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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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Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery of the central nervous system, showing how a key protein gets to the right spot to launch electrical impulses that enable communication of nerve signals... to and from the brain.Nerve impulses are critical because they are required for neurons to send information about senses, movement, thinking and feeling to other cell types in the neural circuitry.
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Title: Gains of 'Brain Training' for Elderly Seen 10 Years LaterCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/13/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Metal Aluminum Case for iPhone - $26

The Gadget Flow - 14 Jan 2014 08:00
Metal Aluminum Case for iPhoneThis Metal Aluminum Case for iPhone makes your iPhone look even more slim and sleek, if that's possible. The ergonomic design not only looks beautiful, but is also exceedingly effective as a... protective cover for your precious iPhone. It's made...
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WASHINGTON — New views from the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing the spooky-looking Tarantula Nebula in never-before-seen detail. The Tarantula Nebula is located about 160,000 light-years from... Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way. The prolific Hubble Space Telescope produced the image, which shows multicolored clouds of gas and dust glowing with stars sprinkled throughout the image. Hubble officials previously released images of the spidery nebula, however, this is the deepest view of the intriguing cosmic region full of star clusters yet. [See the amazing new Tarantula Nebula photos]
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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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Looking younger for longer

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
Newcastle University researchers have identified an antioxidant Tiron, which offers total protection against some types of sun damage and may ultimately help our skin stay looking younger for... longer.Publishing in The FASEB Journal, the authors describe how in laboratory tests, they compared the protection offered against either UVA radiation or free radical stress by several antioxidants, some of which are found in foods or cosmetics.
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When a tumor is treated with an anti-cancer drug, some cells die and, unfortunately, some cells tend to live. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Nature Cell Biology... details a possible difference between the susceptible and resistant cells: the rate at which cells are able to cleanse themselves via the process known as autophagy."In these studies, say we treat cells with the IC-50 of a drug - at that dose, 50 percent of cells should live and 50 percent of cells should die. But the fundamental question is why does cell A die whereas cell B lives?
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Scientists have made an important advance in understanding how a subset of bacterial cells escape being killed by many antibiotics.Cells become "persisters" by entering a state in which they stop... replicating and are able to tolerate antibiotics. Unlike antibiotic resistance, which arises because of genetic mutations and is passed on to later generations, this tolerant phase is only temporary, but it may contribute to the later development of resistance.
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Apple and BBC former employeesText messages are so last millennium. With the likes of Vine and Snapchat reaching new heights of popularity it's clear video is the future. So clear that ex-Apple and BBC employees have teamed up to... get in on the action creating Wordeo, a video messaging...
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Buying Nest: Google's expansion into the home

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Buying Nest: Google'sIn a surprising move on Monday, Google announced the acquisition of Nest Labs, a home automation company that's made quite a name for itself in three years. Why would Google, a company traditionally... focused on a search engine, advertisements, and Android...
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Tesla Model S Becomes FirstThe Tesla Model S has been a fine example of an electric car that can really perform when it needs to, being a pioneer in its own right to boot, not to mention being fun to drive. However, I suppose... if this particular model of the Tesla Model S could talk, it would most probably be rather upset at the fact that it has to suffer the indignity of being an office desk. In fact, what you see above can be dubbed to be the very first “Deskla” in the world. (more…) Follow: Transportation, tesla, Tesla Model S Becomes First “Deskla” In The World original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Chinese Moon Robots Wake up! China's history making moon robots – the Chang'e-3 lander and Yutu rover – have just awoken from the forced slumber of survival during their first, long frigid lunar... night and have now resumed full operations – marking a major milestone in the mission. This landmark achievement offers a realistic prognosis […]
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The right words to boost your Kickstarter pitch

New Scientist - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
An analysis of the language used in thousands of crowdfunding pitches on the Kickstarter website has unearthed some useful "dos" and "don'ts"     
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Past studies have suggested that consuming probiotics on a daily basis can benefit our digestive health. And these benefits may also apply to infants, as a new study suggests that giving probiotics to... children in their first 3 months of life may reduce their risk of developing gastrointestinal disorders.The research team from the Aldo Moro University of Baro in Italy, led by Dr. Flavia Indrio, says that probiotic use in infants may also lead to lower health costs associated with gastrointestinal disorders.Their findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.
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Title: Students Smoke Weed Despite Drug Testing at Schools, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/13/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Apple has failed to block a compliance monitor designated to it after a judge found the company guilty of fixing the prices of ebooks.
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Aroma Vase Diffuser andThis Aroma Vase Diffuser from Ultransmit is an ultrasonic aromatherapy air purifier and ion humidifier. It's heady mix of modern science and western culture with ancient oriental concepts of holistic... medicine and naturopathy. Aromatherapy makes use of essential oils and...
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(Radiological Society of North America) The presence of a gene variant in people with mild cognitive impairment is associated with accelerated rates of brain atrophy, according to a new study.
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Wearing Google Glass whileEver since Google officially took the wraps off Google Glass, lawmakers have been understandably worried about idiots who wear Glass while driving and get into accidents because they were up-voting... cat pictures on Reddit instead of watching the road. But even though there are some very valid reasons to consider banning wearing Glass while driving, there are some potential Glass applications that could save drivers’ lives instead of ending them. GigaOM reports that DriveSafe has developed a Glass app that uses the headset’s sensors to detect when you are either nodding off or aren’t paying attention to the road in front of you. The app then snaps you to attention with an alarm sound or some kind of visual flash
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2014 Dodge Dart BlacktopChrysler seems more interested in the way its cars look than anything else, and the Dodge Dart Blacktop is a cue in point. It's an appearance package stacked on top of the regular Dart SXT, and looks... pretty good. The post 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop prowls the pavement with upgraded styling for a piddly $295 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google's Nest Acquisition is aNews broke this afternoon that Google is buying Nest — the maker of Internet-savvy thermostats and smoke detectors — for $3.2 billion in cash. It’s a big acquisition by any standard, and the... money involved is less interesting than the future implications — for Nest, for Google and maybe for the entire tech industry. Nest was co-founded by Tony Fadell (the man who instigated the iPod and turned it into a company-changing business for Apple) and Matt Rogers (also an Apple alum). Google says that the Nest brand will stay a distinct brand and that Fadell will continue to run it. But it’s a safe bet that Google isn’t plunking down $3 billion because it has a hankering to get into the thermostat and smoke-detector business. What it’s getting is the team that’s done as much...
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An organized, monthlong protest in Bangkok began on Monday as some 100,000 demonstrators flooded the streets to oust Thailand's current prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. The past two months of... protests to force her resignation came to a head as anti-government protestors, headed up by People's Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban, began blocking intersections and causing major traffic delays in the city's central business district early on Monday in an attempt to shut down the city and make it ungovernable. They claim Shinawatra's rule has been one of dysfunction. See also: 100 Most Powerful Moments of 2013 in Photos
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China Drafting New Rules ForSo the other day we reported that China has somewhat lifted its ban on consoles, pretty much putting an end to a ban that lasted for a little over 13 years. That is definitely good news for companies... like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo who are now able to start selling their products officially in the country. Prior to that, consoles could be bought albeit illegally. However it seems that despite lifting the ban, China has no plans on making it particularly easy for companies to enter the market and according to a report from Bloomberg, the country is reportedly looking to draft a new set of rules that companies need to abide by in order to be allowed to sell their products in the country. Specifically it seems that companies are not allowed to sell products that might be viewed as hostile...
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Another year, another report of Apple products and crime in New York City. Today's take on the old story comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple products made up around 18 percent... of all grand larcenies in New York in 2013. Put another way, almost one-fifth of the 47,000 items reported as stolen in the Big Apple last year were Apple products. The NYPD's explanation for the huge amount of thefts sounds familiar. Almost all of these thefts take place on public transportation such as buses or trains, where passengers listen to music, read e-books, or--heaven forbid--make calls, and thus aren't as aware of their surroundings. "It's easy pickings," in the words of Joseph Giacalone, a retired New York Police Department detective. According to the WSJ, only 20 percent of...
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Feds Arrest Defense ContractorMozaffar Khazaee, a former Manchester, Connecticut resident and defense contractor has been arrested by federal authorities on charges that he attempted to smuggle classified technical data on a... variety of military projects--including the new F-35 Lightning II--out of the country and into Iran.
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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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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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Sockatume writes "Digital Foundry has published an article from an anonymous but trusted developer outlining the challenges of developing for the Nintendo Wii U. The piece confirms some common... perceptions of Nintendo, such as their attitude to third party developers, and presents a few surprises, like networking code not being made available to outside developers until the console was almost on sale."
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If you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, a new update is beginning to roll out for the Android operating system. The update brings the Note …
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Hands-on: LG Chromebase review

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 15:01
Hands-on: LG Chromebase reviewWe've seen plenty of Chromebook laptops now from different manufacturers teaming up with Google, but LG has announced the first desktop PC powered by Chrome OS at CES and Pocket-lint paid a visit to... the company's stand to check it out. Called the LG Chromebase,...
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Illoom Balloons light up the air

Coolest Gadgets - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
Is there any other way to improve the balloon as we know it? You know, those staples that are at any decent social event like a birthday party or a celebratory experience. Most of these balloons are... filled with helium, where cutting off their string would send these balloons up to the sky before they
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Smallest, faintest galaxies ofTwo of NASA's most powerful space telescopes have teamed up to shed new light on the early history of the universe.
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The app that checks whetherAn app on offer in the US says it can determine whether the person you are dating has anything to hide, using facial recognition to see if they are on the sex offenders register.
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The Very, Very Thin Wedge of Denial

Bad Astronomy - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and... hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with). In 2012, National Science Board member James Lawrence Powell investigated peer-reviewed literature published about climate change and found that out of 13,950 articles, 13,926 supported the reality of global warming. Despite a lot of sound and fury from the denial machine, deniers have not really been able to come up with a coherent argument against a consensus. The same is true for a somewhat different study that showed a 97 percent consensus among climate scientists supporting both the reality of global warming and the fact that...
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Build a Secret Compartment Into a VHS Tape

Life Hacker - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
Build a Secret CompartmentIf you still have some VHS cassettes lying around, we hope you're digitizing them for safe keeping. Once you're finished with them though, Instructables user M3G has an interesting use for them:... secret stashes for keys, USB drives, and documents that most people wouldn't think to open up.
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A decade ago, AMD brought us the first dual-core x86 processor. Then, starting in 2008, the company came out with tri-core and quad-core designs in quick succession, leading up to octa-core chips in... 2011's FX range as well as in the latest ...
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Valve launches SteamVR beta for Oculus Rift

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
Valve launches SteamVR betaValve has announced Steam now features an experimental mode for use with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Those that have used the system report that a giant floating screen is projected and... head tracking allows you to look around within that....
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Five of the best: RAS Fellows amongst top 100 scientists

The Royal Astronomical Society - 14 Jan 2014 14:59
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Prof. Michele Dougherty, Dr Becky Parker, Lord (Martin) Rees of Ludlow and Prof. Jocelyn Bell-Burnell all make the list of the UK's top 100 scientists, published by the... Science Council today. The five leading astronomers, all Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society, are acknowledged for their different contributions to science and public life. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, recently named as the new co-presenter of Sky at Night, is recognised as a leading communicator; planetary scientist Michele Dougherty as a leading investigator; and Becky Parker, RAS Patrick Moore Medal winner, as one of the UK's best teachers. Two past Presidents of the Royal Astronomical Society are also included: Jocelyn Bell-Burnell for her co-discovery of pulsars and leadership in the scientific...
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Visiting a Rough Neighborhood Alters the Psyche

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 14:57
Visiting a Rough NeighborhoodEven a 45-minute visit to a rough neighborhood can make people feel less trust and more paranoia, revealing the power of environment for mental health.
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How Liquidmetal Home ButtonsWe’ve been waiting for years for Apple to start using Liquidmetal in its products. The company has an exclusive licensing agreement to use the space-age alloy in its products, but until now, the... only thing made by Apple of Liquidmetal…
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Twitter closes the end-user privacy gap in third-party apps that connected to its API in plaintext.
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Manned Mission to Mars BySending humans to Mars by the 2030s is affordable, a group of experts finds, but some key changes need to be made if it is going to happen.
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No texting, note-passing during Boulder meetings

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 14:52
The Boulder City Council is banning whispering, note-passing and texting during meetings.
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Apple is gearing up for aApple’s iPhones will finally debut on China Mobile this coming Friday, and there likely isn’t a better use of the word “finally” in the context of Apple and its push to improve its position in... the East. The Cupertino, California-based company had reportedly been negotiating with the world’s biggest carrier for years, but a deal was eventually reached and Apple announced late last year that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c would be made available to China Mobile subscribers on January 17th. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, China Mobile subscribers will have plenty of inventory available at launch, at least where the more popular flagship iPhone 5s is concerned. The paper cited a single unnamed source
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Apple Patents An iOS InterfaceApple has a couple of new patents granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), one of which deals with improving its mobile software for uses particular to how we interact with mobile devices. It... describes a way in which a mobile OS could alter how its interface behaves and responds to user input based on whether it detects it’s in motion or not, and could be great for on-the-go iPhone interaction. The system invented by Apple would use sensors built into the phone to detect when a user is in motion, including the accelerometer and gyroscope. It could distinguish between walking and running, for instance, and even detect the angle at which the screen is being held. Depending on all this information, the system would intelligently modify the graphic user interface of the phone’s...
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Nightmarish Zelda-Like BindingOne of the most bizarre games of recent memory is The Binding Of Isaac. Inspired by both The Legend Of Zelda and the Old Testament, The Binding Of Isaac is rogue-like game that follows a deformed... naked child as he…
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Conan may be funny, but he's hardly the most extreme of characters. So what the hell use would he have for a GoPro?
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Explaining the Higgs

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 14:40
Explaining the HiggsLisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science in Harvard's Department of Physics, is an expert on particle physics and in 2007 was named one of Time magazine's most influential people. Her... e-book, "Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space," which delves into the discovery of the Higgs boson, has been so successful that it was recently released in paperback. Here, Randall discusses her motivation for writing the book and why the Higgs unearthing is so significant.
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Drool Over The 5-Inch iPhoneIf Apple makes a larger iPhone this year -- say, a 4.7-inch model -- it’s unlikely that they will just phase out the 4-inch iPhone. Instead, they could take an approach similar to this year’s iPad... Air and iPad mini:…
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Homemade Raspberry Pi tablet,Meet the Raspberry Pi tablet named PiPad by its owner and creator Michael Castor. The tablet was built by maker enthusiast Michael Castor as a Maker Faire project. He used a 12V, 10-inch touchscreen,... with a 5V HDMI to LVDS adapter since the Raspberry...
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Visual.ly Raises $8.1 Million

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 14:31
Infographics, video and design platform Visual.ly has announced $8.1 million of Series A fundraising as it prepares to expand its technology and sales team both in the U.S. and abroad. The site's goal... is to streamline the process of creating visual data content by pairing designers, researchers and a variety of other professionals with publishers through an automated process. The process provides companies with a cheaper, quicker way to make infographics out of their data, said cofounder and chief content officer Lee Sherman. See also: 7 Photo Editing Apps to Use With Instagram "There's a lot of data out there. Companies are doing a pretty good job of wrangling the data. What they're falling down on is what I call the 'last mile problem,'" he said. "What we tired to do is really simplify...
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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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Most of us remember the '90s fondly. We remember coming home from school and flipping on Nickelodeon. We all laughed when some poor, unsuspecting contestant on a gameshow got covered in slime. We... loved Doug, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Rug Rats and Saved By the Bell. The '90s were a magical time to grow up. But all this magic comes at a price. Looking back with an adult lens, some unsettling questions arise that taint all those sweet memories of Tickle Me Elmo and Gak. You may begin to wonder if the '90s you knew were just a dream. See also: Real-Life Fox and Hound Will Mend Your Childhood Broken Heart
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Image: The abstract science ofThe placid appearance of the Sun's surface belies a hot fireball of plasma in constant turmoil. A granular network invisible to the naked eye pervades the solar disc, with cells of hotter and colder... plasma popping up, merging and disappearing within only a few hours.
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If you got a juicer, or you're using one because you want to eat healthier in the new year, you probably have a lot of leftover pulp and leavings from the fruits and veggies you've been juicing. This... video from CHOW shows you how to use those leftovers, instead of tossing them in the trash or compost heap.
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Fewer than 0.01 percent ofIf developers are finding it difficult to make money from apps today, things are only going to get tougher, according to a forecast by Gartner (via TechCrunch). Looking at the period through to 2018,... Gartner predicts that fewer than one in 10,000 apps will be considered financially successful by their developers. “The vast number of mobile […]
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[From In-Car Tech] If you're a dignitary visiting unstable territories or you're a despot who makes lots of enemies, the Audi A8 L Security is a good transportation investment.
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Here in the US Yandex isn't exactly a household name. In Russia, Yandex is the most popular search engine leading Google. Yandex has over 60% of the Russian search market …
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First mission for SSTL's newSurrey Satellite Technology Limited Press Releases: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and Ghalam LLP (Kazakhstan) have agreed that SSTL's new X50 platform design will deliver KazSTSAT, a small... satellite mission announced under a contract signed last year.
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This 'backpack cannon' willKitUp's headline for the new Smith & Wesson .460-caliber revolver is "Smith & Wesson Unveils Backpack Cannon." Judging by its size, it looks like a hand cannon to me, yes. Or like a power tool that... can kill you.
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If Oculus Rift's new "Crystal Cove" prototype is anything to go by (it's seriously guano, if you hadn't heard already), then gamers are really going to appreciate the virtual reality revival. It's no... secret Valve, too, is cooking up its own VR ...
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Oyster, which gives customers access to more than 100,000 books for $10 a month, has raised $14 million in a new round of financing led by Highland Capital Partners.     
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Games Aside, ComiXology WasWhile games dominated the App Store in 2013 in terms of top grossing apps, digital comic app comiXology has announced that it was the highest grossing non-game iPad app — for the third year running.... “In a billion dollar marketplace…
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Hands-on: LG Tab-Book 2 review

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 14:11
Hands-on: LG Tab-Book 2 reviewLG announced an updated Tab-Book, the Tab-Book 2 at CES, we were on hand to have a lengthy play at the company's stand to see what all the fuss is about. First announced at CES 2013, this year's model... is lighter and more powerful and comes with a new...
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When the Microsoft deal closes, Nokia will get a new unit called Advanced Technologies. Just what will this unknown quantity be working on?
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Activision and Infinity Ward have announced the first of four DLC packs that will be coming for Call of Duty: Ghosts in 2014. The first of the DLC packs is …
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Video: Time-lapse Gaia

