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14 Jan 2014 - Global

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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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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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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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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Hot cars at the Detroit auto show

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 22:34
Hot cars at the Detroit autoThe North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 18.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Justice League may be shotSeveral new rumors have made their way to the Internet regarding DC's future plans. Among them are Jason Momoa's apparent non-casting, what film Dwayne Johnson is up for, and we may see Justice League... sooner than we thought. The post Justice League may be shot back-to-back with Batman vs. Superman, and other casting rumors appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Is Human Pee the Future of Fertilizer?

Gizmodo - 14 Jan 2014 23:40
Is Human Pee the Future ofAmong the things I found mortifying about my parents when I was a teenager was their habit of leaving buckets of pee in the bathroom. Instead of flushing all that phosphorous- and nitrogen-rich urine... down the toilet, they saved it for our backyard vegetable garden. Pee as fertilizer has since--contrary to everything my teenage self wanted to believe--become a hip idea among some eco-minded backyard farmers.
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'Devil Baby' Prank Scares TheHear a baby crying in an unattended stroller on the street? Of course you should investigate it. Just be warned that said baby might be part of a viral marketing stunt that will scare the living... bejesus out of you. The folks at Thinkmodo rigged this remote-controlled stroller with a demonic animatronic infant, replete with the ability to headbang, vomit, and just look downright possessed: When the Thinkmodo team took their creation to the streets of New York, many a Good Samaritan fell victim to the devilish prank, and the reactions are priceless. (Our favorite reaction is at the one-minute mark.) You might remember Thinkmodo from their last viral video creation: the telekinetic coffee shop prank in Manhattan, which, as it turned out, was a promotion for the movie "Carrie." And lo and...
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[From HomeTechTell] If you are tired of tediousness of vacuuming and mopping the floors, check out the Moneual Smart Robot Vacuum System, which does it all for you.
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The Right Way to Merge LanesThe world can be divided into two kinds of drivers: Those that get over into a lane to exit or merge early (lineuppers) and those that zoom by until the last moment (sidezoomers), cutting the line in... a sense. The war between lineuppers and sidezoomers is part of what makes driving hell sometimes. It turns out, we're all doing it wrong.
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There were rumors that Winamp would find a rescuer following its shutdown, and today that rescue is official. Online radio platform provider Radionomy has acquired both WinAmp and Shoutcast from AOL... (Engadget's owner) for an undisclosed amount. The ...
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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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(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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In the first of four Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC packs from the folks at Infinity Ward have ushered in this season, oddities are being distributed in heavy abundance. You'll …
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Tech leads Wall St rebound

The Australian - 14 Jan 2014 23:57
Tech leads Wall St reboundA DAY after logging its worst performance of the year, the S&P 500 bounced back to erase most of its losses.
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PLUMEN 002 Is The CFL You'dIf you like the energy-saving benefits of a CFL but kind of hate the light emitted from the bulbs, we present you with a lovely compromise: The PLUMEN 002. The low-energy bulb emits a warm glow that's... equivalent to a 30W incandescent. It's better for mood lighting, rather than task lighting (for the latter, look to PLUMEN 001, which has the equivalent output of a 60W incandescent). Even better, the sculptural glass construction is much nicer to look at than the standard CFL, making this a much-needed solution for pendant lights and other fixtures that feature an exposed bulb. And the kicker? It works on a dimmer. PLUMEN is raising funds to produce the 002 via Kickstarter, with estimated availability to backers in July.
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Julia Roberts Doesn't Get Twitter, And Doesn't Want It

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 23:52
Julia Roberts Doesn't GetLots of celebrities are active on Twitter, but Julia Roberts isn't one of them -- and she doesn't plan on joining the online community anytime soon. She sat down with Norwegian journalist Kjersti Flaa... to chat about her latest film, "August: Osage County," and ended up discussing her lack of social media presence. Flaa mentioned that Roberts seems to have made the choice not to take part in the world of social media, but the "August: Osage County" star argued that she's not against using the Internet to connect, she just doesn't really understand it all. She said, "I haven't chosen to not be a part of it, I kind of just don't get it." When asked if she had a Twitter account, Roberts said "no," laughing at the question. Flaa later asked, "Do you ever feel the need to put your word out...
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Matias has put its new wireless keyboard, the Secure Pro, up for pre-order on its website. With the keyboard, which is compact in nature and has a no-nonsense business design, …
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Rethinking Windows And Apple Device Volume

TechCrunch - 14 Jan 2014 23:50
Rethinking Windows And AppleHorace Dediu of Asymco does good work. Yesterday he published a thought-provoking article entitled "When Apple reached parity with Windows," which immediately caused readers to lose their minds. Dediu... set up a very specific analytical perspective: Windows-based PCs compared to Apple's more diverse lineup of tablets, phones, mobile computing devices (the iPod Touch), and Macintosh PCs.
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Some workloads simply can't be seen to fail or slow down because the results would be disastrous. Stratus, one of the best known suppliers of continuous processing technology, is merging and refining... two of its products to extend performance, manageability and scalability.
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AMD ships Kaveri, seeks appsAdvanced Micro Devices officially began shipping its Kaveri chip architecture on Tuesday, claiming better price and performance than the Intel Core i5 chips released in the middle of 2013. And if you... use AMD's optimized APIs, company executives said, then they'll do even better. Late last year, AMD announced that the Kaveri would ship in January. And at last week's Consumer Electronics Show, AMD executives revealed that the new architecture, which integrates graphics and computing capabilities, would no longer distinguish between the two. Instead, AMD said that the more powerful version of the desktop Kaveri chip would contain 12 "compute cores," consisting of a 8 GPU cores and 4 CPU cores. On Tuesday, AMD revealed the final details, including that it had priced both the new 3.7GHz...
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Geminid Meteor Streaks OverA Geminid meteor streaks across the night sky over a frozen Pennsylvania lake in this stunning image by veteran space photographer Jeff Berkes on Dec. 13, 2013. See how Berkes did it here.
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World's biggest smartphoneIt might not be the most significant upgrade in the history of exclusive Google Play releases, but on Tuesday Google made the unlocked Moto G available on its store for the same price as every other... retailer. The Moto G Google Play edition release features the same 4.5-inch display, the same quad-core processor and the same $179 price as other Moto G models. The only perceivable difference between the new phone and its predecessor is the Google Play edition’s ability to “quickly receive updates of the latest Android software.” If you were already planning to pick up Motorola’s affordable, unlocked Moto G but you hadn’t decided where to buy it from, Google just made the decision that much easier.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Gun fight at a theater, over texting- only in Florida, right?
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[From EntertainmentTell] Hey, Philly! Get ready for the "Hot Wheels" movie.
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On Vine and Instagram, square-sharing is the name of the game. But when it comes to YouTube or TV, you're going to insult viewers if you present them with a vertical video. Despite six years of... smartphone innovation, Apple hasn't really solved what's ...
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Facebook data funneled toYandex on Tuesday announced that it is adding public Facebook data to the index of data mined for queries handled by the Russian Internet search giant.
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[From GadgeTell] Unwilling to pay $700, $600, $500, even $400 or $300 on a slab of silicon that you anyway only use to make and receive calls, plus maybe play some light Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja?
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The new Corvette Stingray has been winning awards left and right since its unveiling last year. We speak with the car's chief engineer about the just-unveiled Z06 edition, and how that became the C7.R... racer.
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My Photo Archiving Find Of A Lifetime

PetaPixel - 14 Jan 2014 23:34
A big thank you to Mosaic for sending us this article! We hope you enjoy this amazing story! One day in the spring of 1975, my phone rang, and that call led me on an incredible journey. The call was... from my brother, who was starting his career as an art researcher and historian. He […]
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Though some of iOS 7′s appearance has become a matter of controversy, the one portion of the iOS facelift that is practically universally adored is the new, simplified, image-focused lock screen,... which displays nothing but a clock and the date in minimally thin text overlaid against the devices wallpaper. It’s beautiful, and now thanks to ...
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In a Wonkblog post from November, Ezra Klein highlighted a reality few journalists seem to grasp: Facebook drives much more traffic to news sites than Twitter. The post was entitled “Why do... journalists prefer Twitter to Facebook?” — a question Klein answered with: “The reason, I think, is that Twitter is simply more useful for our jobs.” Utility, however, does not necessarily translate into traffic. Twitter has made some journalists more famous, but publisher-friendly sites like Facebook and Pinterest drive many more readers. That may explain why The Washington Post was ultimately willing to let Klein go and why other publishers should be similarly sanguine as more journalistic superstars jump ship.
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Hands on with LG's webOS TV

PC World - 14 Jan 2014 23:30
Hands on with LG's webOS TVWebOS made its second big debut at last week's CES, but not on a smartphone like it was in 2009. This time around, WebOS has landed on televisions from LG, as we'll explore in this video report. Learn... more about the TVs of CES 2014 from TechHive's extended CES coverage The webOS interface on the TV makes sense of all the different types of content and inputs on your television. There's no more wondering which input to use or which service has the best content. WebOS will power 70 percent of LG's Smart TV lineup.
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Are 'The Teletubbies' Headed For North Korea?

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 23:29
Are 'The Teletubbies' HeadedThough Dennis Rodman failed to singlehandedly transform the West's relationship with North Korea, another unlikely group of colorful 1990s "diplomats" might be able do the trick. Remember Tinky Winky,... Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po? They've been M.I.A. for most of the last decade, but it seems The Teletubbies may be heading to North Korea on a diplomatic mission to "improve [North Koreans'] understanding about the outside world," according to the British Foreign Secretary. Joining their delegation will be "Dr. Who," "Mr. Bean" and the entire cast of "EastEnders." In all seriousness, BBC Worldwide is negotiating a broadcasting deal with North Korea's state-run media agency, DPRK. Its aim: to bring several light-hearted television programs -- like the previously mentioned Teletubbies -- to one of the...
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[GadgeTell] First-Timer's Observations: CES 2014

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 23:28
[From GadgeTell] First-Timer's Observations: CES 2014
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These 'Magic' Vines Will Really Confuse Your Brain

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 23:28
These 'Magic' Vines WillFor those doubting the wizardry you can pull off in 6 seconds on Vine, look no further than Los Angeles-based video artist Zach King. YouTube user FarlyTeem has compiled nearly 8 minutes of King's... vines and the results are seriously mind-bending. Take a look as King uses quick cuts and imagination to fry ping pong balls like eggs, rip things out of computer screens and jump through car doors. You won't regret it. For more Vine fun, check out the "Best Vines of 2013 Compilation." [h/t Gawker via Tastefully Offensive]
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Sony Vaio Fit 11A | Flip PC:As someone who’s always enjoyed the weird naming schemes of tech products, I had a good laugh last night while finishing up our CES tablet roundup. There are a few mouthfuls on that list, but none... less palatable than the Sony Vaio Fit 11A | Flip PC. It’s the kind of name you struggle to remember without typing it at least a few times, but the funniest part is that even Sony seems confused. Let’s break it down: “Vaio” is the longtime name for Sony’s Windows PCs. “Flip PC” refers to the product line as a whole. Flip PCs have hinged displays that can switch between tablet and laptop settings. I’m guessing “Fit” refers to a subset of lightweight Sony laptops. The Fit 14E, for instance, doesn’t have a hinged display or touch screen like the Fit 11A, nor is it as sleek as...
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"The word 'recall' needs to be recalled," Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. But a recall is just what the company is issuing. Tesla Motors has offered to replace 29,000... potentially-faulty charging adapters, even though the company maintains a recent software update will remedy any and all problems. Tesla informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its precautionary "voluntary recall" of adapters distributed with its Model S. See also: 5 Surprises You'll Find in a Tesla Model S "Initial analysis demonstrated that defective or improperly installed wall receptacles that the NEMA 14-50 adapter plugged into could cause problems including melted adapters and, in a worst case scenario, fire," James Chen, Tesla's vice president of regulatory affairs, wrote...
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"What scientific idea is ready for retirement?"

Scientific American - 14 Jan 2014 23:27
Wavefunction collapse, an idea that may be ripe for retirement (Image: A Friedman) Every year since 1998, Big Questions guru John Brockman has posed one big question on Edge.org and gotten about... --...
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"What scientific idea is ready for retirement?"

Scientific American - 14 Jan 2014 23:27
Wavefunction collapse, an idea that may be ripe for retirement (Image: A Friedman) Every year since 1998, Big Questions guru John Brockman has posed one big question on Edge.org and gotten about... --...
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crookedvulture writes "AMD's next-generation Kaveri APU is now available, and the first reviews have hit the web. The chip combines updated Steamroller CPU cores with integrated graphics based on the... latest Radeon graphics cards. It's also infused with a dedicated TrueAudio DSP, a faster memory interface, and several features that fall under AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture for mixed-mode computing. As expected, the APU's graphics performance is excellent; even the entry level, $119 A8-6700 is capable of playing Battlefield 4 at 1080p with medium detail settings. But the powerful GPU doesn't always translate to superior performance in OpenCL-accelerated applications, where comparable Intel chips are very competitive. Intel still has an advantage in power efficiency and raw CPU...
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Russell Wilson, ColinA picture speaks a thousand words. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick learned that the hard way when a Seattle Seahawks fan created an unflattering graphic earlier this season featuring photos drawn... from Kaepernick's Instagram account: The graphic, which was created earlier this season but is experiencing a resurgence in light of the upcoming NFC Championship game between the two teams, shows Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson visiting children in the hospital, playing with his dog, supporting Marines and attending charity events. The photos of Kaepernick, however, show him flexing his biceps, flaunting his shoe collection, riding in jets and posing shirtless. Ouch. But not so fast, said the 49er faithful. In a post titled "Ditch the Propaganda," a 49ers fan replaced the unflattering...
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Doomsday Clock Set at 5 'Til Midnight

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 23:26
Doomsday Clock Set at 5 'TilA prominent scientists' group warns that nuclear weapons and climate change threaten civilization. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's Doomsday Clock remains set at 11:55 p.m.
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[From GadgeTell] As if people weren't pissed enough at HTC for their sub-par performance these past couple of years in the mobile wars, the Taiwanese have just managed to increase the rage and hate by... confirming the immediate software support halt for the One X and One X+.
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Chrome's latest update revealsThere'll be no scrambling to find which tab is playing obnoxiously loud music or autoplaying videos in Chrome anymore. In Chrome's latest release, the browser will automatically add a small speaker... icon on every tab that's playing audio, finally making it easy to tell where noise is coming from. It's a simple solution to one of web browsing's best-known nuisances, and it's one that's been in the works for a while now, launching nearly a year after Google began testing the feature.
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Crazy! Spider LaunchesA tiny, unassuming spider in the Peruvian Amazon uses its entire web as a slingshot to capture slow-moving insects such as mosquitoes.
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As part of its latest Patch Tuesday fixes for its Surface family, Microsoft has issued a fix for its Surface Pro tablets running Windows 8.0. There's still no fix yet for a Surface Pro 2 firmware... glitch from last month.
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Patch Tuesday: Fairly quiet onMicrosoft's "Patch Tuesday" set of monthly software patches is so minimal for January that at least one security firm is suggesting that IT shops first tend to recently issued patches for more severe... vulnerabilities found in Oracle Java, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Reader. "It makes a lot of sense to patch Java first this month, and then look at the Adobe patches," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer of IT security firm Qualys. Statistically speaking, for 2013, "Java, PDF files and Flash were the top attacked software," Kandek said. Microsoft on Tuesday issued four bulletins, covering vulnerabilities in various versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, and Dynamics AX. None were rated as critical, though Microsoft deemed all four important. Microsoft advises applying the patches...
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Cooking with Cannabis: How toGetting your daily dose of THC shouldn't require coughing and hacking through bong hits or dropping hundreds of dollars on vaporizers. Here's how to give your cooking a dash of psychedelic... deliciousness.
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Stylish screensaver recreatesWant to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are? Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great... on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your experience […]
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GoodData CEO Roman Stanek says many businesses analyze less than 10 per cent of their data.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Warrior is the latest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame
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The Road to Geekdom

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 23:11
John Siracusa: Geekdom is not a club; it’s a destination, open to anyone who wants to put in the time and effort to travel there. And if someone lacks the opportunity to get there, we geeks should... help in any way we can. Take a new friend to a meetup or convention. Donate your old games, movies, comics, and toys. Be welcoming. Sharing your enthusiasm is part of being a geek. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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Samsung Nexus 10 specsThe long overdue Nexus 10 upgrade failed to make an appearance at CES, but a recent leak might help us fill in the blanks. The dependable @evleaks shared an image of what looks to be Samsung’s Nexus... 10 on Twitter, but this leak comes with an unusual addendum alerting followers that he can’t vouch for the leak’s validity. According to the tweet, the new Nexus 10 will feature an Exynos 5 chip, WQXGA display, 3GB of RAM, 3- and 5-megapixel cameras and Android 4.5. The tablet will also come in 16GB and 32GB variants. It’s a very sketchy leak, but until Samsung or Google make an official announcement regarding the next Nexus 10, it’s all we have to go on.
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Verizon Wireless and AT&T both claim victory after the release of a recent study. CNET breaks down who actually won.
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Gadgetwise: Review: Parrot Flower Power Plant Sensor

The New York Times - 14 Jan 2014 23:09
Gadgetwise: Review: ParrotThe Parrot Flower Power plant sensor can analyze the growing conditions of your plants and send you the results.     
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Fujifilm launches updatedIn amongst the product releases of the past few months, Fujifilm announced a pair of accessory grips for its X-E and X-Pro cameras. The MHG-Xpro and MHG-XE improve on the original HG designs by... providing continued access to the cameras' battery/card compartments. In addition they reposition the tripod mount so that it's in line with the optical axis. The MHG-XPro and HMG-XE are available now priced at $150 and $130 respectively.
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Gadgetwise: Review: Typo Keyboard Case for iPhone 5

The New York Times - 14 Jan 2014 23:07
Gadgetwise: Review: TypoTypo is intended for people who want a touch-screen smartphone with a tactile keyboard.     
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QuarkXPress as an afterthought

The Loop - 14 Jan 2014 23:05
As the big dog of desktop publishing in the '80s and '90s, QuarkXPress was synonymous with professional publishing. In fact, it was publishing. But its hurried and steady decline is one of the... greatest business failures in modern tech. I don't know I've seen so many professionals that relied on an application, hate the app and company as much as Quark.∞ Read this on The Loop
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[From EntertainmentTell] Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform at the 2014 Grammy Awards and on "The Late Show with David Letterman"
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Silly Tumblr, what with its ability to type full, actual names instead of @-based messages. Quaint, even! Well it turns out that Yahoo's favorite microblogging service is adding Twitter-esque @... messages as of today -- the company's even celebrating ...
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Have you ever wondered where all of those disposable cameras we used to use were made? Well, like most electronics and gadgets, they were put together on an assembly line; and thanks to an accidental... exposure we can now get a glimpse inside one of these factories. The photo above shows what Redditor EnglishThesaurus found […]
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Electric motor owners get software fix, new cable in 'recalled' recall Tesla's stock price has risen at least 10 per cent after the electric-car maker's boasted that its fourth quarter revenues... exceeded targets by about 20 per cent....
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Calling all girls: Coding is cool!

