posters spotted in Japan.
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Toyota FT-1 marks a return to cool

CNET - 13 Jan 2014 19:07
At the 2014 Detroit auto show, Toyota unveiled its FT-1 concept car, which signals a return to dramatic design.
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Chewbacca Just Tweeted an Epic  It all started with a simple tweet…   #nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight. Like this 1 of Harrison, Anthony, Carrie & I sharing a laugh… ://t.co/FblggUaU5e— Peter Mayhew... (@TheWookieeRoars) January 08, 2014   Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieRoars), the 7′ 3″ (2.21 m) actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films…
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The Syrian Electronic ArmyThe Syrian Electronic Army hacked Microsoft's blog and Twitter account over the weekend. This was the hacker collective's second attack on the tech company this month, but it's not likely to be the... last. The post The Syrian Electronic Army hacks Microsoft’s Twitter accounts appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Star Wars: Episode VII castingThe latest round of Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors includes Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving, who is reportedly up for the role of an Imperial commander. The post Star Wars:... Episode VII casting rumors include Fassbender, Weaving, others appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Accenture issues recommendations for getting more formal with mobile apps. Bottom line: apps are now just as important as web portals or any other interfaces.
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4 Ways to Use Tech After a Digital Detox

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 19:05
4 Ways to Use Tech After aIf you're thinking about doing a digital detox, bravo! Powering down and unplugging for even a short amount of time can greatly improve your psyche, your relationships and even your sleep. There are... countless articles about how to detox (like here, here and here), but you have to plug back in at some point if you want to still function in the real world. As someone who recently vowed to take a seven-day social media diet, I was surprised to learn that plugging back in can be even harder than unplugging because the urge to overdo it and play catch-up is so great. So, to help you re-acclimate after your purge, here are four tips to getting back into the tech groove without binging: 1. Have a Plan You need a plan to mindfully implement tech back into your life after a detox to prevent...
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Porsche's 911 Targa 4 andIt's 1965 all over again with the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S. Both models combine Porsche's classic Targa roof with mechanicals from the latest 911 Carrera 4 and 4S for some serious open-top fun.... The post Porsche’s 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S are seriously the coolest things since, well, the last Targas appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor unveiled

Coolest Gadgets - 13 Jan 2014 19:00
It goes without saying that every single home would need its fair share of electrical devices, and some of these are indispensable - such as a refrigerator, a computer, and perhaps even a TV set. As... for a blood pressure monitor, I hardly see manual versions any more, but technology has moved at such a
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Here comes the Galaxy S5!

BGR - 13 Jan 2014 19:00
Here comes the Galaxy S5!Samsung’s Galaxy S4 might not have been a smash hit to the degree that many industry watchers were predicting, but it is still wildly popular. It’s also the fastest-selling Android smartphone of... all time. Executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business Lee Young Hee confirmed last week that the phone’s successor, the Galaxy S5, will launch in either March or April of this year, and now a new report claims to narrow that timeframe down significantly. According to Italian journalist Flavio Piccioni, Samsung’s next big global launch event is now scheduled to take place in mid-March. That event is expected to showcase Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S5, of course. Piccioni said that the event will take place in London and he cites a single
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iPhone 6 Rear Camera to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor, Offer Improved Image Stabilization? (MacRumors; also covered by 9to5 Mac, BGR) From the article: "The report cites analysts from Nomura Securities" -... and we all know how "accurate" these analysts ...
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Putting the Focus on YourOne of the first things we learn about motivation is to keep our eyes on the finish line. We're taught to set goals and be mindful of them while we engage in whatever it is we're trying to accomplish.... The trouble is, the very act of visualizing those goals may make you less likely to achieve them.
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Blasting the Brain withIn an experiment straight out of a comic book, Virginia Tech scientists have found a way to improve sensory abilities. All it takes is a detailed map of the brain, an ultrasound gun, and a willing... patient. What could go wrong?
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According to eBay Enterprise the Ship-from-Store cloud service can be deployed in 99 days.
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IT Guys Get Duped by Pretty Girl on Social Media

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 18:58
Defenses of a U.S. government agency were duped by an experimental scam created by security experts. The “scam” involved Emily Williams, a fictitious attractive woman with a credible online... identity (including a real photo that was allowed by a real woman), posing as a new hire at the targeted agency. Within 15 hours, the fake Emily had 55 LinkedIn connections and 60 for Facebook, with the targeted agency’s employees and contractors. Job offers came, along with offers from men at the agency to assist her with her new job. Around Christmas time the security experts placed a link on Emily’s social media profiles linking to a Christmas card site they created. Visitations to this site led to a chain of events culminating in the security team stealing highly sensitive information from...
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While some football fans are crossing every finger for their team to make it to Super Bowl XLVIII, a different kind of dedicated sports enthusiasts are too busy swooning over puppies to care. The... Puppy Bowl, undoubtedly the most anticipated sporting event of 2014, will return to Animal Planet's Geico Stadium to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Feb. 2. The battle for champion cuteness airs from 3 to 5 p.m. EST, hours before the official NFL kickoff, so you'll have plenty of time for tailgating. See also: How Not to Pretend You're Into Sports Also returning this year is the Bissel Kitten Halftime Show, in case cats are more your thing. But once you see the adorable puppy lineup, you might think twice about man's best friend — that is, unless you don't melt into a puddle from all the...
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KentuckyFC writes "Back in 2008, Slashdot reported that researchers were developing ways of turning cellphones into radiation detectors. Since then a few apps have even appeared that claim to do this.... However, convincing evidence that they work as advertised is hard to come by. Now government researchers at Idaho National Labs have created their own app that uses an ordinary smartphone as a gamma ray detector, put it through its paces in the lab and published the results. The pixels in smartphone cameras can detect gamma rays in the same way as they pick up visible light. So when the lens is covered, the image should reveal evidence of gamma ray exposure once other noise has been removed, such as that from heat and current leakage. These guys have tested several types of Android smartphone...
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MDA has awarded Raytheon a $156 million sole-source contract to buy the materials it needs to build eight SM-3 Block 1B interceptors.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs "Confirmed"

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 18:50
Samsung Galaxy S5 SpecsSo what do we know about a possible Samsung Galaxy S5 at this point in time? Not too much actually, other than the fact that there were rumors of the next generation smartphone being rumored to roll... out in London later this coming March. According to the good people over at SamMobile, they have picked up some information from an alleged "insider" that the Samsung Galaxy S5 should arrive with a quad HD display – which translates to a whopping 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, and in all probability, it should measure 5.25" in size. At the back of the Samsung Galaxy S5, it is also said to carry a 16-megapixel shooter with a very real chance of optical image stabilization being part of the deal. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Rumors, galaxy s5, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs "Confirmed" original...
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Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4It has been quite a while since many Android owners around the world have been waiting for the latest iteration to drop. Google’s own crop of Nexus devices were the very first to receive the Android... 4.4 KitKat update, and since then it has only been released for a handful of devices. Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 phablet last year and it turned out to be a popular product. No doubt that there are a lot of Galaxy Note 3 owners out there waiting for some chocolately goodness. Word has come in that the update is now rolling out for SM-N9005 a.k.a the quadcore Snapdragon 800 powered variant. The update seems to have been rolled out earlier than expected. Build number of this official release is believed to be similar to the build that was leaked over the weekend. The Android 4.4.2...
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Messaging apps were the hottest, jumping by more than 200 percent in usage, according to analytics firm Flurry.
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After a number of falseDespite having multiple social platforms all around us, creating a place to have an intelligent conversation is still a difficult thing to do. Branch tried to solve that problem multiple times, and... now the team behind the startup will get the chance to try doing so from inside Facebook
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A new study shows that heart attack survivors adhere to their preventative medications differently depending on their gender and race.
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The retina can be bombarded by reactive oxygen species in diabetes, prompting events that destroy healthy blood vessels, form leaky new ones and ruin vision.
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An international research team is testing its novel sugar-based tracer contrast agent to be used with positron emission tomography imaging to help in the hunt for dangerous inflammation and high-risk... vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque inside vessel walls that causes acute heart attacks and strokes.
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Primary care physicians seeking to determine whether a patient's drug or alcohol use is problematic often have to rely on lengthy questionnaires containing dozens of items with multiple response... options. But a new study suggests that a single screening question may not only identify unhealthy use, but can help to determine the level of alcohol and drug dependence just as well -- and sometimes better -- than longer screening tools.
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A couple of days ago we shared Adam Magyar’s incredible Stainless video series, shot from a moving subway train using a customized slow-motion video camera that captures something truly mesmerizing... to watch. After sharing those videos, many of the commenters asked for and linked away to more details about the camera he used, and the […]
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 January 2014

SpaceRef - 13 Jan 2014 18:48
Today: Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations for Cygnus Capture: Today the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and performed a Node-2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) survey... with the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)....
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Google Apparently Working OnThere are a lot of ways to purchase airline tickets online. Most major airlines have their own websites with booking engines, while there are a plethora of online travel agents that not only allow... people to purchase tickets using their websites, but also through their mobile apps as well. Quite frankly, buying a ticket online isn't that hard, but Google is said to be working on a new tool that would revolutionize the way people purchase airline tickets online. This according to Michael O’ Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, in an interview with The Independent. O’Leary claims that Google’s new tool is going to blow the comparison “out of the water.” The project is expected to go live by March, 2014. The CEO describes the tool as a simple way of finding the cheapest flight, Google will...
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EA is adding an offline mode to SimCity, nearly a year after saying it would require "a significant amount of engineering work" to do so. It should launch in the "near future", according to EA.... SimCity launched on the Mac last August and immediately ran into a number of problems including installation issues and more, but they were resolved fairly quickly -- particular in comparison to the extremely poor launch of SimCity on the PC. SimCity's PC launch was more than a little rocky, largely because the game can only be played online. EA requires that the game be connected to its servers at all times. At launch, SimCity's servers were overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was extremely poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are playing the game as...
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Sony Xperia Z1S Available Now From T-Mobile

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 18:46
Sony Xperia Z1S Available NowSony unveiled the Magenta exclusive Xperia Z1S smartphone back at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last week, and as promised, the carrier has started selling the smartphone today. The... device can be purchased right now through T-Mobile’s website for $528 off contract, those who don’t want to spend that much money at once can opt for the carrier’s equipment installment plan and pay 24 equal monthly payments of $22. This smartphone isn’t all that different from the Sony Xperia Z1, which was released back in 2013. It touts a full 1080p HD 5 inch display, a quadcore Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 20.7 megapixel rear camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Xperia Z1S is also waterproof. If you have been planning to purchase a PlayStation 4 as well, Sony is...
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The Sidekick Gives Your PebbleThe Pebble smartwatch is a great gadget in many respects, but the one thing that has always struck me as less than convenient is the fact that it uses a proprietary magnetic cable to charge. I lose... said cable with fair frequency, and in fact I have no idea where it is right at this very moment. New Kickstarter project Sidekick will at least make it harder to lose, with a Pebble dock that holds your charger cable and provides power to your Pebble. The Sidekick is a small rounded triangle, hewn either from black or white plastic or from wood, with a special channel cut out to perfectly fit the cable. It also supports your Pebble in an upright position, providing a clear view of the screen if you’re sitting at your desk working on your computer for instance. Sidekick creator and design...
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Supposing you've had a peek at the Nokia smartphone platform over the past few years, you know good and well two things are true. The first is that Nokia runs …
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Jennifer Lawrence often shines on the red carpet. Sure, it's partially because of her stunning looks, but often, her oddball antics have everyone buzzing At Sunday's Golden Globes, the actress struck... again by epically photobombing Taylor Swift. See also: Every Ridiculous Moment You Missed From the 2014 Golden Globes Image: Tumblr, maggie-butlive Everyone, unsurprisingly, loved it. But J-Law's dress wasn't as big of a hit. Because the Internet can't resist a meme, the black-and-white Christian Dior dress sparked what could be the meme of awards season: #Lawrencing All you need is some tape or rope and a white blanket or towel, and you've got yourself a red-carpet worthy look
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AP Boston's Twitter AccountSomebody at the Associated Press's Boston bureau is having a pretty weird Monday. A little before lunchtime their very real Twitter account announced this highly incomprehensible scoop. The tweet has... since been deleted, but we're waiting on an official retraction.
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Facebook acquires startup Branch Media

Slash Gear - 13 Jan 2014 18:38
Facebook, which has been on the receiving end of a couple lawsuits in the past couple weeks, has acquired the startup Branch Media, the company at the helm of Potluck …
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SimCity Offline Announced

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 18:37
SimCity Offline AnnouncedNow here is an announcement that will definitely send SimCity fans into a delirious frenzy, or at least, to a certain degree. SimCity Offline has been announced, where it will arrive as a free... download with Update 10 to all SimCity players. In a nutshell, once it is launched, the slew of your previously downloaded content will be made available to you regardless of the time as well as place. Even better is the fact that there is no more need for an Internet connection, now how about that for added convenience? (more…) Follow: Gaming, simcity, SimCity Offline Announced original content from Ubergizmo.     
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[From EntertainmentTell] Girls' first two episodes of the year are now on YouTube
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 330: Arthur C. Clarke