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 14:06
Soyuz VS06, with Gaia space observatory, lifted off from Europe's Spaceport, French Guiana, on 19 December 2013.
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China Is Testing a NewAccording to Pentagon officials, China's military has begun testing of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle, which is designed to deliver warheads through US missile defenses.
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Utest, Now Called Applause,uTest, best known for its considerable capability as an app testing company which uses an ‘in-the-wild’ community of testers to kick the tyres on apps, today announces that it’s closed a $43... million Series E round of funding, led by Goldman Sachs. With that war chest it plans to expand its offering and go on an acquisition spree. This brings its funding-to-date to more than $80 million. The Boston-based company has already announced it will be re-branding the name of its main product, Applause. “In-the-wild testing has become a critical part of launching great digital experiences… Funding on this scale, and from a leader like Goldman Sachs, will help us broaden these services, and incorporate tools that enable companies to achieve 360° app quality,” said uTest CEO Doron...
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D.C. is full of secretsHouse of Cards, the masterful, award-winning Netflix series that follows the political mischief of House Majority Whip Francis Underwood, is now unleashing a slew of its own... Neflix released its director's commentary, along with a bevy of delightful facts from the likes of directors David Fincher, James Foley and many more. Though they shared mostly technical details about set design and cinematography, they occasionally dropped (spoiler-free) tidbits you won't find anywhere else. We combed through the episodes and plucked out the 10 coolest facts. See also: 9 Netflix Original Series to Stream in 2014
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Everyone needs a decent alarm clock to wake up to. After all, most of us have a day job to stick to, and it would be nuts to actually go to work late every single day simply because one found it... extremely difficult to wake up in the mornings after partying especially hard at night.
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Twitter Trends Help Researchers Forecast Viral Memes

Scientific American - 14 Jan 2014 14:00
What makes a meme-- an idea, a phrase, an image--go viral? For starters, the meme must have broad appeal, so it can spread not just within communities of like-minded individuals but can leap from... one... --
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Three Cheap but AwesomeWhether you're a fan of Apple or not, you have to admit, they make some of the most beautiful monitors around--heck, it even won our hive five for best computer monitor . They're also some of the most... expensive, and you really don't have to spend that kind of money to get some high-quality screen real-estate. We tried out some alternatives that can give you the features you need without emptying your wallet.
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Netflix UHD 4K interview:At this year's CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas we were treated to all kinds of televisual treats. And as much as we've been sucked in by the wonders of the latest 4K TVs from all the... big manufacturers, it's the content that we're most...
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Snapped from a "flying motorcycle" in Poland, wintry lakes and forests become expressive, graphical art - and blur the line between nature and human activity     
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If there's one lesson to be gleaned from the myriad of wearables at the Consumer Electronics Show, it's the advantage of a streamlined, focused product.
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The anatomy of toys andI love the work artist/designer/mad doctor Jason Freeny. His Moist Productions shop has been showing us the fascinating humanoid anatomy of toys, animated characters and other objects for years. His... new creations have reached new awesomely gross heights. Here's a collection of some of his masterworks:
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Microsoft is being hit over the perceived failure that is Windows 8. While some wonder how Windows 9 might turn things around, there's one big hurdle that might be too big to jump over.
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What could have been: A leakedNokia's Android phone, known under the codename Normandy, has been leaked again, this time giving us a better look at the device and its Live Tile-style user interface. The post What could have been:... A leaked shot of Nokia’s Android phone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sonos and online high-qualitySonos has already got many of its high-end audio systems in houses across Europe. Now high-quality music service Qobuz has extended its coverage with Sonos to fill eight new European homes with great... quality music. Qobuz claims to be the first and only...
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Is the Ford Mustang theThe Ford Mustang has appeared in many movies in its 50-year lifespan, most notably in Bullitt, but also in Goldfinger, I am Legend, Gone in 60 Seconds and many more. Now it has been revealed that the... 2015 Ford Mustang will be one of the stars of Need...
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PayPal streamlines onlinePayPal recently announced it's streamlining its checkout process, allowing shoppers to complete a transaction within a merchant's website instead of being redirected to PayPal's main site. The post... PayPal streamlines online checkout for faster and simpler shopping experience appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Installing multiple Linux distributions on a UEFI boot system - here are my experiences with Korora/Fedora and Mint/Ubuntu.
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FCC says they may appeal ruling on mandates to treat Web traffic equally.
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Galaxy S5 reportedly packingThe unannounced Galaxy S5 smartphone is reportedly going to pack a fast-charging Li-ion battery that will offer a bigger charge than its predecessor. At 2900mAh, the Galaxy S5's rumored battery would... have slightly more battery juice than the Galaxy S4, which has a 2600mAh battery. Even so, the Galaxy S5 battery is said to be about the same size of the Galaxy S4's battery, Phone Arena reports, as the new battery would be able to store 20% more energy without seeing any size modifications. More interestingly, the battery would be able to recharge in under two hours, according to the publication. Furthermore, Phone Arena says that the Galaxy S5 will be produced Amprius, a Silicon Valley startup that’s already working
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High-quality images can make the difference between a good website and a great website. However, they also add file weight, aren't easily scaled, edited or manipulated, and result in additional... requests. When it comes to responsive design, the best solution is often not to use an image at all, and instead use icon fonts when appropriate. They're easily customized, allow for transparency and have good browser support. And because they contain fewer characters than a complete typeface, they also take up less memory. See also: 13 Essential Job Boards for Creatives Creating icon fonts doesn't have to be time-consuming, because there are several generators that let you build your own custom font — using only the icons you really need — to help reduce file size. These also provide a...
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One of the most interesting products for gamers that has been unveiled in a while is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The product landed some significant funding to help …
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APIs glue Internet objects together, but also create security holes
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What Happens When WaterSome readers may recall a science class in which an excitable teacher walked to the front of the class to show off a small, cracked steel container, seemingly damaged by an incredibly powerful, but... tiny force; only for said teacher to reveal that the damage had been done by nothing more than water. However, what would happen if you put the water in a container it couldn't break out of and then froze it?
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Seanan Middleton's conceptual photos are inspirational and gorgeous. The post The Conceptual and Inspirational Portraits of Seanan Middleton appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Last year, Sir Richard Branson promised Virgin Galactic's first commercial mission would rip through the atmosphere in 2014. That goal has edged ever closer with SpaceShipTwo's latest trip beyond the... sound barrier, where it shot past previous records ...
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Rubber Band Rambo gatling gunIf you thought being flicked by a rubber band hurt, imagine being shot at by the Rubber Band Rambo gatling gun that pings out 672 elastic stingers in just 48 seconds - that's 14 shots per second fired... up to 26 feet. Ukranian student and inventor Alexander...
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Catching photos of animals is a tricky art to master. While some photographers spend their energy balancing squirmy puppies enough to snap a clear shot, Lara Jo Regan takes a different approach. She... loads her canine subjects up in the car, rolls down the windows and documents dogs at their absolute happiest See also: The 75 Absolutely Cutest Animals on Instagram Regan's delightful series, titled "Dogs in Cars," captures pups with their snouts out the window and their ears flapping in the wind "Most dogs become downright delirious over a car ride," she told Mashable, adding that she wanted to catch her subjects' "amazing primal energy" in photographs.
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Motorola's flagship smartphone has arrived in Europe; can it generate more excitement here?
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The PC games we can't wait to play in 2014

PC World - 14 Jan 2014 13:30
The PC games we can't wait toComing attractions It's time to fill a fresh calendar with new games to get psyched about. Not even two weeks in, and we're already counting the days until certain promising prospects launch. From... funny to fearsome, these are some of the games 2014 has in store, starting with the kids from our favorite Colorado town. South Park: The Stick of Truth After a few delays and a change in publisher (R.I.P. THQ), it looks like South Park: The Stick of Truth may actually see the light of day in March.
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Printer of the Year 2013

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 13:30
Printer of the Year 2013Photography Blog’s Printer of the Year for 2013.
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How Cyanogen plans to makeWe talked with Steve Kondik, creator of CyanogenMod, about the company's ambitious plans to sell a phone preloaded with its "more open" version of Android.
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Originally arriving in the App Store last Thursday, Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper mysteriously vanished the following day after SEGA discovered “unexpected problems” with the game. Well, now its... back — allowing gamers everywhere to download and play the…
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Watch this: a day in the life of a cursor

The Verge - 14 Jan 2014 13:26
Watch this: a day in the lifeClick is an installation by the Korean art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun. For one day, one of the artists recorded a screenshot every time he clicked he mouse before piecing it together into a... mesmerizing 8-minute video. In the clip, you'll see the silent narrator working on another piece titled The God's Script, browsing using Korean search engine Naver, and binging on The Big Bang Theory, all punctuated by the rhythmic click of his obedient mouse. The result is an abstract journey through one day in the artist's "computer mediated life."
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Honda has unveiled its all new 2015 Honda Fit compact car in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. The official unveil came after Honda teased the car last …
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BlackBerry might be expanding its multi-platform strategy in the enterprise to include Windows Phone.
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A dedicated and flexible campaign strategy surpassed its target to bring the dream of the first Single Malt whisky ever made in Israel to fruition, with only 25 days left to (Indiego) go
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This fantastic alien planet isNational Geographic's picture of the day is beautiful and otherworldly, like an aerial view of a fantastic alien planet. But this planet is a star. A sea star exquisitely photographed by Peet J van... Eeden at Pomene Estuary, Mozambique.
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Why are brick-and-mortarBetween increasingly entwined payment systems and increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, the risk gap between shopping offline and online is closing. Luckily, a fix may be on the way - but it... might not get here soon enough. The post Why are brick-and-mortar retailers crumbling under hacker attacks? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Oh, the irony.
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All three of Estonia's mobile operators are heavily promoting 4G, while consumers are showing growing interest in LTE devices. But should we expect cheaper tariffs?
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HP Slate 6 Voice Tab,HP has been the subject of rumour for over a month now, with talk of it unveiling a 6-inch phone soon. Now a picture has leaked of what's claimed to be the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab. The below photo, sent... to Phone Arena by a tipster, is poor quality but...
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One of the coolest little developer boards that has become the heart of many DIY projects is the Raspberry Pi. The little device offers modest computing power, but also has …
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The Empire State Building. Photo: FLSmith The owners of New York City's Empire State Building are suing a photographer for $US1.1 million over a set of topless photos taken from the skyscraper's... observation deck.  January 14, 2014 /Photography News/ Last August, a model climbed to the crowded observation deck and took her top off as photographer Allen Henson captured the image on his cell phone. The photo went viral on the internet and angered the owners of the Empire State Building who said the observation deck was full of tourists, including children, at the time the photo was taken. In a $1 million lawsuit, the managers allege the pictures were produced for photographer's "own commercial purpose" and damaged the landmark's "reputation as a safe and secure family friendly tourist...
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iPhone 4 reportedlyApple will reportedly relaunch the 8GB iPhone 4 in India in the near future, in order to better fight mid-ranged devices from Samsung and other handset makers, The Economic Times reports. The 2010... phone will reportedly be priced at around 15,000 rupees (around $244), significantly lower than its old retail price of 26,500 rupees (around $431). Apple is yet to confirm the move, and it's not clear when the device will be available in stores again. The publication says Apple stopped selling the 8GB iPhone 4 model last quarter to drive iPhone 5c sales in the region, although it ended up not having a device priced under 30,000 rupees. “Apple’s iPhone 4 8GB model used to rank amongst the top
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Real Estate App Open Home ProOpen Home Pro, a business that allows realtors to run their open houses via the iPad and collect leads, has been sold to larger real estate search site HomeFinder.com. Now at HomeFinder, the app... becomes the company's first mobile application targeting realtors, as opposed to consumers like its previously launched iOS and Android applications currently do.
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Non-coding DNA may affect type 2 diabetes risk

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 13:00
Once thought of as "junk" DNA because it does not contain genes that encode proteins, scientists are starting to discover non-coding DNA can nevertheless influence the effect of coding DNA, such as... switching genes on and off.Now, a new study led by Imperial College London in the UK suggests variations in these non-coding sections of the genome may play a key role in people's risk for type 2 diabetes.The study, one of the first to implicate non-coding DNA in disease risk, is published in a recent online issue of Nature Genetics.
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Kill your data dead with theseThere are lots of ways to obliterate sensitive data from of your drive: blast furnaces, degaussers (magnet field generators), sledgehammers, and secure-deletion software among them. These tools vary... in effectiveness--especially as applied variously to hard drives, solid-state drives, and USB flash drives--and in the subsequent usability of the drive. For the sake of argument (and a more interesting article), let's assume you'd like to preserve your drive's functionality. This rules out violence and degaussing, which, though wonderfully effective and perhaps therapeutic, will render a drive useless. Excluding those options leaves you with a choice between software and software-combined-with-firmware methods. Free secure-erase utilities You can easily erase an entire hard drive or SSD by...
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Sony's Xperia T2 Ultra:Sony's announced a new mid-to-high-end "phablet" model today, with its Xperia T2 Ultra arriving in both normal and dual-SIM options. It combines a 1080p display with a 13-Megapixel camera, with Sony... plumbing its quad-core Qualcomm MSM8928 chipset into 1GB of RAM.
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Prepare your body parts forThey're coming for your foreheads and wrists Don't be alarmed. At last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech industry announced that 2014 will be the year of wearable gadgetry, but... your body parts are still safe from exploitation--at least until all the gear in this slideshow begins to ship. Follow along as I reveal the more intriguing wearables I saw in Las Vegas. This by no means accounts for all the face- and wristwear demoed at the show. I generally avoided eyewear not intended to be worn throughout the course of a normal day, as well as fit-tech devices with narrow, ultra-specific use cases. That said, if you think I left out the one, amazing, life-changing wearable, tweet suggestions to @jonphillipssf. Sony Core SmartBand Sony's Smartwatch effort is still a work in...
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Ocean bacteria deliver food parcels to marine organisms

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 13:00
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveals that marine cyanobacteria, whose body mass forms the base of the ocean food chain, also feed marine organisms in another way - they... deliver "food parcels" packed with carbon and other nutrients.The bacteria release lipid vesicles - spherical sacs containing proteins and genetic material in the form of DNA - and RNA, which the researchers suggest provide a means of gene transfer in bacterial communities and could also act as decoys for viruses.
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Simbol App Lets You Find AndDo you get annoyed at struggling to find symbols on iOS, or find yourself missing the Unicode library found on OS X? If you’re the kind of person that needs to make frequent use of symbols and... characters not found…
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Valve's Oculus Rift interfaceValve has updated its Steam beta client to support the Oculus Rift headset. A new mode called SteamVR reportedly consists of a "giant floating curved screen" showing the Big Picture interface that you... can look around by moving your head. It's described as "experimental" and isn't fully functional, so it's not likely to replace the regular Steam interface for anyone right now. That said, it's the first step along the road to Valve fully integrating Oculus Rift and other VR headsets into its Steam experience. The company is expected to announce a wider VR initiative at a developer event starting tomorrow. In addition to the new interface, Valve will show "what affordable virtual reality hardware will be capable of within a couple of...
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Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest may look like a steal if Tony Fadell sticks around, the company learns better hardware design, and it nails the Internet of Things.
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Hipsters Now Wearing 3DWhat happens when hipsters get hold of 3D printers? Obviously they start wearing jewellery with live plants growing inside. A new seller on the homemade goods website Etsy has launched a line of 3D... printed wearable plant pots. Wearableplanter offers a variety of 3D-printed horticulture accessories, including rings, necklaces and vases designed to be worn on your bicycle. The plant pots are designed to work with small flowers, cress and sprouts, and are said to be watertight and almost see through. After BoingBoing highlighted the seller, via the actor Will Wheaton, they have apparently been inundated with inquiries. On their Etsy page the seller explains how the products are made: "All of our work is 3D printed and finished by hand. This means that we start our process by creating...
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Moto X gets confirmed forHot on the tail of the Moto G's release, Motorola has confirmed the Moto X will be released in several European countries next month. However, buyers will have a higher price to pay than in America,... and no access to the Moto Maker system. The post Moto X gets confirmed for European launch, but without Moto Maker customization appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Wordeo video messaging appHave time for another video-based social media app? Wordeo - the creation of former Apple and BBC employees - wants to 'bring your words to life', using professional video content from Getty Images to... generate unique, visually appealing video messages. The post Wordeo video messaging app teams with Getty to ‘bring your words to life’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Uber Will Focus On SoutheastUber is preparing to launch in several Southeast Asian cities over the next few weeks, said its head of Asian expansion in an interview last week. The well-funded startup’s decision to focus there... is a sign of the many opportunities for consumer mobile startups in Southeast Asia. Not only are there high mobile penetration rates throughout the region, but also a growing base of affluent customers with a taste for luxury products, a bracket Uber wants to position itself in. Uber officially launched in Kuala Lumpur last week. This week it will launch in yet another Southeast Asian city, Uber’s head of Asia operations, Allen Penn, told me. Although the location hasn’t been announced, the company recently started deploying “secret Ubers” in Manila and is seeking a general manager for...
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Nissan has unveiled an interesting new concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car is called the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. While the car is …
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This Giant Pin Screen WillIf you head along to this year's Sochi Winter Olympics, you could be the face of the games. Quite literally, actually, thanks to the British architect Asif Khan's Megaface--a giant pinscreen on the... side of a building that will morph to display the scanned faces of visitors.
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Alcatel-Lucent SA is reportedly holding talks with potential buyers over the sale of its enterprise unit.
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Breaking the mold to recycle old satellites

USA Today - 14 Jan 2014 12:35
Space entrepreneur's business plan meets Pentagon's mission of cheaper intelligence.
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Think CyanogenMod's image gallery is lacking? As it turns out, the CyanogenMod team itself thinks so too. In a recent Google+ post, the custom ROM maker not only admitted the current gallery's... shortcomings, but also also announced its replacement -- ...
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Hard drives that look like art, speakers that look like handbags and a riot of colour accessories: how CES went designer.
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Experimenting with Amazon EC2