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 23:00
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) 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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An Encrypted Wireless KeyboardHave you ever worried about how secure that wireless keyboard you're using really is? How do you know that when working somewhere remotely there isn't some hacker nearby capturing every word you type?... With Matias' new Secure Pro keyboard, your security is guaranteed thanks to a 128-bit AES encrypted wireless connection to your computer using its own USB nano receiver.
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Despite having mild hyperglycemia for approximately 50 years, patients with a mutation in the gene encoding the enzyme glucokinase had a low prevalence of clinically significant vascular... complications, findings that provide insights into the risks associated with isolated mild hyperglycemia, according to a study in the January 15 issue of JAMA. "In both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hyperglycemia [abnormally high blood sugar] is associated with microvascular complications over time.
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Among patients who had undergone curative surgery for primary colorectal cancer, the screening methods of computed tomography and carcinoembryonic antigen each provided an improved rate of surgical... treatment of cancer recurrence compared with minimal follow-up, although there was no advantage in combining these tests, according to a study in the January 15 issue of JAMA. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, with 1.24 million cases reported to the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2008.
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Federal appeals court strikesThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission and its allies have several options, with most of them difficult, after a U.S. appeals court struck down most of the agency's 2010 net-neutrality rules. The... U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the FCC did not have the authority to prohibit broadband and mobile-service providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web traffic and applications. With FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler already promising to "consider all available options," it's clear that the net-neutrality fight in Washington, D.C., is far from over. Wheeler and Michael Weinberg, acting co-president of the digital rights group Public Knowledge, both talked about possibly appealing Tuesday's decision. FCC chair Tom Wheeler
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iPhone: Evomail wasn't a bad iOS mail client when it first launched . It was simple, but packed in the features that mattered and allowed you to triage your email on the go. Today they're relaunching... with a completely new interface and feature set.
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Stunning Side-By-Side Look AtYou may not be able to actually travel through time, but this video will get you pretty close. 86 years ago, filmmaker Claude-Friese Greene released "The Open Road," a famous collection of films he... took on an early color film camera. Then, at the beginning of last year, London-based director Simon Smith followed Greene's route through London on his way to making his own version of "The Open Road." After collecting a series of shots from the same places Greene did, Smith laid the two films side-by-side for an incredible look at two far apart generations. While the people of London and the vehicles they drive look quite different, the video also sheds light on some continuity in the city. Many shots, aside from the quality of film or the placement of a stoplight, look eerily similar.
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Yesterday, Twitter revealed a refresh to its Web design, something still rolling out and ushering in another change, this one for the company's advertising partners: the ability to target based …
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Unlike existing surgical adhesives, the new glue works even in the presence of blood and seals within five seconds of exposure to UV light.
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Horizon Shoots All Of YourGood news! You just shot what might be the world’s funniest video ever. You’re going to be a friggin’ YouTube sensation. You’re totally going to hang out with Ellen. Bad news: you shot the... video in portrait mode. Whoops! Now the entire Internet thinks you’re dumb. Horizon is an iOS app that auto-magically ensures that your videos are shot in landscape (read: widescreen) mode, no matter how you’re actually holding the phone. Even if you rotate the phone while shooting, the video’s orientation stays the same. Wondering why the whole portrait/landscape thing matters? Others have explained it more aptly than I probably can, but in a nutshell: pretty much every damn screen we watch video on these days is meant for widescreen/landscape content. When you shoot videos in portrait...
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The social network is reportedly weeks away from releasing a standalone social news reader for members on mobile devices.
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Higher dynamic range was one of the buzzwords (buzzphrases?) at this year's CES. This is a good thing, as it could mean better-than-plasma picture quality.
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[From GamerTell] Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus is a barely adequate endless runner designed purely for people either playing or interested in the PS3 game Into the Nexus.
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During a stand up-routine at a McAfee Security and Intel partnership launch party in Las Vegas last week, comedian Kathy Griffin reenacted Hollywood director Michael Bay's dramatic flee from the 2014... International CES stage the day before. She also lampooned jokes at the controversial founder of the anti-virus software company, John McAfee, who has been under investigation for the shooting death of his neighbor in Central America Whether it's catering to the tech crowd or her devoted fan base, the "My Life on the D-List star" is quick on her feet with references to whatever's trending, particularly in the celebrity world. She attributes combing through social media sites as her latest method for material inspiration
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Independent game developer Chris Chung may have just answered the age-old question, "Why do cats do that?!"
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Sony strengthens body,Sony has a new action cam with improved specs for better performance and video capture. A splash-proof body means you can use it in light rain without the underwater housing. The post Sony strengthens... body, components to make new AS100V POV Action Cam more robust appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mock Mars Mission: A RealAs I ascended the stairs to the second floor of Utah's Mars Desert Research Station, something struck me as strange: the lights were off and the crew was quiet at what was usually a busy time -- 5... p.m.
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Facebook reportedly preparingFacebook is currently putting the finishing touches on its own mobile news reader service and could launch the product by the end of January, according to a new report from Re/code. The social... network's Flipboard competitor is reportedly called Paper — not to be confused with the popular iOS drawing app — and is finally nearing completion after "years" of work. (The Wall Street Journal broke news on the effort last year.) Re/code says it's currently unclear whether Paper will be a standalone app when it reaches Facebook's users; it may instead take the form of a web app optimized for mobile devices. Much like Flipboard, Paper will reportedly display stories from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications in a...
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There were 4K TVs all over CES, but there is still a lack of 4K content available. Considerably more bandwidth is required to stream 4K video online, which is a challenge Akamai says it's working to... solve.
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The 15 Most Unintentionally Profound Quotes Ever

Twisted Sifter - 14 Jan 2014 22:46
The 15 Most Unintentionally  Sometimes the most thought-provoking wisdom can come from the unlikeliest of sources. Which of course makes it all the more profound… Below you will find a collection of the most unintentionally... profound quotes ever. From the Microsoft Word documents you stare at each day, to that three-year-old jar of mayonnaise in your fridge; inspiration…
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Supercomputer Takes 40 MinutesThe fourth-fastest supercomputer in the world is still glacially slow compared to the workings of the mind, taking 40 minutes to simulate a single second of brain activity.
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Legere comes up with yetT-Mobile CEO John Legere has become fond of using social media to taunt his rivals at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. And on Tuesday, Legere came up with yet another way to use Twitter to annoy his... competitors: By posting pictures of their former customers making the switch to T-Mobile. To rub salt even further into the wound, most of the pictures Legere posted were of customers who were also displaying “breakup letters” they’d written to their former carriers that included messages such as “BYE BYE AT&T I’m breaking up with you!” and “Peace out, Sprint, U suck!” T-Mobile first launched its “carrier breakup letter” initiative at CES last week where it offered to help customers write breakup letters informing rival carriers
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GoPro wins Science andThere is little doubt that the GoPro has changed the market in camcorders. Gone are those days when you needed to keep a camera dry and away from shocks. We now live in a world where everyone records... everything they do, and some of that stuff is exceptionally...
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Sockatume writes "According to an article published by the BBC, Chinese firm BGI has refined cloning procedures to the point where they can produce 500 pigs per year, performing two embryo... implantations per day with a 70-80% success rate. Much of the operation is concerned with producing genetically-engineered animals for research. The biotech firm's other work includes million-individual-scale animal and plant genetic sequencing."
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It's Hot as Hell in Australia Right Now

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 22:44
Southern Australia is roasting as temperatures climb as high as 117 degrees Fahrenheit, and cool reprieve isn't expected until the end of this weekAverage temperatures in the summer in this region of... Australia reach 79 degrees Fahrenheit. See also: 20 Arctic Photos From the Midst of the Polar Vortex Firefighters are on hand as a severe fire danger rating is in effect for seven of the region's 15 districts. In Melbourne, tennis fans are baking as the Australian Open wraps its second day. A dwindling group of spectators braving the heat are sporting light clothing as armor against the sun while players are retreating to bags of ice between matches
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[From In-Car Tech] High-end headphone manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins has announced production of its P5 Maserati Edition Mobile Hi-Fi Headphone
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[From GadgeTell] GadgeTell Review: PowerPot V Thermoelectric Generator
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Obviously the Weather app will tell you temperatures and a five-day forecast, but the revised default iPhone Weather app can also provide additional weather information without having to ask Siri.... This includes much more specific data, like humidity, the chance of rain, the wind speed and direction, and the current heat index. You’d be forgiven ...
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[From GadgeTell] Recently, Sony unveiled an entry-level handset known as Sony Xperia E1. The smartphone rocks a 4.0-inch WVGA sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and comes with a dual-core... processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 512MB of RAM. Other features includes 4GB internal storage, a 1,700 mAh battery, a bunch of Sony apps and dual-SIM support.
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Supposing you've never used a SteelSeries keyboard before, or you've never seen an MSI-made gaming notebook up close and personal, the ushering in of this lineup should throw you for …
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After a fairly lengthy beta phase, Google has released the finished version of Chrome 32 -- and it's one of the biggest updates to the browser in recent memory. Windows 8 users now get a Chrome... OS-style interface (shown above), complete with its own ...
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Youmiam Is A Soundcloud ForFrench startup Youmiam released a new version of its recipe sharing website and just announced that it has raised $410,000 (€300,000) from angel investors Patrick Robin (24h00), Thierry Petit... (Showroomprivé) and Denis Chavanis (former managing director of Nestlé Waters). Youmiam makes it easy to browse, create and share recipes online. It’s a full-fledged social network that is very reminiscent of YouTube or Soundcloud, because recipes are very shareable — you can embed your recipes on your blog or website. On the website itself, you get a profile with your recipes, recipes from others that you have shared (remiams). And of course, you can follow your favorite cooks and build a cooking social graph. When you first load the site after signing up, you are presented with a beautiful...
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Solar Jets | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 14 Jan 2014 22:31
Solar Jets | Space WallpaperThis space wallpaper shows a series of observations performed with the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) to study the evolution of reconnection jets on a small patch of the Sun's... surface.
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YouTube Comments inbox toolYouTube has introduced a new YouTube Comments inbox tool, simply because moving comment notices to alerts last autumn was a big mistake. Google's video-sharing website has "fast-tracked" the... development of a new comment management page that will let...
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TCV injects $30m into SiteMinder

The Australian - 14 Jan 2014 22:30
TCV injects $30m intoTECHNOLOGY Crossover Ventures has injected $30 million into Australian-grown online hotel distribution platform SiteMinder.
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How a Giant Replica of theConstruction on the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, the largest church on earth, started 28 years ago in the small Ivory Coast city of Yamoussoukro. Planned by then-president Félix... Houphouët-Boigny, who led the country through two decades of economic boomtime known as the "Ivorian miracle," the church would be a monument--to God, but also to himself.
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Cut These Vague, Cliche, andMost resumes have to make it through an automated keyword sorter before they even stand a chance at getting a brief glance (an average of 6.2 seconds) by an actual human recruiter, who first look for... quick ways they can eliminate your resume from the stack. Finding a job almost seems like winning the lottery. You can boost your odds a bit, though, by deleting these words.
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The coolest iPhone game youIf you want to get a sense of just how cool mobile gaming is going to be in the future, then you really need to check out the latest game from Umoove that uses eye-and-face-tracking technology to... simulate flying through a mysterious village in the middle of a dessert. Essentially, the new Umoove Experience game lets you control where you’re going in the game through simple gestures and motions with your head, so your character will basically go toward wherever you look. The game isn’t very deep so far but it instead serves as a template to show how immersive these kinds of motion-controlled games can be -- in fact, it’s easy to imagine a studio such as Bethesda using
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How to Recover Well From a Mistake at Work

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 22:28
You're tackling a typical day at the office, juggling meetings, phone calls, and that hyperactive inbox of yours, when suddenly it hits you — the worst possible feeling to have at work. Your heart... drops, your face goes cold, and your adrenaline kicks in. You've just realized you've made a mistake. Mistakes are bound to happen, but whether you make a minor glitch or a major mess-up, how you react (beyond the choice words that run through your head) matters much more than what you did. Unfortunately, our instincts generally throw us to either side of a wide spectrum. On one end, you may act too quickly — saying too much and overcomplicating a situation in your attempts to recover quickly. On the other, you may be tempted to hastily cover up what happened and look for ways to defend...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Jerry Seinfeld seems to be working again with both Larry David and Jason Alexander
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Epic Antarctic Ice-ShelfThe startling breakup of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf in 2002 was precipitated by the chain-reaction drainage of lakes atop the ice, a new study finds.
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Digital marketers can now use their companies' CRM databases for creating tailored audiences on Twitter.
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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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Moons of Mars: Amazing PhotosSee stunning photos of Phobos and Deimos, the small moons of Mars, as seen by spacecraft on and orbiting the Red Planet. Phobos is the largest moon of Mars, with Deimos as a smaller satellite.
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The llama lives: AOLWinamp has now exchanged hands. After initially marked for death, AOL, Winamp's owner, has completed its sale to Radionomy, a service which aggregates Internet-based radio stations. The post The llama... lives: AOL reportedly completes sale of Winamp, Shoutcast to Radionomy appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Same hardware, same price, same carriers--both Moto Gs are mostly the same.
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Gizmodo Is Hiring EditorialHello, Internet! We're looking for two new editorial fellows for our New York office.
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Commercial Human-RatedNASA Commercial Crew Program partners Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX are on-track to provide astronauts with rides into orbit at much less cost than government-built... vehicles.
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Gillian Finnerty, one of 1,058 people selected to the shortlist for the Mars One project, says going to Mars and never seeing her family again is like emigrating to Australia.
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If you feel the Internet is short on inspirational content for budding photographers, then the folks at SmugMug have got something awesome in store for you. It’s called SmugMug Films, and starting... with the Benjamin Von Wong video above, the series will give you a glimpse into the lives of some of the most extraordinary […]
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Facebook will help Russian search engine Yandex

Digital Trends - 14 Jan 2014 22:16
Facebook will help RussianRussian search engine Yandex is partnering with Facebook for a mutually beneficial exchange of information for traffic. Should Google be worried? The post Facebook will help Russian search engine... Yandex appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Glee's cast will shrink as McKinley High Students move on to the Big Apple
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We hear out Imagination's Caskeid audio tech CES 2014 Although this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was chockablock with Bluetooth-connected wireless speakers, the UK's Imagination... Technologies bucked the trend: it demoed its own wireless-speaker tech, the Wi-Fi-enabled Caskeid system....
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Facebook to gain street credFacebook could see a nice boost in its popularity in Russia, increasing its ability to compete internationally, through a new partnership with the Russian search engine Yandex. Yandex, essentially the... Google of Russia, announced on Tuesday that Facebook had granted it full access to its public "firehose" of data. That means Facebook users' posts in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and a number of other former Soviet Republic countries will appear on Yandex's main search results page. Anybody's posts about the latest news headlines or movies could appear, though the integration only applies to posts marked as "public." The popularity of those posts will be taken into account when ranking Yandex's search results, the company said in its announcement. Previously, the public posts and profiles of...
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The 71-year-old former police officer accused of shooting and killing another man in a crowded Florida movie theater, allegedly because he was texting, has been remanded to custody. Eyewitnesses said... they saw the defendant, Curtis Reeves, shoot 43-year-old Chad Oulson after an altercation broke out about Oulson sending text messages during the previews before a screening of the movie Lone Survivor at a Pasco County theater Monday. Judge Lynn Tepper, of the Sixth Judicial Circuit court in Dade City, Fla., denied the defense's request for bail in a front of a crowded courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
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Ancient Nordic Grog Intoxicated the Elite

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 22:14
Ancient Nordic GrogA tart grog consumed by Nordic peoples as early as 3,000 years ago has been recreated from a chemical analysis of jars and drinking utensils found in ancient graves. The recreation is even available... at liquor stores.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Say goodbye to Raylan: "Justified" will wrap up in 2015
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If you're fed up with the camera on your phone, there's no shortage of clip-on lenses to enhance the experience: just take a look at Sony, Olloclip and Photojojo for great examples of this. This... doesn't mean there isn't room for a new contender, ...
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Counting quarters and naming animals are part of a quick written test that could help determine if you may be prone to Alzheimer's disease.
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Democratic Civil War Heats Up In Silicon Valley

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 22:10
Democratic Civil War Heats UpAttorney and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna announced the launch of a "Truth Squad" to disseminate facts about his background and record on Tuesday. Khanna is challenging Rep. Mike... Honda, a fellow Democrat, in California's 17th District this year. The race is drawing more attention than a typical House primary because President Barack Obama has endorsed Honda, a seven-term incumbent, while several of the president's former campaign aides are now working for Khanna. The challenger is positioning himself as a much-needed new voice, while Honda's campaign has slammed Khanna as a front for "far right conservatives." The 17th District covers parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley. Honda easily won reelection in 2012, with 73 percent of the vote. As Roll...
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Personal banking apps make managing a checking or savings account easy, eschewing the need for a laptop or firing up a browser. Whether they keep your personal data secure is …
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Bits Blog: A Conversation With T-Mobile US Executives

The New York Times - 14 Jan 2014 22:08
Bits Blog: A Conversation WithIn a brief interview last week, T-Mobile's top executives shared their thoughts about the company's future and its competitors.     
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Thanks Academia, Soon I WillAs numerous recent articles have warned, the population of science PhDs is steadily growing, while the number of available faculty jobs increases at a pace only a snail could envy.
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'Skinsuit' Squeezes Astronauts Into Shape

ABC News - 14 Jan 2014 22:08
'Skinsuit' Squeezes AstronautsThe Skinsuit applies forces to compensate for the lack of gravity in space.     
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[GadgeTell] Gadgetell Review: Zoner Photo Studio 16