Universe Today - 13 Jan 2014 18:36
Arthur C. Clarke was one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time. He defined the genre, and revolutionized our ideas about what it will take to become a true space faring civilization. In... the first of our two part series on Arthur C. Clarke, we examine the man's life and his books. (...)Read […]
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First Mac Pro deliveries startAfter Apple put a stop to Mac Pro sales early last year due to its decision to not comply with newly minted (at the time) European regulations, new Mac Pro desktops have begun to arrive at addresses... throughout the old world. The post First Mac Pro deliveries start arriving in the old world appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Yes We Can: Obama to announcePresident Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan “Yes We Can” now takes on a new meaning as a new report reveals that the public outcry surrounding recent NSA spying revelations has paid off.... According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama is getting ready to announce broad changes this week to the NSA’s various spying programs that will extend various privacy protections to noncitizens and restructure other NSA initiatives in an effort to appease the public following months of outrage that has washed over the Internet. “President Barack Obama is leaning toward extending broad privacy protections to non-U.S. citizens and is seriously considering restructuring the National Security Agency program that collects phone-call data of nearly all Americans,” The Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and
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3D Systems and Sugar Lab BringFor a $5,000 to $10,000, high-end chefs will have a new toy and tool later this year--a 3D printer specializing in sugar. 3D Systems' ChefJet series can print monochromatic or full color shapes to... adorn cakes and other edible works of art.
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Last week, Smile Software shared a great tip for using TextExpander to pull down your GPS coordinates so you can use them in any app. The snippet takes advantage of TextExpander's ability to run... AppleScript when you call up the script using a ...
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Build For Locals and TouristsBetween the Downtown Project's area and the Arts District is the new Las Vegas City Hall, a gleaming mirage of a building surrounded by a forest of photovoltaics. This is where the city leadership... moved after it leased its old City Hall to Tony Hsieh's company Zappos--a move that you can't help but imbue with some heavy symbolism.
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Animals left behind in a world of volcanic ash

New Scientist - 13 Jan 2014 18:30
Chickens scratch for food amongst plants turned grey by the ash from the continuing eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia     
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Nikon announces development ofNikon announced development of its upcoming D4S flagship DSLR is underway. Details are scarce, but Nikon says the D4S will have better autofocusing and a faster image processor. A mock-up of the... camera was recently shown at CES. The post Nikon announces development of new D4S flagship DSLR, and here’s what it looks like appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Days Asynchronous Photo DiaryA little over six months ago, TechStars-backed Wander launched a photo-sharing app called Days, which asked you to think of photo-sharing in a totally different light. Instead of sharing a single... photo in real-time, Days compiled a number of photos (none of which were edited or filtered or beautified) into one photo-package, meant to be shared the next day. Today, Days v2 arrives with a number of new features and design changes to make the asynchronous photo-sharing service even better.
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New Pills Deliver Bacteria, Not Drugs, To Cure Us

Singularity Hub - 13 Jan 2014 18:27
New Pills Deliver Bacteria,Pharmaceutical startups are popping up to bring science and sterility to the inquiry surrounding the human microbiome. A couple have already begun testing bacterial medicines in hopes of finding the... right strain or stains of bacteria to cure widespread and still mysterious illnesses.
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Big Data in Brazil: the year ahead

ZDNet - 13 Jan 2014 18:27
Organizations will do too much in 2014 - and pay too much, says analyst
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Digitimes: HP Looks At $250 Devices

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 18:26
Digitimes: HP Looks At $250HP did involve themselves in the world of smartphones before, where their Windows Mobile devices (yes, you read that right – Windows Mobile and not Windows Phone, going to show how long ago that... was) did make some waves in the mobile market back then. Having said that, HP might very well be looking at entering the mobile device market game again, where the folks over at DigiTimes have reported that they could very well offer highly affordable devices at approximately $250 a pop – without any contract, of course. this comes right off the heels of word that HP is about to launch a $200 phablet in due time, so perhaps these might be "siblings" of each other? (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Tablets, HP, phablet, Digitimes: HP Looks At $250 Devices original content from Ubergizmo.     
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The latest rumor is that writer Michael Arndt left the next installment's writing team due to disagreements over the story's direction. Looks like we're going to have to wait a lot longer to meet the... new characters.
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Protestors attacked at least 12 Uber cabs in Paris on Jan. 13, flattening their tires, shattering their windows and hurling eggs at them. No serious injuries were reported. Many of the assailants are... reportedly part of the city's traditional taxi industry, according to the French website Rude Baguette; they are fighting the progress of all taxi-hailing apps they feel will undermine their business. See also: Inside the Most High-Tech Cab in New York: Car Force One "That the taxis chose to use violence is unacceptable, that they chose to strike is their business," said Uber's director in France, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. "However, Parisians also have a choice when it comes to moving around in their cities, and today’s incident will certainly not tempt Parisians into choosing a taxi for...
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Jelly Has Its Breaking NewsJelly, the new Q&A app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, may have a secondary purpose beyond becoming the living embodiment of the Lazyweb - it's now breaking news, too, it seems. This morning, tech... news outlets covered the acquisition of Branch Media by Facebook, following an official announcement by company co-founder Josh Miller, posted to Facebook around 9 AM EST. But Jelly had the news last night, it turns out.
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If the hardware is priced right, then a stylish ChromeOS-powered all-in-one system could turn quite a few heads.
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This week a number of early benchmark tests are appearing with clues as to the true (artificial benchmark) performance of the NVIDIA Tegra K1. This processor was introduced last week …
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∞ Thoughts on Apple's TV ad "Your Verse"

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 18:21
I’m not going to ramble on about Apple’s newest TV ad, but I would like to address some negative comments I’ve been seeing.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named Car of the Year at the Northern American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, shining the spotlight on the redesigned iconic vehicle just one... year after it launched The awards ceremony, which kicked off the show, was a double hitter for Chevy, which took home the top prize for North American Truck of the Year with its revamped Silverado. SEE ALSO: Justice League Cars Will Make You Geek Out Chevrolet's parent company General Motors is no stranger to the top title: The Cadillac ATS won the honor last year. The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray — starting at $51,999 — can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It's more powerful than its predecessors with a 460-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine (front engine, rear-wheel drive)...
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SimCity to get an offline play mode in free update

Digital Trends - 13 Jan 2014 18:18
SimCity to get an offline playMaxis Emeryville general manager Patrick Buechner confirms that SimCity will finally get an offline play mode, nearly a year after the game's March 2013 launch, in the forthcoming Update 10, a free... add-on. The post SimCity to get an offline play mode in free update appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mercedes-Benz's S600 addsThe Mercedes-Benz S550 is a fairly complete car, but who wouldn't turn down four more cylinders? The S600 features all of the luxury and technology of the "base" S-Class, but with a 6.0-liter... twin-turbocharged V12. The post Mercedes-Benz’s S600 adds much-needed V12 dynamism to the iconic luxury landship appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus space capsule arrived at the international space station with 1,260 kilograms of cargo Jan. 12.
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EBay's payments service PayPal has redesigned its online checkout process to let shoppers complete their payment on merchants' websites, rather than go to a separate PayPal site.
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Carnival of Space #336

Universe Today - 13 Jan 2014 18:13
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his Photos To Space blog.
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Asus simplifies routerAsus is now distributing a firmware update that will change the default security settings on its broadband routers after files on thousands of external hard drives were found easily accessible over... the Internet. The problem was reported last week and stems from how Asus' routers are configured. Access to an external hard drive that's been attached to a router's USB port via FTP can be activated manually or by using a wizard, but both leave the router open by default. As a result, the files of users in Europe and the U.S. were found accessible via the Internet, according to industry experts and tests conducted by PC World Norway and TechWorld Sweden. After being questioned about the problem, Asus decided to develop a firmware update to fix the issue, which is now being distributed via its...
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Watch Gaia Go From Lab to Launch in Two Minutes

Universe Today - 13 Jan 2014 18:12
In the early pre-dawn hours on December 19, 2013, with a rumble and a roar, a Soyuz rocket blazed through the clouds above the jungle-lined coast of French Guiana, ferrying ESA’s long-awaited Gaia... spacecraft into orbit and beginning its mission to map the stars of the Milky Way. The fascinating time-lapse video above from ESA […]
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This isn't Michael Scott'sIt's hard to believe this slick sedan wears a Chrysler 200 badge. A major departure from the awkwardly-styled model it replaces, the 2015 200 just might make Chrysler a player in the midsize sedan... game. The post This isn’t Michael Scott’s Sebring: Chrysler’s all-new 200 wows with sophisticated styling appeared first on Digital Trends.
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This is why passwords need to die

BGR - 13 Jan 2014 18:10
This is why passwords need toEvery other week it seems like we have to create new passwords that are increasingly complex and difficult to remember, with more requirements for capital letters, numbers and symbols aimed at... preventing hackers from accessing our account information. Even worse, some sites even tell us to periodically change our passwords, which means that just as we’ve finally gotten comfortable with the passwords we have, we’re forced to memorize new ones. Wouter Smet, who is ”employed as Growth Hacker at social media management software company Engagor,” has written a very thorough guide to help people create smart password strategies that also shows us just how ridiculous the standard password system has become. Essentially, Smet thinks you should create several different types of passwords
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Nokia Normandy User Interface Spotted

Ubergizmo - 13 Jan 2014 18:10
Nokia Normandy User InterfaceWe did get a glimpse of the Nokia "Normandy" just yesterday, but it seemed that there is more than meets the eye. After all, the leaked image yesterday featured the alleged device that lay on a wooden... table, but this time around, here is the Android-powered smartphone that will actually depict the Android app launcher's user interface for the very same device itself. Of course, there are many questions that can be raised, including the legitimacy of such a screenshot considering how it could very well be nothing but a placeholder. After all, the alleged leaked user interface does look rather primitive, and would not gain that much traction in this day and age, don't you think so? (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Nokia, normandy, Nokia Normandy User Interface Spotted original content from...
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O2 UK's carrier-independent Money mobile wallet may have proven a little too ambitious. The network is shutting down the service on March 31st so that it can investigate "new and better ways" to... handle payments -- in other words, it's not satisfied ...
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Bennett Haselton writes "Google created controversy by announcing that Google+ users will now be able to send email to Gmail users even without having those Gmail users' email addresses. I think this... debate misses the point, because it's unlikely to create a deluge of unsolicited email to Gmail users, as long as Google can throttle outgoing messages from Google+ users and terminate abusive accounts. The real controversy should be over the fact that Google+ users can search a public database of the names of all Gmail users in the first place. And limiting the ability of Google+ users to write to those Gmail accounts, won't do anything to address that." Read below to see what Bennett has to say.
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Hacking claims were a hoax. Dropbox did this one to itself.
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[From EntertainmentTell] 2013 would have been a great year for Ethan Hawke, probably one of his career's greatest ever, were it not for supreme box-office bomb "Getaway".
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Starting this spring, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is reviving the late Carl Sagan's popular PBS television series as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The new series will be broadcast on Fox... and the National Geographic Channel on the same night,...
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Understanding collective behavior of ultra-cold quantum gases is of great interest since it is intimately related to many encountered systems in nature such as human behavior, swarms of birds, traffic... jam, sand dunes, neutron stars, fundamental magnetic properties of solids, or even super-fluidity or super-conductivity. In all of these everyday life examples, collective behavior plays a crucial role since all participating objects move, voluntarily or not, synchronously.
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The stories behind Apple's new TV ad

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 18:02
In addition to posting its new TV ad last night, Apple also detailed on its Web site the stories shown in the ad.∞ Read this on The Loop
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Presentations can be tricky things. You want your words to resonate with your audience. One of the best ways to do that is with a... visual aid. But too often presentations are accompanied by boring old slideshows that do nothing to hammer home your points and serve as just a distraction. Make sure your message is clear with the help of Slidevana. It's on sale now in our Deals tab. Slidevana is the ultimate tool kit for putting together the perfect presentation. Whether you're showing off some of your successes or putting together a pitch, Slidevana's over 275 unique and fully customizable slide layouts are the ideal palette for you to display your information and ideas. Slidevana will give you a great, minimalist look that...
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Do you happen to have an exceptionally strong interest in all things Doctor Who? Should the answer be "Yes", then you might be pleased to check out this $52.99 Yellow Dalek USB Desk Protector that... ought to do its job to make sure that your desk remains off limits to people whom you do not
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A Cloud Of One's Own