ZDNet - 14 Jan 2014 12:26
How easy is it to build an app using Amazon's cloud computing environment? I gave it a go to find out.
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Apple Hopes To Increase MarketFor some time now, a number of pundits have been calling on Apple to release a cheaper version of the iPhone to grow market share in developing countries. To some extent Apple has apparently listened... — since it is reportedly…
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The Motorola Moto X smartphone has been available here in the US for a while now. The smartphone proved to be popular enough in December that the load on the …
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Feedshare Lets You Share Your  Feedshare is a great new service for sharing your RSS feeds. That is, you can upload the OPML file containing all your subscribed feeds and it will be available to anyone who cares. And you don't... just have to…
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Report: NSA data swoop has had(Phys.org) --A report from the New America Foundation National Security Program finds that the NSA's bulk data collection's contribution to prevent terrorism has been minimal and that traditional... investigation paths have been more helpful. The 32-page report published Monday looked at 225 terrorism cases, in an attempt to review claims about NSA bulk surveillance of phone and email communications records as playing a role in keeping America safe. The authors did not find that the collection of phone records, had a significant impact on preventing acts of terrorism in the United States. Peter Bergen, David Sterman, Emily Schneider, and Bailey Cahall authored the report titled, "Do NSA's Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?" Bergen is the director of the National Security Program at...
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Google has just promoted its licensing rights filter right to the top of its image search, making it way easier to find images that you're actually allowed to use.
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DriveSafe app for Google GlassWhile we don't need to be told that beds are better for sleeping than cars, many accidents occur every year when exhausted drivers fall asleep at the wheel. With this in mind, a team of developers... have found a way to use Glass to keep drivers alert. The post DriveSafe app for Google Glass stops tired drivers nodding off at the wheel appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Automaker Hyundai Motor Group has teamed with SoundHound to bring a new music service into some of its 2014 model year Hyundai and Kia cars. SoundHound is a sound search …
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We've all been there — yelling at a computer screen or particular website because the antiquated design prevents you from getting where you want to go. But outdated features on your company's... website can do more than annoy — it can cost you potential clients or customers. See also: How to Balance Your Personal and Professional Lives on Twitter To figure out what exactly agitates users the most, we asked 12 entrepreneurs which website features small businesses should avoid (or get rid of) at all costs. Here's what they had to say: 1. Irrelevant Elements By far, the biggest issue I come across with new site launches is this: They use too many elements that bring no real value to the audience. In fact, these often just downgrade user experience considerably. There are too many crowded...
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HTC One X and X+ owners might be feeling a bit abandoned by HTC, which won't be releasing further Android updates for the devices.
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sciencehabit writes "Have you been missing the grim mathematical war games that strategists once used to map out possible nuclear confrontations? Don't worry, the games are back — this time applied... to computer security. Researchers have now mathematically formalized the strategy of computer hacking, potentially enabling anyone — governments, activist hackers, cybermafia — to determine the optimal timing of attacks."
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How do scammers posing as tech support dupe customers in to installing malware? Take a look.
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The Machine Is Designed ToMaking cookies isn't that difficult really - unless you want the absolute, masterpiece, perfect cookie. Then it gets a bit tricker. But now one man has a solution. Ben Krasnow has built a machine... which is able to mix a perfect amount of ingredients every time. If you want to adjust it, you can do so with a computer - but once it's set, you won't want to mess with it. Unfortunately the machine doesn't actually bake the cookie, or help you work off the calories afterwards. But if a version of this could be built into something a bit smaller and consumer-friendly, it might be the last piece in the puzzle that can make bread machines actually useful. (Hat-tip Gizmodo)
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EAACI calls on MEPs to address allergies diagnosis gap

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 12:00
Last week the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) conducted three days of diagnostic tests for allergies in the European Parliament. In total 350 people took the opportunity to... be examined for sensitivity to the most common allergens and to be given an expert advice, and 47% of them tested positively. Among the 150 million Europeans affected by allergic diseases, approximately one fifth are affected by severe, debilitating diseases, but these are neglected as a public health concern.
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Mechanism affecting risk of prostate cancer is found

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 12:00
A research group at Biocenter Oulu in Finland has identified a mechanism related to a transcription factor that binds much more strongly onto a particular SNP variant, thereby initiating a genetic... programme which enhances prostate cancer proliferation and metastasis. The study opens up an important new direction in investigating the mechanisms related to the way in which SNP variations cause an elevated risk of prostate cancer and other human diseases. Published in Nature Genetics, the study was partly funded by the Academy of Finland.
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Charity welcomes Action on Sugar group

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 12:00
A new group formed to tackle and reverse the growing obesity epidemic has been welcomed by the British Dental Health Foundation.Action on Sugar, formed of a number of leading worldwide experts, hopes... to educate the public on the dangers of hidden sugars and raise awareness of the 'un-necessary' amounts of sugar added to our foods and drinks, a large reason behind the growing obesity crisis.England has some of the highest obesity rates in the developed world, with 60 per cent of adults and one third of 10 and 11 year olds being overweight or obese.
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A study of the habits of people who play 'massive multi-player online games' (MMOGs) shows that anonymous users are more likely to cheat, but their behaviour is significantly tempered by the culture... and dynamics of the group of players, suggesting that other forms of online 'bad behaviour' - such as flaming and trolling - can be modified by the attitudes and behaviours of other group members.
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Stem cell replacement for frequent age-related blindness

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 12:00
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness. Scientists at the Department of Ophthalmology at the Bonn University Hospital and from the Neural Stem Cell Institute in... New York (USA) have developed a method for using stem cells to replace cells in the eye destroyed by AMD. The implants survived in rabbit eyes for several weeks. Additional research is needed for clinical application. The results are now presented in the journal Stem Cell Reports.About four and a half million people in Germany suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
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The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is alarmingly high and appears to be continuing to rise. The Centers for Disease Control's Autism and Developmental Disabilities... Monitoring Network estimates that about 1 in 88 children has been identified with an ASD. Despite decades of research the cause of autism is not clear.
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Doctors, nurses and scientists have joined the call for uptake of the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine by writing to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. The letter, led by Dr Simon Nadel,... Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, St Mary's Hospital, London, has been signed by 118 people determined to see an end to the leading cause of meningitis, which kills and maims more children than any other infection in the UK.
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Physical doping and brain doping apparently often go hand in hand. A study from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen 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. Around 3,000 hobby triathletes were anonymously surveyed using a questionnaire at sporting events in Frankfurt, Regensburg, and Wiesbaden.
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A new triple gene therapy called ProSavin might safely improve motor function in Parkinson's patients by reprogramming brain cells to produce dopamine - a chemical essential for the proper control of... movement - according to a phase 1/2 trial published in The Lancet. "Lack of dopamine results in the tremors, limb stiffness, and loss of balance that characterise Parkinson's", explains study leader Professor Stéphane Palfi from AP-HP, Groupe Henri-Mondor Albert-Chenevier in Créteil, France.
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Five global healthcare organizations have established a Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration to support partnerships that will aim to deliver greater patient benefits and support high quality... patient care. Derived from the individual codes of ethical practice and health policy positions of the five supporting organizations, this framework is based on four overarching principles:putting patients first;supporting ethical research and innovation;ensuring independence and ethical conduct; andpromoting transparency and accountability.
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Findings of a preliminary study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine suggest that a patient's own bone-marrow stromal (stem) cells could be used to treat multidrug-resistant (MDR) and... extensively-drug (XDR) tuberculosis (TB)*. "Conventional treatment for MDR-TB uses a combination of TB drugs (antibiotics) which are harmful (toxic) to patients.
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Naim UnitiQute 2 review

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 12:00
Naim UnitiQute 2 reviewStuff that costs over a grand is always a hard sell in hi-fi. There are some good reasons for that, and some bad ones. Simply put though, the quality of standard equipment has fallen so far that you... can now get some really nice sounding audio gear for...
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The Shift Keys In iOS 7.1 Beta  The iOS 7.1 beta seems to be way more in flux than previous betas, adding odd little experiments (f.lux-style white-point adjustment) and handy - and surely temporary - little tweaks for developers... (manual deleting of install files). But one…
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Details emerge for DC Comics'Comic creators Marvel took some of their biggest characters to the small screen for live action drama last year in Agents of SHIELD. Now arch-rival DC Comics is planning to do the same. Deadline... reports that pilots for TV shows Constantine and Gotham have been greenlit at NBC and Fox respectively. Both shows were first revealed last September. Gotham was expected to focus on the early life of Gotham City's police commissioner Gordon, but Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said yesterday that the show would also feature "all of the classic Batman villains," including Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin. The program, described as "an operatic soap with a larger than life quality," is also set to tell the story of a young Bruce Wayne. A...
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In China, pirated content is faster, cheaper and easier to acquire than legal content.
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Messaging App Wordeo BlendsThought there were enough ways to express your feelings in pixels already? Think again. A new video messaging app called Wordeo is landing on the iOS App Store today that lets you illustrate the... content of a text message with a series of related video clips.
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Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Review

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 11:45
The Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is a brand new premium standard zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Retailing for £849.99 / $899.99, can the Sigma 24-105mm take on and beat the equivalent lenses... from Canon and Nikon? Read our Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM review to find out... Read the review »     
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'Tomb Raider' for PS4 showsWhen Sony and Microsoft released their latest consoles in November, the thing everyone wanted to know was how much better the games would look. While improvements were immediately noticeable in... numerous games straddling the next- and last-gen platfom divide, the truth is that we're still a fair distance away from seeing the best of the new hardware — which will be delivered by games coded specifically for it. Occupying the middle ground between fancied-up last-gen titles and tailor-made next-gen games is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Coming out at the end of this month for the Xbox One and PS4, this version of the game recreates the storyline and gameplay in full, but spruces up the graphics dramatically. Executive Producer Scot...
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iOS 7.1 Beta 3 Lets YouA new feature in iOS 7.1 beta 3 is the ability to delete iOS installation files that have been automatically downloaded over-the-air. Until now, iDevice users who chose not to install a particular... update to iOS would find that their…
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The NSA is conducting global covert computer spying, 'New York Times' reports.
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You Can Build This ElegantHey, a new tablet! Crisp 10-inch touchscreen? Check. Luxurious carbon fiber and wood case? Present. Huge 10,000mAh battery? Yep. Linux-based and built at home? Err...
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Interview: Motorola's CEOMotorola, bought by Google in 2012 for $12.5 billion, is on a bit of good run of fortune at the moment. After almost two years of doing virtually nothing, in the last 6 months the company has launched... the Moto X and the Moto G handsets in both the UK...
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Digital Mount Rushmore rendersVisitors to this year's Sochi Winter Olympics will have the opportunity to see their face rendered on the side of a building in giant mechanical polygons. The work of British architect Asif Khan,... Megaface is like a cross between Mount Rushmore's sculpted facade and the pinscreens that adorned executive offices of the '90s.
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In his first press conference as CEO, Jason Chen said Acer's slump was due to it taking the initiative more aggressively than anyone else to stimulate demand for new technology.
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China video sites confidentWhen media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like... in China.
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Google Image Search has allowed users to filter results based on how they're licensed since 2009, but the option remained hidden under an advanced options menu where few users ever look. Now, a... request by law professor and Creative Commons founding ...
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Google Was Reportedly The OnlyEarlier we reported that Google had acquired Nest for $3.2 billion. For those unfamiliar with Nest, the device is a smart thermostat that can learn its user's habit over the course of time. The device... was co-created by Tony Fadell, a former engineer at Apple who worked on creating the iconic iPod that helped Apple launch into the music business. Now $3.2 billion is a lot of money and it might suggest that Google could have been facing a bidding war with other companies, but as it turns out, Google was pretty much the only serious bidder of the company. Prior to Google, Nest was reportedly looking to close another round of funding that would have valued them at $2 billion, but that was all tossed aside once Google came in with their offer. Interestingly enough, it seems that Apple was not...
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Motorola Moto X comes toGoogle-owned Motorola Mobility has announced it will start shipping the Moto X in Europe at the beginning of February. The smartphone was launched in August in the U.S. Its first European destinations... are France, the U.K. and Germany, where it will cost £380 ($620) or €399 without a contract. In comparison, the Google Nexus 5 costs from £299. The LTE smartphone still has a 4.7-inch HD screen and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. It also has a 2-megapixel front camera and a 10-megapixel rear camera. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of integrated storage. Just like the U.S. version, it will respond to a number of different voice controls and gestures. However, one thing that's missing in Europe is Moto Maker, which allows U.S. customers to...
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KPMG in Singapore introduces a six-month cybersecurity development programme, which will include simulated wargames, to help businesses better prep their employees amid increasingly sophisticated... attacks.
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iOS 7.1 Might Allow ForWhen it comes to major iOS updates, they do tend to take up a fair amount of space on your phone, and if you opted for the 16GB model, well chances are you will run out of space faster than you'd... like. Now back in October last year, Apple was faced with a lawsuit when an iOS user complained that they were not able to remove the installation files from their phone, especially since he wanted to run iOS 6 versus iOS 7, Apple's latest operating system. Well it turns out that maybe this is a feature Apple could include in the next version of iOS 7, which is iOS 7.1 that has yet to be released. According to screenshots captured by developers who managed to get their hands on the latest build of the update, it seems that they are able to head on over to the Settings menu and delete the OTA files...
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Man Shot To Death For Texting In The Cinema

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 11:20
Man Shot To Death For TextingNobody likes it when someone answers a phone call in a movie, especially when the offender does not have the courtesy of turning their cellphones off or putting it to silent. Even more distracting is... when you're trying to watch a movie but the person next to you or in front of you is constantly texting, with the glare from the phone affecting your overall movie experience, but the right thing to do is to tell the other person to stop, or get the cinema's manager to step it, not to take justice into your own hands. Unfortunately that is exactly what happened in Miami when a man was shot to death over texting on his phone during a movie. According to the reports, the man was using his phone during the previews which annoyed a retired police officer sitting behind him. Despite being asked to...
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Flagship Motorola smartphoneMotorola announced Tuesday that its flagship Moto X smartphone is heading for Europe.
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BlackBerry Might BeAt the moment, Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest version of Android at the moment, but at the same time chances are there are probably smartphone users out still running on older builds of Android.... There can be a variety of reasons behind this, such as the decision not to change to a newer device because either it costs too much, or they really love their current device at the moment. Either way there are users out there who might be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread or maybe even older, a possibility that we cannot discount, and it seems that it is a possibility that BlackBerry cannot discount either, especially given that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still installed on about 21% of Android devices out there. That also means there is a large audience out there who are unable to use BBM due...
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Personal assistant app includes Driving Mode to limit distractions while behind the wheel.
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The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to the Justice Department to announce the results of his review of National Security Agency surveillance programs.
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Moto X Announced For The UKWhen the Moto X was first announced, its availability was limited to just the US, but last we heard, the phone could be making its way to Europe and sure enough it has as Motorola has officially... announced that the Moto X smartphone will be available in the UK and Gemrany starting on the 1st of February 2014. The Moto X is a rather unique handset because while it might not necessarily come with the fancy hardware and high-end features like other Android devices, it does come with pretty interesting software features, such as the always-listening mode that allows users to activate their phone without touching it at all, along with the Moto Maker feature that allows for further customization of the device. In any case it seems that the UK and Germany will not be the recipient of the Moto...
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Huawei readies Android gameChina's Huawei Technologies is planning on launching its Android gaming console in its home market during this year's second quarter, just after local authorities lifted a ban on video game sales in... the country. Huawei showed off its Tron gaming device last week at the International CES show in Las Vegas. The console can run Android games, and comes with Bluetooth wireless controllers. About the size of a soda can, it contains an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The product's price is still being decided, but it could retail for around US$200, Huawei spokesman Scott Sykes said on Tuesday. Huawei's game console bears a resemblance to Ouya, another compact Android gaming system that launched last year in the U.S. Huawei's product, however, is targeting the Chinese market, at a time when game...
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Motorola brings the Moto X to the UK

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 11:09
Motorola brings the Moto X toMoto X coming to British customers in February for £380 Five months after the device was announced for the U.S., Motorola has today unveiled the Moto X for the UK ahead of a day of events in London.... The European Moto X is the same device Americans have been using since the fall — a 4.7-inch display with a hand-friendly design and Motorola's X8 mobile computing system, combining a dual-core AP with silicon for contextual processing and always-on voice commands. The UK Moto X will run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and come with all the software features we've seen on the U.S. model — such as active display, touchless control and trusted Bluetooth — only with support for UK 3G and 4G LTE networks. Motorola says the device will go on sale from February 1, and will cost £380...
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Moto X UK Release Date:Motorola and Google have announced that their Moto X smartphone will be released in the UK on 1 February. The curved-back device is distinctive for its ability to work without users even touching it.... Simply saying 'OK Google Now' is enough to wake the device and tell it to perform many of its key functions, from calling contacts to search. The Moto X was launched in the summer in the US, and was noteworthy for the fact it was at least partially made there, rather than in Asia. Customers there are also able to customise the colours and design of the phone, choosing different shades for buttons, the case and other accents. Motorola said that the device will be made in several countries around the world, and that the Moto Maker customisation options will not be available at launch: In a...
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Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They are worried about... their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.
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Moto X coming to Europe nextMotorola's flagship phone is yet to see release in Europe, but that's set to change next month — the company announced today that the Moto X will be available off-contract for €429 in France and... Germany or £380 in the UK from February, according to CNET. The release follows last year's launch of the low-cost Moto G, which is focused on markets outside the US and retails for around £130 in the UK.
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Apple's Antitrust ComplianceThe verdict is in — and Apple is stuck with Michael Bromwich, the antitrust monitor appointed to ensure the company’s compliance in e-book price fixing antitrust rulings. Apple had asked U.S.... District Judge Denise Cote to disqualify Bromwich on the…
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Startup Institute Comes ToOk, this is a new concept to me. Already running in Boston, New York and Chicago, Startup Institute -- which calls itself a "career accelerator" -- is expanding to London and Berlin, to help plug... skills gaps in the two cities' fast-growing startup scenes. Targeting recent graduates, young professionals and "career changers", it aims to teach the skills needed to become startup employee material.
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Canada Wireless Auction: 700OTTAWA - Bidding for a coveted piece of Canada's wireless market starts today. Experts say the 700 megahertz waves up for auction are particularly valuable because they allow cellphone signals to... travel longer distances and penetrate buildings and tunnels where calls are often dropped. The signal also requires fewer cellphone towers to provide coverage in rural areas. Ten players are in the game, including Canada's big three telecom companies: Bell (TSX:BCE), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus (TSX:T). Among regional bidders are Quebecor's Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) in Quebec, MTS Inc. (TSX:MBT) in Manitoba, Saskatchewan Telecommunications and Bragg Communications, which operates EastLink in Atlantic Canada. But Wind Mobile's parent, Globalive Communications, pulled out Monday due to a lack of funds....
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A team of scientists at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has discovered the structure of the active form of E6-associated protein (E6AP), an enzyme that acts as a master regulator in the body.... They report, for the first time, that the active form of E6AP is composed of three distinct protein molecules.
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Bacteria-invading virus yields new discoveries

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
Innovative work by two Florida State University scientists that shows the structural and DNA breakdown of a bacteria-invading virus is being featured on the cover of the February issue of the journal... Virology.Kathryn Jones and Elizabeth Stroupe, both assistant professors in the Department of Biological Science, have deconstructed a type of virus called a bacteriophage, which infects bacteria. Their work will help researchers in the future have a better understanding of how the virus invades and impacts bacteria, and could be particularly useful for the agriculture industry.
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Preventing therapy resistance in tumor cells