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 22:07
[From GadgeTell] If your notion of photo editing involves more than absent-mindedly slapping an Instagram filter on a photo of your embarrassingly large hamburger,
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So guess what? Pope Francis rides a Harley. Well, at least he used to ride a Harley. Or he might have. We honestly don't know. What we do know, however, is that the Catholic Church's top dog and... former club bouncer is auctioning his 1,585 cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide in Paris next month. On February 6, a charity auction orchestrated by the church backed Caritas Roma will sell the bike, signed "Francesco" on its tank, for the poor. Paris's Grand Palais will host the event during Bonham's Les Grandes Marques du Monde auction. The bike was given to Pope Francis in the summer of 2013, but no one knows if he's actually torn up the Vatican streets with it. It is not clear if the Pope actually rode it. "I suspect that it will (have) a very limited mileage," said Ben Walker, motorcycle...
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Fast Food Restaurants WereIn the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II, the food of 2015 looks incredibly familiar -- it's just prepared a bit differently. Toss a miniature Pizza Hut pizza onto a pan, stick it into your Black... & Decker Hydrator, tell the machine how you want it cooked, and three seconds later your pizza is ready. The appliance even slices it for you.
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[From GamerTell] 'DayZ' is a niche game on the PC, so it's selling accordingly, right? Wrong.
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Fly Over the Floodplains of Mars

Universe Today - 14 Jan 2014 22:03
Over 3 billion years ago, dramatic flood events likely carved this gigantic channel system on Mars. It extends some 3,000 km and covers over 1.55 million square kilometers. ESA released this flyover... video today, on the 10th anniversary of the Mars Express spacecraft's launch to the Red Planet on January 14, 2004. (...)Read the rest […]
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Some say they'll return NestSAN FRANCISCO -- Paranoia or privacy? Some people are pledging to return their Nest thermostat now that Google is buying the company that makes the popular "smart home" device for $3.2 billion in... cash.     
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A number of companies are either selling or preparing to sell 3-D scanners. Aside from fun (but interesting) uses, like duplicating chess pieces or possibly reproducing a miniature of Rodin's famous... sculpture, Fallen Caryatid Carrying Her Stone, Matterform anticipates archeologists reproducing artifacts so that students can study them without handling the precious originals. This video is an interview with Matterform co-founder Drew Cox, who was exhibiting Matterform's scanner at CES 2014. MakerBot is also selling a scanner, as are a growing number of others. In fact, even though Matterform talks about being a low-cost (pre-order price $579) scanner for home use, as opposed to a commercial one that costs thousands. There are also several interesting hand-held scanners out there. Sense...
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YouTube starts to atone forYouTube has been in hot water with its content creators and its viewership ever since Google+ integration began seeping into the site. Interaction between those who make videos and those who watch... their videos became more difficult and awkward then ever before. Many YouTube creators simply turned off comments altogether as a sort of strike against the inadequate comments section that has replaced the perfectly functional system that had served the site for years. It was supposed to be just another way to persuade users to join Google+, but instead it caused a firestorm that hasn’t let up since. As a first step toward making peace with its frustrated user base, YouTube announced on its Creators blog that it has
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What would you do if you came upon an abandoned stroller with a crying baby inside? You'd probably check to see if the infant was ok, right? Not after watching this prank you won't. The same team... responsible for that wonderful telekinetic coffee shop freak out prank is back with an even more terrifying marketing stunt involving a possessed devil baby and a stroller with a mind of its own.
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Graves and Grog: Images of Nordic Artifacts

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 21:58
Graves and Grog: Images ofAn analysis of artifacts found in Nordic graves and caches dating back to 1500 BC reveals the ingredients in the ancient alcoholic beverage grog.
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Nexus 7 Sleeve now available in red on Google Play

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 21:55
Nexus 7 Sleeve now availableSame case, louder color option Google Play is again expanding its Nexus accessory ranks with a new color of the Nexus 7 Sleeve. Now sitting alongside the black, grey and yellow options is a new bright... red version adorned with the same subtle "Nexus" branding and black accent stitching. The sleeve offers a good bit of protection for either generation of the Nexus 7 as well. We're starting to see a trend for all of Google's new accessories hitting these bright and bold colors, and while not everyone will gravitate towards them (black is still an option, of course) it is certainly a good way to add a little personality to your device while protecting it. The Nexus 7 Sleeve will still set you back a cool $29.99 plus shipping, and is currently in-stock and ready to ship. More: Nexus 7 Sleeve...
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As App Store OptimizationA company helping mobile developers optimize their app store listings for better discoverability, MobileDevHQ, is this week making its basic set of tools free for app marketers while branching out... further into the enterprise, with the debut of an API. The API will provide the service's high-end customers with programmatic access to Top Charts and Search Ranking data, which can then be pulled into internal dashboards or used for custom analysis.
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GP Consultations are OftenBut many primary care consultations are non-linear. Newtonian laws don't apply; instead, they have been supplanted by chaos theory.
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Europe's Mars Probe CelebratesMars Express -- the first European Space Agency spacecraft built to investigate another planet -- has been snapping color and 3D images of Mars for 10 years.
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Randy Olson, a Ph.D. student in Michigan State University's computer science program, has been trying to make sense of the vast, sprawling and sometimes lurid digital community that is Reddit, the... self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet." His graphs show not only the most popular categories, or "subreddits," on Reddit but also how the bulletin-board style forum has changed since it went live in 2005. Olson shows how Reddit has evolved from a place for users to share porn to a place for funny and weird content.
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Deals: Go Paperless with the Doxie Go

Mac Life - 14 Jan 2014 21:46
[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] How many drawers do you have that are filled with paper that you're not even sure you need? Do you cram bills and receipts into... folders because you know that you should keep them but aren't sure you could ever actually find the right one if you looked? Doxie Go can get rid of those piles of papers and help you stay organized. You can get it on sale now from our Deals tab. Scanning files has never been as easy as it is with Doxie Go. You don't have to be connected to your computer to start storing digital copies of your physical documents. With a rechargeable battery and internal storage, the Doxie Go is ready to travel to the office and back home with your files in tact. Scan anything and everything to create digital...
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Net Neutrality Is Dead

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 21:46
Net Neutrality Is DeadThe idea that those companies that run big telecommunications networks shouldn't be able to play favorites is dead, at age 80. First enacted in the 1934 Communications Act, the principle was very... simple. Telephone companies shouldn't be able to discriminate among the traffic they carry. The U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit ruling killed it. That was one of the guiding forces when there was a telephone monopoly with the old Bell System and AT&T. It is no less necessary now. In fact, some might say it's more necessary because the big telephone, cable and wireless networks have so many more ways to play games than they did before. There's no shortage of suspects in causing the death of Net Neutrality. In fact, the scenario is close to Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express,...
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While the number of new US information technology jobs increased by 4.6 percent for all of last year, the tiny 0.03 percent improvement between November and December marked the 12th month in a row... that the rate of new IT jobs decelerated.
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Tumblr Belatedly Adds @MentionTumblr wants to make sure you know when you're mentioned by friends on the Yahoo-owned blogging service. For at least four months, users have been able to use the @-sign to autocomplete friends'... Tumblr usernames and automatically link to their blogs. The new wrinkle in the feature is that now when you're mentioned, Tumblr notifies you on your Activity page.  The existing @mention feature now results in a Dashboard alert to whomever is mentioned in your post. Previously, Tumblr had three channels of communication that resulted in an alert. You could like posts, reblog posts, or send an "ask" in order for Tumblr to automatically alert a friend on their Dashboard that you're trying to get in touch.  Tumblr staff is rolling the feature out slowly, so not all users will be able to receive...
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DirecTV boots The WeatherAnother fee dispute makes headlines today as DirecTV and The Weather Channel dicker over licensing fees. The Weather Channel claims it is asking for a modest increase, while DirecTV feels the channel... overvalue's itself. The post DirecTV boots The Weather Channel from its lineup over fee dispute appeared first on Digital Trends.
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U.S. appeals court strikesA U.S. appeals court has struck down the government's latest effort to require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, meaning mobile carriers and other broadband providers may reach... agreements for faster access to specific content crossing their networks.
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Europe's Mars Probe CelebratesMars Express -- the first European Space Agency spacecraft built to investigate another planet -- has been snapping color and 3D images of Mars for 10 years.
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We were quite impressed with Jawbone Up24 when we reviewed it. But, a few weeks later, things soured a bit when an editor developed a rather unpleasant rash from the device. Turns out it's not all... that uncommon a reaction. While the usual list of ...
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Umoove, an Israeli startup developing mobile-based face and eye-tracking technology, today released a new game that demonstrates its current work on tracking using the iPhone's front-facing camera.... Umoove Experience: The 3D Face & Eye Tracking Flying Game is a simple app that allows users to fly through a village using gentle head movements that are detected by the camera. The goal is to collect potion bottles scattered throughout the landscape by turning and moving up and down with head movements. The game also incorporates touch gestures at the same time for an all-encompassing gaming experience, with the touches used to control flight speed. Enjoy the 3D flying experience and test your skills by collecting the purple magic potions, which will give you more energy to continue exploring...
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Budget Bill Hits Military Satellite Programs

Space News - 14 Jan 2014 21:38
Five U.S. military satellite programs stand to lose a combined $376 million compared to last year under the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill now before Congress.
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The Cheap Moto G Gets a StockThe Motorola Moto G is a wonderful phone for the money . And the deal just got a tiny bit sweeter for people who would rather run stock Android KitKat than Motorola's very lightly skinned Android UI.... It now comes in a Google Play Edition. You know, for the nerds.
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Charter details Time Warner Cable takeover plan

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 21:37
Charter Communications is offering more details on its plans to bid around $132.50 per share to take over Time Warner Cable.
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[GadgeTell] Smartwatch: Hot or Not?

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 21:36
[From GadgeTell] Not every smartwatch is sexy.Some make you look great, and some clash with your look.
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'Smart' contact lenses that monitor the health of patients' eyes could become a reality, according to scientists who have devised flexible, electronic circuits 50 times thinner than a human hair.... Jim... --
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When the gold iPhone 5s was revealed in leaks, it was called fake. When the actual, real deal, official iPhone 5s was released in gold, it was the start of …
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Four times the ... fun?Online porn service Naughty America will be high stepping into the world of 4K technology, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to revamp its equipment for the switch. The company will be... offering native 4K 'adult entertainment' for $35 per month. The post Four times the … fun? Naughty America makes a bawdy gamble on Ultra HD porn appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New DNA supercomputer promisesA new DNA supercomputer is promising to deliver radically cheaper genome sequencing, a shift that could spur research and broader adoption of the tests. Illumina's latest model is designed to process... 20,000 samples a year, with costs potentially as low as $1,000, a milestone the genetics industry has long sought to break. Unlike consumer-grade DNA tests like 23andme and GeneLink, Illumina's test will sequence every single base pair in a person's DNA, scanning huge quantities of genetic data that are not currently understood.
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We all know we’re supposed to brush our teeth. It was ingrained in our minds as children to make sure we brush long enough, with a certain amount of tooth paste, and in a specific direction. Of... course, after we understood the process, we do it passively, without thinking on whether or not we’re actually
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ThinkGeek's Geek Trivia Night on February 13!

Think Geek - 14 Jan 2014 21:30
New year. New Trivia Night! Join us on Thursday, February for our first Geek Trivia Night of 2014 at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. Compete against your fellow geeks for the title of Geek Masters of the... Universe and have a grand ol' time! Tickets go on sale 12pm ET Tuesday, January 21 on Brown Paper Tickets (link coming soon!). There is a limited amount, so if it's anything like the previous Trivia Nights, tickets will sell out FAST. We suggest you start recruiting and forming your team of 6-8 people now! Choose your teammates wisely because we'll ask about anything. From Game of Thrones to outer space to the meaning of Timmy.
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Keep Makeup Brushes HealthierOver time, your makeup brushes get caked with remnants of old makeup, making them a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause breakouts or even skin infection. Cleaning them properly every week... helps prevent this and also makes them last much longer.
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Aereo CEO: Do I Look Scared?

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 21:29
Aereo CEO: Do I Look Scared?Four of the world's biggest broadcasters are taking streaming TV company Aereo to the Supreme Court. The company's chief executive isn't too concerned, though. When asked by HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks... if he was afraid of the bigwigs taking him on, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia responded, "Do I look like it?" "I have deep conviction," Kanojia continued. "I absolutely, firmly believe in the policy argument of Aereo, the technology argument of Aereo, and, more importantly, the future-looking argument." For about $8 a month, Aereo allows subscribers to watch broadcast television streamed to desktops, smartphones or set-top boxes. Customers get to watch major networks -- NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox -- on their devices from antennas leased to them in warehouses across the U.S. Broadcasters aren't paid by...
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And it wasn't easy, even though your iPhone is ten times faster than the machines that used to be model nuclear weapons.     
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Xbox Music for Android nowMicrosoft has finally made Xbox Music a more viable option for Android users, with offline access finally added in todays update. While the folks up at Redmond said from the word go offline music... would always become a feature, eventually, it's taken four months to get it.  Offline music access is a big deal to folks on strict data plans, and as such the necessity to stream everything may have turned more than a few away. The bigger question perhaps is; now it's here, are you tempted back to Xbox Music? Grab the latest update from the Play Store link above.      
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[From EntertainmentTell] After wrapping up "Before Midnight", the third and by the looks of it most acclaimed title of the romantic "Before" arthouse series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy,... Oscar-nominated director and writer Richard Linklater set an even more ambitious goal for himself: complete his boldest, riskiest project to date, "Boyhood".
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Bad omen for Microsoft: It'sAs I’ve noted in the past, the “tools not toys” line of attack against iOS and Android devices was not at all effective for BlackBerry when it tried it out back in 2012 as part of its “Be... Bold” campaign. However, it looks as though Microsoft hasn’t learned the lessons of history because it’s now employing the exact same strategy to sell its Windows 8 tablets. Freelance tech writer Steven Aquino has snapped a picture of a new ad for Windows tablets that is without a doubt drifting into the dreaded “tools not toys” territory. The ad features a girl with a Windows tablet at her side that’s showing her search results for Mozart. It’s accompanied by the caption, “Honestly, I need
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Showtime Renews 'Web Therapy'The doctor is in! Showtime announced that they have renewed "Web Therapy" for a fourth season. The series stars Lisa Kudrow as Dr. Fiona Wallice, a therapist who sees her patients online via webcam.... What started out as a web series from Dan Bucatinsky ("Scandal") and his screenwriter husband, Don Roos, was turned into a primetime series for the cable network that "compiled multiple short webisodes and filled out half-hour installments with additional content," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Web Therapy" has hosted a slew of celebrity guests in three seasons, including Lily Tomlin, Steve Carell and Meryl Streep. Hopefully the star-studded tradition will continue.
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The Grim Future of a WorldA federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality on Tuesday by striking down the FCC's open Internet rules and practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment to... companies willing to pay for it. It was a deadly blow, but did it really kill net neutrality dead?
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Peak Design's P.O.V. Kit that lets you mount an action camera to your body is finally available. The post Peak Design Announces Availability of its P.O.V. Kit GoPro Mounting Solution appeared first on... The Phoblographer.     
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Moto G Google Play Edition Launched

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 21:23
Moto G Google Play EditionGoogle has expanded its lineup of devices that offer the “Nexus” experience with the Moto G Google Play Edition. Announced today, the Moto G GPE brings unadulterated Android OS at an affordable... price. The smartphone is available for purchase now through the Play Store. Motorola, a Google owned company, launched the Moto G last year. It has been well received, primarily due to the fact that it offers mid-range specifications at a very attractive price. This smartphone is already being sold by retailers, a number of mobile carriers and even Motorola itself. The reason why Google Play Edition devices are increasingly becoming popular is because they’re first in line after Nexus devices to receive a new major Android update. Moreover, they give tinkerers more freedom and come...
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Chrome 32 Launches With TabGoogle today released the latest stable version of its Chrome browser. Version 32 includes many of the features that recently arrived in the beta channel, including improved malware blocking and tab... indicators for when a site is playing sound, accessing the webcam and sending video to your Chromecast. Google uses a speaker icon, blue rectangle and red dot to indicate these different functions. Those indicators are a godsend for anybody who has ever tried to figure out which tab suddenly started playing music or a video. Google first started playing with this idea in early 2013, but the beta only got this feature in November. This new version also includes Google’s new malware blocker, which arrived in the experimental Canary build of Chrome last October. With this, Google will...
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Tegra K1 Benchmarks On LenovoThe tom's Hardware team had their hands on a Lenovo ThinkVision 28 which is an Android display powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chip (aka Tegra 5), and ran some benchmarks on it. We posted a short teaser... earlier, but here are the charts, courtesy of tom's hardware, followed by my comments: (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Tablets, benchmarks, NVIDIA, tegra k1, Tegra K1 Benchmarks On Lenovo Device Wow Observers original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Motorola's Moto G Gets AGoogle essentially makes the Moto G as it is – they own Motorola’s handset business, and both the Moto X and Moto G were designed and built under Google’s parental supervision. But that hasn’t... stopped Google from creating a Play Edition Moto G. The Play Edition strips out the few non-stock elements of Android that were still present on the Moto G to begin with, but keeps the same $179 price point for an 8GB version and $199 cost for a 16GB model. Like other Play Edition devices, it’s U.S.-only (at least at launch) and will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Remember that the Moto G is 3G-only, too, if you’re considering picking one up. The main advantage of a Play Edition Moto G would appear to be its ability to get timely updates. The first Android 4.4 KitKat update...
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Kanye West ratchets up legalKanye West has escalated his legal battle against Coinye, filing a trademark-infringement lawsuit against unnamed digital currency operators and 100 anonymous co-defendants. West, who alleges that the... creators of the Bitcoin-like crytopcurrency are trading on his name and image without permission, had previously filed suit against the anonymous coders who are creating it. Today he broadened his attack to include the operators of Coinye exchanges including DayCoins.com, Coinye-Exchange.com, and NewChg.com. The New York Post reports that West and his company Mascotte Holdings filed the suit in federal court in Manhattan. "Defendants have willfully and admittedly traded upon the goodwill and notoriety of Kanye West, one of the most famous...
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Sandia conducts first impactA ground-penetrating bomb, minus its nuclear components, rammed through a target at the remote Coyote Canyon test range last month in Sandia National Laboratories' first such rocket-driven impact test... in seven years. Engineers said the Sandia components on the weapon performed as expected.
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OpticsPlanet's Wetley GGRXOpticsPlanet's Wetley brand has announced the GGRX, the first-available prescription adapter for Google Glass Explorer Edition. The adapters won't ship for another couple of weeks, but you can browse... the entire product line at OpticsPlanet's website....
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[GadgeTell] Radionomy Buys Winamp and Shoutcast