ReadWrite - 13 Jan 2014 18:01
A Cloud Of One's OwnSponsored by My Cloud. As a promotional post, this post reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite's editors. The cloud: On the surface, it's a wonderful idea. We all love accessing photos,... music, movies, games, and documents from any device, anywhere we go. But the cloud can be a bit hard to understand. Where is it? How safe is it? What guarantees my content won't be shared? When you pay for the cloud, how much "cloud" do you actually get? Considering the content you save is priceless to you, these questions should be anything but rhetorical. I mean, why on Earth would anyone send anything important to who-knows-what in the middle of who-knows-where? Of course you want to access everything you save from anywhere you are. But no one wants a question mark when it comes to their most...
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Beauty Army Goes FromE-commerce startup Beauty Army is moving beyond its subscription commerce offering and opening up a full-fledged store for health and beauty products. And it's doing so in a big way, with more than... 200 brands and 20,000 products available for sale through its online catalog.
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GoDaddy will offer its small-business customers a choice of three Mirosoft Office 365 plans, including one for $12.49 a month that includes desktop versions of Office.
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You can reposition your iPad's keyboard and split it in half. Here's how...
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CES at night: alone inside aIt's hard to describe what it feels like walking around the massive Las Vegas Convention Center. Imagine something between being lost in Ikea and a college football stadium, but packed even tighter... and completely lacking in any sort of logical floorplan. As you enter from the relative calm of the parking lot, the LVCC assaults your every sense. Each booth screams out with the newest high-definition displays and thundering bass, as gaudy lights and blaring ads distract you from the bizarrely patterned carpet meant to lure you through the labyrinthine hall. But the spectacle pauses every evening, after the executives, buyers, booth babes, reporters, and industry affiliates have all gone home. In those hours, it becomes a serene, almost...
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The focus on teenage weight issues tends to center around girls, but boys are not immune to body image pressures. In two new studies, researchers found that teen boys of a healthy weight who think... they are too skinny have a higher risk of being depressed, compared with other boys - even those who think they are overweight.The findings, which were published in the American Psychological Association's journal Psychology of Men & Masculinity, also suggest this fear of being underweight prompts many young boys to turn to steroids.
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NewsBrain (US$4.99) is a new app to deliver news you are interested in and present it on your iOS device. The app learns from your likes and dislikes, which you can register on a sliding scale that... includes degrees of attraction, neutrality or ...
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A Face-Tracking MarshmallowNormally, you wouldn't want to have a cannon aimed at your face, much less a cannon that can see your face and follow it around. But a team of mechanical and electrical engineering students at Olin... College decided to challenge that notion with their marshmallow-firing Confectionary Cannon. It's worth getting in this sucker's sights.
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According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million people in the US suffer from Alzheimer's disease. But new research suggests that early symptoms of the disease could now be detected early... with the help of a 15-minute home-based test, meaning potential treatments could be started much earlier.Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, led by Dr. Douglas Scharre of the Division of Cognitive Neurology at the university, published their findings in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Monday visited the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to see the progress being made on the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever... built that will take American astronauts into deep space, first to an asteroid beyond the Moon and eventually on to Mars.
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The American Cancer Society states that leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens in the US, accounting for 1 in 3 cancers. Now, researchers have found that a cellular mechanism that... fights off infection may contribute to the development of the disease in youngsters, opening doors for further research into treatment for the condition.Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common form of leukemia among children.
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You Too Can See Yutu

Bad Astronomy - 13 Jan 2014 18:00
On Dec. 14, 2013, China successfully put a lander and rover on the Moon. I was hoping that at some point NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter would be able to spot it, and it actually happened faster... than I expected: [Photo by NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University] The animated image shows before-and-after shots of the area. You can clearly see both the lander (big blob) and the rover (smaller blob) in the "after" picture, which was taken on Dec. 24, 2013, when LRO was almost directly overhead the pair. Each pixel in the image is about 1.5 meters in size, and the whole image is about 600 meters (roughly 2000 feet) across. The "before" image was taken in June 2013, and is almost exactly the same except for the presence of the two human-made objects (the lighting is also a bit different, but...
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How Caffeine Can Boost Your Memory

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 18:00
How Caffeine Can Boost YourCaffeine is known to confer a number of brain-boosting benefits, but its influence on our ability to store and recall information has never been properly explored. A new study corrects this oversight,... showing that caffeine can help us recall certain memories -- and it's an effect that lasts for at least 24 hours.
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A mysterious quantum property is already harnessed in your hard drive - now it's set to take over the rest of your gadgets (full text available to subscribers)     
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Galaxy S5 specs purportedlyIf these specs are accurate, the Galaxy S5 is shaping up to the best most noteworthy addition to the Galaxy S series since it was first introduced.
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At the North American International Auto Show, Toyota has debuted its FT-1 sports car concept. Though this beast won't be hitting production, it does hint at what Toyota could have …
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Iran To Launch 3 New Satellites into Space

Space News - 13 Jan 2014 17:56
Tehran is preparing to orbit three new home-made satellites in the future.
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Acer Tab 7 Does The BudgetWhat you see above is the Acer Tab 7, where it is a tablet from the Taiwanese manufacturer that will not break the bank should you actually decide to bring this puppy home. In fact, it is the most... recent affordable slate from Acer, where it is even more affordable than the Acer Iconia A1-830 that was unveiled by Acer at the recently concluded CES 2014, and when it finally hits the shelves, it ought to retail for a highly affordable $149.99. (more…) Follow: Tablets, acer, Acer Tab 7 Does The Budget Android Tablet Dance original content from Ubergizmo.     
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DealBook: Elliott Turns Its Attention to Juniper Networks

The New York Times - 13 Jan 2014 17:56
DealBook: Elliott Turns ItsThe hedge fund Elliott Management wants Juniper Networks to cut costs, return money to shareholders and streamline its product offerings.     
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Man raises duckling in his beard

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 17:53
Much respect beard.∞ Read this on The Loop
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You Can Finally Play 'SimCity' Offline

Mashable - 13 Jan 2014 17:51
SimCity will finally get an offline mode, 10 months after its release and following months of complaints The offline mode is part of a free update, according to the SimCity blog. After updating,... players will be able to load their cities in Single Player Mode, which will not require an Inernet connection. See also: The 8 Best Video Game Scripts of All Time SimCity was released in March 2013 for PC but required players to connect to Electronic Arts' servers to play. This received a great deal of pushback from customers, especially after EA's servers couldn't handle demand during the first month. EA had to remove "non-essential features" from the game for the first few weeks, including the fastest simulation speed, just to handle demand, and players complained of waiting for hours just to...
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Why It's OK to Tweet About Cancer

Mashable - 13 Jan 2014 17:51
Ken Jennings — yes, that Ken Jennings — put it best. "Terrified I might get cancer," he tweeted this morning, "because what if Bill and Emma Keller yell at me." He was referring to a pair of... opinion pieces — Bill's, in The New York Times, and Emma's, in the Guardian — that assess the ethical dimensions of cancer. Both Kellers tell the story of a woman named Lisa Bonchek Adams, who has stage 4 breast cancer and has been tweeting and blogging her experience. (Bill learned about her from Emma; they're married.) Both Kellers are concerned about Adams — but also, and sometimes seemingly more so, about her tweets. Bill frets about Adams's "decision to live her cancer onstage," Emma about her own "voyeurism" toward Adams's cancer tweets. Call it cansplaining
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Netflix is bringingFresh off of an impressive showing at CES and its first ever Golden Globe win, Netflix has announced that its original series Lilyhammer will be coming back for a third season. The show debuted in... February 2012 as Netflix's first original series, and has since been followed up by other shows including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. "Lilyhammer is the type of global show that Netflix members around the world have discovered and love and season three will see that world expand even more," says Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos. The second season of the Norway-set crime drama debuted last month, while season three is expected to be released later in 2014, fleshing out a year of Netflix content that includes a new season of House of...
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New hope for migraine sufferers

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 17:48
A blood pressure drug offers hope to migraine sufferers who currently get no relief from existing treatments.
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Researchers have developed an assistive technology system that works by sounds which contributes to the autonomy of persons with visual impairments.
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School's out for ATV training

ESA - 13 Jan 2014 17:48
School's out for ATV trainingThis year sees the fifth and last of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicles leave for the International Space Station. ATV Georges Lemaître will be launched this summer from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou,... fully loaded with supplies, fuel and oxygen for the astronauts on humankind's orbital outpost.
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High-speed Gaia

ESA - 13 Jan 2014 17:48
High-speed GaiaFrom cleanroom to liftoff, watch an incredible time-lapse movie of Gaia's final preparations on Earth before shooting for the stars
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Scientists to create a dyingA team of astronomers and engineers want to reproduce the atmosphere of a red giant like the one you are seeing in this Hubble image--right here on Earth. To make this happen, project Nanocosmos will... build three five-meter-long machines working with hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, silicon, titanium, iron and other metals at 1500 C (2732 F).
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Schools out for ATV training

PTTU - 13 Jan 2014 17:48
Schools out for ATV trainingESA Top News: This year sees the fifth and last of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicles leave for the International Space Station. ATV Georges Lemaître will be launched this summer from Europe's... Spaceport in Kourou, fully loaded with supplies, fuel and oxygen for the astronauts on humankind's orbital outpost.
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Shoulder arthritis is a common problem for rheumatoid arthritis patients: pain and difficulty moving their arms can grow so severe that daily tasks and sleep become difficult. If medication and... physical therapy aren't enough, shoulder replacement surgery is a common next step. Despite surgical challenges with some rheumatoid arthritis patients, the procedure improves range of motion and reduces pain in nearly all cases, especially for those with intact rotator cuffs, a study shows.
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Research evidence shows that symptoms of postpartum depression decrease over time --- but depression remains a long-term problem for 30 to 50 percent of affected women, according to a report.
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New horizons in radiotherapy?

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 17:47
Targeted radiation therapy that is less harmful to healthy cells could see the light of day thanks to a team of researchers. Until now, radiotherapy treatments employed to combat cancer used a wide... energy range when irradiating biological tissues. By studying at a fundamental level the behavior of molecules subjected to radiation with a carefully chosen energy, the researchers paved the way for tomorrow's radiotherapy treatments, which would not affect as much surrounding tissue and whose total radiation dose would be considerably reduced.
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Acer blames its decline onAcer, one of the world's biggest PC manufacturers, named a new CEO last month. Today, Jason Chen held his first press conference since taking the job, and he reflected on what he thought the company's... biggest missteps have been in the PC market as of late. The post Acer blames its decline on Ultrabook, touch panel investments appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Release Notes podcast

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 17:46
I recorded a podcast last week with Charles Perry and Joe Cieplinski talking about The Loop Magazine and Newsstand.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Within much of the photography community, the Hasselblad Lunar and Stellar are something of a running joke — rebranded Sony cameras that slap on exotic and/or luxurious materials and sell for... thousands more than the originals. But just in case buying a standard Sony NEX-7 Hasselblad Lunar isn’t luxurious enough for you, the company is […]
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The 2015 Chevrolet CorvetteChevrolet just unveiled its all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 that impressively outshines even the current-gen $100,000 Corvette ZR1. Making over 625 horsepower, the Z06 is the fastest, thanks to its... supercharger, and stiffest Z06 ever. The post The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: The first true American supercar appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Boy Genius Report: WhyThe entire home automation industry is about to be upended by startups. Companies that are starting out small have a clear and concise vision: one in which your home and the many things in it can all... communicate and work seamlessly with each other. I have been looking for the perfect way to automate a room, a whole floor, and an entire house for the past ten years and have consistently been disappointed. Disappointed with the integration, the cost, the flexibility, and the ease of use. There are a few major brands out there, but they really only help you solve very specific scenarios. I have used them all and my favorite up until now has been Crestron. However, the
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[From EntertainmentTell] A huge collection of Perry Mason mysteries comes our way thanks to CBS Video's "Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume 1."
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New images show the Nokia logo, a back button, and a screen full of apps. But will the rumored phone ever really see the light of day?
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[From EntertainmentTell] Game of Thrones will return to HBO in April
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Google to revamp its flightGoogle will add prices for Ryanair to its flight search engine, the CEO of the discount airline said in an interview published Sunday. Flight Search--Google's ticket comparison website--will "blow... comparison sites like Skyscanner out of the water", said Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary in an interview with the Irish Independent. His statements were confirmed by a Ryanair spokeswoman on Monday. "Google, being Google, want to show all of the prices from all of the airlines on display. They don't want to charge us, they make all of their money out of advertising," explained O'Leary told the newspaper. "They don't want to have a limited or biased search. They want to be able to say they've screened all of these airlines on all of the routes," he added. According to O'Leary, Google wants to...
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Last month, (and last year) we wrote about the visually smallest Full Moon of 2013. Now, in a followup act, our natural satellite gives us an even more dramatic lesson in celestial mechanics with an... encore performance just one lunation later with the smallest Full Moon of 2014.(...)Read the rest of See the Smallest Full Moon […]
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Google's patent rank shoots upGoogle, after getting burned in the smartphone wars, is acquiring patents like ever before -- even as the company continues its crusade to fix the country's broken patent system.
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[From EntertainmentTell] As Quentin Tarantino's once hectic filmmaking pace has greatly settled down, it should come as no surprise the recipient of two Oscars is pushing for a 2015 release of his... second ever western, confirmed for the first time back in November 2013.
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HTC Denmark: HTC One X+ MissesHTC might have already introduced the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system update to the flagship HTC One smartphone, and are currently working to deliver this particular update to the likes of the HTC... One mini as well as the HTC One Max devices. Apart from that, many HTC fans are also waiting for confirmation on whether some of the other HTC One smartphones would be on the receiving end of such treatment. The main HTC headquarters have not yet issued anything official as at press time, but HTC Denmark has apparently gone one step ahead, sharing the upcoming plans for the HTC One X+, where an HTC rep did respond via Twitter on a question that concerns the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One X+, "We can confirm the HTC One X+ will remain on the current software version, Android 4.2.2...
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Nokia's Android phone isn'tIt doesn't make sense for Nokia to build Android-powered phones. Or does it? The company's Asha line still runs on S40. Perhaps an overhaul of the engine powering Asha is in order and Android could... easily fit the bill.
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A Fox News exposé causesA new biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes is already stirring up controversy, just days before its release. Titled The Loudest Voice in the Room, the book offers a peek inside the often-secretive... world of the cable news channel, but according to a new piece by David Carr, Fox News is doing everything it can to discredit the book before its release. The channel has criticized the book for failing to involve them in the fact-checking process, and attacked author Gabriel Sherman for doing press on competitors like CNN. Sherman's book paints a grim picture of Ailes' rule over the channel — in one anecdote, he ends a corporate relationship with Google because the company refused to alter negative search results for his name — but the...
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How To Hire The Enterprise Sales A-Team

