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14 Jan 2014 - United States
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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AirDroids Markets a Pocket Drone for the Everyman

Singularity Hub - 14 Jan 2014 18:25
AirDroids Markets a PocketIn a current Kickstarter campaign, the Southern California company AirDroids is offering plug-and-play book-sized drone, aptly named Pocket Drone, for a manageable $495.
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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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[From GamerTell] Monster Monpiece could be headed to North America, as officially translated screenshots have appeared online.
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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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Qedward writes with this except from CIO. "Japan is planning to tax sales of foreign online content such as e-books, apps and downloaded music by late 2015. Japanese who purchase electronic content... from foreign firms like Amazon.com through overseas servers don't have to pay consumption tax, currently at 5% but slated to rise to 8% in April. That has made foreign content cheaper than apps, MP3 downloads, software, and e-books 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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Radionomy deal gives Winamp access to 60,000 Internet radio stations.
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Sony Xperia Z1 Users ComplainDoes Sony have a curved display smartphone in the works? If we didn't know any better, the photo above would seem to suggest just that, but as it turns out it's actually from a series of photos that... have been posted online where different Sony Xperia Z1 owners have complained that their phones have started to bend, although the exact reason is unclear. The Xperia Z1 is made from aluminum which is a relatively soft material which is why its ability to bend when enough pressure is put upon it is not completely out of the question. However whether these Xperia Z1 owners have been sitting on their phones or if they have warped due to another reason is unclear at this point in time. The users themselves report that they have not put any additional force onto the phones that would cause it to...
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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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The origin of Pixar

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 18:52
Today I Found Out: Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo, and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware... company whose clients included the government and the medical community. Many think Pixar sprung fully formed from the genius of Steve Jobs. This story does a good job of showing the history of the company long before Jobs was ever involved.∞ Read this on The Loop
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Big Bang Theory's quirky, lovable, but always unlucky Raj might have finally learned how to talk to women when not inebriated, yet it still hasn't helped him much in... finding that special one.
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Want your paycheck in Bitcoin?Are you bonkers for Bitcoin? If so, then you may want to talk your employer into using the new Bitcoin Payroll API from BitPay, which allows businesses to pay all or a portion of workers' salaries in... the cryptocurrency. The post Want your paycheck in Bitcoin? Get paid with the BitPay Payroll API appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In a move that will be popular with many bloggers and, perhaps, less popular with many photographers, Google has updated its Image Search options to make it that much easier to sort your results by... license and find CC or public domain images that can be reused for free. The ability has always been there, […]
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Slingbox Use is Growing in the Home

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 18:47
LAS VEGAS -- Sling Media's Slingbox is best know for helping customers in America's patchwork TV ecosystem access their home TV setup whilst traveling in other states. But, just as the digital TV... industry is realizing many mobile TV viewers actually don't watch whilst "mobile", Sling, too, is beginning to put greater focus on at-home TV slinging. "While Sling has always been known for taking your content and giving you access outside of the home on your mobile device, we've seen a lot of our customers use Sling inside the home on the living room television," communications director Brian Jacquet tells Beet.TV. "Whether that is using the iPad app to find the show they want to watch and quickly using the tab a remote control, or using (Sling via) Roku and Apple TV to bring living room...
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[From GadgeTell] Toshiba recently announced a new PC Chromebook with a very affordable price. The latest Chromebook is only $280. That's like the price of a cheap tablet.
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China Mobile Reportedly HasThe much rumored deal between Apple and China Mobile was confirmed last month. We had been hearing for quite some time that both companies had been negotiating, at one point it was also rumored that... Tim Cook flew down to China in order to meet with the carrier’s top brass. They’ve both finally reached an agreement which will see the world’s largest mobile carrier launch the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on January 17th. It may have a lot of iPhone 5s units on hand to cope with demand, rumor has it that Foxconn has delivered a shipment of 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile last week. Foxconn is Apple’s primary manufacturer of the iPhone, sources with knowledge of the plans claim that they don’t know what the order volume for China Mobile will be after January. This particular...
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Designer Liza Nelson has a love-hate relationship with emoji, and she isn't the only one Across the Internet, you can find people who use the little ideograms almost exclusively to express themselves,... for better or for worse. So Nelson decided to create a Tumblr called Emoji IRL.LOL.. See also: The Emoji Art and Design Show Spotlights the Picassos of Texting "Emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time," Nelson wrote on the site. "They're completely personal and completely universal. They're really quite stupid. And they're the best thing that ever happened to our generation."
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On Track Katie Uhlaender was a top-ranked women's skeleton racer for the 2012-13 World Cup season. "For skeleton," she says, "the sled is us." Courtesy USBSF Of all the events at the Winter Olympics,... the skeleton is perhaps the most terrifying. Athletes hurtle down the bobsled track on specially designed sleds, headfirst and at speeds exceeding 80 mph. Losing control could mean serious injury or death, so four companies have been working since 2009 to make an ultra-responsive sled for Sochi. As with the bobsleds, the new skeleton sleds are made of carbon fiber. Engineers built an adjustable frame to enable athletes to change positions more easily, and they fit every sled with a custom-molded steel saddle. "The steering, the aerodynamics--that's all done with our bodies, so the saddle is...
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NASA Sets Coverage ScheduleNASA Breaking News: NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L (TDRS-L) is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Thursday, Jan. 23, from Launch Complex 41 at Cape... Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers 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 highlight the critical challenges facing all caregivers, even those who deal with these patients daily on a professional basis.
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A newly published paper 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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Everybody feels pain differently, and brain structure may hold the clue to these differences. In a study published, scientistshave shown that the brain's structure is related to how intensely people... perceive pain.
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Sexual experimentation outside of committed romantic relationships, or "hooking up," is typically portrayed by the media as unhealthy, especially for young women. These portrayals, however, are... largely conjecture. Research now demonstrates potential negative outcomes associated with hooking up in female college students.
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A group of researchers are to investigate whether people with schizophrenia or first episode psychosis are able to reduce their weight through a structured education program. People with schizophrenia... are two to three times more likely to be overweight or obese. As well as a range of adverse physical health consequences, such as diabetes and heart disease, weight gain may be an important factor that stops people taking their antipsychotic medication. This increases the risk of relapse of the schizophrenia and worse mental health.
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Researchers reveal phrases(Phys.org) --Researchers at Georgia Tech studying the burgeoning phenomenon of crowdfunding have learned that the language used in online fundraising hold surprisingly predictive power about the... success of such campaigns.
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Apple yesterday posted a trio of job listings (via 9to5Mac) for positions located in Mesa, Arizona where the company is building a sapphire manufacturing plant. The facility is to be owned by Apple... and run by sapphire producer GT Advanced Technologies, although the new job listings confirm that Apple will have some of its own staff on hand as well. Furnaces for sapphire production Sapphire is currently used to protect the cameras on several recent iPhone models, as well as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, with the material's high durability and resistance to scratching making it a key component for those applications. Apple's commitment to the new sapphire production facility has led to speculation that Apple is preparing to significantly expand its use of sapphire glass,...
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This is a HUGE problem...Security is important in every app, of course, but if there is one group of mobile apps that users want to be secure even more so than any others, it’s probably mobile banking apps. It will... undoubtedly come as a shock, however, that a new study has found 90% of mobile banking apps from top banks have serious security vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise sensitive user data. Security researcher Ariel Sanchez of IOActive recently published his findings after diving into home banking iPhone and iPad apps from 40 of the 60 top banks in the world. Here is a small sampling of his discoveries: “A few apps (less than 20%) did not have Position Independent Executable (PIE) and Stack Smashing Protection enabled.
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Antarctic Ice Is Hiding aThe ice sheet that covers Antarctica is ancient, hiding a whole landscape of mountains and valleys that once teemed with life. Using radar and satellite footage, scientists are studying this hidden... world--and they just found a two-mile-deep canyon down there.
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AMD releases Kaveri A-SeriesAMD just took the wraps off a trifecta of new APUs based on the Kaveri architecture, equipped with Radeon R7 graphics. Two of the APUs should be available by the time the calender flips to February.... The post AMD releases Kaveri A-Series APUs equipped with Radeon R7 graphics appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Cadillac has unveiled the 2015 ATS Coupe, a compact luxury two-door based on the ATS sedan, and one of the first of the marque's cars to get "Connected by OnStar" …
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Chris Christie and Bridgegate:Chris Christie may be finished as a presidential candidate, and maybe not. But either way, he experienced a potentially catastrophic event this past week with his now famous "Bridgegate" problems.... While the vast majority of media critics and consultants agree that he's handling the crisis very well so far (taking full responsibility, firing people at fault, having a two-hour press conference to deal with questions), it certainly left him in a difficult position. It's an instructional moment for leaders of all types for two reasons: 1. Email will be your downfall. For whatever reason, we generally take a very casual approach to email -- which is a huge mistake. We say private things, criticize people and otherwise write emails thinking they will never been seen publicly. Nothing could be...
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What your candles and TV screen have in common