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 21:19
[From GadgeTell] We also said Microsoft might buy Winamp and Shoutcast but now we're hearing news that Radionomy will acquire the two.
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The Moto G now has an official Google Play Edition. The device, which just popped up on the Google Play Store, is available for $180 (8GB) or $200 (16GB). Just like we've seen on other Google Play... edition devices, the Moto G will offer the same specs ...
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Google has quietly added the Moto G Google Play edition to its range of pure-Android devices, with the 8GB smartphone - already hugely popular in its standard form - beginning …
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Enblink dongle now lets youA handful of innovative manufacturers are already beginning to move past smartphone-based home automation controls and embrace more intuitive methods like voice and gesture control. Hit the jump to... see what Enblink can do for your pad. The post Enblink dongle now lets you control smart home devices with voice commands appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Florida editorial roundup

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 21:17
Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:
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Lucas123 writes "The so-called 'traffic study' that closed New Jersey access lanes on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge last September has left engineers scratching their heads, because in... modern America, simulation software is used instead of closing down lanes. One of the best sources for simulation data are video camera systems that use software to count vehicles on roadways. Traffic studies use microscopic traffic simulations to create virtual environments that can model driver behavior to road changes with exacting detail. Instead, the Port Authority, under Gov. Chris Christie, shut down two of the three access lanes for four days last September from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge without warning the public, citing a 'traffic study.' 'I would be pretty confident...
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Moto G Google Play edition now on sale for $179

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 21:16
Moto G Google Play edition nowSame great phone at a budget price, with a slightly different take on software In yet another quiet release, Google has just put up the Moto G Google Play edition for sale at $179 for the 8GB model.... That mirrors the price that Motorola has been selling it directly, but this version will follow in the footsteps of other GPe devices with a slightly different software experience. The differences will likely be a bit more subtle on the Moto G considering that Motorola's current offering is barely changed from Google's take on the software. The hardware specs seem identical to what we've seen in the current Moto G, as they should be. And although the device is unlocked and listed as being compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, it's worth mentioning that the spec sheet does not show 1700MHz (AWS)...
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Hello photographer, the report of my death was an exaggeration. Yours, Camera The latest ad from Apple about the usefulness of their iPads got me thinking, for whatever reason, about cameras,... photography, and articles that pop up from time to time to declare ambitious statements about photography. Another has popped up recently as I'm sure […]
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Apple has received a patent -- originally filed for in 2007, when the original iPhone was only months old -- that allows an iOS device to adjust its screen to make it easier for users to interact with... the touchscreen when it detects movement (via AppleInsider). For example, play and next/previous track buttons on the lock screen, or listings in the Contacts app, could get larger if the iPhone detects that the user is jogging. It could also have items like app buttons on the home screen move themselves slightly to give the illusion of stability. Apple proposes using the gyroscope, proximity sensor, accelerometer and other sensors to detect movement and the angle of the display, with the iPhone then adjusting user interface elements to prevent touch errors. It also learns about how the user...
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Twitter just announced some new capabilities in its recently launched Tailored Audiences program for ad retargeting, and it sounds like the company is enabling some pretty specific targeting. In a... blog post, Revenue Product Manager Kelton Lynn describes the additions as new ways to create Tailored Audiences, either using a customer relationship management database (something that Facebook added a while ago -- in both cases the emails are sent as hashes) or lists of Twitter usernames or user IDs (the user ID being the unique number that identifies your account). Lynn said advertisers will be able to exclude certain audiences from their advertising in the same way.
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Jelly Sees 100K Questions InJelly, the new startup from Biz Stone that’s designed to help people crowdsource answers to any question they may have, has been on the market for around a week now and we’re seeing the first... numbers about its usage so far. RJMetrics, which analyzes engagement data and traffic for a number of startups including Fab, Frank & Oak, Threadless and others, crunched the numbers on Jelly’s first active week using information that’s publicly available through API endpoints that aren’t necessarily publicized very widely yet. Using his own Jelly account, RJMetrics CEO Robert J. Moore found out the following about usage among Jelly’s network of early adopters: Total questions asked on the network are around 100,000, which is a big number for one week of active public use. Of those, around...
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Poisoned: why West Virginia'sWhen 35-year-old Jason Eldridge arrived home last Thursday from his job as a systems administrator with a healthcare company in Charleston, West Virginia, he acted no differently than he normally... would: he made dinner (that night, it was tacos) for his wife, his two-year-old daughter, and himself. Then the trio sat down to eat. It wasn't until afterwards, however, that they turned on the evening news and saw the main story: the tap water he'd used to fix his family's meal was poisoned. By now, it's been thoroughly reported that Charleston-based Freedom Industries — a small, two-week old company that stored and distributed coal-processing chemicals from 11 huge, 48,000-gallon containment units on the shores of the Elk River —...
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Charge Everything at Once,Our favorite USB charging station is perfect for your nightstand, your desk, or outlet-deprived hotel rooms. The 25W white model packs enough power to charge five smartphones simultaneously at full... speed, and the 40W black one can handle a few tablets as well.
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Google releases Play EditionGoogle has announced a Google Play Edition of the Moto G on Monday. It's now available in the US for $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model, the same pricing model as the versions sold by... Motorola. Like other Google Play Edition handsets,...
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AT&T's Galaxy S4 Active772MB of downloading gets you to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and all the goodness that goes with The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is finally getting some love from AT&T today, as the I537UCUBML2 update —... that'd be Android 4.3 — is currently rolling out over-the-air. We don't currently have a list of the changes (the update itself isn't "official" just yet) and the update just started pushing so there's not a lot of customer feedback for now. What we do know is that 4.3 is bigger than 4.2, therefore the laws of smartphone physics say it must be better. If you have an S4 Active from AT&T, be sure to check for your update. Discuss in the S4 Active forums! Thanks, Trey!     
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Judge skeptical NFL's $765A federal judge has denied a motion for preliminary approval of a $765 million concussion settlement between the NFL and thousands of retired players. Fearing that the proposed settlement won't be... enough to cover players in the years to come, Judge Anita Brody has asked lawyers on both sides to show their work and reveal how they reached the figure. "Even if only 10 percent of retired NFL football players eventually receive a qualifying diagnosis, it is still difficult to see how the monetary award fund would have the funds available over its lifespan to pay all claimants at these significant award levels," said the judge. The proposed settlement would provide up to $5 million to each player suffering from cognitive disorders;...
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Devil Baby Will Haunt New Yorkers' Dreams

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 21:13
Warning: Devil baby in above video actually will haunt your dreams. A hilarious (and disturbing) remote-controlled "Devil Baby" took to the streets of NYC in a viral marketing campaign for upcoming... horror movie Devil's Due. The movie is slated to debut this Friday, Jan. 17 The YouTube video shows a pint-sized demon child roaming the streets of New York in a carriage, seemingly by itself. When concerned citizens approach the carriage, the robot-baby look-alike jumps up and lets out a blood curdling scream that's fitting for any horror movie. The ultra-realistic child also chases people down the street, projectile vomits, and flips off the police. The reactions are priceless, though, as with any viral video, there's a good chance that they're also staged.
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How tunnels are built, usedAs border security has tightened, drug cartels have turned to tunneling beneath the ground to avoid detection.
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Meeting Tony Hsieh, the MayorI'm not gonna lie: It's a lot like meeting Oz in his Emerald City.
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New patent mapping systemWhat's likely to be the "next big thing?" What might be the most fertile areas for innovation? Where should countries and companies invest their limited research funds? What technology areas are a... company's competitors pursuing?
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Google announces Play Edition Moto G

The Verge - 14 Jan 2014 21:09
Google announces Play EditionGoogle is adding a new device to its roster of Play Edition smartphones today: Motorola's Moto G. The phone is selling for as low as $179 unlocked and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. The Moto G's low... price makes it the most affordable smartphone in the Play Store — a title that never really existed among Play Edition phones before — giving Google a much more accessible lineup of devices. Unlike other non-Google phones that end up in the Play Store however, there really isn't much of a change here: the Moto G was already running a nearly stock version of Android and only sold off contract. Buying a Google Play edition model may result in owners getting faster updates to new version of Android though, and that's at least one big...
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Chrome's newest release, out today, includes a handy audio icon to help you track down that noisy tab, along with icons for tabs that are using your webcam or connecting to Chromecast. And, of course,... a host of stability and security changes. [Chrome Releases via TheNextWeb]
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Dear Verizon, You Don't OwnIf Ford built a private toll highway that only allowed Mustangs, Americans would be outraged. Infrastructure is the bloodstream of an economy; if powerful established players controlled roads,... telephone lines, and Internet cables, they could favor the highest bidder at the expense of the savvy entrepreneur, choking off the meritocracy that makes market economies so innovative. This is precisely why many in the Internet community are up in arms that a U.S. circuit court threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality law, which prevented internet service providers from choosing which websites to favor with faster connection speeds. “Most of the great innovators in the history of the Internet started out in their garages with great ideas and little capital. This is no...
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JPL's RoboSimian

SpaceRef - 14 Jan 2014 21:07
Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., was the place to be late last month for an unusual two-day competition: the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials....
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YouTube revealed last fall that Google+ would be integrated into its comment system, causing a sweeping overhaul to the video service and forcing many onto Google's social network. The change …
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'Flipagram', 'Heads Up!' stillA photo app and a quiz game once again dominated the iTunes Charts this week. As of Tuesday, Jan. 7, Flipagram and Heads Up! are the top downloaded apps at the Apple App Store.
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RoboEarth isn't as sinister as it sounds. It's not a special interest group advocating for a new world order with robots at its core -- not yet, anyway. The project, which is backed by the European... Union and brings together researchers from ...
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Researchers find best time for hackers to strike

Digital Trends - 14 Jan 2014 21:04
Researchers find best time forTwo researchers based at the University of Michigan authored a paper on hacking, and expanded on multiple variables that could hinder or increase the effectiveness of an attack.
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Android Developer Interest IsThe app developer community may have finally hit an inflection point for Android. A year ago mobile developers preferred Apple's iOS, given superior tooling and revenue opportunities.  Yet, today's... developers simply can't ignore Android's and outsized and rapidly growing installed base. Practical wisdom would say that the tide of developer interest in Android has to shift eventually, just because it is so massive and global. New survey data from Vision Mobile and Evans Data shows that the shift developer interest may indeed be starting to gravitate to Android while still remaining strong iOS. See also: Android Tablet Apps Get Their Turn In The Google Spotlight What it often comes down to is developer maturity and experience. Broadly speaking, the new survey data from Vision Mobile says...
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Motorola brings hands-freeOne of the nicer features of Motorola's Moto X (shown above) and recent Droid phones is the ability to have text messages read aloud while driving, but responding to those messages has been tricky... until now. A new update to Motorola's Assist app makes those responses much easier. Users can now reply directly to incoming text messages by voice, instead of having to initiate a completely new voice command by saying "Okay Google Now." Assist is a major feature of Motorola's newer phones that automatically does things based on your situation. For example, it switches to hands-free communications while driving, silences calls while you're in meetings, and only allows important calls at night. Motorola says it has improved driving detection over Bluetooth in the latest update, and also added a...
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OpenSesame Lands $8M To BecomeWith new technologies making it easier than ever before to share and distribute quality learning content, businesses are rushing to take advantage. Plus, with the pace that technology changes these... days, companies want to help keep their employees up to speed and familiar with the latest version of Salesforce, Excel or whatever the case may be. Online training resources have been around for years, but OpenSesame is on a mission to make buying and selling eLearning courses and content as simple as buying a song or movie on iTunes. As the online training market takes off, OpenSesame wants to be the App Store or go-to marketplace for the best content, where any company can buy courses without paying for a subscription or expensive licensing fees. Through OpenSesame’s marketplace, businesses...
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Get A Handle On Your iPad WithTabHandler byTabHandler Category: iPad Grips Works With:Any tablet Price: $30 This is the TabHandle, an absurd looking appendage that sticks to the back of your iPad and adds a spin-able posable... handle/stand to the mini, Air, iPad Fat or Kindle.…
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The affordable Puppy Bluetooth pet tracker uses your friends, family, and neighbors' smartphones to locate your lost dog.
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Help Find a Lost Dog with a USB Flash Drive

Life Hacker - 14 Jan 2014 21:00
Help Find a Lost Dog with aWho doesn't have old USB drives lying around just waiting for something interesting to do? Fortunately, a USB drive can make a great identification device should your dog ever get lost.
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10 Best US Cities for Job Seekers

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 20:58
10 Best US Cities for JobJob seekers may have the best luck in landing a new position in the Lone Star State, new research shows.
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Did Feud With Jony Ive KeepThe big intrigue in the tech world today is why Google bought Nest Labs for $3.2 billion and Apple didn’t. A lot of the speculation is paranoid: Google wants to track everyone offline as well as... online, and Nest’s thermostat…
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Dyson Spheres: How AdvancedBy surrounding their star with swarms of energy-collecting satellites, advanced civilizations could create Dyson spheres.
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[From GadgeTell] T-Mobile seems hell-bent on getting its fans and users out of any post-holiday funk they may feel, and not just by slashing Nexus 5's price to less than $400.
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The Internet's favorite tiny cat with big green eyes has a budding entrepreneurial career in the works Lil Bub launches a new app this week called "Tuxedo Kittie." Add spacey stickers, disguises and... laser beams to your photos for a trippy, Bub-approved look. Just imagine how much cooler your selfies would look with space dust shooting out of your eyeballs See also: Move Over, Selfies; #Felfies Are the Hottest Trend on the Farm Download the app for free on iOS and Android starting Tuesday Some users who discovered the app early have already started letting their Bub-ified creativity flow. Take a look and pick up the app to see how far you can stretch your whimsical side.
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China's historic moon robotChina'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.
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Why Einstein will never be wrong

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 20:52
Why Einstein will never beOne of the benefits of being an astrophysicist is your weekly email from someone who claims to have "proven Einstein wrong". These either contain no mathematical equations and use phrases such as "it... is obvious that..", or they are page after page of complex equations with dozens of scientific terms used in non-traditional ways. They all get deleted pretty quickly, not because astrophysicists are too indoctrinated in established theories, but because none of them acknowledge how theories get replaced.
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Google is creepy, but youYou can't be a player in the Internet of Things without things, preferably really nice things. But Google's a data company, never forget.
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Sorry, BlackBerry: RyanBlackBerry is clearly not happy that Ryan Seacrest is trying to convert its physical keyboard-loving users to the iPhone, especially when the physical keyboard attachment that Seacrest’s company... designed as an iPhone accessory bears a striking resemblance to BlackBerry’s own keyboard designs. There’s some bad news for BlackBerry, however: Early reviews have started rolling in for the Typo and critics are deeming it a hit. Re/code’s Walt Mossberg, for instance, found that “the Typo does its job well” while noting that “a couple of former BlackBerry addicts I spoke with who had tried it were over the moon about it.” Mossberg does knock the Typo for covering up the iPhone’s home button, but overall he concludes that “this $99 case could
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If you're planning on making your very own Steam Machine this upcoming inaugural release season and you're a manufacturer looking to sell this device to the public, there's one point …
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[From GadgeTell] If you've been thinking of making the leap to a 4K Ultra HD TV but you've been worried about your pornography's resulting resolution, fear not! I mean what good is phenomenal... resolution without, well, porn? In the past, it's always porn that brings new technological developments to the next level. Why do you think the internet is so popular? Think about it.
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Airports worldwide are starting to replace security officials with machines to identify passengers, and those machines could soon start checking your bags. The machines should make the check-in... process safer and more efficient, allowing passengers a stress-free flying experience. But some think reliance on automated security poses a host of potential dangers. See also: Twitter-Powered Vending Machine Dispenses Pandas In many ways, machines can more quickly and accurately determine who should be allowed to board a plane. If someone is trying to pass as someone else, he could be pretty convincing with a hairstyle change or colored contact lenses. But you can't alter your irises, which is how machines in some airports across Europe, Australia and the United States identify passengers. This...
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Cheapest Four Terabytes Ever,Need more storage for less money? Of course you do. Grab the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB External Hard Drive for $125, its lowest price ever. It seems like only yesterday $160 with the deal price on a 4TB... external. [Best Buy via eBay]
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Bing Translator app addsBy now, every translation app should offer speech-to-speech translation. Microsoft closed that loophole on Tuesday, upgrading its Bing translation app (shown above) to add spoken-word translations.... Microsoft has offered speech-to-speech translation capability as part of its Bing Translator app on Windows Phone for some time--and speaking to a phone makes sense. Hauling a laptop or a Surface tablet around to do the same, unfortunately, seems like wish fulfillment on Microsoft's part. About the only scenario I can envision for real-time, speech-to-speech translation via a PC is using the PC to "talk" via a phone call to a rural part of the world whose residents don't speak your native language--and I'm not even sure that would work. Fortunately, Microsoft's Translator app for Windows also...
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You Can Start and Stop ThisIt's hard to get excited over a dedicated voice recorder these days, especially when smartphones have tried to step in and fill that role. But when it's vital that you capture every word in an... interview, a voice recorder is still the best tool for the job. And Olympus has now made them even better with built-in Wi-Fi that lets you control its new DM-901 from a smartphone app, letting you get as close as possible to your subject.
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DVE Immersion Room Announced

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 20:39
DVE Immersion Room AnnouncedDigital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) has just announced the launch of their DVE Immersion Room, which happens to be a first-of-its kind Holographic Presentation Room, and it will be powered by... Microsoft. Seemingly more a piece of technology from the future, like say, from the bridge of a starship, the DVE Immersion Room could very well be the next big thing when it comes to upgrading one's corporate offices as well as business meeting rooms. Microsoft Windows can now be seen floating in the middle of the room, where folks can then interact with video objects that are suspended in mid-air as you can see in the image above. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, hologram, DVE Immersion Room Announced original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Boost Mobile Launches Moto G At $129.99