ReadWrite - 13 Jan 2014 17:31
This guide is not for big old vendors or inside sales; this guide is for tech founders of enterprise software startups looking for outside sales people to generate millions of dollars for the company... year in and year out. Here are nine things to look for to find the A-team sales guys for your company. 1. Track record. This is easy with sales guys: You can see how much they've sold in past years, but don't make the mistake of being too metrics-driven. Selling a hot product for a big brand in a booming market is relatively easy compared to breaking into a new market for an unknown startup. More importantly, being too metrics-driven can blind you to the other attributes. Would you hire a developer simply on how many lines of code they deliver? 2. Passion. Entrepreneurs talk a lot about...
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Chevrolet has unveiled the 2015 Corvette Z06, taking the Corvette Stingray into true supercar territory with 625+ HP from a supercharged 6.2L engine, and set to hit dealerships from early …
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Permit to hunt an endangeredA mere 5,000 African black rhinos are now estimated to live in the wild, but that isn't stopping a Texas-based group from killing one of the endangered animals. In a closed auction held this weekend,... the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to hunt a rhino in Namibia for a whopping $350,000.
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How Old Will You Be When YouSociety places a bizarre amount of weight on when a writer or artist creates their first real successful work--blame our obsession with youth or tiger moms or whatever. Still, it's interesting to see... if there's a correlation between your age and the best work of your career there's--this diagram helps us do just that.
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Distinguish Between FeedbackWhen we ask for feedback on something, hearing "This is fantastic!" can be an ego boost, but it's not terribly useful. If you want to improve your work, seek out more than just compliments.
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[From GamerTell] One of the Xbox One's biggest advantages over the PS4 is on the verge of being challenged. At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Sony revealed its intentions to release a live... television, DVR and on-demand video service that will be available on over 70 million current Sony devices around the world.
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LulzSec's Sabu To Be Sentenced In New York

Slashdot - 13 Jan 2014 17:23
DavidGilbert99 writes "Two and a half years after he was arrested at his New York apartment by the FBI, LulzSEc member-turned-FBI informant Hector Monsegur (aka Sabu) is set to be sentenced in the... South District of New York court at 4pm local time on Monday where he could face up to 124 years in jail. However, following his cooperation with the US authorities, Monsegur is likely to get a much reduced sentence and could avoid jail completely. His sentencing has been adjourned numerous times for unknown reasons, and if the FBI have any more use for him, then we could see it delayed again."
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Towards perfect control of light waves

Phys.org - 13 Jan 2014 17:20
Towards perfect control of(Phys.org) --A team at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) in Garching (Germany) has constructed a detector, which provides a detailed picture of the waveforms of femtosecond laser pulses.... Knowledge of the exact waveform of these pulses enables scientists to reproducibly generate light flashes that are a thousand times shorter - lasting only for attoseconds - and can be used to study ultrafast processes at the molecular and atomic levels.
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The New York-based startup "builds social products to empower conversation" and is backed by an incubator that former Twitter bigwigs Evan Williams and Biz Stone created.
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The near-infrared vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a dazzling new view deep inside the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula is a vast region of star... birth that resides 170,000 light-years away in...
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[From GadgeTell] They may have fallen off the radar the past few months, what with Microsoft snubbing CES and everything, but fret not, the next-gen Surface tablets are still coming.
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Meet the castle-raiding 'pillage ant'

Fox News - 13 Jan 2014 17:15
Meet the castle-raidingA new species of ant that raids the acorn castles of other insects and captures them as slaves has been discovered on the forest floors of the northeastern United States.
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Dancing Party Animals are hereDancing Party Animals are not your average dancing animals, these are animals that want to party. We spotted them at CES as we trawled through the halls trying to find more serious news and products... to report on, and couldn't help but find ourselves...
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Facebook has acquired Branch, a New York startup behind multiple social discussion tools. The deal was announced by Branch's cofounder in a Facebook post and one report pegs the acquisition at $15... million. "We will be forming Facebook's Conversations group, based in New York City, with the goal of helping people connect with others around their interests," Branch cofounder Josh Miller wrote in the post. "Their pitch to us was: 'Build Branch at Facebook scale!'" See also: Branch Brings Potluck's Stress-Free Social Network to iPhone Facebook did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
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4K Blu-ray discs confirmed byAfter CES 2014, where a selection of 4K TVs were on show, and Netflix announced its 4K content, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced it will release 4K Blu-ray discs. While the future may... be in streamed 4K UHD content, Blu-ray discs will...
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Watch this: 'From Dusk TillThe TV reboot for Robert Rodriguez's cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn now has its first trailer. As promised, the short clip draws on the original film, while also expanding the narrative with a... larger cast of characters. Here, as in the 1996 movie, criminals Seth and Richie Gecko are running for their lives after a bank heist, which leads them and their hostages into a den of Mesoamerican vampires. "The film was the short story, this series is the novel," Rodriguez told critics yesterday. It's too early to tell how the performances will hold up, but D.J. Cotrona does a pretty decent impression of George Clooney in the starring role. The series has a 10-episode order, so there are sure to be plenty of tense, bloody scenes before the...
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Video: Terrifying plane crashIt’s every air traveller’s worst nightmare, and one passenger aboard a flight off the coast of Kalaupapa, Molokai in Hawaii recently gave the world a first-hand look at what it’s like to go down... in a plane crash. Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and other portable cameras like the GoPro, we now often see firsthand accounts of events that only a lucky few -- or a very unlucky few, in this case -- could experience in the past. The latest example comes from Ferdinand Puentes, who pulled out his GoPro camera and began filming recently when an airplane he was aboard abruptly fell out of the sky off the coast of Hawaii. The footage captured by Puentes shows passengers inside the cabin
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X-Ray Reveals Hundreds of GoldWhen doctors examined an X-ray image of the knees of a woman experiencing severe joint pain, they found a gold mine: hundreds of tiny gold acupuncture needles left in her tissue.
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CGI Group has been tossed and now it's Accenture's turn to fix Healthcare.gov and get it ready for open enrollment in Oct. 2014.
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Messaging App Usage Grew 203%The App Store’s increasingly competitive nature may mean that only a minuscule number of apps (0.01% by 2018) become financial successes, but that hasn’t slowed down growth, either in number of... applications available, or their usage. According to new data released by Flurry Analytics this morning, overall app usage in 2013 saw 115% year-over-year growth, with Messaging apps showing the most dramatic growth, up 203% year-over-year. The rise of messaging apps was one of the most telling stories about the changing mobile application in 2013, signaling, perhaps, a slight shift away from more public social media services like Facebook, as a younger generation of smartphone users begin to have an impact on the overall ecosystem. For many of today’s teens and young adults, their lives have...
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How to recover files after aMalware infected Jones888's computer, and important files are no longer accessible. How can Jones get them back? A malicious program infects your PC and makes your documents and other important files... inaccessible, then it pops up a message demanding money to get the files back. You've got a ransomware infection, and that isn't good. How do you get the files back without paying for them? That's simple: Restore them from a backup. That is, of course, if you've been backing up daily. Otherwise, this is going to take some work.
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Vivid Collision | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 13 Jan 2014 17:06
Vivid Collision | SpaceThis space wallpaper shows the remnant of Supernova 1987A seen in light of very different wavelengths.
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How I suited up and took a 'Marswalk'

Fox News - 13 Jan 2014 17:06
How I suited up and took aMy 76-minute "Marswalk" took place at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where I and the rest of Crew 133 are spending half of January operating as though we are on the Red Planet. The... spacesuit I wore is not quite the real deal, but it's close.
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White parents reported higher use of age-appropriate car seats for one- to seven-year-old children than non-white parents, according to a new study. The race of the parents is a significant predictor... of whether a child is placed in the right safety seat for his or her age.
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School drug testing does not deter teenagers from smoking marijuana, but creating a "positive school climate" just might, according to research.
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Fisker bankruptcy bidding heats up quickly

Phys.org - 13 Jan 2014 17:05
A group led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li is offering $55 million at auction for Fisker Automotive, just days after a judge rejected a private sale of the failed electric-vehicle manufacturer.
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Professors have studied 200 specimens of freshwater turtles from eleven Valencian wetland areas, to determine the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter in these animals, because of their... potential risk of transmitting gastrointestinal diseases to humans, especially children. According to the results, 11% of the analyzed specimens of freshwater turtles were found positive for Salmonella. However, Campylobacter was not detected in any of them. This is the first study to rule out terrapins as transmitters of campylobacteriosis to humans.
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Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future, the company said Monday.
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Physical doping and brain doping apparently often go hand in hand. A new study has revealed that people who engage in physical doping often also take drugs for brain doping. The study was the first of... its kind to survey simultaneously the two categories of doping and brain doping.
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Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the understanding and treatment of hereditary emphysema. Their research bridges the research-to-treatment gap. The exciting findings show how the... protein Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) plays an important role in controlling inflammation from white blood cells and its importance for good health.
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In a recent doctoral thesis, a researcher shows how the substance ellagic acid found in red berries and nuts, for instance, can stop cell division in cultivated cells from the childhood cancer... neuroblastoma and induce cell death.
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Magenta Blobs | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 17:03
Magenta Blobs | SpaceThis cool space wallpaper shows an optical color image of galaxies overlaid with X-ray data (magenta) from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
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U.K. Fintech Startup,Bright*Sun, a U.K. fintech startup that's making a business out of helping VCs decide which startups to invest in, has taken in $200,000 in Angel funding from the team of investors at London Venture... Partners that invested seed funding in gaming startup Supercell (which went on to pull in $1.53 billion from Softbank).
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Have you tried giving Mario Kart a go in the past? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you would know for sure the kind of excitement that can happen in the midst of the race, where getting... the right kind of weapon or defensive item might mean the difference between victory and a
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[From In-Car Tech] JL Audio CES 2014
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A study used stem cells to correct a defective "ring chromosome" with a normal chromosome. Such therapy has the promise to correct chromosome abnormalities that give rise to birth defects and... disabilities.
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Scientists have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, and depression.
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It has been a few weeks since Oracle CEO Larry Ellison publicly challenged Amazon Web Services (AWS), declaring that Oracle would be "price competitive" in the "commodity infrastructure as a service... marketplace." It's as laughable now as when Ellison first said it. Oracle is an exceptional company. What it isn't is a low-margin, commodity business. AWS Has Dropped Prices How Many Times?!? By my count, AWS has dropped pricing 32 times. It's like one of those crazy "EVERYTHING MUST GO!" liquidation sales. Amazon tries to figure out just how low it can go on prices and eke out a razor-thin margin...and then it goes even lower. This is not a one-time pricing gimmick, in other words. It's Amazon's business model. Oracle, for its part, already started hedging its bets a few seconds after...
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Gariz has made a beautiful new half-case for the Panasonic GM1, that adds both extra grip and extra height. The post New Gariz Half-Case for the Panasonic GM1 is Both Beautiful and Practical appeared... first on The Phoblographer.     
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A fifth star has emerged among the four leading ladies of HBO's Girls We speak not of Adam, Ray or even the soon-to-be absent Charlie, but of Shoshanna Shapiro's whimsical hair. See also: 'Cats' Is... the 'Girls' Parody for the Millennial Feline Each episode, Shoshanna surprises us with intricate braids, oddly-placed buns and daring hair accessories. Though some border on ridiculous, her 'dos never fail to get us talking. To gear up for season three of Girls, use these simple hair tutorials to channel your inner-Shosh. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Image: Tumblr, commediadelfarte
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Mumble! Customizes SMSAndroid: Not all messages are created equal. Unfortunately, notifications for those messages usually come in a one-vibration-fits-all style. Mumble! allows you to customize notifications based on the... content of the messages you receive.
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In Buddhist Biology, David Barash highlights parallels between these empirical systems of thought, and suggests that together they can show us how to live     
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Turn Tigger into a warrior by dressing him in this custom-made armor. The creators say it was made with cats' comfort -- and love of "Game of Thrones" -- in mind.
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Leading the morning news for January 13 is something that is sure to make European Mac users very happy: After banning the previous Mac Pro back in March of 2013 because it did not pass safety... requirements for shielding on fans and electrical ...
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NSA Phone Spying Is Useless InAs you probably suspected, the NSA's massive phone record collection "has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism," according to a new study. In fact--and perhaps more... interestingly--the agency's real problem isn't a lack of information. It's an excess of secrecy.
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Integrate iBeacon support in your iOS app or enterprise solution today. Twocanoes Software is now shipping Bleu Station beacons with full iBeacon support. Bleu Station beacons are a simple and secure... way to add iBeacon support to your app or solution. Check out Bleu Station, the Bleu Starter Kit, sample code and white papers at Bleu Station from Twocanoes. Bleu Station beacons are powered with a standard USB connection for maximum flexibility in deployment without requiring ongoing battery replacement.Bleu Stations can be securely configured during deployment and plugged into any standard USB port. Bleu Stations are shipping today. Twocanoes offers hardware, software and integration support to quickly make iBeacons an integral part of your apps and solutions. Learn more at Bleu Station...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts toInfinity Ward confirms a January 28 release for Onslaught, the first downloadable content pack coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts. The post Call of Duty: Ghosts to receive ‘Onslaught’ DLC on January... 28 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'SimCity' is finally gettingIt's been a long time coming, but the troubled SimCity is finally getting an offline mode. The game originally launched in March of last year to critical acclaim, but ongoing server problems meant... that its always-online requirement made it largely unplayable for many gamers. Developer Maxis previously hinted that an offline mode was in the works back in October, and now it has finally confirmed the news. "When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection," says Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis' Emeryville studio. Unfortunately, there's still no hard date for when the update will be launched, with Buechner saying simply that "we look forward...
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The Final Countdown Before a Supernova