e! Science News - 14 Jan 2014 18:37
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.
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iPhone 6 Touch ID FingerprintIt may have only been a couple of months since Apple released its new iPhones, but already rumors about the next iPhone have started circulating. Apple is expected to stick with its traditional... release cycle for its 2014 flagship, which means that we can expect it to be announced in or around September. So far there has been a steady stream of rumors, some believe it will have a larger display and will be thinner and lighter than its predecessors. The latest rumor suggests that the iPhone 6 will retain the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that debuted with the existing flagship, the iPhone 5s. Taiwan Semiconductor or TSMC is the manufacturer that produces Touch ID sensors for the iPhone 5s. Rumor has it that the manufacturer has secured a contract to start producing said sensors for the next...
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Indian Satellite Launch MarksIndia's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle put a 2.1-ton communications satellite in orbit this month, boosting prospects for the medium-class launcher after a spate of mishaps in recent years.
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Patent troll MPHJ will repayA settlement with a so-called "patent troll" requiring it to repay all money received from organizations in New York should serve as a warning to other companies engaged in similar practices, the... state's attorney general said. Patent trolls are typically small companies run by a handful of people who buy old patents. They then contact target businesses claiming they may have violated certain terms of the patent and propose either a lawsuit or a settlement. The settlement is usually much cheaper than a possible legal battle, so the recipients of the letters typically pay the licensing fee. New York State's action was against MPHJ Technology Licensing, a company that has an online reputation as a notorious patent troll. MPHJ contacted "hundreds" of small and medium-sized companies in New...
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Fifty years ago the physicists Freeman Dyson speculated that vast structures could ring or completely enclose their parent star. These Dyson Spheres, the work of a Kardashev Type II civilization --... would be capable of drawing on the entire energy...
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National Zoo's Panda Bao BaoThe nearly 5-month-old giant panda cub Bao Bao at the Smithsonian's National Zoo will make her public debut in a few days.
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RoboSimian: Four-Footed RobotThe Jet Propulsion Laboratory's entry performs in the disaster-response competition at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in December 2013.
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Appeals court strikes downNet neutrality is no more. On Tuesday, a Washington appeals court ruled that the FCC's net neutrality rules are invalid in an 81-page document that included talk about cat videos on YouTube. To cut to... the chase, the court says the FCC simply doesn't have the authority to force Internet Service Providers to act like mere dumb pipes, passing data through their tubes with a blind eye and sans preferential treatment. Unlike phone companies, broadband providers aren't classified as "common carriers"--and therein lies the root of the appeal court's decision. From the ruling: "Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order."
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With a jump in digital business projects, many CIOs think they are being pulled in two directions and aren't sure they have the talents to hack it.
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An anonymous reader writes "According to a report from Gizmodo, a U.S. Appeals Court has invalidated the FCC's Net Neutrality rules. From the decision: 'Given that the Commission has chosen to... classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from nonetheless regulating them as such. Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order.' Could this be the final nail in the coffin for Net Neutrality? Or will the FCC fight back? This submitter really, really hopes they fight back..."
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[From GadgeTell] Milking its very close ties with Google, Motorola embarked on a genuine software updating tour de force not long ago, rolling out swift Android 4.4 KitKat OTAs for the Moto X, G and... Verizon-exclusive Droid Maxx, Ultra and Mini.
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NASA Pics Reveal How The JamesNasa, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency are currently building the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble and one of the most powerful astronomical instruments ever... conceived. When complete, the telescope will have a 21-feet-high mirror and 18 smaller hexagonal mirrors with which to explore the sky -- and perhaps even bring us our first true images of planets outside our own solar system. While it is not scheduled to head into space until at least 2018, Nasa is among the agencies constantly updating keen observers on its progress. In a batch of new images published over the New Year it gave us some new insights into how the telescope is being built, and what it will look like once it's done. The James Webb team recently gave this full account of their...
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IBM Still Slogging Away toIBM recently launched a business division, called the Watson Group, dedicated exclusively to answering those questions. The group will have its headquarters in New York's "Silicon Alley" technology... hub and will employ 2,000 people. IBM has invested $1 billion to get the division going. The investment shows that the company is still committed to Watson, although it has has been slower to capitalize on the platform than some executives and investors would have liked.
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Evomail+ For iOS 7 DeliversThe team behind Evomail, a popular third-party mail client for iOS, today released Evomail+, a new version of its app designed for iOS 7. In addition to a beautiful new design, the new release adds a... whole host of new…
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[From GadgeTell] I wanted to say Netatmo brings the heat with June, but seeing as June is a wearable tech device designed to protect its users from the sun's rays, I figured the title I chose was more... appropriate. Did you enjoy that long-winded intro? You're welcome. Out of all the wearable tech devices I saw at CES 2014, Netatmo's beautiful June device was one of my favorites. And I'm talking smartwatches, heart monitors and all that jazz.
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Every real-time strategy game has some kind of population cap, limiting the number of units that can be placed simultaneously on a player's terrain. This limit can stem from the designers' need to... balance competition between armies, but ultimately ...
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If you are a camera buff who is dabbling with iOS 7 for the first time, you may be spending some time in the camera app, checking out the features available for your mobile photography needs. One... feature that is not readily apparent, but important to ...
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Om Malik interviews Nest CEO Tony Fadell

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 18:29
Great conversational tone in this interview.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Gold LG G2 Surfaces For SaleLast year we saw a lot of manufacturers jump on the “gold” bandwagon. A number of major flagships were released in gold color, which is believed to appeal to masses in certain markets. Even Apple... took the plunge, offering its flagship iPhone 5s smartphone in champagne color. We saw a similar move from HTC and Samsung, as well as various Chinese vendors. It appears that LG has succumbed to the temptation as well, and has offered last year’s flagship, the LG G2, in gold as well. The listing for the gold LG G2 was spotted on e-commerce website ePrice, which is currently selling said smartphone in 16GB and 32GB flavors for $500 and $560 respectively, these units are SIM-free and aren’t locked to any mobile carrier. It warrants mentioning here that LG hasn’t officially announced that...
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NVIDIA Tegra K1 BenchmarksWhen it comes to mobile devices, these bad boys have gotten more and more efficient in their performance, not to mention being able to deliver quality graphics which were once thought of as... impossible. How far technology has progressed! Having said that, we did have a primer on the NVIDIA Tegra K1 not too long ago, and here we are with additional details on just how fantastic of a performer the NVIDIA Tegra K1 would be eventually when it hits the mass market. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, NVIDIA, tegra, tegra k1, NVIDIA Tegra K1 Benchmarks Depict Serious Performance original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Verizon won a court challenge to Net neutrality rules, which will be kicked back to the FCC.
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Moto G available Jan. 20 on Boost Mobile for $129

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 18:22
Moto G available Jan. 20 onA quick heads up, folks, that Motorola's budget-friendly Moto G smartphone will be available on Boost Mobile starting Jan. 20. It runs just $129 on Boost's no-contract $55-a-month plan. You get 50GB... of Google Drive space along with that, of course. Boost's Moto G will launch with Android 4.3 but should get its Android 4.4 update shortly, Boost says. More: Boost Mobile     
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BMW i3 BMW engineers shaped the nose of the Sochi bobsled into a point, a unique feature that makes it more aerodynamic. Courtesy USBSF/BMW No American has medaled in the men's two-person bobsled... since 1952 or won gold since 1936. So after the 2010 games, the U.S. team recruited engineers from BMW to completely overhaul its sled. They replaced the typical fiberglass body with one made of carbon fiber similar to the material developed for the new BMW i3. That freed up about 15 pounds, which the engineers redistributed to lower the sled's center of gravity, making it faster. The Sochi bobsled course is one of the most technical in the world, with sloping turns and three uphill sections. Drivers will need to steer skillfully to reach a medal-worthy top speed of 80 to 90 mph. "Once the push is...
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How Samsung's PersuadersSamsung wants all the beautiful people to use its phones (and, probably more importantly, to be photographed using them). So how does the South Korean company get its latest, greatest smartphones into... the hands of celebrities hooked on iPhones? One…
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Elastic Cubes Take RubberFor some reason mankind has been happy to settle for elastic rubber bands that only exist in two dimensions. So far they've served us mostly ok, but the talented designers at Nendo have realized that... taking rubber bands into the third dimension vastly improves their usefulness. From securing rolled up documents, to binding together a bunch of pencils, it's just an all together better design.
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Smart Scale Promises theThis is the Perfect Drink by Brookstone, a $70 smart scale that connects to your phone or tablet (Android or iOS). You put your glass down on the scale, and the scale’s app tells you how much of... each liquid and ice to pour into your drink. If you overpour one of the liquids, the app will readjust the amounts of the remaining liquids on the fly. You can also adjust the serving sizes to accommodate deadbeat friends that show up unannounced, swapping out a glass for a pitcher — the scale can handle up to 8.8 pounds. You can also tell the app which types of booze you have on-hand and it’ll return only recipes that can be made with said booze. Clearly we’ve reached the pinnacle of human ingenuity with this one, folks. Technology moves in small steps and giant leaps; this one here is a...
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This morning a court has struck down the FCC's ability to enforce certain key "Net Neutrality Rules" on companies that would favor certain kinds of web traffic over others. That's …
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Man Arrested After Posting YouTube Video Of Pot Garden

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 18:15
Man Arrested After PostingCLINTON, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden. Police in the shoreline... town of Clinton, about 20 miles east of New Haven, arrested William Bradley, 46, on Monday following a six-month investigation. In the video, a man identifying himself as Bradley says he's growing marijuana because it helps relieve symptoms of his terminal cancer. He also solicits donations, saying he wants to give away marijuana to people who need it for medical reasons, instead of selling it to help support himself. Some of the plants are taller than he is. "Welcome to my beautiful garden," the man says. "As you can see, God has gifted me with an abundance and it's more than I need, so I...
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The Shot This image of the author is particularly challenging for facial-recognition software because the subject is turned away from the camera.     
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The company also plans to bring the mid-range Xperia E1 smartphone to the UK market.
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Digital currencies are often hit or miss, with Bitcoin being king among them and other lesser known digital currencies languishing in the pool of at-least-I'm-worth-something. Then there's Dogecoin.... The currency …
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What If Google Was a Real Person?

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 18:13
We've all asked Google many potentially embarrassing questions. But what if that search engine was a living, breathing human being? If Google was a guy, would you still ask him about your long lost... high school sweetheart or that weird rash on your leg? See also: 'Dogs in Cars' Photo Series Captures Pups at Their Happiest College Humor made this hilarious scenario into a reality, reminding us all to be grateful for the relative anonymity of search results. BONUS: 10 Unanswered Questions Lingering From Childhood Image: College Humor
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 18:13
An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times reports that an argument over texting ended in a cellphone user's death when a retired police officer in the audience shot him in a theater near Tampa,... Florida on Monday. The report notes that 'cinema executives acknowledged during a trade conference last year that they debated whether to accommodate younger viewers by allowing text messages during some movies.'"
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Don't let the headphones and baggy pants fool you. Snowboarders are intensely competitive. Last fall, members of the U.S. team began recording their velocity, body angle, and G-force with a wearable... device to gain an advantage. The Catapult Sports Minimax S4 contains an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer; during training runs in the half-pipe, it takes readings every tenth of a second. Athletes can then match the data to video footage to pinpoint areas for improvement. For example, the data shows that snowboarders experience surprisingly high G-forces when they land tricks--up to 15 Gs, or three times the force Formula 1 drivers feel as they're braking. Knowing exactly when to expect those forces allows athletes to adjust their body position so they don't lose speed going into the...
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There's Probably Poop On YourBad news first: there’s a one-in-six chance that your cellphone has fecal matter on it. The good news? Two inventors said they’ve created a cellphone charger that will take care of the mess for... you. At the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Dan Barnes and Wesley LaPorte announced they’ve developed a charger called PhoneSoap, which uses electromagnetic radiation used in hospitals to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses off your device, United Press International reports. They were moved to take decisive action by a 2011 University of London study that found 16% of phones were contaminated with the fecal bacteria E. coli. The electromagnetic UV-C light kills bacteria and viruses in 3 to 5 minutes and can be used both on smartphones and cellphones smaller than 6-inches by 4...
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A single paragraph in the 1,582-page document provides a glimmer of hope -- or perhaps a stay of execution -- for the incandescent light bulb.
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How To Get Your Family To StopFamily is embarrassing, and now that older generations are on Facebook, your family can embarrass you in front of all your friends. Thankfully, Reddit user soIheard has created an app to keep your... family and friends separate on Facebook. It's called FamilyMatters, and it posts your statuses on Facebook twice, once for your family to see and once for your friends to see. That way, your weird cousin's disturbing comments on your statuses stay hidden from your friends. Here's what you'll see when you post a status: That first one is the one people listed on Facebook as my family can see, and the second status is what everyone else sees. The comment is from my mom, and only other family members can see it. Without the app, you can still choose who sees your status updates by choosing a group...
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Him: Love in the Time of Operating Systems