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 20:38
Boost Mobile Launches Moto GThere are a few options available for people who don’t want to be tied down to a carrier with a conventional two year service contract, Boost Mobile is one of those options. The carrier today... launched the affordable Moto G smartphone, a bonafide mid-range Android smartphone that offers respectable specifications. Moto G is actually the first Motorola handset on Boost Mobile since 2011, it is available for purchase today through the carrier’s website and will be available in its retail stores nationwide starting January 20th. Moto G has a 4.5 inch HD display made with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass. Under the hood there’s a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quadcore processor, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 3G compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0, 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2,070mAh battery. Boost...
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Google Drive just got an activity stream that details everything you and the people you're working with have been doing with your documents and spreadsheets.
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2013 Mac Pro-style HackintoshIt’s no secret that Apple’s Late 2013 Mac Pro looks strikingly similar to a (really futuristic, shiny, insanely great) trash can; take a look for yourself. You can even replace the Trash icon on... your OS X Dock with a… Mac Pro. Let’s just agree there’s a certain…resemblance. That inspired one Apple fan to build […]
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Why we're breaking the Broken Age embargo [updated]

Digital Trends - 14 Jan 2014 20:36
Why we're breaking the BrokenDouble Fine Productions' Broken Age arrives in backers' hands this week with an unusual stipulation. Here's an explanation for why we're ignoring that stipulation to bring you a review this week. The... post Why we’re breaking the Broken Age embargo [updated] appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Drive Adds ActivityGoogle today added an activity stream to Google Drive that finally makes it easier for its users to track changes to documents that are shared with multiple users. This feature, Google says, will roll... out over the next week, so it may be a few days before you will see it in your account.
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RoboEarth Is A For Robots

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 20:35
RoboEarth Is A For RobotsDo you fear that as more and more robots enter service to make our lives easier, the day might actually come when they become self-aware, and a scenario like Skynet's rampage across the human race... might actually play out in real life? I suppose that is the worst case scenario, but at the moment, such a day does not look as though it is likely to happen. In fact, we are making allowances for robots to be able to learn even better. Case in point, RoboEarth has been introduced, where it is touted to be a world wide web for robots to learn from each other as well as share information among one another. (more…) Follow: Robots, science, RoboEarth Is A For Robots original content from Ubergizmo.     
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First time accepted submitter Sensei_knight writes "How serendipitous! Today I see Slashdot also has an article linking caffeine to long-term memory, but I digress. Recently I returned to college in... my 30s, after battling a childhood sleep disorder, and I now discover staying awake might be the least of my troubles. Now that I failed a few classes I'm trying to analyze and overcome the causes of this recent disaster. Two things are obvious: First, it takes me way too long to complete tasks (as if suffering from time dilation) — tests take me approximately twice the amount of time to finish [and the amount of time it takes to study and do homework is cumulative and unsustainable]. Secondly, I just can't seem to remember a whole lot. I know sleep and memory are very closely related,...
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Ten Years Imaging Mars

SpaceRef - 14 Jan 2014 20:34
Ten years ago, on 14 January 2004, Mars Express took its very first images of Mars in colour and in 3D....
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Google's acquisition of Nest is controversial, for more than a few reasons. On the one hand, there are questions around how Google Ventures-invested companies segue into Google-owned divisions; many... users …
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Google Drive introducesThe Google Drive team said today that it is rolling out an activity stream to help you monitor changes to your files and folders. A new ⓘ button that appears at the top right corner of the screen... gives you access to the stream, which notes actions taken on files and folders in your Drive, and who took them. Edits, comments, new files, changed file names and more will all now appear inside the stream. The idea is nothing new — Dropbox and Box have offered similar activity streams for quite some time — but it will likely be welcome news to anyone who collaborates using Drive.
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Engineer invents machine thatSan Francisco-based Ben Krasnow has developed a machine that mixes the perfect amount of each baking ingredient to make a single cookie to anyone's taste.
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Seidio accessories keep yourBIG Thanks to Seidio for sponsoring our #CESlive coverage at CES 2014! CES 2014 has come to an end, as has our #CESlive coverage for the year. It was an amazing week (and a busy one to boot!), with 70... guests taking to our stage over 4 days. One of our big sponsors for the year was Seidio, a company we were extremely excited to have come onboard. Like Mobile Nations, Seidio has been around since the beginning of the smartphone era, going back to 2002. Over the years they've always made a great selection of cases, charging docks and extended batteries for popular smartphones on all platforms. Be sure to hit up the video above for a video walkthrough of Seidio's booth at CES 2014. Derek from Seidio walks us through some of the different products they had on display, including the new OBEX...
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[From In-Car Tech] Mopar to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Iconic 426 HEMI in 2014
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Umoove Launches iOS Game ToUmoove is a mobile-focused Israeli startup that plays in the eye- and face-tracking space. It's just today launched an (iOS) app that showcases its face-tracking technology -- to get developers and... users interested in the potential of an additional interface layer, atop touch.
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Microsoft Bing Translator AppIt seems that the folks over at Microsoft have recently introduced an update to the Bing Translator app for Windows 8, where it will now be able to support speech input, ensuring that this app has... finally caught up with its Windows Phone 8 counterpart. With the updated Bing Translator app, users will be able to speak directly to their Windows devices, as well as enjoy the privilege of having their text translated. The app itself will be able to play back the words, phrase and sentences in the selected language, all the while boasting of “a native speaker’s accent.” (more…) Follow: Computers, bing, Microsoft, Microsoft Bing Translator App For Windows 8 Updated original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Something that goes hand-in-hand with having a bathroom is dealing with unpleasant smells. It’s wholly natural, and we can’t do much in the way to part these two things, but we can certainly do... our best to rid the room of bad smells as quickly as possible. There are wall plugs, candles, sprays, and more,
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Meet 'Robosimian,' the Robot That Apes an Ape

The Atlantic - 14 Jan 2014 20:30
This chimp is bananas.     
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One of the most important conversations you can have with your children--especially at an early age--is about the pressure of conforming to society's beauty standards. Because, as this video shows,... they'll be bombarded with it all too soon enough.
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Tesla Recalls Over 29,000Fire is the last thing you want to see in a car, it doesn’t matter if its powered by batteries or gasoline. It can wreak havoc and cause grave injury, and in order to safeguard owners against any... such unfortunate event, Tesla has issued a recall of 29,222 power adapters of its 2013 Model S electric car, citing potential fire hazard. In a letter sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla says that the NEMA 14-50 adapters used to 240-volt recharging of the Model S vehicle can overheat, which could cause a number of problems such as melted adapters and “in a worst-case scenario, fire.” Interestingly, the adapters aren’t exactly being recalled in this “recall,” the NHTSA has listed it as such. Tesla says that the problem in these adapters will be managed...
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ArrogantEgotisticalCockyEntitled These colorful, critical descriptors are merely a sampling of the words used in association with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel over the past two weeks. The adjectives are... not at all flattering, and Spiegel's reputation — which has teetered between confidence and arrogance — seems to be slipping toward the latter. See also: 12 Most Cliché Photos on Instagram The issues started when Snapchat experienced its first major security breach, a hack in which 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were leaked online The problem worsened when Snapchat acknowledged the hack, but failed to apologize for it, leading Fortune to ponder whether Spiegel or his PR rep should be fired for such a lapse in judgement. (Spiegel has since issued an apology, and even issued a...
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Google Cloud Storage ConnectorGoogle Cloud Storage has had had the capability to run Hadoop so developers can do advanced analytics on its distributed computing platform. Today, Google is attempting to simplify the process with a... new connector that the company says makes it easier to run Hadoop on the Google Cloud Platform. The Google Cloud Storage connector for Hadoop manages the cluster and file system for the developer so they can focus on the logic of their data processing without the complexity of setting it up and managing themselves. Google originally developed the Google File System, which is now the basis for Hadoop, a pillar for a number of data analytics platforms. it has become a standard for large-scale data processing. Out of it has emerged a diverse ecosystem anchored by companies such as Cloudera and...
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Acura's TLX Prototype combinesA prototype of the Acura Tl's replacement, the TLX just debuted at Detroit, and it is smaller, more focused and more aggressive than its predecessor. Acura says it was inspired by the phrase "red... carpet athlete," and while that might be so much marketing speak, you can't argue with results. The post Acura’s TLX Prototype combines sensible Japanese luxury with a compactier sport sedan appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Leef Announces Bridge 3.0 USB Flash Drive

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 20:27
Leef Announces Bridge 3.0 USBJust like how all USB flash drives are not created equal, it is with great excitement that I present to you Leef Technology's Bridge 3.0. The Bridge 3.0 happens to be the first USB 3.0 flash drive... that will allow file sharing between Android-powered smartphones as well as tablets, Macs and PCs. This unique addition to any road warrior's collection of hardware is said to arrive at RadioShack stores this coming January 19th. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, USB, Leef Announces Bridge 3.0 USB Flash Drive original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Tumblr Adds Support For @Tumblr today has added a small, but notable, change to its service which could have a larger impact in terms of making the now Yahoo-owned blogging platform feel more like a social network: it has... added support for user mention notifications. That means you’ll now be able to tag others by typing in the “@” symbol before someone’s username in order to trigger a notification. The company says these notifications will now appear for others both in-stream on the main Dashboard as well as on the “Activity” page, where users today see things like follows, likes, reblogs, and more. To date, Tumblr, if anything, has downplayed its social components, leading third parties like Missing E and XKit to fill in the blanks with more tools for connecting users through things like “post...
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[From GadgeTell] Quick heads up for all you Brits expecting two of today's hottest smartphones to debut: the curved display-toting LG G Flex is up for pre-orders and Nokia's mid-end, low-cost Lumia... 1320 phablet should follow suit in a few weeks' time.
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[From GadgeTell] The watch was made obsolete by the cell phone, the cell phone was made obsolete by the smartphone, and now the smartphone is doing the watch a solid by making it relevant again.... Everyone's all a-buzz over the smartwatch: the newest toy every tech-lover must have.
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In the least-critical Patch Tuesday in over 2 years, Microsoft issues just 4 updates. One of them fixes a flaw that has been exploited in the wild.
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[GamerTell] You Need to Go Play The Banner Saga

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 20:22
[From GamerTell] The Banner Saga, a Kickstarter success story from former BioWare developers, is now available for Windows and Mac.
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These Low-Power LCD DisplaysThe simple black and white e-ink display inside your Kindle lets you read book after book on a single charge, but when it comes to devices displaying multimedia content like your smartphone, a... monochrome display just doesn't cut it. You want color, and lots of it, so Japan Display has created a new type of full-color LCD display that promises fantastic battery by emulating many of the tricks that e-ink displays employ.
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Adobe has issued updates to Acrobat, Reader and Flash Player to address critical vulnerabilities in those products.
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Vivid Symmetrical Shapes ofThe stunning symmetrical shapes of fresh water algae are revealed in award-winning composite image.
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iPhone 5s Accounted For 59It goes without saying that the iPhone 5s has proved to be a popular smartphone, not only amongst first time buyers, but also amongst existing iPhone users who have opted for the flagship model as... opposed to the relatively cheaper and “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals that iPhone 5s generated 59 percent of all iPhones sales in the previous quarter, stealing customers away from the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S. As far as those two iPhones are concerned, the report finds that the iPhone 5c generated 27 percent of the sales and iPhone 4S accounted for 14 percent in the quarter ending December 2013. In contrast, during the same period back in 2012, the newly released iPhone 5 had generated 50 percent of all sales in the...
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Australia dithers as another heatwave strikes

New Scientist - 14 Jan 2014 20:17
The Australian government's reluctance to admit the reality of climate change means it is failing to save people's lives as heatwaves become more common     
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Spacewalking Cosmonauts toTwo Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station Jan. 27 in a second bid to install two high-definition cameras outside the orbiting lab.
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Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s is affordable, a group of experts finds, but some key changes are needed if it is going to happen. A workshop group of more than 60 individuals representing more... than 30 government, industry, academic and other organizations has found that a NASA-led manned mission to Mars is feasible if the space agency's budget is restored to pre-sequestration levels. Putting the first humans on the Red Planet would also require international cooperation and private industry support. There is a growing consensus among the space community that a manned mission to Mars should be a priority worth working toward in the coming years, according to Chris Carberry the executive director of Explore Mars Inc., the organization that hosted the workshop with the American...
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Google Is Eating Apple's Lunch

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 20:15
Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest on Monday was a reminder of the company's penchant for taking bold risks, but also illustrates the opposite point about Apple, a company that has grown... increasingly risk-averse. Apple's biggest purchase last year was Topsy, a purveyor of Twitter-based analytics that cost the company $200 million. Google's largest acquisition of 2013 was Waze, the Israel-based producer of real-time traffic data, which cost 5X that amount. To obtain that prize, Google had to outbid other potential suitors including — reportedly — Apple Since Nest was created by two former Apple execs and the company's products exhibit an elegant design aesthetic, Nest would appear to be a natural fit for Apple. However, Tony Fadell, Nest's founder and CEO, apparently doesn't get...
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Rebooting Carl Sagan's seminal "Cosmos" miniseries three decades later is almost impossible — unless you happen to be renowned astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson. For those who... may have missed the original back in 1980, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" was a documentary series on PBS that explored the universe as well as the history of scientific discovery. Sagan's topics of discussion ranged from Japanese folklore to debunking astrology to the ultimate fate of the stars and galaxies that surround us. Now Tyson is hosting a new version of the TV series called "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey," with the first episode airing in March on Fox and the National Geographic Channel. [Watch the trailer for the new 'Cosmos' series]
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Phone companies may have toPresident Barack Obama is reportedly set to announce a number of changes to the various NSA spying programs that have come to light recently following a series of leaks orchestrated by former NSA... contractor Edward Snowden. While many of the changes will seemingly be intended to curb much of the public outcry over the various ways the NSA is seen invading the privacy of both citizens and noncitizens alike, some changes may stir up even more backlash. According to a report from The Associated Press, U.S. telephone companies in particular are worried that they may have to change the way they collect and store phone records, and also hold onto customer data for longer than they already do. The changes
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YouTube Introduces CommentsYouTube is making it a little easier to manage comments. When YouTube began requiring all users to have a Google+ account to comment on videos, comment notifications moved from the YouTube Inbox to a... Google+ notification page. But due to user outrage, the company has implemented a Comments Page that enables YouTube video creators to view, moderate and respond to all their comments in one place.   For now, users are required to click over to the video page and reply to comments posted, but YouTube said new features, including inline replying and expanding all replies directly on the Comments Page, will be available soon.  Images via YouTube.
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A hilarious, not-so-safe-for-work video imagines what an awful job it would be to handle all those search queries in person.
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Wind-Blown Land | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 20:14
Wind-Blown Land | SpaceProminent patches of wind-blown dust, possibly mixed with volcanic ash, radiate from Becquerel crater and into a neighboring crater, as seen in this spectacular space wallpaper.
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Court strikes down key FCC NetA Washington, DC, appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of Verizon, and against the Federal Communications Commission's controversial "net neutrality" rules. The decision may open the door for Internet... service providers to charge websites and other content providers for faster Internet speeds. The post Court strikes down key FCC Net neutrality rules: What it means for you appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Researchers: Tech supportScammers have devised new ways to trick users into revealing personal information, hand over control of computers and pay for unnecessary software and tech support services, security experts warn.... Researchers from security firm Malwarebytes recently came across a tech support scam targeting smartphone and tablet users, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warned consumers earlier this month about scams offering tech support refunds. How the scam works Tech support scams typically involve scammers making unsolicited calls to users and posing as technical support specialists responding to malware infections or other problems allegedly detected on their computers. This type of cold-calling scam has become common in recent years, especially in English-speaking countries, and prompted warnings...
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ilikenwf writes "The Nightingale developers have announced version 1.12.1 of the media player, forked from the now defunct Songbird (RIP). Improvements include a new localization infrastructure,... enhanced stability, battery drain fixes for OS X, Unity integration fixes, libnotify integration, new first run pages, and more (Release Notes). If you already use Nightingale, the automatic update feature should have notified you of the release. If not, get the new version here."
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Keen Raises $1.625M To CreateVitaly M. Golomb is taking on a decidedly unsexy incumbent market: the printing industry. While the rest of us are ebooks this and PDFs that, millions of dollars are changing hands in order to print... out signs, brochures, and other collateral. But that world of offsets and ink is still primitive, which is why Golomb built Keen. “Keen capitalizes on the fast growing web-to-print market that is already measured at $141 billion of the total $640 billion print market and growing. The industry includes everything from business cards and brochures to posters and car wraps to apparel and packaging. Almost that entire business is highly time sensitive and therefore is driven by the hundreds of thousands of local shops – shipping is very expensive,” said Golomb. His company, then, offers...
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India To Be No. 2 SmartphoneThe US is starting to see its position in different departments being challenged by newcomers, especially China, when it comes to economic standing in the world's eyes. Having said that, the US is... also the number 2 smartphone market in the world, but their position is rather precarious since The Guardian reports that research data by Mediacells showed that India will ultimately overtake the US, knocking them to third place where the "Top 10 markets by smartphone sales rank-list" is concerned. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, smartphone, India To Be No. 2 Smartphone Market In The Future original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Astrophoto: Space Station on the Moon

Universe Today - 14 Jan 2014 20:12
We can dream, right? … because we’d all love to have a space station on the Moon. But this is as close as we’re going to get for the foreseeable future, anyway. Juan Gonzalez-Alicea of Sociedad... de Astronomia del Caribe in Puerto Rico captured this great image of the International Space Station crossing in front […]
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Kodak took the wraps off it competitors to Sony's QX cameras last week, the Kodak SL10 and SL25. Both are small cameras designed to snap onto Android smartphones and the …
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Yahoo News Digest Review

Mac Life - 14 Jan 2014 20:11
There's a war over news delivery being waged on our iPhones. On one side, there are content providers -- media outlets scrambling to bring you news as it breaks, pushing alerts and headlines as fast... as possible. Then there are the deliverers, the pretty aggregators and succinct summarizers vying for your attention, each claiming to be the simplest and swiftest way to catch up on the news you might've missed. Despite a high-profile purchase of Summly last year, Yahoo! has always been an underrated soldier in this fight. An excellent collector with its own network of top-notch columnists and contributors, the search giant has meticulously crafted its homepage into a one-stop domain for a wide variety of information. With a bit of flair, Yahoo News Digest dials down this mountain of news to...
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The deals of the week are on convertibles and monitors!
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Dyson Spheres: How AdvancedBy surrounding their star with swarms of energy-collecting satellites, advanced civilizations could create Dyson spheres.
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The blogging network embraces a Twitter-inspired feature. Better late than never?
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One Health Care Reformer'sHospitals and clinics across the U.S. are racing to upgrade their paper files to electronic ones in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act, which specifies that providers must show "meaningful"... implementation of electronic health records by 2015 or face monetary penalties. But in choosing among hundreds of competing electronic health record systems, health care providers may be creating the same disorganization as the paper trails they set out to streamline. "The foundations and the intent of the Affordable Care Act are laudable," said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Los Angeles-based surgeon and drug inventor-turned-entrepreneur. "The way it's being implemented is a disaster." On Monday, Soon-Shiong offered up his solution to the "disaster" with the launch of health IT company...
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Tumblr Introduces @Mentions for Users