Bad Astronomy - 13 Jan 2014 16:53
I'm sometimes asked what I think the next exploding star in our galaxy will be. Most people expect I'll say Betelgeuse, the red supergiant marking Orion's right shoulder. But Betelgeuse may not go... supernova for another million years, which is a long, long time. There are several stars much closer to The End, and I recently learned of a new one: SBW1. The star is a blue supergiant, a hot, energetic beast probably about 20 or so times the mass of the Sun. Stars like that don't live long, just a few million years tops. But we know (we think) it'll explode much sooner than that, because of that ring you see in the Hubble picture above. How does that ring tell us anything? Ah, glad you asked. We've seen another star like this: Sanduleak -69 202. That was a blue supergiant that blew up, and its...
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Fisker bankruptcy bidding heats up quickly

Miami Herald - 13 Jan 2014 16:52
A group led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li is offering $55 million at auction for Fisker Automotive, just days after a judge rejected a private sale of the failed electric-vehicle manufacturer.
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Patients with cancers of the head and neck who received intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) - a technology designed to more precisely target cancer cells and spare nearby tissue - experienced... improved outcomes, as well as reduced toxicities, compared to patients receiving conventional radiation therapy, according to new research.
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Teenage boys who think they're too skinny when they are actually a healthy weight are at greater risk of being depressed as teens and as adults when compared to other boys, even those who think they... are too heavy, according to findings published.
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Study seeks best way to reduce asthma medication

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 16:51
An American national study is underway to better understand how to help asthma patients reduce their medications, when appropriate, while controlling the disease and its costs.
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Speaking of psychology - smoking

Science Daily - 13 Jan 2014 16:51
It's been 50 years since the U.S. surgeon general's report on smoking and health spurred one of the largest public health behavior changes success stories of the 20th century. Before and since this... groundbreaking report's release, psychology has been at the forefront of smoking cessation efforts. In a new discussion, a researcher speaks on gender differences and smoking. She discusses why women have a harder time kicking the habit and what science can do to help them quit.
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The U.S. teen birth rate fell rapidly between 2008 and 2012. The Great Recession played the biggest role in the decline, explaining more than half of the drop, but a new study shows that that the... timing of the introduction of MTV's "16 and Pregnant" also had a significant impact on the staggering drop in teen birth rates.
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Can't find relief from your asthma symptoms? The way you communicate with your allergist can be the root of your problems. According to two papers published, in order for treatment to be effective,... asthma sufferers need to ask questions and feel as if they have open communication with their allergist.
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Firms like Netflix and YouTube have all announced support for 4K –- the next generation of high-definition TV that is four times as sharp as its predecessor     
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EU continues to offer initial market entry advantages over US for Israeli Medi-tech startups
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Understanding collective behavior of ultra-cold quantum gases is of great interest since it is intimately related to many encountered systems in nature such as human behavior, swarms of birds, traffic... jam, sand dunes, neutron stars, fundamental magnetic properties of solids, or even super-fluidity or super-conductivity. In all of these everyday life examples, collective behavior plays a crucial role since all participating objects move, voluntarily or not, synchronously.
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Monster's Keys To CES SuccessIf you check out CNET or Engadget's top-ranked headphones, you won't find many Monster products on the list. And yet, Monster is responsible for some of the most popular headphones in the world. But... why? Celebrities.
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Kelley Zapata loves her Beats.
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NSA surveillance does littleIs NSA surveillance really necessary to defend against terrorist attacks? It's been a common claim by the agency's defenders as the programs come under scrutiny, but a report released today by the New... America Foundation casts doubt on that logic. The report examines how NSA surveillance functioned in 225 counterterrorism cases since 9/11 and concludes that the agency wasn't as crucial as it would have you believe.
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Leaked photos finally revealReports have suggested that Nokia and Microsoft had been in talks for years before the Redmond, Washington-based company finally agreed to absorb Nokia’s phone business. The straw that broke the... camel’s back, according to chatter in Finland, was a tiny entry-level phone code-named Normandy. This handset was special for one reason and one reason alone: it ran Android. First leaked to the public last year, Nokia apparently used the Normandy to force Microsoft’s hand, ultimately leading to the $7.2 billion deal announced last year, $5 billion of which covers Nokia’s devices and services business. While we have seen marketing renders of the phone leak a number of times, a photo of the Normandy has now seemingly leaked for the first
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Building 'belt' offers cheap,Four years after the January 2010 earthquake, 145,000 people still remain homeless in Haiti. A cheap and simple technology to repair earthquake damaged buildings - developed at the University of... Sheffield - could help to reduce these delays by quickly making buildings safe and habitable.
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Former WTO boss to lead EUThe former Director General of the World Trade Organization is to head up a new group looking at the future use of TV broadcast spectrum across the European Union. The European Commission has given... the advisory group, led by Pascal Lamy, six months to make proposals on the most effective future uses for spectrum in the UHF band, 470 MHz to 790 MHz, used mainly for TV broadcasting today. The 20-member group includes public service broadcasters such as the UK's BBC and Germany's ARD; broadcast network operators such as TDF in France; mobile phone operators including Vodafone, Orange, Teliasonera, and KPN, and industry associations such as the GSMA, Digital Europe, the Association of Professional Wireless Production Technologies and the European Broadcasting Union. Lamy said he expected the...
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Windows 9, codenamedMicrosoft could be unveiling Windows 9 sooner than expected. Previously known as Threshold, its release may be more than just the return of the Start button and the ability to run Metro-style apps on... the desktop. Microsoft wants a new version to separate...
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Facebook Acquires Branch MediaIt looks like Facebook has acquired Branch Media, the startup behind conversation service Branch and link-sharing service Potluck. Co-founder Josh Miller made the announcement on Facebook. He said his... team will be forming a new Conversations group, which will be based in New York City, “with the goal of helping people connect with others around their interests.” He added, “Although the products we build will be reminiscent of Branch and Potluck, those services will live on outside of Facebook.” The post is light on details (Miller said he’s currently on vacation and is only posting now because he “was tipped that the story was going to leak”), but The Verge is reporting that the price was $15 million. I’ve reached out to Facebook for more information and will update if I...
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5 of the Worst Traffic Jams in History

Gizmodo - 13 Jan 2014 16:42
5 of the Worst Traffic Jams inWhen not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad--even worse... than fake traffic study bad. In honor of those times, we've collected some of the worst traffic jams in history.
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Samsung has looked towards the military to provide the firm's next generation of software engineers.
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The data released by Google shows that while Jelly Bean now powers over half of all Android devices, KitKat has secured a small foothold. But fragmentation still presents a big for developers.
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theodp writes "'You go to these charters,' gushed Bill Gates in 2010, 'and you sit and talk to these kids about how engaged they are with adults and how much they read and what they think about and... how they do projects together.' Four years later, Gates is tapping his Foundation to bring charter schools to Washington State, doling out grants that included $4.25 million for HP CEO Meg Whitman's Summit Public Schools. So what's not to like? Plenty, according to Salon's The Truth About Charter Schools, in which Jeff Bryant delves into the dark side of the charter movement, including allegations of abuse, corruption, lousy instruction, and worse results. Also troubling Bryant is that the children of the charter world's biggest cheerleaders seem never to attend these schools ('A family like...
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The overlooked older brother of "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" will return for a third season later this year.
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Groupon has acquired ideeli, a flash fashion sales site, for $43 million in cash. The acquisition, which was announced on Monday, is intended to expand Groupon's fashion offerings and bolster ties... with brands in this space. See also: Groupon Redesigns Website for First Time in Five-Year History “Ideeli extends our fashion presence and brings great relationships with many of the top brands in apparel," Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofksy said in a statement. "Our customers have a demonstrated appetite for these offers, and by broadening our reach in this space Groupon is even better positioned as the place you start when you want to do or buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere.”
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NSNorth conference 2014

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 16:36
Great looking conference and a good price too.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Google Said To Take On Kayak,Google is reportedly working on an airfare comparison site, according to Ryanair founder Michael O’Leary speaking to the Sunday Independent. O’Leary was much more candid about Google’s upcoming... plans than the search giant itself is ever likely to be, describing Mountain View’s intent to build a price shopping engine for comparing airline ticket prices. Existing sites that compare flight prices including Kayak, Expedia, Skyscanner and others are at a disadvantage compared to Google, in that it can act with complete independence from the airlines it lists. Many travel sites enter into marketing arrangements with their airline partners, which is understandable as that’s the obvious revenue model to exploit. Google, however, is seeking only access to the data of airlines, asking...
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Maxis confirms that the next update to the city-building game will allow you to play without an Internet connection.
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Infamous security researcher Felix "FX" Lindner exposed Lawful Interception surveillance systems as easy to detect, derail, and maliciously exploit in his recent talk at hacking conference 30c3.
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(Reuters) - Demand Media moved on Monday to spin off its Rightside Group domain business as a separately traded company, according to filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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You may have noticed a change underway in your city lighting. High pressure sodium lights, with their familiar orange glow, are quickly being replaced by new, energy efficient blue-white LED (light... emitting diode) lighting. Is this the beginning of a new assault on the night or an opportunity to use light more wisely? (...)Read the […]
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Infamous security researcher Felix "FX" Lindner exposed Lawful Interception surveillance systems as easy to detect, derail, and maliciously exploit at European hacking conference 30c3.
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GoDaddy will be offering its small-business customers a choice of three Mirosoft Office 365 plans, including one for $12.49 a month that includes desktop versions of Office.
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What Happens To Lost Bitcoins?