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers suggests that activating the tumor suppressor p53 in normal cells causes them to secrete Par-4, another potent tumor suppressor protein that... induces cell death in cancer cells. This finding may help researchers decipher how to inhibit the growth of tumors that have become resistant to other treatments. Loss of the tumor suppressor p53 often contributes to therapy resistance in tumors.
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Using skin-derived stem cells (SDSCs) and a previously developed collagen tube designed to successfully bridge gaps in injured nerves in rat models, the research team in Milan, Italy that established... and tested the procedure has successfully rescued peripheral nerves in the upper arms of a patient suffering peripheral nerve damage who would have otherwise had to undergo amputations.The study will be published in a future issue of Cell Transplantation but is currently freely available on-line as an unedited early e-pub.
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The start of the cyborgs era

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major... ethical concerns. In their review entitled "Chemie der Cyborgs - zur Verknüpfung technischer Systeme mit Lebewesen" (The Chemistry of Cyborgs - Interfacing Technical Devices with Organisms)*, KIT scientists discuss the state of the art of research, opportunities, and risks. The review is published now by the renowned journal Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed..
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Here are the 20 things thatYour two week long hangover may have prevented you from realizing this but... it's 2014 now. That means 2013 is over and done with and like any other year, needs to be wrapped up nicely in one lovely... drawing. This drawing, commissioned by Syzygy and created by Brosmind, sums up all that has happened on the Internet in 2013.
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Pediatric primary care practitioners (PCPs) are reluctant to prescribe antidepressant medications to adolescent patients - even those with severe depression, reports a study in the January Journal of... Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
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The human microbiome and its role in health, obesity

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
The human microbiome, the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body, is not random, and scientists believe that it plays a role in many basic life processes. As science... continues to explore and better understand the role of the human microbiome. A new report from the American Academy of Microbiology addresses some of the most common questions about this growing area of research.
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A study by researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health evaluated the impact of text messaging reminders for influenza vaccine in a low-income obstetric population. The findings showed that... sending text messages to this population of women resulted in an uptick in influenza vaccination, especially for those who received the messages early in their third trimester.
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Those have undergone extensive back surgery and need repeated X-rays to monitor their progress may soon have access to a new technology that skips the X-rays and repeated radiation exposure, opting... instead for an innovative, noninvasive, non-X-ray device that evaluates spinal movement. The technology was created and patented by two engineering undergraduate students who recently formed their own company to market the device.
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Half of the sun-like stars in the galaxy are in binary pairs – we've just glimpsed into a stellar nursery to see how such pairs come into the universe     
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Seeking the source of body louse pathology

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
A new study seeks to determine how one parasitic species can give rise to two drastically different outcomes in its host: The human body louse (Pediculus humanus) can transmit dangerous bacterial... infections to humans, while the human head louse (also Pediculus humanus) does not.A report of the new study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology."Body louse-transmitted diseases include trench fever, relapsing fever and epidemic typhus," said University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, who led the research.
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A form of malaria common in India, Southeast Asia and South America attacks human red blood cells by clamping down on the cells with a pair of proteins, new research at Washington University School of... Medicine in St. Louis has revealed.The study provides details that will help scientists design better vaccines and drug treatments for the strain, Plasmodium vivax."More people live at risk of infection by this strain of malaria than any other," said senior author Niraj Tolia, PhD, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and of biochemistry and molecular biophysics.
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Six-second Vine clips are all well and good, but the best ones involve significant amounts of creative energy and pre-planning. A new video messaging app called Wordeo, on the other hand, tries to... simplify things by asking you to write a text message ...
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The creator of MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" said the shows have been called "one of the best public service campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy." A new Indiana University research study... finds the opposite to be true.The paper accepted for publication in the journal Mass Communication and Society presents findings that such teen mom shows actually lead heavy viewers to believe that teen mothers have an enviable quality of life, a high income and involved fathers.Teens who perceived reality television as realistic were most likely to hold these perceptions.
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Tobacco smoking by pregnant women has long been viewed as a public health risk because of smoking's adverse effects on the development of a fetus.Smoking during pregnancy is linked to numerous... negative outcomes, including low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and increased risk for attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, and nicotine use in offspring. Despite this extensive literature, it is estimated that 13%-30% of women in the United States continue to smoke while pregnant.
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Rice University researchers have engineered cells to characterize how sensitively altering the cooperative functions of motor proteins can regulate the transport of organelles.The study, by the Rice... lab of bioengineer and chemist Michael Diehl, compared the collective behaviors of kinesin-1 and myosinVa in living cells to determine how these motor proteins cooperate as they move vesicles and organelles along intracellular highways formed from cytoskeletal filaments.
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One in three women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), a range of symptoms which include bladder and bowel problems as well as pelvic pain, according to the American Urogynecologic Society.... Now, University of Missouri researchers have demonstrated that a comprehensive, nonsurgical treatment significantly improves symptoms in women with PFD.
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Cilia - short, hair-like fibers - are widely present in nature. Single-celled paramecia use one set of cilia for locomotion and another set to sweep nutrients into their oral grooves. Researchers at... Brown have discovered that those two cilia sets operate at different speeds when the viscosity of the environment changes. That suggests different molecular motors driving them, which could help explain how cilia have come to be used for so many different tasks in nature. Cilia are one of nature's great multipurpose tools.
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In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that families often use complementary... and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income.
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New research, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researcher Chunyu Wang, has solved one mystery in the development of Familial Alzheimer's Disease (FAD), a genetic variant of the disease that... affects a small fraction of the Alzheimer's population. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Wang and his team follow the trail of two genetic mutations - V44M and V44A - known to cause FAD, and show how the mutations lead to biochemical changes long linked to the disease.
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Selfie Police: Your NextBack in 2013, the term "selfie" was decided to be one of the words of the year. For those unfamiliar, selfie is a term used to refer to photos that one takes of themselves using their phones, cameras,... or tablets. Taking selfies is not new but 2013 definitely took it to new heights where people were actually taking selfies while driving and even at funerals, leading to many raised eyebrows. Well it looks like finally there will be someone to police that kind of behavior in the form of the Selfie Police. While they do call themselves the Selfie Police, their legal authority is pretty much along the same lines as the English Police, the Fashion Police, and so on. Basically they are a website launched by Brigham Young University students who encourage users to pay a "fine" for selfies that...
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Sony Xperia E1 smartphone withSony has announced its new Xperia E1 smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress next month. The E1 appears to be a mid-range handset that sticks to Sony's Walkman heritage. Sony claims this is the best... mid-range handset in its class. The Xperia E1 comes...
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Higher Profile Google UsersSo the other day Google, in an attempt to get more people to use Google+, announced that anyone visiting your Google+ page would be allowed to send you an email (to your Gmail account) even if they... don't have you in their circles. No doubt this is annoying and does open itself up to spam and abuse from marketing companies, or maybe even malicious hackers looking to grab your attention, although the good news is that you can always opt out of it and disable the feature. However it seems that Google has decided that there is a difference between its regular users and its more high-profile users, whereby those who have more users following them have their options set differently from regular folks. According to reports from MarketingLand and Reuters, it has been discovered that Google+ users...
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Epson Moverio BT-200

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 10:55
Epson Moverio BT-200Epson has announced its second-generation Moverio "smart glasses" featuring a true binocular display and a built-in camera.
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We know how hard it can be to stop yourself from texting and driving. After all the message could be an important one, or one that you have been waiting for, but ultimately it is dangerous and... accidents have happened because of that. Looking to do something for the community and perhaps enact a little CSR, Samsung has announced a new app and campaign called Eyes on the Road which is basically an Android app that prevents drivers from texting while they are driving as statistics have shown that drivers who text are 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Basically how the app works is that it will use the phone's sensors and GSM cell towers to determine the speed at which you are moving at, and presumably moving at a faster speed would allow the phone to assume you are in a vehicle....
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Twitter desktop website gets mobile look

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 10:52
Twitter desktop website getsTwitter revamped its desktop webpages Monday to better mirror the experience of visiting the popular one-to-many text messaging service on smartphones.
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Twitter Redesign 2014: What's Changed?

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 10:50
Twitter Redesign 2014: What'sTwitter underwent a pretty major redesign on Monday - but if you access the service through either the official app or a service like Tweetdeck you probably didn't notice. This time around the design... only affected the web version of the site, and most of the changes were aimed at brining it in line with the newer design of the mobile, tablet and desktop apps. Twitter said that it wanted to unify the 'experience' across iOS and Android: We're now rolling out a refreshed ://t.co/eNvqKTup1d reflecting the look & feel of our iOS & Android apps. pic.twitter.com/Mb6qjjP8Dm -- Twitter (@twitter) January 13, 2014 At refreshed ://t.co/eNvqKTup1d, personalize your profile w/ accent color: ://t.co/vxt1P3BDxq>web design. pic.twitter.com/y7r1a6jqxl -- Twitter (@twitter) January 13, 2014 The main...
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Tech stocks: Google climbs off Nest deal

USA Today - 14 Jan 2014 10:47
Shares up slightly after company announced deal to scoop up Nest.
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Vivitar Hangs Hopes On 'Smart Lens' For iPhone

Cult of Mac - 14 Jan 2014 10:46
Vivitar Hangs Hopes On 'Smart  The new bandwagon onto which camera makers can desperately throw themselves in the hopes of saving their low-end camera sales is "smart lenses," like Vivitar's new Vivicam IU680. These are in fact... just cameras, only they look like lenses…
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Tagaboom for iOS

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 10:45
Tagaboom for iOSTagaboom is now available for iOS with support for photographs and animated GIFs.
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How the Carbon Cycle Dictates Our Lives

Gizmodo - 14 Jan 2014 10:40
Carbon is the fundamental element which all life on our planet is based on--but it's also much maligned for its role in climate change. So which is it, friend or foe?
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When Motorola returned from Google's wilderness, it came back with a new approach to phone design and customization. The Moto X was the subject of plenty of envious glances from the other side of the... pond, and while the Moto G is an excellent low-end ...
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Sony announces 6-inch XperiaHuge device with solid specs and dual SIM option targeted at the mid-range buyer Sony is expanding its large device lineup today with the Xperia T2 Ultra and Ultra dual. Targeted at a more... price-sensitive buyer in emerging markets such as China, the Middle East and Africa — as you would expect with a dual SIM option — the Xperia T2 Ultra brings many headline features and Sony design elements but cuts corners in a few places to lower the cost. This budget behemoth offers a 6-inch 720 x 1280 Triluminous display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (plus SDcard support), a 3000mAh battery, NFC and LTE data access all running with Android 4.3. Sony is also making a point that these devices ship with a 13MP camera and several advanced camera modes. It...
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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra AndAt CES 2014, Sony unveiled two new phones: the Xperia Z1s and the Xperia Z1 Compact. However it turns out that Sony might have more phones up their sleeves that they did not mention at CES, but it has... now been made official as the company has taken the wraps off the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia E1, with the former sporting a large phablet-like display, while the latter will be a phone aimed at the music lover. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Sony, xperia e1, xperia t2 ultra, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra And Xperia E1 Announced original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Motorola is bringing its flagship Android phone to Britain, France and Germany next month.
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Motorola is bringing its flagship Android phone to Britain, France and Germany next month.
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LightRocket Boosts ConnectionsRecently launched online photo service LightRocket is leveraging its extensive industry connections to promote relationships between its members and thousands of professional picture buyers around the... world.
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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and T2Sony has announced two new Android handsets, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual. The new handsets offer a 6-inch display, but leaves the resolution at 720p, looking to take on... devices like the Huawei Ascend Mate and the Samsung...
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Moto X coming to the UK 1Motorola has announced that the Moto X is finally ready for a European release, telling Pocket-lint that it will hit networks and stores on 1 February. The British version of the Android smartphone... has identical specifications to the version available...
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Motorola Moto X: Where can I get it?

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 10:30
Motorola Moto X: Where can IMotorola has launched its Moto X handset in the UK, which features a 4.7-inch display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a 10-megapixel rear camera. The device was originally launched in the US and the... company has announced it will be crossing the shores...
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Moto X vs Nexus 5: What's the difference?

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 10:30
Moto X vs Nexus 5: What's theMotorola has launched the Moto X into the UK, bringing with it the same specs as the US version launched last year. We had a lot of love for the Moto X handset when we reviewed it in August 2013, so... here we are putting it up against the Nexus 5, another...
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Moto X vs Moto G: What's the difference?

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 10:30
Moto X vs Moto G: What's theMotorola has finally announced that the Moto X is coming to the UK on 1 February, to expand its family of mid-range smartphones. Currently, the Moto G sits pretty in that category, so a... KitKat-sporting sibling is welcome. There are a few differences between...
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Moto X vs HTC One: What's the difference?

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 10:30
Moto X vs HTC One: What's theMotorola has announced that the UK will get the Moto X in February. Rejoice! And then sit down, because you've got some thinking to do in regards to whether the Moto X will be your next smartphone.... After all, there is so much competition out there, such...
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Sony has launched two new smartphones in the Xperia line: The 4-inch Xperia E1 and the 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra Visually, these two devices correspond with the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z Ultra,... only with a slightly smaller screen and toned-down specifications See also: Sony Ventures Into Oculus Rift Territory The Xperia E1 has a 4-inch, 480x800 pixel display, a 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage memory. It also has a 100Db speaker, loud enough that "even a motorcycle won't interrupt your music," Sony claims The T2 Ultra is quite a bit more powerful, with a 6-inch, 720p screen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage and LTE support — something which the E1 doesn't have. It also has a much bigger battery than the E1: 3,000mAh...
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Google Buys Nest: Search GiantGoogle has bought Nest, a company which makes 'smart' thermostats, smoke detectors and CO2 monitors, for a reported $3.2 billion in cash. The deal brings Google more deeply into the new market for... internet-connected home applliances, also known as the 'Internet of Things'. Nest said it would continue to operate as a separate brand within Google, but welcomed the company's expertise in helping its products reach a wider customer base. On its blog Nest said: "Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We've had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship. Google has the business resources, global scale and platform reach to accelerate Nest growth across hardware, software and...
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Mountainsmith Announces 5 New Camera Bags

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 10:25
Mountainsmith Announces 5 NewMountainsmith has launched an assortment of redesigned camera bags for the photographer seeking to capture the experiences in the great outdoors.
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Fitbit Force Users Complain OfPlanning on getting one of those fitness bands like the Fitbit Force? Well if you are, here's something you might want to consider. According to a smattering of reports, it seems that Fitbit Force... owners are suffering from a series of rashes on their wrist where the device is worn. Other ailments include blisters and peeling skin. Of course one cannot place the blame solely on Fitbit since there are a variety of reasons that might cause this, which is exactly what the company has stated when they released a statement to The Huffington Post where they claim that sensitivity to materials like stainless steel, nickel, or the band's elastomer are all valid reasons as to why some users are experiencing skin irritations. However it seems that for the most part, most of the people who have...
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Book With 3D Printed CoverBooks for the most part are printed on paper. The cover of the books themselves are sometimes printed on paper too, although there are books with more unique covers that act as coffee table books and... conversation pieces, which is why we have to say that a limited edition version of Chang-Rae Lee's novel, On Such a Full Sea, might be one of the more unique books we've come across due to the fact that it sports a 3D printed cover, making it the first book to ever sport a 3D printed cover. Designed by the book's publisher's art director, Helen Yentus, the cover initially took about 30 hours to print, before it was streamlined to 15 hours, but either way safe to say the end result was not cheap with the book being priced at $150, way more than the normal version which is a fraction of the...
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Startup Company Uses Drones ToDrones, for the most part, have been thought of as instruments for spying and war, but they can be used for many different things as well, such as delivery of goods which is what Amazon had in mind,... and they can also be used for good as well, which is what a startup company has done when they have designed drones meant to protect endangered animals from poachers. Let's face it, animals in the wild are being hunted for all sorts of reasons. For food, for sport, for money, etc., which is why San Francisco startup Airware have announced that they have successfully managed to run a field trial at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya in which their drones have been used to protect endangered black and white rhinos from poachers. Basically what the drones do is that they can cover the air which...
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Cheaper Sony Xperia phones areSony's just launched two new smartphones for emerging markets - the more advanced 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra phablet with a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 13-megapixel camera, and the more affordable... 4-inch Xperia E1 geared toward music fans. The post Cheaper Sony Xperia phones are coming, but they’re not for US appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Terry O'Neill 2013 Award Winners Announced

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 10:15
Terry O'Neill 2013 AwardThe winners of the Terry O’Neill Award have just been announced.
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Target to invest $5 million inTarget said Monday it is investing US$5 million in a multi-year campaign to educate the public on the dangers of scams, after the company disclosed that up to 110 million people may have been affected... by a data breach at the retailer's U.S. stores. The company, under pressure from various quarters including some state attorneys general, has also unveiled the details of a free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for one year for all Target customers who have shopped in its U.S. stores. Target is facing a public-relations crisis and the proposed investment in cybersecurity education is likely designed to mute criticism. It said it had hired Experian to provide its ProtectMyID credit monitoring and identity theft protection product. Customers have to sign up to receive an...
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Google likely attracted by Nest patents for home automation and related technology
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If I Had a Hammer