The Atlantic - 14 Jan 2014 18:07
Have you ever fallen in love with someone you've never met?     
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Ryan Zurakowski, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware, is co-author of a paper appearing in Nature Medicine on Jan. 12 highlighting the role of... T-cells in HIV.
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Apple's iPhone fingerprint sensor supplier TSMC is preparing to begin production on sensors for the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year, according to a report from Digitimes. The report claims... that TSMC will be shifting to a larger 12-inch fab from the current 8-inch fab, a move that should increase production efficiency. TSMC will also handle the packaging process for the sensors itself rather than contracting out to other firms, centralizing control over the component. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly will begin producing fingerprint sensors for Apple's next-generation iPhone at its 12-inch fab using a 65nm process in the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.
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This article was updated on Jan. 14 at 2:24 p.m. ET. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Verizon in a net neutrality case on Tuesday, striking down portions of the FCC Open Internet rules that... require telecom companies treat all Internet traffic equally. The decision could have far-reaching implications for the future of the Internet and how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat content online. Potentially, ISPs could now give priority to certain sites instead of others, favoring their own services to disadvantage rivals, or even selling preferential treatment. For example, Netflix could pay Time Warner Cable to to deliver its streams more quickly than Hulu
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Posts and comments from Facebook users in Russia will now wend their way to Yandex's search results.
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Review: Evomail+ is not theEvomail launched in 2013 as one of the many new contenders in the iPhone email client market. Today Evomail 2.0 (now branded "Evomail+") has been released to the public. The update features a... redesigned interface to blend in with iOS 7's new aesthetic. But is a redesign and an improved feature set enough to make […]
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Moment Brings High-Quality,  Moment has taken high-end, multi-element lens design and brought it to the iPhone. Going up squarely against Olloclip, Moment's two new lenses promise "no" distortion, minimal chromatic aberration... and great build quality. Sounds amazing. The lenses cost $50 each…
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The Magic--I mean Science--of Iridescence

Bad Astronomy - 14 Jan 2014 18:00
Regular readers know I am a nebulaphile*--a lover of clouds. I'm fascinated by their beauty, their shapes, and of course the science behind them. Living in Boulder, Colo., is enabling; the mountains... to the west provide wind patterns highly conducive to awesome and bizarre cloud formations (see Related Posts below). We also get lots of interesting optical effects here, too. Sundogs, crepuscular rays, halos ... when you mix sunlight and high-altitude water droplets and ice crystals, you get magic. One of the best and most wondrous of these are iridescent clouds. I mentioned these recently when I took a video of the jaw-dropping mountain wave clouds over Denver. Sometimes, near the Sun, the clouds take on a various pastel hues, usually around their edges. The colors are not like what you see...
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Even if the original Nintendo Entertainment System was well before your time, you're probably still aware of a well-known issue that prevented games from working until you blew into the cartridges to... clean off the contacts. Taking that idea one step further, YouTuber Basami Sentaku has turned a few old NES (or Famicom, to be exact) cartridges into electronic harmonicas that instead produce chiptune-like music when you blow into them.
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The next International Space Station crew, which includes NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, will take part in a NASA Television news conference and then be available for media interviews Wednesday, Jan.... 22, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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Squelch! The mystery of Britain's young bogs

New Scientist - 14 Jan 2014 18:00
A team went looking for bogs that bear witness to Britain's great deforestation - but most were too young. Stephen Battersby finds a path out of the quagmire (full text available to subscribers)...     
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Researchers have spent 40 years trying to find out how the chemical element sodium controls the signaling of opioid receptors in the brain - a class of receptors that play an important role in pain... disorders and addictions. Now, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and the University of North Carolina say they have finally uncovered the mechanism.The research team, led by Dr. Gustavo Fenalti of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), says their findings could lead to the development of new drugs for an array of brain-related medical conditions.
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Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate... commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers.
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Though some individuals may not appreciate their slow metabolisms, a new study suggests that humans and other primates - who burn 50% fewer calories each day than other mammals - have such long lives... because of their curiously slow metabolisms.Publishing their results in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the international team of scientists says burning fewer calories may also explain why primates grow up so slowly.
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NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L (TDRS-L) is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Thursday, Jan. 23, from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force... Station in Florida.
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Google Glass - a wearable computer that resembles a pair of glasses - may be set to transform the medical world, after the device has been used once again during two surgical procedures.Orthopedic... surgeon Dr. Selene Parekh recently used the technology as he conducted foot and ankle surgery during the Indo-US conference in Jaipur, India. And in December last year, the device was worn by plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah as he carried out rhinoplasty on a patient who broke her nose.These surgeons are the latest to use the technology in the operating room.
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Almost every owner of an iPhone is taking pictures all the time, but most of us won't take the time to improve them after the fact. Apple provides some rudimentary tools for editing, and there are... tools ranging from quick and easy to almost ...
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Why You Make Bad DecisionsDating new people is fun and exciting. It's also likely to cause even the most rational, level-headed people to make really dumb decisions. Don't worry, though. Your brain is supposed to do that. Sort... of.
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Sarah Hendrickson Nate Christenson/Red Bull Content Pool Though it may seem like an eternity, ski jumpers typically spend just a few seconds in the air. To refine their form at various air speeds and... temperatures, jumpers can use a wind tunnel--if they have access to one. Such facilities are scarce and expensive, and so were a rare luxury for U.S. team members before last year. ://ak.c.ooyala.com/xyZDN5ajq5gJ6X7i_DFGmakgn2xKn-Q1/Ut_HKthATH4eww8X... Video courtesy Red Bull Media House. In May, Darko Technologies finished construction of a wind tunnel near the team's base in Utah. The tunnel is primarily used for vehicles racing at the nearby Bonneville Salt Flats, but Alan Alborn, head coach of the women's ski-jumping team, adapted it for his athletes by adding an elevated stand with ski...
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Geektime is expanding and looking for you

Geek Time - 14 Jan 2014 17:57
Geektime is growing and looking for new geeks who want to be part of the next big thing
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GitHub's Future: No CS Degree Required

ReadWrite - 14 Jan 2014 17:57
GitHub has acquired Easel--a clear signal the company plans to expand its focus on education.  Easel, a Web-based WYSIWYG editor, is designed to make building websites easier for everyone. With a... click-and-drag setup, this program is intuitive enough for beginners to use, yet robust enough for experienced designers to get something out of it.  In GitHub's January 9 announcement, the company said Easel will continue to function normally for users and customers, the only difference being the team would now begin to work out of GitHub.   At first glance, it seems like Easel's intentions would clash with GitHub, a project storage directory so difficult to use at first you need to learn a separate language, called "Git," to understand it. Whereas Easel gently introduces users to its...
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The Internet just inherited a treat for history buffs. More than 300,000 diary pages written by British troops during World War I are now available online. This initial release from the UK National... Archives includes the diaries of three cavalry divisions and seven infantry divisions deployed in France and Flanders. They cover the units' entire involvement in the war. See also: Popular World War II Twitter Account Also Available in Two More Languages While the diaries, which are better described as "activity logs," don't contain soldiers' innermost thoughts, readers still get a sense of what daily life was like for these troops. For example, a Sept. 14, 1917 entry chronicling an infantry division that was part of the South Wales Borderers illustrates just how long a day was for these...
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Mock Mars Mission: How to StayDuring the crew handover at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Jan. 4, one person spoke of the "noise" of Earth fading away as the crew focuses on its activities. That's something my group, Crew... 133, is just starting to learn about.
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Broadband providers aren't "common carriers," court says, and that makes all the difference in a decision certain to shake up the fixed broadband and wireless industries.
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Fitbit Force giving some usersFitbit, the popular maker of wearable fitness devices, is now offering to refund or replace the Force, its latest product, after users began reporting that the gadget is causing irritation to their... skin.     
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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Sample Images

Photography Blog - 14 Jan 2014 17:55
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IIAhead of our full review, here are 32 sample JPEG photos taken with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mk III. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM is a premium... constant-aperture standard zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras, retailing for £2299.99 / $2299.99. Read the preview »     
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Tony Fadell: This decision wasn’t made on a whim – Google has been in the mix in some way or another for about three years of our almost four-year history. In fact, my first meeting with Google as... a Nester was before we’d launched. At the 2011 TED Conference, Erik Charlton and I huddled in a corner with Sergey Brin to show him a video and an early model of the Nest Learning Thermostat – he instantly got what we were doing and so did the rest of the Google team when we showed them. In May 2011, Google Ventures led our Series B round of financing, and in 2012, Series C. Time and time again, Googlers have shown themselves to be incredibly like-minded, supportive and as big of dreamers as we are. I know that joining Google will be an easy transition because we’re partnering with a...
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Photographer Chino Otsuka inserts her adult self next to her child self in photos from the '70s and '80s in a thoughtful series called "Imagine Finding Me."
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The 100% Men Tumblr, the math of conference inequality, Quantified Self and Occupy, the women's work of telephone operation, and Black Girls Code.     
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The Post-Tablet Era