ReadWrite - 13 Jan 2014 16:34
What Happens To Lost Bitcoins?James Howells of Wales is one of the Bitcoin community's most tragic figures.  Last June, Howells inadvertently tossed a hard drive containing 7,500 bitcoins, which he had mined back when they were... worth very little. Now that a bitcoin is worth somewhere around $1000, that drive has an estimated worth of $7.5 million. But unfortunately for Howells, an IT worker, city workers say it's too late for him to recover the drive from the dump.  The sum at stake in Howells' case brought him lots of attention, but he's certainly not the only person to lose track of his bitcoins. Outside of anecdotal evidence, however, there's really no way of knowing how many people have similar tales--or how much they've lost.  See also: Bitcoin Black Friday Aims To Get People To Actually Spend Their Bitcoins...
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What will your verse be? That's the question posed by Apple's latest 90-second television commercial for the iPad Air, which features a classic Robin Williams speech from the film Dead Poets... Society.MacRumors reported Sunday that a new Apple television commercial started airing over the weekend during the NFL playoffs, and like the previous "Life on iPad" spot, this one comes with a companion website.The 90-second commercial includes a speech from actor Robin Williams taken from the 1989 feature film Dead Poets Society, applying his character's thoughts on why humans read and write poetry to how the iPad is being used in music, film, mountain climbing, scuba diving and more."We don't read and write poetry because it's cute," the speech begins. "We read and write poetry because we are...
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Are you searching for your next great career opportunity in the digital space? The Mashable Job Board is here to serve you as the leading destination for digital talent. Since its launch five years... ago, the Mashable Job Board has been a hiring hub for more than 3,000 employers. We have showcased career opportunities from companies like Google, Edelman, Viacom, Yelp, American Express, NBC Universal, Digitas and many others seeking to attract our audience. This past August we relaunched the Job Board with a fresh design and many new features. Job seekers can now create user profiles, upload resumes and application materials, sign up for job alerts, browse our employer directory, and search and apply for jobs through mobile.
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The Chrome ConnectivityChrome: If you're in an library or coffee shop with spotty Wi-Fi or an office with a wonky wired connection, the Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics app can tell you if the problem is with your PC, the... local network, or the internet beyond. It's fast, surprisingly flexible, and free.
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iToi's video chattingThis iPad case may look kind of odd, but it addresses a lot of the issues you can run into with FaceTime and Skype chats on your tablet.
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The next version of Windows is slated to arrive by April 2015 The new iteration, Windows 9, is currently codenamed "Threshold," according to a report from blogger Paul Thurrott. Thurrott claims... Microsoft will release more details about its Windows-related plans at its Build developer conference in April 2014 See also: The Year in Microsoft: 10 Defining Milestones Those plans might include an update to Windows 8.1 as well as Windows Phone 8.1, both of which should ship in April 2014 Microsoft will reportedly overhaul its Metro design language in Windows 9, and although it won't be released as an alpha version during the Build conference, the company plans to launch three milestone releases of Windows 9 before the final version hits shelves
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Violent treatment at a roadblock outside Paris makes an Eventbrite executive a bigger fan of the very Uber car service that taxi drivers were protesting.
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Facebook acquires link-sharingLink-sharing service Branch and sister service Potluck have agreed to be acquired by Facebook for around $15 million, sources familiar with the deal told The Verge. Branch CEO Josh Miller broke the... news in a Facebook post this morning, but didn't disclose a price. Branch's team of nine will remain in New York, Miller says, and will form a new team at Facebook called "Conversations," whose goal will be to help users "connect around their interests." Most recently, Branch launched Potluck for iPhone, a Tinder-meets-Circa news app that serves up bite-sized news clips you can talk about with friends inside the app. Previously, Branch launched its titular product, a web-based link-sharing service that aimed to move conversations about...
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Earthquake Shakes Puerto Rico

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 16:27
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.4 early struck today off the north coast of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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Making Way for Q16

Planet Hunters - 13 Jan 2014 16:26
Making Way for Q16Currently the light curves you are classifying on Planet Hunters come from Quarter 14 (Q14) of Kepler data. With the start of the new year, we’re close to having the classifications needed to move... on to newer Kepler observations. We have a new quarter (90 days) of Kepler data processed and loaded into the website, […]
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The latest iteration of the pricey but powerful computer is now available to European consumers.
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[From In-Car Tech] The PowerBass booth at CES featured Classy Sonata, a Hyundai that showed the possibilities for creating a truly awesome custom build based on a Korean car.
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EA's reboot of SimCity remains in a state of disarray, and the latest effort to correct the situation is an upcoming offline mode for the otherwise always-online game. This is a pretty major change... considering all the noise made about SimCity ...
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Origins of the dial tone

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 16:17
The dial tone is another example of something that will disappear with the next generation. I found this interesting, though.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Google Uses A Human Brain-LikeGoogle Street View is brilliant. But you know what's even more amazing? The crazy neural network that Street View is built on.
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[From GadgeTell] The select club of Android 4.4 KitKat-running devices is no longer so select, as Samsung has reportedly begun updating its proudest phablet to date, the Galaxy Note 3.
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The former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers says Brazil should help Edward Snowden regardless of any potential retaliation from the US
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Mobile apps no pot of gold for developers

PC World - 13 Jan 2014 16:15
Mobile apps no pot of gold forMobile developers hoping to cash in on a blockbuster app have bad news from researcher Gartner: More competition and higher demands from users will make it even more difficult for developers to make... money from smartphone and tablet applications. The Google Play app store and Apple's iTunes store both have over one million apps. That adds up to too many choices for users, and makes it harder for developers to get noticed or make money from their applications. Today about 90 percent of paid applications are downloaded fewer than 500 times per day and make less than US$1,250 a day, according to Gartner. This is only going to get worse, thanks to greater competition. In addition, applications will have to become more sophisticated to keep up with user demands, so operations, development,...
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Mobile apps no pot of gold for developers

PC World - 13 Jan 2014 16:15
Mobile apps no pot of gold forJust a small fraction of consumer mobile apps will bring financial success to their developers by 2018.
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The case for Wi-Fi in the Internet of Things

Ars Technica - 13 Jan 2014 16:15
The Wi-Fi Alliance CEO tells Ars why Ethernet, Bluetooth, and others will fall short.
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Talking to Siri: According to Asimov

TUAW - 13 Jan 2014 16:15
First introduced in the 1942 short story, Runaround. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's... favorite digital assistant. ...
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Street legal: how 'GranSome of Toyota's most iconic vehicles were designed in a small building hidden behind a Baptist church in California. Nestled amongst the beaches and boardwalks of Newport Beach, you’ll find Calty... Design Research. First opened in 1973 as the first West Coast facility of its kind from a major automotive manufacturer, it represents one-fifth of the Toyota Design Network. Here, cars like the 1978 Celica sports coupe, 2012's stylish Lexus LF-LC concept, and the very first Prius were designed. The facility's responsibilities range from minor cosmetic changes for minivans to dreaming up the cars of the future. But with the Toyota FT-1 sports concept, unveiled today at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, they did...
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Beaconic announcesWe've seen Apple's new iBeacon technology in use at several retail stores and events here in North America-- Apple Stores, Macy's, CES, MLB-- but adoption of the new Bluetooth low power technology has... been slower overseas. Beaconic aims to change that with a new iBeacon Retail Kit that will make it easier for businesses in […]
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Deal of the Day: Mobi S-LineThe Jan. 13 Deal of the Day is the Mobi S-Line Case for Samsung Galaxy S4. The S-Line is a slim, form-fitting TPU case that wraps around your Galaxy S4 to protect against drops and scratches while... providing a better grip on your device. It also sports a unique "S" design on the back with several colors to choose from, giving your Galaxy S4 a personalized look. The Mobi S-Line Case is available for just $4.95, 67% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping. Canada Deal of the Day: Mobi Zebra Skin Cover for LG Nexus 5     
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[From In-Car Tech] New Audi TT Instrument Cluster Created with Rightware Kanzi Ui Solution
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Detroit Free Press. Jan. 9.
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Video: Is this the best iPadAfter using's Bryan Cranston's voice to promote the iPad Air's slimness in a TV ad that ran in the days following the tablet's official announcement, the company has now turned to Robin Williams and... his performance in the film "Dead Poets Society" for a brand new iPad Air commercial. Titled "Your Verse Anthem," the 90-second commercial replays a Williams monologue from the movie while showing how iPad buyers use the device in all sorts of day-to-day activities. The monologue ends with a question, "What will your verse be?," which is what Apple is asking on a special web page set up on its website to share the stories of iPad users around the world. "Each of us has something to
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European authorities effectively banned the old Mac Pro desktop after a regulatory decision on fan protection. A massive overhaul of the heavyweight computer changes that.
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Teo keyless smart padlock usesThere are plenty of smart locks out there but none do what Teo proposes. It uses the Bluetooth on your phone to control its padlock mechanism. This is brilliant not only because of how easy it is for... you to use, but because you can send virtual keys to...
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Sprint ends One Up programThe carrier quietly closed its early upgrade program last week in conjunction with the new "Framily" plans that Sprint announced on January 7.
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Following the release of an iPad point-of-sale (POS) stand last year, accessory manufacturer Griffin and ShopKeep POS have once again partnered up to announce the ShopKeep Mobile, a specialized POS... case designed for the iPod touch. Using Griffin's Olli technology and the ShopKeep POS app, the case features an encrypted credit card reader and laser barcode scanner to accept payments. ShopKeep Mobile also comes with support for QuickBooks and the ability to create customer and item databases, along with the inclusion of an offline mode and printer support. The accessory can also email receipts to customers, with options to toggle discounts and sales tax also included. Griffin also announced a partnership with Square at CES 2014 to release the Merchant Case + Square Reader for the iPhone 5s...
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Not content to simply manufacture overpriced headphones, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are jumping into the subscription-based streaming music pond next week with their own (pardon the... expression) spin on the industry.The New York Times reported Saturday that the long-rumored Beats Music online streaming service will finally see the light of day on January 21, at least for listeners in the United States.After taking the world by storm with expensive "bass-heavy Beats by Dr. Dre headphones," the company has set its sights on Spotify, Pandora and even Apple's new iTunes Radio with Beats Music, which co-founder Jimmy Iovine says will help music lovers decide what to listen to next."What song comes next is as important as what song is playing now," Iovine remarked, pointing out a...
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Groupon Moves Into FlashMore acquisitions for Groupon to widen the net of consumers using its platform for more than daily deals. Today it is announcing the acquisition of ideeli, a flash fashion retailer, for $43 million in... cash. A potentially strategic gain for Groupon, however, is a major loss for ideeli's investors: the New York-based company had raised $107 million in funding from investors like StarVest, Kodiak and Credit Suisse since being founded in 2007.
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Every one of our CES videos in one epic playlist

Android Central - 13 Jan 2014 16:01
Every one of our CES videos inCall your boss. You're not coming in to work until Tuesday. And be sure to check out every one of our CES stories on our CESlive home page.     
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PayPal Debuts A Simpler,We've been hearing a lot about PayPal's ambitions to integrate technology into the offline and mobile experience, with the recent launch of Beacon, a device that enables hands free checkins in stores... and payments. But much of the core of PayPal's business is its online payments and checkout technology which is used by many online merchants to enable payments. Today, the payments giant is debuting a simpler checkout experience online for merchants to embed in their e-commerce sites.
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Dandy's 'Picture This' App HadWaterloo-based startup Dandy wants to be a place where app creators can come together to ship software, without having to start their own company. At CES this year, the startup brought its first... marquee title – Picture This, an app with photo challenges conceived by student and Dandy community member Niger Little-Poole. Little-Poole won a contest and sparked a whirlwind of development, according to Dandy CEO Matt Scobel. “He submitted as just a couple paragraphs of explanation, and we didn’t actually pick the idea until November 21,” Scobel explained in an interview. “We actually had to submit to Apple December 21st because of the shut down. So less than 30 days on iOS from concept to app, and the rest of the platforms around 45 days basically.” Nor did Dandy take the easy way...
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Eyeing An IPO, E-commerceVolusion, a company that allows merchants to create an end to end e-commerce store online, has raised $35 million in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. This is the first outside funding for... Volusion in the company's ten year history.
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Online Takeout Giant DeliveryChalk up another play for scale in the world of online takeout services: Delivery Hero, the German-based startup with operations across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, is today announcing a... $88 million round of investment. The Series E funding, led by new investor Insight Venture Partners, will take the total funding for Delivery Hero close to $200 million raised since first opening for business in 2010.
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Sony Xperia Z1S Review: BigSony finally got one mostly right when it came to tablets last year, but the Japanese company has struggled more with phones. The Xperia Z is the closest thing it's had to a success, and ultimately,... it left us wanting more. So, we were excited when we first saw the Xperia Z1S , which on paper looked like a champion. A 20.7MP camera without a bulbous backside? Tell us more...
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How to Deal with Death in the Digital Age