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 10:03
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Tom Friedman begins his latest op-ed in the NYT with an anecdote about Dutch chess grandmaster Jan Hein Donner who, when asked how he'd prepare for a chess match against a... computer, replied: 'I would bring a hammer.' Donner isn't alone in fantasizing that he'd like to smash some recent advances in software and automation like self-driving cars, robotic factories, and artificially intelligent reservationists says Friedman because they are 'not only replacing blue-collar jobs at a faster rate, but now also white-collar skills, even grandmasters!' In the First Machine Age (The Industrial Revolution) each successive invention delivered more and more power but they all required humans to make decisions about them. ... Labor and machines were complementary. Friedman...
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Sony announces big and smallSony has a diverse line of smartphones that it sells around the world, everything from the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 Compact to the massive 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra. Today, the company is announcing two new... smartphones targeted at emerging markets: the 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra and the 4-inch Xperia E1. The T2 Ultra, which comes in both single- and dual-SIM flavors, has a 6-inch, 720p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, support for LTE networks, and a large 3,000mAh battery. It's thin (7.6mm) and light (6.1oz) and is more or less a toned down version of the Z Ultra. Sony notes that the T2 Ultra's display extends to within 2.5mm of the edges of the phone, providing a thin bezel and a body that's...
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Will the post-PC world also beWe learned over the weekend that Microsoft is planning to release a major update to Windows next year that will essentially act as a do-over for Windows 8, the platform that has so far failed in its... mission to reignite demand in the PC market. However, ZDNet’s James Kendrick worries that Windows as a whole is coming to look more and more like Windows Phone, the mobile platform that Microsoft has been plugging away at for years with updates but has so far only recently gained modest traction in the smartphone market. “When you compare the life of Windows Phone to that of Windows 8, the similarities are hard to ignore,” he writes. “Windows 8 is now looking like the
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This week the folks at Sony have revealed two new large-display-toting smartphones, both of them with rather similar specifications and an aim for international release. Both the Sony Xperia T2 …
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Consider this baby's mind blown. When this chubby-cheeked little girl met her father's twin for the first time, how was she supposed to react? Her frozen, wide gaze and several double-takes said it... all. This was highly illogical. Dear old dad, mom and uncle couldn't help but be amused. In the video, they do their best to tell the little girl that everything is fine. "Hey, there's two of us, huh?" says the uncle, smiling, while mom and dad laugh in the background. See also: Baby Polar Bear Cub Takes First Adorable Steps In the end, the little girl warms up to her newly-met uncle, because any man who looks like her beloved daddy must be all right in her book.
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Sony Xperia E1 official with 100dB speaker

Slash Gear - 14 Jan 2014 10:00
Inside the Sony Xperia E1 you'll find one massively powerful speaker - that's the headliner item in this device, while everything else pales, ever so slightly. Of course as Sony …
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Sleep is the price we pay for learning

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 10:00
Why do animals ranging from fruit flies to humans all need to sleep? After all, sleep disconnects them from their environment, puts them at risk and keeps them from seeking food or mates for large... parts of the day.Two leading sleep scientists from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say that their synaptic homeostasis hypothesis of sleep or "SHY" challenges the theory that sleep strengthens brain connections.
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A team including University of North Carolina and NIH scientists has demonstrated in a mouse model that an HIV-specific poison can kill cells in which the virus is actively reproducing despite... antiretroviral therapy. According to the researchers, such a targeted poison could complement antiretroviral therapy, which dramatically reduces the replication of HIV in infected cells but does not eliminate them.The 40 mice in the experiment were bioengineered to have a human immune system.
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New target discovered for brain cancer treatment

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 10:00
A new study is giving researchers hope that novel targeted therapies can be developed for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and most aggressive form of brain cancer, after demonstrating... for the first time that a gene known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9/syntenin (mda-9/syntenin) is a driving force behind the disease's aggressive and invasive nature.
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Findings published in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases journal, Hepatology, indicate that infection, the commonest cause of mortality in patients with acute liver failure... (ALF), may be decreased by inhibiting the activity of a protein found in saliva called SLPI (secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor). New research has found that this protein, produced by the body in response to injury, plays a vital role in patients with ALF.Acute liver failure occurs when there is rapid death of liver cells (hepatocytes).
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Food commercialism in schools is characterized by exclusive beverage or food contracts with certain companies, along with incentives, profits and advertising. Although beverage vending in schools has... decreased over the past 5 years, a new study reveals that students are still highly exposed to the marketing of certain food products - most of which are nutritionally poor.According to the American Heart Association, around 1 in 3 children in the US is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and increased blood cholesterol levels.
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The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City prompted large increases in government funding to help communities respond and recover after man-made and natural disasters. But, this funding has fallen... considerably since the economic crisis in 2008. Furthermore, disaster funding distribution is deeply inefficient: huge cash infusions are disbursed right after a disaster, only to fall abruptly after interest wanes. These issues have exposed significant problems with our nation's preparedness for public health emergencies.
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UCLA researchers have found that minority patients and those of lower socioeconomic status are far more likely to have advanced thyroid cancer when they are diagnosed with the disease than white... patients and those in higher economic brackets.In one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, the UCLA team looked at nearly 26,000 patients with well-differentiated thyroid cancer and analyzed the impact of race and socioeconomic factors on the stage of presentation, as well as patient survival rates.
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Research from the University of Southampton has shown that prisoners believe themselves to have more pro-social characteristics - such as kindness, morality, self-control, and generosity - than... non-prisoners.The research also showed that prisoners did not rate themselves as more law abiding than non-prisoners, but they did rate themselves as equal.
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Acute otitis media, or ear infection, is the most common ailment among kids of preschool age and younger in the U.S., primarily because these children have immature middle-ear drainage systems, higher... exposure to respiratory illnesses and undeveloped immune systems.
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During clotting red blood cells become shape shifters

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 10:00
Red blood cells are the body's true shape shifters, perhaps the most malleable of all cell types, transforming - among many other forms - into compressed discs capable of going through capillaries... with diameters smaller than the blood cell itself. While studying how blood clots contract John W. Weisel, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues, discovered a new geometry that red blood cells assume, when compressed during clot formation.
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Lymphoma drug protects against type 1 diabetes

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 10:00
New research shows that low doses of a cancer drug protect against the development of type 1 diabetes in mice. At the same time, the medicine protects the insulin-producing cells from being destroyed.... The study is headed by researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, and has just been published in the distinguished scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
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T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, announced that scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and T2 Biosystems have published a paper in... Blood describing novel clot structure biology detected while testing T2 Bio's T2HemoStat™. T2HemoStat is an innovative diagnostic tool for assessing blood clotting, platelet function, fibrinolytic activity and hematocrit measurements from a fingerstick blood sample in about 15 minutes. T2HemoStat uniquely detects millions of data points during a blood coagulation cascade.
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Disruption of a transcription network controlled by MEF2 in heart tissue of people with myotonic dystrophy type 1 - an inherited form of muscular dystrophy with symptoms starting in early adulthood -... affects activity of the minute bits of genetic material called microRNAs responsible for fine-tuning expression of proteins, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in the journal Cell Reports.Malfunction of the heart involving its ability to beat properly is the second most common cause of death in the disorder, said Dr.
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Discovery of a new pathway for neuron repair

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 10:00
Penn State University molecular biologists have discovered a brand-new pathway for repairing nerve cells that could have implications for faster and improved healing. The researchers describe their... findings in a paper titled "Dendrite injury triggers DLK-independent regeneration," which will be published in the 30 January 2014 issue of the journal Cell Reports. These findings demonstrate that dendrites, the component of nerve cells that receive information from the brain, have the capacity to regrow after an injury.
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Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology have revealed a critical player in the cellular interactions leading to eczema - a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting more... than 14 million U.S. children and adults.In a published study, Toshiaki Kawakami, M.D., Ph.D., and his research team provide information which supports - for the first time in humans - the long-held theory that mast cells are a key culprit in causing eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis.
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Studies have found that prostate cancer is overdiagnosed in up to 42 percent of cases, prompting men to receive unnecessary treatment that can cause devastating side effects, including impotence and... incontinence.Now, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington have developed a personalized tool that can predict the likelihood of prostate cancer overdiagnosis. They announced their findings in the online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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Many clinical trials have looked to the use of metformin - a drug already used to treat diabetes - as a way of suppressing tumor growth in cancer by activating a molecule called AMP-activated protein... kinase. But new research suggests that activation of this molecule may actually encourage tumor growth.The study findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.However, the research team, led by Dr.
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Remission from depression is delayed in adults who have experienced childhood physical abuse or parental addictions, a new study by University of Toronto researchers has found. The study is published... in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.University of Toronto investigators examined a range of factors associated with remission in a sample of 1,128 depressed Canadian adults, drawn from the National Population Health Survey. Depressed individuals were followed every other year until remission occurred, for up to 12 years.
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You'd think a company that very recently announced two new flagship smartphones at CES would slow its roll and hold off on the product announcements for a bit. But no, Sony's introducing two more... handsets to the mix with the Xperia T2 Ultra and ...
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Qi Zhang sees himself as a warrior. In his lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he wages war on genetic diseases such as cancer and heart disease on a battlefield measured with... single atoms.In a paper published by the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Zhang, an assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his team have revealed his newest weapon - a powerful technique to visualize the shape and motion of RNA at the atomic level using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).
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An analysis of emergency room (ER) visits over a 10-year period finds that while inappropriate antibiotic use is decreasing in pediatric settings, it continues to remain a problem in adults, according... to an article published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.In the study, the investigators mined data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey for the years 2001-2010. During this time, acute respiratory tract infections accounted for 126 million visits to emergency departments in the US.
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Gigantopithecus, a 3-metre-tall ape that lived during the Stone Age, may have been driven to extinction by eating fruit that contained little nourishment     
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Sony Adds To Its Global MobileSony is adding two smartphones to its growing stable of devices. Meet the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia E1 -- both substantial updates to Sony's 2013 models. Best yet, both are offered in dual-sim... variants. These latest phones join the Z1S and Z1 announced last week at CES. However, it seems Sony held these close to its chest last week as they're somewhat mundane and not destined for the U.S. market. And, as Sony found out from years of experience, to "win" CES, requires focused and streamlined announcements and not a proverbial conveyor belt of press releases.
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Yandex Adds Facebook Posts AndYandex and Facebook had a notable run-in last year when a team of developers from the Russian search giant created a social search app called Wonder, which Facebook promptly shut down. But in reality... the two sides have been working together since 2010, and today comes the latest chapter in the collaboration. Yandex is launching a social search feature that will give Yandex.com visitors related, real-time public posts from Facebook. Yandex will also use Facebook firehose data to help provide more relevant results.
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Chipmaker wants to expand its partnerships with Indian original equipment manufacturers as it looks to introduce tablets and other mobile devices in the local market this year.
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Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic 350 gsm

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 09:30
Hahnemühle CanvasHahnemühle has expanded its Digital FineArt canvas collection with the 350gsm Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic poly-cotton inkjet canvas.
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How will we watch TV in five years?

USA Today - 14 Jan 2014 09:13
How will we watch TV in five years? On a top notch 4K TV. The content finds you.
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Syrian violence brings polioOngoing violence in Syria has hindered an international campaign to administer polio vaccines to thousands of children, just months after experts confirmed the country's first polio cases in more... than a decade. United Nations aid groups announced yesterday that fighting in the northeast province of Raqqa has brought the vaccination campaign to a halt, putting 100,000 children at risk of infection. As Reuters reports, the groups are appealing for access to the region, which is the only province under the control of armed rebel groups. "We haven't reached Raqqa town in this second round of immunization," Elizabeth Hoff of the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters. "There are approximately 100,000 children out of reach in the town...
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Droid Mini, Ultra and MaxxCamera improvements, better power usage and the same visual styling as Jelly Bean Following nearly a month after notice of an Android 4.4 KitKat soak test for Motorola's new droid devices, the update... has resumed its rollout to the general public. It isn't typical to see such a delay between the initial rollout and wide-scale availability, but we of course prefer Verizon and Motorola get all of the kinks worked out before pushing to everyone. The software brings the Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx up to feature parity with the Moto X — you'll have access to the new Immersive Mode, camera improvements and a general tightening of the screws. Verizon support documents also note that the update adds Fitbit support and a new version of Droid Zap. Somewhat curiously, the update doesn't seem to...
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Japan to tax sales of contentJapan is planning to tax sales of foreign online content such as ebooks, apps and downloaded music by late 2015, according to a newspaper report. Japanese who purchase electronic content from foreign... firms like Amazon.com through overseas servers don't have to pay consumption tax, currently at 5 percent but slated to rise to 8 percent in April. That has made foreign content cheaper than apps, MP3 downloads, software, and ebooks distributed domestically. Physical products purchased from abroad are hit with consumption tax when they clear customs in Japan, but no such levy exists for online goods. The government plans to close the loophole and make foreign vendors selling consumer goods register with tax authorities and pay the tax. Japanese corporations that buy foreign electronic content...
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Country's average per capita online transactions has swelled to over US$1,642, led by the Guangdong province which accounts for 16 percent of the national online expenditure.
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Bags packed. Ticket in hand. Reserved seating and your rocket ship waits. The longed-for dawn of private manned space travel appears near at hand. Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo, for... example, aced its third supersonic test flight on Friday (Jan. 10), and company officials say they remain on track to begin commercial service later this year. But as Niels Bohr, Nobel laureate in physics, once said: "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." [See photos of SpaceShipTwo's latest supersonic test flight] SPACE.com surveyed a number of commercial space travel experts, asking them what developments we should expect in the field this year — including whether or not large numbers of paying customers will indeed make it to the final frontier in 2014.
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Title: Mekinist Plus Tafinlar Approved for Late-Stage MelanomaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Assaults at Schools Send 90,000 Kids to ER Each Year: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/13/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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What is Nest and why doesIn a surprising move on Monday, Google announced the acquisition of Nest Labs, a home automation company that's made quite a name for itself in three years. Why would Google, a company traditionally... focused on a search engine, advertisements, and Android...
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Title: FDA OKs 2-Drug Combo Treatment for Advanced MelanomaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Many Americans Haven't Checked Out Health Insurance MarketplacesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

MedicineNet - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: U.S. Flu Cases Continue to ClimbCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Ease Into a Workout Program to Prevent InjuriesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/11/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Less Variety in Babies' Gut Bacteria May Lead to Asthma RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Aging Brains Can Still Make 'Childlike' Connections: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear InfectionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Stop Stress

MedicineNet - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Stop StressCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/13/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Sealant Gel Approved for Eye Surgery

MedicineNet - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Sealant Gel Approved for Eye SurgeryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Certain Childhood Fractures May Signal Low Bone Density: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Your Daily Coffee Just Might Jolt Your Memory

MedicineNet - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Your Daily Coffee Just Might Jolt Your MemoryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/12/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Is Your Blood Sugar Low at Night?

MedicineNet - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Is Your Blood Sugar Low at Night?Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/13/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Preservative in Baby Wipes Linked to Rashes in Some ChildrenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/13/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Women More Open to Weight-Loss Surgery

MedicineNet - 14 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Women More Open to Weight-Loss SurgeryCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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China video sites confident public will pay

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 08:57
China video sites confidentWhen media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like... in China.
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Latest Xbox One ad: 'If itThe latest Xbox One ad is all about immersion. According to Microsoft, the games on the Xbox One look so good that you might actually forget you’re playing a game. This heightened sense of realism... is demonstrated by a man who sees the cuts and bruises from his character in Ryse: Son of Rome appearing on his own body, as if he had been the armored soldier himself. Of course, this early in a console’s life cycle, developers aren’t able to take advantage of each and every aspect of the new hardware to create the kind of experiences we will see a few years from now, but it’s a smart move from a marketing department that has some talented competition
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Retailers mum about data breaches

USA Today - 14 Jan 2014 08:23
Loophole in states' data loss notification laws allow closed-door investigations
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Rapper 50 Cent is also an entrepreneur.
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In the race to fix the widening shortfall of power in India, many say that alternative sources like solar and even wind are becoming cheaper by the day, especially when measured up against the prime... minister's pet project, nuclear plants.
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Usually, when there's a dispute over a pay-TV system carrying a channel, it hinges on sports or in-demand shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men. This time, it's DirecTV sparring with... ...The Weather Channel? Believe it or not, as of ...
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Man dies after falling intoDefinitely not worth a plunge into a freezing river, an Illinois man lost his life today after attempting to retrieve a lost mobile phone that was accidentally dropped into the Chicago River. The post... Man dies after falling into freezing river trying to retrieve mobile phone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Enblink Dongle Lets You SpeakIt makes perfect sense that as technology progresses (and in the right direction, I might add), things would get more and more complex in the back end, while life becomes (hopefully) easier for the... masses. Take the humble phone for example – it has so many functions these days that affect various aspects of our lives, and from touchscreen we are now possibly making the jump to voice control. Enblink happens to jump aboard the voice-control bandwagon by virtue of being an $85 dongle which will plug itself into your Google TV box. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, Home, voice, Enblink Dongle Lets You Speak To Your Home Appliances original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Apple misses out as iPod creator flies Nest to Google
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7 Ways Your Mobile Email Campaign Will Fail

Technorati - 14 Jan 2014 08:10
Experts and vendors alike have lots of advice on what to do to deliver better email campaign results. But what about what not to do? Let's cut to the chase an succinctly identify things to avoid.
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It is not uncommon to see taxi drivers in Hong Kong with more than two mobile devices on their dashboards, and the Urban Taxi Drivers Association wants this practice to stop.
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Ceramic Ninja Mug - $22

The Gadget Flow - 14 Jan 2014 08:00
Ceramic Ninja Mug - $22Ceramic Ninja Mug (CNM) is a silent assassin who lurks around casually at home or in your office cubicle until you start feeling sleepy. Then CNM goes into action, with the black mask on to keep your... drink hot for...
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When Dartmouth College undergrad Jake Gaba embarked on his three-month semester abroad in China, he wanted to find a special way to document his experience. Skipping over the obvious choices, like a... Facebook album or travel blog, he opted instead to film himself dancing across the country over the course of 100 days. The resulting clip is a goofy compilation set to Bruno Mars' "Treasure" and a silly testament to Gaba's journey abroad. See also: Stunning Dance Photography Pushes the Boundaries of Light Gaba told Mashable that one of his favorite moments from shooting the video came while dancing in a waiting room at a Beijing train station
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Super Mario Bros Nintendo Wall Graphics - $49

The Gadget Flow - 14 Jan 2014 08:00
Super Mario Bros Nintendo WallThese Super Mario Bros Nintendo Wall Graphics are reusable vinyl wall decals brought to you courtesy of ThinkGeek. For those who grew up with calluses on their thumbs thanks to endless use of the... original NES, these Super Mario Bros...
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Peugeot Gold-tone Cufflink Watch Gift Set - $75

The Gadget Flow - 14 Jan 2014 08:00
Peugeot Gold-tone CufflinkThis Gold-tone Cufflink Watch Gift Set from Peugeot adds an incredibly stylish touch to the recipient's fashion sense. Peugeot watches are the very definition of class and luxury, with a long history... of handcrafted gold timepieces that are now priceless...
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Fast and portable: Using thePhotographers often need to find the most powerful solutions possible and cram them into the smallest places. While the MacBook Air once satisfied only the size part of the equation, the newest... member of the family makes it a compelling choice for photographers. The MacBook Air provides a professional level of power in a diminutive package without sacrificing functionality. Learn more
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Fast and portable: Using thePhotographers often need to find the most powerful solutions possible and cram them into the smallest places. While the MacBook Air once satisfied only the size part of the equation, the newest... member of the family makes it a compelling choice for photographers. The MacBook Air provides a professional level of power in a diminutive package without sacrificing functionality. Learn more
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Washio lands $2.25 million and plans to expand its app-based laundry service
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6 Books to Inspire Your Photography in 2014

The Phoblographer - 14 Jan 2014 07:37
Here are some of our favorite books to check out and inspire you as a photographer. The post 6 Books to Inspire Your Photography in 2014 appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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OneWheel Self-Balancing Skateboard

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 07:29
OneWheel Self-BalancingA skateboard is just a skateboard, or is there to it than meets the eye? Apparently so, as the good people over at Future Motion did make the effort to come up with a brand new electric skateboard.... Inventor Kyle Doerksen figured out that he was not on par with the genius of the fictional Tony Stark to churn out an actual hoverboard, but surely there is another method to emulate the feeling of riding a hoverboard? Putting on his thinking cap, he came up with the Onewheel, which is an electric powered, self-balancing skateboard that sports a single, beefy go-kart wheel. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, kickstarter, OneWheel Self-Balancing Skateboard original content from Ubergizmo.     
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40 more maps that explain the world

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 07:18
Washington Post: Consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily... headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. Maps have always fascinated me and the ones pictured here cover the span from "Cool!" to "Oh, that's not good."∞ Read this on The Loop
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Having held its infrastructure on a mix of its own premises and collocation datacentres, the City of Sydney is seeking out a new home for its data as it prepares to move towards an... infrastructure-as-a-service model.
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Cadillac reveals its 4Cadillac promises that its ATS Coupe is even more fun to drive than the sedan, which we already love. Maybe the Americans have some good, old-fashioned fight left in them after all? The post Cadillac... reveals its 4 Series-fighting ATS Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Turnbull embarks on US tech tour

ZDNet - 14 Jan 2014 07:12
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is spending the first few weeks of 2014 meeting with tech giants in the US.
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Could There Be Time Travelers Among Us?