Mashable - 14 Jan 2014 20:09
Tumblr announced on Tuesday it is finally adding capabilities for users to directly mention others on the site, a feature that's been long requested by its dedicated fan base. By typing the "@" symbol... and typing the username of who you want to address inside a Tumblr post, a drop down menu will appear. In an email to Mashable, a spokesperson said the mentions will trigger a notification in the recipient' in-stream on the dashboard, as well as on the "activity" page. See also: The 7 Best Uses for Tumblr The company also included the GIF below to announce and demonstrate the feature. Although user notifications are brand new on the site, mentions were a hidden feature or "Easter Egg" on the site beforehand. Tumblr officially announced its capabilities today.
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Two new studies 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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Google Just Hired These 100    A lot of us were surprised that Apple didn’t even put up a fight to outbid Google for Nest – co-founded by Tony Fadell aka, the Father of the iPod – and its army of smarthome employees.... Not…
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Don't Let Your Kids Play ThisAs if we didn’t have enough fat shaming to go around, there’s a new game on the App Store called Plastic Surgery For Barbara, and it’s a doozy. The idea here is that Barbara (or Barbie, if you... will) is…
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Huawei B199 Announced

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 20:08
Huawei B199 AnnouncedWhat makes the recently announced Huawei B199 smartphone so special from the rest of the other smartphones that are in the market? For starters, the Huawei B199 comes across as a dual SIM capable... Android-powered smartphone, where it will continue from where the Huawei A199 left off (which incidentally made its debut in April last year). Of course, the Huawei B199 also walks in the legacy of its predecessor that came with dual SIM capability alongside CDMA/GSM dual stand-by. There must be a clincher for the Huawei B199, which is what we will take a closer look at right after the jump. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Huawei, Huawei B199 Announced original content from Ubergizmo.     
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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. 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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Appeals court sets aside Internet rules

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 20:07
In a setback for the Obama administration's goal of Internet openness, a federal appeals court Tuesday set aside Federal Communications Commission rules designed to ensure that transmission of all... Internet content be treated equally.
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A Connecticut man who says he has terminal cancer posts a video of what appears to be a massive pot garden and asks for donations for those in need of medical marijuana.
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CyanogenMod Launches GalleryNext

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 20:06
CyanogenMod LaunchesThe CyanogenMod team developers the most popular custom Android ROMs, they are used by millions of people around the world who want a different experience on their Android devices. These AOSP based... ROMs bring a lot of features that are otherwise not present on stock or even OEM modified Android iterations. Moreover, ROMs are often swiftly updated with new features, which means that they almost always have something new to offer. CyanogenMod today launched GalleryNext on the Play Store, its their new software that seeks to revamp the built-in image gallery that ships with their ROMs. The team believes that the current AOSP Gallery shipping with its ROMs is “severely lacking,” and it has addressed this with GalleryNext. Available in beta, the new app brings all pictures in one...
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In the middle of the 20th century, hundreds of Americans died each year from lightning strikes. Now, fewer than 30 do. What gives?     
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More independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living in adults with the disorder, according to a new study.
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Joan Bennett didn't believe in sick building syndrome. As a specialist in mold toxins, she had even testified in trials in support of insurance companies denying claims to homeowners who claimed that... they had been sickened by toxins from their moldy houses. Then Hurricane Katrina struck, Bennett's home was flooded, and she evacuated. "A month later, as a form of psychological sublimation, I decided to travel back and sample my home for mold," she said. Her house smelled horrendous, worse th
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Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun's rays were strongest. Now researchers led by... Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have built a system that converts the sun's energy not into electricity but hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use, allowing us to power our devices long after the sun goes down.
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Tesla: not a Recall, per se

Slash Gear - 14 Jan 2014 20:04
There appears to be some confusion over the word "recall" when it comes to the current Model S Tesla vehicles out there in the wild, while the actual situation, instead, …
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US court strikes down 'NetA US appeals court on Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional a "Net Neutrality" rule that bars broadband Internet providers from blocking or playing favorites for online services.
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Blogcast Turns Text Articles into Talk Radio

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 20:01
Blogcast Turns Text ArticlesHuffPost Labs is excited to present our latest project, Blogcast. Featured at January's New York Tech Meetup, Blogcast is an innovative way to turn plain-text articles into talk radio. Blogcast allows... the author of an article to record a podcast from his or her browser. Just drop the provided code snippet into the page's HTML and the embedded widget handles the rest. Authors choose a time to hold a question-and-answer session, and potential guests sign up to participate right from the article. The author can choose to accept or reject any of the guests. During the session, the author calls guests from their browser and can choose to keep or throw out any of these separate conversations. The approved conversations are turned into a podcast which is then playable from the article. Blogcasts...
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Andrew Sessler wins Fermi Award

Phys.org - 14 Jan 2014 20:01
Andrew Sessler wins FermiAndrew Sessler, award-winning theoretical physicist, acclaimed humanitarian, and former director of Berkeley Lab (1973-1980) who founded both the Earth Sciences Division and what is now the... Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has been named a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award by President Obama. One of the federal government's oldest and most prestigious prizes for scientific achievement, the Fermi Award is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy. It carries an honorarium of $50,000 and a medal. Sessler shares this year's award with chemist Allen Bard of the University of Texas.
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SYN flood from 'Chinese' hackers wreaks havoc Chinese hackers have launched an internet attack which has hobbled the internet connections of at least 100 British businesses....
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[GamerTell] Rewriting Toontown

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 20:00
[From GamerTell] Independent developers work to keep Toontown alive as Toontown Rewritten.
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Umoove technology shows offShowing off a technology that accomplishments face and eye tracking on a mobile device through software, Umoove is an app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch you should check out. The Umoove Experience... release is intended to serve as the catalyst that will help launch a new sort of human-machine interaction to mainstream audiences. In […]
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: SeagateTake a few minutes out of your lunch break to cash in on some tasty deals. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and... subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. Today’s can’t miss deals: Storage Deals: Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Desktop […]
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Early Android Veterans Raise“What? You’re raising $18 million from Accel and Google Ventures and you can’t even tell me what it is?” I ask Tom Moss, who brokered carrier and handset maker relationships for Google Android... when the OS originally launched. “You don’t look very happy,” he laughed. He and Mike Chan, who was also an entrepreneur-in-residence at Accel Partners, are working on some kind of stealth company called Nextbit. They can’t really say anything about the product, except that it might launch this year and that they’ve got a big glug of funding from top firms that they want to use to hire engineers. With the round, they’re getting two heavyweight mobile-focused VCs in Android founder Rich Miner of Google Ventures and Accel’s Rich Wong on their board. Wong backed Moss’ last...
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A Swede's Insane Rant AgainstBo Bergman, a 73-year-old Swedish man living in the quiet locality of Simlångsdalen (population about 500) is not reading this right now. This is because Bo Bergman really hates the internet. Like, a... lot.
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What's the Difference BetweenDear Lifehacker,I'm finally ready to purchase health insurance for myself, but I'm really overwhelmed by the choices out there. What's the difference between an HMO, a PPO, an HSA, and these other... plans? Help!
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Smoking Boeing 787 DreamlinerBoeing spent much of the first half of last year battling problems with its 787 Dreamliner airplane — battery problems led to a number of fires, which led the plane to be grounded entirely in the... US and Japan for months while the company worked on a fix. Unfortunately for Boeing, the 787's battery is back in the headlines today. Maintenance workers at Japan's Narita airport noticed smoke and an unidentified liquid coming from a 787's main battery two hours before the plane was scheduled to take off. According to Reuters, alarms in the cockpit confirmed there was an issue with the battery's power pack and charger. Boeing is claiming that what these maintenance workers saw is all part of last year's battery's redesign. On its official...
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Tesla issues recall for ModelTesla has announced a voluntary recall affecting more than 29,000 of its home charging adapters over potential fire concerns. The NEMA 14-50 adapter is an optional home installation that allows for... 240-volt recharging of the company's Model S. "Electrical resistance heating in the adapter or at the interface to the wall socket may lead to melting of the adapter, cord or wall receptacle, and possible electrical arcing that could lead to fire," reads Tesla's January 12th letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But this isn't a recall in the traditional sense; Tesla owners don't need to take their cars or adapters in for service.
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[From EntertainmentTell] It's also rumored that Bruce Jenner will be playing Aunt May- not to be confused with Ant-Man in the next Spiderman movie.
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Boeing 787 Battery Issues Emerge Yet Again

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 19:56
Boeing 787 Battery IssuesThe Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the company’s pride and joy, but this state of the art aircraft hasn’t been able to take to the skies without drama. Last year the plane was grounded globally for over... four months after a series of battery related fires that warranted a redesign of the entire system. It appears that the Boeing 787 battery issues might have emerged once again. Earlier today a Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner was temporarily grounded after white smoke was spotted outside the plane, and the warning lights in the cockpit indicated that there might be a fault with the main battery and charger. According to reports, one battery cell might even have leaked. It has almost exactly been an year since Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways grounded their 787 fleets after batteries on two...
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[From AppleTell] Buyers are deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs, but will do-all tablets eventually cover all the bases?
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The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs, but will do-all tablets eventually cover all the bases? I'm not yet... convinced the end of traditional PCs is close at hand, but the prospect (albeit not a lively one) of an iPad Pro that would be more than an just an upsized MacBook Air is beguiling.
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YouTube Nation daily show byDreamWorks Animation has produced a Verizon-sponsored web series for YouTube that's also managed and marketed by YouTube, and it's called YouTube Nation. YouTube Nation is a daily series aimed to help... you discover the greatest videos, content creators,...
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Mini Camera-CarryingA company called AirDroids has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build a miniature helicopter drone that can track users in the air through their smartphones.
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Boeing 787 battery: Burned again

CNET - 14 Jan 2014 19:55
Boeing is working with Japan Airlines to service a plane after maintenance workers found its battery smoking.
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Launching a Kickstarter project is always a leap of faith. That especially holds true for Marc Barros, who launched a campaign for his new product on Tuesday — a smartphone lens attachment called... Moment. This is Barros' second commercial venture after he was let go from Contour, a company he founded while still in college. If you haven’t heard of Contour, that’s probably because its efforts have been largely drowned out by the marketing fusillade from its competition, GoPro. See also: 14 Kickstarter Projects We're Excited for in 2014 Contour, which began its life as VHoldr, was part of the original wearable camera wave in 2008, much like the much more well-known GoProThe product recorded in HD, saved to SD cards, offered waterproof case accessories and had an app and social network....
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A US court has ruled against the FCC's Open Internet regulations, putting the future of net neutrality completely up in the air.
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ananyo writes "Physicists have tracked electrons crossing a semiconductor chip one at a time — an experiment that should at last enable a rational definition of the ampere, the unit of electrical... current. At present, an ampere is defined as the amount of charge flowing per second through two infinitely long wires one meter apart, such that the wires attract each other with a force of 2×10^-7 newtons per meter of length. That definition, adopted in 1948 and based on a thought experiment that can at best be approximated in the laboratory, is clumsy — almost as much of an embarrassment as the definition of the kilogram, which relies on the fluctuating mass of a 125-year-old platinum-and-iridium cylinder stored at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris. The new...
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Steve Jobs Computer KeysOrlando artist Doug Powell is keyed into the influence Steve Jobs had on technology. That's why he's created a portrait of the Apple mogul entirely in computer keys. Powell, who specializes in... mosaics, recently immortalized Jobs in a portrait made of 5,892 computer keys that he amassed by going to garage sales, combing Craigslist and scouring a collection center filled with discarded keyboards. STEVE JOBS IN COMPUTER KEYS (Story continues below) Before putting the Jobs portrait together, Powell hosed down each keyboard, pried off each key and then ground the post off the back of the keys. After sorting the keys by color -- black, brown, gray, yellow and shades of off-white, Powell got to work, starting with the eyes and working his way up and out from there. Powell spelled out words from...
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As Microsoft counts down toward the end of support for Windows XP on April 8, users still running the OS are getting a few more of their questions answered.
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Google Goes Wild: How Off-RoadGoogle Street View and Google Earth have gone off-road into remote places like the Amazon, and helped wildlife conservation in the process.
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Xbox Music for Android updatedMicrosoft’s Xbox Music app for Android debuted alongside the iOS version back in September, but both versions didn’t include offline playback. Following the recent iOS update to include offline... playback, the Android version is also getting the same treatment today. Visually there don’t appear to have been any additional changes, but you can also play collections by selecting genre now. The biggest change is the offline playback option that lets you download playlists to use when there’s no data connection. Microsoft’s Xbox Music service also provides streaming music across iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and the web. The latest Android update is available immediately in the Google Play Store.
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Tesla may argue that it's being proactive by replacing Model S wall charging adapters, but that still constitutes a recall by most anyone's definition. Accordingly, the company has sent a letter (PDF)... to the NHTSA announcing a voluntary recall of the ...
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Tumblr Now Lets Users MentionTumblr is a very simple blogging platform and yet it has come a long way. Yahoo acquired it for $1.1 billion last year, and while not a lot of changes have been made since then, this latest feature is... bound to increase interaction between Tumblr users. The platform now lets users @ mention and link to other users in specific posts. Users that are mentioned will receive a notification in their Activity tab. The @ mention feature works just like it does on Twitter and Facebook. Simply typing a username after the @ symbol brings up a list of relevant matches. The user that’s to be mentioned can then be selected from the list, the mention would also serve as a link to their profile and will notify them of the post that they have been mentioned in. This new feature certainly marks the start...
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Are Our Fears Crippling Our Children?

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 19:47
Are Our Fears Crippling OurClick here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. A friend of mine recently posted pictures of her five and nine year old with their homemade bows and arrows made of sticks, strings and... feathers. Boys will be boys. But what impressed me most was the picture of their dad with his "real" bow and arrow teaching the boys the proper use of a very serious tool. How many times have we gasped when we've found a young child handling something that can do them harm, wrestled it away from them and put it away to a safe place where it stays until they're old enough to handle it? And do we consider when that might be? When are children old enough to handle scissors, knives, and matches and how, as parents, do we make that decision? Giving in to our own fears and taking over difficult or...
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JPMorgan's Dimon: TargetMore Target-sized security breaches will happen if banks and retail stores don't start working together to further protect customers' data, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said Tuesday.
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Smartwatch Fans Android app now available!

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 19:46
Smartwatch Fans Android appGood news, everyone! Our latest and greatest Mobile Nations site — that'd be Smartwatch Fans — now has its own Android app! This one's done in the same vein as our official Android Central app,... so you'll be right at home. All the latest news, reviews, videos and podcasts are there. Plus you've got access to the forums, and can comment on stories. (Be sure to log in!) And, of course, the app is free to use, and free of advertisements. Download it now at the link above!
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'Legítimo' Will Draw UpLegítimo — Productivity — Free Sometimes, it’s a good idea to get something in writing, like if you and your roommate agree to split utilities in exchange for the right to have pizza and... Hawaiian shirts on Fridays. Crucial dealings…
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 14 Jan 2014 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: bog mystery, the real King Kong, sharks and bears on Facebook, recycled wombs, Kickstarter lore and more     
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Lexus has taken the wraps off of the 2015 Lexus RC F, the F SPORT version of the new coupe with more than 450 HP from a 5.0L 32-valve V8 …
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Can a drug cartel win hearts with YouTube?