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 16:00
How to Deal with Death in theMy grandmother's birthday was [last] Monday, and Facebook encouraged me to celebrate by posting a greeting to her wall, or virtually sending a birthday gift. Trouble is, my grandma is dead.
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TwoGrand is a food photojournaling app that inspires you to eat better by literally watching what you eat. It's meant to gently persuade you to improve the quality of foods you eat using the power of... images and the help of other people who share ...
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Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, turned to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church shortly before his death to express fears he was personally guilty for those it... killed. Kalashnikov, who died in December at the age of 94, in April wrote a lengthy emotional letter to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, Izvestia, a pro-Kremlin daily, reported on Monday. "My spiritual pain is unbearable. I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle took away people's lives, then can it be that I... am guilty for people's deaths, even if they were enemies?" he asked. The typed letter on Kalashnikov's personal writing paper, reproduced by Izvestia, is signed with a wavering hand by the man who describes himself as "a slave of God, the designer Mikhail...
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Berlin's Delivery Hero gobblesIn the first big European funding news of the year, Berlin-based food-ordering service Delivery Hero said on Monday that it has raised $88 million. The Insight Venture Partners-led Series E round -... one of the largest ever in the German startup scene - brings Delivery Hero‘s […]
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These Cloud Waves Over VenusHow do we know that there are mountains in Venus? It is blanketed over by high-level clouds, at visible wavelengths we cannot see its surface at all. Here is indirect proof for their existence.
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Gigaom Research webinar: howIn our next Gigaom Research webinar session, our panel will examine the most common pitfalls of PaaS selection and provide a framework for evaluating competing products. Join us on Jan. 21, 2014.
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An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins has published results demonstrating that caffeine seems to boost long-term memory. In a double-blind study, participants were shown a... series of images soon after taking either a caffeine pill or a placebo; 24 hours later they were tested on a similar, but not identical, series of images. Those who took the caffeine pill were more likely to correctly classify images as being different, identical, or similar to those seen the previous day; researchers refer to this as a 'pattern separation' test. The beneficial effect of caffeine on the long-term memory of honey bees was covered by Slashdot earlier."
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Apple's mobile devices accounted for 18 percent of all grand larcenies in the Big Apple last year, says The Wall Street Journal.
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[From GadgeTell] Microsoft is already making big plans for the company's annual Build conference in April. In an effort to distance Microsoft from Windows 8, the company will be announcing its... successor, Windows 9, at the conference. The new software will supposedly ship in April 2015 and has been codenamed "Threshold" according to Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott.
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NBCUniversal News Group has taken a minority stake in NowThis News, the quick-hit online video startup, and the two will collaborate on producing short video news segments. The deal, announced Sunday... night in a press release, will include production of short-form videos between the two companies that are aimed at attracting audiences on mobile devices and social media websites. See also: 25 Most-Followed Users on Instagram [PICS] NowThis News specializes in short news segments, with most taking only the 15 seconds allotted by Instagram video. NowThis News already has partnerships with a variety of media outlets including The Atlantic, Slate, BuzzFeed and Mashable. The company was founded in 2012 by Huffington Post cofounder and former chairman Kenneth Lerer and former Huffington Post CEO...
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A new, more economicalResearchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have developed an assistive technology system that works by sounds which contributes to the autonomy of persons with visual impairments.
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Well, that was (presumably) fun while it lasted -- the nation's third-placed wireless provider decided it's better to share with others than to selfishly indulge in an early upgrade.The end came... quietly for Sprint's One Up early upgrade program, which the company quietly phased out on January 9 after only a few months of being available -- all in favor of the carrier's oddly named "Framily" plans, which offers discounts with the more family or friends that sign up.Announced in mid-September, Sprint One Up allowed customers to pay for their smartphone or tablet in monthly installments, then upgrade to a new model each year. If that sounds familiar, it's because T-Mobile US launched the trend last summer with its JUMP! program, which bigger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless were quick to...
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Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody...

Scientific American - 13 Jan 2014 15:48
Those of you familiar with my blog here at SciAm will know that I’m a little obsessed with science-themed music videos. When I saw the ‘Wrecking Ball’ masterpiece of Ms. Miley I... --
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Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody...

Scientific American - 13 Jan 2014 15:48
Those of you familiar with my blog here at SciAm will know that I’m a little obsessed with science-themed music videos. When I saw the ‘Wrecking Ball’ masterpiece of Ms. Miley I... --
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ZTE's modular smartphoneLike Motorola, ZTE is working on a modular smartphone, where we'll be able to swap out components to tailor the device to our needs. Called the Eco-Mobius, it's sadly not going to be on sale just yet... though. The post ZTE’s modular smartphone project, the Eco-Mobius, still two years away from release appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Cellphones are great for a lot of things, but fostering great conversation at a pub isn't one of them. Hence this theater-like campaign from Guinness in which the Irish brewer gently asks bar patrons... to set aside their mobile devices for a bit. Is an alcohol-fueled cellphone backlash coming? Perhaps. Last month, this photo surfaced of a chalkboard sign outside a pub somewhere stating "Sorry, no Wi-Fi. Talk to each other and get drunk." See also: Touching Guinness Ad Has a Surprising Twist Image: Paul Ellis/Getty
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You are absolutely correct - fixed this in the piece. :)
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UC researcher to leverage OSCA researcher at the University of Cincinnati is leveraging the compute and storage resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) to simulate the behavior of elusive cosmic particles in an... experiment that may provide answers to the most fundamental questions in our understanding of the evolution of the universe.
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Virtualizing desktop environments and applications for safe, secure, flexible delivery to many types of access point devices has been on the edge of the IT market for years. Why hasn't it taken over?
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Quick Pen-and-Paper Test CanResults of a simple, handwritten test can alert older adults when they should be evaluated for dementia, according to a new study.
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Apple incorporates new iPhoneApple’s sales of the iPhone continue to do very well domestically, with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c boasting record numbers last year, but the Cupertino company struggles to bring its products to... countries that are just now embracing smartphones. A feature in the New York Times […]
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One Up, which allowed customers to pay for their phone over 24 months and upgrade after a year, was retired after just four months.
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Sprint gives up on chasingJust four months after Sprint’s “One Up” program was introduced, the carrier has quietly killed the initiative. Introduced as a delayed response to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 2.0 effort dubbed... “Jump,” One Up allowed Sprint subscribers to upgrade their smartphones long before their contracts expired when trading in their current working handsets. Alongside the rollout of its new “Framily” plans last week, however, Sprint quietly killed its One Up program. The carrier has yet to discuss exactly why One Up was killed so quickly, but the new Framily plans with unlimited data include a similar option where subscribers can upgrade their smartphones once per year.
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Gawker White House: We Can't Force Jimmy Kimmel Off the Air | Jalopnik James Bond Can Now Break The Speed Limit In Britain, Legally | Jezebel South Beach Strip Club Shut Down Amid Human Trafficking... Allegations | Lifehacker Unfriend Notify for Facebook Sends an Alert When You Lose a Pal
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Dropbox has been experiencing some service interruptions over the last few days. The company announced yesterday that it was making progress on fixing the issues since the service went down …
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Nokia's Alleged NormandyCould Nokia be planning to release an Android handset with a bespoke build of Google's operating system, akin to Amazon's Kindle tablet line? That's the latest trickle coming in on the Finnish... company, as more insider leaks and purported press shots hit the web.
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[From GadgeTell] Aside from looking to strengthen its ties with Nokia to the point of full control, Microsoft has been actively scouting new partners for the yet-to-break-into-the-mainstream Windows... Phone project for several years now.
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Image: Janus from afar

Phys.org - 13 Jan 2014 15:30
Image: Janus from afarCassini's narrow angle camera captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.
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How to Disable Gmail's NewLast week, Google announced that Gmail users can email their Google+ connections without knowing their email address first . For some, it's an easy way to stay in touch. For others, it's a ticket to... unwanted email. However you feel, here's how to turn the feature off, or set it so only the people you want can use it.
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Happy Monday, folks. Back from a relaxing weekend, I take it? Here's a look at the news that popped up over the last two days. ClamCase Pro for iPad mini orders have begun. We'll post a review as soon... as our unit arrives. Until then, the ClamCase ...
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Ford puts its ever-masculineFord sells more F-150s than anything else, so the redesigned 2015 version had better be good. Headline changes include a lighter curb weight and a smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The post Ford... puts its ever-masculine 2015 F-150 pickup truck on a diet but stuffs it full of tech appeared first on Digital Trends.
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(Phys.org) --A breakthrough technique for super-resolution 3D medical imaging of living cells has been developed by researchers at Swinburne University of Technology.
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world. BlackBerry is going back to basics. In an interview with... Bloomberg, BlackBerry’s CEO said going forward, the company’s phones will ‘predominantly’ have physical keyboards rather than touch screens Apple's Mac Pro is making its return to Europe after it was banned for its failure to comply with EU regulations. However, the brand new, cylindrical Mac meets those standards Things are getting a little fiery in France after taxi drivers protested the app-based taxi services in the country
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Cisco promises to fix adminCisco Systems promised to issue firmware updates removing a backdoor from a wireless access point and two of its routers later this month. The undocumented feature could allow unauthenticated remote... attackers to gain administrative access to the devices. The vulnerability was discovered over the Christmas holiday on a Linksys WAG200G router by a security researcher named Eloi Vanderbeken. He found that the device had a service listening on port 32764 TCP, and that connecting to it allowed a remote user to send unauthenticated commands to the device and reset the administrative password. It was later reported by other users that the same backdoor was present in multiple devices from Cisco, Netgear, Belkin and other manufacturers. On many devices this undocumented interface can only be...
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Artists Create Their Own Earth-Based Embassy To The Moon

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 15:24
Artists Create Their OwnIf there's one thing artists like Leonid Tishkov and Agnes Meyer Brandis have taught us, it's that the art community reserves a special place in its heart for the Moon. That natural satellite still... locked in Earth's gravitational pull has served as the subject of more art projects than you'd expect, enchanting the Russian photographer who travels the world with his own "Private Moon," the German installation master who's training geese to fly to their original orbiting home and many more. Leonid Tishkov, Private Moon in Formosa, presented by The Arts Catalyst in Republic of the Moon, London 2014 In fact, a new exhibit curated by the Arts Catalyst is proving that the United Nations, China and Google aren't the only competitors with horses in the contemporary race to the Moon. Titled...
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Vivitar's new IU680 lens-camera smartphone add-on looks like a Ricoh GXR and Sony QX had a romantic affair. The post When You Mate a Ricoh GXR With a Sony QX, You Get the Vivitar IU680 appeared first... on The Phoblographer.     
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Target finally confirmsTarget’s massive data breach, which occurred in mid-December of last year, has affected millions of customers, but the company has remained quiet about how personal and financial information was... leaked. But CEO Gregg Steinhafel’s interview with CNBC yesterday finally shed some light on the attack, and it’s […]
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∞ Computer driven custom cookie machine

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 15:22
I find this astonishing. This guy built a Rube Goldberg contraption that dispenses carefully measured ingredients for a customized, single cookie. Crazy.
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It's been one of those good news, bad news kind of weekends. For Target shoppers, it's potential one of the latter, while present and future Aereo customers fall more squarely in the former category,... assuming the nation's most important court weighs in its favor. Ready to find out more? Dig in your virtual heels and jump head-first into our weekend recap... U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of TV Provider Aereo Upstart television provider Aereo announced Friday that it will finally get its day in court -- in this case, the United States Supreme Court, who will hear the company's defense against ABC and other broadcasters looking to shut down its innovative service. Already available in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Baltimore,...
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A planned server maintenance job went awry because of a "subtle bug" in an upgrade script - but users' files were never at risk, the company says.
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CES Still Matters, but ShadowSo was this year’s International CES in Las Vegas a success? I had a good time, as I expected I would. As usual, though, the yearly gadgetfest had to deal with its share of critics – including... people who didn’t even attend and still considered themselves qualified to declare it to be a bust. But the numbers seem to indicate that it’s still thriving: This year’s edition hosted more than two million square feet of exhibition space, breaking last year’s record, and the number of exhibitors (3,200+) and attendees (150,000+) were apparently similar to 2013. But really, it needs to be said that whether you’re a CES skeptic or cheerleader, obsessing over the size of the exhibition halls and the quantity of companies and products contained therein is kind of missing the point. A...
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Using 3D printers to createA University of Toronto lab is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3-D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs.
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After Founder Leaves, UKAfter what looked like a messy boardroom fallout, which in turn saw founder and then CEO Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine win his case for "constructive" dismissal, we appear to finally have closure on this... chapter of the MobiCart story. The UK m-commerce startup has announced that it's received investment -- first touted as an acquisition but now being billed as "restructuring" -- by Asian incubator Get2Volume.
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Protesting Taxi Drivers AttackTaxi drivers attacked an Uber car while protesting near Charles-de-Gaulle Airport earlier today — the protesters smashed a window, damaged the car hood and slashed a tire. Rude Baguette first... spotted the attack on Twitter. We also confirmed with the passengers and Uber that the incident is very real. Nobody got hurt, but the attack was very violent. Eventbrite co-founder and CTO Renaud Visage, and Five by Five co-founder Kat Borlongan were the two passengers. “We are more shaken up than hurt,” Visage told me. “We are still in shock because of how violent the attack was.” This morning, hundreds of taxi drivers were protesting near Paris airports against urban transportation services, such as Uber, LeCab, Chauffeur-Privé, Drive, Snapcar and Allocab. They demand a series of laws...
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Infiniti's Q50 Eau RougeInfiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept shows what a little bit of Formula 1 and a whole lot of carbon fiber can do to an ordinary luxury sedan. Plus, Infiniti's president has suggested that it may be... monstrously powerful. The post Infiniti’s Q50 Eau Rouge Concept may not be all F1, but it’s enough to get your heart racing appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Uber driver and passengers attacked in Paris