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 07:07
Could There Be Time TravelersWill we be able to find time travelers on a social network? I suppose the better question to ask before that would be this – is time travel even possible in the first place? Well, astrophysicist... Robert Nemiroff did mull over the possibility of time travel over a poker game last summer. In fact, he was pretty much amused by the possibility of having time travelers hanging out in our generation, that he started to enlist the help of several of his students to check out whether there is evidence of such folks. Needless to say, in this day and age, if you are not searching for anything other than your remote control that is under the couch, you would enlist the help of an online search engine to get the job done. (more…) Follow: General, science, Could There Be Time Travelers Among Us?...
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snydeq writes "With the four-year anniversary of Oracle's Sun Microsystems acquisition looming, InfoWorld reached out to Java founder James Gosling to rate how Oracle has done in shepherding Sun... technology. Gosling gives Oracle eyebrow-raising grades, lauding Oracle's handling of Java, despite his past acrimony toward Oracle over Java (remember those T-shirts?), and giving Oracle a flat-out failing grade on what has become of Solaris OS."
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Liquidmetal Comes Into TheApple has been in the news in recent times, especially concerning their next generation iPhone (which is simply referred to as the iPhone 6 at this point in time since nothing official has been... revealed just yet), not to mention after having signed an exclusive agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies in order to make use of their unbreakable alloys. This has sparked rumors that Liquidmetal would then see action in future iOS-powered products after signing that particular agreement all the way back in 2010. Well, it seems that this rumor concerning liquidmetal as the next generation iPhone material has sparked back into life again, after Cupertino did test out the Liquidmetal alloy a couple times for the SIM card trays. (more…) Follow: Apple, liquidmetal, Liquidmetal Comes Into The...
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Florida man shot, killed inSadly escalating into a tragic situation, a Florida father was killed today after an argument over sending text messages during the previews of a movie sent one retired police officer over the edge.... The post Florida man shot, killed in movie theater because he was texting appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Call Marketing Company InvocaInvoca, the call marketing company formerly known as RingRevenue, is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. The company has now raised more than $30 million, with the current... round led by Accel Partners. Upfront Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners also participated, and Accel's Kobie Fuller has joined the company's board of directors.
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For More Than War: AirwareAirware wants to prove drones have plenty of uses beyond killing people. Today the unmanned aerial vehicle hardware/software/firmware startup revealed it's built and deployed special drones to thwart... animal poachers in Kenya, Africa. The demo could build interest for the launch Airware's commercial drone platform later this year.
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Startup designs drones toThe plains of Africa contain some of the world's most wondrous beasts. Unfortunately, many of them have been hunted to near-extinction by poachers, which is why a permit to shoot a single black rhino... can fetch as much as $350,000. Today, the San Francisco startup Airware announced the results of a successful field trial it ran at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, home to many endangered black and white rhino. Airware partnered with the conservancy to use specialized drones which can monitor huge swaths of land to protect rhinos against poachers.
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(Queen's University Belfast) Scientists at Queen's University Belfast and the Irish Equine Centre are to develop a new way to test for illegal drugs used in horses and cattle.
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(Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) Materials in high-performance turbines have to withstand not only powerful mechanical forces, they also have to maintain their chemical and... mechanical properties almost up to their melting points. For this reason, turbine manufacturers have employed special nickel-based high-performance alloys for decades. New work from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien and Energie now shows in detail how new phases in a nickel-based alloy form and evolve, providing clues to how high-performance alloys could be improved.
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(PeerJ) Spending as little as 45 minutes in a high-crime, deprived neighborhood can have measurable effects on people's trust in others and their feelings of paranoia. In a new study, students who... visited high-crime neighborhoods quickly developed a level of trust and paranoia comparable to the residents of that neighborhood, and significantly different from that in more low-crime neighborhoods. As a result, urban planners should carefully consider the psychological effects of the environment.
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(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) A University of Illinois study has identified the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among... preschoolers: (1) inadequate sleep, (2) a parental BMI that classifies the mom or dad as overweight or obese, and (3) parental restriction of a child's eating in order to control his weight.
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(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) Everybody feels pain differently, and brain structure may hold the clue to these differences. In a study published in the current online issue of the journal Pain,... scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have shown that the brain's structure is related to how intensely people perceive pain.
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(Loyola University Health System) Doctors commonly recommend drug holidays, or breaks, from certain osteoporosis drugs due to the risks associated with these treatments. Yet little has been known... about the ideal duration of the holidays and how best to manage patients during this time.
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(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have identified key molecular components linking circadian rhythms and cell division cycles in Neurospora... crassa, providing insights that could lead to improved disease treatments and drug delivery.
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(Georgia Institute of Technology) A new patent mapping system that considers how patents cite one another may help researchers better understand the relationships between technologies -- and how they... may come together to spur disruptive new areas of innovation.
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(KU Leuven) While searching for novel painkillers, researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium came to the surprising conclusion that some candidate drugs actually increase pain. In a study published in the... journal Nature Chemical Biology, the researchers show that a molecular switch in the nerves responsible for detecting pain can 'short-circuit', thus aggravating the onset of pain.
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ERC funds IIASA crowdsourcing project

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) The European Research Council has awarded a highly competitive Consolidator Grant to Steffen Fritz, leader and creator of IIASA's citizen science... project, Geo-Wiki.
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(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Tom Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has overcome one of the greatest challenges in solar energy: storing the energy from the sun... to use at night.
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How a scorpion gets its sting

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) The study provides the first functional evidence for an evolutionary connection between insect defensins and scorpion α-KTxs, and how one... small genetic mutation leads to a new protein function to give scorpions their deadly sting.
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(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) The first study of hepatitis C infection among different Hispanic groups in the US has found that infection with the virus varies widely, with Puerto Rican... Hispanics much more likely than other groups to be infected. The study, led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, highlights which Hispanic populations would benefit most from increased hepatitis C testing and treatment. It was published today in the online edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
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(California Institute of Technology) Bacterial biofilms serve a vital purpose, flagging suitable homes for some marine organisms and actually aiding the transformation of larvae to adults. A new study... at the California Institute of Technology is the first to describe a mechanism for this phenomenon, providing one explanation for the relationship between bacterial biofilms and the metamorphosis of marine invertebrates. This information could provide key insights for the prevention of biofouling organism growth on the hulls of ships.
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(American Society for Microbiology) Two small RNAs working in concert enable the deadly enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli 0157:H7 to attach to and initiate infection in epithelial cells that line the... digestive tract, according to a study published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
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Research targets 'holy grail' of catalysis

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of Houston) Methane, the main component of natural gas, is cheap and plentiful, thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Ideally, it could be converted into rarer and far... more valuable chemicals like methanol, ethane or ethylene, all of which have dozens of uses, many involving the creation of plastics and polymers.
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Younger people have 'high definition' memories

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(Springer) It's not that younger people are able to remember more than older people. Their memories seem better because they are able to retrieve them in higher definition. So says Philip Ko, in a... study that sheds light on how differences in the behavioral and neural activity of younger and older adults influence the different generations' ability to store and recall memories. The findings appear in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, published by Springer.
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(University of Michigan Health System) Breast cancer stem cells exist in two different states and each state plays a role in how cancer spreads, according to an international collaboration of... researchers. Their finding sheds new light on the process that makes cancer a deadly disease.
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(Geological Society of America) Geology adds 19 new articles online, covering locations in China, the Atacama Desert, the Himalaya, Kilauea volcano, Australia, the Mediterranean basin, the Gulf of... California, the southern Andes, the Gulf of Cadiz, the northern Red Sea, and offshore Japan. Oceanography is an emphasis in many of the papers, and several articles incorporate modeling studies. Three articles in this collection are open access.
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(University of Colorado Denver) A study newly awarded by the National Institutes of Health will look at whether lowering uric acid levels can prevent people with type 1 diabetes from needing... hemodialysis or kidney transplant.
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(SAGE Publications) The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists today called on the United States and Russia to restart negotiations on reducing their nuclear arsenals, to... lower alert levels for their nuclear weapons, and to scrap their missile defense programs.
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(Boston University Medical Center) In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers from Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine have found that in addition to... the well-known burdens of caring for an older family member, a further set of complex stressors is imposed on geriatric health care professionals serving in this capacity. These findings, which appear online in Gerontologist, highlight the critical challenges facing all caregivers, even those who deal with these patients daily on a professional basis.
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(Forschungszentrum Juelich) Storing more and more in an ever-smaller space -- what sounds impossible is in fact just part of the daily routine in information technology, where for decades, increasing... amounts of data have been successfully stored on media with ever higher densities. An international team, including researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, has now discovered a physical phenomenon that could prove suitable for use in further data aggregation.
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(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Currently, the most efficient methods that we have of making fuel -- principally hydrogen -- from sunlight and water involve rare and expensive metal catalysts, like... platinum. In a new study, researchers at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a new, more efficient way to link a less expensive synthetic cobalt-containing catalyst to an organic light-sensitive molecule, called a chromophore.
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(International Osteoporosis Foundation) Held annually, the IOF-ESCEO World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases is jointly organized by the International Osteoporosis... Foundation and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. In 2014 the Congress will take place from April 2-5 in Seville, Spain. Accepted abstracts will be published in 'Osteoporosis International'.
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(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) Christopher Parsons, M.D., Director of the HIV Malignancies Program at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, is the senior author of a paper that... is the first to report that specialized fat (lipid) molecules, called sphingolipids, play a key role in the survival of aggressive lymphomas caused by viruses. The paper also reveals a new therapy for preventing production of sphingolipids by lymphoma cells, thereby killing these cells, which are often resistant to standard therapies.
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WTIT: A Process of How ItHow do the animals we eat perceive their own existence and what do they think of us? This experimental short film from Shunsaku.H attempts to find out.
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(Queen Mary, University of London) New research from Queen Mary University of London reveals women over the age of 50 who don't attend cervical screening are four times more likely to be diagnosed... with cervical cancer in later life.
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(University of Montreal) Virtual reality, dance and fun are not the first things that come to mind when we think of treating urinary incontinence in senior women. However, these concepts were the... foundations of a promising study.
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(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Colin is not as tightly wrapped as it was a day ago. Satellite imagery from NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites show Colin is not as organized as it... was.
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(Georgia Institute of Technology) As part of their study of more than 45,000 projects on Kickstarter, Georgia Tech researchers reveal dozens of phrases that pay and a few dozen more that may signal... the likely failure of a crowd-sourced effort.
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(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) "Think of it as the difference between building a short round adobe house and a long, tall steel skyscraper. The shapes are very different in part because of... the material that's used and its original shape." She'll study "how the cell controls delivery of new building blocks of the extracellular matrix. In plants it's a bunch of carbohydrates that form the cell wall and contribute to its function within a leaf, a stem or root."
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(North Carolina State University) A study from North Carolina State University finds that data from CT scans can be incorporated into a growing forensic database to help determine the ancestry and sex... of unidentified remains. The finding may also have clinical applications for craniofacial surgeons.
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(University of Leicester) University of Leicester academic Dr. Graeme Hansford to develop inventive new device in collaboration with Bruker Elemental.
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(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) Research for HerTM , a Cedars-Sinai online medical research database aimed at increasing women's participation in clinical studies, received the 2013 Award for Excellence... from the Health Improvement Institute for its user-friendly electronic consent form.
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(University of Copenhagen) As if being sick weren't bad enough, there's also the fear of frequent injections, side effects and overdosing on you medication. Now a team of researchers from University... of Copenhagen, Department of Chemistry, Nano- science center and the Institut Laue-Langevin, have shown that reservoirs of anti-viral pharmaceuticals could be manufactured to bind specifically to infected tissue such as cancer cells for the slow concentrated delivery of drug treatments.
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Andrew Sessler wins Fermi Award

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) President Obama has named Andrew Sessler, award-winning theoretical physicist, acclaimed humanitarian, and former director of Berkeley Lab, as a recipient... of the Enrico Fermi Award, the government's oldest and most prestigious prizes for scientific achievement.
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(University of California - San Francisco) Two new studies led by UC San Francisco scientists shed new light on the nature of beta cells, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are... compromised in diabetes.
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(University of Edinburgh) New findings on how the cells in our bodies are able to renew themselves could aid our understanding of health disorders, including cancer.
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(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The low pressure area designated as System 94S has been trying to organize off the northern coast of Australia's Northern Territory for a couple of days.
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(Wiley) Individuals with multiple sclerosis may have an increased risk of developing any type of cancer, with an especially high risk of developing breast cancer. That is the conclusion of a recent... study published in European Journal of Neurology. Because the findings contradict earlier studies, additional research is needed to determine whether a true link exists between multiple sclerosis and cancer.
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(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Monitoring glucose levels is imperative for diabetes patients, but for some the standard Hemoglobin A1c test is not valid. Researchers from... Johns Hopkins University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota have determined that the fructosamine tests and a novel assay for glycated albumin may be useful for predicting complications related to diabetes. The results will be published in the latest edition of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
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(Indiana University) About 1 in 10 older adults seen in hospital emergency departments in US experiences delirium, but this acute change in mental status is often not recognized. Patients sent home... from the hospital ED with undetected delirium have six-month mortality rates almost three times greater than their counterparts in whom delirium is detected.
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What your candles and TV screen have in common

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of Luxembourg) The next time you light a candle and switch on your television ready for a relaxing evening at home, just think. These two vastly different products have much more in common... than you might imagine. Research recently carried out by Prof Tanja Schilling and associates, Muhammad Anwar and Francesco Turci, at the Physics and Material Science Research Unit of the University of Luxembourg made this surprising connection.
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(American Chemical Society) The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series questions the "green" reputation of small... hydroelectric dams.
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(Georgetown University Medical Center) In people with dyslexia, less gray matter in the brain has been linked to reading disabilities, but now new evidence suggests this is a consequence of poorer... reading experiences and not the root cause of the disorder.
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Calling all girls: Coding is cool!

EurekAlert! - 14 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of California - San Diego) The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, in a partnership with other local universities and industry support groups, is... launching a non-profit collaborative community program aimed at encouraging and educating young women to learn and apply computing skills.
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(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) A world of cloak-and-dagger pharmaceuticals has come a step closer with the development of stealth compounds programmed to spring into action when... they receive the signal. Researchers at the University of Nottingham's School of Pharmacy have designed and tested large molecular complexes that will reveal their true identity only when they've reached their intended target, like disguised saboteurs working deep behind enemy lines.
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(American Society for Radiation Oncology) The Radiation Oncology Institute has selected Malolan S. Rajagopalan, MD, a radiation oncology resident at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, to... receive a $20,000 grant for a project to compile best practices regarding the management of radiation therapy toxicity.
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(University of Eastern Finland) High concentrations of serum long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a University of Eastern Finland study published... recently in Diabetes Care. The sources of these fatty acids are fish and fish oils.
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(George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services) The first study to gauge the impact of state restrictions on the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act indicates that community... health centers across the country are engaged in an intensive effort to find and enroll eligible and uninsured patients and community residents.
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(Institute of Physics) This year's IOP-STFC Physics Journalism Prize has been awarded to Cynthia Graber for her feature 'Electric Shock: Could electricity be the key to unlocking human regeneration?,... published at MATTER. In the award-winning article, Cynthia, a freelance print and radio journalist based in Massachusetts, investigates the work of Professor Michael Levin, the Director of Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, to improve our understanding of the role electricity plays in regenerating living cells.
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Newspaper ads are still the most trusted form of paid media in North America, according to a recent Nielsen survey More than half of respondents say they trust traditional advertising platforms such... as newspaper, magazine, TV, radio and billboard. However, all new media platforms mentioned in the survey, including search, online video, social media, mobile display and online banners, received a less than 50% trust rating. See also: What the World’s Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch Statista's chart, below, breaks down the trust ratings of 10 different media platform among North American consumers.
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A new iOS app adds functionality to the wildly successful but less-than-useful Pebble.
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The Australian Federal Court has ordered the company to put the issue of moving its shares and operations to the UK to the vote of its shareholders and option holders.
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The NBN Co Strategic Review proposes that Malcolm Turnbull change the network into a hodgepodge of access technologies known as Scenario 6. But will this cheaper Optimised Multi-Technology Mix look as... appealing during 2014 as relative benefits are weighed and strategies revised?
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Listening to users' demands, the video service launches a way to organize, flag, and moderate comments from one single page.
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Beats Music: the streamingBeats Music is ready to take on Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio with playlists curated by humans, a huge marketing campaign. Two years ago, it was just a whisper, a rumored collaboration with smartphone... manufacturer HTC. Here's how the streaming music service got to today — swallowing MOG and HTC in its wake — and where it will go next.
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Motorola Looks To DeliverYou know what they say – if at first you do not succeed, try again. This is exactly what the folks over at Motorola has done, where they first began to introduce the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its... new range of Verizon DROIDs approximately one month back – that is, December 19th, before Motorola was flooded by a fair number of reports that this particular update actually resulted in the bricking of user devices. Well, it does seem as though such issues have been fixed, as there is a new rollout that is happening for the Droid MAXX as well as Droid Ultra again. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Android, Droid MAXX, kitkat, Motorola, Motorola Looks To Deliver Android 4.4 KitKat To Droid MAXX And Droid Ultra Again original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Click. Click. Click. It's hypnotic. Click. You don't realize how often you do it on your computer on a daily basis. Click. It's almost mindless when you're reading websites on the Internet. Click. And... cycling through windows and apps and. Click. Selecting text. Click And listening to music. Click. It's just so easy to ignore and forget. Click. Do we really click that many times?
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Motorola Assist Reads AndThe power of voice is something that the consumer electronics has taken a closer look at in recent years, and this time around, it would be Motorola Assist that would fall under such a spotlight. This... particular Motorola Assist app has been made available for more recent Motorola handsets, where it is smart enough to prevent calls from waking you up at selected times of the day, as well as being able to make sure that your handset remains silent whenever you are in a meeting. Not only that, there is another interesting feature that allows texts to be read to you while you are at the wheel, so that your attention will remain on the road instead of on the phone's display. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Motorola, Motorola Assist Reads And Composes SMSes For You While You Drive original content...
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Target hackers have more dataWhat's the downside to successfully stealing 40 million credit card numbers from Target? Trying to sell the data. There's a thriving economy among cybercriminals, some of whom specialize in stealing... credit card numbers to others who figure out a way to profit. But it's also constrained by supply and demand. Too many card numbers on the market inevitably drives the price of a set of details down. Card information, referred to in underground forums as "dumps," are often priced according to how recently the details were stolen, its likely spending limit and whether the hackers have captured a PIN for the card. Prices can range from a few dollars up to US$100. Cybercriminals often advertise the kind of data they've captured from the card's magnetic stripe, which has three so-called "tracks,"...
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Nokia Normandy With Metro UI Spotted