The Verge - 14 Jan 2014 19:44
Can a drug cartel win heartsEven drug cartels need to manage their image. There's a surprisingly long history of drug lords helping out in their communities, and now one cartel is taking to YouTube to spread word of its... philanthropy. According to Newsweek, Mexico's Gulf Cartel — one of the largest in the country — was featured in a YouTube video last week showing its members handing out cakes to schools, hospitals, and impoverished neighborhoods. And that's only the latest video. Just after Christmas, a separate video reportedly showed members of the cartel distributing free toys and dinners as members of the community cheered them on. This type of community work is apparently becoming a modern necessity. According to Newsweek, cartels' images have been...
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Yes, Microsoft has a trust problem when it comes to developers. But if they fix that, does the company remain relevant to modern developers?
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An adventurous couple has signed on to let the Internet suggest and vote on baby names for their soon-to-arrive daughter.
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The higher-priced iPhone scores a 59 percent share of all iPhone sales last quarter, according to a survey by research firm CIRP.
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Say goodbye to privacy: HowIt’s no wonder some people are freaking out over Google’s $3.2 billion Nest Labs acquisition: it’s another step towards a future when Google has enough access to lives of high-income consumers... to gain psychological insights that no company has ever possessed. Nest’s Learning Thermostat can track movements and activity of people in their homes, an ability no doubt improving by leaps and bounds. If you combine this with analysis of email and search patterns, as well as smartphone GPS mapping of movement outside the home, you get to an exceptionally sweet spot for building an intimate profile of not only current consumption patterns, but of likely future choices as well. Do you live alone and go to bed after 1:00 a.m., sleep in until 11:00 a.m. on the weekends,
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Registration For Microsoft'sToday Microsoft opened registration for its Build developer conference in San Francisco this April. The event marks the fourth Build, and its second iteration in San Francisco. The event, which runs... April 2-4, will set you back a cool $2,095. Last year the event sold out, only to have a small subset of tickets released at a later date. Given that, if you do want to go, you may not want to dawdle. What should be on the docket for the Build season? Of the set of software updates rumored to come out in April, it’s not clear which of them will land at Build. But the conference will coincide with a new version of Windows Phone, an update for Windows 8.1, and what we hear is a look forward at the future of Windows, most especially what we might see in Windows 9. Other topics more than likely...
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Not that we needed any further proof that GoPro's hardware is the compact camcorder of choice for anyone looking to capture a unique first-person perspective, but the company recently won a... Technological Emmy for its creation. And, of course, the company's founder captured the whole event with one of its cameras.
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Assassin's Creed Liberation HDThe Sony PS3 might be relegated to a second tier console after the release of the far superior Sony PS4, but this does not mean that the console itself is not worthy of any more releases. No sir, as... there is still some life left in the legs of the Sony PS3, as evident by the release of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD for this platform. Aveline de Grandpré did make her debut as the first playable female Assassin on the PS Vita slightly more than a year back, and she has also managed to gain quite a cult following, being one of the most popular and praised Assassins in the series. (more…) Follow: Gaming, ps3, Sony, Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Launches On The Sony PS3 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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[From EntertainmentTell] In a move that probably sent shockwaves through Hollywood, 20th Century Fox announced that it had acquired the film rights to 'Magic: The Gathering', that weird card game that... other kids used to play but you never really got the hang of.
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Naturally, Adobe has already has some new digital marketing products in the pipeline to flaunt to retailers, hinting they could help them do better in 2014.
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Tesla Issues 'Recall' On AboutTesla issued a recall today on a power adapter that could have a defect that leads to shorting and even fire in some cases. The recall says that the NEMA 14-50 adapters used to charge Model S vehicles... could exhibit higher than normal resistance when subject to corrosion, damage or fluctuating outputs of electrical sockets. When the adapters encounter resistance, they heat up, which could lead to melting in the adapter’s casing, the socket or the cord. This, in turn, could result in electrical arcing and fire. Interestingly, Tesla says that it will be able to “repair” the charging receptacle with an over-the-air software update. Most likely this will regulate voltage in a more aggressive manner to prevent the issues. In addition, it’s engineering a new 14-50 adapter that will...
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It's a great day for music lovers. Black Sabbath's complete catalog of studio albums are now available in the U.S.
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Valve offers new VR beta modeValve launches the SteamVR beta, allowing those that own a VR headset like the Oculus Rift to explore the Steam Big Picture Mode user interface in virtual reality. The post Valve offers new VR beta... mode in preparation for Steam Dev Days appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Cthulhu All-Spark McLaughlin?Would you let a bunch of strangers on the Internet choose your daughter's name? The answer, if you're Canadian dad Stephen McLaughlin, is apparently "yes." McLaughlin and his wife are expecting a baby... girl on April 2 and have set up a website where people can vote to choose their daughter's name. The website, called NameMyDaughter.com, has been deluged with more than 7,000 suggestions for first and middle names, with the top choices ranked by number of votes. Perhaps surprisingly, the top vote-getters are currently Amelia and the less conventional Cthulhu. In a casual Ask Me Anything on Reddit, McLaughlin promised the contest was not rigged and said he is excited to "have an awesome story to tell [his daughter] when she gets married." So far, several of the couple's top choices were...
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Joe Danger Infinity Review

Mac Life - 14 Jan 2014 19:35
Hopping onto a motorbike and barreling through the air while doing backflips is exciting stuff, but executing daredevil stunts while atop a tank or riding a runaway rocket? Joe Danger certainly... doesn't shy away from peril in his latest action-packed obstacle course romp. While it doesn't add much new to the core stunt-centric formula laid out in predecessor Joe Danger Touch, Infinity's fresh settings, goofy characters, and challenging stages still make for a joyous ride. Shrunk down to action-figure size, Joe Danger and his unlockable cartoonish cohorts have a whole new micro-world to explore in Infinity. Dusty deserts and concrete raceways are swapped out with an ever-changing backdrop that spans numerous rooms of a giant-sized family household. It's a colorful, silly realm that adds some...
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It's de rigeur now for flagship phones to get a gold version, a debatable trend that's at least working out for snarky tech editors. After all, there's something awkward about gilting a geeky handset... like LG's G2, especially in a shade reminiscent of ...
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Netflix Offline Viewing 'Very Unlikely'

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 19:33
Netflix Offline Viewing 'VeryNetflix is one of the most popular online on-demand video streaming service, it has also branched into production of original content which has been critically acclaimed and has gone on to win... multiple awards. The company is certainly serious about the business, and as it looks to the future that’s going to bring 4K ultra-high definition streaming, there doesn’t seem to be any place for offline support. Joris Evers, director of global communications at Netflix, says that its “very unlikely” that the service will consider offline viewing support. One might argue that there are a number of services out there that currently offer support for watching content offline, services like BBC’s iPlayer and Sky Go, so why doesn’t Netflix jump on the bandwagon as well. Evers says that...
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Elderly Brain Training Benefits Not Clear

Live Science - 14 Jan 2014 19:31
Elderly Brain TrainingLots of programs nowadays claim to help elderly people keep their wits sharp. But is it all just hype?
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Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas For Her You Both Will Love

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 19:30
Romantic Valentine's Day IdeasIf you are reading this guide to romantic Valentine's Day ideas for her, then you probably fall into one of two categories: a boyfriend with no clue what to get your partner for February 14 (beyond... the obvious flowers and candy), or a husband who has run out of Valentine's gift ideas (beyond housewares). Here are 14 romantic gadgets that will make your loved one go gaga on Valentine's, complete with bonus tips on how best to serve them up romantically. At the very least, they'll save you from having a gift-wrapped toaster thrown back in your face. CucinaPro 1475 Classic Heart Waffler Price: $69.37 Where to buy: Amazon.ca Romantic Gesture: Normally, giving your lover a waffle maker for Valentine's Day would cause serious injury...for you. But what if the waffle maker made cute little waffle...
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Simian Interface Just ThrowsIf you’re used to games taking time to explain what they are and how you play them, then Simian Interface may not be for you. Simian Interface by Vested Interest Category: iOS Games Works With:... iPhone, iPad Price: $0.99 But…
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The Five Basic QuestionsYou could spend a lot of time trying to prepare for every possible job interview question (and there are a ton ), but most job interviews really boil down to just five things employers want to know... about you.
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Porch.com Scores Big Win WithFinding the right professional for home improvement projects isn’t exactly easy and most homeowners are pretty anxious about who gets to work on their homes. That’s why Angie’s List can charge... for its service, for example. Many homeowners, however, also ask for recommendations in the stores they shop at already. Porch.com, a four-month-old startup that aggregates data about home improvement projects all around the U.S., just announced a multi-year strategic partnership with Lowe’s that will put it in the hands of Lowe’s employees in 139 stores in the Seattle area, as well as North and South Carolina. Thanks to this partnership, Porch.com CEO Matt Ehrlichman told me, Lowe’s employees will now use Porch.com to recommend local handymen, landscapers, roofers, contractors and other...
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Will Not GetThe Samsung Galaxy S5 looks set to be a hot potato when it finally hits the market, so you can more or less expect plenty of news surrounding this particular handset. The thing is, while we have heard... that it might make its way to London for a product announcement this coming March, it will not be announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 that is happening next month in Barcelona, Spain, at least according to a Samsung executive. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S5 Will Not Get MWC 2014 Announcement original content from Ubergizmo.     
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[From GamerTell] UFO Dad is a game that tends to rely too much on classic game mechanics, though it's still quite fun.
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Motorola May Consider TabletIt has been over two years since Motorola launched a tablet, the Xoom 2 was its last foray into the highly competitive tablet market. The Google owned company kickstarted its smartphone business last... year with the well-received Moto X as well as the highly affordable Moto G smartphone. The former debuted with Moto Maker, Motorola’s online studio that lets customers add their personal touch to the smartphone. Its possible that in the future Motorola might release a tablet that’s also customizable using Moto Maker, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside says that the company is “looking at tablets.” In a chat with the folks at Pocket-lint, the CEO revealed that “a lot of people” have asked them to build a tablet that’s compatible with Moto Maker, the online studio would let them...
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Departure follows layoffs late last year and 'slower-than-expected revenue' Exclusive The EMEA regional president of internet network operator Level 3 Communications is leaving the company after a... year in which the company axed five per cent of its British workforce and 700 employees worldwide....
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In 1927, Cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene captured images of London in a breathtaking video entitled, "London in 1927." Eight-five years later, filmmaker Simon Smith retraces his steps and... recreates his video in an attempt to show just how much (or how little) the city has changed. The post Nostalgic Video Paints a Clear Picture of How London Was and How It is Now appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Public Disease

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 19:25
Public DiseaseI cannot possibly do better than Zeynep Tufekci in taking two journalists -- New York Times columnist and former executive editor Bill Keller and his wife, Guardian writer Emma Keller -- to school in... a brilliant post that explains how each exploited and offended, misinterpreted and mistreated a mother who they think is doing too much and saying too much about her cancer. Please, please go read that now. I will address only one matter myself: blogging and tweeting -- or as we used to say, talking about -- disease. I will readily tell you about my prostate cancer and consequently malfunctioning penis, about my thyroid cancer, about the atrial fibrillation that came after I sucked in the dust of destruction at the World Trade Center, and while I'm at it, I might as well add a note about my...
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Bits Blog: The Moto X Heads to Europe

The New York Times - 14 Jan 2014 19:25
Bits Blog: The Moto X Heads toIt is far from certain that the international expansion can reverse the phone's lackluster sales, as the competition for top-of-the-line smartphones is becoming stiffer by the minute.     
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Net Neutrality Is Dead -- Here's How to Get It Back

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 19:24
Net Neutrality Is Dead --Three judges in D.C. just killed Net Neutrality. This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn't have to be. The big news: A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the... Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. This decision means that companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon -- which brought the lawsuit -- are now free to block or slow down any website, application or service they like. These companies will rush to change the Web and line their own pockets at our expense -- creating new tolls for app makers, expensive price tiers for popular sites, and fast lanes open only to the few content providers that can afford them. It didn't have to be this way. The FCC's rules were designed to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or interfering...
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Richard Tuschman began experimenting with digital imaging in the early 1990's, developing a style that synthesized his interests in photography, painting and assemblage. His work has since been... exhibited and published internationally and recognized by, among others, Photo District News, American Photography, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and the International Photography Awards. He currently lives […]
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Hands-on with GalleryNext,It's all part of Cyanogen's quest to make Android even more open, and the results are impressive indeed.
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Google Invests $75M In 182MW Texas Wind Farm

TechCrunch - 14 Jan 2014 19:20
Google Invests $75M In 182MWGoogle just loves its green energy investments and today, the company announced a $75 million investment into the Panhandle 2 wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas. This marks the company’s fifteenth... renewable energy investment and its second in Texas. Once it’s operational, the new wind farm is scheduled to produce 182MW, enough capacity to provide energy to 56,000 homes. The facility is schedule to go online by the end of 2014 and will consist of 79 Siemens 2.3MW turbines. Morgan Stanley has provided financing for the project and Pattern Energy, as well as three tax equity investors will acquire the facility once the construction is completed. At $75 million, this is not exactly Google’s largest investment in renewable energy yet. That honor belongs to Solar City, which received...
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Outlast brings freeRed Barrels Games' 2013 first-person survival horror game, Outlast, will be available as a free PlayStation Plus download when it comes to the PlayStation 4 on February 5. The post Outlast brings free... first-person horror to PlayStation 4 in February, via PS Plus appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The London-based consulting partner acts as an internal champion for deployments over time, helping boost user adoption.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Walt Disney Company is in discussion for a Broadway version of Frozen.
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Xbox Music For Android GetsEarlier this week Microsoft launched its new iOS app for the Xbox Music streaming service. The new update brought one major feature, the ability to play music offline. This was welcome news for those... who signed up for Xbox Music Pass, as they can now access their songs even when they’re not connected to the internet. Microsoft has now added the feature in the Xbox Music app for Android as well. The update, released today, comes with support for offline playback of playlists. Previously both apps required users to be constantly connected to the internet if they wanted to stream music. Turning on this feature isn’t that hard. A toggle is displayed on each playlist through which users can decide which playlist is to be made available for offline listening. Its actually quite similar to...
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Fort Wayne Farm Show going strong in 25th year

Miami Herald - 14 Jan 2014 19:17
This week, Memorial Coliseum will host the fifth-largest indoor farm show in the country, presenting 951 vendor booths for an expected 33,000 visitors at the 25th annual Fort Wayne Farm Show, produced... by Tradexpos.
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First time accepted submitter tranquilidad writes "Russia was concerned enough about the U.S. development of a Prompt Global Strike (PGS) capability in 2010 that they included restrictions in the New... Start treaty (previously discussed on Slashdot). It now appears that China has entered the game with their 'Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle.' While some in the Russian press may question whether fears of the PGS are 'rational' it appears that the race is on to develop the fastest weapons delivery system. The hypersonic arms race is focused on 'precise targeting, very rapid delivery of weapons, and greater survivability against missile and space defenses' with delivery systems traveling between Mach 5 and Mach 10 after being launched from 'near space.'"
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A newly awarded patent describes a way to alter the iPhone's interface to adjust to your movement.
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Make 2014 Paperless With TheBusiness owner? Stay at home mom? College student? Everyone needs a scanner these days, whether it's for daily use or the occasional random legal document, Doxie couldn't be quicker or easier to use.... If you made a New Year's resolution…
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Oyster, an e-book subscription startup, announced Tuesday that it has raised an additional $14 million in funding to continue growing its service. The financing, which comes from Highland Capital... Partners and Founders Fund, brings the New York startup's total capital raised to $17 million. With the additional cash, Oyster plans to more than double its staff of 10 employees over the next year and bring the Oyster app to new platforms beyond iPhone and iPad. See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 "It's really focused on continuing to hire and expand out the team, and improve the product including expanding to new platforms," Eric Stromberg, cofounder and CEO of Oyster, told Mashable in an interview. "Our goal is for Oyster to be on as many platforms as possible," he added, highlighting...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Fox's New Girl may not be the most watched sitcom on broadcast TV (or the biggest critical darling), but when it comes to guests and cameos, it probably leaves every other... comedy series in the dust.
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Did Another Boeing DreamlinerReuters reports that smoke was seen coming from a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner early Wednesday morning. You might remember that almost exactly a year ago, a Dreamliner caught on fire in... Boston, grounding the plane worldwide for four months. The cause of that fire? The battery . Oof Boeing can't catch a break.
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These Fledglings Could FallGoogle's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest could herald a new wave of interest in companies sitting at the intersection of data, services, and energy for the home and for businesses - or the beginning... of the end for earlier-stage competitors. One investor with deep exposure to the cleantech industry said the buy was good for the overall market, while a technology-focused venture investor said Google's acquisition anoints Nest the clear winner - and winner takes all.
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Net Neutrality In Danger: U.S.The Federal Communication Commission's ability to regulate the concept of network neutrality is no longer valid, according to a ruling by The United States Court of Appeals for the District of... Columbia. The crux of the ruling is explained in this key passage from Tuesday's decision: Even though the Commission has general authority to regulate in this arena, it may not impose requirements that contravene express statutory mandates. 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...
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Attendees of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month may see 3D imprints of their faces on the facade of the entrance to Olympic Park. Starting Feb. 7, the entrance — which includes an... exhibition hall, broadcasting suites and a viewing deck — will be transformed into a massive art installation, created by British architect Asif Khans and Swiss company iart SEE ALSO: 10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Sports Fans Photo booths within the MegaFon-branded pavilion, which is one of the largest Russian telecommunications companies and Olympics partner, will scan 3D images of visitors' faces. Those images will then be used to transform the building's skin. The facade is designed with more than 10,000 actuators and functions like a huge pin screen or a giant bed of nails
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[From GadgeTell] Rumors of HP looking to get back in the smartphone business after a three-year hiatus have been floating around for months now, so it shouldn't come as a surprise they're today... getting a boost, courtesy of gossip gathered from at least two different sources.
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Online Dating As A Woman Proved All Too Much For This Man

The Huffington Post - 14 Jan 2014 19:09
Online Dating As A WomanOnline dating is an easy way for women to meet great, normal guys, right? Or so Redditor OKCThrowaway22221 thought when he decided to pose as a woman on OKCupid and see what happened. Convinced that... women had it easy when it came to finding online romance, he was prepared for an evening of fun. Initially, OKCThrowaway22221 was pleasantly surprised at the number of messages he received minutes after creating his profile -- but things got weird quickly: At first I thought it was fun, I thought it was weird but maybe I would mess with them or something and freak them out and tell them I was a guy or something, but as more and more messages came (either replies or new ones I had about 10 different guys message me within 2 hours) the nature of them continued to get more and more irritating....
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A new blood test being developed by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers can rapidly and accurately diagnose celiac disease without the need for prolonged gluten exposure.
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Potential future data storageStoring 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. They found that domain walls, which separate areas in certain crystalline materials, display a polarization, potentially allowing information to be stored in the tiniest of spaces, thus saving energy. The results of this study have been published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications.
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How celebrities get hooked onSome of the celebrities that end up endorsing Samsung devices don't necessarily do it because they’re paid, but because the South Korean company has set up a neat operation that produces genuine... Samsung mobile device fans among this particular target group. They then actually end up promoting those devices whether they have to or not, a Fast Company report reveals. Through a White Glove program intermediary, celebrities apparently host parties that are also attended by Samsung personnel who give out free, personalized Android devices to the other guests. In time, those celebrities who end up liking the product, are asked to host similar promotional parties of their own, during which Samsung will give free handsets to new guests, also celebrities themselves.
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Oyster Raises $14 Million ToNew York-based startup Oyster just announced a new funding round, according to the New York Times. New investor Highland Capital Partners is leading the round, with existing investor Founders Fund... also participating. As a reminder, Oyster is an ulimited subscription service for ebooks. For $9.95 a month, you get access to hundreds of thousands of books on your iPhone or iPad — Android support should come soon. When it comes to media startups, content deals are very important. For now, HarperCollins is on board, but the four other big publishers have yet to be convinced (Hachette, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House). It’s a great service to read books from indie publishers Workman Publishing, Perseus and countless of others. One of Oyster’s partner publishers,...
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Netatmo June looks like aThe Netatmo June stood out in the sea of health and fitness related wrist bands at CES 2014, as it not only measures your exposure to the sun instead of calories, but is exclusively aimed at women... rather than men. The post Netatmo June looks like a stylish bracelet, but will warn you of sunburn appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Winamp Lives To Play Another Day