TechPinions - 14 Jan 2014 17:51
Coming off what will undoubtedly be the best quarter that tablet sales have ever seen, you might wonder if I'm a bit crazy calling 2014 the potential start of the post-tablet era, but hear me out. In... truth, 2014 could ...
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The third such test flight examined the spaceship's reaction control system and thermal protection.
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Nintendo assures Europe theIt's been a year since the Nintendo Wii U launched. That's one year without the Wii U TVii service that Nintendo promised Europe it would have. Now Ninty has apologised, assuring European residents... the electronic programme guide and control system TVii...
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Kodak, Vivitar introduce lensThink Sony's Cyber-shot QX lens cameras are cool? Kodak and Vivitar think so, too. At CES 2014 both companies introduced similar products - so similar in design that they're nearly identical. The post... Kodak, Vivitar introduce lens cameras that are near dead ringers of Sony’s QX-series appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Incredible Technology: How toLook at a picture of the Earth at night, and one would see the world is literally glowing. Now, scientists are starting to look for signs of advanced alien civilizations by the glow given off by... technology used to harvest the energy from a star or galaxy.
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Apple begins hiringBack in November, the State of Arizona announced that Apple had chosen the city of Mesa to create a new manufacturing facility and in the process 700 new permanent manufacturing jobs. Some had... speculated it could be part of CEO Tim Cook's plan to bring manufacturing of Macs back to the US (Cook previously stated […]
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Russia has expelled a U.S. journalist and banned him from entering the country for five years, a controversial move in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which kick off on Feb. 7. David... Satter, author and former Financial Times correspondent, was informed of the decision by a Russian diplomat in Kiev, according to a report in The Guardian. The prepared statement read: "The competent organs have decided that your presence on the territory of the Russian Federation is not desirable. You are banned from entering Russia." See also: 10 Innovations That Improved the World in 2013 Satter's new position was an advisor to Radio Europe/Radio Free Liberty, which is funded by the U.S. government. He confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
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Tomb Raider console comparisonA new comparison video shows off the differences between 2013's Tomb Raider on PlayStation 3 and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4. The re-release comes to PS4 and Xbox One on January... 28. The post Tomb Raider console comparison pits PlayStation 3 against PlayStation 4 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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On December 11th, Ferdinand Puentes captured many people’s worst nightmare on video: his plane making an emergency water landing. Puentes enjoys capturing takeoffs and landings, and so his GoPro was... already rolling on that fateful day when something very bad happened to the single engine of the small plane in which he was a passenger. […]
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Snapchat Security Blunder: HowIt's been a rough couple of weeks for popular photo-based chat app Snapchat. First, the network suffered a major hack it was warned against months prior. Now, Snapchat users are suffering a deluge of... spam that the company insists is unrelated to the earlier attack. "We've heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service," the company explained on its blog. "We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know our team is working on resolving the issue. As far as we know, this is unrelated to the Find Friends issue we experienced over the holidays." This past holiday season, 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and cell phone numbers were leaked to the public by means of a hacker datadump. The attack occurred via the app's Find Friends option, which...
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Appeals court strikes down keyIf you were hoping that the FCC's net neutrality rules would survive the many legal challenges thrown in their path, think again. A Washington, DC appeals court has voided the anti-blocking and... anti-discrimination requirements in the FCC's Open ...
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iPhone power button tips

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 17:39
Great tip. I knew that tapping the power button on an incoming call silenced the ringer. I did NOT know that a double-tap sent the call directly to voicemail. And one more: tap the power button to... hang up the call. Equivalent to tapping the headphone button, if you have headphones on, but way simpler than navigating the screen interface. Nice.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Pirate Bay founder givenImprisoned Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm is now enjoying a few more pleasures while behind bars as a result of a petition that was created in support of his ordeal.
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Apple has launched its annual back to school promotion in Australia and New Zealand, offering education customers free gift cards for the company's digital content stores with the purchase of a new... Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Gift cards can be used in the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore, and are available in the following amounts: - Purchase a new Mac except Mac mini or Mac Pro: AU$ 100 or NZ$ 125 gift card - Purchase a new iPad or iPhone: AU$ 50 or NZ$ 65 gift card The gift card offer comes on top of Apple's education pricing, which discounts Macs by up to several hundred dollars. Eligible customers include faculty and staff of K-12 and higher education students, as well as students and parents of students at higher education institutions. The program runs through March...
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What if Google was a guy?College Humor has created some great tech industry spoof videos in the past, but we have to say this has gone straight to the top of our favourites list. What if Google was a guy? is a sketch showing... how stupid the sort of questions we all put to the...
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The folks behind the network known as Chitika, generally known for their advertising network, has shown data detailing the breakdown of Samsung mobile devices during the month of December, 2013. …
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Elves (Yes, Elves) SparkBelief in elves and fairies is rooted in Icelandic culture, and that combined with a hardy environmentalism is driving many to protest the building of a road through what is believed to be a magical... elfin habitat.
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What Do We Really UnderstandIt's fair to say that there are a lot of gaps to fill in our knowledge of exoplanetary bodies, and 2013 proved to be a good year for bizarre discoveries. From a planet found with no star in sight, to... a gas giant orbiting at an unfathomable distance, to a system containing an orbital plane […]
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Federal Court Strikes Down NetA U.S. Appeals Court just invalidated the FCC's net neutrality rules that would've made it illegal for telecom companies to favor certain types of traffic over others. The court ruled that the... commission lacked the authority to implement and enforce such rules which were embedded in a complicated legal framework.
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Google Purchases Maker ofGoogle continues to expand its reach beyond the web and into consumers' homes with the recent purchase of Nest Labs Inc., a company that produces "smart" thermostats and smoke alarms.
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Launch Photos: India's BigThe Indian Space Research Organisation's GSLV-D5 rocket successfully launched GSAT-14 satellite from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, India on Jan. 5, 2014. See photo of the launch here.
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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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A study 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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While searching for novel painkillers, researchers came to the surprising conclusion that some candidate drugs actually increase pain. In a study published, 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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IBM defends US patent crown in 2013

CNET - 14 Jan 2014 17:30
Google and Apple also crack the top 20 in patents -- but the search giant has a slight edge in patents awarded.
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Dr Graeme Hansford from the University of Leicester's Space Research Centre (SRC) has recently started a collaborative project with Bruker Elemental to develop a handheld mineral analyser for mining... applications - the first of its kind.
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Winamp Rises From the Ashes,Good news, everyone! Winamp, one of the internet's favorite music players, will live to see another day. According to TechCrunch, the program has been bought by digital audio company Radionomy.
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Why Apple didn't buy Nest

TUAW - 14 Jan 2014 17:30
With Google announcing yesterday that it acquired the Tony Fadell-led Nest Labs for a cool US$3.2 billion, an emerging narrative is that Google caught Apple asleep at the wheel. For many who keep a... close eye on tech, an Apple/Nest Labs acquisition ...
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Kim Dotcom will launch a political party, dubbed "Megaparty," to compete in the general elections in New Zealand. Although Dotcom, a 39-year-old German citizen, won't run for office, he claims his... party will get more than 5% of the vote and target young voters who care about the Internet. Dotcom hasn't revealed too much about the politics of his future party, but one thing is for sure — it will be controversial. Get ready for low blows and smear against me and my political party. My attackers are worried. They should be. We will get more than 5%. — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 11, 2014  
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High concentrations of serum long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The sources of these fatty acids are fish and fish oils.
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Winamp escapes death sentenceIt's not dead! Winamp will continue to whip the llama's ass for the foreseeable future, but under new management. The legendary MP3 software has been acquired from AOL by Radionomy, less than a month... after AOL had planned to shut down Winamp's Website and services. Radionomy also acquired Winamp's Shoutcast Internet radio platform as part of the deal, though the terms were not disclosed. Radionomy is an Internet radio company that lets users create and monetize their own stations, similar in nature to Shoutcast. The company says it wants to grow its audience by making its online radio network available through Winamp, while promising "new functionalities dedicated to desktop, mobile, car systems, connected devices and all other platforms." Still, Radionomy notes that Winamp's support for...
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Epic Auroras Light Up Norway'sThese shimmering aurora boeralis were captured in the skies near Nordreisa, Troms, Norway from August through November 2013 by Level 4 (.level4.no), a media company based in the same area which... specializes in capturing 'naturally epic' videos.
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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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Delirium in older patients in an emergency room setting can foretell other health issues. But according to a new study, the condition is frequently overlooked because of a lack of screening tools in... emergency departments.
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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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Apple's lower smartphone sales and overwhelming competition from Samsung have prompted the company to offer the iPhone 4 to Indian consumers, says The Economic Times.
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Recycled wombs could nurture child and grandchild

New Scientist - 14 Jan 2014 17:24
A Swedish surgeon who successfully transplanted wombs into nine women is now helping some of them get pregnant via IVF     
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Proxima Centauri, Nearest StarThe star Proxima Centauri represents our nearest stellar neighbor in the universe.
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Snapchat Spam Has Gone Too Far

ReadWrite - 14 Jan 2014 17:21
Snapchat Spam Has Gone Too FarI've received one too many pictures of boobs.  No, I'm not joking. This is a serious problem, and anyone who has used the ephemeral messaging service Snapchat can surely commiserate with me. On... Sunday, I received a snap and contact request from "arabel414," who, in text overlaid on her bosom, told me to check out a website allegedly containing leaked Snapchats of a similar nature. This morning I received the same snap.  This has happened a number of times, and while it's usually a different username, the snap is almost always identical. But the Snapchat spam doesn't stop there. While most of the spam snaps I receive are of a pornographic nature, I've also begun receiving ads for weight loss pills and other unsavory products.  Targeted Pr0n I've received this snap four times since...
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Mock Mars Mission: LearningCrew 133 is learning a number of new skills during its two-week stay at the Mars Desert Research Station, which is a Mars Society facility in Utah designed to simulate exploration on the Red Planet.
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Ladies and gentlemen, boot your robots

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 17:20
Ladies and gentlemen, bootMiami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., was the place to be late last month for an unusual two-day competition: the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. But if you went expecting high-octane cars zooming... around the track at blazing speed, you might have been disappointed. The 16 robots participating in the challenge moved more like the tortoise than the hare, as they performed such tasks as opening doors or climbing a ladder; tasks aimed to speed the development of robots that could one day perform a number of critical, real-world, emergency-response tasks at natural and human-made disaster sites.
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Report: Apple ships 1.4The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has shipped approximately 1.4 million iPhone 5S units to China Mobile in preparation of the carrier's iPhone launch on Jan. 17. The report notes it likely... doesn't present sales for the full month of January with preorders having kicked off under three weeks ago, but it is a […]
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This Watch's MechanicalA relative newcomer to the watch scene, Breva Geneve popped up last year with its first offering, the Genie 01 , which put a whole weather station on the wearer's wrist powered by an ingenious... mechanical barometer inside. This year the watchmaker is back with its second piece, the Genie 02 Terra, which adapts the same mechanism inside the Genie o1 for displaying the altitude instead.
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Wearable technology is much talked about but little worn - at least right now. Expect it to be a standard element of your outfit in future.
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Where Rosetta phones home