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 06:29
Nokia Normandy With Metro UIWe have seen our fair share of news concerning the Nokia Normandy – all right, they are not exactly news, but rather, speculations and rumors. @evleaks has just released a brand new render of the... yet unannounced Nokia Normandy, where it is set to run a forked version of Android, which would mean there is no possibility of making use of Google Play Store as well as Google branded apps. What you see above is pretty interesting – it shows off a Metro UI styled start screen which certainly makes it look a whole lot more like Windows Phone than anything else. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Nokia, Nokia Normandy With Metro UI Spotted original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, creator of the smart thermostat and smoke detector, caught many industry watchers by surprise But Google’s move to snap up one of the leading companies... in the nascent field of devices that are paving the way for the “Internet of Things” is only surprising if you don’t know what Nest is all about See also: 5 Connected Objects to Smarten Up Your Home For the uninitiated, Nest is a company devoted to making everyday household objects smarter through advanced design and Internet-enabled features Nest CEO Tony Fadell, a former Apple employee who worked on the original iPod, refers to this dynamic as “the conscious home,” an environment in which nearly every formerly mundane and passive device suddenly becomes as advanced and upgradeable...
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Unplugged: Got growth?

USA Today - 14 Jan 2014 06:21
So where is future growth in consumer electronics going to come from?
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HTC One X+ will not be updated past Android 4.2.2

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 06:15
HTC One X+ will not be updated2012's flagship devices won't receive another point release It's always a sad day when we have to report that a device will no longer be receiving software updates. HTC has confirmed that its 2012... flagship, the One X+ — and by extension the One X — will not be making the jump beyond Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5. Now that's not to say that the One X and X+ aren't fine phones on their current versions of software, but it can be a bit of a tough pill to swallow when HTC has made great strides in updating its newer One variants. The One X+ was a solid device that was on sale for a good bit of time. More: HTC One X Forums
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Pantheon: Rise Of The FallenFor those of you who have had a go with EverQuest before, being addicted to it like the person right next to you, so how about the opportunity to pay a visit to the past? A certain Brian McQuaid, who... happens to be a longtime designer of MMORPGs such as EverQuest and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, have decided to roll out a Kickstarter campaign that will see the introduction of Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. (more…) Follow: Gaming, kickstarter, Pantheon: Rise Of The Fallen Now A Kickstarter Project original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Rex ARM-Powered Robot Controller Board

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 06:09
Rex ARM-Powered RobotEveryone loves robots, don't you think so? After all, the very idea of robots helping us humans to make our lives a whole lot more efficient has been around for quite some time now, so much so that... even robots are able to serve us burritos now. How do you feel about building your very own robot? This is where the Rex ARM-powered robot controller board comes into play, where it has been specially designed by Alphalem that is based in San Mateo, California, where it will rely on a single board computer which is tiny enough to sit in the palm of your hand. (more…) Follow: Robots, rex, Rex ARM-Powered Robot Controller Board original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Smart Curtains Respond To TheSmart houses, smart cars, smartphones, here and now we are presented with the idea of smart curtains. Hmmm, how exactly does that work? Smart curtains do not need you to actually get up from your... favorite lounging chair to close or open it, as it has the capabilities of preventing too much light from coming in whenever it is exposed to light. This was made possible thanks to the efforts by the folks over at the University of California Berkeley, who have managed to come up with a new kind of material that allows the nanotubes embedded within to activate whenever they are exposed to light. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, Home, science, Smart Curtains Respond To The Presence Of Light original content from Ubergizmo.     
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The big news this afternoon was Google's acquisition of Nest Labs, home to the Nest thermostat, a Nest smoke alarm and the start-up grounds for two former Apple alums, including Tony Fadell. The... general consensus in the tech world turned out to be a ...
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When Lindsey Vonn announced that a lingering knee injury will force her to miss the Winter Olympics, many began to wonder who on the American squad will fill her popularity vacuum in Sochi, Russia... next month Shaun White, an action-sports icon since his teen years, is one popular choiceLolo Jones, the hurdler-turned-bobsledder who became a media darling during the 2012 Olympics, is another possibility See also: This Mom Is the Most Inspiring Olympic Hopeful You've Never Heard Of But perhaps American sports fans should instead consider a motley crew composed of the unlikeliest of parts: a restaurant manager, a middle-school science teacher, an engineer and a college student. Together, they make up the U.S. men's curling team that will compete this February in Sochi
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It's no longer strange to see a TV series premiere online before it reaches traditional broadcasters, but Starz is planning a truly special internet debut for its latest project, Black Sails. The... first episode of the Michael Bay-produced pirate drama ...
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Fans of the game and lore of Magic: The Gathering rejoice! 20th Century Fox has reportedly just closed a deal that would bring the wildly popular and iconic collectible card …
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News spread that the hacking group got into the Microsoft News Twitter account, but apparently it also breached Xbox's Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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HP smartphones are coming, butHP failed to hit the rumored 2013 launch timeframe for its new line of smartphones, but according to inside sources, the phones could still reach the market sometime this month. 9to5Google reported... last week that an HP smartphone could be launching in a matter of days, targeting emerging markets with an affordable price point. Whether or not the release is legitimate this time, Digitimes has its doubts that HP will be able to make its mark in the saturated smartphone market. The first models are expected to feature displays between 5.5 and 7 inches, priced below $250. Although the prices should be competitive with other phones containing similar specifications, “HP’s new mobile devices may lack special features in terms of
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Clashing class statuses and 18th century British aristocracy: Just what every little kid hopes to find when they open up a box of Legos! Well, maybe not so much for little kids, but superfans of the... BBC drama will be pleased to see the Crawleys and (almost) all of the Downton Abbey cast translated into the miniature counterparts. See also: The First Official 'Simpsons' Lego Set Is Finally Here Lego enthusiast Eric Stevens created the unofficial figures and spoke with Mashable to discuss his process. "For the men, I used some of the alternate costumes," Stevens explained, "rather than repeat the same tuxedo." The women, however, were more difficult as Lego has never done any figurines from that time period. So Stevens used inventive creativity to piece the minifigures together from various...
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Nokia Lumia black Update SetsIt has not been too long after both the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925 managed to get hold of the Nokia Lumia Black update, and all the patience of you Lumia 920 fans have finally paid off –... this particular smartphone, too, will be on the receiving end of the Nokia Lumia Black update, where the firmware upgrade is about to make its way to a slew of unlocked devices around the world. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Lumia 920, Nokia, Nokia Lumia black Update Sets Its Sights On The Lumia 920 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Turn's Series E Round FurtherVenture investors may have turned their attention to earlier stage ad-tech companies at the right time now that big investments and strong IPOs could give their valuations a boost. This morning, Turn... announced an $80 million Series E round, which included investments by Fidelity Investments and RocketFuel.
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EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 05:03
iONiUM writes "After EA staunchly denied any offline mode, it would seem the disastrous SimCity launch and continual gamer community anger (as well as a CEO firing), EA finally caved and has now going... to make an offline mode. However, the obvious question still remains: is it too little too late?"
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Doing bike tricks off a movingImagine yourself stuck in traffic. Imagine listening to some Top 40 radio station playing the same 4 songs over and over and wondering about the things you would do if you didn't have to commute.... Imagine your brain numb. And then imagine seeing some psycho bike rider pull off some bike tricks off of a half-pipe on top of a moving truck. In the middle of traffic. That would be fun for everyone.
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23 Songs to Help You Get Back to Work

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 04:56
While it may be tempting to lament over the end of the holidays, it's best to face the facts: Vacations end, and you have to get back to work. After all, your to-do list won't go away with neglect,... and you'll feel better accomplishing tasks in a timely fashion. Fortunately, we put together a Spotify playlist to help motivate you to work. See also: 5 Ways To Boost Productivity With Your Tablet So, throw on our playlist, grab a cup of coffee and start promoting synergy like a boss. You don't want to be stuck late at the office, while all your friends are having fun at happy hour Have something to add to our playlist? Share with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it.
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Video game retailer raked in $3.15 billion in holiday sales.
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Public relations firms are gunning for the advertising agencies but they'll need to do things differently...
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From the Wookiee's mouth to Twitter, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew remembers his favorite moments from "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi" with rare behind-the-scenes... photos.
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Sunrise May Be The BestWhen Sunrise Calendar got its big iOS 7 makeover last fall, it solidified itself as one of the leading third-party calendars in the App Store. The biggest thing it was lacking was an iPad... version--well, until now. Released last week,…
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Removing the music makes theThe Prodigy's video for seminal '90s dance hit Firestarter was always unsettling. But remove the music, replace the siren-like samples, and strip away the cycling bass loop, and you're left with... something even weirder. By turns hilarious and somehow creepier than the original video, Mario Wienerroither's "Musicless Musicvideo" scores Keith Flint's restless underground jittering with the sound of shuffling, sneezing, and unexpected subway trains.
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The world’s leading space agencies kicked off this year with a bold new plan to put humans on Mars in the coming decades At a Jan. 9 meeting of the International Space Exploration Forum in... Washington, D.C., countries including the U.S., Japan, China and Russia, as well as the European Union, agreed that putting humans on the red planet should be a longterm joint priority See also: 1,058 People Are Serious About Living on Mars Until They Die Although the group did not decide on a specific date for a manned mission to Mars, the meeting of space-faring nations affirmed the expedition as a serious goal
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TUAW 1 to 1: Brett Terpstra

TUAW - 14 Jan 2014 04:30
In this very special episode of TUAW 1 to 1, I talk to Brett Terpstra. Brett is a TUAW alum, but the past couple of years you might not have seen him writing so much for us. That's because he was... hired by AOL to work on TUAW, Joystiq, Massively and ...
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CyanogenMod announces  New interface and cloud service integration highlight beta release It's no secret that the stock Gallery app from AOSP is rather simple, but effective. CyanogenMod thinks it can offer something... better, though, and has just announced an app to replace it called GalleryNext. While the app isn't complete, it does offer integration with Flickr, Google+, Facebook and Dropbox for photos, as well as automatic album grouping. It of course supports videos, gifs, deduping and all of the features you'd expect from a more advanced gallery app you'd download as a replacement for the stock version. On the "todo" list currently is implementing KitKat's immersive mode, photo editing and some polish around all of the features. GalleryNext is available starting today through the Play Store's beta...
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YouTube can already recommend related videos, but it doesn't necessarily show the best videos; you have to rely on outside help to separate the wheat from the chaff. However, that search for quality... clips is about to get a lot easier. The streaming ...
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Messaging apps lead the chargeApple revealed last week that it had raked in over $10 billion from App Store sales in 2013, a clear indicator that the market for mobile apps is still booming. This week, Flurry Analytics has... released its own yearly data, and according to the report, overall app usage is up 115% year-over-year. In fact, each and every app category the company measures posted growth in 2013, including games, fitness and news apps, some of which were feared to be reaching their peaks. The leading factor for growth was, perhaps unsurprisingly, social and messaging apps, such as Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp and LINE. “Another explosive growth year in mobile has passed,” says Flurry. “On December 31st, 2013 at 11:59 pm, Flurry Analytics tracked a
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From watches to consoles,Crowdfunding through services like Kickstarter is having a real impact on the tech world. CES 2014 was packed with new products and fledgling companies that got an early leg up from the crowd. The... post From watches to consoles, Kickstarter gave these little guys a voice at CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Picture of the Day: Little Lake of Reflection

Twisted Sifter - 14 Jan 2014 04:15
Picture of the Day: Little  LITTLE LAKE OF REFLECTION   Photograph by Gitta Sladič   Lake Jasna is a picturesque alpine lake that covers a modest surface area 2.2 ha (5.4 acres). What it lacks in size it makes up for in... breathtaking surroundings. Located in northwestern Slovenia, Lake Jasna is 2 km from the small town of Kranjska…
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New SDK from Coinbase andMore Android apps may soon have built-in support for Bitcoin payments thanks to a new partnership between Coinbase and BitMonet. The companies have released a software development kit (SDK) that aims... to make it easy for Android developers to build apps that process Bitcoin payments. It could help knock down what some see as one of the biggest hurdles to wider Bitcoin use: the lack of a killer app that makes it easy for everyday folk to use the virtual currency. With the SDK, Android developers will be able to make apps that accept Bitcoin payments without forcing the user out of the app and into another service. Coinbase and BitMonet envision a range of applications, but greater support for retail transactions with bitcoins is one likely outcome.
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CEO Jamie Dimon says banks and retailers must work together to prevent cyber theft.
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Scientists are one step closer to creating a real-life version of Dr. Seuss' green eggs and ham, thanks to the birth of ten transgenic pigs in late December that glow green when placed under a black... light. Zhenfang Wu and Zicong Li of the South China Agricultural University used a technique developed by reproductive scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine to transfer plasmids (small DNA molecules, separate from the chromosomal DNA within a cell) carrying a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA into the pig embryos See also: Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream Exists — And It's Made Out of Jellyfish
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So get this--according to Variety (via MacRumors), Aaron Sorkin, acclaimed for his work with The West Wing, The Social Network, and A Few Good Men, has submitted a screenplay to Sony based on Walter... Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. Sony tagged him as the screenwriter for the project back in may of 2012, and it looks as though he's finally wrapped up his draft. All this comes just a few months after the disappointing reception for Ashton Kutcher's Jobs film, which focused on key events of Jobs' life. Yet Sorkin may be taking a different approach. In early talks about the screenplay, Sorkin envisioned the entire project taking place within three 30-minute scenes focusing on key product launches such as the original Mac, the NeXT cube, and the iPod. That may have changed. As MacRumors notes,...
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The online payments company is bringing a redesigned, streamlined payment process to online merchants, which doesn't redirect users to PayPal's Web site.
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How funny would it be ifYour Google search history is probably littered with typos, questionable queries, embarrassing visits to malware-infected websites, porn, Facebook, porn, Facebook, basic math questions a 6-year-old... would know, juvenile jokes and so forth. It's not a proud place to be. But what if in order to make all those searches you do on Google, you had to talk to a real life person? Can you imagine if Google was just some guy in an office answering all of your life's questions?
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Analyst Suggests iWatch WillWearable technology seems to be the latest trend these days, what with companies coming up with head gear and smartwatches. We've seen our fair share at CES 2014 but will devices like smartwatches... actually catch on and become a thing? Well according to analyst Brian White, they will, but only after Apple's iWatch has been released, suggesting that the rumored iWatch could be the catalyst to kicking off the smartwatch trend. In a way this is a rather arrogant point of view as it suggests that no one else will be able to create a smartwatch that is compelling enough to stir up a buying frenzy, but admittedly it does not seem like customers are overly eager to take out their wallets to purchase the devices either. According to White, "In our view, the unveiling of useful wearable technology...
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In the early '90s, Quark boasted 95% market share. In '99, InDesign arrived...
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50 Cent: Ayo Technology