Slash Gear - 13 Jan 2014 15:12
In many of the large cities around the world, taxis are a big business. Helping people to get around the cities makes a lot of drivers significant money. Paris is …
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iRing gesture controller for iOS

The Loop - 13 Jan 2014 15:11
Multitouch gestures are an important part of iOS. The iRing expands gesture detection beyond the screen. As the software that brings gesture detection to life gets better, I expect we'll see more of... these hardware assistive devices.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Ultrasound May Boost Brain's Performance, Study Finds

The Huffington Post - 13 Jan 2014 15:10
Ultrasound May Boost Brain'sUltrasound may improve sensory perception, according to a new study in humans. By directing ultrasound to a specific brain area, researchers were able to improve people's ability to discriminate... between sensory inputs. Ultrasound is sound far above the upper limit of what humans can hear. It's useful in medical imaging. Doctors and technicians send bursts of ultrasound through tissue and record the echoes, creating a picture of what's inside -- whether it's an injured knee or a fetus in utero. Ultrasound also has potential for mapping the connectivity of the brain. Neuroscientists are particularly interested in understanding how brain areas chat with one another; in fact, a new federal project, the BRAIN Initiative, has the goal of mapping the healthy human brain. [Inside the Brain: A...
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Digital Ad Company Turn RaisesTurn, which describes itself as a "post-ad-tech" company, is announcing that it has raised $80 million in Series E funding, bringing its total investment to more than $135 million. The round was led... by unidentified investors (Turn said they're "two of the world's largest investment firms") with participation from new backers ClearBridge Investments, Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Northport Investments, and Pine River Capital Management, as well as previous investors Norwest Venture Partners, Trident Capital, Shasta Ventures, and Focus Ventures.
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Rebooting 'Cosmos': NeilThe celebrated astrophysicist and science educator wants to reach a new generation with his update of the seminal 1980 miniseries, which was hosted by the late cosmologist Carl Sagan.
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An anonymous reader writes in with this story about how people's belief in climate change shifts with the temperature. "Last week's polar vortex weather event wasn't only hard on fingers, toes and... heating bills. It also overpowered the ability of most people to make sound judgments about climate change, in the same way that heat waves do, according to a new study published in the Jan. 11 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. Researchers have known for some time that the acceptance of climate change depends on the day most people are asked. During unusually hot weather, people tend to accept global warming, and they swing against it during cold events."
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If you've attended a conference, sponsored mixer or networking event lately, you've likely gone home satisfied, pockets overflowing with your newfound free swag. From the standard (pens, t-shirts and... tote bags) to the more lavish (slightly nicer pens, coffee mugs and phone cases), freebies seem to be a requirement for startups these days. See also: 13 Playful Work Environments That Reinvent Office Space For many bootstrapped businesses, liberal giveaways could be the icing on the cake of financial downfall. If your freebies aren't part of a productive marketing investment, you're probably doing it wrong.
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The discount airline CEO says Google's project "blows the competition out of the water."
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Those seeking a good deal on a new computer can now buy a refurbished 2013 15" Retina Macbook Pro at Apple's Online Store. Apple typically adds its latest MacBooks to the refurbished store after the... company begins to receive malfunctioning units and fixes them up for sale. The company also offers the refurbished units as replacements for customers that come to the Genius Bar with a defective unit.
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[From AppleTell] Those seeking a good deal on a new computer can now buy a refurbished 2013 15" Retina Macbook Pro at Apple's Online Store.
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The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation involving contracts that give broadcasters exclusive territorial rights to show video content.
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Genetics may bring out theFor years, it's been a controversial side effect of antidepressants: for all the patients helped by the drugs, there was a smaller cohort for whom the beginning of treatment triggered a descent into... thoughts of suicide. Actual suicides are rare, but suicidal ideation can emerge in as many as one in twelve patients, most commonly in their first months on the drugs. Doctors can monitor for the side effects, but it's been a persistent danger, even as antidepressant use has skyrocketed.
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The Next Big Thing for Tech:In a column I wrote here before CES, I outlined eight trends I suggested would come out of the show. I omitted a key trend known as the Internet of Everything (IOE), as it was implied throughout out... most of the trends I listed. But now that I have digested the events of the show, I should have called it out as a trend in its own right because it ultimately became the true theme of this year’s CES. This became very clear to me during a meeting I had with the CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, where he outlined Cisco's thinking on IOE. The financial numbers he predicts for the impact of IOE in the public sector alone: $4.6 trillion. He believes it will have a dramatic impact on everything from city planning, first responders, military, health and dozens of other environments. When I hear numbers...
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An atom, molecule or speck of dust placed at the focus of the world's most powerful x-ray laser doesn't stand a chance. The illuminated matter reaches a temperature in excess of one million... --
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Which is more troubling: the fact that one in five SMB retailers still aren't PCI DSS compliant or that another 14 percent of them don't know?
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Install Android on a Windows 8 Tablet

Life Hacker - 13 Jan 2014 15:00
Install Android on a Windows 8Tablets running Windows 8 can be powerful in their own right, but on the go, sometimes it can leave a bit to be desired. If you prefer the Android experience on your tablet on the go, but the desktop... experience at a keyboard, you can install Android on your x86 tablet, dual boot, and get the best of both worlds.
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What started as a “Star Wars” idea for a 1980s-era antimissile weapon is now a microscope of unprecedented power, able to create exotic forms of matter found nowhere else in the universe --
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An atom, molecule or speck of dust placed at the focus of the world's most powerful x-ray laser doesn't stand a chance. The illuminated matter reaches a temperature in excess of one million... --
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Violence Accounts for 10% of School Injuries

Live Science - 13 Jan 2014 14:59
Violence Accounts for 10% ofAbout 10 percent of the injuries that children suffer at school are intentional, according to a new study.
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Nokia Android prototype phoneA Nokia Android phone is almost certainly on its way. Several leaks with images have already shown a Nokia phone, codenamed Normandy, running what's claimed to be a forked version of Android. Now it's... appeared again. As we have noted previously, the...
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Here's hoping this is even remotely as great as Breaking Bad. Check out Saul's website here. Heh.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The 4.4.2 update has already reached owners of the international version of the Note 3 in Poland, says Sammobile. When could it land in other countries?
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Starting fire with water

Phys.org - 13 Jan 2014 14:54
Starting fire with waterWhen firefighters want to extinguish a blaze, they often douse it with water. Astronauts on board the ISS, however, are experimenting with a form of water that does the opposite. Instead of stopping... fire, this water helps start it.
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2015 Chrysler 200 gets official in Detroit

Slash Gear - 13 Jan 2014 14:53
Chrysler is among the many carmakers that are gathered in Detroit for the kickoff of the North American International Auto Show today. Chrysler is showing off an all-new version of …
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The US Supreme Court will consider an appeal of a lawsuit brought by the four major US broadcast networks against Aereo, Inc.. Aereo uses antennae to capture the local broadcast signals of the major... networks, then places the recorded programs on-line.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Measuring electrons: PreciseThough it was hailed as a triumph for the "Standard Model" of physics, the reigning explanation of fundamental forces and particles, physicists were quick to emphasize that last year's discovery of... the Higgs boson still left gaps in understanding the universe.
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A picture purportedly showing a prototype of Nokia's first Android-based smartphone, codenamed "Normandy," has surfaced on China's popular social network, Sina Weibo. The image then made its way to... Twitter via @seamisu @evleaks the engineering prototype of Nokia Normandy ://t.co/zHS3OGdtC6 pic.twitter.com/jXgkLuCKVc — sea (@seamissu) January 12, 2014 The photo doesn't reveal any clues about the device's specifications or even its size, but The Verge cites sources saying it's going to be a low-to-mid-range device with a forked version of Android and a custom UI. See also: Nokia's Bizarre Multi-Screen Smartwatch of the Future
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Hackers attack Neiman Marcus,Target was not the only retail chain under attack during the 2013 Black Friday hack, with Neiman Marcus and other unnamed retailers confirmed to have been hit in a similar fashion. Target has recently... confirmed that hackers managed to steal personal data belonging to 70 million people during the attack, after initially saying they stole credit and debit card data belonging to up to 40 million customers, including encrypted keys. Krebs on Security on Friday revealed that Neiman Marcus has also confirmed a similar data breach that affected its customers, although no details have been revealed yet, and it's not clear how many customers were affected. The attack apparently occurred in mid-December, with the U.S. Secret Service already investigating the break-in.
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Suit up for Skinsuit

SpaceRef - 13 Jan 2014 14:46
The Space Medicine Office of ESA's European Astronaut Centre is managing a project that could help astronauts overcome back problems in space, simply by wearing a high-tech tight-fitting... 'skinsuit'....
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Vaclav Smil (Image: Wikipedia Commons) That’s Vaclav Smil, the prolific University of Manitoba thinker writing in this month’s issue of Scientific American . When Smil says something... --
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Vaclav Smil (Image: Wikipedia Commons) That’s Vaclav Smil, the prolific University of Manitoba thinker writing in this month’s issue of Scientific American . When Smil says something... --
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Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel shed more light on the data breach at his company's stores Monday morning, citing "malware installed at our [point-of-sale] registers" and vowing to make "significant... changes." "Clearly, we're accountable, and we're responsible. But we're gonna come out at the end of this a better company," Steinhafel said during an interview on CNBC. "And we're gonna make significant changes." He added: "We are not gonna rest until we understand what happened and how that happened." Steinhafel also aid he is pushing for EMV technology, a chip-and-PIN system that would replace magnetic strips. That wouldn't happen until the end of 2015 at the earliest, though
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St. Louis At Night As Seen From Orbit

SpaceRef - 13 Jan 2014 14:43
One of the Expedition 38 crew photographed this night image of St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois and surrounding area on Dec. 7, 2013....
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Nearly a fifth of all grandThefts of Apple products made up 18 percent of all grand larcenies in New York City last year, reports the WSJ, citing NYPD figures. Of the 47,000 grand larcenies occuring in the city last year, 8,465... involved Apple products. Many of the thefts happen on public transportation, where most people are buried in their devices and […]
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Mosaic of Antarctica

SpaceRef - 13 Jan 2014 14:41
Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest place on Earth - and, during the austral summer, it is also the sunniest....
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Planning extremelyFrom now on, photovoltaic facility construction firms besides Siemens can benefit from the layout planning software PVplanet. Siemens offers technical consulting along with the software in order to... help customers plan customized and optimally cost-effective photovoltaic facility layouts.
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A series of attacks on US retailers could be larger than thought, with several victims yet to come forward.
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Pioneering Womb TransplantNine women in Sweden have successfully undergone transplant surgery that saw them receive donor wombs from their relatives.
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As is the case with most kickstarts, if you make a donation, you get something in return. I have been going through boxes that have lain unpacked for decades, and found some treasures. They are... treasures to me personally, things I want to share with my fans because I want them to be with people and not in some storage unit. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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Apple and Android have dominated the tablet market for years now. Apple sells a huge number of iPad tablets and the many Android tablets on the market mean there are …
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These 12 Viruses LookInfectious diseases like AIDS and hepatitis are never pretty. But the pathogens that cause many potentially deadly infections turn out to be absolutely beautiful when viewed under powerful... microscopes. "Nowadays scientists use X-ray crystallography and more recently by cryo-electron microscopy with 3D reconstruction," Dr. Jean-Yves Sgro, a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin and an expert on imaging pathogens, told The Huffington Post in an email. "In many cases that means we have an atomic resolution of the virus" that spotlights the pathogens' amazing structure. Check out 12 visually striking viruses below:
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'Lost' remains of martyred queen unearthed

Fox News - 13 Jan 2014 14:30
'Lost' remains of martyredThe remains of a woman kept in an Indian church likely belong to an ancient queen executed about 400 years ago, a new DNA analysis suggests.
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Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade DealThe Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," according to author and activist Noam Chomsky. "It's... designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination, and to set the working people in the world in competition with one another so as to lower wages to increase insecurity," Chomsky said during an interview with HuffPost Live. WATCH Chomsky's comments in the video above. The Obama administration has been negotiating the TPP pact with 11 other Pacific nations for years. While the deal has not been finalized and much of it has been classified, American corporate interest groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have already voiced strong support for the TPP,...
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Steam of hot flue gases savesA new solution from Siemens takes advantage of hot flue gases from arc furnaces to generate steam. This steam can then be used for other steel mill processes or for generating electricity. In the... past, flue gases were usually not utilized, so the energy they carried was lost. The system consists of steam boilers, pipes, water tanks, and pumps and can be directly integrated into the existing flue gas cooling system. Theoretically, the system could entirely replace conventional co