PTTU - 14 Jan 2014 17:17
Where Rosetta phones homeESA Human Spaceflight and Exploration: Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: Teams at work in ESA's Main Control Room
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Pluto 'Up-Close' Coming Soon:NASA's New Horizon spacecraft left Earth in 2006 and is quickly approaching its fly-by of the icy dwarf planet and its moons. Its closest approach will occur on July 14th, 2015.
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Apple's iPhone 5s assembler Foxconn has shipped roughly 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile in advance of Friday's launch for the carrier, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.... After several years of negotiations, Apple finally announced last month that the iPhone would be coming to the world's largest carrier on January 17. While the initial shipment volume doesn't represent the total sales at China Mobile for January, the figure helps to gauge early demand for iPhones from China Mobile, the world's biggest carrier by subscribers with more than 760 million customers. China Mobile began taking preorders for iPhones since Dec. 25. "Shipping one million or more iPhones to a single carrier per month is substantial. But we have limited visibility beyond this month as...
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First look: The European Moto X in London

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 17:14
First look: The European MotoMoto X gets a British accent and a hefty price tag It’s taken five months, but the Moto X is finally headed to Europe — specifically the UK, France and Germany — from Feb. 1. Moto’s flagship,... now sporting European 4G LTE support, comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and a familiar array of features that American Moto X owners have been getting acquainted with since the fall. There’s Touchless Control, which lets you command your device using the “OK Google Now” keyword, in addition to active display, which shows you notifications on-screen in place of a notification LED. And other highlights include the unique wiggle gesture to bring up the camera app, and Trusted Bluetooth to let you disable lock screen security if you’re paired with your favorite accessory. In...
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Subaru's raptor-inspired 2015More is always better. Following the launch of the 2015 WRX at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru unveiled the 2015 WRX STI in Detroit. With 305 hp and a raptor's stare, it's ready to attack rally... stages. The post Subaru's raptor-inspired 2015 WRX STI claws at the pavement with 6 traction modes appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Lynx Smart Grill is an interactive grill concept that responds to voice commands and lets you track cooking status from your Android or iOS device.
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Incredible Technology: How toLook at a picture of the Earth at night, and the world appears to be, quite literally, glowing. Now, scientists are starting to look for signs of advanced alien civilizations by the glow given off by... technology used to harvest the energy from a star or ev
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I Became a Robot With Google Glass

Slashdot - 14 Jan 2014 17:06
Nerval's Lobster writes "Videographer and journalist Boonsri Dickinson took the second generation of Google Glass out for a spin, and came back with some thoughts (and a video) on the hardware... (basically unchanged from the first generation) and the new XE12 software upgrade (which includes many new features, such as the 'eye wink' option for snapping photos). New apps in the tiny-but-growing Glass app store include Compass, which allows you to find interesting landmarks; Field Trip, which allows you to walk around and look up local history; Video Voyager, a tool for sharing videos based on your location; and Strava Run, which visualizes your fitness habits. 'Glass has potential to take off as a new platform because it's not a phone,' she writes. 'The hands-free approach could expand its...
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Winamp will get an encore after all Radionomy, an online radio business based in Belgium, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the 15-year-old music player from AOL, along with Shoutcast, another... AOL-owned property that serves up Internet radio See also: RIP Google Reader and Winamp: 10 Tech Products We Lost in 2013 AOL announced plans to shut down Winamp late last year, prompting a wave of nostalgia among music listeners who relied on the service in the late 1990s and early 2000s. "Winamp is a top independent player that gives millions of people the best player functionality available," Alexandre Saboundjian, Radionomy's CEO, said in a statement. "Its role is clear in the future evolution of online media, we plan to make the player ubiquitous, developing new functionalities dedicated to...
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uTest raises $43M and changes name to Applause to reflect the company's expanded operational purview
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'Dead Priest's Hair'?A man in Switzerland developed severe lead poisoning after taking an alternative medicine treatment -- he took pills that he thought contained the hair of a dead Bhutanese priest, but the pills were... actually replete with the toxic metal lead.
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Sea Otters v. Climate Change

KQED Quest - 14 Jan 2014 17:00
Sea Otters v. Climate ChangeKelp forests are some of the most efficient carbon dioxide absorbers known to man. Sea urchins, however, love eating kelp, and left unchecked will decimate a kelp bed. But when otters are around, sea... urchins hide in crevices and snack on kelp scraps. It's estimated that the CO2 removed from the atmosphere through the influence of West Coast otters is the equivalent of removing up to 6 million cars from the road.
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Pico projectors did seem as though they were going to be the next big thing in the world of consumer electronics, but apparently, that was not the case. I guess you can more or less lump pico... projectors with the likes of the netbook, although the netbook has already been dead and buried for quite
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Ultrasound William "Jamie" Tyler of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute studies the effects of ultrasound on the brain region responsible for processing tactile sensory inputs. James... Stroup/Virginia Tech Scientists have been doing some amazing things on our brains with ultrasound, like breaking up blood clots, boosting alertness for soldiers, and even connecting the human mind with a rat's. Now, they have shown that ultrasound can sharpen our tactile perception, too. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have demonstrated that by directing an ultrasound beam to a specific region of the brain, they can boost participants' ability to detect differences in sensations. To test their theory, the research team hooked up the volunteers with EEG-monitoring devices...
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T-Mobile is scaring WallHere’s how you know that T-Mobile is onto something: It’s making Wall Street very nervous for all the right reasons. Reuters recently talked with several financial analysts who all expressed fear... that T-Mobile was sparking a pricing war in the wireless industry and that carriers were starting to actually compete with one another for our business. Or as Reuters puts it, “the intensifying competition is a new challenge to a U.S. industry long used to imposing its will on consumers, and analysts fear it could result in the loss of billions of dollars of revenue.” Jefferies analyst Michael McCormack, for one, told Reuters that he found it “most disappointing” that AT&T has been reacting to T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves by offering
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Use Mixed Entry to IncreaseWhen it comes to password security, longer is typically better and multi-word pass phrases are even better than that . If you find yourself with an annoying, capped-length password, though, try mixing... up the characters in your password.
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This Device Helps Parents SpyRemember when you were a teenager, and mom told you not to speed? And remember all the fun you had trying to break 100 on that straightaway down by the river? Well, the next generation of young rebels... might not be so lucky.
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Shortly before a flagship smartphone is announced to the general public, companies like HTC will often send a prototype version of the upcoming product to tight-knit partners and developers. We got an... exclusive close look at one such prototype of the ...
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The biggest tech news of the last 24 hours was Google's acquisition of Nest. Many customers considered what that means for the future of Nest and iOS. To calm any fears, several Nest execs have... confirmed that Nest's products will always support iOS. ...
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That's after redeeming a $25 cashback offer, which is way easier than a rebate. There's never been a better price on this popular wireless step-counter.
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What makes superalloys super: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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A product listing on ePrice shows a gold G2 on sale, following similar options from Apple, Samsung, and HTC.
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Telefónica launchesFor enterprises that don't want employees to roam using cellular networks, Telefónica has launched Universal Wi-Fi, which offers coverage in 110 countries. Wi-Fi is becoming an increasingly important... access technology to operators, either to offload their cellular networks or, as in this case, to offer subscribers data access when traveling. Universal Wi-Fi is specifically aimed at multinational enterprises. The service use more than 1.3 million hotspots at locations such as airports and hotel chains, including Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton and Sheraton. To get that many hotspots Telefónica is collaborating with iPass and Swisscom, for example. It has also partnered with Gogo to offer in-flight coverage. Gogo has put Wi-Fi on 6,000 planes from Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines,...
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5 features I want to see in Windows 9

ZDNet - 14 Jan 2014 16:54
Here are five features that Microsoft must add to Windows 9 if it is to have a chance of tempting me back into the ecosystem.
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Moto Maker customised MotorolaMotorola today announced that the Moto X Android phone will be coming to the UK on 1 February, but stopped short of launching any new products at the same time. The company is eyeing-up the tablet... market however. The company, now owned by Google, has...
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Rotavirus Vaccine Linked toInfants who receive the rotavirus vaccine, which protects against a severe diarrheal disease, may have a very small risk of developing a serious intestinal disorder called intussusception, a new study... finds.
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Google and Apple crack the top 20 in patents and the search giant has a slight edge in patents awarded.
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At the 2014 Detroit auto show, Panasonic demonstrated automotive head units running navigation and entertainment from a connected phone.
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[From EntertainmentTell] On January 12, filmmaker and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam announced that his oft delayed project, 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' is on again...maybe.
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Now that Google has a key to our home, it's poised to take smart appliances to new heights. But -- well, good luck maneuvering the messy and disjointed Internet of things.
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Phuc H. Nguyen - An EngineerNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: Born and raised in South Vietnam, Phuc Nguyen came to Goddard as an intern and is now an electronics engineer whose work is soon going to Mars.
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Valve launches experimentalThe annual CES gadget fest may be over, but game company Valve's just getting started. The company's developer conference begins Wednesday, and Valve has released an experimental virtual reality user... interface for Steam just in time for the big show Dubbed SteamVR, the new mode is only available in the Steam beta desktop client and requires users to start Steam from the command line using the "-vr" flag. The new VR functionality is designed for Steam's "Big Picture" mode--the desktop client's immersive, TV-friendly full screen view. You'll need an Oculus Rift headset (pictured at top on PCWorld senior writer Brad Chacos) to take advantage of the new functionality, which is one of the few consumer-grade VR headset worth talking about. During CES, we got a chance to go hands-on with one of...
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Registration for Microsoft's Build 2014 conference opens today. What's the pulse of Microsoft's developer community, going into the show?
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Winamp's Not Dead After All!