Ubergizmo - 14 Jan 2014 19:04
Winamp Lives To Play AnotherIf you owned a computer back in the ’90s, you might have heard of Winamp. It was quite popular, call it the iTunes of the ’90s if you will. This popular music player has been around for quite a... long time, but its popularity died down in the mid-2000s, as users were captivated by newer products. AOL, which owned Winamp, had announced its decision to shut down Winamp on December 21st, but it was rumored that perhaps Microsoft might acquire it, which it did not. Instead, as rumored, Radionomy has confirmed its acquisition of Winamp as well as Shoutcast from AOL. The legendary music player lives to play another day. Radionomy was launched in late 2012, its a free service that lets users generate online radio stations. Shoutcast is an online radio broadcasting service that AOL has sold to...
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Yesterday, Motorola introduced some new enhancements to its software, a bit of New Year's kick-off for those who own one of its applicable smartphones. Among the enhancements is a change …
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Where Flood Waters Flowed OnThe Kasei Valles outflow channel system extends ~1865 miles (3000 km). ESA's Mars Express photographed the area in 2004. A 67-image mosaic was used to create this animation.
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When you think about the South Park play on the release of next-generation's consoles in the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, you get the idea that they - really …
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The game, starring Lara Croft, was able to deliver far more detail on the PlayStation 4, compared to the PlayStation 3.
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On-Demand Laundry StartupUber-for-laundry startup Washio wants to make its on-demand service ubiquitous in cities across the U.S. Now available in just Los Angeles and San Francisco, the company is looking to expand... aggressively this year. To do that, it's raised $2.25 million in a celeb-filled seed round and is pushing an enterprise product.
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Federal appeals court strikesThe federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday struck down important segments of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, which had kept service providers from blocking or... slowing down users' Internet connections to certain websites or apps.     
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Just Ahead Of The WinterSocial data provider Gnip is announcing its first integration with a Russian company, specifically social network VK (formerly VKontakte). Gnip CEO Chris Moody notes in a blog post that Russia is one... of the most "interesting" regions for his customers, and "while Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and others continue to see growth" there, VK remains "far and away the dominant social network" with 236 million users.
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Umoove releases first game, raises $1M

Geek Time - 14 Jan 2014 19:00
Umoove is on the move, releasing products, opening offices and closing rounds
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Enterprise CIOs are racing to implement mobile device management technologies and policies to facilitate BYOD, but a new Gartner report suggests that 20 percent of these programs will eventually fail... because these measures are too restrictive.
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This Is Your Brain on Sugar

Life Hacker - 14 Jan 2014 19:00
According to some US health experts, eating too much sugar can be as bad for you as smoking or drinking a lot of alcohol. This video from TED Ed explains just what sugar does to your brain and... body--and why it's so addictive.
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Bad grapes only lead to sour wine, and wineries know they must be discarded before they ruin the batch. Yet, even in Northern California's multi-million dollar wine industry, separating good grapes... from bad is still done by hand. That's why one local winery now employs a single machine capable of doing the sorting work of a dozen people.
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[EntertainmentTell] Blu-ray Review: You're Next

Technology Tell - 14 Jan 2014 18:56
[From EntertainmentTell] Lionsgate's "You're Next" offers an exciting horror / action hybrid with plenty of great twists.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn't appeared in public since his 107-minute damage-control press conference last week on the now-infamous bridge scandal. But today he'll have to emerge from the... shadows for his annual state of the state address. Christie is expected to focus on education and a post-Sandy New Jersey. But, for the public, those subjects will take a backseat in light of two recent scandals that have turned Christie's image from definite Republican presidential candidate into a governor who can barely manage the drama in his own state. See also: Christie and the Bridge: A Political Scandal Made for Netflix
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YouTube Launches New Tool ToEver since Google+ was baked into YouTube, the commenting system went through a radical change, ill-received change that became the subject of widespread criticism. Not only does the new system... require using Google+ profiles to post a comment, but it also moved comment notices to alerts for video creators, making it harder for them to manage and keep track of comments being posted on their videos. In order to streamline the process, YouTube has now launched a new comment management page which lets users see, moderate and respond to comments from one single place. This central page lets users easily remove comments or even flag them for spam or abuse. Users can also give a comment thumbs up and can even jump to the video watch page with one click in order to read and reply to comments...
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Sprint's HTC One gets some bugfixes

Android Central - 14 Jan 2014 18:54
Sprint's HTC One gets someSprint today is rolling out an update for its HTC One. The changelog is short and sweet: "Fixes an issue that blocked users from being able to Update Profile/PRL." That's important for keeping a good... connection. So, yeah. Good fix. Meanwhile, we continue the lookout for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Source: Sprint; More: HTC One (Sprint) forums; thanks, Kyle!     
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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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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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US court trashes FCC's net neutrality rules

The Register - 14 Jan 2014 18:42
Gov agency doesn't have authority to police traffic - judges rule after Verizon appeal A US appeals court has ruled that net neutrality measures put in place by the country's Federal Communications... Commission are invalid....
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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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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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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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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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Feds ice Long Island for FLA: Case to be tried where alleged offences occurred The trial of former Systemax director Carl Fiorentino has been moved from New York to Florida, where he was based when... the alleged bribery offences are claimed to have occurred....
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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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Icefog hackers hit 'large USKaspersky reports sinkholing 27 of the APT's 72 command-and-control servers
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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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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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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 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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Bad 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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YouTube appeases unhappy userVideo network still has work to do on comment rankings, however
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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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Russia's Yandex to get accessRussian Internet group Yandex has signed an agreement with Facebook for access to content from some of the social networking site's users in a move to further improve its search results.
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Jog on, fanboi: your iThing will fix your fluff-ups Apple has filed a patent which will automatically filter out mistaken touchscreen commands made by clumsy slab-fondlers....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rebuilding the Great Melbourne Telescope

Sydney Morning Herald - 14 Jan 2014 18:00
Rebuilding the Great MelbourneThanks to a $70,000 grant, the Astronomical Society of Victoria is restoring this Ancient window to the heavens.     
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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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Overbearing security demandsCamden Council CIO insists more discussions are required to balance security and freedom
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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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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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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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Sony unveils 4G-ready XperiaQuad-core handset to feature 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 6in HD display
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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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Getting hacked feels great

IOL - 14 Jan 2014 17:48
There's no point in getting your knickers in a twist; it happens to everyone eventually, says Simon Doonan.
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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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Would-be suitor Charter vows to go direct to shareholders Time Warner Cable has rejected a hostile takeover bid from Charter Communications, calling its $62bn offer "grossly inadequate"....
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Apple has launched its annual back to school promotion in Australia and New Zealand, offering education customers free gift cards for the company's digital content stores with the purchase of a new... Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Gift cards can be used in the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore, and are available in the following amounts: - Purchase a new Mac except Mac mini or Mac Pro: AU$ 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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It'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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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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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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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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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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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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Looks like your data center is sinking. Got cash? Need help? The life of a poorly managed database is nasty, brutish, and short - and even shorter if it's a distributed non-relational datastore....
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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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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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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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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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Asos latest retailer to seeMore good news from web-focused retailers
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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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Microsoft fixes Windows XPOther Patch Tuesday fixes address security holes in Office and Dynamics AX
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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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$255m well spent for Microsoft kingpin Bill Gates has claimed that getting involved in eradicating polio from India is not only his greatest achievement, but that the programme itself is one of the... "most impressive accomplishments" in global health ever....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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KER-CHING: Backers hand Nutanix $101m

The Register - 14 Jan 2014 16:01
Converged server/storage bods likely looking to exit soon Converged server/storage startup Nutanix has shown it has the product and business execution goods, prompting its backers to give it $101m to... light the rocket fuel and get company lifting off....
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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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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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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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Apple may use Liquidmetal alloys in new iPhones

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 15:59
The iPhone maker had signed a deal in 2010 with Liquidmetal Technologies, a company that works in the field of amorphous metal alloys.     
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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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Former Ariba CEO calls time SAP, the world's largest supplier of business software, has lost its head of cloud - despite reporting an increase in cash from its online business....
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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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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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[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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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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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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Armour plating won't hold out forever, claim infosec bods Underground cybercriminals are attempting to decrypt a 50GB dump of encrypted debit card PINs that security watchers reckon were lifted during... last year's high profile breach against retail giant Target....
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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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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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[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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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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Graphics and code cores are all just 'compute units' now AMD has released its long-awaited Kaveri processor, the first accelerated processing unit (APU) to incorporate both on-die CPU and GPU cores in... a heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) with a shared memory architecture....
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Smallest, faintest galaxies ofTwo of NASA's most powerful space telescopes have teamed up to shed new light on the early history of the universe.
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The app that checks whetherAn app on offer in the US says it can determine whether the person you are dating has anything to hide, using facial recognition to see if they are on the sex offenders register.
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The Very, Very Thin Wedge of Denial

Bad Astronomy - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and... hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with). In 2012, National Science Board member James Lawrence Powell investigated peer-reviewed literature published about climate change and found that out of 13,950 articles, 13,926 supported the reality of global warming. Despite a lot of sound and fury from the denial machine, deniers have not really been able to come up with a coherent argument against a consensus. The same is true for a somewhat different study that showed a 97 percent consensus among climate scientists supporting both the reality of global warming and the fact that...
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AMD unlocks the power of theAMD's 4th generation APU chips place GPU cores on an equal footing with CPU cores, eliminating performance bottleneck
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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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From pantry to penthouse at 1Form

The Australian - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
From pantry to penthouse atCHRIS Koch and Chad Stephens are celebrating the sale of their 1Form.com property rentals website for $15m in cash.
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Digital signage a fit for Telstra

The Australian - 14 Jan 2014 15:00
Digital signage a fit forTHE sale of Telstra's declining directories business Sensis is an $11 billion lesson in digital trends.
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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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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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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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Schindehütte must repay Telkom loan

Tech Central - 14 Jan 2014 14:59
Suspended Telkom chief financial officer Jacques Schindehütte has a "fiduciary duty" to repay R6m he was loaned by the company so that he could buy shares. The telecommunications operator says in a... statement that the loan was granted in a manner that
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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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Back up and avoid recovery blues

IOL - 14 Jan 2014 14:48
Protect your sensitive data from loss by placing it in safe areas that can be relied upon, says Andrew Parker.
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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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Robots test their own worldAn online platform, dubbed RoboEarth, is being unveiled this week as a kind of world wide web for robots.
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May cost £50m to fix - on top of £15m already down drain The Ministry of Defence's implementation of a computer system for an online recruitment drive has reportedly been far worse than the... "teething problems" the UK government coughed to in December....
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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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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

The Register - 14 Jan 2014 14:22
Thick as two short planks, but deliciously woody It's a tip of the hat today to Michael Castor, who caught our eye with his attractive fusion of plywood, carbon fibre and Raspberry Pi, dubbed the... "PiPad"....
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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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BSNL, Champion launch My Phone SM3512, SM3513

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 14:19
BSNL, in partnership with Champion Computers, has launched two budget smartphones, My Phone SM3512 and SM3513.     
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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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Now you'll never get anyThe Power Pillow from Canada comes with two portable batteries. One is placed inside the pillow while the other can be charged separately and carried in a bag or pocket.
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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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Plus puzzles and spells in The Room Two and Sorcery! Game Theory Ah, the post-Christmas lull. The time of year to take time to reflect on the year just gone and plan for the one ahead. Traditionally,... January is also a quiet month for the games industry, and this year's new releases are similarly sparse....
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Everyone needs a decent alarm clock to wake up to. After all, most of us have a day job to stick to, and it would be nuts to actually go to work late every single day simply because one found it... extremely difficult to wake up in the mornings after partying especially hard at night.
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Twitter Trends Help Researchers Forecast Viral Memes

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

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

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

The Verge - 14 Jan 2014 13:26
Watch this: a day in the lifeClick is an installation by the Korean art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun. For one day, one of the artists recorded a screenshot every time he clicked he mouse before piecing it together into a... mesmerizing 8-minute video. In the clip, you'll see the silent narrator working on another piece titled The God's Script, browsing using Korean search engine Naver, and binging on The Big Bang Theory, all punctuated by the rhythmic click of his obedient mouse. The result is an abstract journey through one day in the artist's "computer mediated life."
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Honda has unveiled its all new 2015 Honda Fit compact car in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. The official unveil came after Honda teased the car last …
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BlackBerry might be expanding its multi-platform strategy in the enterprise to include Windows Phone.
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A dedicated and flexible campaign strategy surpassed its target to bring the dream of the first Single Malt whisky ever made in Israel to fruition, with only 25 days left to (Indiego) go
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2 deals in 1 month for Westcoast Holdings group looks likely Less than a week after Westcoast Holdings-owned XMA swallowed Lord Sugar's public sector-focused tech biz Viglen, the group looks to have... hoovered up consumables trader QC Supplies....
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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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Nutanix adds Microsoft Hyper-VNutanix infrastructure can now operate in data centres using Microsoft's hypervisor
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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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Prepare your body parts forThey're coming for your foreheads and wrists Don't be alarmed. At last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech industry announced that 2014 will be the year of wearable gadgetry, but... your body parts are still safe from exploitation--at least until all the gear in this slideshow begins to ship. Follow along as I reveal the more intriguing wearables I saw in Las Vegas. This by no means accounts for all the face- and wristwear demoed at the show. I generally avoided eyewear not intended to be worn throughout the course of a normal day, as well as fit-tech devices with narrow, ultra-specific use cases. That said, if you think I left out the one, amazing, life-changing wearable, tweet suggestions to @jonphillipssf. Sony Core SmartBand Sony's Smartwatch effort is still a work in...
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Ocean bacteria deliver food parcels to marine organisms

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 13:00
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveals that marine cyanobacteria, whose body mass forms the base of the ocean food chain, also feed marine organisms in another way - they... deliver "food parcels" packed with carbon and other nutrients.The bacteria release lipid vesicles - spherical sacs containing proteins and genetic material in the form of DNA - and RNA, which the researchers suggest provide a means of gene transfer in bacterial communities and could also act as decoys for viruses.
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Non-coding DNA may affect type 2 diabetes risk

Medical News Today - 14 Jan 2014 13:00
Once thought of as "junk" DNA because it does not contain genes that encode proteins, scientists are starting to discover non-coding DNA can nevertheless influence the effect of coding DNA, such as... switching genes on and off.Now, a new study led by Imperial College London in the UK suggests variations in these non-coding sections of the genome may play a key role in people's risk for type 2 diabetes.The study, one of the first to implicate non-coding DNA in disease risk, is published in a recent online issue of Nature Genetics.
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Kill your data dead with theseThere are lots of ways to obliterate sensitive data from of your drive: blast furnaces, degaussers (magnet field generators), sledgehammers, and secure-deletion software among them. These tools vary... in effectiveness--especially as applied variously to hard drives, solid-state drives, and USB flash drives--and in the subsequent usability of the drive. For the sake of argument (and a more interesting article), let's assume you'd like to preserve your drive's functionality. This rules out violence and degaussing, which, though wonderfully effective and perhaps therapeutic, will render a drive useless. Excluding those options leaves you with a choice between software and software-combined-with-firmware methods. Free secure-erase utilities You can easily erase an entire hard drive or SSD by...
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Sony's Xperia T2 Ultra:Sony's announced a new mid-to-high-end "phablet" model today, with its Xperia T2 Ultra arriving in both normal and dual-SIM options. It combines a 1080p display with a 13-Megapixel camera, with Sony... plumbing its quad-core Qualcomm MSM8928 chipset into 1GB of RAM.
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Sends back first lunar pictures of Earth in over 40 years The Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) has reported that its lunar rover and lander have reawakened after being powered down for two... weeks....
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Micromax, Tata Docomo team up for 2G, 3G services

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 12:57
Tata Docomo partnered with domestic handset player Micromax allowing its customers access to bundled offerings across 2G and 3G.     
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Micromax, Tata Docomo team up 2G, 3G services

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 12:57
Tata Docomo partnered with domestic handset player Micromax allowing its customers access to bundled offerings across 2G and 3G.     
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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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The 7 deadly e-mail sins

IOL - 14 Jan 2014 12:55
According to psychologists, bad email etiquette is more than just a workplace irritation, it can damage our mental health.
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Meet Apple's Mac Pro

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 12:50
Mac Pro is Apple's top-of-the-line desktop computer aimed at the creative professionals.     
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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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Motorola Moto X hits UK on 1Google phone to cost £380 SIM-free after UK release next month
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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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NHS will need to store some data soon, eh? The first phase of the colo data centre set up by new operator Aegis Data in leafy Surrey commute hotspot Goldalming was formally opened by Health Secretary... Jeremy Hunt on Friday....
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Sony unveils Xperia T2 Ultra, E1 smartphones

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 12:27
Sony has unveiled Xperia T2 Ultra and E1 smartphones, along with their dual-sim versions.     
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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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FOIs reveal bureaucrats losing switchover race by widest margin Exclusive Thousands of PCs at Britain's biggest public sector bodies will miss Microsoft's April deadline to abandon Windows XP before... open season for hackers begins....
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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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Google splashes out $3.2bn forFirm also picks up former Apple genius, Tony Fadell
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Facebook users who are having trouble getting friends attention to your vacation snaps can follow some simple steps to get more likes.     
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5 tips to get more likes on your Facebook post

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 11:49
Facebook users who are having trouble getting friends attention to your vacation snaps can follow some simple steps to get more likes.     
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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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'Nothing new' to see here, sniffs the Chocolate Factory Outspoken Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has claimed that Google is working on a price comparison site for flights that will outshine rivals in... the content-scraping biz....
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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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Sim City finally getting offline mode

TimesLIVE - 14 Jan 2014 11:31
Sim City finally getting"Let's get right to it. SIM CITY OFFLINE IS COMING!" Those are the words of Patrick Buechner of Maxis who unveiled of Sim City's plan to add offline play with the Update 10 software patch.
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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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Groupon acquires flash-sale retailer Idelli

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 11:21
Groupon has purchased online "flash-sale" retailer ideeli for $43 million in cash.     
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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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Nest - a 'crazy idea' at aWhy Google paid £2bn for a thermostat maker
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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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It's meant to be 'accessible', so don't point and laugh The UK government has launched a new campaign aimed at changing attitudes to online security among consumers and small businesses, dubbed Cyber... Streetwise....
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Caxton offloads Times Media shares

Tech Central - 14 Jan 2014 11:03
Caxton sold about R100m of shares in Times Media Group between June and December last year, it was reported on Tuesday. According to Business Day, Caxton bought a significant stake in TMG from... Mvelaphanda last January, when TMG was trading at less than R14
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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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PayPal revamps online payment process

Times of India - 14 Jan 2014 11:00
PayPal has redesigned its checkout process to let shoppers complete their payment on merchants' sites rather than go to PayPal's site.     
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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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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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