Gizmodo - 14 Jan 2014 04:00
Off the 2007 album Curtis, this song is an oldie, but a goodie. Since we met with 50 Cent last week as he was hawking his #SMSAUDIO headphones at CES, and the song says freaking tech-nol-o-gy in the... title, well there's your tech peg, nerds.
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The Double Dragon series is incredibly important to video game history. As one of the pioneering titles in the "beat-em-up" genre, it introduced millions of quarter-pumping arcade junkies to street... brawls augmented with throwing knives and whips. The ...
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Fox planning 'Magic: TheMagic: The Gathering kicked off the trading card game craze way back in 1993, by turning collectible cards into powerful magic spells and fantastic creatures used in a deep, strategic game. Even... today, the franchise rakes in money with a never-ending series of expansion sets and tournaments, and it might be getting even bigger soon. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fox has obtained the rights to produce a Magic: The Gathering movie. Tap Simon Kinsberg to produce one movie While we don't know anything about the picture itself yet or what the story might entail, the publication does specify a few names attached to the project — most notably Simon Kinsberg. He's the man who brought us Jumper and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and he's also...
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Some Fitbit Force OwnersSome owners of the Fitbit Force, the company's latest wrist-worn activity tracker that measures steps, stairs climbed, calories burned and sleep, are reporting severe skin irritation, including... rashes, blisters and peeling skin. Some of these people, who have taken to Fitbit and Engadget online forums as well as to Twitter with complaints, have reported seeking medical care for injuries they say were caused by the band. Fitbit Force came out last fall and retails for $130. News of Force-related skin issues was first reported Monday by Consumerist. Wearable devices, or so called wearables, with sensors that connect to a network or an app and collect data that can include sleep and heart rate, were hot items at last week's International CES, the annual technology trade show, in Las Vegas....
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EA Releases Stability PatchEA's Battlefield 4 is a game that is riddled with bugs, to the point where there are multiple lawsuits aimed at the company, claiming that EA made false claims about the game despite knowing there... were issues prior to and after the launch, which supposedly were made to inflate its stock prices. It was to the point the EA vowed to put an end to all, if not a majority of the bugs, before they start releasing DLCs which in all honesty is a good move, although we're guessing many gamers are probably annoyed at this point. Well the good news for Battlefield 4 gamers is that EA has recently released a new patch that will address various stability issues and balances. It is unclear how much of an improvement this patch has made the game and we doubt that it will fix it completely or address 100%...
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Tekken: A Man Called X MovieMovies made based around video games are a little iffy to say the least. There are some directors who choose to base the movie literally around the game which has resulted in a cringe worthy... experience, and then there are those who make a movie just using the characters from a game, which is sometimes too far removed that viewers complain that it makes no sense. In any case if you're hoping that maybe one day we could be getting a decent video game movie, there are a couple that are coming up, with the latest addition being Tekken, according to Cinema Today. According to the report, the movie Tekken: A Man Called X is an upcoming live-action movie based on the Tekken franchise and will start martial artist Kane Kosugi. The movie is said to be a prequel to 2010's Tekken movie which even...
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Apple reportedly planning toThe Times of India reports that Apple is planning to re-introduce the 8 GB version of the iPhone 4 in India to combat its sluggish sales. The report states that the company hopes the even lower price... of the device will help win back its share of the market, which is slipping away to competitors. […]
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Nest's CEO Tony FadellIn an interview, Nest's CEO tells us why a union with Google is a good idea (hint: infrastructure and scale) and how he can now get back to designing killer product experiences.
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Esports Giant MLG Swings To AnIn an interview with onGamers, MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni stated that since the release of its recent MLG.tv service, the company has been "EBITA positive and expects to stay EBITA positive on a... quarterly basis in 2014."
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If the third beta of iOS 7.1 serves as any proof, Apple is at last allowing users to delete the installation files up for upgrades to the operating system that automatically start downloading when the... device is connected to AC power. As reported by German site Macerkopf.de (via MacRumors), users who don't want to install the updates will soon be able to delete the installation files to free up room on their iDevices. As you might recall, this caused a legal tussle last October when Mark Menacher filed a small claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Time Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego. The reason? Menacher couldn't get the installation files for iOS 7 for his phone that ran iOS 6, his preferred operating system. Unfortunately, this new update might not help folks like him...
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Why Google paid $3.2 billionGoogle is moving into your home. On Monday, the Internet company said it was acquiring Nest, a maker of smart smoke alarms and thermostats, in a move that gives Google a strong foothold in a hot new... market known as the "connected home." The idea behind the connected home is to connect heating systems, lighting systems and appliances such as refrigerators to the Internet so that they can be made more efficient and controlled from afar. In the process, companies can collect more data about people's habits, something Google loves. Nest's price tag shows Google means business: US$3.2 billion cash. If the deal goes through--which Google expects in the next few months--it will be one of its largest acquisitions since the Internet giant bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.6 billion. Google has been...
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The Australian government is considering merging the Department of Human Services with the Department of Social Services to reduce the cost of IT, according to Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.
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Existing players in the connected home space are excited about the $3.2 billion acquisition, as they see the move as the best validation possible for the nascent industry.
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At first glance, Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest is hard to fathom.
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New Home Automation?

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 03:32
An anonymous reader writes "Ok, fellow geeks... I have the luxury of finally building my dream home from scratch. It's going to be good sized (~4000 sq ft over 3 levels), and rather than run around at... night to make sure my lights are off, doors are locked, garage is closed, etc, I really want to put in a home automation system. Since the walls aren't up, this is the time for complete flexibility as to my options. The last time I did a whole house, it was years ago, X10. Since then, lots of other protocols, both 'proprietary' and more general (like WiFi) have come on the market for devices — all better than what I've worked with in the past. What do you all have experience with and recommend as reliable, secure, and fairly easy to use? Something with a good chance for long term...
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A retired policeman in Florida is accused of shooting a man before an afternoon movie started because the man was texting and an argument ensued.
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Enblink dongle now lets youIn case you've never heard of Enblink, here's a one-sentence primer: it's an $85 dongle that plugs into your Google TV box, allowing you to control any Z-Wave-enabled appliance (door locks, lights,... etc.) using an app. Got it? Good. Anyway, as of a ...
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Sony Xperia Z2 tipped forSony will announce the next-generation Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress in February, according to AndroidSaS. It's not clear how reliable of a source the publication is for Sony news, but it was... given a retweet by EvLeaks on Twitter, who is an often...
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John Malone's Charter wants toCharter offered to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at more than $61 billion. So far Time Warner Cable has said no thanks, but here's what's behind John Malone's persistence.
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Why Apple didn't buy Nest

CNET - 14 Jan 2014 03:17
Some thought if the smart thermostat maker was ever bought out, it would be a homecoming for co-founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers back to Cupertino. So much for assuming.
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Get friendly with sharks and bears on Facebook

New Scientist - 14 Jan 2014 03:17
The WildMe app gives whale sharks and polar bears their own Facebook pages, letting users friend them and follow their movements and exploits     
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The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers face off this Sunday for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVIII. The matchup pits two of the NFL's top young quarterbacks — Seattle's Russell Wilson and... San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick — against each other. That, of course, means sports fans will be treated to burdened with endless comparisons of the two budding stars over the coming week But one Seattle fan has already analyzed similarities and differences between Wilson, 25, and Kaepernick, 26, in the most revealing way possible: via their Instagram posts. See also: Why Does 49ers' Kaepernick Favorite Fans' Hateful Tweets?
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New Glue Could Seal Heart Surgeries

Scientific American - 14 Jan 2014 03:15
About three-quarters-of-a-million open heart surgeries take place annually in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Applying sutures or staples during these procedures costs... --
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Does Google want to run your home?

USA Today - 14 Jan 2014 03:09
The Internet search giant acquires a start-up that builds smart devices for the home.
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Izzie Lerer's Animal-FocusedThe Dodo, a new animal-focused news site launching today, is Isabel Lerer’s initial foray into the viral news business that her father, Ken Lerer, is well-known for, having co-founded Huffington... Post and serving as Chairman of BuzzFeed and Betaworks. The company is disclosing the Lerer investment today as well, with The Dodo having raised under $2 million in a seed round led by Lerer Ventures, the fund managed by father and son team Ken and Ben Lerer, the latter also co-founder at Thrillist. Also participating in the round, which closed last fall but had not yet been announced, are Greycroft, RRE, Softbank Capital Technology Fund, Sterling Equities and Fred Harman (partner at Oak Investment Partners). The Lerers, incidentally, were the focus of a timely profile over the weekend by NY...
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With Nest Labs, Google wantsSAN FRANCISCO -- For years, Google has been the search engine that connects people to all points on the Internet.     
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Want Android to go with yourThe worlds of PC and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones continue to collide, but this year at CES we noticed that they've begun to coexist to a degree never seen before. The post Want Android... to go with your Windows? 3 ways mobile and PC tech merged at CES 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NormalVisual writes "'It's a really tough time to be a patent owner', said Soverain Software, LLC president Katharine Wolanyk, after the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal after the U.S. Court... of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated three of Soverain's shopping cart patents. Soverain had sued Newegg for allegedly infringing the patents in question, and had won in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Newegg later had the decision overturned on appeal, with the court ruling that the patents in question were obvious, and thus invalid."
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2013 Mac Pro on sale in EuropeApple's late 2013 Mac Pro model is available for sale in European markets, with units already shipping to local buyers, French online publication Mac Generation reports. The previous Mac Pro... generation was banned in the region on March 1, 2013 as new EU security standards demanding PC makers to better shield fans and electrical ports took effect. However, it looks like the newest Mac Pro model, which started selling in late 2013 in the U.S., meets the new safety regulations and can be commercialized in EU countries. In France, pricing for a Mac Pro starts at €2,999 (or around $4,098), with current purchases being shipped at an unspecified date in February. Aimed at professionals, the Mac Pro was announced back at
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Coat Hooks, Door Stops, and Grease Stains

Life Hacker - 14 Jan 2014 03:00
Coat Hooks, Door Stops, andReaders offer their best tips for impromptu coat hooks, making your own swinging door stops, and getting grease stains out of clothes.
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The glue that holds the Internet of Things together -- IFTTT.com -- gained a new feature last month. Now the service's free iPhone app has location awareness, which means that it can be used to do... some pretty amazing things. The update on December ...
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Website of the day: Retired Greyhounds Trust

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 03:00
Website of the day: RetiredTragically, now is about the time when animal rescue centres start to see a steady influx of unwanted pets. The novelty of the cute little puppy on Christmas Day has worn off, and that fluffy littel... kitten just doesn't seem to get the idea of a litter...
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MakerBot's Bre Pettis: We'reReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future. Bre Pettis was a little choked up. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las... Vegas last week, the MakerBot founder addressed a roomful of tech reporters and told them a story. It wasn't about the innovations in his new lineup of 3D printers or how user-centric his new apps are--he'd get to all that later. In this moment, he focused on something else: a child who needed an artificial arm. Young amputees, he said, often don't get prosthetics because of cost. They simply grow out of these expensive limbs too quickly. But thanks to 3D printing, these kids can make their own prosthetics as needed using inexpensive plastic filament. See also: 3D Printing: How To Jumpstart A...
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Tiffany & Co.: Why JewelryJewelry must be ethically produced, says Tiffany & Co. Chairman and CEO Michael Kowlaski.
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This beautiful HDR time lapse of the Czech Republic will have you rethinking your tropical vacation destination. The video was filmed by EMproduction between 2012 and 2013, and contains more than... 35,000 captivating images of lush countryside, villages rich in history and amazing architecture See also: New Year's Eve Time-Lapse Shows How Times Square Rung in 2014 Would you trade your sandals for a backpack? Click play before giving an answer. Czech HDR timelapse 2012-13 from EMproduction on Vimeo. BONUS:14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World Image: Vimeo, EMproduction
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Nest's $3.2bn acquisition by Google won't see the search giant immediately get its hands on the smart home firm's user data, founder Tony Fadell has insisted, and nor will it …
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New site The Dodo has taken flight, something its namesake never quite accomplished. The Dodo is an animal-centric site that will cover a wide variety of issues including fun pieces such as "Do Dogs... Tilt Their Heads When Confused" to serious issues like "As 'Blackfish' Soars, Will SeaWorld Sink?" See also: 15 Best Cat Memes Ever [MEOW] The site was previously announced by Buzzfeed chairman Ken Lerer; and counts his daughter Izzie Lerer as co-founder and editor at large, with Salon's Kerry Lauerman as editor-in-chief. The site is backed by Lerer Ventures and built on the RebelMouse platform, which is a Lerer Ventures company.
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CES is over and we're ready to load up our DVRs with a slew of winter TV, starting with the return of Archer on FX. Joined tonight by the premiere of new series Chozen, season five is expected to take... the spy series on a new angle. Other highlights ...
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A new study has found that Australians are beginning to turn away from signing lengthy contracts with mobile telcos in order to get a new phone.
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Sakar shows QX-style,One of the stands we didn't get a chance to visit at CES 2014 was that of Sakar International. Its Vivicam IU680 (as seen by digitalcamera.jp) at first looks like a competitor to Sony's QX models and... JK Imaging's Kodak Smart Lenses. However, a closer look reveals that the lens module is interchangeable. We say lens module, rather than lens because it appears to be the same 10-30mm lens/sensor combination shown by Sakar at last year's CES under the Polaroid brand.
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Codenamed "Threshold," Microsoft might start talking about it in a few months.
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The Seattle Seahawks are one win away from Super Bowl XLVIII, thanks in part to the contributions of fullback Derrick Coleman But Coleman isn't just a bruising blocker who sometimes runs with the... ball. He's also the NFL's only current deaf player, and just the third deaf player in league history See also: Pastor's 1-Minute Sermon Ahead of NFL Playoffs Was Just a Joke As you can imagine, Coleman has had to overcome plenty of doubters and naysayers to get where he is today. It's an inspiring story of perseverance, dedication and success — one that Duracell evidently thinks makes for effective advertising
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Michael Douglas joins the castMarvel has announced that Academy Award and recent Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas has been cast as Henry "Hank" Pym, the original Ant-Man. Paul Rudd has also been confirmed as Scott Lang. The... post Michael Douglas joins the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man as the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A genius guy invented theHere's the thing about chocolate chip cookies: they're delicious. Here's another thing: unless you're a professional baker maestro who bakes a batch everyday and tweaks their cookie recipe after every... time to adjust the flavor, it's going to be hard to come up with the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's a numbers game, you just don't bake enough to figure out exactly what works. Not anymore. Not with this machine. This is perfection.
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Snapchat deals with major spam attack

Digital Trends - 14 Jan 2014 02:28
Snapchat deals with major spamSnapchat apologized for a recent increase in spam messages in a blog post today, though once again the company didn't offer much help to users dealing with the problem. The post Snapchat deals with... major spam attack appeared first on Digital Trends.
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TiVo's binge-watchers take theTiVo's participants in the quest for a binge-viewing Guinness World Record accomplished their goal Friday at CES, after 87 straight hours. The participants were allowed 5-minutes of break time per... hour watched, and were monitored by TiVo staff, EMTs, and CES onlookers. The post TiVo’s binge-watchers take the world record at CES 2014, then get carted off by EMTs appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nerval's Lobster writes "A recent post on Reactive Programming triggered discussions about what is and isn't considered Reactive Logic. In fact, many have already discovered that Reactive Programming... can help improve quality and transparency, reduce programming time and decrease maintenance. But for others, it raises questions like: How does Reactive differ from conventional event-oriented programming? Isn't Reactive just another form of triggers? What kind of an improvement in coding can you expect using Reactive and why? So to help clear things up, columnist and Espresso Logic CTO Val Huber offers a real-life example that he claims will show the power and long-term advantages Reactive offers. 'In this scenario, we'll compare what it takes to implement business logic using Reactive...
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Change Is Possible --It is one year since the death of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz, the renowned computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. People all around the world are remembering Swartz, a... man Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee called a wise elder of the web. A new film on his life, The Internet's Own Boy - The Aaron Swartz Story, will premiere at Sundance later this month. I met Aaron at Harvard when he was 24. It was immediately clear that he was not only a genius, but also a gentleman that was wise beyond his years. He had a huge heart and a great mind that he devoted to making a positive difference in the world. While a life of great wealth and comfort could have been his, Aaron instead dedicated his skills to the pursuit of justice and equality, becoming recognized as a global...
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Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter of the movie based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, has completed his screenplay and submitted it to Sony, according to Variety. Sorkin -- who is well known for... his work on The West Wing and The Social Network, was tapped to write the script back in the spring of 2012. Later that year, Sorkin revealed that he was planning to have the movie take place across three 30-minute scenes, with each scene taking place behind the scenes of a major product launch. He mentioned the launches of the original Mac, the NeXT cube, and the iPod, but it is not known if Sorkin has kept to that plan. Sorkin has said that biographies have a natural "cradle-to-grave structure" that is very difficult to overcome, but that he was hoping to write something more unique with the...
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It's no surprise that media darling Jennifer Lawrence and fan favorite Leonardo DiCaprio dominated Facebook during the 71st Golden Globes Sunday night The two actors were the most buzzed about — not... only for their wins, but also for their style, according to data by Facebook and InStyle. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images See also: Golden Globes Recap: Winners and Best Moments Jennifer Lawrence donned a white and black Christian Dior gown (the actress is the face of the fashion house), which actually got more negative than positive reviews. It even sparked a hilarious meme: #Lawrencing But JLaw was still popular on social media thanks to her epic photobomb of Taylor Swift and her win for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle
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The king of the jungle may soon be forced to give up his crown. According to a new study of lion populations, the African lion has nearly disappeared from West Africa, its numbers having dwindled to a... mere few hundred individuals. West Africa's famed big cat, which has remained a symbol of courage and strength throughout history, is now on the brink of extinction across the region.
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Galaxy Note 3 KitKat updateThere have been plenty of indications that the latest Android software update would be coming to the newest flagship Samsung devices this month, but it looks like the rollout has finally begun.... SamMobile reports that the Android 4.4.2 update is currently available for the Galaxy Note 3 in Poland via the Kies desktop transfer software and should be downloadable as an over the air update soon. According to SamMobile, the build number is identical to that of the leaked firmware from last Friday. There is no word yet on when the update will start making its way overseas, but the delay between regions is rarely longer than a few weeks.
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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all ...
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Google acquires Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

AppleTell - 14 Jan 2014 02:14
On Monday, Google acquired Nest Labs, the company behind the popular Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector. Google paid a cool $3.2 billion for the company co-founded by Tony Fadell, the... former senior vice president of the iPod division at Apple. I've already heard some grumbling from Nest consumers who say they don't want Google to get information about their home.
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[From AppleTell] I've already heard some grumbling from Nest consumers who say they don't want Google to get information about their home.
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With more free apps and competition, the future for app developers doesn't look too lucrative. Gartner says app developers will soon consider 99.99 percent of their apps to be commercial flops.
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There are some 50,000 amputees in South Sudan. A few good men have set up camp with a 3D printer to lend a helping hand.
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Microsoft execs have said little about the company's home-automation strategy, but Xbox may be its centerpiece.
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2015 Mercedes C-Class getsIt can brake proactively if it foresees a collision. It can follow the car ahead of you in stop-and-go traffic. And it can parallel-park with your help on the pedals (just so you still feel useful).
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Hyundai has revealed the new 2015 Genesis, adding AWD and a head-up display, as well as a stiffer platform than a BMW 5-series, and integration with both Apple's Siri and …
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The winners and losers inHere's my take on who wins and who loses in Google's planned $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, from investors to competitors to industries.
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Michigan Tech researches(Phys.org) --Everyone knows what drones are, right? They have gained visibility for use in military and monitoring applications, but have a wide variety of more 'friendly', useful applications here at... home, such as helping understand the condition of our transportation infrastructure. They are flying machines, operated for a given purpose either autonomously or remotely, that have uses well beyond their better-known reputation.
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In 2013, digital music sales declined for the first time since the iTunes Music store opened up for business in 2003. A common explanation for the decline is that consumers today have more avenues to... listen to music for free. With services like ...
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Eidetic Helps You RememberiOS: Remembering random tidbits of information like a new phone number, a dictionary definition, or a quote is tough for a lot of us. Eidetic is an app that makes remembering a little easier by... repeatedly sending notifications at specific intervals.
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Motorola Assist now supportsThe Motorola Assist app received a nice update on Monday, adding a feature that lets you respond to text messages by voice while driving. The contextual software, available on the Moto X and latest... Verizon Droid lineup, could already detect when you were driving. In addition […]
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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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[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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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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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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The Apple co-founder says the Chinese smartphone maker's products are good enough for the American market.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[From In-Car Tech] Yearly Plug-In Vehicles Sales Jump 83 Percent over 2012
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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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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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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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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