Gizmodo - 14 Jan 2014 16:40
Winamp's Not Dead After All!Last month, Winamp sauntered up to the brink of death, but now it's back. Thanks to a first rumored and now confirmed acquisition by digital audio business Radionomy, both Winamp and Shoutcast will... live on.
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[From EntertainmentTell] WGN America Announces Ten Commandments Miniseries
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Filter which images you can freely use for commercial or non-commercial purposes right on your search results page.
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When was the last time you visited Twitter's website to catch up? Perhaps sensing that it's an app world after all, the microblogging service is polishing up its website to look more like its own... mobile apps.Twitter announced a new look for Twitter.com on Monday, using its own service to tweet out the news that the website is receiving a fresh coat of paint more in line with the company's own mobile apps."We're now rolling out a refreshed twitter.com reflecting the look & feel of our iOS & Android apps," one tweet announced, with a screenshot of the new look attached.A second tweet moments later elaborated that Twitter.com users will also have the ability to personalize their profile page with an accent color, including customization of background color and link color.Curiously, Twitter...
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Like the look of WindowsDo you love the look of Windows Phone but find yourself balking because there still aren’t anywhere near as many available apps as there are on iOS and Android? Nokia might have just what you’ve... been waiting for. The company has launched a number of new smartphones since the deal that will eventually see Microsoft take ownership of its devices and services business was announced, but its most important device launch could be still to come. We’ve seen images of Nokia’s $7.2 billion Android phone leak several times but a new photo published on Monday evening by @evleaks seemingly reveals the device’s home screen for the first time. And that home screen, from the look of things, will bring Windows
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Netflix tightens its relationship with art house heavyweight Weinstein Co. for a historical adventure drama to debut late this year.
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[From GadgeTell] Motorola has announced that the Google-owned company will start selling the highly customizable Moto X in Europe from February. The handset made an official appearance in the States... in 2013, but it seems several European countries will get the handset in unlocked flavor, including France, Germany and the UK.
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Samsung rolls out its Sochi Winter Olympics app

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 16:32
Samsung rolls out its SochiApp currently is only available on Samsung devices, though ... Samsung this week has unveiled its official application for the Sochi Winter Olympics, which begin next month.  The app is pretty good,... breaking things down by sport, country and athletes, with easy links to schedules. You can get more information on the event venues in Russia, check out videos and photo galleries — and even see which events are wheelchair accessible. It's easy to follow your favorite athletes and sports as well. As of the time of this writing, you're only able to install the app on Samsung devices. (Reading the press release again, though, it sounds like that might just be an oversight, so check back to see if more devices are added.) You can also install from the Samsung App Store, if that's how you roll....
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Google announced a $3.2 billion investment in Nest on Monday, the creator of the smart thermostat and smoke detector. At first glance, the tech behemoth's move seems like a reasonable purchase. See... also: 7 Tech Companies' New Year's Resolutions for 2014 But that's only until you realize it's the start of a new era — the era of the Internet of Things. This comic, illustrated by Mashable's Lance Ulanoff, proves that Google-connected technology is just a click away from being way too intrusive. Be afraid Comic illustrated by Lance Ulanoff.
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Demand for improved insulationBetter insulation materials are a money and energy saver for all. A new collaborative project is set to address the need, and involves ROCKWOOL International A/S, a major producer of insulation... materials, and the University of Copenhagen's Nano-Science Center. The partners will study insulation materials at the atomic level and devise solutions for a major climate challenge. The project is supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation.
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(Phys.org) --The quantum and classical worlds are clearly very different, but how a physical system transitions between them is much less clear. The most well-known attempt to explain the... quantum-to-classical transition is decoherence, which is the idea that interactions with the environment destroy quantum coherence, causing a quantum system to become classical.
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Linz/Geneva, 14 January 2014. CERN[1] data analysis will be the inspiration for the third Prix Ars Electronica[2] Collide @ CERN, which was today awarded to the Japanese artist, Ryoji Ikeda[3], who... lives and works in Paris.
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CyanogenMod GalleryNext BetaAndroid: The folks at CyanogenMod have announced a new photo management app beta called GalleryNext that will likely be part of upcoming CyanogenMod releases. For the low price of joining a beta,... though, you can get it now.
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The Jacobean space programme: the life of John Wilkins

The Royal Astronomical Society - 14 Jan 2014 16:28
The seventeenth century saw unprecedented changes in our understanding of the universe, spurred on by the invention of the telescope and the opportunity to study stars and planets in detail for the... first time. Figures like Galileo are famous for their work not just in astronomy but in scientific experiments of many kinds that challenged established ideas and helped lead to the final demise of an Earth-centred view of the cosmos. Wilkins and Robert Hooke fly to the Moon from Wadham College. Wilkins left no picture of his "Flying Chariot", so Prof. Chapman assembled components from written descriptions into this drawing. Credit: A. Chapman. Click for a full size imageNow historian Prof. Allan Chapman of Wadham College, University of Oxford, has investigated a less well-known pioneer, John...
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rjmarvin writes "Someone is finally pausing TV shows and movies to figure out if the code shown on screen is accurate or not. British programmer and writer John Graham-Cumming started taking... screenshots of source code from movies such as Elysium, Swordfish and Doctor Who, and when it became popular turned the concept into a blog. Source Code in TV and Films posts a new screenshot daily, proving that, for example, Tony Stark's first Iron Man suit was running code from a 1998 programmable Lego brick."
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Gawker Kanye West Reportedly Attacks 18-Year-Old at Chiropractor's Office | io9 Anti-marijuana laws were based on racism, not science | Jalopnik Everything You Need To Know From The Detroit Auto Show... - Day 2 | Jezebel Man Poses As Woman On Online Dating Site; Barely Lasts Two Hours
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Gawker Kanye West Reportedly Attacks 18-Year-Old at Chiropractor's Office | io9 Anti-marijuana laws were based on racism, not science | Jalopnik Everything You Need To Know From The Detroit Auto Show... - Day 2 | Jezebel Man Poses As Woman On Online Dating Site; Barely Lasts Two Hours
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8 Noteworthy Tablets and Two-in-Ones

Time - 14 Jan 2014 16:24
8 Noteworthy Tablets andThe tablet business is hard for companies that aren’t Apple, Amazon, Samsung or Google. Smaller competitors can’t afford to spend big bucks on marketing, so they need to get creative to get... noticed. While I’ll admit that the results at CES 2014 are sometimes gimmicky, I enjoyed checking out these eight noteworthy tablets and two-in-one PCs during the big Vegas trade show: Acer A1-830 Jared Newman for TIME There’s no getting around the fact that Acer’s A1830 looks suspiciously similar to Apple’s iPad Mini, right down to the aluminum rear panel, slim side bezels and 1024-by-768 resolution display. But at $149, the A1 is roughly half the price of Apple’s cheapest iPad. Of course, by going with Android you get an inferior selection of tablet apps, and Acer’s design isn’t...
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Always pulling out your smartphone to identify a song you've heard on your car radio? You'll no longer need to if you buy a new Hyundai or Kia model in the coming year. The Korean automakers have... teamed up with sound recognition specialist SoundHound ...
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After starting a revolution with their smart thermostats and smoke detectors, Nest Labs has found a partner with deep pockets to help expand their horizons for future home-based technology.Google... announced Monday the search giant will acquire Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash, bringing former iPod godfather Tony Fadell's company into the loving arms of the Mountain View crew.Founded in 2011 by former Apple executive Fadell, Nest Labs borrowed a little Cupertino savvy by reinventing "unloved but important devices" around the home, first with a smart thermostat and more recently with a smoke alarm that can be controlled from a mobile app.Apparently, the company's success falls right in line with Google's future vision, although Nest Labs will continue to operate with Fadell as CEO...
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'Fishimal' was part fish, partFossils for a creature that looked part fish and part limbed animal were recently found in northern Canada, a paper in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.
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Patients have expressed an appetite for potential cancer symptoms to be checked out much sooner than current NHS thresholds guidelines suggest, new research has revealed.
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Research by an international team provides evidence that a particular T-cell type may help researchers better understand why HIV can persist despite treatment.
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Even 25 metres below ground,With sensor-equipped footwear developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, firefighters can be even more effective at saving lives and property.
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This Is the Most ComplexIt might look understated, but you're looking at the most functionally complex integrated quantum circuit ever made from a single material--and it can both generate photons and entangle them, all at... the same time.
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AOL Sells Winamp And ShoutcastReturning from the brink of death, music services Winamp and Shoutcast are now officially with a new owner: Digital audio business Radionomy has acquired the both media player and radio platform from... AOL. We understand that it is a cash and share deal, worth between $5 million and $10 million, with AOL taking a 12% stake of Radionomy in the process.
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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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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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NASA's Commercial Crew Program would get up to $696 million -- its highest annual budget yet -- under an omnibus spending bill drafted by Congress to fund the federal government for the remainder of... 2014.
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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.
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Researchers have determined why metaphase chromosomes have their characteristic elongated cylindrical shape. The results show that this morphology is related to the chromosome's self-organizing... structure.
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LG G Flex now avaliable forIf you're in the UK and are looking to get your curve on, the LG G Flex (see our initial review) is now available for preorder from Carphone Warehouse. It's available from £52 a month, CPW says,... with a £79 handset cost, or £42 a month as part of an upgrade with no handset cost.  You can have it in any color you want, so long as it's black. Preorder the LG G Flex at CPW
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Deal of the Day: CruzerliteThe Jan. 14 Deal of the Day is the Cruzerlite Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This unique case allows you to stand out from the crowd with its colorful side grips and see-through backing. It... also provides excellent protection from drops, scratches and other unforeseen fumbles. Take you pick of black, pink or teal! The Cruzerlite Hybrid Case is available for just $8.49, 57% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping. Canada Deal of the Day: OtterBox Defender Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1     
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When Homo sapiens left Africa and had to adapt to less sunny climates, there was a mutation in one of the genes responsible for regulating the synthesis of melanin, the MC1R gene, which involved a... discoloration of the skin. This discoloration allowed for better absorption of vitamin D, necessary for growth, but it also increased the risk of developing skin cancer in adulthood. This mutation is most common among people from Mediterranean regions such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Israel, presenting in about 10-20% of the population.
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[From In-Car Tech] JVC and Pandora link up throughout the line up.
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A Possible Meteor Shower from Comet ISON?

Universe Today - 14 Jan 2014 16:15
Hey, remember Comet C/2012 S1 ISON? Who can forget the roller-coaster ride that the touted "Comet of the Century" took us on last year. Well, ISON could have one more trick up its cosmic sleeve... –although it's a big maybe — in the form of a meteor shower or (more likely) a brief uptick in […]
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In a letter to the board of Riverbed Technology, Elliott Management again urged the company to either accept a takeover bid of $19 a share or run an auction for itself.     
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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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Puppy Locates Your Lost Pet,There are now countless lost and found devices based on Bluetooth LE technology, and the Puppy from BeLuvv fits that description. It’s a pendant for your dog’s collar, which talks to a companion... smartphone app via Bluetooth LE and alerts you when your pet gets too far away (a subjective measure you can change yourself). That’s not too different from existing devices out there, many of which, while not pet specific, could be easily adapted for their use. But the difference here is that once your pet escapes the range of your own Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, you aren’t stuck with zero options for tracking it further: you can essentially rights-manage your dog, giving permission to trusted friends and neighbors to help you find it when it ventures further afield. When your dog goes...
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3-D printing tries to find a home

CNN - 14 Jan 2014 16:11
The companies that make 3-D printers want a spot in your home. They're just not sure exactly why you need one of their futuristic devices yet.
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Here's why Google bought Nest

BGR - 14 Jan 2014 16:10
Here's why Google bought NestGoogle announced Monday night it is acquiring smart thermostat and smoke detector-maker Nest for $3.2 billion in cash, surprising analysts and starting to really put Google at the forefront of the... “Internet of Things.” It’s also scaring consumers at the same time. In a statement on Monday afternoon, Google CEO Larry Page said that Nest Labs co-founders and former Apple executives Matt Rogers and Tony Fadell, who is credited with being the godfather of the iPod and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team, and Page is excited to see what they’re working on next. “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,” Page said
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(Reuters) - Gamestop Corp forecast fourth-quarter profit below analysts' estimates, hurt by a bigger-than-expected decline in sales of new game titles for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, sending its... shares down 12 percent.
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When children and child-care providers sit around a table together at mealtime, passing bowls and serving themselves, children learn to recognize when they are full better than they do when food is... pre-plated for them, reports a new study of feeding practices of two- to five-year-old children in 118 child-care centers.
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How fiber prevents diabetes, obesity

Science Daily - 14 Jan 2014 16:08
Scientists have known for the past twenty years that a fiber-rich diet protects the organism against obesity and diabetes but the mechanisms involved have so far eluded them. A French-Swedish team has... succeeded in elucidating this mechanism, which involves the intestinal flora and the ability of the intestine to produce glucose between meals.
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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.
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Contrary to common belief, mitochondrial genes seem to matter for how well individuals survive and reproduce. These new results are reported by researchers who studied the genes of a common beetle... species. Mitochondria are vital power plants of cells. They carry their own genes, which are inherited only through females, and these genes vary greatly between individuals. Scientists have shown for the first time that differences in the mitochondrial genes that individuals carry actually affect how well they survive and reproduce.
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New round of investment will help finance commercial expansion and boost analytics development at converged infrastructure specialist Nutanix.
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The celebrity parties thatWhether it's Jay-Z giving free albums to Samsung users, or Alicia Keys serving as Blackberry's creative director, celebrities and smartphones are a seemingly perfect match. But while the stars do a... good job of selling phones to the rest of us, when it comes to their personal devices it takes a special kind of sales technique to get Martha Stewart using a Galaxy S3. In Fast Company, Shane Snow details Samsung's "white glove" parties, in which a combination of fellow celebrities, Samsung reps, and free gadgets are used to lure stars to the brand. It's sort of like a Tupperware party, but with free smartphones, where Samsung reps make the conversion as painless as possible, providing everything from customized devices to technical...
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We're now T-minus seven days and counting until Beats Music blasts onto the streaming music scene, but you won't have to wait that long to poke around the company's website.GigaOM managed to get early... access to the new Beats Music service ahead of its January 21 launch, and posted a plethora of screenshots from the web-based version of the latest contender to the streaming music throne.Although Beats Music does have a website, it's important to note that the service is heavily pushing itself as "mobile first" -- a fact made clear after signup, because the free seven-day trial period doesn't actually kick in until you download one of the Beats Music apps, which are available on iOS, Android or Windows Phone 8.Judging from the screenshots, Beats Music follows the same general design as most...
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After Raising £3.5MA new UK startup is giving P2P lending a go. Competing most directly with Zopa, and RateSetter, London-based Lending Works has opened for business this week, matching those that have savings to grow,... with those that need to borrow money. But its claimed unique selling point is the level of protection it gives to lenders. Whereas existing P2P lenders will dip into reserve funds to repay lenders if borrowers default, Lending Works insures against default and risk, at no extra cost to customers. Or so the pitch goes.
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Promising drug candidates for pain, addiction

Science Daily - 14 Jan 2014 16:04
Scientists have described a pair of drug candidates that advance the search for new treatments for pain, addiction and other disorders.
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Minority of panel members who disagree with raising systolic blood pressure targets for people over 60 years of age provide their evidence in a new commentary.
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A research team has found that the prevalence of Hepatitis C varies widely among different Hispanic groups in the U.S.
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[From GadgeTell] Since Google and LG positioned their Nexus 5 as a scandalously affordable high-end smartphone with crazy bang for buck right off the bat, discounts and special offers were always... going to be few and far between.
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Jigabot AIMe robot lets yourRobots come in all shapes and sizes, some try to resemble humans, others clean your grill. AIMe, from a company called Jigabot, lets you mount a camera on top of it and have it track your movement in... the shot so you can be in the picture rather than behind...
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The Biggest Lessons I'veSix million Americans have panic disorder. Forty million have an anxiety disorder. So, if you're struggling with anxiety, you're absolutely not alone. Knowing how others manage their anxiety can be... helpful. Below are the biggest lessons individuals have learned over the years.
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Visually Raises $8.1M To BuildInfographic haters, despair. Visually, the startup that's best-known as an infographic marketplace, is announcing that it has raised $8.1 million in Series A funding. The company started out as a tool... for creating infographics, but over time it has moved to a marketplace model, connecting companies who want infographics with people who want to be paid to make them.
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Braven introduces BRV-Bank portable backup battery

Coolest Gadgets - 14 Jan 2014 16:00
In this day and age, it goes without saying that we have a slew of gizmos that we tend to carry with us wherever we go. There is a downside to all of it though – and that would be the battery life,... or rather, the lack of its longevity. Most of us will need
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Make Your Mac Even More SecureYou probably have a regular login password for your Mac, which you type in when installing software or maybe even when you deactivate the screensaver. It’s fairly secure, but there are indeed ways... around it. If a malicious person with…
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8 Otherworldly Songs PerformedWe're smack-dab in the middle of winter and baby, it's cold outside (or so I've heard; I live over in LOL). I imagine that it might be tough to find the beauty in yet another day of sub-zero... temperatures, but for some enterprising creative types, bone-chilling frost is more than a major nuisance--it's the stuff that musical dreams are made of.
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Carriers are trying to figure out ways to bring in customers and Sprint recently decided to kill one new plan offering and transition to another.
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The popular music and video player has avoided an early retirement through a deal in which it changes hands from AOL to Radionomy.
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Apple's Back to School saleLike it does every year, Apple has just kicked off its Back to School sale in both Australia and New Zealand ahead of the new school year. On top of the usual education pricing on Macs, iOS devices... and more, Apple is offering a $100 App Store Gift card ($125 in NZ) on qualifying Macs […]
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This regular pen lives aThis Kickstarter campaign introduces us to the Bpen, a handy tool which combines a regular pen, a touchscreen stylus, and a neat way to prop up your smartphone or tablet. The post This regular pen... lives a double life as a stand and stylus for your tablet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Missed the Adobe Photography Program deal for Photoshop and Lightroom? It's back on until the end of February. The post Adobe Extends its Photoshop Photography Program to February 28 appeared first on... The Phoblographer.     
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Patent trolls make life difficult for a lot of companies in the technology world. Patent trolls are firms that own patents that they don't make use of and only use …
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Is your small business making the most of its Facebook interaction? These resources let you activate engagement, manage interactions, and run contests and promotions to attract more followers.
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jfruh writes "A former Oracle sales manager is suing the database company for what he called racially discriminatory salary-setting practices. Ian Spandow wanted to transfer a high-performing salesman... from Oracle's India office to California. When he requested a salary of $60,000 a year or more for the employee, equivalent to what his white American counterparts received, he was told instead to offer $50,000, which was 'good money for an Indian.' When Spandow protested, he was himself summarily fired."
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The company produces the TouchID fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S and has reportedly secured the contract for Apple's next handset.
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Howl at the Wolf MoonThe 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, but it's not the only lunar nickname for the event.
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Huawei recently outed the Ascend Mate 2 with a colossal 4,000mAh battery that can actually charge other devices, and it's now brought that tech to a mid-range handset. The 5.5-inch B199 is a successor... to the A199, and packs similar specs: a 720p ...
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[From GadgeTell] With the high-end smartphone market all taken care of by the massive Xperia Z Ultra, slightly smaller Z1 and petite Z1 Compact, it's time for Sony to turn its attention towards folks... on tighter budgets also looking for the best their money can get.
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Even as Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of Steve Jobs fades from our memory, writer Aaron Sorkin is said to have finally delivered his own take on the late Apple co-founder in-between seasons of The... Newsroom, which Sony is expected to put into production sometime in the future. So who will play Jobs in the big-budget official adaptation of the Walter Isaacson bio? It's never too early to speculate... SimCity Offline Mode Finally On the Way To say that EA's SimCity got off to a rough start last year, but one long-awaited feature should finally be winging its way with the planned Update 10, a free patch for all users. According to Polygon, EA Maxis has changed its stance on offline mode, which the company previously claimed couldn't be done "without a significant amount of engineering work," and...
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Total Apple device sales willThe total number of Apple devices sold will equal the number of Windows PCs by some point this year, predicts Asymco’s Horace Dediu in an interesting piece of analysis. The dark shaded area compares... all Apple hardware – Mac plus iPad plus iPhone – with Windows PCs, and shows that by last year there were only […]
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CES 2014: Seagate's FAST backup

ZDNet - 14 Jan 2014 15:40
Seagate introduced a FAST RAID0 drive at CES. Is it for you?
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Moto X Coming to Europe in February

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 15:38
Motorola's flagship smartphone, the Moto X, will hit European store shelves in February, CNET reports The pricing will be $624 in the UK or $546 in France and Germany without a contract. That's... significantly more than in the U.S., where the device sells for $399. However, Europeans are accustomed to big price differences when buying U.S.-made phones See also: Can the Moto X Make Motorola Relevant Again? In the UK, customers will also be able to get the phone with a contract, starting $41 per month. It will be available from retailers such as Amazon, Phones 4U, Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Techdata.
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[From GadgeTell] Google is set to acquire Nest Labs with a hefty price of $3.2 billion.
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The satellite service argues that The Weather Channel is overrun with reality television and is not necessarily the only good resource for weather information.
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Sony's Xperia T2 Ultra is theAfter unveiling two flagship devices at CES 2014, Sony on Tuesday has quietly announced a new phablet, the Xperia T2 Ultra, which will be launched at some point in the future in various emerging... markets including China, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The phone packs a 6-inch Triluminos display with 1080 x 720 resolution, 1.4GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (4.8GB available to the user,) microSD support for cards up to 32GB, 50GB of cloud storage via Box, 13-megapixel camera with HD video recording and various camera features, LTE support, NFC, 3,000 mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone weighs 172g, measures 165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65mm and will
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[From AppleTell] Apple discontinued the production of the iPhone 4 when the iPhone 5c was released, so they will probably need to sell left-over stock from other countries.
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Despite launching the iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s, Apple has failed to gain significant stronghold in the Indian market. According to The Times of India, Apple is losing sales and market share to rival... Samsung, especially in the middle segment of India's smartphone market. So, Apple's solution is to re-introduce the iPhone 4 which--according to the report--is the most popular iPhone model amongst overall smartphone users.
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The 10.2.1 update to the Blackberry OS will support native Android apps.
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Virgin Galactic has completed its third test flight for the spacecraft that will eventually take commercial passengers into space. The flying machine is called SpaceShip Two. The craft was carried …...
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21 Neckties for Every Type of Nerd

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 15:30
Business professional attire can be dull, especially for men. Truth. Don't fall asleep yet! But you can add a few accessories to your wardrobe to diversify your look from the average... white-shirt-wearing Joe, while still channeling your inner nerd See also: Bundle Up With These 14 Nerdy Scarves From Star Wars to bicycles, no matter what your geeky interest may be, there's a necktie out there for you. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Image: Etsy,DESIGNBYKIM
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Should you drink coffee before or after a learning task?

Scientific American - 14 Jan 2014 15:30
As tempting as those beans look, it might be better to grind them after you have attended that challenging technical presentation (Image: Liveinsport) Popular wisdom holds that caffeine enhances... --...
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Should you drink coffee before or after a learning task?

Scientific American - 14 Jan 2014 15:30
As tempting as those beans look, it might be better to grind them after you have attended that challenging technical presentation (Image: Liveinsport) Popular wisdom holds that caffeine enhances... --...
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Shopping list apps are a dime a dozen in the iOS App Store, but sometimes you find one that stands out in one way or another. Plan & Buy from Aleksandr Zdorovets is one of those apps. In comparison to... some of the shopping list heavyweights, like ...
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Organize Metal Pot Lids with aThere are plenty of ways to organize pot lids that don't take up a lot of space, but if your pots are usually metal, why not use a magnetic knife rack? They hold securely and stay out of the way until... you need them.
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Hands-on: The Impossible Instant Lab review

Pocket-lint - 14 Jan 2014 15:29
Hands-on: The ImpossibleHow many pictures do you have on your iPhone? 10, 100, 1,000, maybe more? The Impossible Project, born out of a desire to continue making Polaroid film, has created the Impossible Instant Lab, a... mobile printing/scanning station, if you like, that lets...
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A licence to kill a rogue male black rhino sold for $350,000 – the IUCN says the wider population will benefit and the funds will go to conservation     
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European civil rights groupsEuropean Internet users could risk being charged extra money for accessing online services like Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, Skype and Whatsapp if a European draft regulation on net neutrality isn't... amended before March, European civil rights groups warned Tuesday. Civil rights groups EDRi (European Digital Rights), the German Digitale Gesellschaft, the French La Quadrature du Net, the Austrian Initiative für Netzfreiheit as well as the Brussels based Access Now group together launched a campaign called SaveTheInternet.eu aiming to amend or block the regulation. The European Union is currently preparing a net neutrality law. Net neutrality in principle means that all traffic on the internet is treated on an equal basis without regard to the type or origin of the content.
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World Of Warcraft Movie ToThere are many questions we're sure fans and gamers have about the upcoming World of Warcraft movie. The movie is expected to begin filming this month and based on what we know so far, the movie will... be less about what gamers know about the Warcraft franchise at the moment, but will instead go back to the roots of the original Warcraft game and focus more on the Orcs and Humans relationship. Given that Orcs and Humans are playable races in the game and the MMORPG, it would not be fair to demonize either side. In fact director Duncan Jones reportedly tried to balance the script as much as possible as the original felt too Alliance-heavy. (more…) Follow: Gaming, blizzard, world of warcraft, World Of Warcraft Movie To Have A Very Human Story original content from Ubergizmo.     
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[From In-Car Tech] HD Radio Technology Now Available From All Major Automakers
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Sony Blames Smartphones AndOur smartphones these days are more than capable of playing video games. In fact some of the games for smartphones have been beautifully designed, like the Infinity Blade franchise, for example, so in... terms of graphics, saying that our phones can't handle it is no longer applicable, although that might have been true many years ago. Basically what this means is that forking out money for a separate handheld console like the Nintendo 3DS or the PS Vita is no longer necessary, unless there are very specific games on the platform that you want to play. To that extent it seems that Sony has put the blame on smartphones and tablets as to the reason why PS Vita sales have not exactly been very good. Speaking to VG247, Sony UK managing director was quoted as saying, "Games on tablets and phones...
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Winamp lives on afterWinamp, the popular music player of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, was supposed to shut down on December 21st, but it has lived on into 2014. Following rumors of a potential Microsoft acquisition,... Radionomy confirms that it has acquired the media player from its owner AOL along with Shoutcast, an internet radio broadcasting service that AOL also owned. The precise details of the deal are not public, but the Belgian publication De Tijd reports that AOL took a partial stake in Radionomy as part of a recent funding round. The confirmation comes after Winamp forum users spotted that the DNS entries for winamp.com had been switched to Radionomy’s own servers last month. Radionomy launched in late 2012 as a free service to generate...
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Offline viewing for Netflix isNetflix is unlikely to add offline viewing for subscribers any time soon, if ever. The company has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it isn't in its plans, and there are too many variables that complicate... the implementation of the feature. The BBC iPlayer,...
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Offline viewing for NetflixNetflix is unlikely to add offline viewing for subscribers any time soon, if ever. The company has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it isn't in its plans, and there are too many variables that complicate... the implementation of the feature. The BBC iPlayer,...
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Nexus 7 To Make Its Way OntoIf you're looking to get your hands on a tablet, how does the Google Nexus 7 sound to you? The tablet is not only relatively affordable, but it also packs some pretty impressive specs making it a... pretty good bargain for what you are paying for. Now the good news is that if you were hoping to pick it up from a carrier, either for 4G LTE purposes or hoping that it might be subsidized in some way, the ever reliable @evleaks has revealed that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will be making its way onto Verizon's network in the very near future. No specific dates were mentioned but given the leak and the fact that the tablet has been around for a while, we can only assume it won't be too long before we hear an official announcement of sorts. @evleaks also claims that the Nexus 7 will be arriving on...
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If you are a CyanogenMod user for your Android device, a new photo gallery app is incoming. It appears that the AOSP gallery app will be replaced by CyanogenMod's own …
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[From AppleTell] Appsiders, Inc. presents did u? for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; and once you have downloaded it you can check that off your to do list.
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Appsiders, Inc. presents did u? for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; and once you have downloaded it you can check that off your to do list. did u? is a simple, functional task list with a deadline... reminder. Once you create a task or list of tasks you can assign a due date and time. When the due date and time arrives the app will remind you about the due task(s).
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Bits Blog: Lowe's BacksLowe's is partnering with a start-up based in Seattle, Porch.com, that is seeking to provide a better way of recommending home improvement professionals.     
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory drew some raised eyebrows when it first announced its latest hi-tech robot, based on primates, called Robosimian . But now it's being put into action--and it's... amazing.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumored ToThe Samsung Galaxy S5 is probably one of the more highly anticipated smartphones to arrive in the market in 2014. Given that we've seen phones released ahead of the Galaxy S5 with pretty impressive... specs, safe to say many are looking forward to seeing what the Galaxy S5 will pack under the hood. According to the rumors, the Galaxy S5 could see a release later this March and we had also previously heard about the "confirmed" specs of the handset, which includes a QHD display that's about 5.25" in size, a 16MP rear-facing camera, and will pack either a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor or Samsung's Exynos 6 chipset which will depend on the region. Now thanks to the folks at Phone Arena, they claim to have been tipped off by their tipsters about some additional specs of the phone,...
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China's largest carrier does face competition from its smaller rivals, while the iPhone is struggling against the surge of Android smartphones.
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Ten years imaging Mars

ESA - 14 Jan 2014 15:08
Ten years imaging MarsTravel across the dramatic flood plains of Mars to celebrate ten years of imaging the Red Planet with Mars Express
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It's A Race To The Bottom:It’s possible to make a lot of money by writing an iOS app. In fact, the top iOS app makers each gross as much as $90,000 a day from their offerings. Yet despite these success stories, the vast... majority of…
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world. Google announced Monday its acquisition of smart thermometer maker... Nest for $3.2 billionTwitter rolled out a redesign of its website, focusing on mobile usersGartner, a technology research firm, has some bad news for app developers: Less than 1% of mobile apps will bring in enough profit to be considered a financial success, and free apps will take over the app ecosystem. Check out the video above for more on these stories. Image: Nest
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8GB iPhone 4 ReportedlyThe iPhone 4 was released back in 2010 and despite it being overtaken by devices like the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, the handset could be looking to make a comeback in India in the... form of an 8GB model. According to a report from The Economic Times, they claim that Apple is expected to begin sales of an 8GB iPhone 4 in the near future in a bid to help gain more market share and address lagging sales in the country. Given that Apple's products are typically viewed as a "premium" product, its price tag, especially in developing markets, are usually out of the reach of the majority. So for Apple to introduce a cheaper and more affordable iPhone, those looking to get on the iPhone bandwagon will be able to do so at a lower cost. According to the report, the 8GB iPhone 4...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(University of Leicester) University of Leicester academic Dr. Graeme Hansford to develop inventive new device in collaboration with Bruker Elemental.
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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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